A Sunday Post

Sunday, 17 August 2014

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Happy Sunday :)! This week has been crazy busy with work, I work really long hours, sometimes from 10am one day until 10am the next day! So life can be really hectic trying to fit in everything else too, I had to miss my yoga class this week thanks to work which is annoying. My week hasn't been too interesting. Today I finished a shift early in the morning (7.45am) and decided to make the most of the rest of my day off. I went for coffee with my mum & gran which was lovely, then this afternoon I went a long walk (to look for wild blackberrys for jam making, but they weren't ripe yet). Now that I've moved back in with my parents after finishing university I'm enjoying living near the countryside again. Actually we're really lucky as we also live right next to the beach:) so it's great for walks. I love having a day off on a Sunday just to relax and do nothing, the weathers been really rubbish this week but I'm secretly kind of glad as it means Autumn is just round the corner! I must admit, I've been so excited for Autumn. There's just something about the winter months I love. The crisp autumn mornings, cozy rainy days, buying a new winter coat, boots and scarf (an excuse for new clothes), dark nights drinking hot chocolate. There's something about Autumn and Winter that brings a sort of stillness to the air, the days seem more laid back and cozy. I found out this week that I'm going a little trip to Germany in Decemeber to visit the Christmas Markets! It's a work trip but I'm so so excited. I've always wanted to visit the German Markets so that has given me something to look forward to.

Has anyone visited the Christmas Markets in Cologne or Valkenburg? 
Hope your all enjoying a lazy Sunday:) x

Psyc Edit - 10 Ways To Stay Mindful

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

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I'm just back from my third yoga class, sitting in bed with the window open and listening to the rain / 'Birdy - Not About Angels'. Taking time out each week to practice yoga is having such a calming effect on me and at the end of each class I feel more able to deal with certain things in my life which, otherwise, really get me down. So tonight got me thinking about how important it is to stay mindful of everything going on in life. Mindfulness is a psychological state of awareness which basically means being conscious of thoughts, emotions and actions. Recently, there has been a wealth of research dedicated to the benefits of mindfulness, particularly in psychotherapy. However practicing mindfulness on a daily basis can be beneficial to everyone, so I thought I'd share a few things I do to help stay mindful.  

1. Try to meditate each morning and evening.
2. Focus on the moment at hand and notice thoughts or emotions.
3. When stressful situations present themselves take 3 deep breaths before reacting to decrease anxiety.
4. Keep a gratitude journal and write 3 things you are thankful for each night before going to sleep
5. Remember that you can center yourself or your thoughts at any moment.
6. Practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
7. Know that any worries will pass.
8. Try to keep positive.
9. Go with what feels right, don't force it
10. Spend time in nature, go for long walks.

Psyc Edit - Being Productive

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The psychology of routine is something that interests me – morning routines, bedtime routines, daily/weekly routines. Some people have rigid routines and are extremely productive. Generally, I’ve never really been one of those types of people – although I found the past year I’ve not had much choice as I tried to juggle a million things at once. Having a structured routine is really important with such a busy schedule and never ending ‘to-do’ lists. I find myself writing these lists a lot (usually every night before bed). I’m constantly trying to come up with ways to make my life easier and more productive and I’ve found that a couple of lifestyle changes can be really beneficial.

An Early Rise - I find that being productive in the early hours of the morning sets you up for the rest of the day. I usually set my alarm a little earlier that I intend to get up so I can have time to lye in bed knowing I don't need to get up for a whole 15minutes. Is it just me who does this? So I usually set my alarm for 7.15 and get up between 7.30 & 9am depending on if I have to go to work that morning or not. On uni days, being at the library for 9am was a huge advantage, especially when I knew I had about 12 hours of work to get through that day. More recently, I find getting up early allows me to read more, go for an early jog, write, enjoy my breakfast/get ready without rushing and generally gets things that need doing out the way, freeing up time for the rest of the day.

Morning/Bedtime Routine - Having these types of routines and sticking to them is a huge advantage when trying to be productive with your day. Getting into a routine of doing certain things means that the more you practice a routine, the more likely you'll end up doing it. I always have a shower at night before bed and this helps me wind down after a long day. Strangely, when I done insanity I got into a routine of doing a workout then having a shower before bed. Most people find exercising before bed prevents them from getting a good sleep but I found I had more energy at night. 

Lists! - I swear by this method when it comes to being productive. I now seem to have dozens of little notepads full of lists and schedules, it can be quite funny looking back on them. I try to be organised as I'm always forgetting things so it helps to write down everything I need to get done for each day. This as extremely useful when I was at uni and had deadlines for my dissertation every single week. I knew if I didn't stick to my plan then I'd be late in handing in work.

Conscious Healthy Eating - This one might seem a little random, but it does help in being productive. As much as I love fast food I always feel so sluggish and tired after eating it. So making a conscious decision to go for a salad for lunch instead of a subway (BLT with southwest AND mayo) does make me feel more energized. I've been trying to make little changes here and there, for example last night before my yoga class I had a light tea instead of something heavy which my mum had made. I find eating small light meals throughout the day keeps my energy levels up. 

What kind of lifestyle choices do you make to stay energized and productive?

MAC Favourites

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


I never used to buy expensive makeup, however ever since trying MAC around a year ago I've not been able to go back to drug store brands. Every time I'm shopping in Glasgow I always find myself trying out new products.

Pro-Longwear Concealer (NW20) - The first product I tried was the pro-long wear concealer recommended to me by a friend and I absolutely love it. It has amazing full coverage I've never had with any other concealer. The consistency is really thick and blends really well with any foundation. I wear this every day and have struggled to find a cheaper product that gives as much coverage. 

Pro-Longwear Foundation (NW22) - This foundation is a little dark for me so I usually wear it on a night out when I have all my tan done. It has good coverage, however not as much as the studio fix foundation. I find it gives a nice matte finish and works well with the MAC mineralize skin finish natural powder. The only downside I find is that if I wear it during the day it seems to go a bit patchy.

Studio Fix Foundation (NW22) - This is the latest product I've tried. The shade is perfect for my skin and gives excellent full coverage, a little goes a long way with this. However, I do find if my skin isn't moisturized enough it doesn't apply so well. Overall it's great for every day use and I find it stays on just as long as the pro-long wear foundation.