Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Where have you been? Back to Blogging After Over a Year

Hello There.

This is a difficult post to write, but it's regarding an important part of my life, so I wanted to document it / update you.

It's been so, so long since I blogged, and boy it feels so, so wonderful to be back.
A lot of personal things have happened since the last time I sat down with a cup of tea and tip-tapped out my inner thoughts onto this little slice of the Internet.

As I previously mentioned, my parents split up last year and they are now officially divorced.
The divorce took a year and a half to be settled. This was an emotional time and as a result, several mental health issues arose.

My OCD and arithmomania (which I had managed to control and cope with since I was 6 years old) gradually became uncontrollable and it began to take over my life. I became stressed, sad, un-
sociable, and unable to motivate myself to do anything other than go to work.

I won't bore you further with the actual details, I'm sure you get the gist.

The second thing that happened, changed everything.
Feeling extremely out-of-control in terms of life and future, I developed anorexia.
In heinseight, I now understand that I had experienced emotional distress surrounding food and my weight since March 2014, however with all of the previously mentioned lifestyle changes, those issues spiralled into a full-blown eating disorder.
I restricted my food intake in an effort to seek some control. It acted as a 'coping mechanism', however after losing over 3 and 1/2 stone in weigh, and becoming severely underweight, I realised that I needed to actually deal with the issues, instead of masking them.

Thankfully, things are now going really well.
I'm currently in recovery from anorexia, (I finally have the energy to do things again!), I had a treatment team at the outpatient eating disorders clinic that helped me understand the disorder in depth, and I also received  additional psychological therapy to help me work on controlling the OCD.

I'm so happy to be back in this warm and welcoming community, I've missed you all so much.
I have LOTS of posts planned already. My mum and I have finally moved into our lovely new house so I'll be doing lots of 'home corners' posts, crafts posts, baking posts, and general lifestyle type posts. Lots of things have changed for the better, I also now have a boyfriend who I've been dating for 4 months. We met at work but we've known each other for almost 18 years as he is actually one of my  older brothers best friends. (Yes we have joked about the Ross, Monica and Chandler scene from friends on numerous occasions haha)

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my little update and I hope you're all well.
Feel free to leave your blog url's in the comments, I'd love to catch up with you all :)

Love Georgia.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Overcoming Hardship - Mindful Monday's #1

Hello Beautiful Daydreamers!

A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was going to begin a weekly motivational series for Autumn 2016. I thought long and hard about it and decided that the new series will be called "Mindful Monday's".

I have planned a theme for each of the coming Monday's and I'm super excited! I'm really looking forward to creating these motivational blog posts, and I hope you'll look forward to reading them each week. As this is an Autumnal series, I suggest that before you continue reading, you go and make yourself a hot chocolate, light a scented candle, and pop the warmest socks you have onto your tootsies!

This weeks post is going to be centred around the theory of overcoming hardship.
There is a famous quote (and song), that states "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger", and I firmly believe that this is true. If ever you're going through tough times, it can be productive to look on the positive side of things and simply accept that what doesn't kill you, really does make you a stronger, more experienced and above all, more rounded person.

In a recent life update, I mentioned that 2016 had been a pretty troublesome year for me. I told you about my parents divorce (which all began way back in January of this year) and also how my Mum and I have now moved out of the home that my brother and I grew up in. All of this can sound so miserable and morbid but I can honestly say that I HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER.

After 8 months of total misery, I can finally allow my shoulders to fully drop. When I take a deep breath, I no longer feel myself being filled with anxiety and I am now appreciating every good thing
that happens - whether it be something as small as the sun shining whilst I walk my dog in the evening or something as big as being able to have a new job in retail job that I absolutely love.

What I'm trying to say in a really round-about way is that hardship isn't just life's way of messing with your head. Hardship is what moulds us into strong and well-rounded people. If you're reading this whilst going through some hard times, please believe me that IT WILL NOT LAST FOREVER. One day, you'll look back at this time and see it as a small (and possibly sad) frame of your life' but the main thing is, you'll be able to identify the good things that came from it. You'll appreciate everyday life so much more - and when the 'hard times' become potentially life-changing, the positive mindset that you acquire won't just last for a day, it will last forever, in the process, changing you (for the better) as a person.

My top three tips for overcoming hardship are:

  • Be optimistic. Try to find the positive side of every situation, it truly will make your life better.
  • Look towards the future. In 3 months time, things could be totally different once again - if you remain positive about the future, you hold all the cards.
  • Stay strong. Hardship can sometimes leave you feeling weak. If you opt to remain strong during the tough times, you will power through - and you'll come out the other end a far stronger person!

I hope that this post has been a useful read for some of you and if you like, feel free to share your story in the comments below.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Autumn 2016 Favourites!

Merry Autumn, my lovelies.

From reading my latest blog posts, I think it's pretty obvious that I'm loving every. single. minute of Autumn. It's just such a wonderful season! 
Since I love this time of year so much, I have an eclectic mix of 'Autumn essentials', and lovely Autumnal treats. I thought it would be nice to share my Autumn favourites with you today.

So, up first in my Autumn favourites is what you might consider an odd favourite for a beauty blog. It's soup! Now I know this sounds a little crazy but hear me out. I think that 'soup' and 'Autumn' are the perfect pair. I'm particularly enjoying 'Covent Garden' soups at the moment. They're fresh soups which can be found in the chilled section of most supermarkets - and are delicious. I would highly recommend the fresh tomato soup by Covent Garden too.

Another Autumn essential for me is a good book. At the moment, I've been reading (and loving) 'Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. It's a great, witty book about beauty products and regimes. If you're looking for a light hearted - yet educational read, this is the book for you!

As with any other time of the year, I have been obsessing over candles! The one I have been enjoying lately is the 'White Jasmine' candle by next. It's such a welcoming and fresh scent.

To keep my hair soft and hydrated during the Autumn, I like to treat it with lots of conditioning products. My current favourite are the Garnier Ultimate Blends in 'delicate oat' 

Glitter is great all year 'round, but I hint that it really comes into its own around this time of year. I've been getting my 'glitter fix' in the form of glitter nail polish. I find that a coat or two of glitter polish over a rich autumnal nail polish really brings the nails to life.

Bath bombs are another Autumn essential for me. I know that I'm not alone on this one and I can honestly say at I feel giddy with excitement when I think about the Lush Autumn / Halloween items being released soon!

A lip balm is an odvious essential and one that I've been LOVING is the strawberry EOS that I bought in boots. It really is so hydrating for the lips and it lasts for ages too. 

Chocolate is a staple for most and I've been really enjoying drinking a Cadbury hot chocolate during the evenings. And who can say no to a chocolate biccy or two?! Yum!

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