It’s easy to be positive when things are going well. Say you’re on a ‘winning streak’ and everything’s fantastic, of course you’re going to be feeling good – vibrating on a high frequency and attracting positive circumstances, that’s exactly how it should be.
We should all be living a fantastic, happy and positive life.
However, sometimes things don’t go exactly to plan. Occasionally, in our lives things might happen that aren’t exactly ideal.
The key is to stay positive, regardless of what may or may not be happening.
Even if something does go wrong in your life, it’s so important to keep a positive mind set about the situation in order to turn things around and reach the best possible outcome.
I’m going to tell you a story now all about a time I used the power of positive thinking to fix a negative situation and achieve a positive outcome.
A couple of years ago I was on a night out, celebrating completing my college course and performing at the Kerrang Awards. I was loving life, on a high and I may or may not have consumed a little too much alcohol.
Shock horror, it was a messy night for me and as the girls and I arrived home and started sobering up I realised I had lost pretty much everything – my iPhone, my bank card and my Burberry perfume (I’m also pretty sure I lost my dignity that night too but lets not go there ha ha).
The girls and I searched everywhere, I was working the next day but Emily and Chantal were kind enough to return to the nightclub we were at the previous night and ask if any of my belongings had been handed in. There was no luck there as the club hadn’t found any of my stuff, so I was baffled as to where I had lost everything.
Had my belongings been stolen? Had I just misplaced them with no luck of finding them? I had no idea, but I’ll be honest, I wasn’t worried.
I didn’t get stressed out, I didn’t panic, I didn’t think ‘oh no, what am I going to do?’. I wasn’t worried about having to buy a new phone, all I did was cancel my bank card just to be on the safe side.
I kept a positive mind set and kept telling myself and anyone who asked that everything would be fine and work out.
It was all good.
About three days later Emily text me telling me she had a call from someone saying they had my phone, bank card and perfume and they wanted to know how they could return it all to me!
It happened to be the taxi driver who had dropped us home the night I lost everything! I’d left all my stuff in his car, he had found it and somehow managed to grab Emily’s number from my phone and tell her he had it. So amazing!!
Emily passed his number on to me and we arranged a time and a place for him to drop my stuff off, he ended up driving to my Mums work and giving it to her to give to me.
How lovely of him!!!!
It was so kind of the taxi driver to return my stuff to me and I am so thankful for his lovely, helpful gesture. Although my Mum gave him some petrol money for dropping it off at her work, he really didn’t expect anything for his kindness and returned my belongings out of the goodness of his heart.
Thanks to the Law Of Attraction and the power of staying positive, a situation that could have been stressful and expensive (having to buy a new phone etc.) was resolved with ease and I strongly believe the positive outcome of the situation was all down to how I reacted to what happened.
Staying positive and trusting the Universe is easy, all you have to do is have a little faith and if something happens in your life which you’re not happy about, focus on the best possible outcome to that situation and believe.
Anyone who knows me will know how much I love London. Its one of my favourite cities in the world and there’s nothing I love more than hopping on the train and heading to London for the day.
At the start of the year I published a London In Pictures post which was really fun and as I have visited London twice again since then I thought why not do another?! So here I am today presenting you with London In Pictures #2.
And I may as well throw in some throwback photos whilst we’re here…
Isn’t London just wonderful?! So many amazing places, so much to see and do there. I love London!!!
Where’s your favourite place to go in London? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you for reading,
I hope you enjoyed this post and liked my pictures.
Oh my gosh, I am so tired. I really should be sleeping right now cause its late and I have work in the AM but I can’t exactly miss my first week of Fit Fridaysnow can I?
If you caught my latest post then you will know that this week I joined the gym and officially hopped on board the fitness train.
I am loving it.
Since signing up on Tuesday, I have been to the gym three times. Twice purely for the gym and once for Step class with Atlanta.
I’ve done step classes before but that was such a long time ago, more or less 5 years ago now so really this class was new to me. I’ll be honest and say it wasn’t the highlight of my week. I enjoyed the class with Atlanta, the instructor was so friendly and I really enjoyed the little squat session which was painful as anything but so so good, however for the most part I felt as though I was too busy concentrating on learning the routine than actually exercising. Plus I was slightly concerned I was going to fall off the step!!! I know the more I go the more I will learn the routines, though I’m not in any rush to go back and I’m really looking forward to trying a new class next week.
Today has been a day full of exercise. After work I met my sister at the gym and we had a crazy good session. I’d say it was my best gym sesh so far, I worked really hard, burnt loads of calories and got my heart rate up. Tonight I used the cross machine, the exercise bike and another piece of equipment similar to the cross machine but not quite the same as you move from side to side, if anyone knows what this is called please tell me as I’m not sure!
After a fab gym session I then met up with Emily for our weekly walk. Unfortunately Chantal couldn’t come tonight as she was poorly but Emily and I had a lovely time together anyway. We had some great chats and lots of giggles, laughing about the nights out we’ve had this month and reminiscing on Blackpool. We walked for about an hour around a local lake and ventured a little further than before so we discovered new parts of the area which was really cool. I love exploring and discovering places which I’ve never seen before, always good.
In total today (not including whilst at the gym) I have done 12309 steps which is fantastic and my walk with Emily probably made up the bulk of that figure. Luckily I have a job where I’m pretty much on my feet all day so that too really helps me get my steps in.
Along with walking and going to the gym this week, I also did 3 minutes worth of sit ups at home on Wednesday which I was still aching from today. I love doing sit ups and try to do them as often as possible and I’m now aiming to do them at least everyday I’m not at the gym.
Eating wise this week has been a good week. Sunday & Monday were definitely cheat days but they don’t count because I hadn’t joined the gym at that point! But since starting at the gym I’ve eaten a lot better and twice this week people have brought cakes in to work and both times I have resisted temptation and kept to eating my fruit. YAY me!!!
All in all this week has been a great start to my fitness journey and I am so excited to continue with it and see what the next few weeks bring.
Let’s start with the facts, I’ve never been a gym girl. I literally haven’t been to the gym since I lived in Scarborough about 5 years ago and even then I only went because it was a free facility where I lived so why not!?!? But as I walked in to work today and my friend Atlanta announced that she had just signed up to our local Bannatynes gym and she was headed there after work, all I wanted to do was sign up myself and go there and then.
Impulsively I decided to sign up to the gym on my lunch break and as I had no gym gear with me, I headed straight to Poundland and Shoe Zone for some cheap leggings and trainers so at 6pm, Atlanta and I could finish work and head straight to the gym.
Once at Bannatynes we exercised for about an hour and I burnt a total of 225 calories which is great!!! We went on the exercise bikes (my favourite), the cross trainers and the rowing machines. I lasted about two seconds on the rowing machine as I really couldn’t get to grips with it, I felt like I was going to fall off plus I didn’t feel like I was doing anything beneficial?! However I will keep persevering with it and try again next time.
Atlanta and I had a nice little starter gym session and I am so looking forward to our next visit. We have an exercise class booked for this week which I’m really looking forward to and of course we will do the normal gym stuff along with that too.
From today onwards I am so keen to live a healthy lifestyle, not only am I aiming to go to the gym at least twice a week but I’m also looking forward to continuing my weekly walks with my besties, doing light exercise at home and changing my diet so I snack less, cancel out all cheat days and drink less alcohol.
I already eat lots of fruit and veg however you can never have too much right!? So I will definitely keep on with the fruit salads at lunch time and make sure to have lots of veg with my dinner to ensure I get my 5 a day.
I feel so great after my first session at the gym and I seriously can’t wait to start living a healthy, fitness focused lifestyle!!!
To document my progress with exercising and eating healthy I am going to start a new weekly blog series ‘Fit Fridays’ where I will post weekly summaries of the progress I am making and what I achieved that week.
This weekend has been one of the most fun I’ve had with my besties this year so far.
As I woke up at 6am on Saturday morning, I was tired but excited as it was finally time for girls weekend in Blackpool, something we’ve had planned for months now.
Daisy picked me up at 7:30am and from there we picked Chantal up and drove to Emily’s, as Emily was driving us to Blackpool in her new car.
With a four hour journey ahead of us, we were set for the ultimate road trip.
Arriving in Blackpool around midday, we headed straight to the Lynmoore Guest House where we were staying for the weekend. The four of us shared a room with two single beds and a double plus an en suite bathroom. For the price of £60 (£15pp) the guest house was everything we could need, clean, spacious and close to the main strip. I would definitely stay there again when visiting Blackpool.
Once we had dropped our suitcases off in the guest house we headed straight out for our first activity of the day – Madame Tussauds!!! Eeeek, I love Madame Tussauds (although I’ve only been once before in Amsterdam) and this one exceeded my expectations by miles. Daisy even said it was better than the one in London!
There was so much cool stuff to see and do whilst at Madame Tussauds. We got a photograph with Jeremy Kyle and Emily and I posed as if we were arguing which was absolutely hilarious, we posed with Keith Lemon and even saw Peter Andre.
We got to have a drink in the Rovers Return, the pub which features in one of my favourite soap operas ‘Coronation Street’. This was super cool and I enjoyed my coke so much, although the only Corrie waxwork I recognised was Deirdre Barlow, everyone else was too old for me to remember.
The highlight of Madame Tussauds was obviously ‘meeting’ my bae, Joe Hart. I have been looking forward to getting a photo with his waxwork for so long now and I am sooooo buzzing I got a good few. I hope one day I get to meet the real Joe Hart but for now, I’m content with seeing his waxwork.
And the second best thing about Madame Tussauds Blackpool was the Festival Fields area which was so cool, we posed in giant wellies and saw Ed Sheeran, who I had to get a photo with because duh, Ed Sheeran. Love him!!!
Once we had seen all the waxworks it was time to purchase the professional photos we had taken throughout the day which were all so funny and cute. I think it’s great they had so many photo ops at Madame Tussauds because the printed photographs are such great keepsakes.
Madame Tussauds in Blackpool is so much fun and I would highly recommend a visit there if you’re ever in the area. There’s so much to do there and its such a fun experience, I’d definitely go again.
Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre was our next stop of the day and I really couldn’t wait to see the animals. I didn’t get any pictures from the day but we saw pregnant seahorses (so cool), clown fish Nemo’s and Dory’s (soooo cute) and jellyfish!
Not to mention the huge tank which had stingrays, rays and sharks which were so amazing. As I watched them I was in awe, literally I just thought it was so fascinating to see these amazing creatures up close. It made me so excited to go scuba diving at Discovery Cove in Florida!!!
After we left the Sea Life centre we had a wander along the sea front and played the penny machines at the amusements. I love the penny machines, always have always will. The 2p ones are so much better than the 10p ones as your playing time lasts longer with them (unless you spend a small fortune using so many 10p coins).
Somehow, I won so many tokens on the 2p machine I was able to choose a free minion bubble blower, a Nicki Minaj keyring, a fake tattoo and some sweets for my prize. How exciting, I love winning things!
By the early evening we had completed all of our activities for the day so we headed back to the guest house to relax. We chilled in bed and watched some TV. It was really relaxing and fun to just chat and giggle with the girls. Sometimes that’s my favourite way to spend time.
We intended to go out that evening for some drinks but we were all just too sleepy, so instead we grabbed some fast food and headed back to the hotel to sleep, such wild gals we are.
Day two of Blackpool was spent at the Pleasure Beach, but before heading there our first stop of the day was obviously Spoons for breakfast. The Weatherspoons we went to was called The Velvet Coaster and I have to say it’s quite possibly one of the nicest Spoons I’ve ever been to. I had fried egg on toast for breakfast and it was delicious plus the whole layout of the place was gorgeous and modern. I definitely enjoyed my experience there and my chats with the girls.
Breakfast finished it was finally time to head to the Pleasure Beach, the sole reason we wanted to visit Blackpool in the first place and can I just say, if you’ve never been to Blackpool Pleasure Beach before then you need to. This was my first time visiting and I bloody loved it!
With so many rides ranging from tame to thrilling, I would actually put Blackpool Pleasure Beach on a par with Thorpe Park and I would say I much prefer it to Alton Towers. I feel like this amusement park is so underrated and everyone needs to go now to appreciate its brilliance!
My favourite rides of the day were The Steeplechase, The Big One and The Grand National. We went on The Steeplechase three times, it’s such a silly and funny ride where you sit on model horses and ‘race’ each other round the track. I would genuinely go back to Blackpool for this ride its that amusing.
The Big One, also known as the Pepsi Max is huge and terrifying. Although it doesn’t go upside down, it goes so high you can virtually see the whole of Blackpool and it drops almost vertically. It’s amazing. I knew sh*t was about to go down when I read the sign ‘Do not take your hands off the bars’, like I wanted to wave my hands in the air but after reading that I was not risking it. I loved this ride so much, definitely a solid 9/10 for the thrill factor.
The Grand National was just so funny, another silly but brilliant ride, this is a wooden rollercoaster which could quite possibly win the award for ricketiest of all time. There are two tracks on this rollercoaster so you’re opposite another group of people for the whole ride which is highly amusing, I believe its designed this way as the grand national is a horse race, so the two coasters were racing each other.
Overall we went on three horse themed rides so I feel like the people who designed the rides for Blackpool Pleasure Beach were kind of obsessed with horses! But hey the best rides of the day were the horsey ones (bar The Big One) so clearly having an obsession with horses works when developing rides.
The Pleasure Beach was open from 11-5pm and in that time we fit so much in, we went on almost every ride. The only ride we didn’t do which I would have liked to was Infusion, a rollercoaster which goes upside down but I’m not overly bothered about that. We did the main ones!!! All the queue times were so short, the longest we waited was probably about 20 minutes. I’m sure in the busier Summer times they would be longer than that but still, I was really impressed and it was also a huge plus that the rides were all so close to each other so we didn’t have to walk too much for too long.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is so amazing and I am so happy I got to visit, the park exceeded my expectations by miles and I would 100% go back and 100% recommend it to anyone and everyone! Its such a fun day out.
And before I go I just have to mention something funny that happened whilst at the amusement park, a seagull stole my burger!!! Hahaha I never thought something so silly would happen to me but I left it on the table as I went to grab a chair and next thing I know this seagulls grabbed the bun and is pecking away at it. Ever so kindly the seagull left the beef and the other side of the bun, so gross as it may be I went ahead and ate what had survived, sorry but I wasn’t about to spend another fiver on a burger.
Overall the word I would use to describe my time with my friends in Blackpool is FUN. Emily, Chantal, Daisy and I had a lush time together and I enjoyed being with them so much.
Here’s to more adventures!
Have you ever been to Blackpool? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments below!
“If you can go there in the mind, you can go there in the body”.
As a lover of The Secret, I know just how important visualisation is and how it is a key step to take in order to manifest the life of your dreams.
When you hold an image in your mind, the Universe will work to make it your reality.
This is where Vision Boards come into play. If we really want to attract something into our life we must hold the image of what we want in our minds and keep it as our main focus. Making a vision board filled with pictures, words and quotes that inspire you, and looking at this as often as you can will ensure you hold the images of what you want in your mind and keep you focused so you can attract all these things into your life.
Making a vision board is really easy and really fun, it’s a chance to get creative, feel inspired and focus your full attention on what you want.
STEP ONE.Pick a base for your vision board. You can use a large piece of card, a canvas or my personal favourite – a notice board.
STEP TWO.Think about what it is you want to attract into your life, so you know exactly what to put on your vision board. Do you want money? Love? Adventure? Decide what it is you really want from life, so you know what to be focusing on. *Make sure the things you include on your vision board are things you feel really passionate about. For example, if you want to travel, choose pictures of places you wish to go that set your heart on fire, be specific about what you want. Don’t just cut out any old pictures from a travel brochure, make sure you’re choosing pictures of places you truly have a burning desire to visit. The more passionate about something you feel, the higher frequency you’re on and therefore the easier it will be for you to manifest. STEP THREE.Gather pictures. Now you know what it is you want from life, you need to collect some photographs which represent your desires. You can find these pictures online and hit print, cut them out of magazines or gather up leaflets and brochures.
STEP FOUR.Get creative. As well as cutting out pictures, you can also buy stickers or decorations for your vision board and/or make them yourself. You can also draw pictures of your desires – for example, if you want to go to New York you could draw a picture of yourself stood by the Statue of Liberty, or smiling ear to ear at the top of the Empire State Building. By getting creative, you are investing more positive energy into your aspirations and focusing intently on your desires.
STEP FIVE.Be thankful. As well as gathering pictures of all the things you want to attract into your life for your vision board, I also think it’s a good idea to choose some pictures from your life which include things you already have to be grateful for, for example a picture of you having fun with your friends or a family photo from your most recent holiday together. Gratitude is the key to abundanceand if every time you look at your vision board you’re reminded of the amazing things you already have in your life, the more you will receive.
STEP SIX.Put your vision board together. Once you are fully equipped with everything you want to go on your vision board including your pictures and drawings etc. All you need to do now is put it all together collage style, ready to hang on your wall.
STEP SEVEN.Hang it up. Now your vision board is all put together, it’s time to find the perfect place to put it. I choose to put my vision board right in front of my bed, so every time I wake up in the morning I can see it straight ahead of me and be reminded of my goals, hopes and dreams. By having my vision board in front of my bed, it’s always in my sight when I’m in my bedroom and most importantly it’s in my sight at the most crucial times of day – first thing in the morning when I wake up and at the end of the day right before I go to sleep (remember, your subconscious mind is always working).
STEP EIGHT.Visualise, visualise, manifest. Your vision board is up, your biggest hopes and dreams are right in front of your eyes and all you have to do now is focus on those pictures and visualise to your hearts content until everything you wish for manifests.
‘If you can go there in the mind, you can go there in the body’.
Vision boards are a great way of having fun with the Law Of Attraction and really beneficial when it comes to manifesting your desires. Since having my vision board up, I’ve noticed such a positive difference in my life already!
Do you have a vision board? Do you feel inspired to make one after reading this post? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Stonehenge, an English Heritage site surrounded by mystery, as although it was founded 1000’s of years ago, to this day the true reason for it’s existence remains unknown.
For a long time visiting Stonehenge has been on my bucket list, as one of the most famous places in Britain it seemed essential to me to visit at least once in my life time. Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit with my family as I bought my Mum tickets for her birthday.
Starting off our experience at Stonehenge my family and I parked up at the visitor centre and queued to pick up our tickets and guidebook which I had pre-ordered online for £4.99. Although when booking your tickets online you have to pick a specific time slot to arrive between, we arrived a little early and were let in just fine.
Before heading off to explore we decided to grab a quick bite to eat at the visitors cafe as we were hungry after a long two hour drive. For me being quite a fussy eater, I felt the options of food were slightly limited with a selection of sandwiches and pastries, none of which took my fancy. I settled for a giant homemade Bourbon biscuit which although wasn’t unpleasant to eat, wasn’t the best biscuit I’ve ever had either! My parents and sister opted for a pastry each and even though they enjoyed their food we all came to the mutual agreement that if we were to visit again we would bring our own lunch and have a picnic!
After we had eaten, we took the shuttle bus over to the site of Stonehenge, which is located a little way away from the visitors centre. You can also walk to the site which would take about half an hour, but as it was quite a windy day we decided against this. I imagine it would be quite lovely to walk down there though and had it have been sunnier I would have loved to.
We were a short distance away from the stones as the bus pulled up to drop us off and as I caught a glance of them from the window I was initially quite surprised at how small they were. Obviously distance fooled me as when I had gotten closer to the stones, I realised just how big they were!
One of the mysteries which lies around Stonehenge is how the stones got there in the first place, as they are so huge and all so intricately placed with some even laying on top of others, what kind of popeye could lift these things?? Obviously thousands of years ago the technology we have now didn’t exist, so it wouldn’t have been so easy to just lift and move giant stones around as you pleased. The stones laying flat across other stones were the most intriging as how on Earth could they be lifted? My family and I discussed this and we figured even with 50 men pushing the rocks it could possibly be done, but where would there be room for 50 men to get behind the stones first place?
As we walked around Stonehenge, there were little plaques around which we read for more information.
Even now, I’m still not entirely sure what Stonehenge is really about however I do know that it’s highly linked to the sun and the way it shines through the rocks. I wish I knew what the designers of Stonehenge were thinking when they created it… If only we could time travel back to the Neolithic times to ask them!
As we walked around Stonehenge, we saw so much more than just the ‘main’ stones. We saw the ‘Heel Stone’, a giant stone located opposite the main attraction just across the path.
I also saw a large sarson stone which had fallen onto the floor, partially hidden by the grass. On the outskirts of the main attraction there are little hills, where people used to be buried back in the Neolithic times.
Once we had seen all of Stonehenge (and bumped into my sisters old work colleague as we walked- how random) we took the shuttle bus back to the visitors centre where we browsed the gift shop. I bought some Stonehenge stickers for my scrapbook, a postcard and a mini stone which I am going to use as my gratitude rock.
We then explored a mini model village which showed us how the people lived back in the day when Stonehenge was first created. They lived in little huts with wooden beds which were super uncomfy to lie down on even for just one minute, I don’t know how people ever slept on them.
Then it was time to see the exhibition, with videos, pictures, and exhibition models it was really interesting to learn more about Stonehenge and how it has changed over the years. For example, 30 years ago when visiting Stonehenge you would be able to actually walk up to the stones and physically touch them whereas now unless you book a special visit to do this, you are no longer able to in order to protect the stones and their surrounding area.
The exhibition was our last experience of the day and information indulged, it was time to walk back to the car and start our journey home. I had an amazing day at Stonehenge with my family and it was really interesting to see the site in person, as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Stonehenge is a truly fascinating place and its crazy to think that its been there for so many thousands of years, how amazing!!
I would highly recommend visiting Stonehenge as it truly is an interesting day out and something really quite different to do, a chance to see a real wonder of the world. I am so happy that I can say ‘I’ve seen the stones’!!!
Have you ever been to Stonehenge? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading,
Click here to visit the English Heritage website and learn more about Stonehenge.