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10 Things That Make Me Happy

Time for a lighter more upbeat post today! I am sharing with you 10 things that make me happy! I encourage you to do the same as listing things that make us smile or that we are grateful for can really uplift our moods and make us feel really happy. So lets jump straight in! Here are the 10 things that make me happy!

1: My Cat Gustavo

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How can you be anything but happy staring at this adorable little crazy things face.  Gustavo, otherwise known as Gus, is my boyfriend and I’s rescue kitty whom we have had since April this year. He’s a beautiful, loving little cat and I love him very much.

2: Tea

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Tea is cheap, easy to find and so satisfying. I instantly feel relaxed when I have a cup of tea. For some reason, tea just changes my mood and I can not get through a day without a cup.

3: Being Outside On A Sunny Day

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Being outside when it is sunny for a walk, picnic or day out uplifts my mood and it is such a treat as England is not typically a sunny country. We have been fairly lucky in recent months so I am enjoying every minute of it.

4: My Boyfriend

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Every girl deserves someone who makes them feel as loved, spoilt and cared for as my boyfriend makes me feel. I know that is incredibly cheesy, but I am genuinely so happy, content and glad that he is my best friend and partner in crime.

5: My Best Friends

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Our friendship bracelets have cocktail charms on. That is the kind of friendship we have. Rarely do I go a day without talking to these two beauties, I love them very much and they always brighten the room!

6: Animals In General

 

 

It is not a secret that I am an animal lover, but I really care about animal rights and conservation. I am a dedicated vegetarian and my dream is to do lots of charity work with animals and conservation teams. Animals are so intelligent and kind when we love them the way they deserve to be loved. They make me so happy and always put a smile on my face.

7: Pretty Dresses

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I instantly feel good about myself when I am wearing a pretty, flattering dress. Vintage style dresses are my favourite but i also love bohemian style clothing and even the occasional cocktail dress!

8: Keeping A Journal

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Recently I started a bullet journal, but i have been keeping a diary for over 10 years and I honestly feel it is the best way for me to vent my feelings and remember events (aside from vlogging on my youtube channel- link on my home page) It is so calming and fun!

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My happiness is intrinsically linked to my health. I feel crap when I eat junk food and I feel good when I eat clean. I actually wish I ate clean 100% of the time but realistically this will never happen because I love cake too much.

10: Blogging/Vlogging And My Followers

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You all leave me lovely comments every single day and it is hard not to be happy when you are part of such a lovely community. I am so grateful for each one of you that follows my blog/youtube channel/instagram because it keeps me going and motivates me to carry on. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I hope I can give you back even a sprinkle of the happiness you give me.

Lots Of Love

Elizabeth 

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Lets Support Each Others Social Media! (follow for follow & I now have twitter!)

Just a quick post to say that after years of saying ill never get it, I finally got twitter. I know, I have officially conformed to the world of social media. However, I felt it was necessary to help grow my blog and share my posts (and random thoughts) so I decided to bite the bullet and go for it! I would love to follow all of my blogging friends on twitter so leave your twitter names in the comments and ill head over and follow your accounts! Leave me any of your others socials and ill go check them out! xox

My Twitter Username is:

MsElizabethShan

Whilst you are reading I thought I would use this post to promote my other socials. I do follow back everyone who follows/subs me because I love supporting our little blogging community! My other social links are :

Youtube Channel

Instagram

Facebook

 

Thank you for reading! Leave me a comment to let me know if you want me to check out your socials/blog. To grow ourselves we must first help each other grow. See you again soon xox

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Please Be Aware Of Bloggers Stealing Content!

Just a quick post with evidence to say that I have noticed my blog posts are being directly plagerised by another blogger who goes by the name bodyengineernavi at the blog F Club.  I noticed they are copying other posts also from other bloggers so please report this blog and check your content is not being stolen. I posted a blog post called “eat your way to beautiful skin” and they have copied everything down to the photos and just changed it to their name.

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I work really hard and spend hours on my blog posts and I am really upset that people will directly plagiarize my hard work and others hard work. Please be wary of who is following your blog and be wary of accounts like this. I have filed a plagiarism claim and and letting others know about their stolen blog posts. It would be greatly appreciated if you report this user as here on wordpress we all work so hard to run our blogs and produce content and people like this should not be allowed to use this platform.

I hope you understand me making this post. Sorry for a negative post today guys but I will not sit back and let people do that with my content.

 

 

Dealing With Guilt After A “Bad Food Day” Or Binge.

This topic I am talking about today is really important to me, because I believe this is something all of us experience at some point in our lives yet none of us seem to talk about it enough. Some of us can just “get over it”, but others can really struggle with feelings of guilt after eating junk food or overeating in general. I personally can feel very disappointed in myself and annoyed at myself after eating a certain amount of junk food or having a takeaway. I know that I do not have it enough for it to be something of concern, but I still find myself beating myself up when I over indulge or have too much of something I deem as junk.

 

Why Do We Feel Guilty After Eating “Bad Food”

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Naturally, it is understandable. Foods that have particularly high levels of sugar can cause absolute havoc on how we feel and it is important to understand how sugar works on the body. Like recreational drugs, sugar releases opioids and dopamine. It also has been shown in studies to affect our brain in ways similar to addictive drugs, causing addictive behaviors such as bingeing, withdrawal, and cravings. Furthermore, too much sugar can directly cause anxiety and irritability.  This is called reactive hypoglycemia, or a “sugar crash” and we have all heard of it: that feeling of happiness after eating a tasty but junky meal, followed by feelings of guilt, irritability at one’s self and sadness once the spike of sugar has worn off. This is because too much of the sweet stuff causes your body to release an excessive amount of insulin to process all the sugar. This leads to a too rapid reduction of blood glucose, or blood sugar levels, causing your body to release adrenaline to compensate. This is the “fight or flight” chemical that causes the anxiety and irritability and it can affect us all in different ways, hence why some of us feel more guilty than others.

Let’s be real about this. We know that things like pizza, cake, sweets and chocolate are not the most nutritionally dense foods. Does that mean we should just not eat them? No, of course not! Too much of anything is bad for you, so it is important to have a balanced diet and indulge in treats now and again IN MODERATION. However, after sugar fueled binges, our bodies need time to recover and if we do not follow the right steps and do everything correctly, we end up in a vicious cycle of eating clean for a short period of time, followed by bingeing on crap, followed by eating healthy again to compensate, leading to low moods, guilt, weight gain or maintaining weight if you are trying to lose it and overall feelings of poor body image and low self-esteem.

How Do We Recover After A Bad Food Day/Binge And Overcome Guilt?

The first and most important step that I would recommend is going against the title of my blog post, and that would be to stop referring to things as good and bad food days. I simply titled it that to grab your attention, because I know we all associate it as that. (Hehe got you!)

Acknowledge that harboring feelings of guilt and shame associated to food does not help the situation. It’s just food. One pound equals 3500 calories. Even on a “terrible” day, it’s hard to overeat by more than 3500 calories. Even if you have, what’s a pound anyway, what’s even two pounds or three pounds? It is not a lot and you are not going to jeopardise your health after a day or few days of over indulging. Also, those feelings of guilt only worsen how you feel because guilt is an emotional response that has stressful triggers that can cause poor digestion or indigestion, which physically makes you feel rubbish. Guilt is impermanent and it will go away in the same way that all the food you have eaten will also go away.

If in the moments following a binge or overindulging session you feel this way, try walking and moving. This will speed up digestion and help the food pass out of the system a bit quicker and can release positive endorphins that can improve your mood a bit. In the morning, start the day off with some hot water and sliced lemon as it will make you feel refreshed and it will soothe your tummy. If you have just eaten, wait for the food to go down a bit and then have a cup of peppermint tea when you are calmer and more relaxed as it will relax the stomach muscles and make you feel more at ease.

How To Stop It From Happening Again

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If you feel trapped in a cycle of over indulging or bingeing then there is likely more going on under the surface. To stop consistently eating things that are making you feel unhealthy, you need to address the reason why that it is happening in the first place rather than guilt tripping yourself every time it happens. You can learn from your eating habits and learn to make better ones without beating yourself up about it constantly. Start to keep a food diary and time log of when and what you are eating and also your mood at the time.

How do you feel in the morning? Are you tired/lethargic/ready to roll back in to bed or are you buzzing and ready for the day ahead?– You might need more sleep and a more substantial breakfast. Make sure you are hitting 7-8 hours of sleep a night and that on waking you have a healthy breakfast such as porridge and fruit. This will set you up for the day and prevent bingeing and cravings. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Are you bingeing/over indulging late at night?- If so, you are likely not getting enough nutrition in the day or you are under-eating during the day. When your body is starved both of nutrients and food, it goes in to survival mode and will start reaching for any food that is available and you go in to a state of eating anything and everything. This is why I think diets and calorie counting suck, because you feel restricted. I never count calories. I just try to eat intuitively and make healthy choices during the day and I try not to beat myself up when I eat something unhealthy. Try having fruit instead of sweets and make sure you are getting enough healthy carbohydrates during the day to keep your glucose levels steady and energy levels regular.

Learn To Love Food- 

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Food is such an amazing thing, It is the fuel for your body and natures best medicine. When you eat a diet full of whole, natural foods such as beans, pulses, legumes, whole-grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, you really do feel fantastic because your body is getting everything it needs. Try incorporating colour in to every dish and eat the rainbow. I really do hate calorie counting in any form so I make sure my diet has variety, balance and colour. Food is to be enjoyed, not to be feared and having treats now and again is okay. In fact, I encourage it! A healthy diet is all about moderation so if you want a cupcake, have one, just make sure you are still getting everything you need in your diet.

Know When To Get Help

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This will not be the case for everyone but some of us may have a deeper issue. Guilt now and again is very natural. In our society we are wired to be watchful of food, and guilt is very common. But, there comes a time where guilt and other emotions towards food can develop in to something more sinister.

If you find yourself doing any of these things or seeing a close relative or friend doing these things, you/they may have an eating disorder:

  • Constant dieting.
  • Hiding food or food wrappers.
  • Eating in secret.
  • Eating to the point of discomfort or pain.
  • Self-induced vomiting.
  • Laxative use.
  • Excessive exercise.
  • Frequent bathroom trips after eating.
  • Excessive Guilt And Shame Around Food

However, never assume someone has an eating disorder. If you are concerned for your self or a friend, you need to tread very carefully. If you are concerned for your self, I would recommend seeing a psychologist or doctor and checking out the B-Eat Website (I will link below) For guidance and information. Please read this first before you approach someone about your concerns as it can be a very touchy, deceptive illness.  Remember that an eating disorder is not just about food, it is an actual mental illness and is very emotionally tied to the person.  Click here for more info.

I do hope this post was of some use to you. Here on my blog, I want to encourage and help others to live a healthy, happy, beautiful life and that is my main goal. If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment or send me a message privately! Thank You for reading and see you soon! xox

 

 

How To Start A Bullet Journal To Organise Your Mind And Life

The Bullet journal method has become really popular over the last year or two, and for good reason! The Bullet Journal is a customisable and forgiving organisation system that you can adjust to suit your own preferences and needs. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it can be a combination of everything. I find it to be an amazing way to track how I am feeling, what I need to do- pretty much everything really! When first hearing about bullet journals, the terms “key”, “future log” “migrating” can be really confusing, but I am here to break it down to you in a really simple way.

To help you understand what exactly you can do with this journal and how to do it yourself, I am letting you peak in to my own bullet journal pages from this month! But first, here are a few things you will need:

Tools

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To start a bullet journal, all you need is a notebook and some pens. However, if you want to give your journal a pop of colour, I recommend getting some fine liners, markers and highlighters! Whilst any notebook will do, I prefer to use a leuchtturm 1997 journal as it fits the traditional bullet journal format perfectly and it is very high quality. I have the blank plain white a5 one, but you can get many different colours, sizes and paper choices of dotted, grid, line or blank like mine.

How To Create The Journal

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There is no set in stone way of creating a bullet journal, but a rough guide is to have an name and address page, followed by an index of all of your pages. My first page consists of a goal page for the year in which I have listed the main things I want to achieve.

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You can simply do a bullet pointed list, but I like to doodle and add a bit of colour. The next page I have in my journal is the future log!

What Is A Future Log?

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My future log is essentially an overview of my year, from the date I started my journal (for me that was June 2017). I created mini calendars of each month with key events like birthdays, appointments and holidays that highlight the year for me. You can use a future log to plan things you want to do over the year or you can use it just like I have as a calendar/reminder.

Monthly Spreads And Filler Pages

After this page, you can get a bit creative with what you want to write/draw/do to make filler pages, or you can go straight to creating the first title page for the month you started your journal. You could use the following few pages for drawings, movies you want to watch/books you want to read, exercise plans, anything you can think of! I decided to create a page full of little things that make me smile. This included my cat, tea, sunshine, nail polish and other little things I love! For my title page, I simply wrote “June” with some vines, berries and lemons bordering it to give it a summery feel.

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The first page of my June spread, is my June Calendar. Unlike the future log, individual monthly calendar’s allow you to go in to more depth. I like to set tasks and to do lists for personal things and other things like blogging! I drew a little doodle of a beach sign as I am going to Brighton this month! As you can see, I also have done a mood tracker. This is really important as I find it is good for my mental well being and it helps me understand why  I feel the way I do. Ladies, I recommend you also track your TOM, if you do not already, as it can indicate why you are feeling a certain way, why your body is behaving a certain way and also to make sure you are in good health. Since losing my left ovary and fallopian tube and part of my right, it is important I track this as I have to make sure I am functioning properly! Sorry If you feel like that is too much information, but it is a fact of life.

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For the rest of June, I have pages I would rather not show online, such as finances and expenses/spending/budget and personal things like thoughts/ideas etc! You can really personalise a bullet journal for whatever you want be it to track your life, schedule or even to use it to help motivate you to stick to an exercise and diet regime! I hope this post was somewhat helpful and If you would like to know anything else, I would be happy to answer! See you again soon! xox

June Goals- Blogging And Personal

Something you may not know about me, is that every month I set myself a list of goals in my private journal. However, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what my blogging goals are for this month along with a few personal goals also! So, here we go!

Blogging Goals

Get Organised

I do not have set dates that I post here on my blog, but I do roughly 3 posts a week. I think it would be really great if I whipped out one of my personal planners and dedicated it just to blogging so that I can plan posts and content and have set days that it will be going up. Not only will this help me, but I think it would be great for you guys as you will know when to expect a post and be able to choose which ones you want to read!

Create Better Content

Okay, so this is my goal continuously, as i always want to better myself and my blog, but I am finally getting used to blogging so I feel now that I know the basics, I can work on it more, improve and maybe even push myself a little bit? Let’s see what happens!

Personal Goals 

Stop Being So Hard On Myself

I have found myself getting really frustrated and upset with myself because physically I struggle at the moment. Surgery was just under 3 weeks ago now, but the recovery process takes much longer and not being able to exercise and have as much energy makes me feel a little bit deflated and useless. I need to stop beating myself up over something that is not in my control and just continue to work on my recovery. I have been doing really well, but I just need some patience and self assurance.

Slowly Cut Out Dairy

I find being a vegetarian easy. However, if it wasn’t for dairy, I would be on a full blown plant based diet, but although I really limit my dairy intake to milk in my tea, the odd bit of cheese and chocolate, I do not actually have that much. I use almond milk and coconut milk as a replacement but i have always struggled to cut milk out of my English Breakfast tea and choose products with dairy free alternatives. I really feel like it is holding me back and slowing down my health journey and I want to wave goodbye to dairy for good. I need to give myself a kick up the butt and stick to it.

That is it for my goals! What are your goals? Thank you for reading! Please do not forget to follow my blog and give this post a cheeky like! It let’s me know that I am doing something right and I really do appreciate it, plus it helps me discover all of your wonderful blogs! See you next time… xox

May Blogging Recap And Highlights- Thank You So Much

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This is a new segment I am adding to my blog because it is a great way for me to track my progress and see what I have achieved each month! I feel like this would be a great thing for bloggers to do, especially fairly newish ones like me so we can see how we are growing, how we can improve and how we can celebrate our blogging successes!

In the spirit of helping new blogs grow, for the first week of June, I will be following every single account who follows me. Let’s show each other some support!

In the month of May I welcomed 98 new followers to my blog and I am not far off hitting 200 followers now!! This may not sound like very much to some, but for me this is pretty cool and very flattering as the majority of what I posted about in May was to do with my personal health problems and surgery that I had. I have been overwhelmed by the support that this wonderful community has given me through a time where I needed it most. Whilst I love blogging about health/beauty/vintage fashion/lifestyle/travel and nail art, it is very lovely to know that the majority of my followers have actually come to my blog at a time where I was not well enough to even be doing those kind of posts and was simply talking about my personal life. To know people actually care is such a lovely thing and something I feel is so unique to the WordPress community. You guys are really quite special and I am so grateful to every single one of you who takes the time to leave me comments, like my posts, contact me and follow my blog. It motivates me to keep my little blog going.

 

Blogging Highlights!

Plans For June

Work On My Youtube Channel

I enjoy making videos as much as I do writing. It is footage I can look back on and enjoy for when I want to remember things and see how I felt and what I was doing in a particular moment. I am doing lots of exciting things this month which I will 110% be videoing for my channel! I really want to learn to edit and learn more about making content as I really do enjoy it and find it really satisfying.

Make More Vintage Beauty Posts

I have recently been teaching myself lots of makeup looks and hair looks in the 40s and 50s style so that I can recreate them here on my blog for you guys! I also want to do more fashion posts so that I can become more comfortable in front of the camera and also just more confident in general! I adore vintage beauty and I want to make it a core part of my blog as it is a core part of who I am,

Find More Blogs To Follow!

I am definitely not following enough blogs and I really want to find some more that I will enjoy! Feel free to link your blog in the comments below, as I would love to check it out! I have a lot of free time right now and I really want to work on getting more involved with other bloggers and supporting one another!

Thank you for everyone who joined my blog last month, I look forward to seeing where June takes me. See you all soon, bye! xox

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