One of my favourite ways of expressing gratitude is by journaling. I try to write in my gratitude journal daily and it really helps me to feel like there’s some good in this world even though everything is more challenging these days.
Practising gratitude has such a positive impact on your health and well-being as well as making you happier in general.
What is a gratitude journal?
A gratitude journal is basically just a notebook where you write down what you’re grateful for. You can make it as simple or detailed as you like. It’s completely personal to you.
Sometimes we come across a character whether that’s in a book, film or any other form, and that character inspires us to be a better version of ourselves.
Finding a character who makes you feel like you can be the best version of yourself is a great feeling. So here are some of my most inspiring fictional characters..
There was no way I could write a post about inspiring characters and not mention Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Anne teaches us to use our imagination, be okay with making mistakes, and to appreciate the little things in life.
This choice is probably a bit of a controversial one in the Gilmore Girls community. Sure, Rory makes mistakes and can be incredibly annoying. However, early-season Rory inspires me to read more, educate myself, and be a kind friend. While we are on the topic, are you team Dean, Jess, or Logan?
Éowyn is a fictional character in The Lord of the Rings. She’s unsatisfied with her life and decides to go about changing it herself to live the life she wants to. She’s the ultimate badass who rides into battle and kills the Lord of the Nazgûls, the Witch-King of Angmar once and for all. Éowyn doesn’t get as much credit as she deserves.
Being the younger sibling of Sherlock Holmes, it’s not surprising that Enola is smart, observant and has great sleuthing skills. She defies gender norms and set out to live her life the way that she wishes.
Beth is one of the four main protagonists in Little Women. All four of them are inspiring to me, but for this post, I decided just to mention Beth. She’s known for being musical and extremely pleasant. Although Beth is shy and quiet, she is also sweet, kind, honest and gentle.
Who wouldn’t be inspired by a kind, book loving girl who can move things with her mind? Matilda teaches people that kindness, friendship, and love are some of the most important things in life. Even in hard times, Matilda tries to see the positives and I think we can all take a little something from that.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast is another character who loves to read. She teaches us to see inner beauty and not fall for a pretty face. She’s also willing to sacrifice herself for her father which inspires us to be selfless and love the people around us.
No matter what Jane went through, she was always determined to live the life she deserved. Throughout her life she suffers quite a bit, but no matter what Jane finds a way to get back onto her feet and keep going. Jane is independent and knows what she deserves, and doesn’t settle for less. I think we should all live like that.
I’ve been decluttering a lot recently. My home was rapidly becoming a place of clutter which was negatively impacting my mental health.
My home no longer felt like my safe space and began to add to the stress of daily life. Instead of walking through the front door and feeling ready to relax, I felt like I still had so much to do because my home was in chaos.
Enough was enough, I needed to do something about it!
This is when I discovered minimalism and decluttering. I’d watched hundreds (yes hundreds) of YouTube videos all about how owning less can improve your mental health and wellbeing. A repeated theme in as lot of the videos I watched was productivity and slow living. Those are two things that I value in my life too so I figured, why not become a minimalist?
Well, I’ll tell you why; I like stuff. I enjoy collecting things, especially books and plushes. I love having physical copy of photographs to flick through. I want to be surrounded by beautiful things.
So that ruled out being a minimalist for me.
But does that mean that I couldn’t embrace decluttering into my life? Absolutely not!
Winter can be a pretty difficult time of year for many people. The days are shorter and the weather is colder. But that doesn’t mean there are not beautiful parts of Winter too.
It can be harder to see the beauty in life during the shorter days, but that’s just even more of a reason to find joy in the small moments. We need to romanticise those little moments in life that we usually rush through. Slow down and take a second to appreciate those little, magical moments that Winter offers us.
So, here are six things that you already do or can incorporate into your daily life this winter to make things a little more lovely.
It’s my 25th birthday today! And what better way to celebrate a birthday than by talking about the things we are grateful for?
Practising gratitude is a great way to help you feel happier in life. I often forget to look on the more positive side and I’m sure many others do too. Life can get in the way and we forget to take a moment to appreciate everything we have.
However, today is my birthday so it’s the perfect time for me to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for.
Halloween is nearly here which can only mean one thing… it’s time to read some spooky books!
Obviously, Halloween means other exciting things too like scary movies, lots of sweets and trick or treating, but the best part of it all is books, so let’s focus on that.
I’m an absolute wuss. This doesn’t change when it comes to the books I read either. But when Halloween comes around, I’m always inclined to pick up something that’s a little bit more on the creepy side than my usual book choices.
But that doesn’t mean I’m going to dive head first into the horror section.
This post will only have one true horror book. I could have gone wild and added more, but that’s just not my thing. I like a spooky book that will put me in the Halloween mood, not a book that will give me nightmares for the next year.
So, if you’re into extremely scary books, this probably isn’t the post for you and I’m sure another blogger will have written a great post more suitable for you. But if you’re into mildly creepy books, then read on.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This book gets a lot of mixed reviews, but in my opinion, it’s great and the perfect Halloween read. It’s a book about ‘peculiar’ children with a vintage twist. With the fascinating vintage photos there to add to the story, it really makes the reader feel gripped and spooked.
I know what you’re thinking… it’s only September, why am I already chatting about Christmas..? Well, my friends, Christmas is only 3 months away and whether you like it or not, it’ll be here before you know it.
Suddenly it’ll be December and you’ll be rushing around the shops trying to get those last-minute gifts and worrying about whether or not you’ve got enough food and drinks. And that is exactly why I’ve decided that September is the perfect time to start planning for Christmas!
I love Christmas. I look forward to watching all the cosy Christmas films, singing cheesy songs, and eating so much food that you feel like you’ll burst. I know that it’s just one day of the year, but honestly, life is way too hard to not say “f**k it!” and have the greatest day ever.
In saying that, I know that Christmas can be a stressful and chaotic time of year, so let’s get planning now to make it easier.