It’s easy to forget that everyone was a beginner once. No one is born knowing how to crochet. Wouldn’t that have been great if we were though?
If you’re reading this post then it’s likely that you wish to learn how to crochet. That’s great if so! But before you get learning, it might be a good idea to see some mistakes that you should avoid making…
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!
I came across this app by accident. I wasn’t looking for a new way to track my habits or even create new and better habits, but finding this app was such a happy accident.
I’ve tracked my habits on and off for many years now. Habit tracking has motivated me and kept me going through many hard parts of my life. But my issue with habit tracking is that it always felt like an extra task that I had to go out of my way to complete. This is why I’m grateful for my happy accident with the Streaks app.
While watching a YouTube video about the best apps for an Apple Watch, I heard about Streaks. I can’t remember which Youtuber it was but they were saying about how easy it is to use and how it being on your Apple Watch just makes habit tracking so simple.
Well, I was hooked on the idea from there.
I headed over to the App Store and sure enough, it was there and it was pretty cheap too. I’m not usually one to pay for apps when I can find a similar app for free, but I took a gamble and I’m glad that I did.
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.
Setting yourself a word of the year can be a great alternative or addition to your new year’s resolutions. It can be your guide when you’re setting goals and help you to determine what is really important to you.
I have quite a few goals that I want to work on through 2022, but I noticed that all of them centre around the same theme.
Since buying a Dymo Label Maker, I’ve been feeling the need to label absolutely everything. At first I was just enjoying labelling everything with what they are but then I started to wonder if the Dymo label maker (or any label maker really) had more uses.
I love to get creative so when I started to think of uses for my label maker, I wanted to think of some ideas that weren’t just labeling things. Of course, labelling things will always but fun. But sometimes, you’ve just got to get creative and try some new things.
That’s how I came up with some creative uses for a label maker.
So, here’re some ways that you can great creative with a label maker…
Now, in late summer, it feels like a strange limbo. We set goals in the new year but so many of them have been forgotten. Our self care routines and healthy habits have been forgotten throughout the year.
Typically people see January as a fresh start. January is a time for setting goals and reassessing our lives. But I would say that September is a great time for that too.
September is the start of the academic year. Young people are gathering their stationery, readying their uniforms, and organising their planners. Even if you aren’t in education, you can’t help but get swept up in the fresh start of it all.
The back-to-school feeling that comes with September offers us a new opportunity to slow down and reassess. We can work out what got lost along the way and change whatever we need to.
Setting goals in September is a whole different thing. You know that you only have four months left until the year is over so you don’t have too much time before you start the new year and wonder what you did all of this one.
Luckily for us, September still has longer days with plenty of sun for us to enjoy. With the longer days, we have more time to live our lives purposefully and work on our goals. We get to enjoy the sunshine while reading or walking around the local park. This is the main difference for me when it comes to setting goals in September instead of (or as well as) January.
Days in January are short and dark. The night arrives too quickly and we find ourselves living more of the hygge lifestyle. But September days are longer and warmer. There’s more time in the days. Use this time to work on yourself and your goals.
September is the perfect time to work on you. Take some time to reflect and see how you’re feeling. If you’re burned out, then try to see if you can slow down or take a break. If you have goals or tasks that you want to complete, then take some small steps towards the end goal.
September is a new start and it’s time for you to work on making yourself happy.
No matter how your year has been so far, September is the perfect time to take a step back and a deep breath. You don’t need to wait until January to start again. September is the new January.
Whether we realise it or not, some of our daily habits can hold us back in life. I’m not trying to say that everything you do needs to help you better yourself. Sometimes we do things just because we want to and that’s okay. However, it’s always good to incorporate some new daily habits into your life.
Here’re some daily habits that you could incorporate into your life to make your life happier and more productive..