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Why The Hiatus?

I have to apologise!  It’s been almost a month since I last wrote something on my site…

…So, I’m sorry.

It’s been too long and there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t thought about writing. So why has it taken me this long to talk to you guys? Well.. As you all know I went travelling for a month around the U.S (check out previous blog posts) and it was a great time, but I’ve been back for over a month now and my life has changed a lot since I got back.

Firstly, I don’t live in London anymore. I had a strong feeling in my gut that I wouldn’t be coming back to my ordinary life. As soon as I got into Gatwick coming from Los Angeles I just knew I wasn’t ready to go back to London. Why? Honestly, I was getting sick of it before I left. The weather, the people, the commute. Everything was grinding my gears and I needed to escape.

Now I’m back in Hertfordshire where my family live and I’ve actually really enjoyed being back here. The first week back from L.A was a bit of a comedown but I’ve got used to it now. I have a car! It’s been 3 long years since I drove and I’ve missed it so much. I’m exploring old haunts with a fresh mind. It’s great.

Anyway, I’ve got lots of creative plans up my sleeve and being home is the perfect platform to support me whilst I makes these dreams come true. From now on we’re back on our regular schedule to a post a week!

Thank you so much for sticking by me  ❤

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Habits I Picked Up Whilst Travelling

Finding Time to Read

When your budget is small and you can’t afford to go to the MOMA in NYC or shop till you drop on Fifth Avenue… You go to the park and read. As it might be your cheapest option. I found myself reading a lot more whilst travelling because firstly, I had an abundance of time for myself, secondly it was free (if you already have a book) and thirdly I just enjoyed being able to stop, sit-down and take in my surroundings whilst reading a great story.

Keeping Up With My Skin-Care Routine

There is no excuse for getting sloppy with your skin-care whilst on holiday. You have all the time in the world!!! It also helps to believe in the products you’re using. I took a trip to Glossier the first second I got to New York (read here) and bought a bottle of Milky Jelly Cleanser. The whole experience of buying it directly from the Glossier Penthouse then using it for the first time and being blown away, has made me want to look after my skin so much more.

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Soaking In The Moment

Be in the present moment. Look up from your phone. Enjoy the beautiful sunset. Soaking up the moment is such a wonderful thing to do because you suddenly notice what’s happening around you and how lucky you are to have the things you do. You may be sitting in you living room whilst reading this, with your pet on one side and a cup of tea on the other.. Be grateful you have both those things right now. You may be reading this laying in the park sun bathing, be grateful for the beautiful weather, the breeze, the birds singing and the trees that provide shade.

Drinking Coffee Everyday

I didn’t say all these habits were going to be good ones!! Yes, I’ve gotten myself addicted to coffee. Particularly iced. When I was in New York there was a coffee shop 30 seconds away from the place I was staying and then in L.A there was always a Starbucks close by. I honestly feel like I work/write better whilst I’m caffeinated so it’s not all bad news, right?

Sticking To A Maximum Of 5 Outfits

At first, living out of a suitcase was horrible, but after 2 weeks I felt fully adjusted. I actually began to love not having too many things to choose from because it cuts your options and makes the whole getting ready process much quicker! Even after being home for almost 2 weeks I’m still wearing the same outfits I wore whilst away. I’ve finally created a capsule wardrobe!!

What habits have you picked up from travelling or being on holiday? I’d love to hear some of yours 🙂

24 lessons for 24 years

So yesterday, I turned 24 years old! I love my birthday because it gives me a chance to reflect on how life was a year ago. Looking back and being here today, life has definitely taken a turn for the better and so many lessons have been learnt. Some of these lessons I need to remind myself of daily, some are imprinted on my mind. I wanted to share with you some of the most inspiring quotes I’ve read, I’ve learnt and still teaching myself about, so you can be the best version of yourself too..

1. When you stop censoring yourself and show people who the real you is, the right people will come into your life.

2. You are not your status, you are not the money you make.

3. The amount of effort you put into something, is the same amount of effort you get back.

4. Things that have happened to you, do not define who you are.

5. By giving myself more time, attention and space, I have more to give to others.

6. Following somebody else’s path will not lead you to personal success.

7. Every event that has happened in your life, good or bad, is a learning experience.

8. Your relationship with God is personal and you should never need to explain your faith.

9. You can’t rely on others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.

10. Being financially independent is a form of freedom that you deserve.

11. Forgive people who hurt you, even if you think they don’t deserve it, because it will set you free.

12. Life is too short to live without love and laughter.

13. You have to work hard to get what you want. Nothing worth having comes easy.

14. Opening up and being vulnerable is not weakness, it’s strength. Holding back and not saying how you feel is weakness.

15. You deserve the best life possible. You deserve the best version of yourself.

16. “No man is an island.” You can follow your own path but you can’t do it alone.

17. There is no such thing as failure, this is life’s way of pointing you in the right direction.

18. Be in the present moment, because it’s all we have.

19. A relationship is not meant to complete you, it is meant to compliment your life.

20. In the words of Mother Teresa “If you judge people, you have no time to love them”

21. You deserve healthy, satisfying, and loving relationships. They are your birthright.

22. If a ‘friend’ isn’t 100% supportive of your success, they’re not really your friend.

23. You are not the opinion somebody has of you. You are not the names they call you.

24. You can’t live a brave life without disappointing someone.

Rainbow Smoothie Bowl @ Amazebowls, L.A

If this doesn’t bring a smile to your face I don’t know what will…

With a treat so colourful and full of nutrients, I couldn’t help but feel like I fed my soul too. In celebration of Pride month, Amazebowls have created a very beautiful rainbow smoothie bowl and it’s truly delicious…

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I chose the Dragon Bowl-Z base which contains pitaya (dragon fruit), banana, strawberries, basil, lemon, coconut and pineapples. With rainbow decoration of course.IMG_2997IMG_3002IMG_3070

check them out if you’re in the area 🙂

ARTS DISTRICT

Located @ One Santa Fe
300 S. Santa Fe.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

www.amazebowls.com

 

Why I Chose To Travel Alone

Fellow lone travellers can agree that there are so many perks to adventuring solo. If you’re on the cusp of taking a solo trip but you have a few doubts, I’m here to reassure you, you’re on the edge of a great thing…

1. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want.

That’s right, complete freedom! You can do whatever. you. want. If you want to get up at 4AM to watch the sunrise, nobody’s gonna tell you no. If you want to spend a whole day shopping, you can. If you want to just relax in your hotel all day, you can! It’s completely up to you. It’s up to you whether you want to hang out with others too, if you’re staying in a hostel, you’re going to meet super fun people, so the option to be with people is always there. But if you want to just be on your own, you can. You set the rules!

2. It’s being completely independent.

I’ve always been quite an independent person, but hopping on a flight to America with no one to meet at the other end, felt bizarre. However, once you get to grips and settle into your accommodation, the world is your playground. To me, being independent is a crucial way of life. I obviously love all of my close friends and family to pieces and wouldn’t know what to do without them, But knowing you are ok on your own is a big thing and it’s very important. If you don’t feel like that yet, a solo trip will certainly make you comfortable being with yourself.

3. You build a huge amount of trust with yourself.

You’re the one who has to organise transport to the hostel, to catch your flight in time, to open up and speak to new people. It’s pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and taking responsibility. When you succeed at these things, the trust you have for yourself really blossoms.

4. I like being with myself!

Is that ok?! I don’t see being on my own as a disadvantage. I like taking myself to cute brunch spots, I like hanging out in the park with a coffee and book in hand. There is nothing shameful about doing things solo. Some things I refuse to do with others, for example, shopping. It’s so much quicker when you’re on your own!

5. It gives you the space you need from your work routine.

Something everyone needs to do as often as they can, take a step back from work, life at home and your everyday routine. Being abroad solo really gives you the chance to look at your life from an outside perspective and it’s so much easier to see what things need to change. Without the distraction of a partner or friend.

6. I chose not to wait for someone to come with me

If you wait for the right person to travel with, you may never travel! Don’t get me wrong, my friends love to travel and they’re all super adventurous, but we don’t all have the same wants. For example, one friend I have would love to do all the touristy things and really live like they’re on holiday, whereas I like to feel like a local. One friend likes to sunbathe at the beach all day and do nothing, I personally can’t think of anything more boring/painful (celtic skin sucks). Finding the right travel buddy may never happen, so stop waiting and start booking flights.

 

If you have travelled solo before I’d love to hear about why you loved it so much! Or if you had a different experience… Thanks for reading 🙂

Momofuku Milk Bar, N.Y

Always wanted a birthday cake flavoured ice-cream? Look no further. I got you covered!

While the weather has been perfect for it, I couldn’t come to NYC and not review an ice-cream place. Actually famous for their naked cakes and crack pie (google it ya self) they sell amazing soft-serve ice-cream too. Their most popular flavours are ‘cereal’ which is literally the flavour of cereal milk and ‘b-day’ the flavour of vanilla cake. I opted for the ‘b’day’ flavour purely for the cute sprinkles. 🙂

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I thought I’d found an off-the-beaten-track place but there are actually 9 stores spread across New York. So if you’re not in the East Village like I was, there is probably another store 20 mins away!

Location: 251 e 13th st, ny 10003, corner of 13th street / 2nd avenue

Opening times: sun – thur 9am – 12am | fri – sat 9am – 1am

MILKBARSTORE.COM