Songs to Cure a Bad Mood – my Current Playlist

Hi my little autumn pumpkins, welcome to October. I’m skipping out on a recap this month as September was mostly filled with overthinking, too many emotions, sometimes no emotions and many many goodbyes – so I thought I’d save you the torture of reading that (though technically you don’t have to read anything I write, I’m not forcing you). Instead of a recap I thought I’d give you a little insight into what I’ve been listening to virtually on repeat recently, i.e every time I’ve needed an emotional pickup.
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A love letter to autumn

All over the place doesn’t even begin to illustrate how I’ve been feeling these past couple of weeks. Ooooh b*tch, the mental health game is playing a hard one right now. I’m trying to steer as far away as I can from a depressive pity party though, because A) I’ve had enough of them B) nobody will benefit from it and C) in the long run it’ll only make matters worse. Instead I am focussing my brain on all the positive goings on in my life right now: like autumn. Oh yes thats right, my favourite time of the year has arrived. September 23rd rolled around (the first official day of autumn) and there was a crispness in the air, leaves appeared more golden overnight, cosy jumpers, scarves and coats called to me as I got ready for work and I emerged from my dwelling a brand new, shining, autumn goddess.
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Thoughts from a cafe: feeling like an adult

A few weeks ago my cousin and auntie (not blood related) came up to stay for a few days. On the first day, after my cousin and me had finished a ghost tour and were walking back to the car, we were reflecting on how long it had been since we had last seen each other. As we were talking and semi-reminiscing (a term I use loosely because there isn’t much to reminisce on) she paused and asked me how old I was, “I’m 20” I replied, she looked at me in a kind of shock and said “Woah, its been ages, you’re like… an adult now“. At the time I brushed this statement away with the kind of jokey laughter you do when you’re at work and having a polite conversation with a customer, but since then, it’s been pretty stuck in my head.
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Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Music is a powerful little creation. It can make us happy and it can make us sad, it can heal us and break us. Sometimes you can’t help but move to the beat, tap your foot, nod your head or do a little jig in your kitchen. Powerful lyrics can change your perception, they can help you see things more clearly, they can comfort us, sometimes we relate to them so deeply it feels like they were written just for us and when they really hit home, they can inspire. Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)” is a song that has done just that to me.
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August faves & feelings

August seemed to drag on for aages, it’s been a tough old month. Sitting down to write this recap half of me didn’t want to reflect back but as I thought about it, there have been some bright shining moments in this month. Times with friends and family that have been really lovely and positive that I want to focus on and as a bonus, there has actually been some stand out things I’ve been using. So here is my August faves, feelings and recap.
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Lil charity shop haul

Hey lil sunflowers, it’s time for a charity shop haul. I’ve been meaning to do this kind of post for god knows how long, I’m constantly going into charity shops/vintage stores in the hope of finding a cute bargain or two, you just cannot go wrong with them. Even though I adore them, I always forget to sit down and write about the bargains I’ve found (probably because I’m excited to wear everything) but here I am now sitting down and writing about them – yay!
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What am I doing? (creative block)

It’s the afternoon and I’m in my bedroom. I’m sitting in front of my mac. The 1975 is playing through my headphones. My cat is asleep next to me. It’s raining and I can hear raindrops falling on my window. There is a forgotten about lukewarm cup of tea beside me. My phone is on do not disturb mode. I’m itching to write something, my fingers are skimming over the keys but nothing is happening so instead I’m just sitting, letting my thoughts wander and my eyes drift from my screen to the empty wall in front of me. It’s a frustrating situation. I am desperate to be creative, I’m desperate to get my teeth stuck into something real – it’s been too long. I have so many ideas floating around in my head that I simultaneously have no ideas.
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Self-care for when you’re not 100%

Sometimes when you’re feeling low/generally not okay (or whatever you choose to call it when you’re not 100%) the littlest and most mundane things can seem like these crazy big tasks. You have to make sure to give time to yourself, because no matter how much you may not believe it, looking after yourself is the most important. When you’re going through a bad head space it’s really easy to forget the smallest of things, and its these tiny things that help our minds the most – they help us to feel human again.
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2 day photo diary

For somebody that loves photography, I don’t do it half as much as I should. I realised this the other day, during this lull that I’ve been in I’ve really stopped being creative, and I’ll be honest it does make me a little sad. So in the past few days whilst I’ve been out and about doing things, seeing cute sights, having lunch and trying to distract my mind, I’ve been trying to take more photos in the hope it will spark my creativity again (and also to document the little happy things in life).
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