Little ways to improve your life

This has been a blog post idea that has been rattling round in the back of my mind for quite some time now, so I’m very pleased to finally be sharing it! I thought I would make a list of a few things which have really helped to improve my everyday health – both mental and physical. If you’re interested, please read on!

Exercise each day

Most days for the past…however many months/years, I have been doing at least half an hour of exercise each day. The reason for this was because I stopped playing sports regularly and I needed a way to stay fit. However, even though that was my main reason at first, now I exercise because it makes me feel awake and gives me more energy. Even if you just go for a walk, getting fresh air is one of the best things for you in life! Whether it is in the morning before you start the day or in the evenings when you are winding down, it is so important to keep yourself active. Doing exercise also releases endorphins in your brain. These are basically happy chemicals which induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria.

Sleep routine

Out of all five, this is definitely the favourite on my list. I cannot recommend this enough – especially to people who have a full time job or go to school/college. Or if you just have a generally busy and active life! There are a few things you can do to maintain a healthy sleep routine. The most obvious is probably going to bed at a reasonable time. This should also be paired with getting up at more or less the same time each day. Maintaining a consistent routine can help you feel more energised and awake. Other tips include no technology from an hour before bed time and no coffee after 4/5 o’clock!

Meditation

When I refer to meditating I am not thinking of sitting with your legs crossed singing ‘om’ over and over. Rather, I am referring to simply having some quiet time at the end of the day. Whether this is done by reading a book, listening to music or simply breathing deeply, it’s always nice to have some time to yourself at the end of the day. If I didn’t do this each day I would probably explode – life can be so crazy and fast sometimes!

Gratitude

Finally, this is something I have been working on for a few months. I feel like life can pass us by very quickly without us really noticing or thinking about it. We’re a generation who is constantly thinking about the next thing; the next trip, the next career move, the next goal. It’s good to take a step back every once in a while and enjoy the journey. This includes thinking about the thinks we’re grateful and thankful for! 

The India Tea Series – Book Review

Author: Janet MacLeod Trotter

Books:

  1. The Tea Planters Daughter
  2. The Tea Planters Bride
  3. The Girl from the Tea Garden

Overview:

Clarissa Belhaven and her sister are struck by tragedy and are forced to move from the luscious hills of Assam to Newcastle, England, where they have to endure poverty. The first book follows Clarissa as she desperately tries to make a home for herself in Newcastle.

The second book follows Sophie as she lives a full and happy life living in Newcastle with her aunt. But the distant memory of her parents still haunts her as she tries to find out what really happened to them. She is taken to India by her new husband, where she delves deeper into the mystery of her parents and tries to make the most of her new life.

The third book follows lively, dramatic Adela as she struggles through school with the ambition of becoming a glamourous film star. She captures the attention of Sam Jackman, a young film maker. By the outbreak of the second world war, she is living in Newcastle where her life is turned upside down by an unpleasant discovery. Adela deals with shameful secrets and guilt as she falls in love with Sam.

I recently finished reading this series and I decided it was worthy of a book review – because I loved it! This series is quite different from things I usually read; it still had a healthy amount of romance, but also had a lot of cultural aspects involved.

My favourite thing about these books was reading about different places and cultures. The books are set in India and Newcastle from 1904 to the late 1900’s. I also love that each character is linked to the characters in the next book, therefore we still indirectly learn about the lives of previous characters as they progress. This is great because I hate finishing a book and not knowing what happened to the characters!

Each book is filled with joy, comfort and sadness. I have cried and laughed multiple times throughout reading the series – I simply love when books are able to touch you in such a way.

Here is the link to the books on amazon:

I hope you enjoyed this book review and it’s inspired you to read them! 🙂

Megssaskia x

 

 

 

 

 

The Liebster Blogger Award

Liebster Award Sign

I’m so happy to tell you that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award – an award for new blogs which have less than 200 followers. Thank you so much to Hannah who nominated me. Go check out her blog – https://wordsmithobservations.wordpress.com/ – you won’t regret it. 🙂 This is the first blogger award I’ve ever recieved, so it’s pretty awesome to be honest. Plus, I get to discover and nominate 11 other bloggers. Here are the rules:

Liebster Award List

These are the questions that I was given (and my answers):

  1. What made you pursue writing? I have always been keen on writing down thoughts/feeling in a diary. Blogging allows me to do this whilst exploring other people’s thoughts and sharing my own.
  2. What is the most important event/events that have grown you into the person you are today? Flying to Australia on my own was an amazing experience. I learnt how to be independent and cope when things don’t go the way they’re planned.
  3. Describe yourself in one sentence. Always looking for new adventures/exciting things to do.
  4. If you could meet with anyone past or present who would it be and why? Probably Florence Nightingale. She’s such a role model for standing out from the crowd and not following what everyone else is doing. She also had a big impact on the way we approach medicine today.
  5. What are 5 principles that you try to live your life by? Do the right thing, even if it means standing on your own. Have no regrets. Be yourself – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and be nice to everyone you meet.
  6. If you could pack up and live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you live and why? Definitely Australia. The accents, the food, the beaches, the cities and of course the amazingly hot weather – what is there not to like?!
  7. Who are your favourite authors?Why do you like their work so much?  J.K Rowling definitely! I love the Harry Potter books. They’re my comfort books; whenever I’m nervous/feeling down they cheer me up.
  8.  If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? I would absolutely love to be a singer, it’s always been my dream job.
  9. What do you love to do in your free time? I usually hang out with friends or if I have time to myself I like to sing, read a book, or catch up on a new episode of a TV series on Netflix!
  10. What would you say is your biggest downfall? I often find it difficult to make good friends in new situations and I wish I could be more outgoing.
  11. What would you say is your best attribute? I am very ambitious; I know what my goals are and I work hard to achieve them.

 

11 random facts about me:

  1. I was homeschooled for 3 years.
  2. I want to travel the world and explore different cultures before I settle down.
  3. I hope to be a Psychologist or a Lawyer.
  4. I’m 5’2
  5. My favourite quote is “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.”
  6. I love fashion/clothes
  7. My zodiac sign is a Scorpio (I was born on Halloween)
  8. I love interior design – walking through shops such as John Lewis and Ikea, or anywhere that has a homeware section is so much fun – I can’t wait to decorate my own home.
  9. My favourite colours are red and blue.
  10. I play cricket for the county team.
  11. I study Psychology, English Language and Law.

 

These are the blogs I have nominated for this award, go check them out!

  1. studiousbrad.wordpress.com – The layout on this blog is so good and makes it easy to read the posts. I particularly liked the post entitled “7 Tips For Waking Up Early Every Morning” – some of the tips are brilliant and really do help a lot!
  2. queenkerswell.wordpress.com – This was one of the first blog I came across when I first started. Some of her posts are so relatable and real. She was very friendly when I commented on one of her posts. The part I love the most about her blog is the posts on Lush, as this is one of my favourite shops.
  3. kuminkueche.wordpress.com – As soon as I set my eyes on the delicious recipes on this blog, I loved everything I saw. My favourite is the recipe for Green Beans. This blog boasts some of the most delicious looking, yet fairly simple recipes!
  4. crystaleyes20.com – If you want to feel inspired and uplifted, I seriously recommend scrolling through Crystal’s blog. I find her posts so motivating and they make me stop and think for a while in this crazy whirlwind of life! I have also got to read about how much she loves teaching – this is especially close to my heart as my grandma was also a teacher and I love listening to others share similar stories.
  5. femvestige.wordpress.com – I came across this blog the other day and was really touched by some of the things which have been written. I too class myself as a feminist so it was very inspiring to read Sarah’s posts.Her writing style is incredible and the poems she has written are so powerful. I especially like the one entitled ‘Unclean’
  6. etchedinadventure.com – I’m so in love with travel blogs, however much they make me sick with wanderlust! However, this blog is very original and that really appealed to me. The pictures are incredible and I could spend ages scrolling through them. The tips for travelling are also so useful. If you’re a travel lover, then definitely check out this blog!
  7. cloeverjoyful.wordpress.com – thanks to all these amazing blogs (this being one of them!), I’m getting very into reading poems. As a relatively new blog, it is very exciting to read and the writing is great – this is a very creative blog. I also love the travel post! 🙂
  8. element37.wordpress.com – I chose this blog because it really gives an insight into Rachel’s life. It has made me chuckle (especially the wedding post!) and think about abstract things. Also, her puppy is so adorable and her dog posts are very relatable!
  9. wordsfromabrokeartist.wordpress.com – I was excited about finding this blog as the tagline has psychology in it! I love anything psychology/mind/people related and her posts really seem to put into words things which I often think about but don’t know how to say. My favourite post is probably ‘That time I lost my friends and grew up as a result’ because it gives you perspective.
  10. lightsoulssite.wordpress.com – I enjoy how original this blog is. After reading the About page I was intrigued. Often the best blog posts are random thoughts or idea’s and I think this blog does that perfectly. The posts are short, which I like as it makes it easier to read all of them!
  11. ouridentityblog.wordpress.com – reading the posts from this blog makes me feel very happy. The posts are cheery and I really enjoy the friendly vibe that is projected through the writing. The first post made me chuckle as I found that whole forgetting passwords thing very relatable!

Final step is to ask you guys 11 questions, so here goes:

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
  2. What are your goals in life?
  3. What are you most passionate about?
  4. How would you define happiness?
  5. If you received enough money to never have to work again, what would you do on a day to day basis?
  6. What are you studying/have studied in the past?
  7. What is your guilty pleasure?
  8. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  9. What is your favourite quote? Why?
  10. If you could read a book about your future, would you read it? Why?
  11. What is the greatest adventure of your life so far?

Hope you enjoy checking out these blogs and (to the nominees) I hope you enjoy answering the questions!

Megssaskia x

 

Things to do in Ronda, Spain

Ronda is the beautiful mountaintop city in Andalusia, Spain. Situated on top of a deep gorge, it boasts some of the most amazing views. I have visited Ronda a few times over the years and it is one of my favourite Spanish cities. It is great for those who love exploring modern Spanish culture, as well as history.

I hope this guide is helpful if you are ever visiting Ronda or are looking for a new city to explore. 🙂

  • Plaza de Toros – Ronda bullring is very impressive as the largest stone bullring throughout Spain. When first visiting, it is amazing how huge it appears to be. There is also chance to walk around a small museum at the bullring to learn the history of bullfighting. Prices are very reasonable from €6.50 to €8. There are still bullfights being held here, although I have no appetite for such things, it may interest you!
  • Ronda Gorge – probably one of the most breath-taking views in Spain, looking over the Ronda Gorge into the depths below is both frightening and fascinating. A walk along the Puente Nuevo bridge is well worth a visit so you can oh and ah as you look down into the Guadalevin river.
  • Guadalevin river – this is linked to the Ronda Gorge. This river can be surveyed from 3 bridges; Puente Nuevo, Puente Viejo and Puente Romano.
  • The Puente Nuevo – the most impressive of the bridges in Ronda, the Puente Nuevo is the newest, with construction completed in 1793. This is one of three bridges from which you are able to admire the Gorge. It is situated near to one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels, which is worth a visit!
  • Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – this is the beautiful square in the city. Perfect for a stroll and picturesque Instagram pictures, or to have lunch in one of the many restaurants nearby.
*I DO NOT OWN ANY PHOTOS (they are found on Google.)

Paris 2016

I was lucky enough to experience this amazing city when my parents took me to Paris for 3 days to celebrate my birthday. We saw many of the attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We also walked along the Champs Elysees and had delicious lunches at the cute Parisian cafe’s, where they gave us the tastiest baguettes! We were staying a few streets away from the red light district and tried to get tickets to the Moulin Rouge, but they were sold out. However, you did not need to see the show to experience the mood of the red light district; simply driving through it at night and seeing everything lit up was quite awesome.

I think it’s easier if I show you photo’s rather than try to explain how awesome it was!

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year! Once again, it’s that time of year where resolutions and fresh starts are made. When I was younger I never really made New Years resolutions, let alone write them down or stick to them. However, this year I decided I would give it a go, even if I don’t stick to them 100%, it’s a good source of motivation. I have both personal resolutions and work-based resolutions for studying and college.

One of my personal resolutions is to maintain a healthy lifestyle – this refers to a healthy sleep routine, regular exercise and eating healthily. Another is to be more grateful towards my family and for the opportunities which I am given. My 17th birthday is later this year and I will be able to drive. Therefore, a final thing I would like to achieve is learning to drive (or at least starting to learn)!

Resolutions for studying/college include getting a good grade in my AS Law exam and working harder in English Language. As well as this I would like to achieve good predicted grades and submit awesome uni applications!

I’d love to know what some of your New Years resolutions are – feel free to comment and let me know! 🙂

Happy 2017!

Megssaskia x

P.S – this was a short, quick post to kick off the year, so keep your eyes peeled for a longer 2016 year review!

 

Christmas Party Outfit

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought the best way to kick off the festive season is to do a Christmas-themed post! This is actually inspired by a gorgeous dress I found recently in a charity shop and thought would be a great outfit for a Christmas party in a few weeks. Thanks to my grandma – who dragged me into the charity shop for the millionth time, and bought me the dress. 🙂

The dress is red lace with a satin underskirt. It has a fairly high neckline and finishes just above the knee, which is great if you aren’t keen on showing too much skin. The sleeves a 3 quarter length and do not have any material under the lace, which gives it a really pretty effect. I love how elegant lace is and this is (surprisingly) the first lace dress I have ever owned – actually now I come to think of it, I don’t own much lace clothing apart from a few skirts. Definitely need to keep my eye out for lace tops! I paired the dress with a pair of chunky black heels, which could be traded for delicate silver sandals depending on how posh the occasion is. These are so comfy and I bought them from Topshop a few years ago.

As usual I have inserted a few pictures of the dress and shoes below. I hope this gave you a bit of inspiration for your outfit if you didn’t already have some 🙂

Megssaskia x