Love. It’s the powerful force that binds us together – and life wouldn’t be the same without it. 💕
I think one of the greatest forms of love is self-love, but too often it becomes neglected, as we seek external validation and chase the people (and possessions) that we believe will make us feel whole.
When perfect lives and #RelationshipGoals are fed to us in the media every day, it can be easy to forget that your lifelong BFF and biggest supporter, is already there, within you! (Even if she needs coaxing out!)
For me, learning to love, respect and cherish myself has been a wild journey – which began when I was very ill. It was from that darkness (and aloneness) that I adopted an attitude of gratitude, discovered the healing power of nature and plant foods, and realised how enriching self-care can be.
Today, I’d like to share some of my favourite ways to practise self-love, which have transformed my health, life, and mindset – and have made me who I am today!
Because of these rituals, my inner dialogue is no longer harsh and cruel, I see the world more brightly, and I love and support myself and others more intensely, as I truly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats!
What are your favourite ways of practising self-love and self-care? I’d love to hear your thoughts! x
“Love starts from within and flows out like an unstoppable wave of peace and joy, that can light up the entire world!”
Woohoo! It’s the start of a shiny, new year – and I’m finally back after an unexpectedly long hiatus!
2017 was such a big year for me. I busted through my fears, did things that I didn’t think were possible, and found myself again, after being ill for many years with Lyme Disease.
It was a beautiful, exhilarating and transformational season of my life, however, it ended in overwhelm and burnout.
Because of this, I’ve been taking some time out to rest, recuperate and refine my goals for the future.
Lately, I’ve been reflecting back on the past year, and reevaluating my priorities for the upcoming months ahead. I’ve also been trying to free myself of anything that’s no longer serving me, to make room for new opportunities.
Today, I’d like to share some of my highlights from 2017, as well as a few of my goals for this year!
Saying Goodbye to 2017…
My top moments of the year:
I did my first solo backpacking trip!
After years of being ill, isolated and living with social anxiety, my health improved and I decided to face my fears, and go on a big adventure! I travelled across Europe (through 8 different countries), met some wonderful people, and had the experience of a lifetime!
I started running!
I never thought that I’d become a runner; in fact, just a few years ago I could barely even walk. Thankfully though, my health has turned around, and my immense gratitude to be able to run again, motivates me to hit the pavements every day!
I turned 30.
Many people dread turning 30, but for me, it represents a beautiful new chapter in my life! I feel blessed to have made it this far, and I couldn’t be more excited for what the next decade will bring!
I visited the Christmas markets with my Mum.
My Mum is my BFF, so it was the biggest joy to travel with her to Austria and Slovakia, and go to the Christmas markets!
Vienna and Bratislava were absolutely magical, and experiencing all the beautiful Christmas lights and cheerful, festive vibes, made this trip so perfect!
My Goals for 2018
Now, I’m a bit of a beast when it comes to goal-setting. There are so many things that I want to do, places I want to go, and achievements I’d like to make.
I have foodie goals, DIY goals, business goals, and ‘kissing my cat a million times’ goals…but to save listing them all, here are just a few of the things, that I’m going to be focussing on this year!
I’ve already begun my first fitness challenge, to run 1000k this year – and so far I’m 72km in!
I’ve also signed up for two half marathons, one of which is a trail run. I’ve never even done a trail run before – but flying through the forest (and getting all muddy) sounds like so much fun!
I’d love to do a full marathon too..but we’ll see how I get on! 😉
To do more for the animals and the environment.
For me, being vegan is no longer enough – It’s time to get out there and do more!
I’d love to help out at various animal sanctuaries, do environmental clean-ups, go completely plastic-free, join animal rights marches, and support more vegan charities.
To streamline my business goals.
Last year, I had so many different projects on the go, that I became super drained and de-motivated, because I was spreading myself too thin.
This year, I’ve realised that I need to retire the things that I’m no longer passionate about, so that I can focus on living my life’s purpose.
For me, that means putting my heart and soul into helping others (and being the best nutrition coach I can be) and feeding my creative flair, by continuing to make and sell jewellery.
What are all your plans, goals and dreams for 2018? I’d love to hear what’s lighting you up this year! 💜
With the festive season in full-swing, I’ve been enjoying shopping for meaningful gifts, to give to my family and friends.
Busy crowds and noisy stores always overwhelm me, so I much prefer to snuggle up with my cats, and shop online instead.
One of my favourite online platforms is Etsy – the global marketplace for vintage and handmade items!
Etsy features over 45 million items from a diverse range of artists and creators, from all around the world.
So, whether you’re looking for soaps and cosmetics, pottery, tableware, jewellery or customised gifts – you’re bound to find something unique, that will fit your budget and needs!
Today, I’m sharing some beautiful Etsy finds, which would make enchanting gifts for that special lady in your life!
I hope you enjoy this post, and please let me know in the comments below, which item is your favourite?
Etsy Finds: Gifts For Her!
Bee Free Vegan Soap by OrganikOrangutan
This stunning soap is palm-oil free and is made with organic vegan ingredients. What’s even more awesome is that 10% from every sale goes to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Bubbles Stemless Wine Glass by ArtMasha
These bright and bubbly wine glasses literally make me so happy! They’re painted by hand and are created with non-toxic materials, making them perfect for a little tipple!
Hand-Knitted Fingerless Gloves by ElfinHouse
These gorgeous handmade gloves are the perfect way to brighten winter days! They’re made using vibrant acrylic yarn and are also suitable for vegans!
Pink Agate Bookends by CarisGreen
These beautiful agate bookends would make the perfect gift for any crystal lover or bookworm! They’re made of real (dyed) agate geodes and are finished with rose gold plating.
Succulent Planter by KilnFiredArt
I’m a huge fan of cacti and succulents, and this tiny decorative planter is cute and totally on trend! It has been handmade from stoneware clay, and is finished with a green-brown glaze and copper lustre.
Dangerous Vagina Copper Ring by Markasky
This breathtaking statement ring is inspired by the female form (hence the name) and has been created with hand-forged copper and finished with Prismacolors and alcohol inks.
Hand-Painted Moroccan Hanging Lantern by LITdecor
Lighting is a great way to set the mood, and these beautiful hand-painted lanterns can be used indoors or outdoors to add a splash of Moroccan charm to any garden or home!
Small Abstract Wall Clock by MKedraHandmade
This eye-catching wooden wall clock reminds me of the ocean! It is hand-painted with shades of blue, green and silver, and features a high-gloss finish.
Raw Apatite Copper Ring by TheScrapRabbit
I don’t know about you, but I just adore the look and feel of raw crystal! This beautiful handmade ring is made from copper and features a genuine apatite gemstone. Each piece is made to order, so you’re guaranteed to have something unique!
Ceramic Salad Bowl byrootsfarm
Give your salad (or fruit) the love it deserves with this incredible turquoise ceramic bowl! This bowl is handmade in the USA and is finished with food-safe, lead-free paint.
Ladies Amazonite and Apatite Bracelet by Faeryflair
This gorgeous gemstone bracelet features genuine crystals and real gold fittings, and has been carefully handmade.. by me! (Sorry for the shameless self-promotion here – I’m just totally in love with this piece!).
A Beautiful Woven Cotton Bag by Veradashop
Last, but not least we have this gorgeous bohemian shoulder bag! It’s made in Thailand from woven cotton, and features a zipped interior and inner pocket. With so many colours in this bag, it would be sure to complement a range of different outfits!
This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links, as well as a link to my own Etsy store. All thoughts are my own. Happy holidays!
With the temperatures dropping and the winds ripping the last of the autumn leaves from the trees, it definitely feels as though winter has finally arrived.
It’s time to crank up the heating, bring out the cosy winter jumpers, and snuggle down in an evening, with a warming cup of spiced tea! Mmm!
As blissful as this sounds though, being cosy can come at a risk if you have an unsafe gas appliance or open fire!
Carbon Monoxide is a silent and odourless killer, which is a byproduct of incomplete combustion.
This toxic gas can enter our homes via furnaces, wood burners and open fires which aren’t properly ventilated, as well as through faulty boilers and gas appliances which aren’t well-maintained or properly installed.
Every year in the UK, around 50 people will die from carbon monoxide poisoning – and last year my Dad had a close call himself, when this toxic gas flooded his home.
A week before the incident happened, I visited my Dad at his cottage and (for some unknown reason) I asked him about his carbon monoxide alarm.
It turned out that he’d hidden it away in a drawer upstairs, because he thought that it looked ugly!
After convincing him that death by carbon monoxide poisoning would be far uglier though, he thankfully brought it back down and put it in his lounge – where he has the cutest open fire!
A week passed by, and then late one night, I had a phone call.
It was my Dad, his voice trembling with panic. “My carbon monoxide alarm went off”, he said. “I was going to take the batteries out because it wouldn’t stop bleeping, but I phoned the fire brigade instead – and now I’ve been evacuated from my home!”.
I rolled my eyes at the thought of him almost taking the batteries out, before racing over there to find my Dad’s street illuminated with blue flashing lights.
My Dad was stood out on the pavement looking concerned, and a small army of firemen were traipsing in and out of his house.
One of them noticed me, and removed his breathing apparatus to explain the situation. It turned out that his chimney wasn’t working sufficiently, and high levels of carbon monoxide had built up in his house.
Thankfully, my Dad was okay – but he wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for his ‘ugly and annoying’ carbon monoxide alarm, which literally saved his life! 💜
Carbon monoxide is a completely odourless gas, which can build up quickly in your home – as well as in your bloodstream, which prevents oxygen from getting to your cells! (This is what makes it so deadly!)
Symptoms may also be ambiguous and mimic things like the flu, so it can be very hard to detect.
If you live in a house with an open fire, wood burner or furnace, or you have a gas boiler, gas fire or other gas appliances, then I would strongly urge you to invest in a carbon monoxide alarm.
I would also recommend having your chimney swept often (if you have one) and getting regular maintenance of your heating systems via a Gas Safe registered professional.
If you do suspect carbon monoxide poisoning then please evacuate your property immediately and call 999 (or the relevant number for the emergency services in your country!)
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
Nausea and Vomiting
If you can, please share this post with your family and friends, to help raise awareness and keep us all safe this winter!
This post does not contain medical advice. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning please seek professional medical attention immediately. This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.
With the days getting darker and the evenings pulling in, I’ve been thinking a lot more about my safety.
I often go running in the evenings, and both my visibility and my personal security, are issues that are never far from my mind.
Today, I’m sharing 8 tips to help you stay safer this winter – and whether you’re a runner or not, I hope that you’ll find them useful!
8 Tips for Staying Safe when Running at Night
Let someone know where you’re going – Plan your route beforehand (avoiding hazardous and undesirable areas) and let a friend or family member know where you’ll be going, and when you plan to be back. Some running apps (such as Runkeeper) also allow your location be tracked in real-time – which may also be helpful for some!
Try to run in groups – The saying ‘safety in numbers’ is especially true when you’re out and about at night, so if possible, try to avoid walking or running alone. There may be running clubs in your area, or even casual jogging groups – and it can be a great way to meet new friends too! If there are no clubs nearby, perhaps you could consider starting up one of your own?
Choose a well-lit and populated route – If you can, try to stay away from country lanes, dark alleyways and areas where there aren’t many people around. Walking or running down the pavement of a well-lit and well-used road can be much safer, even if it’s a longer route!
Take your phone with you for emergencies – Having your phone with you can be extremely useful in emergencies, especially if you injure yourself during your run! (Something I know all about! Haha!) If you can, try to keep it concealed when you’re not using it though, as expensive smartphones can be a huge temptation to those who are looking to steal.
Carry a personal alarm – If the worst were to happen, this tip could save your life! Most personal alarms are very discreet and are small enough to pop in your pocket. You can even get ones that are designed especially for running, which fit around your arm. They can be used to frighten off your attacker and alert others nearby, to the fact that you need some help!
Wear high-visibility clothing – I learnt early on, that having proper running gear really makes all the difference. Not only does it make running more comfortable, it also greatly improves your visibility to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Wearing light-coloured, fluorescent, and reflective clothing is especially important when running at night, and you can even get fancy lights to attach to your trainers too!
Look, listen and be aware – This one may sound obvious, but when we’re distracted, it’s easy to become blind to the dangers that are all around us. Whether it’s a pothole in the pavement, a car turning into the road that you’re about to cross, or a kid racing towards you on a bike – it’s always a good idea to keep an eye (and an ear) out for hazards. Stop and look properly before crossing the road, and use pedestrian crossings when possible.
Learn some self-defence techniques – This one may sound a bit extreme, but having a few self-defence moves under your belt can not only help you to feel (and therefore appear) more confident, it can also enable you to fend off an attacker. Practicing traditional martial arts is also a wonderful way to keep fit, practice discipline and engage the mind, body and soul.
*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.
Seeing my new chilli plants sprouting!When I was away this summer, my beloved chilli plants died. Thankfully though, I’ve planted new seeds and I’m excited to see them grow! (I’m growing Scotch Bonnets, Ghost Chillies and Cayennes too – so a chilli-fest soon awaits!)
Feasting on delicious autumn food!This week I’ve been making lots of hearty dishes such as berry crumbles, stuffed squash and pumpkin curry too! Yum yum!
This adorable little sign that my Mum gave me!Faery is my real surname and I’m definitely a fairy at heart, so this was just the cutest and most perfect gift, which really brightened my day!
Things that could’ve gone better
I’ve done myself a mischief, and injured my knee whilst running!Right now I can hardly walk, and I think I may have torn a ligament! Oops! On the bright side, I’ve earned myself a shiny new Halloween-themed medal, and I can’t wait until it arrives!!
My productivity hasn’t been so great!My knee pain has been keeping me up at night and my kitties always wake me up early, so I’ve not been getting the best sleep this week and my to-do list has really been suffering! Because of this, I’ve been trying to rest and heal and practice some extra self-care!
How has your week been? I hope it’s been great, and you have a magical week (and month) ahead!