The Future

The Future

The future used to scare the s**t out of me. (And yeah, I feel like I need to censor swearwords even though I am the most explicit person you’ll ever meet in real life.) The future is anything you want it to be in theory. If you work hard, you get a lot in return. Essentially you are in control of your life to some extent…and that extend is a lot. Cue panic induced self-pressure. ‘So, Holly, what are you going to do with your life and how are you going to get there? This is a question that I been asked a few times over the past three years. Of course, I made positive steps to getting a career in an industry that I love. I was and still am pretty chuffed about that. Last year also saw me moving out, moving in with my boyfriend and becoming a full…

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Living In The Offended Generation

Living In The Offended Generation

    This has been on my mind for a long time. I am writing as a form of expression. However, after writing, ‘Why I Avoid Voicing My Opinions Online’, I am still very wary to truly express myself. I’m concerned that if I voice something, I may have my facts wrong and be battled to a keyboard warrior death. This is something I’d like to avoid because it doesn’t help with my anxiety and it quite frankly results in a lot of my time being wasted. So, with that being said – please read this post without taking offense to something I say. I am a very open-minded, accepting human being. However, recently, I am struggling living in the ‘offended’ generation.             What do I mean? Well, let’s take the most recent offense that’s hit the media by storm. TV show ‘Friends’ – the show…

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Learning To Lower My Expectations & Being Realistic

Learning To Lower My Expectations & Being Realistic

I suppose the title may come across as a little bit depressing. But, for as long as I can remember, I have been constantly expecting unrealistic goals from myself. The pressure I put myself under is huge. In fact, it is most definitely unhealthy. It’s got a lot to do with the fact that I am still a perfectionist (despite my efforts to try and break away from being one). Being a perfectionist comes with some definite pros but it also comes with some hefty cons. It basically means that I am striving for the impossible. Everything and everyone has imperfections. One thing that I realised about myself last year was that I push myself. I push myself until I am tired – exhausted even. I like a healthy bit of stress. In fact, I love being swept off my feet with work. It’s probably why I am back to…

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Let’s Talk Aesthetic….

Let’s Talk Aesthetic….

Ok, so I have a blog. But, something that I have been struggling with ever since the ‘Big Dog’ bloggers got into full force is my aesthetic. I constantly feel inadequate. I don’t spend time fiddling with filters and Photoshop to make my blog look clean and polished. To be honest it’s a mixture of feeling like I am lucky if I have enough time to blog full stop and then feeling overwhelmed. I love taking pictures. But, I often feel like I don’t want to feature in photos. I also don’t know where to start.. My favourite blogs, however, do have killer pictures. They have an aesthetic that is so perfect that it makes me feel relaxed and on edge all at once. I know that sometimes it can be as simple as using a consistent filter and it can’t be that hard but still I seem to stress….…

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New Year, New Me?

New Year, New Me?

As 2017 has drawn to a close, I have taken some time to think about all the things that have happened and that I have achieved over the past year. I think that this reflective process is something that pretty much everyone goes through when they are approaching a New Year. Although it is only really a change in date, it can also be an opportunity for a nice ‘fresh start’. I have decided to do a small summary. Although I have a good brain and memory, I obviously cannot remember every day of the year. Perhaps this is something that I will change in the upcoming year..Maybe I should pick up on the trend of writing a sentence a day…or maybe that would be another thing I would have to do daily.  I celebrated my first ever Valentines Day with my perfect boyfriend Ever since I started having hormones,…

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20 Things That Brighten Up My Day

20 Things That Brighten Up My Day

Today I thought that I would do a casual post and a positive one! I don’t usually upload anything but essays onto my blog but maybe it’s time that I mix it up. I’ll admit, I’m writing an introduction because I felt like listing twenty things wasn’t enough content..but as a mid-week ‘hi’ from me – I’m doing it. Here are 20 things that brighten up my day; An unedited picture of my apartment view…I feel very lucky to live here!  1. A sunny day – A nice ray of sunshine can really brighten up my day – literally. 2. A random text from a friend – Everyone is so busy! We are all consumed with our own lives and with what’s happening that we can forget to text people back/at all. A nice ‘Hello’ reminds me that I have friends that care. Sometimes we get so busy that we go…

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Why I Avoid Voicing My Opinion Online

Why I Avoid Voicing My Opinion Online

I have a lot of opinions. I have opinions on politics, news, food, religion and pretty much everything.   That’s because I’m human and humans form opinions – whether they like it or not. We are complex characters and sometimes this can cause conflicts of interest. Not everyone agrees with the way that you think, the way that you view things or even if the taste of liquorice is nice or not (it’s not). That’s because we’re all different. Here’s why I avoid voicing my opinions online and for that matter, offline aswell. I generally avoid conflict when and where I can. It’s a slice of effort that I don’t want in my day if I can avoid it. I am a sensitive person at heart – despite what my exterior, ‘bite me’ daily expression portrays. I have always had strong opinions and some I choose to voice (calmly) and…

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Is ‘Adulting’ Even A Thing?

Is ‘Adulting’ Even A Thing?

When I was younger, I used to look at older people and think that they really had it together. ‘They know what they’re doing’, I would think to myself.  I think I got this allusion because it’s generally our elders that tell us what direction we should go in life. They tell us off when we do something unconventional and generally lay the law down while they’re dressed in something plain and sensible. However, as I have grown older – I have realised that no one knows truly what they are doing with their lives. I have also come to realise that I am, for now – better off being a younger version of myself. I have got Peter Pan syndrome – I do not wish to grow up (as fast as I am anyway!).   When I thought about being a twenty-something as a little teenager, I imagined that…

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The Beginnings of Blogmas

The Beginnings of Blogmas

Hello. AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Ok, so I will admit it’s only the first of December but I’m practically inhaling tinsel in my apartment – I am that festive. Call me Mrs Claus or call me Holly because both are relevant.  So I don’t really want to do another speech on where I’ve been, why I haven’t blogged in a while or how I’m feeling. Although it would be the best thing to do after an absence as long as mine. In my absence, I have simply just been thinking..*deep.  I want my blog to have a new vision. A new vibe.  I was thinking funky, chic, alternative, simple – a bit of everything.  And then I just got low-key stressed.  Being creative means that my mind is constantly giving me new ideas which is somewhat fabulous and also far too much to handle. It’s sometimes like someone screaming in my…

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How to write a daily gratitude diary…

How to write a daily gratitude diary…

My unedited view of our family’s front garden // our cabana in Colorado.  I have been writing a gratitude diary since August. I have only successfully been writing a gratitude diary daily for a month, however. But I find it so rewarding focusing on the things that I am grateful for. It takes five seconds to jot down a few things that have made you smile that day or in general. I have found the mental benefit to be massive. Here are my tips for when you write your daily gratitudes:   Finding gratitude on crappy days  We all have days where we are feeling a bit sorry for ourselves. Some days we have reason to feel like that and others are somewhat self-inflicted. But this is where the magic of writing gratitude comes in. There will be at least one thing that gives you comfort and that you are grateful…

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