Hello to my New followers

Tea Pot 2Hello to my new followers, whether it be on this blog, Twitter or Instagram I want to thank you for wanting to read about my life and my journey into adulthood!

There’s lots on here:

  • Books
  • Cooking
  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Fashion
  • Beauty
  • Disability
  • Mental health

So I hope this blog and my social media can help you in many ways

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ME: A survivors guide

Tips are my own and may not work for everyone – consult your doctor before making any major changes to diet or medications. Organise your medication for the week – I’m ashamed to say my mother does this for me. It’ll be easier especially during brain fog where you don’t have to think of what tablet to take. Say there’s a TV show you want to watch at 9pm but it’s too late for you? Well take an hour and half nap in the early afternoon because you’ll be refreshed but by the time 9pm rolls around you’ll be tired enough to sleep through the night later on. Don’t beat yourself up about flare days or having to cancel on friends – they should love you enough to understand, you already feel guilty and you don’t need added pressure on top. Make the most of good days even if it’s just a walk outside If you’re like me and whilst your body hurts but your mind is racing, let audiobooks/colouring become your best friend or treat yourself to a Netflix subscription. Natural sunlight is the best medication – typically the more vitamin D I have the more improved my ME is. Understand what’s a flare and what’s not – a diary is helpful thing to have especially when visiting the doctors. Flick the bird when someone says ‘Your illness isn’t real.’ You live it, they don’t. Keep hydrated Regular toilet visits help especially with all the meds. Anti depressants help – an invisible illness is hard to deal with Don’t get your hopes up about trials and new research. Connect with the chronic illness community on social media – you are not alone!

Self care Sunday tips

  1. Organise your week ahead so you know what you need to deal with – For example personal appointments in blue ink and work related appointments in black
  2. Write yourself a list for every day with things/small tasks you need fo accomplish – using the green, amber and red colour coding system.
    Print out any essential handouts for work or class and make annotations on them ready to bring up at the seminar/meeting
    Decided your outfits ready for the week.
    Shave and wax.
    Get a manicure done
  1. Don a hydrating face mask, then cleanse and moisturerize
  2. Replenish any handbag essentials like a spare cardigan/plasters/makeup/healthy snacks
  3. Lie in a hot bubbly bath, light a few candles/incense and relax with a paperback you’ve been dying to read.
  1. Straighten your hair the night before
  2. Prepare your lunch and breakfast
  3. Listen to positive music
  4. Get an early night
  5. Charge all devices

Writing inspiration/ Tips

Source: Weheartit.com

Tips

Use Grammarly – best writing tool ever!

Use Pinterest for inspiration

Get a thesaurus

Write for 10 minutes each day

Always do your rough drafts in pen – ink flowing = ideas

Turn of your internet

Go through your projects and if any are unfinished – finish with them. For example, I realised I have three numbers on the go before I can start my autobiography so that’s what I’m concentrating on at the moment.

The Audrey: Style inspiration

This is from my Bringing back a bygone Era to the 21st-century collection on ShopLook .

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About Audrey

  • Yes we all know that Marylin Monroe was the OG sex symbol but Audrey did so much more in her lifetime:
  • She was part of the Dutch resistance in World War II
  • Trained as a ballerina
  • She spoke four languages; German, French, Dutch and English.
  • Spoke up about the stigma of miscarriage
  • Champion of UNICEF
  • Fashion icon
  • Raised money for Cerebral Palsy charities
  • Well advertised in politics
  • Style inspiration for Gucci.