Answering Your Assumptions! | Collaboration With Meghan’s Teen Life

Welcome to another exciting collaboration! Today’s post came from a late night chat with the wonderful Meghan from Meghan’s Teen Life. Recently, on YouTube, there has been a mass production of assumptions videos. Therefore we decided to hop on this trend and bring it to the blogosphere! The lovely Maryam has previously done a post like this, so please check her’s out too.

Meghan runs a blog where she discusses, and takes us along, with her teen journey. Behind the amazing writing is a lovely human who constantly makes effort to be positive and inspiring. As she is so underrated, I would love for you to support her blog and Instagram. To top it all off she is walking 10,000 steps a day to raise money for Islamic Relief (a charity that supports victims or conflict in Yemen). Please donate here! I am participating alongside her.

Make sure to read Meghan’s half after this one! Here are some assumptions you had about me – when I asked you on Instagram. 

You wish you could play more instruments

Unfortunately I’m not very musical, despite playing the cello. It does not come particularly  naturally to me despite how much I enjoy it. Although it would be awesome to play multiple instruments, it takes valuable time that I can’t spare! I would much prefer investing effort into blogging and school, then having cello as a little side-project.

You only have a small group of friends

This is very true! I have a close circle of 5 friends. There are about 20 people I can talk to and get along with in a friendly way, perhaps go for a walk together etc, but my five closest friends are the ones I turn to in times of need. You know who you are 😉

You’re a very organised and tidy person

Externally I appear tidy and organised. However, internally, I’m a mess. Those who say a tidy space makes a tidy mind aren’t exactly honest, because my space is beautifully organised yet my mind is cluttered!

You haven’t told anyone about your blog

This is the opposite of true. It was hard to keep a secret and I prefer to be honest; it brings comfort! Pretty much my entire school year are aware of my blog. My family know I keep a blog, but they do not know how to find it which is relieving. 

You love cats

Yes!

You are an extrovert

Company is nice, but I prefer to go solo. Being alone brings internal energy and is usually where I think up my best ideas. On the Myer-Briggs personality test I’m 92% introverted and 8% extroverted! I do think I’m slightly more extroverted that that…

You didn’t reveal your real name on your blog because you were embarrassed people would find out

I use a pen name to set apart my two identities. Catherine is the name I use professionally and around family; Erin is the person I am when I’m productive, stress-free and letting my heart out on to a keyboard. They stay separate just out of choice, but I’m not embarrassed about my blog one bit! I should not shy away from praise for a website I have spent 3 years work on. If someone were to send hate directed at my blog I would be offended, but it wouldn’t stop me from writing. Barriers like that make me try harder to prove them wrong!

You have a boyfriend

Just my bookshelf, I’m afraid. No-one takes interest in a nerdy and peculiar girl like me. Especially since I put so much effort into school but don’t achieve highly. All this work goes toward being mediocre!

You are more of a cat person than a dog person

Nothing against dogs (they can be cute sometimes) but cats are my preference. They’re cuddly, lazy, fluffy and sassy! What more could you want?

You’ve never been abroad

Actually I’m extremely privileged to have been abroad 6 times in my life. Once to America – although I can’t remember it – twice to France, twice to Spain and one trip to Holland! I really want to travel more in the future, however the cost of the environment is worrying.

You prefer countryside to city

Again, this one is so true! The countryside is where I belong. I live semi-rurally and the city life has never been my cup of tea. My dream is to have a house looking onto the sea (by the seafront). If you have seen my brand collaboration with Mapiful, you will know I’m a big fan of Scotland too! I would love to live there in the future.

You blog because you are forced to

In some cases I will force myself to blog, but it’s always a fun process. No-one makes me blog other than internal pressure. I find it a beautiful hobby and want to continue with it for as long as possible!

Thank you for reading! Did you enjoy this post? There’s another half over on Meghan’s blog. Please check it out if you’re interested. Take the time to share love to some small bloggers today; they deserve it. All of her links are below:

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Do you have any assumptions about me? Would you like me to do a part two?

Hope you all have amazing days. This post is proof that what you assume about a person is often incorrect. I am guilty of judging a book by its cover, but I try to avoid that mindset. If you have any more assumptions about me I’d love to hear them! I reply to all of your lovely comments. Be juicy and honest, and perhaps your assumption will be featured in part two!

erin x

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Top 5 Extras To Add In Letters | Collaboration With Jasmin @ The Writer Of Letters

Communication with others is incredibly essential, especially at this time. I have taken up the hobby of letter writing! Although I did this before lockdown, now it feels more important. I reached out to my wonderful friend, Jasmin, to create a collaboration all about the art of writing letters. Over on her amazing blog, you can see my half of the collab. I wrote out 5 letter writing essentials! Then on top of that, Jasmin has kindly written this post for my blog. In this post she is sharing cute add-ins to letters. Hope you enjoy the post. If you do, make sure to check out Jasmin’s blog through this link!

1. Small Cards With Cute Quotes, Bible Verses Or Encouragement On Them

I love adding little homemade cards with encouraging quotes and such into my letters, it’s such a fun little extra to receive! You can print quotes out, make your own DIY encouraging cards, or even print off some of your favourite memes to send to your pen-pals!

2. Stickers

Stickers are a really fun add-in and they’re also quite useful as your pen pal can use them to decorate water bottles, computers, and even letters and envelopes! You can get a ton of cute stickers off of Amazon and Etsy and your pen-pals will love them. Erin’s post also mentioned stickers, so make sure to check out her post!

3. Washi Tape Samples

Washi tape is basically a requirement for pen-paling, it’s so cute an you can add it to the letters and envelopes! A fun add-in for your next letter could be some washi tape samples, which you can easily make by winding your favorite washi tapes around a popsicle stick! Make sure to wind enough for a pen pal to use.

4. Tea Or Other Drink Packets

Another fun extra to add into letters is tea packets. The individually wrapped tea packets work best but hot cocoa, coffee, and hot cider packets also can work, as long as they’re flat and light enough!

5. Dried Flowers And Other Journaling Scraps

Dried flowers, magazine clippings and cute paper cutouts are all super fun to receive in the mail, especially if you enjoy using scraps and such for your journal like me! Dried flowers are so dainty and lovely to tape into your journal and to send it letters and I love sending  them my friends, especially it the flower is not native where they live!

 

That’s all for today! I hope that Jasmin and I can collaborate in the future, since this was so fun to create. Make sure to check out my post on her blog too.

Do you write letters? Have you received any during lockdown? (beside bills and random promotions haha)

Hope you have a great weekend,

erin x

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How To Make Your Morning Amazing In 5 Steps | Collaboration With Girl Online

This post has been a long time in the making, but finally we’re able to share it with you! It’s completely my fault that it didn’t go up sooner. Everything was so all over the place, that I ended up publishing my half without even thinking. I feel so bad for the miscommunication on my part. However, it’s here now! So let’s concentrate on the positive. If you enjoy this post (which I’m sure you will), remember to follow Girl Online’s blog for more. She writes about lifestyle, makeup and personal experiences. I love reading content from her, and I’m sure you will too! Here are her wonderful tips, all about getting a great start to the day:

Take a nice awakening shower/bath

Morning showers are rather stimulating and are the best way to start your day (according to me). I personally take a nice warm shower first thing in the morning. But cold showers are proven to help bring you back to reality and with your overall physical health and fitness. On top of that, it helps with your hygiene as well.
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Drink an ice-cold cup of water in the morning

I do this on a daily basis right after my morning shower and it has so many positive effects:

  • helps to clear your face revealing a splendid natural glow!.
  • hydrates your whole body.
  • stimulates your body.
  • Boosts your energy and mood.

All the above mentioned points are effects that i have personally noticed and experienced. All this helps with overall self-esteem and confidence.

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Take time on yourself

This is an open section. You can do anything that reassures you to keep on doing whatever your doing at this point in your life. Ideas may include working out, listening to music, taking a nice walk, having a nice breakfast, taking selfies, reading a blog post/book, watching a YouTube video or just picking out what your wearing to boost your confidence. Even if you wear uniform (like I do) just find a nice and unique way to rock your uniform, without breaking rules obviously.

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Breakfast is important

In your routine, make sure to include breakfast. Usually I don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning so I just have a little head start the night before. Recently I’ve been so obsessed with healthy smoothies and so I just cut up all my fruit and prepare all ingredients so in the morning all I have to do is throw everything into the blender and I’m ready to go. I try and eat as healthy as possible but not strictly. Eating a heavy breakfast is recommended as it is the most important meal of the day.

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Update your morning routine

Generally, a good morning routine that your satisfied with will make your whole day cheerful. Adding natural stimulators will boost your energy. For example: icing your face after washing it will increase your natural glow and your level of confidence. Rocking a cute hairstyle also will boost your energy. How you look physically will boost your general confidence. It is scientifically proven (not sure where but let’s stay positive)


Thank you so much for reading! These were really useful tips, as I’m sure you’ll agree. Please show some support to the author’s blog, and if you have time I’d appreciate you reading my 5 tips (linked here). Hope you are all safe and use these tips to have an amazing morning!

What do you never miss in your morning routine? What is your go-to breakfast?

erin x

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10 Ways To Stick To A Routine During Lockdown | Collaboration With Emma Blether

Today I bring you a really exciting post: a collaboration with Emma Blether! We’ve all been struggling during lockdown, and many people have been recommending to ‘stick to normal routine’. How do we do that? Emma and I wrote 5 tips each for you to follow. You can check out my ideas on Emma’s blog after you’ve read these ones! Now on to Emma’s recommendations:

Plan Your Day In Segments

My first tip is to break the days into segments. What I mean by this is plan what you want to do during each part of the day. If I was breaking my day into segments I would have: morning, afternoon, evening. You could break it down even less if you wanted to, for example: before breakfast, breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, after lunch, mid-afternoon, late afternoon, dinner, evening, night. I would plan to do certain things in each segment for example before lunch I want to have finished writing this blog post. Or between after lunch and mid afternoon I want to have my English essay written.

Separate The Weekends From The Weekdays 

This one helps especially if you work Monday to Friday or attend school etc.
Having a routine during the week will hopefully help me to sort out what school work I need to do, helps me with deadlines and just generally be more productive! I want to try and make the weekends my time for no routine and just relaxing, being with my family and working on things I enjoy doing! (YouTube, blogging). For example I might set a target to wake up before 8 between Monday and Friday but on Saturday and Sunday either set that time later or I don’t set an alarm at all 🙂 Doing this should hopefully allow you to have time to work hard and get things done during the week but also relax during the weekend. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t spend time relaxing, keeping active and looking after yourself during the week. Try to keep a nice balance, but maybe stick to a routine on weekdays.

Clean Your Room

Having a tidy space can make you feel in control and ready for the day so starting with a clean room can help you stick to your routine because it simply motivates you.

Stick To A Normal Sleeping Pattern

I’m still working on this. I am trying to be strict with myself so that I actually go to sleep at the time I want and can get up relatively early so I can get my day up and going. Making sure you stick to a sleeping pattern means you will be more active, awake and will be less likely to wake up late and more likely to follow the routine you have set for yourself.

Plan Your Day The Night Before 

Plan out what you want to do each day. Sort it out before you go to sleep so that when you wake up you know exactly what you are doing and don’t waste time planning your day.

Big thank you to Emma for creating this collaboration with me! It was such fun to write, so I hope you all love it too. Don’t forget to check out the other five tips over on Emma’s blog! If you enjoyed this post, and want to see more from the author, check out her amazing YouTube channel and stunning Instagram! I’ve also linked her beautiful blog here. 

What time have you been waking up during lockdown? Later, earlier or the same time as usual?

I would be intrigued to hear your response in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

erin x

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The ‘M’ In March Means Mental Health | Help From My Followers

The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number. That’s approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all shares our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share with you their perspectives on mental health too!

When I shared the ‘March For Mental Idea’ on my Instagram I had so many positive responses. There were so many people that wanted to help. This post is an accumulation of the responses I received! Hope you find them beneficial!

“Firstly I would say allow yourself to heal, if there is something in your life that is clearly making you sick and you can do something about it, change it. Stop waiting to be happy, its easy to do, simply saying, I can’t wait until… but life’s short so its better to make small changes and live in the moment. Take one day at a time if you can, write a list of the five most important things you need to do in your day, no matter how small they seem and tick them off as you go, anything extra is a bonus. Lastly, remember its a slow process and it may never go away completely but it will get easier with time and before you know it you are doing things you never dreamed you could.”  – Pages & Paws (@pages.paws)

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“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” – Joker

Why is it that people who are mentally unwell are shunned by our society? Why is it that we become so uncomfortable when people talk about their mental illness? Why do we run away from mentally unwell people simply because we feel that we cannot ‘handle’ their illness? Why is it that people think that mental illness is not a ‘real’ thing?

It is as real as a broken bone, or a swollen hand. It is not a way to gain attention. Of course, there are some people who use mental illness as a way to gain attention without actually being ill, but there are genuine people out there who are drowning in their own minds. And instead of supporting them, instead of understanding them, we tell them to ‘knock it off’ and we shun them. Why?

To the people suffering from mental illness: it’s okay to be unstable. It’s okay to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s okay to need help.

It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure! Please do seek help from a therapist if you need it. They will help you. Do not destroy yourself for fear of the society. One in every three people suffer from mental illness! I know it may feel like it, but you are not alone. Don’t give up on yourself. Your mental illness is just a part of you, do not let it define you. – Adena Andvers

Please read more of Adena’s work via her blog. You can also see her amazing photos on Instagram!

Thank you so much for reading this post. Over the next few weeks there will be more posts like this. Including a collaboration with Jules (Casual & Up Close). It’s been really exciting to work with my followers for such a great cause. Please feel free to speak to me if ever you are suffering. I’ll always be here for you 🙂

Are you having a good day? How are you going to priorities your mental health this month?

erin x

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