NETFLIX: What I'm Watching

My favourite thing ever to do is sit in and watch Netflix with a big bag of Doritos (which I can'teat atm because of Lent). Almost a year ago I wrote a post about what I was watching on Netflix and today I thought I would do the same. I love these posts because I am guilty of binge watching (I caught up with Riverdale in one sitting). I am always looking for new things to watch so I always find myself clicking on posts similar to this.

Full House: 
I've wanted to watch Full House FOREVER. I love the 80s because their style was just amazing. I started watching Full House a few weeks ago, and I'm very slowly making my way through it. Each episode is 20 minutes long which, for me, is a perfect length if I'm having breakfast at home, writing or taking blog pictures. I always watched That 70s Show when blogging so this is pretty similar. It's so light hearted and easy to watch but I've actually found myself crying at it more than I'd like to admit. Also, John Stamos is the most beautiful man in the world (but he has a weird belly button don't @ me).

Like I said, I watched Riverdale in one sitting. I literally couldn't stop clicking onto the next episode. It has Pretty Little Liars vibes but I'm enjoying it so much more (even though I invested YEARS into PLL). I love the characters, especially Jughead Jones AKA Cole Sprouse AKA the love of my life. The only thing I don't like about Riverdale is that I have to wait until Friday to watch it which is very unfair because the episodes never seem to be long enough.

Fall in Love with Me:
This is obviously my favourite show at the moment. Everyone knows I'm obsessed with Asia so, of course, I would love Fall in Love with Me. After watching 12 Years Promise, I thought it would be really hard to watch another Asian drama so I chose Fall in Love with Me because it seemed like it would be closer in similarity to Good Morning Call, which I loved because it was funny and light hearted, but Fall in Love with Me is probably more dramatic than 12 Years Promise. It's pretty much about forbidden love, forced marriage and friendship. As I've said before on my blog, if you can look past reading subtitles, I would really recommend watching an Asian drama because they are SO GOOD.

I've also just started watching A Series of Unfortunate Events which I think is going to be really good but I haven't properly got into it yet. I loved the story and I love Neil Patrick Harris so I'm sure I'm going to love it as well. And for anyone interested I've started watching a new anime series, Watamote, which is basically about a girl who thinks she will become popular when she starts High School but who is extremely socially awkward. I love the story but I also love that it references other animes throughout.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my other similar posts: My All Time Favourite Anime (Films) and Anime: Ouran High School Host Club, or read my last Netflix post here.

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I may be almost TWO WEEKS late (can you believe we're already two weeks into March???) but I really really really wanted to do this post. I love March so much, and I'm feeling very positive about this month. March, for me, means the end of the dark and depressing evenings. Things are getting lighter and brighter and I feel happier. I hate January and February and I find that they are my worst mental health months and with everything going on in my personal life recently they were even harder than usual, but March means daffodils and lambs and pastel colours. March means everything is going to get a lot easier.

Recently I've found myself in a pit of bad mental health. Days upon days where I didn't feel happy. It's hard enough having one bad mental health day but when it goes on for weeks and weeks it's exhausting. I felt hopeless for a while, but that's not what this post is about. After Christmas I stopped doing my 'goals' posts, which I really loved doing. They're probably some of my favourite posts I've ever written. Recently I've fell out of love with my blog. I still love blogging but I hate my own blog. I'm not proud of it anymore and every time I try to write I find something wrong with it, but because I've been feeling like this I've decided to bring my goals posts back. I'm really excited about this.

This time around I'm going to do them every month because I found that when I did them a season at a time, so much time passed between each one that I kind of forgot to actually work towards my goals and I found that I was constantly failing. This was one of the reason I stopped doing them. They made me feel bad when I didn't complete what I wanted to, but once a month seems a lot more manageable. So I've decided on some goals for this month. They are quite simple but because of my recent low moods and bad mental health I've based them around things that I know will make me feel better every day.

1. Do something blog related every day:
I put a lot of pressure on myself to blog. Everything has to be perfect and when it's not, I get very frustrated and end up giving up. This month I've decided to do something blog related every day (I've been posting a lot over on Instagram) whether it's taking blog photos, using Instagram stories or planning posts. Blogging makes me so happy and keeping on top of my blog will allow me to have constant motivation. The more I think about my blog in my every day life, the more inspiration I get.

2. Get outside every day:
I'm guilty of staying in my comfort zone and not leaving the house unless I have to go to the shop to get food. Over the weekend the weather was beautiful and I went to the Spanish Arch and it put me in such a good mood. Despite what people probably think, I'm actually a very outdoorsy type person and being in the fresh air helps drastically boost my mood.

3. Drink more water:
Like I said, these goals are very, very simple, but I get headaches a lot and I blame it on not drinking enough water. I used to drink so much water and my skin thanked me. When my skin is bad, my mood is bad so drinking water will hopefully improve my skin, my mood and leave me with less headaches.

4. Do yoga:
I feel like I say this in every goals post and every 'attempt to improve my mental health' post but yoga is so beneficial and puts me in such a good mood. It's just a lot more difficult to do in it college, where I don't have a lot of room or a yoga mat, but this month I'm going to try.

5. Spend time getting ready in the morning:
Lately, I've spent five seconds choosing an outfit and gone most days without make up and although I love not wearing make up, I do love spending time putting effort into how I look and feeling preeeetty. Fashion and beauty are two things I love, and why I started this blog in the first place so doing something simple like wearing nice clothes and spending time playing with my make up will really help with my happiness.

So I have around two weeks left to put these goals into action. I'm really looking forward to getting back into these kinds of posts and hopefully, in turn, I'll learn to love my blog again.

Read my other Goals posts: Summer Goals  | Autumn Goals & Summer review | Winter Goals & Autumn review | Winter review

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How Anxiety & OCD Affect My Life

I've seen some people write about the things they can't do because of their mental illnesses, the main one being Rich's "I'm So OCD Because..." which was absolutely amazing and one of the best blog posts I've ever read! I thought I would do something similar, but I thought I would share how my mental illness, i.e. Anxiety and OCD, make my life more difficult. I know I have been talking a lot about mental health on my blog recently and it almost seems like my blog is no longer a beauty and fashion blog but I'm going through a lot regarding my mental health now, so much so that it's completely changing the course of my life, so I feel like it's important that I talk about it when it is so relevant.

  1. I can't make or receive phone calls
  2. I can't sit on toilet seats, unless it's in my own home. I either hover over it, or place tissue paper on the seat. Even still, it's a horrible experience. 
  3. I don't run in case I fall and break my teeth
  4. I can' think about loved ones, i.e. family and friends, in case I have thoughts of killing them or bringing harm to them 
  5. Going to college is literally impossible
  6. I find it very hard to walk anywhere on my own in case I get attacked
  7. Meeting new people is so scary
  8. I can't open doors without wiping them down, using my sleeve or using my foot
  9. I can't stop the microwave on any number other than multiples of 5s or 10s
  10. I can't leave the house without making my bed (if I do I find it very hard to have a 'normal' day)
  11. Some days leaving my bed seems like the hardest thing ever 
  12. Cooking chicken is a difficult task, despite being the food I LIVE of, because I am so paranoid about getting salmonella 
  13. If an insect lands on me I can feel it on me for hours and hours and hours
  14. There are hairs in my head that I just do not like, as a result I pull them out
  15. Nightclubs scare me a lot. I don't like going out.
  16. I check and check things
  17. Sometimes I'm not sure if things have actually happened or if I've made them up
  18. I make excuse upon excuse upon excuse to avoid doing things that may trigger my anxiety or OCD 
  19. Relationships are a lot more difficult
  20. I stopped going to school during my Leaving Cert after my mocks because I was so anxious being in the classroom environment. I essentially did my Leaving Cert at home
  21. Making a decision is harder than you could ever imagine. I usually don't make decisions and wait it out until everything (usually) just falls apart haha
  22. I can't sleep sometimes, even if I'm exhausted, because it doesn't feel right and I fear something bad will happen
  23. I convince myself I'm lying to people, even if I'm being 100% honest
  24. Some food doesn't feel 'right' and I can't eat it due to OCD 
  25. When I enter a room I think everyone is staring at me
  26. I think most people hate me
  27. I can't think about the future 
  28. I think strangers want to kill me
  29. I'm terrified of my teeth falling out constantly
  30. Simple tasks become very overwhelming for me
  31. I give up on things very easily
  32. Panic attacks are part of my daily routine
There are so many things that, because of my mental illness, make my life more difficult than an average persons, but I'm working on becoming healthier, happier and more brave every day. I try to push myself to do things that are terrifying. Although most people don't see eating in a restaurant without wiping down my fork and knife as a big thing, or going to the till in a shop on my own courageous, for me, these little steps are massive. Be proud of your baby steps, as they can be the scariest. 

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my other similar posts: Accepting Your Mental Illness and Small Steps I'm Taking Towards Mental Well Being, or read all my Mental Health posts here.

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REVIEW | SunKiss Tanning Mist*

A few months ago I received SunKiss Instant Self Tanning Mist* and I've been solely using it, and no other tan since I received it. I have about one more use in the bottle so I decided now would be a good time to write my review on it - FINALLY!

SunKiss was originally for the purpose of the professional market only but has been developed into a product that can be easily used at home.

Honestly, the first time I used this tan I HATED it. I applied it using the SunKiss Tanning Mitt* (which I'll admit. I loved from the beginning). It was unlike any tan I'd used before, mainly Sally Hansen or Cocoa Brown. As usual, I sprayed the tan on my mitt for application. I thought it was so weird because it was a mist and I have never really used a mist before. Although Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs is quite like a mist, SunKiss was a lot lighter. I applied it as I normally would but it came up on my skin SO patchy. This was the night before Galway Student Race Day so I was stressed that my tan would look horrible, but I had nothing else so I went with it.

What I didn't know was that, although the tan claims to be instant it took a little while for it to settle on my skin and it gradually got slightly darker. I also wasn't aware that the tan is RESPONSIVE and adapts to your skin-tone! The next morning when I woke up, my tan had evened out and looked so natural!

I've loved SunKiss since and have used no other tan. For a 150ml bottle it has lasted me months. I haven't HAD to buy any other tan since receiving this product. My tan also lasts SO long with it. I could have three or four showers and my tan still looks even. Although it doesn't smell as amazing as the Tantastic products, it still smells better than most tans. I can really only smell it when applying it, afterwards there is almost no scent whatsoever, which is a very good thing!

You can purchase SunKiss Instant Tanning Mist here for €12.95 and the SunKiss Tanning Mitt here for €5.95.

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Winter Goals: REVISITED

Can you believe I'm once again revisiting my goals for the season??? My last goals post is currently one of my most popular posts ever and I'm so so so thankful because I always put a little extra effort into these posts (read my previous seasonal goals here and here). I've been thinking whether I should carry on doing these posts or stop them completely, and I'm still unsure, but I wanted to revisited my winter goals anyway to see how I got on. I haven't checked the goals I'd set for myself in quite a while but I know before even looking at them that I've done really, really awful. Onward and upwards though, right? 

If you've read these posts before you'll know the layout. I usually discuss my goals I'd set previously, see where I'm at and whether or not I feel as though I've accomplished them and then I set new goals (which I won't be doing in this post, but maybe at a later stage). Looking at the goals I'd set I feel really let down because I didn't do anything I'd hoped I'd do but I pride myself on being open and honest with my readers so here we go.

Goal #1: Take part in Blogmas:
So this definitely didn't go as planned. I wrote a grand total of six Blogmas posts and then gave up. I was very busy around Christmas with different things and I wasn't feeling up to blogging at all. I discussed all this in a blog post after Christmas about the pressures of blogging and after writing that I realised how much I missed blogging. Since then I've been more involved and more excited about my blog again.

Goal #2: Talk more openly about my problems:
In my winter goals post I talk about how I too often take on other people's problems as well as having to cope with my own personal struggles. I find it difficult to talk openly about my mental illness in person to my friends and family, and often pass it off as a joke but in reality it's not as easy as I make it out to be. Over the past few months I have opened up a little bit more to my sister, Dearbhla (@dearbhlagalla), my mam, Laura and, of course, my counselor but I'm still working on feeling comfortable with most people. 

Goal #3: PASS my Christmas exams:
I was hoping to at least pass my exams at Christmas but I actually ended up not even sitting them. I decided I had to defer my exams until the summer as I was so unprepared and would've 100% failed them without a doubt. I said the New Year would be my chance to try again and that I would do better this semester but I don't know if that's going to happen and I've started to rethink a lot of things, but we'll see. 

Goal #4: Focus on myself:
I talked about how I had been worrying and thinking too much about what my father has done in my last post and as a result I haven't allowed myself to feel okay about it. I've tried forgiving him but at the moment I'm too hurt to do that so over the festive period I did my best to not think about him. I briefly saw him on Christmas Eve, which stirred up a lot of anger, guilt and sadness but for the moment I'm happy just being selfish and looking after myself. 

Goal #5: Work towards a mentally healthier me:
I was really worried when writing my last goals post because I was coming near the end of my sessions with my current counselor. In the end she applied for an extension for me so I am still working with her. At the moment my mental health is in a very awful place which I may touch on in an upcoming post. I have a lot on my mind and many things to think about. I feel slightly in limbo at the moment in my life and I don't know what's going to happen, but my counselor is so good so I'm hoping we can continue to work on my mental health together. 

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my other similar posts: Selfishness & Mental Illness and My OCD & Me

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