HELLO MAY.

Can you believe it's MAY? How is it even possible that we are almost half way through 2017 already? I'm so excited that it's May and already the weather is improving. I spent all day yesterday in the garden because it was so sunny. I love it. For May, I've set very blg orientated goals as summer is the time when I work hardest on my blog. Last summer I spent all my time on my blog and it resulted in me getting to the final of the Littlewoods Irish Blogger Awards, so this summer I want to work just as hard, if not harder on it. I'm excited :)

Here are my April goals:

Do 10,000 steps every day. I'm so bad at exercising and going outside in general and I feel like I didn't even make an effort with this goal. BUT, because the weather was somewhat nice a few days during the month I did reach 10,000 a couple of times, but not nearly the amount of times that I would hope.

Blog, blog, blog. This month I wrote a total of FIVE posts, one which hasn't been published yet. Four published posts isn't as much as I would like but tbh that's like once a week and that's good enough for me. I've slacked off so much with my blog because I HATE it at the mo but I tried.

Focus on the positive. OKAY SO, I did SO well with this goal. I even wrote a blog post on the things I'm grateful for and if that isn't positivity then idk what is. I've had a pretty crappy month but I was tried to be as happy as poss and I think I did so well so yay me.

Read more. Oh my GOD why am I the worst at reading ever? I used to be so good but Netflix has ruined me. I have been reading a lot more blogs recently but I can't seem to get into any books and the fact that I'm now watching Made in Chelsea doesn't help either.

Improve my sleeping pattern. I had done extremely well at this at the beginning of the month. I was going to sleep at 1AM or 2AM every night and waking up at like, 10AM, which for me, is actually amazing but once again, I've completely RUINED it and now I don't sleep until 4AM. I still get up at 10AM though so props to me.


So to be honest I've done so badly with my goals from April, but I'm a lot more excited for this month's goals. So without further ado, my May goals!

1. Blog AT LEAST once a week:
This month I'm excited to actually take time out to focus on my blog. I feel as though I've spent so much time on my Instagram lately that I've completely forgotten about my blog. Blogging once a week is really doable for me because once I get into the swing of things it doesn't take me long to get stuff done.

2. Do things outside of my comfort zone:
Funnily enough I've already started working on this one. I have something pretty exciting happening between this month and next month which I'm not 100% sure about yet but I've taken the first few baby steps with it.

3. Start working on blog rebrand:
I talked about redesigning my blog in my Blog Goals 2017 post but as the year progresses I have started hating my blog more and more and more so I really want to completely change it. This will be a slow process as I'm not sure what I'm doing or where I'm going but I want to start brainstorming some ideas so that I can have it done by the end of the year.

4. Start doing beauty and fashion posts again:
When I first started my blog the majority of my posts where fashion and beauty related and I loved doing them. Somewhere along the way I lost that and I feel as though as my posts are now mental health related, which is good in a way but I want to get back to writing about what I love with a few mental health posts in between.

5. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!
I'm going to San Francisco (!!!!) in SIX(ish) WEEKS and I haven't saved a dime. If you follow me on Twitter you'll already know that I got a summer job which is so exciting because I'll have money!! I can't wait to get to Sephora OMG.

So there you have it. Like I said, my goals are extremely blog based this month and they are really simple but I hope you're as excited as I am.

Have you set any goals for this month? 


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Little Ways to Feel Better on a Bad Day

Some days you can't help but wake up feeling terrible. It's the worst feeling ever when you wake up and you can't wait for the day to end. I wrote a post touching on this topic almost a year ago so today I decided I would write a post on some of the things that I do when I wake up on one of those days. 

I'm a very structured person. I like organisation. I like to know what exactly is going to happen from day to day. Uncertainty is a huge N O from me. Every night I write a list of what I'm going to do the following day. Not like a to-do list, like literally everything I'm going to do. From showering to having breakfast to sitting down for a coffee with my Mam during her lunch break, e v e r y t h i n g I plan to do goes on that list and God help you if you try and change my plans. This list helps keep my head straight and keeps my OCD at ease from day to day. It's probably not the best way of combating my mental illness, and I should really just go with the flow, but for now, it's what gets me through the day. Anyway, I'm rambling and should get on with the actual topic of this post.

The main reason I'm writing this is because some mornings I wake up and when I look at my list I literally want to burst into tears and throw the covers over my head. Even the thought of getting up to put the emersion on fills me with dread. On days like these I do like to get up and so that the day doesn't feel like a complete waste of time because we all know that makes everything seem so much worse. However, I do like to take it easy on myself and, surprisingly, on days like these, I usually end up ignoring my list. It's a funny thing. Anyway, the things I do to help myself are very simple but have such a good impact on my mood.


Fresh air.
The first thing I like to do is to open the curtains and windows. I do this every morning because I love letting fresh air into my room when I wake up. It makes me feel a lot more alive and instantly improves my mood.

Get moving.
Since moving home I've been doing yoga basically every morning. I love yogawithadrienne and I always follow her videos. She has practices from 10 minutes to an hour in length and she has such a wide variety of videos like yoga for anxiety, yoga for headaches and morning and nighttime yoga (I use these the most!). If I don't have time for yoga, or really can't muster up the motivation to get on the mat, I still like to make sure I do some form of stretching.

Hydrate.
There's nothing I love more in the morning than coffee but when I feel anxious or stressed, or even if I'm in a bad mood, I know coffee is not the way to go. I love coffee but it actual makes me feel awful and causes me to become so much more anxious. So, instead, I find that if I drink a glass of water, or juice, I feel better. Herbal teas, like camomille and mint teas are also amazing.


Burn essential oils.
Recently I've been burning peppermint and/or rosemary oil every morning when I wake up, and every night before bed while I do my yoga. They smell amazing and the scent lingers in my room for hours and hours. Peppermint is thought to reduce anxiety*. It's also great for headache relief. Rosemary is said to reduce stress* which is perfect for those of you who have exams coming up! We have so many types of essential oils in my house but I've been loving these from Buff and Butter. You can browse some more essential oils here.

Chill out.
Like I said, I like to take it easy on myself when I feel like this, whether it's reading a book, watching Netflix, painting my nails or colouring. I like to feel as if I'm doing something even when I'm doing nothing so keeping my mind occupied is very important but don't do anything too strenuous. Look after yourself.

What do you do when you wake up feeling bad?

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THINGS I'M GRATEFUL FOR...

In my 'HELLO APRIL' post I spoke about wanting to focus more on the positive things which is exactly what I'm trying to do. Everything feels so much easier when I don't get caught up in the bad stuff that happens because that's life and although things can happen that hurt us and knock us down, there is so much more to life. Of course, as humans we will always pay more attention to the negative over the positive and it can be hard to believe everything will be okay when you're having a hard time. I've been trying to be more positive and be more grateful, not just for me, but for the people around me in a hope that good vibes can be spread more widely. Today I wanted to write a post on the things I'm grateful for because there is so much to be grateful for and we can often forget how lucky we are to have what we have.


1. My Family.
At the moment I'm so happy to be home with my Mam and my sister, Dearbhla. Being home with them makes me feel so much more at ease with everything and everything doesn't seem as scary now that I'm home. I love that I can talk to them any time I need to and I know I always have my brothers too. With everything so uncertain for me at this time it's nice to have the security of a supportive family. It's a nice feeling.

2. Baking.
Since forever, baking has been my go-to feel good activity. I absolutely love it. I love working with my hands and I am quite creative. I don't like sitting around doing nothing as it makes me feel so bad about myself so you can probably find me in the kitchen with an apron and mixing bowl at any given time.

3. Reading.
I've lost touch with reading over the past year or two and it really bothered me. I haven't read a book in months and I stopped reading blogs but this month as part of my April goals I really wanted to get back into reading again and I've been loving getting caught up scrolling through blogs again and I've started reading a new book! I've even been really enjoying reading Instagram captions haha.

4. My doggy, Chester.
I really missed Chester when I was in Galway and now that I'm back home again I'm so so so happy to have him in my bed every night. I spend more time with him than anyone else. He makes my heart happy.

5. Writing.
Writing, for me, will always be emotional outlet to share my feelings. I've been very open on my blog from the beginning and although this is so terrifying a lot of the time it really helps to keep my head clear. My head tends to get very muddled in times of bad mental health, so much so that I find it hard to gather thoughts and form any kind of ideas so dumping my thoughts onto a black page, or in this case a blank screen, really helps me keep things in order inside my little noggin'.

Let me know some of the things you're grateful for in the comments and send me over your blog links so I can continue reading getting lost in your blogs.

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REVIEW | Dr.PAWPAW Multipurpose Soothing Balm*

After the couple of sunny days we'e had here in Ireland it finally feels like Spring. I absolutely love a season changeover because I can start switching up my make up routine again and start finding new products, or products that I've forgotten about, to fall in love with. Recently I've been keeping my make up very natural with little eyeshadow, no eyeliner and tinted balms instead of lipstick and I've really loved it. When I received the Multipurpose Soothing Balms* from Dr.PAWPAW I was so excited to try them. Dr.PAWPAW is such a lovely brand and their products are genuinely really, really great.

I received three of their balms - Tinted Ultimate Red Balm, Tinted Peach Pink Balm and a Limited Edition Red Sparkle Balm and I really wanted to talk about them on my blog because I've been wearing them every day for almost three weeks!



Dr.PAWPAW is made from all natural ingredients and is paraben and alcohol free. The main ingredient in Dr.PAWPAW balms is Pawpaw which has natural healing qualities so their balms are amazing for protecting and moistuising the skin and lips and can be used as

I have very dry, cracked lips but wearing these balms every day has helped SO MUCH! I can't even describe how moisturising these balms are. They aren't sticky at all and soak into the skin/lips almost immediately. The light tint in the balms are perfect for Spring as the colour isn't overpowering. I especially love the peach shade because it is such a Spring colour.

The Limited Edition Red Sparkle shade is absolutely beautiful as it is has very small, subtle specks of glitter through it. You can't see it from my swatches but it does look different to the normal Red Balm in real life.

Dr.PAWPAW can also be used on the cheeks to add colour as well as the lips. I haven't tried this because I hate the thought of a lip product on my cheeks and vice versa but the shades are so pretty they probably would look lovely to add a slight sheen to your cheeks.

I find myself grabbing these balms so often because they are doing my dry lips wonders. They are so easy to throw into your bag for immediate hydration.

Dr.PAWPAW is also OFFICIALLY cruelty free. They have never tested on animals but have recently got official recognition, which is amazing.

You can purchase any Dr.PAWPAW products here.

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HELLO APRIL.

It's been just over two weeks since I wrote this post, where I reintroduced my goals posts. In case you missed that post (you should read it now, it's a good one, I promise) I basically talked about how I wanted to start setting myself goals again but this time around I wanted them to be simpler, more achievable and I wanted to write a post at the start of every month. It will be the same as my seasonal goals, so I will talk through my goals from the previous month and see how I got on with them and then I will discuss my new goals.

Here are my March goals:

Do something blog related every day. This was a very important one for me because my blog is something that keeps me motivated and reminds me that I'm not a complete failure. Although I didn't actually blog much (I wrote two posts UGH) I do think I achieved this goal. I've been working a lot harder on my Instagram this month, taking specific pictures just for Instagram and using my Instastories. I've been really enjoying it as I find that Twitter has become somewhere too negative for me to deal with and blogging can be too overwhelming at times. I'm having so much fun on Instagram and you should follow me (shameless!).


Go outside every day. Thanks to the amazing weather we had for a few days here in Galway I got outside more than enough. I felt so good the days I spent all day in the sun. Of course, there was some days I just about went to the shop but I think I did better than I would most months and this is something I'm definitely going to continue doing well into the summer.

Drink more water. Last month I touched briefly on how bad my skin had gotten and this was one of the reasons why I wanted to drink more water. I wouldn't say I've greatly increased my water intake but I have started drinking more than I had been. I'm not sure if it's the water, the fresh air I've been getting or the products I've been using but my skin has improved immensely.

Do yoga. As I said, doing yoga in college is hard. I did yoga, maybe once, this month when I went home. However, I'm back at home for three weeks so I know I'll get back into the swing of things.

Spend time getting ready in the mornings. Almost every day this month I did my make up and wore clothes I actually liked. It made the day a lot easier and I actually looked forward to getting out of bed.


So, all in all, I think I did pretty okay with my goals for March. Completing them made me feel a lot better, even thought they were very simple. Without any more rambling, here are my new April goals!

1. Do 10,000 steps every day:
When the weather was good, I got out a lot and it really improved my mood. During the sunny weather I was doing almost 20,000 steps every day which is TWICE the healthy amount. Because I'm the least active person, possibly ever, it's actually pretty difficult for me to reach the 10,000 BUT I'm going to try hard every day to reach my goal.

2. Blog, blog, blog:
I've got a lot of posts planned for my blog this month and because I'm off for three weeks I have a lot of time to work on it. I've recently lost my love for blogging but I'm slowly working on getting it back and I am excited to get back into it.

3. Focus on the positive:
I've been having a hard time finding the good in things recently. I tend to think it's the end of the world when one small bad thing happens and I often forget to focus on the happy things.

4. Read more:
I love reading. I used to get through at least one book a week but I haven't had the chance to read in a while. This month I want to get back into my love for reading because it is so lovely to get lost in a good book.

5. Improve my sleeping pattern:
I am THE WORST sleeper ever. I am a night owl and could spend hours staring at the ceiling at night. I tend to try to reorganise my entire life late at night (I'm not the only one, right?) Since coming home from Galway I've been waking up at 9AM every morning and I feel so much better. Now all I have to do is sort out my night time routine and stopped staying up past 4AM... I just need to finish Jane the Virgin first.

Once again I've set very simple, easily achieved goals. I'm focusing on becoming a better version of myself. My main goal is to get back to feeling myself again and I think completing these goals will help me towards reaching that final goal.

Have you set any goals for this month? 

If you enjoyed this post, why not catch up on some of my previous posts:Small Steps I'm Taking Towards Mental Well-Being and How Colouring Helps my Anxiety

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