Saturday, 1 April 2017

Letting Go Of Control (Stop Overthinking)

Hello loves,

I was watching a video on YouTube from infinite waters (also known as Ralph Smart) the other day about over thinking and this video sparked so much inspiration in me. I feel like I could do a whole blog post on how much Ralph's channel has changed my life but I guess I'll save that for another day! If you would like to view his video please just click riiiiight here.

I'll be honest and say I am definantly guilty of being an extreme over thinker. I think that due to my anxiety I have a constant need to analyse every situation so that I can protect myself from all angles. 

During this video Ralph talked about how we over think because we feel like we can control everything but in reality we cannot control anything at all. This hit me super hard because I felt like it completely made sense to me. There have been so many times when my anxiety and over thinking have gone through the roof because I just didn't understand how I could control situations to stop bad things from happening to me when in reality I was just causing extra stress for myself. 

After watching this video I decided to try to take steps on letting go of that control. Realising that nothing and no one truly belongs to me and that over thinking will destroy my happiness which it already has done so many times. Don't get me wrong I am in no way close to saying I've stopped over thinking. I still struggle with it daily. However, I now have the motivation and inspiration to understand that I deserve to treat myself, my mind and the people around me better.

I hope that this blog post and Ralph's video can inspire you to take steps to a better life too.

Here's to a more peaceful life.


Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen. xxx
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I'm In Your Corner (Mental Health Campaign)

Hello loves!

In today's post i'm going to be talking all about the new Time To Change campaign called In Your Corner.

This campaign is aimed towards younger people as Time To Change have done some research and discovered that the understanding of Mental Health in younger age groups is still poor. This may seem shocking to some of us as people are more open about mental health now more than ever. I definantly believe that by us telling our stories we can change the way people see mental illness.

So, is it really that easy as a young person to tell someone they're struggling?

Here's my story... You may want to grab a cup of tea as this will be quite a lengthy post!

Although I was only diagnosed professionally in my late teens when I had finally plucked up the courage to talk to a doctor about my mental health I do believe that my battle with it has been going on for pretty much my whole life. I feel this way because I remember being so anxious every night before I was due to go into primary school and being on the way there almost every morning crying or faking sick because I would dread going in. Obviously at the time no one really thought anything of it because I guess that is quite common of young children and if I'm honest I never really thought much of it myself until I was old enough to realise the signs of anxiety.

Pretty soon I was starting secondary school and it wasn't until later on in my years there that I began to realise something was truly wrong. I remember going for tests on my heart because most days it felt like it was trying to jump out of my chest and I had put that down to there being something wrong with me rather than accepting that it was anxiety. I also was diagnosed with depression around the same time.

Even now it's quite difficult to look back at that time in my life because although I was so happy there was also a part of me that was totally destroyed by my mental health. Apart from when something bad had happened I always hid my sadness as best as I could. This isn't because I didn't love or trust the people around me it was because I was afraid of judgement and showing any sign of weakness. However, because I never really spoke much about it I do believe that by not speaking up I allowed my mental health to ruin some relationships with people I cared about because I was too afraid to tell them why sometimes I just didn't want to go outside of my house.

I never truly sat down face to face with anyone and opened up completely until I got with my current boyfriend Karl. I remember we where sat in his room and he kept asking how I was because he knew something was wrong and he could completely see past my 'no, i'm fine!' lie. He asked until suddenly I broke down crying and opened up to him about exactly how I was feeling. I've never felt so scared but relieved all at once. Scared because I was opening up, relieved because I was releasing feelings I had built up for years. After that I've definantly become more open about 'bad days' and that moment also gave me the confidence to talk publicly about my struggles because he made me see that being honest about mental illnesses doesn't always come with judgement and fear that you won't be taken seriously.

It's so important that especially in today's society we look out for each other with stats showing that 1 in 10 children and young people will suffer from a mental illness varying from age 5-16. This means that you are possibly close to someone who could be suffering. If you notice that someone you love has started acting differently then please let them know that you are there for them and that you are in their corner, you never know just how much it can positively effect them!

Thank you so much for reading,

Katie Ellen. xxx

Find Time To Change here and get involved! 



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Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Content

Hi guys,

I would firstly like to apologise for not blogging for so long. I feel like I needed a break away from blogging and kind of social media in general to really think about the direction of my content and it's only now that I feel like I can approach this topic full on.

As you may (or may not) know I started this blog by doing mainly advice & beauty. After that I delved into a little bit of fashion, music, I talked about my battles with mental health and also started talking about my own little spiritual journey and all of these things I genuinely love so much.

However, due to no ones fault but my own I began trying to shove myself into a box. After doing a fashion post I would then write one about mental health and feel like an idiot. I would put my blog down because I didn't fit in as just a fashion, beauty or lifestyle blogger because I had merged so much of all three.

I remember writing my last post 'A Spiritual 2017' and being so reluctant and anxious to post it because yet again it was another piece of 'different' content I was adding to my blog and it was then that I decided I needed a break.

The break initially was for me to decide what category I was going to fit in to. I made a decision that I was going to chose between lifestyle, beauty or fashion and that was that.

However, after taking so much time away I have come to a decision that I really can't put myself into a category because that's not who I am. I am in no way bashing bloggers who stick to one category because I do believe that everyone has their own individual style and that's truly amazing. I just want to be able to sit down and talk about whatever I want without feeling guilty.

I feel like after posting this I will feel more confident in my blog because now people are aware that I will always post about all kinds of topics so I guess it feels like pressure has been lifted and I am so excited to get back into the swing of blogging again.

I hope you will all join me on my journey.

Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen. xx
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Spiritual 2017

Hi Guys!

I just wanted to talk a little bit about what my main focus is going to be in 2017 and honestly I have been so excited to write this blog post as it makes this journey seem a little more real. This may be a super long post so get yourself a snack or a cup of tea!

Let me start from the beginning.

For as long as I can remember I have seen the world in such a negative light. I never appreciated the earth that we live on & although I was grateful for my friends and family it was rare that I found beauty in random strangers or anything else for that matter. I dwelled on the past and things that hurt me so much that I would always wonder when I would ever be able to move forward and there where even times when I was so depressed that I genuinely just didn't want to be alive anymore.

I found comfort in spending money such as going shopping, going out for dinner or to the cinema, things like that and I relied so much on other people to make me happy. I allowed so many negative people to have control over my happiness, I never truly dealt with my emotional issues and I never accepted things that had previously caused me unhappiness.

However, one thing I had always been attracted to which I find quite strange now looking back was Buddhas. For as long as I can remember I have always had a little collection of them and although I wasn't exactly sure why I just knew I was drawn to them in some way. 

For just over a year now I have had a deep desire to begin practising and exploring within spirituality and Buddhism but I was too afraid to tell anyone as it requires a lot of personality changes and I was worried that people would think I was faking it or doing it for attention or something along those lines so I kept it hidden. One thing I also worried about is that I grew up in a Catholic family and although they aren't super strict with it I knew telling them I wanted to break away from that would be a bit awkward.

Over the past few months I started reading books & watching YouTube videos on these topics and my mind was totally blown. When watching these people talk so passionately about spirituality, enlightenment, religions, etc. I felt like I had finally found people who I fully related and felt connected to. They made me realise that being my true self was the only thing that could truly bring me happiness and that hiding this only meant I damaged myself for others which is wrong. Anyone who truly loves you or deserves to be in your life will accept you for whoever you are and whatever you believe in.

I want to make a YouTube video on this as I don't want this post to be ridiculously long but I cannot express how much my life has changed since I began exploring the deeper parts of myself. I have been able to fully let go of things from my past that tormented me and I now see the world in a totally different (and beautiful) light. I want to live. I want to be happy and I want to share my happiness with others in any way that I can.

I definantly have a lot more exploring and learning to do on these topics and there certainly will be more blog posts about this kind of stuff as I go along but as of right now I can truly say that 2017 will be a year of self discovery and self improvement which I am beyond excited about.

What are you most excited for in 2017? Let me know below!

Thank you for reading,
Katie Ellen. xxx







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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Designer Wood Watch from JORD

Hi Guys,

I'm here today with a super exciting post that I've been waiting to share with you for SO long.

A while back I was contacted by JORD who asked me if I would like to work with them on a blog post and as soon as I took a look on their website I knew immediately that I wanted to work with them - there is absolutely no denying how stunning and unique their time pieces are.

I would first of all like to say that although this post is sponsored by JORD I am able to give my 100% honest opinion on the time piece which is exactly what I will be doing. I have in no way been forced or encouraged to make this post a positive one but I am hoping that from what I'm about to say you will realise that I genuinely am obsessed with the watch they sent me.

Anyway, enough chitter chatter, let's get onto what you came here to see!

The watch I chose was a part of their Reece Series and it is in the colour Golden Camphor & Khaki. You can purchase this exact watch by clicking right here.


When the watch first arrived I was honestly overwhelmed by how stunning the packaging was. I opened it with my mum & sister and we all just kind of sat for a moment in disbelief at how beautiful it was.

Although the time piece was shipped all the way from America (I live in the UK) everything arrived in perfect condition. The time piece sat beautifully inside of a stunning wooden box and the watch rested on a tiny little cushion which honestly made me happier than it probably should of!



This particular watch is made from dark sandalwood & golden camphor and I wish I could find words to emphasise just how incredibly beautiful it is. I must also mention that JORD will customise their watches for you by sizing it to fit you perfectly, they design watches for men & women and they can also do personalised engraving for you which would be so perfect if you wanted to gift one of these time pieces to someone you love.


When wearing my time piece to go Christmas shopping I styled it with my backpack & sleeveless jacket as I felt they matched the brown 'wooden theme' really well & I got so many compliments on the watch from family, my boyfriend and even a lady who was working in the shop I was purchasing some bits from! Bonus!

The first thing people have mentioned to me about this time piece is that they have never seen a watch made of wood before and that they are surprised by how stunning it looks. This makes me super happy because I love knowing that I have something so rare and unique. I love that I can introduce others to an amazing new product and show them that not all watches have to be made from metal to be so beautiful and elegant.


I made sure that I wore my watch a few times before making this post as I wanted to be 100% sure that my opinion wasn't just based off of my first time wearing it and I can honestly say that after wearing it pretty much every day over these past few weeks I can genuinely tell you that their products are worth every single penny.



If you're worried about shipping costs if you're living in the UK (or elsewhere!) then you should worry no longer - JORD ship worldwide for FREE. 

So, not only do they provide stunning quality, perfect packaging, free shipping & watch cushions they have also provided me with a giveaway link for you guys to get a $25 coupon code! Just when you thought they couldn't get anymore amazing & generous!

You can get your coupon code by clicking right here: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/katieellen316

You are able to claim a code up until January 15th 2017 so make sure to grab yours as soon as possible! 

Don't forget to leave me a comment below to let me know if you're loving the time piece, too!

Thank you so much for reading,

Katie Ellen. xx

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

How To Feel Less Stressed This Christmas

Hi Guys,

I think we all know that Christmas isn't always snowflakes and fairies as a lot of us actually find this time of year pretty stressful and I have to admit that this year I've definantly been feeling the stress. Lack of money, lack of time and other things combined can often make you dread this time of year so today I am hoping to give you some tips on how you can manage 'Christmas stress!'

Prepare

I know sometimes this is easier said than done but last year I made sure I began buying presents half way through the year and it definantly stopped me stressing so much. I realise this is too late for people to do now but it is still a great tip to think about next year. Doing this really spreads out the expenses and in general makes you feel more relaxed. I haven't done that this year and I can definantly see how much more stressed I have been compared to last year!

Just make sure you don't forget where you hid the presents! Haha.

Don't Be Afraid To Spend Less Money

I think that most people feel stress around this time of year due to money & lack there of. That's one thing I have for sure found myself worrying about this year. However, I've realised that most people honestly won't mind you spending less on them if you just explain that you simply don't have enough money to splurge. Always remember that Christmas is about spending time with your family and being grateful for each other; the presents are just a little added bonus!

Ask For Help

I don't know about you but my mum always gets mega stressed when doing the Christmas dinner as she has to cook for so many people. If this is you then don't be afraid to ask someone to help you! Even if they're awful at cooking they can still make themselves useful by cutting some potatoes or something! Haha. 

Just Try To Enjoy It!

Although Christmas is sometimes super stressful we need to remember that it only comes once a year and no matter how many things go wrong on the day or how many things stress you out try to remember that Christmas is about family time and that's what is most important. Even if you're on your own treat yourself like a king / queen and enjoy yourself!

What tips do you have for feeling less stressed at Christmas? Let me know below!

Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen, xxxx



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Friday, 16 December 2016

Lush Christmas Wishlist

Hello loves,

Today I'm going to talk about somewhere that is magical all year round.. but is especially magical at Christmas time! Lush! I bloody love Lush. 

I'm so gutted that I haven't had the money or time to purchase everything in the Lush Christmas collection but that doesn't mean I haven't heart eyed at everything on their website. I thought I'd make a little wishlist of things I'd love to try so that you can try them too if you fancy it.

Snow Fairy (Shower Gel)

I have heard so many people get excited and rave over this product that I really am curious to know what all the fuss is about! This product is definantly one I have promised myself I will try eventually!

You can purchase Snow Fairy by clicking here

The Christmas Penguin (Bubble Bar)

I seen this when I popped into their store the other week but it was so busy in there that I didn't have time to take a sniff and i'm so gutted! I remember turning to Karl and being like "SO CUTE!" haha! It's just too cute not to try really, isn't it?

You can purchase the Christmas Penguin by clicking here 

Star Dust (Bath Bomb)

Okay, so I did pick up this product last week but it doesn't mean it's not in my wish list because in all honesty... I NEED MORE. I originally picked this up because of the smell - it was so delicious and once I dropped it into the bath it began turning blue and filling my bath with star confetti. I was literally so excited! Haha. I need more. NEED.

You can purchase Star Dust by clicking here

Sugar Plum Fairy (Sugar Scrub)

Even the name of this sounds amazing doesn't it!? Sugar scrubs are my absolute faves so it's no surprise that this is on my wishlist. The colours of this scrub are so amazing and by the description of whats inside it I imagine it smells amazing!

You can purchase the Sugar Plum Fairy by clicking here 

Do you have anything you want to try from Lush? Let me know below!

Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen.
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