Monday, 17 October 2016

A Little Bit Of Decor

Hey guys,

Today's post is going to be something a little different than what I usually do. 

Over the last few days I've been feeling super anxious and stressed out for a number of reasons that I won't bore you with! But when I feel like this I feel like my 'safe place' is for sure my bedroom and the reason why is because I always make sure that my room is decorated with things that bring me peace, inspiration and happiness. So, today I have decided to talk to you about some of my favourite decor pieces within my bedroom in hopes to give you a little inspiration, too.

Dream Catcher

My mum bought me this beautiful piece for my bedroom a while back so i'm not exactly sure where it's from but i'm sure you can find one similar online!

As a result of suffering from anxiety / depression I often get super intense nightmares and/or sleep paralysis that even as an adult results in me sleeping with the light on afterwards. I'm well aware that dream catchers don't actually make you have better dreams but for some reason this still makes me feel comforted and protected before going asleep. 

Although, it does have a serious side to it I also just love how this looks in my bedroom. I really feel like it gives a really mysterious vibe and it's definantly something I would've bought for myself if my mum hadn't done so beforehand. 

Positive Grid

This is 100% one of my favourite things in my bedroom. I bought this grid off of amazon and the posters I purchased in new look.

I try to decorate my room with really positive and happy things so that I always feel motivated and happy as soon as I wake up and before I go to sleep. I placed this right in front of my bed so that it's the first thing I look at every morning and it really does help me start my day with a smile. 

My Sister's Painting

When my sister was in school she painted this picture and I always remember it hanging in her room when we where younger. However, as she grew up she decided she wanted to throw it away and me being me (obsessed with sunsets / sunrises) had to have it. 

I love the fact that it's not a perfect masterpiece and I especially love the colours in the sky. I've had this in my room for years now and I still think it's super beautiful! Whenever I think of sunsets, water, mountains & orange skies it immediately makes me happy and peaceful. I definantly think I will take this painting with me whenever I move out. 


I literally have candles all around my bedroom and every time Karl is over he has a little moan about the fact I have like 700 candles but I never light them (apart from for this photo, obvs!) Haha. I'm definantly that twonk that has candles in my bedroom as a decor rather than something I use; mainly because if I had a scented candle burning in my room (although they smell amazing) I would for sure get a headache from the scent! 

I always feel like candles are something that immediately brings relaxation. Maybe i'll light them one day though... haha!

Let me know what your favourite is below & if you have any decor in your room that you're obsessing over!

Thank you for reading!

Katie Ellen. xx


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Time To Change

Hey guys,

I am writing this just as World Mental Health Day is coming to an end and I'm feeling super emotional so obviously I had to write a blog post! Haha.

Firstly, I wanted to talk to you about a post that I wrote for the Time To Change campaign website. I always express that whenever I talk about mental health there will always be a reason behind me doing so - and that reason is always to help the people who are struggling.

Time To Change campaign against mental health stigma - which believe it or not still exists! And I had the opportunity to share my story and how I have also been stigmatised for having a mental illness. This was / still is a HUGE deal for me. To be able to potentially help so many people makes me almost want to cry and i'm not afraid to say that I feel really proud of myself for being able to open up beyond the comfortable space of my own YouTube channel or blog.

If you want to read the post I will have a link at the very end of this post. If you feel like my story or anyone else's on there could help someone then please do share them! It would mean the world to myself and everyone else involved.

I also wanted to say how days like WMHD make me super emotional. To see everyone coming together to support each other makes me so happy and fills my heart with so much love. As a person who struggles with MH I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that it's extremely nice to feel like someone cares.

I would just like to end this post by saying that if you have a mental illness I want you to know that you're not alone. There are so many people out there feeling the exact way that you do so please don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There is nothing to be afraid of - I promise you there are people who love you and want to help you.

Let me know in comments how you felt about world mental health day!

Thanks for reading,

Katie Ellen. xxx


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

I Changed My Mind

Hello loves,

I've decided that today I want to take a little step back and talk to you about something that's been on my mind a lot lately.

I posted on twitter the other day that I had been thinking about what I say before I say it and after posting this I realised that for people to truly understand what I meant I should write a blog post as 140 characters on twitter just doesn't seem enough to explain myself.

I want to begin by saying that changing the way you act and think at 21 years old is a lot harder than it may seem. I have always lived my life never truly thinking about how the things that I say can effect other people and myself. I have a LOT of work left to do on myself but this change is one that I am 100% committed to. I'm not claiming to be a saint or anything of that nature but I do hope that this post may be able to inspire someone else to change their life too.

So, just for an example. Have you ever walked down the street and seen someone wearing something that you don't find appealing or someone with dodgy make up and turned to your friend or whoever you're with and been like "LOL OMG LOOK AT THEM, WTF!?" etc, etc, you get my point. I have, too. As humans that sometimes seems to be our natural reaction to things we don't like or don't see everyday.

When I decided to change the way I look at life so that I could view it more positively I purchased this book called 'The Little Book Of Wisdom' and no this is not #spon this book just really did change my life. It made me realise that to have a positive life I must be able to see the good in things that I didn't do before. To question my thoughts before I say them out loud. To have compassion for others and to all around be a good person.

Before I open my mouth I try to think of these things:

Does it benefit me?
Does it benefit the person I'm talking to?
Will this make me feel good after I say it?

Most of the time the answer was no. 

Don't get me wrong this is still something I'm finding extremely difficult but now what I have realised is that when I say things that don't tick these boxes I acknowledge it and feel guilty afterwards. I realise that my words didn't benefit me, they didn't have any positive effect on the person I was talking to and they made me feel quite shit after I said them.

I think we all want to be someone who is a light for others. Someone who makes people feel good about themselves and someone who spreads positivity in a world extremely full of hate. You can be that person, I promise you. 

Connect with yourself and realise that if we all spread a little more positivity - not only does it make us feel good it makes others want to do the same. I'm not saying we can change the world but we can change a part of it and that's a start. 

I want to set you a little challenge if you don't mind, of course. 

I want you to go a whole day without saying any negative thoughts out loud. I realise you can't change the thoughts you have but you can decide whether you say them aloud. I want you to try to change those negative thoughts and flip them to good ones if you can. Try to let go of anything that's angering you and tell someone something that will effect them in a positive way.

Please don't think that i'm preaching because I'm definantly not. If this inspires you then I'll be super happy but if not that's okay, too!

Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen. xx

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