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


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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