Tuesday, 25 November 2014

All About You Link & Pin Party

When I fell upon this quote last week, I instantly knew I wanted to use it for this week's All About You.  Accepting yourself and loving who you are is so important and not only makes you indestructible (in a manner of speaking of course), but also makes you able to give love and to receive it.

When this linky started out, the aim was for it to be a reminder to take time out from racing around tending to everyone else, and to share something about YOU.  Because the kids are cute and all, but….

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Wall of Silence - shh no more - it's time to speak out against domestic abuse

shh no more - against domestic violence

Last week I was tagged on instagram to take a shhh selfie for Avon UK's Wall of Silence

I'm sure you'll have heard of the campaign by now, and if not, let me fill you in.  For every selfie taken of a head and shoulders shot with finger to lips, tagged with #wallofsilence, and posted on Twitter or Instagram, Avon UK are donating £1 to charities for women who suffer domestic abuse.  To say that this is an important issue is a paltry and ridiculous understatement.

Like a vicious disease, domestic abuse affects not just "somebody else", but inevitably and sadly, most of us will know someone who has been, or may even have been a victim themselves.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What I'm Wearing, cosy cosy cosy!

Balancing freelance working from home with looking after the kids and getting my daily yoga in means that my daily style has changed hugely from when I was on the commute every day and charging into an office where the unwritten dress code was "dress like you're going out to dinner".  Please don't jump to conclusions here - I love getting dressed up, and I am not the type to slob around in sweatpants and pyjamas all day, it's just not my thing.  But with the colder days I am definitely into getting snuggly, and you know what, I do think my yoga pants are kinda stylish, and most definitely seasonal!

Time to get shopping, Credit Cards at the ready!

It's that time of year when twinkling Christmas decorations on every street corner, burgeoning shop windows show off their most gorgeous gift picks, and little hands get frantically scrawling letters to Santa, and the owners of said hands start actually listening to their parents warning about good behaviour getting rewards!  Yes, if yours is a latent one, the shopaholic schizo in you is about to be awoken and go wild!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

All About You Link and Pin Party

Of course, this isn't limited to just women!

We've all had tough times, and we've all had moments when we felt like people are just trying to chip-chip-chip away at us, but it's how we react and deal with those adversities that build up who we are.  I don't mean as in to build walls around yourself.  Hard times teach us to be strong, to understand how to change our approach to something if we need to.  Like the river that meets something that blocks its course, we either find a way around our obstacles, or a way to slowly work away at it until it crumbles and gives way to our strength.

I'm actually feeling not so much like I am having a tough time - because I'm not, I'm feeling very blessed right now - but I have been thinking about the various things in life that have led me to the person I am now, and in a funny way I guess I'm thankful for the hard times...

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What my yoga does for me

Last week I was thrilled to be invited to do a guest post on yoga for one of my favourite blogs, Pouting In Heels, which you can check out here.  While writing about five things I think you need to know about yoga - like the fact that it isn't just for bendy, super-flexible people; it's not a cult or trying to get you to change religion; it isn't an easy option, and some of the funny things you may hear in a yoga class - I really got to thinking more and more about the 5th thing I wrote about.  Yoga may possibly change your life, and at the very least, if you are willing to see it, wherever you are at in your yoga practice journey, it can teach you about yourself.  It has for me.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

All About You Link Party

There is simply nothing like a good giggle with a girlfriend!
Here's my All About You co-host, Hannah and I, in full cackle

Welcome back to All About You!  This weekend my parents very kindly had my kiddies to stay with them while I zoomed up to Leeds for a girls night out with 5 gorgeous blogging gals to celebrate Vicki from Honest Mum's birthday and 4-year bloggerversary.  I can't remember the last time I had a big girlie sleepover!  We laughed, we ate, we drank, we even yoga-ed the following morning!  I'll be writing up a post on the joys of a girly night out once I recover, but meantime….

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