Beautiful 

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Beautiful By Katie Piper, was the most inspiring book I think I have ever read and now a huge fan of this incredibly strong and beautiful women.

I don’t normally choose to read autobiographies, but after being recommended by two people to read it, I thought I would give it a go.

If you haven’t heard of Katie Piper, then you must be hiding under a rock, but she is the women whos ex had assaulted and raped her, then paid someone to throw acid over her.

The book goes through her life before, the running up to the attack and then after, through her treatment, the trial and how she was finally able to move on.  Just reading the book at the point of the attack was difficult and heartbreaking I could never imagine how she felt during and after the attack.

She now has set up her own foundation, The Katie Piper Foundation to raise money to help other’s gain the same treatment and help she was given. She has also done a few different documentaries on her journey and other similar issues, that are worth a watch.

There are other books she has written that I​​​​ will be moving on to next. She`s an incredible women, who has managed to make great things happen and shown courage at such a difficult time in her life and then to be able to help others.

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The Next step…

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At the moment I am trying not to panic over what to do next with my life and if it is all going to go down hill from here. wait don’t think like that,  It is going to be great, I will have everything finished and passed by the 2nd.   I am also going to be getting a phone call soon telling me I have a job to go to and I will not be poor or useless.

But then I panic that I am useless, idiot who can not do anything and forever destined to only work in the family bakery that I HATE and also may I add rubbish at, though saying that I am pretty good at eating everything, as cakes are my only friends.

I have applied to everything I can, I have waited around for the phone calls or emails that have eventually driven me to wanting to pull my hair or burst in to tears.  I have had some success, most recently an interview that went really well and had high hopes for but that was 2 weeks ago now and I am not to sure it went as well as I thought.  It also leaves me wondering what did that person that I don’t, better grades, a better face, who knows,

I just really want a job secure before I finish college, but that doesn’t look like it will be happening any time soon, so just praying that I have something for before July would be great or else I will really loose it.

And by losing it I mean shutting myself of from the world and becoming a hermit that spends no money since I will have nothing to spend.

That may seem extreme to some and I know that there are plenty of others who have it worse but how can I contribute to society if I don’t have anything to give.

This all could becoming from my anxious mind which doesn’t like to help at keeping me rational or logical and this will all be a worry for nothing but till then I am going to be the one in the corner crying and cradling her phone till she hears some good news.

 

What I`ve been reading.

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As you can tell this has been what I have been reading this year so far, I canot belive we are in April already were has this year gone so far.  So in January I read Jojo Moyes “Me before You” and the sequel to that “After You”.  I loved both these books and became so invested in Lou Clarks life, from her struggles and how her life changed after meeting Will Traynor.  I have never cried so much when reading a book and this one made me weep, I was an emotional mess at the end of both these books.

I was soo pleased when I found out Jojo Moyes announced that she will be continuing on with Miss Clarks story and another book will be out next year.

I then moved on to another emotional book, “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness but the concept of this book actually came from Siobhan Dowd, who sadly passed away from cancer before having the chance to write this herself.  This has also been adapted into a movie, which I have still yet to see but after reading this book cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.  The story follows Conor, a young boy going through a tuff time as his mum goes through treatment.   Then one night a monster shows up, and wants Conor to tell him a story but not any kind of story, the truth.  I think this is aimed at a younger audience but is definitely a book to be read for all age groups as it is an experience everyone will know of someone going through or like me have been through.

Also when I saw the book I couldn’t resit in buying the illustrated copy by Jim Kay to this and loved all the pictures will reading, they were so beautifully drawn.

I then moved on to a Non fiction book called “Anxiety for Beginners” by Eleanor Morgan, which is clear from the title what this book is about, but it is also the first hand account of anxiety from the author as well, as investigating other forms of Anxiety.  She has done her research, and shared some of her own experience making this very relatable for anyone living with mental health problems and making you feel less alone on your journey.

The Most recent finish is “The mime Order” by Samantha Shannon, the second book in the series of “The Bone Season” I have already read this once, ages ago but since there was the release of the third book “The Song Rising” I needed to read it so I was ready for the next, and I am glad I did.  After reading it a few years later, I noticed bits of the book differently than I may have done before and knowing the end result made me think of Paige differently.  So now I cannot wait to get into the next book of the series.

The book I am currently reading at the moment is “Beautiful” By Katie Piper, this is the memoir of one inspiring women’s life after an acid attack.  She has had a life changing experience mentally and physically but has been extremely brave to share it with the world.  Katie Piper has achieved so much, even though I have only just started reading this book have learned so much about who she is, as I was only slightly aware of her before but now I am a huge fan of this incredible women.  I cant wait to learn more about all the work she has done since the attack from her charity “Katie Piper Foundation”, her TV series and read her other books.

xo

 

 

1 year 

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Before the end of 2015, my cousin showed me an app that she had downloaded, were you take a picture of yourself everyday for a year ( for example) and then can turn it into a video. 

The app which is called Close – Up, for me sounded perfect to see how much my hair would change, which I had only a few months before had shaved it off for charity.

The hardest part was remembering to take the photo everyday and ended up being more like every month. 

But I do love the video that has been achieved  at the end of the year. Really good and interesting to watch.

I am hoping to be more successful this year coming and try to at least take a photo more often to see if next year is any better. 

New year 

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Well Kylie Jenner was kinda right about 2016 being a year of realising things, and we can’t deny that it has been an intriguing year. 

I am one of those who don’t believe in any of this ‘New year, New me’ stuff, but learning from what has happened in the past to make ourselves and those around us the best and happiest we can be.

For 2017 I am going to do more stuff I like to do, like art, writing and yoga. I need to learn to be a bit more selfish and learn to be less critical of myself.

The main thing I realised in 2016 was to focus on my mental health and improving it, which I am definitely going to carry on with because I already feel like the person I want to be isn’t hidden by anxiety. 

Finish college and hopefully find a job I really enjoy. 

I am also definitely going to go to Disney world, even if it kills me.  I have dreamed of going and this is definitely the year to achieve that finally. 

2017 already feels like a year achievement, learning and happiness.  That’s what I want to happen in the coming year. 

I hope everyone had a good night and here’s to a new year and may it be better than the last. 

Merry Christmas 

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Here are a few things that make my Christmas feel extra festive , special and ready for the big day. 


My top 5 favourite Christmas movies ?

  1. Love actually, which is also my all time favourite movie all year round.
  2. Home alone and home alone 2, I can’t choose which one is better 
  3. The grinch 
  4. All the santa clause movies 
  5. Scrooge 

There is obviously way more movies I love at this time of the year but these are just the top, I have to watch every year kind of ones. 

Favourite Christmas music ?

  1. The entire Micheal Buble Christmas album, he is now mr Christmas 
  2. The Darkness – Christmas Time 
  3. Mariah Carey- all I want for Christmas, of course Christmas doesn’t start till this comes on.
  4. Frankie goes to Hollywood – the power of love, this isn’t necessarily a Christmas song but heard it every year since I can remember so it has become part of the season. 
  5. Paul McCartney- we all stand together, this is another song that I don’t think is a specific Christmas song but I always remember hearing it and the music video is something else. 

Favourite part to a Christmas dinner ?

The roast potatoes, especially ones made by my uncle. 

Also the gravey. 

Favourite Christmas pudding ?

Trifle and it is always made specially for me, which means plenty for Boxing Day breakfast. 

Favourite Christmas drink? 

I have recently became more obsessed with this over the past month and it is mint hot chocolate. It taste like melted after eights 😊 

A real tree or fake tree?

We have a fake tree but I would prefer a real one.

Prefer to give gifts or receive?

I always have more fun giving apart from the stress of actually buying it. 

Good at wrapping or terrible?

I wouldn’t say I am the best but they aren’t awful looking.

Can you name all of santas reindeer?

Rudolph, Donna, blitzen, Comet, and the rest I have no idea. So definitely not. 

Who would you kiss under the mistletoe?

Ooh, for me it would have to be Channing Tatum every time. 😘 😘 

Ps photo isn’t mine but googles

Autumn 

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I have been a bit lazy in writing anything on here but since I am having a sick day, thought I would do an autumn tag. 

1. What did you dress as for Halloween last year?
 

I dressed as a dead bride. 

2. What is your favourite fall food?

The same as the rest of the year pizza.

3: Do you have any fall traditions?

Maybe when I was younger but nothing much now 

4: Do you have any Halloween traditions?

Maybe when I was younger but now nothing special.

5: What music do you like to listen to during fall?

The same as the rest of the year and maybe some tunes that are hallowe’en 

6: What is your favourite fall outfit?

Anything that’s warm, jumpers, scarfs, jeans and dr martens.

7: Favourite spooky movie?

IT, hocus pocus or halloweentown. I’m not the biggest fan of scary movies 

8: S’mores or pumpkin pie?

I have never tried either but the s’mores sound better.

9: Hot chocolate or warm apple cider?

Warm apple cider

10: Do you like Pumpkin Spice Lattes? 😉

It will be my go to coffee order for the rest of the season.

11: What is your favourite day of fall?

When the clocks go back and you can get an extra hour in bed, bliss

12: What is the best thing about your town during fall?

In the area I live in there is an enchanted forest during the month of October which is pretty special

14: Tea or coffee?

Both, coffee to wake me up and tea because I’m British 

18: Halloween or Christmas?

Christmas but then again hallowe’en speak to my soul more 

19: Cats or bats?

Cats

20: Do you enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns?

I try to carve a pupikni

21: What is your favourite fall colour?

Orange

22: Spooky or sweet?

Spooky

23: Trick or treat?

Trick

24: Do you enjoy visiting graveyards?

It’s no my go to destination for a fun time especially after seeing women in black, so no

25: What is your favourite fall memory?

Going out trick or treating as a kid

26: What was your best fall ever?

The one that comes to mind is when 

27: Gloves or mittens?

Gloves, mittens aren’t as practical 

28: Do you enjoy ice skating?

I have tried it, fallen over and kind of enjoyed 

29: If you could spend fall anywhere, where would you choose?

Disney world

30: What’s your dream Halloween outfit?


31: Be honest… are you already stocking up for fall?

I am always stocking up for fall 

32: Do you enjoy the other seasons?

I like summer because it doesn’t get get dark early and can spend more time outside

33: How do you plan to spend this Halloween?

I’ll be at home watching movies 

34: In ONE sentence… WHY do you love fall so much?


35: What is your favourite fall makeup look?

Dark lips

36: What is your favourite fall candle scent?

Christmas scents 

37: Do you enjoy Christmas?

The food is the highlight 

38: Do you enjoy cold weather?

It’s always cold in Scotland 

39: What is your least favourite thing about fall?


40: What is your favourite Halloween candy?


41: What is one thing you’d love to try during fall, but haven’t yet?


42: Do you enjoy rain?

Again it also rain a lot in Scotland