Being true to yourself

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After spending many years being ashamed of my own life journey I’ve recently came to the realisation that it’s ok to own your story, to not be ashamed of what you haven’t achieved and instead look at what you have. 

I spent years putting myself down because in my eyes I hadn’t achieved the same things as my peers had, so I wasn’t good enough. I think many of us look at others lives and find faults in our own, but everyone has something in their life that they wish was a little different. 

How great would it be if we all praised our own achievements instead of criticising ourselves?

For the last 5 years I’ve been ashamed because i couldn’t be like everyone else my age. The truth is that I’ve been fighting the biggest hurdle of my life. I had a stroke at age 22, in my final year of university and it shook my life up. I lost my sense of self, I lost friends but only because I didn’t want to seem that I was failing at life. 

Looking back now, I realise that I didn’t need to feel ashamed. I’ve spent the last 5 years using a wheelchair and needing a lot of help from my husband. I don’t know why I felt afraid to let people see that side of my life. I felt that it wasn’t what people would be comfortable with, so I hid myself away. 

Why was I so ashamed after working hard to put my life back together? Why did I not see what I had achieved instead of what I hadn’t? 

Now, at 27 I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere. I’ve started being able to walk more and more importantly- I’ve been able to start a family of my own. I may not be where I want to be, but I’ve worked hard to get where I am.

Sometimes it takes more courage in life to own your weaknesses and turn them into strengths, than to try to fit in with what society thinks is achievement.

No matter what you struggle with, never be ashamed to be who you are. Flaws and all x

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Upcycling 

Upcycling is a way to rejuvenate old furniture/ objects to give them a new lease of life.

I’m currently in the middle of an upcycling project to transform a large chest of drawers and thought I’d share the process with you, although it’s not quite finished yet. 


Sanded down and ready to paint, excuse my little dog getting in on the action!


First coat done with everlong chalk paint ( the best paint I’ve ever used )


Ready for handles and the top to be varnished.

I don’t have a picture of the finished result yet but I will add it when it’s finished! x

I took time out 

I haven’t blogged for a while. A lot has happened in the last year for me. 

Long story short, I had a baby! He’s a gorgeous little boy and he’s completed my life. He’s such a blessing that I waited a long time for. 

I’ve started a new Mam blog and will try to get back into posting on save and inspire while baby sleeps! Check out my new blog here= Mammydear 

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Start saving for Christmas by turning your junk into someone’s treasure

I’ve read before that the average person is sitting with over £1000 of things in their home that they no longer want/need, and the sad thing is; a lot of the old stuff that we accumulate goes into landfills instead of being recycled.

Take a look around your home/ shed/ loft, and see if you have anything that you’re only keeping incase you ever need it or it’s been long forgotten. These are the things that you can sell online on sites such as eBay/ Amazon and gumtree.

 It takes two minutes to take a picture, list it and wait until it sells and the process is so simple. Not only will you be saving the environment, you’ll be clearing out unwanted things from your home and turning it into spare cash for things that you do need. 

As long as the item is in the condition that you describe, has a clear picture and a catchy title then almost anything will sell at the right price. Check what similar items are going for to help you decide on pricing. 

Anything that you think would be hard to sell, take it to a recycle village or charity shop; depending on the condition. 

Remember, a clear home is a clear mind. It will be easier to organise your space if it’s not filled with things that you don’t want. 

Happy listing! 

The meaning of life. Pinterest quote


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I’m a firm believer that memories are the most precious things to gain in life. You will never have everything you want, but you’ll always have loved ones and precious moments which are the best kinds of treasure.

My wish for you today is to live a meaningful life, full of those moments. X

Brave the storms and you will sail into the horizon

Life tests us.

There are times when we are filled with anxiety, hopelessness, fear, and all of the things that people don’t like to open up about because it’s not a happy subject and as sad as it is, you feel that people don’t want to know sometimes.

The truth is, is that all of those things are part of us as humans; as well as happiness, joy and faith. It’s easy to say, “Oh, just look on the bright side and life will change” and this, to a certain extent can be true- life is better when you have a happy mind set; but it’s not so easy to snap into a good frame of mind. That takes work, commitment to yourself and going easy on yourself also.

You can have a happy mind and a happy life by slowly changing your thought processes, learning to find your own way of dealing with sadness and being ok with yourself on the days that you feel less than able to do so. You’ll get less of those days and you’ll gradually find that you start to feel happier inside, instead of having to act happy on the outside.

We go through these stormy parts of our lives to clear out the unnecessary and unwanted clutter in our minds so that we can see clearly at the other side. Any situation that we find ourselves in which creates turmoil in our existence will always end with smooth, calm waters and we would’ve learned a lot more about ourselves by the process.

Allow yourself to be free, to be happy and don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re not. You are doing the best you can and you’re doing well. So keep up the good work! x

Weekly meal plan- save time and unnecessary wastage

I haven’t uploaded one of my meal plans for a few weeks so thought I’d share last weeks, because it was so tasty!

Meal plans are an easy way to prepare your family meals in advance so you aren’t left thinking, “What’s for dinner today?” and ending up throwing together something bland and boring as a last minute attempt at a meal. Advanced planning equals tasty meals; all of the ingredients at hand and most importantly (to me)- an exciting menu for the week! Yipee!

*Please note this is not a diet plan and I am not a nutritionist, just a food lover!*

My meal plan for last week consisted of:

Day 1

Lunch- Skinny Tuna Melt (One slice 50/50 or brown bread, tuna, tomatoes and cheese)

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Dinner- (My Favourite) Oven baked jacket potato with creamy bacon and mushroom sauce- found here Cheap and easy meal idea- so tasty and quick you’ll want to eat it all of the time!

Day 2-

Lunch- Cheese savoury sandwich

Dinner- Homemade chicken parmesan with sweet potato oven baked fries and avocado

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Day 3-

Lunch- Fish cakes with lemon rice

Dinner- Creamy mustard chicken- Pinterest recipe by Seasons and suppers blog with mashed potato and carrots

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Day 4-

Lunch- Scambled egg on toast

Dinner- Homemade grilled chicken burger with oven baked sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Day 5-

Lunch- Grilled chicken with salad (Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, pepper and balsamic vinegar)

Dinner- Egg fried rice with Nandos style oven baked chicken thighs (Nando’s mango and lime sauce)

Day 6-

Lunch- Chicken Tikka skewers with salad

Dinner- Homemade KFC style chicken thighs (Oven baked) with sweet potato fries and coleslaw

Day 7-

Lunch- Traditional British Sunday dinner (Yorkshire puddings, herbed pork chops with carrots, parsnip, stuffing and gravy)

HERE is a link to Jamie Oliver’s Yorkshire puddings for anyone who wants to have a go!

Dinner- Scrambled eggs on toast

Hope you enjoyed the meal plan, sorry that I forgot to take pictures after day 3- I was too busy enjoying the food! x

 

Happiness comes from within 

(I thought that I’d re-blog this for anyone who might need a little bit of inspiration today)

Whatever your journey is in life; one thing that we all have in common is our search for happiness.  What makes you happy? Is it something that you have already, something that you want, or so…

Source: Happiness comes from within