January 2021 – A New Journey

January 2021 – A New Journey

2020 has been an insane year for all of us. It has thrown some real challenges and devastation upon us while testing us all to our limits. A lot of people’s mental health have been affected more so than ever, people have lost their jobs, their homes, their sense of security and safety.

The whole world went into a worldwide scare as we faced a worldwide pandemic due to an out break of coronavirus, and with some of leaders failing to guide us through such a stressful and unusual event it has made getting through this pandemic a lot harder and a lot more frightening as some countries have been left feeling as though they are fending for themselves due to the lack of guidance and control over the situation. Some of us have lost family members, friends and other loved ones from the hit of COVID-19

We have all been tested to our limits in our owns ways and have had to face many challenges that I’m sure a lot of us could have done without. Not only has this pandemic affected us all on a personal level but it has also affected us all on a business level. With countries going into lockdown in the hopes of containing and stopping the spread of the virus a lot of people had to leave their jobs, a lot of people got fired from their jobs as a lot of businesses failed to meet their money target for this year. Businesses were forced to close their doors temporarily in the hopes of containing the virus, thinking…well more like hoping, that they would only need to do that for a couple of weeks. However for some unfortunate and struggling businesses, they have been forced to close their doors forever putting them and their employees out of work.

The NHS and Key-Workers have been pushed more than ever also. With NHS workers/nurses/doctors risking their lives to help save our loved ones lives there have been a lot of show of support of them (but yet still not enough) as we thank them for working tirelessly to keep our loved ones alive and healthy.

People who never even considered dying their hair have gone as far as to self-bleach and dye their own with the trending hashtag (At the time) #Lockdownhair. I myself have been hit with a new hairstyle, a much shorter one I never thought I’d be brave enough to try out, despite my reservations and fears about short hair I have been finding a new hidden confidence in myself that never would have.

businesses, workers and just about everyone around the world started relying on the internet, on social media, group chats, and home deliveries to get them through this confusing COVID-19 pandemic.

As we had to learn to distance ourselves physically from those we love, we reached out to the internet and social media in the hopes of trying to replace that lost and lonely feeling. Divorces have gone up, relationships (friendships, platonic, Family relationships, romantic) have been tried and tested, and a lot of people unfortunately got to experience a little of what a lot of us who have suffered from mental health most of our lives are coping. Mental Health has become more talked about more now than ever, with thousands having their sense of safety and socialism taken from them and their world turned around.

To put it simply, 2020 has been one hell of a year, a year that has changed the world.

Like everyone else I and my family (close and distant) have not been without our own struggles, but as always they have shown a strength that I can only hope to/have when facing my own challenges.

2020 became such a unsuspected, challenging, frightening and unknown year. And despite that I am honestly looking forward to starting 2021 journey. The lows and the highs. After this year, if I have taken anything from it, it’s not to underestimate yourself and that there isn’t a thing you can’t get through as long as you have the right people trying to support and help you. It’s also not to take health for granted and I’m more determined than I was back when I started my yoga journey in 2019 while starting my recovery journey with my eating disorder to keep my focus on my health.

With that being said, This year brought me into a whole new journey of healing, one I feel will bring its own adventures as it follows me into the New Year of 2021.

I have no clue what this year holds for me or for you! But I have a feeling this year is going to be the year of self-discovery for everyone.

despite the load of shit-storms we’ve had thrown our way this year, that isn’t to say that 2020 didn’t come with its good moments.

Here in Liverpool, we never got a our snowy christmas day. However, we were graced in the wee little hours of the morning with a small blanket of snow. It wasn’t enough to get some “Winter Wonderland” though I did try (they didn’t turn out any good) I did end up accidently capturing a little blurry snowflake on my camera!

The sky has been incredible this year! And I’ve found myself looking to the sky more this year than my entire life. Just check out some of the incredible “shows” our beautiful sky has put on for us this year: –

  • Series of supermoons.
  • Moon passes in front of Mars.
  • Meteor shower drought comes to an end.
  • Lunar eclipse on the Fourth of July.
  • Jupiter, Saturn to take the spotlight in the summer sky.
  • Perseid meteor shower.
  • Blue moon to glow in Halloween sky.
  • Moonless sky in store for peak of the Geminids
  • Total solar eclipse to darken sky over South America
  • Super conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

I was not only lucky enough to witness most of these, I was lucky enough to capture all the supermoons on my camera!

I, myself, have overcome personal challenges, faced some frightening situations and through it all I have found a deeper strength in myself. I have found that I can still somehow function through a LOT of stress and a LOT of worrying.

I’ve been able to keep my anxiety down, my eating and weight is still all over the place but I’m happy to say that I’ve at least managed not to lose anymore. I’ve still managed my solo or couple walks in the wooded areas away from other people and I’ve spends a lot of this year starting a few new online courses and taking pictures, making whatever memories I could.

I strayed away from my blog despite my efforts, I found myself with little interest in writing this year, so much so that I still have a few new empty notebooks laying around! Usually they are half way filled with words by the end of a year however I don’t feel any loss towards my lack of enthusiasm for writing this year. I’ve seen it as a pausing point, a point in my life where I needed to take a bigger step away from social media and away from my blog and focus on my present life and the world moving around me not around the internet.

2020 has brought with it an inner peace within myself that has changed so much the way I think and look at situations and for that, pushing aside the bad of the year, I am grateful for the challenges and I can’t say that I took nothing away from 2020 because I’ve taken more from that year than I have any other.

I’m more focused on myself, on my emotions, my passions, my body, my hunger, my abilities and health thanks to 2020, my eyes are open to more positive things and I’m able to recognise a bad situation and detach myself from it rather than invest my emotions into it, just as I am now able to recognise a positive moment and keep it at the forefront of my mind ready to get through another difficult situation.

I understand just how scary, devastating and unusual this year has been. I’m sure its made it difficult for a lot of people to push past all the bad, to focus on the little bits of good that has come from this year.

But I want you all to try, try to think of one or two good things that happened this year and hold on to them, let those good moments be your guide through the bad moments. And remember that our mental state and the well beings of ourselves and loved ones are what truly matters. Count your small blessings, enjoy and soak yourself in the little moments and don’t take for granted the things others do for us to keep us going, don’t take for granted those in your life and more than anything never let the dark moments become every moment. There is light in every dark situation, no matter how tiny it maybe.

I don’t know what struggles you face in your life but I believe in you! If we can make it through a year like 2020, we can make it through anything.

I hope you all had a magical christmas and a lovely new year.

And with that I’ll wish you all lovely 2021. Bye, bye 2020. I’m ready to start and get through 2021 adventures!

World Suicide Prevention Day – WSPD 2020

World Suicide Prevention day is an annual awareness day that takes place every 10th September. This annual awareness day is aimed to get everyone around the world to speak up and talk about suicide to show people that recovery IS possible.

Organisations, charities and communities all take World Suicide Prevention Day seriously and take advantage of the day to rally together to help spread awareness of how we can help create a world where fewer people die from suicide.

Every year World Suicide Prevention Day hold a different theme and point of focus in the hopes of drawing more people to their cause and to help bring light to a specific aspect of suicide. What ever the theme is that year, the goal is always still the same, to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is hosted by International Association For Suicide Prevention (or for short – IASP) who are dedicated to:

Preventing Suicidal Behaviour

Alleviating its effects

Providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors

Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organisation covered with suicide prevention.

If you would like to learn more about International Association For Suicide Prevention or find out how you can help why not check out their website: IASP

So why is it so important to speak out about suicide?


– Well, just in 2018, it was recorded that in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died of suicide.

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In the Uk, men are 3x more likely to die by suicide than women are and that stems from a number of things but the biggest one is the lack of normalising our emotions, especially for our men. Little boys are taught to be tough from a really young age, they are taught that cry makes you weak, that speaking out about your emotions and what’s floating around inside your head as something only girls do.

Men have been made to feel as though they don’t get to experience emotions, they aren’t allowed to let them show. But that’s a load of poppycock. You aren’t made any less of man just because you have shown people that you too are human and experience emotions, worries and troubles just like everyone else.

There is still massive amounts of terrible stigma surrounded men, surrounding people with mental health and those who are suicidal, that World Suicide Prevention Day hopes to help over come.

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

It’s okay to speak up and out

It’s okay to struggle

It’s okay to feel lost, helpless, alone, sad, angry

and it’s okay to tell someone about how you feel

As long as you fight back, as long as you speak up, as long as you don’t let those emotions and thoughts overwhelm you into a situation that can never been reverse, can never be undone.

According to Samaritans Suicide Stats Report from December 2019:

There were 6,859 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
• 6,507 suicides were registered in the UK and 352
occurred in the Republic of Ireland.
• The suicide rate in Northern Ireland is the highest in the UK –
where men aged 25-29 have the highest suicide rate.
• The highest suicide rate in the UK, and England, is among men aged 45-49.
• The highest suicide rate in Wales is among men aged 40-44.
• The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland is among men aged 55-64.
• The highest rate in Scotland is among men aged 35-44.
• There has been a significant increase in suicide in
the UK, the first time since 2013 – this appears to be
driven by an increase in the male suicide rate.
• In the UK, suicide rates among young people have been
increasing in recent years. The suicide rate for young
females is now at its highest rate on record.
• In the UK men remain three times more likely to take their own lives
than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times more likely.
• Suicide has continued to fall in both males and
females in the Republic of Ireland.

If you want to find out more about the suicide stats report then head over to the Samaritans Website: Samaritans.org or click her to head directly to their stats report simply CLICK HERE.

If you or anyone you know is struggling right now then please reach out to someone, a friend, an internet friend, a family member, even a stranger. If you feel comfortable enough you can feel free to reach out to me, all conversations with me are private and confidential. I can offer advice, a listening ear and friendship.

Every life we lose to suicide is a tragedy, one we all have hopes in preventing.

Or you can check out these incredible websites that dedicate their time and resources to helping those who need it:

Samaritans

or Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org

CALM

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page

Papyrus

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm
Text 07860 039967
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

ChildLine

Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

Contact your local GP.

or you can call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support and help you need

Just know you aren’t alone, you aren’t the only one who has had these feelings and there are people out there who would be devastated and broken should anything happen to you. Even when it doesn’t feel like anyone cares, life is complicated and we get caught up in the moments and that means sometimes we let things and people slide. We have to remind ourselves that that doesn’t me we aren’t cared for, that they only want our time and attention when it suits them but simply that life has directed them away and then back to you again.

Everyone has a time and place in your life, if you are finding yourself lonely then perhaps that’s life’s way of trying to direct you into looking after yourself, paying attention to yourself, start a new journey that only you can take or learning to accept and love yourself. There is a different perspective to every single situation the challenging part is trying to change our own perspectives to get a more positive out look.

ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY

Well, It happened!

I’m not quite sure how, but I made it to a year of blogging!

Today marks my one year Blogiversary and I couldn’t be more proud of myself for sticking with it and making it to my first year of blogging.

My blog wouldn’t be a year old today if it wasn’t for my readers, supporters and followers. Starting a blog hasn’t been easy, and there were moments where I wanted to give in and delete my blog but with the encouragement and support from friends, family, my readers/followers and other amazing bloggers I toughed it out and stuck with it.

And it feels so incredible to be able to say that my blog is now a year old!

Despite the bad start to the year I did manage to find a few good moments through all the bad and even got out a bit to take a few photos. I’ve taken a LOT of photos of the moon already this year as well as of my cats that you can find over on my facebook pages:

  • LittleTinkablee Blog
  • Tinkablee Animal Kingdom

I have a lot planned this year and for the following ones a head so I am going to be slightly distance from social media for a little bit however I’ll still be engaging and my messages are still open to those who need it.

I couldn’t thank you all enough for sticking with me and reading through my posts and I hope that you enjoy or find help through my future posts.

Kitty name list

Kitt-Katt

Do you have a new kitty? Struggling on a name for the cute little fluff ball?

I, too have struggled to find names for my cats, for Kitt-Katt’s name I have my mum to thank for that, during an off-hand comment (You can read exactly what was said in my post: How Tilly became Kitt-Katt) one night that I decided to take to heart.

Oreo

Oreo was another easy name to give. My boyfriend was struggling on what to name him and told one of my little sisters to name him for him as he couldn’t decided and without an ounce of hesitation said, “Oreo, because his white paws/chest and black coat reminds me of an Oreo, and I like Oreo’s.” So does my boyfriend… and ever since then Oreo as been known as that, Oreo (and Monster on his grumpy days).

Originally I was going to have Bandit (now my little sister’s grey kitty) and even gave him the name Bandit a week or so after deciding I was going to keep him and using that week to search up names, but then after seeing how much sister adored him and talk with my mum we decided to let my sister have him and I gravitated towards a black ball of fluff with the face of a bear. It was a quick and easy decision to make really.

Bear

But through my search of trying to find a name for little Bandit I wrote down a whole list of names that I rather liked, not all are for a male cat as a few of the female names caught my eye too.

My LIst Of Cat Names



Apollo

Angel

Ariel

Alice

Amber

August

Argo

Argus

Ambrosia

Bear

Bandit

Beau

Boo

Beatrix

Buddy

Bianca

Bonnie

Binx

Buttercup

Cookie

Cloud

Cleo

Cedar

Cinnamon

Casanova

Dusty

Dante

Daisy

Dakota

Draco

Echo

Fay

Gizmo

Griffin

Gracie

Ginger

Hunter

Huntress

Hermione

Hazel

Hedi

Indigo

Jinx

Jade

Juno

Justice

Jasper

Kitt-Katt

Karma

Koda

Kiki

Kitty

Loki

Leo

Luna

Lilly

Lola

Lulu

Mars

Misty-moo

Midnight

Max

Molly

Maisie

Moon

Monty

Muffin

Minnie

Minx

Mischief

Morphes

Merlin

Mercury

Magic

Nyx

Nala

Orion

Oracle

Oreo

Ollie

Oscar

Otis

Pixie

Phoenix

Paws

Peanut

Pepper

Patch

Pumpkin

Potter

Rune

Roue

Rue

Romeo

Ranger

Rocky

Rusty

Spirit

Simba

Shadow

Sebastian

Silver

Skye

Sasha

Simba

Tuna

Thea

Tinks

Teddy

Thor

Theodore

Theo

Tiger

Tiggs

Tango

Tulip

Tammy

Tabby

Tamsin

Taz

Whiskers

Winifred

Winnie

Willow

Zeus

Ziggy

Zeke

Zander

Zelda

Zuzu

If you have any to add I would love for you to pop your name suggestion/s below in the comments!

Next up date: March 2020

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Before I start this post off I would like to give a big thank you to Titan Books for gifting me this beautiful copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

I had actually received this book a while ago but due to my massive and forever growing TBR pile, deadlines, blog stuff, business (what I’m hoping will turn out into a business) stuff and life, it’s been a little difficult to find the time to get around to reading these days.

However, I have finally managed to find the time to pick this beautifully covered book up and…. well let’s just say I give this book an easy 4/5 stars.

Blurb


“Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn
“Eye of the gods. Give me sight”

Adrienne Young – Author of: The Girl The Sea Gave Back
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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a truthtongue. Her own home and Clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Swell are divided. should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound powers? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again – a home.

My review


I want to start by saying just how beautiful & memorising the cover of this book is, try as I might, I can’t help but be drawn to a flawlessly elegant covered book!

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – Book review by littletinkablee

Truthtongue’s have the ability to cast the rune stones, allowing them to know the future just from reading the stones and Tova just so happens to be the only truthtongue to live among the Svell Clan, a place she has never truly felt at home.

Believing her people had sacrificed her to the Gods and that the sea had carried her to where the Svell Clansmen lived. Quickly releasing her “gift”, the Svell people use Tova’s gift of reading the rune stones to tell them the fate of their loved ones – the fate of their clan.

When there is suddenly threat of war ahead, the Svell leaders turn to Tova and her gift for answers, unknowingly setting in motions that would forever change the fate and outcome of not just her but everyone around her.

With the leaders within the Svell clan begin to divide themselves for the first time in generations – some wish to keep the peace with their allied clans, whilst others are head strong for war.

As the leaders waste precious time debating what is best for their clan, Tova encounters a handsome man who just so happens to belongs to the Nadhir Clan.

For reasons unknown to them, they instantly experience a strong sense of familiarity with one another but as hard as they try, they can’t seem to recall or understand why…

Once, Tova, decides to spare his life she then begins to question herself and her place among the Svell clans people and whether she even wanted to carry out their demands.

“War is easy. His words echoed in my mind.”

Will Tova ever find herself the home she so longingly dreams of? Will she be able to find the strength within herself to be able to change the fate of the clans?

All things you can find out, when you read this phenomenal book for yourself!

My thoughts


The Girl the Sea Gave Back, is the new standalone novel in “The sky in the deep series and is written from the first person perspective of both Halvard and Tova, as well as a few interesting and informative flashback chapters written in the 3rd person perspective.

Tova is an engrossing and layered character who comes off a little emotionally closed off and not just because of her gift of being a truthtongue.

Tova has been through more than most could probably handle, having had such an unsure and rocky upbringing, while trying to fit into a clan who makes their distaste for her very much known.

Tova is more than capable of handling a bow and arrow and truly begins to open herself up and reveal more of who she is after meeting Halvard.

Halvard (I found out) is a character from Adrienne Young’s first standalone novel ‘Sky in the Deep’ who is part of the Nadhir clan and whose character back story I couldn’t say I fully understood due to having read Sky in the Deep (which I have every intention of remedying soon!).

I really enjoyed reading from Tova’s POV because it really allowed me to connect with her character and her story more, however, I don’t believe that it could have worked or would have worked as well without the POV of Halvard, which I too really enjoyed.

I found the flashbacks did help shed a little light on both Tova’s and Halvard’s history before the events of this book took place which I did find to be rather helpful even if it doesn’t really reveal much otherwise and with that in mind as previously stated I plan to read, ‘Sky in the Deep’ in the hopes of understanding, ‘The Girl the Sea Gave Back’ in a different and more informed light.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back does start off as a lightly slow-paced novel that on a few occasions I did find myself almost loosing my interest/attention, however, halfway through the novel the pace did start to puck up/speed up and as it did, I found myself unable to put the book back down!

The Girl the Sea Gave back didn’t hold much action, which I honestly didn’t mind, I didn’t feel as though it took away the magic or thrill of reading through this mystical novel.

I found this standalone novel to be a incredibly intriguing read and I have to say that I loved the magical touch that the runes provided in this captivating novel. I was blown away by the fantastic and gripping writing quality as well as being left hang of my seat during one of the battle scenes. Adrienne Young beautiful writing style and talent for drawing her readers in has me excited for what she has in store for us next!

If you are an author looking for someone to review your book or wanting to participate in an author interview, then please do not hesitate to contact me at: Littletinkabelle1997@gmail.com

As Old As Time, Twisted Tales Book Review

One of my most treasured and favoured Disney films when I was younger, was (still is) Beauty and the Beast. It’s a story that I have always found myself drawn to and I have found myself reading many different versions of this tale.

Today I wanted to share with you my review of ‘As Old As Time’ – Twisted Tales by Liz Braswell.

My star rating for this book is an easy –

5/5 Stars.


What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?

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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

Just from reading that one lined sentence had me wanting to buy the book and take a peak at it’s contents. What if Belle’s mother had indeed truly cursed the Beast herself? That would make the Beast’s and Belle’s life already entwined by fate.


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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

As Old As Time is the third instalment in the series of Disney-inspired retelling by an incredible author, Liz Braswell, that takes us further back to where it all began… with the parents.

What would you do if an old beggar woman showed up at your door step? Would you turn her away, or offer the shelter she so desperately seeks in reward for a singular rose?

Like most of us, the prince (also known as the beast) is moulded into a version, created from the more than questionable upbringing from his parents.

Like the prince, Belle, has fallen into a similar pattern. Taking from her parents their courage, kindness, and need to seek out more knowledge.

When secrets are discovered, and more truths come to the surface, Belle and the Beast must find away to save his loyal subjects before it’s all too late.

The other characters in the books are full of secrets and magic, of adventure and danger. With twists and turns lurking around almost every corner, will Belle and the Beast be able to save everyone in the castle before it’s too late? Or will the Beasts angry nature make Belle run for good?

My thoughts?


I honestly loved reading through this book. As a fan of beauty and the beast, I have tried to find many different versions of it and have to say this has to be one of my favourite reads.

From the second I picked up the book I didn’t want to set it back down, I found myself instantly immersed in this retelling of Beauty and the beast.

Belle’s character much like the original has a strong love for books and a passion for knowledge and is as courageous as ever.

The Prince was as uncaring and unflattering in his behaviour as expected but as he noticed the curse taking effect so did his paranoia and hatred.

Reading as Belle and ‘The Beast’ meet each other, discover secrets beyond their comprehension and overcome personal struggles all while learning to trust one another was truly gripping and the author had found away to suck me into the mind of Belle as she went about her new life, taking everything all in strides.

The character’s in this story are much like the ones in the original…just with a little twist and more.

I have also read ‘The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino and I can’t wait to share my review of that with you guys!

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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale and The Beast Within

If you are a fan of Disney, love Beauty and the beast and love a little re-telling…then this could just be the book you’ve been looking for!

Autumn/October Quotes

I don’t know about you but I for one love quotes!

You can find a quote on pretty much anything these days and there are so many amazing, inspiring and captivating quotes that I write down daily in the hopes of applying a little bit of knowledge into my own life.

I have two (almost 3) books FULL to the brim with quotes that I have been collecting since I was 14 and I thought today I would share some of my Autumn/October quotes with you all that I personally loved for one reason or another.

Autumn Quotes

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Autumn Days

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

I love this quote a lot because there have been a lot of things that I have needed to let go of in order to carry out my future the way I want. There have been people I have had to loose, emotions I’ve had to overcome and a lot of negative energy that I had to learn to let go of.

Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.

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A walk in the park

Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.

Andrea Gibson

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

Notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.

Friedrich Nietzche

I hope I can be the Autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.

Dodinsky

The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured it’s treasure upon the leaves.

Charlott Bates

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.

And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.

Raquel Franco

I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sun burnt leaves.

Ann Drake

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Samuel Butler

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

No Spring nor Summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.

John Donne

And All at once, Summer collapsed into fall.

Oscar Wilde

Dancing of the Autumn leaves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a Summer’s wave goodbye.

Unkown

The tree’s are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.

Unknown

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

Shira Tamir

Wild is the music of the autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.

William Wordswoth

Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything burst with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale

Lauren Destefano

Autumn mornings; Sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.

Terri Guillemets

Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the street; golden colours on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat.

Rusty Fischer

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.

Joe L. Wheeler

Listen! The win is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our Summer evenings, now for October eves.

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn… the year’s last loveliest smile.

William Cullent Bryant

Steam rising underneath a canopy of whispering, changing aspens; Starlight in the clear, dark night, and wondrous beauty in every direction. If only all could feel this way, to be so captured and enthralled with Autumn.

Donna Lynnn Hope

It was a beautiful bright Autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

October Quotes


October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to Winter.

Nova Blair

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

Hal Borland

October had the tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised the world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.

Sara Guillory

October was the least dependable of months… full of ghosts and shadows.

Joy Fielding

Let’s spark up October and make it better than September.

Uknown

The end of Summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October….

A. A. Milne

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.

John Sinor

October is a symphony of permanence and change.

Bonaro W. Overstreet

October is the opal month of the year. It is the mouth of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture month.

Henry Ward Beecher

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of Summer and Winter.

Carol Bishop Hipps

I wish every day was Saturday and every month was October.

Charmaine J. Forde

Ah, lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an Autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir.

Peggy Toney Horton

It must be October, the trees are falling away and showing their true colours.

Charmaine J. Forde

He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it – the ending and beginning of things.

Jacqueline Woodson, If you come softly

I hope you have enjoyed these quotes and please feel free to add your favourites down in the comments!

Blogtober is here

It’s the 1st October and the start of Blogtober!

All through out September I have been trying my hardest to prepare myself for this years October Blogtober! This will be the first time I am joining in with others across the world in Blogtober and I have to say that I am a mixture of dread and excitement.

I dread finding/coming up with content for this October. I struggle to get a single post out weekly and now I’m partaking in a challenge that requires not only to get my content out EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. but I have to make sure I am able to create content for 31 days. Which considering I usually only get around 6 – 8 posts out everyone month, on a good month it’s a big jump to getting 31 posts out in just one month.

But I am excited to see what I am able to come up with and create under pressure. So this is the only warning I’m going to be giving…, if you think the way I run my blog is messy now…. October is going to be showing a whole new side to unorganised and messy because as hard as I may try to plan things out, nothing every works out in my favour, plans go wrong and the best thing I can do is to just wing it.

I know a lot of people may consider me a little insane for taking up this challenge, but honestly, I’ve never claimed to be sane and there’s nothing I love more than a challenge. If I fail, I’ll celebrate what I have managed to achieve and make notes of things I can improve and If I succeed in finishing this challenge, I can celebrate a full win.

I’ve had quite a few people ask me what is ‘Blogtober’? Which I won’t lie, it baffled me as I assumed this was a big blogger thing (being new to the blogging work, my blog isn’t even a year old yet!) but there are still quite a few people who are unaware of it. So I thought I’d explain a little in this post what Blogtober is.

What Is Blogtober?

Blogtober is where blogger from around the world undertake the challenge of creating and posting out new content in October for the full 31 days. Yes, that does include weekends.

From doing my research there doesn’t seem to be any rules to this other than to just create, create and create! So get as creative and adventures as you like.

*Little note*
There is a Blogtober Facebook group that you can join if you’d like a bit of interaction with other bloggers throughout the challenge. If you’re going it alone on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtags. Each year has it’s own hashtag, last year’s was, ‘#Blogtober18’ this year’s will be, ‘#Blogtober19’ and next year’s will be ‘#Blogtober20’ and so forth.

Over the next following days I will be attempting to post at least one blog post per day onto my blog, some will be Autumn themed, Halloween themed, Mental Health related, book reviews, product reviews, updates, lifestyle, baking, pets and so much more!

As much as I am dreading the stress (Honestly I’ve been stressed about this since I decided to take on the challenge) I’m so super excited to see how create I can be under a little pressure.

I’d love to know if you plan on joining in with Blogtober and remember if you miss a day or two, don’t beat yourself up over it, keep pushing forward and see just what you can achieve when you don’t allow yourself to give up and give in to the temptation of negative thinking. If you can’t complete the full 31 days, give yourself a pat on the back, be proud of the days you were able to do and make notes on what went wrong so you can work towards higher goals.

With that being said, I hope to hear from those taking part in Blogtober and more than anything I hope everyone enjoys their October, and has a wonderful Halloween ahead of them.

Before I go, I want to leave you with a few words…

There’s always a lesson to be learned when things doesn’t seem it’s brightest and has hard as it can be, sometimes you have to be your light. You have to be your sun on a cloudy day.

Attempting/Preparing for Blogtober 2019

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Last week I didn’t post anything and that was/is partly due to trying to get through a ton of books in my TBR pile, making notes and then writing out the reviews. On top of my studies of my online courses…

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Stationary/ Planning

The other reason for my absent is due to planning for Blogtober. It’s also part of the reason for not posting any book reviews yet (I’m saving them for October so I don’t struggle too much through the challenge).

What is Blogtober you ask?

Well, quiet simply ‘Blogtober’ is a challenge brought to blogger all over the world to create content EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. of the month in – you guessed, October!

That does including posting content on weekends and holidays too…

As far as I know there doesn’t seem to be any rules to this challenge, You don’t have to blog simply about Autumn/October themed posts, the only requirement is that we simply create content every single day of the week, in October.

The purpose of ‘Blogtober’ is to push bloggers to be as creative as we can, to push that creative spark in us. Whether you are full time, part time or occasional blogger, doing a challenge as demanding as ‘Blogtober’ can allow your viewers to get to know the person behind the blog better.


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Planning

Because this challenge asks for content EVERY single day I have decided to jump ahead and get started on some content to make the challenge a little smoother for me as I know how terrible I am at procrastinating.

Are you attempting ‘Blogtober’ too? I’d love to know down in the comments!

I have a few blog posts coming up this week to do with ‘Blogtober’ and tomorrow for Suicide Prevention Day. I know this post is a little short and I want thank you all for sticking with me!

Announcements

Have you been/overcome/are still getting bullied? Would like to share your story to help inspire others?
Then please feel free to get in touch with me!
I can link the story back to you or we can keep things completely anonymous, it’s completely up to you!

Also I had won a little giveaway and received an amazing book by Marion Grace Woolley author of ‘The Children of Lir’ ( another review I can’t wait to share with you all).

Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Taking that un-guilty break from blogging

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Taking that un-guilty break from blogging

In a busy world that never seems to stop or slow down it can often make us feel as though we are behind in our lives, we are constantly out looking to achieve that goal that will get us that one step closer to where we want to be.

And so often because of this we either forget to take little breaks or we choose not to have them, convincing ourselves that it makes us weak in some way or stressing ourselves by thinking of how far behind we will be if we take that little break.

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selfie with cat mug

But at some point we all have to put down out work\activity\project and pick up a cup of tea with maybe a book or two in order to give our minds a little rest. If you are anything like me then you too find it difficult to justify taking a break, to relax without feeling guilty for it. For the sake of our mental health though, it such an incredibly necessary thing to do.

Last week after experiencing a few very difficult few months where my mental health slipped a little, and after making a tweet and receiving some much needed advice… I made the decision not to give up on my dreams, not to let my mental illness and dark cycles take over again and took a week away from blogging.

Day one, I felt incredibly stupid. Thinking to myself, ‘are you seriously going to take a break in the first year of your blogging days? Are you really that breakable that you can’t handle the responsibility, work and stress that comes with blogging? Are you really that weak?’…

Day one, I found myself in a self-hate thought loop.

Day two, was a little better. I was able to break easily from the self-hate thought loop, however the fact that I was able to break from it made me hopeful that the next day would get better. I still didn’t really want to blog, only wanting to do it because I felt like I HAD to and not because I WANTED to.

Day three, was MUCH easier. The self-hate thought loops came less, I was able to actually enjoy my time away from my laptop and enjoy the present moments.

As the days wore on the less guilty I stated to feel and that was mainly because I realised two things in that week;

  1. I notice a big improvement in my mental health. I’ve even managed to gain the most weight this week than I have probably ever and although I have mixed feelings on my body changing, it’s made me feel more positive and hopeful.
  2. Time way gave me time to refocus, re-plan, re-brand (I’ll be doing a post shortly on what I mean about this) and re-approach how I blog. It’s also helped to give me new ideas for new blog posts!

When taking this break I didn’t pick up a book at first, knowing that if I did I would have picked up one of the ones that it’s my TBR pile and I’d probably end up having written up a review on it and posting onto my blog. And so with that in mind I set myself some rules, some boundaries, because the temptation to do something I told myself I wasn’t allowed to. The temptation of carrying on even though it was stressing me beyond even what I realised was ALMOST too much to resist. Don’t get me wrong I have NO self control what so ever and that usually is my biggest flaw but thankfully I have fallen in love with someone who probably has the most self control I’ve ever witness in one person and he helps keep my temptations kept aside so I am able to focus on the bigger picture.

So what did I do to ensure that I would not dive back into blogging?:

  1. I kept my laptop hidden away inside of two bags and placed in the cupboard (yes I am that bad that I have to resort to such lengths to assure I don’t give into temptation).
  2. I started focusing a little more on my candles, how I really want them to look, how I want them to appear, the labelling and picking out the names of them. A lot of that got swiped aside as I was also focusing on how to make my blog and go through with becoming a blogger.
  3. I focused a little more on planning my WIP (Work in progress) and writing more in my notebooks (yes I did mean I had to buy more notebooks, that part actually made me really happy. I’m always happy to have a reason to buy a new notebook or two).
  4. I took a lot more nature walks with my boyfriend as well as spending a lot more quality time with him (rather than sitting in the same room while I work on my blog and he does his thing).
  5. I started to read for pleasure again. A year or two ago I had stopped reading, finding myself unable to focus on the story line any longer I just stopped reading. I lost my love for reading for a while. That was until I read Olga Gibbs fantastic page turning book Heavenward and Hallow. But even then with my love of reading returned to me I didn’t look for books that I wanted to read and I limited myself to reading ONLY books that I was going to review. If I wasn’t reviewing it, then I wasn’t reading it.
  6. Lastly, I’ve started getting back into all the things I used to love when I was younger. (Reading, Writing, writing music, playing the piano, writing my own poems again and tracking my dreams through a dream journal, and so on).

With everything in mind, I’m VERY much aware of how difficult it can be to make the decision to take that break, to let yourself relax and to accept that you can re-grow from your time away.

But when your mental health is suffering, when you find yourself no longer able to enjoy the things you used to, when getting up in the morning feels like a chore again instead of a blessing to be a wake, to be alive and this opportunity to do something new, something different, something fun or exciting. That’s when you need to be able to step back and think to yourself, ‘I need a break,’ and you need to do so without the guilt.

No one should ever feel guilty for looking after themselves, for being able to say stop when they need to. No one should feel guilty for giving your brain that break, your creativity side that much needed rest to refuel.

No one should feel guilty for taking a needed break.

I want to thank everyone who spoke to me, gave me words of encouragement and advice. I could never repay you for your kind words or for helping in stopping me from making probably one of the worst decisions of my life this year.

I came very close to giving up on my dreams and on my blog but with the support from some incredible people and strangely timed WordPress “achievement” that reminded me a year ago on the 10th August 2018 I made a WordPress account and for 2 months even created a free blog site before quickly deleting it due to self-doubt and insecurities.

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1 year Anniversary of having WordPress

This year wasn’t about giving up, that was last year, this year is meant be about fighting the fear and fighting for what I want. The biggest fight will always be with myself but I refuse to let that side of me win any longer, I’m ready to live the life I want.

Like my yearly quote says;

If you can’t fight fear, fight scared.

And that’s exactly what I pan to do.

I also want to thank you all so much for sticking by my side and for taking the time to read my post. I hope everyone has a wonderful week a head of them, and don’t let those Monday Blue’s get you!

P.S – I have a Harry Potter giveaway running on my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter, where I will be picking not 1 but TWO winners. So be sure to check that out!

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