Love & Light

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I feel like these are dark times.

I find myself sat at the computer for hours trying to find the right words to write. I get angry and upset and just leave it for another day.

Perhaps my blog isn’t the right space for this? What type of place do I want this to be for a reader and most of all myself?

What I’ve had courage enough to write so far is that I’ve never been directly affected by the events that have happened in the UK over the last few months but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less.

Westminster Bridge. Manchester Arena. London Bridge. Borough Market. Grenfell Tower. How many more times will I wake up in tears?

There are terrible events happening all over the world and when those in power say they will protect you, it’s hard to carry on as normal and stay silent.

Love & light will carry us forward and conquer all, I know that much but we must rise up out of the darkness.

I know writing this won’t change things overnight; it will take time and lots of it. I just hope the world doesn’t go mad before we get there.

Katie ❀

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October Blues

I’ve been kind of M.I.A this month. No explanation or excuse… life just gets in the way sometimes.

With the changing of the seasons and my thoughts turning to another Summer gone by, I guess I feel pretty sad. I haven’t been blogging but I have enjoyed grabbing my pen and writing in my diary again. I feel like in some form or another, my brain just needs a release. I need to constantly get my thoughts out and set them free.

I appreciate Autumn, I really do. The golden colours on the trees astounds me every day on my drive to work and the cool air is so refreshing and also delightfully cosy. Sometimes though, it’s felt like a lonely month and I’m not entirely sure why.

Maybe I need to write more diary entires and blog posts to find out! 😄

On a positive note, I have made some incredible meals over October and really wish I’d taken photos so I could do a blog post about them all. I will pick that up in November!

Katie ❀

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Highs & Lows From September

This blog has been a massive high! It’s made me take time out from my day and just stop to think about each post. Opening myself up on the internet is sometimes a scary thought. I’ve definitely had moments where I think I should make it private or change my name to something more creative so people I know don’t find me. But you know what… at the moment, I’ll be okay if someone I know asks me about my blog. Sure… I’ll more than likely be a little embarrassed but I enjoy writing about my life and others have enjoyed reading about it.

I witnessed one of my best friends get married and was so honoured to be her bridesmaid. We went to London to see the Harry Potter play. It was mine and Joel’s first year anniversary! It was a month full of love.

The only low points have just been ones created in my head. I trust the wait and embrace the uncertainty.

Grateful for this beautiful month of new beginnings and will continue to have faith in myself.

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Katie ❀

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My Goals For The Next Month

I’ve loved this September but now the seasons are changing and Autumn is almost here, there’s certainly some goals I would like to achieve in October:

Love my Blog
I definitely have some ideas in mind for future blog posts and hope to work on one or even two every weekend and publish them in the week. Daily blogging has been a great achievement for me (as I rarely stick to anything!) but it’s been hard work keeping up towards the end as my personal life’s been a bit busy.

Eat Healthily
I will learn to cook healthy meals and stick to a routine that works for me.

Harry Potter Book Marathon
I want to have read all the Harry Potter books by the end of the year! Just finished Philosophers Stone… wish me luck!

Yoga & Meditation
I will keep up with my yoga and meditation schedule.

Stay True to Myself
I’m getting a few bad vibes lately and I want to be sure not to let any outside influence affect who I am. Advice from others is always treasured by me but I know who I am and what kind of person I want to be in this life.

Let Go
I’m not too old and it’s not too late. TTC is hard work. Mentally and physically I’m drained this month as we’ve not had the outcome we so desire. So we keep going, we keep trying but the magic is slowly dimming. I know we’ll bring it back and today is just a low point. I have to learn to let go and remember that what will be, will be.

Update: I’m going to learn Italian! 🇮🇹

Katie ❀

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Things That Makes Me Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine and luckily I find it everywhere I go.

I love funny Twitter pages and when someone can laugh at themselves when they’ve just done something silly. I could watch endless episodes of You’ve Been Framed on a Saturday evening and re-watch all my favourite vines before bed. Play fighting is the best and even though I hate being tickled, it does make me giggle.

I will laugh at inappropriate times and when someone tells a really bad joke because I’m just socially awkward that way. I laugh when I’m scared and when I tell the truth (then people think I’m lying but I’m not I swear 😂).

The best laughs I’ve ever had, have always been with my family.

Katie ❀

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Something I’m Doing Well At

At the moment I feel like I’m doing well at staying present in the now.

I’m living a happy life and wanted to share the books that I had turned to on some dark days in the past. They made me appreciate the world and the human experience more so than ever before. I would definitely recommend these for anyone with an open mind and heart.

I’m fascinated by Louise Hay’s guidance on how positivity of the mind can cure an ailment you may be suffering from. Eckhart Tolle taught me to live in the moment and appreciate our Earth. As for Miranda, this was the first “self-help” book I ever bought and was the catalyst to my healthy wellbeing I try and live today.

They’re all beautiful books; different and unique in their own ways. I’ve done very well to keep the sceptic in me at bay and appreciate different opinions. In the end they all have one message in common… they want you to live a positive and happy life.

Katie ❀

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A Lesson I Learned The Hard Way

I thought my life would take a new direction a few years go. I told myself I deserved it. I worked my butt off. Others said I could do it.

Then life threw a curveball and was like… NOPE YOU CAN’T AND NOT EVEN SORRY!

I was devastated. I cried a lot and beat myself up for days but eventually I got better. Time healed my wounds and I soon realised that I had just learned this lesson the hard way.

Don’t expect anything from anyone.

I could have told myself said that life is cruel… it wasn’t fair… why me?! Then stomp my foot on the ground like a little girl.

Surprisingly though… I didn’t do that. It was a revelation. I wasn’t bitter or angry. I was more disappointed in myself that I had expected my life to head in a certain direction. This was my blessing in disguise.

I used this time to make some changes and try new things. This was when I started yoga, meditation and eating healthy. I researched spirituality and read books like ‘The Power of Now’ and ‘The Alchemist’ to expand my knowledge of how others see the world. It was a little changes like these that helped me gain focus. It was my refresh button.

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It was a horrible and dark time for me. Now 2 years on, an opportunity came around again and I succeeded. Positive mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.

Katie ❀

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