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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Summer Favourites

My summer consisted of an australian winter, working full time and dialling up my self love! It’s been a real mix and gone by so quickly. I can feel the season changing already and am really looking forward to cosy jumpers, ankle boots and scarfs. I used to think Summer was more my favourite season but I’m starting to think it’s definitely Autumn now!

These last few months have been full of adventures and there are certain items and people I have absolutely loved and wanted to share.
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I am totally in LOVE with my new camera! My parents and Joel bought this for my birthday and it’s already had so much use! I took it to Australia, one of my best friends hen party and our recent Devon trip. I’m also trying to get in the habit of using it for really mundane things to just capture random memories. The quality of the photos and videos are crazy good. What I loved most of all is it has wifi in-built, so whenever I’d been out taking photos I can instantly download them to my iPhone and then upload to Instagram. I would recommend this camera for sure but if not, just at least buy one with wifi! I will soon try and upload my own photography more to my blog instead of photos from google images and Pinterest etc. But at the moment, my life is going to be super full with a new job and I’ll need to get into a routine to find time for blog photography.

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Melissa Ambrosini
She is my absolute girl crush of the summer. I can’t even remember how I found her but I like to think she found me. My life has been a mental struggle at the moment, I’ve been feeling down and a bit stressed out but Melissa is starting to change my life. Her book ‘Mastering Your Mean Girl’ is amazing and so insightful. She discusses that voice inside your head saying you’re not good enough and teaches you to combat her so you’re not living in a state of constant fear. I haven’t changed overnight but over the last few weeks of summer I’ve definitely felt more mindful to my mean girl. Mel’s really active on her blog and social media, especially Snapchat which is so lovely as it gives me a constant daily dose of positive energy. I’ve yet to finish reading the book but when I do I will be sure to leave a review. So far I am loving it and am trying to soak up every chapter rather than rushing through it. Check out her YouTube channel to watch some of her Goddess Groups!

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

Kora Organics
I have wanted Kora Organics products for YEARS! They unfortunately don’t ship to the UK (or if they do it’s super expensive – haven’t checked in a while) so as soon as we made it to Sydney it was Operation Kora! I bought two packs of products in the sale and think I’ll do a separate post all about each product (little teaser 😄). All you need to know now is they are very good products and smell totally delicious while being 100% organic and no animal testing; it doesn’t get more natural than these products by Miranda Kerr. If you can get anything from this range I would recommend highly that you do so.

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

The Gratitude Project
Angela Simson is a gorgeous human being! I love her Instagram and blog ‘The Gratitude Project’. Again, she’s my daily does of happiness and inspiration for self love. She’s a fantastic writer and I soak up every word she says! Her and her family also live in the Gold Coast, Australia which is now my life goal so I’m hoping one day we’ll be the best mates… of course… 😃 She’s currently expecting a little one and I’m so looking forward to her posts on baby no. 2. Check out her blog for total loveliness! I also have her self love month programme saved to my favourites.

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

Food Matters TV (FMTV)
One of the things Angela recommended on her blog was FMTV. It’s pretty much the healthy version of Netflix! The app and website are full of recipes, documentaries, yoga routines and movies. I usually get something up on my iPad whilst I’m cooking or washing up and get in a dose of goodness rather than watching crummy British TV all the time. It’s so refreshing and I’ve been loving over May, June, July and August ♡

Katie ❀

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Who Inspires Me?

Over the past couple of years I’ve looked to women for inspiration, whether it be for my home life, fashion, beauty or general wellbeing. I personally believe looking up to these women has helped me discover the type of woman/mother/wife I want to be. So I hope this list serves a purpose for other girls also looking for some guidance. ♡

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Miranda Kerr. I honestly just love her. She seems like the loveliest person you’ll ever meet and her books ‘Treasure Yourself’ and ‘Empower Yourself’ really helped me find direction for my life. I wish I had had the chance to read books like these growing up! She knows exactly who she is and what impact she wants on the world and I admire that so much. She’s also a wonderful mother to her little boy Flynn, a yoga lover and trained in nutrition and health psychology. She just inspires me to be the best version of myself. 

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Teresa Palmer. Graceful, intelligent and loving are all traits I am learning from Teresa. I watched a video of hers a few years ago talking about how she would love to become a mother. I was amazed at how honest she was in saying that she wanted to have a baby soon. I’d never heard anyone speak in that way and express that their life goal is to have a child. I had always felt that way too but never admitted it to anyone. So she made me feel empowered! I’m so grateful to be a woman and one day give the gift of life! She now has her lovely little boy Bodhi and seems so completely content with her life. Teresa’s advice videos on her YouTube channel Your Zen Life are so raw and refreshing that you feel like you are in the room with her sat down for some big sister advice! She inspires me to embrace nature, experiences and life as a gift.

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Anna Saccone Joly. I became a little obsessed with vloggers on YouTube and (of course) started with Zoella. One day she uploaded a video with a little family called the Saccone Jolys. I quickly started to invest more and more time watching their videos and have grown to absolutely love them! It’s so funny catching up with their vlogs whenever I can and watching their sweet children Emilia and Eduardo grow! As I want to be a parent myself one day (hopefully soon) I feel like I’ve learnt a lot from Anna as a parent raising children in the UK. They are extreme family goals! Anna inspires me to be honest, real and keep a sense of style even with two toddlers!

Katie ❀

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