Health benefits of Herbal Tea

Tea. We have been drinking it for centuries and then some. It is what warms us up when we’re feeling low and acts as a support system that comes in a mug when you need it. It is your best friend. Especially herbal tea.

Herbal Tea: Whilst it’s not something that I consume every day, it is, however, a huge part of my diet throughout the week. Herbal tea can with everything from easing a cold to help fight off infection. I tend to drink fennel, peppermint, chamomile & honey, nettle, lemon and ginger and detox teas for their medicinal qualities. I opt for raspberry & echinacea, blood orange rooibus and hibiscus for its delicious flavours.

The benefits of herbal tea

Peppermint

Known for its remedial qualities to the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating so it makes for the perfect drink after your meals. It can also help with muscle spasms. Peppermint is a great choice for when you are ill aswell as it warms the body internally, causing you to sweat and thus combatting your common colds.

ginger

When added with lemon, this spice makes for a powerful tag team against your cold. It fights off the germs. It is also good for kicking nausea’s butt and can help settle an upset stomach.

chamomile

This is my go to sleepy tea. It is widely known for its calming and sedative qualities. It not only helps with insomnia but it can also aid with indigestion after a meal. It’s anti-bacterial approach helps you feel refreshed from within.

rooibus

I first discovered this tea whilst volunteering in South Africa; it is now a frequent occupier on my shelf. It is high in vitamin C and ahs antioxidant properties that can help with eczema. Rooibus tea is also caffeine free which makes it a perfect brew for those late hours  when you don’t want caffeine keeping you awake.

hibiscus

This tea is a refreshing drink. It soothes and warms you just in the right places. It lowers blood pressure and is high in vitamins. I often drink it when im feeling a bit on the low side.

 

What is your favourite herbal tea?  Comment below.

Water: Why you should be drinking more of it.

I started the year by setting myself some New Years resolutions. One of them was to drink more water. I’ve successfully increased my intake with each new day this month and I haven’t partaken in any alcohol drinking to cause any further dehydration. Dehydration is a common symptom for many of life’s issues.

It makes sense to drink more H20. Our own bodies are made up of between 70-80% of water. It is so overlooked. We need it to function properly. Most people recommend drinking at least 8 glasses a day however I recommend you using this as a guideline and listening to your own body. Some days you might need more.

Health benefits

1. Water flushes out toxins

It gets rid of waste through sweat and urination. It helps you feel replenished and can help reduce the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s.

2. It increases energy and relieves fatigue

It helps you think, focus and concentrate more through out your day. This leads to you being more productive in getting thing set done. You won’t feel sluggish. It helps you stay alert and it also raises your energy levels.

3. Water promotes weight loss

It removes by-products of fat and can help to reduce your hunger. It raises your metabolism and contains zero calories.

4. It improves your complexion

H20 moisturises your skin from the outside it. It keeps it fresh and glowing and keeps you looking young forever. Say goodbye to your wrinkles and pick up a glass.

5. Water boosts your immune system

It helps fight against the flu, cancer and other illnesses eg. Heart attacks. If our body is made up of mostly water then to keep it working properly it makes total sense to keep supplying ourselves with it, right?

6. It maintains regularity

It helps aid in digestion after meals and prevents constipation. It keeps us functioning internally.

7. Water is a natural headache preventer

Nobody likes headaches. EVER. It helps prevent and relieve headaches which are more often than not caused by dehydration ie. lack of water intake. Stay hydrated this year.

8. It puts you in a good mood

When the body is working at its best then so are you. You feel happy and on top of the world. For me it makes me feel refreshed and brand spanking new. I feel healthy and so should you.

9. Water prevents joint pain

Our joints need lubrication and water helps this. It also helps the muscles to be more elastic meaning that we relieve ourselves of joint pain. You’re less likely to be injured when your joints are getting the required nutrients they need,

10. It saves you money

It is free. It comes from your tap. Even if you don’t like plain water there  are plenty of products in store that you can buy that are cheaper than your typical medium latte from Starbucks and it’s  way healthier for you.

 

Make one of your goals this year to drink more water.

Why you should be meditating in 2018

Meditation isn’t just for yoga mums and monks.

Seriously, meditation is for everyone. The act of meditation is essentially training to be more mindful and mindfulness helps you be fully present in the moment and not worrying about the past or the future. It is unique. It is unique to you. As a practitioner you get to choose how you meditate and its completely special to you. Your method might work for you but they wont for somebody else and thats ok. The practice comes in many forms: Mindful meditation which I do and Transcendental Meditation (TM) which I also do from time to time. TM is where you repeat mantras to yourself in life.

A perfect app for this would be Headspace. It combines both mindfulness exercises and meditation. It prompts you each day and can take as little as 10 minutes each day. All you have to do is sit back and relax. There is an abundance of resources out there for you to use as guidance when your just starting out.

But why should you add meditation into your life?

Oprah does it and so should you – since oprah encouraged meditating as a practice into her workplace she said “People who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better. People have better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic.”

It makes you happier – Think about it. What’s better than a clear mind free of any troubles or doubts? Meditating and mindfulness techniques are a pathway of self- healing and they help to ground you more, making you more connected to the world around you and to yourself. It improves all kinds of relationships.

It reduces stress and anxiety – Anxiety currently affects 1 in 14 people worldwide. The aim of meditation is ultimately to have a silent mind. Sounds like a dream right. Through meditation you learn to think of your thoughts as separate from yourself. That way you can throw away these thoughts when they jumble through your mind. We all face stress in our lives and a lot of it is unnecessary. When meditating you gain more control over your body, mind and your emotions.

It helps you focus –  A clear mind makes you more productive. It not only helps improve your focus but it helps improve your concentration and your memory too. Meditation is a discipline in itself and so when you are faced with a task this self discipline helps you focus more on the task at hand.

It improves your sleep – It has been proven that it does indeed help with insomnia. Meditation enters you into a state where you are fully relaxed and content, allowing for a better night’s sleep.

It’s free –  You can do this anywhere and everywhere at any time of the day. I like to do it of a morning or late at night before sleep.

Meditation helps you gain control of your life and that’s why you should be meditating in 2018.

Fabrizio Verrecchia

 

Weight Gain: My Story, My Struggle, My Size

Weight – No matter what age you are, this is something we ALL struggle with. Even saying the word weight has negative connotations with it. My struggle happens to be weight gain. It’s alien to me and always has been.

I’m one of those people who’s mantra when it comes to my weight is “I eat so much crap yet never seem to put any weight on” much to people’s envy this is sadly true.

For the most part of my life anyways.

Since the age of 14, I’ve always been under 9 stone or slightly above. My eating habits have never been right – I’m a big snacker. I could easily get through the day on cups of tea, biscuits, toast and tea (dinner for those who call it dinner). Through high school I almost never had breakfast and I was lucky if I ever bought myself lunch. I was just never hungry or so I was telling myself I wasn’t. Instead I’d opt for a flapjack or I’d ‘treat’ myself to ‘Chicken Burger Friday’ – that was a requirement.

Now though, I realise the error in my ways. I physically and mentally just cannot survive on that routine anymore. I’ve been depriving myself for years, even if I didn’t know it at the time. I think for a part of my life I had some form of eating disorder subconsciously. All of that has to STOP.

My weight last year

After travelling SE Asia, I came back home a stone lighter than what I originally was. This freaked me out. I started in September with the mindset to get fit, healthy and stronger and this included a much overdue weight gain. To achieve this, it meant that I had to put myself on a calorie surplus diet.

So what is a calorie surplus???

Often hitting 3000 calories as a target a day. Some days this just wasnt possible and I was naughty by not sticking to my plan. I joined the gym and started seeing improvements, however, by the end of October I had manage to get closer to the 10 stone mark and keep the weight on – a FIRST ever!!!

Throughout November I was involved in a touring project Seussical and sadly I wasn’t looking after myself as well as I should have. Meaning that I had lost a few pounds in the process. I felt deflated however I was still above 9 stone so that was the main thing.

My weight in 2018

I’m setting myself a challenge: By the end of 2018 I will be 11 stone. That is my ideal weight.

As part of my resolutions I’m going to be prioritising my meals a lot more and making sure I’m getting the right types of food. I will be gymming more and with the addition of my flat mate, Brendan, on the same journey as me I’m sure I’ll be a lot more motivated to actually make this happen.

I believe in myself.

Weight-jan-2018

Weight will be a series of progress pics and posts on my journey to a stronger and healthier George in 2018.

Jennifer Burk

What is a Calorie Surplus?

In essence a calorie surplus is a way of effectively consuming more calories than you naturally burn. Thus leading to weight gain in the form of muscle or body fat. A calorie surplus is required if you ant to gain weight. To gain muscle you must be training equally as rigorous.

What is a calorie surplus? – The maths

As stated above, a calorie surplus is a way of consuming more calories than you normally would burn. If you eat 3,000 calories each day and burn 2,500, you’ve created a surplus of 500 calories each day. This is then transferred into muscle or body fat depending on your exercise routine.

Gaining weight requires a consistent weight surplus. It’s through consistency that you see results.

What is body fat?

Everybody has it. Our body stores energy as body fat. Especially when you’re on an excessive calorie surplus. Muscle growth is limited to approximately 10-15 pounds a year so anything over this gets stored by the body as fat. If you’re gaining fat as opposed to muscle then you’re probably eating too much. Keeping your surplus at a moderate level (500 excess calories above how much you burn eg. 3000 calories for every 2500 burnt) will help resolve this issue.

Healthy ways to create a calorie surplus

While it remains true that a larger calorie surplus leads to faster weight gain, that doesn’t mean you should be eating anything and everything you can get your hands on. Be smart about it and make the right choices.

You should be eating foods that are high in complex carbs, lean proteins and unsaturated fats: 100% whole wheat bread/pasta, brown rice, chicken, turkey, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, low fat/fat free dairy products and vegetable oils (particularly extra virgin olive oil).

You should be avoiding foods high in simple carbs, sugars and saturated/trans fats: fruit juice, soda, doughnuts, muffins, candy, potato chips and white bread (refined flour).

 

 

My 2018 New Years Resolutions

Setting goals and resolutions in 2018 couldn’t be easier with my last post.

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen countless posts about how 2017 was the worst year in people’s entire existence but fortunately that wasn’t the case for me. Call me lucky I guess. I had an abundance of happiness in 2017 and my life was one big adventure. I travelled far and wide from Amsterdam to Cambodia, Vietnam to Berlin. The world was my oyster. Like any year I had my ups and downs and so after reflecting on last year I’ve set these goals and resolutions to help me get that one step closer to my dream.

2018 Resolutions

Drink more water

Water is the best thing for your body and even with knowing this I still don’t  drink enough of it. My ideal aim is 3 litres a day – I’ll be pissing for Britain in no time.

Wake up earlier

I’m the worst when it comes to sleeping. Like water, I never get enough of the crucial z’s. Due to the nature of my course I need to be energised  day and an active participator at all time throughout my day and in the last year I’ve found that sometimes my sleep patterns have prohibited me from doing so.

But no more, this year I’m going to make it a personal aim to be in bed by 11pm each night hoping to get that to 10:30pm by June. This means that I can wake up earlier and get a more proficient morning routine from 6:30am onwards. I’ve figured out that my body responds best to 7/7.5 hours sleep each night.

PRIORITISe MY MEALS ESPECIALLY BREAKFAST

After losing a lot of weight when travelling I went on a bit of a gain phase and it worked out really well up until my show when I lost the weight again. But on the plus side I still didn’t fall back to the weight I used to be. So this year I’m going to be prioritising my meals further. I’m going to make a conscious effort to not skip breakfast due to lack of time.

Live simpler

2017 was a year of impulsive buys and while I do believe in treating myself every now and then, I did take it to the extremes last year. It’s even the 3 costa coffees I’d have each week at lunch. They can be left in 2017. Instead, I will limit my costa spending and drink tea because let’s face it tea is better anyways. I will also be using Yolt to keep track of my finances this year.

REDUCE TO 1 SUGAR IN TEA

I usually take 2 but this ones more for my health.

sobriety

To be quite honest with you I’m aabsolutely sick of the headaches I get after a drunken night out. It’s lead me to be counter productive on my weekends and I just can’t be bothered feeling grim anymore. So I’ve decided to give my liver a detox and a well-earned break from alcohol for the foreseeable future.

Make time for reading

With my busy schedule I find it hard to read as much as I would like to. However I’m at my most contented ness when I’m reading and the joy of turning a page or getting to the end of a chapter is what I live for. So I’m setting myself a challenge: I want to read at least 1 book every 3 months. That way I have plenty of time to read and possibly even more dependent on my schedule.

relearn spanish

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time now. I love the language and I’d love to be able to say ‘I know spanish’ or converse fluently. It’s just something I’m keen on.

Gym more

I’ve got my membership and I do use it, I’d just like to use it more often in order to reach my own body goals. In case you’re womdering that’s over 10 stone, fit, strong and healthy.

Finish writing my play

I started writing a play and I’m eager to finish it this year. Hopefully, I’ll submit it to a panel to get it workshopped in terms of the writing and then who knows maybe I’ll be Britain’s best new playwright 2018. A boy can dream.

write more

I think that’s every writer’s goal right? This year I’m going to continue blogging and taking you on my journey. A big part of me wants to dabble in journalism and magazine editing so I’m hoping that I’ll actually get started on that this year. I’ve also bought myself a journal ‘Q&Aa day for 5 years’ so it looks like this one will be on my goals every year for the next 5.

And finally, the same as every year:

Know my worth!

What are your resolutions for this year? Tell me in the comments below.

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10 steps to improving your confidence in an area that you are struggling with

Confidence.

The feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something.

Now add that to an already complicated equation of self-doubt and the fear of failure.

You’re screwed.

Or so you think you are…

If you’re anything like me and have spent years of beating yourself up over the smallest of things then I am now screaming at you to STOP.

Easier said than done right?

I’m still prone to having a boxing match with myself both during the moment of application and in the aftermath. It’s a battle; sometimes I win and sometimes I lose but I take all that I can from the situation and learn to utilise it when I’m faced with other challenges in my life.

Alfred A. Montapert once said “Expect problems and eat them for breakfast” and I believe this is exactly the right attitude you need to take on board when you’re feeling at your lowest wit( little confidence in yourself and your abilities. Growth and comfort definitely do not coexist, in order to grow you have to push yourself in situations which make you feel uncomfortable and urge you to try new things and break the boundaries within yourself both mind and body. It is then your confidence will blossom.

So for those times where you need a little bit of help, here are my top 10 steps help to improve your confidence in an areas that you’re struggling with.

 

1. Accept yourself: First and foremost this should be your priority. You are unique in this world. Analyse your skill set; figure out your strengths and weaknesses and come up with an action plan for improving both sides of the table. Recognise that with every day on this earth you have the power to change anything that you so desire. Some may take longer than others and some you might not even notice the changes BUT one day you will and other people will do too. Don’t dwell on your weaknesses; try to see them as an area for growth instead of an area of failure.

2. Don’t compare yourself to others: Like I said above, you are UNIQUE so why bother comparing yourself to another person in this world. Your focus should be on you not on anybody else as that is their life path. Use others as a learning platform they are there to help. Recognise what that person is doing to achieve ‘success’ and implement it into your own practice but don’t compare yourself to that person.

3. Don’t beat yourself up: Especially if you make a mistake. Heck, everyone does at some point in their lives. Thomas J. Watson once said that the formula to success is quite simple “Double your rate of failure.” The more times you fall the stronger you will be. Use your mistakes as a pathway to learn. I believe, as a human it is our gift to continue learning in all realms of life. Learning doesn’t just stop after high school or university, it carries on and if you view each day as a breath of new knowledge then you’ll pinpoint exactly what is happening to you right then and there in that moment of failure. When you do make a mistake just ask yourself: is this something I need to beat myself up about or should I move on from this and find a way of making it work for me?

4. Don’t strive for perfection: Seriously this is the worst thing you can possibly do and as a fellow mini perfectionistic virgo that I am, I full well know the consequences of this approach to life. It just isn’t realistic and it gets in the way of your progress. Instead strive for the best you are capable of doing at that moment. Some days its better than others but that is okay. If you strive for perfection you’re giving yourself a standard that if unable to meet you quite allowingly open up the floor for a boxing match with yourself right there and then. So my advice is this: put down the gloves, instead go have a cup of tea, soothe your soul and carry on with your day. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw “Life gives you lots of chances to screw up which means you have just as many chances to get it right.”

5. Give yourself a positivity reminder: Practicing self-love and positivity is crucial to your success. You need to practice this on a daily basis. I carry round with me my newly gifted books – “Believe and Achieve” by Chris Naylor and “I’m Doing My Best” journal by Knock Knock. The first is a collection of the worlds most motivational quotes for those days where you need a pick me up and a kick up the bum to point you in the right direction. The second is a journal in which you aim to write about how you’re working on improving yourself on that particular day. It has a half empty/half full key that tracks your feeling on the topic at hand. I particularly like this one because it enables me to write about how I’m working on myself each day positively. Another daily reminder I have is the quote I have set as my wallpaper  “What if I fall?” Oh, but my darling what if you fly? ” This reminds me to constantly push myself and be open to new beginnings. You need to constantly remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you’re great at it. There are enough people in this world who will bring you down so don’t add one more person into the mix by bringing yourself down too. Instead bring yourself up and change your own mindset. Think I CAN rather than I CAN’T.

6. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you: People’s energy can bring you down just as much as they can bring you up. If you’re constantly around people who don’t necessarily support your goals or dreams then this will be a contributing factor as to why you’re not achieving those goals and dreams in the first place. I guess it’s all about priorities and as selfish as it sounds, you have to put yourself first because no one else will and I think as you grow older you sadly begin to realise this more and more.

7. Exercise: This is a great alternative to beating yourself up. Sweat it out! Take that gym or dance class and use it in a way that positively benefits you. For me if I’ve had a stressful day I need to clear my head by getting some fresh air or exercising. The gym is a great one for me because whilst it can be used as a distraction from my regular life it is also something that I can benefit from greatly in terms of my future career. I basically need to get stronger and bulk up if I want to have more chances of securing a role in the future and so whilst I may be frustrated with one element of my training at times, I get to use that frustration and channel it into something that’s positively affecting my future prospects.

8. Do the things you enjoy and cherish the little things: Inevitably you need little pick me ups throughout the week and a quick way of boosting your mood is by doing things that you enjoy. Don’t be so hard on yourself; treat yourself. If this means finding the time to add in these extra activities into your daily routine then make it work for you. Simply take the time to relax because in an industry like the one I’m entering into, its vital that you make time for yourself otherwise you will crumble into a million pieces. There’s  nothing I love more than lying down in bed, all cosy and warm, with a good book in my hands. We all too often get caught up focusing on the bigger picture when sometimes we just need to take a step back and focus on the smaller side to life.

9. Remember to breathe: As simple as it sounds, just take a moment to breathe. Getting in control of your breath in intense moments helps your body and mind settle with this idea of fear whilst you weigh up your options in regards to what you can do in this situation. So take a deep breath and relax; 9 times out of 10 the situation isn’t as scary as you first thought.

10. Don’t give up: If you give up now you’re taking the easier route or the more comfortable route and as I mentioned earlier comfort and growth do not coexist. Keep pushing yourself and keep reaching for those goals. Only you know what you are capable of so don’t let anybody’s opinion berate you. Take on board their advice but don’t let it limit you. You never know what you just might achieve if you let yourself go and believe in yourself. You will surprise yourself and surprise others and that’s what is exciting about all of this. Life is a journey and we’ve all got a long way to go so be daring and be bold but most importantly make it exciting. Learn from your past and be great. You’ve only got one future so start living it now.

10 things I can’t live without

After reading this article, I had a think to myself  asking – what exactly could I not live without and why?

In life we all have our go to’s for a quick fix or our sentimental items that remind us of different moments in our lives but when it actually comes down to it we all have different essentials in our lives that we use every single day. And these change and are special from person to person.

For the purposes of this post I decided to skip out on daily essentials like a toothbrush and shampoo, even though I love my Aussie hair products, because these are the more obvious of my life routines.

So here’s my list of things I definitely couldn’t live without.

 

1. Tea


Tea is my answer to everything. Feeling down or tired? Have a cup of tea. Feeling thirsty? Have a cup of tea. Need a break? Have a cup of tea.

Honestly it works wonders. Whenever I’m stressed or upset I take a sip of tea and suddenly everything feels better just in that moment. It’s like I finally get to relax and put my life on pause for a moment or two and let its soothing warmth fill my body with some much-needed love and care.

I have a pretty expansive collection of teas ranging from herbal teas to green teas to black teas. I’ve got it all.

There’s numerous health benefits linked to it as well. Tea contains antioxidants and has less caffeine in it than coffee so you don’t have to worry about what it’s doing to your nervous system as much. It’s also linked to weight loss and a better immune system.

 

2. Friends and Family


I owe my life to both my family and my friends. They’re the ones who have helped me pull through or got me out of embarrassing situations during my years. They’re the people who make me laugh, smile, cry and shout. They’re the people who hold my memories and my heart. They make me feel alive. They give me purpose. I’d truly be lost without them all.

 

 3. Books


Ever since I was a little boy I have loved reading. Books allow you to enter a thousand worlds different from your own and yet you can still draw parallels from their universe into your own. They’re exciting and draining all at the same time. They make for great conversation and keep your brain working. You can learn so much by just opening that first page. I remember as a child I was in love with Winnie the Pooh. As I got older I adored Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Advancing into my pre-teens I fell in love with the “House of Night” series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. And lets not forget all time favourites “Twilight” and “Harry Potter.” The list goes on. Today in my adult life I find myself drawn to mystery novels and the classics. I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading, it brings me great joy. It’s helped me feel good when I missed home – “My Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologies” by Fredrik Backman was a great read for that. My latest read is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I’m now in 1939, Nazi Germany.

 

4. Dressing Gown


There’s nothing I love more than getting home from a long day of work/uni and slipping into my dressing gown with a hot cup of tea and a good book. It’s when I’m at my most content. It’s great for warmth and to snuggle into. It’s a common occurrence in my night attire. It feels like home, without it I’d feel strange. I’d miss its soft texture nurturing my skin. It’s a comfort more than anything but its one I’m not willing to give up.

 

5. My apple products – IPhone 6 and IPad Pro


My technology, whilst a distraction at times, generally work for me quite well. It keeps me up to date with all of my friends and whats going around me in the world. It’s my means for communicating myself to the wider world. Without it I’d be unable to write this post. It’s given me a community in which I can share my views and my life in a way that I deem appropriate. Social Media is great and its a great way to promote yourself and your business. I mainly write my posts from my IPad Pro – I often type on the go or whenever I’m travelling so it definitely beats carrying a laptop around. As for my iPhone I mainly use it to stay up to date with my family and friends, especially now that I’m miles and miles away from them all. I look forward to my phone calls from them each week. I’m also signed up to a variety of different News and Blog/newsletters. My current favourites are My Domaine, Career Girl Daily, Nomadic Matt and The Skimm. The Skimm is my go to for everything that’s going on in the world and I get an abundance of information sent my way each new day. Go sign up!


6. Inspirational Notes


I love leaving myself little notes around the house as they act as a reminder to practice self-love. I have my own dream board and practice everyday visualisations of inspiration in terms of my future prospects. I have sticky notes all over my walls and mirrors sending me love and guidance. If every I’ve had a bad day and I come home I almost always look to these for help. They cheer me up instantly. Quotes work for me the most. I absolutely love them. They speak so much truth to me and enable me to see the world and my future much more clearly.


7. Whitney Houston


I came out of the womb singing Whitney Houston. No joke. She’s been a part of my life since before I was even born. My mum always used to listen to her when she was pregnant with me and Jason.  I have a lot of my music taste from my mum, shes the best! I adore Nippy’s songs and I was even lucky enough to get to see her in concert. When she died I spent a lot of the day crying to myself in bed re-watching her live performances on YouTube. To be honest I still do this now, 5 years on. She had THE voice and nobody could ever take that away from her. She will always be a part of my life, i am so thankful for her music – it’s helped me so much in the past and it will continue to do so in my future. Whitney I will ALWAYS love you.


8. Briefs


I’m totally a briefs kind of guy. Boxers, in my opinion, just don’t give me the support I need especially when I’m dancing. It’s been a long time since I last wore underwear below the bum cheek and I don’t plan on changing that any time soon. Briefs are sexy and give me the confidence to feel good about myself. A few of my favourite brands include Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Aussiebum and Diesel.

 

9. Notepad and pen

I carry a notepad and pen around with me everywhere I go. You never know when it might come in handy. It’s there to write my thoughts down or quickly write down a number or address for later on in the week. In order for my brain to process information I have to write it down and figure it out in front of me. It’s how my brain works. Once its out of my system and onto paper I find it much easier to work out. The same can be said for my feelings, my diary is so sacred to me. It’s part of me and my whole self. It’s my life, my history documented on paper for my eyes to see. It’s my clarity and closure.

 

10. My Voice


Last but by no means least is my voice. It’s powerful and gets used everyday.sometimes I take it for granted. BUT without it I wouldn’t be able to speak my truth and tell my story the way I would like to. It’s my gateway to progress and bridge toward my happiness. I use it to communicate my thoughts and sing my joy. Without it I’d be restricted.

Knowing that there are millions of people around the world without a voice makes me feel sick. Knowing that they’re unable to speak out against prejudice and unjustly wars and events saddens me. To this day there are still women out there without a voice who are silenced by fear. It is wrong on so many levels. I think it is our duty as human beings to fight for equality and against unfairness in any form. Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Xenophobia, Islamophobia needs to STOP. 

A few embarrassing stories 

Those who know me know that I’m prone to embarrassing things happening to me. It’s like I attract the worst situations. Whilst it does make for humorous story telling, at the time it’s a “I want to sink into the centre of the earth and never come out again” kind of feeling. I’m the type of person who regularly pushes on a pull door.

I’ve collated a list of my most embarrassing moments for you all.

1. High Jump 


Getting in the Olympic spirit I took part in a PE class in high school in which we were all aiming for Gold. With bronze successfully completed, I prepared myself for the Silver. I can’t remember the exact measurements in terms of height but silver was a big step up from bronze. Bracing myself for the jump, I took my running steps and plummeted over the bar. Only I was faced with a shooting pain on the landing. I had, unfortunately, kneed myself in the face causing my front teeth to bleed. At first I was in shock, then I was in disbelief. My front two teeth were uneven. Long story short, over the next year I was back and to the dentist for my root canal surgery to stop it from dying and turning grey and even wore a brace for a period of time – my teeth are still uneven and the damaged tooth is slightly discoloured to the rest.

Moral of the story?   Never do high jump. Period.

 


2.
Lets take a trip down memory lane to the Summer of Year 9.

On a drunken adventure, I made my way to a place known to me as “Mini Wembley.” I met my friends there and it was a night of drinking the evening away. That is until I had someone’s fingers down my throat trying to make me be sick after dropping me on my head, not once but twice. All out of love I can assure you. Thinking I was okay I trotted off back into the night. It was home time. I was already late leaving by half an hour and so I was trying to pick up some speed.

Or so I thought.

A few hours had passed and I found myself waking up inside of a bush facing green railings that looked out onto a housing estate. My shorts were dripping wet and I had lost my phone somehow. I was so confused. All I know is somehow I managed to get a taxi to take me home. Only when I got home I was greeted to an angry father asking where hell I had been. The whole family including my aunty and cousins had gone out on a search party for me and all my friends on Facebook where trying to track my whereabouts. I ended up being grounded for a month and I still didn’t find my blackberry phone.

Moral of the story?   Don’t get drunk and get concussion.

 

3. English class Booty Bomb.


Pictured above is me and my pal Pascale. She was a witness to what I like to call the booty bomb. It was your average English lesson on a hot springtime day. We had just come back off our lunch break and was ready for our next lesson. Lucy and Jasmine were sat behind us as usual and no doubt me and Lucy were singing along to Chicago or something along those lines. I seriously don’t know how they put up with us. Or me for that matter. But they did and I love them for it. Anyways I can’t remember the exact story Pascale was telling me but what i do know is that it was very funny. So funny that I actually farted mid laughter – which made me go bright red and ended with us both in a fit of giggles and a slight look of disgust on Pascale’s face. She didn’t unfortunately laugh a bit too much and was sentenced to being sent out of the room if she carried on. Whoops, sorry Pascale.

Moral of the story?   Don’t ever get over excited in a room full of silence.

 

4. Taxi, taxi, taxi. Or perhaps not?

This midnight mishap happened as I was leaving a party that had about 200 guests attending. it was at a venue that is literally on my doorstep back home. For some reason or other I decided I was getting a cab home (despite living 2 minutes away, walking.) Just as I was leaving a black car, I think, approaches the venue and I tried to get into the vehicle only to realise later it was somebody’s Grandad, I think, picking somebody up from the event. Biggest idiot of the year award goes to me once again.

Moral of the story?   alcohol + me = bad mistakes.


 

5. The life of an orange child. 


At the tender age of 9 I decided it was a good idea to go rooting through the bathroom cupboards. I found my mother’s tanning wipes. Although at the time I thought they were just wipes. I covered myself in its bronzing moist making sure I hit every spot on both my legs and my arms. I was absolutely glowing the next day. My mum picked me up from netball after school and I was in my PE kit. She took one look at my bare arms and legs and asked what the hell had I done. Looking back I must have looked like a satsuma.

Moral of the story?   Always read the label.

 

 

6. Oops I did it again…

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It was the summer of 2016 and I was excited about an upcoming festival I was going to be attending called Creamfields. In preparation for the even, I decided to go and get my hair cut. Only when I actually sat down in the barber’s chair, I started to realise that this was one of my worst mistakes of the year. Asking for a number 2 on the sides the barber proceeded to shave my locks, only she didn’t stop at the sides. Instead she took it off the top.

STOP!!!

My shouts unfortunately couldn’t resurrect my locks. There was clearly a misunderstanding between the two of us and it was probably my fault. So I laughed it off asking her to try and fix it in anyway she could. It was too late though 3/4 of my head was shaved leaving me with a flappy fringe on one side that looked a show. I guess I was clinging onto my fringe hoping it would look alright.

In the end I got it all chopped off by Jane. She was a lifesaver!

Top 7 different date ideas

In life we’re all looking for that special someone to come along and whisk us off our feet. Some do the whisking for themselves and take matters into their own hands on their pursuit for love.

Me on the other hand, likes to do the waiting. I’m attracted to this fairytale endings and movie clichés. I hate myself for it but sadly, it’s true.

This is a message to my future Prince Charmings’ out there. These are my ultimate dream dates. You’ll win my heart with any of these 7 date ideas.

Ditch the traditional dates and say YES to having fun my way.


1. Taking the top spot with the Treasure Hunt 101


This is an idea I want saved for my honeymoon. This date, or rather, collection of dates involves a series of clues being left for me to work out or stumble across relating to places around the world that I want to tick off of my bucket list. This truly is the essence of adventure and this world trip would be spent with my partner for life. I couldn’t think of a better honeymoon than to be spending my time trotting across the globe with the person I love.

2. Runner up goes to the Adrenaline Junkie idea.


Think skydiving, bungee jumping, highlining and zip lining. Or even sad down t your nearest theme park. How awesome would this be? Outdoors adventure is what I live for, its combats fears and gets your heart going. Go Ape Is the perfect escape for a fun and memorable date if you ask me.

3. Adventure aside, tune into your more romantic side and have a 3 course dinner at 3 different restaurants.

Inspired by Ted’s 2 minute Dinner Date on How I Met Your Mother I thought this would be the perfect option for a sit down dinner. If you’re feeling really spontaneous try flavours from different parts of the world with each course you get. This is an exciting way to have fun and enjoy your time spent with your other half.

4. Bored of sitting down yet? Be a tourist for the day and explore your city.

This looks like your typical telephone box, right? WRONG. It’s filled with books – how wonderful.
I don’t care whether you’ve spent 7 years or 6 months living in your city. Get out there and explore. See all the sights and lose yourself in the magic of the moment. Just have fun with it and see the beauty that tourist get to see on each visit. This is one of my favourite things to do when exploring, I always try to keep my eyes open for things I’ve never noticed before.


5. Take a trip to the Zoo.

Animal therapy is just what the doctor ordered. I recently visited London Zoo and they have a strong focus on conservation and protection of species making it a really enjoyable visit. At the zoo there is so much scope for conversation, I find it quite peaceful chatting away amidst the surrounding wildlife. If a zoo isn’t your thing, go visit a local farm – the barnyard animals give you a chance to unwind which is what you need if you’re in the constant hustle and bustle of a city.


6. Speaking of outdoors, go take a hike or go for a bike ride.
As you can probably tell by now, I like things that people can do together. A bike ride on a hot summer day sounds perfect especially when followed by a picnic in the park. There’s a great sense of achievement felt when finishing a hike, why not basque in that glory with your special someone.

7. Last but by no means least go to a Jazz club.

There’s nothing sexier than being in a jazz club. The music is devine and it’s a great way to escape the usual club crowd. It’s swanky and it’s sophisticated all wrapped up into one. Once inside, you’re transposed into a different era, it’s great for conversing and socialising with your companion for the evening.