10 Happiness Quotes To Live By.

  

I thought i'd compile a list of all my favourite happiness quotes. I know it sounds silly, but it's easily forgotten that are so many reasons to be happy in the world, it's just remembering.

- The reason we struggle so much with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.

- Fear has two meanings..Forget Everything & Run. Forget Everything & Rise.

- Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.

- The more you love your decision, the less you need others to love them.

- Someone else is happy with far less than you have.

- Being kind to yourself in thoughts, words and actions is just as important as being kind to others.

- Somewhere, someone is looking for someone exactly like you.

- Be happy. Be happy for no reason. Believe it or not, you have the ability to make that choice.

- Tell the negativity committee that meets inside you head to sit down and shut up!

- Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Are there any quotes that you live by? What are your favourites?

Books Every Young Adult Should Read.

  

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am a complete bookworm! I absolutely love reading and would literally read all day, everyday if I could. Apparently that's unsociable. Pfft, bollocks. I have a Bookstagram account (a Instagram account dedicated to books FYI) where I post pictures all about what I am currently reading, my favourites books ect. You can find that @ Bookish_Grl. 

Some of my favourite books are classed as young adult which are aimed at people between the ages of sixteen and mid-twenties. I thought i'd put together a post about my current favourite books, whether you're classed as a 'young adult' or not, these books are brilliant for everyone!

Ways To Love Forever//Sally Nicholls.
"My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead." Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer.

Wonder//R.J.Palacio.
You can't blend in when you were born to stand outMy name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe//Benjamin Alire Saenz.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

All I Know Now//Carrie Hope Fletcher.
We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person.* Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an 'honorary big sister' to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better.

Carrie has created a safe and positive space for young people to connect and share their hopes and concerns online, and now she will share her most personal thoughts and experiences in her first book, ALL I KNOW NOW. Part memoir, part advice guide, it will include Carrie's thoughts on some of the topics she's asked about most regularly: bullying, body image, relationships and perhaps the scariest question of all: what does the future hold for me? With warmth, wit and a sprinkling of hard-won wisdom, Carrie will provide the essential tools for growing up gracefully . . . most of the time.

Finding Audrey//Sophie Kinsella.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

These are just a small selection of the YA books I love, so I may do another segment on this featuring more!
I'd love to know what your favourite books are at the minute? 


Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne.


    


There's something about Jo Malone that just screams luxury! I know, I know, it isn't exactly budget friendly, which is why I always ask for their products as presents for my birthday and Christmas. I am a huge fan of their candles and colognes especially. 

I'd completely ran out of both my previous Jo Malone perfumes, so I was in desperate need of a new one! As soon as Aaron asked me wanted for Christmas, I couldn't get him on the Jo Malone website quick enough. I told him I wanted a cologne but I would leave it up to him which scent he picked, he knows exactly what I like in perfumes, and he didn't disappoint!

Nectarine Blossom and Honey is described as "London's Covent Garden Market. Succulent nectarine, peach and cassis and delicate spring flowers melt into the note of acacia honey. Sweet and delightfully playful."

They got it bang on! It's really light and fresh, which I know will be perfect in Spring/Summer. The lasting power of these perfumes is always good, especially when sprayed on clothes. 

Have you tried anything from Jo Malone before? Which is your favourite scent?

Footloose The Musical | 2016 UK Tour


Yesterday my Mum & I travelled into Manchester to watch the much anticipated, Footloose The Musical, I was a little skeptical about it as I don't usually like musicals that are based on films, but I left the theatre beyond pleased. I loved every single minute!

Considering Footloose is one of the most iconic films of the 80's, I hate to admit that I haven't actually watched it all the way through, I know I know, WTF RACHAEL!? In saying that, I do have to admit that the film's soundtrack is one of my absolute favourites and has been for years. You don't need to watch a movie to appreciate the music.

Firstly for those of you who don't know, Footloose is about a city teenager named Ren, who moves from Chicago to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local Minister, dancing and rock music have been banned.

The cast were all absolutely incredible, especially Gareth Gates who plays the lovely and slightly dim, Willard. He was amazing! He brought such good humour to the show and played the part so well. The audience was literally laughing out loud. Also, for all your lovely ladies out there, it all gets VERY exciting when Willard has his overalls ripped clean off his body, and you are left with a bare chested *rather dishy looking* Gates. Thank me later ladies. Thank me later..

One thing that really made this musical stand out to me is the fact that the majority of the cast all took turns in playing musical instruments, it was so refreshing to see and just goes to show what a talented bunch of people they all are.

I honestly can't recommend the show enough! It is showing at Manchester's Palace Theatre until Saturday the 19th March, before it carries on to its next location for the rest of the UK tour. There is a link for all the details on the tour & where it is travelling to here.

Do you like going to the theatre? What are your must see shows?

Why It's Okay To Let People Go.


I've always had an issue with letting go. Whether it be a t-shirt i've owned for 10 years, a battered pair of shoes or in this case people. In particular friendships.

When I was younger, if I felt someone drifting away from me, i'd latch on. I became clingy and paranoid. Especially in high school. There is already so much pressure on you at that age, that the thought of being abandoned and forgotten by the people who keep you sane..there is nothing like it.
I tried being friends with everyone, I was definitely a people pleaser. I realised that no matter how hard you hold onto people, if they are going to drift and move on, they're going to do it regardless. Relationships, whether that is friendships or lovers, will shift and change through our lives. That doesn't make it any easier to accept.

I eventually noticed that some friendships are toxic, it's all about what they can get from you and not wanting to give anything in return. A one sided friendship is not a good thing. Know your worth. There is only so many times you can let someone back out of plans last minute, putting other people before you. Not giving you a second thought. 

Since i've become older and (not so much) wiser, i've become a lot more selective about who I let into my life. Mainly from bad experiences in the past, I am a lot more careful and stubborn about who I become friends with.

It's okay to be more picky about who you have as your friends, they should be good honest people, that make you want to be the best version of yourself. Don't settle for less than you deserve.

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” 




20 Things I've Learnt (So Far) In My 20's.

 

I may only be (almost) 24, but these are some of the things i've learnt so far in my 20's. 

1. It's okay to be selfish. Don't be afraid to put yourself first sometimes.
2. Friendships are hard work. It's true what people say, as you get older you do realise who your true friends are.
3. Don't let the little things matter.
4. There will always be Disney <3.
5. I can no longer drink like a 18/19 year old. I could do with remembering that more often..
6. The earlier I can get in bed, the better. Going to bed at 8p.m is nothing to be ashamed of.
7. Don't care what people think. They're going to think it anyway, whether you care or not.
8. There is no boundaries with your friends. Anything goes. Conversation wise...
9. It's okay not to have it all figured out.
10. Teenage skin is NOT a thing of the past. 
11. Sarcasm is at an all time high.
12. Being able to peg your washing out is literally *angels sing, harps play, birds tweet*
13. Money can't buy happiness. Although when your skint, a tenner would come in nicely. 
14. If your life revolves around Netflix marathons and cuddles with your cat, that's fine.
15. Teenagers are fucking annoying and you'll always wonder if you were that annoying!
16. No one is going to clean up after you, it's a thing of the past.
17. Quality over quantity when it comes to friends.
18. Time really does fly.
19. You can't please everyone, accept it. 
20. Sometimes you will want to strangle people with your bare hands, as long as you don't act on it, there's nothing to apologise for!

I'd love to know some of the things you've learnt in your 20's, or even your 30s/40s/50s!