Positive changes, to help the world ๐ŸŒŽ

I’m always thinking of little way, to make a big difference to other people life’s. It’s a good feeling helping other people, and I’m sure it’s amazing for other people to be on the receiving end!

Coffee stamp cards โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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all love a coffee stamp card, 9 coffees later and you can finally have a free one! What a great achievement! It's feels amazing right getting something for nothing! Imagine how amazing it would be to give you free coffee to someone who is homeless, who is freezing from sleeping on the road. Why not give it to someone, who has nothing? You will honestly feel ten times more amazing!

Food Banks๐Ÿช๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿง๐Ÿก๐Ÿฒ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฅ˜

โ€ขDon
to your local food bank is a great way to help your local community. There are many ways you can donate, you can donate food that you have in your cupboards. Let’s face it, most of us have tins in our cupboards that have been there FOREVER! Pop them in a bag and drop them to your local food bank.

Buy one get one freeโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

โ€ขWe al
a buy one get one free! Even if we went for one item, it’s great because we can use the other item when the first one runs out. However, you could always donate to your local food bank or to a hopeless person. They will
defiantl
preciate it!

Clothes clear out๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿ‘–๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ‘˜

  • Why not sort thought your clothes to declutter your bedroom! Clothes can be donated to local charity shops or again for the homeless. Every time I have a clear out, I donate to different charity shops as I can never decide on which charity is best

Hobbies to fundraising๐Ÿ“šโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿคผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  • Fundraising doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact it can be fun! I once did a read-a-thon, I read six books in a week and raise over ยฃ100 for charity! I had the best week of reading and I did it for a great cause. That can be the same with anything from baking to jogging, there’s always room for something.

McDonald’s stickers ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿผ

  • Every year McDonald’s do monopoly give aways sometimes you win big and sometimes you won food or drink prizes. For the last couple of years, when I have one a meal prize I have given it to a homeless person. Each time they have been so grateful and commented on how thoughtful I was. Defiantly made me feel good.

Spend time with the Elderly ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ

  • The Elderly can get really lonely and look forward to social interaction. There are a few ways in which you can help. There is a charity called St Vincent to Paul, which is charity which involves volunteers visiting elderly people or helping them with small chores like their food shop! There is a club in Brighton called the casserole club. This charity pairs you up with someone Elderly in your area and you can choose to drop them dinner or have dinner with them. I know a few people that are involved with these charity’s and they say that it is so rewarding.

DL๐Ÿ’‹

Wedding Guest

Being a wedding guest is actually so stressful! Especially when it’s in a different town. I mean not only have I got plan what to wear, how to do my hair and what shoes to wear; I have to also plan accommodation and transport. Thank goodness, I am not the bride .. I would be a major Bridezilla.

So I’m attending a wedding Mid August as my cousin is getting married. The church ceremony is in Reading and the reception is a half hour drive away in a fancy hotel.

The outfit

Okay, so being a female my first thought is what to I wear. Actually this thought also guided me to another thought, I probably should loose some weight? It’s defiantly helps having a goal, for weight loss. Now I’ve lost the initial weight, I was ready to order my dress 3 weeks before the wedding. I trolled through website after website, I looked in Next, Missguided and New look. Do I go extra, so I go sophisticated, do I go summery.. what if it rains. Eventually ( 2 weeks into looking) I found a light lilac, off the shoulder, sweat heart cut midi dress that I thought could be the one. I ordered it from Boohoo.com and had it delivered the next day. I loved the colour when I opened it, and I tried it on and it fit great! It was maybe even a little to big for me ( which is good because I always order the same dress size on boohoo.com)

The Nails

I had my nails done a few days before the Wedding. I had Almond shaped weddings, with purple Sheelac and Chrome over the top.

The Hair

So the day before the Wedding! I have visit Pretty Please in Hove ( where I get all my blow drys done) They have washed my hair, and pinned it up! I’m to sleep with the pins in, for my hair to bed ready for the BIG day ( My cousins Big day, I’m sound like its mine)

The Accommodation

This was complicated! So the wedding ceremony is in Wedding but the Reception is in a different town. So I have booked the Premier inn, in Reading by the oracle (ยฃ52 a night) for the Friday. Then on Saturday, I’ve book The Bird Hand Inn which is where the reception is! ( so I can get drunk and stumble back to me hotel) and finally I’ve booked the Premier Inn ( again) so that I’m back in Reading as my family live around the corner! NIGHTMARE! But I do think this is the easiest way to do it!

Pre Wedding Eve

It’s the day before the Wedding! Today so far I’ve worked until 1pm, had my hair done and it’s now 3pm. I’m almost finished packing but I’ve taken up 2/3 of the suitcase because I couldn’t decide what make up to bring, so I’ve brought all my pallets! ( not sure where my boyfriend stuff is going to go woooops) I’m waiting for Tony to finish work, so we can get on the road!

On Our Way

4:30pm and we are on our way! There is lots of of traffic, so we are taking the country roads! It takes us a while to get there and we arrive at 6:30pm at the Premier inn by the Oracle in Reading. Time to get ready for some dinner in the hotel, I’m looking a bit crazy with my pinned up hair.

Wedding Day

It’s the Big day ( For Sam and Ashley). We woke up at 8am, and got changed into some comfy clothes for breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast wasn’t that nice, as it was a little greasy for my liking. I enjoyed a Costa Cappuccino and a glass of fresh Orange juice.

Once our bellys were full, it was time for a hot shower and a hour and half to do my make up. For my make up I used my Huda Beauty Rose gold edition for my eye shadow, my Revolution baked bronzing Pallet and my usual make up. I actually did my eye shadow first, as I knew it was going to be quite heavy. Then cleansed my face , before doing the rest of my make up. Once, finished I unpinned my hair and I was ready to go.

My Dress is from Boohoo.com, and it’s a Sweet Heath cut, midi dress. I wore my black scrappy block heels from Primark and my Envelope clutch from New Look.

Once, I was ready ( and took a few selfies) we got in the car to pick up my Auntie Lizzy before driving to the church.

Church Ceremony

The wedding Ceremony started late ( which is typical for a wedding) The Church was beautiful with Tall stained Glass Windows. The church was were my nanny and Grandad for married many many years ago. The Ceremony was lovely and the priest made lots of jokes keeping us entertained throughout.

The Hotel

We checked into the bird in hand Hotel after the Ceremony and freshened up. My dad went in a separate car and managed to sneak KFC into our room! We were all greeted with Pimms and sat outside in the Sunshine. The Hotel was super cute!!!

The Food

Unlike most weddings, the sit down meal was a BBQ!! I Had a hot dog, a burger and lots of salad. I also discovered that the American mustard I had smothered my food in was actually spicy French mustard. The puddings were a miniature selection and were very delicious.

The Toast

I must of been tipsy at this stage because I kept joking that they were going to give us roast, rather then us doing a roast. I realised this wasn’t the case when we were all handed a glass of wine. Lucky my dad and Tony didn’t like there’s, so after I drank there’s too.

The Party

Our tummies were full, our livers were saturated with alcohol and we were ready to boogie. There was lots of R&B tunes for me to dance too.

Bars Closed

At 11pm it was last orders but we were not ready to go to sleep yet. We decided to have an after party. It was the Bride, The Groom, my cousin, their friend, Tony and myself that carried on through. The Hotel told us off for drinking downstairs, so we drank our champaign in the car park. ( classy but fun)

It was safe to say we were all pretty drunk at the wedding. I had consumed Gin, wine and champagne ( I won’t even tell you about my hangover) I thought it was a good idea, to tell everyone to go for a family breakfast at 9am the next day. When i woke up, it didn’t think it was such a good idea.

Overall

It was a great Wedding! So lovely to see my family old ( 13 years I haven’t seen some of them for) that had travelled from America. It was amazing to drink with my cousins, and I’ve actually invited them for a night out in Brighton.

How do you see the worldย 

If you look at the clouds when you are feeling negative, you will see the clouds as blocking the sun or see the clouds as the beginning of the formation of rain. 

If you look at the clouds when you are feeling positive, you can see the way the lights bounces off them. You will see the clouds as bubbly beautiful shapes or thin and whispy allowing the light to beam through them.

If you look at the clouds when you are feeling childish you may see them as candy floss, or the clouds may connect together to become shapes. 

If you look at the clouds with a curious mind you may see that the clouds are different, they are floating in the sky and may be seen by different people in different moods around the world.

Small changes can make the biggest differentย 

What is change? To some people change means a big thing. Like moving home or getting a new job. I personally hate change because I hate feeling unsettled.

Sometimes when we are unhappy, we need to make small changes, so small that they are little adjustments.

This year I have changed a few little things and my life has been more positive. 

My main one is healthy eating. Instead of eating unhealthy for months and then saying crap I better go on a diet. I now eat healthy 80% of the time, and eating unhealthy is treat or a cheat day. This has made life so much better, fruit, veg and near is my main diet. My hair and skin is healthier and I feel better. 

Gym, I know I go on about the gym and I am sorry ( sorry not sorry) going to the gym between 2-4 times a week, makes my body feel great, which gives me more confindence. I also go for a swim, sauna and steam room which allows me some me times. I get rid of all my negative energy at the gym.


BB cream, is amazing. Before I would, put primer on, put foundation on, put concealer on, do my conture, then my power see and then my bronzer. I am sorry skin. Day time now, I use a BB cream, concealer if I need to and a bronzer. My skin feel so much healthier, on days off I try where no make up and let me skin breath. Of coarse on night out, I do the full whack but it is more rewarding. Plus I get an extra 10 mins to myself in the morning wooo.


Have some me time please? As I said swimming sauna and steam room time out. Reading a book rather then watching TV. Face mask and bubble bath instead of TV. Cooking a home cooked meal, with maybe a glass of wine. Sitting in front of the Tv every night is boring and you will get square eyes! Do something with your evenings, have time to reflect on life. Sometimes I go for a run along the seafront and I find a place to sit for ten mins just sit and listen to my music. 


All of these little changes make such a difference to life. They contribute to my confidence, to my daily motivation and help clear my head. I am able to be on top performance at work because I can concentrate. 
I take each day as it comes, but plan a head to make sure I’m allowing me time to do these things. 

A year ago today around lunch time, a plane from the shoreham air show crashes into the A27. My friend text me telling me not come because a plane had gone down and everyone was worried that the piloet had died. 

A few hours later, it unravel that it was more then just one person that was injured. 

That evening, there was videos being uploaded on Facebook of the disaster. Watching the videos was horrific and my boyfriend kept saying to me it was so close to home, could of been anyone we knew or any of us. 

The following morning I woke up to the news that one of the 11 victims was Matthew Grimstone. He was my best friends, boyfriends best friend. He was a kind and gentle person. He was softly spoken and was always cracking jokes. We had entered the new year with him, at a club in walkabout. He was always the funniest person when we went out, he was more lively and silly after a few drinks. 

The last time I saw him, was at my friends graduation BBQ, which was only a couple of weeks before. 


The new caused me to break down in tears. I was even more upset to find out the videos I had saw from the night before, included his car which he would of been in.  I will always hate people sharing videos like that, because you don’t know who them videos are effecting. The front page of the Argus was also a picture of his car, with the road damaged around it. 

Shoreham came together, placing flowers on the bridge and messages. There was also a vidguland held, the following week where we placed candels on the bridge. 


We also attended a football match at Brighron and hove Amex, where Matt worked that was held in memory of Matt and Jacob. 


Plenty of charity event have been held on the last year, to keep their memory alive. 

The last year had made me value a lot. It had made me cherish moment with loved ones, as you never know what’s going to happen. Matt and Jacob where on their way to football, nobody could of guessed that something like that would of happened. 

It has opened my eye how shoreham came together in a time of tragedy in their town.

It opened my eyes to how strong people can be during a dark time. 

One year later I pray for everyone effected. I pray for the police and fire fighters who were traumatised after what they saw. I pray for the 11 men who where taken so soon, to know they are loved and missed. 

I heard a saying yesterday that stick in my mind.

“Always on our minds, but forever in our hearts “

Important to have a time outย 

Do not get my wrong, I enjoy my job. At the moment we are short staffed, so my usual hard work is timesed by three. The problem is you come in your take a good run between 8:45-6 and then you start again. Eventually, our going to get tired from running and you will start jogging. In my industry they is heavy target driven, jogging is okay. 
I decided to take 4 days off work. 2 days being over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday. I made no plans until the days.

Saturday morning was not the best day, as I ended up in hospital after call 111. Luckily by lunch time, I was given the go ahead to go home. My boyfriend who had taken me to hospital took me for lunch at a place called roosters ( nom nom) and then we went shopping for Rucksacks for Thailand. I also bought a blue torch and blue water bottle. 


Saturday night, we went to town for my friends leaving do. I had some proseco at home before meeting them in town for cocktails. 


Sunday morning, lunch time and early afternoon I spent recovering. I was woken by my niece at 2pm, with her chanting lazy bum and bundling me. From there we took selfies, played charades and had dinner. 


Monday morning, it was time to hit the gym. I did a hour work out and then went for a swim, steam room and sauna. I went straight from the gym to Hove, slug and lettuce to meet mum for lunch. In the evening I met my friends Beth and Ariana for a cider and chicken gougons.


Yesterday, was my most relaxing day. I got up and slowly got ready, I had my fruit salad and pinapple juice in front of the TV. I got ready to meet my friends; Faye, Holly, josh and Nat for some Thai food in Brighton Laines. I had a lovely penut based curry with prawns. 


After lunch we drove to Rottingdean beach. I loved walking over the rocks to get into the sea. We saw crabs, shrimps and fish in the rock pool. We sat on a rock and paddled our feet in the water. We sat on the beach for a couple of hours, talking mainly about traveling. 


After the beach, I was craving a swim so I stopped at the gym on my way home and went for a half hour swim and then sauna and steam room. 

I had a relaxing evening at home, before retiring to bed around 10pm. 

Having time off, gave me lots of time to reflect and reenergised my life. I felt cleansed from stress from sitting on the beach the sun giving me vitamin D and a tan, and the water washing off my stresses. I was surrounded my friends and family and had more time to spend with them. I excersise And ate some healthy foods and some unhealthy foods. I had a dance in town and drunk some great cocktails. From my reflected time, I realised I have a great boyfriend, great friends and have lots to look forward too.