• Final Preparations

    This weekend I had no plans for what felt like the first time in months. In reality it’s only been about 3 weeks, but they’ve been a busy few weeks! With nothing planned I was able to take time on Saturday to tidy the house and relax a bit.

    Something about having all the clean washing put away properly just makes everything better, doesn’t it?

    Today was a different story. We wanted to go try a new place in Trowbridge, Dean’s Diner – an American 50′s style diner – but we weren’t in the mood so postponed.

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  • Beautiful Fridays: A Hair Raisin’ Idea (& LOTS of pics!)

    I started getting grey hair when I was in middle school, so about 12 years old. My natural hair colour is very dark brown, so it was quite noticeable and everyone would comment on it.

    I used to tell the other kids it was Halloween hair spray that hadn’t washed out…

    Jump ahead to 16 year old me, and my dad finally caved and let me dye my hair – as long as it was close to my natural colour. Before he could change his mind me and a friend were at the shop buying hair colour. I haven’t looked back since!

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  • Vanity Wednesdays: Confidence

    I think I’ve finally hit my stride.

    My early 20s were full of (somewhat) reckless abandon and not caring about what anyone thought about what I was doing or how I looked. I took that confidence for granted.

    My late 20s/early 30s were more sedate, especially in the confidence department. I didn’t care about what others thought and still did my own thing, but I toned it down quite a bit. Partly because of being uncomfortable in my own skin and partly because I was kind of starting over. Moving to a new country at 25 does take a toll.

    Coming up to my mid-30s now and I’m finally starting to not only walk with my head held a bit higher, but also gain the confidence I had in my 20s but seemed to let fall away over the last decade.

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  • Vanity Wednesdays: Favourite Outfits

    I’ll be posting fashion, outfit of the day/week, beauty and/or body confidence related topics on Wednesdays from here on out… So without further ado I’m kicking off the series with a few of my favourite outfits from the last few months.

    These are outfits I loved being in and felt confident, sexy and ‘put-together’ in. So here we go!

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  • Cancer Shmancer

    On Father’s Day I participated in my local Race for Life to support Cancer Research UK. It was in Bath and I had decided months ago, when the registrations opened I would do it and I had plenty of time to train for it, even though it’s only a 5K, to give me a chance to finish faster than the last one I did.

    Then all the house stuff happened. I didn’t train as much as I’d wanted. I knew I wouldn’t beat my time. I worried about it being in Bath because crap, that is a very hilly place. My everyday life became more stressful and the race was the furthest thing from my mind the closer it got.

    But that’s okay!

    Life isn’t perfect. Things will happen. Did I let any of that stuff stop me from taking part? No! Do I wish I could have gone a bit faster? Trained a bit more (on hills)? Sure. But in the end, it didn’t matter. I went and I jogged and I mostly walked up the steep hills – my poor ankles are still unhappy about that! – and I finished just a few minutes after I did last time.

    And I’ve raised over £500 so far for Cancer Research UK, so they can continue to support those with cancer and try to find better treatments and hopefully a cure.

    I'm in pink!

    I’m in pink!

    I am not a people person, I hate crowds… Everyone always asks afterwards “Did you have fun?” and I laugh. No, I didn’t have fun, I’m not there to have fun! Two of my grandparents had lung cancer and I lost them both. The Race for Life, for me, isn’t about having fun, my idea of fun isn’t to run a 5K! But I’m able to do it, so I do because there are people right now all over the world with cancer, who can’t. More and more people are beating cancer now – great news! But the people helping to make that possible still need funding and help so that people can continue to beat it.

    There’s still time to donate and help me reach my fundraising goal. My body is still aching, 3 days later, from the hills and stress I put my body through to do it. It was worth every second and every penny I got from sponsorship to know that the actions of one person can make a difference, no matter how small.