Life

Trust Your Gut

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We’ve all gone through situations wherein, once the light at the end of the tunnel is close you wonder why you didn’t TRUST YOUR GUT. Because if you had trusted your gut, would you have ever been in that situation? Well that gut feeling, that INKLING you felt at the beginning of the situation. It was trying to warn you.

I like to start a daily prompt with a definition of the word. I find it helps when you’ve read the post. So here goes;

Inkling: a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint

Cast your mind back to any time in your life. Whether it is meeting someone, or just witnessing something. Did you get that twinge in your gut then? You see, that was probably your brain telling you there is something suspicious happening. It was giving you a warning. And obviously, you shouldn’t only trust the inkling, you need to interpret that gut feeling because you are recognising these situations for a reason. So, it’s best to draw on those past experiences and ask yourself why? Why am I feeling this? 

Now there are probably a few people who would rely solely on logic, disregarding the inkling/gut feeling but, are they truly disregarding it? Or do they still feel those same pangs and just pass it off as a logical response. But, psychologists and other professor/lecturer types have actually written articles on this with the idea that your ‘gut’ is actually a thing. Alongside that, we’ve all grown up with the age-old advice whether it is from our parents? grandparents? aunties and uncles? even friends? that you should “go with your gut”, “trust your gut” etc. As there are many different ways to say the same thing. If it doesn’t feel right, make the best decision for you. 

This can also be said for taking jobs, interacting with co-workers and strangers, dates, randomers in the street. You utilise experience, logic and how you are feeling. It’s similar to the idea of being scared and your hair standing up on the back of your neck. While yes, it is a fear response there is some correlation between knowing when something isn’t right. Our bodies have developed simple ways to tell us, if something just isn’t right. Evolution at its finest. And we should trust those indicators because even if it isn’t a familiar situation, our brain and body is always working and it clearly recognises this situation. 

In the end, it is truly up to you. But, if you get an inkling about a situation I’m a believer you should at least listen to what your inner self is trying to say. You never know- you may avoid that argument or worse if you trust that feeling next time. All I’m suggesting is, you could avoid some unnecessary stress if you rely on your instinct. And avoiding unnecessary stress is the best for anyone. It’ll make your life much easier. I think I’ll leave you with an age-old piece of advice that we should all consider. And you’ve probably heard it one-thousand times- TRUST YOUR GUT.

via Daily Prompt: Inkling

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Life

Who Are You?

Who am I? It is the question we all ask ourselves throughout life. But do we truly know who we are? What part of yourself do you show to the world, exposing society to certain personality traits and what part of yourself do you choose to hide? Are you the secret bookworm? chick flick lover? sports fan? One Direction fan?

You see, there are people who choose to live their life out on social media- every event a photo opportunity, every holiday a chance to show people where you have ventured off too. And there are people who enjoy privacy, keeping some of their more favourite memories to themselves and the people who were there. And then, you have the people somewhere in the middle whom enjoy both a sense of privacy but, also reveal some part of themselves to the world. I think those people are the hardest to identify. Basically, we live our life based on the identity we create for ourselves and that identity is made up of a  lot of different events, memories, genetics and so forth. It is that identity that even we don’t truly understand. So, just sit for a minute and ask…

WHO AM I?

I’ll tell you what comes to mind for myself. Well, first off I’m a graduate from University. So for myself, this signals the academic part of my identity- the person whom spent hours studying to get a degree. This further shows I’m a determined, smart individual who likes a challenge but this is the same part of myself that I choose to expose to the world and use to my advantage. It also shows my love of learning, you wouldn’t go to Uni and incur the debt if you didn’t like learning new things, if you didn’t want the challenge.

I’m a runner. I enjoy going for a run, it is a chance for an adventure and to explore. Again, I post my runs on social media so this is another part I choose to expose to the world. Why? Because I’m proud? Because I want to share my route with others who may want to go for a run? Yes, to both. I don’t however stop in the middle of a run to take a picture of myself because that defeats the purpose of my exercise. Yet, others do choose to do it. You see, that is a hidden part of who I am. The annoyance for those who stop in the middle of a run just to take a picture of themselves running, it is like when people exercise with a full face of makeup. Girl, if your makeup hasn’t moved at all while you exercise then you clearly haven’t done enough. It ain’t a beauty competition.

So you see, as you begin to think about who you are, using the exposed part of your identity you can begin to see the person underneath. And from my annoyance, you can dig deeper. Am I annoyed because they stop or put on the makeup? No. Or am I annoyed because they feel the need to tell the world what they are doing right in that minute? No. It annoys me, because it’s nonsensical. Some of these people, are the same ones who criticise others for doing it or complain when they aren’t getting stronger and healthier and fitter. It makes no sense. It’s nonsense.

I like the hidden parts of myself. I know them. It’s the me, I know. The one no one else can understand apart from myself. It allows for you to retreat into a version of yourself, for your eyes only. It gives you a freedom. Despite the fact that I can come off rather social, I’m truthfully not an extrovert. I’m an introvert. But, the identity I have out in society may not signal that as much as if you observed my true identity.

I just think it’s interesting to think about who you are? So, if you have some downtime just ask yourself who am I? Maybe you’ll reveal something you didn’t realise.

WHO ARE YOU? WHO AM I?…..IDENTITY.

Life, Student Life

An Open Letter To Myself

It is a fact of life- when we were younger, less experienced and innocent- a child we all imagined what life would be like. Who we would be when we grow up, who would stay in our lives and who would disappear. And nine times out of ten we all wished we could grow up faster. I’m 22, an adult-in-training and if I could go back to my younger self now there are things I would tell her. So, I’ve decided to write an open letter to myself. And maybe we should all do this. Is there anything you would have done differently or people you wished you’d have given more time too. The open letter is one way to get all of that out. Here goes…

To a redhead, blue eyed, freckled care-free yougster,

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Oh the innocent days

Aged 4-11

I’m here to tell you a few things. First off, that attitude you’re sporting at home is not impressive and in about a years time you’ll suddenly mellow out and wonder what all the fuss was about. If I could go back, I’d still push the same boundaries but not so loudly. However, I would thank you for this because without learning from that attitude I wouldn’t be able to harness the same confidence for job interviews, getting through university and meeting some amazing people. But we could have toned it down a bit.

Secondly, you’ll eventually get your own room at eight/nine so just put up with sharing for a little longer…He’s not that bad. Although, the trick of dumping his mess in his bed was the best thing ever because he always tidied up and it still works now. Maybe you could have gotten rid of some of the clutter before hand though because it took myself and mum a week to do when we finally sorted through everything. It was a pain and at heart we were all ready into the simplistic look so do yourself a favour and keep on top of the clutter instead of getting stressed.

And finally, embrace your hair. We are stuck with this for life so, just embrace it. The colour, the curls because now people try and dye their hair this colour and can’t. So, when someone teases you about your hair simply reply with “And? Your issue is…” That puts off the kids if they don’t know it bothers you. Also you are currently growing it out so you can wear you long, thick curly hair down more…so maybe tell mum you don’t want it cutting short that would have helped a lot. It’s a pain to grow now. Also, you are going to start to straighten it in secondary school so, it isn’t all bad. And when you start putting lowlights in and straightening it- nan does complain but you’ll carry on doing it regardless and she liked it actually once you didn’t put as many in.

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Okay, so we’ve just started really getting into secondary school and focusing on studying. The first thing I’m going to tell you is that it is alright not to know what you want to do in life. As a kid, we wanted to be a load of things;

Nurse: Mum and dad can attest to the fact that this should not be your career choice. They had the bruises to prove it.

Teacher: You don’t have the patience for it. I remember getting bored every five minutes and wanting to do something else. Well you have more patience but if you do teach it would probably be at college level because you’ve now turned into one of those adults who can’t believe the mouth on young kids these days. 

Athlete: So you fell down some stairs and that put a stop to that. But it’s all good because we like to go for a run now as it is a great de-stressing tool. Plus, by stopping the athletics you got to try out new things. For a start, you became more girly for a while. But, it’s all good because you’ve now settled on somewhere in between a girly girl and a tomboy.

And many other careers… But, at 22 we’ve finally made a decision. So it’s time to start trying to get into that. However, rest assured that you are young, we are still young and can try as many things out as possible. Life is not about money, it is about experiencing things, memory making and having fun.

We finally got that bookshelf and the double bed after years of asking. So it pays off. However, that book shelf is nearly full so the dream of owning a home with a library in one day may become a reality because we won’t be throwing away books anytime soon. The only thing we would probably change now is not asking for two colours in our room because as much as I still like blue and purple, turquoise was then and still is our favourite colour. And would probably match the curtains, carpet and bedding much better. Also, don’t put posters up…you get bored after a few months and now both the walls and doors are bare except for the faint marks of blue tack.

Thirdly, embrace the clumsiness. You not only fell down some stair aged 14 which resulted in a trip to the hospital, eight-twelve weeks of recovery and causing your mum stress on her day off but, the falling is going to happen a lot and you’ll always have bruises to prove it. Just last year, you damaged your ankle again which resulted in some very good friends convincing me to go to the hospital again but the year before that you couldn’t run for four weeks after hurting your knee while running. I’d say don’t push things when it comes to injury, don’t be stubborn but we still are now which gave mum and dad a lot of stress last summer.

Finally, you are now and were then a huge geek. With a love of action adventure films, marvel films, Doctor Who and many other sci-fi/ fantasy books, films and tv shows you aren’t exactly into the girly love films. You will sit and watch a few but they really aren’t your cup of tea. So, when you were putting on all that makeup, straightening your hair and attempting to fit in…well that is what sets you apart from others now. Basically, you should embrace your uniqueness because it’ll be much easier down the line and you’ll meet some amazing friends with the some of the same and different tastes as you.

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You know when your parents tell you- you don’t stay friends with everyone in life? You should have listened much earlier. All the stress could have been avoided. In life, we don’t get on with everyone and if you’d have realised that sooner well a lot could have been avoided. Overall, if you hadn’t have gone through this though well, I don’t think I’d be the person I am now. It reminded me of myself, the person I liked who exuded confidence, embraced challenges and loved life and well, we are that person and more now. This doesn’t go without saying that some of the people you meet over these few years won’t still be in your life, and other still are and these are the people who are there for you no matter what. Just remember there are still those childhood friends who you still talk to, and even when you are busy know you will still be there. A click away.

You’ve applied for university and are waiting to get in. Well, you do. And we’ve just graduated with a 1.1 class honours degree so, we did something right. It is something to be proud of so as you make those difficult decisions, expel the negative energy and start to see your grades rise? Well you made the right decision. Be proud of getting an offer from all five universities, be proud of improving with your overall grade every year and be proud of achieving such an amazing result because it’s all us. We did it!

And finally, at 22 we are still an adult in training. We moved out for university which was the best decision in the end. At 22, we are still growing so don’t feel at 18+ that this is now the time you need to know everything in life. Because all that pressure isn’t good for anyone. Achieve the goals you set for yourself like you have so far. We’ve lost that weight, we run regularly, we eat healthily, we have some amazing friends and we are well on our way to becoming an amazing adult. Although, the best adults are those who never really grew up, the one with their inner child still joking about and laughing.

With Love

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We graduated

Still a redhead, blue eyed, freckled, but experienced slightly older youngster….

Life

Declutter, Clear Out? It’s The Start of Your New Life

I got the idea for this post from a friend. We met for out new year catch-up as work schedules will make it difficult the next few weeks. It seemed like the theme of the day was having a clear out- of toys, of friends who don’t bother, of clothes. And that got me thinking- every year we talk about having a clear out but, how many of us do it? This ties in with a tweet I read recently. The poster said:

“Everyone talking about the people and things they are cutting off for 2018…I’ll cut you off as and when you deserve it…not a problem…bye.”

“If you spring clean your life of negative people or energy all year round you…never be miserable…”

And a facebook status wherein a completely different person posted a similar sentiment about not needing the beginning of the year to change? But, I’m not agreeing or disagreeing. I do set myself new year resolutions to follow and attempt to keep to them throughout the year. I just found it symbiotic that as I was wondering what to post about, the idea of a clear out in whatever shape or form kept coming up. Even in my family home, mum is on a mission to clear out and declutter. So, here goes.

Today I started with my own little clear out. For people who know me, and have lived with me- I like cleanliness, I don’t like clutter which is evident in the fact that my room is extremely tidy. Not a thing out of place. No little bits and bobs just laying around. Everything out has a purpose, something I use regularly. Every year at the beginning BECAUSE of all the new stuff we end up getting as I begin to put them away, I have a sort through. I may find a few hidden treasures and I throw other bits away. For me, this is good. As the saying goes “tidy room, tidy mind”.

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A Hidden Treasure

Then again, I understand the idea to declutter your life. Even if you need a deadline to start it? Not everyone is as brave or as confident in themselves to declutter their own lives whether it be people, tackling your houses, tackling memories etc. The idea behind the clear out is a fresh start and with the new year just beginning people like to start afresh then and make a year of it. This way is gives them time. I can see the association between decluttering and the new year, new me stuff.

We’ve all been there. There comes a time wherein you may leave someone, something, or somewhere behind and it can be a great success (it was for me, I didn’t wait till the beginning of a year though) or it can be a failure. But, the new year brings a fresh start for a lot of people and it’s what they do in that year that defines them. So whatever you are decluttering, I hope you succeed. I hope it starts you on a new journey. And most of all, I hope it gives you peace of mind. In my own instance, I succeeded in life, I started a new journey and decluttering throughout the year always provides me peace of mind.

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Peace & Serenity

I’m going to end with a quote.

“Happiness is a place between too little & too much”- Finnish Proverb

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New Year, New Me?

It has been hectic over the Christmas period, what with working, finishing up the Christmas shopping, running in a Santa Run, seeing family and everything else the Christmas holidays entail. And now? It’s New Years Day. First of all, Happy New Year to you all. Can you believe it is 2018? So, my first post of the year will be about New Year Resolutions. We all make them, we try to stick to them and we succeed with a few but not everyone makes the whole year.

You know there are the popular ones that we all make at the beginning of the year i.e. lose weight, get to the gym, get a better job, achieve a goal we’ve talked about for a while or taking that trip you always put off. But, do we ever really complete them all? Well, I lost weight last year as I said I would, I got a 1.1 class honours degree- my goal for the year and I have a job, with hopes of getting a better one soon. So, I hit them last year.

new-year-3052105_960_720This made myself think. If I did it last year, then I can do it this year so here are my New Year resolutions. We’ll see how many I can achieve.

1. Less Technology

hand-3044387_960_720And I feel I am on the way already. With a new phone, deleting a few apps that I don’t need and signing out of all my social media to only sign in when I need to- I’m on my way. I definitely feel like I have been on it less.

2. Carrying On With Last Years- Health and Fitness

image1 [52452]I am determined to get all my health issues fixed, and continue to get fitter and healthier in general. I started the last couple years and I want to continue to succeed.

Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it!

3. Get More Blogging Done

blog-2355684_960_720I definitely got more views and followers last year, and I want to continue this streak. So, I am going to be blogging at least once a week over the next year, and even more if I have a subject in mind. It is a little bit like therapy. You put yourself out there, talk about what you want- your dreams, or the things you’ve done/read/watched and people read it. I have to say my favourite post from last year is one I wrote rather recently about Brussel Sprouts.

4. It’s Up To Me

we-2078024_960_720This I’ve already started. I’ll explain what I mean. Every year we end up doing things we don’t want to so, this year “it’s up to me”. And by that I mean, if I don’t want too, I won’t. Over the last few years I’ve undergone a transformation of sorts. I’m a confident person for the most part but, a few years ago that was shattered. It’s took a while but, I’m back to being me. So, it’s up to me. This year I’m doing me.

5. You Can’t Control Everything

And no that does not mean my room will suddenly turn into a gigantic tip. Clean room, clean mind. But, this year I’m going with the flow a bit more. It’s impossible to control every bit of your environment and I’m not going to try too either. It doesn’t mean I’ll be a pushover and do what everyone else wants, it just means I’m going to be more relaxed about things.

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So this is my list. I hope to stick to these resolutions. It’ll be great blogging next year and saying I hit everyone. Because I am going to do it. But if I don’t, it is out of my control.

What are your resolutions for the coming year?