Lifestyle

How To Live Like A Real Princess

Unfortunately, I was not born into a royal family or a Disney film so sadly, I’m not a princess. It’s very true though that there’s a a few rituals that you can do to make your life a little more princessy.

If I can spend a few extra moments in my life acting like a princess then I will do.

1. Feed animals. You could put a little amount of food out for the birds or any night time visitors like hedgehogs or badgers. Unlike in Disney films, we can’t sing to the animals to summon them and we can’t have them clean our homes but we can make their lives a little better. You could put a bird bath in your back garden or you could build a hog home for a hedgehog.

2. Donate to charities. Princesses like to give back to the world. It’s a nice idea to donate just £1, £2 or more if you can afford it a month to a charity of your choice. I donate to WWF by sponsoring an elephant which I think works out about £3 a month.

3. Smell lovely. Have a long soak in the bath and use your favourite bubble bath. After you’re all relaxed and clean, cover yourself in your favourite body butter. My favourite is a cherry and macadamia one from Superdrug but really you can get cheap body butters anywhere.

4. Only buy what you need or really want. Set yourself a little budget and try not to overspend. You don’t want to be surrounded by clutter or anything that doesn’t bring you joy.

5. Creat a safe and happy space. You could use a vanity, a corner of your bedroom or a spot on the sofa. Make it cute, make it comfy and make it your dreams come true.

6. Wear your favourite outfit. I like to opt for a pretty, pink dress but really you can wear anything that makes you feel beautiful. Even if you don’t feel like getting dressed, put on your favourite pair of pyjamas. They should make you feel all warm and happy just like any Princess would feel.

What do you like to do to feel like a real life princess?

Lifestyle

The Two Ways To Find A Penpal

I have been snail mailing for five years on and off and I still love it. There’s nothing more special than receiving a handwritten letter in the post.

So you want to get into snail mail? By how?

Finding a Penpal can be difficult at first but it’s a lot easier when you know where to look.

Instagram

You know that annoying app that let’s you post photos, well, it’s a great way to find penpals too. You can simply search through the #PenpalsWanted hashtag and you’ll find plenty of people who are looking for a panpal.

You can choose whether you want someone in your country or someone who lives further away. The possibilities are endless.

InterPals

Interpals has been helping people make new friends around the world since 1998! Sign up for free, create a profile, and search the profiles of others to find someone to write to. Messaging is safe due to their on-site inbox, meaning you don’t need to give out personal information until you are ready.

If you are willing to challenge yourself a little then InterPals is for you. It’s got a few creeps on there but you can find a fair few people who are just looking for snail mail exchange.

If you want to be my penpal then send me a tweet/DM or comment down below!

Lifestyle

Sunday Loves

Today is a Sunday. Usually, I tend to dislike Sunday’s quite a bit. I find them boring as there’s nothing open in my local area and therefore. nothing to do.

As 2019 arrived, I decided to start looking at life more positively. That is why this Sunday, I’m making a list of all the things that I love. Whether it’s a product I found online, an activity I have done or someone who made me smile, I’m going to talk about it more.

1… These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I found them on Pinterest and then they seem to be popping up everywhere ever since. I need them in my life and as soon as I get paid, I’m buying them. The little cat face on them is adorable and I love the colour.

2… I’ve been making homemade bread. I haven’t perfected the recipe yet but when I do, I’ll be an unstoppable break making lady. It tastes super yummy and it so much better for you, the environment and your health than the processed stuff you can buy from the supermarket.

3… Going to the gym is something that I used to hate but now I feel excited about it again. Maybe it’s because gym people are everywhere now and everyone is promoting health but I just feel excited for my next workout.

4… I’ve been reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and it’s so addictive. I love, love, love it! I have already watched the film on Netflix and I loved that too.

5… I got a Tassimo around Christmas time and now I’m addicted to drinking warm drinks. My favourite is the Oreo hot chocolate, it’s so tasty!

6… Easter Eggs are in shops!!

What have you been loving this Sunday?

Health

A Post On Not Working Due To Poor Health

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about things recently until I got pretty sad and upset. So I thought to myself, why not write a blog post expressing how I feel?!

Since leaving school and college, I have had a few jobs. I worked in the cinema, a gaming shop and in a hotel. I even volunteered in a few charity shops. However, I haven’t been able to keep any of my jobs or volunteering experiences.

If you know me then you should know that I struggle with mental health issues. These problems developed at around age sixteen when I was leaving high school and heading to college. I didn’t quite manage to complete a college course because of these mental health issues.

As I mentioned, I have had plenty of jobs but I never managed to keep any. I was fired from one and quit the other two.

That’s when I discovered that working just wasn’t for me. Not for being lazy or anything but trust me, I tried to work, just because of my health.

Not being able to work makes me feel like such a failure. I feel like I can’t do anything right if I can’t even keep a job like ‘normal’ people. There’s many opportunities that arise when you work. You can learn new skills, work in a team, build your confidence and you can feel a sense of fulfilment from working. Sadly, I don’t get to experience those things.

It makes me sad that I’m missing out on these opportunities and often this makes my mental health even worse. I feel as though it’s a vicious circle.

I have career dreams and goals and I want to live my dream life. When I think about the future and how that might never happen because mentally, I’m just not strong enough to work, I feel deflated. I want to be doing more with my life than what I’m currently doing. I want to help in some sort of way and to me, getting a job feels like the only way that I can do that.

When you can’t work, people tend to assume that you’re being lazy which isn’t always the case. Sure, I’m a lazy bum but that doesn’t mean that I want to be sitting around doing nothing while you work your arse off doing a 9-5 job. I want to be there too!

Not being able to work makes me feel like I’m wasting my knowledge and everything that I worked for when I took my exams in school. I feel I should be doing more but I just can’t.

You know when you’re scrolling through social media and you see all those people that are dreading Monday morning because it means that they go back to work. Well, I want to be in that position. I want to wake up every morning and feel a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

People judge those who can’t work. They say things like ‘wow, you’re so lucky’ and ‘I wish I didn’t have to work’. It makes me feel so angry. It’s like, yeah, I’m super lucky that I can crippling anxiety when I leave the house. Lucky me! It’s not like I have a choice. I’m just not capable of working at the moment.

I look forward to the future. I hope that one day, I will be able to get a job. Even if it is just working in a supermarket or something. One day I will be strong enough to work and not have to worry about people judging me for ‘sitting around’.

Do you work at the moment? If you have mental health issues, what’s the hardest part about working for you?

Anime

Upcoming Anime For 2019

I seem to be getting back into anime. I think about it a lot and spend a lot of time watching it now.

Back to a few years ago, I was watching anime all the time. Then suddenly, I lost interest after watching half of a show.

But now, the anime bug has bitten again. That is why I’m super hyped for some of the 2019 upcoming anime releases.

7 seeds

‘Natsu, Arashi and a few dozen others had gone to bed like any other night when they woke up… somewhere else. In this new post-apocalyptic future, mutated plants and animals lie in every direction and mankind is long extinct. Scientists of the past predicted that a meteorite would strike Earth and render the planet uninhabitable, so they devised a plan: they would cryogenically freeze five teams of young adults and have them revived by a computer when life is again sustainable. Seven people formed each team along with a guide specially trained to survive in the wild, and seven caches of supplies were left to be found. Together, the teams must try to survive in a new and hostile world, inadvertently finding the other survivors and clues to their circumstances along the way.’

We Never Learn

‘Yuiga is so close to obtaining a college scholarship that it’s maddening! Even though he’s one of the most hardworking students at school, he keeps getting beat by two girls who seem to be geniuses in certain subjects. And now he finds out that he’s going to have to help these two geniuses… Sounds easy for a couple brainiacs, right? Wrong!’

Boogiepop and Others

‘There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering. This “Angel of Death” has a name: Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. But Nagi Kirima knows better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop, or something more sinister…?’

Flying Babies

‘The anime will center on a group of young girls and their struggle as they aim to become Hula Girls.’

Hoshiai no Sora

‘The teen adolescence story revolves around the coming-of-age of boys in a junior high school’s soft tennis team, which is on the verge of shutting down. In the video above, the character Tōma Shinjō asks Maki Katsuragi to join the team for his vaunted abilities, and mentions a summer competition. Katsuragi asks for money in return for joining the team.’

Dr. Stone

‘One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he’s not alone! His science-loving friend Senku’s been up and running for a few months and he’s got a grand plan in mind—to kickstart civilization with the power of science!’

What anime releases are you most excited for in 2019?

Anime

Glitter Force First Impressions And Review

A couple of days ago, I was browsing the anime section of Netflix when I discovered that Glitter Force was on there. I love magical girls so I thought that I would give it a go. Glitter Force is the ninth instalment of the Pretty Cure franchise. Unfortunately, it is dubbed on Netflix and I prefer a Japanese anime with subtitles but I decided to try it anyway.

What I’ve Heard

I’ve heard of Pretty Cure before and knew a little about it but I hadn’t watched many episodes. Pretty Cure seems to be very popular in Japan as most magical girl anime shows tend to be. I had no idea that Glitter Force was on Netflix though so I was pretty happy when I stumbled upon it by accident.

Expectations

Based off the the adorable imagary from the anime, I thought that it would be a magical girl anime that is similar to Sailor Moon. The girls all wear a different color, suggesting that they all have abilities dealing with different elements. I expected that the anime would greatly revolve around the themes of love and friendship.

Thoughts while watching it

As soon as the episode started, I noticed that they had jumped straight into the plot by introducing all the magical girls in a dream of the protagonist. She often has dreams of being a magical girl, fighting crime and is often dreaming of fairytales. Emily, who is the protagonist, compared a lot of her life to fairytales.

We follow Emily to her first day of school and I honestly thought that she was adorable. She may have had an over optimistic view of the world but I think that’s a good trait to have anyway. A lot of the time, protagonists that like fairytales can be a little daydreamy or obsessive about fantasy but I didn’t find that with Emily. The producers and writers definitely didn’t over do it like in usual shows. I was in love with Emily as a character straight away!

I am a twenty-two year old so I expect that the anime was aimed for younger people. I realised this a few minutes in. All the characters seemed to be younger and have higher voices than myself. I wish I watched this show while I was growing up as I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more than but it was definitely still enjoyable as an adult.

Emily has to introduce herself to the class but her anxiety makes her struggle to get the words out and she forgets what she wanted to say, so a very loud girl named Kelsey takes over and introduces Emily to the class. Then, some other female classmates speak up and compliment Emily. These students then introduce themselves in front of the class to Kelsey and Emily and Emily realizes that these girls were the other magical girls in her dream. I found this part funny but also a little awkward. In reality, no new student would have to introduce themselves nor would another student be allowed to go to the front of the class to shout about the new student. Maybe I just went to a really strict school but in my school, we had to raise our hands before we could speak.

After Emily’s introduction, Emily stumbles upon a fantasy land in the library. While in the fantasy land, Emily learns that a group of girls were prophesied to to defeat the evil Emperor Nogo, who wishes to take all happy endings from the world.

After she leaves the library, Emily heads home but notices a wolf in the sky named Ulric who is sucking all the hopes, dreams and happy ending from the civilians. Emily then transforms into a magical girl and fights Ulric. This was my favourite part as I like watching a magical girl do her stuff!

Disney

My Pre-Disney World Shopping List

It’s 2019 which means that it’s officially the year that I’m going to Walt Disney World in Florida.

I’m so excited as I have never been before. I have watched vlogs, ride experiences and character meets on YouTube but I still don’t really know what to expect.

That’s why I’m an over packer when it comes to travelling. I like to have everything just on the off change that there’s something I need.

As my trip to WDW gets nearer, it’s about time that I did some shopping to pick up some things that would look great on me or with me on my holiday.

Clothing

When at a Disney, it’s not allowed to cosplay as the characters just something called Disney-bounding is allowed. If you’re not familiar with Disney bounding then I recommend that you look it up because it looks like so much fun.

I have never Disney bounded before so this will be my first time so I need clothes that are versatile and also Disney themed.

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Accessories

What outfit is complete without accessories?! Am I right?!

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With that being said, I’m off to save some money instead of spending it for once so that I can then buy myself all these things for Walt Disney World.

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