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0 In Mind Yourself/ Wellness

We Are Here For Roz Purcell Pushing Back Against Instagram’s Negative Influence

Roz Purcell Is Fighting Back Against Instagram's Negative InfluenceScrolling. Scrolling. Scrolling. It’s addictive, you know you could be doing so many more productive things with your time, but you’re stuck. Few people remain who haven’t been sucked into Instagram’s deep dark hole of gawking at the lives of those who seem to have it all. The perfect face, the enviable body, the endless getaways to the other side of the globe. Instagram is all about projecting your best moments, best angles and best self to the world. We continue to follow the footsteps of these people, be it celebrities or those who just appear more fortunate than us. But how does this really make us feel? The constant comparing is exhausting.

 

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I remember the first time I noticed my stretch marks probably like 11 or 12, I was like i don’t remember my cat scratching me 😂. A few months of noticing more and more I was like this is so cool I have all these reptile markings no one else has & showing them off 😂 .

As i grew up, went to secondary I realised it was something I shouldn’t think was so cool or show, no one in magazines had them I never noticed them on anyone else, it was not normal or considered beautiful. Even now it’s rare you see an unedited photo in a magazine I’m like how is that girls butt so smooth 😂. It hasn’t been until now the past two years I can confidently walk passed someone in a bikini or shorts and not cringe inside thinking that they’re probably looking at all my stretch marks and cellulite.

Maybe it’s age( most likely) but you realise if someone is doing that they’re 1. A nob 2. A nob. Stretch marks are normal, we all have them, big or small they’re part of me & they’re here to stay! Ps. Got a few replies on stories early like you know what you need to do to get rid of them ”x, y&z” sorry babes I don’t have time or the dedication to massage my but in some super oil for 30 mins before bed sure I’d slip out onto the floor🤣 #stretchmarks #mybodyismine

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Instagram vs. Reality

You may be familiar with Irish model-turned fitness/health guru Roz Purcell (@rozannapurcell on Instagram). A while back, she uploaded an image to Instagram that garnered quite a bit more attention than her usual photos of her recipes from her “Natural Born Feeder” recipe book, of her flaunting her gym gear, or photos of her adorable Jack Russell, Willy.

The series of shots show firstly the perfect picture, the “instagram worthy” shot. Swipe left and she shows us the ones deemed by society as not good enough. Un-posed as she frolics on the beach she looks less like her picture perfect self and more like any one of us. Her caption promotes a powerful message to everyone out there who finds it difficult to separate real life from life online, “This is the highlight reel”.

Sometimes we may forget the 50 or more other pictures that came before the perfect shot. We show our best angle, we get the best lighting possible and even then that doesn’t seem to be good enough when we then go and play around with filters for another 15 minutes.

 

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The reality of getting a photo on a wooden swing when your arse is scalded 😂 #instagramreality

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Everyone Has Insecurities. Everyone.

It may be hard to believe when looking at Roz that she too can have her insecurities. She admits to having struggled with body image for most of her life during her modelling years. Conscious of her dimples and rolls, she has learned to acquire a carefree attitude that I think we could all do with taking on. 

I myself have followed Rozanna Purcell on Instagram for quite a while now, something about her just felt like a breath of fresh air, she felt a lot more authentic and genuine compared to some of the others on the app. Unlike many of the big stars with perfect bodies on Instagram who promote ridiculous weight-loss teas and supplements in order to make themselves a few extra bob, Roz has written her own recipe book, full to the brim of simple and most importantly healthy meals. Roz is a force to be reckoned with, not afraid to hit back at the body shammers and doing things a little differently.

 

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Step Away From The Phone

If your Instagram feed is making you feel bad about yourself, do your mental health a favour and have a declutter. We are all too wrapped up in the social media bubble, filtering not only our photos, but our true selves to conform to societies idea of perfection. 

The internet and social media has played a huge part in not only how we view ourselves but in how we present ourselves to others. Be it friends or even strangers, most of us pick and choose what part of ourselves we want to put on show to the world. When we see the best part of other people’s lives we forget that it is not a realistic representation of real life. Look at yourself and your own social media pages, we are ALL guilty of putting our best selves out there.

And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that, but when it comes to a point where a picture is having a negative effect on how you view yourself or the life you live, remember that those photos only show a minuscule insight into that person’s life. There is a lot more to us that what is on our social media pages, FACT. 

Read More: Could Influencers Please Stop Photoshopping?

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0 In Travel

Summer Getaways – My Top 5 2019 Destinations

Top 5 2019 DestinationsOkay, so I know it’s still only February, but I can’t be the only one who is ready to ditch their winter wardrobe and start browsing bikinis. Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a post-leaving cert celebration or a getaway with the girls, NOW is the best time to start planning in order to bag the best bang for your buck. Here are my top 5 2019 destinations I recommend this summer…

1. Budapest 

Budapest has grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are good reasons why. When booked early, return flights to Budapest in late June/July range from €150-€200 maximum for 1 week, which is pretty good as it is peak season. You’ll never run out of things to do in Budapest. From the beautiful architecture to the thermal baths, once you get to Budapest, you may never want to leave. Be warned.

 

 

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such a beautiful day x blue lagoon x – – – 

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2. Iceland

Having recently just ticked this on off the bucket list myself, I cannot recommend visiting this country enough. However, one thing I will say is that if you are hoping to travel to Iceland, you will need to prep in advance. And by prep I mean SAVE SAVE SAVE. I had always heard it was an expensive country, but don’t think I really realised just how expensive. It can be done on a budget however by doing things like your own food shop rather than eating out every night. Unless you can afford to pay between €13-€15 for soup, in that case, live it up! The scenery is unbelievable and the Blue Lagoon is just as amazing as it looks in pictures. The weather is a bit like Ireland; unpredictable. Do plenty research before you go!

Read More: Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

3. Malta

Ah, Malta. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches, explore the winding streets through the city, take a day trip to some of the surrounding islands such as Gozo and have a go at some cave diving then visit the Ggantija Temples – they pre-date the Egyptian pyramids! Malta does not seem to be overly-expensive either, hooray! I don’t know about you, but I’m already planning a one-way trip. 

 

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Some nights I wish I could go back in life. Not to change shit, just to feel a couple things twice. ~ Drake, 6pm in New York

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4. Positano, Italy

The postcard-perfect colourful town of Positano in Italy along the Amalfi Coast has been slowly growing in popularity. The town is beaming with idyllic beaches, little boutiques and amazing food. This location is perfect for a lai-back holiday retreat. If you’re the type who prefers to stay busy on your holidays rather than relax, why not hike along God’s Path, or visit some of the other towns nearby. As Positano is becoming increasingly touristy, if you would rather visit the city minus the hustle and bustle, consider visiting during the off-peak season – it’s still just as breathtaking outside the summer months.

 

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Pretty sure most of this ice cream ended up on my hand instead of my mouth 🍦✨🍨☁️

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5. Croatia

If I could pack up my belongings in the morning and move anywhere in the world, it would probably be Croatia. The town of Zadar may be overshadowed by its capital Zagreb and others like Dubrovnik and Split, but don’t let it slip under the radar. Cobbled streets, located by the seaside and scorching summers are not all they have to their advantage, the people are helpful and friendly too which is always a bonus when going somewhere you are unfamiliar with. While staying in Zadar and you take a boat trip out to one of the many surrounding islands or visit some of the national parks such as Plitvice or Krka. Best of all, Croatia won’t break the bank and while I was there, affording to eat out every night of the week was never an issue. Definitely one you will need to add to your travel list.

What are your Top 5 2019 Destinations?

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0 In Fashion

Fashion Forecast: Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2019

With winter drawing to a close, for most it means throwing away the winter coats and wooly jumpers. For us Irish though, we don’t exactly have the climate where we can afford to put away the winter clothes for another year, but we can still get excited for the upcoming trends coming our way in the spring and summer months. 

Bike Shorts

Whether you love them or loathe them, cycling shorts will be staying around for a while longer. They made their appearance on the runways of Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Prada. Cycling shorts will be your new favourite wardrobe piece, comfy, versatile and best of all cheap (for the most part). For your casual everyday look just team with an oversized tee, chunky trainers and you’re good to go!

 

Jumpsuits

Now this is one item I was very happy to see on the runways. What’s not to love about a jumpsuit? When the weather starts to get that little bit warmer a flowy, lightweight fabric jumpsuit is the perfect go-to. Worn with trainers and a cropped denim jacket for a daytime look but can take you straight to nighttime simply with a pair of heels. Cute AND practical.

Shop The Look:Mustard Contrast Stripe Bandeau Culotte Jumpsuit

Raincoats

One item especially suited to us Irish folk and our extremely unpredictable weather; the raincoat. An essential item of clothing fo us, and now seen across many runways in all shapes and colours. One that reoccurred was the see-through plastic raincoats on the Marc Jacobs and Fendi fashion shows. Expect to see a lot of statement raincoats in shops soon!

Shop The Look:Yellow Cobie Holographic Rain Mac

The Tailored Suit

Not exactly a new trend, but one that is here to stay a bit longer. The return of the suit is here and this time it is in an array of vivid colours; citrus shades and eye-catching hues of pinks and blues. If you’re not confident enough to go for the full tailored suit look, you can still be on-trend by just adding a blazer with a pop of colour to your wardrobe. Bonus points for neon colours!

Handbags

Handbags really did steal the show across this years catwalks. From quirky patterns and geometric shapes, there were styles to cater to everyone. Get ready for your bag to become your statement piece over the coming months! Here are just a few of the bags that graced the catwalks of some of the biggest designers and how you can get the look yourself.

What Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2019 are you loving?

0 In Music

Music Year In Review & Who To Look Out For In 2019

Music Year In Review & Who To Look Out For In 2019

2018 was another huge year for music. We saw the emergence of some amazing new raw talents as well as the return of some of our favourites artists.

The beginning of the year we witnessed Dua Lipa’s domination over the pop world, releasing hit after hit with the likes of “IDGAF” and her Calvin Harris collab “One Kiss” being our summer anthem. She was an unstoppable force.

The Arctic Monkeys released their first album since 2013, and we also saw the growing popularity of hip hop artists such as Cardi B, Post Malone and Drake.

The artist with the biggest impact in the charts in 2018 was arguably Ariana Grande. Her music released later in the year had the biggest influence, with tracks like “Thank U, Next” becoming the fastest song in Spotify history to surpass 100 million views. Meanwhile the iconic, star-studded music video broke YouTube records for being the most viewed music video within 24 hours of its release.

Sadly, 2018 came with both its ups and downs, with the loss of many great artists, from rapper Mac Miller, to the legendary Aretha Franklin, to DJ and producer Avicii.

With the year drawing to a close, here’s who to look out for in 2019…

 

Tom Grennan

2018 was a great year for the 23 year old British singer songwriter. Still riding off the popularity from his previous releases such as “Something in the Water” & “Found What I’ve Been Looking For”, this year saw the release of his debut album Lighting Matches and sold out shows across the UK and Ireland. Currently in the studio working on his 2nd studio album, I’m confident it will be another big record, maybe this time with a little more recognition.

 

Khalid

Not exactly new on the scene but definitely not one who will be fading into the background any time soon. His pop anthems are laced with 80’s synths and this year saw his collabs with the likes of Shawn Mendes and Halsey. Check out his latest EP “Suncity” for some chilled, somber melodies with an R’n’B influence.  

 

Dermot Kennedy

Our own homegrown talent and who is making a name for himself in Ireland and across the pond. Despite not having yet released an album he’s selling out shows all over the world and has been dubbed by YouTube as one of the artists destined for success in 2019 after having made their “Ones To Watch” list. His raspy voiced teamed with folky guitar strings is enough to make anyone to become hooked. Make sure to listen to the powerful tune “Glory”, you’ll be happy you did. 

 

Lewis Capaldi

Describing himself as a “chubby guy who sings sad songs” is, while self depreciating, also kinda true. The 21 year old Scotland native released his first single “Bruises” with great success, garnering almost 93 million plays on Spotify at present. 

 

Ella Mai

The Londoner R’n’B singer brings a retro vibe to her songs and she’s definitely one to keep an eye on for the coming year. “Naked” will give you all the feels.

 

Drax Project

A 4 piece band from Wellington, New Zealand, who first gained attention with their cover of Macklemore’s Thriftshop. Intertwining their pop sound with elements of electronic drum & bass, their sound is unique and their 2017 single “Woke Up Late” has all the factors of a summer bop.

 

Bülow

The German born singerreleased her first EP “Damaged: Vol 1” in 2017 with a follow up EP “Damaged: Vol 2”. Her alternative/pop sound is addictive, listen to “Not A Love Song”, and thank me later. 

 

Sigrid

Chances are you have already heard of the name floating about, and it’s not surprising why. 2018 was a huge year for the young Norwegian singer. She spent her year playing shows and festivals across the world, while her songs were blasted among every radio station in the country. Next year she is expected to release her long awaited and highly anticipated debut album. She also plays her biggest Irish gig yet at the 3Arena next November. Grab a ticket if you can!

 

Soulé

Anothergrowing name who is flying the flag for Ireland. She recently played Longitude where her set was full of catchy pop tunes with impressive choreographed dance routines. “What Do You Know” and “Troublemaker” are her most popular songs on Spotify, both with well over 1 million listens. With immense potential we hope to see her make a bigger impact on the Irish music scene in 2019.  

0 In Lifestyle

19 Things To Do/Try In 2019

19 Things To Do/Try In 2019Here are 19 things to do/try in 2019 to make it the best year ever!

  1. Get your sleep schedule in check & become a morning person – I know, I know. It’s easier said than done to click out of Netflix when you’re 7 seasons deep in Friends, but your health will thank you. Sleep is something a lot of us can easily neglect, but try not to forget about all the benefits it can have on your mind and body. From being good for your heart, to spurring creativity; having a look into just some of the benefits might help you put the phone away a little bit earlier each night. In my first year of college I fell into the dark hole, waking up at 1pm and never using my hours quite as productively as I should have. But I made a conscious decision to force myself, as difficult as it was, to get up at 7am. And believe it or not now I’m not quite sure how I managed without those extra few hours in the morning.
  2. Learning a new skill – If you’re still in school/college it can be difficult to dedicate time to learning something new. But take cooking for example, why not start off by trying to cook yourself just one new meal a week? Or if cooking isn’t your thing but something like photography is, try being more conscious of your surroundings and snap some pictures whenever you can. Even if it’s just for fun or making for a very aesthetically pleasing Insta!
  3. Plan a getaway – Whether it’s a weekend away, a holiday abroad or simply a day out, plan something with your friends or your family. It’s always good to give yourself something to look forward to. 
  4. Go to a concert you wouldn’t usually go to – Grab a friend or a group and go to a concert of a genre you might not usually attend. Let’s face it, live music is great and something like this can be so much fun! It doesn’t have to be a big gig where you fork out €50 on a ticket, try attending in one of the smaller venues for a change from your standard night out.
  5. Do something for your mind – The start of a new year seems to always bring about the ambitions to lose weight or stick with a new gym routine, but seldom to take up habits that benefit our mental health. Try doing meditation a few times a week, or if it’s even just taking 10 minutes out of your day to do something which calms you (preferably not technology related!) then that will be a step in the right direction too. 
  6. Buy a planner, and USE it! – We all are guilty of owning about 10 different notebooks, buying them purely because of the cute cover and never really finding a use for it. But some studies have shown that the simple to-do list is actually hugely effective and helps your productivity. The tasks don’t have to be big, in fact it’s probably better starting out small, and make sure to tick them off as you go along. It may sound silly but the act of completing a task and checking it off has a positive effect on the mind, helping you remain focused and productive.
  7. Read a new book – Whether it’s reading for pleasure to distract your mind from life’s stresses or a self-help book, pick up one you think you may enjoy or learn something from. Make a conscious effort to set aside some time in the evening or a certain number of pages to read each day. 
  8. Try a new food – Throw back those oysters and taste those extra spicy chicken wings – be brave! You might find your new favourite food.
  9. Be savvy – Being more conscious of your spending is something that can only bring benefits. Try gathering any loose change and putting it into a jar for a rainy day. If you have a bigger, more steady income why not set up a bank transfer to take a % of your paycheck every week or month? 
  10. Break a bad habit – Biting your nails or consuming too much sugar, there’s no time like the present to try kick your bad habits. 
  11. Be in control of yourself – Become more aware of your emotions and how you feel/react to certain situations. You are in control of your reaction to things and while you can’t choose the situations you find yourself in, you can play a part in the outcome. Be in charge of your emotions and the rest will follow.
  12. Don’t feel obliged to please everyone – At the end of the day the person who matters most is you. By no means am I promoting an attitude of selfishness, but remember you don’t have to put others before yourself and please everyone. Do what’s best for YOU.
  13. Start giving back – Instead of just throwing what you consider old or useless clothes into the bin, drop them off at your local charity shop where someone may appreciate them more than you know. You could also try volunteering at a local dog shelter, not only are you giving help where it’s needed but think of ALL THE PUPPIES! Heaven. 
  14. Get moving – Not necessarily saying you have to enroll yourself in HIIT classes (high intensity interval training), but at least try hitting your 10,000 step count each day. 
  15. Declutter – Set aside a few hours to sort out your room and get rid of any unnecessary clutter. Try not end up sitting on your floor for hours going through all the items you forgot you had. Chances are, if you forgot you even had it, you probably don’t need it. And if you haven’t worn something in the past 3 months, maybe it’s time to let someone else give it a new lease on life. Not only will decluttering help you feel so much more organised, organised homes are linked with less stressed, healthier, and happier people. 
  16. Build a capsule wardrobe – This is something that is a work in progress for me. A capsule wardrobe basically means owning a few basic, essential items that never really go out of style, as a result it is easier to mix and match your items of clothing. You can still bring in seasonal trends but having a few basics instead of constantly impulsively buying is not only better for the environment, but better for your pocket.
  17. Get a taste for your dreams – Lacking motivation in regards to where you want to get in your career/life? Give yourself a taste of what it is you want. Want to get into journalism? Try get some work experience at your local newspaper or radio station or give us a shout at missy.ie! If you’re dreaming big and aiming for the finer things in life, spend a night in a swanky hotel or eat out in a fancy restaurant. Put yourself exactly where you want to be, and pretend you’ve already made it!
  18. Have a digital detox – This is one I will definitely be giving a go myself. As something that has probably crossed everyones minds, the amount of time we spend glued to our phones and laptops is pretty worrying. If you can turn off your phone for just an hour a day and give yourself a break from social media and technology in general, it will do you the world of good. 
  19. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions – How many times have you dreaded doing something, only to later say to yourself “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be…”? Probably a lot. Fear comes to us all, but some of us are better at pushing through it than others. In 2019, take small steps to push yourself outside your comfort zone and conquer your fears. 

What’s on your list of things to do/try in 2019?

0 In Hobbies & Interests/ Movies & TV

Should We Be Banning Disney Princess Movies?

The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, one if not all of these movies bring every girl back to when they were little and the excitement they had over their favourite Disney Princess. Hell, even now at 22 years of age I’d still get excited to curl up on the sofa and rewatch the classic Disney Princess movies! Someone who may not be so keen to do the same is Keira Knightly…

Banned

Keira Knightley, mother to her 3 year old daughter recently announced while on the Ellen DeGeneres show that she will be banning her 3 year old from watching certain Disney movies as she believes they are sending unhealthy messages to young girls. She justifies her statement by  criticising how the Princesses wait around for men to come rescue them, which doesn’t sit well with Knightley who is clearly very much about women’s empowerment. But is this taking it a step too far?

As a little girl, what was it that stuck with you? Speaking for myself I know that as a little girl I didn’t take away a message of women being weak and hopeless without men before they came to their rescue. I remember the catchy songs and loveable characters, from Sebastien in the Little Mermaid to The Genie in Aladdin. However, she has said she’s “team Frozen” and is also happy to let her watch Moana. 

Do Disney Princess Movies Really Impact Us?

Perhaps one of Keira Knightley’s most well known roles was when she played Elizabeth Swann in Disneys The Pirates of the Caribbean, her character being somewhat of a damsel in distress, ironically. Will she ban her daughter from watching that movie too? I think in the sudden surge of feminism and the encouragement of women to be independent and powerful, things may be getting a little bit excessive. I don’t believe that any of the movies I watched growing up had much of an impact on who I am as a person today, and I don’t think letting your child watch Disney Princesses will have a negative effect on them.

For myself, Disney movies were a childhood staple, just because I watched Ariel give up her voice for a Prince didn’t mean I would make equal sacrifices for a guy when I got older. Disney seem to be making improvements in this area with the release of movies such as Moana and Brave where the representation of female characters is more positive as they have more leader-like qualities, hence why Moana is in the good books with Knightley.

Disney 4 Life!

This isn’t to be misinterpreted that I too don’t encourage women to be strong, influential and competent, but maybe if you want to teach your children about feminism and being independent, I think there are better ways to approach it, and coming for Disney films probably isn’t the place to start. 

What are your thoughts on the subject? Has she taken it a step too far or does she make some fair points? Have your say in the comments down below!

0 In Lifestyle

The Law of Attraction Part 2: Creating Your Own Vision Board

In my last article I introduced you to The Law of Attraction and laid down the basic concepts of it. One of the useful (and fun) ways to implement the Law of Attraction into your life is by creating a “vision” or “mood” board. It is one of the most valuable tools for visualisation. Try thinking of the collage as a picture of your future. It should depict your dreams and goals and it needs to make you emit positive feelings when you look at it. Creating your perfect vision board takes time and shouldn’t be something you rush to complete. So set aside a few hours, get comfy, make a cuppa and let’s get into how to create your vision board!

Step 1

The first thing you are going to need to get is a cork board. Cork boards are ideal as by using pins they make it easier to add/remove images over time instead of gluing an image down to a piece of paper only to want to get rid of it if you decide you no longer want it or if it has already manifested. I picked up a cork board from Woodies for only €5.50, but most arts and craft stores should have them too.

Step 2

Sit down and think about what it is you want on your vision board. Really try to narrow it down to some of your main wants. Too many images can be overwhelming and mean you don’t fully focus in on your goals. Try to resist adding pictures just to add to its aesthetic or to fill up space! Don’t be conscious of what other people will think about your vision board. Add a picture of that mini cooper you want. Add the name of the company you want to get that job with, this is about YOUR goals.

Step 3

Once you have a fair idea of what you want, you can browse through some magazines and get some cut outs from there. I prefer using websites like Pinterest (give us a follow @missydotie) or even just Google Images, so I can specifically search for what it is I want and just print them out. Your vision board is going to be placed somewhere where you are going to see it everyday so it’s important that it is visually pleasing.

A good idea would be to maybe get some inspo from other people’s boards on Pinterest or Tumblr. Perhaps sticking to a certain colour scheme of keeping it minimalistic whatever is appealing to YOU! Feel free to go ham if you want to, let your creativity flow, add glitter and fabrics if that’s what will bring you happiness when you see it and make you proud to display it! 

Step 4

Now that you’ve completed your vision board it’s time to pick a spot for it to be put on display and let your dreams manifest! Try putting it somewhere where you will be guaranteed to see it every single day. And to get the best use out of it try set aside a few minutes everyday to look over it and focus on the images and how they are making you feel.

Remember, in the Law of Attraction a huge emphasis is placed on how you feel. It’s all well and good adding a picture of the Louis Vuitton handbag of your dreams, but if looking at it evokes a feeling of lacking and makes you think about how you don’t have it now or how/when you will get your hands on it, remove the picture. You need to receive a feeling of happiness and excitement knowing of what is on its way to you. 

Glancing over the board before bed may be most effective. This is because the thoughts and images that are in your mind during the 45 minutes before you go to sleep are the ones that will replay themselves in your subconscious mind throughout the course of the night, and the thoughts and images that you start each day with will help you to create a vibrational match for the future you desire.

We’re off to make our vision board now…

That was pretty simple, right? If you really enjoy the creative process as much as I do perhaps down the line you could create two vision boards, one for short-term goals and one for long-term goals. Anyways, that’s all for this post, if you decide to create your very own vision board we would LOVE to see them! Give us a tag on any of our socials if you decide you get creative. 

Until the next one 🙂

0 In Wellness

The Law of Attraction: How To Shape Your Life

*note* the law of attraction is not based on religious beliefs, unless your faith is something you wish to bring into it yourself 🙂

The Law of Attraction is something I stumbled upon a few years ago after coming across a book that had belonged to my sister called The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes. The book contained words that have never left me to this day and many big names such as Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and even our very own Conor McGregor use the LOA. When I first began researching about the process it all made so much sense to me and I was so excited to learn how I can really use it to get what I want out of life!

All that we are is a result of what we have thought.

– Buddha

For anyone who has never heard of the LOA, put in its’ simplest terms it is a universal law that you attract what you think about, be it positive or negative. Due to the recent popularisation of the law it seems its’ meaning has become somewhat lost, with many people believing it is about simply thinking positive and you will bring whatever it is you want into your life. This unfortunately is not the case. We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control how we respond to them. It is a process of learning how to control your thoughts.

Here is an example to make it a little easier for you to understand; if you’re struggling with money chances are you will be complaining often saying “I need more money,” or “I’m so broke!” and therefore you don’t find more money as you continue to attract needing more money. Instead of saying “I wish I wasn’t so skint” say “I am wealthy” (even if you’re currently living off the Eurosaver menu). You must speak into existence that which you want and most importantly believe that what you ask for is actually coming. ALWAYS think and say what you want, NOT WHAT YOU DON’T WANT!

I’ll talk you through a few of the basic steps to get you started with the Law of Attraction.

Step 1: Be clear about what you want

If you’re starting out, I recommend beginning with something small. In The Secret, Rhonda Byrnes suggests asking the universe to see a feather as a way for you to test the LOA. Ask, and then don’t ask again. Don’t worry if you don’t see it within an hour or even that day, just believe you will. I tried this when I first started out and yes, I saw a feather in my own home, randomly just appearing in my hallway. So, give it a go if you’re a bit skeptical!

Once you’re ready to ask for something a little more advanced, first sit down and really think about it and why you want it, and be specific, this is very important.

Step 2: Ask

Just like with the feather, you ask for what it is you want and send your intention out into the universe. If you want to take this more seriously I would highly recommend creating a vision board. Not only are they fun to make, but creative visualisation has shown to be very effective in the LOA. Stay tuned for my next article where I talk you through making your very own vision board! 

Step 3: Believe

I know it may be hard but you must try not question how or when it will come to you. You just need to teach yourself to believe that have already have/own whatever it is that you asked for and most importantly feel what its like to have it. If you asked to get an interview for a particular job you want, visualise everything from the moment you get the phone call from them up until the moment you walk through their door and feel the excitement and nervousness that comes with that experience.

It sounds silly, but trust me, it works. During the process of waiting, avoid becoming disheartened if you don’t receive right away. Instead, take pen to paper and each day write down 5 things you are grateful for that day and read over them again before you go to bed. Gratitude is key in the LOA.

“The mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come” – Wallace Wattles

Step 3: Receive 

Now this is the best one, obviously! Now that you’ve achieved your goal your belief will only be stronger and you can continue to work on using these methods until it is just a way of life. The one motto you need to remember is thoughts become things!

 

If you would like to learn more in depth about the LOA I have a few book recommendations that I found very helpful:

  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes (she has a series of books in relation to the LOA such as The Power, The Magic etc)
  2. Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  3. The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard
  4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

If you’re not much of a bookworm then don’t worry cus I got you. I’m going to leave a link to a video of some famous celebrities talking about using the Law of Attraction that you might find interesting here.

Sam Ozkural is a YouTuber who has done a sort of mini-series on the Law of Attraction, she also does fitness and lifestyle videos which is how I originally came across her.

Thanks for reading guys, hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the next step of creating a vision board!

The LOA is not magic, it’s science

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Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Two years down, one to go. As I entered my final year of study at college I took a moment to sit down and think about how my spending habits have changed from my 1st year in college to now. I think it is safe to say I have learned a few tricks to help you save a few bob here and there, so I thought why not share with you? Even if you only save as little as €10 a week, it all adds up.

 

Tips For Saving Money In College

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #1 – Don’t overdo it on the weekly shop

This is something my mother used to constantly warn me about, and I really should have taken her advice sooner. Moving away from home and becoming independent means you have to fend for yourself, and feed yourself. It’s easy to get carried away when doing your food shop, thinking  ‘FINALLY, I can buy the food I actually WANT to eat! No more junk food, dream bod here I come!’. But the fact of the matter is college life is hectic, you wont always have time to cook a wholesome dinner each night, even though you think you will.

A lot of the food you buy will go straight back into the bin, and there is no worse feeling than seeing your money wasted like that. Instead, try buying foods you can get dinner out of for more than one night a week, or something as simple as going halves with your friend/housemate on dinner one or two nights a week can be a big help. Also, Lidl and Aldi will be your best friends. If one is not convenient to you, make sure to take advantage of the Dunnes Stores and Tesco loyalty cards!

 

Tip #2 – Invest in a flask

If you are anything like me and you require in and around 7 cups of coffee on a typical day then this will help you BIG TIME. I had gotten myself into an awful habit of buying coffees here and there without actually taking into consideration just how much they were setting me back a week. If I made my 9am lecture? Mocha as a reward. Hour off in between classes? Great time to grab a coffee. Walking home and hands getting a bit chilly? A coffee will heat them right up. But spending just €2.50 a day on a coffee meant I was spending €12.50 a week and €50 a month…ON COFFEE.

Instead, buy yourself a cute flask and fill it up with coffee or tea in the mornings, TK Maxx have a great range of them. Missy loves this But First, Coffe mug! Don’t try and stop cold turkey though, you can still treat yourself to that hazelnut latte…but try limit it to once a week.

 

Tip #3 – …and a lunchbox

If you know you’re going to have a long day in college then simply bring a packed lunch. For a while, I almost felt embarrassed about bringing in a packed lunch but soon you’ll realise it’s actually very common and really will do your purse a favour. Instead of spending €3/4 on a pre-packaged sandwich, bring your own along with some fruit or nuts for you to snack on to keep you feeling full for the day.

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #4 – Open a savings account

Now, most of you probably already have a savings account much like myself. However, my ‘savings’ account was actually used to fund my extreme addiction to online shopping as it was linked to my debit card, making it all just far too easy. The trick here is to keep this account along with opening another savings account, a real savings account.

If you’re with AIB and take advantage of their mobile banking app everything is right there in front of you. You can then use this app to transfer money from your debit account into the savings account, meaning you can’t just recklessly spend whatever money is on your card. Trust me when I say this little hack has done me the world of good! Bear in mind, I definitely still recommend to keep some dolla bills on your card in case of an emergency, or be sure to keep a small amount of cash on you.

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #5 – Make a Depop account

This is honestly one of the things that saved me during my incessant spending on clothes. If you’re unaware of the concept of Depop it is basically an app where you can buy and sell clothes. It has been around since 2011 but has really grown in the past 2/3 years. I am a huge fan of the app, it is safe so long as you purchase/sell through the app and you can find some amazing bargains there too! I used it as an extra little source of income and highly recommend you give it a go.

You can follow my Depop @idkveronica.

 

Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

Tip #6 – Budget for your night out

And most importantly, leave the card at home! The invention of contactless payment was created by the devil himself. So do yourself a favour, leave the card behind and avoid the absolute fear of waking up the next morning and having to check your bank balance. Instead bring cash, just enough for a drink or two inside the club, the taxi home and garlic chips if the food after a night out is a holy ritual for you, like myself.

Read More: Tips For Staying Safe On A Night Out

 

So, there you have it. Just a few of the small ways I’ve learned to save money without feeling like I’m making myself suffer, hopefully some of the tips are helpful to you.

Have you any tips for saving money in college?