I’ve been blogging for a little whilst now! So although I would call myself a Pro right now, I have definitely learnt a few things through experiences. As time has passed, my blogging skills have been changing, my writing style improving. But I definitely was not prepared for my Blogging Fail.
My heart stopped a second when I went to log into my WordPress dashboard to find that my site was being diverted to spam sites. I rang up my hosting, Who explained, websites have the same needs as computers and that I was lacking protection on my blog. I mean, am I being stupid? am I the only person that didn’t know my blog needed protection from viruses?
So, The reason this has happened, I hadn’t updated my software on my blog, It hadn’t been that long since my last login, BUT because I had an update waiting, a virus had been able to attack my site, and took over. There was nothing I could do other than letting the very helpful guys at GoDaddy fix my website there end!
My blogging fail nearly cost me my blog.
On top of a very crappy week, I was literally gutted, the thought of losing my content was devastating, and I really feel that I’ve been rather lucky to get it all back. Unfortunately, I hadn’t made a back up in months! I was told over the phone there was no guarantee that they would be able to fix the issue without wiping everything. I would have lost content!
so I have definitely learnt a major blogging lesson that I thought I needed to share! just in case I am helping someone not have this happen to them. Firstly! Back your blog up regularly! I’ve now set a monthly reminder on my phone to remind me its time to back it up! whilst also keeping up to date with updates! as out of date the software was the main cause of this nightmare!
I love Autumn. With the end of October looming upon us, you have to admit that this year we have been so lucky to have such beautiful weather. I mean It’s hardly rained at all! the sun continues to beam even now! which doesn’t feel the normal thing to be saying in October. I mean, I’m not wishing rainy crap British weather on us, but I’m appreciating the fact we haven’t had it, That’s OK, right?
Autumn is such a lovely time of the year, and it always seems like it doesn’t last very long before the winter period hits. So I thought it would make sense to take a moment to talk about why I love Autumn so bloody much! So here is my list of what I love about it, and why I think this is the best season!
The Leaves changed colour…
There is nothing more beautiful then going on a woodland walk in Autumn. This weekend was a perfect chance to get outside and go out see nature at its best! Plus Autumn trees and wildlife is when I have taken some of my best photos! Theres something really mood changing when you start seeing the leaves change, like an uplifter?
I am a complete sucker for when it comes to a coffee fix! especially when it comes to a Latte, no matter what time of the year, I mean it could be a boiling day and I still love a hot coffee. We all know that Autumn is here when Starbucks and Costa bring out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, or their Bonfire Spiced Latte. As soon as these hit the boards! I’m straight off the train heading to work and stopped by temptation most times to get one of these. It doesn’t help that both Starbucks and costa are next to each other opposite the train station, Its hard to avoid right?
As I’ve got older I have to admit the truth! I mean It kills me to say this, It really does, but it just Isn’t all about the pink any more! Horrifying I know! I have absolutely fallen In love with Autumn colours more and more recently! and Its brilliant! I love the Autumn tones that Nature brings, as the leaves change, but not just that! The Autumn season fashion! My wardrobe Is actually coming away from constant dark and boring, took long enough! Burnt colours, in Oranges, Reds, Yellows. OH and I love my new mustardy yellow Jumper!
It’s Pumpkin Season…
These lovelies are not just for halloween yanno! Although we will be carving out as a Hallow Eves treat! Pumpkin picking is so much fun, and we headed to Pickwell Farm this weekend to choose our own Pumpkin treats off the fields! it was an amazing atmosphere! and so many people using the opportunity to pose with their loved one, I mean yeah, we did! A few! I can not wait to attempt to make something out of this beauty! Ive always wanted to try and make my own pumpkin Soup!
Cosy up time…
My final important reason, with the weather starting to be colder its the perfect excuse for a night in. There is just a warm blissed feeling about being able to snuggle under a cosy blanket! with your favourite Film on (or a good book), Candles lit!, comfy PJs and Jigsaw puzzles! Perfect night in, can’t really argue with that hey?
There is just so much to do…
As soon as the end of September comes around seasonal activities are at there highest! and there is just so much to fit in!, Halloween, bonfire night, and then it will soon be Christmas! I love this time of year!
It’s time to start thinking of those winter goals!
So with the Winter Season looming, Christmas is coming around the corner fast! I’m planning to sit down soon and set some seasonal goals! I’m always mentioning that time is going by way too quickly! and with that being said I am not wanting to see opportunities pass untouched! I’m always looking for ideas and goals on things to do! so shout me in the comments with your Winter goals!
Hello Monday! every week you come around again. Even though we don’t really want that back to work feeling after a lovely chilled weekend. We all have that early morning wake up call on a Monday. 6:30 my alarm went off this morning, and I quickly hit the snooze button, actually, I hit that luxurious ‘SNOOZE’ more than a few times. Monday Motivation is upon us.
This particular Monday I am feeling extremely positive! probably where my Monday motivation has come from. Today especially marks a year of change, development, aspiration, not to mention a bucket list of goals that have been accomplished!
There is an importance to have motivation.
The days in our lives can slip between our fingers if we let them. Sometimes we won’t know that it has even happened until it is too late. Really it’s important to remember the actions and behaviours that have built where you are in life right now. It’s not about remembering a day, a moment, or a time. It is about learning from your mistakes. Using past experiences to work on a positive outcome for the rest of your life!
Do you ever scroll through Facebook and have a look at the ‘on this day’ memories that come up? If you are like me it will be an “Omg is that really what I was saying” or, “Can’t believe that was 5 years ago”. Not to mention the “Oh look I was ill again today last year as-well” (That’s a frequent one hey). I’ve realised how easy it really is to focus on a negative attitude. Which 9 times out of 10 have been mirrored from someone else. You then watch it kill the inspiration, and personality of a person.
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
When you have things that can get in the way like Anxiety, depression and an odd panic attack over something that 5 minutes later seems silly. Keeping yourself on the right track is really an important mind matter. It is easy for one person to call judgement on another, to slate every movement, every photo, every written word, and make it into something that is perceived in the wrong way. Not everyone will understand everything you do in life, but by staying motivated and true to yourself, your heading in the right direction.
This year we have been through the mill and back, but we’re coming out the other side stronger and better day by day. I and Em within the last month have both given up smoking! I’m finally getting made permanent at work. (which is proof in itself that persistence and determination works). The best thing is today we celebrate a year of life change, living, and goal setting for the future!
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Motivations starts here…..
Motivation is so important in life. We don’t really realise it or think about it because we never really miss it until it is gone. I can’t list the number of times I’ve used not feeling very motivated to do something as an excuse. There are so many ways to stay motivated. However, you don’t always need to go over the top to get your motivation back on track! When it comes to blogging I often sit in front of the laptop or a notebook for ages and achieve nothing!. I’ve now learnt a few tips and tricks for helping me stay on the path to positivity. I call it ‘I got my Mojo!’
5 things that help me stay motivated!
Never be afraid to put pen to paper…
At the end of the day, Laptops, phones and all these smarty gadgets that we have now. They haven’t always been around, and coming from a stationary obsessed girl, who has about a million notebooks and believe me that is never ever enough! weather your blogging, planning an event, keeping lists of things to remember, or just bored, a pen to a piece of paper can give. I and Em have been keeping a memory jar this year, writing down thoughts and memories to look back on when we’re ready! small things like that will keep a positive mind and value what you have now, keeping you motivated for what’s coming in the future!
Read … read…. and read some more!
When your feeling down or unsure what to do with yourself, have you ever tried looking through Pinterest, reading other people blogs or ideas? picking up a book and being inspired by a fictional character, or even a real person! (Hey Some of those self-help books aren’t that bad you know!)
Know your own worth!
I’m having a ‘de ja vu’ moment when I say this one! Literally I’ve been talking about this recently, but as a person, we never really realise how beautiful we are as just people! Always finding a way to think ourselves down. We are all criminal to this kinda thing. I’ve noticed in a lot of books and blogs I’ve been reading recently regarding anxiety and happiness that if you write down 1 positive thing a day about yourself, and read it every week, you will begin to learn your own value.
Stop worrying about what other people think
Well I personally know that when you have Anxiety worrying about what other people think is something that is a continuous fight! Not everyone has a positive nature about life, but just because you come across someone who gets a kick out of trying to knock someone down, doesn’t mean they are gonna win over you. When reading in the blogging networks I’ve joined the constant thing is, worrying about what others think. But, the moment you stop caring what everyone else is thinking your attitude will change! MASSIVELY! Who cares? I mean let us face it, you could be reading this blog right now thinking what an idiot I sound! but hey that isn’t gonna affect me, because I have stopped letting it, The empowerment in the phrase ‘I don’t care’ it is bigger then you think. Because the minute you let go! the minute you will start thinking so what, you are already winning. my #effyourbeautystandards post here is a brilliant point of this.
Know your limits
It’s ok for things not to go to plan every now and then, just because you are not feeling the creative vibe one day, doesn’t mean you are underachieving at whatever it is your doing. It’s just a bad 5 minutes! take a break, and then go back to your challenge with a fresh head! and a positive attitude. You get further that way! Your own mental health is what is important.
Set goals and smile as you reach them
If you were sat there thinking I’ve forgotten a massive motivation tip! you were wrong!, I just thought I’d leave the best for last! If you don’t set goals, what would you really be working towards in life? weather its a career or personal goal, unless your aiming high, your not going to be moving. I always try to set, yearly, monthly and weekly goals! Nothing drastic, but believe me it helps. Even using a planner to keep your goals! and set yourself tasks to keep you on track! it works! and planners are obsessively addictive! I mean you could have a massive goal but have many mini-challenges in the way before you reach that. Just remember the moment you achieve your goals just enjoy that buzz you get.
I hope you enjoyed this post and my slight rants. Enjoy your own Monday motivation!
This might be stating the obvious just a little bit right now but we have been really lucky with the sun making a visit to us the last few weeks. It’s amazing how much a little bit of vitamin D really makes the world seem a better place. The last few days have been slightly unbearable with the heat, BUT I am not moaning. The summer clothes are out and I’m loving it, iced coffees have also made a comeback and a new range of summer accessories! Whey. Summer is the perfect happy vibing for the year!
I have amazing friends and family, and one amazing girlfriend.
Ok so I’m not the only one who has an amazing abundance of people around them, and maybe I’m just bragging slightly. But it is so amazing to feel so happy. Over the last year my girl, my friends and my family have all rocks to me. As the summer season is on us weekend vibes truly have a new meaning to me. Weekends are packed with family visiting and fun in the sun. What more could anyone ask for?
Love island is so addictive.
I am so hooked on this years love island! Danni & Jack are so meant to be! That is all! Seriously! I and Em have been so hooked! I’m finding it so hard not to tweet about it every 5 mins.
I’ve set myself goals to achieve this month.
Ive always been a believer in goal setting and planning so this month I’ve started goal tracking and being even more planner obsessed then ever. I’m not gonna say a lot about this now! But watch this space! On a side note summer is the perfect time to start loosing weight as well. So being one of my goals! I can’t complain cause jacket potatoes and salads are totally my favourite.
The flowers! They’re beautiful.
Without even really realising. I’m such a nature freak. I love taking wildlife photos and photos of beautiful flowers. It’s the perfect time to do so. So I’m doing as much photography in as humanly possible. For me anyway. least it makes me happy.
My last happy note for this month at least…
I’ve finally got on top and sorted my photos out. Which also means I’ve finally sorted my photos from Bristol zoo! Well. It’s only been a month hey! Here are a few …
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