New Yoga Blog!

I’m very excited to announce I started a new blog today!

This blog will always be available, I’m not deleting it, I just won’t be as active on it anymore. I’ve wanted to create a blog following my yoga journey for a while now, and today I finally did it! It would mean a lot to me if you could follow, if you are at all interested.

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I will still post positivity on this blog whenever I can, but I’m very excited to write more about my journey towards becoming a yoga teacher!

Thank-you very much!

Becca x

Moments

At the age of 15, I woke up one morning and had a realisation. I had been wasting a lot of my time feeling sad, angry and hopeless. That’s the only way I can explain it really, I literally just woke up with a brand new outlook on life. Before that day, I was so lost in my own head, all my problems feeling like the worst problems in the whole world. I didn’t realise how much bigger than me the world actually was. I didn’t realise that the problems I had would be nothing but a speck of dust in a few years. I woke up, and suddenly saw the bigger picture. Obviously, though, I still had so much to learn about the world. Fast forward 6 years, I’m still learning.

One of the things that came from this life-changing epiphany was really appreciating the small moments. Something I never used to do, since I was so trapped in my own head. Those moments where you’re laughing with your friends, or you’ve had a really good day, and are walking home with the sun on your back, feeling like ‘it can’t get much better than this’, you know the ones.

That epiphany is pretty much what formed photography into a hobby. Every single beautiful moment, I wanted to capture it. I wanted to keep it there, so it would never be forgotten. I think it has played a huge part in keeping my positive mindset going, through the good, and the bad of life. Which is why I am writing this for you today. I want to share some of the crappy, low quality little photographs taken on my phone, of those little moments that I have so much appreciation for. Just tiny little things that I see, and I snap. I thought it may help you to look out for them the next time you’re having a bad day, and really see them. These pictures aren’t good as such, but they are enough. So, here are my ‘moments’ 🙂

Clear Sky Sunset

ClearSky Sunset

ClearSky Sunrise

Cloudy Sky Sunsets

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Clouds in General 

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Clouds

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Sunlight Shining Through A Window

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The Little Sparkles of Life

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Raindrops on Glass 

Raindrops on glass

The Shadow of Trees (or trees themselves!) 

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I genuinely walk through life every day and notice all these little things, and often capture them. They make me feel better. They keep me knowing that I live in a beautiful world, despite the fact that some days can be bad. I hope this post helps inspire you to do the same. If it didn’t then I’m sorry about that, but thank-you for reading anyway.

‘Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.’

Happy blogging! 🙂

My Little Spring Walk!

Aloha friends! Right now, I am sitting in my bedroom and the weather outside my window is grey and dull. But this wasn’t the case at this point last week! We actually had a good few sunny, warm days in Scotland. Shocker, right? As the lack of good weather in this country can bring me down from time to time, I am not one to waste the warmth and sunshine! I was out full force, sunglasses, shorts and all, all 3 of the days. One of the days, I brought along my camera and managed to capture some beautiful moments. I made a similar post to this back in autumn, so I thought I’d make a spring edition! The return of sunshine and heat. (For 3 days!) These pictures are just moments that I found particularly beautiful. I was lost in nature and felt very connected to these moments, even though to a normal eye, they may not look very special. So, here are some photos from my little spring walk!

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No leaves on the trees yet! 

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Well, maybe a few! 

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My go-to place to take pictures is the reservoir about 10 minutes from my house. I often forget I live near such a beautiful area. There really is nothing like just sitting there, with the sun beaming down on you, relaxing to the sound of nature. True tranquillity

 

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Beautiful swan. 

 

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I love how the sun can shine down on certain things and make them glow. I love all the beautiful colours I saw during this moment. 

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SO much love for trees. 

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So there we have it! Some moments in nature that I managed to capture last week while I was out in the sunshine. It truly was a beautiful day, and these photos will bring me back to it whenever I want. That is why I take pictures. I’ve also made it a vow to visit the reservoir more often. I look at lots of pictures on Pinterest of massive lakes and fir trees, and think it would be wonderful to live in a place with so much of that. I keep forgetting that I technically live 10 minutes away from a miniature  version of what I’m looking at! Beautiful.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this and look at my pictures, I hope they inspired you to find the beauty in your area! Have a lovely day, namaste!  🙂

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Happy Spring! 

It’s a little belated, but happy Spring! I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like this Winter has been a veery long one!

I’m so happy Spring is finally here. I had a bit of a rough winter, my motivation was down, I wasn’t writing on this blog anywhere near as much as I used to, and I wasn’t even really practising my yoga! Yikes. I feel like having more light in a day makes a huge difference to the way I feel. I’m so excited about walking to work in the morning, and it being light. I’m so excited about the weather getting warmer, walking home at night and seeing the sunset. I thought I’d share some of my spring goals, as every day I’m always working to keep my life as positive as possible.

1. Go on more walks. 

I love walking! Even in the winter. Even when the weather isn’t perfect. I especially like taking my camera out with me when going on walks. Even on a very basic walk, you can capture beautiful moments that may never be there again. But I’d say my spring goal with walking is to be riskier! By that I mean go walking in areas I’m not so familiar with, do more climbing ect. Really see the beauty of the area in which I live in!

2. Keep drinking water. 

I’ve recently been making it an every day goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I used to get headaches pretty regularly, and considering they’ve pretty much stopped since I started the water goal, I can pretty much guess what was causing them! It feels really good getting my share of water during the day, and I’ve noticed my urges to snack haven’t been as severe either. Definitely something I want to keep up, and would highly recommend!

3. Practice yoga outdoors.

This one is something I haven’t tried yet! I’ve been practising yoga for just over a year now, and it has always just been in my bedroom or in the studio. Once the weather gets better, I want to get my mat and bring it to my back garden! I have a feeling I’ll really love practising with the sound of nature at my side. I didn’t do this last year because I’d only just started yoga and didn’t want people who might see to judge me, but my care is gone in that area! Yoga is absent of judgement.

4. Keep up with the healthy(ish) eating. 

The reason I’ve written ‘healthy-ish’ is because my diet varies from day to day! One day will be filled with fruits, the next will be filled with chocolate. I’m still young enough to enjoy sugar filled treats, but I’ve recently started tracking calories and nutrition, just to make sure I don’t go overboard! Keeping an eye on what’s in my food helps me make better choices, and feels better too! That being said, it’s Easter at the moment and luckily, even at age 20, my family still feel the need to buy me chocolate eggs! So this goal miiiight be a little slippy, for this week only, I promise! 😉

5. Decorate my room. 

I have been wanting to turn my room into a happy, peaceful meditation space for aaaaages now, but just haven’t had the motivation to do it! I’d say Spring is the season for it. Everything is sunny, new things are being born, what’s more motivating than that? I have loads of great ideas for decorations and creative little quirks. Really need to make the time for it! I imagine it will be worth it! 🙂

So these are my goals this Spring! I trust myself to follow through on them. Feel free to let me know yours in the comments, along with anything you love about Spring! I know there’s lots of things for me. Have a lovely day folks, and thank-you for reading! 🙂

Happy 1st Birthday to my Blog! 

I just thought I would make a quick little post to mark the fact that exactly a year ago today I made my first ever blog post! Titled ‘Happiness‘, a perfect opener to what my blog was to be all about! 

I’ve really loved having a blog. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my inspiration with you all, and having you share yours with me! It’s a great way to meet like-minded people and fill your life with more positive vibes. And to each and every single person who has read any of my posts, follower or not, thank you so much, and I will continue using my beautifully ordinary life to bring positivity to others. Here’s to another year of blogging! Happy March! 

So, so much love, 

Becca x 

My Mindfulness Tips

“Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a lovely day so far. Today, I’m going to write a little bit about mindfulness, and how I use it in my everyday life to take control of anxiety and stress. I’ve written about mindfulness before, but in this post, I’m going to go into a little more detail about the methods I actually use in day-to-day moments, and how they help me when I’m feeling not quite right. They might seem a bit obvious, but I just wanted to share them anyway, just in case they spark up something you may not have thought of before!

Two minutes a day- mindful breathing.

Take two minutes out of a day just to be still. Lie down in a comfortable position on your bed, or anywhere that’s comfy for you. Close your eyes, and pay particular attention to your breathing. Let go of all your thoughts, and bring yourself completely to the present moment. If you find that your mind starts to wander, then that’s okay, completely normal, just keep bringing yourself back to the present. Relax your arms, hands, fingers, your legs, feet, and toes. Feel your belly fill up as you breathe in, and empty as you release, and breathe out. I like to breathe through my nose, paying particular attention to the feeling of the air touching the top of my lips as I breathe out. Stay like this for two minutes, or longer if you can, before bringing yourself back up. You’ll find that this will channel your emotions, and leave you feeling a lot more relaxed and focused. This mindful breathing is also often done during and at the beginning of  yoga practice. (My favourite thing!)

Mindful walking. 

When you’re on a walk, it can be really relaxing to focus on your breathing and your surroundings. Slow down your breathing, and really listen to the noises of the world. Listen to the singing of the birds, and the noises of the wind against the trees. Feel the wind blowing against your face, and your skin. Through your hair, and your clothes. If there are cars nearby, listen to them too. Listen to how they get louder as they approach, and quieter as they pass you and drift away. If you can hear voices in the distance, really hear that noise too. All while breathing slowly in, and out. Maybe brush your hand against some leaves, or the bark of a tree. This really brings you right into the present moment, and out of your own head. It brings you a new appreciation for your surrounding areas, and for life itself.

Mindful eating.

We all love food, don’t we? I’ve found that practising mindfulness has given me a whole new way to appreciate food. Most of the time, we hurry what we eat, (I know I do!), and then we end up feeling like it was over too quickly. Mindful eating is a way to slowly enjoy and appreciate eating the food. My example will be something small ,just a little slice of chocolate. Instead of just crunching and swallowing the chocolate, hold it on your tongue for a few seconds and let it melt a little. Swish it around in your mouth for a few seconds before you start chewing, just to spread the taste all around your mouth. That way, just one tiny little piece of chocolate has become a total taste explosion in your mouth! How brilliant. My favourite things to do this with are chocolate, and really, really buttery toast. Yummy!

Finally, listening to music mindfully.

Music is great for many things. This includes daydreaming. I daydream to music all the time! It’s totally fine to do this. However, when you’re feeling anxious, maybe your own head isn’t the best place to be. That’s where being mindful of the music helps. I find slow music works best for this technique, but it can be done to any kind of music,really. To do this, do everything I talked about in the first tip, mindful breathing, but on top of that, really listen to the music. Let the sound of it fill your ears. Listen to the instruments, the voices, how they all combine into one noise. Pay attention to how it makes you feel, and be mindful of that emotion. Whether positive or negative, it is just an emotion, and it does not have any control over you. You are in the present, listening to the beautiful music, and breathing peacefully.

So there we go! Four little ways I use mindfulness in everyday life to calm myself down and take back control. Feel free to try any of them and see if they help. Mindfulness isn’t every ones cup of tea, I know, but it has helped me get through some hard and stressful moments that occur in every day life. If you find that it is your cup of tea, yay! I hope it helps you, and there are millions of websites out there with coaching and even more techniques!

Thank you so much for reading this post! If you liked it, feel free to give me a follow for similar posts about positivity and everyday life! Aloha, and have a nice day! 🙂

It’s Okay to Be the Odd One Out

Hello!

So about a month ago, I started volunteering for Greenpeace! A pretty big thing of me to do, as I’ve never really done anything like it before. There’s so many exciting things I can take part in, but for now, I am just attending meetings to learn and build my confidence up. You’re probably wondering what the hell that has to do with this post, right? The reason I mentioned it is because during meetings I’ve met all these amazing people, with the same interests and beliefs as me. And in the last meeting, during a discussion about the human obsession with material objects, and there was a lot of talk about feeling like ‘the odd one’ when speaking about these kind of things out with the group.

This spoke to me because my whole life I’ve felt particularly odd. I don’t identify with the worlds obsession with getting the next best thing, or looking like the next best thing. I don’t identify with my age groups obsession with clubbing. (Not that there’s anything wrong with it) Like the quote ‘Dance like nobody’s watching, and love like it’s never going to hurt’, I have always danced like an idiot when my favourite song came on with hardly any thought to the people looking at me. When somebody is amazing, I let them know. No matter how weird they find me. Because in my opinion, life and time go by quicker than I can even comprehend at times, and we should grasp every moment we can, properly, without falling into the worlds hollow traps that get you stuck in a whirlwind of self hate and pity.

What I’m trying to say is, I’m okay. And I will continue to be okay. I was sitting in this meeting with lots of other people just like me, all okay. There is nothing wrong with being the odd one out. You see the world differently, you have never not done anything for fear that it would make you ‘uncool’, because in your head, those labels don’t exist. There is nothing wrong with you, and you will be okay. You are not alone. You are not a freak. You are awesome! And I salute you.

I should also say that I really don’t mean to offend anyone with this post, I love everyone equally and I’m not trying to say any one type of person is better than anyone else here. I’m simply trying to cheer up my fellow odd ones out! I know I used to feel odd a lot when I was a teenager and sometimes it was really hard not to slip into the same boat as others. Because yes, it might be easier if nobody makes fun of you, but then you wouldn’t be you, and that is not okay. Always be yourself!

Just a short post today based on the small bout of inspiration I got from this meeting. I’m working on some other things, and I’m starting to get my inspiration  back so hopefully more posts will keep flying in! I hope everyone has had a good 2016 so far, and thank you for reading.

Peace & Love 🙂