I sometimes feel like I have too many friends, throughout life we gain friends in everything we do. Every new job or school, going to university and moving to a new city all brings new friends and what happens to the old ones? If everyone were to stay in touch with every friend they’d ever make it would be exhausting. Basically you would have a hell of a lotta friends, and not too many good friends, this is why not having many good friends is a good thing! For me, I’ve started to realise since blogging and styling and social media-ing and god knows what else, that I just don’t have a lot of spare time. Bearing that in mind I’ve sort of decided to stop clinging on to friendships that died long ago, instead investing that time in the friends I love and who love me in return. I’m about to get soppy here, but me and my friends (my close friends) who I went to college with have a pretty close relationship. Although there’s a lot of us, and we may not all see each other as often as we’d like, we’ve always got each others backs. I’ll always remember when I had a cold a couple of years ago and they brought round cards, soup, a mug, tissues and my favourite sweets. Basically, they took the place of my non existent boyfriend. Why not having many friends is a good thing I think that the older you get, the more apparent it becomes who you’re real friends are and with blogging I am constantly gaining new friends who have so much in common and who I can share the experience with. This is why I’ve decided to stop clinging on to the friendships of my past and invest in my besties! As with anything, it’s quality over quantity and for that reason I think that not having many friends is a good thing, it means you can spend more time on the friendships that have stood the test of time! *Shirt : Boden Jeans : Asos Shoes : Topshop Bag : Zara SOLD OUT – Similar here I would love it if you followed me on Bloglovin’ and don’t forget that it’s the best way to stay up to date with the latest posts! You can also follow me on Snapchat and Instagram – both sineadcrowe – to see what I get up to day to day! On snapchat I often do unboxing, make up talk throughs and first impressions so it’s great to see whats coming up first! You may also like my post on how to clear your mind! All photography by Kirk Schwarz – Instagram – Website

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Learning to Quiet Your Mind

For me this is a big, huge one, my mind is totally in control of me and this is not the way it should be. You should be in control of your mind and learning to quiet your mind is a huge step in the right direction. Firstly, I know what you’re thinking, my mind is me – it’s my mind after all. WRONG. Letting your mind take over is a one way road to stress, anxiety and worry as I myself have found out the hard way. Learning to quiet your mind I wish there was an off button for your mind, there kind of is in meditation though it isn’t an instant thing and doesn’t work for everyone – myself included. Because of this I’ve found a few tricks that help me when I’m in an overthinking spiral of doom, so naturally I wanted to share the wealth. Write it down This is something I usually only do at home but I do need to start carrying a little notebook round with me because it genuinely helps to quiet your mind. It’s basically emptying your mind onto a piece of paper, I find that this works particularly well if I can’t sleep for worry! Another thing I do is to write what it is I’m worrying about down and what the worst case scenario is – usually it’s actually not that bad and it helps me to realise that I’m being a bit stupid worrying over nothing! Throw it out or watch it pass by This one is actually embarrassing to admit but I told a friend about it recently and she said it helped her so here goes. I usually do this one if I’m on my way to somewhere in the car and I’m stressing out and working myself up, I literally circle my head with my hand as if I’m gathering up everything and wind down the car window and throw it out and wind the window back up so the negative thoughts are outside. I know I sound like a complete nutter but honestly it really helps to physically throw them out the window! Another technique is to imagine the thoughts as a stream or a river and to just imagine yourself sat watching them come and go and flow past. I also like to imagine a small bubble of nothingness growing in my mind and pushing out anything else in my mind, clearing it out if you like. These visualisation ones help me to quiet my mind so much! “Thanks for your opinion” So as I said before your mind is not you, after your mind has gone on a whole tirade stressing you out and over thinking, just say “thanks for your opinion” as if it’s someone else saying it to you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these negative thoughts are you and control you because they don’t. Be grateful This is something that really helps to counteract the negative thoughts and quiet your mind. Think about things…

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Can Tea Make You Sleep Better?

When I was approached by Tea company Teami about trying some of their products, my first thought was – not one of those detox teas that give you diarohea. I’ve seen so many people try them – including my sister, and I just don’t know if I’m down with something that flushes your system. However, Teami have a range of different teas and after doing some exploring, my anxious stressed out self couldn’t help but be excited about the though of a tea that claims to relax you. I wake up most mornings with a light headache and aching jaw from clenching my teeth all night and I rarely sleep through without getting up in the night at least once. Could this tea be the answer to my prayers? The Ultimate Question : Can Tea Make You Sleep Better? So the ultimate question for me was – does the tea work? I tried it out in the handy little flask (more on that later) night after night and I have to say my results were varied. When I slept, I woke up refreshed, I slept more deeply and I didn’t clench my jaw . . hurrah! However, I wouldn’t say that it changed my sleeping habits. It didn’t get me to sleep any easier but when I did sleep, it was joyous.  Just one more comment on the taste – it’s nice. Not what I expected, I mean how can a tea that tastes nice benefit you? I added a dollop of honey as suggested on the packet and it was delicious. So if you get the flask, it’s super handy as it keeps the tea super duper warm for ages and has a handy sieve that strains the tea as you drink. As I was drinking my tea before I went to bed – my nights got later as the tea just did not cool – that flask is thermal alright. I used it like a little tea pot to stew the tea, pouring it into a mug when I wanted to drink! They also do these handy little tea infusers that fit neatly into a mug! Join the Teami You can use the code MINDFUL10 for 10% off any of the products from Teami. You can also choose from their wide range of teas, if you’re not put off by the whole detox tea trend like me, they do a great range of detox teas including a colon cleanse. There’s also teas for Skinny, Energy and Alive. You can see the full range here. Shop my insta Have you signed up to Liketoknow.it yet? AKA the answer to your prayers. When you sign up just once you can get the links to products featured on my instagram direct to your inbox simply by liking the photo! Sign up here! OR shop it by clicking the images below! This post has been sponsored but all thoughts and opinions are my own

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My Travelling Plans So Far . . Follow My Journey

As I told you guys a while back in my new years resolutions post, me and my boyfriend Jack were going travelling this summer, I thought I would keep you up to date! Half of me is absolutely terrified and the other half is ridiculously excited! For someone who was scared to leave the house at times just over a year ago, this is a huge thing for me to be doing and I can’t think of someone I’d rather be doing it with! So as I plan to continue my blog whilst I’m out there, it’ll turn very travel focused but I’m thinking I can make it work – just think of me as your personal travel guide complete with tips and tricks on where to go what to pack and those all important travelling OOTD’s . .  did someone say bikini? I thought it was only right to share my planning with you guys! Travelling takes quite a bit of planning and although we knew we were going for 3 months, the places were undecided until a couple of days ago when we sat down and finalised our route! Skyscanner determined a lot of this as we’ve found some super cheap flights – some as low as £14! If you haven’t checked them out already then Skyscanner truly is the one for flights guys! My Travelling Plans So Far  . . The Route Thailand : Bangkok Bali : Ubud   Bali : Nusa Lembongan   Bali : Sanur Bali : Uluwatu Flores Kuala Lumpur Langkawi Thailand : Krabi & The Islands Vietnam   Singapore Phillipines Borneo : Kota Kinabalu So from now on I’ll be trawling through Pinterest, Expedia , Skyscanner and Hotels.com looking for the best deals and places to stay – though I don’t think we’ll be booking any accommodation too ahead of time! ! I would love it if you guys were to share any tips, advice and stories you have from your own travelling experiences! If you’ve ever been to any of these places then let me know!!! I was thinking of doing a little wish list of clothes pieces for travelling but I had to stop myself – it’s too early Sinead. If you’re in the habit of checking my wishlist page (which you should be) then I add stuff on there all the time so you’ll be seeing the odd summery pieces popping up here and there! Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with my travelling adventure! You can also subscribe to my youtube channel!! All photography is taken from Pinterest

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Why Gratitude Is So Important

Gratitude and recognising how much you have is such a great way to bring more happiness into your life. For me, spending more time being so grateful of the amazing thing’s you have and have achieved is a way of getting rid of feelings of jealousy and a need for things that are out of my reach, which let’s face it, is never going to lead to good things! I had actually planned this post before I realised that today is my 1 year anniversary of my first ever blog post. Personally, I am so grateful, to myself for the dedication and time I put into each and every post to make it an interesting read, to you guys for reading my blog, and to the brands I have worked with for giving me such amazing opportunities. How Gratitude Helps You I think learning to be grateful is a really quick way of lifting your mood. Gratitude is so simple and really, I feel like we live in a world where people are constantly keeping up with the Jones’ rather than taking stock of the things they have. As a blogger, I can put my hand up and say I am totally guilty of this. “So and so has this many followers” and “she goes to these events” and “I want to work with this brand”. It’s not until I stop for a minute and actually look at what I have and am doing that I realise that honestly, I’m doing amazingly well and should never feel the need to compare myself to someone else. Sometimes when I feel down or anxious, I like to write a little list of things that I’m grateful for or to mentally go through it. Even if you really can’t think of anything, how about the fact that you can see and walk? Honestly, there’s so much we take for granted! Learn to show your gratitude You should always show your gratitude towards people who have helped you out. A simple thank you is such a small way of showing your appreciation and do you know what? I bet if you say thank you they’re more likely to continue helping people out and feeling appreciated. If I ever get the time I love sending hand written thank you cards and letters. It’s something that actually (eating my words) doesn’t take a lot of time and would probably make someone’s day, even week. Keep a gratitude diary I try to keep a gratitude diary as a way of reviewing my day in the best light possible. I try to write 3 things minimum each day that I’m grateful for, it can literally be anything. Going to sleep in a good mood is the best thing and this pretty much guarantees it! Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’ for more posts like this along with outfit posts and blogging tips! You can follow me here! You can also see my latest youtube video here!

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