Learn to speak with intention. Using positive language is something I’ve learnt to do over the past year, it’s easily said than done, believe you me! When we talk about ourselves we often set ourselves up for failure (or make failure an option) before we even begin. I don’t know if it’s the fact that we regularly downplay ourselves because perhaps it’s not socially accepted to talk positively about yourself. I don’t know about you but personally if someone compliments me I instantly feel the need to compliment something back, “your prettier” or “this old thing” just saying “thank you” doesn’t seem like an option! Positive Language I’ve listed out three words or phrases that I challenge you to recognise and implement in your life. I truly believe in the power of the mind, positive thinking and positive language. If your always moaning and talking about how unfortunate you are then do you honestly expect for things to get better? If you don’t even believe in yourself then how on earth can you expect other people to? I Can I know what you’re thinking, it’s something you say everyday. I’m not talking about saying “I can pop the kettle on” etc, I’m talking about swapping it for words like “I might”, non committal words. Words that are used all of the time so you never have to fully commit to something. You can and you will! Using words like this honestly put you back in control. I love this little postcard, my friend got it for me when I decided to hand my notice in at work. As my best friend she saw first hand the decline of my personality and how that place was affecting me. I was taken aback when I told her about my decision and she was so happy, I didn’t realise how obvious it was to everyone else but me! I keep this on my mirror now to remind myself of why positive language is so important and how I can do whatever I want! I Am So many people add in a little “I’ll try” to sentences and I am by no means innocent. I’m doing a 30 day Yoga challenge at the moment and I don’t know how many times I’ve said I’m going to try and do Yoga tonight. By saying you’re going to try you’re already putting it out there that you might not. Be more intentional with what you say and use more positive language! If you want to do it and you are going to do it then say it! I Will This is something I’ve really started to implement recently and I find it’s so great for positivity and truly believing in yourself. It’s not about if something happens it’s about when, its not about I wish, its about I will! Instead of looking up to people and thinking ‘I wish I lived like that‘ I think ‘I can’t wait till thats me!‘. Yes people probably think I’m slightly arrogant but…

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DIY Choker // 2 Simple Steps

1 + 1 = 2 and love for the choker plus no money equals a DIY choker project. You may have seen my previous post on my love for the choker and Danielle Bernstein from We Wore What. In my eyes you just cannot say one without the other, they go together like cheese on crackers or peanut butter and jelly! Anyway, after publicly outing my new obsession I was on the hunt for a choker in my budget, my budget being about £1, I would have stretched to £1.99. I know I said obsessed but when I try something new I like to buy it cheaply first (if its possible of course!) to see if it’s worth investing in the real deal/ the deluxe edition! This is where my little project came in, what’s better than a £1 choker? Thats right! A DIY Choker, zero pennies spent here. Soooo, I thought I would share my little DIY project with you lovely people as it’s literally the easiest thing to do in the world, so easy that I actually contemplated whether it was worthy of a full blog post or if I should just snapchat it? (snapchat username : sineadcrowe – like what I did there?) I’d already shot the pictures so here we are, a full blown blog post for a two step process. DIY Choker Gather your materials So mine literally didn’t cost a penny as I already had this old necklace from when I was younger, you can probably buy this cord/thread from somewhere like Hobbycraft or a haberdashery shop! Alternatively, and something I was debating before I found this gem,  a shoelace could work well? Step One // Cut Cut your thread, ribbon, shoelace, cord, whatever you can lay your hands on, to the length you want your choker to be. I didnt really have much choice with it already being cut, I do like the length of it but I’ve seen ones that wrap round a couple of times and they look pretty snazzy! Step Two // Tie Self explanatory no? Wrap your chosen rope/thing (descriptive I know) and tie in a bow round the front. Or if you have the length and want to it would look good wrapped round a couple of times then tied in a bow! Ta-dah, your very own handmade choker! Shop Chokers If you’re not down with the whole DIY thing, I’ve linked below some of my favourite ones to buy below!! If you do make your own DIY Choker then make sure you let me know and tag me in any pictures so I can see!! Also make sure you’re following me on Bloglovin’ to stay up to date and never miss a post!!

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Making Happiness a Habit

I love a good dose of happiness, who doesn’t? So I thought I would do a little post for you guys getting back to my mindfulness roots with a few of my top tips to create little habits that will bring you more happiness in everyday life, I call them the happiness habits! Speak the Lingo I am SO guilty of this! Using passive words, like ‘I wish‘ or ‘I should‘ or ‘I might‘, passive words! Use active words, next time you find yourself saying ‘I should do this‘ turn it into ‘I will do this‘. I used to always say ‘I wish I was a big fashion blogger like We Wore What, I love her appartment and her wardrobe looks amazing’ now I say ‘I can’t wait till I’m as successful as her and have a wardrobe like that!’ some people see it as arrogance, I see it as determination!! Don’t be a yes man I am 100% not guilty of this! I used to be before I learnt not to be. There is a huge sense of freedom to saying no when you don’t want to do something. Why should you say yes just because you’re free? If you don’t want to do something then don’t. Laugh Your Way To Happiness I’m reading a book called Laugh your way to happiness at the minute and the science behind laughter is pretty incredible! It’s the same with smiling, with laughing you can fake it and still reap the benefits. Forcing yourself to smile will still instantly lift your mood as will faking a laugh! Forcing yourself to laugh also makes spontaneous laughter come more easily! Spread Kindness A small act of kindness can make a huge impact on someone else’s day and let’s be honest, it makes you feel pretty damn good about yourself too! Now I’m not saying you should only do these things to make yourself feel good but . . well why not if it’s helping someone else out as well? Even just letting someone go before you in the queue or carrying someones suitcase up a set of stairs, every little helps! I once gave an old lady that had hurt her ankle a lift back to her car when I saw her limping up the road, I buzzed off that good deed for a good week or so! Listen I’m the worst for this one, I can’t focus on what someone’s saying for more than 5 minutes before I’m thinking about what I’ve got to do later on. 10 minutes later I’ll tune back in and think, shit.. just nod and smile. It’s almost like another good deed really because lets face it, you can tell the difference when someones actually listening to you and when someone does it gives you a true sense of worth. Showing genuine interest in someone and what they’re saying doesn’t take any extra time than day dreaming about what you’re going to eat for tea but it does make a difference to the speaker! Let…

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Love Style Mindfulness // Instagram Roundup 2015

I’m sorry about the bad quality of this image!!! I’m pretty awful on the computer and had to paste them all into word and screenshot it! Definitely not the best way! Anyway, I wanted to do a quick roundup – I’ve been super sly though and only started from when I started with the ‘theme’ of my instagram because otherwise it just wouldn’t go. If you’re an instagram OCD like me you’ll sympathise! I can’t wait to share more moments with you guys, I’m trying to put more everyday posts up but I find it hard to remember to take pictures ( which I guess is good because it means I’m enjoying life?) and to be honest the lighting is awful at the moment. Lets all take a minute to pray for summer! If you’re not already then make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ so you can keep up to date with my goings on!

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2016 Goals // Exciting Plans for Me and LSM

2016 New Years Resolutions -Yoga I’ve started Adriene from Yoga with Adriene‘s 30 day challenge. I got into Yoga a bit last year but I find it really hard to stick to excersizing and it was a half hour drive away which meant I just stopped going when my friend wasn’t there to make me feel guilty and drag me along! This is something I can do from home which definitely appeals to the lazy side of me and I feel like if I do it for 30 days then it will become a habit. After January I plan on doing it at least twice a week! -Me time This is a selfish one but aren’t all resolutions kinda selfish? Anyway, I spend a lot and I mean a lot of time on my phone and I’m constantly ‘working’ or plugged into social media. Therefore this year I plan to make time for me, I guess the yoga is classed as me time as well but I’m talking about indulging and relaxing. I don’t remember the last time I sat down and read a magazine, I’ve got a subscription to ELLE and I’ve got no less than 10 copies sat in the corner of my room begging to be read. So each evening I plan to take some time, even if it’s just half an hour, to read a magazine, paint my nails, do a face mask and just switch off. -Read more When I was younger I used to read so much, now I’m lucky if I get through a couple of books a year and I pretty much only read on holidays. From now on I’m going to try and read for half an hour at least before bed each evening! Reading is such a good way of relaxing and getting to sleep and not to mention great for your writing and imagination which, as a blogger can only be a good thing right? 2016 Blogging Goals -Youtube This year I’m doing it! Youtube, watch out there’s a new kid on the block. . well there will be. . if I stop being a big girls blouse and finally sit down and do it. The thing is I’ve got a list of excuses and reasons I can’t do it yet as long as my arm and really all I need to do is start. I will this year, I promise, you have my word! Any one familiar with youtube I would love to hear your thoughts on best ways to edit and if i need some kind of special light for it?! Or is that just for the super youtube pros? Also if you’re just a reader of the blog I would love to hear if you’d be interested in a youtube channel, firstly, would you even watch it? Secondly, what kind of videos would you like to see?! -Bloglovin This year I need to crack Bloglovin, I seriously do not get it! Or should I say i don’t get how to get myself out…

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