Oh Bali, I love you.

Amongst my top 3 places that I travelled was the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia.

I’d heard incredible things about Bali before going there, but I didn’t think I’d fall in love with it as much as I did. After flying in to the sweaty hustle and bustle of Denpasar, I was relieved to begin my Bali journey in the much more tranquil, cultural and crafty town of Ubud. Surrounded by Bali’s iconic rice fields, Ubud has so much to offer. As well as it’s incredible landscapes there’s plenty to do, such as eating at one of Ubud’s healthy organic cafes, visiting the Monkey Forest or checking out the local Art.

As cultural as I like to be, I do have a guilty pleasure… Pizza. And on that note, we found an absolute gem in Umah Pizza. I won’t bang on too much about pizza when I’m writing about Bali, but if you happen to be in Bali craving a pizza, get yourself down to Umah’s!

One of the best ways to really explore Bali is going on a tour (in a taxi). We booked our driver in Ubud and as a lover of waterfalls I asked if he would take us to see one (not originally in the set tour). It was a fairly long journey (a couple of hours north) but we finally reached GitGit Twin waterfall, which was absolutely beautiful. As Agung, our driver, picked us up early, we managed to get to the waterfall when it was completely empty and enjoy some time swimming before other people began to arrive.

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There were a few other places that we visited on the tour including some of Bali’s stunning rice fields – I cannot even describe the colours and charm of the scenery as my words won’t do it justice. We had lunch and coffee overlooking the fields in a little Balinese restaurant and the views were just incredible. We also visited our driver, Agung’s home and drank fresh coconuts that his Uncle gave us, which tasted amazing and was such a great addition to the day.

I could write about Bali literally all day, but I’ll save some (and my favourite part!) for next time. It is the most amazing, beautiful and serene place, especially when you explore a bit deeper away from the more touristy areas.

Peace, love and waterfalls all day long

xxx

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OH HELLO ENGLAND, we meet again.

After 6 absolutely INCREDIBLE months travelling around the world… I am back to reality.

Now, the initial novelty of getting back home, seeing all my friends and family and having a good old fashioned “knees up” is beginning to wear off. My sun-kissed skin is getting less sun-kissed by the day and as I am temporarily without car, I am beginning to get slight cabin fever. Coming back from travelling the world and having adventures every single day is quite strange really. I feel as though so much has happened during my travels – I’ve met so many people and done so many crazy things – but now I am back home I feel like no time has passed.

So, during my time away I visited 8 amazing countries, each offering something unique to my experience. Despite that, I feel like I still haven’t even scratched the surface and am already beginning to get itchy feet for another trip. The countries I visited are as follows: Canada, America, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia (Bali), The Philippines and Thailand.

My favourite country and new home away from home is the GORGEOUS Fiji. (I’m currently plotting how I can move there permanently and unfortunately it is not as straight forward as I’d have hoped!) Before I went away I thought beaches like that only existed in my dreams… but no. It is a real-life paradise offering island life at it’s absolute best. As a backpacker, island hopping in Fiji is fairly easy and best left unplanned and spontaneous in my opinion. Initially staying at Bamboo hostel on the mainland in Nadi, fairly near to the airport, I planned my trip to visit a couple of the islands through my hostel and it turned out to be super cheap and easy! The people in Fiji are also unbelievably friendly and will go out of their way to help you and make sure you feel right at home – which I definitely did!

I shall document more stories of my travels now that I am back at home, trying to re-live every single bit! Now here is a photo of a beach in Fiji for some #wanderlust inspo!

Peace and love and all the beaches x

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Happy Healthy New Year! 2015 is the year!

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Firstly… Happy new year everyone!

I am very sorry to have not blogged in a while, I’ve been very busy over the festive period, but I hope you all had wonderful times!

This is just a simple blog post to tell you all, that 2015 is our year! 🙂
I’m expecting great things from this year and I hope everyone else feels the same – I just have a good feeling about it!

My plans for 2015 are:
To finish University – I will have an actual degree! 
To go travelling – time to explore the world a bit!
To look after myself more – eating better, exercising more etc. (OK, everyone says it, but I mean it!)
To learn how to do more things, become less lazy and more happy!

As you can see by my pictures, I’ve been investing a bit of time in to eating healthily… I even taught myself to make poach eggs today!

So lets smash 2015! 🙂

Peace, love and happiness for a new year
x

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Make it a happy Monday…

Ohh it’s Monday… again. 

As today is not many peoples’ favourite day and it is definitely not my favourite day, I thought I’d do a little post with a few things that are improving my day so far. If you are having a terrible day, maybe you should give one or two a go…

  • Listen to some reggae – literally, it transports me. I don’t know how, but it makes me feel so much happier. Close your eyes and pretend you are on a beach… DON’T look out the window, this will not help!
  • Go for a run/go to the gym – Get rid of anxiety, tension and stress and just run it all out… Even if you don’t want to, you will feel so much calmer afterwards.
  • Never underestimate the power of a CUP OF TEA. Take a minute, pause for thought, and put the kettle on… Take a break and relax. It solves everything.

If these don’t work… go to sleep ASAP, wake up and it’ll be Tuesday!

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Peace and love and de-stressing

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Liz Earle – Like a facial every day…

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Hot cloth cleanser is an absolute dream. It really does feel like you’ve just come out of Facial appointment every time you cleanse.

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This week I’ve been trying to wear no make up most days. There is no big reason, it is just something I’ve been trying out to save a bit of money (on makeup) and clear up my skin a bit. My skin isn’t terrible, but I do get the occasional break out like most people. It is combination – it gets quite oily, but in this bleak Winter weather it can get quite dull and dry.

After halloween, a couple of friends came back to my flat for a few drinks as we weren’t going out (trying to save some money again – the life of a University student!!) and we were all covered in halloween makeup and not looking too pretty. After a couple of drinks, we thought it’d be a good idea to have a group cleanse, so I brought out the Liz Earle (a present off my Mum!) and we drunkenly got cleansing… weird but true.

Anyway, my friend absolutely fell in love with my cleanser and I thought I’d write a blog post about how right she is to do so – because it’s amazing!

You cleanse the face using your fingers in circular motions and then use a hot cloth to polish off the cleanser, before rinsing finally with warm water. I can honestly tell you that it gives you such a great glow, you feel like you’ve had a facial! It’s a very creamy cleanser and a little goes a long way. It feels like it is moisturising your face, but without being heavy in consistency. It’s so light and airy, your skin just feels so clean afterwards.

It’s quite pricey (around £15), but guess what is coming up soon? You know that thing where people exchange presents?! – Yes, I refuse to mention the name of it until after my December deadlines!

Peace and love and GLOWING SKIN x

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Don’t worry, be happy!

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Firstly, sorry about my lack of blogging over the past six weeks… I have been off frolicking at festivals, which you may have gathered from previous posts and enjoying my final summer before my final year at University.

I have been finding that a lot of the time recently when people ask what I’m studying at University, they always go on to ask about what I plan to do afterwards. And for someone who has always struggled with the reality that one day I will have to choose an actual career path for myself, I find this very difficult to answer.

However worrying about the future will not help, so this blog post is aimed to give worriers (like myself) a bit of a boost and 3 reasons why we shouldn’t be worrying about the big old scary future…

It’s scientifically proven that worrying has negative effects on your health

Worrying is perfectly natural, however if a person worries too much, it can have negative effects on their lifestyle. People who worry too much will usually pick up negative habits such as over-eating, eating less, smoking etc. These habits will all have negative effects on your health and can be hard to kick!

Career worriers – On average, a person has 3/4 career changes in a lifetime

Worrying about a career is pointless. If you aren’t happy, change it. Don’t see jobs/qualifications as pointless, despite how little you may be enjoying them – everything is a learning curve and a stepping stone. You will be stepping closer to a job you enjoy each time you find one you don’t.

Life is a journey and you cannot control the future

Although you may wish you could, it is impossible for us to control what will happen next. Some people may seem like they have it easy and fall in to their dream job with minimal effort. This does not happen to everyone. You never know when you may get a lucky break or an amazing opportunity, so don’t worry if at the moment you feel as if you are bumbling along. If you get offered an opportunity, take it and be sure to enjoy whatever life throws at you!

Peace and love and no more worries

x

Feeling pretty Vegucated…

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I recently watched a documentary called Vegucated, which was about making people aware of the cruel way many animals are treated before being slaughtered, so that humans can eat meat or dairy products daily. It was a bit of an eye-opener and I’ve decided to slightly re-assess my diet and try and be vegan for a bit…
There are many health benefits that come with being vegan, so I’m going to test it out and see whether I feel happier and healthier. So far today, I’ve eaten lots of fruit, some Vegan bars that I bought and some crispbreads and houmous… and I’ve drunk a lot of green tea – as usual! If you’re thinking of becoming vegan, these bars from Nakd. are yummy! Image My friend who is vegetarian and vegan one day a week said that Waitrose do Pesto tofu, which is apparently amazing, so I’m going to give that a go! 🙂 Stay happy and healthy, Peace and Love x