where has tHe year flew off to? Firstly i have so many people to thank for 2017. To my best friends Yours Sincerely & C’Est Avril for tAKing the leap to travel on this spectacular journey with me. It Feels like a lIfEtime that we’ve fought oVer insta themes & stressed over Deadlines & it has been an absolUte pleasure. Your world stIll isn’t A year old yet it has become such a huge part of my life. This Year has bRought about enDless opporTunities fOr me, i have travelled so mUch this year & grown so much as a young woman. And in The next year i hope to continue to strive to reach my goals but most iMpOrtanlty - to Live every moment Mindfully.
SecoNdly, i want to thanK you !!! TO thank you for reading this, for Following, commenting & liking & for being endlessly supportive, welcoming and accepting. To all of the people who have Reached out to us this Year, to all those who Have collAborAted, commented & loVed. Thank you. We are always warned about Cyber bullies, internet hate & the dangers of social media. We are never told about the uPlifting kindNess of the Users & the bloSsoming friendships oNline. I could never Have anticipated the love yw Has received. I especially want to thank Blossoming BIrds who Helped us immenSely throUgh her kind Words & her support, Allexandra Napolititano who was there For us from the very start & tania Kozack our very first lovely Yw aMbassador.
I hope this year i can work hard & live fully. I hope that it will be as iconic as 2017. As much as i enJoyed 2017 i’m rearing to go into 2018... I have lived this year & will leave it beHinD as a happy memory. I’m so unBelievably relieved to say hEllo to january.
2017 was a practise run.
2018 Is the real thing.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU !!
Last year i changed my life, a different sEt of friends & a different set of circumstances. I was in the Process of Becoming this force of hArd work & determinaTion & Become incredibly close with a girl who helPed me to see who i am & who helped me to understand that love is Never toxic. Some parts of 2017 i’d rather leave behinD for good but for the majority 2017 has been a year of coMplete chAnge & bliss. Even so i will be relieved to hEar the clock strike midnight.
This Year, play your ukelele, eat your fruit & veg, explOre, keep your heart beside you, know how much you are woRth. This year, appreciaTe every little moment, walk outside, do the little things that make your life sparkle that little bit more. I think you should jOurnal if i’m honest because you will see the most expotential Growth. This Year, love yourself, work hard, play harder. Write down & solve all your probleMs as the cloCk Strikes midnIght. Leave the mess & Messy thIngs in tHe Past & D O N O T W O R R Y !
I also want to rememeber a very sPecIal person as the year comes to a close... A second year without them.
i Thank you for inspiring me consTaNtly , for guiding me into 2018 wIth my Heart in my hand & dreams driven into my sOul. 🌹🌹
finally, i want to share a Quote with You that really Resonated with me. I hope it means something to you. Firstly this Time next year you will look back at the year & You will have either made the most of every second or you won’t. How scary.
‘2016 - THE CATIPILLAR 🐛🌷
2017 - the cacoon ☄️🌼
2018 - the butterfly 🦋🌎’
thank you, thank yOu, Thank you
Love alwaYs & for the last time in 2017 ;(😢
Tea & a Read
By the time you see this it will be Christmas day! I'm aiming to have it up on the stroke of midnight, yet again leaving me in a complete rush to make sure that it is meaningful.
This is kind of like my queen's speech, only I'm a little girl with tea, typing away at a blog I've started. This blog truly does mean so much to me this Christmas.
To me, Christmas is the most heart warming season & the way the world should be every single day and I hope that Christmas 2017 offers me & you everything it has done in the past. To me, Christmas is just love. It has so much beauty and it's a day in which so, so many people are grateful for everything they have. Spend your Christmas with those you love. Make Christmas special for you because sometimes everything won't just go to plan just like that.
This is YourWorld's first Christmas & we started a new theme in its honour. This Christmas, especially if you do struggle, I hope that you can find solace in yourworld. I hope that you know how much heart we put into our blogs and how much our readers mean to us.
Christmas is a beautiful time and a time to be cherished as you live it but I know that not everybody loves it. Not everyone loves the idea of family all crammed together into a room, forced to talk. To you, I recommend that you spend your Christmas doing things you actually want to do. I hope that you know that tea and a read can always provide you with something to read or someone to talk to. For you, I hope that you can hide in this little world. I hope that you can hide in books and movies and I hope that you know, you are always worthy & you should love yourself.
And another Christmas will pass us by... and as you fall asleep tomorrow night, be grateful.
Love, kindness, generosity and mindfulness is what Christmas is to me.
Goodnight & all the love this Christmas. Your friend,
Tea and a read
Saturday 16th December
Oh my gosh!! How is the season upon us again. I really do have the Christmas feels this Saturday night, typing my blog while listening to Last Christmas. Does it get better?
So as per usual I'll boil the kettle & sit down & chat to you about Christmas crafts collabs, Christmas motivation & of course it wouldn't be YourWorld if I didn't give you a few tips on how to spread a lil love Christmas.
I'm kind of going to treat this like diary entries because as you'll soon see my crafts will take longer than just a day to make.
Okay so let me explain to you what I am doing. So, a few weeks ago we reached out to Gill Corbett and decided to collab. This has been my favourite collab so far because in a way we really are coming together. It's really special to think that both Gill & I will be in our homes making wreaths for this little project. So yes we are making Christmas wreaths & I've been anticipating this forever. I seen Gill's autumn wreath & fell in love with it. You see so much creativity when you're ablogger. I'm best friends with two very artsy girls and that is why it's so, so, ironic that I am the one who is doing this collab. It's actually going to be super funny to see the mess I get myself into.
So basically the first step is
Slice the oranges about 2mm thick and pop them onto a baking tray
on greaseproof before putting them into the oven at 50-70°C for four hours, turning them about halfway through this time. Once cooled, pass a short length of twine through each slice and tie a knot, leaving a loop to attach the orange slice to the garland.
as you can see I've already encountered a bit of a problem. I think I slightly burnt the oranges but at the same time they aren't fully hardened?? Oh god.
So, after gill and I got in touch she thought it would be a great idea if we could create something together. We decided on the #createwithgillandtea !! How cute is that. Christmas just warms my heart. So if you want to get in touch with us or create a wreath with us simply tag that on insta !!!
Speaking of, please, please check Gillian's beautiful account out. It honestly made me positively ecstatic for Christmas. Not only is Gillian beautiful but she is an innovative and lovely lady and it's been an absolute pleasure working with her. It's been great to meet all these lovely women in NI & to be just so welcomed into this little blogging community. So proud of all the things the women in my country are getting up to- it is inspiring.
Also ... go and read her new blog tonight thesparrow.blog/ to see her amazing wreath.
7:49 - I'm just finishing up this blog for today & finishing other Christmas errands. Today I bought all of my friends Christmas presents & I'm hoping that they really love them. I'm currently writing their cards & finally feel in the spirit. I had a lovely day floating around shops and hearing the Christmas music. I still am struggling to finish the wreath, so tune in next week to see the final product. I also wanted to talk to you about ways you can help someone else this winter. First I think you should always wrap your presents in Newspaper to be as efficient as possible. A story Gillian told us touched my heart. She gave a homeless man and his dog food & she said his face just lit up. @Frankie_leigh advises that you can give to a food bank or Oxfam. Literally hygiene products, tins of food and small things can make a person's Christmas that little bit more comfortable. I'll be giving to svp as I do every year, I still haven't decided what though. Frankie also says that it's good to donate to third world countries this Christmas time & of course I absolutely agree with her. Right now I'm thinking of how I'll help out this Christmas. I'll round off this blog here.
See you before Christmas & if you don't get to catch my Christmas blog, have a very merry and blessed Christmas.
TEA AND A READ
I vividly remember, about a year or two ago, seeing a law of attraction video pop up in my recommended list. Being me & with a head filled with wonder at the world & nature I was infatuated with the idea that you become what you believe.
Watching the video and scrolling through her other videos, simple things like backpacking essentials and tattoo meanings stood firmly out to me.
Cornelia had this difference that made her so special to watch & watching her is not only motivating but her aesthetics are so relaxing and light.
It sounds weird to say but I always have my head in a book and I'm always dreaming about something or other & having Cornelia to listen to actually made me feel like we are friends. I am endlessly influenced by her love of travel & from watching her videos, her morals and beliefs slowly became engrained in my own head.
This was the first cornelia Grimsmo video I ever watched. And they seem to just get better.
Just listening to Cornelia in that video again makes me so happy. It's often funny to think about just how much people influence what you believe. It sometimes surprises me that this Norwegian who has never heard of yourworldblog from Ireland has had a such a big part in moulding a mindset that I have created. I constantly keep up with the crazy things cornelia does and I hope to meet her some day, to let her know just how much she has inspired me.
When I first started watching Cornelia's videos I was the kind of person who changed what they believed around their friends and family, someone who let people tell her exactly what she was. I had absolutely no concept of properly knowing myself nor loving myself & I have Cornelia to thank for that change in me. Now I believe, with hard work and my heart in the right place, I can do anything I believe I can.
I've commented endlessly under Cornelia's pictures and videos & although I still haven't got in touch with her just yet... someday I am sure our paths will cross.
It'd be my dream for cornelia, my absolute idol to some day in the very near future, stumble across this little platform of ours
all my love
Tea and a read xox
This is a very simple little challenge but one I love to watch on youtube. I thought I should just apply the same principles here... no editing or changing, no pictures. well maybe one before I start. So basically I'm setting a ten minute timer to talk about, well... me. SO here goes.
Earlier, I saw a picture on Instagram that really resonated with me and I don't know why I even remembered it. it said don't give up, your younger self is watching you living your dreams. Recently I've had a lot of people say "you can't". That maybe i'm not good enough, or not pretty enough, not skinny enough or too skinny. And it's just awful and wrong. I am actually thankful for being told I can't do things because it makes me get up and try again.
I'm a firm believer in that you create your own destiny. Things for me have actually fallen into place extremely well and I credit that to removing myself from worry and knowing that everything works itself out.
In my last blog I talked about how I would be writing a December to do list and I did, of course and I'm so happy to have something to stick by. I encourage you to be motivated. Write down something you really want to do. Go on don't be afraid. Write it down. Read it. Why can't you just work hard to do it?
This week has been different in that we all (my friends) learnt of a shocking tragedy which actually directly impacted a friend of mine. Life is too short to bog yourself down and distort your self image. You are everything you believe yourself to be. In life bad things help to build your character. In life we have to love ourselves to move forward.
Oh my god. My alarm is a dog barking and it was terrifying. Times up. see you sunday!
Tea and a Read
Wait! Before I start I'm not even messing around put your kettle on. get a cup of tea. That's what I'm going to be doing right about now... You just have to, to make this more authentic.
So as the kettle whistles to me & I pick up a smiling Santa mug I hope you're doing the same.
I also am going to put a Christmas Elvis record on to crackle away as I write this.
I kind of wish I didn't genuinely get up & make tea and put a record on but I actually did and maybe that will show that I do put my whole heart into writing for you.
I don't actually really know what this blog is but I guess it's some kind of thought pattern featuring Christmas... These types of chatty blogs are not only my favourite to read but also my favourite to write. It makes me feel like people really are reading & perhaps wondering who I actually am, why three girls bother to write. I write because I actually love having something to work at, and a commitment to keep up. I actually am really proud to say that I have done a few collaborations, with a possibly hilarious one coming up. I am soooo and I mean so bad at art and crafts and Gill Corbett is going to be helping me to make a lil something. It may turn out to be a complete mess.
Sorry, I digress. I was talking about why I blog. Well, blogging gives me that kind of Hannah Montana double life - even if I don't have a following it's nice to write honestly and truly without judgement. Every experience I've had with YourWorld has been absolutely amazing. People are absolutely lovely and accepting and it's great to get to talk to people on the same wavelength as me. As a young woman, it's great to be productive and almost business like. I have a little book to plan in and it's great prep for the future. I never once would dream I would have a website. EVER!!
And I just want to keep going. I'm not making as much headway on the app as I'd planned and I'm currently writing into the groupchat to our tech whiz C'est Avril to ask her what I can do to just help a little.
See I am a real procrastinator but when I have a fire beneath me I get a lot done. We have our app planned and it's just all the link work we have to do now. I hope it is so successful though. To be honest, I never really anticipated the success the website would have and I didn't want to do it to be frank. C'est avril can vouch for that. Now it's a complete dream & the only way to go about gathering a following if I'm honest. I was afraid of people rejecting the website but I think what we're doing & our whole vibe is really original.
I hope you aren't bored out of your mind yet...
So, how does Christmas come into play in all of this?
Christmas is a warm & lovely time And one I want to take full advantage of. It is lovely to sit and do nothing but I think Christmas is a time you can actually get a lot done - because you will be so inspired.
This December I really want to get a lot Done. So I'm going to write some December goals down not only for YourWorld & the app but for other projects also. I actually will do it after this.
By next Christmas, though, I would love for YourWorld to have reached a couple thousand followers .
Life in general is what you make of it. I know other girls my age haven't planned that they want to write a book, that they want to have an app. I honestly love feeling like I'm empowered & actually getting stuff done. I'll really need to get a planner & plan my days to feel like this more often.
In life I try to be spontaneous, know what's real & what's not. I don't want to be tied down to one career. I actually noted down the other day that if things aren't going to plan & if I can I'd like to open a b&B. I'm planningon travelling Europe next summer and right now my head is in the clouds .....
n e e d
B a c k
But really though - I am dreaming of skiing with Yours Sincerely again in Italy. If you see this YS, please remember this for next summer.
One thing that worries me, however, is financial funds. How will I ever make enough money to do all that I dream of? How will I live on author's salary or a blogger's salary? I guess I'll just have to work it out as I go.
If you do happen to be reading this... Start living the life you want. Do little things like jot down your ambitions or save a little for a weekend road trip. I do need to take that advice myself if I'm honest.
I'll tell you two more things before I round it up. Buy a journal & write the life you want to live. Put on some highlight & a popping lip colour and get that job, write that book or talk to that person you want to talk to. Be different. Actually try to do what you dream of. Live fully. Everyday.
Today I walked through mud and leaves with my dogs. Wearing little walking boots and bobble hat. And that was a great day for me. And if you can find happiness in simple days like that you will lead a lovely life.
Tea and a read
PS how cozy & homely does this room look Oh my god!!!!
This week has really shown me who my friends are, who to cherish and how to surround yourself with motivating people, people who make you laugh and people who look out for you. Especially coming up to Christmas It's important to be around uplifting and kind people.
Advice I would extend to you is that you shouldn't be afraid to be yourself because then friends you make will not be genuine. You should always ensure that your friends want the best for you & they push you to keep going.
I also think that Christmas is the time of good cheer, be forgiving and just enjoy the festive season.
I've also been learning to appreciate every little moment... good or bad. It will always be a learning curve.
Speaking of friends, Yourworld has afforded me the chance to get to know many different faces & today i'm going to be talking about our lovely new friend, Denise. If you have been following our blog for a while you would know that we have collabed before with her. This time I want to show you her lovely wintery theme. If you're coming from insta, you will see we have also changed things with our theme & we are forver inspired by denise's effortlessly stylish winter theme. Her use of colder colours makes her insta really vivid. You need to check out her insta... @copperandecualyptus I am honestly always anticipating the next wee story or titbit she'll share. She has lovely children who feature in her photos & I love to hear what they all be getting up to. When I heard that her oldest daughter was helping out in Belfast fashion week I was so excited for her because I know how significant it is in NI fashion & even worldwide fashion.
I'm now going to talk a little about friends. Friends are people who have your back but aren't afraid to tell you if you've stepped out of line. It's about communication & working past problems because that's what makes resilient friendships.
I'm forever inspired by my friends because although we have different interests we are all on the same wavelength & I now have the type of friends I always wanted. A group that I know will all live their dreams & take their hearts wherever they go.
Out of my friends I have all of the stereotypes; the artsy and creative one, the clever and articulate one, unafraid to speak her mind and even less afraid to stick up for her friends. I also have that one who has the most aesthetic vibes, strumming her ukulele and quoting Pinterest all day. I also have that friend whose head is consumed by business, too clever for her own good. But above all their individual quirks altogether they are the most lovely group of friends I could have.
Something I've been thinking about recently is "am I a good friend?" "Do I give back to them?" "Am I considerate enough?". start to think about this in your own life. But don't compromise your values your values to keep friends; sometimes the memories are more special than the person standing in front of you & that's okay too. often, friends can grow out of each other, people change and that's a positive sing. It doesn't mean you don't care.
So I'll end this Blog on a high note. Document this December. Remember 2017 & make it a good one. Because things are changing every day. Appreciate the moment.
TEA AND A READ
It's almost as if there is a stigma around journaling, today. As if it would be weird for you to try to organise your thoughts rather than to leave them cluttered in your mind. That recording your memories is odd & shouldn't be done. Because we shouldn't feel or think too deeply. Of course not.
I've always had a journal for as long as I could remember- though the content has changed drastically. It used to be stories of "she said this" and "I said this" and "I hate him". Then it progressed into dreams and schemes, into recording things I'd learned and places I dreamed of going.
Journaling is good for so many reasons. This first thing it does is give you that sense of calm. It can be your own little therapy. (Maybe the title of this blog should be why you should write actually). I write everything down, so much so that if you went into my room I'm sure you could find out everything about me.
Writing helps me to plan but it also gives me that sense of creativity. One of my favourite books at the moment is note to self by conor franta. He writes down his thoughts poetically and it really is lovely to see his thoughts- unscripted, unfiltered.
Not that I'm as interesting as him or anything. Just that I find it sweet to document how you're feeling and what you're thinking in this part of your life.
I also think it's nice to show how your mind ticks by spilling your thoughts, your favourite pictures and quotes into paper. It's sweet to confide in something that is only yours and something no one else can take from you.
Writing helps to add some kind of order to busy lives. For me it also gives it purpose. I learn from mistakes and I can read it all back so I don't forget one part of my sometimes messy teenage years.
When I say journaling I hope you know that I don't necessarily mean the cliché "Dear Diary", it's more the recording of your thoughts, something to turn to, to spill how you feel.
Here is a video I think you should watch if I haven't already convinced you enough. Margot showed me that it really is okay to journal. You can make it as aesthetic and as cool as you want but really journaling should be expected... it's an easy method of therapy and organization.
I remember so well seeing this video and falling in love with Margot's vibe. I think people don't journal as it's made to seem so silly and childish but I think I'll write and scrapbook for the rest of my life because it's such a great way to release your worries. I even blog. That shows you the extent of my love for sharing and writing. A lot of people don't even know that they journal. Journalists, bloggers and even people who scrapbook & do photo albums do a form of journaling.
I'm in the mood to inspire you tonight. Especially you c'est avril. So get ready to be inspired as I show you how to create the most beautiful journal - one to rival any of mine anyway...
tea and a read
I bet none of you would know that I am actually a theatre kid. I love, love, love Musicals and I try to live on stage as much as I can. Singing and dancing to show stopping songs is my favourite thing to do because it leaves me on a complete high and it's a joy to be in a different world. The songs in musicals are really important to the plot and so they are little stories in a larger one. I'm sure you all have your favourite songs from musicals and today I'm going to spill the tea on mine.
This is a lovely one because the lyrics are just so empowering. It really is the cliché and the first song that came to my mind. Elpheba has just decided to leave Glinda and she knows she can fly alone!
next is the haunting whispering from Spring awakening. I love this song not only because the fabulous Lea Michele plays Wendla but because it has a vivid story and strong emotion.
Wow. That took far longer than I know you will spend looking at it but we have to do anything for the aesthetics. I kind of want to give you a brief history of my love for theatre. I've always been in love with performing in everyway and from no age I've been singing as sandy or as Cinderella. Everyone has that one moment which stands out as special to them when performing. The first proper show I was in was Oliver and it just made me fall in love with bouncing on stage as whatever character I am.
I'm kind of deciding now if music theatre is something I would want to do professionally but here in Ireland it is so, so difficult to get your big break. I know though that, when I'm performing, if I perform with all my heart, whether I'm centre stage or at the back, I'll be living my dream.
So maybe I will grace the west end stage some day or perhaps I'll just do a show or two to fulfil my passion. We'll soon see where I'll end up But wherever I go, I'll go with all my heart and love every moment.
Tea and a read
This really is a late night blog but I hope some of you readers check it out & let me know what you think. I take a lot of time trying to make my blogs look as aesthetic as possible but with this subject it is given that this blog will look fabulous. Fashion is a truly amazing thing. Something which I pride myself on is not being afraid of being a little bit out there because I know that fashion is completely your own and it doesn't matter what others think of how you dress. One of my main rules for style is elegance & class is always best. Yes dress in whatever way you want , show skin but try to always do that in a tasteful way. My next tip is please do not try to emulate what you see others wearing. It will make you be apart of the crowd - and for me anyway- that is never desirable.
I think you should dress to impress but I don't think that you should take yourself out of your comfort zone because your style is all about what you feel cute, comfortable and confident in.
There really are endless sources of inspiration for fashion; your friends ( I am lucky I have friends who always slay... some are the really sparkly glamorous type with the leopard print etc while others have that urban outfitters retro vibe), PInterest, youtubers or a blog (YOURWORLDBLOG even :p) .
Today I want to talk about my personal fashion inspirations and I could really go on allll day so get a tea & take a read xxx
My number one fashion inspiration is forever queen Ariana grande. I have loved Ariana for ever and I am inspired right down to her white nail polish and gold rings. She has a really old Hollywood, silver screen style and just a really beautiful variation of clothes & she is always slaying. The best part of Ariana's fashion is her fearlessness. she has a great attitude and you can see it in her style.
I also just want to say before I go any further that I haven't included men in this as their styles don't inspire me personally but I know some en have amaze style!
Next is the blake lively!! I have saw so many memes comparing her to a disney princess and I just have to say that her red carpet style is absolutely elegant and flawless. Blake has really simple, dewy makeup and this makes her fashion statements even more bold. Blake's style is just really superior and classy and she is probably one of the most fashionable women in hollywoodat the minute. Blake is a beautiful lady an her fashion is to die for. She also advocates all of the thing we here at yourworld love so she is next on the list!
Last but never least on my list of celebrity inspirations is the darling rowan Blanchard. Her style is extremely quirky and I can't get enough OF it. Although I wouldn't really wear her style she does inspire me to be myself and not shy away from the bolder choices. This is something my friend C'est avril talked to me about also. Rowan is only 16 but she already stands out and I can see her being a really big contender in Hollywood fashion in years to come. Rowan's feed on instagram is also really stylish and I love to see her posts so follow her for some inspiration everyday in topics like rights, self love and style!!
It always is so thereputic to blog. I really would recommend it to you! And it's so rewarding to see the final piece... like tonight i'm so in love with the aesthetic of YOurworld. So keep watching us guys because there is a lot more to come.
TEA AND A READ