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 International Women's Day may mean different things to different people, but above all else it's about celebrating women! Celebrating all the things women can and have achieved throughout history. To celebrate gender equality, the advancement of women's rights, political, social, cultural achievements across the globe! 

9 Empowering Ways To Celebrate International Women's Day!

I wanted to share a few fantastic ways for us all to celebrate the day, personally, as a group or even as a family!

Join in the #BreakTheBias campaign
This years IWD campaign is entitled Break The Bias. It's about collectively creating an equal world, an enabled world. A world where we challenge stereotypes, improve situations, fight bias. A healthier, wealthier world where we can all thrive and look after each other. After all, equality is not women's issue, it should be everyone's priority. 

To join in on the campaign you can help spread the word on social media. Share your support by striking a pose and standing up, as an individual for what you believe in. You can also download 'selfie cards' to help promote action and show your support. 

Head To A March Or An Event
Grab your loved ones and head to a march to stand loud and proudly demand an end to gender violence, equal pay for equal work, freedom of choice and freedom of speech, body autonomy and gender stereotypes! You can have a quick google to see if there are any marches going on near you, or search here to see if there are any events in your area. 

Show Your Support For Other Women
Whether it's shouting from the rooftops, teaching your children about incredible women, showing your appreciation of your loved ones or best friends or declare your appreciation on social media. Nowadays there are so many ways to show how much you value and appreciate others, so make sure your voice is heard and spread the word.

9 Empowering Ways To Celebrate International Women's Day!


Encourage Your Children To Find Inspiration From Important Women
Teaching your children and young adults to openly challenge stereotypes and educating them about gender issues is hugely important to help create a more inclusive world. Speak to them about gender stereotypes, encourage them to celebrate all the wonderful things women can achieve and even share a story or two about some of the incredible women in history. Personally I really really love the 'Little People, Big Dreams' books but you can find some more book suggestions here, and here.

Compile An IWD Playlist And Play It LOUD
Create a motivational, upbeat playlist on Spotify celebrating all the fantastic women who have created beautiful music. Play the playlist all day loud, play it loud and sing along. Those women wanted to be heard and they deserve to be!

Do Something Kind For A Woman You Love
Whether it's your daughter, your wife, your partner, your best friend, your mum. Do something a little extra special for them today. Give them flowers, write them a handwritten note, take them out for the afternoon. Show them what an incredible human being they are and how much you treasure your relationship with them. 

Shop At Female-Run Small Businesses
Whether it's online or offline, try and challenge yourself to use female run small businesses. Help them celebrate all the fantastic achievements they have accomplished!

9 Empowering Ways To Celebrate International Women's Day!

Donate To A Women's Refuge
All women are incredible and all women deserve to be celebrated, no matter what hardship or struggles they may have gone through. So why not give something back and make a donation. It doesn't have to be money, women's refuges often accept bedding, clothes, or even food. Have a look online and see if there are any refuges or shelters near you.

Celebrate How Incredible YOU Are
If you want to stay at home and revel in just how amazing you are, that's ok too. Take the day to look after yourself, drink all the tea, watch all of that TV show, take a long hot bath, eat all the chocolate. Do whatever you want to celebrate your amazing self. 

"HERE'S TO STRONG WOMEN. 
MAY WE KNOW THEM. 
MAY WE BE THEM. 
MAY WE RAISE THEM."

How will you be celebrating International Women's Day?



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WONDERFUL WAYS HUGGING BENEFITS YOUR WELLBEING

There are many reasons why we hug others. Whether it's an excited hug, a sad hug, a happy hug, or even a loving hug. Hugging is comforting, it makes us feel loved and happy and there's genuine reasons behind that. 

One of the main reasons hugging is beneficial is it causes our oxytocin levels to rise, otherwise known as the 'bonding hormone'. Oxytocin is a particularly important hormone in women. It plays a role during pregnancy, in giving birth, as well as breastfeeding and helping develop a strong maternal bond.

Aside from this, there are a huge variety of reasons why hugging is beneficial for us all, and I'm sharing a few of the more wonderful ways below!

Hugs Help Reduce Stress

Hugging is something we tend to automatically do when a friend or loved one is going through tough times. We want to show them support and by giving them a good cuddle it will not only help to relax them but it will lower their blood pressure to help calm them. Hugging others when they are feeling stressed will help show them you are there to support them too.

Hugging is also fantastic for helping your child if they are having a tough day, or struggling with a tantrum. You may think that by cuddling your child when they are having a tantrum is 'rewarding bad behaviour' but that's far from the truth. Your child is only young and they are learning how to manage or regulate their emotions. So hug your child close when you can tell they are stressed. Calm them down, shower them with love and when they are relaxed you can talk to them calmly.

Hugs Strengthens Your Bond With Others

As hugging helps to release the 'bonding hormone' it gives feeling of closeness. It helps to promote bonding between two people, whether it's friend and friend, husband and wife, or mother and child. 

Hugging your friends, or your partner can help show you are comfortable with them, show them you are there for them and help to improve your relationship. Hugging your children shows them they are safe, comfortable, protected and loved. Your children will learn to recognise your scent, listen to your body and feel close and comforted with you around.

Hugs Help You Communicate

As I previously mentioned, hugging can help strengthen bonds. This happens by showing support, but also by showing slight vulnerability and expressing your emotions. Hugging is comforting and communicative, even without uttering a word. Giving someone a hug can show a huge range of emotions from sympathy, love, comfort, or empathy, without even having to speak.

WONDERFUL WAYS HUGGING BENEFITS YOUR WELLBEING

Hugs Help Alleviate Loneliness

Oxytocin helps reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness, and a lack of human contact can leave you feeling isolated or craving affection. Sadly, the world we live in now there is far less human contact or affection due to technology being so distracting. We switch on social media and switch off from others around us, and that is why the feeling of loneliness is so high nowadays. So switch off from technology more and be in the moment. Show more physical affection to those around you and we will all start to feel a lot less lonely.

Hugs Show Others How Much You Care

Hugging is a wonderful way of showing loved ones how much you care. A hug shows support, it shows love, understanding and the idea that you are there for them. As I mentioned above, a lack of physical affection can be damaging to our wellbeing, so we should all want to lift each other up and prove to them how much you appreciate them.

When it comes to your children, there is absolutely no such thing  as spoiling them with love. No matter when anyone says, shower your babies with physical affection and they'll know just how much you care for them. 

Hugging Makes You Physically Feel Better

The stress reducing effects of hugging also has health benefits too. Hugging releases tension, improves circulation, lowers your heart rate and causes your muscles to relax. It has also been scientifically proven that the increase in oxytocin can help strengthen immune systems! 

Did you know that when you are feeling aggravated or stressed, your immune system starts to work more aggressively, too aggressively which can actually increase your risk of becoming ill. So hug it out, relieve your stress and keep your immune system working well.

Hugs Create Happy, Loving Children

Children need different types of sensory stimulation for development, so hugging is important to grow a healthy brain and strong body. It has been scientifically proven that  showing warmth and affection to your children has a lifelong positive effect on not only your children, but their future family too as they learn from us. If we are loving and affectionate, they will grow up to be the same. Be sure to teach your children it's ok to refuse a hug too though. They are in charge of their own bodies. 

WONDERFUL WAYS HUGGING BENEFITS YOUR WELLBEING



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10 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself
We all need to learn to be kinder to ourselves everyday. It is one of the best things you can do for yours and others well being. It also leads to self acceptance and greater satisfaction in every aspect of your life. You deserve it. 10 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself

Being kind to yourself is something that is often forgotten about, or neglected, you may even feel like you don't deserve it. But you do. Of course you do. In our lives, being kind to ourselves seems selfish, or makes you feel guilty. It shouldn't. 

So today I'm sharing 10 easy ways you can be a bit kinder to yourself. You deserve it, you need it. Being kind is so important, including to yourself!

10 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself

Start a new habit today, beginning with trying one thing and just go for it.
Pick a new habit you like to try, whether it's joining the 5am club, exercising more frequently or even reading every day. Give it a go, if you like it, do it again tomorrow! Habits are important and they grow stronger each day and end up becoming more automatic. Habits are powerful things, but they take a little time and determination to develop them.

It's never too late
The future is still in your hands. We often limit ourselves from opportunities and dreams because of petty excuses. Stop over-thinking how things could have gone, and take a few steps to creating the life you want. Plans are meant to change, life is meant to change. It's never to late to achieve your dreams, so plan and decide what you want to achieve in your life, what steps will it take you to get there? Take one step today.

Destroy negative thoughts
Remove your automatic negative thoughts such as "I can't do it", and come up with a logical answer. Negative thoughts feed on negative thoughts, and unfortunately they can be really strong and have an awful effect on every aspect of our lives. If you are struggling with negative thinking, it's time to deal with them. Pushing your feelings and thoughts down, attempting to block them out doesn't help at all, in fact it only makes them worse. Destroy negative feelings is all about shifting perspective, counteracting those bad thoughts with positive ones! Positive thinking and self love are possibly the most important ways you can be kinder to yourself. 

Focus on your good side
Speaking of self love - focus on the parts of yourself that you like, rather than what you don't like. I know it's not just mean who has a hard time embracing their good qualities, being proud of your achievements and even just accepting compliments. It seems so much easier to focus on your flaws than thinking about the wonderful, positive aspects of yourself!

Whether it's your kindness, your writing skills, your gorgeous eyes - anything, become aware and embrace those fantastic qualities.

Laugh
Laughing is one of the best things in life! Not only does it make you feel happy, but it genuinely has health benefits too. From relieving tension and stress, to boosting the immune system! Take 15 minutes a day to watch/read/listen to something that will guarantee to make you laugh. Spend time with people who make you happy. Do things you know make you laugh. It will release tension, boost your energy and happiness. 

Get some exercise
Looking after your body is the kindest thing you can do for yourself. Exercise helps you to develop strong muscles and bones, it'll boost your immune system - plus its really good for your mental wellbeing too. The more active you are, the more satisfied you feel with your life. Take care of yourself.

10 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself

De-stress!
If you're feeling stressed, first of all you need to identify the cause. Is it personal, is it work related, is it health related? De stressing is all about taking control of the situation and building emotional strength. Figure out what sort of things help you personally to feel more relaxed. Take some time out for self care, talk to a loved one or set yourself something new to work towards such as a new hobby!

Take a step forward
After the year we've had, I can imagine many of us had days when we woke up dreading the same monotonous day ahead of us. It's time to change that mindset, give yourself reasons to be excited for the day ahead, set yourself an intention for that day and you'll feel super excited to get started. Having something to look forward to every day will help you feel so much more alive, and it'll allow you to learn how to create your own happiness. Your things to look forward to each day don't have to be big things either! Whether it's making time to read a few more chapters of that really good book, taking a nap or doing a tough workout, if it makes you happy then do it!

Don't compare yourself to others
In the world of social media, comparing yourself to others kind of comes with the territory. You feel bad because your house isn't spotlessly clean like that mum on Instagram, you don't do amazing crafts and DIYs like that Pinterest mum you've been following, and you haven't been on an extra agent holiday like that family you see on Facebook. "Comparison is the thief of joy" Never a truer statement said.

In this day and age we are constantly comparing ourselves and in doing so, you are focusing on their path, not your own. Invest that time in yourself instead, accept who you are, not who you are not and you'll find out you are pretty incredible, and unique.

Not to mention, social media is not something to compare your life too because it's not reality. 

Be a friend to yourself
(This is my favourite one)
 We all know the saying "treat others how you would want to be treated" but the truth is, we don't treat ourselves that same way. Many of us struggle to be compassionate and caring to ourselves, which if you think about it is utterly ridiculous! You could be the kindest person in the world, the best, most supportive friend yet you constantly belittle and doubt yourself! Why? It seems we have grown up in a culture when it's just not the normal thing to speak positively of yourself, to radiate happiness and confidence. We are scared of new challenges, and beating ourselves up about it and it just makes us more miserable. So from now on, If you're upset, or nagging yourself about something, be a friend to yourself. Imagine you are advising a friend who is in the situation. What would you say to them? How would you console them? What would you suggest they do?

Do you feel you treat yourself kindly?

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10 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself


My New Year Goals 2022

If you know me, you'll know how much I love writing goals! Even if they are simple things I want to achieve that day, setting goals always makes me feel more positive and they feel fantastic when you complete them! So of course I was going to set some goals for the new year. I've repeated a few from last year, as I either want to continue to do them or work harder on them this year! 


In my personal opinion, I don't think 'resolutions' are ever a good idea, and it feels like you are setting yourself up for failure. By choosing a resolution it means you have to start immediately on January 1st, and if you give up at any point throughout the year, you've failed. Goals are far more realistic and achievable. Things to work towards each month, but with no strict schedule. Something to aim for.

I also think it's important to break goals down into easier chunks. Unlike resolutions, you can take small steps towards your goals each month which makes you far more likely to achieve them. So each week and each month I've got steps to aim towards for each of my goals, and hopefully by next year I will have achieved them all! So without further ado, my goals for the year!

My New Year Goals 2022

Read At Least 12 Books
Last year I was really awful, and I honestly think I only read 1 book. 365 days and only 1 book, that's ridiculous! So this year I'm determined to read at least 12, which can equate to 1 book a month, or however many I feel like! I've got a few lined up already.

Drink More Water
This is always always on my goal list. I always get so far and then give up! I drink too much tea, and I drink a lot of squash too so this is high on my priorities this year! Over the past year, I've been better at drinking water than I normally do, but I still need more!

Start New Business
I've got big plans for this year, I've been planning it since last Summer actually. It's pretty secretive for now, but fingers crossed you'll be seeing lots of new and exciting things around here very soon.

Save Money
Another goal that is always, and will probably always be on my goal list! I'm terrible at saving money full stop, and even when I do I end up spending it later on! That completely defeats the point! I've got a few steps in place to encourage me to save more this year so hopefully I manage to!

Commit To A Proper Skincare Routine
As I'm slowly approaching my 30's, it's definitely time to start taking better care of my skin. Don't get me wrong, I remove my make up thoroughly every night, and moisturise twice a day - but that's about it. I need to find out what products I really should be using!

Spend Quality Time With Everyone I Love
We do spend quality time together, but there's no such thing as too much. I need to try harder to make time for the people I love, in my love. 1 on 1 time with my children, quality time with my husband and friends too. I need to make more effort, with everyone this year. 

Create A Better Morning/Night/Working Routine
Something I will definitely struggle with, as I am such a night owl and tend to stay up until 1:30-2ish every night. Therefore, when my little ones wake up at 6am, I've barely slept. It's ridiculous and I'm constantly exhausted, so it's time to stop! I need to make more time in the day to sit down and work, like a normal person! 

Start Creative Journaling
I really want to utilise my journals this year. Fill all the pages with creativity, take time out to myself to express my creativity and jot down everything and anything. I'd love it to be something to look back on at the end of the year.


Have you set any goals this year? 



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15 Amazing & Creative Uses For Your Empty Notebooks
If you're a lover of stationery, I guarantee you have a million notebooks. Perhaps some have a few pages written in, but I bet the majority of them are completely blank! You bought them with the best intentions to make them into something amazing, but right now they are just in a big pile and you don't know what to do with them! I am such a sucker for buying pretty, or useful looking notebooks. So I wanted to share with you some ideas, different ways you can finally start writing in those blank notebooks and make good use of them!

 15 Amazing Uses For Your Empty Notebooks 


Bullet Journal

If your notebook is big enough, why not spend some time & turn it into a bullet journal? There are loads of tutorials and ideas on Pinterest or Youtube, I definitely recommend having a look! It's a wonderful idea for a planner or journal and can really help with organisation. It can be as prim and proper, or cute and frilly as you'd like - and it'll work with any notebook you have!

Dream Diary

Write down your dreams! I really want to start doing this. Try keeping a blank notebook by your bed, or under your pillow and jot them down as soon as you wake up. Maybe you could even look up to find out what they mean!

Quotes That Inspire Your Life

I absolutely love my inspirational quotes, and there's only so much room on my walls! Fill a book with powerful, motivating messages, pictures that make you feel strong and sure - everyone loves a good inspiring quote, right? It could be a perfect opportunity to practise lettering or calligraphy too if you fancied it. 

Write Love Letters

I remember when I was at school, we used to have our own notebooks where we would write letters to our teachers, and they'd write back. No one else would ever read it. You could do the same sort of things and write love letters to your significant others. I think it's a really sweet idea.

Make A Gratitude Journal

Spend some time every day, acknowledging and writing down all the things you are thankful for. It will help you appreciate all the little things in life & count your blessings. It's good for the soul, your mindset and it's so easy to do.

Jot Down Your Goals

Write down any goals you have. Things you want to achieve, you can also check things off and log your progress on your way! Turn a blank space into something inspiring! Keep track of your goals, plan your steps accordingly - it's a great way to stay motivated, and it'll be wonderful to look back on your journey afterwards. 

15 Amazing & Creative Uses For Your Empty Notebooks

Blog Post Ideas

If you are a blogger, you could use on of your notebooks to jot down ideas & inspiration for future posts. You could plan ahead for holidays & special occasions too! You could even use it for social media planning, creating an editorial calendar or helping you stay on track.

Daily Notebook

Jot down your days to-do list, things you want to achieve that day and tick them off! Who doesn't love a good checklist! Quick morning doodles or shower thoughts - make this your go-to, good old reliable journal.

Travel Journal
Places you want to go, places you have visited. Jot down all the things you did, what you saw. You could even include little mementos & souvenirs. Stick in maps, leaflets, draw the beautiful places you see. Jot down places you'd love to visit again, or sightseeing recommendations. The opportunities are endless.

Recipe Book

When I first moved into my own flat, my cousin started to fill up a notebook with recipes. Including basic things like measurements. I continued to fill in the notebook for a good few years. Writing down recipes I found online, from family members, from books or magazines. It was really lovely, and a great way to keep all your good recipes in one place. I am so doing this again.

Creative Writing

Perhaps you like to write poems, or are planning to write a novel. Don't dither around, start now. Get your creative juices flowing. Use creative writing prompts, start a mindmap - whatever helps your creativity!

15 Amazing & Creative Uses For Your Empty Notebooks


Start A Nature Journal

Record your observations & reflect on them. Collect natural objects, go bird spotting. Sketch what you see. Go wild.

Use It As A Sketchbook

Blank notebooks without lines, dots or grids are ideal to use as a sketchbook. Try ensuring you use separate pages for separate drawings to avoid overwhelm, and it'll help you focus too. Get scribbling and get creative, use your imagination and just go for it!

Share Your Memories

Revisit the past, jot down those memories you never want to forget. The sort of things that made you who you are. The things you want to be able to tell your grandchildren. All the good things.

Vision Boards

 Use the different pages in a notebook to get the inspiration flowing and create individual mood boards. Seasonal, travel inspired, aspirational - whatever takes your fancy. Write out your wildest fantasy, your 'ideal life'. Cut out images from magazines, Pinterest, or even add drawings and text. Create simple collages to represent your ideas and goals - and promote inspiration. Vision boards can be used for so many things! Life goals, decorating ideas, outfit inspiration, seasonal ideas - there's so much you can use a vision board for!

This list provides 15 creative ways you can use your empty notebooks, but honestly there are no limits to watch you could use them for! Blank pages are inspiring, they can be entirely unique and individual to you. Try not to worry too much about perfection, or hoping your notebooks will be as beautiful as can be - the important thing is you love it. Now get started and make something amazing!

Are you a notebook hoarder like me?

15 Amazing Creative Uses For Your Empty Notebooks


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5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try TodayI'm a firm believer in the power of expressing gratitude and being thankful for every thing you have. If you are feeling down, negative, disorganised, all over the place or just generally negative, starting a gratitude journal may just change your life. In the current times, with all the fancy technology we have at our fingertips - apps are often the way to go. I decided to try out a few different gratitude journaling apps and I wanted to share them with you!

Easy Ways To Start A Gratitude Journal With An App

5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today


Regular journaling has been scientifically proven to improve your wellbeing, and helps to create a positive mindset. By making a point of writing down all the things (big or small!) that you are thankful for, can really improve your mental health and wellbeing, as well as being inspiring to look back on. So if you are interested in starting your gratitude journaling journey, but you are more of a digital note maker these 5 gratitude journaling apps are the way to go!

Gratitude

Gratitude - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today
Gratitude is a lovely little app, quick to get going and easy to use throughout. Beginning each day on your 'journal' it gives you a prompt to write about, and you can even add a photo from your camera roll for each entry too. It then goes on to give you the option of creating daily affirmations (which some people love, some don't and that's ok). The app also provides you with fab quotes of the day and even the ability to create a vision board too! (Free, but there is a paid version option) Available on Android

Gratitude - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today

Presently

Presently - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today
Presently is my favourite gratitude journal app on this list, simply because it's just that - a gratitude journal app. It's simple, it's elegant and it's so easy to use. No frills, nothing fancy or extra, just exactly what it says on the tin. It allows you to focus on simply jotting down what you are grateful for today, and yesterday and keeps it all neat in a little diary. Perfect, sweet and simple. (Free & 100% ad free too) Available on Android
Presently - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today



365 Gratitude Journal

365 Gratitude Journal - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today
365 Gratitude Journal is more girly and cutesy than the other apps on this list, but if that's totally you, go for it! It's a simple app to use, and uses science based tips to keep you motivated each day. Plus it gives you journaling prompts if you're stuck and has an easy to use mood tracker too! Plus, 365 Gratitude Journal is different because it's gives you the opportunity to join in with a likeminded community for plenty more inspiration too! (Free 7 Day trial, then £3.57 per month after) Available on Android and IOS
365 Gratitude Journal - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today


Gratitude Garden

Gratitude Garden - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today
Gratitude Garden is another more simpler app. Again it does exactly what it sets out to do. Gives you the opportunity to fill in 3 things you are grateful for that day and each time you fill in your 3 things you get 'gratitude points' which can be used to buy things for your beautiful 'gratitude garden'. The app also let's you turn over a new card each day, with a motivational quote and inspiration for your day going forward too. Easy to use, fun to play and beautiful to look at! (Free) Available on Android and IOS
Gratitude Garden - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today

HappyFeed

HappyFeed - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today

HappyFeed is a slightly different type of gratitude journaling app. It does of course first give you chance to fill in a little journal, with prompts or hints if needed, and you can add photos or locations too, which is fab. The little bit extra to this app is the fact you can join in a group or a 'private pod' to share your moments with too! It also allows you to look back through memories and sends you a highlight of your month too. A really lovely app if you are looking for something a little bit more than your basic gratitude journal. (Free) Available on Android and IOS

HappyFeed - 5 Gratitude Journaling Apps To Try Today

I completely understand that apps aren't for everyone. Some people like to keep parts of their lives separate, off their phones, and some people are more pen and paper people - and that's perfectly ok too. If you are unsure, why not give one of these apps a go, it can't hurt right? 

No matter what works best for you, try and stick to it - to make your happiness a habit and feel the true benefit of gratitude in your life. 

Have you tried any Gratitude Journaling apps before? 
Do you think you might give one a go?

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If you are feeling uninspired or unmotivated, do something to change your life today. You need to fight for what you want, you need to plan ahead and even small changes can make a big difference to your life. Try and tick a few of these things off today, and your future self will thank you!

12 Little Things To Do That Your Future Self With Thank You For


Sort Out Your Wardrobe

Go through your wardrobe and give it a good declutter. Fill up a bag of items to take to the charity shop, things that you don't wear or don't fit. Not only will this benefit others by donating to charity, but it will save you a lot of time in the future when deciding what to wear!

Automatically Transfer Money To Savings Account

Set up a standing order to automatically transfer some money on payday to your savings account. Even a few pounds every month can soon build up, and if it comes out straight away, you'll begin to not even notice it going. I've got a fantastic little set up with my bank, that means every time I pay on my card (which is pretty much every time I go to the shop) it rounds up the amount I spend to the nearest pound, and transfers those pennies into my savings account. It's a fantastic way to save without really noticing, I strongly suggest you see if your bank does this too!

Organise A Date With Friends

Spending quality time with your friends is so important. You might have 100 friends, you might only have a few but make some time every month to see those closest to you. Organise a date in advance to make sure you get a chance to see each other as regularly as possible. 

Get Into The Habit Of Taking Time For Yourself Everyday

Looking after yourself is so important, and spending quality time alone is one of the best things you can do when you need to recharge your batteries. Start scheduling quality time just for you, and you'll thank yourself when it starts becoming a habit.

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Leave Money In Your Coat Or Bag

Oh this is one of my favourite things to do for myself as and when I can. It works particularly well when the seasons are changing too. For example, leave £5 or £10 pounds in your winter coat pocket, as winter is turning into spring. You'll soon forget it's there, and you'll high five yourself when you discover it again in a few months. OR if you don't want to leave it that long, you could tuck a note behind your least used cards in your purse, and you'll discover it again at a later date. 

Book A Holiday

Book a weekend away or a holiday a while in advance, even up to a year in advance. Pay for it as soon as you can and you'll have something to look forward to for months! It'll make it more exciting, and you'll definitely thank yourself for taking that leap and booking something early!

Fill Your Diary/Calendar Up

One thing I've started doing more now is writing down important dates and things to remember as soon as they come up. Say you did book a holiday, or a date with friends - write it down there and then! Or perhaps you got a letter for the various holiday and inset days for school, write it down straight away! You'll be so glad you did when you've got too much on your mind later on and have completely forgotten!

Spend Time With Your Family

Make sure you set time aside to spend with your family and those you are closest too. Even if it's just an afternoon of drinking tea and catching up. Ensure it becomes a regular occurrence, and don't let little things get in the way of family time.

Cook A Big Batch Of Food And Freeze

Such a genius idea and really easy to implement. Cook a big batch of whatever you are having for dinner, or do it with every dinner - portion out the extras into separate tubs and freeze. You'll be so thankful for this in the future when you haven't got anything to eat, or perhaps you're not feeling well but you still need to make dinner!

Write A To-Do List For Following Day

Something I do every single night, without fail. Grab your diary and check what you've got going on the following day. Make a to-do list, even if it's just a few things to tick off the following day. (Make sure you add a few easily achievable things too though, like taking time out for you, or sitting down and drinking a cuppa while it's hot!) It will stop you forgetting anything, and encourage you to make the most of every day.

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Plan A List Of Goals And Steps, And Take That First Step

I absolutely love writing goal lists, and they are all well and good but if you haven't got a plan of how to achieve them, they aren't going to be ticked off the list anytime soon! So write down a list of goals for the week/month/year and steps to achieve each one. Then take that first step towards one goal there and then. Plus, if possible, you could even add the next step to tomorrow's to do list!

Plan Your Outfit And Pack Your Bag For Tomorrow

Almost an essential thing to do when you have children, but plan and set out your outfit ready for the next day, each evening. (I recommend checking the weather beforehand!) It'll save you a task in the morning, and no faffing around searching for a particular item of clothing. As well as planning your outfit for the next day - get any bags ready too! Pack your handbag/changing bag/ kids lunchboxes ready in advance and it'll save you so much time in the morning!

So which item on the list will you be checking off today? 
How do you like to treat your future self?

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