Happy Singles Day!!

Oh excellent. It is that time of year again. The 14th of February. Valentine’s Day.

I, like some of you reading this, am single. Nowadays, I am happily single but during my teenage years, I used to get really down about it. Especially when all my friends had boyfriends and I didn’t (This may have been my own fault, I talked to boys about football which always seemed to lead to being friend zoned!). So I often wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with a duvet pulled over my head, being comforted by Mr Ben and Mr Jerry. However, fear not my single friends because this year I have put together the ultimate kit for celebrating Singles day!

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I guess a lot of these items are to pamper and spoil myself. Valentine’s Day is a day to be shown how loved you are so why can’t you show yourself how much you love you? Treating and looking after yourself is so important and people don’t do it enough.

In past years, I have got together with my other single friends to celebrate Singles Day and we have had such a laugh together, but this is fun on your own too. This plan also means you can spend the day indoors, meaning you don’t have to walk around seeing couples holding hands and being lovey dovey, and you can stay in your comfy jogging pants without being judged so win win!!

I think I will start the celebrations by doing a face pack. I love face packs, especially ones that smell good enough to eat! The ones you peel off when they are dry are the most fun, mostly because it makes me feel like I am starring in my very own episode of Doctor Who 🙂 My favourite ones are by Montagne Jeunesse. They do all sorts of flavours and cover a range of different skin types, meaning you can pick one that is just right for you. They smell amazing but more importantly, leave your skin feeling smooth and clear. Word of warning: Face packs are difficult to do in groups. Especially when your friends are as funny as mine!

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I am not a girlie girl at all but I do love painting my nails so that is what I will do next. My favourite brands are Barry M and Avon, and if I am treating myself to something a little more expensive, I always choose OPI or Ciate. In my opinion, brighter is always better! My favourite style at the moment is hot pink with a black mosaic effect over the top (Mine is from Avon).

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Once my nails are dry, I will then start to make my way through my DVD collection. On a day celebrating being single, I will probably start with laugh out loud comedies such as the Miranda series (such fun!) or John Tucker Must Die, where girls get their own back on their school Romeo. Perfect for Singles Day. Last but not least I will watch Pitch Perfect because the moral of the story is that friendship conquers all. And who doesn’t love a sing-a-long?!

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The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted the pizza takeaway menu on the table. That is because I intend to order in pizza. A big one. With a stuffed crust and multiple toppings. A pizza that I can choose exactly what toppings I want without having to share it with anyone. I would honestly rather be singe than have to share my pizza without a fussy eater (Yes I like pineapple on my pizza, get over it!). Whoever invented the half and half pizza must have saved a million relationships. Obviously there are many different companies available but for me, Pizza Hut is the King of Pizzas. And their cookie dough pudding is amazing!

And last but not least, no pampering session would be complete without some sort of chocolatey treat! I bought the little love heart chocolates from Marks and Spencer because they are super cute and easy to share. I also thought they would be the ideal size to dip in my one true love,  Nutella. If I could, I would put Nutella on everything…ice cream, scones, digestive biscuits…weird, I know!

So there you have it. My guide to celebrating Singles Day and surviving Valentine’s Day as a singleton. I hope you enjoy whatever your plans have. Send me a picture of your Singles Day celebrations to my Twitter page: @notfallingover or to my Facebook page: Positive Thinking and Not Falling Over. Can’t wait to see them!

There is a saying that states: How can anyone be expected to love you when you do not love yourself. And it is true, learning to love yourself is one the hardest, but the best thing you will ever do, especially if you are over critical of yourself as I am. It is really worth doing things like this to make you take the time to look after yourself. Remind yourself that you are beautiful and worth unconditional love.

 

Sarah x

Please note: I am not endorsed by any of the companies or brands mentions. Those mentioned above are just my humble opinion, other brands are available.

 

Your life, Your vision

January is well known for being the month of setting resolutions, turning your life around, creating the ‘new you’.

From being little I knew how your life was supposed to be. You were expected to go to school, then to college, then to University, then get a job, then… what? I left University and was very lucky to walk into a full time job pretty much the next day. But then two years later, I woke up one morning and thought…’What am I supposed to do now?’ Like, is this it? Is this what my life is going to be like until I am ready for the grave?

It is said by pretty much every adult that the aim of school is to prepare you for life. My teachers made it very clear to me that only good exam results would do and my life would be over if I did not achieve them. I know now that teachers say this to scare the students who don’t work hard enough into action, but it had the opposite effect. It scared all of us hard working students into blind panic.

School had done very well preparing me for getting into college, how to pick my A Levels, how to handle interviews but they never prepared me for what happens after you have done all that. Do you get a job and then just wait until you are old enough to retire?  When do you get to do the fun stuff? Like travelling or go to a festival or learn how to make the perfect chocolate cupcakes?

There is a very famous story about John Lennon, the Beatles legend. John was at school one day and his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he was older. John replied: ‘I want to be happy.’ The teacher laughed and said he had misunderstood the question. John told him that he misunderstood life.

John Lennon was right. What is the point of doing a job you hate, spending time with people who bring you down or wasting the days you have until you die?

I have never liked the idea of having a Bucket List. I thought about writing one but whenever I tried, it made me feel like I was trying to beat the clock. I always felt more focused on trying to get through the list before I kicked said ‘bucket’, rather than actually enjoying each once-in-a-lifetime activity, which kind of defeated the point of doing it!

But one day I came across something that I wish I had seen when I was about 14, when I was making my GCSE choices. I needed someone to tell me that if I made a wrong decision, my life would not be over! That something was a Vision Board. A picture plan, if you like, for what I want my life to look like. The idea is simple, you make a college of things you want to do in your life, things you want to achieve, skills you want to have, places you want to see. Anything and everything that would make your life complete. This is mine, it lives on my wall, right by my desk where I can see it every day:

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I want to be a children’s author, I want to own a house that is big enough for my relatives to stay in (I have a lot of family overseas), I want to be in a loving marriage, I want to have clear spot-less skin (that drama will be a whole other blog post!), I want to be involved with my favourite sports team, I want to be involved with my favourite charity.

How I am going to achieve all this is not clear at the moment, but that is not a problem. A vision board is a plan, not the finished product. Once you have made a board, it does not mean it is set in stone. I am always changing things on mine as more ideas come to me or I think to myself: ‘Actually, that is not important to me anymore.’ Making the vision board makes you focus on all the positive things you want to experience in your life, rather than worrying about the things that in the end, won’t actually matter.

The only golden rule for making the vision board is you must write the labels on it in the present tense: I am a successful author, I have clear skin, I have a nice car. Talking in the present tense will bring the experience to you. Saying statements like ‘I would like…’ or ‘In the future…’ keeps pushing it further and further away from you, meaning you never catch it. Sometimes I look at my vision board and say some of the notes I have written on there, to remind myself of where I am heading in my life, especially when I am having a rough day. As long as I have my plan, my vision, then I know which direction I am heading in.

I know a lot of the time during your teenage years, you can’t see past school, or past those girls who are making your life hell, or that feeling that you don’t fit in and you would rather be invisible, but this is the perfect time to start a vision board. Those days will end. You can turn those bad feelings into something positive and start deciding how you would like your life to be. You are in control of what you want your life to be like and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I am not for one minute saying do not try and get the best exam results you can. Obviously, getting good exam results does open doors for you. By law, you have to go to school so you may as well put your all into getting the best exam results you can to make the time spent there worthwhile. And yes you have to get a job so you can earn money to live off, money is not just going to fall out of the sky and land in your hand. Unless a real money tree has been discovered since I started writing this post… But what about all the things that give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside? Start planning those extra things that will make you happy. Because at the end of the day, that is the most important thing. That you are happy. 

So get planning!

Start making your vision.

And don’t forget to send me a picture when it is finished, either through the Facebook page: Positive Thinking and Not Falling Over or via Twitter: @notfallingover.

Sarah x