Newcastle Upon Tyne

Hi everyone, been a while.

So I turned 21 and spent my birthday in the sunny Newcastle as it is a city I longed to visit and explore. We went from Edinburgh to Newcastle via train, me, my boyfriend and my best friend.. we had the best little holiday getting lots of ‘perfect pics’ and drunk of course.

It was funny actually, the one thing I used to love on TV was Geordie Shore and every time you mention it to a Geordie Uber driver they would go nuts telling us that’s not the only thing that they have going for them! Everyone was super friendly though and we only really needed a taxi to visit the Angel of the North as our hotel was right on the Diamond Strip.

When we first arrived, we headed to our hotel to get unpacked and changed, we then headed out to The Gate for some food in Nando’s and then some drinks in Wetherspoons, can never go wrong there! And our first night we visited The Alchemist as previously we had went to one in Liverpool and loved it and my friend hadn’t been before so we had to enlighten her to the fun, smokey cocktails.

The next day was my birthday, so we got up and had breakfast then went back to bed for a bit of a lie in, not going to lie I kinda needed it after the cocktails the night before.. oops! We then headed out to see all the touristy bits like the Tyne Bridge, the Angel of the North, Newcastle football stadium.. insert photo spam now, haha..

The night of my birthday, we went out on the Diamond strip, it was really busy as well considering my birthday was a Thursday! We went to Floritas, House of Smith, Bijoux and Flares, my favourite pub was definitely between Florita’s and Flares as they both had good energy and cocktails of course, duh!

Overall, we had such a good trip and I really enjoyed the couple of nights away for my birthday, I would recommend visiting Newcastle to anyone that hasn’t as everyone is so friendly and welcoming, it felt like we hadn’t left Scotland in a sense.

What’s your favourite city? Where do you think I should visit next? City break or beach holiday?

Lots of Love,

L x

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Tips for Anxiety/Feeling Stressed

Hi everyone, how are you all doing today?

As you may have seen, I had taken a couple of weeks off of blogging altogether but I am back now and feeling more motivated than ever.

Lately, my mental health hasn’t been it’s strongest and I have been feeling more anxious and stressed, hence why I made the decision on cutting out social media for a bit. Not that blogging adds to the stress but I find that I put so much pressure on myself to add a post every single Sunday at 9am, now I have decided to change this and upload on whichever date of the week I decide and hopefully that will stop me getting myself in a rut as much. I hope this is okay for anyone that follows my blog as I have had a few messages asking if I was okay which I appreciate my lovelies, you can let me know in the comments.

For today’s post, I decided to give some advice on what I do for myself when I begin to feel stressed or anxious, including what I have been doing the past couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy, let’s get started.

1. Deep Breath

It sounds super simple but very effective. Take 10 minutes to yourself and just breathe, it’s handy to google up some breathing exercises and practice them and use them when you’re feeling on edge.

2. Bath and Cuppa

This doesn’t work for everyone but I love running myself a warm bubble bath and using some Lush products, watching them swirl and work away. I also enjoy boiling the kettle and sitting with a cup of tea (normally adding an extra sugar, if feeling low).

3. Talking

If you find yourself taking a dip, the best thing you can do is talk to someone, whether that be to a friend, family member or a doctor. The worst thing you can do is pretend your okay and march on, believe me on this one – I’m living proof.

4. Do Things That Make You Feel Good

Think of all the things you enjoy in life and do it! Play your favourite music, read your favourite book, go out and have dinner with friends. This will remind your sub-conscious of all the amazing things you can do that will take your mind off feeling stressed. One thing I would say is avoid alcohol as this can make it worse, and I don’t just mean when you wake up in a random house with beer fear!

5. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Last but not least, in fact probably the most important – exercise! I have been doing this the past couple of weeks and it has helped me lots. Now, exercise doesn’t mean sign up to your nearest Gym and go everyday for 5 hours. It can be a short walk every day, go out cycling if you have a bike or even doing some light exercises whilst watching TV. My favourite is to walk my dog as where I live is surrounded by greenery and I have never been a nature person but oh my goodness, the pictures I can take whilst out with Rosie is so surreal. I will attach some clips now but I absolutely love this area for walking.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and hopefully it gave some advice to someone feeling a little down or stressed/anxious. Just please remember to not sit in silence. Your not alone.

Leigh Xx

Mothers Day

I just want to dedicate this post to every mum out their, you’re doing an amazing job!

Me, I don’t have any kids – apart from my puppy and guinea pigs but some people don’t quite understand that there my babies.. haha! I know many girls that are mum’s, and since it’s Mother’s Day today I decided I would spend this post talking about my nearest, dearest, bestest friend in the whole wide world .. mum, please enjoy💜

Dear Mum,

Thank you for raising me to be polite, say please & thank you, be kind and follow all the traits that you carry out. From baby until now I appreciate everything that you have done for me, held my hand, told me everything will be fine, guided me down the right path and helped shape who I am today. You are the most kind hearted woman I know and I am so proud to say that you are not only my mum, but a strong woman whom I look up to and if I ever become half the woman you are then I know I’m doing something right. I am so appreciative for all the help you’ve given me and the endless love and support you continue to shower me with. I am so lucky to have a mum like you .. you are amazing💗

Lots of love, your daughter – Leigh xxx

Please, if you’re lucky enough to still have your mum with you, use today to spend time with them and tell them how much you appreciate them.. you never know when it might be too late.

Love you mum 🌹💜

L x

Mental Health is Important

Rest in Peace Mike Thalassitis..💜

We live in a world where, every 40 seconds, someone commits suicide.. please, we need to spread the word and do something about it.

Everyone in this world is fighting a battle, wether that be grievance, anxiety, bipolar, a break-up, financial issues, depression or, just a bad day.. and in my opinion PEOPLE should be looking after our other PEOPLE as we are all in this together. Life is a journey, we can make it what we want it to be but in order for us to get through it we need to help and guide each other and share support for everyone.. stop putting people down, judging people, be there for each other and love each other.. it’s not a lot to ask.

Too many lives are being taken due to mental illness. Tell me, if you have a sore leg and think you’ve broken it, do you ignore it? Well why do that to your mind – it’s just as important!!

Ok, so we have began talking about mental health and started breaking down the stigma on it.. but what about the people that support mental health but then still bully people? They shout from the rooftops about breaking the stigma on mental illness but slaughter someone over a Facebook post or a twitter tweet for no reason at all. It happens and I have seen it.. THIS NEEDS TO STOP.

We should all set goals on changing little things about ourselves in order to be that little bit kinder and nicer. Mines is to say Hello to strangers more, normally I only smile at them but I now am beginning to greet strangers.. you never know a friendly smile, it could save someone’s life.

What are your thoughts on it all? Do you think we can do more to raise awareness? Do you think enough is being done?

L x

The Importance of Mindfulness

Don’t just look, observe

Don’t just swallow, taste

Don’t just sleep, dream

Don’t just think, feel

Don’t just exist, live

It’s that time again – Sunday, the day before the dreaded ‘Monday – start of the week’. The day where, most of us, are too busy thinking of what we need to do tomorrow, whether that be at work, school or college/uni. And so, I have decided to do a post on mindfulness to help us all stay focussed on the ‘just now’ and stop trying to fast-forward to the ‘tomorrow’ or the future.

Mindfulness is so important for our mental health, life is always so hectic and we are constantly thinking of what we are going to be doing next, instead of living in the moment and focussing on the now. For instance, we have all been that person, sitting at a red light at traffic lights on a Monday morning, becoming impatient and frustrated because we focus on where we should be and all the work that has to be done that day, rather than sitting at the lights and realising that the red light is where we are and getting angry won’t change that.

I am a great believer in ‘everything happens for a reason’ and that quote ties in perfectly with this post, like the traffic light story in the last paragraph, you are sitting at a red light – yes it can be annoying, but in another world/city/street there has been a car crash, a shooting, a murder… someone has put you at that red light to stall you from coming in to contact with an injury/death. But that is just my take on it.

How many of us focus on brushing our teeth in the morning, and don’t think of anything else whilst we are doing it? How many of us go for a shower and just enjoy the warm water spilling over us, without fretting about worries/tasks/goals? To anyone who can do this, well done because mindfulness is amazing, it allows you time to focus on you and don’t let your train of thought take over your ‘now’. It is a difficult thing to overcome, but like I said it is so important for your mental health not to get carried away thinking of the future because, at times, it can feel like there are no hours in the day but that’s because your mind is in overdrive constantly thinking of the future.

My tasks for this week is to focus purely on the things that I am doing at the time of doing them. To enjoy switching off my phone and having some ‘me’ time. What are your tasks for this week? Are you going to try mindfulness?

Have a lovely week

L x

Doggy Daycare and Life-changing Events

As you all know, I am a doggy mama and my little puppy, Rosie, is my beautiful little cheeky-chappy Sprocker Spaniel. This weekend, my full weekend revolved around this little face💗!

Today, she is exactly 6 months and 14 days and I really don’t know how I feel about it as she is getting so big. Literally, I feel like this must be how actual parents feel when there babies grow up and I can relate to the whole ‘they grow up so fast’ quotes!!

Already she has made such a huge impact on all our lives and this was proven on Friday night when she had a sleepover at gran and papas house .. which is literally 10 steps away from our home. It still felt so lonely and empty without her presence and by presence I mean following me around everywhere! The whole ‘sleepover’ thing came around to see how she would be if me and Chris were to go on holiday as we were thinking of going a city break holiday for my 21st birthday, in May. My little angel was so perfect and brave without her mummy and daddy, her mummy and daddy, however, very much missed there little princess – she was all we spoke about for the full night and was so strange without her.

Another puppy update: on Friday, I booked for Rosie’s big operation to have her hernia removed as well as getting her spayed. This will be happening on 25th of this month and I am so nervous to be leaving her! I know vets do these operations every day but it’s still horrible leaving your puppy in the hands of people that she doesn’t know all that well.. she will be fine though I know that, it’s just horrible 💜.

This weekend, I also binge watched Derry Girls, on Channel 4. I belly laughed from beginning to end on every single episode, absoloutely brilliant.. would definitely recommend! I am also looking for some other Series/Box Sets to watch.. so if you have any recommendations, please leave them below!

Have you had a nice weekend? What did you get up to? What box sets are you binging on at the moment? Do let me know.

L x

Top 5 tips on Flying the Nest (moving out)

Hey everyone, back with another Sunday post! Hope you are all well.

Being a 20 year old that has already went through this experience I thought I would share some very valuable tips that I wish someone could have told me when moving out from my mum and dads house!! Or maybe they did and I just didn’t listen.. yeah probably that one.

Anyway without further ado, here they are:

1. BE PREPARED

By this, I mean if you are moving in somewhere with a partner then get prepared for tidying up after them, them expecting the world of you and just basically bothering each other ALL THE TIME. I mean it’s not that bad.. hmm.

2. BE BRAVE

If you have a phobia of spiders then you definitely have to step up to the mark and become the spider catcher or make sure you haven’t moved that far from your parents so they are handy to get them for you. FUN FACT : spiders are the one reason that I thought might hold me back from getting a place on my own, I haaaaate them. Also, all them creepy noises at night with no parents to save you if the ghost is real – ANOTHER NOT SO FUN FACT: we had/have a spirit in our house that used to unscrew our bedroom bulb.. scaryyyy.

3. ACCESSORY GALORE

B&M, Home Bargains, Wilko.. all the home stores you can think of become your best friends. ‘I’ll just pick up a few things… 10 bags later, oops’. You will constantly pick up lots of nick nacks, it almost becomes an obsessive behaviour.. GUILTY.

4. MUM & DAD I MISS U

As much as having independence is amazing.. you will miss your parents and all they have done for you. You will start to appreciate exactly just how much they have done for you over all the years. As soon as you fall ill, all you want is to lie on the couch and have your parents look after you like you are 10 again. This is when it hits home that you are growing up and life is changing very quickly.

5. ENJOY

Embrace your new experience and love it for what it is. Create loads of beautiful memories and surround yourself with lots of positive energy. Make your house a home with everything you have ever wanted and loved, and just have an amazing first house journey. It is the most amazing, scary experience but also very rewarding as you always find that after a while you become so house proud of everything that you have created.. so love it!!

I hope this post has given some sort of aspect on moving out for the first time or if some of you maybe relate to when you first flew the nest. I would love to hear your tips and tricks on moving home and any experiences of first homes, I would love to hear.

Comment your experiences below and have a chat.

Have a lovely week

L x

Stop Trying to be Perfect

Hi guys, welcome to another post 💗💜.

So this week, I haven’t been up to much at all apart from working at my new job like I mentioned in my previous post. I am still training but it is more active training as I am actually doing the job.. just with some extra floor support/help.

So this post today actually came from something that has happened at work. I like to know everything I can know about my job, I like to teach myself and be taught on everything I will ever need to know but sometimes this is deemed impossible as new scenarios pop up all the time.

Basically, I told someone over the phone wrong information and guess what? It wasn’t the end of the world. And guess what? No one else seen it the way I did. And guess what? Leigh decided to really put herself down about it.

It was such a small thing that yes, did affect the customer and it provoked a difficult conversation with the customer but like I said, the world didn’t stop.. I resolved it as soon as I realised I was wrong. But, in my mind I had completely done wrong to the business and to the customer, it sounds silly but I really went hard on myself for it. I put myself down and cried myself to sleep that night, almost never returned the next day. I am so so glad that I messaged my mum about it because she literally is me in an older form.. she does the exact same things and gave me advice that maybe she should be taking too.. stop being your own worst enemy.

It made me realise that our imperfections are what make us perfect in this world. No-one knows everything and everyone makes mistakes.. as long as you own it and do what you need to to resolve it then it will be fine. Life is a rollercoaster, there are so many things to learn and mostly, you learn from mistakes you make.

Although the scenario in work this week was just a small one, it made me look back and realise that I try so hard to be perfect in everyday life and I really am hard on myself when things don’t go to plan and I have decided I really want to change that! Life is far too short to be worrying about making mistakes and trying to learn absolutely everything in life. I really want to try and be a bit more laid back and take life as it comes instead of trying to grab life and shape it perfectly.

Does anyone else feel the way I do about situations? I would love to have a chat and learn from each other (there I go again, trying to learn.. learn.. learn LOL!)

Definitely though, this week I am going to keep my head held high and most importantly relax.. like I said, life is too short to be constantly stressed and ill with worry.

I hope you can take something away from this and it can help you in a way that it helps me.. recognising that I do it and making small changes to alter my way of thinking💜

L x

Stepping out my Comfort Zone

For years now I have suffered with anxiety and this has made me someone who enjoys just ‘floating’ in life, not standing out or doing anything different just simply doing the same things and not really changing my routine up or trying anything new.

Apart from moving out from my parents house and changing up jobs once in a while, I haven’t really done anything different and new in quite a while. Well, that is, up until this year.

So, I have decided that this year I really want to step out of my comfort zone and try new things… now I can’t say I have organised a lot because well, I haven’t. But I did decide in May this year, to support Dogs Trust, I would participate in a sponsored Sky Dive!!!

Now that is most definitely stepping out my comfort zone! I have never been scared of heights and I have always wanted to jump out of a plane but it’s one of them things that I thought just passed and it was a challenge to make it a reality. But, in actual fact, it was just a matter of contacting the company and setting a date and then, of course, raise some money for the chosen Charity.

I am super excited to do this but it still feels very surreal at the moment. Not to mention, I keep forgetting about it and I haven’t really mentioned it to a lot of people and so I really need to get my finger out and raise awareness to all my friends and family about it.

If anyone would like to sponsor me for this, I would be so grateful and appreciative as I am starting to get a little nervous about it.. I mean, it is only 2 months away ahhhhh!

If anyone has any tips on what to take with me on the day/what to wear/what to expect I would again, be so grateful, as I have never done anything like this before. Do I eat before it and risk bringing it back up mid-air, lol!

Anyway, I just really wanted to vent that out and hopefully get some tips and advice for the big day when it comes. Why don’t you step out your comfort zone this year and try something new?

Have any of you ever sky dived, please let me know below!

JustGiving Fundraising Page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leigh-burns2

Lots of love,

L xxx

Beginning a New Job

Recently, I started a new job at a call centre, I have completed the 4 weeks of classroom training and I am 1 day into the real life call training where you take the calls, fully supported by managers and floor walkers. During this process I have realised how often people change jobs or begin a job for the first time and it can be so daunting, the fear of the unknown. No matter how many times you change jobs, nothing can stop the butterflies the night before your first day or the fear of getting out the car once you arrive.

Looking back at my first day, I was so nervous – I have had 3 jobs previous to this one but none of which were a call centre and I think this made me a little more nervous. The assumptions which ran through my head were ‘no one will like me’ ‘everyone will take to the training better than me’ ‘if I get anything wrong, they will laugh at me’. I can now tell you how wrong I was to think any of that was true. When you start a new job with a group of people, everyone is in the same boat – in fact many may feel and think the same things as you. Although you may not like feeling and thinking this way, it is so normal and human. It is okay to be nervous and have butterflies in your tummy.

The most important thing on the first day of a job is to just be yourself. Be helpful, kind and also, if you aren’t understanding something – be honest! Someone else in the room may feel the same as you and doesn’t want to say anything. Everyone picks things up at a different level and that is okay, that is what makes us all unique and different.

My point of this post is to just let you all know that nerves aren’t a bad thing, in lots of situations its good to be nervous and everyone around you probably feel the same way. So, never ever let your doubts and fears stop you from doing the thing that you want to do. Let them push you into doing it and then look back and be proud of yourself for overcoming fears and worries.

Have you recently began a new career path? Did you overcome your fears? If you did, please be proud and well done as it is a difficult thing to overcome at times.

L x