See the Good

 

Be the Change you wish to see in the World

-Ghandi

Hey Guys,

Today I wanted to share three videos with you that really made me smile. I’m sick today and am admittedly quite a bad patient so the fact these videos managed to make me smile, I figured they have to be good.

There seems to be nothing but negative news at the moment and it’s easy to see why people are losing faith in humanity. There’s no denying that there are plenty of bad things going on in the world, but there are also great things happening everyday.

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No matter how big or small, I think it is important to try and focus on the positive things that happen around us everyday. Don’t feel that your acts of kindness are being over shadowed because I can guarantee they make a difference to someone.

And finally, I know it’s everywhere but if anyone else out there needs cheering up like I did, then watch it as many times as you need. The cuteness does not fade!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying your Sunday evening. It’s the first day of Spring so make sure to kick some ass this week 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

 

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Hey Guys,

I’ve previously written posts which have touched on the point that I can be a worrier. This tends to be more in my personal life as opposed to within the work environment. I think the anxiety I sometimes suffer can be traced to my over active imagination and the fact I never switch off. I have however been trying to train myself into seeking the good in most situations and to ease that horrible feeling of anxiety and stress that can be easily built up. I’m trying to do this particularly where these feelings are unnecessary.

I’m aware that I am most definitely not the only person who feels like this and so I decided to share some of the top tips I have been given that can boost positivity and reduce anxiety. Now I am not claiming to have mastered any of these tactics but I do think they can have a positive impact and have helped me to date.

1. Realise that people don’t think about you and your life, as much as you think they do.

I have always envied people who don’t care what others think. I do strive for that one day, however I can be quite self conscious. I often spend far too long worrying how others will react to my actions and what they will think of me. I know this can be the case for many of us, but it is a true fact that people are generally more concerned with their own lives!

2. Distract yourself

Grab your laptop, grab a book, grab your runners and/or grab your best friend. Do anything that will distract you. Once a negative thought comes into your head and embeds itself there, it can be very difficult to get rid of. A good friend of mine once told me to say the two times tables. Picking a number like ‘2’ means the multiplication is easy and wont frustrate you but it will keep your brain occupied. Do it as many times as you need until that negative thought has vanished. Prevention is easier than a cure!

3. Think of the short term instead of the long term

I find this tip really helpful. I tend to worry about things that are so far ahead in the future and that may never even happen that I stress out unnecessarily. Instead it is better to focus on what you need to do for the day, for tomorrow, for the week. After that just push it out of your head. This can also be switched and work in reverse, depending on what it is that makes you anxious. The trick to this is to still set your long term goals but to focus on the short term achievements that will get you to your end destination.

4. Shed some light on the topic

A problem shared… Talking about something that is bothering you is an age old piece of advice, but it genuinely works. I personally find that seeing someone else think the issue is not as significant as I initially had, calms me down. I think it can highlight whether or not I’m being irrational and worrying unnecessarily. It’s also comforting to have someone understand what you’re going through. One thing I would stress is be careful who you talk to. Unfortunately not everyone has your best interests at heart. Be able to decipher between those who care and those who are just looking for gossip! Your Mom and best friend should be a safe bet though 🙂

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5. Get more sleep

Being tired can increase feelings of anxiety. Get more sleep! This is a tad ironic coming from me as I am definitely a night owl who doesn’t have the luxury of sleeping in when I want to. I do however find that my worrying goes into overdrive when I am tired. When I have energy I feel much more positive! I think this comes back to being productive when you have more energy. When you have had a productive day, you are less likely to experience feelings of stress and anxiety. Instead these feelings can often be replaced with a sense of accomplishment.

And Finally

I think it is really important to try focus on the good as opposed to the bad. This is easier said than done, trust me I know! I do however always try to remind myself that there are others out there in a much worse situation than I am. It is easy to let things get on top of us, it happens to everyone. The important thing is to not let it stay hanging over you. Life is too short, something I’ve only come to realise over this past year.

I hope this post can help anyone who is suffering with anxiety, if nothing else it’s always nice to know that there are others who experience the same issues and feelings. There are so many ways to overcome these feelings, choose what works best for you!

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

It’s Not Just Puppy Love

Hey Guys,

As you will know from my previous posts I am an avid animal lover. This combined with the fact that I am a dog owner, I’ve decided to base this post around the big issue of dogs at Christmas. Unfortunately there are many problems associated with puppies being bought as Christmas presents and also with older dogs not being cared for efficiently over the festive period.

First off I would like to kick off with the issue of the weather. There’s no denying how cold it is in the run up to Christmas. I completely understand that some people don’t like their dogs being inside (my dog personally has run of the house!) but look each to their own. However when the weather is in the minus degrees and it is literally freezing, dogs should not be left outside. The coldness can put pressure on their organs and it’s just in general cruel to allow your pet to suffer. No fur coat can protect an animal when the temperature drops so low during the night.

I also can’t believe that it also still needs to be said, but unfortunately it does. A puppy is not a novelty gift. It is a new member in your family and if you cannot see that then do not ‘buy’ one for Christmas with the fake promise of a loving home. I know many people may not intend this to be the case but it is an issue that is increasing. Last year on the 5th of January, the DSPCA received 55 phone calls from people who wanted to ‘return’ or ‘surrender’ the dogs they had gotten for Christmas. That is a 110% increase on the previous year. That is less than two weeks after receiving the dog. This is simply not fair on a puppy as they need to get used to their surroundings, not be passed from place to place.

If you are unsure about a dog ask yourself some questions about what your plans are for the future. Can you dedicate time to your pet? They do need to be walked but they also need love and affection, throughout their entire life not just when they are small and fluffy. Your love for your pet should not decline the older they get, it should increase! Dogs are also not the cheapest to own. In my mind they are worth every penny, but you need to consider whether you can afford to or are willing to spend money on your pet. Between food, vaccines and the vet fees, there is a budget that needs to be allocated to ensure sufficient care for your dog. It is cruel to leave them without any of the above.

At the end of the day, a dog is an amazing gift at any time of the year. If it is only considered for Christmas then perhaps you need to re-evaluate. Looking after your dog, is like looking after a child. If you can’t do this then do not get one. It really is as simple as that. If however you make an informed decision and get a dog and fall in love with it, then welcome to the club! It is great 🙂

Just some food for thought guys!

Until next time My Loves

Z x

Ps. Just because I’m one of those dog owners who loves to show people pictures of my baby / dog, here’s some pics of my wonderful, troublesome ‘puppy’

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One Lovely Blog Award

Hey Guys,

I have been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by the lovely Halley, or should I say Zipporah Riviere! I am only relatively new to one-lovely-blog-awardBlogging so I was so excited that someone actually noticed my blog and enjoyed it enough to nominate me for this award! I think this deserves to go in my ‘Happiness is..’ category. So a big thank you to Ms Halley 🙂 Make sure to check out her blog:

http://zipporahriviere.wordpress.com/

The Rules

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog as well as follow their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 12 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

7 Facts about Me

♦ I have recently completed my degree in Marketing, I studied it for 4 years and can’t quite believe I’m no longer a student!

♦ I live for fashion and my dream job is to be the editor of Vogue, Mrs Wintour watch your back 😉

♦ I have a serious chocolate addiction and could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes do! My favourite is Cadburys & Lindt and yes I am eating choc as I type this!

♦ I have a serious case of Wanderlust and I want to travel the world. Although I love the beach, I am a city girl at heart. I am working on seeing as many places as I can over the next few years!

♦ My one and only baby is my puppy Belle, she is a golden labrador and basically rules the roost. She literally is Queen B!

♦ I am obsessed with elephants. I think they are so spiritual and gentle. They are my favourite animal, after my pups of course.

♦ I’m an only child, but consider my closest friends my family too. Thanks to my Moms & my best friends I don’t feel like I am sisterless.

Follow these lovely blogs, I think you will love them as much as I do 🙂

http://zegrownupkids.com/

http://marykateloves.com/

http://simplylaurenmarie.com/

http://mirifiquebeauty.wordpress.com/

http://faebulousstory.wordpress.com/

http://kittiesandcouture.com/

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