That Grown Up Word

Mortgage. The fact that it took me three tries to even spell mortgage right screams that I am anything but ready to have one. The idea of saving and scrimping and not buying make-up whenever I feel like is making me feel very grown up. A whole lot more grown up than I thought I would be at this point in my life.

I’m 21. I’ve graduated from uni and I have a full time job. I have my own car and I pay for my own holidays. I have now been granted permission to have candles in my room and I don’t need reminding to turn my hair straighteners off before I leave in the morning. I have officially made it to the next stage. The scary thing is that the next step is a house and buying my own toaster and all the other stuff you don’t really think about when you live with your parents.

How do you even pay your taxes or pay for your electricity and water and all your usual stuff that just happens when you flick a switch or turn on the tap? For some reason all this important stuff was skipped at school and university. Why is there not a class that teaches you about paying bills and living like an adult? They teach you how to bake a cake but not how to live your life on your own. That makes no sense.

I don’t have to worry now though because the house won’t be for at least another two years. Two years of scrimping and saving and not eating take-away twice a week to save money. You just know it’s gonna be tough but I’m hoping that when we finally find ourselves in our first home, sat on the living room floor with a few beers and shit Saturday night tv, we will know we have made it and we did it all on our own.

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Drink, Drank, Drunk: Silent Pool

This absolutely gorgeous bottle of gin is the child of a Surrey based distiller. I am going to start off by saying it is by far one of my favourite gins. Silent Pool Gin, Fever-Tree tonic and ice in a glass is a dream.

The 24 botanicals in this beautiful bottle create a floral, citrus combination that you would be silly not to love. You would think that I was talking about the love of my life with home many positive describing words I am using but it is honestly, hand on heart, gorgeous in and out the bottle. Perfect for sitting out in your back garden with your feet up in the sunshine. And can we also pay attention to the gorgeous blue and bronze bottle?

Being new to this whole gin thing is absolutely fantastic! Everything is brand new and finding weird and wonderful distilleries right here in the UK is very exciting. Who would have thought that we would have so many fantastic gins right on our doorstep. My work has mostly been the reason I drink more than Bombay Sapphire now. We have been researching distilleries to reach out to and hopefully build connections with which has obviously made me want to try all these small batch gins that are just starting to pop up all over the place.

YouTube Videos For A Great Home Workout

With summer literally right around the corner and the weather starting to get better, I have realised that I am not exactly beach body ready. This year I have decided to change that and really push to get the body I have always wanted.

I try to go to the gym three times a week and the days I am not at the gym I’m completing loads of great workouts from Youtube. Youtube is literally full to bursting with fantastic, empowering and motivational workouts that anybody could do in the comfort of their own home.

I have complied a short list of the workouts that I have completed so far and absolutely loved. Yes they are incredibly hard but you honestly feel so good once your done. Almost makes rolling out of bed at 6:30am every morning worth it.

I shall continue doing the workouts in this list for the next four weeks and hopefully by the end of June I will have some noticeable differences in my body.

Burn 500 Calories in 45 Minutes With This Cardio and Sculpting Workout by PopSugar Fitness

I will admit that I was completely drawn in with the title and a little part of me thought that there was no way the workout could do exactly what it said on the tin. How wrong I was. This workout is a sweat feast. It’s full of explosive moves that take you from a warm up to a kick boxing segment to a sculpt.

If you want to work your whole body and burn a hell of a lot of calories then you really don’t have to look much further than this little beauty.

30 Minute Selena Gomez Workout for Flat Abs and Toned Legs by PopSugar

Your booty will be burning for days after this workout. It takes you through a range of ballet inspired moves and strange crunch workouts but by doing this it’s targeting key areas such as lower abs and your booty.

This is one of my favourites down to the fact you can feel the burn for days afterwards. You just know that you have gotten in a really good workout which makes everyday a good day.

I think we just need to keep in mind that even if you can’t do all the moves in the workout and have to do modified versions, your still doing a hell of a lot more moving than you would be if you had chosen to stay in bed for an hour longer. I feel great about myself as soon as I have finished my workout because I chose to start it and I chose to finish it.

 Plank Challenge by Rebecca Louise Fitness

If like me, you love a good plank but struggle to find the motivation to keep going or you just want to find different variations on a good classic move then Rebecca Louise will definitely be able to help.

This five minute workout takes you through the basic plank moves that focus on building your core. If your looking to gain those washboard abs and toned waist then this is a super move.

Lift Tone Booty Routine With Katrina

These two beautiful women are body goals. I find there charisma and chemistry fun to watch and at times I find myself smiling through the pain. Seeing there abs right in front of me whilst my tummy tires are rolling does make you hate yourself slightly but at the same time it’s the perfect motivation.

4 Minute Lower Body Burpee Gauntlet Challenge by Turbulence Challenge

4 minutes seems easy. It’s not with Turbulence Challenge. These simple moves target key problem areas and burn a huge amount of calories. Perfect for weight loss and toning. They have plenty of workouts that don’t require any gym equipment or weights and they are one of the few channels that I like that would cater to both men and women.

No Gym Full Body Workout by Jordan Yeoh Fitness

This workout is again short and sweet. Circuits at there best. Simple yet powerful moves that burn a hell of a lot of calories. You know they burn a hell of a lot of calories because the burn is real. Burpees are my worst enemy so when you finish that final circuit the relief if real but so it the sense of achievement. If you want to not only feel good but look good then this guy is defiantly a good idea.

 

Finding Your Perfect Running Route

Finding a running route that keeps you on your toes and is just as interesting as the music in your ears is just as big a challenge as actually running. Keeping your mind off the pain happening in your legs is important because without a distraction it’s difficult to ignore everything your putting your body through.

I used to have the perfect running route. It was as beautiful as it was interesting. Yes, it was in the middle of nowhere, as you can probably tell from the photos, but it was the best route for a bit of breathing space. Running is what I used to do to destress. It was my escape from everything around me that I couldn’t control. I could tell my body to run and not stop which to me felt like control. This route was the best discovery I made over my teenage years. Not having it anymore is something I have come to find an annoyance.

Since moving two years ago I haven’t found a route that compares and it’s starting to really annoy me. I liked the fact I could run for miles and not meet a soul, the odd cow and sheep, yes, but never an actual person. I realise that would weird a lot of people out but running was how I got my thoughts in order and let me put things into perspective. In the middle of a town, I literally meet ten people before even leaving the street. It’s a different dynamic here and one that I struggle with.

I have exhausted every route within a two mile radius and none of them keep my attention long enough to let me escape. There are a few further a field that I really do want to try and plan to over the next few weeks. There’s a road that snakes through the country a mile away which I fancy. It sounds like the closest I will get to my old route. There is also a good few at the wind farm just down the road. I will have to drive to get to it but that really doesn’t bother me. It spans for miles so it may take a wee while to discover the routes.

I think once you find a route you like stick with it because that’s half the battle. If you have a route you absolutely hate then you aren’t going to do it as often as you would like to. You also need to find a route that challenges you. Finding a route that incorporates climbs, flats and descents is important for weight loss and toning in the same way that HIIT training is.

I have found that using Strava helps to find a varied route. It lets you plot out your route before you go and see other Strava users routes. Perfect if your looking for something a little bit different or if like me your trying to find a route you can use everyday. It also allows you to keep track of just what workouts your doing and when. Linking up your Fitbit or Garmin or just manually entering your workouts like I do.

I will keep you posted on the route search and when I find one, if I ever find one. I’m a picky bugger.

 

Junes Monthly Goals

Summer is officially right around the corner so no surprises here that this months goals are going to be summer body related.

Time to get my sweat on and loose a couple extra pounds over the coming month. I used to walk around 15,000 steps a day easy when I working in the pub and the shop but now I sit on my butt all day in an office. So my goal for this month is to walk more than 10,000 steps a day.

I honestly have no idea when I am going to fit those steps in but I know that if I have a goal then I will definitely try. If I don’t make my goal one day, I am not going to stress about it, I will just make up the extra steps later on in the month.

Keeping a record of just how many steps I have done will be easy with my Fossil Q activity tracker. It is a pretty basic activity tracker but it does the job so will be perfect for this monthly goal.

 

 

I Can’t Hear The Bells

Pinterest has been blowing up with wedding boards and engagement ideas now that wedding season has rolled around. Scrolling through dresses, rings and cakes is fun to begin with but that enjoyment turns to stress and terror as you realise that maybe the big fairytale thing isn’t for you.

I like the idea of other people getting married and having beautiful big days and I look forward to celebrating other peoples marriages but the thought of celebrating my own has never been a big thing. I love watching Don’t Tell The Bride and Say Yes To The Dress just as much as any other girl but don’t ask me to even think about doing any of that for myself. I am much too terrified of the commitment to just swallow my fear, put a big white dress on and skip down an isle.

Im sure that I am not the only girl that is utterly terrified by the idea of promising forever to someone. Its not because I don’t have someone that I love, I do but the thought of all that serious relationship stuff creeping into our relationship is a big scary thing that I don’t really think I want. At the end of the day a marriage is just a bit of paper with a promise written on it right? Weddings are supposed to celebrate that but whats wrong with just bobbing along and not worrying about written promises and bits of paper? Why can’t I just say I love someone, mean it and have everyone around me believe it?

I went to a friends house last night and it was the first time I got to see her wedding photos. We sat for hours going through all the beautiful images and she really did have a beautiful day but as she was flicking through I found what she had to say about the people in the photos was more important. She had a story for every one of her guests. She gushed about her friends children and the hymns they sang. I feel that she had the sort of wedding that was more about feelings and the people around her rather than the big dress and the hotel. Don’t get me wrong she was absolutely beautiful and the venue was gorgeous. In this lovely castle and her photos with her husband were in lovely grounds but compare her to the Don’t Tell The Bride ladies and Bridezilla’s and it’s chalk and cheese.

Don’t Tell The Bride for the most part was about women who just wanted to marry their other halves and didn’t really care about the day. I think thats exactly what every bride should be like. Have a beautiful day but still keep at the very front of their mind that a marriage is for life and not just for Christmas.

I have friends who have just gotten engaged and they are honestly as close to the perfect couple as I think is humanely possible. I feel that their hearts are always in the right place and they don’t take each other or themselves too seriously which is exactly what you want. You just know that they are gonna love each other for a long time. It’s exciting to see other people take the next step with their other half and it’s exciting to see what the next step will be in their relationship.

I don’t know why I don’t get as excited about my own future with my other half as everyone else does. I know that I want to move in with him and spend a lot of time with him and getting to this point has taken a lot of humming and haaing. I think that once my life is at an adult stage where I have everything sorted out that I’ll be ready to settle down and maybe think about it then. But really when is everything sorted out? At what point will I decide that I want to make that move and what if when I make that move he doesn’t want the same thing?

I could question an engagement all day. However, it’s really not down to us girls to ask someone to marry us. Thats going against the grain. For some reason we can only propose on a leap year and I didn’t even know that was a thing before Leap Year. There’s nothing to say that I couldn’t propose but does that make me desperate if I do? Does that mean he doesn’t want to marry me if he doesn’t ask first? The idea is just super daunting and I don’t think I’m up to that. So then there is the stress of is there something wrong with me because marriage hasn’t been and isn’t a big deal for me?

I had a good think about this and I have come to the conclusion that no there isn’t anything wrong with me. Women nowadays don’t really rely on men like they used to. It isn’t frowned upon to not get married and it’s fine to be a strong independent women who is in a relationship but isn’t really that fussed about getting married. There are a lot of people who just completely side step the whole idea of a wedding and just accept that they want to spend the rest of their lives with each other without a bit of paper in between. I think I might be one of those people. Maybe in the future I won’t be. Maybe I’ll wake up one day and i’ll be itching to get on Pinterest and make a wedding board again like I did when I was thirteen. I’ll maybe push for a ring for my ring finger one day and want one of those fluffy looking tulle princess dresses with the heart shaped neckline.

But for now I am perfectly content with loving someone without labels and without written promises. I’m happy stumbling through my life with the marital status of single. And I am perfectly happy sitting back and watching the people around me fall in love, take chances and make promises that I know I may never be able to keep.

Monthly Goals

May is here and it’s just starting to feel like Spring. This change in the weather is doing only good things to my motivational levels. I honestly can’t remember the last time it rained and for Scotland thats almost unbelievable.

Last months goal of getting up early, for the most part, went well and I am going to try and keep it up. Obviously when your trying to get up early, staying out drinking all night isn’t always the greatest idea so I ended up saving money since I didn’t go out as much. Which at the time I resented but now that I am looking at my savings I would totally keep it up.

This months goal is to continue writing this blog. To just work on the motivation to keep writing and writing about the things that interest me rather than what I think other people will find interesting, After the training day I was at last week, I realised that if I am not posting content then I’m invisible and I don’t want to be invisible anymore. As much as I don’t want to be invisible I also don’t want to be seen as someone that I am not. So say goodbye to the content that I don’t have an interest in and hello to everything that I love writing about, listening to, watching, capturing and reading about.