When I found out it was World Mental Health Day a couple of days ago I really wanted to write something. As somebody who suffers from anxiety myself I think it's important to share our stories and personal experiences with one another. I've dealt with this since the age of nine and it's something I've battled with for most of my life. I'm lucky enough to have friends whom I get to discuss these things with. Not only because they're dealing with similar things but because it's okay to talk about it. IT. IS. OKAY. Don't ever let anybody make you think less of yourself because you suffer from a mental illness. You are NOT your illness. Your illness does NOT define who you are as a person nor should we ever let it. It has taken me so long to realize that I shouldn't let dealing with anxiety define me. Hearing other people talk about their personal experiences and what has helped them really has helped me aswell. I've made a lot of progress during the past year and it has made me feel more comfortable in myself, motivated me to be more independent and given me a positive outlook for what's to come. It's the little things that count. Each and every day. I've had fall backs were I've felt really down and unmotivated. But it's important to know that you are doing this for YOU. It's your life, your health and nobody should ever get to judge you on how slow or fast your progress is going or how much time you need. Baby steps really do make all the difference. Sending love and hugs to everyone reading this!
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Anxiety is like a car alarm. For some cars it takes a bat to break the window, when for others, all it takes to set of the alarm is a gust of wind. It hits you when you least expect it and it takes up all of your energy to get rid off. When I feel anxious, I feel like I've been shoved in a labyrinth and I can't find my way out again. Or like I'm being held under water. You find your way up to the surface enough times to stay afloat, but you're still drowning.
Over the past few weeks I've done really well anxiety wise. I've gone on scheduled trips and taken the bus all by myself. To some people this may not seem like a very big deal or a great achievement, but to me it really does. A couple of years ago I never in my wildest imagination would've thought I'd be taking the bus to and from work. I got a text message from my friends the other day saying they were so proud of me for achieving this and it's little things like that, that really highlights my day. I even feel a bit proud of myself from time to time. Especially when I manage to do scary things by myself and feel independent. I'm doing this for me, in my own pace and right now I'm feeling very positive towards this new change in my life.
Do any of you suffer from anxiety? How do you deal with it? 🍂
Chocolate & banana oatmeal + Metro Mode. 🍂
Burnt orange - the colour of Autumn. Is it possible for one colour to sum it all up? When I think of Autumn, I think of autumn leaves covering the ground, pumpkins in various shapes and sizes, multiple new autumnal flowers at work to play around with and consuming copious amounts of tea. Evening walks in the crisp air and then coming inside for a cup of tea whilst snuggling up on the sofa. I know I mention this all the time and I don't mean to sound like a broken record but for me the transition from Summer into Autumn is the best time of the year. When we went into town the other day I spotted all the new things that has been brought out for Autumn and when this happens my mind instantly seems to think Autumn is here. Not to mention colours like burnt orange, mustard yellow and deep red really help set the scene. Who could possibly resist getting swapped up in the autumnal spirit?
I've been browsing the shelves in all of my favorite shops for boots, coats and scarves. I've fallen in love with bown-copper-burnt orange clothing and no one I know is more excited for Autumn than I am. When Summer transitions into Autumn shopping becomes my favorite thing! Updating my wardrobe with autumnal staples and wearing layer upon layer of chunky knits is what I've been looking forward to all year. The only thing missing now is the feeling of breathing in the crisp air, to the sound of crunching leaves under your boots, when the temperature has slightly started to drop as the evenings get darker. I absolutely love it when Autumn comes!
What's your favorite thing about Autumn? ♥
We picked these the other night.
For breakfast this morning I had greek yogurt with blackberries and banana slices. A cup of black currant tea and toast!
Oh, and a sneaky shortbread biscuit..
Since I recently turned twenty three and I am still in celebration mood, I thought I'd do another posts with "Facts About Me" and what better number to pick than twenty three! ♥
1. I am definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover. I love books and they're one of my favorite things. But if they are to be living on a bookshelf of mine, appealing covers are a must.
2. I'm obsessed with the moon and love learning random facts about space. If I ever get a tattoo it'll most probably be in the shape of a tiny cresant moon.
3. I believe I was born a vegetarian. Does anyone else understand me when I say this? I mean I've only been a vegetarian for the past three years but I've never liked meat and pretty much only had fish before.
4. Hide And Seek by Imogen Heap has been my favorite song since 2011.
5. One of the things I find really relaxing is to sit down with a cup of tea watching Broadchurch or Midsomer Murder. I'll even watch them on repeat. Reruns are great!
6. My memory is really good when it comes to remembering things that happened forever ago. I can quote entire conversations word by word and I'll remember in detail what everyone was wearing or what the weather was like.
7. I rarely have a sweet tooth anymore. I can have the odd biscuit every now and then, or a small piece of vegan chocolate cake, but other than that not so much. I used to be such a cookie lover and I'm not sure when it changed, but these days I'm definitely a savory person.
8. One thing I really don't like and can't stand is sickeningly sweet scents and perfume. Being trapped in a room where the air is filled with perfume drives me absolutely crazy!
9. I've always been a huge lover of books. 90% of the time you are most likely to find me curled up with a book somewhere and I'll stay there for hours and hours.
10. Speaking of books. I'd absolutely love to write a book one day. Even as a kid I used to write stories in one of my moms old notebooks. I've now moved on to blogging, but writing a book is a tucked away dream of mine.
11. Who remembers me obsessing over Gilmore Girls last fall? I tend to love most things autumnal and diving head first into autumnal books and tv series is definitely a talent of mine.
12. I love the English language, especially British.
13. I love 90's and 80's films and tv series. Such as E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Clueless and 90210 Beverly Hills. I used to watch them religiously.
14. I collect grey plates and porcelain from a brand called Mateus. Mostly in the lace pattern.
15. Feeling autumnal and knowing halloween is around the corner is one of the best feelings! And by that I mean I like knowing it's halloween, but if a bunch of eight year olds were to come knocking on my door asking for candy, I'd hide under the nearest rug before you can say quidditch!
16. I love musicals and I can obsess over the same soundtrack for months at a time. I also tend to listen to the same three songs over and over again until I no longer like them.
17. I have been working in a flowershop for two years and I've come to love flowers so much they're the first thing I notice when I walk into a room.
18. I no longer have a favorite dish but my mom and I once came up with a recipe for potato and leek soup and it tastes better than a warm hug on a cold day!
19. My sister tricked me into getting my own Pinterest account and now I'm hocked. Who knew.
20. My birthday fell on midsummer this year and in all honesty I was a bit sad to be turning twenty-three, as I thought twenty-two was such a great age to be. But I had a great birthday with lots of prosecco and chocolate cake, and I made both flower crowns and bouquets for the celebrations.
21. I'm very sceptic when it comes to trying new things and I tend to stick to what I know and love. Especially when it comes to food. I know what I like and that's that. Unless it says passion fruit on it. Then I'm in!
22. I've probably already mentioned this a hundred times and I say it all the time but my grandma is my absolute favorite person in the entire world and best friend.
23. Last one! I'm very petite and I often find it quite hard to find clothes that actually fits without me having to take them in. I always check the petite section first when browsing on websites trying to find something to wear.
Dress - Twist & Tango / Bag - Stella McCartney
I believe Autumn to be the most magical season. It's the season of fresh starts and opportunities. Multiple cups of tea and candles. Layers and layers of knitted jumpers. Coats and scarves. Crisp air and gloomy weather. Leaves and pumpkins. ♥
I've spent the past few weeks (or shall I say months? It's been a week here and a week there) decluttering and going through my wardrobe. There are so many things I could either sell or give away instead of keeping it stowed away in a cupboard somewhere. You should see my wardrobe, it has basically become a storage space. When I say that it was filled to the brim, I really do mean it. So week by week, day by day it has slowly started to come together. I have currently got three different bags of clothes to either sell, give away or throw head first out the window (I'm not actually going to throw them out the window, don't you worry!). But how do you actually maintain a "put together wardrobe"? Here's my plan: First of, I'm not going to buy things I don't need or don't have any use for. Also not gonna let my mother trick me into getting something that I may or may not wear at some point in the far away future, but most probably never will, just because it's on sale. Nope. Not happening. Secondly, if it's winter I'll keep the summer wear tucked away until next year and wise versa. There is absolutely no point in having knitted scarves taking up half the storages space in the midst of summer whilst trying to reach for the nearest bathing suit, is there? Third, this is something I'd like to call "Out with the old and in with the new". My aunt has this sort of rule that when she goes out to buy something new, two items need to go. Now I'm not quite sure about this so I'm going to leave it at not having more than two similar pieces (part from basic white tops and t-shirts because I live in those). Taking a look at my wardrobe, as far as the colour scheme goes, it consists of white, grey, black, blue and deep red. I've been meaning to try and add a bit more colour and I did recently buy a pair of velvet dusty rose shorts from Topshop. I also have my beloved striped trousers from Zara and a brand new light blue floral dress from NLY. So if all goes according to plan, hello new wardrobe!
What's your favorite item in your wardrobe? ♥
Took the bus to Gothenburg on Wednesday. Which surprisingly enough went pretty well. I felt a bit nervous before I got on the bus but as soon as I found myself a seat it felt a bit better. I think it was mostly due to the fact that I didn't have an appointment or anywhere I needed to be at a certain time. Otherwise it probably would've been a disaster! (Which, no thank you). Been feeling a bit under the weather these past few days. My sister spent most of last week tucked up in bed battling a fever and a sore throat. And as I'm turning twenty three next week I hope I don't get sick aswell. My birthday week officially starts on Monday so I really hope the both of us are feeling better by then. I'm having early birthday celebrations with my grandma on Monday and then I think, on either Thuseday or Wednesday, we're going back to our summer house where we are spending midsummer. I'm really happy my birthday falls on midsummer this year. It makes it all feel a bit more festive and I can always pretend the food and celebrations are all for me. I'm making three flower crowns this time. Not sure how long it's going to take me to make them, but I'm sure I'll have time over for cake. My sister and I are making a vegan chocolate cake with "snickers"-topping the day before, which I'm most excited for. Happy early birthday to me!