Underestimating Myself

I was talking to my colleague the other day about where I felt my life was going just in general office chat and I was talking about feeling a bit down for several reasons.

Then the topic got onto how I look and my colleague said something to the effect of;

‘Tash,I don’t think you realise just how stunning you are.I bet you have turned heads and not known.’

I guess because of how big I was,I still see that person staring back at me and it’s only when I look at old photos that I realise just how much I have changed physically.

I know I’m pretty (sorry if that sounds big-headed) but not in the conventional sense.I would never say I look stunning but maybe I should start appreciating myself more.I know I talk about loving your body but it’s easy to lose site of that sometimes.You just end up going through the motions and never fully,truly appreciating what you have.

I also made a decision yesterday to finally start going after the things I want in life and not let what other people think dictate my decision.

I’m only 26 years old and I act at times like I have no life; I just go through the motions in a monotonous routine. That needs to change and I need to do more of what makes me happy.

So I am going to focus on passing my driving test (I passed my theory by the way,forgot to tell you!); that way I can do more things for myself and not have to rely on others.

If I want to go for a coffee with my mum,I can just drive there. Whereas at the minute I can’t really do anything because public transport is so bad.

I am also going to stop spending the little money I have on frivolous things and actually spend it on days out to get the most out of my month. I want to look back on a month and think, ‘Yeah I enjoyed that.’ instead of, ‘well what do I have to show for it?’ I got a bit obsessed with having stuff like makeup and clothes instead of organising days out and utilising my wage a bit better to do things with the important people in my life.

Anyway, I hope your Monday goes well today lovelies and you don’t get bogged down with work/life crap. Take each day as it comes and go after what you want.

We only get one life, so may as well live it!

SIMW

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Career Aspirations

Good Morning Lovelies! Time for something a bit different.

I have decided that I am not going to let people tell me what I can and can’t do and have decided that if I want to make things happen, I have to do them myself.

There may not be endless marketing jobs in Barnsley but I am determined to find the right one and show off my talents.

I want to wake up every morning ready and raring to get into work and ready to start the day. We spend most of our lives at work so I deserve to have a job that utilises my talents and makes me smile when I wake up in the morning.

Surely it’s not that hard? So starting today I am going to look for something more fulfilling. I love my blogging and my current job pays the bills (I have no real qualms with my job) but it doesn’t fulfil me at all. I know so many people who love their jobs and don’t really see them as work and I want that so badly.

So if you are an employer in Barnsley looking for a writer/proofreader/social media promotion/marketing assistant then I’m definitely your girl!

I realise this is shameless and not really related to my blog but this is about my happiness and right now I am not happy. I have felt myself slipping into old habits and am not really enjoying the things that I used to.

I want more out of life than just living for the weekend. I want to live for the week too!

If you doubt my writing abilities then all you need to do is just read my blog. Seriously, it’s brill! (Hey if I don’t have confidence in my ability, who else will?)

If any of my local followers know of any opportunities then let me know, even if it’s something I can do in my spare time like guest-writing for websites or proofreading. I particularly need to build on my writing by writing for other outlets so I get all the experience I can but am open to other marketing opportunities.

Sorry to those who are looking for food/exercise/weight loss related posts today but it’s time I looked after my own happiness and I had lost sight of that.

Love you all.

SIMW

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Top 5 Comfort Foods

Hi There Lovelies!

Hope you’re all well!

With it being freezing outside, I felt it right to write this little post about my top 5 comfort foods to eat on days like this when you just want a bowl/plate of home-cooked loveliness to warm your cockles!

  1. Tomato Soup-I think this is a self-explanatory one. Who could say no to the awesomeness that is tomato soup? Whether it’s homemade or Heinz, this is my go to snuggle food when it’s freezing out and I want something simple.
  2. A nice and spicy stir-fry-I don’t make these anywhere near often enough but they are so satisfying! The spicyness warms you up and if you use spicy chicken goujons (like I sometimes get from Iceland) then you get the added kick! There’s a lot to be said for a chilli feel warming your insides up!
  3. Sausage Casserole-I love this just with mash or a plate full of veggies because it is so simple to make. Just brown off your sausages and throw them in a casserole dish with some stock and veggies,pop the lid on and stick it in the oven for an hour and half and voila! You have a stonking dish of winter warming goodness that anyone would like in front of them!
  4. A spicy Chilli- This goes with number 2 because it gives you a nice chilli kick to warm you up and is super easy to make. Chilli is ALWAYS better the day after too  because the meat and spices stew overnight and make it super tasty. You can always have some garlic bread to go with it too. Here’s a good Slimming World recipe to try if you want a big warm chilli hug!
  5. Shepherds Pie- I love making this on a Sunday for a nice filling dinner and make loads of veg and gravy to go with it for a proper winter warming dish.I use beef mince from my local butcher because it’s very low in fat so is better for you but you can get a low fat mince from the supermarket. If I’m being particularly naughty, I will grate some cheese on top of the pie to give it a nice touch and make it extra tasty!

All these meals can be made healthy by swapping high fat meat for low fat and keeping the oil use to a minimum. It’s always better to make them yourself because that way, you know exactly what goes into it.

What do you grab as a comfort food when you need a winter warmer to make everything better? I was going to add spaghetti bolognese and a good curry to the list but then this list would start to go on forever!

Have a fab Friday everyone, love you all.

SIMW

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Squats are Evil

Ok, so that’s just my opinion but how can so little of something hurt so much?

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My Face in shock.

I went to the gym on Saturday and have been putting off bum/thigh exercises because I’m not very good at them. I know they should be done if I want to tone up my thighs but I just keep putting them off. I bit the bullet and decided to just do 3 sets of 10 squats with the lightest kettlebell.

The first set wasn’t too bad so I felt like I could do it.

The second set got harder and my legs were burning so much that I didn’t want to do the third set.

The third set was hard but I did it and was happy I had done all three.

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Showing off my new gym wear from Get The Label

The only problem was that pretty much as soon as I got home, the tops of my thighs were hurting and I knew I was in for some pain! Forget about 2 day ache, mine was ouchy straight away! Then yesterday, we decided to tidy up all our kitchen cupboards and re-organise them. I went to kneel down on the floor and let out an almighty yelp as my thighs were screaming out in pain! Still today, when I have to bend down, I have to be careful to make sure I don’t hurt myself.

I only did a small amount but I suppose you have to start somewhere right? Maybe I shouldn’t have done as much (though I really think I kept it minimal) but I did what I felt was enough to ease myself in.

I think the moral of this story is, if you really don’t want to do something, then don’t. No one can force you and that’s ok. However, if you want the benefits of the thing you don’t want to do, then sometimes you just have to go with it and see how you get on.

Are there any exercises you really hate doing but know that the benefits outweigh the not wanting to do them?

No Pain, no gain I suppose!

SIMW

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Get The Label Review

Recently, I won a competition with my local radio station to spend £500 at www.getthelabel.com. I was ecstatic as I was in great need of some new clothes and shoes. At first glance, it looks like there are hundreds of brands like Converse,Rocket Dog and even Timberland to grab a bargain. However, upon closer inspection I realised that this website seems to have end of line stock with random sizes that are left over from the larger department stores.

After realising this, I had to look deeper to find clothes that may fit me. I wasn’t sure how large a size 14 would be and how small a 16 would be as there are a lot of brands on the site that I had never heard of, i.e; Club L and Brave Soul.

For my first order, I decided to grab a few pair of jeans, jumpers and dresses and also a few bits for family members for extra Christmas presents.

I put my order in on the 8th December and it took about 2 weeks to get to me. I have ordered since then and it didn’t take half as long but due to it being near Christmas and a rather large order, there was a delay. I mentioned this to the guys at Get The Label and they gave me a one-off free next day delivery code to avoid it happening on my next order; I thought that was pretty awesome!

Most of the things I bought fit well and the Vero Moda jumpers in particular are really comfortable and high quality so I would recommend these to anyone!

The material on the Vero Moda jumpers was super fluffy and soft and the jumpers had room to move so you didn’t feel too snug.

I also bought this gorgeous jumper with a detachable scarf:

Although it hasn’t been cold enough for me to wear it yet as it’s really thick and snuggly! Really good quality material but I got it in a size 16-18 as there was no way a 12-14 would fit (why don’t you have a 14-16?). So I’m looking forward to giving this a try on a super cold day.

Here are the dresses I got:

They all fit perfectly apart from the short sleeve burgundy dress with birds on the bottom part. I bought a size 16  (no 14’s available) and the top part is really baggy but with the belt on, its too tight. It’s almost as though they use the same belt regardless of the dress size.The black one with white detailing is really comfy with lots of stretch and a 14 would easily fit a size 16 if you’re struggling for sizes on the site.

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It’s perfect for work and is cut just below the knee so looks quite professional. I feel like this may be too formal for weekend wear but if you want to dress up a bit to make yourself feel better, this’ll do the trick!

The jeans were a bit hit and miss for my size; I don’t like spending a lot on jeans because they are quite cheap in places like Primark and New Look. One of the pairs I got fit well but the other 2 pairs (despite being the same size) are just too tight at the minute. I was a bit disappointed as I urgently needed jeans more than anything but can currently only wear one of the pairs I bought.

Both the Vero Moda and Waven jeans are high quality but the Waven brand is stretchier material. The grey Waven jeans were high waisted and wouldn’t fasten so I’ll have to try and fit into these. The black Vero Moda jeans fit but aren’t comfy and the blue Waven ones (not pictured) were the only pair that actually fit perfectly. They were a similar style to the grey ones but not high waisted.

Out of everything I bought, these were the best buy.

These DC Super Woman pyjamas are the most comfiest pyjamas I have ever owned!I bought these in a 16-18 and the material is really floaty so I would recommend these for comfortable nightwear.

I also bought 2 pairs of shoes but forgot to take a picture of one of the pairs. This pair is a beautiful pair of Rocket Dogs.

I got these in a size 8 (monkey feet) and they are really good quality and quite comfortable. I’ll wear these with skinny jeans or leggings and a comfy top. It’s such a contrast to the other pair of Rocket Dogs I bought which you can find here.

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GTL Stock photo

I had wanted a nice comfy pair I could wear for work and these really fit the bill. As soon as they arrived and I tried them on, there was this squeaky sound every time I walked.The heels were squishing down because they were hollow. I paid £30 for these so expected a solid heel. I was gutted because they look lovely but after wearing them for not even 2 weeks, the heel at the back has split. Now it may just be the pair I got but I won’t be buying another pair on the off-chance it happens again. I would say that if you’re above a size 12 then the weight will ruin the shoe, which is ridiculous because these are a good brand.

I also bought a few t-shirts for my nephews; a Converse one and a Ben Sherman one too. They are both really good quality and good value for the prices paid.

The last thing I got were a purple pair of mid-top Converse.

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I have never owned a new pair of these so couldn’t wait for them to arrive. I expected these to be of a good quality and they did not disappoint!They fit well and are really comfy.

So that was my first order at Get The Label. I highly recommend the Club L and Vero Moda brands if you’re looking for high quality at good prices. Naturally the well known brands like Converse are always going to be a hit.

The website is good in general but if I had spent my own money, I don’t know if I would have bought some of the items,i.e shoes because I don’t like spending lots on one item (I like more for my money!) but most of the clothes were really good value. The website is really easy to navigate but I would say if you have your eye on something to wait a while as it will probably get reduced as stock goes down.

Get The Label may not have this season’s trends but if you want to update your wardrobe, there is so much for Men,women,boys and girls. I’m waiting on another order so will review those items when they arrive!

Speak soon lovelies and let me know if you would like to see more posts like this in future.

*This post was my own opinion and in no way influenced by Get The Label.

SIMW

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