Too Busy For Balance

Jaysis lads, it’s been so hectic lately that I am losing the run of myself. 

I really need to reign it in and get that balance back in my life. I used to always get into work early and out early, to the gym five days a week and eat healthy AND still have time for myself. Lately it doesn’t seem to be following suit, it doesn’t help that I am choosing time to myself over anything else at the moment. I need to get back into my routine of going to the gym and eating better, I am just not happy with me body, at the end of the day that’s the reality of it and I need to do something about it. I am so stuck in this idea that if I don’t go to the gym at a certain time, I need to get out of that idea. Although it will be easier when I have my full license and can just drive to the branch of the gym nearest me whenever it suits.

I also need to get my routine check. I am getting up and going to work at different hours every day. I need to work on being up at the same time every day and in work for set hour, this is probably one of the disadvantages of working on a flexi time system, I can go in later if I like, but I think it is important to set yourself a time, so you keep a routine.

I think unhappiness is key to things getting like this. I think I have solved that problem though so here’s hoping.

How do you all keep balance in your life? I am trying to use my planner more I find that always makes me (and the brain) feel more in control.

Have a great week and good luck to anyone hearing about their CAO choices this week, I remember how nerve racking it was. Just remember that if you don’t get the course you want there is always another option and that everything happens for a reason.

Love always

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Summer Is Coming! How I’m Going To Look After My Face In The Sun

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The weather is finally getting warmer, and I can start making plans for this summer’s garden parties. The great thing about the sun coming out is you have more daylight hours to get things done and you feel more energised to do them. The bad thing about the sun coming out is looking after my skin can be harder work than in the winter. I may have prevented all the lip chapping that usually happens in the winter, but I know the summer can cause just as much damage. 
Sunscreen is just one small part of protecting the skin from the effects of the heat and the sun. Drinking plenty of water is key to staying hydrated all year round. This year, I’m going to add some extra moisturiser to my bedtime routine to get my skin soft and supple, ready to bear the sun. My face is the area I’m most worried about. I don’t want red cheeks or nose from sun exposure!
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Starting from the top, my forehead is prone to being a little dry, so regular exfoliating takes those dead cells off. If I sweat, my makeup can clog into my eyebrows. Using a little chapstick (and I mean little), just above them prevents any colour leaking into them. Sunglasses are a must to stop frown lines in this area from squinting at the light. A lighter moisturiser around the T-zone also helps keep my skin more evenly hydrated.
Sunscreen in your eyes is incredibly painful. Make sure you have a high SPF eye shadow to avoid needing to get sunscreen anywhere near them. Some mascaras include sun protection too. Waterproof is the way to go in the summer if you’re by the pool. The bridge of my nose rarely burns in the sun, but I’ve seen some girls with painful peeling there. You can use zinc sticks or try a higher SPF in your base makeup.
With the delights of summer fast approaching, I want my smile to look fabulous. I have a great recipe for homemade lip scrub to keep sore lips at bay. Light pink glosses are great for the summer months too. The glossier, the better for me! But keep in mind you will regularly be applying SPF chapstick to avoid your lips suffering in the sun. A sticky gloss will be a problem here.
White teeth in summer are key to a perfect sunny smile. Internet pages like can offer lots of tips on how to whiten your teeth. If you are looking at consuming lots of frozen lollies to keep you cool, pop to your dentist. Ask her to check your teeth are in tip top shape, and ready to tackle those cold treats.
The sun is great for making our skin look gorgeous, with lovely, natural tans. The trouble is you can never be too careful. Every burn can be very harmful to your health, and prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun can even cause cancer. Invest in a good hat, top up the sun cream, and keep cool to make the most of this summer.  

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Scarlet Fever

Hi guys!!
I know I said I was hoping to get into a new posting schedule and then didn’t because guess what, I was sick, as usual. But this time I was legitimately sick as opposed to just feeling under the weather. I had to go to the doctors TWICE and was on antibiotics and the such. Told you, legit sick!
One thing is for sure. I wouldn’t wish scarlet fever on anyone. It was not a fun experience. It started at the weekend with a scratchy throat, I get a lot of sore throats so I didn’t think too much of it and I had been out that weekend to celebrate being made permanent in work so I just assumed that was what it was from… I went to work on the Monday and I took flu tablets and ate Strepsils all day. The Tuesday I had a tutorial for my QFA exam and that was HORRID. I couldn’t focus, my throat was on fire, I was in a sweat and I couldn’t keep my own head up! This was even while I was taking two types of tablet, I couldn’t stomach anything either. I literally went home and went to bed. When I say home I went to Danny’s because no one was in my house and he was off work so he could look after me. Needless to say I was no fun to be around. Danny got annoyed because I slept the whole time, this was basically how the rest of the illness went, and then when it came to going home I couldn’t even stand. Getting home was such an ordeal. The next day I woke up at five am and I knew there would be no working for me. I rang work sick and then promptly arranged an emergency doctors appointment. Normally I would have just hoped to feel better but seeing as this was days after being made permanent I didn’t want to risk anything so I went to the doctors to clear all bases. This was fine bar being so weak and thinking I was going to die in the doctors. He said I had a throat infection, told me to take a week off work and prescribed me some antibiotics. The antibiotics were horrible to take though, you have to take them on an empty stomach either an hour before eating or two hours after eating. You never realise how much of a luxury being able to eat is until you have to eat at very specific times. 

On the second night of taking my medication I stayed in Danny’s house because he was off the next day and could look after me again. That night was probably the worst night Danny and I spent together. Danny couldn’t sleep because of the noise I was making as I was asleep (I couldn’t breathe properly) and I was burning to the touch so it wasn’t nice to lie beside me. It got so bad that when he was still awake at 5am he went to sleep on the sofa. The next morning I woke up and I looked sunburnt. Scarlet fever had arrived. It was straight back to the doctors where he confirmed my fears and doubled my penicillin dose. This started working right away and within days I was better and back to work. Thank god, I was so sick I couldn’t even watch Netflix. Do you know how horrible that is? It’s really horrible. I was just on a cycle of sleep and take drugs. 
When I went back to work I was still on the antibiotics and I am not sure how wise that was. I would get sleepy after every dose of tablets and I just felt tired and not too with it all the time. But it was so nice to be able to get up and go to work each day. A huge side effect of my antibiotic was that it rendered my pill ineffective. That’s not too big a deal until it came to getting my period and it was the worse it has ever been. That was one of the things the doctor said to me, that if I took my prescription for 11 days it would still be in my system 11 days later, which it is. I’m feeling better every day but my tummy still feels in a bad way from the drugs etc.
I wish I could have written you all a post where I tell you how I dealt with being so sick but the truth is I didn’t deal with it. I just let it take it’s course and put up with it.
Have a great Sunday!
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Hungry for Change

So I know January is a time when people make changes to their lives, or say they are going to, and that they never work out. While yeah I am kind of following the herd here and starting to make changes, it is the second wave of changes I have been making in my life.
Last year I went through a pretty nasty break up. Now ten months on and so much has changed. Everything that changed was inspired by both my break up and being made redundant from my job. When I was with my ex I put on loads of weight and I hated it. I have always been skinny, I did ballet for 13 years, it was what I was used to. Now I had loads of extra weight on me and I just couldn’t handle it. I wanted to lose weight, but being stuck in a relationship, one where I thought I was happy, meant I thought I was trying to lose the weight but I wasn’t. It was only when I left that relationship and found myself searching for new jobs down the line that I realised I had never been happy. I had just been comfortable. Comfortable in my relationship and my previous job. Now I was at a loss and seriously had to change things. I went on the hunt for a new job and finally found one I loved. Once I settled into a job I loved I found my lifestyle changed too. I was eating slightly healthier and I wasn’t snacking or comfort eating as much. I found that my life had a routine and it was a nice regular routine with a regular sleep pattern. I was getting up and out and doing things every day. Gone were the days where I would just mope about and do nothing. I also put more into my blog and got involved with writing for a website. I love my blog, I really have put my heart and soul into it. Now that work isn’t as hectic post Christmas I can start finding that balance between work and my blog and start upping how much effort and work I put into my blog. I have also slimmed down considerably which of course has made me happier and much more confident. However I know this was just based on how many hours I was working and how little time I had to eat. So I really have to start looking at something more permanent.
For the past while I have been pretty ill. This came to a climax over the New Year and out of the past 7 days I have spent 5 of them in bed suffering. I never get bad doses like this and no matter how hard I tried to fight it I just couldn’t shift it. Even now I am absolutely dying with it. I realised that my lifestyle might have something to do with that. I especially realised that when I woke up today after twenty hours of sleep. I was talking to my manager and Lisa in work and my manager recommended we both watch Hungry for Change. She watched it and it changed her life. She lost two stone in three months just from changing her lifestyle and cutting out all the processed stuff. I have just finished watching Hungry for Change and while I don’t think I had much of an epiphany I am definitely looking to ways I can change my lifestyle and get myself in gear. By this summer I want to have a fabulous body and fabulous skin as well as a fabulous state of mind all from changing my lifestyle. I want these to be changes that I will keep up, rather than some crash course thing.
So what kind of changes will I be making. Well i will definitely be cutting out processed foods. If it grows in the garden I will eat it. If not… I probably won’t eat it. I am also going to take Lisa’s approach of having about 6 small meals a day. Two of these meals will be juices or smoothies and one will consist of my dinner and another of my breakfast. The two in between will be snacking on healthy snacks like pieces of fruit and veg or nuts. Now I don’t like bits. I never have but that is something I am just going to have to suck up and get over if I am going to take this seriously. About a month ago I got myself a salad from the salad bar in Superquinn and put three or four different salads in it. I also got two portions of fruit. Those salads had things I would normally never eat in them. Including seeds and you know what… it didn’t kill me. I happened to really like them. I am sure I’d like these things if I just got over all my preconceived notions of not liking them.
I am also going to start eating natural yoghurt and fruit or granola for my breakfast. Again things I wouldn’t normally eat and would consider gross but I need to get over that if I want to achieve the lifestyle I want so much. There are ways to make all these things taste nicer you just have to want to do it and want to eat them and then it will all come together. Dinners are going to be healthy chicken dishes with loads of vegetables. Gone is red meat and the heapings of carbohydrates. And in is more fruit and lashings of water.
The changes I am making aren’t ground breaking or revolutionary. They won’t even change my day much. They are just small simple changes that are gonna really vamp up my life. I don’t weigh myself. I don’t know how much I weigh at the moment. I don’t know how many calories I should or do eat a day. All I know is where I am and where I want to be and I will keep working until I am there without the need for numbers.
I am also going to start being more positive and seeing the better side to everything. I was doing a pretty good job of it until I was struck down sick. But I am getting back up. I am also going to start walking more. Walking is a great place to think and just pound the pavement listening to music. In return you are de-stressed, have gotten fresh air and have gotten some crucial exercise.
Do I have goals at the end of this? Of course I do. My goal is that by the time I travel to London in April I will feel better in myself and be in a much better frame of mind to go shopping. Something I do struggle with at the moment. By summer, probably around my birthday, I aim to be happy, have everyone see me as happy and hopefully be lying on a beach with a nice man and have loads of good, kind people in my life. And by 2015? I plan to be happy in a job I love, be moving out into my own place and have a semi popular blog that inspires people and helps anyone who finds themselves in a rut and strive to be their best.

If you are thinking of changing some stuff in your life or striving to eat healthier watch Hungry for Change. There are two types of people talking in it. People who made changes and people who are experts in their fields. It might not cause you to make drastic changes but it may provide you with some inspiration and serve as a kick start for you to make some much needed changes.

What changes are you hoping to make this year? 

Let me know in the comments.
Lynn Jo xox 

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Lynn Jo xox

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