Friday, 22 August 2014

What is wellmeaningbeing?

Wellmeaningbeing is a place for wellbeing. It is a place for anyone to stop by and share in their thoughts and feelings on moving into a life focussed on wellness.

Wellbeing means something to everyone. What is means is completely different and completely perfect to each different individual.

We are all on a journey, whether you relise it of not we are all searching for something. A new job, a better house, a more meaningful lifestyle. These things all instill a sense of wellbeing. How much one thing matters to another people is going to vary. But it is no less relevant to someones wellbeing.

What makes you happy is only true to you, it will be different for anyone else . Happiness to me is feeling content and satiated with life. I want to feel it's abundance. What I mean when I say abundance is being content with just being. Just living within my means and sharing experiences and creating memories. Eating whole nutrious, delicious food and going out dancing. Treating myself when it matters, going without when it does not.

Wellmeaningbeing is about doing your best to create the life you want , without the material baggage or the mainstream ideals of what makes you happy and well. However, it's not about forgetting traditional or marinstreams ideals, it about tweaking them to suit your own moral compass and how you want to proceed in life.

It's about being confident in who you are and how you want to act. It is feeling connected to yourself. So when even in the most difficult of situations, you are sure of one thing. Your self.

I hope you will join me on this wellbeing journey.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Practise gratitude for wellbeing

Ever since I started my weekly gratitude posts I have noticed something shift. I have noticed that I am better equipped at admiring the small details in life. I have not yet mastered the act of being right in that moment, right that second. But, being able to take time to reflect and just write down what pops into my head has been amazing. Almost trans-formative.

It's amazing what you remember when you take the time and it will make you smile, whether it be a big gesture or one of life's small pleasures, taking time to be grateful has improved my sense of wellbeing greatly.

When you become grateful for what is around you, for what already happens daily. There is so much to be grateful for. Even if I have had a rubbish day or I think I have had a boring week, sitting down and making myself think of the positive is just the medicine.

Remembering a great dinner, noticing flowers growing in odd places or not forgetting that you make your friend smile. Shows that gratitude is limitless, there is so much around to turn into a positive.

Your wellbeing is what you make it. If you feel sad, you are allowed to be sad, that's natural. But pick yourself up when you are ready and make a list of what you are grateful for. Write them down and keep them. Its great to reflect on past gratitude posts.

Making this apart of my lifestyle and practicing gratitude has allowed be to find some time to focus of my wellbeing and that is incredibly valuable in my opinion.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

I'll start next week

I'll start next week

I think that this could be my mantra. A mantra I am actively fighting. Almost everyday

I'll start a new exercise routine next week
I'll make more of an effort with my appearance, starting next week.
I'll start getting up half an hour earlier next
I'll start looking into a new qualification next week.

It's like I hold Mondays as this beacon of light, a piece of hope that I will most certainly start a new routine on Monday.

I still do this and it's annoying, its lazy and needs to stop. This kind of thinking leads to absolutely nothing. Then, weeks turn into months and before you know it, you have nothing to show for your time.

From now on, I'm going to try and think about things in this way:

What can I do today?
What I can do to move me forward?
What small change can I make?
Take one day at a time.

Sometimes I get caught up in the enormity of how long change can take or what it may mean. Looking to far into the future is unproductive, you cannot guess the future all you can do is take today and make it better.

Eat a good breakfast
Wear a little concealer
Read a good book
Smile at a stranger
Do some squats
Look into what will get you to where you want to be.

Do little tasks today, not next week.
Think about today, not next week,
You can't control what will happen next week, hell, you cannot completely control what will happen today but you are living today, today is what matters. Today, leads to tomorrow and tomorrow, tomorrow is your future.

Start Today.

Friday, 15 August 2014

15 Project Pan Tips

As my project pan has progressed I have had to think of ways to motivate myself to keep going and not buy a whole mound of stuff when I get bored or fed up. I decided to write it down in a post, so hopefully, it will help someone else who is stressed out by their massive beauty stash!

15 Project Pan Tips

1. Take action- Once you start to feel overwhelmed with what you have, it is time to have a clear out.

2. Take your time- Allocate some time, grab a cup of tea and get sorting.

3. One thing at a time - Assuming you have a lot of stuff, it may be best to take on one thing at a time. For example, go through all your eyeshadows and then if you have the time and energy go through your lip products, do that as well. Then continue until you have made a dent.

4. Make piles- Sort your products into piles, out of date, love, giveaway. Chuck the out of date, giveway what you can (don't be giving any overused crap, that's nasty) and sort your love pile into what you wear everyday and what is night time apporiate etc.

5. Get real- If  your stash is still looking massive, really be honest with yourself and go through your stash and filter out what you don't need, do you really need 10 of the same thing?

6. Use it up- Use up what is nearing it's use by date, like you mascara's and eyeliners.

7. Rotate that- If you wear make up most days why not put a full face worth of products into a make up bag and use that for a week or two. Focusing on a few products can be really effective and then you are not left with lots of half used stuff. Repeat and rotate until you begin to run out of multiple items.

8-.Focus on it- If you really want to use something up,  you are going to have to use that solely until it hits pan.

9. Challenge yourself- Tamara came up with the #beautychallenge10 and it is a great way to get things into perspective. You have to use up 10 items before you can make a purchase. It's a no buy hybrid. If you run out of a body lotion or lip gloss and have another one in your stash you have to use that up before you make a purchase. When you realise what you have, shopping your stash is really fun.

10. Organise what you have - Before my project pan, I didn't really organise my skincare or make up. Now it is all in the same place so it is easy to find and see how much of one thing I have. Nothing is going to waste and I now know what I do and don't need. It is really refreshing.

11. Have a goal in mind - My goal has been to really downsize as much a possible and to make more green beauty choices, as well as buying cruelty free when I'm out shopping.

12. Save those pennies- While your on a project pan or a no buy you will realise how much those little purchases at boots add up and how many online purchases are made when you are bored or perhaps sad. Impulse buys are a thing of the past. Your purse will be feeling much heavier and your make up bag lighter, containing all your loved items.

13. Treat yo'self - Motivation is key, when you have used up a substaintial amount there is no need to make it feel like a chore, shop around and find something you really want. Wait on it for a few days and if you are still thinking about it, buy it. Treat yourself, you have done really well.

14. Have fun! - Have fun with it, use what you have brought and take the opportunity to pamper yourself. Making myself use up products before making another purchase has acutally benefited my skin no bounds. It's been a plus for my face and my bank balance. YAY

15- Give away again - After about 3months re do the pile routine, if you have not be reaching for certain items, it is time for them to go. Give them to a new home or throw them away if they have gone bad.

 This is what I have been doing to get my project moving and how I have kept myself motivated.  I don't wear much make up during the week so I am starting to think about wearing some to work, just to use up some more stuff! Needs must and all that.

Have a happy project pan!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wellbeing // What does wellbeing mean to you?

Today's wellbeing series post has been written by the awesome Amber, it is a great honest read on personal wellbeing and what it means to us individually. There are no wrong answers! Thanks for writing this great post and being part of the series, Amber.

What does wellbeing mean to you?

When Liz asked me to write an answer to this question, I was really excited but a bit nervous because I’ve read all of the other girls answers and they’re all so beautifully written but it’s just made me realise that wellbeing means something different to each of us. I was really excited though, as since transitioning to green beauty, not only has it meant taking care of my skin through what I put onto my body, but it’s also helped me to learn to take care of myself on the inside too. And that is what wellbeing means to me, taking care of yourself on the inside as well as the outside in order to stay healthy – healthy mind, healthy body, healthy heart!

"wellbeing means to me, taking care of yourself on the inside as well as the outside in order to stay healthy – healthy mind, healthy body, healthy heart!"

I work in a cake shop in the day with my younger sister Ella, who is 20 so we’re only 18 months apart. My mum runs our bakery and my other younger sister Leila has just left school and she works there now too. To say it gets stressful at times is an understatement. It sounds like a really fun and exciting job and it is, but you’d be surprised how angry people can get about cake if the littlest thing isn’t quite right or the cake isn’t how they imagined. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to put it right and you just can’t fix it. I’ve had to learn that you’re never going to please everyone and some people will just complain over nothing. I’ve now accepted that and try to help everyone as much as I can, but that’s not always possible and now I know that, I try not to stress as much over the odd one or two petty customers as it just puts a downer on my day.

Also, it seems like it would be really cool working with your family but things can get heated pretty quickly and things escalate. When I’m in a bad mood, everyone can tell. I’m more likely to be in a bad mood if I’m stressed or tired or if I’m not eating as healthy as I should be. I get stressed out and I snap and argue if I’m in a mood. I’ve tried to start doing yoga at nights as this helps me to de-stress and take all the weight off my shoulders from a stressful day. Also, if I start to get stressed out, I try to take myself away from the situation and try to calm down because we all know that stress isn’t good for our bodies.
 "If I start to get stressed out, I try to take myself away from the situation and try to calm down because we all know that stress isn’t good for our bodies"

I’ve just joined the gym again after a couple of months without any exercise and eating like crap. It hasn’t been the best couple of months with regards to looking after myself, I’ll be honest. However, getting back on track and even just knowing that I’m now joined up to a gym has motivated me to make healthier options when it comes to food. I was always a fussy eater when I was a child and in many ways I still am. I try to taste new things but I like having a routine and when I find something that I like, I stick to it because I know I won’t be disappointed. This might not always be the healthiest choice as I don’t really like salad or anything green to be honest haha! But I never drink fizzy drinks, unless I go out partying which is very rare nowadays, and I try to limit my chocolate and sweets. Obviously working in a cake shop all day every day it makes it very difficult to resist temptation but I know that if I eat all the cakes, we don’t make any money, which makes it easier to say no! It is hard eating healthy all the time as I still live at home with my parents who pay the bills and buy the food so I am often eating frozen food which isn’t ideal but as soon as I move out, I know I’ll try to eat healthier options and make better decisions.

To me, wellbeing means taking care of myself from the inside out, making sure that I am happy and content with myself and the way I am feeling. And making sure that I am being kind to others as well as being grateful to everyone around me for helping me to live an amazing life!

Thanks to Liz for asking me to participate…I hope you enjoyed reading this and that it wasn’t long or boring!
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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Self-Praise: Pat yourself on the back

Sometimes I can find myself asking for praise from someone else.

I'm telling them that I have been successful in something and I'm hoping that they will say "oh well done!". You are not always going to hear what you want. Sometimes people will not see what you have accomplished as amazing. Sometimes only you will know that you have accomplished something worthwhile and amazing.

Take it in your stride, we are not always going to get the praise that we desire, perhaps deserve and we shouldn't go around asking for it.

You have to pat yourself on the back and cheer yourself on by the side lines of life. At the end of the day you are the only one who knows how hard you have worked and how much you wanted it etc.

Congratulate yourself and know that you have accomplished something on your own for yourself and no one elses opinion on it matters.

Your own praise is all that you need.