50 Things To Be Grateful For – No.2

Lifestyle
  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Sight
  4. Hearing
  5. A home
  6. Being loved
  7. Happiness
  8. Grace
  9. Forgiveness
  10. Air in my lungs
  11. Healthy
  12. Cared for
  13. Opportunities
  14. Schooling
  15. Money
  16. Clean water
  17. Good food
  18. Holidays
  19. Clothes
  20. Car
  21. Church
  22. Bed
  23. Wifi (especially when its free)
  24. Spotify
  25. Netflix
  26. Early nights
  27. Late nights
  28. Sport
  29. French markets
  30. Photography
  31. Safe place to live
  32. Coffee
  33. Good books
  34. Google
  35. Wood Burners
  36. Dreams and goals
  37. Everyday people
  38. Laughter
  39. Joy
  40. Affection
  41. Cake
  42. Hot water
  43.  My faith
  44. Transport
  45. Good weather
  46. Music
  47. Conversation
  48. Jobs
  49. LOVE
  50. Safety

100 Things To Be Happy About

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  1. Long conversations
  2. Watching the stars
  3. Listening to the waves crashing on the beach whilst in a tent
  4. Complimenting people
  5. 1920/1960’s music
  6. Waking up at noon
  7. Late night conversations with close friends
  8. Camping
  9. Listening to laughter
  10. American accents
  11. Walking through cities
  12. Travelling
  13. Cuddles
  14. Thanksgiving
  15. Embarking on a new adventure
  16. Late night swims
  17. Getting into a made bed
  18. The smell after it rains
  19. Holidaying
  20. Walking along African dirt roads
  21. Brunch
  22. Netflix
  23. Laughing till it hurts
  24. Waking up with the sun on your face
  25. Bike riding in the crisp mornings
  26. Coffee dates
  27. Walks along the beach at dawn
  28. White bed sheets
  29. Drinking ice cold water
  30. Blogging
  31. Getting good grades
  32. Working out
  33. Finding something that was lost for ages and been forgotten about
  34. Getting your money from work
  35. Big BBQ’s
  36. Spending a whole day in bed
  37. Perfectly done makeup
  38. Having your hair played with
  39. Catching up with old friends
  40. Sea salty hair
  41. A good book that you can’t put down
  42. Dinners out
  43. Long baths
  44. French food
  45. Movie marathons
  46. Finding true friends
  47. Loving people as much as they love you
  48. Freshly cut grass
  49. Jumping into freezing cold pools
  50. Hearing the rain in bed
  51. Watching lightening strike far off in the hills
  52. Long journeys
  53. Sitting by bonfires
  54. Waking up to birds singing
  55. Going on planes
  56. Eating food you’ve been craving
  57. Going to a fruit and veg market in France
  58. Listening to Italians
  59. Lemon and Sugar Crepes
  60. Tanning
  61. Perfectly painted nails
  62. Being believed in
  63. When its freezing in your room, but you’re toasty in bed
  64. Finally being able to take your socks off after a long day
  65. Childhood memories
  66. Tomato soup on an Autumn evening
  67. When your fingers and nose are numb from the cold
  68. Green smoothies in Summer
  69. The feeling when you did something you feared of doing
  70. Crying at films
  71. Tight hugs
  72. Decorating bedroom
  73. Scrolling through Tumblr
  74. When a DIY goes well
  75. White Christmases
  76. Laughing till it hurts
  77. Being surprised
  78. Doing something spontaneous
  79. 1950 Diners
  80. Starbucks
  81. Walking through a field of daisies
  82. Long walks
  83. Late night drives
  84. A good cup of coffee
  85. Big fluffy socks
  86. Picnics
  87. The feeling when you’re right
  88. Being content
  89. A slight breeze on a hot day
  90. Walking through mist
  91. Watching films too many times you know the dialogue
  92. Early nights
  93. Bargains
  94. Eating lots of junk food at the cinema
  95. Finally finishing a big book
  96. Being told how much you’re loved
  97. A smile from across the room
  98. Feeling confident
  99. Someone telling you they’re proud of you
  100. Being tickled on the back

USA Bucket List

Lifestyle

I have some seriously great news…

This Christmas after 7 whole years, I get to go to Seattle and Oregon for 3 and 1/2 weeks to see my family, and a new baby cousin- squeeee!! It will be so exciting to see family and stay with them in a holiday home on a lake in Oregon for Christmas. (Don’t get me started on having Christmas me New Year’s  in America!)

The U.S is definitely a place to visit, and I am counting down the days until we go! I love the whole culture, quirkiness lifestyle there.

But since there is so much I want to do and see, I thought I would write a bucket list of all the things I want to accomplish whilst I am there (some of them have already been booked to do yay):

  • Shop in a mall
  • Get my Sea Hawks style nails done
  • Go Christmas shopping
  • Go on an oudoor ice skating rink like you see in movies
  • Go to Dairy Queen
  • Drink Root Beer floats
  • Go out with my Grandma in her yellow car (like I did when I was 6 years old)
  • Go to a very American one-of-a-kind resteraunt
  • Visit Judah Smith’s church
  • Visit Seattle
  • Visit my mum’s old High School
  • See the Needle
  • Go fishing with Uncle
  • Go on a speed boat

This could go on for a while, so I will stop it there..

I will have to do a ‘holiday in photos’ post, so watch out for that!

XO

Haters- How to deal with them

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This world is full of haters. And lets be real, each one of us has had a hater or two.

We are in a day and age where everyone judges one-another, is jealous or unhappy about someone else. And you find yourself thinking “Why do they have issues with me?”.

Most likely, you have not done anything personally. People always have something that they struggle with: popularity & friends, success, looks & beauty etc. But, that is not anything to do with you- know that! There are haters everywhere, and are not always going to agree with you, but don’t punish yourself for it!

I know this because I have had problems with these things. And, I had to realise it was not me, it was their own insecurities.

I realise that it is hard to deal with it though and makes you worry about who you are.

But I have a few tips on how to deal with haters:

  • Stay true to who you are- Make sure that you don’t change who you are because people don’t agree with you. As long as you are kind and thoughtful towards others, and give them no reason to have any issue with you, be yourself.
  • Be Kind- This one is a toughy (I know). But the saying “kill with kindness” really does work. It softens them and realise that the world is not out to get them. Build them up. Help them if you can.
  • Your on your journey- You have places in life that you are going. Keep doing what you love regardless about what others say or how you are treated. Know that you are doing what you are doing and are on your own journey and they are on their own journey.

Love, Hope xxx

Hello Autumn

Lifestyle

Hello Autumn!

This is for sure one of my favourite seasons of the year and am ready for the autumn spirit. And due to the fact that I am in-love with autumn, I decided to do my ‘what I love about autumn’.

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black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Leaves changing fiery colours

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Fur coats, wooly hats, chunky knitted jumpers

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Yankee Candles

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Crackling log fires

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Hot Chocolates

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Pumpkins

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Cinnamon Sticks

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Pumpkin and Apple Pies

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Thanksgiving

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-69918250’s Music

black-cute-heart-love-Favim.com-699182Preparing for Christmas

love you Autumn x

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Lifestyle quote- who do you want to become?

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Hello World,

This blog post I wanted to write was a quote… One that maybe challenged me on living the life I should. Then I found this quote amongst many others. This stood out and came up with my own twist on this:

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For me, this quote challenged me on, what thoughts am I thinking? What words am I saying? What is my behaviour becoming? Are my habits good or bad? How does this effect my destiny?

I then decided, what if I encorporated this quote with Jesus? Here is my twist on the quote:

Keep Jesus in your thoughts because your thoughts become

YOUR WORDS

Keep speaking like Jesus because your speaking becomes

YOUR HABITS

Keep your habits like Jesus’ habits because your habits become

YOUR VALUES

Keep your values like Jesus’ values because your values become

WHAT GOD INTENDED YOU TO DO, CHANGE THE WORLD LIKE JESUS DID.

How do you interpret this beautiful quote?

~ Lavender and Rosemary Bath Salts ~

Lifestyle

Hello World,

I was pondering about today and came across a bath salt that I made a few months back and remembered how much I loved them! Don’t you just love hot baths with sweet, calming scents? (Well I do!)

Once I knew how to make them, I gave them as christmas gifts last year to my best friends which they loved – and made many for myself which are mostly gone now 😦 . I made different body scrubs and bath salts which had either chocolate, orange, lavender or frankincence extracts.

But, for this blog, I am showing you the lavender (with a hint of rosemary) bath salts. This recipe will give you a general idea of how to make them and allows you to come up with your own scent…

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Ingredients & Equipment

  • Epsom Salt – 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Essential Oil – Only add a few drops of each scent. (Stronger scents include eucalyptus, citrus, and peppermint. These help to strengthen your senses and focus your mind. Popular floral scents include lavender, rose, and lilac all help to ease stress and aren’t too heavy, offering a light airy feel to your bath.)
  • Dried plant or flower – 1-3 pinches (optional) 
  • Colouring – 2-4 drops (optional again)
  • Jar ( preferably a mason jar style- it gives it a proffesional and pretty look)
  • And to add to the presentation, you could use string like me or ribbon and could then thread it through a small teaspoon.

Firstly using a bowl, I poured in the epsom salts and essential oil. Then if you wish, add the few drops of colouring. Afterwards you can add a dried plant such as rosemary or lavender. Once they are all mixed together, spoon it into the jar! That easy hey!?

They make beautifyul, easy yet thoughtful gifts for anything! They are a lush result and enjoy making!

Love, Hope xox

P:S Want more ideas for scents look on pinterest and if you are interested- follow me @ littlehopey! Please comment how the have turned out if you make one!

15 Dreams & Goals of mine

Lifestyle

Hello world,

Firstly, before I start with my blog today I want to apologise that I have not written a blog for ages! Its been down to the fact that I want to write something that is new and that I am interested in writing. So, if you have any suggestions as to what you would like to read from me, please comment on this post! After a long look on the web, I decided to write 15 dreams & goals of mine…

  1. Become a journalist (preferably in New York)
  2. Have work experience in the fashion industry
  3. Take placements in: Milano, Paris and New York
  4. Write articles in major fashion magazines
  5. Work for a major fashion company such as Prada
  6. Walk on the red carpet
  7. Meet Leonardo DiCaprio
  8. Visit India on mission trip to help Vision Rescue (Vision Rescue Link- Information)
  9. Take a trip around Europe
  10. Reach 100+ followers on my blog
  11. Complete my GSCE’s and A Levels with A’s
  12. Read the Bible in a year
  13. See all of my friends and peers saved
  14. Take my friends to Colour Conference
  15. Complete 500 Project for Keep A Girl In School (500 Project Information)

Reading these over make me laugh… some may say I am too optimistic… but, its never impossible to reach your goals.

Love,

Hope xxx

MY HOSPITAL TRIP

Lifestyle

Hello World,

Today was a big day. Today I had my first ever operation. At the moment, I have braces and one time I went to the orthodontist, they discovered that one of my molars had sunken down and started to be covered up by my gum (which became a concern). They had realised (after trying ways to release my tooth) that it had grown to my jaw and that it had to be removed under general anaesthetic.

I was then referred to the Hospital and was told me that the operation would be at the end of the summer. Fortunately (I guess), they had re- scheduled me to have the operation in June. This made me a wreck knowing it was coming up fast….

I then started believing God would do something, the He would help me get through this operation. (Maybe even by healing it before hand). The days were rolling in fast and my nerves grew, yet I rested in Him knowing He had this situation. And God says ‘He would sustain me and keep me until I am old and grey’ and ‘That He would send His Angels Concerning Me’. Many people kept me in their prayers which I am greatful about. (Thank you all!)

Friends, had given me gifts as a distraction such as a £15 iTunes voucher- which I bought the new Hillsong United- Empires album. It’s absolutely Amazing! And also I got a bag of goodies which were: The Grazier Magazine, soap, drinks and chocolate. I also recieved many good wishes and messages- how blessed am I?!


  


The days were rolling in and stayed as calm as possible. I was trusting in Jesus and all of those people who were thinking of me and reassuring me.

Before I knew it, it was operation day! Luckily, I had all of the wonderful gifts!

At 06:14 exactly, mum woke me up and we got ready to head out for operation appointment at 7:30- we arrived just on time too!

We walked down to the children’s ward and had my bedroom all to myself. The place specialist was lovely and showed me all about what was to come. Then, I was sat down listening to my music and reading my mag waiting for the nurse to arrive.

Shortly before we went to hospital that morning, we had prayed (both mum and I) that there would be Christian nurses or surgeons working on me. Turns out, when the nurse came, she filled out paperwork,  weighed, and put magic cream on my hand. Mum told her about the music I was listening to and about our church when she mentioned she is a Christian and goes to St Aldates where I used to attend church! Amazing hey?!

After 30 minutes, the surgeon and registrar came to speak about what they were planning on doing about my tooth. Then, the anaesthetist came to ask a few questions and confirm things. Surprisingly, he look 18 years and not the right ‘doctor’ age. Hilarious! Anyway, he said it would be another 30 minutes to my op- fortunately, I was still calm.

Before I knew it, two lovely people came to my bed and wheeled me to the anaesthetist room. Many people were in there, smiling and helping me. I was asked more questions and was being hooked up to machines that checked my pulse and the oxygen in my blood.


During all of that, the needle went in well whilst listening to my music. An oxygen mask was put over my nose and mouth making me feel light headed. Then, I nodded off to sleep.

I awoke in a different room one hour later, smiling away all medicated. I was then taken downstairs to meet my mum and relaxed, ate, slept for five hours before being dis-charged.





I am healing up at home and that God everything went well.

If anyone of you ever have an operation, do not think anything of it and focus on the positives. You will wake up, you will be fine.

Love,

Hope xxx