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Lately I’ve felt negative more frequently than I’ve been feeling positive. This could be attributed to all sorts of things: classic monthly mood swings, the pressure of adulting in line with my peers, unexpected letdowns at work, trying to get back into a routine after taking two weeks off work… The list goes on. And it’s odd because I’m usually such a happy-go-lucky person that when a low comes into play, it just seems to snowball.
I recently read a post all about creating the life you love on Hello Lizzie Bee and it really struck a chord with me. Despite taking the plunge to start my own business and work for myself, despite being able to go to the gym whenever I want to instead of pack myself in with the usual after-work crowd, despite having pretty much the entire world at my feet, I felt like I was letting things slip just a touch too much and it was beginning to feel uncomfortable.
Whilst on holiday in Spain with my boyfriend, I felt truly at my peak. A week lounging at a 4* resort in a coastal village outside of Barcelona, my home-grown business on pause, my mind overflowing with creative ideas for my blog and Instagram, thousands of new business ideas peeking in anytime I laid back on my sun lounger… Bliss. And it was while we were both nursing sunburn (even though we’d lacquered on several layers of sun lotion throughout the day!) that I shot these photos of the Yes To Coconuts range. They’ve been sat unused in my photo archives until now, but hand-in-hand with saying ‘yes’ to that incredible range – seriously, the sheet mask is incredible for soothing a sunburnt face and the coconut oil stick was a dream when we began peeling – it’s about time I said ‘yes’ to a few things I’ve always dreamed I’d do. To give the rest-of-my-twenties some focus.
Achieve financial security.
I will reach financial security that is right for me personally and for us as a couple. We’d have enough to survive and thrive on, supporting our lives, interests and pets, without disrupting our current and eventual style of living.
Own our own little place.
We will be the proud owners of an adorable cottage, tastefully modernised without straying away from the modern farmhouse interiors that I adore. My office will be a place that I love working in and I won’t have to move from room to room to feel comfortable. Our fridge and cupboards will be aesthetic goals, stocked with delicious ingredients so we can cook from our favourite recipe books without sifting through our meat-eating families’ groceries. And we’ll have a vegetable patch!
Live like a local in a few other countries.
We’ll have the freedom to visit other countries and live like a local in them for as long as our tourist visas allow. I’d continue to freelance – MacBook on my lap, iced coffee in hand – with beautiful vistas just in front of me. Spending prolonged lengths of time in other countries is so vital to learning more about our world and how to help it. Travelling in a backpackers’ style will never be my thing, but really getting to grips with how others live in totally my vibe.
Open Honey + Chai, properly.
Earlier this year, I sadly decided to close Honey + Chai once I’d sold through on almost all of my stock. One day, I’ll run it as a proper business. (Hence why this section is so short!)
Adopt a more mindful lifestyle.
I will buy as much produce from greengrocers as possible, reducing the amount of plastic and packaging I consume, and supporting local businesses. I’ll continue to take my adorable KeepCup, Bobble water bobble and ban.do tumbler out with me for beverages bought, and continue to share mindful living content on Daisybutter to use my platform for good. I’ll also pledge to minimise my carbon footprint clothing-wise, recycling my clothing or donating it wherever possible.
Regularly visit my friends.
I’ll live in the moment, more, at weekends and even throughout the week. My stint living abroad taught me how much we should all value our friends and how easy it can be to simply drive over to their home, when suddenly I was faced with a 12-hour flight just to be in the same country. I’ll value my own time and schedule in entire days to hanging with my girls, loving on their babies, learning about their other halves, and being a part of their lives. Four hours visiting a pastel-coloured setting and getting the ‘gram can wait.