The WORD on Brighton Dining

Diary, Lifestyle, Reviews

As mentioned in my last post, when I was in Brighton I ate a LOT of food at some really great places! It’s no secret that I lurve food, and even though this isn’t my usual genre of posting – my blog is all about my personal style (of life I guess!). If you were desperate to learn something from this post about writing; it would be to remain adventurous. Try new things! But, for those of you who just popped by to see some pictures of amazing food, please continue reading:

Closing May’s Chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

It’s so nice to sit now and type out my May chapter, after having looked forward to it for much over a week. Finally, and especially in comparison to April, I have faced a month where blogging feels like a habit. And not a bad one. It has been a month where I have been able to both find inspiration without becoming stressed and spend time on my blog every day without losing sleep. Now, as part of my day, I feel I have harmony with the Blogosphere.

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Generally, too, I have been much more involved with the community aspect. As you may know I have been taking part in Mahriya’s (My Bookish Life’s) recent Typewriter project/challenge. We have already completed the first two tasks which you can view on her blog. I’m having a lot of fun and it’s been a good exercise to keep the inspiration flowing – it hasn’t been super easy so far in a really good way! I can’t emphasise enough how important the community is to a blogger. Still in my 7 months of blogging I have not seen anyone who hasn’t been supportive of anyone else – basically we’re all very good at if you don’t have anything nice to comment, don’t comment! If no other incentive for you to reach out to other bloggers, it does improve your *stats* too…

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My main excitement and happiness for May came just last weekend. I took a trip to Brighton just for a day and a half, but I had wanted to go for so long it felt amazing to finally do so. Mostly I wanted to go because that’s where a lot of my favourite bloggers are – I didn’t intend to meet any of them (and I didn’t) – I just wanted to see all the fuss! Honestly speaking, it wasn’t what I expected from seeing vlogs / reading posts. Actually I would go as far to say I was a little disappointed. Nevertheless we explored the town and in the end I am in LOVE with it. Of course, being the highlight, I have vlogged my trip for the video of my May Chapter so I won’t spoil the details now. But, what I will say is Brighton taught me a very valuable lesson – just because it looks perfect from a distance, doesn’t mean it will be perfect close up, and that’s OK because perfection doesn’t necessarily = happiness. Even the smallest things can bring mountains of joy. My only small regret is that I didn’t dive in enough, but there’s always a next time!

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 Speaking of diving in, I did try *too* many restaurants while I was in Brighton. I was thinking I would share some in a separate post as I know a few of you are foodies! Let me know if you’d like that.

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Wow, the end of May. Here goes – I will see you in June for more adventures!

 

Lots of love,

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Outfit of the days

Diary, Lifestyle

At the beginning of this year I decided I wouldn’t be buying any more clothes – but turns out that wasn’t really working for me! About three months ago I had what I’m calling my ‘clothes crisis’. Although I had a very large wardrobe, my clothes just weren’t giving me any satisfaction. I felt that I looked childish, unprofessional and in some cases a bit messy. For a while I’ve been reading a blog called A Small Wardrobe, which is all about minimising your lifestyle. Whereas I don’t think my wardrobe would completely count as minimalist, I have managed to cut down a lot of my clothes and decided to just keep pieces I really love and wear all the time. (I have a bad habit of getting attached to clothes and just wearing the same few things!)

Mental Health Awareness

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Philosophy

As you will probably know by now, this week was mental health awareness week. I’m sure there has been many posts uploaded on this topic this week, let alone by all the people campaigning all year for better mental health. Light Writes began as a way for me to share my fictional writing with you all. I’m not too sure if anyone will have noticed the theme of mental health that runs through these pieces, as well as my consistency to have some sort of philosophical meaning to each post I create. (But if they have helped you in any way, I’m glad!)

Closing April’s chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

I think April was a bit of an odd month for my blog. Nothing really seems to have tied down recently and it has left me wondering what kind of blogger am I anyway?! A lot has definitely changed since I started – aside from the fact I still don’t really know what I’m doing… and I think this month has really made me realise just how many blogs are out there.

Dreamer Interior

Diary, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Most people would probably describe me as a dreamer. But what I think distinguishes myself from other dreamers, is that what I dream I do. As you may know, I would love to be an author and rather than just confining those dreams to my head, I am also using my hands to write. Take this blog for example! Another dream I look forward to is owning my own house and having all the control over decorating. Of course this is a little further in the future and the most I am doing now is to count my pennies. Nevertheless I cannot refuse a trip to any furniture or décor shop and often drive myself a little crazy with my love for… well… everything! At the beginning of April I took my camera and mooched around Dunelms for a couple hours. Honestly all the pictures I took are too pretty to not share, so here they are!

Blog Lovin’ I Love You

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Reviews

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

As well as writing a blog, I also love to read blogs and finally (although most likely very behind) I have discovered a platform that makes it easy to do so. Blog Lovin’. It allows me to follow blogs that don’t use WordPress  – I simply get a notification from the app every time a blog I follow has uploaded. AMAZING. The app also recommends blogs it thinks you may enjoy reading, leaving lots of opportunities to find new reads. Of course, I love it so much I also wanted to create an account for Light Writes…

Hope to see you there!

Spring BBQ + Homemade Burgers

Diary, Lifestyle

Last Sunday the temperature reached 25 (degrees Celsius)! This was quite a phenomenon for us and after running errands in the morning, we decided to make the most of it and BBQ. It appeared the rest of the country also had the same idea as there was a buzz of people around the shops and the summer sections were running out of food! Nevertheless, getting into the garden and relaxing in the sun was just perfect. Kind of strange too as I didn’t realise how much I needed that!IMG_1266

My boyfriend and I never do anything unless we do it 100%, so we decided to make our own burgers. The recipe is super simple and I thought it would be worth sharing because they’re good even when you’re not BBQing!

Ingredients

Minced meat – you can use beef or quorn mince, but we used turkey.

Lemon

Thyme

Salt

Pepper

Egg

There isn’t really a strict measurement for each ingredient. For the mince it depends how many burgers you will need and what size you would like them. The seasonings can be adjusted to how flavoursome you would like and we just needed one egg.IMG_1238

Method

It’s best to use your hands – for speed and ease! In a large bowl, kneed the mince until ‘smooth’ but still able to stick together. Then add each seasoning one at a time, mixing/kneeding/folding them in thoroughly before adding the next. Lastly add the egg and mix until it’s soaked into the mince.

Then all you need to do is form the mixture into ‘burgers’. We managed to get six all together.

Before BBQing we added a little olive oil so they wouldn’t stick. And Wala! They were delicious!

If you’d like to see more of what I got up to, stay tuned for a vlog coming soon.

My Friend Karma

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Philosophy

My “battle” with philosophy and trying to be a better person often led me to having a misconception, I think many people will also share.

Karma. Ask anyone what this means and they will say something along the following:

Do good and good things will happen. Do bad and bad things will happen.

Or, to summarise with a more westernised saying, You get what you give.

But it’s not that simple. Karma is not a trophy, a prize or a shortcut to enlightenment. Karma, is merely a friendly reminder – a force to work in harmony with. Because the mistake, I believe most people make, is treating karma as a target to be achieved. Naturally the frustration of tight control over our actions leads us to think we are doing well, yet we see no result. We are left wondering, if I am trying so hard, where is the result I am pursuing? What more could I do?

In the nurturing of certain characteristics that are synonymous with positivity, we miss the corresponding growing characteristics of negativity. These are the greed and selfishness of chasing karma, and she does not take kindly to it. That is why you see no good come from your actions.

While writing I have been reminded of another saying I am quite fond of:

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Perhaps this perfectly sums why many people don’t receive the karma they expect. What I have learned is karma does not want to be hunted. She wants to be used. She is a friend to harmonise with. Think of your friends. True friends have nothing to gain from your relationship. You don’t pick them for money, or religion, or power. Both people work together to bring more love to the world.

Therefore my advice to those, who don’t feel karma trying to befriend them: Walk forth with good karma in your heart and she will be there. Remember, all the world is balanced. Good, as much as bad, resides naturally within you. Have faith that you understand it.

A Long Aprils Day

Diary, Lifestyle

I have very mistakenly expected the weather to be a bit warmer after last weekend brought glorious sunshine to the UK. Nevertheless I am preparing to showcase my Spring/summer outfits and am very excited about it too. I’ve been feeling very creative – Just looking for the perfect moment to create something worth sharing! Today has been one of those days that makes you really believe blogging is a perfectly suitable lifestyle.