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28 things i’ve learned in 28 years

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28 things ive learned in 28 years– be yourself
– it’s okay to trust people (sometimes) .. (this is definitely a super personal one)
– be kind, but don’t be a pushover
– when in a creative block, don’t force it, but try to encourage yourself
– it’s okay to ask for help
– appreciate the little things
– there is nothing wrong with being an introvert

– be creative
– question everything
– feel no shame in going to bed early/not going ‘out’
– there are some truly amazing people in the world
– appreciate what you have, when you have it
– life can feel like a constant struggle at times. you have to find ways to deal with it.
– drink lots of water
– eat lots of vegetables
– charity shops are the best
– paul smith rose perfume is amazing
– on each hand and foot i have five fingers and five toes (i have this weird thing where i count them sometimes, just to ‘check’..i have no idea where it came from but i constantly do it)
– my initials are LR – an easy way to remember left and right when i was younger
– focus on what matters
– my body temperature control is out of whack 
– i will rarely have a full nights uninterrupted sleep
– my handwriting isn’t THAT messy
– i am a good judge of character
– i’m not going to be any taller (so stop thinking about it)
– in general, you don’t need to justify yourself to anyone
– i have zero desire to ever get married. glad the boyfriend agrees with this one.
– if you’re feeling down, depressed, sleepy, uncreative, thoughts are racing.. go for a walk, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

15 things you didn’t know about me

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as i was writing these, i realised they’re quite (overwhelmingly, almost) negative things. i want my blog to be a place of positivity – not in a fake ‘everything is okay, let’s just gloss over any negativity’ way – but i like to share more personal things from time to time. it’s important to feel a sense of connection and relatability i think. i have no problem with talking about my issues, but i don’t want to be that person that just goes on and on. so, here’s 15 things you didn’t know about me:

1 – when i was younger i was convinced i was a ghost. i felt lonely and invisible a lot and my brain just concluded that as a logical thing.

2 – i am really scared of balloons. they totally freak me out. just thinking about them makes me feel horrible. see also: people dressed in animal costumes.

3 – when i was little i also was convinced for a short while my mother was an alien and/or she wasn’t my real mother. there’s… issues with her.

4 – i hate being the centre of attention. i used to cry when people sang happy birthday to me because people were looking at me and it made me anxious.

5 – i wanted to be called daisy. so glad i grew out of that one!

6 – i am scared of escalators and can’t go up or down stationary stairs unless there’s something (or someone) to hold onto. my balance issues combined with a fear of heights doesn’t help.

7 – i have what i always thought was hypochondria, but recently found it’s not. i don’t know if there’s a name for it. basically, i have a irrational fear of death or injury. i think about it a lot but i try not to let it affect me. having depression and anxiety doesn’t help, and most likely contributes. sometimes i feel so stupid because it’s so irrational. some examples – i can’t be in the same room as a washing machine when it’s on because i fear it’s going to explode and some part is going to kill me. same with microwaves. if i walk under a bridge i think it’s going to collapse on me. if anyone else has this, please let me know so i don’t think i’m totally crazy.

8 – i basically have the hips of an old woman. it gets painful.
9 – my favourite flowers are poppies.
10 – i have a stationery addiction. i see this is a good thing! pens, paper, etc make me a weird kind of happy.
11 – i always wanted to be a physicist, particularly an astrophysicist. i gave up on that dream pretty early though as i am awful at maths and i don’t think my brain has the capacity for all that info!
12 – i hate when people go out of their way to impress me. just be yourself.
13 – i sneeze at least 10-15 times a day, every day (pretty much) since i was really young. when i was 15 or so i had some..thing where for a bit over a week i sneezed almost constantly. it made me really ill and i couldn’t eat. one day during it my dad took me for a drive and he counted me doing 50 or more sneezes in one ‘go’. i often fear this weird sneezing thing will come back and hope it never does!
14 – i hate routine and i am awful at making decisions.
15 – i can’t swim.


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i just want to say straight off the bat, i’ve never made new years resolutions, and i probably never will. however, saying that, i will (and have!) make some plans for the year, just things i’ve wanted to do for a while, or things i was going to do soon anyway.

honestly, it doesn’t have to be new years to make a change in your life. you can make a change WHENEVER YOU WANT! if you want to be happier, more productive ..anything, you just have to make the decision and do it, or work towards it, no matter how long it may take. i think so many people take things for granted these days, and expect everything to be easier. i’m obviously generallizing, but you know what i’m talking about, right?


i totally get why people make new years resolutions, but assigning something like that to the beginning of the year just doesn’t work for me. if i want to make a change, i’ll (try to) start there and then, regardless of when in the year it is. i think the end of the year is a time people naturally reflect though, whether they put it into words or not.

i have some exciting things planned for next year, mostly shop/illustration related, and i really hope they work out! i’ve left it too late to really make anything proper to release right at the beginning of january, but that doesn’t matter. in my own time! i will definitely be stepping up my marketing game. if you don’t get your work/shop/whatever out there, it will just get lost in the sea that is the internet, and the world in general.

i’ve been brimming with ideas lately after getting over a period of depression and feeling totally unmotivated. i’ve barely made any collages, done any drawings, painting or anything. luckily (luckily? that sounds wrong!) it’s only been for a month or so, and i’m feeling more myself again now.

i love this blog, i’ve LOVED writing it, putting together posts, taking photos, and so much more. i’ve improved my photography so much, i feel much better about my writing skills (i’d never say i was compelling or anything, ha!) and i just generally have a bit more confidence. i’ve had the opportunity to work with a few small businesses and a couple larger retailers, and whilst i’ll never be a person to say yes to every opportunity, i would love to step the blog up a notch.

to reflect on the year in general, it’s been a year of ups and downs (isn’t that always the way though?) just a few highlights have been working with the strand arcade, getting represented with agency rush, making lots of patterns (and other things), taking so many photos on phone and camera, interviewing marc johns, emma block and others as well as many other things!

what have your highlights been? i’d love to know, and if you’ve written a post, link me up!

here’s to a happy and creative 2014!