What life taught me in 2019

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Photos taken at Old Harry's Rocks - Dorset

The law of attraction is real.

I thought it too.. what a load of bollocks. Believe me, I don't buy in to stuff so easily but I bought 'The Secret' at the beginning of the year after seeing a number of influencers on Instagram talking about it. It's all about how you attract your own destiny, I guess. It's about thinking about what you want, every single day and doing your best to get it. So obviously, if you think about something, you are constantly making decisions that will get you where you want to be or get you that dream holiday you've been wishing for for so long or that promotion at work. It doesn't even have to be anything big but I believe it works. I've seen such a change in myself and my relationship with my friends, family and Josh over the past year, in a good way.

Good things take time, hard work and perseverance. 

It's so hard to remember that good things do often take time, lots of hard work and perseverance, even when you feel like giving up. Relationships, work, general life, you name it, you gotta work at it. It may often seem that your friends or co-workers get an amazing life handed to them on a silver plate but it's not always the case and there's one thing I will always remind myself when I feel jealous of someone's career or house or family and that's 'would you want to be them?' and every single time, the answer is no. If you want something, go out and get it and don't let your jealousy or lack of desire crush that.

Think more about yourself and your well being.

No, it's not selfish to think about yourself and to look after yourself when you need it most. Find the things that make you happy and learn to take some time out away from every day life to do those things that make you smile. One thing I told myself this year was that I wouldn't attend any events where I knew I wouldn't feel comfortable. I cut back on my alcohol in take which has made me feel 10 times better in myself and my appearance. I began eating healthier (throughout Summer, most certainly not now) but also ate what I wanted when I wanted. I cleared my wardrobe out and made a fresh start for the year ahead. I note down all the things I want to achieve in the day/week/month/year and I look at it all the time to ensure I'm on track. I feel organised this way and it makes me happy!

24 is a good age and growth is good.

I'm actually 25 now but for the majority of 2019 I was 24 and it was one of the best years of my life. I don't want to get any older but it's pretty inevitable. I think 24 has been the best age so far, I've managed to figure myself out, I know who I am, what I want, what I hate, what I'm good at and what I'm bad at. I'm at that age now where I'm not afraid to say no, or yes for that matter and I'm just really enjoying learning all about myself. I look back at my teenage years and although I don't regret any of the stupid decisions I made, I don't see myself as that person anymore. Dare I say that I feel much more of a grown woman? I don't know, I'm a massive child at heart but I'm really loving getting to know.. me!

Sharing a little footage from the weekend

As you've probably seen, from all the posts on Insta and my previous two blog posts, we went camping this weekend and went on a beautiful walk the day after with my family. Silly us forgot to charge the drone remote control, so frustratingly captured nothing on that.. and both my camera and the DJI Mimo ran out of battery on Sunday morning, resulting in me using 3 cameras in total but never mind! You live and you learn. I need to invest in a good portable charger and some spare batteries in the New Year! There's no point me going over what I've already told you in the previous posts, so I do hope you enjoy this one. Sorry it's a little all over the place, I lost my train of thought and got overwhelmed with the beautiful scenery because it was SUCH a nice day. Please, please give it a thumbs up if you do decide to watch and I've noticed we have a few new subscribers, so thank you! Speak soon, L.

One of my favourite walks

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Guess what? It's forecast to snow next week and my god am I buzzing! I'm so excited to get out on the hills in the snow but also just see the countryside looking all pretty and white and sparkly. I thought I'd hop on here and share the rest of the photos from our walk on Sunday. This is the 3rd time we have done Haystacks, I think but it was the first time for both my Mum and Brother. This time, we did it the opposite way to what we had done in the past. We walked up along Warnscale Beck, over Green Crag and on to Haystacks. I actually think I preferred this route, as opposed to going up Scarth Gap Pass and over that way. If you want to check it out though, you can see the route here. We ended up back at the Bridge Hotel pub in Buttermere, where we shared two bowls of cheesy chips and two plates of calamari squid, which was delicious! I also had a little Bailey's, which I so enjoy after an afternoon on the hills. Anyway, I don't have much to say and I've just realised it's almost 7pm and I have netball in half an hour so I best go get my gear on. Speak soon, L.

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Our first winter wild camp

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What a fantastic weekend we’ve had! I don’t know about you but the Lakes this weekend has been an absolute dream... white frost, blue skies, golden hills, what more can you ask for? And it’s on our doorstep. So grateful for days like these. Honestly, if I could do this full time.. I so would! Yesterday we set off to Buttermere, slightly later than planned and arrived at around 4pm. It was just getting dark but we did get to see Buttermere and Crummock water in all its glory before making our way up the mountain. As we reached a quarter up, it was pretty much pitch black. We had two really good head torches and a hand held torch but next time we definitely need to consider taking another two spare head torches, just in case. Without them, we would have been totally lost and would have probably ended up getting in to a sticky situation, so it's always worth carrying one in your bag if you are out on the mountains this winter. Anyway, we could see the glow from the first bothay we were hoping to find but then all of a sudden it had disappeared.. looking back now at our route on Josh's Suunto watch, it shows up walking right past it! That's how hidden it must've been! We reached the top and I knew where we were from past walks, so we headed towards the second bothay that we knew we could find. It was rammed full of other crazy people, I'd say around 12 people all sat round the stove, eating and drinking. I didn't really want to stay in there with all those people so we decided to set up camp back down the mountain, overlooking Buttermere. We knew that we had picked a good spot because we could see a couple of the lights shining up from the village below. It took us a while to figure out the tent but that actually made us warm, considering it was probably -3 to -6 degrees at this point. We cooked some tea and snuggled down for the evening, tucked ourselves in and finally both fell asleep.

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The following morning we woke up to a frosty white tent, our noses cold and there was condensation around the face hole of our sleeping bags. I struggled to get out of bed because I knew it meant getting cold again, although zipping open the tent to that view of Buttermere well and truly helped me hop out of my warm sleeping bag. Josh made me a tea and himself a coffee, which we sipped as we watched the sun creep over the mountain tops. For breakfast, porridge and maple syrup which filled my stomach and warmed me up. We began packing up and realised time had gotten the better of us, as we saw my Mum, Dad and Brother Alex striding up the mountain side to meet us, ready for a day of walking in the December sunshine. I've decided to split it in to two posts instead of having my gazillion photos all in one post, so here's the first lot! I'll share the photos from the walk later in the week. Speak soon, L.

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House update: fortnightly vlog

Hi! Hope the sun is shining bright wherever you are. It's bloody glorious here in Sedbergh and we are about to head off for a wild camp in the Lake District. I'm so excited. I have the cosiest sleeping bag, so I'm hoping I won't be too cold. I guess I'll update you on how it went and you'll find out whether we survived the night or not. The plan for tomorrow is to meet up with my Mum, Dad and Brother who will meet us up the mountain and we'll continue our walk round and down. I really fancy going for a Sunday roast somewhere but not sure where's good anymore! Any suggestions? Send me a message on Insta if you do! I look pink roast beef and good roast potatoes and a really good proper gravy. Anyway, this was my vlog from the past two weeks. I rushed putting it together a little as I'm wanting to get out in the sunshine (sorry). I'm currently on 35 subscribers, so thank you to whoever you are! I unfortunately cannot see you or who likes my videos but I'm just happy someone takes the time to watch. If you do watch and haven't subscribed though, please do! I'd really appreciate it. Right, now I really must dash. I've just spilt hot milk all over the cooker from my hot chocolate getting too hot! Speak soon, L.

The next step…

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Now we have the log burner in, I guess it's only right we chill the f*ck out until after Christmas. I'm kidding.. now that the log burner is in it's made me even more anxious to get the house ready asap so we can move in already! Josh and I have started applying our first coat of emulsion on the walls and we've almost managed to get our first coat on downstairs. We still have the back wall to do and the ceiling but hopefully that will be done by the weekend. This evening we applied a little sample of paint above the fireplace and we are both so happy with it, it's definitely the colour we are going for in the living room/kitchen. If you watch my vlog on Saturday, you'll see what I mean.. and you can subscribe here so you know you won't miss it! The next phase is to get the 1st floor ready for the first fix. We still have a lot of lath and plaster to remove and a lot of crap that needs sorting out before that happens but we'll get there soon I hope. This weekend we've decided to pluck up the courage and experience our first Autumn/Winter wild camp together. I'm not sure where we are heading but I know that it's going to be beautiful because the weather forecast just looks phenomenal! I'm just hoping that it doesn't change between now and then because I am so excited to get outdoors again, even if that means having a day or two off from the house. I'm even packing my wetsuit because I'm actually hoping I'll brave the cold but I guess you'll find out on Sunday whether I did or not! Anyway, hope the week isn't dragging too much. I'm still struggling to get myself up and out of bed before 7:30am which really sucks because I so desperately want to get back in the gym. Nevermind! Maybe I'll have to wait until after Christmas... ha! Speak soon, L.

Hello new log burner!

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Today has been one of the best moments since we bought the house back in July and if you haven't already seen it all over my Instagram, you probably won't know that we have our log burner fitted! Some of you may wonder why we decided to fit it so early on considering we still have so much left to do on the house but we were really beginning to feel the cold whilst we are working there, so we thought we would get our Chesney fitted as little bit of an incentive to get shit done, to help keep us going throughout the colder months and for something to smile about when we may feel like giving up. Trust me, I've had many of those and we aren't even half way in to it yet! We spent the afternoon sat in our camping chairs, as close to the log burner as we could.. until we had to back off because of the roaring heat, which I love by the way! We will probably make something to keep it covered over when dusty, dirty work resumes again upstairs.. but for now I'm going to enjoy lighting the log burner and painting the downstairs until we have to start pulling the rest of the lath and plaster off in the office and dressing room. Sorry for the lack of photographs, I've been trying to focus on capturing videos for my next vlog but I'm finding it a little difficult. Anyway, I'll have that to share with you next Saturday! Speak soon, L.

Lessons I learnt from decorating the flat

Well, good evening! I thought I'd jump on the laptop and share with you this post I've been wanting to share for a little while now. Mainly because we are getting to the point where crucial decisions are being made, such as electrics, plumbing and in a few months decor. If you were here over 2 years ago, you may remember Josh and I redecorating a couple of rooms here in the flat, where Josh and I still live with my Gran. We gave ourselves a 3 week timescale to get back to the bare walls, rewire, plaster and paint etc. It was a huge challenge and with that came a few hiccups and some lessons that I'm glad happened, as I most definitely will not be allowing them to happen again in our house.

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First things first, I will not be getting a high pile carpet in any room. As nice as it feels on your toes for the first couple of weeks, I have found it an absolute nightmare in the bedroom as it constantly looks downtrodden and quite old looking, in my opinion. The carpet we chose for my Gran's room was a slightly cheaper, low pile carpet and it still looks brand spanking new. Admittedly, she doesn't spend as much time in her room as Josh and I do but it appears to be much harder wearing, so when it comes to the bedrooms.. low pile all the way! Or I'm even considering wooden flooring and rugs but that's a decision to be made further down the line.

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I also won't be making any brash paint colour choices either! I, on a whim, went and purchased a very large tub of dark blue paint for the bedroom (see photo below) and tried convincing myself it was a nice backdrop for our charcoal chesterfield style bed head, which it certainly was not. I'm going to be sampling and trialing several paint colours before making the decision, so not to waste any money or precious time. I've already ordered one sample from the Little Greene paint company, which I am so hoping to use in the living room and if not, in the guest bedroom. I'm aiming for our house to reflect an expensive 5* Thai resort, so lots of gold and luxurious textures, rich colours and plenty of plants. I hope to achieve this in at least the living room/kitchen space but ideally throughout the whole of the house. Watch this space!

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We will get everything done before moving in. That includes skirting, coving, carpets, painting, fitted wardrobes etc. all the things that do not include styling and 'faffing' with accessories. We are still without wardrobes in the flat, even though after knocking the two built in wardrobes down, we said we would have them back in by Christmas.. 2017! But still, just a rail for all our hanging garments and bags for our undies. Not ideal! Had we actually plastered the wall where the fitted wardrobes were supposed to be going, I would have probably just given up and bought some free standing ones! Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It's slightly different living in the flat though, as we couldn't have moved out and lived elsewhere as we wouldn't have had anywhere to go! So I'm thankful we have the flat right now, as Gran looks after us both and we have a clean home to relax in when we need to escape house work.

I'm sure probably experienced a few more 'uh oh' moments during our flat decorating days but I can't think of anymore at the moment. Have you learnt any lessons from decorating a previous home or renovating? Speak soon, L.

Plastering the living/kitchen space

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Well, good evening. I'm so sorry that my blogging schedule is all over the place lately. I need to get in to a routine of Sunday and Wednesday uploads I think, so I know exactly where I am and what to share! I have a plan for the New Year which will be two blog posts a week plus a Saturday YouTube video every other week. I think it's doable and not too out of reach and I have to say that creating videos is my most favourite thing to do. I did share a house update on my YouTube channel on Saturday, which you can see here. Please go and give it a watch and a thumbs up if you liked it.. and if you loved it and want to keep up to date with my uploads then please subscribe too. I would love to reach 50 subscribers by the end of the year! I'm currently on 34... Anyway update on our beautiful home! We got the whole of the downstairs plastered, wahoo! This feels like such a huge milestone, considering we only got the keys to the house 4 months ago yesterday! Can you believe it. So, yes.. downstairs plastered, down lights in the kitchen are in, pendant in the living room is working and switches have been fixed to the electrics. The next step is to apply our first coat of emulsion, seal the hearth with some special stuff and then get the log burner in. I cannot wait for the day we burn our first couple of logs and sit in front of it on our camping chairs with a hot chocolate. Hopefully we aren't too far away from that dream becoming a reality. Anyway, right now I feel like drifting off in to the land of nod. We went to Manchester Christmas markets yesterday and didn't get home until about 9pm, so it was quite a long day. We did however manage to spend a bit of money on a lovely wool rug for the living room but we couldn't manage it on the train so we will have to head back within the next 4 weeks to collect it. Once we have it back here, I'll show you! Any guesses on what colour it may be? Speak soon, L.

Life and house update

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What I wore: top from Zara here, skinny black jeans from M&S and boots from Topshop.

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Where we ate: Number Nine

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Hey lovely people. Sorry I haven't posted in over a week! I had lost track of the days and this past week or so has been an absolute blur. I turned 25 on Saturday and spent the morning working on the house, alongside Josh, Aaron and Ben. We are both so so happy with how much progress we have made over the past couple of weeks and I can't wait to share with you my little, or shall I say very long video I have.. which should be going live Sunday, all being well. I spent Saturday night with two of my closest friends. We ate tapas, drank lots of gin and even ended up in a night club in Lancaster - which by the way, was my first ever night out in Lancaster and it's fair to say that I won't be doing it again. Never did I think that I would feel like one of the oldest girls there at only 25 but that I certainly did! Sunday involved more house work, preparing the ground floor for the plasterers on Monday. At the moment, we have a lovely smooth plastered ceiling on the ground floor and hopefully by the end of the week we will have a completely plastered out living/kitchen space! How exciting is that?! I can't wait to see it. It already feels so much warmer with the ceiling done so I can only imagine it's going to be super cosy with all four walls done and with our log burner in! We are hoping to get the flue in asap but we are just waiting on our friend confirming it for us. Anyway, sorry it's a late one.. I didn't plan on posting but because I'm waiting for Josh to get out the shower before sticking something on Netflix I thought I may as well! Speak soon, L.

House update: new stable door

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The kitchen all plasterboard, ready for the plasterers next week.

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Rocky made a bed in the fireplace.

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The hearth is in, underneath this cut out piece of ply to stop it getting scratched or damaged.

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Rocky and I took ourselves for a walk, to get out of the way. The trees are in full Autumnal swing and it's so lovely to see the leaves looking beautifully orange and yellow! Dare I say, it may be my favourite time of year...

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Here is a comparison of the back window and door. The photo on the left was taken back in the middle of August and then photo on the right was taken this afternoon.

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There she is! Our lovely solid wood stable door. We are going to paint it when we have decided on a colour and when we won't have so many people wandering in and out. I'm thinking something dark on both sides. Oh and we also need some handles so we can actually use it...

Hi everyone, how the bloody hell are ya? I've not been feeling my best this past week. I got a tickly throat and my nose has been running like a river but besides from that, this week has been a good one because we have got so much done on the house! Just to update you if you hadn't already seen my post over on @verynorthernhome, we had our hearth fitted on Thursday, which you can't see at the moment because it's got a sheet of ply on top of it protecting it but I will be sure to reveal it with the log burner on top in the very near future! Josh's brother Ben came to help 'dot and dab', which basically means he stuck the plaster boards on to the largest wall downstairs. I make it sound as if it is an easy job but it isn't! All the plaster boards have to be cut to size and then levelled out when you stick them to the wall. It's been a huge help for us as it saves us asking the plasterers to do it, so now when they arrive next week they can simply crack on with the actual plastering! Hooray! We also managed to get our new window and stable door fitted too! This is something we spent quite a bit of money on, so it's very special for us. We decided to go for a stable door because I love the idea of having the top open when we are cooking and it will be nice for summer evenings too. Surprisingly, our next door neighbours had read about our house once being a stable or a farriers when it was first built in the late 1800's, which I'm certainly going to look into and see if I can find anymore information about. So, what's next for our home? Well, we need to have a seriously good clean, that's for sure! We need to get the downstairs walls finished, ready for our plasterers arriving a week tomorrow. Then once that it done, we should be ready to install our log burner and move on to plaster boarding upstairs. Anyway, I better go.. Mum is making us a feast and I'm so hungry I could eat a horse. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will speak to you again soon. Lots of love, L.

How to do the things you love as often as possible

It may seem like you spend the majority of your life stuck at work, wishing you were doing something more fun and adventurous but we all have to work, to earn money, to pay the bills and most importantly to enjoy life. So how do we get that work life balance right when all we seem to do is work, work, work? If you love the outdoors and adventure, then here are a few useful tips to making the most of your days off work.

 

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Be organised and plan ahead. My diary is like my little book of excitement. As soon as I have something planned, it goes straight in there and I spend my days and weeks or even months before hand feeling excited about the next adventure. I don't mean to wish my time away but I always think it's good to have something to look forward to, whether it being a walk, a camping trip, a weekend away, whatever it is that you enjoy doing.

Check the forecast. We love to walk and explore, if you hadn't already gathered, so it's super important to us that the weather is on our side. I'm a serial weather forecast checker, so I spend the majority of my working week refreshing the met office app to see what lies ahead for the weekend.

Research where you want to go and plan your route. This helps with getting going and helps motivate you when you feel a little sleepy or a little lethargic. If you don't plan where you are going, it's much easier to call it off and not go at all.

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Get out of your comfort zone and do things you may not normally do! I think this is easier said than done for me as I will give anything a go, at least once. I think this one is more important if you have friends or family who have different interests to yourself. It's nice to do something someone else wants, rather than what you always want. So give it a go, you never know, you may enjoy it!

Don't be a let down. There is nothing worse than receiving a text the night before or even worse, first thing in the morning to say that 'I can't be bothered' or 'I don't feel up for it' or what I cannot stand is 'I've got a hangover, I'm not coming' *a brother of mine springs to mind, ahem*. I understand that sometimes life might get in the way and if you have a genuine excuse other than being lazy, then fine but if you've made plans.. try to stick to them!