10 Things That Made My November Amazing

First off, a little backstory: when I began writing this post at the beginning of the month, I was truly over the moon because SO many good things had been happening. However, the latter half of November was much tougher for me.

With an almost-definite-diagnoses (more tests – this time much more invasive – still need to be done to 100% confirm it) of Celiac disease, I was a little thrown off, even though I had been expecting it.

This newfound realisation that my entire lifestyle had to change really through me for a loop. There were numerous times I wept in a supermarket because I realised I could no longer have so many things I loved, but the pain that occurs whenever I DO eat gluten was just too much to bear, so I sulked. A lot.

Eventually, though, I began to come to terms with things. I tried a bunch of gluten free items – including noodles, pasta, flour, and bread – and was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I could not taste the difference between them and their gluten-containing counterparts.


I just wanted to add this footnote as most people may be a little confused as to why I sound so happy in this post when my Stories on Instagram have shown me to be the opposite. I WAS happy when I originally wrote this post, and I am once again happy now. I had a rough patch in the middle, but I am now looking forward to trying new things and beginning to live a healthier life. Now, for the post:Read More »


The Revelation of Being Kind | World Kindness Day

Did YOU know that November 13 is World Kindness Day?! Because I didn’t when I first started to write this post, but I love that it worked out that way!

I actually got the idea to write this post because of something that keeps happening to me over and over again, both online and in real life: people are frequently surprised and taken aback by my kindness.

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Whilst it’s great to know that I’m making people happy, it’s also kind of worrying me about how the other people in their life are treating them, if one simple comment from me is enough to make their day.

Is kindness REALLY that hard to come by these days? Do other people NOT offer up advice or a compliment as soon as it pops into their head? Am I WEIRD for trying to be nice?

I am so surprised at what a revelation a simple act of kindness is to some people, and that in itself is kind of concerning.


Honestly, all I really do is offer a better alternative to my customers who are unsure of what to order at my work, or leave a nice comment on a blog or Instagram post, but the way some people have reacted to those things has left me stunned.Read More »

The #1 Thing That Helps Me Stay Positive At All Times

The other day I put up a question on my Instagram Stories asking what kind of posts you’d like to see from me other than recipes and DIY projects, and someone asked me to write about how I managed to stay so positive and happy all the time, so here it is!

I’ve written about positivity and happiness a few times in the past, as it is a topic I am passionate about.

For someone who didn’t want to live to see another day a mere 5-6 years ago, and now hates going to sleep at night because it means I’m missing out on precious hours that could be spent being awake and in love with life, I feel like it’s almost my duty to talk about positivity, and help others become happier – but it’s also something I’ve been hesitant to do.

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Why? Because I know what my number one piece of advice would be, and I know how people would react to that advice.

Because I’ve been those people. I’ve heard all the advice. And I know most people won’t believe it’s possible, or even worth trying, but I’m going to share it anyway.Read More »