20% OFF at My Etsy Shop!

20% OFF at My Etsy Shop!

Use the coupon code 20OFF  at my Etsy shop for some lovely handmade, personalised prints and quotes. They make a lovely gift for those special people in your life, including yourself!

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Beauty Print- £2.50
A handmade print using ink and pastels. Lovely inspirational quote to remind you to remember the beauty in the world.

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Name Print- £2.50
*CUSTOMISED* print with words to describe the person. Can be customised for anyone. Great gift for Christmas, birthdays, thank yous etc. I made this for my cousins birthday

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Button Print- £5.00
A lovely handmade print fantastic gift for loved ones. This one was created for my gran’s 60th birthday which is why it is personalised. Customised prints available on request.

Great gift for;
Birthdays
Celebrations
Anniversaries
Special Occasions

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Self Care Print- £3.00
This is a list of things/ideas that you can do to take care of yourself and things to make you happy. If you need to make more time for yourself, this is a PERFECT reminder!

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Live In The Light Print-£2.50 This is a beautiful, colourful board with all of the words that describe living in the light. It is ideal for gifts or to hang up on your wall as a daily reminder to live in the light il_570xN.983579094_6ada

Be Gentle With Yourself Print- £2.50
A reminder to take care of yourself and allow yourself to have some time off to chill and relax. Self-care is so important!

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Little Bag of Miracles- £5.00
The little bag comes with a card explaining what it’s all about. They can be gifts for
-loved ones
-someone sitting exams
-a friend in need
-a pick me up for yourself
-someone struggling with a loss
-mother’s day
-birthdays
-christmas

-and much more!

I am taking personalised orders! *Quotes in each bag may differ.*

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Family Print- £2.50
This is a lovely print to give to any member of your family as a gift. I gifted these to my family for Christmas and they adored them! I am also going to be taking requests for personalised orders and I will be selling some with frames upon request for a higher price.

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Lessons Print- £1.50
A perfect reminder that there are lessons in every situation in life. If there is something that keeps coming up for you, there is still some work to be done. Be patient and open to receiving these lessons♥

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Let Go Print- £1.50
Take a deep letting go breath, hold for 5 seconds and let it go.

Doesn’t that feel better already?

Let go of those limiting beliefs. Let go of the negative thoughts. Let go of the past. Let go of the blocks holding you back. I promise that if you use your breath and take time to relax your body and mind, you will be able to release negativity more efficiently. So what are you waiting for?

Inhale, Exhale and Let Go!

You can hang this print on your wall as a daily reminder to let things go!

Go on, treat yourself at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiveInTheLightShop

Love and light,

Rebecca xo

Accepting Where I’m At

Accepting Where I’m At

via Daily Prompt: Acceptance

It feels good to be writing on here again after a short hiatus, which feels like forever! I have been going through a phase of feeling uninspired and unmotivated but then I had an itch to post something today. However, I kept having thoughts of I don’t know what to write? and it’s been so long, what if it’s not good enough? I started scrolling through the reader feed and came across a daily prompt: Acceptance. Wow. As soon as I read that, I knew that was exactly what I needed to do. Accept where I’m at and honour those thoughts and feelings.

Acceptance has always been a difficult thing for me to practice. I struggle with change and things not going the way I plan. So, the moment I read the word, it hit me like a ton of bricks- I have been doing the exact opposite of accepting.17467930_10211874244753597_1974983819_n

There’s been a lot going on within the last couple of months that has been causing stress and anxiety. I have started a new course at college and I’m struggling with the workload. I am so exhausted all the time– my fatigue has come back with a vengeance. I’ve had too many days where my stomach is extremely painful and I feel sick. And I am in constant fear of my ulcerative colitis flaring up. I’ve been trying to push these feelings away and just keep on going. But I think by doing that, I’ve subconsciously been worrying even more about it. I still have thoughts of I hate this, why me?,  I just want to feel normal. I shouldn’t be thinking so negatively. I am beginning to realise though, that having these thoughts is okay. I just don’t believe that it is possible to think positive thoughts all the time. Yes, I blog about positivity and choosing love over fear etc but this is real life and it is not that simple all the time. There are days where I struggle to move out of bed or to get up and cook dinner. And there are times when that’s not because I physically can’t- sometimes I’m just so mentally drained that all I want to do is curl up in a ball.

When it comes to acceptance, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I don’t want to look at it like, Oh, I’m not accepting this situation so I’m making things harder for myself. I want it to be a learning experience in which I can say Yes okay, I understand that it will be hard work to accept this but I am willing to do so and I will get there eventually.

So this is me promising myself that I am going to look after me, my body and mindset by accepting all emotions, thoughts and situations that come up. That being said though, it is okay for me not to accept it every single day. It is okay to have off days where I want to curl up in bed and just order food in. Or even to just be angry or upset about being in pain or feeling down.

I hope that you are able to come to terms with and accept the current situation that you are in and if you are not in that place yet, that is perfectly okay too.

Love and Light ❤

I was inspired to write this after seeing what the #dailyprompt was for today and also reading  this post on acceptance.

Fatigue and IBD

Fatigue and IBD

People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease often suffer from fatigue. 2 out of 5 patients will struggle daily with fatigue even if they are in remission from the disease. Remission from IBD simply means that there are no/ have been no symptoms for a lengthy period of time.

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What causes fatigue?

Fatigue can be caused by a number of factors including

  • anaemia
  • steroids
  • side effects of medications
  • dehydration
  • weight loss
  • anxiety/depression
  • interrupted sleep
  • pain

It is no wonder then that patients with IBD suffer from fatigue as a lot of these factors are linked to the disease.

What does fatigue feel like?

Fatigue can make you feel exhausted and cannot be helped by sleeping or resting. Fatigue is not just tiredness. It is so difficult to push through the fogginess and exhaustion and it can be mentally and physically taxing. This often leaves the person feeling weak, drained and worn out.

Symptoms of Fatigue

  • brain fog
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • feeling “heavy”
  • exhaustion
  • sore or aching muscles
  • irritability
  • muscle weakness
  • impaired decision-making
  • blurry vision
  • low motivation
  • poor concentration
  • poor appetite

How Fatigue Has Affected Me 

Fatigue is something that I have to deal with on a daily basis. I can sleep for hours and hours and still wake up feeling as if I haven’t rested. It’s horrible. I have spoken to my doctor about it but as there is currently not a lot of information on remedies for fatigue, I was told to eat more red meat to see if it would help. I can’t say that it made much difference. I have had to reduce my working hours down to part-time as working full time was too taxing for me. I currently work 5 hours and I can come home and have to sleep for the rest of the afternoon. The level of fatigue varies day-to-day and there are some days that are better than others. I find though that when I am not having an active flare-up, it does tend to be slightly lessened. During a flare-up the fatigue is horrendous and can be so bad that I have to lie down after taking a shower. It is such a difficult feeling to explain, it feels like a fogginess or a big cloud is hanging over you and pulling you down. It’s worse than just feeling tired, it is physically and mentally draining.

What I Do To Help Reduce My Fatigue

  • Drink plenty of water
  • De-stress! Take a long bath, do yoga, meditate etc
  • Exercise, a little goes a long way.
  • Eat lots of fruit and veg
  • Take vitamins
  • Sleep as often and as much as I can. Naps are everything!

These things do not get rid of the fatigue but they do make it a little more manageable.

I hope that there will be more research into fatigue and the link with IBD as currently around 80% of IBD patients suffer from it. We need a treatment or something to help reduce the symptoms so we can go about our every day lives with a bit of normalcy.

If you suffer from fatigue and IBD, you can log your symptoms here in order to help the research go further.

Here is Crohns and Colitis UK’s pdf about fatigue and IBD which I used for my research for this post.

Thank you for reading.

Love and light,

Rebecca ❤

My Current Favourites

My Current Favourites

Hi lovelies! It’s been a while since I did a favourites but I felt inspired to share with you the things I am loving at the moment. So keep on reading for a mixture of my fave beauty, books, films, home-ware and more! I hope you enjoy.

BEAUTY

MAKE-UP

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These 3 makeup products have been my go-to’s for every day use. I use the Tanya Burr Face Illuminator either mixed into my foundation or on it’s own for a healthy glow. It really brightens up my skin. The Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette is stunning. There are four different highlighters; 1 cream and 3 powder. Alongside using them for highlighting my brow bone, cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow, I have been using them as eye shadow and the pigmentation is amazing. Last but not least, I picked up the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick in Ruffle Trim and I am obsessed! It s not drying on the lips and has the most beautiful formula and colour. I can’t wait to try their other colours in the range!

HAIR

I have been loving the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler. It creates beautiful tight curls in a matter of seconds. There is only one heat setting and it is the perfect temperature as you only need to hold the hair on the barrel for a few seconds. To keep the curls in place, I use Mark Hill’s Magic Curl Spray and Lee Stafford Heat Protection Shine Mist. I have also been loving the Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo to give my hair extra volume.

STATIONARY/ HOME-WARE

GABRIELLA x PRIMARK CANVAS PRINT

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I’m not sure if I have mentioned this on here before but one of my favourite things to do is watch Gabriella Lindley (VelvetGh0st) on YouTube and so when she released a new home-ware range with Primark, I fell in love- especially as it has a cat theme! This is so cute and is currently hanging above my bed. I love the simple design and the font of the text. It’s fab!

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I also bought some more pieces from Gabriella’s range; pens, pins, notes, rubbers, pencils, notebooks, a mug and the most amazing cat pyjamas and dressing gown (which I have been living in!)

UNICORN HOT WATER BOTTLE- primark

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I am obsessed with this hot water bottle. Not only is it the cutest, fluffiest thing ever- it is my saviour! I have been using this every day since I got it last month as it really helps my stomach pains (and keeps me warm on those chilly winter nights).

THE HAPPINESS PLANNER: INSPIRATIONAL PENCILS

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I got given these stunning pencils as a Christmas gift and I am so in love. Each pencil has an inspirational quote as a reminder to stay positive any time you’re writing or working.

FAIRY DUST CANDLE

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This candle is so pretty and smells amazing. It’s quite a sweet smell and the scent is strong which is brilliant as it leaves your room smelling divine for a while after.

BOOKS

These are the books I have read recently and I would recommend them all. Each story is captivating and I couldn’t put any of them down. So good!

TV SHOWS/ FILMS

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

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If you’ve never watched anime…I suggest you start with this. I’m gutted I’ve finished the first season already. Too much goes on to even explain what it’s about so here is the trailer. It’s awesome!

LA LA LAND

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I absolutely loved this film. The story-line was great and the whole set and soundtrack was magical. Definitely recommend going to see it if you haven’t already. And I mean… Ryan Gosling…you can’t say no to that can you?!

30 Things To Be Happy About!

30 Things To Be Happy About!

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  1. Lazy mornings
  2. Snuggles in bed
  3. Cats (and all cute animals)
  4. Unicorns
  5. Nature
  6. Bubble baths
  7. Fairy lights
  8. Hot chocolate with cream…yum!
  9. Having a tidy house/room
  10. Spending time with family and friends
  11. Netflix
  12. A cup of tea in your favourite mug
  13. Freshly baked cakes
  14. Delicious food
  15. Scented candles
  16. People who smell good
  17. Watching the sunset/sunrise
  18. Songs that remind you of a special person or memory
  19. Forehead kisses
  20. Beautiful tattoos
  21. Travelling to new places and watching the world go by
  22. Long showers
  23. Knowing every lyric of a song
  24. Holding hands
  25. Reading a captivating book
  26. When your pet comes to cuddle you
  27. Clean water
  28. Being warm and cosy when it’s cold outside
  29. Making new memories every day
  30. Being alive!

There are a million and one things to be happy about and I could honestly write on this topic forever. I loved writing this and it made me feel so grateful to be alive and be able to experience all of these wonderful things!

I hope that this made you smile and I’d love to know; what would you add to the list that makes you happy?

Love and light, 

Rebecca ❤

My Aspirations for 2017

My Aspirations for 2017

Happy New Year beautiful people!

Much the same as last year, I won’t be setting resolutions because I feel there is too much pressure that comes with the word. I am going to be setting aspirations; something that I hope to achieve. That way, if I don’t manage to get something on the list done or it doesn’t happen how I want it to, I am less likely to feel disheartened. However, there is nothing wrong with setting resolutions if that is something that inspires you. You do you!

My aspirations for this year are things that I hope will help to improve my confidence and self love. This is going to be the year of me. And I don’t mean that in a selfish way, I just want to focus more on being happy and growing as a person.

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No.1 Focus more on my own happiness.

I plan on doing what makes me feel good and if there is something that doesn’t, I want to be able to say so.

No. 2 Take the time to listen to what my body needs.

This is something that is so important due to my IBD. There are times when I forget to take my medication or forget to drink enough water or even overwork myself. I am going to work on being more aware of what it is my body is telling me; whether that’s “go for a nap” or “eat that chocolate bar”.

No. 3 To take each day as it comes.

I often have so much anxiety over what’s to come in the next few days/ weeks or stressing about things that have happened in the past and it totally removes me from the present moment. I want to be able to be fully here and I think by doing this, my happiness will improve greatly.

No.4 Learn to love every single version of myself.

I want to love every part of me on the good and bad days; when I’m happy, sad, anxious, in pain etc.

No.5 Spend more time with friends. I don’t see my friends enough and I think a big part of that is down to becoming comfortable in my routine. This year, I am ready to step out of my comfort zone and put more effort into my friendships and taking part in lots of fun stuff!

No.6 Get back into my spiritual practice.

I’ve fallen away from my meditation, yoga and other rituals that I had been loving. I want to get back into this again as I felt great at the time. If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations of self-improvement/spiritual books, please leave me a comment 🙂

No.7 Choose positive over negative.

We can control our thoughts and although it can be difficult, it is possible. Our mind is a very powerful thing and can control our life if we let it. I am going to be taking back control of my mind by focusing on positive thoughts more.

Thank you for reading, let me know in the comments one thing you are hoping for in 2017. I wish you all the most wonderful joy-filled year!

Love and light,

Rebecca xo

Highlights of My Year-2016

Highlights of My Year-2016

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the rest of the holidays before the New Year. As there are only a few days left of 2016, I thought I would share a bit about my year with you. Although it’s not all been sunshine and rainbows- there have been many struggles too- I wanted to focus on the experiences that I have loved this year and those that I’m grateful for.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

JANUARY-MARCH

2016 started off pretty well for me as I turned 21 in February and had such an amazing time celebrating. My mum and step-dad got me a lovely gift of a night away in a hotel with my fiance and it was so beautiful. I then had lots of fun with family and friends and even had a small party. It was fantastic! Also, in February I completed my modern apprenticeship and became a qualified nursery practitioner. I am absolutely loving my job and was so grateful to be offered a position in the nursery were I did my training. In March, I was lucky enough to attend two gigs; Adele and Country2Country. Both of these were incredible. Adele was so amazing live and I had such a brilliant time. At Country2Country, I got to meet one of the singers, Andrew Combs- I was so happy because I got to tell him I loved his cardigan haha – who was great live. One of my favourite singers, Kacey Musgraves was performing and she was absolutely wonderful! It was a brilliant gig and I’m happy that I will be going back next year.

APRIL-MAY

In April, I went to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis live for the second time and it was brilliant! I was having way too much fun bouncing around to the songs that I didn’t get any good pictures! My holiday in May to Portugal was probably one of the biggest highlights of 2016. The weather was brilliant and it was so lovely to have a week to just relax in the sunshine with my best friend. We made so many memories and I can’t wait for our holiday in 2017 that we will have!

JUNE-SEPTEMBER

In June, I had my graduation for completing my modern apprenticeship and it was a brilliant day. After the ceremony, my mum, Connor and I went out for a lovely meal to celebrate. I went for my first girls weekend away to Edinburgh in August and it was so much fun. (You can read my post all about it here.)

OCTOBER-DECEMBER

My mum graduated in October and now has a Post Graduate Diploma Level in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am so so proud of her and all the work she has put in to get to where she is today. Her graduation was so beautiful and very emotional! To finish off the year, I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and I am so grateful for everyone in my life right now.

Also a little side note on my health in 2016; overall it’s been a pretty good year in terms of my IBD, I haven’t had a flare up since the beginning of the year and that cleared up quickly with steroids. I have had to cut out some dairy products to try to help my stomach pains but so far I haven’t noticed a great change. I am just so thankful that I have made it to December without a serious issue or hospital admission. Let’s hope that continues long into 2017!

BLOG HIGHLIGHTS:

I can’t believe I reached the one year milestone in September with my blog! Thank you to all of you for reading, liking, following and commenting; it means so much.

My blog post; 8 Pieces of Advice for anyone suffering with Inflammatory Bowel Disease was featured on thedisclosed.com and the response was amazing.  I am so glad I managed to help raise awareness of IBD and help some people suffering.

I also wrote An Honest Letter to my Illness where I really sat and thought about what it was like to live with IBD and how it had changed, not only my life, but me as a person. I feel that since writing this, I have come to terms with it more and accepted it as part of me.

I set up my very own Etsy Shop this year, which is something I had wanted to do for a long while. I sell inspirational, handwritten quotes, gifts and cards. If you are interested, you can check it out here. It would mean a lot if you left some feedback on what you think of the products.

To finish this post off, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was there to share these wonderful experiences with me and to my followers for always being there to read what I post. I hope everyone has an amazing New Year and I wish you all the best for 2017 ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo