5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Working with Children

I’ve worked with children for nearly three years now and every day I am thankful that I chose this career. I trained to be a early years practitioner through a modern apprenticeship. I have always wanted to work with children but was unsure of what path to take. This was the best decision I could’ve made as it gave me time to be hands-on in the nursery, learning, while essentially working a full time job. The amount I have learned and continue to learn every day is astonishing. It is such a rewarding job, knowing that I am part of helping shape these children into the people they are going to become. I wanted to share with you a few of the lessons that I have learned from working with children as I feel that although I am teaching them every day, I get so much more back from them.

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1. Life isn’t as complicated as we like to think it is. Children see things so simply and when one thing happens, they quickly move on to the next. They could be absolutely devastated that their mum has left them to go to work but within 5 minutes they are off exploring the play-dough without a care in the world. I tend to take life a bit too serious at times and get myself worked up over the little things. I’ve learned that it’s okay to get upset as long as I pick myself up and move forward.

2. Laughter is the best medicine. Children have this amazing ability to laugh at the most random of things. One day we were sitting having toast and one child bursts out laughing. I have no idea what about but that sets the rest of the kids off and that then sets me off. So there we are just sitting having a full-blown laugh attack over nothing. Whenever I think of this, it reminds me how important it is to see the funny side to life.

3. Forgiveness is important. I see so many struggles over toys daily and it usually ends up in one child having a complete meltdown because that’s their toy and “he stole it” but once the issue has been resolved, they go back to playing together as if nothing was amiss. If only it was this simple for us adults! So many of us hold grudges about things for far too long and let the resentment bubble up inside us. We need to be like children and let things go.

4. Tell the truth. I love how blunt children are. They just tell you like it is and aren’t afraid to do so. So often, we hide our feelings or thoughts in case we upset someone. Yes, be respectful but don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

5. Love holds no limits. Children are capable of giving so much love. They are so accepting of others and love unconditionally. When I first started working in the nursery, the kids accepted me right away, giving me pictures and hugs and made me feel so welcomed and loved. This is an important lesson to take in as we are so quick to judge others. We need to be more like wee Jimmy and accept people as they are.

I am lucky to be able to spend so much time learning from children. I’d love to know if you have any lessons of your own that you have learned from children. Leave a comment and let me know 🙂

Thanks for reading ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

 

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Current Obsessions

Welcome to my current obsessions; a list of all the things that have been occupying my time for the past couple of months.

Firstly, my skin has been breaking out a lot recently due to hormones. The main reason is that I came off of the contraceptive patch and have started using Natural Cycles. An app which tracks your basal temperature and therefore calculates when you are fertile or not. I made this decision as I was fed up of the nasty side effects and wanted to go natural to learn more about how my body works and my own menstrual cycle. (There will be more on this in an upcoming blog post so stay tuned). I knew that my skin care routine needed shaking up and so I did a bit of research and ordered The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Range. I have been using the foaming cleanser as my second cleanse after removing my makeup with micellar water, then toning with the toner, applying the daily solution and then the mattifying moisturiser. The formula is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. The tea tree is very gentle on the skin and not too harsh. Since using this, my skin has been slightly better with breakouts coming nearer my period. It is still not perfect but I am trying to be patient as I know that my hormones are still trying to regulate and get into a steady state.

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October has been all about country music for me as if you read my last post, you will know that I went to see Lady Antebellum. I have loved this band for a few years and have seen them once before. So in the run up to the gig, I had been listening to their songs non-stop alongside the support acts; Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini. I was also supposed to be going to see Kip Moore but fell ill with a horrible stomach bug and couldn’t make it. Luckily he’s coming back to Scotland next year for Country 2 Country. Another album I have been obsessed with is Macklemore’s Gemini. I’ve seen him live twice and met him a couple of years ago. So when I heard of his new album, I knew it’d be one I would have on repeat!

My current Youtube obsessions would be Kalyn Nicholson‘s Youtober. I LIVE for this series! She uploads daily videos through the month of October which are fall/autumn related and her filming and editing skills make it so easy and beautiful to watch. If you love all things fall related, go check her channel out!

A huge TV love of mine right now would have to be Outlander. Oh my goodness…this show! It’s about a woman who is on her honeymoon in Scotland when she comes across some ancient stones and gets transported back in time. She is stuck in this strange time, trying to work out how to stay alive and et back to her husband. Honestly, if you haven’t you NEED to watch it. Season 3 has just started recently but I’m still on the second season so have been avoiding spoilers like the plague!

I recently went to see IT (yes, I can’t quite believe I agreed to go either-I hate scary movies!) and I loved it. It wasn’t as scary as I had thought it was going to be, I had hyped it up to be the scariest thing possible. But the storyline was great (I haven’t seen the original or read the book) and the acting was insane. And no nightmares so it’s a thumbs up from me haha! Side note; if you hate clowns, don’t go see this film.

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I’ve recently gotten back into reading more and have been working my way through many books. I live about a 5 minute walk away from a library and so sometimes I feel like Matilda, going all the time and leaving with a mountain of books! My favourite ones I have read recently are FEELS by Kalyn Nicholson, Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, Fully Functioning Human (Almost) by Melanie Murphy, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, No Place to Hide by Susan Lewis and The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell. I’ll link them all so you can have a read of their synopsis as I’d be here all day if I tried to explain what each of them were about!

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Now, let’s talk about wedding planning. Yes finally! To those of you who don’t know, I got engaged 4 years ago and we haven’t done much in the way of planning, apart from pinning inspo on pinterest. In the last few weeks however, we started a scrapbook and have begun filling it with ideas, inspiration from magazines and getting guest lists drawn up. We also have an appointment to go visit our ideal wedding venue this weekend. We have been before but it wasn’t an official visit, just a quick nosey around. It is a little expensive but it is absolutely stunning and everything we’ve dreamed of. We are keeping our options open though and looking at other venues too. The main focus just now is getting a rough price estimate so we can begin saving properly. I will keep you updated on everything wedding related. If anyone has any advice or tips on planning a wedding, that would be much appreciated.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into the things I’ve been loving recently. Let me know what your current obsessions are and I hope you have a lovely day. Thanks for reading.

Love and Light,

Rebecca ❤

Living In The Moment

 

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Last night I went to see Lady Antebellum in concert. It was an incredible night and looking around me at all the people in the arena singing their hearts out, I was overcome with awe, gratitude and sadness. Awe at the way music brings people together, gratitude to be there in that moment and sadness for what happened in Vegas last weekend. It was a country gig and so it hit me even harder that the people in that area last weekend would’ve been feeling the same way- full of joy and happiness before the horror hit. It’s so difficult to understand why things like this happen in the world and to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to.
We take so much for granted every day in our lives and I know that I fall prey to letting little things get to me which is okay, but it’s so important that we move quickly on from that and be thankful for what we have. I often forget to just live in the moment. I’m always worrying about something that happened yesterday or what’s to come in the week ahead. But this moment right here is all that we can control. We can control our emotions, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes all it takes is a deep breath to bring you back to the present moment.

So today, I urge you to live in the moment and be grateful. As harrowing as it sounds, we never know when it will be our last or what tomorrow will bring. This can be a scary thought, but it’s so true. Stop being afraid to be you and live your life to the fullest. Say that thing that’s been on your mind, go chase that dream, take those chances you’ve been afraid of, love til you feel like you’re going to burst, let the emotions consume you and then pick yourself back up again.

You have one life, how are you going to choose to spend it?

Love, light and prayers for those affected by recent tragic events💗

Rebecca xxx

The Importance of Self-Care to Mental Health: DIY Self-Care Box

Self-Care.

Self-Care means taking care of every single part of you; body, mind and spirit. I see so many people talking about how they take care of their body by fuelling it with healthy foods and exercise and, yes this is very important but what about the mind? Your mental state is so so important to how you function daily, yet it is often pushed to the back burner as we rush through our days, pushing and pushing to get to the next task.

I have shared my experience with mental health before and I wanted to update you that I am now no longer taking anti-depressants for my anxiety. This was a hard decision to make as I was terrified that my symptoms were going to come back full force if I stopped the medication but I also felt that I would be able to cope without them. I gradually reduced the dosage over a few weeks after coming back from holiday. In hindsight, this was probably not the best time for me to come off them as I had a bad case of the ‘holiday blues’. However, I am so glad that I did it and I think that if I left it any longer, I would’ve been more reluctant to stop them. It hasn’t been plain-sailing due to some horrible side effects and withdrawal symptoms for the first couple weeks but it’s now a couple of months on and I feel better.

Recently though, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts. I can’t really put my finger on what feels wrong, I just don’t feel exactly like me some days. Just…distant. Like I’m going through the motions of my day without really being present. It’s a strange feeling and most days it comes and goes.

To help myself feel better, a few weeks ago I created a Self-Care box filled with inspirational quotes, books, messages etc to pick myself up. This was not only for me, but for my fiance who was having a bit of a rough time. I wanted there to be something we could both go to when we needed a helping hand. Any time I’ve been feeling a bit distant or sad, I go to this box and pick out a card or quote or read a page from the book inside and it lifts my spirits. Not in a massive way, but just enough.

I want to share this with you today in case you are feeling down and need a pick me up or you have a friend or family member who is struggling with their mental health and you want to show them you care.

What You’ll Need:

  • A box/bag of any size
  • paper
  • pens
  • pictures/cards/postcards
  • inspirational quotes (handwritten/printed)
  • cellotape
  • scissors
  • books
  • paperclips (optional)
  • trinkets
  • anything that makes you/the person smile

Where To Find Resources:

To start I used this box that I was gifted by my grandparents. It’s so pretty and perfect for this with all the little quotes. You can use any box and use wrapping paper or decorate it to look how you want. I wrote a little note and stuck it on the top of the box. You can customise this however you like to make it more personal.

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I decorated the inside of the box with a couple of cute quotes.

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I filled the inside of the box with a variety of cards, quotes, messages and cute little trinkets.

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I hope you like this and if any of you make your own Self-Care box, please send me some pictures- I’d love to see your own personalised creations!

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

Walking for IBD

We did it!

The Crohn’s and Colitis UK #WalkIt went so well and it was such an incredible day. The sun was shining and the spirits were high. When we first got to Edinburgh, we noticed the bright purple tent through the trees and when we arrived to the area, it was like a sea of purple! It was so amazing to see how many people were there to support and raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There were lots of different stalls providing food, information and support. There was also an inflatable bowel which was awesome and had information throughout all about Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

To start off the walk, there were amazing dancers and live music for entertainment. It was a fantastic atmosphere that got everyone excited. During the walk, it was so lovely to have people coming up and asking what we were walking for and what IBD was. It felt so good raising awareness and being able to spread the word around the city of what IBD is and why awareness is needed. We took the wrong route and ended up doing almost 6K instead of 5K (oops!)

At the end of the walk, I felt really emotional that I had done it. I’m so glad that I felt well enough and had enough energy to go through with it. It was a bit overwhelming (in a good way) that so much effort was put into the day to raise awareness of these diseases that are so often misunderstood or unknown. We met some lovely people and it was nice to hear others stories of why they were there and their experience with IBD. I was so grateful for Connor being there with me. He is my biggest supporter and I am so thankful to have this wonderful partner who cares so much (sorry for the cheese!)

 

After the walk, we went for a Nando’s date which was so delicious! And then explored the shops around Edinburgh. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the cat cafe, Maison de Moggy. It was the best way to chill after the excitement of the morning.

 

 

Overall, the day was so incredible and I am so glad that we took part in the 5K. I am so grateful to everyone who donated and sponsored us as we have raised £240 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Thank you so much! I am hoping to fundraise more for CCUK in the future and I will keep you all updated.

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

Raising Awareness of IBD and What You Can Do To Help

Raising Awareness of IBDHey everyone,

I just wanted to check in and say I am so grateful for all of the donations/ sponsors so far (if you missed my last post, I am taking part in a 5K walk to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK) and it makes me so emotional to think how much support I have behind me. The money raised for Crohn’s and Colitis UK could help fund research for treatment and even a cure someday. Funds can help provide information and advice for over 1,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease which is just incredible.

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This charity was the first place I turned to when I was diagnosed. There are so many useful resources on there such as their Crohn’s and Colitis Companion which is an interactive resource that gives users information or advice on things like their symptoms, treatment options and how to live with IBD. This is really easy to use and so helpful for people who have just newly been diagnosed or anyone who needs a little support. There are over 40 leaflets and booklets available to download covering everything from financial aid to the symptoms of both conditions. It is so important to raise funds and donate as they use the money for incredible things like determining causes of IBD and the newest treatments. Recently £700,000 has been awarded for the research into new treatments and improved care for patients.

#WALKIT

#WalkIt is happening all around the UK. There is a 5K or a 10K that you can do or volunteer at. I am so excited to take part in the walk and to meet others with IBD. I think it is so amazing that we will all come together to support this amazing charity and each other. It is important to keep raising awareness of these conditions, being invisible illnesses, they can be so damaging to someones body, but at the same time give the appearance of being ‘well’.

It is amazing that more people are becoming aware and more understanding of chronic/invisible illnesses but there is still a long way to go.

The most important thing that anyone can do is to have compassion for others. We all have something going on in our lives, you never know what people are going through. Their lives may look perfect on social media but a smile and a filter can hide a lot. Every single person has their own struggles and it is important to keep that in mind every single day.

An Update on My Ulcerative Colitis

I am doing great at the moment; I haven’t had a flare in around 2 years. However that doesn’t mean that I feel healthy and fab every single day. There are still good days and bad days but my bad days are better now than the ones I used to have. The symptoms I’ve been having recently are some stomach cramps/pains (these tend not to come to anything and usually decrease) and fatigue. Fatigue is what I struggle with the most and it can be there even on the good days. I usually help this by resting as much as I can and trying to reduce my stress, although I fight a losing battle most of the time.

It can be hard some days to not let it get me down but I just have to pick myself up and keep moving forward. This is my life now and my UC isn’t going to stop me from living it to the fullest.

How You Can Help

You can help raise awareness of IBD by joining in the #WalkIt, donating or even just sharing this blog post. If you or your loved one has IBD, becoming more comfortable with the symptoms makes it easier to talk to others about them and thus raise awareness. The more we talk, the more recognised and accepted these conditons will become. I waited longer than I should have to get medical help as I was too embarrassed to tell my family. It is okay to talk about your bowel habits, every one has them! It’s normal and we need to get over the taboo of talking about poo.

Thanks for reading ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xxx

Fundraising for CrohnsColitis UK- 5K #WalkIt

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Myself and my fiance, Connor are going to be taking part in the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Walk It (5K) in Edinburgh in July. As most of you know, I myself have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and so I am taking part to raise awareness for this illness and raise funds to help support the charity. Funds raised will go to Crohns and Colitis UK and this can help with providing support for those with IBD and also help the investigation into looking for a cure. This is a charity very close to my heart and I can’t wait to help raise awareness! If you could, please donate to my Just Giving page (I would be so grateful!)

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Here is the information on #WalkIt if you are interested: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/walk-it

The money raised goes to Crohns and Colitis Uk and “This could help pay for 2,000 people to get the information they need about Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”

Thank you for reading and if you do donate or even share this post, I love you and am so very grateful for the support ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xxx

 

Holiday Diary: Tenerife

I am suffering from MAJOR holiday blues right now! It’s been almost 2 weeks since I was jetting off to Tenerife with my fiance for a week of relaxation and sunshine.  We stayed in the Paloma Beach Apartments in Los Christianos. We had the best time and it was lovely to be able to spend so much quality time together.

Day 1; Tuesday 16th May

The flight was slightly delayed getting into Tenerife due to winds but we made it and arrived around 9pm. It was still warm at this time and we were so excited to get to our hotel and get some food! Upon arriving at the apartments, we spotted a wee black cat (a great sign for feeling at home!) and were given an envelope including instructions on how to get to our apartment. Once we had checked in, we went a walk down the street to where some restaurants and bars were located. We went into the Indian restaurant and had some korma. It was good and by the time we had finished eating, I was falling asleep at the table!

Day 2; Wednesday 17th May

The next morning, we had a bit of a lie in before going down to the pool bar for breakfast. We then headed along the sea front and found some lovely beaches. We had our first freshly squeezed orange juice *heart eyed emoji* and found a little street cat which we called Pailey (he was adorable!)

Day 3; Thursday 18th May

We had such a relaxing day by the pool. It was so peaceful and we had great fun playing around in the pool (after Connor pushed me in haha).

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Day 4; Friday 19th May

We went a walk along to the beach and went into a little cafe for a nutella crepe and orange juice. It was fab! We enjoyed chilling on the beach for a while before going exploring. For dinner, we ordered the most delicious pizza (PizzaYPasta-Los Christianos)

Day 5; Saturday 20th May

This was the best day ever! We went to Siam Park (the most amazing water park!) and travelled there on an open-top bus. This was incredible to see the sights of Tenerife. Siam Park is stunning, it felt so magical and like we were in a jungle. The aesthetics of the place are amazing! We loved going on all the different rides and some of them were so crazy! Because it wasn’t mega busy, we got to go on our favourite rides a few times each. We went on all the rides, except I was too scared to go on the Tower of Power. Can you blame me, with a name like that?! Connor went on it though and I watched him from the bottom. My heart was in my mouth when I saw him at the top! It was a very high kamikaze slide and it looked insane! I was happy sticking to the less scary (but still crazy) rides. We bought some hats to take home as a memento of the day and on the way back to the apartments, we had a bit of a mishap on the bus…Connor’s hat flew off his head and whacked the guy a few rows behind us in the face! Luckily he was okay and found it funny! It was hilarious and made my day! We were so exhausted when we got back and our feet were agony after walking barefoot all day but it was so worth it! I would highly recommend that if you go to Tenerife, to definitely go to Siam Park. I would go back just to go there for a day.

Day 6; Sunday 21st May

We decided to have a chill day as we were so exhausted from Siam Park, so we lounged in the apartment and then went to the beach for a bit. We also found another place (The Corner- Los Christianos) that did crepe’s and this was the most amazing crepe I have ever had! On the way back to the apartment, we went to a bar for a drink and to watch some football. It was a lovely chilled out day.

Day 7; Monday 22nd May

We enjoyed a full proper day at the beach, playing around in the sea and snuggling up with our books. The sand was so hot but so lovely! I felt so peaceful and happy being next to the sea. I love the smell of the sea air and I love people-watching. We also stopped at the pebble beach on the way back and seen some incredible waves coming in as a ship was leaving the harbour.

Day 8; Tuesday 23rd May

For our last day, we spent most of the day at the pool and took a walk along to see Pailey the cat one last time. He was so sweet and was snuggling into us. We found out that he was looked after by the shop owners and got given food from them. This made me really happy that although he was a street cat, he was well looked after. We then went back and had a nap by the pool (as we had to check out of our room early that morning) and then left to go to the airport at 6pm. We arrived back in Scotland about 3am the next morning and we were so happy to see our own little baby cat!

 

We had the most incredible time away, and for it being my first time in Tenerife I had an amazing experience of the island. I would definitely go back!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any holidays planned this year or if any of you have been to Tenerife before- I’d love to hear your experiences!

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

#WorldIBDDay 2017

Hey lovelies! So it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I wanted to just check in quickly and let you know I’ll be more active when I come home from my holiday (I’m currently in Tenerife and having an amazing time!) But I couldn’t let today go by without posting something for #WorldIBDDay. As you all know it is something very close to my heart as I was diagnosed in 2013 with Ulcerative colitis and my life has been changed in many ways since then. Ulcerative Colitis is one form of Inflammatory bowel disease; the other Crohns Disease. These illnesses are non-curable and can cause many symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea, nausea, fatigue, anaemia, stomach has cramps and pains, constipation and so much more.

I’m going to put links to all my posts I have written previously about Inflammatory Bowel Didease and my journey with it. I hope you’ll take time to read them and share or spread the word. We need to raise awareness for this invisible disease so as to help people suffering and those who are close to them.

A Support group for those with IBD

What I’ve learned from having an incurable illness

8 pieces of advice for anyone suffering with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

An Honest Letter to my illness

10 Things you need to know about Ulcerative Colitis

Colitis and Me

Fatigue and IBD

I hope this helps anyone suffering or having any symptoms and that it also creates understanding for those who don’t have IBD.

Thank you for reading and I’ll be back on the blog soon!

Rebecca ❤

PS. there are some useful links and websites about IBD in this post here: Living with Ulcerative Colitis

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
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-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