Falling off the wagon

Just a catch up. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve fallen off the #BEDM wagon. I’m not beating myself up about it, I just did it for a bit of fun and to find some new blogs to read. Somewhere in the middle of the month I lost my mojo and going away last weekend gave me the perfect excuse to fall off the radar.

To be honest I’ve enjoyed the break – though not completely because I felt guilty about it. But now I’m taking a conscious decision to take the rest of May off and come back fresh in June with some new posts. Guilt free. So this post was pretty much to tell you that. I’ll be back on June 1st. In 5 days time.

So enjoy your bank holiday weekend. And enjoy the rest of May!

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#BEDM Day 19: Out of your comfort zone

Today’s topic for #BEDM is “Out of your comfort zone”. So I thought I would do something that scares me.

This is what my face looks like to the outside world. And it’s what it used to look like every day when I woke up, until I turned 22. For the last 6 years, I went from being someone who barely ever wore make up and scoffed at those who said they couldn’t leave the house without wearing it, to becoming one of them.

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And that is because the majority of days when I get up, I am faced with the below in the mirror. I don’t know what caused it and no matter what I have tried all these years, nothing seems to work. My face is like an angry teenager.

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Ironically, my skin wasn’t bad at all when I was a teen. I would get spots but nothing like this. And from the ages of 18 to 21 my skin was flawless. The majority of the blemishes that are now on my face don’t even have heads or become spots, they’re just angry red blotches.

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At first I thought it was because I did a lot of work with my hands so maybe I was getting my face dirty, it wasn’t that. I changed my diet, I tried creams, pills, and nothing seems to work. All I can say is that I’m thankful to have the makeup that I have on hand that allows me to go out of the house with some degree of confidence. Never again will I judge someone for being reliant on makeup. I know how they feel.

In comparison to the bad days, the good day’s are so much better. It just looks like I have rosy cheeks until you get up close so luckily it’s not that bad all of the time.

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Maybe one day my face will clear up and maybe it won’t but the one good thing that’s come out of it is that I care less of how I look now, if that makes any sense. I’m not too afraid to show people this face, at least people I know (and a bunch of strangers on the internet).

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I’m quite thankful in fact that this is the biggest problem in my life at the moment. There are plenty of people out there who have way bigger problems than this and I have a good life. I have a fiancé who looks at me without makeup every day and still loves me, I have great friends and family, I have no big health problems and I have a roof over my head. That’s a lot to be thankful for.

So for anyone else who looks in the mirror and doesn’t like what they see, my advice is to just look for all the good things in your life and after a while it doesn’t feel so bad anymore. I do have good days and bad days but throughout all that, makeup is always there for me if it gets too much. That and Topher, thank you for being there for me.

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#BEDM Day 13: A Day In The Life

Happy Friday the 13th! Well I don’t know about you but I had a pretty good day considering it’s supposed to be a day full of bad luck. Anyway, here’s my day in the life. One in which I leave the house. I know, exciting right? Yes I’m a hermit.

So what better way to start than with the breakfast of champions? Porridge with bananas, cinnamon and almond milk, half a grapefruit and a big mug of coffee. This is how my day starts. After a quick shower at least. Just like when I had a 9-5, reading blogs in the morning over breakfast is really important to me. It’s my favourite way to set myself up for the day.

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After a marathon of reading, I get a few errands around the house done before getting dressed and ready to head out. But not before stopping to give this one a quick cuddle!

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Pickles has a current obsession with sinks. He’ll meow and rub his head against the tap until you turn it on. Then he’ll madly bat his paw at the stream of water. Silly boy.

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Quick hair check!

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Then it’s a speed walk to the train station. How nice was the weather today? A bit on the chilly side but I got some use out of my sunglasses.

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Arriving at Zieferblat for Freelance Friday I stop for a glass of cucumber & mint water. Yum!

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Then I set myself up and get to work (and chat to my fellow freelancers!).

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I’ve got to head home a bit early today so I can drop Topher at work so I get the crowded rush hour train home. Luckily I manage to grab a seat.

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Another lovely walk home. I like this commute!

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Once I’ve dropped Topher off, it’s time to make my dinner of steak, potatoes and veg and then I can relax.

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The rest of the evening is spent watching Netflix and waiting to pick up Topher. Then just a bit more work I need to finish off and it’s off to bed with me. Not a bad day as Friday the 13th’s go!

What does your day look like?

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#BEDM Day 12: Poetry

I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a poet. Poetry isn’t something I care about. But funnily enough this is the second time this year that I have had poetry come up in my life. The last time was at Blognix earlier this year. In order to get our creative juices flowing we were asked during one of talks to write a poem about an object on our table. Mine was a piece of ribbon. I started but ran out of time so here’s the full and final version. Think of it being from the point of view of my cat Luna.

The Black Ribbon

What’s that?

It’s long, it’s black.

Bat, bat, bat.

It doesn’t move.

Curious…why doesn’t it fight back?

Bat, bat, bat.

What is it?

Not a worm, a snake, definitely not a cat.

Bat, bat, bat.

Mine now. 

 

Have you ever written poetry?

 

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#BEDM Day 11: Food Glorious Food

Today’s topic (for me at least) is Food Glorious Food. I am a self confessed foodie. I will try just about anything and I love experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. So I thought that today I would share with you 6 recipes that I found on Pinterest that I just can’t wait to try!

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars – The View From Great Island

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the winning combination of peanut butter and chocolate so these look like the ultimate summer treat. Now if only we could get the weather to go with them!

Butternut Squash Fries – My Fussy Eater

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Things I love: Fries, potatoes, sweet potato fries, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. So I don’t see how I can’t love butternut squash fries. These look delicious.

Butterbeer Fudge – Ashlee Marie

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Say the word butterbeer to me and I’m there. I’ve always wanted to try out a butterbeer recipe so this may just be the one I’ve been looking for.

Danielle Chang’s Indonesian Fried Rice Nasi Goreng

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This looks simply delicious. I’ve tried a couple of Indonesian dishes in my time and based on the ingredients of this one, I can’t see myself disliking it. Yum!

Warm gingerbread breakfast smoothie – Running with Spoons

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Though this appears to be quite a seasonal smoothie at first glance, that wouldn’t stop me making it tomorrow. I love gingerbread any time or place and it’s been ages since I made a smoothie. I like the fact that it’s served warm too.

Homemade Beignets – Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Ah beignets. To this day you still haunt my food related dreams and yet I’ve still never tasted you. One day. Maybe with this recipe it will be one day soon!

So that’s whats on my current dream list for cooking. How about you?

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