It seems that recently the internet has fallen in love with gender fluid Ruby Rose, had a mass positive party for Caitlyn Jenner, celebrated Laverne Cox in all of her black, trans womanhood, talked about John Jolie-Pitt, Rachel Dolezal and obsessed over shows such as Ru Paul's Drag Race. *deep breath* This has been a topic I've wanted to write about for a while now, and with Pride day being today and the legalisation of same-sex marriage in all US states, it felt appropriate to post this now!

If you know me well then you'll know to find me fumbling through bowls and bowls of bath bombs in the Lush store every time I say I'm 'going to town'. It's physically impossible to walk past the store without the sweet smell of luxury dragging you in by the nose, and with the Game of Thrones season finale being only a week or so ago (which I am yet to actually watch, no spoilers please!), I picked this bath bomb up with the idea that it would make me into some kind of bubbly Mother of Dragons.

lake jump coniston

Over the past two years I've been making conscious decisions to be happy.

I once saw a quote that said "Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life." while I was on a day out with my mum. Now usually, I'd pass by these 'inspirational' quotes and brush them off because we see them everywhere, from Facebook and twitter to shop windows and t-shirts. So much that after reading so many they become mockable and boring. 

But for some reason this one really sank in! I think I'd been struggling at the time and constantly searching for a reason to smile on days where I just felt down. Since then, I've grown as a person and come to the realisation that happiness is indeed not a destination, not something to search or aim for but the little stepping stones you walk on everyday. Having this mentality helped me so much.

I decided to start writing events that had happened (no matter how big or small they were) on little pieces of paper and putting them in a jar for safe-keeping, which I then read with my boyfriend Josh at the end of the year. Even though I wasn't dwelling on these good and great things that were happening to me, I was acknowledging them and consciously choosing not to let myself be affected by the bad things.

Learning to seek out the light in situations slowly became a habit (Not in a naive way, like I don't think of consequences at all) while I became unknowingly more present. It also helped me to get 'in tune' with myself and notice when I was feeling sad and why, what I could do to cheer myself up and the positives I could look at instead. 
slay girl, slay
Don't get me wrong, feeling sad sometimes is healthy!

For me, being happy means being motivated and vice versa. In a creative industry like the one I'm in, that is vital to live! So every new year for the past couple of years- after all of the partying and the stagger home- I get to read all of the great things that have happened, the nice things that people said to me and more. It really keeps me going!

What are your methods for staying peppy? Do you have a new mentality or hobbies that keep you going? Let me know!

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This morning I woke up in a perfect nest of covers and pillows, so ready to do absolutely... nothing. Having moved back home for summer,  I've had a little more time in the mornings. A little lie in or a jog around the park usually, with a valiant attempt to cook up something new for breakfast.
I'd say I have more of a 'savoury tooth' over sweet (give me a load of cheese and crackers over cake any day!) but this morning I opted for a hot fruity, healthy breakfast in the form of a bagel. Yes, a bagel.

As this is my first blog post, I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Sarah and I'm from The Lake District in Cumbria, England. I've been reading (stalking) blogs for a few years now and hadn't really considered creating one myself until a little while ago, when I came across like-minded people with interesting posts and thought 'Hey, I could do this!' So here goes.
I'm the wee half-pint in the middle.
I grew up in a town called Barrow-in-Furness. Usually when I tell people this (mostly taxi drivers, who are always curious where I come from) I receive the rolling eyes and 'Ohhhh, yeah, Barrow-in Furness...'' response. If you've ever been to Barrow you might know why. However, it's not all bad, we have the Lakes on our doorstep where I spend many summer days in the water, woods, or one of the numerous humble café's we have.
Living in the Lakes has definitely been a huge influence on who I am and the art I create. In the past year I moved to the city of Preston where I study Illustration for a BA Honours degree. I've just finished my first year and it's been an awesome journey so far; having newfound independence is one thing but learning things I never knew about myself and what I'm capable of is another. I'd recommend university to anybody thinking about it, but I'll probably delve into that in another post. 

First Year Illustration group
Currently, I'm home for the summer and waiting for a new lease to start in my lovely new house in September when I'll be moving back in with my friends. Ultimately, this blog is here to open up parts of my life to the world while I have not much else to do over summer (and definitely while I get back into a uni routine), share new discoveries, thoughts, recipes and art etc. Hopefully you'll find something you enjoy here!
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Tell me a little about yourself in the comments, or leave a link to your blog! As I'm new here I'll be binge following a bunch of you interesting people out there.