BLOG TOUR: Something Blue

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Title: Something Blue
Series
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Author: Kristy Nicolle

Genre: romance/dystopia

 

Synopsis

In the city of Monopolis where happily ever after is just a scientific formula away, Valentine Morland has been waiting nine years for her day to come. Now it’s here, and she will marry the man of her dreams, a stranger to her, before being swept off to life of carefree luxury and bliss, courtesy of the Jigsaw Project. However, all is not as Valentine imagined as her new husband is quickly discovered as not the man of her dreams, but one who claims he isn’t capable of love at all. Harbouring an intense paranoia for the system, which upholds the very idealist fantasy that Valentine holds so dear, Clark threatens to throw her into a world, not of bliss, but of scary consequence where her every emotion is under scrutiny. Can it be that the scientific formula with a 99% success rate got it all wrong, or is everything in the world of Bliss Inc. more sinister than it seems?

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863710-something-blue

 Purchase links

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ntJZTK

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2omSmo2

 

Author bio

Writing has always been an escape for me. I can imagine bizarre new worlds, create entirely new living species and dream up all kinds of odd and absurd scenarios. I love it, and always will do. Its my life. Even now, while preparing for to begin my Masters degree in 21st century literature, I am always searching for fresh inspiration. I live in England, in the city of Lincoln but originally hail from Norwich. If I am not concocting up mad magical ideas, I am usually curled up in bed reading, Modelling or adding to my vintage book collection. The power of the written word is marvellous, and I am continually finding myself learning, and exploring all its shadowy corners. I spend hours and hours combing through texts, books and words and quite frankly, it is exhausting.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Author links

Website: http://www.kristynicolle.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristyNicolle/

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Lets Talk: Stand Up For Girls

Hey Hey my lovelies and welcome back to another collab.

When I saw that The Children’s Society was looking for bloggers to share a post about this I could not wait to be involved. This is a subject that is so important to me and I think if we have a platform that we can use to help raise awareness of important issues then we should use it.

**Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I will be sharing some personal experiences and some facts that could potentially be a trigger for some people so please bare this in mind before continuing as I want to share my message but I do not want to cause anybody any distress**

The Children’s Society’s Good Childhood Report 2016 uncovered some quite disturbing findings regarding how the feelings about appearance are affecting girl’s happiness. The report shows that whilst the happiness of boys remains the same the happiness of girls is decreasing.

Now I just want to put it out there that this is not saying that I feel girls have it harder than boys or anything because I have seen and read things in the past few years especially that has made my blood boil and brought a tear to my eye but this post is just about the most recent report that has been released.

The focus on appearance is not a new things!. It is something that has been going on for years and although this is no excuse to make others feel bad about themselves, if you grow up with that being more important than personality traits it is bound to affect you in one way or another. Trying to live up to what girls believe society expect does make you feel insecure. 1 in 7 girls  are unhappy with their lives overall based on the current report. 

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I have already shared a bit about my past and how it has affected me and I know that I am not the only person that has been through things like that but that does not make it okay. I didn’t get support from my teachers so I had to stand up for myself, and I made the mistake of not opening up to the people close to me that could have helped.  

I was bullied a lot growing up, around my estate , in primary school but more so in secondary school for no reason other than one person in a group took a disliking to me or made a joke and it stuck. The thing is I was never overweight in school but I wasn’t typical pretty girl. I was loud, had frizzy hair and was very opinionated. I wasn’t sporty and I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere.  

No matter how different you are this does not give anyone the right to make you feel inferior. I went from loving school and being such a book worm to dreading going to school, harming myself and  hating the way I looked. Nobody should ever be made to feel like that. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time and if I had any advice for any girl out there who is being bullied and feels helpless it would be to speak up. I know that you may feel that you don’t want to be a burden to the ones you love but you’re not. Talking really does help and when people know about what is going on they can try to help resolve the situation before it gets out of hand.

When I was younger the internet was around but social media was not used as much as it is now so it was harder for bullies to get to me outside of school or when I was inside my house. Now, social media is everywhere and a part of everyday life and it is easier to get to someone.  It is never okay to for someone to write nasty things about you or for people to gang up on you and being young is no excuse. 

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I really do believe if we had more open and frank talks in school about bullying and the long term impact that can have on people I would have had a very different experience in school. It is important that we take charge and encourage open dialog between the victims and the people that can help.  Encouraging victims and showing them that it is not okay, they do not deserve it. On the back of that though I feel there needs to be things set up in schools that ensures all complaints are followed through on. My teachers disregarded my complaints even though it was a Church of England school that had a “zero Tolerance” policy.  Educating adults as well as young people is Key!

Unfortunately I have heard far too often that young girls have self- harmed or committed suicide as result of being bullied, either in school, online or both and this scares me! I was so lucky that I had my family but I still have scars that remind me every day of when I was at my lowest and it is a struggle. If having services available can prevent even just one girl from going through what I have been through that would make a huge difference.

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There are a lot of good things to be said for social media but in some cases it can be toxic. The Children’s Society recently found that one in seven young girls says they’re unhappy with their lives. That’s why we need to make sure that any young person experiencing emotional distress has somewhere to turn. Join me and The Children’s Society in asking the Government to provide mental health support in all schools. Share this message with friends and make social media work for teenagers!

Some quotes from young girls that took part in the study:

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One teenage girl said: “There are so many things that are difficult about being a young person. There are so many pressures from your friends, from your family. You don’t know who you are going to be, you are trying to find who you are in a certain way.”

Another said: “Girls feel pressured by the boys that they should look a particular way and that leads girls into depression or low self-esteem and makes girls feel ugly or worthless.”

 

“There is a lot of pressure to look good, you get called names no matter what, people always say stuff behind your back, boys always call you ugly if you have spots, or a slag if you wear makeup.”

Nobody should be made to feel like this. It is definitely not okay and having services available, I think, will make a huge difference.

If you would like to find out more information about this topic you can click the link below: www.childrenssociety.org.uk/the-good-childhood-report

You can follow the Children’s Society on social Media:

Twitter: @childrensociety                  

Facebook:   /childrenssociety                              

Instagram@TheChildrensSociety

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BOOK TOUR and Q&A:Sometimes I Lie

 Hello guys and gals welcome to my latest Book Blog Tour!!

Alice Feeney is releasing an amazing new novel called Sometimes I Lie. 

I love finding new authors and books and I hope you enjoy finding out more about the author of this amazing new release.

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Hi Alice

Thank you so much for doing this Interview with me. I am looking forward to reading your book and doing the Tour. The best thing about these kinds of interviews is getting to know the author. So the first few questions are just “getting to know you?”

  1. Where were you born?

Essex

  1. How many siblings do you have?

I’m an only child.

  1. Did you go to college/University?

Yes, it was fun!

  1. Where do you live now?

I live in a tiny Victorian house full of books in the Surrey countryside.

  1. Do you have any children?

No, just the dog! He is a black Labrador and his name is Diggi. He sits in the shed with me while I write and tells me when to take a break.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

My agent not liking my next book. I’m also terrified of people touching my eyes, so going to the opticians is always a little problematic, and feet – I really don’t like feet.

  1. What do you feel are your biggest accomplishments so far in your career and in your life?

This moment, right now! Sometimes I Lie will be published in the UK next week and in lots of different countries and languages around the world over the next 12 months. It’s all I’ve wanted for such a very long time and I could not be happier – I feel very grateful to everyone who has helped make this dream come true and very lucky indeed!

Now on to the bookish questions..

  1. What age did you start to write?

I wrote a book when I was six. It wasn’t very long, but I thought it was wonderful. It was written on pink paper and I think my Dad still has it.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

My parents would tell you that I’ve been telling stories since I was old enough to speak, so I think it’s probably been on the cards for a very long time.

  1. What urged you to pursue writing as a career?

I’ve been writing forever in one way or another. But when I turned 30, I decided I wanted to write a novel. It took me seven years to write one that someone wanted to publish, but it’s been worth all the rejection letters and hours spent writing in the shed – this is all I’ve ever wanted and I feel so incredibly lucky that my dreams are (finally) coming true!

  1. Did you do any research about what genre was popular before you started writing?

No, and I don’t recommend it. You have to write you want to write, you can’t worry about what’s popular. I always think it is best to try and write something that you would genuinely want to read.

  1. What is your favourite Genre to read?

Anything dark and twisty.

  1. What is your favourite Genre to write?

Anything dark and twisty.

  1. The age old question…do you ever get writers block? If so how do you overcome it?

Not really no, I think I’m very lucky like that – I literally love writing. Even when you have a bad day or the words aren’t quite right, you’re still getting to know your characters better. So, in my very humble opinion, no words are wasted, even if you end up deleting them all on the next draft.

There was one moment when I did have a tiny wobble with Sometimes I Lie. I wouldn’t describe it as writer’s block, I’d been sent some brilliant notes and I think I just didn’t know where to start! I looked outside and a bird that had been sitting in a tree flew right into the window. I ended up writing a scene about it. I learned two things that day:

  1. When horrible things happen, put them in your writing.
  2. Take your time, don’t fly too fast into things – it can kill you.
  1. What inspires you to write? Do you have to take notes?

Everything and everyone. You just have to open your eyes and ears to the world around you – there are stories everywhere if you know how to look and listen.

  1. I always ask this of authors and I am quite surprised at the response I get .. I am not a writer but when I get an idea of something to write (or draw) I have to do it there and then even if it is just a draft ( do i sound crazy?) Do you ever feel like that?

All the time! I drive my poor husband bonkers, scribbling things down in the middle of the night – I can’t help it though, I’m sure that’s when I have some of my best ideas!

  1. What is next for Alice Feeney??

Well, I’m incredibly lucky in that Sometimes I Lie is being published in lots of different countries, which involves a bit of travel and seeing all the different book covers – which is just so exciting! My first draft of my next book is complete and once I’ve finished editing I’ll be handing that in to my agent in June. I’m super excited that my next novel will be published in the UK by HarperCollins this time next year! 

Thank you for the very interesting questions! I hope that you and your readers enjoy Sometimes I Lie!

Alice

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MARCH WRAP UP: Why I have not been as active this month

So this month has been a weird one for me… I have had a few product reviews that I have done but not as many book reviews so I find that I have not been blogging as much. 

I do feel a bit off my game this month in general though. I have missed out on twitter chats, I have recorded YouTube Videos and just not uploaded them!, I have drafted blog posts and just not finished them, I have barely read. I am not sure what is going on with me. 

I do feel that sometimes in this community if you do go off the radar for a few weeks, few days even you do kinda get forgotten about and the engagement goes down. You have to be present and active all the time, which is difficult when you are just not feelin’ yourself.

One positive thing that came out of this month was finally meeting some bloggers in person that I have spent the last few month’s whatsapping and tweeting when I went to Blogcon in London in 18th March.

 

I enjoyed every bit of that weekend and I am already planning my 30th Birthday Weekend away there in October with my best friend for some shopping and more sight seeing. London is amazing.  If you ever get a chance to spend some time down there I would 100% recommend it.

If you would like to read some of my posts from this month I will link them down below and I will be posting a full review on where I stayed and my experience in the next week or so so keep an eye out for that.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Moringa Oil

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: In Bonds of The Earth

Anxiety and Me..#livelifeready campaign

BOOK REVIEW: Darling Dark by Natalie Bennett

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Janine Ashbless

RELEASE BLITZ: Cold As Ice

PRODUCT REVIEW: Feeling Zesty!!

My eyes are on the prize again now and I am back eating healthy and focusing on my blogging, reading, proofreading and reviews again so hopefully I will get back to my old self again soon 🙂 

Hope you’ve all had a fab month.. leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been up to. Have you read anything interesting or done anything fun this month ? Can’t wait to hear from you 

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BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: In Bonds of The Earth

Welcome Welcome Welcome… I am excited to be getting back into reading after a little hiatus due to some personal things getting in the way but I AM BACK and I have an amazing book to share with you. Check out the excerpt of the new book by Janine Ashbless titled In Bonds of The Earth.

Keep those little eyes peeled for my review later today.. oh… and there is a cheeky little giveaway at the bottom of this post… GO GO GO !!!

Excerpt from In Bonds of the Earth:

Wrapping the cheap cotton throw from the foot of the bed around my bare body, I padded through to the doorway. The Archangel Michael stood in the middle of my small apartment, looking about him at the book shelves and the pictures. A paperback copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo slipped from his hand back onto the low table.

“Hello, Milja. Nice place. Has he moved his toothbrush in yet?”

It was like waking to find a giant bird of prey in my tiny living room; he looked wildly unsuited to a domestic setting and way too big for it, even with wings furled. In fact, with that Roman nose and those unblinking amber eyes, there was something distinctly golden eagle-like about him. If he stretched out he could knock over walls, I thought.

“What do you think you’re doing?” I asked. “This is my home. You can’t just come barging in!”

“You’re right,” he said, looking startled. “I have to have your permission. No, hold on, wait…that’s vampires. Shame.”

I pursed my lips. “Well, God certainly did not hold back on the sarcasm when he made you guys.”

He smirked. If you’re that good-looking, even a less-than-warm smile can be a weapon of devastating charm. Turning to the couch, he sat down with arms draped over the back and knees spread. It was not so much an invitation as a claiming of territory.

“What do you want?” I kept my voice hard, even as I thought of the icon of Saint Michael that had stood guard over the key in my father’s church. That holy painting had always made me feel nervous as a child, and he was no less intimidating in the flesh. His piercing gaze rested lightly upon me, with all the gentleness of a sword-point.

“Nothing.”

His rigger boots were caked in dried mud, I noticed, and flaking on my rug. I wished he would blink. It still creeped me out, even though Azazel should have inured me to it. “Angels aren’t supposed to lie. What are you doing here?”

“Waiting.”

“So, what…you’re sitting guard over me until Azazel comes back? Is that your plan?”

“He’s too much of a coward to face me. Runs every time.”

“If that’s the way you want to call it.”

He looked at the kitchen door. “I see you have a kettle. You got any tea? I like that Earl Grey stuff. Tastes like flowers.”

“I know the rules, you know. You can’t actually do anything to me.”

“True enough. And I’m not stopping you leaving, if that’s worrying you.”

“I can move out. Get a new place.”

“That’s fine, I’ll find you. This apartment’s a bit small for the two of us, to be honest.”

I clenched my jaw, weighing my options. “Okay,” I said, and dropped my wrap to reveal my naked body, in all its post-coital salty glow.

That wiped the smile off his lips. “Don’t play those games,” he growled, sitting up and looking away from me.

Love is Azazel’s weak spot. Shame is theirs. They’re terrified of their own human flesh.

“What? Does this make you uncomfortable? That’s a pity, seeing as how it’s my house and I like to walk around it naked.”

“You are shameless.” His gaze was sliding all over the place, not daring to settle on me.

“I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.” I hefted my breasts and jiggled them. “They’re my tits. In my apartment. If you don’t want to see, clear out.”

“Put your robe back on,” he rasped.

“Oops,” I said. “Did I drop it?” Turning my back to him, I spread my feet and, straight-legged, bent over to pick the fabric up again. Nice and slow…

He moved so fast he’d launched me across the room and onto my bed before I even realized he was out of his seat. The abused mattress twanged in alarm. It knocked the wind out of me—and more than that, shocked me half to death. I wasn’t in the least bit hurt, not even bruised, but I hadn’t expected him to touch me at all, under the rules. Maybe the Boatman sailed closer to the wind than I’d bargained for.

“Don’t do that, whore!” he barked, leaning into my face. He looked furious. I knew why. It takes a human decades to learn how to deal with all the things that come with an adult body—all those hormones and instincts—without losing control. Angels never had the advantage of a gradual introduction.

I had two choices: surrender or fight. I bared my teeth and snarled right back at him, matching his rage and contempt. “Or what? You’re going to rape me? ’Cause I think that might just count as a fall from Grace, don’t you? And then you’d be royally fucked, Mister Michael.”

He recoiled, drawing himself up in undisguised horror. I took advantage of the gap between us to roll over and pull the drawer of my bedside cabinet open, pulling out the silicon rabbit sex toy I’d been given at my graduation party. I hadn’t used it in months, I couldn’t even remember if there were any batteries in it, and I certainly wasn’t feeling horny, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me.

“Wanna watch?” I asked, spreading my legs wide. “Because that’s what us girls do when we’re home alone these modern days. You can go into the other room if it squicks you out to see. Then you’ll only have to listen to the noises I make.”

He turned on his heel and stomped away, slamming his hands into the doorframe hard enough to crack the wood. But he didn’t leave altogether. He was just that bit too stubborn.

Blurb:

“I will free them all.”

When Milja Petak released the fallen angel Azazel from five thousand years of imprisonment, she did it out of love and pity. She found herself in a passionate sexual relationship beyond her imagining and control – the beloved plaything of a dark and furious demon who takes what he wants, when he wants, and submits to no restraint. But what she hasn’t bargained on is being drawn into his plan to free all his incarcerated brothers and wage a war against the Powers of Heaven.

As Azazel drags Milja across the globe in search of his fellow rebel angels, Milja fights to hold her own in a situation where every decision has dire consequences. Pursued by the loyal Archangels, she is forced to make alliances with those she cannot trust: the mysterious Roshana Veisi, who has designs of her own upon Azazel; and Egan Kansky, special forces agent of the Vatican – the man who once saved then betrayed her, who loves her, and who will do anything he can to imprison Azazel for all eternity. 

Torn every way by love, by conflicting loyalties and by her own passions, Milja finds that she too is changing – and that she must do things she could not previously have dreamt of in order to save those who matter to her.

In Bonds of the Earth is the second in the Book of the Watchers trilogy and the sequel to Cover Him With Darkness.

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Author bio:

Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Buyer beware! If you like dark romance and a hard-won Happily Ever After, try “Cover Him with Darkness,” “Heart of Flame,” or “The King’s Viper.” If you prefer challenging erotica, go for “Red Grow the Roses” or “Named and Shamed” instead. All her other books lie somewhere on the spectrum between.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology ‘Geek Love’.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

Her work has been described as:

“Hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.” (Portia Da Costa).

 You can find Janine on Facebook or at her website or blog.

Author picture credit to David Woolfall.

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GIVEAWAY!

Make sure to follow the whole tour—the more posts you visit throughout, the more chances you’ll get to enter the giveaway. The tour dates are here: http://writermarketing.co.uk/prpromotion/blog-tours/currently-on-tour/janine-ashbless-3/

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Anxiety and Me..#livelifeready campaign

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When I saw that Spink was looking for bloggers to share their stories about dealing with anxiety I was more than happy to write a post about it. There is still so much stigma attached to mental illnesses and i do feel that it is important that we share our experiences and try our best to do our bit to educate people on what its like to deal with it on a daily basis.

Experiencing anxiety about something and suffering from anxiety are two totally different things and people do tend to confuse the two or put them in the same category.Everybody feels anxious or nervous about one thing or another and some point in their lives but suffering from anxiety is a daily struggle. 

How is anxiety different to stress?

Stress is usually used to describe the feelings people experience when the demands made on them are greater than their ability to manage. For example, if you have an interview for a job it is perfectly normal to feel a bit stressed about the process. Another example could be dealing with financial problems. Generally, the cause of stress is very clear cut, but anxiety is an unease about something with an uncertain outcome – and that unease can exist even when the cause of the worry is gone.

Anxiety is the anticipation of a threat often in the absence of an evidence to suggest that there is a present threat, which can make it feel particularly distressing.  The core symptoms of anxiety are feelings of apprehension, uncertainty, and worry. 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety by definition is “A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”. It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious occasionally, but for many anxiety can occur regularly, for no apparent reason. The most frustrating thing about it is that if you are aware that you suffer from anxiety you know learn to notice the triggers and even when they rear their ugly heads it is not always so easy to stop those feelings and thoughts taking over.

Women are almost twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders , and some recent research also suggests it most commonly affects the under 35’s

 Symptoms can be both psychological and physical, and may encompass one or a number of symptoms.

Possible symptoms of anxiety include;

Psychological Symptoms

Poor concentration, Insomnia caused by a racing mind, Fear of losing control, Spinning thoughts, Dread, Tension, Irritability,  Feelings of restlessness andAgitation

Physical Symptoms

 Headaches, Nausea,Stomach upsets, Muscle tension ,Racing heartbeat , Sweating , Dry Mouth, Tinnitus and  Reduced libido

Long term, the quality of life, relationships,  health and wellbeing of someone experiencing anxiety can be greatly affected, so it’s important to spot the signs.  The symptoms occur are different in everyone and not all people will deal with their anxiety in the same way.

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Opening up about mental illness can be difficult. You never know how someone is going to react and with someone like me the worst case scenario plays over in my head a thousand times , which makes me want to just shut down and shut everyone out.

As I said before not everyone will deal with their anxiety in the same way so but I am just here to tell you what works for me and hopefully some of it may help you or someone you know.

On my worst days I am hit with a combination of what I call the heavy hitters, headaches, restlessness and dread. Dread is the worst feeling I have experienced. It is hard to describe.. the only way I can describe it is.. it feels like my heart is sinking and it hurts because my mind is racing thinking of the worse case scenario. In my head the worst possible outcomes are being played over and over and I have this feeling of helplessness.. If this worse case scenario happened how would I cope, what would I do?. Now my logical side is trying to break through here and bring me back to reality to focus on the present, to be in the moment and take it step by step. (coping mechanism/tip number 1) . This isn’t easy to do by any means, it has taken a long time to figure out how to do and it doesn’t always work but that is why I have my other strategies.

Everyday I get up ( if I have slept) and the first fight of the day is to actually leave my apartment. I don’t like thinking of anxiety or depression as just a chemical imbalance, something I cannot see because that just overwhelms me. I automatically default to a state where I think it isn’t something I can control and that is when I spiral. So for me it is better to think of the two as “beings”. I know it may sound counter productive to some but let me explain…

I love martial arts.. I used to do Thai Boxing and if I see my anxiety as a “being” that I can fight and I can visualize that it makes it easier for me to cope. I am a very visual and animated person so for me I need to see things and do things for it to sink in and have more of an effect. If anxiety turns up in a morning and I feel that she is trying to stop me from doing what I want to do.. I just imagine giving her a big right hook as I leave the house. 

My anxiety levels are high at the moment because I am taking my first ever trip to London, on my own on Friday. Never been to London, Never traveled that far completely alone, never had to arrange everything myself. I automatically thought worse case scenario,.. typical me.. worried about getting mugged, losing my purse, not getting to the conference on time, missing my bus to London or home. These thoughts have been picking away at my brain since i decided to go over a month ago. I have been getting really bad headaches, not sleeping, having weird dreams when I do sleep, waking up at stupid times and constantly feeling mentally exhausted.

I know what you are thinking.. WHY THE HELL ARE YOU STILL GOING THEN??.. The simple answer is because I want to! One of the hardest things to figure out when you have anxiety is why you decide not to do something… Another coping strategy I have is when I agree to go somewhere or do something and feel like i need to cancel or bail I sit down and actually think about whether I really want to go or not. 

The big question is are you cancelling because you just don’t want to go or are you cancelling because you are struggling to cope with your anxiety surrounding the event?

I haven’t cancelled because I genuinely am also excited to go and meet the people I have met through blogging. BlogCon is going to be a great place to mingle and create actual bonds with people face to face in a social setting and even though I am uncomfortable with that at the moment I know I will feel better for going and THAT is something to remember!

I also practice mindfulness techniques as often as possible. I recommend the app Headspace it really is a great tool that i use to help me focus. 

One thing I would like to stress above all else is talking. Find someone you feel comfortable sharing things with and just keep those lines of communication open. Don’t expect to have a handle on things all the time. Acknowledge that some days will just be bad days, we all have them, you are only human after all.

Figure out what your triggers are and what works best for you in dealing with your anxiety Don’t beat yourself up if you have a Not Okay day there is always tomorrow.

I am no expert on the matter and my tips wont work for everyone but I hope some of the will.

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Stay strong my lovelies 🙂 Take one day at a time and #livelifeready

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Feeling Zesty!!

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** Disclaimer this product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review **

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I love it when I get companies approaching me and offer me products. This was a new one for me though. Normally I get sent books or beauty products but when Zesty cup contacted me on twitter and offered to send me a box of herbal tea I was 100% up for trying these out.

I drink herbal and green tea a lot but I mostly get boxes of teabags and have never tried loose Tea.

 

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First impressions 

 

 

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The tea comes in these cute little packets. I received “Spice of life”, “Minty Happiness”, and “Light Hearted”. The package also contained cards that with health points, tips, brewing instructions, and ingredients. 

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My personal favourite is “Light Hearted”. It is so fruity and sweet and perfect on an evening when you just want to sit back and relax. Like I said I had never tried loose tea before but the taste is so much better than teabags. You get a hit of freshness that you don’t get from using teabags and it’s refreshing but it warms your coccles at the same time!.

If you are a green, fruit or herbal tea drinker and fancy a change from the same old same old I would recommend the Zesty cup Subscription box. Fresh, Organic, healthy AND tasty!! Come on no how can you not want to get involved.

At only £8 a box you cannot go wrong. Just  to www.zestycup.com and grap yours today 😀 

Zesty Cup is definitely Creative approved 😀

 

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