A Thought For Monday | Not To Worry

I am naturally quite a worried person. I tend to get incredibly stressed over tiny insignificant things, and spend half of my life overthinking every little detail. But it's beginning to become clear to me that when it all comes down to it, worrying serves absolutely no purpose.

Getting your knickers in a twist (bizarre saying of the week) isn't going to effect the outcome of the supposed thing so - when it all comes down to it - what's the point? I'd much rather face said problem with my 'calm hat' on and, if any issues do occur, cross that bridge when I come to it. To be completely honest, worrying normally adds to the problem and makes issues seem much worse than they truly are. A rather beautiful Swedish proverb states that “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” and I think that really sums it up nicely.

Look at it like this: chances are if you let yourself become anxious about a possible situation, you're unlikely to look after yourself as well as you should do. I know that when my anxiety is at its peak, I don't look after myself properly. I don't get anywhere near as much sleep as I should and in some cases my eating habbits change too. If you let yourself become run down due to constant worrying, you're most definitely not going to be in your best shape to tackle the problem. But, if you look after your mind and body, you're going to be considerably better prepared to face any issues.

So next time you begin to feel those little butterflies in your stomach making a reappearance, please remember that worrying isn't going to change the outcome, so you're far better off digging out your imaginary suit of armour and facing the problem head on. Just ride the wave. Most of the time things are never anywhere near as bad as they may seem, but even if they are it's much better to be prepared when tackling them.

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A Thought For Monday | Remember the Positives

Last week was just one of those weeks. One of those weeks that has just become a blur of bad things and negative feelings. But I'm not going to dwell on it. Let's just move on and start the week afresh shall we? I thought I'd create a little list of the things that will keep my spirits up this week, no matter what is thrown my way.

1. Relaxation Time - I've been trying to dedicate at least thirty minutes 'relaxation time'  to myself everyday. I love having a little bit of time, normally just before I go to bed, where I can read a book, enjoy a lovely mug of hot chocolate and just have a bit of me time.
2. This Weekend - This coming Sunday, I start my brand new job (a receptionist at a local leisure centre if you're feeling nosey) and I'm rather excited. There's such a lovely atmosphere at my new place of work, and of course I'm looking forward to having a few extra pennies in my purse.
3. Primark Winter PJ's - You really do know winter is fast approaching when Primark reintroduce the cosy pieces of magic that are their winter pj's. I can't wait to go on a bit of a shopping trip at the weekend to stock up ready for the colder months.
4. Candles, Candles and more Candles - I'm ever so excited to bring out the autumn/winter candles and I've already been stocking up on some of my favourites from the Yankee Candle christmas range. 'Christmas
5. Bonfire Night - Forget Halloween, I'm all about bonfire night and it's getting close now isn't it? There really is nothing better than wrapping up warm and popping down to your local firework display with a hot chocolate in hand.

What's going to keep you smiling this week?

Nails | Topshop Matte Nails "Dress Up"

One of my favourite things about the autumn/winter months is the return of deeper nail colours. Don't get me wrong, I adore the lovely pastel colours of summer but I've always been more of a fan of the darker hues.

So far this season I've been loving a wide range of brands but the Topshop nail polish range does hold a special place in my heart. Hands up who wants a manicure that lasts for days? Well, I've always found that all of the Topshop nails range fits the bill perfectly, without breaking the bank.

"Dress Up" is a beautiful burgundy shade that spent more time on my nails last holiday season, than not and I'm so excited it's making a return. This polish has made two appearences on my nails so far over the last month or so (as I firmly believe that autumn begins at the start of the school term), and I've recieved many a compliment about the 'gorgeous colour'

As always with Topshop, the quality of this polish is rather fab. I find you only really need two coats to achieve a stunning colour, and it doesn't take forever and a day to dry. The one drawback is it's not as matte as you'd maybe expect for a matte polish, but I love it all the same.

What's you go-to autumnal nail colour?

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A Thought For Monday | Focus On Yourself

As you may have noticed, I have been slacking on the blog front recently. Year 12 is rather hectic so I seem to be spending all the time I'm not at school, either doing some form of school work or sleeping! I am trying to swing back into a proper blogging routine though so hopefully you'll be seeing more of me on your computer screen. 

November 1st marks my little blog's second birthday and to mark the occasion I've decided that RealityLeavesLotsToImagination will become home to another series. On top of my usual posting days of Wednesday and Friday, I'm going to be starting 'A Thought For Monday' on - you guessed it - Monday.

'A Thought For Monday' will be a collection of posts where I try to enlighten you with my words of wisdom and inspiration, and share some important bits and pieces I feel you should know about. It's going to be rather a lot of me simply noting down my thoughts and feelings, sometimes without coming to any real conclusions in an attempt to get your minds going. I'd like to cover a fair few 'tough' topics and cater it as much to my lovely readers as possible, so if you have any requests for topics, feel free to let me know.


There has been a bit of turbulence in my life at the moment involving a certain someone of the male variety. I won't share too much gossip just in case any unwanted eyes are on my blog (you really do never know who's reading, do you?), but I feel the words turbulence and confusion really do sum it up nicely. I think we've all been in the situation at one time or another when you're not really sure where you stand with a person, whether it be romantically or not, and it really isn't pleasant.

Positive thinking has never been my forte. I seem to be spending much more time expecting failed dreams and a broken heart than I'd like at the moment but I promise I'm working on it. I'm trying to focus on myself more, putting in that little bit extra effort to stop over thinking and over analysing every tiny detail, and start looking after my body and my mind more. Because let's be honest, how on earth can you expect someone else to love you for you, if you're too busy fretting over subtleties and minuscule details, to really be yourself?

I've decided to make a few changes to my day to day life here and there to make sure I give myself a bit more 'me time'. A tad more exercise (even if it just is a long walk every now and again; I'm really not the gym type), eating well and many a good nights' sleep will do me nicely. After all, doesn't a happy body and mind equal a happy life?