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Procrastination: The Death Of Dreams

I didn’t even want to write this post.

Seriously.

I just wanted to lie down, watch the end of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and then fall asleep.

But I didn’t, I didn’t because over the past few days, weeks, whatever, I’ve been reflecting on my life and what I want from it, and why I haven’t achieved what I want and am not where I want to be.

One word. Procrastination.

I’m going to try and keep this post brief and to the point because I tend to waffle a lot, and I’m currently sitting on the toilet (I’m not peeing, I just had to get out of my room for a moment) and I actually want to go to sleep.

So, back to the point. One of the main reasons I’m not where I want to be is due to procrastination. Procrastination sucks. Procrastination will get you nowhere. There’s a difference between actively putting something to one side for a decent reason and procrastinating and I feel like I’ve been doing the latter. Ah man, this is already long….sorry. You know what? We all know procrastination is not the best so instead of me harping on about how bad it is, here are 5 ways to combat procrastination.

  1. Remove Distractions: This point perfectly explains why I’m sitting on the toilet (not 100%, I could have chosen to sit at a desk downstairs but let’s ignore that fact). Put your phone down (unless you need it), close those Tumblr tabs, tune out, and centre yourself in preparation to get stuff done. Distractions become excuses, and excuses aren’t going to get you what you want.

2.  Be around people who inspire you to do better and be better: This isn’t necessarily a “birds of a feather flock together” situation, but who you spend your time and energy with does have an impact on your productivity. Try to be around those who you know will give you a kick up the behind if you’re slacking, or those who want the best for you. Believe me, there are “friends” who don’t want to see you succeed, and they will try whatever they can to make sure they keep you either at their level, or below. Surround yourself with those who feed you with knowledge, self belief, and happiness, you’ll see a difference.

3. Make deadlines: I think this speaks for itself. You can’t always control what happens in your life but you can try and set yourself a clear path by introducing both longterm and short term goals, and giving yourself a timeframe to achieve them. Remember, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t stick to it completely, but at least you know you tried (and you can always extend the deadline if needs be, granted, just make sure you’re still pushing to achieve your goals). If it helps, use visuals, buy a calendar, make a chart, that way, you can physically see your progress which will help encourage you to keep going.

4. Give yourself a break: Don’t push yourself to breaking point (ooooooo punny!). You can only do so much, just remember that. And if you’ve spent the last 6 hours typing up that 12,000 word essay, maybe you should put the laptop down and watch one of your favourite shows, or go eat something you like. Reward yourself. Recharge yourself. That break will give your mind and body the energy to keep going.

5. Create smaller tasks within the task/think positively: Ok, these are two completely different points but I just squished them into one otherwise I could make this list go on forever. Sometimes we procrastinate because the task at hand seems so huge that it cannot possibly be done. Wrong. It can. Just create smaller tasks that work towards the bigger picture. I.E: If you want to create a fashion empire (I don’t know why I chose this, don’t ask me why, I know almost NOTHING about fashion), start small, start sketching, from sketching do whatever it is you’re supposed to do next, I couldn’t tell you. Had to google it because I’m not changing my example. Ahhhhhhh I should have chosen baking a cake!!!! I’m changing my example!!! *COUGH COUGH* For example, if you want to bake a cake, there are steps you’ll need to take, unless you’re Sabrina the teenage witch, you can’t just blink and the cake will appear. Crack the eggs (metaphorically), mix the flour and sugar….do all the other stuff, you get my drift, just take steps.

Lastly, think positive. You are capable, just put your dreams first instead of sitting down doing nothing. Be productive, be proactive, be positive.

cake    Can’t mention cake and then not have a photo of one. That’s just mean.                                                 (Photo from Brit+Co)

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March Wishlist

Hello my lovelies! Well, I was going to do a February wishlist but between work, sleep, and eating, that just didn’t happen; to be honest it worked out well because I wanted to do these posts at the beginning of every month. So without further ado…wait, can I just quickly digress; I just had the most disappointing pasta ever, I didn’t even finish it. I had such high hopes. Never knew pasta could disappoint me. It’s up there on the list with cake or bread, or unicorns…can’t imagine any of those letting you down. Gutted.

  1. La Perla- J’aime Perfume, Gold Edition, 100ml – £62.10: John Lewis/ Debenhams

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If you are a fan of Si by Giorgio Armani then you would love this. They pretty much smell the same but this one has a slightly stronger scent, it’s like Si on Proplus, absolutely love it. BUT WHY ARE YOU £69???? I mean, I know why but can you not please?

2. Too Faced- “Better Than Sex” Mascara – £23: Debenhams

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Yeh yeh yeh, I’m late, this has been out for ages, blablabla, well I’ve resurfaced from the rock I’ve been living under and only just recently started hearing about this mascara and it’s alleged epic-ness so I’m ready to jump on board and try this baby out.

3. Tall Red Spot Midi Tea Dress- £49: Topshop

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This dress is so pretty! I’ve been looking for a nice girlie dress that I could wear to a Summer wedding and this would be perfect. I’d probably pair it with chunky heels and a messy bun with minimal jewellery. Just need to find a wedding to go to….anyone?

4. Canon EOS Rebel T6/760D – £579: John Lewis

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I’ve been seriously thinking about taking photography a lot more seriously and I feel it’s time to invest in a new camera. I’ve had the Canon EOS 1200D for maybe 2 1/2 years now and as much as I love it, I just need something a bit better. At £579 it’s a decent price given how much I plan on using it so maybe I’ll treat myself….ha, who am I kidding! Early Christmas pressie Mum? Dad?

5. Puma Creepers – £100: Puma

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I love creepers and I love Puma so when the two married and became this beautiful specimen, I fell in love. But I’m also a tightwad and didn’t want to spend my dolla dolla at the time (which I regret because apparently they’re sold out). If anyone knows where I can get my hands on these please let me know.

6. A Bali Getaway- £400+

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Bali has been on my wishlist for a good 3 years now and this year I’m going to make it happen. I really want to travel as much as possible this year because I’m so used to working day-in-day-out that I’ve almost forgotten how to appreciate life itself which is so important.

7. Unitard – £15: Missguided

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I pretty much live in leggings but I always find they start to drop throughout the day which is irritating to say the least. This looks so comfortable and eradicates that issue for me. Plus it’s cheap which makes me happy

8. Yankee Candle- £17-24: Very

My sister got me into candles recently and I’ve become slightly obsessed. These three (Cappuccino Truffle, Passionfruit Martini, and Dragonfruit) sparked my interest, so I’d love to add them to my collection. Also heard there’s a Candyfloss flavour so I need that in my life ASAP!

9. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in “Damned” – £17: Debenhams

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I’ve been building my lipstick collection recently but am yet to find a nice near black shade, maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places, maybe I wasn’t looking enough, maybe I was spending too much time liking photos of pizza on Instagram to find one. I’ve found one now, and I want it.

10. Faux Locs ❤

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I think this will be my next hairstyle. I adore dreads, I think they’re beautiful and I’m getting a bit tired of weaves if I’m honest. I mean look at them! LOOK AT THEM!! Ahhh in love with this hair! I might get them before my trip to the US.

Anyways, I could go on for ages but I’ll leave it here. Hope you all have a good day, eat lots and be happy

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Welcome To My Humble Abode

Okay, let’s get this ball rolling! Hi there! My friends refer to me as “you know the one with  the stupid laugh..yeh, her”…but you can call me Lis, welcome my dears. I decided to make this blog because, well, because I wanted to, and because I can, and because I needed something else to do in between sleeping and eating so this seemed like a good choice. I also decided to make this blog because I’m passionate about a few things, food mainly, but two of my passions explain why I made this blog specifically. Firstly, and most importantly I’m passionate about making people happy, sounds cheesy I know, but I had/have another blog and the main reason for that was to make someone smile through my posts, reassure them, or just to make them laugh for a second; that has not changed, and never will.

Secondly, I’m passionate about not being told I look homeless all the time. The clue is in the title, I don’t brush my hair (honestly, it’s a very rare occurrence). My idea of “dressing up” consists of wearing my ombre’ tracksuit bottoms as opposed to my all black tracksuit bottoms, and I’m trying, Lord knows how hard I’m trying, not to get upset every time someone mentions “baking” yet doesn’t produce a cake. It’s just mean. Ok Lis, we’re not doing this again, wrap it up…. All in all this blog is to document my failed and hopefully successful attempts at trying to look half decent. Plus some random posts about food, dogs, and other musings.

*Disclaimer*: I’m ring-light-less, don’t have a fancy camera (yet), and I once used an eyebrow pencil as an eyeliner, lipliner and contour because I couldn’t be bothered to look for my other make-up. Think of me as Cinderella at 00:01. Proceed with caution.

You have been warned.

Lis

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P.S: Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂