Friday Thoughts

Hi Guys!

So this is my last post for this week. I know it’s probably a shock to have gotten something everyday from me but I had some time off and felt like I should make some effort.

Today’s post is not going to be very long but it’s just a life update – More for myself than for you guys because I know if I type it up and post it I’ll remember it.

What I’m trying to do right now in life is give myself more of a positive outlook on life and take up more substantial and calming hobbies. I’m going to bullet point them down for you guys to see and I’m hoping you guys can find some ideas on things to do as well ^.^

  • Knitting – I used to knit a lot when I was younger and I’m far from embarrassed by it. it’s a very calming hobby to have and it always made me feel accomplished when I finished a line without missing any loops. My favourite memory of this was sitting with 4 of my friends from surrounding streets after a bike ride, all jointly trying to make different limbs for a teddy for a friend. It was so fun and we were all sharing tips with each other.
  • Thread work/string art – I found this really awesome DIY string art tutorial for words onto a cork board. I’m excited for this. I’ve started changing up my room and I want a focal point with something I’ve created. As soon as I find the board in the right sizing I’ll start-up stencilling my word and maybe let you in on a sneak peek.
  • Drawing – I’ve been meaning to get back into drawing for a long time. Going from doodling throughout my secondary school time to random bursts, I’ve really lost my drawing flow. my main plan with this is to carry one of my multiple small sketch books around with me and when I have time or just an idea, to doodle it down. I’m hoping this will help me refine previous sills I worked on but also inspire me to work on bigger and better things. Also I could probably get myself into a few evening life drawing classes just to change-up my ever dulling life.
  • Painting – I love, love, LOVE painting. I’ve recently found all of my old supplies amongst my mountain of belonging in my room and it’s given me goose pimples just thinking about relaxing to paint something. Cool exciting project to come very soon but I’m keeping it hush until its ready – I’m scared if I mention it now I’ll give up on myself so I’m going to wait till I’m mentally ready.
  • Walking with a hint of photography – Before starting my job now, I used to go on long forest walks with my cousin and I really want to get back into it. From a health perspective, it’s starting to get yourself moving – Health post soon to come because I found something really cute I had started years ago – but the routes we take are always so scenic and visually stunning. There are so many niche corners that we pass and it would be good to work on composition and just general photography skills – I am a main contributor to an art blog on here but I haven’t posted something on there in ages. I lost my motivation. Insert sadness.

Glancing back over my list I realise all of my things I want to re-start or continue doing are all art related haha – awkward insert of laughter. But it’s what calms me. As I mentioned at the start of the video, this will be my last post of the week. Only because I have work all weekend and a few ‘social’ things to do, but I will have a Mellow Monday up and hopefully schedule a few posts for the week.

Wish me luck guys. I’m having a carpet crisis! See you next week.

Eli

Language Learning

I am on a roll! I mean this blog is probably having a moment, thinking it’s having whiplash with the amount of posts that are churning out of it. But what can I say. I’m just in the mood for this.

So todays post is about language learning. And not just any language learning, but my numerous failed attempts at learning another language.

I stress myself out with these things you know. Like I try to push myself to do something, then I get side-tracked and realise I’ve succeeded with nothing.

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Letters to myself

In order to stay calm and somewhat ‘less judgemental’ to everything in my life, I write letters to myself.

It all started about a year and a half ago. I was going through some really self-destructive things, depression and insomniac episodes. I had a little blue book I used to write some really dark things in just to get them off my chest.

Then I started seeing a counsellor who basically advised me to keep writing things down just so I didn’t have to think of them constantly, which in turn would hopefully help me get some sleep. I created someone to address my letters to, their name is ‘L’. Aptly named for many reasons – My surname, Deathnote and Infinite. And I would just tell them things that were bothering me, things that I was happy about and just life in general as if they were a separate person to me. Then I would seal them up, number them and place them in my draw.

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Morning and Night Routine

So I thought I would slide in a few lifestyle posts into my blog – Well I’m not really good at these sort of things because I don’t do much but here goes nothing.

Cleansing

So I wont talk in detail about my cleansing routine as I do have a dedicated post coming up soon focused around this topic. Every morning and night I tone and cream my face, after washing with water and a hot flannel.

Humidifying

So recently I bought a humidifier/aroma diffuser from Muji and I pretty much use it every day. Every morning before I meditate, I drop in either a berry or citrus scented oil into my diffuser and set it for 30 minutes. This refreshes and wakens my mind before dragging myself our of bed for the work routine. I love how light and fluffy it is and how it gets through my room with ease – I don’t use incense pods or sticks often as I tend to find the smoke lingers in one certain area and chokes me. I’m a sensitive soul. And then every evening I use a Vanilla Chai oil to calm myself ready for my night meditation.

Meditation

This is a recent thing to my daily routine but it’s working its wonders already. I use the app calm to meditate. I do walking meditation, sleep meditation, breathing techniques, etc. I really love this app and it doesn’t cost much on a monthly basis – £9.99 is a good price in my book for what the app has to offer. Before anyone asks, I have tried researching online for meditations and all but i can never get one that is quite right – if anyone has any free options that are good for helping stress and insomnia then comment it bellow. One of my favourite features of the app are the sleep stories. When I was younger, my brother and I used to listen to cassette stories and fables to help us sleep. Now being what everyone believes is an adult, I do find it hard to sleep at night –  I would prefer to stay up for 52 hours until I pass out involuntarily, then sleep. But before I digress into my sleep habits and life story, we will move on.

Lighting

I only mention this because it has to be the right lighting. I use my side lamp most of the day or just fairy lights on my window to light my room first thing in the morning or just before I sleep. Otherwise, sleep is a myth to me haha.

Dental Things

Yeah this sounds like an obvious thing but I have to brush my teeth 2 times a day. If I don’t it stresses me out.

I told you guys i wasn’t very good with these things, I’m not sure what else I do , even if i do it every day. I hope you enjoy this post and if I remember anything else I’ll update this.

Eli

The Unspoken Reality

Hi guys,

This post is pretty randomly placed – I’ve scheduled a few to plip up through the coming days but I’ve decided to share something for you guys. So a good friend of mine has recently started up a new blog that I think you should all check out. She has decided to remain anonymous with this, which is fine – I mean the main reason this blog is called elizalilysmiles is because it isn’t my name and I didn’t want people to know about it.

She has told me she wants to write about things that not many people want to talk about on a regular basis – some things funny, some things sad, and some things that just make you wanna tear your eyes out.

She is an insanely creative person and I’m excited to share this with you all. I’ve known her for years now and I’ve been waiting for her to do this for ages.

So here is the link to her first post and she hasn’t started off lightly – discussing autism and ADHD from the perspective of a sibling to someone who has it.

https://theunspokenrealitysite.wordpress.com/blog/

Enjoy guys and shower her with some love. She is always willing to get creative criticism and pointers here and there.

Mellow Monday! Epik High – Shoebox (ft MYK)

This weeks Mellow Monday! is the song Shoebox by Epik High ft MYK.

Epik High have always been one of my favourite groups – Their music is just sultry. Every song they bring out has a unique and signature ‘Epik High’ vibe. 

The whole Shoebox album is incredible, holding so many individually standing songs. I wont write too much as the album pretty much speaks for itself.

Other songs to check out:

  • Born Hater (ft Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I, Mino & Bobby) – this collab has me gassed
  • We Fight Ourselves (ft Younha)
  • Lesson 5 (Timeline)
  • Rich (ft Taeyang)
  • Spoiler
  • Life Is Good (ft Jay Park)