5 Ways to get Motivated Now

1. Read Sounds weird; why would you read when you are trying to convince yourself to get up and go? I don't mean read a good novel, relax and unwind. I mean read a success story, read relatable stories about people like you (and me) who struggle to get out and go, but do. It … Continue reading 5 Ways to get Motivated Now

On my way to my first 10k

Exercise is hard. It's essential yes, but it's hard. I guess it's the same with everything in the world, some people love it, some just get on with it and some can't abide it. For pretty much most of my life, I have hated it. I don't want to and I try so hard not … Continue reading On my way to my first 10k

So if someone could see you now, let them see you.

Life is hard these days isn’t it? Striving for this perfection that everyone else seems to have and get so easily is tiring. It feels super hard to get to where you want to be and super hard to get the things you want in life, doesn’t it? But does it? On my regular visits … Continue reading So if someone could see you now, let them see you.

Success is what you make of it!

Success – how do you know when you have achieved it? What on earth does that even mean? As you all probably already know, I am smack bang in the middle of a career change. I’ve had ups and downs during this period, mainly ups really but my downs are centred on a similar thing … Continue reading Success is what you make of it!

“What other people think is none of your business…”

...so why do I care so much about what others think? I want to stop worrying. Worrying about things that won't ever change. Worrying about things that won't change my life. Worrying about things that no one else worries about!   Worrying about things that are out of my control. A lot of my decisions … Continue reading “What other people think is none of your business…”

Life After Teaching

Grab a cuppa readers – this one’s a biggy! Please excuse the length but there’s no cutting corners here, you need to know the truth and the truth comes with a hefty story! Since I posted my blog about leaving teaching (Live life in the moment; why I left teaching.) I have had a lot … Continue reading Life After Teaching

The Best Day of my Life – The Morning

I am one lucky lady and I know it. I know it every day and I am so very grateful for everyone and everything in my life, every day! However, on my BIG day, I felt it more than ever. It was truly the best day of my life and that was thanks to everyone … Continue reading The Best Day of my Life – The Morning

Top 10 Tips for Wedding Planning

So as we creep closer to the end of my wedding planning journey, I wanted to put a list out there for all of you planning a wedding to help you on your way. I was a complete newbie to this wedding planning malarkey and even though I loved every single second, there were also things … Continue reading Top 10 Tips for Wedding Planning

Money vs Happiness

A common question when I made the decision to give up teaching was “…but won’t you miss the money?” There have been several questions along the way; “Are you sure this is what you want?” “ What will you do instead?” “Is it really that bad?” but that one question “…but won’t you miss the … Continue reading Money vs Happiness

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! My Glass Slippers

So as the day got closer and closer, smaller details were needed! I needed shoes, perfume, jewelry and thank you presents (I had to re-read my to-do to check what I was missing and realised I have a million other blogs I could do - sorryyy!). Anyway, although these don't sound like they would be … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! My Glass Slippers

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! Short but sweet – our wedding cake!

For the wedding cake, we knew we wanted it to fit with everything, simple but beautiful! Lucky for us, an old family friend, Jane is an EXTREMELY talented baker and after seeing some of her AMAZING bakes online, there was no question who we wanted to bake our cake (take a look yourself and you’ll … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! Short but sweet – our wedding cake!

Be mindful in the madness – 10 Amazing Ways to achieve peace in the mind

Peace and calm can be achieved in the mind, it can! It’s just sometimes, we need to be reminded how to drag ourselves out of a downward spiral and stay calm. Sometimes, we need coping mechanisms and ways of achieving this peace in our mind. Well, that’s what I am about to give you, my … Continue reading Be mindful in the madness – 10 Amazing Ways to achieve peace in the mind

My Makeup Must-haves

As time goes on, I’m becoming increasingly interested in makeup, skincare and other beauty products and the benefits of making sure it’s good! The more I read, watch and find out about beauty items, the more I realise the importance of them and how a good routine can make you feel so much better. Don’t … Continue reading My Makeup Must-haves

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! DIY Wedding Decor.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are incredibly lucky to have such amazing people in our lives and the kindness didn’t stop at Felicity. Originally when thinking about favours, I knew we would want something different, something original and something meaningful but I had no idea what. I knew it had … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! DIY Wedding Decor.

5 Ways to Embrace Autumn

With the first day of autumn a few weeks ago and October just beginning, I felt this blog was appropriate and a little change from my wedding blogs! I was walking around the local park the other day and realised how much I loved the autumn and how good it made me feel! It got … Continue reading 5 Ways to Embrace Autumn

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! DIY Wedding Stationery

I say this all the time but I am an incredibly lucky lady! I have very talented people as friends and as family so when I decided to do a lot of the wedding DIY style, I thought I may have some helpful friends on hand. What I did get though was beyond anything I … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! DIY Wedding Stationery

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! Picture Perfect.

I’ll be honest with you, initially, we didn’t want a photographer. Why? Because everyone has a phone with a camera these days; everyone is a photographer we thought (we would find out later we were wrong). We felt that with our small budget, a photographer was a luxury that wasn’t needed. However, the more wedding … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! Picture Perfect.

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! Music Maestro Please.

So after sorting out the venue, the legalities, THE dress and sorting the bridesmaids everything else should sort itself out right? RIGHT? WRONG! All the other things, that at the time seem like little things, have to be right to make the day come together (well they had to be for me). There are so … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! Music Maestro Please.

My Weekly Positives – 23rd Sept 2016

It's Friday!! No, some of you may be familiar with this process of my "positives" however some of you may not be. If you're not, all can be explained in a previous blog and if you click here, you will be taken to that very blog! 🙂 This may be worth a read before you … Continue reading My Weekly Positives – 23rd Sept 2016

‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! The Bridesmaids.

Up until now, things had been taking me by surprise; the proposal, the registrar, the dress but choosing bridesmaids was easy; there was never any doubt in my mind who I would have by my side! In fact, that was the most straightforward decision I made and I made it long ago! It was NO … Continue reading ‘I do…’ not have a clue what I’m doing! The Bridesmaids.

Live life in the moment; why I left teaching.

So, this blog has been a long time coming! I am feeling nervous and excited to be finally doing it, writing it and putting it out there! I’ve gone to write it a few times but it hasn’t felt right; it feels right now. I am 100% content with my decision so now is the … Continue reading Live life in the moment; why I left teaching.

‘I do’…not have a clue what I’m doing! THE dress!

My next lesson to learn was just around the corner (literally – you’ll see why later on)! Ever since I had thought about our wedding (way, way before he even proposed) I pictured what kind of dress I would have. “I just want simple” I’d say “I don’t want to spend much” I’d say. I … Continue reading ‘I do’…not have a clue what I’m doing! THE dress!

‘I do’ …not have a clue what I’m doing! The Legalities.

So, the next step? After the proposal? Lap up all the attention, enjoy celebrating with the ones you love and look forward to the planning. This, would you believe, went well, without a glitch and I loved every second of it. So much so, that returning to reality was difficult, that is until I realised … Continue reading ‘I do’ …not have a clue what I’m doing! The Legalities.

It’s good to be back…

Wow – how long has it been? It has definitely been a while! I want to apologise for anyone who reads my blogs for the lack of blogging over the last 4 months, IT’S BEEN 4 MONTHS?? That is crazy! I’m so so sorry. I do have an excuse; actually I have lots of excuses! … Continue reading It’s good to be back…

‘I do’ …not have a clue what I’m doing! The Proposal.

For those of you who don’t already know, I recently got engaged. It was the most perfect proposal; on the beach (my favourite place) with some of my favourite people close by! Perfect! Those of you who know me well will know that I’ve been ready for this (engagement, wedding and marriage) for a little … Continue reading ‘I do’ …not have a clue what I’m doing! The Proposal.

“Leave a little sparkle, wherever you go.”

Dear Nia, Wow, well three months ey? You’ve been gone three months. That’s crazy! When you were getting ready to set off to New Zealand, I said to you I’d become your pen pal via the internet and write a Dear Nia to you once in a while. Well, I must admit, when I said … Continue reading “Leave a little sparkle, wherever you go.”

My Weekly Positives – Sunday 23rd August 2015

Hello blog readers! Well, I've been rubbish this week haven't I? Bet I'm beginning to sound a bit like a broken record but this week has flown by and has been pretty manic. I didn't manage to get my weekly blog out on Wednesday, Thursday or even Friday this week and I'll tell you why: … Continue reading My Weekly Positives – Sunday 23rd August 2015

My Weekly Positives – Sunday August 16th 2015

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well. It's been a good week and I am really enjoying my Summer holidays! Anyway. happy Sunday! Here are my positives from this week, I have had loads to be honest but I'll narrow them down.    Name the things that made you smile this week: – I put my feet … Continue reading My Weekly Positives – Sunday August 16th 2015

Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans…

...but failing to prepare is preparing to fail, right? So what the devil is the right thing to do? Do I plan...whilst life goes on around me and risk missing it but apparently avoid failing? Or do I live my life and take in every minute without planning and prepare to apparently fail? How confusing! Surely it … Continue reading Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans…

Book Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

So, here it is; my very first book review (on my blog anyway). Before I start, I think I should just point out the fact that I am by no means a professional reviewer. I don't do this for a living and I am not being paid by anyone to do this. What you will find below … Continue reading Book Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Weekly Positives – Sunday 9th August 2015

Hello everyone! It's been a while, hasn't it? I hope you enjoy my first weekly positives in a while. Happy Sunday! Wow, where do I start this week? I've had such a busy week full of catching up with some beautiful family and friends, finally!! This week has been my ideal week and I so … Continue reading Weekly Positives – Sunday 9th August 2015

Summer; memories waiting to happen!

Summer is such an important time for me. It gives me time to recharge my batteries, catch up with friends/family, read, relax, watch films and to catch up on some work too; all the things that I don't seem to be able to manage in term time. This summer wasn't going to be any different, … Continue reading Summer; memories waiting to happen!

Back to the blogging…

Hello my lovely blog readers... It's been a little while, I know! I have been dying for this day to arrive; the day that I finally pick my laptop back up and not plan lessons or answer emails but click on the kateloren website link and type and blog! Firstly, can I apologise? To all … Continue reading Back to the blogging…

My Weekly Positives – June 28th 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well! Happy Sunday peeps! Here are my weekly positives for this week, enjoy! Name the things that made you smile this week: – I had a tidy and put my radio downstairs. I think it is beautiful! – Loads of lovely presents from my year 11's. Although it was … Continue reading My Weekly Positives – June 28th 2015

Be yourself, love yourself!

Why do we always compare ourselves to other people? Why do we always say, “I wish I was like …” or “I wish I could … like …” Why can’t we just be happy with the way we are or the way we look? Why do we always have to have what someone else has … Continue reading Be yourself, love yourself!

My Weekly Positives – June 21st 2015

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well. I'm sorry it's been a little while since my last positive blog. It does not mean that I have been a negative wreck or even had a bad week. See, the thing is, by the time I get home from work, do my marking, make my dinner and … Continue reading My Weekly Positives – June 21st 2015

A Real Life Peter Pan

I was driving home from work one day, reflecting on the day and I was thinking about my lessons and my to-do list and I had, what I think you call, an epiphany! I realised that I was a grown-up! I suddenly realised that I had a job, I had responsibilities and I had A … Continue reading A Real Life Peter Pan

My Positives – Tuesday 16th June

Hello lovely people! It's been a lovely Tuesday both in life and in weather! Today, was hot, I FINALLY feel like Summer has arrived (I think I've said this in a positives before so I won't hold my breath) and I tell you what, it can stay! Anyway, today's positives are going to be short … Continue reading My Positives – Tuesday 16th June

My Positives – Monday 15th June

Hello everyone! So, here we are, finally on today's positives and it has been ANOTHER very good day. I think the sunshine helps but so do the lovely people I am surrounded by. Here are my positives from today, enjoy! Name three things that made you smile today: – Getting woken up by Stevie. Usually, I … Continue reading My Positives – Monday 15th June

My Positives – Sunday 14th June – MY BIRTHDAY!

So, as you can imagine, Sunday was a VERY positive day! It was my birthhhhhhhhhhdayyyy and I had the best day ever. This blog is bound to be longer than my usual as I have A LOT of positives from Sunday, A LOT! I have been smiling from sunset to sunrise. Before I start, please … Continue reading My Positives – Sunday 14th June – MY BIRTHDAY!

My Positives – Saturday 13th June

Hello everyone! 🙂 We ventured back to West Wales this weekend - for the Race for Life and....MY BIRTHDAY!!! Wohooo! Saturday was a good day. Weather wise, it was horrible, pouring with rain and horrible but, fun factor wise, Saturday was a good day!! So, here are my positives for that fun, rainy day! Name … Continue reading My Positives – Saturday 13th June

Cancer; so much more than just a word!

So, my ‘Race for Life’ is THIS Sunday and I can’t wait. Sounds funny doesn’t it? Someone who usually finds it incredibly difficult to find motivation to do any exercise at all, is excited about running 5K? Hard to believe isn’t it (especially if you’ve read my exercise blogs) but I am though, I’m excited. … Continue reading Cancer; so much more than just a word!

9 Reasons Everyone Should go to London

1. For Topshop, Oxford Circus I've put this first as a lot of the time, this is why I go! I'm a little bit obsessed with Topshop and the one in Oxford Circus is absolutely incredible! It's a must basically! During our most recent visit, it was so busy because there was a promotion on … Continue reading 9 Reasons Everyone Should go to London

Why worry today about what may not come tomorrow?

I’ll tell you something very ironic before I start; I wrote this blog a little while ago but, I’ve been worrying about posting it and what people will think of me when I do. Oh the irony and you’ll see why if you read on! I over think everything, EVERYTHING and that's my problem. My … Continue reading Why worry today about what may not come tomorrow?

That’s a Wrap; My May Favourites 2015

May has been a busy, but good month. I can't quite believe how fast it has come and gone and that we're nearly half way through another year already! Crazy! Here we are though, and it has been a good month! So, I thought I'd keep with tradition and share with you some of my … Continue reading That’s a Wrap; My May Favourites 2015

The best things in life are free; so why does money matter so much?

Have you ever had the conversation with anyone about what you would do if you won the lottery? Do you even play the lottery and if so why? Is it so you can have the life you dreamed of with the big house and the fancy car? Is it so that you can go on … Continue reading The best things in life are free; so why does money matter so much?

We’re better together; Dementia Awareness Week

I cherish my memories; I love it when I recognise a smell, a face, a song and when I suddenly get a thought that reminds me of someone; I love it. So, what would I do or say if someone was to tell me that one day, it would all be erased? I can’t even … Continue reading We’re better together; Dementia Awareness Week

When is enough, enough?

As I  continue on my blogging journey, I find myself having the same debate with myself (yes, with myself) time and time again; is being on your phone a lot, really that bad? I often think whether we are aware of how much time we spend on our devices. Are you reading this now on … Continue reading When is enough, enough?

I get by with a little help from my friends!

Friends are an extremely important part of a content life; I think anyway! I rant and rave about how amazing Dan is (because he is) and how amazing my family are (because they are) however, I don't feel I've paid tribute to my friends enough in my blogs. So, here it is. The Google definition … Continue reading I get by with a little help from my friends!