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15 January 2019

Big girls go to the gym too



If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@thatbelfastgirl) you’ll see that I’m trying to get healthier in 2019. It’s not about being slimmer or lighter but rather for my mental fitness. I really started to enjoy going to the gym in 2018 for the first time in my life. 


As a teenager and young adult I experienced some serious orthopaedic problems. It made exercise feel like a chore because often there was so many of the common exercises (squatting being one!) that I couldn’t do. In 2018 I found the gym to be a really great form of stress relief. As someone who has suffered with both anxiety and depression, I felt like I finally found a cost effective and fun way to manage my stress levels before things got to the anxious or depressed state. Part of this was due to going for one to ones with a personal trainer and learning more about the machine in the gym & getting a better technique. Going to the gym as a bigger girl can be intimidating. I was always afraid of the super buff boys with big guns and girls who could lift my body weight twice over! However, like most things in life, I’ve found that the reality was nothing to be worried about.
10 January 2019

Growing Pains



2019 came quickly, didn't it? 

2018 was the fastest year of my life. From moving house and job to my mum finally getting married, it was a steam train of a year that I couldn't slow down or get off. I felt like I changed so much. Where there is change, there can be pain but ultimately, growth. The growing pains I experienced in 2018 were nothing short of extraordinary. It sometimes has been the type of pain that you know is worth it because once you get over the initial hump, it's a great road ahead [e.g. buying my house] but there have also been painful life lessons too. Here's my 3 life lessons from 2018 that I'm carrying forward with me.
23 September 2018

Why I've changed who I follow online


I've been reflecting a lot on social media this month & the role it has to play on your mental health. Growing up, people complained glossy magazines were contributing to eating disorders and pressurising young women to look a certain way. Now social media is 24/7 and I worry about how young people cope with the pressure for a perfect selfie. I really worry about the young girls in my life who see these images of 'perfection' and think they need to look a certain way to feel accepted.

13 September 2018

The attitude of gratitude


Jumper from George at Asda - buy it here 


'Thanks"
'Thanks very much"
"Cheers"

We're a society that says thank you so much yet 2018 has made me think a lot about what is truly means to be grateful. We say 'thanks' so flippantly that it has lost its meaning in so many ways. My biggest annoyance in life is when people are not grateful for what you have brought to the table - whether that has been emotional or physical support. It's also becoming harder in life to be thankful as we place so much value on physical things such as presents at birthday or Christmas time rather than the time that person has spent with you.


09 September 2018

My digital confidence tips


*This is sponsored content in association with the Post Office 

I recently travelled to London with the Post Office to attend one of their Digital Drop Ins in association with Google Garage. They carried out research where they found out that 20% of people in the UK don't feel digitally confident. The Digital Drop In sessions were carried out  in libraries across the UK to help people to gain more skills & one to one coaching on areas they felt they struggled with. This was aided by amazing Google experts who advised the best ways to solve their problems and up skill - 73% of those surveyed wanted to learn brand new skills!