27 January 2019

The final swipe

I've officially called off my Tinder search. I wish I could say it's because I met my perfect match but in fact, it's quite the opposite. I have so many friends who have met their other half on Tinder. Indeed many of them have gone on to marry their Tinder baes! I've had nothing but bad luck on the famous dating app and I know I'm not alone in this. Any prospects of relationships over the past 2 - 3 years have been pursued through friends of friends, people I already knew or on nights out, rather than through a dating app.
22 January 2019

A year of being a home owner

*this post is sponsored by SelfBuild Live 

Can you believe it's been a year since I moved into my house? I dreamed my whole life that I would own my own house but I never thought I'd be a home owner by 26! I always thought it would take me longer to save or that there would be a 'right time'. It turns out that there's no such thing as the right time and that saving was easy when I put my mind to it (ok... stopped ordering stuff online I didn't need!). 

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.