Wild, wild Wales

I have just come back from a blissful 9 days in the wilds of Wales. Pretty remote, with dramatic cliffs and peace like no other. No seriously, I mean it. It’s pretty much silent…. Other than the tweeting birds and the odd dog bark from the beach. Although I live in a village myself, the silence of this beautiful place did take a bit of getting used to.

I love the hustle and bustle of a city mixed with the calm and quiet of the countryside. I’m definitely a bit of both, slightly leaning more towards the countryside vibe. However, this break was just what I needed. Time to really be absorbed in nature, my beloved books and the spectacular views, while spending time with wonderful family and friends. 

Life moves at such a fast pace, I love it. I do also love sloooowing down every once in a while. I think what made this such a gorgeous break, was that I don’t live at this pace all the time or in this blissful quiet 24/7. It makes you appreciate it so much more. Rather than dashing around here there and everywhere, spending the day having a lovely lunch in a pub, walking my dog on the beach, reading and buying the essentials from a tiny village shop is just great. 

We are bombarded with choice everywhere we look. I sometimes find that quite difficult. As someone who is completely experience hungry, wants to read every book on the planet and travel to every corner of the globe, I do find that often I feel like I don’t have enough time. The pressure to rush, absorb, consume is sometimes too much. However, being here has reminded me that actually having less choice, less distractions and less rush shows you what you really want to do, be and have each day.

Yes, I have turned even more woo woo than normal, but this has been such a brilliant recharge and now I’m ready for the busy (and also the not so busy) days in the year ahead.

Thanks for reading. Xx

Yes, this sunset is totally real & unfiltered…

Why Acupuncture is AMAZING

I uploaded my first post nearly two months ago, I can’t actually believe it has taken me this long to write another one. I haven’t even shared my blog yet so it currently has virtually 0 views. Yippee. Life has just been super busy, so much has happened. I started my final year at university; massively regretting taking for granted all of that blissfully free time over the summer, where I actually had time to iron my jeans. I am now fully into my first term, counting down the days until the Christmas break, where I will be panicking about keeping up with my work in between wrapping presents and packing for our New Year trip to Iceland… bring on the Blue Lagoon.

I can’t wait for a bit of time off, even though I won’t be able to forget about uni work I am so excited to enjoy the festive season, read for pleasure and reignite my love affair with the gym. I started my new job at a fashion and gift retailer, which I’m really enjoying, even the early 7am delivery shifts on a Friday morning. It is tiring but I have realised how much I enjoy wrapping Christmas decorations in tissue paper, which I may never have known about myself had I not started working there. I have met some lovely people and it really is a fab place to work.

What being this busy has taught me is that I really need to find time for myself. I’m not someone who can just keep ploughing on and on and on without coming up for air. I do need a bubble bath every now and then, and I do need to delve into a gripping book, and I also need to watch a bit of trash telly (Britain’s Next Top Model is my programme of choice for these moments). I love being busy, and feeling like I’m working towards something and being productive, but moments of rest and recharging are important too. Something that has helped me to realise this more than ever is acupuncture.

I started having acupuncture roughly once a month about a year and a half ago, maybe a bit less, and I absolutely adore it. It gives me a space to talk, to refresh and relax. Now I am not a needle person, I cannot stand blood tests, flu jabs… all that jazz, but when I say these don’t bother me, I really mean it. They are pretty much like bendy tooth picks and 95% of the time they don’t hurt. That 5% of the time, as soon as it hurts, she takes the needle out and puts it somewhere else. You can have them put in anywhere really, and each place means something different, from happiness, to stress and boosting your immune system.

I feel so relaxed when I’m there, it just feels like a safe bubble that I can enter into for an hour and then get on with my day. You lie on a bed under blankets in your bra and knickers; it pretty much feels like a spa treatment crossed with therapy. Carolyn (my acupuncturist) asks me about what has been happening my life in between the sessions, how I’m feeling mentally, physically, every kind of way, and then feels my pulses ( we have more than one and I never knew). She feels my heart pulse, lung pulse, liver, kidneys, all through my wrists. She then puts the needles wherever she feels that it would most benefit me on that particular day.

I go to acupuncture for all sorts of reasons, but mainly for my overall well being and health, but you can go for anything, from an injury, aches and pains, problematic skin, mental health… the list goes on. The main motive for me is to just have some time to myself, where I can say anything without being judged, to someone who doesn’t know everyone in my life, while giving me brilliant advice in a peaceful environment and using the needles to improve my sleep, stress, and how my body functions and heals.

I always look forward to my appointments and I can’t imagine not going now, as I really feel revived mentally after I leave. I never knew anything about it before I started going, and I might have thought it was all a bit hippy but I have felt the benefits and I could not recommend it more. In the busy world we live in, she always reminds me that taking time for myself is not selfish but necessary and the people who may appear to have their shit together running on 4 hours sleep actually might be crying out for some time to iron their jeans and devour the latest crime thriller.