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Book review: The day she came back, Amanda Prowse.

Hi readers,

So this is my book review of the day she came back by Amanda Prowse. This book is available on Kindle unlimited.

Brief description of this book.

Victoria’s world is turned upside down when her Grandmother Prim dies. Then when a woman comes forward, claiming to be Victoria’s mother. Victoria finds this hard to believe. She has always been told her mother had died. How will she cope?

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4th January: 21 Positive quotes for 2021

“You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” Unknown

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A. A Mine

“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you.” Michelle Obama

You are always stronger and more resourceful than you give yourself credit for.” Rob Moore

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” Dalai Lama

“May you see sunshine where others see shadows, and opportunities where others see obstacles.” UNKNOWN

Tough times never last but tough people do.” Robert H. Schiuller

“Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life.” Charlie Brown

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” Roy T. Bennett

“Positivity always wins…Always.” Gary Vaynerchuk

“Sometimes, we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.” Unknown

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’

Sydney Harris

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden

 “We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.” Swami Vivekananda

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

“I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it.” Simone Biles

“I thrive on obstacles. If I’m told that it can’t be told, then I push harder.” Issa Rae

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug” ~Patricia Neal

Thank you for reading!

Take Care Lauren x

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December 31st: Goodbye 2020 and Happy New Year!

Hi readers,

Just wanted to do a quick post to say Happy New year!

This year I’m going to have a quiet new year’s eve. I’m going to watch television, put on a skincare facemask and maybe a Malibu and lemonade (or two)

Hope everyone has a safe and healthy new year’s eve and 2021!

Thank you for reading,

Take care and see you next year Lauren x

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December 30: New Year Look Back Tag!

Hi readers,

I think most people have had an unexpected year this year. I thought this blog post would be a final reflection of 2020, then a move on and a clean slate. Also, I want to pick up some postives so I don’t think this year was all bad.

What did you do in 2020 that you’ve never done before?

I travelled to France and stayed in Paris for my twenty-first birthday. Also, I visited Disneyland for the first time.

What was last year’s New Year Resolution, how did you do?

I can’t remember setting resolutions, but I know that I was desperate to pass my driving test. After my sixth attempt, I finally passed during lockdown August 2020.

What would you like to have accomplished in 2020 that you didn’t get to?

Getting through 2020 itself feels like an accomplishment to me. I believe all should focus on what we have accomplished this year, and how well we have dealt with the circumstances.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

It’s a difficult one its either getting my driving licence or passing my first Open University module.

What was the best thing you bought?

It’s going to strange weird, but knitting supplies. This year I learnt to knit, and it has kept me occupied during this year.

Did you travel anywhere memorable?

Paris in January, it seems like a lifetime ago now. I feel grateful that I did have a holiday this year.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned last year.

I’ve learnt never take anything or anyone for granted. The everyday things I have missed during lockdown has been a real lesson of how I should always apricate them.

If you could look back on one memory this year you wish you could relive, what would it be?

The memory I would like to relieve is missing my boyfriend’s birthday due to restrictions.

If you could change anything about the year you had, what would it be?

I don’t like this sort of questions. As I would always say I would change something, but would I be the person I am? I believe everything that happens to you is a life lesson.

Share something you’re looking forward to this year.

The summer and hopefully watching the Coronavirus impact go down.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren x

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December 22nd: Questions about Crohn’s Disease.

Hi readers,

Sorry if it’s not a very Christmas one again.

Today I discovered a website https://www.ittakesguts.org.uk/ and a brilliant idea called In My Shoes. The concept is getting others to understand what it is like to cope with Crohn’s and Colitis. So in light of that, I thought I would answer a few of Googles most searched questions on Crohn’s disease, as best as possible.

How do you get Crohn’s- I think this one is for the medical experts. The possible cause is unknown. Many factors have been researched, such as genetics, diet and environment. No one is one hundred percent sure yet.

What does a Crohn’s attack feel like? It feels like a sharp stabbing pain in my stomach. Also, it makes me extremely fatigued. Trying not to get too graphic but I make many toilet stops if you get my gist.

Cure for Crohn’s disease– Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease. However, some treatments and procedures can help with symptoms.

What do I have to avoid with Crohn’s disease? Alcohol, cigarettes and spicy food. I don’t smoke, but I do allow myself a wine occasionally and some spicy food.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren

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December 16th: My story with Crohn’s Disease.

Hi readers,

This blog post will be quite a long one, but I thought it would be a good idea to write about my journey with Crohn’s disease. Sorry if bowel talk isn’t very Christmassy.

I will always remember going back to my last year at school. I was in my lesson, and I remember telling a friend I just didn’t feel right. I was only fifteen, but I felt tired. It was persistent, so I visited the doctors.

Later on, I had a blood test. It didn’t take long for me to get told that I was anaemic. So I was prescribed iron tablets and started taking them straight away.

However, the symptoms didn’t stop. Also, I realised I was developing new symptoms, horrible stomach pain, and diarrhoea.

After going back to the doctors, then the tests started to begin. The doctors were coming up with lot’s of causes to what I was experiencing. The first thing they thought was irritable bowel, then food intolerances and even a rumbling appendix.

I had blood tests, MRI scans and ultrasounds. But nothing, in particular, was found. During the time, I was unable to go to school, and it was taking a toll on my mental health. It felt like I was never going to know what was wrong.

It took around a year, but I finally got the answers when I had an endoscopy.

The doctor then diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease. An inflammatory bowel condition. Even though it is a lifelong condition, treatment can ease symptoms.

After being put on a medication called Azathioprine, it changed my life. At twenty-one, my symptoms are pretty mellow. I do still get a painful stomach some days, but it is much better now than how I was when it first started.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren x

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December 12th: How I deal with Christmas stress.

Hi readers,

Christmas can be a stressful time, so here are some of the techniques I use to combat that stress.

1. Start early- It saves a lot of worry before the big day.

2. Get in the Christmas spirit- Watch a Christmas movie, create some Christmas crafts or listen to some Christmas music.

3. Talk with family/friends- Keeping in touch is very important at the moment. Speaking any concerns to those I trust always seems to make me feel better.

4. Try to focus on the positive- It can be difficult sometimes to see anything positive, but I find trying to focus on something positive can help my stress.

5. Enjoy the moment- During Christmas time, it seems as though I’m trying to one thing to the next.

Thank you for reading!

Take care Lauren x

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December 11th: My goals for December.

Hi readers,

This evening, I’ve been reflecting and trying to decide what my goals are for this last month of 2020.

1. Try not to spend to much .

2. Appreciate my family, and the things some others may not have.

3. Try not to eat too unhealthy (difficult)

4. Make time for me.

5. Try not to get to stressed.

At the moment, I think the main thing is taking everything one step at a time.

Take care everyone Lauren x

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November the 5th: Happy fireworks night!

Hi readers,

Hope everyone is having the best fireworks night possible. This year I believe there are no firework displays. So unlike last year, I will be enjoying my fireworks night at home.

Firework sales have gone up this year according to statistics. I’m just hoping everything runs safely. I’m expecting to be looking after my dog all night as she is petrified of them. Bless her hopefully won’t be too bad for her and other animals.

Thank you for reading.

Stay safe everyone Lauren x

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November 1st: Optimistic Sunday’s, feeling Christmasy and the start of no spend November.

Hi readers!

There’s always something about the beginning of the month, that makes me feel optimistic and theirs a fresh slate. Trying to keep positive after the news, that the UK will be going into another lockdown for four weeks.

My family ordered a brand new Christmas tree this afternoon. It has aided me to get into the Christmas spirit early. It was from Argos at £18, I believe is a very reasonable price.

Also, another exciting thing is I’ve decided to partake in no spend November. I’m known to spend a little to much at Christmas every year. So this year I want to focus on what’s important, and it’s not materialistic items, I will keep updating on how I’m getting on.

Thank you for reading! Hope everyone has the best November possible considering the circumstances.

Stay safe everyone Lauren x