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We all know how much I love tea by now right? Okay good. Because it's true. Like I love the stuff.

So when I received a little (actually big) box of goodies from the guys at Teapigs I got hella excited! They are a brand I very much love and whose tea I've been enjoying for some many years now. I was pretty thrilled to have received two boxes of tea that I was yet to try as well. 

Relaxing with a cuppa after a long day is one of my favorite things to do. As is waking up with one too! However, there are days when different teas help with different kinds of days. Sometimes it's a traditional cuppa I'm seeking, sometimes it's something a little fresher or something with a kick to get my brain back into gear! The teas that I've been sent all have the ability to do these things!

My personal favorite is the Chai Tea, as a Chai Tea Latte is one of my favorite drinks, and this tea pays a perfect homage to that. It's a lighter version of the coffee shop staple and tastes absolutely divine! (the most British thing ever said. Most British blog post tbh)

The Lemon Balm is a perfect morning pick me up and the Apple and Cinnamon is a wonderful Autumnal addition which just makes you feel super warm inside. It also tastes just as good as it smells! 

I think one of the biggest things with Teapigs that stands out to me, is their bit towards helping our planet! They are the first tea brand to be awarded the Plastic Free Trust Mark - meaning there isn't a shred of plastic in their bags and they are 100% biodegradable, therefore they can be tossed out with food waste. A fantastic feat in my eyes! We're all aware of the plastic pandemic upon us so it's nice to know a brand are doing their bit!

I reckon I'm going to end this post here, mainly because I've spoken so much about this tea now that I actually want to go and make myself a cup of tea! The only problem is actually picking which one I want...
Oh, come on. We ALL know it's going to be the Chai Tea. It's just SO darn good.

I'd highly recommend checking out their products on their website 
(seriously, go and check out the Chai Tea)
They truly have some amazing flavors to try and you can also read up on the brand and their bit they're doing for our planet. They also have a super easy website to navigate, allowing you to find tea based on your needs such as zero caffeine, various moods, and other great stuff.

Happy tea drinking guys!
As I'm sure you're all aware, I haven't posted anything in a while. And as the title of this post would suggest, I've been a little beaten and stressed lately.

Unfortunately, life hasn't been too kind to me the last couple of months. I've had a run of bad luck and it's not exactly made things easy on me or helped with my creative flow or motivation when it comes to my blog. It's made me quite sad if I'm honest, as I was really feeling the desire to post regularly and was excited for the content I was working towards. That's not to say I won't be posting it, but it's definitely not been in the forefront of my mind.

Stress is a funny thing. It attacks from all sides affecting mood, sleep pattern, diet and just general health and well-being. It can tear you down and reduce you to nothing in mere moments and can make just doing the simplest tasks seem like such hard work. I've had a tough couple of months mentally, dealing with personal finance and staying on top of things. It's been a bit of a bleak time and it's not set to let up any time soon. The loss of sleep has caused all kinds of chain reactions too, one of which is making me quite irritable and generally just feel very down.
But with that said, I'm determined to try and keep my creativity going and try to push forward with a couple of ideas I had with this little space of mine. 

I think it's important to take time out when you're going through anything difficult, you need time to recharge and reset, to think and to absorb whatever it is that's going on. It's also important to try and keep moving forward too. I think it's far too easy to get stuck in a little hole and then find it all too easy still to stay there. This is something I'm striving to stay away from!

So with all this said, I'm going to slowly plod along on here, it may be somewhat infrequent until the new year, but this blog of mine has always been a work in progress. I don't think I'll ever really think of it as anything but that! Haha. Hopefully, you enjoy the content that is to come!
And if you're going through anything that's making you feel stressed, low or not yourself, then I hope you find your way soon. Just take some time to think and make sure you keep going any way you can!

We're all much stronger than we think we are.

Working from home is definitely one of those things that's truly desired by many people. The ability to be in your own environment, drink endless tea, slack about in your pj's and eat whenever you like without having to upset anyone in the office (people who bring fish based meals are the worst)

With that said, it's also really easy to lose motivation when working from home and find that productivity can drop sharply. Something about tea, biscuits and daytime tv that can keep you occupied for hours. So it's important to make sure that you keep your brain engaged and your productivity levels at their best.

One of the first things I always do when I get home from my shoots is to actually have a break. It can be easy to just slip in and out of your work and take random little snippets of time off whenever you feel yourself getting fed up. But set yourself 45 minutes to an hour to just sit, eat, drink, chill or whatever it is you want to do! Even go for a walk if you're one of those people who wake up and work from home straight away. It'll help in the long run.

Another thing I do is to try and keep my phone at arm's length away and not always in sight. There's nothing wrong with a little smartphone browsing every now and again, we're working from home after all! But try and keep yourself focused on what you're doing. There's nothing more distracting than watching your phone go off every ten minutes in the corner of your eye.
I don't have a dedicated office space as I live in a shared flat with my best mate, so I work from my bedroom at a small desk in the corner. (I used to work downstairs but that was a disaster waiting to happen. Cue endless Friends watching and Gilmore Girls) so I moved upstairs. To keep this space working for me, I make to sure to keep it clean, tidy and feeling clear. Those who know me will know that I'm a bit of a clean freak anyway, but there's something about working in a messy environment that doesn't work me. I also like to keep it flooded with natural light (when I'm not actually color editing) as it keeps me feeling much happier!

And finally, I like to write everything down on actual paper with an actual pen so I can keep my mind connected to what I'm doing and not lose track of my tasks for the day. I know plenty of people who do this but with their phones or emails, but I find that things I read or need to do can get lost so easily. So I like to have it written down in front me so I can physically tick it off. I've always found that works best for me.
 These are just a few small things that I do when working from home to keep me ticking over nicely. Of course, I also break these little rules every now and again because, well I'm human! And sometimes I'll come home, grab the biccies and I'm done for. But I try and stick to these as often as I can! 

Let me know if you'd like to hear more things like this in the future! And share your tips in the comments if you're a fellow home worker!

Something I've been asked by people a lot recently since I've started changing up my Instagram a bit is how I take photos of myself, by myself. And the answer is actually pretty easy.

The ingredients you'll need for this are a camera (DSLR, Compact System Camera, or phone. Whichever is easiest for you), a tripod, and a remote of some sort (unless using a phone)
I personally use a Sony A6000 for my Instagram lately (which is a CSC) on a tripod with my phone as the remote. I simply set everything up, check the exposure and positioning and snap away.
Now my camera does have the ability to turn my phone into a remote through wifi connectivity (which is also handy as my photos are then uploaded straight to my phone) but I know this won't be the case for everyone, as we're all working on different budgets and equipment. But the same rules apply for the most part. All cameras have a timer mode, and so many now have the ability to have a linked remote (which you can buy easily from Amazon; just search for a camera remote for your camera to see if there is one!) And tripods can be bought for relatively cheap as well. My day to day one was only £20.
iPhones also have timer modes, so find yourself a sturdy and supportive surface and go for it! And if there are people around? Well f*** em! Act confident and no one will question you.

So that's pretty much how I take my photos when I'm on my own. Of course, I occasionally get my friends to take a snap of me if we're out and about and I'm feeling it, so feel free to ask them too. 

Happy snapping all!