Leibster Award 2017

After only one week of blogging and only 3 days on Twitter, I am so honoured to have been nominated for the Leibster Award 2017 by the lovely Life with Kirsty. You can read her answers and check out the rest of her blog here.

leibster award

The Leibster Award is a virtual award given by bloggers to other bloggers, of whom they enjoy reading the content of.

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link to their post in your own.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they have given you in your post.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award and give them your own set of 11 questions.
  4. Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to let them know as well!

MY 11 QUESTIONS

  1. When did you start blogging? I started Lots of Loz x initially in July 2017, but I only got as far as writing a welcome post, it has officially only been live for one week now.
  2. Why did you start your blog? Blogging is something I’ve been interested in getting involved in for a long while, but life was always in the way. I’m now at a point in my life where things have calmed down a little, I am working full-time only one job, and wanted to take up some more things which I love doing, just for me. I couldn’t decide on a specific niche, and to be honest I have so many interests and loves that I wouldn’t want to pick just one. I don’t want to get sucked into a life which is just about my career. I want to keep exploring and keep trying new things, and I feel blogging will allow me/give me a reason to do that.
  3. Did anyone inspire you to create your blog? If so, who? Honestly? Me! I inspired me to create my blog…all of the interests and ideas which I peruse over every single day. I just felt there was a much bigger place out there for them than just my head, so here I am!
  4. What are your favourite types of blog posts to read and write? I’m still very new to the world of blogging, so I don’t really have a favourite at the moment. I really like reading reviews of beauty products, so much so that I have gone a bit subscription crazy the past couple of days and intend to review them in my own posts (Forever seeking new products!) And I’ve only done a few posts myself so I’m still finding my style!
  5. What is your favourite TV series? Oooh this is a hard one, I am a slave to Netflix! I love PLL, TVD, Once upon a time, How I met your mother, Friends, One Tree Hill, Gilmore girls, Gossip girl…soooo many! But my ultimate favourite at the moment is Big Bang Theory.
  6. What goals do you have for yourself and your blog? I just want to write about the things that I love. I’d like to maybe collaborate with other bloggers and brands in the future when I have some more experience under my belt but at the moment I’m just enjoying finding my style.
  7. Who are your favourite Youtubers to watch? I haven’t really watched many, but I like watching make up/skincare routines, and also shopping hauls. Any suggestions, please feel free to link them in the comments.
  8. What is your all-time favourite make up product? I absolutely LOVE make up, but I’ve only just started to show an interest and try out products other than the absolute basics/cheapest brands. When I wasn’t as body positive (only a mere few months ago) I didn’t feel I was worth the good quality products or good quality clothes, so I wouldn’t take any pride in my appearance! But my favourite product at the moment is the Buxom mascara which I received in October’s Roccabox. Its longer brush means it gives even coverage on my lashes. It doesn’t clump, but it volumises really well. This is the first mascara I’ve tried which I don’t have problems with when I use it on my lower lashes.
  9. What is something that you are passionate about? My job! I am extremely passionate about supporting and empowering women to birth their babies, and guiding them safely from antepartum to postpartum whilst also respecting their wishes. I am so grateful and blessed to have my job!
  10. Where would be your dream place to visit? Under my job, my second passion is travelling. And there is SO many places and sights that I want to see. But at the top of my list at the moment is Bali!
  11. What is something you would like to achieve before 2017 ends? This is a tough one because 2017 has been a HUGE year for me. I got married, did some travelling, qualified as a Midwife, and started this blog! So honestly, I just want to have a chilled couple of months, settling in to my new job and building my blog. However, I would like to start paying off some debt!!

MY 11 NOMINATIONS

Blog about Hanney

Love Dannii

Louise Chatters

Tea Bee Blog

A Girl Like You

Another 30+ Blog

Covet Luxe

Little Beauty Blog

With Love Ali

Little Miss Mel

Little Budget

MY 11 QUESTIONS FOR YOU

  1. How long have you been blogging for?
  2. Do you have another job? If so, what do you do?
  3. How often do you promote your blog?
  4. What’s your favourite clothing shop?
  5. Do you have a female celebrity who inspires you? If so, who?
  6. What is your favourite festive film, if any?
  7. Are you a sweet or savoury person?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  9. What sort of content do you enjoy reading from other bloggers?
  10. Is there a blogging tool you could not get by without?
  11. Have you ever been nominated for the Leibster award before?

I have enjoyed doing this post. It’s a different format for a post. I look forward to reading the posts of those I have nominated. Happy Saturday everyone!

Love Loz x

 

November plans

With November being my first full month of blogging, it felt wise to make a plan (forever pretending I’m wise! I’m not – see examples below) and in typical Lauren style, I could not have picked a worse month to try to get my blog off the ground. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of gal, a couple of examples include:

  • In sixth form, I switched colleges between AS level and A level, and in my new college they didn’t run one of my courses, so I decided to take a new A level but not wanting to stay at college for an extra year I decided I was going to study AS and A level of the course alongside each other (safe to say I hated that course and to this day I have not used a single element of it within my life).
  • I got engaged, planned my dream wedding and got married all within my final 2 years of studying/training full-time for my Midwifery degree. I also had a job alongside this where I worked anything from 12-60 hours a week – I somehow still managed to graduate with a 2:1.

The idea of now only having ONE job and ONE commitment really excited me! But could I deal with all that spare time? Hell no! It was inevitable that I was going to start a new project…so here I am (lucky you!)

Moving on to the point of this post….my November goals…

1. REACH 500+ FOLLOWERS 

I’m going to work on building my follower community on Twitter, Instagram, and on my blog itself. I would like to reach 500 followers on Twitter, 200 followers on Instagram, and 30 followers on my blog!

2. POST AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK

I am going to aim to post at least once a week. I hope to post more than this, however, it’s going to be a rather busy month workwise so I’m just going to take this one day by day!

3. BLOGMAS

HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!! I am SO freakin’ excited! I love everything to do with Christmas, I get such a warm fuzzy feeling inside which builds as we get closer and closer to the big day. It’s going to be such an anti-climax for me this year as I am working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Boooo!) but I am not letting that kill my buzz. Being the Christmas elf that I am, naturally I got super excited when I heard about this Christmas themed blogging craze. So I am going to be spending this month planning my “Blogmas” posts, and try to be organised (pfft!)

4. SURVIVE MY FIRST MONTH AS A REGISTERED MIDWIFE

I recently qualified as a Midwife, and on Monday I am starting my first job – at a whole different trust to where I’ve spent the past 3 years training! I am super anxious but excited as well. Having had the last 6 weeks off, I am starting to go stir crazy at home and am now itching to get back to work, but that’s 6 weeks I’ve had off from the long hours, night shifts, commuting, emergency drills, documentation….it’s the longest amount of time I’ve had off in the 3 years and at this point I feel as though I’ve forgotten everything (I haven’t! Don’t worry). So this month I’m hoping to settle in to my new team, my new role, and survive the intense induction/orientation period, and my first night shifts in 6 weeks…

5. SUBSCRIBE TO 10 MORE BLOGS

I have spent the last 48 hours addicted to Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin’…reading blogs and blog posts of more experienced bloggers. I have followed some of my favourites and subscribed to some mailing lists. I’m looking to continue expanding my “reading list”, so I aim to subscribe to another 10 blogs this month. If you would like me to subscribe to your blog, please leave a link in the comments and I will check it out!

 

I’m hoping that posting my goals will keep me accountable to achieving them. If any more experienced bloggers have any feedback or suggestions for me based on my posts so far, please feel free to comment below or contact me via social media or my E-Mail.

Love Loz x

 

 

 

 

 

My weight, my body, and my mental health

It’s only recently that I have begun to open up about my experiences with the issues of weight, body image and mental health…it’s a very empowering and freeing feeling to break through that wall and begin talking about it. Especially considering it’s been an internal struggle for me for the majority of my life so far.

In September I took part in an annual self love week which released some inner strength I didn’t even know I had, and gave me the power to post about these issues on Instagram for the first time ever.

Now, although this is MASSIVE for me, I also kept it strictly to Instagram as the only social media channel, and I also secretly felt safe knowing that my Insta account is private. However this still meant that some close family and friends, colleagues and ex-colleagues, and other people I see regularly could read them. I felt extremely vulnerable but my posts were met with nothing but love and support. The mindset shifts I made during that week empowered me to start this blog in order to fulfil my love of writing!

I have always been the “bigger girl” out of my friends, my family, my year group, my workplace. Ironically it makes me feel like the smallest person alive! And that feeling right there, impacts hugely on my confidence, my faith in myself, and overall my mental health. My relationship with food is the most toxic relationship I have ever been in, constantly yo-yo’ing between a diet method and binge eating. I’ve realised in the past 6 months that “dieting” is not for me – it’s not that I don’t lose weight when I follow them, it’s because the restriction mindset only worsens my mental health and my relationship with food. I realised that what I needed was for food to become just food again, so instead I have adopted the abundance mindset – all food is available to me, whenever I want, however much I want! Now, I know this sounds completely controversial, and downright scary for people who, like me, have relied on diets for soooo long that they know no different. And initially it’s very normal to catapult into a massive binge on all of the “forbidden” foods and gain weight.

Bare with me…

But what you will learn is intuitive eating instead. I’m still working on this, as I’m still quite new to the practice myself. Listening to what your body really wants. You know that feeling, after the Christmas period, where you’ve stuffed yourself silly with chocolate, cheese, alcohol, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings etc, and you can literally hear your body screaming out for vegetables and fruit and salad?? Your body really does know what it wants!!

I am also a sufferer of depression and anxiety and I struggle with them every day, some days more than others, and I can’t always explain why. Through doing self love week and continuing my inner work, I have realised that I neglect my self care – doing things which light me up and make me happy. Taking time for myself is now becoming a big part of my life. Even when I’m super busy and skint. Something as simple as a hot bubble bath and a face mask can change my entire mood – how crazy is that?!

My point is that we all have busy lives – we have husbands/partners, children, pets, jobs, school, after school clubs, housework, cooking…the list goes on. But we absolutely must prioritise taking care of ourselves as well – even if it is just your own mini pamper session! Because this is your life too, and it is happening RIGHT NOW!

 

 

Welcome

Hello all,

Welcome to my blog! I want to start by saying thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I started this blog in July 2017 and wrote an initial welcome post which was very much just rambling, and I had no clear direction for my future posts nor the purpose of my blog. I just knew it was something I wanted/needed to do. Fast forward three months I have mulled it over, done some brainstorming, began journalling, and as a result I have cleared some of the clutter in my mind to enable my ability to think a little clearer. I find it really difficult to talk things out, I struggle to fully open up and express myself verbally, so writing is much easier for me.

This blog is centred around my current journey, wherein I am becoming more self aware, healing from within, learning to show myself unconditional love, and manifesting my wildest dreams.

If you are anything like me, you may think now that this sounds like a load of rubbish. You may be sceptical, you may laugh, or you may not understand.

Believe me, I thought exactly the same. For anyone who doesn’t personally know me…I can be very matter-of-factly, and lack faith and confidence in myself. So even though I have always been a dreamer – I dream of things I always felt were very much out of my reach, and I never explored the possibility of being able to achieve them.

But in May this year, I decided to buy a book…just a book. I had seen pictures of it floating around social media, and the caption really resonated with me so I figured I would give it a try. I genuinely didn’t believe that it would change my life the way that it has. I thought it would just become another “thing” I tried which didn’t work!

On reflection, I realise that my entire life has led me to this point, however this book was the start of a journey which allowed me to reflect enough to realise that.

Love Loz x

 

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On my wedding day 16.04.2017