We've been treated to some top notch bangers recently haven't we? I'm a big believer that music is great meditation, as I am always listening to something no matter where I am or what I'm up to. This month a few song lyrics that used to fly straight over my head have hit home as I can now relate. Which is a pretty incredible feeling which has given me a newfound appreciation for said songs. Hence my July 2017 mixtape.

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July 2017 Mixtape and Kesha's Comeback

There is probably nothing more I enjoy than swimming in the sea at a secluded sandy beach - I've had my yearly supply of that thanks to Malta. Although the idea of swimming at a Scottish beach is perhaps a little far-fetched (although possible in my experience), Scotland really does have some beautiful beaches with fantastic views and vibes all over the place. Here are three of my favourites.

1. Mellon Udrigle, Wester Ross, The Highlands

Every year during my school years (as far as I can remember), my family and I made a trip to Wester Ross in the Highlands in the October school break. Admittedly when I was very young I believe I used to complain about the long walks, but as I grew older and looking back I can now appreciate how lucky I was to see the beautiful Scottish scenery each year. One of our favourite beaches on these trips was Mellon Udrigle. It has everything you could want: a vast white sandy shore, a horizon made up of mountains, ragged rocks to climb, smooth stones to skim and grassy banks with sheep. If you have never visited the Highlands, you need to go just for Mellon Udrigle.

My 3 Favourite Beaches in Scotland

Hi friends,

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll remember that time about two years ago that I decided to put fake tan on my eyebrows. This post is still one of my most popular, or most searched for on google (yeah I don't know why either lol). So since that experiment of attempting to find eyebrow makeup that lasts longer than a day and is cheaper than an eyebrow tint at a salon didn't quite work, here I am back with experiment number 2 - Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.

I have never had my eyebrows tinted at a salon, but I believe usually they just tint the hairs you have and not the skin as well (correct me if I'm wrong). I have very sparse brows and so this type of tint would be pretty pointless for me. And even if some salons do tint the skin, I'd like to find a way to result in the same effect in the comfort of my own home for convenience, affordability and to have more control of the process as my eyebrows are my babies and I'm a perfectionist and they must ALWAYS BE THE SAME.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel Demo + Review

If you weren't aware from my Instagrams and Instagram stories, I recently spent 5 sunny days in one of my favourite places in the world - Malta. This was my third visit to the country, after my initial trip on a school exchange and a girls' holiday two years ago. Ellie and I decided to return just the two of us to meet up with our Maltese friends again and to get a summer that lasts longer than a weekend as it usually does in Scotland.

Recently my commitment to the gym has been at an all-time high. I've never felt stronger, healthier or more confident. My physical health greatly influences my mental health, hence why I've dedicated more time and effort into exercise, outdoor walks and weights (and a little bit of cardio). As further motivation, I decided to treat myself to fancy new swimwear for my holiday. I was excited to see my progress with the suit on, but did also have a nagging doubt in the back of my mind that I would be disappointed with my progress once I saw photos of myself.

Staying positive however, I researched into UK based swimwear brands to shop locally and support smaller independent businesses. And this led me to fangirling over Stay Sick on Instagram.

Treat Yourself with Glasgow Based Stay Sick Swimwear

Well, it's July 2nd. The midpoint of the year.

I have felt quite out of touch with the blogging community in recent months. Although I have still been reading my favourite blogs, I have been taking time to focus on myself and my wellbeing, hence the lack of posts and social media interaction.

2017 so far has been quite a reflective year for me. I began to truly appreciate the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people who treat you well and inspire you, thanks to those who already do and have done so for most of my life, and thanks to those who have not treated me well at all and have been toxic to my mental health. And although I feel like I have been in a bit of a creative rut the past few months, I have taken the time required to remind myself of how I deserve to be treated and what I want for the rest of the year and onwards.

I'm not one who likes to admit when I'm struggling, but I'm beginning to accept that it's better to seek for and ask for help than to suffer in silence. So please bear with me if I'm still not 100% on top of posts and interacting on social media, but I do miss blogging and the community and I really do want to get back into it as soon as possible. And despite the fear of sounding like a broken record after my last couple of posts, I am feeling more open and positive and am still excited for the rest of 2017.

Here are 8 things I've learned in 2017 so far, with the other 9 of 17 I'll hopefully learn in the next 6 months coming at the end of year.

1. You are your number one priority

2. Asking for help doesn't mean you are a failure

3. How to recognise toxic people and how to detach yourself from them

4. Both your mental health and physical health are incredibly important

5. The world won't end if you don't Instagram every day or post on your blog every week

6. It's okay and perfectly normal to not have a clue what you want to do with your life

7. Rest days are just as important and beneficial as working days

8. Although it may not always feel like it, there are so many people out there who will make you feel sparkly every day, you are not alone. Surround yourself with these people.

I have just returned from a short holiday in one of my favourite countries, Malta, and since then I have been experimenting with different creative outlets, and reading new blogs for inspiration and motivation. I am finally gutting out my room, and will be redecorating it with a clean minimalistic style very shortly. It feels very satisfying. I'm excited for my next few weeks of summer holidays and being more active within the blogging community again.

See you soon,

8 Things I've Learned in 2017 So Far

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