Now, if you've been reading my blog of late, you'll know I recently partnered up with the lovely people at Alpro, for their new 'Inspire My Day' campaign. I won't repeat it again to those who have read it (ain't nobody got time for that)- but head here for a little bit more information if you wish; I promise it's worth a look!

Anyway- today I've built up a mini-series and small list of things that inspire me, or little things you can do to make each day a little bit more merry. All of the below are so simple, and can really make a difference if you're feeling a bit blue- or just want to try something different. Additionally, I know there's only ten tips here, but if you'd be happy to see me continue this list over the next few weeks (even though the campaign would have ended) let me know- nice things are for life and not just campaigns, right?

Untitled1 1. Go for a walk...
Most evenings after work I make a vow to go for an evening walk; whether it be a quick lap round the park, around the block, or even to Sainsburys (with an obligatory magazine and Malteaser stop off). Often, I don't stick to it- but when I do I notice how refreshed I feel, and additionally it allows me that little bit of 'me' time, and a few moments to gather by thoughts, burn a few kcals and not stress. Plus- who can beat walking around during the golden hour?

2. Switch off
When I was at Glastonbury I intentionally took a phone that had no internet. Read: no Twitter, Facebook, emails or Instagram- scary right? Saying that, it was amazing to literally switch off for a few days- actually enjoy life and what was going on around me, and not feel the need to photograph, or tweet about it first. I know 5 days is a long time to be without the interwebz, but even if it's every evening after 8- until you wake up, it's a pretty lovely treat to feel disconnected and actually read that book, or write a little.

3. Get juicin'
Now, if you know me, you'll know I really try to keep as healthy as I can. I usually aim for 5 a day (and usually hit 3)- so gettin the ol' juicer out is a sure-fire way of getting a healthy boost. For the one above I used a pack of amazing frozen berries (and banana) from Waitrose, along with Alpro pouring yoghurt, and a splash of milk- so tasty!

2 4. Make a playlist
Despite the fact I spend an unhealthy proportion of my life on commuter trains, the Central Line and buses; the promise of a new playlist most Mondays sees me through many mundane moments. Recently I invested in a Spotify Premium account (at an extra £10 a month) which means I have music constantly on the go, and can update as I discover new things (this includes the Les Mis soundtrack). Plus, it also makes an awesome soundtrack to Candy Crush; if you're that way inclined ; )

5. Organise yourself
If there's one thing I hate a lot of (chocolate? no. Shopping? no.) It's mess. Although I can get sloppy when things get busy, I find it a lot easier to unwind and relax in an environment that is clean and organised (do I sound crazy yet?) Plus, dare I say- it can be therapeutic. The satisfaction of emptying a packed wardrobe, getting rid of anything unworn or wanted and re-organising it (colour coordination optional) is pretty lovely if you ask me.

6. Have little things to look forward to
Whether it be a day out with friends, a lunchtime in your favourite cafe or even pre-ordering a new book online on Amazon- there's so many small things you can do to, to give yourself something to get excited about. As lame as it sounds, I have a cookie jar in my bedroom (c/o Mama P) which I always look forward to going to up to bed to, after a warm bath and with my favourite book in tow- not bad huh? Plus, it doesn't have to be costly.

Untitled3 7. Go film
Although I wouldn't swap my Canon digital for anything in the world, the charm of taking my Olympus out for a spin is one of life's small pleasures. Ever since getting it for my birthday, and playing around in the dark room during A-Level- getting a roll of film developed, and seeing all the surprises from the past few months appear in front of you is one of the most fun things to do, and something I always look forward to!

8. Take up a hobby
Ever since receiving my new bicycle/baby last week, I can't get enough of going for evening rides/staring at it/and being able to do something fun after work, whilst knowing I'm keeping fit- it's a complete win win. Additionally, I've been thinking of taking up some kind of dance class- but for the time being I think I'll stick to Youtube dance tutorials... Ahem.

9. Hit the kitchen
One of my favourite past times on a Sunday afternoon, is doing a quick supermarket sweep for ingredients- and then baking something amazing for Sunday dinner pudding. It's inexpensive, it's a good way of practising avoiding soggy bottoms- and a nice way to socialize with family while doing something you love- and get great results at the end.

10. Write a letter
For me, writing letters, posting a postcard or sending small gifts via snail mail are often limited to family holidays (where cheesy postcard writing is obligatory) or very special occasions. However it was only recently I realised how much pleasure I actually get from posting something small to a loved one; be it a note to let them know I'm thinking of them, a birthday gift carefully wrapped (Pinterest style) or even quoting silly anecdotes on the back of a postcard from the other side of Europe- getting them at the other end is really where the pleasure lies and I think we should all do it more.

P.S Although this post was written in conjunction with Alpro's 'Inspire My Day' campaign- this is not paid content. Follow the Alpro campaign on Instagram using the hashtag #inspiremyday!

x
Now, if you've been reading my blog of late, you'll know I recently partnered up with the lovely people at Alpro, for their new 'Inspire My Day' campaign. I won't repeat it again to those who have read it (ain't nobody got time for that)- but head here for a little bit more information if you wish; I promise it's worth a look!

Anyway- today I've built up a mini-series and small list of things that inspire me, or little things you can do to make each day a little bit more merry. All of the below are so simple, and can really make a difference if you're feeling a bit blue- or just want to try something different. Additionally, I know there's only ten tips here, but if you'd be happy to see me continue this list over the next few weeks (even though the campaign would have ended) let me know- nice things are for life and not just campaigns, right?

Untitled1 1. Go for a walk...
Most evenings after work I make a vow to go for an evening walk; whether it be a quick lap round the park, around the block, or even to Sainsburys (with an obligatory magazine and Malteaser stop off). Often, I don't stick to it- but when I do I notice how refreshed I feel, and additionally it allows me that little bit of 'me' time, and a few moments to gather by thoughts, burn a few kcals and not stress. Plus- who can beat walking around during the golden hour?

2. Switch off
When I was at Glastonbury I intentionally took a phone that had no internet. Read: no Twitter, Facebook, emails or Instagram- scary right? Saying that, it was amazing to literally switch off for a few days- actually enjoy life and what was going on around me, and not feel the need to photograph, or tweet about it first. I know 5 days is a long time to be without the interwebz, but even if it's every evening after 8- until you wake up, it's a pretty lovely treat to feel disconnected and actually read that book, or write a little.

3. Get juicin'
Now, if you know me, you'll know I really try to keep as healthy as I can. I usually aim for 5 a day (and usually hit 3)- so gettin the ol' juicer out is a sure-fire way of getting a healthy boost. For the one above I used a pack of amazing frozen berries (and banana) from Waitrose, along with Alpro pouring yoghurt, and a splash of milk- so tasty!

2 4. Make a playlist
Despite the fact I spend an unhealthy proportion of my life on commuter trains, the Central Line and buses; the promise of a new playlist most Mondays sees me through many mundane moments. Recently I invested in a Spotify Premium account (at an extra £10 a month) which means I have music constantly on the go, and can update as I discover new things (this includes the Les Mis soundtrack). Plus, it also makes an awesome soundtrack to Candy Crush; if you're that way inclined ; )

5. Organise yourself
If there's one thing I hate a lot of (chocolate? no. Shopping? no.) It's mess. Although I can get sloppy when things get busy, I find it a lot easier to unwind and relax in an environment that is clean and organised (do I sound crazy yet?) Plus, dare I say- it can be therapeutic. The satisfaction of emptying a packed wardrobe, getting rid of anything unworn or wanted and re-organising it (colour coordination optional) is pretty lovely if you ask me.

6. Have little things to look forward to
Whether it be a day out with friends, a lunchtime in your favourite cafe or even pre-ordering a new book online on Amazon- there's so many small things you can do to, to give yourself something to get excited about. As lame as it sounds, I have a cookie jar in my bedroom (c/o Mama P) which I always look forward to going to up to bed to, after a warm bath and with my favourite book in tow- not bad huh? Plus, it doesn't have to be costly.

Untitled3 7. Go film
Although I wouldn't swap my Canon digital for anything in the world, the charm of taking my Olympus out for a spin is one of life's small pleasures. Ever since getting it for my birthday, and playing around in the dark room during A-Level- getting a roll of film developed, and seeing all the surprises from the past few months appear in front of you is one of the most fun things to do, and something I always look forward to!

8. Take up a hobby
Ever since receiving my new bicycle/baby last week, I can't get enough of going for evening rides/staring at it/and being able to do something fun after work, whilst knowing I'm keeping fit- it's a complete win win. Additionally, I've been thinking of taking up some kind of dance class- but for the time being I think I'll stick to Youtube dance tutorials... Ahem.

9. Hit the kitchen
One of my favourite past times on a Sunday afternoon, is doing a quick supermarket sweep for ingredients- and then baking something amazing for Sunday dinner pudding. It's inexpensive, it's a good way of practising avoiding soggy bottoms- and a nice way to socialize with family while doing something you love- and get great results at the end.

10. Write a letter
For me, writing letters, posting a postcard or sending small gifts via snail mail are often limited to family holidays (where cheesy postcard writing is obligatory) or very special occasions. However it was only recently I realised how much pleasure I actually get from posting something small to a loved one; be it a note to let them know I'm thinking of them, a birthday gift carefully wrapped (Pinterest style) or even quoting silly anecdotes on the back of a postcard from the other side of Europe- getting them at the other end is really where the pleasure lies and I think we should all do it more.

P.S Although this post was written in conjunction with Alpro's 'Inspire My Day' campaign- this is not paid content. Follow the Alpro campaign on Instagram using the hashtag #inspiremyday!

x

35 comments:

  1. I think you may have missed out number 9 Olivia? What a lovely list though! I've had Spotify Premium for about two years now and rarely miss the days of being sat at home syncing iTunes playlists, it's so great having it on the go everywhere. Pretty partial to the old Candy crush also! XX

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  2. fab post! I bet not having internet for so long is really hard but liberating at the same time... I think the longest I've been without internet is about 48 hours!! But I also think being a blogger gives me a compulsion to constantly check my emails and twitter!!


    Jade | Beauty Butterfly

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  3. What an inspiring and positive post ! Thank you !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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  4. This was such a lovely post to read, I will definitely be adding these things to my day and I would love to see some more of these posts! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  5. I just ordered a pile of 35mm film for my upcoming holiday - I'm so attached to my digital camera but I'm even considering leaving it at home this time!

    You're so right, forgetting what you've shot and getting your images back is the BEST.

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  6. This is a lovely, inspiring post. I already do some of these things and keep some of them in mind but there are definitely new ideas added to my brain now!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution

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  7. Hi, in your previous post about 'Inspire My Day' you said that you weren't being sponsored by Alpro and that you were doing it for fun? Has this status changed? x

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    1. Hi Jenny, it hasn't changed, no. I posted this last thing at night so forgot to add a disclaimer, but made the assumption people would recognise it was still a fun thing (especially as I'm keen to continue this after the official campaign end)- sorry for any confusion. X

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    2. Ah right I was just a bit confused! Thank you for the reply! x

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  8. I love writing letters, I have quite a few penpals who are fellow bloggers as well and it's lovely to come home to a little letter and catch up with all of their news.

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  9. What a fantastic idea! it's so so easy to fall into a routine and for things to pass by and before you know it, it's a month gone by and then all of a sudden it's a brand new year. I love so many of these ideas I like print print out photos from my instagram and jot down memories in my diary and I too letter write and send postcards to friends. I am loving that cookie jar idea! hee hee.

    I'm currently going through the whole organising thing at the moment, selling clothes I don't wear as my wardrobe is bursting whenever I open it! I am forever on the look out for new music and the spotify upgrade might be the way forward for me! Thanks for the inspiration xxxx

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  10. Hi :) These are great tips to get inspired :) I also think that it sometimes only needs a little thing to inspire one's day. On our blog we do a little series called 'start your week with a smile' where we try to give some motivation and inspiration each monday for the week ahead. It would mean a lot to us, if you'd have a look at it. x

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/8215857

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  11. This is such a lovely post. I was recently given a Kodak Brownie camera from my Grandad and really want to start using it, but I'm not sure where to get film from or get it developed. You have a really pretty blog.
    Lauren x

    lollipopsanddewdrops.blogspot.com

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  12. I thought this list was lovely - very close to what I would have put on my list! I try and make sure I do about 40 mins of walking a day because I was always feel so much better for it and I love the feeling when you get praise and acknowledgment from other walkers/cyclists. Thankyou so much - you've definitely inspired my day! Now I'm going to get round to that baking I've been meaning to do for the past week!

    Chloe. x

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  13. This has really inspired me to actually do productive things during the day! I love the idea of going for a walk each day, i think that would be so calming, especially in the nice weather!
    Great post!

    Olivia - olivia-and-sophie.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Love this post Liv! I'm in such a rush most of the time that I find it difficult to switch off, but I'm resolved to get on with reading my book and am so tempted to buy a bike now!
    x

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  15. Such a lovely post. It's all too easy to forget the little things in life, I think we could all use a dose of this! Especially love the idea of switching off every now and again. X

    | Taxi for Jackson |

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  16. Lovely to read and ideas very close to my own heart. It's good to fill your time with nice things! :)

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  17. lovely post!

    http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.kr/2013/08/soleprovisions-giveaway.html

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  18. Love this idea, its so important to have some 'me time' every day. Your bike looks adorable too x

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  19. What a lovely post! Great to come across stuff like this -
    I Love the bicycle btw
    XX

    LittleKollection

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  20. This post is so great and I agree with everything you've said, none of them are massive but it's just small ways to improve your life.
    Frankie xx
    frankest.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Great post ! :3

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  22. I love the idea of this post and everything you've said! Its inspiring :)

    roshjourney.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. It's like you read my mind! I agree with all of these!xx

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  24. It's like you read my mind! I agree with all of these!xx

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  25. Yay love this olivia!! please do more :) great tips here! xx

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  26. This post is so inspiring! some great little tips to distress and enjoy everything a little more :) xx

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  27. Such a cute post! I "liked" it on Bloglovin only half way throuch, which shows how good it is, lol! You should definitely try to make it a feature on the blog and keep inspiring lazy girls like me :)
    -P.
    Bowtie Diary

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  28. I really love this post Liv! So inspiring and has given me a little idea for a new monthly series I am starting on my blog every month.
    Lots of love,
    Georgia: For the Love of Thrift / UK Blog
    x

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  29. This is a really sweet post, I'm definitely going to try to do more of these things when I can, it seems like the little things can change such a lot!x

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  30. this is such a fab idea!
    great post, I feel inspired already :D xx

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