My blogging journey so far & goals 2018

Okay, I feel like the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is officially over 😦 well… at least where I live. Everyone’s going back to school and work and starting the new year. I for one, am still in the holiday spirit and feel like Christmas has gone way too fast. But even though I still wanna lay out in the sun on the beach and read a book, I also can’t wait for the adventures and opportunities this new year has to offer!

But before I continue with it all, I just wanna do a quick recap of my blogging experience and journey so far and also what goals I set out for myself for my blog for this year.

Okay, so I started my blog somewhere in August last year and it was just a very spontaneous move I made, but I definitely don’t regret it. I really enjoy writing about things that genuinely makes me feel bliss (hence my blog’s name) and it really puts a smile on my face when other people enjoy my blog and the things I write about.

My blogging experience so far has mostly been positive and it’s definitely something I’d want to continue with. I’ve gathered a few points on what stands out for me in the whole blogging journey and also somethings’ I struggle with.

The blogging community —

My experience with fellow bloggers and just the blogging community in general has been really positive so far. Everyone’s really supportive of one another’s blogs and genuinely kind. I think having a positive blog community plays a huge role in whether or not you want to continue with blogging and also affects the things you post and your general attitude while blogging or replying to comments – luckily I haven’t had any bad experiences yet and I doubt that I will have any, because bloggers truly are supportive of other peoples’ blogs, especially when you’re first starting out!

Interaction —

I love reading other bloggers posts and if it’s something I genuinely enjoyed or are interested in, I’d sometimes leave a comment and interact with the other blogger and I always appreciate it when they reply back to me or just even like my comment, because it makes me feel like they also want to interact back. I just think it’s always good to interact as much as possible with the people who read your blog and for me personally, that is one of the things I have enjoyed about blogging, being able to communicate with others.

Coming up with new ideas & getting creative —

This one has to be something I enjoy, but also something I struggle with. I love coming up with new blog post ideas and if it’s something I can take beautiful photographs of, I get really excited, because I love photography and I can play around and get creative.

BUT… as much as I enjoy it, this is also something I struggle with a lot of times – coming up with new blog post ideas. There are times where I have loads of ideas and I want to write them all and post them and then there comes days where I have absolutely NO clue what to write about and no inspo, but I’m sure I am not the only one struggling.

I have set out a few goals for my blog for this year, and I am gonna try my best to try and stick with ’em and to accomplish them 🙂

Posting more consistently & regularly —

So I am very aware that my consistent posting game has been very off this past two months… and there are reasons for that. I was busy studying and tried to focus more on my studies aaaannndd let’s be real, the holiday season can get really busy and crazy and I just struggled to find time to post, because I do take my time when I write a blog post…

So I therefore I have made it one of my goals, to improve on my consistency of posting. And I am actually starting college at the end of January and I’ll probably be very busy, but I really do want to continue blogging and keep on improving. Planning is key! Right?

Finish my blog’s “logo” —

I am not sure if you can call it a logo, that sounds too corporate, but I guess that’s the right word. I already have an idea of what I want it to look like, I just need to design it and finalize it.

Seeking more inspiration —

Like I said, I have a lot of days where I really have no idea what to post, I think what really happens is that I actually do have many ideas, I just think it’s too much that it then feels like I have nothing to write about, but actually I just can’t choose what to write about? Anyway, I am gonna try and cancel out these days by planning ahead, once again, and also to look for inspo around me or from other people.

 

So there you have it guys! This was just a quick overview of what I have experienced with blogging so far and what I want to achieve this year with my blog.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Blissful Boho

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Fun things to do this festive season

Oh wow, I haven’t posted in a while. I do apologize for being MIA these past few weeks, I just wanted to take a break from blogging for a while ’cause I had to focus on my studies  for a bit and finish my assignments.

But, I am back again, and I am so excited to continue with my blogging. Especially with the festive season now in action. Can you guys believe that the year is coming to an end? Somebody must have kept their finger on the fast forward button, because this year has flown by wayyy too fast!

So, because I haven’t posted in quite some time, I have decided that I will be posting three times in a row this week – today, tomorrow & Wednesday. It’s kinda like a mini, mini blogmas, but not really. Maybe I’ll do blogmas next year.

I have made a little list of a few fun things you can do this festive season for those days when you are not entirely sure what to do or if you are planning a festive season full of fun and some of these things you can do in the summer too, because not all of us have a winter wonderland festive season 🙂

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1. This is a classic must for every festive season – driving around with the family or      friends and looking at Christmas lights and decorations. I love doing this and it’s always so fun to see how every house is decorated differently and the lights on the streets.

2. Baking some delicious cookies or whatever traditional thing you like to bake each year. You can make it even more fun by turning it into a little competition – who can decorate the best Christmas cookie or who makes the yummiest apple pie!

3. Hold a Christmas movies marathon! You can either cuddle up in your fluffy blanket by yourself or invite a few friends over for some hot cocoa and festive movies. A few of my favourite Christmas movies are, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express, Elf and a few others.

4. Host or go to a bonfire – either somewhere in the woods with some marshmallows or even on the beach on those summer nights!

5. Get creative and create your own customized Christmas cards – your loved ones will really appreciate the extra effort.

6. You can even save some money and make DIY Christmas gifts this year (P.S. I might do a post on this for some ideas!)

7. Do a Christmas gifts, decorations, treats, etc. swap with a foreign friend. I actually got this from Zoella’s one YouTube video where she and other YouTubers sent each other a box full of Halloween goodies that you get in England, but not in America and of course the other way around.

8. Get to know how other people celebrate their holidays and what their traditions are.

9. Make yourself a Christmas song playlist – you can even use the songs for a fun karaoke night!

10. Do you wanna build a snowman? Then go outside and playyyy! (see what I did there? haha) Or make a snowman or have a snowball fight. There is so much you can do and it’ll be so much fun you’ll forget about freezing your socks off!

11. Go to a festive play or concert in your town or close by.

12. Go ice skating or watch an ice skating show!

13. Read a book on da beach or when you’re snuggled up in your blankets.

14. Go on a roadtrip to some place you’ve always wanted to visit and invite close friends or family. You can even check out their Christmas lights and decorations!

15. Sit by the cozy fire and have a storytelling time.

16. Hold a competition to see who can get their hands on the ugliest sweater ever!

17. Do a Christmas gifts scavenger hunt.

18. Go through your house and clear out some things that you don’t use or wear and turn them into Christmas gifts to give to an orphanage or any charity.

19. Go all out and bake and cook some delicious traditional Christmas goodies that you would not usually make.

20. And last, but not least, spend loads of time with your loved ones. This is a special time of the year and what better way than to spend it with those who love you.

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you guys for taking the time to read – hope you liked it!

What is your favourite festive season tradition?

 

– Blissful Boho 

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(I found the images on Google)

Building Better Mental Health: 3 Strategies to Boost Your Mood and Build Resilience

Hello, beautiful readers!

Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and act daily. It also influences your ability to cope with stressors, handle your emotions, and manage your feelings. Anyone can struggle with their mental health but there are ways to elevate your mood and enjoy the little things in life. Here are 3 strategies to help you accomplish this:

1. Prioritize socialization 

Face-to-face interaction with friends and loved ones is stress-busting and mood-boosting. Find someone in your life who is a good listener to share your thoughts and feelings. A good listener will validate your feelings and won’t judge, criticize, or interrupt you.

Tips for connecting with others:

  • Call a friend or loved one and arrange to meet up
  • Spend some time disconnected – step away from your computer/phone screen for a little while to nurture your real-life relationships
  • Don’t be afraid to make new connections

2. Learn how to manage your stress 

Stress takes a heavy toll on your mental and emotional health. (As I type this, I’m glancing anxiously at my never-ending calendar of due dates.) It is important to keep stress under control to stay healthy.

Stress-management tips:

  • Make leisure time a priority
  • Take up a relaxing hobby (For example: Journaling, jogging, meditation)
  • Talk to a friendly face

3. Don’t skimp on sleep 

Getting enough sleep each night is critical for your health. Skimping on even a few hours per night can take a toll on your energy, emotions, and ability to handle stress. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Tips for getting better sleep:

  • Calm the mind and prepare the body for sleep by taking a bath, listening to soft music, or lighting your favourite scented candle
  • Stick to a regular sleep-wake cycle to help set your body’s internal clock
  • Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool, and quiet

What strategies do you use to boost your mental health and wellness? 

Traveling & how it feeds the soul

Hey guys!

This is my favourite topic ever and I’m sure so many of you can agree. Traveling really is the best way to feed the soul. It makes you happy and calm in a way nothing else can. I love to travel, as you can probably tell, and me and my family used to travel a lot. We would travel and explore the different landscapes our beautiful country has to offer every August of every year. I love to go camping and I find it so relaxing for the soul. Just going on simple adventures makes me so happy. It is my ultimate dream to be able to travel the world one day.

I sometimes find it really difficult to understand why some people don’t love to travel so much, because I really only see all the benefits of traveling. I have made a list of the benefits of traveling for you guys and I hope it can convince someone to go explore more:

  • Improving your communication and social skills – especially in a country where your mother tongue isn’t spoken that much. This gives you the opportunity to communicate with the locals and learn more about them.
  • Learning to deal with the unexpected – we all know that not everything always goes to plan when traveling. Stressful situations can happen, but such uncertainties can help you to cope better with it and to work under pressure.
  • Stimulates creativity and ideas – whether you’re an artist, a photographer or a blogger, traveling to new places that are different from what you’re used to, can give you some really good inspo!
  • Improving your knowledge of cultures – every country has their own people with their own unique cultures. Getting to know these people and their way of doing things can really help you understand in what circumstances they live. Tip: whenever you plan a trip to a country you’ve never been to or have little knowledge of, it’s always a good idea to learn about their culture and etiquette beforehand.
  • Creates memories that will last a lifetime – always make sure to take some sort of camera with you to capture those candid moments or beautiful scenery! Having pictures will give you something to look back to whenever you want to relive those memories!
  • Improves your knowledge and confidence in general – you get to know the country, it’s people and cultures better and if you’re really into it, you just might learn a new language too!

These last 3 benefits are most definitely my favourite and the most important:

  • FUN, FUN, FUN! Traveling really just is so much fun, despite sometimes being in stressful situations, it makes you smile and happy for ages!
  • The best way to find yourself is with traveling and traveling solo makes it even better. Like I said, you will find yourself in stressful situations and the way you handle them will teach you about yourself. I don’t really know how to explain this one, but it just aids in helping to find yourself. I think if you just do it, you will know and understand how it helps.
  • The last, but definitely not the least. Calm. Content. Collected. Traveling feeds the soul. I personally think it is the best way to relieve yourself of any stress or any negativity that is going on in your life. Just traveling to a breathtakingly beautiful location or country where you can forget about all that drags you down and just stare into the horizon. Or have a book in the hand and a glass of wine in the other. No matter what way you relax, traveling to a different place that doesn’t remind you of work, school, negative people and situations, will ensure you a peaceful mind and soul. It’s about finding pure bliss in that very moment.

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Of course, traveling does have some cons, but I could literally only think of one and that is that traveling can be expensive. I, for one, would travel a lot more and definitely go overseas if I could afford it (but there are ways you can travel for less and save money – maybe I’ll write about it in a different post some time). That’s the thing for many of us who love to travel, we sometimes can’t afford it and the people who can afford it, doesn’t spend it on traveling. And if you ask me, traveling is a whole lot more worth than buying expensive clothes and shoes. It feeds the soul, the body and the mind. Traveling is not materialistic, it’s not something that can get old and dirty or be taken away from you.

♥♥♥

To travel is to live, so dream to travel.

Till next time! 🙂

– Blissful Boho 

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(all images are from Pinterest)

 

 

Appreciating the little things in life

Hey everyone!

Well, where do I start on this one – this is actually quite a difficult subject to put into words, but I’m gonna try my best and for some reason I just keep feeling that this should be something that I share with you guys.

Appreciating the little things isn’t always that easy. We all dream of having these big, luxurious houses and cars. To travel the world and live in the most expensive hotels. Marrying the perfect partner and having loads of money and wearing expensive brand names only.

.This is so beautiful...and so true. Miracles happen everyday...and all around us.!! We just have to stop, look, and take notice.!!

Well have you ever stopped in the middle of your dream and just noticed who and what is around you? Really noticing who is around you and the things they do for you. Or just noticing the pretty different shades of colour from a flower. Seeing how happy your dog or cat gets when he/she sees you and how he/she actually smiles at you. The cute little note your significant other has left you that has the simple words “I love you” on it.

When you notice these things and realize how special they really are, you will feel your body fill with happiness and gratitude. How does the saying go – “The little things in life are in fact not little.” – because even though it might be the simplest, teenie tiniest of things, it makes us whole. And that is big and wonderful.

Laura Wright (@welcometolaurasworld) on Instagram: “Sounds perfect to me :)) Happy Saturday night!! #grateful #lifeisbeautiful #itsuptoyou #crazy❤️”

Of course there’s nothing wrong with having lots of money and living the lux life, but sometimes we tend to go through life with eye caps on. Even if you’re the poorest man on earth, there’s always something that will make you smile. Even if you’re the richest man on earth, there’s always something that will make you smile. You just have to find it yourself. You have to find that content and calm feeling you get when someone brings you a coffee or sends you a short text or just do’s something for you that’s of the littlest of efforts, but that you know that person does it from their heart.

We go through life always being in a rush, that the little things goes unnoticed. We’re afraid that we’ll miss out on that lux life we’re always dreaming of, that we forget to just sit back and breathe and look around us.

I believe that if more of us noticed these small things and appreciate and cherish them, we would all be a lot happier. Like genuinely happy.

It is sometimes difficult to just stand back a little and just notice. But doing this would make you so much more grateful and appreciative of the things you have in life.

Learn to appreciate the little things 🙂 because they aren’t all that little.

I hope you guys understand the message I’m trying to bring out in this post, it’s quite simple, but still tricky.

– Blissful Boho 

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(All the pictures are find off of Pinterest, except the cover/featured image)

Why you’re a winner


No matter who you are and how “good” your life is on the outside depression can get you. This huge creepy monster is here to stay. It is whispering. It’s telling you to lie down. Why should you get up anyway? It’s telling you to stop trying. You can’t do it anyway. Now it’s screaming. Pain. Pain is the solution. And now you yell back. Or maybe you whisper. No… Still you’re fighting. You get out of bed no matter what it says. You push harder because you can do it. You take a hot bath. You take care of yourself. And every little thing that you do to take care of yourself is a stab to the chest of that ruthless monster. You weaken it enough so that someday you won’t be able to hear its screams…