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Five Inspirational Quotes to Encourage Reading

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books9Lately I’ve had such a desire to read more often. As a teenager I could happily spend entire days lost in a book and I feel so sad to have grown out of that habit. I think sometimes the commitments of everyday life can be sort of overwhelming and were not left with the time to read. There are so many benefits to reading more often and thousands of amazing books out there just waiting for us to pick them up. So I have decided to make a conscious effort in 2017 to make reading one of my priorities. I’ve heard whispers all over the internet of the 50 book challenge which works out as roughly 1 book per week. Although I think that may be  a little ambitious for me!

So if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I’ve scoured Google for my top five motivational quotes which should give you plenty of encouragement. Because after all who doesn’t love a good motivational quote?

A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. – Madeleine L’Engle

We read to know we’re not alone. –William Nicholson

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

And my personal favourite…

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  – Author Unknownbooks7

Do you like to read?  Please let me know your thoughts.

PS Yes that is a Christmas jumper I am wearing already, no I’m not even a little ashamed…

Love Eleanor x

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The Botanical Gardens

1 35 24678Cami– Topshop | Culottes- Zara | Ballet shoes– Zara | Choker– Missguided @ ASOS

In hindsight we probably didn’t pick the best day to take a visit to The Botanical Gardens in Aberdeen earlier this week. Spending time in what is essentially a huge greenhouse on the warmest day of the Summer was both enjoyable but pretty uncomfortable. There’s something so uplifting about being out and about in the sunshine though. And being around all this greenery is super relaxing. We also had a little walk through the park and even managed to get lunch on a terrace in Aberdeen city centre- there’s a first time for everything!

I thought I had made a pretty good choice of outfit but turns out all black eveything and faux leather shoes isn’t a great summer combination- who would have known? I recently bought these culottes from Zara as I’d been eyeing up a similar pair from Topshop all summer long, but decided to save a few pennies. I do actually love them and expect to wear them plenty but you know when you look at a photo of your outfit and you’re a bit unimpressed? Yeah that’s how I feel right now- a bit what’s the word- meh. So at least I have plenty of cactus photos to fill in the gaps. Because who doesn’t love a good cactus afterall… I’m actually considering becoming one of those people who just collects cacti and fills their home with them.


Love Eleanor x

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Changing Direction In Your Twenties


I wanted to do something a little different today and write about what’s going on with me. Some of you may know that I recently moved back to Newcastle and completely walked away from the career I’ve had since I graduated from university nearly 3 years ago (wow that’s gone fast!). Let’s talk about why changing direction in your twenties or anytime in your adult life may not necessarily be a bad thing.

So let’s go way back to when I started my degree. I’ve never been sure about what I wanted from a career or life but I was one of those young people who was talked in to picking a degree and going to university anyway. I’m not going to dwell on my uni experience because it would be a very depressing blog post (I quit… twice) needless to say university wasn’t for me and I still wish I’d spent those years working. After I graduated like so many others, retail was always supposed to be a temporary choice for me. So as I approached 3 years working full time in the industry you can see why I started to worry.

OK my job wasn’t as boring as working on a till all day, I did all of the creative jobs around the store and gained more responsibility as time rolled on. And don’t get me wrong I’ve met some amazing people through my job. It just got to a point where all the bad things about working in retail felt amplified every day. So I decided to walk away and move back home. Obviously I didn’t just walk out one day and obviously I found myself an alternative job before giving it all up. I guess that’s not a necessity if you’re brave enough though!

I understand that some people might think that quitting and moving home is a step backwards. Could it not be seen as a new opportunity to try whatever you want? For me it feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and a new sense of freedom. I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do now. I have a few ideas but I’d like to try them out before jumping into anything. My main plan is to spend some time saving for anything I might want to take on in the future. Travel plans? Moving elsewhere? Training for a career I’m sure of? It’s all possible.

I just want to encourage anybody who feels like a change of direction in their twenties or at any age for that matter to just take the chance. After all aren’t we likely to be a lot happier later in life if we try out a few different options first?

Sorry its been a long one but I’d love to know your thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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