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These photos were taken at Eggleston Abbey, a mile away from my home. I'm so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. I took advantage of spending a lovely few hours here reflecting on everything that's going on at the moment._______________________________________________________________

I thought I would use this post to touch base with you all a little bit, its been awhile since I've done a post mainly about myself. When you write a blog you start to build relations with your followers, there are some people I know read each and everyone of my posts and some that just visit my page now and then, for me I feel so lucky that anyone passes through my page for a browse.  So I thought I would just let you know what's been going on. Back when I first started this blog I never thought it would last, and I certainly never thought I would gain the followers that I have. So for the older followers this post is just keeping your on track of whats going on in my life at the moment, and for the new followers this will give you a rough idea of how much I try to cram into my everyday life.

Where I'm at right now mentally?

Recently, I've had to take some time to really look at how I deal with situations, this is in home life and in work life. I've always been someone who shows stress really easily, and I normally took it out on the closest person to me. It has been such a challenge for me to change this, I am so passionate about everything that I do but it got very obvious that I was dealing with these things the wrong way, and the stress really started to show. Recently I've learnt to stop and think before saying anything, this is something my mum has been telling me to do from such a young age. I can't quite believe how much a difference it has made, over the last few months. I used to come home from work stressed to death, there were numerous nights I sat in floods of tears to my mum because everything was getting too much for me. I let all my stress at work start to effect my home life and relationship, it's only now I realised how much of an impact that was actually having. I would block myself off from my close ones because I knew I wasn't nice to be around when I was stressed. I was leaving work not wanting to return the next day, which was such a shame because I love my job.
It's only since somebody sat down and gave me a little bit of feedback that I feel like my whole approach to stress has completely changed. I'm not the kind of person to normally take criticism well, I would normally get really defensive and full of attitude. However this time it was different, I sat back and took in what was said to me, and since I've looked at different ways I can improve my coping mechanisms. Don't get me wrong, I still get stressed that will never change, but now I've learnt to breath and count to 10. This was said to me as a child so much, and I just thought people were being patronising. But next time someone says something aggravating, stop, breath and count to 10. And guaranteed your response to them will be completely different to what it would have been if you had spontaneously responded. If that doesn't work, walk away from the situation. There isn't enough time in the day for negativity.
I suppose after these last few weeks the main thing  I've realised is that there is only so much one person can do, and by pushing myself to do everything I was actually making myself even more stressed. I know I am working to my best ability. And that is good enough, sometimes we are just too hard on ourselves.

Where my blogs at?

If you had told me 6 months ago that my hobby of writing down my opinions and ideas would have me working with some big companies and lots of collaborations, I would probably have laughed at you. I never thought I would be this successful with PLGA.
PLGA started after a tipsy chat with one of my closest friends in one of our favourite bars. I remember Lauren from chatting to me about how she had been invited to her first ever bloggers event, I believe it was the bandage dress one. I could see how excited she was about it all, and I loved that something so personal was making her so happy. Back then we both cared way too much about other peoples opinions and we always asked ourselves what others would think before we did things. It's safe to say a hell of a lot has changed since then, I believe we have both gained so much confidence from blogging that we no longer look for the negativity. I remember when it all started I would have a mini heart attack if someone I knew followed my blog instagram account. Automatically I would think why have they added me? do they like what they are reading? are they judging me?. Now all of that seems a little stupid to me, if somebody wants to follow me that's great, at the end of the day we all love seeing our followers go up. If that person doesn't like what I post all they have to do is unfollow me, it's no loss of mine.
So there is quite alot going on recently on my blog and I'm really looking forward to sharing it all with you over the coming months. You'll have to keep updated this weekend as me and Lauren are heading to London Fashion Weekend so I can promise you there will be plenty of content coming from there. I've also got a few collaborations coming up too, so keep checking in for new posts.
I promise I will get a schedule up and running at some point, but at the minute life is so busy I don't want to commit to something that probably wont work out right now.

What I'm up to?

So like I said earlier me and Lauren are heading to London Fashion Weekend on Friday, it's safe to say I'm pretty excited for that. It'll be my first time attending LFW, I know fashion isn't something that I post about but from this trip I hope to learn alot. Fashion does play a part in some of my lifestyle posts, but I feel this weekend isn't all about the fashion. It has huge potential for some amazing shots, and content. Aswell as the fact I get to visit London, I've only ever been like 3 times before. We have so much planned I just hope we get chance to cram it all in.
However, before we head to London we are going on a double date, how cute. I'm really looking forward to this as mine and Lauren's partners have never met, which I suppose is a little mad considering we have both been in these relationships for over 5 year, and we have been friends for nearly 20 years. So on Friday night we are heading out to Las Iguanas for a meal and drinks, its going to be lovely to have some different company for a change. 
And then of course we are off to London on Saturday and returning on Sunday for the Lush event at Meadowhall, Sheffield, so it's safe to say we are gonna have a very busy weekend.
More exciting news is that the weekend after all of the girls are home, I'm sure people wont understand why this is exciting, but for us this never happens. Somebody is always busy with something else whenever we try and meet up. So to be able to indulge in food and cocktails with my 3 closest friends is actually really exciting for me, us four have been friends since we were 4 year old, we have been through everything together. The best thing is we can not catch up for months, and as soon as we get back together it's like they've never been away.
And then the week after that myself & Sean are jetting off to St Anton, Austria, for a week skiing. We are so ready for a holiday and well overdue some quality time together, don't worry I'll be keeping you all updated with photos over on my instagram.@prettylittlegymaddict
So this month is super busy already, and I'm also hoping to attend a couple more of events aswell, so there is no doubt that there will be lots of blog posts in March.

I hope you've enjoyed catching up with me, don't forget to check in over March to see lots of new content.

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