Be mindful of who you surround yourself with

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They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

We all have negative people that come into our lives, they are pessimistic and always complain about everything. These people see that we are happy in our lives and don’t like it. They try to do anything they can to bring us down to their level.

Having someone like this in your life is very draining and tiring, you always have to fight with yourself internally to keep a positive outlook. I have had people like this in my life and they always make me become a much less alive person. However I am lucky now that I can spot these people instantly and am able to distance myself from them.

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I know how they will affect me and I know I do not want to feel that way. It’s also important to recognise people in your life that no longer support and encourage you. If someone starts treating you in a harsh way, or is not happy for you when you have good news, you need to create some space between you two. Have the courage to let this person go, and by making this space in your life it will create room for more positive things and people.

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As much as it is important to get rid of the negative people from your life, it is just as important to bring positive people into your life. If you are surrounded by encouraging people, those who are happy when you accomplish something, your life will be much better. When you find someone that loves life, they will influence you to feel the same.

Think about the five people you spend the most time with… do they encourage you or do they bring you down? You deserve to be surrounded by happiness, love, support and encouragement!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Wishing Stones and Dolls

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Hi lovely people!

Before I begin this post have to say that I am a very strong believer in the power of thoughts. I believe when we wish for things, we are actually just focusing on them, and through this focus, and constant thinking about said wish, in turn move towards what it is that we wished for. By subconsciously having these thoughts and ideas in the back of our minds, we can make our own wishes come true!

I came up with a gift idea with this thought in mind. I suppose it was kind of inspired by those rocks you see in gift and spiritual shops that are smoothed and shined and sometimes coloured. They have words like: happiness, friends, love, courage etc. on them. I do quite like them however when I give my friends gifts, I always like to make them as personal as I possibly can!

A little while ago it was my friends 21st and I had no idea what to get her! Before the university semester had started I had been back to my home town (Coffs Harbour, NSW) and visited the beach many times. On one of my visits I decided to collect some flat, smooth and really beautiful little rocks. I took these with me back up to the Gold Coast and kept them on my desk for a while, waiting for a reason to use them. So when my friend’s birthday came around I saw them and thought of writing on them, putting them in a little box and giving them to her.

Wishing stones!

Wishing stones!

With the box I attached this note:

“Inside this box are four rocks from the beach I grew up on. The beach has a really special place in my heart and I wanted to share some of its beauty with you. I also believe in the power of thoughts and have written a word on each of the four rocks. When you are in times of trouble and need peace, love, happiness or guidance, simply place one rock in the palm of your hand. As you do this, think about your troubles and think about what you want to happen next, or to come from this troubling time. These are not magical wishing rocks by any means! But I believe that if you think certain positive thoughts often, it allows you to move towards where you desire to be. May your life be filled with peace, love and happiness. Love Kirstin xx”

A year or so ago I had this same idea when I was going through a rough patch. I was in a cute little shop and saw a big bowl of little dolls (picture at the top of this post). I spent a long time sorting through it and picked out the four that I loved and felt drawn to. When I got home I found a little bag and got two pieces of cardboard to write notes on and to place in the bag with the dolls. On one page was a description similar to the one above. And on the other I drew each doll, giving each of them a word to describe them, this acts as a key. They read:

Peace: she will help you find inner and outer balance, acceptance and peace.

Love: she will help you to find more love in your life.

Happiness: she will help you be happy with your life and all its happenings.

Guidance: she will guide you through your life and help you to make decisions.

Wishing dolls!

Wishing dolls!

Admittedly I haven’t actually used them that much, as I’m generally pretty happy! However when a issue arises and I’m looking for answers internally I do open the bedside drawer next to my bed and take the dolls out. Positive thinking and self-awareness always help me through tough times so if these dolls can help me do those two things, then of course I turn to them!

I believe either of these ideas make great gifts as they are very thoughtful and sweet. They are very cheap to make and mean a lot. So if you’re not sure of what kind of gift to get a family member or friend, maybe you could consider these ideas.

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Surround yourself with quotes

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Some of the contents of my quotes box

Some of the contents of my quotes box

Quotes are such a huge part of my life and without exaggerating, I read at least 50 a day! Whether that be on Instagram, Facebook or just the internet in general. Not only do I ready them, but I sort through them, save them and repost some of them. I repost the one’s I adore and that I feel would inspire other people. I also write some of my own quotes that I post too.

Quotes help keep me motivated and happy, they allow me to put things into perspective and help me realise how amazing life really is.

What behind my doors and on my walls look like

What behind my doors and on my walls look like

If you came to my house, you would see how much I love quotes! They’re on my bedroom walls, in boxes and books, the back of my bathroom door and stuck all around my desk. There are also many quote pictures and canvases hanging all over my townhouse (thankfully all of the housemates I have had are into quotes too!) The last few places I have lived at I have decorated my room in quotes and now if I were to stop doing that, my room would feel so bare!

My older sister is currently on exchange in Denmark and one day when she Skyped me I noticed how empty and bare her room looked, I told her she should put some quotes up, but she said it was fine as it was. However about a week later she uploaded a photo to her Facebook of her newly decorated room! A lot of the quotes were one’s she took from my Facebook page. She told me “my room feels so much nicer now!” I’m glad I could help her to make her place feel like home!

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Some canvases that hang in my house

Quotes really can make such a huge impact on your life and I hope you will feel inspired to seek them out more. You don’t need to read 50 a day, but even finding one nice quote a day, or every few days, is a great thing to do! So get on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr or even google and start quote hunting! Remember them, write them down, repost them and stick them on your walls. I hope they make as big of an impact on you as they do on me!!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Annabel

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Annabel’s birthday is today so it seems very appropriate to tell you all how amazing she is! She is a year younger than me and although she is still at university (having completed 2 years) she is already subeditor of a magazine! She studies Journalism and is already living her dream career, although she hasn’t even graduated yet! See below for some of her work.

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She living her dream career, she also works two other jobs because she knows how important it is to save and dreams about going to Mexico next year for her birthday. I admire her ability to save money and work three jobs, you go girl!

But more importantly, Annabel is my best friend. We met last year, as we are studying the same degree, and have basically been inseparable ever since! We just get each other and can talk about absolutely anything and everything. She doesn’t judge me for my mistakes but instead helps me through them. When we are together we are always laughing and we really do bring out the best in each other. I feel like I have known her for a life time, although its been less than two years.

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She motivates me to achieve my every dream and encourages me every step along the way. She is there for me whenever I need her, and will do just about anything for me. She gives me advice, time and happiness, and I really couldn’t ask for a better friend. We have learned so much from each other (as we are quite opposite in a lot of ways) and helped each other grow. I love being able to go to Sushi Train with her if one of us has exciting news to tell the other, being there for someone when they just have the most amazing news is the best feeling. And when Annabel has exciting news to tell me she just has this beaming grin and so much happiness in her eyes, such a beautiful human being!

Annabel is definitely going to go places in life, and I can’t wait to watch her grow and become even more amazing than she already is. I love you so much Annabel, thank you for being you!! Oh, and happy birthday!!

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Write down the compliments and kind words you receive

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Every day people say so many things to you, some of them bad, but a lot of them good probably! It’s a fact that so many of us only remember the negative things we hear, they stay in our mind and lower our confidence. However a great way to combat this negative energy is to write down the nice things people say to you. Whether that be in person, on Facebook, on the phone etc. WRITE IT DOWN! Write it anywhere, on a computer document, on your phone or even in a notebook. Because you will probably forget it after a day or even an hour.

And just a side not: if someone compliments you, say “thank you”. There is nothing worse than not recognizing a compliment, or saying “No, I’m not”.

So now that you know to write compliments and kind words down, what do you need to do next? Read over them! When you are feeling sad, undervalued or when someone says something mean to you. Forget about what that person said and look at all the people who love you and think you’re amazing. Make sure to write down the things people say to you when you are facing a problem too, those words of encouragement can help you through more than just one situation.

After a little while of reading through them, you’ll start to believe them. They will help boost your confidence and make you realise how amazing you really are.

Oh, and don’t forget to tell people how you feel about them! If someone does something nice for you, or if they mean a lot to you, remember how to tell them or thank them. It felt nice when someone said those kind words to you, didn’t it? So return the favour. They may need it more than you even realise.

I’ve included a few of my favourite things people have said to me, hopefully they inspire you to start writing compliments and kind words down.

  •  “I think it’s so nice what you’re doing, spreading happiness to everyone. I love it!”
  • “If I ever need my spirits lifted I come I your Facebook page! I love how positive you are!”
  • “Honestly Kirstin, you’re one of the most inspiring people I’ve met. The fact that you do so much with your life, and have already done so much makes me want to be more like you. You’re involved with so much, you give so much of your time to other people and yet here you are getting top grades. No matter where you’re heading in life – whatever you choose, you’re going to do well. So don’t panic.”
  • “I seriously have run out of words to describe how amazing you are! I am so grateful I met you and that you are a part of my life! You make me smile every single day.”
  • “Words don’t even express your level of amazing. They haven’t even come up with a word for it yet.”
  •  “Try to look to the end of the tunnel. Its hard to see the picture from a moving car if you look too closely. Everything just flies by and everything seems repetitive. Try looking further away. Things seem clearer. You usually have so much life and energy and direction. You are bound to have a bad day now and then.”
  • “You’re like my daily dose of uplifting positivity. You’re so great”
  • “Thank you for being there for me to share exciting things with.”

Even just reading over these now, I feel so inspired to keep doing what I’m doing. There will always be people who try to bring you down, but just remember, the most important people in your life are those who lift you higher.

If you want some compliments and kind words from me, like my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/funiswhatyoumakeit

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx

Grattitude Cards

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As the season of giving comes up very quickly, I thought I would post a gift idea.

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I missed my mother’s birthday because of university and other commitments and felt absolutely awful about it. She lives in a different state and I haven’t seen her in a long time! I have always loved homemade gifts and I know she does too. They are so much more personal and special I believe.

As I watched the last episode of the Australian TV show ‘The Bachelor’ (don’t judge me!!) I was inspired by Anna’s card she gave to Tim that listed all the things she loved about him. I loved this idea, and it’s something I haven’t made for my mum before. I have made her countless scrapbooks, cards, I’ve written poems, letters etc. all to try and convey how amazing she is, because to me, she is everything.

I collected 16 coloured cards and bits of patterned paper and stickers. I then decorated each card individually. On each one I wrote something I loved about her, how she makes me feel, or something I am appreciative for. I then laminated them and tied them up in a pretty ribbon.

The cards read:

  1. You like all my photos on Facebook and leave comments telling me how beautiful you think I look. It makes me so happy.
  2. It’s always lovely to hear from you. Even if you’ve had a huge day, you still make it a priority to talk with me.
  3. You are always so happy for me when I achieve something. You let me know you’re proud.
  4. You always say “I love you” at the end of each phone call. As you’re the only one who says it to me, it’s so nice.
  5. You always let me know what the dogs are doing. You just sense that I miss them, I don’t even have to say it. I love hearing about the dogs adventures!
  6. You have taught me to have the most amazing outlook on life and I am eternally grateful for that!
  7. Because of you, I have the greatest hair! And I get to be so unique and receive so many compliments for it.
  8. I love that you always leave voice mails if I don’t pick up, they let me know you care and it’s nice to hear your voice.
  9. You can always make me smile when I see or hear from you, no matter how tired I am.
  10. You helped teach me how to believe in myself and all of my abilities.
  11. You always complimented me (and still do) and helped teach me how to be confident and happy in my own skin!
  12. You always help me out financially when I am struggling.
  13. I love that you always re-stock my fridge and pantry. You understand that shopping with no car is very hard!
  14. You have always supported my every decision and supported me and all of the choices I made!
  15. You are my biggest role model and inspire me every single day! You are amazing in every single way!
  16. You always cheer me up when I am down and help me realise that what’s meant to be, will be.

My mum is such an amazing person who has made such a huge impact in my life and sometimes I feel that I am a bad daughter, not calling often, or ignoring her calls if I’m tired… but I hope she knows how much I appreciate her!

And I hope some of you lovely people find this idea useful as a late birthday present, a spontaneous gift idea or even as a cheaper and more thoughtful Christmas present!

Remember, if someone is special to you or inspires you, tell them.

Lots of love,

Kirstin xx