Going Hormone Free || One Year On The IUD

TW: Mentions of blood, sex and mental health. 
I'd recommend not to read ahead if you are sensitive to these topics.

The pill. Condoms. The implant. Dental dams. IUD. Injection.

Contraception is something we are all brought up conscious of and is important to understand, not only to prevent surprise pregnancy, but for your own health and wellbeing too. 

There are currently more than 10 different types of contraception available to women, which you can read more about here, or alternatively find services near you here. In the UK, there are clinics where you can drop in and speak to someone about the different ones available and which ones are suitable to your body and health.

Having tested various methods of contraception through my teen years, in 2017, I decided that I wanted to take my body back to basics and go as natural as possible to allow [both my body and mind] time to recuperate.

Thrifty DIY || Culottes: Cropped to Shorts.

I think we've all been in that position where you've envisioned an outfit in your mind, gone to try said clothes on and ended up entirely baffled over why it doesn't look half as appealing as your brain had originally made it seem. I did that today.

An emo's natural habitat: Slam Dunk Festival '18

This is going to be my eighth year at Slam Dunk Festival, it's basically a tradition now.

And yet, until this week (Slam Dunk is now 2 days away), I've barely even given it a proper thought. I've not yet decided on what outfit to wear, I have no idea which stages I'm going to be visiting or who I'm actually going to be watching.

So I thought I'd write up a little blog post to do just this - with you!

Some days, my brain doesn't like me but I still love it anyway

It sounds really strange, doesn't it? Describing my brain as a separate person, but sometimes it really does feel like it is.

Some days, my brain and my body don't get a long at all - to the point where my body wants to get up and be productive and get things done, but my brain just wants to switch off for a while and monotonously count the lights that flicker through my blinds and onto my ceiling.

Some days, I'll give in to this desire.

Some days, I'll start feeling an overwhelming amount of emotions and my brain will work overtime trying to process them. This turns into an afternoon of over thinking, worrying and anxiety.

Some days, I won't feel anything at all. Some days, I'm almost numb.

But, without getting too down - this is only a percentage of my life. This is only some days. 

There are days when all of the sadness in the world can't keep me down - where my head is racing with ideas and my body actually commits to helping me make them a reality.
There are days where I'll roll out of bed, feeling as fresh as a daisy and I can't keep myself from smiling.

There are days I feel the confidence radiating from my every being and I feel like I can conquer the world.

There are days in which my inspiration is wholly empowering, it reminds me so much of the reasons I love my quirky little brain.

Day of L O V E; Romantic or not.

As I'm sat writing this, it's the morning of #ValentinesDay. For the second year running, I'm single but I can honestly say it doesn't matter

Valentines Day seems to split people 1 of 3 ways - they either absolutely love it and go all out, they hate it and take joy in bashing those who love it, or they just completely ignore it. I'd say I'm definitely in the first category. I love it and everything it represents.

5 Magickal Self-care Habits

I think everyone can agree that self care is important. Some days you need it more than others, some days curling up in your covers and mindlessly floating though a series on Netflix or spending hours drawing is just what you need to do to rest and reset. I myself know this all too well, with dips and spikes in my mental health being ever present (especially over the darker, colder months). It's vital to make sure that you're taking time for yourself.

This counts for witches, too. 

Sometimes we get lost amidst day-to-day routines and piles of work, we misplace our spiritual habits and it really can cause a shift in surrounding energies. Although witchcraft may not be something you practice 24/7, it can be helpful to remember to realign yourself every once in a while. Or perhaps you're not that into witchcraft as a whole, but you'd like a little more magick in your daily life?

These tips may clash with things you already do as part of your self-care and that's great, it makes it easier for you. But some of them may be passing habits that you've forgotten to pick up for a while. So here's my top-5 magick infusing practices for self-care:

A Lesson, A Gratitude Log, A New Beginning; 2017 to 2018.

Twenty-seventeen was a strange year. The more I look back, the more I realise that.

It featured the loss and gain of all kinds of relationships, the struggles followed by upward climb in my own mental health, dips in my university progress, grief, a whole heap of inspiration and motivation along with some incredibly strong realisations of how valuable self-love and self-appreciation really is.

Amongst all of the madness, it has taught me a few lessons and given me a lot of positive points to reflect on, too.

Over our lifespan, we meet an amazing an amount of people. Some people you'll click with so easily, they'll make your anxiety go away and you'll feel almost at home when you're with them. Others might push you out of your comfort zone and make you reach for your wildest dreams. Then there's the kind of friends that, although you don't see them all the time - they could be a million miles away - when you're together it's like you've never been apart. In all walks of life, friendships are important - find the ones that fill your soul and keep hold of them as best you can.

With the up and downs of my university degree last year, I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to restart my final year, but I was also able to take those few months to pursue other passions, too. I managed to travel to a fair few new parts of the UK, staying with friends and exploring new sights. I was able to pick up my self employment as a pet sitter and build up some amazing client relationships. I started planning ahead for 2018, Luminoire and the other projects I want to be apart of and I became ever so overwhelmed in the prospect and realisation that you can do literally anything you want to in this life, if you just take the time and put in a little effort to move towards your goals.

Mental health is becoming ever more the topic of discussion and we see the taboo fading slowly, but there is still this pressure to be happy and hide behind closed doors. But this year taught me that I honestly don't care for hiding anymore. While I may not spout my messy mind all over the internet each and every day, I'm not opposed to showing my feelings, either.

Whether that's knowing it's okay to have down time and it's okay to feel low. Or whether it's not being afraid to show people how I feel in ways other than MH. Life is too short to hold back. It's better to reach out, tell people that you miss them or that you love them. It's okay to cry at the concert or laugh and dance in the pub. Embracing the sensitivity and letting your emotions show should never be a restriction.

And along the lines of life being short, last year taught me that it's important to live in each moment and do the things that make you happy and fulfil you.

Several times throughout the year, I was left thinking why I'm doing the things I'm doing and why I'm on the path I'm following. Speaking with my good friend Luke about his project on Purpose started me off on the motivation to chase my passions and the projects I want to be doing.

You don't need to be surrounded by the same mundane schedules if that isn't how you work best. You don't have to waste your time in unnecessary dramas and lifestyles that don't satisfy how you want to be.

This year allowed me to remember how important it is to follow your own path, regardless of what the people around you think or feel about it. 

I leave 2017 behind with a spring in my step and the motivation for the year ahead. The past 18 or so months have been filled with emotion, raw self-growth and gratitude for the world around me. While I might not have a clear plan for my future, I know that the year ahead is my year. Our year

It's the year to surround yourself with the best people, radiate in positivity and continue to explore your own truth. It is the year to rekindle creativity, fall headfirst back into spirituality and embrace the moments that come at you. 

2018: the year of experiences, memories and passion.

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