Monday, 2 May 2016

Melly's Musings | Encouragement

This is the second in my Blog Every Day in May challenge. Today, I'm musing on encouragement.

Last week, I felt totally rubbish. Have you ever felt a little bit naff but can't quite put your finger on why? Well, that was me, for about a week or so. It was awful.

I think that those moments happen to all of us and no matter how long it lasts, you are allowed to feel your feelings. Try not to wallow for too long.

One thing that I try to make a habit of doing is encouraging people. Whether you'll admit it or not, everyone likes to be encouraged. Sometimes it comes in the form of praise for something you've done; "great job." Other times, it will come in the form of a gentle nudge; "you can do it. Keep going." Either way, you can't deny that it feels really good.

You know what? Making someone feel good can actually make your day too. Over the past few days, I've gone out of my way to encourage a couple of blogger friends. That's not to toot my own horn but to say that I'm trying to practise what I preach. It's so nice to inject a shot of loveliness into someone's day, when they weren't expecting it.

I'm not sure if it triggers a chemical reaction but it certainly lifts your spirit. Whenever I'm at bootcamp and there's a particularly tough activity, it makes a huge difference when someone shouts to spur you on. They've cultivated an environment where it's vital to encourage other people and if more places were like that, we'd all be a lot better off.

Today, I received a text from a friend that said 'you are KILLING the social media game. Xx'. That genuinely made my day and I told them that it did.

It takes very little effort to give someone a little bit of praise. Do it, even if it's tough for you. When you're feeling down or having a bit of a wobble, take the focus off yourself for a couple of minutes. Tell another blogger that you love their work, encourage that new mom that you know - she probably needs to hear it more than you realise. If you admire someone, tell them!

Who can you encourage today? The people who need it don't always look like they do. 

Lots of love, 


25 Random Facts About Me | BEDM

It's been a while since I did a 'facts about me' sort of post, so I thought this would be a good idea for a little catch up. 

1. I was born on Groundhog Day - which means absolutely nothing in England but it is the name of a pretty popular film. I for one would love to wake up in the same day over and over, because I'd always wake up to cards and presents. 

2. I love many many genres of music but most people won't know that I love country music. My grandparents used to play it and I think that's where it started. 

3. The last concert I went to was Duran Duran (with Seal as their special guest and The Bloom Twins as their support act) at the O2 Arena, last December. 

From my shoot with Yasmin Qureshi
4. I wanted to be a teacher, up until the age of about 18, when I realised that I didn't enjoy teaching very much. I used to make lesson plans and teach my teddies. 

5. My first ever job was in Clintons. 

6. I like candles but rarely burn them in my own room because I'm afraid of fire. 

7. Random jobs that I'd like to have a go at for a day: DJ, being Rachel Riley from Countdown, speaking clock, jazz singer and a model. 

8. I hate jelly. 

9. My favourite cocktail is an Espresso Martini. 

10. My first celebrity crush was Michael Flatley.

11. I love love love to dance and everyone who knows me even vaguely will nod in agreement. 

12. I want Jamie Cullum to play at my wedding reception. 

13. I'm hopeless at most sports but I quite like being active - once I manage to override my default setting of sloth. 

14. I still haven't finished my first novel. 

15. One of my big dreams is to write a drama that gets made into a two part series and aired on ITV! 

16. I want three children. 

17. I wish I was a morning person. 

18. I'm on the worship team at church, so I guess that means I can sing a little.

19. I used to suffer with health anxiety. 

This gorgeous pic is from Christmas Eve 2015 | Photo credit: Chrissy Ralphs, The Lovely Photographers

20. I got my first tattoo done in October 2014 and there are about another four that I have planned. 

21. I drove to London for the first time this year and felt like an absolute boss because of it. Considering that the first time I drove on the motorway, my 40 minute journey took almost 3 hours! Progress people, progress. 

22. I started blogging in 2011 but wish I had started a lot sooner. 

23. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be pasta. 

24. I speak moderate French but would love to be fluent one day. 

25. I wish I was a minimalist but it's just not in my nature. 

I want to get to know you! Tell me a random fact about yourself. I don't care how weird it is!

 Lots of love, 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Five Happy Things #4

What's made you happy recently? This is what's put a smile on my face, the past few weeks...

Encouragement from other bloggers

I had a lovely Twitter exchange with Rebecca Morgan recently and it genuinely made my day. I don't think I will ever get over the fact that people actually read and enjoy my blog. She writes over at Lawyer in the Making.

New clients 

The freelance hustle is no joke. It's always nice when a new client comes on board and it's nothing that I ever take for granted - no matter how much work comes in. I signed up a new social media client this month and I'm excited to be doing work with them. I took some photos for their social media this week.

Publishing two blog posts in one day 

A real achievement for me, as it's something I've struggled with on here in the past. Procrastination is not going to get the better of me this year. I am determined.

Time with my best friend 

Isn't there something wonderful about a friendship that feels effortless? That's myself and Bek. We're both quite busy, so it's always nice when we get to hang out. Some people just do you good. She's one of those people. We laugh a lot! She's amazing.

My amazing family 

It was my dad's 60th this month. What a man! I adore my family, especially we're quite close. I know that not everyone has that. I am thankful. 

                        Much love, 


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