A Leap of Faith: Call to Action | MiniPost

Mini Post I opened my Instagram Stories a few months ago and was being directed to a woman (let's call her Erica), she was talking about how important it is to take a step forward sometimes, even when you're terrified.

Not all moves towards your goals have to be a leap of faith. Sometimes a small terrified baby step forward is all it takes to set a new path into action.

Don't let yourself be paralysed by the thought of failure.

Erica mentioned how there are often ideas we let roll around in our heads, we brush them off for excuses, but sometimes for valid reasons. Excuses are one thing, but when genuine risk is involved we tend to shy away even more.

If I fail, it is going to have a negative financial impact on my family...but if I succeed it would provide a lifestyle for my family that we don't have right now.

I'm surrounded by ambitious people. I could pretend I was fortunate and luck played a role, but there was no luck. Everyone has limited time in a day, week…

We're All Busy - Ditching the Excuses

Hello, it's been a while. Happy New Year!

I took a break from writing blog posts while I was doing my masters over the summer and working part-time. Things were a little bit chaotic and definitely overwhelming at times - I was busy. I internally laugh every time some tells me how busy they are. I'm guilty of saying it too, but I'm trying to kick the habit.

The truth is if you work/study full-time or have children, you've got a lot of things demanding your time. How you spend your time is a reflection of what you prioritise out of desire or necessity. I've been working full time in my graduate job for four months. I get more done in an evening now than I did while I was studying, the reason - I've kicked a lot of time-sucking habits that were 0% productive.

"Activity suggests a life filled with purpose."  - Captain Von Trapp, The Sound of Music
Priorities I like to look at my time in a similar way to running a business, to stay in the black you need to h…

6 Tips for Your Graduation Day

Congratulations, you did it! You completed your degree, and you're graduating.

There are several milestone moments in your life and graduating definitely falls into that category. The day can be fairly hectic, but it doesn't have to be stressful. Here are six tips for making the most of your graduation day.

The day goes so quickly, and you don't want to feel rushed at any point. Start with your ceremony time and work from there, your university, college or high school should inform you of this time quite a bit in advance of the day. Often you can find this information on your school's website.

My ceremony was at 3pm, so it gave me a bit of time to play with. I couldn't pick up my gown or tickets until the day of. Those could be collected from 9am (check with your own school, if you can pick them up the day before I would recommend that). Be showered and ready with hair and makeup before you collect your gown minus perhaps what you plan to we…

Quick and Tasty - Mediterranean Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Hello again, it's been a hot minute since I last posted on here. I've been busy with university exams, what better way to break the silence than with a dish I've made a LOT recently. It's extremely simple, tasty and better yet - quick!
Serves: 3                                                      
Cooks in 25 minutes                   

225g Dried Pasta
2 Bell Peppers, chopped
6 Link Sausages (400g)
250 - 300g Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Chilli Flakes (optional)
Olive Oil

Pre-heat oven to 200ºC (180ºC Fan)

Roughly chop the bell peppers and place in a roasting oven dish. Cut each sausage into roughly 5 chunks, add to the peppers and drizzle with a small amount of oil. (add chilli flakes at this point)  Put the roasting dish with pepper and chopped sausage into the preheated oven, cook for 15 minutes. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half while the peppers and sausage roast.

After 15 minutes stir the peppers and sausage a…

Buying Art When You're Decorating On A Budget

This is a short and sweet blog post today about adding larger art prints to your house without blowing the budget. I've seen a lot of YouTubers and Instagramers recently posting about buying art etc. but a lot of them are still pretty expensive, or you don't have the store they've mentioned anywhere near you.

This is one way you can DIY some beautiful prints without blowing the budget!

Finding a Frame Ikea does the RIBBA frame up to size 61x91cm (this is a bit bigger than an A1) with mount for £18.
The frame will comfortably fit an A1 print.

They stock other sizes, I've mentioned the largest size because it's more of a challenge to find a big frame that won't blow the budget.
The ArtUnsplash will be your best friend! All the images on here are free to use, just search for what you're looking for and see lots of beautiful images load.

*Note* You might have to edit the image dimensions slightly to get the correct size before printing, but this is easily done.

5 Affordable Cruelty-Free Cosmetic and Skincare Brands

It's 2019, there are so many incredible (and affordable) brands that are cruelty-free. Most of these can be picked up at your local department store or "drugstore".

I try to be as conscious as possible when buying any skincare or makeup that the brand does not test on animals or pay/allow others to do so either. It can mean spending a little extra time researching, or not being swept up with the new hyped up product even if they look great (Dr Jart *tests on animals*), but it's worth taking the time to avoid buying products that cause harm.

All of the brands listed below have products that I regularly use and love. There are definitely cheaper brands available. However, I've selected 5 companies out of my makeup bag that I think are good value for money and readily available.

Cosmetics and Skincare
The majority of my daily makeup is from No7, this includes my foundation, bronzer, concealer (although I use Tarte shape tape under my eyes) and highlighter. My curr…

How I Cope With Migraines

To give some context, I've suffered from migraines for a few years now, so I sympathise with you if you also get them. Mine were at their worst a year or so ago, I had them every couple of weeks. They are now down to one or two a month, but because I was used to getting them so regularly I had to learn how to work around them or kill them quickly...not easily done when they normally last for around 2-3 days.

I will start by saying, there is no "cure" for migraines, not yet anyway. There are also several types of migraines, so knowing what type you have can go a long way to managing an episode. It should go without saying that you should seek medical advice from a professional.

If you suffer from migraines, let me know in the comment section below how you cope with them.

SYMPTOMS I don't suffer from all of these symptoms,  I mostly suffer from nausea, nasal congestion, sensitivity to smell and sound, neck stiffness (sometimes back too) and head pain.