How to get out of your comfort zone?

Everything you want is just outside of your comfort zone

This quote has literally changed my life. I know it’s basic and pretty much common sense, but the moment I read it in the book ‘how to get from where you are to where you want to be’ by Jack Canfield it really resonated with me. If you haven’t read this book yet then please do! It really is a game changer.  I used to think I was quite an out-going girl. A girl who would go for what she wants and willing to try new things. Little did I know that I am so confined and comfy in my comfort zone that I didn’t even notice the zone to begin with.

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Have you ever found yourself saying all the things that you would want in life but never actually doing anything about it? Well, yeah that’s me. Although I would describe myself as having a good work ethic I know that right now everything I am doing is within my comfort zone.

It seems we can all say what we want, but we never put it into action. This is either  because we we are too lazy, not sure how to begin or because it is outside of our happy, comfortable bubble that we have created. Well huns I am here to tell you that it’s time to leave your nice, cosy king-size bed with extra blankets comfort zone.

If you are super happy with your life and wouldn’t change a thing, then obviously don’t leave your bed because it sounds amazing however, I am sure there might be one part of your life that you would like to work on. If there is then stay tuned because I am going to give you some helpful tips to step out your comfort zone into the wonderful world of opportunities.

Step 1. Decide which areas in your life need a little tweak and write it down. You won’t be able to change things until you have identified what needs to be changed.

Step 2. If you carry on doing the same thing you will get the same results. So try something completely new. If you are looking for new business, speak to different people. Make an ad for your business or turn to social media. If you want to get a promotion, speak to your boss and advise them why you want and deserve it. If you want to meet the love of your life, go out to different places, join a dating website. Do something that you wouldn’t normally do.

Step 3. Gain knowledge and ask for help, you don’t have to do this alone. There are loads of people that are willing to help you. Buy books and search the internet, there is so much infomation available.

Step 4. Keep pushing. It is going to get uncomfortable and you might face new obstacles everyday but remember anything worth having doesn’t come easy.

Step 5. Write down every new thing you do and review it in three months. You will be amazed by the results and proud of yourself for stepping outside your comfort zone.

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Why self-love is so important…

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I never really understood the notion of self-love. I always thought it was a bit cringe or something that people focused on after a break-up. But once I hit my twenties I finally realised why self love is so important. For one reason or another life gets in the way and our own health and well-being goes right out the window. The older we get the less we tend to look after ourselves physically and mentally. When was the last time you had some ‘you’ time?

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Self-love is not only about looking after your mind and body but it’s also about loving yourself unconditionally, flaws included. It’s about discovering who you are as a person, the things you like and don’t like and being true to yourself. We live in a world where we seek validation and approval from others. We compare ourselves and criticize our own decisions. In some cases, we become our own worst enemy. This is why learning to love yourself is so important because if you do not love yourself, how do you expect other people to love you. If you are constantly putting yourself down, this is the image you are portraying to the world. When you practice self-love and accept yourself fully, amazing things will happen. You will no longer settle for half-ass relationships or not going for that promotion that you’ve been dreaming about. You will have the confidence to strive for what you truly want in life with no regrets. You won’t need to seek validation from anyone because you know you’ve got your own back.

Some people have a misconception of self-love. It not about being selfish and excluding yourself from the world. It’s about understanding and appreciating who you are as a person. Once you are aware of who you are and want you want life you can start to put this into practice.

For the next month, I want you to focus on yourself as much as possible. Do all of the things that you want to do. Run yourself a bath, order a take-away, get a baby sitter and have a night out. Write a list of all of the things you want to achieve this year. Note down the things that make you happy and stop doing things that make you unhappy. Once you learn to love yourself completely everything else will follow.

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Beauty Products- Getting rid of bad skin

Good Evening Lovelies,

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have started my own beauty business venture and I couldn’t be more excited! I always knew I wanted my own business however, I didn’t want to rush into it until it felt right. I kept putting the idea out into the universe and before you know it I was approached by a really good friend of mine and this is how my beauty business venture begun.

I have always been a lover of beauty products hence why I became a beauty blogger. I think I’ve previously mentioned that I am literally sucked into buying all products. I’ve got to try everything and anything! so when I tried these products, not only did I absolutely love them but I knew they would be the perfect products for me to begin my own beauty business venture with.

Every week I will be writing a post introducing you to a new product. I’ve decided to do my first post surrounding bad skin because at one stage or another we all suffer from bad skin. There will be those lucky souls that have never experienced break outs, or suffered from acne however, there are people that suffer badly at all ages. There are a lot of  products on the market and sometimes you have no idea which ones to choose. Well, look no further because once you have tried these products there is no turning back.

The facial peel and neutraliser is a two step treatment which I will outline below;

AHA Facial Peel (Step 1):
Lactic acid – this aggressive alphahydroxy acid stimulates cell renewal and breaks apart dead cell build up. Chemical exfoliation works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, improve texture and reduce the appearance of pores.

AHA Facial Peel Neutraliser (Step 2):  Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract – rich in the antioxidant compound avenanthramides, this extract exhibits exceptional calming properties that soothe the skin and reduce topical sensitivity.

My clients have been amazed by the results and I am sure you will be too. Head over to my Instagram to see my clients results and feel free to message me if you would like anymore information. I will show some of my clients photos below.

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Christmas holiday blues- My trip to Portugal

How depressing is January?! It’s absolutely freezing and as soon as I leave the house I want to turn around and crawl back into bed forever. But, instead of wallowing in self-pity I am going to write a blog post about my amazing Christmas holiday to Portugal.

I am one of those people who will go to the same holiday destination over and over if I love it. I know it sounds boring but nothing beats the feeling of going to another country and it feeling like home.

So when we decided to go to Portugal I was a little upset but also excited to explore another Country (immediately downloads all Portuguese app’s and visualizes lots and lots of Nandos.

The day before we flew I caught the flu, just my luck aye. To be honest, I think everyone caught it, so it was only a matter of time before I did. As you can imagine the flight wasn’t the best since I was sneezing all over the place.

Quick little fun fact: Portugal and England have the same time difference. When my mum told me I didn’t believe her so I had to ask. Turns out Mum’s are always right guys. 

Once we landed in Faro-Portugal, we jumped in a cab and went to our hotel. We drove to Albufeira which was about a 30 minute journey. Our hotel was an absolute dream. We stayed at The Cerro Mar Garden apartment’s which had a kitchen and balcony that overlooked the pool and the sea.

The itinerary for this holiday was to relax, chill, sleep, eat, relax and sleep again. I know what you’ve thinking, best holiday ever! The weather was good to us most days. So, let me give you the low down on my typical day in Alburifera.

I would wake up around 9ish, check my phone and have a little pree on Instagram and then go back to sleep. Once I had finally risen from my slumber I would jump in the shower, do all the boring bits then head straight to the kitchen because it’s breakfast timeeeeee. When I am on holiday I am literally the healthiest version of myself. If that is not a sign for me to move abroad I don’t know what is.  Once I had demolished Croissants, fruit and yogurt it’s bikini time. After a couple of hours tanning with a good book, my mum manages to persuade me to go for a walk. We would usually get a little munch on the way (Portuguese MacDonald’s is everything) then we head back to the hotel and go gym, swimming, sauna and steam.

Then it’s finally dinner time. My favourite restaurant had to be this gorgeous, tucked away Italian place, Italian food is my absolute favourite. I live for bruschetta, pizza and pasta and I can honestly say it was the best Italian food I’ve ever had and I’ve been to Italy! Albufeira is a gorgeous little town and I am so happy we visited the time of year that we did. I can imagine it being extremely busy and touristy in the summer. As holidays do, the time literally flew by but it was a perfect place to spend Christmas. We managed to find the local supermarket as this is essential for me as I love buying all things foreign.

Alburifera would be the perfect place to go if you are looking for sun, sea and some quiet time. It is extremely British so if you are looking for culture I wouldn’t suggest going here. The restaurants are catered for British holiday makers along with the places to drink. I can imagine in the summer this small town is heaving with tourists. I would definitely recommend Alburifera and will hopefully end up back here for Christmas again.

 

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Blogging Event- Yikes kitchen launch

On Thursday 11th January I had the pleasure of being invited to the official launch of Yikes Kitchen. On arrival, my sister and I were met with drinks and sat down at a table with some lovely bloggers. The menu had been sent to me beforehand so it is safe to say that I was bursting with excitement to try the food.

Before I begin I would like to give you a bit of background knowledge surrounding Yikes Kitchen. Yikes is dedicated to providing the best quality food at a very affordable price. Their aim is to provide quality chef-made meals to your dinner table.

The idea to deliver quality, hearty dinners to your door is absolute genius and has not been done properly in North London. This unique vision can only do well as there is a huge gap in the market for delicious, quality take-aways. When I think of getting a take-away, which seems like every other day.  The choices are always the same … pizza, Chinese or Indian however, with the carefully selected menu by Yikes Kitchen and food cooked by a professional chef, this will definitely be the new craze for take-away and I cannot wait to see it flourish.

So let’s get onto the tasters menu…

  • Bruschetta with crispy Halloumi– who doesn’t love Bruschetta? It was the perfect starter and extremely delicious. I loved the fact that it was topped with halloumi it was a lovely touch to a gorgeous starter.

 

  • Sweetcorn soup– I’ve never had or heard of sweetcorn soup so I was very eager to try it and I am so glad I did. It was unreal! The sweetcorn was not overpowering and the consistency of the soup was perfect. It was filling and is a perfect starter for a cold winter night.
  • Jerk chicken burger– The jerk burger was absolutely exquisite and I am ordering it as soon as Yikes Kitchen delivery is live! The chicken was soft and tender and the plantain was a tasty extra in the burger. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone.
  • Lamb Kotfe and Couscous– I must admit I am not a big lover of lamb but I really enjoyed this dish. This would be perfect for anyone who is trying to eat healthy but doesn’t have the time to cook. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and would order it again.
  • Bruised short ribs of beef with creamy mash– By far my favourite dish of the night. I was blown away! I wish I had two helpings because it was divine. The beef was soft and succulent. The mash was creamy and accompanied the beef so well and I can’t even begin to describe how mouth-watering the gravy was (sorry mum, it was better than yours).
  • Hazelnut chocolate tart and Eton mess- Both were the perfect treat to finish off an amazing taster menu. I cannot fault the desert in any way, it was delightful and I will most certainly be ordering both again.

 

Overall, I was extremely impressed and so stuffed with food that I literally could not move. It was an amazing night and an honor to meet the chefs. The launch was extremely well organised, with 5 star food and a goodie bag was provided at the end (it doesn’t really get much better than that does it).

Yikes kitchen has officially launched today! From Thursday 18th January and Friday 19th January there is 50% off all orders eat in and take away. Please try the amazing food for yourself if my post hasn’t persuaded you enough. I will link their website and menu for you to have a little browse and order. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on their full menu.

Bon appetit.

Yikes Kitchen- website and menu

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Fashion post- Becoming a brand promoter

Hi Lovelies,

I hope you are all having a great day! I am mixing things up a little bit today because I am doing my first fashion post… nervous. On Instagram I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing clothing companies which I will be writing about in this post.

Without sounding like the vainest girl in the world, I have always loved taking pictures (mostly of myself) in different outfits and at different places. Luckily for me, I have the best sister in the world who puts up with me constantly saying “Jessssss will you take a picture of me”. Everyday is new outfit and picture day and this is how it all kind of started. I am now a brand promoter for quite a few online brands which I absolutely love. I am nowhere near where I want to be but I am hoping that with a lot of hard work and dedication I can get there. I will be linking some of my favourite outfits and websites below, please also give me a follow on Instagram at demi_enchanted.x

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me demi_j@hotmail.co.uk.

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What have I learned in 2017?

New years eve is finally upon us, how is everyone feeling? This has been one of the worst years for me. It has been the first full year since my brother passed away. Realisation has started to set in and battling this everyday has been awful. I think it is always good to reflect on the things you have learnt in the year, so here is my list. I am hoping 2018 is a better year and all I can do is try my hardest to make my brother proud.

Things I have learned in 2017;

  • Be grateful, always.
  • My gut feeling is an absolute boss. She is never wrong, listen to her more.
  • To believe in myself and go after what I want.
  • My mum, Jess and best friends are my lifeline, I would be lost without them.
  • Holidays are always a good idea.
  • Trust the timing of your life.
  • A positive mind will lead you to a happy life.
  • Nexflix, fluffy pj’s and my bed are my favourite things in the world.
  • Success can be achieved by hard work, determination and faith in yourself.

I am excited and nervous to be entering 2018. Who knows what this year will bring? I would just like to thank all of my followers and readers for all of your support in 2017.  Happy new year to you all! I have a good feeling that this year will bring us all hope and happiness.

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