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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what’s the lesson you live by?

 

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This is a pretty good question because as a 25-year-old woman I would say that I most definitely haven’t got my life together just yet. I am known for drinking way too many cocktails and moaning that I should have won the lottery by now. However, last year February I had to learn the hardest lesson of all; family is everything. Don’t get me wrong, I always knew family was important but as a teen/young woman you take them for granted.

My 18-year-old brother died suddenly in February 2016 and I must admit I still don’t believe it to this day. I never thought in a million years that I would need to worry about my little brother dying. It’s one of those things you hear about but you think it will never happen to you. You hit a state of shock, a brick wall. For the first six months, I walked around like a zombie. I became so angry that the world just carried on living whilst my entire world had collapsed. Dealing with grief and trying to offer support to my mum and sister is incredibly difficult. This tragedy will haunt us forever and every day I am smacked in the face with different emotions. The loss of someone is never easy and the pain DOES NOT go away.

The only lesson I can learn from this is to treasure everyone and everything because you never know when you will have your last moment with them. I know life gets in the way and mundane things such as work, arguments etc stops us from remembering what is important, but we must snap out of it. Doing well for yourself, getting that promotion, buying your dream car and living the life of luxury will mean nothing if you don’t have your loved ones around you. Without making this post too depressing, I want to use my story as a reminder for us all to be so grateful for all the good things in life. Say I love you every day, spend more time with your family and always do the things that make you happy.

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I had to learn the hard way that is life is so tough, we will all have good and bad days. There will be times when you want to give up but don’t! life is so precious so embrace it and have as much fun as possible. This experience has shaped me into a completely different person. I am grateful, fearless and want to make my brother very proud. There will be a time when everyone will go through the pain of losing someone they love but just know you are not alone. Life is short and we only get one chance at it so if you are currently unhappy with your current situation, shake up your entire life. Go after your dream job, get a horse, make a family or move to Hawaii. Do all the things that scare you as this will make life worthwhile. One last thing before I go, always be grateful and never take anyone or anything for granted.

 

My do’s and don’t for the week;

  • DO go on a major shopping spree on payday and live off beans on toast for the rest of the month.
  • DON’T stalk your ex on Instagram, it will ruin your entire week!
  • DO buy glamour magazine every month just to read Dawn O’ porters column.
  • DON’T compare yourselves to others, you are a badass.
  • DO snooze your alarm, stay in bed longer and blame TFL for the reason why you’re late.
  • DON’T eat that whole packet of biscuits, you will regret it when you finally make it to the gym.

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Dream job… how do I get you?

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I promised a blog post on how to get your dream job. But before I begin I must warn you that this is not going to be easy. If it was, I would be sitting on a yacht right now in my bikini, drinking champagne for a living. Getting your dream job is going to take a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But with enough faith and dedication we can get there together. Please bare in mind that I have not got my dream job yet so I will be on this journey with you.

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First things first, do you know exactly what you want to do? if your answer is yes then perfect, carry on reading. If not then please read my previous post. You can only attain your dream job once you know exactly what it is you want to do. The points that I will be outlining below will hopefully apply to any career path that you wish to take, yes even if you want to be an astronaut.

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(Side note- you might not know this about me yet but I adore books on self help and positivity, its kind of my thing. So all of the points below will coincide with some of the ideas in my fav books. I will reference all books at the end).

  • Decision time– I know this may seem a bit obvious however, you need to decide that this is 100 percent what you truly want. If you are not committed to giving up everything in pursuit of your dream then it will not work!
  • Research– What do you need to do or know in order to get this job? As they say knowledge is power so do as much research as possible. If you need to intern then so be it.
  • Positive thinking– Always think positive. I recently read that 80% of our thoughts are negative, how mad is that. At times we work against ourselves, we can be our worst enemy. So really focus on keeping them thoughts positive.
  • Determination/ persistence-  Please do not give up. It is going to be tough, you won’t have a lot of money to begin with and people will doubt you. But be persist show them that you were made for this job.
  • Act the part– Act as if you already have the job and before you know it, it will be yours. It is all about the law of attraction think your dream job into existence.
  • Have faith- You’ve got this, you and only you can make this happen.
  • Gratitude- Don’t forget how far you have come and always be grateful.

 

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I am hoping that if we use the principles above and keep pushing we will all make it to our end goal.

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Some of my fav books, all are a must read!

  • Think and Grow Rich for Women- written by Sharon Lechter
  • Girl Boss- Written by Sophia Amoruso
  • You Are A Badass- Jen Sincero
  • The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibiza baby

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I must admit I am not a London girl at all. I belong in a hot country, no more than 10 minutes away from the beach. My main life goal is to make this a reality, but for now I am more than happy to jet off at every given possibility. Lucky for me, I have the best sister in the world and she agreed to go to Ibiza with me. Don’t worry Jess,if you are reading this you will be rewarded greatly.

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I’ve been to Ibiza so many times that when I arrive it feels like home. There is no better feeling than familiarity when you step foot in another country. I planned the whole trip from start to finish. Our long weekend turned into a whirlwind, with a lot of drink and the mother of all hangovers, but it has been one of my best holidays to date.

Here are a few of the highlights;

  • Elrow at Amnesia- so crazy but so happy we finally went!
  • Ocean beach club … obviously.
  • Pizza hut- best pizza ever.
  • Our hotel- They had given us two rooms because our air con broke.
  • Falling over, apparently this is my thing now.
  • Watching a film in the rave, honestly who comes up with this stuff.

On our last day we planned to have a nice chilled, sophisticated day but things don’t always go to plan.  We were so hungover we spent the whole day hiding from the sun, running toilet to be sick and stuffing our face with burger king.

Ibiza I can’t wait to see you again next year.

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Girl boss

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Hey guys, I thought I would put up a bit of midweek motivation because who doesn’t need to reminded that they are boss every now and again. I get it, day to day life can be so boring and we forget all the things we have accomplished or plan to accomplish.

If there is something you want, go out and get it before someone else does. But don’t go all extreme and do awful stuff and say, “Well Demi Enchanted told me to go after what I want, so that’s why I robbed a bank”. What I mean by this is, be determined. Have in mind what you want. Be it a new job, or a boyfriend that you truly love or going on 8 holidays a year. Time to channel your inner girl boss.

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One of my inspirations and also my favourite books is #girl boss by Sophia Amorous. She created an online business called ‘Nasty Gal’ from scratch and now look at her, she is the ultimate girl boss. I could honestly talk about this book all day but I don’t want to spoil it, so go out and get it!

Stop with the excuses “I’ll start on Monday” because everything you want is out there waiting for you, so go get it!

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Sun’s out sliders on

Hey Girls,

Just a quick one from me…

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Have you all seen those diamante sliders that everyone has been wearing? Well I managed to get my hands on a pair, and I couldn’t be happier. Yes guys, it the little things in life.

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These beauties are definitely coming away with me on my next holiday, but for now I am going to avoid the rainy days and wear them as often as possible. To get yourself a pair on these head over to my Instagram and the link is on my page, I even have 10% off all shoes from Sole Sisters because who doesn’t love a bargain.

Follow me on instagram- demi_enchanted.x

 

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Holidayyyyyyyy

I just love going away, nothing beats the feeling of getting off a plane to warm air and sunshine. I am so happy on holiday, I know you are probably think “yeah babe who isn’t” but honestly I am on top form. As soon as I step foot on foreign land the glow up is real. Maybe I’m not British; but a foreign princess taken away from her sunny, palm tree, magical kingdom…one can dream aye.

Anyway enough about me, time to tell you about the best place ever…Marbella. If you’ve never been then jump on a plane and go there now because you’re missing out.  When I say Marbella I mean Puerto Banus because who doesn’t love tanning, shopping and pool parties. To give you the gist of my holiday I ended up prancing around in a bikini all day whilst drinking cocktails, exhibit A below.

There isn’t really much for me to report from this holiday apart from the fact that I sunbathed until the moon came out, quick question can you catch a tan from the moon? I relaxed alottttt! and I am sure at one point I could hear David Attenborough’s voice introducing me to the world as the newest member of the sloth family. Sloth

 

Last but not least I managed to fit in a cheeky pool party where I drank way too much, danced like a maniac, got videoed by the drone and my sister got thrown in the pool. She said she was taking one for the team so for that I am eternally grateful. To top off the perfect holiday we got the fattest munch and passed out by 9pm, who said relaxing couldn’t be fun.

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