Monday, 27 April 2015

Motivational Monday || Control

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Merry Monday! As this post publishes I will be on my way to the airport to attend a Google event in New York City. Oh my I feel flashy writing that!! 

I'm going to New York (for a Google event) with a mixture of fear and excitement. I've been to the Big Apple twice before. The first time was fine, very fast, not really a moment to stop and see anything and the second time was frankly, a disaster. I found the entire trip overwhelming and felt very much like I was on my own, even though I was surrounded by friends. I ended up throwing up and spending the rest of the day feeling very, very shaky. I talked about it here


For a good few weeks I told everyone I would never go back to New York and that it was awful. So, with that in mind, what I'm about to say is going to sound entirely cray cray. Are you braced?

I'm letting my friend plan a surprise for me in New York. I'm giving someone else complete control whilst I'm in a place that is so far out of my comfort zone I don't even know if I won't vomit. And I like it. 

Say whaaaattt??


So, story time,  I hosted my American pal Drew last weekend whilst he was over on business and made sure to show him the most Englishy things I could think of (cream tea, the country side, rickety old pubs etc) and then it turned out that since we would both be in New York at the same time AND it will be my birthday, he would show me some nice places on his side of the ocean. Neat huh? In a fit of madness I said, 'Don't tell me anything, surprise me!'. I don't know why I decided to do that, I usually hate surprises, but this is my year to be brave and push the boundaries of my comfort zones somewhat. 

And there we have it. Only him and my Manager Maddie (who is like an extension of my brain so I know she won't let me go too wrong) know what I'm doing in my free time this week and I'm just letting it happen. 

It's REALLY scary not having control but I tell you what, it's REALLY liberating once you tell yourself to let go. My advice for you this week is to let yourself let go just the tiniest bit. If you're like me and you like to have 1000% say over everything, this will be a tricky concept but I think if you can even loosen the grip 1%, you will feel joyful for it. 

I know there is a risk that I won't like something or I will freak out in the new environment but I also know that I'm smart enough to solve most problems and have enough cash to jump in a cab back to my hotel at any point. 

I hope you will join me this week in letting go of things just the teeniest weeniest bit and that next week we can catch up. I'll tell you the surprise and you tell me what you did to allow control out, and joy in to you lives. 

I'm excited!! Are you?



Saturday, 25 April 2015

Amazing Advertisers || April 2015

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Oooeee, how fast has this month gone? Very fast, that's how!

Now's the time to spend a little moment looking at the lovely boys and girls who have bought space at the side of this blog during April. Are you excited? I am!

(This April I tried to touch a swan. I failed.)

Laura is an Irish student and writes a beauty blog. This month Laura has talked about Barry M Nail Polish, her MAC 15 slot eyeshadow palette (swoon) complete with swatches and shared one of her YouTube videos too. If you're into beauty, this is a fun little place to stop by. 

Excuse me there I just got totally sucked into Jenny's blog for a while. The video on her new colouring book (no, not a kiddie one, a beautiful intricate thing of joy) made me really happy. I too have been enjoying some quiet colouring time and it really does calm the mind. I might have to blog about this soon I think! Defo check her's out- you'll be addicted! 

Get The Skinny, written by Tara is a blog dedicated to all the low down on life, style, fitness and recipes. 'Skinny' meaning 'info'. This blog makes me want to gallivant around London with my camera, experiencing amazing exhibitions and visiting swish little hidden restaurants. Beware, you're about to get total life envy!

Angie, a long time Sprinkle of Glitter advertiser is back again with her beautiful blog. It is regularly updated and rich in the most beautiful photographs of beautiful places you will ever see. Seriously, swoon. If you are a foodie or are interested in seeing her stunning travel adventures, please, click over. 

This month Anna's beautiful blog has featured an absolute tonne of fashion posts with plenty of skirts to completely swoon over. I do love me a good skirt! Anna has also written a really helpful post about affordable travel and how to find the best deals which has really helped me since I plan on visiting Seattle soon with Darcy! Thank you Anna!

Right now Alexandra is taking part in a 365 Blogger challenge which means she is uploading a blog post every single day for an entire year- quite the feat! I have enjoyed keeping up with her musings, some on specific topics, some just bits from the day and really applaud her for taking on this challenge. If you want to feel totally immersed, this is the blog for you. 

I started mooching through this blog to get a feel for what I wanted to talk about but instead found myself completely sucked into the post about white chocolate passion fruit easter eggs. I don't care that we're approaching May, I want some! If they don't float your boat, Jennie also has a plethora of great posts about things to do in the big city, all with purdy pictures to boot :). 

Amy's blog is just the sweetest place to spend a few minutes in your busy day. Having recently moved to America with her love and her baby boy Henry, it is currently filled with gorgeous photographs of incredible scenery, toddler loveliness and family life. I'm really looking forward to reading more of Amy's life. 

Trudy's blog is a place to for a little bit of everything. A post I have particularly enjoyed this month has been 5 Little Things To Be Happy About. I love a gal that spreads a bit of positivity and I love all five of her points. I especially love the puppy/instagram tip that I will totally be following up on!

Sarah's little slice of the net is a place for her to focus on all the things in life that are good, rather than spending too much time talking about her illnesses. I think it's very brave of her to take that step and to choose positivity in what must be a very hard situation. This month Sarah talked about tonnes of things including sunglasses, beauty, budgeting and home wares. Lovely! 

Darling Dee Dee is back this month with a bevvy of beautifully styled photos, product reviews and makeup to die for. Every time I check out this blog I feel like I want to go and organise all my makeup, find the perfect lighting and get my camera out. How does she do it?! If you are a cosmetics addict, you are going to LOVE this blog! 

And there we have it, just some of the gems we have here this month!

I hope you all have lovely weekends and I'll be back on Monday.



Monday, 20 April 2015

Motivational Monday || Jealousy

Aloha Sprinkerinos,

It is Monday. A fresh start, a new chance. All those things you messed up last week? Don't worry about them, you have another shot doing things better and I know you will.

Today's image from Pinterest was chosen because it's something I remind myself of allll thhhee timmme!!! Lately I've found I remind myself less and I think it could be because it's finally sunk in. Woohoo for positive reinforcements!

I think that we as women (and hello men if you are reading too) are naturally conditioned to compete with each other. One of my earliest memories is being told by a teacher to, 'sit nicely like Natalie' and suddenly I thought, 'Natalie sits better than I do, Natalie is better than me'. It stuck. When you look, there are SO many moments in our lives when we compare ourselves to other people and feel less. 

We don't need to do this. Just because someone is doing well, doesn't mean you are doing badly. If your friend gets a promotion at work which includes and increased salary, yours isn't going to be decreased. You didn't do badly, she just had a success and soon it will be your turn for a success as well. 

This week, if you know someone that has good news or does really well at something, be happy for them. It's not a reflection on you and if you work hard, you'll be having people be happy for you too. Don't begrudge or resent, share in their joy and spread even more positivity around your world. 



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