Dear Diary | Hola Santiago!

So no big deal, but it’s official now. In 140 days, 21 hours and 14mins I will be buckled in what I can only hope is a semi comfortable plane seat (who am I kidding) settling my nervous butterflies and beginning a long 11 hour or so high altitude waiting game.

If you couldn’t figure it out from the title of this post then I’m slightly concerned. This here safe Sally is going to Santiago, Chile!!!!! (multiple exclamation marks needed for dramatic effect). So you might be asking why does a young lady like myself want to travel to Santiago so badly? Well no reason at all really, it’s not like somebody very near and dear to my heart moved there recently, abandoning a decade or so of friendship! Oh wait, that exact scenario wasn’t made up, it did indeed happen in real life.

Meet the culprit:

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This wee harmless looking chum on the left recently moved as far away as she could from me (ok slight over-exaggeration) but I’ve successfully managed to track her down and she will be all mine once again muahahahaha.

You see, the idea for all this madness and excitement popped into my head out of nowhere like almost all of my fantastic ideas that usually don’t even warrant a second thought. This one however was a little bit more stubborn, taking after myself of course. So out of the blue I pitched the simple “How would you feel about me coming over to Chile?” to the BFF and next thing you know I’m being INSTRUCTED that I will in fact be visiting her and that sleeping arrangements had already been organised (Thanks Javier!)

Less than two weeks later flights have been booked and paid for so now it’s officially official! Now that’s out of the way and accommodation is more than sorted, we can focus on planning fun things to do in my not quite long enough 10 day holiday in the capital.

I’ve already made one demand and that is to tick “visit the Worlds largest swimming pool” off my “OMG gotta do that” list, formerly known as a bucket list. Look out San Alfonso del Mar, I’m coming for ya!

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In the mean time you can find me at the nearest pool/beach for the next 139 days practicing my best belly flop.

 

A. x

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Motivate Me Monday | Not Monday?

 

You don't need a new year to make aSo technically it may not be Monday on my side of the world anymore, but it’s still Monday somewhere right?

Judging by the delay in this post I definitely need another Monday to start over, I’m not even quite sure where yesterday went but I woke up this morning convinced we had already hit Wednesday. Upon the realisation that it was still only day two of the working week I felt the sudden urge to nose dive back into a sweet sweet slumber, only to be disturbed when the weekend had decided to show its pretty little face again.

However that desirable day dream was short lived and here I am chugging my way through Monday Part 2 (formerly known as Tuesday) Are you still with me? I hope so because believe it or not this is going somewhere and we are not making any stops in snoozeville.

For this weeks ‘Motivate Me Monday’ (alliteration at its finest) the focus is on new beginnings. Wouldn’t we all like to start over again? Dust yourself off and try again? (Thanks Aaliyah, R.I.P) Or maybe try something new? We make yearly resolutions, most of the time when we’ve had a few too many and are far too peppy for our own good. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against wanting to start the new year off with a hiss and a roar but why wait for midnight to strike to give you a little sense of inspiration to do something your heart desires?

I prefer my light bulb moments to be actioned almost immediately  to tame the impatient little Virgo diva inside of me. Every Sunday I vow to do the same things in the the week to come. Eat healthier, go to the gym more, drink more water, drink less coffee (am I crazy??!) blog more, clean my car and try harder to reply to peoples texts/phone calls/emails. Now you know, this is my life, the struggle is real people! If you are an ‘A League’ procrastinator like myself then you can understand the need for constant reminders. Note to self: Procrastinate less.

And there you have it, why wait for your new beginning to kick off, January is not showing on my horizon anytime soon. Monday is only six sleeps away, better yet tomorrow is only one !

Share your new beginnings down below!

 

A x

 

Life made easy | Canva

CaptureAlright, so I realise to some of you I may be arriving a bit late to the party (which is pretty much my life story) but I just stumbled upon this wonderful little gem of a website a few days ago and I have not been able to pry myself away from it!

 

This game changing little piece of heaven that I am speaking of is none other than the fabulous Canva, a website designed for the not so design savvy, the people troubled and struggling with programs such as Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator. Those who possess a craving for creating something but not having the tools or skills available to do so. If you are anything like me this website will be a god send, you can create anything from Twitter headers, Facebook cover photos, Invitations or even a simple photo collage.

Design

There are loads of pre-made layouts for inspiration which are easily customisable, change-up the font, background colour, add your own picture and voila! you’ve made something fancy. You can choose to use either the free content or they also provide you with an option to buy content if you’re after something with a little bit more pizzazz.

Layouts

Once you create a login you will be away laughing. All your creations are saved to your account so you can come back anytime you like and edit/create like crazy! maybe you weren’t too sure about that background colour or maybe the font you used wasn’t pretty enough. When you are ready to show off your new-found skills and designs the simple Link/Publish feature do most of the work for you, Save as an image of pdf and then the file automatically downloads for you to then throw it out into the webosphere for all to “ooohhh” and “ahhhh” about.

Check out the tutorials Canva has on offer. With a very effective ‘Learn’ then ‘Do’ concept you can master all the features and be a pro amateur like myself!

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A. x