What I’ve Learned From Life // 21st Birthday Edition

So as this post goes live, I will be celebrating my 21st birthday. I must admit, I’m not looking forward to this ‘big’ birthday as my 20th birthday was bad enough and I’m scared getting older will only be more daunting for me. Having a rocky teenagehood has left me in the mindset that I’m not yet in my 20s. I feel like I didn’t get to be a teenager and I’m not the way ‘most’ 21 year olds are, especially the people I see online who I was in school with. Some have kids, some drive, some have careers or are at university and I’m just… here. Trying to get through every day but living in the world of mental illness, therapy etc. Anyway, I’m not old or experienced in any stretch of the imagination but I have still learned a few things about myself, and the world, since I was born in 1996 and I’d like to share them here. This post was also inspired by a blogging idol of mine, Grace!

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It’s ok to never stop grieving. Pain has no expiry date.

Coffee isn’t nice. I’m sorry. Have a cup of tea.
I recommend Twinings English Breakfast.

The people who care will learn to pronounce your name.
And it isn’t the end of the world if it’s pronounced incorrectly in public (my school years.)(Ang-ha-rud)

Sometimes buying presents for other people is better than receiving them.

Online friendships are 100% valid.
Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

It’s okay to like dogs (or any animals) more than humans.

Lay on a forest floor, close your eyes and listen at least once in your life.

It’s ok to cry. Since birth, it’s a sign that you’re alive.
And I read it’s good for the skin.

Find your home within the pages of books.
But don’t judge people who don’t read for pleasure. Everybody has their thing.

Your voice will always be your loudest weapon.
And one voice can make all the difference.

Remember you’ll be ok. Even at your darkest times.
You’ve survived them all up until now and you can again.

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Your heart will always heal. It’s stronger than you think.

People will walk out of your life. But it’s ok.
Focus on the people that choose to stay. Or the people who wanted to stay but couldn’t.

It’s ok to be scared.
Whether it’s jumping out of a plane or going to the shops on your own. Your fear is a part of you and you are in control of it.

TREAT YO’ SELF.

Always keep nice letters and cards and notes.
Try and remember to read them when you’re sad.

Keep a compliment journal.
I recently read about it. Every time somebody compliments you, write it down and who said it and when it was and then go back and relive!

Don’t talk over people.

There’s nothing wrong with being very active on social media.
Don’t listen to the older generations that say differently. Social media can save lives.

Always support other women.

Remember to keep going. Remember to smile.
You – your mind and your body – can survive so much. It’s ok to fall down but always get back up, even with tears streaming down your face. You’re a badass. 

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So here’s to another year!
Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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Christmas Gift Ideas // Bookish Edition

So now we’ve entered the month of November, we have been brainstorming on different kinds of blog posts we can do coming up to Christmas. Although I’ve got my birthday first, I’ve still got into the festive spirit by researching some bookish gift ideas for friends and family. Although the obvious thing to buy a bookworm would be an actual book, sometimes it’s hard to know which one so at least some of these gifts can cater to lovers of all genres.

1. For the Aspiring WritersUntitled-1.jpgOk, so technically these first two items would appeal more to the aspiring writer but seeing as this is also the month of NaNoWriMo, I thought I would definitely add these after seeing them in my local Waterstones. Ready, Set, Novel! is designed to help with the dreaded writer’s block. It guides you through the process of writing – everything from forming your novel’s plot and setting the scene and creating your characters. It is designed to include lists, Q+As and even mind maps so you can pick and choose what activities you complete. 642 Things to Write About is another list-style journal designed to help you find inspiration by writing down prompts such as ‘fixing the plot to the worst movie you’ve ever seen’ and ‘writing a love letter to the person you dislike.’ With a new prompt on each page, it is definitely designed to help you get ideas for your projects. 


2. For the Candle Lovers

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1. Two Candle Thieves  2. Meraki Candles  3. Hearth & Hammer
4. Book and Glow  5. Alchemy & Ink  6. Wick and Fable

So for those who didn’t know, as well as being book bloggers, Becky and I also own our own bookish candle business called Two Candle Thieves (nothing wrong with a bit of self-promotion.) However, we understand that our candles won’t be for everyone and you may be looking for some bookish candles this Christmas so we have decided to put together a list of our other favourite shops. Of course, there are many more out there but we’ve listed some based in the UK, USA and Europe. Some of these shops (as well as our own) are on a small hiatus but make sure you stay up to date with their products as I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I do believe all of these candles are Soy based, making them vegan friendly.



3. For Between the Pages

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1. TemporaryPlaces  2. Hey Atlas  3. MyBookMark
4. FictionTeaDesigns  5. Ink & Wonder

We couldn’t make this post without including some bookmarks and yes, you can find them anywhere and everywhere but these are some shops that we come across often on social media and we think they deserve all the attention. These bookmarks cover all price ranges and once again, we’ve picked International shops so shipping won’t be a problem. The amount of work and detail these artists put in really do make all the difference and amongst these shops, you will find bookmarks for every fandom. So get marking!



4. For the Book Protectors

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Despite the fact I haven’t yet invested in one of these myself, I have seen them all over Instagram and seen people receive and love theirs so I had to include them. Meet Benita Botello, otherwise known as Book Beau, the designer that creates mini pockets to keep your books and eReaders safe on your travels. They come in so many different designs and are very affordable despite having high-quality materials. We believe these would make an excellent gift (also making it so your friends have no excuse for returning borrowed books in bad condition!)
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5. For the Bookish Statement Makers

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Recently I’ve started adding pins and badges to my leather bag and so of course, I’ve been on the hunt for some bookish ones. These are both UK based shops but they are very affordable. Although Punky Pins specialises in pins (hence the name!) Literary Emporium also sells a wide range of bookish items such as clothing, jewellery and much more.


6. For the Tea Drinkers

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Like I could be British and do any gift idea post without adding some tea but this isn’t just any tea, it’s bookish tea! Bookish Teas is a Literary Inspired Tea Shop based in Germany and its creator, Zilan focuses on organic and eco-friendly mixes. You can find tea based on books such as ACOTAR, Six of Crows, The Raven Cycle and many more. Also the blend is customisable – delicious both hot and cold! Riddles Tea Shoppe is a company based in the US and as well as selling tea blends, also creates pins, bookmarks and art prints! As you can tell from the name of the shop, you will find teas based on the magical world of Harry Potter as well as Game of Thrones and others!


And that is it! We hope you find something you like, either for yourself or for a friend and family and all that’s left to say is, happy spending!
Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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I decided to do something a bit different today and experiment with more styles of blogging – incorporating some lifestyle and photography into our posts. Below will be some shots of my typical day.

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My family finally invested in a record player so the first thing I did was buy a Mumford and Sons vinyl off Amazon. I haven’t listened to their music in a while but I am happy I remember all the lyrics and could happily dance around the living room. If you’re considering buying this vinyl, I’d definitely recommend it. It has the cutest packaging and lyrics on the inside! The record player is from Urban Outfitters.

IMG_9005.JPGA cup of tea is always an essential in the mornings along with starting my current read. At the moment I’m rereading one of my all time favourites – The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel! A random fact about me is that I have three sugars in my tea but at one point, I had up to five! What are you guys currently reading?

1.jpgIMG_9014.jpgIf the weather permits (haha) I try and do some reading outside. Despite it being August, today we’ve had a mixture of cloud, rain and sun so my time outside didn’t last long. That included with my two dogs who enjoy putting their toys on my lap whilst I’m trying to read. I wouldn’t recommend this technique. 0/10.

IMG_8995.jpgI am also in the middle of reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn which I was sent for review and The Humans by Matt Haig which I found at a charity shop. Also, being a co-owner of a Bookish Candle shop requires me to test a lot of candles throughout the day. Who needs perfume when you work with essential oils?

IMG_9021.jpgFinally I catch up on the blog, be that writing up blog posts or blog-hopping which I’ve been doing a lot lately. I’ve been getting so much inspiration from other book bloggers and I’m really in the blogging mood lately after quite a long slump. If you have a book blog, make sure to link yours in the comments below!

 

That’s it! Did you like this post?
Let me know in the comments! Love, Angharad @
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