Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas Films - Top Picks

Happy December, everyone! I adore Christmas. There's something so untouchably wonderful about this time of year, and the festivities of the month definitely brighten the bitter cold of early school mornings.

One of the greatest things about this time of year is curling up with a mug of tea in front of your favourite Christmas film. I definitely can't pick one favourite, but these are a few top choices...

LOVE ACTUALLY // A classic romantic comedy telling the stories of different people at Christmas.

NATIVITY  // A laugh-out-loud film about a class trying to put on a Nativity play to impress.

ELF // The story of an unusually large elf going to find his real father in the U.S.

HOME ALONE // Who hasn't see this film, do I need to explain?

THE POLAR EXPRESS // A train takes a group of children to the North Pole, with surprises along the way.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL // Bah humbug.

Trailers - 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

What are your favourite Christmas films to curl up to?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

What's On My Iphone 6?

Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored in any way to write this post, these are all my own opinions!

I think we can all admit we would go on our phones less often if it wasn't for the apps they contained. Whether that's social media or something completely random...

These are some apps I'm constantly clicking on:

VSCO // You're probably aware of this one already. However, if you're not, this is an app that allows you to edit your photos. The filters are sophisticated and I love the user interface as it's simplistic and easy to use.

CLUE // Most of my readers are girls; I feel that I should share this secret with you! Clue is a period tracker app that allows you to record data like symptoms, when you started, how motivated you feel at different types of your cycle etc... It's so easy to use and a major plus is nobody would guess what app it is by looking at it. The symbol is discrete and the app is so handy to have on your phone as it gives you notifications about when you're due etc...

SPOTIFY // I mentioned this in a previous post, but my love for Spotify is increasing! I have discovered so many beautiful artists and it has allowed me to create different playlists for all sorts - from studying to dancing around the kitchen!

PINTEREST // You can't go wrong with Pinterest. It never fails to inspire me and whenever I'm bored I find myself clicking on the app and pinning to my hearts content. You can view my profile here.

ASOS // ASOS is renowned for their ability to provide the latest styles fast. I'm not much of an online shopper myself, as most pieces I try on don't fit properly! However, what lured me in with this app was how easy it is to return items. Packages come delivered with sticky labels (stamps, return address etc...) inside, and you simply pop them on the package exterior and return your unwanted items for free with a full refund. Fab!

DEPOP // I'm currently attempting to declutter my wardrobe. I've had a depop account for a long time, but have never attempted to sell items. However, one day I decided to take some photos and see what happened! I haven't had an awful lot of success yet (I've sold a few bits) but hopefully I will have more in the future! Do any of you have depop?

What are your favourite apps? I'd love a few recommendations in the comments!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Ten Things People Who Went To A British Primary School Will Understand

Primary School was a pretty rosy time for me. I attended the village school, just a five minutes walk away and lived a somewhat quintessentially British childhood in terms of education.
Here are a few things that just say "Primary School" to me, if any of you can relate, please tell me down below. I'd also be very interested in the education in other countries!

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1. The proud moment when you upgraded from writing with a pencil to a blue, Berol pen.

2. Once getting to the last class in the school, you felt like royalty sitting on the bench in assemblies. (The others had to sit on the floor!)

3. Making 'bird's nests' with the cut grass, once the field had been mowed.

4. Wearing a blue, checkered dress in summer, usually paired with white knee high socks.

5. Following the teacher-in-charge at lunch with current best friend in tow, so you could both ring the big copper bell to end lunch.

6. Singing the same songs in every assembly. Popular choices included "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Cauliflowers Fluffy,"

7. Being asked to take a note to another teacher, and feeling that you have been challenged with taking the ring to Mordor. 

8. The thin blue mats that were meant to cushion your fall in P.E. were very deceptive. 

9. Covering your hands in PVA glue, then peeling it off once it dried was the majority of your art lessons.

10. And finally... If you didn't have everyone's signature on your t-shirt, your last day was a failure!

What do you remember about your time in lower education?

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Music You Should Listen To

Music is close to my heart. I play piano, guitar and am constantly bursting into song (seriously, ask friends and family, they will roll their eyes and nod.)

A while ago, I discovered a beautiful thing called Spotify. It has allowed me to come to the realisation that I prefer small artists, and I now have many different playlists for anything from relaxing to dancing wildly around the kitchen with my brother. 

From this outlet, I have discovered a few beautiful songs that I believe should be recognised more. And who better to share them with than you? Have a click on the titles and enjoy... then tell me which one is your favourite in the comments!

Morning - William Wild
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez  
La Vie En Rose - Daniela Andrade 
Only Love - Ben Howard
Ghosts - Laura Marling 

What are your favourite songs at the moment?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

15 Blog Post Ideas

We've all suffered from the dreaded writer's block, where we simply don't know what to write and no matter what we do, no ideas bloom. Therefore I thought I'd write a few ideas for an event such as this... refer back to it when you need to!


What's in your bag? How do you organise it? This could be a school bag or one you use for work/daily.

Interview a fellow blogger, perhaps one who has a similar blog to you so you can guarantee your readers will be interested!

Share your goals for the future. These could be for your lifetime, the next year, month... or even the next week!

Why did you start your blog? Share your reasons and review your progress up until now.

What have you been loving/using a lot this month?


What steps do you take to keep your skin clear and healthy?

Share your daily makeup routine. 

What simple hairstyles do you use when time isn't on your side?

What makeup products have you been loving recently?

What product empties have you got, and keep returning to buy again?


Every family has a recipe that has been passed down the generations. What's yours?

Recreate a recipe from Pinterest and see how it compares to the original

Step out of your comfort zone and use an ingredient you haven't used before. Did it work?

Bake with a family member and record it. (This would be particularly fun with little ones!)

Review a local restaurant/place to eat. 

I hope you liked reading, hopefully it has sparked some inspiration!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

How To Keep To Your Blogging Schedule

Most of you will have experienced this... The point in your life when you're already drowning in schoolwork, super busy and just don't feel like sticking to the blogging schedule you promised your readers. Or perhaps you're not busy, but simply keep procrastinating and putting writing off because you can't be bothered and would rather watch television with a large bar of chocolate. Don't worry, I feel ya. I've been there. 

However, recently I've been trying to avoid this by using a few tips and tricks... which I thought I'd share with you!

Take advantage of those spectacular moments where you're brimming with inspiration and ideas. Write all of it down, and if you're enjoying writing - why stop? I tend to write a few posts in preparation for periods when I know I'll be busy. It works wonders, and future you will be grateful!

Put your favourite playlist on, surround yourself in fairy lights, light some candles... you get me.

Put your pyjama bottoms on, take your makeup off and surround yourself in blankets. Better? Better.

Personal favourite - large mug of tea and the biscuit tin.

If you view anything negatively/as a chore, your mind will reject it unless you're in one of those I CAN DO ANYTHING YOU THROW AT ME moods. Therefore, see it as something fun, and as a welcome relief from school/work.

I hope these tips help! How do you stay on top of your blogging schedule?

Sunday, 7 August 2016

A Few Summer Favourites


Benefit "High Beam" Highlighter // I love this highlighter. I purchased it about a year ago and forgot all about it, as I wasn't quite sure how it even worked... However, now I've discovered where to put it, it's a staple in my make-up collection!

No7 "Stay Perfect" Foundation // I'm pale. Even after spending a week in Tenerife, I'm pale. Therefore, until recently I avoided foundation as I was convinced I'd be a laughing stock with an orange face and a white everything else. However, I was then recommended this by a friend and have stuck with it ever since! The lightest shade "Calico," suits my skin tone perfectly and it doesn't cling to the dry patches on my skin... it's fabulous.


Sunglasses // I've had these sunglasses for donkey's years. I've gone through a few pairs in between, but I always come back to these. They were only a few pounds from Peacocks, and therefore considered a winner by me!

Olivia Burton Watch // I've rambled on about this watch on this blog before, so I won't go on too much... I'll just say it's the best, I look forward to putting it on in the morning and say a sad farewell at night.


Spotify // I don't have the funds to spend on music in Itunes and was stuck for an alternative. Then I discovered spotify, an app that has a lot of frustrating advertisements, however is amazing for the price (absolutely free!) and I love being able to create playlists. In fact, I'm listening to my "Relax" one right now! A few favourites are "La Vie En Rose," by Daniela Andrade and "Heartbeats," by Jose Gonzalez.

Mini Cacti // This is a weird and wonderful one, but they had to be included. My friend Katie bought these for me for my birthday and I love them. They sit happily on my window sill and I'm trying to work out how often they need to be watered in Welsh weather... Does anybody know?!

What have you been enjoying this Summer?

Sunday, 31 July 2016

My Favourite Quotes & Why

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

One of the reasons for me liking this particular quote is because it was the first one I was introduced to, by my Dad, when I was quite little. He said that I'd begin to realise this more as I grew up, and I think I have over the years.

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing." - Aristotle

I am a "people pleaser." I care far too much about peoples' opinions of me, even when I do not have much respect for them. I think this quote is both motivating and encouraging. It simply means you won't get anywhere without being criticised - and perhaps that is very true.

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, I told them they didn't understand life." - John Lennon

I love this quote, so much so that I wrote it out, added a few flowers and entered it into a photography competition (many moons ago) on this blog.

"If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack." - Coco Chanel 

I remind myself of this when I'm feeling low... Then proceed to applying lots of lipstick and heading out with a smile and my "determined walk," (as named by my friends!)

"If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting until the rest of our lives." - Lemony Snicket 

This one is important, I think we all struggle to pop the bubble named "comfort zone," we spend too much of our time in. I've really realised this Summer that you only live once, and therefore you should never let anything hold you back. (Unless it's death, or puts you in any serious physical or emotional danger... perhaps you can wait for that one a little bit!)

This was something a bit different - what'd you think?
What are you favourite quotes? 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

DIY Party Decorations

In May, I held a party to celebrate both my birthday and the end of exams. Like many, I did not have an infinite budget and therefore headed to Pinterest for some inspiration. This is what I created...

FLOWERS // To make these, I used old tins. I started by washing them in warm, soapy water so the labels would come off and reveal the shiny surface underneath. I then walked around the woods nearby and searched for wild flowers as pictured above. (Don't worry, all flowers that were not in abundance and would be missed were not picked - the pansy is one that had fallen in my Mum's garden!)

PAPER BUNTING // I printed this from Pinterest and was amazed at the quality. You can select your letters and print as many as you choose, all at no expense whatsoever! Click here if you would like to print your own bunting. 

RIBBON BUNTING // I made this by tying bits of old fabric, that my Mum (an avid sewer) did not need anymore, onto string. I tried to colour co-ordinate and decided upon reds, whites and pinks. My favourite scraps were the red gingham and the strawberry print. To pad the fabric out, I used ribbons of different widths to add some variety.

RECORD PLAYER // This was the source of music for the party, a favourite was a Beatles vinyl as most knew at least a few of the songs. (Can't beat the classics like "Yellow Submarine"!) However, if you do not have a record player, simply use any music you'd like! Possibly by amplifying phone music, or using a CD player etc...

BALLOONS // There were balloons EVERYWHERE in my garden, just tie them in all the random places you can find and watch as your surroundings transform into a plethora of party madness!

If you'd like to view my main source of inspiration, here is the Pinterest board I created for the event.

I hope you enjoyed reading and can take some ideas from my creations, how do you like to decorate your house for celebrations?

Sunday, 10 July 2016


I am a firm believer that accessories are just as important as the main outfit. Therefore, I have decided to list a few of my favourites at the moment...

Olivia Burton Watch // I received this for my birthday and still can't get over the fact that I have a watch as beautiful as this. It makes me feel fab when I wear it (which is every day) and I feel proud as punch when somebody asks me what the time is!

Polka-Dot Scrunchie // I wear this on the days when my hair is a bit flat, a bit boring and just in a need of a helping hand. I feel it adds a cutesy touch to an otherwise simple updo.

Flower Necklace // This necklace is so dainty and beautiful, and because it's silver it goes with anything. It's perfect for both the day and night and compliments any outfit perfectly.

Anklet // I got given this from a friend who bought it for me in Spain. I'm going to see how long it lasts me - who reckons I can wear it all Summer?

Frilly Socks // If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I love how these look with both a pair of converse or suede ankle boots, they're so blooming cute!

Daisy Chain Bracelet // I was so lucky to be given this Pia bracelet from my parents for Christmas. It's elegant and falls loosely on the wrist, so it's lovely for Summer where you don't want anything too tight against the skin.

I hope you enjoyed reading! What are the favourite details you like to add to an outfit?

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

How To Escape

I am sure you are well aware of one of the simple facts of life - it can be stressful. Sometimes, very stressful.
I am lucky to have finished my exams and am trying to enjoy a summer which is as relaxing as possible. However, sometimes the little things get us down and we need a way of escaping the daily chaos of life.

Need a break? Try one of these...

Have a bath
Sometimes all you need is to immerse yourself in hot water and listen to the pop of bath bubbles. If you want to escape pondering over what's on your mind, try watching a favourite film or television program. Just make sure it's a safe distance away from the water!

Read at least one chapter of a fictional book 
I find reading is a truly successful way of escaping thoughts. Pick up a good book and dive into a world which is not this one.

Tidy something
If this seems like the last thing you would want to do in times of stress, skip it! However, I find that organising books or my wardrobe can provide a much needed sense of relief and accomplishment in times of worry.

Go for a walk 
When you're cooped up indoors, you're cooped up in your feelings. Go outside, perhaps take a camera and appreciate the world around you. It'll make a refreshing difference from your bedroom walls, trust me!

Listen to some relaxing music/sound (with headphones to achieve full effect)
ASMR** - (This is created by one of my favourite youtubers, I recommend having a rummage around her channel!)

Have a "no internet" rule for a decided amount of time. 
The internet is such a massive part of our lives these days, that sometimes it's best to step back and experience the life our older relatives led at our age!

Have a cup of your favourite-hot-something
This doesn't need much explanation. My favourite is tea - strong with no sugar please!

Do something completely irrelevant to what's on your mind
Some ideas could be to paint your nails, write a story/poem, learn a new song on an instrument (if you play one) draw, paint, play a game on your phone, bake a cake etc...

Brush your hair
The continuous sensation of brushing your hair can cause the muscles in your body to relax, therefore causing your mind to do the same.

Lastly, if escaping your feelings/stress does not seem to work, try writing them down to be rid of them.
Write them down in scrawly paragraphs, neat bullet points or sharp sentences. However you feel most comfortable, writing can be a good method to achieve relief from strong senses of emotion.

** ASMR is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is basically supposed to achieve the sensation some people get when their hair is stroked, kind of a fuzzy and warm feeling. Although it doesn't do this for me personally, it certainly relaxes me - I only like certain ones though, similar to the one shared above. The ones I enjoy are basically audio books!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A Fresh Start

I am back. 

I have emerged from piles of school books and notes, empty tea-stained mugs and the boredom of never ending revision. The light is eventually in sight, on the horizon waiting for me to grab once I finish my one.last.exam on Tuesday.

I am determined to make this a summer to remember and have therefore decided to do what I do best, make a list.

Summer - Aims & Aspirations

Learn to photograph in manual mode 
Improve my blog and content
Get a decent tan (I'm so pale at the moment I would blend in with a heap of snow.)
Start running
Keep a summer journal
Eat more greens and fruit!
Visit London again 
Get better at sailing
Print photographs
Relax, actually relax
Host a party to remember to celebrate birthday/end of exams
Write at least one collaboration post
Purchase a smock dress
Learn how to contour without looking a mess!
Travel as much as humanely possible
Read, Read and Read
Get better at cooking
Write more
Bake a cake
Meet new people
Spend at least half of my summer on the beach/in the sea

There is plenty more, but I think I'll leave it there.
What would you like to achieve this summer?

Sunday, 10 April 2016

9 Things Every Girl Should Know

1. Life isn't all about work, you need to find the balance. Life is far too short to be cooped up indoors all day, every day revising for that test you have next week. Work to achieve your potential, but don't allow this to waste your days away. Go and have a great time with your favourite people!

2. Success will come. Look at the famous actors, authors and celebrities we see today. If you asked them, you would probably find they all had hurdles to cross to get to where they are today. If you feel the sensation of failing, remind yourself everyone has to experience this to succeed.

3. Expensive makeup isn't always the answer. The best concealer I've ever used? Collection concealer at £4.19.

4. Things will work out. Take yourself back to a time when you had an argument with "Sally" in Primary/Elementary School and everything seemed like the end of the world. Does that still seem the case?

5. Everyone has insecurities. When you look in the mirror and point out every spot and unwanted freckle you have, or the fact that your eyebrows look bushy today. Remember, even cover models look in the mirror and think the same as you. You are not alone, but don't let these insecurities engulf you in negativity

6. People's lives on social media aren't truthful. The perfect photographs you see have been filtered and are depicting the best parts. Everyone is human, like you.

7. It's okay to eat... lots! Next time you're watching a film, debating whether to unwrap your last Easter egg, do it! You're allowed calories!

8. It's okay to have a good old cry. Even if you don't really have a reason for it - blame it on hormones!

9. It's pretty fab being a girl. Yes, we have the worst share of quite a few things (time on the month, need I go on?) However, you are strong and should be proud of how far we, as women have come in history.

What would you add to this list?

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Self Expression

  1. the expression of one's feelings, thoughts, or ideas, especially in writing, art, music, or dance.
    "they create art primarily for their own enjoyment and self-expression"

How do you express yourself?

Perhaps it's in the words you write, the notes you sing, the lines you paint or the sentences you write. 

Maybe it's simply the effect you have on others or the words you speak to demonstrate your opinion. 

I see self expression like concentrated orange squash.  Sometimes lifestyle, work, grades and people's expectations dilute your self expression, life is the water. 

However, sometimes people don't let the squash become too diluted. Some like their drinks strong and therefore do not let too much water mask the sickly-sweet taste. 

All of us are creative in our own ways, and therefore we show it in different ways. Some people are lucky enough to become successful and live from these talents, however some are not. 

But, no matter where life leads you, remember not to mask your self expression. Never let society tell you what you can and can't do. 

And last of all, never put something that others may deem as more important and respectable ahead of this. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

What Makes Me Happy?

What makes me happy? What makes you happy? Happiness is a fundamental thing in all of our lives, and therefore when I saw that I was tagged by the lovely Sophia to do the "Happy Tag" I could not resist. 


Cwtch - Welsh, a cuddle or hug.
Cosy - A feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation. 
Epiphany - A moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.
Felicity - Intense happiness.
Plethora - A large amount of something. 
Ripple - A small wave.
Sumptuous -  Splendid and expensive looking.


Childhood favourites:
The Magical Faraway Tree // Enid Blyton
The Famous Five Books // Enid Blyton
Hetty Feather // Jacqueline Wilson
Matilda // Roald Dahl

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone // JK. Rowling
The Shopaholic Series // Sophia Kinsella
All I Know Now // Carrie Hope Fletcher
The Naturals // Jennier Lynn Barnes


Mum's chocolate brownies baking
Freshly cut grass 
Wood burning
Old books


Childhood favourites:
Mary Poppins
The Sound of Music

We'll Take Manhattan
The Glass Virgin
Pride and Prejudice
Kinky Boots 


Pretty dresses
Fluffy socks
Floppy hats
The stroking tick of grandfather clocks 
National Trust houses
Long drives at night

Thank you for reading. What makes you happy?

Sunday, 6 March 2016

The Writing Process

Sits down, brushes hair back. 
Game face on, you are going to write a good post this week. 
But what do I write about?
Beauty? Inspiration? Lifestyle? 
...I need a cup of tea... 
Sits back down.
...And a biscuit... 
Right, come on. You were doing so well last week.
Hair is far too distracting. 
Puts it in a ponytail, sits back down. 
Glasses, where are you?
Puts glasses on.
Now you have no excuses, write something! 
Writes title, and first two lines. 
Great, now what next?
I don't have a clue. 
Deletes previously typed words. 
It's been half an hour and you are still sitting in front of a blank post. 
Searches Pinterest for inspiration. 
Ends up pinning more than a few photos - they're definitely too good not to... 
Closes the Pinterest tab.
Now, what are you going to write?
Starts typing, finally. 

What is your writing process?
Also, I'm thinking of doing a Q&A post next week, please comment with your questions!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

A Humongous Thank You!

100 followers, wow. I never quite thought this would happen, with last year and the failure to blog regularly, I found myself losing many more of you than I’d have liked to.

But now, 2016 and I have 102 followers. I don’t really have much to say other than a humongous thank you. Thank you for reading my posts and leaving comments which make my day, and thank you for clicking the follow button which grows my blog that little bit extra every time somebody does.

I am truly grateful and touched that you enjoy reading what I write on this tiny piece of the internet, I am so lucky to have you lovely people here, and I can’t wait to see your blogs grow along with mine.

Much love

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Life's About The Little Things

The little things... 

A hot mug of tea between two cold palms. 

Fresh, crisp sheets that smell of washing powder. 

Spontaneous days out. 

The smell of brownies baking in the oven. 

Realising it's the weekend and rolling over to continue with much needed sleep.

New pyjamas. 

Baths with your favourite bath bomb. 

Baggy jumpers. 

A successful shopping trip. 

The sound of rain thudding against window panes.

Conversations about everything under the sun. 

Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things. 
~ Kurt Vonnegut 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Good Day Guide

We all have our bad days, unfortunately that is an inevitable fact of life. 
Being a student wallowing amongst revision, exams and having to wake up five days a week to a school day (usually composed of stress and questionable advice) this can be a pretty hard task sometimes. 

Due to this, I have managed to come up with a few ways which help me have a better day...

1. Don't focus on the bad things. 
This is certainly easier said than done. I am a person who is forever focusing on the less than good things much more than I'd like to. However, when you feel like you're surrounded, try and revert your mind to the things that make you happy.

2. Start your day feeling postive. 
Don't get me wrong, I am definitely one of "those" people who roll out of bed and reply with nothing but grunts in those awful early mornings. However, recently I have found it very helpful to tell myself I will have a good day. I think some of us underestimate how much our mental states control us, sometimes!

3. Eat chocolate. 
Calories don't matter when you're feeling a little down in the dumps - rule.

4. Drink tea. 
There is something so relaxing about a mug of hot tea, especially with your nose buried in your favourite book. 

5. Watch a Disney film 
Disney is not compulsory! Any film that you watched religiously as a child is sure to cheer you up.
"Mary Poppins," and "The Sound of Music," are some of my favourites.

6. Pamper yourself
By this, I don't mean making an effort. (Unless you'd like to!)
I find that if I'm feeling a bit gloomy and groggy, a shower and fresh clothes help an enormous amount.

7. Remind yourself you are lucky 
You, the person reading this now. You are lucky! Why, you ask?
You have people who love and care for you, and the ability to follow your dreams.
Don't let the small things get you down, the people who upset and hurt you are not worth it.
Surround yourself with only good things, and you will go far.   

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Some Things I Struggle To Accept

You live in Wales, it's going to rain practically every day. Especially this time of year.

If you get up ten minutes prior to when you leave the house, your make-up and hair is not going to be perfect. 

Not everybody will like you, and that's not so bad. 

If you leave having a shower until after your brother has had one, you will have about three minutes before the water turns stone cold.

If you are kind, that kindness will not always be returned. 

You can't be good at everything, nobody is. 

Some people would be grateful for your "bad days."

The past and future is next to irrelevant now, focus on the present. 

If you want to get something done, drinking tea under your duvet will probably not help. 

If you lie in bed until twelve 'o' clock, you're going to struggle getting to sleep the next night.

Grades are not everything.

...However you should probably revise for your maths exam tomorrow now...

What do you struggle to accept?
Thank you for reading!