'Summer Body' Dread

Isn't it a shame that simple words such as 'summer body', 'bikini body' or even 'heatwave' can cause such dread and anxiety for so many people! A wave of fear and nerves coming over you, forcing you to decide what's better; getting your legs out or melting in the 28 degree heat! Then, once deciding to brave the shorts, you spend the day worrying about what people are thinking; worrying about the size of your thighs or about the marks down your legs. The reality is, none of it actually matters and most people wouldn't think twice about your outfit- in fact, they're more likely to think positively than negatively. Unfortunately, that feeling still doesn't go away! Within a few seconds of seeing a stranger, we forget what they look like anyway so really that should comfort us and make life easier?!

It's so easy to look at the people around you and appreciate their beauty, believing they're either confident in their skin or should be... chances are, they aren't as confident as they come across or have had a struggle to reach that point if they are. We all look at others and admire their beauty so why can't we do it to ourselves!
A day can feel so much better when you walk out, confident in your outfit, but that doesn't mean it's the only time you look awesome! Sometimes the only thing you can do is say 'screw it' and walk out that door with the reassuring thought that you look flippin' incredible, even if you don't believe it at the time! Tell yourself it often enough and you might just start to believe it! Yes, some days will always be harder than others but overall, it might just do you the world of good.

If you see someone else in an outfit that you think looks great... tell them! It might not seem like much at the time but if they're having a crappy day in terms of confidence, it could make all the difference.

One key moment sticks in my mind when I think about this topic... 
Last year, I uploaded a post about a couple of dresses from Boutique Of Molly, one of which, was this red one. That day, I was not feeling confident in any way shape or form and hated taking the pictures feeling that way. I didn't like the pictures that were taken at all but didn't want my own thoughts to stop me from uploading the blog post. After uploading the pictures to my blog and my instagram, I received a number of positive comments, which was probably exactly what I needed. Not only did I ignore the negative inner voice but I also got a great reaction in return. It was such a simple thing for people to do but made such a big difference to my thoughts and feelings about the outfit. And now look... I've used the pictures in another post- take that, insecurities!

It's great not to have to rely on other people's comments to make you feel confident or somewhat confident but it certainly helps whilst you're working towards that point as well as giving a boost even if you don't need it as such.

What are your thoughts on body confidence and 'summer bodies', let me know in the comments! If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from me, you can follow my social media in the top right-corner. Thanks for reading.

Love, Steph x
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Life Update: Finishing First Year

I'm back... 

I know I've not been anywhere near as consistent since starting university and have stopped altogether the past month but things have been a little busy and a lot stressful. With a new project to work on each week, it's not left a great deal of time for other things. Plus, everything else also seems to have happened in May adding to the busyness. However, first year has now officially finished and I'm back to having days to myself, to get back into blogging and writing generally.
One lesson I can definitely say I've learnt this term and the past month has been my stress indicators and hopefully decent ways to deal with said stress, although that hasn't always run smoothly! I've also learnt that I'm not one to step back in order to try and avoid the stress and just half-ass the project. I always think 'if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well' and so even in a group setting, I'm reluctant to take a back seat as I want to ensure something is as high a standard as it can be. As annoying as this can be for others, although I do try to avoid that where possible, it's more annoying for me! I suppose it works out in the end as it tends to pay off most of the time but it's not without struggle.
Another key thing I've discovered, or rather... been reassured about, is my enjoyment and love for creative projects and in particular, magazines. As time-consuming and difficult as it was to create a zine and a magazine in a week without having prior knowledge of the software was one of my favourite parts. I was able to learn as I went along, attempting to create what I had in my head through trial and error and I'm actually pretty happy with the outcome, although it has plenty of room for improvement. It was great to see the pages come to life after hours of work and to write in the specific style for a younger audience that I would love to do again and again, possibly as a career?!

It's definitely been a month of learning a lot and attempting to be as creative as possible but it's also been a fun month. I spent a weekend away for my cousins birthday and had an amazing time with some lovely people, which was a great way to unwind!

As for now, I'm a little sad that first year is over and it'll be odd not seeing people from uni over Summer but I'm excited to be off and to get on with my Summer plans as it'll hopefully be a very exciting one!
I hope you've had a good month and are looking forward to the Summer, whenever that begins for you. Let me know what plans you have! I hope you enjoyed this post and are looking forward to more regular posting again. Thanks for reading this post, if you enjoyed it and want to see more, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner.

Love, Steph x

P.S. If you want to hear about my first year of university, you can watch my video on that below...
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