No struggle, no progress

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Happy Monday everyone. How was your weekend? I was at yet another beautiful wedding. Boy, I love my church. So many couples finding happiness and love the right way, and Saturday was an excellent example of that. The church is where I found my husband and I’m so glad I did.

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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

I believe that this is true. We don’t get anything without working hard for it. Blessings don’t just fall into our laps, which is why they taste that much sweeter knowing how hard we had to persevere for them.

It is also the reason why we should never give up. Because once we stop ‘struggling’, the progress we were making grinds to a halt and we become stagnant.

So keep going, no matter hard it is, no matter how many rejections you receive and closed doors slam in your face. The struggle is worth the victory at the end.


From today, I will be off social media and away from all secular entertainment because I am doing a 21-day detox once again. I have done it many times before and it has always been so good for me. I’m sure this one will be much better. So no posts for three weeks and I will be back in September.

Thanks for reading and see you soon.

Mich x

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Chevz_cases

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Hey all. Sorry for the missed post on Monday. I didn’t have the chance to write the night before. But here’s one for you now.

My friend recently started a business called chevz_cases, which allows you to customise your phone case with the image, pattern or design of your choice.

I decided to give her a try and picked one of my wedding pictures as a design.

The process was surprisingly quick and within a few days, I had my phone case. When I opened the package, the vibrant colours dazzled me. It was a printing job well done.

I love my personalised case! I have had it for almost two months and there have been no problems with it.

Check out her Instagram page: chevz_cases or you can email her at chevzcases@hotmail.com.

What do you think of my phone case?

Mich x

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A Bournemouth photo diary

Last Thursday, I took my hubby to Bournemouth for a weekend staycation for his birthday. I seized the opportunity to use it as a break away from my routine too. It was very much needed.

We left on Thursday morning and upon arriving in Bournemouth, we settled into our room at the Hampton by Hilton.

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Our view from our room.

That afternoon, we went to Nando’s and watched Spiderman: Homecoming in the cinema.

The next day (my hubby’s birthday) is when we really got to explore. We went to the beach and discovered beautiful gardens. Even though it wasn’t as warm as we hoped it would be, and though the waves were quite rough, I loved feeling the cold water on my feet. It was so refreshing. My hubby ran away from it. He said it was too cold for him. I laughed so much. I just loved being there, unable to see where the waters ended. It was fascinating.

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Bournemouth Pier

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I loved these ombre coloured huts. I couldn’t resist snapping pictures of them.

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I loved the view of the pier from above.
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I thought that this hotel was so pretty.
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This was a museum, but we didn’t go in, so I just took a quick pic instead.

Fortunately, we got hungry and took McDonald’s back to our room before the torrential rains began to pour down. We fell asleep in the comfy beds, and managed to make it out again for the hubby’s birthday dinner at Frankie & Benny’s. Unfortunately, it was still raining, but the restaurant was just round the corner, so we didn’t get too wet.

We had to leave on the Saturday, but not before a delicious breakfast. Breakfast at this hotel is just the best. Full english, is there any other way?

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I loved being in Bournemouth. I only wish that that the weather had been warmer, but who could have known. It’s July for crying out loud! But I believe that the hubby and I will be back.

Mich x

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Stronger

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Good morning everyone and happy Monday.

A quick Motivational Monday post for you all; I believe today’s quote is pretty self-explanatory.

We often don’t realise how strong we are, how much we can actually take. We only discover our inner strength when we are faced with certain problems, but we don’t allow them to break us.

So, don’t give in too easily. You never know what you are capable of.

Mich x

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The structured peplum dress

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Dress: ASOS

Lace-up sandals: eBay

This dress stayed in my Saved Items on my ASOS account for a while. I checked on it one day and it was out of stock. Despite my disappointment, I didn’t delete it because a girl can only hope. And my optimism paid off. Instead of saying that my size was out of stock when I checked again, it was there in all its pink peplum glory. I ordered it immediately. Not for the sake of it, of course; I had a wedding to attend that weekend… naturally. You all know by now that if it’s an outfit post, it’s because I’ve been to a wedding haha.

I hit the jackpot when I got this dress because of the structured shape, which works very well for my figure. It’s not tight; it hugs my body in the right places and complements my form rather than exaggerating it.

I love the peplum detail at the bottom of the dress and the structured lining. The material is of good, thick quality.

I paired it with my black lace-up sandals – sweet and simple. I can’t resist turning to ASOS for my outfits. I try to steer clear but I can’t help it – I have free next day delivery for a year and I intend to make the most of it.

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I’ll be on my way to Bournemouth in a few hours. I decided to treat my husband to a weekend away for his birthday on Friday. I’m so excited, probably even more so than he is. This is a break that I have desperately needed and I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. Check out my Instagram for updates.

Have a great weekend!

Mich x

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Have a healthy attitude

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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and I believe that you will have an even greater week.

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”

Yes, having a good and healthy attitude is contagious. So is having a negative one. People can read you and feed off of your energy. If you are always miserable and pessimistic, they will want to stay away from you. If you always have something positive to share, people will want to be close to you.

It may be that they aren’t optimistic and just want to grasp a little of what you have for themselves. That is how much having a healthy attitude matters, because you could influence people.

I learnt something yesterday that changed me: when I choose to stay in the shadows, I’m being selfish because my light could make all the difference for someone who needs it.

Hearing this was a reality check because it described who I have been over the past year. I’d allowed a problem I’d been going through to cause me to fade into the background, and I was happy there in my own space. I didn’t want to be disturbed and I didn’t care. But it was only yesterday, when God used someone to tell me the above message, that I realised that for the past year I have been wrong. And I don’t think my attitude helped anyone. I was only harming myself.

So, today’s Happy Quote is more of a note to self rather than a Motivational Monday quote for you all, and I’m going to be working on this. But hopefully, it helps someone too.

Have a great day.

Mich x

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My love of culottes

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Blouse: ASOS

Culottes: ASOS

Lace-up sandals: eBay

I think culottes have become my favourite style of trousers. That’s funny, considering I only have two. Yet, I don’t think it’s about how many I have, but how I feel when I wear them, and I always feel so good. They are loose and comfortable, and even though they are naturally wide-legged, they don’t make you look big. The material of this particular pair from ASOS are soft and feel so good on my skin.

This was my outfit for my birthday dinner at Burger and Lobster. Once again, I wore a blouse covered in ruffles. I just can’t seem to get enough. Turns out my birthday was ruffle-themed. Remember the top I wore to the theatre in this post?

These culottes have a fancy slit on the side of each leg – you can only catch a glimpse of them in the last image –, which gives them that extra oomph and makes them differ from an ordinary pair of black culottes. The great thing about these is that I could wear them to work with smart loafers, or casually with a white t-shirt and sandals or white trainers. I love pieces of clothing that I can wear in a multiple ways.

Mich x

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