Interiors…

I know…it’s been a long time. BUT I’m back on a schedule (I won’t say what the schedule is just in case, but hopefully you’ll figure out what it is, hehe). It’s kind of sad to know that there’s now a gap in my blog archives; there are no Feb 2017 posts 😦 But I just had to take a real break. Besides, I had no ideas anyway haha…

I’ve added a new category. Interiors! Now, if you follow me on >> Pinterest << (plug plug plug), then you’ll know that I’ve really been getting into interiors.

When I was younger I wanted to be an Interior Designer and I just love seeing pictures of ‘perfect’ homes with subtle themes. In my opinion it still has to have a homely feel to appeal to me. I think my interior style is basically Scandinavian – minimalism but with splashes of colour, textures and clean-looking (bases of white) and I love how a room looks with plants dotted around (mainly cacti and succulents).

I’m excited to share future posts on this, and to show bits of my own interiors and personal style 🙂 Stay tuned! In one of my next posts this month, I’ll be discussing how much a house in order can change your state of mind

Doubt Kills More Dreams

This is SO true. If you have a lot of doubt (talking about bad doubt – sometimes it can be a good thing – but maybe we’ll talk about that another time) you’ll coil up and are less likely to work on dreams big or small. I thought to myself last week – I WANT GOD TO USE ME MORE. If you’ve failed – that means that at least you’ve TRIED. Don’t let condemnation pull you down. Try not to be afraid of failure, because there is a lot that can be learned from it. I’m the person I am today simply because of lessons I’ve learned from making iffy decisions.

Learning from failure brings success.

Good Vibes

Learning how to process life is extremely important. I think this is one of the main things that separate people that are always complaining, and people that seem to be more easy going. It’s not always down to personality; it’s actually possible to consciously control. It’s like having a filter installed in your brain.

This isn’t a post telling you to insensitively cut people off (although if someone is draining the life out of you, it’s best to stay distant). In my opinion, good vibes start from US. For me, the relationship I have with God puts things in perspective; knowing that this earth isn’t my final home, automatically makes me more of a positive person. So when things happen I can be like – “And?” 😀 Of course, I don’t find myself saying “And?” for everything I go through. Some things are very hard, but eventually I can smile because I believe God is going to sort everything out. 

Don’t allow little silly things to steal your joy. For those niggly things just ask yourself if it will matter in five years’ time. Usually, it won’t!

Brilliant Boston

Yes! Nathan surprised me again, with a trip to Boston, for part of my birthday gift. How awesome?! We both love to travel and visit new places and we both hadn’t been to America for a long time, so this was a great surprise! This blog post is quite late because we went to Boston in December…at least it’s January haha – could have been much worse. I really want to blog waaaay more but I struggle sometimes with what to write about…need to buy a notebook for blog ideas…

We were on the plane for just under 8 hours (haven’t been on a flight that long in a while so my legs felt it!) I definitely recommend a few toilet breaks on flights like this, to really stretch your legs out. Thankfully, the flight was a bit shorter on the way back.

The first place we visited was called Lechmere (we went by the green line on their subway), which had a decent shopping centre. We did a bit of shopping there and had some not-so-healthy food…but it was good. They aren’t very imaginative when it comes to the names of the lines on the subway, and the names of the stops (not a diss just an observation, hehe). The green line was called…the Green Line. The stop at the airport was called…Airport. 

But we really started to have fun when we discovered Downtown Boston. In some ways it reminded me of New York (went there just over a decade ago) but it was more chilled, if that makes sense. The (many) shops were outside and…we shopped until we dropped, and had to go here twice to see all of them. I made sure I went to Bath and Body Works (I don’t think we have it in the UK) to pick things up for some friends and family (and myself, hehe). I loved the atmosphere in Downtown Boston – everyone we spoke to was friendly and helpful, and it wasn’t too crowded and annoying. 

We went to the Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Center, saw the skyline and learned a lot about the history of Boston, and some famous people that were born there, or that studied there, e.g. Mark Zuckerberg (co-founder of Facebook).

Even though, at the time, it was MUCH colder than London, it was actually nice to not be on a beach for once, and actually learn things about where we were. Boston has some beautiful buildings by the way. I also think I mastered the Boston accent. They seemed to say Boston like “Bwoarrrrston.” That little tip, which was for free, only works if you have a British accent haha.

We visited the New England Aquarium and saw the best animals ever…penguins!

The beautiful sea, just outside the aquarium!

The time difference (they’re five hours behind) affected me quite a bit. I kept waking up REALLY early and falling asleep much earlier than usual. I really tried to fight it but failed every time. Looking back, it was probably a good thing that my body remained on London time; made it much easier coming home.

That’s pretty much it!

See my other posts on travelling >>here<<. I haven’t been able to document every single adventure but I shall try to do more of these. More adventures to come!

2017

Me wearing lipstick for the second time in 2016. In America (post on that trip soon!)

Happy New Year Readers!

Most bloggers do these sort of posts around this time of the year. So, I didn’t want to just post a resolution cliché post for the sake of it. I wanted to really think about it (the reason why it didn’t go up on New Year’s Eve or Day). 

I’ve learned SO many things last year. Not just about life but about myself. This isn’t your typical New Year resolution post (if it is then I’m sorry) where I’m going to type a list of unrealistic things that I know deep down I won’t realistically be able to do as much as I think I can. That either sounded really pessimistic or sensible and I’m really not sure which one…Anyway, I will either be applying these things now, or I learned about them in 2016 AND I will be carrying  into 2017. 

  • I completely accept that I am Tolu. I’m not supposed to be turning into anyone else. I would go into a ramble right now about comparison (which by the way I have been basically free from for the past year, which feels SO amazing) but I’m saving that for a huge project that you’ll hopefully see one day. 
  • Life is short. Anything can happen. Always find joy.
  • Show loved ones appreciation. I mean, I think I’m all right with this but I want to show it like never before. I want to spoil my loved ones.
  • Remember – you don’t always have to have the answers when/if someone confides in you. Don’t feel bad that you literally don’t know what to say sometimes. Just be there for them.
  • Pray and get stuck into the Bible like never before. I recently got a new one and I LOVE IT.
  • KEEP BLOGGING. I started this for a reason.
  • Start illustration challenges, to keep drawing and be motivated.
  • Drink even more water. My water consumption improved SO much in 2016, so I want it to improve even more. Last year I was able to stop saying I hate water, haha.
  • Eat healthier and be more consistent with my workouts. Very cliché I know. Difference is – I’m actually doing this starting this week.
  • Always be positive. This isn’t always possible because life is life. This is more about processing things the right way, and letting positive vibes in and negative ones out (think I’ll be doing a post on this, this month).
  • Enjoy the year. It’ll go fast just like 2016 did.