Better an OOPS than a WHAT IF

Well well well…….what a long time it has been. I kept thinking about closing my blog as I haven’t done anything with it in so long….but deep down I feel like I haven’t finished with the whole blog world, there is something thereputic about writing, sharing ideas, thoughts, feelings, or what ever it may be that I ramble on about! Even if each post reaches only one person, or if I am lucky enough to get multiple views – regardless, thank you for stopping by to read this 🙂

so…..a big hello! I’M BACK!

A few things have changed over the past year……one thing being that I have started something new, which will probably be a big topic for me on my blog – eyelash extensions! I have always had an interest in beauty – I currently have a full time job in mixed roles of finance and customer service, which is the complete other end of the scale I guess! – but I do have a beauty background working in a salon, trained in manicure/pedicure treatments and I also worked for L’Oreal in their social media/customer service team. I am a girly girl and I do love a good pamper, especially having my lashes done. Lashes are life – I cannot live without them (OK, dramatic statement alert, maybe not quite to that extreme but you know what I mean). It saves me so much time not having to put on mascara, they are longer, curlier and fluffier than my natural lashes and quite honestly on my ugly working weekdays in the office with no make up, scraped back greasy hair, naked nails and just overly feeling a bit troll like (what a picture of myself I have created) – I believe my pretty lashes give me a little something. (Dramatic again? Me? Never.)

How I feel when I have no lashes:

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I had thought about doing lashes for SOOOOOO long – but forever managed to talk myself out of it.

“It will be too hard I won’t be able to do that”

“What if I spend the money to do it and I don’t like it”

“Have I really got the time”

“What if I am really rubbish”

“It is too late now”

My list of negative thoughts were endless. But let me break each of these points down.

Yes, it probably will be hard, but what if I could do it? Anything is possible with practise.

What if I spend the money on it and LOVE it, and make that money back? What about if I make even more money on top of that??

It’s about making the time for the things you want to do.

You have got to be a beginner before anything else, so to start with you won’t be perfect! And no one expects you to be!

I spent so long in my 20’s saying I was too old…….I wish I started this back then, I definitely wasn’t too old. I am now 32 and realise I am in fact, not too old to do anything I want to do.

In these situations do you know what you need? A really good group of people around you. Honestly. The ones that big you up and have faith you can do anything you want to. The ones that can talk you into it, not out of it. The ones who are positive. Surround yourself with people who get it. My little crew pushed me to do this and they continue to push me to be a success daily (thanks guys and gals, big love). If people aren’t doing this for you – reconsider your circle. I totally think how you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you. They managed to change my negative thoughts of ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘actually I can’, but it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Don’t expect to be an expert over night and then when you don’t wake up with all the knowledge, don’t just give up and quit. STICK AT IT. Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say.

Also, talk to people who are already doing whatever it is you want to do – you may look at photos of their work thinking how amazing they are and you could never compare, but everyone starts somewhere – most likely they haven’t always been as good as they are now! You have to be patient and put in the hard work. Ask them about it – I am sure they will be honest about how they have got to where they are now and may be able to give you some helpful tips.

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So, I went for it – dived right in, I loved the training and I am completely loving continuing to improve and build on my lash journey. I am going to blog again about my training and all things lash related in coming weeks – this particular blog is aimed as a bit of a refresh for me as I have been off wordpress for almost a year (what a slacker) and to brace you for many more lash related posts – but it is mainly to get one point across…….and I have said it already – Better an oops than a what if. That thing you have been thinking of doing? DO IT. YES YOU! YOU CAN DO IT! It is fine to be afraid, but just do it anyway. What’s important is your actions. You don’t have to wait to be confident, just do it and the confidence will follow. The biggest regret will be that you didn’t start sooner 🙂

Here is some of my lash work so far – future lash boss in the making I am hoping! 👸🏼

Follow my lash journey on instagram @lashesbylisauk

I also received my certificate today! – I am chuffed, I have already put it up in my lash room!

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I would love to hear the hobbies/jobs you have dreamt of doing that perhaps you have been putting off – maybe it’s your time to start?! Or if you are in a similar situation to me and have started something you have wanted to do for ages but you put it off because of similar reasons – what’s your story? Any advise you have for other readers or myself – please comment below!

I hope you have a fab weekend!

Love Lisa (& Winston the pug)

xxxx

Just a little note…

In January I mentioned about getting back in the gym again – I got myself a gym buddy (my friend Jen) and together we decided we were going to smash it out of the park this year. 4.30am wake ups to be at the gym for 5am. That first 5mins of waking up is an absoloute killer. It is make or break for me – the feeling I get when my alarm goes off, is what I can only imagine the end of the world will feel like. Dragging myself out of my warm, cosy bed. Out of my dreamy slumber. To take me to to a place that resembles hell. Why would I want to do this to myself? Why not just close my eyes again? I have been working hard, have a rest. I will start again tomorrow. I really cant be bothered. I am so tired. Honestly, the list of these and many more go through my head EVERYDAY. Once I am out the door, I completley forget about the morning monster I have just emerged from, albeit I still resemble one at that time. A few weeks in and we were starting to get into full swing, and it was even getting easier to get up (only by a tiny bit).

There is always time to take a quick mirror selfie

Then we hit a bump, both of us had reasons we couldn’t go to the gym for a few days. The few days turned into a week. The week turned into 2. Why is it so easy to fall out of a routine and so hard to get back to it! So, this Thursday just gone we said we HAD to get back to it. NO EXCUSES. Thursday morning at 4.30am the miserable monster was back and pulled herself out of bed, it seemed harder than ever. But at least I done it….a certain someone turned her alarm off and didn’t turn up, I won’t mention any names though lol.

A few weeks before, I had been making a little gift for Jen (oops mentioned her name) to help us along with a bit of motivation, so I thought what a perfect day to leave this for her on her doorstep.


What I had done was a jar of little notes for the year that included motivation quotes, workouts, inspirational quotes and just random blurb, that hopefully would make her feel positive when getting up – either about working out, herself, life or just make her laugh. One small positive thought in the morning, can change your whole day. So far, she has had quotes to wake up to….which I am pleased about as when I added the hardcore workouts in, I kind of forgot that I would have to get myself through these too at the gym – I can safely say I am nervous for the days she pulls those ones out.

Winston gave me a hand of course


So, we are back in the game – and heres to it continuing! Holidays and a wedding to work for, so we should have plenty of motivation to get us out the door in the morning! If you have had a small period of time off, or even if you have had a gym membership for a year and have had reasons/excuses to not go (it is easy to do, I have been there!) – get a gym buddy, get in a routine. It starts hard, but every day gets that little bit easier to do it. You’re future self will thank you for it!

And as it’s been Random Acts Of Kindess week – if you have some spare time and want to cheer someone up why not do a jar of notes! It doesn’t have to be a year, it can be for certain days, or when someone is just feeling a bit down – or even stick random post it’s at work, home or even a bus stop for people to find!

Give Jen a follow on Instagram ❤ @jennifer_carr88
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐾❤

It’s that time of year again…

New year new me….I’m sure we say this every year. New Years resolutions made on the 1st Jan and failed by the 2nd. Resolutions have never really been my thing. I am trying to think of a year when I have truly stuck to a resolution…..sad to say I don’t think there is one. 

Now, I am a bit late jumping on the band wagon this year, I’ve had a terrible case of man flu over the past week or so and I am only just feeling more human like (awww poor me) As always, the same as a lot of people, it seems to be a reoccurring resolution that I have…..eat well and excercise more. My problem is I expect results over night! (If only!)  I wish I had the body I moaned about in my late teens early twenties! Now, do not get me wrong – I do not think I am obese, nor do I need to shed tones of weight, but I would like to be fit and healthy, and look after my body more. 

This year I am going with more of an open mind and small lifestyle changes, rather than a resolution…..I don’t know how much of a difference that makes but I’m going with it! 

One big failure I do every year is saying I can’t have this and I can’t have that. So first things first is to not banish all the food I love – this definitely makes it unrealistic for me to stick to. If I want a big fat burger and chips on a Saturday night with a bottle of prosecco – I will have it. It’s about balance. 


I want to take the time to cook more meals and know what is going into my food. I actually enjoy cooking, I just feel I make the excuse of not having enough time (normally because I am so impatient and eat the entire contents of my cupboards whilst I wait for my food to cook). And what brings good friends together? GOOD FOOD. More meals in rather than meals out. 

I got the Joe Wicks lean in 15 book for crimbo, so this will certainly come in handy. Along with a jar of the good old Lucy Bee coconut oil.  You can get his book in pretty much all book stores but here is the website for more information of what the body coach is all about – Click here or if you want to check out details of Lucy Bee or find your local stockist Click here

There is always temptation around. Biscuits with your tea, sweets in the shop or a big fat slab of cake from the local cafe. Eating rubbish tends to leave you feeling like rubbish. As they say, a moment on the lips a life time on the hips….it’s even hard for pugs to resist.

There is no ‘we’ in food. I am not a sharer. But when it comes to other people’s food, I eye up my friends food before I have even finished my own. What a greedy guts! (Winston giving a good example of this below.) Self control is the key, cutting down on portions and leaving everyone else’s left overs on their plates rather than shovelling them in my belly. 

ALCOHOL. The dreaded alcohol. To me drink responsibly means to not spill it. I love a cheeky drink (or two) with friends at the weekend, but maybe to be even more responsible and cut back on the calorific beverages…

And moving onto the good stuff. I like using bootea 28 day teatox, all the ingredients are 100% natural. This always helps me feel less bloated, more energised and gives great results. If you want more info on bootea – Please click here

As I am getting older (sigh) I appreciate being out and about more. The beautiful changing seasons to the friendly people I meet on dog walks. I’d like to walk more places, enjoy the fresh air. Take Winston on longer adventures, admire the outdoors. Added bonus of burning calories as well.

I would rather every day be rest day. But I don’t think it works that way unfortunately. I have a gym membership that I couldn’t tell you the last time I used. So, next step is get to the gym more. 3 times a week at least, whether it be classes or general gym sessions. Something to get me moving the muscles I’ve forgotten I have. 

With these changes to my lifestyle…I hope to have a healthier, happier body and mind. 

I have lots of exciting things planned for 2017 and even for 2018! So here’s to hoping in a years time, I will be glad I started now. I hope to blog about recipes, trips out and about and gym sessions so I will keep you posted of my progress! 

Wishing you all a very happy 2017! 

Lots of love, 

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶 

xxx