London: Borough Market, Coffee and Sunsets

by Elizabeth Sellers on 30 September 2014 · 0 comments

London Outing

Back in August (oh my how was the over a month ago already?) we pottered down to London (again) to visit one of the boyf’s uni friends who was over from Asia and I got to hang with one of my old uni friends. It was a lovely, if somewhat long day. I always forget how easy it is to do ALL the walking when in London.

We enjoyed lots of food and atmosphere at the brilliant Borough Market. We wandered down to Maltby Street to grab coffee at the market there. We checked out some vintage and antique shops before walking up to Tower Bridge and walking along the Thames footpath. Then we got caught in the rain and hid in a pub for a couple of swift halves before grabbing a cab over to Shoreditch where we enjoyed another drink at the Commercial Tavern. Then we hotfooted it over to Whitechapel we got to stand in the queue for nearly 45 minutes just to get a curry. All that before jumping on a couple of tubes back to East Finchley and then driving back up the M1 to Milton Keynes.

It was quite a day.

And for your viewing pleasure, I have made another little video of the day.

Thanks for watching!

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Brand New Blog Alert

by Elizabeth Sellers on 25 September 2014 · 0 comments

Awesome Wave

I’ve only just gone and launched a new blog! Yep. Not content with the huge workload on my desk at the moment I decided to add another blog to my belt.

But I’m so FREAKING excited about it.

You may remember a little while ago I was feeling a little disenfranchised with my blog and wasn’t sure where to go next. I received some wonderful feedback and support from you lovely folks. After that I spent some time pondering what I wanted to do next and after lots of discussions with the boyf and with a bit more pondering, I decided to start this beautiful new blog.

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London: Secret Tube Station / Goodbyes

by Elizabeth Sellers on 23 September 2014 · 0 comments

Vlogging

Well… what can I say … this past fortnight has been the most hectic EVER! I think I’ve clocked up over 1000 miles bobbing up and down the country. C-razy indeed.

Anyways … I made a few vlogs in August that have been languishing away on my hard drive for far too long. So as I’m currently holed up under the duvet today (body has given up to exhaustion, bleugh) I thought I’d use the opportunity to get editing.

Hoorah!

So this vlog is from the middle of August when we popped down to London on a day trip to say goodbye to our friends before they emigrated to Australia. It also includes me getting on the wrong train, wandering when Shoreditch got so gentrified and then spending an afternoon in some random bar/club (sorry folks, I don’t recommend it. It’s not my bag). We got to spend time with some lovely folk. And all in all, was a grand day.

Thanks for your patience folks whilst I learn this whole vlogging/editing malarky. I’m hoping I’ll get better at it with practice.

Do let me know what you think and if there are any other types of video you’d like to see from me.

Have a rad day!

(Be rad and SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube Vlog Channel)

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When Life Hands You Lemons

by Elizabeth Sellers on 18 September 2014 · 1 comment

manchester

In the past two weeks I have launched three new e-courses, travelled to Manchester and back twice, travelled to Lincolnshire and back, launched my (secret-but-probably-not-so-secret) new blog, and tried to maintain some level sanity. It’s been a crazy, crazy ride.

So here I am at 11.30am on a Thursday morning, tapping away on my laptop whilst still sat in my pyjamas.

Yeah, I’m rock’n’roll like that.

But I have been up since 7.30 working on my inbox, dealing with invoices, scheduling social media updates and all that general boring business shiz.

I’m rocking my pj’s still because I think I’ve deserved it.

Anyways… you don’t care too much about do you? You want to know where the hell I’ve been and why I’ve neglected one of my main loves, Rosalilium.

Here is a visual demonstration of what’s been happening.

 

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Today I have a whole day at home (read: in my office) before I’m off again. Tomorrow I’m down to Hampton Court Palace to speak on the Pinterest UK panel at the Homemade Fair.

Phew indeed!

Looking at my photos I’ve realised I don’t take half as many as I used to. And I’m hardly sharing on my Instagram these days. Must rectify this immediately.

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Healthy Living and Losing Weight with MyFitnessPal

by Elizabeth Sellers on 9 September 2014 · 3 comments

Healthy Living with MyFitnessPalNow that it’s been nearly three months on my new change-of-lifestyle diet I wanted to share one of the key tools that has helped me to improve me lose weight, feel energetic and generally improve my health.

When the boyf and I started this new diet we had to make huge changes to our food decision-making. We were so used to just eating what we fancied and even though we didn’t eat particularly badly we were gaining weight and not feel healthy. So in order to motivate us we started using MyFitnessPal.

If you haven’t come across this before MyFitnessPal its a membership website and app that allows you to track your food intake every day along with any exercise you do. Originally I think it was purely for fitness purposes but we use it to track our food.

There are a number of reasons I have found it so useful to use MyFitnessPal.

MyFitnessPal

1. Tracking calories

OK, honestly the nutritional counts are sometimes incorrect, but it’s been really helpful to see a snapshot every day of where my calorie intake comes from. It’s helped me understand the food I’m eating and thus adjust my food choices accordingly.

For instance, if I’ve had a bigger breakfast or lunch I will see from MyFitnessPal that I might just have 500 calories for dinner. So I’ll make sure that I choose something lighter such as a vegetable heavy dish or broth.

And before anyone tells me I’m crazy for counting calories … I do just use this as a guide, I’ve not been super rigid. I’m using this as a tool to think about my food differently.

2. Food Mindfulness

Sometimes you might have something a little more substantial during the day, or have a particularly food-filled day (especially when out and about visiting people). By using the app I’m able to be more mindful of my food intake over a week as well day to day. So, maybe I might have a ‘cheat’ day, that’s fine. I can see exactly what I’ve eaten.

Before doing this I would have a snack here, a snack there. At the time they were just a little something. But by writing it all down I was able to see that these actually add up, and it’s surprising how much you can eat if you don’t pay attention.

Food Diary in MyFitnessPal

3. Share your food diary

There is a great function where you can add others and view each others food diary. This has been really useful for the boyf and I to just copy over a meal we’ve both eaten. Saves on inputting time.

4. Routine

It’s easy to forget to update your MyFitnessPal but we’ve turned into a bit of a routine. I’ll try and update it during the day as I go, but we remind each other at bedtime to check we’re all filled in for the day.

5. The app

I love that I can use the app on my phone and iPad alongside the desktop version. On the app there’s a fancy barcode function so you can just scan the packaging of the food you’re eating, set the portion size and voila! the food is added to your diary.

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There are loads of other funky functions to the app and website. But those are the main reasons I like using it.

We’ve found it really helps keep us on track with our new healthy lifestyle and have since become more mindful of what we choose to eat.

So yeah, without sounding like a walking advertisement (it’s not, by the way) I’d really recommend this. It’s helped me loads and I know a few of you were interested in my new healthy lifestyle process.

Have you used MyFitnessPal before? How did you find it?

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How Blogging Changed My Life

by Elizabeth Sellers on 8 September 2014 · 10 comments

blogging

It’s no secret that blogging has completely changed my life. I’ll talk about it to anyone I meet, and I know I will talk their ear off if they don’t stop me.

Before blogging my life was higgedly piggedly. What am I saying?! It’s still higgedly piggedly. However, now I feel a confidence and contentment with blogging in my life. It has become more than hobby, it’s my job and it’s a way of life.

Sounds nuts, eh?

But it’s true.

My blogging journey started back in 2008 (we’re not counting the email travel log I wrote to family during my 2003 backpacking trip are we?) when I embarked on my solo travels around Southeast Asia. I wanted to maintain a connection with home and share my story as I went along. I only shared the blog with my friends and family, who were super supportive reading it every day. And I did just that, blogged every day for four months.

It’s funny reading that first travel blog now. My writing was weak, my grammar was terrible, and I couldn’t always express myself the way I wanted. I guess I hadn’t yet found my voice.

It is interesting how my writing developed over those four months. As the habit wore on I became comfortable in my writing. I was happy to share. You can clearly see my blogging style changed.

Once back in the UK I decided to embark on a Masters degree (I’m a trained Anthropologist, you know). As part of that degree I had to conduct my own fieldwork research, so I hotfooted it back to Southeast Asia in 2010 to study the Hmong women in Northern Laos.

Again, I decided to blog about my time in Southeast Asia. Blog number two was born and I stuck to my daily habit of blogging every day.

I loved it.

I was full-on addicted to blogging by this point.

Just before I went to Asia I set up a little blogspot blog called Rosalilium (I guess that this was probably blog number 2 then, and 2nd travel blog was 3?). I was in the prep stage of my fieldwork and after the intensity of 6 months studying for my Masters I had grown accustomed to writing. A lot. It gotten to the point where it felt weird if I didn’t write something every day. So Rosalilium was just a small space to write something. Anything.

Once back from my fieldwork I threw myself straight back into blogging on Rosalilium.

I became ill.

Some unfortunate circumstances and bad luck meant I was wiped out from working or studying for a good year or so once I got back from Laos. It was devastating. So I took to my blog as a respite and it became a therapeutic activity.

I soon discovered loads of incredible bloggers. There was this whole community of bloggers who were creative, intelligent, interesting and fun. As I was stuck at home a lot I absorbed myself into this community. I would spend hours every day reading blogs, commenting, interacting and writing my own blog. I really was obsessed.

This period of blogging was beyond therapeutic for me. It literally changed to the course of my life.

Elizabeth with Laptop

During this time I had discovered Domestic Sluttery, a smart, funny and brilliant women’s lifestyle blog. It was one of my favourites and I devoured it every day. I added all the writers to my twitter and along with the rest of this blogging community I spent my days tweeting and chatting to them all.

A year later I got a job at Domestic Sluttery.

I was being paid to blog.

Dream come true.

From there I sought out opportunities, my blog grew, I kept learning and refining my craft. I made more connections and friends. I was so passionate about blogging, the community and industry.

By the end of 2012 I had written for other print and digital publications including Mollie Makes, 91 Magazine, More!, Laura Ashley, and GoodtoKnow.

In 2013 I founded Blognix as a response to many over-priced and low-value blogging events. I wanted to make a space for bloggers to come together, learn from one another and grow their blogs. But I wanted to do this in an informal and welcoming atmosphere. As a bit of an introvert, I wanted to create the kind of event I’d want to go to. And in June that year a group of amazing bloggers descended on Birmingham for a brilliant day of inspiration and creativity.

At the beginning of this year I decided to pull together everything I’ve learned about blogging and created my first e-course The Big Blogging Bootcamp. It was a surprising success. And what’s more, I discovered that I LOVED teaching. Being able to share my knowledge and insights with others to help them further their blogs is an absolute joy.

Along with running another, bigger and better, Blognix conference this year I’ve also run the e-course twice more. I have done several public speaking gigs, taught workshops on blogging, and now I have launched an evergreen version of the Blogging Bootcamp as three separate e-courses so I can more effectively help bloggers at different stages of their blogging journey.

This, along with several other freelancing activities in social media management, strategy and design, and it’s been quite the ride!

So, as I launch these brand new e-courses (do join if you’re keen) I just want to take the chance to reflect back on how far I’ve come, what I have learned and just how grateful I am to be part of such a supportive and brilliant community.

It’s thanks to you, lovely reader.

Thank you.

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If you want to know more about my Blogging Bootcamp e-courses check out the lovely new website I designed.

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The one where I went to see Kate Bush Live

Quite possibly one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. And I’ve been to a LOT of gigs. It was March. It was still pretty chilly. And my Dad warned me that if I failed to get him Kate Bush tickets he’d disown me. There’s a small chance he didn’t mean it. But there […]

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Embrace the Season: 20 Things to Do This Autumn

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Make Your Own Temporary Tattoos

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. Words, thoughts and images are my own. Thanks for supporting Rosalilium! The Boyf has been going on about getting tattoos since I’ve known him but being a perfectionist and general dilly-dallyer he is yet to have them done. He’s got plans and designs and even a great pinterest board […]

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