Combatting Wanderlust In Scotland

Scotland is undoubtably one of the most beautiful countries, and I’m lucky enough to live in it. It’s landscapes and mountains are dreamy and fantasy like, and it makes me sad it isn’t as admired as it should be.

I found some shots from last year, and this year, of my travels in Scotland and I thought I’d show the beauty that lives right on our doorsteps.

Scots, you might just be missing a whole fairytale setting that’s right in front of you.

I’ve added photos from different areas of the highlands and it’s really worth taking the time to check out what our country has to offer.

All photos are taken and owned by me.

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland


Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt, NC500


Top of the Waterfall


Toward Beach, Argyll


During COVID-19, we all want to be able to escape and we’re dreaming of far away lands, hot climates and coffee on cobbled streets. Maybe taking the car and exploring could do the trick for your wanderlust just as well as a plane ticket, however only travel when it’s safe to do so!


Much love,

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33 Self Love Journal Prompts

Maddy Zen Photography

Self love is an exceptionally important part of healing, as well as having moments of content and peace. In order to make the most out of life, you need to be able to see your potential and your abilities. You need to see you worthy of love, from others and most importantly, from yourself.

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Dear Diary – Lockdown Life 3

Photo by Jess Bailey

It’s been a few weeks since my last lockdown life update but I thought it was time to come back with a chatty one to get myself out of my slump. Usually I’m ready with my headings and different aspects but fuck it, I’m here, let’s chat.

We’re now in June, what the hell happened to this year btw?, and I’m thinking about the fact I have a full summer with no plans. None. That used to excite me but it’s now putting me into a mode of panic and distress.

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No one is immune to mental health – an honest chat on mental health awareness week.

Trigger warning. Read with care.

Photo by Lisa Fotios /

We’re coming to the end of mental health awareness week and I couldn’t pass up the chance to chat about it. I feel like mental health is becoming a much more common topic to discuss, but there’s still that element of shock when someone admits their struggles. SO…

Hi, my name is Emma and I suffer from anxiety and depression – which stemmed from my phobia of judgement. I’ve been on this wild journey since I was really young but it got noticeably worse once I reached my teens.

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8 Things I’m looking forward to after Lockdown

Lockdown has the possibility of slowly being lifted in Scotland within the next week, it’s an exciting but equally worrying prospect. It brings new possibilities but also new rules and will be the start of the ‘new normal’.

However, lockdown being lifted should be seen as a positive. If it is safe enough to do then this is the fabulous news we’ve all been waiting for. To keep that spirit, I’ve listed some of the the things I’m excited about post lockdown.


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My TBR, Current Read and Book Favourites

I haven’t done a to be read list in f o r e v e r. My books sorta got forgotten about last year and I struggled to find ones that could keep my interest. But alas, lockdown is hitting hard and here we are, rummaging through drawers, cupboards and through Amazon to find some books to keep my mind occupied.


Second Chance by Jane Green

“Jane Green, author of the bestsellers The Love Verb and The Beach House, examines love, life, and friendships in her moving and entertaining novel Second Chance.”

Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds

“Finding Henry Applebee is a charming, tender and uplifting story about unlikely friendships, the power of love – and how it’s never too late to change your life.”

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Dear Diary – Lockdown Life 2

Another week has passed during lockdown, does anyone else feel like time is flying by? I’m definitely working harder to have a more normal routine but everything is still a bit of a struggle.

In fact, I’m pretty sure my motivation and drive is isolating elsewhere.

Scotland has decided not to relax it’s rules for lockdown really, so that leaves us in the same place as before. I think I’m honestly relieved about it, tbh.

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Dear Diary / Lockdown Life 1

“Believe in yourself” journal

I’d like to say I started this at the beginning of lockdown like most, but here we are late to the party. Lockdown has been ongoing for over a month now and I’m STILL struggling to get myself into the swing of it.

I’ve been stuck with a chest infection for about a month now so I haven’t crossed the border of my garden since then (apart from the NHS clap on Thursday and I did not want to go back inside!). I’m going a little stir crazy but doing what I can to keep busy.

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Things to keep your mind healthy during self isolation

Ah, we’ve hit some hard times in 2020 haven’t we? Our latest is the COVID-19 outbreak which is swimming through our countries. While many are surviving the virus, it has left concern – and even panic – in our societies as we try to navigate through this tragic time.

COVID-19 is a virus which symptoms include a fever and a persisting cough. If you have one or both of these symptoms, or have in contact with someone who has, you should be isolating yourself for seven days.

Self isolation, or quarantine, can become a lonely time. Suddenly you’ll want to start going to the gym, or to the class you’ve been avoiding. You may start to feel low and uninspired by life, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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International Womens Day 2020

It’s International Women’s Day.  A day to remind the world we deserve the same rights as everyone else, where we remind everyone and ourselves that we are equals. We made it through movements and creating more opportunities for ourselves, and that continues on into today and the future.

International Women’s Day 2020

We got the right to vote, we got to change how we dressed, we got jobs in “male” careers. We live by ourselves, we fight for ourselves and we do whatever the damn hell we like. It’s a beautiful sight but the revolution is far from finished.

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