The Lifestyle Ladies Collaboration: What I’ve Watched Throughout Lockdown!

Hey! Welcome back to Wanderer and Traveller, this isn’t a permanent return but I will be returning soon!

I am BACK with a collaboration post with the wonderful Lifestyle Ladies and we are going to be writing about this month what we’ve all been watching through lockdown! I’ve watched so many things its actually been really hard to narrow it down to such a small list, but these are some of my favourite and most watched over Lockdown! Some being feel good shows, to live shows, sport and action packed series. So let’s get into it!

Formula 1: Drive To Survive

“The drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1 live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track. This docuseries gives viewers exclusive, intimate access to the people in one of the world’s greatest racing competitions. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” reveals the true story of the high-octane sport, which goes beyond the fight to be No. 1. There’s also a battle for the heart, soul and direction of the multibillion-dollar business. Storylines include changes that a team undergoes after an ownership change and the pressure felt to outperform other drivers.”

Now this for me deserves to be at the top because it ignited something in me for the sport that is Formula 1 that I never realised as I never watched it, and that is that I LOVE IT. I Caught a glance of a bit of an episode when I visited home that got my attention, when I came home to my man I said I’d love to give it a go. And hey presto, we now both follow Formula 1 avidly, trying to watch all the races, following the leaderboards, alp times, drivers and the behind the scenes bits. The Netflix show really opened my eyes to this crazy world, the G force and the training the drivers undergo, the CRASHES (Unreal), the technology within the cars, not to mention the DRAMA. I NEVER thought Formula 1 could be so BEEFY. A highly addictive series that I recommend definitely (and there are some wonderfully handsome men throughout if that also takes your fancy).

Benidorm

“Set in the popular Spanish seaside resort of Benidorm, this comedy series follows a group of British holidaymakers as they soak up the sun and spend their hard-earned cash on the Mediterranean coast. Staying at the Solana, a selection of guests including couples and young families make the most of their time abroad, as they relax by the hotel’s swimming pool and enjoy meals and evening entertainment in the resident restaurant and bar. Everything doesn’t always go to plan however, with hilarity awaiting around every corner.”

I will always watch Benidorm. Something about this show makes me feel all warm inside. Its your typical British families on holiday in Benidorm following their drama and hilarious takes on life. Its a feel good and easy to watch show, although not for everyone! My man can’t stand it. But it makes me feel happy and relaxed when I don’t want to watch anything too heavy.

Greenhouse Academy

“Students at elite Southern California boarding school The Greenhouse must work together to conquer challenges after uncovering an evil plot.”

This was a recommendation from one of my girlfriends, and it did not disappoint. Definitely a young adult program, but did I care? With a storyline that intense? Absolutely I did NOT. I loved this show, super easy watching, episodes were only 20 minutes long and it was also so tense! Something was always happening with these kids it was mad. I watched all the series in less than a week, its totally addictive. Some of it can be quite cringe, but I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a show like this!

Below Deck & Below Deck Mediterranean

“This reality series profiles a group of young people who work aboard yachts that measure well over 100 feet long. The crew members, known as yachties, live aboard the luxurious, privately owned vessels while making sure that their demanding clients’ ever-changing needs are met. The yachties share a passion for a job that allows them to visit some of the world’s most beautiful places. Each episode features a different group of passengers — ranging from millionaires to hard-partying friends — as they head out for a marine adventure. The crews live by the “work hard, play harder” motto that gives them access to exotic perks few people get to experience.”

I started watching these series on Netflix and Amazon before they stopped releasing the series for free due to its sudden rising popularity. Now You have to pay to watch them on Amazon which is a shame but I’d argue it’s totally worth it. It’s an insight into that super yacht life and what it’s like to work on these yachts. It looks like hard work, a lot of pressure. Not to mention living with the same people and working in such a confined and high intensity environment, I take my hat off to them because I would absolutely crack. But due to this, it does make for incredibly dramatic reality TV and I am so here for it. Hannah will always be my girl, if you know, you know.

The Circle USA

“In this lighthearted and strategic competition series, the players must choose whether to be themselves or other people all while chasing a cash prize.”

I started watching the American version first because its based on the UK Version. I was like If I like the American version I’ll love the UK Version. TOTALLY HOOKED. COULD NOT STOP WATCHING. The concept itself is amazing, the drama, the ones who are themselves and the ones who are catfishes. Its unreal, and when they do all finally get to meet after living behind the Circle profile and screen for 2/3 weeks it’s intense for sure! Makes you question a lot of things about social media too, whats real and whats not. Another great reality TV hit thats easy watching.

Jack Ryan

“Author Tom Clancy introduced the character of Jack Ryan in a series of books before Ryan headed to the big screen in several films. Now the former U.S. Marine is featured in an episodic series for the first time, with John Krasinski portraying Ryan in this Amazon original thriller that centers on Ryan as an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.”

I put off watching this show for AGES because I wasn’t convinced it would be any good. That and I can’t see John Krasinski as anyone else other than Jim from The Office (Another Elite show). I was definitely taken aback when I realised just how good this show was. Intense, gripping and action packed it certainly didn’t disappoint. We watched both series in the space of 2 weeks. although after 2 episodes I found I needed a break I was so tense.

Hanna

“Hanna is an extraordinary girl who has been raised in the forest, evading the relentless pursuit of an off-the-book CIA agent. This series — part high-concept thriller, part coming-of-age drama — follows the girl on her journey as she tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. “Hanna” is based on the 2011 film of the same name that starred Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan in the title role.”

I LOVED the film. So I felt it was only right to see how they staged the series in comparison to the film, and arguably I enjoyed the series a lot more. The actors were better, there was much more attention to detail within the storyline and it was generally really enjoyable. Fast paced and action packed again, I was absolutely addicted. Not to mention the release of series two. There was only one film, so it was interesting to see where they went after series one because series two was completely a solo series with no comparison and I found it JUST AS GOOD. you can watch this on Amazon. They also have the option to watch the film on there.

So these have been some of the programs I’ve been watching to keep myself busy during lockdown! I’m not really a movie person, so I’m sorry if i let you down on that front! But don’t forget to check out the girls recommendations on their blogs also with their links below!

Head Over to Chimmyville.com

Head over to Introverted Creativity

Head over to Perselem

Head over to Wanderer and Traveller (THATS ME).

Head over to Tales of Belle

Head over to Kirsty Marie

Head over to The Makeup by Beth

Head over to Mrs Slee-Jones

Until next time, stay safe!

J x

Taking A Break

Hey Everyone!

For starters if you’re reading this I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for reading my blog posts, if you’re reading this from WordPress reader where you follow my blog, thank you. If you’re reading this from your email subscription, thank you. Wherever you may find the links that brought you here, Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

These last few weeks have been a bit of a struggle and as you can image as a travel blogger, getting content out has been and can be hard with the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions. I’ve been facing this and I’m unfortunately not happy with the content I’ve been putting out at the moment. I’ve been posting book reviews for you all to give recommendations on things to read, but unfortunately I’ve even lost my steam with reading.

That being said, I’ve taken two weeks off and enjoyed not having the pressure of having to post a blog post. After taking this time to mull it over and discuss with my partner and my friends, I think I’m going to take a break from posting regularly to my blog. I thoroughly enjoy posting with my girls on the Lifestyle Ladies Blog Collaboration, so I will be posting once a month with these lovely girls as Its something I really enjoy.

Other than that, I’m going to take a hiatus. Maybe a few months, once we can get moving and travelling around again and I’ll be back. I put so so much pressure on myself to get posts out regularly and I end up resenting writing rather than enjoying it. So I’m putting my blog on the back burner until I’ve gone back to work and gotten back to travelling. Not only that but I feel mental health is so important, and I’m really struggling with it right now and just trying to get to the end of this lockdown without tearing my hair out.

Thank you for the continued support to those who have followed my blog form the start, I promise I will be coming back, so try not to go anywhere if you can help it!

I’ll still be active on my socials, You can access my travel and personal instagram here;

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I’ll also be active on twitter as well, you can find my twitter here.

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The Lifestyle Ladies Collaboration: Becoming a Plant Mum

For this month, our theme is Spring!

Not only is our theme spring but we’ve also had a little revamp! We are no longer The Blog brew, we are The Lifestyle Ladies Collaboration!

This month I am writing about my plant babies I have! Recently moving house I wanted more plants knocking around my house so decided to get some, little did I know I got quite lucky in this department, my mum got me a beautiful plant for when we moved in, as well as a birthday orchid! I also picked up an Ivy as well and when its big enough is going to sit nicely on our shelves in our kitchen!

So this plant above, the Maranta Leuconeura, was one that my mum bought we when we moved into the house! The SIZE of this plant when we moved in was TINY, Like it didn’t even go over the edges of the beautiful pot she’s in. I like to name my plants I don’t know about you guys, so this lovely lady is Mary the Maranta! The joys of the Maranta is that its very low maintenance, I water her maybe once a week, once every two weeks. Once every two weeks is the instructed amount. She is also due to sit in indirect sunlight, but she seems pretty happy where she is and it isn’t direct sunlight all day. As you can see, she needs repotting ASAP! I already have a pot ready to go (unfortunately, I bought an outdoor pot for an indoor plant, doh).

She sits quite happily in my lounge on the windowsill, but she also has a neighbour! Ollie the Orchid!

Ollie the Orchid was my birthday present (yet again from my wonderful Mumma, she does well). Wherever I live I always have an Orchid (apart from uni because that just wasn’t feasible for my lifestyle). When I lived in Watford I had a huge beautiful purple Orchid the lived on my windowsill all year and it was beautiful, I’ve wanted one for the house since we moved in so when I received this in the post I was so happy! Once again Ollie sits on the windowsill and gets watered once a week, some of the blooms have already opened so I’m excited to see the rest!

Finally, we have Ivy the Ivy. I KNOW, So creative right? Ivy is a new one for my kitchen, She’s quite happy just sat by my lamp at the moment, I have just moved her to my windowsill for more light as she needs it! But once she gets a bit bigger she’s going to live on top of my kitchen units and hang down over my sink! I promise its more aesthetically pleasing than it sounds, haha! She gets watered maybe once or twice a week and I can’t wait for her to grow bigger.

I don’t have a good track record when it comes to keeping plants, so if anyone has any more advice I will gladly receive it in the comments! My last plant I had at uni was de-potted after the curtain it was behind caught on the leaves (it was spiky), and when the curtain was pulled back the entire plant was pulled out of the pot which made me very sad. So I’m trying to not let that happen again!

Here is to hopeful success as a plant mum! I’ll let you all know how I’m getting on on Instagram! I’m currently on a social media break right now, so I promise there will be more to update when the time comes.

Don’t forget to check out the lovely ladies blogs below!;

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 11

Today is day 11, which means tomorrow I turn 24! Woot Woot! Lockdown birthday in progress!

So whats Day 11’s lesson? Friends come and go, and thats okay because no doubt you learnt something valuable from these people. They’re just heading off to teach someone else something important without them even knowing it too.

What does this mean?

When you go through life you meet so so many people, people you thought you’d know forever and people you thought you’d never lose touch with. But as you get older you son realise your primary school besties may not be your besties for the rest of your life. But in this, you had fun with these people, they taught you different things, and now three off to influence other people with their good vibes too.

These are the people I love meeting in life. their vibes are immaculate, nothing but good energy, and you know what if you become distant it’s not because it’s sour or wrong. They’re just ready to teach someone else their values and experiences the way they did you, even if you don’t even realise it. A lot of the time we don’t until we look back at memories with these people and think

“Yeah, that was actually really great, and so was he/she”.

BUT there are also friends who will teach you other valuable lessons in friendship and negativity. Not every friendship is smooth sailing and unfortunately it can take its toll on you and maybe even then. You’re teaching each other something, and although it maybe how not to talk to people or how not to treat people. You’re learning none the less, but the freedom you’ll feel once these friends go, whether you make the decision to go or they do. You’ll come away feeling better in more ways than one thats for sure.

But remember, friends coming and going doesn’t always mean they don’t like you either. It’s natural to drift apart and go on separate courses of your life, everyone is following their own path and adventure. This was another anxiety issue I really struggled with, why does this person not want to talk to me? It’s not that they dislike me, maybe we are just at different stages in life. That acceptance is so important to learn too.

Life is all about learning, and the people and friends in our life teach us a lot more than we realise! Whether they’re in your life still or not, it doesn’t matter as they helped you grow in some way or another. And you can either say thank you, or fuck you.

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 10

Day 10 of Life Lessons Learnt before turning 24, todays lesson; Keep going. Whether it’s for you, for your family, for you future. Keep pushing your limits. Keep moving.

What does this mean?

For me, I feel this means don’t stop what you’re doing, don’t stop following your dreams, don’t stop getting by in life because you are doing the best you can. Keep going. Try things out of your comfort zone, or don’t? Try different methods for different things, focus on your aspirations and your dreams, what can you do to get there? Keep going through the motions to do so.

And don’t let anyone get in the way of your journey. Keep moving, keep trundling by especially if things are slow moving for you. But don’t give up. Keep those training wheels going even if your bum aches from the seat and your eyes are tired and your legs hurt and your brain is frazzled. Keep peddling.

Not every day is a bad day, but it’s totally fine to have bad days when you do. take a step back to recuperate instead of not doing that, and having to take 2 steps back to recover.

You can’t have sunshine without a little rain. Just keep persevering, keep going and keep pushing. And hey, you never know where pushing your limits can take you? The world is your oyster. Take advantage of that, keep your training wheels going. You never know, they might come off and you’ll be out there dirt biking over hills and doing mad stunts.

What I’m trying to say is, don’t give up. Keep going, even when the going gets tough. As they say, the tough get going.

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 9

So day 9 is upon us, what do I have to say to that? You can’t please everyone. Thats the lesson learnt for day 9.

What does this mean?

For me being the anxious person I am I find I focus a lot on making other people happy, and when this doesn’t happen or I feel like this hasn’t happened, I worry I’ve upset someone/said something wrong and I honestly fester on it for days and days worrying about it. The thought of even making someone feel this way makes me feel so defeated in everything I want to stand for.

BUT, I also realised that this really wasn’t healthy for me to obsess about it the way that I do. It actually really became an issue for me.

At the end of the day. I am going to do things in my life that not everyone might agree on. Whether it be decisions made for work, for going back to university, where I live, the way I live my life, my small habits etc. Realistically, it’s my life. I can live it any way I choose, and although I love to have other people in mind when I do things. I can’t always please everyone or make everyone happy because everyone has such different standards and expectations to mine.

And this is okay.

It’s just really nice to remind myself that every now and then I might piss someone off, but I’m okay with it because as long as I’m happy, its their problem not mine.

You cant please everyone.

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 8

Day 8 of Lessons I’ve Learnt before turning 24! Day 8 is all about making sure you remember to show and tell your friends and family you love them.

What does this mean?

I feel like this is so so important. Show your friends and family how much you appreciate them, care for them, love them, how much you miss them if you’re far away from each other and how much you can’t wait to see them soon. Make plans with these people because they are SO important in your life. Sat doing nothing for an hour or so? Call your loved ones, text your loved ones, FaceTime them.

Make sure they know about it.

You never know when it might be the last time you see them or speak to them and that has always stuck in my mind. Hug and kiss your family goodbye, tell your friends you love them before you go somewhere or they go somewhere. Make the last words before you leave them count. But also make the time you’re with them count as well.

A lot of people in your life come and go, but it doesn’t mean it has to be in vain or a bitter situation. Burn bridges and don’t leave sour tastes in peoples mouths. I’m a firm believer of treat others how you wish to be treated. If you’re kind, people have no reason to be anything untoward to you. Also consider other peoples feelings. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of someone, you don’t need to be hostile or awful to them. Don’t lower yourself and do that. Be the bigger person.

Tell your loved ones that you love them. They might know it, but maybe they need to hear it too.

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 7

So for Day 7 of Lessons Learnt before turning 24, Make sure you Speak Out when you need to.

What does this mean?

For me, speaking out is important and again very situational. If I feel something is wrong, someone is being treated wrong, someone is being spoken to in the wrong way, speak out and say something about it. Stand up for these people or that person. Stand up for the situation, Your voice is so important to stand up and speak out for what you feel is right.

Never let anyone bully you into submission and saying you should just be quiet, these are people you don’t need in your life. And your friends and family don’t need them in their life either.

In this day and age it is so important to speak out about so many things, woman’s rights, racism, the gender pay gap, LGBTQ+ Inclusivity, workplace treatment, the list goes on and on. But this also relates in other situations! your friend is talking to another friend like shit, speak up about it. Thats why I feel it is situational, political and non political notions deserve to be spoken up about just as much.

Free speech and all that, make use of it!

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 6

So we have reached the halfway point, only 6 days until I am 24! So here is day 6 of Lessons I’ve Learnt before turning 24. You do not need to justify your actions and your choices to ANYONE.

What does this mean?

Your life is your life. You make your own decisions because of how they impact you and no one should question your decisions otherwise. They don’t know you or your situation, what you’re going through and possible repercussions. No one else can dictate the choices you make in life other than yourself and not only that, you do not need to explain these choices to anyone.

For example like Day 5, the post was on saying yes, but also saying no. AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO JUSTIFY WHY YOU SAY EITHER. Especially no. People always need a reason as to why the word NO has come out from your lips. Why? Again I can understand this experience is fully situational. If you feel your friends and family warrant an explanation then give it to them in a way you feel fit. If you want to say no to something and not have to explain the causes because it’s personal, then thats that. No one should force you to speak out otherwise about things you don’t want too, just to justify to them why you said no to seeing them or doing something with them. And as your friends or family they should understand that anyway.

You do not need to justify your actions.

If you are doing something because it is right for you. Get out there and do it. People keep telling me I’m wasting my time looking at going back to university to study Crisis and Disaster Management as a masters. But I feel it is right for me. I don’t need to say anything more than that because I do not need to justify to anyone why I feel it is the right path for me. I am doing it for me. Not for anyone else.

I don’t need to justify why, and neither do you.

The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 5

Day 6 of Lessons I’ve Learnt in the run up to 24, Say Yes, but not to everything. But also, It’s absolutely okay to say no.

What does this mean?

I find that a lot of the time when people ask me to do something I will jump straight away and say yes, because why not? Live and let live, enjoy your life and go out and have fun with everyone and everything life has to offer. BUT, from saying yes so much it can cause you to completely burn out. You don’t have to say yes to everything and thats okay. Friends invite you for drinks but you’re mentally exhausted and also can’t afford it. They tell you they’ll pay for your drinks for you. Thats really lovely and all, but you can still say no. You have to think about number one, and that is you.

It is okay to say no. Say it with me. IT IS OKAY TO SAY NO.

SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.

Being a yes person is really nice and exciting because you do so much and see so much, but its absolutely okay to say no as well. You need to take time to yourself and do other things for yourself. This links back to Day 1 explaining how important self care is. They all interlink in some small way or another.

I also know that sometimes it isn’t that easy. Some people get a little off with you or a little funny with you when you say no, and honestly? Fuck these people. It’s something they have to come to terms with themselves. But I also understand at the same time it is situational. If you say no to something thats been planned for week, then yes I can appreciate there will be backlash from it. But at the same time, it’s something I’m sure would be taken into consideration before the decision is made.

At the end of the day, You have to think about what you want out of it and how you’re feeling! If you’re down, say yes, if you’re not, say no.

And the best part? You don’t have to justify why either (but thats for Day 6).