14 March 2016

Life Update: March 2016

I have been feeling a little life update post coming on for a while now, because recently so many things have happened that I want to share. I feel like I finally have a direction in which I want to take my life (sometimes, other days I literally want to crawl into bed with a pizza and my laptop and never leave), but let's focus on the positives of the future.

For a couple of months, I've been really down. Stress is really the root cause of it all. I'm an anxious person by nature and certain things have been grating on me for a while, things that happen every day which is why I found myself so frustrated and upset. I was in a rut, in a hole that was only getting bigger day by day and I couldn't really see a way out from things that make me unhappy, and unwell. A contribution of work, home, personal life and financial worries have just completely sky rocketed my stress levels, and I don't think it would be unfair to say the way I was feeling is on the verge of serious depression - I lost passion and interest in things that I love, and that worried me. But, after a weekend of tea, cakes and a little bit of booze I have come out fighting. I remembered how amazing life is right now, and how to focus on the things that really matter in life.

I have made myself climb out of this hole because I'm a fighter - and I'm not taking life's grey patches lying down. Speaking to people I love has helped me figure out what it is that I want and not loose sight of the things that really matter to me. That's the best advice I can ever give you: share your worries and troubles with those close to you. I honestly felt so much better when I spoke about the things which have been bothering me and making me upset, and immediately felt 50% better about everything.

I decided enough is enough, and I'm going to keep on changing my life until I love every minute of it - after all, so many exciting things are happening:

I'm engaged to someone I love so much, and planning our wedding is so fun and exciting! I haven't even started blogging about our adventures yet but keep your eyes peeled for some lifestyle posts about our wedding ventures. Bridal showers, wedding fayres, venues, DRESSES! We have only really started the planning now as my engagement ring was pretty big and it just didn't feel real without it, so I wanted to get the ring back on my finger (and at the perfect size) before we started planning.

I'm launching my online boutique, Dalry Rose (website coming soon, but you can follow and support me on Twitter!). Since I can remember I wanted my own cute fashion boutique - and I'm going to do it. You guys have totally helped me decide on the direction of the store with your tweets and messages, so THANK YOU!! I can't do this without you, and I hope you'll support this new journey. Just to give you a little sneak peek - I am going to hunt down vintage gems from all across the country (and overseas when I can) and offer them to you at affordable prices. I spent a couple of weekends hunting for vintage fashion, and it makes me so happy to find these individual pieces but I often think it's not something I wear, but someone else will love it. Like the other day I found a genuine 1970's handmade dress for a bargain £8 (in the sale rail of a vintage attic in Hampshire) - I just had to have it. I then found out it was actually made by an award winning seamstress! How cool is that?! I love things with a story behind them. Each item tells a story... watch this space.

I'm learning new skills at my job every day - being an account manager, I'm not only expanding my marketing skills, but also learning more about the financial side of businesses. On top of that, I'm taking courses to further my knowledge and expertise in social media, marketing and business management which are key skills to me right now.

I think what I want to get across in this update is that life is changing at 100mph and I'm learning/trying to keep up. My priorities have totally changed since last year - I know what I want my life to be and it's a change from what I'm doing now, but I'm working towards my dreams. You only get one life (unless you believer in reincarnation - like me - in which case you get many lives in different bodies and spirits) and you need to live it the way you want to. No regrets, no fear - as the infamous slogan says: Just Do It.


  1. I am so excited for you to launch your boutique!!

  2. Thank you lovely! Me too! :D x

  3. Loved this post Lana, you are doing amazingly! And have so many things to look forwards too. But life can get you down sometimes. I can't wait to catch up with you soon and hear all about your wedding plans xx

  4. Ohmygosh, Lana! How selfish of me that I have missed all of this on your Twitter! Ahh!

    Okay, comments. First of all, I'm so sorry to hear that you were down in the dumps, but I'm glad you were able to pull through! Life is tricky and unfortunately there is really no manual (and you're also human), so that'll happen but the important thing is that you just pick yourself up and move on!

    I can't WAIT to start seeing more photos of you and Liam doing all the fun pre-wedding planning stuff! Ever since moving to Charleston (which is like a huge wedding destination here in the states), I've been more obsessed with weddings so it'll be nice to live through you ;)

    Congrats on Dalry Rose! I can't believe you're starting your own business-that's so exciting! I can't tell you how amazing it felt to go into City Hall and receive my actual business license. Even though it was only $50 (£35), it was like, one of the biggest things that I will or will ever do! So excited for you!

    And I'm so happy that you've start courses in marketing. I'm always on the look out for courses here in my area to help myself (and Aurora) grow.

    I'm proud of you and I can't wait to see your growth in the future!



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