Travel

My Time In Cala D’Or, Majorca!

Hola amigos.

So it is a horrible, wet and windy day here in Ireland, and what better day to write a post about my summer holidays! About 2 months ago I went to the gorgeous island of Majorca in Spain, and oh my I don’t even know where to begin!

I didn’t take much selfies or outfit photos because it was my first ever real ‘sun holiday’ (yes, sad I know) and all I wanted to do was relax and soak up the sun. Can you really blame me?

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So Majorca is a beautiful little Island off mainland Spain and we went to the quaint little town of Cala D’Or for 10 days. It was just PERFECT for what I wanted. I am not a lover of hard core partying or tourist towns and Cala D’Or was exactly opposite. It is known for its small, yet breath taking beaches and its white washed buildings. It wasn’t busy or crowded and it was reaching up to 30 degrees every day, sometimes even more!

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Like any place in Majorca, there are elements of tourist attractions, but they are kept out of the way and all grouped together so you can enjoy the peace of the island if you want to, or get involved in activities. The sea water was just, I can’t even find words right now, it was just amazing. It is crystal clear and so so warm. I really advise buying a pair of snorkels in the shops and go out in to the deep parts of the sea it really is beautiful!

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Now, let me take a moment to talk about the marina. We went to the marina almost every night and we ate there a few times and it’s just perfect! The restaurants are all seated outdoors and are right on the edge of the sea next to all the boats. The marina really was the highlight of the trip and well worth a visit if you are staying in Majorca!

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We didn’t stray too much from Cala D’Or because we didn’t have a car but I really wish we did! On our trip from the airport the island is full of mountains and gorgeous scenery. I wish we could have explored more of the island, but that is for another time I guess!

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All in all this holiday was just flat out relaxing. I didn’t get up to anything particularly exciting but it was just the R&R I needed! I am still daydreaming about lying on the sand, and it makes me a little depressed just looking out the window here! But maybe that is just a sign of a good holiday!

Thanks for reading!

R x

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@franklynnblog

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So Your In Your Twenties. What Now?

Hola amigo.

So you’ve entered the dreaded ‘twenties’. People tell you these are the best years of your life, yet you are still waiting for one good thing to happen.

You are fresh out of college, have a job (that you probably hate), and still have no clue how to work the washing machine.

If this sounds like you, you are not alone my love. I am still in the early twenties phase, which means I am no expert on getting my life together, but I do have some advice to give those who are in need of some guidance. So if you are just after entering a ‘mini life crisis’ then sit down and read on sister!

#1 Just breath.

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The good thing about being in your twenties is that for the majority of us, we don’t have very much responsibility. We don’t have any children to mind, no mortgage to pay off and our health is at its peak.

So take the time to relax and unwind. You do not need to have your life in order right now so don’t sweat it. You are young, enjoy it!

#2 Get in shape – while you still can.

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Ok your body will never be as adaptive to change as it is right now. You are in your babe body element. Your body is just fueling with energy and your metabolism is just waiting to burn fat. Although you may not think it, your body is a machine just waiting to be fine tuned while you are in your twenties.

So get in shape while you still can. Work your ass off because believe me you will regret it when your body is slowing down and not as limber as you would like it be.

#3 Learn to be alone.

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Learn to trust yourself and you will be a very happy woman for the rest of your life. You do not need to rely on others anymore. You don’t need to go to the bathroom in groups of 5, do it alone. Who cares? Don’t spend your time worrying that you might look like a loner, nobody cares and it’s a waste of your valuable brain energy (and god knows we don’t need to waste any more of that).

So go to the beach alone, bring a book or your ipod and chill out. Grab a coffee alone, go to dinner, go to the movies. Being independent and confident is a good thing. So learn how to do it before it’s too late!

#4 Learn how to mind yourself.

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Finally learn how to use the washing machine, learn how to make a (healthy) meal, learn how to change a tyre. These are the things that are going to keep you sane during your twenties. Nobody likes calling for help every 2 seconds, so learn how to take care of things for yourself and you will be much happier.

#5 Get rid of negative people.

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Your twenties will be jam packed with new experiences and moments that you won’t want to forget, do not have them compromised by negative people in your life. Cut them off one by one and keep a small circle of close trustworthy friends. It is much better to have a handful of amazing friends than a lot of negative, untrustworthy ones.

Keep your distance from anyone that looks like trouble, you do not need that in your life and it will make it so much easier!

#6 Travel far.

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We have entered an era where travel is at our finger tips. You can make it half way across the world in less than 24 hours so why not make the most of it? What else will you be spending your money on? Save up every last penny and make your way across the globe one place at a time.

Create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime!

So to top it all off, I know that entering your twenties can be more damaging to you than good. I know what it feels like to be still living at home and hating yourself for not having your life together. Just remember that this is the time where you really become the person who you are meant to be. Enjoy it and relax. Everything always works out in the end, and if you work hard enough, the rewards are priceless.

Thanks for reading! x

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@franklynnblog

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Creating A Healthy Relationship With The Gym!

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The gym. Some of us love it, some of us try to love it, and the majority of us?

Hate it.

I personally, hated the gym when I first started working out. I hated that I didn’t know what I was doing, the sweat, the effort of going in and showering after, but mostly I hated the men in there.

I felt pressured to look like I knew what I was doing, to be faster on the treadmill, lift more weights, look better. But I now feel so stupid thinking back. How could I let myself think like that? Ugh!

I found a beautiful relationship with the gym over a year or two. It’s still not perfect. I do have off days, but the majority of the time I’m in there I do enjoy it.

I know from just talking to my friends and work collegues, how intimidating the gym is. I got lucky and did 2 years in college of a health and fitness related course, so I wasn’t totally lost.

But for you ladies who are in need of some help, keep on reading!

#1 Set (realistic) goals.

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OK, this one is the toughest for me, because I struggled with it too, and I see my friends every day struggle with it aswell.

A silly goal is, I want to look like Adriana Lima.

A realistic goal is, I want to lose 2 pounds by next month.

You see the difference? By creating stupid, unattainable goals is setting you up for failure. Nobody can look like Adriana Lima over night, and going into the gym thinking you are going to look like her in a week, is just mad talk.

My advice is to measure yourself. See what you weigh, look at yourself and tell yourself what you want to change, then break it down.

So you want to lose 10 pounds over all?  Start by trying to lose 1 pound a week.

You want to lose 2 inches off your bum? Try to lose a few cm a week or fortnight.

You want to run a 5k? Start by walking a 5k.

Everything you want is attainable. Just be patient and work it out reasonably.

#2 Get help!

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If you have no clue how the weight section works, or even looks like, then ask for help.

DO NOT, and I repeat, do no, venture into a section of the gym you are unaware of!

Doing so is asking for an injury, never mind the humiliation of breaking equipment. Gyms are full of gym junkies just waiting to tell you all they know. So ask one. If you are uncomfortable asking a guy, and if there is no female workers that day, maybe approach a fellow lady gym goer.

Do not have fear in asking for help, because it will be your biggest asset when you do!

#3 Do not be afraid of the men.

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I am speaking to the 99.9% of the female gym population that are intimidated by the hormone fuelled, sweating, grunting men around the gym. I still struggle to this day with my self – esteem around the guys.

I’ll let you in on a little secret though.

Half the men in there don’t even know what they are doing either!

Men are egotistical, and hate asking for help. I’m not being stereotypical here either, I know this because I worked in a gym for 2 1/2 years! I would see guys just asking for an injury or running the risk of injuring another person because they didn’t have a clue what they were doing.

And do you think they ever asked for help? 

Nope.

So just own it when you are in the gym around the guys. Just put in your earphones and do your own thing.

I’l let you in on another secret too.

Guy’s love a girl who knows what she’s doing in the gym.

Don’t believe me? Just go ask any guy friend. You will be amazed my love.

#4 Get a routine and stick to it.

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If you have a set schedule every week, sit down some night and work the gym around it.

If you have a less than set schedule (like me) then sit down every Sunday night and fit in the gym when you can.

For example my workout schedule is:

Gym 3 times a week

Swim 1 day

Run 1 day

Rest 2 days

And every Sunday I just stick in those days whenever I can. If you have a set routine, it is a lot harder to break. Same goes for the actual workout itself. Get a trainer or find one on line (a legit source) and make out a workout programme. Bring it with you to every session and stick by it. Not only does time go by faster when you are ticking it off bit by bit, but it also gives you structure, keeping your head clear and focused.

#5 Get a gym buddy!

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This one has helped me a lot! I hate working out alone now, even if I’m on the other end of the gym to my buddy, just knowing they are there is a big boost! If none of your friends like the gym, just ask them if they would like to try. None of my friends liked the gym when I started, and now they come in with me all the time because I just asked them to come one day!

Doing exercise classes is a big help too. You are not alone and it helps to know that other people are in your position too.

You can even make it into a weekly catch up thing! Go and grab a coffee after or go for a little shop!

So that is all I have for today ladies! I hope I do help and if you need any advice or have any questions please leave a comment below I would love to help!

Thanks for reading! x

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Learning How To ‘Ditch The Monkey’

Welcome back, Princess face.

So if you live in Ireland, you might have seen the new ‘Ditch The Monkey’ campaign for mental health awareness. Personally I think it is a great idea and I struggle with ‘The Monkey’ every single day too, as well as probably 100% of women in Ireland and world wide.

What is ‘The Monkey?’

You know that voice in your head that tells you stuff like,

‘He will never like you’

‘You are never going to be good enough’

‘What if he didn’t even mean to look at me? What if that was for the girl behind me?’

‘I look huge in these jeans’

That, my love, is the monkey.

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We ALL have a monkey sitting on our shoulder telling us things we don’t need to hear, and the scary thing is,

we are the one controlling the monkey.

That ‘Monkey’ can do serious serious damage to us. If we let it get out of control it can spiral into a disaster leaving us un-confident, scared and feeling useless.

So in spirit of the ‘Ditch The Monkey’ campaign, I am going to contribute, and share my ways I like to ditch that stinky monkey and enjoy my life the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

*Links to the ‘Ditch the Monkey’ campaign Youtube videos will be down below, give them a watch and you will be amazed!*

#1. Trust your instincts

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All women have extra strong instincts. I don’t know what it is or why it is, but we always know when things are up, or when things are about to go wrong. But why don’t we channel them and know when things are right, certain and good for us?

For example:

If you are walking towards a cute boy, and the first thing you do is light up and smile, but your ‘Monkey’ tells you to stop you are not good enough and you look down and walk past without a notice, well you just gave in to your own instincts. Your own body told you to smile and interact with this male and your own mind told you not to.

Let your body take control every now and then. Your brain knows what is good for you before you even realise it, and through hormones and chemicals, your body will react accordingly, but when you allow your ‘Monkey’ to talk over it, you are denying your body and suppressing it, and in time your body wont even make an attempt to make you happy.

Same way when you touch something hot, your body pulls back your hand before you even know it was hot in the first place, and you certainly don’t let your ‘Monkey’ tell you otherwise then.

Trust yourself, and allow your body to take control. It may take some time and you may not like it, but with practice, it will come.

#2. Learn to accept nothing less than happiness

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This one is something I am currently struggling with. The key to being happy and mentally healthy is denying the negativity in your life. Learn to turn away from that toxic friend you have, or that work colleague that takes advantage of you.  When the news is on and a murder storey comes on, turn it off. If someone tells you you are wrong, prove them right.

This is YOUR life, nobody else’s, and do you think they are going to care if you spent your life being trampled on and surrounded by negativity?

Of course they won’t.

The only person who will care, when you are 80 and have lived your life, will be you.

So remember that when you are telling that annoying  ‘friend’ that takes advantage of you, to take a hike, or when you are being told that you can’t do this or do that.

If you take the negativity out of your life one by one, the happiness will come in by the dozens, trust me, I know because I am doing it right now.

#3. Just do it.

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Nervous about quitting your job for a career nobody though you could do?

Want to start up a new hobby?

Want to wear that neon orange dress that your friends said was ‘hideous’?

Just do it anyway.

Nobody is being dragged behind by your insecurities. Nobody else is suffering because you can’t do what you love.

Only you are.

So when you are presented with a massive opportunity, DO NOT even give the ‘Monkey’ a second to think, just do it! Learn to embrace new beginnings, opportunities and uncertainty.

Start off small and learn to move up and onto bigger things.

Start off by buying those heels your mother told you you would never wear.

Apply for that job you didn’t think you were good enough for.

Go see that movie alone because nobody else wants to see it.

In time and with consistent practice, you will learn to love your own decisions and become more confident in who you are.

#4. Learn to accept compliments, and take the hurt.

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Some people are mean, some are nice and some are deceiving. That is just the way the world works now, and there is nothing we can do about it.

We need to learn to adapt and work with what we got. When someone compliments you, don’t shy away and play it down, accept it thank them. You can be damn sure that ‘Monkey’ will be there telling you,

‘They’re only saying that so I will do that work for them’

‘They’re fake anyway’

Do not let the monkey take control of your compliment. The person was nice enough and brave enough to say, appreciate that much and be happy that they appreciate you.

When someone gives you not-so-nice criticism, take it on the chin, pick yourself up, and move on. Insults and bad criticism can really damage us, and knock us down a few pegs, so allow yourself to take it in for a minute, then scrumple (is that even a word?) it up and throw it in the bin.

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And when you feel that little monkey agreeing with them, you shut it up and tell it that it’s wrong!

So if you are struggling with ‘Ditching the Monkey’ just know you are really not alone. This topic is close to my heart because I lost a family member to depression, and no doubt he had a Monkey too. So keep this trend going, share, tweet and blog about it, because it is about time we stood up to mental health!

Ditch the Monkey videos:

http://spunout.ie/ditchthemonkey

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5 Simple Ways To Stay Healthy & Happy

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Ever just have those days when you think,

‘ I cannot feel like this for the rest of my life’ or ‘I never have any energy!’

I felt like that a lot, pretty much for the last 21 years out of my 22 years on this earth. It’s tough to maintain a healthy and positive attitude, I am the first person to admit that I struggle with this, but over the last year I have really hit rock bottom. I found my diet was awful, I had no energy, I was breaking out all the time and I never felt really good about myself.

Through that time I learned, through trial and error, of what things work for me and what doesn’t. The following are 5 things that I changed or did in my life to make me the happier and more positive person I am now.

Number 1.

Drink green tea. Enough said. Just drink it, even if you dislike it, you can buy green tea with a range of different flavours. I get green tea with lemon and I drink 3 – 5 cups a day. Honestly this alone has changed my energy levels so much! After a cup of tea I can instantly feel the boost. Also there are numerous health benefits to drinking green tea other than an energy boost, so it’s a win win situation all around!

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Number 2.

If you don’t work out already, it would be a good idea to start. Exercising releases happy endorphins, making you more alert, energised and motivated. Even if you don’t live near a gym, just pop on a youtube workout video and go crazy!

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Number 3.

Sleep with the curtains open! This seems silly but nothing gets me up in the morning like the sun shining in. The minute I see the sun I cannot lie in bed any longer. Again, like the exercising, sunshine releases happy hormones that reduces depression and relaxes the mind. I live in a country where we get little sun, so whatever sun I do see I take full advantage!

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Number 4.

Take ALL bad fats and carbohydrates out of your diet. Fats and bad carbs make us sluggish and slow, which is not good! Keep all fried foods, junk food and sugary drinks out aswell as white bread, pastas and white rice. These foods have a massive effect on your mood and body, and it is only when you take them out, is when you really notice the change!

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Number 5.

Keep a journal. This one is the most recent change I have made in my life and it is by far the best! I keep a journal by my bed and I write in it whenever I have a lot on my mind before I go to sleep. Just write whatever you want and feel, when it is all out on paper it is out of your head!

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