Small Changes that will help you live a more positive life.

Monte3 Monte1 Monte5 Monte2 Monte4I’m not perfect by any means of the word but I try my hardest to be a good human, to live a good life and to spread as much positivity wherever I go. I’m overly enthusiastic about everything and I love with all my heart but being positive has not and does not come easy to me. The grass was always greener and I was simply never satisfied with the life that I was given. I had to lose it all to realise what a beautiful existence existing was and from there I changed my outlook to love every minute of my life, even when it feels like it doesn’t love me quite as much back.

The most common e-mails to fall into my inbox are usually that of needing advice;

“How do you always seem so positive?”

“How do I learn to love my life?”

“Help me live more positively!”

I have this amazing platform where I get to speak to you all so I try to make these posts as informative and helpful as possible. I read your e-mails, I collect your comments, direct messages and Snaps like presents. With them you gift me with the knowledge and inspiration of what to write here and what issues to address. I am constantly listening to you.

It’s not like you wake up one day and you see the world through new eyes, it takes time but small changes lead to big changes so we all have to start somewhere.

The Little Things

Sometimes we are so busy chasing the big things in life, that we forget to stop, take a step back and appreciate the little things in life. This can be something as simple as watching your pet play unaware that you are watching, seeing the first frost collecting in the corner of your window or the smell of the first coffee brewing on a Monday morning. When I stop and appreciate these little luxuries I simply can’t hold back the happiness and it over flows across my face. These tiny moments, sensations and experiences for so many aren’t possible, so absorb every last drop of life’s little luxuries.


Be good to yourself

Treat yourself with care and respect, you deserve it trust me! I never feel more positive, more alive and more together than when I am looking after myself. Drinking lots of water, eating food that will energise and nourish my body and keeping on top of life are all things you owe yourself to do on a daily basis and the satisfaction you feel in return is truly incredible.


Smile More!

Smiling is infectious there’s no denying it so if you do more of it, soon you will be doing more than you ever imaged and so will all the people who surround you. Much like smiling, positivity breeds positivity so you can expect to see a whole lot more of that too just by smiling more.

I’ve gone from someone who point blank refused to smile in photos to the one with the biggest cheesiest grin slapped across their face at all times and I absolutely love it, I see it spreading too to other people which is absolutely wonderful.


Create a positive environment

As well as surrounding yourself with good people rather than a lot of people, the environment in which you live and work every day is just as important. When my home or office or even car is a mess I feel that resonate with me and I feel my stress levels rise. It’s not easy to always keep on top of these things and right now my office is no where near as clutter free as I would like it but I know it wont stay like this for long because it will effect my efficiency and hinder my productivity until I feel the negativity set in. Create a space that makes you feel calm and collected.


Embrace and learn

Bad times happen, tough times exist and we all go through them at some point in our lives. Without them there would be no differentiating the good from the bad but getting through them is the hard part, reminding yourself of how incredible life was before and how incredible life will be again (and in fact still is, it is simply a difficult time) is really important as well remembering these times, the emotions felt and how you best dealt with them.



When I first started meditation, I’d make a big song and dance about it with mats and candles and calming music. Now a days I can be mid meditation and no one would even know as I sip my coffee at our little breakfast bar in the morning. Meditation is good for your overall well being as well as improving your positivity and mindfulness and even as little as a couple of minutes meditation can improve your whole outlook for the day so I suggest giving it a go.


What tips do you have for living a more positive life? I’m always listening, remember!


Images by Jay McLaughlin for Olympus PEN Generation.

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  1. sammie 25th November 2015 / 7:22 am

    First I have to say that you look so cute with this bow in your hair,totally adorable 🙂
    Personally I think that it’s so important to see life on the bright side and try to be positive that everything happens for a reason. And if something doesn’t work the way we imagine it, then there’s probably another opportunity just around the next corner.


  2. Adele 25th November 2015 / 7:46 am

    You look so lovely & your make up looks so natural on your shoot. Every morning you wake up & can choose to be positive or not. Positivity radiates & I agree with you regarding how infectious smiling is. I once worked with someone who was always on a downer & it was surprising how much their mood had an effect on the whole of my team.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  3. Faye 25th November 2015 / 7:57 am

    What a fantastic read this morning! It’s so true we must take time to appreciate what we have, i also suffer with anxiety and most days I feel so alone with it so I admire how open you are about and it does make me feel less alone! Only yesterday I had to use mindfulness and giving myself that 10 mins made the world of difference to the rest of my day and how I was feeling…. I really enjoy reading your blogs, you have a lot yet remain so grounded and appreciative which is a lovely trait… Have a lovely day ????

  4. Leonie 25th November 2015 / 8:13 am

    This is a great post. Should always smile. Your photos look gorgeous!!

    Leonie ? Lo On The Go

  5. Rebecca 25th November 2015 / 9:47 am

    This is a brilliant post – so true about smiling more. I always try to be wonderfully silly and smile, it can help lighten the mood, especially at work sometimes. Also smiling more, especially when someone is perhaps being moody, or difficult, can help lighten them up, and makes them realise they shouldn’t be so stern, or even so rude. It throws them off balance, and makes them think about their own reactions.

    R x

  6. hattie 25th November 2015 / 10:09 am

    I absolutely love this post! I have really bad anxiety sometimes about everything and it really does affect my happiness. I love the point about a tidy environment, that is so true for me, I never feel relaxed if my apartment is a mess.

    Thank you so much for these tips, I will defiantly practice these things more often.

    Hattie |

  7. STEPHANIE 25th November 2015 / 2:37 pm

    I absolutely adore this post. So inspiring Lydia, thank you! I appreciate that you put so much emphasis on the importance to loving life as it is.

  8. El 25th November 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Absolutely loved the pictures and great tips!


  9. Erin Henry 26th November 2015 / 3:32 am

    I love this post! and it could not have come at a more perfect time for me.

    I have recently started a journey of visualisation to my success in blogging and implementing the things in this post seam like they could help this immensely.

    Do you think you could do a more in depth post on meditation (maybe even a video). I would love to hear how you do it and easy ways for someone like myself (with the mind like a road runner) to start with meditation.

    Lots of Love

  10. Laura 26th November 2015 / 10:45 pm

    I’m all about trying to be positive. Hence why I have my blog, to make my own advice. But it’s always nice seeing others people push for happiness and optimism too 🙂 Lovely post! xx

  11. Ariadna 26th November 2015 / 11:25 pm

    First of all: WOW you look absolutely stunning in those pictures!! I always try to be as positive as possible, smiling is so important and it makes such a big difference. I also love meditating, it really clears my head and relaxes me 🙂 x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  12. Freya 30th November 2015 / 9:42 am

    Smile more is such a great life lesson to live by. I always try hard to smile because once I look positive on the outside I start to feel it on the inside. Great post as always x

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