Remembering my brother on an emotional return to Paris

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As I write this, I am on an Air France flight from Paris to Manchester after spending two days visiting Maison & Objet and comp shopping in the French capital. It has been a great two days that has left me feeling super inspired for designing new season ranges at work. It has also been incredibly emotional. You see, a trip to Paris was one of the very last things I ever did with my brother before he passed away. If you read my post about why Paris will always hold a very special place in my heart, you will know that […]

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Why Paris will always hold a very special place in my heart

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Paris is a city on many travel bucket lists. Unsurprisingly, the French capital is a European hotspot for travellers from all over the world. With tons to do from visiting theme parks and art galleries, to exploring Montmartre and climbing the Eiffel Tower, it is no wonder that Paris is a popular choice for a city break. Back in April, I headed to Paris for the fifth time. Not one to usually return to a city so often, Paris would not have been my first choice. However, this trip was not about me. It was about Mark, my little brother who […]

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Why making time for yourself is SO important

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Making time for yourself is so incredibly important. In this post, I discussed ways in which you can find more time for your hobbies and how that can impact on your life and general wellbeing. Today I want to discuss the importance of making time for yourself and the effect it can have on your happiness and health. Most of us lead extremely busy life’s and I can see how that can make it difficult for most people to squeeze in time for hobbies. As soon as you leave education and start to build a career working full time, free time […]

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Why you NEED to open up: The dangers of putting on a brave face

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This post was not an easy one for me to publish due to the nature of the topic. I am not publishing this post for sympathy, I just want to help others. If this post was to encourage just one person to open up and discuss their difficulties with a friend or loved one, it has been worth it. Please be kind and only comment if you have something nice to say.  I feel somewhat hypocritical to be writing this post as I find it extremely difficult to open up 90% of the time. Every time I actually open up to […]

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How to find time for your hobbies when you are busy 24/7

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Hobbies and interests are amazing things. Essentially, they are what makes us all unique. They are what excites us, what we are passionate about and what we always wish we had more time for. In today’s society, we are all busy people. There are always things that need to be done; running errands, cooking, exercising, cleaning and spending time with family all while working full time and trying to hold down a somewhat normal sleeping pattern and social life. It can seem impossible to find time for your hobbies when you are busy 24/7, but I am here to tell […]

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Four weeks later: A message for my Brother

A message for my Brother

Marky, It’s been four weeks. Four weeks since we lost you. Four weeks since you took your final breaths. Four weeks since I spoke to you for the last time. Four weeks since my life changed forever. Four weeks since my worst nightmare became my new reality. Four weeks that have past by in a blur of tears, unbearable sadness and trying to adjust to life without you. It is hard to put into words how I feel, but I will start with this. Broken, incomplete, devastated and sorry. Sorry that as your big sister, I wasn’t there to protect […]

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My goals for 2018

We are now two weeks into the new year and like many others, I have been thinking a lot about what I would like to achieve within the next year. I am a big believer that we should all set goals. Setting goals is important because it motivates us and gives us something to aim towards that will have a positive effect on our lives or help us grow as individuals. Here are my goals for 2018: To travel more within my own country Travel has now become a big part of my life and I think it is fair […]

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Why you need to stop striving for perfection

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For days, I have pondered whether or not to publish this post due to the nature of the topic. After much consideration, I felt that this is a topic that many of us can relate to. It doesn’t matter what you do in life. If you’re an office worker, an artist, a blogger, a student, a stay at home parent or if you’re unemployed – negative thinking can affect us all.  ____________________ Self-doubt is a terrible feeling, but it is also something that we can all fall victim to. In this day and age, it is no surprise to me […]

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My travel bucket list – Top 20

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“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” -Michael Palin I have always loved to travel, ever since I went on my first overseas trip at the age of 8. Then, after going on my first holiday as an adult at the age of 19, my interest in travel has seemed to grow and grow. Whenever I went somewhere new, my desire to see more of the world grew more and more intense. Recently, all I seem to think about is how and […]

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Wanderlust

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Hello and welcome to Pack & Paint! I’m Lauren, a 23 year old textile designer from Manchester, UK who has a huge passion for art, textiles and travelling the world. My story From a young age, I have always loved to travel and I have always been creative. After leaving school, I studied Art and Design at college before heading to university for three years to study Textiles and Surface Design. It was during my time at university that I started to travel more regularly, using my income from my part-time job in retail to travel as much as I […]

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