How to Journal


Hello everyone,

As I write this, I’m currently sat with my morning coffee wrapped in my dressing gown – it’s one of those days. How about you?

So, today I’m going to chat about journaling and my experience with it. As many of you know, I journal religiously. I have journaled most days since I was about ten years old and have since filled so many journals. It’s something which I find comfort in, allowing me to unleash all my thoughts and feelings privately – it’s like relieving a weight off my chest by sharing the thoughts in my head and knowing it remains completely confidential.

Why is journaling so important?

There are copious amounts of evidence proving the beneficial effects of journaling, especially on our mental wellbeing. Journaling is a great stress-management tool and a great way to self-reflect. It has also been proven to successfully declutter the mind, organize thoughts and it also allows you to solve the muddled problems existing in your head. There are so many positive effects of journaling – it’s definitely something I would recommend to anybody.

How do I journal?

Everybody’s experience is obviously slightly different. However, I like to find a quiet space (eg/ on my bed). I often journal just before I sleep – I treat it as a meditation habit. I also keep my door closed to enjoy the mindfulness experience alone, and I love it even more when it’s raining outside! I often just write about whatever comes to my mind. What I’ve done that day, how I’m currently feeling or anything that’s bothering me. It’s a great way to declutter the mind and clear my thoughts.

What do I use?

I usually just use a journal and handwrite each entry. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know what to write, especially for beginners or those who find writing a little more difficult. It can even be challenging to convert thoughts into words, and so it sometimes helps me to follow guided journaling which encourages the mind to think and also provides many prompts for your writing. The app I’ve been using lately is called DiveThru, an incredible guided journaling app. From friendships to mental health, the app has a wide selection of different guided journaling topics. It focusses on different emotions you may be feeling, from anxiety, to confusion, to sadness. It’s great to have my journal next to me as well as a prompt from the app such as ‘How am I doing today?’ Also, due to Covid-19, the app has been made free until August so I would most definitely download it soon and try out all of the different journaling journeys! It’s so good for the wellbeing and it has both helped and encouraged me to write.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post! Have a lovely day and happy journaling!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

The Importance of a Social Media Detox


Hello everyone,

Happy Friday! I also can’t be the only one thinking HOW is it August already!? It’s a very grey and windy morning here today – a little reminder that Autumn will be greeting us soon.

Today, I want to highlight the importance of having a social media detox. A few weeks ago, a few of my friends and I went to Wales for a few days as my friend has a house there. Passing the green fields and along the sandy coasts, we finally arrived at a beautiful, white cottage-like holiday home. It was located in the quietest area, surrounded by scenic views and the atmosphere felt muffled because it was so tranquil. And, to top it off, there was no WIFI and I had ran out of any 3G/4G by this point – a genuine digital detox and it did me the world of good.

Don’t get me wrong – social media has many positive aspects to it. However, I feel like many of us are habitually consumed by the ‘perfect’ façade of social media. We are exposed to influxes of filtered images and the highlights of people’s lives which can cause us to compare ourselves to others thus having a negative impact on our mental wellbeing. It can also cause feelings of FOMO, as comparing your life to what you see online can be nearly impossible, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation. So sometimes, time spent away from the online world is very much needed!

Experiencing five days away from social media felt like a mental and emotional cleanse. Temporary detached from the online world and truly feeling engaged in nature and the real world was so refreshing. It felt so enriching to spend time talking to my friends with undivided attention – without having the subconscious need to check my phone. It’s a different type of presence that doesn’t co-exist with social media usage.

I realised that spending time on social media can quickly change your mood, so spending time away from it made me feel happier. Spending less time on my phone allowed me to reflect more, both on myself and on life, and I overall felt a lot more content. I realised that social media can sometimes add extra stress and negativity to life when used too much. And, although I am back at home with WiFi now, I’ve decided to use social media a lot less and replace it with doing something more productive. For example, I don’t go on social media as soon as I wake up anymore which is something that I used to do.

Have you had a social media detox recently? If you haven’t, perhaps consider doing one, especially if you are feeling a little overwhelmed at the minute.

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Have a lovely day xxx

Holding a Positive Attitude to Life


Happy Sunday everybody, how has your week been?

As the birds chirp outside, the sun’s rays delicately shine onto the wooden table my laptop sits on. Each sip of my iced coffee is an injection of energy and my fluffy bedtime socks feel cosy and warm. I feel at peace and I am living in the present, and I am grateful for that. What are you grateful for today?

I want to jump straight into today’s blog topic which is all about how to maintain a positive attitude. Throughout lockdown, many of us have struggled with keeping so positive during a time of uncertainty. All this alone time has allowed me to see the importance and power of positivity and how to alter thinking habits.

Of course, it is impossible to always stay positive. Sometimes, the stress of life meets us at cross junctions, causing us to feel like we are stuck behind a traffic of to-do chores and problems. It’s natural to feel like this from time to time. But it’s also important to realise that our mindset plays a particularly important role in how we cope with some of the issues we face.

So, how can you keep a positive attitude? It does involve time and practice. It’s all about converting the way you think, like a habit. Often, when we are negative, we are habitually thinking negatively, and it often becomes unnoticed because it happens so often! But with practice and time, it is most definitely possible to adapt your way of thinking from a negative mindset to a more positive one.

Practice Gratitude.
It really helps me to practice gratitude every day. Ask yourself what you are grateful for and remind yourself of even the little things in life that you are grateful for. Throughout lockdown, I have actually realised that humans are quite basic, simple animals. The next holiday booked or a fancy meal out are just luxuries – it’s the smaller things in life which matter, like family and friendships. Practicing your gratitude’s every day routinely encourages your mind to focus on the positives in life, which can often go neglected and forgotten about when life overwhelms us. Focussing on the good and reinforcing it can really help gain a more positive attitude.

Take Responsibility
Remember: being responsible of a problem does not mean that is it your fault. However, being able to take responsibility for the way you handle the problems and stresses in life is also useful in order to feel more positive. Take the example of being rejected by a career. Yes, it’s disappointing and yes, it’s unpleasant, but it is not your fault that they rejected you. Take the responsibility for the way you handle the rejection – you are responsible for you. This can be applied to many problems which occur in life – a stolen bank card? Had an argument with your partner? Failed an exam? Although these situations are unideal, being able to take responsibility for the way they make you feel can help largely with your overall attitude to life and the problems which come with it.  

Engage with positive resources
I’ve just finished reading ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.’ It’s a great book, offering advice with regards to holding an accepting and mindful approach to life. I also love listening to the ‘Deliciously Ella Podcasts’, which cover an array of topics, from building a happy brain to dealing with stress. Engaging in positive resources and learning about positivity most definitely cheers me up and helps me practice a positive attitude!

I hope these tips will help some of you. Don’t forget to join the family to be notified whenever I upload a blog post!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Uncertainty about the Future


Hello everyone, how are you doing?

I was overwhelmed with the influx of responses on my Instagram poll in favour for writing about the topic ‘feeling uncertain about the future.’ Recently, I have spent a copious amount of time reflecting which led to me think about life and the coming years.

Take this analogy; our lives are like journals, and each day of our lives represents a new page in the journal. We enter the world as fresh, new canvases, yet to experience a memory or complex emotion. As we grow older and time progresses, our insights are broadened from opportunities and experiences, as each memory is etched onto the white pages of the journal. One by one, another day passes, and another page is filled to mould the story which is your life. But when you first buy the journal, you can’t possibly predict what the pages will read, and that’s okay.

Many of us feel the pressure of life from time to time. We are frequently exposed to the successes of others through social media’s feeds, which are crammed with celebratory graduations, new jobs, promotions and high grades. Everybody appears to have a plan; everyone seems to have a future job secured and their whole life organised. Although it’s great to celebrate the success of others, we fail to recognise that social media often only presents the highs of people’s lives, causing us to forget that we are not alone in feeling uncertain and worried about the future. When I ask people ‘have you always known this was the career you wanted to do?’ the answer most of the time is ‘no.’ Even when I asked those who have just graduated from University ‘what career do you want to end up in’ or ‘what’s your next plan?’ most people respond with ‘I don’t know.’

Whether you feel worried about the next stage in life, or what you want to be, it is completely natural to feel this way. When I experienced a phase of uncertainty during my final year of University, I began to worry myself as I wasn’t sure what the next chapter in my life was going to be. However, I learnt to change this feeling of uncertainty into a positive experience and began to implement habits to solve the problem. I changed this negative feeling into a positive experience by dedicating time to search for work experience and opportunities which appealed to me. I also considered practical questions such as ‘what type of career do I envision myself to be in?’ Through involving myself in different opportunities and experiences, I discovered things about myself which have helped me find direction for the coming year. It didn’t happen overnight, but I hope this reassures you that things do fall into place. Through independent research, reaching out to people, organisations and companies, I learnt more about myself and my interests, which led to opportunities that suited to me. However, remember that It is okay to not know what the next stage in your life will be – life has a weird way of unfolding sometimes.

I hope this reassures you and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading. Don’t forget to subscribe to be notified when I post!

Have a lovely week!


Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Tackling Long-Distant Relationships


Hello lovely people,

What have you been up to lately? The Spring months are drawing to a close as Summer soon greets us. We are wakened to light blue skies and the golden rays of sunlight which beam through the windows and brighten our rooms. Windows slightly ajar, the soft chirping of birds are heard, each delicately balancing on the leafy branches of trees. Bursts of coloured flowers populate the green grass from the rebirth of Spring, and a sense of tranquillity comforts us with a warming welcome. This is a time of reflection, and for many of us, a time of distance from our loved ones. Writing a blog post regarding long distance relationships has been pending on the ‘to-do’ list for a while, and given the current situation, I decided now was the perfect time.

As I have learnt to grow and build upon my long-distant relationship, I caught onto the many stigma’s which surround long distance relationships, such as ‘they won’t last’ and ‘they’re too much effort than they’re worth.’ However, myself and many of my friends have experienced successful long-distance relationships, which shows these stigmas are just stigma’s, and don’t reflect all long distant relationships. From a personal perspective, my boyfriend and I have tackled a long distant relationship for three years now, due to attending different Universities in separate cities. I firmly believe that long-distance relationships can work with the right mindset and balance. So, today, I would like to share with you a few tips which helped my relationship during times of distance.

The first tip is effective commination. This focusses on the quality of the communication rather than quantity. Communication is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy relationship, so is particularly vital during long distance. Not seeing your partner for a while can create sadness and strain, and of course you will miss them – this is all natural. Therefore, effective communication is key. Arrange a time each day to call or FaceTime and ensure that you express your feelings so that your partner understands them and is aware. During long distance, facial cues can often be lacked and it’s more difficult to pick up on how the other person is feeling, so effectively talking about problems and your feelings is very crucial!

It is also vital to have your own space. In other words, although you are apart, this does not mean that you have to text/communicate every minute of every day. It’s important to have time to yourself, and if you have a phone call or FaceTime arranged, this is something to look forward to! For example, if you’re going somewhere or are spending time with a friend during the day, it’s always nice to spend time off your phone, and update your partner about your day later in the evening.

It’s also lovely to surprise your partner during long distance. Whether it be a card in the post or ordering a surprise takeaway for them. It’s a great way to lift the mood, particularly because you will be missing each other. My boyfriend used to surprise me with my favourite milkshakes from a dessert restaurant when I was at University, which I was so grateful for! Little acts of kindness go a long way.

It can be tough at times, but with the effort and pushing through the tougher periods, long distance can be done and is most definitely worth it. I hope this has helped and hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

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Somewhat Perfect xxx

Adjusting to New Home Environments


Hey guys,

I hope you’re all doing well. What have you been up to? The sun has been blazing here recently – it’s been so pleasant to wake up to a clear blue blanket in the sky and spend some time outside. I’ve also been eating a copious amount of cookies and cakes due to all the baking I’ve been doing!

Since this whole situation, many of us have had to adjust to the change of new living environments. From finding routines which fit around your family to adjusting to new living dynamics, having such a change in living can be tough. Everything seems a little more intense given the situation we are going through, and it’s so natural to feel overwhelmed by this. A few weeks ago, I put a poll on my Instagram asking which blog topic should be posted next. The majority of votes were in favour of writing about adjusting to new home and living environments – so here we are! Grab a cup of tea and I hope this helps some of you.

Moved back home from University? Different living dynamics? Experiencing family arguments? Tension? Stressed? We’re all feeling these from time to time. Having to adjust to new living environments can be difficult, particularly if you have moved from an environment which had a secured routine, and your independence was thriving. I have had to move from living independently at University to back home with my family. So, I thought I would share with you some tips, which I have used during this period of adjustment and change, in order to create a less stressful environment at home.

  1. Find your own routine
    Having your own routine can help with feeling independent as well as keeping busy throughout the day. I find that having a daily routine provides a nice distraction from the current situation and allows me to spend time alone when dynamics can feel overwhelming.
  2. Help around the house
    With full households, it’s natural for families to feel ‘on top’ of each other. The environment in the house can feel stressful from time to time, so helping out with chores and cleaning would 1) pass the time and 2) create a happier environment. I always find that sharing daily household tasks with my family/housemates really improves the atmosphere at home and increases the harmony.
  3. Give yourself some space
    Yes – it’s natural to feel overwhelmed living with the same people constantly, especially during a time where there are limited places to go. Give yourself some alone time and space in order to breathe. Whether it being a walk or watching a film alone, engaging in different tasks alone helps with overload burnout, creating a much calmer inner-feeling and encouraging happiness and relaxation.  
  4. Make your room a ‘safe haven’
    Having a clean and cosy room would be a great space to escape to when in need of privacy and alone time at home. Spend a day or two rearranging the furniture, cleaning and freshening the walls. Create a place of comfort which you can resort to if ever needed. I have made my bedroom really cosy: placed with candles, cushions and photographs which creates a really pleasant environment to chill in – I never want to leave it!

So, I hope these suggestions have helped provide some ideas about coping with the change of living environments at home. Don’t worry if you are finding this difficult – it’s an unknown time for us all. Let me know how you get on with the tips, I look forward to hearing about it!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Accepting The Highs and Lows


Hey guys, how have you been doing?

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is most definitely approaching – the air feels crisp and the evenings are lighter. Colourful dots have begun to blossom amongst the green canvas of grass, whilst white wispy clouds swirl through the light blue sky, delicate and fluffy. Each morning, I have been going on runs. It allows me to absorb the surroundings and appreciate the smaller things in life we sometimes take for granted. It also helps declutter my mind and sets the tone for the day, in which I return home with clearer thoughts and a calmer vision for the day ahead. It’s really helped me stay calm, particularly during this weird time. Today, I want to provide some reassurance about the current situation, and hopefully encourage you to accept how you are feeling, because I’m sure we are all experiencing up and down phases at the moment – which is totally okay.

Take this scenario. You wake up one morning, your mood is flat, you feel lazy, Netflix sounds too tempting to resist so you stay in bed and wear pyjamas all day.

Sound familiar? *Currently raising my hand*

This post is a little reminder that ‘off’ days are okay, and you are not alone if you are finding this time difficult. It can be challenging to stay positive all the time, particularly when we are repeatedly reminded of everything that is occurring around us. This is a time of change and uncertainty where we are restricted to the four walls of home, with many of us having to adjust to different living dynamics and new routines. Things at the moment are different, so of course not every day will be easy – it’s only natural to feel that way. It is okay if you wake up feeling down. It is okay to have a day off. It is okay to feel worried or uncertain. These are normal feelings most of us will experience given the current situation. Good days will come, and not-so-good days will go. Remember that this time will pass, we just have to take each day as it comes.

What can help lift your mood?

Obviously, different strategies work for different people, but I’ve been trying to implement a few different activities into my daily routine to keep myself entertained, and to help distract myself from the situation. Simple things such as phoning a friend or spending some quality time with family members are a great distraction. I’ve also been drawing, reading, baking, painting, running, meditating and doing home work-outs for some technology-free escapism. I’ve heard great things about Yoga too – I plan on starting that at some point too!

Although this has been different from my previous posts, I just thought a daily reminder would hopefully help and reassure you that the emotions you’re experiencing during this time are all completely natural and okay. We are in this together and this time will pass.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I hope it’s helped. Have a lovely rest of your day/evening!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home


Hey everyone, how are you doing?

In the midst of this uncertain time, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Particularly when we are restricted to our own homes – it can be so tempting to slip on some cosy loungewear and immerse in Disney+ or Netflix. The sudden change in routine and having to work from home is causing most of us to struggle with our motivation at the minute, but don’t worry because that’s completely natural – it’s a bizarre time for us all!

Today, I want to share with you a few tips which have helped me stay motivated during this time. I finally completed and handed in my dissertation the other day – so some of these methods must have worked! Of course, I don’t feel motivated every single day, but the tips I’m going to share have most definitely helped me! So grab a cup of tea, curl under a soft blanket, switch off from the outside world and enjoy the post.

  1. Write a to-do list the night before
    Writing a list the night before helps create a structure for the next day, as it clearly sets out what needs to be done. Writing lists before bed really encourage me to feel more motivated the next morning, as I wake up and feel keen to tick each task off the list! It also means you don’t have to worry about what needs to be done for the next day, as it’s already written down ! (And it helps declutter the mind).
  2. Wake up early
    I find myself feeling much more motivated when I wake up early (same time every morning to maintain a consistent routine). Waking up early discourages any feeling of sluggishness, which can often occur from waking up late and/or having an inconsistent sleep routine. Each early morning is a gift of a fresh day ahead. Picture each new day as a blank canvas – untouched, brand new and ready to be painted.
  3. Get dressed
    I did an Instagram poll the other day, and like myself, the majority of people are spending their days in cosy loungewear/pyjamas. Trust me, I know how tempting it is because I often do it myself! But I’ve been trying to dress in outfits which I would wear during a day at the library (eg/ jeans, smarter attire), and it’s making me feel much more motivated to work.
  4. Reward Yourself
    After a day of work and being productive, I usually set myself a ‘rewarding’ task for the end of the day. For example, I’ll treat myself to a movie on Disney+, or I’ll have a bath that evening. Throughout the day, as I’m working, I then remind myself of that particular reward which I will indulge in once my tasks are complete. This really helps me stay focussed and motivated to complete what needs to be done, as having a reward is something to look forward to.
  5. Listen to yourself
    Remember, if you are having an off day, do not get frustrated with yourself for not being as productive as usual! We cannot be really productive and motivated every single day – it’s completely natural to have off days. We are going through a difficult time of change and uncertainty, so feeling up and down is completely normal. Listen to your body, and if you really are struggling, then that is okay and remember to take it easy.

So, those are a few suggestions which have helped me stay motivated when working from home, I hope they work for you too. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog post, and I really hope you are all doing okay!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

My Daily Routine at Home


Hey guys, I hope you’re all staying well and keeping positive during this strange time!

I know that many of us have been through a lot of change recently – a change of work setting, having to work from home, even a change in living dynamics. I’ve also noticed on social media that a few people have been struggling to adapt to this change of routine. So today, I’m going to share with you my daily routine which I have recently adapted to since all this change, and I hope it can offer some inspiration/ideas for you!

My Daily Routine:

Wake up: I usually set my alarm for 8:30am on weekdays. Setting my alarm for the same time each day really improves my sleep cycle and is a great way to keep your daily routine consistent. I’ll then drink a few cups of water and have a piece of fruit (I eat lightly at this time because I go for runs every morning).

Exercise: Since being restricted to home, I’ve really tried to utilise this time to practice self-care and aim to be healthier. So, every morning, I’ve been going on runs alone which are doing me the world of good. Inhaling the fresh air each morning whilst being surrounded by empty greens feels so invigorating and is also a great way to leave the house. I would definitely recommend a morning exercise to anybody, and if running isn’t for you, you could try a hit workout, normal workout or even yoga! They have so many tutorials to follow on YouTube, so definitely try that out. It really puts my head in a good space, preparing it for the day, especially when our days are now spent indoors.

Getting ready for the day: I’ll then shower and get ready for the day! I’m making the most of working from home, so I usually slip on a pair of comfy joggers with a cosy top – being comfy is key for me! I’ll then make myself a cup of tea (mint green is so good in the morning) and crack on with University work! Remember to drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated!

Lunch: I’ll have lunch usually between 12-1pm depending on the day and how I am feeling! Eating healthy can really boost your mood, which is especially important during times like this, so I’m trying to be keep a balanced diet.

Back to work: After lunch, I’ll then usually work some more until 4pm. I understand that if you have a full-time job that you will finish later than that! Everyone’s routines will differ slightly!

In the evening: By the evening, I will switch off my laptop so that I’m not tempted to look/finish anymore work! It’s important to be able to switch off after a day of hard work! I’ll then have dinner.

Self-care: I preach about self-care so often because it’s so important to me! I try to implement a dose of self-care every single day, and find it particularly therapeutic to do so before bedtime. Whether it’s reading a book with a peppermint tea, painting my nails, running a warm bath, having a pamper session, watching a favourite film or a 10-minute meditation, I make sure I do at least one of these every night-time before I sleep. It allows me to have a calmer head space and helps me wind down for bed.

Goodnight: I usually aim to fall asleep at the same time each night to again regulate my sleep cycle and keep a consistent routine. I also still regularly use lavender oil before I sleep, as it really relaxes my mind and helps me drift off. I also recommend doing night time meditations (The Honest Guys on Spotify and YouTube are really good!)

So, that’s the routine I’ve adjusted to since being at home! I hope it helps you and gives you some ideas! I find that having a structured routine really helps both my motivation and my productivity when working at home.

I hope you are all staying positive and safe, and remember that we are all in this together!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Ways to Keep Yourself Entertained At Home


Hey guys, how are you today?

I guess we can’t ignore the circumstances around us – it’s inevitably there. A sudden change in routine has occurred for many of us – remaining indoors, working from home and maybe feeling a little apprehensive and worried. For many of us, having to stay within the walls of our home can be a struggle, especially during the weekends when there’s no work to do. However, during an unfamiliar time like this, it is important to focus on the positives rather than the negatives!

Today, being the home-bird I am, I’m going to share a few things which you can do to fill your days spent at home. Staying proactive not only keeps you entertained, but is really good for your mental wellbeing (which is so important during a time like this!)

  1. Wardrobe clear out
    I’ve started to this already! Since being at home, I’ve had the chance to finally clear out my room and sort my clothes out – it’s so satisfying, and it helps pass the time (as well as being productive!) I feel so cleansed and organised from it!
  2. Morning workout/yoga
    As for the foreseeable future, most of our time will be spent indoors, so I would most definitely recommend doing some exercise! Recently, I’ve been implementing home workouts into my routine and this morning I went for a run. You could even try yoga – any form of exercise is so invigorating and healthy for both the mind and body. There are so many tutorials on YouTube so definitely try them out. Also, establishing a new routine is a really good way of adjusting to change and improving our wellbeing.  
  3. Read a book
    A cup of tea and a good book, curled under a soft blanket. Diving into a world of imagination, the story unfolds as you turn each page. Escaping reality by immersing yourself into a book is a really great way to stay entertained, and it also helps the mind unwind if you read before bed.
  4. Be creative
    Have you ever thought about creating something? Ever wanted to write a book, poem or practice your artwork? Release and challenge your creative energy into a project you’ve always thought about doing! This is great if you are wanting to spend time away from your phone and social media.
  5. Stay connected
    A FaceTime or phone call is only a click away! Stay connected by keeping in touch with family and friends!

Remember to stay positive, guys! Remember that we are in control of our attitudes and mindsets, and remember that positivity breeds positivity! I hope these suggestions have helped and I hope you have enjoyed reading!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx