Closing Remarks – Bye 2017, Hello 2018

This year has been.. a journey, to say the least! Everyone I've spoken to seems to feel the same way - this year was one for the books. This has been a year of pruning and growth. A year of preparation and maturing. And for that we should be grateful. For 2018, I wish you…

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WORDS TO LIVE BY – WORDS OF SELF-AFFIRMATION ARE IMPORTANT

You've probably heard that words are powerful so be careful what you say. I'm here to tell you, you are, or rather you become, who you tell yourself you are.   As a Woman of Faith, it is so vital that I speak positive things over and into my life. I say, out loud or…

HOW A NON-CHRISTIAN MADE JESUS ‘KNOWN’ TO ME

As a Christian, one of my primary beliefs is the Gospel as good news to be shared. I believe I am called to know Jesus and tell other people of Him. It's my job to make Him known. Growing up in the UK, most people had some idea (however skewed it is) of who Jesus…

You’re doing great, sweetie – Don’t be in a rush, hun x

  I've always been too fast and too smart for my own good. That kid that wants to get involved in everything. And now I am at the age where that translates into being the woman with all of the ideas and the mentality that she can do them all. Superwoman, basically. At the beginning…

Happy (?) Five Year Blog Anniversary, PaulaPaceSetter

So my blog, this very blog, is FIVE years old this month! It's crazy that one quarter of my life has consisted of this blog. Over that time, the vision for this blog has changed considerably. I experiemented with how personal I wanted to make it. It's funny that I'm celebrating five years today when…

DRESSES AND FLOWERS – LOOKBOOK + VIDEO

I have really enjoyed exploring photography and videography a lot more in the last few months. I even started working as a freelance photographer - something I've always wanted to do but never thought I would - and added it to my Paula Melissa brand. I am just so blessed to be surrounded by creative…

Christian Feminist? Feminist Christian?

Can you be both? Are the two mutually exclusive? As a Christian, we are often taught views about women that can come across as sexist or oppressive. Often these views are 'legitimised' by Bible scriptures so they aren't questioned or opposed. On the other side of the spectrum, the media tells you that women can…

Hello, My Name is Paula and I’m Addicted to My Phone!!

Addicted. Addiction. They are such 'hard' words but I've come to believe that in order to overcome - or at least begin to overcome - them you have to admit that they actual exist. So that's my first step: I have a slight addiction to my phone and more specifically social media, messaging and generally…

GATHERING OF QUEENS – WHY WE MUST REFER TO OURSELVES AS QUEENS

There is nothing better than being surrounded by beautiful (inside and out), strong, empowered women - all supporting and motivating each other. - This is what is known as a Gathering of Queens. My uni's African Affairs Network organised a social event they called 'the Gathering of Queens'. I was instantly hooked and promised myself…

Teach Me To Be Carefree

I am forever grateful for friends that keep me grounded. Yesterday was a good day for me. It was impromptu and chill and reminded me that life does not always need to be so carefully planned out. It is okay to relax and enjoy the ride sometimes. My outfit for yesterday could be titled 'how much…

The Treat Kitchen!!!

When I was contacted by the lovely Jodie from The Treat Kitchen, which are a family run confectionery retailer operating in a few cities in England and nationally online, I was a bit worried. I was worried mainly because I do not have a sweet tooth. At all. I know nowadays someone saying they do not like…

God Worked Through His Deception

I wrote this post for Lively Stones and can be found here! I was reading Genesis 27:19-33, which is the story of how Jacob, with the help of his mother Rebekah, deceived his father, Isaac and stole his older brother Esau’s blessings. I considered the fact that Jacob actually used deception as a means to receiving…

Jones Bootmaker Shoes Wishlist*

A girl can never have too many shoes - or at least that's what I've been told! In my experience, some boys have more shoes than I have ever known, but that is a story for another day. The British shoe company, Jones Bootmaker have been making classy shoes in London and the rest of the…