I met a 5yr old walking miracle

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Let me introduce you to Biswas. He is 5 yrs old. But he’s not like most 5 year olds. Biswas can’t speak or communicate, he struggles to walk, and his teeth prevent him from eating any solid food. Biswas has been born into a society that doesn’t just disrespect individuals born with special needs, but actually believes that their disabilities are a sign of a curse on the family. In a country where over 80% of the population is Hindu, mothers and their disabled babies are often completely disowned by their families due to this superstition.

But little Biswas was born into a Christian family. And even before his birth, God began revealing what an incredible plan he has for this child’s life. Even during his 5 short years, God has used Biswas countless times to display His love, faithfulness and power to people in Nepal.

Neesha was filled with fear and dread when the doctor told her that her unborn baby would be born with severe developmental disabilities. Neesha and her husband were Christians living in a predominantly Hindu neighborhood. She knew the stares and rude comments she would receive if she were to go out with a disabled child. She knew that it would be a struggle to care for a child with special needs with so little support available. Neesha began to feel overwhelmed by the army facing her. She even planned to take her own life…

A few weeks later however, Biswas was born. Immediately the critical nature of his condition became evident. He was born with twice the volume of blood as normal, suffered severe meningitis and digestive issues. He was also both blind and deaf.

Neesha didn’t understand why she seemed to be up against such a powerful army.

Throughout all the hardships, Neesha remained obedient to God in prayer. When the doctors told her that Biswas had been born with too much blood, her response was to fast and pray together with her women’s group. And God healed her son. The doctors were astounded.

When it became evident that Biswas was suffering with meningitis, Neesha cried out to God in prayer, and her son was healed. The doctors simply couldn’t explain it.

When a doctor told Neesha that her son was blind and would never be able to see, she went home and prayed. When she returned to the hospital the following day, carrying little Biswas, her child with perfect vision, the doctor was speechless.

And when another doctor informed Neesha that Biswas was completely deaf, she went home rejoicing. She praised God for making her son deaf, because she knew that God would perform a miracle to lead this doctor to faith in Christ. And what do you think happened? You guessed it; Biswas’s hearing today is perfect!

I had the privilege of being predominantly responsible for Biswas in my class at a Special School in Nepal where I volunteered 3 days a week. And I can tell you that he truly is a little blessing. He grins and makes clicking noises, clapping his hands. He is fascinated by the simplest of things and is completely content to just watch the other kids in the class all day long. Oh, and he adores the camera!

It upsets me and angers me to think of how negatively strangers view and judge Biswas when they pass him in the street. God truly calls the unexpected to further His kingdom. God is working so incredibly powerfully through this little boy who can’t speak.

It was so amazing to get to know Neesha and Biswas, we’d be a the bus stop and she’d come and tell me of another answer to prayer, or what God had told her that week. She really inspired and encouraged me to be persistent in prayer and to trust in his faithfulness when things were difficult. God is faithful when it seems like stuff is impossible. Sometimes I find when I read Bible passages about huge battles, or some of the Psalms where David is talking about being up against his enemies and I think, I don’t have thousands of soldiers on my doorstep. But if you replace the word army with things like stress, fear, anxiety, depression, money troubles, family issues, exams, illness, future uncertainty, work problems. What armies are you up against in your life today? Are we willing to trust, to let go, to ask God help us to trust Him? Because he can and will use you to do the most unexpected things if we persist in prayer and in trusting his faithfulness.

Hope

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Disclaimer: All information in this post is true, except I have changed the individual’s names for their privacy

My Beginner’s Workout Routine

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Since returning from Nepal and turning 19, I decided it was about time to start taking my health and fitness seriously. I’ve been working out 5-6 times a week for the last 3 months, and have already seen major improvements in my fitness, mental health and muscle definition.

I want to share with you a Workout Routine that I put together at the beginning of my fitness journey. It’s a mix of some of my favourite exercises to target all the major muscle groups. Have fun!

Workout Routine

  • Warm Up: 5mins running on treadmill between 8.5 – 10.5km/h 
  • Weighted Squats x 15 (Incorporate a shoulder press when rising out of each squat. I use 2lb weights)
  • Half pushups x10
  • Straight leg donkey kicks x10 each leg (on all fours, straighten a leg behind you and raise it to be inline with your back. Feel those glutes burn!)
  • Fire hydrants with kick x10 each leg (on all fours, raise your knee out to the side, then extend the leg out straight)
  • Tricep dips x10
  • Side leg lifts x10 each side 
  • Leg raises x10 (lie on your back and -keeping your legs straight- raise them to a 90° angle, then lower them to the floor again)
  • Elevated glute bridge (lie on your back and place your feet on a chair or bench, raise your hips to create a straight line, and lower again)
  • Run on treadmill between 8.5- 10.5km/h x3 mins 
  • Repeat for 3 sets 

 

Hope

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Getting my Helix pierced

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I am obsessed with my new helix piercing! I’ve spent hours browsing Pinterest for super cute jewellery. I want to share with you some info about cartilage piercings and my experience of the piercing process and aftercare. Hopefully this will be helpful if you’re considering piercing your helix, and if any of you have already had this done and could give this new-be some advice, I’d appreciate it 🙂

The Piercing Process…

If you’ve read my last blog post then you’ll know that I’m currently living in Nepal. There are pros and cons of getting a piercing in a country like this. A pro is that it only cost me 600NPR (4.50GBP)! If you’re planning on getting a cartilage piercing, it’s recommended that you get it done with a piercing needle, rather than your standard gun used for earlobes. Cartilage is a rigid structure, so there’s a risk of it shattering if a gun is used. When I went along, the piercing artist let me choose a ring and position it to the desired location on my ear. He then cleaned the area and pushed the needle through my ear from back to front.

So, how much does it hurt?

My helix piercing hurt more than getting my earlobes done. It was quite uncomfortable, but not too bad. The needle going through hurts a little, and then wiggling the ring into place was pretty uncomfortable. My ear ached for about half an hour afterwards, but apart from that, it doesn’t hurt unless I touch it. If the pain factor is what’s putting you off getting a helix piercing, I would say don’t worry. It’s definitely bearable. If you’ve had braces then you’ll have experienced more discomfort for sure! Prepare to not be able to sleep on that ear for some time. If you’re planning on getting both ears done, I would recommend getting one at once, for this reason.

Aftercare… 

I’ve read a lot of contradictory advice online about caring for a cartilage piercing. My piercing artist recommended cleaning the area twice a day with saline. I’ve been using a quarter teaspoon of salt dissolved in boiled (and cooled to body temperature) filtered water  in a bowl and soaking my ear in there for 5-10mins twice a day.

Cartilage takes longer to heal than other piercings. It may take up to a year for the wound to be completely healed. So during this time you should have a ring or stud in there pretty much constantly, to avoid the hole closing. Wait 2-3 months before changing the piercing initially.

Aftercare is very important for cartilage piercings! The infection rate is about one in three piercings. Make sure to clean the wound regularly, avoid fiddling with it and only touch the piercing with clean hands.

That being said, I’m a new-be!

This advice has been given to me by my piercing artist. This is my first cartilage piercing, so if you have any tips and tricks for me, that’d be greatly appreciated! It’s only been three days since my procedure. I’d be interested to know how long others have found it takes for the area to not hurt when touched, or if you have any advice for me about avoiding infections and whether I should be moving the ring in the hole or leaving it alone?

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I really love my helix piercing, and can definitely see myself getting other piercings in the future!

Lots of love,

Hope x

 

 

 

Volunteering in Nepal!

Hello beautiful people! I know you haven’t heard from me in over half a year. Here’s a little life update.

Nepal! Yes, for the past 4 months I have been living in Kathmandu, Nepal. It has been so amazing. I’m going to take you through some photos of my time here. Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing more about my Nepal experiences!

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So Nepal is best known for being the home of a little thing known as Mount Everest. It’s absolutely mind-blowing to be so close to the Himalayas here. You can see fishtail mountain in this photograph. Nepal’s scenery must be the most stunning I have ever seen. You can never get tired of views like this!

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I spent a few days at a national park here. I went on a 1.5h safari- riding on an elephant! We saw two wild rhinos. I have completely fallen in love with elephants. They are so powerful, yet gentle and graceful and so intelligent. And don’t these babies just melt your heart?

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It’s been such a privilege to learn some of the language and hear the stories of the people here. Nepalis are incredibly hospitable and polite. One day I was working in a free first aid clinic for the homeless, and whilst attending to a cut on the forehead of one homeless man, he burst into tears. With his limited english, he explained to me his experience of the tragic earthquake that struck Nepal almost two years ago. His mother and brothers were killed. It was such a moving and humbling experience for me.

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I also spend three days a week at a Special Needs School. I absolutely love it, the children are so so precious. The whole place is filled with love and joy. This boy’s name is Rupen, he’s 10 years old. He can’t walk, so his father carries him to and from school each day on his back. Despite struggling with coordination, Rupen is such a bright boy. I’ve been teaching him the english alphabet. He has a great sense of humour and such a big heart.

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So there’s a quick insight into my time in Nepal so far. I’d love to share more stories with you all, from squashing 18 people into a jeep, staying the night in a wooden hut with nine people in 4 beds in the Himalayan foothills, to hanging onto the back of a tuktuk with three other people!

I wish you all an amazing day,

Love and greetings from Kathmandu,

Hope x

Self Care Ideas

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 16.33.44.pngIt’s great to have a bit of me-time now again, especially if you’ve been feeling a bit under the weather.

I’ve compiled a little list of ideas to inspire you to practise some self-love ❤

  • have a bubble bath
  • light some candles
  • do a facemask
  • paint your nails
  • make a cup of loose leaf tea
  • bake something new
  • do some mindfulness (I recommend the Calm app)
  • do some yoga (Yogawithadriene on YouTube has some great videos to follow)
  • put on some music and dance
  • write letters to friends
  • colour in
  • take a walk outside
  • call a friend
  • play a musical instrument 

Above all, remember to love and accept yourself for who you are ❤

 

Hope x

Goodbye wisdom teeth

It’s been a week since I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted. I’d like to share my experience with you guys, to hopefully help some of you who perhaps will need to get them out in the future and are wondering about it.

The Extraction 

If I can give one piece of advice, it would be GET GENERAL ANAESTHETIC! I’m so happy I did. I lay down on the dentist chair, a nurse took my blood pressure and fitted oxygen tubes up my nose. The dentist then fitted an IV and injected the anaesthetic. Next thing I knew, it was all over! I was very happy to be oblivious to the whole ordeal!

Day 1

The first day was pretty painful. I would recommend taking ibuprofen regularly and using ice packs on the area. The wounds bled quite a bit despite the stitches. I was able to drink through a straw and eat some soup with a teaspoon.

Days 2-4

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Day 4: the bruises on each side made me look like I’d been beaten up!!

The swelling was pretty comical. I looked like a chipmunk! The rest of my teeth began to ache as well, as they began to adjust to the increase in space. I can see that my bottom front teeth have begun to straighten up a bit, which I’m very pleased about. Eating was still tough. I was living on juice, porridge, soup and yogurt. I began to crave Chinese food and cheese! My cheeks began to turn a lovely shade of blue too!

 

 

Days 5-7

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Day 7: bruises looking much better 🙂

On the fifth day I was able to eat some solid food again. Oh, I can’t tell you how great bread tastes after not eating it for 5 days!! The swelling began to subside, and by the seventh day was unnoticeable. I was still taking painkillers now and again, but the discomfort was much more manageable. By day 7 I was able to eat pretty much anything, smiling and laughing still made my cheeks ache quite a bit. The bruising looks much better now. Now it just looks like I haven’t washed!

 

All in all, getting my wisdom teeth out has been a rather uncomfortable experience!

The best advice I can give is:

  1. Opt for general anaesthetic if possible
  2. Ibuprofen will be your best friend 😉
  3. Use cold packs
  4. Don’t have a jam-packed schedule for the following week, as you’ll probably be quite tired

The best part about all of this, is that I got to keep my teeth! Haha.

Love,

Hope x

 

 

 

 

 

I think I’m becoming a minimalist..

Pinterest where would I be without you? Althoug63d4dcdd2e700207440873cf41297581h I do not currently own my own house, I get so excited by strolling through Pinterest’s Home Decor tag, making plans and refining my taste for the far-off future when I will hopefully have enough money, and an actual house, to realise all these fantasies.

And my most recent love has been for minimalist home designs. With a touch of boho here and there. I love how it opens up the space and the cleanliness it conveys.

My staples include neutral shades (lots of whites, greys and blacks) and terrariums… I am in love with terrariums!

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I am in love with terrariums!

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Loving this touch of boho

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Alas, I am currently not in possession of a house to express this creativity. I have, however, made steps towards giving my bedroom a more minimalist feel. I’ve spent hours decluttering, tidying drawers, putting away clothes I don’t wear, clearing surfaces. It is so refreshing to be in this space now. I find tidiness extremely calming.

I think the concept of minimalism goes deeper than interior design. It’s a lifestyle. As I’ve been decluttering my wardrobe, I’ve also been decluttering my mind. Identifying and ending toxic relationships and reflecting on who I am as a person and what makes me happy. I find this state of mindfulness and awareness extremely healthy, it helps me to express more gratitude in my life and avoid stresses too.

If you’re someone who thrives in an orderly environment, I encourage you to give it a go. Put on some energetic music (a personal recommendation:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdceHLurO50&index=4&list=LLQCDeKXQM-cnyWPZhk-Dxwg) and have a massive clear out of your room.

Hope x