Lochcarron of Scotland

Lochcarron of Scotland

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I sit here watching the film Love Happens, the one with Jennifer Aniston in it and my thoughts drift of to the amazing little Scottish cafe I visited the other day with my mum. It was a quiet little place, but had character.

You know when you think of everything Scottish in one massive brainstorm? This cafe has it all, from sheep to bonnets, from highland cows to tartan, everything!

It is a cafe/shop, so naturally we pondered around after the DELICIOUS food, look at it!!

The cafe/shop is called Lochcarron of Scotland, based in the outskirts of Selkirk, a town based in the Scottish Borders. The food is to die for. I chose the lentil soup and it literally took an hour to get cold, no joke! It was all amazing.

It has all different colours of cashmere.

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Snow in Scotland

Snow in Scotland

I have always had a love/hate relationship with the snow. See, if I have to step out and run errands in it.. I hate it! If I get to go on walks (wrapping up warm obv!) or sit in my house all nice and warm, while having views like this.. then I love it!!

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However, recently I have been thinking about how much Scotland is for me – it will always be home. When I graduate from University, do I want a life where I can’t go out and enjoy the outdoors as much as I could in other places? Can other countries offer a better lifestyle? Million dollar questions are popping up left, right and centre.

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Scotland is rich, vibrant and beautiful. I guess I am writing this not only to share its beauty, but for myself.. helping me decide if for sure, one day I want to move away. Who knows, maybe I will try another place out for a year and come back.

I live in – what I would call – a town that’s a busy wee place, however, others may call it the countryside. The Scottish Borders are known to be beautiful and proud. My wonder to see my life in other places may take over at times, but, it never forgets the picturesque little place of home.

 

I guess my questions are what many often think. Will I be happier in a place like Australia, where many ship their lives of to every day? Will I love the lifestyle? Will I miss the familiar sights of a place I have left and came back to everyday for the majority of my life? One thing is for sure, I would miss my family (they would get free holidays, what’s not to love!).

The crisp air that devours the whole garden on a brisk winters morning (I smell snow, I just finished watching Gilmore Girls, sorry not sorry). The idyllic pictures will be replaced by others.

I am one for delving into the future and wondering where my life will take me. Writing this short but sweet post, I have come to the conclusion that I should live in the moment. Right now, I can’t move away, so what’s the point in thinking about it?! I mean, look at where I live at the moment, these pictures don’t do it justice.

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10 TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

10 TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

10 TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

So, you want to fundraise some money for your chosen charity? That’s great!

This is what I have learned over the past half a year fundraising for my challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity, Childreach International.

  1. Start as soon as you decide/sign up to something (this is so obvious, duh!). Yes, this is obvious. What I am trying to say is, get a plan laid out, get a fundraising action plan written clearly or even put it on a spreadsheet in your Google account! Which leads onto my second tip..ideas
  2. PLANNING! Planning is so key in fundraising. See that google document you just set up for starting your fundraising? Fill it up with all your ideas! This can state what the event is going to be, when you plan on doing it, the items you will need for the event (bake sale = cakes and stand etc) and how much you plan on making/profit at the event.
  3. Set out a realistic time for the bigger events that you do! The reality is that you will need a lot of time for events that you plan on making £850+ at! Give yourself 12+ weeks to organise, execute and promote this event! People often underestimate how much encouragement some people need to go to an event.
  4. BE EXCITED! Nobody is going to give you their hard-earned money unless you are actually excited and passionate about what you are doing! Get creative and make up new and exciting ways to fundraise, show your dedication! Grab a fish and stand in town, charge a set amount for someone to slap you across the face with a fish (trust me its been done!)
  5. Remember your inspiration! This comes hand in hand with being excited about your cause! If you are having a period of time where fundraising is a bit more difficult, remember why you chose this charity and the reason that you strive to create a difference. As you are adding personal touches to your fundraising, like little thank you notes after someone donates to you, a handwritten letter or a message after an event, be sure to include enthusiasm and the reason why your chosen charity is so special!
  6. Make it personal. This means that people are more likely to donate because YOU are asking them and it’s YOU who is making all this effort.
  7. Use social media!!!! This cannot be expressed enough! Social media is a huge platform to use to aid in smashing those fundraising targets! A post can reach all over and can help you heaps and bounds! Share your events on social media, create engagement through pages, share your journey or why not create a blog to document it?!
  8. Get creative! Why not create new and exciting ways to help individuals become attached to your posts on social media? Ask yourself why did you sign u for this? Why now? Is it making a difference? SHARE this with as many people and possible and with each post make it personal to the individual! Suggest that it is helping children to mum and dad, suggest that it is helping animals to an animal mad person etc!
  9. Know your charity! It is very important to know your charity! You cannot be excited and do all of the things above if you do not know what your chosen charity stands for.
  10. HAVE FUN! Most importantly, have fun (duh)! This is a great cause and a great time for you to make making an impact on someone’s life! Keep fundraising as well, just because your target is diminished doesn’t mean you have to stop there, keep the ball rolling!

These are my top tips for fundraising and things alike, hope you get some inspiration from them! Sending love, Natasha x

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Targeting Kilimanjaro!

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So, as you can probably tell by the title of this, yes, I am embarking on the climb of a lifetime! 

I will be climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2017, all to raise money for the amazing charity, Childreach International.

It all came around about four months ago when one day I decided that I wanted to do something that would allow me to give back to the world. In spite of my racing imagination that wanted to do all sorts of things that were just not financially possible, I decided upon a sky dive for Childreach International.

I came to the decision to do this for Childeach for a few good reasons  

  1. My BEST FRIEND (hi, Caitlin!) introduced me to the work that Childreach do when she embarked on the trip of a lifetime to Nepal (so really if you think about it, this wouldn’t be possible unless she introduced me to all things magical about Childreach!). Having a best friend like Caitlin is in itself, a whole other essay of a post. Anyways, back to topic. Caitlin went to Nepal to help build the Meera Centre, a specialist early childhood development centre that provides services to the community and a safe nurturing environment for children. Childreach work and effort to help children is truly an inspiration. This is why I decided to do it for Childreach, after researching a bit more and knowing the work Caitlin had done from updates etc, I knew that this was the charity I felt strongest about. 
  2. I wanted to make a difference in someones life, even if it was just one life I could touch, that is all that mattered to me. 

Some people can be so hateful and shameful over people who do these things for charities, when the reality is.. would I be able to raise such a vast amount of money if there wasn’t a challenge in place? No! So to the people who perceive risking my life and climbing up the highest free-standing mountain in the world a holiday paid for you could never be so wrong! 

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So with the sky dive in mind and University just starting, September slipped away super fast. University life was treating me well and I began to feel like I wanted a bit more out of University life. Societies at Uni are a great way to meet new people and gain new skills! In came Childreach Society. It was like fate, there was a Childreach Society at my University! Straight away I contacted the society and found out they were actually recruiting for a Kilimanjaro climb to raise money for Childreach. 

And so all fell into place, before I knew it I had signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Childreach International. Did I mention I’m climbing up a BIG mountain?!

Yes, this will put me through my paces and test my ultimate strengths and weaknesses, but, I have the most amazing team going with me – fellow University students – who will all be so supportive and won’t let anyone forget the exact reason we are doing this. 

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AND IF ALL MY BODY ACHES AT THE END OF THIS, I HAVE A BEACH TO LIE ON FOR A WEEK AFTER KILIMANJARO! 

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Guys, wish me all the luck in the world for my climb and if you want to help me in any ways, donations to my cause and more info on my climb can be found here. I will be making Kilimanjaro into a travel series, to keep updates on what has been happening etc, so keep a big eye out for those (there will be a few!).