It’s A Struggle

I know it’s been a little while since I did a health or life update, pretty much 2 months to be exact, and to tell the truth, I wasn’t going to do one as I always thought sharing this stuff was boring and you’d probably get tired of it by now, plus I didn’t want to sound like I needed people to feel sorry for me or that I was moaning about life. I know there are people out there that are much worse off than I am, as well as people who are full of health, but I also know that there’s no competition when it comes to health as we’re all entirely different and we experience things in our own way, so while one thing might seem trivial to someone else, it could be a mountain for another to climb. I’ve asked on my IG stories (it’s easy to use the 24 hour poll there) twice now about these types of posts and the last poll won by a landslide when asked if you wanted more health updates (it was around 80% yes), so that’s what I’m doing for you now. If you do want to read my previous health posts, click here. As I’m always open and honest with all of you, I’m not going to lie. These last few months have been a struggle. Often at times I feel like I’m failing and I’m going to have to quit blogging because I can’t give it the dedication it needs as it’s 24/7 (gosh knows how I would live then), but when I was watching one of…

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Black Friday Sales + Instagram Photos

As it’s Black Friday week and Thanksgiving, I always do a roundup every year of the best sales that are happening so that I can give all that information to you! I’m publishing it a bit early this year as so many brands and stores have already started their deals, and I don’t want you to miss out! All you have to do is click the name of the store in blue/purple and it will take you to the retailer! There’s some amazing discounts to be had, trust me! And for those of you who aren’t interested in the Black Friday madness, don’t worry, I didn’t want to just make this blog post purely sales related, so I’ve included some of my recent Instagram photos for you as well, so it’s not straying away from my usual content. Hopefully this combines the best of both worlds and you can see the latest discounts and bargains along with what I’m up to! Lorna xx. P.S. – If you love my blog and want to buy anything from the stores list I’ve put together, if you could help support Raindrops of Sapphire by buying through the links provided below, that would be a huge help. They are affiliated and the money goes to keeping the site running. Just click the site names at the beginning of each paragraph. Thanks! BLACK FRIDAY SALES WEEK DEALS Shopbop Thanksgiving Sale! Up to 70% off sale items and up to 30% off full price items! The code is MORE17 which is valid from today until November 26th!  Click here to shop the sale! 20% off orders…

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Absorbing Energy From Autumn

Autumn really is my favourite time of year. I know I’ve said it numerous times before, but it genuinely is. Not just because it means the intense summer heat has come to an end (thank goodness), and not just because the jewel tones of the leaves are incredible, but because of the energy I feel from the season. I’ve never known how to explain it, but I just feel alive and invigorated at this time of year. I remember first feeling it when I was younger. I think I was possibly around 12 or 13 and my mum, my brother, and her partner at the time were on our way to Devon for a holiday in October. We’d stopped at the motorway services at around 7pm to get some snacks and refuel. I was feeling tired and sleepy, but as soon as I got out of the car and into the dark, windy, cool air, I was instantly woken up and refreshed. I remember standing there, looking around as the lights were lighting up what could be considered a bit of a creepy looking, poorly lit area, but as I breathed deeply into the night air, I was excited – I felt powerful, almost invincible. If you’ve experienced this type of energy from nature before, you will know what I am talking about, but for those of you who haven’t, the only way I can explain it is like something exciting just happened to you and you’re overcome with joy and enthusiasm for it. My eyes light up, I want to take deep breaths and absorb the wind more, I…

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Health Update – Where I Am At Now

I know back in August, I shared with you this health update post (click here) and so many of you were incredibly supportive and helpful, giving me advice via email and private messages, as well as through the comments section and I was overwhelmed by your kindness and how much you all cared. I remember when I first started this blog and I never shared any personal information or even came out about my illnesses until a couple of years ago, after I had been blogging for years. So it’s really nice to know how supportive you all are and if I can help anyone else along the way who might be suffering the same problems, that’s even better. So, where am I at now? Gastroenterologist – I mentioned before that I had been to see the gastroenterologist and we had done a SIBO test which had come back negative for hydrogen, however I found out a little while after all of that that I did have excess bacteria in my small intestine which produces lots of methane. Even if I don’t eat, my baseline methane production is above what it should be, which was causing a lot of gas and bloating as well since that bacteria was producing it on its own. Antibiotics – My doctor said the best antibiotic for me (taking into account other medical issues) would be Rifaximin which I was to take for 14 days at 1100mg a day, so it was quite a high dose. This would then kill off all the bacteria (both good and bad) and then hopefully I can replace it…

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Discussing Fear With Lindsey McKeon & Chris Evans

If you’ve been a long time reader of Raindrops of Sapphire (thank you if you have!), you might remember an interview I did with the hugely intelligent and wonderful, Lindsey McKeon, back in 2015 about her experiences in life, being comfortable with who she is, health and more. If you missed it, you can check it out here. I’m lucky enough to have kept in touch with Lindsey since we first met a couple of years ago and consider her a beautiful friend, one who has helped me in so many ways, so I’m honoured to be sharing this new blog post with you. So, what’s it about? Lindsey and Chris Evans have been friends since they were 16 and have the same spiritual connection and view of the world, which is something they have journeyed on independently, but together at the same time. If you haven’t seen her previous video with Chris, you can check that out here as it’s very in depth and inspirational. But for this blog post, they’re touching on a different subject – fear. Do you let your past dictate your future? Who we are when we’re growing up often defines who we become for the rest of our lives. We are shaped by our individual insecurities and our desperate need to fit in. Allowing our fear to run us, most of us get stuck in this cycle for the entirety of our lives. To cover this subject in more depth, Lindsey and Chris sat down together to discuss it in a series of YouTube videos which will be released over the coming weeks. This…

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Digital Detox – Make Someone’s Day With A Present In The Post

I’ve touched on it a few times about how intense the 21st century can be on us, and just how switched on we actually are every single day of the week. Sometimes not being able to shut off and connect with life in a more personal way because of being addicted to smart phones and our online presence really can hinder our life in some unexpected ways. When did our online lives become more important than the ones we live in real life? I had no idea about these facts, but every single minute over 65,000 pictures are posted on Instagram and more than 208,000 on Facebook. That’s insane! I thought those numbers would have been high just for a full day’s statistics, but hearing that those are every single minute is shocking. That means within 24 hours, 1,560,000 images will have been published on Instagram… It kind of leaves me speechless. I know there are 7 billion people in the world, so 1.5 million is small in the grand scheme of things, but if you think about it, it’s huge. Every single minute over 65,000 pictures are posted on Instagram and more than 208,000 on Facebook. I absolutely love Instagram and my social media, don’t get me wrong, I can’t be without it. It’s an amazing way to connect with people overseas and find new friends, but I’m wondering just how much social media is too much? I’m not one for Facebook, but by constantly checking in and updating your status at every given opportunity and place, are you really enjoying your time at that place and being fully…

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An Important Health Update – Any Advice?

It’s been a little while since I shared a health update with you and I’ve definitely been on a journey these past few months. I did two posts a couple of months ago, talking about my food intolerance’s and my leaky gut syndrome, but I’m still no clearer on why I have these issues. My leaky gut was caused by something (and it’s not yeast) and my food intolerance’s happened out of the blue just over 2 years ago. There’s been no answer as to why any of this happened or how to fix the root cause and I’ve seen specialists numerous times, a dietician, I’ve tried remedies to try and heal myself, and I have almost exhausted all resources. I just wanted to give an update on my situation as I know a lot of you ask how I am doing, so I’ve broken it down into parts and a background of what happened, just in case any of you out there are doctors or might have the same experiences, any advice or ideas would be most welcome, please! What happened? In May 2015, I had an acute attack of something that made me have mild sickness and diarrhea, I couldn’t keep any food down or in, and water was a struggle as well. This happened for about a day or two, and I had really bad stomach pain. After this, my small intestine and stomach area between my ribs swelled up huge like I had swallowed a tennis ball, and was burning like lava all the time. Sometimes I was doubled up in pain because I couldn’t stand…

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A New @LornaRaindrops Instagram Roundup

A shot of me listening to music on my headphones (Ed Sheeran) I know so many of you loved my Instagram roundup last time, so I’m making it a regular habit to share more photos with you every couple of months or so. I share pictures every single day on my Instagram account (click here to follow) and a lot of them are exclusive pictures that don’t make it on my blog so there’s two places to see my original content. I know not all of you have Instagram or follow me there though, so I want you to see my pictures too whenever I can. For those of you who do already follow me, I can’t thank you enough for helping me reach over 44,000 followers already! It’s amazing! I hope you enjoy these photos! As always, let me know what you think! Lorna xx. How gorgeous are my new Public Desire boots?! Relaxing at the park on a casual HOT day Feeling small next to my cousin (left) and my brother (right) A stunning sunset. No more words needed! Borrowing Adam’s ball cap before I got my own burgundy one A selfie from a while back A trip to the farm on a gloomy day A very minimal make-up selfie day Playing tourist back in Winter with one of our iconic phone boxes What could be in there? I will be revealing it soon! A shot from inside Joules at all the gorgeous rain coats! I own that blue one! Vegetables at the farm shop! The gorgeous sun setting over Burnham on Sea beach All the amazing colours…

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