How I overcame my fear of flying

April 2015: So I'm off to France in a couple of weeks for a very last minute trip with my mama for some girl time. I'm pretty excited even though we only have 3 days there, especially as I finally get to see if my flying hypnosis has worked! Most people won't know that I'm fairly terrified of flying. It's something I wouldn't normally chat about unless with family, friends or my work lot. I'm not bad enough that I would never get on a plane as I would never see any of the world (or get a tan!) Instead, I spend hours, days, weeks stressing out about a flight and knacker myself out beyond belief. I usually spend at least the first day on holiday sleeping to get back to normal and even then I look like something that's stepped straight out of The Walking Dead. It's a fairly common fear, albeit pretty irrational and definitely one that isn't easy to overcome on your own.

SO, trying to cut a long story short, I went for two hypnosis sessions where we figured out the root of the problem (a very bumpy first flight aged 11), altered the memory and used hypnosis and EMI (eye moment integration) to change my perception of flying and turn the negatives into positives. I was pretty skeptical and uncertain but after the first session I already noticed a difference; being much calmer in myself when thinking about flying and the possibilities. The hypnosis isn't the creepy stuff you see Derren Brown do on TV, it's actually a very light trance and you're totally aware of everything around you. So you won't be turned into a chicken or made to perform under a spotlight on stage! After the second session, I received a hypnosis recording which I'm listening to every night before I go. 

I actually feel excited and way more focused on my holiday than the plane journey. I'm finding it much easier to rationalise flying and I've spent every day dreaming of French food and sunshine. Obviously I won't know how much this has worked until I set foot on the plane but if it's made this much of a difference already, I have high hopes. Now I just have the task of fitting all my outfit choices into a backpack for hand luggage. Any tips? PLEASE. SEND. HELP. 

Update: it's official. I am 100% over my fear of flying. Since my hypnosis I've been on SIX WHOLE FLIGHTS within the last year. I've visited 3 different countries and have made so many amazing memories including my first ski trip and kayaking round the caves in Portugal. Over the years, I allowed my fear to hold me back and while I still went on holiday, I would only go once a year and if any other opportunities came up I'd find a reason not to go. Or I'd be that person being dragged on to the plane screaming WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! (I'm not kidding). So, moral of the story is, hypnosis does work, it does take some effort from you to keep practicing the relaxation techniques but my word, it's pretty life-changing.

Katie x


The Beach Life

H&M jewelled jumper | Topshop jeans | New Balance Sonic 410s

SQUINTING HELL. I really do apologise for these photos, we took about 100 and these are the only two where my eyes are sort of open. Me and the boy took a trip to the beach yesterday as the sun came out after a crazy apocalyptic-style storm in the morning. I love this time of year when it starts warming up and you can actually leave the house without a thick coat and thousand layers. 

I bought these New Balance 410s a few weeks ago as I'd been eyeing them up for a while. I really wanted some trainers, I've been stuck in boots since October and whilst I could easily live in boots all year round, I should probably make an effort to transition into spring footwear and give my feet a break. These are way comfier than I ever expected them to be and have quickly become my spring staple...I was a bit worried of looking too 'sporty' (anyone who knows me knows that me and sports don't go together) but they look good with jeans for a casual weekend vibe. And my feet feel like they're being hugged by a thousand fluffy angels. Y'know.

What do you think? Have you tried New Balance 410s?

Katie x


Creme Egg Brownies

Chocolate. Heaven. Literally can't tell you how good these brownies are! They're a bit calorific but it's Easter and it has creme eggs in so it's allowed. I'm well known for my baking fails, in fact it rarely goes well, but these are so quick and easy to make and they're the perfect little Easter treat. Just don't eat too many at once or you won't be able to move (trust me, I tried!)

What you need

6 creme eggs, halved
220g butter
4 large eggs
100g cocoa powder
450g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla flavouring
150g self-raising flour
28cm x 20cm tin

What to do

Step one | Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas4. Grease a shallow, square tin and line with baking paper. Cut the creme eggs in half (be careful with a sharp knife) and place to one side. 

Step two | Melt the butter in a pan. Once all the butter has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder. Set to one side for 10 minutes. 

Step three | Whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla flavouring in a large bowl until pale and foamy. Stir in the cocoa mixture and then stir in the flour. Pour into the tin and bake for around 20 minutes. 

Step four | Put the creme eggs on top, pressing them in slightly so that the cut side of the egg is in line with the brownie mixture. Return to the oven for around 20 minutes, or until the top is firm but the middle is soft. 

Step five | Allow the brownies to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. You can finish cooling them on a wire rack - I just left mine in the tin for a bit longer (20 mins in total) and cut them in squares. 

Voila - amazing, chocolatey goodness. Have you tried creme egg brownies before? 

Let me know if you give these a go! 
Katie x