Confidence And Why You Should Love Yourself?

I really need to practice what I preach reading that title. I am not at all qualified to write about body confidence. And that is exactly why I am writing it.

You see I have started to write a few style posts. I have always posted pics of me on my blog in family situations, and felt more than comfortable with that. Mainly because I am not the topic, who’s looking at me right? But posting photos showcasing someone’s clothes feels different; it makes me feel bare and exposed. So why am I doing it you ask? Because I want too, I love clothes and fashion. I have a lot to learn still adapting to being a 40+ woman who loves fashion. I don’t always get it right, and sometimes I look back on photos and cringe. Wonder what on earth was I thinking.

I am a mega confident person in nearly all areas of life. But I worry about the haters, those mean girls. We all have at least one lurking in the background don’t we? The one that deleting would be making too much of a statement, so she sits there judging. 99.9 of people on my feed are lovely, so supportive. I may not even know the hater. She may be beautiful, she may not, and she could be a he? They won’t say anything, but they will judge. “Who does she think she is” “She does know she’s no model” And the answer to that is no I am not, I am a normal average woman.

Confidence And Being Me

Confidence And Being Me

I posted 2 posts last week, posts of me showcasing clothes. I can’t use the term modeling, cringe. Because clearly I am no model. As I pressed post I wanted to weep! I am not even exaggerating. I was worried about what people would think. This is so silly because clearly the brands were happy to work with me, they want to embrace that we aren’t all the same. That 40+ women have spending power and spend a LOT of fashion and clothes. It’s a shift that has been happening for some while now. And good on those brands.

Then something wonderful happened. 

The lovely Helena  messaged me with a kind message of support and solidarity. Then my gorgeous friends Louise said the same. Shortly after that Jess messaged me, she has become a good friend and had guessed something was up. We chatted about how I have been feeling and she got it totally.

I remembered something my beautiful cousin Lisa once said to me. ” What people think of you is their business, and their problem. Not yours” 

Yes, that is so true. As women and men too, we have a responsibility to our children to be proud of ourselves. To love ourselves and feel confident, to support others that dare to do the same. We need to set that example. We are all different shapes, sizes, ages and colours. But we are all beautiful. We all have a different kind of beauty.

I am never going to judge a beautiful thin seemingly perfect woman, because she too will have hang-ups. One thing I have discovered is there are not many people out there who haven’t got confidence issues in some way.

But what we can do is show a little solidarity, support each other and be proud of each other. To me that is the measure of a person. And the type of person I want in my life. It’s not about living in a perfect world. It’s about learning to accept others, not judging and being that person, to show your support rather than contempt.

We all wear clothes, and I want to see those clothes on all shapes, sizes, ages and colours of beautiful people.

And with some of the brands, press and bloggers embracing this, it is becoming the norm. That is exactly how I know that an item of clothing will look good on me. That my friends is why I am going to be brave and keep sharing. And support others that do the same, whether its style post, an achievement on Facebook a recipe you are proud of go for it be proud. And remember that my cousin Lisa said.

Confidence And Being Me

Confidence And Why You Should Love Yourself? And Regatta Cosmia Cream Quilted Jacket

Confidence And Being Me

So as I stood on top of a hill on Sunday, Chris taking my photos in my ever so lovely Regatta Cosmia Quilted Jacket, I felt proud. Unlike last week when I was so embarrassed.  I watched Joe running and jumping in mud, with a confidence a vigour, and not a care in the world . We all need to adopt that approach. We need to be more like our younger generation, we could learn a lot from them if we just watch and listen.

Confidence And Being Me

Confidence And Being Me


Confidence And Being Me

 

265 Comments

  1. 8th February 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree more and I need to practice this a lot more too. It’s hard seeing myself in so many photos when I never had in the past, particularly as I’m getting older but we should embrace who we are. You, my dear, are wonderful xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Ah thanks so much Karen and yes we should we are mad, and you are beautiful so should never feel like that x

  2. 8th February 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Sarah, you’re amazing and I can’t believe you doubt yourself. But then I can sympathise too as I find having my photo take completely and utterly horrendous. It’s an ordeal. I think we have a tendency to pick ourselves apart when other people just look at the photo as a whole and think ‘nice’. I used to have a real problem with looking incredibly toothy in photos but then I realised, most of the time, it’s because I’m laughing … which really is no bad thing. Thank you for posting this, though. It really made me think x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Rachel thank you so much this is lovely and yes I agree we see what others dont. You always look fab in pictures always super stylish and cool x

  3. 9th February 2017 / 2:14 am

    Sarah, you are beautiful inside and out, and should not feel embarrassed or doubt yourself. Your photos are always beautiful, sharp and nicely framed, and most importantly meaningful – telling a story. I can totally resonate with your post though. I grew up in a society where everyone pokes their nose into your family business so the words “what will others say” has been engraved onto my brain from childhood. Even though, after years of self-training, I did my best to silence that voice as much as I can, it is still there and impacts everything I do, especially on my blog. For example, I am not a native English speaker, so every time I publish a blog I catch myself cringing. Every single time I am afraid what others reading my posts will think about them, that I will be mocked and criticized for my grammar mistakes by those mean girls and boys. But you know what? At the end of the day, at least I make an effort, and despite my shortcomings I still do what I love AND work on my mistakes to improve in the future. I also noticed that when I have voiced my concerns and insecurities about my appearance, my friends have been surprised and keep saying they viewed me as completely opposite, i.e. confident, beautiful, etc.. So often our perception of ourselves differs from how people see us. We are our own worst critics. Anyway, please continue doing what your are doing (forgive me for the spammy cliché sentence), there are tons of people who admire and aspire you in more ways than one.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Nano thanks so much lovely lady this is such a lovely kind comment, we are alike I think as every one thinks I am super confident. And in most things I am, but I have had a good talk to myself and will not worry about this anymore. And BTW your English is bloomin amazing x

  4. 9th February 2017 / 11:00 am

    So many people struggle with confidence in certain areas of their lives and it is a shame that for many of us it can take so many years to start to get over it. It’s something I’ve only just started to do – to face my fears and do it anyway as they say. I’m sure your post will resonate with so many people as it has done for me. You look amazing!!! we are all role models to someone so it is so important for us to remember that. xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Rebecca thanks so much thats lovely and yes you are so right, we are here to show that confidence and self belief matter x

  5. 10th February 2017 / 10:26 am

    Looks are very important for us. But we cant solely judge our worth on looks. There are so many other aspects also. We should always strive to get better in those areas. I am somewhat pretty but after few decades under my belt I realized that my looks are not of my own creation. I had no hand in it so why should I be super proud of it and consider myself superior. I am rather proud of things that I have achieved on my own, like my career and family.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 9:06 pm

      No I totally agree my point is I am a very confident person, confident in all other areas of my life, having had a successful career and lovely family. So its time to bridge the gaps and address the areas I am not. And I really don’t think looks make anyone superior at all, but everybody should feel confident in themselves no matter how they look, and we as women should support others in that. Its about feeling good, I know people that are quite pretty but their personality ruins this totally making them quite unattractive as a person. Its about being warm, kind, confident and positive, that is what reflects beauty x

  6. Tracy Nixon
    13th February 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I enjoy walking over on the Isle of Arran, where our family holiday home is. We often stumble across wild ponies, deer and birds of prey in the valleys and woods!

  7. maria blythin
    13th February 2017 / 1:15 pm

    our local park x 5 minutes walk from my house and its huge x

  8. Georgina Jacobs
    13th February 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Anywhere in the lake district, especially Grasmere – such beautiful scenery and cafes! thanks

  9. Elizabeth Smith
    13th February 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I hate having my photo taken, to the extent of diving in ditches to avoid it! Silly really when i am a pretty confident person. As for favourite walks we are spoilt in Norfolk, there’s the coast, the broads and woodland walks but the walks around the University of East Anglia take some beating.

  10. Amy Fidler
    13th February 2017 / 1:43 pm

    The White Horse Hill in oxfordshire x love the views x

  11. iain maciver
    13th February 2017 / 1:46 pm

    our local area in the outer hebrides

  12. Angela Treadway
    13th February 2017 / 1:47 pm

    our local country park. my boys love it x

  13. michelle o'neill
    13th February 2017 / 2:49 pm

    through the woods x

  14. jo ogden
    13th February 2017 / 3:04 pm

    i love walking on the yorkshire moors very scenic and lots of little valleys

  15. lucy higgins
    13th February 2017 / 3:19 pm

    i love visiting the lake district

  16. Peggy rossiter
    13th February 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Across the quantock hills, with its wildlife, views of hills, forests and the coast. Fabulous.

  17. Laura Pritchard
    13th February 2017 / 3:37 pm

    I love walking on Dartmoor, near where I grew up!

  18. Jules page
    13th February 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Wortham ling.

  19. Susan Smith
    13th February 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Thetford Forest, its a wonderful place to walk

  20. Marycarol
    13th February 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Love walking on a deserted beach in winter watching the waves crashing – perfect xx

  21. Liz
    13th February 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I live in the hills of the Scottish Borders. Such a beautiful place to walk.

  22. Anthony Harrington
    13th February 2017 / 4:04 pm

    we have acres of meadows on our doorstep, I take the doggies over for a long walk several times a day, I love it there, so vast and peaceful.

  23. Lin martin
    13th February 2017 / 4:07 pm

    The Lake District water and greenery soothing the soul!

  24. Fiona K
    13th February 2017 / 4:07 pm

    The New Forest National Park

  25. Lin martin
    13th February 2017 / 4:09 pm

    The Lake District, greenery and water soothing to soul. (Mistype email add on previous comment)

  26. karen hill
    13th February 2017 / 4:11 pm

    We live now in Snowdonia , so we are surrounded by walks and beautiful lakes and mountains ,its hard to choose , but around the lakes is stunning , even this time of year the mountains are beautiful with snow covered tops x

  27. hazel haskayne
    13th February 2017 / 4:17 pm

    all around pell wall market drayton. lovely

  28. Sue McCarthy
    13th February 2017 / 4:28 pm

    South Coast cliffs, Guernsey (where I live)

  29. Emma Gibson
    13th February 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Anywhere in the Peak District, its all so beautiful.

  30. William Gould
    13th February 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Luckily, we can walk 1.5 miles to a local shop through a small wood, in one direction, and a 2 mile walk through another small wood to the local garden centre in the other direction from our house!
    Both are really lovely walks!

  31. Isabel O
    13th February 2017 / 4:46 pm

    What a lovely post, so well written and I really needed that today. 🙂 x
    I have some beautiful walking areas around where I live because I’m out in the sticks. I just have to step outside my front door and there’s fields, woods and footpaths aplenty. The occasional crazed pheasant too hehe.

  32. Anna
    13th February 2017 / 4:52 pm

    I love walking round Portland and along the river in Cambridge with my beloved dog

  33. Sam B
    13th February 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Thats a great blog post and inspiration to get out and about in our beautiful countryside. My favourite walk is the cliff walk between Beer and Seaton in East Devon. I spent many happy holidays here as a child with my Grandparents. Took my own children last summer and did the cliff walk. Brought back so many wonderful nostalgic memories.

  34. Cherry Edwards
    13th February 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Our favourite walks are along the Cornish coastal paths and down on the beaches, especially in the quieter seasons when we can sometimes be lucky enough to have a beach to ourselves.

  35. Sarah Mackay
    13th February 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Love to go around Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms

  36. christine goody
    13th February 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Brecon Beacons

  37. Margaret Dunlop
    13th February 2017 / 5:51 pm

    The New Forest

  38. Hayley Robson
    13th February 2017 / 5:59 pm

    In the lanes around where I live in beautiful Pembrokeshire

  39. John Edwards
    13th February 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I am a member Berkshire of Bolton HF Walking club and my wife and Ilove to go on thearth organised walks around Rivington and Belmont

  40. Suzanne
    13th February 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Our local country park is fortunately within walking distance so it is a pleasure to be able to walk there regularly. It is beautiful and full of deer and stags – wonderful in all weathers.

  41. Margaret Clarkson
    13th February 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I enjoy walking on the beaches and woods in Yorkshire.

  42. Barbara Handley
    13th February 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Along the Stratford-upon-Avon canal in Warwickshire.

  43. Katie
    13th February 2017 / 6:20 pm

    The woods near my house. It’s very peaceful and serene. Xx

  44. debbie smith
    13th February 2017 / 6:34 pm

    im lucky enough to live near delamere forest which is so lovely to walk around theres so many paths to take so it feel different and interesting everytime xx

  45. Heather Haigh
    13th February 2017 / 6:37 pm

    The Yorkshire Dales and Moors.

  46. Joanne Beale
    13th February 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Kelston Roundhill near Bath is lovely for a walk

  47. emma walters
    13th February 2017 / 6:54 pm

    there is a beautiful area near us called dimmingsdale with woods, history , nature trails and ducks to feed of course x

  48. Emma Nixon
    13th February 2017 / 7:20 pm

    The best country walks are where we regularly go on holiday. I love walking round Langdale.
    Beautiful scenery.

  49. Annabel Greaves
    13th February 2017 / 7:28 pm

    We love going for a walk in Ironbridge in Shropshire xx

  50. AIlie Scott
    13th February 2017 / 7:53 pm

    My favourite place to walk is the Highlands, just a hop and a skip from home 🙂

  51. Rachel Craig
    13th February 2017 / 8:06 pm

    By the seaside, as it seems to be relaxing.

  52. laura banks
    13th February 2017 / 8:24 pm

    we go to ingleton falls

  53. ValB
    13th February 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I enjoy walking along the River Bollin close to our home – its wonderful to watch the seasons change

  54. 13th February 2017 / 8:25 pm

    We live in Cheshire and love the Sandstone Trail

  55. Iona Cornish
    13th February 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Findhorn Bay on the Moray Firth

  56. Caroline Hunter
    13th February 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Blickling Hall gardens in Norfolk 🙂

  57. ann clements
    13th February 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Margam Park in Port Talbot

  58. Tracy Hanley
    13th February 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Pudsey Beck and Cockerdale

  59. Soph H
    13th February 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I love North wales around Snowdonia

  60. Rena plumridge
    13th February 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Epsom Downs

  61. Yvonne Bradley
    13th February 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Top of Longridge in the Ribble Valley called Jeffery Hill-brilliant scenery

  62. Eileen Sumner
    13th February 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Love to walk by the river near my home

  63. Sidrah Ahmed
    13th February 2017 / 9:17 pm

    My local park

  64. 13th February 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I love to walk along beachs with my dog running in and ou of the sea. Im always happy at the seaside.

  65. andrea tinkler
    13th February 2017 / 9:33 pm

    we love the peak districe around castleton xx

  66. pete c
    13th February 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, whatever the weather

  67. Nicola S
    13th February 2017 / 10:06 pm

    There are some beautiful hills about 40 minutes from our house. You feel you are the only ones around for miles and miles. Beautiful at all times of the year.

  68. Louis Perera
    13th February 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Favourite place to walk is Snowdonia

  69. Teresa Lee
    13th February 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Snowdonia

  70. Alison Macdonald
    13th February 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Rising Sun Country Park, Benton (Newcastle upon Tyne)

  71. Graham Ross
    14th February 2017 / 2:26 am

    My local river walk

  72. Cecelia Allen
    14th February 2017 / 5:14 am

    My favourite walk is the Ventnor Downs and Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight, the views are breathtaking, you can see for miles and it is so relaxing.

  73. Angela Sandford
    14th February 2017 / 6:14 am

    Before I became disabled, my most favourite place to walk was Pin Mill in Suffolk. It’s such a beautiful place to walk – woodland by the River and the most quaintest looking houseboats ever! Ahhh I miss those walks! ????

  74. Jennifer Haden
    14th February 2017 / 8:08 am

    I love going for walks along the beach, near our home in Southport x

  75. T. Brailey
    14th February 2017 / 9:03 am

    Love to go to Blaise Castle in Bristol. Lots of things to do and see and loads of paths to take.

  76. Ray Dodds
    14th February 2017 / 10:08 am

    On the beach at Cocklawburn Northumberland

  77. Lisa Wilkinson
    14th February 2017 / 10:58 am

    The Peak District

  78. simone lee
    14th February 2017 / 11:25 am

    along the country lanes in bridgenorth so very pretty in summer months

  79. Sheena Batey
    14th February 2017 / 11:35 am

    Lake District, North Yorkshire or round where I live in the Shropshire Hills is very beautiful.

  80. Rebecca Nisbet
    14th February 2017 / 12:46 pm

    we have a place called coombe abbey near us, and its lovely for a walk, whatever the weather, but the parking can be quite expensive.

  81. clair downham
    14th February 2017 / 3:31 pm

    the peak district thankyou

  82. Kristyn Harris
    14th February 2017 / 3:55 pm

    I love to go for a country walk along the beach in Swansea

  83. Helen Tovell
    14th February 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Sherringham Park

  84. Leanne Dempsey
    14th February 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Mottisfont

  85. Helen Moulden
    14th February 2017 / 11:50 pm

    We like going to Rutland Waters 🙂

  86. Rich Tyler
    15th February 2017 / 3:06 am

    Newlands Corner

  87. Amanda
    15th February 2017 / 6:12 am

    My local Delamere Forest

  88. Suzanne Gaulton
    15th February 2017 / 9:45 am

    The National Arboretum at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire

  89. Ruth Harwood
    15th February 2017 / 10:58 am

    We love wandering around grizedale forest xx

  90. Darren Sexey
    15th February 2017 / 11:38 am

    We love elveston park ????

  91. Jo Carroll
    15th February 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I like to walk down by the river, especially in the Summer. I try to avoid places where there are a lot of cyclists that whizz past and shock the life out of you as hardly anyone uses their bells anymore?

  92. Helen Adams
    15th February 2017 / 2:12 pm

    I love the Yorkshire Dales

  93. Beverley Cousins
    15th February 2017 / 3:27 pm

    The peak district

  94. Lisa Parker
    15th February 2017 / 5:46 pm

    I love walking in the Lake District x

  95. Sarah Ann
    15th February 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I love going to Loch Lomond – it;s beautiful.

  96. claire woods
    15th February 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Thetford Forest.

  97. Mike Gerrie
    15th February 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Our local hills in Aberdeenshire, the bennachie range , Lovely walks especially up Mither Tap

  98. Angie McDonald
    15th February 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I love to walk in my local nature reserve

  99. 16th February 2017 / 1:05 pm

    New Forest because I love the ponies

  100. 16th February 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I like to walk in the woods by us with my friend and her dog

  101. Rose P
    17th February 2017 / 5:07 am

    Usually Lord Elgins estate i nFife

  102. judy kennedy
    17th February 2017 / 11:33 am

    My family are from Dorset so my favourite place to visit is Godlingston Heath, Studland Beach

  103. Jules Eley
    17th February 2017 / 12:54 pm

    We like going to newbold comyn for our counry walks its muddy but lovely views all around

  104. Susan Hoggett
    17th February 2017 / 6:09 pm

    my local beach and woodland

  105. Dee Gillespie
    17th February 2017 / 10:11 pm

    My favourite place to go for a walk is Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire. It has lots of lovely walks with a maze for my grandchildren to lose themselves in!, and a Chinese bridge, interactive play areas and a lovely tea room with the best cakes and coffee ever xx

  106. Maria hackett
    18th February 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Snowdonia – North wales. we go there few times a year as my mother in law lives there. such an amazing, stunning place! we love it there xx

  107. Robert Price
    18th February 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Up in the hills near Buxton

  108. Peter Watson
    18th February 2017 / 4:36 pm

    The North Norfolk coastal path is a superb walk if you dressed up for the east wind.

  109. Keith Hunt
    18th February 2017 / 5:47 pm

    We go walking in Iceland each year.

  110. Anna Smilowska
    18th February 2017 / 8:35 pm

    With my dog. Along the river in Yorkshire countryside.

  111. 18th February 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I love going down to the woods to spot the wildlife.

  112. Sarah Walford
    18th February 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Round Whitlingham Broad while my son does water sports on a summer day.

  113. Jayne Townson
    18th February 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Your jacket looks lovely, the white really suits you. I love going on walks and my favourite ever place to walk is in the Scottish highlands. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  114. Solange
    19th February 2017 / 1:07 am

    We like going to Kew Gardens. It houses the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world and is a World Heritage Site. I have a membership so we go often.

  115. Jodie W
    19th February 2017 / 3:46 am

    Margam Country Park, where we got married. Lovely memories and a lovely space for walking, open areas and forest

  116. Christine Caple
    19th February 2017 / 11:04 am

    On the cliffs in Cornwall

  117. MANDY DOHERTY
    19th February 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Crook o’ Lune, Lancaster

  118. Clare Hubbard
    19th February 2017 / 4:10 pm

    We love Dalby forest

  119. carole n
    19th February 2017 / 4:16 pm

    i like to walk in my local woods – very peaceful and beautiful

  120. Maureen M
    19th February 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Tandle Hill – on our doorstep so can go any time!

  121. stephen holman
    19th February 2017 / 8:50 pm

    the north yorkshire moors

  122. Gerri Tennant
    19th February 2017 / 9:05 pm

    We have a lovely country park just up the road called Pembrey. As well as lovely woodlands there is an eight mile b,ie flag beach called Cefn Sidan that is beautiful and unspoilt with lots of shells and driftwood. It is so easy to walk off the cares of the world.

  123. Paula T
    19th February 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Love walking through the fields to Woolacombe beach

  124. Lindsey Stuart
    20th February 2017 / 10:40 am

    I am really lucky because I live in the country and behind my home there is a gorgeous woodland walk with the most stunning views

  125. Liza Park
    20th February 2017 / 4:17 pm

    We live near a beautiful nature reserve and is lovely to walk through whatever the Season.Thanks for a wonderful competition x

  126. sheri Darby
    20th February 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Anywhere along the coast

  127. Katy c Johnston
    20th February 2017 / 7:55 pm

    There’s a beautiful little coastal walk in Pembrokeshire where we go on holiday. Un-touched natural beauty.

  128. holly harmsworth
    20th February 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Around the discovery centre in Braintree! brilliant for long walks with the kids and the dogs 🙂

  129. Mrs Rachel Heap
    20th February 2017 / 9:29 pm

    There are some lovely country walks where I live in Rossendale, one of my favourite places is “Haslingden Reservoir”

  130. Emma Rawlinson
    20th February 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I love going to walk in Delamere Forest in Cheshire

  131. SHIRLEY> EVANS
    20th February 2017 / 10:44 pm

    love T he Malverns for a refreshing walk,Blows the cobwebs away

  132. Victoria Shiel
    20th February 2017 / 11:22 pm

    North Yorkshire Moors & the Lake District

  133. lyn west
    20th February 2017 / 11:35 pm

    We love Exmoor

  134. Anthony Martin
    21st February 2017 / 12:53 am

    I used to love walking around the coastal areas of South West Scotland

  135. Bev Cannar
    21st February 2017 / 8:48 am

    Across the fields where I live, no houses no cars no people just fields and wildlife….perfect

  136. Paul Halling
    21st February 2017 / 9:49 am

    Cotswolds for us!

  137. Louise McArthur
    21st February 2017 / 1:56 pm

    When my nan was alive she always took me to our local woods which is where I now take my children, we love looking at the bluebells and pretend we are looking for jungle animals as well, it’s such great fun

  138. Kelly Hemmings
    21st February 2017 / 2:06 pm

    A place called Bradgate Park in Leicestershire. A great walk with wild deer, ducks & running streams. It’s beautiful no matter what the weather!

  139. janine atkin
    21st February 2017 / 3:41 pm

    i like walking anywhere! i do like it if there is an icecream place along the way!

  140. sharon stanley
    21st February 2017 / 3:46 pm

    We love going to Earlswood lakes and forest not far from where we live. We know from last time getting lost for three hours to take supplies with us now though lol.

  141. Rebecca Jane Roberts
    21st February 2017 / 5:14 pm

    My favourite place for a country walk is over at Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington, you can’t beat walking along a coast sharing the space with 70,000 gannets and puffins 🙂

  142. Sarah Fielding
    21st February 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I love greenfield in Greater Manchester, I also adore the peak district if I want a day of adventure!

  143. Carole E
    21st February 2017 / 8:43 pm

    The Lake District is a beautiful place to walk

  144. Victoria Prince
    22nd February 2017 / 11:06 am

    My favourite country was that I love is the public footpath that takes me over the racecourse, down the lanes, over fields and to a woods 🙂 it’s gorgeous and so diverse – the dogs love it!

  145. Mary Campbell
    22nd February 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Across freshly harvested fields against the backdrop of a setting sun. A quintessential day’s walk in the country 🙂

  146. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    22nd February 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I love the New Forest

  147. Michaela Hannah
    23rd February 2017 / 5:09 am

    I love walking around the Lake District – such a pretty place!

  148. Amanda Gregory
    23rd February 2017 / 10:57 am

    The Cleveland Way around Staithes is gorgeous to go for a country walk.

  149. Sandie A
    23rd February 2017 / 12:41 pm

    North Wales especially the beaches.

  150. ADEINNE TONNER
    23rd February 2017 / 1:31 pm

    My favourite has to be walking in the lake distract such a peaceful place to walk

  151. Deborah Clarke
    23rd February 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I love to walk around Chorlton Nature Reserve which is just a shote walk from my house. Its a little bit of tranquillity in the heart of Manchester city centre. Fab giveaway. Would love to be your lucky winner. Fingers crossed x

  152. Anthea Holloway
    23rd February 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I love going across the moors where I live – West Moors in Dorset. It is a lovely place and full of wildlife too.

  153. jo liddement
    23rd February 2017 / 4:55 pm

    I live on the Cornish coast so love walking the local coastal path to our neighbouring village and stopping off now and again for a dip in the sea

  154. Kimberley Ryan
    23rd February 2017 / 6:56 pm

    There is a fantastic place not to far from us called Tandle Hill Country Park, it is great for walks and super for letting the children run riot 😉

  155. Barbara Snaith
    24th February 2017 / 9:02 pm

    i love walking in the lake district

  156. Amanda tanner
    24th February 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Newquay in Cornwall. The beaches are beautiful and have so many country walks there.

  157. Patricia Avery
    25th February 2017 / 10:01 am

    I love walking in Clumber Park, Notts 🙂

  158. purpleshoes
    25th February 2017 / 10:31 am

    I don’t get to the country much but I love to go walking in nearby parks

  159. Kim Neville
    25th February 2017 / 1:34 pm

    We like going walking round Rickmansworth Aquadrome

  160. gemma hendry
    25th February 2017 / 4:52 pm

    i love country walk around my papas farm

  161. Annmarie Crawford
    25th February 2017 / 5:20 pm

    The cotswolds way just by my house a beautiful walk

  162. Kathryn Davies
    25th February 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Bempton Cliffs

  163. james wright
    25th February 2017 / 6:25 pm

    i love walking around the lake district

  164. Sue Dorking
    25th February 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Love The New Forest, the changing seasons are glorious!

  165. Martina Alban
    25th February 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Houghton Mill in Cambridgeshire

  166. sandy Ralph
    25th February 2017 / 9:07 pm

    we love to go walking in our local parks

  167. Hazel Rea
    25th February 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I love walking in the Country Park – it is just round the corner from where we live so we can go daily in summer/ There’s always something interesting to see.

  168. JULIE WARD
    25th February 2017 / 9:16 pm

    The local park its has a nature trail, woods, golf course etc. Then we go go in the cafe for a brew and a sandwich

  169. alice lightning
    26th February 2017 / 12:31 am

    love walking up the hills through the woods and along the cliff tops overlooking the sea with my little dog Alfie

  170. Rose Eros
    26th February 2017 / 1:09 am

    I love a good walk in Hyde Park 🙂

  171. Lynsey Buchanan
    26th February 2017 / 2:35 am

    I like to ramble up the Cathkin Braes

  172. GILL MANWARING
    26th February 2017 / 2:41 am

    The North Yorkshire moors is my favourite place. Beautiful scenery and lots of quaint little villages with nice country pubs to stop at.

  173. Joanne smith
    26th February 2017 / 7:50 am

    Locally we walk around Jumbles reservoir, but we love going on holiday to the West Coast of Scotland and walking around unspoilt countryside there

  174. Katy Malkin
    26th February 2017 / 8:20 am

    I think we all need to take that advice. We are our own worst critics!
    My favourite place to take the little one for a walk is Cannock Chase.

  175. Sassie Clarke
    26th February 2017 / 8:48 am

    I love Fenland walks as there is such beauty in their stark openness and light. Never let anyone get you down, life is too precious to be burdened by the sourness of others x

  176. joanne casey
    26th February 2017 / 8:55 am

    I enjoy walking around Styal woods and we can always visit the Styal Mill National Trust when we’ve finished our walk for a cup of tea and maybe a slice of cake!

  177. geordie brown
    26th February 2017 / 9:34 am

    walking around the pennines near stanhope. Apply named englands last wilderness

  178. Andrew Hindley
    26th February 2017 / 9:53 am

    The Lake District

  179. Lauren Old
    26th February 2017 / 10:05 am

    The beaches on the North Cornwall coast near where I live

  180. Susan Sargent
    26th February 2017 / 10:07 am

    A walk round Coate Water Park, this is very near to where my daughter lives

  181. Kate Knight
    26th February 2017 / 10:59 am

    I love walking on Ashdown Forest

  182. Harline parkin
    26th February 2017 / 11:32 am

    I love the Peak District

  183. Ursula Hunt
    26th February 2017 / 12:17 pm

    The North Yorkshire Moors or the Northumberland coast

  184. Craig Havery
    26th February 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Bolton Abbey country park West yorkshire

  185. Jodie Hutchinson
    26th February 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I love going walking in Derbyshire, especially around Chatsworth.

  186. Michelle Ptak
    26th February 2017 / 2:31 pm

    I love beach walks the best, but seeing as we don’t live near the sea the next best thing is the English countryside, so lucky to be living near the Peak District with so many wonderful walks.

  187. Vicki A Smith
    26th February 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I love Lyme Park. It’s beautiful x

  188. Gemma Middleton
    26th February 2017 / 3:04 pm

    We live near a tiny Parish village called Ufton. They have a beautiful and quiet nature reserve to walk round. It’s beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

  189. Jenny Rogers
    26th February 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Locally, I walk up to the canal and watch the boats going through the locks – there are a lot of locks on this stretch! Further afield, I love the Lake District or the Malvern Hills. And I hate having my photo taken too, although I will try to follow your example and just be proud to be myself.

  190. Susan B
    26th February 2017 / 3:44 pm

    I only like country walks when it is dry so around the local park or woods is good for me.

  191. Stephen Little
    26th February 2017 / 4:03 pm

    The Chilterns

  192. Sandra Jo Siddall
    26th February 2017 / 4:21 pm

    The Lake District! It is so calming and peaceful and my 2 dogs love it.

  193. Irene Murdoch
    26th February 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Swansea Coast

  194. Ann Skamarauskas
    26th February 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Definitely the Peak District

  195. Monkey
    26th February 2017 / 4:43 pm

    The Lake District and Sandford Mill, a place not many people know about. It’s somewhere around The river Chelmer and the A12.

  196. Jayne Kelsall
    26th February 2017 / 4:55 pm

    We love walking around South Wales, so picturesque .x

  197. Stacy Fenemore
    26th February 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Cleeve hill

  198. Lorraine Stone
    26th February 2017 / 6:40 pm

    We like Lanhydrock nr Bodo=min. It is a National Trust property with woodland walks.

  199. Jenny Jones
    26th February 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Cannock Chase near where we love, some lovely walks and can spot a deer herd too

  200. Natasha R-M
    26th February 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Exmoor in Somerset – its a calming, picturesque, magical, green kingdom.

  201. Nancy Bradford
    26th February 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Anywhere in the Peak District or our local country park x

  202. olivia Kirby
    26th February 2017 / 8:53 pm

    The Connemara National Park in Western Ireland

  203. Cerys John
    26th February 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I’m very lucky to live in the Brecon Beacons so that’s my favourite place to go for a country walk 🙂

  204. Kat Allinson
    26th February 2017 / 8:59 pm

    To our local woods

  205. Stev Rigby
    26th February 2017 / 9:25 pm

    The Downs

  206. Emma Davison
    26th February 2017 / 9:56 pm

    The north York moors

  207. 26th February 2017 / 10:27 pm

    My dad has a holiday home down in Llangrannog in West Wales – I love doing the coastal path down there it’s stunning and you can see so much beautiful wild life

  208. Angela Young
    26th February 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I love walking my dogs at the seaside, we normally go to West Wittering beach in Sussex.

  209. Lia Burns
    26th February 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Our local country park x

  210. 26th February 2017 / 11:13 pm

    we have some woods near us that we love to visit. that jacket looks amazing on you. x

  211. Sam Parkes
    26th February 2017 / 11:41 pm

    A place called cannock chase near to where we live,

  212. Noreen
    26th February 2017 / 11:46 pm

    The forest park near my home is a beautiful place for a walk.

  213. Adrian Bold
    26th February 2017 / 11:48 pm

    We live near the Lake District, so there are SOOO many great walks and hikes about.

  214. Karen Painter
    27th February 2017 / 5:18 am

    The Peak District – so many gorgeous areas of outstanding beauty to discover.

  215. aga
    27th February 2017 / 7:23 am

    lovely jacket

  216. sion gibby
    27th February 2017 / 8:00 am

    richmond park in london – beautiful place

  217. Rachel Butler
    27th February 2017 / 10:34 am

    Firstly…I know exactly how you feel! I am all about self confidence and not caring about what other people think…I am a larger girl and I’m very funny and very outgoing and probably to a lot of people, I portray myself as all of the above. BUT….I refuse to have my picture taken, or have mirrors in my bedroom. I hate that I am so worried deep down about what others think. I wish I could practice what I preach! Maybe one day! As for our walks….there is a beautiful forest not far from where I live and it is so so relaxing going for a stroll there with my son! He gets to
    Splash in the puddles and we collect comes and all sorts! It’s just a beautiful place xoxo

  218. Naomi Williams
    27th February 2017 / 10:41 am

    I’m verry lucky to live in the new forest , a syones throw from enchanting forests and beautiful beaches.
    My favourite part off the forest is where I take my kids and the dog to a place called wilverly enclosure.

  219. Margery
    27th February 2017 / 11:09 am

    Locally Clent Hills, if I am travelling I love visiting waterfalls in Wales

  220. DENISE WILDEN
    27th February 2017 / 11:15 am

    Walking by the River Wye around the area of Hay on Wye its so peaceful and beautiful

  221. Victoria Easton
    27th February 2017 / 11:17 am

    I love walking with my dogs on the beach at Newbrough Anglesey

  222. Tammy Neal
    27th February 2017 / 11:23 am

    I love walking round bridgnorth such a lovely place x

  223. Emma Whittaker
    27th February 2017 / 12:01 pm

    We love to go to either Matlock or Bakewell 🙂

  224. samantha buntain
    27th February 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Around my village which is in the countryside x

  225. natalee gosiewski
    27th February 2017 / 12:46 pm

    irchester country park or stanwick lakes

  226. fran egleton
    27th February 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I love going for a country walk around Chartham, Kent.

  227. Anna Brown
    27th February 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Our town has a local country park on the outskirts and it is a beautiful place to go for walks.

  228. Sarah Wilson
    27th February 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Borrowdale in the Lake District, my favourite place.

  229. Ruth Wollerton
    27th February 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Bourne Woods and Burghley House are great for outside adventures and walks with my family. Thanks for the chance xxx

  230. Lucy Chester
    27th February 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I love going to the New Forest, such lovely walks

  231. Chris Fletcher
    27th February 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I love walking along the clifftops on the South West Coast path!

  232. Katie Kingsbury
    27th February 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Anywhere with a nice pub at the end of it 😉 .

  233. Stuart Dunlop
    27th February 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I love walking with the family on our local beach

  234. Oksana Fitzgerald
    27th February 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I love walking in Tring

  235. Joanna Kasznicki
    27th February 2017 / 3:28 pm

    we like going to dunham massey, plenty of walks and only down the road from me

  236. Helen Clayton
    27th February 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Love to walk our Pembrokeshire coast path-so uplifting and energising.

  237. Keith Crooks
    27th February 2017 / 4:04 pm

    The Woodford Valley near Salisbury, Wilts.

  238. Claire Farley
    27th February 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I love walking the Offas Dyke path which starts just down from my house – love the beautiful Forest of Dean – the beauty of the Severn Estuary and River Wye

  239. Sarah Parker
    27th February 2017 / 5:35 pm

    in the local park 🙂

  240. LORNA WILS
    27th February 2017 / 7:00 pm

    COLTSWOLD

  241. Carly Belsey
    27th February 2017 / 7:04 pm

    We love to go to Kearnsey Abbey which is about a 30 min drive from us, it’s lovely for a walk

  242. Neha Chauhan
    27th February 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Walking by Thames River in Reading

  243. Terrie-Ann Wright
    27th February 2017 / 7:42 pm

    We live in Salisbury so there are so many lovely places to go walking, I like any where with a river or stream and hilltop views.

  244. sallyanne rose
    27th February 2017 / 7:43 pm

    whitstable

  245. KARL BOROWY
    27th February 2017 / 8:09 pm

    PENNINE WAY IN PARTS

  246. Ben Robb
    27th February 2017 / 8:25 pm

    in the countryside with farm animals grazing in the fields so we can feed the local donkeys ponies goats etc hours of fun + virtually free as it only costs a few carrots + apples!

  247. Fiona jk42
    27th February 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I have not been for a country walk for several years due to ill health. We moved house last year to the North West, an area I don’t know at all, so I’m hoping if I feel better this year I can start to explore near our new home.

  248. 27th February 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Anywhere with a beach – loving Prestatyn at the moment 🙂

  249. Diana
    27th February 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Along the river in Ely 🙂

  250. Rennene Hartland
    27th February 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I love the peak district

  251. Hayley West
    27th February 2017 / 10:23 pm

    I love going for a walk near the coast. Anywhere on the coast!

  252. 27th February 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I love walking our 3 dogs in the Northamptonshire countryside xxx

  253. Charmian Filewood
    27th February 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Nothing fancy just our local woods, but then again we are lucky enough to be a stones throw away from beautiful scenery all the time here 🙂

  254. Kay Broomfield
    27th February 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I live on the doorstep of a huge nature reserve so I love to walk through different parts of that with my husband and our children.

  255. Sandra Blickett
    27th February 2017 / 11:14 pm

    We have a little river quite near us that has a beautiful walk alongside. It always destresses me and makes me feel alive when I walk along there.

  256. karen
    27th February 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I love walking in my local country park which has a massive nature reserve and three lakes

  257. Christine Edmonds
    27th February 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I live in Dorset which is great but I love walking in Somerset, hope to live there one day 🙂

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