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A 5-star read but also a tough one. Head over to my blog to read my full review!
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“You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t, then you’re not looking properly.” - Paul Smith 
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 Tony Awards red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Lilli Cooper in Zac Posen
2. Danai Gurira in Gucci
3. Samira Wiley in Pamella Roland
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“The woman I design for is very curious. She loves fashion, but she is also passionate about what is happening around the world.” - Prabal Gurung
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Camila Morrone in Prabal Gurung
2. Ciara in Vera Wang
3. Martha Hunt in Monique Lhuillier
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“Be authentic. Be yourself. And most important of all... make it personal.” - Drew Barrymore, Wildflower
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“Fashion changes, but style endures.” - Coco Chanel
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Elle Fanning in Gucci
2. Elsa Hosk in Etro
3. Paz Vega in Ralph & Russo
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Tere! My second trip abroad this year was Estonia, in early May. Little-known destination but definitely worth it. Great architectures, interesting culture, good-hearted people.
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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde
Fran’s Coffee Breaks will be back in a few days so time for a little #fridayintroduction.
Hello, I’m Mal and I’m a 30-something tattooed INFJ and Anglophile. I’m a lover of books, coffee drinks and Breton stripes.
Here are a few other facts about me:
▫️I am the proud mom of a boy
▫️I graduated with a degree in British & American Literature and Civilisation
▫️I love Eurovision
▫️I am passionate about ancestry research
▫️I am currently writing a fiction set in Bristol
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LIFESTYLE

How to overcome phone anxiety

phone anxiety

“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Let’s take a look back at last week’s smell the roses.

Call someone you don’t get to see very often.

I hate talking on the phone.
It’s a huge source of stress for me and I always avoid ringing anyone.
That’s the reason why I could not complete last week’s goal.
No big deal, really. But I learnt from it.

Earlier last week, I decided to ring my godmother because I haven’t talked to her for a long time and I thought a little catch up would be great.
I scrolled my contacts and almost pressed her number but then I gave up and threw my phone on the sofa.
I did not even send her a text message because I knew she’d instantly ring me back.

There are very few chances I’ll answer a phone call because first off, my smartphone is always on silent mode.
I hate the sound of a telephone ringing – it scares me and puts me in full anxiety mode.
When I see an incoming call, I ignore it and never call back most of the time.
I’d rather send a text or an email.

I think my fear of talking on the phone mainly has to do with me being an introvert.
Unexpected phone calls and unknown numbers are the worst & interacting with people can be so nerve-wracking for me.
Even when it comes to ordering pizza. SMH

However, at one point, we must all face the inevitable…

I really want to overcome that fear because I truly think it’s going to make life easier.
Taking appointments or just ringing for information has become a nightmare and it has often put me in a terrible state.
Reading articles about telephone phobia made me realise I could get better and follow simple tips in order to control the situation.

Relax and breathe

Rehearse and practise

Get it over with, make it a goal

As easy as it may sound, following these tips should help me, and you, overcome that fear.
I intend to practice them on a daily basis and only the fact it became a goal will boost my motivation and confidence.

This smell the roses was a good way to step out of my comfort zone – and although I didn’t complete it this week, by making it a goal, I can only improve.

Do you hate talking on the phone? Let me know on Twitter @franscoffeebrks!

The next smell the roses is… watch a TED Talk.

Image by Marianne KrohnUNSPLASH

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