Sunday, 9 September 2018

My Summer 2018!

 As sad as I am to say it, Summer is over. It has flown by but I can say it's been a rollercoaster. My life has completely changed both for the good and the bad but it has also shown me how far I have come as a person. I have achieved things I didn't think would ever happen. 

I left a job that I owe a lot to, from the confidence I made to the brilliant life long friends I made. It also gave me the stepping stone to having the job I always wanted in the place I only dreamt of. I have had amazing experiences through it as you can see from the photos of putting on a show for crowds of over 50,000 people. Everyday has been different and like an adventure. I have got studio experience, and finally the opportunity I always wanted to prove myself and my passion.

My anxiety has been near to non existent - theres of course been moments I have felt on edge and even drained from how much work I have done. I just took a step back, reassessed everything and tried not to get stressed. This summer also marked a year from when I first started to seriously improve my mental health and can safely say that from July 2017 to July 2018 was the best year of my entire life. I fully believe this is because with the improvement of my anxiety I have been able to live my life exactly how I have always wanted. 

My social life was not as much of a priority this summer so there was no holiday for me, but I don't mind as there is plenty of chance in the future for a week away. However, I did make the most of seeing my friends. Every moment I have had outside of work I have made equally special memories with the best of people.

August was not so good, as on the 1st August at 7pm my Grandad passed away. He had been ill for quite a while but it was still a shock. I hadn't planned to visit him in hospital on the day it happened but I just suddenly had the urge to go eventhough I had been told he was getting slightly better - enough to come home. As soon as I got there and saw my nan standign at the bottom of his bed as he struggled to breath I knew somethign bad had happened but I never expected that when I cam eback from gettign everyone coffee I'd be watching him go. The whole month was then a bit of a blur as you can expect. I tried to keep as busy as possible but somethings I just couldn't bring myself to do. My group of friends were so so supportive which did help a lot and I think without them I wouldn't have dealt with it all as well. I read the eulogy at his funeral which I am so proud that I did as I know its what my Grandad would of wanted. 

So, my summer was literally life changing and as I said at the start, both for the good and the bad. I have a whole new perspective on life and can not wait for the future.

As my Grandad was always so encouraging and excited by what ever I did next I want to dedicate this post to him.


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

September Goals!

I still can't get my head around the fact it is already September!

August couldn't have been a worse month, I had my first big family bereavement as my Grandad passed away on the 1st August which as you can imagine completely changed my outlook on life and put into perspective the importance of family. I also wrote and read the eulogy at his funeral which I am proud that I did. I tried to keep busy with work and distractions but as you can imagine my Grandad was my biggest focus. This month, however, I have a lot planned so hopefully keep me busy and act as a distraction.

No McDonalds
Yes, I am on a McDonald's ban, I have mentioned this a lot but I am very very partial to a burger, and a sucker for their crispy chicken wrap but as we all know it's not the healthiest - even though I do claim its ok as their's lettuce on it! It's also the easiest thing to grab as I'm always on the go. So for the whole of September, there is categorically going to be no McDonalds... wish me luck!

Stay Organised 
Due to how busy I have been all sort of paperwork has gone out the window, I am actually creating more work for myself not doing it so the aim is to stay on top of it.

Take time for myself
Sometimes I forget the importance of 'me time' and actually doing what I want as I get caught up on other peoples expectations and the mindset that business comes before anything else. When in reality keeping myself happy and healthy should be more of a priority as without me the other things I focus on can't happen

Plant a tree
This is more of something I want to do rather than a goal but I would love to plant a tree in memory of my Grandad to see something grow and a place where myself and my family can remember him.

Prioritise family
I have said this for a while but my current situation has really put this into perspective. It's made me realize that time is special and when lost it can't be got back.

What are your goals this month?

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Pieces of Advice I'm Glad I Didn't Take

Over my life, like many people, I have had others tell me how to live my life and what's best for me. Pieces of advice that have helped to avoid some terrible decisions but also some advice that I... well... quite frankly could have done without.

1. Go and get a real job 
My dream has changed over the years but one thing that has always remained is that it had to be in the media industry. I don't know why I have always felt so strongly about working in the industry but now I can't imagine myself doing anything different so I know it is in my heart. However, it's an incredibly hard industry to get a job in so at times people told me to not bother, just get a job somewhere else. Something more reliable and secure. I completely ignored this and worked my socks off and now work in radio and its the best thing I've ever done.

2. Be More Realistic
I'm a big dreamer but personally, there's I believe I remain realistic but when people say this too me all I want to do is prove them wrong with anything. I say there was a specific moment when I'm glad I haven't taken this advice as I just never take it!

3. Just Accept It
If I know something is wrong I will stand my ground whatever it is. If I believe in something or someone I will make sure whatever it is happens. I am extremely strong willed so have never ever taken this piece of advice and don't think I ever will.

4. University Is The Only Option
This was pushed on to me in every area of my life but I was adamant I really didn't need or want to go and so far it has definitely worked out. I'm aware this isn't the case for everyone but it sure did teach me to do what made me happy and what I thought was right.

What pieces of advice are you glad you didn't take?


Friday, 17 August 2018

10 Ways To Reach Your Goals!*

Everyone has at least one goal. Whether you realise it or not, you’re always working towards something. For some, this will be to fall in love, get married, and raise a beautiful family. For others, this will be to follow a high-flying career and live big. For me its somewhere in between. It's easy to forget goals don't have to be career-related but also important to remember not to put pressure on your self to always achieve.

I am all for goals, they are there to make things happen. So instead of having dreams, you’re making a plan to be able to actually make those things a reality but there is a lot of work that has to go in most of the time.

1. Write Them Down

The best thing I find is to write goals down, that's why I started writing a monthly goal blog post. If you just keep them in your head you will be naturally less inclined to actually make them happen. I kind of forget about them where as written down I can refer back. So whether this is all about getting your own place, starting a business, traveling to a new country, buying yourself a bag, or whatever it is - write it down.

2. Get Into The Right Frame Of Mind

Then, you need to get yourself into the right frame of mind. It’s so important that you are positive, prepared, and ready to make this happen. A change in mindset will usually make you believe in yourself a little bit more. It's hard at first but definitely worth it.

3. Be Prepared

Align your goals with your actions. If you want to start a business, you need to make sure that you do exactly that. if you want to work out more, you need to actually be okay with exercising. If you have a goal and you don’t take steps towards it, you’ll never be able to accomplish it.

4. Create A Plan

Now, to make sure that you can actually do the above, it’s helpful for you to come up with a plan that you can follow. I find it so so much easier to get things done if I have manageable steps to complete first. I usually create a to-do list as ticking off the smaller parts gives me a constant feeling of accomplishment

5. Get Your Finances Together

This obviously depends on your goal but as much as we don't like it, money comes into most things. Because for starters, being financially secure is important. But secondly, having money to put towards your goals can help. If you’re struggling, debt consolidation loans could be useful. But you may just need to learn to budget better and start building some savings.

6. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Another thing that helps me really push towards my goals, is to make sure that I'm getting out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to just stay in your safety zone. But if you want to make a change and reach a big goal, it can be scary. So put yourself out there and see what happens.

7. Network With Others

This is something I have learned to do a lot in the past year. When I started to network and meet new people, I got great advice and found out new opportunities that definitely helped me reach my goals.

8. Work Hard

However, you also need to make sure that you are working hard to actually bring your goals to fruition too. They just won’t happen otherwise. So don't’ be afraid of the work that this is going to take. Sure, at first, this may intimidate you. But, it’s something that you just have to do. This is why I suggest manageable steps as otherwise, it can be very daunting.

9. Put In The Time

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re just allocating the right time. It’s so important that you’re able to work on your goals. Don’t let them fall to the bottom of your to-do pile. You need to make sure that you’re prioritizing time for the things you need to do. So work out how you can allocate your time and effort. I personally use a diary, the calender on my phone and a to-do list. That way I stay super duper organised.

10. Believe In Yourself

Believe in yourself. I can't say this enough. It's so important and not enough people appreciated it but believe that you can do this. Without the confidence behind it and a positive attitude, it will never become you.

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