Wednesday, 17 October 2018

My Favourite Netflix Series'


I don't think I know anyone who doesn't love the occasional evening consisting of putting your feet up and watching the TV - whether it be binge-watching a series or just a film it's a great way to relax. Now we are approaching Autumn/ winter it means it's an even better time to do so. For times like these, Netflix is my go to as there is so much to choose from. It has really really upped its game if you ask me!

1. How To Get Away With Murder 
Hands down the best series on Netflix, I have been seriously hooked the whole way through and is the only series I have ever been able to properly binge watch. Every moment I had to spare I put this on as I watched American law students complete an internship with a defense attorney as they try to get other people off with murders and other crimes, however, the crimes appear to start to happen a little closer to home. Series 4 is coming very soon and I literally can't wait.

2. Girlboss 
It's been a long time since I watched this but it was one of the first that came into my head when I thought of writing this post. It's about how the online shop 'Nasty Gal' grew from selling vintage pieces. It really does show just how strong girl power is and gives the even more important message that you can do anything you put your mind too.

3. Vampire Diaries 
I have just finished the final series, which has seemed to taken me for ever and not because I haven't enjoyed it as I most definetly loved it! It has about 150+ episodes so definetly not one to watch quickly but is worth it. It's about a group of friends - some vampires, some werewolves and others somewhere in between. It's one of those series on Netflix everyone has watched and theres a reason for that!

4. The Sinner
I absolutely love a murder show, so this was right up my street (as weird as that sounds... I know) A woman stabs a man for what looks like no reason at all, and the series explains the reasons behind why it really happened. I recommend this if you love a psychological thriller but warning there is a lot of gore in parts!

5. Stranger Things 
Another one of those 'everyone and there moms' have watched this but it really is amazing, set in the 80's a boy in a group of friends goes missing and things get strange! It's a sci - fi so I didn't think it would be my cup of tea - not a fan of aliens and all that usually but its brilliant!

6. 13 Reasons Why
If you haven't heard of this, you must of been living under a rock. A girl commits suicide and she leaves 13 tapes telling the reasons for her death, it also explains the impact of her death on the people around her. It's a hard watch in places but I think thats a good thing as it shows what truly goes on in schools and society.

7. Marcella 
This was originally on ITV and then Netflix, two series' have been released but only the first is on Netflix. It is another great murder related show as Marcella is a police woman finding who the serial killer is. It's a much watch!

8. Skins
I rememeber watching this when it first came out so when I bought Netflix and realised I could watch it all over again I was so happy. I wouldn't say it would be in my list if I had not watched it when I was younger but it is about a group of teens and follows all the stuff that 'normal' teens get up to. It;s a great lighthearted but also hard hitting in places watch that makes you laugh, cry and get very emotionally invested in the show.

What's your favourite Netflix show?

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

My Life Ambitions!


If you have read my blog for a while you will know I love setting goals and the idea of having dreams. I am also very ambitious with the mindset that nothing can stop me - some people may call it naivety but I call it determination. I have shared lists and lists of my short term dreams but these are all to reach one thing... or maybe eight... that are my life ambitions.

1. Raise a family
 This has always been my main aim in life and always will be, if I could only have one thing off this list it would most definitely be this. I can't think of anything better than my own family, a little set up of me, the man I love and children. 

2. Get Married 
I'm also the typical girl who's dreamt of the perfect white wedding, it's not as important to me as long as I have a life long partner. However, I have always wanted to get married, a long white dress, bridesmaids, flowers. I have seen it since I was little and I would love to see it become a reality.

3. Enjoy my job 
I feel like I have already achieved this in some ways but of course, we can always think of things that could be slightly better and I am not yet in the job I have always wanted so don't believe it is fully achieved. One of my life motto's is 'do the things you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.' Some days will be less enjoyable than others but overall I want to enjoy my work.

4. Live in a nice house in a nice area 
All I want to do at the minute is move out of my family home and start my own life. The only thing stopping me is that I have always wanted to move out with someone as then that would be the foundations to my new life with a new person and so on and so forth. I just can't wait to be able to live my own life plus buying new homeware bits is right up my street!

5. Have my Own Business 
This one has slightly changed over time of what kind of business I would want, but I have always known I would like my own business, I'm still not 100% sure what it would be but I'm sure over time it will develop. 

6. Be a Presenter 
My dream of all dreams is to present, on stage, on screen or just audio. I just love to present, it's something I work incredibly hard towards but is also very hard to achieve. My dreams have always been a radio breakfast show and then even more of a dream would be a Blue Peter - but that is never ever going to happen!

7. Have a Golden Retriever 
I really really really REALLY want a dog! I would literally have any dog but I particularly love golden retrievers. Just to have a little companion and they are so loving and easily trained it would be the perfect dog.

8. Own a Mini 
This is a slightly materialistic one but my dream car has always been a Red Mini Cooper S, so one day I will own the perfect one!

What are your life ambitions?

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

All Warm & Cosy OOTD


If you see me this winter I will 100% be wearing this.

It is officially Autumn, it is cold, my favourite kind of clothing have hit the shelves and I love it!

When the colder months do roll round I always have a look online and in stores to find a few pieces I can get all cosy in and this I think I will be wearing every single day. Its the thickest, cosiest, warmest jumper dress so it feels like a constant cuddle or as if I am wearing a blanket 24/7. There possibly isn't anything better. It is also super flattering due to the cut, with a slash neck and then I simply roll up the sleeves. Its from isawitfirst.com and available in about 5 colours - if it was acceptable I would so buy all of them! I then put on a pair of black Chelsea boots from ASOS and then as it gets colder I a simple black biker jacket would look great!

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Sunday, 30 September 2018

October Goals!


September has been an interesting month, it is my least favourite month of the year as there's the low from the summer and not quite the fun that comes with Autumn, Winter and yes... I'm going to say it... Christmas! However, apart from a few issues I have thoroughly enjoyed the month as I managed to have a couple of days off from doing anything which I needed after over - working. I have now regained my love and passion for work and life. I have managed to get organised. I wouldn't say I managed to eat healthily but I have made a conscious decision to be a lot better with my diet. So all is good! 

Have a cosy night in

This is a random one but as I have found in September if I take time for myself it has made me happier and means that I enjoy the things I'm doing more as I'm less tired and have a much more positive mindset.

Do something for Halloween

I love Halloween but usually it will slip by and I kind of forget to do anything, so this year I am determined to do as much for Halloween as possible. I really fancy going to another Scarefest where there are mazes with things that jump out or even a film night with friends.


Write about what I love

The reason I stopped blogging for a couple of weeks was because I was reassessing what I really wanted to do as I had kind of lost the direction I was heading in. Everything felt rushed, unfinished and just overall not the quality I wanted. I have found if I write what I love then maybe this would change.

Save

I've always been good at saving, but I am also incredibly good at buying clothes. The two definitely don't mix but I am just going to set myself more of a budget so I can save even more which means I can move in the direction I want in life.

What are your October Goals?
  
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

My Top Tips for Getting into the Media Industry

If I had a pound every time someone asked me 'how did you get into doing that?' I don't think I would have to work another day in my life. (In reality I would as... workaholic springs to mind!)  Countless people tell me they are interested in what I do and would love to do something similar but get ignored or haven't found the right opportunity, so if you're in a similar boat, this may help...

1. Work Experience

If I could only give one tip, it would be this and all my points below will be made a lot easier if you do this. I'm not going to say its easy to gain experience, it takes hard work, determination and a hell of a lot of emails and phone calls with 95% being a complete no. However, work experience beats any kind of qualification in the media industry (except some areas e.g. journalism). There are certain skills you can't learn in a classroom and work experience allows you to get a real taste of what you want to do and where. I know it made me change my idea on where i wanted to go but it also led to both my paid jobs since.

2. Do anything

On work experience and since, I have rarely said no to anything! I have always tried to come across willing and interested even if I could think of things better to do, as I knew doing those things well would mean in the future it will pay off and I will get to do the more exciting roles. I remember walking around a shopping centre for endless hours on a Sunday morning giving out leaflets promoting a competition on the radio - there were plenty of things I would of preferred but now it has got me doing really exciting opportunities.


3. Determination & perseverance

I mentioned briefly about determination as 95% of the time you will get knock backs. The first time is hard but just remember there is a huge competition out there and even though you might not be what they were looking for in that particular role you could be the perfect candidate somewhere else!

4. Making relationships

During work experience, interviews, and all my jobs I have made contacts. For me that has gained me extra freelance work as I know that when certain people I know are after a stage manager, presenter, events organiser they are more likely to think of me. Having a large presence on LinkedIn is also an amazing idea!

5. Social media presence

I would 100% say that this blog has unintentionally become an amazing source of work and income. Not only do I get sponsored blogposts which I am so grateful for but it has also given me more work opportunities as people know I am used to social medias, whilst also being up to date and know how to write.

6. Flexibility 

This is something I never really had to adapt to as I always prioritise work no matter what but being able to say yes to any opportunity that comes your way even if you have to cancel that day out is key - I'm not saying don't have a social life but be prepared to work hours that are so random as there's not a job I have been in yet where at some point there has been a very early start or late finish.

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

3 Ways to Style A Slogan Tee!


I love a slogan tee, I think over the past few months I have worn them every single day one way or another. So, if you are looking for a new way to style the piece that everyone has in their wardrobe I may have just the answer!

The Classic Jean's & a Tee Look

Now, I know I said that I was going to give you new inspo and the likelihood is you've been wearing this combo since you were in nappies. I just love wearing this too much to not mention it. I was never a massive fan of blue jeans, I was always a black jeans girl but struggled to make them not look basic. The key I have found is a brilliantly fitted pair of jeans, these from ASOS are super skinny and high waisted - my go to's - with this I paired an oversized white tee with Beverly Hills in red from isawitfirst.com . A pair of white converse and a black belt from Primark later you have yourself a perfect everyday outfit.

The Cutsy Skirt & Slogan Tee

Possibly my favourite of all the looks is an A-line skirt and tied t-shirt. When I found this outfit I was in one of those 'I have nothing to wear moods' and was really trying to find a new combination of things in my wardrobe that went together so I didn't have to keep buying a new item every time I wanted to switch things up. Primark have an array of A-Line skirts so is always my go to, also having quite a lot of slogan tee's so potential this could be a very affordable outfit! The skirt here is in fact from Primark but the top is from Newlook. As I love the  90's and most importantly was born in the 90's I couldn't think of anything better. I also love the navy with the burgundy colour. As I am not 100% girly, I did throw on a leather jacket. Whilst the change in weather at the moment has made me pull out the Chelsea boots which I love! These are from ASOS and are just standard black pointed toes with a slight block heel - I never take these off!


The I Tried To Be Stylish Slogan Tee 

We all know I love a pair of patterned trousers and with a slogan tee my everyday, comfy outfit couldn't get much better. Throw any monochrome trousers on with any tee and I'm good to go. This bright pink NYC one is from Topshop and looks great tied - as do most slogan tees - and the trousers are from isawitfirst.com they are unbelievably comfortable! I then put on a black denim jacket also from I saw it first and again my Chelsea boots as I really never take them off!

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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.

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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?
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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?

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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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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

August Goals


How is it already August?! We are more than halfway through the year which is crazy! I have had a strange month in terms of some moments being amazing and others being not so good. As usual, I have worked a lot but have learned to make the most of every moment. My grandad sadly went in and out of a hospital during the month which has been tough. I have also spent a lot of time with friends and have finally got back into my YouTube channel - I have filmed a few videos, the first one is up Friday and if you would like you can subscribe HERE (cheeky self-promo!)

1. Further my presenting career

As I started a new job this has took a serious step backwards, I was absolutely loving doing the odd presenting job and my regular show but I just couldn’t fit it in and didn’t prioritise it enough as it wasn’t progressing as fast as the other side of my career which made it slip but presenting was and is the thing I enjoy the most and want to progress.

2. Take some time off

As I sit here writing this, it is 10:48pm on a Saturday night which kind of proves the extent of my workload and I can finally say it has begun to catch up with me. I am so so tired and I really think it is time for a couple of days of completely chilling out. I think I 'm going to book a couple of trips with friends even if it's just for the day so I can rest and relax before going back to the daily grind!

3. Do things I enjoy

I really want August to be a month where I go and see amazing places and do some great things, spend time with family and friends and enjoy myself. I also want to start being a bit more selfish and doing what I want as I have found recently i have been people-pleasing way too much and it is negatively impacting me.

4. Reduce the unhealthy meals

With my busy schedule comes, eating on the go and therefore very unhealthy quick options which often comes as a McDonald's drive-thru. The day when I had 3 McDonalds was the point I questioned what was happening, It has also made me lack energy and feel incredibly off so throughout August, fast food is on a ban and I am going to try and eat a lot more home-cooked healthy dinners. 

What are your goals for August?

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