Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Goals



March was definitely a good month making my 2018 so far look as if things are going well. I bought my first car which I LOVE, my work got exhibited in an art gallery and surrounded myself with the best people. However, I did manage to smash my phone screen and literally forgot how to organize myself with work as I got carried away with other things around me. 

GOAL 1: Drive Confidently
I collect my car on Tuesday and cannot wait! However, the next step is driving confidently as I haven't yet driven on my own which seems a very daunting concept. Of course, I won't just jump behind the wheel and do a 100-mile journey but over March I want to build up to being confident behind the wheel. 

GOAL 2: Find a Secure Job 
I absolutely love where I work, the people I work with and the job I do but everything I do is a zero hour contract which is very difficult when it comes to sometimes having literally no work in a week. Therefore I need to find something a bit more secure which is harder than I thought in the sector I want to work.

GOAL 3: Drink more water
I have had terrible skin for so long that I have sort of got used to it but during my dechox, (which you can find out about HERE)  I realised how it was getting so much better so I feel like I should also follow the cliche advice of drinking more water.

GOAL 4: Do something challenging
I did want to be more specific here but really this month I just want to try and push through my anxiety so much more as I have been seeing so much improvement in myself in the past weeks. There will always be highs and lows but I want to keep the highs high and carry on being proud of where I have got to.

♥︎ 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

An Open Letter to My Future Self


Hey Katie! How are you? 

First of all how old are you?! I'm 18 writing this and uploaded a very recent photo so you can see how much you've changed... or maybe we still look the same.
I'm going to pretend you're 25 as that's a good solid age... Actually, are you still blogging or is this being found by someone in the near future after the world has been through into something similar to a dystopian novel... As you can tell, don't worry Katie you have always been mad... Well, I hope you still are just as mad and awkwardly funny because that's the best thing going for you. 

If you are still blogging and vlogging how's it going? How many views have you reached or followers - 10000? That would be AMAZING!

I hope you're still just as determined and focused on reaching your goals and nothing and nobody has got in your way and if your goals have changed that's okay but I hope it's for the right reasons. At the moment my goal is to present professionally on the radio so have you done that?! I hope so! Maybe I have my own show or a co-host... Or maybe on stage or TV. Are you rich? OMG! That'd be great... or maybe you're still dreaming of the day when you do these things and if you are... never stop.

I've just passed my driving test so are you still driving? Have you bought a red mini cooper with black trims like the ones you dreamt of since you were young... or maybe Dad's let you drive his pride and joy wouldn't that be great! I also hope you are a very sensible driver as I know how you get with that accelerator ;-) 

Have you settled down with a nice boyfriend... I really do hope I'm not still single that'd be a right pain. Although I do enjoy being single I love the idea of having someone. Ooh and maybe you have a dog together or is it too soon - it had best be in the near future though otherwise, I will be very disappointed in you! 

Now onto the more serious part - how is your mental health? Do I manage my anxiety better? Have I had a good day or bad day? I hope it was good one... You were having a lot of good ones at the minute. Can you use public transport without the fear of panicking... How about flying. Have you been abroad yet? Iceland, Italy, South Africa, Amsterdam... The list is ever growing. Maybe I've even bought a scratch map to prove to myself how far I have come from never wanting to go abroad to flying around the world. Did I ever see a psychologist? Overcome my emetophobia or cope with it better. Basically, I hope I'm happy with the idea of anxiety as a past prospect rather than a future one to constantly face. 

I also hope you're still growing as a person and confident in yourself. Don't worry what people say or think - if you want to get up and dance. Dance! Talking of that have I learned any kind of rhythm... at the minute you struggle to clap in time. Onto learning things have you picked up any new skills like learning to swim... if not you might want to try that!

Overall I hope you are still chasing your dreams, enjoying every moment of life, grabbing opportunities with both hands and most importantly happy. (God, I hope you ain't that cliché in the future).

Love Katie

X


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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Sporty Chic OOTD

As one of the least sporty people out there throwing on a t-shirt and trainers acts as putting a sporty twist on an otherwise smart, formal outfit. I am obsessed with my pink Old Skool vans at the moment   so have been throwing them on with every single outfit however until recently I didn't think I could wear them with a smarter pair of trousers I might have ordinarily paired with a blouse a suitable black shoes but I have recently become obsessed with it to the point I have been wearing this kind of outfit everyday.

The Prince of Wales checked trousers are from New Look and a lovely pop of blue along the outside of the bigger check, whilst the t-shirt also from New Look is my favourite shade of pink, slightly dusky but also blush with Belle written across the front. The pink of the top matches perfectly with the Vans. However, I have also been wearing this outfit with a white t-shirt and my pink puffer jacket from Primark. Pairing the top and jacket together is slightly overbearing on the pink but I had to share both outfit ideas. Also, I have found the key to wearing smart trousers with trainers is to roll the bottoms up slightly to show the ankle. I think this kind of balances out my feet to legs better as the roll-up makes my ankle look wider and therefore with a chunky trainer my feet don't look out of proportion. I have been absolutely obsessed with this outfit and love how each item can be styled in completely different ways.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Pop Of Colour OOTD


Recently there seems to be a bit of a theme with 90's influence in my wardrobe but this time it comes in the form of this t-shirt I am obsessed with, a simple red with 1994 cutout of a white square from New Look, tucked into my favourite thing to wear which is patterned trousers. These are from ASOS and have white pinstripes down the legs of otherwise plain black trousers. For me, these are quite 'subtle' patterned trousers but I know this would be quite out there for other people. They are also extremely comfortable and actually feel like leggings due to being stretchy and lack of buttons or fastenings but are definitely trousers. They can also be styled smarter with a blouse as I have worn them to more formal events but for every day they are perfect. I also love to turn them up at the bottom so a little bit of ankle is on show.

 I then wore some classic black Chelsea boots (all black converse also look great) from ASOS and a black coat again from New Look. This is super warm and I have found it perfect for this time of year paired with my grey scarf from Topshop which I sadly got last year so might not be available but I'm sure other stores do one similar. Finally, I popped in a pair of large hoop earrings as I just love the way they look with my hair curly.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Working In The Media Industry



One thing that is definitely known for sure is that the media industry is incredibly hard to get into, it's a very desirable career path in many ways but also a lot of people would be deterred by this and maybe give up on there dream to be a part of it due to this competition. I thought I would give a few points from my experience so far. Just so this makes sense I have done mainly radio work so some of this would probably vary between roles/ sectors etc. 

1. Competition
I mentioned this slightly in the introduction and it is for sure the worst part of the media industry, however, it does mean that it shows that everyone in the sector is happy to be there, excited about there role and very very determined people. If I ever want work experience or employment for every 20 emails or applications, 19 would be ignored and maybe even all 20 but then there's that one every so often which makes everything worthwhile. 

2. Every day is different 
This would probably vary between job roles but as part of my job is working in events no two days or weeks are the same. We travel to different places, meet different people and never know what to expect. One day could be completely mundane focusing on leaflets but the next we could be standing in front of a crowd of 10,000 people

3. Meet New People
I have made some of the most amazing friends while at work as we all have one common interest and passion but also everyone is like minded. For example, in the events team, we all have to be bubbly, outgoing, personable and can't help having fun. There's an amazing sense of community everywhere I have gone with everyone making you feel at ease.

4. Be Nice To Everyone 
I'm not the kind of person who wouldn't be nice to people as I actually find it hard not to like people. But it is definitely true that one day the person sitting next to you at your desk could be managing you in five years time or the boy straight out of college that's your runner could be a content producer in the future determining if you stay in a job.

5. Experience is essential
90% of people I know in the media industry haven't got a degree except for journalists where it definitely is essential. To become a presenter, a sales or promotions worker, DJ or anything in those sectors just need a LOT of experience, hours of voluntary work and working your way from the bottom up. No one has ever advised me at an interview, assessment day or just general day to day to get any more qualifications. Of course, if you already have a degree that's great but many people I have met with a degree don't say it got them the job so don't worry if you don't have one or its in a completely different subject.

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

March Goals


So February was very much a success. I passed my driving test *whoop whoop*, I reached a crucial deadline, rebranded my blog (who loves my new logo?!) and finally managed to have some time to myself and do some really fun, great things. On the front of my goal's I didn't manage to keep exercising or on top of emails but we can't have everything! 


1. Buy a car

As I have passed my driving test, it only seems right I put my new found skills and freedom into good practice but with the insurance, it's so expensive!

2. Continue to save money

Just after I have said I'm going to fork out for possibly the most expensive thing I have ever bought in my life. I'm going to try and continue to restrict my spend on clothes, makeup and food (obviously eating out and about not just food as everyone has to eat!) 



3. Pursue my dream job

I know that this month I really need to start taking the job search more seriously and hunt for a job with longer hours and more money as I still have the job I got as a student. I have got my eye on a few things I would love to do and do more of so watch this space. 

4. Go Blonder 

This is more something I want to do more than a goal as such and is easily achievable but by the end of March, I want to be happy with the colour of my hair. 

5. Push myself out of my comfort zone

This is more a constant goal but I have been doing really well battling against my anxiety so I think March is the month to go even further with it, maybe travel a bit and do something I don't think I can no matter how small or big it is. 

What are your March Goals?

♥︎ 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Totally Clueless OOTD


With this outfit, I definitely wouldn't look out of place in a 90's chick flick and as the 90's is one of my favourite decades (partly because I was born in it) I absolutely love the outfit. Although it's simply put together I just love how the pink of the Miss Selfridge top pops against the black and white checked Primark skirt. The top is so cutesy, with the frilly sleeves and tied detail at the front. When paired with something slightly more low waisted the top is cropped. The skirt was also a bargain for only £4. Like the skirt, the boots were from Primark and I am so obsessed with them, at first look, they are plain black but the heel is a mirrored gold. As the weather is still very cold I threw on a leather jacket to add a bit of edge to the outfit as full girly is really not my vibe. 

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

My Make up Essentials


We all have those makeup products that we just could not live without and no matter how many new products we try they always manage to sneak their way back into our makeup bags as we reach for them every day. So I thought I would share my holy grails, ride or die, favourite products as I'm sure you will fall for them just like me. 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush- I feel like in posts like this the tools always get forgotten about but I find no matter how good the product is if the brush is rubbish you're gonna get rubbish results. So I absolutely swear by this brush as it just seems to buff the foundation in with next to no effort and is super soft and never sheds any of its hairs because is there anything worse than that!?

Zoeva Deluxe Luxe Crease Brush - Staying with brushes this is hands down my favourite eye brush, some days I can use this on its own and create a lovely eye look. It's quite a large eye brush so the shadows can easily be blended out creating any look from subtle to dark and also lovely and smokey which I love. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Now this probably comes as no surprise as like many this is my go-to concealer, sometimes I wonder how it's so good as its rare there's a product that suits virtually anyone especially, with the new shades. I find it highlights under the eye and conceals those pesky blemishes. It also as the name says, lasts a very long time so I rarely have to touch up through the day.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer - Another product that is definitely a cult product. Its the perfect shade for a subtle bronze but can also easily be built up to contour. Also, I love the brush that comes with it which I was so surprised about as usually, the brush included in products is terrible. I also find it has a great durability.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner - This product is a mere £2.99 and hands down the best eyeliner. The last one I had dried up after using it day in day out and then for some reason I stopped wearing winged liner completely but I have refound my love for it and as soon as I repurchased this and used it I realised why I loved it so much. I find it super easy to apply, it's completely black unlike some cheaper eyeliners (or even high end) which come out slightly grey. And lasts all day even with my super watery eyes. 

MAC Mehr - If you see me wearing a nude. This is most likely it. I love it! It's a matt formula so lasts for a long time but isn't drying whilst the colour is pink with brown undertones. Even though I have noticed the love for MAC lipsticks isn't as much as it was two or three years ago this still holds a very secure place in my makeup bag. 

What are your makeup essentials?

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

My Everyday Makeup Routine


Products I Used:

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Green 
L'Oreal True Match Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer - Fair
L'Oreal True Match Powder 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 
Urban Decay Naked Liquid Lipstick - Naked 

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Friday, 23 February 2018

Learning to Drive - My Experience

I passed my driving test!!!

But let's just say my experience learning to drive wasn't the easiest.

I began learning to drive the first weekend after my 17th birthday - 1 year 6 months ago (just so you understand the timeline of the post). My mom and dad surprised me with my first lesson as I had always said I would love to drive but I was extremely nervous so very happy that my parents only told me about two hours prior to my first lesson. I loved my first lesson, it was very basic in the sense of he drove me to a car park I drove forwards a bit and turned around but he said I was picking it up quickly. I came home very pleased and had booked my next ten lessons. Two lessons in I was still going round and round a car park and me being me was getting very frustrated the lessons weren't 
moving on quickly as I loved driving and was quite confident behind the wheel. I started to think about what to do to encourage the lessons forward without appearing rude to the instructor as of course, he was in charge but I was paying £25 an hour and wanted my money's worth as that's definitely not cheap. I then broke my toe and could hardly walk nor wear shoes for a while so this, of course, put a halt to my lessons. At this point, I also struggled with high anxiety (see my anxiety story HERE) and I suddenly didn't enjoy my lessons for  number of reasons including the pace of the lessons, not connecting with the instructor and the price which meant I didn't want to endure them in a time I was overly sensitive. 

So I moved on to a second instructor, my mom, one of my bestest friends, her boyfriend and a couple of other people I knew had or currently used him so I thought it was a great option. I stuck with him for a very long time August 2016 - May 2017 including two tests which now I look back and think was a very long time. A very long time as every lesson he would turn up either 30 minutes earlier or 30 minutes to an hour late as if I had nothing else to do in the day so I had to keep a whole afternoon or mornign free which was very inconvenient, he also made me pick someone else up and swap over in the lesson so they drove me back home meaning a lesson time would usually last 2 hours as I would be drove around by the first person for a while, my lesson would start, I would pick someone up and then they would start there lesson and I would sit in on some of there lesson. (If that makes any sense) My lesson would also be less than the time it should have been and on the journey, he would make me park up at a variety of places such as the corner shop, pet shop, basically, anywhere he wanted to go. I was like his taxi. Whilst waiting for him to finish at these places also ate into my lesson time. He also smoked a pipe, yelled at every given moment if I did the smallest thing wrong, swore at me and said everything he possibly could that was derogatory to me. As you can tell it was a nightmare. 

The tests themselves were horrible. The first test I failed for crossing lanes which in hindsight I probably did do but he grabbed the steering wheel and started shouting at that I was going to hit a car. He then continued to shout at me telling me to calm down which inevitably made me even more nervous to the point I nearly started crying in my driving test. (Not to scare anyone!) My second test I was incredibly nervous as I created so much pressure on myself and that just made me mess up.

Then I swapped to my most recent instructor who claimed a quick pass which I very much needed. At this point I didn't know if it was the instructor, lack of experience or nerves that were making me fail the last two tests. At this point, I felt I was a very capable, confident driver so didn't understand why I kept failing. So my lessons were going great, I did my third test - failed, fourth test - failed and I started to give up. I had no idea how I was going to stop my nerves making me mess up but today I did my fifth (i know it sounds a lot!) and it was great. I definitely think the new test is a lot easier but also I got a minor for something I got a major for last time which I also think proves that it really depends who you get on the day. 

I am so glad I stuck at it even though it seemed nearly impossible and shows determination pays off.

It always seem's impossible until it's done.

♥︎ 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

February Goals


I don't know about anyone else but for me, January has felt like the longest month ever, I have done so many things to get myself back on track after the Christmas blues hit in - even though Christmas feels like a million years ago now - I have really been working on myself helping to get more confident, reduce my anxiety and create some big plans for 2018 which I definitely hope continues throughout the year. I started setting myself monthly goals in December and so far they have really been working out to help me stay organised as I use them as a to-do list so its very satisfactory when I know I have achieved one no matter how big or small they are.

Keep on top of e-mails and phone calls

I am that person who's inbox has to reach about 100 email's before I even think about looking at them as I just forget but then I feel overwhelmed with having to read so many. With phone calls, I just put them off so much as I never know what to say and stumble over my words - anyone relate? But with the nature of my work and blog I really really need to get on top of this. In fact, I'm going to start right after I have written this!

Exercise Daily

In no way am I going to be jumping to the gym every day as that just isn't my thing but light exercise is so important and I have really been trying to put it into my daily routine. I recently bought a weighted hula hoop and it is by far my favourite thing at the moment. 20 minutes using that a day is great for your abs but also I find it so fun! I also throw in a few squats, sit-ups and a walk which suits me perfectly as I don't go for intense workouts. 

Spend less money

Recently I have realised I have been spending more and more money on things I don't even realise and as much I want new clothes, endless outings and meals out to enjoy myself I think I need to slightly control myself and start to save half of my monthly income for the future.

Don't wear makeup 7 days a week

This is something I have wanted to do for a while and I am definitely going to start only wearing makeup 6 out of 7 days a week and then as I get more confident and my skin gets clearer maybe only 5 days a week etc. As it is becoming a chore sometimes to apply my makeup as I feel like I have to rather than I want to.

Do things for me

I think I included this in my 2018 goals but I am finding it so so hard! In January I already found I was agreeing to things even though they were seriously negatively affecting me. So February is the month I am going to start to get myself back on track and stay positive and do what I want- in a completely unselfish way of course!

Make more effort with the people who are important to me

As I just said I have been saying yes to things that have seriously made me step backwards with my mental health leading me to not doing things I want to so this month I am going to start making more effort with the people I sometimes take for granted specifically my grandparents and a couple of friends I know I haven't really seen recently. 

Improve this blog

You might or might not have noticed I have my own domain of www.katielou.co.uk instead of being .blogspot.co.uk but there are some big changes coming very soon so keep your eyes peeled!


What are your February Goals?

♥︎ 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Gooey Puddle Brownies



Brownies are by far my favourite type of cake so any new recipe I see I put at the top of my list to bake and this was definitely no different. It is a very very simple all in one brownie mix but then jam dropped in before cooking to create a gooey indulgent centre. This also works gorgeously with chocolate spreads or even a thick caramel. It really is a recipe you can play around with. 

Ingredients:
4 Eggs
375g Caster Sugar
275g Butter
100g Self Raising Flour
75g Cocoa
12 spoonfuls of jam (Or substitute with a chocolate spread etc.)

Method:
Before beginning the brownies preheat the oven to 180°c 

Measure all ingredients (except jam) and place in one bowl and mix. I prefer using a hand mixer just because it's quicker as there is so much mixture!

Then simply pour the mixture into a greased and lined tray

Smooth slightly so the mixture covers the whole tin and then dollop teaspoons of jam where each slice would be - so each slice has a dollop of jam.

Bake for 40-45 minutes. Mine took 43 to get the perfect bake which was cooked but still soft and slightly sticky.

Leave to cool.

And ENJOY!

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Follow Your Dreams


If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you dream it you can become it.

I have always been ambitious. From a young age, I have known what I wanted and would never settle for second best. You could say in this way I am a big dreamer but also luckily a big believer meaning I find it incredibly hard to give up. This quiet determination has pulled me through the ominous failures but also made the highlights even better. 

When thinking of following dreams its instantly thought of as a career path; with people following the natural progression of school through to university to get to to their dream  job but sometimes a dream is something more personal or that dream job isn't what you expected and the dream changes but we are on an ever-changing path that we keep following to reach the ultimate goal. But can we ever reach the ultimate dream as the dream will be forever growing bigger and bigger. But this is a whole other matter.

I have so many dreams, a family of my own, to have a cute little dog, a beautiful house in the perfect setting, and the ideal career to name a few. In many peoples cases, the dreams won't vary from what I have said but the minor details such as the type of house, the type of dog or type of career will make that dream individual and leads to people taking different paths. 

Now to draw on personal experiences I will use my career so far as I find its possibly the thing many people struggle to not give up on. Since I can remember I dreamed of jobs that were things I knew I would have to work for. First, it was a superstar (every little girl's ideal) then the first female Formula 1 driver (I know you wouldn't expect it) then an architect which I often confused with archaeologist (something very different) then finally something in the media industry, first a journalist, a publisher and editor, tv production then finally a radio presenter. All of these jobs in the media still appeal to me along with much more but I have worked my socks off with each of these to reach a place I am proud to be. Five years ago if you told me I would have a relatively successful blog, work for a radio station and much more work experience under my belt I would laugh. I have had unbelievable experiences specifically throughout the last year but it's not down to luck it's down to hard hard work. I have sent more emails to companies that I could possibly remember. 95% are ignored; 4% declined; and the lucky 1% which make it all worthwhile. 

What I am trying to say is... If you want something. Get it. Do things you love, do things that make you happy and no matter how many times you get declined, how many times you fail. Keep Going. It's worth it.

I have in no way reached my dream and like I said it will forever grow bigger and bigger.

But I'm going to keep trying and so are YOU!

♥︎

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Keeping the New Years Blues Away



Over December everything is looking up, there's the parties, the food and all the preparations that goes along with it. It's very easy to get caught up in it all so when January hits and all the chocolates have been eaten, the Christmas decorations are put away for yet another year and work begins it's obvious that many of us feel slightly deflated. I always see a New Year as a clean slate and always promise myself to get my life in shape. This optimism works for me but at the same time, these unrealistic pressures make the New Year blues even more obvious not to mention your social media feeds full of inspiration and others 'new year new me' statements. However no fear, I have some tips on how I combat this and keep your 2018 on track.


Do More of What Makes You Happy

Let's start with the cliché, but it is unbelievably important an I can say that from experience as much of the start of last year I spent pleasing others doing what made them happy and not so much myself. I have also found it has made me more optimistic and has led to so many changes in my life and myself for the better shaping me into the best version of myself

Be Realistic...

Keep your aims, goals or promises realistic. The pressure of suddenly having a perfect life overnight is too great and is never going to happen and hence will leave you giving up before the years began.

Have Fun

 Who says that just because Christmas is over you can't continue having fun? See friends, family and have a great time. It's important to realise they are all still there even when the festivities aren't.

Take Time For You 

It's easy to get caught up in all the work you have to do but we all take very little time for ourselves like the first point does things you enjoy or even just relax with a pamper session or simply a bubble bath.

A Fresh Start 

As I said at the start just the idea of the year being a fresh start gives me slight optimism especially if the previous year has been specifically rubbish. It's a time to leave in the present and only use past experiences to show you the way forward ensuring you don't make the same mistakes.

♥︎ 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Goodbye 2017 Hello 2018!


Every year I like to recap on all the moments that made the year and my goals for the next and this year is no different. Let me tell you now... 2017 was a rollercoaster! I had highs and lows and twists and turns at every corner. It was full of achievement and failure, love and loss and learning to step very far out of my comfort zone. As I sit here now on the 1st January 2018 (like WHAT?! Time flies!) I can say I am proud of myself.

Beginning with the not so good, the year began with a rubbish start, my anxiety  hit with vengeance which I didn't quite realise how much until I looked at photographs and I had absolutely no photographs before Olly Murs' concert in late March and this isn't because I forgot to take any, its because I was stuck in a rut of anxiety. I went out and did what I had to such as sixth form where sometimes I wouldn't even make that and then went home. However, I went to Olly Murs' concert - something I booked when I was not suffering from anxiety as bad and something I didn't think I could make - but I did and had an incredible night, from here I realised I was stronger than I thought (cliché I know) but I changed as a person. I fought anxiety with every ounce of strength and had to make choices for me. I changed my friendship circles, I went out and did some amazing things and had the summer of my life!

All of a sudden the year took an amazing turn, in June I celebrated my 18th Birthday which was such a lovely day (despite a Geography exam in the middle of it) and everyone spoiled me so much and I had the best night out. I finished my exams, left sixth form and had prom - another amazing night - that's when i felt the summer really began. I was working most days but doing something I absolutely LOVE every day was different, I met the most amazing people and many will be life long friends and a few celebrities I snapped a photo with. I now have friends I can count on, that I know I can rely on to be there. I went on numerous holidays with family and then friends where I didn't stop to think what I was doing I just went for it.

Then came A Level results day where I opened the envelope to find C D D something I never expected and disappointment was an understatement I had no idea where to turn. So after there was no other option I decided to resit. Then a month into starting back at sixth form I had my A Level remarks back with C C C going up 15+ marks in each subject. Here it goes to show the exam boards messed it up, in one way they held me back a year but in other ways, it gave me more time to think and evaluate what was going on. I had already began my Photography A-Level so the school offered to let me carry on with that on its own even though usually in sixth form it's full-time education meaning 3 subjects so I have plenty of time for work experience and furthering my career as university has never been my first option. I then managed to get a job broadcasting for radio's which I couldn't be happier with so everything has begun to look up.

The year has taught me to never look back, surround myself with people I love and jump into every opportunity. Most importantly I have learnt to have fun and if I want to do something I will do it!

MY 2018 RESOLUTIONS:

Be More Organised: I currently struggle with this a LOT

Further my Career: This is something I need to work hard at but if I dream it I can do it

Expand my Blog and YouTube: I started Youtube earlier this year and really enjoy it (link at the bottom of the blog post) and I am determined to keep this and my blog going and expanding sharing what I am passionate for. I also want to change the blog posts I do a bit to show more of me.

Pass my Driving Test

Continue to Manage my Anxiety: I know I will always have lows but I want to make sure they come a lot less often

Experience New Places: I began to do this in 2017 with many amazing holidays and experiences but I want to continue as I have definitely not seen much of the world.

Meet new people: Something I love is making new friends and learning about other people lives. It's not something I can make happen but I very much hope it does.

Have Fun and Embrace Life!

HAPPY 2018! 

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