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 workout 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 into 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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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Making High Street Look High End

If there's one thing I love to buy... it's clothes. I can spend hours and hours looking at the latest fashion and what I want to add to my wardrobe next. I love showing my style but I am also not one for a high price tag and clearly, it's impossible to have a whole new wardrobe every time a new season rolls around. However, I still want that stylish look every day on a realistic budget and this is how I go about it.

Spend more on your staples

Staples such as a classic pair of jeans, good quality tops, and versatile dresses can be worn in a variety of ways and with multiple different things in your wardrobe. These are the pieces you will wear the most often and reach for when in doubt of what to wear. Spending more means in theory they should last long and save you money as you wear them so often. I have a white blouse which cost me an arm and a leg but I will wear day in, day out for work or a night out I just switch up what I wear it with. The same with a classic pair of black skinny jeans and a pair of stripey trousers. Everyone's staples are different but splurge on your favourite items. Another example is a good pair of black trousers which will get you through anything from an interview to a funeral to a wedding depending on how you wear them.

Buy cheap trendy items

I absoluetly love some trends (I also hate some but that's another story...) Trends can be fun to follow and experiment with , however, we all know as much as we love them they will never stick around. So why not buy them cheaply and then if you only wear them for that season what's the big deal it was only £5! Primark is great for this and also online stores such as isawitfirst.com and Pretty Little Thing as they have great deals and sales.

Invest in a couple of luxury accessories

I don't think there has ever been a girl who at some point hasn't wanted a designer pair of shoes or a very nice handbags. They can be worn with so many different things and if your body shape changes they will remain the same and still work perfectly. As long as you pick something you have fell in love with then it will be worth the investment. You could look into pure Kashmiri shawls, designer handbags, unique fine jewellery and much more.

Buy expensive winter shoe and cheap summer ones

This is a bit of a stranger one but in the summer it's all about sandals and lightwear footwear whereas winter footwear needs to get you through the harsh weather conditions so it's best to pay a little more so they last a longer time. 

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Standing On My Own Two Feet*



Over the past couple of months I have had a reoccurring thought of... I would love to live in my own place. I feel like having my own place would be the first step to independence, a home that is fully mine to decorate how I want, to do whatever I want, when I want with no one else to really think about. Of course, I know it's not all sunshine and rainbows and there a lot of challenges so I have started to get as prepared as possible but I can never find anything on the internet that is relevant to what I am after in terms of the pro's and con's so I thought I'd create my own ideas before I go it alone.


Can I Afford It?

This is of course the biggest deciding factor as the jump from living at home to my own place will be drastically different in cost. You need your own source of income and earn enough to cover your rent, bills and any extras such as a car. Then there's the food which can be more expensive than you might think plus there's the toiletries and of course you have to be able to enjoy your life so need money left over for trips out. I started to work out my money and what bills are likely to be so I could see how much rent I could afford to depict what kind of properties I could afford and whether I would need a couple of house mates. Don’t choose a place that uses every spare penny you have, give yourself some room for the occasional unexpected bill or expense. Spending a little time before you move saving up and keeping a rainy day fund is always a good idea too.


Can I Look After Myself?
If it was down to me I'd eat takeaways all the while, my diet would not be at all balanced nor nutritious as my cooking ability is absolutely disgraceful however I am definitely a pro at washing, ironing and cleaning so I wasn't at a total loss! With lots of challenges along the way I will learn as I go, and probably use Google more than I should... plus my mom's always on the other end of the phone! But having the basics nailed before setting out alone made good sense so I bought myself a cookbook and have started practicing making some cheap, healthy and quick meals.

Is Now The Right Time?
A lot of my friends have started moving out and it has pushed me to think the same but it doesn't always mean you have to aswell. Its a HUGE decision so I won't be taking it lightly. Talk to family and friends - maybe even a tarot phone reading ! I don't really rely on my family a lot and so for me it doesn't seem to matter as much but if you do or don't like being on your own it's bound to make you miserable. Don’t rush it, wait until it feels right for you.

Have you considered moving out of your parents? What are the pros and cons?

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Current Make- up Favourites

It's definitely been a while since I reached for my make - up to take photos of it for my blog but I just felt like going back to the roots of this blog and sharing my current favourites. To be honest, I fell out of love with makeup, I still wear it 95% of the days but I haven't really tested out anything new. These, however, have stuck with me over the past months and seem to be the only products I ever reach for. 
Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette - Natural Matte 
I remember this palette was so popular in about 2012 with every Blogger, YouTuber and their mothers using this but I never thought to pick it up as I always included a shimmer shade on my lid and therefore always picked up a palette that could create a whole look. Now I have gone in the complete opposite direction and rarely wear a shimmer so this is the perfect everyday palette. Plus if I do fancy a shimmer I just use this to deepen the crease.

Urban Decay Beach Bronzer - Bronzed
This is my most recent makeup discovery, but as soon as I used it for the first time I was in love. It is one of those shades I think would suit virtually everyone and blends effortlessly. As you can tell it's been very well loved and I have already bought another one! I do need a new better bronzer brush so please leave recommendations in the comments.
L'Oreal Paradise Waterproof Mascara 
For the summer I always rely on L'Oreal's waterproof formulas so when I saw there was this new one sitting on the shelf I grabbed it without hesitation. Claiming volume and length. What more could a girl want? It lives up to those claims and I love it! It's a little bit clumpy so if you're not a fan of that then this might not be for you but the volume and length are unreal. Plus the waterproof formula is even better than I have ever experienced before as I actually got my face soaking wet and it was still perfectly in place (it comes off super easy when I take my makeup off though)! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade - Soft Brown
I have used this for about a year now, every single day. I love it so much I haven't even bothered to try anything on my brows since as I love it. A pot lasts about a year as I have just started my second so is definitely worth the price. The first time I used it was a disaster as I didn't know how much to use but I quickly got used to it and is great to get any size or shape brow.

Rimmel Lip Liner - Eastend Snob 
Back when I did weekly makeup posts I think I raved about this lip liner. I was and still am obsessed with this low cost super long wearing lip colour. All I ever seem to wear on my lips is a pinky nude so this matched all my go-to lipsticks. Its longevity is amazing too. I couldn't complain about anythign to do with this product and that's saying something!

What are your current makeup favourites?

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Summer Days



I can't remember the last time it rained in the UK and I am so glad as the sun is the one thing that improves my mood - I just love to be out and about and able to enjoy myself. Everything just seems much better. But, as I am definitely not used to experiencing this amazing weather, my wardrobe was seriously unprepared so I had nothing to wear. However, every cloud has a silver lining and it meant I could go shopping! So I hit the shops and also online to find some lovely clothes. 
Last Sunday I had an afternoon off work so treated my mom to a lovely roast dinner followed by a walk down the river about ten minutes from where I live with an amazing ice cream and the sun beating down on us. 

The beautiful floral dress is from Pretty Little Thing at the affordable price of £22. The dress has buttons down the front which is a super cute detail and then the top half ties across the chest. The material is also so lightweight for the time of year. I paired this with some brown gladiator sandals and then kept the accessories very minimal with a small silver necklace which I received on my 18th birthday.

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