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



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.


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.


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?