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.

♥︎ 

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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