As most of those around me know, I’m having quite a hard time as of late. Read More »
So over the past few weeks I’ve had a few nominations for these blogger-tag-whatsits. So, rather than clog up all of your news feeds and readers and what-have-you, I’m gonna shove some in one post, and to avoid too much confusion, I’m going to nominate around 10 people for both tags, and you guys can choose which one you do, if any! It’s completely up to you! But, for now, here are my tag answers… You know, if you wanted to know…Read More »
So it’s been six months since the start of my apprenticeship. For those that have known me for many years, no one could have ever expected me to take such a route in life (I mean it’s only a year long, but it could well shape my life as I know it), and honestly I even surprised myself. Read More »
So, last week, I turned nineteen. It was a great day. I spent the morning with Connor and his family, relaxing, before coming home to spend the afternoon with mum and pampering myself before holding a surprise birthday party for my mum, which went better than I could have expected. I ended the night by going from the party to a club in town and then forgetting my door key when I got home.
And it was great.
But really, in all honesty I’m excited about being this age. When I was a kid all I wanted was to be older, and now that I am older and I can literally do… anything I want. It’s almost debilitating. I can do anything. So.. to counter that… I do nothing.
So, to celebrate the next year of my life, I’ve come up with a list of somewhat realistic, and somewhat ridiculous, things that I’d like to do by this time next year…
1. Stop being afraid of of making phone calls
And actually learn how to make a phone call in a busy office… no one is listening, and I need to remember that.
2. Save over £1000
Which I am well on the way of achieving! Result!
3. Go on a city break
Another one. Athens and Prague in 2016 were some of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and having the independence to be wandering the world without adult supervision is something that I can’t wait to experience more.
4. Go on a relaxing sun holiday
When I was younger I got bored doing the same thing on sun holidays, but now that I’m working full-time, and rarely see the sun when it rears its head in Britain, I feel the much-needed warmth on my face and a cocktail in my hand…
5. Take part in a blogging opportunity
Whether thats a sponsored post, a collaboration, going to an event… I want to start working with more people. (If you want to hit me up my gmail is firstname.lastname@example.org!!)
6. Reach 1000 Twitter followers
Currently on 800+ so I think we got this. Might sound silly to some, but it would be cool.
7. Reach 200 WordPess followers
8. Host a giveaway
Keep your eyes peeled for this one… coming soon!
9. Start giving away books and clearing out
I’m hoping to start the practice of re-reading a book and then giving it away to someone, or to a charity shop, so that im not hoarding them any more. I have way too many books…
10. Actually start my scrap book
It’s been about 4 years since I was gifted this gorgeous Paperchase scrapbook from my mum, and I have a huge box full of souvenirs from the past 10 years of my life to fill it up with. I just… never had the chance.
11. Go to the beach
I haven’t been on a beach day in my actual home town in a long, long time. It’s something I want to do every summer but never have the chance to, and this year I can drive, so bring it on!
12. Solo trip
I want to go somewhere new, completely alone. For a day, a weekend, wherever.
13. Buy a high-end makeup product
Like… really high-end. Not just something expensive from Boots. I wanna be reckless and buy something that my face absolutely does not need, but it wants. (Send me suggestions of what my first high-end product should be in the comments).
14. Eat better
I’ve fallen back into some horrifically unhealthy eating patterns and maybe that’s why I’m not feeling so great recently… time to crack out the veggies.
15. Go vegetarian for a week
I’ve tried incorporating vegetarian meals into my daily life, so a meat-free hot lunch at work, and Quorn products for dinner, but I’d love to start making a real difference to my diet and consumption.
16. Go for a massage
I’ve only ever been for a professional massage once before and, as someone who loves getting pampered, it was like my idea of heaven. Definitely treating myself when I get stressed soon.
17. Get into an exercise routine
What I’ve been working with recently…
18. Go on a Colour Run
19. Play Lazer Tag
20. Get another tattoo
And there you go, my 20 Before 20. I will hopefully, this time next year, be checking back in with these to make sure I’ve done all I wanted to do, which would be awesome.
Until then, what do you want to do before you’re 20? Or 30? Should I make these into a series? Let me know!
It’s my birthday!! Shower me with gifts and love! Love me! Kidding. But yeah, I’m 19 today (scary Mary), and I feel old.
Like, I know I’m not old. I’m actually very young. I’ve loads of living left to do. But, like every other entitled and narcissistic millenial, I feel like I have a wealth of experiences to draw on at my young age.
So, here are the 19 things I’ve learned at the ripe old age of 19. You’re welcome.
1. Always Give More Than You Get
Follow this, and you’ll never be in the wrong again. Always give 110%, and you can be sure that when things go downhill, you don’t have to worry about yourself, because you did everything you possibly could
2. Cover Your Arse
Similar to the last point, but honestly will save you so much time and arguments. Just do everything the first time, and make sure you think of everything before charging in.
3. If Possible, Take the High Road
It makes you look better. But, if they really hurt you, aint nothing wrong with getting it off your chest.
4. Don’t Be Petty
It’s ugly. You’re better than that.
5. Drink More Water!!!
6. Worrying About Money Won’t Give You More Money
Unless you are at critical situation, stop worrying about money. You’re so young. What the fuck.
7. Problem? Have a Bath
8. More Problems? Go Outside
Fresh air: it works. Who knew?
9. Laugh At Yourself, and Everyone Else Will Laugh With You
In an awkward or embarrassing situation? Laugh it off. It’ll make everyone else comfortable, and make yourself feel better when they’re laughing with you, rather than at you.
10. Stretch More
11. Change Your Bedding, Do Some Dusting, and Hoover More
A clean environment makes for a clean and healthy mind.
12. Stop Playing Yourself Down To Everyone
You are interesting, you are funny, and you are pretty. I mean it. You know it, so prove it.
13. It’s Better to Be ‘Silly-Funny’ Than ‘Mean-Funny’
14. You Will Never Regret Making More Effort, You Will Only Regret Making Less
15. Stop Thinking Everything Means Something. It Doesn’t.
Sometimes shit happens, and we have to just accept it. It doesn’t have an almighty meaning, and it doesn’t count towards your karma-points. Learn from things, and move on. Stop making meaning when there isn’t any.
16. Stop Thinking Everything You Do Has To Mean Something. It Doesn’t.
You want to eat 3 cheeseburgers in a row? Go for it. You want to get a tattoo of a panda holding a rifle? Why the hell not? You want to write a book about what it’s like to be YOU? Do it. Not everything has to be Big and Meaningful.
17. Remember Your Age
You’re young. Stop thinking like an 80 year old. Do something stupid. Make mistakes. It’s okay.
18. You’re Allowed To Be Sad Sometimes
19. But Being Sad Will Get You Nowhere
Get help. Do things. Make connections. Nothing is worth feeling like it’s the end of the world, but having to smile anyway.
And there you have it. My impartial bits of wisdom that I have selflessly shared with you lot so you don’t make the same mistakes as me. But at the same time, what do I know? A year from now I could be making another one of these posts and say exactly the opposite of everything I’ve just said so… do whatever you want. Or something.
Honestly though, thank you for following me on this little blog for as long as you have, even if you haven’t for very long. I’m still working at this blogging thing (and generally this ‘life’ thing) and doing this makes things a lot more fun and interesting. I look forward to the next year of my life carrying on with this blog and meeting more of you lovely people.
Here’s to the next year (THE LAST ONE OF BEING A TEENAGER).
For about the past decade, I’ve suffered with a disorder called Trichotillomania. Here’s the NHS definition if you want to know more about it, and here and here are my past posts about the subject, if you want to know more from the horse’s mouth (or mine. whichever).
I’m not going to spend time explaining the whole thing again, so if you don’t already know, then do some learnin’, then come back to me. If you have any questions about Trich, mental health, or just want to chat, send me a comment.
Until then, here are the Five Unexpected Benefits of Having Trichotillomania…
I’m not good at creating. I’m not a creator. I’m not a visionary. I can’t make something out of nothing. I never could. I’m not a very creative person. But what I can do is remake. Remodel. Shuffle around a bit. Read More »