Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Why are you so depressed?

What are you so depressed about?

Alright so this one is going to be a little ranty but hey I’m sure my followers would expect nothing less. I’m very vocal about depression, I’ve had it since I was 13 in various forms - sometimes bad days, mostly good but that’s the point really isn’t it? Every day is different and it’s something that will always live with me and every day is a personal fight and battle. I particularly suffer in winter so I'm slowly feeling a little bit more cheery but I digress

So I got chatting to a guy, a guy who i was dated but had let him know it wasn’t going to work, not looking for a relationship ya see being single highly suits me right now. During this chat before it went very sour (lol rejection hurt hun? Diddums) we got talking about how I hadn’t been feeling good and was having a really bad day to which he asked ‘what are you so depressed about your life’s going great’

Well shit. I’m so glad you pointed that out because I was oblivious. Yeh my life’s fucking brilliant at the minute everything seems to be falling into place and larger goals are coming together. But does that mean depression doesn’t rear its ugly head? Quite the opposite actually. Everybody’s journeys different and everybody triggers differently but I find that if I’m on a crazy high of happiness I feel I don’t deserve it and I slump straight back to low

Don’t get me wrong I don’t want sympathy, I don’t need it. I control my depression in many ways I’ve learnt over the years that work for me, because in all honesty one solution doesn’t suit everyone but like hell I'm going to let some random guy question me or my mental health without some serious putting him back in his place (I got blocked - I call that a solid win)

I’ve recently been reviewing an app called Thrive* that aims to help people with depression and anxiety become a little more mindful, provide calming techniques and daily goals to keep on track. In concept I think a lovely idea, and the app is super easy to use with some great ways to make you think about what’s triggered you etc.


It combines lots of different aspects such as breathing techniques, meditation techniques and daily goals that are personalised to you depending on what your triggers are. The app is really user friendly and super pretty.

Personally I didn’t get on with it very well, I found it quite prescriptive and laborious checking in each day for goals etc. But I do think it could work for someone who needs that routine and order and could be really useful

 Depression is an ugly little beast but one I have to embrace with open arms because it’s the only way me and the black dog can become friends and live together in harmony. I’m usually also very understanding of people’s ignorance but hey he must’ve caught me on a bad day whoops!.

How do you cope with your mental health?
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Monday, 2 April 2018

Hey it's ok!


While perusing a few blog's I came across a Hey it's ok post and just had to write my own because nostalgia! I remember reading these consistently in Glamour, the very last page and teenage me loving them - turns out adult me has very similar 'hey it's ok' moments so let's roll with it:



If  'spring cleaning' means chucking everything in a cupboard and closing the door

If you've eaten your body weight in chocolate over the easter break

If you'd rather be in bed watching netflix than out living it up over bank holiday

To choose Mcdonalds Monopoly over a bikini body

If you've already decided to start on 'Monday' every Monday of 2018

Clicking remind me tomorrow on all your app updates because you're not ready to commit to that

Saying 'oh we should definitely have a catch up' to a random acquaintance with zero intention of following it up

To talk to your cats - they 100% understand what you're saying

To get the ick when dating someone and every little thing annoys you

To feel like you want to punch a man when he tries to 'mansplain' everything to you GTFO


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Monday, 12 March 2018

101 in 1001 goals

I'm a goal-setter, I always have been. I need the motivation of lists and challenges to keep me on track with goals, that's why I always set New Years Resolutions and do my best to stick to them, but recently while reading Becky Bedbug's blog I came across her posts on 101 in 1001 goals for the Day Zero Project and looking into is a little more - it's a great way of setting longer term goals and aims and seeing how different your life is in a whole 1001 days. It sounded like a bit of me and I've been working on my list and here we are!

I'm hoping to give regular updates on this one as my 1001 days progresses (maybe every hundred days would work!) So here are my 101 goals:

Day Zero 101 in 1001 goals

[1] Explore Sheffield
[2] Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
[3] Go on a solo holiday
[4] Visit Disneyland Paris
[5] USA Roadtrip
[6] Stay in a 5* Hotel
[7] Buy a house
[8] Get an Alice in Wonderland tattoo
[9] Complete a reading challenge
[10] Learn another language
[11] Decorate my new home
[12] Do a boudoir photo shoot
[13] A-Z movie list
[14] Visit all premiership and EFL grounds
[15] Midnight movie premiere
[16] Visit a live screening of a tv show
[17] Go and see Harry Potter and the cursed child
[18] Go to Cadbury World
[19] Go to a zoo
[20] Go to a 'meet up'
[21] Meet a blogger IRL
[22] Get promoted to Senior Delivery Consultant at work
[23] Lost 5 stone 
[24] Learn how to apply make up properly
[25] 10k followers on social media
[26] Blog 3 times a week consistently
[27] Visit 10 new to me UK cities
[28] Own a proper floor to ceiling bookcase
[29] Go to Thorpe Park
[30] Meet someone special
[31] Be featured in the press
[32] Attend a blog event
[33] Go to Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour for Christmas
[34] Learn to play piano
[35] Say Yes to everything for a whole week
[36] Get my teeth whitened
[37] Win 101 competitions
[38] Go 'viral'
[39] Start an agony aunt series on my blog
[40] Go on a cruise
[41] Go to a movie drive in
[42] 'Try' Pinterest Pins rather than just pinning and leaving
[43] Work out my depression and don't allow it to catch me in the winter months
[44] Huge tidy of my bedroom, go for a more minimalist approach
[45] Have a full day at the cinema
[46] 10k steps daily on a regular basis
[47] Volunteer somewhere close to my heart
[48] Once moved out rescue a cat / dog
[49] Solve a strangers problem, pay it forward etc.
[50] Swim in an infinity pool
[51] Win 'something' at work
[52] Cook / Bake one new thing every week
[53] Get a caricature made of me
[54] Try a new to me food every 2 weeks
[55] Spend Christmas / New Year in another country
[56] Go speed dating
[57] Tell someone I love them and truly mean it
[58] Make my new home 'smart'
[59] Own an American fridge / freezer
[60] Pay off my car finance
[61] Make a new friend
[62] Get hair highlights
[63] Host a dinner party
[64] Learn to ride a bike
[65] Start budgeting properly
[66] Do something special for everyone in my family
[67] Collaborate with a brand I love on my blog
[68] Earn enough blog income on a monthly basis to cover bills
[69] Order from every takeaway that delivers to me on just eat
[70] Go to 10 concerts / shows
[71] Go dog sledding
[72] Write for a magazine
[73] Hold a guinness world record
[74] Get a manicure and pedicure
[75] Own a huge bath
[76] Complete my Harry Potter Jigsaw
[77] Weekend away with Sarah
[78] Plan a school reunion 
[79] Have a Harry Potter marathon
[80] Have a proper address / birthday book
[81] Clear the cupboard in my room
[82] Hold a car boot sale / visit one
[83] Visit a psychic or have my tarot cards read
[84] Buy everything I want from any website
[85] Do a food challenge
[86] Be a bridesmaid
[87] Get married
[88] Have a baby
[89] Watch a sunrise with someone special
[90] Attend a Euro's or World Cup Game
[91] Go on a murder mystery weekend
[92] Have a nice garden
[93] Learn how to braid and style my hair
[94] Have a walk in closet
[95] Spend a night in a tree house
[96] Go to an airport and get on the next flight
[97] Be vocal about mental health 
[98] Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh
[99] 10k monthly pageviews on a regular basis
[100] Get professional business cards for my blog
[101] Make a new list!

Phew! That was extensive, as you can see this list is very varied from huge dreams such as buying my own home to lots of littler things such as holding a car boot. I can't wait to get started

What would be on your list?
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Monday, 26 February 2018

How to make your hair healthy

Now I'm not one for beauty, I'm terrible at applying make up and my skincare routine is basically non existent. But one thing I do actually put effort into is my hair! I have super thick curly hair which I straighten on a regular basis, because of this I have to make sure I keep my hair as healthy as possible. With a huge rise of hair transplants such as the FUE hair transplant at the Harley Street Hair Clinic* it's clear that hair confidence is a big thing, so here is my routine for protecting my hair and keeping it healthy and me smiling

Healthy Hair Tips

Cleaning

I don't wash my hair every day, with how thick it is it actually makes it much worse, I wash it twice a week, sometimes 3 times if I have a particular event. I try and stick to the same shampoo and conditioner targeted to either coloured hair (I dye my roots every 2 months) or frizz specific shampoo. My current choices are both from the frizz ease range 

Caring

In addition to my usual cleaning routine I also make specific hair masks or use a really rich deep conditioner like Aussie 3 minute miracle every 2 weeks. If I'm having a specific problem I often search pinterest for a lovely natural homemade hairmask - a particular favourite is yoghurt, egg and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Left on for an hour then washed off it leaves my hair particularly silky and remarkably frizz free so definitely give it a go if that's your hair problem

Style

As I mentioned before I have super curly hair (like utter frizz bomb) and I'm not a lover of my natural locks so I have to straighten it often. Where possible I let my hair dry naturally to reduce the heat strain. I make sure I coat my hair with a good heat protection spray like the Garnier Ultimate Blends before straightening it, I also use a Toni & Guy finishing spray to smooth flyaways and complete my styling

So there we have it, my very simple haircare routine and the products I'm using to keep my hair thick and healthy

What products do you recommend?


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Sunday, 25 February 2018

6 Things Every Blogger NEEDS to know about taxes

So you've been blogging a while, or maybe you're a new blogger on the scene? Eventually your thoughts will turn to monetising your blog. This could be through sponsored posts, affiliate links, selling items etc. - sound like you? Then you NEED to read these tips before you start to make sure you're all set on the tax front before you start earning

6 things every blogger needs to know about taxes

1) Register as self employed

Well this should be blatantly obvious right? But first thing you need to do is register as self-employed you'll get your own unique tax reference (UTR) through the post and then you're pretty much good to go. If you do have any questions before you register then definitely ring the self-assessment helpline* - they're super helpful and helped me figure out how it would affect my tax and NI in my full time job 

2) Keep accurate records

This is absolutely crucial to make it as simple as possible, as soon as you register as self employed you need to start tracking all your incomings and outgoings (these can be expensed). You could hire an accountant to help with this or make your own version on excel - I have a blogger taxes spreadsheet from Kona Seven who I highly recommend

3) Learn about expenses - what you can and can't expense

Blogging obviously incurs some expenses so it's important to keep a track of anything that's associated with your blog for example: blog theme, tool subscriptions (Tailwind, buffer, Hootsuite etc.), Paypal fees and a proportion of your electricty etc. However other things can't be such as client entertaining, items you'll use again such as clothes etc.  

4) Monetize your blog 

Now you have a handle on expenses it's time to kick ass and make lots of money! There are so many ways to monetize your blog so get out there and explore - my favourite ways are through sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and google adsense. But the possibilities are endless, You can make products, sell them, run courses let your imagination run wild

5) Organise your emails!

Once you've started monetizing it's crucial just like keeping accurate records that you have a good organisation system in place, this can save you a whole heap of time at assessment time. It mean's you'll have all your invoices, receipts and blog discussions saved by month making it easier to decipher and find things if needed 

6) Always pay attention

Taxes change a lot, allowances and what can be expensed etc. so keep up to date with current affairs and chat to other people in the blogging / self employed community you're all in the same boat so don't be scared to have a chat about taxes, they don't have to be confusing

What self employed tax questions do you have?
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Monday, 12 February 2018

Top 5 - Food Inspired Wishlist

Ahhh food. The true love of my life, it never lets you down! One thing I do love is the rise of 'food related items' because if you're not eating and trying to lose weight (*sigh* worst resolution ever) then I should be able to show my love for it elsewhere right?

Here's a little wishlist of my top 5 food inspired items I need right now:

5 food inspired items on a wishlist


What food inspired items do you love?
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Saturday, 13 January 2018

COMPETITION: Win £30 Amazon Voucher

I'm almost two weeks in to my blog relaunch and I'm absolutely loving it - I'm thoroughly enjoying connecting with all my readers again so I've decided to run you guys a little competition



  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends: 21/01/2017 at midnight

Good Luck!
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Friday, 12 January 2018

11 FREE stock photo sites

If you're a blogger then you know how tricky it is to take the perfect picture, or maybe you really don't have the time so you search high and low for the best stock photos.

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It's super important you only use photos that are royalty free or you can end up in hot water and end up in court over using someone elses picture - fear not, I've made a list of my favourite stock photo sites jam packed with free high quality images



Where do you get your stock photos?
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

5 top tips for getting organised

January 2018! New year, new month - and it actually started on a Monday which is perfect for everyone who 'starts on Monday' like me. I made 10 new years resolutions this year, one of which I thought I'd tackle today is getting my physical environment in order

Christmas has been and gone, and with it I've got lots of glorious new things that need a place to live in my room. I desperately need to get rid of a lot of stuff and stop hoarding too, so here are my 5 top tips if like me you need to start your spring clean very early

Top tips for getting organised


Inventory Everything
I don't know if it's just me, but whenever I decide to have a clear out I find things that I completely forgot I had! Fix this by using an inventory app on your phone like Sortly. As you're tidying your room take a picture, log where it is and you'll never forget again - this really helps me when I need to pack to stay anywhere I know what toiletries I've already got, I can easily pair outfit pictures together and know exactly where I've stored everything

Sell Sell Sell
One mans trash is another man's treasure! While you're decluttering make sure everything that can be sold is moved on to earn you a little bit of cash. There are ton's of places you can list items from Facebook's Marketplace to  Ebay, Gumtree to Music Magpie. List items and reward yourself for taking some organisational control

Konmari
Konmari is a tidying method that is the baby of Marie Kondo. It's a book full of tips for organising your life, but most importantly helping you reassess what's important. If you're a hoarder like me this is definitely worth a read! It made me have a proper think about things I've been keeping, whether they spark joy and whether they bring happiness

Pomodoro Time Blocking
Do you put things off? Do you have an ever growing list of things you'll get around to? A messy cupboard you'll tidy eventually... Today is eventually no more excuses! As humans we try and do everything at once, multi-tasking is a skill we pride ourselves on when really we need to be more focused. The Pomodoro technique gives you 25 minutes to complete a task, dedicate you full focus and attention on one thing and get it completed

Daily Upkeep
You're at the end, your home resembles that of an absolute neat freak and you've worked incredibly hard organising everything but this is not the end! Daily upkeep is required so you never end of drowning in mess again, simple things like putting your shoes away when you come home, making sure items are put back where they belong and constantly keeping on top of the serenity you now have in your home

How do you stay organised?


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Monday, 8 January 2018

Top 5 - Bubble Bath Wishlist

Apparently today is official bubble bath day?
I do not need to be told twice to go and take a long bubble filled soak and lose myself in relaxation, so I decided to put together a little wishlist of things to make your bubble bath extra special!

5 Bubble Bath items


What are you using for your bubble bath today?
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Saturday, 6 January 2018

7 Tips to get started Comping

Hey did you know that in the UK there are thousands of competitions posted EVERY SINGLE DAY that have amazing prizes that anyone can enter and win? This isn't a scam I promise it's a legitimate hobby and a very rewarding one. I've been a 'comper' (comper = person who enters competitions as a hobby) for roughly 8 years on and off. Prizes I've won enter the thousands with the highlight being an all inclusive holiday to Turkey

 

So I love this hobby, and I'm always asked how do you do it? Oh you're so lucky etc etc. so I've decided to help you lovely lot actually get started in the crazy world that is comping 

1) Set up a new email address
With entering competitions comes spam, lots of it. Tons of newsletters and emails so it's super important you set up a brand new email address for comping, I suggest something that doesn't indicate it's a comping email so mine is simply first name, surname and a few numbers.

2) Set up email filters
Once your new email is set up make sure you create a new email folder called WEM (winning emails) go into the settings of your email account and create filters for certain keywords such as winner/congratulations/won etc. this should catch any winning emails you may receive and mean you can just skim the rest of the emails

3) Autofill tools
This saves absolutely mountains of time! Most browsers have an autofill function, but I wholeheartedly recommend Roboform - download it and give the free trial a go but it's excellent for autofilling information and also saving logins for the tons of websites you'll need to register on

4) Plan your strategy
There are many many different competition sites such as MSE, Prizefinder, Loquax, Competition Database etc. have a mooch around them all find which one suits you best and stick to it for a little while. There are 3 main ways of comping. Entering by post date (as competitions are posted entering straight away), entering by end date (entering all the competitions that end on that particular day) or entering by prize (searching for particular prizes and entering all those competitions) personally I've always comped by end date but have a play around and see what suits you

5) Look local
This is the best way to find really low entry competitions. Look on local facebook, twitter and instagram pages for restaurants and entertainment companies in your area. I'm Sheffield based so I normally search twitter for Sheffield and win and look through the list. They're normally lower entry and leads to lovely nights out

6) Keep your eyes out
There are literally competitions everywhere! When you're doing your normal weekly shop have a look for competitions on packaging - these are purchase required but if you're buying them anyway you may as well be entering! Usually much lower entry too

7) Stay Positive!
Most people try out comping as a hobby and give up really quickly because they're not seeing immediate results. This isn't a get rich quick scheme, you need to enjoy the full process and understand you won't win everything. Stay positive, keep on comping and you're bound to see results


Are you a comper?
Are you thinking of giving it a go?

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Blogger Bullshit

So after a little break away from the blogging world I'm back and with a vengeance determined to stick to it and really make a go of it... however since returning and having a look in the blogosphere and on social media I really REALLY need to say something

Stop with the bullshit.

Palm tree image That's bullshit text


Seriously guys... In the past few weeks I've seen so much fakery it's horrendous, the sponsored and review posts stick out like a bear with a sore arse because you're being just so damn irritatingly happy during your exaggerations which may as well just read 'please Mr PR work with me again'

Example:
Oh my god this is the best product in the whole entire world, it was made by blind Belgian nuns who lost their sight to make it so fantastic. I'd give the blood of my first born to get more of this product I can't believe such magical mystery exists I must be in heaven -  Product review of toothpaste.
(If you got the blind belgian nun reference we should be F.R.I.E.N.D.S)

What happened to integrity and honest reviewing? What happened to the old British way of being mildly enthusiastic rather than gushing about every tiny little thing when really the product is good and quite handy. Did you all get a new thesaurus for Christmas or did I not get the 'shit rainbows' memo?

And while I'm ranting here's another one. I saw a lovely twitter conversation about blogger voice (no names mentioned because well I'm not a snake)

'Find your voice'
'Be yourself'

But for goodness sake make sure your grammar and spelling are absolutely sparkling because there's a whole army of pristine bloggers ready to jump on your misplaced apostrophe 

How can we be ourselves and find our voice if we're all forcing the Queens English, I understand not all our readers are from the British Isles, but what makes us unique is our accents and personalities. Stop trying to be the Queen, stop perfecting your every word and write for the love of writing. I haven't stopped since I starting typing this post, and I'll be damned if I'm going through it with a fine tooth comb after either.

I write as I speak and I hope my readers get my broad Yorkshire tones as they read, and really get a feel for me and my personality. Don't be a robot because YOU yes YOU are amazing, don't be anyone but yourself and definitely don't let the twitter armys have you perfecting every little part of posts and removing all signs of a personality.

So... January rant over and you know what? I feel AMAZING for it

Have a rant in the comments I'll join in!

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Soap and Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask Review

My very first beauty review ooooooooo. I'm not a massive girly girl so my reviews will be more of a practical nature not gushing over pretty shiny things but as I made a new years resolution to actually use stuff before buying more (Hi my name's Alice and I'm a compulsive hoarder.) here we go with round one a very lovely Soap and Glory sheet face mask, this one is the Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask Review

Soap And Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask Pinterest Image



Soap And Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask Packaging Front and Back

The Claims

  • Get super smooth hydrated skin fast
  • Comes in two parts to fit perfectly to your face
  • Soaked with super moisturisers and delicately scented with orange
  • Your skin will plump for joy

The Verdict

First impressions were really good - the mask comes in two parts and is more gel like than standard sheet masks, does it fit perfectly to your face? Well in a way yes, I had to fiddle around a little to make it sit right but once it was on properly it didn't move. It's also really saturated with product and has a really nice floral / orange smell to it. I relaxed for 30 minutes as stated and then removed the mask and massaged the remaining product into my face.

Did it work? Actually I think it did. I have really dry skin, like sahara desert dry, but after using the mask my face felt really smooth and had a dewy look to it

Soap And Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask Before and After Selfies
Before                                                                                                   After

As you can see from the pictures my 'before' skin looks quite dull in comparison. I don't know if the plumping claims quite live up to it but then I am a chubster so I definitely don't need any more plumping (Anyone have products for anti plumping hit me up regards chubby cheeks)

Would I buy it again? Probably. It's £4 which is a little on the expensive side for a sheet mask but my skin did look and feel much smoother after application so I think maybe an occasional purchase when my skin's looking dull

Have you tried the Soap and Glory sheet masks?


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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

9 Deliciously Healthy Recipe Ideas

Hands up who made a 'healthy eating / dieting' resolution' - (my new years resolutions can be found here and yes I'm guilty of this!)
Why oh why do we do this answers on a postcode please, as if January isn't miserable enough let's all starve ourselves and be mardy aswell

But fear not! Did you know that dieting and healthy eating doesn't have to resemble rabbit food? Yep me neither but I reached out to the lovely blogging community and boy did they deliver from delicious fake-aways to indulgent brownies here's a round up of some of the best (surprisingly!) healthy recipes from the blogosphere

Healthy recipe round up

Good Food = Good Mood


Gluten free mini calzone



Pistachio Oat Bars



Homemade KFC



Nut Bliss Balls



Slimming World Nacho Feast



Hemsley & Hemsley Black Bean Brownie


Syn Free Sausage Rolls



Watermelon Pizza



Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Who knew that eating healthy could look and taste so damn delicious?
Leave me your favourite healthy recipes in the comments below
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Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 New Years Resolutions



The best time for new beginnings is now






Happy New Year!!!
It's officially 2018 so it's time to make those resolutions that will be broken before the end of the month hurrah. If you're new around here then welcome welcome, if you're not then you may have noticed that things look a little different (I got a head start on one of my resolutions). Every year at  multiple points I'm drowning in work and decide I need 'goals', I do them for about a week then completely forget - this year will be different (I know *chortle* new year new me same old bullshit)

Anyway I digress. I'm actually going to try and take things a little more seriously because as of next month I'm going to officially be in my mid-twenties (gasp.) so I guess I better start doing that adulting thing people keep talking about

2018 New Years Resolutions

So let's do this. Some of my resolutions are typically common resolution choices but there's a few more obscure one's in there too. Here are the new years resolutions I'm going to attempt not to break this year

365 New Days - 365 New Chances
I once read a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Alrod where he explains all about a concept called the level 10 success, he picks ten areas of life and grades them. The art of compartmentalising you life into 10 areas aids reflection and goal setting. Some of the areas weren't relevant to me so I changed them up a little and have my own little version of a level 10 life, my resolutions will be based around these key areas to try and improve my current satisfaction level

#1 Personal Development - Pass my driving test
Doh! This goal seems to continually be moved into the next year haha, so much so that I had to re-do my theory in December as it had run out, but I'm definitely on the right track and ready to pass now so have everything crossed for me

#2 Finances - Buy a car
Hopefully passing my test will happen really soon, I'm practising and fingers crossed before my birthday I may have passed (let's not bank on it haha) but of course I'll need a car so my main goal this year finance wise is to be in a position to buy a car! Or at least have a large enough deposit to be able to get a really good finance deal

#3 Family & Friends - Make friends and influence people

I'm rubbish at making friends, I'm rubbish at socialising and social anxiety is fun - not.
I really need to start taking action with this one so I'm making a goal of having at least one plan every week either with family or friends, getting my ass out there and living life instead of sitting worrying about living life. It may not be easy but I'll try my very best

#4  Career - Promotion!

I changed my career path drastically around 2 years ago, I chose a path completely unrelated to my degree and now find myself in recruitment which coincidentally I love! Anyway digression (I'm good at that have you noticed?) I've been in my current role around 1yr and a half, and I'm keen to take the next step up to Senior Resourcer hopefully in the first part of this year! 

#5 Fun - Oh Sheffield...

I'm a complete and utter home bird, and yet my wonderful city has so many hidden charms and places I haven't explored yet. I'm going to team this one with quite a few other goals (relationship, family & friends, health and fitness) and get out there and explore my world. Visiting somewhere new at least once a week

#6 Relationship - Take things slowly
My relationship history has a very chequered past. I settled down far too young, we grew apart and then I seemed to fall into things with people who really weren't right for me. I'm determined not to do that this time. There is a special someone in my life, he knows he's special and 4 months in I'm happy - I just need to carry on being patient and letting things happen naturally and enjoying whatever life throws at me. Funny goal right? But this is one I'm not entirely in control of so I have to just roll with it

#7 Competitions - Recapture my love

I used to adore comping! And did it religiously, because of that I won some absolutely wonderful prizes too, from all inclusive holidays to cameras to money - it's a really rewarding hobby that I let fall by the wayside when I got too busy at work. I'm determined this year to find a happy balance between work / life  / comping and blogging (I think I'll need more than luck on this one)

#8 Health and Fitness - Lose Weight

Yes, the age old resolution that everyone always makes for a new year. I've really slacked on this one, my last doctors visit was pretty embarrassing being told my BMI but I vowed then that I'd kick this in full gear in January. I'm incredibly determined this time around, I've got my fitbit all raring to go. I'm making my lunches instead of buying them. I'm aiming to lose around 2 stone this year so let's see how that goes!

#9 Blogging - Do it!

Quite a simple goal really! I completely stopped blogging for a while and fell out of love with it, but I've spent the last few months really getting to grips with it because I've missed it. I'm starting the year with a brand new design, lots of blogging tools to make it more sustainable around a full time job. I'm aiming to blog at least 3 times a week

#10 Physical Environment

Tidy up. Haha a little basic for a year long goal right? But for real. My bedroom is becoming an absolute dumping ground, I have so much stuff that needs selling, chucking and general downsizing. I want to get to a point where everything in my room is what I'd take with me when I've got enough money to move out so I need to up my happy space goals and make my environment one that inspires me and makes me smile


So there we have it - My level 10 life inspired new years resolutions. I'm trying to assess every area of my life and match up what I want the most this year - let's see how long I can stick to these goals, after quite a happy and successful 2017 I'm determined that 2018 follows in the same vain

What are your new years resolutions?
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