Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up

September has been good so far - if really tiring!

Favourite part?

On the first of September, my friend Katie and I went to Bath to explore the shops and the city in general. It was a lovely day and I truly fell in love with the city. There were so many things left that I haven’t seen or visited there.

I’ve seen lots of my friends this month. Those who have gone to the same college with me I’ve either seen every day or most days and those who haven’t, admittedly I haven’t seen as much, though I have met up with one or two of them which has been lovely.

On one of those occasions, I went to see Bridget Jones’ Baby, which I loved! Definitely, rivals the original in my opinion and that’s from someone who is a massive Bridget Jones fan!

Best read?

In all honesty, I’ve not really read much this term. Well, apart from any texts to do with my A levels, which includes The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a book I haven’t really decided my opinion on yet. I started rereading The Great Gatsby as well, and I have to say that I prefer it much more than I did the first time I read it.

Favourite tunes?

As has been the same as the past few months, ABBA and Fleetwood Mac. I’ve been playing my iTunes library on shuffle while I’ve been doing work in my study periods, so I’ve been listening to a lot of the music I’ve mentioned on here before and a lot of favourites I don’t think I’ve really mentioned liked Olly Murs’ albums and Eliza Doolittle.  

What did I learn?

So much in regards to my A levels; I feel like I’ve taken so much information in, it’s ridiculous! Also, that it’s not as difficult talking to new people than I thought it would be! I should know that last one already, but I think that no matter how many times you’re in that sort of situation it’s a worry.

What’s happening next month?

Well, it’s my 17th birthday in just under 2 weeks, so hopefully that’ll be good. Halloween of course! Other than that, nothing much as I’ve just got college for most of next month.

What’s been on my mind?

College stuff mostly. What my friends in Wales have been doing (they’ve all started sixth form now).

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

I haven’t really been on the lookout for new bloggers much this month, but I’ve been loving Emma Lowther. She has a great style and I love reading her opinion posts. I’ve also been loving Hannah Witton’s new series The Hormone Diaries, in which she documents her life after coming off the contraceptive pill. It’s very interesting and has some funny and relatable moments in! 10/10 would recommend. 

Favourite post?

I think either Books I’ve Read This Summer or 4 Films Based on Jane Austen Novels as they were both really fun ones to write. Also, Why I Love About Time as it was really great telling people about my favourite film!

Biggest inspiration?

The drive that comes from not wanting to fall behind on my college work!

Any other favourites? 

I don’t know, I haven’t found any new TV shows apart from the latest series of Great British Bake Off (RIP). I’ve been wearing a pair of new black suede boots almost constantly this month that I bought just before starting college. I love them so much; they make me feel really confident and go with basically everything!

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Bloggers Recognition Award

This isn’t a normal post, but it made me really happy when I was nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Award, so thank you so much to Harriet from HarieeScribbles for nominating me! Everyone should go over to her blog, she’s lovely!

Okay, here are the rules:

1   1.     Write a post to show your award
2   2.     Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
3     3.  Give a brief story of why you started blogging
4   4.   Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
5     5.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award


I started blogging back in May 2015, in order to share my writing in a space that I had complete control over. Before I had my blog, so much of the pieces I had written were either hidden away in a folder on my computer or stuffed in the back of a cupboard in a breaking notebook I’ve probably owned for years. I had poems, short descriptive pieces and general opinions that I wanted to get out there for people to read and discuss with me. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better place to do that.

Seeing as I’ve been blogging for nearly a year and a half now, I think it’s safe to say that I’m not a newbie blogger anymore. If you want some more detailed advice on blogging from me, I actually wrote a post a few months ago where I go into more depth than I will here.

First of all, don’t stress about uploading loads. Quality doesn’t always overcome quantity in the blogosphere in terms of views, however, if you want your readers to keep coming back, quality wins every time. Don’t worry about not sticking to a schedule too tightly. If you can get the post published for then, great – if not, it’s not that big a deal. Most likely, your readers will understand that your personal life and other commitments have to be prioritised over your blog a lot of the time. It’s just how it is. Post when you want and don’t get n too much of a fuss about not uploading.

Blogger envy is also something that every blogger will experience at some point or another. My solution to it? There is none. There is always going to be someone with a better layout than you, more followers than you, seemingly better content than you and who takes better photography. That doesn’t mean, though, that your blog matters any less than theirs does. No one started out with a perfect blog, and no one ever gets a perfect blog. Just keep working at your blog and try not to think too much about others’.

Here are my nominations! I hope you check out all of theirs and love them as much as I do:

  1.  Katieswaytohappy
  2.  A Fabulous Feminist
  3.  Sara’s Chapters
  4.  Thrifty Vintage Fashion
  5.  Whitney Loren
  6.  Love, Tiffany
  7. Nerd Word Blog
  8.  The Amanda Way
  9.  Keep Calm and Start Writing
  10.  Through Our Eyes
  11.  Shy Life Living
  12.  Georgie Blue
  13. Hope Talks About Everything
  14.   Explore, Refresh
  15.  Emma Lowther

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Friday, 23 September 2016

5 Reasons to Love Reading

I love reading. I always have done - it’s been one of my favourite things to do since I can remember. So, I don’t quite understand it when people say that they don’t like reading. It completely baffles me! To answer those people, I’ve found 5 great reasons why reading is one of the best things to do!

1. Reading can help you relax and go to sleep

Lots of people use reading as a form escapism and I definitely agree that it’s a great way to turn off, chill out and forget the world. There is nothing quite like sitting back with a good book and zoning out from everything else that’s going on. Perfect. Definitely, something that helps me if I’m having trouble going to sleep as well. There's been some research on the power of reading in aiding sleep. 

2. It can improve your knowledge and vocabulary

I’ve learned so much from the books I’ve read - and it’s not all from non-fiction. My love for interesting words is harboured in my bookshelf, among the many researched words that lurk between the pages.


3. Reading makes you more empathetic

By reading other people’s stories and getting into characters’ minds, we improve our understanding of others and can relate to others we meet in real life more easily. Empathy is honestly so important and I think that any way to increase the amount of empathy in the world is one that should be used.

4. Reading broadens your imagination

I find my imagination roaming in almost every spare moment and occasion - why shouldn’t my far off thoughts be a bit wilder?


5. It’s so much fun!

Who doesn’t love a good story to get stuck into?! You can be 100% guaranteed that there’ll be a book out there that you love - there’s such a huge amount to choose from! The possibilities are truly endless as new books are being written and published every single day.

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