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A blog?! 4 YEARS LATER

August 15th, 2015.

I opened up Blogger for the first time and began to write.

I titled my post "A blog?!" and introduced myself to the internet.

That was 4 years ago. 4 years ago I started my online journey, kicking off with this very blog, which later led to a YouTube channel, and lots of other cool things.

I can't believe it has been 4 years. I feel like in a lot of ways, I have done a full circle. In that very first post, I mentioned that my main passion was writing. I think I lost that at some points over the past couple of years, but I can confidently say that once again, writing is my main interest. It brings me so much joy and it is something that I pour everything I have into. It feels so good to be so committed to something once more.

"This blog isn't restricted to certain types of posts, I will just be typing and writing about anything that inspires me at that moment in time." Again, reading this back, it all just feels so full circle. I have gone…

A cherry pie isn't a failure just because you ate it all

Over a year ago now I wrote a blog post named "What makes a successful relationship?". I wrote it because I was curious. I wrote it in defence to an altercation I had. I wrote it because I was looking for validation.

The whole post was one big discussion about the definition of success, in relation to well, relationships. And when I say relationships, I mean all kinds, romantic and not. I spoke about how all relationships don't have to be society's definition of successful, to be successful for you. I did a lot of reading when I was writing that post, and I couldn't find a source that said what I was trying to say.

And then last month, I read a book.

It was called "When we collided".

And it said what I have been trying to say, for this past year.

"That's the thing they never tell you about love stories: just because one ends, that doesn't mean it failed. A cherry pie isn't a failure just because you ate it all. It's perfect for what …

The mess becomes a map once you know how to use it

“I’m a mess” or "it's a mess" is something I feel like I say and a lot of others say, often

We toss it around, we call ourselves disastrous and complicated. We are so quick to label situations catastrophic and tricky. 
I recently read a quote in the book “Open Road Summer” which totally has inspired this post. “The mess becomes a map once you know how to use it”. It really struck a chord with me. It was used when describing the sky, and the stars that are around our planet, however I feel like it can and does apply to our lives too. The mess that we seemingly have created in the short time we have been on this earth can guide us to make better, well informed choices in the future. 
There is a lot of talk at the moment about the butterfly effect, and how every, *seemingly small*, decision we make influences and impacts the next one. If we didn’t make bad decisions (/A MESS) we might not be where we are today and if we didn’t make good decisions we also might not be ther…

Why it’s okay to cut toxic friends out of your life

“But they’re my friend.”

“We’ve known each other for ages!”

“They’ve been there for me in the past.”

...All of these are excuses I have heard in the past, reasons as to why people feel as if they cannot cut contact with a friend who brings a shit ton of toxicity into their life.

It’s difficult. It really is. These are people we trust/ed. People we’ve built bonds with. People we thought would be in our lives for the long run. Accepting that they might be who we thought they are, or that they aren’t right for us, or that they might need to be cut off... it’s hard to deal with.

This blog post came to me today after I saw somebody in public who I used to be really, really good friends with. We no longer speak after I decided to cut her off due to several insensitive comments she made about me/a difficult situation I was in. This was someone who I had known for 6 years, someone I thought was a proper mate. She proved otherwise, and I decided that was it.

Some people might think that wa…

Making new memories at old places

Today I had a lovely day, wandering around Sheffield's Botanical Gardens with the gorgeous Shannon Alexandra. I haven't been to the gardens in what must have been over 10 years. Maybe even 12, or 13. The last time I went was with family members I no longer have contact with. I remember the day so clearly. 

It was actually a really happy day, one of few with them. It had snowed really heavily, and we were building a snowman out front and having a snowball fight. It was so quiet, we were the only ones there (or so I remember). That was so liberating to me as a small child. It felt freeing. 
Looking back to then, and considering how much has changed since, it's so weird to contemplate. I wasn't purposely avoiding the place - the memory only came back to me when I was sat staring at the lawn whilst waiting for Shannon to arrive. But it did make me think about how, in the past, I have stopped myself from going to places that I believed I would rather just, forget. 
Just ove…

So, you're going to get a tattoo? | Tattoo advice for newbies, my experiences & my latest addition

I very much wear my heart on my sleeve, but I also wear my heart on my skin too. I have tattoos, all of which hold great meaning for me, and truly represent who I am. I have 5 so far, since turning 18 a little over a year ago. Each tattoo has been a different experience, so I thought I would share those experiences, in the hope of helping anyone who is thinking about getting their first, or maybe second or third, tattoo. Tattoo experiences vary due to the artist, the placement, the size etc, so I hope there is something for everyone in this post, due to the fact I would say I have a variation of all of the above. 
I am going to split this post into 3 sections. Before getting a tattoo, the day of your tattoo, and the aftercare process. I have actually done a video about my tattoos (it was filmed before my most recent one) so if you want to watch a tattoo tour, you can do here

My first tip would 100% be to sit on a tattoo idea for a *long* while. This glorious …

What to take to university! FULL checklist

So you're heading off to university? (Or you're just reading this blog post because you're intrigued?) I have got your back. In this blog post, I am going to break down more or less everything you need to pack when you leave home, and I'll also include what was already there, waiting for me. I am at the University of Derby, I moved in September 2018 and I lived in the Uni's student halls last year, and I will be next year. If you want to watch me doing a homeware haul from last year, you can watch it here. I also did a stationery haul, which you can watch here too. Finally, if you want to watch the vlog from when I moved into Uni, you can watch it here.

Now onto the checklist!


(Already there: mop, vacuum cleaner, bins, washing up bowl, drying rack, kettle, toaster, microwave) 
I was allocated 2 cupboards (a higher and lower), 2 shelves in the fridge and a drawer in the freezer. Of course this varies uni to uni and accommodation to accommodation. 
* Plates, b…

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

We all have to move on. It's a part of life. From whatever it may be, we all have to accept the shit and just move on from it. People move on in a lot of different ways. I have come to realise that the only way I can move on, is when I have stopped being angry.

That doesn't mean that I will just stop being angry straight away. I do what one of my favourite quotes tells me to do - "feel what needs feeling". This might take days, months or even years. But I allow myself to go through those emotions, that are often associated with grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Grief doesn't just apply to bereavement. Grief can and does apply to any form of loss, which can include loosing people that are still alive. 
It is so easy to stay angry, especially when you're grieving someone that is still alive. In some cases, it's so much easier because there's a lack of guilt. You don't feel as bad for being mad at someone who is alive, where a…

My thoughts: Soap and Glory's Fab Pore range | #BabesOfGlory

*Includes gifted items

Do you remember a few years ago when I used to do a series here on my blog called "My thoughts:"? I just remembered about it as I was titling this blog post, so I thought I'd bring it back for today's write up. Recently, Soap and Glory very kindly sent me some of their Fab Pore range to try out, and without giving too much away already, I loved it, and therefore decided to tell you more.

I have been testing the 3 products out over the past few weeks, and I have to say, I wish they had been in my life, much, much sooner.

Let's start with The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser. I know people have mixed feelings about foam cleansers, but personally I really like to use them when I am in the shower. They make my skin feel super clean. This one does exactly that, it washes away any impurities and leaves my skin feeling smooth AF. A lil goes a long way, you only need a pump, or 2 if you're double cleansing, and the amount in the bottle hardly s…

Why I took a break from Social Media

I am just going to be frank here. On Monday evening, I had a breakdown.

I have been treading water for a while, and finally the wave hit. It sucked me under, to point where I was drowning, and desperately scrambling for air. I felt suffocated and like I couldn't see clearly. The water had not just gotten into my lungs, but it had gotten into my eyes too, not allowing me to see things correctly. I felt like the validation I crave off social media was morphing my view on the world, and those around me. I felt like I had to start searching for that love within me, instead of longing for it off others. I needed to take time to care for my own self, nurture my obviously fragile state of mind, and just be sure that I was in the right place, doing the right thing.

I rather dramatically deleted all the apps in my "Social" folder in my phone, as I felt like I needed thinking time. After a culmination of events in the days leading up to Monday, I just felt lost, like I had no idea…

What we did in Nottingham | Exploring a new city with National Express | #AD

This post is in paid partnership with National Express. However, all opinions are my own!
Today, my friend Tom and I ventured out to explore a new city. We decided not to stray too far away from our starting point, as we wanted to take a look at places that are somewhat local to us, in Derby. 
National Express is the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK operating high frequency services linking more than 900 destinations, meaning they were the ideal choice when looking to book a reliable and easy mode of transportation. I occasionally get trains, but they make me very anxious. A coach ride seemed perfect. Comfortable, spacious seats are the one! 
We hopped on the coach at 09:20 this morning, after being greeted by a lovely driver. I had already read all about National Express, and about how they offer a guaranteed seat on every service, plus the option to make seat reservations on selected coaches, for just £2. If you need to take luggage, you are allowed two medium s…

Being honest

It's March 12th as I am writing this, and it hasn't ever looked more wintery outside. Around this time last year, I was writing a blog post about how it was finally spring, and how I was feeling proactive and productive as the seasons had changed. The weather was still bad though - snow blizzard after snow blizzard and freezing temperatures. Today it is raining like no other, a sudden downpour as I came into University.

Today I am not feeling proactive or productive. I am feeling ill, exhausted and to be honest, just drained. You know when you feel tired, but the word tired doesn't cut it? It is something that sleep can't fix. It lingers and it seems like there is nothing I can do to feel better.

I am busy - who isn't? I am at University, studying. I work part time, and then I do all of the YouTube and blogging stuff. It's a lot, but I know it'll all be worth it in the end, so that is what I am trying to remember. I know that being at Uni and studying is go…

You go Glen CO YO! | CO YO Organic natural coconut milk review

*Includes gifted items

A few weeks back, I was very kindly sent some of the CO YO Organic natural coconut milks to review. I have been trying them out and I have to say - I am very pleasantly surprised. These milks are dairy free and Vegan, as well as being made with minimal ingredients. There is no compromise on flavour though. They are rich, creamy and brimming with the coconut taste.

I got to try out the original coconut flavour, as well as the strawberry one too. I have to say, the strawberry one knocked the original off the top spot. I am a HUGE fan of strawberry milkshake, and this cleaner, more natural alternative is definitely a winner. The thick consistency resembles a more of a yogurt texture, but I really liked that as it filled me up throughout the day. I have to say, I did really enjoy the original flavour too. They are both stars in my eyes!

If you are Vegan, dairy free, lactose free.. all of the above or none at all, I would recommend you try this. Like I said, even if …

A day I will never forget

There has been a lot of defining moments in my life. To be brutally honest, a lot of those moments I would have rather not happened. But they have played a huge part in who I am today, and I strongly believe that despite how hard they may have been, everything does happen for a reason.

I've been through some shit. 99% of that shit I do not and will not ever (well, we'll see) post online, as it is private and too difficult to share so openly. I felt like this about what I am going to talk about today for a good portion of time, only partially opening up about what happened last year, in a spontaneous instagram post that you can see here.

8 years ago on February 25th (which is today, because I have spent way too long writing this post), I was involved in a car accident that almost took my life.

I feel shaky and tingly and sad writing that.

I was 10 years old.

In a strange sort of way, I feel silly saying "I almost died". It's like when you get one mark off the top …

Pretty Little Treats

This post includes gifted products.

We could all do with a treat now and then, am I right?!

What better way to pick yourself up than with The Pretty Little Treat Company?

Based in Yorkshire (love local business!), The Pretty Little Treat Company sell handcrafted, vintage inspired bath and body products which are SLS and Parabens free. The packaging of their products are beautiful and covered with intricate details, such as bows and stunning imagery.

They very kindly sent me some of their gorgeous items to try out, including their lip balm, hand cream and a body polish which I am most excited about. I love me a good pamper, and these items definitely make for one. They smell unreal. The polish smells kinda floral and lovely, whilst the hand cream smells sweet and feels so soothing. The lip balm however. OMG. It smells exactly like palma violets, I want to actually eat it. (Which I won't, don't worry, it just smells THAT good.)

If you want to get your hands on these amazing crue…

A Vegan Valentine's | Luxury & handmade plant based chocolate

With Valentine's Day looming, what better time to treat yourself, or your partner, to some delicious chocolate? I know I wouldn't mind receiving some, and I definitely wouldn't be opposed to buying some myself...
Why don't you celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of Spain’s leading luxury chocolate brands, Cachao? The brand produces a range of handmade plant-based chocolate that’s the perfect romantic gift for those looking to impress the discerning chocoholic in their life. This organic bean-to-bar chocolate is now available in the UK in time for Valentine's Day. 

Exquisitely packaged in a gold box and tied together with a beautiful ribbon, the decadent chocolate gifts come in a variety of unique editions including Lavender & Apricot, Rosemary & Walnut and 100% Cacao,which are guaranteed to please a special someone this Valentine’s Day.

The Valentine’s Day Range

Cachao Chocolate Squares (40g): this pocket-sized box of Cachao’s signature Chocolate Squares are the…