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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Out of all the shops in the city where I live, Typo offers the best range of stationery and homeware. Most of their items reflect me and my personality perfectly. I'm obsessed with their stuff! Since I'm on the lookout for new photo props, I thought I'd share what's on my Wishlist at the moment. I hope you enjoy reading this post!

1. 2018 Clipboard Calendar: NZD 19.99 || GBP 10.55
This would make a really cute prop for a start-of-month/end-of-month post. I like that it can be used repeatedly throughout the year. I also like the watercolour design on the clipboard and think it really suits the aesthetic of my blog. 

2. Mini Marquee Letters (10cm): NZD 14.99 || GBP 7.91
This rose gold 'A' would be the perfect addition to any blog photo set up. It's super trendy, cool and stylish. I could even get a couple to spell out a word or the initials of my name. 

3. Anytime Mug: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
This holographic mug has quite a subtle design which is great for any side/corner prop. Mugs are fairly versatile props and can work with a variety of blog post topics. 

4. Confetti: NZD 11.99 || GBP 6.33
Confetti is a popular blog prop which I'm really keen to try out. I absolutely love rose gold things so this confetti will work really nicely with the blog props I already use/have. 

5. Manilla Folders (5pk): NZD 8.99 || GBP 4.74
Manilla folders are my all-time favourite background props. They serve the same purpose as patterned paper but are more practical and functional. The designs on these ones are super modern and chic.  

6. Shaped Candle: NZD 10.00 || GBP 5.28
This unicorn candle is absolutely adorable! It's such a cute design and your eyes are instantly drawn to it's glittery horn. This prop is simple but does the job well. 

7. Clam Light: NZD 29.99 || GBP 15.83
This clam light is so fun and creative. It would make a really good prop for a beach/summer themed post. The sphere can be removed so the shell can be used on its on. I think the shell is a really gorgeous colour and shape. 

8. Novelty Pen: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
Pens are quite a reoccurring prop on my blog so I couldn't not include this feather pen on my Wishlist. I really like the look of this pen. 

9. A5 Campus Notebook (240 pages): NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
I love the colours and patterns on this notebook. The paint stroke effect is really cool and fits with my blog theme/design. It would make a really good central prop to capture your attention. 

10. A5 Mini Light Box: NZD 39.99 || GBP 21.11
Light boxes are great because you're in control of what sentence or phrase you have on display. This light box glows blue and has a pale blue border and backing. I think it would really work with the colour scheme of my photos.

Thanks for reading! What would you buy out of this list?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

In this quiz, we're focusing on seasons! If all goes well your answer should match up to your favourite time of year but I can't guarantee this will work for everyone. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal whether you're autumn, summer, winter or spring in terms of personality and lifestyle. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong! 

1. If I could control one of the four elements, it would be...
A) Fire 
B) Water
C) Wind
D) Earth

2. When I wake up in the morning, I like to...
A) Open the curtains to let in the sunlight. 
B) Snuggle back under the covers and rest my eyes a little longer.
C) Go to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea. 
D) Jump out of bed and get straight into the day. 

3. When it comes to baking, I know how to make the best...
A) Banana muffin.
B) Ginger slice. 
C) Chocolate chip cookie.
D) Carrot cake.

4. My favourite type of flower are...
A) Marigolds.
B) Snowdrops.
C) Daisies.  
D) Daffodils.

5. I can't help but smile at the sound of...
A) Waves lapping the shore.
B) Rain pattering on my window at night.
C) Leaves crunching under my shoes. 
D) Birds chirping in the early morning.

6. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be...
A) Sydney, Australia!
B) Moscow, Russia!
C) Los Angeles, USA!
D) Tokyo, Japan!

7. I really like the girl's name...
A) Cora.
B) Elsa. 
C) Hazel.
D) Daisy.

8. When I was younger, I used to...
A) Collect seashells at the beach.
B) Jump in rain puddles.
C) Try catch falling leaves.
D) Make daisy chains at the park. 

9. If I could have any mystical creature as a pet, it would be a...
A) Dragon.
B) Baby yeti.
C) Phoenix.
D) Unicorn.

10. The next time I'm out, I think I'll treat myself to a...
A) A new pair of sunglasses.
B) A wooly rug for my room.
C) A cinnamon scented candle.
D) A cup of strawberry frozen yogurt. 

You are.......

(Mostly A's)
Long days outside, picnics by the beach, bike rides with family and pool days with friends. You're a summer kind of person and your adventurous, carefree nature reflects these warm holiday months perfectly. 

(Mostly B's) 
Lazing by the fire, drinking homemade hot cocoa and watching your favourite festive film on the TV. You're a winter kind of person and when the weather's cool you like nothing more than spending cosy nights in.

(Mostly C's)
Going for hikes, collecting armfuls of leaves, kite flying and finding pumpkin recipes online. You're an autumn kind of person and because of your love for Fall traditions, know all the best ways to get the most out of this time of year.

(Mostly D's)
Cleaning out the house, planting in the garden and admiring all the pretty nature. You're a spring kind of person and if anyone knows how to appreciate and share the beauty of this season with others, it's you! 

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

When it comes to study and revision, everybody has a learning method that works best for them. I'm a visual learner which means I find it easiest to process things through charts and diagrams however you may prefer learning through listening or reading. Even though we all absorb information differently, there are still certain study habits that will benefit everyone no matter what their learning style is. My end of year exams are coming up so I know that compiling this list of tips and tricks will be a good way for me to mentally prepare myself for the upcoming months. If you know you'll be undergoing a test anytime soon, hopefully you'll be able to take something useful away from this post!

Start With The Tricky Stuff
Always study the harder content first. This should get top priority over the things you find least challenging. Make sure you've wrapped your head around the trickier stuff before reviewing the easier topics. Most of the time, the more complicated it is, the more points it offers so even if you aren't perfect at the basics, you'll still have a very good chance at achieving a high grade. 

Try a Practice Test
Find a past paper or test and try to complete it under exam conditions. To make it as official as possible, set yourself the same amount of time you'll have for the actual thing and make sure all devices are turned off or switched to silent. Aim to have just your test paper and stationery in front of you. After all, this is all you'll have on the day. Once you've completed your practice test, you should have a better idea of the exam format and how you're going to manage your time when it comes to the real thing. 

Keep Your Notes Tidy
Make sure you have notes that are both legible and easy to follow. There's no point in having a book of class notes if you can't read a single word of it. If you're really struggling to make sense of what you've written, ask to borrow a friend's book and review the content by writing all the information out again. After you've finished, you'll have both tidier notes and a better understanding of the things you re-wrote.  

Teach Others
When you explain something to a fellow classmate, not only are you helping a person in need but you're also strengthening your understanding of the information being taught. Sharing your knowledge and strategies is a great way to see how well you get the content. By teaching someone, you're testing your ability to process information. If you can teach it effectively, then you can execute it with ease however if you struggle to phrase your ideas then you may not have a complete grasp of the concept just yet. 

Communicate With Your Teachers
If you're ever unsure about anything exam-related, talk to you teachers. They know the content and test material better than anyone. They'll also be able to point you in the right direction in terms of what to study and how to best prepare for the questions. Your teachers are there to help you so so don't be afraid to contact them if you're feeling a bit stuck. 

Thanks for reading! What's the best piece of study advice you've ever been given? Let me know down below!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

December is just around the corner which can only mean one thing. Christmas will soon be upon us! As much as I look forward to this festive occasion, there's no denying how busy it can get. Leaving things to the last minute can make those days leading up to the 25th an absolute nightmare. I love Christmas shopping but consider it the most stressful part of the holiday season. Not only are the crowds and queues tricky to handle sometimes, but you're never guaranteed to find the item you're looking for straight away. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and constant travelling from store to store. This is where online shop comes in. With their wide range of festive gifts, you'll find all you could possibly want at the click of a button AND from the comfort of your own home. In today's post, I'll be showing you my favourite items from their site. Whether you're looking for him or her, this gift guide will hopefully inspire you to get giving this Christmas time.

Gifts For Her

Homeware Gift
Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug: NZD 52.70 || GBP 28.30

Tech Gift
Bedside Smartphone Vase: NZD 44.40 || GBP 23.83

Foodie Gift
Row Boat Serving Bowl with Wood Serving Utensils: NZD 90.20 || GBP 48.41

Craft/Stationery Gift
Sewing Station: NZD 80.50 || GBP 43.20

Accessories Gift
Pedestal Jewelry Holder: NZD 66.60 || GBP 35.75

Fashion Gift
Literary Scarfs: NZD 66.60 || GBP 35.75
Note: This scarf is made up of a selection of passages from famous novel, Alice in Wonderland. You can choose from other classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.

To find more gift ideas for her, be sure to look at this page here.

Gifts For Him

Homeware Gift
Around the World Alarm Clock: NZD 50.00 || GBP 26.81

Tech Gift
Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock: NZD 94.40 || GBP 50.65

Foodie Gift
Record Bowls: NZD 34.70 || GBP 18.62

Craft/Stationery Gift
Nailed it Desk Organiser: NZD 80.50 || GBP 43.20

Accessories Gift
Eye Glasses Holder: NZD 25.00 || GBP 13.41

Fashion Gift
Men's Llama Socks: NZD 13.90 || GBP 7.45

To find more gift ideas for him, be sure to look at this page here. is, without a doubt, your one stop shop these holidays. Not only are their products incredibly creative and unique, the intentions behind this company are as pure as ever. UncommonGoods is working at making their company as sustainable as possible. They choose to print their catalogues on recycled paper and refuse to sell products containing leather, feathers or fur. UncommonGoods strongly believe in the protection of both our environment and our animals. For me, their mission is what makes their company stand out from the rest. Definitely check UncommonGoods out! It's truly amazing what they're doing!

Thanks so much for reading! What's your favourite item from this gift guide? Let me know in the comments below!

* This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. *
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today, I'm going to see if I can guess what kind of Pinterest bedroom you have. If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with pretty interiors and room decor so this post was a lot of fun to write. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal what type of bedroom you have. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong!

1. On top of my work desk, you'll find...
A) My laptop and a table clock.
B) A patterned pen pot and my favourite notebooks.
C) My current reads and lots and lots of candles.
D) A funky table lamp and several potted plants.

2. I feel most __________ when I'm in my bedroom.
A) Organised
B) Creative
C) Comfy
D) Optimistic

3. Whenever someone sees my room they always compliment on how...
A) Neat and tidy everything is.
B) Well decorated it is.
C) Relaxed they feel.  
D) Colourful it is. 

4. The three words that best describe the aesthetic of my room are...
A) Natural, airy and neutral.
B) Sweet, stylish and light.
C) Modern, quiet and moody. 
D) Fun, cool and loud. 

5. Whenever I'm in a homeware store, I go straight to the...
A) Lighting section. 
B) Wall art. 
C) Pillows and blankets.
D) Artificial plants. 

6. My favourite combination is...
A) Marble and metal. 
B) Copper and pink.
C) Gold and navy.
D) Yellow and wood. 

7. The best thing about my bedroom is...
A) The huge windows that look out onto the back garden.
B) The adorable, fluffy rug I have on my floor. 
C) The bed of course!
D) The crazy wallpaper I have up. 

8. I think every bedroom should have...
A) Good natural lighting. 
B) A colour scheme. 
C) A comfortable reading nook. 
D) Some nature and greenery. 

9. When it comes to pattern, I like...
A) Stripes.
B) Polka dots.
C) Chevron.
D) Floral.

10. I love that my bedroom...
A) Is a really open space. 
B) Reflects my personality and style.
C) Promotes sleep and comfort.
D) Is such a happy place to be in. 

You have a __________ bedroom!

(Mostly A's)
Simple and Spacious
Love the size of room and window, plants are awesome along with that killer headboard!

(Mostly B's)
Pretty and Pastel
Pastel bedroom

(Mostly C's)
Cute and Cosy
Cozy winter decorating tips. All the decor inspiration you need this season:

(Mostly D's)
Bright and Bold
mixed patterns + bright colors

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Since my school ball is less than a month away, I have decided to write a post dedicated to the occasion. There is quite a lot of thought and preparation that goes into this one night but that just adds to the fun of it all! I recently checked off the last of my to-buy list and am now looking into different hairstyles, nail designs and makeup looks. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you my top essentials for the night. Hope you enjoy!

Out of all things ball-related, the dresses excite me the most. Ball dresses have definitely been a constant topic of conversation at school lately but that doesn't bother me at all! I love hearing about other people's dresses as well as telling them about my own! My ball dress is creamy white with pearls around the neckline and pleats in the skirt. It's simple, sweet, glittery and pretty much me in a dress. I can't wait to wear it on the night!

My dress has quite a high neckline so I probably won't be wearing any necklaces for the ball. Instead, I'll compensate with hand and wrist accessories. I recently went ring shopping and came back with six rings to pick and mix with. When choosing which rings to buy, I was definitely drawn towards the more dainty and delicate of the lot. These were the ones I knew would compliment the aesthetic of my dress quite nicely. Having jewelry for the night is definitely a top essential for me as I don't think a formal look is quite complete without a bit of sparkle here and there.

I'm pretty terrible at applying makeup so to disguise my lack of ability, will be sticking to the softer colour palettes and tones. The lipstick I'll be wearing is only slightly darker than my natural lip shade, and the blush colour I have decided to use is the palest of the five shades. The school ball is the perfect opportunity to really showcase your makeup artistry but I think in my case I'll be keeping it light and subtle.

Small Purse
I'm obsessed with this floral purse I bought a little while ago. It's the perfect addition to my school ball attire. The contents of your purse are definitely worth thinking about. This would be the best place to hold any make up wipes or bobby pins in case anything needs fixing up throughout the night. Not only is this purse super cute, it's functional too. Definitely a necessity for the ball. 

They'll be heaps of chances for me to take photos so I'll definitely be having my camera close by. I'll want to be able to look back on this night in years to come so taking pictures is definitely a top priority for me. As well as during the ball, I'll be able to snap lots of photos before the ball too, when everyone is getting all dressed up and ready to go. I'm bound to make heaps of memories on the night so it's important I have my camera with me to capture these. 

Thanks so much for reading! 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Deciding to start a blog was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Since starting my own website, I've learnt so much about myself and what I'm capable of. Blogging has definitely had a positive influence on my life and I would recommend this hobby to anyone and everyone. No matter how long you maintain your blog for, whether that be a month or two years, you're guaranteed to take something really valuable away from it. Today, I'll be writing about the skills I have acquired through keeping a blog. Let me know if you're skill set is similar to mine! 

Everything to do with your blog relies on you and your commitment to the hobby. Time management is so important. Not only must you be able to set deadlines for yourself, they must be realistic enough in order for you to see them through. In terms of time pressure, there is definitely quite a bit of flexibility with blogging. When managing your own website, no one is telling you what to do or when it's due. It's all up to you. Because of my blog, I have a much stronger work ethic and a better sense of responsibility. 

Communication Skills
Your blog is a reflection of you and your personality therefore it's natural for your own personal values and beliefs to come through in your writing. Blogging is a way for me to arrange my thoughts, making it easier for me to articulate these in real life. Through creating content every week, I've been able to really refine my writing style and written ability. 

Online Confidence
Blogging has really opened my eyes to the world of coding and web design. Not only that, it has opened my eyes to the tools and platforms I had little to no association with before starting a blog; these being Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Twitter and Bloglovin'. Having a regular online presence and knowing how to promote yourself on social media not only proves helpful to blogging but to any other passion as well which is why I'm glad I've been able to really develop this skill through my blog. 

When it comes to maintaining a blog, everyone has their moments of self doubt. Blogging has definitely tested my determination and resilience but I'm thankful for this because it has helped me to grow as a person. I like to give my blog a little moment of attention each day, whether that be sharing my link on social media or planning my next post. Every little bit counts and I know that each time I tend to my blog, whether it's for 2 minutes or 2 hours, I'm putting myself one step closer to where I want to be. 

Thanks for reading! 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

I've always considered myself an introvert. It's definitely not unusual for me to feel a little out of place at big social events/gatherings. I tend to keep to myself in large groups, need to step away from the crowd from time to time and take a little while to warm up around new people. Over the past few years I've been able to come out of my shell quite a bit however I still have my introverted preferences. I definitely feel more comfortable talking one-one-one than with a group of about 5 or 6 and when having a conversation with someone I've just met, like to ask questions instead of sharing stories about myself. In today's post, I'm sharing with you 4 tips for introverts. If you find socialising a bit tricky at times, hopefully this post will be useful in some way. 

1. Fake it Til You Make it
If you find yourself in a social situation where you don't know anyone, try not to let your discomfort show. If you're not quite ready to approach someone, make yourself look as friendly as possible. People are more likely to come up to someone who is smiling and looking around rather than someone who is frowning and staring at their feet. Stand tall and proud even if you're shaking inside. You'll have company in no time. 

2. Seek Advice
It's okay to ask for help from family and friends. If you struggle in certain social situations, don't be afraid to ask those who are more comfortable talkers/socialisers for advice. You don't have to change your personality completely, but if you're wanting to build on your social skills, it may help to get some tips and strategies from a person who is of the extroverted type. Talk to those who encourage you to meet new people and open yourself up to others but don't let them turn you into someone you're not. Introverts and extroverts are two different personality types and there is nothing is wrong with either of them so don't feel bad if you can't keep up with what they're telling you to do. 

3. Practice Makes Perfect
For quite some time, I really struggled with small talk and making conversation. Every time I went to speak with someone, I almost rehearsed the conversation in my mind, making sure I was completely prepared to say what I wanted to say. This was the only way I felt safe starting a conversation with someone and even though this probably wasn't best way to interact with people, it definitely helped me to develop this skill. Nowadays, I'm able to make small talk more naturally and I feel like I definitely have the practice I put into this skill to thank for that. Just put yourself out there. Even if you don't start off doing it in the right way, don't worry because you'll get there in the end. 

4. Start By Talking About Them 
My favourite way to start a conversation is with a compliment. If you like their jacket or their shoes or their earrings, tell them! This is a great conversation starter in terms of leading on to questions and personal stories. If you ask them where they got something from, it's highly likely you'll be able to continue the conversation from their response. If you're not very good at talking about yourself, make the conversation about them. Listen and ask questions. They're bound to appreciate your strong engagement and focus. 

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Whenever I find myself in a shopping mall, I always gravitate towards the stationery shops. I can't help it! I love stationery too much! I've been obsessed with bullet journalling lately so I thought I could use my newfound hobby as an excuse to buy more stationery. I hope you enjoy this mini haul. Let me know if you'd like to see more bullet journalling posts in the future!

The first thing I bought was this pack of washi tape. The tropical, island theme was prominent throughout. I love the range of widths and the vibrant designs. There was also gold foiling on several of the tapes making them even more appealing to me. I couldn't resist buying these!

The next thing I picked up were these stickers. I love the pastel colours in the first pack. Not only are the graphics really cute, but the little quotes and phrases are really sweet also. I really like the holographic letters from the second pack and will probably use these to decorate the front of my journal.

The last thing I got were these pens. I did my research on the best writing tools for bullet journalling and selected the ones I believed would work best for me. I got a pack of Crayola super tips, a Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip, a Muji black pen (0.38 tip) and a Uni Pin Fine Line black pen (0.3). I've been really interested in calligraphy and hand lettering lately and know that I definitely make good use out of these pens.

What did you think of this haul? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

In today's post, I'm going to see if I can guess what kind of friend you are. All you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal what type of friend you are. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong!

1. My favourite emoji is...
A: ❤️
B: ✨
C: 💪
D: 😂

2. When I get control of the remote, I like to watch _______ on TV.
A: Reality shows
B: Documentaries
C: The news channel
D: Comedy films

3. My spirit animal is a...
A: Bear.
B: Dolphin.
C: Lion.
D: Monkey.

4. If I were a piece of clothing, I'd be...
A: A wooly scarf because they're soft and fluffy and can always be counted on to keep you warm. 
B: A stripy blouse because they're cute and classy and show people that you mean business. 
C: A leather jacket because they're cool and tough and work well with every outfit. 
D: Yellow gumboots because they're fun and quirky and good for rainy days. 

5. The proverb that I'm most likely to quote is...
A: You reap what you sow.
B: Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. 
C: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. 
D: Laughter is the best medicine.

6. One of my strengths is...
A: Empathising with people.
B: Picking up new skills.
C: Motivational speaking. 
D: Making people laugh. 

7. When I was younger, I wanted to be _________ when I was older.
A: A secret agent
B: An inventor
C: Prime Minister
D: An astronaut

8. I get really upset when someone...
A: Breaks a promise they made.
B: Imitates my work without my consent. 
C: Argues that my opinion is wrong.
D: Turns my joke into something it's not. 

9: In high school, I was/I am...
A: Agony Aunt for the school magazine.
B: A valued member of the the school council. 
C: In the debating team.
D: Part of the drama club.

10. If my friends were to describe me in one word, it would be...
A: Honest.
B: Intellectual.
C: Persuasive.
D: Funny.

You are.......

(Mostly A's)
The Secret Keeper
Your friends feel like they can share anything with you and you honour their trust by keeping things confidential. You're someone your friends can depend on in times on need. You thrive in one-on-one conversations and your advice is greatly appreciated among those you speak to. You're reliable, compassionate and the truest friend a person could ever wish for. 

(Mostly B's)
The Smart Cookie
You're very clever and have the most amazing memory when it comes to facts and information. Your friends consider you wise beyond your years and know to come to you when unsure about anything from the definition of a word to the capital of a country. You're sharp, articulate and always willing to share your knowledge with those around you. 

(Mostly C's)
The Leader
You're the glue that keeps the group together. You're the one solving friendship dramas and organising group hang outs. You're confident, loud and always willing to take a stand for what you believe in. Your friends really admire you for your dedication to the group and your ability to make each and every member feel like they truly belong. 

(Mostly D's)
The Comedian
Your friends absolutely love your sense of humour and you know just what to say to cheer them up when they're feeling blue. People really enjoy your company. You're fun and entertaining and your clever puns and contagious laugh make you someone everyone feels comfortable being around. 

Thanks for doing the quiz! 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

If you were to ask me what I saw myself doing this time next year, I wouldn't have a clue. I'm leaving high school in a few months time and instead of having a better sense of where I want to go, I feel as lost as ever. My initial plan was to take 12 months off and allow myself time away from the classroom but upon further reflection I realised just how hard it'd probably be for me to return to school after a break that long. When I wrote my post explaining why I was so keen on taking a gap year, I wasn't really thinking ahead. I thought a lot about the break itself without really considering where I would go once the year was over. I'm scared that after I finish my gap year, I won't have the motivation/drive to get back into studying. And since I know I want to go to Uni and experience the student life there, I don't know if it's worth the delay. 

Next year feels like its approaching too fast, too soon and I don't know how I'm supposed to make all these life-changing choices in such a short space of time. It feels like so much is riding on each decision from here on out which makes everything to do with next year much more daunting. Now that I've decided I do want to go to Uni in 2018 and I have some idea of what I want to study, I have to figure out whether or not I want to stay or leave my home city. This is something that I'm constantly turning over in my mind. I love where I live yet know that I can probably afford to lose some of the reliance that I have on my parents. While studying, you're guaranteed to save quite a bit of money while staying at home. On the other hand, you're guaranteed to gain a stronger independence in a new place surrounded by new people. It's choices like these that are getting me worked up about next year and when I'm neutral about both options, I almost wish that someone would come up to me and tell me what I needed to do right then and there. 

That's definitely not the way to go though. No matter what I'm feeling now, I want it to be me who decides how next year pans out, not someone else. It is up to me what happens next, and as scary as that sounds, I know that I'll make it work one way or another. 

How did you/do you feel about leaving high school? Let me know down below!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Having a good night's rest is so important and puts you in the best possible position for the next day. Lately, my sleeping schedule has been a bit off and I feel like I haven't had a decent night's sleep in ages. I'm either taking forever to drift off or am waking up abnormally early. Either way, I'm getting very little sleep. If you can relate and feel unsatisfied with the amount of hours you've been sleeping recently, hopefully these tips will be useful in some way.

Stretch Before Bed
Try fitting some gentle stretching into your night time routine. This will hopefully loosen any tenseness in the body and help you get into a relaxed state of mind. Avoid vigorous exercise as this tends to boost your energy levels, making it harder for you to fall asleep. Light exercise is better in terms of preparing your mind and body for bed and will definitely help to relieve some of that daytime stress for a restful sleep.

Listen To Music
Plugging in your earphones and listening to some relaxing music is a really good way to make yourself feel more sleepy. You could either use it to wind down before bed or have it as background noise while you fall asleep. If you're someone who tends to overthink at night, the music may be a nice way to distract yourself from your thoughts. 

Minimise Light
Rather than turning on the main light in your bedroom, use a bedside lamp or other smaller light source instead. If it provides a softer glow, it will be less likely to trick your mind into thinking it's daytime. For example, if you like to read before bed, use a book light instead of the ceiling light. Reading before bed is a really good habit to get in to however using the main light tends to make this calming activity a lot less effective. By limiting your exposure to light, you're sure to fall asleep a lot quicker/easier.

Switch Off Electronics
Disconnect from your devices at least an hour before you go to bed. If you know you'll be tempted by the notification bells and social media alerts, try switching your phone to silent mode or turning it off completely. As I mentioned before, you want to have very little contact with light as you're preparing for bed. The glow from your laptop or mobile screen is no different from any other light source in your bedroom. 

Check Quality of Mattress/Pillows
Comfortability plays a huge part in how well you sleep at night. If you find you're moving around a lot in your sleep, this may be the result of a worn mattress or unsupportive pillows. Mattresses have been said to last around 9-10 years so make sure yours hasn't exceeded this as this may be the root cause of your sleeping problem. Also, get pillows that are neither too hard nor too soft. You want your head to be propped up slightly but not an angle that strains your neck.

What's your favourite way to wind down at night?

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