ELLAS UPDATES

So sorry guys, I accidentally posted this earlier when I was writing it up!!

Well you guys need a pat on the back for being the most amazing people in the world. I do not know how many times I can say how lucky I am to get to have you guys in my life brightening my day every day but one more time wouldn’t hurt eh?

Thank you so much. Honestly. I never thought this kind of thing would be possible for little old me. I am sending you all lots of love and hugs because I never feel like I deserve this group of people. I don’t know.. you’re all too lovely to me!!

If you didn’t know, I have my 1500 follower blogging giveaway up at the moment if you’re in the UK and interested in winning some goodies! I am reposting it every morning so that everyone can make sure that they see it and enter.

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As you know, my monthly goal posts have been a pillar of my blog since I started. For some reason, I just really didn’t feel like doing it in the same format so I hope you don’t mind the little switch up!

August was a pretty jampacked and exciting month for me.

  • I went to Centerparcs and had the best day feeding the animals they had there. This was actually something I have wanted to do for ages and became a bucket list check off for me.

  • I went to Prague literally two days later and managed to fall in love with another city! The architecture and food was just to die for and I would love to be back there right now, exploring all the little streets.

  • The old next store where I worked closed down and we had a manic week preparing for the new one to open. The hours were long but it was so rewarding to see our brand new shiny store after all the effort we put in.
  • Blogging wise, it was a stat crazy month for me. I have now surpassed 2000 followers which is just…wow. That’s more students than my school had which blows my mind. I recently uploaded my 1500 follower giveaway because it was about time that I gave back to you guys. It’s open for a few more days so don’t forget to check it out! Also, it was my 1 year blogging anniversary – how time flies!!

So what’s in store for September?

  • I finish work on the 10th September after realising that I needed some time to enjoy my summer and prepare to move back to York. I start university in the first week of October but I think I’ll be going up early to settle in to the new house.
  • Speaking of, I’m starting my third and final year at university and it’s somewhat terrifying and exciting at the same time. I have so many extra commitments and roles as I attempt to really cement myself in to a good employable position by March, eeek.
  • I am hopefully going to give blood before I go back to university which I’m really excited about as it is another tick off the bucket list! I know this isn’t something everyone gets excited about but I’ve wanted to do it for so long now.
  • Hopefully I’ll have some fun things planned in the final weeks of September while I enjoy my last long summer so I’ll share this with you guys as and when!

How was your August?

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BLOGIVERSARY

I can’t quite believe that I have been blogging for one whole year now – how time flies!

I feel like in 12 months I have gained so many friendships, got to speak to people from all different walks of life and really gain confidence in writing things I am interested in and passionate about.

I wanted to look back over the past year by mentioning some of my milestones and favourites that have occurred.

My favourite three posts

The first one I have to mention is the Love The Skin You’re In Tag. I really enjoyed writing this up as I felt like I got to openly admit how I feel about my appearance and be honest about the hang ups and insecurities I have. It felt quite therapeutic to divulge it all and I think it helped me a lot. I absolutely love that I have seen several people do the tag since I encouraged everyone to take part and seeing other people’s answers to personal questions is really interesting.

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Secondly, I have to mention my Bucket List. Now this wasn’t the most unique post or one that took me days to photograph but I absolutely love how it all came together. I spent quite a few days slowly adding to my list until I compiled over 100 things. Then came the editing! I decided to settle on 100 and included some things that were definitely on my bucket list but I have already ticked off. In fact, since posting I have ticked off something else which is cool! I basically loved the final outcome and how it gives me something to look back on and keep updating as time goes on.

Another post I loved was my Contraceptive Pill Experience. The only topic that is “taboo” or generates a lot of discussion that I have featured on my blog is my mental health related posts so this was quite a step out of my comfort zone. The fact that so many people used the comment section as a space to unload anxieties about their contraception, their good and bad experiences and advice was just incredible. I was totally overwhelmed by people’s stories and choice to come forward and I can only imagine how much that could just help one person who is looking for advice on contraception and turns to blogs to help them. I feel like that comment section was a perfect example of the blogging community doing its best!

My most liked post

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I recently discovered that my most liked post is my Fashion Pinterest Inspiration post that I did a little while back now. I absolutely loved putting this post together and compiling pins of all the latest trends that I am obsessed with. Everyone really seemed to enjoy this so I recently made a similar one for more transitional and Autumn/Winter trends. That post, stats wise, is currently sitting on 335 likes which is just waaa?! mindblown!

My most proud moments

I have two moments that I can narrow it down to. Seeing the final two images of my 1000 follower collages was pretty amazing as I got to put some faces to names I see often and that totally amazed me. I felt proud that I had somehow managed to get people to enjoy the crap I write about!

I also felt pretty proud after seeing the lengthy discussions and people sharing their experiences on my Contraceptive Pill Experience post. As I mentioned, this just felt like a great coming together of experiences and I was proud that I managed to get such a fantastic and overwhelming response to it.

Thank you so much for inspiring me to write and allowing this blog to reach its one year birthday. I cannot tell you guys how much I love you in just this space. I suppose this is perfect timing to announce that my giveaway will be my next post so stay tuned!

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Being the best version of yourself is something that definitely takes a lot of time and life experience but something I personally think is incredibly important to always be aiming at.

There is little joy and happiness in being a pale reflection of who you can actually be. Surely everyone wants to be successful and happy and ultimately it starts with you and the choices you make.

  • Being the best version of you is about you. There is nothing wrong with being inspired, motivated or directed to other paths by different individuals but emulating someone else will not bring you the results you’re after.
  • These things take time. There is no quick fix to being a better you who succeeds in what they put their mind to. All that matters is moving in the right direction and accepting the hurdles that go along with it.

  • Learn from your mistakes. Don’t perceive bumps in the road as the be all and end all.
  • Remaining positive is also key. As I’ve touched on a few times, success isn’t an easy path and you will often have set backs that make you question what you’re doing. If you remain positive and believe that trying mediation for the 10th time is important as the benefits are so great, then you’ve got this!
  • When it comes to being a better version of you, you need to actively aim at this end and participate in things that will help this. If you believe a better you is one who masters particular skills that you’re talented at, then sitting watching tv isn’t going to work. You need to take lessons, educate yourself and practice to improve.

Do you have any tips on becoming a better version of yourself?

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11 QUESTION

A big old thank you to the darling Natalie Vinh who was kind enough to nominate me for this tag. I haven’t found that I do tags that much anymore, similarly to Natalie, as I don’t feel like I currently have any new facts about myself to share with you guys! I did think that Natalie had some great questions, however, so I decided to definitely do this one for you all.

If you haven’t checked out Natalie’s blog before, why not?! I have linked her post here and I would totally recommend checking her out because she is just incredible at blogging and I love all her posts.

What is something that greatly influenced your life?

Probably being an only child. I feel like you have a very different upbringing when you are the only child around (I have no cousins or anything either) and it is really interesting how this changes how you interact with others and the characteristics that you have.

If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

Ooooo, this is such a good question. To be honest, I don’t regret anything massively enough in my life that I would go back in time and change so for that reason I am going to pick a smaller event, in terms of how it made me feel. I would definitely go back to my A Level results day and not look at whether I got in to university or not first. I was so mentally destroyed by that fact that I definitely wasn’t as over the moon as I should have been with my results. My Clearing Experience post kind of touches on this.

How would you define happiness?

Not wanting to change anything. I think that is total, pure bliss and contentment.

What does your blog mean to you?

It is my little home where I can be totally open and have total control of what I do. It means the world to me because I have the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life that I wouldn’t otherwise have and be surrounded by people that are honestly just so kind and positive. Reading the comments never fails to lift me up.

What is something you fear?

Generic: spiders. I can’t help it! Also, losing someone I love. I have a massive fear of encounters and conversations I have with people being the last I ever have. This is mainly why I end almost every phone call I have with someone telling them that I love them.

How do you define love?

Great segway! I think, similar to happiness. I think they come hand in hand. Just a total bliss and contentment. You love someone or something when you can’t imagine an existence without it’s presence.

If you had one wish, what would you use it on?

World peace. The prejudice and hatred in our world at this present day astounds me.

Who is your role model in life?

I have different role models for different things. I mentioned in the Love the Skin You’re In Tag that Gracie Victory is my body confidence role model, for example. Emma Watson is definitely one of my biggest role models as I love how from an early age so was so focused on her education. She performed so well academically despite all the busy filming and I love how she carries herself as a person. I found her really sensible and mature. I love Michelle Obama as an orator too – she is pretty damn cool.

What’s something you can’t stop thinking about?

How I can better myself. Is that weird? I’m not so sure!

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Kind of mentioned this in my world peace answer. Things like the Charlottesville riots, the Barcelona terror attack… It literally breaks my heart.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I was happier with myself and my appearance.

I nominate

Angela
Cheila
Caz
Sayeedah
Glücksgeist
Charlie
Siyana

My Questions

Are there any facts or statistics that you know that totally amaze or shock you?
What is the most beautiful place you have ever been to?
Who in your family are you most like and why?
Do you believe in life after death?
What quality do you most value in a friend?
Do you think that a person can change their personality?
What do you think existed before our universe?
Do you have any big life goals that you’re currently aiming for?
Is there anything that you take for granted?
Do you live up to any stereotypes?
When was the last time you changed your mindset or belief on something?

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