Now that I have submitted my final two essays I can get round to writing this post that I have been really excited to do!

2017 was just such a rollercoaster. What ever happened to us? We said goodbye to so many icons and legends, we faced political chaos and Mother Nature well and truly hurled some real shit back at us. On top of this (and significantly more trivial, I must add) there were way too many trends that made me audibly roll my eyes. So, without further ado, here are 6 things we need to leave in 2017.

Side note: This is a pretty light-hearted post – do let me know if you would like me to delve into more serious topics like politics, feminism etc – so, in general, I’m just referring to silly trends rather than global issues that I am more than aware need addressing.

Snapchat Streaks

This is probably the one trend that makes me feel 102 years old. I do not understand Snapchat steaks and I don’t understand why they’re even a thing. On the occasional chance I use Snapchat and notice a little emoji next to someone’s name, I have to do a quick little Google to figure out what the hell it means. Why are there so many different ones?! It’s like another language. It actually baffles me that this is a trend and it is something we really need to leave behind in 2017. I’m fairly sure I have seen news stories about various horrific circumstances where children have broken down or lost their minds that they lost a steak. Is it really worth sending meaningless photos to each other constantly to maintain a “streak”? Na, not for me. I even looked up news articles on Business Insider from teenager’s perspective who labelled them an example of “friendship” and ending them has “consequences”. Honestly, if you have a friendship that can be broken over a Snapchat streak, it isn’t worth the time.

X Factor/Big Brother/Britain’s Got Talent

I think it has slowly become obvious that these shows are on a downward spiral. I don’t deny that they do still feature some incredible acts with talents that really should be shared and celebrated but in a desperate attempt at harnessing views, I feel like there is significant emphasis on shock acts who get voted in every episode over people with exceptional talents. I just find it heartbreaking that people who deserve a real shot are booted for no valid reason. I remember when I would spend my evenings watching every show, and now The Guardian quotes that “The 14th series of The X Factor kicked off with the lowest viewing figures since the show first began in 2004”. I feel like these shows are holding on for as long as possible and it just doesn’t have the spark and entertainment value that I used to love.

Fidget Spinners

It bothers me so much that fidget spinners became a craze in 2017. They are often used for stress relief and to benefit people who suffer from attention disorders. Unfortunately, the craze left a lot of schools and other educational institutions banning them and the potential benefits they could have for others was shattered. At first, I was mildly impressed with some of the tricks people could do but after seeing them everywhere – in shops, on clothes, adverts, I was over it very quickly. What saddens me more is the original inventor lost the patent because she couldn’t afford to renew it and struggles to make ends meet. I know it is one of those “life is tough, shit happens” moments but I feel like she is deserving of the money from such a craze and isn’t benefiting at all from her creation.

Donald Trump (Especially The Tweeting)

I mean… I don’t really need to say too much here, do I? I am so fed up with every single day seeing another article about his racism, utter incompetence and sexist views. It baffles me how he ever got to be President and the huge step back it has been for the country. What I find even more troubling is that even though, en masse, people ridicule him on social media and protest where they can, if you open any tweet of his, there are often strings and strings of positive, supportive replies that believe what he is saying is true. I opened one of his pathetic responses to the assumed attack on Haiti and other nations where replies included, “We finally have a leader who is not afraid to make the tough decisions. Who cares if he uses colorful language sometimes?” and “have all the trust n U,Mr. President.Thank you 4 not allowing our nation 2fall”. It just baffles me. How?! Can we just leave him in 2017 and have the Obamas back please!

Mermaids and Unicorns

They were kind of cute at first and then it totally transcended into the world of weird and annoying. I can’t begin to count how many times I picked up a mug or notebook thinking it looked nice only to be faced with a horrible pun about some weird cat-mermaid hybrid. I mean what?! When did that become a thing?! I mean, just imagine… “Oh what a lovely water bottle, I could do with one of these. Oh… ‘Mermaid Squad’…” No. No no nope. Not for me. “Ahh maybe this water bottle will do! ‘Being a unicorn is thirsty work’. Ohhh….right”. These are both slogan water bottles on New Look and as cute as some of them can be, it is just overkill now and I’m not here for it.

Social Media Witch Hunts – Social Blade

Well, 2017 was definitely the year for social media witch hunts. I think this is probably one of the top things that I hope we can leave behind. It is unnecessary, and often very bitchy and cruel and not something that we should be comfortable participating in. There is a fine line between calling someone out on something bad they’ve done and launching a personal and scathing attack that would leave anybody feeling broken. I have seen some social media attacks that have shocked me so much and I can’t imagine that person being sat at home, reading tweets that are telling them to kill themselves and other nasty comments. A good example of this in the blogging community is the misuse of Social Blade. I know that one genuine influencer was harshly attacked for supposedly buying followers as one day they had a sharp spike in engagement and so on. In fact, what had actually happened was that a high profile YouTuber had mentioned them which created a flurry of support to head on over. This wasn’t the only example I saw too. I could say a lot more on this but I’ll save it for another time!

Ahh, well that was a good ol’ moan wasn’t it! I feel like I got to express how some trends of 2017 (and prominent figures…) were not beneficial to us at all and it would be great if we could wave goodbye to them in 2018! What trends in 2017 did you hate? Anything you wish we could leave behind?

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Time for some mid-week motivation! If you like these and want to see a few more, I have linked my previous ones below:

Mental Health
Female Empowerment
General Motivational Quotes
Fitness

This week  is focused on university and ties into my Student Diaries posts:

Experience with Clearing
How to Handle a Bad Mark
Revision Tips

Now that we are in the month of returning back to university, school, and college I thought it was perfect timing to have some study inspiration quotes to get everyone through the week. Although many of these are still applicable to day to day life and work so everyone can take something from them, which is great.5e5c4bb8e2ed59f70f6ee3aa1dc41836.jpg

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July wasn’t actually a very successful month for me goal wise unfortunately! I accomplished a lot of my small goals but not really any of the bigger ones which is crappy! slap on the wrist for me

What I Achieved

  • I went and saw Wonder Woman and I fell in love. It was so amazing!
  • I actually managed to try out quite a few makeup products this month. I found some total gems this month and some blehhh products. I’m thinking of doing a post about products I haven’t been loving or really let me down. What do you think?
  • I did my 1000 followers collage and I couldn’t believe how many of you got involved. I am totally over the moon with the support you all give me – it’s amazing. The collage is here if you want to see it.
  • I made a Facebook page for my blog after a few people mentioned it. It is linked on my social media links at the top of my blog now and I’m thinking of putting it in my links at the end of my posts too. I don’t know if this will be successful but it seems nice to have a social media outlet totally dedicated to my blog.
  • I have been writing so much more too which is amazing! I have sometimes been posting 4 or even 5 times a week (as opposed to my Monday, Wednesday, Saturday schedule) because I genuinely feel super inspired and full of ideas at the moment.
  • I have considered doing a giveaway for 1000 followers or doing another thank you and celebration post but now I am thinking of doing a really special giveaway for the elusive 1500 followers which can you believe is 100 followers away. What? WHAT? I feel like this little haven has blown up recently and it is just incredible.

SIDE NOTE: Have you guys seen my newsletter pop up I created? I am going to do one newsletter at the beginning of each month. My August one may be a little belated because I am still collating ideas, getting inspiration and designing it but hopefully a few of you will be getting more personal monthly emails that include a little more of an insight in to ellamaygarrett.com. Please sign up if you want to see more!

  • I haven’t intentionally been aiming for consistency in my stats… I have just naturally seen it occur which is strange! I was aiming for around 150 views a day so I could start tracking my progression numbers wise (I haven’t really before) and my blog has smashed that and generally been getting 200+ views a day. I often have one really low day because I have a gap where I don’t post for 3 days but obviously regular posting has counteracted that.

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Better Luck Next Time

  • I still haven’t been running because the heat has been too much. Every time I’m free in the evenings, the muggy weather is just unbearable but I’m going to attempt to power through in August.
  • I haven’t been keeping a good balance between work and social life. I have been working a lot because there are a lot of massive changes happening at my store at the moment which has meant I’m in full time but I finish at the end of August so I’ll still have a month of time off to enjoy.

How did your July goals go?

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I have done a few of these before and I love coming up with different ideas for dates and sharing them with you guys. My first dates post was ages ago but if you’re interested I have linked it here for you – it was about cheap dates under £20.

Today I have listed another 20 date ideas that you might be interested in, for a little more than the £20 budget I set before (and some below!)

  1. Go to a fitness class together
  2. Or.. Go to an art class? Cooking class? Any hobby or interest you want to try out!
  3. Find and go listen to some live music in a bar or cafe
  4. Visit a market
  5. Water fight! Perfect one for the summer days
  6. Tick something off your bucket list. This could be something big or small – hey why not go sky diving together?!
  7. Go on a colour run, I mean imagine the photos!
  8. Get your fortunes or palms read
  9. Try trampolining or another activity that is a childhood throwback – ice skating, Go Ape etc.
  10. Volunteer together
  11. Enjoy a spa day together. Sometimes after a long time working, nothing beats a bit of pampering and putting your feet up
  12. Try double dating
  13. Read the same book at the same time (a stretched out date I must admit but a goodun nonetheless)
  14. Try out a new restaurant or a new cuisine you haven’t tried before
  15. Watch a local team play a sport
  16. Visit a botanical garden
  17. Find a poetry slam or spoken word night
  18. Be a tourist in your own town – any free museums or galleries you can attend?
  19. Do a movie marathon – why not do a 20 hour movie stretch?!
  20. Watch TED lectures and have some serious chats

What are your favourite dates?

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I love Bucket Lists. I have recently published my Summer Bucket List, as well as a Travel Bucket List a while ago and you all really seemed to love them! Cheila recently reviewed her Bucket List and it completely inspired me to compile my own to track over my blogging life. Luckily, I have already began to complete a few of these – which is great – but I still have a fair old way to go! I have 100 things here on my Bucket List that I want to share with you all.

  1. Fly alone
  2. Read 20 books in a year that aren’t university ones
  3. Rent a house
  4. Go to university
  5. Buy a home
  6. Go to a waxwork museum
  7. Have children
  8. Go to Venice
  9. Dye my hair
  10. Live in a different country
  11. Visit the USA (this encompasses a lot of goals!)
  12. Visit Santorini
  13. Visit the Pyramids
  14. Visit the Maldives
  15. Get a tattoo
  16. Drive an Audi R8
  17. Be involved in campaigning for animal rights
  18. Go to the Globe Theatre
  19. Be involved in campaigning for women’s rights
  20. Ride a horse
  21. Go to Pompeii
  22. Go to Rome
  23. Feed a lamb
  24. Go one week without internet
  25. See the Terracotta army
  26. Walk the Great Wall of China
  27. Get my palms read
  28. Volunteer for charity
  29. Go to Wimbledon
  30. Go to the Taj Mahal
  31. See the Eiffel Tower
  32. See the Mona Lisa
  33. Be a pen pal with someone
  34. Master a Rubix Cube
  35. Do a successful BBQ
  36. Experience zero gravity
  37. Go to a drive in movie theatre
  38. Learn how to play video games
  39. Conquer my fear of heights
  40. Learn to drive
  41. Have a spa day
  42. Get engaged
  43. Jump off a diving board
  44. Drive Route 66
  45. See the Statue of Liberty
  46. Get married
  47. Learn CPR
  48. Sleep on the beach
  49. Run a marathon
  50. Master applying fake eyelashes
  51. Do a Harry Potter movie marathon
  52. Go on a zip line with an amazing view
  53. Own a car
  54. Go skinny dipping
  55. Be on TV
  56. Be on the radio
  57. Win a big competition
  58. Take photos in a photo booth
  59. Learn basic car maintenance
  60. Go whale watching
  61. Be a bridesmaid
  62. Learn to play the ukuele
  63. Learn origami
  64. See the Northern lights
  65. Go to the Olympics 
  66. Visit 20 counties (currently on 12)
  67. Attend Pride somewhere
  68. Learn a magic trick
  69. Learn a card trick
  70. Hold a baby
  71. Go to a yoga class
  72. Learn how to play chess
  73. See wild animals in Africa
  74. Visit 5 continents (I’m on 3!)
  75. Help raise over £10,000 for charity
  76. Shoot a bow and arrow
  77. Name a star
  78. Shoot a gun
  79. Fly first class
  80. Get hypnotised
  81. Ride a Segway
  82. Fly in a helicopter
  83. Give blood
  84. Get a book signed by an author
  85. Do a talk in front of 500 people (mastered about 250 ish!)
  86. Help someone tick off something on their bucket list
  87. Be in the paper for having a positive impact in society
  88. Be a registered organ donor
  89. Toss a coin in to the Trevi Fountain
  90. Graduate from university
  91. Stay in a 5 star hotel
  92. Sleep in satin sheets for a night
  93. Go to a foam party
  94. Make a balloon animal
  95. Meet Emma Watson
  96. Meet Daniel Radcliffe
  97. Have a job in events
  98. Cook Christmas dinner
  99. Learn to speak French fluently and not just bumbling by
  100. Stay awake for 24 hours

Well there we have it! 100 things on my Bucket List.

What is on yours?

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