Turning 21

Today is my 21st Birthday, even I can't believe how fast time has gone. I can still remember a birthday back when I got a power puff girl toy set. BEST BIRTHDAY EVER?  21 is such a weird age to me. I plan to get absolutely shitfaced the weekend but that's probably the only adult thing I'll do. Growing up is a weird time. I still am, some parts of me hang on to my younger days but I don't think that's a bad thing at all.

I thought I'd use this post to tell you a few things I've learnt whilst becoming an adult...

  1. Earning your own money means you can buy whatever you want. Whenever you want. 
  2. Earning your own money means you need to be able to balance how you spend it. 
  3. Talking on the phone is weird and making appointments are the worst. Where's my mum when I need her?
  4. It's okay to lose friendships. It was the end of the world as a teenager in school to lose a friend but you soon learn it was never worth all that crying you did. They were shitty people anyway.
  5. Its also okay to not know what you want to do in life, and if it takes you a bit longer than others, that's also okay. I spent way too much time worrying about work and my future because everyone around me seemed to have sorted something out (temporarily). 
  6. The best way to conquer your fears are to face them straight up. I was terrified of socialising and making new friends so I started making plans with people and it got easier. It's sometimes still scary as fuck but I feel better for doing it. Now I'm always trying to plan nights out!
  7. Naps are the best. If you don't think so you clearly have a great sleeping schedule and have never needed to. ;). 
  8. Going to bed whenever you want is amazing but not the morning after when you've had 3 hours sleep and look like death. Yay. 
  9. Procrastination gets you nowhere. Shocker. 
  10. You appreciate everything your parents ever did for you. Always help them when they need it, even if they don't ask. 
There's a lot more things I've learnt and there will be a lot more I will come across as the years go by, but that pretty much sums it up for me. 

What did you learn growing up? 

Film and TV Challenge

Last year was the year of the binge watch. Netflix was on everyone's subscription list and everyone caught up with every single TV show within weeks. I plan to carry on my marathon of catching up into the new year, I was pretty impressed by how many TV shows I managed to get through. I lacked on the film part though, but nearer to the end of the year I managed to get through quite a few. I'm making it my mission to become the ultimate TV nerd, I love getting hooked on a TV show and I know I've got many many shows still to get into (hopefully).

I wanted to set myself a few goals to try and reach before the year is over, let's hope I can succeed on this eh?

Go to the Cinema at least 5 times.
You might think 5 is nothing. I didn't go the cinema once last year. Which makes me really sad, I know cinema tickets are pretty expensive since I last went but it won't stop me, I love a good Tango Ice Blast to accompany me especially! Yum.

Watch one film per week, at least. 
There are so many films I haven't seen, I am constantly missing out on amazing conversations with friends because I suck at watching films. I really want to try and keep up with with newer films and definitely go back and re-watch older ones too.

Finish 10 TV shows, at LEAST. 
This sounds crazy, but I managed to watch: The Vampire Diaries, Parks and Rec, The Office USA, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Jessica Jones, American Horror Story (first 3 seasons), Master of None and Orange is the New Black last year. I think there's a few more too. I go hard on the binge watching, trust me. I know I can manage 10 more shows.

Hoping I can keep to these goals, I'm confident I can.
Are you a binge watcher? Recommend me some shows to check out this year!


Oh LUSH... You have completely captured my heart and won me over. I never paid much attention to this brand, to be honest i tried to stay away. Being the bargain lover i am, seeing anything over £3 was a disgrace (yep). I always tried to look for good quality in the cheaper items, which isn't bad at all as i never just picked the first thing up and used, i always looked into what i was buying. Discovering LUSH years back, i thought £6 for a pot of product was GHASTLY... I don't even understand why this was such a shock to me because £6 is pretty fucking good for what you're getting. I lived and learned, only full of regrets i didn't join the LUSH hype years ago when i should of.

Onto what i picked up recently... I went shopping Boxing Day and i think out of everything i bought that day, it was mostly LUSH items i picked up. The Christmas range were all on sale as per usual so i picked up a few goodies as I'd never tried any of their Christmas products before. I will mention also i did pick up Candy Mountain (bubble bar) but i used it all up before i took a picture (oops). It. Was. Amazing. I regret not picking up a few more because it was the most wonderful bar I'd ever used, them being on sale too i was a fool not to.

No Drought Dry Shampoo
I've been a huge Batiste Dry Shampoo lover for years, it's always helped liven up my hair... But recently it just isn't doing much for my hair at all. So a friend recommended i try this, I've never used anything powder based so I'm a little cautious but I'm excited to finally try something different.

Eau Roma Water Toner 
I've tried several Toners over the years, thankfully my skin only gets a tad dry at times so i never have to really search for the perfect toner to suit my skin needs. I picked this up just for something different to try, and so far it feels wonderful  every time i use it.

Let The Good Times Roll Scrub
This has been my only repurchase from LUSH so far. I first tried this scrub when i visited Cardiff with my boyfriend and I've had 2 more pots since that trip. It's a wonderful product to use and it smells absolutely amazing.

I also picked up a Father Christmas Bath Bomb, Intergalactic Bath Bomb and the Granny Takes a Dip Bubble Bar. All ones I've never tried before so I'm very excited to see how they do.

I'm already planning what i want for my next LUSH trip, the closest shops being in Birmingham and Merry Hill, it's not a casual trip i can take so it's something that needs planning ;).

What did you pick up on your latest trip to LUSH?

2016 Goals

It's something we all do. Making reasonable goals for our next new year, even if they're drastic and hard to achieve, we are all so obsessed with making resolutions we promise to stand by. Ninety nine percent of the time we tend to forget about them too and become more determined to stay focused on the resolutions we make the next year and the next year after that. You get the point.

My feed was flooded with bloggers all sharing their goals for 2016, if anything it's made me want to set some for myself. I've never really done it personally, I'm the biggest procrastinator so I avoid this with pleasure. But I'm taking a stand and I'm throwing my procrastinating days behind me (hopefully). It's a good feeling to set yourself some goals, being able to achieve some little things through the year is what I aim to do. If I aim to high I'll give up almost instantly.

So what are my aims for 2016?

Hello future self. You LOVE photography. You have since you were a little girl. Try to focus more on taking photos. Every day. Even if it's just a picture of what you did that day. Netflix day? Photograph it. It doesn't have to be an amazing landscape, I know sometimes it's hard to find things to photograph but keep at it and fall back in love with photography. Your camera misses you.

Healthier Living
You did good in 2015 to cut out fizzy drinks and fast food, for a while... It's always nice to have a curry every now and then but don't eat fast food more than once a week, surprisingly your skin is fine. That's from the water. Keep up the daily water drinking, that's something you're good at.

Conversation, not Social Media
Our society is obsessed with technology. Sometimes it's ridiculous how much we check our phones in the presence of others. You're good at keeping your phone off the table when you have random dates out with your boyfriend. If anything it seems rude to sit there on your phone in the presence of others.  It's nice to just sit and talk to someone face to face without the distractions of your phone. Plus it can only be healthy for your brain to take a break from staring at a screen for longer than you planned to do so.

I hope you enjoyed reading me coach myself, it made me laugh a little hearing myself shouting at myself in my head... Sometimes you need a big kick up the arse and only you yourself can do it. Let me know some of your goals for 2016, I'd love to hear about them :)

Happy New Year!