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16 things I've learnt in 16 years

So, on September 11th I turned 17 and I thought it would be a cool idea to do a couple birthday type posts. I want to do a birthday haul but I still don't have all of my presents from my extended family, so that will go up when I do. This post is going to be a list of things I've learnt in the 16 years that I have lived so far. I'm doing 16 as I've obviously only recently turned 17, so here we go!

1) I've learnt to overcome my insecurities. Over the years, particularly this year, I have really found my self confidence and I've learnt to appreciate myself. By learning to love myself, I have become such a happy person.

2) I've learnt to enjoy the little things. I've found that little things like nature walks and trips to Asda with friends are precious. Moments like those may be small but they are full of memories that you may keep for a long time. I've had some of the funniest moments, going to the shop with friends for chocolate. It's those unexpected moments that make me happy.

3) I will always have something to be insecure about. Like I said in the first one, I have been able to overcome insecurities, however I have also been able to conclude that insecurities will always be there. No matter what, there will always be something you don't like about yourself, no matter how big or small. What is important is to live with them.

4) Not everyone is going to like you. This isn't to be negative, it's just a fact. A few years ago, somebody told me 'you could be the sweetest strawberry in the entire world, but there will still be somebody who doesn't like strawberries'. This is honestly the best way I've heard anyone explain it. Not everyone is going to like you, and that is OK. What is important is to spend time with the people who do.

5) I've found my love for helping people. Particularly this year, I've been trying really hard to help others. Whether it be with homework, summer volunteering, giving advice or words of encouragement on my blog. I love helping other people and it genuinely makes me happy.

6) I'm not good at maths. I passed my exam first time and I worked hard for it.

7) I'm a very independent person. I've found that although I enjoy being with friends and family, I also love being by myself. I spend loads of time in my room after school, simply to unwind. I really like having alone time. I tend to zone out when I'm sitting on my own, on public transport.

8) Chocolate breaks me out

9) I love Bryshere Y Gray

10) I'm a makeup junkie! I am obsessed with buying, doing and wearing makeup. I can go out completely bare faced and still be happy but I just love makeup. If I was rich, I would probably end up being like a YouTube beauty guru with the 9 Alex drawer full of it.

11) High school is nothing like High School musical, Hannah Montana or Mean Girls

12) Highlighter is my signature thing. I would bathe in highlighter if I could! The glow is life changing. (I mean the makeup product by the way, not stationery).

13) Food is everything. Like for real

14) My style is quite smart casual. I actually really love the clothes I wear to sixth form and it made me realise that it's kind of my thing. But as well as the business wear, I love tumblr looking outfits like T-shirt dresses and oversized jumpers, so i guess my style can't be defined.

15) I prefer Facebook over Instagram. I don't even know why but I genuinely use Facebook more than Instagram. I just prefer the posts on Facebook and it taints my self esteem slightly less.

16) Finally, I've learnt that blogging was the best decision I ever made. I adore blogging and I want to continue for a very long time.

Those are 16 things I've learnt in 16 years. I hope that you enjoyed reading!
Have a great day x

Back To School: Sixth Form Supplies Haul

 This post is way over due! Over the course of the summer, I have collected all the essential things for sixth form. I start sixth form on the 7th of September. One of my favourite things to read/watch is hauls, so i thought why not do one myself. I'm also a sucker for stationery, so when I see an opportunity to buy more, I jump on board.

First of all, my bag. My bag is from TJ Hughes and was on sale for £20, reduced from £35. I like that it looks professional and mature but also that it's practical and sturdy.

 The inside has four sections, which is definitely going to help me be organised. There are loads of pockets and things too for all the smaller essentials. I may do a "whats in my bag" post near Christmas time, to see if I stick at the whole organised thing.

Index cards helped me so much during my GCSE exams, for revision, so I went to Asda and got another pack for year 12. They cost only £1.00 and hopefully they come in handy. 

I purchased a pack from Poundland which consists of a mini hole puncher and stapler. I don't really have a real explanation for why I bought it, to be fair, I just enjoy mini stationery....
Anyway, I thought I could keep this at home for when I need it.

So...I got two planners....why you ask? Well, I couldn't just pick one planner! Poundland had so many that I loved and these two I just couldn't choose between so I just got them both. I mean It was only £2 for them both, so why not. 
I plan to use these planners to write homework, coursework deadlines and essay deadlines. It's basically going to be like my school passport but prettier, you know? 

 I got a notebook from poundland, which has three divided sections. I thought this was perfect for taking notes as I'm taking three subjects, so they can all be sectioned off.

Obviously, pens are essential. I'm starting off with just one pack but they're so easy to get hold of that I'll probably just make regular pit stops to poundland when I need more. I'm not too fussed about pen types but I do prefer writing in black. Just looks more clean.

 I prefer mechanical pencils, simply because I don't have to sharpen them, so I got a pack from Asda for 75p! I may not even need pencils, however it's good to be prepared and have that option.

I got a new ruler for 70p at Asda because I lost my one from year 11, just before exam season. I got the exact same flip one as it fits perfectly in my pencil case and it's just a...good quality ruler? I don't know, there isn't much to say about a ruler.
 Even though I got mechanical pencils, I always get asked for a sharpener by other people, so I bought another. It only cost me 30p from homebargins.

 I got another rubber as god knows where mine went. It was 50p for this pretty huge rubber and fresh erasers excite me...just saying.

I got two new highlighters for revision and highlighting important notes (so everything). These seem like good quality highlighters and I'm looking forward to my notes glowing like my highlight. 

 Although I'm obsessed with stationery, I'm not one to be too fussed over pencil cases. I just stick to the cheap clear cases like this one. I got a red one last year, so this year I went for pink. It was only 50p and holds enough, so yeah that's the case!

I got a block of sticky notes, as again, they really helped me with revision. I used so many during year 11, so I bought more. I got these from wilko for £1.00. Although there are 4, I plan to use different colours for each subject. 

 I wanted to have an option of having regular paper, as well as the notebook, so I got a refill pad from wilko for 50p. I'm also willing to share paper with anyone who needs it too. Because I'm nice like that.

I got a pack of plastic folders from wilko for 80p. It comes in a pack of 4, but I am planning to use the three for each subject. There are two black, a pink and blue. It will be good for loose sheets and essays that need to be handed in.

I bought a basic binder for work aswell. It's going to stay at home for revision that I can relocate for when exams come.

I also bought a big pack of polly pockets to go in it for 89p. There are loads of them, so it should last me a long time.

I bought some dividers for each subject or any other form of dividing things in the binder. It cost 30p.

So that is what I got for sixth form! I hope you enjoyed reading. If you would like me to do a sixth form lookbook, I will do one as our dress code is smart/business wear, so I no longer have uniform!

Have a good day x

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