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It's OK To Be Alone

Being alone. The thing that people seem to fear. We live in a generation where being alone has become an irrational fear. We crave attention and we want to be wanted. As a whole, the idea of being alone is made out to be the worst thing possible but the truth is, that isn't the case. Being alone can enrich your own self esteem and allow you to focus on other important things than a companion. There are so many benefits to being alone, both physically and in terms of relationships.

When you are alone, you have time to figure out exactly what you want. What you want in a partner, what you want in a friendship, what you want in life. Don't waste your time feeling sorry for yourself but use this time to focus on setting your standards and goals you want to achieve. People often settle for less than they want and then this causes problems within relationships. Katy Bellotte said it perfectly. It's kind of like being stuck in quick sand and instead of trying to get out of it, you settle and just accept that that's the way it is. When you purchase a shirt online and it looks nothing like the picture and you don't like it, you don't just settle and keep it anyway (unless you forget to return it), so why is anything else in life any different? You deserve to be happy and satisfied with everything in life. Being alone can give you the opportunity to figure out exactly what that is. Then, once you've met someone, you need to make sure you don't settle for anything less than what you want. It's time to be selfish.

Just like I said earlier, being alone lets you focus on other important parts of your life. For example, school, work, your interests and hobbies etc. You don't have to compromise. You don't have to give up certain things for anybody or watch other sectors of your life deteriorate because you've focused so much on maintaining a relationship or friendship. I feel like its for the best that I'm not with anybody right now. I'm so tied up with other things that the poor guy would barely see me and that wouldn't be fair on him. It's OK to focus on what is important to you and again, be a little selfish.

I personally feel that a relationship can not be successful without self love. I don't know about you but I don't want to only feel beautiful when my boyfriend/husband tells me I am. I want to feel beautiful because I am beautiful. I want to feel confident because of my own experiences and my own character. Without self love, a relationship just doesn't seem to work. This is why being alone is great. When you're alone, you have time to work on yourself. Get real comfortable because you're going to get real familiar with yourself. When you're alone, you have no other option but to love yourself and learn to feel comfortable being on your own. If you have enough time to really get to know yourself, when somebody else walks into your life, they can not change you. You know who you are and you love yourself enough not to be dependent or reliant on anybody else. If anybody ever tries to change who you are, you have enough self love to walk away from that situation. Of course just walking away isn't easy but self love makes it a whole lot easier, don't you think? How many of you have dated several people because you feel that you need someone to love you? How many of you have stayed in a toxic relationship because you are afraid to be by yourself or without someone by your side? How many of you have allowed yourself to be repeatedly cheated on by the same person and stayed because you hope that one day they will see that you are enough? If you have ever felt that way, its time to face your fear and be alone.

Being alone doesn't just shape your character but it reduces the heartbreaks. I've never had my heart broken but I'm sure it sucks.In fact I know it sucks. If you're alone enough to know exactly what you want in a relationship, when it finally comes, hopefully its a success! Would you rather date 10 people and the 11th be the one or date 1 person and they be the one? I know which one I would pick.

So yes, being in a relationship is beautiful and love is beautiful but you know what else is? You. You're beautiful and you're enough. You don't need anybody but yourself. Of course it is important that we are surrounded by a good support network but how is that possible when we don't know what makes a good support network in the first place?

Remember there is a difference between feeling lonely and being alone.  My advice to you if you're feeling lonely is to get to know yourself and once you're familiar with that person, introduce them to others. Network and socialise with people you may think will benefit your life. Of course not everybody is religious but personally the first thing I do when I feel lonely is pray or study the bible. I instantly feel closer to God and no longer feel lonely. Believe me, if you believe, it 100% works.

I hope this has helped you guys and if you've had a negative view on being alone or the single life, you'll see it in a more positive light.

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x

Dear Year 11.

Before I start I just want to say Happy Father's Day to all the amazing men around the world who have supported anybody in anyway. Whether you are biologically a father or not, you are a credit to the world and today is your day. My thoughts are with all those that sadly can not be with their father today for what ever reason. Happy Father's Day to the Mum's fulfilling both roles, you're amazing.

Today I wanted to do a short advice post and this is particularly to the year 11's who have or are about to finish school. I was in this exact same position a year ago and I want to give you my very best regards for your future but also give you a bit of advice.

First of all, congratulations. You did it. You made it through this tough year. You have been challenged and pushed to your very limits and now its over. Bittersweet huh? It is now the end of your high school journey and another chapter in your life has ended and a new one begins.

This summer will be the best summer of your life if you choose it to be. Almost 3 months of whatever you want to do. Travelling, partying, anything but studying pretty much. This is the summer full of opportunities. Opportunities to be with your closest friends for potentially the very last time, opportunities to try things and do things you never thought you would, opportunities to meet new people and introduce all new characters in your new chapter of your story. My advice to you is to grab those opportunities with both hands. Challenge yourself and experience as much as you can. You have 12 weeks to live your life. Once September starts and you begin college/sixth form, you will be so happy you made summer the best you could. Especially if you do A-levels.

Try things you wouldn't usually, go to places you've never had time to go to. This summer could be the best summer of your life. If you choose it to be. This is YOUR summer.

Congratulations on the end of your journey. Try not to stress too much about results day until the day comes. Don't try to hold back the tears at graduation or prom because it won't work. Just enjoy every moment with the people you have spent almost everyday with for 5 years.

This is it. Happy Summer!

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x

My Current Summer Playlist 2017

Music is an essential part of summer. Is it really summer without music? I created a summer playlist for summer on my Spotify and I thought I would share some of my current on repeat songs for the season. Some are older and others are very current. I will update this post when more songs get added to the playlist that you guys should know about!

1) Came Here For Love - Sigala ft Ella Eyre 

2) I'm The One - DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne 

3) Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue ft JP Cooper 

4) I lived - One Republic

5) That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

6) Gecko (Overdrive) - ft Becky Hill, Oliver Heldens 

7) Vacation - GRL 

8). Symphony - Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson 

9) All Night - The Vamps 

10) Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran

11) Mama - Jonas Blue ft William Singe 

Thanks for reading, 

Have a great day x

The Struggle Is Real

I'm finally done with exams!!* blows up balloons and pulls string on streamer *. It has been a long time coming but I'm done for the year and that means more blogs from me! I hope you're cheering right now because I am and if you're not then that's just awkward.

This is my first post of the summer and it feels so good. I'm aiming for 3 days a week but I have a super busy summer so there may be some weeks where there are only 2 but I am aiming for 3+.

Today I wanted to touch on a topic that doesn't get spoken about all too often. I have definitely watched a few videos and read a couple of articles on this but it's not a widely talked about topic. Today I wanted to talk to you about the struggles of being a teenager in this generation. I'm going to separate this into 5 categories and hopefully, if you're a teenager then you will relate. If not, then leave me a comment down below and I'd love to hear about your experience of being a teenager.

I was inspired to write this blog post after watching Zoella's Q&A all about HER experience of being a teenager and her advice to teenagers now. This post isn't going to be an advice post but I can do that if you would like to see one. Today's post is all about the struggles.

I think I have rambled on enough so let's get into the struggles.

Social Media: 

I believe that this is the reason for the gap between this generation and the previous generation. Social media and technology has changed the way that people live. Google was literally created the year before I was born and I have never gotten to experience life without it. Along with Google came other social media platforms such as MSN (shout out to everyone who remembers good ol' MSN), Facebook, Twitter (later on) etc. My point is, this generation has always been surrounded by social media and the media. It is so easy to get wrapped up and consumed by it. Teenagers often compare themselves to what they see in the media and online because they don't know any better. We're constantly being shown photo-shopped images on Instagram, skincare adverts where the models have been airbrushed and wearing makeup and being offered apps to edit our OWN images like FaceTune. The fact that there are so many applications for photo editing is enough to damage our self esteem. If there are so many, that must mean we're expected to edit our pictures, right? What is real and what is fake? It's extremely hard to tell when we have been born into the digital world. We are bound to compare ourselves to other people when we live in a world promoting perfection. I can do an entire post on my thoughts on social media if you want to see that because I don't want this section to be too long. To sum this up, social media causes teenagers (and adults) to compare themselves to others. This leads to insecurities and loss of self confidence and it's all to put coins in the purse of businesses. Teenagers already have to deal with hormones and well, growing up. Adding social media into the mix just isn't helpful at all.


Exams. Oh how I hate them. Now don't get me wrong, I love to learn. I actually love classes because I get this thrill from learning new things. I'm very interested in how the world is and all the history of it etc, however I HATE exams. I hate that you can be doing so well all year round but its that one exam that you do at the end of the year that determines your future. I never got less than an A in my history mocks in year 11 and I got an A* in my coursework. But I was stunned to open my results and see that I got a C in the real deal. It really took me by surprise. I knew I didn't do as well as I hoped but I NEVER expected a C. Not that a C is a bad grade, but when you're an A grade student, it definitely hurts. It doesn't bother me anymore because I know that I am better than that C. My previous exams were proof of that. Exams don't actually say anything about your intelligence. It more so tells you how good or bad you are at regurgitating and remembering facts (which I am not). As teenagers, exams seem to be the centre of your life most the time and society is constantly telling us how important they are but I know so many people that get by fine, in fact MORE than fine without A's. I try my best regardless because I believe you should put 110% in everything that you do, regardless of your opinion of the task. Exams get harder every year and I feel bad for my future kids that have to be doing degree level work at 14 years old. I'm not going to get political over here so all I'll say is, Thanks Govey boi,


Now I put love in speech marks because 9 times out of 10, we don't actually find our lifelong partners when we are teenagers. It does and can happen but the majority of the time, it really is short term. Now I know that it was exactly the same for every other generation post the 80's (most likely) but there is one thing that makes "love" harder to find in this generation. SEX SEX SEX. Yeah, I said it. The forbidden, taboo word. In the past it has never really been all that important to couples (though it seems anyway) but now it seems to constantly be talked about. I'm (sadly) a part of a generation that seems to absolutely crave it. Talking about it, hearing about it, doing it. The lot. It's all about body count, virginity etc. I for one don't want to be a part of it and couldn't care less but I definitely understand that there are people my age who feel pressure to be doing it or talking about it. Like I said, I can honestly, truly say I really do not care but there are people who do. I watched a story-time on YouTube and this 18 year old girl was basically dumped for being a virgin. How RIDICULOUS is that? Claps to that girl for sticking to her morals and not giving in because sadly that isn't the case for everyone.


Friendship. I personally haven't had to deal with many friendship issues in my life but fake friends seems to be a reoccurring problem. People experience finding out there's a lil snake in their friendship group all the time which is really sad. There are situations where a "friend" has said things behind another's back, they're constantly putting their "friend" down, they only ever want to be around their "friend" when it benefits them etc. I feel like fame and money seems to tear friendships a part or reveal who is a real one. Social media is definitely intertwined with this one.

Body Image/Appearance

Again I feel like this ties into social media so I won't talk too much about it. There seems to be this pressure to look a certain way and it sadly tends to be for someone other than yourself. Whether that be for the opposite gender or for friends. Society is constantly changing expectations and the "ideal" person. One minute it was all about being slim and tall and then it was all about being thick and bootylicious. The ideal look for girls in particular is constantly rotating and its impossible to keep up. People get left behind, accused of being unoriginal and told to be unique but then unique isn't appreciated. It is difficult to "be yourself" and have your own style when the only thing that gets a glimpse is what is trending. Eventually people start to look similar and the world is full of copies. It is also as if boys are afraid to wear something that isn't a major brand. I know that my brother won't wear certain clothing items because it's not in trend. I'm someone who doesn't care and I'll happily walk down the street in Lonsdale. My brother refuses to go anywhere with me if that is the case but like I said, I don't care. Girls are expected to look like these Instagram baddies all the time and a lot of them refuse to go out in public with no makeup because they don't want people thinking they're a catfish. I find that really upsetting. They don't embrace what God has given them and who they are, just because they're trying to keep up with a certain image.

So you guys get the gist right? It is extremely difficult being a teenager in this generation. Practically every sector of being a teenager isn't how it used to be. I could have named so many other things but then you'd be reading for HOURS and nobody wants to know what I have to say for that long.

I hope you related to this post or atleast understood where I am coming from. Let me know if you want to see a seperate post on social media because I would love to do that.

Thanks for reading!

Have a great day x

Summer Bucket List 2017

As I am writing this, I only have two exams left! I am absolutely buzzing! As soon as those exams are done, I'm pretty much done for the summer. That means I can finally blog without guilt and I can upload so much more frequently. Last year I challenged myself to upload everyday, but I have to admit, it was a little much for me. This year I am hoping to post 3-4 days a week. I have so many posts planned already, so make sure to follow me here so you know when I am uploading!

Anyway, let me stop rambling and give you what you came for! This year is by far going to be my busiest, most jam packed summer I have ever had. I have so many plans and so many things I want to do, so I thought I would show you my bucket list for summer 2K17!

1. Play Messy Twister (It hasn't happened yet but this year has to be the year)

2. Go On Random Buses And See Where They Go (I take the bus to sixth form everyday but there are hundreds and I mean hundreds of buses in my city that I have never taken. Adventure awaits!)

3. Start A Dance Routine In A Supermarket (As some of you may know, I am a dancer. However I get easily embarrassed in public settings and I always want to dance when stores play music but I get easily shy. I kind of just want to break out of that and just do it! I mean it's summer right?)

4. Study The Bible In More Depth

5. Ride A Bike At The Park (I haven't rode a bike in YEARS. To be honest, I don't even think I remember how, it has been that long. But I really want to go on a bike ride at the park)

6. Try To Post On Instagram Everyday (Try being the key word there aha)

7. Make At least 5 New Friends (Last year I made so many new friends that I still speak to all the time and I'll be hanging out with this summer. This year I want to meet new people)

8. See A Fireworks Show (I'm going to Disney World this year so hopefully I'll see a couple at the night time shows!)

9. Do The BeanBoozled Challenge Again (I did it back when I was 14, which was almost 4 years ago! wow...I feel old. I want to do it again as they have added new beans since then)

10. Try Pinterest/Buzzfeed Recipes (I did a few last year and they were so awesome, I made S'more bars and cookie pops. This year I want to try more savoury stuff)

11. Go Camping (I have never been camping before, so I would love to actually do it and sit around a real fire. Do the lot)

12. Go Grocery Shopping Without My Parents (I go grocery shopping with my parents all the time but now that I'm close to becoming a university student, I want to experience it without them and buy my own groceries for the week)

13. Visit A Trampoline Park

14. Become More Flexible (I'm still quite flexible but I'm definitely not as flexible as I used to be so I want to try and get back to how I used to be or better)

15. Go To A Later Cinema Showing (I've only ever went to the cinema in the morning or early afternoon so I want to go in the evening time)

16. Start My Driving Lessons

17. Document My Whole Summer 

 So this is my 2017 Summer Bucket List! Make sure you're following my Instagram to see if I complete these things! Ahhhh Summer is within reach

Have a great day x

My First Impreshunz

I was kindly sent a pair of Jeans by Impreshunz and I decided to give you a little review on them.

Impreshunz is a small UK brand that sell Jeans and Jeggings in all sorts of styles and colours. I came across the brand when they followed me on Instagram. They're a really lovely brand and are always active on Instagram so make sure to follow them!

The delivery was extremely fast and the jeans arrived in good condition. When I received them I put them in the wash straight away before wearing them (I prefer to wash jeans before I wear them). They were fine in the wash and the colour didn't fade at all which obviously means they are great quality.

I got my Jeans in a UK 8 and they fit perfectly. They are really comfortable and soft too. They're the sort of jeans I could wear on a flight and not feel uncomfortable.

The style I have are high rise and the style Jamie. I will definitely be trying the other products they release and already have on their website, as I really do like these Jeans.

You can get a discount on your first Impreshunz too with the code 'INSTA20'. The lovely team at impreshunz will give you 20% off everything on their site if you use this code.

I hope your first Impreshunz are just as great as mine!

Don't forget to follow Impreshunz on Instagram and also follow me too as I'm pretty sure you'll see me rocking these Jeans over there!

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day! x

Let's Be Honest...

Hey guys! It seems like so long since I last wrote. Life has been a little crazy these past few weeks. I'm sorry for not posting for two weeks but hopefully this should explain.

First of all, I hope you've had a great Easter and Spring holiday.

Ok, so I haven't been posting for several different reasons. The main one being the dreaded E word...EXAMS. My exams and revision has taken up so much time and space in my life lately. I've always worked hard but as we get closer to exams, my head has been right in those books. I don't tend to do much else than study when it's exam season. This holiday I've mainly been studying at home or at sixth form. I definitely haven't got as far as I want to but we'll get there. My exams finish at the beginning of June and once they're over, I'll be posting so frequently!

The second reason is because I've been a little...down. I'm not going to go into that one, but I haven't been in the best head space and that's definitely made an impact on...well everything. This blog is mainly an advice/lifestyle blog and it would be unfair for me to talk so highly of positivity and happiness when in fact I'm struggling with those things myself, at the moment. I need to get myself together before I can give advice and help other people. I'm not perfect and I always like to emphasise that to you all. I still have bad days, weeks, even months but when I do, I like to take a step back and evaluate the issue. I'm currently doing that and hopefully all this crappy stuff will be a benefit to you guys and of course myself. I truly think that hearing experiences and other people's thoughts can be good for us and I truly believe that our problems can make us stronger.

Because of this situation, I've been feeling super uninspired and I seem to be lacking creativity. I'm not a beauty blogger or fashion blogger, so I can't really be creative in that way. I find creativity through my mood and other people's moods but I'm not ready to share my feelings on the internet yet and when you're wrapped up in your own stuff, it can be hard to look at anyone else's, you know? I don't like to follow the crowd just to follow the crowd. I like to be original and authentic. I'd much rather not post at all than post mediocre content that I'm not proud of. I'm sure you guys would rather see something original than ANOTHER post of something you've read 10 times already.

On that note, due to all the things I have mentioned, my blog is going to be even more inconsistent and a bit of a hot mess for the next month and a bit. HOWEVER, you best believe that this summer I'll be making up for it! Also, I will still be very much active on Instagram so make sure to follow me over there.

I'll be making another life update post in a month's time to let you know what is going on, so don't you stress!

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x

Instagram Feeds You NEED To Be Following #1

Instagram is probably my favourite social media platform, purely due to the fact that I love photography and the idea of being able to share parts of your life through photos. I am following so many different Instagram influencers, bloggers, YouTubers etc and I thought I would start a series where I share different people you NEED to follow on Instagram. Some have a large following and others have a smaller following, however in my eyes, every single one of them deserve their feeds to be recognised. So let's kick this off with the first lot of feeds!


I absolutely love these first four feeds! 

The first feed is by @its_not_synx . Her feed features a lot of pink and home-ware (which I love). She has such a talent with flat lays and every picture compliments each other so well! I love feeds that show the creator's personality and this is definitely one of my favourites for that. Go follow her NOW. 

The second feed is by @travelling_in_heels . Now, if you love travelling and seeing people in loads of beautiful places, you'll love her feed! All the pictures are amazing quality and she visits so many beautiful places. If you ever need motivation to do anything, just look at her feed and you'll definitely be motivated enough to get to the point where you can take a trip to these places. 

The third feed is by @elodie_castiglion . I love her feed because it's so fresh and simplistic. The quality of her photos are incredible and most definitely inspire me to take more pictures of things in my daily life. Her feed features a lot of pink and cool tones, which is awesome. 

The fourth feed is by @the_fashion.blogger . Now I discovered Holly's Instagram when she actually followed me! I was kind of starstruck that someone with such a stunning feed would bother to follow me! I've been obsessed with her feed and we've actually had a bit of a chit chat in the comments before. She is so lovely and such a gorgeous girl. Make sure to go follow her because she is incredible.


The second lot of feeds are honestly feed goals too! I love them all. 

The first feed of the second lot is by @barbaraschoumacher . I actually found her through a SFS Sunday post and I followed her as soon as I saw her pictures! Her Instagram is a visual diary, featuring bits of her life. She travels, she goes on fun adventures, tries new foods etc. I really enjoy seeing what she is up to and her feed is so cool. Its so cool because most people go for a white and bright theme but hers is a little darker and gives me Tumblr vibes. 

The second feed is by @h.capucine . I love her feed because it has such a wide variety, which I love in a feed. It isn't purely selfies or flat lays but a bit of everything. She doesn't really have much of theme to her feed but that's partly what makes her feed so great! She isn't limited to what she can share and post, which makes everything so much more authentic and fun. Her feed makes me really happy!

The third and final one is by @alexandra.em . I started following Alexandra a few days before I restarted my feed. My original feed was full of pictures of when I was 13/14 and did not co-ordinate what so ever so I decided to change it altogether. I went on a big follow spree to get inspiration from different people and came across Alexandra's feed. I DMed her asking what editing tools she used and basic Instagram questions because I was just in awe of her feed. She uploads a lot of fashion posts and flat lays which all just fit so perfectly. She is such a lovely girl and one day I would love to meet her, since she does live in the UK! Go follow her, she is so great. 

So those are all the feeds I will be featuring in my first post of the series. I think I'm going to do it as a monthly favourites type of thing. If YOU want to be featured in a post, leave me your username in the comments so I can check it out!

Also, don't forget to follow me on Instagram! @chelle-_babes. I'm trying to set myself a challenge to see if I can get to 1.5K by the summer time! I'm currently at 1.1K and I want to say thank you to everyone who follows me already. 

Thanks for reading, 

Have a great day x 

How To Be Productive (Study Edition)

I am getting closer and closer to my AS exams, so I've been studying harder each day. Last week I had mock exams which are FINALLY over, so I actually had time to write a blog post this weekend. I thought it would be helpful if I gave you some tips on how to be productive when it comes to studying and the exam season.

Now let me just put out there that I'm not productive all the time. I procrastinate like every other human being from time to time, however I would definitely say that once my head is in the books, I know how to use my time effectively.

1) Lists: 

I make lists for everything, especially when it comes to the education side of my life. I find that I am more likely to complete a certain task or piece of work early on when it's written down and available for me to see. You can write it in a planner or piece of paper, which is what I prefer, or you can write lists on your phone notes or on an app. The fun part of writing lists is definitely being able to tick it once it has been completed! I always feel so proud of myself when I see a bunch of check marks in my planner.

I prefer writing my lists in pretty notebooks or planners just because I'm such a stationery junkie and I get excited writing in nice books. 

Another tip I have is to prioritise your tasks. This will just ensure that the most important things definitely get done, so if you do loose motivation to do anymore work, at least the essentials are finished. For example I'll put a red dot next to homework that teachers have set and that have deadlines but put a black dot next to extra revision that I've set for myself, this way if I get tired after completing the red dot tasks, I don't feel as guilty for not doing every task. Did that make sense? I hope so. 

2) Healthy snacks and water: 

As tempting as it is to eat a bunch of junk food (trust me I understand), attempt to eat healthy food/snacks. You could have a fruit salad, a smoothie, a low fat yogurt, whatever you want. The reason for this is because anything with a lot of sugar or salt will make you feel more drowsy and tired after a certain amount of time, which means you won't be as productive as you can be. I tend not to eat too much when studying as I like to see food as a treat, but of course if you've got to eat, you've got to eat. 

I would say to drink water and stay hydrated when studying. Drinking water is important anyway, however when studying it keeps the blood circulating around the brain and keeps you alert. This is obviously a huge advantage when it comes to studying for a fairly long period of time. 

3) Get rid of Distractions

Distractions are the worst thing for interupting productivity...obviously. So what's the solution? GET RID OF THEM! Mobile phones, TV, siblings, the lot. Anything that distracts you needs to go. Leave it where you can't access it or go somewhere super quiet. I like to sometimes go to the library to study or most the time I have a specific spot in my room that I like to sit and study in. If your atmosphere is calm and peaceful, you'll have a good train of thought and you'll get more work done.

4) Take Breaks

Ok, i'm not the best person to talk about this because I don't do it enough...but I do know it's helpful. I guess really this one is for me to take on. Taking breaks allows your brain to regenerate and make you feel a little less stressed. Take breaks and then get back to work. I'm rubbish at this so I need to practise what I preach. I forget most the time because I just want to get it done and studying in itself is a distraction for me. If you're not already good at this, we're on this road together! I'll let you know how things go for me from now.

5) Find Motivation

My final tip for productvivity is to find motivation. There is no way you're going to follow any of these tips unless you're actually motivated to work. Find your motivation and roll with it! Whether it be a future ambition like your career, short term goals like going to an upcoming party or being money motivated. Find whatever inspires you to work hard and always remember that whenever you're finding yourself feeling unmotivated!

I hope these tips helped!

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x 

One Year On...

Exactly a year ago today, I made the decision to make my first ever blog post. A year ago... crazy, right?

It feels like yesterday when I first had the idea to create a blog and I can't believe that it's been a year since I made that goal a reality.

Blogging has changed my life in so many ways. Maybe not in the ways you'd think either. When I first started blogging, my intention was for it to be just a creative outlet and place for me to plant my thoughts. But you know what? It's become so much more than that. Now, I don't have hundreds of followers or a fancy design yet but I try to post with the best quality content. I always aim for it to help at least one person. If I can help out a single reader then that is worth just as much as having hundreds of followers.

This blog has helped me over the past year. It has gotten me through my GCSE exams, allowed me to spill out my feelings and I guess it has fed my alter ego. This blog shows the best version of myself. My positive, enthusiastic, inspired self. Obviously  i'm not those three things 24/7. I'm human so it's not possible, however this blog constantly inspires me to be. I guess it's sort of like a Hannah Montana type situation, except instead of Miley looking towards Hannah, in situations when i'm feeling uninspired or hopeless, I can kind of ask myself, what would Chelle Belle do? How would Chelle Belle go about this situation? Having this blog has helped me to grow so much and really map out how I want my future to look. It has helped me to discover myself even more than I ever thought I would.

Another thing that I really appreciate about my blog is that when things go wrong or I learn from a new mistake, I can help other people to avoid the same mistakes I made or give people the option to take a different approach. It's nice to have somewhere to share my life experiences and thoughts. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in primary school and I suppose my advice posts are kind of practise. Helping young people to deal with problems and make the most out of their opportunities.

The thing that I have loved the most about blogging has been the support and feedback that I have gotten. I don't get too many comments but I get a fair few private messages and emails from people telling me how much my posts have helped them through situations or made them think in a different light. It's so rewarding when people appreciate your work and who you really are. I'm nothing but myself when I write and I'm so glad that people notice it. When I published my first post I was kind of nervous. I didn't know how people would take it. I knew that YouTube was widely popular and that vlogging was something people did but I'd never heard of many bloggers before. When I first started I genuinely had no clue what bloggers were the most popular or who really did it, so I was nervous for the reactions of people, especially at school. I wasn't afraid but anxious about what people at school may have thought of it or that they wouldn't care and nobody would read them. I actually didn't think many people would read it but I was so surprised when people at school told me they enjoyed reading it and that they actually wanted me to write another post sooner! I was actually extremely happy that so many people had read my post and people were actually talking about it (positively) with other people. I still find it crazy that even now that I have left school , so many people I went to school with say they regularly read them. All I can really say is thank you! I don't really know what else to say! Thank you for supporting me, thank you for encouraging me, thank you. I'm not someone who cares about having a large following but when I see my blog grow, it motivates me to keep writing and reminds me that there are people my posts could potentially help or make smile.

So, one year on. In a year, I have had some of the best experiences, learnt a lot of lessons, made a lot of memories and it's all here for me to see years from now. I can't wait for the future. I can't wait to share my most favourite memories and opportunities with you all. It has truly been the best year and there shall be many more.

Happy 1st Birthday Chelle Belle x

A Little Break

Hey Guys, I just wanted to make a little notice to apologise for the lack of posts lately and to say that there will be irregular posts on my blog for the next couple of months as my AS exams start in May and I really want to dedicate my time and focus on studying for them until they're over and done. My final exam will be in June, however as you will know if you've done A-levels or are doing them, they're definitely not the type of exams you can wait a month before to study for and most definitely can not just wing them, so I will be diverting my focus onto my studies for a while. I won't be stopping posting and writing for all those months, I will just be posting less. I will most likely post when I have free time and when I have ideas I'm super excited and enthusiastic about. I would really like to do the summer challenge again this year and attempt to post everyday (attempt being key) to make up for lost time.

Thank you for all your continuous support!

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x

Getting The Most Out Of Life.

Life is precious. Every single second of it and I for one think we should get the most out of it. I'm one of those people who just hates negativity and I'm always trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. It's not always easy but it's become a part of who I am. Everyday I wake up in the morning (looking very similar to a baked potato may I add) and thank God for waking me up to see another day.

I just got back from Tenerife a couple of days ago and whilst I was soaking up the sun on my balcony (sorry to my friends who secretly hate me....scrap that, hate me because I got a tan) I was just pondering about the life I live. I was just smiling to myself, looking out at the view because I just feel so blessed. When I was much younger I used to get so jealous of other girls and other people my age who could afford nice things and were blessed with the good looks but to be frank, I'm not sure why I felt that way. I wouldn't want any other life than my own.

I have a supportive and loving family that are all so close and so joyous, I have all the necessities like shelter, food and clothing. I mean I swear people forget that there are people without those things right around the corner, let alone on this planet.

It's taken me a couple of years to really learn how to get the most out of life and I'll tell you now, once you do, life is never the same. In a good way that is. I'm very fortunate that I found myself, at such a young age. It takes most people much longer to find this amount of happiness and appreciation for their life so I feel blessed to have found it when I was only 16! I'm not saying my life is perfect, it most definitely isn't, but i'm happy the way it is.

My trip to conary islands inspired me to write this blog post today. I write this on a freezing, grim day with a smile on my face regardless. Here I bring to you, the things I did/do to get the most out of life.

Now, if you know me personally, you know that I love to read. What you may not know is that I haven't always loved it as much as I do now. I used to think it was such a chore. Teachers would makes us have set reading periods in primary school and I hated it. I didn't find any of the books interesting and my attention span was about 2.3 seconds. For ages I just didn't like reading, but now I love it! I get so much enjoyment out of it. It opens up your imagination and gives me new ways of thinking. Being able to read is such a valuable skill that we sometimes take for granted. I just finished 'Me Before You' yesterday and it was such an amazing read! Took about 9 days I'd say because I just didn't want to put it down! I completely understand when people tell me that they don't understand how I can read such thick books because a few years ago you'd never see one in my hands. As soon as you find your style and what interests you, it becomes so easy to read. Whether it be fictional or non-fiction, books and reading is a must for me.

Attempting to be healthy always makes me feel my best. Attempting being the keyword there. In the summer i'll be super good, eating chicken salads, fruit and granola, smoothies, you name it. However any other time of the year i'm pretty on and off. I love the feeling of eating something I know is going to benefit me or doing a workout and seeing some form of result after. I'm not sure what it is but I just feel...good when I try to be healthy. Especially in the summer, if I have a healthy breakfast, I feel so motivated and productive.

Some people may not believe this but I feel like what we allow ourselves to be exposed to, effects how we live. Whether it be what we watch, listen to or come into contact with. Recently, I had a good ol' spotify clear out. I made and saved positive and uplifting music and deleted music I felt wasn't for me. Ever since I've given my life to God, cursing just seems to bother me more, so I deleted music with any swearing in it (not that I had many anyway). Now I feel so much happier. If you feel that you're listening to or watching things that aren't any good for you, just get rid of it. There's nothing to loose but so much to gain.

Now, my friends are probably sick and tired of me banging on about this (so i'm sorry) but it's something I love. I love to travel. Whether it be within my country or abroad, I just love exploring the world we live in. Meeting new people, learning about history and different cultures. The scenery and architecture in foreign countries is just incredible. Being with my family or friends in a new place is my favourite thing. I think it is so fulfilling and exciting to be able to explore the world. Of course this can cost a lot of money to go abroad, however if you start small, you can make it. Use trains and the bus to travel around your city or to other cities and save up for bigger places.

I am a strong believer in prayer. I am a christian as most you already know and I feel that without my faith, I wouldn't be who I am or have the life that I possess. I believe that prayer is very important and my life can not be fulfilled without it. I pray everyday, for myself and other people and even just to say thank you. I believe that God hears all our prayers, even if it feels as if he doesn't.

Finally, I have found happiness from blogging. I started blogging almost a year ago and I love it so much. I started this blog for myself, to document my feelings and also for people to hear my opinions and advice. I was pretty nervous when I made my first post. People at school started to read it and would tell me that they read them at school. It came as such a shock to me as I genuinely didn't think anyone but my best friends would read them. I love writing and expressing myself on here and always being able to be myself. I'm not like a "proper" blogger with a large following, amazing quality pictures,  a scedule and a fancy design but I don't mind because its something I love to do. Ever since I have started this blog, so many people have told me how my words of encouragement have helped them in some way and that they appreciate my blog posts. It just makes this all so much more rewarding! If you want to start a blog, YouTube etc, just go for it.

So those are the things that I do to get the most out of life!

Thank you for reading,

Have a great day x

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