Saturday, 24 September 2016

New Years Goals Update

Hey!
This is my nine month update on my New Years Goals, I can't believe it's the end of September. I feel like I have completed more of my goals in the past three months and I am glad I am progressing. Check out my first and second update.

Personal


Try to Go More Cruelty Free

I haven't been buying much makeup or skincare lately as I am doing a Project Pan. I have definitely become more informed about that brands are cruelty free and what ones aren't. I still haven't found a cruelty free dry shampoo but hopefully I will find one at the end of the year.

Get Driving

I have finally started driving lessons, I started in July and I have done 4 so far. I am finding it slightly difficult as I am learning to drive a manual and the clutch is so confusing. I hope to put my insurance on to my Mam's car so I can drive on the road. My Mam's looking forward to that more than I am, she wants me to drive instead of her.

Get Yellow Belt in Kickboxing

I am proud to say that I got my yellow belt after my August grading. I am really happy with this as I had set out to accomplish it this year. I don't know will I do any grading now since I'm back at school, it really depends on how many classes I'm able to make.

Save €10 a Month

I am on track with the savings, I have saved €80 so far which I am really happy with. I have decided that this money is going to my car fund, I know it might take me a few years to save up for a car but I have over €600 saved and I am delighted as I am such a spender.

Stop Bitching about People

I have slowly but surely trying to put myself into a positive mind set as normally I am mostly negative. I have noticed that even with school I try to find the positives in things even though they are harder to find.

Write Another Play

I haven't had an inspiration this year at all to write a play and I think it is because of the restrictions that comes with it going on stage. I have been writing more, short stories, poems etc. I don't see myself at this moment of time actually getting a play written, school has just become so time consuming and I prefer to chill out or writing blog posts than actually trying to do a bigger project.

Blog


Hit 10,000 Pageviews

I hit 10,000 views on 22nd July and it came as quite a shock. I remember going onto my blog and seeing a jump in views overnight. I was shocked as I thought I wouldn't get there for another week or so. 

Put Up 1 Video a Month on YouTube

Since I have begun putting up 2 videos a month, I have 11 YouTube videos up. I have decided that I want to continue uploading twice a month but I am going to have a schedule, hopefully over the next month or two I will be posting the first and third Saturday of each month. I hope I will be able to do this since I have so much work for school but we will wait and see.

Do 5 Collabs

I have completed my goal. At the start I thought I was a little crazy saying that I would get 5 collabs done this year and I did. I did them with Frances, Guilianna, Nicole, Aisling and a group one with Eve, Christina and Guilianna. I hopefully will have one or two more collabs before the year is up.

Use Different Social Media More

I have started posting more regularly on Instagram and I am enjoying taking pictures for it. I have even started planning what I photos are going up which is completely new to me. I love praticing and improving my photography skills. I have been using Twitter and Snapchat as usual, I am not as active on Snapchat due to school but I hope to keep you updated on the weekends. I go through phases on Pinterest, where I completely forget about it or become obsessed, there is no inbetween.

Check Email and Facebook Twice a Day

I have got better at checking my emails less than normally very little comes in, most of it is just notifications from Twitter. I still sometimes go down the rabbit hole of Facebook but I find I am not as bad as I used to be.

Smaller Goals

500 Twitter Followers: 601
50 Blog Followers: 23
25 Pinterest Followers: 19
1,000 Snapchat Score: 1,300
100 Instagram Followers: 100

That's my progress in my New Year Goals. How are your goals going?
Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 17 September 2016

TY Bucket List Update

Hey!
I was supposed to do this post a while ago but I got a little side tracked. In June of last year (2015), I made a bucket list for things I wanted to do in TY. I had set this until August 2016 to get the majority of them done, here is how I did.

Do my driving theory test
Done and dusted! I did my Theory Test back in October and I passed first time which I am really proud about, click HERE. I am talking lessons, I've done 4 so far and they have been going ok. I find driving difficult but I'm learning slowly but surely. I'm looking forward to putting my insurance on my Mam's car and actually drive on the road. 

Write better structured blog posts
I personally think my blog posts have improved so much. My photography has improved hugely and I feel as if the post doesn't look rushed. I have also started organising what posts I'm going to put up which has really helped me focus on writing, taking photos and editing the content.

Go a day without social media
Isn't it crazy? A Blogger like me went a whole 24 hours without social media. This was during my Gaisce hike which was a 2 day, 30km hike that my year did in September. I thoroughly enjoyed being disconnected and just living in the moment and talking a lot. My voice went and it was terrible, click HERE.

Write 15 songs
I have only realised now how stupid this one was, I have learned over the year that it is always quality over quantity. I don't know how many songs I have written in the past month and I don't really care.

Write a story (doesn't matter about the length)
I notice I keep mentioning me doing Camp NaNoWriMo and that the story is on my Wattpad, click HERE. There is nothing really more to say.

Audition for The Late Late Toy Show
I am so annoyed I ended up not auditioning for it but hopefully I will end of doing it this year. I completely forgot the deadline and then I was sick the whole week before the deadline so I didn't get it. The Late Late Toy Show is officially the start of Christmas in Ireland, normally the last weekend of November, where kids try out toys, perform and generally have fun. 

Do another grade in piano
This is still in the works. At the moment, I am working towards my fifth grade exam which will be around Christmas time. I was supposed to be doing grade 4 but my piano teacher decided against it as it was too easy for me.

Audition for something
In April, I auditioned for a local musical. Unfortunately I ended up not doing it as the rehearsal times did not suit me at all. I am sad that I couldn't do it but I'm glad I auditioned.

Donate my hair to charity
I had this plan but it didn't work out, if I was to donate my hair at this moment I would have a really short bob which is not what I wanted, I was hoping for it to be shoulder length. I hope to grow out my hair over the next year or two and when I am happy with the length I will donate it.

Try something new
In September, I helped out in the Fashion Show Tent at the Ploughing Championship. The Ploughing is the biggest farming event in Ireland, there is also loads of food and fashion stalls at it. I got to help out backstage at a fashion show alongside Celia Holman Lee who is one of Ireland's most famous models. This was definitely something outside my comfort zone but I really enjoyed it. click HERE.

Get 2,500 views on my blog
I crushed this one like a bug, I don't exactly remember when I hit this but I definitely surpassed if before December. Now I'm working my way towards 15,000.

Learn to do basic coding
I think me and coding are just not friends, I don't understand it and it does not understand me. I have tried multiple times in the past year to try and understand it but it just goes over my head completely. I am able to do minor touch ups so I have actually learned something.

Better my French
My French did get any worse, so I think I did ok. I used Duolingo a lot during the year but I have slowly stopped using it, I should really start again though.

Stop comparing myself to other people
I feel like everyone does this from time to time but for a while it was nearly on autopilot for me to compare myself to other people comparing everything from looks to personality. I have been working on this in the past year and it has got better and I hope to continue.

Put up 12 YouTube videos on my channel
I remember looking at this goal in May and thinking to myself 'I won't get this one done'. I put up 15 YouTube videos which I am really happy with. Since June, I have become more regular at uploading videos twice a month and I hope to get a proper schedule over the next month or two.

Make 3 more Blogger friends
This is another goal I made which was quantity over quality instead on the other way around. Since I joined Teenage Team I have got to know Bloggers that I wouldn't have got to know any other way.

Learn to not care about what people are going to say about or to you
Over the past year, I have been trying to give no f*cks about what anyone thinks of me as the haters gonna hate and all that. I normally bog myself down when someone says something horrible about me but I'm just trying to get over it.

Try kickboxing
I have been doing kickboxing for over a year now and I have my yellow belt. I am so glad I found a sport that I love and that is very interesting. Over the past year I have noticed I have gotten fitter, stronger and lost a bit of weight. I am happy I have found something that I enjoy that gets me to do exercise 2-3 times a week.

This has been the long awaited TY Bucket List Update.
Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 10 September 2016

School Morning Routine Collab

Hey!
Since it is the start of school, I have been in school for a whole 8 days, I thought I would share my school morning routine. This is a collab with Guilianna, Christina and Eve, make sure you go check their posts out.

It's supposed to say 'Wakey Wakey' but my tired self didn't set it right.
7:15am
My alarm goes off. I sometimes fall back asleep or just lie in my comfy warm bed.

7:20am ish
I finally convince myself to get out of bed and go downstairs to the kitchen and have breakfast. Breakfast is normally not very exciting, just cereal and maybe fruit. I sometimes go on my iPod and scroll through all my social media and check other things.

7:30am
I run upstairs and go into the bathroom. I brush my teeth, wash and cleanse my face with Giordani Gold Nourishing Cleansing Milk. Then I go into my room, I use Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner to tone, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo as a spot treatment and Boots Simply Sensitive Day Moisturiser moisturise my face. I out some Dr. PawPaw on my lips and I change into my school uniform.

7:40am
I start doing my makeup. This year I have decided that I want to wear as little makeup as possible. I start by priming my face with Collection Primed & Ready Primer. I use SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint Concealer in Fair to conceal under my eyes, around any redness and any spots that are lurking on my face. I set that all with Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 Transparent. Next to my brows, I use Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in 04 Blonde to fill in and define my brows and Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara in Clear to set them in place. I put on a light layer of mascara with the finer wand from Maybelline Falsies Big Eye Volume Mascara in Black to darken and define my very blonde eyelashes. I put a light dusting of Catrice Defining Blush in 100 Rose Couture on my cheeks to add a little colour. For my lips, I put on Maybelline Baby Lips Tinted Lip Balm in Cherry Me (remember when these were a thing). I set that all into place with NYX Matte Setting Spray.

7:50am
I double check to make sure I have everything in my school bag, including my lunch. I back downstairs to the kitchen to talk to my family and go on the internet again as it would be my last time on it until 4:30pm.

8:00am
I go outside and wait for the bus.

8:15am
The bus comes and I get on. I normally listen to music or talk to my friends depending on my mood and where we are seated.

This is my lovely looking locker.
8:40am
I arrive at school, I get off the bus and walk into the building and head straight to my locker which is one the top floor. I am so happy I have a top locker this year as it's nothing worse than getting a bottom locker as you get walked all over.

8:45am
I wait to get into my locker and get my books for the first three classes. I stuff my jacket or a bag (if I have them) and I head down to where my friends are.

8:55am
I talk to my friends and chat about the what's been going on in the past 12 hours. Sometimes conversations can range from cat videos to the classes of the day.

9:00am
The school bell rings much to my disappointment of being mid conversation with one of my friends and head to class.

Make sure you check out all the other girls' blog posts.
I hope you liked my school morning routine. What is your school morning routine? 

Thanks for being awesome,