Thursday, 31 December 2015

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

“If life was a book; every day would be a new page, every month would be a new chapter, and every year would be a new series.” 

An entire year has gone by and tomorrow will be the beginning of a new series. A complete clean slate, a chance to redeem ourselves, a fresh start. Whatever has gone wrong this year, 2016 is the year to put it all right. Enter the year with a positive attitude and you will have a positive year.

This year has been a massive learning curve, I learnt a lot about myself and the people around me, many friendships have been lost but better ones have been made. I had a lot of negative people in my life at the beginning of the year and as the months went by, I realised that they were having an effect on my happiness so I made the conscious decision to cut off communication with these people and I have never been happier. Surrounding yourself with people who make you happy and feel better about yourself is really important for your mental well being, I learnt this the hard way.

January through to June were pretty standard, nothing bad happened but nothing particularly exciting happened either.  Then came July. In July I got a job at the Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in Hitchin | A Quick UpdatePreviously, I had two paper rounds, one on a Thursday and the other on a Sunday which pretty much funded my lifestyle but Year 11 was a matter of months away and I needed a proper job so that I would only be working once a week, giving me more time to concentrate on my studies. Five months later, my best-friend, Roni, also works at the Sweet Shoppe and I could not be happier.

Not only did I land myself a job at the most amazing place ever, I also landed myself a monthly column in LoveMag. Starting my blog was the best decision I ever made, I have had so many opportunities in the last almost two years, here's to bigger and better things for Fran & Co in 2016! 

Also in July, I went to Thrope Park for the first time, I documented my experience here | A New Adventure and on Tuesday 14th July, after 4 years of intense hard work, my Mum graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a degree in Business Management. 

August through to December have been pretty hectic, deadlines here, there, everywhere! But deadlines have not stopped me from being a shopaholic, my yearly bank statement is sitting on my desk, unopened and that is how it will remain until I am mental stable to accept the damage I have done over the past 4-5 months. 

On December 26th, I turned 16, at last I can do online banking and open an ISA with Barclays, the little things ay. My bestfriend Roni and I drove down to London to tackle the Boxing Day sales, suprisingly it was not as busy as expected. I was born and lived in London, so going back every now and again brings back many childhood memories. Whilist in London, we decided to head to Winter Wonderland, we went for the first time last year | Winter Wonderland 2014 and have made it a yearly tradition to go together. I have never celebrated a birthday with a friend before, most of my previous birthdays have been spent with family. Probably the best birthday I have ever had, huge thank you to Roni, Kingsley and Nina for making my day extra special! 

It is time to start thinking of things I would like to achieve and do in 2016. Next year I will be documenting all my achievements and adventures, I really want to expand my blog and make it more personal. I have met some amazing people through blogging this year, Florence, Amber, Tori the list goes on and next year, I would like to meet more of you and create even more friendships.

Next year I will stay organised. This is something I did quite a lot in 2015 and next year this will be a cruical as I have my GCSE exams starting in May. I want to make sure I am fully organised so I can avoid unwanted stress and achieve the best possible grades. So that I have regular posts during the next few months, I have decided to start a blogging schedule for 2016, a new post will go up every two weeks on a Monday at 18:00 GMT. 

I will also be more adventurous and will explore more cities and embark on new experiences and adventures.

And lastly, I will focus on my happiness. I will do things that make me happy and surround myself with people who make me happy. I will be the best possible version of me. As a society, I think we have lost who we really are, many of us are constantly wishing we could look like someone else or have another life. This year I want to be content and appreciate the things I have and the people in my life. 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for 2016?


Monday, 28 December 2015

A Timeless Classic

Daniel Wellington do a range of beautiful classic watches, some with leather straps and some with fabric straps. I had my eye on the Rose Gold Classic Sheffield | £159 for a while and since my birthday was coming up, I thought there was no better time than to finally invest in one. I am completely in love with the simplicity of my Daniel Wellington watch. I never realised that one small accessory could transform an otherwise casual outfit into something elegant and sophisticated. Watches are timeless classic. No matter what the occasion, dress code or season you can never go wrong with a Daniel Wellington watch.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Bath Time Essentials

I begin by running myself nice warm bath then I pour two handfuls of the Radox muscle soak bath salts under the running water. Unfortunately, I chucked away the box before I could photograph it for this post. The salts are extremely soft on the skin and leave your muscles feeling fully relaxed.

There are only two products I reach for when I am in the bath; one is a body wash and the other is an intimate skin wash. I love the Soap & Glory sugar crush range | Prices range from £4.00 to £9. Let’s begin with the scent, I am not usually the biggest fan of citrus scents but the lime oil and kiwi juice water come together beautifully. Making sure your intimate skin is kept clean and fresh is important. FemFresh | £3.69 (250ml) is a gentle pH balance wash for your intimate skin; recently they have extended their range and are now producing a variety of scents. Not much I can say about FemFresh other than it is a product that is definitely worth trying out and adding to your daily shower or bath routine!

After my bath I slather myself in the Soap & Glory Righteous butter | £10 (300ml).  I must admit the scent can be a little overpowering, however, the butter is phenomenal. It is formulated for dry skin and as someone who suffers from eczema, it can be very difficult to find body butters that are moisturising and do not feel heavy or irritate my skin.

When I am dry and in my fluffy Primark pyjama’s, I light my Christmas cookie Yankee Candle | £12.49 and watch a movie or series on Netflix.

Before bed I try to turn off my laptop, phone and tablet at least half an hour before bed so I can fully switch off. I make myself a caffeine-free mint infused tea and spend 10-15 minutes colouring. Colouring has been proven to de-stress and relieve anxiety – Adult colouring books can be found in almost every book shop, Johanna Basford adult colouring books are simply the best. 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Loving Yourself

When you love who you are, you accept who you are

We rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve – If we treated ourselves with the same kindness we use on others, we would live happier lives. So why do we neglect ourselves when our lives come crashing down? We are only human, mistakes happen, nothing in our lives is meant to be perfect or will ever be perfect. Bad things are only temporary.
Acceptance. Accepting that you are, who you are is a huge part of self loving. When you learn to love yourself, you do not need the approval of others in order to be who you are and to be happy.

It is important to treat yourself regularly. I think the fun part of self-love is rewarding yourself. If you have made a significant accomplishment or had a hard week at work, school, college or university - even if you have no reason at all, treat yourself. I do not mean go out and buy yourself a new designer bag, simply dedicating some time for yourself, every week, to do whatever you want. Whether you go out for dinner or just have a pamper evening, always treat yourself.

When you love yourself, you look better. You can concentrate on your strong points instead of your weaknesses and imperfections. Everybody has imperfections but many go unnoticed. When you accept your imperfections, you became even more beautiful and the world around you changes. It enables you to look at things, people and life from another perspective, a better perspective. 

And lastly, do not let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.

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