Friday, 22 February 2019

18th Birthday Ideas

As the celebrations for my 18th birthday begin on the 2nd March, I decided that there's really no better time to do this post than now. Turning 18 is such a special, memorable occasion for all of us. It isn’t just about being another year older, but it also marks your transition from childhood to adulthood. You only get to turn 18 once and celebrating in style is definitely called for!

How you mark your special day is up to you, of course, but since this is something particularly monumentous, you might appreciate some guidance from someone, who is also in the same boat. Here are a few ideas to consider before you start your night out in style.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Second Chapter: Empathise










Back at the beginning of January, I did my first blog post of the year in a new series surrounding my debut poetry collection, "Intoxicated Minds". The idea behind it was that out of the illustrations that were done for me in each chapter, I wanted to share half of them, just so that you can get a feel for the themes that are presented throughout the poems, and what sort of vibe(s) I was going for visually. I hope you enjoy hearing more, and it possibly encourages you to make a purchase on Amazon, seeing as you can pre-order here up until the March 2nd...

Abandoned Aged 6:
This was actually the first poem that I ever wrote, and so I wanted the illustration to be one that was emotive, and also memorable. I love the contrast between the light, and the dark, and how much the key message is emphasised.

An Alcohol Addiction:
Another poem that follows the same theme features one of my favourite illustrations too. The focus is on how a young girl is at the centre of her father's alcoholism, and she is directly experiencing the exact sorrow that he is experiencing. She is drowning, and struggling to live a 'normal' life, because she is quite literally at the hands of someone else's addiction.

You Were The Spectator, I Was The Statue:
For this poem, the main imagery is of the girl in the centre of the gallery, who's a beautiful statue, which is adorned in flowers, unlike the others. The object doing the observations is unappreciative of what she has to offer, even though she's the one that stands out, and is the primary feature, and he simply goes on to view others, not even having batted an eyelid. 

Aiming Towards The Bright Light:
This illustration has such magical, mystical vibes in my opinion. The light details are clearly there to capture people's attention, and the warm colour surrounding the girl demonstrate how she is leaving the dark overgrowth of the blues, and greens behind her in the pursuit of happiness. Think about the quote 'there is always a light at the end of the tunnel'. 

Plucking Off The Petals:
The white daisies  on the top of the girls head represent her innocent, young mind, and the fact that she displays beauty, ambition, and personal growth. The hand that appears to be plucking off the petals from the sidelines is that of the boy who affects her self-worth, and makes her perceive herself differently. The pastel colours help to showcase her femininity and purity. 

Taking A Bullet For Unrequited Love:
This is another poem, which features contrasting imagery. On one side, the isolated female is in the dark, because she's got nobody else, but then on the other side is a loved-up couple, who are walking hand-in-hand toward their happiness, and their future together. The girl has never received mutually romantic love.

Her Eyes Are Where Her Darkest Demons Lie:
Here, the backdrop is the dark night sky, because the poem is one, which is darker, and focuses on deeper ideas. The pink, and purple shades help to emphasise that, because they are representative of the depth, and the mysterious tone that is being portrayed. The blurred figures dancing around the girls head are meant to be her thoughts, the demons that keep her overthinking, and that won't allow her to feel free. 

I had the privilege of working with a wonderful lady called Laurel Clark on these illustrations, as well as the other 7 that feature in this chapter. If you're interested in checking out more of her designs, or you want to commission her at any point in the future, you can find her website here, her Twitter here, and her Instagram here

Until next time!

Love and light always,




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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Savvy Students; Making The Most Of Your Uni Experience

These days, it's definitely more important than ever to try and make the most of your time at University, or college. After all, student fees are more expensive than ever before, so you will surely want to try to get the most you possibly can for your money! That’s not the only reason, though - trying to get as much as you can out of your University experience can help you grow and develop as an individual, and you will also find that it sets you up better for the adult world.

So, are you ready to get involved with as much as possible? Here are a few steps that can help you do just that...
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Friday, 15 February 2019

How To Handle Being The New Girl At Work

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At different stages in your career, you’re likely to have a new job. Whether we’re talking about your first job after school or university, or your second job, third, or even a new job in your golden years, you will often get that same feeling, because it can be intimidating to start any new job. You may worry about it or feel apprehensive, and that’s all very normal - trust me. We all feel like this from time to time. However, you don’t have to dread it. Instead, you can be excited about your new job and actually feel ready for your first day. Not only that, but you can make sure that you settle in well without feeling totally green. Let’s see how you can handle being the newbie so much better.

1. Know You’re Qualified

First of all, you need to know that you’re actually qualified for the job. You're the one that got it, aren't you? So, ask yourself - what are you really worried about? You earned this job on merit. Sure, you need to settle in at a new place, but before you know it, your new place will feel like home!

2. Pull Together A Perfect Wardrobe

Now, power dressing is a thing. So, if you want to feel confident, you need to dress the part. On the run up to your new job, you’ll want to think about getting the right wardrobe together. Think about the outfits that you can work with in your role and have them planned out in your mind.


3. Prepare The Night Before

When it comes to the first day, you can really make a difference by preparing properly the night before. We all worry about it, sure, but if you’re prepared, the uncertainty will ease. For this, you’re going to want to lay out your outfit and get your bag ready. Put your phone into your choice of premium phone case, do the same with your laptop, and get a brand new notebook ready too. Swotty? Yes, potentially - but, it will make you feel ready to take on your brand new role.

4. Sleep Well

All that’s left to do the night before is to get a good sleep, because it really does matter, and you really do need to make sure that you’re well rested and ready to take the world by storm. When you wake up, you can then carry that feeling on with a good breakfast and by getting your lunch together for the day, then put your fabulous first day outfit on and get ready to rock!

5. Make A Killer First Impression

Finally, when you get to work on your very first day, you’re going to want to make the right impression, because we all know that first impressions count, and you only ever get one shot. So, decide how you’re going to be. What do you want to be known for? What kind of image or vibe do you want to give off? Then make sure that your actions and attitude follow suit. We all have to be newbies at one time or another, but it’s what you make of your fresh start that counts.
*This is a collaborative post*
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