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Tenerife Photo Diary

I was lucky enough to kick off the year with an unexpected, spontaneous week in sunny Tenerife with my family which definitely beat my January blues. From dips in the pool to reading Blogosphere on the balcony, the trip was everything I needed to rejuvenate and relax. It also gave me a great opportunity for another photo diary blog post, so I hope you enjoy looking at my snaps as much as I enjoyed taking them…

After a chilled few first days, I got my camera out for the first time since arriving to capture the sights of our tuk tuk tour. Our guide took us to some picturesque sites and stopped at the top of a seaside village for some photo opportunities, where the light was working very much in my favour, making for some of my favourite photos of the holiday.

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We liked the tour so much, we booked to take another route the next day, which went to the Isle of…FERNANDOS! Although I didn’t actually see anywhere from ‘Take Me Out’, there were some stunning views of the vast hills and we were treated to a fresh fruit smoothie made by our guide at a local farm shop to refresh us half way through the tour.

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After our two successful tuk tuk rides, we swapped wheels for sails and took to the water in the hopes of seeing some marine mammals. We did catch a glimpse of some sleeping dolphins, however the whales were no where to be seen. I did manage to get some good snaps throughout the day though, and the open water breeze bronzed me up which was a bonus.

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dolphin blowing water (1 of 1).jpgOur last day out was to the local market which sold everything from tapestries to purses and gave us the opportunity to purchase souvenirs to remember the trip by. We didn’t spend long there as it was very hot and busy, so we headed to a local coffee shop for some shade and rest after we’d done all of our shopping.

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Despite all of our exciting day trips to mountains and markets, my favourite part of the trip by far was settling down on our very generously sized, white marble balcony after a shower, feeling bronzed, with a gentle breeze hitting me, reading Blogosphere magazine and taking in the sunset. One night I had a moment of complete contentment, I realised what a lucky and privileged position I’m in; I’ve just had an amazing year, I’ve come into 2018 with a loving family, financial stability, two holidays booked, a blog to put my creative energy into and future plans I’m truly excited about- I have everything I could possibly want and need.

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This holiday gave me the opportunity to take life slowly, live in the moment and give my mind a rest, and it really has put me on the right track for the rest of the year. I hope you enjoyed the photos, there’ll be a lot more coming from my second holiday of the year in two weeks… Megan x

P.S Do you have any trips booked for 2018? Leave a comment and let me know, I’d love to know where you’re jetting off to!

17 Good Things That Happened In 2017

I feel like 2017 has come and gone int he blink of an eye, and thats probably because I packed so much into it I didn’t even realise how fast it was going! From passing my A levels to getting my first job, heres 17 good things that happened to me in 2017…

  1. I visited London twice, once in February to see the building from ‘The Halcyon’ and once in November to see the building from ‘Kingsman’.

    2. I threw a hot tub party for my 18th birthday.

    3. I visited New York and had my first broadway show, my first time in a helicopter and my first time doing virtual reality.

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4. I Visited San Fransisco and explored Alcatraz.

5. I visited LA and took a tour of Warner Brother’s Studios

6. I finished my America trip in Las Vegas and saw the famous sign.

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7. I took a short ferry break to Amsterdam with my family.

8. After literally years of never being fully satisfied with my blog and not having my own domain, I took the leap to self hosted and bought a GORGEOUS theme from pip dig. I’m so happy I invested time, effort and money wisely into my blog because it was SO satisfying seeing it finally come together ready for me to fill with posts.

9. I had the honour of having my tweet read out live on ‘This Morning’ by the national treasure that is Philip Schofield!!

10. After two years of not liking college and struggling with my subjects, I managed to pass all three of my A levels.

11. I explored more of the UK and visited Cambridge, The Farne Islands, Blackpool and took my first ever girls trip to Alton Towers with my oldest friends from school and had my first ever legal drink whilst I was there! I became more proud of my photos each visit and the ones from Blackpool Zoo have become my favourite photos to date.

12. I enjoyed a reeeeally chilled five days in Majorca.

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13. I got a Cineworld Unlimited card and went to see over 30 films with my best friend Lucy- my personal faves include ‘Kingsman The Golden Circle’, ‘Flatliners’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’- and discovered some TV shows I absolutely love including ‘The Good Place’, ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’.

14. After months of trying, 150+ applications, a walk around town handing my CV to anyone who’d take it and a horrific trial as a pot washer, I FINALLY got my first ever job at The Body Shop! It was the one I was reeeally hoping to get as I was a big fan of the brand myself so I was absolutely over the moon when I got a call to say I’d got the position!

15. I went to the theatre to see ‘The Addams Family Musical’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Elf The Musical’.

16. After discovering Muchelleb’s channel in early 2017, my whole year changed for the better and I took more time for self development and self care. I got more organised and minimal and rediscovered my love for pamper nights and baths.

17. I’ve never, ever seen any hobby through till the end, but this year I completed a film academy course at the British Film Institute despite considering not going back after the first day. I’m so proud of myself for going back week after week and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I’m so happy with everything I experienced and achieved in 2017 and with two trips already booked for January alone I have no doubt 2018 will be even better!

What was your best experience of 2017?

Megan x

What I Got For Christmas

Christmas is well and truly over and even though its no longer acceptable to eat cheese and advent calendar chocolate for breakfast, I still have a little bit of festive spirit in me, so I thought I’d pass it on and share with you some of the gifts I was lucky enough to receive this year.

I’d had my eye on this DotCreates blog planner during the run up to Christmas so I was very pleased to receive it from my parents. Although it does have week by week reviews, I’m more excited to use the blog post/youtube video planning pages since they’re multi purpose and have all the baby steps needed to produce a good post already printed in a checklist for you! blog planner outside (1 of 1)

After seeing this mug on countless blogger’s Instagrams, I couldn’t resist asking for it for Christmas. Although I do drink a LOT of tea this will mainly be used as a photo prop and will hopefully up my own Instagram game!little miss blogger mug (1 of 1).jpg

I always love receiving Soap and Glory products at Christmas and this year was no exception. Theres just something so satisfying of having a full co-ordinating set of products from the same range and this year I was lucky enough to receive two!soap and glory 2 (1 of 1)You’d think that after working at The Body Shop for two months I’d be sick of the sight of their products but I’ve been a loyal fan of their Vitamin E for a long time now and it never fails me. My grandparents always ask me to pick my own gifts, so I chose a set including cleanser, toner, day cream and night cream so I had a full skincare set to kick off my new year with.vitamin E (1 of 1)vitamin creams (1 of 1)

I featured the Girlboss Workbook in my Christmas Wishlist and even though my Mam had already told me she’d got me it months before Christmas, it still came as a surprise when I opened it. I didn’t want to rush it and not take in all its valuable information, so I waited till I had a good chunk of time and settled down to fill it out with a cup of tea. I actually only got half way through and I’ve already got so much practical advice from it like cover letter writing and job interview tips. I absolutely love how unique it is and I could definitely do with some more resources like it in my life! girlboss workbook (1 of 1).jpg

I’m so grateful for everything I received, I’d love to know the best present you were gifted this year in the comments!

Megan x

November and December- The Months Of Work

The last two months of 2017 were very busy for me, so my blog took a bit of a backseat which is why this post is coming to you so late. Never the less, I thought I’d still document  what the end of the year entailed for me so I have something to look back on.

November

November started with a Harry Styles concert on the very first day, which was a very nice way to kick off the month. There was a point in my early teenage years when I was going to concerts once a month, but now at eighteen I go to a lot less and, truth be told, general admission events give me a lot of anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love being in a live crowd once I’m there and have my bearings, but the lead up to Harry’s concert did make me nervous. When I got there, instead of an anxiety filled night, I actually experienced the most chill concert I’ve ever been to. We got there in no rush, found a quiet merch stall and bar upstairs, and then settled ourselves at the very back of the venue, which actually proved to have an amazing view since we were in a theatre and the floor was raised. We had enough room to sit down whilst we waited for Harry, a wall to lean back on, a place to put our drinks and bags and to top it all of we were right next to the women toilets. I didn’t feel any pressure to sing every word of every song or record the whole thing- in fact I think I took one photo and one video the whole night- I just enjoyed it and relaxed. I’m really hoping for more concerts like that in the future!IMG_3141

I also visited London and saw the real life tailor shop ‘Kingsman’ was filmed at, which was definitely a highlight of the year!

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As well as all of that, I started my Christmas temp job at The Body Shop during the first week of November and was given more hours than I expected, which wasn’t a bad thing since my contract was only for two months and I wanted to save as much as possible. That did mean that the main focus for the month was work so I didn’t really do much else apart from a LOT of cinema visits. vitamin E (1 of 1)

December

December was another work-filled month, but I did make time to visit Manchester to see ‘Elf The Musical’ which was absolutely INCREDIBLE! The Lowry was an amazing venue, Ben Forster put on an amazing performance as Buddy and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack ever since. I even rewatched it three times after it had been shown on Channel 5!elf (1 of 1)

Christmas rolled around very quickly, I had a lovely time with my family and ended the year with a chilled New Year’s Eve- a great end to a great year.

Last Months Goals

I’m glad to say I achieved both goals of ‘Put in as many work hours as I can’ and ‘Start planning for new year’ I set myself for November, but the goal of ‘Post to my blog and YouTube once a week’ failed miserably because of work commitments and the general busyness of the festive season. I wasn’t worrying about it too much though, I decided since I was only at work for two months it took president over everything else and I didn’t want to put too much on myself and enter 2018 frazzled and stressed.

What we’re your best bits of November/December? Leave a comment and let me know! Megan x