How To Win At Blogmas In 2017! | Updated Version

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When you think Christmas, what do you think? Festive movies? Presents under the tree? Hot chocolate in front of the fire?

If you are a blogger, however, there is only one thing that will be on your mind throughout the entirety of the season…

BLOGMAS!

Oh what a wonderful time of year it is for bloggers. From the first mention of Christmas, we will be in complete panic mode, initially stressing over whether or not to actually join in.

Then, when we have FINALLY decided to do so (its hard to say no), you can be sure that at some point we will be sitting in our rooms frantically writing down ideas to fill the month. I’m pretty sure, if you listen carefully right now, you will hear a blogger SCREAM, either from stress, or due to a eurika moment.

It’s hard to tell the difference, and if I’m honest, it’s probably me, but please don’t despair, because I am here to help!

Here are 4 ways you can survive Blogmas this year!


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Get Festive A Lot Earlier Than Usual

Let’s be honest, I know Blogmas is in December, but if you want to make the most of it, the best time to start preparing is in November, maybe even earlier than that.

This is mainly a tip for me, because I almost forgot this year.

Make It Picture Perfect

To stay on top of your Blogmas game, you need to take photos on the daily (which I haven’t done so much of), or at the very least, make some form of graphic (which I have done).

These images will make your post look so much better, add that extra little charm, as well as split up what you have written, making it more appealing.

Overload Your Notebook With Ideas

Before going into it, I would ensure that you have some ideas already fresh in your mind, and written down, so that when you come to write a post, you have something to go on, as opposed to staring blankly at a screen for an hour.

I am sure some of you bloggers reading know what I am talking about and have experienced this, because I definitely have.

It is not fun!

Have Fun With It!

When you are a blogger, you find yourself in what can only be described as a festive conundrum, to do Blogmas, or to not do it. If you decide yes (which a lot of you have done), it takes a lot of work. Probably 10x more than usual.

For some, it might end up being the most fun you have ever had blogging, but for others, it may make Christmas feel like the complete opposite. Don’t feel forced into  doing it.

If you know it’s not for you, don’t do it. There is no point forcing the fun. because people will be able to tell.

Personally, I love it, and I am sure you will too!


GOOD LUCK to all those doing Blogmas this year and Happy Blogging!

Chloe Lauren x

 

P.S If you are looking for ideas for Blog Post this Blogmas, check out LoveMelissaX now!

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Let’s Make a Difference Together!

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Hey Guys,

I recently received an email from a representative from EventBrite, a company which allows for you to organise, plan and promote events, including that of fundraisers. They asked me to share with you guys about a cause that meant something to me.

It really had me thinking about more than just that. Like, what is actually important to me and what am I doing to help others? Am I really doing enough?

Now, a couple of months ago, I was actually involved in an event through EventBrite, for Hope for Justice, where I walked 10k. They do great works, helping those who are caught up in Human Trafficking and modern day slavery.

It’s one of those things that not everyone thinks about or even knows about for that matter, but the thing is, it is happening more often than it should.

Statistics state that where you live, there is at least one person, maybe more, who are in this situation right now.

Can you believe that? I couldn’t.

But it is true. Very true. So true in fact, that I am shocked that it isn’t spoken about more, when it really should be.

Unfortunately there are so many people going through that we can’t event begin to comprehend?

Just like any other cause, looking into and making yourself more aware of what is going on will help you to have more of an understanding.

But maybe just like me, you can get involved with a fundraiser. Sure, I may have gone through a very long and straining walk which left me fully out of breath (I walked way too fast) but it was worth it.

Just knowing the money was going to a great place and that we were raising awareness for such an important cause was amazing!

The thing is though, if there is something you feel passionate about, you can actually make a real difference. I say this, because we did our fundraiser as part of a group called Pitstop which is part of my church. It started as a little project but it is making a huge difference. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you think you have to offer, you can do something, and you can inspire someone.

So, if you want to get involved with a cause that means something to you, then visit EventBrite. Oh and if you wish to find out more about Hope For Justice just click on the link.

Stay awesome and see you all soon.

Chloe Lauren x

What Causes Do You Care About?

We’re Bringing Autumn Back!

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Hey Guys,

I love Autumn. Don’t you just love Autumn? It’s the greatest of all the seasons. There is so much beauty around to be seen and there is just something so special about the season, that makes everything feel better.

OH HOW I LOVE AUTUMN!

Sure, the weather will be getting a little cooler and the nights a bit darker, but it’s OK. It’s worth it.

You have to love the sound it makes when you walk over fallen leaves or the colours around that are beginning to flourish and show themselves more throughout the next couple of months.

It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s magical. It is what it is!

I am not sure if this is just me, but this season in particular has me thinking a lot, reflecting on things I feel are important and being much closer to my family. There is just a strong sense of togetherness which I absolutely adore.

I understand that people will miss Summer. Most people do. I won’t personally, because I am not the biggest fan of heat, but I do get it though, the attachment people feel. However, at the same time, people should look forward to and appreciate what is to come.

I can just smell that crisp autumn air already. I’m so excited and ready I can’t even begin to explain it.

One thing I get to look forward to this Autumn in particular, is my two year blog anniversary, which is next month. Can you believe it? Two years writing on this blog. It’s insane. I am just glad I am still doing this and that you all still read and show your support for my work. It’s amazing and never ceases to put a smile on my face.

Autumn is just wonderful.

So, go get that fire on, get the wellies out, and prepare the hot chocolates, because Autumn is finally here!

Bring it on!

Stay awesome and see you all soon!

Chloe Lauren x

The Most Important Lesson I Have EVER Learned!

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Hey Guys,

This week was my first week of my Digital Marketing Apprenticeship and I am so thrilled with the progress I have made already. Just five working days and I feel like I have accomplished so much.

I won’t give too much away about it yet because I have plans to do a proper post on that very soon, but for now, I will leave you with the fact that I am completely overjoyed and doing something I actually really enjoy.

That’s what life should be about. Sure you should work hard, but you should do so in an environment that makes you happy and because it is what you really want to do. You should never feel pushed to do something which makes you unhappy, it will only cause distress in the long run.

Being happy should be your main priority!

Anyway, what I wanted to talk to you about was the most IMPORTANT lesson I have learned (apart from what I just mentioned above) which has helped me to reach the point that I am at now.

Do you want to know what it is?

Yeah? Of course you do!

One simple thing you can do, which I have taken on board a lot myself recently, which, although at first may seem difficult to comprehend, actually gives you the best chance to take a positive step forward. I would even go as far as to say it is probably one of the greatest and most beneficial things you can do to begin to get better in yourself.

Drum roll please!

My one important lesson is:

IT’S PERFECTLY OK TO MAKE MISTAKES!

This one thing can totally change your perception of well, just about anything. It doesn’t matter what you do or in what way you incorporate this into your life, it is extremely relevant.

I used to see any mistake I made as being the most disastrous thing in the world.

I used to beat myself up over it, and dwell on the sheer embarrassment it made me feel. It made me feel weak and worthless and I know a lot of you feel that way too currently.

Believe it or not though, I found a positive side!

Without mistakes, how would we possibly learn?

It’s those minor happy accidents that make us see what we can do the next time to improve and to get a different outcome.

The problem is, we see them as much more of a problem than they are. We have to accept that we are human. Mistakes are completely inevitable. We can’t stop them from happening. They will continually happen. All you can do, is keep smiling and know that it’s those moments that make you the person you are, and show just how much strength you actually have.

Look at every Mistake as an opportunity. Another chance to get something right.

Want an example?

My blogging.

This isn’t the first blog I ran. It wasn’t even my second. But each one was a learning experience, something I looked at, and even though at times I wanted to give up, I pushed myself through regardless. Overtime I taught myself all of these little tips and tricks to the point that I have managed to reach over 25,000+ page views, over 1250+ Blog followers and now, being in a job which involves blog writing.

See? A mistake may leave you feeling down, but it’s the way you take it that defines who you are.

To reiterate my point: IT’S PERFECTLY OK TO MAKE MISTAKES!

Chloe Lauren x

My Journey To My Dream Job

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Hey Guys,

How are you all doing today? I am personally doing very well! Not only did I manage to surpass 25,000 page views today (thank you all for that) but I also happened to score the job that I really wanted, one which will lead me in the direction I want to go. Things already seem to be going in the right direction. FINALLY!

I actually tweeted about this straight away, as soon as I had received the good news due to the over excitement that I was feeling. The response and support was absolutely incredible and I cannot thank people enough for that. You all made me smile like a complete mad woman.

One of the responses I received was from one of my good friends and blogger, Regina from Diversion3000. She congratulated me and asked if I would make a post to show how I got my job. So you know what? I am!


For almost a year, I had been searching for job after job, mostly unsuccessfully and for a lot of the time, receiving NOs from the companies I was applying to. There were several companies that had offered me interviews. On week in particular was filled to the brim with them. I was suddenly overwhelmed.

I actually ended up with two offers. The first of which was an apprenticeship that wanted to hire me from the get go, but I didn’t get the best feeling from. I couldn’t take it, it just didn’t feel right. The other was a training company who I did take up the offer with. They were supposed to help me onto the next stage of an Apprenticeship. Let’s just say it didn’t go as planned and I won’t make that mistake again.

Always trust your own judgements.


I was soon back to square one. Not sure of where I stood or what I would do. Nothing seemed to be happening. I felt very demotivated. The more I tried, the more I felt down  about the entire situation.

It had me wondering what my options were and where I was going wrong?

I realised my attitude had something to do with it. The moment I allowed myself to be more positive and open to new opportunities, was the moment things began to turn around. I was getting interviews again, and my prospects were looking better.

You change your attitude, your change your perspective.

I ended up working on a cover letter (With a little help from my Stepdad), and decided to just send it out to a company who are situated just down the road from me. It just felt right and I just wanted to try. I had been trying for so long to get anywhere, that I thought if I didn’t give it a go I would be failing myself. The worst they could say is no.

Not like I hadn’t heard that before!

Within an hour the company got back to me saying that I had an interview the same day at 2.30pm. I was nervous but excited. Ok! I WAS EXTREMELY NERVOUS! I was about to be put on the spot.

Deep breath, Chloe. Deep breath!

I went to the interview, and within just 20 minutes of questioning about me, my blog and what I wanted to achieve, I was told I had got the job and would be starting Monday at 10am.

YES! This is what I had been waiting for. Almost a years work, with all of the ups and downs, and now I had finally gotten where I wanted.

Do you want to know the best part? They weren’t even looking for a Digital Marketing Apprentice, but a Digital Marketing Executive. They said my email was perfectly timed and convinced them to give me a chance.

I’M GOING TO BE A DIGITAL MARKETING APPRENTICE!

I can’t believe it! I actually get to do what I have been trying to do for a while.

Just goes to show, if you want something bad enough, just keep going, and it will happen. Giving up is not an option.

Oh and one more thing, if you had your results from sixth form this week, congratulations, and you did amazing, regardless of your grades.

Stay awesome and I will see you all soon.

Chloe Lauren x

5 Signs That You Have Become A Blogger

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Do you own a blog? Do you consider yourself a blogger? If not, maybe you will change your mind after reading this post.

Some people don’t consider themselves as bloggers because they don’t have a huge amount of followers, comments or they don’t get picked for brand deals. But I am here to tell you, you don’t need to have these things. Just having a passion, a want to make your blog the best it can be, and any of the following blogging habits, will make you a blogger!

Social Media Has Become Your Domain And Notification Watching Your Game

Social Media is the place to be if you have a blog.

You need somewhere to connect and interact with other bloggers as well as the people who read your blog. It is also the home of (none) shameless plugs, otherwise known as our blog links.

We have to. Our blogging journey just wouldn’t be the same without it. Plus, I really love supporting others in my community and receiving that same support back. It’s all about spreading the positivity in more than one place!

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You Spend More Time Replying To Comments/Commenting On Blogs Than Talking To People You Actually Know!

I think I have actually become ADDICTED to reading other peoples blog posts, but not only that, I have an obsession with commenting on these blogs. I just think it is important. It gives others a boost and shows you care about their posts.

You know what? I also love receiving comments. Obviously, it isn’t the be all and end all. I don’t do it just for that, but when I do see a comment, I get so excited and just want to show my appreciation by replying, although I sometimes forget to do so. Oops!

Your Emails Are Constantly Cluttered But You Really Don’t Mind

I remember the days when I would barely get 20 emails a day.

Jump forward a few months, I have gone up to about 60 emails a day. Obviously that doesn’t sound like a lot for some of you, but compared to what I had, that is, how do I put this? A LOT more!

Then again, who doesn’t want positive emails outlining how things are going with your blog and about other bloggers you know and think are amazing?

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When You Have More Photos For Your Blog Then For Personal Use

I am pretty certain that none of the photos I have taken in the last few months have been just for general use. Almost all of them have been for blog posts or my social media content.

Yeah, we are all aiming for that perfect shot that makes people go, #GOALS!

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Getting Way Over Excited When An Idea For A Blog Post Comes Into Your Head Or Every Time Someone Follows Or Comments

Probably the most relatable of them all!

There are moments when you may be feeling down, maybe from the day just gone by or from a lack of inspiration, but the very second an idea for a post comes into your head, a smile so electric and infectious will creep onto your face. It’s such an incredible feeling. You just want to run to your laptop, computer or maybe your smartphone, to quickly start writing what is in your head before it leaves.

The same goes for when you see someone new has followed you or commented. You just want to thank them, because it really means a lot to a blogger to know that people are supporting them. It’s not always the easiest thing out there, but every person who follows, likes a post or comments, makes a huge difference. You are making a bloggers day!

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Have I changed your mind? I hope so! Whether you have 10 followers or 10,000, you are a blogger. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! You’re doing amazing!

Can You Relate? What Do You Think Makes You A Blogger?

Stay awesome and see you all soon.

Chloe Lauren x

You Have To Keep Moving Forward

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Hey Guys,

It’s been quite a while since I have use that as an opening, hasn’t it? I can’t believe I am even using it again. It’s just a simple greeting, but for some reason it brings back so many past memories of this blog. Some amazing and others that weren’t too great, but I don’t regret any moment of this journey. It has all been a learning process, and I think it is safe to say, as a blogging community we are all moving with the times and doing the best we can to be as real as possible.

I just want my blog be the best I can make it and be the best me that I can.

In February, towards my birthday, I told you all 20 things I wanted to do and achieve before I turned 20, one of which being a redesign of this blog, which I have actually started.

I now have a more appealing front page to welcome you all, a new tagline, and my main sidebar has been altered to be more efficient and to make the most of the space I have. Bit by bit, it is really coming together more and more. I am seriously proud of it! Hopefully, you all love it too.

But wait. That’s not the only thing that I have been doing. Oh no! I have some special posts and features on there way very soon, including a new page I have called ‘Featured Blog‘ and an extremely special project I am working on with some of my blogging friends. I can’t wait to give more details as soon as I possibly can.

Oh and I have a new Contact Me page. I almost forgot about that.

I am seriously dying to tell you more about both of these. I am literally so excited about it, it’s unbelievable. I may or may not even be internally screaming right now in excitement.

Are you excited yet? I’m crossing my figures that you are, and also that theses ideas work for that matter.

You’re all amazing and thank you for all of your positivity and support recently. It’s really helped and kept me on the right path and in the right direction, even when things didn’t seem too great. We may not always be where we want to be, but we are a million miles from where we were.

Stay Awesome and see you next time.

Chloe Lauren x

Let’s Keep Moving Forward!

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All I have seen recently are blog awards, and it’s wonderful for the people who have been nominated. In fact, it’s completely awesome and I am happy for them, but in some ways it disheartens others who haven’t been nominated, so last year I created a tag which used social media, something we all know and love, to congratulate and commend other bloggers in a series of categories.

It ended up becoming one of my most viewed posts, and I even ended up seeing it everywhere. It really made the rounds and I think it made some people happier to know someone thinks highly of their work. So here we are again, with an updated, 2017 version, because people should be able to feel that way again.

Let’s keep the positive vibes going people!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Choose a Blog or Blogger per category and explain why you chose them.
  • Tag others to do this (up to you how many).

The Categories:

Instagram – A Blog With A Design You Love:

WanderLustTayne

This is a blog that I dropped upon on accident, just as I was going through Twitter one evening, and what I ended up finding was a blog that I absolutely adored. The design and the idea is just amazing and I love it.

Facebook – A Blog With A Friendly Blogger:

Call Me Ash and Diversion3000

What can I say about these two lovely ladies, apart from they are two of the loveliest, most helpful and most genuine people I have come across throughout my blogging experience? I am so thankful and happy to say that I can call them my friends. I don’t think they have a bad word to say about anyone.

Twitter – A Blogger Who Could Write Just 140 Characters And You Would Still Love Them:

Elm

Elm you know I love you, right?

Hopefully you do.

I don’t know what it is, but absolutely anything Elm writes is like liquid gold. It’s so pure and straight from the heart. She deserves every follower, like and comment she receives. She is by far one of my favourite bloggers and people out there.

YouTube – A Blog Which Keeps You Entertained:

CWarned 

If you not come across this blog before you are most definitely missing out. Every post, every word and just about everything about it entertains me. I love how L finds the light and humor in anything, even if it is something that some people find it difficult to talk about. Also, he voices his posts in a way that sounds like I am reading straight from a book. I don’t know if it is just me, but I absolutely love that. It’s so personal and really keeps me hooked.

Snapchat – The Blogger Who’s Updates You Can’t Wait For:

HideawayGirl 

One of my favourite blogs. Hands down. I will admit I tend to miss peoples posts accidentally or forget to like a post, but I always come back to them. When I do, I usually start with this one. Plus, the blogger is awesome also!

Tumblr – A Blog Which Is Very Diverse And Has Variety:

The Flower That Blooms 

I like different, and this blog I am about to mention definitely is.

This blog in particular is run by two very lovely girls and again, is a blog I only found very recently. They talk about fashion, lifestyle and cruelty free beauty, which is something my mom would love. Oh and did I mention they do Vlogs? They are going to make waves in the blogging scene, trust me! You go girls!

Pinterest – A Blog Which Is Full Of Creativity And Inspiration:

Morning Coffee With Dee

This is a very new blog but don’t be fooled by that. This blog is filled to the brim with amazing content and the photography is to die for. I could pin and repin as much as I possibly could.


There we have it. These are the bloggers and blogs I have chosen. Now it’s your turn.

Nominations:

Just like last time, I am nominating everyone mentioned within this post, as well as anybody else who wishes to do this tag.

For those who I tagged last year, I can’t wait to see who is chosen this year.

 Spread the love!

Chloe Lauren x

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More Than A Half Year Round Up

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I know we are seven months into 2017 now, which is obviously more than half way through the year, but hey, since when have I been conventional? You have to be different, right? Actually, it is also seven months until I turn 20, so it’s great timing, although that has nothing to do with what I am doing now.

I just wanted to share with you what has been going on in my life over the last few months and just do a round up which covers more than just one month.

Starting Up My Instagram Again:

During my holiday to Suffolk I thought it would be a great idea to begin using Instagram as a way to document my life in a photographic form which was one of my goals before I turned 20, but also as a way of practicing my marketing skills to get the job I really want.

If you are on Instagram and wish to follow me, you can. Just click… HERE!

My Baptism

Back in February I decided it was time I got baptised and made my faith official. It wasn’t a quick decision, not because I didn’t want to do it, but because I was nervous to share my testimony and open up my life to others. Afterwards I realised no one was there to judge me, but rather to support me, so when I made the choice, I was all in, well especially when I was under water.

The first song above, No Longer Slaves was the song I chose for the day and is one of my favourite songs. That song as well as the other two there, may be Christian songs but definitely can hit home with just about anyone, especially Thy Will. I actually suggested that song to a friend of mine who is in a tough situation, and even she said she could relate. Give them a go!

Job Searching

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This one is really difficult, because I am seriously trying to get a job. It’s a wonder my head hasn’t exploded yet. I feel more than frustrated right now.

I have had some good moments and then some not so great moments. Those moments in particular make you feel demotivated and really make it more of a laborious task than it was before.

Obviously it isn’t the easiest thing in the world. We all know that. If it were, I don’t think anyone would be unemployed. Well, maybe some!

In a way, job searching is a full time job in itself and something that I need to put more effort into. I have realised now what I have been doing, although getting interviews every now and again, isn’t completely working.

So what do you do? Change your tactics. Take a new direction.

My stepdad has been the voice of reason and gave me a great idea, which should hopefully improve those prospects. I might need to keep you all even more updated on this one, but for now I am just going to keep my head held high and keep going. It may get to me quite often, but positivity and faith is all I need.

NEVER GIVE UP ON WHAT YOU WANT!

See you all soon!

Chloe Lauren x

What Has The First Half Of Your 2017 Been Like?

Exams Are Difficult, But They Don’t Have To Be!

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The end of the school year will quickly be coming to an end in the next few months, which unfortunately means for many of you, it’s exam season. Sorry about that!

This is the time of year where our minds go into full panic mode, but you are not the only one. We have all been there, trust me! However, it doesn’t have to be the most stressful time, does it? Not really, no!

What you need are a tips which will allow for you to relax as much as possible before you have to take that plunge into the deep end. That is where I come in. I have got 6 killer things that you can do, which will hopefully help you at this stage. It’s never too late to feel relaxed. So, here we go.

Exercise It Out

Yeah I started with a weird one. You’re probably sitting there thinking, I am taking exams not getting ready for a marathon. I know, but exercise is actually very important, it releases a feel good hormone called endorphins which should allow for you to relax much easier, and probably much quicker. By the way, did you know that if you exercise straight after a bit of revision, it helps to keep that information in your mind, making it easier to remember? No! Well, you do now!

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep will relax your body, and aid your brain in remembering the information that is needed. It will also make you more alert, making you much more ready for the day, as well as any exams you may have, or any final studying you might be doing.

Eat A Balanced Diet

This one is pretty rich advice coming from me, especially saying that I used to always miss breakfast which is terrible I know, so really this is just me telling you, wait no, urging you to not make the same mistake I did. Make sure you ALWAYS eat correctly, especially in the mornings, in order to make your mind feel awake and ready for the day ahead. You can’t perform at your best or even relax your mind without it. We all love food. It’s true. It is an integral part of ensuring our bodies work to full capacity, so let’s give our bodies what it wants, a balanced diet.

Listen To Calming Music

There is no point listening to music that is heavy, or has lyrics , because in an exam, you may remember the lyrics rather than the material you have learned, which obviously isn’t good. When I was doing my exams I stuck to listening to what is called ‘Adagio’, particularly in G minor. It really helped, and just in case you want to listen to it also, you can listen to it here.

Eat Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has many health benefits which can be used at any time, not just for exam stress, but the reason I mention it here, is because it is able to increase blood flow to the brain, as well as having a positive effect on your mood by releasing endorphins to the body.

Take A Break

People always forget that it is ok to take that little bit of a break. Your brain needs it. It should not be constantly filled with information, especially not the week or even night before an exam. You should do little bursts of revision, and then allow yourself a few minutes to take in what you have done, and get your mind back in the right place. Over doing it could really effect you both in the exam, and sleep wise, which as we just learned isn’t good.


So there we go, 6 small but beneficial things you can do which will help you relax and perform better this exam season. Feel ready? Yes, I knew it. You are ready!

Take those exams down!

Chloe Lauren x