3 Lessons I Wish People Would Have Told Me Sooner!

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Hey Guys,

As a lot of you may know I turned 20 almost a week ago and it’s sad how quickly time is moving forward, but I am at a point in my life where I have officially passed my teens and come through some tough moments in the short amount of time I have been around.

So, I thought I would share some lessons I have had to learn which I wish people would have told me sooner. If these are relatable let me know and I just hope I can help a few of you out.

Here we go:

Nothing Good Will Ever Come Easy

One thing I have had to learn, is that anything worth fighting for, will never be plain sailing, no matter how much you would like for it to be.

It’s an annoying truth, but the truth none the less.

There are situations, let’s say landing that dream job for example, where you will want to just send out one application, get the interview straight away, and then be told you have gotten the job. How perfect would that be?

Although that may be the case for some people, it is very likely that won’t be the way it goes.

The way this is more likely to play out is, you send out 100 applications, get maybe 10 interviews and then hopefully get the job then, but even so, some people may still need to try, try, and try again.

This isn’t me trying to burst any bubbles or ruin anyone’s dreams, but rather say that effort goes a long way, and the more effort you put in, the more likely it is to pay off. That goes for practically anything also, so what I am trying to say is, keep trying and you will be ok! Trust me, it took me over a year of searching to get where I wanted.

Life Will Throw Some Interesting Curve Balls

It doesn’t matter what you do in life or where you go for that matter, life will find some way to throw something your way to throw you off track, but one small piece of advice, don’t let it bring you to an automatic halt.

Keep looking forward. Keep going and never look back.

And yes, I will admit that is some big talk for someone who did let that happen several times in her life, but hey, I am here to tell the tale, so maybe I can be the one to let you know after all!

There have been some moments in my past where I thought things were going a certain way, and then BAM!, it all diverted and I ended up on a completely different path. At first it seems confusing and you try to figure out what is going on, but sometimes this new path may be just what you needed, even if at first it seems absurd.

Just go with it!

You Don’t Have To Be Liked By Everyone To Be Happy

This has always been a HUGE problem for me, but I know I am not the only one here who does this.

In my mind, I have always had this thought that everyone I came across had to like me, otherwise it was apparent something was wrong with me. I have actually lost count as to how many times this has taken over my mind.

Now, obviously at the age of 20, I know this to not be the case, although occasionally I may still get an inkling of a feeling that this still may be so. Really at this point, I am just trying to convince myself that people can dislike me and I won’t be affected by it at all. I don’t react quite so badly as I once would but still, I kind of just want everyone to be my friend. Is that so bad?

Saying this however, I am happy with the friends I have and wouldn’t change them for anything. This goes for those both online and offline, it really doesn’t matter. I am glad to have people who like me for me, it makes you feel good and forget the insecurities you once had.

Real friends are hard to come across but so worth the time and effort.

And if you are looking for a friend, I will happily become that friend.

See you soon

Chloe Lauren x

 

 

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It’s Official… I’m Coming Back!

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Hey Guys,

This is just a short post to let you all know that my Blogging Break is officially over as of right now and as of the next few days I will be fully back with all new ideas and blog posts which I can’t wait to share with you, so keep a beady eye out for that!

But first, let’s rewind slightly, I know I have actually had a couple of posts out this year, but they weren’t my best work and the reason for that is, for a while I completely lost my passion for my blog, so I decided to take a small break, but I still wanted to bring out posts. Quite easy to see, that was the completely WRONG move, although my last post, which was for Paperless Post (see HERE) was enjoyable.

But like I said, most of what I loved was gone, partly because I felt drained. Worry not though, as it is 100% back. I just had to take some time for me and now I am loving the idea of posting again. Yay!

I just really hope you didn’t mind the break and understand what I am saying?

I am sure you do. I don’t doubt that one bit. it’s just I felt I at least owed you a teeny weeny explanation to explain my recent absence. After all, you’ve always been so supportive and you subscribe to my feed for something so there you go.

Be on the look out for new Content because I am officially back!

There was something else I needed to say. What was it?

Oh yeah, I am now 20. Real life is kicking in and no more teen tag on WordPress. YIKES! I guess this is going to be like a fresh start? Scary but exciting! Let’s see how it goes.

See you all soon,

Chloe Lauren x

This Is From Me To You! | Paperless Post Review

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Hey Guys,

Today I am going to be telling you about Paperless Post, a wonderful little Service which enables you to send Cards, Event Flyers and Invitations in a new and exciting way.

Sounds interesting? I personally think so, which is way I am looking forward to telling you more about it!

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First of all, I absolutely love anything like this. In fact, anything, and I mean anything, that involves being creative and sharing something which may be sentimental, is definitely what I am 100% here for. I have always been someone who enjoys finding different ways to surprise and make someone smile on their birthday and I think it is safe to say, I have found a way I can do that.

Possibly a high five moment?

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Anyway, a friend of mine, also called Chloe, but with the accent on the ‘e’ (as mentioned above), actually has her birthday coming up, incidentally a day before mine, making this the perfect time to find and try this Service out.

I know, I couldn’t have timed that better myself!

I have to say though, I was happily surprised to see a great variety of card choices available, although it made it slightly difficult to pick the right one. It’s not that Chloe is picky, but rather that to me it has always mattered about the person and what they will like so it’s more me being pedantic more than anything.

I guess I was just over thinking it more than I should. Nothing out of the usual there!

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Once I had actually managed to choose the right card, then came the easier part, personalising it.

I decided to stick to a simple but sophisticated design which was slightly ruined by my try at being ‘funny’ or ‘witty’ with the way I said Happy Birthday. I couldn’t just be normal, could I?

Now, with this Service, you don’t just choose the card design. Oh no! You have control over everything, the entire design process is down to you, which I think works really well and allows it to be truly and completely from you to the person you are sending the card to.

If I am honest, that is what it should be about.

All that’s left for me to do now, is schedule it to be sent out at the right time, which has been the only real problem I have faced thus far within the process. Apart from that, it is definitely worth the effort.


Now it’s your turn. If you’d like to try out Paperless Post, take a look at their Website now, just click the link below.

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Have fun!

Chloe Lauren x

 

*DISCLAIMER – This Review is my honest opinion and all views are my own. Also, thank you to Paperless Post for asking me to Review the Service.

Responding To The Negativity!

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Hey Guys,

If you have been active on any of the Social Media pages or heard the news getting about recently, you may (or may not) have heard a few things circulating around regarding Content Creators, including that of the new rules being brought in by YouTube, outlining new guidelines specifically for and making it more difficult than before for smaller channels monetizing their Videos.

This obviously caused a HUGE amount of outrage, and with good reason, especially saying this has come about, conveniently after the Logan Paul incident, making people wonder why YouTube has been picking out and victimising smaller Creators who are trying to grow.

But this hasn’t been the only time this year (already), that the name of the creator has been spoken of negatively and faced backlash.

At the moment it actually seems as though Bloggers/Vloggers are at the forefront of Media coverage and not for the reasons we would want to be, and although there is a lot of good coming from our communities, OUR being the operative word, it is becoming apparent that the bad is outshining this good.

I think it’s important to remember that actually, that we are a community and that we need to be the ones to continue the way we want things to go. By this I mean, let’s fight fire with water as opposed to more fire if that makes sense.

Why subject ourselves to the negativity that is surrounding us all? Instead pick ourselves back up, brush off what is holding us back and make an impact the way we know we can.

We have to support each other first in order to strengthen and build on what we have. We can blame others all we want, but it won’t make the change we want. We just have to keep pushing through and sharing the Content we love and it will all fall into place.

We’ve got this!

Chloe Lauren x

What Did You Achieve In 2017?

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Hey Guys,

With 2018 now underway, I thought it might be interesting to do something I did early last year, when I looked over what I had achieved throughout the year.

Now I know this wasn’t the best year for a lot of us, but I’m here to remind you that even in darkness there is light! Positivity is everywhere we just need to find it, even when it seems difficult to do so.

  • Being Baptised in February
  • Got over my fear of calling people or answering the phone
  • Adopted a new, much more positive attitude and outlook on life
  • Started my search for Jobs/Apprenticeships
  • Reached 1,400+ Blog followers and 1,150+ Twitter Followers
  • Gained more confidence in myself
  • Being offered 8 interviews in one week
  • Passed my AAT Level 2 in Accounting Software exam
  • Letting go of toxic friendships that I thought I had to hold on to
  • Mastered making Cappucinos, Lattes and Americanos on drinks machine
  • Invited to interviews with BT and the BBC
  • Managed to get the Job I wanted in just one day
  • Just feeling so much happier in myself!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that 2018 is a success for everyone reading.

Here is to a great start. New Year. New You!

What Did You Achieve In 2017?

Chloe Lauren x

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!

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