My 1 Year Blogging Anniversary!! + Q&A

It’s my blog’s 1st birthday! 🎉🎊🎆

Whilst I made this WordPress account over 1 year ago, I only really started using this blog on Saturday 18th June 2016, writing about my Work Experience with the local town council. So much has changed since then and I am truly blessed to have been on this wonderful blogging journey 😍☺️

Let’s go through some of my blogging numbers…

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Cover Reveal: Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned by Michele G Miller & Mindy Hayes

Boy, am I excited to reveal the cover for this book! This is the third book in the sensational ‘Paper Planes’ series co-written by Michele G Miller & Mindy Hayes. Not only is their writing exceptional, both collaboratively and independently, but these two are also lovely if ever you should have the opportunity to connect with them on their social media 🙂 Please go buy their books, they are 100% worth it!

I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but with one like you’re about to see, how can you not? And the writing is excellent, I promise!

Moving swiftly on to the cover reveal…

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What I got for my 16th Birthday + Meal Highlights

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As you probably know from my ‘Birthday Tag’ post three weeks ago, it was my birthday recently. On Saturday 21st January, the day after my birthday,  I celebrated my sixteenth by having a birthday meal at a local Tex-Mex with my best friends. It was a really great night, where I was surrounded by friends, food and lots of fun! ❤

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My outfit for my birthday meal (c) Grace Galvin

I’m just going to touch on all of the wonderful gifts I was given for my 16th birthday from friends and family members, considering they were all so lovely and thoughtful! To me, pricing doesn’t really matter when it comes to gifts. As long as some thought was put into it, that’s all that matters! 😀 I am not in anyway boasting or bragging about my birthday presents, simply thanking those who gave me them and showing you guys, so maybe you can be inspired.

I am not, in any way, trying to boast or brag about my birthday presents, simply thanking those who gave me them and showing you guys, so maybe you can be inspired.

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The Birthday Tag

Hey, guys!

As I said before, I’m going to be publishing blog posts on a Friday now! As luck would have it, I have two things to celebrate today, the first being the fact that it is my 16th Birthday today! 🎉😄 I’ve been looking forward to this day for a little while, just to call myself 16. It sounds kind of ridiculous, but I like the maturity that this age is going to give me! 😌

Because it’s my birthday, but I also have to celebrate reaching 200 followers, (couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present, by the way!) I’m actually releasing TWO blog posts today!  🎉🎉

I thought it would be a lot of fun to do a birthday tag so that you can learn a little bit about me and my birthday! 🎉 This tag was created by a Dutch blogger called Kwante in Wonderland, and the original post is in Dutch, but I got the English version from a blogger called The Belgian Reviewer! Thank you for the inspiration, I did add a few of my own little ideas to it too, which I will indicate as my own 🙂

First off, I love my date of birth, which is 20/01/2001. It is just perfect as it is a repetition of the same four digits. I also love how my name is a palindrome (the same forward and backwards) but that’s another story! 🙂

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Mock Exam Results: What I Learnt

Hey, guys! I’ve not been blogging for ages – this is my first post of 2017! 😦 I feel awful about it, but I’ve been ill recently, had a lot of tests and coursework and rehearsals since I got back to school. Heck, I haven’t even had time to complete one book so far this year 😦 I’m about 4 chapters into The Unexpected Everything! I’ve decided that my usual day for posting will be on a Friday, and if I want to blog any other time in the week I may do that too! I’m just drawing up a final timetable and hopefully, the blog will come together nicely with the little bit of time I’m going to put aside every other day or so to focus on my posts.

 

Anyway, to the topic of this post…

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Many of you will know that I took my Year 11 Mock Exams in December – it was a tough week and a half but I felt confident that I had done well in at least some subjects.

 

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Tweeting about my day ahead

 

Well, I got my mock exam results today! I was so so nervous (especially since they chose today, FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH for my results) but also excited as I have been waiting a while for the results. It was nerve wracking queueing for the paper with my grades on it – I could feel myself bubbling over with a feeling of anticipation – was I about to get my dream grades, or was I going to be left disappointed?

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What I’ve learned from travelling

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? I am fortunate to have traveled to many places all over the world – but not everything is about having fun, or lying on a beach, as great as that might be.

There are several lessons I have learned from all my travels:

1. The world is a beautiful place that was made for us to exploreWP_20160809_13_09_28_ProEveryday, ask yourself – if there are so many places in the world that are beautiful, then why aren’t I making an effort to see them? There is beauty in everything – you don’t have to pay huge amounts of money to find something that takes your breath away, which brings me to my next point…

2. Sometimes it is better to go back to basics

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The more you remove yourself from everyday life and home comforts when you travel, the more rewarding the experience will be. Sometimes fancy hotels can provide a distraction when you really just need to get out there and explore. Don’t get yourself down about saving for a big fancy holiday – just save for a cheap flight and decent hostel. If you research enough, you can find some amazing deals. Needing the hotel to be expensive in order for it to be ‘good’ is completely false! Only a decent quality of service is necessary!

3. Pack light

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If there is one thing you don’t want to be doing on holiday, it’s lugging heavy baggage around with you. You honestly don’t need every piece of clothing in your wardrobe, even if you’re travelling for months. Pack a few staple items that can be interchanged and put them in a backpack, so your hands can be free when you need to check in etc. If you only have one backpack, this can go in an overhead locker and you won’t have to pay to check in bags, and you won’t have to wait for luggage carousels. Simple things like this mean you can spend more time travelling and less time faffing about clothing. You can always wash clothes if you need to, anyway!

4. Capture the memories

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At the end of the day, whilst selfies and travelling are a good combination, in the years to come you will appreciate the pictures of the views and the places that you visited. You will want some pictures that don’t have your face in every frame. Invest in a basic digital camera, or use your phone. Make videos and pictures and learn how to capture images in the best light. These will be the memories that you cherish, don’t waste them. You can also capture the memories by collecting postcards like I do.

And finally…

5. Don’t stay in just one place

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If you’re visiting a country, you want to be able to experience it as much as possible. When you go to a place be sure to vary your activities so that you get to live the culture that surrounds you. Make sure to leave a day or two so that you are free to explore, but plan some activities. You could have a relaxing morning on the beach followed by a walk to the museum. You could go to the theatre and then a famous memorial. You never know what you might learn! One thing I suggest is bus tours. But only the ones that you can hop-on and 0ff! One good company for this, that can be found around the world is City Sightseeing. This way you can see a variety of different sites, but you have no time-restrictions AND you get unlimited travel! A win-win! 😀

I hope I’ve encouraged you to go out there are travel! What have you learned from your travels?

xoxo

Hannah

 

A HUGE THANK YOU! 100+ Followers

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It seems like only yesterday when I was thanking you for 50 followers. Little did I know that my blogging family would double in the space of just under 3 weeks! This is absolutely insane 🙂

I am completely in love with blogging right now, I love pouring all of my energy into a post and to have it appreciated by people, to have people like and comment on it, just means the whole world to me! 🙂 Honestly! ❤

I don’t even know how I’m going to do this thank you justice. Thanking you from the bottom of my heart could not even express the gratitude I have for you all right now. I have truly been blown away by you all!

So, I’m just going to say a massive THANK YOU! Thank you so, so, so much!! ❤ ❤ Just over a month ago, I had less than 10 followers. I have not a clue how this happened, but I am so, so grateful!! ❤ 😀

Because I have 100 followers, a friend of mine, Elise (big love to you <3) suggested that I list 100 of my favourite things, so you guys can get to know me better 🙂 If you guys want to share your thoughts on some of my favourite things, or list some of your own, that’s totally cool too!

Finally, remember, I love you guys! ❤ Thank you for all you contribute; for the kind words on lonely days. I will always be here for you and continue to support and interact with your own blogs, helping them to grow too 😀 It is because of you that I’m living my dream! ❤

100 Favourites

Romantic Comedies

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Italian Food

Young Love

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Shooting Stars

Oversized Jumpers

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The colour blue

Tex-Mex Food

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Black Lipton Tea

Reading

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Libraries

Dolphins

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Blue Raspberry Pencils

Blue Night Skies

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Coldplay

Costa Creamy Coolers

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Light Shows

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Balloons

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Marshmallows

Cute Stationary

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Keane

Formula 1

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Sitcoms

Bookshops

Songwriting

Printed Photographs

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Iced Tea

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HMV

Basketball

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Alternative Music

Fairy Lights

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Collecting Postcards

Apple Crumble with cream

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Fluffy Socks

Baking cakes

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Playing the keyboard

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Mosaics

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YouTube

Vinyl Records

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Live Music

 

Music

Fireworks

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Conkers

Podcasts

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Skittles

Cupcakes

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Jeggings

Singing to the car radio on long trips

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Pillows

Being in the school musicals

Going to the Chippy

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Museums

Parks

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Scrapbooking

Ireland

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Exploring new places

Christmas Markets

The smell of warm pizza

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Going to the cinema

Chocolate

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Breathing in a packet of Salt and Vinegar crisps

My Canon EOS 350D

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Singing

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Photography

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History

Pretty Bookmarks

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Maple Syrup

Owls

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Ferris Wheels

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Geography

Travelling

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Wimbledon

Berry Lipstick (MAC Frost New York Apple)

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Peppermint Tea

Glass blowing

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The Eiffel Tower

Bath bombs + bubble bars

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Ice-Cream

Weddings

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Lawson

Singapore

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Charity Shopping

My family

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Wedged heels

Victoria’s Secret Spray – Mango Temptation

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Stained-glass windows

McDonalds with friends

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My notebook collection

Sea salt spray + beachy waves

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Roses

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Christmas Eve Service in Church

CDs

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Board games with my grandma

Crumbly Fudge

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Taylor Swift

My best friends ❤ Sanjana, Jazmin, Chloe, Mollie, Maddie, Ruby, Georgina, Myah and Freya! ❤

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Scarves and snoods

Marble runs

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Choir concerts

Writing Blog Posts!

Thank you so much, again for 100 followers! ❤ It means so much to me ❤ 😥

Love always,

xoxo

Hannah

 

Thinking Of You // Travel Tuesday

Everybody should read this! ❤ It is so beautiful and well written. I sobbed reading it 😥 Really got to my heart, and it makes em grateful that people are still making the written word something that hits you right there! ❤

Sunshine In Wanderland

I´d like to share a little poem with you. It´s very personal…this is what I felt when I was in Le Cap D’Agde. The last verses are new mixing in current emotions. The whole thing is lighened up with wonderful photos of Cap D’Agde. This way you can think yourselves into me sitting there…thinking…

Enjoy. 

Thinking of you,
sitting here,
on the rocks,
the sun stroking me gently,
like you once did.

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Thinking of you,
Oh, how I miss you,
looking out at the sea,
trying to guess what´s behind the horizon,
eyes wandering, to the mountains and back.

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Thinking of you,
your eyes,
my gaze lost in the molecules of the water,
stretched so wide and powerful,
beyond my sight.

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Thinking of you,
so far away,
miles stretched between us,
I should have left thoughts behind,
I should have left you behind
but still I´m

Thinking of you,
out here, marvelling at…

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My Bucket List (To be updated)

  1. Visit Canada
  2. Visit Berlin
  3. Backpack around the world on limited funds
  4. Volunteer as an aid worker in Africa
  5. Random Acts of Kindness
  6. Skydiving
  7. Cover an entire wall with bookshelves full of book I love
  8. Go to a music festival
  9. See Coldplay in concert
  10. See Lawson in concert
  11. Travel the world with my best friends
  12. Have the same best friend from now for life
  13. Meet my ‘soulmate’
  14. Remake Rhett and Link’s ‘All Night Long’ Video
  15. Ziplining (done before, want to do a bigger one)
  16. Go to Wimbledon
  17. Ride in a helicopter
  18. Fly an aeroplane
  19. Do something major for charity
  20. Get two degrees at university
  21. Have a job that I love going to every day
  22. Be part of a gigging band
  23. Release an album of original songs

Summer Montage

Here is a little (well, 9 minutes long) video clip that Cecilia and I have been working on to portray our summer holiday in a montage of pictures and videos. We hope you enjoy the video! Be sure to comment if you enjoyed and want to learn more about our adventures abroad!

xoxo

Hannah