Walking The Tightrop

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Going through Seasonal Affective Disorder is a little bit like walking on a tightrope.

Sometimes I just feel like I've been going from strength to strength, you know? And it's great; I'll have gone over 250 days clean, I'll have been happy; like really happy.  I'll have got all this stuff in my life going for me, and it will feel good. It will feel good to breathe and just relax and feel healthy again. 

But then something like this comes and it knocks me off the road, and I end up in that place where I'm doubting myself.

 I doubt my ability to get back up, and that's when the depression kicks in.

It's like the niggling voice in your head that tells you you can't do something, and sometimes it's easier to ignore it than others. But there are times where I've fallen down, and this niggling voice turns into a battle cry, screaming and shouting about how worthless I am.

How could I let myself fall into this pit of despair when I was finally on the right path! And I'm like why am I here again? Why can't I just walk down the path and be fine?

But then I look back and see that it wasn't a path that I was walking on, it was a tightrope.

 And when an acrobat starts to learn how to walk on a tightrope, I'm sure they fall a lot. That's just part of the learning process, so just because they fall doesn't mean they can't get back up. The tightrope is a scary place and looking down is just gonna make it harder so you need to focus on what's ahead of you.

See what you've achieved, and don't be too hard on yourself.

Yeah some people are gonna find it easier than you to walk the tightrope, and some of them are going to be able to do flips and tricks and stun the crowd, but for now you're training. You might not be strong enough to do all the fancy stuff, but you're learning how to walk. 

You need to be easy on yourself, because life is a learning process, much like the tightrope, and you need to pick yourself back up and keep trying. Falling down isn't a bad thing, but it is important that you get back up again.

100 things that make me feel good

Friday, 16 October 2015

1. heartfelt compliments

2. looking back at silly pictures I've taken of friends

3. "I love you"'s

4. morning messages from him

5. talking on the phone to people I've not seen in ages

6. Watching funny interviews of my favourite bands

7. buying concert tickets

8. disney

9. Being with the people I love

10. Helping people

11. Being around little kids

12. Making other people laugh or smile

13. Looking through my favourite twitter accounts

14. Looking through timehop

15. Funny tumblr text posts

16. Cute relatable quotes on pintrest

17. Pretty dresses

18. Buying or recieving cute stationary pieces

19. travelling (But not on trains..)

20. Looking forward to exciting events

21. Thinking about all the good times

22. Spending money

23. Giving people presents

24. Finding and falling in love with new music

25. Fangirling

26. Coming home to hot chocolate and a movie

27. Watching home and away

28. Watching concert videos

29. Birthday Parties

30. Spending time with family

31. My HRM the queen mug

32. holding hands with him

33. Getting ready to go out

34. Giving people good advice

35. Receiving letters

36. Listening to my old mixtapes

37. Discovering old CD's

38. Reading old diary entries

39. Reading comments on this blog

40. When people appreciate my hard work

41. Dancing around the room

42. Getting home after a run or workout

43. Achieving my personal targets

44. Being silly and crazy with my best friends

45. Playing guitar and being badass

46. Writing something decent and reading it over, and being happy with it

47. 5 seconds of summer

48. Going to sleep and thinking happy thoughts

49, Reading a good book

50. Meditating

51. Talking to my friends over food/drink

52. Listening to radio 1 after school when Greg James is on

53. Iced caramel frappes

54. Just starbucks

55. Making decisions about the future

56. Talking to my little brother

57. Watching stupid videos with friends

58. Baking a cake

59. Getting cute DMs from people I don't know

60. When the moon is bright

61. Talking to my faraway friends on oovoo

62. Late night chats with him

63. All time low

64. Getting likes on facebook and instagram

65. That friday feeling

66. Reminiscing with my best friends

67. Playing the question game with him

68. Getting closer to 69

69. Being well planned and organised

70, That feeling after I tidy my room and it's actually clean

71. Taking a good photograph

72. Laughing at my crap photographs

73. Being ahead of schedule

74. Chilling at home all day

75. Pyjama days

76. Lilly Allen

77. Nevershoutnever ie. Christopher Drew

78. That feeling after a good old cry

79. Colouring in therapy

80. Making a perfect cup of tea

81, Cupcakes and muffins

82. Having a cheeky wee nandos

83. Movie nights

84. Sleepovers with the girls

85. Planning meet-ups with my people

86. When my eye makeup is as close to perfection as I can get

87. Trying on ballgowns and pretty dresses

88. Looking at wedding dresses and imagining my dream wedding

89. Getting As in exams that I've worked hard in

90. Exchanging funny jokes with my mates

91. Rocking out #punkrock

92. Jamming with the crew

93. Buying cute

94. Making cute plans about dates in the future

95. Daydreaming

96. Going to the beach

97. Selfies

98. Making spotify playlists

99. Summer holidays

100. Learning new things

5 Happy thoughts

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Happy Sunday, friends! I've got this next week off school, which gives me plenty of time to catch up with friends, and finish off the dreaded personal statement. I've been stressed out of my mind this past few days, trying to write the perfect personal statement, and worrying about whether or not I'll get in to university, but it's time for me to wind down and relax! Yeah, university is a bit and scary thing, but whether I get in or not, things are going to work out. I'm so glad I've got this post to write, so that I can reflect on some of the more positive things that have happened this week. Here goes...

I have the most amazing friends in the world
I know that pretty much everyone when asked will say that their friends are the best, but trust me, mine are. I love my friends so much, and I know that I sometimes always take them for granted, but I really appreciate them so much. They do so much for me, and they are always by my side, whether I'm bubbly and happy, or completely out of motivation. THANK YOU!

I don't believe in my beauty...
But this week, a good handful of people have complimented me, and each time someone has offered me a compliment, I feel like there's a chance that some day, I might be able to look at myself and see more that faults. That's probably not going to happen overnight, but I'm working on it, and I'll get there eventually.

As I mentioned previously, I certainly have not been feeling calm at all lately. However, flicking through Calm by Michael Acton Smith has given me a few great pointers in the right direction, and after my 10 minute meditation this morning (which I have admittedly neglected quite a few times this week) using the Calm app, I'm feeling a whole lot better!

I'm in a good place for university
While I may be stressing myself out endlessly over this whole question of whether or not I'm going to get into university, I have come to appreciate that I'm actually in a really good place for university. My grades from last year exceed most of the entry requirements for studying business management, apart from the University of Edinburgh, which is asking for 4 A's, which I have anyway. When visiting Strathclyde Open day last Saturday, I talked to one of the Business management lecturers, and when I mentioned that I had 4 A's her eyes lit up, and she smiled and told me "I'll see you next year, then". I always thought my grades were quite an achievement, but that's because I am not smart in the slightest, and I know the amount of hard work and effort I put into my studies last year to ensure that I would get the best grades possible. However, I never thought of them being that great compared to everyone else... I thought pretty much everyone applying to university had A's in the bag, but that's totally not the case.

It's my birthday soon!!!
Woop woop! In 19 days I'll be hitting the big one seven! (17). I'm so looking forward to getting all of my friends together, and while not all of them will be able to make it, I can't wait to spend some quality time with the ones who can.

5 happy thoughts

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Happy Saturday, friends! Another week has escaped us but hey, at least we're getting closer to the weekend, and that can only ever mean good things! I've been back at school for just under a month now, which has been both good and bad; but certainly not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Being in my last year of high school, I'm finally getting to experience privileges such as cake days, free periods, and actually being able to have a friendly conversation with my teachers. It's going to take some getting used to, but it's good- it's all very good. Anyways, apart from that, here are a few happy things from this past week!

I got to see my boyfriend last Tuesday
Boyfriend?! Boyfriend!? Yes!! It's official, I'm attached! On  one of my visits up to a university open day I arranged to meet up with one of my closest friends -who I had strong feelings for- and by the end of the day, it turned into a date. He's a wonderful guy, and I'm so happy everything has worked out. It's going to be tough -and already has been tough- since he lives a whopping 3 hours train journey from me, but it's going to be worth it!

I got tickets to see All Time Low in Glasgow next Febuary
I don't know how, but my closest friend managed to bag us tickets to see my favourite band again. It'll be our third time seeing All Time Low, and not only that, but we've got STANDING TICKETS!

I finally got around to conditioning my hair
I know, I know.. I always indend on conditioning my hair more regularly, but more often than not, I'll forget to buy conditioner, or once I've bought it, it'll get used up by other people before I remember it's mine... Anyways, this morning I went out, bought my conditioner, and actually used it. Woah, I know. My hair feels so smooth, and it smells so good!

I bought myself a new notebook!
So as you may or may not know, I'm a really big lover of notebooks, and I definitely have more than I need, but nevertheless I always love getting myself a new notebook. Paperchase is just perfect for me, so I went and treated myself to a new journal. I'm not sure what I'll use it for just yet, but I'm sure I'll find a good way to use it sometime soon.

I've started reading again
As a kid, you would always find me with my nose in a book, with my bedside table piled high with books, but ever since the start of dreaded exams I've noticed that I read much less, and that's something I've been meaning to change for a while. I set myself the challenge of reading at least one book during the summer holidays, but I ended up being so busy and booked up that the goal seemed impossible, so I didn't even bother trying. However, now that I'm back at school I've decided to start reading again, starting easy with re-reading the sequel to 'If I stay'; 'Where she went'

little ways to be healthier

I know I'm not exactly the healthiest person on the planet... In fact I'm really just not healthy at all. But this year I've recognised that I need to try and take care of my body a bit more.

In the past, I have tried all sorts of diets, and to be completely honest with you, they have never really lasted for much more than a couple of days.

A few months ago I decided I would exercise more. Yeah, I did a whole 3 runs and then my 'busy' life got in the way. Whatever, so I'm a bit of a failure when it comes to being healthy... I'm still trying, right?

This time, I decided I would set myself realistic goals. Stuff that would be easy enough, but that would be good for my body. They aren't amazing new revelations, and I'm not going to promise that you'll lose x number of pounds if you do these things, but if you're anything like me (i.e. lazy, not very motivated...) then you might just find these little things that little bit helpful.

First off, I decided that I would go on more walks.

I reckon this won't be too hard for me, as I already walk to school every day. My walk to school is 2 miles there, and 2 miles back, and because of the way my timetable has mapped out this year, I have a bunch of free periods, so some days I'll be able to go home for lunch, taking my total number of miles walked in a day to 8! Also, I live right next to a country trail which borders a river and a cute little farm, which is perfect for a little stroll when I feel up for it.

Another thing I decided was that I would not go on a diet.

You're probably reading this thinking I'm going completely off my cracker, but let me explain. See, when I tried out a diet, it would only last a few days, and that would make me gain weight rather than lose it, because for the first few days of most diets your body tends to create its own fat before it's used to the change in your eating. And whenever the day came that I would give up on my diet, I would end up binge eating all sorts of junk... so diets are totally ruled out for me! No more dieting!

I also resolved to drink more water, which shouldn't be too hard for me either.

I drink a lot, and I always like to have a glass of some kind of beverage on my desk, so all I really need to do is chuck out the fizzy juices and replace them with water, which'll save money too since water is free...

But on the days I'm not really up to drinking water all the time, I shall make sure that I'm well stocked up on herbal teas, especially when the cool autumn and winter months kick in! Meanwhile, a summery smoothie won't do me any harm!

My third little way to be healthier is to replace one snack a day with fruit or vegetable.

 I love all sorts of berries, but strawberries will always be a favourite. But they can be pretty expensive, so an apple or orange can suffice, and I'll be leaving the berries for a little treat now and then. I really like a bit of raw carrot to munch on every so often too...

Fourth and final, I am going to listen to more music.

Actually, scrap that, I practically listen to music 24/7 already so that's pretty impossible for me... but maybe you could listen to more music.

I saw a post on my twitter feed a few days ago saying that listening to music actually relaxes blood vessels and moderates the production of stress hormones (basically makes you less stressed) which is well good!

What little things do you do to try to be healthy?

T r e a s u r e d

Thursday, 3 September 2015

One band which has meant a lot to me over the years is this Christian rock band, flyleaf.

A month before they broke up in 2012, the bands sound engineer Rick Caldwell died.The band played their last show a few days after his death for the benefit of his wife Katie and their daughter.

At the show, Lacey Sturm -the lead singer- spoke a bit about him, saying that "Sometimes we don't understand why these things happen, and there's nothing you can say to make it better. But there's something so honest about having a God to cling to and when we don't understand, just trusting that he is good"

Rick's wife Katie said that she had been listening to the radio, and she had heard this preacher saying that this bad thing had happened. And God spoke to this woman's heart and he said to her "Would you still trust me even if I never told you why"

And it's just so hard to do that sometimes. But there's something so honest in coming to God with your questions and your grief and your anger and just being like "Okay hey God what's the deal? But I'm gonna trust you anyhow even though it feels like I've hit a dead end, and I'm gonna trust that you are gonna use this as a piece of your giant jigsaw puzzle"

And God replies to us and he says "Hey, it's okay. I made you and you are mine. I have rescued you, come back to me" In fact, in Isiah 43 (Contemporary English Version) God tells the people not to be afraid. He says "I have rescued you. I have called you by name, now you belong to me. When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you and you won't drown. When you walk through fire, you won't be burned or scorched by flames"

I don't know about you, but I constantly find myself going back to that place where I'm trying to carry everything in my life all by myself. And I end up falling under the weight of it all but that was never Gods plan. He doesn't want us to carry it all by ourselves. We can't do it- Only God can do it. And that's what he says, he says "I never meant for you to go through this by yourself. I wanna go through it with you. I wanna carry it for you"

Back to what it says in Isaiah 43, "I have rescued you" Stop fighting for your freedom, because you're already free. I have rescued you. "I have called you by name, now you belong to me" I love my guitar, for an example, and I would never give it to someone I don't trust, and when I was away from home for a months road trip around Europe, I really missed my guitar. So much so that when I came back, I spent the whole day with it. 

When I was preparing this, I thought a bit about that, and one thing that kept popping up in my mind is that if we know how to look after our treasured possessions, how much better does God know how to look after us? Even when we're broken, even when it's tough, even when we're scared or angry or sad, because we belong to him. So if things get tough this week or this year, or just in life in general, the best thing we can do is turn to God and admit that we can't do this on our own and that we need to rely on him to take good care of us, his treasured children.

Summer's Over

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Last Monday ended my seven weeks of heaven( also known as the summer holidays, also known as the busiest seven weeks of my life) and while I'm sad that it's over, this summer has given me a lot to reflect on. I've had my ups and downs as usual, and the downs have been tougher than most but I reckon they'll soon translate into lessons learned. 
"When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure"

A few months before the summer, I met this guy who honestly just seemed perfect. He seemed really genuine, and honest, and understanding, and well, I'm not going to lie he was a stunner. So understandably, after spending a weekend with him, I fell head over heels for him, and apparently, he felt the same way about me. 

So we started calling. And I don't just mean 15 minutes on the phone every now and then; I mean every night when I went to bed he'd call about 10-11pm and we would talk until we fell asleep. He broke up with his girlfriend at the time. I fell in love. We exchanged 'I love yous' -the first one I've ever said to someone and meant it. In fact, I would go as far as to say that he. Was. My. First. Love. We promised eachother that after the summer, we would start going out (the organisation we were with had a no-dating-till-after-summer rule)

Yeah, pretty full on right? It seemed magical, like a fairytale. It was wonderful. But then I went on holiday and couldn't contact him for about a month. I missed our late night chats so much. I couldn't wait to be on team with him for a whole week, to have a wonderful reunion. 

That didn't happen. 

Instead, I found out that he had started going back out with his ex girlfriend that apparently he had broken up with because of me. 

At first, I was heartbroken. Why didn't he at least have the decency to tell me?! Then I found out something worse; he had started going out with her again when we were still calling, before my holiday. He had me as his lockscreen, and he was going out with this girl. I thought it was hilarious; how stupid. Then I was annoyed; why hadn't he been honest! I then proceeded to be very, very angry at him. 

Now, I've learnt my lesson. I fell too fast, and I wasn't careful. I hardly knew the guy, yet after two weeks I was in love with him?! I was the silly, stupid one. I know now that just because someone says something a lot, or makes a promise, doesn't mean it's true or that they'll keep it.

However, I haven't given up on love. I still believe that there's someone out there for me. But for now I am left with the memories of the calls, and the things he said to me and our early morning walks. And although the memories are tinted by the things that followed, I will still treasure them in my heart, and remember the good times. 

Besides, it's not about who hurt you and broke you down- it's about who was always there to make you smile.

5 happy thoughts

Saturday, 25 July 2015

1. I bought a new sweater
It's pink and cute and cuddly and I love it! On it there's white texts saying "on Wednesdays we wear pink" #MeanGirlsAF
2. Iced coffee in the mornings
For the past four days I've been staying over at my cousins house, and every morning I've woken up to fresh fruit salad for breakfast with iced coffee; two of my favourite things! Sadly today I'm going off somewhere new, but I really have enjoyed these little treats.
3. Antman
To be completely honest with you, I was a bit wary about going to see Antman in the cinema. Because I'm in Poland at the moment on my European roadtrip, language can be a bit of a barrier! However, the movie was all good in English just with polish subtitles- hoorah!
4. Thunder and lightning
I know a lot of people don't like thunder and lightning but I think there's something very beautiful and exciting about it! Yesterday there was a giant storm, and I watched it all from the comfort of my cousins house, with a lovely hot chocolate to keep me cosy!
5. Tomorrow I'm going to Germany
As my Europe road trip comes to a close, the long journey home starts tomorrow. I plan to stay with family near Dusseldorf for four days before taking the ferry back to good ol' Britain!

5 happy thoughts

Thursday, 9 July 2015

1. It's summer time.
I love the summer. I love waking up and seeing the sunshine creep in through my curtains. The warmth makes me happy. It brings back memories of running about and having water fights as a kid. I love sitting outside in the sunshine with a good book, or just laying there with my earphones plugged in, blasting out the summer hits.

2. I went for a run today.
I slipped on my trainers and went out into the big old world. With my music blasting through my earphones, I ran down a country road just 5 minutes from my house. I realised how lucky I am to live where I live. I love where I live; I love being so close to the city at the same time as being so close to the countryside. I love being able to escape to a quiet place. I love being able to be alone with just me, the music, and the scenery

3. I bought two new pairs of shoes yesterday.
I haven't been shoe shopping since I bought my winter boots, and yesterday I bought a pair of plastic-y white sandals for the beach, and the cutest pair of wedges. They're baby-blue, with a kinda wood-y wedge bit (wow that's a crappy description...) and I am totally in love with them! They didn't even cost me that much, either

4. I got a really nice compliment from my friend
I don't usually accept or like compliments, because I don't agree with them, or I feel like people are just saying nice things to me to be nice. I'm slowly learning to accept compliments, and yesterday one of my friends gave me a lovely compliment which just totally made my day.

5. I've been playing a lot of guitar
Because I'm on holiday and have a hell of a lot more free time, I've been playing a hell of a lot more guitar, which is really nice. I love playing my guitar, and just blasting out the tunes and forgetting about the world around me and the worries that I always seem to be carrying around. My guitar is kind of like an escape, and I always feel much better after a good old jamming session!

100 blog post ideas

Saturday, 13 June 2015

So you're completely stumped for ideas. You're bored, you want to write about something, you just don't know what exactly. Perhaps you're an aspiring blogger looking for inspiration. Or maybe you're busy, and don't have time to brainstorm and plan a blog, but you're due a post really soon.

We've all been there, and it's not a good feeling to have what I like to call bloggers block; it really sucks. So that's why I decided to write this post. So that if you, -or I- lack ideas at any time, we have this bank of ideas to fall back on.

I hope this is helpful!

1. How to keep calm
You could talk about the things that help you keep calm, and illustrate a situation when these things have helped you. Or, you could discuss why keeping calm is important in times of high stress levels.

2. How to stay positive
Do you think you have a positive perspective to life's issues? Why- or why not? What can you do to keep a positive mentality, and why is this important?

3. 7 day challenge
Document what you're wearing/doing for 7 days straight, and blog about it! Make sure to include pictures too...

4. Seasonal goals
Sort of like a bucket list, but specified to Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter related things.

5. Discuss a book you've just read
What is the plot? Who is the author, and what is the authors background? What did you think about the book, and do you agree with online reviews? Is there any drama on this book?

6. top 10 movies for a girls night in
This one is pretty self explanatory. Mine would have to include Mean Girls... I mean you just can't do a movie night without the iconic Glenn Coco

Talk about the bloggers who inspired you, and explain how they have done so. You could add in a mini bio for each blogger- a little like a monthly advertisers post.

8. The blogging process
How do you come up with ideas for your blog? Explain the process you go through from getting ideas for posts, right through to the final editing. Like my Blogging Schedule, for example.

9. Seasonal haul
This can be great whatever your blogging angle is. If you're a fashion or beauty blogger, you can do a summer haul; or if you're a literature blogger you might want to do a haul of the most popular books of the year. Adapt this idea and make it suit your readers!

10. A day in the life
People are nosey- that's just a given. Give your readers an insight to what your life is like. You could do a daily-vlog style blog, or just tell your readers what your average day consists of.

11. 20 questions
Brainstorm 20 of the most interesting questions you can think of, and write your answers to them in a post! You can go really funny, or dead serious, depending on your audience and personality.

12. How I edit my photos
Talk the reader through the process you go through when editing your pictures, Write about which apps you use, and what kind of photos you like the most.

13. Top 5 apps
What are the 5 apps that you use the most? Why do you use them so much, and are they useful in everyday life?

You can always make this more or less than 15, but it's always nice to link your reader in to some other blog posts that might be similar to your own. Make sure that these posts are timely, and relevant to your audience.

15. Interview a blogger
Are any of your friends bloggers? Can you get into contact with a big hit blogger? Either way, interviewing a fellow blogger can be pretty interesting and might actually give you even more ideas for content!

16. Throwback Thursday
Look through your blog, and pick out 5 of the best posts you've ever written, and 5 of the worst. This way, your readers are linked to more content, and you get the lovely feeling of remembering all your old posts and seeing your progress as time has gone by.

17. Life list series
You could do this all in one post, or spread it out into a series of posts. You can write about 100 things you want to do before you die, 50 things to do before you're 20, 50 things you want to buy, 20 things you do every day, 20 things you want to buy, ect.

18. 12 Motivational Phone Wallpapers
Whether you're a graphic designer, or just happened to stumble upon some super cute wallpapers on pintrest, this one's a nice and easy-ish post idea.

19. Shopping in...
Wherever you live, you can go into the nearest town or city, and write a post about shopping. Take pictures of the mainstreet, of the shops you pass by, of the local sights, and of your purchases. You can even extend this into a series if you travel a lot, or if you have a number of different towns and cities around you.

20. Charity shop challenge
Challenge yourself to buy a full outfit from charity shops, and document your experience, along with your final outcome.

21. Blogging matters
Why does blogging matter to you? Why did you start blogging? Who are your favourite bloggers?

22. What's in my bag
Look through your bag, or talk about you bag essentials. What can you not live without, what are the things that you need to have with you at all times? #Basic

You might just want to copy my idea for this post, and write your own list of ideas. However, please come up with your own ideas and do not steal content from other existing posts. That is rude, and unnecessary.

24. Instagram roundup
You could do this as a series or a one off. Feature 5 of your own pictures, 5 of your friends pictures, 5 pictures related to your blog, 5 of your favourite pictures, 5 of the most popular pictures, 5 celebrities, ect.

25. 10 day challenge
Write one confession a day, and upload them. Make sure that they are relevant to your blog, and that it is the type of content that your audience would want to read. That goes for all posts, really.

26. Looking Back on *insert blog name*
This one's a lovely little nostalgic concept, where you look back on five of your archived posts, and reminisce- but also talk about how far you've come in the blogosphere. Because seriously, you'd be surprised.

Personally, I love quotes! What are the 10 most useful, inspirational, funny or relatable quotes that you have ever come across?

28. My playlist
What is your favourite playlist? Is your favourite song on this playlist? What is your favourite song, and why?

29. How I embrace my mistakes every day, and why you should too
Learning from your mistakes is vital- especially in blogging. This post could be written as humorously or as seriously as you like- and it could be personal or blog related.

30. My most treasured possessions
You could potentially do this as a series, but I would recommend you do this as a single post only. What are your most treasured possessions, and why are they so significant? You could do this as a simple bullet point list, or a paragraph layout.

31. Looking through my closet
Identify 5 of your favourite tops, dresses, skirts/trousers, and do the same for 5 things that you rarely wear, and why.

32. 25 tweets
What are your favourite tweets? What are the funniest tweets? The most current tweets? The most inspirational Tweets? You get the idea.

33. Your favourite things
Talk about your favourite anythings. Food, clothes, friends, colours, artists, albums animals, countries, shops, products, books... the list could go on forever

34. Opinions on a magazine article
Have you read an interesting or controversial magazine article recently? Discuss the angle the author took, and whether or not you agree with them. You might even want to dig deeper and find out some other peoples opinions. Google is always a good idea, but you could also conduct your own mini survey of friends and family, and twitter/tumblr followers! 

35. Your weekend in 10 minutes
Set yourself on a timer to talk about everything you got up to on your weekend. You might want to take some pictures in advance, and make sure you choose an interesting weekend. Nobody wants to read about you sitting around in your pjs for two days straight. Also, don't forget to edit your post after you've written the main body- and definitely don't time your editing!

36. Your recent inspirations
Talk about a situation that has happened in the last few months, and discuss where you went to look for inspiration, how you found inspiration, and how that helped you pull through. Furthermore you might want to talk about the friends who have inspired you, the celebrities, the songs... whatever!

37. Your favourite instagram accounts
This is pretty self explanatory. Choose a minimum of 5 accounts, and write a short description of why you love them, and include some of their best pictures.

38. A learning curve
Talk about something you have learnt in the past year, and how it has been useful for you to know, and why it is helpful.

39. Q&A post
Ask a handful of your audience, and your twitter followers to send in questions for you to answer, and then you can answer as many or as few as you want. I would recommend a minimum of at least 5 though.

40. My hobby
Share one of your hobbies. Talk about how you got into it, what it involves, and how you maintain it. Maybe take some pictures related to it, for example if you're interested in books, take pictures of books, or sports, ask a friend to take a picture of you participating. Also, try to come up with a better title than 'my hobby'; this is your blog, not a school report!

41. Do a tag post
An example of this, is the 10 things you don't know about me tag. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, google it ASAP!

42. My hero
Write a post about your hero/idol and why you look up to them. Talk about who they are and where they come from, how you found out about them and why they are significant to you.

43. Top 10 tips
Do you have any tips that could be useful for your readers? Share them! This could be something like a 'top 10 tips for getting through exams' or even something specific like 'top 10 tips on applying makeup'

44. Failure is not the end
Discuss a situation you were in, where you failed at something but learned from it. What did you learn?

45. Do a 30 day challenge
This could be a 30 day photography challenge, or a blog challenge. There are a ton of different ideas- google it!

46. How I organise
Show your readers how you keep your things organised and neat. Maybe you don't keep things neat and organised, but you want to... you can always make it a challenge for yourself!

47. I need help!
Write about something you need help in, and ask your readers to give you advice. They will love being able to lend you a helping hand, and you will get some amazing advice in return! Not a bad deal, eh?

48. How I started blogging
Discuss how you started blogging, and why you love it

49. Morning routine
What makes you wake up in the morning? How do you decide what to wear? Do you listen to any music when you wake up? What is your makeup routine in the morning?

50. How I style my hair
You might want to do one style that you usually go with, a step by step tutorial of how to style your hair, or a list of different ways you like styling your hair. Either one is good!

51. Beauty Brand haul
What is your favourite brand? Go out and haul a ton of products from this brand, or document everything from this brand that you already have.

52. Makeup and beauty storage
Where do you keep all your beauty products? How do you keep things organised, and why do you think this is important?

53. 5 brands to try
You can either recommend 5 brands that your readers should try, or try 5 brands that you've never tried before.

54. Festival/holiday style diary
Keep a record of what you wear on a holiday or to a festival. Talk about your experiences, what other people wore, and whether or not you were happy with your outfits in the end. Rate each one out of 10.

55. How to style...
Write three ways to style different things, like three ways to style a denim jacket, or a scarf, or eyeliner... you can really go anywhere with this one to be honest!

56. Fashion crisis- help!
Where do you go to when you have a fashion crisis? Your friends? Google? Bloggers? Write your own personal go-to fashion help, and then list 5 new places you can go to when you're in a fashion crisis.

57. Your top 10 fashion blogs
What are the 10 fashion blogs you check regularly? Which ones do you think provide the best quality pictures, advice... what do you think makes a good fashion blogger?

58. Transitional fashion
Pick an item from your closet and show your readers how you style it differently to suit each season. Why is it useful to have transitional items? What is your favourite?

59. Top 10 fashion shops
Pretty self explanatory. Link to your favourite fashion shops, write a little blurb for each one, and express why you like them so much.

60. Top 5 accessories
Make sure you show lots of close up, detailed pictures for this one! Discuss your favourite accessories, when and how you acquired them, and where your reader can buy them.

61. Budget challenge
Set yourself a goal of £20-50 and see if you can buy a whole outfit with it. Where did you get each item, and for how much?

62. Budget haul
Limit yourself to £5-10 per item, and go out and buy as many good quality things as you can find, and then document them in a blog post with pictures

63. DIY home tips
One of the posts I've seen recently is on how a blogger DIY'd her dressing table, which went down pretty well! This can be anything from the smallest thing, to the biggest, like how to make DIY decorations for example. Last month I made a collection of 5 DIY picture frames

64. Staying motivated/Inspired
How do you maintain your motivation, and find inspiration for every day? What are your top tips on maintaining this, and why do you think it's important

65. How do you stay healthy?
Whether it's going on a diet, eating your 5 a day (or is it 7 now...), going to the gym, participating in a sport or even just walking to school/work, discuss what you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle

66. What I learnt about blogging
Discuss everything you learnt about blogging in the past year (or even longer), how you learnt it, and why it is significant, and how you hope to improve your blog for the future. What would you say to anyone who was aspiring to start up a blog?

67. Top 10 blogging apps
What are the go-to apps that you use to stay organised when blogging and scheduling posts? How do they help you? Are they free or not? This can be anything from photo editing apps to note taking apps, to the blogger app.

68. Travel sized holiday products
This is always useful for readers just coming up to a big holiday, especially ones like summer and winter. 100ml perfume bottles, shampoos, foundations... anything you can find that is travel sized, and give your opinions on what the best stuff is!

69. Travel diary
Document all the places you have ever been, your experiences, how the travelling was, and the people you met. Talk about your future plans, and where you would like to go in the ideal world.

70. Where to eat app reviews
I love these types of posts, because I never know whether or not an app is actually going to be helpful or not for me, especially when I'm going to a place I've never been before, so it's always useful to see other peoples opinions.

71. Tips on blogging backgrounds
What are your favourite blog backgrounds? What background do you use currently/have you used in the past? Whose blog layout do you admire/wish you had?

72. How to make your pictures better
Share your photoshop expertise! I know that I for one am nowhere near being an expert at photo editing, so I find posts that provide step by step guidelines extremely helpful, and I know I'm not the only one!

73. 10 ways you hope to improve your blog this year
Set yourself 10 goals, and discuss how you want to achieve this. Encourage your readers to help you achieve your goals, they will want to help!

74. Music lover?
Compile a list of all the physical albums you have, and if you prefer physical or downloadable music, express why.

75. Stepping out of my comfort zone
Do something that you might feel uncomfortable about, and blog about it! For example, on one of my old blogs, I tried out a new makeup look which was way out of my comfort zone, and I wrote about it, and it ended up being my most popular post!

76. Where I live
Go on a walk where you live and take some photographs. Go to the nearest town or city, the nearest castle, the nearest farm, ect. go explore!

77. Be honest!
Tell your readers how your week has been; honestly! If you've had a wonderful week, tell your readers that, and tell them why your week has been so good! If you've had a crap week, then tell your readers that, and tell them what has been so bad.

78. I'm the cook
Cook a three course meal, and take photographs, along with your recipes. You might want to invite people over and ask them to give you feedback, and rate it out of 10.

79. Hand made by me
Hand make something and document each step with photographs, and then put it into context and detail every single step. You could even ask your readers to send you in pictures of their shots!

80. Get ready with me!
Are you going out this week? Do a photo version of the youtube trend 'get ready with me'.

81. Where I blog
Take photos of your blogging space, and if you take outdoor photos of peoples outfits, take blank photos of your favourite photoshoot destinations.

82. An unusual review
Review something a little bit outside your usual topic. If you're a fashion blogger, review a book or a movie, if you're a beauty blogger, review a tv series or album, if you're a music blogger, review a cafe, ect. You get the idea!

83. My ideal bath-time routine
Do you have a perfect bath routine? Set the scene with some candles, bath bombs, and bubble bath, and take some pictures- without your naked self, preferably.

84. I'm inspired by her
Do an outfit inspired by another blogger that you like to read, and link them in a picture and why they inspire you, and why you love this outfit.

85. Restaurant review
If you go out for a meal, take your camera and make sure you take a few snaps of the food and the building, and review the restaurant. If you're really out there, you could even request a picture with a waiter or even the manager!

86. Managing money
Advice on managing your money on rent and the cost of living is always a good topic to cover; you could talk about your own struggles, and give 10 top tips, or ask your friends for their opinions and how they manage their money.

87. Not my choice
Go into the city with a friend and go shopping for each other separately for an allocated amount of time. See what you get for each other, and put your friendship through the ultimate test!

88. A new adventure
Head somewhere you've never been before near where you live and share what you find. You could take pictures of your discoveries. You might want to go with a friend just in case; it's always safer to get lost with a friend than on your own!

89. Colour themed blogging
Choose a colour at random, or ask a friend to choose a colour and make a post themed on it. Clothes, makeup, books... you name it!

90. The boyfriend challenge
Get your boyfriend or a boy you know to have a go at doing your makeup! This can have hilarious results, just make sure that you record each step with a silly picture!

91. What makes me happy
Blog about every little thing that makes you happy. Remember to keep your individuality, and share every little detail.

92. 10 things I wish I knew about when I started
I really don't have to explain this one. You can do it on your own, I swear.

93. My response to twitter
Have you ever came across a tweet that you felt needed a longer response than the allocated characters? Whether it's criticism or praise, express your opinion in a blog post.

94. That highschool experience
Everyone has that one defining moment that happened in highschool that pretty much changed your life forever, and unlike what the movies say, it's  not always about getting knocked up and dropping out of school. What was your highschool experience?

95. Don't watch this movie
What is the worst movie you've ever seen in your life? When and where did you see it, and why was it so bad?

96. The lie detector
Remember that one time you told a huge lie and kinda got away with it? Or maybe you didn't, I mean that might actually make an even better blog post- cringe!

97. Embarrassment 101
Share all of the most embarrassing experiences that you can remember. You never know, you might find that some of your readers have had similar experiences!

98. Brain dump
Write every single little thing that's on your mind right now. And not potatoes! Or elephants! I'm being serious here...

99. My take on things
Write a response to a popular blog post written by someone else- an opinion piece where you can either show your support or your disapproval of their views.

100. Part two
Find your most popular blog post and write a second follow up edition of it, or just update/rewrite it under a new title!

Okay wow. I cannot believe that I just wrote all that in two hours. Now that is what you can a brain dump!

What are your backup blog ideas?
Do you keep a stash of blog ideas for future reference?

Adios, xo
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