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Am I even a blogger?

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Am I even a blogger?

This post has been brewing for quite some time now; I keep asking myself if I am actually worthy of the title ‘blogger’. I scroll down my social media feed day in and day out and see a plethora of individuals knocking the ball right out of the park and absolutely smashing it and I sit at the other end of my screen wishing that was me.

Wishing I could up my photography game. Wishing I had a schedule and regularly stuck to it. Wishing I could religiously schedule tweets and posts without just going through phases. Wishing my content was original, unique, exciting, more ‘bloggery’. My blog is like an online journal – I don’t have a niche – I don’t write about anything in particular. One day, I’ll be writing a book review (or attempting to) and the next day I’m talking about getting my lady region waxed. One day I’m writing about my life and what I’ve been up to and the next I’m talking about my non-existent life and what I’m not up to. I don’t know. I sometimes just wish I had a niche. I write about my mind and my battle with Depression and Anxiety sometimes. Does that make me a Mental Health blogger? I write about going to the gym from time to time. Does that make me a fitness blogger? What am I and where do I fit in?

I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere. It sucks. It’s disheartening. I’m constantly seeing bloggers excelling and being nominated for awards front, left and centre and don’t get me wrong, I revel in the success of others, and I’m genuinely happy to see my fellow blogger buddies getting the recognition they deserve but I just feel like a spare part.

Why am I not getting any recognition? Why do I never seem to progress or go anywhere? When will I fit in? When will I grow? Am I just overthinking?

My mind is buzzing with so many ideas; I just never see them through. I let myself down. And then I bring myself down. It’s a vicious circle and when will I ever escape it?

I love the blogging community. I don’t actually know where I’d be without it now that I’m a part of it. I just wish I was a more pivotal part of it.

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5 Things to make more time for:

Life has been hectic lately and there are things that have been taking a backseat in my life that actually make a significant difference to my mental health and wellbeing – so it’s time to start making more time for these things:

 

TAKING OUTIFT PHOTOS

 

I always say that I need to make more time to take outfit photos and I never actually see it through; I went through a phase for about 2 weeks where I religiously took outfit photos for Instagram and it worked wonders for my confidence and my content too. So it’s something that I really want to make more time for. Additionally, I want to take more outfit photos so that I can step out of my comfort zone. I believe that I can start wearing clothes that are a bit ‘out there’ in photos, firstly, and then in time I’ll gain the confidence to start wearing them out and about. I desperately want to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to fashion, I hold myself back so much, when I see clothes I want to wear but I don’t think I’ll suit them or I worry people will judge me… it’s sad. That’s a whole other blog post in itself (watch this space) but hopefully taking outfit photos more frequently will be a big step in the right direction.

 

APPLYING FACE MASKS

 

Applying a face mask whilst you chill in your bedroom, or relax in a bath, can really help you wind down. Self care plays a pivotal part in your mindset and wellbeing; I often forget this. I’ve found that taking 15 minutes to just relax with a face mask on, and listen to some soft music, can really uplift your mood and help you destress. Sometimes, I put off doing face masks because I can’t be bothered with the hassle of scrubbing the residue of a mud mask off or getting it all in my hair etc. However(!) not all masks need to be messy! I recently tried out MadBeauty’s Minnie Mouse mask* and it was so clean and easy – not to mention fun (my cat was a bit unsure of it though). You simply open the packet, adjust it on to your face, and chill out for the whole of 15 minutes… (and take selfies). This one consisted of rose water and ingredients to make your skin glow afterwards, with no scrubbing or mess required! It doesn’t always need to be a mammoth task when you want to take some time out to pamper yourself.

 

HAIR REPAIR MASKS

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Another kind of mask I need to start using more frequently is hair repair masks! Since I’ve went blonde my hair has been a bit dry and let’s just say: not as healthy as it used to be. Hair repair masks aren’t the loveliest thing in the world. You can leave them in overnight but I tend not to do this, I hate the greasy feeling of it in your hair, I want it to be a quick & easy process if I’m going to do one. What I tend to do, is lather my hair in it whilst I’m in a bath, shove it up out the way and just let it do it’s thing. Meanwhile, I’ll watch a Coronation Street episode (or two) whilst I let it soak in and work its magic and I’m so absorbed in my corrie that I barely notice the greasiness. Then you just wash it out in the shower and honestly your hair feels so pampered and revitalized afterwards. I am going to try and do this at least once a week, or once every 2 weeks. It makes such a difference. I bought this one from TK maxx for £4.99 and it’ll last me a good while so I think it was a decent price!

 

HITTING THE GYM

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The gym and I have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I’ve just recently came back from a 2 week holiday in Spain, where I ate junk every single day and didn’t work out once, and now that I’m home and I’ve just started University – I’m finding it really difficult to get back in to a fitness routine. It happens. However, the other day, at roughly 8pm I forced myself to go: I was there for the whole of 30 minutes and all I did was cardio but honestly? I felt amazing afterwards. Amazing. I know it’s something that makes a massive impact on my mental health and mindset so I really, really, really need to make more time for it.

 

MAKING TIME FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS

Since returning from my holiday, I’ve barely seen any friends or family. I’ve not been to see my Gran yet and I’m desperate to go and see her but I’ve just been snowed under. Things have been hectic. I’ve not seen many of my friends, and if I have, it’s just been very brief. So it’s definitely something I need to make more time for. Sometimes life gets in the way. It happens. But there’s no excuse. I need to make more time for my people.

There are other things that I need to make time for, but right now I don’t have the time to write about them, how ironic! What do you need to make more time for? Could you relate to any of my priorities? Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next time,

Charlene McElhinney

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Trinket Sea 

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Before I jetted off on holiday in August I received some goodies from Trinket Sea and I’ve been meaning to share them with you for quite some time now because not only are they fabulous: they are so me! (You’ll see what I mean when I get to the last item on this post)!

Trinket Sea are an online jewellery store that specialize in trendy, affodable, jewellery. They offer free shipping worldwide and also offer wholesale options for buyers! I was fortunate enough to have a budget to spend on their site, in exchange for a review, so here’s what I received and here’s what I thought!

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Firstly, I picked out this layered charmed drop necklace because these are totally in right now and I’ve seen so many people rocking these lately. Admittedly, I haven’t actually worn this yet as I’m having bother untangling it and getting it to sit right – it’s quite a complicated piece but looks amazing on so I really need to get my head around it and sort it out so I can wear it with a nice open V-neck tee! If anyone has any tips or tricks to untangling a necklace or how to wear this style of necklace then please comment below and help a girl out(!)

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Next up, I received this matching pearl necklace & earring gift set. I didn’t actually pick this set, I had picked something else but because they didn’t have it in stock, they had emailed me to let me know they would send me out a surprise instead. I was actually really pleased with this set, it’s very sophisticated and classy, and totally compliments a LBD! It’s not something I would normally pick so I’m really glad I was sent it! For costume jewellery, it looks very luxurious and yet it only costs $18.99 for the set!

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My FAVOURITE item, and the one I’m so excited to write about, is this bumble bee ring ! Everything about it is perfect, perfect, perfect. I could bang on about this ring all day because it’s just me down to a tee! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, or you follow me on social media, you’ll know I created the #beechat (@CBeechat) community on twitter and actively host twitter chats from the account twice a week, promote bloggers’ content and organise letter writing amongst bloggers and writers from the account too! Anything bee related has my heart for this reason! When I saw this ring, I had to have it, it had my name all over it. It prices at $6.49 which is astounding! It looks much more expensive than that! Another thing I love about it, is that it’s adjustable. I love rings that just adjust to the shape of your finger! The picture below shows it off better! 

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Trinket Sea were a pleasure to collaborate with; they’re a friendly brand with good communication which always makes working with a brand much more enjoyable and easy! I loved their site, and their goods, and would definitely order from them in the future and work with them again!

What was your favourite item from the photos? Have you heard of Trinket Sea before?

Charlene McElhinney

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Induction week at University

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I have officially completed my induction week at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where I will be studying Creative Writing, Journalism, English & Law. I can’t quite believe I’m actually writing this, doing this, living this!

When I look back at myself two years ago, I would never have seen myself in the position I am in right now. I worked damn hard last year at college, not knowing where I was planning to go from there, but stuck in nonetheless and achieved great results! And I just so happened to bag myself a place in the University of Strathclyde. I still need to pinch myself when I think of myself as a University Student.

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. And this week has just been a taster as to what’s coming. It’s been filled with campus tours, ice-breakers, tutorials & guest speaker lectures; (the kind of thing that every one endures at some point in education). It’s been highly propitious as it’s given me the opportunity to explore the campus and familiarize myself with the buildings I’ll be studying in so it’s definitely not been a waste of a time. 

I just wanted to write a blog post about my attending the induction for my University course as I’ve not been sharing much personal posts with you all lately – I haven’t been sharing much with you at all, in general, lately. Life’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. I’m just trying to find my feet again. I want to share my University journey with you all and perhaps give you all tips & advice when I start to discover things and settle in myself. I want to keep writing blog posts as regularly as possible – and not fall away from it just because I’m overwhelmed with Uni work. My blog is my safe space, my safe haven, there are no rules and regulations here. I can talk openly and freely and I must always remember this. 

My anxiety has been sky high this week. Being independent about your education is a very daunting thing. University is a wake up call. It’s a whole different kettle of fish from college and school, that’s for sure. You must be entirely responsible for everything that you do and learn over the next 4 years (I’m saying this already and I’m only a week in). It’s a completely new enviroment, you are constantly being faced with new faces with every room that you walk in to, it’s scary. It’s terrifying. It’s anxiety-triggering. But it won’t be forever. Soon it’ll be second nature to me (I hope), soon I’ll be settled in and hopefully I’ll have made some friends. Soon I’ll feel at home.

I can’t wait to share my journey with you all. It’s such a huge lifestyle change for me and I can’t wait to embrace it, even though it’s going to be very challenging and nerve-racking. I wholeheartedly believe that this is going to be good for me. This is going to be the making of me.

Charlene McElhinney

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An Update. 06/09/17

I’m currently sitting at a table in a service station reflecting on how wonderful and fun-packed a month August has been: Between celebrating my 21st birthday (on at least three separate occasions) and jetting off to a villa with my boyfriend for a 2 week holiday in Benalmadena, Spain – I’ve just been so carefree and happy-go-lucky and not gave a second thought to ‘reality’. Everything has took a back seat: my blog, social media, collaborations & deadlines, university, messages, emails… anything serious, mundane and important has been pushed to the back of my mind. I know that’s bad; but it’s how it’s been. I’ve tried to just have a little bit of a detox, away from life, away from everything. But being back home has hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve got so much to catch up on and I can’t seem to bring myself to get anything done. I don’t know where to begin. 

My holiday was fantastic. I never realised how much I needed it until I was there, living it, taking it all in. I crawled right out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to do things I’d never done before. We did so much: theme parks, water parks, safari’s, zoos, butterfly parks, cable car rides, markets, long walks, exploring, eating out here there and everywhere… I can’t believe I did all that. Me. I’ve never done so much in my life. In the space of 2 weeks I went on sooooooo many adventures that will stay with me forever. And ever. 

I feel terrible for abandoning my blog. I have lots of exciting collaborations to write up featuring brands whom I’ve worked with, lots of updates to tell you all about in my life, posts about my 21st birthday that I told you guys I’d write – I need to get my head down and start writing. I just don’t have the energy or enthusiasm to even turn my laptop on; hence why I’m writing this post from my mobile phone in a coffee shop.

I will get there again. I will get my head back in the game. I just need to give myself time and let it happen naturally. I just wanted to write this very brief post to let you all know what’s been happening with me. I’m so sorry I’ve been so distant. I hope to be bounce back soon. 

Lots of love. Always.

Charlene McElhinney

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21st Birthday: Photo Diary 

I have completely and utterly neglected my blog as of late. I’m off to Spain for 2 weeks tomorrow (well, in the early hours of the morning) so I will most likely be neglecting it some more. However, I’ve been celebrating my 21st birthday over the past couple of weeks(!) and I would kick myself if I didn’t share some of my amazing and wonderul moments with you guys. So here’s a very brief photo diary of some of my celebrations over the past 2 weeks… I plan on doing a ‘What I got for my 21st birthday’ post when I return from my holiday. But we’ll see.

Hope you’re all well.

 

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Cherry Soda #2

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As I stated in my most recent post, I have quite a bit of catching up to do in regards to blog posts & collaborations and the like. My aim is to get these done as soon as possible so that I’m fully up to date with everything and can start organising myself again and take on new opportunities. I’m also eager to start writing more personal posts again on the blog too as there is so much I need to get off my chest and share with you guys. 

Let’s talk a little bit more about Cherry Soda on the blog, shall we?

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If you follow me across my social media platforms, you will have undoubtedly heard of the brand ‘Cherry Soda’. I have also mentioned them on the blog before – so if you’re a regular reader then you’ll know I’m somewhat of a brand ambassador for them and openly promote their products on a regular basis.

Whenever I receive mail through the door from Cherry Soda; I’m always excited because I just know I’m going to have some excellent quality jewellery from an independent little boutique – and it makes the items so much more loveable and precious. The girls at Cherry Soda wholeheartedly know what they are doing – and more importantly – know how to win our hearts through jewellery and accessories. 

I am indebted to Cherry Soda because they sorted me out with the most exquisite diamanté choker for my 21st birthday party, to match my silver & white theme, and it was everything I had envisaged and more. It was such a sturdy and excellent quality choker too, it didn’t budge all night (and I was extremely drunk & danced the whole night away… impressive)! 

The other necklace featured in today’s Cherry Soda collaboration was a layered  style necklace (that I was originally planning on wearing to my 21st until the other choker stole my heart). I love how original this necklace is. I hadn’t seen one like it anywhere else so I am honoured to wear it out and about! Which one is your favourite of the 2, the layered necklace or the choker one?

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A personal fav of mine from Cherry Soda are their Joma Jewellery range. Joma Jewellery is a very popular brand which specialize in bracelets with cute & catchy sayings! There is literally something for everyone: from ‘a wee tartan heart’ to ‘a little paw print’ for animal lovers, bracelets addressed to your mum, gran, daughter, sister, you name it! I just think Joma Jewellery bracelets are THE perfect gift! And with it approaching Christmas time, these will make the perfect little stocking fillers! If you want to have a shimmy and see what I’m raving on about then you can click here & browse through them all! Oh, and did I mention you get 20% off using code CHARLENE20 at checkout?

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On Friday, I’m filming something fun and festive with the Cherry Soda girls and I can’t wait to share it with you guys! You’ll have to keep an eye on my Instagram stories for some sneak peeks! Anyway, I’m going to head off now as I have a huge to do list as long as my arm to be getting through today! But be sure to browse Cherry Soda’s website and see what new lines have been added lately! 🙂

Until next time!

Charlene McElhinney

*I do not receive commision for the use of my promotional code. This is purely a promo code for friends, family & followers. I do receive gifts from time to time in exchange for social media publicity from the Cherry Soda team*.

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