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It’s My One Year Blogiversary!

Over the course of the last year, I have had: 3300 page views, managed to accumulate 704 combined social media following and I have published 114 posts! I think we have an awful lot to celebrate today! A year ago today, I started blogging…

Actually that’s a lie. I’ve been blogging since the dark ol’ year of 2014, I believe! But today we’re celebrating the highs and the lows of the past year, when I started on this blog and I really started to take blogging seriously. In the past I’ve had a couple of blogs with a few posts thrown together here and there, but this day last year is when it really started. Everything I’d learned, albeit very gradually, came together and ‘Jess Louise’ as we know it today was born!

I remember the day quite vividly. It was the day after I’d finished my last GCSE exam (Business & Communication Systems, Unit 8) and I was reading over my (now non-existent) blog and decided I was ready for a change. It’d been the same for years and I was going to be starting a new College with new, and older, people and I thought that my blog needed to grow up too. So, I created a WordPress.com account and, voila, the early evolutionary stage of my new ‘Jess Louise’ arose! It took me no longer than two months after that to take the ‘Self Hosted Plunge’ so to speak. I had, and still have, big ambitions for this little space of the internet so I knew that it was going to be worth it. I still stand by that today as one of the best decisions I probably ever made! (as for my A level choices this time last year, ehhhh nope).

Here’s to the next year of ‘Jess Louise’! I hope that you’ll continue to follow me on my journey. I’m hoping to share even more about my experiences as a college student, the university application process and things that I love within the next year! I’m actually so excited to see what’s going to to come out of this when I’m writing this post this time next year! Literally anything could happen!

Tell me, what has been your favourite post? What has been your least favourite? Is there anything I could change about my little corner of the internet? Your opinion matters to me and it is in my best interests to keep you engaged as readers. Which leads me on to, do you have any post suggestions or anything else you’d like to hear more about? Perhaps I’d mentioned something once which gripped your interest, or perhaps there’s a particular style of post you really like? Whatever it is, tell me! Let’s keep ‘Jess Louise’ going for another year!

My goals for the next year include keeping up with my posting schedule. There, unfortunately, has been several occasions where I have come off track a bit in publishing my post. This is mainly due to lack of organisation, but some were due to unforeseen circumstances. Whereas I can’t minimise things that can happen that prevent me from posting, I can strive to be more organised, and my Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner will certainly be assisting me with that.

Anyway, thanks for sticking by me for the past year – or longer! I’m excited to see where we will go next and who else will come and join our ride!

Thanks for reading – as always…

5 Ways To Use Washi Tape

If you know me at all, it’s likely that you have experienced my love for Washi Tape. Washi Tape is essentially patterned or coloured sticky tape, and it’s more versatile than you think! I did a post similar to this on an old blog, so it’s due an upgrade! Here are five ways you can use Washi Tape:

5 Ways To Use Washi Tape

1 – Identify Your Belongings

Does everyone in your household own the same pair of earphones? Do you never know whether you’ve picked up yours or your brothers. Here’s the answer to all your problems – washi tape! Wrap a small piece of tape around the bit that sit just under your ear and voila, your earphones are instantly recognisable! This nifty trick works for other objects too – perhaps your favourite pen?

2 – Pimp Your Stuff

That sounds a bit weird but do you ever get a brand new notebook for school and then you find that actually, it’s a bit boring… Washi Tape saves the day again! A small bit of tape can have it looking fabulous in no time at all!

3 – Become The Bullet Journal Queen, or King… Or whatever the non-binary version is…

Bullet Journals and Washi Tape is a match made in heaven! I find that this tape can brighten up any spread if used in the right way!

4 – Divide your Pages

Cut of a bit of washi, and tah dah, you have yourself a page/folder divider! Who need Post-It with their fancy stuff, when you can use all sorts of weird and wonderful washi tape! You can also stick a small piece of paper on the back to stop it sticking to everyone and everything!

5 – What wire goes where?

Have you got a bunch of wires coming out your extension lead and you have no clue which one leads to what? Washi is your saviour yet again! Wrap a piece around the wire and pinch the end together to make them stick. You could cut a triangle into it so that it looks like a flag! You could also write on it what the wire is meant to be for (that would probably be helpful!)

So, there’s some ideas to get you going! I’ll probably do another Washi Tape post in the future – look out for that! I hope you enjoyed my post!

If you’d like to get some, I know that Hobbycraft is a good place to go! Alternatively, there is Amazon and eBay!

Thanks for reading – which one of these do you think you’ll use?

The Disney Tag

I’ve never done a ‘tag’ post as such on here before, but my friend Ellen (ellengblogs.blogspot.co.uk) did one on her blog (this one actually!) and it kinda inspired me! A tag post is essentially like a Q&A, but you don’t need to rely on people to ask you questions, instead you’re meant to be tagged to do it. I wasn’t but let’s not get bogged down in the details here! I’m going to be using the same questions that she used (but not all 30) because I don’t know where she found them, so here is ‘The Disney Tag’:

The Disney Tag:

Q1: Favourite Animal?

This is a hard one because aren’t MOST of them animals. I like Stitch, he’s cute but I’m not entirely sure whether I’d be able to pass him off as an animal or not, never mind! Oh, and Perry The Platypus. He’s funny!

Q2: Favourite Original Character?

Mickey Mouse – isn’t that everyone’s favourite? Or Minnie Mouse!

Q3: Favourite Theme Park?

Welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, I’ve only been to Paris (post HERE) so I can’t compare to any others. So Paris is my favourite!

Q4: Favourite Theme Park Attraction?

At Disney Paris, there were a lot of rides that I went on more than once. I can’t pick one specific favourite!

Q5: The First Disney Movie you saw?

I want to say Piglet’s Big Movie…..

Q6: Favourite sequel?

I don’t think I have a favourite sequel as such. The first ones always make the most sense I think! Although, I like Monsters University/Monsters Inc. (Monsters Inc. being the sequel of Monsters University!)

Q7: Favourite Song?

Probably something from High School Musical to be honest. They’re the kind of songs that I think are meant to be catchy and sung along to.

Q8: Favourite Pixar Film?

Not sure, there’s so many to choose from! There’s Toy Story, Inside Out, Up, Monsters Inc./University, Finding Nemo/Dory, Cars. I couldn’t choose…

Q9: Saddest Death?

The one that comes to me now is Ellie in Up because Carl was so happy with her, and they had all these dreams and then she just died and I don’t think he coped very well.

Q10: Underrated Movie?

I don’t really think any of them are underrated at such, they’ve all been relatively popular. But I think maybe the classics should come back into play a little bit. There’s a lot of focus on all the modern films!

I think I’ll leave it there at 10 questions, turns out I know less about Disney Films that I thought I did. It was a bit of a train-wreak wasn’t it?  Don’t worry, I’m embarrassed too! If you want to have a go, feel free to say that I tagged you. You can find more questions on Ellen’s post here.

Thanks for reading! – Do you like Disney?

Mid-Year Goals Review

You may not remember, but, at the beginning of the year I published a post called ’18 before 18′ which basically outlined everything I want to do (goals) before I turn 18 at the end of the year. Now we are half way through 2018 (ALREADY?!??!!?) I thought that I’d have a look at it and see how many I have been able to achieved already and how far I have got to go on the ones I haven’t achieved yet!

Mid – Year Goals Review

Goal One: Raise Money For Charity

Yes! I’ve definitely done this! I did a swimmarathon for Beat and a Colour Obstacle Rush for Mind. Who knows, maybe I can fit a few more in the next half of the year! So there, that’s one thing ticked off the list!

Goal Two: Travel Abroad

I’ve done this too! In February, I visited my cousin in Los Angeles (see post HERE). I don’t think I’m going to be going abroad again this year, although I have just come back from Scotland… does that count?

Goal Three: Grow Blog

I said in the original post that I’d like to get 500 social media followers (on each) and 5000 total page views. As of right now (Friday 8th June 2018, 12:23pm) I have: 330 Instagram Followers, 262 Twitter Followers and 3240 views! I still have a way to go yet, but I still have six months! Between June and December last year I got 1500 total views so that means I have already got more in the first half of this year! I’ve got 270 to go on Instagram and 238 to go on Twitter. We can do it!

Goal Four: Grow YouTube Channels

I said that I’d like to get 100 subscribers on at least one of my YouTube channels. So far I have 13 on Jess Louise and 18 on TheGymnasticsEdit (previously JessFlips). We’re getting there, slow and steady wins the race!

Goal Five: Pass Transfer Exam

One of my goals was to pass my transfer exam into my second year of college. I’ve already taken it and I get my results on the 22nd June! I will update you all when I’ve found out! I think I have passed though!

Goal Six: Read all the Harry Potters

I’m actually very ashamed of myself that I haven’t even started this yet, can you guess what I’m going to be doing for the next 6 months! I feel like I’ve just committed the worst kind of betrayal. I’ll be back, just gotta read 7 books in one go!

Goal Seven: Read 20 Total Books

I used to read all the time, and now I’m being a bit slack on it! I’ve only read one (fiction) book all the way through this year and I’m currently reading the second. I’m now hoping to pick up the pace a little for the next 6 months!

Goal Eight: Apply for a good university

Obviously, it’s slightly too early to be applying now but I will be at the end of the year. I’m going to three open days soon, University of Sussex, University of East London and St Mary University – Twickenham. Sussex is my first choice at the moment! I’ll keep you updated.

Goal Nine: My Book

I’ve mentioned before about my cat stories I wrote when I was younger. I haven’t done much more about them, maybe that’s a task for the summer!

Goal Ten: Achieve a higher level in Gymnastics

I go to two clubs and I’m in the exact same class I’ve been in for about 5 years in one, and I got moved in the other club but I’m not sure if the classes are split by ability or not! I think my skills are beginning to improve though , if that counts.

Goal Eleven: Earn Money/Get a Job

I am still unemployed so I haven’t achieved this one yet. Although I am part of a market research thing at the moment where I’m being paid – so I might be able to pass that off as a job…

Goal Twelve: Go to the gym

No, I don’t have a gym membership yet, but once a month my friend and I go to and open gym (nastics) session, so that’s some extra exercise!

Goal Thirteen: Get my driving licence

I’ve had a couple of lessons, but then I stopped. Technically, I probably COULD get my driving licence this year, but I’m not entirely sure yet.

Goal Fourteen: Improve Blog Content

I believe that my blog content has improved this year – but this is really one for you readers. Do you think my blog content has improved?

Goal Fifteen: Be More Organised

To a certain extent, I think that I have been more organised. Half of my life is perfectly organised, and the other half is a complete mess, so I think that there’s room for improvement if I’m being honest!

Goal Sixteen: Improve Blog Photos

Now

Then…

Yes! I definitely think they have improved. I mean look at the difference! My Photography A Level is serving me well!

Goal Seventeen: Drink More Water

Yeaaaah, I think I’ve been better this year than I was last year. I’m drinking much more water but I could probably drink more!

Goal Eighteen: Eat more fruit/veg

I think that I have been eating more fruit and veg but I think I should have more! As soon as I get my braces off, I’ll be able to eat an apple!

I hope you enjoyed my little goal review, and I hope that you’ll help me achieve them all by the end of this year!

Thanks for reading – what’s your goal for this year?

May Favourites

It’s a beginning of a new month again, you know what that means? Time for Favourites! May was a bit of a weird month for me really, but I’m always looking how for new things to love! Here is what I loved during May:

May Favourites

Sainsbury’s Home Weekly Desk Planner

Admittedly, I’m yet to use this properly but I can see it’s going to be really useful and help me be a bit more organised! My Grandma bought this for me when I visited her a few weeks ago! The best thing about it is that I actually have a ringbinder that goes with it! Matchy Matchy! If you’d like one you can get them (I imagine) in most big Sainsbury’s stores (not sure about the little local ones)

Makeup Revolution Lip Gloss

My newest addition to my makeup bag: this Makeup Revolution lip gloss! It’s such a nice colour, it’s called ‘Bustier’ I think. It gives your lips a slight colour and, of course, a bit of shimmer. It’s so cheap too, you can’t really go wrong. I also purchased a Superdrug beauty blender too but I haven’t used it thattttt much yet! I got this in Superdrug but you can also get it on revolutionbeauty.com

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo & Conditioner

Yep, that’s right! My shampoo & conditioner made it into a favourites post! I have actually been using these for a while now but I’ve only just got round to actually talking about it. I like these because they smell really nice and my hair can be quite dry at times, so it’s good for a little boost there! I must’ve been using this for a long time because I can’t remember using any other shampoo & conditioner! (Kinda wish they’d make the conditioner bottle a bit bigger though!). You can get these in places like Boots, Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc etc

Nike Pro 3 inch Shorts

During May, I started to build up a small collection of Nike Pro shorts because I think that they’re really good for sport, especially something like gymnastics (which I do), cheerleading or running! I know they’re expensive, so that’s why I always go and check out eBay or Depop! I now have a grand total of 6 (one was not in the photo!).They’re super stretchy and great for hot weather! I have 3 pairs from Sports Direct and the others are either from Depop or eBay

I hope that you enjoyed my May Favourites. Sorry it’s a bit short, I haven’t had much time to think about it properly. My June Favourites will probably be a bit better!

Thanks for reading – what did you enjoy in May?