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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?

My Trip To Scotland #2

Yeah, I disappeared off of the face of the Earth a bit… or should I say England. That’s right, I went to Scotland again (see previous visit HERE) to visit my aunt and uncle who live up there. I thought that I’d take the opportunity to share with you what I got up to, seeing that I haven’t been totally up to speed with my blogging!! I’m going to try and post as much as I can until I get caught up.

Anyway, I was in Scotland from Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June and I went up by car. Here’s what I got up to:

My Trip To Scotland – May/June 2018

Monday 28th June

On Monday, My mum, my dad, my cousin Serena and I left home bright and early (About 7am) as the drive takes roughly 9-11 hours. My aunt and uncle live in Argyll and Bute, which is just to the west of Glasgow. We decided to drive up rather than fly because it is too expensive to hire a car.

I think that the car journey went okay. I entertained myself on my phone and I rekindled my love for my Nintendo DS! I also did some blog planning things! We made several stops along the way, usually to have a toilet break and pick up a Starbucks! I honestly think that I have never consumed so much Starbucks/Costa in a day! At lunch, we stopped at a services which had a Burger King, and I got a Costa as well.

We arrived at my aunt and uncles at about 6pm and me, my mum and my dad stayed in the annex on the side of the house as some of my other cousins were also coming to stay the following day!

Tuesday 29th May

On Tuesday my mum, my cousin Serena and I went swimming at the local marina (Portavadie)! I’d never been before but I knew that the place was a posh spa-y kind of place. They even gave us towels! It was really fun; we stayed for 3 hours! There was an infinity pool outside and hot tubs, and inside there was a sauna, a jacuzzi type thing and an ordinary leisure pool! In the showers, they had a really nice coconutty shower gel. It made my skin feel really nice for quite a while afterwards! In the changing rooms, there were hair dryers (as you’d expect) but there were also straighteners! This is something I’d never seen before.

After swimming, we went into the cafe for hot chocolate! I’ve had hot chocolate from there a few times and I think it’s really nice. If you ever go to Tighnabruiach, I highly recommend nipping down to Portavadie!

When we arrived back at my aunt’s house, we were greeted by my cousin Alex, his girlfriend Laura, their son Hudson and Laura’s dad and girlfriend (as well as my aunt and uncle who live there of course!). It was the first time that I’d met Hudson as when I last saw Laura and Alex, he hadn’t have been born yet!

My aunt and uncle have a pop up cafe (Kilbride Farm Cafe) on their land, so after returning from swimming I had a burger and a can of Irn Bru from the cafe! My mum had a ham and cheese panini!

We went out for dinner at the hotel where my aunt and uncle work. I had a small gammon steak with chips and then a bowl of ice cream. It was very nice, but filling!

Wednesday 30th June

On Wednesday, we went to the Isle of Bute. We had to take a ferry, which literally took about 2 minutes! We went to a pub for a drink and we had a bit of a drive around the island.

We didn’t really do much else on Wednesday! I did some blogging things though! I updated my about me page and I made a new media kit!

Thursday 31st May

On Thursday, me, my mum and my dad went to a town called Inveraray. We had a look around, had a drink of hot choc and we got ice cream.

Again, we didn’t really do much else! I practised some gymnastics, but I had to do it inside because there were so many midges (tiny mosquito like things) outside I would’ve been bitten to death. We did, however, go to the beach in the evening to walk the dogs!

Little Self Promo for my Gymnastics Channel/IG

Friday 1st June

On Friday, we drove back home. We left just after 7am and arrived back just before 8pm. For lunch, I had a Costa Ham & Cheese Panini and a gingerbread man. We also bought some Percy Pigs for the car journey!

I know it looked like we didn’t do a lot but we only really went up there to see my aunt and uncle! I promise, much more exciting posts are coming soooooooon!

Thanks for reading this absolute shipwreck of a blog post!

Disney Tsum Tsum Collection

Wow, long time no see! I’m so sorry I’ve been awful at posting lately. I can’t get WordPress to schedule my posts for some reason so its not like I could’ve even typed everything up in advance and scheduled it for later. I’m currently in ol’ bonny Scotland, after spending a week with my Grandma & Grandad, so blogging has been put on the back burner a little bit! Anyway, today I present to you my Disney Tsum Tsum collection! I’ve never done a collection post before and I thought I’d start with a Disney themed one, just so that I can call myself a Disney Blogger (that’s right I’m in the gang now!)!

For those of you who don’t know, Tsum Tsums are small plushes that resemble characters from various Disney films and TV shows. Over a few years, I’ve slowly built up a decent sized collection that I’d quite like to share with you. Without further ado, here is my Disney Tsum Tsum collection:

My Disney Tsum Tsum Collection

As you can see from the above photographs, I have quite a few! So many I can’t fit them all in one photo! Most of them I have bought myself, either from the Disney Store, Clinton’s Cards or online (eBay) but some of them I have received as gifts from friends on birthdays and Christmases. For this post, I have photographed them in groups by show or film.

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Mickey & Minnie Mouse

I cannot remember for the life of me which of my many tsums I got first. so I’ve decided to start with this pair. Say hello to Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Mickey & Minnie Mouse! I got these two when I went to Disneyland Paris last July (post HERE) and as they were exclusive to the park, I couldn’t resist picking them up! They’re super cute!

Mickey Mouse & Friends

The next group I have is probably the most ‘Disney’ you can get! I have three, Minnie, Daisy and Pluto, from the classic Mickey Mouse & Friends Disney franchise. Unfortunately, I don’t have a classic Mickey Mouse right now. He’s next on my list. Minnie and Daisy I ordered from eBay and my friend Ellen gave me Pluto for Christmas (I think) one year!

Zootropolis/Zootopia

These three are from the recent Disney film Zootropolis (Zootopia in some countries). They are (in order) Judy Hopps, Finnick and Nick Wilde. Judy and Nick are both from eBay and I bought Finnick in my local Clinton’s Cards. I think that Finnick was my first ever Disney Tsum Tsum, but I can’t really remember!

Monsters Inc./Monsters University

Next I have Sulley and Mike from Monsters Inc. and the more recent film, Monsters University. I can’t remember when or where I got Sulley from. I think I bought him in a shop though. My mum bought Mike for me online when we were watching Monsters University once! I love my Mike Tsum Tsum, I think that the giant eye looks funny and also kinda cute!

Toy Story

This is Jessie and an alien from Toy Story. I ordered Jessie online mainly because we share the same name! The alien was bought for me by Ellen for a different birthday or Christmas or something!

Finding Nemo

This is Nemo and Darla. I bought them both from eBay a while ago. I bought Nemo because I thought that he was very cute and I bought Darla because I thought that her braces were funny! We are matching at the moment as I also have braces! All I need is red hair, bunchies and a few more freckles!

Alice In Wonderland

This is Alice and Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. I bought Alice online after my friend, Alicia, had an Alice in Wonderland themed photoshoot for her GSCE Photography, and I was Alice. Ellen’s mum bought me Cheshire Cat for my birthday (I think) once. I like the cat, it’s very pink!

Lilo & Stitch

Here is Stitch! He is also one of the very first tsums that I got! He looks a little bit angry but apparently he is ‘sleepy Stitch’. I bought him from either the Disney Store or Clinton’s Cards. I’m hoping to get another Stitch with ordinary eyes too!

Winnie The Pooh

Piglet! I think I bought Piglet at Clinton’s Cards and I was probably drawn to him as he’s very pink!! I used to have another Piglet toy (not a Tsum Tsum) which I accidentally almost set fire to on a Winnie The Pooh lamp!!

The Aristocats

This is Marie from The Aristocats. I picked up Marie from Clinton’s because I thought that she was cute and I love cats!

Bambi

IIIIIIIIIIIIt’s Thumper! I’m pretty sure that I ordered him online! Fun fact, I used to have a big toy Thumper from the Disney store and he sat on my bed! Now I have a small Jellycat rabbit, so the bunny theme is recurring!

Phineas & Ferb

Last but most certainly not least I have Perry the platypus from Phineas and Ferb. I bought him from eBay because I used to LOVE Phineas & Ferb when I was younger and I had so many toys! I thought this Perry was suuuuuper cute and couldn’t resist buying!

I really hope you enjoyed this long awaited post! The tsum tsums are fairly cheap if you’re interested in buying some, and they’re great as small gifts. When I return from Scotland I am going to try and post as often as I can until I catch up with myself! My blog planner is a life saver at the moment!

Thanks for reading – I’m happy to provide you with your dose of Disney!

P.S So close to this blog being a year old!!

10 Steps To The Perfect CV

Do you want the perfect CV? Yes you do! I’ve put together this guide for anyone that may be struggling to write their Curriculum Vitae. Whether it be the layout or what you write, I (hopefully!) got yah covered!

Before we get started, I should explain (just in case) what a CV actually is. A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is essentially a record of your achievements, experiences and interests summed up on a sheet of A4. It is most commonly given to potential employers but can also be used in the college and university application process.

I’d say probably 99.9% of the time your CV will be typed up using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, Pages or Openoffice. When reading this guide, you can check out my example CV so that you can see what I mean, some of the things on there are what I’ve used on my actual CV. Though it is fake it gives you an idea:

Example CV – Jess Louise

10 Steps to the Perfect CV

STEP ONE

The first, and possibly most vital, step of creating your CV is putting your full name, address, contact number and email in the header of your document. Your name should be at the very top and be immediately obvious and the rest should follow in the next line. This is so the person receiving it know who it’s from and how to contact them

STEP TWO

The next bit will be the word-iest bit of the whole document- your personal statement. A Personal statement is a paragraph summing up YOU! Remember, you’ve really got to sell yourself and highlight your best qualities. It’s sosososooso important not to copy a personal statement from the internet because it’s got to reflect you, not anyone else. For university applications, UCAS use a screening tool to make sure no one has copied their personal statement from somewhere else. Better get into good practice now!

STEP THREE

Underneath the personal statement, you could list roughly 3 key skills you possess. For example: if you’re computer literate, you can drive (hold full driving licence), have good time management, flexible (not physically!!!) etc. It’s these things that can make you stand out against anyone else, which is the primary aim of a CV.

STEP FOUR

Then, you should list perhaps 3 key interests. This can be anything from purely recreational activities to interests directly related to your career/future career.

STEP FIVE

We’re halfway there now! Next is listing you main key achievements. This could be if you’ve completed a first aid course, to running the London Marathon! Anything you feel you’ve achieved, plop it down! They can be personal and work related achievements.

STEP SIX

Next you should list any previous work experience, be it paid or unpaid. This shows your future employer (or whoever) what experience you have. If you’re yet to gain experience, just leave this bit blank.

STEP SEVEN

Now, you should list any volunteer or charity work you’ve done. To be honest, I’m not completely sure why people do this but apparently it looks good!

STEP EIGHT

Step eight is to list your previous (secondary upwards) and current (if applicable) education institutions. The name, address and the years in which you attended will suffice.

STEP NINE

Qualifictions! That’s right time to list your GCSE/ALevel grades (or predicted) and any other recognised qualifications. This shows your potential employer how qualified you are to do the job!

STEP TEN

This step requires three words under the heading references: ‘Available On Request’. Job applications may require you to list specific people and contact details but this isn’t necessary on your CV. If they request it, then you can give them a name/contact. Your referee can be a previous employer, Head Of Year/Tutor at school/college or even someone you’ve known for a long time, but not family.

As for layout of your CV, what I’ve put together is a simple, easy to read document. You can customise it however you like, as long as it looks professional, is readable and all the information is there.

I hope this guide was at least a little bit useful. I had fun creating that fake CV so check that out. Also, yes, presshandstands@aol.com is a real email address that I own. I use it for my gymnastics accounts and things! Feel free to email me about anything gymnastically! Also let me know if you’d like to know any more about CVs.

Thanks for reading – Good luck writing your CV!

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