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Hello, you! I'm Soph - a 22 year old girl currently living in Liverpool, spending most of her time writing, taking photo's, drinking coffee & trying not to eat too much cake.
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Thing's I'm grateful for #9.




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Thick coats & scarves.




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Thing's I'm grateful for #8.




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Having to adult. 2 years on.



Last Saturday marked 2 years since I moved out of my family home in Preston, to a lovely little flat in Liverpool, at just 19 years old.

Most of my friends were still away at Uni, and here I was, in a full time job, attending client meetings and paying council tax. I wasn't even out of my teens yet and I was having to budget for something that I didn't quite know what it was I was paying for. Still don't if I'm completely honest.. but that's a different matter.

The fact that I've got to 2 years is pretty much a miracle in itself. Over the last 24 months, I've had more washing machine disasters than I care to admit, but y'know what? I'm pretty damn proud of myself.

Looking back, it was genuinely one of the best things that I ever did. I gained the independence that I wanted, and let's just say I've learned and achieved a few things along the way...


- I haven't burnt the place down... yet.
- I've never once not had enough money to pay the rent, or previously mentioned council tax.
- I now know how to (finally) work the washing machine.
- Although I have realised that sometimes it's easier to just buy pretty new underwear than actually do some washing.
- I've learned how to deal with Estate Agents that are 200 miles away, and quite frankly, are pretty useless.
- I'm on first name terms with the guys on the concierge, who also now know to just not ask me whenever I go to collect a parcel, 'cause even they've learned that I never know whats inside it either. #bloggermail.
- There's no one to come and wake you up if you fall back to sleep after your alarm. So multiple alarms are now my best friend.
- My cooking skills have (slightly) improved.
- You ALWAYS forget to buy toilet roll.
- Talking to yourself is completely normal, and can actually aid in productivity.
- There's no one to nag you to turn all the lights off when you leave the room.
- ...But then you kinda wish there was when you get the electric bill.
- If you don't do stuff, there's no else to do said stuff. So you're better just getting off your bum and doing it.

And mostly?

I've learned that I GOT THIS. Even if it feels like I'm the most useless adult of all adults at times.

Soph

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How I take & edit my Instagram photo's.



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Thing's I'm grateful for #7.



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A winter walk.




We're still in Winter, right? It definitely feels like it at the minute, thats for sure. 

In all seriousness, is there anything better than a morning walk, when it's so fresh and crisp outside, and you can get all wrapped up in your biggest coat and scarf and bobble hat and basically all the layers and just head out just you and your camera?

I think I've said this before, but it's most definitely one of my favourite things to do. I find that you tend to see more through the camera lens. Probably because you're looking for those beautiful moments to capture.

Just in case you also didn't know, and lets face it, if you follow my Instagram then you most definitely will, but I live in the most beautiful city that is Liverpool, and I'm super lucky to be able to live on the docks, which is my favourite part. It's just so bloomin' beautiful. I never feel like I'm able to capture just how magical this place can be, but if you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods, definitely pay a visit down here. It's totally worth it, I promise.

So, one morning I did just this, and took myself off with my camera, and just started snapping. I took a walk in the opposite direction, and walked further than I normally do when I'm in one of these moods. There's just so much to see down here, and there's parts of the docks that I always forget about!

Anyway, there's no real point to this post other than as a bit of a photo diary. I hope you don't mind!

Soph

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Why it's important to set yourself goals.




I don't know about you, but whenever the word 'goals' used crop up at work or school, it would fill me with dread and make me groan a little. Partly because, if you set goals, you normally have to then evaluate yourself at the end, right? And, let's face it, who likes talking about themselves? It's just so flippin' awkward! Like, yeah, I wanna show you that I'm awesome at my job and all that but actually saying it in a way that's not all arrogant is pretty hard sometimes. 

But, actually, goals are super important, and I'm sure we all have them, even if they're not formally written down in that pretty notebook you have tucked away in your bedside table. 

I like to set myself big and little goals. Like, seriously, they can range from 'get a new job', to 'go the whole day without raiding the fridge for another chocolate biscuit'. But that's what I like about personal goals, they're personal to you, and you can change them.


Goals can drive us forward. They give us something to work towards, something to motivate ourselves with, and this can provide us with an incredible sense of achievement once we've completed them, no matter how big or small that goal may have been.

They can give us a sense of purpose. There's nothing worse than going days and weeks, or completing tasks, and at the end of that time thinking, 'well, what did I actually do that for?', or 'I don't see the point.' I know from personal experience how demotivating this can be, so having personal goals set, can make even those menial tasks seem that little bit better. Think of them of little steps forward towards where you want to be.

You can use them to document how far you've come. Whether it be with losing weight, improving your blog schedule, or doing something new, you can look back at the first goals you ever set yourself and be proud that you're now way ahead!

They can enable us to focus. Like I touched on before, setting yourself even the tiniest goals can motivate you to complete tasks you might not otherwise have had the motivation to do. They can improve how you manage your time, and can enable us to focus our energy into the right things!

Goals make you, and only you, accountable. I don't know about you, but I hate not completing something. I hate not completing something that I know I could've done, and I hate completing something to a lower standard than I know I can achieve. Like when I publish a proper rushed blog post 'cause omg I haven't blogged in a week and please don't leave me kinda thing.
Having those goals at the back of your mind means that it's now totally down to you to prove to yourself that, basically, you got this.

Do you set yourself goals?

Soph

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A day out. | Lyme Park, Cheshire.



Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire
Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire
Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire

I love day trips. There's so many wonderful places here in England, and quite honestly, I haven't seen enough of them. This weekend, Tasha and I decided to head across the m62 to Lyme Park, which is a large estate just south of Disley, in Stockport (or, just south of Manchester, if you're not familiar with the North too much!).

This place is huge. Like, seriously huge. So huge in fact, that everyone else seemed to be there for a day-long hike around the place, with walking boots, backpacks and those walking sticks that people use to like help them up hillsides? We, meanwhile, were equipped with only heeled boots, lipstick and Tasha's fedora, so it's safe to say we kinda stuck out. Just a little. 

Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire

It quickly became apparent that we were in um, well, the wrong footwear to walk any kind of distance. (The grounds looked amazing though, and would have definitely made for a lovely walk.) So, what else than to head straight to the restaurant for coffee and cake, right?!

Okay, don't worry, we didn't spend the whole time in there, and not just 'cause there was no signal or wifi. Like, seriously, we actually had to make conversation. ;) We did just stay around the house and the gardens though, but they were so pretty we were quite content snapping all the photo's around here. There was still plenty to take in!

Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire

Unfortunately, the house itself wasn't open due to it still being low season, which was a bit of a shame considering how freezing it was on Sunday! It started off being such a lovely day, and then all of a sudden this icy wind appeared from no where and omg I couldn't feel my fingers for a good 2 hours.

But, in good blogger style, we also managed to snap our outfits. Obvs. I was going to try and get another post out of it but I thought I'd just throw the photo's into this post instead. I'll detail what I'm wearing at the bottom of the post, if you're interested! 

Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, CheshireLyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire
Lyme Park, National Trust, Stockport, Cheshire

We had such a lovely day, it probably would have been a little better if it wasn't so windy and cold, but I guess that's pretty much just England! The whole place was so beautiful and grand, and all the volunteer staff were super lovely and helpful, which was really great considering the first thing we needed when we got there was directions to the ladies. Typical.

What I'm wearing: Blouse, New Look (similar) | Coat, New Look (similar) | Jeans, Topshop | Shoes, Topshop (similar) | Bag, Zara.

Do you like to visit places like this?

Soph

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5 things for a single girl to do on Valentines Day



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Valentines day. I'm pretty sure we're all aware that it's doing it's little thing and creepin' up on us again. Whether we sit on the 'omg I'm so looking forward to spending the day with bae', or the 'omg can we not just get this day over with already' side of the table.

Personally, I've never had a problem with V-Day (yes, I did just call it that. Soz.). If you have someone to share it with, that's great, just please don't share every little detail with the rest of us, we do not need to know, and quite honestly? Probs don't really care. If you don't happen to have an other half on 14th Feb, then that's just as okay too, 'cause at least we know that we're all fab and don't need a romantic dinner to remind us, right? ;)

So, if you do find yourself a fabulous singleton on Valentines Day, here are a few things you can do to keep yourself occupied.

Go to the gym. | Trust me when I say, there'll be hardly anyone else there, apart from the odd couple who's apparent idea of a date night is synchronised work-outs at the gym. So. Have some fun in there while you can, and make yourself a little obstacle course and run around to your hearts content. Oh, and you'll feel amazing for it in the morning!

Bake. | Baking can be really therapeutic, it's something to do to take your mind off everything else, and you get a yummy treat to enjoy at the end of it! And maybe a really cute insta post. So, who's the real winner here?

Treat yourself. | Just because you've got no one to treat, doesn't mean you can't treat yourself. Buy yourself something to make you feel great. Whether it's that dress you've been eyeing up for weeks, or, *ahem*, food, it doesn't matter. Whatever floats ya boat. Buy it. And then you can thank yourself by buying another treat later. Double winner.

Grab a friend and make a dinner reservation. | Valentines day doesn't mean that you can't have a nice evening if you're single. Grab one of your other un-attached girls, and go and enjoy a lovely evening! Then, you can make a game of this. Look round at the other couples, and  guess who will last, make-up 'how they met' stories, and guess which couple is newest from how awkward the date looks.

And, if all else fails, grab some treats and turn to Netflix. | Who doesn't love a good night in with Netflix?

How will you be spending Valentines Day this year?

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Things I'm grateful for #6.




Hiya guys. Happy Sunday!

Goodness, this week's been eventful! There's been so much going on, I'm not entirely sure where the week's gone. But, it's all been good stuff (I hope!), and it's making me super excited for what's to come. It's one of the things I love about our little lives, you just never quite know what's round the corner.

Anyway, here's some little things that I've been grateful for this week.


Free coffee. If you know me at all, you'll know the way to my heart is most probably coffee. Nah, just kidding. But seriously, I'm a little bit of a coffee lover, so when I walked into Pret on Thursday morning, and the barista told me I had a nice smile and coffee was on the house, well, it just made me smile even more. A girl is never gonna turn down free coffee.

New starts. This week marked a brand spanking new start for me, and do you know what? I can't remember the last time I felt this happy. There's been so many moments over the last few weeks when I've been like, omg what am I doing!? But, now, I'm certain that this was the right time and the right thing to do. 

Domino's. As I mentioned in last week's post, I spent a few days down south with Em, as I was working down there so I thought I'd crash in her spare room for a little bit and well, she has kittens. After a rather healthy dinner on Monday, we ended up with Domino's on Tuesday (and then Wednesday 'cause it was Two for Tuesday and omg so much pizza.), and I didn't regret a thing!

Blogging benchmarks! This week has been a good blogging week! I might not have posted too much, but I did manage to hit 1k on Bloglovin' and 5k on Insta so, thanks guys! You made this little blogger smile, a lot .

What has made you smile this week?

Soph

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5 (totally not-serious) driving tips.



I've been driving for close on 3 years now, and I absolutely love it. It's one of my favourite things to do and I will genuinely drive anywhere, whatever the distance, I don't mind being at the wheel. Drive some of the family down to Southampton? No probs, I'll race you down there Dad. ;)
There's so many things you learn while you're out on the road that you just don't get told on your driving lessons. So, I thought I'd do you guys a favour and collate a little list of helpful little tricks I've picked up, particularly during rush hour. You can thank me later. Or probs not.
Disclaimer - these are totally just meant to be a bit of fun, please don't take me seriously and I accept no responsibility for anyone else's driving. Oh, and I'm a good driver really. I promise.

If you're approaching a roundabout and you're not sure which lane, just get in the right one. Then at least you can just go right round. Twice, if you need to.

Similarly, if you're stuck in traffic on the motorway that's crawling at approx. 2mph, come off at the next junction, go straight across the roundabout and sneak back on via the slip-road. Just saved yourself a good 5 minutes, pal. (However, DO NOT do this is if the next exit takes you straight to another motorway. This is just counter-productive. Trust me.)

Need to paint your nails? No problem. The car is THE best place to do them. Get in your car, but make sure you have your seat belt fastened FIRST, otherwise there's gonna be no chance of getting away smudge free. Paint your nails and then set off. There's nothing that you're gonna need to do that's gonna mess those little beauties up. Particularly good if you have a long drive ahead you.

Please, please, don't always rely on your Tom Tom. He likes to have a little fun every once in a while. Mostly, he'll be pretty accurate, until he asks you to turn right on a dual carriage way when he thinks you're in the middle of a field. Not cool Tommy.

2 lanes merging into 1 and a complete idiot think they can just cut in front of everyone else? Make a little pact with your fellow road buddies and plonk yourselves in the middle of the two lanes (when they're merging obvs. Not at the 800 yard mark...) so they're completely stuck. And hope the cars behind you join you so it's not you that looks like the plonker.

What would you add to this list?

Soph


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The 2 sides to being a creative.


As you've most probably figured out by now, I love everything about writing and getting creative. It's quite honestly how I spend most of my spare time, and I'm really quite okay with that. 


One thing struck me the other day though, I feel like there's 2 totally, completely different sides to being part of a creative community.

There's the side that we all love. The support you get from everyone else, the opportunity to create content that you're proud of, invitations to events to meet and work with even more great and like-minded people, and the inspiration you get from others. 

If we're talking blogging, that's not to mention the hugeeee learning curve that we all embark on when we first set up our little spaces over here. HTML, CSS, DA and SEO are no longer meaningless letters, but things we probably pay far too much attention to than is good for us. And that's not even taking into considering how long we spend poring over our Google and Twitter analytics. 

Developing, or at least, trying to develop, a writing style is fun. You get to experiment with different styles. Different styles of writing, of editing photographs, of promoting, and of everything else 'cause damn it's your own blog and your own rules.


But then, I started thinking about the other side of it. Of the less fun side. And no, I'm not talking about how much time it takes to schedule tweets and reply to that backlog of emails you've let build up in your inbox 'cause omg cba to try and sift through all the press releases and promo emails that are addressed to 'Rosie'. NOT MY NAME GUYS.  I s'pose that's one up from 'Dear blogger,' though so at least there's that.

I'm talking about comparison. 

There's always going to be other blogs and creative mediums that you can't help but wish were yours. There's always the Instagram accounts that you wish you could make yours even slightly resemble. The girls who you'd give anything to look like, and the content that you proper wish you'd come up with 'cause bloomin' heck that was genius. 

Sometimes it's hard to not get too bogged down with this. I know I've made this mistake multiple times, and it can be completely de-motivating. 

I guess that this exists across the whole creative and media industry. No matter what it is that you do, there's going to be someone else and something else to compare yourself to. If you can use this as inspiration, then that's great. But, we need to be careful to not let this knock us, and not let it think that our own blogs, or whatever else it is that we create, isn't great just because it doesn't look or sound like someone else's.

We also need to stop comparing where we're at now, to where we want to be too much. I talk in this post about what kind of blogger I want to be, and where I want my blog to be at, which is great because I know that I have a plan and the ambition to get here. But I also know that unrealistic plans and expectations can do more harm sometimes than good. 

Have you ever got too bogged down with comparison?

Soph

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