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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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12 simple ways I'm going to be practising more self-care.

Self-care is something that we should all most definitely do more often, as it's so important for our mental & physical wellbeing. I know that I've been terrible at it recently and it's probably one of the reasons I've been feeling so anxious and overwhelmed all of the time over the past couple of months.

I think there's a bit of a misconception that self-care has to be something huge or that takes hours out of your day, such as seeing a therapist or completely overhauling your diet & exercise regime in one go. But really, there's so many little things that we can do daily to really help. And here are some of the smaller, simple ways that I'm going to try and be doing to practise more self-care.

G E T  E N O U G H  S L E E P.

I've been really struggling to sleep recently, and I'm not entirely sure why. I think it may be because I have a lot on my mind (although, I always have a lot on my mind!), but I'm going to really try and make sure I get the right amount of sleep from now on.

Whether that means switching off my phone at a certain time or downloading an app to help calm my mind before I try and drift off, sleep is v important and I don't always make it a priority. 

S W I T C H  O F F.

I might have to start out by doing this weekly, rather than daily, because I can't even pretend that I'm one of those people that isn't addicted to their phones. Because I am. Hugely. But, I do know how much good it can do to set time aside to step away from everything online. To not be clicking the home button on my phone to check any notifications every 2 minutes. To not be in a constant cycle of checking every social app and then just going back round again for hours. So, I'm going to dedicate some 'offline time' - and try and stick to it!

R E A D  M O R E.

I used to read all of the time when I was younger, and the fact that I literally never sit down with a book anymore, makes me really sad. Even if it's just for half an hour before bed, I want to bury myself in a good book again and get lost in someone else's world for a little while. I miss that.

S M A L L  S P L U R G E S.

I do love a good shop, and I'd do it all of the time if my bank account allowed it. However, it definitely does not. But, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to something small once a week - whether it be a new nail polish or even just a magazine. Buying a small luxury just for you is a fab way of valuing yourself.

S W E E T  T R E A T S.

There's probably going to be an 'eat healthier' point in this at some point too, but it's all about balance, right? But, I'm all about treating yourself to a bar of chocolate or a sweet snack and not feeling guilty about it.

D E E P  B R E A T H S. 

This is something that I can do anywhere and it takes no time at all but could make the biggest difference. Just taking a minute to take 3 deep breaths could really help in calming myself down and re-focusing my mind when things get a little overwhelming.

H E A L T H I E R  O P T I O N S.

I told you there'd be a healthy point in here somewhere! My aim is to make one, small healthier change every week. From drinking an extra glass of water a day, to eating an additional portion of fruit or whatever it may be. Small, gradual changes and all that!

P A M P E R.

Taking an extra long shower. Sitting around in my dressing gown & reading for a little while. Actually sticking to a skin care routing. Painting my nails. Again - it's all about the little things that can lift your mood and make you feel a whole better.

F R E S H  A I R.

Having an office job quite often means that my time outside is rather limited during the week. But I'm going to make getting some fresh air a priority - be it 15 minutes at lunch time or after work, I already know that a little fresh air can do wonders!

W R I T E  S T U F F  D O W N.

I'm hoping to start keeping a little journal or pretty notebook where I can write things down. Maybe it's something that's happened today or something that's been bothering me for a while. I'm hoping getting things down on paper, whether they good or bad, may be a kind of release for my mind!

S T R E T C H.

This one may sound like a strange one, but just hear me out. I haven't stretched properly in years, but the other day I felt unusually stiff, so I spent 10 minutes properly stretching my body out like I used to when I went to dancing and gymnastics and oh my goodness - I felt so much better! I may even start adding this to my morning routine because it really did help!

M U S I C.

I used to do this all the time when I was getting ready for school, and I'd forgotten how much it can but you in a great mood just be listening to some fun and upbeat music whilst getting yourself ready for the day. Music can be such a powerful tool, so I'm going to try and use it!

How do you practise self care daily?


Sophie Rosie
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7 quotes to help channel your inner girlboss.

Every girl has those days when we just need a little extra something to help us to get up and go do some awesome sh*t with our days. And lets face it, who doesn't love those super productive days when you just feel like you've got everything under control and you're ticking off everything on your to-do list like there's no tomorrow. When you're feeling like your most confident self, when you know your worth & you won't take anything less.

So, here are 7 quotes to help you channel your inner girl boss on those days when it might be well... a little more of a struggle.

For those days when you really just... can't.
Put your hair up in a bun, drink some coffee, and handle it. 

When someone asks if you're busy today;

I'm building a brand. 
I'm always busy.

For when you just need a little reminder. 

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.
If you don't ask, the answer is always no.
If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

No. No we did not.  

You did not wake up today to be mediocre. 

It's not about competition, it's about inspiring everyone to be their best.

Be the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game.

A daily ritual that's worth it.

Wake up early.
Drink Coffee.

Work hard.
Be ambitious.
Keep your priorities straight, your mind right, and your head up.

And one from the #girlboss herself;

 You don't get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously.
You've got to show up, and own it.

Have a wonderful day!


Sophie Rosie
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I'm moving to London!

The last month or so has been crazy. Like, actually crazy. I went from everything being cool, loving my job and being totally settled and loving my little life in Liverpool, to getting an unexpected LinkedIn message, followed by a quick trip down to the Capital and a job offer 4 days later requiring me to leave everything up here and move down to the big smoke within 5 weeks.

Holy moly. 

If anyone knows me, this will totally not surprise you but I basically cried for a week. I didn't know what to do. This opportunity was massive. It was a step up in my career, a chance to go and live in London and pretty much a chance to have a whole new start and a new adventure. BUT what about Liverpool? I love Liverpool. I loved my job that I had and I loved the people that I worked with. I had the best boss and I felt a lot of loyalty to him and to my job.

Eventually, and with a lot of advice from the people closest to me,  I realised that there was no way that I could pass up this opportunity. So, here we are. I worked my last day in my old office last Friday, and I have a few days off now before I head down to London this weekend to start my new job on Monday!

Help. Me. 

Just in case you didn't see my tweet a few days ago, I'm off to work in Leicester Square at some of the biggest radio stations in the industry and I could not be more excited. I'm terrified, but I'm excited.  Every time I think about it, I have a little 'omg what am I doing????' moment, but I'm guessing that's only natural for such a big move.

So, for any fellow London bloggers - please be my friend. I'm being totally serious, I'm going to need a lot of help and a lot of directing. See you soon? :)


Sophie Rosie
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Coffee shop musings. | 14.06.17

It's 7am. I've been up and about since just after 5, and I'm currently sat in the corner of my favourite coffee shop waiting for my 9.30am nail appointment just around the corner. The barista's here all know me now. In fact, it's got to the point where I'll never be able to change my order here because they make it for me as soon as I walk through the door. 

But I like that.

It's like a tiny sense of belonging and community that just makes me a little bit happier.

Normally, when I'm sat here, I'm sat with my laptop. Focused on writing, editing, replying to emails and goodness knows what else. But today, I decided to leave my laptop at home and bring a book with me in a bid to try and switch off a little more and be more mindful.

But you're writing a blog post, Soph? 

I know, I know. I did start reading my book, I promise. But I think my brain needs a little more training to be able to switch off and only focus on one thing at a time. Because, as I was reading, I had this overwhelming urge to start writing. But not about anything in particular. I just want to write.

I love discovering and reading new blogs, but there are a few blogs that I've read ever since I first discovered blogging, and I'm still just as in love with them, and I think I'm slightly in love with the ladies behind them. Do you know what I mean? Those bloggers who you'd love to be best friends with because they seem like such beautiful people, are so strong and motivated and inspiring that you feel like your life would be a whole lot better if they were a part of your life?

Well, I've just finished reading a post from one of these ladies in particular. And one of the reasons I love her blog so much is because I get lost in her writing. It's like reading her diary and I love having this little insight into her life and her incredible mind. Her blog is so personal and I love that.

So, I think I'm going to give this a go. Go back to writing more personal posts. But maybe not the huge, deep & meaningful life essay kind. But ones where I just document my thoughts for the day. Any random days, nothing in particular. I don't want the pressure of having it as a 'weekly feature', because like anything you feel like you 'have' to do, I soon get bored and don't want to do that anymore.

I feel like I'm about to hit another, very steep, life learning curve over the next few months, so this could be a great release, and a way to look back with (hopefully!) fondness in a few years time.


Sophie Rosie
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How to smash your way through a coffee meeting, and why it's never ~just~ grabbing coffee.

Coffee meetings. They seem harmless enough, right? In the adult world of work and networking, there's no such thing as a 'casual coffee meeting'. If your boss, a potential employer or client invites you for coffee, don't be fooled into thinking that it's not important, because it is. It could be just as important as those meetings that take place in your office boardroom - and the person who's invited you, will have invited you for a reason and probably has an agenda as to what they want to get out of it.

Coffee meetings are such a great way of networking, creating & building business relationships and getting ahead in your career. They're a chance for you to spend some quality time with someone, where the focus is purely on you and they're beneficial for everyone, whether you're a corporate or a creative, a great coffee meeting could be really rewarding.

I've had friends tell me stories of how they were invited for an 'informal chat' over coffee with a potential employer after they'd had a first interview. Turns out, it was full blown second interview. Or how a lunchtime outing with their boss had turned into a performance review and goal setting session. Or how a last minute coffee with a potential client had ended with them signing a contract. 

So, whether you're the one that's asked for the meeting or you've been invited by someone else, what are the do's and don't for these informal-yet-super-important meetings?

D O  Y O U R  R E S E A R C H

Do you know this person well? If not, try and look into them a little (I mean, not in a creepy way, obvs), but see if you can find out about their career and a little about them. How did they get where they are? Are there any causes that they're passionate about? Is there something that you'd like to know more about?

Most people these days have an online presence, whether it be a LinkedIn page, an Instagram account, a blog or an online portfolio. A little digital detective work could go a long way! I mean, you'd never turn up to a job interview without knowing anything about the company and the business, right?

If you do know them, maybe try and get them to tell you what the agenda is for the meeting. What is it that they want to talk to you about? Being prepared will be a huge advantage.

K N O W  W H A T  Y O U  W A N T

This applies whether you're the one who's been invited, or the one who's invited someone else. How will this meeting benefit you? The last thing you want to do is waste an opportunity, and walk out kicking yourself because you didn't ask the right questions and you didn't make the most of it. So plan ahead and constantly remind yourself to ask some questions, too!

S T A Y  P R O F E S S I O N A L

This isn't a coffee date with your best girlfriend talking about the latest goss from the group WhatsApp chat. It's a networking opportunity, so be chatty, friendly and warm, but remember to stay focused, on topic and appropriate for whoever's sat across the table with you.

T A K E  N O T E S

Don't be afraid to grab a pen and paper and take some notes as you're chatting - this is particularly useful if you, or they, offer to send something across after the meeting, as you'll have more chance of remembering to do it or follow it up if they forget! But it also helps to note down things as they are mentioned, as sometimes meetings can be very content heavy, and you may forget some of the smaller details.

Although, don't write down everything, as you'll be too distracted writing to really listen to what they are saying.

F O L L O W  U P

Just like you would with any meeting or interview, it's always a good idea to send a follow up email afterwards. Whether it's simply thanking the other person for their time, arranging another meeting, or like I mentioned above, sending something across that was promised during your time with them. Let them know that you enjoyed the meeting... and the coffee!

Have you had many coffee meetings? What would your tips be?


Sophie Rosie
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How I've started to get my inspiration and creativity back (again!).

Oh man, creative slumps are the worst, aren't they? That feeling of really ~really~ wanting to write or create something but your brain just having none of it. Of being sat in front of your computer for hours trying to think of something, anything. And then eventually conceding defeat and resorting to going back to just scrolling through social media for the rest of the afternoon instead. The thing is, the more you try and get out of a creative slump, the harder it seems.

I seem to have been there a lot recently, and you may have noticed blog posts over here have been totally sporadic. It's kinda just been when a tiny, little bit of inspo has hit me I've written it down straight away so as to not lose it. But, if there's one thing that hasn't changed, it's my love for blogging, and the determination to not give up.

I've had a little more time over the last week or so to work on my blog, and I've been trying a few things to see if I can get those creative juices flowing again, and it seems to have worked! I'm typing this with 5 other blog posts all set and ready to go live... I'm never this far ahead of myself!

So, here's what I've been up to to get that inspiration and creativity back.

R E D E F I N I N G.

You may have noticed (probs not), that the categories at the top of my home page have changed a little. And this was after I sat down with myself with a notebook and pen, and tried to think about what exactly it is that I want to blog about.

What do I enjoy writing about? What content has done well before? What do I want to do with my blog and what do I want to bring to the blogosphere through my content? 

Really narrowing this down, and then putting everything into categories, has really worked and helped me focus. And in turn, this new found focus has helped when thinking of new ideas and getting started on writing posts.

A  C L E A N S E.

I've decluttered my work space, decluttered my desktop and computer, and decluttered some of the blogs that I follow. I find a good tidy and clear out really therapeutic, whether that's of the flat or of a digital kind.

It may sound weird, but I felt so motivated after I'd cleared out my room & my wardrobe, I think it's the whole 'tidy room, tidy mind' thing, right? I also found having a good cleanse of my computer made me feel a lot better, too - I got rid of everything I didn't need to help me focus again.

And finally, I had a cleanse of blogs. I have so many blogs in my bloglovin' feed and saved in my favourites that I just never read anymore. So now, I just have the ones that really inspire me. The ones who's content I adore and who make me want to be a better blogger! (But, that's not to say I'm not open to finding new ones, because I've found a few of those recently too, and I love them just as much.)


Taking photos. Just because. With no particular blog post in mind or reason for them. I'm a firm believer that the more you create, the more ideas you have. So just create something. I started out by just arranging flatlays and seeing what worked. My first ones were terrible, but then I got back into the swing of it and before I knew it I had loads of photos to work with.

I'd already decided the kind of aesthetic I want to work with on my blog, so I tried to stick to this as I was taking these photos, so that I could then use them on my blog when the content ideas finally arrived. It worked a treat!

And now we're here. I am under no illusion that this bout of inspiration will stay around forever. But I'm most definitely going to try and make the most of it while I can!

F E A T U R E D 

This phone case is a City Marble case from CaseCompany - and as soon as the email dropped into my inbox, I fell in love with the idea. This idea being that you can design your own phone case, using a map of somewhere that you love. The map design is totally customisable, so you can zoom out to whole cities, or zoom in to particular streets. You can have different colours and you can add your own text and labels too.

If you don't already know, I fell in love with Liverpool when I first moved here over 3 years ago, and ever since then it's captured my heart like no other city. So, of course, I chose to have Liverpool on mine. I positioned it perfectly so that I can point out all of my favourite parts and streets, and I actually chose not to have the label on it - I just felt it was all the more personal, then. No one will really know that it's Liverpool at a glance apart from me. And well, you lot now. ;)

You can also choose what kind of case you would like, from hard or soft cases, transparent or full print or even flip cases. I opted for the full print case, and it fits my phone like a glove. It's really thin and doesn't make my phone feel too clunky like some cases do - it's perfect.

In case you haven't guessed, I love it. And I think it's such a wonderful idea - being able to take somewhere special to you around with you every day!


The phone case was kindly gifted to me by Case Company, however all words, images and opinions are my own. For my full disclaimer, please click here.
Sophie Rosie
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A blogging toolkit that doesn't cost a penny; How you can blog without a financial investment.

When it comes to investing into your blog and trying to figure out what's worth splashing your cash on and what's not, I think it totally depends on the blogger and the blog. You will find some bloggers who won't think twice about investing heavily into their blogs from day 1, whether it be a MacBook, a new Camera or a custom designed website, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! Let's face it, if we all could, we all would.

However, if you're on a tighter budget, it doesn't mean your blog has to be any less fab. Recently, I've realised that I'm running my blog without spending anything on it. Well, apart from the countless coffee's I buy when working from my fave coffee spot... but that doesn't really count, does it? ;)

So, what tools do I use?

i P H O N E  7 +

Okay, so obviously I do pay for my phone, but this isn't really a blogging expense, this is a life expense that I would need whether I had a blog or not. And believe me when I say, I couldn't run this thing without it. I use my phone for everything. From running my social media accounts, to taking and editing my photo's. 

Every single one of my photo's that I've taken that have appeared on my blog or Instagram over the last few months, have been taken on my phone. Yep, every single one. Even these Liverpool shots, and these product shots. All taken and edited on my trusty iPhone - I shall go into the apps I use in a little bit!

A lot of bloggers will swear by their cameras, and I do, admittedly have an Olympus Pen. BUT, I can't remember the last time I picked this up. I've found that the camera on my iPhone is perfect and suitably good enough for my photo's - and it's super quick to get a photo taken, edited and uploaded!

F R E E  S T O C K   P H O T O  S I T E S.

Sometimes, I'll be writing a blog post at work, or I'll have an idea for an image that I want to go along with my post, and I'll just know that I won't be able to make it look how I want to. You might have noticed that every so often, I'll use stock photo's, like the one above! I do head over to Creative Market and purchase some images, as I do think it's important to support fellow creatives when you can. But I have found 2 sites that offer free stock imagery, and if you know what you're searching for, they're fab!

They're here and here.

C A N V A. C O M

If you haven't discovered Canva yet, you need to. It's a free design site that let's you design everything from social media posts, to blog graphics & media kits, to CV's. It's super simple and easy to use, and I actually don't know where I'd be without it!

P H O T O   E D I T I N G   A P P S.

I mentioned above that I edit all of my photo's on my iPhone, and I guess there's 3 reasons why I do this.

1) I don't want to pay for Photoshop.
2) I don't know how to use Photoshop.
3) I'm too impatient to use Photoshop and I like editing super quick (i.e all photo's within minutes).

I know I know, I could probably pick it up as I go along, or I could take a course to like better myself and all that, but that would cost more money, I'm way too lazy and it just genuinely baffles me! This isn't to say though that I don't like it, because I see fellow bloggers creating beautiful imagery with it and I so wish I could!

So, what do I use?

I simply use the VSCO app, along with another app called Preview. 

I'm sure you're all familiar with VSCO by now, it's been an Instagram users favorite for quite some time, and I've yet to find another app who's editing functions and filters comes anywhere close.

Preview is primarily a Instagram feed planner. It's a free app that lets you plan your feed, drag & drop photo's easily to play around with looks, but it does also have it's own filters and edits. I use this app mainly for it's whitening function, if I'm totally honest. It's a really easy way for me to align my Insta and make sure everything is edited the same!

B L O G   T E M P L A T E S

If you've been a reader around these parts for while, you might notice that I change my blog theme up, a lot. Soz. I'm just really indecisive and I guess my blog changes with me. I did pay for my current template, however, I haven't always.

ThemeXpose have some amazing free templates, some of which I've used in the past, and a couple of which I'm currently eyeing up... I can't decide. Again!

So, there you go. If you're thinking of starting a blog but you're worried that you need to invest in all of the top tech and spend loads of money to get started, you really don't!

And if you're already blogging, what do you use? :)


Sophie Rosie
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Rimmel London: Super Gel Nails

Rimmel London: Super Gel Nails

I want to start this post by simply telling you how much I ADORE this product. 

I've somehow managed to get myself on a few PR lists, and every so often some of their new releases will drop through my letterbox. When they do, I'll post them on Instagram or maybe do a tweet, but I've never dedicated a whole blog post to any of them, as I'm not obliged to and I've never loved anything enough to. Until now. 

I'm a self-confessed nail fanatic. I can't go about my day with shit nails. Ever since I've had a full time job, getting my nails done has been a regular treat. And because I hate it when nail polish chips (it literally drives me insane), for the past few years, I've more often than not always opted for gel nails. 

But sometimes, I find there's a week or two in between me having to take my gels off, and getting back to the salon for a fresh set. And because, like I say, nail polish drives me crazy with how easy it chips, I've tried numerous gel polishes and even invested in my own UV lamp to try. None of them though, have compared to these new Rimmel London Super Gel polishes.

Okay, so. What's so great about them?

1. No need for a base coat. | When I read this on the instructions, I was a little dubious. I've always been told a base coat is a must, and I almost just put one on anyway. But it's true, you really don't need one. And when you think about it, not only is this less fiddly, but it basically saves you a third of the time.

2. The colours are fab. | I opted for the Purple Splash one, as it just feels super summery and light for the wonderful weather we're having at the mo. I was lucky enough to be sent 5 of their polishes, but a quick browse of their website and you can see that they actually have 25 of them! The red one is definitely next on my list. 

3. It's v quick drying. | The other thing I hate about painting my own nails normally, is the length of time you have to sit there doing nothing because they just never, ever seem to dry! I did these half an hour before I had to jump in my car, and there's not a single smudge in sight. I probably left about 60 seconds in between each coat, and it was most definitely plenty of time!

4. No need for a UV lamp. | You don't need to invest in your own UV lamp for these. You simply apply 2 coats of the colour polish, and then one of the top coat, and you're good to go!

5. It actually lasts. | I'm super impressed with how long these last - I'm still chip free. This never happens to me with regular nail polish, normally I can get a few hours if I'm lucky!

Well, there you have it. I've basically just declared my love for a nail polish. Don't judge. But do go & grab this if you're looking for a gel nail polish that lasts. Highly recommended!


(P.S I swear this isn't a sponsored post. T's just a PR sample that was sent to me with no obligations, but one that I just loved too much not to share!)
Sophie Rosie
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An in-depth guide to getting the most out of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn. Probably not the first social networking site that pops into your head, but it's most definitely an important one. I think a lot of people view LinkedIn as just an online CV for when you're job hunting, but it can offer you so much more than just this if you know exactly how to use it, and it can be a super powerful tool to grow your professional network and bag yourself new career opportunities.

T H E   B A S I C S

A professional photo. | Choose your profile photo carefully, remember that this is a professional networking site and first impressions count! Try and use a clear head shot of just you, and put on your best 'I'm v friendly and trustworthy' face. You don't need to be in a suit or have your company's logo behind you, but that group shot from your most recent night out? Probably not such a good idea. This is also important for if you're planning to attend any networking events, it's handy if you're instantly recognisable.

Your headline. | For most people, this is just their current position at their current company. But this isn't really what this is for. You have 120 characters here to quickly grab people's attention! What exactly do you do? And what exactly can you offer? Putting something different in here could really help you to stand out. Use keywords for the job or industry you're passionate about, and this could help you get picked up by clients & employers.

Customise your profile URL. | Head onto your own profile, and click on 'Edit your public profile' in the right sidebar. There then should be an option to 'Edit public profile URL' from a url with loads of random letters and numbers on the end, to something like this; This will automatically make your profile look more professional, and it's easier to share!

A N  A D V A N C E D   P R O F I L E

Profile summary.| This is your chance to expand on your headline and really sell yourself! Again, use all of those keywords, tell us what you do, what you're passionate about, what motivates you and what your greatest skills are. Tell us about some of your achievements. What are you looking for? Why are you a value to your employer? Feel free to inject a little bit of humour in here too, and be a little less informal. Show off your personality and think of this as a way of showing people your personal brand.

Include job descriptions. | Okay, first up, LinkedIn is not your CV, so don't just cut and paste from what you have in here because, well, that's what your CV is for. However, having a summary of what your current and previous roles have entailed, and the challenges that you face, can be super helpful. Potential clients and recruiters will often search on keywords and not necessary by job title, as quite obviously these can differ!

So, be concise, chose what you think is the most important information and the most impressive achievements, but also make sure that you don't omit any valuable info! I've read quite often that there's a general rule of thumb of 3 paragraphs or less, which should actually be plenty of room.

Embed some of your work samples. |  As well as text, LinkedIn actually also allows you to embed images, videos, documents and links to your work - so why not make the most of it? You can add these to your Summary, Education and Experience sections of your profile, so go ahead and show off the work, blog posts or projects that you're most proud of!

Endorsements. | I get the feeling that no one's really quite sure how important this part of a LinkedIn profile is, and if I'm being honest, it's the part that I pay the least amount of attention to. Yes, it's a great way of showing off your skills, but the fact that anyone can endorse anyone at the click of a button, I guess raises questions over how much it really means.

However, it can't hurt to have them, right? Your best bet is to include all of the skills that you think are the most important yourself, first. This way, people won't endorse you for random skills that aren't necessarily relevant! Include general, transferable skills as well as those more specialised ones - both are just as important!

And the best way to get yourself endorsed? Endorse others. That way, they'll be more than likely to endorse you back! Think of it as being similar to a 'like for like' on Instagram... if that helps!


I mean, it's probably what we're all here for, right?

Proactively reach out to people. |  Do you remember when everyone first got on Facebook and everyone just seemed to add the whole school and you'd start conversations like 'do i know you?' ... 'nah, random add'. Please don't do that. BUT, do reach out to people. Reach out to people that you know, people who you think will be a valuable connection, that you think could really help and develop your career path, or people that inspire you. Don't just sit and wait for people to connect with you.

Send personalised messages with your connection requests. |  This is particularly useful if you're trying to connect with someone who you might not necessarily know, but maybe you look up to them, have read some of their work or are inspired by them. Send them a personal note with your request, telling them why you'd love to connect with them! This way, they won't be left wondering who you are or why you've tried to add them to your network.

Join Groups. | This was something that I didn't really know about until recently, but LinkedIn groups can be a goldmine for networking opportunities. It gives you the chance to access a whole new network of people, to find great new content to share, to meet others in your industry and to also share your own expertise!

Don't be Anonymous. | There's a great feature on LinkedIn that means you can stalk people anonymously, basically. While this is a great thing if you're trying to secretly figure out where your ex is at after you've blocked them on everything else, it's not that great for professional purposes. Why? Because if you're anonymous, LinkedIn won't tell you who's viewed your profile, either.

Being able to see who's checked you out could lead to those all important new and meaningful connections. They've viewed your profile for a reason, so if they haven't already. reach out to them!

Interact with your connections & be careful what you share. | It might sound obvious, but this isn't Facebook or Twitter. LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so don't share or like anything you wouldn't want your current boss or colleagues to see! However, DO share stuff and most definitely interact with your feed. Look for articles or other posts that may be relevant to your industry or current affairs, or just simply something that you really care about. Just like any other social media site, being active is important!

Okay, I think I'm going to stop there! Do you use LinkedIn, or have any other tips?

If you would like to connect with me, I'd love to connect with you, too! Find me here.


Sophie Rosie
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This week. (w/c 22.05.17) | A reflection.

I feel... weird, this week. It's been a terribly overwhelming week for everyone, which has left me feeling a little confused, I guess. I don't really know how I should feel, and I don't really know how I want to feel, either.

Monday morning started off different to any other Monday, mainly because of a piece of news that I'm really excited to share with you guys soon. It's going to bring about a lot of change to my life, but it's change that I'm excited about and (I think) I'm just about ready for. I'm also terrified about it, but that just means it's going to be a good change, right? 

And then Monday afternoon started to go downhill. A close friend of mine started to act differently with me. They seemed distant, and this started to really worry me. I'm the kind of person that will notice even the slightest change in someone's behaviour, and this always freaks me out. Because, why?

Why are you being different? Why are you distancing yourself? Why are you reading my messages and not replying when you normally reply instantly? Why are you going quiet? Have I done something wrong? Have I said something wrong? Has something bad happened? Have you decided that you don't want me in your life anymore? 

This sounds dramatic, but I'm an over thinker and I've probably had these thoughts about everyone at some point. It's often the little things that send me into overdrive. And then I got mad at this person, because I realised that they probably knew that how they were behaving was making me anxious and they were doing it anyway. Which hurt me, I think. All I needed was for them to tell me everything was okay instead of ignoring me, and they knew that.

And then I went to sleep and woke up at 5am to the terrible news of what had happened in Manchester. It was devastating. My social media was filled with tributes to the victims, with unfolding details of exactly what had happened and the pure scale of the tragedy. I drove to work listening to radio presenters breaking down on air trying to speak and make any sense of what had happened so close to home.

I felt guilty for getting so mad and worked up about something that seemed so trivial now the evening before. But then things were happening in work that got me excited about what's to come over the next few months. And then I felt guilty again for having happy thoughts just 12 hours after innocent children had lost their lives. 

And then the stories of pure kindness started to come out. Stories that made me cry all over again. 

Stories of people offering their rooms to people stuck in Manchester, of people offering the little things that would make a big difference, like somewhere to charge their phones and cups of tea to anyone who needed them. Hearing of people here in Liverpool spending their nights driving over the m62 to give lifts to anyone stranded and get children back home to their parents. Of the homeless men who didn't think twice to head straight over and help. And of the people who then set up online pages to raise money to then help these men and change their lives for the better.

It's at times like these that the words of Mr Rogers always ring so true;

Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

- F R E D  R O G E R S.

By Wednesday, the emotion of everything had left me an anxious mess. It was like my brain couldn't quite process everything - the excitement, stress and apprehension of the big change that's looming, the sadness of what had happened in Manchester, the guilt, and the worry because someone who I really care about wasn't speaking to me and I had no idea why.

On Wednesday evening, I broke for the first time in a while. I felt worthless and sad and angry. I felt guilty and alone and I so desperately just needed someone to tell me that everything was okay. I cried constantly for about 4 hours before I finally fell asleep, mentally and emotionally exhausted.

When I woke up on Thursday morning, I felt a little better. I could tell that I was still anxious and feeling emotional but I wasn't as fragile as I had felt the day before. It felt like, for the first time since Monday evening, the world had started to try and get back to 'normal' - whatever that may be now. While the victims were still being remembered, people were focusing on the love and kindness that had been shown over the last few days. I managed to grab time with my friend and we ate ice cream and did things we always do, and for a few hours everything really did feel okay again.

And then I woke up on Friday morning, determined to make the most of the last of the sunshine and took myself for an early morning walk before work. Appreciating the sunrise over the city, the warmth, the breeze, and taking photo's of the place that really feels like home and always calms me.

Now, we're here. I'm sat in my favourite coffee spot trying to process everything. Doing what I know always makes me feel better and writing. Attempting to get everything out and free up my mind a little. I know that I'm lucky. I know that I'm lucky to be here, to be alive and well and with the best friends and family. To have exciting opportunities ahead of me the chance to do anything that I choose with my life.

I know that I have every right to still feel sad and worry about the things that I did before Monday night. But somehow, there's that feeling of guilt that creeps in every time I do. I know that it's going to take a while for any of us to move on from on this, particularly those who have been hugely affected and who's lives have changed forever because of these events.

So, I guess it's important to remember now more than ever to be kind. To be kind to the people around us but also to ourselves. To check in with our family and friends and really cherish everything.


Sophie Rosie
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Cohorted Beauty Box - May Edition.

Cohorted Beauty Box - May Edition

The Cohorted Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box, filled with a gorgeous selection of beauty picks in the most beautiful of packaging (who doesn't love good packaging?!). When the PR email first dropped into my inbox, as always, the first thing I did was have a good ol' nosey on their website (which is just as beautifully branded as their boxes!), and it's on here I found their list of brands and partners that they work with.

With these including Dior, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, bareMinerals and SO many others (full list here), I knew that this box was not only going to pretty varied, but it was also going to be pretty good!

So, here's a quick run down of what was included in the May edition!

L O E W E  A U R A  B O D Y  L O T I O N

This was the first item that I pulled out from the box and oh my goodness, I can't tell you how amazing this smells. The lotion is actually of quite a thinner consistency than I would expect from most body lotions, and I actually made a bit of a mess when I first squeezed some onto my hand because it all came out so quickly! Luckily though, it does absorb really quickly into the skin and it didn't leave me feeling greasy.

From my first impressions, I love this product. It smells incredible and the fragrance softly lingers for hours. Oh, and it looks super pretty!

V I T A  L I B E R A T A |  L U X U R Y  T A N  M I N E R A L S  B R O N Z E R.

I'm probably one of the palest gals in Liverpool, and so I live for my bronzer, most days. I'm not one for using fake tan, so bronzer is often my little compromise to help give my skin a little extra glow. Now, this product is meant to do both, and leave you with a long lasting, self tan result that lasts for up to 5 days. Sounds pretty bloomin' awesome to me!

At the time of writing this, I haven't actually had the chance to try this out yet, as I'm giving my skin a little break from make up at the mo, BUT I am excited to see the results of this.

B E T T Y  H U L A  |  B O D Y  M O I S T U R I S E R

When I first picked this up and saw that the scent was Champagne & Spice, I was a little hesitant. I'm not a fan of champagne or most spices! I've also never been a huge fan of 'spice' scents, however this is actually okay! 

I do prefer the Loewe Aura Body Lotion that was mentioned above, as this is almost more of body butter. However, it has been made with sensitive skin in mind which is a huge bonus for me, as my skin is super sensitive and can react to almost anything. I've used this once at the minute, and so far, so good. 

L I N  &  L O  |  M A T T E  R E D  L I P S T I C K

In case you don't already know, red lipstick is my FAVE. It's my go-to colour whenever I need a pick-me-up, if I have a big day ahead, or just generally if I want to feel fabulous. I've been meaning to shop around for a matte lipstick for a while now, and the only thing putting me off has been that as much as I love wearing lipstick, I hate how dried out my lips get when I use 'normal' lipstick after a few hours, so I guess I've been a bit wary.

Would I recommend this lipstick? YES. It's soft, hydrating and long lasting and it's a proper, strong colour when applied to the lips. This is probably my favourite product in the box!


Sophie Rosie
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If they underestimate you, let them. And then prove them wrong.

If they underestimate you, let them. And then prove them wrong.

I have had a lot of people underestimate me in my life, and for the first 18 years, I totally don't blame them. I wouldn't say boo to a goose or go anywhere near the edges of my comfort zone. I was very shy and quiet and I was happy keeping my head down, doing everything that was just 'expected' of me, keeping myself to myself, staying in my hometown and hanging out with the few, close friends that I was the most comfortable with. I didn't really 'do' anything. I made sure that I did well in school, I got myself a 'good' job and I had my hobbies, and that was about it.

And then all of a sudden, something clicked. I wanted to do more. I wanted to be more. I wanted to show people that there was more to this girl than just academic achievements and doing what was expected. So I started to do more of what I actually wanted to do, I started to push myself out of my comfort zone despite what I thought other people might think.

This might sound like a silly thing to remember, but I worked at my old job for 3 1/2 years. The first 2 years of those, I never really made an effort with how I looked. I'd wear a vest top or a t-shirt and a pencil skirt, with no make up and my hair pretty much the same as how I'd got out of bed. And that's just what people came to expect.

And then one day, I turned up in a killer trouser skirt, with my hair done and my favourite red lipstick on and it felt so bloomin' awesome. I still remember that day so vividly. I remember the way people looked and the things that they said to me. It was one of the first times that I really surprised people and I loved it.

And ever since then it's been something that I strive to achieve. Blowing people's expectations of me out of the water and showing them that I'm capable of a lot more than what they think.

Ever since this day, I've achieved a lot. I started my blog (and it's still here!), my career has totally changed and I've done things and taken risks that I'd never thought I'd be brave enough to do.

I used to often wonder why people underestimate me. Maybe it's because at 5 ft nothing, I'm pretty tiny. Maybe it's because at first glance, I still look about 12. Maybe it's because even though I'm more confident now, I'm still pretty softly spoken. And if I'm honest, I used to hate it.

But now I love it. If I can tell someone doesn't think I'm capable of something, I let them think just that. And then I work hard to prove them wrong. Because is there anything like someone telling you you can't do something to motivate you to do it?


Sophie Rosie
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I've learned how to love my body, but I don't know how to love myself.

I've learnt how to love my body, but I don't know how to love myself.

In the last 2 years, I've learned how to appreciate my body. I've learned how to get the best out of it and how to dress it best. But most of all, I've learned to love it.

Now, I really can't take all of the credit for this, because I most definitely didn't do this on my own. There's one person in particular who doesn't quite realise how much they've helped me with this, but through them, and through having someone else appreciate my body for the first time, I've learned to love and accept it too.

I've become self confident in the way I dress, in the way I walk and the way I carry myself. I no longer feel self conscious that my thighs are too big or that my boobs are too tiny. I know that I have flaws and I know that people will still see them, but it just doesn't bother me as much anymore.

Should it have taken someone else to help me with this? Probably not. But it did. And I'll be forever grateful that I met this person, even if it was just for this. Because accepting our own bodies, being body positive and body confident is hard. Really hard. But boy, doesn't it feel great once you get there?

But loving myself? I don't know how to do that.

I don't know how to stop those voices in my head from telling me that I'm never good enough, that I never have been and that I never will be. I don't know how to convince myself that I'm not a burden to people. I don't know how to stop feeling worthless.

I don't know how to stop myself from spiralling into bad thoughts, that leave me crying in bed for hours and with a whole evening or morning wasted. I don't know how to let go of negative thoughts about myself, instead I hold onto them and repeat them until I believe them.

I don't know how to let go and get myself out of relationships when they turn toxic. I don't know how to put myself first when I need to, I don't know how to not let others make me feel like nothing. I don't know how to forgive myself or stop all of the self-neglect, and I certainly don't know how to believe in my worth.

For me, body confidence and self-confidence are two totally different things. One, I feel like I've mastered most days, but as for the other, I'm way off. Maybe it's because I don't know myself well enough yet, maybe it's because I'm still dwelling on events of the past when I should've forgotten and moved on by now, or maybe it's been a series of unhealthy relationships.

My problem is that I'm not sure how to get better, most definitely not by myself. And I think, like most people, I have some really good as well as really bad days. It's like, just as I feel as if I'm starting to get a handle on it, something sends me spiralling right back down to the bottom. 

And so, I'd like to end this with an answer. A way of making the bad thoughts and self-neglect go away forever. But I really can't. It might be something that I'll always have to battle, because I certainly have had to up until now. But it'll always be something that, on my good days, I'll be determined to end because, honestly? I'm tired. 

I'm tired of always feeling like I'm failing and broken and like I'm not good enough. It's mentally draining and exhausting and something that I know will probably only get worse if I don't at least try to fix myself.

So, here's to working on me. In any possible way that I can.


Sophie Rosie
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L E O N A R D O. | The printed tee I'm obsessed with.

L E O N A R D O.

Di Caprio or Da Vinci? Was the question I got asked yesterday while out for coffee, and if I'm honest, as soon as I saw the shirt in the shop,  Di Caprio was the only Leonardo that entered my head, so here's hoping it's a reference to him. Not that there's anything wrong with Da Vinci, I mean, he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, geologist, botanist and writer..., so like, he can't have been all that bad. ;)

Anyway, can someone please tell me why it's taken me this long to purchase a statement tee. How amazing are they?! They're so easy to wear, they're comfortable and they'll basically go with anything. I only bought this 3 days ago and I've already created about 4 different outfits with it. I'm actually obsessed and considering going out and buying loads to add to my wardrobe, particularly for those days when I need to throw an outfit together super quickly!

This shirt is currently £18 in Topshop, and because loads of people have asked me this already, these trousers are also Topshop! The gingham trend has been one I've admired from afar up until now, but after failing to put myself on a spending ban, I've finally got myself a pair of these beautiful things.  ♥

Do you have any statement pieces that you're loving at the mo?


Sophie Rosie
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5 things to do at the start of your career.

I may only be a week away from 23, but at 5 years deep into my 'career' after deciding that university wasn't for me, I've already made a fair few choices and decisions when it comes what my work life looks like and where I want it to go, and I'd like to think that I've learned a little a lot (I hope!) in this time too.

No matter what age you start your career though, I feel like there's always questions, There's always confusion and that feeling of being a little lost, right? There's the pressure of feeling like you need to have your shit together as soon as possible, and it really can be overwhelming. Like, how am I meant to know what to do?!

5 things to do at the start of your career.

So, I thought I'd jot down a few little things that I've learned so far from the last few years, or tips and advice that I've been given from other people around me, as to some of the things we should probably be doing while we're just starting out. 

I D E N T I F Y  Y O U R  P A S S I O N.

The start of your career is the perfect time to experiment and figure out what it really is that you want to do. It's the time to try different things, explore a little and identify your passion. It's totally okay to switch things up and follow different paths, we can't be expected to jump into our first jobs, and stick to it for the rest of our working lives.

I was as an accountant for 3 1/2 years, before I decided that I hated it and now I work in radio, doing something much more creative, much more fun, and in an environment that's much more 'me'. Will I stay in radio forever? Who knows. But for now, it's something that I love and I'm in a job and an industry that I'm motivated for and want to do well in.

I've been told a few times now to use my twenties as a time to explore. To remember that it takes time to figure out what you really want to do, and to never be afraid to try something new, no matter how different or whacky it may sound.

N E T W O R K,  N E T W O R K,  N E T W O R K!

The best way to get into anywhere and anything, is to know people. So speak to people, ask them what they do and tell them about yourself. Make it clear that you could be a value to them because you never know when you could use someone as a valuable contact, no matter what the industry.

Never pass up an opportunity to make new contacts, and always make sure that you're keeping good relationships with the ones that you already have. Business relationships are golden, so make some good ones!

S E T  Y O U R S E L F  G O A L S.

I wrote a whole post on this last year, but personal and professional goals are so important. They are a tool to keep you focused, to keep you motivated, and also to document how far you've come. They're also a way of holding yourself accountable, because you, and only you, can take steps to fulfill them and achieve what you want.

T A K E  R I S K S.

Taking any kind of risk is terrifying, but particularly so when it comes to your career, and ultimately your life and your future, but I think they're kind of necessary. I feel like it's definitely important not to get too comfortable in a job too early, because we should always be learning and growing as professionals.
We have a little poster up in the office that reads the quote;

'Do one thing every day that scares you.'

Taking small and gradual steps outside of our comfort zone every day will really help us to get valuable experience, and if a risk doesn't work and we make a mistake? Learn from it. One of the best ways to learn is to make mistakes. So go ahead, do it.

D O  I T  F O R  Y O U.

And finally, whatever decisions you make, make sure you do them for you. If you have a passion, chase after it. If you think an opportunity would be good for you, go for it. If you're in a job and you don't like it, change it. 

As sad as it may sound, we spend a large portion of our lives at work, doing our jobs and building a career, so you may as well make it something that you want to do, and something that you love.


Sophie Rosie
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Instagram 'realness' vs traditional media.

Instagram vs traditional media.

I feel like everyone is a little fed up with Instagram at the mo, and if I'm honest, so am I. It all started with this bloomin' algorithm, making it super hard to get your posts seen, to get decent engagement anymore and to really grow your following. Queue Instagram pods, more cross promotion than ever, and of course, the recent Instagram bot fiasco that blew up on Twitter last weekend. Part of me just wants to quit Instagram and say 'I'm done.' And the other part of me has worked really hard on it, and still secretly loves it and is saying 'don't be silly, you're not going anywhere, yet'. 

Anyway, that wasn't even the ranty purpose of this post. What I actually want to discuss, is how someone recently told me that they don't see my Instagram as being 'real', because they felt that I only post for my blog and 'following'. 

They meant how I sometimes post a photo of an outfit on a day when I might not actually be wearing said outfit. Or how, there'll be a perfect breakfast pancake flatlay, when I'm actually still in bed with a bowl of shreddies. Or how, I'll post a photo of Liverpool when I'm actually at home in Preston that day. 

For me, and (I think) for most other bloggers particularly, we see absolutely nothing wrong with this. We all know that Instagram life and real life are two totally separate things. Instagram is a platform for us to be creative, to curate a feed that fits into an aesthetic or vibe that we want to create, and it's a platform that's quite often an extension of our blogs. 

But, I think the reason this comment has stuck with me so much that it's made it into a blog post, was because of this; Instagram is a form of media, right? And when you think of other traditional media outlets such as radio, TV, magazines etc, they all do the same thing. 

They create content. 

Content which is pre-planned, there to build and entertain an audience, and that is put out consistently and usually fits a brief or the brands 'vibe'. 

So, why is it that some often roll their eyes at bloggers doing exactly the same? Now, I am in no way saying that it's acceptable not to be 'real' in the sense of making up stories for content purposes, or in a sense of heavily using photoshop on your images. I guess I'm talking more about how it's okay for your content not to be 'live' or 'real time'. 

Just because I'm not wearing that outfit today, doesn't mean I never have. Just because I'm not having avo on toast this morning, doesn't mean I never have. I mean, how else would I have got the bloomin' photo?

My Instagram will always reflect 'me'. It will always show the fashions and things that I love, places that I've visited or simply something that I thought was pretty. Yes, it may be pre-planned and scheduled, and yes I do have a posting schedule in order to keep up some kind of engagement. But it will never not be real and it will never not be me. I promise.


Sophie Rosie
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Take yourself on your own adventures.

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen snap shots from my little day trip to Wales over the Easter Weekend. I'd realised that I had no plans for Saturday, and when I spotted that it was meant to be the nicest day of the holidays, I last minute decided that I needed to do something.

So, at 9pm on Friday evening, I was scrolling through hashtags on Instagram and trying to figure out where I should go. I'd already considered heading back to Caernarfon, as I used to have a lovely client there from my old job, and so every April for 3 years, I'd drive over and spend 2 weeks in this lovely little town. And part of me had kinda missed it last year. So that was when I decided to make a quick stop at Bangor pier along the way, and then head right up to the very edge of Anglesey to South Stack to see the light house, and made an unintentional stop (I was literally only looking for somewhere to stop for a wee and got a bit lost) at Llanfairwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilogogogoch.

It's just taken me about 5 minutes to type that correctly, never mind say it.

Anywho, as I was updating you all (obvs) through my Instagram stories, I had loads of people, both guys and girls, DM'ing me to say how they loved that I'd just taken myself off on my own, and that they don't think they could ever do something like that. And my response to each of those messages was, of course you could.

Just because you don't have someone else to take you, doesn't mean you can't take yourself on your own adventures.

When I sat down to write this, I realised that I mean this in more ways than exploring new places. I guess you can apply the sentiment to anything in general life. You wouldn't find it acceptable to wait for a significant other before you did something with your career, or before you moved into a different flat, or before you went on holiday.

For the last 5 years or so, I've been the most independent gal ever. Since moving out of my Mum & Dad's and into my own little flat, I've never had to depend on anyone for anything. And it's truly the best feeling. Knowing that you can do anything on your own, from picking yourself back up again when you're feeling like crap or if you've had the worst day, to taking yourself for coffee, or even dinner if you really fancy it, is simply great. And the second you realise that you've got this, it's really quite liberating.

I've talked before about how I'm a total introvert, and so maybe that's why I love taking myself off sometimes and why spending time on my own is some of my favourite time. You don't need anyone to do anything with; if you want to do something and feel like you can, you should do it.

I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed my little Wales adventure. I was able to explore wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I loved being able to stop and just take photographs to my hearts content. To go from one place to another on my own schedule, and even being able to sit on the edge of the cliff, breathing in the sea air and just thinking about life and clearing my head a little was pure bliss, and a welcome luxury compared to the busyness of normal life. 

I also climbed up a big rock, helped someone's Nanna who'd lost the rest of her family, and made friends with a 6 year old girl called Sophie, who was fascinated that we had the same name when I stopped to offer to take a photo for her Mum & Dad so everyone could be in it (the Dad's selfie skills were leaving something to be desired, so I felt like I needed to step in!). 

Here's what I've always believed;

It's not fair, realistic or healthy to expect one person to fulfill all of our needs and to make us happy. Yes, our partners and closest friends make us better people. They should complement us and challenge us and make us laugh, but putting your happiness in the hands of others is dangerous and most probably the easiest way to land yourself in a world of disappointment and hurt.

'If you're putting plans on hold until you find a co-pilot, you may just be waiting forever.'

Instead, let's just do the stuff we love anyway, take ourselves on our own adventures and realise that we're capable and independent enough to do just that.

You'll love it, trust me.


Sophie Rosie
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