So, I Am 20 Next Year?

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So as a lot of you know, two weeks ago was my birthday, meaning I am now 19. Another year older, and a year closer to being the big and seriously scary 20. Fun! YAY!

Anyway, I said at the end of that post that I had an idea for a follow up post, one I wasn’t completely sure about, nor did I think I would actually do, but a lot of you were all for it, so clearly I obeyed, and here it is.

These are 20 things I wish to achieve or start doing before I turn 20. I feel as though a few of these are slightly farfetched but you have to dream big, am I right? Go big or go home!


My 20 Goals:

  • Get a proper Job (Currently working on that)
  • Read the bible every night for an entire year
  • Have read the bible fully
  • Read all of the Harry Potter books (Not even read one yet)
  • Pass my Driving Test (Or at least become semi decent)
  • Do more for others
  • Organize a charitable event/campaign
  • Publish one or more of my poems
  • Write in my journal as often as I can
  • Learn a new skill
  • Self Host my blog
  • Redesign my blog
  • Reach 2000 Blog Followers
  • Make a photo diary
  • Get better at cooking/baking
  • Go on a roller coaster
  • Take a leadership role
  • Start a new hobby (A bit vague at the moment)
  • Be more independent
  • Do more of what I love (Just a good thought)

Looking at those now, there are a few I think are achievable and can be done quite easily, but there are others I am nervous about, but at the same, totally excited to try out. This is going to be quite a year.

I will keep you all posted on how I am getting on with them as the year progresses. Wish me luck guys. I am going to need it.

Let’s do this!

Chloe Lauren x

What Do You Want To Achieve This Year?

 

I Hit 500 Followers?!?!

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Hey Guys,

I didn’t really have a post ready for today, so I am just going to use this time to say a quick thank you!

The other day we managed to hit 500 followers. I never thought I would reach 100, let alone 500, and in just under 6 months as well. I am so grateful to every single person who comes back, and reads the nonsense I have to say. It really does mean a lot, and has given my life that little bit more meaning, as well as stability. Although, I am still fighting to get better, but let’s face it, who isn’t?

Anyway, if I could hug you all I would, so I will just send you all a virtual hug.

There are a few people I want to mention quickly that have really made a difference to me, and have really helped me. I am glad to call them my friends.

They are:

Elm – Elm is an amazing person who gives the best advice and knows what to say to make you feel so much better about yourself.

Jia Wei – By far one of the nicest people I have spoken to. Ever! Such a kindhearted person who cares about people very much, and I am glad to call him my friend.

Anna Regina – I don’t think I have come across anyone like her, and we just have so much in common. Our conversations are just awesome and definitely the greatest, and I think she is just a really great person all round. We literally talk about everything and anything, and she definitely makes me laugh, and I think I make her laugh too. I hope I do.

Flawed Silence, PotentiallyPublished, and Misstery Blog – These people never cease to put a smile on my face with the comments they leave. Thank you!

Everyone who follows me is just great so you’re all officially part of TeamAwesome now!

Thanks for all the support! See you next time.

Chloe Lauren x


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New Years Resolutions

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I know I mentioned during my Blogmas posts three things I wish to achieve this coming year, but I have realised they are not the only things I want to do or set as goals, so here are just a few more.

Book Goals:

  • Read 60 Books – This year I only managed 33, although in my defense, I had a very busy year, including a series of exams.
  • Read More Classics – There are quite a few classics on my shelf that I just need to get to and in 2016 I will. Well, I will try anyway.
  • Read More Of The Books Already On My Shelf – I tend to visit the library a lot, and usually I put those books ahead of mine, however this year I will make sure I read one library book, for every five of mine I read.

Blogging Goals:

  • Make A Proper Blogging Schedule – My school hours are very odd compared to other UK schools and therefore I want to make sure that I have my blog posts out at the same time each time.
  • Take More Photographs – This will not just improve how my posts look, but also, I want to just improve on my photography skills as well.
  • Improve Blog Design – I want to look into, and make a header for my blog as well as just giving the blog a little spring clean, but it doesn’t have to be spring to do it.

Lonely Girl x

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Book Club Tuesday | ‘Staying Strong 365 Days A Year’ Review

staying-strongTitle: Staying Strong 365 Days A Year

Author: Demi Lovato

Publisher: Headline

‘Demi Lovato wakes up each morning and affirms her commitment to herself—to her health, her happiness, her being. Those commitments are the bedrock of her recovery and her work helping other young people dealing with the issues she lives with every single day.

Demi is a platinum-selling recording artist whose latest album—DEMI—is already a smash hit. She’s about to embark on her second season as a judge on X-Factor, and just launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program. And she is an outspoken advocate for young people everywhere.

Demi is also a young woman finding her way in the world. She has dealt deftly with her struggles in the face of public scrutiny, and she has always relied, not just on friends and family, but daily affirmations of her self-worth and value. Affirmations that steady her days and strengthen her resolve.

Those affirmations have grown into STAYING STRONG, a powerful 365-day collection of Demi’s most powerful, honest, and hopeful insights. Each day will provide the readers with a quote, a personal reflection and a goal.

These are Demi’s words. Words she lives by and shares with the people she loves and total strangers alike. They are a powerful testament to a young woman standing up and fighting back.’

A few years ago, I woke up Christmas Day to find this little jem hiding underneath, what can only be described as a mound of presents. Unfortunately, at the time, I had no idea it was going to be a hardcover, so I, in a rush of excitement, accidentally ripped part of the dust jacket along with the wrapping paper.

At the time, I didn’t think it was going to be my type of book, but I actually ended up loving it, a lot. To date, I have actually read the book through twice. I think it is safe to say, this is the book which encouraged me to expand and embrace a wider reading scope, and begin to read more non fiction.

As well as being a new form of reading for me to look into, it also served its original purpose, which is to help gain that little bit more confidence. For a long time now I have been suffering with anxiety, as well as being insecure in myself, but when I first picked up this book, I instantly felt empowered and a bit stronger, especially in myself.

What I really loved about this particular book, was how it manages to incorporate quotes, along with goals to make the reader think and influence action for a person’s own life. It is a different way of looking at how to deal with the problems we may be facing on a day to day basis. As Demi herself has been through similar things, it makes it easier to understand because she has been there, and her advice is therefore more real. 

I cannot recommend this book enough. It never gets old and all you need to read is a page a day, because it goes by the day. It is helpful and a fun read.

Lonely Girl Awards Staying Strong 365 Days A Year: 5 / 5 Happy Faces