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5 small things that make me happy

*Image taken by myself in Cornwall. Ask for use.

Catching up with an old friend over a cuppa.

There is nothing I love more then a good ol’ chinwag and some gossip. Friends will often come in and out of your life, especially as you get older. But the special friendships will last a lifetime. It makes me to happy when I get to chill with a friend and reminisce of a simpler time, like when Busted breaking up was your biggest stress. If you haven’t spoken to a friend in a while, drop them a message and arrange to meet somewhere for lunch or invite them over to your place. It could brighten your day.

Hot chocolate.

The elixir of love (not really but it’s blooming good stuff.) It’s a bit like a warm hug isn’t it? I can count of hot chocolate to bring a smile to face when I’m feeling a bit under the whether.

A Netflix binge.

There’s always a gripping box set to catch on Netflix. Whether you’re obsessed with real crime shows (waves hand up in the air) or more of a drama addict, you’ll be sure to find a binge worthy watch. I watched Making a Murderer in two days before Christmas (10 hours worth of show)… #truelifestorybro.

My other suggestions include Scream; Orange is the New Black and the first series of The Killing. There is nothing better then losing yourself in a good story.

The sea and/or a beach

The sound of waves, the sand between your toes and the breeze in your hair are just a few of the reasons I would quite happily live by the sea. I’m a bit like a frantic puppy when I see a beach. Although it has a calming effect on me, it also makes me super giddy like I’m at Disneyland. Maybe I was a dolphin in a previous life, who knows?

My dog running about like a loon.

I let me dog off the lead in the park the other day and he literally ran about for 20 minutes like he’d never seen grass before. He makes me smile so much when he bounces about with excitement. What did human beings do to deserve such wonderful creatures?


What are five small things that make you happy?

If you’re feeling a bit down, go and do one of the small things on your list. Whether it’s a certain food, a walk in the park or a book you haven’t read in a while, go and give it ago! You might find it gives you a reason to smile this week.

Have a great weekend, G



5 Top Tips to Brighten Your Day!

Everyone has had one of those day’s where you woke up in a right bad mood?

Not ever a ‘ah dam, I feel a bit poo’ day, more a ‘COME NEAR ME AND I WILL GO HORMONAL NINJA ON YOUR ASS!!

I’m having a little chuckle to myself now imagining what a hormonal ninja might look like.


We all have those days. After all we are human and we shouldn’t feel guilty for waking up on the wrong side of bed every now and then.

So, here’s top 5 tips to help brighten your day and your mood.


You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Even if you are constantly battling the urge to smack someone in the chops, plaster a smile on your face. Studies have shown that when characteristics of a smile are mimicked, it boosts the mood. I’m not talking about fake it till you make it, but find a memory or even something visual (like a cat meme or video) that makes you smile so that each time you find you’ve got a frowny face, you can turn it upside down with a happy thought! Laughter is also the best medicine. So stick on a comedy video on Youtube during your lunch break for a mood boost.


Pay It Forward 

A good deed leads to a good day! You’d be surprised how doing something nice for someone else can make you feel better. Buy a coffee for the next person in the queue, pay for a parking ticket or offer some advice to a friend. It’s a simple way of not only helping other’s but brightening your mood as well as you know you’ve made someone’s day.


RELAX, don’t do it!

If you are having a bad day, don’t stress yourself out! Try not to take too much on. It can always be done the next day. Breath in, breath out! Taking a moment or two to calm yourself. Try a spot of mindfulness meditation if you have a spare 10 minutes. There is a great app called for the IPhone which is fantastic for anyone who needs relaxation on the go.



Best friends are the best people you will ever meet. They can turn the dullest days into something exciting and fun. Call your best one and ask them out for lunch. A good ol’ chin wag or a rant about your day is bound to rid you of tension and stress. Your sure to have a right chuckle as well which is sure to help.


Think Positive Thoughts 

Affirmations and positive quotes can really help you to revert to the right mind frame. You can get yourself an ‘Affirmation Desk Calender’ for work or a little book to keep in your bag. Keeping your favorite quote as your phone wallpaper so you can see it every time you check a message or Facebook can also be really beneficial. A positive outlook can completely change your view of life.

So try out at least one of these tips when you are feeling a bit down and see if it works for you!

If all else fails, grab yourself a pack of biscuits and eat your sorrow away.

Georgia XO

grumpy cat meme


A Week in the Life of a Digital Marketing Apprentice

So last week I completed my first week as a Digital Marketing Apprentice for a fantastic and successful company located near my home town called KeraStraight. If you haven’t already heard of this brand, KeraStraight sell high end hair treatments and products to salons and online, which makes unruly hair manageable and gorgeous (think Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) .  They sell some AMAZING products and it’s really exciting to have the opportunity to get on board and work for such a creative and fabulous company (may I also add to any beauty bloggers who are conscious about the ingredients in their skin/hair products, rest assured that KeraStraight have strict health and safety regulations which mean they do not use nasty ingredients like some other companies who sell Keratin based straightening products, such as formaldehyde, and instead use protein to strengthen and straighten hair)

I was given the opportunity to become a Digital Marketing Apprentice by a college in MK called 3AAA. They specialize in Digital marketing and IT based apprentices and contacted me through the Government Apprenticeship database after I specified the type of apprenticeship I was looking for. They are a really experienced and professional college who will find employees for businesses according to their skills and experience, so that they known the individual will be suited to the role.

When I was offered the job I was so happy! Anyone who has experience of the media industry knows it’s a competitive market, even when you have all the required skills, so to be given the chance to not only work in the media industry but also within such a prestigious company is amazing. I hope to put all my skills into place. Because of my qualifications in Creative Media and my experience of media based voluntary jobs (I was an editor/journalist for my college’s magazine and a Facebook admin for a party planning company) as well as having various freelance jobs (such as created a promotional video for a local business) I feel this is the perfect role for me.

My first week was very informative and allowed me to understand the business on a personal level. I got to meet some of the fantastic and creative people who work for the company, who gave me a warm welcome and put my nerves at ease.

The first few days I got to learn about the treatments and products that KeraStraight have to offer. The company offer two professional treatments, KS Ultimate, their original treatment which helps to straighten and make hair more manageable, helping to keep it healthy in the long run as you’ll be less likely to use heat on the hair to style. For those who like their hair type but are looking for healthier, softer and shinier hair, KeraStraight offers Ultimate Boost, which conditions the hair, leaving it silky smooth and beautiful to touch.

The company also have some amazing home care products which you can use in your everyday routine such as the Ultimate Oil, which has a blend of 9 oils which nourish, repair and hydrate hair to give it beautiful shine, the Moisture Mist, used to style hair but leave it hydrated at the same time, and Heat Protection Spray which is perfect for the summer months to protect hair against UV damage as well as many more luxurious, high end products. When looking at the products and treatments I was able to research extensively into how each worked and which products could work in conjunction to create the perfect hair. I got to have a feel of the texture of each product as well as the smell (FYI- the smell of the products are LUSH! It’s like wearing perfume and Jez, the founder and MD of KeraStraight, searched high and low for the perfect scents so that each product was an all round amazing experience). I can’t wait to try and use the products in my future hair care regime.

After researching and understanding the products the company offer, I then got signed in to the social media accounts so I could navigate and see how KeraStraight use sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to market their products and stay in contact with their customers. It’s great to be part of a company who have so much care to their customers and will go above and beyond to assist them.

I also work alongside a copywriter who I met in my first week and will be working with to come up with new blog content. I also work closely with the company’s PR team so that I am up to date on the many events and award ceremonies that KeraStraight get invited to in a calender year. I am also supported/guided by John, who is the Director of Operations and Technical whiz! The other members of the Team (Sarah and Martina) are also really helpful and supportive.

Much of my first week has been researching into the company, optimizing social accounts and different types of marketing strategies which allows me to put the information I have learnt from the start of my Level 3 Digital Marketing Course into practice. I have learnt a great deal about marketing within large companies and how valuable digital marketing is for brand awareness by seeing how KeraStraight have used digital resources previously to run campaigns, inform customers of their products and stay in contact with associated brands/salons.

It’s such an interesting and exciting industry for anyone who is creative and knowledgeable of social media within business. Digital is the future for most businesses who are looking for national/global domination and allows them to keep their marking current and ahead of competitors who offer the same products/services.

Apprenticeships are so valuable as they allow you to not only learn on the job, gaining work experience in your chosen industry, but gain a qualification at the same time, so you are still always learning and maintaining new knowledge.

I would highly recommend looking into apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education. I will write a specific post with information about gaining an apprenticeship in the next few weeks for anyone who would be interested.

I really look forward to working with the KeraStraight team and will keep you posted!

Georgia ox


‘What do you want to be when you’re older?’

It’s a question you’ll get asked more then a dozen times in your younger years.

From the moment you are able to speak to the day you leave your high school, GCSE’s in hand and confusion enveloping your innocent, vulnerable face, people want to know what it is you want to do for the rest of your entire life.

Some of you, when first faced with this daunting question, might have answered with the obvious careers any child would have wanted at that age. ‘I want to be a vet when I grow up’, ‘I’d love to be a singer’ or ‘I really want to be a astronaut’.

Before long though, these dreams would become nothing more then distant memories when the realisation dawned upon your little brains that such careers where not within your grasp. Or so you were made to believe by society and the education system that was forced upon you before you had even learnt to walk never mind run.

John Lennon himself was once asked the same question. However, his answer was one in which many of us wish me had the courage to give, for when Lennon was asked by his school what he wanted to be when he grew up, he wrote down that he wanted to ‘be happy’.

And typical of society, that school told a young Lennon that he obviously had not understood the assignment they had given him. And he answered, with wisdom beyond his years, that they didn’t understand life.

I always wondered why this quote wasn’t more widely used. Why schools didn’t have these very words inscribed to their walls and why work places don’t have this quote printed to display on employees desks. And then I realised. These words weren’t widely used because of these unsaid ‘rules’ and ‘judgements’ we own as people, as human beings and as a society. When adults ask these questions of young people, they expect an articulate, straightforward answer. They expect this young person to answer them with the sort of career/aspiration we expect of in everyday life. A doctor, a teacher, a lawyer or a pilot, even though they have spent the majority of their life’s in an establishment learning all these different topics and subjects, finding out more about themselves as they grow and in turn changing their minds about almost everything with each school year that passes . And forbid that they should answer them with an unrealistic expectation of their future endeavour or even that they don’t truly know.

‘Darling, being a singer isn’t really a career though is it?’

‘Oh son, you can’t actually be an astronaut though can you?’

‘You must want to be something!’

And they encourage these children to choose something more to their liking, their standards and understanding of the world and how it works.

‘Maybe you’d like to be an accountant?’

‘You could always become a pharmacist, you love science in school!’

And so the ritual goes. Another hoard of young souls destined to spend their life’s in office jobs they despise or retail work where they feel they are never good enough, just to please other people (no offence to the people who work in these sectors out of choice). Those wild and wonderful dreams trapped away under some mental dictatorship, never to be revealed or played out in reality. And all this to meet other people’s expectations of what they should and shouldn’t be doing with their life’s.

Could you imagine it now, if John Lennon had taken the words of that school literally. If he had been influenced by their judgments and misinterpretation of what life is really all about? Well, we wouldn’t have The Beatles, that’s for sure. Therefore we wouldn’t have been gifted with the wise words of the singer himself.

The majority of us are probably unhappy. We hide it behind fake smiles. We attend our 9 to 5 jobs we hate or courses we don’t really feel passion for to earn money to buy stuff we don’t really want so we can please all those judging people who asked us that very question all that time ago. And yet we like to believe we have our own free will. That we have a choice in everything we do.

But it’s not just our jobs. Oh no, we can also expect to be judged upon our personal relationships as well. In our society, if you aren’t married and pregnant by the time you’re 35 you are unhappy. You live a lonely life without much purpose or stability.

So the logical answer is to run into a relationship with someone we don’t really want to be with, but we feel we need to be with. We have these empty relationships with no real matter or validity, because thats what people expect from us. We can’t be middle aged adventurers who just maybe were having such fun we forgot to think about settling down or finding someone to spend our pension years with. We can’t just be a single older woman who’s pursuing her greatest dreams and just hasn’t found the right person yet or a man who lives alone and has no intention of meeting someone any time soon yet is just happy writing novels all day. Nope, that’s not even a plausible example in which to live ones life.

Funny that. The most unhappiest people I’ve met in life are those that had these expectations of relationships forced upon them. The young couple who were encouraged to commit to each other as soon as possible. And when they realised they were not right for one another believed that they had no other option but to stand by the relationship like a child might keep a disheveled toy that serves no joy for the sake of keeping the parents that brought it content. And years later they might finally pluck up the courage to walk away, by that time regretting wasted years they could have spent pursuing their own happiness, finding someone who might actually have accepted and loved them for who they truly were.

Pursuing happiness.  Maybe that should be on the school curriculum. It’s something we never really bother to take a look at in everyday life. For some reason other things hold more importance and we continue on this path that doesn’t actually have our best intentions, because that’s what they expect. Maybe even we expect from our own lifes.

So next time someone asks me what I want to be I’m going to tell them, Happy. Because if I’m not part of that one human emotion that the whole world seems to be searching for when it’s right under their noses, I’ll know that I’m obviously not doing things right.