8 June 2021

Twenty Three Things I Learned Being 23


That's the funny thing about Birthdays, they're kind of an annual thing! 

Tomorrow, I celebrate my twenty fourth year on this planet. I can't believe I'm almost half way through my twenties, and I'm really trying not to dwell on the fact that one whole year of that has been spent locked down in a global pandemic. I don't feel old enough to be twenty four, if I'm being honest, I only just feel ready to be graduating (but that happened three years ago *face palm*).

If you've just stumbled across my little place on the internet, then welcome to the yearly tradition where I tell you about all the weird and wonderful things I've learned in the past year. Twenty three has been an emotional whirlwind; from buying my first car and getting my ears pierced, to living through a global pandemic and losing my precious Grandad. It's crazy to think how much can happen in 365 days. 

So without further ado, here are 23 things I learned in my twenty third year! 

1) Getting Your Ears Pierced Doesn't Actually Hurt at All

I've always worn clip-in earrings because I was scared that getting my ears pierced would hurt. I can now fully confirm that it doesn't hurt at all, I didn't feel a thing and I'm already thinking of getting my seconds done (I know, I'm so brave!). 

2) They Always Come Back 

Y'know when you break up with someone and your friends always tell you that 'they'll come back' (cue the eye roll), well it's true! Sometimes it just takes a little while for them to realise what they lost, and it's important that you remember your worth when they do! 

3) Realising Your Worth Doesn't Make You a Bad Person

Following on nicely from my last point, realising your worth and acting on what YOU feel is right does not make you a bad person. If you feel as though they're not good for you any more, accept their apology and move on. It'll probably make people respect you - it's all about those boundaries! 

4) Car Shopping is Complicated

If you didn't already know, I bought my first car! And let me tell you, it's waaay more complicated than it seems; from engines and models to road tax and insurance quotes - I've learned a lot about cars in this past year. Plus, I'm the fussiest person ever so it's a miracle I found something that I love! 

5) Law Of Attraction is a Game Changer

Over the past few years, I've actively been practicing the law of attraction and I'm a firm believer that you can manifest anything you desire into your life. I used to feel embarrassed talking about it, but now I'll openly say that the law of attraction works and it fascinates me!

6) Mom Jeans are Ultimate Comfort

I didn't think anything could take away my love for a classic pair of skinny jeans, yet here I am owning 5 pairs of mom jeans and basically living in them - is this 24!? 

7) It's Okay To Just Do Your Own Thing 

The older we get, the easier it is to compare our lives to the people around us; whether that be family, friends or strangers we see online. Truth is, it's okay to be doing your own thing as long as YOU are happy. Make your happiness a priority. 

8) Mamma Mia is the Ultimate Feel Good Movie

If Colin Firth dancing around a Greek Island doesn't cheer you up, then I don't know what will. I still stand by the fact that there isn't a mood that the 'Dancing Queen' scene can't fix. 

9) York is the Perfect City for a Girly Weekend

As we're all aware, travelling to exotic destinations has been put on hold, but that didn't stop my lovely friend Cyde and I from spending the cutest girly weekend in York. It's the most gorgeous city, with tons of history, quaint cobbled streets and stunning views - I can't wait to go back! 

10) Tell People you love them Everyday

It's pretty self explanatory, so take this as a little reminder to call or text the people closest to you and tell them that you love and appreciate them. 

11) Only Shampoo Your Scalp and not the ends of your Hair

This is a tip I got from the many hours I spent scrolling through TikTok in lockdown and it has literally changed my haircare routine! If you double shampoo your scalp, let the suds run down your hair, and then focus the conditioner on your mid-lenghts/ends it leaves you with soft, shiny hair. Trust me, it's a game changer! 

12) Morning Meditation Changes your Mindset

I was determined to look after my mental health during the most recent lockdown, after watching it take quite a dip last year. I stopped checking my phone first thing in the morning and started meditating for 10 minutes instead. It has had such a positive impact on my mindset, allowing me to stop, breathe and focus on everything I have to be grateful for.

13) It's Okay to not have a Plan

Not to quote Phoebe from Friends, but I don't even have a pla-!
And that's okay! I know it probably seems like everyone around you has a set plan and knows exactly where they're going with their life. It can feel intimidating and lonely, but remember you don't need to know where you're going as long as you're happy with where you're at right now. Everything will always fall into place and opportunities will present themselves when the time is right. 

14) You Don't Always have to see your Friends to know that they're there

It's been a year of long distance friendships; of late night phone calls, Netflix Parties and spending hours on FaceTime & Zoom. It's true what they say, good friends are like stars, you can't always see them but you know that they're always there. 

15) Buying A Car is such a Proud Moment

I'm such a Car Mum now. I treat Minnie the Micra like a child; she's parked at the far end of the carpark so that no one can touch her and the new thrill in my life is buying car air freshener. 

16) It's Normal to Outgrow people who don't Align with you Anymore

It's true what they say; you can feel it when someone doesn't align with your energy anymore. If it feels as though someone is holding you back or a relationship is draining you, don't feel bad for distancing yourself. It's important to protect your energy too, we don't have time for negativity!

17) Biscuit Brew is the Future

Whoever thought to make tea that tastes like biscuits dunked in tea deserves an award. If you haven't tried Yorkshire Tea Biscuit Brew yet, then you need to get on it - it will literally change your life. 

18) Some People don't want to see you Succeed 

There's three types of people in life; those who want you to succeed, those who don't want you to succeed and finally, those who want you to succeed but not as much as them. I've encountered a few of the latter this year and it's hard to understand how someone can have that mindset. Just remember to surround yourself with those who cheer for you, inspire you and encourage you to chase your dreams, no matter how crazy they might seem. 

19) Spa Days are Ultimate Relaxation

I now fully understand why people crave a spa day; the relaxation level is literally off the scale. I left feeling like I was walking on a cloud, I suppose you could say cloud 9. 

20) I love Bottomless Brunch

Okay it's official, bottomless brunch is my new favourite pass time. Drinking unlimited cocktails with my best friends and eating delicious food, seriously what's not to love!? I had my first bottomless brunch at Mason's in Liverpool and I wrote a blog post about it, if you fancy a read. 

21) Focus on What you do Know

I'm an over-thinker and if I let my thoughts get the better of me, I can think myself into the worst mood possible. This is why it's important to ground yourself. Instead of focusing on what could happen, focus on what you do know. For example, if you're overthinking about someone not texting you back, focus on the fact that you do know that they go to the gym on a Wednesday, not that they could be ignoring you. I promise it will completely change your mindset. 

22) Lizzo makes me feel like I can take on the World

Truth Hurts. 

23) There is something Good in Every Day

'Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in every day.' 
It's all about finding little things to be grateful for; from the sunshine coming through your window, a smile from a stranger or wearing a top that makes you feel pretty. The more you appreciate the things around you, the more you attract what you desire. 

I can't wait to celebrate with my family and friends tomorrow.
And so we embark on the next chapter; Here's to 24!

Lots of Love,
Meg x


6 June 2021

Bottomless Brunch At Mason's Liverpool

Well, we can finally sit inside a restaurant again and my goodness, doesn’t it feel amazing!? Gone are the days of turning up to the beer garden (mid-summer, might I add) in your thickest coat and a pair of gloves, now we can happily sip on cocktails to our hearts content in the warmth of an aesthetically pleasing bar. 

As soon as it was announced that lockdown restrictions would be eased on May 17th, I was straight on my laptop and booked my first bottomless brunch. My lovely friend Liv was visiting home from London and we haven't seen each other for almost a year and a half, so we thought a bottomless brunch would be the perfect event for a reunion. 

We went to a bar called Mason's in Liverpool; the place of cocktails, dreams and perfect bottomless brunches. For £30 (£35 on a Saturday) you can enjoy any plate from the Mason's Brunch Menu as well as bottomless Mason's Mimosas, Frozen Daiquiris, Wine, Beer or Prosecco (and you can mix and match too!). Bottomless brunch lasts for 90-minutes but if they're not busy, they'll let you stay a little while longer. 

Let me tell you now, Mason's is my new favourite place to brunch in Liverpool! 

The minute we set foot in Mason's there was a real party atmosphere, regardless of the fact that it was half past one on a Friday afternoon. I don't know if it was the pink fluorescent signs or ABBA playing from the speakers, but it got me straight in the mood for a cocktail or two! 

As we were shown to our table and began browsing the menu, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful our surroundings were. The bar was incredibly spacious; with an open plan kitchen and greenery hanging from the walls. It's the perfect mix of classy yet relaxed; the vibe you need for a bottomless brunch with the girls! 

And then the drinks started to flow.

When I told people that I'd booked a bottomless brunch, a lot said that they weren't worth the money because they 'water your drinks down'. Well, that's not how they do things as Mason's! 

We decided to start on the rose wine and then moved on to cocktails later in the afternoon. The wine was gorgeous and I can fully confirm that the Mason's Mimosa is 100% worth the hype; it's the cocktail of dreams and I'm basically obsessed. Our glasses were never empty and the staff were incredibly attentive, always checking if we needed any more drinks and never shy to give recommendations - my wine glass was basically glued to my hand!

I can be really fussy when it comes to food but believe me when I say, there's something for everyone on the Mason's brunch menu. We chose the perfect time to brunch too, as Mason's have updated their menu to include a few new dishes. 

After much deliberation, I ordered the Mason's Benedict (a toasted English muffin with smoked streaky bacon, two free range poached eggs and hollandaise sauce) whilst Liv opted for the Flatbread. I can't actually remember what was on Liv's plate but it was recommended by our waitress, and Liv said that it was delicious! 

The food arrived quickly and was beautifully presented. I can't even begin to tell you how mouth-wateringly tasty my Mason's Benedict was; the egg was poached to perfection and the bagel was so softly toasted, just taking about it makes me want to go back for one. I thought the portions were on the smaller side, however we left Mason's feeling absolutely stuffed (although I don't know if that was because of the food or the cocktails!). 

The nicest thing about the afternoon, apart from the food and cocktails of course, was spending time with one of my best friends. We were way overdue a catch up and we spent the entire brunch laughing, drinking and singing along to every song we could. It was the welcome sense of normality we both needed and we've decided that bottomless brunch is going to be our new thing - thanks Mason's! 

We couldn't go to Mason's without having our photo taken underneath the stunning fluorescent signs; the Hello Gorgeous sign can be found in the girls bathroom and the Meet Me @ Mason's sign is in the outside the toilets. They really add something to the bar, helping to achieve that modern, chilled vibe which is one of the main things that attracted Liv and I to book in the first place. 

From the minute arrived, to the moment we left, the staff couldn't have been friendlier; from recommending their favourite dish on the menu to taking group photos underneath the illuminous signs - nothing was too much trouble! 

Okay, so Mason's is the bar of dreams, right!?  

You'll find Mason's on Seel Street in Liverpool, and if their Instagram isn't enough to convince you that it's the place to be, then let me tell you, you are seriously missing out! 

Bookings are recommended and can be made via their website, where you can book your table for breakfast, brunch and evening. As we were leaving, the Friday 'El Paradisco' party was just getting started which is all about disco and sparkle; so you can bet I'll be heading back for that! 

Whilst you're there you should also check out FIVE, a unique and exclusive rooftop bar with stunning views of the city, owned by Mason's. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas, so Liv and I were unable to visit FIVE but that's the next place on our list - it looks stunning and we can't wait!

Have you booked a bottomless brunch yet? 

Lots of love,
Meg x 


23 May 2021

Driving Diaries: I Bought A Car!

It's been a while since I updated you on my mission to pass my driving test as an anxious driver, and if you've been following along with my journey then you'll probably wonder where I've been. Truth is, I haven't really had much to update you on. Another two lockdowns saw both lessons AND tests cancelled so in short, I'm still learning and impatiently waiting to take my driving test. 

However it's not all doom and gloom, I'm now the proud owner of the cutest little red Nissan Micra. I've called her Minnie (I had to get Disney in there somewhere) and I absolutely love being able to drive her round and get some practice outside of lesson time. 

How Have Lessons Been Going? 

Okay, I never thought I'd ever say this but I really missed my driving lessons whilst we were in lockdown. They've been going really well and in September I was told that I was ready to book my test! I still get nervous before every lesson but as soon as I set foot in the car, it all comes flooding back to me - learning to drive really is like riding a bike, it's just something that you never forget. 

We've now got to a point where I can drive, I just need Boris to be kind and stop cancelling tests. My lessons have gone down to an hour per week and now consist of me driving round, doing a few parallel parks and having a good ol' chat to my instructor. 

It really is amazing to see my progress over this past year, especially with all the hurdles that 2020 threw at us. As someone who was terrified to even sit in the drivers seat of a car, it amazes me that I'm now driving around and actually feeling confident in my ability to be in control of a moving vehicle. I come back every week, look at my instructors car and think; I've literally drove that thing for an hour and everyone is safe. It baffles me, it really does. 

Conquering My Fear Of Roundabouts

Roundabouts make me nervous. It was the one thing I was dreading about learning to drive; I'd already planned all my routes so that no roundabouts would be encountered. I made my instructor aware of my fear of the circular hell holes and she left them as the very last thing to teach me. If I'm correct, I was about to start on roundabouts when I last updated you! 

I remember my instructor telling me about lane discipline on a roundabout, then she went on to show me the roundabouts I'd be starting off on - she called them the 'easy' ones. Yep, you guessed it, they weren't easy at all! I think the first time I went round them, I held my breath. On my second session, I was driving at rush hour and I became so overwhelmed by the volume of traffic (not to mention my glasses steaming up because of my mask) I literally felt as though I wanted to cry. 

However, I didn't give up as I was determined to conquer my fear. I don't want to be scared of anything to do with driving. Thankfully, my instructor is so patient and I can't tell you how many times we've been round all the different roundabouts, but now I'm finally feeling confident. 

Okay, I still can't really work out when I should go and sometimes I drift into the wrong lane but I'm definitely not as terrified as I used to be - I no longer get worked up on the approach to a roundabout (sweaty palms, guaranteed!). Truth is, no one really loves roundabouts do they? We just have to deal with them. My advice? Don't give up and remember that nobody is perfect! 

Waiting For A Driving Test

As I previously said, in September my instructor told me that I was ready to book my driving test. However when lockdown struck, my first test in November was cancelled and rescheduled to March. This was then cancelled AGAIN due to a third lockdown, so now I'm playing the waiting game and it's incredibly frustrating. 

I'm literally in touching distance of getting my pink license and I can't tell you how disheartening it feels when you get that dreaded email telling you that your test has been 'postponed'. In all honesty, it just makes me want to give up. 

Luckily, I've still got a year left on my theory test certificate, but some unfortunate learners have had to pay to take their theory test again due to it expiring over lockdown. I could sit and rant to you all day about this because frankly, I don't think it's fair. The government should extend theory test certificates for those who have had a driving test cancelled in the past year, or at least pay for them to take a new test. 

Yes, I know what you're thinking; your theory knowledge needs to be up to date for you to take your practical driving test - I fully agree! But please explain to me why, when we've got our license, we never have to go near a theory test ever again? If the rules are changing as frequently as the government say they are then surely it should be mandatory for us all to take a theory test every few years? Or is this just one big money making scam to make learner drivers pay out more? At this moment, I think it is. 

Oh, and let's not get started on the backlog of learners waiting to take a test! 
At this moment the waiting list is currently three months long, and bizarrely those who have never had a test cancelled have been able to book their first test before someone like me has been rescheduled. 

Someone please just make it make sense!? 

Buying My First Car 

I know I touched on this briefly at the start but I just want to say it again; I BOUGHT MY FIRST CAR! 

It's true what they say, it really is one of the best and most rewarding feelings. I've got a little red Nissan Micra and she's wonderful. I don't know the first thing about cars and after looking at a few different models, I realised I'm the fussiest person ever! Either I didn't like the colour, the dashboard was too confusing or the engine was too noisy. 

My Mum told me that when I sat in the car that was meant for me, I'd get this overwhelming buzz of excitement and I'd 'just know'. As always, she was right. The minute I sat in that little Micra, I knew it was the car for me. It was everything I wanted, even the colour (which shocked me because I'd originally been looking for something blue!).

Driving your own car for the first time is such a weird experience because it's a shock to the system. As a learner, you get so used to driving your instructors car and then you get a car of your own and realise that every car is different. It feels as though you're back to square one and it can make you question your driving abilities; that's totally normal. Just keep practicing and you'll soon get the hang of it. Everyone feels weird when they drive a new car for the first time! 

Overall, I love my little Micra and driving her round is such a joy - I'm definitely more confident with her now. I highly recommend a Nissan Micra as a first car - they're so cute! 

So, That's The Update!

Hopefully next time I'm updating you, I'll be holding my blue pass certificate and my pink license will be on the way! 

Lots of Love,
Meg x


6 March 2021

Roaccutane: One Year On

When I first started taking roaccutane, it seemed like a never-ending journey; it was constant visits to my dermatologist, endless prescriptions and a whole nine months of aching joints, dry lips and tiredness. I've been off roaccutane for just over a year and a half (I stopped taking it in June 2019) and I still stand by the fact that it's the best thing I've ever done for my skin.

The biggest fear for any patient coming off roaccutane is the possibility that the acne could return. I had the same dread too. I'd already been on antibiotics which had cleared my skin up and the moment I stopped taking them, the acne came back within weeks. I didn't want that to happen again. 

I've been looking forward to writing this roaccutane update and believe me, I've got so much to tell you about; from the side effects of coming off the drug, to skincare products and treatments I've been absolutely loving. There's quite a bit to get through!

So, Did my Acne Return? 

When I was discharged from the care of my dermatologist, he prescribed me with Differin topical cream to introduce into my skincare routine. I had been using Differin previously whilst taking antibiotics and apparently it can be prescribed after roaccutane to help improve any scarring and pigmentation left behind. I started using it twice a week for two weeks, and then every other day after that. 

You'll be glad to know that my skin stayed completely clear for a good few months after taking roaccutane and using Differin, ignoring the occasional hormonal breakout which we all get now and again. I noticed my skin start to break out slightly after I stopped using Differin in March, although I only used it sparingly as I didn't want my skin to get used to it. 

Over the past year and a half, I have experienced breakouts mostly due to wearing masks, hormonal changes and other factors. However, my breakouts are nowhere near as bad as they used to be and are completely manageable with spot treatments, which I'll talk about in a bit. However, my skin is still pretty much clear and I'm so grateful that roaccutane helped me to achieve the skin I always wanted.  

What About the Side Effects?

I experienced quite a few side effects whilst taking roaccutane, the most common being the dryness of skin and lips. I'm pleased to say that this disappeared very quickly, although my skin is nowhere near as oily as it used to be pre-roaccutane and I'll never be able to snap out of the habit of applying lip balm. 

The side effect I've suffered with the most and one that I'm only just getting back to normal is my hair. Sadly, my hair continued to thin and fall out and I'm not going to lie, it really got me down. It's not something you're warned about but after talking to people who have also taken roaccutane, it is actually a very common side effect (more so when you come off the drug). 

Looking back I don't think I looked after my hair enough when I was on roaccutane, I was too busy enjoying the dryness and not having to wash it every other day. In hindsight, I'd definitely start using hair oils and conditioning treatments more; your hair needs its natural oils which roaccutane actually strips it of. Some of my favourites to use are Argan Oil and the Garnier Hair Food Hair Masks. My other top tips would be to let your hair dry naturally and avoid intensive heat styling, give your hair a break! 

Did your Mental Health Suffer? 

If you've done your research on roaccutane then you'll be no stranger to the reports and horror stories about the effect it can have on your mental health. Whilst on the drug, I noticed a slight shift in my mood but nothing too drastic - I was just more emotional than usual. However when I stopped taking it, I noticed a massive change. 

I've spoken about anxiety many times on my blog and in recent years it's something I've taken control of. However since being on roaccutane, my anxiety and panic attacks have slowly crept back in. I had my first panic attack in years whilst on roaccutane and also in the weeks coming off it. I've noticed that my low moods are more frequent and I seem to get down and anxious about things that would never usually have bothered me. I've also been dealing with other mental health issues since coming off roaccutane, but I'm not quite ready to talk about that yet - hopefully some day soon! 

So, coming off such an intense drug coupled with living through a global pandemic, I suppose you could say my mental health isn't the greatest at the moment but I'm working on it. 

Progress Photos 

Skin Treatments 

After finishing your course of roaccutane, it's recommended that you wait 6-12 months before you start having any skin treatments such as facials, tattoos or piercings. After six months I slowly started to introduce face masks back into my skincare routine but I personally chose to wait 12 months before I went for any intense skin treatments as I wanted to make sure my skin had fully healed from taking roaccutane and wasn't as sensitive. 


What is dermaplaning? I hear you ask. 
Well, it's basically a deep exfoliation treatment which removes dead skin cells, trapped dirt and peach fuzz. It's all done using an exfoliation blade and aims to leave you with a glowing complexion whilst also helping your skin to better absorb the products you use day to day and help with acne scarring. 

For those of you who know me, you'll know that I've always wanted to have dermaplaning done and I was literally counting down the months before I could book in at a beauty clinic. One of the most important things when booking any skin treatment is to make sure you go to a skincare specialist who is fully qualified and who you trust will look after your skin . I had my treatment at Pretty Faces in Merseyside and I can't recommend them enough! 

I booked in for the Dermaplane Cocoa Oxygen LED Facial which has all the benefits of a standard dermaplane treatment as well as helping to reduce breakouts. My treatment was done by Charlotte and it was basically painless, I didn't feel a thing and she explained everything that she was doing it. 

As you can see from the above before and after photos, my skin was left with the most stunning glow. It felt incredibly soft, my breakouts were reduced and when I next wore make up, the application was absolutely flawless. At the end Charlotte showed me all the trapped dirt that had come off my skin and it shocked me how much crap had built up over time, even with a good skincare routine. My skin glow lasted for ages and I'm already so excited to book my next treatment! 

The Prism Lab AHA Overnight Serum 

As I've previously mentioned, when I finished my course of roaccutane I was left with a little bit of scarring on my cheeks. I've tried many things to help with this including some must-have products from The Body Shop as well as the dermaplane facial, but one of my favourite solutions came from The Prism Lab

Their best-selling AHA Overnight Serum is suitable for all skin types and has so many skin benefits including improving moisture levels, promoting a healthy complexion and improving the appearance of damaged skin, redness and scarring. I used this for around one month and it really gave my skin a boost;  my scarring started to fade, my skin felt cleansed and every morning I woke up with a glowing complexion. I should also note that it smells insane and a little bit goes a long way, even my Mum started using it! 

Skin & Me 

In September I noticed that my skin was breaking out more and I got that dreaded feeling that my acne was coming back. I thought I was going to have to go back to my dermatologist and take another course of roaccutane which if I'm being totally honest, I don't think I'd do again. 

I know so many of us have been suffering with 'Mascne', a term we'd never heard of this time last year but one we seem to have given to breakouts caused by wearing masks. It's been the bane of so many lives, including mine, so when I heard about Skin and Me I thought I'd give them a try. 

Skin and Me are an online dermatology service based in the UK. They listen to your skin concerns and then prescribe you with a personalised solution which you apply every night before bed. I've been using my Skin and Me personalised solution for six months to help with my breakouts and I think the above results speak for themselves. It's so easy to apply and fits in perfectly with my skincare routine. Plus the dermatology team are so helpful and friendly - they even recommend the perfect products to use with your new solution! It's very quickly become a skincare favourite and I recommend it to everyone. 

So there we have it, my one year roaccutane update! 

It's so important to remember that the journey to 'perfect skin' is a marathon, not a sprint and if you persevere then you can find a solution because guess what? Perfect skin doesn't exist. I've come to terms with the fact that my skin is never going to be perfect. I'm always going to get breakouts, I'm probably always going to have scarring and I'll never have the airbrushed look that I wanted for so long and that's okay, it doesn't change who am as a person. 

Having acne is so beautiful and you should never feel ashamed.
Our imperfections make us beautiful. 

If you ever have any questions about roaccutane then feel free to message me on Instagram or Twitter, my DM's are always open and I'm always willing to talk skincare! 

I hope you're all keeping safe and well in these crazy times, June 21st is fast approaching! 

Lots of Love,
Meg x


16 January 2021

My 2021 Resolutions

Happy 2021! 

Well, we're almost two weeks into the new year and 12 days into our third national lockdown. It's safe to say it's not the start to the year that we expected, nevertheless I hope it's treating you all well and you're feeling okay during these uncertain times. 

I had a lovely new year with my family, drinking a few bottles of wine, dancing around to Jools Holland's Hootenanny and living on of a box of celebrations. Like so many of us, I'm back on furlough so I've been keeping myself occupied by going on plenty of scenic walks, playing board games and re-watching New Girl on Netflix. 

The start of a new year always brings with it a certain motivation, a buzz of excitement about what achievements, adventures and opportunities the new year has to bring. I only get this feeling twice a year; in January and on my birthday. Following the yearly tradition on my blog, I'm going to share my list of resolutions with you - I love writing a list of things I'd like to achieve by January the following year, even though some of them have been carried over from last year (2020 was cancelled!).  

I know we're living in really crazy times at the moment and we're really not trying to get our hopes up too much but I'm hopeful that it's going to be a good year regardless! 

My 2021 Resolutions

1. Pass My Driving Test 

Top of the list for another year and I'm telling you now; 2021 is the year I am going to pass my driving test. I am so close it's unbelievable, I just need to be able to actually take my test and hopefully I'll have my pink license in no time! 

2. Focus On My Mental Health 

I'm sure you don't need to be reminded that we're living in really uncertain times at the moment and it's affecting so many of us both physically and mentally. I've noticed my mental health has been suffering recently and I'm really trying to make myself feel better. Although it's not something I'm ready to talk about yet, I am working towards getting back to my happy, confident self in 2021!

3. Limit My Screen Time

I spend way too much time on my phone, especially since being introduced to TikTok; two minutes on there is the equivalent of an hour in real life. That's why I'm making a conscious effort to spend less time scrolling down Instagram and more time doing the things that make me happy, living in the moment. I don't go on my phone for the first two hours of the day, and then make sure my notifications are turned off before I go to bed every night. I'm already feeling more productive during the day! 

4. Buy A Car 

When I've finally passed my test, I'm going to buy myself my first little car. I'll be honest, car shopping is one of the most stressful things ever and I don't have a clue what I'm doing. The only thing I know is that I can't wait to be driving round singing along to the 1975.

5. Get Off The Dating Apps 

You may remember a post I wrote last year about Why I'm Okay Being Single In My Twenties, however then lockdown happened, I got bored and like so many people, I re-downloaded the dating apps. I don't know why because it's not like I could go and meet anyone for coffee, but it was someone new to talk to. As you can imagine, the conversations were pointless and I quickly realised why I'd deleted them in the first place; just constant 'hey how's lockdown treating you?' messages, and frankly I can't be bothered with it. I've officially deleted the dating apps and I'm fully focused on myself and the people around me! 

6. Do More Random Acts Of Kindness

Whether it be a smile, buying a coffee, offering a lift, letting someone in front of me in a queue, giving advice, paying compliments or holding a door open; I'm making an effort to be kinder in the new year. The world needs kindness right now and like my Grandad always told me when I was younger, 'Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine.' 

7. Make Time To Read

As I'm making an effort to spend less time on my phone, I've now got more time to get lost in a book. I'm loving reading during the day and before I go to bed a night, it really relaxes me and I'm finding my love for reading again. I'm currently reading Ghosts by Dolly Alderton and absolutely loving it! 

8. Stick To A Good Routine 

Last year, due to all the lockdowns, my routine was so messed up; I was eating at weird times, my exercise schedule went out the window and my sleep pattern was basically non-existent. However, this year I'm determined to get back into a good routine and stick to it; starting with not going on my phone, reading before bed and going on more walks! 

9. Get Back Into The Gym

It's been hard to have any kind of gym schedule in this past year but when the gyms re-open I can't wait to throw myself back into regular workouts and exercise classes. I know I'll thank myself for it both mentally and physically! 

10. Go To The Theatre

I really miss going to the theatre and this past year has made me realise just how much we take the arts for granted. When it's safe and theatres can reopen, you can guarantee I'll be first in line and booking tickets to see so many shows; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Dream Girls, Heathers and Waitress are all on the agenda! 

However, my main goal for the year is to be happy and healthy. I want to be genuinely, intensely, consistently happy. Here's hoping for a better 2021; a year that's filled with adventure, health, love, success and happiness. 

Lots of Love,
Meg x

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