Even though I was legally considered an adult in Australia when I turned eighteen, my twentieth birthday is right around the corner, which means this is the last blog post I’ll write as a teen! I thought I’d use this little pocket of time before I enter my twenties (*loud yelling*) to look back on the past few years and reflect on what I’ve learnt, and also to almost give advice to my younger self. All in all, I really enjoyed my teen years – acne, friendship drama, life crises and all – but I definitely went through moments where I learnt lessons that I’ll take with me throughout my life. I’ve been thinking about this post during January and it’s been really nice to write down these thoughts as reminders for the year ahead too. Since I’m overseas at the moment (currently in a hotel in Paris after just being in Florence for three weeks, but that’s neither here nor there) I can’t take my usual style of flatlays for this post. Instead, I thought I’d use snaps of myself in different cities, because if time travel does exist and self conscious 13-year-old Jessica does fly through space and time and get her hands on this post, at least she knows her future is full of travel, great company, and many Insta worthy moments, no matter how sucky she thinks things currently are. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” and let’s get into the life lessons!
I know last week was prime time for discussing our 2018 goals, but since the new year I’ve been busying packing a suitcase, boarding various planes and flying across the world – happy new year indeed! Now that I’m settled in Florence, I finally have time to discuss my goals, resolutions and reminders for the year ahead. Keep reading to find out what I hope to achieve, what I want to do more of, and what I’m going to keep reminding myself throughout 2018!
The end of the year is just days away, so before I start penning some ideas for what I want to achieve in 2018, it’s time to look back on my 2017 goals! This year was the first time I posted about my goals and then actively checked in with them during the year, and I’m so glad to see that this system was actually effective! Since I ticked off some of my big goals half way through the year, I felt quite accomplished and wasn’t so focused on the rest for the second half of 2017. Looking back on them now, most of these goals, particularly the whole concept of setting ‘beauty goals’, aren’t really relevant to me anymore, which I think is a great thing! It’s made me realise what’s important to focus on for 2018, and its shown where I can improve my goal setting. If you enjoy this post or find it helpful, please give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get into some reflecting!
Almost exactly a year ago (seriously, I’m one day off and I didn’t even plan that) I published “10 Things I Learnt In My First Year of University” here on this blog. Fast-forward 12 months and not only has time passed, but I have too! I have officially completed another two gruelling 13 week semesters full of assignments, presentations, pracs, last minute Turnitin outages and an abundance of caffeine fuelled emails and phone calls to anyone and everyone in a bid to interview them. Last year’s post included a bunch of things like ‘making friends is easy!‘ and ‘know your way around Blackboard!’ But with those lessons already learnt, since walking out of the campus for the last time until late February, I’ve started to think about what I’ve realised in my second year of university – besides the specifics, like how to write a 1500 word news feature article on traffic congestion problems awaiting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get on with the five things!
The Bachelorette Australia returned to our screens last night and I am ridiculously happy about that! I usually find The Bachelor a bit boring and the drama too forced, so I only watched a couple episodes half heartedly, but going off people’s reaction’s to Matty and his personality, apparently I didn’t miss much. I always find myself enjoying The Bachelorette more, and I’m extra excited for this season as our bachelorette is Sophie Monk!
After rising to fame as part of girl group Bardot in the early 2000s, Sophie then went on star in a bunch of movies and date some people in Hollywood, but nothing eventuated into anything. I first became aware of Sophie when she starred in a season of Celebrity Apprentice Australia a few years back and instantly loved her blunt humour and quick wit, so I knew she’d be an entertaining bachelorette! She’s back in Australia and on our screens and is ~ready to find love~ and I’m excited to see it all unfold! I’m not sure if I’ll commentate each episode, but please enjoy 50 of my thoughts I had during the first episode and don’t forget to give this post a “like” if you do!
In the beauty community it seems like every day a new product is either being announced on social media, released to the public or flooding my YouTube subscription box with reviews! Over the past few weeks I’ve had my eye on a couple of products but have decided I’m not going to purchase them, and here’s why! If you enjoy this post or find it helpful, please give it a “like” so I know and let’s get into another anti-haul!
As we approach the middle of the year and wonder where the heck the time is going, now seems like the perfect time to check in on the goals I set myself for 2017 to see how they’re progressing. I’m always goal setting, whether it be big tasks like wanting to finish my university degree, or just daily To Do lists where I want to accomplish some chores. No matter what you want to achieve though, I think to make your goals effective you have to refer back to them semi-regularly so you don’t loose track of what you want! I can happily say I have already ticked off some of the tasks I set myself back in January, and it’s been really rewarding to see those goals completed and motivates me to continue working on the remaining ones! Check out my goals and why I set them for myself here, and keep reading to see which ones I’ve completed! Also don’t forget to give this post a “like” if you enjoy it!