I turn 22 tomorrow. Part of me is excited because, you know, presents but the other part of my wishes everything would just SLOW DOWN. The little 8 year old inside me still can’t quite comprehend that she’s an adult now, going to work and renting her own little house. When I first moved in I wasn’t ready for it, but I had no choice but to learn and learn FAST. That has often been the case with most of the lessons I have learnt throughout my 22 years on this earth. Life comes at you quickly and sometimes you just have to go with it and hope for the best. 

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Started from the bottom…

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Now we’re here.

  1. Always have a sanitary towel in your bag. You never know when mother nature is going to come-a-calling and you should always be prepared. After a few accidents and more than a few girls asking me if I had one spare in bathrooms, I learnt my lesson.
  2. You’re not going to ‘like’ everyone, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get along. Back in year 8 if I didn’t like someone they were automatically my worst enemy. As I have grown up I have learnt that I don’t have to ‘like’ someone to get on with them. It doesn’t mean they are bad people or that we have to be enemies, it might just mean we’re different and that’s okay – you’re not going to like everyone.
  3. Not everyone is going to like you. Following on from number 2, not everyone is going to like you and guess what? That’s okay too.
  4. Bitching says more about you than it does them. When I was younger everyone bitched about everyone. It was cruel and unnecessary. I learnt overtime that bitching about people said more about me than it did them. If you have a problem with someone the only way to resolve it is to speak to them.
  5. Pee after sex. This came as a shock to me but yes, pee after sex. Nobody wants a water infection.
  6. Relationships should be 50/50. You should never have to bleed yourself dry to maintain a relationship. Relationships should be an equal balance of give and take.
  7. Always have a bottle of water in your bag. Hydration really is key! Plus, bottled water is expensive and bad for the environment.
  8. Water looks a lot like vodka and lemonade – just keep your mouth shut. If you don’t want another drink just order tap water. Trust me, no one will notice and you’ll thank yourself for it the next day.
  9. Endings are a part of life. Endings aren’t always nice but they are a part of life and symbolise growth and change.
  10. There is no shame in vulnerability. I used to think that in order to get anywhere in life I had to be hard faced and emotionless. Remember all the Facebook quotes glorifying this? Turns out, there is no shame in vulnerability. In fact, I have grown up to find it an endearing quality in others. Without vulnerability I found that life was very lonely.
  11. Sex and self respect do not correlate. When I was younger I firmly believed that sex and self respect went hand in hand but overtime I have learnt that that is not the case. People have both self respect and sex – the two do not correlate. If they are happy and safe then it really doesn’t matter how many sexual partners an individual chooses to have.
  12. You’re going to need anti-ageing creams sooner than you thought. Okay so I haven’t got wrinkles and I’m not greying just yet BUT there is no harm in erring on the side of caution. I have recently brought myself an anti-ageing eye cream to help with early signs of ageing. Kind of expected that to be a purchase I made closer to my 40’s but there you go…
  13. Coffee is cheaper if you just make it at home. Yes I know this is obvious but honestly you will save SO much money if you cut down on your coffee shop habit and just make it at home.
  14. The laundry is not going to wash itself. Turns out it was Mum who did it! Who knew?
  15. You are your own priority. I spent a long time trying to be a people pleaser and it got me nowhere. The more I tried it seemed the less I was liked. I learnt that your happiness should be your first priority. The more I put me first, the more I found people like me who loved and supported me for who I am.
  16. Things hardly ever go to plan. Literally EVER. You really have just got to roll with every new opportunity. As a self confessed ‘planner’ this came as a shock to the system but hey, that’s life for you!
  17. Not everyone has the same heart as you. Sometimes people can be cruel and work from a different moral compass to yourself. Take lessons from these people should you come across them and remove them from your life. Do not sacrifice your inner peace for anyone.
  18. Mum knows best. It didn’t take me long to learn this but it did take me a long time to accept it. Mum’s really are always right. My Mum knows me better than I know myself and her advice always come from a place of selfless love.
  19. You don’t owe ‘looking pretty’ to anyone. Don’t want to wear make up? Don’t. Can’t be bothered to wash your hair? No worries. It took me a long time to learn this but you don’t have to ‘look pretty’. You do not owe being ‘visually appealing’ to someone – you are worth so much more than that.
  20. Heartbreak hurts but you get over it. I have had my heart broken. One time I never thought I would EVER get over it but I did. I still think about that person from time to time but it is usually with fondness. Heartbreak is a part of life. It sucks but you’re going to be fine.
  21. Dry shampoo is a gift from the gods. I thank the gods for the day dry shampoo was invented. Honestly the day I learnt I did not have to wash my hair every single day was a wonderful one.
  22. You’re never alone, even if you feel like it. There are times when I have felt very lonely but I have learnt that I am never alone. In a world where anyone is just a phone call away and friendships with your online pals are as real as friendships with those you have known in person you really are never alone. I promise.

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My last celebration living at home. 

I hope I never lose the little 8 year old inside of me who still jumps in puddles and will go out of her way to do the hop scotch on her route home from work. I might be an adult but I always want to be a child at heart. I always want to keep hold of that youthful, carefree fun whether I’m 22 or 82. Happy Birthday to me. 

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“We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public’ – Bryan White.

Jamie x 

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I never really thought about what sweating and running around all the time was doing to my skin. I would rock up to the gym with the make up I had had on all day and then stay in that make up until I went to bed that night. Yeah, I know… this is gross in hindsight but it’s oh so practical. Anyway, my skin was suffering. I have been really lucky with my skin and never really suffered from spots. However, recently I have been struggling with spots, dry skin and black heads. I put 2 and 2 together and decided it really was time for me to start taking care of my skin the same way as I take care of my body. A few weeks ago now the lovely folks at FRÉ sent me over their 3-step solution for skin that sweats and I decided to share my thoughts with you guys.

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Spoiler: I am impressed. 

Before I get into reviewing the products, I thought I would share with you a little bit about the ethos behind the brand.

‘FRÉ has emerged out of admiration for active women, through a willingness to promote authentic beauty in motion, a drive to refresh the skincare industry and express positive social values all over the world, and the clear and obvious need for a line of facial skincare products that will take sweat and exercise-induced damages into account. After all, no woman wants her face to suffer for the sake of her body…’ – FRÉ

Yeah, I can get on board with that. And if this empowering ethos supporting strong women isn’t enough, the products are also vegan AND for every purchase of their products, they plant an Argan tree to help replenish the forest. All the more reason to treat yourself to some new skincare, right? Plus, the packaging is really sleek and elegant… I really care about packaging, okay?

This is all very nice, Jamie… but why do I need special skincare? Well, when you work out (especially if you’re an outdoors sort of gal) your skin is subject to extra damage. These products are specifically designed to revive your skin after your workout and protect you from issues such as photo-sensitivity, dark spots, irritation, breakouts, over-redness and premature ageing. Now it is nice whether I am training outside a lot more, so this is great, but I also think these products are fab for those girls who might be training (and sweating) in your make up.

Now on to the products. So I got gifted the 1, 2, FRÉ set (which I would definitely recommend if you can!). In this set you get an SPF30 moisturiser, a daily facial cleanser and a gorgeous replenishing serum.

The moisturiser, other wise known as ‘Protect Me’ should be used daily in the morning and as well as SPF30, it also has strong anti-aging properties (it’s never too early!). I would using this product in the morning before my makeup and it kept my skin feeling super smooth without feeling greasy or sticky. I found that when I was training, my complexion stayed a lot more even and I did not find moisturiser remnants dripping off my face as I have done in the past.

Next up is ‘Purify Me’ – your daily facial cleanser. This can be applied morning, evenings and post-workout. If I was going straight home after a workout I would use this product then, but most of the time it would be an evening thing. It felt so gentle on my face but helped remove all the rubbish I had left on my face. As it isn’t harsh at all, I use this product every day and it is fab. I think if you can only get one of these products it it this one I would recommend. It purifies your skin and pores, prevent post-workout breakouts and calms skin.

And finally it is the ‘Revive Me’, which  is your deep replenishing serum that builds your skin resilience and fights the signs of ageing whilst creating a natural glow. I ma not one to go out without make up but this serum really did give my skin life and made it feel smooth and dewy without being greasy. I use this product every evening after cleansing my face.   with exceptional anti-wrinkles and skin tightening powers. It creates a natural healthy glow.

These products are not cheap and I was lucky enough to have been sent them to try out, but honestly I really do recommend them. I have pretty sensitive skin and have been in search of something like this for a while. My skin is looking loads better and finally has some life back, even after a full day of training and revising. Thank you FRÉ, you guys are fab! 

Jamie x 

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