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Sunshine Blogger Award.

Hey guys! Something a little bit different for you today (and on a Wednesday! 3 posts in one week? Christmas came early this year, ey?) I am so honoured to have been nominated by the lovely Emily for the Sunshine Blogger Award! She is an incredible blogger who has been such an inspiration to me and I am so glad to have her as one of my blogging friends. I would seriously recommend checking out her blog as she is a fantastic writer with such a big heart. I wish her all of the success in world. 



This award is all about bringing positivity to the blogging community, and inspiring others to do the same. As it is voted for by other bloggers, there are a few rules that you have to stick to (not being a party pooper guys – they’re fun rules!).


Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them.
Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked.
Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

Okay, let’s get started!


Why did you pick the blog name that you did?

So my blog is called (not very imaginative, I know). No surprises here but it’s called that because, well… that’s my name. I toyed with the idea of having a more exciting name but I am the most indecisive person in the entire universe and I couldn’t find something that I thought summed up my little corner of the internet. I decided therefore that the best option was to let my Mum decide and go for my name – what could possibly sum me up better? 

Name a blog that inspires you.

Without a doubt! She is such a ray of sunshine and I am so inspired by how hard she works. Ruth in a fantastic writer and her content is always so motivational. I would serious recommend checking her out as she deserves all the love and support in the world.

What is your favourite aspect of your blog?

I love having my own little space on the internet that’s mine. Writing has always been an absolute passion of mine but I used to really struggle with technical stuff. With a lot of hard work, I managed to pick up loads of new skills and I am incredible proud of how I have managed to develop my little blog. It’s never been about stats for me, but hearing how my work has helped my readers is so motivational and makes all the hard work worth while. I adore my blog and everyone I have had the pleasure of coming across through it.

Best blogging tip?

Everyone says it but it is so so true – Be authentic and love what you do.

When you love your work it really does shine through in the writing and it is such a great thing to see. I guess from this I would also say give yourself a break if you need it. There is no shame in having down time and no content is better than forced content. 

If you were only able to watch one film for the rest of your life, what film would you choose and why?

I am going to go with Forrest Gump. I think it is such a beautiful film that has me laughing and crying in the same scene. I adore the story line and think the acting is incredible. It has some really important lessons of love, life and loss. As Forrest said, ‘life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get’.

Where do you write the majority of your blog posts?

I’d love to say something cool like in a coffee shop in central London but that would be a massive lie. I do love writing out and about as it gives me some great inspiration and makes me feel like a proper little professional but the majority of the time I write sat at my desk at home whilst cuddling my puppies.

What is your favourite item that you own?

This was a really hard one but I am going to go with my MacBook. I honestly could not be without it. It helps so much when it comes to blogging and keeping in touch with the community and it is where I watch most of my TV (I’m a bit of a Netflix addict). I was torn between this and my phone but the MacBook won because, well… it’s rose gold. 

You are stranded on a desert island, but have your three favourite books with you – what are they?

I have recently got back into reading after my degree so this is such a perfect question! I am going to do with Angels and Demons by Dan Brown because I could read this 1000 times and still find something new in it. I think he is such a fantastic author. Next, I would go for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for similar reasons. I have only recently read this book but I think it is fantastic – definitely in my top 3. Finally, I would go for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (one had to be Harry Potter, right?). I chose this one because it is one of my favourite books in the series and has one of my favourite chapters ever written in it – The Prince’s Tale.

Fruits or vegetables?

Fruits! I love fruit and vegetables but I have to give this one to fruit. I make a delicious dark cherry and chocolate protein smoothie for my post-workout that I am truly obsessed with. As good as veggies are I just couldn’t say goodbye…

What is the main aim of your blog?

I want to make people smile. 

The main aim for me was to help others through my writing and make them smile. Life can get pretty tough sometimes and I wanted my little corner of the internet to be a place where readers could gain knowledge, make friends and have a breather.

Any goals for the rest of 2018? List them below, and let us help you reach them. 

Yes, yes, yes! 

  1. I want to smash my first ever job! I start next week (eek!)
  2. I would love to hit 5000 blog views and Twitter follows, which may be optimistic but let’s see.
  3. Continue with my mental and physical health journey and see out 2018 the happiest yet.
  4. Book a holiday for next summer with my savings from my job.
  5. Maybe earn a little bit of money from my blog.

Watch this space guys! 

My 11 Questions:

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in the blogging world?
  2. When you’re feeling down what is one thing that is guaranteed to make you smile?
  3. Summer or Winter? Why?
  4. What are 3 things you have learnt from blogging?
  5. What are your 3 favourite things about yourself?
  6. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  7. What is your best childhood memory?
  8. If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite 5 people, dead or alive, who would you invite?
  9. And what would you cook for them?
  10. What would your top tip be for practising self love?
  11. What are your goals for the rest of 2018 and how can we help you smash them?

I AM NOMINATING: Charlene, Cara, Vikki, Britt, Lupe, Samantha, Dalindcy, Rachael, Jade, Daniela, Alys

I have chosen then 11 bloggers because I adore their content and have had the pleasure of meeting them either online or in the big wide world and I think they are absolute rays of sunshine. I cannot wait to see the nominee’s responses!

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time. 

Jamie x 


The Beginning of the End | My Final Year Goals.

Hey guys. So tomorrow marks a pretty big day for me. I’m currently sat in my University bedroom I moved into yesterday, writing this post, ready to start my last year as a History student at the University of Warwick. A lot has changed since this time last year. I’ve started my fitness journey and fallen in love with training (so much so I am training to become a Personal Trainer and am currently in the process of business planning), I’ve met loads of fantastic new friends, I’ve started a blog and YouTube channel, I’ve got two little puppies who I absolutely adore, I’ve scratched more places of my scratch map and my relationship has continued to grow. One thing hasn’t changed though. I still hate University. In fact, if anything, I hate it even more than I did at the start of last year.

I know how fortunate I am to be in a position where I could even consider going to University and I am grateful for the opportunity to try new things and find out more about myself. I haven’t, however, had the time of my life that I was sold. I’m not going to moan about University too much. I’ve done that plenty of times before and it really didn’t get me anywhere. What I am going to do is share with you guys some of my goals to make sure that this time next year I don’t look back on University in such a negative way. I know I’m never going to love University, but the least I can do is make the most of it for what it is. My fitness journey, as I said a few posts ago, has always been about a lot more than just lifting some weights. I want to be able to achieve total fitness – the mental as well as the physical – so these goals are going to be focused on (hopefully) improving both and encouraging growth.

‘Change your mindset, change your life’ 

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1) Try something new every week. 

I love trying new things but I’ve kind of got myself stuck in a bit of a rut at University just doing to same things over and over again. My goal for this year is to change that and to try something different. It could be a new sport or a new coffee shop, just something that takes me out of my comfort zone and adds a bit of excitement to my week. Next week I’ve signed up for women’s boxing on Tuesday. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m going on my own which is a massive deal for me. I’m hoping that it might mean me finding a new hobby and maybe even some new friends. When I went to the Cosmopolitan event, Marcia Kilgore, the founder of Soap and Glory, said something that really inspired this goal. Imagine you’re going out in the hunt for stars and you want to collect as many stars as possible. These stars may be far apart but some will link and one day you will find your constellation. Basically, try new things, as much as possible (even if it doesn’t float your boat straight away) because you never know what star might just complete your picture.

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2) Make time for food shopping.

This sounds pretty obvious but it is something I really neglect when I’m feeling a bit down. When things all get a bit too much, the first thing that seems to go out the window is doing a food shop. This leaves me hungry, grumpy and sad that I’ve not tracked my macros or not being able to track my macros because all I have in the cupboard is a tin of beans I got free on the first week. Since starting training and my nutrition course, I have become a lot better at this but now I’m back fending for myself it is something that I really can’t let slip. Food is so important and not eating just leaves me feeling even crappier about things than I did before. So, I’ve come prepared. I’ve got boxes for meal preparation, I have recipes I want to try and I have located to cheapest supermarket. My macros are set and ready to go and I am going to smash this goal this year.

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3) Focus on the future but don’t forget the present. 

Third year is the year for planning. Very soon I will be let loose into the big wide world and by then I want to have my business underway and know how I want to make it bigger once I’ve left University. It will also mean finding somewhere new to live. Sorry Warwick, but you’re not for me. But then, neither is Retford for the long term. Conor and I have been having a look and, dependent on where is recruiting for Police Officers, we’re hoping for Manchester/Liverpool way on. Can take the girl out of the North but you can’t take the North out of the girl. Whilst I have a lot of planning for the future to be doing, I also need to focus on being ‘present’. I’m guilty on being someone who doesn’t appreciate the present as I am too busy either worrying about the past or dreaming of the future. If I’ve learnt anything, the future is never what you plan it to be in your head. I’ve spent a lot of my life waiting for when it’s going to get better and I have actually missed a lot of the good stuff. It’s time to stop waiting for life to start. Life is happening, make the most of it.

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4) Practise self love in all its forms. 

I’ve said this for a while and now it is really time I started to practise what I preach. Self love is important but something I find really difficult and so, this year, I’m making it a goal. Self love comes in many different forms and I guess encompasses all of these goals but I’ve decided to set it as its own goal to remind me every day that I need to make time for myself. Nothing to do with the gym, or my degree, or anything with any pressure or expectations attached to it. This might be just running myself a bath and listening to some music. Moisturising everyday and deep conditioning my hair ever so often. Colouring in or practising mindfulness. I don’t know whether these will be up my street but I’m going to give them all a try. I will also be continuing with my counselling, something I debated giving up to make more time for my degree (ridiculous, I know!). I know this will be a tough goal but it’s definitely an important one.


5) Be Jamie. 

Inspired by The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, my last goal for my final year at University is simply ‘Be Jamie’. It’s time to stop forcing myself to be something I’m not just to impress people. My mum always told me that I should be myself more often, because she’s lovely. I’ve always found that I’ve attracted people who I have very little in common with. I have forced friendships because that is what I thought I had to do. Truth is, there are plenty of people out there that would like me for me. I’m starting this year off with some of them. We’re heading out for food and drinks (something I haven’t done with friends for a while) and I’m really excited. There are lots of things I wish I was but I guess it times to accept that maybe I’m not. Maybe I’m always going to be a bit of a worrier, that might just be who I am. Maybe I’m not someone to go out clubbing with and get wasted. Maybe I’m not someone who is going to have a tidy bedroom. But that’s okay but for all the things I’m not, I’m a hell of a lot of other things. It’s time for me to make the most of them things and stop forcing myself into a mould I’m just not going to fit.

So there you have it, my final year goals that I hope will help me lead a more mentally fit life. I’ll keep you updated throughout the year on how I am finding these different goals, starting with a blog on boxing! What would your goals be? 

Lots of love, Jamie x 

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