How do I adult?

Please forgive the mismatch post you're about to read, I've been in blog limbo and just thought I'd give you all an insight into my past week! I mean what a week. An emotional roller coaster to say the least! But I have made it to the end and what a rewarding one it's been.

On Sunday I saw McBusted with my best friend, I've always been a huge McFly fan and will support them till the end. (I do hope they return to my 4 favourite guys soon) What a show! They always know how to wow an audience that's for sure.

Then on Wednesday I had a scary interview at a bank in Manchester for a full time job after University AND I GOT IT! (Terrifyingly excited) and went for coffee with my Gramps before returning to Liverpool.

But the hardest part of this week having to submit my dissertation, days were long and time was running out and there was almost tears (no breakdowns amazingly!), a lot of cussing and stressing but I did it. 13,500 words and £20 of printing and binding later, I submitted it and I have never felt so good in my life. I've worked so hard this past year and although I've got a few assignments and exams to go, I know no matter what I've put my blood, sweat and tears into this course.

 And then to celebrate on my lonesome because everybody is poor or busy and I'm clearly a loner ha! I went out to Primark and bought myself a few new things, so well done me. I'm proud.

Impressive right? But I'm so scared and nervous about the future now, I'm officially becoming an adult and in a months time fresh from University I go into a big full time job in a bank and start my life. I honestly don't think it's hit me yet and part of me is so sad to leave retail behind. Especially the last two years in Evans, I've learnt so much about myself and progressed into the happiest I've ever been and I'll always be grateful for that. The people I've been surrounded by have helped me become the person I am now.

Onwards and upwards world, I've just got to find out how to adult first?!


The music that got me through

HELLO! I'm back after my mini third year break. (no breakdowns have been had so far)
So some of you may have been aware that this past week I've been stressing to the point in which I thought there would be no return. My dissertation submission. There was almost tears, panic attacks, a lot of anger and a lot of coffee and food. ALAS, I did it. I submitted it, I saw the horizon. Wanna know what got me through? Music, and this playlist ultimately may have got me a degree. (prepare yourself,  there's a serious mix here in terms of the mood I was in haha)

1. Amber Run - Noah

I've just recently discovered this band from a friend and I urge anyone to give them a listen, especially this song I've lost count how many times I've pressed replay this week. SO GOOD.

2. The Holloways - Generator

3. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do

4. The Lumineers - Morning Song

5. Hozier - Work Song

6. Beyonce - Crazy In Love (Remix)

7. OMI - Cheerleader

8. The Weeknd - Earned It

9. Oasis - Wonderwall

10. McFly - Obviously

11. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

12. James Bay - Hold Back The River

13. One Republic - I Lived

14. Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato - Up

15. Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson - Trouble

And I did it, I submit that bloody dissertation and can't wait to be able to celebrate it along with some other good news I received with friends and family. Do you guys have that a playlist for every mood/task/situation in life? Music gets me through life.


Shopping is the cure (Mini Primark haul!)

So after a very very very bad test result today, I was down in the dumps and there was only one solution, pauper and all... shopping. (It was that or the whole of the Tesco chocolate aisle!)

I must've spent about an hour in Primark trying clothes on but I was having a 'meh' day so I just picked up a random few bits that are super cute and as per usual bargain central.

This cute jacket/coat was only £5! I've been looking for one for ages, and there it was sitting unhappily waiting for me to rescue it and hang it with it's new found coat friends. It's a bit too oversized for my liking (it's 3 sizes smaller than me) but I'm hoping styling it with a nice scarf and bag will make it look too cool to be a sack of potatoes hiding underneath.

I've definitely got on the ring/necklace bandwagon I feel like a fabulous woman when I'm wearing a good ring... that's weird right? But I love how a necklace can completely change an outfit and make it smart casual. My poor stand is crying for me to release it from all it's chains and misery. But at £7.50, you can't complain!

I always find Primark has the CUTEST home section. There's some pineapple sheets I've got my eye after payday. Since my love of cooking has taken off my cupboards are full of tupperware... so what do I do? buy some more! and the passion fruit and vanilla cream candles smell divine.

 I think this purchase totally speaks for itself. Who doesn't want a tote bag with their initial on? My Aldi shopping will never have looked so good.

All of this for only just over £20! I always picked up two of the coats one for me and one for my sister because they were too good to resist. I've already got my shopping list of what I'm getting come payday, the Primark cycle is fabulous and never ending. Now I've got to spend my night in a state of productivity as I attempt to write some of my dissertation that's due in next week, candles lit and coffee brewing... wake me up when March and April are over! Peace out guys, have a super week.


Staying Positive

This has honestly been one of the longest weeks of my life. They say we go through certain times of testing and this was one for me, whoever is out there is testing me and I'm trying so hard to not let them win. I started off super ready, it was week 3 of working out for the bikini body guide, week 3 of my 5k app, the deadline week for my final year project and I was ready for it all. Then my body decided having a ridiculously painful back problem was more important and my final year project shouldn't export onto disc - mayhem my friends mayhem. After being so active for so many months it's just exhausted me being so restricted. 

Despite all the ups and down I'm still remaining positive, my final year project has finally been submitted and I sat an exam today that is edging me closer and closer to the final submission of all my work. The path then is mine and I can choose what directions to take. So to carry on the theme of positivity here's a few things that's brightened my days this past week:

1. Mother's Day

I always remember asking the question 'why do mums and dads get a day for them but kids don't?' and my Mum would always reply 'because every bloody day is kids day' and she's right, this woman has devoted the past 21 years of her life to raising me right and sharing all her worldly knowledge and I'm so thankful for the person I am today, I wouldn't be half that person if it wasn't for her and if she gets that one day to feel special and loved (although I hope she knows we think she's special and loved everyday) then Mother's should have all 365 days of the year. I know she won't see this but thank you Mum. My love for you each days grows and I'm so proud to be your daughter. Every thing I do in my life and accomplish is because of you and for you

2. Food

I'm quite sure this is in most people's happiness circle, it's definitely mine. I've picked up a new found love for cooking which I've never had and my knowledge consisted of microwaved meals from Tesco's healthy option range which I thought was doing the world of good. But alas, I've taught myself and changed my ways. I now love nothing more than experimenting with stir fry's, making protein powder cake, eating highlight option sachets flavoured porridge, banana pancakes, mushroom pizzas... the list really is endless and I find it the most satisfying and calming experience. Locking myself in the kitchen for an hour is my new happy place and all the sad or bad feelings escape along with the steam through the oven fan. (I've even got to the point where my weekly shop is the most exciting part of the week... save me?!)

3. Me

Some of you may know that I've always struggled with the whole body positive image. I've gone through so many yo-yo diets and depressive stages of really hating my body. It's quite sad looking back now, but 48 pounds lighter (the equivalent of a small dryer apparently!) I've never felt so good. Don't get me wrong I have my moments where I get annoyed at how small the changes can be and I've still got a bit to go but slow and steady wins the race in the long run (let's just hope my ruddy back sorts itself out soon). Having a healthy lifestyle can take time to get into a certain pattern, I know now it's no longer a diet, it's a lifestyle change. 

4. The Future

I'm the super over-worrier type and although the thought of finishing University is exciting because I hate my course it's also super terrifyingly scary and sickening. I just have to keep reminding myself that this truly is the end in the beginning. From now on no institution can define me or keep me there, enforcing rules and knowledge on me that doesn't prepare me for life. I get to choose the path I'm on and although I don't know exactly where destination is yet, I'm so bloody ready. I'm hoping to spend the summer going on some adventures whilst looking into working in the Australian Outback for a 3 months and then... the world. I was born to see the world and the world needs to see some Chelsey Lamb.

5. Music

When in doubt, plug your head phones in and escape from the real world. I'm a huge OneRepublic fan at the moment, they just own anything. (Also still on the Uptown Funk hype, it just brightens my day). I found this cover today of McBusted covering Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do'. Danny Jones voice just brings me to my knees errrrrrrrrrry'time. I'm seeing them next Sunday too which is an added bonus (#1 McFly fan forever). On the subject of music I also do a radio show Monday's 3-5 on with my two best friends called '3's A Crowd' where we play some awesome tunes (shameless self promotion), so check it out!

Despite my long ass week I'm remaining hopeful for the near future of what life has to throw at me, and for the degree I've almost achieved and the pocketful of dreams I constantly wear over my heart. I'm exactly where I want to be right now and sometimes I have to remind myself of that, I have a roof over my head, a wonderful family and my health. As long as I've got that, I'm set. 

What's put a smile on your face lately?
Sorry for the lack of posts - third year happened. Speak soon hopefully!


The end is nigh (and I can't wait!)

Next Friday I will be submitting part 1 of my final year project, the videos. I'll be so thankful when it's over and I don't have to spend 3 hours editing a few minutes of footage. The stress is high and I've still got filming to do but I'm trying to stay calm in the process so it doesn't over power me. This month will be a blur and I just hope I can manage successfully between university and work and general life.
But then in around two months I shall be... free. So I'm just going to spend this post talking about all the things I'm excited to do when my degree is over and I can take a break from everyday routine.

1. SLEEP - I've lost count on how many sleepless nights and early mornings I've had this year so far, put it this way my lazy days are now next to nothing! I'm a huge morning person but I pray for the day I don't have to set an alarm all the time.
2. WATCH TV AND MORE TV - When I'm not working I'm gonna lie in bed in my pyjamas with Netflix, endless amounts of coffee and hot chocolate and watch whatever the hell I want, mainly catch up because I'm SO behind. (American Horror Story, OITNB, Rizzoli & Isles, The Walking Dead, Castle, New Girl, Modern Family, 24, The Vampire Diaries? I'm coming back for you babies)

3. READ LIKE YOU'VE NEVER READ BEFORE - When I let it I can be consumed by a book and not want to put it down until I've finished, but Uni took over and the pile of unread books I've bought and barely started is growing so I intend on finish that and starting more. The words written in some books are so powerful and life-changing I want to experience them more.

4. TASTE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COFFEE IN DIFFERENT PLACES - I think we should practice the art of being alone and happy more (do I sound sad?) but so many people nowadays are consumed with always being in people's company or finding that one person to spend their life with at an early age. What happened to independence and finding happiness in yourself? So once a week I want to take myself to a little coffee shop with my book and some nice music and let my thoughts scream out in peace. Not too much to ask right?

5. FOCUS ON MY HEALTH - These past few weeks I've changed my eating habits, started the Bikini Body Guide workout and took up running, I'm making 2015 all about me and my health is a big part of that. I've lost over 3 stone so far and I just want to lose a few more pounds and tone up (did you know Abs were a real thing?! I'll let you know more when I find some!!)

6. GO PLACES - Despite my need to travel the world and I will do one day but I'm using this next year to take some time out and just work and relax but I'd love to go on a few European weekend breaks and wander the sights with a GoPro on hand and memories being made.

I'm so ready for this next chapter of my life whatever it throws at me I know it's going to be good and I'm going to work for my future, I'm gonna see the world and let the world take me and consume with the beauty it has to hold. If we think positive, then positive things will come our way. Stay awesome bloggers and may 2015 be the BEST year yet. I got this.

Until next time,

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