I’m currently in my final year of sixth form (the last year of schooling in Britain) and of course the work is tough. I do subjects that require an awful lot of work, especially textiles which is mainly coursework based, and I often receive the question, ‘how do you fit your blog in?!’.
‘Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo’
As some of you may know, today is AS and A Level results day here in the UK and for many people that can be a very stressful time. Teenagers (like me) across the country have been working hard for these results throughout Year 12 and 13 and the day has finally come where we find out what we’ve got. Of course, sometimes we don’t achieve what we hoped and at the time it can be soul destroying, but I’m here to say why failing is not the end of the world.
Although it may feel like it, these exams are not the be all and end all. If you don’t get what you need to get into your course there are always other ways round it – can you choose another course or resit the exams? Don’t immediately jump to the worst conclusion and assume that was your only chance, there is often a chance to try again.
In the long term people honestly won’t care whether you got all A*s at A Level – what they’re going to care about is your work ethic and how you learn from different scenarios. Working on improving yourself after failure shows immense strength of character and potential employers will recognise that. Go out and see if there are other ways of getting into your field of work that doesn’t require A Level results, could you do an apprenticeship or get a job? Do not give up.
Always remember that you are worth more than an A grade. You are worth more than any results. You are worth more than failure. Failure does not define you, you define you. Don’t let this small hiccup hold you back because you are worth so much more than giving up.
If you ever need to talk about anything, feel free to contact me. Don’t suffer alone.
Love Chloe x
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Organisation is key for a happy, healthy life but it’s so easy to fall into a trap of procrastination and disorganisation. I spent most of my life putting things off until the last moment and ending up stressing myself out by piling lots of work on last minute. It can be hard to find strategies that work for you to keep you organised but I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.
Planning what I’m doing at the start of the month stops me from procrastinating and it helps to know what I’m going to be doing each day. It also stops me from double booking my plans; for example I don’t want to be editing a long haul video or filming a lookbook on a day that I have to be somewhere for dinner. Having a plan for the month ahead means that you don’t have to stress nearer the time and things shouldn’t begin to pile up.
Although I prefer using a pen and paper, technology can also be extremely useful in staying organised. I can guarantee that your phone has a calendar on it, but are you using it? Inputting the things you need to do into your phone calendar, or setting alerts reminding you to do tasks, would encourage you to do them and it’s unlikely you’d miss it as I’m sure, like me, you’re on your phone a lot.
I find lists extremely helpful when staying organised as they motivate me to work and tick everything off my list. I get a sense of accomplishment when I finish everything on my list and I’m sure you too will love the satisfaction of ticking something off once you’ve done it! Feeling accomplished is an important part of staying organised and motivated as it encourages you to stay that way.
Using colour is something that completely changed my organisation experience, because it looked aesthetically pleasing and inviting I was more inspired to work. It’s a very simple hack to get you working more!
What’s your favourite tip to staying organised? Tell me in the comments below!
Love Chloe x