My Favourite Childhood Books

Thursday, 23 August 2018

If you are a regular reader on this blog, firstly, thank-you, and secondly, you'll know that I love reading - and I thought it's time to share with you some of my most favourite childhood books!
A series of books surrounded by fairylights and ivy including The House at Pooh Corner by A.A Milne, The Belfry Witches by Kate Saunders, the Horrible History books by Terry Deary, Harry Potter by J.K Rowling and The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith


The House at Pooh Corner by A.A Milne
   
   Most of my family knows how much I was obsessed with Winnie the Pooh when I was younger - although saying that I still do have a stuffed Winnie-The-Pooh and Eeyore at the end of my bed... don't judge me. I remember reading this book over and over again - and it had such beautiful illustrations on the inside - complete with a wonderful map of the 100 Acre Wood! I think I got this book from my Nan, as it might have been in the family for some time - you can certainly tell it's been a well-loved book. One of the things I hate to admit about me as a child is that I used to rip out all of the pages between the front cover of the book till the book actually started - which is sadly what I did with this book, so I have no idea when it was published or who by!

The House at Pooh Corner tells the tale of the beloved Winnie The Pooh trying to find a house for Eeyore. Most of the chapters can be read stand-alone - you may even remember some from the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A Milne surrounded by ivy.


The Belfry Witches by Kate Saunders

This is probably one of the books I remember reading the most when I was young. It seems that I have a mild fascination with witchcraft and all things magic! I remember this being such a funny book, and I would love to read it again now that I'm older - a bit like re-watching a childs film and getting all of the adult jokes in it.

The Belfry Witches tell the tale of two mischevious witches called Old Noshie and Skirty Marm - they san a rude song about the queen on witches and have been banished from their island. They took refuge in a belfry in a small town called Tranters End and get up to all sorts of mischief!

This really is such a great book for young readers - I certainly enjoyed it when I was younger.

The Belfry Witches by Kate Suanders surrounded by fairlights and pinecones


Horrible Histories by Terry Deary

I absolutely LOVED these books when I was growing up! I couldn't get enough of history when I was younger (I still am fascinated by ancient history and folklore!) and what's even better was that these books were in schools as well! 

I opted for more 'ancient history' of the Horrible History books - much like Romans, Egypt and Greek books. These books were so funny and really made learning about history fun for those who weren't really that interested (says the girl who had about 27 books on ancient Egypt). They were also accompanied by awesome illustrations that really made the comedy and facts come alive - you can see why the books were so successful, with over 60 books in the series and a TV show!

the Horrible Histories books surrounded by fairylights


Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Do I really need to explain myself with this one? Y'all know how much I rant and rave about my love of Harry Potter, don't you... I honestly can't put into words how much this book series means to me. It has influenced me so much that I really think the series is a major part of who I am and I don't think I would be the same person if I had not read these books.

The first five books were my brothers, and he gave me them as he never really was big into reading. The Philosophers Stone was a Christmas present to him from my Nan and Grandad in the year 2000 - and this is really nice for me to keep as my Grandad is sadly no longer with us. 

Unfortunately, as with my habits with the Winnie the Pooh book, I tore out all of the front pages till the book actually started - and have also written on some of the pages!! I cannot believe that I used to do that! I am happy to say that the Philosophers Stone is the only book in the Harry Potter series that I did that to - thank GOD.

The reason I included Prisoner of Azkaban is that it's my favourite, book and film, and it was the first HP film I went to see at the cinema, and I went with my Nan!

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling surrounded by fairylights and ivy


The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith

Remember a time when cereals used to get really cool toys in them? Yeah, well I got this little cracker of a book for free in a box on either Honey Nut Cheerios or regular Cheerios - what a time to have been alive, eh?

This is the charming story of a young girl who's dog is invisible to everyone except her and an old lady who lives down the end of the road. I really don't remember what else happens in the book, but like with all of the books on this list - I would love to re-read every one of them now that I am older!

On of the things I don't quite understand is why they don't put little free books in cereals anymore! 

The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith surrounded by fairlights and ivy

So, there you have it, a few of my favourite and most memorable childhood books! I would love to know what books you remember reading as a child - let me know in the comments below!

K xx 

Jasper The Familliar | A Short ASMR Story

Wednesday, 1 August 2018



   She’ll love this, Jasper thought. He trotted along the pavement with the two-day-dead mouse in his jaws, his long black tail swooping behind him. It was a surprisingly warm Autumn afternoon, and all of the leaves were the hues of a dying fire – a glorious mix of dark green, burnt orange, blood red and earthy brown.
   
   Two children, who were riding their bikes, stopped and gasped at Jasper; who at that time completely forgot that he was carrying a dead mouse in his mouth.
   
   “Naughty cat” he heard them say. He held his head high and gave them a flick of his tail and continued his journey home. He’d done no wrong. The mouse was dead when he had found it, and it was his job to bring it back to his owner, Morena. He gracefully jumped over the garden fence and entered his home through the cat-flap in the back door.
   
   Inside swarmed with all sorts of strange plants crawling up the walls and hanging from the ceiling – the air humid and earthy. Jasper inhaled – home.
   
   His home was cosy – books stashed every here and there, candle wax dripped down the fireplace, and assorted teacups were used as makeshift plant pots. The coffee table in the middle of the living room was worn and well used with ring-shaped stains adorning the inner sides and corners, chips and dents framing the outside edge; reminders of many heartfelt and thoughtful conversations.
   
   Handfuls of dried herbs and flowers hung around the dying light of the fireplace and on the edges of the bookcases that lined the wall on the far side of the room. Angelica, Borage, Juniper and Primrose were just a few of the dried items Jasper recognised.
   
   Jasper pounced upon the dining table, carefully placing the dead mouse on the surface amongst the cuttings of past flowers, twigs and twine. He could hear Morena pottering around in the kitchen; the clinking of cutlery, the closing of drawers and the boiling of a kettle. She walked through with some scissors and beamed a heartfelt smile when she saw Jasper, her salt and pepper hair loose and curly.
  
   “Hello, my love” she cooed at him as she gave him a scratch between the ears. She carefully picked up the dead mouse he had bought in. “Where did you find him?” she asked.
   
   “He was just on the side of the road,” Jasper replied, “I think it was just natural causes”. 
   
   Morena pulled a sad face. She hated that her work required the use of animal parts – but she vowed to never hurt a living animal while doing so, so relying on natural causes to take the animals she needs is what she has always done. And it was easy work for Jasper – all the other familiars had to hunt. “I’ll see to him in the morning. Thank-you, Jasper”.
   
   Morena took the mouse into the kitchen and began to wash her hands. Jasper took to his regular seat – a spot on the sofa that was perfectly nestled in between the pillows and blankets that adorned it.
   
   “Who is the tea for?” Jasper purred.
   
   “Sophie, the young girl who lives down the road”. Morena, again, came out of the kitchen, this time with a tray of cups, a kettle and some biscuits. “She’s got a big presentation at her school tomorrow, and her mother thought I might be able to help”.
   
   Jasper flicked his tail and enjoyed the soft warmth of the dying fire, eyeing up a moth that had just flown in through the window. Morena was rushing around, collecting all of the necessary herbs and flowers she needed for the tea she was going to make for Sophie.
   
   “Remember,” said Morena, “not a word from you. You’ll probably scare the poor girl to death! And her mother too!”.
  
   “I won’t; I won’t!” Jasper smirked, remembering the last time he spoke to an unsuspecting visitor – their face! 
   
   “You better not. That poor woman had to have therapy for a year because she thought she was going crazy because she thought cats could talk to her!”.
   
   Jasper chuckled to himself and cosied further between the pillows on the sofa.
   
   Morena was chopping the last of the herbs when a little knock sounded from the front door. Jasper bolted up, and along with Morena, they greeted their guests.
   
   Helen was a tall woman, with soft curly hair, a freckled face and glasses, the kind of woman who looked like she had sprung out from a well-loved book. Kindness surrounded her like an aura. Sophie, on the other hand, was a small girl – much smaller than all of the other girls in her class. She wore her hair in plaits and, just like her mother, freckles dotted her face every here and there. She gave a warm yet timid smile but beamed even more when she saw that Jasper had come to greet her too. Sophie’s mother beamed that same warm smile as she was greeted at the door, her hair a little tousled from the slight Autumn breeze.
   
   As Sophie and her mother sat down at the table, Jasper made a point of introducing himself by jumping up onto the table and nuzzling for scratches, purring loudly.
   
   “I see you’ve met Jasper…” Morena chuckled, “he loves the attention”. Morena started pouring hot water into the teacups. “What’ll it be for you my dear? The usual?” she asked Helen.
   
   “Ooh, yes please,” said Helen, wiping away the condensation from her glasses. Morena wandered into the kitchen and returned with three glass jars filled with different teas. One of the jars read ‘Content’, the next ‘Confidence’, and the last one ‘Breakfast’. She placed the jars upon the table and began serving the tea.
   
   “So, Sophie,” said Morena as she added a sugar cube to her tea, “what’s your presentation at school about?”.  Sophie had already begun tucking into the biscuits – an assortment of custard creams, chocolate digestives and bourbons.
   
   “It’s part of a project we’re doing at school about the environment. Everyone has to do a presentation about ways we can help save the planet.”
   
   “Oh, that sounds very interesting!” beamed Morena.
   
   “She knows all of the facts,” said Helen, “it’s just speaking in front of people that you’re not so keen on, isn’t it sweetheart?”. Helen leaned towards Morena. “I thought you might be able to help?”.
   
   “Of course I can help, dear.” Morena pushed the jar with the label ‘Confidence’ towards Sophie. “Put one spoonful of this in your tea in the morning and it’ll keep the nerves off all day”.
   
   “Thank-you so much Morena, it means a lot” thanked Helen.
   
   “There’s no need to thank me, dear. Oh…” Morena remembered. She pushed the other jar labelled ‘Content’ towards Helen. “This one is for you! I’ve made it a little bit stronger than the last batch”.
   
   Helen let out a heart-warming smile. “Thank-you so much”. It was barely audible, but filled with gratitude and hope. She clung to the jar and held it tight, took a deep breath and continued her warm smile. Sophie had made her way through the biscuits.
   
   “Thank-you so much for the tea,” said Helen. She gestured towards the cups of tea on the table, “and the tea…”.
   
   Morena led Helen and Sophie to the door and saw them off on their way home, watching them as they trailed off down the road, the night sky dark and the wind still slight.
   
   “You know, you really should start charging people for this tea that you make them,” said Jasper as he swirled around Morena’s ankles. She threw him a playful grin and walked back inside, prepping for the next batch of tea for another person in need.
   
   Morena hummed as she dallied about in the kitchen once again, taking dried flowers and herbs from every here and there.
   
   Jasper’s fur stood on edge – his tail stiffened.
   
   A slow knock came from the front door.
  
   “I knew they probably forgot something…” Morena giggled as she walked back through the hallway and reached for the door handle.
   
   “Morena…” said Jasper.
   
   Morena opened the front door, but it wasn’t Helen, or Sophie.
   
   A figure dressed in a ripped and worn dark material was standing outside her house. The stench was unbearable, like rotting flesh. Morena felt her stomach drop. Dark liquid seeped from his mouth as he unleashed the widest of grins.
   
   “Hello, Morena…”
   Morena stood there, frozen in the doorway of her house. She could feel a chilling breeze creeping around her, crawling across her body.
   
   “Who are you?” she questioned, her voice deep and hushed, her stance ready and strong.
   
   The dark liquid dribbled down the figures chin, dripping onto the floor. He snapped his head to one side. “I am Death, and I need to ask you for your help…”



© Kayleigh Cooper, 2018

Useless Magic - Florence Welch | Book Review

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Rating: 5/5


I have been waiting for Florence to release a book for SO LONG! I am such a fan of her music and style - I always knew she would write a book at some point (although I wanted her to write a fiction book about witches, because WHY NOT?!).

This is possibly one of the most beautiful books I own, and I'm not exaggerating (even though I am a number one fan, but that's not the point...). This book is filled with such wonderful artwork, doodles, paintings and scribbles from Florence herself.

This is a compilation of all of the Florence + The Machine lyrics from their first four albums, as well as a selection of Florence Welch's poetry. The pages are dotted with artwork that inspired some of the band's most famous songs, Florence's doodles and random lines that inspired the full songs. This really is a great gift for any F+TM fan, or anyone who loves a beautiful book!

A glorious fabric hardback with gold lettering on the front and back covers, this really is a centrepiece for any bookshelf and well worth the money.

I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I did!

I could have taken photographs of every single page, but below are a few of my favourites!

I hope you enjoy!

K xx 









The Cloak of Shadows | A Short ASMR Story

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


   

   
   Lila, of all people, knew magic didn’t exist. Flicking through her science homework; the topic – the night sky, she knew many of her classmates still thought that meteors were shooting stars. How silly, she thought.

   Lila was spending the weekend with her Gran; her Mum and Dad were having a long weekend in the Lake District, and even though Lila had protested that she could sleep round her friend's house, her parents insisted that she would stay round her grans.

   Although Lila didn’t hate going round her Grans, she could think of at least three other places that she would rather be. Her Gran always told silly stories of fairies and ghosts; she even said she has a Boggle living in the attic, whatever a Boggle was.

   “Lila”, sung a sweet voice from downstairs, “lunch is ready!”. Lila huffed and put her science homework away. As she trundled downstairs and into the kitchen, she saw her gran had set the table for three.

   “Erm, Gran? It’s just me and you, isn’t it?”. Lila’s Gran furrowed her brow in confusion, but only for a moment.

   “Oh, don’t worry about that my dear”, chuckled Gran, “it’s just for the Boggle or—“, she suddenly stopped in her tracks, still holding hers and Lila’s sandwiches, “or is it the Brownies that like feeding?”. Gran huffed and continued to place down the sandwiches on the gingham tablecloth.
   “Gran, I don’t think the girls from down the road will all fit in your kitchen for lunch…” said Lila as she took a bite out of her sandwich.

   “Not those kinds of Brownies, Lila, the magical sort”.

   “Of course,” sighed Lila under her breath. She continued to finish off her lunch. If there was one thing Lila liked about staying round her Grans, it was the food. Her Gran made the best chicken curry Lila has ever had. Her Gran may be a bit batty, but she sure did know how to make good food.

   Lila kept staring at the extra sandwich on the opposite end of the table, waiting for it to disappear, but it didn’t. Lila knew it wouldn’t. It never would because the only way for it to disappear was if somebody ate it, not for it to be gobbled up magically by a Boggle or a Brownie.

   “Gran,” Lila said, “what even is a Boggle?”. Lila rarely indulged in her Grans nonsense, but she was also a curious child, and even though her Grans stories were utterly ridiculous and not scientifically correct, they were a little entertaining. A heart-warming smile spread across her Grans' face as she placed the remainder of her sandwich on the chipped china plate.

   “Well, a Boggle is a house spirit. They’re harmless, but they do like to move things around. I remember once, I couldn’t find my tv remote for weeks, then all of a sudden there it was one day, poof, right there on my armchair! I couldn’t believe it! Right pain in the neck that was.”
   All of a sudden, a loud thump came from the attic.

   “Oop, it can hear us talking about it” Gran whispered, “better occupy ourselves before it starts moving things again”. Gran got up from the kitchen table, took Lila’s plate away and started readying herself for the garden; potting and pruning were one of her favourite hobbies. She left the extra sandwich on the table.

   “Lila, dear, would you mind getting me a new pair of gloves, I think I put some in the cupboard under the stairs”.

   Lila got down from the table and entered the cupboard. It was quite spacious for something under the stairs. Lila’s gran housed lots of treasures in there; old photo albums, trinkets from her childhood and also the hoover. Rummaging around for the gloves, Lila accidentally knocked over a pile of old documents that were on top of an ancient and mysterious looking box, and once again, Lila’s curiosity got the better of her.

   The box was wooden and dark and had intricate symbols engraved all around it. Turning the cupboard light on and seeing the box more clearly, Lila started to recognise the symbols; they weren't symbols at all, they were in fact stars and constellations. Different phases of the moon had also been etched into the small chest. Lila felt something pull her close. She couldn’t explain what this feeling was, but it scared her. What on earth would her Gran be keeping in here?

   As she ran her fingers over the seam of the opening, a tingling sensation happened in her fingertips, and her heart was beating so fast and loud she could almost hear it.

   Lila finally opened the lid of the chest, and something dark and silky was inside. She pulled out the contents and it was cool to the touch; it looked like a large piece of dark fabric. Unfolding it out in her hands, it became everything and nothing at the same time, light then dark, here then gone. In the dark parts of the material, it glistened here and there, then it didn’t. Lila couldn’t explain or even believe what she was seeing. She went out into the corridor to try and see the garment more clearly, thinking her eyes were deceiving her in the dark. But, there in the daylight of her Grans house, the garment looked the same. Here then not, dark then light, flitting between something, nothing and everything.

   “Gran?” shouted Lila, her voice trembling. Her Gran, who had been outside trudged in and saw the garment in her grandaughters hands.

   “I see you’ve finally found it…” said Gran.

   “What is it?” asked Lila. Her Gran leaned against the door frame, and for the first time, Lila saw something in her that she had never seen before. Past her salt and pepper hair, she saw wickedness. Not the bad kind, a sort of rebellious feel, like her Gran had many adventures she’s never shared with anyone ever before. “Gran… what is this?”

    Her Gran looked at her with the same heart-warming smile as she always did. “It’s my cloak of shadows”.

   Lila looked down at the cloak. Shadows? she thought. Was this another silly story? As if the cloak had sensed her disbelief, it began to disappear, and Lila started to see her hands that were holding the cloak underneath. Lila shrieked and dropped the cloak on the floor where it continued to disappear into the carpet. Her Gran laughed.

   “If you didn’t believe in magic, you sure as will now”. She turned on her heel, clutching the gardening gloves that Lila was trying to find, and headed out back towards the garden. Lila noticed that the extra sandwich had disappeared. “Oh, my dear, there’s so much to tell you…”.



© Kayleigh Cooper, 2018

Six Tips To Help You Sleep

Saturday, 14 July 2018

As I may have mentioned on here before, I have for a while now have had terrible trouble sleeping at night, and I thought it would be great to share a few tips with you all on what has worked for me! 

Please note that I am not a professional, and these tips are to be taken with precaution and advice from your Doctor/GP.

If you want to watch my video on my channel about this topic, click here!


  1. Moisturiser (specifically Sleepy from Lush!) - This tip, and a few more to come, kind of link in with the theme of 'routine', and I believe that this is vital for a good nights rest. Having a routine in place can really help remind your body and mind that it's time to wind down for the night. This moisturiser is perfect for dozing off because it smells incredible - it includes Lavander in its scent which is known for helping people drift off to sleep - and it also smells incredible. Also, spending a few moments away from a screen before you go to bed does wonders!
  2. Candles/Scents - This also kind of links in with the first tip. I love to spray my room with the Twilight spray from Lush as it has the same scent as the Sleepy body lotion! I find that having a scent you associate with bedtime really helpful - I guess it's similar to study tips when teachers say to use scent memory as a form of revision. Candles are also great - I find that they create such a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, but as I'm writing this in the peak of Summer, room sprays are doing me just fine in this heatwave!
  3. Read - Ah, my all-time favourite thing to do! I always tell myself to take it easy when I know I'm going to be reading at night time. Knowing my luck, I'll come across a plot twist or a really good part in the book and then I'll stay up all night reading it - but I've learned to pace myself. Reading is great for bedtime - not only does it lower your heart rate, but it calms you down, get you away from any screens and helps settles you down for the night!
  4. Fresh Sheets - ONe of the best nights sleep I ever had was when I changed my bedsheets - they smelled incredible. I have to say even though I have never experienced that same good sleep since there's nothing better than going to sleep and waking up in great smelling sheets! 
  5. Yoga - I know I probably bang on about this all the time, but this is probably the most effective sleeping aid that I have ever tried. One of my favourite videos is a bedtime routine from Yoga With Adrienne, which you can find here. It's a gentle routine that helps you drift off into a peaceful slumber - I always get a good night sleep when I've done this routine right before bed.
  6. Sleeping Aids/Tablets - Please approach this one with caution and always ask your GP/Doctor for advice before taking any kind of medication. I tried going on sleeping tablets (I used the brand Nytol) for a while and found that even though it didn't necessarily help me drift off to sleep, I found that it helped me wake up with a little more oomph than usual, which was nice.

   Out of all of these things, the remedy that was best for me was definitly the yoga and the routine of night-time. I think having a routine and sticking to it is the best way to get a good nights rest!

If you have any ways that help you drift off to sleep, let me know in the comments!

Love, K :)

Journaling For Mental Health

Friday, 13 July 2018

As I've stated on my blog before, I have struggled with my mental health for quite some time, and am always willing to share things that have worked for me that helps improve it. I'm here to let you in on something I've been trying for a few weeks that's really helped me, and it's super simple - journaling.


I've been one of those people who has always had a diary or a journal - take me into a stationary shop and I'll without a doubt leave with a notebook of some sort - what I'll end up writing in it will probably be a mystery *looks at cupboard filled with empty notebooks*.

I've always seen my diary as a place to write what has happened on that specific day; a place to record my day for future reference and to look back on in a fond memory - but I never thought about journaling when it came to my mental health.

I got lured into the idea whilst seeing various different pins on Pinterest pop up on my feed, and I have to admit I was apprehensive at first, but journaling specifically for my mental health, and not just to record my day, has seen an improvement in me - I'm asking myself questions that get me thinking about who I am, what I want personally and for my business, my goals, my fears, words I need to hear - there's so much I never even thought about, and writing it down has really helped - it's therapeutic and allows me to vent anything that's worrying me in my business, personal life and allows me to find joy in writing about the good things of the day.

Here is a board on Pinterest for some really helpful journal prompts!

And here is my video about journaling for mental health over on my Youtube channel!

If you have any tips on journaling, in general or mental health specific, make sure to leave them in the comments.

Love, K :)

5 Tips For Mental Wellbeing

Saturday, 30 June 2018

I know how difficult it can be to settle those rather intrusive thoughts in your mind, especially when hope is a very distant feeling. I have struggled with my mental health for some years now, and I thought it would be a lovely idea to share some things that I do that helps keep me settled when I'm having an 'off' day. 


All of the thing lists are super simple and easy to do, and I have found that they really work for me, so I hope some of them will work for you too! If you want to watch the video of this, click here to watch it on my channel!


  • STRETCH IN THE MORNING
   Something simple, yet really effective. I love to have a good ole' stretch in the morning. Now, I'm definitely not a morning person, but by stretching, my body definitely feels a lot better and ready to go first thing. It's a chance to properly wake up and get your limbs active before you start your plans.

  • DRINK WATER
   Again, something very simple, but so so SO important! I didn't realise how little I was drinking, and how much that affected my mood. When I started to track it, I realised how little I really was drinking, and as soon as I started drinking more, I notice how my moods improved. I take a bottle of water with me everywhere - I always have a drink on my desk and with me at night time. I found that if I have a drink of water before bed, I feel less groggy in the morning - and for someone who doesn't like mornings that much, this makes it just that little bit more manageable!

  • MEDITATE
   Another simple thing that has really helped me; meditation. I like to sit on my bedroom floor, cross-legged, and talk through the day with myself. I like to do this in both the morning and just before bed. I talk through what my plans are for the day and the next, what went well that day, what could have gone better, and what I could improve on for the next day. It's a simple way to reflect and mindfully talk through your day, noticing and acknowledging the good and the not so good. It helps keep me organised and also offers a wind-down for the end of the day - perfect for when you're about to go to bed!

  • TALK IT OUT
   This is something I know I need to work on... Talking about how you're feeling when you're having a bad day is probably one of the best things you can do. Whether it's with a trusted family member or friend, or a councillor from a charity or organisation, talking is key. I know it can sometimes feel self-indulgent to talk about yourself and your problems, but the people that you talk to, if they really care, then they won't mind at all, and if they do mind, then maybe they aren't the best people to talk to about this- but there will always be someone ready to listen to how you're feeling. Always.

  • WRITE IT DOWN
   I have found that lists help me keep track of things going on inside my head. I love a 'to-do-list', and find that writing them helps me clear my head and helps keep me organised. I also love the feeling of checking off tasks when I've completed them - it makes me feel good knowing that I've been productive that day, even when they're just simple tasks such as 'wash your face' or 'brush your teeth'.


   So there are just a few really simple things you can do to help when you're having an 'off' day, I hope you find them useful! If you are struggling with your mental health at all, in any way, here are some great links to charities and organisations that can help!



Love, K :)

xxx

How I Left My Day Job & Started My Own Business

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Now, if you told me a year ago, "Kayleigh, you'll leave your horrible job working weekends at a grubby petrol station and start your own business" I would have laughed in your face. Seriously...


Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have started my own business just three years after leaving school. Coming from a family who pressured me into finding a job as soon as I left Sixth Form, I thought I would always work meaningless jobs on the side while working towards my dream of being a filmmaker (which is still my ULTIMATE dream by the way), and that's what happened for the first two years of leaving education.

I was SO unhappy in my previous job. As you all know, I'm a very creative person and am always thinking of new ideas for films, books and short stories; constantly creating and dreaming. So for me to sit in a dirty little garage in the middle of nowhere for 10 hours a day for two years... you can see why I finally had to have the courage to leave. And it did take courage; it was probably one of the scariest things I've had to do in my life so far (I'm only 21, so I'm sure I'll come across more frightening things). Telling my parents that I'm quitting the safety of a regular job and going freelance, having to figure out the in's and out's of running a business (I don't know if I'm there yet, but is anyone?!) and finding work for myself were all things I was so frightened about. But I told myself to be brave, and so I did it, and here I am! A BUSINESSWOMAN AT THE SPRITELY AGE OF 21! Yaaaaasss!!

I'm still very much at the beginning of my 'business-woman' journey but have already learnt so much from some amazing and inspiring people, and it's those people who encouraged me to expand my dreams and to share my skills and talents!

I have already worked with some incredible award-winning photographers and super cool local businesses, helping them grow and giving them back some time for them to focus more on being a bad-ass boss.

My journey is just beginning...

So, here's to owning 2018 and being a #bosslady!

For more information about my creative freelancing business, and for services such as creative writing, video editing, image editing and Instagram scheduling, pop on over to my website kcfreelancing.co.uk :)

Kayleigh x 

A Fresh Start

Saturday, 23 June 2018

As you may have noticed, the blog is looking a little bit different...

I can't remember the last time I wrote a blog post on here, and to be completely honest with you I have really missed it. Blogging and making youtube videos have been things that I have put off for a while now - I've been trying to focus on myself for a bit, and have launched my own business (and another business blog!) so I have been quite busy recently and haven't had the time or energy to commit to other things, but I've been planning away and I'll have some more content for you guys real soon!



I want to slightly change the direction of things here and write and create content with more purpose; so I took a step back and thought a lot about the things I care about and want to share and write about.

Firstly, I care a lot about mental health and talking and being as open as I can about it. I have friends who suffer from bad mental health and have sadly had a friend take her own life because of it. I would love to create a space on this blog that is not only safe but welcoming and ready to listen. I will share my own experiences with mental health as much as I feel I can, and I hope in my experiences someone will be able to feel comfort in knowing that they're not alone in any of this.

Secondly, and on a more light-hearted note, I love reading and all things bookish so expect to still see my book reviews and recommendations! Reading is something that I encourage to anyone and everyone, so if someone stumbles onto my blog and reads about a book they would like to read themselves, well that would make my heart really happy!

I am also incredibly obsessed with all things Harry Potter and have been wanting to make a recipe series on here for Harry Potter inspired foods for so long, so expect that real soon (hopefully!).

I also love documenting any travels that I have been on and am hoping to go to Disneyland Paris at the end of the year! In the future, I would love to spend four days at Disneyland Paris and really document my time there - photographing the parks, spending time in the shops, writing blog posts about the restaurants there, vlogging and really taking my time to explore the parks, rather than just aimlessly zooming around wanting to go on every ride. Although that is probably a long way away (hopefully next year!) it's something I really REALLY want to do!

Another thing I really enjoy doing is writing stories. I have posted an ASMR story called 'The Cloak of Shadows' on my Youtube channel and really enjoyed writing it and creating the soundscapes for it, so expect to see more ASMR stories posted on here as well! 

So, those are the main things I will be posting about on here, as well as any other ramblings that I think people will enjoy reading. I can't wait to start sharing content with you all, and I hope you enjoy this new direction I'm taking with my blog and Youtube channel!

To watch my Youtube video about the changes I'll be making with my videos, click here!

Have a magical day x

Kayleigh x


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