Reflection|2017 Highlights

Wow.This is it, I guess.In a few hours 2017 will officially be over.I did of a lot of things this year that were really gutsy and I honestly feel like I need to reflect on that because this was one of the best and worst years of my life.

HIGHLIGHTS

I asked my crush to go to the Spring Dance with me!

I watched a movie with him and we hung out for like the whole day!!!

I was a monitor!

I survived math!!!And NS!!I friggen got an 87% average in Afrikaans!!

I started a blog!

CLAIRE!!!!

I got a laptop!I got and iPhone!

I bought myself a camera!Also I solemnly promise to deliver ‘lit’ photos in all my posts next year

The Six!

CHEESCAKE!!!!! Cake is bae people,cake is bae.

I fell in love with Factorie

Came up with the stupid idea to do Youtube and announce it on my blog.

Started writing a book!

-Also if any of you like,write stories please please please hit me up on Twitter, because I would really love to hear some feedback on some of what I’ve written so far.And also I want a writing buddy!

My Twitter

I BOUGHT A CANDLE!! Okay I realise, how sad I’m starting to sound but I like candles and I never lit one until this year so I’m allowed to be happy

I went through this year with no regrets!

-I laughed about everything!I got a flipping 56 in a test and I laughed at myself and I moved the hell on and I’m hella proud of myself  for that!

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-My best friend in the whole entire world, we met this year.

 

There are many more things I could point out about this year. But before I go, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has ever taken the time to read one of my blog posts or like them or comment on them. Blogging has been my escape from stress and all the drama people like throwing my way, uhm, I just wanted to say that I love you all so much and you guys deserve the world so never settle for anything less than you deserve.yeah, I think that’s about it for now.

If you have any blog posts that you would like me to do, or do more of let me know.

Anyway, love you

xxxChips

Take the risk or lose the chance

CHATTY UPDATE

I have written a chatty random update in a while now so I figured I might as well do that because honestly it’s always nice to see the random things I do.

So I’ve been in Australia for the past three weeks and I’m not sure if you guys are into the whole photo collage of my trip here thing, but I personally am not and I’m extremely self-conscious about taking photos of anything because I feel like people are staring at me and normally I don’t care but this one of the very few things that bothers me.Also I discovered the most amazing song ever, I can’t believe I forgot to tell you guys about it, coz you know I’m mad about my music!

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This is one of those songs where you just go crazy because of the dopeness of the beat and I’ve been obsessing over this one for weeks!!Madly in love with this song in case I didn’t say it before. I’ve been having such a chilled time here(Australia), but I find it so weird that people who like, live close to the ocean, don’t ever go there.And I’m just like: What are you even doing with your life????

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I honestly can’t be bothered with life and being social right now, I just wanna sleep and eat cheesecake,Oh btw, I went to watch Jumanji today.It was absolutely hilarious so if you’re looking for a movie to watch in the next couple of weeks go watch that one!

Anyway this was just a random post but like total proof I don’t have my life together at all.

xxxChips

Probably won’t be deleting this because you know I’m not perfect,I  just want you guys to know that I’m a friggen mess and I’m accepting it.

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My Insta feed is a lot better than this blog post!!!Also I’m following pretty much all the bloggers that follow me just because your feed is so much better than mine(lol)

BYEEE

Love ya self

PLOT BUNNIES,PHOTOGRAHY AND FLOPPING BLOGMAS

HEYYOOOO! ❤
Before I start full credit goes to Giphy for the amazing GIFs in this post
I’m not even going to bother with pretending to be all smiles and laughs at the moment because I am most definetly not, I am moody and emotional for no reason and I may or may not have punched a wall. Regardless, I have a lot to share with you and I haven’t blogged in a while so I’m hoping this post still has my usual spark.
So I’ve been following Monika from Destination Humanity for a while now and there are not enough words in the English language to describe the amount of stalking I do on her blog and just how amazing it is.

I’d always wanted to try photography but apart from my phone I’d never really had a proper camera and I never really had the motivation to do it until I started reading her blog. Honestly I wish I could tell you I saved my money and did chores around the house and finally bought a camera but really, I just used all the money I was given when I came to Australia. Originally I wanted to use half of the money for buying clothes and put the other half in my bank account but then I decided that getting a camera was an investment that I needed to make so I did it. THIS 13 YEAR OLD WEIRDO BOUGHT A CAMERA!!! I haven’t like, used it yet, because I bought it from my cousin and all of her photos need to be moved to her computer but like I FRIGGEN OWN A CAMERA. So I’m going to be using this camera for two things: a)Youtube and b)photography

PS:I just wanted you to know that I probably won’t be uploading anything on my Youtube channel until the end of January because I come back from Australia on the 20th and I leave for school (oh lol, I totally forgot to tell you, I’m going to boarding school for a year) the next day and like obviously I’ll need time to settle in (my way of saying I wanna make a few friends and it’ll only take me a day max, to finish packing) and then I need to figure out how to edit (lol, so unorganized).
So like a quick word on what I want to do with this whole photography thing.Pretty much, my plan is to make people think. Like, I want my photography to be a representation of how messy things can be. I just want it to ‘say’ not everything is picture perfect and it’s okay to be a little messy sometimes.
Lowkey hope that makes sense😂🙈
SECOND MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!

I’M WRITING A BOOK!!!

I know what you’re thinking. DAYUUM GIRL, ABOUT TIME!
What you were really thinking:
 
But it probably won’t be finished for a very long time, honestly I love writing and I’ve cried several times over some of the sad bits in this novel so it’s emosh, and if I ever end up publishing it, I hope it pulls your heart out of your chest, stomps all over it and then tosses it away, in the best way possible of course😂I’ll be doing a “What the hell is it about” post soon so look out for that 😂
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And the third thing, this isn’t really an announcement, it’s more…me stating the facts.
Blogmas was a flopppp!
I skipped like ten days. I honestly didn’t notice just how many days behind I was, until Christmas was in 2 days.But I honestly had so much fun doing Blogmas, it was pretty stressful but I don’t really take life seriously😂Oh my word I sound like an idiot😂I meant to say, I’m very laidback, but oh well😂 Seriously though, I hope you enjoyed it!
Also I went to Cleland park yesterday and I got to feed a kangaroo!!
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Also I just wanted you to know that I honestly can’t be bothered to post on WordPress and Wix so I’m deleting Wix.  I should’ve done it sooner, once again, this website will be undergoing changes, permanent changes. I’m really sorry if I made you waste your time, but I’m thirteen-it’s gonna happen a lot. This was a mess of a post, but I wanted to keep you updated on what’s been going on for the past few days. I hope you all had a great Christmas, love you lots❤️❤️
xxxChips
“Sweat now. Shine later”

How to Set, Plan and Slay Your Goals in 2018

So I’m gonna soldier talk you through this.That’s my way of saying “Find yourself a notebook badasses of the world I’m about to teach you everything you need to know about goal-setting, planning in the correct way to achieve your goals and how to FINALLY ACHIEVE whatever it is that you have your heart set on for the upcoming new year.”

So the best way to explain this is to add in all the goals I have for myself. Also before we start here are a few things you are going to need:

Tools

  • Pens
  • Highlighters(optional)
  • Paper//Notebook
  • Ruler

Step 1:Create Categories

So before we even start thinking about what we want to achieve we’re gonna make 4-5 main categories which our goals will fall under.

-SCHOOL

-CAREER

-HEALTH

-SELF DEVELOPMENT

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I find that pretty much all my goals fit into the four categories but if you want to add more, feel free. Make sure that you don’t have too many categories or it can get very stressful and overwhelming.

Step 2:Brainstorm

What are your goals? These can be about anything. Do you wanna go to gym everyday or smile more? This is the time for you to figure out what all the random goals you want to achieve are.

Write them all down, no matter how weird they may seem.

New friends           80% average                              Workout everyday          Smile more

         Six pack       Stress-free                Write book                                        Inspire people

Step 3:Organise them into categories

*Make sure that you only have 3 or four goals under each category*

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School

  • New friends
  • 80% average
  • No stress

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Health

  • Workout everyday
  • Stay fit
  • Six pack
  • Go to the gym once a week

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Self- Development

  • Laugh louder+more often
  • Be happy
  • Read more self-help books
  • Meditate

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Career

Blogging

  • Post twice a week
  • Inspire young girls to live life the way they want and encourage them to shatter all the glass ceilings they want.
  • Teach girls less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings-UNKOWN

  • Make blogger friends

YouTube

  • Start the damn thing hehe
  • Post once a week
  • Have fun
  • Inspire 13 year old girls going through ish and people of other ages obvi

Okay, so now that  you’ve created the goals you want to achieve, you need a step-by-step action plan in order to achieve them.

So what you’re gonna do is look at each category, let’s start with School.You’ll notice how the bullet points fit into one another.If I’m getting good grades and have friends then I would be stress free. Let’s say I am stressed though, being around friends is always a great way to relieve stress.

Now we’re gonna make a few little notes under each goal about what you need to do to achieve the goal.If you feel the need to go into more detail about what you need to do for this goal to become an actuality then I would use a page per goal.

~The notes under the goal will be about all the little things you need to do, be it changing habits, or making new ones.

EXAMPLE

School Goals-Plan

80% Average

—Take notes in class (so I keep up and don’t have to stress at the end of each term) Cough cough, now where have I heard the word stress before?Take note of the sarcasm.

—Pay attention in class

—Keep up-to-date on homework

New Friends

—Be friendly

—Don’t gossip

—Reach out to people you wanna be friends with

Stress-Free

—Meditate

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YAYY!!I’m so proud of you for even coming this far.The steps you’ve taken so far will have made sure the goals you’re setting are valid and things you really want for yourself; not just something you thought of in the spur of the moment.You’ve made it this far:You know exactly what it is that you want, you have a plan and an excellent post bursting full of any motivation you lack.You have all the tools you could possibly need, so what are you waiting for?

Before you leave I want to leave a few tips to help you stay ontrack with your goals.

  1. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR GOALS-what exactly do you want?how will you get there?
  2. TRY NOT TO INCLUDE TOO MANY NUMBERS-you are not a number.your happiness should not depend on a number
  3. SET REMINDERS ON YOUR PHONE ABOUT YOUR GOALS-the number of times I’ve forgotten about goals #the struggle
  4. REVIEW YOUR GOALS EVERY TWO WEEKS-this is to make sure you’re making progress with your goals regularly
  5. DON’T FEEL DOWN IF YOU DON’T ACHIEVE A GOAL-knowing that you worked hard to get there is all that matters

 

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What are your goals for 2018?What goals did you achieve this year?What keeps you ontrack with your goals?

~I WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE LOVELY~

xxxChips

Everything I’m Saying Goodbye To At The End Of 2017

Hey everyone

I hope you’re all having an amazing day

So today’s post is about being happy and how you can make 2018 a happier year for you. These are a few things that I’m saying bye to because I want to be a happier person, and I think that hearing this and thinking about how it relates to you might help you aswell.

-Forget expectations

I’ve spent the past two years listening. Listening to people go on and on about how I’m too ‘unladylike’; listening to people say untrue things about me and judging me.Nobody has ever been afraid to share their opinions about me, please don’t pity me because I really don’t care about what they think😂The hardest thing about growing up is that you’re supposed to figure out who you are. It’s hard enough with social media but even harder when everyone wants to share their own peanut gallery of thoughts about your life.Tbh I’ve never cared about expectations so why would I start now?

-Friends

Recently I said bye to one of my best friends.And no he isn’t dead.We’ve been friends for roughly two years now.We told each other everything, he was the first person to message me after a panic attack and make sure I was okay and the only person I wanted to rant about Shooter with.He was the first guy I genuinely cared about.When we decided it was better if weren’t friend a anymore it kinda broke me.Our friendship had been and always will be one of the best thing that ever happened to me and even though I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.It was time. I still miss him. I mean if you were trying not to have a panic attack while listening to Marvin’s Room you’d understand that better.What I’m trying to remember through all of this is that even though I’ve had to say goodbye to friends I love, true friendships will always withstand time and distance.

As for the fake ones? I handled them a loooong time ago.

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-Stop Holding On To The Past

It’s never easy to let go of the past because it’s what makes you you.You need to understand that whatever happened, whatever memory you’re trying to hold on to, is always gonna be there. Holding on to the past is only stopping you from living in the moment, from creating more amazing memories that you’re gonna look back on and smile about.
Goodbye past, I’ll be sure to visit soon.

-Comparison

You will always live in someone’s shadow if you constantly compare yourself to others. You are your own person. What good will pointing out how Sarah has longer, better looking eyelashes and higher cheekbones do?The first step to getting rid of comparison in your life is self-acceptance.Once you’re more than comfortable in your own skin you can truly start living the girl boss life you want for yourself.
Goodbye comparison you sure weren’t fun and you sure as hell won’t be missed.

-Fearing judgement

Fear can prevent you doing a lot of amazing things. In You Are A Badass, Jen refers to fear as the Big Snooze or BS for short.She’s completely right, fear is pressing the snooze button on all your dreams, It’s stopping you from achieving everything you have ever wanted to achieve.So I’m gonna challenge you to challenge one of your fears in 2018, do something you’ve never done before because you were scared.

 

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“And so together they built a life they loved”
xxxChips

 

Struggles of being a Bookworm

  • Money

WHYYYYY MUST BOOKS BE SO EXPENSIVE??Now I have to decide between one copy of Turtles All The Way Down OR two really decent books that I’ve been wanting for ages.

  • Not knowing enough words

I’ve CREATED words that people actually use but I can’t come up with a synonym for amazing?

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  • Using  words like “good, like” and “amazing” all the time

This wouldn’t be such an issue if I had a thesaurus *hint hint*

I actually asked for a thesaurus for Christmas and like, I told my friends and they laughed at me.lol.

  • When people borrow your books and they come back RUINED

The 5th Wave. One of my ultimate favourite books. My friend begged for a week before I agreed on the condition that it came back THE SAME. But did it?NOOOOO, I got a dog-eared, dog-bitten, torn book.

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  • The feels when you finish a book and you just sit there unsure of your purpose in life now that *insert fictional character name* is dead and the book is over.

That’s it for this post, it’s really short but I had fun writing it😊

xxxChips

“I want a boy who takes me on dates to the bookstore and buys me books instead of roses”

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Are there any struggles I forgot to metion?Do you have a favourite book?Which one of these did you relate to the most?

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t a guy who takes me on dates to bookstores and buys me books instead of roses

Instagram, Seventeen Wishes And Blogmas

Hey everyone💕

So recently, I decided to make an Instagram for Seventeen Wishes.

SEVENTEENWISHESXX

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If I’m not already following you, don’t forget to link your account in the comment section below😊

In other news:I’m 9 days behind with Blogmas!

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Have a great day🌻

xxxChips

Lately I’ve Been Thinking…

Okay so recently I was reading this post by Alexandra Jane. And this was a very eye-opening post for me because I related to a lot of the things she talked about. I started Seventeen Wishes because I wanted to meet new people,I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions and have people share their thoughts and feeling with me:I wanted people to interact with.

Lately there’s been something off about Seventeen Wishes and tbh, I hate it.2018 is a new year, another chance for me to redefine what I want for this blog and for me,because this blog is a part of me as much as anything else in my life.


I want to follow people who’s posts I love reading.When I was starting this blog I followed everyone who followed me back regardless of whether or not I liked their content,because I genuinely thought it was just being nice.I’m starting to understand that I would much rather follow people whose posts I like and give them amazing feedback because I mean it.I don’t feel obligated to follow people because they follow me anymore, I spent the day unfollowing a few people because:they deserve better.They deserves followers who engage with them,love their content,smile with them,follow their journey.With the number of people I was following before I couldn’t do that.It was stressful.Now I can, and knowing that despite the fact I had to leave some bloggers on their journey temporarily I still hope for the best for them makes me feel better.


I want to post things you guys actually want to read😂Don’t get me wrong this blog is most definitely for me but I also wanna have stuff that actually interest you😂

You guys really seem to like the posts where I talk about feminism which leads to me rambling about being vegetarian😂But at the end of the day as long as it’s something I’m not clueless about *coughs real fake and mutters makeup*


I want to learn how to take hella cute photos😂I currently have the iPhone 6 and the camera quality on here is amazing which is why I’m gonna try my best to learn more about photography so I can produce better quality photos for you guys😊Like if you guys follow Monika from Destination Humanity you know exactly what I’m talking about when I mean great photos😂SHE SLAYSS MY LIFE😂❤️❤️❤️❤️


I want a theme.A theme that won’t change for a very very long time. I’ve changed my name and my themes several times and even though I’m happy with my blog name☺️I can’t help feeling like my theme is too young and child like but still somewhat perfect for me😂Like, I want a more mature look because despite my savagery(😂😂) I am quite mature for my age but the savage side of me…she needs the childish vibes you know😂😉Any suggestions??


I would also like to follow more bloggers on Instagram and Twitter and Pinterest❤️❤️😂There’s mine,if you’re interested💛

And lastly,even though I’m not entirely sure how:I want to help out new bloggers.I know how scary it can be starting a new blog but for me it was really exciting.Getting 5 likes when I was starting out made me feel INCREDIBLE so I wanna help out new bloggers and maybe that can be my of giving back to the blogosphere??

Any advice???Any tips,comments or thoughts?Let me know❤️❤️

Come get lost with me

xxxChips💙

GIRLBOSS/GUYBOSS DECEMBER

Heyoooo
If you guys didn’t scream when you realised Girlboss/Guyboss was back, we ain’t friends. December is a month all about gift-giving and sharing and kindness which is why, today I am giving you the best gift anyone could ever ask for!The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to read a blog post about the one and only:

RACHEL VINCENT from THE NANCY DREW BLOG

 

Questions 

1.What is the most annoying habit other people have?

Hmm, definitely breaking promises!! It is just so annoying thing!! It’s not exactly a habit, but it kills me when people break promises!!

2.What is one tip you have for anybody starting a blog?

Oooh, time to get cliche ☺️ Okay, my number if needed thing is ASK FOR HELP!! The other bloggers are sooo nice!! They can help you with designing your blog, post ideas, and publicity!! All the bloggers that I’ve met are so nice and willing to help people out anytime!!

3.If you could only read Nancy Drew book for the rest of your life what would it be?

Noooooooooooooooooo, how could you?!?! So evil!!! But if I had to pick it would definitely be Mystery at Lilac Inn! I love the characters and it’s one of the first few. It has a great setting too, of course!!

4.Would you rather…

       Have skin that changes colour based on your emotions?

Or

       Have tattoos appear all over your body showing what you did yesterday?

Definitely skin color….eek the tattoos…. besides our school doesn’t allow tattoos #privateschoolprobs

5.If you could look through one person’s emails without them knowing, whose emails would you go through?

Oh, there’s this debacle in our school where one girl likes a boy and the boy is friends with the girl’s friend. Yeah, it’s confusing…but I would read the boy’s friend (it’s a girl) or the boys. Sorry, it’s confusing.

6.How much would someone have to pay for your little toe😂😂This is honestly so random but I could not not put it in😂😂

Ahh, well I’m pretty sure we NEED our pinky toes to stand up so definitely a lot!! Probably no less than $123,942,374,732,846.83 . Sounds reasonable (don’t worry pinky toe, you’re safe with me

7.What would you do differently if you knew nobody was judging you?

This is hard. Umm, I would probably say different things. I can be really sarcastic sometimes but I’m often joking. Sometimes it comes out differently though. Yeahhh, bad experiences.

8.If you could meet one person dead or alive who would it be?

Aggh, these questions are so hard!! One person? Okay, well than I’d probably meet Jesus. Yes, I know, it’s a Christian girl answer but it’s true!!! I would ask so many questions. Hey, does Jesus do selfies??

9.Would you rather cry at every birthday or laugh at every funeral🤔

Easy, cry at the birthday. Laughing at a funeral would just be so rude and embarrassing!! You didn’t say anything about tears of joy!!

10.What’s the best thing a blogger can give to their readers?

Humor. If the post has no humor then I feel like I have wasted my time reading it. Even if it’s a random joke then it feels worth my while to have read the entire post.
11.What’s the funniest picture you have
    

12.If you had a warning label what would it say?

Caution:prone to sarcasm. Can make cruel jokes. 

13.What was your favourite TV show when you were younger?

Martha Speaks. Oh my goodness yes. I remember when they had to cancel one time to ask for support (PBS kids needed $$$money) and I cried. I was. So. Dang. Excited. I want to watch the dog who can talk!! 

14.Can you play any instruments?

Well, I can play the piano…sorta. I stopped lessons (long story) a few years ago and now I’m a little (hem, alot, hem) rusty.

15.If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?

Hmm, probably 22. I’m young enough to be…I don’t know… cool? But old enough to date/marry. It’s the perfect age, especially since Taylor Swift has a song about it.

16.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Ahhhhh, the dreaded question. Herrm, well, I’d probably pick super smartness so then I could not fail school. Not that I am or anything…hem.

17.What would your name be if you were a candy bar?

😂🍬😍😍*takes a moment to admire candy* well I’d be a Faker. The candy bar would be advertised as, say, white chocolate but it’s actually dark. Kinda an allusion (wait, is that the right word?) to sarcasm.

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First of all I wanna thank Rachel for allowing me to ask her random questions and  then I wanna thank her for her blog, because her blog brings me so much joy. I also wanna thank Dwayne The Rock Johnson for always being with me it means the world😭😭 JUST KIDDING😂😂 Lol,The Rock I wish😂

Focused.Intelligent.Motivated. Oh, and cute!

xxxChips

2017 IN PICTURES//BLOGMAS

This is it. It’s been a hell of year, no doubt.But as I say goodbye to some of the best memories of my short existence, life carries on. It’s the start of something new, something big is stirring but that doesn’t mean I can’t reminisce about the most unforgettable and wild year so far. So instead of me trying to put my thoughts into words: I’ll show you.

2017 MOODBOARD

THEME FOR THE YEAR: MAKE A SPLASH

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Dont ask about the peach😂😂I know that some of you will get some of the things on here, and others won’t but I don’t wanna explain anything in this post.Every single one of those images represents something so much bigger than the tiny images you see,it’s memories with friends, and feelings, and mood swings, and tears, it’s quotes and goals…but it’s all me.86a0bde67f0696abcf6e7bc0261871b7.jpg

xxxChips