the flick of a switch.

posted on: Friday, 30 November 2012

it's crazy really, how fast life can change. towards the end of october, i really hit a down point; i hated my job, i was spending 99% of my time alone inside, and all my hopes for the future seemed to be dwindling away.

fast forward to today, and my outlook could really not be any different. on wednesday, i went on a course that teaches you how to apply for jobs and write a excellent cv - yes, i too thought it would be a huge waste of time and i wasn't exactly raring to go at half seven on wednesday morning - but alas, i was proved wrong, and i found the course incredibly helpful and learned so many things you wouldn't even think about when applying for jobs (did you know 30% of people get jobs by phoning up companies personally and asking for jobs that aren't advertised?). something as simple as a day long course made me realise that i didn't have to be unhappy - i have heard countless people say 'only do what you love', yet have never heard them explain how to do that, apart from 'work hard' - and that there were so many opportunities and supportive organisations that can help you and open the gate to new paths that didn't involve working in retail.

yesterday really was the day that made my future look brighter; i attended an apprenticeship fair - basically a room full of companies that offer apprenticeships and you go and sign up for any you're interested in - which, if i'm honest, was 99% 'admin, childcare, hospitality' focused. but, there was one stand, for the local community college, that had a plethora of apprenticeships advertised. so, over i went, introduced myself, and when the - very nice - lady asked what i was interested in, i said i wasn't sure of what was out there.
after discussing my interests, she told me about 'social media apprenticeships'. yep, you read right, social media. perfect or what? (pretty sure anyone who has a blog would be interest in that line of work). i gave her my contact details and later on received a phone call from her. not only were her thoughts of me flattering; "i thought you presented yourself very well", "the closing date is tomorrow but i think you'd be great for it", but she was incredibly helpful, she told me to sign up to a website that was basically the main hub of apprenticeships, and she told me of an upcoming apprenticeship that she thought i should apply for.

back in february, i applied for a place on a btec photography course, but it was already full and this is why i'm in such an uncertain position this year. i decided to reapply for next year, not being deterred by it, and after two phone calls to the college to ask where my letter was, i got home today to find a white envelope addressed to me from the college with an invitation for an interview. hopefully, due to the fact i have all the entry requirements for the course, i will get an unconditional offer for next september - good vibes would be appreciated! - and then i can stop worrying about making somewhat huge life decisions for two more years.
the main thing i'm focusing on now, is the fact i know i can get support if i need it and where to get it from. there is always something out there to better yourself and something you can do to get you on the career path you want to be on.

it may be a big bad world, but i'm just going to surround myself with the genuine, caring people and stay blissfully unaware of the negative nancy's and neil's of the world.

what is your outlook on life; negative nancy or positive polly? how did you get into the career (/path) you're currently on?


p.s if you have any questions you'd like to ask me about anything i talked about (the support you can get/any tips i've learned from the course i went on) and you'd rather not leave it in the comments, please don't be shy, drop me an email: and i'll be sure to get back to you! 

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posted on: Thursday, 29 November 2012

milk braids. // longhorns. // dreary day. // snuggly-just-woken-up pup is the perfect excuse to delay the bed making process. // full moon at four pm. // favourite shop. // making john build furniture is boring. // the christmas jumper is out!

cinnamon christmas cookies

posted on: Wednesday, 28 November 2012

a while ago, i found the best cookie recipe ever and it's been my go to cookie recipe for almost a year now. to start getting into the christmas spirit - my parents still wont agree to getting the tree yet - i thought i'd mix it up a bit and make them more festive than normal by adding cinnamon. these cookies are so easy and quick to make, you'd think it'd be harder to make such amazing treats! (and they can be stored in tupperware boxes for up to two weeks after)

incase you can't read my (scruffy) writing;


125g of butter, softened.
100g of light brown soft sugar.
125g of caster sugar.
1 egg, lightly beaten. (but if you're using a mixer - which i'd suggest - i wouldn't worry about beating the egg before adding to the mixture)
1tsp of vanilla extract.
225g of self raising flour. (the blue packet)
1/2tsp of salt.
cinnamon to taste. 

  • preheat the oven to 180C/356F/gas mark 4.
  • cream butter and sugars. once creamed, combine in the egg and vanilla extract.

  • sift in flour & salt. add cinnamon to taste.

  • once it looks like the consistency of the above picture, roll into walnut sized balls.

  • place on ungreased baking paper equally spaced apart - to avoid mutations - and bake for 7 minutes for doughy/gooey cookies or 10 minutes for harder cookies. depending on the size you want your cookies, you could end up putting in a second batch (like i did).
  • take out and leave them to harden for a minute on the baking tray before transferring them to a cooling rack. 

  • once they're cool - get creative!

i'd love to see your finished cookies if you try them, or if you've got any christmas recipes, you can leave a link to them in the comments.


*this is a repost from my old blog.

loving lately.

ever since i can remember, i've loved interior design magazines and rearranging furniture and creating random 'moodboards' for concepts i would love to try in a home. i even went through a phase of wanting to be an interior designer before i realised i am just not skilled enough.

that being said, i want to share moodboards of things i've been 'loving lately' whether it be items for the home, colour schemes or even just bedspreads (i own waay too many duvet covers & pillow cases for my own good).

pia wallen cross blanket. // ikea expedit shelves. // iso grey oil cloth. // ikea bj√∂rnloka ruta bed linen. //  eames rocker in ocean. // ferm living medium wire basket

let me know what you think of these moodboards, or if you have a series like this - i'd love to see it!



hi! i'm anna; instagramming coffee nut with a weakening for witty one liners. i'm a textbook infj and find blogging on my minuscule space on the interweb as the perfect way to say what's on my mind. :)

formerly, i wanted to switch over to blogger as i feel that wordpress is just too advanced for my little lifestyle blog. i'm still trying to find a way to automatically redirect my wordpress followers to this new url and hopefully transfer my posts over here. 

i left school (sixth form) at the end of the last academic school year with two (bad) a levels and now i'm stuck figuring out my future/trying to get into college. i'm trying to become more courageous - which is hard being an infj - and start living my life positively. 

i'd love this blog to not only document my life, but also be a place full of niceness on the internet; somewhere for creative juices to flow and ideas to be shared and encouraged. 

thanks for dropping by, why not introduce yourself?