August Mini Goals

2018, film, lifestyle, photography

Hello!

How July flew past – between trying to survive the heatwave and adjusting to life as a graduate, it’s been a bit of whirlwind. But let’s jump right in with reviewing my July goals.

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  1. Content – stick to the plan! I’m actually really proud of myself with this one, I’m feeling much more on top of this goal and I feel like I’m making stuff I’m actually really proud of!
  2. Portfolio – my portfolio on my blog is all done and ready for updating as and when I have something new to post (you can have a nosy here), my showreel was a much slower start but I knuckled down, made a list of everything I wanted to include, sourced all the footage and started cutting it down – so it’s not quite finished but it’s nearly there!
  3. Workout – I decided against making too much of an effort with this one because it was just too hot to workout and it wasn’t worth the hassle. But I have been making an effort to try and do lots of walking and just yesterday I started using my mum’s treadmill and I’m going to start working up from there – I did a whole rant on my Instagram stories which I saved to highlights (and I will write a full blog post on it soon!) if you want a sneak peak.
  4. Work experience – I was struggling a bit with this one because having finished my degree and in the midst of applying for career starting jobs, applying for work experience all felt a little backwards – I was unsure about what I wanted from each company I was looking into but I’ve done a bunch more research and sent a few emails off the other day.
  5. Applying for jobs – I actually, no joke, lost count of how many jobs I’ve applied for in the last couple of weeks. I lost my mojo a little bit at the end of June but by mid-July I’d pulled up my metaphorical socks and told myself I am worthy of a cool job in an industry I love, I just need to keep going to get there and that’s what I’ve done. Hopefully I’ll hear back from something soon but in the mean time, I will keep applying.

That was long, but let’s jump right into August!

[ A U G U S T   G O A L S : L O O K I N G   A H E A D ]

I wanted to shake things up a little this month – I felt like my goals had been basically the same for months I needed to adjust my focus a little bit.

  1. Write 15,000 words – in July I had a go at Camp NaNoWriMo and though I didn’t hit my target word goal, I did find the same kind of enjoyment out of writing that I used to when I was a teenager and I want to maintain that this month.
  2. Finish my passion project – I’ve had a video project for my YouTube channel on the backburner for a little while now and I’m determined to finish it this month. It’s a little out there but it’s something I really want to make and I can’t wait to share it!
  3. Focus on my Insta content / take more photos! I’ve been really enjoying Instagram at the moment and working on balancing a theme and pretty content with real life photos that match up to what I’m actually doing day in day out and I want to work on that even more. I want to take more photos and make my instagram the best it can be!
  4. Start budget tracking – I’ve not done any kind of budget tracking since I got my penultimate loan instalment in January but now I have no upcoming loans and I don’t have a lot of money, so I need to keep track of what I’m spending and where I’m spending it to make sure I have enough money to keep me going.
  5. Watch more films! I don’t necessarily mean go to the cinema more but there’s a lot of classic films that I haven’t seen, some because I know I won’t like them but a lot because I just never got round to seeing them! My mum has a pretty spectacular DVD collection (that I just databased and alphabetised) so I think we’re going to start working our way through that.

A little bit rambly this month, but I graduated in July so there’s been a fair bit of self-evaluation. I’m feeling productive and creative at the moment so hopefully that follows through!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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what’s the point of an Instagram theme?

2017, lifestyle, photography, student

Hello!

Instagram is both a wonderful and an awful thing – it’s a great platform for sharing what you’ve been up to, showing pictures you’re proud of and cross-promoting content like blog posts and YouTube videos. But it also means the Kardashian’s think they’re important so, pros and cons.

Regardless, Instagram is my favourite social media platform – I love taking photos, editing the photos and sharing it with emojis and hashtags. It’s the little things that keep my entertained, you know?

One thing that’s been growing in popularity recently is having a theme on Instagram – so your photos are all edited the same way or some people like to post three photos at once or they only post using the same background.

And I’ve thought about this (a lot) – I don’t have time to plan a whole theme and make sure everything fits in my theme and not post some stuff because it doesn’t fit my theme.

I like posting whatever I like on Instagram and the freedom, without the limitation of a theme. Though I have noticed that any photos that has my face in it gets significantly less likes.

Does wonders for the self esteem right?

But does having a theme matter? Those with a theme tend to have a prettier page at first glance but does this make the content better or does it just grab peoples attention?

Will having an Instagram theme drive more traffic to my blog or YouTube channel? Or is it just a waste of time because most people using Instagram view it through the news feed and tag searches.

I don’t know, I personally look at peoples profiles very rarely and I think a theme is a waste of time I don’t have – the thought of only putting some photos on Instagram sounds like a lot of stress to me.

But I’m intrigued – what do you think? Do you have an Instagram theme and if so, why? I want to hear about people who don’t have the same opinion as me. Let’s have a chat in the comments!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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a day in the life | january photography

2017, lifestyle, photography

Hello!

When I started this series it was easy to do an ‘Autumn‘ themed post and a ‘Christmas‘ themed post but January doesn’t have the same obvious theme – I thought about doing ‘Winter’ but we don’t get those pretty, picturesque wintery weather conditions in England.

So I thought I’d do a ‘day in the life’ series – I took my camera around all day and tried to capture the aspects of what I was doing in one photo. Enjoy!

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starting the day with lots of layers and a coca cola beanie hat

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Southampton has so many pretty parks and there’s so many near my flat

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my gorgeous boyfriend then decided I needed an artsy ‘walking away from the camera’ shot

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everybody needs those sexy escalator shots in Primark

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even the high street is pretty sometimes! I’m a sucker for a blue sky

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next stop: Asda for fajita ingredients!

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then to my favourite independent cafe Mettricks for hot chocolate and lunch!

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I took this opportunity to take a few extra pictures – he wasn’t expecting this one

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figured I should probably show my face in this post, even if it’s an awkward no make-up selfie

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the food at Mettricks is gorgeous, even if they got our order a bit muddled up!

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guess what? the park is still pretty

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I’d already written my blog post for this day but I needed to take a few photos of my bullet journal just to finish it off

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this is my ‘gradtangle’ elephant – Marie (bitsandclips on YouTube) has a crafty facebook group and this month’s challenge is dividing a line drawing into 30 squares and colouring a square a day, I’m loving mine so far!

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this definitely isn’t every day but it happened to be the day I was taking these photos – I got offered work experience with the BBC!

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my amazing friend Nick offered to cook dinner for us all that night and it was my first experience of fajitas!

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games night with my friends

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having realised that our monopoly board game doesn’t have any of the money or anything, we resorted to playing a card game version that Nick picked up in Vietnam!

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and finishing the day snuggled up with my favourite one

And that was January 13th! I would have taken photos to day but I knew I wouldn’t be able to edit them all and upload the post at a reasonable hour and I literally did nothing of interest today, so I picked an exciting day!

I also thought doing a day at uni would be interesting too but I don’t go back until the 23rd so I couldn’t really, but this is a summary of what I do to keep myself busy before I go back.

February is another weird month in that there is no obvious theme other than Valentines Day, which could get very soppy and cheesy very quickly.

I’d love to do a shoot with a model but I’m not sure I know anything who is willing to model for me or what the focus of the shoot would be so that’s more difficult.

Any suggestions for my February theme would be much appreciated, please leave them in the comments! I’d love some suggestions.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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