17 Things 2017 Taught Me

2017 was a hell of a year. Personally It was a very hard year and lots of things happened that still don’t even make sense in my mind. It was also an amazing year and from these 365 days I can say that I’ve learned. For starters I turned 13 which by the way isn’t all that it adds up to. So without further adieu here is 17 things 2017 taught me.

  1. I am not the only one.

As I’ve mentioned 2017 was seriously hard but there are always, always people who have been there. You may not realise it but if you ask trust me when I say someone will have either experienced what your going through, are experiencing it or just really care.

2. Anyone can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it.

Let me give you a painful example – Donald Trump.

3. Sometimes you have to accept that things go to shit.

Sometimes they do and your all probably thinking ‘well Mai is not very positive today’. I know but it’s true. Not everything goes to plan and thats ok, it’s how you react. That is what truly matters.

4. It’s ok to be selfish sometimes.

Being selfish all the time is not ok. It is unfair and unkind however never being selfish is also unfair and unkind. We are all humans and sometimes we take more than we give.

5. Not everyone will like you.

Not everyone will like your personality or how you look, what you wear, who you like etc.

6. It’s never unfair to not trust someone.

To me trust is not telling someone a secret and ‘trusting’ they won’t tell others. It’s trusting that someone is there to hold your hand when you need it the most.

7. You can only help those who want to be helped.

Some people never get better or forgive or grow past disagreement. Some people although you say you forgive them, forget that it still stings when they mentioned certain things.

8. Stop worrying.

If I had a pound for every time someone told me to stop worrying this year I’d be rich. I worrying like mad. For absolutely no reason 90% of the time what I’m worrying about is a waste of time.

9. Nothing is as it seems.

Nothing ever turns out or is as bad as it seems. When your in your little bubble of worry everything seems like the end of the world but it’s not.

10. It’s ok to cry sometimes.

Sometimes were tired, sometimes we feel defeated and like everything is out of our control. It is never a bad thing to cry, it doesn’t show weakness, it doesn’t shown instability. It shows that you are human and sometimes everything is a bit too much.

11. Friendship is not a one way street.

You can not sit around hoping that the other person is putting in effort and trying when you are not.

12. Everything happens for a reason.

I read something from the bible that says something, something something and then ‘for the good’. I am most definitely not religious or anything like that. However this really resonates with me and I truly believe that whatever your going through right now is for a reason.

13. Travel.

This goes without saying that travel is so important. You can see the world from a whole new perspective and learn about other cultures besides your own. I know that I personally am extremely lucky for the opportunities I have been given when it comes to travel. For one I’m going to hong kong next year which by the way is insane. It doesn’t matter where you going. Even if you drive couple hours from where you live you’ll at least be somewhere different.

14. Be kind.

Kindness is the best way to make someone feel special. For me when I help someone or at least try, I feel good about myself at the end.

15. Speak your own mind when necessary.

Although it is so important to be kind when someone is on your nerves, being unkind, or rude it is ok to tell them how you feel.

16. Sometimes if it’s broke you can’t fix it.

Not everything turns out amazing and we all know that. The same goes for friendships. People grow and change everyday. So from when your a kid it’s not possible to be friends with everyone you are at the time forever.

17. Don’t be defeated.

Like I said before, somethings are too much and you feel defeated but what is important is that you aren’t actually defeated. There will always be a time where you feel this way but don’t let it overcome you and take over you.

So that was it. 2017 was insane and TBH I think that a lot have people have felt this way about this year. Don’t worry though, there’s always next year!



Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas! Hope your all having a brilliant holiday, if your having one. I had an early Christmas with my mum before I head to Rome once again. I’ve received the greatest gift I have ever been given; a laptop. Now I can blog and edit photos WHENEVER I WANT. From my own computer. I am however taking some time over Christmas but I will be taking photos and noting down what is going on to do a summary when I’m back.


My Everyday Makeup

Hey guys,

I’m back again and omg are you excited for Christmas or what!?! I love Christmas it is my absolute favourite time of year. I thought what better than a Everyday Makeup blog post to do in the beginning of December. This is my casual weekend look and it’s pretty much the same for school except without the lippy.

So first I wet my beauty blender and put it to the side. With my BarryM flawless reflection concealer I concealed my under eyes. With whatever remains on my beauty blender I dab it on my face. Taking my mineral magic powder and powdering my whole face.

With my Ted Baker blush highlight stick I’m sweeping across my cheeks. With a orange colour I’m blending it into my lids with a paler orange colour in the centre of my lid. Lastly I use my soft matte lip cream mixed with my NYX lip lingerie in honeymoon.

So that my friends is all and everything I have to say x


Bullet Journal: October

hey guys,

whilst scouring the internet for blog ideas I realised the best idea was right in front of me. I love bullet journaling almost as much as I love blogging and I love blogging because it’s my time to have me time. Personally, I think me time is just as important as spending time with people which I know is sounds suuuuper anti-social however if you don’t have any ‘me time’ it all becomes too much!

By the way, I just wanted to say that I can in no way say that these ideas are totally mine cause if I’m being totally honest they’re not. I take a lot  of inspo from the Youtuber amandarachlee.

So without further adieu here is how I bullet journal! So if you didn’t see the pic at the top was the begging of the month page. This is where I usually do a few doodles as well as writing the month and if it’s a double page spread I write a quote on the other page.

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The following page is usually some form of calendar and in this case, I wanted it to look a little bit rustic so I didn’t use a ruler and I gave all the boxes coloured drop shadow. No matter what I always have a to-do list for my blog. I also drew a few autumnal coloured leaves to decorate.

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I also really enjoy using fun mood tracker ones particular to the theme of that month, so this month it’s falling autumn leaves. Pink is happy and brown is completely unhappy and everything in between is well….. everything in between!



Lastly, I always have a daily page where I have a list of tasks and events along with a little drawing of what the weather is like. This tends to be super helpful and is very aesthetically pleasing.

I just wanted to show you a few of the pens that I loveeeeee.

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This is the pilot frixion clicker 07. I love it because it’s super smooth and it even rubs out which for someone as messy as me it’s necessary. The pens felt tip brush pens I use are the stationary island brush pens.

hope you enjoyed!