GUESS WHO’S BACK

Hey all,

I’ve felt totally uninspired lately but I’m back at it and ready to chat about this, that and everything!

The summer holidays have finally got going in England which means I’m either super busy or have nothing to do, which is how I imagine my entire summer will be. I’ve tried and tested some new things already (some of which I’ve then regretted it the next day when my head was pounding) but I’m beyond excited for the next few weeks of the holidays!! Less so for them to end – seeing as year 13 is about to begin, and so will the last year of my school education.

I’m still not sure if that makes me happy or sad actually…

As I said, it’s August which means it should be summer now, right? Wrong. This is when any foreign readers can feel smug, today it totally chucked it down. Close to hurricane rain, chucked it down. Would this kind of weather been really cozy in autumn when you could light candles, snuggle up in a blanket and stick on Netflix? YES. But instead, it’s “summer” and I was at work. I’m not impressed. Although, this makes me all the more excited about going on holiday soon! Not only will it get me away from this APPAULING weather, but I should hopefully get a tan and a gorgeous Instagram feed too (oh lol go follow me, thanks – @caitlinggodfrey).

I’m keeping this post brief, but any guesses as to where I’m off to would be incredibly fun to see!

Question: (you can turn on anon for this if you want) do you have any low-key secret talents that you want to confess to having?

Mine would be that I sing a fair bit, ohhh and that I can complete a Rubix cube (very slowly but that’s irrelevant)

That’s all for now, I’ll be back veryyy soon!

Caitlin xx

Instagram: @caitlinggodfrey

Twitter: @caitlinggodfrey

HOW TO SURVIVE A UNI OPEN DAY

Hey all,

As many of you know, I’ve just finished the first year of A-Levels, which means that in only one years time, I’ll be done!! (Although in the meantime it’ll be less fun). This also means that I’m looking at what I want to do after school, which for me, and many other people, will be going to University.

I’ve now been to two Uni open days and I’m trying to work out the best ways to do them properly and to make sure that I’ve got the most out of them – so I’ve compiled a little list of tips that I think are pretty useful, especially if you’ve not been before.

1.BOOK ONLINE: When you’re feeling lazy it’ll probably be quite easy to look at the dates, pick one, and show up. But it’s really handy to register online – for so many reasons. Firstly, some places will probably ask people to register on the day, so if you’ve done this online, it’ll be super speedy and you won’t have to queue or fill in forms. Secondly, it might ask you if you’d like to book onto subject talks. This is handy because spaces may not be available on the day – especially if the talk is popular! Finally, they’ll send you information about the day in the post. This will include information on any talks you’ve booked into and when different things will be happening (such as accommodation tours, things to see in the day, etc.)

2.MAKE A ROUGH PLAN: Using the information they’ve given you, try to timetable the day. It’ll mean that you aren’t running around working out what to do, but nothing has to be set in stone. On the first day I went to, I didn’t do this and I wish I had because I didn’t feel like I’d got the most out of the day. The second time around, we did this and it really helped us work out where we were wanting to be and when.

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Our timetable of the day

(as you can see, my handwriting gets worse as you go down the page)

 

Also, work out what you want to know from different places such as how much is accommodation per week? OR how will I be assessed in this subject? You’ll want to know the answer eventually and it’s best to know what you’ll want to know!

Sidenote here: if you’re not sure whether you can or want to do something, DO IT. You only get to look around the university once, so do everything you can to feel like you got the most out of it.

3.WEAR SOMETHING WEATHER APPROPRIATE AND COMFORTABLE: This is a massive MUST. You’ll be outside a lot so wearing jeans when it’s 35*C is impractical. Also, wearing stilettos is going to kill you. You’ll be doing A LOT of walking around so bear that in mind. Comfortable is the way to go. Check the weather the night before and that morning (if you can). Bring a rain jacket just in case, or loads of suncream if you need. The last thing you want is to be feeling uncomfortable.

4.PACKING SNACKS AND WATER WILL SAVE YOU: All that walking is hungry and thirsty business. I packed BELIVITA breakfast bars with me because they’ll keep you going, but also slowly release energy throughout the day which is really handy. It’ll be really easy to forget to bring water, but it’ll save you that £££ when you don’t have to buy some because you filled up a bottle before you left.

5.TAKE BREAKS: I do a fair bit of walking normally, but open days take it out of me. It’s a mixture of walking and working out where you have to be and thinking about these decisions which can be knackering. I’d recommend breaks, and plenty of them. Whether that be sitting on a bus to get somewhere, or stopping to eat lunch somewhere with a table – it’ll help you relax and settle before you have to continue. We stopped at Nandos and had a well needed, proper, lunch which helped us keep going

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6.ENJOY YOURSELF: I am aware as to just how cliche this sounds, but I mean it. The whole process can feel overwhelming and it forces you to think about moving out which can just make you feel even more drained! But you’ll probably only get to do this once, and it’s nice to enjoy spending a day out with whoever you’re with. That way, even if the university really wasn’t for you, it wasn’t a total waste of a day.


Those are my six main tips and I hope they’re useful. I’ll definitely be trying to stick with these more because they are super handy.

The first university I looked around was Cardiff, which was a lovely Uni but I don’t fancy going there. The second was Sheffield (which I looked around the day I wrote this) and I really enjoyed it. It’s important to find a place which caters for you and what you want, but also somewhere that you think you’d LIKE to stay. It’s difficult to make that judgment based on a one-day trip, but I think you get a pretty good flavour very quickly!

That’s all for now so talk soon,

Caitlin xx

My Wild Adventure to the Zoo – LIFE

Hey all!

To say it was a “wild” adventure might be a small exaggeration, but nonetheless, my family and I had a great little adventure out at the zoo.

I really don’t get on with being cold so the fact that it was quite chilly meant that I spent a majority of the day trying to avoid going out and enjoying myself, but I brought my camera and longer lens with me and had a GREAT time! What I’m not showing you are the horrible close ups of my family and some of the pictures my dad took of me with my hoodie tied under my chin and a rain jacket hood protecting me from the gale force mild winds.

I took a fair few photos and it reminded me how much I love doing a little spot of photography here and there. Lucky for you reading, I sorted through them so only my favourite semi-decent pictures are being displayed!

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I forget how much I genuinely love taking photos and how much fun I have.

Highlight of the day: It’s a tie between the lemur breakfast, because not only was that the CUTEST thing I think I’ve ever seen, but also myself and my brother spent all our time making jokes. OR it was seeing pictures of ugly animals on posters and our family saying “hey look it’s a photo of you” to one another. As you can tell, we know how to live.

Lowlight of the day: It was super cold (especially in the morning) so walking around the site wasn’t incredibly fun! Also, we were planning on catching a bus back to the front of the park and missed it because everyone ran to go see the Meerkats before it came in 5 minutes *I’m rolling my eyes here*.

But all in all, I had an absolutely FAB time and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and getting back in touch with a hobby that I haven’t done in ages! I can’t wait to do more!

Also, because you read this you deserve a golden photo of me with my hoodie tied around my head to keep me warm. It looks great!

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I was really cold.

Keep your eyes peeled for more soon because Easter means LOTS of posts coming up about loads of exciting and personal stuff, WOOOO!

Until next time and talk soon,

Caitlin xx

As Yet Untitled. – LIFE

Hey all!

R.E.: Giving up makeup

Literally the DAY I put up the post, someone asked why I didn’t just give it up every day, rather than just wear it on Saturdays. So that’s exactly what I did. No makeup for 47 days. I’m 37/47 days in, here’s how it’s going:

Since I last posted I’ve had quite a few people I actually know, come and talk to me about how I’m not wearing makeup and how they’ve read my post, which is great! I loved those conversations. I’ve also had a fair few “I noticed you haven’t been wearing makeup recently, are you doing alright?” which I won’t lie, have made me laugh. I just think “I’m doing fine, READ MY BLOG POST AND YOU’LL SEE WHY!!”

I’ve also noticed that I HAVEN’T been catcalled at all since I’ve stopped wearing it. This may just be a coincidence, but it’s something I’ve noticed. On the other hand, I’ve also witnessed just how great my skin has got. Whilst my scars haven’t all faded, it looks amazing! I’ve had close friends and family tell me that it looks a lot better and whilst I’m excited to wear makeup again, I’m enjoying the lack of it too. Just yesterday I went on a walk with a friend of mine, and he told me that he preferred me without makeup than with. That was pretty cool to hear.

I can’t tell you it’s all been great though. I have had so many low moments during this time and often I’d think “I wish I could just wear some makeup and feel better.” A good example of this is that I got my braces off since lent began (woooooo) but I had to spend 2 weeks missing the teeth next to my front two, and with a plastic retainer on, until I could get the false ones put in.

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I didn’t take any “selfies” for a while, and (especially on snapchat) I felt embarrassed to send pictures of my face to people. Additionally, any pictures I did take, I tended to try put my hand in front of my face so it would take the attention away from how I wasn’t wearing any makeup. I was considering myself to be less “beautiful” because I hadn’t put on my (sort of) “alter-ego” identity. It was nice to have that extra confidence boost with makeup.

It’s also meant that others around me were blunter as to how they viewed me before I stopped wearing it. It almost felt like they didn’t realise that after the lent period was done, I would be wearing it again. One conversation that I particularly remember, at the start of this, was someone telling me that “when you wear makeup, you’re only doing it because you want to hide your real face” and believe me, it was nearly impossible to get it through to this person that makeup “enhances” not “hides”, but that was one comment which wound me up, to say the least.

But all in all, I do genuinely love how my skin is looking right now and I’m more confident in how I look than I was when this started! I love that, and will definitely make sure to give a FULL rundown on everything once Easter is done.


More recently than this, I’ve had a bit of a curveball from life, if I’m honest, and it’s taking its toll on me. I’m thankful that I’ve had so much support and love from friends and family, but I’m still finding it hard. This “event” literally only happened this week and my feelings are raw,  and I’m down and vulnerable. So forgive me for not disclosing details today, but I also wanted to just write down my feelings.

One of the few plus sides is that I got taken on a gorgeous walk with my mum:

 

 

 

But this “event”, whilst it’s made me kinda miserable, has meant that I’m focusing on myself and how to make myself happy. I’m only taking baby-steps at doing stuff at the moment, but I have been reading the bible more and I’ve bought a journal which I’m using to write down anything I’ve prayed for and to see the responses and what happens. Both these things are exciting and I’m looking forward to documenting all that God is doing in my life and for those around me. Moreover, somebody I know read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and went on for ages about how great a book it is, so on Wednesday when I was feeling low, I started reading it and I’m now a little under 1/2 of the way through. It’s actually really good and although it’s a little wordy, studying Philosophy helps because the way it’s written is very similar to some of the other things we study.

But mostly I’m remembering that I do actually have so many interests that I’ve lost touch with. I was OBSESSED with doing photography 2 years ago and I want to get back into that. I enjoy buying books with the intention of reading them, although I don’t think I’ve actually got over half way through any in the last 18 months, so reading is something I want to get back into. Also, I used to be able to solve a Rubix cube in 2 minutes, I’ve now forgotten how to do that – so I’m going to re-learn how to do that! But I’ve decided it’s best if I  take my days one at a time, so that’s what I’m doing.

Between beginning writing this post and now, I’ve met up with my youth leader from church for lunch and a coffee and she’s been great and given me so much advice and support, as she said, I’m going to “take things one day at a time, and when that’s too much, take it one second at a time” which I intend on doing. I am such a firm believer in “WHAT IS MEANT TO BE, WILL BE” and so I’m just telling myself that things can only get better from here and essentially I’m just at the bottom of a ladder and have got to start climbing, I’ve had the worst of it and I just need to push through until my emotions begin to subside. Loads of people have been giving me advice and love so I’m trying to take it all on board and I want to work on it all!

And I know before now when things got bad, I would blame God and be angry that He let such a thing happen. I can honestly tell you, while I’m upset with this “event”, I’m not angry with God or anyone else and all. At the start of this week I felt worthless and unloved and just crappy in general, and while I still feel rubbish I don’t feel like I’m the least loveable person alive anymore – infact the opposite. There was a bible verse I found today and I absolutely love it and the message it gives, so I wanted to share it:

Matthew 10: 29-31

29 Two sparrows cost only a penny, but not even one of them can die without your Father’s knowing it. 30 God even knows how many hairs are on your head. 31 So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows.

If you don’t quite understand why I love this so much, it’s basically saying that sparrows are so important to God, that He knows about what’s happening with them and if one dies – He knows. Then it’s saying that God knows things about you, that you probably don’t even know (how many hairs are on your head) and that we are worth so much more than sparrows. That must mean we are sososososo important to God and so loved to God if He is concerned with the death of even ONE sparrow and we are “worth much more than many sparrows.” This verse really reaffirmed how loved I am by God and how important I am to Him. I’m carrying that message with me this coming week.

I am so thankful to everyone who is loving me and supporting me during this time. Whilst I am not going to be having the best time in the next little while, I do have many things to look forward to and to get excited about. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s reminding myself that I’ve got to stay positive – which is sort of why I have this blog, it forces me to look on the bright side.


The final thing I’m going to quickly mention is my teeth. As I said earlier, I have false ones in and whilst it’s not the same as having real ones, I have a full smile for the first time in years! So I figured I’d finish up with a final picture as to how they look. I can’t stop smiling with them in! It’s just so exciting!!!!!!

Anyway, I actually have A Levels I need to revise for and sooo much other fun stuff to doooo! (JKS I hate revising!)

Big love, talk soon!

Caitlin xx

JAMIE’S ITALIAN IS MY NEW FAVOURITE PLACE – LIFE

Hey, all!

On Wednesday (February 15th) I spent the best part of an hour in a car on my way to Milton Keynes, then spent an hour and a half on a very busy train, so I could visit my boyfriend in Birmingham for post-Valentine’s celebrations. We’d arranged what seems like forever ago that I’d visit for the day on Wednesday, seeing as my 16-year-old self, had half-term and he wouldn’t have any midterms that day. Then, on January 26th, I decided that I ought to book somewhere for us to have our dinner, which after 20 minutes of googling, was agreed to be Jamie’s Italian. (Which I booked under his name LOL)

Between the day I booked, and the 15th, I kept hearing great reviews about the food and how it’s a lovely restaurant, so I had high expectations I won’t lie.

VERY QUICK RANT:

When I arrived at Milton Keynes, I quickly found out that my train had been cancelled and I would have to wait 25 minutes for a replacement train. I’m presuming that I’m in a minority of people who have ever been to that station so I’ll tell you this – OH MY GOODNESS ME IT IS THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH! (You might be led to believe that the coldest place on Earth is Antartica. You would be wrong. It is Milton Keynes train station.) I wasn’t particularly happy. Mostly because I didn’t want to sit in the cold! The longer I sat waiting for the train, the more announcements I heard saying that it was being delayed, and I can’t remember the wording exactly but something along the lines of “we couldn’t find the driver this morning” was the general gist. I ended up waiting from 8:25 (my original, cancelled train) through to 9:05 (my delayed, replacement train). That’s 40 minutes! I even googled how long delays had to be before you could get your money back. (It’s arriving at your destination 30 minutes late for 50% and over an hour for 100% refund in the UK – just a heads up).

In the end, my replacement train (despite the 15-minute delay) arrived on-time in Birmingham and it was only 16 minutes later than my earlier train would have been. Plus, I got to see my boyfriend so I couldn’t be too mad, right?

Anyway, that’s not the point of this (just a bit of back story and setting the scene)

We had a great day, kept it classy with McDonald’s for breakfast (by breakfast we mean 11AM) and we went shopping, then headed back to his. I met a few of his friends around 4 and it was really nice finally putting faces to names, and it was such a lovely day. Then around 6PM we headed out for our dinner (our booking was for 7PM).

Sidenote: I always struggle to eat well at restaurants. I have no idea what it is, but eating out is always daunting for me and I will (almost) always, leave some of my meal. So I tend to dread going out for dinner, and I’ll be honest, I was dreading going out that night, too.

Clearly, we were WAAY too eager, as we arrived 20 minutes early, but thankfully they had a table for us. Genuinely, the restaurant was gorgeous!

We both chose our meals, I had the Butterflied Sicilian Chicken (which I embarrassed myself in front of the waiter trying to pronounce). It’s described to be “Free-range chicken breast in a spicy tomato, aubergine & leccino olive sauce”. Let me tell you this. It was delicious. The sauce was gorgeous, it was a little sweet but totally moreish. The chicken was sooo delicious. I can’t believe I haven’t been there sooner.

I don’t think I have ever eaten anything as good as that in my whole life. My boyfriend ate the Ravioli Mezzaluna (I’m just glad I didn’t go for that – I would have BUTCHERED the pronunciation). I’m not lying to you, every time we spoke as we ate, all we talked about was how good the food was! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him get a plate so clean. The food was amazing!

We also decided we wanted dessert (seeing as we opted out of having a starter) and so he ordered the “Epic Chocolate Brownie” which our waiter seemed pretty jealous that he couldn’t have any. I, on the other hand, had the Blood Orange Sorbet. Maybe it’s only me, but every sorbet I have tends to be very sour and not very pleasant. This sorbet was NOT like that. It was sooo refreshing and I cannot explain how great it was to cleanse the pallet. I also had a cheeky swap during dessert and was able to try the brownie. WOW OH WOW OH WOW IT WAS SOOOO GOOD!!

I’ve even contacted Jamie’s Italian and said how great the whole meal was.

I’m seriously dying to go back and eat there every night and I will most definitely be going back soon. Honestly, if you have the opportunity to go, do it! The food was incredible and I’m annoyed with myself for not taking more pictures of the food! But I do have a couple, which seriously does NOT do the food justice! Everything was presented gorgeously and I wish I could show you that better!

 

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Butterflied Sicilian Chicken

 

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Epic Chocolate Brownie

I don’t think the pictures do the food justice, but I hope you can understand just how good it all looked.

P.S. on top of the brownie was salted caramel ice cream and popcorn. I would have been all over that if my boyfriend hadn’t have wanted it.

That’s all for now,

Caitlin xx

 

 

THE TORTURE HAS ENDED – LIFE

Hey, all!

I had mocks this week and I had totally forgotten how much I CANNOT STAND exams! They really are the worst. In total, I’ve had 13 hours and 15minutes of exam hours in just 5 days! (I am utterly knackered)

My final exam was a Core 2 Maths paper which felt like I was actually being tortured and now it’s over, I can tell you that I’d much rather walk over hot coals than ever relive that exam [even though I still have to sit it again for my official examination in June, boo 😦 ] I’m not going to share it on here, but my friend took a picture of me after the Core 1 paper I took that morning and I honestly look so rough. It’s probably a mixture of sleep deprivation, lack of makeup and stress, to be honest.

I’m so relieved they’re finally done, don’t get me wrong, and now that it’s half term I am REALLY looking forward to some lie-ins, but I’ve worked (relatively) hard this past week especially and it’s only been one evening and I just don’t know what to do with myself. I’m now worried this will last into half-term. Although, not leaving my bed for a whole week sounds like pure bliss if you ask me!

I’ve tried my hardest this last little while to not become obsessed with how well I’m doing at school and stressing about whether I’ll get good grades or not. It’s important I try my best but the amount of angst that (especially) Maths is causing, frankly isn’t worth it. I’m very much looking forward to dropping the AS in September and never having to sit an exam that even tries to ask what “x” is.

Seriously, what is “x”?

Someone enlighten me.

On the plus side, I have half-term this week which means I can have a little bit more of a relaxed week and a couple of lie-ins (to make up for the lost time).

So the inspirational posts about self-love and “#UgoGIRL” are at a minimum seeing as I’m writing this at 10:50pm (the night before it gets posted), I’ve had a busy week and have work tomorrow morning, plus I’m also dying to catch up on sleep loss so…

All love, talk soon,

Caitlin xx

A LITTLE ABOUT ME – LIFE

Hey! I’m Caitlin, welcome to my blog!

I’m 16 years old and been born and raised (in what I’m now realising, is quite a small town) in England. I’m in my first year of A-Levels and mentally counting down until I can be an adult and move out of my hometown which both excites and scares the living daylights out of me.

Like most other teenagers I deal with the motions of life and all of the wonderful things that come with going through your teen years. (That needs to be read both in a positive and sarcastic manner!) Be that; acne, hormones, friendships, relationships, school work, REAL work, stress, thinking about the future and also having me time! But I’ll also to be talking about all the fun parts of having carefree teen years. I wouldn’t want this blog getting TOO heavy.

As pretty much every girl does, I enjoy spending time on my appearance, with friends, binge watching “trashy” TV shows and counting down until the next pay day.

SIDE NOTE: I’m aware that my blog has some pictures of me which are older than others. Since the summer I’ve had my hair cut from quite long to quite short, so if anything appears odd, you know why. Just a heads up.

I hope that through this blog I can help share some of what my short 16  years have taught me, but also have influence from others and grow from their experiences too.

I really hope you find my blog fun and interesting as well as useful, as I hope to be sharing advice on anything I can. My plan is to post as often as I can, about whatever is on my mind or I feel I should discuss. Realistically, when life gets busy, regular posts won’t happen, but hey, for now, that’s the current plan!

Talk soon,

Caitlin x