WELL WISHES!

Hello Everybody!

I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for reading my blog this year and making my year amazing and successful. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a fantastic week! Talk to you all soon!

Love
Jess

Last Minute Quick and Easy Christmas Recipes:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=c4-feed-u&v=LtaI6DoVTmM

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2013 Highlights

Hello Everybody!

 

As 2013 is drawing to a close, I felt very reflective and looked back on what a year, 2013 has been. So much of my life has changed, causing me to change so much. Also I have experienced some amazing things that I wanted to share.  Anyways, this post it basically going to cover my year and what I have done. 

 

Firstly, this year I separated/distanced myself from a very close friendship which left me so upset. I did a post on this earlier this month called “When It’s Time To Move On” if you want this situation in more detail. Anyways, I was very upset and angry at the beginning of this year and couldn’t figure out what I should do, which took up much of my time. I was struggling keeping up with school and my social life and basically trying to sort out everything in my head. However after I took a step back and looked on the situation I went with what my heart wanted and I ended up being sooooo happy.

 

Following on from distancing myself from that friendship, I found a new group of amazing girls who are now my closest friends. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my friendships at the moment. My friends are so supportive and caring and I feel I really fit in with them. That’s what I think is so important in life; to find where you fit in.  They have been there for me and have been a ridiculously big help during my upsetting year. Also a quick shout-out to my bestie Mahlee (fatlittlefiat.wordpress.com) who was always there for late night texts and rant sessions:) which helped me through the tough times and to be able to come out being the happy girl I am now.

 

Some other things that were a highlight for me this year were going to the One Direction and Beyoncè concerts. All of the concerts where amazing and my first two concerts ever so they were amazing experiences and thats why they made my 2013 highlights list.

 

This year I went on an absolutely amazing trip around Alaska and Canada for 3 weeks and I also went to LA for a few days where I visited Disneyland. I am so grateful to have been able to experience such an amazing trip and visit such beautiful areas like Alaska. I actually was on a Disney Cruise whilst in Alaska and it was such an amazing way to see the ice filled area. I love travelling and this trip definitely was a huge highlight of my year.

 

Also this year I started this blog (obviously haha). Which with your guys’s support, I reached 500 views the other day. Some of you might find that a small amount- however I think it is amazing because I started this blog as a hobby. So THANKYOU. I am so thankful to have all of you guys read my blog and enjoy what I talk about. Thanks to my blog, I also started my Youtube channel late this year- which is so much fun. I will continue my blog and Youtube throughout 2014 and onwards.

 

Even though this year has had its fair few of troubles, I wouldn’t want to change anything. I don’t want to change a year that has changed me into a happier girl. I honestly can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for me. I also hope you guys have had an amazing year and are ending it on a happy note. I really hope you guys like my blog and enjoy reading it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Talk Soon

Jess xx

 

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Christmas Tree Decorating

Hello Everyone,

 

Before I start todays post, I would like to let you know that I have now officially begun my Youtube Channel and would love for you to check it out! The link for my channel is  

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGXj2VCV2_LHArtV_uOkDZg 

and I would love you to check it out!

 

Okay, so on to the point of todays post! I am going to show you guys the process of making my Christmas Tree- building and decorating this year. 

 

So firstly, I built the tree by matching the branches to the correct slots and put the mat around the base of the tree (for the presents). After I completed building my tree I fluffed it. Basically ‘fluffing’ means you spread out the branches so the tree becomes fuller and you can’t see through it. Due to mine being against the wall I focused more on the front of the tree for fluffing and only lightly fluffed the backside. It is very important to fluff your trees so the branches aren’t as sparse.

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                              Un-fluffed                                                              Fluffed

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Secondly I wrapped my fairy lights around the tree. I started from the bottom and evenly wrapped the lights around until I reached the top. 

TIP: Push the lights into the tree so the cords aren’t visible and it just looks like the lights are attached to the tree; not wrapped around. Also leave your lights on when you decorate the tree so you can see where the decorations need to go.

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I then decorated the tree. This year I went for a silver and white theme- which I think looked modern and fresh. I didn’t overload the tree this year with decorations because I quite like the simpler look. I made sure to evenly spread around the decorations so they were not in one big clump on the tree.

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I then put the beautiful angel on top. I’m pretty sure my family have had this Angel since I was little- so it goes on the tree every year.

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And thats it! My tree took me quite a while, when I built it; because I like to make decorating the tree a joyous activity 🙂

 

Hope you guys liked this post and get some inspiration from it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

xx Jess

 

Twitter: @JessicaTathem

 

When It’s Time To Move On…

Hey everyone!

 

Today I am going to talk about a subject that is very close to my heart and that I have experienced  in the past years; this is friendship issues. Now, you’re probably wondering why the title of this post is “When its time to move on”- that is because I think it is important to know when a friendship or even a relationship has run its course. When I say run its course, I don’t mean that you have given up – you have just matured enough to know that its time to move on. 

 I have had friendship issues in the past; I have lost friends but made many friends as well. As I am always told, “People come in and out of your life- everyone you meet teaches you something- but you have to know when it’s time to let go- not all friendships last forever.” Recently, I have looked to this statement and learnt from it. I now know that it isn’t bad if you let someone go in your life- because not all friendships or relationships last forever, and it shows your maturity if you can figure that out and let that person go. 

 Earlier this year I was unhappy with feelings about my friendships. I always felt I was trying too hard in my relationships.  It took me a while but I finally realised how unhappy I was and decided to start to distance myself from the friendship. This was hard on me and I would come home crying.  I still deeply cared for the person, I just felt the friendship became really distant because we were growing up; but thats alright. Personally, I think the worst part of leaving a relationship or friendship is the memories that you have. I honestly do still miss the times my lost friends have shared with me and the memories I have of our relationship- and I don’t want to forget those. I know leaving a friendship hurts the other person as well and makes them upset, but I don’t want to continue living an unhappy life just because I’m scared to hurt their feelings. I know this might sound selfish and I hate hurting people (trust me) and it makes me feel absolutely terrible, but I think if you are unhappy it shows that it wasn’t meant to be and maybe you and the other person can still be friends, but at a distance. Both people will probably be better off apart. When it comes to relationships and friendships- I am no expert; so I can’t tell you what to do- it’s your total personal choice. But this is just my personal feelings that I am sharing.

 After I distanced myself I started to feel better because I knew I was doing something good for myself. I was happier and people noticed. My mum would say how happy I was- I wasn’t snapping at people as much and I felt (I know it sounds cliché) more free. 

 I now have a group of friends that I love and who support me and I am happy with my friendships now.

 What I am trying to say is that, it is okay to move on from someone if you are unhappy. Everyone deserves a happy life- so if you are unhappy you need to change that. I know some people don’t have a support system like I do, but there are people out there that can help. You can call on family, friends, or even people you don’t know- to get true and non biased assistance. I think it is so important for people to understand when to leave a relationship for the sake of their happiness. Even though it might not always feel like it,  there is always someone that cares for you more than you can imagine. They want to hear what you have to say and want to help you. Whether it be your mum, dad, sister, best friend etc. or a support group or phone line; they care and you need to understand they are there for you in times where you need help through a troubling relationship. I think knowing that you have a support system makes you happier and assists you to survive the tough times and get to the happy and good times.

 I really hope this helps at least one person out there. Whether you are in a troubling friendship or relationship (like boyfriend and girlfriend), I hope you learn that moving on from a certain relationship doesn’t make you weak, it just shows you are mature and want better for yourself and the other person involved and also that people are always there for you in these situations and will help you through.  Friendships will run their course and will come to a end. This can benefit both people because it is better to have closure to a relationship before it gets really bad.

 

Talk Soon Guys

xxx