I Got THE Email | I Do Disney #2 | Sitting In The Clouds

I Do Disney #1

At the beginning of July, the 1st of July to be exact, I applied to take part in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program. Today, a month and a half after pressing the submit button, I received an email….

I’ve been invited to the pre-screen group interview. This is the first interview which you may be invited to. Unfortunately, if you don’t get an invitation to this interview your Disney journey has come to an end so you can imagine how happy I was when I saw “Congratulations” in my email inbox!

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I’m an early riser so my alarm went off at 6am this morning. I started my usual morning routine, aka check every social media account I have. The last thing I check on my phone, before getting out of bed and starting my day, is my emails. That’s when I saw it. I squealed, got out of bed so quickly and didn’t even care if my parents weren’t awake, I knocked on their door. They were both kind of half asleep so I just said “I got an interview for Disney” and then they were both wide awake. We then spent the next hour in bed with cups of teas and just chatting about it all. I’m still trying to process it all to be honest. This has been a dream of mine since a very young age and I’ve known about this program for a good 5/6 years. Having been given the chance to show why I deserve a place on this program in person, rather than them just reading a few words I’ve written, means a whole deal. I will be a nervous wreck on the day but know I just need to be myself.

Until then though, it’s just more waiting. My interview is on the 26th of September so I have another month and a half to wait, but I know it will all be worth it. Plus, from applying to receiving the email, it wasn’t that long of a wait…okay maybe it was, but still.



I’m going to leave it here for now as I’ve posted it everywhere else, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, you name it, I’ve let the world know. If you have also received a pre-screen email, please let me know and we can chat about it. I would love to meet some people before the day.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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5 Youtubers You Should Be Watching | Sitting In The Clouds

Youtube for me, and I’m sure you can also agree, is a very enjoyable pastime and one you can spend HOURS doing. But with such a huge library of creators, you will never be able to discover and watch them all. My current “watch-later” list is standing at over 100, but there are a select few content creators that I will automatically go to when I’m in need of a pick me up and an instant entertainment hit. Are you watching them? because you should be…



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I watch a variety of content on Youtube, to beauty gurus, fashionistas and family vloggers. Throw some Dinsey magic in the mix, along with baking gods, like Sorted Food and you’ve got yourself hours worth of watching. I hope I have given you a variety of creators, I tried to name some smaller ones you may not have heard of, that you can now fall in love with like me.

Who are your “go-to” Youtubers? I love finding Youtubers to watch, even if my “watch-later” list gets even longer. Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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It was October of last year, yes 2016, when I last graced you with a book haul. I was just starting my first year of university and I was realising how little money I would have, so books became a very special treat for myself, only buying a few every couple of months. As I have spent most of the year cutting down my book buying when my birthday rolled around in June, Tom treated me to a trip to Foyles. Therefore about half of this haul is thanks to him. I do love him for allowing me to indulge in the wonder that is books and reading.



All Potterheads and book lovers alike know that recently the new Harry Potter books in the house colours came out to celebrate 20 years since the release of the first book. So without even thinking, the hardback Hufflepuff edition when straight into my basket.

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I was only going to allow myself the hardback Hufflepuff edition as getting all four books, either in hardback or paperback and in some peoples cases, both, is very expensive. But when I saw the paperback edition in Tescos for £3.75, AND it was the last Hufflepuff edition, it was a sign, I HAD to pick it up.

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Back in November, I read Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne as an eBook. I rated 5 stars, I absolutely adored it, therefore I knew I had to have it on my bookshelf. The only issue when you are on a budget though, is that it’s harder to justify buying books you’ve already read, so I’ve only recently got around to getting my hands on a physical copy. (Thanks TOM!)

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Shortly after binge reading the Spinster Girl trilogy, I saw a novella for the series in Waterstones. It was around £10-12.00 for a hundred page book but it’s so beautiful I didn’t even care. I also rated the novella 5 stars.

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I already own Winter by Marissa Meyer, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles but I couldn’t progress past Cress until I had read Fairest, so I decided to pick up both novellas in the series to complete my collection. I enjoyed Fairest and I’m eager to progress to Winter.

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If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know how much of a contemporary lover I am. Therefore I just had to pick up all of these hyped reads, especially The Hate You Give and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, along with Simon Vs The Homo Sepians Agenda.

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I can’t believe how little books I have accumulated over the past year, it’s not good…I NEED MORE!!! Have you read any books I’ve mentioned in this post? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

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My BRAND NEW Bullet Journal | Sitting In The Clouds

I think everyone can relate to me when I say that it’s nearly impossible to finish a notebook when you are a stationary/planner addict like myself. Therefore I am proud to announce, not only have I finished a notebook, I have come to the end of my first full year of bullet journaling. I had used the bullet journal system on and off for a couple of years now, but my black hardcover Moleskin you are used to seeing in my bullet journal posts was my first proper one. I’m sad to see it end, but I’m also so excited to have moved into a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover dot grid notebook in teal. I can definitely understand why there is hype surrounding the Leuchtturm, it’s amazing!!



The first major plus side with the Leuchtturm 1917 is that it comes with a built in index, along with page numbers already done for you. Although I never saw the use before, I am really enjoying it so far. I know in the long run, being able to flip back to some really old collections will be useful.

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I am only planning on logging collections and the page each new month starts on so my index doesn’t get over cluttered. I will highlight the month in the corresponding monthly colour, August being turquoise, for easy access later on as it will stand out from the rest.

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My opening page hosts one of my all time favourite quotes…”we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”

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A brand new spread for me, my year at a glance. I’m loving this collection so far, I get to write down events I have much further in advance rather than just the month before. I have given each month a colour, as well as colour coding my events. My colour code system hasn’t change since my last bujo. Pink = university, purple = social/me, blue = hospital/health related events, green = work and red = holidays, whether national or personal, as well as birthdays. 

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Turning the page is my birthday tracker. I’m not sure how much I will use this as I only have a select few birthdays I need to remember but it’s a pretty spread nevertheless. I love quotes so I try and incorporate them into my bullet journal as much as possible. I saw this quote on Pinterest and knew I needed it written down somewhere. “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”

The month’s colours on this spread correspond to my year at a glance spread.

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One of my favourite spreads I have done so far in my new bullet journal is my books and movies of 2017.

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I transferred this collection from my old bullet journal into my new one but changed the style of it slightly. Doing doodles relating to each film has really made the movie spread, in particular, stand out and I love it.

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My next collection houses all of the films my two favourite actors have starred in, Tom Hanks and Jennifer Anniston. I say they are my favourite actors but I haven’t even seen half of their works so I want to gradually get through all their films. These lists will just help me keep track of them. Tick them off once I’ve seen them and highlight my favourites with a little heart.

I had to insert a dutch door in-between the pages to accommodate all of Tom Hank’s films. He’s done a ton and a full page just wasn’t enough.

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Next, I allowed myself a page for a list of books I need to buy, having had read them but not owned them and books I need to read. I also have a list of blog post ideas. Simple but very useful spread in the long run.

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Next, I have my “Saving Goals” spread. I’m not saving for anything in particular at the moment but I want to get into the mindset to save money from each pay check I get. I think it’s a good habit to get into. Having this spread motivates me to budget and put money into my savings as I get to colour in boxes. Each box is £20, once I have coloured up to the dotted line, I would have saved £100. Once this whole page is coloured in, I should have £2,000 in my savings.

On the opposite page, I decided to have my “30 Before 30” bucket list written out as I’m sure my savings will help me acomplish some of my bucket list items.

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My first month in my new bullet journal…August!

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Moving onto my first month in my brand new bullet journal. I stuck with collections that knew worked for me. As my bullet journal is so new, I’m scared to experiment just yet as I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my journal. Therefore you may have seen all these spreads before.

My monthly view is my usual one. I’m loving this style at the minute, it really helps me to visualize my month when I can separate my events into “all day”, “am” and “pm”. I also like having a space on the right to write any general tasks I need to complete this month as well as up coming events.

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The dutch door style comes in really handy when you need more than a single page for your collection but not quite a full double page spread. Recently I have found that creating a dutch door for my monthly blog tracker and spending log works wonders. I have the perfect amount of room to include everything I need in each spread.

My blog tracker just includes a box to list all the blog posts I plan to publish, my monthly stats, as well as a notes section to jot down anything that comes to mind that month relating to my blog.

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My spending log has stayed the same for a while now as I’ve figured out exactly how this type of spread works for me. The bar graph style allows me to easily see how much I spend each day if any, and where I spend it. Each colour corresponds to a different category…purple = food, pink = me, green = travel, grey = car, blank = monthly expenses (Spotify, Netflix, phone bill etc)

It helps me to see visually, at a glance, where my money is going in ratio to different categories in my life. As you can see I spend a lot of food. The dutch door part of the spread, allows me to include a few extra areas relating to my savings, budgeting, and spending. I like to keep track of loans, if I owe anyone money or if anyone owes me any money. I like to budget at the beginning of the month and roughly jot down the key areas I will be spending my money this month, as well as how much ideally I would like to tuck away into savings.

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I have brought back the well-loved Tetris style mood tracker for this month but I simplified it a little by only including five shapes and five different moods.

I just love how colourful this spread looks once the month is up. Although it’s not the most practical spread, as I can’t see which day I was feeling what mood, it gives me a general idea how I was feeling overall that month.

As you can see another little quote managed to get into my bullet journal…” not every day is good but there’s something good in every day”.

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The opposite page holds my monthly habit tracker. A spread I have never gone without, even if it’s been weekly habits, I have always tracked my habits in some way. The month, I decided to colour my habits according to the day. Could you tell I love colour coding, each day of the week had its own colour…Monday = turquoise, Tuesday = pink, Wednesday = blue, Thursday = light green, Friday = purple, Saturday = dark green, Sunday = deep purple. 

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I also decided to bring back my sleep tracker this month. I just love the look of it when it’s all filled out but it also helps me figure out how many hours I should get to feel good in the morning. At the moment I am trying to train my body to be up at 630am so I can make the most of my day.

Hey look another quote…” you were born an original, don’t die a copy”

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You bored of turquoise yet? haha!!

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Finally, after 24 pages, we have made it to my first weekly spread in my new bullet journal and I have to say it is one of my favourite spreads I have ever done. My bullet journal isn’t just a place to write all my to-do lists down in, it’s a diary and a memory journal. Therefore, I love doodling a little picture each day to remember something that happened that day. The first week of August was a great one, I met up with my friends twice, saw Dunkirk in cinema and found out my uni grades (highest grade…WHOOP!!!).

I have finally figured out a weekly layout that works perfectly for me. It allows me to have a master task list, a section of notes, as well as a place for me to jot down any up coming events in the following week, as well as track my water and includes a space for my doodles.

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I did try and participate in the Boho Berry Challenge this month but did two days and fell off the wagon. I just don’t think this is my kind of thing. I still love the spread though and don’t regret trying it.

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This spread is the current week. Not as busy this week but I still managed to doodle every day and I’m loving it. You may have noticed that each week I am altering the boarder colour and style, as well as the week day dates and headings. It just allows me to experiment and mix it up from week to week without changing my entire layout that I love very much.

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Another quote…what?! This was actually said by my boss as we have done something after work on Tuesday for the past two weeks and each time it felt like a Friday. It also just reminds me that no matter what day of the week it is, you can make it feel like Friday with your outlook, therefore I put it as a reminder in my bujo.

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Relating to the quote on the first page, I decided to do a little doodle page of everything that makes me happy. This collection is a working progress but so far I have things like, Disney, Youtube, books, catching up with friends, country music and Tom. It’s just a little reminder than when I’m not having a great day, these are the things I know will cheer me up.

Yesterday I planned out for the following week, this is how it turned out.

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I changed the pattern and colour of the border again this week and really love it. My boss’ birthday is on Tuesday so I have already doodled a little balloon to visually remember that. I also have Friendsfest, a yearly event for Friends fans, on Sunday so drew out the Friends logo to signify that. Once again I changed the week day headers, just so I don’t get bored of my weekly spreads, a simple change can keep it interesting without having to change it all.



If you have made it this far I congratulate you, that was one long post but I hope you enjoyed it nevertheless and it helped you get some inspiration for your own bullet journal.

I absolutely love how my new bullet journal is turning out so far and have a feeling I won’t be going back to a Moleskin. While they are great, Leutthurm just gives you that little bit more space, as they are slightly wider, as well as the already built in page numbers and index makes for easy use in months to come.

What are you favourite spreads in my new bullet journal? Also what type of bullet journal posts would you like to see as these are my favourite to do.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 



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11 Books in One Month | July Reading Wrap Up | Sitting In The Clouds

It’s official!!! I’ve never read so much in one month in all the years I’ve been an avid reader. I want to thank Zoe and Ariel, two of my favourite booktubers for hosting two of my favourite read-a-thons. Zoe’s 24HR Read-a-thon came first and got me out of my reading slump. I managed to read 2 books in around 17 hours. Then the Booktube-a-thon happened this past week and I managed to read 7 books in one week, completing all the challenges which is just so crazy, as most of the time I don’t even complete one book a week.



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What I Read…and their ratings
(books highlighted with an ‘*’ are the books I read during the Booktube-a-thon)

> Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick –  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
One of my all time favourite books (my favourite books) so I thought I’d reread it to help me get out of my slump and it seemed to have worked wonders, seeing as 2 and a bit weeks later I have finished another 10 books.
All About Mia by Lisa Williamson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lisa Williamson wrote another one of my all time favourite books, The Art of Being Normal. Therefore All About Mia has been on my radar for a while now. I read it during Zoe’s 24HR Read-a-thon and it was the perfect book to devour in a day. I loved it.
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Fairest by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
I’m slowly but surely getting through the Lunar Chronicles but the size of Winter is so intimidating but hopefully, I’ll get round to it at some point before the end of the year. Overall I really enjoy this series and can’t wait for Winter and Stars Above. 
> Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ .5
Kate from GirlReading on Youtube recommended this read in one of her recent videos and it so happened that I downloaded it years ago on my e-reader. I decided to give it a go and absolutely adored it, but seeing as it’s a mystery I won’t speak a word. If you give it a go, go into it knowing nothing.
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Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I adore Harry Potter but you definitely don’t need to read the short stories for it to add anything to the original series. I enjoyed this but it was nothing special.

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book was the booktubeathon pick. Another contemporary, another enjoyable read.
> * By Your Side by Kasie West – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Now I LOVED this book and may be my favourite book I read this month. New fictional boyfriend…DAX!!
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Simon VS The Homo Sepians Agenda by Beckie Albertalli – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
A really great book with an amazing discussion point but because of the hype, I feel like I had too high of expectations for it, so it didn’t get as much love as I think most people give it. I still really enjoyed my time reading it though.
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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher –  ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’ve seen the Netflix show and I adored it and watched the entire season within 24 hours…opsie! So when I saw this audiobook on my library app, I downloaded it to help me read more during the Booktube-a-thon.
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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner –  ⭐️⭐️.5/75
I used to LOVE the Maze Runner and don’t get me wrong I still do love it, just not as much as I used it. I’ve had this book of Dashner’s on my shelf for a while and I was getting tired of reading contemporary so decided to pick it up.
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The Walking Dead Vol.1 by Robert Kirkman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a reread to complete the challenge to read an entire book outside for the booktube-a-thon. I adore The Walking Dead, tv show, and graphic novels. I have only got up to volume 10 in the graphic novels, but I read that one such a long time ago, it’s not that I’ve forgotten the story, as I have watched so many reruns of the tv show, it’s the art and what each character looks like in the graphic novels that confuses me and therefore, I want to reread the series, and the booktube-a-thon was the perfect time to do so.

Monthly Reading Stats

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I still can’t believe the amount I read this month. I don’t think I will EVER read that much again but knowing that if I prioritize my time, I can read more, makes me so happy, and in August I’m going to make it a goal just to prioritize my time more wisely. I just need to learn to pick up a book more than watch hours of Youtube.

What did you read in July? Did we read any of the same books? Did YOU participate in the Booktube-a-thon? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel