I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE |Tea Talk #9 | Sitting In The Clouds

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE! I’ve searched my brain for new blog post ideas. I’ve googled and googled but nothing sparks my inspiration or my passion for my blog anymore. I don’t want this to be the end but when I see a blank “write” box, I feel intimated, guilty and a little sad. I’m so proud of this little space of mine and how it has grown and I don’t want to throw it down the drained. I thought taking a break for a while would be the answer but I haven’t properly posted since April and I’m getting scared the passion and determination I once had for Sitting In The Clouds is going or maybe even gone. I don’t want this break to go on for any longer.

Here’s what’s going to happen in the last attempt to bring the joy I once had for blogging back…

One | HAVE A REVAMP – I’m a graphic designer so it can’t be that hard to redesign my blog banner, my blog post headers and the overall look and feel of my blog and turn it into something I really want to post on. However, my big computer has broken so we’ll how designing on my 13″ screen will go.
(edit: you will start to see the redesign pop up around my blog now. Let me know what you guys think of it.)

Two | PLAN IDEAS – This one is going to be a little tricker since I’ve been trying to do that for a while now. I think of ideas then don’t want to write any.  I really want to focus on my bullet journal posts, my love for Disney and reading. Concentrating more on my lifestyle aspect of my blog. I still really want to do OOTD/W posts, but I have a feeling beauty and makeup will take a heavy backseat.

Three | INTERACT AGAIN – Not only have I been off my blogging game but I haven’t read your posts or interacted with you on your blogs in so long and I’ve missed it. Interacting with other bloggers is a massive part of this community and you can’t really do one without the other. So let’s reconnect. Link me to your blog posts and social medias below and I’ll say hi!

and finally….

Four | INVOLVE YOU – I have nearly 900 of you amazing readers so I would love to know what you want to see from me. I want to involve you more in my blog decisions and make my readers the main drive of my blog. I love chatty posts, much like this one, so if you have any topics you want me to discuss let me know. I really want the comments on my blog to get more attention and allow anymore to address their opinions and know they won’t get shut down.

So in conclusion….PLEASE HELP ME!!! The next blog post CAN’T be “RIP Sitting In The Clouds”.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

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Hitting 800 Followers & Life Updates | Tea Talk #8 | Sitting In The Clouds

WARNING: a lovely long rambley post

I haven’t posted in nearly a month which means I’m kind of out of the loop with this whole blogging thing and it feels weird to be writing again. Yes, I’ve been off my blogging game for about a month now, but I personally don’t feel this is wrong or that I should feel guilty for it. Everyone needs a break, not only when it comes to their blog but with everything in their lives. Whether it’s reading, bullet journaling or any other hobby you may have. And for me all my hobbies have taken a back seat recently, it just so happens blogging has been the most noticeable. University work has pretty much been my life for the past couple of months as I’ve been working towards finishing my first year and getting all portfolio work complete. Therefore, not only had my blog taken a back seat, I’ve barely touched my bullet journal and I haven’t finished a book in nearly two weeks. To be honest I’ve barely had any motivation for anything. But today, at 2pm my 4 and a half month long summer started as I handed in my portfolio.

However, for the past week or so I’ve been eager to get back into blogging but I feel the reason why I’ve had little motivation for it is because my blog is titled “a beauty blog” and I’ve been labelling myself “a beauty blogger” since starting a year ago. Don’t get me wrong sometimes I love writing beauty and makeup posts and I do enjoy experimenting and buying new makeup but out of all the topics I like to discuss on my blog, it isn’t my favourite. Therefore, starting today I will focusing more on the lifestyle, much like this blog post as well as including fashion as I love doing OOTD posts, and book side of things more. I will still be sticking a few beauty posts in here and there but I won’t be forcing myself to do an empties post at the end of each month, or always making sure I have new favourites to talk about. It’s no longer the direction I want to take my blog. But by all means that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to post this type of content nor enjoying reading other beauty bloggers.

And continuing on…sorry this is such a rambley blog post but while I’ve been away I’ve hit TWO major milestones in my blogging journey. I hit 800 followers, which is incredible, I can’t even imagine that many people. So thank you. But what excites me most is that I’ve now been blogging for an entire YEAR! I wrote and published my first post on the 22nd of May 2016 called Am I Really Sitting On A Cloud? and to this day it’s still one of my favourite blog posts I like to go back and read. I just want to thank you all for your continued support through-out this first year but even more so when I’ve been absent. I was still getting hits on my blog while I was away which is amazing as it shows people still enjoy my content even if I’m not posting consistently.

I’ve been away a month and although I wasn’t the busiest person in the world I did get up to a few things in the midst of the chaos that was my life during uni stress season.

So, What Have YOU Missed?

I spent a lovely long weekend in the Cotswold with my extended family to celebrate my Grandmas 80th birthday.

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I celebrated the end of uni a week early by going out for drinks in my favourite cocktail bar with my friends in London.

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don’t worry those drinks weren’t all mine…I think anyway. 

I spent some great quality time with Tom which always helps me destress and just forget about my never ending to-do list for university. It helped that the weather has been amazing this past week even if the past couple has been the complete opposite.

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Reading….

I’ve read a few books here and there. Reading has always been something I do to get away from the real world so I really enjoyed getting into bed after a full day of work or uni and escaping to another world.

If you saw my April Wrap Up you would know that I was in the middle of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera last time I updated you. Unfortunately it was my second DNF of the year. My next read however was 5 stars and that was The Christmasauras by Tom Fletcher.

I’ve been making really good use of my local library recently and all my current reads have been library loans. I really want to buy a physical copy of The Christmasaurus though, it was too good not to.

  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)

I’m currently reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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This was such a strong book at the beginning, I was raving about it, I knew it was going to be 5 stars and one of my new all time favourite books but nearing the end it’s getting slow and repetitive. I’m still enjoying it but not as much as I was. It’s now nearing around 4-4.5 stars, it depends on the ending.

Bullet Journalling…

Much like my blog and reading, I fell into a little bit of a bullet journal slump in May. My monthly spreads got neglected, even my weekly spreads were failing me. However I’m so excited about this weeks spread as I think I’m finally out of my LIFE slump. I’ve added a lot of colour, doodles and stickers into it and I love it.

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I’ve been experimenting a lot with my weekly spreads at the minute as I was in my slump, trying to find a layout that would work for me and I think I’ve finally found it.

I’ve been very motivated the past couple of days in every aspect of my life. I want to make my blog better than ever, really experiment with my bullet journal, I’ve included a dutch door into my next spread, and I’m going to start swimming to get into a better healthy lifestyle routine. Let’s just say I’m excited about the future.


So yeah, I just wanted to let you know I’m alive and well and I’m officially back to blogging. I hope you’ve enjoyed this ramblely post and that you’re excited for the future of my blog.

until next time,
p.s. I’m really trying to grow my twitter presence at the minute so if you’re not following go ahead. I post a lot of blog updates on there as well. 

xoxo, rachel
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Day Trip To Kew Gardens (+OOTD) | Tea Talk #7 | Sitting In The Clouds

It hit 23 degrees today in London…aka flipping boiling for the UK. The sunglasses came out, as well as the suncream. Ice cream vans music played and it truly felt like summer. My mum and I took advantage of this lovely weather as living in the UK you never know when the glorious weather will go into hiding and winter will be upon us once again, by visiting Kew Gardens.

For university I have to create a poster advertising Kew Gardens so the main focus of the trip was to get inspiration for my design. However, I’m also taking a photography class this semester so it was a great location to practice my photography. Even though this trip was primarily for university, it turned into a lovely mother, daughter day. We had a lovely lunch, sitting back and enjoying the sun. We of course stopped off in Starbucks and picked up some refreshing drinks to combat the heat and just had a lovely bonding session.

Please bare in mind I’m still learning the basics of photography and I have a long way to go.

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Out of over 100 photos taken those are my three favourites. I just love doing depth of field photos.

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While having a nice stroll and not following the map we came across this bear that had been carved out of an old tree stump and I think I’m going to be basing my poster off this as it’s so unique.

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WARNING! Today wasn’t the day for skinny jeans but nevertheless I really liked the outfit I chose, it had a very summery vibe. I chose my really comfy shoes, my Ugg Treadlites as I knew today was a day of walking and of course a pair of sunglasses.

Top: Topshop
Jeans: Topshop Joni Jeans
Shoes: Uggs
Sunglasses: Primark

I did bring a leather jacket as we headed out of the house at around 9:30 in the morning but I took it off as soon as we got to the gardens and didn’t wear it once after.

Today was so much fun and the weather was just fantastic. If you enjoyed this type of blog post let me know by liking and commenting so I know whether to do similar in the future. I would also love your opinion on whether you would want me to include more of my graphic design and photography projects on my blog? Let’s chat in the comments.

If you are based in the UK, I hope you had a lovely weekend enjoying the sunshine and making the most of it.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Motivation, No Regrets & Taking Chances | Tea Talk #6 | Sitting In the Clouds

Welcome Back!!! A while ago now, but something that has resinated with me since is that you shouldn’t look back on your life with any regrets. I truly believe that you should be able to look back on your life and say “I can’t believe I did that” rather than “I wish I had done that”. That “something” may be sh!t scary and way out of your comfort zone but all you have to do is take that first step. The reason I’m saying all this is because recently during another plain and simple day at uni, our class had to sit through a “jobs & CV” seminar. I have a great internship at the moment and knew this class wasn’t going to be super helpful to me but I was feeling super motivated that day so I thought I might as well take the most out of it that I can. That’s when my point of view on life shifted. Now that may be a massive statement to say but since that day, I have never been so motivated to work hard to achieve what I want. That lecturer simply said….

“All you have to do is take that first step”

Of course she was talking about reaching out to companies and businesses yourself rather than just relying on the internet and job search websites but for me, it hit a completely different part of my heart.

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I’m a HUGE Disney fan. My first trip to Disneyland Paris was when I was three months old, my first trip to Walt Disney World was in 2000, when I was three. Since then I have been to WDW 13 times and Paris around eight. I’ve pretty much been to one or the other at least once a year since I was born. I’m forever grateful for my parents for giving me a Disney filled childhood and for allowing my Disney heart to grow and grow. But something my parents never knew would become of this was wanting to work for The Mouse himself and not just visit him on holiday.

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Since about the age of ten when on one of my many trips to the most magical place on earth I saw an english girl working at Disney. I wondered how? why? So many thoughts were going through my mind but the main thought was “a girl from where I’m from is here working. That’s going to me someday.”

Of course I was only around ten years old at the time so I didn’t think much about it but over the years since, I’ve been researching and learning all about the Disney College Program or the Disney International Program for students outside of the USA ever since. A chance for students who are studying at university level to have the summer of their lives. From June to August they have the chance to work for The Mouse, earning, learning and playing all at the same time. This is my dream!!!! To be able to work for The Mouse, to thrive, learn and grow in my happy place, to go to a place where the sun is always shining. The Disney International Program is a chance for my dream to become a reality. And that lecturer resparked that idea and love I always had simmering in my blood to come to the surface.

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This is the first year I am able to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity but around two years ago I had a massive passion for it and was researching it day in, day out. Two things made me feel like this dream of mine wasn’t possible and never would be, something so out of my reach there wasn’t even any point trying; a controlling and manipulative ex-boyfriend and my chronic illness. Since then, a new man, a supportive, caring, amazing man has stepped into my life and my dad gave me one of his kidneys so I could live a better life. So with the combination of an amazing man who only wants the best for me, a working kidney allowing me to live a normal life and a lecturer who I don’t even think she knows how much she has impacted me life, this summer I’m applying for the Disney International Program for the summer of 2018.

I’m going to achieve my dreams. I’m taking that first step in making my dreams possible. I’m going to work in my happy place, I’m going to say I worked at Disney when I’m 80 years old in my rocking chair, flipping through the scrapbook with my grand kids because bet you not, they will be just as obsessed with Disney as I am. I’m not going to let life pass me by and I will not be sitting in that rocking chair regretting not having taken that first step and applied.

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I know how incredibly hard it is to apply and even get accepted onto the program because I’m not the only one out there who also wants this dream as much as me. Thousands apply, only hundreds get accepted. But I’m going to take that first step and apply because you never know what might happen because I was brave enough to step out of my comfort zone and follow my dreams.


I ask you, are you doing things to make your dreams become a reality? Are you already chasing your dreams? Never have an regrets in life!

Abi over at abisays.co.uk…ages ago, asked me to write a blog post about my dream job. Working at Disney, even if it is only for three months is my dream job. A lot of people believe the Disney College Program is only stepping stones in working full-time at Disney as people extend their programs so you never know where things in life can take you. All I know that is my dream job is to work for The Mouse and be a cast member who makes magical moments for guests, just like a whole load of cast memories have created magical moments for me and my family in the past.

This is my dream and I’m not going to let anybody stop me from achieving them!

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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(Writing this with “Beautiful Birds” by Passenger in the background)

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Dear Tom,

Today marks one whole year spent with you. One whole year of laughter and adventures, of making inside jokes and creating memories to last a lifetime. One whole year of having not only my boyfriend but my best friend and soulmate by my side. From our first date at The Grocers, to our unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World, to now. We’ve both been through a lot together this past year. We’ve both had knock backs from others, but we’ve always had each other to help pick ourselves up again. It sounds cliche but meeting you was one of the best things to ever happen to me. You helped me be comfortable in myself again, past relationships had shut the real me away and I never thought the old me was going to be able to be seen again, but you made me feel comfortable in who I am, fangirling included. You made me see that it was okay to cry because you were always there to wipe my tears away. You taught that people may judge you but as long as your happy that’s all that matters. I’ll now run down the street, or skip as you like to do sometimes, holding your hand and we’ll be in our own little bubble, people will look at us and some may think we’re weird but others will genuinely smile at our expressed happiness being in each other’s company. I’ll always remember the time when we were walking through Hyde Park, crossing over each other legs as we walked, in hysterics for some reason or another and an older man walked past and laughed with us. You have brought so many happy memories to me this past year and I can’t ever thank you enough for all you have taught and given me.
I believe that things happen for a reason sometimes. I’ve lost friendships this past year that I was expecting to have for a lifetime but looking back now, those friendships weren’t bringing me half an much happiness as you bring me in one day. You’ll be snoozing away in bed, you’re not a morning person and I’m an early riser so it happens most mornings, but I look over at you and just smile because of your presence.
I don’t think you realise how much you actually mean to me. We met 3 months after the biggest thing to happen in my life, my kidney transplant, yet that didn’t phase at all. It was actually our opening conversation. You weren’t frighten or put off that I had something wrong with me and that I wasn’t perfect, but were actually interested in it and have been by my side through this past year of recovery when anything could of happened. You have been to countless hospital appointments that are so dull and boring but never once have you complained. You’ve stuck by my side through it all.  You have been my rock, not just health reasons but with university as well. BOY I got stressed with my uni deadline but you were always next to me or a simple phone call away to relieve my life of a few minutes of stress. You are my own little personal cheerleader in every aspect of my life.
I may only be 19 but I sure know what I want to achieve in my lifetime. For starters, I want a Jaguar XF, I also want to be my own boss and have my own graphic design company, I would love for this blog to take me somewhere. However, I don’t want any of these things to happen unless you are there to enjoy and experience it all with me. You may only be 21 and I might only be 19 but I’ve never been so sure on my feelings before. The day I met you, I knew deep down it was you I had been waiting for. So here’s to another amazing year and many more to come.

I love you to the moon and back and will always be by  your side even if we are miles apart because at the end of the day, as soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen.


until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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