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

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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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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.

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xoxo, rachel



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I recently turned 20 and it occurred to me how little I’ve done with my life so far and how much I want to achieve. My little head is full of dreams and aspirations and even though I’m not even near my half way mark on my life, I’m starting to panic. By the time I’m 30, I want to feel stable and happy with my life. That’s far from where I am right now.  I shouldn’t really be worrying at all, 10 years is a long time. I can barely remember turning 10 and in those ten years, I finished full time education, begun and ended teenage hood, learnt to drive, been to Disney countless times, had a 4 year long relationship, made and lost friends, brought my first lottery ticket, celebrated Christmas ten times, changed so much as a person and done things I can’t even remember. I don’t think my 10 year old self wouldn’t recognise me right now. But being the list maker, planner junkie and organiser that I am, I’ve created a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn the big 3-0!



>1 Participate in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program
>2 Have a Degree
>3 Explore Australia & New Zealand
>4 Get Married
>5 Start a Family
>6 Work for Disney (HQ in Hammersmith)
>7 Help Rays of Sunshine grant a wish
>8 Do a Professional Internship at Disney (Burbank, Florida)
>9 See my designs somewhere in the public eye
>10 Meet my Kiwi friend
>11 Have a home library and office (aka own a house)
>12 Visit every Disney resort, including California, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Orlando and Hong Kong
>13 Have a fitness routine I love and stick to
>14 Learn how to do a french plait
>15 Have my first nightclub experience (yes, I’m 20 and haven’t actually been on a proper night out)
>16 Own something designer (a handbag or a high end makeup product)
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17 Meet at least one more actor from FRIENDS (I have met Matthew Perry)
>18 Have a stayaction in Brighton
>19 Go to a restaurant and only order dessert
>20 Go to a cinema and see the next film showing
>21 Celebrate a birthday aboard
>22 Own a dog (preferably a German Shephard)
>23 Have a “well stocked” savings account
>24 Continue bullet journalling and own all the different Leuchtturm1917 coloured notebooks.
>25 Own a vintage style polaroid
>26 Make sure I continually keep in contact with my three closest friends
>27 Keep up with my blog and have a custom domain name
>28 Enjoy a Disney cruise (stopping at their private island)
>29 Do some freelance graphic design work
>30 Stay in a treehouse villa



This list may be overly ambitious but it could be achievable. I guess I’ll find out in 10 years. If I have completed all these dreams of mine, I’ll be a very happy 30 year old and I won’t be worrying on my 30th birthday, much like Rachel Green or Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS did….“Why God Why?! We had a deal, let the others grow old, not me!”

What’s on the top of your bucket list? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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Leaving Teen-hood | Sitting In The Clouds

Each year you get to celebrate the fact you are growing older, which really doesn’t sound that fun, but to be honest it really depends on the age you are turning. Kids love their birthday’s, most of them eager to age up another year to be able to act cooler, get permission to do more things, and just seem more grown up. I’m guilty of being one of “those” kids. But when you get to your adult years, birthdays become less and less welcoming. However, I see it like this…

“Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you”

I recently turned 20, leaving my teenage years behind me and entering the real world of adulting. However, as each birthday comes and goes, I never feel older. I get asked my age and have to think about it a while before realising that, yes, in fact I am a year older. Nothing really changes except peoples expectations for you. I’m now 20 which kind of means I have to start taking responsibility for things. We’ll see about that. For my 20th birthday celebration this year, I rocked out to one of my favourite punk pop bands live, had a Stitch, yes from Lilo and Stitch, themed bbq and went book shopping. No afternoon tea, champagne and grown up talk just yet.



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I had a great celebration into adulthood and a month later still don’t feel like an adult. Like Walt Disney once said, “adults are only kids grown up”. He was a man of many wise words but those ones speak to me more than ever. Age is merely a number, don’t let it stop you doing things you want to do. At 20, I had a Stitch themed party and don’t regret it one bit.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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…And So The Journey Begins! | I Do Disney #1 | Sitting In The Clouds

Hey there, hi there, ho there, it’s a Disney kind of day. Glad to see your smiling faces as we pass along the way. There’s lots of fun and laughter here,all waiting just for you. All you gotta do make a wish, and watch your dreams come true….🎤🎧

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Today I embarked on the biggest, most exciting, scariest and most utterly nerve-recking journey of my life. Today I applied for the Disney Cultural Exchange Program. Don’t know what this is? It’s a chance for university students to spend their summer break working in Walt Disney World. It’s a three month long program, usually lasting from June to August. You have to be at least 18 years of age, have one year of studying behind you, and speak fluent english to apply. (Read my “Motivation, No Regrets & Taking Chances” post to hear more about it and why I want to apply)

This has been a dream of mine since a very young age and so today was a massive milestone for me. Hitting that “submit” button was so exciting but now it’s just a waiting game. I have done all I can do for the time being. I will find out if I got through to the pre-screen interview around late August to early September.

The reason I’ve started up this mini blog series, #IDoDisney is so I can…

  1. Help others – when researching and learning all about this experience, I found so many videos and blogs about americans applying, their program is called the Disney College Program, and it’s slightly different, but I barely found anyone talking about the DCEP (Disney Cultural Exchange Program, the program for UK and Canadians applicants) so therefore I want to try and help others and be a reliable source for other applicants.
  2. For me – I want something to look back on and know how I was feeling at the time. Of course this series may start and end with this blog post as the demand for this program is extremely high so the chance of getting through is low. However, I will be applying for this program until I am no longer eligible so being able to look back when applying again, I think will be very useful. But hopefully that won’t happen.

At the end of the day, this is my dream and I will work my butt off to achieve it. If you want to know more and understand why this is such a big deal for me, I explain everything in my “Motivation, No Regrets & Taking Chances” blog post.


Let me know if you are a fellow applicant for the summer of 2018 so we can chat and go through this journey together. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, I’ll be happy to reply to you all. I want to do another blog post soon all about the first step of the application process so let me know if you have any enquires about anything I said in today’s blog post.

I’ve made my wish so now all I have to do is “watch my dreams come true..”. Wish me luck!

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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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Welcome Back!!! On May 22nd 2016 I decided to take the jump and start up my own blog, that little space on the internet that’s yours, where you can talk about whatever you want and share your passions. I’ve been blogging for less than a year yet I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved so far. It’s crazy to think that it’s 2017 already but I want to look back over last year and review some of my favourite blog posts I’ve published in the short amount of time I’ve been blogging. If you’re new then this is a great way to explore my blog and get to know me on a more personal level. If you’ve been following me since the start then I want to thank you for your continued support and hope you enjoy yet another blog post from me anyway.


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1) Am I Really Sitting In The Clouds? How can I not mention my first ever blog post? To this day, nearly a year on, I still go back to this blog post and read it to see how far I’ve come but also because I think it’s a really fun post. It explains the meaning behind my blog name and really shows off my personality. It’s had over 60 views and I’m really proud of it.

By the way these are in no particular order. They are just either blog posts that I really enjoyed writing and taking photos for or just love reading back months after I wrote them. My blog is a little capsule of my life so I love reading back my own blog posts. Let me know that I’m not the only one. 

2) All About The Magic – This blog post showcases just a few of the fantastic photos and memories I created when I went to Walt Disney World with my family and boyfriend back in August. This blog post is only a glimmer into how incredible that holiday was and I will cherish those memories forever.

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3) Living With An Invisible Illness – This is and probably will be the most personal blog post that’s up on the internet for everyone to see. October 8th 2015 I had a kidney transplant because all my life I’ve been suffering with Chronic Kidney Disease so this blog post was all about how I coped with living with an illness no-one can see and how the transplant experience was. I had butterflies when hitting the publish button but I’m so glad its out there now. My illness is part of who I am not who I am.

4) My Go-To Autumn Makeup Look – I spent so much time and effort on this blog post. I actually filmed myself creating the look and then took screenshots from the video. It came out exactly how I wanted it too and it’s one of my favourite blog posts I’ve done to date.

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5) Cute and Cosy OOTD – This post to date is the most liked blog post I have done. It’s received so much love and I’m so happy you guys enjoyed it so much. I love doing OOTD posts but don’t do them too often because unless I have to dress up, I tend to just throw on a jumper, jeans and a pair of uggs and head out the door.

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6) First Impressions: Morphe 35T Palette – My first ever first impressions post and it’s about one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes (it features in my 2016 favourites). Since receiving the Morphe 35T palette I haven’t used any other, I just love it so much. This blog post includes swatches as well as my thoughts on it after only a couple days of messing around with it.

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7) How Much Is My Face Worth? This was a super fun blog post to do. I added up every makeup item I put on my face to see how much my face was worth. It was a really interesting blog post to do and really opened my eyes to how much every cost when added together. I’m not even a fan of high end products and mainly just use drugstore. This blog post was a mini little trend going around the blogosphere when I first started.

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8) I GOT A TATTOO!!! – Like I mentioned previously my blog is like a little time capsule of my life and this blog post defiantly captures one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Back in July, I got a tattoo and it was so scary yet so exciting and this blog post is all about my experience with some pictures of how the tattoo came out. I still love my tattoo to this day and wouldn’t change it for the world.

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So those were my top eight blog posts I’ve written in 2016 and I hope you enjoyed reading them just as much enjoyed writing them. Here’s to another fantastic year of awesome blog posts and content. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging consistently for eight months and I’m loving every minute and can’t wait for my blogging journey to continue.

Thank you for all your support since May and I hope you have a nosey around at my favourite blog posts of 2016. Let me know in the comments what your favourite blog post of mine has been this year. I would love to know so I can do similar ones in the future.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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