30 Facts About Me

I thought it was time I shared a little bit more about myself on here and this is a fun way to do it. This is a mix of some of my favourite things, childhood dreams and weird life choices. For me, things like this might bring us a little bit closer. Learning new things about people is my favourite way to get to know them!

Let’s get into it!

  • I have never officially broken a bone. I *think* I broke my little toe a few years ago but I never got it checked so technically this is a fact (until proven otherwise).
  • Doctors treated me for epilepsy from the age of 9/10-14. I used to faint when I was younger and the doctors at the time thought it was epilepsy. I took the tablets for a few years but was still fainting, so I stopped. It turns out it was just a salt deficiency and circulation problem.
  • I have webbed hands and toes! The skin on my fingers is linked a lot higher than anyone I know. The toes on my feet are linked together too!
  • I trained my accent to be different. I’m from the Black Country which is in-between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The accent there is really thick and sort of silly sounding, so I trained my voice to sound less thick.
  • My favourite film is The Crow. I love the deep rooted message of love that it upholds, even through the violent and drug enthused plot. The sequels are terrible though.
  • The first tattoo I had was done on a leather sofa in my mums friends house. – I paid £20 and didn’t ask for the dots or the heart… Always go to a professional.
  • I met my boyfriend on a website called Vampirefreaks. We both had made an account in our early teens and by chance happened to be online at the same time on evening in 2012. (I messaged first, if you’re wondering).
  • When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer, lawyer, writer, hairdresser or singer.
  • My old band and I recorded a live show in Birmingham. – The recording still exists on youtube!
  • My first childhood crush was Aaron Carter. I liked that we had the same haircut and we’re similar ages. I was about 7 at the time…
  • My second childhood crush was Trent Lane from Daria. – I had a thing for musicians (clearly).
  • I am terrified of dead things. So much so. that when my cat was put down a few years ago, I couldn’t say goodbye or be at the burial. This still hurts. For some reason people in coffins doesn’t freak me out, but seeing an actual body is probably my biggest fear.
  • My second biggest fear is never amounting to anything. I would hate to just live and die without meaning anything or doing something that will have a massive impact.
  • I used to have handwriting classes. The teachers couldn’t read my handwriting and I had to dedicate time to trying to sculpt letters into a more eligible shape.
  • I’m a college drop out. In fact, I did it twice. Both for very silly reasons.
  • I am unapologetically Sagittarius. Blunt, Adventurous, Travel Driven, Impatient and Stubborn.
  • I want four children, three cats and one dog. I have names for all of them. I’ve even decided to change my surname when Adam and I get married so that I sound more like a Disney villain.
  • My first concert was a band called InMe. I met the lead singer a few years later (as you can see below).
Dave Mcpherson and I (excuse my eyebrows)
  • 19. I can’t wear headphones for too long. It hurts and I get really bad pains in my ears.
  • Last year, I chipped my front tooth on a coke bottle and I now have a little square gap.
  • The first boyfriend I had was a ginger, gypsy called Cornelius Jr Jr Jr (he was the third to be given that name). In my late teens, my mum invited him to live with us as he wasn’t doing too well.
  • I once got so drunk that I went to bed with my handbag still round my arm and one heel on. I was very hungover that day.
  • Speaking of bad days, I once tried to overdose, told no one and was almost deaf for two days while the drug left my system.
  • If I were a boy, I was going to be called Adam or Stuart. I was almost called Natalie, but my aunt had her baby first and stole the name. Natalie’s little brother is called Adam.
  • When I first moved to Essex, I had no friends. BTW, Now I do!
  • I only speak to one person from my primary and secondary school.
  • I don’t have a middle name. In fact, neither does my Sister or Parents.
  • I have size 6 feet, I’m 5’7.7 and my natural hair colour is blonde.
  • To this day, if someone recommends a band to me, I won’t listen to them. I dislike being told what to do. Even if it is to benefit or enrich my life. (I told you I’m a Sagittarius, right?)
  • I was a vegetarian from the age of 18-20 because I made a bet with my best friend. n 2017 I became a vegetarian again, after hearing sounds of animals being slaughtered whilst on holiday in Vienna.

Phew, and that’s a wrap.

I know these sort of things are a little cliche but I really wanted to break the ice a little. So, which fact did you thing was the strangest? Tell me a fun fact about yourself below!

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How To Get Your Blogger Mojo Back

VickiAmaya

Hello Lovelies,

How are you?

For those of you that didn’t realise, I’ve been on a little break recently.

As a Blogger and Instagrammer, my life used to revolve around creating content that I wanted you to love. However, I wasn’t creating content that I loved. I was constantly comparing myself to others. Constantly stressed, anxious and unhappy. Spending hours flicking through photos, assessing blogs and profiles to try and find out why certain people were so popular. I would check my Instagram account about 50 times a day, liking hundreds of photos, leaving comments and obsessing over analytics.

 On the 13th February 2018, I stopped posting content on my Instagram and blog. I finally let myself breathe.

Today I want to talk to you in depth about Blogging, Instagramming and how to beat the Blogger Overload that I’ve heard so many people talk about.

“Blogger Overload”

Constantly talking, thinking, viewing and creating for your social media channels with no downtime.

Before I dive head first into how to fix this dastardly dilemma, I feel like I should first explain what happened that tipped me over the edge.

I’d been thinking and feeling that my content wasn’t up to my usual standards. The theme wasn’t as white as I wanted it, the pictures weren’t coming out as I’d hoped. They didn’t look anything like the popular photos that have hundreds of thousands of likes. The outfits weren’t good enough. My figure needed to be tucked here, there and my skin smoothed out. One of those truly crummy moments where everything can and was scrutinised…

We needed a photo to post that evening as we hadn’t been out that day to take any. I was setting up my lighting to take a mirror shot when, I dropped the bulb and it shattered into a thousand tiny pieces. I stood looking at the little specks of white frosted glass for what felt like a lifetime and then the tears started to pour.

Was I  actually, really sobbing over a broken light bulb? Yes, I really was…

The broken lightbulb meant that I couldn’t upload a new photo that evening. I would have to do a re-upload and I was vastly running out of photos I even liked enough to feature again.

Adam ran up the stairs, saw my tear stained face, the glass on the floor and ushered me out of the way. I took five ginormous breaths and tried to compose myself. How could I not have any photos to upload? What kind of person was I? I’m a fraud Instagrammer. I’m not even a good Blogger. (Seriously?!…). All thoughts of self doubt and loathing that would have never even hovered in my mind not two years prior.

It was then that I realised I needed to stop. To take a break and re-evaluate what I’m trying to do with my accounts. I needed to get back in touch with the reason I got into this in the first place and why I love doing it. The reason I call myself a Blogger and Instagrammer!

It’s all about the little steps!

One of the first things I stopped doing was checking my social media apps every day. The Vicki before this cataclysmic event would have been scrolling through her feed constantly to make sure she liked EVERY photo from her followers list (You’re all welcome btw 😂). Instead, I have been going on, replying to a few messages from friends and then closing the app off again. I feel like this has really helped to clarify that my life does not depend on social media. After all, I am a fully functioning member of the non cyber world too! *I also just realised that I’m older than the internet, wow…*

Another tactic I adopted to combat this feeling of unworthiness was to unfollow any person that I was consistently comparing myself too (harsh but true). That way, I didn’t have the conscious or subconscious thoughts of not being good enough when seeing their posts! Whilst I can target the feelings of jealousy and envy without unfollowing people, it felt good to admit defeat with this one. I’ve never been a jealous person, so I find it helpful to understand the aspect of others successes that unsettles me. Something which I can continue to research and work on!

Another great stress reliever was to unfollow ANY brand that didn’t genuinely inspire my fashion choices. I mean, why follow any brand that doesn’t inspire you? There is no obligation to follow a brand just because they followed you. Follow them because you genuinely love what they do, otherwise its just clogging up your feed.

My purchasing habits were the next thing that needed to change. Where before, I would try to find things that I felt my beautiful followers would love and appreciate. I’m now buying things that I love and genuinely want to wear! The whole reason my account grew to such a following is because I was sharing my own style. Somewhere along the way and unfortunately so, my purpose got lost and the likes became more important than my style. Whilst my page exists to inspire and support every one that follows it. I also want to create an income for me through it so I can build my little empire of empowerment. If you want to learn more about that, click here to read my “All About Me” post! (Paragraph 12 for the lazy people here!)

Okay, Don’t use Social Media, unfollow some stuff and only buy shit you love…  what else?

I’m very glad you asked! Once you’ve spent a few days back in reality where social justice warriors can’t throw keys at you and where cats are just balls of fluff you’ll probably start to feel a little more inspired . After all, you’ve not been bombarded with ugly bulky trainers (sneakers), coffee body scrubs, an a line skirt and slogan tee on the streets of London or that fucking pink cake shop (sorry blogger friends).

Use that inspiration as a basis. Get some magazines and go old school with them, cut them up and make outfits you love. Get onto Pinterest and make some clothing boards! Go back to the high street and try on different styles that you love! Once you feel you’ve really tackled the drought and your creativity is flowing, go back into your wardrobe and start rocking your style again. At least, that’s what I did and I’ve been having the time of my life! I understand that this bit is specific to fashion bloggers, but you can apply it in every area of life.

If you’re constantly surrounding yourself with stale information or marketing ploys, how can you possibly feel inspired? Creativity comes from within. You can TOTALLY take inspiration from others, but go your own way with that inspiration otherwise you’ll just be another opinion with an internet connection…

VickiAmaya

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Top Tips for Instagram Beginners!

Hey Lovelies,

HOW ARE YOU?

I wanted to write something helpful for you all today. Here is a little post about the unwritten rules of Instagram. Please use this post a tiny guide to the general ins and outs.

I know, my following is small but it’s also so loyal and wonderful! The people that comment leave genuine messages, the people that like my pictures like almost every picture I post and I have made many friends with a lot of you already! (please feel free to send me a message if you want to get chatting)

No° One |  LIKE BACK & LIKE UNCONDITIONALLY!

This should be in the terms and conditions. In fact, I shouldn’t even need to mention it, but I feel it’s a must if we’re going to do this. When a person likes one of your pictures, like one of theirs! Hell, like as many as you want! Follow them, send them a comment, watch their story! Someone took the time out of their busy life to press HEART on something you created. Be polite, courteous and at least return the favour.

Like photo’s that please you visually, someone is posting them for that exact reason so don’t be a sourpuss. It also makes you look really active, which is key to gaining a wonderful following.

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