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New Year Resolutions (sort of).

It seems fitting that my first post of 2017 is a New Year’s Resolution post. I’m back, after a year or so of posting very rarely, to hopefully get into some kind of routine. 

First things first, let me update you on where I’m at. I’ve completed my Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing and am enrolled in the Diploma this year. I’ve had a few pieces of writing published in local newspapers, which I was very excited about. I also sent in a non-fiction piece to a major magazine and was rejected in the best way possible. 

On a more personal side, I’m moving out of home in a couple of months with my brother and his girlfriend and best friend. I’m also now a supervisor at work which means more shifts and more money (yay).

This year I’m hoping to achieve more, particularly with my writing. I want to get published in a magazine/newspaper with something more than a few hundred words. I’d also really love to reach over 50,000 on one piece of fiction. I want to post more regularly on here, but with more meaningful posts, with things that are interesting to everyone.

On top of my writing goals, I also want to continue going to the gym a few times a week (which I’ve recently signed up for) for at least 6 months. I want to feel better about my body and know that I’m doing something to help myself both physically and mentally. 

I hope this year is as great, or, with a bit of luck, even better than 2016.

Here’s to 2017 and a new year to make great memories and achievements. 

I hope you all have a fab year and achieve everything you want to!

Ps. Thanks for reading!

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One Year Anniversary 😍

It’s officially been a year since I first started my blog! Wooohoooo! Celebratory hugs all round!

Anyway, for today to celebrate and hopefully make you giggle, I’m going to do the one year anniversary tag. Now this is all for fun and in no way am I in a relationship with my blog but here it is!

1. What has brought you closer together this year?
Definitely my writing. It’s given us a connection that I couldn’t live without.

2. What is your favourite memory of this year together?
This would have to be the day that we got 105 views. That was a great day.

3. Did you have a honeymoon or wedding disaster that you’re already laughing about?
When I first started using WordPress I didn’t realise that when you save a draft it still uploads what you’ve got, people just can’t see it. So anyway, I saved a draft and absolutely pooped myself when I thought it had actually gone up for all of the Internet to see. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to realise that that wasn’t the case.

4. What has surprised you most about being married?
The lovely encouraging messages that my blog gives me when we’ve achieved something. It makes me feel all warm inside.

5. Anything shocking you’ve learned about your spouse?
Well. My blog neglects to prompt me to write sometimes which results in my not posting for a while…yes…I’m going to pretend that that’s my blogs fault.

6. What is a bonus quality in your spouse that you didn’t know about until married?
Patience. My blog, contrary to what is written in the previous question, waits very patiently for me to post. Throughout Year 12 it has been understanding of my time restrictions and doesn’t hold it against me if I forget to post something.

7. If you could do anything different what would it be?
I would start my blog sooner and post much more than I already do.

8. What have you learned from your spouse this year?
I have learnt that blogging is hard sometimes and that keeping connected throughout the WordPress society is difficult at times, but oh so worth it.

9. How have your feelings changed in just one year?
I have absolutely fallen in love with my blog. It is my safe place for me to share my thoughts and my stories. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It’s amazing.

10. What is one thing that has worked, and has made a difference in your marriage, that you would give as advice to others?
Take time out to spend with your blog. Or, if you don’t have one, start one. There are so many great things you can do with a blog so just enjoy your time with it and don’t take a minute of it for granted.

Okay that’s all for today guys. Thank you so much for reading and thank you to those who have continued to read my blog and support me. You all mean the world to me! Thanks again! Bye! 🙂 x

The TMI Tag!

Today I’m going to do a TMI tag! Enjoy!

1. what are you wearing?
I am currently wearing my pajamas as I am laying in bed.

2. have you ever been in love?
I think I’d classify myself as being in love twice in my life.

3. have you ever had a terrible break up?
I have had 2 pretty awful break ups, both of which have made me want to stay single for a while and just be me. Both of the guys are great people but it just didn’t work out for us.

4. how tall are you?
169cm ( I think ).

5. how much do you weigh?
I haven’t weighed myself for a while but last time I was about 66kg.

6. any tattoos?
Not yet but when I turn 18 I want to get ‘now I’m a warrior’ tattooed across the back of my shoulders.

7. any piercings?
Only my two ear piercings.

8. otp?
Alfie Deyes and Zoe Sugg. (PointlessBlog and Zoella).

9. what is your favorite show?
I’d have to say it’s Pretty Little Liars. That show got me hooked.

10. who are your favorite bands?
5SOS are my favourite band but I also love a lot of solo artists.

11. something you miss?
I actually miss my ex-bestfriend. A few months ago we had a falling out and it hit me pretty hard.

12. favorite song?
At the moment it’s ‘Good For You’ by Selena Gomez.

13. how old are you?
17 but I’m 18 on the 20th of this month!

14. zodiac sign?
Libra.

15. quality you look for in a partner?
Someone who makes me happy everyday.

16. what is your favorite quote?
“People will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”

17. who is your favorite actor?
Josh Hutcherson, without a doubt.

18. favorite color?
Pastel green.

19. loud music or soft?
Both depending on my mood.

20. where do you go when you’re sad?
Usually I lock myself away in my room and listen to music or call my best friends.

21. how long does it take you to shower?
About 20 minutes.

22. how long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
20 minutes because I shower at night.

23. have you ever been in a physical fight?
Only with my little brother but it wasn’t serious.

24. turn on’s?
Guys who are happy with who they are as a person.

25. turn off’s?
Bad personal hygiene.

26. the reason I started a blog?
I started my blog because I love writing and I wanted somewhere where I could talk about whatever I wanted.

27. what are your fears?
Injections, hospital procedures, friendships breaking down, spiders, being hurt in a relationship.

28. last thing that made you cry?
I had a panic attack a couple of days ago so that.

29. last time you said you loved someone?
I told my dad I loved him a couple nights ago.

30. meaning behind your blog name?
My friends call me Ello and my last name is Francis.

31. last book you read?
Heroes of Olympus: The House Of Hades.

32. the book you’re currently reading?
Heroes of Olympus: The Blood Of Olympus.

33. last show you watched?
Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

34. last person you talked to?
My friend Mace.

35. the relationship between you and the last person you texted?
Mace is best friends with my best friend from kinder.

36. what is your favorite food?
Hmmm…I’d have to say chocolate mud cake.

37. place you want to visit?
I really want to visit the UK more than anywhere else.

38. last place you were?
The last place I travelled overseas was Vanuatu on a cruise in March.

39. do you have a crush?
Indeed I do.

40. last time you kissed someone?
The last person I kissed was my crush and that was about a month ago.

That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed this random post! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

Why I Have A Blog!

I made my blog in November 2014 because I’ve always loved writing and sharing my thoughts with people. I wanted somewhere that i could share my creativity and writing with people who are interested in the same thing. I wanted somewhere public where I could feel connected to people all around the world. I made my blog while I was on the phone to my best friend talking about how much we’d love to be a blogger like Zoella. And now, here I am, 51 posts later. I love being able to put a little piece of me out on the Internet.

I write about multiple topics. Sometimes I like to do opinion pieces about whatever issue is relevant in the world or my life in that moment. I also love sharing parts of stories that I’ve written and doing monthly posts about what I’ve been loving that month. On top of that I also like to make posts that help you guys to get to know me and who I am a little better.

The aim of my blog is not to get the most followers or views but to spread the word of important issues and to have some fun while connecting with people around the world. I’ve had people view my blog from the US, UK, Romania, Germany, and so on which to me is so crazy that something I’ve written in my room on my phone or laptop has reached people half way across the world. I think that would have to be the most important thing to me. I want to share with the world.

So this post today is just a little bit about what I want from my blog and why I created my blog in the first place. Thanks for reading! 🙂 x