Thursday, 26 April 2018

I passed my driving test.... finally

Thursday, 26 April 2018

I passed my driving test.... finally





So, I FINALLY! passed my driving test last week with just two minors. Those who know me know that it's been sort of a journey when it comes to driving and it's fair to say I cried when the examiner said the three words I never thought I would hear - 'congratulations you've passed'. It was my 5th attempt, and I know some people may snigger and think well, you must be rubbish but honestly, I kept failing for such silly things, things I would never do on a normal day. I just crumbled under the test conditions and I just found it really hard to stay calm.


When I turned 17 I was never really interested in learning to drive, the thought of it just made me feel sick but I applied for a provisional license and followed everyone else. I took a few lessons at 17 but gave them up as I was a nervous wreck behind the wheel. After a very long gap, I started my lessons back up again when I was 18 and found a really lovely woman instructor who was very patient and calm with me. I realised that the reason I didn't like driving when I was 17 is that I didn't have the right instructor for me and this is something that is very important, you're paying this instructor money and a lot of it so make sure you really get a long with their style of teaching and most importantly, make sure it benefits you.


Another benefit that gave me a lot more confidence on the road was buying a car and insuring it as a learner.  I regularly went out with my mum driving for extra experience and this really helped me overcome my nerves and gain more valuable experience on the road and I really started to become a confident driver. The week before my test that I passed I went out in my car a lot and practiced everything I was a little nervous about. I even went on test routes I remembered in my head, this was really helpful for me and I think this is a big reason why I passed. I kept thinking if I can drive perfect in my car, which has NO dual controls then I can pass my test I am safe and ready.

Every other test I went into I had such a negative frame of mind and this is something you should not do. If you're going in saying I'm going to fail, then you might as well not bother. Go in be confident and have a positive outlook and you can pass your driving test. It isn't rocket science and the examiners aren't horrible they will pass you as long as you're safe. A tip my instructor told me was that they aren't expecting a perfect drive all they want is a safe one. This is so true, nobody is perfect but you just have to demonstrate you can safely operate a vehicle with no help and be safe.



The most important advice I would give to anybody taking multiple driving tests or even theory tests is do not give up. It may seem now that you're not getting anywhere but you will be so thankful when you're holding that pink license!


Thank you for reading,
Until next time,
Lauren.



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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Finding your place in the blogging world

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Finding your place in the blogging world

Blogging is such a huge trend at the moment and It's one I love. I have been blogging for four years now and throughout my blogging journey, I have noticed the number of blogs they are floating around. This can be a negative and a positive, negative being it's hard to be original and find yourself within the community and a positive being there's lots of inspiration out there. So, today I thought I would talk about how to make your blog original and how to find yourself within this huge community.


1. find your genre - This is key when you're starting a blog, readers want to know what they're going to find when they come and look at your blog. You need to determine what category it falls under e.g beauty, fashion or lifestyle.  When I first started I categorised my blog as fashion, lifestyle, and beauty which is broad, now I tend to just call it a lifestyle blog as I tend to stray away from blogging about beauty too much and try and create more life posts.

2. Create unique posts - It is great to write the common beauty guru posts, such as makeup tutorials or a monthly favourites but it's always great to think outside the box and create exciting new posts that nobody has heard of. In the past, I started an inspirational stories series that highlighted people that had incredible stories. It could be anything but the thing to remember is new and exciting things often get more views as people want to read something new.


3.  Make your blog stand out - When people visit your blog you want them to think that it's amazing and they would come back to read it again. It's a good idea to really take time when it comes to the design and logo. Your website design is the first thing people see when they click on to your blog, so make it something that stands out for all the right reasons.


4.  Chat with other bloggers - This is always great to get your blog out there and connect with others because blogging is such a lovely community. In the past, I have taken part in many blogger chats on Twitter and they are great, they give you a chance to share your links and your interests with other people and they also share handy tips and tricks on how to boost traffic to your blog, which is always great.


5.  Look at your old posts - This is very useful because by doing this you can look at the viewings and determine what was popular or not. Once you know what works for your readers and what was the most successful you can start creating content with your readers in mind by creating similar things that are popular on your blog.

That is all for now.
 Until next time,
Lauren.






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