Life Changing Experiences

If you’re not an adrenaline junkie or a thrill seeker it’s easy to get labelled as boring or an introvert. While the majority of the time I would describe myself as the latter two, there have been moments I’ve surprised myself and made ‘big’ decisions. We all have experiences that shape us into who we are, they may not always be good but they all teach us a lesson. If you want to learn about some of the things that have changed me, keep reading!

1. Growing up without my dad

Unconsciously I think living without my dad influences so much of what I do and the decisions I make. I didn’t have experience with boys and relationships with them growing up and that includes my dad. I wonder if that sense of not being important and not feeling wanted stems from this. Whenever I think of my dad I get emotional. When he left I was heartbroken but as time went on I learned to live without him and now I know life was better without him. I’m not a bitter person but I don’t know if I can forgive him for the upset and the emotional damage. My dad doesn’t know my hobbies, my favourite colour, how I did at school or most things about my life. I’m independent and I’m tough and that’s because of him and I’m proud of that. The line in Grease about the only man a girl can depend on is her daddy isn’t always true.

2. Meeting my boyfriend

As a child and at school I was always inexperienced with the male sex. I grew up with my brother but I didn’t have friends that were boys and I had no clue how to talk to them. I hoped one day I would meet someone and I am glad I didn’t put any pressure on myself and it happened naturally. A couple of days before writing this post my boyfriend was talking about fate and I still find it amusing that out of all the people I could have met I met a Brit! I feel like no one gets us except us and we have this beautiful understanding of each other. I don’t feel pressured to be a certain way and whenever I see him I feel free and at ease. Meeting him has given me more confidence, I’m not sure if it’s a sense of belonging and ‘fitting in’ or just experiencing new things and having someone to get to know.

3. Jobs and work

Work can be a tough topic to talk about. I think it’s fair to say we all have an idea what our dream job would be but for some of us we aren’t in that dream job. When I got my first job as a pharmacy assistant I was so proud to have landed a position after job searching for 18 months following my Communications course. I had that job for roughly a year before the pharmacy ownership changed hands and I was let go. At the time I was upset and distraught as I hadn’t done anything wrong and it came unexpectedly out of the blue. My attitude actually became more positive and during the few months that followed leaving the pharmacy I was happy and I found my second job. I made the decision to leave my second job in August 2017 because my head wasn’t in the best place and I had been experiencing anxiety. I am pleased to say I haven’t experienced anxiety again on that level and I am in a better place. I still have down days but not as many. I know what to look for now and I wouldn’t put myself through that again.

4. Singing at a school talent quest

People know I sing and I enjoy it but I don’t actually do it in front of people often. (My mum and cat are privileged as they get private concerts 😛 ) When I was 14 I took the plunge and entered a school talent quest. Some of the school students knew I could sing and they encouraged me to do it. I sang ‘Issues’ by The Saturdays and I surprised myself with how un-nervous I was. Singing for people you don’t know is easier than singing for those you know well because their opinions matter more. By doing that talent quest I proved to myself I’m more than just a girl who sits in her bedroom singing.

5. Going to my first concert

If you know me well you know music is my biggest love. It’s comforting to know it’s always there and it helps and brings pleasure to so many people. I attended my first proper concert when I was 19 (I saw Ellie Goulding) and I still remember how excited I was and how elated I was the whole night. That feeling doesn’t happen for me very often it’s not one I ever want to forget. For those two hours I was in another place full of happiness and no one can take that away from me or ruin it. I want to be a singer one day and it would bring me joy to know I could be that escape for someone too.

What has impacted/changed your life – good or bad?


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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone! Last month the lovely Pamela over at Starring Pamela tagged me to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thinking back briefly over my four years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve done this one before which is exciting! Make sure you visit Pamela’s blog if you haven’t already and I hope you enjoy this post!


1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Pamela’s Questions:

1. What is your main goal of 2018?

To read 50 books in a year. I started in September 2017 and I’ve got until September 2018 to achieve it. I think it will be close but I might not hit 50.

2. Do you believe in any conspiracy theories?

No but I find some of them interesting.

3. What is your favorite organizational style?


4. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can sing. I did a talent quest at school and sang in front of strangers so it’s not just my mum who’s told me I’m good.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

England/The UK; until I have visited this answer won’t change!

6. What is one touristy thing in your hometown that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?

Relax in the hot pools. I live in a very geothermic city with geysers and lots of natural hot springs.

7. Do you have any surprising hobbies?

I like to watch ODI cricket when NZ play and it’s on free to air television.

8. Favorite type of socks?

Ankle socks.

9. Do you have one go-to handbag or change them up often?

I tend to stick with the same handbag unless I need a bigger one for a certain day or want my bag to match my outfit.

10. What is something you’re looking forward to this week?

Seeing my boyfriend, I look forward to that every week 😛

11. What is the most recent song you’ve listened to?

Natalie Bassingthwaighte  – Alive (at the time of writing this post).

My Nominees:

My Questions:

  1. What is the most recent song you’ve listened to?
  2. Summer or winter? Why?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What’s your favourite comfort food?
  5. Apple or Samsung?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Is there something you haven’t done before but would like to?
  8. What are your most visited websites?
  9. Do you believe in soulmates?
  10. Best piece of life advice you’ve received?
  11. What was the last book you read?

If you do participate I can’t wait to read your answers!


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Week In Review: September 8 – September 14, 2014

I post an update here every Sunday giving an overview of my week. Accompanying photos from my Instagram are also included. Here’s the latest:

On Monday I was feeling brave and uploaded a short video of me singing to Instagram. I selected Jessica Agombar’s track ‘Double’ and was lucky enough to receive feedback from the woman herself. Jessica* liked the video on Instagram and sent me a lovely tweet. You can view the video below:

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*To find out more about Jessica read my introduction post to her here.

At the start of the week I also did a spot of baking and made a banana cake. It was pretty delicious if I do say so myself! If anyone would like me to post the recipe just let me know, I’d be more than happy to.

30 day squat challenge complete  30 day sit up challenge has begun






Some of you may remember me posting about doing Jen Selter’s 30 day squat challenge. I completed that this week and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. In fact, I kind of enjoyed it! I definitely notice a difference in my stomach, legs and bum.

I like having something to focus on so I decided next I would do a 30 day sit up challenge I found on I started on Friday and already I can feel it will be more difficult than the squat challenge. The website itself is really useful as well, it shows you how to do the exercises correctly and lists a whole range of challenges you can do. I printed out the schedule and hole punched it for my Filofax just like I did with the squat challenge.

Today marks the last day of my 25 Songs, 25 Days challenge. I enjoyed selecting the tracks for each prompt and writing a little story about each one. If you missed any of the songs I posted about or want to listen to them again you can with this playlist:

This last week feels like it has flown by! I’m really excited for the week to come though, hopefully my Dainty Doll make up will arrive and I can work more on a secret project that has been my baby since March.

Would love to hear about your week too!

Chanelle x

Get To Know Me: Part 5

In my last installment in the ‘Get To Know Me’ series I thought I’d share some of my hobbies and what I enjoy doing in my spare time.

Singing is what makes me the happiest; something as simple as opening your mouth can give so much enjoyment! I spoke more in depth about why I love to sing, music and the artists I like to listen to here.

My mum buys a weekly women’s magazine and the cryptic crossword in the puzzle section is my favourite. Some can be a tricky, but the creator, Christine Lovatt, still challenges your brain while making them possible to solve. I’m particularly good at the anagram clues 😉

Autobiographies are my preference when it comes to books. I enjoy learning about the lives of celebrities I’m interested in, what their childhood was like, their opinions and how they see the world. I also like to read about romance because who doesn’t love a happy ending?!

I’m quite partial to talent shows (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent), British murder mysteries (Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Poirot, Miss Marple) and quiz shows (The Chase, Eggheads). I don’t tend to watch a lot of American television but I am a fan of The Mentalist and Pretty Little Liars.

I hope this series of posts helped you learn a bit more about me.

I’d love to hear about your hobbies too! 🙂