40 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

I did this a year ago and now I’m doing 40facts to add to it. I hope you find this at least mildly entertaining.

  1. I am the eldest of four children; I have two younger sisters and one younger brother.
  2. I have a pet dog called Rolfie. He is 8 months old and I’ve had him since he was 2 months old. He hates dog food and strangers. (He is smelling me while I write this.)
  3. I’m not a party person. I’d literally prefer to stay at home than go out, most of the time.
  4. I love make -up, especially eye make-up. *link to post on make-up*
  5. I’ve been blogging for over two years.
  6. I can’t ride a bike.
  7. My first published piece was a poem I wrote when I was 12.
  8. I’ve worked in the government.
  9. Both my parents are lawyers, ministers and authors. My mum is also a councillor in our local council.
  10. I love animated movies.
  11. I love cooking, but I can get extremely cranky if people bother me whilst I’m in my cooking zone.
  12. I’ve been singing in my church choir since I was 9/10
  13. My favourite colour is purple.
  14. RomComs are the best.
  15. I can be quite a loud person if I’m feeling comfortable but I generally hate unnecessary noise.
  16. I love education and learning but hate school.
  17. I got to sleep before 10pm most nights.
  18. I am a born again Christian and I strongly believe in God.
  19. Jesus is my life. My life is Jesus.
  20. I use twitter and Instagram way too much – (@PaulaPaceSetter)
  21. I have a complicated relationship with food.
  22. I let my age limit me in life for a long time.
  23. I find people who are similar to me extremely annoying, but at the same time they usually become my closest friends.
  24. I have poor eyesight and therefore have prescribed glasses that I never really wear.
  25. I love gospel music; it is so uplifting.
  26. I became a YouTuber in Summer 2014.
  27. The only countries I have been to are Nigeria, Belgium, France and Wales, and obviously England, which is where I live.
  28. I can be such a fangirl, but I hide it relatively well.
  29. I’m not great at making friends initially but when I become friends with someone I am also committed to helping them or supporting them. Due to this, I am still friends with people I met 10 years ago.
  30. I usually prefer covers to the original song.
  31. I hate swearing with a passion.
  32. I have strong opinions about certain topics, and I am not easily persuaded.
  33. I hate going to the cinema.
  34. I have more girl friends than guy friends but tend to be closer with my guy friends than girl friends.
  35. I don’t like boybands.
  36. I don’t drink fizzy drinks or alcohol, I only like juice.
  37. Ice cream is my kryptonite.
  38. Young people are my passion and I spend most of my time trying to positively impact young people’s life.
  39. Recently, I’ve decided I want to be a presenter, after presenting a talent show and showcase, as well as a journalist; Benny Bonsu is my inspiration when it comes to journalism and presenting.
  40. I am NOT an outdoorsy person but in Summer 2014 I went to Wales, where I climbed up a waterfall, I climbed inside dark tunnels inside a mountain and came out at the top, I went camping, I went canoeing and I jumped into a freezing lake even though I can’t swim. I literally still can’t believe that I did all of that.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Another one on stress and worry

Stress is one thing that I have learnt never really and truly goes away, unless you do something about it. I like to talk about stress because I pretty much battle it everyday. There have been blogs on the topic, videos on the topic (click here), talks about the topic; I’ve done everything. And yet, I still haven’t fully dealt with it.

As a girl, I feel like the problem is a million times harder and stronger because we just stress about school, work, boys, how we look, what people think about us, careers, and literally everything in between. It’s like we subconsciously enjoy worrying and stressing about things that we can’t even change. It’s like we get a strange buzz from telling people the irrational worries that we have, that keep us up all night and occupy our innermost thoughts. It’s almost fun describing these unlikely scenarios to people. I know I do this.

There was a time, I spent hours telling my friend all the silly worries I had about this particular guy. The worries and stresses were consuming my every thought and it genuinely felt good to unload them to my friend. I kept being reminded by an annoying little voice in my head, that I wasn’t pretty enough and that he probably didn’t like me. My friend was so blunt and was just like, “Why doesn’t you just ask him? At least that way you’ll know and you can stop stressing and move on.” So that’s what I did, and even though I didn’t get the answer I wanted, it felt good to have that load off my back so I could finally stop thinking about it all.

The whole point of what I’m saying is, we need to stop worrying and stressing about things we genuinely can’t change, and start fixing and working on the things we can. That’s my new life motto and I’m working my way there. Trust me, it’s not the easiest thing, but God is helping me!

I read in a book called ‘An Enemy Called Average’ by John L. Mason, that “every obstacle has a limited life span.” This means that something you are worrying about today isn’t something you’ll even remember in a weeks time, a months time, a years time. Life moves on and therefore the struggles pass.

Just remember, if someone makes you worry more than makes you happy, you probably do not need them in your life. Cut them out. Simple as. Life is much too short to be anything but happy. On that extremely cheesy note, I’ll end this. But let this be a new beginning for you!


Peace&Love.
Paula ox’

No-Foundation March – the movement

Make-up is not for the insecure girls.

As a kid, growing up, I watched my mum and aunties dress up and put on make-up to look their best for church on Sunday or for an outing. At eleven or twelve I had decided that you can only be beautiful if you put on ‘powder’ or ‘blusher’. By the time I entered high school, all the girls I knew owned their own lip-gloss or mascara and I felt that because I didn’t own one myself, I wasn’t as pretty. Luckily, at that age, I was quite oblivious, so I didn’t really care. But the sad truth is, I genuinely believed make-up fixes you, and suddenly makes you beautiful. I used to look forward to weddings and parties just because my aunties and mum would let me wear a bit of make-up. (I looked dreadful, by the way. Something about blue eye shadow just isn’t right… luckily, you will NEVER pictures)

I’d like to believe that I’ve grown up quite a bit since then, especially because I totally have a new view on make-up and beauty. I love make up and wear it nearly every day. I don’t wear it because it makes me ‘pretty’, I wear it because I like how it looks on me. Simple as. There really isn’t anything more behind it. People think way too deeply when it comes to things like make-up. As the risk of sounding ghetto, ‘it’s not that deep, mate.’ It’s really not.

The make-up doesn’t put on the person, the person puts on the make-up. Some people have scars and blemishes on their face and they feel more confident with make-up on. I genuinely, whole-heartedly believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Doing that is not insecurity, its survival. You don’t know their story, their reasoning behind it all. The same people, who bash girls for wearing make-up, are the same people who will bash girls for not having flawless skin. Like for real, make up your mind (excuse the pun;).

Back to the main point of this post, I’ve decided to try something new this month of MARCH. I am not going to wear any foundation on my face for the whole month. I don’t really wear a lot of foundation in general, because my skin is quite clear, but nevertheless, it’s all for the movement.

No-foundation March is a movement I thought about when I became concerned about the perception of make-up. Some of my friends hate make-up with a passion, and some are in a committed relationship with make-up. I love how make-up can be used to enhance your beauty and how it gives you the freedom to look like how you want to. However, I can live without it. I love glamming up, but truth be told, I do not the time and money (all the good stuff are so expensive) to care so deeply about an inanimate object.

So this movement is to support girls who feel like their make-up is them. It’s not. You are you, beautiful you. The make-up is something that’s in your control. This movement is also for girls who hate make-up. You are beautiful and flawless, with or without make-up.

Finally, this is a personal movement, so I’d like to personally invite you to join in. Don’t wear foundation for a day or two, or a week or follow me and do the whole month. It’s up to you. And just to make it crystal clear, I will be wearing other make-up items; I just won’t be wearing foundation.

Join the movement – #NoFoundationMarch

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Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Acrylic nails vs Gel nails

It’s been a widely discussed and debated subject amongst the female community; Acrylic nails or Gel nails? Which one is better?

Acrylic nails are false nails that are made and shaped like a real nail, out of plastic. They are bonded to the natural nail usually with glue or a cohesive, to give the illusion that your nails are longer than they actually are.  Gel nails are nail extensions made with gels that hardened around your nails. They are meant to fill in any broken areas in your nails, and to still look natural at the same time.

Pros of acrylic nails

  • Acrylic nails help to cover and conceal damaged or short nails.
  • Acrylic nails have been around for decades so they are trusted and well researched.
  • They are relatively easy to remove yourself, with nail varnish remover.
  • Acrylic nails prevent people continuing the bad habit of biting your nails as acrylics tend to be quite rigid.
  • They are relatively easy to apply at home to yourself.
  • Acrylics tend to last longer than gel, especially if applied properly.

 

Cons of acrylic nails

 

  • Acrylic nails usually leave the natural nail underneath weak and brittle when they are taken off.
  • Acrylic nails are usually mass produced so they feel less individual, unless they are customized, which then makes them tend to be more expensive.
  • Some people are allergic to the chemicals in the plastic used to make the acrylic nails.
  • Bacterial infections can develop in the layer between the natural nail and the acrylic.
  • Acrylic nails tend to look ‘square’ and unnaturally shaped.
  • The material used to make acrylics tend to be flammable therefore, people with acrylics are told to stay away from an open flame, hair straighteners and other heat products.
  • Acrylic nails are very unreliable when it comes to how long they last.
  • On average, the price of getting acrylic nails applied is somewhere between £20 – £35, and anyone offering less than that is usually bad quality. Even though this seems expensive, it can be considerably less expensive than gel nails.
  • Acrylic nails are slow to dry, compared to gel nails.

Pros of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a great alternative for people who are allergic to the chemicals in acrylics, as many people are.
  • Gel nails, unlike acrylics, do not damage the natural nail when taken off.
  • Gel nails tend to create a natural looking nail shape as they can be molded quite easily.
  • Most people say that gel nails are less heavy than acrylics.
  • Gel nails usually have a larger variety of nail colours and designs.
  • Gel nails are easy to take off when they are soaked in acetone for 10-15 minutes.
  • Gel nails can stay up to 3 weeks in a fresh condition.
  • Gel nails dry immediately so as soon as you leave the nail salon, there is no risk of smudging.
  • Gel nails tend to leave a glossier finish than acrylics.
  • Gel nails can be applied without a base or primer.
  • They tend to be more flexible than acrylic nails.

Cons of gel nails

 

  • Gel nails are a relatively new thing; not many people are aware of them.
  • Gel nails are much too complicated to apply to yourself so they have to be professional done.
  • They are extremely time-consuming to get done, with people complaining about it taking up to 2 hours.
  • On average, the price of getting gel nails is between £30 – £50, although it depends on where as most gel nail technicians are mobile and either come to your house or have you come to theirs.
  • Gel nails are not as durable as acrylic nails, so they are not advised for someone who uses their hands a lot, perhaps in their job (e.g. type a lot or write a lot).
  • They require frequent attention from a professional. Most people with gel nails go and get them redone every month.
  • Gel nails need a UV or L.E.D light, which is why it is best they are done professionally.
  • It’s extremely hard to remove the gel and that will probably take another trip to the nail salon.

As you can see, there are a lot of pros and cons to both acrylic and gel nails. If you have the time and money to spend on your nails, gel is definitely for you because they look much more attractive. But if you need nails that stay longer and are hard enough to deal with your everyday life, acrylics are the way. Personally, if I could afford to do gel nails every 3 weeks, I would so go for that, because they usually look amazing.

One cheaper alternative to gel and acrylic nails are nail wraps. They only overlay the nail so they are like nail polishes – just without all the nail painting and smudging. Nail wraps either stick on top of the natural nail, like a sticker,  or melt unto the natural nail when heat is applied. They tend to be inexpensive (they are literally £1 a pack in Primark), and are looking to be the next big thing in nail art and design. Celebrities are really starting to acknowledge them, with people like Myleene Klass releasing nail wrap lines (which are a little bit more expensive, at £5.99 a pack).

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

The Pressures of a Christian Teen

Do you ever feel extra pressure because you are a Christian?

I do. Pretty much everyday. All of the time.

People watch you and expect you to be perfect, and when you mess up, even a little bit, they persecute you. They criticise you. They mock you.

Sometimes it isn’t even other people – it’s yourself. You compare yourself to people who seem ‘holy’ and ‘superior’ in your eyes. But hey, God isn’t a respecter of people. He doesn’t respect the works people do, He looks inside our hearts. If He sees that you try your best and that you try to be Christ-like, He will be with you. He will call Himself, your God.

We are only human. It’s part of human nature to mess up. But it’s also part of human nature to set it right with God, and fix it up. Patch up job.

There is added pressure to be a Christian teen, but personally, I think it’s unnecessary and irrelevant what people think. As long as you are in right standing with God, who cares what other people think? And only you and God can truly know whether you are in right standing with God.

But, (and this is a HUGE but) live a life that portrays that you are a Christian. Do not deliberately try to fit in, when we were made to stand out, for good. To the glory of God’s name.

Have a blessed day

Peace&Love.

Paula ox

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