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’

EXAMS – How to deal with the stress

It’s that time of year when young people around the world are going through the stress that comes with exams. I have a few simple techniques that will teach you how to deal with the whole process, from revision and studying to the actual exams. I hope you enjoy the video, and I hope it helps.

Click here for more exam advice.

Good luck x
and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, I’ll be posting videos regularly.

Peace&Love.
Paula ox’

Book review – Leona Lewis’ ‘Dreams’

 

I’m not usually a fan of autobiographies or biographies, but Leona Lewis has single-handedly changed that idea with this one book – ‘Dreams’. Unlike, other celebs, Leona didn’t fill the book with a million-and-one facts about herself and her life, she briefly outlined her story of how she began to live her dreams, hence the title. ‘Dreams’ is an autobiography, which means Leona wrote it entirely from her own perspective and in her own words. I feel like this helps to produce that personal atmosphere which is present throughout the whole book. It is definitely easier to connect to an autobiography than a biography – in my opinion.

For those of you that don’t know, Leona Lewis is a British singer that came to stardom when she won The X Factor (UK) in 2006. The X Factor is a word-widely televised singing contest which has become increasingly popular as it gives normal everyday people the opportunity to live their dreams. Many countries have different adaptations of the show e.g. The X Factor USA in America.

‘Dreams’ was first published in 2009. I finished this book in about two hours because I literally could not put it down. No joke. You know when people say that a book was so good that they couldn’t put it down; well yes. I suffered from this because I would not put the book down. I felt like this was because Leona told the story directly herself, making it a lot more engaging than if someone else has written it. As you read, you hear her voice talking to you, telling you her story personally. Very few books have ever made me feel so up and close with the person. Leona Lewis is genuinely a gorgeous person, inside and out.

Also, I think Dean Freeman, the photographer and creative director of the book, is so crazy talented at what he does. As I mentioned before, one good thing about this book is how short it is. The ‘writing’ takes up less than 95 pages, making it an extremely easy read. Personally, I could have finished it on a long car journey or a flight to Paris (bear in mind that I live in London, which is only a 45 minute flight from Paris. I would know, I went there last summer). The rest of the book is filled with pictures, taken by Dean Freeman. I’m someone who loves pictures, taking them, modelling in them and looking at them, so the many many shots of Leona, her friends and family and a few other famous faces are literally the cutest things ever to look through. Nice touch.

Overall, I think this book was put together in a smart, clever way to ensure it came across as intimate, informative and interesting to the readers. If that was the specific aim, it was completely successful. It really sold Leona in a positive light, just by presenting her to the world, as herself. No gimmicks.

Leona Lewis has always been one of my favourite female vocalists and this book has made me fall even more in love with her. Her beauty surely isn’t only skin deep.

If you want inspiration, I recommend this book. ‘Dreams’ has reminded me to never stop dreaming and also to dream big. I’m getting there!

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Tye Tribbett – What Can I Do

Currently, Tye Tribbett is one of my favourite artists on this planet. I feel like I’m one of the last people to actually know about him, which is really strange because he’s actually been in the music industry for nearly 10 years and I’m literally just acknowledging him. Crazy. I’ve heard about him, obviously, but I never really thought about checking out his music and learning more about him, like I did with Lecrae and Deitrick Haddon. But you know what they say, better late than never, right?
Tye Tribbett is an American Gospel artist. He’s well known for his award winning band/ choir – Tye Tribbett & G.A (short for Greater Anointing), as well as touring with Faith Hill in the early 2000s, and working with well-respected people like Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Sting and many more. Tye was nominated for three awards at the 2014 Grammy awards and won two out of those three; Best Gospel Album with Greater Than [Live] and Best Gospel Song with If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]. That’s pretty awesome and played quite well as a 38th birthday present for himself. Well done Tye!
I literally love his voice. I am such a fan of big gutsy, heart-felt vocals, and that’s all him and more. This song ‘What Can I Do, is basically always on repeat on my phone. The song is just inspirational. The song basically describes how I feel, like every day of my life. I literally feel like I can’t do it by myself; I need God. I need faith and strength and grace and favour. Tell me, what can I do, because I can’t live without Him. I can’t live without You.
I hope you listen to this song and feel as inspired and refreshed as I first did and always do when I listen to this song. It comes from Tye’s Grammy-winning album that dropped at the end of last year – Greater Than (2013).

If you like Tye, you’ll love Deitrick Haddon and Lecrae.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Birthweek Lookbook

So, my birthday was on the 20th of December and I decided to do a Birthweek Lookbook.

Let me explain further, a Birthweek Lookbook is when I display the outfits I wore the week of my birthday –  Monday 16th December 2013 – Sunday 22nd December 2013. No, I don’t think I’m a model or a fashion guru, I just thought it would be a fun little thing to do. Hopefully, this will interest some of you. I do realise how late this is but consider the fact that I took a break for Christmas (and I had no WiFi, but that’s a story for another day). Also on that note, I hope you had a great festive period.

Because I had decided that I was going to do this, I made sure to dress a bit more fashionably than before. Most of these outfits are so ‘dressy’ shall we say, for normal days especially considering I was in college most of the time. Never mind that, most people at my college are used to seeing me overdress because I literally live to overdress.

Monday 16th

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On Monday I wore a gold Mesh-sleeved top which I bought from Fashion union (brand: Headgirl), which I paired with a simple black pencil skirt, (also purchased from the online store Fashion Union, I love them) and black flats. My only accessory was an exotic black necklace (that was a personal gift and I have no idea where it was bought from. Sorry.)

Tuesday 17th

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After my super dressy Monday, I decided to dress down for Tuesday and settled with a pink ‘New York’ printed tee, which is from New Look. With this I wore a pair of comfy black leggings and my Pink Timberlands (which I literally wear all-of-the-time). I’m not sure, but I think pink Timberlands can only be purchased directly from the host company Timberland as they are customized, and tend to be rather expensive. (Another personal gift, which is why I’m not sure) However, I’ve had mine for years; they are great quality so definitely a great purchase.

Wednesday 18th

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Wednesday was freezing; hence my outfit that makes me look like a fluffy penguin. I went with a stripy hat (Have I mentioned how much I am loving hats and beanies nowadays?) paired with my Dad’s long winter scarf. I tied the ends of the scarf together and used it as a snood (tip!). My top is a striped long jumper, in the same colours as my hat and scarf (all matchy!), which was bought from New Look. On top of that, I wore an over-sized fluffy jumper – from Primark – which is literally the warmest thing ever made. I finished this look with black leggings and dark blue pumps. For some reason, I also choose to accessorize with a white bangle, although it was totally unnecessary.

Thursday 17th

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Thursday consisted of the same fluffy jumper as the day before however, this time it was paired with a much more ‘girly’ outfit. I sported a white and black skater skirt (brand: Premier der toi) with a tucked in black t-shirt, finished with simple black ballet flats. I accessorized a helluva lot on Thursday; a feathered necklace purchased from New Look, a black skinny belt and a black and white bangles. I had a lot of fun with this look.

Friday 20th (The big day)

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Finally, it was the big day. I did try to dress down a bit that day, however, I’m not really sure if you will agree with me.

I wore a pair of grey jeans (brand: heaven sent), black boots, purple and white striped tee that I got from Primark like 4 years ago (I’m not sure how I still fit in it) and a purple and pink plaid shirt unbottoned on top. I finished this look with a blue ‘New York’ beanie that I have been wearing all of the time. I had a pretty chill day.

Saturday 21st

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When I first got the idea to do this, I planned on doing it from Monday to Friday, but on Saturday I decided to extend it to Sunday. On Saturday, I wore my pink Tims again (I told you I love them) with dark blue jeans. My top is from M&S and its one of the only things I own from that shop because I used to believe there clothes are for matured women. They did a teenagers and youth line last year and I bought that top, which I love so much. Lastly, I wore my blue ‘New York’ beanie again, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered to style my hair. Sorry.

Sunday 22nd

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Last but not least, Sunday the 22nd of December. I actually had a reason to dress up for this day because I went to church. I wore a burgundy peplum bodycon dress which was bought from Fashion Union. I wore with black tights (it was like 2 degress outside) and navy blue heels. I accessorized with a white bangle, a black statement necklace and a gold watch. You can see a flower in my hair too, but I totally just added that for the picture lol.

There we go, my week in outfits. I had so much fun doing this. I really do hope this interests or entertains some of you. Lastly, I must thank my sister for playing photographer the whole week. Trust me when I say, I am so picky about these kinds of things. We took so many pictures just for me to decide on about 2 or 3 (due to lighting, awkward posing, the usual).

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’