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“Why I started blogging..” – Guest Post by Nichole

Today, I am really excited to share with you a fabulous guest post written by Nichole. Here, Nichole is giving us an insight into her life, and explaining the reasons she started blogging. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I did, and remember to head over to Nichole’s blog here!


Hi all! My name is Nichole and I blog over at Upbeat Uplifts. I am so very excited to have this opportunity to guest blog for Jenny!

I started blogging back in February and it has quickly become a part of who I am. I love to look for the best that there is in each and every day. Life is crazy, that is no secret, and it becomes easy to feel down and be unmotivated. A lot of what happens to cause this is actually out of our control, but the thing is there is something that is in our control which can completely change life around…what is that? Well, that would be our outlook! We have complete control on how we look at the things that happen to us. I recently graduated from college (can I get a whoop whoop!) and also just completed my rookie season as a member of the dance for the NBA team in my area, The Pistons. Now that you know a little bit more about me and my background I want to share with you all why I started blogging.

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The End of an Era: I made it!

I am currently feeling on top of the world!!

I have just completed my last ever exam, and have now officially finished university!!

I literally don’t even know what I’m feeling right now. It’s a mixture of sadness, happiness and nerves. I’m feeling so happy with myself for managing to finish my degree, and the relief that followed after today’s exam was wonderful. It felt as though a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel really sad though, because I have spent the last three years here meeting the most amazing people.. and now it’s over. Everybody will be going their own separate ways and this is an end of an era… Which really sucks. It’s also going to be really weird being out of education now after so many years!graduation
And then there’s the nerves – nerves about getting my results back, nerves about graduation and nerves about what I’m going to be doing in my next chapter of life.

But let’s forget about that for now, and spend the next few days relaxing and celebrating! 🙂

When I arrived home after my exam, I didn’t really know what to do, or how to react. For months, my room has just been filled with files, paper and notebooks everywhere! Now, they can all be tidied away. Usually when I get home I think ‘I better start some work now then…’, but today I didn’t need to do that because I have no work to do! What a strange feeling….

I think I’m going to spend the rest of my day catching up reading blog posts, watching a bit of television and reading my book before I start getting ready to go out this evening to celebrate with my course mates.

For those of you who are on your last struggles to the end of term – do not give up. Trust me, the feeling of relief and satisfaction once you finish is the best feeling. All of your hard work will be worth it in the end – Good luck! 🙂

Whilst I’m here, I would also like to say a huge thank you to everybody who took part in my first ‘Sunday Funday Challenge’ yesterday. I honestly didn’t think so many people would take part, and to be honest, I feel as though it was a huge success! I have found so many new blogs and read such amazing and inspiring posts!

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Help Raise Awareness and Support for Mental Health

I am a strong supporter of mental health, and I personally believe that it doesn’t get as much attention as it should. I decided to write this post in order to help raise awareness and help support those who suffer with a mental illness, have previously experienced it, or are in connection with somebody who experiences it. I am joined by three wonderful bloggers who have each wrote a short guest feature post on their experiences of mental health. Please help raise awareness and show your support!


Mental illness is very common – much more common than people think. Mental illness is just as serious, if not more serious, than other illnesses. The only difference is that you cannot see it.

450 million people worldwide are affected by mental health problems, whilst 1 in 4 people each year in Britain will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. There are so many types of mental health disorders, which include:mental

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anorexia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Phobias

These are just a few mental health problems, which millions of people are dealing with everyday. There are many different causes for developing these problems, and symptoms are different for everybody.

The problem with mental health disorders, is that many people who have them are too embarrassed or ashamed to tell others and seek professional support. Mental health problems are equally as important as any other physical health problem, and can lead to extremely dangerous consequences if it is hidden and ignored for too long.

I want to live in a world where mental health disorders are treated with the same precautions as physical disorders. You wouldn’t tell somebody who has a tumour that it’s because they are not strong enough, would you? No. The simple answer is no. People with illnesses are treated with care and respect, therefore mental disorders are no different. Continue reading