18 Things I’ve Achieved Before Turning 18

My 18th birthday is quickly approaching and I always enjoy personal posts like this so thought I’d post my take on it. 18 is supposedly when you become classed as an ‘adult’ which is a very scary thought but I can’t wait and I’m hoping I’ll achieve a lot more as time goes on.

  1. Passing my driving test.

This was a big thing for me, driving was always something that I had wanted to be able to do but it scared me a lot. I did quite a few posts about driving whilst I was doing my lessons and giving updates since passing and you can really see my confidence change throughout them as at first, I was very nervous but am now so much more confident and am willing to do longer/more challenging drives.

2. Buying my own car.

This also relates to the point made above, I saved for a long time to be able to afford my own car and was so proud of myself for saving enough to get it. I think buying your own car definitely makes you appreciate it a lot more as you know the work that you put in to get it.

3. Getting good GCSE results.

Although my GCSE results wouldn’t be seen as amazing to everyone, I was so pleased with myself for getting 6 A’s and 6 B’s as I worked very hard whilst balancing a job and a lot of other problems in school!

4. Getting good AS level results.

Last year I achieved the grades A,B,C at AS level which I was very pleased with and am hoping to further improve some of them this year.

5. Being lucky enough to travel a lot with my family.

Me and my family all enjoy travelling and I’m so grateful for all of the places that I have been so can’t thank them enough. This has made me want to travel a lot more in the future and see more of the world.

6. Being able to book a holiday with my friends.

In June, me and 8 of my friends have booked for us to all go on holiday together which is such a big achievement and I am proud of myself for working hard to be able to afford it and the villa we have booked looks incredible.

7. Finally deciding what I want to do with my life and what I want to study.

By this, I don’t mean that I’ve got my whole life planned out but for a long time I couldn’t work out what I was passionate about doing and it was really stressing me out with school pressuring us in to knowing what we wanted to study at University. I know that a lot of bloggers take the marketing route and I didn’t do this to just follow along with everyone else, it has always been something that has interested me and I really enjoyed gaining knowledge on it during my GCSE’s and now regret not taking it at sixth form.

8. Getting all of my university offers.

As I am writing this, I have just received all of my university offers ready to start in 2019. I applied to 5 uni’s all within the UK and am so so pleased that I was offered unconditional from 4 out of 5 of them, one of these being my first choice which is amazing and means that I will definitely be going next year!

9. Set up my own blog.

This may not seem like an achievement to everyone but it is to me, although setting up a blog can be pretty easy, its the maintaining it and improving that is something to be proud of. Although I haven’t been able to put my all in to my blog recently, I’m glad to now be finding more time to put in to it and having a better balance between other aspects such as school work and my job.

10. Reaching over 1,000 followers on my blog.

Although this may not seem like a big number to many people, it was a massive deal to me to reach 1,000 followers on this blog and I’m so glad that my readers enjoy my content and continue to support even when I have a week or so off.

11. Receiving PR.

Getting sent PR packages was never something that I knew about or expected when starting my blogging journey. Now I’m lucky enough to have had some amazing things sent to me that I am so grateful for, a few of these brands include: PIXI, Anatomicals, Six Plus Brushes and PRINTIKI. It still baffles me that brands want to send ME their products to try and review for them!

12. Going through a really rough patch during GCSE’s.

During my GCSE’s, I went through a lot in school which had quite a big affect on me and it was just typical it was all happening at the time of important exams! Looking back, I wish I had done something about it sooner and not let it run on for as long as it did but I’m so proud of myself for getting through it and it has made me a much stronger person. I’m so thankful for the few of my friends that were there for me throughout.

13. Really improving on my photography skills, blog wise and in day-to-day life

Photography has always been a hobby of mine and I also take it for one of my A Levels so I spend a lot of time doing it. Blog wise, my photos started off being taken on my phone, with awful lighting and horrible backgrounds which looked messy, now I have invested time and money in to backgrounds that I am happier with and make the images look a lot more professional. I also bought myself a professional camera which has massively improved all of my images.

14. Not sure if this is an achievement but I’m so pleased with all of the friends that I have at the moment, during sixth form, I’ve made quite a few more friends which has really increased my confidence and I couldn’t be happier with the people in my life.

15. Not braking any bones (touch wood).

So far, I have never broken a bone which I’m very glad about. Although during my younger years I was very accident prone so I’m very shocked that I haven’t.

16. Being able to manage money.

I like to think that I am quite good at saving money, especially now that I have got a job because it makes me appreciate things a lot more. If I wasn’t good at saving then I would never have been able to afford my car or to go on holiday with my friends.

17. Getting over some insecurities.

It’s so normal for everyone to have insecurities and I’m proud of myself for being able to get over some of mine, although I still have many but my confidence is growing and I’m trying to be happier with what I’ve got.

18. Also not sure if this counts as an achievement, but I have mastered being able to do my everyday makeup routine in 10 minutes on school days as I always seem to be in a rush, on weekends I tend to time more time and put more effort in though but still can be ready a lot faster than I used to be.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as it is quite personal. Thank you for bearing with me whilst I had 2 weeks off, everything has been quite full on recently but I’m hoping to be on top of my blogging game again now.

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you can find me at @bethxkate.

Beth X

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