10 Highlights From The Past 6 Months

Friday, 3 August 2018



Guess who took another impromptu break from blogging that accidentally lasted three months?! This girl! 

But fear not, I'm back and armed with an endless amount of half written posts that I'll be adding the finishing touches to and releasing this month. I'm also really warming up to the idea of making a return to youtube too! So now is definitely the time to make sure you're subscribed.

As with all my breaks I like to come back with something a touch more personal. Returning just to talk about a product feels so wrong, so instead here are 10 highlights from the past 6 months of my life. And this time round they are real highlights, not just me listing all my struggles in a satirical way like last time. Amazing how much can change in 6 months isn't it?! Enjoy :)


10 Highlights From The Past 6 Months

1 - I went on the best girls trip ever!


10 women, one trip, no one knew everyone and yet somehow it was the best girls trip ever!

If you follow my personal instagram account (@jaydeestone) and got to witness my Mykonos stories then you my friend have been blessed lol. From #vasegate to bar dancing, unicorn olympics and THAT wine bag it really was a trip I'll never forget. I may have to dig out those insta stories one day and make a throwback vlog or something.

There was no one in our group who knew everyone and that could have been such a recipe for disaster. Instead we all came home with new friends, an unstoppable girl squad and we're already planning our next trip. I'll even be seeing almost all of them this weekend for Brighton Pride. I still cant believe 10 women in one house got along though! 


2 - I started boxing


You know what I don't actually know when this happened but at some point this year I started boxing and now I'm ridiculously into it and introducing all my friends to my fave studios.

It took me months to finally feel the difference between flailing my arms around and actually putting my weight into it. So I'm defo not that good of a boxer, but that wont stop me trying. It's 100% the best anger management I have ever found in my life and I come out of those 45 minutes in a state of pure zen. Had a bad day? Take it to the bag! Had a good day? Take it to the bag! Just call me Rocky Jayboa from now on guys.


3 - I got a new job


The atmosphere at my old job was really starting to grate on me. I don't want to go into it too much for obvious reasons (really shouldn't slate old workplaces on the internet lol) but it was a negative atmosphere for me to be in and really starting to effect me in all the wrong ways.

If I could go back in time and tell early twenties Jaydee one thing it would be to not stay in negative work environments simply because that's your job. There are other jobs/companies out there who genuinely care about employee happiness and creating a good work atmosphere and one of the best gifts you can give yourself is looking for one of those. 

My one priority when looking for a new role was making sure the companies I applied for had a great reputation when it comes to company culture and staff happiness. This can easily to be gauged by checking a companies Glass Door reviews and I did not apply for a single role without doing my research first. I ended up getting one of the first roles I interviewed for which is shocking considering how nervous I was in my interview! I've gone from a super corporate atmosphere to a media and entertainment atmosphere and couldn't be any happier with the change.


4 - I finished cognitive behavioural therapy


So for those of you who don't know I ended up in cognitive behavioural therapy late last year when my mental state took a bit of a nosedive after the car accident of summer 2017. Long story short, I was run over by a car that ran a red light at a crossing. I like to say I was Regina George'd because I think I'm funny, but considering it's only about a 25% laugh rate when I drop that line I should probably accept that I'm not.

I was diagnosed with PTSD and Depression and that was on top of anxiety issues I've dealt with my whole life. As you can imagine I was a bit of a mess, but my therapy experience was really great. Soon when I'm ready I'm going to dedicate an entire post to my therapy experience because you guys have been asking me about it non stop after watching me get my glow back this year.

Today I just wanted to touch base on this photo...

So I don't know how it works for everyone else but every other week during my therapy sessions I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork. They're basically tests to gauge where you're at, how you're feeling and just get an overall look at what's still affecting you. I went through a long phase of just auto circling the 3's because I literally lived among them, then gradually moved down to 2's and the occasional 1. 

One day I looked down and saw this. Almost all 0's with the occasional 1 and it was such a special moment. Definitely one of my favourite moments of the year as it completely took me by surprise. You get into such a routine of automatically filling out these things and going to therapy sessions that sometimes you don't take a moment to step back and enjoy your growth. This was the exact moment I gave myself a well deserved pat on the back. 


5 - I danced without feeling any pain for the first time since the accident

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The 24th of March 2018 was the first day I danced without feeling any pain since the car accident of summer 2017 and omg I could have cried in this moment! There's a full video of this routine on my personal instagram (@jaydeestone) if you want to see it but it's basically just a few minutes of me living my best life to Ariana Grande Into You.

I waited a longgg time for this moment and completed a lot of physical therapy. Every single second was worth it, every rest day worth it, everything I missed out on to avoid furthering my injuries was worth it just for this moment where my body finally felt like mine again. My joy at the end says it all really.


6 - I turned 28!


I've been patiently waiting to turn 28 for a while now because 8 is my lucky number and I really needed those good vibes in my life! I know you wont believe me but my life has genuinely been a better place since I gained that 8 in my age AND it's 2018 AND we're currently in the 8th month of the year. Is it a coincidence that your girls been feeling great recently? I think not! It's the power of the 8 I'm telling you, and I plan on riding this wave for the entire year.

But on a more serious note though, I feel really blessed to have made it to 28. It's been a really rough few years and there were moments where I didn't even know if I had a future. So to be here living it is such a blessing and I'm really grateful. To 28 more years! and lots of luck!


7 - I booked an abundance of Britney tickets because #priorities

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So this year started off with me spending all my money on Britney Spears tickets and I really can't think of a better way to start the year. Yeah I drained my bank balance, but I had no regrets then and I have absolutely zero regrets now! Plus It's officially August meaning BRITNEY MONTH IS HERE and I have NO WORDS for how buzzing I am to see my girl twice!!


8 - I found a new favourite west end show


It's rare that I cry in the theatre but Everybody's Talking About Jamie had me feeling all the feels. I wrote a whole post about it here but feel like I've grown to love it even more as time has gone by. It's by far my favourite west end show now and I'm already planning to go watch it again. This time with tissues at the ready!


9 - I had the best Valentines ever

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I love a bit of romance and abusing valentines day for as many red roses, serenades and 10 course tasting meals as I can get is how I do things. But this year I did something I've never done on Valentines before... I went to a gig!

The Chainsmokers performed at Ally Pally and I had to be there because their Memories Do Not Open album is basically my own personal diary. There is not a single song on that album that I cant relate to and since the day it came out I've been singing it non stop. It's one of those albums where as soon as I hear the opening beat of any song I'm knees deep in past memories, half crying, half laughing and loving every moment. It's crazy cas I wasn't even that big of a fan before that album, but now I'm a chainsmoker for life!


10 - I got my confidence back 


It's been a while since I felt genuinely confident but recently I've been on a bit of a high. It's the nicest change from how I felt this time last year and honestly I'm probably the most confident I've ever been in my life. That means so much because I've always been one to compare myself to my former self and until this year I've always felt my past self was superior. 

It's the weirdest feeling as an adult being slightly envious of your teenage self. Wishing you had their excitement and confidence whilst also struggling to understand how you are the same person yet so different now. I feel like I've spent my entire 20s searching for the person I once was as a teen, now all these years later I haven't found her but I've had the pleasure of meeting the person she became instead.

I am so much stronger now, even in my weakest moments, and there's so much present Jaydee has the balls to do that even gutsy teenage Jaydee would never have tried. This internal glow up is what I've been waiting for my whole adult life and I honestly cant put into words how happy I am to finally be here. Don't be fooled though, my life's not perfect. It's just that it no longer matters what brings me down because I now know how to pull myself back up.

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And she lived happily ever after! lol lets hope!

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So regular posts will be starting back from now. I'm in Brighton for Pride for the next few days so I would not expect anything this weekend but early next week for sure! I wasn't kidding when I said I have a tonne of half written posts to finish up. Look forward to skincare, beauty, travel, a lot of food, a little fashion and much more. Thanks for reading <3


Until next time, J xx

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  1. I'm so happy to read this Jaydee! I've been following your blog for a few years, so I look forward to new posts in the future.

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    1. Thanks so much Chantel <3 also for being a long term reader! Means a lot <3

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