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One thing I love about my little job at the bridal store is that when it's quiet, we will always find time to sit on the seats with a cuppa and just chat. We literally talk about anything from relationships to food to putting the world to rights.

One quiet afternoon, we were sitting on the sofa chatting about our friendship circles. This got me thinking about my little circle of friends and how it is well... little but I'm really okay with that. I keep a very small friend group which over time people have come and gone and now I have a tough group of ladies whom I love dearly.

As the conversation continued, reminiscing about drunken nights out, hanging out our asses the next morning and the funny tales of that one friend who told her whole and I mean WHOLE life story to the poor guy who just wanted to buy her a drink and maybe see if he could get lucky, definitely got more than he bargained for!

Through all the giggles and eye rolls, it hit me! I have a badass circle of friends!

As I said the circle I keep is small but each and every lady I have in there have their own battle scars of great stories, girl bossing, knockbacks and to me are the definition of being a great woman! I have ladies around me who are not afraid to make their opinions known, who run their own businesses, who are mothers and raise a child whilst working all the hours in the day to support them and their one and still have time to be there for others, who are self-employed and basically just run their world like a boss and I couldn't be prouder to call them my friends.

Having such strong influences in my life makes me want to push myself like never before and I'm not going to lie to you guys but in the past, I have being that girl who wanted the world but didn't necessarily want to work for it. Not because I believed I was any better than anyone else or was born with a silver spoon - definitely not, that isn't me at all! I just thought there had to be an easier way to get what I wanted but let me tell you guys, I'll save you years of wondering... that's not the case! If you want anything in this world, you have to work your arse off and then some to get to where you want to be and then work 10x as hard to stay there once you've found success!

When I see my friends succeed and even if things don't quite work but they just dust themselves off and go again it makes me look at the world differently. I want to go to work and be the best version of myself I can be, I want to work on the blog and create content that I am passionate about and share it with you guys. I want to push my photography, I was to try different ways to edit videos, use the hours in my day more effectively and just girl boss the crap out of everything I do!


It's weird to think that a group of ladies can change and influence my life in such a way but I feel if you find the right people to have in your life then this is how you should feel! Find people you can celebrate their successes with but will also be the first to share in yours!

As I said I never used to have this mentality but it is a journey! A journey I am so glad I have taken with people were there at the time and may not be in my life anymore for whatever reason, people who have been in my life from day one and are still flying a flag for me and will always be there to the people who have just entered my life but have made such an impact that I couldn't imagine my world without them now. Our journeys aren't the same but we are having an adventure together to get to the outcome we want even if it's not the same destination.

So to my tight-knit circle, my ladies, my inspiration, my girl bosses, you may not know it but you are my support, my family, you helped me become the woman I am today and I thank you all every day that you are in my life! I value you all more than you can imagine so thank you for being bad ass and owning it! Thank you for helping me become bad ass!

Brogan, Lucy, Rachel, Alice, Josie, Nicola, Claire, Leigh, Beth, Andrea, Christy, Emma, Christine (Seymour) and Sinead I love you all dearly! From you all being you, you have helped me to be me!

Celebrate your circle guys, no matter how big or how small. If the people in it support you and love you for you then it's important to cherish it! Keep that circle strong...

When Your Circle of Friends Are Just Badass!


One thing I love about my little job at the bridal store is that when it's quiet, we will always find time to sit on the seats with a cuppa and just chat. We literally talk about anything from relationships to food to putting the world to rights.

One quiet afternoon, we were sitting on the sofa chatting about our friendship circles. This got me thinking about my little circle of friends and how it is well... little but I'm really okay with that. I keep a very small friend group which over time people have come and gone and now I have a tough group of ladies whom I love dearly.

As the conversation continued, reminiscing about drunken nights out, hanging out our asses the next morning and the funny tales of that one friend who told her whole and I mean WHOLE life story to the poor guy who just wanted to buy her a drink and maybe see if he could get lucky, definitely got more than he bargained for!

Through all the giggles and eye rolls, it hit me! I have a badass circle of friends!

As I said the circle I keep is small but each and every lady I have in there have their own battle scars of great stories, girl bossing, knockbacks and to me are the definition of being a great woman! I have ladies around me who are not afraid to make their opinions known, who run their own businesses, who are mothers and raise a child whilst working all the hours in the day to support them and their one and still have time to be there for others, who are self-employed and basically just run their world like a boss and I couldn't be prouder to call them my friends.

Having such strong influences in my life makes me want to push myself like never before and I'm not going to lie to you guys but in the past, I have being that girl who wanted the world but didn't necessarily want to work for it. Not because I believed I was any better than anyone else or was born with a silver spoon - definitely not, that isn't me at all! I just thought there had to be an easier way to get what I wanted but let me tell you guys, I'll save you years of wondering... that's not the case! If you want anything in this world, you have to work your arse off and then some to get to where you want to be and then work 10x as hard to stay there once you've found success!

When I see my friends succeed and even if things don't quite work but they just dust themselves off and go again it makes me look at the world differently. I want to go to work and be the best version of myself I can be, I want to work on the blog and create content that I am passionate about and share it with you guys. I want to push my photography, I was to try different ways to edit videos, use the hours in my day more effectively and just girl boss the crap out of everything I do!


It's weird to think that a group of ladies can change and influence my life in such a way but I feel if you find the right people to have in your life then this is how you should feel! Find people you can celebrate their successes with but will also be the first to share in yours!

As I said I never used to have this mentality but it is a journey! A journey I am so glad I have taken with people were there at the time and may not be in my life anymore for whatever reason, people who have been in my life from day one and are still flying a flag for me and will always be there to the people who have just entered my life but have made such an impact that I couldn't imagine my world without them now. Our journeys aren't the same but we are having an adventure together to get to the outcome we want even if it's not the same destination.

So to my tight-knit circle, my ladies, my inspiration, my girl bosses, you may not know it but you are my support, my family, you helped me become the woman I am today and I thank you all every day that you are in my life! I value you all more than you can imagine so thank you for being bad ass and owning it! Thank you for helping me become bad ass!

Brogan, Lucy, Rachel, Alice, Josie, Nicola, Claire, Leigh, Beth, Andrea, Christy, Emma, Christine (Seymour) and Sinead I love you all dearly! From you all being you, you have helped me to be me!

Celebrate your circle guys, no matter how big or how small. If the people in it support you and love you for you then it's important to cherish it! Keep that circle strong...


So it's 2018, time to get organised and get our lives in check. I hope you all had an amazing New Year with plenty of fizz, surrounded by people you love! Mine involved copious amounts of rum, a conga line in the street and more rum.

At the beginning of each New Year, I love to make a list of resolutions that let's be honest I only ever remember one from the list of ten I've made and then that only gets done in November because I can't finish a year without doing at least one thing, can I? And then when I've done it, I feel like I'm bossing life! So this year I'm keeping it simple and focussing on just one thing - I'm saving for a house!

Yup, I'm going in big I know but I'm 26 now and my goal is to be in my own house by the time I'm 30. Houses aren't cheap so I better get started!

Having a place to call my own has always being a dream of mine, from a young age I never liked the idea of renting - it's never being something that appealed to me so I made the decision pretty quickly to just stay at home until I was good and ready to get my foot on the property ladder.
I've always felt you had to be in the right frame of mind to start saving for something so big and I'm pretty sure (aside from having a baby of course) buying a house is one of the biggest commitments you'll ever make and you definitely have to commit fully if you're going to start saving for one.

I'm only 26 and I'll be the first to admit that I've prioritised other things in my life like that pairs of Gucci slingbacks or that girls trip or that cheeky two weeks in the sun but you know what? I have zero regrets about doing it this way round. I worked hard for the money I'd earned and yes I've made mistakes with my finances that I wish I didn't but I've learnt and know I won't do those things again.
I can say I have enjoyed my money and I've lived but I know for me, I'm ready to cut back and put my money into my forever and not just the right now.

If you've seen this post then you will be fully aware what I'm like when it comes to handling to finances - *spoiler alert* I suck but you will know I'm trying my hardest to keep myself on the straight and narrow and get myself on track to a healthy bank balance.

Although 2018 is literally house goals for me I do need to be real, this is me we're talking about and if I'm too harsh on my myself I will fall off the bandwagon and trust me I'll fall hard so even though I'm save, save, save I do need to keep a little aside for those "treat yo self" days. I've opened a separate bank account where I will give myself a monthly allowance to have guilt-free spending and give myself those little treats we all need to function and I know I'm not alone in that too, we all do it. However, when my allowance for the month is gone, it's gone! Nothing else to go in until that time of the month to top it up again!


Why a separate account? I'm thinking to be organised and have an account for everything so I can keep track of all my spends and I know exactly where my pennies are going but that way I don't overspend in my bills account for example and then can't pay my phone bill! How will I post my Instagrams then? Millennial girl problems times 1000 or what!

I'll test out this multi accounts thing and report back if it's successful or if it's a waste of time

I know a house isn't going to come overnight - unless I win the lottery (I better start playing) but I'm excited to get started and see my pennies mount up! Mount up who am I kidding? But you know what I mean. I have spreadsheets come out of my ears and I'm literally counting down the hours until I can input my first piece of data into it! Literally living that spreadsheet life now! 

What are your resolutions this year? Are you making any?


The Only Resolution I'm Making This Year


So it's 2018, time to get organised and get our lives in check. I hope you all had an amazing New Year with plenty of fizz, surrounded by people you love! Mine involved copious amounts of rum, a conga line in the street and more rum.

At the beginning of each New Year, I love to make a list of resolutions that let's be honest I only ever remember one from the list of ten I've made and then that only gets done in November because I can't finish a year without doing at least one thing, can I? And then when I've done it, I feel like I'm bossing life! So this year I'm keeping it simple and focussing on just one thing - I'm saving for a house!

Yup, I'm going in big I know but I'm 26 now and my goal is to be in my own house by the time I'm 30. Houses aren't cheap so I better get started!

Having a place to call my own has always being a dream of mine, from a young age I never liked the idea of renting - it's never being something that appealed to me so I made the decision pretty quickly to just stay at home until I was good and ready to get my foot on the property ladder.
I've always felt you had to be in the right frame of mind to start saving for something so big and I'm pretty sure (aside from having a baby of course) buying a house is one of the biggest commitments you'll ever make and you definitely have to commit fully if you're going to start saving for one.

I'm only 26 and I'll be the first to admit that I've prioritised other things in my life like that pairs of Gucci slingbacks or that girls trip or that cheeky two weeks in the sun but you know what? I have zero regrets about doing it this way round. I worked hard for the money I'd earned and yes I've made mistakes with my finances that I wish I didn't but I've learnt and know I won't do those things again.
I can say I have enjoyed my money and I've lived but I know for me, I'm ready to cut back and put my money into my forever and not just the right now.

If you've seen this post then you will be fully aware what I'm like when it comes to handling to finances - *spoiler alert* I suck but you will know I'm trying my hardest to keep myself on the straight and narrow and get myself on track to a healthy bank balance.

Although 2018 is literally house goals for me I do need to be real, this is me we're talking about and if I'm too harsh on my myself I will fall off the bandwagon and trust me I'll fall hard so even though I'm save, save, save I do need to keep a little aside for those "treat yo self" days. I've opened a separate bank account where I will give myself a monthly allowance to have guilt-free spending and give myself those little treats we all need to function and I know I'm not alone in that too, we all do it. However, when my allowance for the month is gone, it's gone! Nothing else to go in until that time of the month to top it up again!


Why a separate account? I'm thinking to be organised and have an account for everything so I can keep track of all my spends and I know exactly where my pennies are going but that way I don't overspend in my bills account for example and then can't pay my phone bill! How will I post my Instagrams then? Millennial girl problems times 1000 or what!

I'll test out this multi accounts thing and report back if it's successful or if it's a waste of time

I know a house isn't going to come overnight - unless I win the lottery (I better start playing) but I'm excited to get started and see my pennies mount up! Mount up who am I kidding? But you know what I mean. I have spreadsheets come out of my ears and I'm literally counting down the hours until I can input my first piece of data into it! Literally living that spreadsheet life now! 

What are your resolutions this year? Are you making any?




2017 has been a year of ups and down for me.

I've experienced so much and learnt a lot about myself as a person but I for one am one for focusing on the negative rather than looking back on everything good that has really made 2017 something to remember.

I was scrolling through my bloglovin when this post by the lovely Hannah caught my eye. She highlighted all her stand out, favourite moments of 2017. It was just a lovely reminder to be grateful for the little moments in your life so I wanted to put my own spin on a post and share some of my favourite moments of this roller coaster of a year.

So here's to an amazing year and my highlights...


BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL TOUR

Technically,  I started the tour back at the of 2016 but 2017 was the year that living in hotels, out of suitcases, back to back rehearsals and the like all came to an end. I wasn't on the stage but let me tell ya, working backstage is just as hard. Billy Elliot was a huge part of life. I pretty much lived and breathed tour life and didn't have a lot of time for me. Although it was hard, I definitely wouldn't change my experience. I worked with some amazing people and children. I laughed, I cried, I found a person within me that I never knew existed. I look back over the last 18 months with pure joy and pride, that I achieved so much! I did write a little post back when I came home here if you want to read more about it.


HAPPY FEED

I can't take the credit for this one, I discovered this little app whilst watching my friend Brogan's Instagram live and I haven't looked back seen. In case you've never heard of the happy feed, it's basically a gratitude app that makes you think of three things from your day - whether they are big or small and write them in the app. I'm over 60 days into it and I really look forward to input my little moments of the day and giving time to something I would have glossed over.


SCRAPBOOKING

My scrapbook has become my pride and joy over the past year. I love scrolling through my camera roll, uploading my images to lalalab, stalking my letterbox waiting for my little pink envelope to come through then arranging them into my scrapbook. I find it just so therapeutic and also really emotional! I mean, just looking at the pictures puts a smile on my face as it's like I'm reliving that moment all over again.




PICKING UP THE VLOG CAMERA

Picking up the vlog camera was one of the best things I've done this year. I have one of those all or nothing personalities. If I've got an idea in my head then I will do my best to follow it through to the best of my abilities. This is what happened with vlogging. Before I started touring, I was really into my Youtube channel, filming, vlogging the lot! When I started Billy, I threw myself into it, I really enjoyed every minute and gave it my all. I loved it right until the end but about 6 months in, I really did miss social media, chatting to the camera and just sharing my thoughts and feelings with you guys so when the tour was coming to an end, vlogging was the only think on my mind. Minus the week I had off to get my thoughts together, I've not missed a week and I love it! I definitely want to make my Youtube into more of a vlog/lifestyle channel and slowly I'm working my way towards it. I just need to remember to actually tell people when I've uploaded!



ON MY TRAVELS

2017 has been a year of living out of a suitcase through work and through leisure. 
Really sorry I keep talking about it but it was a huge part of my life but Billy was pretty intense and when we were on company break I tried to make the most of my time at home with my family and also have fun. I booked a few trips whether they were in the UK and away. The Lake District, Greece, I'm going to Cuba in a couple of weeks, even overnight stays in London and day trips to Liverpool. I have really enjoyed exercising my adventurous side and really want to continue it in 2018.




FINDING MY CONFIDENT SIDE


I"m going to let you into a little secret, I never used to be the most confident of humans going. It has taken me a number of years to feel comfortable in my own skin and it was only like last month that I'd started to become more me with my online presence. Weird, huh? I was talking to my friend, Rachel a couple of months again and she referred to me as a "girlboss" because I came across as having my shit together and super confident!

ME?

A girlboss? I would never imagine being called that, ever! Thank you, Rachel!

It did make me think. When did I get to this point of confidence? I totally don't have my shit together but I definitely feel like I grown so much over the past year. I have tackled life so differently to how I would in past years and I'm proud of myself for that. I'm learning to grab the bull by the horns and just roll with it and so far, it's paying off....

Come at me 2018! Let's see what you got!


Favourite Moments of 2017



2017 has been a year of ups and down for me.

I've experienced so much and learnt a lot about myself as a person but I for one am one for focusing on the negative rather than looking back on everything good that has really made 2017 something to remember.

I was scrolling through my bloglovin when this post by the lovely Hannah caught my eye. She highlighted all her stand out, favourite moments of 2017. It was just a lovely reminder to be grateful for the little moments in your life so I wanted to put my own spin on a post and share some of my favourite moments of this roller coaster of a year.

So here's to an amazing year and my highlights...


BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL TOUR

Technically,  I started the tour back at the of 2016 but 2017 was the year that living in hotels, out of suitcases, back to back rehearsals and the like all came to an end. I wasn't on the stage but let me tell ya, working backstage is just as hard. Billy Elliot was a huge part of life. I pretty much lived and breathed tour life and didn't have a lot of time for me. Although it was hard, I definitely wouldn't change my experience. I worked with some amazing people and children. I laughed, I cried, I found a person within me that I never knew existed. I look back over the last 18 months with pure joy and pride, that I achieved so much! I did write a little post back when I came home here if you want to read more about it.


HAPPY FEED

I can't take the credit for this one, I discovered this little app whilst watching my friend Brogan's Instagram live and I haven't looked back seen. In case you've never heard of the happy feed, it's basically a gratitude app that makes you think of three things from your day - whether they are big or small and write them in the app. I'm over 60 days into it and I really look forward to input my little moments of the day and giving time to something I would have glossed over.


SCRAPBOOKING

My scrapbook has become my pride and joy over the past year. I love scrolling through my camera roll, uploading my images to lalalab, stalking my letterbox waiting for my little pink envelope to come through then arranging them into my scrapbook. I find it just so therapeutic and also really emotional! I mean, just looking at the pictures puts a smile on my face as it's like I'm reliving that moment all over again.




PICKING UP THE VLOG CAMERA

Picking up the vlog camera was one of the best things I've done this year. I have one of those all or nothing personalities. If I've got an idea in my head then I will do my best to follow it through to the best of my abilities. This is what happened with vlogging. Before I started touring, I was really into my Youtube channel, filming, vlogging the lot! When I started Billy, I threw myself into it, I really enjoyed every minute and gave it my all. I loved it right until the end but about 6 months in, I really did miss social media, chatting to the camera and just sharing my thoughts and feelings with you guys so when the tour was coming to an end, vlogging was the only think on my mind. Minus the week I had off to get my thoughts together, I've not missed a week and I love it! I definitely want to make my Youtube into more of a vlog/lifestyle channel and slowly I'm working my way towards it. I just need to remember to actually tell people when I've uploaded!



ON MY TRAVELS

2017 has been a year of living out of a suitcase through work and through leisure. 
Really sorry I keep talking about it but it was a huge part of my life but Billy was pretty intense and when we were on company break I tried to make the most of my time at home with my family and also have fun. I booked a few trips whether they were in the UK and away. The Lake District, Greece, I'm going to Cuba in a couple of weeks, even overnight stays in London and day trips to Liverpool. I have really enjoyed exercising my adventurous side and really want to continue it in 2018.




FINDING MY CONFIDENT SIDE


I"m going to let you into a little secret, I never used to be the most confident of humans going. It has taken me a number of years to feel comfortable in my own skin and it was only like last month that I'd started to become more me with my online presence. Weird, huh? I was talking to my friend, Rachel a couple of months again and she referred to me as a "girlboss" because I came across as having my shit together and super confident!

ME?

A girlboss? I would never imagine being called that, ever! Thank you, Rachel!

It did make me think. When did I get to this point of confidence? I totally don't have my shit together but I definitely feel like I grown so much over the past year. I have tackled life so differently to how I would in past years and I'm proud of myself for that. I'm learning to grab the bull by the horns and just roll with it and so far, it's paying off....

Come at me 2018! Let's see what you got!




I am terrible with money.

I'm a 26 with 3 credit cards (two are fully paid off and I don't actually touch them, I just have them there for extreme emergencies), a student loan, bank loan and an overdraft - wow, that's a lot when it's written down! To be fair this is my current situation, believe it or not, it actually used to be worst... I happily manage the above.

The total amount I managed to save in my ISA has now been moved into my current account to cover my bills and Christmas! At this point, not ever tumbleweeds can be bothered rolling out of my purse anymore.
I don't want you guys to be sat at your screens thinking "how the fuck is she even managing daily life?" This post isn't a cry for help because money likes to burn a hole in my pocket and that I have the willpower of a nat, it's actually more of a "Dionne, it's time to lay out on the table and actually get your shit together!" post.

I fact I actually manage my bills really well and make sure everything is paid off on time so don't worry you'll never see me on Can't Pay? We'll Take Away - has anyone seen that programme? It's brutal man! 

Money is something I've wanted to talk about for a long time but the Britishness in me always put me off but sod it, let's do this:

Me vs Money has always been a never-ending battle and now with a new dawn (or New Year) approaching I want to look at my Natwest account and the money in there is actually mine without the minus in forward and not:


I want to dedicate a day to researching ISA's, help to buy's, savings accounts with an actual decent interest rate. 
I want to be that person who has 3 different accounts for different savings. I want to be that person who actually has their shit together - well, my financial shit anyway. 
If I had to tell you where the hell my money actually went apart from bills, I genuinely have no clue! I'm not a massive shopper, I'm a hermit so my weekends are spent watching Youtube and wishing I led an exciting life - sad but true. I guess if I had to really sit down and think I would categorize myself into the "little and often" family meaning I spent little (or so I like to think) but very often and it all adds up!
I'm not going to lie to you guys, there have been times I've had a little cry about it but I got advice and now I'm on the right track to actually keeping my pennies for a rainy day and not just the ASOS sale. 
There are times I wished I never got myself into this but you know, everything is a learning curve and I've learnt so much about credit, money, banks etc that I won't have known before and my credit score is kick ass which is a major plus! Roll on mortgage appointments when I'm ready!
So, what am I going to do to keep track of my pennies?
  • Writing it down digitally and physically - I know, I know, I'm creating extra work for myself by writing everything down twice but it's a method that I've tried and tested over the past couple of months with my bullet journal and iCal and it works wonders for me.I just like having my information down in more ways than one plus I have no excuses to forget anything.

  • Straight to savings - Setting up a direct debit to just automatically transfer funds between accounts is probably the easiest way to save, save, SAVE! It's the easiest but not something I've done yet. I'm working on it, give me some time. 

  • Queen of a spreadsheet - I can't take the credit for this one, I saw this one on Lizzieloves snapchat and knew I needed to implement it into my life. Ladies, spreadsheets are the way forward! I have one for my monthly income, one for my monthly outgoings and weekly spends too just so I can keep track fully of everything. No more "accidental spending"

These are the main three things I'm doing to track my spending and keep it in check. I'll keep you posted on how it goes but I just wanted to say, no matter how bad you are with money or finances it's never too late to turn it around if you want to. 

Me vs. Money - The Never-Ending Battle



I am terrible with money.

I'm a 26 with 3 credit cards (two are fully paid off and I don't actually touch them, I just have them there for extreme emergencies), a student loan, bank loan and an overdraft - wow, that's a lot when it's written down! To be fair this is my current situation, believe it or not, it actually used to be worst... I happily manage the above.

The total amount I managed to save in my ISA has now been moved into my current account to cover my bills and Christmas! At this point, not ever tumbleweeds can be bothered rolling out of my purse anymore.
I don't want you guys to be sat at your screens thinking "how the fuck is she even managing daily life?" This post isn't a cry for help because money likes to burn a hole in my pocket and that I have the willpower of a nat, it's actually more of a "Dionne, it's time to lay out on the table and actually get your shit together!" post.

I fact I actually manage my bills really well and make sure everything is paid off on time so don't worry you'll never see me on Can't Pay? We'll Take Away - has anyone seen that programme? It's brutal man! 

Money is something I've wanted to talk about for a long time but the Britishness in me always put me off but sod it, let's do this:

Me vs Money has always been a never-ending battle and now with a new dawn (or New Year) approaching I want to look at my Natwest account and the money in there is actually mine without the minus in forward and not:


I want to dedicate a day to researching ISA's, help to buy's, savings accounts with an actual decent interest rate. 
I want to be that person who has 3 different accounts for different savings. I want to be that person who actually has their shit together - well, my financial shit anyway. 
If I had to tell you where the hell my money actually went apart from bills, I genuinely have no clue! I'm not a massive shopper, I'm a hermit so my weekends are spent watching Youtube and wishing I led an exciting life - sad but true. I guess if I had to really sit down and think I would categorize myself into the "little and often" family meaning I spent little (or so I like to think) but very often and it all adds up!
I'm not going to lie to you guys, there have been times I've had a little cry about it but I got advice and now I'm on the right track to actually keeping my pennies for a rainy day and not just the ASOS sale. 
There are times I wished I never got myself into this but you know, everything is a learning curve and I've learnt so much about credit, money, banks etc that I won't have known before and my credit score is kick ass which is a major plus! Roll on mortgage appointments when I'm ready!
So, what am I going to do to keep track of my pennies?
  • Writing it down digitally and physically - I know, I know, I'm creating extra work for myself by writing everything down twice but it's a method that I've tried and tested over the past couple of months with my bullet journal and iCal and it works wonders for me.I just like having my information down in more ways than one plus I have no excuses to forget anything.

  • Straight to savings - Setting up a direct debit to just automatically transfer funds between accounts is probably the easiest way to save, save, SAVE! It's the easiest but not something I've done yet. I'm working on it, give me some time. 

  • Queen of a spreadsheet - I can't take the credit for this one, I saw this one on Lizzieloves snapchat and knew I needed to implement it into my life. Ladies, spreadsheets are the way forward! I have one for my monthly income, one for my monthly outgoings and weekly spends too just so I can keep track fully of everything. No more "accidental spending"

These are the main three things I'm doing to track my spending and keep it in check. I'll keep you posted on how it goes but I just wanted to say, no matter how bad you are with money or finances it's never too late to turn it around if you want to. 


At the time of writing this, there are 12 days until Christmas and 19 days until 1st January 2018! Where the hell has the time gone? It only feels like yesterday that I finished an 18 months tour with Billy Elliot, turned 26 and drank a little too much rum at Leeds Carnival (I have zero regrets about the last one).

This year has been full of it's ups and downs. There have been times I wanted to quit, where I've laughed uncontrollably - you know the kinda laugh where it hurts but you can't stop! That! Made new friendships that I will have in my life forever and discovered that I am one tough little cookie when I want to be.

2017 has been quite a good year for me but as sit here on a countdown until all things Christmas - December 1st, that Christmas tree went straight up! and I have less than 2 days until my butt is in duty-free on the way to Cuba! I'm going tropical with my festivities this year! I can't help but think how much I'm looking forward to shouting "Happy New Year" over the chimes of Big Ben and here's why:


  • New Start - Now I know, a new year doesn't have to mean a new year, you can have a new start about any time of the year but there's just something about hitting that reset button on the 1st of the year that's just satisfying to me. There are things in the pipeline that I've got set up which I can't tell you about just yet - yup, I'm one of those people, soz but just know I'm super excited about it and I can't wait to get started. Just know this is me finally getting my life together. I mean I have no choice, gonna be in my dream house by 28! No pressure then.

  • This year has been all about making memories. I even went old school and printed images for my scrapbook which has been my pride and joy this past year. Sometimes I just get it out and have a flick through - I live a thrilling life and I can't wait to continue with this in the new year, so many cool things to document! Although I can't for the new, it's also important for me to remember all the good (and bad) of this year. I did a lot of growing up and I don't wanna lose that.

  • Another Year Wiser - I know birthdays are normally when you heard "you're another year older and wiser" but why can't the same be said for the next year? Technically you are a whole year older and we've discovered a heck of a lot in that time! I mean, if I was the same person I was in 2015, I'd be pretty upset. I know physically I have gotten older as the number at the end of 2 is getting scarily close to the BIG 3 0 but it's not my age then makes me any wiser, it's the time in between. Taking risks, having experiences, having that 'oh fuck, why did I do that' moments are all what has made me who I am not my age and I for one can't wait to use this year's teachings to strengthen the woman I want to become next year. 

  • This one is more of a reminder and the fact I've put it in a post for you all to see means I gonna get it done - but note to self, dear future 2018 Dionne, GET YOUR FINANCES TOGETHER! This is your main priority for the year to get it together and keep yourself in check! Those Gucci's can wait girl!

I used to be one of those people that hated change and always wanted to know what was coming next but now, I can't wait to see what twists and turns are going to come my way. I'm all strapped in and ready for the ride. 

Come on 2018, let's have ya!






Why I'm Looking Forward To 2018



At the time of writing this, there are 12 days until Christmas and 19 days until 1st January 2018! Where the hell has the time gone? It only feels like yesterday that I finished an 18 months tour with Billy Elliot, turned 26 and drank a little too much rum at Leeds Carnival (I have zero regrets about the last one).

This year has been full of it's ups and downs. There have been times I wanted to quit, where I've laughed uncontrollably - you know the kinda laugh where it hurts but you can't stop! That! Made new friendships that I will have in my life forever and discovered that I am one tough little cookie when I want to be.

2017 has been quite a good year for me but as sit here on a countdown until all things Christmas - December 1st, that Christmas tree went straight up! and I have less than 2 days until my butt is in duty-free on the way to Cuba! I'm going tropical with my festivities this year! I can't help but think how much I'm looking forward to shouting "Happy New Year" over the chimes of Big Ben and here's why:


  • New Start - Now I know, a new year doesn't have to mean a new year, you can have a new start about any time of the year but there's just something about hitting that reset button on the 1st of the year that's just satisfying to me. There are things in the pipeline that I've got set up which I can't tell you about just yet - yup, I'm one of those people, soz but just know I'm super excited about it and I can't wait to get started. Just know this is me finally getting my life together. I mean I have no choice, gonna be in my dream house by 28! No pressure then.

  • This year has been all about making memories. I even went old school and printed images for my scrapbook which has been my pride and joy this past year. Sometimes I just get it out and have a flick through - I live a thrilling life and I can't wait to continue with this in the new year, so many cool things to document! Although I can't for the new, it's also important for me to remember all the good (and bad) of this year. I did a lot of growing up and I don't wanna lose that.

  • Another Year Wiser - I know birthdays are normally when you heard "you're another year older and wiser" but why can't the same be said for the next year? Technically you are a whole year older and we've discovered a heck of a lot in that time! I mean, if I was the same person I was in 2015, I'd be pretty upset. I know physically I have gotten older as the number at the end of 2 is getting scarily close to the BIG 3 0 but it's not my age then makes me any wiser, it's the time in between. Taking risks, having experiences, having that 'oh fuck, why did I do that' moments are all what has made me who I am not my age and I for one can't wait to use this year's teachings to strengthen the woman I want to become next year. 

  • This one is more of a reminder and the fact I've put it in a post for you all to see means I gonna get it done - but note to self, dear future 2018 Dionne, GET YOUR FINANCES TOGETHER! This is your main priority for the year to get it together and keep yourself in check! Those Gucci's can wait girl!

I used to be one of those people that hated change and always wanted to know what was coming next but now, I can't wait to see what twists and turns are going to come my way. I'm all strapped in and ready for the ride. 

Come on 2018, let's have ya!






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