Flexibility Progression!

The only reason as to why I'm writing about flexibility is just because I have finally mastered my backbend!


The only difference is, with a backbend you basically fall into the bridge position from standing up instead of pushing up from the floor.

Due to being a Cheerleader, being flexible is a major skill to obtain. This year I really intend on expanding this and hopefully I can improve my flexibility in regards to improving my  Heel Stretch, Scale & possibly pulling a  Scorpion. These are all "cheer terms" so don't be confused as to what I'm talking about (this is why I've attached links).

I also aim to continue with my handstand, without using a wall for balance of course. Just wanted to photograph myself and see how I hold my body weight up. After attending a Gymnastics class yesterday, I now know a better technique to achieving this.


All in all, I thought that it would be nice to have a short & sweet post just because I wanted to share my improvements and hope to look back at this in the future and see the differences between now & what's to come. Plus this makes me feel like a health fanatic when ideally I'm just working out here and there!

"Better to bend, than to break!"

Q&A Time!

So it's finally that time for me to do a Q&A! I really liked the questions that I was asked and I hope that I answered them correctly lol? There's really no point for me to do an introduction to this blog post as Q&A clearly stands for questions & answers if ya didn't know ;)

Let's get started!

What makes you/your blog different?

This is actually quite hard to answer, so I'm going to spilt this into two answers. What makes me different is that there's only one me. Sure I share the same name with many others, but me myself, I am unique. Cliche but it's true. I'm really open with my friends and I always say things how it is - so I guess that makes me different? In regards to my blog, who's blog is called 'Just a Thought'?? Oh yeah that's right, mine! I'm just playing, but yeah my blog is really out there and I'm very personal with my content. I'm too honest on here tbh, but I'm the same in real life and it's only because I don't see the point in just holding back what I have to say. So if you're ever interested in something about my life, I'm sure it'll be up on my blog at one point! 

What made you want to start a blog?

I saw a few of my friends creating blogs on Twitter and I thought that i'd be pretty good at it also, but I held back and kinda just forgot about the idea. I wasn't that great of a writer when I took English back at school & I didn't think that what I had to say could influence any of my readers so I just didn't look into it. I've covered this before on Twitter and basically said why I did this, but I can't find what I said so oh well you're reading my thoughts now. I started a blog because I could and I wanted to get MY thoughts out there. Little did I know that it would flourish and progress so well! I still can't process it all! *smiles from cheek to cheek*

What truly makes you happy?

I don't really know? I'll state the obvious which are my friends, family & my blog haha. Those are always the first things that come to mind. Other things that tend to make me happy are seeing my loved ones happy. I feed off of other people's positive energy and it makes my day when I know that my friends are just having a good time in life. Food's always a good one to make me happy - truly the real MVP. Being happy with myself is probably THE top answer. I used to be really disappointed with myself for certain things, but as of now I've been loving myself much more than usually and this has made me happier than ever. I dunno what else to say? My connection with God makes me happy and I know I haven't really dwelled into my religion on here but the timing isn't right yet. Soon come, watch this space.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Ahhhhh this question! Well as of now my most embarrassing moment has changed considering last week I made such a SILLY mistake whilst trying to get home. If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen my tweets about this but if not I'll show you below; (read from the bottom up enjoy)!

 

What are you most happy about in your life at the moment?

So this question is quite similar to the one I just answered above, but to narrow it down to this current moment sounds interesting to think about. What I'm most happy about right now is my blog. Oh how it has transformed in the last 8 months. I remember posting 5 times a day back in June, I don't know how I did that but look how far it's gotten me. I wish that I didn't change the layout as much as it's not that big of a deal but unfortunately I just didn't like the look of it compared to the content that I was putting out. This is one thing that I wish wasn't a big issue to deal with. As of now, I'm very happy with the aesthetics of my blog and I'm hoping that I will keep it like this for a least 6 months to a year (fingers crossed)!

Who are your inspirations?

I've done a blog post about this so no point repeating myself!
Read it here ➡️ "Who are my Inspirations?"

If there was one moment you could go back & relive again... what would it be and why?

There's so many choices for this question! I can't pick one, I really can't :(
Every moment that I would go back to I would want to change and if I got the chance to do that then where would I be right now? This is so tough to think about considering I thought I would be able to answer this question so easily but I guess I was wrong? I always mention that a great milestone for myself was getting into Uni as I never saw this happening until I applied through UCAS and hoped for the best. I guess I wouldn't mind reliving this moment again as it truly made me happy.

What would you change about your appearance?

MY HAIR.
I regret not leaving it curly grrr! Relaxing it (this means permanently straightening my hair) has ruined my hair and now it's really short. All in all, I'm just not happy with it end of. I'm definitely sure that I would be 10x happier with my old curly/coarse hair, then this thin mess that lays on my head. This is why weave does wonders guys, it's magical ☺️.

Do you prefer living at Uni or living at home?

Oh, this is interesting. Can I choose both? I choose both, it's my post hehe. I love living at Uni because it allows me to learn to live alone and to take care of myself. Sure I have unlimited freedom, but this also tests me to not abuse that and be out 24/7. In regards to living at home, of course I love being there! Free food, unlimited comfort and of course I'm back with my family - what more could I want? This is a 50/50 answer just because I can't picture myself solely living at Uni only and obviously I'm not going to stay at home forever, so I'm at a happy medium right now. Sadly, this only lasts until I graduate and then the trouble begins on deciding when is the right time to move out.

What is your biggest fear about life?

Death :(
This is my number one fear in life. I'm scared of what happens after and because I can't predict what happens next that really scares me. Usually I would have something to say about this or how to prepare yourself for this but I genuinely have no words. All I can say is that this is my biggest fear and I'll just have to physically go through this just to see what happens next & figure out what to do when the time is right *sigh*.

A big thankyou to all that sent in questions for this blog post, I loved doing this! Maybe I should a 20 Facts About Me post? But then again, my blog contains 100+ facts about me so who knows hehe.. ;)

"Ask the right questions if you're looking for the right answers."

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Nobody Likes Negativity.

By this point, I really thought that I had touched upon the topic of Negativity and I'm shocked at myself that I haven't discussed this with you all. Although, I'm also kind of glad that I haven't had such a bad negative experience that I had to share it with you all... Eeek so contradicting jheeze Tomi!

I don't really know where to start with this as it is an extremely sensitive topic to dwell into but considering that my blog is all about me being open with you all, I may aswell share my views after this sentence.

Who likes Negativity? No one. 
Negative thoughts & mindsets are such powerful things to overcome. I can't even get into detail on how annoying this is. Sometimes, I'm having a good day. In fact, I'm probably having a great day until something goes wrong or something bad has happened. When this strikes, so does Negativity. Being a negative person is something that I cannot stand. I don't understand how people can go about their day thinking such negative thoughts. This is one thing that I am extremely passionate about. There are so many positive situations that outweighs any negative situation that I could ever be in.

A POSTIVE THOUGHT IS BETTER THAN A NEGATIVE THOUGHT.

I had this statement on my blog, until I modified it, and I still live by this motto everyday. It makes my life 10x easier if I live life through this. It might seem stupid, but it does help. Sometimes coursework gets the better of me, certain friends are no longer to be found or I find myself broke every single week (this is an extreme exaggeration but you get the gist). What I'm trying to say is that all of this can happen to my life, but if I let the negative thoughts overwhelm me - I'd be living a pretty crappy life tbh. You're ALWAYS able to find a positive in any negative situation.

This is a fact.

It's not hard at all because all you need to do is try and honestly you'll see the positive side to your current situation. In regards to my education, I was always weary about coming to Uni. In fact before applying I wanted to take out a gap year and work. I never saw the reason to go to Uni because I know you can get a decent job without a degree and I proved that whilst working when I still was in college. I just felt so anti-uni for the first year of college and I just didn't see myself being there or wanting to go. I saw it as a waste of money, waste of time and just a scary experience overall. I never done any research into courses as this wasn't the path I wanted to take at that present time. It wasn't until my brother went off and told me about his experiences. Once I heard about his adventures, I instantly saw all the positive outcomes to Uni and well long story short, look where I am now. Without Uni, I wouldn't have been able to do a lot of things & I mean A LOT. It's honestly too long to list, but I'm so happy that I pushed out the negative side towards it and focused on the positives!

Have I made any sense?
Being 100% real with you guys, it's super hard for me to write this post about negativity considering that I'm the opposite of it all and it's not the way that I live my life. Gotta say a big thanks to James on telling me to write little statement as it has taken me much longer than usual to word out this post. Hope my views came across as planned!

Positivity > Negativity always guys :)

"You can't live a positive life with a negative mind."

Just let it go.

Sometimes it's good to let things go. I don't know how much I can emphasise this statement. It truly is a great thing to do guys... c'mon get it together hehe. So today I've decided, it's #StoryTime just because I feel like the motto "Sharing is Caring" works well for this blog post.

Last week, I've just been going through UNREAL amounts of stress and it's funny that this is happening on my week off. Banta - love it. So let's start with Monday. So along came Monday and I had a house viewing (because I'm going into my 3rd year and living in halls again is a joke). All went well with this visit, in fact it went TOO well for my liking and of course trouble came along with this house, but this was the least of my troubles so I don't plan on getting into details about this. Passing through to Tuesday; I'm Driving again! Yay or nay? One day I'll blog about my driving experience as it is a long story and today, it doesn't come into justice in this blog post. Basically to put it into simple words, I've started driving again simple as. Was it my choice to stop? No. Uni unfortunately got in the way and it didn't become a need to drive but a want. Anyways, I started driving up at Uni and boy is it NOT THE SAME. New instructor, new car & new roads = nervous Tomi. I already have small anxiety whilst driving so starting afresh really didn't ease my nerves. To my surprise, it's like I was driving for years when I hit the roads - I was shocked! Dunno how I did it, but it was doable?

With Wednesday, Thursday & Friday... I'm just going to squish these days together because I can't really remember any important factors that happened between these days, great memory I know thanks ;) So within these three days I think the pressure of Uni JUST KICKED IN OUT OF NOWHERE. Like I feel like I forgot I was studying a degree and I got all panicked about my workload and basically long story short, I thought I was going to fail. So what did I do? Jumped straight into the library and tried to get my head down. As my headphones also broke this week, working in the library without them was a killer, but I still finished what I had planned to do. What I'm trying to get from this post is that I need to stop worrying about what life throws at me and just tackle it head on instead. I didn't think that I would go through all this "drama" this week, but hey I got through it and so will you (if a week like this ever happens to you).

In life, you don't get to choose what good or bad things happen to you - but it's up to you to figure out how you progress from it. I had a crappy week and yet I'm still here ready to take on this week? So what that last week was useless and bad and probably one of my worst week's ever, but who cares it became a new day and that lead into having a new start to a new week. The day has restarted and this is when new opportunities begin to arise and show themselves to me. What happens in this week, I don't know, but all I know is that I look forward to whatever comes my way.

"Never ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday."

New Year, Same Me.

So it's 2016 and what are my New Years' resolutions?

Staying Alive.

We all tend to forget that surviving another year is a big thing to take into recognition. A lot of people didn't make it into 2016 (RIP all) and in all honesty, we really need to start celebrating this with our friends, family & loved ones. Usually, I'm all for New Years Resolutions and that, but I just happened to realise that why is it only in the new year that we tend to make these changes?

Fair enough last year I wanted to look after myself and concentrate on my health, but why couldn't that have started within 2014! In fact, why is it that when it struck 00:00am on 1st January 2015 I decided to change my lifestyle choices? Who knows hmmmm. As it is a tradition to everyone, we all make these type of resolutions, but rarely stick to them within the first few weeks of the new year.

This is why this year I have chosen not to have one, apart from to continue living my life. I value my life a lot and I've kept myself alive for 20 years now, so I intend to extend this for as long as possible. With this "resolution" I do plan on changing my lifestyle again, but this isn't a resolution for me. I just want to do this as it makes me feel good about myself and I have quite a few cheerleading competitions this year, so I want to stay in shape for that. So far all I'm doing is the 30 Day Ab Challenge again and participating in my Uni's Active Students program. I'm not one for paying for the gym again as I didn't put my money to good use last year and as this stuff is free, I think it somehow motivates me a bit more to workout and stay in shape - weird right? Don't know if this is true but I'm seeing an improvement already!

One week into the new year and I've made this minor improvement with myself, who knows what I could tackle within a month or two? Just gotta keep it up, c'mon Tomi.

Another thing I plan to take on in 2016 is becoming a self-made brand. Sounds a bit weird, but it basically means I want to make a name for myself. I aim to push my blog as much as possible as I can see it taking off within this year (hopefully, these are the goals). I've got no clue where to start, but I will start somehow. It's about time that I really put in a lot more effort with my blog and I guess the first step is revamping it to a professional standard (well at least I think it is!)

Shoutout to Rhiannon Jones for my new Social Media Banner! (check it out below).


Hope you all like it!

"There is a lot of blank pages within this new year, make sure to write a good one."

{bought this to keep updated with all the new possibilities I have in store for this year - excited!}

How "hard" is Blogging???

I always get asked this question everytime someone stumbles across my blog or one of my blog posts. Most of the time I never know what to tell them back or how to even answer their question. I mean how do you describe how hard it is to blog when you haven't tried it out yourself? I only say this as it can be hard or it can be easy depending on what your content is about.

Personally, I don't find it hard but then again I don't find it easy. See what I did there? Ever since I started blogging, it depends on what I write about which then makes my post difficult or simple to type up. Sometimes it comes to me so naturally and I don't struggle getting my sentences out, but then again I can just be sitting on my laptop for so long and have only gotten out like one sentence. That's when blogging becomes annoying.

If you've been following my blog since the summer, I think you can see my progress? I don't blog as often as I did back then and I think that's effected my content as I put so much out at once, so now when I wanna write a post it's much harder to think of a topic when I feel like I pretty much have covered everything. Sometimes I think about doing like a Q&A blog post, but then again do I have followers that will send me in questions? Nope #foreveralone.

Anyways, going back to the main point. It's not hard, unless you make it hard. It depends on how much time you spend on your blog and how you begin to make yourself known in the world wide web! I still have my struggles, but I don't make them known unless the struggle is TOO real. Just think of your blog as a plant, it needs time to grow and some people fortunately end up having a miracle-gro blog which is lucky for them, but the others who have to work hard to get their blog out there (aka me) sometimes you just gotta spend time watering it daily for it to blossom.

Hope that helps to all that have asked me this question.

"Nothing worth having comes easy."

Hello 2016!

HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!

So that's it. 2015 is over and here begins 2016. I am so grateful for everything that has happened & that I have achieved within the last year (and the years before that can't miss those out).

2015 has been a big, big, BIG impact within my life. I turned 20 years old which meant that I was no longer a teenager anymore, I passed my first year of University and I'm now continuing into my 2nd year and of course... I STARTED THIS BLOG. I finally had the courage to put myself out there and although it's only been 7+ months since I started releasing my thoughts to the public, it still is one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year & a blessed start to 2016. This is the year of new beginnings. Don't say it's the year of fresh starts when everyday is a fresh start, it just depends on how you make the most out of your day.

HAPPY 2016!

Thinking of those that are no longer wish us, never forget.

"Kiss & cherish the people that you love!"