Reasons why an Interview is Stressful for Someone with Anxiety

Hey Sweeties,

At various points in life, you will recognise that change is one the horizon and it is time to get a new job. If only one could get a job from your credentials on paper alone, eh? I have written before about my top interview tips, and five questions you could ask at interview, as well as my advice for having a career in marketing. But there has been a gap until now identifying the reasons why an interview is stressful for someone with anxiety, and about applying those tips and advice I have shared previously, to somebody with anxiety… somebody just like me.

Rightly or wrongly, I go into an interview and treat it like a performance, a display of my best self demonstrating my personality and my capability for the role I am in contention for. The fact that I am a ball of insecurity on the inside; my throat drying after every answer to each question; every part of me wishing the performance to be over with and I can escape back into the security of my car. As it happens, to my mind there is only one interview that I would say went badly and that was right back after university when I was trying to get my break. I don’t lie in an interview, my ‘performance’ is my true self, but it is certainly a struggle to keep my anxiety at bay.

Reasons why an Interview is Stressful for Someone with Anxiety

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2018 Goals – Twelve New Months for Success, Experiences and Growth

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I don’t know about you, but I still haven’t really adjusted to it being a new year already, I’m still in conversation saying “next year” as opposed to “in a couple of months”, and I can’t really handle that 2017 is now “last year”. Mental!

If you cast your mind back to last summer and my post about my evening at the Deliciously Ella Supper Club, I stayed overnight locally at the Half Moon pub at Herne Hill. I didn’t get a good opportunity to share the photos from that stay so I thought I would include them in this post while I share my 2018 goals.

2018 Goals – Twelve New Months for Success and Experiences

2018 goals | The Half Moon Pub Herne Hill

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Going Vegan – What has Changed Two Years On?

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In November 2015 I wrote a post about going vegan (here) and a couple of months later I documented my experience trying out Veganuary (week 1, week 2 & 3, and week 4) as I wanted to properly explore if going vegan was sustainable for me, and I thought it was worthwhile me writing an update post to let you know what -if anything- has changed two years on.

Going Vegan: An Update

This year I feel the Veganuary campaign has gained momentum with more people seeming to be taking part, whether it just be for the month, or to explore -like I did- if going vegan works for them long term.

Going vegan

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Reflections | Four Good Things That Happened in 2017

Hey Sweeties,

Well well well, hasn’t it just been forever since I last said “hey”?! We as people and bloggers need to not apologise for periods of absence because when it’s not your job, sometimes life gets in the way of hobbies and it’s just one of those things, but I am still sorry for my absence over the last couple of months.

Because it has been so long, I completely missed posting any Christmas content so if it’s okay with you, and because we are still within the twelve days of Christmas (albeit just), I am going to post some photos from my recent trip to London that I do every year in December, to see the festive lights and decorations around the city.

2017 was an odd year for me to be honest, and while overall I won’t particularly remember it as being a good year, good things did happen and it’s these four good things I would like to reflect on in this post today.

Reflections | Four Good Things That Happened in 2017

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

1. I made a small amount of money from blogging

About this time last year, having just witnessed this blog turn three years old (it’s now four, a birthday I also missed owing to recent events), and I said to myself ClaireySweetie needed to start earning its keep. Blogging doesn’t have to cost money, but it does, certainly while you are getting yourself started because until you get on the radar of PRs, you create content and review products you purchase yourself. Of course this never stops because it’s important to not rely on being sent items to review, and the most genuine posts are the ones that are written (and inspired) by a person’s experience. Content aside, blogs also cost money because you need to ensure your domain remains yours; your site is properly hosted; you might want to take out some advertising on social media or fellow blogger’s sites; and it’s more than likely if you are serious about creating good content, you invest in photography equipment and possibly editing software. Hobbies cost money but how great is it if every once in a while somebody pays you to do what you love? This happened for me briefly in 2017 and it was amazing, and something I need to ensure I make happen again in 2018.

2. Earned my previous employer ‘Business of the Year’

This is possibly my best achievement as my career is important to me and through taking some initiative and identifying an opportunity to get my employer some PR in the local community, I entered them into the Maidenhead and Windsor Business Awards. In total I entered them into three categories and on the night we walked away winners as ‘Business of the Year’, and finalists in the two other categories. It was a really great way to end my time with them before I pursued new opportunities elsewhere.

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

3. Hit my salary goal

When I started my career in marketing five years ago, I have had a salary goal I wanted to hit by the time I reach my thirties. Even though I was a couple of months into my thirties when it finally happened, it did happen and I felt really proud of myself. If you work your arse off and progress yourself, you’ll hit your own goals too!

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

4. Turned thirty

Believe it or not, this was a good thing and I’m pleased I’m out of my twenties. I reflected on my twenties (here), and I also learned how to give zero fucks (here) since entering a new decade of life.

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

Five Good Things That Happened in 2017

What four good things happened to you in 2017?

Here’s hoping to a successful, safe and happy 2018 Sweeties!

Until next time x

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Natures Own Light Facial Moisturiser

Hey Sweeties,

I am bringing you another product from one of my favourite luxury vegan skincare brands, Dr Botanicals. Today I want to introduce you to the Cocoa Noir Natures Own Light Facial Moisturiser*. Let’s go!

 

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Natures Own Light Facial Moisturiser

Light facial Moisturiser Dr Botanicals

“The Cocoa Noir Nature’s Own Light Facial Moisturiser is formulated to soothe and rejuvenate the skin by keeping it hydrated, nourished and protected, for a brighter, more radiant complexion. Vegan certified Dr Botanicals products, are made only of natural ingredients.”

The Packaging

Similar to the Moroccan Rose and Shea butter body cream  and the Coconut oil body rejuvenating exfoliating bar I tried recently from Dr Botanicals, I really like the packaging for this light facial moisturiser. It’s a cute but solid little glass jar that not only looks good on my bathroom shelf, but also allows for easy access to the product. I also like the simple brown box that protects the jar.

Light facial Moisturiser Dr Botanicals

The Formula

As described on the jar, this is a light facial moisturiser and it truly is gorgeous – wonderfully light and absorbs quickly, leaving my face feeling plump and hydrated. The product also smells delicious! Ingredients include seabuckthorn fruit oil, Shea butter, and alpine rose, all of which combine to hydrate, calm sensitive skin, soothe and rejuvenate, protect against environmental stress and improve complexion brightness.

Light facial Moisturiser Dr Botanicals

 

As with many products from Dr Botanicals, the price tag of their products often makes me squeal a little and this light facial moisturiser is £84.99. While I absolutely love using it, to part with such a sum I would want more than 50ml in return. However, if you keep an eye on the Dr Botanicals website, their sales are worth utilising for those bargain discounts on your favourite products.

What are your favourite luxury moisturisers?

Until next time x

*Product received in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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