Growing Up… (and a baked oats breakfast)


It’s been a while… but you’ve probably heard that one before many times from many bloggers (including myself once or twice!)

I’m never sure whether or not there is a point in doing a ‘where have I been?’ as if 1000s of people have really been contemplating my existence – but then I think about all of the lovely people who have supported me and hyped me up every time I posted; messaged me on Instagram when I felt down, and really just stuck by me and my little corner of the internet – people I truly cherish in my heart.

The truth is, like everyone in this pandemic, I had gotten myself in a bit of a rut and just lacked all inspiration and motivation to post, especially when my normal source of ‘lightbulb moments’ – travelling, going on day trips, just leaving my bedroom in general – has essentially come to a halt AND on top of that, I’m trying to navigate school from home.

I feel like I’m missing out on my prime teenage years where in a pandemic-less world I’d be going out and having fun, whereas the current reality is that the whole world has been housebound for the past year.

But this is hard for everyone.

I’m so incredibly lucky to not have had anyone extremely close to me face the detrimental effects that this disease brings with it; but I know so many others who have, which is why we should all stay at home as much as possible – although we do now have a vaccine (a spark of light!) it’s still not safe to be going anywhere nonessential.

As a citizen of the UK, I’m sure any other readers from my region can agree that our government has messed up big-time, but that will be a discussion for another day here, which leads me on to my key point I wanted to share with you..

I’m growing up. I began this blog when I was only 14 years old and I will be turning 18 at the end of this year. My interests have changed over the years which is natural, but even the past few months have really caused me to really contemplate what I’m truly passionate about.

I once posted makeup tutorials, clothing hauls, ‘testing Shein’ articles – but that isn’t me.

Now, I have discovered that I still love reading , travelling and cooking as I always have, but I also want to branch out into deeper parts of myself and share my thoughts on politics, how to be sustainable and vegetarianism. Obviously I don’t want to come across as someone extremely controversial and I stand by the value of respecting everyone’s own beliefs; however I want to start meaningful conversations with all of you.

I’m sorry for being so ramble-y, but I hope you’re okay with this change, because I’m so excited for what’s to come! Andd to celebrate coming back and apologise for leaving, I thought that I would share my absolute favourite recipe (that I came up with myself!) to eat for breakfast right now:

Banana Bonanza Breakfast Baked Oats

All of the ingredients you will need:

This recipe is super simple if you want something warm and substantial enough to get you through the morning.

  • Mash half a banana in a microwaveable mug.
  • Add the oats (I don’t really have a measurement but just whatever you feel is enough to keep the consistency thick but also be able to mix the ingredients)
  • Add a dash of milk and honey and mix everything together until combined.
  • Put your mixture in the microwave for 60-90 seconds depending on how moist you want your baked oats.
  • Slice the other half of the banana to put on top and add a spoonful of Biscoff spread! (Or any other topping of your choice)
This isn’t ‘Pinterest-pretty’ but I always think the best tasting foods aren’t!

I hope that you are doing well – I missed writing and interacting with you so much.

What have you been up to? Are there any posts you want to see? Let me know!

For now, I’ll be posting every Saturday at 11am UK time, so I hope you’ll stick around for all the new content.

See you next week.

21 thoughts on “Growing Up… (and a baked oats breakfast)

  1. This recipe looks so good! I’m so happy to see you blogging again! I also started my blog when I was 14 and it’s crazy how much things can change! I’m looking forward to your new content! 🤍

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  2. I LOVE that this blog has documented your growing up, it’s such a wholesome thing to look back on. I’ve had my blog around 6 years now and I love to look back at all the growing I’ve done in that time! Lockdown in the UK sucks, and hopefully it starts looking up soon… and WELCOME BACK!

    Katie |

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  3. I can definitely relate to not feeling inspired at the moment. My blog was likely very similar to yours in that I blogged about my days out and my travels and my time with friends & family which has been very limited over the past year (for good reason but I think everyone can admit that it has sucked!). I think this time has given everyone time to think about what they truly want in life though and what they truly have an interest in. Nobody is going to come out of this the same person they went into it and I think that is a good thing. I am excited for all your new content. xx

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  4. Love this post. I’ve struggled with productivity as well during this challenging time. Lean in to what makes you feel good and happy. I feel like I used to blog based on what I thought other people wanted. Now I blog for myself and it’s so much more rewarding and feels authentic. Thank you for being honest and real. I look forward to reading more! Also this recipe looks soooo good. I love oats so I’ll have to try it!

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  5. I’m age 61 and your post resonated with me so much! It reminded me that whatever our age, this pandemic, and our government’s handling of it, has impacted us all in similar ways. Keep on writing!

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