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Young Ambitions was a lifestyle design blog for young people that I ran between 2012 and 2013.

Below you’ll find the archived blog posts from Young Ambitions.

You can also download a free guide I wrote called The Other Voice – Ten Thing You Need to Know about Life – by clicking here.

Archived Blog Posts

Are You A Good Person?

From my weekly sessions with my life coach, Iris, I’ve discovered that how I feel, and my opinion of myself both depend entirely on what I do. For example, if, in a day, I get everything ticked off of my to do list, I’ll feel great. That doesn’t happen all that often...

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Can You Make Today the Day You Flip?

How often do you stop and think back on your achievements? Maybe once a year? Maybe on New Year’s Eve? Or maybe not even then? And, when you look back on the resolutions you set yourself the year before, are you usually proud and inspired to set more? Or do you think...

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DIY Inspiration

Today (well, it’ll be a few days ago when I publish this) I’m going to an event called Bedroom 2 Boardroom. It’s organised by the Prince’s Trust, and is made up of several talks about starting a business as a young person. The idea is to learn from people who have...

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Potentially suicidal experiment in self-acceptance: Part 2

Stop it. Right now. You wouldn’t take it from anyone else so stop doing it to yourself. It’s mean and it’s the biggest thing keeping you drowning in mediocrity. Huh? Last week I talked about my bad points. I made a list of some of my flaws and posted them for the...

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Blogs that could change the way you see life

A while ago, I told you about some of the best and more general lifestyle design blogs, so that you could go out and explore the personal development blogosphere. At the time, I was a teeny bit sad that I couldn’t tell you about some of my other favourite blogs,...

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Cake Versus Apples

Note: Today’s post is a basic lesson in personal development. If you’re not new to personal development, and already know this stuff, feel free to skip this week’s post. With your free time, why not read The Other Voice instead?     If someone gave you the...

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A Lesson from Death Slides on Getting Stuff Done

When I was a kid, I had a love-hate relationship with death slides. See, I liked to think that I'd do pretty much anything - jump out of a plane, swim with sharks, eat frogs legs. I liked to think I was different from those wimpy people who didn't try stuff. (Now...

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Experiment in self-acceptance: Part 1

Direct question: do you like yourself? I bet you can think of loads of things that you don’t like about yourself. How does that list compare to your list of good points? It’s pretty hard to know what you want out of life if you don’t know yourself. It’s also pretty...

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Are you annoyed yet?

For a while now, I’ve been banging on about how you need to live on purpose to make your life the way you want it to be. Pretty much every post on Young Ambitions mentions how it’s up to you to create your own opportunities, how you have to walk the walk as well as...

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A Secret about The Cool Kids

You know who they are. They strut into class late, like they’ve barely noticed the other people in the room. They’re the ones that always look so perfectly casual, as though they just flung on some clothes, and the look worked. They’re the cool kids, and you’re kinda...

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A Pep Talk: Dare To Do It

This is the first in a series of pep talks that dare us to do what we know we should do, but are struggling with. I hope it helps.     Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s the scariest thing you have ever done or thought about doing, even though that sounds stupid....

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A Pep Talk: Dare To Dream

You have some dreams. They’re the usual ones: to be in a safe, happy relationship, to live in a comfortable home, to see a bit of the world. You’re quietly optimistic about getting them. They won’t just fall into your lap but they’re attainable. Plenty of people you...

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A Pep Talk: Dare To Like Yourself

You don’t really like yourself all that much. You’re annoying, lazy, you say stupid things. Sometimes you wish you would just shut up. You know everyone else thinks you’re foolish, up yourself, cocky, deluded. They’re laughing at you, screwing their faces up at you,...

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A Pep Talk: Dare To Believe In Yourself

There are tonnes of people out there, working away on their various projects, and getting on with their lives. Some of them are bumbling along, some are struggling, and some are doing ridiculously well. And you? You want to be one of the ones doing ridiculously well....

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Lifestyle Design: The Newbie’s Blog Directory

So far, Young Ambitions has focused on what you could call ‘theory’. I’ve been asking you questions, poking your brain and teaching you things that have helped me. Now it’s time to get a bit more practical (Don’t worry – it’s nothing scary). From now on I’ll also be...

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4 Lessons Learned from My Fear of Being Judged

I started a new job recently. New jobs mean new people. And, for me, new people means deciding whether or not to come out again. People talk about coming out like it’s something you do once. I came out years ago, so everyone in my life knows I like girls. But, in...

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Are You Setting Yourself up for Success or Failure?

Let’s jump straight in with a question. How many days a week would you say are good for you, and how many suck a bit? Do you go to bed most nights feeling pleased with how you’ve spent your day, ordo you beat yourself up for not getting enough done, or moan about the...

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When You’re Struggling…

Feeling down seems like a strange topic for a blog about living an awesome life, but it’s not only something we all have to deal with from time to time, but also something which,if we let it, can prevent us from achieving our dreams. So it’s important that we...

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Are You A Lazy Workaholic?

I have a confession to make. The other day, I had a massive realisation. I’d had a really good day. See, I’d got up at 7am ON A SATURDAY, watched a TV programme, and then gone to the library and done 6 solid hours of work. I know. Get me. On my way home, I was on a...

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Do You Know How To Calm Yourself Down?

When I get my hair cut, and the hairdresser’s washing my hair, I have to force myself to keep my eyes open. It’s so easy to forget everything but the slow circles on my head, and to fall into that swirly, eyes half closed state. I love that state, don’t you? You’re...

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An Introduction to Taking it Easy

So I’ve been reading a book called The Power of Full Engagement. I expect I’ll tell you more about what I’ve learnt from it once I’ve finished it but, basically, it’s about focusing hard on what you’re doing when you’re doing it, and switching off properly when you’re...

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What Minority Rights Have To Do With Living on Purpose

This week, my country voted on whether or not to introduce ‘gay’ marriage. Without wanting to be dramatic, I’d say that the ride to that ‘yes’ has been pretty traumatic. Before this ‘issue’ started being debated properly, I thought most people in my country were okay...

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Do your dreams belong to you?

Maybe you want to travel the world. Maybe you want to be famous. Maybe you want to be rich. Or maybe your dreams are more specific: you want to have three kids or build a school in Africa or win Big Brother. These things are on your Bucket List (even if it only exists...

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Check Up and Step Up: 2012-13

Fingers crossed, after some of us about collapsed last week, we’re all back on our feet and feeling ready to barge on into 2013 to show it who’s boss. Yep, it’s time for what I’m calling Check Up and Step Up. We’re going to look at the year we’ve just had, and peek...

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Loving Yourself is Good

Have you ever taken a photo of yourself, and posted it on Facebook? Or have you ever dared to say that, actually, you think you did pretty damn well in that exam? Or admitted that, yes, you are a bit of a brainbox? If you have ever owned up to being good at something,...

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Get your Motivation here!

Do you ever struggle to get yourself to do something? Even something you enjoy doing? Of course you do. I do too. In fact, my talent for procrastination is one of the things that frustrates me the most. But today I stumbled across a quote that is going to change that....

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Bitesize Life Lessons (Aka Metaphor Central)

I love postcards. Not the ones with pictures of dolphins or beaches. The ones you can buy all over Germany. Ones with little messages and cute pictures. I have loads of them. I hate to think how much money I’ve spent on them over the years. As silly as they are (I...

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Do You Need to Do Some Internal Work?

You make sure you get to work on time so that your boss will give you a good reference. You try really hard with your coursework so that you’ll get good marks.You volunteer in your spare time, and your position on a sports team shows that you work well with others....

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How Remarkable Are You?

You always read about remarkable people doing amazing things, right? One guy travelling to every country in the world, another building a school in Guatemala, even your friend spending a year in Australia. But, as well as impressing you, sometimes these things make...

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How Do You Start Changing Anything?

I’ve been making lots of changes to my lifestyle this year, and I couldn’t be happier with the results I’ve been getting. But habits are so hard to change, right? Just think of the resolutions people make at New Year: eat healthier, quit smoking, get fit. I’d guess...

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Dream Discovery: Inside Out

Two weeks ago, I pointed out that, often, our dreams aren’t our own; we steal the ideas for them from other people. This prompted some discussion in the comments section about how to work out what your dreams actually are. It’s all well and good talking about chasing...

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You’re Lying

You’re at home and your dad (or whoever tells you what to do) asks you to unload the dishwasher or do the washing up. You tell him you don’t have time; you’ve got homework to do. Or your friend texts you, inviting you to the cinema, but you say no because you can’t...

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When Everything’s Changing

How about starting all over again at your late twenties? Current life: west coast, steady career, in the first year of home ownership with husband, getting a divorce. Life facing me: east coast in my hometown, new career, downsizing to a studio in the city, being...

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What Are You About?

Once, when I was climbing a mountain (ok, so it’s the only mountain I’ve ever climbed), on a school trip, my form tutor told me that I needed to get excited about something, that I needed a passion, like Tom (my boyfriend at the time). Back then, I was a bit...

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How to Use Your Feelings to Create A Life You Love

**Add in free Desire Map bits, and Desire Map affiliate link** In last week’s Kick Up The Backside (which you can sign up to get once a week by typing your e-mail address in here), I mentioned a big idea that’s been popping up all over the place recently. It’s an idea...

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What A Street Fair Taught Me about Confidence

A few weeks ago, I was at the Mississippi Ave. Street Fair in Portland, bumbling along, marvelling at how different all the people there were. And suddenly, up ahead, I saw this t-shirt. It was me in t-shirt form. The colours. The shapes. Boom. I knew this t-shirt was...

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Self-Care

If you’re like, well, anyone, quite a lot of time doesn’t feel like your own. You have to do what teachers say, do chores, and spend time with people you’re not particularly enamoured with. As we get older, it feels like more and more people are entitled to our time,...

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Got Dreams?

Yesterday I spent £365. And, by spending that £365, I’m going to have to spend at least another £700. Eek. If you know me, you’ll know that that’s slightly out of character. I’m pretty stingy. Or at least I was. I’m getting better. Anyway. I spent a tonne of money. On...

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Not Your Typical End of The Year Post

Phewf! (No arguments; that’s how I’m spelling it.) Today I was going to publish a big New Year’s post about the different ways we can approach the New Year, goals and whatnot, with links to a load of useful posts from other bloggers. I wanted to collect together lots...

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Productivity is not the key to success

I have a confession to make. The thing is I’m an addict. Yes, I’m a bit of a personal development junkie but that’s not what I’m talking about this time; this addiction has a much bigger impact on both me and everyone around me. It gets me so high that I feel like I’m...

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Do people ever give you funny looks?

You know the type of funny look I mean. Someone asks you what you’d like for dinner, you say ‘I’m a vegetarian, and they screw their face up. Or they ask what you’re into, you say miniature golf, and their eyebrows head for the skies. They think you’re weird. Or an...

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How to Relax…Properly

Nadia and Carla Blogs/posts on relaxation, me-time, taking it easy Last week, I told you that I was failing miserably at relaxing and having me-time. Last week, some of you told me that you were having similar problems. And last week, Nadia asked me to have a scoot...

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What Other People Think Of You Is Stopping You

What other people think of me (or what I think they think of me) is literally stopping me from living my dreams Is What Other People Think of You Stopping You from Going after Your Dreams? Do you sometimes hover over the ‘post’ button on Facebook, trying to work out...

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Why we need lifestyle design/Young Ambitions

“If you’re still at work, and need to pretend to be busy for another half an hour, go to our website...” This is what I heard on the radio yesterday. (Though it’s not actually a real quote; I was driving so copying it down wouldn’t have been the best idea.) So what?...

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How to Use the Things You Hate to Get a Life You Love

You’re rolling your eyes, doodling on your work and checking the clock approximately every two seconds. Why can’t it just be over? Pretty much everyone has something they hate. Whether it’s school, work or household chores, there’s probably something in your life that...

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Do You Have an Outdated Idea of Who You Are?

When you apply for jobs or courses, and you’re asked to list your hobbies and personal qualities, what do you put down? Hardworking? Reliable? Punctual? Maybe you like reading, or swimming? Up until recently, I always mentioned that, if I decide to do something, I...

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Miss Blogalong and Your Big Picture

Chris Guillebeau talking about the bigger picture and not the small bits Blogging along, not working towards the bigger picture and what’s coming soon How swamped are you right now? Are you worried? Are you stressed? If you’re anything like pretty much everyone around...

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What did you do today?

Hey guys. I have a question for you: what did you do today? How about yesterday? Have you done anything amazing, fantastic, scream-it-from-the-rooftops-and-not-just-your-Facebook-status awesome recently? If you have, why don’t you tell me about it? I need you. If you...

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Quit thinking big, alright?

You’re doing the work, getting decent results and you get the odd pat on the back. Your life looks pretty rosy on Facebook because, well, it is. You’re doing everything that you’re supposed to be doing and you’re having fun along the way. Sweet. But where do your...

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Give Yourself Permission to Fail. No, really.

Ok, so, generally, we think failure is bad, right? You fail your maths test, and that means you suck at maths. If you watched last week’s TED talk video about failure, you might have realised that, in the world of lifestyle design, failure is often seen as something...

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Do You Suffer from Lackofopinionitis?

If you read the post about finding out what you’re about, you’ll know that I’ve always been pretty unopinionated (that doesn’t seem to be a word but I’m going with it). It’s always been something I’ve struggled with, mainly because other people have insisted that...

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An Almost Guaranteed Way to Feel Better

A while ago, I had quite a few ups and downs, and I spent a lot of time feeling quite fragile. And I know I’m not the only one who feels like that sometimes. Sometimes, all of us feel a little bit lost, a little bit lonely, or a little bit stuck. And, when you’re ‘in’...

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A Pep Talk: Dare To Be You

Have you ever heard those statistics about the tiny chance of you existing? Even once your parents met, the chance of that particular sperm and that particular egg coming together to create you was tiny. There was a ridiculously high chancethat you – unique you –...

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How I Started Eating Healthier

So far on Young Ambitions I’ve mainly talked about why you should live on purpose. But as we grow, I expect to start talking about anything that falls under the lifestyle design umbrella. That might mean relationships, learning, careers… anything you can influence in...

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