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As One Door Closes…



Let’s put it out there; life is scary. And, it doesn’t get better as you go. If anything, you become more lost the further into adulthood you get. But, at least we’re all in the same boat. The downside is, we often slip into places we don’t want to be because they feel safe. It may be that we stick to a job without prospects because it’s comfortable. Or, we stay in the family home because we don’t want to take the leap and move out. Whatever the situation, getting stuck isn’t going to help anybody. It’s certainly not going to help you face your fears. So, you need to change your thinking. Have you ever heard of the saying ‘as one door closes, another one opens’? It’s time to put it to the test.

Know When to Shut the Door

The first step is, of course, closing the door behind you. It’s manners, right? Your parents probably taught you to this when you were tiny. But, shutting life’s doors is about more than just being polite. It isn’t as easy as turning the door handle, either. It’s important to recognize when a door needs shutting. If you’re feeling fed up, or uninspired with your life, the chances are there’s a flapping door somewhere. Finding it isn’t always easy, so take some time to consider the problem. If you’re unhappy in your job, you need to move onto the next chapter. Easier said than done, granted. But, it’s a step you need to take. If you’re arguing with your parents and feeling crowded by them, it may be a sign you need to move out. Once you start looking, you should be able to diagnose the problem quite fast. My boyfriend and I recently moved into our new place and it’s so much easier being on our own and not having to deal with other people’s’ schedules. 

Then Open a New One
Opening new doors is even harder. It’s not as simple as recognizing a problem. You have no idea what’s in your future. But, there is such a thing as creating opportunity. And, sometimes that’s what you need to do to get the right door open in front of you. Sometimes, things seem to work out. Other times, you need to give them a helping hand. If you want a new job, go out and find one. If you need to return to studying to do so, find a way. You may not have the money, but you could turn to something like Obama student loan forgiveness to see you through. It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. And, when you manage to get one door open, you may find that others follow.


Sit Back and Relax

We all need to give ourselves a pat on the back now and again. Sometimes, when we make changes, we’re so caught up in the process that we forget to enjoy them. Once you’ve changed your situation, make sure you take the time to remember how far you’ve come. And, if you ever find yourself in the same position, look back at this for inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Did it make you think of any doors you need to close, or maybe you’re now looking forward to opening a new one? Let me know in comments!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae


May 4, 2017

3 Things I’ve Learned in My 2 Years Of Blogging


I’m very late on this one, but my blog turned two years old in February and I seriously cannot believe it. It’s been an amazing opportunity and a great outlet for me to be creative and share my passion about cruelty free beauty. It’s also been a tough journey, but I’ve learned a lot over the two past years and I hope this post will help you learn something too – especially if you’re interested in starting a blog!

It’s not as easy as it looks.

Two years ago when I started Rae Chic, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into and how much work having a blog actually is. It’s a lot of frustrations. Ex: when the pictures you took don’t look as good as you thought they were, when the post just isn’t pulling together or when you’re in a blogging funk and can’t seem to get out of it. It’s also hard to make engaging posts that people will actually read and interact with (something that I’m not certain if I’ve mastered yet…lol def not). It may not be easy, but it is really rewarding and it’s enjoyable for me. It’s totally worth all the hiccups.

Value yourself.

Don’t sell yourself short just because you don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers on your social media platforms. That takes a lot of time, effort (and beauty, ha…jk). As a blogger, you are doing a business a solid if they contact you for an opportunity – just don’t sell yourself short. Make sure to negotiate with brands so that the opportunity is worth it for you, for them and for your followers. Don’t just take an opportunity because a brand contacted you – make sure it relates to your content and the message you’re trying to get across. Free products are nice, but they don’t pay the bills – remember that!

Don’t compare yourself to others.

No two blogs are the same – and that’s a good thing. Be different. Blog about different things. Blog about what you want to blog about, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Just because someone else has more followers than you doesn’t mean that they’re better than you and doesn’t mean that you need to blog like them. Quit comparing numbers and start comparing quality (quality > quantity). Don’t worry if they started blogging after you and have a larger number, you will grow too – it just takes time and the right posts + SEO.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that you learned something from it! What’s the best thing you’ve learned from blogging? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

April 5, 2017

3 Awesome Sports To Try And Their Benefits


Getting fit is really important, whatever age you are. It’s never too late to change your habits and start shaping up. You shouldn’t just do this for the way you look though. You should do it for all of the health benefits you get, such as fighting off illness and disease, living longer, and staying mobile in old age. Looking good is just a bonus. Plus, you’ll feel great thanks to all of the serotonin and endorphins.

You should never think of sport or exercise as a chore. It should be fun! If you’re not finding it fun, then you’re doing the wrong thing. Different forms of exercise suit different people, so finding what works for you and then rolling with it is the best thing to do. If you’d like to get into some kind of sport, here are 3 awesome sports you can try and their benefits:


Swimming is an amazing all over body workout that just about anybody can try. Whether you’re 18 or 80, swimming can help you to make awesome progressions in your body and training. It can complement a current training plan, or it can become your only means of getting fit. You can incorporate it however you like and enjoy the benefits!

One of the best things about swimming is that it’s a low impact form of exercise. That means that it puts very little pressure on your joints, unlike running. Although it doesn’t put pressure on your joints, it still burns a ton of calories and works the muscles all over your body. To get the most out of your swimming sessions, make sure you work on improving your form each time you go. You should try to swim with your face in the water, kicking your legs as little as possible, so you’re not expending too much energy and you can keep your body straight. Aim to swim for longer or do more laps each time.


Basketball will put a little more pressure on your joints, unlike swimming, as it’s a very fast paced sport. As it’s so intense, you can burn a ton of calories while you play, not to mention build muscle in your legs from all the jumping you’ll be doing. Your gym will likely give you school gym equipment to use, but this won’t impact your play at all. The wonderful thing about basketball is that it’s so fun, you’ll barely notice you’re exercising at all!

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing will make you feel pain in muscles that you never knew you had. You’re using your entire body when you rock climb. You’re using your legs to push up, and your arms to pull you from place to place. It can improve many other skills too, as you’re always choosing the best place to put your hands/feet before you make another move. Don’t worry if you’re not ready to climb rock faces just yet. You can find lots of indoor places to rock climb where you’re safely strapped in.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it gives you some motivation to try something new!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

March 28, 2017