My journey to becoming a YouTube Partner…

Becoming a YouTuber wasn’t really ever something I had in mind. It all started around 6 years ago when I started making fandom videos. YouTube wasn’t this huge money-making industry for influencers like it is nowadays. It was for likeminded people to make any content they like. It was a very supportive community, especially in the ‘fandom’ section. I used to make videos about my favourite celebrities with my friends and it was SO MUCH FUN! Click here if you want to see some of the videos that I’ve kept on that channel. I had around one thousand subscribers on that channel and it was amazing. I was meeting people online who liked editing videos just as much as I did and we all supported each other. I loved it!

However, since I was growing older and life got more busy, I stopped making those videos. I made a video every few months until I completely stopped. My latest video on that channel was posted 2 years ago. That’s when I discovered the other side of YouTube. I started following people like Zoella and PointlessBlog and Marcus Butler and Sprinkle of Glitter and I felt like I wanted to be part of the same community as them. I wanted to vlog and look back at the videos and the memories. But since I was too nervous, I never wanted to show myself in any videos or talk in them, so I started posting travelling videos. I would edit videos just like before but of clips of my own. That’s where it all began. My journey to becoming a YouTube partner.

The 20th of August 2016 was the day that I uploaded my first video that I properly featured in and oh boy was I nervous! I did this with my boyfriend because I was too scared on my own. To my surprise, the feedback I got was SO positive so I thought I would start uploading normal sit-down-videos. That’s where it all began. More people started subscribing and watching my videos and my following across all my social media platforms increased. I was so happy to still do something that I loved (editing) years ago but now being even more involved. I cannot tell you enough how many opportunities this has brought to me. I am working closely with brands that I love and I get invited to the most amazing events for bloggers and businesses. This is something I could’ve never dreamt of but I am so happy that this is my reality. YouTube also encouraged me to apply to be a UCBlogger and here I am now. YouTube and blogging are the things I am most passionate about and I am so happy to have this as my job / hobby. Both of these platforms influenced my final year research project, which I did about using social media as a marketing tool for businesses. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without doing this, something I love so much.

I hope you have the courage to follow your passion. Don’t be scared of what others may think because at the end of the day, you’re in charge of your life so make the most of it.

– Helina x

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My journey to becoming a YouTube Partner…

Bad Days…

Sometimes bad things happen. Actually, bad things happen every day. Whether it’s your sandwich falling on the floor, getting a bad grade, breaking your phone screen or something more serious. But it is not the end of the world, I promise you.

Recently, my boyfriend and I were on our way to the London Stansted airport to get on our flight back to Estonia and we were beyond excited. The day was all running smoothly, we got a cheeky little McDonalds meal on the way and we were happy to be going to our hotel for the day on a lovely sunny day. We planned on sleeping at a hotel near the airport and we paid for the car to stay there for two weeks while we’re gone. But things didn’t go quite according to plan…

We were 30 minutes away from the hotel when we noticed that the engine temperature was flashing bright red and was on maximum. First of all, we thought it might be a mistake as the light disappeared but it came back in a minute and the temperature meter did not go back down anymore. That’s when we knew something was wrong and we looked for the fastest exit from the motorway so we could stop somewhere. We turned off to a road that we had never been before and stopped the car. When we got out and looked under the bonnet it was all full of smoke. UH-OH! Needless to say, we were shocked and not entirely sure what had caused it so it was time to have a million phone calls to get it sorted. We waited three hours in the middle of nowhere, amongst chickens and cows somewhere called Godmanchester, until someone came to have a look. Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing that he could do as some part of the radiator pipe had completely burst and it was unfixable at the spot. At that moment we knew, the day was not going to be as we expected at all. We knew the car had to be taken away but we had to make it to the hotel to catch our flight early in the morning, which made the day even worse – the worry of not actually being able to go back home to Estonia. Two hours later the truck that took our car away arrived. We unloaded the car of our suitcases and said bye to our car, which was quite weird as you have to give away your car and your keys to a complete stranger. Honestly, none of this what we expected. But life happens and sometimes it’s not that great. Sometimes it’s pretty horrible.

Although the day consisted of 6 hours of sitting down in the middle of nowhere, worried with nothing to do at all, there were some good parts. It was so sunny throughout the whole time so we just sat on the grass on the side of the road and enjoyed the flowers and the animals around us. We listened to songs and sang at the top of our lungs. We were never sad or angry at anyone because we had each other the whole time to keep each other company. To be honest, those 6 hours weren’t that bad after all. I was with someone that I love on a warm sunny day, resting on the grass with the countryside around us. And that, despite all the worries, sounds pretty perfect to me.

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Also, after all this drama, the company dealing with this car drama ordered us a taxi that they paid for to take us to the hotel. YAY! When we arrived, we saw the amazingly beautiful hotel and everyone there was lovely. We ordered the much deserved room service (as we hadn’t had a sip of water or even a bite of food for over 6 hours) and enjoyed every bit of it. We even had baths to try and relax before our early flight. And although instead of spending the day at the hotel and only being there for 5 hours (sleeping for 2 hours), the time we spent there was wonderful. It’s not about what happens throughout the day, it’s about the people who get through it with you.

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I hope you can find something good in every day no matter the worries and troubles in your life. Whether it’s a yummy chocolate bar you had or a hug from a friend. There’s always something to be grateful for, and remember, in a few months you probably won’t even remember this day that wasn’t that great. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay humble.

– Helina x

Bad Days…