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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The benefits of attending university


University isn't for everyone. With the latest financial increase of student fees, I am not surprised that students are really considering another pathway to their goal. The increase in fees is such a hindrance for students today! As a university graduate, I thought I would offer my advice and share with you the 7 benefits of attending university. Now, I cannot lie. If the student fees were £9,000 a year when I was planning on going to university I am not 100% sure whether I would go. I am currently paying off my student debt and even though I am paying a much lower fee, it is still a large sum of money to be in debt with. My monthly payments make me want to cry every month but that's a decision I chose to make. 
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

If I were 18 again

I was 18 years old SEVEN years ago! *sitting here crying* Time goes by so quickly, but the memories I made are still with me. I was speaking with one of my favourite people in the world and she said, "imagine what it would be like to be 18 again" the thought actually stuck with me and got me thinking. 

If I could offer advice to my 18 year old self, there are so many things that I would say. 

So, I can scroll through my Facebook and look at all the cringe worthy pictures of myself attempting to look.. well cool! 

It is crazy how much you can change.. yes yes, I am older and my looks have matured and well as much as I don't like to admit it I have filled out.. ahh I sound like my mum. 

It isn't just my looks that have changed. My whole perception of life has too. It is almost laughable now, when I look back and think WHAT ON EARTH WAS I THINKING! Do we all have those moments? 

Being 18 today, is a lot different to being 18 in 2008! Young people, they don't act young any more. They have more options and ideas and they are so much more advanced! I almost envy them. 

So, what would 25 year old me, tell my 18 year old self?

THE MAIN THINGS

1. SAVE
Yes, shoes, bags, clothes and all those pretty things are fantastic now. But not having any money saved is the biggest mistake you will make. Keep Ross from friends in your mind "save 10% of your salary" you will be so much better off and that idea will stick with you. 

2. BOYS
That boy you thought you were in love with.. ahh he sucked and well when you turn 23 you will meet the most amazing person, move in together and build a life! So, those months that you spent depressed because you thought that ass hole broke your heart.. you will get over it. It wasn't even love anyway! TRUST ME! 

3. TRAVEL!
Make plans to travel and experience the world! Go to America like you always dreamt of and stock up on Jolly Ranchers! Because you live once, make plans while you're young and stop being too chicken to pursue them!

4. OH GOD WHAT ARE YOU WEARING!
Honestly, that over sized..rather ugly belt is embarrassing! You don't have to wear it with EVERY outfit! 

6. BODY HANGUPS
You thought you needed to lose weight! Honey, wait until you're 25! You will be wishing you had those slender arms still! *Don't worry.. you only go up a dress size* You need to appreciate your body more! Learn to love who you are!

7. FRIENDS
You will lose contact with some of the people you call best friends! And no, it isn't anything that you have done. It is just the way of life, you drift apart and you lose contact. Don't worry, you will meet some amazing people and the ones you saw as extra additions to your family are still around!

8. BLOG!
I know you have already thought about this, you have considered starting a blog but got too pre-occupied with god knows what else! But do it! You will love it even when you're 25! 

9. TAKE LOTS OF FAMILY PICTURES!!
You will lose loved ones and you will be hunting for memories you wish you put on film! Take lots of pictures and appreciate your family more! They will always be there.. 

And finally...

10. CAREER
Really consider what you want to do.. you always loved to sing, but was never brave enough to pursue it! You wanted to act because you wanted to be in Harry Potter but you never did! Choose a career you will LOVE! Don't just conform because you think you have to. Do it because you want to. 

Those are just a few things that I would advise my 18 year old self! 

Never have regrets.. learn from your mistakes and don't let anyone make you feel less than you're are truly worth!

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Life of the unemployed - top tips on getting a job


It's a popular topic today, life of the unemployed and the hardships that they face. Especially young people. After reading an interesting article on the BBC website, it reminded me of the time when I was unemployed. After leaving university, I had nothing to fall back on. 
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

10 tips to start blogging

There are so many bloggers in this day and age. (Yes I know that makes me sound like I am ancient). All different, all with a purpose and all that want to share their thoughts, ideas and lifestyle with you. 

If you have been thinking of starting a blog but don't know where to start I thought I would share some of my blogging wisdom with you. I say wisdom, because I have been blogging for many years now and really enjoy what I do. But that isn't to say I am successful from blogging and if you want to blog just to make money you really do not have the right frame of mind. 

Blogging takes time, effort, creative ideas, a story and dedication. I blog as frequent as I can and I love sharing ideas and plans with you all. But I do not make a penny from my blogs or videos. I use what I have and I work for what I have got. 

So here are my top tips if you're serious about blogging. 

HAVE AN IDEA
Why do you want to blog? What made you start wanting to blog? Write all your ideas down before you start and think about where you want your blog to go.

COMMIT TO IT
Blogging takes dedication, especially if this is something you want to do on a long term basis. Write regular posts, keep your readers engaged and put a lot of thought into it.

BE REALISTIC
Don't start blogging if you want to make loads of money out of it! Realistically this happens to a rare few and they are extremely lucky and dedicated! Start blogging because you have love for your passion and what you write about.

LOVE WHAT YOU WRITE
There is nothing worse than a poor blog post, don't just write for the sake of it. Write about what you enjoy and what you want to do with your life! 

RESEARCH INTO OTHER BLOGGERS AND IDEAS
Find out what other people write about, their style of posts and what makes their audience so engaged.

LEARN FROM THE BEST - MAGAZINES, BLOGGERS, TV, BOOKS
Read magazines and books and get an idea of styles of writing and beauty in all things.

SET GOALS
What do you want to achieve? Set standards and goals for yourself! 

WRITE ABOUT THINGS YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT
What do you love? What are you passionate about? Write about it! Live what you write. Get lost in it.

LINK IT TO YOUR SOCIAL CHANNELS
If you want to share what you have written with friends, why not share your blog post on your social channels! Start building your readership. It is easier to have family and friends around to offer you support. You never know, they might inspire a post or two.

PROOF READ PROOF READ PROOF READ
Make sure you proof read your posts so they make sense. You do not have to be a perfect speller or the best at grammar but make sure you use spell check or get a friend to go over it for you. 

I hope this helps you if you start blogging! I wish you all the luck in the world if you do. 
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

10 tips to get more done

My to-do list of all the tasks that I want to get done throughout the day seems to get longer rather than shorter as the day goes on. Maybe I bite off more than I can chew.. or my personal favourite 'I am a creative mind, producing endless ideas and possibilities' or something along those lines. 


I have always been this way. I think of new ideas and have to see them through, so they are added to my 'to-do list'. To be more productive, I needed to come up with a plan. I decided to find ways of getting more things done in the day. Which of course, I wanted to share with you all.. how kind of me. 

So here is my 10 TIPS ON GETTING MORE THINGS DONE...
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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

25 Ways To Stay Creative

I would say that I am a creative person. I always have been. I like to think outside the box and use my creativity to produce something different. 


When you work everyday 9-5 sometimes your creativity is limited. Fortunately, my creative mind is appreciated and well used within my work place. But some people are not so lucky. 

Today I thought it would be awesome to share ways I keep my creative mind active.. just in case. 

Here are my 25 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE
  1. MAKE LISTS
  2. CARRY A NOTEBOOK WITH YOUR EVERYWHERE
  3. SING IN THE SHOWER
  4. TAKE BREAKS 
  5. DON'T GIVE UP
  6. TAKE A BREAK FROM THE COMPUTER
  7. TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR LIFE
  8. DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
  9. CREATE NEW MEMORIES 
  10. READ A PAGE FROM THE DICTIONARY
  11. STOP TRYING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE'S PERFECT 
  12. TAKE RISKS
  13. COLLABORATE 
  14. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS 
  15. TRY SOMETHING NEW
  16. WRITE A BLOG.. CREATE A BLOG
  17. DOODLE 
  18. HAVE FUN 
  19. LAUGH AND THEN LAUGH SOME MORE
  20. ALLOW YOURSELF TO MAKE MISTAKES 
  21. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE 
  22. MAKE A MOODBOARD
  23. WATCH FOREIGN FILMS
  24. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
  25. FINISH SOMETHING..
What do you do to stay creative? 
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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Keep it thrifty

THRIFTY DEFINITION "Using Money And Other Resources Carefully And Not Wastefully."
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