The Last Day!

Hello my fellow bloggers!


Long time no see my blogging buds. How are you? How are things?

I have been focusing on my work recently as I approach my final day of placement. Apologies for my absence. If you have been with me since I started this journey you’ll know that I have been working for a year now within my industry as part of my university course. If not then go back and read my other posts c’mon!

So…my last day is fast approaching and then I am free for 3 months to do as I please…(within reason).

What would you do if you had 3 months absolutely free at your disposal?

One of my main plans is to get back into the gym and do a bit of swimming in the hope of getting back in shape ready for the start of university again. I am someone who suffers from hyper mobility/hyper extension of the joints or the slang term, ‘double jointed’. This has limited my ability and performance when it comes to training in the gym. If you don’t know what this is, I’ll briefly explain as simply as I can. So like the name states, I have more mobility in my joints than that of a ‘regular’ person. For example, I am able to bend my thumb all the way back to touch my arm, and when I stand If I push my knees backwards my legs will curve as if I’m facing the wrong way. This may look cool and be a little party trick to show your friends, but it can be quite painful at times. I am unable to squat due to my knee becoming weaker making it almost impossible to push myself back up. Obviously this is dangerous with a big weight on my shoulders so I try to avoid that.

However, I am interested and excited to adapt my work outs so I can work just as hard to achieve the best results. One thing I refuse to do is give up and become lazy. Adaptability is essential in all walks of life which has been more than apparent to me this year. From working full-time to tackling my health hurdles, I have made it to the end and given myself the best opportunity and boost in my career. Now I can focus on my life in a different way and I look forward to seeing how I can be the best version of myself.

Hurdles come in a variety of heights, sometimes they get bigger before we reach the end, but finding your way over them is a process well worth putting your all into.

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Post Surgery and Young Entrepreneur

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Long time no see! I’ve missed you! How have you been?

What have I been up to?

If you have been following me for a while you may have picked up that I have recently undergone surgery on both of my feet. I won’t bore you with the details/gross you out. I was pretty much house bound and became very ill afterwards with some repercussions. BUT…I’m on the mend and I should even be able to get back into the gym soon…I hope.

I’m pretty sure I’ve gained 10 stone (roughly) since hardly being able to move. One of the down sides of being off work. However, I don’t know about you, but when I have time off work, even as little as a few days, I feel completely thrown off of my daily routine! Only now am I starting to get back into it…even though I’m so flipping tired. I was able to pick up a few of my hobbies I haven’t been able to keep up with and I’m so excited for everything yet to come…

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My latest entrepreneurial investment!

If you haven’t gathered from some of my other posts, I am a bit of a young entrepreneur. Always looking for the latest trends, buying and selling, all that kind of stuff. So, being bound to the sofa for a week gave me a little bit of extra time to surf the internet. I did a bit of research here and there, surfed ebay for a while, until I came across my next venture. I had seen this listing and you know when you’re shopping for some clothes…you walk into one shop, see something you like, but because it’s the first shop you want to look around in case you find something better. Only to revert straight back to that first shop anyway because you really wanted that item…that’s what happened here.

When I find something I like on ebay I will tend to privately message them to see if they will accept a ‘buy it now’ offer, meaning I will definitely secure the item/s. That’s exactly what happened and TAH DAH…it was mine.

What is it that I’ve bought? Okay, so no judging, I have previously sold a variety of makeup brushes and found them to be very popular. So this listing was offering 157 sets of oval brushes…of course I had to have them. Currently they are sitting in my room nice a neat. A few have been sold and I have been making steps to increase my sales.

I love the buzz of buying and selling because it gives me a sense of accomplishment that I’ve done this myself. Making investments is risky, but can pay off so I am starting small and hope to move onto bigger things. Even though this isn’t the first time I’ve done this I am a little out of practice, but love a challenge.

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Do you want to know how you can buy and sell too?

There are soooo many things you can buy cheap and sell on, but it’s all about knowing your market. If you would like to know some of my hints and tips as well as how to make it a success then keep a look at for my next post as I will be covering everything I know!


 It’s been a pleasure…until next time my dudes!

I’m Still Alive!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


If you have been following me since the beginning you would have possibly noticed I haven’t been as active as I was recently. Nothing bad has been going on I’ve just been extremely busy balancing my university deadlines whilst working on placement.

You see, It’s not enough that the uni want us to take a year out working, but we also have to complete a multitude of assignments to prove we have successfully complete it. I’m going to write a quick list of everything I’ve had to include in this just so you can understand my pain:

  • Pre-placement CV
  • Post-placement CV
  • Post and pre placement CV review
  • Weekly logs since the start of my year out (45 so far)
  • 1 weekly log in the form of a video
  • 3000 work placement report
  • 15 minute presentation about placement
  • Performance matrix’s from both myself and my supervisor (2 each)
  • Induction checklists
  • Record of formal training

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So…as you can see I have had a lot of things to be getting on with the past few weeks so I’ve not had the time to write many/any blog posts. After my submission which will hopefully be next week, I can get back into writing. I can’t wait to be free of this year guys, I have lots of things to talk about in the coming weeks (very exciting), keep watching this space!

 

Bank Holiday Blues!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

I’m back, after a lovely 5 day break off work! How do I feel….tired, very very tired. It’s always a fun-filled, non-stop time when I visit my boyfriends family. As he is the oldest  of 6 there’s plenty of hyper-active youngsters buzzing to be around a new face (me). Babysitter/girlfriend/entertainer is my full title.

How do I cope with going back into work after time off?

This is something that many people struggle with, that is coming back to work after getting a little bit used to doing your own thing and relaxing. If you have ever had an extended period of time off and then have to return it’s like jumping from being a child to being in full-time work with a house and kids to look after (not that I know what that’s like, but I can imagine). 

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Taking it easy is easier said than done, but remember, if you’re working for someone you don’t have to jump straight back in to a heap load of pressure. It is your boss’ duty to maintain the welfare of the employees within their business and if that means that you aren’t quite ready for such a big work load then you take your time and do it at your own pace.

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Getting back into a routine if you have fallen out of the early starts is a tough one. I tend to maintain setting an earlier alarm to keep my body used to waking up at a particular time. There’s nothing worse that going into work on a few hours of sleep…arguably worse than a hangover! If you can sacrifice your lye ins or even bring them forward slightly, you’ll benefit from it when it comes to returning back to work.

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I have previously mentioned about planning ahead to make sure that you have plenty to look forward to and avoid burning out. So, I have a big calendar up on my wall next to my desk with all the day’s holiday I have booked off. By visually seeing how much longer I have left and when my next day off is, even if I’m not doing anything special I am able to give myself something to look forward to.


Remember to help yourself in any way you can to avoid burning out at work due to stress. It is so common to feel over worked and tired simply because you haven’t taken a day off. It’s the little things that help you get through, even if you don’t realise it. 

My Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Who is looking forward to the bank holiday on Monday?…

THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE!

Not only do I get a free day off, but I’ve also snuck in two more days off, so a five-day weekend is heading my way (internally screaming).  Does my boss know I’m not in? No…Am I looking forward to his reaction when he realises I’m not at my desk? Hell yes (even though I won’t be there to see it…shh).

What are your plans for the bank holiday weekend? 


How many of you are always up for trying the latest diet trends?

How many of you feel like you’re constantly on a diet?

How many of you feel like giving up because you’ve tried everything, but nothings working?

Let me ask you this then…are you being completely honest with yourself?

I have been trying to stay healthy and make good lifestyle choices, but in my mind I know I could’ve been that little bit better. I can empathise with how difficult it can be to find foods that are interesting and tasty. No matter how many products are brought out onto our supermarket shelves and make health benefit claims, they always seem a bit too green for me…not very appealing.

What’s the next step?

For some people, the gym is not an option, but if it is, then even by going once or twice a week it 1. is more than you were doing before and 2. is a great starting point to build up from. If you hate the thought of sweating and working out in front of people then I highly recommend connecting your computer to your TV or getting the YouTube app on your TV. Why? The amount of exercise videos on there are insane. There’s no need for you to go out and buy one of these cringe DVD’s made my a ‘celebrity’ that used a PT to get fitter.

What do I recommend?

I personally, from experience find that HIIT work outs are the most effective.

HIIT is a training technique which involves intense bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by varied periods of low-intensity active rest, or complete rest. HIIT can be a great option for staying in shape when time is an issue, as you can get an amazing fat-burning workout in 20 minutes or less.

So, if you want to get great results from only a short work out, then this is the one for you. I have been doing the Joe Wicks (Body Coach) one which is available on YouTube.

Don’t feel bad about having a cheat day!

Everyone needs a balanced diet to function. Depriving yourself of the foods that contain higher fat percentages is actually more likely to make you gain weight when you may have them in the future. Maintenance is key! Having a day where you eat some ‘bad’ foods keeps your body used to digesting them. Remember, calories are your energy source, cutting them low and limiting your intake is damaging.

I have a cheat day every Saturday because it’s the first day I’m not at work so there’s nothing to distract me from snacking…unless I’m shopping. Allowing myself this day then curbs my cravings for sugary, fatty, salty treats. Do I feel better for it? Yes actually, I don’t get that guilt after eating a doughnut, or half a bar of chocolate because of the good work I’ve done all week.


 

Moral: If you feel like there’s no where left to turn, go back a few steps and see what could be changed to alter your path ahead!

Success…I’m Coming for You

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Anyone else feeling their motivation slowly dripping away like my ice cream did this weekend? …same.

So let’s do something to boost it back up!

What have I been doing to regain my drive for success?

Well, nothing too difficult actually. One main thing I have discovered that has really pushed me is a certain TV program. I’ve found that a lot of entrepreneurial shows are emerging recently and I’m loving it!

This particular one is called ‘Buy It Now’. The concept allows regular people like you and me to pitch a product they have invested their time and money in to create. For example, last nights episode showed a young woman who is a teacher. Her product was a non-slip fabric inner sole which supports both the back and base of your foot preventing blisters. She stands on a stage in front of 100 shoppers who have a light above their heads, if they like what they see and hear then they can turn that light green to show they’re interested.

As long as the entrepreneur still has one light left on after the price of the product is revealed, then they move onto talking to some investors of large corporations, for example, JML. So this particular woman had 40 green lights left on and went further to receive 25,500 orders from the investors. Overall, she managed to secure £225,000 in retail value of her products which is absolutely life changing.

One of the many goals I have in life is to create something everyone will love and appreciate like this. At the beginning of my year out working I was always thinking about what could be that next big idea, but the last few months I faded out of that a little bit. So, yesterday I decided to give myself a little pep talk, NO, I have to stick at this and make it my success!

How have I turned this into my motivation?

I have many notebooks, if you have been with me from the start of my blogging you will know this. In my ‘general notes’ book I began to think of problems that need solving in our every day lives, or hindrances to people. For me, this is a great way to get my creative juices flowing and come up with some cool, never seen before products. When I go back to university, I plan to take my ideas one step further and begin to make at least one a reality, so the time I spend planning everything now is vital.

For anyone who wants to do something like this, I promise you, you can do it, there’s no reason for you not to. We can always find a way to achieve what we want. Alongside studying for my final year at university I hope to have a finished or close to finished product ready to go and prove to everyone that you can be any age, at any point in your life to start something new and exciting. Why not be ambitious and start today?

If you are like me and love watching these kind of programs like the one I mentioned above, then definitely worth checking out, it’s on every weekday at 5:30pm on channel 4! (BST)

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From Hobby to Business

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


We all have turned something we love into a routine or part of our live. How do I know this? Well we’re all here right now, blogging out minds away. However, a lot of us don’t earn from it and simply do it for fun and peace.

Do you have any other hobbies?

One of my other hobbies, besides blogging is art. I know some of you may have already seen my work, but here it is again (but smaller).

It’s very well known that artists do not get paid very well unless they’ve hit the big leagues. I wasn’t looking to make drawing or painting a full time job, but I have been looking at ways I can potentially monetise this passion of mine. One of the first things I did was look at all the pieces I had completed, as you can see I like to leave them partially done (was kind of my signature). I then had copies made of those pieces to sell. I currently have one left from the 20 I had printed which isn’t bad going. Having done a few commissions I had a taste for it and wanted to expand my prospects.

How can you turn your hobbies into something more?

Firstly, you obviously need to have a hobby you enjoy doing. Whether that be baking, drawing, sewing, gymming (my new word), whatever it may be, it can be classed as a hobby. Then you need to think about how you can generate something to put to market. So if you like to bake cookies, muffins, cheesecakes, then have a think about possible some new flavours you think people would be interested in. Packaging isn’t expensive and neither is ingredients so it’s low cost and delicious!

If you enjoy making clothing items, have a look at what is already on the market and see if you can come up with a new niche. Maybe lizard hoodies or something I don’t know (don’t judge for that comment please). 

You never know, you might come across a new hit product!

We all want to be doing something we love…right? This is an ideal place to start.


Moral: Finding the right blend of business and pleasure is essential, the next big thing could be right under your nose!

What is a Waist Trainer?

Good morning fellow bloggers!


If you didn’t see my first guest post yesterday, find it here. I am on a few journeys to achieve various goals in life and one I have always struggled with is my weight. You know when you look back at your old self and wish you still looked like that, but when you did look like that you didn’t like the way you looked? That sums up my experience so far. I would describe myself as one of the fussiest eaters in the world so I particularly struggle with finding meals that are healthy as well as filling I would like…don’t we all.

One way I do boost my work outs however is by using a waist trainer. I received a comment yesterday about not knowing enough information about them as a whole. However, if you would also like to know more about them, please visit a previous post I made where I explain this. Find it here.


That’s all for today my blogging buddies, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Guest Post – Waist Trainer UK

Good morning fellow bloggers!


Today I present to you my first guest post. I have been going back and forth with Gemma who is a mum to two children and has recently changed career from accountancy to internet marketing. She runs Waist Trainer UK and writes a blog as ‘Mummy’s Waisted’, which features family life and small business hacks.

If you didn’t know, I have been on my own path to becoming healthier, fitter, slimmer, toned…and the rest. When I train I like to wear a waist trainer to enhance my work outs and give me the shape I desire. However, mine is coming to the end of its life and I don’t have a clue how to go about finding a new one. Gemma has kindly written a post for us all to help anyone who is in the same boat as me.


How To Choose a Waist Trainer

If you’re new to waist training, or looking for a new product to try, the range of options can seem intimidating. Here’s our tips to help you pick the right one for you:

Body Shape

Waist trainer brands do vary in terms of sizing, and the body length of the garment. So it’s really important that you measure yourself properly, and honestly, and check out the individual manufacturer sizing guidelines. Measure over and under your bust, around your waist and at the top of your hips, and record your measurements in both centimetres and inches.

If you are under 5’4 then Ann Chery is a good brand to try as they do come out shorter. If you are very petite, it may be more comfortable to get a waist trimmer belt as these are much narrower. Check for one which has integrated boning so that you get a similar effect to a waist trainer.

If you are tall, most brands do offer a ‘longer torso’ option (try BVOO). If you have a full bust, it may be more comfortable to choose a waist training vest with adjustable straps, as this will provide more support. Look for ‘wear your own bra’ styles though, so that you’re not too squashed in (check out FeelinGirl).

Goals

Think about what you are trying to achieve with your waist trainer. If you want to lose more than a couple of inches from your waist, choose a style that has three rows of hook and eye fastenings, rather than two rows. This means that you can cinch in more and more.

If you are looking for comfort rather than inch loss, a cincher may be a better option as they don’t have the steel boning. A waist trimmer without boning is another one to try if you’re looking for inch loss; these create a ‘stomach sauna’ as you exercise to increase perspiration.

Lifestyle

The standard number of steel bones in a waist trainer is nine, although there are some brands which offer a 25 bone option for maximum compression and inch loss (the Yianna black latex waist trainer for example).

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If you are going to wear your waist trainer mostly to boost your exercise plan, there are plenty of sporty workout styles available in bold colours. Alternatively, you can find waist trainers in bright or patterned fabrics such as the Ann Chery animal print version. If you want to be discreet, there are plenty of plain options available.

Be prepared to have to hand wash your waist trainer, and dry it away from a direct heat source – on an airer rather than a radiator.


Gemma’s links:

Waist Trainer UK

Facebook – @trainingyourwaist or https://www.facebook.com/trainingyourwaist/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/waisttrainer_uk


I want to say a big thank you to Gemma for writing this post for me and I hope it has been of use to those who are looking for something to make their training more effective.


If you would like to write a collaboration post with me and think we have similar interests, then please get in contact! Either leave a comment in this post, message me, or email me!

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Plan Ahead

Good afternoon fellow bloggers!


I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday. We’ve nearly made it another week and can almost cross off another day with that red pen above our calendar. Related image


Now, I don’t know about you, but I always like to have something to look forward to so I have a little goal between my working weeks keeping me sane. Whether that be small or big, it really helps me get through the days.

What kind of goals do I look forward to?

  1. My boyfriend coming down to visit me: 

Every two weeks, my boyfriend who lives over 100 miles away gets on a train and starts his 4 hour journey over to my house. I do sometimes feel bad that he does it more than I do, but I would probably have a breakdown if I attempted to drive over there more than once a month (I get tired easily).

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This may seem like a small thing to look forward to, but when you jump into working full-time and hardly being able to see each other, it becomes something of a luxury. Since being at university together where you’re only down the road, we realise how long distance is definitely not the way forward for us.

  2. Holiday days off work:

We are all entitled to a certain number of days holiday when employed. For me I started with 25 to use however I want across my year working. As it stands, I have 10 left, which is actually pretty good. My aim was to save as many as I could without having a break down so that I can have a big blow out towards the end of my term.

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It’s around now that I have started to plan some more days off and making the most of my time. Having these to look forward to makes a huge difference to me. Not having to wake up to my alarm, not having to make the same commute in I do most days of the week and most of all, not having to sit at my desk ruining my eyes in front of a computer screen…bliss.

 3. Returning to University:

This is one of the bigger goals I very much look forward to. I’ve mentioned before how I can’t wait to get back into the lifestyle of an independent student, but I really CANNOT WAIT! If you’ve attended University at any point in your life, you will understand how it feels to be plunged into your own little world and be responsible for everything you do. That may sound scary, but I very much enjoy it.

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Living with your friends, being around thousands of other people your own age, seeing something or someone new every day…at no other point in your life do you experience anything like this. With my end of work placement looming I will be able to relax for a month or so before actually returning which in itself will be amazing.


I have some bigger life goals I am working towards, but for me, right now, the short-term things are what I’m focusing on. Keeping a level-head and not over boiling my mind is so important. Being on top of my work recently has given me an extra boost and I think to myself ‘I can do it’, despite previously thinking that I really couldn’t.


If you feel like your plate is about to over spill then have a think about how you can line up some of your own goals to keep yourself going….it really helps!