Blogging Awards

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I hope everyone is having a great start to their week, the sun is out here and I’m feeling good. Mainly because I’m off work until next Tuesday, but still I’m buzzing! I think I get more excited about other people’s birthdays than I do my own (my boyfriends on Wednesday). So when I get back from work I’m on balloon blowing up duty and preparing for his arrival tomorrow morning.


Anyway, enough about my personal life. I wanted to talk about something that has been bothering me for a few weeks now about the blogging world. This will be a controversial opinion and I am simply expressing one persons view, but I want to get this out there to clear my mind.

So I’m sure a lot of you will already be aware of the different types of blogging awards that are shared around, but for those who aren’t, here’s a brief summary.

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What is a blogging award?

Well, it’s not a physical object that you’re given, it’s a tag which other bloggers link you to as a sign of appreciation for your posts. For example, I have previously been tagged in ‘The leibster blogger award’. This meant that if I were to accept the award I would read the rules within the post of the person who had nominated me and write a post with my answers. In this example, I had to answer 15 questions set by the nominator, tag their blog in my post and then set 15 questions for other bloggers I wanted to nominate for this recognition. A few other examples of blogging awards are :

  • The versatile blogger award
  • The mystery blogger award
  • The sunshine blogger award

…The list goes on.

What is the point of these ‘awards’?

The point of these awards is to give recognition to those blogs that deserve to stand out under an array of topics. From inspiring others, to simply being an awesome new blogger!

To start with I thought oh my god this is amazing, other people are recognising me for my posts and enjoying my content. I felt really good about these in the first month of my journey and I think they are a great boost for those who are just starting out. However, for me…the novelty has worn off. I have been noticing people who are nominating me without even interacting or reading my content (it’s easy to figure out if you check your stats ratios) which then made me think, ‘Are they just looking for a little bit of exposure?’. This may not be the case and I may be over thinking it, but I have to go with my gut on this one and do what’s best for my content.

I wish I didn’t think like this, but I can’t help it and as a result have decided to refrain from posting any more award posts. Don’t get me wrong I’m very happy and appreciative of the bloggers who have previously nominated me for these, but I don’t think they are the kind of posts I want to be sharing with you anymore. I would prefer to focus on my own content prompted by my thoughts and not an ‘award’.


I hope I haven’t offended anyone who may disagree with me, but for those who have nominated me for awards recently and thought ‘why have they not posted mine’, this is why. I’m not saying everyone is looking for exposure because I’m not a big blog and I’m not the most popular one, but there have been one or two that I have picked up on and unfortunately have put me off the concept as a whole.


Sorry to put a little bit of a downer on things, but there we go, these are my feelings and I will do what I have to do to keep myself and my blog as good as it can be. I have made some loyal friends on here and love interacting with them and their posts so my appreciation for blogging is through the roof, but not everything and everyone is perfect.


Moral: You have to do what’s best for you even if that is not respected or agreed with by others.

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Wind Down

Good morning fellow bloggers!


We’ve reached the end of the week, I’m proud of us!

The other day I made a post about the importance of relaxing and taking time off work to keep our heads in tact…if you didn’t read it and would like to, then you can find it here.

After this week I think I need to take a page out of my own book, without realising it I am so close to a burnout it’s ridiculous. I haven’t had a day off for over a month now, in my industry, if you don’t take time to clear your head, you will probably go insane. So this morning I have made the executive decision to take a half day so I can gather my thoughts and have a bit of down time. It’s been a stressful one I can’t lie. From my boss throwing a heap load of things to do at me, to taking on new responsibilities. A little overwhelming…

Considering I’m a student I still have a lot to learn and whilst I am flattered to be trusted with some bigger responsibility I feel that a line has been crossed and it’s all a bit too much. Unfortunately the partners who own the company I’m working for do not realise that hiring another employee will solve their stress and work load problems. It’s all well and good having lots of jobs coming in, but if you’re accepting them at the expense of your workers well-being, is it really fair and worth it?

Anyway…rant over, lets move onto enjoying the weekend and making the most of the time we have to ourselves. How do you like to wind down? 

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Are You Up to Date?

Good morning fellow blogger!


I think I need to look back on some of my posts because my motivation is draining away from me this week!


I wanted to address something that I think is becoming a rarity in our working world and I’ve come across quite a few people who have either never had one, don’t know how to write one or haven’t updated theirs for years.

I’m talking about a CV (Curriculum Vitae). Now I cannot stress how important these are if you’re looking for a new job, have just completed or looking for some work experience or simply keeping a log of everything you’ve achieved. In my experience I went from having the most basic CV when I was 16 to having an in depth descriptive one covering all the skills I have acquired over my educational years.

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Why are they so important? 

For some companies, this is all they will look at when screening for a new job. Without any information about you how can they make a decision? Even if you are looking for temporary/part time work it is imperative you carry one of these under your belt. When I was trying to find some Christmas holiday work a few years ago, I printed off 20 odd CV’s, put them in envelopes with my name and the role title on them and literally went from place to place handing it in…(even if they weren’t looking or advertising jobs).

How can I make my CV stand out from the rest?

It depends what job role you’re going for. For example, in my industry (Architecture/Construction) it can sometimes be beneficial to include a page or a few examples of my work if I’m not also submitting a portfolio. Think about the role and see how you can get creative with it. For one of my placement interviews I printed off my CV and hand made a fancy envelope which I then waxed closed with a stamp. Something as simple as that can have a massive impact on your employer remembering you.

I have also found that one particular aspect of showing how rounded you are as a person is volunteer work. It’s always around, easy to get involved with and makes you feel good about yourself (as well as helping others). If you find yourself with a lot of spare time and think you could benefit from it then you should definitely look into this. Even if it’s only for a few weeks you can put it on the CV and boost your likeability.

Some people like to see and put a personal profile picture on their CV to add something extra and allow their employers to make a judgement before a potential meeting. I personally don’t do this because I would rather meet face to face than be judged by an image without a personality. However, that’s a personal preference.

What is a cover letter?

Some companies ask for a cover letter upon application. This is a brief letter containing a little bit of information about yourself, why you feel as though you’re right for the roll, what skills you possess and how you can benefit the company or they can benefit you. When it comes to writing one of these letters I would suggest visiting the company website and checking a few of their pages to find their ‘values’. This is a great thing to incorporate into your skills as it shows you would fit in with the business and have done your research….no one wants to hire someone who doesn’t care.


Anyway I hope that this has been an informative post for those who are looking to make a change and inspires those who need to keep on top of things to do so!


 Moral: Keeping on top of your CV is keeping on top of your life!

Facing Reality…it’s Never Too Late

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I’m back in my office seat today ready to not move for the next 8.5 hours (nothing else I’d rather do).


Are you in desperate need for a change, but feel stuck ?

If you believe you were destined for greater things and are crying out for a change then why don’t you go out there and do it? It’s scary right? Sometimes we need to get the back end of our hammer and lift out those nails that are holding us down tightly to the ground. There is absolutely NO reason that you shouldn’t have what you really want in life.

The reason I say this is because I feel somewhat lucky that I am in a position where I can choose, guide and plan my future so I don’t end up feeling like I’m stuck in a dark hole and can’t climb out. As you get older your elders start to share more with you because you have a better understanding of these things. I have found that most of what I get told now-a-days is how bored, stressed and fed up everyone is in their jobs, lives etc. I’m determined to never have to say these words when I reach my goals.

Do you think you’re too far into life to change something so drastic?

Obviously I don’t have the most life experience in the world, being 21 and all, but I genuinely believe that there is no set age for when you can start to turn your life around.

Say you’re a 50 year old guy, single, in a job you hate and enjoy the company of your 3 cats in a standard bedsit. For some this is ideal and I commend you, but if this sounds like a nightmare then there is NOTHING and NO ONE who can stop you from going for gold. Get on those internet dating sites (maybe go to the gym first if you need to), start looking for jobs who want to help you grow and you will strive within because you love it. It’s even as simple as updating your CV, put your skills down on paper because you are needed and wanted. Get on your feet for the first time in however many years! You CAN do it I promise!


 

Whenever I write as if I’m talking to everyone who has ever doubted themselves, I also motivate myself to want to be the best version of me! It just flows out of me like Niagara Falls and I end up coming out with things I didn’t even know I thought about.


 

Moral: Sometimes you need to take leap of faith and leave everything behind. It isn’t too late for you!

I Want my Mummy!

Good evening fellow bloggers!


I’m a bit later than usual today, but I had a day off work and obviously had to make the most of it!


 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends and haven’t struggled to get through the Monday blues! Good thing is…we’re nearly half way through the month and because it’s February we get a shorter one so that’s kind of a positive (you have to dig for them sometimes).

I had an early Valentines celebration this weekend and being the good girlfriend I am I cooked the boy an indulgent breakfast which consisted of four Nutella filled crepes with a dusting of icing sugar and a side of bacon…here it is (one half eaten).

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I’m no professional, but if I do say so myself they looked and tasted like my diet was watching over me! Sometimes you just need a bit of Nutella on a sugary carb blanket!


Anyway…..I’ve been thinking about my future yet again, something that will be happening to me and is fast approaching. I have to decide the exact profession I go into for the rest on my life (screams internally).

Haven’t I already decided that by being at university for two years?

Well yes sort of. See I study Architectural Technology, however I want to do straight Architecture. You may be thinking that there isn’t really a difference between the two. Unfortunately for me there is and if I carry on with my course I cannot call myself an Architect and may be limiting my salary in the far future. However if I decide to do the Architecture course then I am setting myself up for a whole lot more debt and study time.

WHO SAID BEING AN ADULT WAS FUN!

Decision making scares me and I don’t feel adult enough to make them yet. You know when you lose your mum in the supermarket and you have a little panic attack then have to contemplate asking one of the workers to call her over to the reception desk on the tanoy (however you spell it)? That’s the best way I can describe becoming an adult!

I don’t know if I just had a breakdown or helped myself, but if you’ve made it to here I hope you didn’t judge me too much.


Moral: You will always land on your feet and your mum will always find you if you get lost in the fruit section (they have some sort of child radar I think).

The Valentine’s Weekend

328da033-2f1e-4fdf-8e87-03d02f28d8b0.jpgGood morning fellow bloggers!


 

I hope we’re all raring to go for the weekend! I definitely am ready for a well earned break!


 

Valentines is approaching. For many of us I imagine this means a night in with our dog or cats is on the cards, sharing a bottle of wine with you, yourself and ….you. If you’re in full-time work like myself, you may be ‘celebrating’ it this weekend or the weekend after. For me, I’m going to a generic restaurant on Sunday…probably Nando’s (because I’m classy like that). As a student these things are expensive and all these ‘holidays’ add up. Valentines, Easter, Birthdays, Christmas…I mean when do you stop buying and being sucked into the retail scams?

I actually think I have a problem when it comes to buying people presents. I prefer to buy for someone else and see their reaction, than receive a gift myself, mainly because I never know how to react. ESPECIALLY when your boyfriend is 1 of 6 siblings if I buy for one, I have to buy for them all. Christmas hurt my bank account I’m not going to lie.

This year however, my boyfriend and I have decided to do a cheaper celebration and not go mad on buying things. I’ve actually managed to get everything for as little as £14!

So whether you’re spending your weekend in a swanky restaurant living it up on the Prosecco or you’re at home living it up on the Prosecco, I hope we all enjoy ourselves and make the most of our downtime!

 

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!


Moral: You can be just as happy with a bottle of wine to yourself as you could be sharing a bottle of wine with someone else!

Optimum Surroundings

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

I hope everyone is having a lovely, successful and motivated week! I’ve been feeling pretty awful this week, I hate being ill, but I still push myself to come into work and get on with my day.


 

How can we make ourselves be more productive and feel better without much effort?

One thing I find helps me instantly feel a bit brighter is the cleanliness, tidiness and appearance of my environments. For starters, working in an architectural practice means I am surrounded by heaps and heaps of paper with drawings on them. My boss in particular likes to put a whole trees worth on my desk every week! I’ve had to quickly improve my organisation skills by implementing some sort of order to this madness. Even if I only made everything look a bit neater it would make me feel better. I always believe that subconsciously things like this really affect our performance.

How can you stimulate your senses to improve your aura?

I was feeling a bit bored when simply sitting in my room watching TV (something I do too often). SOOOO I bought a candle and a diffuser! Both smell very sweet and fresh, but I’ve never owned one before and I feel like I have deprived myself of the joy. Our sense of smell is a huge factor in the way we feel, but such a small thing makes a big difference!

I feel like I already covered sight above, but just to conclude, the appearance and cleanliness of our surroundings has a subconscious effect on the way we feel!

Hearing…I don’t know about you, but I can’t work in a noisy environment, I just get too distracted and annoyed. If there’s nothing you can do about the noise, shove a pair of earphones in and block it all out.

I personally LOOOOVE fluffy, soft things like a faux fur throw! I have a collection of them and when it’s cold there’s nothing better than sitting under them and yes I’m weird and stroke them from time to time. I don’t think you’d look very professional sitting under one of those at your work desk, but I would suggest a stress ball, they’re great for fiddlers and fidgets like me!


I hope you’re now all on the hunt for a lovely scented candle….(you too guys)!

Moral: The littlest things can affect you as a whole!

Take a Break

Good morning for the second time today my fellow bloggers!


 

Do you often feel overwhelmed with work, home life, growing up or any big changes in your life? I’m starting to understand how you feel…


 

What are the pressures and stress’ in your life?

Personally, I’m still learning how to cope with these, but I have started taking measures to help myself relax a bit more and not let them get the better of me. Currently, my main stress’ revolve around work because I have a lot of pressure to make things correct with no room for error…it’s quite a lot of pressure for a 21 year old. I also feel some sort of pressure on where I want to go with my job/university course, whether I want to become chartered as an Architectural Technologist or continue studying to become an Architect (huge decisions to be made very soon). 

What do I do to keep a level head?

At the moment my main way of chilling out is simply by sitting down with a warm drink, comfort food and watching my programs I’ve recorded on TV. However, this is the lazy way and I want to find other forms of relaxing even if it doesn’t involve sitting down for hours. For example, I cannot wait to get back into the gym when I’m fully recovered from a recent foot operation. You may be thinking ‘I couldn’t imagine anything worse, that’s not relaxing at all’. I find that just sitting on the exercise bike with my earphones in listening to music, or a podcast really gets my endorphin’s going and makes me feel amazing even after a long day. Wearing yourself out is actually a great way to relax because when you get back home you’ve released all the energy and stress through exercise so now you can just sit and actually do nothing…(you also get a great work out).

Something I really want to try is meditation, yoga or even aquarobics! Not only do you get to wear cute leggings, but I think it gives you the time to clear your mind and focus on yourself for a moment. Ignore the world around you and balance your energies. I’ll look into this more when I finish my placement, I want to put a bit more time into it and I think it’s more of a ‘during the day’ kind of activity, or in the morning (if you have the time). I’m a bit of a water baby so I just love floating around in a pool, and doing exercise whilst submerged in my favourite liquid just sounds awesome to me! (I realise how weird that sounds).

What if I really don’t have the time for this?

I always think to myself that If don’t have time for something I’ll just do it another day, but I never really end up doing it! In reality I can be a bit lazy because really, I do have the time if I put the effort in…you make time for the things you want to do don’t you. I think we should all try and find a new way of relaxing ourselves, even try a new activity and add it to your daily or weekly routine. I feel so much more accomplished when I do more with my day and time.


 

Hope you all enjoyed this little post, once I get started I can’t stop!

Moral:  There’s always time for things you just have to prioritise your life!

A-Z Experiences

Hello Fellow Bloggers! Me Again!


 

I know I’ve already posted today, but when I get a thought I have to write it down ASAP or I’ll forget it (my memory is like a sieve).

I want to do an A-M (N-Z tomorrow) of my uni/work life so far which was inspired by a blog post I just came across….here we go:

A – Adolescence: going to university is kind of like the end of these years and you now have to become responsible for yourself as the adult you are.

B Booze: I think we all know what goes on at university regarding this! Yes sometimes, some of us consume a lot of it and end up throwing up blue sparkly spirits in our nice clean toilet...(I couldn’t help it okay).

C Clubbing: I think everyone needs to experience a university night club if they have the opportunity. Your routine is based around this. A common conversation I had with my best mate:

Her: Are you coming out tonight?

Me: Nah, can’t be bothered.

Her: Go on…

Me: FIIIINE you’ve convinced me…(doesn’t take a lot)

D – Driving: When I first passed my driving test I was soooo happy, being able to drive and have my own car gives me so much freedom. Do I take my car to uni? No, I prefer to walk into my lectures like most other students, plus you get to see new faces everyday. I brought my car up when exams had finished so I could go a bit further out and not be so limited, but either way it’s awesome!

E – Eating Well: This can be a problem for many people at uni. Luckily in my first year I didn’t gain any weight…I may have even lost some! Second year was a different story! I think I gained well over a stone, partly from being in a relationship where you both just want to sit and watch things whilst you eat nice food. Now…I am facing the repercussions and have changed my lifestyle. Since the beginning of this year I have lost a stone and am on a path to a healthier me (something I have always longed for). 

F – Food: Now we all know that the majority of students are on a budget and may have little cooking skill. Luckily my lovely mother taught me how to survive cooking for myself over many years. One thing I loved doing was making the flat roast. The fact that I knew how to cook a chicken without getting ill baffled my housemates!

G – Groceries: Something I discovered at university was getting your food shopping delivered! I mean I knew it existed, but I never used it before then. I LOVE it. My housemates and I would do our weekly shop online and have a race for whose delivery would arrive first. It was like a present from me to me!

H – Housework: Now this was a massive problem in my second year house because there was 11 of us in one house using one kitchen and one living area (I would advise anyone never to do this). I don’t mind if people want to keep their rooms in a state, but when it comes to communal areas…it’s a no from me. I always felt like the nagging mother, but when there’s a science lab of bacteria growing by your sinks I think I kept quite calm about it!

I – Intelligence: I’m not the smartest of people, I didn’t get the best grades in school, but I work really hard and have gotten myself to where I am today through my determination which I guess can indicate a glimmer of intelligence. However, grades do not define you people!

J – Job: At university I personally didn’t have a job because I wanted to give myself the best chance of achieving high without an added pressure and time taken away from my studies. I think in my final year I will be looking for a job that isn’t in retail (not had good experiences) so I can kind of look forward to work and earn some extra money!

K – kinaesthetic learning: Is a learning style in which the learning takes place by students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. This is the way that I learn and I have had to adapt myself to make it work withing my university studies.

L – Love: This is something you see around everyday…Valentines is coming up! You hear all the time how people met at university and are still together now. I am lucky that I have found it and fall into that stereotype, but I think there’s too much pressure around to find someone these days. Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Bumble, Badoo…the list goes on, yes I did used to be on a few, but after having over 25,000 messages I thought it’d be best if I delete them. Despite being in a relationship I STILL receive creepy messages from guys.

M – Money: Majority of students struggle with this, lets not lie. I managed to keep myself afloat by making smart decisions, but I also made some bad decisions. One of these being I kept ordering bubble tea from Deliveroo. What is bubble tea you ask…AMAZING…there’s a picture below, it’s a fruity or milky drink with little flavour filled bubbles you pop in your mouth! I did however manage to keep my weekly food shop to £25 a week which I think is pretty good.

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Update on your life

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

I hope everyone has stayed on track with their new years resolutions. I actually have managed to for once which is new to me. It’s a nice change to feel like I’ve actually achieved something this year simply by sticking to a new regime.

Anyway…I want to revert back to some of my previous posts about the all important note book where we have written our goals and ideas for future success. Why is it so important to regularly update this? Well if you don’t feel the need to update your goals and aspirations then you’ve not been thinking enough about yourself and what you want. It’s okay to be a bit selfish sometimes! I find that by constantly adding either a new goal or even another sentence onto one of my project ideas will help bring me a tiny step closer to reaching them. It’s all about finding what motivates you. The reason I choose to put a long list of goals in the back of my pretty little note book is so that I don’t disappoint myself.

Has anyone else read my note book? No they haven’t, I treat it like a diary of my future. I want to keep on top of myself without anyone else asking if I’ve completed any of them yet. No one needs that extra pressure. I feel that if you do achieve one of your many goals then it can not only benefit you, but benefit those around you in an indirect way. For example, I will share one of my goals that involves others…I would love to be able to buy my parents a holiday. This not only makes me feel good about giving something to the people who raised me, but they have been wanting a break away for a while. What else could make you feel warm inside like that? This is what you need to think about.

Go to your note book and treat it like your life planner. Follow your goals, and help yourself achieve success…I believe in you!


 

Moral: Be a bit selfish to become a bit selfless!