Healthy Mind, Healthy Body!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


A quick update carrying on from yesterday’s post. So to sum up what’s been going on since one of my family members was diagnosed with cancer… Yesterday she went in for life changing surgery and so far we have heard positive news from the nurses. To be honest my stomach made its way back up to the normal position after it dropped hearing the news last week so it’s looking good at the moment. If you haven’t read the post yet, you can find it here.


Onto some more uplifting topics…(slightly) 

If you didn’t already know, I’ve got a week off work next week and I’m absolutely buzzing…yes I’m going to say it everyday until it happens so you’ll just have to deal with it….here’s a clue though….

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I find that when I plan to book a day or a few days off work I need to make the most of it as I’m limited on how many I have left to take. However, even if I just fancy a day off I will do it because having that down time where you don’t have to set your alarm, you don’t have to rush in and get bored with your journey every day and most of all you can do whatever you want (within reason) is soooo important

My older brother hasn’t taken a day off in the last four months which, to me is absolutely crazy and I don’t know how he’s still functioning. What I have noticed however, is how his stress levels are now slowly increasing day by day. Sometimes, even if you feel like you’re on top of everything, others will realise the changes before you do. Being stressed at work quite often results in snapping at the small things at home which obviously creates unnecessary tensions between you and your family…not ideal let’s be honest.

How do you deal with the stresses of work life? 

As I said before, taking the days off that you are entitled to are a great start to relieving that pressure so you don’t burn out. I know how it feels to have your boss/bosses looking over you, expecting you to perform above and beyond your job description. Even when you love your job, things can become overwhelming and you must remember, you’re only one person and you know your limits.

It’s completely normal to be a bit stressed after a hard day in the office, but is it fair to take it out on those around you at home? Not really.

Keep your energy levels high! Quite often we can find ourselves in a rut when it comes to diet and exercise. With such little time to prepare a healthy meal, relax, sleep and get back to work it can be so easy to just get a McDonald’s or order in a takeaway. I understand how hard it can be to fit it all in, but I have managed to personally persevere and get into a routine of preparing double the amount for dinner so I have enough for lunch at work the next day. Not only does this take off the pressure and time you would have spent making something in the morning, but you also benefit from that healthy boost midday.

Making sure you get enough sleep is something a lot of people overlook these days. It’s just as important as a healthy diet. Sleep allows your body to regenerate and enable you to start again the next day. Get rid of those shopping bags under your eyes, and YES it does also help with weight loss so I want all of you to go to sleep and shed those pounds!


Moral: Healthy body, healthy mind…It works both ways people! Be smart and go to sleep!

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In Demand!

Good morning fellow bloggers!


I don’t know if you have read or been following my journey so far, but the other day I wrote a post about having more than one job and maximising my savings for next year…here it is if you want to have a read…Multi Tasker.

So if you haven’t read it I was basically talking about having a part-time job that I would be able to do alongside studying next year. Long story short, I decided to sign up to a tutoring platform whilst I’m on placement at home. It may be a silly idea, and you may be thinking I’m pushing myself too much, but its a great way to keep my mind active and earn a bit on the side. I signed up to a few different platforms actually over the weekend just gone.

Lo and behold, last night I was approached by my first student. This particular site allows both students and tutors to reach out to find what they are looking for. My main point I want to put across here is that, if you put enough effort, time and passion into something even as small as this then it is SO worth it. To be honest I’m buzzing to start ASAP!

Not only was I approached by a student, but a recruiter had found one of my profiles online and reached out to me via the business app LinkedIn on the same night. She was looking to recruit Undergraduate students to tutor in and around my home area.

At this point my mind is overwhelmed. Not only has it been 2 days since I made my profiles, but I have been already approached for work too. Normally it’s the other way around. In such a fulfilling role I cannot wait to start tutoring and sharing my knowledge with those who need help.

When I was in school I started to struggle as I moved up ‘the chain’. I didn’t get too much help within the lessons (teachers were awful) so I did have a tutor for one particular subject (Maths, I sucked at it). However she didn’t relate to me very well and had a set way of teaching and that was it…not ideal. I believe my experiences are going to make me adaptable, empathetic and motivating so I can enable my students to be given a better chance than I was. (This sounds like a cover letter or something)

Anyway…helping others is one of the most amazing things you can do in my opinion and by sharing ones knowledge to benefit the next generation is a gift in itself. If you’re looking to do any volunteer work, tutoring or general part-time work, then just go for it, don’t doubt yourself because the feeling you’ll experience is like no other.

Comment below what you’ve been doing I’d love to hear what you’re involved with!


Moral: People recognise hard work even if you feel like you’ve been ignored. It does pay off, I promise!

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!

The Valentine’s Weekend

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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!

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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Questionable Happiness

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

I’m going to address something I’ve seen since beginning my working placement within my office…questionable happiness.

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Although we’re only an architecture practice of 5 (including myself), I observe a vast scale of happiness across the team. From being completely content with doing minimal work for the most money, to doing the most work and earning the most money for others. There’s 2 females in the company, an associate who is 34 years old and me, the student who is 21 years old. Despite being 13 years apart, we kind of just clicked and talk about everything (when the bosses aren’t around) which is great because it’s like having someone in a higher position kind of on your side.

 


The bottom end of the spectrum:

So I feel that my older work friend is actually at the bottom of the food chain, despite having the title of ‘Associate’. Why? Well, she gets given the majority of the work because shes highly skilled which is stressful when clients always want their project to be priority. She only works three days a week because she has a young boy that in turn means she has limited time to do her work and see her son putting more pressure on time scales. And to top it off shes only earning a little bit more than me although she is on three days a week which balances that out. However, would you be happy earning the same as a student after ten years of loyalty and growth in a company you earn hundreds of thousands for? Can you relate?

The ‘Top’ end of the spectrum:

Now, I highlight the word ‘top’ for a reason. I only see this person as ‘top’ of the chain because they feel like they have control over everything. This is one of the partners within the practice. He does hardly any work, always talks about money and the value of things, talks about his ‘expensive’ watch and car (which he doesn’t even own, lol). Am I impressed? HELL NO! One of my pet peeves is people talking about monetary value of things…inherited from my dad. To be honest, I’d be happy sitting there all day, going out on jollies when I fancied and earning 50/60K. BUT…when the student is doing more work than the boss, then something is a bit unbalanced here. Once in a while I walk past his office and what do I see on his screen? I should be seeing lovely architectural drawings, but no I see Candy Crush or Facebook. Nothing is more infuriating when you’re busting a gut for their benefit! Can you relate?


 

How can we deal with this hierarchy?

I mean…there’s not much you can do, they’re your boss and you’re just an employee. However, what we can do is question ourselves…are we really happy in this roll? If you’re not then why waste anymore time? This is YOUR life, you don’t need to be sitting in the dirt while your boss sits on a platinum throne. There’s plenty of companies that are respectful and offer equal chances for their employees.

Since starting here I have been planning my life out a little bit (refer to my other posts you might want to do the same) . I always say to myself that WHEN I’m the boss of my multi successful businesses, each one will have a team working environment and will actually strive to make work fun. From experience I feel that I need to make this happen…Happy employees…Happy company…Happy life.


 

Moral : Question yourself and question your choices, but most importantly question your happiness! 

Responsibilities

Good morning fellow bloggers!


 

Throughout out lives we’re thrust into positions of responsibility. Whether it be small or big we have duties to others as we’re pushed up in the hierarchy of society!

From baby sitting your little brother, to making sure your assignments are submitted on time, you are trusted.

 


 

What roles of responsibility have I been faced in the last few years?

  • To start with, living away from home at university left me with the responsibility of looking after myself. Now, for an 18 year old that is some feat. However, adaptability was so important as well as confidence. When we’re put into a new situation if we are unable to adapt then unfortunately our chances are limited…a bit like evolution (loosely).
  • Not having your parents around to tell you to ‘do your homework’ can be tricky for some who need a bit more of a push or guidance. At university you do not have anyone on your case (maybe your tutors), but the whole new environment is supposed to treat us like adults and allow us to learn how to do pretty much everything ourselves. The best thing about it though….we get to do it alongside thousands of other people our age and most importantly, our friends.
  • Today I am given a huge responsibility. One that affects lives. Today I am trusted with drawing and constructing drawings for buildings. For someone who has limited experience it’s very scary to be honest. However, being thrown into the deep end and being in charge of my own job has been life changing and eye opening for me.

 

How did I adapt to a new living environment? Understanding that everyone would be nervous I put on a false sense of confidence and started mingling with my new flat mates to which we are still close to this day. Not everyone is so lucky when it comes to something like this, but putting yourself out there and meeting all sorts of new people is a huge life skill and part of a milestone in a young persons life. Whether that be an university, starting a new job, moving to a new area, it still applies.

How did I adapt my organisation skills? Well, I’m still a bit all over the place…but I’m trying okay. When it comes to assignments, you just sort of do it…I know that’s not very helpful, but it’s true. You chose to do this, so it’s up to you to get the grades you need for your future. Balancing work and social life was the hardest part for me. When you have so much free time obviously you’re meant to be studying, but it’s so tempting to just go to the pub for a few hours or go to your mates house next door to play Fifa. Finding that balance is key not only in university, but anything really. I feel like I’m nearly there and hopefully by the time I return I’ll be an even more well rounded adult (laughs internally).

How have I dealt with the responsibility in my job? To be honest, I’m still scared to make a mistake, but how else do we learn? Since being the head of my own building construction I have learnt so many new skills. I thought I was competent with simply speaking to people on the phone or by email, but when in this context you really have to know what you’re doing. At the beginning of my placement I felt like I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t going to be good enough. Now, I’m more confident than ever and cannot wait to push myself in the future!


 

Moral: You have to trust yourself before you can let others trust you!

 

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