I’m sure most of us are familiar with the feeling of getting back from holiday, checking out bank account and having to do a double or triple take at the figure in front of our eyes. I visited The Lake District back in 2015 and splashed away hundreds and hundreds of pounds on top of the price of the cottage and found myself frantically ringing my Mum one day when we were out exploring because neither of us had our bank cards and I looked in my purse and had no money for petrol! It was either embarrassingly ring my Mum and ask her to save me or be stranded in the middle of The Lake District. I can handle a bit of embarrassment!
Before I start with this post I just want to pop a PSA out there into the world right away and say that I’m not (currently) Vegan. I’m going to go into a bit more detail about my relationship with food but I’m keen to share this brand with you because since being on Twitter, my eyes really have been opened to Veganism and I know an awful lot of Vegan bloggers (two of my favorites are The Curvaceous Vegan and Glow Steady) who I thoroughly enjoy. I think we all need to do our bit to help the planet and I don’t necessarily agree with this, “all or nothing” attitude that some people adopt. For some people, it’s not possible to have a Vegan diet but they can help in another way by shopping cruelty-free and using Vegan skincare. But food, plant-based options and Eco-friendly behaviors are always worth discussing.
Being a small business in a world of small businesses is a tough gig. Everyone is promoting themselves every single day so small businesses (including bloggers!) need to ensure they stand out from everyone else as well as making themselves look professional and approachable. Jeeez, it’s a lot of plates to spin – I know, I do it almost every single day! – but it’s important that you try. It certainly gets easier but in a time where everyone is online, online shopping is bigger than ever and you can find almost anything you want with a click of a button, it’s important to make your web presence a vital marketing point of your brand / blog.
Despite being the type of person that’s always working on something, sometimes in the dead of Summer it gets far too hot to be able to lift a finger. I tried to take blog photos in the UK’s 31 degree heat the other day and I nearly died. 10/10 would not recommend. And if you’re in the UK right now you’ll be very much aware that we’re in the middle of one of the longest, hottest periods some of us have probably ever seen! Whether you love it or hate it, we all need those super lazy Summer Days where the only thing we achieve is the ultimate Summer selfie: sunglasses, cute messy bun, headphones (such as a pair of the super glamorous rose gold Beats Headphones) and a glass of Prosecco. Cos damn… it’s too hot to do anything else.
For me, Summer is definitely a time to make sure I can feel as good as possible. It’s no secret that I actually hate Summer; I cant handle the heat, it makes me anxious and often leaves me feeling ill. I also don’t enjoy sneezing 400 times a day and being a general snotty mess from May till September. But alas, I have to endure it like everyone else but at least this time of year makes me want to drink more water, eat more fruit, cut out more meat and just generally consume more healthier products. So you know, you win some, you lose some.
Ever since I was in school, I was adamant that I would never get married. A friend and I were always the ones who would get up on our high horses and be like, “nope, hella no, no way, we independent women”. Of course I’m now more aware of the fact that you can still be an independent woman and be married but heck, that was my naive 15 year-old self talking. But has my mind changed that much? I’m not too sure.
Weddings can quite frankly be an extortionate amount of money and something not all of us can invest that much in and unless you’re a millionaire with that sort of money going spare, there’s so much involved in wedding planning that it’s quite difficult for just 2 families (sometimes 1, depending on who is paying!) to deal with. I know for a fact that if and when I get married, I’ll be keeping it small, not going over-board and doing anything and everything I can to save those pennies. But just because we want to save, certainly doesn’t mean we can’t have beautiful weddings! From the hen party to the reception, there are tons of ways you can save but still have the wedding of your dreams.
There’s no better feeling than feeling revitalized and ready to attack the day after a good night’s sleep. Although actually getting out of bed may be a struggle (“just five more minutes won’t hurt, will it?”), it’s nice to be refreshed after a solid 8 hours. However, for many of us, a great night’s sleep is an idealistic pipe dream that very rarely comes to fruition.
If you’re hopelessly devoted to Sandy, Danny and the Grease gang, you might be aware that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original movie, can you believe it?! The timeless film, with the lovable characters, dream-worthy outfits and catchy as heck songs came out 40 years ago and it’s time to celebrate that, don’t you think? Not many films gain the caliber that Grease did and will hold up as one of the most loved movies of all time. I would definitely pop it in maybe my top 10 favourites and you can bet your bottom dollar that I know every last word to We Go Together (like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong). Here’s some fun as heck things you can do to celebrate the 40th anniversary this year!
Having your own business, being your own boss and going self-employed can be a super exciting prospect. Now, more than ever, individuals are taking the leap into self-employment and utilizing the tools we have available in order to create and maintain successful businesses. There seems to be a wave of bloggers, creatives, artists, YouTuber’s and online business owners all making money from their own creations and that’s absolutely brilliant, being self-employed myself, it’s always encouraging to see people succeed in such a difficult industry because I know how hard it can be sometimes. Here are some of my own tips for people who are thinking about or in the early stages of self-employment, which I wish someone had told me right at the beginning too!