25 April 2018

The truth about working in a 'fast food' restaurant & Why I quit

*Disclaimer: While I've heard a lot of 'fast food' restaurants are similar, I am only writing based off my personal experience at one particular chain. The name of the restaurant WON'T be mentioned in this post.*    

So, if you've been following my Twitter for a while now, you'll know that about a month and a half ago I was super excited to be starting a new job. Don't get me wrong it wasn't anything special, just the standard, I-need-to-get-a-job-so-I-can-survive-uni-life-next-year-and-ironically-still-come-out-40,000£-in-debt-afterwards, kind of job. But yeah, it was still something. Considering I had previsously been working as waitress in another restaurant, and as an events host, I was pretty confident that it wouldn't be anything too new. Little did I know, I was stepping into a completely different world. The world of 'semi' fast food. Semi fast food you say, what's that? Well, to put it simply, it's fast food with a fancy coat. 

10 March 2018

Guest Post - 4 Lipsticks to Help You Feel Confident this Winter

A lovely little guest post by Shelby (The Shelby Chronicles)

Hello there everyone, I hope you are doing well!

For my guest post, I decided to share 4 lipsticks to help you feel confident this winter. I love wearing lipstick, it’s so effortlessly pretty and it makes your makeup sparkle. Makeup can help you feel more confident, that’s why I am sharing 4 of my favorite lipsticks. I really hope you will like this post, so without further ado let’s get started!

3 March 2018

20 before 20

I was casually scrolling through my twitter the other day when I came across a post about life in your twenties. So, curious, I had a little read and as usual was left feeling extremely thankful (and a little smug) at the fact that I had ages, even years, before I would have to worry about any of the things on the list. It was only after I had scrolled through practically all my new tweets, that it suddenly dawned on me just how wrong I had been. My twenties were just around the corner, in fact, they were just over a month away! After the initial panic and the, I've wasted my whole life and I'm going to die having achieved nothing phase, I decided to create an easy twenty before twenty list. 

The basic idea is to do/achieve all the twenty things before my twentieth birthday (mid-April). As I only have about a month and a half, I decided to keep them small and achievable. I'm also going to do a follow-up post after my birthday to let you guys know how it went!   

21 February 2018

Guest Post - How to Avoid Stress While Travelling

A lovely little guest post by Shelby (The Shelby Chronicles)

Have you ever taken a vacation to get away from the stresses of life, and ended up on one anything but stress free? With flight delays, hidden fees, and annoying family members, vacations can, and usually do, go wrong in so many ways. That being said, I’ve listed the top ways to deal with vacation stress, so you can have that relaxing, stress-free trip you deserve (and probably need...).

Book everything in advance
Now a days it's pretty common to go through sites like Kayak and Expedia to book  package flight, rental car, and hotel deals. Personally, I think this is a fantastic idea! It not only reduces the risk of in county cost surprises, but also allows you to relax knowing everything i pre-planned/booked. Alongside  this, you can stay happy knowing that any annoying delays/problems will be covered by the booking company and will, more often than not, be sorted out by them too. Same thing goes for booking activities. You can often get caught up in the travel side of things that you end up lost on what to do once you get to your destination. My advice would be to do your reasearch! See what activities are available in the area you’re travelling to, and more importantly, how much they cost. Nothing is worse than going on your chill-out vacay and realizing you don’t have enough money for anything fun. Make an itinerary for each day, and schedule everything ahead of time. This way you don’t end up stuck stewing inside a boring hotel room.

Vacations are what you make of them
People go on vacation to get away from stress, so they tend to presume that it will be perfect, and this can often lead to disappointments. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying expect it to be awful, just don't expect instant perfection. Learn to go with the flow and be open to things going wrong, and random plan changes. This way you're more likely to feel satisfied even if something does go wrong.  No matter where you go on earth, whether a beautiful island or a rumbling city, there is always room for error, so explore with an open mind. 

Choose who you travel with wisely
The people you travel with will heavily impact your trip, no matter where you're going. Don't feel obliged to travel with family just because they are... well... family. If you know they're the type of people who increase your travel stress then keep then maybe keep the family time at home. You don't want to get to the end of the trip (or even a few hours in) not being able to look at the person you're with! Choose fun, flexible people to travel with, because they will be better at adapting to new surroundings and experiences. However, if you do end up travelling with your not-so-favorite friends, it's important to have a conversation with them before you leave. Explain your expectations of them while travelling and separate yourself from them whenever you need a mini mental break. Vacations are meant for making happy memories and, if you are spending time and money to take a trip, then you deserve to have a great time.

Make use of meditation apps
Meditation apps are honestly amazing for any kind of setting. If travelling becomes stressful, you can simply whip out your phone and headphones, and listen to soothing music on the go. It helps calm the mind, and turns hectic atmospheres and stressful situations into relaxing ones. My favorite meditation apps are called Calm and Breathe. They have meditation playlists for beginners, and mindful reminders that will get you through your day. I highly suggest listening to them if you're prone to stress, whether at the airport or on the beach, they can definitely be beneficial.  

Exploring is fun when done in small doses
I'm one of those people who loves to go go go when exploring new places. That girl who will jam-pack 50 activities into one day, and still feel she has time to cram in dinner at a restaurant and,  maybe, just one more little hike around the city. However, I've recently realised that maybe this isn't exactly the best way to spend time off, because I tend to wear down quick. I mean, I was literally coming back from a vacation, in need of another one straight away! So, i've learned to schedule my travel activities in small doses. Mix an ample amount of relaxing time with two short activities a day. I find this is a great way to go home feeling stress-free, while also feeling like you've experienced all that you can.

About the Author
Hi, my name is Shelby! I am a 22 year old Interior Design student and part time blogger! When I get time away from school and work I sit down to write blog posts on chic lifestyle choices, professionalism, and how to obtain healthy body and mind! So if any of those topics interest you or if you're simply curious to learn more then come check out my blog!

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6 February 2018

Top Tips for using Airbnb & My experience

Bondi Beach

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I recently took a few months travelling around south east Asia and Oceania. It’s fair to say that I stayed in a variety of different places, some good and some… not so good (Cold, showers grimy floors and yes, some sort of religious cult living upstairs). Although I can’t say I’m particularly glad I stayed at a few places, mentally scarred might be the better word, I can say that it has taught me how to   choose the right accommodation and, more importantly, the safe options. In this post I’m going to mainly focus on the use of Airbnb, the benefits, disadvantages and, how to stay safe.
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