Keep your head in the game | Disney-fy your workouts.

‘New Year, New Me’ – the mantra of every January since the birth of the calender. Every new year we analyse our lives (often with a little help from the unattainable goddesses of Instagram) and determine that we can do better. We can be fitter, healthier, more productive. We can be bigger, smaller, more social, and less tired. We decide to go running every morning before work, before a healthy breakfast of a broccoli medley and a single shot of Peruvian espresso.

Before you know it, it is the middle of March and you’ve been eating the same leftover curry for the past three days. Trainers collecting dust in the corner, you binge on the next ‘unmissable’ show on the Netflix conveyor belt.

We all know this pattern (right?!). We have such good intentions when the clock strikes midnight, how can we keep it up for the rest of the year? We need to make it fun. I don’t know about you, but running might be the most boring ‘popular’ activity around. Listening to dance music when it is socially unacceptable to dance is weird, and no matter how beautiful the view, it is difficult to get any gumption without any emotional investment.

     Introducing the Disney Workout Playlist!


 

 

Nostalgia at its best, the Disney playlist is full of those key musical numbers which had you living in their fantasy world. Box to ‘Make a Man Out of You’, Spin with ‘Can’t Wait to be King’, or run away from all your responsibilities to ‘Let It Go’.

Live in your fantasy world of princesses and frogs and you will want to go the distance (geddit?).

 

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DIY: Festive Candles

THIS GIRL(‘s diy candle) IS ON FIRREEE.

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As we get into the cold, grey winter months, shelves are starting to explode with a slightly overwhelming cacosmia of candles, diffusion rods, and incense. Honestly, I love a good candle. I find the atmosphere of the flickering light rather cosy and safe, as well as kicking off the festive season with the smell of gingerbread and musk. However, candles can cost anywhere from £2-£25 depending on their size and quality, which normally stops them from being an impulse item (for me anyway). You are literally just burning money.

Instead, inspired by  Joselyn HughesDIY DAMMIT videos, I mostly make my own candles.  It works out to be cheaper, less wasteful, and you can experiment t0 discover your own unique signature scent.

Difficulty rating: 1.5 out of 5 (the .5 because it involves fire)
Cost: £
Impressiveness: I’m pretty pleased with myself tbh.


Ingredients:

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Wax
(Soy is a higher quality…

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Brighton Pride: Shade and light.

Brighton Pride is widely regarded as the largest LGBTQ+ celebration in the UK. For one weekend, the seaside town is flooded (pun intended!) with all genders, sexualities, and races, young and old alike, to shine a light on the growth and pride within the LGBTQ+ community.

 

In recent years the pride festival has been able to focus on the rights and liberties they have fought so hard to achieve; the right to marry, adopt, and join the military to name a few.

This.

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Pride was also the place to talk about how fragile those achievements are. The tragedy in Orlando, the rise of LGBTQ+ attacks in the US, the countries which still regard homosexuality and transsexuality as a crime punishable by death, are still happening. We are so lucky that we live in a country where we are able to express ourselves and experience love freely. We are still very much a work in progress, but Pride gives us those 5 minutes to reflect on what has happened so far.

Remembering the Orlando victims ❤️💛💚💙💜

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2016 has been widely noted as a full blown terrible year. With numerous terrorist attacks, national treasures passing away, and the political chasm separating even further, the clouds are thundering in. But to steal a quote from Alyssa Edwards, “you can’t let clouds camouflage your rainbow“. The hate and the fear of everyday life contrasted with the love and the colour of Pride, and made it even more saturated. The rainbow is the perfect symbol for the LGBTQ+ community in this sense. They have had to show resilience and creativity as a response to the dark times in their life. And only after it’s fully realised, do people appreciate it’s beauty.

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(^^ Perfect pride outfit?!)

(^^ What we actually wore to Pride!)


In short, Pride reminds us that things like love and friendship, respect, and acceptance, will always shine through even as the days get darker. To mark progress we must look around, as well as look back, to see what still needs to be done. Change is not just passion, it’s organisation. It is people coming together and telling the world that they love themselves, even if no one does. And I think everyone can identify with that, even if they do not identify as LGBTQ+. And that is why Pride is so important, at least to me.

Pride = Love.

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What do you think? Is Pride important to you? Leave your comment down below! 🍄

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A Quarter Life Crisis Playlist!

I have previously talked about the 15 practical things to do to get out of your quarter life crisis, but as we all know, it is not that simple. Motivation and confidence are crucial when trying to steer your life into any sort of direction. Unfortunately, both have a tendency of slipping away from us as unemployment and fear dwells. These two playlists (curated by moi) will let you hide from the world, as well as push you on.

Good luck!

 


There are two main emotions during a quarter-life crisis: paralysing fear, and dull apathy.

The Fear:

This playlist will let you wallow in self-pity before trying to cheer you up and give you enough confidence to start looking at those job listings.

Motivation:

Once you’ve searched through bookmarking possible jobs, it can be easy to put off the mountainous task of actually researching and applying for the positions. This playlist is full of classic, high momentum songs to not only keep you going but also keep you in good spirits.

 Enjoy! .x.

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15 things to do to get out of your quarter life crisis!

A quarter life crisis is when a 20-something year old realises that they have literally no idea what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. It turns out no one cares about your degree, and unless you have 30-years of work experience, or are willing / available to work for free, you kind of freeze.

So here are 15 practical things to do to get out of your quarter life crisis, from someone currently going through their own.

 


 

  1. Don’t hide what’s going on

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    You’ll be surprised with who you are going to connect with, and who is going on the same journey. Simply by talking about it, joking about it, you won’t feel as alone, and you might even be able to support each other (read: they get you a job).


  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

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    Whether it is asking your friends to drop your name in to their boss, calling your mum for words of advice, or getting drunk with your housemates, no one got anywhere in this world completely by themselves. I mean even Donald Trump had to start off with basically nothing, just ‘a small load of a million dollars’


  3. Identify your strengths

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    Are you organised? Are you creative? Can you argue the wings off a pigeon? Simply by figuring out what you are good at, you can already start highlighting some things to consider.


  4. Or the area you want to get into

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    Do you love food? Books? Dogs?
    (basically my tinder profile right there).

     If you can turn to something you love, there is a very good chance that you will find something in that field to aim for. If you’re being pulled in multiple directions however, just try to find a way to express them, and see which one’s stick. You could start a blog, try and become friends with people already in the industry, go to conventions etc.


  5. As well as knowing your weaknesses

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    Start crossing out some of the stuff on your list. There is no point going for a pHd if you hate writing academically. Be honest with yourself- because others will be perfectly happy to tell you soon enough.


  6. Try to create your own opportunities

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    When you know your skill set or your passion, you can start to stick your big toe in to the icy depths of adulthood. If you are obsessed with coffee, start going to the conventions, comment on blogs, and talk to the owners of independent coffee shops. If people can know your name, they will be instantly be more willing to read your application. Plus, they will already have an indication for your dedication, which is instantly attractive.


  7. Then mass produce (and individualise) your CV

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    I know this seems contradictory, but you need to be sending out CV’s and emailing applications everyday, whilst making it seem that every single job/internship/shadowing is the only one you want.

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  8. Stay positive!

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    It is going to be a long slog and it will go quicker if you keep your chin up and stay busy.


  9. But sometimes, it is also okay to feel sorry for yourself

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    You are not a robot, and even if you only receive one rejection (heres hoping!), you are allowed to feel bad about it. Let yourself have those few minutes, and then pick your self up (hint: this may be where you need num 10!).


  10. Make time for your friends

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    See number 9.


  11. As well for your self

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    Whatever you need to do to recharge for tomorrow. Eat, pray, love – you do you
    (*wink*)

     


  12. Fake it until you make it

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    When meeting people in the industry, during interviews, or when writing and sending out articles, hide those insecurities. You can do it, and even if you don’t believe that, at least make them believe it. At LFW, the name of the game was to seem to be Someone-with-a-capital-S. The number of people who snuck their way onto the FROW just by keeping hold of that confidence was honestly staggering, and, although they were hilarious, they were also kind of inspirational.


  13. (Maybe prepare a Plan B)

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    So you want to be the next great actor / CEO of Google / a fashion designer? That is brilliant, and there is absolutely no reason why you can’t do it. Just know that they are particularly hard gigs to get into, and it could take a couple of years. If you need a Plan B to pay the bills, just keep that in the back of your mind so you don’t get in trouble later on.


  14. Even if thats means going back a few steps

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    I have so many friends who, after finishing their degree, decided they wanted to do something completely different. And many times, it required an entirely different qualification. For example, jobs like nursing and teachers need you to go back to class. If that is the case, think about the practicalities. For example, can you afford to go back to school? Can you do it part time? Do you even need to go through the traditional mediums?


  15. And most importantly- just say yes to every opportunity, and learn to go with it.

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    Some of the best opportunities come out of left field, and it may not be part of your plan. Go with your gut for this one. Only you know what to do… (what a cop out answer – sorry!).


    Good luck!

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Why employers should stay off our social media.

If you are under the age of 30, you have probably already been warned about what you put up on social media in fears of how your future employer will interpret it. In fact, there numerous studies about how to manipulate your page to make you more employable: from your profile picture, to the type of societies will look better on your CV. It seems you can not make a virtual step in any direction without every one of your future employers and co-workers judging your capabilities from it.

My question is, why?

     When you are a student, you are probably going to drink. And go out clubbing. Even if you don’t drink, literally no one looks good with club lighting. But the fact that you drank so many VK’s your tongue was dyed blue for the rest of the weekend, does not mean you are not able to turn up work on time, or that you are not passionate about marketing. When you retweet a post about Syria, or write a blog about feminism, that should not be brought up in an interview process when trying to get a barista-job whilst supporting yourself when trying to make your big break in London.

Albeit, there are places online that you deliberately design for employers to see- Linkedin for example. But I am a young millennial, which means that Facebook was the first social media I was a part of. I have had Facebook since I was 13 years old, and as I’ve grown up, my social media has grown up with me. Keeping our social medias updated has become a massive part of our lives; a place where we can share and explore aspects of ourselves, and meet like-minded people. People starting university this year have literally grown up with updating their social media, in a way that the slightly older generation can never truly appreciate.

Our lives are not about getting jobs, despite how much passionate you may grow to become. So why are employers looking at our 15 year old selfies in order to determine whether we had the qualities they are looking for back then? Why are our degrees, references, cover letters, and endless other pieces of paper not enough for you to figure out whether I will be a good fit in your team? At the end of the day, if the only people with bland social media profiles are being hired, that either means that you are going to have to spend five days a week with the most boring people imaginable, or the things they get up to are being uploaded to a different kind of website.

So please, judge us on what we bring to the table, not what get up to on the weekend. It’s not that unorthodox, it’s how you were selected for your job. You didn’t have the ability to share your life via social media. If you did, your interviewer probably wouldn’t have hired you.

DIY: Festive Candles

As we get into the cold, grey winter months, shelves are starting to explode with a slightly overwhelming cacosmia of candles, diffusion rods, and incense. Honestly, I love a good candle. I find the atmosphere of the flickering light rather cosy and safe, as well as kicking off the festive season with the smell of gingerbread and musk. However, candles can cost anywhere from £2-£25 depending on their size and quality, which normally stops them from being an impulse item (for me anyway). You are literally just burning money.

Instead, inspired by  Joselyn Hughes DIY DAMMIT videos, I mostly make my own candles.  It works out to be cheaper, less wasteful, and you can experiment t0 discover your own unique signature scent.

 

Difficulty rating: 1.5 out of 5 (the .5 because it involves fire)
Cost: £
Impressiveness: I’m pretty pleased with myself tbh.


Ingredients:

Wax
(Soy is a higher quality, and burns at a slower rate).
On Amazon, you can find a kilo bag of soy wax for under £10

Soy wicks
(again, I went to amazon)

A container.
(Glass if you’re fancy, a tin if you’re trendy).

A skewer / stick

Essential oil or fragrance oil**

**Not essential



Directions:

  1. Glue down the wick to the inside of your container and then wrap the top of the wick around the skewer until the skewer is resting on top.
  2. Melt the wax (the amount depends on the size of your container). I used a bain-marie over the hob to control the wax and make sure it doesn’t catch a light (which is a possibility if you use the microwave).
  3. Add a couple drops of your fragrance.
  4. Carefully pour the liquid into the container and pop in the freezer (or fridge if you want to wait all day).
  5. BOOM, YOU HAVE A CANDLE! 
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This is an autumn candle with cinnamon and red apple fragrance,  with a cinnamon stick and a star anise in the candle itself so it would look cute.

 


So there you go, a fully sized candle for under £20, which is about average for a large Yankee candle. Which means that the other 40+ candles you can make with your ingredients are basically free. Plus, you can give them away as presents (hint hint everyone I know), which will either make you look like a creative and thoughtful friend, or like someone who has just learnt how to make a candle…

SIDENOTE: Now you have the wicks, you can reuse the left over wax from any burnt out candles by melting them down and pouring it back into the container with a new wick. This is especially helpful if you tend to stick to similar scents.


 

Did you guys like this DIY festive craft? And are there other things you buy every Christmas and you wish you could make it yourself? Let me know in the comments, I endeavour to respond to everyone asap!

 

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