Sunday, 29 May 2016

My Week #3

My week #3 |
I love Sundays. I love waking up naturally to the morning light with no alarm screaming at me, Tom still dozing next to me getting up only to make a coffee and a smoothie bowl, jumping back into bed with a book or something on TV. That's what dreams are made of right there.

This Sunday is a bit different though, as I'm waking up in a hotel room in Freiburg, ready for a last day of exploring. Weekend trips are the best.

Last week I mentioned I had one of those crappy sort of weeks (thank you for all your lovely comments by the way, you guys always make me smile), but this week has definitely been better. So, so much better. After publishing that post last Sunday, Tom and I went off to watch some polo and I had such a nice day!

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

Anyway, here's a little roundup of my week:

Saturday, 28 May 2016

7 Best Travel Tips

The 7 best travel tips |
I've done more travelling this year than ever before. I absolutely love it, I think living abroad helps because even just going to the next city feels like a new and exciting trip. I love airports, I love long train journerys, I love the excitement of checking in at a hotel.

I know it's easier for some people than others, but I really feel like everyone needs to travel at some point in their lives, it doesn't have to be far or even cost much but there's so much to get out of going! Experiencing new places, new foods, new cultures, new sights, new people. There's so much more out there. 

I never want to stop travelling. I love discovering new destinations. I'm hoping once I don't have to travel with a student loan budget I can get to some more places like South East Asia and South America #bucketlist #goals

I've been doing as much travelling around Germany as I could on my year abroad, as well as seeing a bit more of Europe and I will get to see even more of Europe when I go interrailing this summer. If you want to see all of the places I've been and my travel posts, you can find that all here! Travelling isn't always straightforward though. I've picked up some tips, both from the endless research before trips and my own experiences to help you get the most out of your time away and to make sure everything goes smoothly:  

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

How To Create Pinterest Graphics

Pinterest graphics
The secret to success on Pinterest is making beautiful, eye-catching graphics. You may look at them and think that it’s really difficult and you need expensive software or a degree in design, but I can promise you that that is not the case!

This post is a bit of a follow up to last week’s Pinterest guide, which if you’re wanting to start out and grow on Pinterest you should probably read first.

To make visually-effective graphics on Pinterest, there is a few basic rules to follow which I’ll share and a couple of programme suggestions. I hope you find this post helpful, but as always, if you have any questions I haven’t answered, please let me know!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

How German University Differs To British

How German University Differs To British
Apart from the obvious differences of languages and German universities being almost free, there are quite a lot of nuances in the systems that make for a whole new experience.

One of the best things about doing a year abroad is experiencing a different culture. I was looking at my year abroad posts the other day and I noticed that while I've mentioned things here and there in my updates, I haven't written specifically about the differences in daily life between Germany and England, so I thought I'd write a bit about how the two countries compare.

You may not think it, but there are actually quite a few variations in the culture - I didn't even think there'd be a culture shock when I moved here but oh, there really was. Experiencing a different university was so interesting and looking back I'm so glad I chose to split my year abroad and study for the first half.

The way courses are structured and run are very dissimilar, but then university and courses can vary even within the same country, so I'm going to talk more about the more general 'student life' differences, but if you have any questions about uni in Germany and what to expect, please feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to help!

If you're going on a year abroad in Germany soon or are just curious about how a German and British university experience is different, then this post will hopefully interest you.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My Week #2

My week #2 |
Last week's weekly catchup went down pretty well, and I really enjoyed writing it, so here we are again for another week!

This week has been tough. It shouldn't have been, it was a public holiday here in Germany on Monday so I had a short week at work, I had lots of work to do to keep me busy but not stress me out too much and I had an exciting delivery from Boots.

But you know, it was just one of those weeks, when you feel a bit crappy and you can't place your finger exactly on it.

So I'm looking forward to the start of next week to pick myself back up and start afresh.

Here's another little look into my life the past week:

Friday, 20 May 2016

A Blogger's Guide To Pinterest

Pinterest Guide for Bloggers
I’ve recently started getting 4 figure daily page views which is incredible. I’m absolutely ecstatic - not so long ago, 100 a day was an achievement and now to be averaging over 2000?? The hard work definitely pays off!

There is one reason for this. Pinterest.

It is my single biggest source of traffic. I had a pin go semi-viral on there (a few thousand repins) and it just keeps driving traffic to my blog, as well as some other pins from my website contributing to my higher page views.

Every blogger should be utilising Pinterest if they want to start growing their blog. In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to get started with sharing your blog content on there and directing traffic your way.

Monday, 16 May 2016

How To Stay Motivated With Your Bullet Journal

How To Stay Motivated With Your Bullet Journal |
Bullet journals have taken the blogging world by a bit of a storm. I’ve been using mine since the beginning of March and it’s been (without sounding dramatic) life changing. I forgot how much I missed using a physical pen and paper method of organising and I feel much less stressed since using it!

But there has been a couple of weeks where I just couldn’t be bothered to brush the dust off (it gets so dusty in Germany it’s so crazy and I don’t understand) and carry on using it. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have felt like that. If you’re losing some motivation to keep bullet journalling, here are some tips you can try to reignite that love for it:

Sunday, 15 May 2016

My Week #1

The other night I had an idea for a new little 'series' whilst I was trying to get to sleep. That's always when I get my best ideas. 

So I've decided that every Sunday I'm going to post a little roundup of my week. I'll post my weekly spread in my bullet journal, because you know, an excuse for more bullet journal photos, my favourite outfit of the week, the book I'm currently reading, any little news updates, just a sort of catch up really!

So here's my first week:

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The 7 Day Nature Photography Challenge, Sort Of...

Last week the lovely Gwennan from 20SomethingMeltdown nominated me in a photography challenge - the 7 Day Nature Photography Challenge, to be precise. I recently did a 7 day landscape challenge on my personal Facebook page so I guess this will be fairly similar, but I don't think there's that much overlap of friends I have on Facebook and my blog readers. 

As I already have other stuff planned for the next 7 days and I don't want to spam everyone, I'm just going to post all 7 photos in 1 post. I've also cheated because the idea of the challenge is to share a photo you've taken on the day. I really wanted to do this, but it's been a bit grey this week, I've been super busy and stressed and just wanted to crash after work, and I live in a city - though there is some super pretty blossom trees dotted around. I didn't want to post 7 days of trees though. And the only wildlife I see are mice/rats in the tube stations in the morning. Should I even be doing this challenge?

Enough of my rambling, here are the 7 photos I have chosen:

Friday, 13 May 2016

Coding For Bloggers 101: The HTML And CSS Basics

Coding for Bloggers 101: The Basics of HTML and CSS |

Non-bloggers don’t always understand that blogging isn’t just writing a few words and hitting publish. There’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes such as crafting the perfect flat lay, mastering composition and editing, learning the most effective ways to promote your blog and being able to communicate with brands as well as other bloggers. Then there’s all the technical stuff.

If you don’t know anything about coding, which I didn’t when I first started blogging, it can be a bit daunting. Wanting to change up your template and opening the Edit HTML tab on Blogger when you don’t know the first thing about HTML and CSS is enough to put anyone off, and I can fully understand why you’d then decide that buying a template is the only option.

But because I’m a poor student and a little bit stubborn, I perservered and self taught myself with thousands of online tutorials and articles about what the bloody hell all this code means. Now when I want to change up my template, I can do that myself. The thing is, when you buy a template and you want to change it, you’re limited. You have to rely on the person who designed it, and they’re not always there for you.

So whether you want to design your own template, or edit one someone else has designed for you, you need to be able to understand how they work. Coding is a hugely broad topic, and I, nor anyone else, can cover it all in one post, but this should be a good introduction which you can learn from, and I plan on doing some more specific tutorials too.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

How To Keep Up Your Morale During Exam Period

How to keep up your morale during exam period |
Personally, I really struggle with the exam period. I'm not the best at coping with stress and I can get really down during the dreaded few weeks. I might've considered dropping out multiple times when I've got 4 exams in 4 days. And then I can get so stressed, I stress about being stressed, and stress because I'm not doing any work because I'm stressing, and stress about failing everything...

Obviously not a good cycle.

But despite all that, I have found a few ways that help me to pick up my mood and get back into a good frame of mind and being productive. It's allll about the mood you're in. Have you tried revising when you just want to burst into tears at the 9am exam the following morning? Trust me, you won't be able to concentrate and recall a thing. Keeping up your morale is SO important, for your mental health and well being and for your grades, and here's my best tips for doing that:

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Interrailing: The Planning

How we're planning our internal trip around Europe this summer, including train reservations, accommodation and the route |

I've mentioned it here and there (probably too many times), but just in case you haven't heard, I'm going interrailing this summer!! 

We're heading off around the middle of July until the middle of August to explore all that Europe has to offer. I really wanted to travel as much as possible this year on my year abroad, being pretty centrally based in Germany, but working full time and Erasmus grants just didn't cover flights every other weekend. So we decided to focus on exploring Germany while saving up to do more travelling this summer as a group. 

It was talked about for a while and we finally sat down and agreed to do it around January/February time. Then the planning started!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Bullet Journal: Header Tutorials And Inspiration

Bullet Journal Headers: Tutorials and Inspiration |
If you've started a bullet journal, chances are you've been on Pinterest and seen dozens of pictures of beautiful looking bujo's. Part of the way you can make your bullet journal look super pretty is by changing up the date headers on your pages. I usually try a different style every week which keeps my bullet journal looking different and interesting.

That's the thing I love the most about bullet journals: the ability to customise it however you want and make it as pretty or as minimalistic depending on how you're feeling. Lately I've been super busy and my bullet journal has been a bit neglected on the creative side, but I always try to do an interesting header for the date of my daily log.

I came up with some tutorials to help you draw banners and ribbons for your headers, as it's super easy once you know how to do it!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Ultimate Blog Organisation Spreadsheet

The Ultimate Blogging Spreadsheet
As a follow up to this post on tips for keeping your blog organised, and as a few of you asked whether I could share my spreadsheet, I decided to make a template for you to download and customise. So, thank you you lovely people who asked, you inspired today's post!

I made my spreadsheet into a template, and then added even more tabs and tided it up too.
The spreadsheet contains:
  • Blog information + goals
  • Post schedule
  • Daily to do list (inspired by bullet journalling)
  • Blog stats tracker + goals
  • Post ideas log
  • Finances tracker
  • Guest post tracker
  • Usernames
  • References
  • Contacts

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Career: How To Impress Employers With Your Social Media

Career: How to impress employers with your social media |
We all know that if we're looking for a job, we should make our Facebook profile private to hide those embarrassing drunk photos from your night out last week.

Job hunting is no easy thing and if your social media is letting you down then you're shooting yourself in the foot.

I've always been aware of the fact it's important to portray your best self on social media, but it really hit home the other day when I spent some time in the recruitment centre at my internship. I witnessed the recruitment process from start to finish. Obviously it will vary from company to company, even person to person, but according to this article, 93 percent of hiring managers will review an applicant’s social media profile before taking the next step. At my work, the next thing they do after reading their application is search your name to find your social media.

You don't need me to tell you that it's so important to sort out your social media, but you might not know how. So with advice I've picked up online as well as first hand experience, I'm going to help you out, so you can stand the best chance when it comes to landing that job!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Schloss Neuschwanstein and TSV 1860 München

Schloss Neuschwanstein Trip

I finally ticked going to Schloss Neuschwanstein off my bucket list.

It's only been on my list, since, well, I saw a picture of it on Pinterest many years ago... haha.

I knew I wanted to go but it's actually not the easiest place to get to, as it's kind of in the middle of nowhere, and it doesn't even make it any easier being in Germany as opposed to visiting from England.

But I finally got to go!! And it was just as beautiful as anticipated...