Thursday, 31 March 2016

Essay editing checklist (+ free printable!)

Essay editing checklist |
Anyone else all for essays over exams? I haven't actually written a very long essay for about a year (year abroad perks), only a few short ones for Mannheim and 1 for Warwick, so I'm feeling pretty pleased about that.

I was helping my boyfriend's twin bro with his dissertation the other day, and it reminded me of how long a process editing essays are. I usually don't mind writing them, but when it comes to editing, that's when I want to face-desk.

I usually have a to-list (as always) with my essays so I make sure there's nothing I forget to check for when I'm editing a draft, and today I thought I'd share that list with you, especially for all those who've reached wits end with their dissertations!! Don't think I don't see you all complaining on Twitter ;)

Monday, 28 March 2016

Easy Calligraphy Hack

Easy calligraphy hack |
Easy Calligraphy Hack |
I love writing in calligraphy. I mean, just have a look at my bullet journal haha. My uncle bought me a calligraphy set for Christmas, and I've been practising but I'm really not very good at it. I still use and prefer this calligraphy hack as it is SO much easier!!
You don't need any fancy nibs or ink for this trick. Just a black ink pen.

Friday, 25 March 2016

My blogging process

Blogging process
I always love reading about other people's blogging process, as it usually inspires me and also because I'm just curious, so today I thought I'd share mine! And it seemed like a fairly relevant topic for my 100th POST (wooo!)

I've been blogging on and off for quite a while now, but consistently for about a year, and compared to when I started, my blog process has changed so much! I took a break from my blog only a few months after I started it but it was a good decision. I wanted to blog, but I wasn't enjoying it. I was blogging about things that didn't overly interest me, just to try fit in a bit more and despite my follower count going up, I wasn't coming up with content I liked. So I took a step back to 'rebrand' and think about what I really wanted to do with my blog, and now I am SO much happier with it.

Since blogging regularly, I've fallen into a process that WORKS for my blog. Now I have a bit of a routine going, I feel much more motivated and organised, and it's obviously helping because my page views have done this:

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

How to survive an overnight bus journey (or two!)

How to survive an overnight coach journey |
I don't think it needs to be said, but an overnight bus journey is never going to be a highlight of anyone's trip. But sometimes they are necessary, whether because of time restraints or because of costs. In February, Tom and I did two overnight bus journeys in a row – we didn't have much choice because flights were too expensive and trains were at inconvienient times and took too long, so we ended up travelling through the night. You can read about that crazy trip HERE by the way. Overnight bus journeys are not that much fun, but there are definitely ways you can make them more bearable. Here are some of the ways I make a long bus ride a little less hideous:

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Starting a bullet journal

Starting a bullet journal |
Starting a bullet journal |
Since I have been working full time and working on more projects outside of work, as well as all the work my university has just sprung on me, I've found myself needing to be even more organised than usual. I like to think I'm pretty organised, and I am. I have so many to-do lists and everything is planned out. My problem is that everything is planned out in different places. I use OneNote, the Reminders and Notes app on my phone, my planner, sticky notes and a separate work planner. You can see my problem. I used to keep everything in a filofax but I left it in England when I moved to Germany, for some completely unbeknown reason *mentally kicks myself*, so I thought I'd finally give bullet journalling a try.

And THEN I thought, well I should probably share my experience of it with you, like a good blogger. So here we are.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

10 Most Useful Phrases I've learnt on my Year Abroad

Frankfurt Römerplatz
I've learnt a lot of German on my year abroad. It's crazy how you think you have a decent grasp of a language and then you get thrown in with a bunch of natives and they're basically speaking a different language, with their dialect and colloquialisms. You do adjust pretty quickly though. Learning a language in a classroom is a whole different ballpark to learning it through speaking with natives. Anyway here's some of my favourite/most useful/most said phrases that I've picked up since I moved to Germany (6 months ago!! - time flies!).

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Packing for a weekend trip

What to pack for a weekend away
I've become a bit of an expert at packing for weekend trips. I wish I hadn't, I'd much prefer to be an expert in packing for week-long trips but anyway! I find packing for 2-3 days much easier though, and I've definitely learned to narrow down what I take. It's so much nicer travelling light. As a general rule: lay out what you want to take and only pack half of it!

If you need some inspiration or a rough guide of what to pack for a weekend away, here's my summer AND winter packing guides, and a few tips for packing exactly what you need:

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Year Abroad Guide: Finding Accommodation In Germany

Finding accommodation in Germany - Your options and where to look |
Finding accommodation in Germany
After I got confirmation of my university place, I knew my next step would be finding accommodation. I didn't know where to start! Googling 'wohnung in Mannheim' was my first step, before realising this was actually not going to be an easy task.

I waited until after our next Uni year abroad talk a couple of weeks later before doing anything, but this wasn't very helpful. The info they gave us was so outdated! So I turned to other year abroad students and the internet to find out what my options were. I ended up deciding on living in a Wohngeminschaft while I was in Mannheim and now I live in a Wohnung with my boyfriend in Frankfurt.

I'm gonna share with you everything I was told from other year abroaders and my personal experience so you can hopefully chose the best possible option of accommodation for you and give you a few tips of how to find it!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

How to be more creative

How to be more creative - 7 useful tips |
How to be more creative -
I've always been a creative person. When I was a kid I had notebooks completely filled with stories and poems and crazy ideas and even more notebooks filled with drawings (mostly of ponies). I used to live so many different lives in my imagination and I could amuse myself so easily.

I still write, still draw, still daydream. My brain is just constantly on the go with ideas and inspiration. But there was a short period of my life during high school when I think I lost my creativity, and I stopped drawing and writing. I even dropped Art, which today me wouldn't hae een considered. I think the whole high school thing got in the way, with drama with friends and boys and trying to be cool and what not and I strayed a bit from myself as a person. Now I feel like I'm finding myself again and finding my passions, but I know all too well what it's like to not have that much creativity. Here are some ways you can help to get those creative juices flowing:

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday - 5 Things

Hannah Lane
I was actually going to publish a different post I have ready, but wanted to write this instead so here we are. I've had a pretty hectic week with work being really busy and uni work due in, but a couple of exciting things have happened. So I'd thought I'd let you know all what I've been up to this week, and I also have a rather exciting announcement/update to share!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

16 Wardrobe Essentials

Wardrobe essentials
When you move to Germany for just under a year and can bring only 2 suitcases, it makes you think about your wardrobe must-haves. I have a ridiculous amount of clothes at home - for some irrational reason, I seem really attached to my clothes and I'm terrible at parting with them. I also haven't really grown since I was 13 and can still fit into age 12 jeans so that really doesn't help. Anyway, it's been quite refreshing having much fewer clothes in Germany and I think it's made me narrow my style down a bit and be more careful about what I buy. I now understand the benefits of a capsule wardrobe!

Anyway, here are my absolute must-haves for my wardrobe: