When you first start out in the blogging world, or even still after blogging for a while, it can be a bit overwhelming. There's so much jargon floating around and a lot to learn. Before I started, I wouldn't have had a clue what DA or a media kit was, but these are the things we learn! To make things a little bit easier, I've made a a little index of terms that you may have heard and not understood or you may not have heard yet at all! If there's any terms I've missed, please let me know in the comments, and I will come back and update the page if I come across more:
Sunday, 26 June 2016
I feel alienated.
The last couple of days have been awful. On Thursday night I couldn't sleep, I had BBC1 on and I watched the results come in. The anxiety was overwhelming as the future of my country was being decided.
I fell asleep for half an hour with the TV and woke to Tom shaking me saying "We've left". There was no clawing back now and that Leave had the majority of votes. And I started shaking.
Friday, 24 June 2016
I finish my internship next week. These 6 months have gone ridiculously fast - 2 more days and I will have basically finished my year abroad.
I’ve interned before but I was SO nervous with starting this job. I think the fact I’d be working and communicating in my second language all day was part of the reason, but also 6 months felt like a long time and I wanted to start off on the best foot possible.
Then I got really ill, but thought it’d look bad to call in sick straight away, so I struggled through. I was focusing on getting through the day without sneezing or coughing over anyone or passing out at my desk, rather than building up relationships, being social with my work mates and making the best impression.
But I learnt quite a few things about the start of an internship, so here are my tips for if you’re starting one soon:
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Packing for a year abroad. The hardest part of it.
No I'm kidding, it doesn't have to be that hard. My boyfriend packed the afternoon before he left. I on the other hand was thinking about what I would and wouldn't bring months in advance. I own a lot of clothes as I've not grown out of anything since I was around 11 years old and I find it super hard to get rid of them. The thought of only being able to take 1 suitcase for an entire year was nearly enough to bring me out in a cold sweat.
I ended up packing 2 suitcases, 1 of which I took with me when I flew out, the other I left with my mum to bring out when she visited 3 or 4 weeks after I arrived. The second suitcase mostly had winter clothes in and seeings as I arrived in August, I definitely didn't need it straight away. I bought a few bits when I arrived to save on packing space too.
Here's my list of all the things I would recommend bringing, the things you won't need and the things you definitely don't want to forget.
Monday, 20 June 2016
I've been using my bullet journal for a while now, and though I usually post my weekly log layout in my weekly posts, I haven't written an update in how I use it since a month after I started using it.
I love the flexibility and adaptability that bullet journalling offers. I'm able to change up my daily log and weekly spread layouts every week, add whatever pages I fancy and I can be creative with it.
In this post I'm just going to show how I use my bullet journal for my daily life, but I use the second half of my bujo for blogging. I've had a few people ask about the setup for this part of it so there will definitely be a post on it soon! I'm more reluctant to share as it's the messier half of my bullet journal, but I will grin and bear it and do the post soon, I promise!
Here's a little walkthrough of my current bullet journal setup:
Saturday, 18 June 2016
In case you didn't know, you probably didn't, it's my birthday soon! In the run up to my birthday, my family are always asking me what I would like and I never know how to answer. I never really want much and when I do it's usually something expensive like a horse or a car that I can't realistically ask for. So I end up spending a lot of time (more than usual) online shopping and making endless lists.
I'm also excited because I'm going back to England which means I can start ordering stuff online again! Not that I couldn't in Germany, but shipping abroad is NOT cheap. I will probably do a little haul when I get back to England as I probably need some new summery clothes. I'm still wearing my winter wardrobe in Germany as I didn't pack any summer clothes at Christmas and it's consistently above 20 degrees now :) :) :) :).
Here's a little roundup of some of my favourite and cheaper things that are on my list:
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Last week I changed up the colours in my nav bar and a couple of other accents. It's only a subtle change, but I went from a grey to a light blue colour and I feel so much happier to have a little more colour in my blog design. I may have a complete blog redesign soon as I'm getting itchy feet with it, but I was surprised at how just a few seconds changing something up made such a difference to how I feel about my blog!
There's so many little things you can do to refresh your blog design and fall back in loe with it. Here's just a few ideas:
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
I've made a lot of mistakes in my life. We all have. It's how we learn and grow as a person. Sometimes risks pay off and sometimes they don't.
I'm a strong believer of never regretting anything in life, but naturally there are things you will regret, like drinking one too many cocktails at a work do or being a bit too ambitious on the monkey bars when you're younger and breaking your arm shortly before a family holiday. Neither of which happened to me, nope, not me.
But yes, regret is a natural feeling and we are bound to regret one thing or another, big or small. But we shouldn't regret these things with a bad feeling, but with a haha-why-did-i-do-that feeling. We should look back on our mistakes with a more positive way of thinking. Yes, the things that happened might have been bad, but whether it was our decision or not, that was the path life took for us. We have to accept that and learn from it and look towards the future.
Wow this is all very deep for me, can you tell what time of the day I'm writing this? Yep it's late, and it's pouring outside and the rain is hitting the skylight in a very therapeutic way. It's encouraging all this deep thinking.
Sunday, 12 June 2016
In 3 weeks tomorrow I will have flown back to England after 6 months of not being home and finished my year abroad. That's crazy.
The past 2 weeks (sorry I didn't write a post last week, to be honest I just didn't have all that much to say!) have flown by. Last week Tom's parents visited us, so I took a couple of days off work to spend some time with them and we packed up our flat for them to take a lot of it back to England in their car. We're living in a very empty flat right now *sad face*. It also sucks because I'm extremely lacking in blog photo props and am having to resist the strong urge to buy anything.
We visited Heidelberg (again - I love it there) and I finally went to Hans Im Glück after my friends claim it's the best burger they've ever eaten. It was definitely an amazing burger, though I think Five Guys still holds the top spot on my best-burger-ever list.
Saturday, 11 June 2016
I've just woken up from an almost 12 hour long sleep and I feel horrible. I've got a thick headache and I feel so groggy and stiff. I probably needed it though.
So this post was supposed to be up this morning but alas, I fell asleep before changing into my PJs or putting my phone on charge so I had no alarm. Then I went to get the photos off my memory card and my laptop rudely interrupted me by saying I had no memory left, despite deleting over 1000 raw photo files last week. Guess I better delete the other 70,000 too. Better late than never though, right?!
I love pinning bullet journal weekly spread photos on Pinterest to get inspiration. So I thought I'd gather a few of my favourite daily log layouts to share with you, in case you're in need of some inspiration or just like looking at bullet journal pictures as much as I do. I don't know, I guess there's just something about seeing all the organised pictures that makes me feel a bit more relaxed. Is that normal?
Thursday, 9 June 2016
You know when you're just really excited for a holiday and you spend every spare moment gazing at clothes websites and trying to justify buying more things you will only wear for that fortnight and then will shove them to the back of the wardrobe until you clear it out for a car boot sale in a few years time? Definitely never done that. Not me. Nope.
Anyway, now I have a blog I can at least call my holiday shopping wishlist-making productive because I can make a blog post out of it. I'm not going on a usual beachy holiday this year, I'm going interrailing and I will have to carry everything I take with me in a rucksack. I'm small. I can't carry much so I know I'll have to pack light. Therefore the things I am taking I want to absolutely love and want to wear multiple times.
So here's my current interrailing wishlist, which includes pieces that will help me pack light or might need and some clothes that I can mix up yet still look slightly put together!
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
I love getting to know the person sitting the other side of the screen writing a blog so I love reading these sort of posts where you can learn more about a blogger and their personality. In a post about What every blog should have, I said that blogs should include an about me page, so I can learn a bit about you. I find knowing a bit more about the person behind a blog makes it more relatable and believable.
I've previously done an A-Z post with little facts about me and I've recently started blogging a little catch up every week, but this is for those people who might like to know even more about me. So here's a roundup of 10 things I thought you might not know about me, even if you know me in real life!
Saturday, 4 June 2016
I mentioned in my last weekly catch up post that I went on a trip to Freiburg for the weekend but I thought I'd write up a little post as I had the most amazing time and also managed to fill 7GB worth of memory cards with photos and videos so I should share them with you! I can't even upload them onto my laptop because I've ran out of memory so they're just gathering dust on my external hard drive...
I had such a nice weekend. Whenever Tom and I go away with Rob and Naomi it's literally always torrential rain or thunderstorms predicted, and usually the forecast holds true. When we saw the weather forecasts for Freiburg we just rolled our eyes and packed our waterproofs, so we were a bit surprised when we ended up getting burnt in 30 degrees blue skies weather!!
The last time I went to Freiburg it rained. It was so nice to see the city in the sun!
Friday, 3 June 2016
If you're a reader of my blog, you will know I'm a huge bullet journal fan. I am so in love with it and it has kept me super, super organised. I feel like all's right in the world when my bullet journal is on my desk and up to date.
However, you may not know that I actually tried bullet journalling about a year ago and gave up. I didn't think it was for me. Looking back I didn't fully understand the concept and there wasn't quite as many envy-inducing, beautiful bullet journal pictures and guides floating around then.
I've tried so many ways of organising my life and though I think bullet journalling is my favourite, it may not work for others. If you're not a bullet journal fan then some of these suggestions might be better alternatives.
Bullet journals have took the blogging and Pinterest world by storm, but they may not be suited to you and that's perfectly OK. If you think that a bullet journal just isn't your organisational partner in crime, here are some other things you can try:
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Fun fact: I actually wrote this on my morning commute.