Back From My Unplanned Blogging Break…

Hello fellow WordPressers! You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t blogged for about two months. It wasn’t a planned break, but life got very hectic – I moved house, I started a new job, and I found a new housemate.

I also started doing more work for one of the companies that I write for – the picture for this post is some filming we were doing for our YouTube channel. Very exciting – but it has been a very busy few months!

Thankfully my schedule is finally returning to normal… so I can finally return to a normal blogging schedule.

I’m really, really happy to be back to blogging life. I’m currently sat in my front room writing this blog post with a cup of tea, and the room is filled with the glorious spring sunlight. I’m going to write a blog post to publish later this week, and then I think I am going to take Holly (my 15 year old poodle) for a walk around the park. I’m looking forward to feeling the spring sun warming my face – and I’m sure Holly will enjoy stretching her legs while trying to eat the beautiful spring buttercups.

Anyway, that is all for now. The last thing I would like to do is thank you all for sticking with my blog even though I wasn’t posting consistently. I feel very lucky to be part of such a friendly and supportive blogging community! Look out for a blog post later this week – and then a new blog post every week after that!

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25 Ways To Save Money On A Day-To-Day Basis

  1. Carry a bottle of water with you when you go out, so you are less likely to buy an expensive drink.
  2. Try to avoid bulk buying food that is perishable, even if it is on sale. The most expensive food you buy is the food you throw out.
  3. Go vegetarian for a few days a week to save money on meal costs.
  4. Eat leftovers for lunch instead of buying more food.
  5. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
  6. Carry less money in your purse while you’re out and about – and try to leave your credit card at home if you aren’t planning on shopping.
  7. Throw a swap party with your friends. You can swap clothes, household items, vouchers – anything you can think of!
  8. Need something new? Consider buying a second hand version to save money.
  9. Don’t watch much TV? Consider getting rid of your TV license and replacing it with Netflix or Hulu.
  10. Only do full loads of laundry.
  11. Check your cell phone plan to see if you could move to a cheaper plan with less offers.
  12. Bike to your destination, instead of driving or getting the bus.
  13. Wash your car at home, instead of paying someone else to do it.
  14. Need to get a taxi? Make sure it’s an Uber as they are often more cost effective.
  15. Replace expensive cosmetic products with a drugstore brand.
  16. Work out at home or the park, instead of the gym to save money on membership fees. There are lots of Youtube tutorials to make sure you are still doing quality exercises.
  17. Stop collecting items, and start selling.
  18. Spend the night at home with your friends, instead of going out. You can still eat great food and drink delicious drinks!
  19. Repair old clothing instead of throwing it away and replacing it.
  20. Make four times as much stew or casserole when you are cooking. Freeze the extra so that you can have leftovers for lunch at work. This also means you have delicious meals ready at home, so you’re less likely to order take out.
  21. Stop using credit cards entirely.
  22. Do a price comparison for your local grocery stores to make sure you get the best deal.
  23. Cancel all of your membership cards that you don’t use.
  24. Wash your hands regularly. Being ill is expensive!
  25. De-clutter your home and sell the items that you don’t need.

Life Update

I realised that I’ve not really posted anything about myself for a few months, but today it is time for an update!

I created this blog to be useful – I wanted to help other people in lots of little ways. However, I’ve started to get more followers, and I thought I should let you know a little bit about myself, too.

 

I’m a freelance writer/editor/transcriptionist, and I’ve been freelance since I finished studying Journalism at University. I write for Lifehack, Thought Catalog, The Talko, Simple and Bloomwell – lots of different publications doing different things!

Some articles are motivational, such as ”30 things you can do today to make yourself feel better.” (All of the articles I mention here are linked at the bottom, if you want to read them!)

I really enjoy writing list articles, or anything to do with productivity or motivation. It feels like I am being (semi)useful in the world. I (very occasionally) get an email from a reader thanking me for helping them to achieve something, and that makes me feel amazing.

Others are more educational. I write scientific articles for Bloomwell, a family legal company. For instance, I recently wrote “Your daughter’s brain and soccer: here’s what you need to know.”

Simple is a mobile banking service, so I write articles about saving money. I also write budget articles, such as “everything you’ll need to run a triathlon.”

I also run the newsletter, blog and social media pages for online dating website Date British Guys. I recently wrote a piece for the Queen’s birthday – “10 things you didn’t know about the Queen.”

I love writing for Date British Guys, as I manage some interns – so I actually have co-workers! Hurray for social contact with other people. 😉

 

I also do a couple of hours of transcription each week, and I write for a few other publications (but not as often).

Are you a freelancer? Would you enjoy freelancing? Let me know with a comment!

 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/amy-johnson/2016/06/30-simple-things-you-can-do-today-that-will-make-your-life-better-tomorrow/

https://www.bloomwell.com/blog/your-daughter%E2%80%99s-brain-and-soccer-here%E2%80%99s-what-you-need-know

https://www.simple.com/blog/first-triathlon-gear

http://www.datebritishguys.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-queen/

5 QUICK TIPS TO HELP YOU BE AWESOME AT YOUR JOB

5 QUICK TIPS TO HELP YOU BE AWESOME AT YOUR JOB

Do you want to be great at your job? Some people don’t mind, but for others career advancement is extremely important. They want to earn more money and have more responsibilities, but they are unsure how to actually show this – beyond good, old fashioned hard work.

However, there are many other simple things you can do to be the best at your job – check them out here.

Form relationships – You don’t have to force yourself to be friends with your lazy co-worker, but forming relationships with other hard-working and positive employees will benefit you in many ways. You will feel more job satisfaction, you will be better integrated with your co-workers, you may notice you are more motivated, and your boss will see that you are a keen team player.

Take initiative – this may sound obvious, but many workers actually worry about seeming pushy or making a bad idea, so they avoid taking any initiative. You know the company well and your ideas are relevant, so if you think of something that you think would make the company more effective or more efficient, propose the idea to your boss. You never know what will happen – you could completely change the company for the better.

Be part of the solution – you can be part of the problem, part of the solution or indifferent. Don’t be the worker that doesn’t pull their weight; aim to be a problem-solver rather than a complainer.

Avoid gossip – this should go without saying, but boredom often takes over and many people do gossip at work. Ask yourself this; would I gossip about my friends outside of work? If someone at work finds out about me gossiping, will it put me in a negative light? Will it hinder my chances of moving up?

Volunteer for new opportunities – from taking on extra work to getting involved in a new project, this will add variation to your role and show that you are a key team player.

What do you think of this list? Do you want to get promoted in your job, or is your job just a way for you to pay the bills? I’d love to hear your thoughts on work!

One Lovely Blog Award

Hey everyone! How is your week going? Today I am doing something a little different – I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog award by Steph over at ScaleSimple. She has an awesome blog – I just spent a good 20 minutes reading some of her older posts! I really appreciate the nomination and the chance to get to know the blogging community a little more. There are so many blogs that I love to read, so this is an awesome opportunity for me to find out more about some of my favorite bloggers.

Okay, so here are the rules;

Thank the nominator and link them.
List the rules and display the award.
Add 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know via a comment.

So here are 7 facts about myself!

1. I am currently attempting to make soup. I’ve only recently started to enjoy cooking so I’m trying to teach myself a few good recipes. I love soup and the weather is getting much colder, so today I’m trying to make potato and leek soup. Tomorrow I’m going to try making bacon and vegetable soup. If I stop posting, I may have occidentally poisoned myself.We will see.

2. I am sat writing this with my dog, Holly, on my lap. She is nearly 15 years old and completely crazy.

3. I am completely blind in one eye. I have been for my whole life, so it doesn’t really affect my life in any way. I am pretty bad at throwing and catching though, which I’ve always blamed on being blind in one eye – although I could just be clumsy…

4. I am a writer and a transcriptionist. I know most of you already know this, but I thought I’d tell you a little more about my work. I started writing and transcribing on a full time basis about a year and a half ago, and I love working from home. Motivating myself can be hard, but I know I am lucky to have a job I enjoy.

5. My favorite TV shows on air right now are Z Nation, Last Man On Earth, South Park and The Mindy Project. Holla at me if you watch any of these shows – I always love to discuss the latest episode!

6. I like most food but I can’t eat marshmallows. The texture makes me want to vomit and I have no idea why.

7. After I finish this list, I’m going to go swimming. I’ve only just started to exercise – this will be my third swim of the month. I see children in the pool who can swim faster and further than me so I am using them as my motivation. Is that weird? Probably.

Here are my nominations;

The Okatu Judge

Renxkyoko

The Power Of Quantum Thinking

Mathemagical Site

Transitions In My Life

From Food Stamps To A Future

A Frank Angle

Lucid Mage Tower

I’ve just noticed I have nominated 8 people instead of 7, but I’m not going to change it because I would love to hear from all of the bloggers! Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to do the award yourself – I mainly nominated you because I love checking out your posts. 🙂

17 Great Quotes To Motivate You

17 Great Quotes To Motivate You

Do you struggle to motivate yourself to work? Check out these quotes from successful people on life, achievements, success and hard work. The first one motivated me yesterday and I ended up having a super productive day!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

“Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” Jimmy Spithill

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Joshua Marine

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Aristotle

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Tony Robbins

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” Teddy Roosevelt

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” Chinese proverb

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” Farrah Gray

What do you think of these quotes? Did any of them help to motivate you or make you think? Comment your favorite inspirational quotes below – I’d love to hear them!

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS

What is the perfect gift for a writer? You probably already have all of the essentials; a notebook, unlimited pens and a laptop. However, there are many quirky gifts out there that make writing easier, more practical and lets face it – more fun.

Check out 5 awesome gifts for writers below.

1. Smart Sweatpants

smart sweatpants

Writers like to be comfortable while they write – that’s why so many of them work in their PJs. However, these awesome smart sweatpants mean you can be super comfy while still looking like a real, adult grown-up – perfect!

2. Writer’s Mug

Writers Mug

This mug is a quite tongue-in-cheek, but I think most of the writers I know would use it with pride. After all, it is pretty accurate, right?

3. AquaNotes

aquanotes

How awesome is this gift? AquaNotes gives you the opportunity to write down any random thoughts or ideas you have while you’re in the shower. I actually come up with a lot of my article ideas while I’m washing my hair, so I may have to treat myself to this one!

4. Writer’s Remedy

Writers Remedy

If you know a writer who has writer’s block, this thoughtful and funny little gift would be perfect for them. Filled with magnetic letters, this could help them get their creative juices flowing – and if not, it is sure to put a smile on their face!

5. Space Pen

Space Pen

This pen is pretty awesome; it can write at any angle, and works in zero gravity. While most writers are firmly seated on Earth, this pen means you can write in bed upside down. Super handy!

What did you guys think of these gifts? Would any be particularly useful to you? I am definitely going to invest in some AquaNotes!

I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂