31/08/2014

September Goals

Long time no speak, English Everygirl readers! I took an all-important blogging break to rejuvenate, chill out and refresh and now I am back. As someone who is obsessed with being organised, this September to-do list I shall be printing out and sticking it on my wall!


1. Get organised

Once I confirm my university lectures and timetables I'll be able to do this more accurately! This means filling in my diary properly, checking emails regularly and keeping my room neat and tidy so I can find things when I need them!

2. Blog more

Nuff said! I'm going to be dedicating any spare time I have to writing bulk posts. Then if I don't have the time, I can just post one I've already written. I know many of you do this too so I'm joining the club!

3. Attend dance classes

I've been in touch with a local dance school and shall be going back to classes in ballet, tap and modern mid-September. I've not attended a formal class since I was about 15 so I'm pretty nervous! I also know how out of shape I am which leads me to point 4...

4. Exercise regularly

Even though I'll be going twice a week to dance classes, I still intend to exercise most other days too. I may well be joining a gym but I'm not too sure yet.

5. Eat less junk food

By eat less, I mean eat less. Not cut it out completely because I'd never be able to do that! I mean instead of eating a share bag of sweets, just eating a handful and sticking to just one or two small treats a day.

What are your goals for September? Leave me a comment below!
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19/08/2014

Taylor Swift's New Video

I'm one of the biggest Taylor Swift fans. I love everything about her including her new song! I originally fell in love with her when she was signing country music but I love that she's trying out other genres. This brand new song, 'Shake It Off', is definitely that! I love how she pokes fun at herself too. Plus she's included one of my other favourite things in this video: dance! So watch and enjoy :)


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14/08/2014

My University Experience

So if you're reading this and you're getting your A-level results today and thinking about university, good luck and congratulations! University will be a time in your life where you really do discover who you are and what you want in life. Before I go all philosophical on you guys, let me share a bit about my university experience.

This time, two years ago, I was at my college getting my A-level results at 8am praying I'd got into my first choice uni, Salford. When I got my results, I started to panic. I needed 3 B's for Salford, I'd only got 3 C's. A teacher pulled me aside and helped me to calm down and told me to log onto the UCAS website. I have never felt so relieved to see that Salford had accepted me! I could've hugged that teacher! I was also waiting for a friend to get their results for the same university as me but they'd done a lot worse and didn't get onto the course that they wanted to. Instead, Salford had offered them another course option and he knew he just had to accept it.

So for the last weeks of August, I finished my job and bought everything I needed to move into student accommodation. Move-in day consisted of my mum, dad and I transporting a million boxes from Hull to Salford in a lovely road trip. My parents were staying in Salford overnight at a local B&B so we could go gather any other bits and bobs I needed for my room/kitchen.

My first night at uni was far from good. I was knackered from travelling all day so wanted an early night. I'd found that a couple of girls who I'd been chatting to on Facebook actually lived in the flat opposite mine but we were all too tired that night to do anything. However, my flatmate decided to have a huge party and made noise all night long. My bedroom was opposite the kitchen and next to the front door so not ideal at all. She also left the kitchen in a right state and I refused to clean up after someone else's mess.

The second night wasn't much better. My friend from home finally arrived and we spent the night hanging out in my kitchen with another flatmate and a few of his friends. Then he invited more and they invited their friends and soon enough there were about 40 people stuffed into my kitchen. I get really bad anxiety and don't really like hanging out with people I don't know very well so I ended up going back to my room and crying myself to sleep. I hated feeling like this and knew there was only one option- I had to go home.

The following morning, a tearful Sian rang her dad who took the day off work to come and pick me up. Many people had a huge go at me for not sticking it out but at the end of the day, I left before I'd even registered on my course so someone could easily have my place on it. I really wanted to my Journalism course but knew that if I didn't leave then, I'd leave at some point anyway.

So the day after I got home, I was just thinking about my options and realised it was either finding a full-time job or going to my local uni. It wasn't ideal but I rang up Hull Uni and they offered me a place on their Business course straight away.

Now I'm getting ready to go into my final year in September but think I may have made the wrong decision. After starting the Business course, I discovered some college courses that offer journalism. However seeing as I've nearly finished my degree, I might as well finish and then start a journalism programme.

My point is that if you don't get into your first choice uni, it's okay. If you do and you hate it, it's okay. Over the past few years, I've realised that it's okay to quit if it's going to make you happier. If I didn't quit uni the first time around, I'd either be stuck in Salford still, probably unhappy or I'd be at home probably still wondering what to do with my life. Now I'm very fortunate to be at uni, have a part-time job, I have an amazing boyfriend, family and friends and finally I have a plan for my life.

For those of you who think you have to go to uni, you really don't. For most careers, there are other options that don't have to involve going to university. And if you want to wait to go to uni, then wait. There's nothing wrong with taking a year out to discover what you really want to achieve in life or a few years. Careers don't always have to start in your twenties; look at how many people change careers later in life. So what I'm saying is make sure you do what you want or you won't feel satisfied or happy.
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06/08/2014

Book Review: The Everygirl's Guide To Life

See, I even bookmark my favourite pages!
This is my Bible. And the author, Maria Menounos is one of my idols. It covers everything a girl/woman would need from organising your living space to beauty and fashion, love to health and fitness. Nobody has sent me this book, I bought it using my own money so no-one's making me say this! It's easily the best reference book I've ever read. I refer to it frequently, whether I need suggestions as to how to sort out my wardrobe to which friends I need in my life.

The best thing about this book is that Maria never tries to tell you to do something; she shares her own experiences and hopes to guide you into making the right choices but never forces you to buy something or do something. For example, she encourages you to eat healthily and exercise regularly but doesn't give you a strict regimen to follow. Instead she suggests to ABM- Always Be Moving. That way at least you're getting some movement into your day. It's so easy to read and to select your favourite sections.

My favorite sections are right at the beginning. There's a whole section on organising your living space and maximising the space that you have. Now I'm a neat freak so I could not be more happy that someone has gone into great detail about how to go about this! She also has a whole chapter on decor and interior design which I found hugely interesting but it's no use to me right now. I'll be sure to keep it to hand when I have my own place!

One of the ingenious ideas she has is using your car as a mobile office. As I am saving up for one at the moment and hopefully will have one any day now, I'll be using this guide. She provides a list of things that are useful to keep in your car such as toiletries, medical kit, gym clothes and a good old-fashioned map!

For someone who obviously more money than the majority of, she is obsessed with saving. She focuses on buying staple clothing items that you will wear forever, basic skincare and make-up items that most of us use on a daily basis and making a routine for your days off when you have all those errands to do. The last point is something she is big on. She constantly makes to-do lists so she doesn't forget anything. I'm all for it; I'm forever forgetting things I need to do so I make a list every night of things I need to do the next day or in the upcoming week. That way I can tick them off when I'm done and feel a sense of accomplishment when every task is ticked!

There are chapters on fashion and beauty but like I said, she hones in on the items that we all need, not what we want. I am the first person to admit that I have too much stuff but with the help of this stuff, I am starting to buy only the essentials not everything in the whole shop!

She also has sections within the fashion chapter of what to wear for certain events and occasions. I'm often going places and having no idea what to dress like. She points out the key places we have events such as dates or interviews and suggests the most appropriate outfits. Again, it's merely a suggestion, she never tells you what you have to wear.

There are chapters on health, diet and fitness but if you're after more diet and fitness tips, I'd suggest buying her Guide to Diet and Fitness which I also own! That goes into more detail and I will review it at a later date!

Here's a few snippets of my favourite sections :)

Look at this woman's closet! I guess a girl can dream!

This is the most helpful guide for closet maximising.

All a girl will ever need whilst on-the-go.

We're all beautiful.

Not dressing appropriately for the situation is one of my biggest pet peeves.

Find friends who bring out the best in you.

Make the most of work.

Are there any books that you live by? Do you love these sort of guides?
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