Wednesday, 15 June 2016

It's a Wrap!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Race For Life Training // Day 1

After yesterday's post, today I really wanted to push myself. So, I got up, had breakfast, finished an episode of Sex and The City and got changed into running clothes. Yes everyone, I did it, I went outside in the real world, and ran. I'm not going to lie and say it was amazing and I've never felt better... It was awful, I was out of breath so easily, I was warm, sweaty, red-faced and it was so windy. Today I realised the huge difference between a run indoors and outdoors. Wow. How do you runners do this?

I don't know why but I thought it would be a breeze (it was literally blowing a gale). I could not run the whole way and switched from a fast walk to a jog/run... I don't even know if that's good. I used the Nike Running app to track it and my aim was to run for 20 minutes, here are my stats:

Monday, 13 June 2016

Exercise and 'The Feeling Good Effect'

As my phone chimed an email notification, I shuddered as I read the words, '6 weeks to go.' How did the Race For Life come around so quickly? For weeks months, I have been putting off exercise and comfort eating, blaming it on the stress of my degree... I no longer have this excuse and am free for the Summer. Why. I have been saying to myself that I'm going to join the gym for so long, why do I keep putting it off? Money, to be frank. I don't want to pay so much for something that I could do at home. So why don't I get off my arse and jump on the exercise bike? There's just no motivation. At. All.

Binge-watching Sex On The City (even right now, as I write this post) is a habit that I must start whilst being on the exercise bike, or doing a pilates video on YouTube. One of the main reasons I signed up for Race For Life was to raise money for the charity, to give myself a target and lastly, to introduce exercise into my everyday life. Exercise is so good for you, not only will it make you look fantastic, it will make you feel like a Victoria Secret model.


Friday, 3 June 2016

Getting into a Blogging Routine

It has been such a long time since I picked up my laptop and opened Blogger to write a post. I would say the usual sorry I've been busy, but I have been non-stop reading and notetaking. I am free for the summer (finally) and I feel a bit lost. How do I get back into this blogging business? That is a question I have been asking myself since the last few weeks of my second year of uni. I think I have cracked it - say hello to a brand new blogging routine. This routine may or may not be organised, but I need to start putting a lot more effort into this part of my life. I love creating content and discussing things which not only interest me, but other people get excited by too. As I have the summer off and my final year of university doesn't start until October 1st, I thought I'd rediscover my love for creating content and the social media side of things.

Blog direction is a factor I need to think about seriously. Before I focused mainly on beauty posts, don't get me wrong, I still love beauty products (and spending the majority of my money on 3 for 2 offers in Boots) but I'm trying to drive this blog down a more lifestyle/education road. I've figured that when I write about these topics, I feel much more motivated and creative. So over the summer, I plan to share with you note taking tips, book suggestions, career ideas, etc. I'm also embarking on my first ever Race For Life in July (5K) and it will be a huge challenge for me, even though it's the shortest race. I'm going to try and share my journey to becoming a bit more... Dare I say it... Fitter. I need a miracle.

As a general update on me, I'm still working part-time in customer service. I do have regular customers now, who are my favourites. I look forward to work when I know they're coming in because they make it a bit more bearable. Comparing myself to this time last year, I have gained so much from this role and I'm really glad that I got this job. I used to feel so nervous talking to customers, but now it's almost second nature. One skill I'm proud of is being able to smile and be polite to a customer, with no ID, as they shout at you, 'you must be on something!' Customer service level 100 achieved. 


I've just finished my second year with The Open University studying A230 Reading and Studying Literature and A215 Creative Writing. It has been a huge challenge. A230 is such a challenging module and in the last TMA I finally reached a grade that I had been wanting to achieve all year. I was so happy I cried (emotional wreck). Now it's a waiting game until July 15th. Wish me luck.

So I hope this has brought you all back up to date with me and what this blog will develop into this summer. I have big goals!

What are your plans this summer?
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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