Meet The Author… Again.

Hi and welcome back to my blog.

What a weird phenomenon! I haven’t written on here in over 2 years… wow. I guess I should begin with why I stopped and why I’ve decided to pick up the *virtual* pen and start again.

There isn’t a dramatic reason to why I haven’t posted a blog post in over 2 years. I started university (and have now almost finished – crazy!) and I guess just lost track of time. I think you’ll be more interested in why I decided to start again. So here we go.

REASON ONE: I miss writing.

It really is as simple as that. In my everyday life, I feel I am not creative or don’t tap into the more creative side of me as much as I would like to. My degree is heavily science focussed and I don’t read as much as I used to (I am trying to change that). I find that a life without creativity can be quite dull and monotonous. For me anyway. As much as I was born to do science, I feel I was also born to be creative. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t claim to be a creative in anyway. I do feel there is a difference between being creative and being a creative. But that’s probably a blog post for a different day. So, this morning, I kind of woke up and realised that I missed having a private outlet that is mine. In a world constantly governed by social media, checking what someone has posted, the latest tweet, the latest news article; I feel that I have lost touch with the more au natural side of myself, if that makes sense. What I mean is – I feel that I miss just writing for myself and just doing things for myself rather than being consumed by this ever-changing beast we call the internet. And also, I started writing my dissertation and realised that I just missed writing in general (so maybe this is just procrastination haha). Right, I guess I’ve explained reason one. I miss writing for myself really, not for anyone else and definitely not for my university.

REASON TWO: I need an outlet.

A lot of things have been bothering me recently. The state of the world being one of them. But, I can’t change that so I try not to focus on the external factors but more I need an outlet for the internal factors. As a person, I find that I am easily – how do I describe it – easily bothered. Not in the sense of, I’m annoyed all the time. More like, I just get bothered. I don’t think this is making sense to the average reader but what I’m trying to say is – I just get annoyed. At things in my own life, but like I said earlier also by things I don’t have the power to change which I guess is why I get annoyed. So, I think that’s why I’ve decided to just write them down. I don’t have the power to change anything so that I get less annoyed but I do have the power to express how I feel. I will get more into this in later blog posts but that’s one of the big reasons I have decided to write again. I don’t really expect many people to read it but as I said, this is more for me. For me to express how I feel and why I feel that way. There are many topics I want to speak on. In fact, let me give you a few – Racism. Therapy. The Patriarchy. Religion. Sustainability. A lot of topics really. If anyone is reading, I would like to know your views on it, to start a discussion. Right that’s reason two.

REASON THREE: I want to.

So, I’ve come to the end of my reasonings and I have come to realise. I don’t owe anyone an explanation really. This is one thing I am beginning to learn as I enter early adulthood. I’m not a child anymore and I don’t need to explain why I want to do something to anyone really (unless of course, it’s stupid, dangerous or risky for other people). I find that in today’s world – people have to explain themselves a lot but if what you are doing isn’t effecting other’s people’s lives then you don’t have to explain yourself. I guess the statement that follows this is – rarely are we as human beings doing things for ourselves and ourselves only. I don’t honestly believe that people do that much for themselves anymore. I think it is more the case of trying to gain or lose or win something. For example, I find that these ‘influencers’ – no matter how much they promote how genuine they are – in the world of capitalism their motives have changed. I’m not saying they’re all out for money or for likes but I guess for them it’s probably nice. My mum always said to me – the reason why people who are rich go broke is because the more you have something, the more you want it. Anyways that’s reason three.

Thank you for reading my short blog post.

I’ll be back soon.

Peace out x

ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE: How to Spend 72 HOURS IN PARIS, FRANCE

WARNING: RECREATION OF THIS BLOG POST WILL INVOLVE OVER 27,000 STEPS PER DAY.

A couple of weeks ago, I returned from my 4 days, 3 nights trip to Paris (it totals to about 72 hours). It was a city break with my Mum after finishing my A Levels this summer. Not to mention, Paris in the summer is spectacular.

First off, I want to say that you are having doubts about visiting Paris, clear them off now! My whole trip was an experience I will never forget. The city is full of culture, music and – of course – food!  I am already planning my next trip back, maybe in December, to see Paris in Winter.

Second, 72 hours in Paris is enough! From reading this title, you may have thought, 72 hours… is that it? But I can assure you, I managed to see everything on my list and more…

So, How do you spend 72 hours in Paris? Just keep reading…

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Tuesday Early Afternoon 

Aim to arrive in the afternoon. We travelled from London to Paris on the Eurostar (which I highly recommend) and arrived at around 13:45. Buy a block of 10 metro tickets from the metro station and take the metro to your hotel. Our hotel check-in time was 14:00; so we were able to check in straight away. I recommend booking a hotel or Airbnb in the Latin Quarter because not only is this one of the nicer areas of Paris, it is close to the centre and has some of the cheapest food! Freshen up and head out to enjoy the rest of the day! First, head towards the Notre Dame. This is in the 4th Arrondissement – known as Le Marais. Grab a snack from a boulangerie along the way, by snack I mean a croissant, of course, the national food of France. Make sure you walk to the Notre Dame (it’s not that far!) as you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Paris whilst walking along the Seine. Once you’ve arrived at the Notre Dame, take a quick pic stop (see what I did there)OPTIONAL: You can head into the Notre Dame and see the amazing cathedral from the inside, but I recommend saving your money.

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Tuesday Mid Afternoon 

The perks of visiting Paris in the summer is that it is light in the city until about 10 pm. After leaving the Notre Dame, follow the Seine into the 1st Arrondissement to see the Lourve and the Tuileries Gardens. Whilst strolling along the Seine, you might catch a glimpse of our good ol’ friend, the Eiffel Tower. Once again, if you want to spend 100 euros to go and see an over-rated painting of the Mona Lisa, feel free, if not… let’s move on! One thing I do recommend is visiting the Tuileries Gardens, these are within the Palais Royal and they are absolutely stunning. Moving on from the Lourve, walk along the Seine and take your time to absorb the life and movement in Paris. Cross the Seine on the famous Love-Lock Bridge (please note: I think the original bridge, all the locks have been removed, but another one is forming…). Head in the direction of the Eiffel Tower in the 7th Arrondissement. Make a food stop in a Franprix, which is a supermarket chain in Paris. The one we stopped in on the way to the Eiffel Tower had a Salad Bar. It only cost 6 euros per person for a large bowl of salad, and then about 60 cents for a baguette. Also, paper bags are not free as they are in the UK. Once arriving at the Eiffel Tower, take a seat in the Park and enjoy your lunch. (please note: be aware that there are many sellers offering different souvenirs, try not to reply because they will eventually walk away.)

Tuesday Evening

After taking in the view of the magnificent Eiffel Tower, cross the street and head towards the Trocadero Square. This has the best views of the Eiffel Tower and surprisingly wasn’t that busy in the Evening. Take a pic stop. There is always lots of musicians and dancers on the square, enjoy a moment watching. Stay here to watch the sunset over Paris.

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WARNING: At this point, your feet may be tired and your shoulders may ache. But, the evening has just begun…

Leave Trocadero on the roundabout side and take a stroll down the avenue towards the Champs Elysees. From Trocadero, you will arrive near the Arc de Triomphe. Brave the horrendous roundabout and take a pic stop. The best photos are from the middle of the roundabout rather than directly under the Arc. I would recommend going up the Arc de Triomphe rather than the Eiffel Tower because the view of Paris is definitely better and you have the Eiffel Tower in your photos.

If you aren’t feeling too tired, walk along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and look at all the luxurious shops. (keyword here: look – very expensive shops). Head towards the nearest metro station and back to your hotel.

Wednesday Morning 

Welcome to the first full day in Paris. Take a moment to watch the city wake from the balcony view of your hotel. Then get ready to travel out to Versailles – home to the Palace of Versailles. If you want to save money, don’t spend it on the buffet breakfast provided at the Hotel, instead of this, step out and head to a street because I assure you, you will find a cute boulangerie.  They are literally everywhere you turn. Grab some pastries and head towards your nearest metro station. Take the metro to the stop – Javel. Another photo opportunity of the Eiffel Tower from a distance. Buy a train ticket, and take the RER C line to the stop Gare de Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche. 

Spend the morning at the palace, make sure you head out early to avoid the cues, aim to arrive between 9 – 10 am as this is when the palace opens. To skip the cues, buy your tickets in advance. I made the mistake of waiting in the ticket queue even though under 26-year-olds are able to get in free with a valid passport from the EU (please check this as I am not 100% sure). Take in the grandeur of the palace and make sure to get the free audio guide. Walk around the magnificent gardens and see the mini chateaus. My experience at the Palace taught me a lot about the history of the Royals in France and also, the magnitude and money they had made me understand why the French had a revolution.

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Wednesday Afternoon 

Spend the afternoon exploring the town of Versailles. There are some cute shops and market stalls in Versailles. (I visited the LDS temple, as I am a Mormon and it is so beautiful and peaceful there, I would definitely recommend even if you’re not Mormon lol.) Grab lunch from a stand or a fast food shop; then head back to Paris for an evening of shopping and exploring more of the city.

Wednesday Evening 

Arrive back in Paris and take the Metro to Galleries Layfette Montparnasse. Embrace the Parisian style and culture with a spot of shopping in the 15th arrondissement. Then, walk back through the beautiful streets and buy a crepe at a sweet stand. The only type of crepes I bought was Nutella. My weak spot… As well as this, the shops will be starting to close and the pubs will be opening. If you are lucky, you may be the last customer at a pastry shop and they will gift you with free pastries to take home and enjoy. Take a stroll back to your hotel and digest the sweet sounds of a Paris summer evening.

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Thursday Morning 

Once again, an early start. It’s a museum day. Start the morning on the streets of Paris and grab some pastries (don’t worry all this walking is burning the calories off…), take a stop at the Fontaine Saint Michel. Thursday’s are market days in Paris, there is an opportunity to buy some Parisian scarves and bags from the stands. Head along the Seine to the Musee d’Orsay. The Musee d’Orsay features some of the most famous pieces of artwork by Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Rodin.

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Thursday Afternoon 

From the Musee d’Orsay take the metro to the 18th Arrondissement. We are now entering the more residential areas of Paris. The 18th is home to the infamous Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge. But first stop, Sacre Coeur. Feel free to climb the 300 or so stairs to the top, others there is a little lift which takes you to the top level which only costs 1.90 euros (a metro ticket). From the Sacre Coeur take a pic stop and admire the skyline views of Paris. You never realise how big Paris is until you have seen this view. I would recommend heading to the back of the Sacre Coeur as it is significantly less busy and just as picturesque to get those Insta Pics. Also, there is a garden area which is like a sacred sanctuary from the business of Paris, behind the Sacre Coeur. After spending an hour or so admiring the beautiful church, the inside and the out (p.s. there is an opportunity to take time to reflect within the church), head back down the slope to the main streets and stop at a cute cafe for a quick drink. This is another cheap food area for all my foodies reading; so embrace it! Then head uptown towards the Moulin Rouge.

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Thursday Late Afternoon

Now, I wouldn’t recommend visiting the Moulin Rouge at night, unless you are planning to take part in the nighttime entertainment (no judgements here). But, if you are visiting Paris as a family or even alone, I would say go mid-afternoon to admire one of the last remaining windmills in Paris and the area around. I went in the Late Afternoon and walking through the park towards the Moulin Rouge, I did feel that I was getting a few looks from certain people in the park, so I would definitely recommend going a bit earlier or with other people, if you are just visiting the area.

Thursday Evening 

From the Moulin Rouge, there is a bus that takes you right across town to Trocadero for only 1.90 euros (metro ticket). A positive about Paris is that the transport is very advanced and easy to navigate. Enjoy an evening tour of the city as the bus heads through the winding streets back to the centre of Paris. Finish the evening enjoying the lights on Trocadero Square. Make sure to snap some photos.

Friday Morning 

WELL DONE!! You’ve made it to your last morning in Paris after countless steps walked through the old cobblestone streets, be proud to say, you have survived 72 hours in Paris. I spent the last morning to visit more of the Latin Quartier, this included a trip to the local natural history museum and the zoo. Then headed back to Gard du Nord on the Eurostar. HOME AT LAST…

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If you have made it this far, thank you x

p.s. it took me a very long time to write this blog post, I lost motivation to blog, I had writer’s block, A-levels results day, something just didn’t want me to write but I want to document my life in the best way I know how… SO I’M BACK (again) and I’m ready to be better!

As always,

Thanks for reading and peace out,

Accidental Aspirationalists x

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Never Lie To A Child.

Hiya guys and welcome to a new blog post.

So, this was not the original blog post planned for today, I have a few Paris Blog Posts that are going up in the next couple of weeks but I’ve had a stressful last couple of weeks and a few interesting experiences that I thought I would share first.

But, let’s start with the reason you all clicked on this blog post. What was my lie?

No need to fear mum’s and dad’s in the world. It wasn’t too bad of a lie, in fact, it had a very funny ending. As part of my church responsibilities, I teach music to children between the ages of 4-11. Now, these are dangerous ages.

I like to make my music times fun and engaging so I had an idea to introduce ‘THE SINGER OF THE WEEK AWARD”. I took to church a simple gold medal with the Olympic Logo, that I probably got in junior school.

At the start of music time, I was wearing it around my neck and said to the children, “You are all in competition for this medal, you have to be very careful with it because I won this gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when I was 8 in a swimming competition.”

If you know me personally, I am not much of a swimmer at all, I can swim but I much prefer to watch others swim in the Olympics and could never be a competitive swimmer at all. It started off as a joke, and I thought that it was quite obvious from my facial expression that I was joking.

Boy, was I wrong.

Music time ending and I gave the award to the winning little boy. Before handing it to him, a girl asked me, “Did you really win that at the Olympics?” 

I replied,”Of course, this is real gold.”

If you saw this medal, you can tell that it is the cheapest, tackiest gold plastic medal and not at all close the grandeur of a real Olympic gold medal. But, me being the comedian, I am carried on with the joke.

So, I went to Paris this week and the thought of this lie that I had told the children during music time last week never crossed my mind. I went to church again today and the mum of the little girl approached me and said, “Are you the lady who taught my children last week?” 

I looked at her, apprehensively, “Yes.”

“Is it true that you were in the Olympics?”

At this moment, I was in shock. This little girl had believed me and gone and told her MUM. I had to explain the whole story to her and I quickly apologized for telling her daughter the lie. She shook her head and laughed, “Don’t apologize! That’s amazing, you don’t understand how many times, I use that with her now. I say, come on *Lucy, some children are Olympic Swimmers at your age and you can’t even tidy your room properly.”

I laughed at this, glad that it was being turned into a positive thing. Despite this instance, I have learned my lesson. I will not be lying to a child again. 

I hope you liked this blog post, I just thought it was quite humorous. Please comment down below if you like story time blog posts like this or if you prefer more like my previous blog posts.

To any Mum’s reading this, comment down below if you would react the same as the Mum above. I want to hear from the Mum’s in the house!!

I’ll be back with another blog post next Sunday.

Stay cool and PEACE OUT accidental aspirationalists.

Lots of Love,

Anita x

THE SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE: Why College was the worst 2 years of my life.

Hiya guys and welcome back to another blog post and another post in the school survival guide series.

As you can tell by the title, I am extremely dramatic.

You can also tell by the title that I hated college. In fact, hated is an understatement, I loathed college. I still loathe college. But before I get into the why of my hatred, let me just explain what college is in the UK.

I think I’ve explained this before so this will be brief. Basically, students in college or 6th form are between the ages of 16-18 usually. It is before university and is now compulsory in the UK (however not compulsory to do A Levels).

I think A-Levels are possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. They caused me nothing but stress and heartache for 2 years. FOR 2 FLIPPING YEARS.

But, let’s start at the beginning…

Pre-college me was a happy sweet child, I’d just finished GCSE’s, did quite well, was feeling quite confident and was like A-Levels bring it on, bite me (that was so cringy and I seriously apologise).

September comes, after a nice long summer, I was relaxed and then started college.

This is where I made my first mistake.

I decided that I wanted to make new friends and be cool and all that jazz… MISTAKE #1. 

I spent so much time trying to get to know people and just talk to people and put myself out there, that I forgot what was important. AKA, A-LEVELS.

This is a tip for you guys who are starting college or anything else that is a short critical time period, prioritise your work, please. Don’t use free periods for just chatting in the canteen (guilty), don’t leave your work till the night before (guilty), and just be yourself (also… guilty – I’m a naturally chatty person).

Anyways, the first year of college passes by… I did ok. It’s probably because I sweated at the last moment that I got the grades, I did.

Second-year comes around.

The work just increases 100x. 

I’m not even lying to you. I was working all day every day on college work for 11 months straight. No joke. Bearing in mind, I had to go over everything from the first year because I didn’t understand the majority of it. It was a stressful year. Holidays – I don’t think so. Breaks – what are they. I don’t know how I got through the year without breaking down to be perfectly honest with you.

This is when mistake two happened, my revision was not as effective for the first three months of “revising”, which meant that I wasted a lot of time and effort “learning” things that did not stay in my brain at all… MISTAKE 2#.

On the upside, the year went quickly. Kind of. I remember telling myself, oh don’t worry you have 9 months till your exams. 6 days later. First exams tomorrow (It literally felt like that…)

Now I’m in the long wait period. I’m waiting for results day. I’m literally just praying to God that my work this year paid off.

However, so far this post has been pretty negative. So here’s a bit of positive advice:

  1. do make friends – don’t misunderstand me, it is not a problem to talk to new people and make new friends, just make sure you have your priorities straight. don’t do what I did and just spend all your time trying to make new friends and no time studying. it’s all about balance.
  2. take breaks – cannot stress enough, when studying you need to have some downtime and enjoy yourself. put your own physical and mental health first.
  3. work hard, play hard – put your education first, but when it’s time to relax… relax hard people.

Overall, I guess my college experience wasn’t as awful as I made it sound (it was pretty awful though), but I definitely wouldn’t do it again. That is for sure.

Comment below any college experiences, or school experiences that you have absolutely hated!

And have a good week!

Peace out,

Love Anita x

p.s. goodluck to all those getting results this summer!!

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Back for Good. Life Update and Blogging Schedule.

Hi guys!

Welcome back to another blog post! I have been gone for so so so so long… but I have a valid reason. Over the last month or so, I have had my A Level Exams. If any of you do the English education system, you know that these are a big one. These are the ones that I need to pass to get into university (college in the USA/elsewhere). I had to take a break from blogging purely because I didn’t want to be distracted by anything and risk failing anything. But, I’m back for good now!

Seriously, expect at least one blog post a week. My plan at the moment is to upload a blog post every Sunday and then one more at any time in the week if I have something to write about. I have a few ideas in the works at the moment that I am so excited to share with you.

But let’s give you a little update.

I’ve hit 100 followers! You don’t understand how happy I am! Thank you so much! I might do a giveaway 😉 so look out for that…

Secondly, I am going to Paris! Get ready for the Paris blog posts! Let me know on Twitter or Instagram what content things you want to see from Paris. e.g. Paris outfits, 3 days in Paris etc…

And lastly, I HAVE FINISHED MY A LEVELS! 

Sorry, it’s a short blog post but it’s just a little update on what’s going on in my life right now.

Peace out for now,

Love Anita x

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5 Tips on: HOW TO CONQUER SOCIAL MEDIA AS A NEW BLOGGER

Hello.

Do you remember me?

Yeah, I’m writing a blog post. Shock horror!

I’m sorry for being AWOL, but exams are taking over my life. Anyways, I’m going to stop apologising and get into the blog. So, earlier this month, I made a commitment that I wanted to get into the blogger community more. I was reading all of these posts about people meeting up with their blogger friends or talking to bloggers’ online.  And, I decided to make a Twitter account solely for my blog (not just my personal one), as well as this, I made a better Instagram for my blog because my old one was just a mess…

I’ll take this time to plug my socials: Instagram – instagram.com/atinablogs; Twitter – twitter.com/atinablogs

TIP (1) – JOIN TWITTER, this has changed my blog.  You can use Twitter to get involved in Twitter chats, follower chains etc and it will help you get exposure for your blog. As well as this, Twitter is a nice way to share what you are feeling that isn’t in a blog post. The amount of engagement on Twitter is very high, it is quite nice!

TIP (2) – HAVE A BLOGGING INSTAGRAM can display to people what type of content you upload on your blog. Try and upload good quality pictures because it will attract lots of people to your blog. It is such a useful social media tool because it can help you connect with brands and other bloggers.

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TIP (3) – PIN, PIN, PIN on Pinterest. Pinterest is an absolutely wonderful tool and it can be done on the go, which I love so much! It is where I gather most of my ideas and photo prompts because it is so endless. I feel like you don’t even need to have a blog to use Pinterest, it is for everyone! On Pinterest, do not worry about the number of followers you have, focus on the views because those are the people who are actually pinning and viewing what you pin or post on Instagram. I use my Pinterest to share my blog photos or cover photos.

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TIP (4) – DON’T FOLLOW TO UN-FOLLOW, this is every blogger’s pet peeve! If you follow someone and they follow you back, don’t immediately un-follow them. Even if they are a small blogger, they can produce amazing content (If I do say so myself…). Also, if someone says to you ‘f4f’ or ‘follow back?’ – follow them! I would suggest getting a follower’s app just to check your followers. This sounds really lame, but it is important to keep a good follow-to-follow ratio.

TIP (5) – REGULAR USE, personally, I check my social media for my blog every day; which is more than I can say about my uploading schedule. This is because things change regularly and you want to stay up-to-date. As well as this, it is good to be active so people know that you are a real follower and not just a bot. However, if you need to get off social media whether it be for your own mental health, DO IT! 

That’s all for now!

I hope you enjoyed some of these tips and this motivates you to kick-start your own blogging media.

Feel free to leave your links below to any social media’s that you want me to check out!

Stay safe and Peace out Accidental Aspirationalists, 

Anita x

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101: How to Procrastinate

Hi, guys and welcome back to another blog post. 36 days. 36 days till the main event begins. 36 days until I start my A Levels. You may think I’m being dramatic (when am I not…) but I am telling you my life is going to change forever in the next few months. Do I feel prepared? Tough question. You can never be prepared but doesn’t mean it won’t happen. So rather than revising what am I doing? Bring you guys another blog post!

First off, I’d like to start by saying welcome to all the new people who have followed my blog journey. It feels like I am still a new blogger, but I have actually been blogging for a while just not very consistently (some things don’t change…). Any who, WELCOME! and I hope you enjoy! Gonna take this opportunity to plug my socials – links below – I follow back! Now onto the blog.

As you can tell from the title, I am going to teach you all how to procrastinate. At this time of year, I have seen many blog posts on “best revision tips” and “how to get an A* in [insert subject here]” etc. However, I like to be different so here are my best tips on the ultimate skill of procrastination.

1# GET NETFLIX 

This is the most important rule in the book of procrastinating. Honestly, if you want to learn how to procrastinate so well, I would have a run for my money, get Netflix. It will change your life. There will be shows that you will watch for the sake of avoiding all other responsibilities. Once this occurs, I would say you automatically jump to Level 3 procrastinator.

2# CLEAN 

Exam time is probably the only time that my room is spotless (you’re welcome, mum). Mastering the art of cleaning is so essential for excellent procrastinating skills. A tidy room represents a procrastinating genius. All other commitments will become unnecessary and cleaning comes first.

3# SOCIAL MEDIA

The way to spot a good procrastinator is the amount of time they spend on their phone. Social media are a key source to procrastinate. Follow as many random celebs, YouTubers, me – all links below etc. Not only will this length the time you spend on your phone, you will become ridiculously good as typing and scrolling. If you want to know if you are cut out for this or how fast you can scroll – I recommend taking this test – TYPING SPEED TEST.

4# MOVIES

This one is pretty similar to Netflix but a key point for those ambitious procrastinators. Buy as many movies and box sets as you can. Make sure you get the popcorn and as soon as you know those exam dates; settle down on the sofa and watch as many movies as you can. I recommend the greatest showman , this movie will keep you hooked for days (months even…)! The soundtrack will change your life and up your procrastinating game, levels.

LASTLY 5# EAT 

This is extremely important. You may complain that this will cause you to be fat and bloated but, just think about the new recipes you will learn! Eating is another sign of good procrastination. If you think about those times when you could be sitting at your desk working (forbidden btw), get up and make food because this will save you from falling into the trap of revision. Maybe ask your mum if she can buy you uselessful kitchen items such as a Spiralizer – this makes spaghetti for you out of random food items!!

That’s all, for now, folks, but don’t worry, I’ll be back soon with more tips. Love the procrastinating queen.

Peace out xx

p.s. if you haven’t realised by now, this was all in jest and please please please if you have exams REVISE… 36 days!

p.p.s but I would still recommend a spiralizer, it will change your life.

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VERY LAST MINUTE REVISION TIPS: SCHOOL EDITION

Welcome back to another blog post!

First off, I’d like toapologise for not writing a blog post in a while… but after reading this you will probably realise why…

So, today marks 7 weeks until my first exam. My first real, determining the rest of my life, actually exam. I have been revising for a while now, but would I really be a student if I didn’t have the niggle of doubt in my mind that I haven’t done enough?

Anyhow, I thought I would give you today some of my best tips (that do work might I add…) that will save you in the exam room.

REVISION TIP #1 – LITTLE AND OFTEN!

If you haven’t started revising now for GCSE’s, A LEVEL’s or any other exam you have this summer, this may not be the tip for you… but if you have been revising and looking at past papers since the day you were born, I would say it is time to plan and sit back to see what you need to do. Solidify that knowledge girl! Start looking over little sections you have done every day. I find this useful because it allows my mind to focus and look at the things I have already done. Also, it stops me from getting too stressed. FACT: the mind can only take in things 20 mins at a time. So a 20 min revision session is good, take a break, then come back to it. This is the most effective way of revising.

REVISION TIP #2 – LET IT ALL OUT! 

BLURT! BLURT! BLURT! This is another one of my favourite revision techniques. If you know me, you’ll know that I love to talk. When revising, I like to say things out loud and recite facts to myself because, for some reason, it stays in my brain. lol. Repeating things, allows those facts to move into your long-term memory so you can recall them in the exam room. Also, teaching other people what you know, (even if it’s just your mum!) can help solidify your own knowledge.

REVISION TIP #3 – EAT, DRINK, SLEEP, REPEAT

For me, I cannot miss an hour of my sleep. Not only will I be too tired but I won’t be able to concentrate at all. Sleep is a lot more important than people think in my opinion. Alongside sleep, comes food. I stress eat too much! Comment below if you suffer from this also. However, try and eat healthily… I’m not going to comment on this too much because I struggle to practice what I preach in this aspect. Lastly, drink water! I try and counterbalance the junk I eat with drinking loads of water, but I find it helps me focus and deals with the banging headaches I get when I am stressed.

REVISION TIP #4 – CHILLAX

If you are feeling really stressed and overwhelmed, it is likely that you are burnt out and overworked. My tip would be, just RELAX! Go for a jog, watch some Netflix, just take yourself away from revision and do what you enjoy. More often than not, this will help you become calm and come back to revision with a fresh mindset. 

That’s all for now! Comment below any more revision tips you may have to share! I could do with some newones… I hope everything is going well for you guys.

Peace out, Accidental Aspirationalists

Love Anita x

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Travel Bucket List 2018 – Sun, Freedom and Exploring

Summer is close by. Which for me, unlike the ordinary teens, means one thing… TRAVELLING! While many teens look forward to a summer of festivals, I look forward to sun, freedom and exploring. I have a lot of things I want to do this year, not just this summer, and places I want to explore and get to know. I especially love city breaks and quick getaways! So, I thought I would do a post on the places I want to visit or am planning to visit this year. Feel free to comment what’s on your travel bucket list! 

Paris (going in July – comment below cool Parisian things to do while I’m there if you’ve been !!)

 

Copenhagen

 

Venice

 

New York

 

Canada

 

Nigeria

 

Iceland

 

Amsterdam

 

I’m keeping it relatively realistic of places I can go because I’m a student and I’m poor. Lol. If anyone wants to sponsor me (hint hotels, companies please pay me) for my trips that will be much appreciated!

Sorry, this is a quick blog post but I hope everyone enjoyed this little travel bucket list and have a good Easter.

Peace out, Accidental Aspirationalists xx

Love Anita x

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Fortune Favours the Bold

There are moments in my life when I wonder: why am I even doing this. (By this, I mean life, in general, not blogging.)

This was one of those weeks, I woke up on Monday morning to the beast from the east striking again, we were hit with snow. Remember, I am in my second year of college, exams are about 2 months away and I haven’t even finished learning the content, so it wasn’t as welcoming as some would think. However, I took it with confidence and tried to get work done at home. But, I woke up in a slump. In my dictionary, a slump is like an uncontrollable lack of motivation that no matter what you do, you can’t get rid off. This mood seemed to last with me the whole week. Comment below if you’ve ever been in a slump. Thoughts drifted through my mind, ‘you should quit’, ‘you won’t pass’; ‘why don’t you drop out now’. Then, I reminded myself, why I am here, where I am going and what I want to achieve.

When you are in these moods, you have to remind yourself that you have been made for greatness. That most of the bad thoughts that swirl in your mind are creations that mean nothing. That the labels we have been given – gender, grades, numbers – mean nothing if we don’t want them. I read a quote that resonated with me; “Fortune does favour the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try.”

I believe we are all capable. Capable of anything. Tomorrow is Monday. Again. I am determined to wake up on the right side of the bed and tackle it like a boss.

Peace out, Accidental Aspirationalists

Love Anita x

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