Friday, 8 December 2017

Productive Day Secrets


Do you ever just have those days where you're struggling to find any motivation to do work and you have all these responsibitilies you need to get done but all you wanna do is relax, take a nap and watch some Netflix.

Well, this can be a problem but I am here to help you so that you can say you have had a productive day and feel like you've actually achieved something. Although I understand that sometimes it's a lack of motivation that's putting you off but hopefully these tips can get you out of that funk.

1. Wake Up Early

Sometimes I find a productive day starts when I've woken up early. I'm talking waking up at a reasonable time like 8am or anything before 9am. Just the fact that you've woken up and ready to start the day means you're already on your way to having a productive day. Waking up early also means you have more hours in the day so if you get all the things you need to do done in the day then you have the rest of the day to chill out.

2. Start Cleaning

You may be struggling from lack of motivation to do your work so my advice for you would be to not think about working and think about cleaning. Does your dishes need washing? Is your bedroom messy? Does your house need a bit of tidying up? If so then start cleaning. Even if it's not your mess just do it. I can gurantee if you spend a good hour just cleaning and tidying up then you'll find that motivation to do more productive things like doing your assignments. Also if you think about it you've just done something productive by keeping your house and surroundings clean so either way you've been productive.

3. Work out of the house

Are you struggling to do work because you keep getting distracted in your home? I know it seems easier to work in your bedroom but honestly it works for a while but then you'll probably get distracted by things. If I was you I would pack a bag with all the things you need then get out and go to the library. I like working in the library because it's quiet and there's plenty of room for you to work, but also you're surrounded by books so if you need a reference you don/'t have to go far to find one.

4. Time to talk

Now if you're really struggling with finding motivation, working on the assingmnets or just unsure what it is you need to do then you need to talk to someone. Start with your friends and family. Get their advice then go to the lecturer or see if there's any sessions going on which deal with what you're going through. Just ask for help if you need it. I know sometimes you may feel alone or don't want to bother people with your problems and feel stupid when you do ask. You won't. I promise you that there are people who care about you and want you to do well with your work. They don't want to see you struggling or stressing out about the work. They want you to do well. Now they can't help you unless you actually talk to them because at the end of day they are not mind readers. If you are stuggling with your work or are completely stressed out then talk to someone. They will be able to help you and give you advice on what to do next so don't worry.

5. Make a plan

I don't know about you but I like to plan out my week. This way it makes it easier to plan out my days and focus on each of the assingmnets that you have to do. It just makes life a little bit stress free when you have a weekly plan in place. Trust me. for me to do lists are always a big help too because I just love having a list of the things I have to do and then crossing off each of those things. It gives me a sense of satisfaction knowing I've done the work and been productive.

6. Reward Yourself

Honestly, treat yourself every know and then. Give yourself a break if you've done two hours of work. Give yourself a reward after a day of doing work by watching your favourite movie or TV Show or go out with your friends or just go shopping. Sometimes knowing you're getting a little treat after doing your work is like the perfect motivation because afterwards when you're relaxing you can feel like you've earned some me-time as you've done a lot of work.

Anyway, that's all my productive day secrets. Let me know if you have any productive day secrets that really help to get your work done.

I'll be back again next Friday with another blog post for you all.

See you then.

Megan x

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Is Here


I can't believe it's already Decmeber and there's 24 days until Christmas. I love December mostly for the fact that everyday I get to open my advent calender. I'll never be too old for an advent calender. I don't know why people think it's a kids thing to have an advent calendar. Hello. You get to eat chocolate everyday. I treated myself to two advent calendars because I got the Makeup Revolution beauty advent calender which I am excited about but I couldn't imagine not having an advent calendar with chocolate in it so I got my favourite Cadburies Dairy Milk calendar because I love Dairy Milk chocolate. In my opinion it's the best.

Unfortunately though as much I want to celebrate Christmas and forget about life's responsibilities. I'm a uni student which means there's no resting for the wicked. I have assignments and a dissertation to do so it's stressful month as well. That is also the reason why I've been a bit absent on this blog and why my usual national blog posting month in Novemeber kind of failed. I've sort of had to get my priorities and focus on my uni work as well as on myself and well being. As much as I love blogging and typing away. It was kind of stressing me out making posts everyday while also working on assignments so I sort of stopped blogging. However, rather than stressing myself out and trying to make multiple blog posts a week or posting everyday. I have decided to reshedule my blog posting schedule and I've chosen to post on this blog every Friday. That way I have plenty of time in the week to make a blog post for you all ready for Friday without being so stressed out and I still have time to focus on my uni work. I hope that's okay with you all. I love blogging and hopefully this will help me to keep on track with my blog as well as my uni work without being so stressed out.


Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. I still can't believe it's the first of Decemeber. Oh well. Good times are ahead. I hope you enjoyed this post and I'll be back next Friday with another post.

See you then.

Megan x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Meh..


This is just a blog post just to say meh.

I'm going to be honest with you all. I didn't write a blog post ready for today and I was planning to make a blog post talking about my weekend and my trip to Cardiff on Friday and Saturday but honestly I just didn't feel like writing about it or I didn't know how to put into words about my trip.

I've just kind of had one of those days where I have no motivation to do anything productive today and as the title of this post suggests I've been feeling meh.

For those of you who don't know. Meh is just expressing a lack of interest and enthusiasm in something which is how I'm feeling right now.

Don't get me wrong I love to blog and I'll be back to making more interesting posts tomorrow but today is just one of those posts that is pretty boring to read.

However, I said at the beginning of this month that I'll be blogging everyday in November as I have done (or attempted to do) these past years in November. So here is the blog post for the day. It's short and boring but it's just to let you all know that currently as I type this out I'm feeling meh.

But it's okay to feel meh sometimes. It's a part of life. We lose motivation and enthusiasm in things we like sometimes. However, it can be turned around. I mean look at this right now. This is a blog post that you're reading. It may not be an exciting post but it's still a blog post. Even as I right this post I'm starting to feel a little better so that's a good thing right?

Anyway, it's my last night at home before I travel back up to university again in the morning. I'll probably blog about my travel experience or just my thoughts and feelings on the day. Who knows? Maybe I'll do a day in the life post. The post will probably go up tomorrow evening (UK time) but it'll probably be a better post than this one.

So all I have to say now is that I'll be back tomorrow with another post. See you then.

Megan x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Blog Motivation


I am a blogger and sometimes there are moments when I lost my motivation to blog or I struggle to fing a post to write. This is actually one of those moments when I was struggling to come up with a blog post to write for this blog posting month then I thought I know I'll make a post about blogging motivation. I thought this post will be useful to bloggers as well as myself to find the motivation to write a blog post. Here's my advice for you guys which I have found useful in the past when I have lost motivation to write a blog post.

1. Watch a movie

I don't just mean any movie. Watch a movie about a magazine or running a website. Two movies which I always turn to when I've lost my motivation to blog is The Devil Wears Prada and The Intern. Now I don't know what it is about these movies but these just get me the motivation to write a blog post. I just get inspired by the hard working women in these movies that are writing a magazine or running a website that it just makes me want to be like them and I feel I can in a way be like them by working on this blog so it just kind of gets me to write a blog post. Like at this moment in time I'm watching The Intern and literally here I am writing this blog post. It actually works for me. Maybe you should try watching these movies and seeing if you get that motivation to write a blog post for your blog.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest is a great place to find some blogging motivation. It also has links to other blog posts which kind of give me motivation to write a blog post. Sometimes you see a pin on pinterest and you just think I could write something like that or put my own perspective on a particular topic. Just have a scroll through Pinterest and have a read of other peoples blogs because I'm positive that you'll find a blog post idea and the motivation to write a blog post.

3. Magazines

Call me old fashioned but I still love to go to a shop and actually pick up a magazine. I know these days a lot of articles and stuff are avaliable online but honestly reading through a magazine can just give you ideas on what to write for a blog post. You may see an article or a topic which you may want to do your own take. Personally I like reading Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines because you can find some great articles which can get you motivated to blog more. You can also just scroll through magazine websites to find ideas and motivations to write a blog post. Maybe just seeing the success of a magazine and thinking maybe one day (it's probably possible) that your blog could be just like that. A success.

4. A blogging notebook

What I mean by this is get yourself a cute looking fun notebook and deidicate it to just your blog. Wirte your blog posts in there or write your ideas for them. Just keep a notebook on you and write in it your blogging ideas. I got my notebook from Primark and I really like it because it's like a moleskin notebook and on the cover it has a phrase which says 'more issues than vogue' which makes me smile and honestly I love this notebook because I have written so many ideas and blog posts in it that I can just look through it and get an idea on what to write a blog post. I'd highly suggest you get yourself a notebook deidcate to blogging and take it with you everywhere because trust me it's going to be your best friend when you're out and about and have an idea for a blog post.

5. Get a blogging book

If you go onto amazing and search for blogging in the books section I can gurantee you'll find a lot of books about blogging. I actually have one it's called 365 Blog Topic Ideas by Dana Fox and this book has been very useful when I've been stuck for an idea to write a blog post. Sometimes you just need that idea to come from somebody else and make it your own. That's okay with blogging. Just don't go copying anyone's words or ideas just interpret your own point of view and opinions in to the blog post.

6. Watch YouTube videos

Believe it or not but you can turn a YouTube video into a blog post without actually having to make a video. Sometimes I'll see a video pop up in my subsciption box or through my endless watching of YouTube videos then I'll just think I could do a blog post on that idea. It actually works for me sometimes. For example I saw a what's in my bag video once and thought I could do that for my blog but with pictures. Guess what. I ended up making that post on this blog. If you've lost your motivation to write a blog post then go and watch your favourite YouTubers or just search for something you're interested in like university tips or beauty videos. Just find something on YouTube you're interested in watching or something that relates to your blog and I'm sure you'll find an idea for a blog post which you're interested in writing about.

7. Just write

Sometimes I will just open up a new post and just start writing what comes to my mind. Whether it's my thoughts and feelings on something or if I just feel like writing. Sometimes just writing on a blank document helps when it comes to finding your motivation to blog. Even if it's just about anything you're still writing at the end of the day and whether it is something that you intend to publish or if it's just something that'll stay in your draft posts. It's a start to getting your motivation to blogging. Sometimes as I'm typing away my thoughts and feelings into a blank document I will suddenly just get that spark of inspiration or an idea for a blog post that I'll just start writing it up. Before you know it I have a blog post ready to be published and it feels great. Sometimes just having a blog post ready to be published just motivates me to write more blog posts and keep blogging.

Anyway, that's all my tips for finding your blog motivation. I hope it was helpful to all you bloggers out there because it was definelty helpful to me. Let me know what motivates you to blog in the comments below. I'll be back again tomorrow with another blog post for you all.

See you then.

Megan x

Friday, 3 November 2017

My Top Ten Favorite Movies


I thought you guys deserve to know a little bit more about me as you take the time to actually read my blog. So here is a list of my top ten favorite movies in no particular order because I kind of suck at putting things in order of my favorite but these are the top ten movies which I would happily watch.

1. Me Before You

I know I'm starting with a tear-jerker but I honestly love this movie. I read the book before I watched this movie and I cried when I read this book. I thought Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were perfect for the roles of Louisa and Will. Honestly I couldn't imagine anyone else playing the roles of them. Honestly this movie was so inspiring and just shows that your life can change in a second that you should make the most of the life that you are living. It's just so beautiful that I cannot even find the words to describe how much I love this movie. I'd highly recommend you go check it out if you have not seen it yet and definitely read the book by JoJo Moyes first because honestly you'll cry and also there's a sequel of the book called After You which you should read as well to find out what happens next.

2. Harry Potter

I could not have a list of a top ten favourite movies and not include Harry Potter. Harry Potter will always be a big win for me. I could watch a Harry Potter movie and always feel happy about it. I've never actually had a full Harry Potter movie marathton back to back but I feel like I should. Maybe I will do it for my birthday or something. Just spend the whole day watching Harry Potter. I've heard it's 19 hours and 38 minutes without the credits so it is possible to do it all in one day. You'll probably just have to make sure you have no plans that day, lots of snacks and go to bed really late as well as wake up early because you'll have a lot of Harry Potter to get through. Anyway, like I said before words can't describe how much I love the Harry Potter series. I've even reread the books so many times and I still love it everytime. My top two favourites would definetly have to be Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. I just find them the more interesting years out of all of them and I just love when I read these two books or watch the movies. All in all I love the entire series to be honest.

3. The Devil Wears Prada

Who doesn't love this movie? I mean it's Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. This movie is just the best and defiently a movie which is fun to watch. I'm not going to lie but everytime I watch this movie I always feel motivated to write a blog post. I don't know why that is. I guess this movie just makes me want to be a successful independent woman and it makes me wanna treat this blog like a job. Does it motivate anyone else to do work or make a blog post or start magazine or is it just me? Probably just movie. This movie is the best and I'm sure most of you reading this will know that and if you've never seen this movie. Where have you been? I'm kidding. I saw this movie for the first time like two years ago so don't worry about it. But seriously if you've never seen this movie then you need to watch it. Seriously you will love it.

4. The Intern

Let's talk about another movie which motivates me to write blog posts. I'm actually currently watching it while writing this post. I feel like this movie is one of those underappreciated movies and I really don't get it. It has Robert De Nero and Anne Hathaway in it. It's a really fun and inspiring movie because it's all about making the most of your life and that you're never too old or too young to do anything in this world. Honestly, I want to be like the character of Ben when I'm older because he's just so inspiring and even though he's in his retirement he still wants to do things and make everyday exciting. He doesn't want to be stuck in the house all day. He wants to go out and live his life to the best and that's why I get inspired by him. That's why I love this movie and I would highly recommend you check it out if you have not already.

5. Love Rosie

I feel like there's a little theme here as this movie stars Sam Claflin (He's so cute and I love him) but that's not why I love this movie. Well maybe a little bit. It also stars Lilly Collins. This movie is just so funny and loveable. It's about how life can get in the way of things and nothing is how you expected it to turn out. This movie is just so fun and so relatable at times. It's really great. I'm just a sucker for chick flicks and this is definetly one that I love to watch. I would highly recommend.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean

Now who does not love a bit of Captain Jack Sparrow? I love this film series. After Harry Potter this is my second favourite film series. I just feel happy when I watch this and still find some of the jokes funny. It's just one of those movies that I'd happily watch if I was in the mood to watch a movie. It's just great. I remember in the first week back at university I was in Asda doing my grocery shop and then an announcement came that the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean was out on DVD on special offer for £10. I was so happy and excited because I saw it in the cinema and absolutely loved it. I went straight to the DVD counter after the announcement and picked it up. I just love these movies.

7. Pride

If you have never seen this film then I would highly recommend you check it out. It's such a fun loving motivational movie. I actually cried at the end (and still do sometimes) but it's just so empowering and literally I feel happy whenever I put this on. I actually discovered this movie in my Media Studies class in Sixth Form and we went to go see it in the cinema. I thought it was great and I love analysing this movie. It was really great and one of my favourite movies to watch.

8. Beauty and the Beast

I have to put one of my favourite Disney movies of all time on this list. When I was a kid I absolutely loved Beauty and the Beast. I had a lot of toys and stuff which related to Beauty and the Beast like a suitcase, a jewllery box etc. I just loved it. It made me so happy everytime it was put on the TV. As I got older I realised I kind of related to Belle she's a bookworm but also felt like she was different to the rest of the town which is actually I feel at this moment in time so I feel I can kind of relate to her. I loved the original animation but I also really enjoyed watching the remake as well. They are both great in my opinion.

9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

As I was writing this list I noticed there was a lack of musicals here and I'm someone who loves watching musicals. Now I didn't include Shrek the musical or Cats on this list because even though they are my favourites they were technically filmed on a stage but honestly I love them just as equally as the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Now I absolutely love this movie. It's fun and has a lot of great music. Who doesn't love the Time Warp? I feel like this one of those under appreciated musicals but honestly it is really great. The cast is great and it's just something I'm so familiar with and could probably recite all the lines to the movie that I just love it. I've also watched the live screening of the Rocky Horror Picture which you should definetly watch. I think it's on YouTube but it is amazing. I feel like it does make a difference when you watch Rocky Horror live and listen to the audience participation. It definetly adds a fun side to the whole show which is really great.

10. The Fault In Our Stars

Finally, I'm ending this list on another tear jerker but honestly I love this film. I read the book first and cried at that then I watched the movie and cried at that as well. Honestly, this movie is just beautiful. The whole entire story is just perfect and the casting as well for Hazel and Augustus was just perfect. It's such a good movie and honestly if you've never seen this movie or read the book then I would highly suggest that you go and check it out.

I know I'm probably terrible at describing my thoughts and feelings on a movie but I just didn't want to spoil them for you in case you've never seen them (because spoilers are literally the worst thing ever). However, I feel putting the movie on the list as one of my favourites should count as a recommendation that you should check it out. Not that I expect anyone to read this will do that but you never know.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading about my top ten favourite movies. Let me know your favourite movies in the comments below and I'll be back tomorrow with another post for you. I love blogging everyday. It kind of motivates me to write blog posts and honestly I absolutely love it. It's a great feeling afterwards when you've written the blog post. If you don't have a blog then you should definetly try it because it is a fun hobby to do.

Megan x