How to Deal with Negativity (And Negative People)

Negativity. What a disheartening term, and unfortunately, it is something that is becoming more and more of a problem. There is negativity almost everywhere you look, and a lot of it can come from people who refuse to exist on the bright side. Negativity is particularly dreadful because it is toxic – it is like a disease. It has the ability to ruin what was a great day, and suck you into being negative too. It can also be quite hard to deal with, especially when it is coming from people around you, and once that devilish toxin has taken hold of you, it can often be quite hard to shake it. Now I know this might sound very optimistic (but you’re going to have to deal with it because I have always been the glass-half-full kind of girl), but there are too many things that you can be positive and happy about, if only you learn to think about that rather than all of the other things that are trying to drag you down. There are ways to escape the bite of this evil negativity creature, and so today that is what we are going to discuss. Keep reading to find out more xx

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The Ultimate Pre-travel Process and Checklist

There are many things that one needs to do pre-travel to have a successful trip, but I know that this can sometimes seem like quite a lot to get done and you might not know what order to get it done in. The list mustn’t discourage you. That’s why today I wanted to go through, at least what I’ve found to be, the ultimate pre-travel process and checklist to ensure that you not only get everything done before your trip but also that you can do it in a non-stressful and systematic way. If you happen to be thinking about going on a trip, then I’d highly recommend you check out this list so that you get everything done and don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress.

How to Have a Savvy Safari Trip

Who of you has ever gone on safari? Or in other words, gone to the bush or on game drives. Just a heads up, I will be using those terms interchangeably throughout this blog post. You have been warned. Anyhow, if you have ever had the privilege of doing something along those lines, I’m sure you’ll agree that it is a truly unique and magical experience. If you haven’t, then I really hope you get the chance to in the future. Now going on one of these trips is absolutely fantastic, and living in a country where I can go on them quite often, I certainly take advantage of this. But, as with all trips, certain things just make it overall that much nicer, and seeing as though I am spending this weekend in the bush, I thought I’d share some tips with you. If you are looking to go to the bush, or are about to embark on a safari trip, then here are some tips for you that will help you have the best safari trip ever. I hope you enjoy it!

Practical Advice for Short Courses

What a lot of you might not know is that I am currently taking a gap year, having graduated high school at the end of 2018, and am filling my gap year with short courses — kind of to help me figure out what I’d like to study and do in the future. I recently came home from a short course at Oxford University in England and am about to leave for another short course at Stanford University in the USA. I am currently preparing for my Stanford trip, and I kept thinking back to all the practical things I had learnt while on my Oxford short course and I felt that this was something that someone else might need. After all, no instructions were lying around about how to handle a short course and so, for all of you who might need this advice in the future, or those who are considering signing up for a short course, I’d say go for it! Just make sure that you read some of this advice beforehand because I wish I’d had this before I left. At least I now have it for round two. So if a short course sounds like it would be in your future, I’d highly recommend just taking a quick skim read of this before you embark on your journey xx

10 Tips for Visa Appointments

I know that I speak a lot about travel on this blog. From travelling tips with your significant other to managing time in airports or on long haul flights, but one thing that I have forgotten to mention about travelling is the visas. The most important part of travel, and yet it somehow seems to slip my mind about its importance. Visas are crucial to travel because unless you have a very powerful passport, you most likely will need a visa to enter and spend time in another country. The only issue is that the process for getting a visa is long, intricate, usually very annoying and frustrating and can end up seeming to be more hassle than it’s worth. Getting a visa requires specific planning to ensure that you get it in time for your trip, but also to ensure that the process itself goes smoothly. I recently had to get a visa and let me tell you; I could not be more thankful that that is over! It was just so long, and frustrating and tiring, and the whole process was enough of a mission that I could only take a deep breath out when I walked out of the embassy, my visa request approved. Wheewww! However, after surviving that experience, I realised that throughout the process, there are ways to make things go a lot smoother. If you’re curious to find out what these 10 tips, keep reading!

Long Distance Relationships: 10 Tips for Making it Work

Long distance relationships. Sometimes in life, relationships have to adapt to the way life goes, and sometimes, that means choosing to have a long distance relationship. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a long distance relationship. A lot of people are in them, and they stay together through the period they are apart and manage everything just fine, but don’t let this fool you into thinking it is always easy. Just like a relationship where you live five minutes away from each other, long distance relationships still take effort, work and commitment from both people. For those of you who are in long distance relationships or have been in one before, I’m sure that you can agree that it is not always easy. Sometimes problems crop up, and there are issues or concerns, and the distance makes it harder to deal with them. The trick is not to let the distance become the problem.
If you are looking for tips or advice on how to get through it, keep reading to discover the ten tips I have learnt in handling long distance relationships

London for First-timers: A Ten Tip Survival Guide

London is an incredible city to visit. It is full of excitement and beauty and attracts millions of people every year from all over the world. It has a remarkable history and is filled with all sorts of attractions, activities, and locations that can satisfy all ages and kinds of people. The only problem with this fantastic city is that all of the hustle and bustle can be quite intimidating for first-time visitors, which can mean that people don’t get the opportunity to enjoy their time there fully. And that is just a terrible loss. However, if you note how ‘relaxed’ and confident a lot of people look when they move through the city, you’ll soon see that, with a few tips and things to remember, London is actually not so intimidating and is pretty easy to navigate without causing you too much stress. Now, I may not be a local in London, but I have had the privilege of travelling there quite often, and over time, I have learnt these tricks through a variety of experiences and talking to people more familiar with the city than me. You don’t need to be intimidated by London, as long as you have an open mind and keep these few tips in your thoughts. So if you are planning a trip to London and the idea of this international melting pot is intimidating you, then read these tips and soon you will be walking around and managing your day as confidently as the locals, maybe even more so.

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

For many countries around the world, tomorrow (Sunday, May 12th) will be Mother’s Day. A chance for us to shower our various mothers in love and appreciation and if you are the mothers, get lots of sincere love and a day filled with fun. Now, as much as getting a gift can be important for some on Mother’s Day, I think the most important thing to think about is how to spend the day. You want to make sure that you get to celebrate it in a fun and exciting way, but also in a way that everyone will enjoy. Everyone is different though, which is why it can sometimes be hard to decide how to spend this lovely day. Sometimes, people spend Mother’s Day with the whole family, and there are big family events and celebrations, but other times, it is just the two of you. No matter how many of you are celebrating Mother’s Day together though, you all deserve to do something fun and that you enjoy. So, if you are struggling to find inspiration, here are a few suggestions for fun ways to spend Mother’s Day.

10 Tips for Giving a Great Presentation!

There is that word. The dreaded presentation, cue a dramatic sigh from the audience. I’m sure that everyone has had to do some form of presentation at least once in their life. It could have been a speech or a presentation with a slideshow, or even just prepared reading, but I am sure that none of us have been able to escape doing a presentation. If you have though, congratulations on managing to avoid them! For some of us, presentations are a breeze, and you can cook one up in five minutes and speak as if you are the most put-together confident person in the room. But that is not always the case. Sometimes, presentations can be a lot of hard work to prepare, but even more so to deliver because speaking in front of an audience, whether that audience is big or small or filled with strangers or people you know, can be terrifying. However, there are tips that can still help you give a great presentation, no matter the circumstances? Interested? Well keep reading to find out more …

How to Speed Clean Your Room in Seven Easy Steps

Nobody likes cleaning (okay I know that is a broad statement, but it isn’t common for people to enjoy cleaning so if you do happen to like cleaning, please ignore that statement) but it is something that we all have to do. One place we all have to clean though is our bedrooms. No matter where you live, whether it is with your parents, in a dorm or an apartment or house on your own, the one room that all of those have in common is your bedroom. Now some people don’t think cleaning is essential, but nobody truly wants to live in a messy space because it is not hygienic, it can make you feel claustrophobic, and it is simply not good for your mental state to live somewhere messy. The truth is that cleaning is hard work and sometimes the thought of it is draining enough that we never get to it. The idea of doing it is intimidating, but not I am telling you that it doesn’t have to be. As hard as cleaning can be, you can actually get your room clean quickly and efficiently in seven simple steps. Curious? Read more to find out these seven simple steps.