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Lessons You Will Never Be Taught In a Classroom

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Ever finished university and thought to wait…how do taxes work? How do I pay bills? Or, what even are mortgages? Same. The funny thing about school is, you learn the ins and outs of a plant cell but you never really seem to learn about the real world.

 

  • Networking

If only our teachers shoved the importance of networking down our throats like they did homework. When a networking opportunity arises, take it with both hands. Not only will you have the chance to practice your communication skills but you could also be shaking hands with your future employer or business partner.  

 

 

  • Perseverance Is Key

If you’re reading this, you were probably like me, the awkward slightly overweight kid who came last in every Sports Day event for 6 years running. Yes, you may not be the Usain Bolt of the school but at least you picked yourself up every year and gave it another try.

 

 

  • Wisdom comes from life experience, not textbooks.

Remember when George shot Lennie and you had to write a 3000 word essay on it? It was pretty much pointless. Most of the lessons you learn about life come from actually experiencing it, so why not just swap AQA for adventures?

 

 

 

 

  • How to Handle Money  

They say ‘the dream is free but the hustle is sold separately’. The hard realisation after coming out of full-time education is that you won’t be able to swipe mummy and daddy’s credit card forever. We have all been in that situation where you feel like treatin’ yo self but your credit card is probably going to decline after buying a croissant.

 

 

  • It’s Okay To Make Mistakes

It was frowned upon to make mistakes inside the classroom and if you did teachers (like mine) would say ‘did you not try hard enough?’ Well, isn’t ironic that some of life’s most important lessons are learned from making ‘mistakes’?

 

 

 


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7 Simple Reasons Why Your Best Friend is a Lifesaver

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To the one person who is honest enough to tell you that you can’t pull off mom jeans, we value you. Thank you for your straight up realness, sass and words of wisdom in difficult situations because without you, we don’t know where we would be.

 

1. When you’re in a club and you really need to pee, your best friend comes with you and waits inside the cubicle so you don’t have to go alone.

2. Even though it may pain them inside, they let you borrow their favourite mascara or they even help you with your contouring.

3. They offer to pay your share of the bill when you forget your purse at home and insist that you don’t have to pay them back

4. They give you the best advice about your love life and they can bail you out when you’re stuck in an awkward situation because they know you so well.

5. They don’t hold back on telling you the truth, whether it’s telling you that you look bloated or saying that your Instagram selfie was not up to standards, at least they’re honest.

6. They cover for you when you’re grounded and make up a lie to your parents saying that they’re at netball club, when really you’re going on a date with your boyfriend to Nando’s.

7. They are the only ones who will tell you that your breath stinks or that you have something stuck in between your teeth or that you have an ugly spot below your chin and offer to pop it for you, gross but helpful.

 


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10 Things Every Twenty Something Girl Should Have In Her Home

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I’m a firm believer that your space is a reflection of your state of mind and your personality. I pretty much guarantee you that having a well-decorated, chic and organised home will make you more happy and successful.

 

Placemats

because you definitely don’t want guests to leave coffee stains on your brand new shiny IKEA table

A cactus or flowers in a nice vase

– one of the best ways to add some colour and life to your home without spending a fortune

A pretty rug

– whether big or small, it can add some colour to your home and make your space feel inviting and cosy

A flea market/charity shop find

– a unique piece adds a slight edge to your home that you will never find in a furnishing store

A nice set of hangers

– nothing beats thin non slip hangers which keep your closet organised and make more room on the rack

A scented candle

– there is nothing like setting a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere than lighting a candle

Framed Artwork

– add a bit of chic and comfort to your home, you could even frame a family/friends photo for a personal touch

A fancy set of wine glasses and matching cutlery sets

– this might make you feel like you’re turning into your mum but this is a huge adult step

A designated workspace

– this will make you feel like your life is in order and is makes you much more productive than sitting on your bed or the sofa

A Kitchen Drink Appliance

– whether it’s a smoothie blender, coffee maker or kettle you definitely need one to make your mornings a little bit easier

 


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Falling Apart? 5 Ways Millennials Can Put Themselves Back Together – Right Now

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Are you at that point in your life when all of your friends are getting engaged or are having kids, but you still cry into your Happy Meal when Andy gives away his toys in Toy Story 3? Well, pull yourself together because there is no time like the present to get your life back in order.

 

Caffeinate

 

I won’t get into the coffee or tea debate but I will say that you need to cease the day properly and what better way than a hot beverage? To the person who made the quote ‘throw your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and handle it’ you’re my spirit animal.

 

Make a To Do List

 

Nothing beats the feeling of crossing off something from a long list of things to do. If at the end of the day, you have enough clean underwear to last you two weeks and your email inbox is empty, you will feel like an Olympic Gold Medalist.

 

 

Sweat It Out

 

Nothing quite says ‘I have my life together’ than hitting the gym and absolutely crushing a workout. So lace up your trainers, scrape back your hair and throw in your earphones and exercise. Oh and remember to Snapchat yourself at the gym whilst you’re at it, so that all of your friends feel super jealous.

 

Unplug

 

No I’m not asking you to give me an organ, I’m just simply asking you to put your phone down for an hour or two during the day to properly unwind. One of the worst things you can do right now is to scroll through countless Instagram posts of people who seem to have picture perfect lives.

 

Manage your money

 

Yes, it’s the dreaded M-word. But trust me, you will be thanking me after you have organised your expenses and have finally become up-to-date with your bills, taxes etc. Also who knows, at the end of the day you may realise you have enough money to treat yo self to something special.  

 

 

 

 


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The 2 Most Inspirational Movies for Millennials

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely in no way shape or form a film critic. However, if you feel like you’re on the verge of a quarter life crisis and want some clarity and inspiration on the meaning of life and other life lessons in your twenties, then I’m here to help!

 

Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

If you haven’t seen this movie, then are you even a millennial? Regardless of the amazing soundtrack, there is an important phrase they use throughout the entire film, ‘it’s all happening.’  Instead of getting caught up in the past and future, the film says to live for the now. Because despite the societal pressures of how successful we are going to be, or where we are going to be in 5 years, or even who we are going to marry, we forget what it means to be a human.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012)

This is one of the best coming of age films EVER. Even though Emma Watson’s American accent was a little dodgy in the film, the idea of ‘infinite moments’ is a memorable one.

It doesn’t matter that everything doesn’t really matter, or that life is just a bunch of experiences built up. The idea is that one moment can change everything; that one moment can last forever.   

 

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Feeling a bit Broke? 5 Great Date Night Ideas For You!

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Does Netflix and sweatpants for date night all seem a bit too familiar to you?  Keeping your relationship sparkly when you’re on a budget may require a little more effort but there are plenty of creative ways to make it happen and make it fun.

 

  1. Start a ‘Fun Fund’- why not create a joint account or put a money jar on the counter, and deposit any gifts you receive as a couple or money you make together.  It’s important to talk about how much you both are willing to put aside for date nights, weekend excursions and surprise adventures.                                                                   
  2. Buy a portable grill – take home cooking up a notch and go to a park to make your own meal. The possibilities for Snapchat-worthy views and sunset kisses are endless. Oh and there are no dirty dishes to wash afterwards, it’s a win-win!                                                             
  3. Explore Nature – make a weekend trip out of visiting a National Park or an intriguing forest nearby. Why not take it that step further and bring a tent, some marshmallows, and matches? Plus, if you hike up a mountain together the Instagram photo opportunities can be insane. #RelationshipGoals                                                            
  4. Rent a Tandem – there is nothing more enjoyable than riding along a beautiful path beside your partner. Google the most scenic and the best bike routes in your area and make a proper day out of it.                                                             
  5. Paint Outside – Grab some tubes of acrylic and two blank canvases (or even watercolours and paper which are more budget friendly) and paint or draw each other. Amp things up by packing a simple but tasty picnic for afterwards.

  


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What Does Your Zodiac Sign Say About Your Love Life

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We have all flicked through magazines to get to the back page to see what our star sign says about us as a person. Scarily enough, most of it is really relatable and we can actually see ourselves being and doing what it says underneath our sign. If you have ever wondered what your sign says about your love life then scroll down to it below.

 

Aries

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You are an independent woman and sometimes it can be hard for an Aries to form a relationship because she’s so strong-willed.

 

 

 

 

 

Taurus

When you find a man, you hold on tight, Taurus women definitely want relationships. However, sometimes they may get a bit jealous and a little clingy.

 

 

 

 

 

Gemini

Geminis are natural communicators and have very creative souls. They are known for their charm, chattiness, and charisma.

 

 

 

 

 

Cancer

Cancers are maternal and emotional, they love to nurture others. However, they can sometimes take things too personal when they shouldn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

Leo

Leos are the most charming and loyal partners out of them all. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and can be quite sensitive.

 

 

 

 

 

Virgo

Virgos take pride in everything they do and like to make sure that their partner is happy in a relationship. They prefer long and stable relationships rather than short flings.

 

 

 

 

 

Libra

Libras care about their partners a lot and are considerate and attentive to their partner’s needs. However, they can sublimate their own needs and desires as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpio

Scorpios don’t trust others that easily and are often slightly suspicious of other people’s behaviour. However, they are brilliant at solving issues because they like talking things through properly.

 

 

 

 

Sagittarius

Sagittarius women tend to break more hearts than any others as they can sometimes have problems with commitment and won’t hesitate to run out the door.

 

 

 

 

 

Capricorn

Capricorns don’t like to waste their time on just anyone. They may be picky but they are patient and are most likely to wait for the right guy to come along.

 

 

 

 

 

Aquarius

Aquarians are free spirits and hate to be tied down, they like their space when it comes to relationships. The love life of an Aquarius is fuelled by adventure and imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

Pisces

Pisces are humble but can find it difficult to connect with others. They make a great companion, are selfless and in love of helping others.

 

 

 

 

 


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5 Life Lessons from Beyoncé

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Beyoncé could probably stop the world if she wanted to. Her music and captivating visuals will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of anger, sassiness, love and sadness. 

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  • Never give up on yourself – In the words of Bey, ‘I’ma keep running. Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves’.

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  • Your actions affect others – When Beyoncé sings ‘What a wicked way to treat the girl who loves you’ – she’s saying humanity is based on the sense of community. Community lifts people up and inspires people and the way we treat others, directly or indirectly matters.

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  • Be true to you above all else – She says ‘I tried to change. Closed my mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less awake.’ Don’t change who you are because it will only dull you down.

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  • Girl Power – ‘A diva is a female version of a hustler’. Bey says women are very in control of their own lives, and much like a hustler, they are competitive, spirited, and dominant.

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  • Show independence – ‘The clothes I’m wearing, I’ve bought it/ the rock I’m rocking’, cause I depend on me. Ever since her Destiny’s Child days, Beyoncé has been an advocate for independence and women defining themselves by their own accomplishments.

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4 Questions to Figure out Your Life Passion

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We are told to follow our passion, but how do we follow it if we don’t know what the heck it is? It may be difficult to find, but asking yourself these questions could give you a boost in the right direction.

 

1. ‘What couldn’t you live without?’

If you can’t imagine not doing something then it’s a passion. It doesn’t have to be something that will make you money, like your job. Make your money some way that will give you the time for what you really love to do.

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2.  ‘What subject could I read 500 books about without getting bored?’

Ok, maybe 500 was a bit over the top, but seriously if you’re not excited about this subject then think to yourself, what’s the point? Your passion should intrigue and fascinate you in a way that nothing else can or ever will.

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3. ‘What could I do for five years straight without getting paid?’

To be honest, the thought of not getting paid to work gives us the shudders too.  Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo journalist and novelist, once said: ‘Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing’. So if your job doesn’t make you dread waking up in the morning then it’s 99.9% likely to be the job for you.

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4. ‘Am I working too hard/ not working hard enough to find my passion?’

Inspiration may strike some people in an instant. Suddenly they get that ‘Eureka’ moment and know what they should be doing with their lives. But for most of us it takes work and time. They say ‘your true passion is not found overnight, but is realised through series of discoveries of small interests’.

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