I Gave Blood Because I Am A Big Brave Girl

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So this blog is about donating blood!

I am 31 and I have never done this, and wanted to 1, try it, and 2, do something good. Giving blood is so important and especially if you have a rare blood type as it is relied on for so many things, such as surgery, births, the list goes on.

I booked in an appointment with the Blood Donor Centre in Edinburgh. I filled in a form (you have to make sure this is 100% correct otherwise you may risk giving blood to someone who might contract something as a result. I had a few drinks the night before but that didn’t affect my blood giving, but I wouldn’t recommend it!

So the nurse popped me into a room and took a test of my blood to  make sure I had enough iron. It felt like a staple going in and sounded like it too, but wasn’t too bad at all. I then learned that I had a great amount of iron, which was amazing as a few years ago I was on iron pills to try get my levels up so that was good news!

I think went through to the other room and lay down on a bed. I was pretty nervous but they made me feel at ease immediately. I have had a few tattoos but was still not overly cool with the needle. However it wasn’t too bad, they then attached a bag and the donation began. The donation in total took ten minutes, very easy, and I was allowed to stay there for a minute while I recovered a bit. Then they popped me through to the cafe where I had a coffee and a Tunnocks teacake (what a world) and I could chill out for a bit until I felt better.

I really enjoyed my experience, and it really took no time out of my day. I however still don’t know what my blood type is (lol). You can give blood every three months and considering how easy it is, I really think I will keep up with it. There are still stipulations on who can and can’t give blood, however it would be great to start the process and then at least you know if you can or can’t at that time!

Have you donated blood? How did you find it?

T xx

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Iolla Opening Party in Stockbridge!

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So last week I had an invitation to attend the opening of Iolla, an eyewear shop who also have a branch in Glasgow. They were opening in Stockbridge, and I had been walking past the shop when it was being put together, wondering what it was going to be!

Walking in, it is a great space. You had glasses to the left, on beautiful wooden shelves, with green plants. It felt very relaxed. The range of glasses frames were excellent, with an extensive range to suit everyone. I headed out to the back room and there was a whole room dedicated to sunglasses, with some great options.

Some background on the company. Iolla in Gaelic means ‘sight’, and originally started in Glasgow. They wanted to bring a more affordable price point for glasses, whilst not compromising on style. The designs are all done in house, and are very unique and fashionable.

Here are some pictures from the event below:

As you can see, I’m a complete clown, but I seriously did love the pink ones with leopard in the first picture (called Muir, and have several colours). They had cake, cupcakes, prosecco and a DJ, and it seemed like a lot of staunch supporters of the brand were there to support the owners for the opening. The staff were all really nice and introduced themselves to me when I came in the door. There were a lot of bloggers there I recognised, and it was a really fun atmosphere with everyone really impressed with the selection and trying on their favourites.

I definitely recommend heading to them, just get your prescription up to date and then go in and ask them to style you with the  best glasses for you! I also recommend their blog on the website as they explored Stockbridge when they came to town and named their favourite places they found.

www.iolla.com

T xx

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I had a major career change. But is it any different?

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The answer is YES, btw.

So I am coming up to another full week in my new job while working out the last of my notice at my retail job. There has been a lot of adjusting to my new career (in a good way) and I have noticed some differences between the two industries and the two environments.

  1. Snacks. I can’t snack as much as I do already, because I will be very unhealthy. I am already unhealthy, but the benefit of being on your feet all day in retail and walking ALL DAY means you burn off so much. You are constantly on the move, and your 10,000 steps is usually in the bag by mid afternoon without having to try. In the office, you are sitting down for most of the day, unless you get up to go to the printer, get a coffee, pop to the loo, or go and get lunch. I have the Activity app on my Apple Watch that tells me to stand every half hour, and it’s only coming into play now. I am finding that walking to work there and back closes my Exercise ring, and the Move Goal closes alright, but it’s the stand one. Now I get why they put this on the app. I am also struggling to do 10,000 steps a day now, so I will have to find an alternative longer way home, or horror of horrors, go for a run after work.
  2. The dynamic. On the shop floor it is like you are on a stage. You can’t get into the nitty gritty of conversations, you have to watch what you say, and you have to maintain a customer voice at all times. However, in the office, as it isn’t customer facing (but still talking to customers on the phone from time to time) you really can get into a conversation while tapping away at your keyboard. Plus because I work for a beauty salon it’s not uncommon to see a video being show of skin tags being layered off. Yummers.
  3. Fashion. This also may differ office to office and shop to shop but I now can dress a bit more comfortably, wear proper shoes, and not have to worry about wearing makeup if I don’t feel like it. Being retail means makeup, clean, tidy, and fashionable clothing, and sometimes heels (puke). Some mornings when you feel like crap you still have to doll yourself up to look acceptable for the general public but somehow manage to look worse (under eye bags for real). Whereas if I am feeling a bit crap, a big jumper, comfy shoes and hair shoved up is fine.
  4. Food. Again. I can have my lunch WHENEVER I WANT. I don’t have to wait for someone to get back from their break, I don’t have someone telling me I am 1 minute late (true story). This is good for a hungry girl like me.
  5. I don’t have to tell anyone I am going to the bathroom. Enough said.
  6. Mental Health – Both jobs can have the opportunities to have stressful situations. The intensity of a busy shop floor can have an effect on stress levels and anxiety. You are pulled every which way by customers, other staff, management, you name it. In the office, the stress lies with workload and time. I have to make sure I plan out everything in advance to make sure my job is done and everything keeps running smoothly.
  7. I will miss the camaraderie of staff working together to get through a busy day. I will miss the awesome customers and talking to people from all walks of life. I am happy to be now in a job that utilises my skills in a different way while still helping women feel good about themselves.
  8. So far in my new job, I have not found any ‘soiled’ garments discarded around the workplace. But that’s a story for another day.

Retail will always have a special place in my life as it’s been the place where I have grown up, climbed the ladder, and made friends for life. I have had the pleasure of working with many great people, and hiring people who have gone on to shine bright in the company. I will miss it a lot, but am excited for my next career!

Next week I will be publishing a blog on stories from retail! Please let me know if you have any great stories, and keep it to a sentence as I will be putting them into bullet points! I am looking forward to sharing my own and other’s stories about this crazy and fun industry.

T xx

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My Favourite IPhone Apps!

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So this blog is all about my favourite apps. I have realised I am actually quite techy, and I love being organised. I also love to play games on my phone as well. So I thought I would review a few of my favourite apps and I hope that they help you too!

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Asana

Asana is my most favourite app on my phone. I love being organised and this app is amazing. I got recommended it by one of my good friends and a fellow blogger Kayleigh (her blog linked here) and it helps me day to day.

The best thing about it? When you complete a task a unicorn or a narwhal flies across the screen. I was sold, obvs.

So you can set up a team or yourself, and then set up individual projects. I have Blogging, Business, Weekly Tasks, and my New Years Resolutions. I can then fill in my tasks and log them into each projects. If you have a team you can assign people to different projects as well, and keep an eye on how everyone going.

I set my tasks to Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. This helps me to keep a track on what I am doing and if I am ahead, I can start tackling tasks that don’t have a date or are in the future to complete.

You can use this for work, personal, project planning, and so much more!

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Preview for Instagram

This app has started to become one of my favourite apps to use in partnership with Instagram. I recently started organising my feed by colour, and this app is perfect for doing that. You upload all your pictures to the app, then organise it by however you would like to organise it, by colour, or blocking, or however Beyonce does it (how cool is her feed?).

It has a range of filters so you can make every photo have the same filter. This means you can attain uniformity so your feed looks great. It also gives you great editing tools also to fine tune your image before you publish it.

You can schedule via the app, and also post via the app, however I wouldn’t recommend this, as the scheduling will remind you to post the item, but if you aren’t around your phone at that time, you will miss the opportunity to post at the opportune time. And with posting direct from the app, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to tag people in it or set your location. So I would recommend pulling all the pictures in, sorting it into the feed you want, then posting as you go. It really helps as sometimes you have a little trouble on what to post that day and it really helps to make sure you are constantly engaging with Instagram.

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Neko Atsume

Here is the history of the game before we launch into this fantastic game: “Yutaka Takazaki, the developer of the game, said that his goal was to create a game that even children could enjoy without a significant investment of skill or time.[9]While he loves cats himself, he has said that “to be honest, I do not know why this game is so popular.”[9] The game “was made between the development of other applications”.[10] Originally it was a software of the “just look and enjoy” style for players who like cats, and could be completed in 2–3 weeks for free.[11] Takazaki says, “We’re not going to put cheats or complexity in it, and we would like to pursue a game that can be enjoyed with only simple operations.”

This game was released in 2014, and I had heard a lot about it, but never played it. Well, what a journey. This game is so simple, yet so satisfying. In a world where games are getting super complicated, annoy you all the time with notifications, and take a lot of thinking to play, it really is refreshing to have a game you can just zone out and play when you want your mind to rest.

Basically you get a backyard, and a food bowl. and some silver fish to spend. You also get gold fish too, to purchase rare items. All you need to do is buy some items from the store that you think the cats would come into your backyard for, place those items in your backyard, purchase some cat food, fill up the bowl, and wait!

It takes a little while, and you can even exit the app for awhile and pop back in, but your cats should start to come. The cool bit on this app is the Catbook, so you can keep a track of what cats have come into your yard. You also have an option to take photos of the backyard which are then saved to your phone, so you can look back on it. You can also take photos of individual cats, which is good when you get rare ones. You have to just play around with what furniture and items you put in your yard. You also get left silver and gold fish by the cats. If you are lucky, you might even get a momento from a cat! You lucky lucky thing. There are 62 cats to attract, with 22 of them being rare. It also has fun music and really is a great game to play.

Have you tried any of these apps? What are your recommendations?

T xx

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I got a job!

So I have some exciting news this week…

YA GIRL GOT A JOB DOING SOCIAL MEDIA

An actual company hired little old me to take over their social media and marketing y’all.

So this is a long journey to get to this point, and really started when I reached my high point as a Store Manager of a shop in London. You are getting a cup of joe and listening this old woman ramble on darnit.

I had a complete burnout breakdown. It was the hottest summer in London for a long time, I was drinking wine like it was going out of fashion, with a 45 hour week and four hour commutes daily.

I fell out of love with retail.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew after years in retail, this wasn’t it anymore.

We moved back to Edinburgh and I got another job in retail, and it was lower down the career ladder, which was a lot better. Another job in retail followed, and in the space of two years, I suffered two major burnouts/breakdowns.

On the side of working retail, I had started a blog. It started out as a hobby, and it really has formed my writing skillzzzzz (see) and also provided an outlet. I also found that mental health really resonated with my audience so it was a great way to start talking with people and get it more out in the open. I also started to try to get into social media, I wrote for a couple of companies, covered an event, and also helped out with an events company I am proud to be of (EBC/BBE whoop). I also made some great new blogger friends who really supported what I was doing and helped me get my blog out there.

I started going on courses to reacquaint myself with marketing and also get the best knowledge of social media other than what I had figured out over the years. I ran my own blog’s social media, also helped run other peoples ones and did consultations.

I started believing in my skills and knowledge and my unique place in the industry. Then came the job hunting. What a soul destroying thing it is to fill in a million applications and get back nothing, or a pretyped letter saying thanks, but no thanks. It is a really hard process and I hunted for a job every single day for months. Over time I did get better at it (will post a blog on some tips) and my writing helped me create some great cover letters.

I applied doing social media and marketing for a beauty salon. It sounded fun and was close to my house, so I put my application in and forgot about it. I got a phone call from the boss asking a few questions about me, then got another phone call a few weeks later from the current marketing assistant asking a few more questions. I then went in for an interview with the assistant, then an interview with the boss. After that, I went in for a couple of training sessions to check I was happy with everything, and then I got the job!

Going from a retail environment to an office one is quite a big change. I manage my own time, don’t have to let anyone know I am going to the bathroom, and I can snack anytime I want. Plus I get discount on beauty treatments fulfilling my lifelong dream to be one of the Kardashians. I’ll be Karyn, obvs.

The most exciting and scary part is that my dream that I have worked hard for has come true. It’s only part time, but it means I can now go freelance and help people with their social media in Edinburgh and beyond. I can work for myself, finally get my dog, and project manage my house renovations. It means that I can work hard at a job that I love, walk home (20 minute walk) and work 9-5 with WEEKENDS.

Life will still be by no means perfect, but it is nice to know that my hard work has paid off and that I can really now enjoy the rewards of my hard work. I will still strive to rise in my new chosen profession and do the best work I can for my job and my clients.

If you are on the same journey, please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear how you are going!

T xx

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My £2.99 Beauty Secret

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I know it’s not a secret now that I have written a blog about it but humour me OKAY.

So I have discovered something new (to me anyway), something affordable, and something that I am now going to use in place of my usual.

Let me introduce you to the battle of the oval brush vs the blending sponge!

DUN DUN DUUUUUN.

So you might have read my foundation journeys (links down below) and the fact that being an oily faced girl sucks sometimes. Once you found the foundation of your dreams there is finding the best way to apply it.

So I tried a sponge, the Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge as I loved the style of it and the fact it proclaimed to get into the nooks and crannies of my eyes (which are darker than a goths soul) and it had a great texture. It did really well but the only thing was it really was a pain to make sure the foundation got into my pockmarked face. Side note: I picked at my face when I was a teen and although it is much better now there are many little scars over my face and enlarged pores that foundation likes to pour into and make it look like a muffin tin with raw mixture in it. Gross right?

So I did like my sponge but then I was in Lidl and spotted they had a makeup bit. I have seen a few bloggers review the makeup and haven’t tried it (future post maybe?) and had a nosy, but what caught my eye was the oval makeup brush for £2.99. It had pink bristles (always a winner) and a black handle. I had seen bloggers review this kind of brush and was very intrigued to see how it differed from a normal makeup brush and also a sponge.

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So I took it home and popped my foundation on my hand to warm up, then tapped a bit onto the brush and did my forehead. Wow. It was like painting a painting but more like painted white onto a ghost. It covered my skin and didn’t sink too badly into my pores. I also liked what it did for my under eye areas and actually seemed to cover. I then sealed with powder and went on with my day. I tend to work under hot lights and air conditioning, so by lunchtime my skin can often be a crazy oily mess. By the way, I will write about it, but another foundation I have tried is  The Body Shop’s Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation in Kaili Azalea (I recently discovered I have a pink tone to my skin). So anyway, I found that my skin stayed matte all day, there were no brush strokes, and my powder stayed on well.

The technique with the brush is to brush (obviously) and the sponge you have to dampen before you pop the makeup on. Sometimes I find the moisture doesn’t help with matte foundations as they are made to be adverse to water and moisture so I find the application doesn’t go on as smoothly. And the brush is synthetic so there is no product left on the bristles whether the sponge does still tend to absorb a lot of product.

I know people like to apply makeup differently but I really think the oval headed brush is the way to go. You could go crazy and get the eyeshadow, concealer, blush brush etc but really, like the sponge, you can use it for a lot. I applied my colour corrector with it and it went well and not into the fine lines underneath my eyes!

Do you use a oval brush? Or are you firmly on the sponge team?

T xx

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How to have a Great Mental Health Day

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I thought this week I would share on how I try to have a great Mental Health day so that I feel great at the end of the day and not crazy tired or burned out, and to not have regretful feelings about not having done certain things. I tend to put pressure on myself to get many things achieved in a day and forget to have fun, breathe, and rest.

First of all, I try and have a great sleep. Often it takes me awhile to wind down, so I allow half hour, an hour if I can to start winding down, and not look at my phone or iPad, and reading a book, colouring, or meditating.

When I wake up in the morning I try not to hit snooze as often that makes me feel more tired. I also try to think of 3 things I am grateful for before I get up. This really helps set the mood for the day.

I have a little morning routine that ensures no stress in the morning and I get time to chill out before I head out for the day.

At work, it is often quite busy so I make sure that I am mindful and in the moment with customers and staff, and make sure that I am not taking on too much. Lunchtime I am tempted to work on my blog or other things, but I read a book and enjoy the moment and rest.

After work, I sometimes walk home to debrief from the day, especially if it has been a busy and stressful day. That means I can leave work at work and feel great when I walk through the door of my house.

I write 3 great things about my day in a book that I keep on my desk and explore if things haven’t gone well and why. Sometimes I will write about triggers and why they come up, and then write myself advice for the next time.

Nearing bedtime I will do some yoga and meditate from an app that my doctor gave me (although any one is great) and then take time to relax without technology by reading, which is one of my favourite pastimes. This helps with insomnia as a few pages in I am often asleep!

This is by no means what I do every day, and often I do miss steps, as everyone does. The other thing is, not everything here will work for you. The important thing is that you make sure you shake up your day to make time for you. These steps took me a long time to implement into my life as I did not put my mental health first, but I know if I do at least one of these things over a day, I will feel better.

So have a look at your day. Are your mornings rushed? Could you afford to go to bed a little earlier (or at least try) and get up earlier? Do you make sure you have breakfast and get yourself ready for the day without feeling rushed?

Do you remain in the moment over the day, making sure you are thinking about the tasks at hand and when things get busy, to make sure anxiety doesn’t creep in by remaining in the moment?

What exercise do you do? You can do whatever feels right to you, but making sure you are moving for at least 20 minutes a day can really help with your mental health. Getting out for a brisk walk on your lunch can really help blow the cobwebs away and take you out of your environment.

Lastly, what do you do to wind down at night? It can be anything, but preferably non technological, so your mind can rest. I like to read, or colour in, or talk about my day.

There can be a lot to do to sort your mental health routine, but it is so worth it. When you start feeling unwell, you know there are practical things you can do to start the road to feeling better. And you don’t have to do it all in one day. As long as you try and do at least a few a day, you are on your way.

What are your never fail ways to make sure you feel great all day? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Review: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

Hi guys!

So I have just finished off my tube of my most favourite foundation ever.

Now if you have been reading my blog over the last few months you will know that I have been on the hunt for the perfect foundation. Now I think I have found it!

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (my shade is Kaiki Azalea).

I went into the Body Shop for a nosy as I love their body creams but I had also seen that they had come out with a new foundation. The Body Shop are also cruelty free and vegan so perfect for a lot of people. It has tea tree oil in it and the website proclaims it to be a breathable yet full-coverage matte finish. It also says it is resistant to water and sweat.

The lady in the shop asked if I wanted to be matched and then made up – well of course! She was great, applying the foundation with a brush and getting my skin tone match perfect. I wore it out of the shop and then applied it the next day with my sponge. I then went to work under air conditioning and hot lights, and it held up well. I had set it with matte powder as I love a super matte face but sometimes foundations don’t keep with the conditions and the powder and fail around 3pm or so. This one did really well, just showing up my exscema a little bit (but it’s quite bad atm) and that was it!

I have started using synthetic oval makeup brushes instead of my sponge and have found that the product works even better with it also, not sinking into the pores but minimising them. The pinkish tones of my face matched well with the foundation so there wasn’t a marked difference once blended, it just looked like my skin. After trying the thick Kat Von D foundation (link below) it really helped that this one was very light, and while matte, wasn’t drying, as I have been sick over the winter period and blowing my nose so my nose and top lip have been dry as well as my skin. It moisturised it and I didn’t see loose skin or anything, which is a result. Plus it helped me look less of a ghoul sneezing everywhere.

The only downside is the shade selection. With people like Rihanna upping the game with a million foundation shades, it would be great and needed for companies like the Body Shop to step up their game and offer these shades for everyone. It would be denying product to customers who already have a tough time finding foundation and will probably become lifelong customers of the brand.

So there it is guys. Unless I find another amazing foundation, this is the end of my journey to find foundation. When I kick it back up again, you guys will be the first to know!

T xx

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Changing Who You Are For The Better!

Hi team!

So this blog is very personal, and might surprise a few people that know me. However it is important to me to be honest and open as it really helps my journey, and hopefully will help you too. On the lifelong road to recovery from anxiety and depression, I am learning so much about myself and working on my faults and habits I would like to change. I’d like to note as I am much better now, these traits don’t show their face as often, but they were very prevalent during high school and university when I really struggled.

One that has been in action and out of action since high school is temper and cruelty. This might be a strong tagging of these qualities but it really helps me to show how far I could and have gone. This one is a side that I work on every single day to keep in check and while it is one that only comes out from time to time, it is one that I do not like about myself and would like to settle once and for all.

So everyone gets angry, sure. I tend to take it out on people that don’t deserve it, or didn’t ask for it. Instead of leaving the situation, I stay and let my mouth run. And I have said some bullshit when the red veil goes down. It is because I get anxious and feel like I am being held down. Basically if I feel I am backed into a corner I attack with words and malice. It is something that I have fought all my life, because I hate being told what to do by someone I don’t respect, and hate being told off for stuff I have done wrong, as I get embarrassed easily.

I have a lot of pride and when it gets knocked down, I get quite ragey. I also baited people in conversations to start an argument, even though I am not a confrontational person.

Surprised? Me too. When I started looking at this habit I started thinking about all the things over the years that I have done and started to get a bit cringe. Its something I am not proud of at all and that people do not deserve. It is something I am working on, and instead just leaving the room, writing down my anger, or thinking about what I can do next time instead of launching into a tirade.

Next one is cruelty. I have previously said and do things that intentionally make people hurt. This one doesn’t come out that often, but when it comes out it really comes out. It is an awful habit to break and one that i really am ashamed of. If I feel that I am backed into a corner, or if I am really mad at someone, I sometimes do into this tirade. Now I usually place myself into peoples shoes and try and figure out why I am getting mad at them. But sometimes you just go straight to the rage mode. And sometimes to their faces. Not good. A little heated honest two way discussion is fine, but a full blown attack is not. I used to be a self destructive person. I would say and do things to make people stay away from me. This habit is a tough one to break but I work on it every single day and while I do slip up sometimes, I am proud of how far I’ve come.

I would sit down and write about what qualities you like, and what qualities you don’t like about yourself. The key is that this is not perfectionism, everyone needs to feel emotions (and when you are depressed feeling emotions is a big step), however think about when it affects others and puts a strain on relationships. I am lucky to have a lot of loyalty in my life but I have easily lost friends over the years through my actions. Almost think of it as your deadly sins. Talk to the people around you and tell them you are acknowledging your actions. Talk openly and honestly about it and take responsibility for it. This is the way to push your relationships forward and become stronger for it. Ask someone to help you on your journey. Try not to put yourself in situations and remove yourself if it gets too much. You don’t have to explain why, and then you can go back and talk when you feel ready.

So here are some tips.

  1. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. A classic.
  2. Take yourself out of the room. Write your words down and then burn them. Just don’t burn down the house. Bad.
  3. Take a long breath, and remember if someone is pissing you off, you don’t need to tell them there and then. Add some time and space.
  4. Don’t feel you have to be so open with people. You can just not answer people if you want. Or tell them you don’t want to discuss certain things with them. You are responsible for what you think and feel, but you don’t have to share it with the world.

Tell me, what’s your ‘thing’ you work on daily? And if you are brave, please tell me in the comments, I’d love to help you.

T xx

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I Bought an Apple Watch Series 1 in 2018!

Hi guys!

This week I am talking about my Apple Watch that I closed my eyes and hit buy on Boxing Day. Oh boy am I eating noodles for the next few months!

So an Apple Watch, really any smart watch is really a luxury. You really don’t NEED one. Its almost an upgraded version of a beeper, except mine tells me to stand up all the time which over the festive period is annoying as you want to be in your bed watching Friends.

I bought one off Music Magpie secondhand in Acceptable Condition, and its pretty much perfect. It only didn’t come with a charger and it didn’t have brand new straps with it but its in great shape. I followed a similar route when I bought my iPhone (link to blog at end of blog) in that I didn’t go for the latest, I went for one in my budget and one that does what I want it to do.

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After wearing it for a few days, and getting used to it it’s very interesting. In a world of constant beeps of phones, loudness in cities, and everything else, I did wonder if my anxiety would come into play with me being tapped on and beeped at all the time. As it turns out, my phone is now more annoying. My watch has a good range of apps that have moved over from the phone so I get notifications about emails etc but Facebook and Twitter updates are just very simple and I can’t go into the app from my phone so it means if it doesn’t matter straight away, its fine. I do like bells and whistles on my phone but I think I might take a more sedate approach with it to live a quieter life.

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The other great thing about this is the Activity app. I chose my settings for Exercise, Move, and Stand goals for the day and then saw how it went over a day. I also have a Pedometer app on it also trying break that holy 10,000 steps mark (which over the festive period is very hard to achieve at least for this woman) and seeing what I actually do over a day.

At work, because I am a shop girl and am on my feet all day, its very easy to get over 10,000 steps, with one day going over 20,000 as I went running errands after work also. I also managed to close out my Move and Exercise rings as well, showing that I really do have an active job and while I veg out on my days off, it really isn’t as bad as I thought!

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I also love find super weird that you can answer calls with it, rendering you the dream of people in the 80’s. I tried this with my husband in the same house and it was really weird. I’m not sold on it, but you never know, around the house it could be alright. I hate being that person with headphones on and phone up in the air in public so I can imagine what me talking into my watch will look like.

I also find interesting paying with my watch. I LOVE this on my phone, and its very bad as I’m obsessed with paying with my phone now instead of my cash or cards, which means my wallet is now useless. However paying with your Apple Watch is very weird and I am not sure I will make it a part of every day but it is cool to try out. Mostly as the cashiers look at you like you are a little bit nuts.

You can find a lot of apps on the phone that migrate with you, and even some great games on there too. With the companion app on your iPhone, you can set clock faces (hello Minnie Mouse!) and also tweak your settings, apps, and customise everything about it. It has a dedicated app store also, so you can see what you can put on your watch to aid you everyday. I don’t tend to have too much on to be honest, just stuff like the weather, messages, email, and all the fitness stuff.

You can store music on it also, and hook it up to bluetooth speakers or headphones. You can also use the iTunes remote on there to DJ at your parties or gatherings. I haven’t done this too much yet but can see that in the summertime when the weather is fine you can reach right up and touch the – sorry. Got into a Shaggy song there.

Straps are a big deal too. You can have fancy pants straps with pearls and jewels, or you can dial it back to a silicone no nonsense watch. I obvs am eying up a gold glitter strap and a hot pink silicone strap as I am me, but there are so many options besides Apple’s options on Ebay too, just worth a search!

At work I don’t have my phone on the floor at all so the watch is good as I would like to just use it as a watch sometimes and don’t have time to check every notification that comes in over the day. However on my days off it means that when I am in the zone, I can see whats important and should be addressed re an important email.

If you are looking to get one of these, definitely try out a few. Some are more Sport focused, some are definitely more luxury, but if you are wading in, head over to a website like Music Magpie to see whats on offer and if you can get a good condition one. Often people just upgrade like crazy so you may end up getting a watch that wasn’t worn or used that often for a great price. And as for the reason for getting one? It doesn’t matter.

Have you got one? Tell me the apps you use!

T xx

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