Thursday, 30 July 2015

5 Things Full Time Work has Taught me...

Now that I've graduated from university, I've had to step into the real world and get a job where I work 40 hours a week and earn some money. It's either that or head home to my parents for the long term which would meant giving up my new flat...

But working just 40 hours a week isn't the bed of roses that I first thought - I mean, I've worked all the way through my degree so am not scared of a full days work, but working all the hours in the week has taught me a thing or two. Which today I thought I'd share...

1. It could be worse. - It may not be fun getting up again for another day at work but I have to keep reminding myself that it could in fact be worse and that I'm lucky to have a little job. Without the job as we've already established I'd lose my flat and my independence that I've worked so hard to keep.

2. You will be tired. - There is time that it all seems to much and that I am the most tired that I ever have been which is something that I didn't factor in. In fact, there are days when I come in from work and am then asleep all night. I have to use my days off to recover from the rest of the week - which is awful I know!

3. Savour the days off. - When you have a day off, I've learnt not to waste it. I know that I need to use these days to relax, recharge and unwind but I like to make sure that I manage to see something or achieve something on my constantly growing to-do list.

4.The Customer is not always right - The first thing you learn in customer service is that the customer is always right. Full time work has confirmed to me that this is not the case and that there is an art to managing to allow the customer to believe they are right whilst helping them alter their view...

5. Money is not everything. - I work for money to be able to afford nice things and although I am earning more than I ever have, working full time like my OH has taught me that although the money is good, nothing can change the value of quality time spent together. No money could every replace that and therefore money doesn't make me happy.

I'm learning to get the hang of this full time lark, and I'm getting there but it will take time to 100% make it...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tips for the perfect BBQ Steak.

Summer is here and although the Great British weather never quite seems to know what it is it it should be up to, it is time to roll out the BBQ's and enjoy some proper sausages and burgers. There always seems to be a debate about which meat makes  the perfect BBQ, from steak to sausages and burgers to fish with a whole host of sides, but  today I'm sharing the tips for a perfect BBQ'd steak courtesy of Asda.

1. Buy the best you can afford. - I know that we're on a budget and things can get  pretty pricey per head when you start looking at all the different types of meat, but the more expensive the meat, the better it's going to be.

2. Make sure your meat is at room temperature. - The meat is basically a muscle and needs to relax, so the worse thing you can do is stress it out by throwing it on the BBQ and making it go from cold to hot in 30 seconds. Aim to take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before it needs cooking.

3. Rest your meat. - You'd rest a chicken or joint of meat when it was cooked, so why forget to do the same for your steak? Rest it and let the meat relax!

4. Poke your meat. - Rather than cutting your meat to see whether it is cooked, poke it. All you have to remember is if it is squishy it'll be rare and if it is bouncy it'll be more well done...

5. Use your face to tell how well done a steak is. - If you poke your cheek, this is how a rare steak should feel. If you poke your chin, this is how a medium cook and if you poke your forehead, this is how a well done steak should feel. Easy!

I love having a BBQ, I just can't stand the fact that whenever I plan to BBQ I land up in the pouring rain with an umbrella. I suppose now I know that regardless of what mother nature throws at me, the food will be perfect...

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, I did not receive any other compensation.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Bringing the Tech Geek out of the Girl.



Technology has taken over the world and is changing at a rate that sometimes I struggle to keep up with. Mobile phones do not leave hands and sometimes I wonder whether technology is ruining the way we all interact. I do not hate technology, I'm just slightly averse to it. For years I have avoided using online banking, and freaked out by contact-less cards and the idea of Apple Pay has actually blown my mind.

So when I got the chance to have a play with Playstation 4 Project Morpheus Headset, I figured I would be embarrassingly awful in front of the developers. They set me up with a game shooting which meant I needed the hand-eye coordination to shoot, reload the gun and generally interact with the environment within the game.


Thankfully I wasn't!


All I can say is I really, really, really want a Playstation 4 with the headset. I love the fact that you are actually submerged in the game and that no matter where you look you are within the bubble that is the game. (I turned around at one point and behind me was the back door of the van that I was sat in, which is very odd considering I was actually sat in a slightly darkened room...)

Supposedly the headset launches Fall 2016 and although noone seems to know the exact price, the speculated price seems to be about £200.

Gives me just enough time to get saving!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I attended the Playstation Summer Event and was blown away by the games!


Monday, 20 July 2015

Graduation!


This is me. Last week on the morning of my graduation. A day that there were points in my time at univeristy that I didn't think I'd make it to. There has been massive highs and lows, I've made friends and lost friends and although sometimes I wish things had turned out differently, I regret nothing. 
Graduation itself was massive emotional because it was me letting go of being a student. Being a student is a massive part of my identity, both here in my little corner of the internet and for those people who actually know me, so it is really odd that my time in education is actually over. I haven't fully got a game plan for the future, at the moment there is no graduate job lined up for me. I will be looking for something but for now, I'm still reveling in the fact I made it. 

Thankyou Portsmouth!

Friday, 3 July 2015

#OOTD - The Interview

As mentioned in my recent post, my weeks have been busy and mad, but one thing I have done is begun to think about the world of graduate jobs but to get to that perfect job there is so many stages that begins with the initial application, leads on the assessment days and then the interviews. Today I'm sharing my interview #OOTD which is of the budget variety for all us students with overdrafts and very little money left at the end of the year.

Anti-Clockwise from Top Left
Orange Wrap Front Blouse from Asda - £12
Bootcut Trousers from Asda - £6
Lace Up Shoe Boots from New Look - £27.99
Stretch Button Front Blazer from New Look - £22.99
Silver Engraved Plate Necklace from Newlook - £12.99



Thursday, 2 July 2015

Change in a heartbeat.

The past few weeks have been somewhat hectic, from work to moving house to interviews and as usual this meant that my little corner of the internet has been somewhat neglected.

Its a time of change.

I finished my last exam 6 weeks ago but its only now that I'm coming to terms with the idea that I won't be going back to university. Never again will I be able to live the way I have done in recent years - having said that, I think my liver will be pleased with that! It has been an absolute rollercoaster of three years and whilst I don't regret anything I have or haven't done - although sometimes I wish the result of my actions had be somewhat different. University has been amazing and I've met some friends who have become my family and will continue to be there wherever we all land up.

Five years ago to the day, I was at my school prom. I'm not 100% sure where the years have gone, I just know that they've flown by the a heartbeat and its really strange to think how much is different.

I've started thinking about where I want to be in 5 years time and how the best way to get there is. I don't necessarily want to have a sports car or wads of cash. I'd rather just be in my own place, like I am now, with enough money to sustain myself comfortably, and to be happy. Happiness, although it can be fleeting is my goal. To capture the happiness and maintain it. I just know I need to get it sorted because in the blink of eye, it'll be five years gone and I'll still be trying to work out how the 3 years at university went so quick.