After getting back from Barcelona last week, I decided to join the gym.
No particular reason why, I didn’t need to lose weight, or get fit for any marathon or sporting event
I’ve never ever been interested in the gym before, nor have I ever had that urge to ‘work out’
I’ve actually said this a few times to my friends in the past – I don’t actually like sweating! It makes me feel itchy, and all hot and bothered, so I’ve always avoided it in the past
However, the two motivational goals that made me sign up in the first place, were to get to more lean and stronger
Yknow, in case I ever get attacked I can actually fight back a little bit and run away!
Have you seen the film Taken!? That’s why
| BLACK NIKE LUNARS
So having never been to the gym before in my life, I needed to get myself a pair of proper running/fitness trainers
I can’t remember the last time I ever bought trainers – maybe high school for P.E!?
So I tried on a couple of pairs, and I decided to go with these black and white Nike Lunars. I bought mine in a size 4, when I’m normally a size 3 – so I did have to size up, but they were the most comfiest out of all of them, partly due to the really thick sole
There were loads of different style of shoes, that are made specifically for either running or weight lifting etc, but I wanted a good all rounder that I could start off with, and so far these are perfect for me
These NIKE LUNARS retail for £100, which is the most I’ve ever spent on trainers!
But as my PT says, it’s a lifestyle change so it’s an investment!
| WE WANT TO VISIT ALOT MORE PLACES CLOSER TO HOME
If you’ve been following me on social, you’ll know I’ve just got back from a few days away from Barcelona.
We only decided we wanted to go away 2 weeks before we flew, and because it was a last minute decision we didn’t have a huge pot of money saved up, to go anywhere too fancy
Usually the majority of our previous holidays have all been long haul flights – think Hong Kong, Thailand, New York etc, where we’ve saved and saved the whole year, to go all out on our one big trip
But what I wanted to try and do more this year, is visit a alot more places closer to home, but make the trips shorter and cheaper to compensate.
So for example, instead of spending £1k on a trip to Hong Kong for 2 weeks, we’ll split that into £300 Barcelona, £300 Iceland, £400 Greece
| MAKE TRAVELLING ONE OF YOUR PRIORITISES
For most of us working full time jobs, we get 4/5 weeks of work so I really wanted to use that time doing new things, and seeing more of the world.
I always hear people saying, oh we don’t have the money to go on holiday, and we can’t afford it etc
But if you make travelling one of your priortises and stick to a budget, I’m fairly confident you can go on more holidays than you think.
So here are my 5 easy ways to travel on a budget
Use comparison websites with private browsing settings. I’m pretty sure everyone already do this, but it’s so important to cross check your hotel/flights across a number of travel comparison websites to make sure you’ve definitely got the best deal. Also, nowadays your search history is so closely monitored by these websites, so make sure to turn on your private browser settings on to avoid any price increases.
Airbnb. I’ve know of several friends who have used Airbnb to find places that are closer to where they want to be, and are actually cheaper than the hotels nearby. When I had a browse for Barcelona, all the nice places near the center were booked up months in advance so if you’re not booking last minute, I’d definitely recommend having a look on there too
Be flexible and fly midweek. If you can, consider flying mid week. I found flying really early on a Tuesday/Wednesdays are always cheaper, compared with a Friday/Sat/Sun.
Plan your days on Google Maps. To help save time and prevent us from spending too much time underground on the metro or stuck on a bus, or in a taxi – we would plan our whole days out by area, so you’re not constantly going back and forth travelling from one place to another. To do this, we just use Google Maps, where you can add different pins on the map to differentiate by attractions, restaurants and shops. It’s really easy to use, and has massively helped us to utilise our days, to make sure we’re covering everything we wanted to see, in the time that we have.
Walk everywhere. Not only does this help with travel expenses, but it’s a good way to discover new places, see new things and get fit all at the same time. Just remember to pack comfy shoes.
| MY TRAVEL SUITCASE CONSISTED OF DRESSES, SHORTS & TEES
These pictures were from our first day in Barcelona, where we boarded a 6am flight from Manchester and arrived around 9am at Barcelona El Prat airport.
We spent our first day walking around La Rambla, then wandering down the side streets of the Gothic Quater, before heading towards the beach for the evening.
Because we only took hand luggage with us, my travel suitcase consisted mainly off dresses, shorts and tees.
My favourite being this beautiful Zara dress I picked up a few months ago in their winter sale – I’ve been waiting for soooo long for abit of sun to come out, so I could get this dress on!
I paired it with a simple black bralet, some black sandals from Primark, and this amazing chic leather backpack from Radley – at first when I received the bag I thought it was tiny! But it was actually the perfect size for me, where I don’t resemble a school kid!
I’ve still got so more pictures from Barcelona, so keep an eye out for those soon! x
In my last monthly POST, one of the biggest projects I needed to complete was to find a PPC assistant for work – if you want to know more about what PPC is, and what I do everyday, this POST goes into more detail
When my manager left in December, I’ve taken on his job as well as trying to do my own – and my to-do list has been never ending since
We were always going to get an assistant to expand the team at some point, but because we’re so under resourced now, we’ve been prioritising finding the right person to help me
| I ALWAYS SKIM READ
Currently interviews are well underway, and so far I’ve read my fair share of CV’s
I know for me, when these CV’s come through for me to review, I’m always always busy
So I’ve never actually read a CV in full, I always skim read
With that in mind, there are certain things that I look out for, that helps me to decide whether or not to invite that person in for an interview
| GET TO THE POINT & USE BULLET POINTS
Here are my 8 tips to help secure that job interview
Use bullet points, and avoid dense paragraphs. The last thing I’d want to do is read an essay when my mind is busy elsewhere trying to do something else
Get to the point. I think goes hand in hand with using bullets points. For me personally, I just want to know what your experience is as quickly as possible, preferably within 2 pages max
Format your CV so that it’s easy to read. Unless you’re applying for a creative role where it would be beneficial to show off your design skills, just let your experience stand out for itself
List your work experience in chronological order, and put this first over your University degree. I could do a whole post on what I think about degrees, but for me, I think work experiences are more valuable
Set up a professional email address. We’ve all had those email addresses that we set up in high school, mine was email@example.com (I made this right after watching the Pink Panther film!) – don’t carry this over onto your CV
Set up a LinkedIn page, and clean up your social media pages. Remove anything you wouldn’t want recruiters to see. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t social stalk
Connect with us on Social. Expeically within digital marketing, most of us will have profiles on Twitter, Instagram etc I’m always pretty impressed if you can find me.
Add relevant keywords. A recruiter once told me, when they are looking for someone with specific skills, they just run a search filter on keywords against thousands of CV’s. Don’t get missed out on the first search
| LAND THAT JOB INTERVIEW
I read a statistic somewhere on Business Insider, that recruiters spend on average around 6 seconds reading your CV!
So if you really want to secure that job interview, it’s so important to spend time coming up with a clear and concise CV that is going to give as much information possible without boring the reader
Think outside the box, and find us on LinkedIn or on Twitter, you’ll make our lives easier and you’ll definitely be remembered for it!
I hope this has helped you in any way, and if you’re still looking for a job – persevere and keep going!