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“You’re Not Smart Enough”

“You’re Not Smart Enough”

I’ve mentioned before I previously dropped out at university – at 18 I thought it was uni or nothing, even though I really wasn’t ready. So the second time around I’ve really had to prove myself. And I like to think I have. I put myself first in every instance of my degree and really pulled it out of the bag. Which is amazing, because recent memories saw me reminded that several people thought I’d never be where I am now, and it’s time to address that. Because young people, especially women, can be often told they don’t know enough. That they aren’t good enough. And that can really dent your confidence.

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Enjoying the Scents of Scotland with Candle Jar!

Enjoying the Scents of Scotland with Candle …

Candle Jar was founded in 2017 by Isla Macaulay, and is an online store which brings together Scottish Candle brands, large or small, for showcase and sale. Whilst still new, and described as a “work in progress”, they already have a great selection of candle makers, all producing in Scotland, on their site. The brands currently listed are dawsonbrown, Esscentual Candles, Isle of Skye Candle Company, lovescottishcandles, Shearer Candles, and The Melt Pool. These brands all sell a huge range of scented candles, wax melts and reed diffusers through Candle Jar, meaning there is an item in stock for everyone to create a home filled with the scents of Scotland. And this online store is only set to keep growing.

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Orcadian is a State of Mind…

Orcadian is a State of Mind…

That night we had a museum tour, and got to know some of the stories of the most remarkable people who came from Stromness over the years. The curator said something that night that stuck with me: “You’re all Orcadian now. Orcadian is a state of mind!” My classmate mentioned a few things too, having moved from Belgium to Orkney. She found that in Orkney, time stands still no matter where you are. It’s never busy or bustling, and you can take your time to do things. There are also no social pressures in Orkney – no pressure to wear the right outfit or do your makeup a certain way.

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Budget Luxury Glasses with SmartBuyGlasses

Budget Luxury Glasses with SmartBuyGlasses

SmartBuyGlasses are an online glasses and eyewear retailer who sell a mix of prescription glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. Recently, they reached out to me and asked if I’d like to take part in their influencer program. The pair I ordered were the Prada PR53SS Cinema Evolution Polarized glasses. These shades would be worth a whopping £335 directly, but with SmartBuyGlasses can be purchased at a much more palatable £250.95. That’s a huge 25% discount.

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Review: XLS Nutrition Weight Loss Shakes

Review: XLS Nutrition Weight Loss Shakes

I’m still on the wagon of if you want to lose weight, nothing beats calorie counting, healthy meals, and lots of exercise to boost that metabolism. But with my move to Orkney impending, and a lot of my winter wardrobe no longer fitting, I needed a quick fix! So when XLS contacted me and offered me a sample of their weight loss shakes, I thought “why not?”.

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What It’s Really Like – Not Making Close Friends at University

What It’s Really Like – Not Making …

In life, and particularly when you’re young, the focus seems to be on having a big group of friends and seeming “cool”. I’ve had people shocked to the core when I admitted I sat in lectures alone, claiming a lecture wasn’t worth going to if you weren’t there to socialise. But a lecture is always worth going to. After all, they exist as a teaching tool. University is primarily about getting a degree. And if you make friends, great! But if not, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. No matter how hard society pushes on you that a social life is more important than anything else at that point.

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My Real Problem with Instagram and Influencer Culture

My Real Problem with Instagram and Influencer …

But the real problem I have with Instagram is the lack of definition as to what an “Influencer” is. Nowadays, more brands are making their starts with Instagram, and the look most brands want is just plain “Influencer”. But “Influencers”, or what people think of when hear the word “Influencer”, seems to have a very set theme. A young woman, with a Barbie-Doll look. Big boobs, treated hair, face full of makeup-artist grade makeup, tall, and face full of fillers. And hey, if you need all of this to feel confident, then okay – I don’t judge you for thinking like that. But has anyone else noticed all successful, highly followed influencers all look the same?

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Am I a Bad Blogger?

Am I a Bad Blogger?

All in all, I don’t know what it takes to be a “Good Blogger”. I can’t stick to a schedule. I hate writing emails. I don’t know what a linky is and I couldn’t care less about my DA. I’ve hovered on the same follower count for months. Does that make me bad at blogging?

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Things you Should Definitely Spend Money on in Blogging

Things you Should Definitely Spend Money on …

The more into blogging you get, the more seriously you’re likely to take it. And if you really want your blog to become something more substantial, a free Wordpress plan isn’t going to cut it. The costs of the Wordpress.com business plans can look a little daunting, and one common thing I see amongst new and emerging bloggers is “do I really need to pay for this? Is there any way to do this on the cheap?”. So today, I thought I’d compile a list of everything I do think it’s worth spending money on when it comes to your blog. And to be honest – it’s not much!

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Post Graduation – My Anxiety and Mental Health

Post Graduation – My Anxiety and Mental Health

On my graduation day I was a picture of pure happiness. Surrounded by my family, I chatted to my classmates comfortably and spent the whole day with a massive grin on my face. I was perfectly happy until a few days afterwards, when photos started popping up on Facebook. I started to realise that, in spending time with my family, I’d missed out on getting involved in group photos with my classmates… And whilst that didn’t really matter, it did make me feel pretty lonely. All through uni you’re told about making those “friend’s for life”. And in that moment I just felt like I’d failed.

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