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Should you go to University?

It’s drilled into our heads throughout our education that it is expected of us to go to university and get a degree before getting a job. It’s not until it actually comes to applying for university that you realise for yourself that actually it isn’t necessary and there is a lot more that you could be doing with your life. That then leads to the question that I think everybody asks themselves, should I go to university?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question for you, everyone is different and what may be right for you may be different for someone else. You have to assess your situation and discover whether or not university would be best for you. I thought that I’d share with you my process of deciding to go to university and the application process so far. Hopefully my experiences will help you when deciding what is right.

I’ve always said that I was going to go to uni, I thought I had to! Until I was 15 and finishing my GCSE’s I didn’t know that colleges, apprenticeships and internships were a legitimate thing that you could do. I’m not sure if it was the overly academic focused school that I went to or just the area that I grew up in but my education was all about getting the high grades to move on to the next stage of education. When I decided not to go to my secondary school’s sixth form and go to an independent one in the city centre, thats when I saw a new side to education. Everyone was so different, equality was celebrated and you were encouraged to achieve whatever it was that you wanted to do in life (and get the grades to achieve it obviously). It was more fun and as I’m here moping around because one of my teachers is leaving on Friday I’m realising how much I’ve enjoyed my past two years at the sixth form. That’s how education should be, fun and enjoyable. This is what inspired my decision to apply for social universities rather than the Russell group academic, high achievers universities. If you would prefer to attend these universities, go ahead and apply! As long as you work hard for it then theres nothing to stop you going but you have to look at your history with education and evaluate whether you’ll enjoy that, after all it is the next 3 or more years of your life.

I have applied for Film and Media based degrees as this is the subject that I’m most passionate about and I would love to work in social media or journalism when I graduate. I’m not too sure what specific profession I’d like to go into so don’t ask me, the main reason I’m going to uni is to give me more time to think about that. If you need more time then why not apply for a subject you love, even if you think its unlikely that you’ll get a job in that subject. I personally think that its better to have the time to think and get a degree in anything rather than have a gap in your life of not doing anything and not knowing where to go from there, I’m sure employers in the future will agree with me on that one. Of course its not impossible to get a good job without a degree but it does provide some security as most employers do look for a degree on your CV.

Actually applying for university is an extensive and stressful activity but UCAS makes it as simple as possible. Next week I will be confirming my film and insurance offers which is nerve-wracking as I haven’t fully decided yet. Everything has to be taken into account, one uni might have a good course but shocking accommodation, another may be in the most perfect town ever but have a weak course, which sacrifice do you make?

The point of this article is to ensure you that its completely normal to not know yet, everyone has doubts and indecisiveness when it comes to one of the biggest decisions of your life, of course its stressful! Looking online for people in the same situation is great therapy for this and there are so many great sources for advise such as thestudentroom.com which comes from students themselves from the past and future.

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20 minute at home workout.

My first week of my transformation is over! Its been challenging and I’ve definitely not been as strict with myself as I should’ve been but thats okay, there’s always time to make a change, and that will happen this week.

One thing I have loved is an easy workout for beginners that challenges your body but isn’t overly impossible enough to make you quit halfway through. I got it from the youtube channel RawAllignment who has been a huge inspiration for me for a while now.

Here’s the workout:

 

-Squats (10 reps)
– Burpees with pushups (10 reps) *Modify on knees if too hard
– Good mornings (10 reps)
– Jumping jacks (10 reps)
– Lunges (10 reps each side)
– Pushups (10 reps) *Modify on knees if too hard
– Leg raises (10 reps)
– Russian twists (10 reps) *1 rep = touch floor on both sides

Beginner 1-2 sets
Intermediate 3-4 sets
Advanced 5-6 sets

Watch Alyse do it here: workout

I do this workout on a Monday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Friday morning and Saturday afternoon and I always feel great afterwards!

Let me know if you try this workout and I’ll see you again tomorrow! Also, I’m writing an article today about my experience with the application/ lead up to university on my trendingstories, read it on my profile here

Till next time,

Abby x

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Day 2: Self Love

No matter who you are or what you do you should be taking a little portion of your day to practice self-love, this is something that I’ve lacked in the past but am incorporating into my daily routines and loving so far! The title self-love sounds a tiny bit inappropriate but I can assure you it is not that.

Self love can be anything that allows you to appreciate yourself more whether that is doing something your passionate about, taking a long bath or just telling yourself in the mirror that you are worthy of happiness. I am not an expert by any means but I’m going to share with you my top self love routines, enjoy.♥


1. Tell yourself that you love yourself. Its as easy as that! When you wake up just remind yourself that you love yourself and that you are worthy of all that you want in life. This gets the subconscious going from early on in the morning and will boost your moral, leaving you significantly less depressed and exhausted in the morning. Even better, say it in the mirror and hug yourself, seems weird and pathetic I know but having that experience in the morning can really start your day off right.

2. Get moving. I’m a hypocrite for pointing this out but when people wake up nowadays, they check their phones and 2 hours later, they’re still in bed on their phones. I do it all the time as well but really as soon as you wake up try to force yourself out of bed and get your body moving. A little exercise in the mornings can get your blood pumping and you’ll feel so much more awake after it. That can just be 10 minutes of walking, a few muscle toning exercises or a few runs up and down the stairs. When I wake up I do x20 crunches, x20 push ups and x2 squats. I do three sets of this and then do x50 rises. This tones muscle without too much physical movement and helps build strength and wakes you up without you even realising, plus you feel much better after it.

3. Eat healthy food in the morning. To get your body fuelled and ready for the day, try to have some fruit in the mornings. I know when you’re rushing round trying to catch the school bus its tempting to grab a chocolate bar to eat on the go but why not wake up a little earlier and have some porridge or some weetabix. Then grab an apple or banana and your good to go. Filling your body with fruit makes your whole body function better and the benefits of having fruits is unbelievable! Find a bunch of fruits that you love and stock up next time the shopping gets done, trust me you’ll feel so much nicer fuelled by fruit.

4. Drink water. Its actually been proven that you don’t need 8 glasses of water a day and that your body will tell you when its thirsty but whats the harm in drinking water? It washes all of the nasty stuff out of your body and leaves you feeling so fresh and ready to go. I tend to only drink water unless its a special occasion and I aim to have at least 6 glasses per day. This doesn’t always happen but water definitely does make my life a whole lot easier. Its so easy to access, take a water bottle to work or school, most places have water fountains to refill. Why drink sugary, acidic drinks when water is right in front of you?

5. Go outside. This seems like an obvious thing but sometimes, especially at the weekends its easy to make a habit of becoming a hobbit and not leaving the house. Try to get outside and let the light rays hit you for at least 10 minutes a day. Go for a walk around the block, the local park or even just clean the cars. If its sunny why not do some work outside? Just a little time outside will improve your day and again, leaves you feeling refreshed and more awake.

6. Meditate. Right mindfulness and being in the present moment without distractions is pure bliss. For just 10 minutes a day, sit in silence, focus on your breaths with no distractions and feel your body in the moment. Doing this the you wake up will drop all emotions and feelings from the past and leave you in a more optimistic mood for the day, doing this before bed will leave you feeling peaceful and will send you to sleep much sooner. Why not do both and feel the benefits? If you are struggling download the app Headspace, I’m a huge fan and I’ve used it for years when I’ve struggled concentrating. Interested in meditation and buddhism? Here’s a simple introduction to Buddhism: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm and here’s a guide to meditation and extra information about its use in Buddhism: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/text/what-meditation

7. Read. So easy, take some time to read! Whether its a book or an article it does’t matter but having n active mind does matter. This can be done in a break for 15 minutes or on a bus journey. Public transport on a morning is packed with readers, join them. It’s far more beneficial than watching TV and can actually help you if you read the right stuff. Become an expert in a topic or genre, it’ll pay off.

8. Dance. My last step is to dance, be weird and let loose every once in a while. Put on some songs that you listened to as a child, put on some comfy clothes and lip sync to your hearts content. Not only is it a weak form of exercise but it boosts the spirit and lightens your day, especially after a bad day or event. Its even better with friends so if you ever have a sleepover or a night in with friends, put on some tunes (or even better, the Mamma Mia sing along film).

That’s my self love steps for you today, I’ll write another post tomorrow about easy at home workouts for beginners. Till then,

Abby x ♥

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Day 1: What I ate today.

My journey of self-love, health and fitness started today and I’m really excited to share this journey with you! I thought I’d do a simple post today and tell you what I ate for my first day of healthy living!

p.s. I understand that these meals could be healthier but its day 1 so I’m taking it easy rather than delving straight in because I don’t want to get cravings and then give up like I have in the past.

10.30AM (I had a lie in, its been a busy week): Porridge, 1 sliced banana and a tbsp of cinnamon

12.30PM: 2 slices of toast with beans

3PM: a small bunch of green grapes

5PM: steamed carrots, peas, red cabbage, butternut squash, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding with gravy.

9PM: Belvita breakfast bar

Along with this I had 5 glasses of water, which I aim to have more of tomorrow, I went for a walk (I’ll be working out tomorrow) and I meditated for 10 minutes.

Overall, pretty successful, I didn’t crack. I’ll update you tomorrow and maybe share the workout that I’ll have done then.

Till next time,

Abby x

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What’s really going on.

I’ve been slacking, I know. I have posted twice this year which was not my ideal but as I’ve rambled on about too many times before, there’s a lot going on in my life right now. I’m done with making excuses, I’ll be blogging from now on regularly (hold it against me if I don’t).

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a fitness and health journey this year and I finally have it all planned out. From tomorrow my journey will be underway, I got all my kit today and I’m so excited to begin!

I know I’ve been crap but from now on it can only go up from here.

This is an awful little post just as a heads up to expect a lot from here on now. Welcome to the start of my new blog and my new life! Follow me on social media to follow my journey!

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