Summer Days and Nights | Part 1

4F489079-137A-4DBF-9063-57AF25F79061.jpgHere in England, the summer holidays are fast approaching. In other countries, people may already be on their summer break.

But what do you do when you’re not travelling anywhere this summer?

How do you survive the long days, filled with so much time and so little to do?

I’m trying to provide the solution, with my guide to ‘Summer Days and Nights’. This is the first part of several blog posts that I will be doing about this topic. If you have any of your own suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated in the comments, and who knows, maybe they will be in the next installation.

Let’s start off with my first idea:

Idea Number 1: Baking Party

What You’ll Need:

  • An oven
  • A willing group of friends
  • Your favourite baking recipes
  • Ingredients for your bakes (plus decorations!)
  • Good music
  • Utensils for baking
  • Access to a garden/park (optional)
  • Fairy lights (optional)
  • Bed sheets, blankets and pillows to make little canopy tents to sit in (optional)
  • Picnic basket

Get a group of friends together, and pool together your money to go out and buy ingredients for stuff you want to bake for your ‘party’. (Tip: Check how much of each ingredient you need for all of your baked goods, in order to accommodate for everyone. If you need help working out quantities for a recipe, simply use the website I’ve listed at the bottom, put in your current quantities with the number of servings listed and it will translate it to however many servings you want!) Don’t forget the decorations for cakes and cookies!

When you get back to your/ your friend’s house, stick on some of your favourite tunes and start work. Split the different bakes between you, making sure everyone has a turn at doing something they want (decoration, kneading, mixing, cutting shapes etc.) Rotate if you have to! I suggest making something other than just cakes, try something like Scottish Tablet; Mini Pizzas (a good one, each person can custom make their pizzas) or maybe even some sort of savoury pastries (sausage/cheese and onion rolls or pasties). Why not mix it up a bit and do some sort of combo bake? Maybe make a banana bread muffin with chocolate chips.

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Slow Down, Reflect and Live

WP_20160706_11_23_12_Pro.jpgOften in life, it can be difficult to take our eyes away from what is front of us, our hopes, goals, ambitions. But it is just as important to divert our attention away from that and live in the moment.

Go out and fulfill that bucket list, travel the world, meet up with your friends instead of talking to them online – it’s much better for you to be outside and enjoying the fresh air than being sat at home all the time.

People often don’t want to meet up with people unless they are going out to do something, such as shopping, bowling, watching a film, going out for lunch. But unfortunately, all this comes at a cost – money. Often friends don’t want to meet up if they don’t have money to do ‘stuff.’ Whilst it can be nice to make memories of you physically doing activities you enjoy, you don’t have to have a reason or an activity to do in order to meet up.

One of my best friends, Kornelia, really appreciates this fact. We both understand that being on a tight budget, and also not necessarily wanting to do anything other than chat, that we can just decide one day that we’re going to a park for an in-depth chat. And that is great because we actually engage in conversation with each other and talk about ourselves, rather than getting caught up in whatever activity we are doing. Although it is fun to go tp the cinema or wherever with your friends, you could ultimately do it alone. A long awaited catch up, though? Not so much.

I love to just sit with someone, maybe a packet of sweets or something to eat, and just talk about life in general. It costs nothing, it helps you to know and understand the other person better, and it can help to relieve your day-to-day stresses. Ever since a trip to Kintbury in Year 7, I have learned the importance of taking a step back from life and the bigger picture. Focus on the now, what you can do right now, rather than what you can plan for the future.

I don’t want to have to plan months in advance to meet you, to fit around both our schedules. We don’t need to spend all day, or even lunch, together to have a good time.

Do what you can to live in the now, today! Live in the moment and stop thinking about the future for a bit – you won’t regret it!

xoxo

Hannah

Work Experience

 

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One of my work experience outfits

 

 

 

Last week, I undertook one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life – work experience! This experience gave me so much – focus, drive and a fresh perspective on what working life may be like.

On my work experience, I experienced life as a planner at the local council. That may sound boring to some people, but you really have no idea how interesting it is and how much it affects our lives until you have been there. So even if something seems boring, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

I loved my experience so much that I’m considering it as a future career!

On that very first day of going to a job, I was a nervous wreck. But within minutes of arrival, I felt completely at ease – and do you know why that was?

It was because I was in a friendly environment with colleagues who treated me like an adult. I had no idea how peoples’ attitude in the workplace could make such a difference to my experience. But it did. I was truly content.

I woke up every morning refreshed and excited to go to work and learn something new.

So when you go into a work experience – make the most of it. Go into there with a big smile on your face and a positive attitude, and soon your colleagues will be approaching you like a member of a team because during this week you become one.

If you find that the week is passing by too quickly, like I did, let your supervisors know that you are enjoying your time there, and ask them for information on what you can do next to get you on track to that career.

Ask plenty of questions as it will benefit you and your employer, and make sure you engage in conversation with your colleagues to exercise your communication skills.

Write a detailed diary to record everything you did, take pictures and store those memories because this is a truly unforgettable experience.

I already have some other work experience placements lined up, and I am waiting with anticipation and enthusiasm for them.

Work Experience is so valuable to your life and also your future career, and just one of these could determine what you want to do for the rest of your life, a target to achieve.

Anything is possible, reader, so never stop trying to achieve what you want!

This is just the first step.

xoxo

Hannah

 

Welcome!

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Hello and welcome to my blog! I will be blogging about everything from photography, to travels, to books and music! I have a book playlist series which you can find on my Spotify and I will link in my description! Expect this to be a lot of fun, because I’m excited! ❤

Xoxo

Hannah