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Euro 2020: Where To Watch The Euros In London With Food And Drink

Euro 2020: Where To Watch The Euros In London With Food And Drink

Looking for a change of scenery for this year’s Euros? Why not rally up your friends and go support your nation together over drinks? Maybe your rivalling nations are playing, and you want to watch the magic unfold together. Or maybe getting together over some good food and having a bit of seasonal entertainment is more on your agenda. Whatever the motive, here are just a few options of places to watch the Euros over some food and drink. Enjoy!

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Kent’s Most Beautiful Places – My Top 4

Kent’s Most Beautiful Places – My Top 4

Not too long ago, I took a trip down to Kent to visit my friend and got to explore what Kent has to offer. I had been to certain places in Kent for a day, or even a couple of hours, so I have enjoyed some of Kent’s beauty before. This time however, I truly got to see how stunning this English county really is. Whether you’re looking for your next UK trip destination, or have already booked your tickets into an area of Kent, these are the places you should go out of your way to see, even if just for the day.

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The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Gems Of South Kensington

The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Gems Of South Kensington

South Kensington truly represents the finer side of London: the gorgeous cream-coloured town houses, the cultural landmarks, and the glorious green spaces dotted around the area. Not to mention, the locals and the architecture scream ‘affluent’. This is just some of the reasons why this area is a must visit for tourists, and even Londoners who maybe don’t visit the area as often: there’s so many places to see, and you can feel instantly transported into what feels like a much older part of town. If you don’t know where to start, read on to see some of my top picks.

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5 More UK Staycations For 2021

5 More UK Staycations For 2021

While the UK Government announced a select amount of countries on the ‘green list’ with I’m sure more to come, it’s still no surprise that there’s a huge increase in the booking of staycations. If you’ve found that your destination of choice is lacking in places to stay, why not find a new place to explore? Here are 5 more UK staycations that may peak your interest (make sure to check out my first post, ‘5 UK staycations for 2021‘ if you missed it!)

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COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)

COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)

There’s just one more evening until most things will be reopened in England again! I don’t know about you, but it still doesn’t feel real to me that soon we will be back to normal. While a lot of us are so excited about the reopening of many venues again, I’m sure, at the back of our heads at least, we’ll still be COVID-conscious. If anything, I’m sure we’ll all be somewhat COVID-conscious for a while, whether that’s by hand sanitising at any given chance, or carrying a mask everywhere post-lockdown. So for this blog post, I’ve decided to curate some fun activities in London that allow for plenty of distance and regular cleaning, so you won’t be too nervous about going out into the world again. Upon request, I’ve tried to make most of these budget-friendly too. I hope you enjoy these, and I’d love to know any of your suggestions in the comments below!

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5 Ways To Spread Mental Health Awareness And Support Those Who Are Struggling

5 Ways To Spread Mental Health Awareness And Support Those Who Are Struggling

For those who don’t know, Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May 2021 marks Mental Health Awareness Week! While mental health should always be in the spotlight, this week (and month) allows us to shine a light on exactly how we can help each other during tough times. As someone who has been vocal about my own anxiety in the past, I wanted to make this post to remind others that you don’t need to give people the world in order to help out – it can be as simple as clicking a button.

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5 UK Staycation Locations For 2021

5 UK Staycation Locations For 2021

With 2021 being an uncertain year for international travel, bookings for UK destinations have been on the rise. I know I’ve looked at a couple of locations, and a lot of Airbnb’s have been fully booked for summer! But I also found that I lacked inspiration of where to look: do I go somewhere new? Do I return to a familiar favourite? If anyone else is in a similar situation, I’ve put together five destinations that may peak your interest. There’s a mix of beach locations and historical venues, so no one’s left out!

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Mayor Of London Candidates – Who They Are And What They’re Promising

Mayor Of London Candidates – Who They Are And What They’re Promising

The other day, I received the Mayor of London and London Assembly booklet, outlining all the candidates and some of the candidates’ ‘mini- manifestos’, as well as general information about the election. I think it’s fair to say that I had zero clue about who to vote for – I feel politics has almost taken a backseat in light of the pandemic and Brexit. But nevertheless, there’s still a vote to be had on the 6th May on who is going to make London the best it can be.

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The Girlfriend’s Guide To FIFA – The No Bullsh*t, No Judgement, And Not Sexist Version

The Girlfriend’s Guide To FIFA – The No Bullsh*t, No Judgement, And Not Sexist Version

After the success of my ‘The Girlfriend’s Guide’ Instagram posts, it seemed like the perfect time to introduce the series to my blog (and maybe make it a more permanent addition). The reason I created this series is because some people are genuinely curious about the typical ‘gendered’ topics, but every attempt of a post to educate them is either condescending or extremely sexist.

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The Face Behind The Brand: Adjoa From The Dash Space

The Face Behind The Brand: Adjoa From The Dash Space

For this ‘The Face Behind The Brand’ segment, I’ve brought on a woman who was one of the first people that I truly connected with in the blogosphere. Formerly known as ‘dashofeverything’, The Dash Space has grown so much in content and style, with now a whopping 3,164 Instagram following and counting. I’ve loved watching her space grow with each day.

Not only has she been supportive and kind, but also incredibly helpful: when I decided to switch to my own domain, she taught me so many things I didn’t know about setting up a website that I’m excited to take with me into the future of this blog. Her content now focusses on self-development content, in which she provides tips on how to improve yourself, and motivation to start your day off right.

It seems like a long time coming now, but here is my first collab with Adjoa from The Dash Space! I hope you enjoy this interview.

Where did the name The Dash Space come from?

The name came about quite randomly actually. Before “The Dash Space” was even a thing, the name of my blog used to be “dashofeverything” however I wasn’t particularly happy about the fact that the name was a very common one, and I didn’t want it to tarnish my platform/brand later on down the line or take away it’s authenticity or uniqueness. I wanted my platform to have a unique name that was easy to remember so I sat down and made a list of potential names. Eventually, the Dash Space fell on that list and It just felt “right”.

I wanted my platform to be a space for people to go and find whatever there is to know about personal development whilst also remembering that I started as “dashofeverything” – so it was the perfect blend!

When did you discover your love for self-development content?

When I first got back to blogging, I genuinely didn’t have a niche and quite simply didn’t want to niche down as I didn’t want to be restricted with the kind of content I wanted to put out, but slowly, I felt myself being drawn to self-development style topics which is why I always say let the niche find you. I decided to then stick to self-development style topics as I found myself enjoying sharing a few things I was doing to help me become a better version of myself.

Why do you do what you do?

I honestly enjoy blogging, sharing content on socials, and on my website simply because you never know who what you share will touch. What you put out there could change someone’s life, keep them going or even encourage them to keep holding on. My aim is for my content to motivate people and to simply keep them going, and that’s why I do what I do. I also enjoy blogging and creating content because it’s my passion.

What’s your favourite way to gain inspiration for your content?

Inspiration for me comes in so many various ways – I could be in bed and get an idea, or I could simply be scrolling on socials and get an idea. There isn’t a set way I gain inspiration as it kind of just comes randomly, but I would say though that Pinterest is great help when I’m stuck on ideas!

What do you most enjoy about running The Dash Space?

One thing I enjoy the most about running the Dash Space is the fact that I am able to share content that can help others. It makes me very happy knowing that even if only a few people see it, my content could inspire or help someone to keep going. I also love the many connections I have made whilst building my platform and wouldn’t change it for anything.

What’s been your biggest obstacle?

My biggest obstacle definitely has to be balancing running my platform with full time work. It can be very difficult as my full time role is quite demanding. Having the time outside of work to even build this platform can be difficult, and sometimes I don’t even know how I do it, but I guess when you’re passionate about something, you’ll find a way to always make it happen.

What is your biggest achievement with The Dash Space?

I don’t think I have had that stereotypical big achievement with my platform yet, but I would say that something that makes me super happy and proud is seeing my content being shared. It warms my heart and I will forever appreciate those who take their time to engage with my content or even share it. I have also received messages from a few people who have told me that my content keeps them going, and for me that is more than a huge win as that’s what my platform aims to do.

What was it like rebranding and creating your own website?

It was difficult and honestly took a lot of work, time and effort but I am glad that I did it now rather than later. I think when you’re a blogger it’s super important to have your own site you can push your audience towards.

What do you wish you knew sooner?

I don’t think there’s anything in particular that I wish I knew sooner – I think with every journey you embark on it’s good to leave room for growth. Something I wish I did though was starting this platform sooner rather than being hesitant or scared of what people might think.

Tell us something that people may not know about you.

I think I am very transparent and share a lot of things about myself but a lot of people who are new to my platform may not be aware that I actually first started as a hair blogger in 2018, gave up because I lost the passion I had for blogging, and came back to blogging again last year.

What advice would you give to new bloggers or people joining the IG world for their blog?

Take it easy and understand that building a platform takes work. I know we all want the huge following and engagement but do not focus on the numbers too much as it can fluctuate. Instead, focus on putting out unique and valuable content consistently that your audience gravitate towards.

I would also say that focus on building genuine connections with other bloggers or people in your niche and do not be selfish. Show love to others the same way you’d like to be shown love to. Remember that the energy you put out is always the energy you get back!

Do you have anything special in the works that you can share?

At the moment, no – I’m just focused on building my platform, growing my email list and my network!

As well as this interview coming out today, Adjoa’s next newsletter has been released too! If you want to sign up to her newsletter or check out her blog, click here. I will also leave her Instagram here. It’s honestly been amazing seeing her space grow and how much of a prominent figure she has become in the blogging community – I can’t wait to see more content!

Who would you like to see next on ‘The Face Behind The Brand’? Let me know in the comments below!

Euro 2020: Where To Watch The Euros In London With Food And Drink

Looking for a change of scenery for this year’s Euros? Why not rally up your friends and go support your nation together over drinks? Maybe your rivalling nations are playing, and you want to watch the magic unfold together. Or maybe getting together over some good food and having a bit of seasonal entertainment is […]

Kent’s Most Beautiful Places – My Top 4

Not too long ago, I took a trip down to Kent to visit my friend and got to explore what Kent has to offer. I had been to certain places in Kent for a day, or even a couple of hours, so I have enjoyed some of Kent’s beauty before. This time however, I truly […]

The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Gems Of South Kensington

South Kensington truly represents the finer side of London: the gorgeous cream-coloured town houses, the cultural landmarks, and the glorious green spaces dotted around the area. Not to mention, the locals and the architecture scream ‘affluent’. This is just some of the reasons why this area is a must visit for tourists, and even Londoners […]

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My Teacher Training Application Experience

My Teacher Training Application Experience

As some of you may already know, I’m in my final year of university. Alongside learning during a global pandemic, us students have also had to think about what comes after university: jobs are dwindling by the day, and we’re competing against those with years of experience who have lost their jobs. I can say for myself that when I first came into university, I had an idea of what I wanted to ‘become’ when I finish, but it is very safe to say that that idea has changed about five times since.

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“What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk

“What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk

As I approach my 21st birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future: I’m in my last year of university, and in a global pandemic – a combination I never saw coming. There’s always this pressure from adults around you as you approach the big 2-1, and even more so in your final year, to know what you’re doing next – I think a lot of us can relate. I received this question back in February, but now feels like the right time to answer it.

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A Letter To Everyone: Do You Get it Now? Any Woman You Know Could Have Been Sarah

A Letter To Everyone: Do You Get it Now? Any Woman You Know Could Have Been Sarah

TW: sexual assault

I’m sure that by now, we have all heard the news about the killing of Sarah Everard. If you haven’t, hopefully this will give you more insight. If you have, I wanted to explain why I’m writing this: ever since I heard this story, it has hit me hard. I always grew up with my parents wanting me to text them whenever I get somewhere, or them teaching me what to do to be ‘street safe’. I remember my secondary school PE teacher once giving us girls a lesson on what to do if a car pulls up beside you, and telling us to keep our keys between our knuckles for self-defence. I’ve been taught to be what I thought was hyper-aware of what’s around me always, but this story more than ever proves you can’t be too aware, because there’s some really horrible people in this world.

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The Face Behind The Brand: Isabella From Sabel Digital

The Face Behind The Brand: Isabella From Sabel Digital

You may have seen on my Instagram that from March 1st to March 8th, I will be posting the accounts of my favourite female bloggers and generally inspiring women on my feed to celebrate International Women’s Day. It seemed fitting that for this weeks blog post, I bring back ‘the face behind the brand’, this time, featuring one of my favourite people on Instagram, Isabella from Sabel Digital.

We connected a few months ago now, and whilst she’s an all-round lovely person, she creates killer content: from marketing tips to social media tricks, she creates informative and engaging content which has hugely helped me personally in my Instagram journey. As someone not in the marketing field, she has made me truly enjoy marketing content (which is something I thought I’d never say!) and has come out with ideas I can use in my content with every single post she creates. She’s a bold presence within the blogging and social media help community, and it also helps that she’s super friendly!

I’m super excited to be collaborating with Isabella for the first time – I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed creating these questions.

Where did the name Sabel Digital come from?

I’ve always loved my name! I was named after my favourite Aunty Elizabeth, and I come from a Christian family so my mum wanted my name to have some kind of biblical meaning and the name Isabella comes from the name Elizabeth. Being a believer and having a name meaning ‘oath of God’, I knew that I wanted to include my name in my brand one day somehow. And that’s how Sabel Digital was born.

Where did your love of marketing come from?

Funnily enough, I never knew about marketing or that it could be a potential career for me until 2018. I’ve always been creative and even did art GCSE, and I’ve always been a creative writer. The first day of my internship at a PR agency was the day that I realised that I could combine the two and actually get paid to create with a purpose. I love creating and being able to from a completely blank canvas to a great piece of content.

Why do you do what you do?

I’m big on helping people in life. I worked in customer service based roles from the age of 16 until 21, and I was also someone that went through a lot in my teenage years. I always said that if my purpose was revealed to me then I’d always help people through what I do. In marketing I’m able to help my workplace to acquire new customers through our marketing activities, and through Sabel Digital I’m able to share what I know to make social and digital marketing easy. I also like to just be myself and be honest through the things I do as you never know who you can help and who might relate to your story.

What’s your favourite way to gain inspiration for your content?

I read a lot of different types of content. I read blogs such as Hubspot and Social Media Today to keep up with the latest trends. I listen to podcasts such as Marketing School by Neil Patel. I also scroll through LinkedIn to see what the latest conversation is in marketing. And let tell you a secret… Facebook groups are gold! People are always asking for advice and discussing topics which lets me know what others are thinking! Consuming content from different sources is key for me. 

What do you most enjoy about running Sabel Digital?

It’s the people I get to speak with on a day to day basis. A lot of my friends are in different fields to me, so for a long time I didn’t have anyone to talk to about marketing. Now I’ve connected with people who have the same interests as me – people I can learn from and also people I can teach. I honestly feel like I’ve made real friends as a result of Sabel Digital.

What’s been your biggest obstacle?

I think burnout is probably the thing that happens to me if anything. With the current situation we’re in, I have found that I spend a lot of time working, sometimes 12 hours a day, but it’s something I’m working on. Although, I’ve been a workaholic since the age of 16 so it’s been a process getting the balance right!

What is your biggest achievement with Sabel Digital?

My biggest achievement is that I’ve found a safe space that’s allowed me to step out of my comfort zone to do things I never thought I’d ever do. I’d never imagined that I’d be hosting a regular social event or masterclasses!

So you created your first masterclass! How did you go about creating it and what motivated you to create it in the first place?

Yes, finally! Everyday I’m answering questions in my comments and DM’s to help people, and I thought with the success of The Social Linkup, why not do a masterclass? Creating something to help others and solve their problems was the key for me. Many want to grow on social media, but if we can shift to focusing on community, I think this works very well. I created this masterclass to share what I know!

What do you wish you knew sooner?

I wish I’d gone for it all earlier! I was actually on Instagram in June but I didn’t start posting until September out of fear that no one would care about what I had to say. My advice to others would be that there is somebody out there that is looking for what you have to share. You just have to create/go for it and put yourself out there and find those who would need you!

Tell us something that people may not know about you.

I might seem put together now, but just a few years ago I really wasn’t. I was confused, and to be honest my life, was a hot mess. That’s why I never want to pretend to be someone else or to present myself as someone I’m not. I may be in a decent position but I’m not afraid to speak of my failures to help others and I think that’s an important thing to do in life. 

What advice would you give to new marketers or people joining the IG world for their blog/business?

I would say put yourself out there! What do I mean by that? Socialise with people and get to know people. Send DM’s, react to Stories, leave meaningful comments. This will allow you to connect with people and to get to know others. Many want growth straight away but you also do have to put the work in!

Since this interview, Isabella has also just announced that she’s releasing a monthly newsletter as well as one to one coaching sessions. It’s so great to see how much she’s built in such a short time, and it was a pleasure to interview her. For more by Isabella, check out her website here and her Instagram here.

5 More UK Staycations For 2021

While the UK Government announced a select amount of countries on the ‘green list’ with I’m sure more to come, it’s still no surprise that there’s a huge increase in the booking of staycations. If you’ve found that your destination of choice is lacking in places to stay, why not find a new place to […]

COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)

There’s just one more evening until most things will be reopened in England again! I don’t know about you, but it still doesn’t feel real to me that soon we will be back to normal. While a lot of us are so excited about the reopening of many venues again, I’m sure, at the back […]

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The Teenage Cancer Trust – Who They Are, The Challenge And Why You Should Donate

The Teenage Cancer Trust – Who They Are, The Challenge And Why You Should Donate

Last month, an old school friend of mine (hi Sofia, if you’re reading!) reached out to me and told me about this 2800 Squat Challenge she’s doing as a charity fundraiser. She told me it was for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity I’d never heard of but I thought the name was pretty self-explanatory. Together, along with another old classmate, took on the challenge together to do 2800 squats each in the month of February and posted a fundraiser on Facebook. Today is the last day of the challenge, and I wanted to share what I’ve learnt about the charity and what they do, as well as how I got on with the challenge. I will leave some links at the end on how you can donate (and please do if you can – every little helps!)

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