Sunday, 17 June 2018

Is Social Media Bad For Your Mental Health?


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Social media cops a lot stick these days. Something we all once envisioned as the savior of our times has now become that creepy, lurking neighbor we’re all beginning to feel a bit wary of. The sort of guy you peep at through your window in the safety of your own home and start a neighborhood watch over. 

Sometimes I feel this whole social media thing is not dissimilar to being at school again.
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Feeling Stuck? 4 Podcasts You Need To Listen To Right Now!


4 podcasts you need to listen to right now
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I first started listening to podcasts about a year ago. 

Working nine hours a day on a banana farm in tropical Australia I was desperately searching for something to occupy my mind. The work was isolating, soul destroying and anxiety-inducing to say the least. You'd look for any way to fill the time and lose track of your day. It became a game. Every minute you lost count of was one minute closer to being home. 

First, you start with music, but it gets to the point where you can pinpoint the duration of each song. Then there was that time when I forgot to pack my headphones and started playing little mind games to amuse/further torture myself. I was pretty close to breaking point.

Then finally, a few weeks into the job, a friend suggested passing the time with podcasts. I like to think of them as TV shows, except solely for your ears. The dialogue was engaging, I could learn about limitless different topics and I'd reach the end of my workday with just enough energy to return the following day.

From that day on my life was changed. 

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Carrie From Bigger Life Adventures Talks Overcoming Addiction and Becoming A Digital Nomad

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I’m really excited to announce that I’m starting a new monthly series on Effy Talks Life! The series is going to be focussed on badass women who are traveling the world and working too.

You’re going to hear from people from all walks of life who will share their stories and give their best advice on how to follow in their footsteps. These interviews will be raw, real and like nothing else out there that I could find. I want to give you guys the good, the bad and everything in between.

So many people have the desire to work and travel, but just need that extra push to get started. Consider this your push!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Carrie of Bigger Life Adventures. Carrie, originally from the US, is now working as a Digital Nomad and traveling around Asia. She gives great advice on finding balance as a digital nomad and how to get started with life, and travel, on the road.

But enough from me – let’s hear from the woman herself!

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Is Traveling Alone Really That Safe For Women?


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As a woman, there’s no escaping from the fact that there are extra precautions you have to take to feel safe as a solo traveler and, in fact, everyday life. I’ve been followed home, spat at, catcalled - all of it.  When it comes to traveling alone it's only natural that your fears for safety are heightened. It is, after all, the great unknown. 

When it comes to the question of whether or not it's safe for women to travel alone there really is no definitive answer. However, there are loads of simple measures you can take to increase your safety while you're away.

Whether it’s your first trip, or you're an avid traveler looking for more ways to ensure your safety - you've come to the right place.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

I Tried Eyebrow Microblading - Here's What Happened!


Since I left the UK in 2016 I’ve begun to see the benefits of semi-permanent cosmetic procedures. I’m a girly girl, but truth be told sometimes I just can’t be bothered with all the responsibility that comes with it.

I’m constantly breaking my nails. I spend 99% of my time in trainers, mismatched socks or flip-flops. Don’t even get me started on shaving my legs because I’ve given up on that all together. Yup, you read right. 

Being a woman sometimes feels like a full-time career in and of itself. Add being black into the mix and it’s like a full-time career and a night job. I joke (but not really). So if there’s something I can do to cut down my getting ready time - you can be damn sure I’m going to do it.

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