Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Travel Diaries #1: Journey to Unknown Festival

unknown festival road
With summer just around the corner (although in Britain that's questionable) I've been getting excited about my upcoming trip to America and this got me thinking about my adventures last summer. One adventure in particular I want to share with you is my journey to Unknown Festival last year. Allow me to set the scene...

It is now the beginning of September, like many of my friends I've spent my summer working trying to gain some experience for my later years, as a result of this we've not seen a lot of each other by no fault of our own. It's not long 'til we go back to uni and we could do with a holiday, but ultimately we're still poor.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

30 Day Shred Challenge: Level 1 Review

30 day shred challenge level 1 review

I've recently finished Level 1 of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred challenge and thought I'd let you know how I'm getting on so far and share some information for those thinking about trying it for themselves.

The Motivation

 As many of you will know in less than two months I'm heading to San Diego for a marketing internship through The Saltire Foundation so I was really keen to get myself bikini ready before heading over. I'm already quite into the healthy lifestyle and eating well really isn't a problem for me, but exercise seems to be one of those things that I've just never managed to consistently commit to. Enter the 30 Day Shred challenge. Just 20 minutes of intensive exercise a day, next to no equipment (weights and a mat) needed, how hard could it be?


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Stateside Bucket List

stateside bucket list vw

So as you might of heard from my 'Life's a Beach' blog post I'm off to America for ten and half weeks this summer and to get the most of my visit I've come up with a stateside bucket list of some of the top things I'd like to do while I'm there. For the first eight weeks I'm going to be carrying out an internship programme through The Saltire Foundation with three other Scottish interns (who I've yet to meet but have been in very excited Facebook talks with!) Our internship itself is in San Diego then after the eight weeks we're going on to do a bit of our own travelling including San Francisco, LA and finishing in New York for our last few days. It's been a life long ambition of mine to go to America (who wouldn't want to go?!), but you know being a student and all money is kinda an issue. The great thing about the internship programme through The Saltire Foundation is they cover all the costs of the flights, accommodation and living for the duration of your internship so it's just the extra two and a half weeks travelling and the costs associated with that that I have to worry about and i's an opportunity I just could not let pass me by, no matter how broke I'm gonna be.

 It's pretty unlikely I'll manage to do everything on my stateside bucket list, especially as plans always tend to change, but I thought it would be fun to share it with you guys anyway and I'd love to hear your suggestions too!


Monday, 14 April 2014

Thinking About Setting up a Custom Domain?

setting up a custom domain Go Daddy

So yesterday I took some big girl steps in the blogging world and set up a custom domain (previously effytalkslife.blogspot.com now effytalkslife.com).  It's something I've always thought about doing, but just been way too lazy to put into practice and all I can say is if you've been thinking about it - stop thinking and just commit! This is the first of a series of many changes I'm making to my blog in the coming months and thought I'd shed some light on it for those of you considering setting up your own custom domain. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

3 Reasons to Love Student Life

3 reasons to love student life

I've recently picked my modules for my last year at uni and it has suddenly hit me that I'm head over heels, heart skipping a beat, weak at the knees in love with student life and am nowhere near ready to give that up. Of course there are downsides to being a student - my flatmate is a classic example of this with her steady diet of pasta for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert - but that's something we're (read I'm) working on changing.

So you ask, why DO you love student life so much?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Life's A Beach

Walking down Aberdeen beach

Sorry. Note to self: must stop starting blog posts with apologies. Now that that's over with on to the good stuff!
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