I’ve been at school for 14 years – here’s my back to school advice

I’ve been at school for 14 years – here’s my back to school advice

In a couple of weeks I'm heading back to school for the last time - wow that sounds weird to say. I'm going to be a high school senior this year, and after spending fourteen years in school, I think I have some worthwhile advice to share with you. I'm a little bit of a nerd and I actually really like school, but that doesn't stop me from disliking the back to school season. I hate seeing the summer come to an end and I don't like saying goodbye to family who I don't see during the school year. However, once the school year is in full swing, I end up loving it. So, in this post, I want to share some of my top tips on how to make the back to school season a little less sad, and a tad more enjoyable. Also, before I get into the rest of this post I wanted to share a few announcements. Even if you are not a student heading back to school, this post will still be relevant for you! I share lots of organizational techniques here and I even created a free day planner which you can download at the end of this post. Also, starting from next week, I'm moving away from the boring 'back to school' content and taking a different approach to it in an exciting and highly relevant way, as the summer comes to an end and we all head back to school/work; so keep your eyes peeled for that! So, without further ado, here's the back to school advice I've got for you!

Long-distance friendships – how to stay in touch

Long-distance friendships – how to stay in touch

I've lived as an expat for 5 years now, so as well as leaving my friends in London behind when I first moved, I've seen lots of friends come and go from Dubai. When someone first moves away it's easy to stay in touch; you tell each other how much you miss each other, and tell the other person that they have to come to visit soon! But as time goes on and you get busier, it's harder to stay in touch, with all the physical barriers such as distance and time zones, but also emotional barriers, as you probably both lead separate-ish lives now. In this post, I'm going to explain why I think it's important to put in the effort to maintain a long-distance friendship and how to make it a little easier. 

An Expat’s Summer: packing up for the year

An Expat’s Summer: packing up for the year

While the expat life is thrilling and full of excitement, it sometimes really does feel like the chapter closes at the beginning of summer. How do we switch from one routine to another? How do we switch from one time zone to another? How do we switch from one language to another? It's like we're in limbo, not really belonging anywhere for a couple of months until our fellow expats return home. How do we juggle these two worlds and close the chapter of this year? That's what I hope to share with you in this post. Like any high school student, I spend my year dreaming about summer break, but it is hard to say goodbye to my home for the whole of summer break. Here's how I deal with it...

4 tips to fix any bad day

4 tips to fix any bad day

Have you ever had one of those days where it just feels like everything is going wrong? Or where all you want to do is go home and curl up in your bed? Yup, we've all had those days. It sometimes comes from stress, fatigue, or just certain circumstances. I've recently been having some of those days, where one thing goes wrong and then everything else just cascades into a downward, stressful, overwhelming spiral, and it's so hard to pull yourself out of it. For me, it's because of stress, it's a really busy time of year for me at the moment, but I've managed to come up with four tips that can fix any bad day for me. 

How to stay motivated

How to stay motivated

Do you ever get those nights when you're lying awake in bed listing out all the things you have to get done tomorrow? When your head feels like it's going to burst with all the odd jobs and to-do lists kept in there? And when you know you have endless amounts of things to do, but you just can't bring yourself to actually do them?