Self Love September!

Self Love September!

Hearing advice about the first day of school and how to stay on top of school work is useful, but after a while it gets repetitive! I'll admit, I shared my own back to school advice in a previous blog post, but I think this post will be useful to a lot more of you. We all know how to stay organized and prepare for the first day back at school, but sometimes we need a little more... I really don't like seeing the summer come to an end, and I always make an extra special effort to do things that I love in September to make the whole transition back to school (or back to work, for some of you) a little less sad. I do things like making sure I get an early night, lighting my best smelling candle, and listening to my favorite music while taking a bath (sometimes I even whip out the Christmas music to cheer myself up if I've had a really hard day). It's these little things that I do each day that I can look forward to after a draining day at school (I know that sounds a little dramatic, but school is hard!) that make the back to school season a little more bearable. That's why I want to encourage all of you to have one thing planned for each day this September that will make you happy - a little treat that you can look forward to at the end of each day. 

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!

NYC through my camera lens

NYC through my camera lens

I love taking photos of places that I visit, but most of the time I use a few of them in blog posts and I forget about posting the rest. Then suddenly two weeks have passed, a month has passed, a year has passed, and I've completely forgotten to share the photos and it's too late! So, I thought that I would take the opportunity to show you guys some photos from my NYC trip in this post. I think that photos portray things in a different way than words; you're able to capture things that it's hard to articulate, and an image can be peaceful, busy, and beautiful at the same time, it just depends on how the viewer sees it. 

A Sustainable Day in New York City

A Sustainable Day in New York City

I was brainstorming ideas on how to make sustainability accessible to you guys in a fun way, not something you see all the time, and it hit me! Why don't I link sustainability to something I already write about a lot: travel! My travel posts are some of my most popular posts, and while I won't pretend to be a perfect human, whenever I'm on a trip I always make a conscious effort to make environmentally cautious decisions. I know as well as you guys that it can be really hard to be sustainable while on vacation, you're not in your home and you don't have access to the resources that you usually do, but that is why I want to create these travel guides for you: to make sustainable travel a little more accessible.

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. 

A quick trip to Disney World

A quick trip to Disney World

This past weekend I celebrated my seventeenth birthday; it sounds crazy to say that I'm almost an adult! Even though I'm seventeen now, I got to spend a day out of my trip to Orlando to visit Disney World. As a child, I was lucky enough to visit Disney World a few times, and I have to say, even though I'm probably 12 years older than when I last visited it, the place still feels magical! I sometimes write a special blog post for my birthday, or I share some important things which happened that year with you guys, but this year I thought I would just share a few photos of how I spent my birthday and my trip to Disney World. I hope you enjoy them!

How I find the best places to visit while traveling

How I find the best places to visit while traveling

Some of my favorite blog posts to write are my travel ones. When I find out that I'll be visiting a new country, I immediately go into full-on 'research mode' and start making a list of places I want to visit while I'm there. I have so much fun going to all these different places on my list and taking lots of photos to share in blog posts, and you guys seem to love them! I bring you photos from different cafes, farms, flower fields, and even the deep depths of the oceans, and in this post, I'm going to share how I find these exciting and hidden places.