Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Guest Post: The skills that blogging has given me

The skills that blogging has given me, that have helped me in my career.

Hi, I'm Tori from Tori's World - a lifestyle blogger and a teacher. With the plethora of educational blogs out there, I've often wondered why I chose not to go down that route and instead to write a lifestyle blog but now into my third year of blogging, I can see how lifestyle blogging has given me skills and confidence beyond that I could imagine when I began.
A little personal history first - I've read blogs for a long long time - almost since they first started appearing. I've also always loved writing and knew that this could be an outlet for me. Career-wise - teaching is all I've ever wanted to do. Every academic choice I made was geared towards being in front of the classroom one day. And I believe (as do those who assess us...) that I'm a blooming good teacher! I love the job and the differences, challenges and successes each day brings. After teaching for nearly 15 years, it’s more and more important to keep moving with the times and developing my skills. The world is changing rapidly…

So how has blogging helped me?
  1. Teaching can be all-consuming. There's no definitive cut-off, “you've finished” point. You can (and many do) work all the hours of the day, neglecting personal life, hobbies and your health. I quickly decided that I would need a hobby to help me switch off and by combining my love of makeup and writing, I started my blog with a beauty focus in May 2015. I quickly realised that limiting myself to makeup wasn’t going to work for me and moved into a lifestyle blog after Blogmas 2015. When I’m writing or interacting with the community, I’m doing something just for me.

Never stop learning
  1. Increased self-confidence – by writing about my experiences and more importantly my opinions, I am forcing myself to put myself out there in a way I never have before. Engaging with the community and chatting with other bloggers has also given me the confidence to tackle off-line relationships (professional and otherwise) with an increased self-confidence.


  1. Using blogging in the classroom – although I don’t advertise the fact that I write a blog at school, I have introduced a classroom blog that the children and their parents can access. Writing for a real purpose is the best way to motivate all children to write and without blogging, I would have a lot less opportunities to do that.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Engineered Success: Giulia E. Fenci

I’m so excited to introduce you to Giulia Evelina Fenci, a-27-year old, Italian born multilingual structural engineer and personal trainer who has completed her Mount Kilimanjaro climb.


Giulis Evelina Fenci
Giulia E. Fenci
Bio:
I was born in Siena, Italy and I now live in Salford. I am a graduate structural engineer and I am in the final year of my PhD at the University of Salford. At the same time, I work one week every month for an international engineering consultancy. I have just qualified as Personal Trainer and I have been fundraising to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of a charity called Dig Deep, that aims to bring clean water and sanitation to rural areas in Kenya.
My main goals in life are to be healthy and happy. I want to do what I am passionate about and I want to find a job that will motivate me and inspire me to better myself every day.


What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about many things such as art and architecture, travelling, good wine (I’m Italian after all), fitness and health. Recently I have become eager to learn more about nutrition and how people can prevent diseases by having a balanced and healthy diet, as well as having a balanced mind. Sometimes people hide traumas or events that have caused them pain or discomfort within them and I am a strong believer that we should all learn to deal with our emotions and speak openly about them without letting them haunt us and cause negative imbalances in our bodies.


What are you aspiring to be?
This is a difficult question... On one hand, I would like to pursue this recently discovered passion for fitness and nutrition and embark on a quest to make people understand more about themselves, how to appreciate their bodies, their own strength and how to reach a healthy relationship with food. On the other, I have invested so much time and energy in becoming a structural engineer that I need to give this career path a shot to see if it can make me happy in the long run.


Why did you decide to start pursuing health and fitness?

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

5 Great Blogs to Read and Follow


One thing that inspired me to start blogging was reading other blogs written by young ambitious women. Their stories of learning tough life lessons, excelling in their career and following their passions encouraged me to do the same.

For over 2 years I've shared my own experience in this little corner of the internet. I have been able to express myself and give my own perspective on life as a twenty-something. By writing on this blog I have learnt a lot about myself.
5 Great Blogs-bloggers to read and Follow

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do and maybe discover someone new:

finallyfiona.com
SOURCE: finallyfiona.com
This blog is amazing because of the combination of personal development, inspiration and beauty topics that Fiona writes about. As you know, I am also passionate about personal development. Fiona previously had a natural hair and beauty blog but has since pivoted her direction and got focused on her life, business and personal growth as a young woman.

She released this new blog in 2016 and I have been reading all her new content (and watching her YT videos of course) on life & well-being, love - being a wife, business - blogging & money and Self-Care - hair & beauty. This new blog grabbed my attention because of her decision to focus on pursuing her purpose in life and to inspire other women to do the same.
I'm sure you will appreciate what she is doing with her blog /brand as she grows and it expands worldwide.   


The Scientific Beauty by Sophie (now Dr. Sophie with a PhD)
A scientific beauty blogger, what a fabulous combination. As a woman in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths) myself, it is fantastic to see other women in STEM who express all aspects of their lives and are passionate about a variety of things. Just because we are women in STEM that doesn't mean we can’t also love fashion and beauty.
Sophie writes about the real science behind the beauty products we use and explains the scientific terms into plain English. Her dedication to science and writing has helped her to land her dream job in science communication, which allows her to travel the world in style while doing what she loves.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How Goals Lead to Success - My Mid-Year Review

Goals


This year, I decided not to share my goals publicly on the blog, for one simple reason - I was embarrassed about what happened last year... 

I made my 2016 goals public and although I wanted to achieve everything I didn't. I certainly had the intention to complete them but, my actions didn't follow suit. (I'm human.) I did well with my personal development as my passion it was easy to execute this goal but I struggled to stay consistent with learning a new language and keeping fit. 

So at the beginning of this year, I decided to share my goals with just my subscribers. That way I could be more accountable to those that have engaged with me online. Also, it felt easier to share my goals with a few people, and not the entire world online. 

However, now that we are half-way through the year I feel comfortable to let you know a few things that I have been striving for this year and what I hope to achieve in 2017:
Mid-Year Review - 2017 Goals, Challenges and Successes
2017 Goals
My 2017 Goals 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Success is a Habit

Success is a habit

After over 10 weeks of running - in my preparation for the Manchester 10km run, I keep returning to this quote for inspiration. Now I can’t tell you that I am now able to run 10km but I can say that the consistency of following a programme is helping me to improve my distance and pace.


Great Manchester Run 10k
Source: Forever Manchester



I’m sure we can all think of times when we had to do something over and over until eventually, we are successful; like studying for a test at school or starting a new job: at the beginning it seems hard to keep doing tedious tasks every single day, until one day a few months down the road you don't even notice it has become a habit. And that's how we form actions that lead to success by consistently doing the tasks we need to do every day to get to success. By starting and committing to what we started we can get to our destination.


When you form powerful habits you can have success in achieving your goals, whether they are health and fitness goals like mine or in any other areas of your life. Creating habits can help you to follow through with the goals you've set for yourself.


Beginners 10k running schedule
Source: Pinterest


Tell me what habit will you master to get to your success?? And if you want to learn more about creating habits, you can Subscribe, as I give in-depth details of how to create powerful habits for my subscribers.

                                         Natalie-Claire x

If you enjoyed this post Subscribe & get updates plus free printable worksheets to help you stay organized.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Powerful Illustrations to inspire girls into STEM

There is always more we can do to inspire young girls into STEM: Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.  And like me, there are many women (and men) promoting STEM subjects to girls. It is through these advocates that women in STEM industries are gaining visibility and a voice to inspire the next generation.  


Together Totaljobs, and the co-founder of STEMettes, Jacquelyn Guderley, have created motion illustrations, each depicting the journey and biases many young girls endure in the early stages of their STEM journey.


Each illustration (shown below), is supported by inspirational advice [in the original article on Totaljobs], helping to dispel the stereotypes and gender boundaries.   


You can read Jacquelyn Guderley’s advice on how to smash the gender stereotypes here: Girls in STEM: Smashing the Stereotypes

Opening Doors


Women in STEM
Teachers, parents and mentors can all support and guide you through your first steps to STEM.

Looking Beyond the Labels 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

To get what you want, you’ve got to know what you want!

It's already nearly the end of February 2017 and you probably started the year by writing your goals down, the usual: get fit, get a (new) job, start saving, start a new hobby, learn a new language...etc but did you write these because that's what you want or it's what you feel you should aim for at the beginning of every year: To be healthier, wealthier and generally better than last year.

Get what you want
Get what you want.

Question: What do you really want?

Featured post

Subscribe to get your FREE Guide: Be more Organized