10 Boss Lady Quotes To Motivate You

10 Boss Lady Quotes To Motivate You

Here’s a list I’ve compiled of 10 Boss Lady quotes that are going to motivate you to get your little hinny out of bed and get shit done.

1. Go for it girl!

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2. You were born to stand out

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3. You don’t need no man to be successful

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4. Don’t give up on them dreams. Work hard

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5. There’s always time to start over

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6. Wake up and make that dream a reality.

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7. Spoken by a true #Girlboss

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8. Start living, don’t just exist.

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9. Go out and kick ass

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10. Live like there’s no tomorrow

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Where I See Myself In Five Years

Where I See Myself In Five Years

Hi folks! I was on Twitter asking all of you what you think I should write about on the blog and the lovely Simon suggested I do a post about where I see myself in five years time. So here it goes…

In five years time I’ll be 25.Which is scaryyy. I’m not sure what will happen with my career, but I know I want to continue freelancing for now. I’d love to eventually work as an editor, and maybe even a staff writer.

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In terms of my blog, I hope it’s still going strong and that I haven’t given up on it! I hope to eventually move to my own domain so hopefully by five years time I won’t be too stingy with those dollars.

In terms of my personal life… I’m hoping to patch things up with my family, but if they don’t believe the truth, it’s going to be hard for us to get along.

I always said I was going to have kids at 25 and to me that doesn’t seem very far away and that scares me. The whole idea of childbirth and parenthood terrifies me.

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I have no idea if me and Oli will be married by then, but whatever happens I know I want to be coming home to him at the end of the day. We have said we want to move to New York, but unless we win the lottery soon (which we won’t, we don’t play it), that won’t happen for a while. Maybe we will be over there by the time I’m 25. All I know is I don’t want to live in the UK forever. I’m starting to get stir crazy in this country!

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If we haven’t moved to America and I’m not a big shot editor working at the New York Times in five years time, then I can definitely see us having our own little flat somewhere near London and us still working hard to move oversees. And I can definitely see us traveling a lot. Hopefully in five years time I have ticked off the places I want to go to such as Italy and going to Africa on Safari.

I’m also hoping they’ll be some type of furbaby in the future…Probably not a dog though (insert crying face here). But definitely a hamster or rabbit. Possibly a cat.

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So… There’s my predictions(?) for 2024. Let’s see what happens…

Book Review: #Girlboss

Book Review: #Girlboss

I read #Girlboss earlier in the year because I’ve already watched the Netflix show twice and wanted to know more about Sophia Amoruso.

About #Girlboss

Girlboss was written by Sophia Amoruso after she created Nasty Gal and has turned her business into a multi million dollar company. She shares her top tips on everything from interviewing to talking with investors. There are Girlboss profiles interviewing amazing freelancers and Nasty Gal stylists.

She talks in detail about being different and how not having a business plan worked out. After all, she started on eBay and now look at her. She’s now the CEO and founder of Nasty Gal, and more recently, Girlboss.

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Review

I’ve wanted to read #Girlboss ever since I watched the TV series. The way Sophia rebelled against “working for the man” inspired me because I don’t want to be a cog in a machine for someone to get rich while I get naff all.

This book spoke to me, and not because I want to create my own eBay business or anything of the sort. I just want to kick ass and be a Girlboss in everything I do, from wearing clothes to working for myself.

Throughout the book, Sophia jumps around from her childhood to now, to the future. It would be confusing if I didn’t watch the show and if her points didn’t make sense in the chapters. But everything spoke to me and her words make me want to believe in myself. It’s so inspiring to think she made a business out of selling vintage clothes on eBay. Just think of what you could do!

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I love books like this because they motivate you to get out of bed in the morning and do something with your life instead of sitting around watching Jeremy Kyle all morning. After reading that I feel like I can do anything. Isn’t that the effect you want from books?

If you want to start you own business or just want to know how to be a Girlboss, then I urge you to read this!

Why I Hate Apprenticeships

Why I Hate Apprenticeships

Now, I know a lot of people will disagree with me and that’s obviously perfectly fine, but this is my experience and it’s been a bad one. These are my reasons I hate apprenticeships.

Salary

Let’s talk about salary. When I was working as an apprentice (I’ve been in three apprenticeships) I was getting paid £3.50 an hour. How ridiculous is that? I know apprenticeships are a great way of getting into work if you have or haven’t been to university. Some may say it’s better than volunteering since you get nothing with doing that. But when you’re working 40 hours a week for just over £500 a month, it starts to become shitty and tiring. I used to spend an hours pay just getting the bus so I decided to save my £3.50 and walk 2 hours each day. When we moved further away it was even worse but I still refused to use a bus.

On Fridays, although I felt guilty, I would buy myself a Costa and then get the train after work to Oliver’s. That was £40 each weekend. Basically, I couldn’t save hardly anything (although I did manage a little here and there thank god) and by the end of the month I was surviving on a tenner.

Apprentices do the same, if not more work than full time employers. My colleague was on three times more than me, even though she worked 3 days a week and I worked 5. How does that work? Oh that’s right, because these employers don’t give a shit. If you find an apprenticeship with nice people, average pay and a decent workload, then good on you. But I’ve never met someone who has.

If you want to earn respect from your employees, pay them enough so they can afford to buy themselves dinner.

Workload

In my first apprenticeship, I was given so much work to do but very little reward for it. I know a lot of employees do a lot of work, but expecting someone to manage everything for you while paying them £3.50 an hour is a joke.

In one apprenticeship, I overheard a phone call between my boss and my colleague. My boss said that he wanted me to be his PA (all five staff members left within the first two weeks of me being there). So I asked how much I would be paid and my colleague told me I would be a PA and admin on apprenticeship wage. When my boss found out what my colleague had said this to me, he was furious as he wanted me to be below minimum wage doing a PA job. I’m not that stupid I’m afraid.

Overview

It probably won’t surprise you that I never finished any of my apprenticeships. I always left, whether it was a boss being a dick, not getting paid enough or the place went bankrupt. I haven’t had luck with any of them jobs. If you do find one, I urge you not to take any shit. You’re below minimum wage doing a full time employee’s job. Take. No. Shit. Don’t do what I did and put up with it.

An Open Letter To My Former Employers

An Open Letter To My Former Employers

Dear Former Employers,

There’s been a lot of you, there’s no doubt about that. Some of you have been kind, some of you have been awful and a lot of you, I didn’t stick around to get to know.

Every single one of you taught me something about myself. My first, you taught me how to work in a busy environment and I’m glad you gave me so much work to do. But in the end, you’re still a condescending person.

One of you taught me to work hard but play hard too. Thank you for the late nights staying up behind the bar celebrating a successful night with all of us. Giving me that job let me spread my wings and fly the nest.

One of you was deceiving. You made me think I was delusional when I told you I was being bullied. But, I learnt to stand up for myself in the process. Ironically, being one of the worst jobs I ever had, I stayed there for seven long, tedious months through the bullying, hard family life and little pay.

My last employment, which lasted three short months taught me the most: I don’t want to work for anyone ever again. I decided to look for freelance gigs and left before I found anything else. After two months I found my full time freelance gig.

Thank you all for teaching me I can do whatever the hell I want and no one is going to stop me, not even you. Vee x

The Pros and Cons of Being Freelance

The Pros and Cons of Being Freelance

In some ways, freelance can give you a sense of freedom that you don’t get with being on a contract. However there are some downfalls…

Pros

  • You can manage your time better when you aren’t being nagged to do something by a colleague sitting right next to you. You can take your time and work on your own terms and hours.
  • You can sit in your pajamas all day if you really want to!
  • You can eat whenever you want without Susan sitting in the corner judging you for snaffling three twix bars in a row…
  • You can have as many clients/gigs as you can manage.
  • You’re effectively your own boss.
  • You avoid the commute in and out of work meaning you have that precious time to yourself.
  • You don’t have to work with people you dislike and who just watch you out of the corner of their eye.
  • You don’t have to worry if you’re a bit sick to go into work, you can probably work from home! (Unless you have the flu…)
  • You can take as much holiday when you want.
  • You can work however much you want with no cap.

Cons

  • It can get lonely being at home all the time.
  • You aren’t guaranteed to be kept on with some clients.
  • You have an uneven amount of money from working odd hours.
  • You don’t get paid sick pay.
  • You don’t get paid holiday or bereavement pay.
  • You have to work out all aspects of your business, including the dreaded tax.
  • Having multiple clients wanting things done at the same time.

Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Would you consider going freelance or staying employed on a permanent contract? Let me know in the comments! Vee x

Date Nights on a Budget

Date Nights on a Budget

We all know how expensive dating can be, whether it’s going out for a meal or to the zoo or theme park etc. But what about ideas for some inexpensive or free date nights? I’m going to give you a list of free or cheap date night ideas for you and your partner to do together!

Date Night Ideas on a Budget

  • Go for a picnic at your favourite spot
  • Go for a long cycle ride together
  • Pack a lunch and go sit by the river and feed the ducks
  • Make your own pizzas and dessert
  • Make your own burgers and watch a movie together
  • Play board games you’ve never played or old ones you haven’t played in a while
  • Have competitions on the Wii/Xbox/PS and order in a pizza
  • Read a book to each other or together
  • Bake a cake together
  • Go to the beach
  • Have a barbecue
  • Have a fire in the backyard and watch the sunset together
  • Go to your local cinema on deal days (our local Vue does a cheap Monday deal)
  • Stay up all night having a movie marathon of your favourite film series
  • Buy facemasks and scrubs to do your own spa and movie night
  • Visit Ikea and browse all the things you’ll buy when you have your own place
  • See if there are any film festivals showing at your local park
  • Go to your closest airport and watch planes take off and land
  • Find a cheap spa trip on Groupon
  • Go to a museum, lots of them are free
  • Cycle to the local park and do some exercise together
  • Make something crafty together such as T-Shirts (pictured below)
  • Create a movie night box and watch a new film together on Netflix (my movie night box is pictured below)
I hope you found some ideas from this post! Let me know in the comments what some of your affordable date night ideas are. Until next time. Love, Vee x

Arc Book Review: Becoming Mrs Lewis

Arc Book Review: Becoming Mrs Lewis

I was gifted the Becoming Mrs Lewis Arc from Harper Inspire to review. I was both excited and nervous because I’ve not read much historical romance! However, as you will see below I thoroughly enjoyed the story…

About

Becoming Mrs Lewis is written by Patti Callahan and is the story of brave Joy Davidman who fled from her abusive husband in New York to travel across seas to London, UK with her two sons. Joy strikes up a friendship through letters with C.S. Lewis talking about their beliefs in God and soon the pair become closer than ever.

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I finished this enchanting love story about Joy and Jack’s (C.S. Lewis) friendship turned love a few weeks ago. I was feeling all the emotions!

First of all, I want to point out how eloquent the writing style was because I honestly believed Joy Davidman was speaking to me through the pages. Also, even though I am an atheist, I still believe in something. Religion consumes Joy’s whole life and she makes it her mission to find out her purpose in it. I can relate to Joy thinking she is destined for more because I feel as if I have this epiphany every day, sometimes a couple of times a day!

Secondly, the blossoming love between Joy and Jack makes you impatient; you want him to just kiss her already! Alas we have to wait a while. But let me tell you the kissing scene is worth the wait.

Since I started the book I’ve been fascinated by Joy and I read all about her and Lewis’ love. She is inspiring and her story is brave and courageous. Callahan’s book is a beautiful tribute to an even more beautiful woman who deserves more recognition.

The character development was wonderful to see unfold and I found I couldn’t put the book down half of the time. I’m not a huge lover of historical books but this love story managed to captivate me. You will laugh and cry along with Joy and Jack in their journey throughout the book but the main thing to take away from this book is to love. Love with all you have and don’t regret a single moment of it.

This book is a journey of self discovery in itself. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this masterpiece when it comes out next week. Until next time, love, Vee x

How To Find Time To Blog

How To Find Time To Blog

So we all know how hard it is to blog with a full time job or with college or school. There’s homework, there’s overtime and sometimes you just want to snuggle up in bed with a good book or to watch Netflix after a long hard day. It can be hard to find the time to blog and we stress about the very thing we used to enjoy. So without further ado, here are my top tips on how to stay on top of your blog and enjoy it at the same time.

Making Time

It’s easier said than done but when you get home from work/college/school make some time for your blog. Make a plan, have some dinner, watch one, yes I said one, episode of your favourite show and then decide to blog for an hour or so before you do something else. Learn to reward yourself after you have done some blogging, that way, you’ll train your brain to know if you do it, then you get something good out of it in the end.

If you don’t have much to do on the weekends or in the evenings then this time is essential for you and your blog, especially if your long term goal involves being able to blog full time.

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Blogging on the Down-low

Now, before you slate me for telling you to blog at work, hear me out. In my past jobs I’ve been so bored out of my mind that I thought, why not spend some of my time on my blog? I managed to get six months worth of posts done. I then had all the time I wanted at home without having to worry about when the next post is being published.

If you don’t think you can write a whole blog post at work, then why not make a list of all the topics you’d like to cover? That way, when you get home you have the idea and outline of what to write and you don’t have to sit there for an hour playing on your phone thinking of what to write about.

Of course, it goes without saying that if you work in retail or a really busy office, you won’t have time to blog. But if you can do it, why not?

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Use Apps

There are so many apps you can use to help you stay on track such as a time management app or a planner one. You can make sure you have time set aside each week for your blog.

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Guest Bloggers

Another good way of blogging when you don’t have time is to ask if anyone wants to guest post; this saves you time and all you have to do is copy and paste the post into your blog and voila!

But make sure the blogger knows what your style is and what you’re looking for! An easy way to find guest bloggers is by putting a request out on social media such as under the Twitter hashtag #bloggerswanted.

I hope these suggestions have helped you in some way! If you have any suggestions, please leave them below to help other bloggers. Vee x

 

Why Having a Career is Overrated

Why Having a Career is Overrated

I know what you’re thinking, she’s lured me here with a click-baity article that I now have to skim read in order to find out what she means. Well, you are right, it is click-baity but also relevant. You’re probably thinking to yourself “oh what a hippy, she doesn’t work and believes we shouldn’t have to.” Well, you’re partly right, I don’t believe we should but that’s a subject for another time. What I mean by this title “Why having a career is overrated” is that we shouldn’t put pressure on ourselves – or our children – to pursue one type of career.

I was watching the Real Housewives of New York the other night where one of the wives was putting pressure on her 12 year old to go into acting, forget about her education and decide what she wants to do in life. At 12. She also wanted to get her into the family business so made her child go into the office on her day off school. It’s a no from me. Yes, teach your child a good work ethic but do not be pushing them into a career.

What I used to love when I was younger was when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I used to say all the obvious answers, such as I wanted to be an actress or a vet. I could have done those things I suppose. But when I got to the lovely age of 15 and 16, the dreaded question would come up, but this time more serious. “What do you want to do with your life?” “You need to decide what you want to study at college in order to have a career.”

First of all, no, you don’t. You do not need to decide what you want right now, or ever, in fact. Having one set goal for a career is unrealistic. I’ve had so many ideas for what I want to do in life, from writing, editing and animal care. I have been in countless jobs. I’ve worked in retail, I’ve been a waitress, I’ve worked in an office and now I’m self employed as a social media manager.

I am perfectly happy right now and I don’t know what the future holds. I just know that I will only ever apply to jobs that I want. I will only ever do what I want. But you know what? All those jobs I hated got me to where I am now. I appreciate the people who work in retail because I could never do it again. Some people enjoy their jobs or have to do their jobs to live. But as long as you have that experience and you work a lot of different jobs, the right one will eventually come along. You’ll appreciate the hard times you had as a waitress under stress. You’ll appreciate the customers being snotty because now you have a backbone. You can learn so much from different roles so that’s why I think it’s important to experience everything. Don’t set goals because your path could end up anywhere. Go with the flow as they say and see where life takes you.