The life of a Uni student

uni student

If you’re a Uni student or don’t have a job that pays well. You know what its’ like to not be able to afford everything you want in life and having to give up things that you took for granted just to pay your phone bill or to buy food.

So after over a year of not being able to afford my favourite perfume and after 6 months or having no flip-flops, decided that it was time to send myself broke for the next 2 weeks and treat myself.

Luckily for me, for the first time my perfume was under the $50 dollar marks where’s normal it’s like over $150. Was that cheap that I even contemplated buying a second one. But then that would have meant me either going broke borke or foregoing my flip-flops, Which I didn’t really want to as I’ve been so lost without.

Never thought that 10 years ago that I’d ever say this, but if I could I’d spend the rest of my life in Havaianas  flip-flops, so not having any for 6 months has been really hard for me.

You probably all just think why not just go out and get a cheap pair of flip-flop’s from a Primak type shop, I could do, but they just wouldn’t be the same. Once you’ve walked in Havaianas you never want to go back to any other type of flip flop.

So much so I’ve got that used to them that having to wear closed in shoes over the winter has caused me to get pains in my feet and blisters on my toes.

So over the moon to be able to have comfortable feet again for my first day of Uni tomorrow.

Let me know in the comments something that you’ve had to forgo know that you’re a Uni student or have had to start paying your own way. 

I have a super busy schedule on Monday as I’m having three different Uni class spread out between 8am –  7pm and will also have to work certain Monday’s. So provided my work load doesn’t get the better of me, I will be blogging Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday’s 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I’ve been a bit MIA

MIA

 

So if you’re a regular follower of my blog you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit MIA this past week.

That’s because I’ve had lots of different things happening:

1| If you don’t already know I’m starting a bachelor of Primary Education on Monday so have spent the past few days attending orientation, organizing textbook and doing various other boring Uni prep.

2| Rebranding – again if you’ve followed me for a few months you may have realized that my domain name and blog design has changed, that’s because a few weeks ago I decided to complete rebrand. Which I’ve still not finished, I liked the layout that I’ve customized, but after a week decided that I didn’t like the logo I designed. So as I’m not the best at doing graphic design decided to just pay someone to make one for me. So now in the process of organzing that. 

3| I also decided the other week to start my own Facebook group to help new bloggers or blogger who are small and want to grow. If you’d like to join, please click here Blogging Collective 

4| I’ve finally started writing my e-book, only on page two, so basically wrote my title and my second page blurb. May not be much, but I’ve finally started something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. Not sure how long it will take me, will probably still be on chapter one this time next year. So won’t give away the topic or anything until I’m close to finishing. 

5| Then been spending all my other free time job hunting. As all though I love my current job, it’s going to be hard for me to fit it around me being at Uni full-time. 

I am hoping to still carry on posting 1-3 times a week, but as I’m not sure how big my Uni work load will be and how much I’ll be working I may be MIA a bit over the next month or so. 

If you’re currently studying or have previously studied while blogging let me know in the comments how you found the time to manage both. 

The diva challenge – date night

I’m currently taking part in a style challenge where you have to create an outfit based on a theme. The challenge is hosted by: Natalia from xoxomake if you’d like to find out more information.

The first theme of the challenge was a first date. So I decided to go with something that was simple, but classy at the same time.

Click below if you’d like to shop the look.

date night

 

Ted Baker Dress| Asos Heals| Asos Clutch| Asos Braclet| Bourjois Lip Gloss| Nars Eyeshadow

Things we wished we’d known when we started blogging

Things we wished we'd known when we started blogging

I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years, but still feel like I have so much more to learn. So a few weeks ago I came across some blogging, Facebook groups which were great, but I still felt a little bewildered.

So I decided to create my own group for people who were new to blogging or who had been blogging for a while, but wanted to grow their blog. Never thinking it would take off like it did. 

If would like to join, click here, blogging collective.

So, after starting the group it got me thinking about the things I wished I’d known when I was starting out blogging. So thought why not ask fellow bloggers on my Facebook group, and another Facebook group and then share them all with you in a blog post. I’d then link back to their blogs as well, in the hope that it might help people starting out bloggung or established bloggers who wanted to grow their blog.

 I wished I’d have known when I was starting out blogging that there were groups on Facebook dedicated to blogging that I could have joined to get advice, connect with and befriend bloggers so that I didn’t feel like the only new person on the block!

I also wished that I have known that the domain/blog name that you pick doesn’t have to relate back to your own name or having anything to do with what you’re going to blog about. Maybe if I’d have known that I wouldn’t have changed my name twice before I settled on my current name.

Alexandra  – Collective Strand

When I first started blogging, I wish I knew that it was a slow start. You don’t just start and all of a sudden you have a bunch of followers and people reading your blog it takes time and you can’t get discouraged from that! 
Time and hard work
has slowly brought me more views, plus sharing it with friends and family and finding amazing blog groups! 

So if your new and your getting discouraged because it’s not exactly what you thought don’t give up and remember why you started in the first place.

Kimberli – Beautiful Chaos

I wish that when I started blogging, I knew that for a lot of people, this is their business. For me, it’s just a fun way of getting my ideas out, but there are a lot of ways to monetize it and I maybe would have been more consistent from the beginning or chose a different platform if I had known about that.

Elizabeth – Sunshine & Shady

‘Don’t be too concerned about making money and getting lots of followers, just enjoy writing and start connecting to other bloggers’.

Megan – My Own Clarity  

I wish I had known when I started blogging that you need to make it a habit to blog. It took me a long time to actively add blogging to my schedule each day, which made it a lot harder to randomly find time and many days I wouldn’t blog at all. If I would’ve figured out when would be a good time to blog, I think I would have been a lot more consistent and grown my blog more quickly. 

Jenni – The Beautiful Little Fools

My tip – Starting is not as easy as it looks – Blogging demands lot of time and effort on one’s part. It’s not as easy as just writing something and hitting publish. There is a lot that goes on behind the scene. 
You first need to decide on a niche, blog
 name, hosting site, theme you want to use, look into the costs for the same – shop around. It’s not free!
Then it gets into more complicated technical needs like actually setting up the website, making sure it provides good user experience, run it in test mode for a couple days to test out that it is actually working. Blogging takes a lot of time, knowledge and energy.
It takes work and days at the end to set up a good professional looking website. It is especially challenging for non-technical people like me. Luckily, my husband was able to step in and help out with getting the site online. 
You have to go through some initial frustration before you can actually enjoy writing and sharing!

Riya – Denims and Dresses

I wish I’d taken more time to work on my photography in the beginning. Then I wouldn’t have more than 50 recipes to go back and reshoot

Meaghan  – Cook Craft Love

You mentioned friendships, and I’d tag onto that saying that the time you spend building relationships is as important as the time spent doing other things. Both for your blog and for your long term sanity as a blogger! I never would have guessed that I’d end up with really close friends through blogging, but they are as important to me as the blog as business now. Find bloggers whose content really resonate with you and proactively contact them. And if there is any way to swing it, go to a blogging conference in your genre. The classes are good, but the relationships you build and the stuff you learn just chatting face to face are priceless.

Melissa – A prudent Life

Oh gosh, so many things! rel=”nofollow”, target=”_blank”, hashtags, way to collect emails, good image sizes for Pinterest, disclosure statements, mobile friendliness, comment reply plugin, SCHEDULING SOCIAL MEDIA!, sharing other people’s stuff, Facebook groups on blogging, guest posting….So. Many. Things. And most days I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.

Michelle  – Research Parent

I would say don’t feel like you have to “do it all” right away. As a relatively new blogger, I sometimes feel pulled every which way because I just want to be involved in and do everything! Focus on quality content, building relationships with other bloggers and building social channels that you feel most benefit your blog. You don’t have to be on them all!

Carly – Fit Living

 Wish I had known the importance of finding a specific niche.

Lauree- Dancing Dish And Decor 

Really sit down and plan/create at least 10 pieces of quality content! Also, plan a huge launch party, especially if you are selling services via your blog.

Mackenzie – Craft Bonds

 

Updated my blog

Updated my blog Here is a pic of what my blog use to look like.

If you haven’t checked out my blog over the past few weeks you may have noticed that it looks slightly different!

That’s because I decided after watching fashion blogger, (which, if you’ve never heard of it, it’s a show on Foxtel all about top fashion bloggers) my blog name doing life my way was good, but felt like if I ever wanted to use it for branding in the future it just wouldn’t really work and reminded me of my teen days which I’m trying to move away from.

So after wracking my brain for a few days I finally came up with the blog name, collective strand. Which I think is great as its doesn’t tie me down to a particular niche and is also a name that I grow with. 

The design that I had on doing life my way was probably a bit more professional, but as I was on a budget decided to do it myself.

But one day when I’ve saved some money or if my blog takes off I’ll have someone re-design it for me as I find doing that give your blog a really polished finish.

Also, if anyone out there is starting out blogger or has a small blog that they would like to grow I also created a Facebook group that I love for you all to Join so that we can help each other out. 

 

Starting a Facebook group and rebranding

So I’ve been think a lot about my blog over the past few months and ways that I could grow it. So decided that doing a 365 blogging would be the best thing to do to help.

Which at first worked out great, but after a while started going downhill so decided stop it a week or so ago.

But ever since then I’ve been thinking of other ways to grow my blog. I  joined a few Facebook groups which were great, but still felt a bit lost being a small blogger, so decided on Saturday morning to start my own Facebook group, not really think anyone would join but has grown quite a bit since then.

So, if you’re new to blogging or a small, established blogger and want to grow your blog join my blogging group Blogging Collective.

Then after creating the group and connecting with new bloggers I realized that the problem with my blog was that I didn’t 100% love my name.

So have decided to get a new blog name (basically re brand my blog) which, if all goes to plan will be up by my 2 year blogging anniversary August 11th

rebranding

Stopping my 365 day blogging challenge

Been thinking about it for the past few days and I’ve decided to stop doing my 365 day blogging challenge.

Was a hard decision to make as I really like doing it and really wanted to complete it.

But just don’t have enough time to fit everything in now that I have a job and can get called at any time to do a 4-9 hour shift. Then I’m also starting full-time Uni as well at the end of next month.

Then over the past few months or so I felt myself running out of post ideas, repeat my posts a lot. Then noticed the quality of my post were going really downhill.

Which anyone who followed my blog probably noticed and couldn’t wait to unfollow, so I do apologise to all those people.

Then over the past few weeks I’ve started getting stressed about it A because I’ve had no home broadband, then B not having enough time in one day to fit it all and trying to plan out my day, so that I have enough time to blog and do everything else that I need to do in life.

So have decided that now I’m just going to try to blog 1 – 3 times a week as I’d rather have one quality post than seven really bad quality posts.

Then depending on my work and Uni schedule, I may participate in blogtober and blogmas.

No one will probably read this post. But sorry it was super long and just a bunch of words, but felt like writing my thoughts down will help me get over my stress and turn over a new leaf in my book.

Also, before I go as I’m working two days so far this week and still have no home internet, I might take the week off. So If you don’t hear from me in the week, I will be back next Sunday night with a new blog post.

Day 97 – daily planner

Day 97 - daily planner

Decided that as I’m starting Uni soon and will have to fit in daily blogging, work and study, it was time that I got more ogranised.

So decided to get my self a planning, did some reasearch and found a filofax planner that I like but I couldn’t find any where Australia that stocked it and to have it ship in was going to work out at $200.

So seeing as there was an end of financial sale on at my local Kikki-k store. I decided to go down and have a look for planner.

Didn’t have much left in stock but managed to come home with all of this mostly on sale.

Will do a more detailed post in the coming weeks as I still have a few more things I wanted to buy off etsy and a few other sites, but thought seeing as I love it so much would give you all a sneak peek.

Let me know in the comments bellow if you know of any good sites to buy planner accessories form and also share a link to your post about your planner or one of your favourite bloggers planners.

Also if you’ve never heard of kikki-k would definatly recommend that you check them out. They also ship overseas as well for a small fee.

Day 96 – Fashion selfie any day

Still have not home internet and don’t have much mobile brodand left to write a post:(

So why I wait for my internet to be reconcected would love it if you could all please take part, basically any day of the week, post a selfie on Instagram using the #fashionselfieanyday

So we can all share and see other people outfits from around the world.

Would love it if you could all take part using my hashtag some time over the next week.

If you’d like to check out my fashionselfieanyday pics search the #fashionselfieanyday on Instagram

Don’t forget to add the #fashionselfieanyday so I can check you all out.

Also comment down below and let me know that you’ve taken part.

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