Laughter Makes the World Go Round

Good Morning World!

We all love a good case of the giggles, the kind where your stomach starts to hurt, or the kind that makes you run to the toilet in fear, or the silent laughter you do while pulling a face for radio. The latter being my unconcious go-to. It’s a great love in all of us.

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There is nothing I love more than the company of people who can make me laugh uncontrollably. If you can find someone who can make you forget about the boring parts of life and create a new happiness. Those are the people you want to spend time with, and those are the people you want to surround yourself with.

I have only recently realised this!

A couple of months ago a big thing happened between me and another individual, it was no ones faul, it just happened. As a result of this, I lost a lot of friends. I lost people who I used to call my best friends, people I use to spend my entire summer with; just gone. It made me realise the importance of real friendship and I how when you went to school you were friends with the people you saw everyday, for no other reason than that; you saw them everyday. My first semester at University served to be fine, but after this ‘incidence’ things just started to disolve. I noticed things I didn’t previosuly. I behaved the same before and after but it was them who ultimatly made the final decision.

The past weeks I have then only surrounded myself with the people who make me smile, the people I can truly be myself around. Going through something this difficult makes you realise who is actually there for you and who was just around for the ride. Because we both lost something, and the fact my ‘friends’ decided to make the choice for me to leave upset me, but now I know I’m better off.

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The moral of this story is that laughter comes from being truly comfortable and happy, so only surround yourself with people who do that!

Love Georgina xx

 

 

Top 8 Ways to Live a Happier Life

Good Morning World!

Happiness, its a concept, an idea. The idea that if something good happens to us then we’ll be happy, but that’s not always the case. Often things can go wrong which then leaves us feeling unhappy, but these things are out of our control. However, what we can control is how we react to these stimuli, which means that we can be in control of our own happiness.

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I feel it essential to share my top tips on happiness, these are habits that everyone is aware of but sometimes we forget to act on them.

1.  DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Everyone is a unique individual and if you start comparing yourselves to others then you’re only hurting yourself. Of course there are times when you look at something and think “Gosh I wish I had her hair” or “I’ll never be able to do what she’s done”. I know the feeling but there are so many great things about you that other people wish they had or could do. So never put yourself down.

2. BE KIND

In life, I have learnt that there is nothing an act of kindness cant solve, and the great thing about it is that its free, and its contagious. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day: its the littles things that mean the most. Also be appreciative of others and try to recognise when others need support and they will then give it you in return.

3. STOP DOING THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO

This is your life! Do what you want! There is no shame in admitting you don’t want to do something and I know there are times that you do say those things, but if it really bothers you, then do something about it. Even if it means changing careers halfway through your life, do it! If your happiness is on the line then anything is worth it.

4. EXERCISE

Sport is a great way to get out the house, meet new friends and clear your mind. Even something as simple as a 10-minute walk can brighten your thought process for the day. I know that intellectually, exercise releases endorphins into your brain that then releases serotonin; the happy molecule.

5. BE GRATEFUL

How many times a day do you use the words “Thank You”. Learn how to open up and you will receive and abundance of joy and happiness. Living in a first world country means that I have access to things I take for granted. Being grateful for what you have makes you appreciate the little things in life.

6. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

Although an abundant social and romantic life does not itself guarantee you joy, it does have a huge impact on our happiness. Spending time with the people you enjoy to be around are a must, try and make friendships a priority in life.

7. EAT HEALTHIER

I cant speak for everyone but I know that when I have a balanced and nutritious meal, including loads of fruit I always feel better about myself. I know that I am treating my body the way it was intended to be treated, that in itself makes me happier.

8. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR GOALS

Everyone have goals, whether that be big or small. But when you don’t keep track of them you can lose motivation and passion to for fulfilling them, or you might not even reach them because you cant satisfy them. Keeping lists and keeping steps to achieve those goals is a simple way of doing this.

I hope this posts helps someone in some way. Thank you for reading.

Love Georgina xx

In’s and Out’s of Blenheim Palace

Good Morning World!

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Blenheim Palace is a historical goldmine located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It was the home and birthplace of our former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and scores high in the must see places when visiting this gorgeous county.

I am very lucky in saying that this historical gem is right on my doorstep and I have spent many the afternoon lounging in their palace gardens. Here is all you need to know for a trip to Blenheim Palace.

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Where is it?

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Click here for directions to Blenheim Palace

Travel / Parking

Blenheim Palace offers free parking for all visitors to its Park, Palace and Gardens, so there is no need to bring loose change with you.

To get to Blenheim Palace I would recommend going by car as there aren’t any direct trains coming into Woodstock, however if you are travelling a vast distance you can get the train to Oxford or Bicester and make you way out via bus accordingly.

Various Attractions | What to do?

There are many great things to do when visiting Blenheim. You can take part in multiple tours of the Palace, seeing the suites, a Churchill Exhibition and a formal gardens walking tour and many more. The attractions are very informative and provide accurate historical data and is therefore an excellent educational trip for families and schools.

Along with the Palace tours they also have various park activities for children including a butterfly house, outdoor play area with interactive and learning games, and a huge maze (while I’ll admit got lost in a couple of times).

In addition to this there are various restaurants, cafes and shops for you all to enjoy, including afternoon tea in the palace gardens overlooking various water fountains and the palace grounds.

Prices

There are different prices depending on what attractions you want to see at Blenheim, and I don’t think its compulsory to see them all on your first visit however, if you have come far to see it I would suggest going for the more expensive option. The two options to take into consideration are the Palace, Park and Garden ticket, which allows you into everything, and a Park and Garden ticket, which wont allow you into the Palace or into the gates to look at it. For full prices Click Here!

I really hope you enjoyed this post and this inspired you to do a little more exploring. Enjoy your summer days out.

Love Georgina xxx

Change is Inevitable

Good Morning World!

Change is and will always be a big part of life, something that you cant help from happening. So the only thing to do is embrace change. By being resistant to change you’re only hurting yourself. One little event can totally change your life plans, so make plans as they come. Don’t plan ahead, and don’t be mad when plans change.

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Throughout my life I have had my fair share of change. From my parents divorce to something smaller like changing my university course last minute. There are some things that are purely out of your control like my first example. When this happened to me I was 8 years old, and this change affected my life more than anything else. Not being able to live with my dad affected me on a personal level, but I realise looking back at it now that it was a good thing as living in an unhappy household with both pareant would have been worse than happily living with one parent.

Change can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, other people can change and this may force you to change, but sometimes you change yourself and it can influence the rest of your life. Without change I would never be where I am now. When I originally applied for university I wanted to study sociology and if I was perfectly honest with myself I only applied for the benefit of my mother who thought university was the way forward. But with time, I realised that I am not cut out for sociology and what I really wanted to do was become a teacher.

Things happen for a reason, and you have to accept that. It isn’t a bad thing, and even if it may seem like it is at first. You’ll look back at that experience and realise you wouldn’t be who you are now without it. You have grown as a person, and that’s the best change of all.

Love Georgina xx

 

How To Revise | Revision Tips

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Its getting to that time of year where most of us still in education will be getting ready for our mock exams or preparing for our final exams in a couple of months. This is one of my biggest regrets from my AS exams and even my GCSE’s, I did the bare minimum when it came to revision, and it didn’t get me very far. This year I am ready to make a change, and I have already started revising for my A2 exams and my re-sits from AS. I have developed a few skills from my months of pre-revision that I wanted to share with you, so that you don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

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  • Find a quiet space. If you are frequently bombarded with questions and requests from your siblings and parents, then it is important to take yourself out of that situation and make sure there is nothing that can distract you. I recommend that you find somewhere where you wont be distracted, or set a specific time that you want to revise so that your family wont intrude. As my mother is always working and my brother spends most of his time in his room, I find it easy to find time to myself.
  • Take frequent study breaks. You are more likely to learn if you study in short and productive intervals, than a hour long sessions spent predominantly on your phone. To prevent this I like to revise in half an hour intervals, this way it reduces the chances of me getting bored. However, if you still feel that half an hour is too long for you, then do 15 minutes of revision with a 5 minute break. Trust me you will see a difference. Also, don’t feel that you have to take a break, if you are in the zone and you could go another 10-15 minutes then go for it. The more revision you do, the better the outcome will be for your exams.
  • Make sure the information is going into your head.  If you find yourself revising for hours and still knowing nothing, then there is a chance that the way you are revising isn’t right for you. Don’t be down hearted by this, as everyone learns in different ways. Personally, the way I learn takes a lot of effort, I have to read the text book out loud to myself, make notes on what I have just read, then read out my notes, then finally make index cards on the most important parts of the topic. This is only me, and it took me so many tries to find the right technique that suit the way I take in information. For visual learners I suggest doing mind maps, for auditory learners try reading the book aloud then quizzing yourself, (I like to do this as well, you’ll look like a right weirdo when talking to yourself but its worth it). However if you learn by doing things then I suggest trying what I do, because this is how I learn. Revision is trial and error. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.
  • Try revising with a friend. Study groups are a great way to cut down your work load. In my biology class, Phoebe, James, Scarlet and I created a study group to cut down our work load and make learning fun. The way we do this is to do a page in the text book each, this focuses us on learning one section of that particular topic. We will then play teacher. Teaching each other on what we have learnt. This is very effective as you need to know the information to be able to teach someone who is clueless on that topic. This also a massive time saver. Say if everyone spends an hour on their topic, then you’re saving yourself 3 hours learning those topics by yourself.
  • Have motivation. Having something to motivate yourself to revise can make you want to do it more often, whether it be your football game, a shopping spree, or just a bar of chocolate. It can help. I always like to treat myself after I have spent hours revising, this way I will keep doing it.
  • Be organised. Make sure you have all your equipment out before you start. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started revising then remembering that I need a ruler and have to run upstairs, or need a calculator and have to rummage through my bag. Its extremely time consuming, so make sure you have everything out before you start.
  • Don’t cram. Use your time efficiently by starting your revision sooner rather than later. It is better to have over revised for an exam, then only crammed the night before. This is how most of my GCSE exams were approached. I would have done no revision until about a month before my exams started, then I would only focus on my first exams so when it came around to the last few I literally only read the textbook the night before. Adamant to say that those are the subjects I didn’t do so well in.

These are just some of the things I like to think about when revising. I hope you find these tips helpful, and let me know if you are going to try them out, or if you already do some of them yourself. Good Luck!

Georgina xx