Seven Handy Tips for Budgeting Your Finances

Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you that I’m a typical Yorkshireman. I hate spending money. This means that over the years, I’ve become an expert in saving, identifying ways to claw back every penny I can. I wanted to share some of my hard-learned wisdom with all of you, so get your pen and paper out and start taking notes, as I reveal seven handy ways to budget your finances.

#1 Use a spreadsheet

It’s a good idea to have a written record of your budget, which you can refer back to and adapt as needed. I use an excel spreadsheet, as it’s versatile enough to allow me to change my spending plans when necessary. On this, I record the nature of the cost (e.g. rent), the amount, frequency of the payment and whether it’s money going in or coming out, so I have a clear overall picture of my finances. Continue reading “Seven Handy Tips for Budgeting Your Finances”

Embracing Fitness: The Mental Side Of Getting Fit

If you’re like me, and you’re not a natural gym bunny, then getting fit is a trial to be endured. Not only do you have to push your body day-in and day-out, but you need the mental fortitude to see your fitness regime through. As someone who took a long time to find the right fitness programme, today I thought I’d talk about how in order to do so, I had to develop the right mindset.

Two year journey

A while back, I regaled you with the incredible tale of my two journey to becoming a fitter me. It took a lot of hard graft, determination and above all, resilience. I’d spent years trying fad diets and crazy exercise regimes and none of them worked. Oh they were effective at first, but it never lasted. I’d always lose motivation eventually, regain the weight and start the whole cycle all over again. Continue reading “Embracing Fitness: The Mental Side Of Getting Fit”

Murder, Mystery And My Family: The Personal Journey

Today marks both the culmination of a journey that my family has been on for a century, and the beginning of a new one. This is the day that the BBC aired series 2, episode 7 of its Murder, Mystery and My Family programme, which charted a great-granddaughter’s quest for the truth. This woman was my mother, and her great-grandmother was Emily Swann, who was hanged for murder in 1903.

Sins of the Family

This journey began years back, when my mum started researching our family history. What she found was a tale of strength, courage and redemption against incredible odds. She went on to write a book which tells the story of five strong women in my family, from my great-great-grandmother to mum herself, exploring how my family came to terms with and dealt with the sins of our past. Continue reading “Murder, Mystery And My Family: The Personal Journey”

Seven Of My Favourite Figures In Literature… And Why I Love Them

Literary characters have the ability to draw us into these worlds and take us on these journeys – that’s something that I think deserves to be shouted about and celebrated. Here are seven of my favourite figures in literature and why I love them…

I have always been a passionate lover of literature. Books are so magical; they take us away from the real world, and carry us on a journey of discovery and adventure, making you a different person when you finish turn over that last page. It’s the characters that have the ability to draw us into these worlds and take us on these journeys – that’s something that I think deserves to be shouted about and celebrated. Here are seven of my favourite figures in literature and why I love them… Continue reading “Seven Of My Favourite Figures In Literature… And Why I Love Them”

How To Write A CV… That Will Win You Your Next Content Marketing Role

Writing a CV for a content marketing role is kind of an art form, one that you might need a little help mastering if you want to nab that dream job. So I thought I’d give you a helping hand, by revealing how to write a CV that’ll win you your next content marketing role…

You might have heard that I’m back on the jobs market. That means one thing. I’ve spent the last week or two fine tuning my CV and sending it out to employers across Manchester. All this has got me thinking. Writing a CV for a content marketing role is kind of an art form, one that you might need a little help mastering if you want to nab that dream job. So I thought I’d give you a helping hand, by revealing how to write a CV that’ll win you your next content marketing role… Continue reading “How To Write A CV… That Will Win You Your Next Content Marketing Role”

Back On The Jobs Market: Overcoming Obstacles In Life

I’ve had to develop a thick skin over the years. Like anyone, I’ve had to deal with various issues and challenges that have eventually made me a stronger – if battle scarred – person. Another one of those obstacles has thrown itself in my path. I’m back on the jobs market, and do you know what? I see it as an opportunity. I’m going to rise above and succeed in life…

I’ve had to develop a thick skin over the years. Like anyone, I’ve had to deal with various issues and challenges that have eventually made me a stronger – if battle scarred – person. Another one of those obstacles has thrown itself in my path. I’m back on the jobs market, and do you know what? I see it as an opportunity. I’m going to rise above and succeed in life… Continue reading “Back On The Jobs Market: Overcoming Obstacles In Life”

Changing My Fitness Routine For My New Normal

I recently started an exciting new job as a Content Executive for a financial technology firm. This had an unexpected impact on my fitness routine, forcing me to make changes to a regime that I’ve doggedly followed for years. Here’s how I adapted my fitness routine to meet my new normal. Continue reading “Changing My Fitness Routine For My New Normal”