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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
As a well-educated, socially aware professional, I’d like to believe that I hold myself to the high moral standards which I’ve gradually come to place significant value in over the years. But we’re all hypocrites and I’m no different. I want to take some time to delve into an issue I’ve grappled with for years – vegetarianism – and why I’ll never stop eating meat even though I know really I should. Continue reading “The Vegetarian Conundrum: Why I Know I Should Go Veggie But I Won’t”
We all have those things that we always mean to do, but we never actually get around to doing. Pride was always that thing for me… well at least until last weekend, when I finally attended my first Pride festival. In doing so I embarked on a somewhat transformative experience, discovering a sense of community and a feeling of acceptance that can only come from attending an event such as Pride. Continue reading “Looking Back: My First Pride Festival”
I have a confession to make. I’m a massive, and I mean massive, musical theatre fan. Throughout my life I’ve become passionately besotted with a range of productions, from Rent to Wicked, but there’s one musical that I adore more than any other. This is Evita, the first musical I ever watched and indeed, the production which kick-started my lifelong relationship with this genre of entertainment. Sit back, relax and keep reading, as I narrated the story of my enduring love affair with Evita… Continue reading “My Enduring Love Affair With Evita”
I’ve become something of a nomad in my adult life, living all over the north of England, and I’ve encountered one significant problem every time I’ve moved to a new city. How do I meet people, form a circle of friends and lead a fulfilling social life, when I’ve moved to place where I don’t have connections or roots? The arrival of the Meet Up app into my life gave me the tools I needed to overcome this troublesome burden, allowing me to find lifelong friends in strange new places. Continue reading “How To Meet Friends For Life In A New Place – The Meet Up App”
There’s one word that’s constantly in the news these days – immigration. It recently occurred to me, while watching coverage of the current ‘DACA’ debate in the US, that as a society, we have a lack of understanding of why immigration is so essential, and I believe that’s to our detriment. Drawing on my own personal experiences as a small-town boy in the big smoke, here’s my case for immigration. Continue reading “Making My Case For Immigration”