10 Steps To Your Building Your Girl Boss Empire

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Motivation, hard work, self belief and resilence are the four things that are the foundation for success for me. These are what get me up in the morning and give me the drive to succeed and make something amazing out of my life. I’ve always been so driven and want to live out my dreams, that I honestly believe that if you’re dedicated and are ultimately passionate about what you want to achieve, you can really do anything.

The wish to succeed and be that ultimate girl boss can come from so many places; whether it’s a true role model in your life, a life long dream or even social media and other people’s successes. However, for me having a personal link to wanting to achieve sends you miles more forward than anything else. For me my foundations lie in being a little girl and my mum telling me i can achieve anything if i work hard, as no one will bring it to me on a plate. This has stuck with me for life and she is one of my biggest moitvations, along with my dad. My parents devoted their lives to me, motivating me and i honestly think they are the reason I’m the woman I am today.

So, I thought i would share 10 things that have built my path to sucess and that you can also adopt to help you achieve your ultimate dreams in life…


 1. Create Your Aim

You need an aim to work towards, as that the goal you will have in your head when you`re struggling or have a set back, where you feel like you’ve gone 2 steps forward and 10 steps back. If you have a goal you can look forward to, whether it`s having that business or getting that dream job, you can think of it every minute of every day.


2. Have a Plan

I’m not talking about a full on step by step life plan, I just mean knowing what steps you need to take to get to your goal. Whether that’s smashing your a-levels, getting a good degree and landing that dream job or getting that business idea, setting up a business and going on the steps to making it big.


3. Motivation is Key

Being Motivated to achieve your dreams can be so hard when you fail or thing`s don’t go to plan. But channel that negative energy to continue and make it better next time. It’s like in blogging, there will be posts I’ll spend ages on and love but they don’t get the love back that I put into it. So I have to dust myself down, re think and try again.


4. Have a Good Circle Around You

I honestly couldn’t champion this point enough, because having an amazing circle around you is so key. They are there to support you, guide you, give you advice, are a shoulder to cry on and your ultimate cheerleaders. I couldn’t live without my family, friends and boyfriend cheering me on every step of the way, and achieving your dream is so much easier when you have a network of people, you love,  to share it with.


5. Work Hard

The biggest thing I remember my mum telling me, when I was a little girl, was that no one EVER hands you anything on a plate, so you have to work hard for everything you want in life. So, I carry this through everything I do and I believe if I work hard at every step I’ll achieve it eventually. Hard work has got me everywhere so far and so I’m going to carry on with it, to hopefully achieve those goals!


6. Set Small Goals

It’s not all about that ultimate goal, but also about all the small milestones on the way. If your big dream is miles away, then set smaller and more achievable goals for the short term. Whether it’s getting all A’s in your A-Levels, a first at uni or taking that step to set up your business.


7. Celebrate All Your Achievements

Celebrating achievements is so important to me. It’s like a thank you to yourself for all your hard work and determination. It gives you the motivation to carry on and who doesn’t love a good celebratory cocktail or dinner date.


8. Surround Yourself

When you’re going into an industry you love, setting up a new business or wanting that dream house, surround yourself with things to do with it. Read up on it, watch programmes to do with it, make it your life as well, if you really want to achieve it. It’s not forever but it helps you get more passionate and knowledgeable about the whole thing.


9. Have Faith and Believe 

Self belief is something that so many people struggle with, and one of the hardest things to keep. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will and how can you expect anyone else to. You need to know your abilities and that you can succeed and reach that goal, and it gets you so much further than you could ever believe.


10. Stay Grounded 

The one thing I never want to do is get big headed and think that I know it all. There is always something to be better at and achieve, than what you can do now, so never settle. Know that you can grow and get experience from people in the industry. Stay humble, love what you have and love to love how you can progress in the future.


*The message of this post is that hard work, motivation, self belief and resilience can get you everywhere in life, so go out and smash those dreams. 

 

11 Things I’ve Learnt After My 1st Year Of Driving

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Driving was such a massive part of my life last year, and the freedom of finally being able to drive myself around and have my own independance has been a massive part of my life ever since. So, as I recently celebrated driving for a year, I thought I would share 10 things I’ve learnt over the last year of being on the roads.

1. Learn how to drive when you’re as young as possible as you have the time and the brain quickness to be able to pick driving up easily. Even though when I learnt to drive I had work, A-Levels and driving as well, i’m still so glad I did it then as I  would’nt have the time to do it now. It’s given me so much more freedom and has helped me transition into adult life.

2. There are so many crazy drivers on the road, and people that make stupid decisions it’s unbelievable. You really do have to have eyes in the back of your head and watch out for everyone, at all times and predict what they might do, and even then sometimes you can’t believe the decisions people make on the roads.

3. Having a car is at times like having a baby, as it constantly needs attention and love. Whether that’s keeping it clean, putting oil and water in it, paying for petrol and then any repairs that need doing along the way. However, if you buy a car that’s a bit newer you can avoid a lot of random big repair costs and save money in the long run.

4. Nine times out of 10 things that happen aren’t your fault, like someone scratches your car in a car park, or someone swerves into your lane. So, if you ever do have an accident don’t automatically take blame just because your a new driver. Remember your young and have quick reactions, and also you’ve had the newest training as older drivers have got into bad habits and don’t always do everything right.

5. Black boxes can be really annoying, especially when you’re running late or having someone right behind you as you’re doing the 30 speed limit. However, they are so worth it when after a safe, accident free year of good driving your premium can go down by 500.00.

6. Motorways really aren’t that scary as they seem, as long as your savvy about how you drive on them. Lets face most new drivers have to stick strictly to the speed limit so that means that we have no chance of competiting against the cars that have power and can do well over 70mph. So, stick to the left lane when you can and think about where you’re going and what lane you need to be in, and you should be all good.

7. Going on a road trip is one of the best things you can do in your first year of driving, as you can put your skills into practice once you feel confident on the roads. The best way to do it is to get one person or a group of friends you love to spend time with, make a really good playlist to listen to and some snacks and your complete. Oh and also a sat nav so you don’t get lost and stressed out too!

8. Be savvy about where you buy petrol from and which garages you get repairs done at, as not everywhere charges the same for the same thing. I always go to Sainsbury’s for petrol, if i can, as it’s cheap and lasts a long time, and with garages I always get at least two quotes for a repair before I choose which one to go for, as you can save so much money.

9. You will get prejudice as a woman when you have a car, as some men assume you know nothing. So expect looks when you go and fill your car up with fuel or your water washers at the petrol station. However, i would always recommend you take someone with you when you go to a garage for the first few times, as you may be charged more or taken advantage if you don’t know what you want. So make sure you’re clear and know what you want and you’ll be fine.

10. Having a stable, steady income every month makes it a lot easier to pay for your car and your bills to do with it. I have a part-time retail job, and I work set hours every week, so I know when i’m working. That helps me to budget for the month and know that all my bills are covered.

11. It’s the best thing you can do and it honestly has given me so much more freedom. It  makes life so much easier and even though it is expensive, its worth every penny to have a car and i feel so lucky everytime I drive it.

Are you learning to drive? What things have you learnt since driving?

Rachel x

Easter Rocky Road Recipe

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Baking is something I really love to do to relax and spend time being creative in the kitchen. As easter is coming up and it’s all about enjoying the sweet treats, I thought I would get baking and make some of my own. So, i’m sharing a super yummy and amazingly chocolately rocky road recipe, which is an easter themed version of the lovely Tanya Burr’s recipe.

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What You Need:

– A Saucepan    – A Spatula or Wooden Spoon    – A Glass Bowl    – A Square Tin    – Grease Proof Paper or Tin Foil    – Weighing Scales    – A Rolling Pin            – A Sandwich Bag

For The Rocky Road:

-150g Butter    -350g Dark Chocolate     -4 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup    -250g Plain Digestives

For The Topping:

-100g of Mini Marshmellows     -90g of Mini Eggs    -50g of Melted Dark Chocolate    -3 Cream Eggs    -Small Bronze Honeycomb Decorations


1.Line a square tin with grease proof paper and measure out all of your ingredients.

2. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup together in a bowl, over a saucepan of boiling water on a low heat.

3. Put the digestives into a sandwich bag and bash them with a rolling pin until there is a mix of crumbs and pieces of biscuit left over.

4. Pour the biscuits into the chocolate mixture and stir in the mini marshmellows.

5. Pour the mixture into the tin and make sure it’s completley even.

6. Cut the cream eggs in half and position across the top of the rocky road, as well as the mini eggs and any other chocolately decorations you want to add.

7. Melt the 50g of chocolate in a bowl above a saucepan of boiling water on a low heat, and then use a teaspoon to drizzle the chocolate on top of the rocky road.

8. Put the rocky road into the fridge for at least 2 hours, however leaving it over night is also a really good idea.

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Are you going to be doing any easter baking this weekend?

Rachel x

9 Date Ideas To Do As A Couple Or With Girlfriends

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Going out on date with Ed is one of my favourite ways to spend a day. Whether it’s going out for a coffee, shopping or heading to do an activity for the day, it’s a great way to spend time together and just catch up on everything that has been going on. I also love going on girly dates too with my friends, as its such a good way to have a good gossip and have some girl time. So, I thought I would share 10 date ideas with you, that you can either do with your girlfriends or someone you love this spring…

1.Going for Coffee 

This is one of my favourite things to do because I love a good cake and coffee, or a hot chocolate if I’m feeling like I need a bit more sugar in my life. It’s the perfect way to just have a quick meet up, and catch up in a really relaxed and chilled environment. My favourite places to go is local cafe’s,  that are independent and have some amazing cakes and food.

2. Having a Film and Takeaway Night 

This is one of my favourite at home dates, that are perfect after a long day at work or after uni. I love ordering a Chinese takeaway, having a real pig out on food and watching a really good film. They are the best with a group of friends, and me and ed usually have a big group date at one of our houses, at least once a month.

3. Go to a Trampoline Park

I love going on active dates with Ed as these are such great ways to bond and create amazing memories. The trampoline park is one of our favourite ones places to go, as we can go and exercise, have fun and challenge each other on the trampolines, in the foam pits and on the balance beams.

4. Go for a Walk

We actually went for a walk in our local country park as our first date, and we love to do it now as it brings back a lot of good memories. Its the perfect way to just have a catch up and spend some time away from our phones and the internet, however you do need good weather for this one, which we don’t get that often in the UK.

5. Go on a Shopping Spree

I love doing this with my girlfriends as its a great way to buy some new pieces for my wardrobe, have a look at what’s in the shops , and also just have a good gossip. You get to plan outfits together, show each other what you’re loving at the moment and your favourite places to shop. However, I also love doing this with Ed and styling him up, getting him to try on new pieces and creating outfits for him.

6. Go to a Theme Park or a Water Park 

This is something that I still haven’t done with my girlfriends or Ed, but something I can’t wait to do. It will be such an amazing day out of just having fun and making memories and something we’re hopefully going to do for either one of our birthdays or just as a summer activity.

7. Go for a Weekend Away 

This is a bit of a cheat because it’s not just a date but a whole weekend full of one, but it’s a great way to spend some time alone, make memories and visit a new place. When a went to a festival with tow of my bestfriends it was such an amazing experience and so much fun. But also going on one with Ed allowed us to spend time alone together and just chill out and relax without the pressure of work, uni or just life in general.

8. Go Out For Dinner

Going out for food is one of my favourite things to do for a special occasion or after a day out. It’s so nice to just sit at a table, have a catch up and choose some food you wouldn’t have on an everyday basis. I really love going out with all my family to celebrate a birthday, as you get to see everyone and find out what they’ve been doing lately.

9. Have an at Home Dinner date

We have these quite a lot, as there’s no stress of finding a place to eat, not being able to drink or getting home, so it’s so much easier. Usually Ed cooks the food as he’s a lot better chef than I am, but to make it easier we usually go for Dine In 2 for 10.00 from M&S. There’s usually such a good choice of food, it tastes amazing and is also super easy to cook.

Who’s your favourite person to go on a day date with?

Rachel x

7 Things I Learnt From My First Holiday Alone

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Going on holiday for the first time without your parents is always something you look forward to, however it can also be quite daunting. Knowing that you have sort everything out yourself, be responsible, pay for everything and still have a good time, is a lot to take on all at once. So, as back in February me and my boyfriend Ed had our first ever holiday alone together, I thought I would share 10 things that I learnt along the way…

  1. Do Your Research – Research the place or area you’re going to, so you can know about the best places to go and visit. You don’t want to miss on going somewhere that’s really interesting or beautiful, and by doing your research hopefully that won’t happen.
  2. Planning Is Key – Making sure that you know what you’re going to do every day on your holiday, plan meals, arrival times etc. This will make your life so much easier. It makes you feel so much calmer and like you’ve got your sh*t together on your first holiday.
  3. Small Holidays Are A Good Start – If you don’t feel ready for a full week or longer holiday alone, then just go for a short staycation at first. This isn’t so daunting and makes it feel more manageable, especially as you don’t have to worry about airports and any real travel times.
  4. Make The Most Of Everyday – When you go holiday, especially a long weekend, you’ve taken the time off work or uni to go, and so you want to make the most of everyday, even the travelling ones. We went to Bath on the way home from our holiday in Wells, as it was a break in the journey and was also a place we really wanted to visit.
  5. Take Chocolate Snacks and Bubbles – These were two things we loved to tuck into after a day full of exploring, and was a nice holiday treat to have.
  6. Create A Holiday Playlist – This was one of my favourite parts about the holiday, as we had a huge playlist to listen to and sing loudly to in the car as we went on our 3 hour journey. It made the journey so much more fun and was a good start and end to the holiday.
  7. Go With People You Love To Spend Time With – You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person or these people, whilst your on holiday, so make sure you go with people you love to spend time with and that like doing the same things as you do. It makes your holiday so much more enjoyable and easy!

Have you been on your first holiday alone yet?

Rachel x