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How Can Living Abroad Benefit You?

13 July 2018



For a lot of people, there are few things more wonderful than travel. Being able to see the world and experience
new things is something that most of us crave more than just about anything. However, one of the toughest things
about visiting a new place and falling in love with it is that, eventually, you're going to need to come home again.
Or will you? The truth is that one of the very best things you can do in your life is to spend some time living on the
other side of the world. Here are just a few amazing reasons why you should live in another country at some
point in your life.






HELPS YOU APPRECIATE WHERE YOU CAME FROM 

When you spend your entire life in one place, it can be incredibly easy to start to resent it. You start to feel as
though your home is too small, the town you live in is boring and cramped, and that the people that you're around
have nothing interesting to offer. However, getting to spend time away from all of that is one of the very best ways
to learn to appreciate where you came from. Now, there's no guarantee that you're going to suddenly find yourself
desperate to move back to your hometown, but you may find that you don't dislike it quite as much as you thought
you did. In fact, you might even start to develop a certain degree of nostalgia for it!





IT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

There was a time when being able to move out and live on your own was pretty much the expectation for most
adults. However, thanks to the rising costs of living paired with stagnant wages, it's now more like an impossible fantasy for a lot of people. Even rent prices are too high for some people, let alone the idea of buying a house.
However, if you wanted to live somewhere outside of the UK or the US, then you're going to be in a much better
position to make your money go further. You can get Luxury Apartments in Marbella for far cheaper than you would
get in a lot of other places. Not only is it cheaper to rent or buy a home but a lot of the smaller costs of living are
cheaper in other countries as well. You'll be amazed at how much food you can buy in other countries with what
you might consider to be a pretty meager amount of money.   





BRINGS YOU IN CONTACT WITH NEW PEOPLE

There's one thing that can help open your mind and broaden your horizons better than just about anything else,
and that's talking to people from a different background to you. The reality is that most people tend to gravitate
towards those who are similar to them in some way. Most of the time, there's nothing wrong with this. After all,
there's nothing wrong with wanting to spend time with people that you have something in common with. But it
does carry with it the risk that people can become insular and start to think of people that they don't connect with
as different or inferior in some way. It's amazing how fast those kinds of preconceptions disappear as soon as you
start actually interacting with people from different backgrounds. Being open-minded and listening to the things
that they have to say can not only help you understand them and their culture better but can help you to better
understand your own sense of identity and culture as well.

Sure, living somewhere totally new can be incredibly scary for a lot of people. But as the saying goes,
"fortune favours the bold!" If you really want to get the most out of your life, then the best thing that you can do
is to really get out there and experience everything that it has to offer. Sure, that means that there are going to
be times when things might feel scary or risky, and sometimes things aren't going to work out the way that you
might have wanted. But the truth is that the only real way that you won't have had a good life is if you hadn't tried
your best to live it to the fullest!

PHOTOS BY THE INCREDIBLE SOPHIE ANN PHOTOGRAPHY

Would you ever consider moving abroad? I'm think of moving away for one year in the future...at least!

Lots of love


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This post contains paid content; however, all opinions are honest my own.

Are You Really Living Your Best Life?

11 July 2018



Life is short, we only get the one shot at it so it’s important to live it to our best potential. Time is
something that is extremely precious and we must always treasure every moment we get on this
incredible planet. However, it’s all too easy to fall into a rut; for each day to feel like the last and to lose
the our excitement and zest for life. If you’ve been feeling like this then it’s time to do something about
it - don’t waste your one, precious and magical life feeling bored or unhappy. Here are a few signs
that you need to make a change so you can start living with passion again.



You feel unhealthy

In the society that we live in, it’s so easy to fall into unhealthy habits. We work long hours giving us little
chance to exercise, and there’s always cheap, unhealthy and delicious convenience food at every turn.
If you’ve found yourself living a sedentary lifestyle fuelled by junk food then it’s time to kick the habit.
If you feel sluggish and uncomfortable and are experiencing things like acne, fatigue, weight gain and
other symptoms then you will be doing your body some damage with your habits. When embarking on
a new healthy lifestyle, people make the mistake of focusing on everything they have to lose- all of
their favourite unhealthy foods and vices. However it’s so much more freeing to focus on what you have
to gain- more energy, better skin and a spring in your step. There are plenty of healthy, delicious
ingredients and meals you will get to discover, there’s lots of fun new activities you will get to try.
Living healthily can change your life and help you live to your best potential.

You’re bored at work

Most of us work to pay the bills, rather than a genuine love for what we do. However, when you spend
up to and over forty hours a week in the workplace, you need to be getting something from it aside
money. You might not leap out of bed every Monday morning but there needs to be something
interesting or rewarding about your work, or you’re resigning yourself to a life of misery and boredom.
A change of career is a big decision so speak it through with friends, if you’re a spiritual kind of person
you could even consider having an online psychic reading and seeing if they have any insight to
whether it’s the right choice. Even if you can’t make a career change right away, one thing you could
do is study online from home in a subject that will help you when you move. That way, you improve
your chances of finding a job and it can all be done in your free time.


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You’re unhappy in your relationship

Relationships will always have their ups and downs, life isn’t a fairytale. When it comes to long lasting
relationships, there will always need to be compromise, forgiveness when your partner hasn’t been
perfect and understanding. However, relationships shouldn’t feel like a constant battle. If you’re always
arguing, upset and questioning where things are going then it could be time to go your separate ways.
Give it some good thought and consideration, if you’re genuinely unhappy then set yourself, and your
partner free. Learn to love yourself again, build yourself up and enjoy being alone for a while. In time,
you will meet someone more compatible and enjoy a relationship that’s more ups than downs.

What is your best advice to live your life to the full?

Lots of love


Why You Can Learn So Much From Visiting London...

27 June 2018


Everyone has heard of London before, and everyone that doesn't already live there, will always dream
of visiting one day because it's one of the most famous cities in the world and there is so much history
and knowledge there that you just can't miss a chance to go and see it for yourself.

Travelling in general is a wonderful thing to be able to do. It's essentially a gift that allows you to go off
on an adventure and do whatever you want to do, because, well, you can. It's having the power to take
the reigns of your life, and steer yourself in whatever direction that you desire. A lot of people are very
nervous to begin with, because travelling is also a rather intimidating thing - the idea of going to a
place that's unfamiliar to you - it's scary, but oh, how exciting it is too. If this was easy and you were
unphased by it, then it wouldn't be as much of a rush as it is - and that's the whole point. It's supposed
to wake you up and make you feel alive. So embrace the fear and nerves, it's all part of the experience.

So if you're planning on staying a while so that you can soak every last drop up, then these short-term
lets may be just what you need. There is so much that you can learn and take back home with you
from visiting London. - Here's why.   





STRENGTH.
London has been through an awful lot throughout the past years, and yet look how resilient it is. It
hasn't let anything bring it down or make it any less of an amazing place than it already is, and that's
all down to the community and all the thousands of individuals that live there. All you have to do is walk
through the city to feel the overwhelming sensation of pride and power and hope, and that's something
that we could all do with once in a while.





LIFE AND ENERGY
If you don't fancy spending a lot of money on a day out, then you don't have to, and that's because
there is so much life on the streets that you won't even want to pay to do something cool indoors,
because there's too much to miss outdoors. There are so many incredibly talented street performers
that come out every day and show off their skills. You can expect to see a whole mix of entertainers,
from singers, beatboxers, magicians, dancers, and artists, and they live for a crowd, so don't be afraid
to stop and stare - that's what they're there for.





DRIVE
London is a place where people go to make their biggest dreams come true, and that's because there
are so many opportunities that just can't be missed. It's the city of dreams. And you can feel that in
the air that surrounds you. People are driven, and focused, and hungry for success, and that's a very
inspiring thing that makes you reflect and think about what it really is that you want out of life.


What are your favourite things about visiting London? Do you feel like you learn something new every
time you visit?

Lots of love


25 VIDEOS FUTURE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS NEED TO WATCH

22 June 2018



If you guys are new or unaware, I've just finished my first year at university. I study forensic science at the University of Lincoln - my first year has been jam-packed with a number of crazy experiences, making lots of memories with my friends and working hard to achieve the best I possibly can. Some of you may have been following my university journey through my vlogs on my second Youtube channel (CHARLOTTE EMILY VLOGS) - throughout the entirety of first year, I have been vlogging my days at university and capturing the whole thing on video. Since I've returned home from summer, all I've been doing is watching my year back and reflecting on the amazing memories I've created so far...making me so excited to go back for round two in September! Anyway, since I've been creating content around university life and preparation, I thought that I'd compile 10 of my top videos that will help any future university student with prepare, applying to university or just general advice about freshers and other popular uni questions. I also thought it would help newbies to my channel locate the best videos in regards to education and my uni experience so far.



Moving To University  - this is the actual vlog of me heading to university, setting up my room with my family and seeing my emotions throughout the process

Moving Day Advice/Tips - if you are looking for an in-depth walk through regarding moving day, definitely watch this one. Myself and almost graduate friend Carrie discuss the ins and outs of moving day - feelings, making friends, what to do and settling in.




If you fancy looking into what a student gets up to realistically during freshers, then have a watch of these three vlogs. I was a bit nervous vlogging in public at the beginning but my university vlogs towards the end of the year show my confidence and progression with filming in public.

Freshers Vlog 1 - First Night Out & Freshers Fayre!
Freshers Vlog 2 - Lectures, Fresher's Flu & Parties!
Freshers Vlog 3 - Lincoln Cathedral, PRIDE & Lots of Shopping!



I've also filmed a variety of fresher's videos answering FAQ, giving my personal top tips and sharing my honest experience of the week. FRESHERS FLU IS REAL GUYS.

Top Tips for Freshers
Freshers Q&A - talking wristbands, nights out and advice
Freshers Experience - all of the drunk clips from my first week at uni


Lincoln Campus Tour - I decided to film an overview of my university campus. Hopefully this will give you an insight into how close and communal the university is, as well as all the facilities and buildings Lincoln has to offer.


Students Healthy Food Shop - I share a lot of food hauls on my channel. I'd recommend searching 'food haul' when you visit Charlotte Emily Vlogs so you can see the variety of foods students purchase and the deals we snatch up when food shopping


Semester A Round Up - Megan and I sat down to chat about our experience from the first semester. This is the period of starting university until Christmas; this video shares our thoughts on our courses (Forensic Science & Psychology), as well as our feelings about university life and living as a student.


First Uni Exam Week - I filmed my entire week of January uni exams as they were all crammed into the first week back. Watch to hear the similarities/differences of exams at uni compared to school, as well as my thoughts on each of my four exams for forensics.

Exam Results - after seeing the previous video, watch this to find out what results I actually achieved from my first semester and the exams I took.


Anxiety Workshop - if any of you are worried about your mental health or think you will struggle at university, today I spoke about the anxiety workshop I attended that was run by Lincoln's Wellbeing Centre. I hope this puts you at ease if you are worried about your anxiety levels or other problems you think you may face whilst at uni.




Accommodation at Lincoln - in this video, I share all about the accommodation I lived in for first year - the good, the bad and the ugly. I also mention some of the other options and my opinions on those too.

University Room Tour - if you're looking for room decor inspiration, want to see what Lincoln Courts rooms look like or just generally nosy and want to see what my uni room was like, watch this video!

Kitchen Tour & Essentials - a tour of the Lincoln Courts kitchen and the cupboard/fridge/freezer space you may get when you move here with your flatmates. I also shared the kitchen essentials I believe everyone needs when they move to uni.

Bedroom & Bathroom Essentials - another popular video that a lot of people are interested in is what to take to uni. This video is a huge list of what I'd recommend taking for your bedroom and bathroom in halls.


Study With Me - this video gives you an insight into my course. Watch if you want to know more about studying forensic science at the university of Lincoln and the modules I'm working on in first year.


Long Distance Relationships - my boyfriend and I have been together for almost 5 years so before uni I was worried that things wouldn't work. People shoved down my throat that long distance relationships never worked and you couldn't possibly maintain a connection whilst you're at uni. If you are also worried about this, then watch this video and see how I conquered first year. I share my tips for making things work whilst you are separated with your partner and my positive experience.


Last Night Out of First Year - I do not promote binge drinking but I do share my nights out on my vlog channel. Watch funny drunken nights where my friends and I go out for cocktails or go clubbing! I love looking back on these memories and laughing about all the great times we've had so far! Just a vid to entertain if anyone's interested...


Honest First Year Experience - a summary of our first year at uni covering awful flatmates, the downside to living in halls and information about our courses after a year of studying. One of my favourite videos but it's a long one!


10 Q's to ask on an Open Day - if you are currently looking for the perfect university, consider these 10 questions when asking about the campus, your course and student life at their uni.



Student Budgeting Tips - worried about money whilst being at uni? I've got you covered with my top budgeting tips to help you save money at uni.

University Evening Routine - want to know what a typical student life looks like for me personally? This is what I get up to!


If you want to see where it all began, you can watch my results day video here.


Which is your favourite university video I've created? Have you watched them all?

Lots of love

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