Friday Motivation

Motivation

You know what I realised recently? That really, a pretty basic human need is for our efforts to be recognised, for someone to take note of how hard we’re trying, to feel appreciated. That serves as great motivation to keep going.

So today, you should know, you are doing great. And though you may have had a tough week, where you felt like giving in, you didn’t, you haven’t. You’re still here. It may feel like no one is noticing the energy you’re putting out, but trust me, someone, somewhere is. And even if they aren’t, rest assured that just by simply being you and putting your best out into the universe, sooner or later the universe will thank you in some way.

So keep on truckin’. Keep your good vibes. Don’t let the daily grind wear you down. Just little by little, keep fighting your corner.

You are loved, you are appreciated.

You’re doing great and it’s gonna be OK.

Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 20th, 2014 2 Comments » Tags: ,

On Fair Pay For Bloggers

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I really don’t like to be negative on this blog. I like the vibe to be all about positive, uplifting, sometimes tough but ultimately rewarding experiences that we can really learn from. But every now and then, something really tests my rainbows and unicorns outlook on life. That thing happened last week when I was approached by an agency who wanted me to do 11 days work for them for £100. As someone who has been blogging for seven years and is approached daily by agencies with opportunities both good and bad, I thought this would be a good moment or me to weigh in. While I don’t want to rain a crap storm of criticism over this incident (I say that right before I’m about to rain a crap storm of criticism over it), I just want to highlight how this can be a teachable moment in relation to fair pay for bloggers.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 15th, 2014 21 Comments » Tags: , , ,

Lazy Sunday Reads

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Don’t have much on today? Well may I suggest taking a lil time out, getting comfy on the sofa and catching up on some reading? I’ve even picked out some top Interweb reads for you. You’re welcome!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 8th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

On the Culture of Misogyny

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In the week that’s passed since Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree, I’ve been trying to find the words to adequately describe how I feel about it. I wasn’t shocked it happened. It has before and it will again. I spent the week reading and absorbing pretty much any and every article I could find on the incident and the general culture of misogyny. I am exhausted. I’m not just weary of reading it all and the emotional energy it has drained from me, I am beyond tired of living it – simply of being a woman and having to navigate this endless mire of bullshit we have to put up with. We can talk about it all we want – but what are we actually going to do about it? How, when and where does the culture of change actually even begin?

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on June 2nd, 2014 4 Comments » Tags: ,

Best Outdoor Fitness Spots in London

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It’s no secret that I enjoy a good workout (HASHTAG UNDERSTATMENT) and am always looking not only for fun and interesting ways to work out, but also great places to do so. As the summer approaches, I definitely tend to do a lot more of my workouts outdoors.

I was approached recently by American Express who are putting together a map of London’s top inspirational spaces. So often we walk around our own city in a daze – get stuck in the daily grind of our regular journeys (go to work, go home), we forget that there’s so much exciting stuff going on. So when we have a little holiday time to spare, sometimes it’s really worth sidelining a foreign getaway and just exploring some hidden gems in your own city. American Express asked for my most inspirational fitness spots in London to add to their map.

Check out my current best places to work out in lovely ol’ London town.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 27th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , , ,

You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be

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Life can often seem as though it’s moving too fast, or not fast enough. You probably have a list of things you want to do and have set yourself a timescale in which to achieve them. If at any point, you get off track or things don’t seem to be going according to plan, frustration sets in, or panic. You’ll ask yourself why it can’t be some other way. Why can’t it be easier? Why can’t this one thing work out, just this one time? I’ve been there more times than I care to mention. Then I read the following words somewhere: you are exactly where you need to be - and it changed the way I was living my life.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 19th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , , ,

Big Things Poppin’!

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Big news, friends! BIG NEWS! I’ve got some big things poppin’! Man, where do I start? OK, let me take it back to when I started this blog, seven years ago. I was living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, managing a small accessories boutique. My attempts at gaining employment as a magazine writer, or really just any kind of writer, were going nowhere. I started this blog thinking, knowing, it’d change my life somehow. It’d get me out of the situation I was in and pave the way for greater things. I had no idea how that would happen, but I wholeheartedly believed it would. And heck, it may have taken seven years, but it has finally bloody happened!

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 1st, 2014 9 Comments » Tags: , ,

Bangs Meets Gok Wan

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A few week’s ago, as part of Activia’s ‘Feel Good From Within’ campaign, I had the pleasure of meeting their spokesperson, the most lovely Gok Wan.

We had tea and cake and spent the afternoon chatting about what makes us feel good (I’m going on record now and saying pretty much all afternoons should go like that).

I’ve always thought Gok came across as a lovely bloke on TV and in person, he doesn’t disappoint at all. He’d done his research on each of the bloggers there and chatted to us like he really knew us. When we got down to the business of discussing feeling good, it was clear Gok really is passionate about helping people feel their best. It’s hard not to like a guy whose personal mission statement seems to be ‘spread the happy!’

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on May 1st, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Get Your Learn On!

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I’m all about expanding the mind and broadening my horizons at the moment. I took a spin instructor course back in March and have since been instructing at BOOM Cycle, enjoying the bejesus out of it. I’m also studying to become a Pilates instructor, so I’m well and truly getting my fitness fix. But I need to fulfill my creative side too. So when Central St Martin’s contacted me to tell me about their Dual City summer study program, I thought it was definitely worth a mention on this here blog.

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Posted in life by Bangs and a Bun on April 30th, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: , ,

Bangs Meets Never Underdressed

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A month or so ago, I was asked to be part of a photo shoot for Never Underdressed. They had set about the rather ambitious task of picking out the best dresses for the Spring/Summer season. Sounds easy enough, but this was no half-assed approach my friends. Oh no! They called in over 2000 dresses which, with the help of myself and an expert panel, was whittled down to 120.

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Posted in fashion by Bangs and a Bun on April 29th, 2014 No Comments » Tags: , ,