Life

It’s really hard to nail down what a lifestyle blogger really does. The term encompasses so much that every blogger has their own unique definition. For me, as a graduate lifestyle blogger, I’ll be documenting the trials and tribulations of life after university.

Every now and then I’ll be writing features regarding careers, relationships, health and well… general life I suppose! I try to approach even the most serious of matters with a degree of comedy, so hopefully nothing in this category comes across as preachy.

If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to cover I’d absolutely love for you to tweet me about it.

Tips to survive the summer heat

It’s bloody hot isn’t it? There’s something different about the UK’s warm weather that makes it slightly more unbearable. I’m not sure if it’s the air pressure, the clamminess, or the fact that society goes into meltdown (no pun intended) as soon as there’s a dramatic weather change from our standard grey skies.

This summer I was more conscious than ever that the heat was going to be a struggle. I’ve put on a bit of weight – which isn’t a huge problem – but it does mean I’m less comfortable in the sun than I used to be. My thighs rub, summer clothes don’t fit me and part of me wants to just sit at home and sulk.

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The ultimate work loo pep talk

So you’ve hidden away in the loo at work to just breathe for a second. I get it.

I like to imagine even Steve Jobs had to escape at times, collect his thoughts before proof reading a simple email for the fifth time.

Sometimes things get overwhelming, it’s completely normal, but getting back to your desk and clearing off what’s bugging you is going to make you feel better. Sitting on the toilet, counting the tiles and practising the next conversation with your boss isn’t actually helping.

It’s a distraction tactic.

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Are you blocking your own blessing?

Photo shows Jess Wilby stood in flowers

Do you know what social media cliche I hate the most? Humble bragging about ‘exciting emails‘.

Hands up. We’re all guilty of it. It’s not that I’m not happy for people, it’s just that I worry how quick we are to celebrate things before they come to fruition.

Does this feel familiar? The instant feeling of joy when you think about something, only for it to fall through, get pushed under the rug or simply not turn out as you initially expected.

It sucks.

There’s much to be said about speaking things into existence and setting intentions out loud, but patting yourself on the back for receiving the smallest hint of an opportunity is a dangerous game to play. Let me explain…

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Can you really reinvent yourself?

Jess from Philocalist looks into a glass panel to creat a reflection. This give the illusion of two people.

When I was younger I was a sucker for movie montages. You know the ones where the main character transforms their whole life with the help of a haircut and a credit card? I couldn’t wait to experience that exact moment, thinking I was just one shopping spree away from creating a whole new identity for myself.

It probably seems naive looking back, but so many of us are guilty of feeling the same way as adults. It’s the same concept that fuels phrases such as the ‘revenge body’. The idea that you can make your ex-jealous and recover from a breakup by transforming yourself into their ultimate fantasy.

However, there’s many more versions of the same trickery. After all, what do you think most people base their New Years Resolutions on? I’ll give you a hint, it’s definitely not about embracing your current lifestyle.

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What the HECK is street wisdom?

Image Shows: Shot of Jess Wilby from Philocalist walking down a Manchester backstreet wearing a camo jacket that displays the message 'Make every day a good day'.

Before we get started, to really get an idea of what Street Wisdom is you really have to attend a session. So if you’re here looking for a sign as to whether or not you should sign up – the answer is always yes! Yes, you really should sign up right away.

Street Wisdom is a non-profit program that aims to help you answer the big questions by tuning you into the environment around you. No headphones, no notifications, just wandering.

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