Defining Your own Success

The title may appear a bit vague but I really wanted to write a post about success and how to measure it. This isn’t success in your blogging or posting but I feel it’s important to talk about success in your life or career. I have a had a few up and down weeks recently with lots of things going on which has made me doubt myself or moves I have made in my career. Now it has all calmed down and I had some brilliant news in regards to a promotion, I wanted to share some thoughts with you all.

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I am 24 and work for a very large company and have done so for just over 5 years now. When I started at 19 I wasn’t sure what my direction would be or whether I would still be there after 12 months etc. In my head I thought it would be short term to earn some money then go onto University. Needless to say that idea soon disappeared! I have moved up in my positions within the company and am now moving onto a role that will give me a stepping stone for the future and a lot of valuable experience. Some of you will be thinking “How can she think that’s not success?” or “She’s done really well!” and I will agree that this has finally sunk in with me recently.

I have taken some time to think about where I want to go in my career recently and have become really headstrong about the path I want and things I am going to do over the next 12 months to get moving up that career ladder. It’s hard to not get down about things and having interviews where the end result is a big fat NO! If I can say anything it would be to use every experience to your advantage and take in all the feedback they give you. I have worked so hard over the last 6 months to improve how I come across in interviews and how to impress people who have never met you before. My boyfriend is a huge support and is always right behind me helping me before interviews and cheering me on. He is really career focused as well which I think may have rubbed off on me now.

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My sound advice after having plenty of interviews and rejections and not feeling like I was getting anywhere, is “Don’t let it get you down!” Inside of you somewhere is what they are looking for and you just need to have that belief that one day you will be where you want. Accept what people tell you and feedback as they aren’t saying it for the sake of it and it will be a benefit.

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Have any of you had any sound career advice that you can share with me?

Thanks

Laura x

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American Apparel Yoga Pants: Buytshirtonline

Now I won’t admit to being an avid Yoga-doer but Christmas 2013 I mentioned it to my boyfriend and he bought me some yoga DVD’s for christmas which was a lovely surprise, as I hadn’t realised he had paid much attention really. I have done it on and off for the last year and some and have thoroughly enjoyed it even though it causes me some pain sometimes and yoga for beginners is sometimes a bit full on.

I received an email from Buytshirtsonline asking me to pick a product from their American Apparel range that I could try out and possibly review on my blog. Naturally I was chuffed because I love this brand and scoured through the pages until I settled on some yoga pants.

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The pants are lovely and stretchy with a fold over band at the waist and a slight flare to the bottom. They look lovely on and although they are quite fitted they don’t feel too constricting. Overall I am really impressed with the quality and the fit, and having looked at their full range on the site, very affordable through Buytshirtsonline.

Having looked through the rest of the site, I am really impressed with the affordability of many of their items. There are so many great value items on there that it’s worth taking a look.

Have any of you tried any other American Apparel clothing that you could recommend to me?

Thanks

Laura x

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The Geek-ish Valentine Gift Guide under £30

I will confess to being a massive geek/nerd whatever the term may be. I love anything to do with Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. The list could go on and on but it would be a longer post than necessary and you lovely lot would just get bored in the end.

I have been in love with the Truffle Shuffle website for a long time and would love to snap up most of the items on there. I thought I would put together a geeky little gift guide for anyone whos partner/gf/bf/wife/hubby would love something different and lets face it, a bit nerdish!

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So the first item is a Marvel Comics Wolverine Iphone 5 case. On the site for a lovely price of £8.99 so a fantastic affordable item to give as a gift for any X-Men fans.

The next item along is Playstation Controller Cufflinks, currently retailing for £12.99. Great for any man who is a fan of the good old games console.

Next along is one of my favourites which happens to be a Unisex Mr Bean Costume T-Shirt on the site for £24.99. As the name says, it’s a unisex item that comes in a number of sizes but I will admit to being a huge fan of Mr Bean so it’s on my wishlist.

I have also selected a retro Wonder Woman satin wash bag which would make a very practical items whether its for home use or travelling. It’s also a mere £8.99 which makes it another affordable items on the nerdy wishlist.

Underneath the wash bag is another item that I am lusting after which happens to be a Silver Plated Dobby the House Elf necklace. For those of you living in a cave (yes that means you Batman!), Dobby is from Harry Potter and this necklace is a tiny price of £6.99 – WOW!

Lastly the big image is a cool one for any marvel fan. It’s a Marvel Comics 3D Thor Hammer Wall Light. ERRR how amazing is this light. When Bob and I finally get a house, this is top of the stuff I want (obviously after a fridge, bed etc) It’s on the website for £29.99 which I think would be money well spent.

All the items on my list are under £30.00 and good value for money. All the prices I have quoted are correct as of 06/02/2015. Have you found anything that you could recommend to me as a self-confessed geek?? Have a look at my Pinterest board HERE for more inspiration.

Thanks

Laura x

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