Thursday, 16 August 2018

My Advice For University Freshers Week

It's so weird to think that my fresher's week was almost a year ago. Since it's A Level results day today I thought I'd share my amazing advice to anyone starting uni in September, if that's the path you've decided to go down. 

Mood the whole of freshers

Fresher's week alone is a university experience in itself. I'd say it was definitely one of the most exhausting but funniest weeks of my life. Here is my advice that I'd give myself if I was to do it all over again...

1. Meet as many people as possible- People say you don't even speak to half the people that you meet in freshers week again, but that doesn't matter. During freshers everyone is forming their cliques and it's just easier to make friends right from the start rather than midway through the year. 

No matter what you enjoy doing, you're gonna
 find people with the same hobbies as you

2. You don't have to drink to fit in- Personally, I am a drinker, but trust me I know people who don't go near alcohol. There are plenty of freshers societies to join that don't involve going out out as a way to meet new people.

Me trying to figure out which one of my friends
gave me that final shot that pushed me over the edge

3. It is exhausting- Going out partying, drinking, and not eating properly for a week solid can really mess with your system. It's one big blur that you can't remember, but never forget.

4. Freshers flu is no joke- At my uni it proper hit during the second week, after everyone was partied out. Definitely stock up on your fruit&veg and Beroccas to overcome it. 

Looking for my card after a night out when I could have 
sworn it was in my purse

5. NEVER take your card with you on a night out- For the love of God just don't do it! If you're anything like me you'll take it "just for emergencies" and then the emergency ends up being "OMG I need another jagerbomb"...then you end up being horrendously into your overdraft. That's considering all things go well and you don't lose it first. 

 As it's results day today for A Level students, I hope you've all got the grades you wanted. And if not, speaking from experience, everything still manages to work out for the best somehow! 

The song of the day is I Wanna Go by Britney Spears. Are you going to be partaking in Freshers 2018? If so let me know your plans in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 19 July 2018

My Gap Year Travels

I'm fully aware I'm the living cliche of a person who took a gap year once because I don't shut up about it, but oh well. I made a lot of memories from that time, and you know what, I just wanna keep going on and on and on about it!

My travels lasted for the entire month of May in 2017. And now I've seen one of my friends go interrailing to a lot of the same places that I went and I'm very jealous. Hence why I was reminiscing about my travels, which made me realize I never really shared a full explanation of where I actually went, or shared all my photos on my blog. So here ya go...

Had to include a filthy insta self promo didn't I?!

Me and Georgie flew out to Sofia, Bulgaria as our first destination. I remember eating sooooo much yummy food, and not for a bad price either. Then we went to Plovdiv for a day, unfortunately got stuck in a huge rainstorm, but still had a wonderful time sightseeing nonetheless.

Since we were interrailing, we then took the train to Bucharest, Romania. Bucharest happens to be the city where my Mum grew up, so I still have family there. I loved having a good, overdue catch up with them, and introducing them to my best friend. 

Also while in Romania we went to Brasov for a couple of days. First we explored the city centre, climbed the mountain Tampa, and met up with my YouTube friend Dragos and his sister who live close. The next day we went to Bran to visit Dracula's castle. Yes that's right the real life Dracula! Standing where the real life Dracula once stood has got to be the coolest thing I've ever done!

Next on our tour was Budapest. I'm ashamed to admit I never knew there was a difference between Buda and Pest before my travels, but I loved exploring both sides of the river and comparing the old town to the new town.

Croatia was our next destination. We started in Zagreb which was one of the cutest capital cities I've ever visited. We had a near death experience there because we think we literally witnessed a murder! I spoke about it here on my YouTube channel, but you know what, Zagreb was so beautiful that little hiccup didn't even ruin our trip. Then we went to the city of Split. Never in my life have I seen such a beautiful place; it's honestly what I imagine paradise to look like.

Slovenia was next and we started off by exploring Ljubljana for a couple of days (and ate lots of wonderful food again). Then we headed to Lake Bled to see the famous church on an island. Georgie also had quite the experience of witnessing my questionable rowing skills on the lake. 

Vienna was a grand city with something beautiful to see in every corner. It was probably the most expensive place I've ever been though. "Oh sure you want a cup of coffee? That will be 50 Euros" or at least that's what it felt like.

If you're into History, I'd definitely recommend Berlin, our next destination. There's an interesting fact or location on literally every road. The thing that stood out to me the most about Berlin is that it's known for being a city with virtually no city centre. There's just something to do in every square of the city instead.

I had no idea what to expect with Brussels because to be honest I didn't know a lot about Belgium in the first place. But it is be-a-utiful! The gold on the buildings in the city centre is so classy looking. I also remember getting my belly button pierced in literally the worlds nicest piercing studio. I'm tempted to book a flight to go again for my next piercing because it was so nice.

I had a good eye-full of this tower ;)

And last but certainly not least we headed to my favourite city in the world, Paris. I had never been before but it had been my life long dream to see the Eiffel tower. And would it even be an Izzy and Georgie trip if we didn't stay in Paris an extra day just to go to Disney?

(Click here if you want to read all about how I actually planned for my gap year)

So that was where I traveled last year and I legit miss it so much. The song of the day is Budapest by George Ezra because it was stuck in my head the whole time I was in Hungary. Thanks so much for reading, if you have any questions please ask me in the comments, 

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 12 July 2018

What Every British Person Is Thinking During This Heatwave

In case you don't follow any Brits on social media, I just thought I'd update you that we're having a heatwave in the UK at the minute. Like, it's actually unheard of for it to be sunny for more than 2 days, so we're quite confused about what's going on. So here's what we're all asking ourselves...

1. What's that giant yellow bright thing in the sky?

The Sun? Never heard of her

2. Spoons anyone?

Get a purple rain in my belly nowwww

3. Is there any point even going abroad on holiday anymore?

Seriously though, a trip to Wales in the sun can make for a lovely holiday

4. Why didn't it come home? 

This does only apply to the English Brits,
 but come on it did kinda feel like it would be our year!

5. How many barbecues is it acceptable to have in a row?

Just wanna be sat outside nibbling away

6. How many lunch breaks in a row can I spend in the beer garden before my boss gets annoyed?

Summer is the only season when you can day drink
 and no one will judge you

7. Why do I feel like I'm on Love Island?

In my head I feel like I'm just as in shape

8. ...Shall I apply for Love Island?

I mean what do I have to lose? Nothing
. What do I have to gain? Weeks in the sun and a guaranteed career in reality TV

9. What's the maximum heat I'm even legally allowed to work in?

Me trying to get out of bed, knowing that there's no air-con at work

10. Will I even survive?

You're lying if you can't relate!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you're all making the most of this wonderful weather. The song of the day is Heatwave by Wiley because it's the most fitting song!

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 5 July 2018

My Channel Summary: June

It seems to have been a while since I mentioned on my blog that I also make YouTube videos. If you're interested please feel free to click on that tab on the top of my page to be directed to the worst content on YouTube ;)

But anyway, I wanted to share what I've posted in June since for the first time in a while I'm feeling pretty happy with my content. I went through a bit of a phase where I didn't feel confident with the content I was producing and wasn't sure what direction I was going in, and it almost felt like I was posting things for the sake of it.

Recently however, I've been making content that I genuinely enjoy filming, and about topics that I'm passionate about. I feel like that's starting to come across in my videos too and I'm having a lot more fun with what I'm producing. 

So here's what you may have missed on my channel throughout June:

The University Tag

It feels so strange to say this, but I have officially finished my first year at university. Time really does fly when you're having fun. And to remember my wonderful first year I decided to film a final university video.

5 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True

THIS video is one that I was particularly happy with. In case you didn't know, I'm a conspiracy theory junkie, I seriously can't get enough of them. And since I have so much fun researching them, I decided to start my own series on my channel.

June Favourites 2018

I love filming favourites videos, you might say they're actually my favourites to film (if you'll pardon the pun). This is a classic Izzy K monthly favourites with lot's of lip syncing of course!

Turning My Sister Into Me

This video was one of the funniest videos I've filmed for a while. Well, you might not think so because me and my sister have the worst sense of humor, but we literally had so much fun filming this.

So that's what you may have missed on my channel throughout June. The song of the day is Can I Have This Dance from High School Musical 3. Yes, I'm mature! Thanks for reading/ watching,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 28 June 2018

I Found The Secret To Life (The Law Of Attraction)

Recently, I've come across this theory which has honestly changed my life. It is essentially the idea that you can shape your own future and reality using just your thoughts. This post is all about how I know it's possible...

I'm in no way claiming to be a Law Of Attraction expert, but I must say the more I learn about it, the more I believe in it. What makes me believe in it the most is the fact that I hadn't even heard of the phrase "speaking things into existence" before I realised it was happening to me. That's why I really believe in the power of it, because it was something I realised was happening for myself before even hearing this theory.

So I was noticing really weird coincidences happening in my life. Like things I couldn't even imagine in my wildest dreams were happening. Good and bad, like "oh wouldn't it be my luck if I bumped into this person" and then I'd happen to run into them that day. Then my friend on YouTube, Louise, made a video which literally blew my mind because it explained everything I noticed happening. If you haven't already, please check out her channel because she is literally a queen and explains this a lot better than I can.

Like I said earlier, I'm definitely no expert when it comes to this topic. But from what I've gathered it works is in 3 stages:

1. Ask (for what you feel you need)
2. Believe (that what you're asking for has the possiblity to come true, even if you don't know how)
3. Receive

Buuuut there's a slight twist. You can't force the law of attraction. You can't be desperate for what you are asking for, and you can't be obsessed with it. It's all about putting ideas out into the universe, and the universe rewarding you with what is right. 

For example, if you're begging the universe for your crush to text you back, you can't force it. No matter how much you want it to happen it won't... trust me I may be speaking from experience! The right things will just organically happen if you let the universe do it. 

Now I've gone on about weird coincidences happening in my life. It was sort of like when you have a dream, and then that dream comes true. Like an idea popped into my head and I thought "hey wouldn't it be weird if that happened" and then it would. 

Well, I mean one time I literally did have a dream that came exactly true. Even if it was a mediocre one. I dreamed I was walking down a cul-de-sac, with a hedge along the path and I could vividly remember each house on the road and where all the signposts were. Now this really wasn't a familiar road to me at all, and there was no actual reason for it to pop into my mind. The next morning I had a driving lesson and my teacher told me to take a left into a cul-de-sac. And you've guessed it, it was the exact one from my dream. Like I had no idea this road even existed, yet alone knew it well enough to picture in great detail only to go down it the next day on my driving lesson. My instructor seriously wondered what was wrong with me because I literally went into a state of shock. 

And another example of when I knew something was GOING to happen was when I was at work last year. For some reason I just knew that the mum of my friend (who also worked at the shop) would come in that day. I just had a vision that said "Jack's mum will come into work today". Now I had never met her before in my life, didn't know what she looked like, Jack didn't tell me she would come in and I just had absolutely no reason to assume that she would come in. And would you believe it, I was doing my afternoon shift serving a customer when Jack comes up to me and says that the women I was serving was his mum. I didn't even feel shocked because I just knew it was going to happen. I just didn't expect it to.

So I'm not fully sure if the last two examples even count as "the law of attraction" or if they're just weird coincidences. But the next example was the final straw for me, that I knew that someone out there in the universe just had to be listening to me and that I was speaking things into existence. 

The other week I met up with an old school friend and we were reminiscing about how people weren't the nicest to us back in the day. There was one boy in particular that was sort of the ring leader of all the mean comments directed at us. Me and my friend were wondering what he was up to now, and what he'd say to us if he saw us now. As we were talking, it just hit me that I would see him later that week. I had no idea when or where, I just knew. We don't have any mutual friends, and I actively don't follow him on social media, so it's not even like I'd know where he'd be or anything. But I still knew that I'd see him.

That Wednesday I went clubbing in Birmingham (a huge city with plenty of nightclubs to choose from) and guess who I bump into. That delightful boy! I wasn't even surprised to see him because I knew that it was finally time for us to meet again. Without trying to sound too big headed, the comments he was making that night were a lot nicer than the ones he made to me in school and it was very clear the tables had turned. Of course I had no interest though, and karma had it's little kiss for him ;) But it was one of those moments that felt like was meant to happen. Like those horrible times I had in school were all worth it for that moment. Thank you universe for that reward!

So that has been my little post on how I've noticed the Law Of Attraction working in my own life. The song of the day is When You Believe by Whitney Houston. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on this are,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Expectations Vs Reality Of Being At University

Being a student is something else, let me tell you that now! Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change my experience for the world and I've had the best first year imaginable. The only thing is I had so many expectations of what university would be like (and what I'd be like at university) but it was completely different to how I imagined.

I've come up with 10 expectations vs realities of university:

1. Expectation: I'd go to every party and go clubbing multiple times a week

Reality: I can't hack it! Being a 20 year old in first year has made me feel like an OAP when it comes to being able keep up with the kiddos (even if they are still more mature than me). Even though I'm still crazy for clubbing, I feel like I just couldn't physically do it every night anymore like I used to... *sigh* I'm getting old.

2. Expectation: En Suite halls are better than shared accommodation

Reality: As nice as it is to have the luxury of having your own bathroom, you have to clean it              yourself and they tend to be more expensive. If you're a sociable person, shared halls are definitely      the halls for you. By visiting my friends in shared halls I am now a changed person after witnessing some of the madness in there, it's just too funny!

3. Expectation: I'll still have normal sleeping and eating patterns

Reality: Nope. I jet-lagged myself. Honestly I'd just end up napping whenever I was tired and eating whenever I was hungry. 3am? Perfect time to eat a bowl of pasta. 3pm? Perfect time for a nap.

4. Expectation: I'd make an effort with my appearance, keeping on top of my nails, roots and fake tan

Reality: The only makeup I wore to my lectures was last night's if I'd been clubbing. I went to the      launderette in my dressing gown. And my personal best achievement was going to Spoons in my        pajamas. 

5. Expectation: My week would be filled with lectures

Reality: Most my classes were in blocks together, meaning I was only in uni for three full days and had loads of free time outside classes. 

6. Expectation: I'll budget my week

Reality: Helllooooo overdraft! Someone needs to take my card off me when I'm out to make sure I    don't spend another £85 on jagerbombs...

7. Expectation: Uni is a fresh start where you won't know anyone

Reality: You'll know someone in the town or city you're studying in. I don't think I've ever gone into Liverpool without bumping into someone I know from home, it really is a small world.

8. Expectation: Students are mature

Reality: HAHAHAHAHA! Even though I rely on myself to do my own washing and cooking (and just generally making sure I survive) don't be surprised to find me watching an episode of Arthur in my room eating a family pack of cookie crisp cereal. 

9. Expectation: University courses are harder than A-Levels

Reality: Now I know this depends on your course. But in my personal experience if someone asked me whether my Film&Media course is harder than my Chemistry A Level I'd say nope, not at all! I know I'm only in first year though so I don't want to jinx it ;)

10. Expectation: Everyone is there because they are passionate about the course they are studying. 

Reality: As a self-diagnosed nerd the thought of spending £9000+ on something you don't live and breathe for honestly baffles me. But no, some people are genuinely 100% just there for the piss up!

So these are a few ways in which I noticed uni was different to how I imagined it. The song of the day is Cola by Camelphat and Elderbrook because I think I listened to that song more than any other at uni. Let me know how your student experience is going if you're a student too,

Izzy K xxx