How to pick yourself back up after a failure

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“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill

If you’ve ever tried to do anything in life, it’s likely you’ve dealt with failure at one time or another. Failure is a huge fear for many people, but it’s just one of those things that is a part of life and doesn’t have to be as daunting as we make it. I think it’s super important to know how to handle ourselves when things don’t work out like we planned. Here are the things that have worked best for me when I’ve failed at something in the past…

STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP

The first thing you have to remember is to be kind to yourself. Everybody fails, and just because something didn’t work out doesn’t mean you are any less of a person. Beating yourself up and dwelling on what went wrong won’t help you take positive steps forward. You’ve got to be more gracious and understanding of yourself instead of constantly feeling under pressure and stressed. Stuff happens, but guess what? This is an opportunity for you to do better next time.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

The key to coming back stronger after a failure is the learn from your mistakes. There’s no shame in failing, but if you don’t use it as an opportunity to grow and better yourself then you’re just going to keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Instead of putting yourself down for failing, take the time to look at the situation from an educational standpoint – what went wrong? What can you change in the future? How can you improve next time?

TAKE A STEP BACK

One thing I highly suggest after a huge failure is to give yourself a break. Take some time to step back from everything, clear your head, and get a fresh perspective. Talking to someone you feel comfortable sharing your failed experience helps! I share my experiences with my sister, she always has something comforting to say that helps me move forward from it and start fresh. You’ll know if you need more time to refocus or if you’re ready to jump back in and try again.

GIVE YOURSELF A FRESH START

Now that you’re ready to try again, make sure to give yourself a fresh start. Wipe the slate clean and don’t hold on to past mistakes. If you start over but keep dwelling on your failures, you’re never going to be able to move forward and create something better. You failed, it happened. Now it’s time to work even harder than before. Don’t sabotage your fresh start with worries of the past.
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How have you dealt with past failures?
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Love,
letsgetfancy
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Vanity Planet: Spin For The Perfect Skin Review

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So I bought this thing. I don’t know how to explain it apart from “it’s an electric toothbrush for your face… and body”. The Vanity Planet store spin, is suppose to be an affordable version of the Clarasonic or Purasonic cleansing machines. Unfortunately I have not tried either of the two machines, so this review will discuss the pros and cons of this machine itself.

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BUT ITS ELECTRONIC? 

Yes I had this worry too BUT the Spin is actually battery powered! Just 4 AA batteries (not included of course – when are they ever?!) and away you go!

COST £££

Retailing at USD$100, there are different colours you can choose from. After tossing up between purple, blue and strawberry pink, I decided to go with the strawberry pink. Only to realise the pink was sold out I decided to go for the blue one anyway so I could’ve just stuck with the blue in the first place.

NOTE: It’s original RRP is USD$100 but there are many vouchers floating around blogs, vlogs and Instagram that can save you a huge amount. I used a code to bring down the price to USD$30 and with USD$10.99 for shipping and handling.

Shipping—>>>

It took under a week to arrive and the store provides you with UPS tracking number. On this tracker, it shows you all the movement up to sending it from the US and then it forwards onto delivery.

First Impressions

When I first picked up the package, I noticed that the box was a lot lighter and smaller than I had expected. The Clarasonic box was a lot bigger. I opened the box to find the machine and it’s accessories. The Spin For Perfect Skin set comes with the Spin machine, a face cleansing head, a face ex foliating head, a body ex foliating/cleansing head and a pumice stone head. The machine itself felt a little cheaper than expected. The plastic didn’t feel as thick as I had imagined and the joints were visible. I think the lightness really threw me off. But apart from that, I was pleased to see the heads it came with were of decent size.

My First Use

Oh my lord. Yes. Okay so after a party, I came home, it was 1am and I was so tired and just wanted to crawl into my bed and sleep. But, of course, I had to take my makeup off. I started my usual routine – make up wipes, wash face then remove again with coconut oil until the cotton pads came out clear. I had started watching a new ep of Game of Throne (YAASSS) so I decided to bum around so I could watch it until the end. I decided to have a play around with the Spin. I clearasil-d my face and then started using the cleansing brush and oh my lord, my brush turned the colour of my foundation and the water ran brown (because I’m brown so my foundation is brown etc). I thought I had managed to get it all off but obviously not!

This machine has become a major part of my skin care routine. I love knowing that I’m able to get all the make up off my face and out of my pores before I go to bed so I dont wake up with massive pimples. Also, the exfoliating head has been getting rid of the dead skin on my face, reducing the size of scars I have on my cheek from a pimple (ew).

So I’ve told you it’s gooooooood, any cons?

Because the brushes are white, they do stain. I advise removing your make up with make up wipes and then using the machine to get rid of the remaining make up which you cannot wipe away. It works!

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. As mentioned at the start, I have not used any other type of cleansing machine so you know what, there could be better ones! If you would like to read more about these machines (I keep calling them machines but I’m sure they have a proper name) then check out their website Vanity Planet.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything like it and your experience!

Love, letsgetfancy

On Dealing with Comparison

 

Today, I wanted to just chat with you guys a bit about a topic that I think we all have dealt with at one time or another. Comparison is one of those ugly aspects, that can come from blogging (and really, being online in general). I don’t think any of us mean for it to happen, but if we are not careful, we can fall victim very easily.

When we’re so plugged in to what every other person is doing and achieving, it can be really hard not to compare our own lives to theirs. It could be anything- maybe you think they have a cuter blog design that your’s, or perhaps they’ve got more followers or high statistics. Whatever it may be, there are a few things I think we all need to remind ourselves of whenever this happens:

  • No one is perfect, and no one has it
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  • Whatever you’re seeing on Instagram and Facebook, it’s likely only 10% of the whole picture.
  • “Don’t compare you beginning to someone else’s middle.”- Jon Acuff
  • Everybody has their own personal struggles that they’re dealing with too.
  • Instead of focusing on what someone else is doing, use that time and effort to create something amazing of your own.
  • “Comparison is the thief of joy.”- Teddy Roosevelt
  • Everyone is capable of creating greatness.
  • There is enough room for al of us to succeed. Just because one person has made it doesn’t mean no one else can.
  • Don’t let comparison turn your heart to envy and jealousy.
  • No one’s journey is the same as anyone else’s. We’re all running our own race, and we’ve all started at different times.

I know from experience that comparing yourself and what you do to others in the same field can greatly affect your focus. Instead of using your time and energy to create amazing things, you watch what everyone else is doing and beat yourself up for not being where they’re at. It’s tough not to sometimes, and I’m guilty myself  of comparing my blog to those of people who have been at this way longer than I have.It doesn’t mean what I’m doing is any less, or that I should feel like I’m not enough. When I notice that I’m doing this, I try to stop my train of though right where it is and remind myself of the points I listed above.

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I think this goes for everyone…

Don’t tear yourself down by comparing to those around you. Instead, look at all you’ve accomplished, and set goals from there so you can keep moving forward and upwards.

Keep Smiling 🙂

Love,  letsgetfancy

10 Reasons some people succeed and others don’t

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Have you ever wondered why some people succeed in so many areas in life, while others give up early on?

Why some people succeed and others do not…

There are some major differences between these two groups, but the good news is that you’re not successful, you can do something about it today and turn things around.

Here are the main reasons why successful individuals achieve their goals, and how you can be more like them:

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If you don’t have a direction, you’ll end up somewhere you don’t really want to be. An end
result is what you need to have in mind not only to be on the right track, but to also get a motivation boost every time you visualise it.

So think about the things you truly want in life. Where do you see yourself a year from now? What do you want to change about yourself and your current life so that you can get closer to that vision?

2 They stay consistent long enough.

Consistency brings results, but you need to be patient and to be doing what you do long enough to see any progress.

It may not be visible in the beginning, you may not be making any money during the first few months after creating your business, you may not be losing any weight even though you’re dieting. But change happens when you’ve put enough effort and time. Once it does, you’ll feel great about yourself and that sense of accomplishment will help you more forward.

So find ways to stay on track no matter what, don’t let distractions get in the way or other people discourage you. Keep going and know you will succeed, it’s just a matter of time.

3 They change their environment. 

Your environment must breed success if you don’t want to be ordinary but to achieve big things in life. That means that you shouldn’t be surrounded by negative people, read information made for the masses, eat unhealthy food, or else.

All that affects your judgement, your energy levels, your health and success.

Make the necessary changes so that you can be inspired, positive and productive every single day. Communicate with those with similar goals, read biographies of successful people, go to places that increase you energy, take care of your health. All that matters and is part of the person you’re trying to become.

4 Successful people don’t listen to naysayers. 

There will be at least a few people in your surroundings that will tell you your goal is not success3worth pursuing, that what you’re doing is crazy, that your idea is impossible… trust me there are.

Your job is to ignore that and focus on your vision instead. Any genius in history was considered crazy, every successful product and company seemed almost impossible to be built in the beginning, But what’s behind every life-changing creation is a person that stayed true to his beliefs and didn’t listen to the crowd.

5 They learn from their mistakes and try again.

Failure is part of the success formula, so it’s better to accept that sooner if your want to succeed. Be open to mistakes and even welcome them in your life. They are your greatest teachers and make you more experienced. Just don’t give up and always try one more time.

6 They don’t make excuses.

Those who don’t succeed can think of tens of excuses right now as to why today is not the right day to start a project,  why it’s better to wait until they have more experience and knowledge, and why thing may not be the right thing for them, whether it would be to go to the gym and work out or as simple as completing a piece of coursework.

“Excuses are only mental barriers. You created them and you can destroy them as easily” 

7 Those who succeed are willing to go the extra mile.

Average people do what they are expected to do, and nothing more. That’s why they can never get to the next level.

But leaders prefer to work harder today so they they can be successful after some time. They provide value with everything they do, work more hours, sleep less and dedicate more energy and focus that anyone else around them.

8 They learn new things all the time.

If you avoid learning new stuff, you’re lazy and only getting further from success.

But prosperous people, hard-working entrepreneurs, high achievers and outstanding artists are all students of life. They learn from others, from the past, read, travel and get to know themselves more. That helps them exceed every day.

9 They work smarter. 

The average person wastes a lot of time daily doing meaningless things like over thinking, feeling sorry for themselves, being lazy and more.

Highly productive individuals, on the other hand, those who get things done in less time and get closer to their goals because of that, know how to work smart without trying too hard. Get better at time management, eliminate anything that’s not productive, wake up earlier, stop multitasking, delegate and automate what you can and have more time to do what matters.

10 They are grateful for they they have

Those who succeed aren’t greedy. They work for their success and know it will come. But until then, they appreciate what’s around them right now. As that’s what’s  important.success4

Happiness is in the present moment and can be found when you let go of your desire to change things. Successful people wake up with a smile on their face and thank for what
they have in their life. That makes them live in abundance. And the more you’re grateful for something, the more you receive from it.

These are some of the reasons why some people make it, while others keep failing.

What will you choose to do today to be part of the first group?

Love, letsgetfancy

 

Adventures around Scotland

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“I jumped at a chance to decide once and for all if Glasgow is a city worth seeing”

It might sometimes be overshadowed by it’s famous neighbour Edinburgh, but where Edinburgh is tourist central Glasgow has a gritter, more creative edge. This former industrial powerhouse has transformed itself into a city of culture.

One thing you defiantly wont get here is bored!!

First Impression…

Glasgow’s slogan is “Scotland with Style” and the city is filled with cool cafes, fancy bars, boutique stores, vintage clothes cafes and heaps of culture and beautiful buildings.

Day 1

Day 1 started off a little late, I took the plane from London Stansted airport to Glasgow international and was expected to board at 12.10pm but the journey was delayed a good 20 minuets. I ended up reaching my hotel room around  2.15pm. After checking, in my friends and I decided to relax for a bit before we went out for lunch. The first day was very simple.

The adventure was yet to begin… 

Day 2 Science Centre

Day 2 was great! My friend and I got a little excited while getting ready to leave. The funniest part was when he pulled out his inhaler and requested I keep it in my bag in case he “gets a little excited” HA HA!

So once we arrived at the car park I was so impressed with the beautiful building. Glasgow Science Centre is a visitor attraction located in the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration are on sciencecentrethe south bank of the River Clyde. It was open on 5th June 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II and is one of Britain’s most popular places to visit.

It’s curved shaped and reflection of the sun definitely caught my attention and gave it that “sciencey” look and feel.

So we spent most of day 2 wondering around the science centre… so much fun! There’s definitely lots to do, especially on the third floor at BodyWorks and the maths puzzles on the first floor.

robotcycleOnce we went inside we saw a Robot Cycle that lets us experience how easy it is to ride a bike. Each colour button (green, yellow, blue and red) operates  one of the pneumatic “muscles” in the robot leg. The two muscles on each legs of the robot work like your thigh muscles. One bends the leg, and the other straightens it.

There was another amazing machine which allowed you to place your hand under thevains
red light and shows you where your veins are. I know what your thinking… AMAZING right?!

Unfortunately we only left ourselves a little over two hours to visit and I would’ve loved to stay for longer. If I lived in Glasgow i’d definitely get the passport pass so that I could go back whenever I wanted.

My only criticisms are the hidden extras you have to pay for. There’s a new “planetarium” which isn’t included in the admission price and is a £3 surcharge per person.

Overall a good day out and the staff were lovely and helpful.

Day 3 Edinburgh Zoo and Castle

Day 3 was the most busiest day while I was in Scotland and to top it off the weather wasn’t too great either! We decided to go to Edinburgh and check out their Zoo and the famous Edinburgh Castle! Yep that’s right the rain didn’t stop us! 

Edinburgh Zoo, formerly the Scottish National Zoological Park, is a non-profit zoological park in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, it receives over 600,000 visitors a year, which makes it Scotland’s second most popular paid-for tourist attraction, after Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh Zoo was the first zoo in the world to house and to breed penguins. It is also the only zoo in Britain to house koalas and giant pandas! How cool is that!! For those of you who don’t know me… I’m a crazy penguin fan so you can imagine my excitement when I saw Penguin Rock ha ha, although my friend kept saying the panda bears were the best part of the zoo experience, obviously I disagreed… PENGUINS RULE!

After visiting the zoo we headed straight to Edinburgh Castle!

Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex Edinburgh Castlebuilding history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.

The only downside to visiting the castle was finding the car park… it took us a while to find it! Other than that, Edinburgh castle should definitely be on your list when visiting Scotland!

An exciting day in Edinburgh despite the wet rainy weather, we headed back on the M8 straight to Glasgow with the music blasting and our crazy dance fever still popping!

Would I go back?

Definitely, but this time in the summer when the weather is a more sun and less rain. I would like to go visit the museums and do a little more sightseeing!

Love,

letsgetfancy

Revision tips all university students should know.

The time of the year hated by almost every student in the country is here! If you are feeling exam week pressure, try not to panic.

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Now is the time to take the initiative. Put about any distractions, call your mates to cancel that night out and get your head in the game. Keep a positive attitude and follow these revision tips to make sure you are as prepared as possible for your exams.

  1. Plan, plan, plan

You need to make sure you give yourself enough time to cover each of your subjects in detail.

The best way to do this is to create a revision timetable as soon as you can. This doesn’t mean that you have to start revising as soon as you begin the academic year, but when you know your exam timetable, or once you feel like you have covered all new information in your lectures and seminars, you should start preparing.

The best way to create a revision timetable is to break your studying into easily manageable 20 to 30 minute blocks, with five minute breaks in between. If you are revising for the whole day, this can include two 30 minute breaks and a one-hour lunchtime. Mixing up the order of your subjects can also help, as your mind will be less likely to wander.

Make sure you have enough time to fit everything in, and balance your time between each of your modules. Even though it’s fine to take longer on key subjects you find tough, don’t neglect the modules you think you have a keen grasp of; you should try to cover everything that might be in the exam.

Revision can be a big commitment, but it is worth it in the long run. If you stick to your plan and give yourself regular breaks, the time should fly by.

  1. Sort out your space

You need to find a place where you won’t be distracted, whether it’s at your parent’s house, your student accommodation or the university library.

Some people work really well revising in a group, and going to the library with a group of friends helps them to study. Others know that working alone is the only way for them, so if you don’t venture out of the house to revise, take your headphones and turn you phone off to minimise any distractions.

  1. Find out what works for you.

There’s are lots of different revision techniques out there. We all know what students are799d0285e66f4785acf622512ed03718 like when it comes to sleeping in, but making an effort to get up in the morning will make things a while lot easier for you. Starting at 10 am
and finishing at 4pm will mean that you have much more free time and energy compared to getting up at 2pm and finishing when it’s already dark and your friends are already out.

Some people find that they learn better through visual means, such as being shown a documentary or a YouTube video. Other people might work best when they have a textbook in front of them.

  1. Find past papers

One of the best revision techniques is to find past exam papers to work from. Once you believe you understand the topic of the exam and have committed to memory what you have learnt, speak to your tutor or course leader about past papers. With the help of previous exams, you will be able to familiarise yourself with the style of questions asked, and can plan and practise the types of answers you will need to give.

  1. Ask for help

One of the best ways to monitor your revision progress is to ask your friends and family to help. If you have decided to make revision notes, ask them to test you on different areas. This is good way to discover your strengths and weaknesses and offer a nice break from hardline revision.

Revision can be a big commitment, but it’s worth it in the long run. If you stick to your plan and give yourself regular breaks, the time should fly by.

Don’t forget, once your exams are over, you will be free (at least for a while)! Keep your head down and so you can reap the rewards afterwards

Go in and crush it!!

Good luck!

Love,

letsgetfancy