I hope you have all had a great September, spending time with your favourite people, working hard and eating and drinking everything delicious because that is exactly what I have done this month.


The seasons began to change and the autumn inspired coffee drinks have arrived and there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee. It was my Mother's birthday this month so I went shopping for her gift and picked up a few things for myself. As well as celebrating one of my friends birthday and a trip to the cinema, a few of my friends and I spent a lovely afternoon/evening in the West End area of London eating incredible food, ice cream and wine before we went to watch a play. The other day I went into the city again to meet with a man about an intern position and on my way home found myself completely alone on the platform.

I'm predicting October to be a bit of a busy time but after a Summer of relaxing I'm ready to get back into working hard, even if I'm not ready to start living in the real world.

xo Natasha
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Life Lately: September

30.9.13

I hope you have all had a great September, spending time with your favourite people, working hard and eating and drinking everything delicious because that is exactly what I have done this month.


The seasons began to change and the autumn inspired coffee drinks have arrived and there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee. It was my Mother's birthday this month so I went shopping for her gift and picked up a few things for myself. As well as celebrating one of my friends birthday and a trip to the cinema, a few of my friends and I spent a lovely afternoon/evening in the West End area of London eating incredible food, ice cream and wine before we went to watch a play. The other day I went into the city again to meet with a man about an intern position and on my way home found myself completely alone on the platform.

I'm predicting October to be a bit of a busy time but after a Summer of relaxing I'm ready to get back into working hard, even if I'm not ready to start living in the real world.

xo Natasha
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Firstly, I'd like to kindly thank the author of this book, Jamie Baywood for sending me a copy of Getting Rooted in New Zealand. Before I started reading I had a glance at the summary and reviews about the book and it sounded exactly like the type of story I would enjoy, so I went ahead and began reading.


The book is about Jamie's own experience of moving from California to New Zealand, a completely life changing event. What sucked me in was how it is written in a diary format, I enjoy stories that give a clear time frame because it brings reality and fiction together and it is also easier to visualise. Like all humans, I'm a nosey person, so it was similar to reading someones mind and knowing exactly what they are thinking. It also felt like the author was telling the story of her adventures in person like we're best friends, it has humour, personal and honest elements.

Some of the events that unfold just seem so crazy, in a 'how did that happen' way, as she meets new people, including a few love interests and working in bizarre jobs. Discovering what the way of life is really like when you move half way across the world to a new country, the real journey takes place during her time there. Finding out who she is, what she wants without looking back and focusing on the present. It reminded me a little of I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk, if you liked that book then I would highly recommend this. A good read to take you away for a couple of hours, if you like to read about travel, life and want a laugh, it's all right here. When it ended I wanted to know what happened next, I love (and hate) when that happens.

xo Natasha
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Book Review: Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood

28.9.13

Firstly, I'd like to kindly thank the author of this book, Jamie Baywood for sending me a copy of Getting Rooted in New Zealand. Before I started reading I had a glance at the summary and reviews about the book and it sounded exactly like the type of story I would enjoy, so I went ahead and began reading.


The book is about Jamie's own experience of moving from California to New Zealand, a completely life changing event. What sucked me in was how it is written in a diary format, I enjoy stories that give a clear time frame because it brings reality and fiction together and it is also easier to visualise. Like all humans, I'm a nosey person, so it was similar to reading someones mind and knowing exactly what they are thinking. It also felt like the author was telling the story of her adventures in person like we're best friends, it has humour, personal and honest elements.

Some of the events that unfold just seem so crazy, in a 'how did that happen' way, as she meets new people, including a few love interests and working in bizarre jobs. Discovering what the way of life is really like when you move half way across the world to a new country, the real journey takes place during her time there. Finding out who she is, what she wants without looking back and focusing on the present. It reminded me a little of I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk, if you liked that book then I would highly recommend this. A good read to take you away for a couple of hours, if you like to read about travel, life and want a laugh, it's all right here. When it ended I wanted to know what happened next, I love (and hate) when that happens.

xo Natasha
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As of 2 months ago I have been a graduate, a new and strange time to be a part of. One that many people are in, this includes some of my best friends. Once again we have found ourselves parting from those that you have spent the last few years of hard work and discussing each other's futures.

There are different types of graduates, some are in further education for teaching, law school or Masters and some are working part time in retail or food services. I would put myself in the latter group of 'some' and as well as this like I have been telling almost every other person I encounter, "I'm taking a productive gap year". Traditionally, those who take a gap year usually do it in between school and university but I'm going against the grain and it is also buying me some more time before I actually have 'do something'. I have a list of goals that I wish to achieve by next year (September 2014), for example work experience, learn new skills and other little personal goals. I have made progress in this area and I'm so happy about it but every now and then I do wonder if this is the right thing to be doing, I have my doubts but if it takes a year to work it out and prepare then in my opinion that is a year well spent. Although saying that, what is the 'right thing' to do.

The idea of working full time does not exactly appeal to me just yet, there are things I want to do before that day arrives. I might decide to study for a Masters degree, travel or just spend time doing whatever I want without any commitments stopping me. Then there is the other side of me that wants to be out doing something truly great to stimulate my mind and to fill my time, all while being paid to do so.

Considering I have just turned (7 weeks ago) 21 years old, I think a lot of 'actual adults' would say I have plenty of time for working because it is becoming increasingly likely that this generation will be working until the day we die. Others would disagree and say we should use this time while we're young to get ahead and begin the marathon. Both have pros and cons but everyone is different and I'm trying to find the balance because I simply want to work because I love the job and to have a life, and not to make work my life.

Needless to say being a graduate is a whole new experience, it's challenging and frightening. We have learnt a lot and have so much more to learn. Be kind to us world, we need a fighting chance.

xo Natasha
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Being a Graduate

20.9.13

As of 2 months ago I have been a graduate, a new and strange time to be a part of. One that many people are in, this includes some of my best friends. Once again we have found ourselves parting from those that you have spent the last few years of hard work and discussing each other's futures.

There are different types of graduates, some are in further education for teaching, law school or Masters and some are working part time in retail or food services. I would put myself in the latter group of 'some' and as well as this like I have been telling almost every other person I encounter, "I'm taking a productive gap year". Traditionally, those who take a gap year usually do it in between school and university but I'm going against the grain and it is also buying me some more time before I actually have 'do something'. I have a list of goals that I wish to achieve by next year (September 2014), for example work experience, learn new skills and other little personal goals. I have made progress in this area and I'm so happy about it but every now and then I do wonder if this is the right thing to be doing, I have my doubts but if it takes a year to work it out and prepare then in my opinion that is a year well spent. Although saying that, what is the 'right thing' to do.

The idea of working full time does not exactly appeal to me just yet, there are things I want to do before that day arrives. I might decide to study for a Masters degree, travel or just spend time doing whatever I want without any commitments stopping me. Then there is the other side of me that wants to be out doing something truly great to stimulate my mind and to fill my time, all while being paid to do so.

Considering I have just turned (7 weeks ago) 21 years old, I think a lot of 'actual adults' would say I have plenty of time for working because it is becoming increasingly likely that this generation will be working until the day we die. Others would disagree and say we should use this time while we're young to get ahead and begin the marathon. Both have pros and cons but everyone is different and I'm trying to find the balance because I simply want to work because I love the job and to have a life, and not to make work my life.

Needless to say being a graduate is a whole new experience, it's challenging and frightening. We have learnt a lot and have so much more to learn. Be kind to us world, we need a fighting chance.

xo Natasha
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This will be the first academic school year that I will not be going back to school since I can remember. It feels so incredibly strange (I think I'm still in denial), for most of my life when this time of year arrives I have been prepared to start a new year. New uniform, stationary and doing your best to start the year well. Hopefully I'll be able to share some words of wisdom from my own experience.

Work, Rest, Play

A balance is key, working all of the time will wear you down and study quality will decrease. Taking short breaks between essay writing and revision will help. Setting goals is an ideal incentive with this, for example a few hours work before you reward yourself with an episode of a TV show or work hard during the week and have the whole weekend off to do whatever you wish. Getting a good nights sleep to recharge after a day of lectures and classes is very important, so you're not feeling fatigued. Trust me on that, I wish that I slept better instead of staying up late every night.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Your teachers are not only there to teach but to help you. If you are unsure about an area of a topic you're being taught or even little things like deadlines or word counts they will be there to refresh your mind. Also there is a good chance that someone else has the exact same questions, so it helps everyone.

Friends are great at giving advice because they are doing exactly what you are doing, they have gone to the same classes, written notes and understand what you might be struggling with. Forming study groups I believe improves your work, due to the fact that you can discuss your thoughts and give each other ideas. It is always a bonus to be surrounded by friends and those close to you, in moderation of course.

Keep a diary

The most simple way to stay organised, I think I would be a little lost without mine, even if I write a quick note in my phone I am more likely to remember my deadlines and meetings with tutors. Often when a lot of busy dates are approaching I would write them on a piece of paper and would find somewhere that I know I will see it like my bedroom wall so that it can't escape my mind. The sweet satisfaction of crossing off each day/deadline is too good.

You can do it

Whether you are starting your first day of a new school or are going back for the last time just remember you can get through the day, year and all the obstacles that you will no doubt go through. Everyone has their bad days but there are better ones. Yes it is hard and you're tired of it and all I can say is enjoy this time and believe you can do anything.


xo Natasha
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Back to School // Study + Uni Tips

12.9.13

This will be the first academic school year that I will not be going back to school since I can remember. It feels so incredibly strange (I think I'm still in denial), for most of my life when this time of year arrives I have been prepared to start a new year. New uniform, stationary and doing your best to start the year well. Hopefully I'll be able to share some words of wisdom from my own experience.

Work, Rest, Play

A balance is key, working all of the time will wear you down and study quality will decrease. Taking short breaks between essay writing and revision will help. Setting goals is an ideal incentive with this, for example a few hours work before you reward yourself with an episode of a TV show or work hard during the week and have the whole weekend off to do whatever you wish. Getting a good nights sleep to recharge after a day of lectures and classes is very important, so you're not feeling fatigued. Trust me on that, I wish that I slept better instead of staying up late every night.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Your teachers are not only there to teach but to help you. If you are unsure about an area of a topic you're being taught or even little things like deadlines or word counts they will be there to refresh your mind. Also there is a good chance that someone else has the exact same questions, so it helps everyone.

Friends are great at giving advice because they are doing exactly what you are doing, they have gone to the same classes, written notes and understand what you might be struggling with. Forming study groups I believe improves your work, due to the fact that you can discuss your thoughts and give each other ideas. It is always a bonus to be surrounded by friends and those close to you, in moderation of course.

Keep a diary

The most simple way to stay organised, I think I would be a little lost without mine, even if I write a quick note in my phone I am more likely to remember my deadlines and meetings with tutors. Often when a lot of busy dates are approaching I would write them on a piece of paper and would find somewhere that I know I will see it like my bedroom wall so that it can't escape my mind. The sweet satisfaction of crossing off each day/deadline is too good.

You can do it

Whether you are starting your first day of a new school or are going back for the last time just remember you can get through the day, year and all the obstacles that you will no doubt go through. Everyone has their bad days but there are better ones. Yes it is hard and you're tired of it and all I can say is enjoy this time and believe you can do anything.


xo Natasha
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