Thoughts so far on studying with the open uni

Thoughts so far on studying with the open uni

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So last year one of my many new year’s resolutions was to start a degree. For a few reasons I decided not to go to university when I left school as I just knew deep down that it wasn’t right for me. However, that didn’t mean to say that I wouldn’t want to look at studying again in the future. Originally, I was looking into some sort of business or marketing degree, but after researching I decided that I was going to opt for the most difficult and time-consuming degree purely so I could say that I really am a real life ‘Elle Waldorf’. Joking… ish! Law was something I had wanted to do when I was a lot younger but with the pressures of the schooling system, I constantly felt like I was put in the ‘not clever enough’ box. Well, I have learnt very quickly since leaving school, hard work and dedication is just as important as having a natural talent for something. So that is why I decided to simply go for it and choose law.

“Let me tell you something about taking on a new challenge. The best way to do it is to say yes before even thinking. If you think, you will always talk yourself out of it!”

So, as you can imagine from what I have said about not wanting to go to university and having a full-time business to run I have opted for the open university. After seeing a few ads for them and hearing very good feedback I just simply took a little look through and saw instantly what I wanted to do. The set-up process was so simple, all paid through a student loan, and everything was so simple and easy from the get-go. In fact, six weeks before starting I had a spontaneous phone call from my tutor which lasted over an hour where he asked everything about me, why I chose the course, what to expect and every detail you could imagine. This put me at ease massively, as I was started to feel very apprehensive about it.

Once starting I took my time to get into it, budgeting certain times in the week and having power study sessions so I wasn’t letting myself get overwhelmed. This is one of the main things I love so far about the open uni… it fits in with my existing life… not the other way around. As and when I can I study, I read, and I organise making me feel totally in control of my own learning and progress within the degree. Don’t get me wrong I am very strict with myself and dedicated to the course, but it is much easier to be when you are playing with your own time.

The whole degree is flexible. I can do it when I want, where I want and most importantly all on my terms. What better way to enjoy your education?

The course itself is amazing. Everything is so simply put, easy to follow and most importantly great to engage with. I love our online lectures where we all interact with one another as it makes it feel a lot more real, especially learning from our amazing tutors who all work in the law as well as tutoring. The weekly work has been a little heavy but only when I have personally been very busy in life, so is more than doable if you stick to your budgeted study times. There are so many extra resources available, especially for law, and constant support from tutors and all your fellow students.

I wanted to keep this short and sweet, just to give an overview of my thoughts so far. So far so good in my eyes and I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and took on the challenge. If you’ve ever been considering trying something new, need a degree for a career choice or even just want to learn for the sake of learning, you have to do it! I promise you won’t regret it.

 

 

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Sticking to your new year plan

Sticking to your new year plan

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Hello! Hello to all my readers in my first blog post of 2020. After a rather long festive break I am totally ready to get back into everything and back into blogging. Towards the end of the year last year I took a bit of a back step as my workload increased a lot, but now I am very much ready to manage my time a little better and make it all work. Which leads me on nicely to the topic of this blog – setting your new year goals and most importantly, sticking to them.

At this time of year, it can be very overwhelming when we are all starting to get back into a routine whilst also making some changes for whatever reason. The main thing to remember is that the reason only needs to be because it is something you genuinely really want, and it is for you. So, what are my tips for making them happen?

Realistic Goals

Ultimately there is no point whatsoever in setting a goal if you know right from the beginning that it simply will not be achieved. Yes, I agree that you have to be ambitious and push yourself in order to grow, but you also have to appreciate that we are all human and a realistic goal is much more likely to happen. For example, I knew that I want to take on my degree last year as part of my 2019 goals, however with work and everything else in life a full-time study career simply was not possible. In the end, I settled for part time studying, meaning I could work towards my dream of completing the degree whilst also working and building my business.

An Action Plan

A goal without a plan is pretty much just a dream without any drive to actually get there. For every goal you set yourself, no matter how big nor small, it needs to have a form of an action plan to go with it. If it doesn’t, how on earth do you know how you are going to achieve it? One of my main goals this year is to double my client base within my business. How am I going to do this? I have a daily tracker sheet that I tick off each day with how many companies I have reached out to on various platforms, as well as my own personal marketing etc… by doing this, it is impossible for me not to achieve my goals.

Small chunks of time

For me, the best way to stick to any plan is always to break it down into very small bite size chunks. So, for 2020, all my goals, action plans and diary are only for now until the end of March. I can’t comprehend where I will be past that, how I will be feeling or anything, so the only way to stay on track is to purely focus on the now and the months coming up very soon. What is the point in worrying about December when February hasn’t even happened yet!

Regular Reviews

Another way to stay on track is to regularly monitor your progress and really review your goals. Really challenge yourself and accept that sometimes your goals will need to be changed or indeed your actions plans changed in order to achieve them. By reviewing them and monitoring your progress you are only ever setting yourself up for a positive result.

Breaking a habit

So, apparently it takes 21 days to break a habit. Do you think you can stick to your action plan for 21 days in order to achieve your goals? For me, using my bite size chunk theory, I really am only thinking about the next 21 days for the moment. I am focusing my energy on getting into the routine and solidly enforcing my action plan to achieve my 2020 goals. Can you do this too?

 

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2020 – I’m ready for you

2020 – I’m ready for you

Wow, another year gone, and another amazing one for me. I never quite realise how many things I have done until it gets to New Years and I suddenly realise how many memories there are to look over. The years seem to have started to go very quickly, but life is definitely moving in the right direction and I feel like I am changing for the better as each year goes by. In fact, more like as each month goes by.

This year has been a big one for me. I have reached every business goal for Abigail Hunter Marketing, I had my eyes opened and started a new business, I started a law degree, I completed so much in my home, I got to visit some amazing places including my dream of going to New York with my bestie, turned 21 and have never felt such a clear vision and drive for how I am going to build my dream life. Everything now seems possible and I am so ready to work towards my dreams and huge goals.

With that all being said, there is another thing that 2019 has given me, and that is another year of my favourite hobby. This blog. Somehow, even with everything new on my plate, I have still managed to keep up this blog which I’m guessing is for one reason; A real passion. I adore writing this blog, creating content and having somewhere to escape to when life inevitably gets a little much. I am grateful to have got to work on some incredibly blog campaigns with brands that I still have to pinch myself when I remember that they have chosen to work with me. Life is busy, but my blog will always be a priority and one key thing I have learnt this year: the only way to add more to your plate is by simply making your plate a hell of a lot bigger!

So, a big thank you, to you my readers. Without you my little hobby would not be able to stay as a priority, so I am eternally grateful for your readership and support with Lady Hunter Blog, which I cannot believe will be 6 years old in 2020! Crazy times!

I want to know what you are most excited about for 2020! Leave me a comment below.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Festive week with Lady Hunter has come to an end and I am so thrilled that this year I chose to focus my Christmas content into one week and deliver a few posts that for me really highlight my favourite parts of the season. If you have missed a few, why not pop back to the home screen and have a little read?

I just want to take a quick moment to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas. I can’t believe this blog is in it’s sixth year! I absolutely adore writing on here and never thought in a million years that I would find a hobby and actually stick with it! I am very much looking forward to using my Christmas break to dedicate a little time to blogging, prepping for the new year and finding some new inspiration.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you just a little before we enter 2020!

 

 

Leaving you here with a few pics from my home this Christmas!

Introducing Arbonne | Happy & Healthy Living

Introducing Arbonne | Happy & Healthy Living

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

In the Summer I jumped at a new and exciting opportunity that was shared with me. I may already have my plate pretty full with work, blogging and my law studies, but I just knew that this was something I had to get involved in. Sometimes you just hear of things and they totally make sense… well this was a moment like that for me. The role itself is a network marketing role, which always seems like a taboo subject in the UK, but in my head I really can’t understand why. As this is my platform and my space, I am going to share exactly why I jumped at this opportunity and why I can’t understand for the life of me that not everyone does… I mean… it just makes total sense!

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The business itself is all about networking, sharing and engaging with others. Something I already love to do. Basically, I get to talk about the things that I already love… win win. I’m not going to go into a heavy amount of detail, as if anyone is interested in finding out more, I am always around to share, but the principle is you get out of it what you put in. It is a total level playing field with a limitless amount of potential, where basically, you only succeed if other people succeed too! You build your dream life by helping others live their dream lives…. How amazing is that?!

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The thing that I probably love most about this new role is the products themselves. Arbonne was founded 40 years ago by a Norwegian gentleman, with the idea of creating a safe and healthy brand for the consumers, as well as creating an opportunity for people to make a living and succeed through the business. We all know, the best form of marketing is a recommendation or a positive review from an organic consumer of a brand. Ever since the very beginning, Arbonne has been a vegan, cruelty free, sustainable and paraben free brand, with a 2,000 ingredient not allowed list. What makes this even better… the company is continually creating new ways to ensure their products only get better for the consumer and our world. In my eyes this innovative brand was something I simply had to be a part of, whether that was working the business or becoming a loyal consumer. I am proud to say, after a few months I am happily doing both.

The products themselves feature skincare, cosmetics and nutrition. Arbonne prides itself on the amazing quality of all the products and is number one in the US for healthy living from the inside out. It is HUGE in the US, and let’s be honest, what does well there usually makes a swift appearance in the UK! Again, I am not going to go into huge detail about the products as we have endless resources of information for them, including my new Instagram page which is a private page to share the info with others who are keen on these sorts of products. If you fancy following along, the new page is called @happyandhealthylivingcommunity.

I am just going to finish this quick post by sharing a few personal reasons as to why I jumped at this opportunity, and why I think it is such an amazing fit for so many others.

 

  1. I love my job but being self-employed is hard work and extremely unpredictable. Yes, I am lucky to have created a good business, but the everyday uncertainty can become a real strain. Building this on the side is giving me a little more security and really easing a lot of pressure off.

  1. Again, I love my job, but what’s to say I am going to love it in 5, 10, 20 years’ time. Building something that can give me a passive income gives me the freedom and the choice in case I get to a stage where I no longer have complete job satisfaction.

  1. Time – I try my best, but quite frankly I do not have time to do everything I want to do in life. I spend countless hours working, blogging, trying to study whilst also maintaining a social life, exercise and keeping on top of my home. Like everyone, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Building this business is going to allow me to gradually take away a lot of time-consuming aspects of my life, giving me the ability to actually focus on the things I want to do.

  1. A big thing for me is family. Not just my current family, but the family I have always dreamed of having as I grow up. Having children is something I cannot wait for, and I have always dreamed of being able to dedicate a lot of my time to my future children, focusing on being a mum and getting to do all the things not all parents are able to do. If I start this business now, what’s to say that by the time having children comes along, I could be completely free from working 12-hour days and able to focus all my time on them. What a wonderful thought!

  1. Extra income – now building a passive income means different things to everyone, but for me not only does it mean a quality of life that I have always dreamed of, but it also means so many other things too. I can help my family out in a way like no other job could give me, I can donate to as many worthy causes as possible, I can travel to my heart’s content and see every part of the world I have dreamed of and most importantly I can feel secure during every stage of my life.

Arbonne means different things to everyone, but I know for me, it certainly is the vehicle to creating a life I love. Want to know more and get involved? Leave me a message below and I will get back to you.

 

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Favourite parts of New York City

Favourite parts of New York City

As you may have seen from Instagram, last week my bestie and I spent the week in New York. It was our first time in the city for both of us, as well as our first time in the States, however we have been told that New York simply cannot be compared to the rest of America. We had dreamt of this trip since we were about 13 years old and used to watch the movie Bride Wars on repeat. We both knew that the year we turned 21 was the time to go, so in January we booked the trip with a very good British Airways offer and started preparing for our Winter getaway to the big apple. Wow, it did not disappoint.

We had the week of our lives, simply exploring the city, getting to know all its charms and most importantly visiting all the places we had seen so many times on our TV screens. I thought I would simply share some of our favourite parts of the trip to hopefully inspire you if you ever plan on visiting.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge was towards the end of our week in the city but such a memorable few hours. We got an Uber from our hotel on the East side of the city to the hot Instagram spot in Dumbo, Brooklyn, to get that iconic shot of the pebbled street with the Manhattan bridge behind. We were pretty proud of the images we got, all thanks to another tourist who got very snap happy with the camera. After our photos we then chose to walk back over the bridge, which probably took around half an hour in total with our gentle stroll. Unfortunately, it was raining cats and dogs, but still happened to be one of my favourite parts of the trip.

911 Memorial

Now I wouldn’t say that this part of the trip was a particularly ‘enjoyable’ experience, but I am so glad that we did it and I have to say it is definitely something everyone needs to do at least once. The experience was more what I would describe as ‘chilling’, reliving the day and paying tribute to those who lost their lives in such a tragic way. The memorial itself was very peaceful and the waterfalls felt like a wonderful way to mark the site and for people to come and mourn and pay their respects. I guess remembering these tragic incidents is a key ingredient in ensuring that history never repeats itself.

Fifth Avenue

As I imagined from the very beginning, Fifth Avenue was my home from home. Shop after shop making me feel at ease and totally in love with the magical city. We tried our hardest not to empty our bank cards on Fifth Avenue in one day, but you all know me, my bank card did take a little bit of a hit on the last day in Gucci situated over three floors in Trump Tower. The way I see it, how often do I get the chance to have fun and make a purchase on the classic Fifth Avenue in New York frickin City?!

Ice Skating in Central Park

This was possibly the most hilarious part of the trip due to my extremely appalling ice-skating skills, or lack of. We did two laps around, which took the best part of half an hour, and decided to give up and head for lunch due to my lack of ice-skating confidence. However, what an experience to ice skate in central park just like Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl!

Mean Girls

Saving the best to last, and our agreed favourite part of the trip, on the second night in NYC we went to see Mean Girls on Broadway and it was INCREDIBLE. It was a wonderful musical adaption of the classic film with talented acting, amazing performances, laugh out loud humour and even a few controversial remarks on the state of the US which seemed to go down a treat. Despite paying $27 for a ‘on Wednesdays we wear pink’ cocktail, I was very happy to even be able to bring home a Mean Girls souvenir in my reusable cup! Such an enjoyable and memorable experience from being in NY and I would definitely recommend this show if they bring it to the UK!

 

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