Five realistic and horrible truths all London commuters know

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  1. Spacial awareness is non- existent

If you have ever had the delight of travelling on the Northern line during rush hour, you will know all too well what a pleasure it is. In fact, any tube line which travels through central London within peak times is despicably bad. Strangers will inevitably touch you, you will have sweaty armpits in your face – your hair may even get caught in someone else’s zip. If you are commute on the tube you learn to accept the fact that personal space disappeared years ago, into the horizon.

  1. Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT

Whether it is 10 degrees outside, or -10 the tubes are permanent furnaces. It’s like venturing into a glasshouse at the height of summer. This can make outfit choices severely challenging; do I bring a coat for after hours, you ask yourself – but then if it doesn’t get colder I’m stuck holding my jacket like a pleb? My advice is to always carry a bottle of cold water, and a cardigan (just in case as British weather is very much bi-polar).

  1. It’s also ICE, ICE baby

Aside from being blunderingly hot in the summer months, the tube is also pleasingly cold during the colder months. I’m almost certain that air-con is on during winter, but somehow malfunctions during the warmer months? This theory is also applicable to London buses.

  1. Fight for your right

If you live / get on the tube anywhere near the middle or end of a line. There is no way you are sitting down, nope. You, my friend, are standing uncomfortably until you reach your destination. It is literally a case of survival of the fittest, London tubes take no prisoners. Furthermore, I have realised when standing, if you move towards the centre of the carriage, you are more likely to get a seat – as people get off gradually, you will be in a prime position to nab their seat. Thank me later.

  1. Strike….a pose?

There will be several strikes throughout the year, despite you paying through your nose for TFL; apparently their workers need more money? So, on these particular days you will struggle to get to work, actually you probably will not be able to get to work whatsoever. Good luck explaining this to your boss.

BUT, despite all of these unfortunate elements, we still continue to pay over the odds for it, we still get where we need to (and pretty fast too by the way).

Do we really need activity trackers / fitbits? 

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With life moving at an increasingly fast pace, as we are heavily consumed by a rapid online world and on demand services. Activity trackers are a great, convenient way to set fitness and health goals on the go. 

I think though, if we scratch beneath the surface there is something solemn about the fact that we now rely on technology in order to set goals. We pay, and download apps to remind ourselves to do basic things like drink water or walk. But technology is also innovative at making our lives easier, and as earlier mentioned with life beginning to move at such a rapid pace. This is the reality of our future. 

I was recently bought a Micheal Kors’ activity tracker (as pictured), it is a stunningly pretty bracelet with a neatly inserted battery (barely visible). It works via Bluetooth and an access app that you have to download. 


So what does it actually do? 

Because it’s on your wrist it tracks your steps, meaning you can set personal goals. (My personal best for the moment is 2,890 steps in one day which I’m told is despicable, most people aim to walk 10k steps a day??? #needtogetactive) 

It tells you how many miles you’ve walked per day, and how many calories you’ve burnt. No, that does not mean you can have an extra dessert per week. 

You can also set other health related goals, such as how many glasses of water you aim to drink per day – and how many hours of sleep you want to get at night. 

But I found myself asking, doesn’t our iPhone already do these things for us? Personally I don’t get the necessity to have 3 or 4 different apps which all have the same purpose. I guess though, because people have financially invested and be wearing it on their wrist; perhaps they are more likely to stick to their set goals? 

With the access app you can also control your phone, you can set it up through the control settings so that you can answer your phone with the tracker etc. Rather cool I must say, albeit just another function I couldn’t work out how to use as I’m tech thick. 

Overall review of Micheal Kors’ activity tracker; 

I found setting the tracker up rather user friendly, and relatively easy. Even for a techy no brainier useless blonde like myself. (I’m not going to admit that my mum had to insert the battery for me, that didn’t happen). 

All you really need to get started is the app, and your Bluetooth switched on. Yes those last 4 words burnt me too. That burnt bad, for anyone with an iPhone this is sacrilege. My battery life is probably about 2 hours so with Bluetooth switched on permanently, make that 20 minutes. However, the tracker still tracks your activity even with your Bluetooth off. You just need to switch it on to view your results via the app. Thank goodness. 

At the moment I am still finding my way on the app, I’m certain there are even more uses for the tracker which I am totally unaware of. Moreover, overall I would say that the tracker is a good investment. In particular the Micheal Kors’ / or fashion ones alike – they double up as a pretty bracelet / fashion accessesory. So it’s damn cool that they are also activity trackers. 

I think even if you only bought this item purely to wear as a bracelet it’s worth the money, the fact you are also able to control your phone and set personal goals is amazing. And it isn’t too expensive either. 

I’m sure every 20 something Londoner will be sporting one in the near future. 

Overall score – 8/10 

How to stay motivated and deal with rejection 

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I feel like after you leave university there is most definetly a lack of direction. And an innate need to find the perfect career right away. Even though we all know it’s going to take ample time, it can be difficult to hang in there. Especially if your current situation / job is making you want to give up on life altogether. 

Personally I continued to work full time after graduating, but even though I have been working (like a dog may I add) 58 hours a week and freelance writing in my spare time (you are right there sparse spare time when you work such long hours but if you have a passion, you simply WILL find time); I felt like a bum because I’m not doing a graduate job linked to my degree or what I have studied. I’m simply working a job to pay my bills, and that’s not what I want. 

So, de-motivated and lacking energy I decided to take charge; scouring job sites for hours on end. Applying for any job even remotely close to what I want to do long term. Spending hours on the phone to recruiters who may have had a suitable position – but I would need to first spend an hour in the evening proving myself to someone I didn’t know. But after all the hours and hours of tedious application. Comes the rejection stage. 

At one point I was receiving so many rejection emails that I was going to save them all, print them out and create a piece of monochrome,sassy art work. But the heart ache wouldn’t allow me to do so. I deleted them straight away, so that I wouldn’t get too disheartened. Even if your story is not the same as mine, we are all in different positions and stages of life. Rejection, unfortunately is something we will all need to deal with. And I think how you deal with it is important. It shows strength of character, it shows that you are not willing to give up, determination prevails and eventually you will be successful. 

I spent four long months applying like a mad woman, spending 100’s of pounds on attending interviews and missing work. But I did it. I got a job with a worthy title. The pay isn’t fantastic, but it’s a role I feel I deserve. 

So with all the rejection, hard work whilst maintaining a full time job.. how did I stay motivated? 

1. Never forget the end goal 

The mind is a strange place, and it can be easily distracted – often when you are attempting something very difficult in life your mind will convince you to try easier routes. Don’t even give in to the temptation. Remember your end goal and stick to it. Even if creating a mood board helps to motivate and inspire you, or writing may help to relieve pressure and share how you feel along the way. Whatever motivates you allow that to positively push you to continue down the difficult, but correct path for yourself. 

2. Surround yourself with positivity

I assure you there will be times where you will have emotional breakdowns. During these times you need strong support systems in order to uplift you, and help you keep going. Whether it be family you can speak to, friends you confide in, or simply crying down the phone to your boyfriend. Let out the frustration and listen to the ones who care for you. They know you will make it in the end, and it’s sometimes easier for them to see it because they aren’t the ones living it. They will remind you to stay positive. 

3. Deal with rejection effectively 

Everybody in the world gets rejected. But you know what, the most successful people in this world utilise it to push them further. Instead of letting rejection get them down, they use it in the opposite way and become even more motivated. Delete the rejection emails and letters, push them to the back of your mind and remind yourself that if this company has rejected you it wasn’t the right place for you anyway. Even after interviews if potential employers don’t even get back to you, just brush it off. Clearly you weren’t right for them. But you will be right for someone out there. 

Happy searching my loves, I hope this post reminds you that you are all worth it. Always strive to be the best and achieve your goals, no matter how difficult.