Weekly Review – 18/03/18

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So this is a new thing I think I’m going to start doing on this blog, at the end of every week I’m going to do a weekly review where I sum up my week and my progress or my setbacks, as well as talking about my plans for the following week. I am doing this for 2 main reasons; It allows me to hold myself accountable and it’ll act as a tool to help motivate me to work harder as I will be able to look back and see how far I have come.

This has been a big week for me, it’s been the start of everything really. I have started uploading daily on the blog and created an Instagram page to go alongside it which I also upload daily motivation to, hopefully in time I can build up a following and a community on these platforms!

On top of that, I have been uploading and updating the social media sites I have for mine and my friends YouTube channel ‘Cloudburst’, again I’m trying to build up a community. This week I have been busy getting a website started for the YouTube channel and build a brand up around our film content.

This week definitely hasn’t been perfect though. Naturally, as you work harder in one area you let other areas slip! This past week I haven’t done any personal training studying as I’ve been putting it off to focus on other things and I have been lazy with the YouTube content on Cloudburst too.

So what’s my plan for next week? Well, I am going to continue with my social media work, hopefully working on that a little bit every single day, on top of this I am going to get in a good 6 hours of PT studying at bare minimum this next week. I NEED TO UPLOAD A YOUTUBE VIDEO! That is extremely important this next week as I have been seriously lacking on that front.

I will continue to upload my blog doing my daily motivation and get to the gym for 4 sessions this week. There is also a few other little things I plan on doing this next week but needn’t bother to mention them here, anyway I will end this one here, I will be back tomorrow with another daily motivation! Thank you for reading, let me know what your goals for the next week are. Ciao!


Daily Motivation

The past few days I’ve decided to really double down on being productive and getting everything in order, but to balance my relationship, the gym, my blog, the YouTube channel and everything else I’m having to be strict with myself with managing my time, this is made a lot easier by being motivated!
Since motivation and inspiration are kinda my thing here on this blog I’ve decided to experiment with one or two things, so every day for the next 30 days I will be posting my usual 1-3 times per week (still working on a schedule) but on top of this I will be posting a quote, a story, or some other form of motivation every single day! If it’s well received I will carry it on otherwise it will last just the 30 days!
I will begin with these tomorrow morning and will continue to do it every single morning for the next month. Hopefully, it can help motivate you and me to get everything done and give you that kick up the backside you might need. On top of this, I am starting up a new Instagram page for this blog, it will hopefully help grow this blog and with any luck, help build a community!
“Never a failure, always a lesson”
I’ll keep this one short as it’s only really a little update, I will post my first daily motivation tomorrow, please let me know what you think about this idea! See you tomorrow. Ciao!



In the famous words of William Wallace in Braveheart… FREEDOM!!! Finally, after spending nearly 4 years in retail and over a year in my previous store, I have finally left and hopefully for good! It’s no secret that I absolutely despised my job and retail in general, I have nothing against the actual company but retail is the same wherever you go, when you’ve done it once you’ve done it a million times!

For months I have thought about leaving the world of retail. Honestly, I will never be happy unless I am working for myself and that’s what I plan to do… sort of. I am currently looking for another part-time job in a different area to help me pay the bills whilst I am building my own brand, I’m thinking of a cleaning job as it will mean I only have to work a couple hours a day and I can get the job over and done with first thing then have the day to myself.

So what else am I working on? Well! I am going to be focusing a lot more on my blog and my YouTube channel thus allowing me to build them up and down the road I am planning on creating a website for the YouTube channel which I have big plans for in the future. On top of this, I am still studying my personal training course and I have started doing freelance writing work as that is something I enjoy doing, hence the blog.

Finally, I plan on spending more quality time with my girlfriend, this is probably the most important thing I plan on doing. So far we have just stuck to my home city but we are going to now go further afield and broaden our horizons, see new things and visit new places!

Anyway, I should finish this blog post before it gets too long as they usually do! You can expect more blog posts from now on, I am going to get a schedule up and running for it but it’s not finished yet so I will upload that when I figure it out!

“You are only one decision away from totally changing your life”

Thanks for reading this one guys, a bit more of a personal update today. As I say you can expect more posts from me from now on so feel free to follow me to keep updated! Hope you guys had a good week! Catch you next week. Ciao!

“People Keep Asking Me If I’m Back….”


“… And I hadn’t really had an answer, but yeah I’m thinking I’m back.” If you didn’t guess that’s a reference from John Wick, brilliant film and a definite must watch if you are into action movies!

Anyway! Greetings! After an extended break I am once again back and this time I’m back for good! So where have I been I hear the masses cry! Well honestly? I’ve just been really busy and I ran out of inspiration to be honest. The past year has been pretty hectic, firstly I was finishing up at college so had to focus on getting all my coursework finished then after that I have been working, studying a personal training course and got myself a girlfriend!

So I’m finally back? Yes, things in my life are starting to change and I am working on sorting lots of things out in my life, I have been doing a lot of thinking just recently and I am finally going to take action! I currently work in retail and it’s no massive secret I don’t enjoy it so I am currently doing a personal training course online that I believe I will finish around May time, then I am working on a secret project with a good friend of mine that I am currently working hard on and I am determined to make take off.

Now I hate to leave you guys on a cliffhanger but this is not the post I’m going to reveal this secret project however I should be able to reveal it next week once a couple of my plans have come into action but it’s something I’m really excited to reveal and I think its something a lot of people will be interested in but again more on that when I create the post on it which should be coming probably next week.

“We are who we choose to be”

Right I think I’ll leave this one here, short and sweet! I’m happy to be back, it’s really nice to be back writing again, you can expect many more posts coming and some really exciting news for me and hopefully some of you probably next week. I think I’m going to be playing around with the blog over the next few weeks and trying different things to see what works and what doesn’t and possibly expand out of my current topics but we will see! Anyway I will see you guys again soon. Ciao!

Don’t Have Time?!

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Okay so this is going to be a pretty short blog post, I am currently writing this on my phone while I am cooking my lunch. As I mentioned a post or 2 again I am currently a very busy person trying to run this blog, studying 2 courses, trying to work overtime all while balancing the gym and my diet in there as well.
Because I am trying to balance this I am going to be putting this blog on hold for a little while BUT I am not going to say that I am too busy to do it! I hate that excuse, you are never too busy to do something, you have the same 24 hours in your day as everyone else and I guarantee there are people who use those 24 hours much more productively than you, the simple fact is its not a high enough priority for you at that moment.
While there is only so much you can do in a day the fact is that almost nobody is 100% productive and efficient, this means if something was a high enough priority then you could make time for it, the catch is.. This time has to come from somewhere, if you’re being as efficient with your time as you possibly can then that time has to come out of the time you would spend doing another task, for example if you wanted to hit the gym before work you might need to get an hour less sleep to do that.
As much as I enjoy blogging and providing (hopefully) helpful content, it is currently not the highest priority to me. Because of how busy I am, I am struggling to get everything done, this has resulted in me not getting enough sleep aswell as no longer reading which in turn has made me hit a bit of a creative wall. At the moment I am seriously struggling to think of new blog ideas, which is disastrous when you’re meant to upload two a week…
So for the time being, hopefully only a couple of weeks, I am going to stop with the blogging and give myself more time for other things as well as giving myself time to think of content for my blog.
If there is anything that can be taken away from this post, it is stop saying you are too busy to do something, truth is it’s just not a high enough priority for you at that moment for you to invest the time in it. On that note I will leave you with this:
“You define what is important to you by what you dedicate your time to. “
Thank you for reading this one, I am hoping to come back very soon once I have got over this creative block and find a better schedule to manage my time! Thanks again, I will be back soon. Ciao!

Going Back To Basics

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Okay i’m not talking about going back to basics to the extent of that picture above but more going back to basics in terms of getting sh*t done. As of just recently I have been getting busier and busier but I am getting lazier and lazier, needless to say this is not a good mix. So to combat this I am going to go back to the basic productivity activities that I used to do.

Firstly I am going to start writing sh*t down again and making lists, as I’ve discussed before writing stuff down with a notepad and pen is the best way of getting yourself to be more productive, seeing that goal written down in your own handwriting can have a big effect on you not to mention it is incredibly satisfying to tick something off your to-do list.

It also allows you to plan out your day when you write things down because you’re not constantly thinking “I’ve got so much to do, I’ve got to do this and that” you just write it down and get on with it, this also makes it easier to think clearly as you have a clear mind.

Secondly I am going to start going for walks and listening to podcasts while on my walk again, this really helps me to clear my head and gives me some time out to think as well as letting me get in a bit extra exercise. One thing a lot of successful people share is they have dedicated time for themselves and allow themselves some time to clear their head.

Finally I am going to spend less time on Instagram as this seems to be eating up all my free-time at the moment so I will be setting out certain times where I can check social media. On that note I am going to leave this one here, so I will leave you with this:

“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” – Jim Rohn

Thank you for reading this one, its a bit shorter than my normal post but that’s probably a good thing. Leave a like if you enjoyed it and I encourage any of you struggling with productivity to try out these tips as well. Hit follow if you would like to keep up to date with my blog as I post twice a week, thank you again and I shall see you on Tuesday. Ciao!



People Come & Go

This is probably the biggest lesson I have learnt in the past week, a key to being happy in life is understanding that people come and go. Not everyone in your life is going to be there till the end, truth is someone who is currently your best friend may not even be an acquaintance anymore in a couple of years… this is okay.

You will be much happier in life when you realise that this is a natural thing and there is nothing you can do about it, it’s just part of life. Things change, people change, situations change.

Nobody is going to be the same person throughout their entire life, sometimes people change and their friends are no longer the best people for them to be around, for example if you’re an alcoholic and trying to pack in the drinking, you’re not going to want to hang around with your mates who go out every weekend to the pub and get absolutely hammered and pressure you to drink, that’s just setting yourself up to fail.

This topic rings strongly with me at the moment because last week I met up with someone who I’ve been best friends with since I was 6, however since we live far away from each other we’ve only saw each other twice in the past 15 years (context: we used to go school together but she moved away and we kept in contact) and one of these times was last week.

We met up and we didn’t get on at all.. We could not have been more opposite, this resulted in us both leaving it drained, after a few days of not talking we had a chat and that was the end of our friendship, my friend decided that it wasn’t going to work and we both felt like we didn’t know the other person and so that ended our friendship. Just like that our close friendship came crumbling down.

This just goes to show how easily a 15 year friendship can end so easily but that’s okay, yeah it sucks that it’s over but when it happened I realised I could either be upset and make myself feel crappy, or I could just accept that it’s part of life and move on.

So like I said understand that you will not always have the same friends, people come and go and that’s just how it is, once you realise this and accept it it’ll save you a lot of heartache in the long run. Anyway I am going to leave this one as i’m rambling, so I will leave you with this:

“In life; People come and go. So, don’t waste your time holding onto people who have let you go”

Thank you very much for reading this one and I hope that it helps someone and prevents them from being as upset when a relationship or a friendship ends. Leave a like if you enjoyed it, massive thank you to everyone liking my posts! Comment to let me know your thoughts. I hope to see you again on Tuesday. Ciao!