Time for some mid-week motivation! If you like these and want to see a few more, I have linked my previous ones below:

Mental Health
Female Empowerment
General Motivational Quotes
Fitness

This week  is focused on university and ties into my Student Diaries posts:

Experience with Clearing
How to Handle a Bad Mark
Revision Tips

Now that we are in the month of returning back to university, school, and college I thought it was perfect timing to have some study inspiration quotes to get everyone through the week. Although many of these are still applicable to day to day life and work so everyone can take something from them, which is great.5e5c4bb8e2ed59f70f6ee3aa1dc41836.jpg

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For more fitness motivation: In-Pursuit-of-FitnessFor healthy...

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Check out my Pinterest quotes board:

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July wasn’t actually a very successful month for me goal wise unfortunately! I accomplished a lot of my small goals but not really any of the bigger ones which is crappy! slap on the wrist for me

What I Achieved

  • I went and saw Wonder Woman and I fell in love. It was so amazing!
  • I actually managed to try out quite a few makeup products this month. I found some total gems this month and some blehhh products. I’m thinking of doing a post about products I haven’t been loving or really let me down. What do you think?
  • I did my 1000 followers collage and I couldn’t believe how many of you got involved. I am totally over the moon with the support you all give me – it’s amazing. The collage is here if you want to see it.
  • I made a Facebook page for my blog after a few people mentioned it. It is linked on my social media links at the top of my blog now and I’m thinking of putting it in my links at the end of my posts too. I don’t know if this will be successful but it seems nice to have a social media outlet totally dedicated to my blog.
  • I have been writing so much more too which is amazing! I have sometimes been posting 4 or even 5 times a week (as opposed to my Monday, Wednesday, Saturday schedule) because I genuinely feel super inspired and full of ideas at the moment.
  • I have considered doing a giveaway for 1000 followers or doing another thank you and celebration post but now I am thinking of doing a really special giveaway for the elusive 1500 followers which can you believe is 100 followers away. What? WHAT? I feel like this little haven has blown up recently and it is just incredible.

SIDE NOTE: Have you guys seen my newsletter pop up I created? I am going to do one newsletter at the beginning of each month. My August one may be a little belated because I am still collating ideas, getting inspiration and designing it but hopefully a few of you will be getting more personal monthly emails that include a little more of an insight in to ellamaygarrett.com. Please sign up if you want to see more!

  • I haven’t intentionally been aiming for consistency in my stats… I have just naturally seen it occur which is strange! I was aiming for around 150 views a day so I could start tracking my progression numbers wise (I haven’t really before) and my blog has smashed that and generally been getting 200+ views a day. I often have one really low day because I have a gap where I don’t post for 3 days but obviously regular posting has counteracted that.

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Better Luck Next Time

  • I still haven’t been running because the heat has been too much. Every time I’m free in the evenings, the muggy weather is just unbearable but I’m going to attempt to power through in August.
  • I haven’t been keeping a good balance between work and social life. I have been working a lot because there are a lot of massive changes happening at my store at the moment which has meant I’m in full time but I finish at the end of August so I’ll still have a month of time off to enjoy.

How did your July goals go?

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I have done a few of these before and I love coming up with different ideas for dates and sharing them with you guys. My first dates post was ages ago but if you’re interested I have linked it here for you – it was about cheap dates under £20.

Today I have listed another 20 date ideas that you might be interested in, for a little more than the £20 budget I set before (and some below!)

  1. Go to a fitness class together
  2. Or.. Go to an art class? Cooking class? Any hobby or interest you want to try out!
  3. Find and go listen to some live music in a bar or cafe
  4. Visit a market
  5. Water fight! Perfect one for the summer days
  6. Tick something off your bucket list. This could be something big or small – hey why not go sky diving together?!
  7. Go on a colour run, I mean imagine the photos!
  8. Get your fortunes or palms read
  9. Try trampolining or another activity that is a childhood throwback – ice skating, Go Ape etc.
  10. Volunteer together
  11. Enjoy a spa day together. Sometimes after a long time working, nothing beats a bit of pampering and putting your feet up
  12. Try double dating
  13. Read the same book at the same time (a stretched out date I must admit but a goodun nonetheless)
  14. Try out a new restaurant or a new cuisine you haven’t tried before
  15. Watch a local team play a sport
  16. Visit a botanical garden
  17. Find a poetry slam or spoken word night
  18. Be a tourist in your own town – any free museums or galleries you can attend?
  19. Do a movie marathon – why not do a 20 hour movie stretch?!
  20. Watch TED lectures and have some serious chats

What are your favourite dates?

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I love Bucket Lists. I have recently published my Summer Bucket List, as well as a Travel Bucket List a while ago and you all really seemed to love them! Cheila recently reviewed her Bucket List and it completely inspired me to compile my own to track over my blogging life. Luckily, I have already began to complete a few of these – which is great – but I still have a fair old way to go! I have 100 things here on my Bucket List that I want to share with you all.

  1. Fly alone
  2. Read 20 books in a year that aren’t university ones
  3. Rent a house
  4. Go to university
  5. Buy a home
  6. Go to a waxwork museum
  7. Have children
  8. Go to Venice
  9. Dye my hair
  10. Live in a different country
  11. Visit the USA (this encompasses a lot of goals!)
  12. Visit Santorini
  13. Visit the Pyramids
  14. Visit the Maldives
  15. Get a tattoo
  16. Drive an Audi R8
  17. Be involved in campaigning for animal rights
  18. Go to the Globe Theatre
  19. Be involved in campaigning for women’s rights
  20. Ride a horse
  21. Go to Pompeii
  22. Go to Rome
  23. Feed a lamb
  24. Go one week without internet
  25. See the Terracotta army
  26. Walk the Great Wall of China
  27. Get my palms read
  28. Volunteer for charity
  29. Go to Wimbledon
  30. Go to the Taj Mahal
  31. See the Eiffel Tower
  32. See the Mona Lisa
  33. Be a pen pal with someone
  34. Master a Rubix Cube
  35. Do a successful BBQ
  36. Experience zero gravity
  37. Go to a drive in movie theatre
  38. Learn how to play video games
  39. Conquer my fear of heights
  40. Learn to drive
  41. Have a spa day
  42. Get engaged
  43. Jump off a diving board
  44. Drive Route 66
  45. See the Statue of Liberty
  46. Get married
  47. Learn CPR
  48. Sleep on the beach
  49. Run a marathon
  50. Master applying fake eyelashes
  51. Do a Harry Potter movie marathon
  52. Go on a zip line with an amazing view
  53. Own a car
  54. Go skinny dipping
  55. Be on TV
  56. Be on the radio
  57. Win a big competition
  58. Take photos in a photo booth
  59. Learn basic car maintenance
  60. Go whale watching
  61. Be a bridesmaid
  62. Learn to play the ukuele
  63. Learn origami
  64. See the Northern lights
  65. Go to the Olympics 
  66. Visit 20 counties (currently on 12)
  67. Attend Pride somewhere
  68. Learn a magic trick
  69. Learn a card trick
  70. Hold a baby
  71. Go to a yoga class
  72. Learn how to play chess
  73. See wild animals in Africa
  74. Visit 5 continents (I’m on 3!)
  75. Help raise over £10,000 for charity
  76. Shoot a bow and arrow
  77. Name a star
  78. Shoot a gun
  79. Fly first class
  80. Get hypnotised
  81. Ride a Segway
  82. Fly in a helicopter
  83. Give blood
  84. Get a book signed by an author
  85. Do a talk in front of 500 people (mastered about 250 ish!)
  86. Help someone tick off something on their bucket list
  87. Be in the paper for having a positive impact in society
  88. Be a registered organ donor
  89. Toss a coin in to the Trevi Fountain
  90. Graduate from university
  91. Stay in a 5 star hotel
  92. Sleep in satin sheets for a night
  93. Go to a foam party
  94. Make a balloon animal
  95. Meet Emma Watson
  96. Meet Daniel Radcliffe
  97. Have a job in events
  98. Cook Christmas dinner
  99. Learn to speak French fluently and not just bumbling by
  100. Stay awake for 24 hours

Well there we have it! 100 things on my Bucket List.

What is on yours?

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Everyone gets those days, weeks or months where they don’t feel their best. They don’t feel as great as they should and to get to that positive place again, some work needs to be put in. Your mental state is pretty damn precious and it is so important to care for yourself every single day.

When things get really tough, self care seems to double in importance. It doesn’t mean that at your lowest point you should doll yourself up, invest in spa days for months to come and pamper yourself in to another dimension but just remember the little things day to day to keep you at your best.

The things in this post won’t universally apply to everyone as we all enjoy different things and we all need different things when we are investing some time in to self care. If there are any tips you have, please feel free to leave them down below.

I would recommend drinking lots of water, as hard as that may be for many! I suck at drinking water but just gluing a bottle to myself wherever I go, I find myself unconsciously drinking from it.

Print out some of your favourite quotes, I have some on my Monday Motivation post that might help, and put them in a photo frame, stick them to your mirror or wall – basically have them out on display to constantly remind you. Remember, Beyonce wasn’t built in a day!

Ring or FaceTime a friend. I often cut myself off when I am in a low and if someone doesn’t give me 180% effort, I won’t reciprocate and I will be a totally crappy friend. It is a total weakness of mine so I am slowly learning to just pick up the phone and call people. It makes me nervous at first but the difference an (inevitable) 2 hour conversation makes is unfathomable. Jess is one of my best friends and it isn’t unheard of for us to have 4 hour long talks that just completely remove me from any hell I am currently experiencing.

Invest in some nice PJs that make you feel super snazzy. I have some really nice silky ones from Boohoo but I totally believe that nice pyjamas make all the difference. It doesn’t matter if it is for a duvet day or just going to bed – in any situation, it is obvious that looking nice and feeling nice on the outside, helps the inside.

Finally, I would suggest doing things that get you up and moving but distract you from how you’re feeling. This could be tidying your room, going through all your clothes, taking blog photos. Get creative. I have a scrapbook that I regularly update for my boyfriend and I which I generally work on when I feel low and it really helps to see a tangible achievement at the end.

Remember that you are loved and it is vital that in life, whether it is a low point or a high, you focus on the positive and take care of yourself.

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