In times like this, we must have a bit of banter and create a lockdown playlist. My work colleagues recently dropped some songs for a Lockdown2020 playlist, (yes, my work is way better than yours) So decided to drop some of the best ones below.
Section Boyz – Lock Arrf
Tyga – Bored in the House
Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush
Akon – Locked Up
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Franck Ocean – In My Room
Sean Paul – Temperature
Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad
Future – Mask Off
Hope you enjoyed a few of the songs. What about you can you think of any lockdown related songs? Comment below.
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Welcome to the fifth edition of my series A Day with MBV In Dublin. Last year I decided to take a cheeky solo day trip to Dublin, and it was great! It’s a fantastic city that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to venture out and travel solo.
Now let me tell you a little story…..
Can you believe that I NEARLY MISSED MY FLIGHT! I didn’t even think I was going to make it to Dublin. The journey to Southend Airport was an absolute mission and a half! And to make matters worst, I found out when I got to Liverpool Street Station that my flight had been moved forward. I truly believed I was going to miss my flight and if I had listened to the lady at the train station, I wouldn’t have even made it to Dublin. There is more detail over on Jennasworldview site – When Shit Goes Wrong on Holiday.
Once I arrived in Dublin, I was able to get a coach with GoAirCoach from the airport into the city, which wasn’t too expensive. I remember it being less than £15 for a return! I would also suggest getting the same coach back to the airport. The journey was pretty smooth, it took no more than an hour to get to my first destination.
As I was going solo, I decided to do an Airbnb tour suggested by TheTravelTauraus.
First Stop – The Docklands Red Piles
The first stop was meeting with my Airbnb host who first took to me to the Grand Canal Docks. This is a cute little location for those that love a cheeky picture or two.
Interesting Fact: The Grand Canal Docks first opened in 1796. At the time they were the world’s largest docks.
Second Stop – Trinity College
The second stop we headed over to the first famous University of Dublin. I was quite intrigued by this university because many of my Irish friends had spoken about it while I was at Uni.
Third Stop – St Steven Green
We then headed to St Stephen’s Green park. A beautiful park designed by William Sheppard. I loved how peaceful the park was and how green it was.
Fourth Stop – Grafter Street
We headed to Grafton Street, which is a shopping centre near St Stephen Green Park.
Interesting Fact: In 2008, Grafton Street was the fifth most expensive main shopping street in the world, at €5,621/m²/year.
Fifth stop – The Umbrellas
This was my favourite part of the trip. My Airbnb host had told me a funny story about how she found this street on a drunken night out with some friends. It’s right next to a bar called Zozimus Bar. If you get the chance, take some pictures underneath the umbrellas.
Sixth Stop – Temple Bar
After taking some pictures around the city and outside Temple Bar, I decided I was very hungry so had some lunch before my long walk to Kilmainham Gaol.
Last but not least, Kilmainham Gaol. This was a museum that used to be a prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. It is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland.
And that is it! Surprisingly I got a lot done! What about you? Would you ever head over to Dublin on a solo trip for the day?
I have one more day trip to complete my day series, so be sure to subscribe to the blog to read all about it!
Valentine’s Day is less than 10 days away, and I am already being asked how I am going to spend the Romantic Day.
Everyone thinks that Valentine’s Day is about going out on dates, roses, presents and chocolate, but it doesn’t actually have to be. You can spend the Day with a loved one doing nothing (what I will be most likely doing), spend time with friends, family or be single and do absolutely nothing!
I had the pleasure of participating in this Valentine’s Day-themed blog collaboration, alongside 14 other bloggers. They’ll also be posting related content over the next few days. Make sure to follow their blogs and social accounts through the links I have shared at the end of this post!
Things to do this Valentines: For Singles and Couples
I’ve been both single and in a relationship for several valentines, and I’ve enjoyed myself on both occasions. So today I am going to share with you seven tips on how to enjoy yourself whether you are single or in a relationship.
1. Give out Valentine Cards
Whether you’re single or in a relationship, you can still take part in Valentine’s Day celebrations (if you want to of course).
You can give or make a gift for valentines for your friends, colleagues, siblings or anyone you want too! I think it can be a lot of fun (if you want it to be) and a great way to make someone feel good. You can pick up valentines at your local retail store or try making your own. I would suggest Canva maybe!
Singles – this is a great time to send a gift to your friends FYI it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s card!
Couples – why not be creative this year and make your own Valentines cards (it saves money!)
2. Valentines Hang Out
Spend some time with your family, friends and anyone else you love! This will let them know how much you care about them. There is so much you could get up to:
Singles – we get so busy with work and home life that we don’t always have enough time for each other. Try reconnecting with a friend that you haven’t seen for a while. Have dinner or lunch and catch up on the good old days!
Couples – likewise, we get so busy with work and home life that we don’t always have enough time for each other. Why not spend this Day really connecting with each other (if you know what I mean haha)
Singles – grab your closest friends or a family member and pack for a cheeky getaway! You will enjoy yourself, trust me!
Couples – grab your partner and book a trip and spend some time away!
4. Enjoy your current relationship status
I said earlier that I’ve been both single and in a relationship during the great Valentines day! And I can safely say I haven’t been bothered by the date! EVER! Maybe I am lying haha!
But I do think that it’s essential to enjoy your current status whatever it is! When the time is right, you will get precisely what you want.
Singles – You can make a list of the things you’re good at, what you’re most proud of so far and what your goals are. It can also include what you bring to the table.
Couples – You can also make a list of things you love about your partner and what you’re most proud of them achieving since you’ve known them.
5. Treat yourself
Yes, live your best life! Spend Valentine’s Day and treat yourself! Here are things you can do on the Day:
watch your favourite movie/TV show
take a long ass bubble bath
listen to your fave music
shop for something you’ve been saving for
indulge in your favourite food
write in your journal
take a day trip to your favourite place
write in a journal
paint or draw
dance to your favourite album
6. Valentines Day for all Singles and Couples
I understand that everyone has different opinions on (and preferred ways to spend) Valentine’s Day.
When I’m in a couple, I enjoy making a nice dinner with my partner and watch a movie.
When I am single, I enjoy making a nice dinner and watching a movie by myself.
The difference? Nothing. The only changes are who I do it with.
7. Ask for support
If you’re feeling really down on Valentine’s Day (or any other day of the year), which is absolutely normal. It’s essential to ask for help. Self-care and Compassion is such an essential tool around this time.
The friends you go travelling with can literally make or break a trip! Here are a few examples of friends you need to have the patience for when travelling with them.
– The friends that can’t take a good picture
I mean girl come on, we need a friend that can break her back go on top of a mountain like because yeah, we require that excellent picture! Allow them friends that take a picture with their thumb in the right-hand corner or where you are bare blurry the person is just not needed!
– The friends that don’t embrace a culture.
Them ones that travel, but don’t know how to experience and live in the culture surrounding them. They complain about everything! It can be the weather, the fact that people are speaking another language around them or worse that they can’t stand the food!. FYI traveller – you are in another country – embrace what is around you or STAY AT HOME!
-The friends that need you to hold something for them – like every two seconds!
Oh my gosh! I can’t. I recently went away with someone, and they always needed me to put something in their bag. If it wasn’t that, then they wanted me to hold something. Now I think I wear my emotions on my face so this person could see this was getting on my nerves.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with holding something for someone here and there; every second can be extremely annoying!
– The friends that don’t do anything!
Lucky for me I haven’t yet been on holiday with anyone like that – tell a lie I have been with someone like this, and it can really ruin a holiday! I have a friend who went on holiday with someone that was basically terrified of going anywhere and basically ruined the holiday and can you believe we both had that experience when we went to Barcelona – I need to go back!
-The friends that rush you to get ready
Hunnie I am a black girl, and when I am on holiday I like to slay! I have a massive obsession with doing my face up – adding my eyelashes and just trying on a few outfits and planning how I am going to look! If you are rushing me, this gets me angry. Just don’t rush me but please don’t be the person that is always the very last to get ready that will get annoying when everyone’s still sitting around waiting for you.
– The friends that rely on you for everything
We can agree that if you are travelling with someone who plans or decides to do nothing that can be a hell of annoying! I have been on a few trips with people who rely on you for everything, and it can be incredibly frustrating. However, what I will say is at least you get to do everything you enjoy.
-The friends who always need the toilet
Look, I get it. I am someone who should always go to the toilet when I leave a location. But some people don’t have self-control! This person will slow you or the group down, and you don’t need this.
– The friends that are always on social media
I am very guilty of this so I can’t really talk – *wait yes, I can it’s my blog*
Let’s face it when you are Instagramming, Facebooking, snap chatting, and whatever there is nowadays it can get very annoying! As I am very guilty of doing this, I think I have learnt that it is ok to take videos and pictures and whatever, but spend some time trying to enjoy the moment and then do all of that stuff letter.
– The friends that are CHEAP
Now I know this isn’t me, so LISTEN and listen well!
Please don’t go on holiday with stingy people and I mean people that are happy with you to pay for everything and they give you an I.O.U tab on your head. I’ve been on holiday with some CHEAP people and trust me it can hurt one’s soul! Let’s be real when you are on holiday you want to participate in activities and if you have a friend that doesn’t want to pay up you are going to be a little irritated trust me!
Now I know I haven’t moved abroad for work or anything, so I do feel slightly cheeky writing a post on things you should know before moving abroad.
But. And there is always a but!
I still believe my points are worth considering from my experience as a study exchange student. Plus, I do plan to move abroad again, one day. And I think it’s always wise to have some tools before you consider moving abroad.
As you’ve heard me say a million times before ‘moving abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made’. I feel like it was a period of my life that I learnt so much about myself. It’s when I felt like I became whole and really believed I was capable of doing absolutely anything.
7 Things to think about before moving abroad
THERE WILL BE A LOT OF SELF DOUBT
Unfortunately, this is inevitable. When I moved abroad, I always doubted myself, mainly as a young black female. And (at the time) had never even lived out of her family’s home before. I was first worried about how I would be taken in Singapore. Everything I did caused doubt.
Honestly, moving abroad was and is one of the most humbling experiences. I was forced to come out of my shell overnight with very little support (that’s my opinion – which I am happy to discuss at a later date).
But moving abroad is an experience to meet people and live after a while the self-doubt will literally disappear.
MAKING FRIENDS MAY BE DIFFICULT
I personally didn’t have a massive issue with this because as you can imagine, everyone wanted to be my friend haha! I’m joking moving abroad can be quite daunting when you don’t know anyone on the other side.
As an adult or young person, should I say, making friends can be somewhat much more tricky, and if you are an introvert even harder – in my opinion? There can also be lots of misunderstandings, you know people learning about themselves. I had this trouble while living in Singapore, and it caused a bit of friction between a few friends and me.
Tip: I would suggest starting with an interest, I was surprised how music was an icebreaker for me when making friends in Singapore. I seemed to find similar interest with people that loved Beyonce! If you can, I would also suggest using Instagram and Facebook.
N.B don’t be afraid to ghost someone; people appear their best selves when you first meet them. If you don’t think you click with someone, do not hesitate to keep it moving!
YOU’LL GET FRUSTRATED LIKE ALL THE TIME
Anyone who tells you that moving abroad is easy is just lying! Moving abroad can be quite overwhelming, and if you lose your cool – it’s understandable. If you are moving over as a student, this can be reasonably straight forward, but if you’re doing this on your own – it can be quite frustrating!
It doesn’t stop there you then have to think about getting a new sim-card (if you already have a phone) then signing up to a new bank, the money you need to spend. Not to mention time difference. This can really test you – honestly, there were times I’m sure people thought I was just a spoilt brat! Things didn’t seem to go my way when I moved to Singapore, and I just wanted to come home!
However, despite the little hiccups, I learnt so many things. I reminded myself that it was all a learning process. As cheesy as it sounds, you really have to take a step back and just breath! All these annoying things definitely made me a more patient person.
YOU WILL BE SPENDING MONEY LIKE YOU’RE BARCLAYS BANK
Let me be real with you. Unless you have some fantastic benefits, you will be spending a lot of money. The first thing I did when I landed in Singapore was head out to IKEA. I wanted to feel like I was at home, and I couldn’t do that with no bedsheets.
Get ready to save some money before you go and then spend it once you get there.
YOUR STEREOTYPES WILL BE CHALLENGED
THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE LIKE TO IGNORE. PLEASE DON’T!
Sometimes as human beings, we have preconceived notions of how people behave or how they will perceive us. You can even have presumptions of how a place might be and more. Moving abroad wholly change everything for me. Not only did I learn so much about the culture in Singapore, but I was continually learning about other cultures and countries. I met people from America, Malaysia, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada and more. At first, I can honestly say it was a huge learning curve, but an enjoyable one where I felt like I gained so much from people.
IT’LL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU’VE EVER MADE
As I will always say and continue to preach! Moving abroad has and will always be the best decision I ever made. The decision to get out of my shell and see the world really changed me for the better and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
If you’ve ever had a thought that moving abroad is something you want to do, I’ve got one piece of advice for you – DO IT! If you are in uni/college, please consider.
What about you have you ever thought about moving abroad? What’s holding you back?
Since I’ve been back, I’m learning that blogging and content creating is hard, really hard! And if you don’t stay on top of things, then you can quickly lose yourself and become so inflated that you give up the whole thing. I’ve been there too many times *trust me*. As we are close to a New Year, I thought it would be good to write a few tips on how to stay on top of your goals.
Write and write
Thanks to thecococreativ, I was able to not worry about the logistics of my website and focus on my writing. It was great because I was able to write. Write like I was writing my diary. I didn’t read over my work I just kept on writing and decided that it would be best to go back to what I wrote once I was ready to publish the post.
Spend some time just writing down how you feel. As a travel content creator, write down your experiences and ask yourself the following questions:
How did the country make you feel?
What did you learn about yourself?
Do you have any tips you can share in that specific country?
I feel like if you want to you can write up to two or even three posts on just one country. For example, I went to Paris for my birthday this year and here’s what I wrote:
Take some time out and talk to people who understand your platform. It can be a friend or someone in your content creating community. You never know how they may be able to advise or give you tips on what you can write on next.
I now use writing as a form of therapy. I have a lot to say, and there is no way you can keep a girl like me quiet! So if you need some ideas, do give me a shout!
Get out the house
Thanks to Char of memoirs & musing. I learnt that it’s so important to get out of the house. I am lucky that I can also write at home, but it has to start away from home. Take yourself to a local café or a library. If you live in London, I can suggest a great place – the South Bank Centre. It’s not as good as it was back in the day but has space for you to get your head down.
Try your local Starbucks if you have one. Set yourself a deadline for writing a couple of posts, and you will be surprised how much you get done. Another thing to is write the headings of posts and then just do the intro with a few headings. You will see how easy it is to flesh out the content once you have the body.
As content creators, we don’t realise how much influence we have over someone. Not to mention that as a traveller, we can talk about virtually everything! It doesn’t have to focus solely on travel. Yes, travel can be the sole purpose, but have some fun and talk about fashion, food, skincare, hair care.
Don’t limit yourself is what I’m saying here!
Remind yourself why you started in the first place
Why did you start your platform in the first place?
Ask yourself this daily. Like every single day!
If you have been following My Breaking Views from the beginning, you will know my journey. I wanted a space for young people to share their opinions on political issues. Studying International Politics at uni/college made me want to speak about the problems around the world. I also wanted to share areas of my study exchange but doubted that I could talk about it. I now have a few study exchange posts, which you can also dip into.
Utilise your lunch breaks
I often can write a few words here and there while on my lunch break. Use the time it’s there for your side hustle!
Write to yourself like you’re a friend to yourself.
Remind yourself how amazing your platform is and why you started it in the first place.
Tell yourself why you must and should keep going!
It may give you that small push you need to get writing. Start with this is my baby, and I got to keep going!
Thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed my few tips I shared on how I stay motivated! What about you? What keeps you motivated for your blog.