One Year On…

Today riannemitchell.com turns one!

And I feel it’s only right to dedicate a whole post to my blogging journey.

Since I was quite young I always wanted to have a successful blog. I’ve always loved writing, and enjoy sharing my experiences, however, it wasn’t until this day last year that I plucked up the courage to actually make this blog a reality.

It’s still surreal to me that people read my blog (like I actually have real like subscribers-eeek). People who tweet me, like my sh*t and follow me on multiple social platforms. Although I’ve hit many milestones, a year on and I’m feeling a mixture of emotions about being a ‘blogger’. There have been ups and down, great events and PR invitations, as well as the chance to become involved in something big, where I’ve been able to make friends and craft real relationships with fellow bloggers as well as companies.

But, I can’t lie, it’s been hard. Hard to balance life, working full time as well as creating content to blog about. Hard to choose what events to attend, because who wants to take Annual Leave for an event that’s totally cool but will have no relevance on my blog and last but not least, majorly hard to keep up with ever-rolling timelines of social media – because who cares about what was tweeted 10 minutes ago.

But, in some of life’s crisis’ there’s always a silver lining and one thing that I read very recently taught me that if I want an interest or hobby of mine to succeed, I need to work at it full time and put in the same amount of time and effort I put in at my 9-5 – which really put things into perspective.

So with that in mind, I’ve listed a few goals that I’d love to achieve and look back in a years time and say check! (and sometimes that means going back to basics)…

Goals

  • To grow my blog presence – I still can’t believe people actually read and comment on my blog, but I wana go global baby! (maybe not global but definitely bigger and better)
  • Post 2 times a week
  • To join at least 2 twitter chats a week – I mean who doesn’t love a good twitter natter
  • To grow a travel & lifestyle blog that people actually go to for date night ideas, travel destinations etc.  – I love finding new destinations from publication like Time Out so why not gain a real review from moi
  • To comment on blogs that I love reading – This is the hardest thing for me as i’m always reading something, so I feel it’s only right to show appreciation if I enjoyed the read.

One year on, and for the first time I’m feeling confident about my vision for this blog, so as I switch things up a bit, I hope you all stick around for the journey.

See you on my next post x

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An Evening at The Sky Garden

Living in London, I can honestly say I’m never at a loss for things to do, which is why I recently found myself at the Sky Garden!

I’ve heard so much about London’s highest public garden so knew I needed to experience it for myself.

Sitting in theย middle ofย Landan city on Fenchurch street, I automatically assumed it would cost a fortune to enjoy the experience – but it’s actually free…you’re welcome๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ˜

To get tickets, you do have to book at least 3 weeks in advance (yes 3 bloody weeks ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), however, the experience is worth the wait. (side note: the tickets give you a maximum of 45 minutes up in the Sky Pod, but there’s no time restrictions once you’re up there)

The sky Garden offers great views of the London skyline, the perfect reason to snap a few hundred pics, an amazing bar and superbly rated restaurant that always seems to be booked up – so try and book it if you have the chance.

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The boyf and I decided to visit the Sky Garden at night, and booked our free tickets for 7:30pm. Our plan was to take pictures of the sun setting but it was a complete #FAIL the sunset at around 6:30pm.

When we first arrived we had to get all the boring stuff out the way, we queued, had our bags checked and searched and then we were allowed in the lift.

The lift took us all the way up to level 36, which really has nothing on the Burj Khalia, but once we gotย out, we were greeted by an incredible view.

We didn’t know what to do, so we headed straight to the bar. The Sky Pod Bar had a great vibe. At the time we visited the venue was dimly lit but situated in the middle was a beacon of beverages and plants on a bar that couldn’t be missed.

We put in our order – I ordered the Elegant Fizz a fruity concoction of elderflower, pear, lemon and prosecco (ยฃ12.50)- because I’m a lady and Earl ordered his usual – Old Mout Passion Fruit and Apple Cider (ยฃ5.75).

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The craftsmanship that goes into mixing each drink is simply amazing, I didn’t even get a picture because I was literally hypnotised just looking at the barman in awe.

After sipping on our drinks we decided to explore the ‘garden’ as it was getting very dark, very quickly – que lack of pictures lol.

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To be honest, the garden aspect of the Sky Garden, was disappointing. From the pictures I saw online, it looked like an enclosed yet open greenhouse, however, it wasn’t like that. It seemed like there were just a few pot plants scattered around lol.

That’s maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but there wasn’t much of any plants.
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As we continued to walk around the garden, we were faced with different beautiful views of the city, and it was truly breath-taking, quite romantic too!

As we made near full circle, we decided to go outside and get a few snaps. It was really the most awkward thing as everyone inside just watches you take selfies while they sip on champagne, but we did manage to get a few good pics, but whenever we go out we never get a good full length picture, so we ended up asking a girl to take a picture hoping for a good one lol -she didn’t do too badly.

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After endless pictures we decided to call it a night.

The Sky Garden wasn’t all that I thought it would be, in terms of the actual garden and forestry, but it was definitely an experience to remember. The different views of London made it anย unforgettable experience.

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So, if you’re looking for a date night destination or even a place to drink with your pals this is a great venue to consider, especially as it’s free entry and the drinks are relatively affordable.ย Hopefully I’ll be visiting again soon!

Have you been to the Sky Garden? Recommend any other great venues?

 

 

 

Life Update & How I De-Stress

Hiya,

It’s been a while, but I’ve got exciting news to share – I’ve got a new job! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ท 

It’s been a long time coming and I’m super excited to start the next chapter in my career, but since finding out, and telling my current employer that I’m leaving the company, plus sorting out my whole big hand-over, it has been nothing short of stressful.

It’s weird how such exciting news can quickly turn into a daunting process ๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿ˜’

Thoughts like; How the hell am I going to tell my manager? Am I meant to look upset or be more apologetic that I’m moving on to different and better pastures? Should I give up a great opportunity? – kept popping into my head, and I found myself quickly stressed with not a clue of what to do. There really should be a handbook for dummies on the subject.

I’ll be starting my new adventure towards the end of the month, but before I can really enjoy and bask in my excitement I’ve got a mammoth job of creating a ton of content before I leave, and to be totally honest it’s all just too much to deal with.

So, if you’re like me and are transitioning into new waters, here’s my tips on how to deal with stress at work…

Plenty of breaks. This point has been said a bazillion times, but it’s totally true, and while I’ve got even more work to do, I’ve found myself stepping away from my desk a little bit more, to take a stroll, make a coffee, and just talk to people. As I stare at computer screen for most of the day, it helps me to take a break from the harsh computer light and take my mind off of my ever growing work load.

Drink lots of Water. Water refreshes and hydrates and to be totally honest with you a nice cold glass of water is calming. It keeps me alert and when I’m rushed off my feet. It’s crazy what a simple glass of water can do. 

Make Music Work. When I arrive at work the first thing I do is put on 1xtra in my browser and plug in my head phones. It helps me disconnect, focus and helps me relax as I’m listening to music I love. Plus, it means I’m not distracted by stupid office politics and it means people don’t disturb you unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Side note: Do you have any albums you’re loving atm? Solange’s new album ‘A Seat At The Table’ and Wretch 32 ‘Growing Over Life’ have been on replay!

A Lovely Bubble Bath. I try and not to take any work home with me – mentally & physically. I also really try not to dwell on things that have really bothered me throughout the day, so once I’ve got home, I like to take some time to myself, grab a cup of tea, chill in a warm bubbly bath using with a Lush bath bomb and turn on an episode of Narcos – the perfect relaxing evening!

 

Enjoy Exercise. I’m sure many of my loyal readers know that I go to the gym, but throughout the month of September I took on a massive challenge of running 26.2 miles for The British Heart Foundation, which meant running at least 2 miles every night. Although it was tough, I’ve tried to continue running a couple times a week as it gives me something to look forward to and actually helps me to de-stress, which I guess is due to my body releasing endorphins. After each session I  actually feel happy and proud of my accomplishments which is a plus!

Reading & Instagram Scrolling. This is a weird de-stressing mechanism I use, but escaping to another place through a book or looking at amazing imagery really helps me chill out and relax. I guess being a serial Instagram scroller has its perks ๐Ÿ˜‚

Do you have any tips on how to handle stress levels? Have you ever had to deal with an awkward resignation? Let me know…

Three Lifestyle Changes for a Happy Life

Positive Vibes. Happy Life.

Recently, Iโ€™ve made some changes in my life that make for a happier me. Some are really small, while others are more of a lifestyle change but they all make a whole lot of difference.

What bought about these changes? – You may ask. Well at one point I was always questioning myself, as to what the purpose of my blog is… Am I focusing on the wrong things? Should I post less about beauty? Do I need to quit my day job to feel fulfilled? These thoughts and feeling just spiralled out of control and I found myself ย feeling majorly confused, so I decided to make a few changes, before it got any worse.

Now, although I still am finding my feet in terms of what my blog represents, I do have some plans in works, and what helped me to get to this point was 3 specific things which have focused, disciplined and made me feel happier and more rounded, so let me share…

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Exercise: I have always dabbled with numerous diet fads and exercise routines, but, I have finally found something that works for me. ย About 2 months ago, I decided to join my local gym. I initially joined to get in some sort of shape for my coming holiday to Thailand, but, since I’ve joined classes and met a few friendly faces, I realised that this will not be a short term thing that I will only commit to until my holiday. Exercising not only helps me to lose weights and get fitter, but helps me release my frustration and takes my mind off things. I can put my headphones on (I’m really liking Spotify’s Rap Workout playlist) and commit an hour to making myself a better person, physically and emotionally… you know, releasing them endorphins and all that! At times I can be an easy quitter, but, exercise has taught me to I need to stay committed to see results – ย a bit like blogging.

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Saying Yes & Laughter: I’m a naturally reserved and quiet person. I like to feel things out before I commit to something whole heartedly, which is why I told myself to just say ‘yes’ and go with the flow (within reason of course) – you never know what could happen. Thisย also leads on to why it’s good to laugh. I can easily (almost happily) go a whole day feeling hella moody and not give a damn, but honestly it’s so much effort. And when I thought about it I actually had to ask myself ‘why?’. If any of you are on Snapchat, I would highly, highly recommend following Kevin Hart. He is tha man! He is a motivator and also so funny, and when you feel like being a lazy grumpy bum, justย open one of his snaps and see him killing it in the gym at 6am, while being the comedian that he is. I really don’t have a reason to be grumpy. To be successful, discipline is needed and he really does convey that – so get that ass up, go get ’em and laugh!

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#Goals: Everywhere on social media is #Goals this and #Goals that. To be quite frank, I cannot stand looking at people and thinking I need what they have, as I don’t know what they did to get it and what they are going through while they enjoy small perks that they choose to show, however, I love making goals for myself, based on what I want out of life. This is healthy. Every week, whether it’s a mental note or a full blown plan in my diary, I set myself goals and affirmations – which help me gather my thoughts, become more organised and actually make me more motivated to get the things that will make me happy.

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So there you have it. Three things that I have changed in my lifestyle which have made me happier. Small changes and decisions can make huge difference. What are you willing to do to ensure your happiness?

 

Impending Doom

 

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I’m one of those people who experience the horrible feeling of impending doom every Sunday evening.

It’s not something I thought I’d ever experience, and I don’t think that’s down to naivety, it’s just that I always believed if I didn’t like my job, I’d just leave and find something I enjoy doing. Sadly –ย I have bills to pay!

It’s not that I hate my job, but I feel like I’m trapped. Having to do something, not necessarily because I’m passionate about it, but because I have adult responsibilities and that’sย one of the reasons why I started my own blog. I can’t live for my 9-5.

So, if you’ve ever felt like me, here are some tips that I use to clear my headspace and take one working day at a time.

Talk to someone new
Im the type of person who is comfortable and content with my own company. So, I have to consciously make an effort to talk to people, or I could go through my day happily without any social interaction. However, I’m the first to admit, segregating yourself when you’re feeling trapped at work is the worst thing you can do. Talking to someone newย and making friends can help you enjoy your working environment more, even if you don’t like your job.

Go out for lunch
Taking time away from your desk or immediate work environment is a great thing. Getting some fresh air, some hot food and a good coffee, gives you time to clear your head, focus on something other than work and splits up the working day.

Createย aย role you like doing
This can be a challenging and daunting task, especially if you haven’t got support from peers at work, but, if you don’t like certain aspects of your job, change them. Suggest new ideas to your manager, talk about things you’re passionate about and try to incorporate them into your work.

Work hard, play harder
There’s nothing worse then going to work, coming home and repeat 5 days a week. If you’ve got a group of friends at work, try and go out once a week after work, or Payday drinks. You spend so much time at work, so it’s worthwhile makingย it a place you enjoy going or at least a place where you know you can have a good laugh with people you like.

Be Proactive
Life doesn’t start and end with your job. Know’s the time to do something you’ve been telling yourself you’ll start tomorrow!ย Change your situation proactively ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope this post has helped someone, do you have any tips?