EASY WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Keeping in line with Ramadan themed posts, here’s some easy and cheap ways anyone can make a difference to someone’s life, while feeling content with yourself in the sense that you’ve made change. Any change, no matter how small or big it is, is just what we need more of in this world!

INFORM YOURSELF ON THE WORLD! Far too many people are cluelimagesess on daily events, tragedies and misconceptions that circulate the world on a daily basis, leading the way to ignorance which can cause misunderstanding and therefore an unnecessary conflict between people. The most simplest way is to watch more of the news or download an app! However, don’t rely too much on one politically inclined newspaper else you face being told what to think! The most healthy thing is to self inform yourself on the in and outs of our planet through different sources, coming to your own conclusion. It’ll teach you to love more and bring you towards truth 🙂

BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS! Following on from this, far too many people are too stuck in their own social sphere to understand other people. Immerse yourself in a foreign language or different culture, make a foreign friend/pen pal, talk to people that are not exclusive to your own social, ethnic or religious background. If we all did this, we could remove some of the unfortunate barriers that lead to misconceptions and lack of understanding of our one race – the human race.

LEARN SOME EMERGENCY FIRST AID! This is arguably very important, and can potentially save a life. It’s clear that so many of us, perhaps through no fault of our own, lack knowledge in basic emergency medical attention that could potentially save a life. We’re not all doctors, but there are very simple things we can do in life threatening moments such as heart attacks. You’d be surprised at just how easy they are! If you are a UK resident/national you can get a free pocket first aid guide delivered to your door from St Johns Ambulance here: https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/get-a-free-first-aid-guide.aspx And if you’re not from the UK, you can still download it!

FEED A HOMELESS PERSON/VOLUNTEER! For less than a fiver, you could instantly help someone who may not have eaten in hours. It also is a way to avoid the worries that some people have in directly giving cash to the homeless. But if you want to donate or feed in mass numbers, it’d be great to aid a homeless shelter with food or cash donations! You could even volunteer, particularly if you are young, as not only will you feel great, but you’ll gain vital experience for your future work prospective!

SIGN A PETITION! This is perhaps one of the easiest things to do at the click of a button! Your signature may feel minute, but it all adds up and collectively, could bring social awareness to some of the major problems in the world which you may feel strongly about, from mental health and woman’s rights, to child labour, persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, poverty, children’s education and human rights. The list is endless, and you may end up discovering more about issues that affect us all collectively, whether it be direct or indirect.

And finally, SMILE A BIT MORE! Yes, there are important issues to tackle in the world but how can we do that without more compassion and solidarity to them? If we can all unite under the fact that we’re human, then ‘differences’ will seem irrelevant in tackling the issues together, united.

‘Even a smile is charity’

-Prophet Muhammad

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Bushra xx

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EASY TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

HEALTH. Something I’m definitely no expert on, but it’s clear that being more healthier allows you to not only  feel better about yourself, but focus better and work harder on your goals, giving you ultimate confidence. I’m striving to change my addiction to junk to healthier options to give myself a fresher outlook and healthier mindset as I approach college exams, without drastically changing my general lifestyle seeing as I’m only a teenager. But here are some small changes I’ve made recently which definitely contribute to having better concentration and a better feeling about yourself, without turning into a different person overnight. Enjoy!Healthy_Fruit

1. Be more conscious of your diet, and make small changes that go a long way. You may assume that a couple of chocolate bars to satisfy your temporary hunger is fine, but it’s not necessarily the best habit when you consider the amount of fat you’ll be consuming daily, simply in snacks. It’s far easier to switch from chocolate to fruits, fizzy drinks to juice or water, and generally purchasing and choosing lower fat or diet alternatives. It’s okay to eat some fatty foods in moderation, but I find that stuffing myself in chocolates as a norm isn’t great in the long term.

Drink more water! This is such a cliche, but you’d be surprised at how much of a significance this can have on your health and outlook. I usually drink a glass of water each morning before breakfast which is so refreshing and so important to have throughout the day as often you can confuse hunger with thirst which can lead to over-eating!

Eat less meat. This might sound random, but it’s an important one. Generally, vegetarians have greater health prospects and still benefit from getting their protein through other vegetarian means. Though you don’t have to completely cut out meat/chicken from your life, you can definitely benefit from eating less and having more vegetable based options. I know people who eat meat/chicken almost every single day and while that doesn’t necessarily make them ‘unhealthy’, you can lack protein from other food sources. While I’m not 100% vegetarian myself, I eat way less meat than last year and now consciously choose vegetarian options, incorporating more plant based foods which has definitely made me feel healthier internally.

Eat 3x a day at set times. It’s definitely important not to skip meals, even if it’s something light, especially breakfast which gives you the energy boost for the day. For dinner it’s best not to eat no later than 8 as you become less active and therefore cannot burn calories as well. I’m definitely guilty of this!

And most important of all: Keep your intentions right in the process! Be sure that you’re changing your diet for yourself only, not because you feel pressured to or drawn in by the media’s ridiculous notions of what beauty/healthy means. If it’s coming from YOU and YOU ONLY, you will definitely make progress as you please, rather than setting false goals in an attempt to satisfy other’s ideals which will only harm you mentally if you feel like you can’t do it!

Thanks for reading, don’t forget to LIKE and FOLLOW if you enjoyed! Comment below if you have any other good ideas/tips for a healthier lifestyle 😀

Bushra x

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TOP TIPS FOR COLLEGE! & MOTIVATION

SO I recently started sixth form this term and have to admit that although I am in the exact same school environment as secondary, there are definitely new changes that hit you such as being in non uniform every single day, suddenly having a bunch of free periods with nothing to do (at the moment), and a drastic change from being carefree teenagers to young adults who are suddenly the role models for younger pupils. Not to forget the workload. It’s a lot. I’ve only been here for two weeks and have already found things which are important to mention.

My top tips:

  1. BE ORGANISED and PRACTICAL! This sounds like such a cliche but it’s as real as ever. To be honest, I like to be as college-student-studying-clipart-Girlstudyingorganised as possible to keep my mind at ease and had bought folders, pens and a planner for college. Guess what I found? You need more! I’m not suggesting for you to raid the entire shop (though that’s what school supplies shopping feels like for uni students, I guess!) however, be open minded as to how much you will need. I’m taking four subjects so bought four huge binders, yet in reality I would not be able to carry those all to school, especially when I have all the lessons in one day. Therefore, it made sense to buy four smaller ones as ‘modular’ folders and transfer the work after terms into the larger folders! Simple! Be sure not to waste money on things you don’t need – after all, full time college students generally need a lot of books and they cost! Be practical about it too – eg. don’t waste money on a book you need in the short term when you can borrow it for free! The library is officially your best friend this year if you let it be!

2) STUDY AS YOU GO and THINK FOR YOURSELF It’s not GCSE’s anymore where you could simply get away with with doing homework the night or even hour before, or be given a sheet with all the criteria to get an A*! A Levels require much more logistical thinking and therefore, studying! It’s simply not possible to cram a week, or even a term before, in my opinion! Keep on top of the heavy workload, and it won’t seem as heavy anymore! Homework at A Level is a form of studying as it is in a lot more depth! After all, teachers have a lot of the specification to get through in a short amount of time and so going through your work regularly is key! And also, as much as it saved your life at KS4, copying homework at A Level just doesn’t work. You need to think for yourself a lot more here and that won’t happen by blindly copying the knowledge that your friend has researched.

3) Most importantly, WORK HARD, DREAM BIG, SACRIFICE & ACHIEVE. You most likely chose A Levels with the intention of going on for even higher education or maybe a career you have set in your mind! College is the perfect stepping stone and every day is another chance to contribute to that success at the end of the year. This is the crucial moment where the reality of your future comes together, and as scary as that sounds, it’s also to be taken advantage of, You have an amazing chance to be whatever you want IF you work hard and effectively, envisioning the reward at the end of it. SUCCEED; don’t screw up! A student that gets a A and sat around doing nothing is not much of an achiever compared to someone who gets a C but worked hard for it. It’s about the journey and the leap of a grade you can get to. An F grade up to a C is just as impressive as someone who gets an A. Rant over, get your books out and work for it! Nobody is going to do it for you but yourself! 😀

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Bushra xx

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CREATING A BLOG! | Top Tips

I’ve had a blog for almost wordpress-tag-clouda year, and there are some things which I’ve picked up which should help if you want to create one! 🙂

1) Make the blog personal to you, and write content you can be proud of. Write about things that you have a passion for, and what interests YOU, not what you think people want to hear. I’ve noticed that the most popular blogs tend to stick to one theme and post updates and content based on that one theme. They also usually have a much more tight knit community of followers as they’re all interested in that specific topic. However, it’s down to personal preference and I personally don’t really stick to a single theme and write about whatever interests me.

2) Write regularly! This is what will attract people to your blog, and let them know that you are consistent in your posts, and therefore worth following. However regularly you wish to post is up to you; most people post a few times a week, some even post every day! Also, posting about topics that are hot in the news at that time, especially if you have a blog based on politics or activism, will mean your posts will be of interest to people who are curious, and will mean your blog will be in the midst when people search for that topic.

3) Share your posts on social media. Let people know about your blog! You may be exactly the blog someone is looking for! With hundreds of millions on social media, it doesn’t take long for someone to maybe check your blog out and subscribe!

4) Don’t expect to gain followers straightaway. Blogs, like other social networks have millions of people all aiming to gain lots of subscribers and followers. However, unlike other social media, blogs can be very personal and people will usually only subscribe to what interests them and what they’d like to read about. Content of your blog is key to whether someone chooses to follow your blog. This is exactly why it’s much harder to gain followers on a blog and even the most popular ones started with little to none followers, and yet it still takes months, and more likely even years to gain a good amount of followers. Followers can even be really inconsistent. For example, one post might gain you five new subscribers, and after that you might not get any for many posts to come. It’s all part of having a blog, and don’t let any of it take you away from blogging! This leads on to my next point…

5) Don’t give up! It can honestly feel like you’re writing for no – one for ages, but if you really enjoy blogging then continue! Give it time, and who knows where it can lead to?

Link your blog in the comments! 🙂 x

Bushra xxx

Tips on Choosing your GCSE/A Level options!

So almost two years ago, picking GCSE options felt like such a task, and at that moment in time felt like something which had to be made perfectly, or else, as wild of an idea this seemed at the time, my future would be ruined. Yet now, I prepare to choose my A – Levels, which are significantly more important to choose carefully, and after some research, these are the most helpful points I have found which help in making the decision on what to pick, whether it be your GCSE’s or A – Levels: Books2

This applies to mainly GCSE: Don’t go into the mindset that if you don’t go into a certain subject, then all careers in that subject are off your hook. A – Levels definitely matter more in terms of deciding your future, but at GCSE you shouldn’t be too apprehensive about picking subjects you enjoy and have a real interest in. Besides, every subject will have some sort of skill you can apply to any job. For example I take History, French, Sociology and Drama at GCSE. I don’t plan a career in Drama or the performing industry, but the skills learnt have given me more confidence, which is a valued skill in nearly every career path.

At GCSE, many people don’t have a clue on their future ambition, so it’s best to keep your options open. I take two humanities – one which is very practical, and a language with a social science. By keeping your options open and choosing a range of subjects, you usually will find a subject area you really enjoy which can lead to further study at A Level or even give you an ideal career path.

When you reach A – Level, it’s important to research the options you plan to take. Find out what the course consists of, and what you will be expected to do. Some subjects might not be take as literally as they seem. For example photography is not just about flashing pictures and art is not about drawing whatever you want – they require in depth study and evaluation of your work. A Level means ‘Advanced Level’, so you should expect a huge leap from GCSE. I’m thinking of choosing English Literature, History, Politics/Government and Psychology. I may consider taking a law degree in the future, and many people will probably ask me why I’m not taking A-Level Law. Without research, I probably would’ve ended up choosing it but I learnt that most universities prefer you not to take it at A-Level as they dislike the way it’s taught and generally have to ‘unteach’ what was taught at A Level. So I found that I would probably benefit more from picking a subject that relates to it, rather than the actual subject.

Another tip I found was that if you are completely or almost certain that you want to take a particular degree at a certain university, or even if you don’t know what university – RESEARCH THE REQUIREMENTS. Some universities will ask for specific grades and even specific subject requirements to enter that subject, so it’s best to find out what subjects are a must. For example to study medicine at the University of Leicester, you need C’s in English, Maths and Science at GCSE, as well as straight A’s in your A Levels, one of which MUST be Chemistry. Other’s may set the bar higher, asking for your A Levels to include biology as well. I am not completely sure on what I want as a career, though I do have an idea of what subject areas I want to be associated with, which is why my subject choices pretty much go hand in hand.

And finally – Don’t go for the most challenging set of A Levels/GCSE’s you can think of which you don’t enjoy but are doing just for the expectation that you will definitely secure a future in a job which looks cool, yet is set in your weakest subject areas, and you don’t have any interest in. You won’t do yourself any favours. Sure, throw in a few which are required for a specific degree, but don’t forget YOU ARE TAKING THEM, so do subjects you genuinely enjoy and have a passion for; there will always be a university that will accept them! Higher grades in subjects you love will mean so much more than low grades in subjects you thought would set your career! Choosing your options are the first step in reaching your future career goal, though excelling in them means so much more! Without hard work in your subject choices to attain high grades, that’s all they will remain – subject choices. Anyone can impress with their choices, though without the dedication, as harsh as it sounds, they are just subjects. Do them justice! Universities look for passion in a subject area. Successful applicants need to show a sense of passion for their degree.

Good luck if you’re picking your GCSE’s or A Levels soon!

Bushra xx

Organise Your Life! | Organisation Tips

Sometimes our brains can just get jumbled up with shedloads of work… or even half a dozen of prioritised tasks which need doing. Not always, but often, this is due to a lack of organisation in our lives. Just changing your life in one way can make life easier in a hundred ways. I have to admit that I am quite a perfectionist and a lack of organisation in my life genuinely frustrates me, especially as I endure the hard work which school life demands. I’ve picked up quite a few organisation tips which I am about to share, and they can be applied to many aspects in life! 20080619_tomorrow_to_do_list_today

1) Make a to – do list

You may or may not have heard this one as a cliche over and over again. However, believe it or not, when made properly, a to – do list can be a life saver.

I tend to think of things which must be done the next day and list them down. Prioritize longer, or more harder tasks first. Stay realistic and only do a few things that you know for certain you WILL get done! Then, if you think you can achieve more in that particular day, proceed to adding in tasks which can be started on (or completed) but are not as important for that particular day, but rather the upcoming days/week. I usually carry over incomplete or tasks which I have failed to do over to the next day, and these become the next day’s priority. (though this is usually when I’ve been a bit over-ambitious in what I can actually achieve). Remember this: One task done great is better than two done wrong.

2) Get a planner

This can be a life saver, especially if you’re job demands deadlines or has many dates to be aware of. This is always essential for school or college, to write down homework tasks or college deadlines. Make the habit of writing down things as they are said, or you are more likely to forget to meet deadlines or attend events, which can be damaging in your career or even school life.

3) Have a clear out

Though a clear out of your possessions can take a while, in the long run it’s totally worth it. Clutter will only do your head in and a clearer, spacious environment is more healthy for your brain. Maybe you could donate some possessions to charity? – it’s a double win! Only keep things you genuinely need and know you will want. Others you can donate to someone who may make better use of it rather than it lying around, contributing to clutter.

These are my very basic tips, but of course you know you best, so only you will know what will truly work and what won’t. But put your mind to it and you can achieve a stress free life through determination and the right mindset!