Working Girl Weekend: Summer Roundup

Working Girl Weekend: Summer Roundup

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With summer well and truly on its way out, now is a good time to relive it’s best moments! The summer months offered up a huge selection of fun times to be had in and around London, and this is my top 3.

Festivals
This year, I went a bit festival mad, attending We Are FSTVL, Wireless and Lovebox. They each had their pros and cons…

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We Are FSTVL – PROS
Space. At no point did the festival feel overcrowded or uncomfortable. Even in the busiest tents I had enough space to get my dance ooooon, which is a real luxury compared to most festivals!
Cost. The tickets are pretty cheap at £45 per day or £75 for the weekend and drinks aren’t too pricey either 

We Are FSTVL – CONS
Travel. The festival is in a random field in Essex so you need to get a shuttle bus from Upminster to get there. The buses are arranged by the festival and included in the ticket price which is great but on the way home it’s a nightmare! Not only do you have to queue for ages to get the shuttle bus but you have the added stress of potentially missing the last train from Upminster! You would think that TfL would extend their train service for the weekend…maybe next year!

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Wireless – PROS
Travel. The great thing about London festivals is that they are super easy to get to! Finsbury Park is a great location and means that you can go out for a post-festival dance if you’re up to it 
Atmosphere. I went to Wireless last year and it was super rammed with lots of pushing, shoving and fights. While that was partly down to these idiots breaking in, I was a bit wary this year. They actually pulled it out the bag – there was plenty of space and a chilled vibe, I didn’t see a single fight!

Wireless – CONS
Crowd. The crowd was less angry this year but they were also pretty young. That’s not a huge issue but worth noting
Cost. At just over £70 for a day ticket, Wireless is pricier than We Are. This year Ticketmaster had a two for one offer – had this not been the case I probably wouldn’t have gone.

Lovebox – PROS
Travel. Living 5 minutes away from Victoria Park, it would be rude not to go to Lovebox! This was definitely the least stressful of my festival journeys 
Crowd. Lovebox has an older crowd than Wireless – more people my kind of age (26) so I didn’t feel like a granny 
– Atmosphere. The festival had a fun vibe and seemed a bit more buzzing than the other two, which may have been a consequence of how large the festival is (more on that later)
Cost. At around £50 for day tickets, Lovebox is great value for such a popular festival

Lovebox – CONS
Queues. The festival itself didn’t feel too packed when walking around or at outdoor stages but the queues were insane. In the time that my friends queued for the toilets, I went to the bar to get drinks, went to a different toilet, came back and they were STILL waiting! We also missed out on seeing Kano because he was in an indoor tent and the queues were snaking around the tent 20 minutes before he was even on 
Size. Lovebox is huuuge. To the point where we lost part of our group and didn’t see them again for the rest of the day. We also missed some acts because we spent so long looking for the right stage 

Summary: Overall, Lovebox was definitely my favourite festival of the summer and I can’t wait to go again next year!

Henley Regatta
I love an excuse to get dressed up and watch a sport I have no clue about – don’t you? Last year, I did that at Rugby 7’s…this year I opted for a different type of dressing up! The Henley Royal Regatta is a great day out – it’s nice to get out of London and is also a great excuse for a new dress 😉 We bought a ticket for the Chinawhites enclosure which was being headlined by Roger Sanchez. There are lots of different enclosures to choose from but this looked the most fun and I had heard good things!

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PROS
Atmosphere. Whether you’re there for the rowing or there for the party, Henley has a great vibe. The Chinawhites enclosure had a huge outdoor section which felt like a garden party but the tent was definitely more for the party animals than those who want to just chill 😉
Cost. Tickets for the Chinawhite enclosure are only £50 which includes your entrance to Henley to watch the rowing and the Chinawhites afterparty which runs in the tent until midnight. In my opinion this is a bargain, especially in comparison to what some of the other enclosures charge.
Crowd. The crowd was very mixed, with a huge range of ages but everyone was super friendly and we even made a few new friends!

CONS
Travel. While Henley is wasy enough to get to by train (direct from Paddington) it has the same problem as We Are FSTVL of leaving before the party stops and racing back to get the last train before it leaves!

Summary: I had a great time at Henley but wished I could have stayed longer! I would love to go again next year and perhaps get an AirBnB so I can enjoy the night right until the lights come on.

Go Ape
Not all summer activities need to involve drinking! Go Ape is a fun activity day suitable for families, couples or groups. There are over 30 locations across the UK and I went to the Battersea Park one with a friend.

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PROS
Levels. There are different difficulty levels you can choose at various points in the course.
Cost. At £35 per adult, Go Ape is pretty good value. It may sound like a lot but I’m sure you’d spend double that on most night’s out…
Teams. Though you receive your briefing and demonstration in groups of 10, you’re not required to complete the course with others. You can go at your own pace in the pair/group you came with, so if you’re feeling anti social there’s no need to worry!

CONS
Travel. There are no Go Ape branches in central London, which is a shame. However, the Battersea, Chessington and Trent Park locations are fairly easy to get to.

Summary: Go Ape is a fun day out, and isn’t just for summer! This month, you can get 20% off by booking with code ADSDY

What was your favourite summer activity? Let us know in the comments!

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Event: How To Use PR To Get Media Coverage For Your Business

If you couldn’t make it to the latest WGL Network event – or if you did and you wanted to hear more from our wonderful speaker Ronke – you’re in luck! PR extraordinaire, Ronke Lawal, is hosting an event to give business owners an overview of how to use PR to gain media coverage and ultimately grow their business. This event is ideal for entrepreneurs, small business owners, or even those wanting to forge a career in PR. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite and you lucky readers can get 10% off with the code WGL2016!

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How to Find Property to Rent in London — Without The Stress!

How to Find Property to Rent in London — Without The Stress!

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This is a guest post by Anthony Sargent, the managing director of modern
estate agents in East Dulwich, Fish Need Water. Working with landlords, Anthony aims to make the property finding process easy and stress free for all renters in London.

In 2014, buying or renting property in London was considered one of the most stressful parts of our lifestyle — and it’s no surprise why.

With increasing property prices over the past two years, that stress hasn’t eased much. Finding somewhere to live in an ideal location and within your price range can be rare, and when you do find it, you’ve got to snap it up quickly, because you know it won’t be around for long.

While worrying about finding the right property and getting it as soon as possible, it’s often difficult to know what exactly you’re looking for, as well as the vital questions you need to ask. Find out how to prepare for finding property, and those crucial queries to put to letting agents or landlords in London.
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My new #sidehustle

Over the past few months, Holls and I have been hard at work to bring a new club night to London, and finally Lip Sync Ldn is here! This Thursday, we will be bringing the hit TV show Lip Sync Battle to Queen of Hoxton – and YOU could be crowned the MVP 🏆 Check out the full event listing here – hope to see some of my beautiful readers there 🙂

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How to Talk to a Partner with Serious Money Problems

How to Talk to a Partner with Serious Money Problems

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This is a guest post from Yaakov Smith, Founding Manager of Logican Solutions

How would you broach the topic of debt with your loved one? You may have noticed worrying behavioural patterns in your partner, such as overspending and a lack of regard for budgets. You might feel that it is your responsibility to let your partner know that you are present, and willing, to help.

Despite your good intentions, debt is a difficult area to navigate. You may be worried that your partner could get defensive or even angry, but don’t feel like you are overstepping your bounds. At this time, it is likely that your partner is looking for help and guidance. They may not know where to start. They may feel ashamed or withdrawn as a result. The best possible thing you can do for your partner and for their financial future is to address the situation head-on and offer a helping hand whenever you can.

Before going full steam ahead, read this article and prepare yourself. It is important for us as a society to overcome the taboo of debt, but money-related discussions should be sensitive and considered. Only once you get everything out in the open can you begin to explore debt management options.

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Monday Motivation: Make your own luck

Monday Motivation: Make your own luck

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Being a young professional woman in London has a huge number of challenges. We somehow need to put in the hours at work to get us that promotion while making time for the burgeoning London social scene. We have to make our often miserable pay cheques (thanks a lot, pay gap) stretch far enough that we can feed ourselves despite paying some of the most expensive rents in the world. And while we play the constant balancing act, we all have those friends who seem to be doing just fine…more than fine in fact! They are doing amazingly well at their dream job, eating out every night, and every outfit they wear is supremely Instagrammable. Some people are just lucky, right? And we’ve all heard the saying ‘you create your own luck’ but nobody has taught us how!

I’ve done some reading up on the power of positive thinking lately and this is something that a lot of successful people live by. I’m not entirely sold on the idea (I do think there are a lot of factors outside of our control that contribute to our success or lack thereof which cannot be ignored) but one aspect – manifestation – does seem to make a lot of sense. While, manifestation is something that is usually viewed from a spiritual angle with the idea that ‘the universe provides’, it still places the onus on us as individuals to be more focused on our needs, and that can only be a good thing! If we can all see the bigger picture and focus our energy in the right direction, minimizing distractions and negative thoughts, then we can manifest our wishes to come true. Of course, manifestation isn’t about simply wishing we were wealthier or that we might bump into Idris Elba and have him fall madly in love with us…it’s all about identifying the things that are truly important in your life and in the lives of others. Especially from a careers point of view, this can have a huge impact on your path. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey have even raved about manifesting and they have enviable career success to show for it.

But what about us normal people? How can the average working girl use manifestation to improve her life?
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Manifest Money…
So, I know I just said that manifestation wasn’t for wishing wealth, however, many of us will find ourselves in a sticky financial position at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, women are more susceptible to debt, and even bankruptcy, than men and money is a real need rather than a want in these situations. Being clear and realistic about the situation you’re in and then focusing your mind on getting out of it is the best way to manifest for this situation. Will money suddenly be handed to you just because you are in need? No. However, acknowledging that you are in need will cause you to look at different opportunities and situations in a new light. For example, freelancing opportunities you might have otherwise ignored can help you with some extra income. Your spending habits will change. Your unshakable belief that you are worth more will push you to ask for that pay rise. If you’re a gambler, you may even find that your luck changes because you are playing more intelligently. A lot of online gambling sites and competitions are simply a numbers game – for example you could make your own luck playing online scratchcards, and maybe even win the jackpot on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire. There is a huge added advantage with some sites even giving you a helping hand, matching a deposit amount of up to £500 for new players! There is a surprising amount of content floating around about manifestation in specific relation to money, with tips ranging from everything to smelling money to ‘sending loving energy to the flow in and out’ 😳 I’ll keep my thoughts on those tips to myself but one thing is for sure – setting an intention and focusing your mindset will help you to create your own luck.

Manifest Change…
Sometimes in life we know about the changes that we need to make to be happier, but there may be several blockages in our way to get there. If we can focus on the end result, then manifestation naturally begins the journey to gently remove the blockages that are holding us back. We should never give up on our dreams or wishes But, equally, we shouldn’t just sit back and expect s*** to happen. You have to be the catalyst, even if it is simply a shift in the way you think.

There are times when we know that we need a change but don’t know quite what it is. Being mindful of your own thoughts and feelings, and really taking the time to do almost a life audit is the first step in manifestation, and can help to reveal to you the changes that need to be made. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you have to have 100% of the answers before you begin using manifestation. To the contrary, it can help you figure a lot of things out! If you have an end goal in sight but don’t know what you need to do to get there, this process can bring to light the changes you can make now to get you on the right path.

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Where do I start?
If, like me, you’re a bit of a skeptic, try just using manifestation in a careers context. This was my first experience with it and, gradually, I’ve started to use it in other areas of life. Push your negative thinking and cynicism to the side, just for a few moments and follow these steps:~

1. Think about what you already have, then what you need and focus clearly on it for a few minutes.
2. Make sure that what you want or need is thought of with good intention (don’t be greedy!) and is realistic (that’s not to say it isn’t ambitious!)
3. Take a pen and paper and write a bullet point for each need – if there are relevant time frames, write them down too. This will help when you look back to see how much you have achieved!
4. Read your points out loud a few times. Put the piece of paper away in a safe place. If at any point, you need to remind yourself of your direction, get the paper out again and read through it. Don’t be afraid to make changes if life throws you a curve ball!
5. Set reminders on any milestone dates you set for yourself so you can look back and see your progress, or reevaluate for the future.

Manifestation has worked for so many people. And different people look at it in different ways. Some people truly believe that the universe is answering their wishes as it were. I believe that the practice of manifestation gives us the focus and energy we need to attract the right opportunities to us and then the drive to see them through. However you explain it, we can create our own luck by trusting that what we need will happen for us. Don’t wait for it to just happen, ask for it, put it out there, take the right actions and believe that it will come to you…

What are your thoughts and experiences with manifestation? Let us know in the comments 🙂