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How You Can Make Yourself A Priority When You Feel Like You Can’t

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I feel like as we are now in the second month in the new year, we feel like we’re continuously working – because are new goals are still somewhat fresh. And recently, I’ve been working a lot to the point where I literally can’t find time to prioritise myself. So today, I want to share what I’m trying to make myself a priority – let’s jump into it!

Take On Something New That Can Uplift You

Normally when you want to give yourself some time to relax, you’ll usually take on a hobby that you already have. While that is helpful, I feel that sometimes I’ll just be so used to that hobby that my mind will still fixate on something work-related. So instead, try and take up a new hobby so that you’re actually distracting yourself, but also try and find one that doesn’t take too much energy to set up, has any costs etc.

That way you’re distracted but also not over complicating it. One thing that I tried was running, honestly I’m not much of a runner – but it was nice to do something very out-of-character for me. I may try it again, but I’d bring someone along with me to help!

Use Your Weekends In The Way You Want To

I feel like with the rise of working from home and online work, weekends are becoming oversaturated with work aswell – and they’re becoming really underrated for their actual purpose – the end of the week!

And of course, we have to take into consideration that the demand for work is a lot higher these days. So, what I tend to do is take one day of the weekend strictly for relaxation purposes. I don’t do any actual work unless its completely necessary. Then, I use the other day to catch up on anything I missed throughout the week. The key is catch up – so you can still spend the rest of the day taking a break too and ensuring that you’re a prioity rather than your work.

Let Someone In On Your Plan & Tell Them To Hold You To Account

For anyone who feels like they’re overworking, this may feel like something you don’t even have to do because someone will be telling you to take your breaks. Sometimes, when you’re so invested in your work, you forget to just take a step back and remember that the most important thing is : your wellbeing.

So when you do get pulled away from work, take that as a signal to go try out your new hobby, or make plans for the weekend so that you can make sure that you are your priority!


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Evaluating The Contemporary Relevance Of Blogging

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I can’t believe that one month of 2023 has already passed – it’s been so fast. I thought that I would write today’s post on a topic that could really interest everyone, which is the current relevancy of blogging. This post has been inspired by Pooja’s post from Lifesfinewhine, so do read hers aswell. For now, let’s jump into it!

  1. THE BEGINNINGS OF BLOGGING
  2. WHO IS STILL BLOGGING TODAY?
  3. CHOOSING INTENTIONS WISELY
  4. SOURCES/LINKS

THE BEGINNINGS OF BLOGGING

I think a common misconception I had around blogging was that it didn’t begin until the early 2000s, but actually it was slightly before that time. One of the earliest bloggers, Justin Hall, launched his blog in 1994. Back then, the word ‘blog’ wasn’t even used wisely – personal blogs were seen as online diaries. Which I believe really encapsulates the simplicity that blogging was meant to have. At the time, everyone was just writing about short highlights of their day or life – and people really seemed to enjoy that look into other people’s lives.

By 2000, there was a rise in platforms for bloggers such as Blogger or WordPress, which was launched a few years later. This acted as a catalyst for personal bloggers – who were finally able to start their online diary, blog, much more easily. These platforms provided the accessibility to do so, and in my opinion, I think this is really what created the rise of blogging. Because now, in 2023, it is estimated that 70 million posts are posted to WordPress every month.

WHO IS STILL BLOGGING TODAY?

During the rise of blogging, it was really personal bloggers who were shining the most. But, as it’s reached more people while the media industry is simultaneously growing – users found ways to utilise blogging in their own ways.

As innovation has grown, many bloggers no longer write just to share their personal interests, but rather write posts that they know will be able to drive them traffic and then eventually monetise their blog through platform schemes or working with brands. Instead of writing about how their day was, bloggers specifically write about topics that they know they can add a fresh perspective on or add value to – because they know it will be a popular, and profitable, post. And honestly, it is working because only 33% of bloggers have never earned any money from blogging.

It’s not just people now either, I think most people have now seen businesses have a small ‘blog’ section to their own sites where they can write about their products in action, or even work with bloggers on a commercial level!

When it comes to blogging or consuming content, there’s no doubt that it’s becoming increasingly difficult. Now, there’s a huge demand for video content – and most of the time blogging won’t satisfy this need. Purely because watching a video is much more convenient then sitting down to read a post. Which is why a lot of the time, you’ll see bloggers start a Youtube channel or even a podcast, to retain their audience or because they know it will probably be more relevant.

CHOOSING INTENTIONS WISELY

So, when you really think about the overall question regarding a blog’s relevance, it really comes down to why someone is blogging. If you go back to the beginning of blogging, personal blogs, those are still here today – and while they may not be as relevant from a commercial standpoint, these bloggers write because they genuinely love it and have that passion. I believe that this joy is going to keep blogging going, through it’s community and relatability of the personal blogs!

In terms of influencers or content creators with blogs, yes I still think those will always have a place. Bloggers build genuine connections with their readers, so enterprises really want to use this for marketing strategies such as product placements or reviews.

Social media has also changed intentions for bloggers, therefore it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular generators of traffic for bloggers. This fact in itself is peculiar, blog posts tend to be long – with a lot of all content – but social media is all about short form content. Pictures with a short caption, a 30 second video on TikTok, or a tweet with a 280 character limit. So, this really puts forward the question of how you want to blog. Social media is an effective method of sharing your blog, but with it’s rising prominence and some people even blogging on their accounts entirely – that isn’t necessarily what people think of when it comes to blogging and may start to alter what a blog truly is.

Honestly, I think blogging will always have a place – but the question really is, ‘What do you want to make of your blog?

History Of Blogging by Hubspot

2023 Blogging Statistics

History Of Blogging by Wikipedia


Thank you so much for reading this post, I really enjoyed curating this – I do believe that blogging can still remain relevant. The community speaks for itself! Let me know in the comments what you think.

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Ensuring Our Resolutions Stick Throughout The Rest Of The Year

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to the blog! So, I feel like January has gone in the blink the eye, we are already in the last few days. Of course, most people made new years resolutions at the start of the year – and inevitably most of us have forgotten about them! When I looked back at mine, I couldn’t believe what I pledged, and how little I had done. So today, I want to write about what changes I’ve made to keep them alive for the rest of the year. Let’s jump into it!

Increase The Specificity

When I looked back at the note on my phone with all the improvements I wanted to make this year, I realised that a lot of them were not specific at all. I know that sometimes being specific can be very constricting, but being too general can actually cause you to just never act on the goal. For example, if your goal is just to help around the house – there’s no specific action that you’ve actually implemented for yourself.

So, what I did was ask myself, ‘How?’ which is a great way to actually make actionable goals because you know exactly what you need to do!

Write Out/Change Your ‘Why’

If you haven’t done so already, a why is definitely something you need to add alongside your goals. It keeps you engaged with your goals but also allows you to think of your goal in the bigger picture, which can make it more important and more likely to act on it because you’ve justified the need for that goal.

And if you already have the why, then check to see if it’s still relevant – you’ll be surprised how much your priorities can change within the span of a month. So, changing them can actually be super beneficial. For me, I know I had to tweak the why of all of my goals. And honestly, it really revamps your motivation – so I’m not surprised if I end up doing this monthly.


Allow Them To Be Able To Adapt To Change Again

Again, this kind of links to the previous point but, you have to be open to change to find some peace from your new years resolutions.

Whether it means changing the overarching concept of the goal, or something else, having them open to flexibility is key to helping achieve them. And I’m planning to continue doing this for the rest of the year.


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Utilising Success To Help You Progress Further

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be on a really universal topic, which is success. Success is something that everyone has a very different perspective of – success is a positive thing, and today I want to write about how we can utilise it to constructively progress in life. Let’s jump into it!

Figuring Out What Success Looks Like To You

So before thinking about any actual progression, you need to identify what your success actually is – so that you are able to identify what you want to grow to next. Success is extremely subjective; it can be seen in any aspect of life, and different people take it to be something different.

Academically, success to one person may be an A+, but their friend may see a B as success. Socially, someone who has a large group of friends may see that as success, but somebody who has a few very close fiends may also see that as success. But that’s okay, nobody really needs to know your meaning except you, because you’re going to use it to further your individual growth.

When I spoke to productivity expert Grace Marshall, she mentioned a very valuable point about success being what you’re doing rather than the outcome. So remember to also take the work that you’ve done leading up to it, into consideration.

Scale Your Recent Achievement Further

Now, when it comes to actually tangibly growing from your success – scaling up is a massive part to this. It allows your projected progression to be realistic, but also ambitious – which is vital to any form of success. When I talk about scaling, it’s just a version of success that you already have – but bigger.

If we’re using the academic example, you may get very high grades in high school – but by scaling up, you want to get the same grades in university.

Don’t get me wrong, scaling does put you on a whole new level. But, because you’re scaling from something you’ve already achieved, you have those transferable methods and techniques to be able to reach success again. And even that is a success in itself – remember it’s also what you do!

Evaluate The Part of Success That Needs Improvement

Now, here is the part that’s really going to help you reach the next level – finding any part of your success that needed to be improved on. Of course, you need to celebrate your wins – that is vital to positivity. But once you’ve done this, take time to reflect and see where you could’ve been even better.

I think an academic example is a great one to back this point up, if you have a small quiz that you got 90$% on, find the 10% that you got wrong so that you can study that again – this way, the next time you have a bigger test (with higher stakes) you’ll do better on that topic, furthering your success!

And eventually, you can keep doing this further and further until you’ve reached the success you want in the highest of stakes possible, because you’ve constantly been improving.


Thank you so much for reading this post, this post is honestly for myself more than anyone – so let me know in the comments if you have any more advice for utilising your success!

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3 Steps To Improve The Efficiency Of Your Studying

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I feel like I’ll be writing so many school-related posts this year as I approach my public exams this summer. But today, I wanted to share some of my advice of efficient studying. Let’s jump into it!

FOCUS ON YOUR WEAKEST TOPICS

Focusing on your weakest topics, or topics that you haven’t gone through much, are so important when it comes to the efficiency of your learning. I mean, there’s no point going over a topic if you got 100% on that section in previous quizzes. It will just be wasting precious revision time, and you won’t be learning anything new.

Instead, pinpoint topics that you’ve struggled in and focus on them. That way, your cumulative knowledge of the subject will go up, because you have your new subject knowledge as well as the retained knowledge. Of course, still look over what you do know – but not in as much depth.

SET A LIMIT EVERY DAY

This may sound slightly unconventional initially, but remember that more studying doesn’t necessarily mean that you will do better.

I’ve experienced firsthand the consequences of trying to study too much in one day, and honestly it’s worse than not studying at all. You can just get so burnt out and forget everything!

Instead, you can set yourself a temporal or topic limit. For example, I’m going to revise a maximum of two hours a day, or I’ll revise these 2 subjects today. That way, you know you can achieve something – but also not overworking yourself.

BUILD UP RESOURCES AS YOU GO

Sometimes you are so close to an exam or test, that it’s just not a pragmatic approach to make notes or new flashcards the night before. So, one really time-saving technique you can try, which is so simple, is just saving your resources from time’s of previous revisison.

Each small quiz or assessment you take is building you up to your end of year or public exam, so if you save them and use them to learn – you’re going to save time, and also you’ll be able to improve from how you previously performed!


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Evaluating The Idea Of Being Constructive

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I feel like this whole month has been going quite fast, how are we already over halfway through January?! Today’s post is going to be on a really interesting topic – it’s one that links to positivity but the concept is kind of differing. I recently read a blog post by Writer Ravenclaw in which she spoke about Praise over Criticism – and it got me thinking about the idea of constructive criticism; which then led me further to the whole idea of being generally constructive. So today, I want to look into what it means to be constructive, how it compares to positivity, and more. Let’s jump into it!

  1. WHAT DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE ACTUALLY MEAN?
  2. HOW DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE COMPARE WITH BEING POSITIVE?
  3. CAN WE UTILISE CONSTRUCTIVENESS TO BENEFIT OUR SOCIETY?

WHAT DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE ACTUALLY MEAN?

If things are described as constructive, they are useful and intended to help or improve something.

Cambridge Dictionary

As you can see from one of the official definition, being constructive is used as a means to get better at something – perhaps even eventually excel at something. It’s the idea of getting feedback or improvements, and using them to change.

The word itself, constructive, and it’s connotations are used in many contexts. One of the most widely used ones being constructive criticism: critiques that work to uplift someone rather than put someone down. There’s also constructive journalism (which I’ve spoken about a few times on my blog before) which focuses on solutions rather than solely the negativity around a situation.

Even when you think about construction in everyday life. The whole concept is around building things, which is exactly what being constructive is too. Making yourself better, just like construction does to builders.

HOW DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE COMPARE WITH BEING POSITIVE?

So, looking from an external point of view, you may think that being constructive can be pretty much used synonymously with being positive. And, to be honest, they are used interchangeably. Although, when you deeply look into the two, you will come to realise that they can be quite different.

As we know, positivity is about optimism: looking on the bright side and focusing on the good. While this is vital to mental health and our ambitions, there is a limit. I spoke about this in depth in my post Realism vs Optimism – A Comparative Discussion, too much positivity can hurt you sometimes – because that means there’s no actions to take for change, and it can lead to toxic positivity.

While being constructive is literally built on what positivity needs to improve on. It’s about acknowledging the good, like positivity, but focusing on what went wrong and making it better.

In my opinion, I think that focusing on construction is a strand of positivity – the best of both worlds. You’re take pride in your achievements, while simultaneously learning from your failures. This also helps to break down the stigma of failure as well, something a lot of readers of this blog said that they could relate to me on.

CAN WE UTILISE CONSTRUCTIVENESS TO BENEFIT OUR SOCIETY?

We live in a society that is very negative at the moment, through toxicity on social media, high beauty standards, rising adversity; and unfortunately more. But maybe, adding a more constructive approach to our external environments could be the key to making a change.

Think about it, instead of telling someone:

‘You’re perfect at XYZ’ or ‘You shouldn’t bother trying XYZ’

you tell them…

‘If you practice consistently, then you will get better at XYZ’

Can you see the difference? The constructiveness really allows a person to build a skill by giving specific improvements and targets, rather than just saying someone is good or bad.

There’s so many directions this can be taken in, bosses can use this to train their new employees, teachers can use this to help their students (the next generation of new employees.) And people who are on the receiving end of constructive words could pass it on to others, and in an ideal world it could become a cycle of construction. Helping everyone to improve in any aspect of life!


This post was so interesting for me to write and compile, I really hope you guys took something away from it, and enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments what you think about being constructive.

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See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon Book Review

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back! So, this book review is for the first book I read in 2023. I have already done a book review this year for As Good As Dead, but I read that right at the end of 2022 – so this is technically the first! I went into See You Yesterday not really knowing much except the synopsis, I had never read a book by the author, and I hadn’t seen any promotion for it.

This book was actually kindly sent to me by publishers Simon&Schuster however I was under no obligation to read or review it. So, all my thoughts in this review are honest and genuine. Let’s jump into it!

OFFICIAL REVIEWS

See You Yesterday was published in May 2022, so it’s still fairly recent, and still kept up some good reviews! On Goodreads, it has an average star rating of 4/5 and an average of 4.4/5 on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

SYNOPSIS

Barrett Bloom is hoping college will be a fresh start after a messy high school experience. But when school begins on September 21st, everything goes wrong. She’s humiliated by the know-it-all in her physics class, she botches her interview for the college paper, and at a party that night, she accidentally sets a frat on fire. She panics and flees, and when she realizes her roommate locked her out of their dorm, she falls asleep in the common room.

The next morning, Barrett’s perplexed to find herself back in her dorm room bed, no longer smelling of ashes and crushed dreams. It’s September 21st. Again. And after a confrontation with Miles, the guy from Physics 101, she learns she’s not alone—he’s been trapped for months.

When her attempts to fix her timeline fail, she agrees to work with Miles to find a way out. Soon they’re exploring the mysterious underbelly of the university and going on wild, romantic adventures. As they start falling for each other, they face the universe’s biggest unanswered question yet: what happens to their relationship if they finally make it to tomorrow?

MY OPINION

After reading this book, I can honestly say that See You Yesterday is now going to be a comfort read for me. The book really encapsulates a typical experience for so many young people starting college albeit having a lot of time travel in the plot. The main character Barrett starts her college experience off on the wrong foot, her first day being a disaster. But, when she wakes up on the same day again, she realises that she’ll have a lot of ways to change the day. And the way Rachel Lynn Solomon writes about her thoughts and feelings made it so easy and simple to read, and also relatable and heartwarming to anyone who feels like they didn’t have good college experiences, Barrett definitely eases the experience.

Also, the way she decided to juxtapose that simple difficulty that Barrett, and later learned classmate Miles, experienced with the complexity of time really tied the whole overall message of the book together, and makes for a great reader experience. Every small mishap they had which my have damaged their short-lived college reputation, was met with a huge discovery about time, and the loop they got stuck in, That life is so much more than your mistakes and that it’s important to see past them and still live your life how you want!

I thought that a really interesting part of this book was that the two protagonists, Barrett and Miles, really antithesised eachother in their methods of coming to terms with their situation. Barrett was an aspiring journalist, so really tried to use her investigative reporting skills by talking to people, while Miles was solely focused on fact and logic from textbooks. The two methods didn’t necessarily compliment eachother like a typical romance book, but what it did do was allow eachother to see from the others perspective (again, another moral message of this book) so when they did finally come together, their union was so much more meaningful and really changed how they acted in the final third of the book as they kept trying to solve their time loop.

One thing I really wanted to do this year, as a reader, was read more diverse stories – and this was a good starting point. There was a lot of representation in this book, Barrett was plus-sized and Jewish while Miles was also Jewish and also of Japanese heritage. One thing I would’ve loved to see was a bit more information about being a part of these communities, because we didn’t get to see as much of their personal lives as I would’ve liked, and it also would’ve just been nice for my own awareness! But, I also loved how the representation wasn’t necessarily a big deal, because in a away it shouldn’t be. Naturally, there should be people in every story representing different people from all communities – because that’s how society is, naturally diverse and there shouldn’t have to be any movement for the media to be the same . so I hope to read more books like this!

I think the overarching plot of being stuck in a time loop is so fascinating to readers – and can really make for good book conversations. What would you do if you were stuck in a time loop? Barrett and Miles have such different approaches, but it’s really a message to readers as to how they would go about a repetition of life, where everything resets after 24 hours. Both protagonists definitely change their approaches, (doing acts of goodness, living life to the fullest, finding revenge etc!) Ultimately learning more about themselves.


Thank you everyone so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed this review – the book was so interesting. Let me know your thoughts below in the comments!

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Exploring The Harsh Reality Of Hustle Culture

Hello everyone, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today, I wanted to write about a topic which, to me, has some sort of presence in everyone’s life – especially where we are now as a society. Hustle culture has been becoming much more prevalent over the last few years, particularly though the media, your friends etc. But there’s a harsh reality behind hustle culture which I want to explore today. Let’s jump into it!

  1. THE BEGINNINGS OF HUSTLE CULTURE
  2. WHAT’S BEEN A CATALYST FOR IT’S PREVALENCE?
  3. THE CONSEQUENCES OF HUSTLE CULTURE
  4. BREAKING DOWN THE TOXIC CYCLE

THE BEGINNINGS OF HUSTLE CULTURE

Hustle Culture has been around for longer than we could’ve thought of, but only recently has it been building back up again, especially amongst Gen Z – and people want to do something about it. Hustle Culture is exactly what it sounds like: always hustling. People who follow this culture pride themselves on living a work-focused life and always being on the grind, without any breaks or rest.

When you initially hear this, I’m sure some people would be impressed. On the surface, these people are working hard, they’re building their futures and dream lives. But, as people have examined this further, things may not be as picture-perfect as they seem.

The key problem with hustle culture is that it’s no longer voluntary, it’s become a necessity for new employees to retain their jobs, and most importantly for survival. There’s been a rapid increase in stress surrounding with finances or a person’s livelihood, simply making hustle culture a must. What started out as an innocent way of promoting some hard work, has turned into a vital habit that inevitably will lead to burnout and other problems.

This was seen back in 2008, when the recession forced tired employees to continue working for a stable life. Now, post-covid there’s another cost of living, and we’re seeing this cycle repeat itself once again. Something has to change.

WHAT’S BEEN A CATALYST FOR IT’S PREVALENCE?

Apart from the economic climate, hustle culture has still been relevant in our society; and social media plays a huge role in that. A major part of social media nowadays is content creation and influencer-culture. As influencers and creators share their daily lives and how they spend their time, there’s a small but consistent sense of incompetency that can build up amongst their followers. There’s even more questioning of one’s self amongst Gen Z, ‘If they’re working, then why aren’t I?’ This content can foster envy rather then support, leading everyone to believe they must work just like their favourite creator.

There’s no harm in showing a daily routine, but the problem arises when people don’t show their breaks or their downtime. If someone only posts themselves doing work, of course they’re going to want it to be romanticised as it’s going on social media, but that choice influences others to think it’s perfectly acceptable to be working until the brink of burnout.

That rest you take in life is just as important in order to reach your goals and achieve your dreams. Of course, social media is only a highlight reel – and nobody can be expected to show every part of their life. It may be that this specific influencer doesn’t take breaks, so they’re only showing exactly what they do. But that’s exactly it: the harsh reality of hustle culture. In order for this lifestyle to be seen as toxic, someone has to start showing the authenticity behind it.

So ask yourself this, if someone with a large platform always posts themselves on the grind, how is that going to look to their followers who may be of a similar age and don’t think they’re doing enough?

THE CONSEQUENCES OF HUSTLE CULTURE

The lifestyle of constantly hustling will inevitably lead to many repercussions. As hustle culture is increasingly promoted: people continuously work to make ends meet, and attempt to live up to the societal standards. Burnout is bound to be on the rise, while employee’s wellbeing simultaneously deteriorates. A study found that new young employees have said that only 7% of them have never felt stress or overwhelmed, compared to 30% for older people.

Despite the increased working levels, hustle culture even negatively effects employers. with a continuation of work at home, and a lack of necessary breaks – employees overall productivity levels are have actually seemed to decline in the workplace because they’re overworking themselves and haven’t given themselves any time to rejuvenate before they next have to work again. So, when they do work again, they’ve lost focus, and are more prone to making mistakes. As they overwork themselves again to attempt to fix them, it just becomes and endless, draining cycle.

Even statistics can prove this, in the UK around half a million people are stressed because of their jobs. The sad part is that now it’s so difficult to find a solution. We can’t pinpoint if it’s wanting to live up to expectations, or they’ve actually overworked themselves or any other cause! And in this crisis, working (in some sectors more than others) is essential, not just personally but also nationally. Raising pressure levels further, especially for young people who know that they are the future and ones who need to find the answers. The Mental Health Foundation found that 60% of young people were unable to cope due to the pressure of succeeding.

BREAKING DOWN THE TOXIC CYCLE

So when it truly comes down to it, how can we promote rest, change societal expectations and help young people cope in the current economic situation?

To me, I’d love to see more encouragement of downtime. I think we are slowly starting to see it, but I’d like to see more creators and even employers just acknowledge that with hard work also comes rest. Giving people that choice really allows them to see the contrast of no rest, and the benefits of it. Allowing them to perform their best – and hopefully discourage the cycle from repeating again in the future.

This could be through providing breaks to employees at work, or an influencer showing how they relax when they’re not doing work. These are known as Break Culture and this lifestyle is definitely a good direction to go in.

Something a lot of people have realised, is that to break the pattern they have to be direct. Not just with the people around them, but also with themselves. What this means is building an understanding with yourself to know when it’s time to stop, and identifying if burnout is there. If it is, then it’s time to be upfront with people around you regarding rest and prioritising yourself.


So guys, those are my thoughts on hustle culture. Of course, the ending was a bit more constructive and solution-based as I try to do in all my posts. If you want to see my sources, then you’ll find them linked in the most relevant part of the post. Thank you so much for reading, if you have any thoughts on this lifestyle, then please do share in the comments!

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Is It Always Going To Be Time To BeReal?

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today’s opinion piece will be on something that I’m really excited to write about – because I think it’s so relevant right now, and everyone will have their own opinion it! In the last few months, the fairly new social media app BeReal has experienced a huge level of growth – and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon, but people are still wondering whether it will stick or what the point even is? So today, I want to share my thoughts – let’s jump into it! This will be a long post, so do feel free to use the table of contents below.

  1. What Is BeReal?
  2. BeReal’s Surge In Growth
  3. But BeReal Still Isn’t Perfect
  4. Will BeReal Even Stick Around?
  5. My Overall Consensus

What Is BeReal?

For anyone that isn’t already aware, BeReal is a more recent social media app, established in 2020. The premise of the app is that it will notify users at a random time every day, prompting them to ‘Be Real.’ What this means is that you have a two minute window to take a picture of what you’re doing at that time (with the front and back camera) and post it. The catch is that you won’t be able to see other people’s picture until you’ve posted yours.

Despite it’s launch just over 2 years ago, BeReal experienced high levels of traction towards the end of 2022. By the end of September 2022 alone, a report showed that 14.7 million people had downloaded the app!

BeReal’s Surge In Growth

So what about BeReal has caused it’s recent growth to be so substantial? To me, I think the core reason is that people really like the intention of authenticity. This is the first time we’ve seen a social media app that has no emphasis on ‘perfection’ or following trends – people like how much of a breath of fresh air it is! And the app has been nicknamed the ‘anti-Instagram’ very frequently because of this.

Another feature of the app which allows it to stand out against other platforms is the simplicity behind it. This does have some drawbacks, but positively, it allows everyone to participate! Once you take your BeReal, there’s no filters, edits, or pressures to live up to. It just gets posted to your friends, BeReal does have a public discovery feature to optionally post it on, but unless you’re an added friend, you can’t comment, removing any chance of toxicity! Social media is so complex and quite problematic nowadays and I think that BeReal came in at the right time to provide some escapism from this, causing it’s mass growth.

Users are utilising BeReal to change social media perceptions. A phrase that is finally starting to gain some popularity is that ‘social media is a highlight reel.’ Nobody is going to be out with friends all the time, even if that’s what all you see on their Instagram; and nobody is going to be partying all the time, even if that’s the only thing their Tiktok shows. The presence of BeReal is literally forcing people to remember that, because I guarantee that when you open the app – at least half of the posts will just be a person doing nothing (because that’s also reality!)

Instead, it’s now a highlight reel of the casual magic you may see in day to day life. Small moments you may have forgotten. A lot of people were found to have downloaded it, not only because their friends were, but just to have a digital memorybook!

But BeReal Still Isn’t Perfect

Despite the initial fairytale, unfortunately as the app has grown, so have the number of criticisms. These are minor observations that are more based on how people are using the app (rather then how the app has been developed), but are crucial to the way the app operates; and will definitely influence how it moves forward.

One of them being the notification to take your BeReal. Of course, being random means that inevitably some people will miss it. This is not the problem, because there is the capacity to take a late BeReal. The problem arises where people deliberately miss their BeReal so that they can save it for when they know they’re actually going to be doing something exciting. This has quickly become habitual amongst users (myself included), which completely misses the point of the app. Treating it as a standard social media post rather than a realistic look into what someone is doing.

I previously mentioned simplicity as a cause for it’s growth, but after a while – it can be a reason people dislike the app. The only real feature of the app is taking your own BeReal and seeing others, there is nothing else to engage users which will cause them to go right back to other social media apps and experience the different set of problems that they have. This is becoming very apparent as users spend less than 15 minutes on BeReal everyday compared to most people spending at least an hour on Tiktok . So the moral message behind BeReal will be forgotten fairly quickly.

Will BeReal Even Stick Around?

But, I think that the question that is in everyone’s mind is about whether BeReal is going to last for that long? Obviously, we can’t say for sure because the app has only experienced high levels of popularity for a few months, but there are some factors to consider.

The biggest one being the question of whether this age of redefining beauty standards and embracing your genuine self will last. Gen Z is kind of known for being a changemaking generation (at least in my opinion!) so I’m fairly confident that we will stick with it. But, I can’t predict the future, trends and what’s considered popular are constantly changing. Even though I’m in Gen Z, as I look at this objectively, if we change societal standards into something more negative or difficult – then BeReal probably won’t last, because even though the message has universal importance, that doesn’t always equal relevance. So, it’s future really depends on what we collectively decide as the future generation of adults, especially since it’s most popular age group is between the ages of 18-24. We’ll really just have to say how it plays out thoughout this year.

Another problem that BeReal is facing, right now, is that they’re losing competitive advantage. Like I said, no platform had ever thought of BeReal’s defining concept (a random picture with no enhancement), but it’s surge in popularity has caused other platforms, such as TikTok, to adopt a practically identical feature into the app. So far, pictures are the only feature of BeReal, so if they don’t add anything to the app, then other platforms will dominate in usership – which can eventually lead users to just switch to the more popular app and retire BeReal all together.

My Overall Consensus

So, what do I think about BeReal? I think that the initial concept is brilliant, I believe that if technology is utilised by Gen Z in this way to create more platforms and advances with similar moral messages as BeReal, then future generations will be better off and our generation will be better off as well!

With that being said, I think that a lot of improvements still need to be made to the current version of the app in order for it to be considered amazing. At the end of the day, these apps are all made by entrepreneurs who have to be competitive and stay in their market, so the owners behind BeReal have to be innovative at coming up with new features for the app which are complimentary to the overall message but also draw even more users in, from all demographics, to use social media more positively and even start a movement!


Thank you so much for reading this post, it was really interesting for me to write – and I think it will spark some great conversations. So, do feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments! I’ve linked all the sources that I’ve used within the paragraphs that they’re relevant for.

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As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson Book Review

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! If you’ve read a few of my previous reviews, then you’ll know I’ve been loving the Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series – and I’ve finally finished it by reading As Good As Dead. It was so bittersweet to end the trilogy, it’s easily one of my favourites! Today, I’ll be reviewing the third book, let’s jump into it.

Official Reviews

As Good As Dead was on the receiving end of some outstanding reviews as the finale of this series, such as an average of 4.5/5 stars on Waterstones. On Goodreads, the average star review was 4.2/5 stars and 4.6/5 stars on Amazon. All of these reviews are so high, and considering the consistency, it just shows how exciting this book is, and the ending it gives to the story.

My Opinion

Considering how much I loved the whole series, I had very high expectations for the final book, and I’m happy to say that I really thought that Holly Jackson delivered well! As Good As Dead was so captivating, and Pippa’s experiences in this book were as deep as it gets. Not to mention, they were enhanced with such powerful writing: the explicit imagery and metaphors in this book complimented the essence of the plot so well. Writer’s methods don’t really stick out to me when I’m reading, I’m much more focused on the plot, but the way the story was told through extended metaphors and comparisons made the plot even better!

In my review for the second book in this series, I mentioned the idea of changing the stakes, and how I thought they were actually lowered. But, I thought that this book definitely redeemed itself because I finally felt that Pippa had the growth I wanted her to have in the previous book. However, after finishing the whole book, I do understand the decision because the second book plays into this book a lot, so she needed her stakes lowered a little bit in order for Pippa to face her biggest challenge yet in this book.

Maturity was a very apparent theme in this book. Not only had Pippa matured into a young adult now (preparing to start University) but also what she faces in this book was much more mature than the previous ones. And even her actions are dictated by her newfound maturity, yet it also prompts her to make very shocking decisions that alter the outcome of the entire book, completely shocking me as a reader.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book, was that it conveyed circularity of the whole series. So many plot points of this book were fresh, but also linked back to previous books – creating a cumulative mystery overall. I really appreciated this as a reader, it definitely allowed me to feel connected to the book – I’m sure a lot of people were looking back at the previous books to make their own predictions!

Something you’ll come to realise about this book, specifically, is that the plot is very fast paced! I personally really enjoyed it, the story’s focus was constantly shifting and that really kept me on my toes as if I was Pip myself. The way the book starts is completely different to how it ends, and you almost forget it because it could become somewhat irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

The ending of this book is completely unexpected, but also unconventional in a way! It’s not necessarily a satisfying ending that you would hope for at the end of a series – it was left up for interpretation, so it’s really whatever you see it as! However, all the big questions from previous books, and this one, were answered so I think that overall, it was a good end to the series!

Synopsis

Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She’s used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can’t help noticing an anonymous person who keeps asking her: Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears?

Soon the threats escalate and Pip realizes that someone is following her in real life. When she starts to find connections between her stalker and a local serial killer caught six years ago, she wonders if maybe the wrong man is behind bars.

Police refuse to act, so Pip has only one choice: find the suspect herself—or be the next victim. As the deadly game plays out, Pip discovers that everything in her small town is coming full circle . . .and if she doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears. . . 


This book was such a great end to the trilogy, so I really hope you guys enjoyed my review! If you reasonated with my thoughts, or want to chat about the book, then do feel free to comment!

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