The End.

This is my last blog post as a UCBlogger, and it’s making me quite sad. When I first started this, I had no idea what to do and what to write about. I didn’t even really think people would read the things that I was writing about. I didn’t think I would even know how to write blog posts properly, making it engaging for people to want to read them.

I doubted myself but I still took up the opportunity to be a UCBlogger and I will never regret it. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I have learnt so much. I feel like I can express myself better rather than keeping everything to myself. It’s good to let your thoughts out to the world sometimes and see what others think without fearing judgement.

I know that there are so many of you that are afraid to share how you see the world with others because you think that others might not see it the way you do. I want you to know that the way you see the world is beautiful. Your talent is unique. Whether it’s photography, travelling, vlogging, designing or something else, share it with the world. Show the world what makes you special. Show the world what you can do because there are so many opportunities that you might not even think of that could come from this. Blog about your travelling journeys, show people the amazing photography. There will be people out there to appreciate it. Share your blogs or website links in the comments so we could all support one another. Let’s make this community an even happier place.

Although my journey as a UCBlogger has come to an end, my journey as a blogger has not. I have found a new passion in blogging and I will continue to do it. I will still share my thoughts and adventures with all of those who’d like to listen. I will do this because if you want to see a difference in the world, you have to do something about it yourself. Thank you for coming on this journey with me. I cannot wait to share the next chapter of my life with you.

Be the change you want to see.

Be kind, be humble.

– Helina x

The End.

Here I’ll Stay.

I get questions all the time from people back at home in Estonia… Is Estonia no longer your home? Are you going to be British now? Are you ever going to come back to Estonia to live here permanently? It’s all a little bit weird for me because to me, Estonia is and always will be my home. It is where I grew up, it is where my family lives, it is the language I speak and it has made me the person I am today. Although I am currently living in the United Kingdom and it was my life-long dream, it doesn’t make Estonia and my family home any less my home.

When I was back at home in Estonia about a week ago, I went to the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration called Here I’ll Stay, which really made me proud of where I am from. It reminded me what our little country has gone through to be independent and what a big role every person in Estonia has had in this. Thousands of people singing and dancing together, laughing together. The rest of the world might see Estonians as quite ‘cold’ people but during that event, you could only feel warmth and love.

I’ll always be proud of where I’m from. And one day I’d love to move back to my little country again after travelling the rest of the world. And then I can say ‘Here I’ll stay’.

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– Helina x

Here I’ll Stay.

Summer Essentials!

What time is it? It’s summer time! (Yes, that was a High School Musical reference). It’s been so incredibly hot here in the UK the past few days and I’ve acquired quite a few essentials to get me through this time as I’m a massive lover of cold weather. This blog post is basically about all the things I think you absolutely NEED.

1. Banana Milkshake

This might sound simple and random but honestly, this is the best thing ever. I use soya milk and Nesquik Banana Powder to create mine. It takes 5 seconds to do and tastes incredible. Throw some ice cubes in and you’re good to go! My favourite thing this summer!

2. Snickers Ice Cream

Oh. My. Gosh. I had forgotten how amazingly perfect Snickers Ice Cream is. I could eat about 10 of them per day (I try not to though haha). Also, for those who might be interested, the ice cream version of Snickers doesn’t contain egg. My boyfriend doesn’t eat egg products, so he for one is more than happy about this ice cream. The best snack for this summer hands down!

3. Dresses!

I’ve never been one to wear dresses but these hot days have completely converted me. My favourite ones are from New Look, so if you’re on the look out for a new summer dress then check it out. I pair mine with white Converse and it’s honestly the comfiest outfit ever!

4. Yellow Nail Polish

Yellow is my favourite colour, so of course it makes me happy to wear yellow nail polish. But honestly, what other colour represents summer better than yellow? I recently bought this nail polish by Barry M and it has quickly become my favourite. I can wear a dull coloured outfit with just this nail polish and it just brightens up the whole look!

Let me know what your summer essentials are – I’d love to discover some more staples!

Be kind, be humble.

– Helina x

Summer Essentials!

Summer 2017 Bucket List!

So each summer I like to create a small bucket list of things I want to do or accomplish throughout the 3 months I have off. Since this is one of the last summers that I can enjoy completely free from typical 9-5 work, I’ve decided to make the most of it. I don’t want to waste away my last summer of freedom. I want to seize every opportunity and do everything I can to be the best me. These goals, aims or however you’d prefer to name them, can be as small or big as you want them to be. Some might even seem impossible but it’s important to dream big. Set yourself some outrageous goals because otherwise how would you be able to find out your full potential? So here’s my list, including the silliest little things to some bigger goals I’d like to achieve.

1. Increase my water intake. I am the worst at getting my daily water intake. But summer is the best time to change that. I can already envision  all the lovely mint, lemon or strawberry ice waters I’m going to drink as well as the enormous amounts of watermelon I’m going to consume. And I’m so excited. I’ve already downloaded an app called My Water to ensure I hit my daily target. Get the app yourself & we can all encourage each other to drink more water and keep ourselves hydrated!

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2. Go on a road trip. I just want to sit in a car and drive somewhere without having a set destination. Just drive, listen to music with our windows open and actually enjoy the journey itself, letting the road take us wherever it wants. I just want to seize the moment and not take anything for granted. The world is so beautiful, it’s up to us to enjoy it.

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3. Gain 200 subscribers on my YouTube channel. This is kind of a personal goal of mine and it’s pretty specific. Lately I’ve been so into making videos and I love seeing my channel grow with more and more people enjoying the content I make. Seeing the number to reach 200 would mean so much to me. It would mean that people enjoy what I make as much as I enjoy making it. Of course it’s not all about the numbers, but you’ve got to set some sort of goals for yourself to measure your success.

4. Social Media Freelancing. I’d love to get some freelancing jobs in social media, creating design, scheduling content and overall managing the effectiveness of some business’s social media platforms. I also aim to create websites and social media platforms for companies that currently have no online presence whatsoever. It’s time to do something that I’m so passionate about.

5. Wear more skirts and dresses. I’ve never been the type of girl who wears dresses. I’m more of a jeans kinda girl. Well, this summer it’s time for a change. I don’t want to suffocate my legs in skinny jeans so I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and getting my legs a tan by wearing a dress and I’m going to enjoy it.

6. Go to festivals. This summer is the summer of festivals and events. Doesn’t matter where, I will be there. I want to make the most of the entertainment that the world offers, especially in the UK. After the past events happening, I think it’s so important to not be afraid of events. It’s important to stand together and not let others keep us from things we enjoy.

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7. Change my hair. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my hair but all I know is that I need a change. Maybe I should go a bit lighter? Maybe a bit more colourful? I’m not even sure yet so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

8. Create more unique content. I currently love all the posts and videos I create but I know I can do even better. I want to use all my skills to to create something unique. So I hope you guys will support me throughout this journey of becoming a more efficient me.

So these are my little bucket list goals that I would like to achieve this summer. Some things might be more challenging to others than you so if someone else sets goals that seem a bit silly to you, do not judge them. Let’s all support each other in achieving their dreams. Let’s live in love.

Be kind, be humble.

– Helina x

Summer 2017 Bucket List!

Moving House.

Hello everyone! To most of you, this blog post won’t be that different. But for me life has completely transformed. I’ve moved house! I’m still in the United Kingdom but as I just finished my Bachelors Degree at University College Birmingham, I had to move out of my student accommodation. I’ve lived in student accommodation for three years and I can definitely say that’s enough for me. My future is now in Loughborough, where I will be studying for a Masters Degree in International Management.

And because my boyfriend is also a student at Loughborough University studying Civil Engineering, we thought why don’t both of us move out of student accommodation and rent a whole house for ourselves instead?

So here I am, sat on the floor of our living room (because I can’t find my long laptop charger and the plug is too far from the couch), hotspotting data from my phone (since we still don’t have any Wi-Fi), and thinking of how lucky I am.

When I first moved to England, I had no idea that I would end up in Loughborough. I wouldn’t even have dreamt of living in a house with someone I love after my Bachelors Degree. But here I am, happier than ever.

For the past few days, we’ve been putting together furniture and I can honestly tell you that putting together IKEA furniture is far harder than you think. If you think you can put together 10 big pieces of furniture in one day, think again. It’s taken us around 2-3 days to put together all furniture, we’ve had numerous nights of staying up until 5 am but it has been so worth it. I finally feel like home in England. It used to feel kind of like a stop along the way of my journey, but now it finally feels official. I live in the United Kingdom. Who would’ve ever guessed that. I cannot even express how happy I am. My lifelong dream has finally come true at the age of 22, and this is just the first step of my journey. I have so many more hopes and dreams, so many places still visit and so many experiences to still go through. I am so excited for everything that the future holds, and this is just the beginning.

So what’s better about living in a house rather than in student accommodation? Well, here’s a shortlist I can make in two minutes flat:

  1. No noise. Yes, neighbours can be noisy but we are quite lucky as so far we haven’t heard anything at all. It’s so nice to finally have peace and quiet.
  2. No parties. This kind of goes together with the first point but this also means that you can sleep whenever without anyone waking you up in the middle of the night. And this I’m so happy about!
  3. CLEAN KITCHEN / LIVING ROOM! Now this is by far my favourite thing about living in our own house. No filthy food in the sink, no mountains of unwashed dishes, no someone’s week-old leftovers, no stinky fridge, no oily cookers, no mess. I honestly cannot express to you how disgusting living with 10 people gets, especially when you like everything clean and tidy. I feel a thousand times more motivated and happy now that I don’t have to walk through a dirty kitchen every day. YAY!
  4. SO MUCH SPACE! Another very important part is the space. In student accommodation I had 2 little cupboards that barely fit any food inside. Plus, in the fridge I had just half a shelf as well as one shelf in the freezer. Now we’ve got the whole fridge and freezer to ourselves. There’s just something about having all that space to ourselves and knowing we are keeping it clean – not just throwing our leftovers in it.
  5. Just us. In our house, it’s just us. I honestly appreciate alone time so much. Most of the time in student accommodation, I’d run to the kitchen, cook something quickly, run back to my room, put my headphones in and ignore the world haha. Now, there’s just no need. Some of you might like having people around constantly but not me.

Overall, living in our own little house is amazing. We are only getting started with all the decorating but it already feels like home. I hope you guys are having a lovely time enjoying your time off from university, but life’s too short to waste days on doing nothing. Do what I did and make at least one of your dreams come true this summer.

Be kind, be humble, make it happen.

– Helina x

Moving House.

It’s coming to an end…

This week was my last week of lectures at my university. Not just the last one before summer holidays but the last one for good. I will never be at a lecture as a BA (Hons) Marketing with Events Management student at University College Birmingham again and that is actually unbelievable.

When I first moved to England, I felt like I had years to take it all in and have tons of amazing experiences. I had no idea three years would go past so quickly. I honestly don’t know how I’ve gone through SO many exams and assignments already. It is actually mind blowing. At the time of deadlines it seems like life is pretty much falling apart but now looking back at it all, I am going to miss all of it. Although we all might hate going to university sometimes because some lectures or assignments stress you out, or you’re just feeling incredibly lazy in the mornings, once it all ends, you feel this weird kind of sadness. I’m not sad to graduate. I am actually really excited to graduate. But I am sad to leave this place behind. All the memories created throughout these three years are unforgettable. I have made friends for life that I will treasure forever. I have studied in a completely different language (my native language is Estonian) for three years and I cannot believe I’ve actually done it. I remember being so excited to move to the UK and to study in Birmingham. It honestly feels like that was a month ago. But somehow it is all going to be over now.

I am so thankful for my parents for believing in me and supporting me with following my dreams. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and I am eternally grateful. I hope they’re proud of all of my accomplishments and who I have become as a person throughout these years because it is all thanks to them.

I am so thankful for the amazing friendships I’ve made through these years, I’m sure you guys know who you are, and I love you all so much. Some of you I met at the beginning of this journey, some in the middle and some in the end and I cannot thank you enough for being in my life now and forever. You’ve made these three years incredible.

I am so thankful for all of the opportunities gained through studying this degree. It helped me discover my passion in social media marketing and gave me a new direction. If I had to do it all again, I would, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

To all of the students graduating this year, just because something ends, doesn’t mean something better won’t begin. Take all these experiences with you and start a new chapter of your life.

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– Helina x

It’s coming to an end…

Bad Days…

Sometimes bad things happen. Actually, bad things happen every day. Whether it’s your sandwich falling on the floor, getting a bad grade, breaking your phone screen or something more serious. But it is not the end of the world, I promise you.

Recently, my boyfriend and I were on our way to the London Stansted airport to get on our flight back to Estonia and we were beyond excited. The day was all running smoothly, we got a cheeky little McDonalds meal on the way and we were happy to be going to our hotel for the day on a lovely sunny day. We planned on sleeping at a hotel near the airport and we paid for the car to stay there for two weeks while we’re gone. But things didn’t go quite according to plan…

We were 30 minutes away from the hotel when we noticed that the engine temperature was flashing bright red and was on maximum. First of all, we thought it might be a mistake as the light disappeared but it came back in a minute and the temperature meter did not go back down anymore. That’s when we knew something was wrong and we looked for the fastest exit from the motorway so we could stop somewhere. We turned off to a road that we had never been before and stopped the car. When we got out and looked under the bonnet it was all full of smoke. UH-OH! Needless to say, we were shocked and not entirely sure what had caused it so it was time to have a million phone calls to get it sorted. We waited three hours in the middle of nowhere, amongst chickens and cows somewhere called Godmanchester, until someone came to have a look. Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing that he could do as some part of the radiator pipe had completely burst and it was unfixable at the spot. At that moment we knew, the day was not going to be as we expected at all. We knew the car had to be taken away but we had to make it to the hotel to catch our flight early in the morning, which made the day even worse – the worry of not actually being able to go back home to Estonia. Two hours later the truck that took our car away arrived. We unloaded the car of our suitcases and said bye to our car, which was quite weird as you have to give away your car and your keys to a complete stranger. Honestly, none of this what we expected. But life happens and sometimes it’s not that great. Sometimes it’s pretty horrible.

Although the day consisted of 6 hours of sitting down in the middle of nowhere, worried with nothing to do at all, there were some good parts. It was so sunny throughout the whole time so we just sat on the grass on the side of the road and enjoyed the flowers and the animals around us. We listened to songs and sang at the top of our lungs. We were never sad or angry at anyone because we had each other the whole time to keep each other company. To be honest, those 6 hours weren’t that bad after all. I was with someone that I love on a warm sunny day, resting on the grass with the countryside around us. And that, despite all the worries, sounds pretty perfect to me.

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Also, after all this drama, the company dealing with this car drama ordered us a taxi that they paid for to take us to the hotel. YAY! When we arrived, we saw the amazingly beautiful hotel and everyone there was lovely. We ordered the much deserved room service (as we hadn’t had a sip of water or even a bite of food for over 6 hours) and enjoyed every bit of it. We even had baths to try and relax before our early flight. And although instead of spending the day at the hotel and only being there for 5 hours (sleeping for 2 hours), the time we spent there was wonderful. It’s not about what happens throughout the day, it’s about the people who get through it with you.

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I hope you can find something good in every day no matter the worries and troubles in your life. Whether it’s a yummy chocolate bar you had or a hug from a friend. There’s always something to be grateful for, and remember, in a few months you probably won’t even remember this day that wasn’t that great. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay humble.

– Helina x

Bad Days…