What Does The Future Hold For Blogging?

What does the future hold for Blogging?

Since I opened my blog Diary of a Spanglish Girl in January 2018, there has already been a huge change in the blogging world. I can only imagine how different it is now from the past ten years.

It seems like the bloggersphere is saturated and you’re clambering for a spot in the wide unknown. But, does it have to be like that? Do we have to reach a certain goal to prove ourselves and why we’re blogging?

When I made a blog, people didn’t believe it would become of anything. People hoped I’d fail. “Friends” stopped supporting or they would assume I was lying about my views.

I never set out to reach the numbers I do. When a UK newspaper copied my blog post, I was told to be grateful, see it as an opportunity. But, why would I? I wasn’t paid. I didn’t set out to do it. I wasn’t even asked if it was okay. It wasn’t.

I was once part of a larger community, creating blog posts for them. I never made any money, I never set out to make money. But, they saw it that a WordPress advertisement in the sidebar and a company logo meant I was manipulating the community. I didn’t make money. I still don’t.

The bloggersphere may be saturated. It may be expensive to do. But, I like doing it. So why would I quit? Instead, I want to grow. Do more. 

I don’t make money, but I love the time I invest into making something that is mine. I love the opportunities it brings. I love the friends it has made me. I love being able to give opportunities to my friends and family or help them reach their own goals. I love receiving messages saying people love to see my photos, or that they love reading my blog or I’ve made somebody’s holiday amazing or a local business telling me that business has been thriving since I’ve been. I just like helping. 

In the past week, people have bought me drinks at bars, brought over stashes of chocolate and treats (Thanks, Hazel!), sent me coffees (Thanks, Stephen, Jane, Cool FM and Matt!) and it truly is lovely. It’s amazing when people are happy to support what you’re putting out there.

But, I felt like I was missing a platform.

It was time to open a video format. If people love seeing my photos and reading my blogs, then maybe they’d love to watch me on TV too? Maybe not, who knows!

I have received so many messages this week about the YouTube channel I have made.

“Are you giving up the blog?!”

“Why have you switched to YouTube?”

“Does this mean no more blogs?”

In short, the answer is no! So, don’t worry! I don’t see it as a switch, more of an addition. Somewhere else you can follow along with our adventures and our Costa Blanca highlights.

I’ve always loved making movies and photo slideshows. In fact, it was most people’s birthday, Christmas, anniversary present. You name it, I made it. I loved playing around with Windows Movie Maker.

So, it only made sense that we started a YouTube with a similar theme. Something that plays alongside the blog. I know sometimes it’s so much easier to just watch a video and I know a lot of you still love reading. It only made sense to combine the two and reach both platforms.

Now that we’re back to work, it means I have the time to do the writing and Alex has the time to edit videos. It works.

This isn’t the end of the blog. It’s just a start of a new digital era. There will be additional content over on YouTube, but the blog will still remain the same. Posts will still be uploaded on a Saturday and the Learn Spanish, a Free Blog Series will still be on a Tuesday!

You can subscribe to me here: Lauren’s YouTube

Watch our Vlogs below!

I hope you’ll subscribe to me on YouTube, I’ll see you over on the big screen! Yes, we have watched our vlog on TV! 

Did you enjoy our videos? I’ve got a few more lined up coming very soon!

Hasta luego,

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Ways to improve engagement on Instagram, Twitter and other Social Media

Tips to reach your audience on social media.

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If you’re here, you’re probably wondering how exactly you can improve engagement on social media. I can’t offer you a quick fix. It doesn’t work like that. But, I can give you some tips to reach your audience on social media.

Have you ever felt so disheartened with your social media that it brings you down? You’re creating content, putting your heart and soul into trying to reach your audience and beyond and nothing seems to work?

I know I felt like it.

We start to blame the social media channel for our woes. We blame algorithms, we blame timings, we blame ourselves. Don’t bring yourself down yet, because it doesn’t have to be like that. There are ways you can boost and improve your engagement. Let’s explore.

It’s annoying, isn’t it? Instagram wants you to pay to reach your own audience. How is that fair? It segregates who has certain features, like the swipe up for 10k+ only, it’s easy to want to quick fix your way up there.

Don’t look for quick fixes

The first thing you need to make sure you don’t do is look for a quick fix. Spending £30 for 5,000 followers might seem tempting, after all, that would get you nearly there! But, here’s why you shouldn’t.

  • They will not interact. They are bots. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less. They’ll be driven to your site and do nothing else than sit there adding a number. A nobody. So, you might reach that swipe up feature, but who are swiping up? They won’t like, they won’t comment. You’ll be busted pretty quickly when you’re at 10k followers and 20 likes. Very professional. Not.
  • They hinder your current engagement. Social media recognises who has ‘relevant content’. Who they think wants to see your post. If you have thousands of followers and no engagement, they’ll assume if those people didn’t want to see it, then nobody else will either. You’ll drop down.

Check your current engagement. It might be higher than average!

You’re probably thinking your engagement isn’t great. But, here’s a fun part. It might be better than what you think.  A good level of engagement is currently set at around 3% [Sourceinfluencer marketing hub] for Instagram. If you have 100 followers, anything over 3 likes is considered good engagement. I currently have 7,000 followers so a good engagement would be around 210 likes. I currently reach around 750, which automatically makes me feel better. Take a look at your stats, you might surprise yourself.

Twitter is a fun one because I guarantee you’re above the game already. A high engagement rate on Twitter sits at 0.33% [source: itpliveme]. Let’s check that with my Twitter. I currently have 3,709 followers, a high engagement rate would be 12 reactions, whether that be likes, replies or retweets. My most recent tweet is on 86 likes, 9 replies and 6 retweets. That means I’m sitting on a 3% engagement rate. That maths is looking pretty good.

Remove ghost followers

I know a lot of you have already started doing this, which is great. Not only does it create better fluidity in the business, but it’s helping brands and businesses recognise that follower count isn’t important. 

For some context, on Twitter, I have had 1.9 million impressions these past 28 days and 79.9k profile views. Imagine how many people would have seen a product I was pushing. Not bad for someone with 3k followers. This only works if the followers are real and engaging. 

It’s the same with Instagram, the fewer people who view your stuff, the fewer people it will show it to. If all 4,000 of your followers didn’t want to see it, why would anybody else? That’s the way social media is designed. Designed to show you what it thinks you want to see, instead of what you might actually want to see. Following somebody should be enough, but it’s not.

You can remove ghost followers on Instagram by using the app I have been recommending on Twitter, called Cleaner for IG. You can download it on iOS here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cleaner-for-ig/ [not affiliate]. Use advanced settings to automatically highlight everyone it thinks you should clear out. Check before you schedule them to go. Sometimes, there will be the odd normal people, who haven’t seen your stuff. Engage with them, encourage them to engage back and all will be resumed to normal.

After using Cleaner for IG, my Instagram stories average views went up by over triple. Even though I had removed 4,000 followers. It’s better if you can remove ghost followers, as soon as they appear. It’s much easier for me to keep control of now the originals have gone. For someone who has had the same Instagram for 8 years, I had a lot of second accounts that friends had created, bots, spam and people who had just deleted the app. I now check every follower, it helps to see who I want to follow back or block!

It’s also important to check your actual followers’ list. Similar to Twitter, Instagram doesn’t show you every notification. I sometimes find spam and bots in my recent followers, but Instagram doesn’t show me the notification because it sees it as a pointless notification. Every so often, I go through or check the app to make sure there isn’t an account that has slipped through the notification net.

Switch between Business and Personal

The most annoying thing about business is Instagram sees you as somebody willing to pay. You’re a business, you don’t have time to engage, you just want your content pushed and shown, so you’re willing to pay the price.

Well, for bloggers and influencers, that’s not always the case.

If you’ve had a business account for a long time, it’s worth switching to personal for a while. With personal, there is no option to pay to promote. You can then switch back to business later on for the analytics and Instagram will recognise you as a new business as opposed to a fully-established one.

Engage with audience

This one should go without saying. If you see somebody’s post you like, like it. If you see a tweet that you want to engage with, reply.

The same goes for when people reply to you. Always engage with a reply. Whether it’s a reply or a like. It’s not only common courtesy, but it means your content stays higher. If you reply to somebody, your tweet jumps to the top. If your Instagram post has a lot of comments, it jumps to the top of somebody opening their app.

There is a new craze of people replying to spam accounts with something rude or sarcastic. Here’s why you shouldn’t do it. Not all of your audience will recognise that it’s a spam comment, so what impression does that give of you? Not a very good one. You might get a few likes on Twitter when you screenshot, but I guarantee you, you’ll lose some respect.

So, what should you do instead? I delete them. If it’s a photo of a cafe and the reply says “Love your clothes” then I can guarantee it’s a spam comment. Everybody else knows it’s a spam comment. So, I delete. It doesn’t clog my photo with irrelevant comments and I don’t reply and look mean to others. Some people do comment on photos that aren’t matching to my photo, I get it on Facebook, a lot. So, if it’s an unwanted comment, just remove it. To people who do comment to talk to you, it looks rude to tear somebody down. Not everybody understands spam and bot comments. Be aware of the image you’re setting for yourself.

Create engaging content

This is something I’m sure we’re all doing. But, if we’re not completing the other stuff around it, it’s something that gets lost. How can the engaging content be engaging if it isn’t shown?

Ask questions, create polls, create posts people want to see, share photos. They’re all ways people will engage.

Keep your content relevant. Depending on how much you want to be seen, depends on if you want to take this one on board. After all, it’s your own social media. If you want it done seriously, then take it on board. I’m not massively bothered, so I stray away from this one myself.

Social media should give your audience an idea of you. Why they want to follow you. Why they should engage with you and support you. If you’re dragging somebody down and subtweeting about somebody you know, is that relevant? Is that the impression you want to give? If you’re a mental health blogger and you’re tweeting about how annoying somebody is for showing mental health traits, is that appropriate?

Try to keep the content relevant to your audience. If they followed you because you’re a travel blogger, try to keep tweets surrounding that. Whether it’s your travel plans, places you recommend, travel photos. If you’re a movie blogger, post about movie reviews, upcoming movies announcements, news surrounding Hollywood. If you’re a Disney blogger, keep it to Disney.

I’m not one for doing that myself, but, it’s a known way to boost your engagement.

These are tips. In no way do you have to follow them. No way does it determine who is a better blogger. At the end of the day, if you have a blog, you’re a blogger. But, sometimes, when you’re creating amazing content and it’s just not being seen, it can be disheartening.

I see people leaving blogging because their content isn’t being seen. Don’t let that be the case. Don’t bring yourself down. I guarantee you’re doing better than you think you are. Recognise your successes. Make friends in the blogging community, be kind and be approachable. Other bloggers are not your competition. There are enough opportunities for everybody. I promise you, brands would rather work with approachable and kind bloggers than bloggers who belittle others.

If you see somebody post their achievement, maybe they’ve hit a goal, or they’ve secured a collab. Congratulate them, wish them well. Do not tear them down, don’t ask them “why you, though?“. It doesn’t look good. Your time will come.

I’ll add a few more posts soon, talking about how I gained 50,000+ followers across my sites over 5 months, how to approach brands and what exactly you should be saying in a proposal. Make sure you’re following my site by leaving your email in the black box, or clicking follow if you’re a WordPress user.

Hasta luego,

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15 Things you can do to Save the Earth

This Earth is our responsibility.
Let’s appreciate it. Love it. Take care of it.

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“La tierra es suficiente para todos pero no para la voracidad de los consumidores” – Mahatma Gandhi

Happy Earth Day, 2018.

The Earth is a beautiful place. Filled with natural wonders and stunning locations. Vast seas and high mountains. It sustains us all. But, for how long? How long do we have to be wasteful to realise it’s too late? How much longer will we continue to drain the Earth’s resources… until it’s too late? Let’s make a change today.

We as humans are plundering the Earth, draining it of all it has. More than a third of the Earth’s natural world has been destroyed over the last three decades. Thirty years. That’s all. Thirty years for a third of the planets’ natural world to be destroyed. The natural world that existed and survived for millions of years. Yet, here we are.

Let’s plunge into the ocean. The deep blue sea. The picturesque seaside photograph. The ocean is the home to over one million different species. It governs the weather. Cleans the air. Yet, it’s in danger. In danger of us. Plastic is filling and spoiling our oceans. Over 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean each year. Rethink your plastic use. Change is possible. 

It’s not just the natural world either. Take a look at the animals. Black rhinos figures have fallen from 65,000 in 1970, to fewer than 2,500 now. African Elephants have fallen from 1.2 million in 1980, to around 450,000 whilst the tiger population is struggling at an estimated 3,200, that’s a massive drop of 97 percent in only twenty years.

What about the next twenty years? Or the next fifty? Or the next hundred?

You might be reading this thinking “well, it doesn’t affect me“. Maybe not, directly. But what about your children? Your grandchildren? Your great-grandchildren and their grandchildren. Why should they have to look at picture books and try to imagine what an elephant was, or picture what a blue sea looks like? Things we take for granted. Things we are abusing. It affects all of us. 

Here’s the thing: we only have one planet. There is no planet B.

Living greener isn’t as difficult as it sounds. There are little things, little changes, that you can do every day. They might make a big change, they might make a little change. A little change is better than no change.

In the spirit of Earth Day 2018, here are 15 things you can do to save the Earth.

  1. Use Water Sensibly

    Use only the water you need. Turn off the water whilst you’re brushing your teeth. Only fill the kettle with the amount you need. Take showers instead of baths. Use a short wash cycle on the washing machine. Leaky taps or toilets? Get them fixed!

  2. Change your Vehicle

    Got a bike? Why not ride that to work or school? If it’s possible, ditch the car and take a walk to work. Not only will you be reducing the greenhouse gases, but you’ll also feel super great too. Did somebody say summer body? If that’s not an option, why not take public transport or carpool?

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  3. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

    Majority of the bins have a separate slot for paper, tin and general rubbish these days. You can reduce pollution just by choosing the right slot! Instead of throwing all that paper into the bin, recycle it!

  4. Choose Products with Little or No Packaging

    Fruit and vegetables don’t need to be placed in all this plastic packaging! Pick up fresh fruit and veg in the supermarket or the greengrocers and pop them straight into your reusable bags. Products from the market are so much fresher and don’t use any plastic packaging! Double win.

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  5. Ditch the Straws

    I used to be the person that had a straw in almost every drink. In my wine, my cocktails and even my coffee. Straws are a massive hazard to wildlife. Never degrading, but constantly breaking into smaller pieces of plastic. Small and light, they end up perforating the stomachs of penguins or lodged in the nostrils of a sea turtle. Is a straw really essential?

  6. Give up Gum

    Personally, I hate the stuff. Gum is a blight on society. Sticking to pavements, under desks and just being generally filthy. Over 90% of chewing gum isn’t disposed of correctly. It is fighting for the title of the most common form of litter, just behind cigarette ends. Chewing gum is made from polymers which are non-biodegradable plastics. Think about your gum the next time you toss it on the street. If that’s not enough, think about the animals that get gum stuck on their paws, try to lick it off and can be potentially poisoned!

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  7. Compost

    There are so many valuable and equally good reasons to compost. Saving money, saving resources, reducing your impact on the environment and improving your soil! Compost eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. It reduces the costs of waste collection and wastes less water as compost improves moisture retention. Plus, it extends the life of our overfilling landfills.

  8. Turn off the Lights

    An incandescent light should be turned off whenever it is not needed. They are the least efficient type of lighting using 90% of the energy as heat and only 10% as light. Halogens should also be turned off. If you have made the change to CFL lighting, you should only turn them off if you will be leaving the room for more than 15 minutes.

  9. Maintain your Car

    This should be a given. Properly inflated tyres protect against tyre damage and drastically reduce the possibility of your car spinning out of control. It’s for your safety. But, did you know, underinflated tyres decrease fuel economy by up to 3 percent? This increases pollution and increases the gas emissions. Save yourself some money and maybe your life by maintaining your car!

  10. Switch to Natural Exfoliants

    Microbeads are in your facial products, your lotions and your scrubs. They’re even in your toothpaste. Those tiny little microbeads are made of plastic and due to their tiny size they slip through water treatment filtration devices and wind up polluting the water. These tiny beads are often mistaken for food to sea animals. They are a major problem. Luckily, there are some pretty amazing alternatives! Oatmeal, almond or walnut shells, jojoba beads, coffee grinds, sugar and salts are all environmentally friendly alternatives. The UK has announced a ban on microbeads in all cosmetic products as of January 2018 which will come into effect in the summer. However, no time like the present to switch to natural!

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  11. Buy in Bulk

    The packaging actually accounts for around 8 percent of the cost of food. So, buying food in larger sizes reduces the amount of packaging. Long-term cost, less packaging, long-term gain. Buying in bulk also cuts down on transportation. Saving you money, whilst doing your little bit for the environment. This reduces your trips to the supermarket, saving the short car trips.

  12. Reuse your Shoppers

    Supermarket bags are ugly. Plus, they cost! Instead, switch to a reusable bag that isn’t going to break on you the minute you leave the shop. Disney have some cute shopper bags. Also, Pastel Elixir ran by the lovely Ellis, do a beautiful coffee tote bag that is super ethical and super cute. You can shop Pastel Elixir here: Pastel Elixir

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  13. Use Reusable Bottles

    Ditch the plastic bottles and fill your own water bottle whilst you’re on the go. Just one plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to decompose. Also, plastic bottles contain (a rather scary sounding) polyethylene terephthalate, which is actually dangerous to human health! This is why we are advised not to drink out of bottles that are left in the car. The longer this chemical is left in the sun, the more damage it can cause. Side effects include vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach ulcers. The good news is, you can buy cute reusable water bottles, they look so much better than ugly disposable ones!

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  14. Buy Plants not Flowers

    Plants will regrow year after year, as long as you take care of them! Flowers will wilt and die. Treat your loved ones to plants. Not only are they a longer lasting gift, but they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and generate oxygen!

  15. Plant a Tree

    Planting a tree can be the easiest way to positively impact the environment. As long as you have a garden, or somewhere to do it! Trees are beautiful and there are so many varieties. Evergreens give a bit of colour in the darkest of winters, and palm trees give you the automatic holiday vibes. Improving air quality and cleaning the air, they make a huge difference. Plant a tree and watch how it grows. If that’s not enough for you, trees also increase property value!

We must all make a conscious effort to take care of the lands and the seas to ensure natural beauty can continue to exist for many more years and so our great-great-grandchildren never have to wonder what clear waters and natural beauty were. You may make a big change, you may make a small change. But, any change is better than no change, at all.

This Earth is our responsibility.
Let’s appreciate it. Love it. Take care of it.

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Hasta luego,

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How to Maintain a Successful Relationship

Normal is boring. Embrace ugly selfies. Embrace ridiculousness. There is nothing better than laughter. A happy relationship is filled with laughter and a lot of ridiculousness.

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“Cuatro años brillantes a tu lado”

March 15, 2014. The day my life was about to change. The day of our first date. Our first of many times to London. You learn a lot about somebody on the first day. First impressions aren’t everything, but they are important. It’s part of the make or break. Do you see them again? Gut instincts tell you, a lot.

I have been surrounded by positive relationships all of my life. My nan and grandad have been together since they were teenagers. My mum and dad are still happily married. I consider myself one of the lucky ones, I know not everybody has that in their lives. I have been surrounded by love. Relationships built on trust, communication and laughter. My expectations are high.

 

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Four years ago, Alex and I were walking along the Millennium Bridge in London and a couple asked me if I could take a photo of them. After I did, they offered to take one of us. Pretty awkward for a first date. The woman passed me back my phone and said: “you’re a cute couple.” I guess she was right.

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I feel slightly odd writing how to maintain a successful relationship when there are couples who have been married longer than I have been alive. But, a lot of chivalry seems to be lost on our generation. So, let’s bring it back!

Never Stop Dating

We still date. Never stop dating. Never stop taking the time to go out together. Never get so caught up in work, or a rut, that you forget to take the time to spend together. Whether you have a child, whether you have a busy work schedule. Once a month, we go out for dinner. We dress up. We date. 

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Stop Texting and Start Talking

The internet is a great place. It opens up a new world. At the click of a button, you can find out the best waffle houses in New York City, or the best underwater restaurant in The Maldives. But, the miscommunication is real. Texts are often so easily misconstrued. A simple message plants the seed to grow into a major argument. Talk. Listen. Communicate.

Share Your Interests

Things in common is a pretty obvious one, I know. But, conversations are easier when you have shared interests. But that’s not always the case. You can share your interests. Funnily enough, I wasn’t a big fan of travelling until I got together with Alex. There were a few landmarks I wanted to see, sure. But, my world has opened up. I have tried kayaking and canoeing – things I never thought I would try. Alex has sat in the stands at numerous cheerleading competitions, sat on the sidelines of photoshoots for hours on end and has even tried a salsa class. I’m sure these are things he never thought he would try either!

Support Each Other

This ties in with the interests. Please, support your partner. Whether that means spending 90 minutes sat at the side of a football pitch in the pouring rain, or sitting in a cheerleading stand for 6 hours watching what seems to be the variation of the same routine or standing at the side of a freezing cold river for 5 hours watching a kayaking regatta of some sort. Even if you don’t have a clue what’s going on, your support is needed. People perform better when they have an audience that is cheering them on. People feel happier when they finish doing what they love and the person they love is standing there waiting to give them a big hug and their support!

Recognise Their Achievements

When they do well, tell them. Congratulate them. Make a big thing of it. Write a simple letter to say how proud you are. Pick up a ‘congratulations’ or a ‘good luck’ card. We want to feel like we’re doing well. We want people to be proud of us. Tell them. Whenever I get my grades back from university, Alex makes a big deal, acts like I’m the smartest person on the planet. Whenever I post a blog post, Alex acts like it’s the best thing he’s ever read, it’s probably completely boring to him. But, he still supports me. He still makes an effort to recognise my achievements. No matter how big or small.

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Spend Time with their Family and Friends

Alex is a lot better with people than I am. But, spend time with their friends and family. Get to know them. Do things with them. Become part of the friendship group. Become a part of the family. But, also give them time to do their own things too. Keep it balanced.

Be Ridiculous

Normal is boring. Embrace ugly selfies. Embrace ridiculousness. There is nothing better than laughter. A happy relationship is filled with laughter and a lot of ridiculousness. Life can get serious and there are times when it gets hard. But, take time to play. Play fight. Take stupid photos. Dress a little bit weird. Be daft. Let them upload that disgusting photo. What does it matter what anybody else thinks? Laugh.

Try New Things Together

Whenever we have tried something new, Alex would turn to me and say “another first!”. Our first holiday as a couple. A country we’d never been to before. A dance class. A kayaking trip. Baking together, even if it is a disaster. You never know, you may just love it! I wasn’t keen on visiting Budapest, yet it turned out to be one of my favourite cities. Alex loves meerkats, so for his birthday, we went to a meerkat experience. I am not a fan of meerkats. But, we did it together. Life is for living. Share it together.

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Money

This one is pretty personal. Money is taboo. We never make enough of it. Your lifestyle adjusts to your budget. Nobody ever has enough money. Do not fight over it. We have always shared money. We make more of it every month. Sure, it’s gone three hours after we’ve been paid but it’s shared. When I worked in a big supermarket, I would see couples coming in and splitting the food bill. Or women turning to their boyfriends and telling them they owed them £30 to cover the bill. It always seemed so bizarre to me. We have always split money. It’s ours. Granted, I’m usually the one who spends it on things we don’t really need. Whereas, Alex tends to pay the bills. But, the time that a flight needs booking, or a new piece of decor for the home or a hotel needs paying off, that’s usually my job!

Little Things

I guess I talk about little things* a lot. But they are important. When we go out on a date, Alex always tells me how nice I look. When I send him a photo, he acts like he’s never seen my face before! When I come in from work, Alex makes me a drink. I leave Alex little notes for when he comes home from work. Whenever I have been on a flight, Alex has always waited in departures with flowers. Alex’s Instagram is filled with photos of me and little captions. He always opens the door for me. He carries the shopping bags. He helps clean up. He cooks every night. He walks to meet me every night at the bus stop. He blow-dries my hair. He curls my hair. He doesn’t update his wardrobe so that I can update mine so often. The little things are endless. For over three years, Alex and I have been wearing matching friendship bracelets.  They don’t cost the world, some of them cost nothing. But, little things make for a happy relationship.

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The key to our successful relationship? We treat every day like it’s the first day. Alex does this a lot better than I do. But, I try! Be happy. Be loving. Be supportive.

Four years ago, I was sitting at Lee Valley White Water Centre watching Alex work and raft. Now, I’m sitting in our new home together, with our puppy, Rio. Here’s to the next four years.

Happy March 15, Alex. Thank you for seeing the best in me, even in my darkest times. Thank you for being there for me whenever I need you to be. Thank you for being my best friend.

Hasta luego,

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* Can I file for copyright over this saying** because I seem to be seeing it crop up onto my timeline and different blogs so much now?????

** Kidding, of course. ***

*** Kinda.

 

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