We all have an idea of where we want to be heading. We all have people and ideas that motivate us – keeping us on the straight and narrow to achieve that ‘goal’. The biggest problem I have faced is a lack of self-awareness. I find it all too easy to follow a random to-do list and just think I’m doing the right thing in the moment. The issue with that is time passes by and you feel like you are still in the same place. Getting stuck in that rut is what causes sparks of anxiety and potentially mild depression, leaving your mind in a place that doesn’t help you move forwards and motivation can drop off.
How do I go about achieving my goals? In quite a simplistic way – the theory is the simple part, it’s always a question of ‘can I follow these steps through?’. The way I work it all out is: I write down on a sheet of plain paper ‘I am here’ on one side and ‘I want to be here’ – join the two together with a line. Then work backward from your goal to where you are today. This will create a list of things you need to do to get where you want to be. The next part is self-explanatory. Just follow the steps you have just written for yourself. Keep that piece of paper, keep referencing it because this will keep your progress in perspective. It doesn’t have to be 10000 steps long, but it will help your mind understand the path you are walking down, and each time you tick off one of those steps you will realise you ARE on the right path and you are a step closer to where you want to be. It is then just a matter of time. You will get there, you will achieve it – whatever it may be. If you don’t you’ll die trying and then you won’t know anyway. Either way, you will achieve that goal. You will hit that target and you will get to where you want to be.
The only person standing in your way is YOU and your own mind. Take time to invest in yourself, understand what you are capable of and the best way for you to work – that’s going to reduce the time it takes you to tick off those bits you need to do to achieve your goal. Something I have realised recently is how powerful my mind can be. We are wired to make up excuses and I am extremely guilty of that. You can talk yourself out of the smallest of tasks in seconds. So stop. Take control, take ownership of your thoughts and help yourself by setting that little negative voice inside your head to one side. The more you learn that the more you will grow and develop.
The third thing you need to keep in mind is; knowing your worth. If you are keen and eager to achieve something you will meet people along the way who are ready to exploit your hard work, dedication, and talent for their own financial gain. You can create your own standards, determine the value of your work and determine how you should be treated by others. Of course, this ties in with keeping things in perspective as something is only worth what someone else is prepared to pay for it. Be optimistic about your plan but keep everything in perspective with a hint of realism. The more real you are with yourself the faster you will develop. If you set an unrealistic goal and you don’t achieve it you begin putting pressure on yourself that didn’t even exist in the first place.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. And I mean anyone! I have had teachers, family, partners, friends and colleagues all tell me ‘you can’t’. “Ollie that just doesn’t happen”, “yes but Ollie how are you ACTUALLY going to do that”, “Ollie that’s too much of a saturated market” etc…. The list goes on. But what I think every time I hear something like that is “yes, but I haven’t done that, I haven’t tried that, people haven’t heard what I have to say and people haven’t seen my take on that”. If someone says you can’t be a comedian – take your phone and record a set and post it online – bam! You are a comedian. If someone says you can’t be a model – take photos of yourself with others and post them. BAM – you are modeling. Do you see where I am coming from? The internet gives you a whole world of opportunity right at your fingertips – it’s up to you how you use it and what you can make of it. Remember some of the biggest artists and personalities we know of today were found online!
Keep your thoughts organised and enjoy the process of figuring it all out – it’s all part of the fun.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! My absolute favorite time of the year. What a year 2017 has been! Such a crazy transition from full-time employment into the world of blogging and soon to be vlogging! Time is going faster and things are getting more exciting. It’s already time to do your Christmas shopping! Here is my complete guide to help you with your shopping. Chose from my top 10 gifts and keep scrolling for some stocking-filler ideas for him, her, cooks, techies, fashionistas, social media enthusiasts, and friends. There is something for everyone within this Christmas Gift Guide 2017.
Top 10 Gifts 2017
1. Apple Watch
Top of the list is the Apple Watch. Choose from a wide selection of options on the wheel below. The beauty of the Apple Watch is it was not designed for one specific user. No matter who you are, no matter what your profession or hobbies you can tailor Apple Watch to your needs. From sports progression monitoring, reading messages, scrolling social media and browsing emails to answering calls and, oh yeah… telling the time! Available in two different screen sizes, thousands of strap combinations and now with inbuilt GPS + cellular capabilities an Apple Watch is the ultimate gift to place under your tree – a smile guaranteed (ps mum it’s the one on the far right).
2. The Best Vlogging Camera
A question I get asked a lot is what camera gear do I use? The Sony RX100 is a camera I absolutely swear by! It isn’t just for vlogging but if vlogging is something you are into or want to try the Sony RX100 is the kiddy. It’s super easy to use in full manual mode to ensure you get the highest quality video and audio. When creating movies the last thing you want to be stressing about is the technical mubo-jumbo. The Sony RX100 is in the middle price bracket of a decent point and shoot camera’s but has top of the range image quality. I predominantly use mine for video but the image quality is just as sexy. So if it’s travel, food, lifestyle or fashion you are in to – get the Sony RX100 in your shopping basket and watch those Instagram likes rise. The camera comes with a re-chargeable battery, you’ll just need to grab an SD card below. I’ll link it all below here for you. Or Buy on Amazon Here.
3. Knomad – ‘KNOMO London’
The Knomad from ‘Knomo London‘ encompasses the true meaning of Knomo’s iconic hashtag #ThisIsMyOffice. Enjoy the freedom of having your office in your hands. This isn’t just for the self-employed, the Knomad is beautifully designed and manufactured to Knomo’s premium standards. From the robust zip to the bespoke inbuilt organizer – the Knomad oozes functionality and style. Available in two different styles, two different sizes and two different colours. With the option to include a power pack – you won’t run out of juice on the move. Even if your cafe-stop off doesn’t have a plug by the only free table (we’ve all been there). Like the concept of KNOMO? Wish it was a backpack? Laptop Bag? Want both? Shop the Knomad here. Browse Knomo’s other luxury luggage solutions below.
4. Foreo Issa Hybrid Toothbrush
Yeah… it’s a toothbrush. And it’s cool. And it’s the most powerful clean you’ll ever have. In a league of its own and uncomparable to competitors, the Foreo Issa carves a mark within the dental industry of its own. Recharge via USB (cable included). The Polymer bristles will last so much longer than a regular toothbrush. I’m not usually a fan of an electric toothbrush but the Foreo Issa bridges the gap between manual and electronic toothbrushes. The Freo Issa massages the gums and inhibits overbrushing, preventing damage to tooth enamel. Plus… it looks good. That bathroom shelf will be looking fly with a Foreo Issa on it ;). If nothing else friends will be asking what even is that? And it comes with a soft leather pouch for traveling. Not your typical gift but remember the importance of dental hygiene, coupled with the long life and high quality of the Foreo Issa and it’s suddenly a really thoughtful gift idea! Check out and shop the choice of colours below.
5. James Read’s – Hydra Mist Tan
In at number 5 is James Read’s Hydra Tan Mist. Newly launched for men (did you read my post all about how I use the Hydra Tan Mist?) but also available for women. This bottle is a £20 ticket to sun this winter. If you haven’t tanned or regularly tan this is for you… So wait? That’s everyone! The Hydra Tan mist slowly builds up dependant on how often you use it. Treat someone (or yourself) to a cheeky winter bronze glow and get yourself a bottle or two. This is genuinely my favorite new-found grooming product of 2017. Trust me on this one guys. Shop the Hydra Mist for men here, and shop the women’s below.
6. Black Croc iPhone Case – Aspinal Of London
The Blac Croc iPhone case from Aspinal Of London is available for most iPhone sizes. It also comes in a deep purple which is just as gorgeous. This is genuinely the best quality phone case I have ever had to date. Easily. This sexy black croc number is super sleek, beautifully made and protects your phone without compromising the thinness (you know that annoying chunky case effect slapping something on the back of your phone can have? Not here!). Modelled on my iPhone 7+ above, with the ability to emboss the initials of the person you are buying for, the black croc iPhone case from Aspinal is the perfect gift this Christmas. Added bonus: it come’s gift wrapped – that’s one less thing to worry about guys! Shop the case here.
7. Henry Watches
Like the idea of giving a beautiful time keeping piece for your partner to wear and remember you by each day? Don’t have thousands of pounds to spare? Me neither! Henry watches are the solution. Having been lucky enough to own a few Henry watches (as photographed), the minimalistic design and perfect colouring make each timepiece from Henry London stand out. My Henry watch is one of the lower costing watches I own, yet it always receives the most questions and compliments. If the unique square finish isn’t quite doing it for you, then shop a round face which is finished off with a luxury glass dome. The round glass dome gives Henry watches an almost 3d effect – something I haven’t seen from other brands. Henry watches are perfectly priced, perfectly designed, perfectly manufactured and perfect for under your tree this Christmas.
Remember I did a fitness class balancing on a board on water?.. If you have no idea what I’m talking about: I recently was invited to Bose’s aqua fit class at the Haymarket Hotel to experience a fitness class, on a balance board (I fell in, it was in my IG story, it was fun). It was all part of raising awareness for Bose’s brand new product: The SoundLink Micro. Having experienced an in-depth product demonstration, throwing one into the pool and then taking one home – it’s safe to say Bose have done it again! I own the mini link II, but the micro is now my go-to speaker. It’s Water resistant!! What a bonus. With similar sound quality as the mini link II but to be smaller, brighter coloured and a lower price makes this the ultimate wireless bluetooth speaker to gift this Christmas. If you buy two you can use them in party mode – play the same track through both speakers at the same time or put them in stereo mode and one will play the Right while the other plays the Left parts of the studio track. Cool right? Shop the Soundlink Micro below!
9. The Ultimate Party Jacket – NEXT
It’s the item of clothing that’s given me my first 2000+ likes on Instagram, one that is always a talking point. It’s my go-to part jacket it’s my purple blazer from NEXT. I’ll be writing a guide to upping your blazer game for party season too. But for now grab your’s to gift this Christmas (while stocks last on this one!!).
10. Floris London – Honey Oud
The incredible scent that is Honey Oud. The fragrance I use every day – couldn’t be without it. I mean… If this was under my tree I would be loving life. We all need a fragrance for Christmas. Why not make it extra special for him this Christmas and shop Floris London’s Honey Oud.
Stocking Filler Picks ByOllieB
For The Techie
For The Cook
Fragrance For Him
Fragrance For Her
His Fashion Essentials
Her Fashion Essentials
I hope I have helped relived some festive shopping stress. Whoever you are shopping for, wherever you are I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I am super excited for 2018! Such incredible opportunities are in the pipeline for ByOllieB. Look forward to sharing the journey with you guys!
Commuting around London is overcrowded, expensive, and time-consuming. It is not the pleasant experience you need when getting from A to B in London. I have recently discovered a new way of travel around North East London, that way is ‘DriveNow’. It’s time to brush the dust off your driving license and start using DriveNow instead of your oyster card. How does driving a stylish BMW or Mini instead of taking the tube sound? DriveNow have the all-electric BMW i3 as well as the BMW 1 Series, Mini 3 & 5 door, and Mini Convertibles. Fancy trying them all? They are all available for DriveNow members.
So what is DriveNow? DriveNow is North East London’s Flexible car club, giving its members access to 300+ hi-spec BMW’s and Mini’s which can be parked for free in residents or pay and display bays within the business area (Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest). Members can find a car through the DriveNow app and choose to drive by the minute, hour or day. Parking, fuel, insurance, car tax and a generous mileage allowance are all included in the price.
DriveNow takes away the stress of fuel prices and repair costs. All you need to do is pay for the time you use the car. As soon as you are parked up you can walk away (after locking the car via the app – how cool)! Worried about traffic? While I can’t predict what traffic you could potentially encounter, studies have shown that for every DriveNow car, 11 privately owned cars are taken off the road, easing the traffic situation in London. You are able to park and leave DriveNow cars almost anywhere within the business area which even makes parking flexible and stress-free!
To add greater value, DriveNow members have access to a fleet of over 6,000 vehicles in Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Brussels, Milan, Helsinki and Lisbon. You can pick-up and drop-off your DriveNow cars at the airport. Hop in your BMW i3 in Hackney, drive to city airport, catch your flight and hop back into a DriveNow car at most of the destinations listed above.
DriveNow looks as cool as it sounds. When in the areas of; Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest, open up your DriveNow app, this will show you all the cars available in your area. Tap on them and see what/where they are – they even have their own names! The app will then direct you to the car of your choice. Once at the car just tap ‘Unlock’ and you are in. Bags in the boot and hop into your BMW i3.
The interior of the DriveNowBMW i3 echoes the sleek, cool design of it’s exterior. BMWi is a step into the future, putting you one step ahead on the way you choose to travel. Minimal motor controls inside the BMW i3 keeps operation simple and new user-friendly. If you get confused, the built-in monitor is there to guide you. As I said… Cool right? The BMW i3 is automatic and no key is required to start the car. When reversing the BMW i3’s built-in camera is automatically activated for you to view on the central display, helping you to see obstacles when maneuvering. As you switch to ‘Drive’ the monitor will automatically revert back to the main menu. Relax back and enjoy the BMW i3 drive experience. Driver displays are condensed down to a single monitor on the dashboard, including a digital display of your MPH and millage remaining – so you can see the essentials at a glance.
Use the brushed aluminum dial between the driver and passenger seats to navigate the display. Enter your unique 4 digit passcode (created during the sign-up process) to ‘log-in’ to the car. That’s it you are set. Foot on the break and press the start/stop button (in BMW i3 this is located next to the gear section toggle behind the steering wheel). You are off, on your first next-level DriveNow journey, enjoying the smooth ride inside a BMW i3. No loud engine, no clutch control hassle, it’s one easy stylish drive. Your drive-time is then recorded, and a trip breakdown is sent you to you with your receipt via email once your journey is complete. Easy.
DriveNow is the perfect solution for short trips within North East London. Not just for the opportunity to drive some of the coolest cars on the road but for the ease and convenience of DriveNow. Jumping between business meetings? Meeting friends? Going to Broadway Market? Off to an event at Alexandra Place? Watching a match at Emirates Stadium? Sign up to DriveNow and arrive in style the convenient way next time, without the hefty price tag!
The past few weeks have been some of the most exciting weeks for ‘ByOllieB’, from walking the red carpets at ‘London Fashion Week’, to launching new collaborative adventures for the upcoming months. With everything being so fast paced it’s been important to not neglect those close to me as they are my constant and my support. At times it can seem easy to get excited about a new collaboration and dive into it head first – taking everything in its wake for granted. Finding balance within the long hours I work is essential for my own sanity, as well as looking after those special relationships.
This evolving journey that ‘ByOllieB’ is on is a super exciting one, and it’s getting more exciting every week. Keeping family and friends on this journey is key to maintaining drive and inspiration for my content producing. I am my worst critic and always strive to produce better content every day. The feedback those closest give to me is the feedback that matters most, they will tell you how it is – keep you focused and your feet on the ground.
London is such a fast paced environment to be engulfed in, days turn into weeks, weeks into months and before we know it it’s time choose our Christmas tree (sorry for saying the C word in October…). That barrier of city life can be overcome by some simple time management, something I have struggled with in the past but am improving as I learn more about the industry I have found myself working around the clock in. Everything from those morning emails, afternoon meetings, blog writing then evening events – it’s all in a day’s work. I have one of the best jobs in the world for sure but it is demanding. Maintaining excellent time management is essential for me to separate myself from my work at times and focus on my family and friends.
As the business grows so does my activity and list of things-to-do. But taking a step back and putting myself more on a 9-5 working schedule has been essential. Of course, that isn’t always possible when working freelance, sometimes sacrifices need to be made to ensure the landlord gets paid. But making time to nurture those personal relationships protects my mental welfare and keeps me focused on my professional goals & achievements.
While maintaining the perfect balance between working and personal hours is on-going, I am pushing the same mentality into my work ethos. As I develop ‘ByOllieB’ to the reach the next level I need to maintain balance between clients, sector progression and what snacks I have in my bag! Ensuring I represent fashion, travel, and lifestyle equally. Keeping a variety of uploaded content keeps the face of ByOllieB’s brand balanced. I want to deliver to you a balanced set of high-quality content to inspire your fashion choices, eating habits, holiday plans, and lifestyle choices. The first step is to swap out that chocolate bar for a delicious bag of Yushoi – fuel your body the right way. A healthy body fuels a healthy mind. Yushoi went down well in the studio with the band when producing a music video earlier this month! Feeling those autumn vibes? Give Yushoi’s newest flavour ‘Barbecue’ a try – mouth-wateringly delicious, and… it’s actually healthy. A real life. Healthy. Tasty. Snack.
This post was written in collaboration with ‘Yushoi’ as part of an ongoing partnership.