I want to visit New York

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Every single year around Christmas I say that I want to go New York, yet it’s never happened. So this year I am going to try my very best to make it happen. I would love to stay there for around a week, close to Times Square, be able to visit the little quirks as well as the most popular landmarks, visit the museums and art galleries and try some delicious cuisine and feel a sense of what it is like to live within a different culture of life. 

The only thing is when I have had the time to sit down and plan this trip out I just don’t know if I’m planning it right, I have looked into what you should and shouldn’t do in New York yet I feel like I don’t have enough information. If any of you guys could help me with a guide, websites, links to videos or just some personal advice from visiting there or even living there on what I should visit, little heads up on certain things that would great. I am thinking of either going in June or around December time this year. If you could leave a comment in the space below it would be so helpful as I am looking for some guidance and I would appreciate it a lot.

Here are a few things that I’ve saw upon research and would like to visit:

1.

Times Square

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Watching videos and reading some guides it seems the people that live in New York or who have visited New York regularly tend to discourage tourists or beginners to see the sights of Times Square as it’s one of the most popular things to do. But I think it looks visually breathtaking, to me I think it would be a once in lifetime opportunity so i definitely would like to check this out.

2.

The American Museum of Natural History

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I’m not sure so correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the film The Night At The Museum filmed partly here. My favourite thing to do when visiting a different country or even a city I haven’t been to before is to go in search of a museum so this is on top of my to do list.

3.

High Line

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When browsing through the New York City To-Do Guides I have come across so many that have recommended walking the High Line.

4.

5th Avenue

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We all know that I love to shop, the greatest shops in the World are strategically placed within this quarter.

5.

SoHo

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SoHo is another place that has been recommended to me and has been advised as a ‘must see’.

So guys if you could help me out and inform this rookie it would be fab. I have no clue as you can tell ha. Thanks!

Sharney x

10 BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY I LIVE IN: SHEFFIELD

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Here are a few things that I have loved from living in Sheffield from the past three years, I wanted to do this post, as I will be leaving soon to live back home now that I’ve finished my studies and wanted to show a bit of appreciation for the city I love most, Sheffield.

1. It’s home to lots of great music

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From Pulp, Def Leppard to Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield has plenty of talent not to mention actors and athletes such as Sean Bean and Jess Ennis.

2. It’s the greenest city in the country

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Proud of their strong reputation, it’s estimated that in 2012-13 that waste recycle rose from 44,731 tonnes in 2008 to 50,433.

3. The Winter Gardens

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Sheffield’s own free to enter winter garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built within the UK during the last hundred years. Home to more than 2,000 plants from around the world.

4. Peddler Market

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Feast your eyes and belly monthly, Peddlers showcase a line up of the tastiest street food traders with treats such as freshly made cocktails, craft beers, live music and art.

5. Visit local galleries and art spaces

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Millennium Galleries is a hot spot destination for a spot of art, craft and design. Special exhibitions are lined up throughout the year. 

6. Tramlines

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An annual music festival that is proudly situated with national and local talent. Curated and organised by a panel of local venue owners, promoters and volunteers. MainStage to local venues sip a pint and watch fresh local talent.

7. The antiques quarter

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If you like to hunt for a gem or a bargain Sheffield Antiques Quarter is the best place to find authentic antiques with affordable traditional furniture to retro collectables such as vinyl and vintage clothing. 

8. Live venues

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One of my favourite things about this city is the local live venues that just play such a significant part to our youth and culture. Over the years Leadmill has accommodated the best live music there is from Oasis to Milburn, as well as new bands on the town.

9. Famous for it’s homegrown exports

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It’s clear to see that Sheffield is an successful independent place and shows this off with off within the Devonshire Quarter with authentic gems such as Rare & Racy, Mooch Vintage and Vulgar.

10. Food

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Nothing beats Northern ‘snap’, check out Wick at Both Ends or have a trip to the Lucky Fox and feast your eyes on a donut smoothie or two.

Check out some of the links here to find out more about the places I’ve written about:

http://leadmill.co.uk

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/gardens/the-winter-garden.html

http://www.peddlermarket.co.uk

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/home

http://www.tramlines.org.uk

http://sheffieldantiquesquarter.co.uk

http://www.rareandracy.co.uk/w/doku.php

http://www.vulgarsheffield.co.uk

http://thewickatbothends.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/luckyfoxsheff/


Let me know your favourite places around Sheffield in the comments too.

Sharney x

Revision: Top Tips and Advice For Success

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It’s the time of year where it’s most stressful for students, tearing their hair out and trying to stick pins in their eyes from lack of deprived sleep, not to mention the copious amounts of energy drinks at their sides. As I have my last ever exam coming up next week, the pressure is on and I wanted to share with you my tips and others shared advice on how to revise and get the grade you want. Nothing is better than other people’s shared motivation for me personally, so I decided to include other’s tips of the trade to give a little bit of variety and an experiment to the people who haven’t found their niche yet.

So I hope this helps!

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1. Find out what distracts you

You should understand how procrastination effects your life and how these habits can be prevented. Change your perspective and be more optimistic, look beyond the assignments and dream of your personal goals to improve your engagement, this can help when it comes down to the exam and may seem less intimidating.

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2. Organise your time

Plan the week out in advance by adding some discipline, it may show you what is more important. By turning these tasks into your new ‘habit’ it may make the work seem much more comfortable and less of a chore. Break up your time of revision by placing sections into chunks, once you’ve completed one chunk take a 10-20 minute break then carry onto the next.

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3. Pinterest might make notes look pretty but just use these as motivational pick-me-ups

Don’t make these yourself, it’s just wasting some of your precious time towards that looming exam date, include all the vital things you need to know and make sure all the information can be clearly read through your notes. Don’t try and produce the next famous piece of art, be realistic and limit yourself to a certain amount of colours so that you don’t get carried away.

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4. Work in a productive environment
Learn what is best for you and how to work productively whether  that is by yourself or with a friend, don’t sit where there are places riddled with distractions, noisy neighbours, TV’s etc. The best place is to sit at a desk, or maybe in the sun, not your bed or your head will hit the pillow before you even know it.

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5. Stock up and prepare with drinks and snacks
This might help you get rid of all the silly little excuses to get up and leave your revision for a wander every 10 minutes or so. Keep yourself hydrated with water or squash and some little snacks to dib and dab every now and then, sugar snaps, carrot sticks and nuts are perfect to lure you into an intense revision session.

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6. Start revision early and make sure you put in the right amount of time
Nothing is worse than entering an exam and before you even turn over the page to answer the questions doubt creeps into your mind thinking ‘I wish I revised more’. Make sure you put the motivation and effort into practicing questions beforehand and making the notes and sticking to your revision schedule as it is worth it in the long run.

7. Don’t turn into a revision zombie
Lack of sleep, stress and anxiety can become an issue for most students. Make sure you take care of your health and wellbeing and relax each week and do what you love most. Go to the cinema, pub, gym etc and completely forget about revision for this period of time and have fun.

8. Record yourself reading notes or record important lessons
This can be handy to just flick the tape on and listen, take notes or just memorise by hearing if you aren’t a visual person when it comes to revising. 

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9.  Make a reward system for your progress

Celebrate successful tasks by asking friends and family to ask you questions or do a mock test and see how well you’ve done, arrange small punishments by going over your weaknesses again or reward yourself to a break or unhealthy but tasty treat if you’ve smashed the answers and think your ready to hit the exam in the face.

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10. Think positive and don’t panic

Being positive is the most healthy way to enter an exam and have right ‘can do’ attitude, remember that a negative attitude and letting your emotions go can cause more stress so try and be as calm as possible and remember that it’s not the end of the world. 

I hope this has learnt you a new thing or two or just regurgitated what you may already do to refresh your mind. Here are a few websites that may help you on your way to other revision tips or contacts for advice.

Let me know what your most successful thing is to do as a revision tactic in the comments box.

Sharney x