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Promoting Better Financial Skills

financial awareness

Recently, I was on the BBC. Yup, national BBC – not just local. It turns out that 1/3 of millennials will be renting for life and they wanted someone to come speak about it.

What I said was simple; I choose to work in a sector that I love, making the world a better place. And that means that not only do I rent but I also live in a houseshare.

After having relative financial freedom in Japan and Germany, coming back to the UK I had to relearn how to be frugal. I’m always on the look out for better ways to stay on top of my finances and I am really passionate about giving students the skills to manage their money. [Read more…]

Voices that Need to Go Viral

Rebecca Louise Law

Back when I was in Japan, there was a viral news story in the west about children in Japanese schools licking each others’ eyeballs. I had never heard of it before. None of the children I knew did it, and when I asked Japanese friends they also said that they had never heard of it.

As far as I could see, there had been one mention of it on an online forum and then the world had just jumped on this small window into a culture that no one is able to understand. People are much less likely to look into the credibility of such a story, instead wave their hand and say “gosh, those Japanese people are just WEIRD!” [Read more…]

This Blog is Changing

CharlotteSteggz

Whenever someone asks me what I blog about, my answer usually sounds something like this:

“well, I used to write about how cool my life was abroad but now I just write about stuff”.

I’ve been conflicted for a while, writing a mixture of what gets clicks, what I think I should be writing about, and what I really want to be writing about. By doing so, I’ve got a weird mixture of an audience; one that probably couldn’t tell me what niche my blog is in any better than I could. [Read more…]

Book: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko book

Heffers in Cambridge is one of my favourite bookshops. Friendly, homely, and full of hand written recommendations, it’s the best place to find good reads. I have to limit the number of times I go in there, however, as I always come out with piles and piles of books to sit on my shelf until I can read them.

When I was grabbing some Boxing Day bargains, a member of staff recommended Pachinko to me. I took her word for it and after a quick read over the blurb, put it in my pile to buy. [Read more…]

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