31 December 2015

Bye Bye 2015!

Today is the final day of 2015! I have to say it has been a wonderful year and I have created many memories that I will cherish for years to come. In my last blog post (which you can read here) I spoke about my new year's resolutions and one of them is to blog a lot more. This is so when I look back on 2016 I will be able to go back through my blog and reminisce about the great times I'm sure we're about to have.

I want to dedicate this blog post to everyone who made my 2015 as amazing as it was, and to say thank you I have selected a few pictures to share with you of some of my favourite moments from this year.

 I hope you enjoyed this year as much as I did!

See you soon, Beth x


30 December 2015

My New Year's Resolutions

I'm not normally the type of person who bothers with new year resolutions. I have always thought they were a bit pointless and created too much pressure for people to try and stick to them. However this year I feel different about it. I've been almost more excited about the new year than I was about Christmas (almost)! I've got lots of exciting things coming up and lots of things I want to do next year!

I've been thinking about why resolutions don't work out for many people and I've come up with a few reasons why.

They're too general

If you just say "I want to lose weight" or "I want to read more" then you're not really giving yourself a proper goal. If you make it more specific like "I want to read at least 2 books a month" (thats one of mine!) then you've actually set a target for yourself to reach and it will be much easier for you to reach your goal.

They're too big

Notice how I said "I want to read at least 2 books a month" not "I want to read 12 books a month". Thats because I know I'm a pretty slow reader and 12 a month is way too much for me and just pretty unrealistic anyway. Don't put too much pressure on yourself! I honestly think the best way to achieve your goals is to start small and work your way up!

You don't follow through

Okay, so you've decided on a target that is realistic for you. What now? Deciding you want to "lose 2 stone by April" is great! But now you need to create an action plan to get there! Whatever your resolution is, try and plan out little things you can do to reach your goal. Maybe get a journal or a diary to keep track of your progress and organize yourself or maybe you could start a blog so you can document your progress. A blog would also be a great way to find other people with similar resolutions to you and support is extremely important in helping you achieve your goals! It's probably a good idea to get these things in place before the new year so you are ready to go by January 1st!

One more really important thing to remember is that you don't need to wait until January to make changes to your life, and if it gets to March and you realise you've gone off track, that doesn't matter! It's never too late to start.

I hope this helps you! My goals for 2016 are centred around my blog and script writing, what are yours? Leave me a comment with your resolutions for 2016!

I hope you have a fabulous end to 2015

See you soon, Beth x Follow

18 November 2015

Some Tips For Starting University

When I started this blog two months ago, I originally wanted to post at least one thing every couple of weeks. However, life got in the way like it usually does and my blogging plans have gone completely out the window! The main reason for this is because I started my first year of University in September! Its a lot of hard work (hence why my blog had to take a back seat) and has already had it's fair share of stressful moments, but I'm loving it. But go back 4 or 5 months ago and I was a nervous wreck about starting this new chapter of my life. Would people like me? Was I good enough? So I've decided to share some tips that I've learnt over the past 10 weeks for anyone who is thinking about or defintly going to university next year!

Now first of all I just want to point out that I go to Film School rather than a normal University. It's pretty much the same apart from there isn't a massive campus that we all go to (instead there are two smaller campus'), there aren't as many students (only 18 in my class!) and rather than worrying about exams, we have films to stress over (its not as easy as it looks trust.) I also still live at home with my parents as uni is only a couple of miles away so if you're looking for advice on living away from home then sorry I don't know anything about that yet. Ok now you know what to expect a little bit more lets get cracking with those tips.

1) Talk to as many people as possible

This something that I struggle with a lot and one of my biggest fears about starting uni was making friends. In school you tend to get groups of different types of people (like a cheesy american teen movie but less) there are people you talk to and people you wouldn't dare talk to for whatever reason. However uni isn't like that. We're grown ups now and hopefully the majority of people are less likely to judge you like that. Find people who are similar to you but also embrace people who are different or someone you wouldn't normally see yourself being friends with, you may just be surprised. Also I would argue that the social side of uni life is just as if not more important than the academic side of things. So even if you find it as hard as I do, try and put yourself out there right from day 1 and get yourself a solid group of friends.

2) Don't worry about not knowing everything because trust me, you don't.

This one might sound kind of strange, of course you don't know everything that's why you're there! To learn stuff! However another anxiety I had before starting uni was not knowing enough about film and looking stupid in front of my class mates. When I got there I soon realised that we were all in the same boat. Yes, there are the know it alls but most of us were all living with the same fear. Remember that there will be people who know more than you about some things but you will also know more than they do about something else. Rather than worrying or judging others about this, learn from each other! This can also be a good way to make new connections and friends, which relates back to my first tip!

3) Start your assignments early
If I could give only one tip it would be this. Unless you like staying in the library until 4am of the morning of your deadline trying to get it done then sure go ahead and skip this one.

4) Enjoy it

We're probably only going to get  this opportunity once, so yes even though it can be stressful and a lot of work, don't forget to enjoy this time! Go out with your friends, take advantage of every opportunity you can and just have fun. Don't waste it because suddenly we will be 40 looking back on the old times wishing we could do it again and...ok that's too scary. Basically, just have fun, okay!

If you can think of any more tips for starting university or film school then leave a comment below! 
You can also follow me on twitter @bethaananaa and instagram @bethananax to keep up to date with my uni life and other blog posts!

See you soon, Beth x

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1 October 2015

How To Make Greek Chocolate Biscuit Cake (Mosaiko)

Hi welcome back to my blog!

If you read my last post then you will know I recently went on a trip to Greece. Well the one thing I didn't talk about in that post was the food! We didn't get to explore much of the local food whilst we were out there, but one traditional dish we all looked forward to every night in the hotel was the Mosaiko, or as we called it: "biscuit cake". I've been really missing it since I've been home, so I thought I'd make some of my own and share the recipe with you so you too can bring a bit of Greece into your home!

Now I am not going to win The Great British Bake Off any time soon and the recipe I was following was pretty vague (thats my excuse!) so there are a couple of things I did wrong! It didn't effect the cake too much apart from its appearance. But don't worry, I worked out where I made mistakes so I'll show you some dos and don'ts as we go along if you want to make yours look more traditional. However if you want your biscuits to look more like mine then just do what I do!

    Traditional Mosaiko

How mine turned out

Okay so lets get to it!

You will need:

2 eggs (seperated)

200g of Icing Sugar

3tbsp of Cocoa

1tsp of Vanilla Extract

150-300g of plain biscuits (crushed)

250g of butter

A pinch of salt

A pinch of sugar

1) Separate the eggs

There are a couple of ways you can do this. I originally attempted to separate my eggs with an egg separator, but that didn't really work out for me. Instead, I cracked the egg into a cup then poured the white into half of the shell. When the shell gets full, pour it into a mixing bowl. Keep going until all the white is in the bowel. It is important to keep the whites and the yolks, so pour the yolks into a different cup or bowl. 

Pour the whites into a mixing bowl and the yolks into a separate cup

2) Add a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt into the bowl

Add the sugar and salt into the bowel and then whisk until your mixture looks white and foamy. You are essentially making meringues so if you were really lazy you probably could skip this step and just buy some meringues but your biscuits probably wouldn't be half as nice and you will know that you cheated.

How your mixture should look 

3) Add 35g of Icing Sugar

Add the icing sugar and then carry on whisking. Your mixture should end up looking thick and glossy.

4) Melt the butter

You can do this in a pan or a microwave. When it's completely melted, pour it into a different mixing bowl. 

5) Add the cocoa, vanilla essence and rest of the icing sugar

Then whisk away! 

6) Add your yolks 

Once your cocoa, icing sugar and vanilla is all mixed in nicely. I almost forgot to do this and quickly added them in at the end which probably wasn't a great idea so don't do that! Add them now! Carry on whisking until they are mixed in nicely 

7) Add the meringues 

Pour the first bowl into your new bowl and mix it with gentle circular movements. 

8) Crush the biscuits!

Tanya Burr taught me a good technique for this. Put the biscuits on a tea towel like this:

Wrap them up like this:

Then get a rolling pin to bash them with. BE CAREFUL not to crush them too much, like I did. You want to still have quite big pieces of biscuits. I used 150g and my end result was quite gooey, so if that's what you're after then stick with that amount. However if you want a much more crunchy biscuit cake then I would suggest 300g of biscuits. 

9) Add the biscuits!

Add your biscuits to your bowl and mix it all in! 

10) Pour your mixture into a baking tray

Here's where things get different. If you want yours to look like mine then pouring it into a flat tray is the way to go. If you want the more traditional look then you may need a Swiss roll tray (that's what my mum said) or make your mixture into more of a roll shape. Remember to use cling-film or foil on the bottom of your tray so it doesn't stick! 

11) Put it in the fridge/freezer and say goodnight

I put mine in the fridge over night and then in the freezer for a bit in the morning. However if you don't have that long until you want to serve your Greek dish then sticking it in the fridge or freezer for an hour or two is just as good! 

12) Cut up and enjoy!

When you take it out of the fridge/freezer turn it upside down and then cut them into slices. That's it! If you don't eat it all in one go then store the rest in the fridge. I've also heard they taste really good with ice cream but I haven't tried that yet! 

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See you soon!
Beth x


30 September 2015

Zakynthos Photo Diary

Here are some photos I took on my recent trip to Zante, Greece, on my disposable camera. I love the vintage look disposable cameras give and it's so nice to have physical photos to keep. Also it's so cheap!

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