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Finding a Nice Place to Live After Migrating to the UK

Finding a Nice Place to Live After Migrating to the UK

London exists as the ideal place to live for many types of people, thanks to the diversity of the neighborhoods located within. No matter what a person’s interests or job is, London is the heart for people of any creed, profession, and orientation. The city is full of writers, salespeople, hipsters, artists, bankers, personal trainers, and techies.

Here you will find the coolest places to live, the best places for professionals, the most beautiful places, and the safest places to live in London all within the range of a generous budget to a budget that is a bit stricter.

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North London

North London is home to some of the most desirable places to live, but this does come at a decently high price. The highest priced areas are Camden, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, and St. John’s Wood while the more affordable neighborhoods are in Kentish Town, West Hampstead, and Finsbury Park.

South London

With neighborhoods that are a bit newer and are more affordable, there are some great areas in South London. These neighborhoods provide a way to get more space for the cost. Wimbledon, Battersea, and Clapham are all great places to live, but if you care to go further from Central London, Croydon and Purley are good choices. There is a train that runs through that’ll conveniently get you to Central London.

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East London

A great place for artists and hipsters, East London has some of the coolest places to live. There is an array of alternative lifestyles with lots of interesting things happening. There are the expensive neighborhoods like Shoreditch, but there are also other more affordable places as well. Hackney (in the borough of Hackney) living prices are growing because of gentrification, but it is still a greatly popular place for young people in the creative industries.

West and Central London

Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and Hyde Park are all some of the most well-known destinations in London, and are near the expensive neighborhoods of Kensington, Holland Park, and Westminster. More affordable areas are Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush, and Earl’s Court.

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North West London

Another of the more expensive areas of London, there are some of the most elegant restaurants, busiest bars, and markets. Ideally, the best neighborhoods are Camden, Notting Hill, and Kensal Rise while Wembly, Kilburn, and Willesden Green are more affordable.

South East London

Not only are there reasonable priced homes, but a lot of businesses are moving into the area as well. The transportation situation is ideal with the Docklands Light Railway, and there are many antique markets in Greenwich, along with locations made famous by films like Sherlock Holmes, Les Miserables, and Pirates of the Caribbean. New Cross and Deptford have less architecture, but they have great transportation. Wentworth Estate is designed around a golf course and is one of the most expensive estates outside of London where no two homes are the same.

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South West London

Home to lots of green spaces, there is Richmond Park and Kew Gardens mingling with lots of very nice restaurants and shops. The best neighborhoods in South West London are Chiswick, Barnes, Richmond, Twickenham, and Sutton.

Best for Family Living

If moving to London and in the market for a home that is in a safe neighborhood, near good schools, and spacious enough for a family, the neighborhoods of Crouch End, Richmond, Holland Park, and Hampstead are all great options. Greenwich is family-friendly with the village feel, and if you don’t mind living a bit further from the city, Brockley is a good option with lots of green space like parks and lawns, with the same village feel.

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10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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