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I have always been an introvert, or rather a loner. I prefer to spend time alone, doing things by myself whenever I can. Naturally, I lived alone after I left home 6 years back and moved to the city to pursue my post-graduate degree. I made a couple of great friends in college and at work, but never had the idea of sharing my flat crossed my mind, until 5 months back, when I made an amazing friend.

Obviously, we moved into a spacious rental apartment, and I thought that things would simply fall into place. But that’s not how it works, right?

It didn’t take me long to realize that when two different personalities decide to live under one roof, a lot of different opinions are going to come up. And that’s exactly what happened.

After much fights and making up later, today I am a pro at adjusting with another when it comes to sharing our personal space. I’ve decided to share this newfound wisdom with all you readers who want to make living together with your roommates or friends a peaceful journey: –

Adjustment Is Compromise Not Sacrifice

This is the crux of it all. Living together is sharing with your roommate and letting go of your ego. But this sharing doesn’t have to be unconditional; just selfless.

When I started living with my best friend, I wanted her to spend our free time together. Although my friend loves going out, she did give in to my wishes. But I could sense that she wasn’t always happily willing to do so.

Therefore, we settled on dedicating Saturdays solely to whatever she wanted to do (mostly movies, or catching up with friends, et al) and Sundays lazing at home as I wanted. This way, both of us get our wishes granted!

Get Your Finances Right

When you are sharing a living space with another, finances can come in between as you share a lot of other things too. Since she liked to go out, she had this habit of splurging at times. By the way, I’m no less of a spender either. It’s just that our choices are different.

When we moved in together, I wanted to furnish the hell out of our flat. But, furniture is expensive; also, as she put it “spending big money on furniture is insensible,”

source: rentomojo.com

 She was right. We could put our money to better use. But since we still needed some furniture, she suggested we rent it rather than buy. I liked this idea of #SubscriptionLifestyle. After much browsing, we went for rentomojo.com and ordered a lovely sofa cum bed, mattresses, wardrobes and a few other sundry pieces. What’s better, the site also rents out appliances like TV, fridge and washing machine cutting down our expenses further.

She was right. We could put our money to better use. But since we still needed some furniture, she suggested we rent it rather than buy. I liked this idea of #SubscriptionLifestyle. After much browsing, we went for rentomojo.com and ordered a lovely sofa cum bed, mattresses, wardrobes and a few other sundry pieces. What’s better, the site also rents out appliances like TV, fridge and washing machine cutting down our expenses further

Share Household Chores

We never had a maid. We would always split up the household chores. If we are cooking, then one of us is in charge of putting the dish on the table while the other cleans up later. Since we also #SmartlyOwn a washing machine on rent, housework is not that hard. It might sound tiring, but it’s a great way to share responsibilities and bond.

Enjoy Some Time Away From One Another

This is a must. You guys need to spend some time exclusively with your boys and girls! It does your body and mind good to stay away from one other from time to time.

Pursue Your Passions Together

Join in with your roommate in doing things they love and ask them to try your passions as well. Exercising and travelling together is worth a try!

Keep Things Amiable

Joy is in the small things, and so are potential arguments. Just stay calm and don’t let small differences grow in on your relationship with your roommate. If you too have any valuable tips to give, do share them in the comments below.

All images are taken from rentomojo and photopin

Blogging can be very exciting but it can be very tricky at the same time since its a very hard work. You have to keep yourself updated and the content you provide to your followers should be very crisp and catchy. For that, you need to have very good communication skills. It takes time to build a space between other existing bloggers.

You need to be unique and should be able to define your own personal style. What I feel is that blogging is not everyone’s cup of tea, there is a lot of pressure on do’s and don’t. When you are the only one responsible for your blog, you are the only one accountable.

The rise of blogging in a couple of years has increased tremendously, so the competition is huge. To survive in the industry you need to be very efficient and have to bear the criticism. Only good content can make you survive, if you have not done your research right, people will stop reading your content. You have to be very active on social media and sometimes its hard to catch up and perhaps a challenging task to make an influence on people’s lives.

These are the few tips that might make blogging a little easy

  • Be yourself- Try to bring the best outta you and be your original self.
  • Be creative- Always do something out of the box, no repetitions, experiment more.
  • Quality over quantity- you don’t need to post more but whatever you post should be unique and catchy.
  • Research – Do your homework before you write about something, half knowledge is dangerous.
  • Unique- Think what will make people read your site or why should they follow you?

I know this sounds exhausting but once you get a hang of it, you can be a nomad.

So me and my blogger friend Malin from Germany have shared some thoughts about blogging. Go read her views on www.sparkandbark.com . We did a collaboration street style post on the streets of Berlin. I hope you like it.

 

Photography : @maxpowerphoto

Jeans: H&M

Top: Primark

Shoes : Asos

Jacket: Zara

Much love,

Tessa x Malin