Here is a Thursday pick me up!
Dear whoever may need it,
Sometimes things don’t go to plan and they are the opposite of EASY. You’re not the only one having a bad day… or month… or year! You are not alone, it’s the truest thing I can say to you.
We have all been undone. Then we get put back together, piece by piece and when we find someone else who is suffering we understand deeper and wider. Because we get it.
We all must fight some battles and jump through hoops in this crazy adventure we call life. Some fights, nobody knows about… things change in our lives, sometimes for better or worse.
Some days can be foggy, and you must realise that it’s OK not to be OK all of the time.
You will laugh again. So hard that your stomach aches and tears spill out.
You will look back and thank God that you’re on this side of the storm, and then you will thank yourself because it turns out you’re stronger than you realised.
You are loved. You are worthy. You are enough. You are strong. You are good.
Life will get sunnier.
DISCLAIMER: The pictures I used are Emily Coxhead’s the creator of the Happy News. She’s awesome and I love her little notes to boost my spirits!
Over the weekend I decorated my room and oh boy was it hard work.
My family had gone camping and I couldn’t because of work commitments. So I was working 10 to 7 on Saturday and 9 to 6 on Sunday… and decided to completly gut and decorate my room- pure stupidity.
- Preparation (much to my disgust) is key
- Moving to University meant I have double the amount of ‘stuff’- which happens to need to be out back into my room. Which, unlike my wardrobe, has not grown.
- If you want perfection- pay someone else.
- I learnt to man up a lil bit- crying in a built in wardrobe because you can’t take the lid off the paint is not productive. Especially crying on the phone to your Dad.
- How to wash paint out of your hair.
- I figured out how to avoid getting paint in you eyes and mouth- step as far away as possible.
At the end of the day, I can honestly say that I would be happy never painting another room again. It makes me miserable, tired and put my relationship to the test! But it does look very nice now and I am very pleased.
I painted it a Dulux White Blossom pink colour, which is a very subtle, not too childish, pink. Here are some of the plans I have for it!
For exclusive use by client Gemma Wright and Author Lyndsey James.
I am loving all things flamingo at the moment, but I also love cactus’- I’m hoping to include both features, without it looking bonkers. I love the whole design side of these things, but its safe to say I’m not a interior painter… actually I suck at it!
Side note: All of the above can be found on Not on the Hightstreet- My all time favourite!
I’ve spoken quite a bit about my lifestyle, but not so much about me as a person, so today I’m going to share with you 25 things you probably don’t know about me!
- I’m scared of horses- when I was 7 I was at a party and the supervisor let go of the reins and the horse ran, with me on it. We were in the New Forest and it was terrifying.
- Crossing fingers, or toes, makes my stomach flip.
- When I was 3 I fell into a tank full of crabs at a Nursery Trip to the Aquarium.
- I have an overly sensitive nose and have an obsession with candles, especially cinnamon and apple flavour.
- I am horrendous when it comes to spicy food- my nose runs, I sweat and sometimes my eyes run too.
- I suck at long distance running. But was always good at sprinting and high jump at school.
- I’m hangry 99% of the time.
- I have been attacked by dogs on 3 separate occasions and am a little apprehensive around dogs I haven’t met. However, big, fluffy dogs are my favourite. Beside my little Border Terrier Jim, he’s pretty damn awesome.
- I am obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy.
- I used to do singing lessons from age 11 to 14. I love to sing, but mostly in private.
- The biggest thing I miss (apart from my family of course!) when I’m away from home is the Sea- it’s just my happy place.
- I met my boyfriend, Jack, on a bus, first year of college, aged 16. Now we’re at University together!
- When I was 5 a boy at my school pushed me into a tank of sting rays- another School Trip.
- I hate spiders.
- When I was 12 I sold cup cakes at my Dad’s offices and that was my first sort of job.
- I learned the clarinet from age 8 to 13.
- I am not a big clubber- I enjoy drinking and socialising, but don’t enjoy the being drunk aspect. Or the cramped spaces. I prefer coffee shops and cake.
- Anything Avocado I adore.
- I have a fair size list of allergies: food colourings, dairy, a large amount of fruit, in particular peaches. Peaches and I do NOT get along #anaphylaxis
- I have a ridiculous amount of blond moments.
- Sea food is my favourite- especially mussels.
- I like/attempt to play Fifa with Jack, and I’m getting pretty damn good at it- I think!
- I hate, hate, hate confrontation. I just cry.
- I drink a ridiculous amount of tea each day.
- I am the worst person to go clothes shopping with. I am not remotely claustrophobic at any other time, but if I get caught in a top in a changing room its freak-out time.
I hope you enjoyed learning that little bit more about me.
Thank you for reading! Happy Monday!
Every term Warwick University hold an event called “Skool Dayz”, where you dress like school kids and dance to school disco songs.
As someone that has particularly outdated music taste- this is my cup of tea! Put me in a club playing busted, mcfly, Blink-182, Fatboyslim, spice girls and Robbie Williams and I am in my element.
We had predrinks at Jack’s University halls, as it was an SU event, then headed over to the copper rooms.
It lived up to its typical warwick university night expectations:
- Drama- a group of girls got in a trolley and tried to mount a curb… was never going to end well. The University Security team, first aiders and an ambulance later- turns out they had just had that little bit too much to drink.
- I made a friend in the loo- I always love this, she complimented my eye liner, I complimented her outfit and I’m pretty certain she won’t remember the conversation.
- Overpriced drinks- but that’s why you budget!
- Sticky dance floors.
- Grumpy bouncers.
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I have found that staying healthy at University is not an easy task, with take outs on every corner, alcohol being pretty central to nights out and even with the amount of physical activity my History Degree demands. Having to avoid dairy, gluten and the majority of fruit has made this task even more difficult, but I have recently found an App that really does work for me- Lifesum.
I am by no means a large person, but have not felt brilliant about the way I look for quite a while and have tried several methods of losing weight… that really haven’t been successful. Even when I have been avoiding both dairy and gluten my figure hasn’t changed and I haven’t noticed a different in the way I feel.
I decided to download the Lifesum App onto my phone and can honestly say it’s really really good!
- What should I eat? I am not educated on what is good and bad. I thought I was, but the app has shown me that that might have been where I was going wrong. You simply enter manually or scan the barcode of whatever you have eaten and it tracks your daily intake of carbs, protein and fat, showing you how much of it you can have.
- Footfall: The app links to any exercise app already on your phone that records your foot fall, automatically adding it onto how many calories you have for the rest of the day.
- What do you want to achieve? When you activate the app, it asks you to enter height, weight and what you would like to achieve, either: lose weight, get healthier or put on weight. It then asks your desired weight and spreads the ‘diet’ over 22 weeks, each week is therefore different.
- Recipes in line with your health goals: The app offers healthy recipes for every time of the day, whether that is breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacks.
- Water: It tells you how many cups of water you should drinking a day, and even reminds you if you haven’t drunk for a while, or when it is best for you to drink in terms of losing weight.
- Statistics: the app records every day on a calendar and suggests that you weigh yourself once a week, to really see the difference.
It really does make me feel more in control of my diet, and is really flexible with the foods I can and can’t eat- I eat what suites me, unlike strict diets that give you recipes for each day. I don’t feel like I am constantly thinking about what I am eating, but I feel like I have a plan that is sustainable.
I really do recommend this to anyone who wants to notice a different in a week.
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Sorry for not being as up to date with the blogs recently, I have had 4 deadlines in the space of 2 weeks and it has been STRESSFUL to say the least. However, my final deadline is on Thursday and then I will be back to posting weekly.
Feeling under pressure recently has certainly made me notice how important the little things in life are. I think my best tip for University, College, School or even just Life is to look after Number 1. It’s so easy to be bogged down in work and become a recluse.
(RECLUSE: a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
aka. goodbye social life)
How I make sure I am not a biscuit-munching-essay-writing-ever-getting-larger-recluse:
- Retail therapy- hell yeah, Missguided had a sale on- 50%!!
- Shower every day- I have two days off a week, and oh the temptation to stay in my pyjamas- but NO.
- Go for a run. I’m really awful at running, but it gets me out. Also, with a degree like History you spend a fair amount of time on your bum.
- When I get stressed I get break-outs 😦 but I am a firm believer that if you feel in anyway rubbish about yourself, put that extra bit of effort in. If I have a random and ever-lasting break out- I curl my hair, or put some eyeliner on.
- Paint my nails.
- Go out for cake. But only if I walk the 20 minutes to the tea shop.
- Go out with friends, have fun, otherwise you WILL go crazy.
Quick Update on what I have been up to:
- I tried a new diet. It lasted one day and I feel horrendous about it. It claimed you could lose 10 lb in 1 week. However, it forgot to mention how awful you feel. I ate nothing but fruit all day and had to leave a lecture early after feeling I was going to pass out. Not only was this embarrassing but I feel so stupid for even trying it.
- As a result of this, I am just going to eat healthier, cleaner and do more exercise… hopefully!
- I have been ordering Christmas presents and am now feeling unbelievably festive.
- During my Reading Week, we got a new Coffee Machine and it is the new best thing for dairy free diets.
- I handed in an essay that I knew was bad.
- Spent too much money on makeup.
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Undoubtedly one of the best things about University are the events and this year was awesome. Hannah and I decided that instead of spending money on an outfit, we would invest time on our makeup: it’s so easy to get all Halloween-y and spend very little! Our local shop is Asda and they actually have some really good face painting kits and loads of variety. We looked at vampire kits, cats, zombies, clowns, witches and Frankensteins, but we decided on being an alien and a fallen angel. I cannot express how much fun it was! I loved it. The alien kit contained the paints, some gems, some stick on tattoos (that reminded me of being a kid!) and a little sponge to apply it. My boyfriend, Jack, decided to go as the Joker, and Hannah’s boyfriend, Charlie went as a zombie- and they looked fantastic. I shall make sure to upload a photo!
- Taxis are bloomin’ expensive- we spent £50!
- When it comes to Hannah and I… Sours are lethal.
- Fake blood tastes gross.
- Taking these child-like tattoos off resulted in half my eye brow coming off with it.
- Asda is pretty damn awesome at Halloween.
- Enchiladas are great before a night out.
- I love the Student Union’s cheesy playlists.
No matter which degree you do, there is always going to be some sort of deadline and ultimately pressure! Likewise, there is shed loads of pressure in school, college and everyday life, so I am going to show you how I manage my work load.
Side Note: I am a real worrier, I would worry about worrying if I could. Everyone deals with pressure differently, I personally go from being OK and feeling in control of my life one day, to feeling like I am drowning in work and there is nothing I can do about it. So throughout the last few years, I’ve picked up ways to avoid the intense stress.
- Clear Desk: even if it’s just before bed you do a quick sweep of the desk, organise paperwork, put things in their place and set up so that you can start fresh tomorrow.
- Desk Organisers: this just makes your life easier: pots, boxes, files etc.
- Lists: revision timetables were never really my thing, but having a list of priorities always keeps me on track.
Find a place you are comfortable working.
- Having lived in Halls of Residence, it’s fair to say you don’t get peace and quiet all the time. I personally found that it was easier to walk to a study space and do my work there. Nobody cares if you’re in your pyjamas or even bring your slippers! Universities are usually pretty good at providing lots of study areas for Students- make the most of them.
- If you don’t have this option (like me now that I am off of campus) then make sure you use your time wisely. It’s common knowledge University students don’t get up early, so I make the most of this, and start my work at 7am, when the house is quietest. Yes, it’s early, but if you smash an essay, it’s so worth it.
Set up Camp.
- Whenever you are ready to work, you do it. If you get a sudden urge to write, seize the moment. Sometimes I’m just not tired and for some random reason feel buzzed- I start writing or planning. It doesn’t matter when you complete tasks as long and you get enough sleep.
- When I know I am going to be sat at my desk for a long period of time, I make sure I am ready for it.
- First stop- Coffee. I allow myself one every 30 to 40 minutes- that’s my revision break.
- A snack, in case I get the munchies.
- My paperwork and notes neatly stacked around me.
- Be comfortable, have a shower, feel clean and fresh and put some pyjamas on.
Have realistic targets.
- I make sure I aim to achieve something and work until I do- but be realistic.
Do things for yourself.
- Facemasks: I personally love the L’Oreal clay masks at the moment.
- Paint your nails.
- Retail therapy.
- A coffee with friends- particularly friends who are equally stressed, then you off load and feel much better.
- Eat GOOD food. From experience pot noodles are not the best for brain power, cook something, take half an hour to make a pasta dish, or put some chicken goujons in the oven.
Email people who can help you.
- Whether that’s mentors, tutors, teachers, bosses- even just to clarify something minor, if it means you feel good about what you’re writing its worth it.
- Just means you don’t zombie your way through the essay.
Today was one of those days!
- I woke up this morning with a sore foot, looked at it, and there was glass in the sole of my foot.
- We then did pre-reading before we left for our first Lecture at 11.
- No Seminar Tutor arrived to our Lecture, so we went and got coffee!
- I then had 2 more seminars and 1 lecture (Tuesdays are my least favourite).
- Went to the library to get some books out, heavy books.
- Met my boyfriend for another coffee.
- Walking back from my final lecture I face planted the floor. I have these stupid desert boots, and they lock together. It was so embarrassing. I don’t think I’ve fallen over like that in about a decade. Luckily it was only Hannah and a random, very nice, old lady, that saw.
- I stood there on the verge of tears, with bleeding hands and grazed knees through my BRAND NEW jeans. I got them yesterday. I was most upset about this.
- We then drove home and I ate a high carb pasta dish and did minimal work to make me feel better.
- Students don’t clear away glass properly after they smash one.
- My automatic reaction when I face plant is to yell ‘s**t!’
- When you don’t live on campus, the amount of stuff you carry around is ridiculous.
- Desert boots suck.
- I learnt about the history of the cod piece today.
Since my last blog I have:
- Had a typical University melt down on the phone to my Dad.
- Eaten spaghetti bolognese.
- Done prereading that was never discussed and was a waste of time.
- Ate a whole bag of chocolate buttons. And I’m lactose intolerant. Probably my lowest point.
- Went to still life drawing classes with art society.
- Made a friend called Oscar at still life class.
- Caught a train (actually I am on it now!)
- Not giggling at the naked man wasn’t that hard, it was actually a really cool experience.
- Whenever I book a seat on a train someone else is sat in it. And usually an older person, someone with a child or someone who has fallen asleep.
- Getting worked up and crying just leaves you with a headache. Things usually sort themselves out.