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Monday, 25 April 2016

Joys of Student Life

1. In first year will always be that one housemate that by the end of the year you cannot wait to be rid of!

2. Little elves steal food from the fridge/cupboard - common items include; milk, biscuits, fruit juice/squash and butter

3. There will come a time that you want to/or in fact do eat your food out of the saucepan because you can't be bothered to wash up a plate

4. Even if you've always been the person who does their work way before the deadline, you will become a leave-it-to-the-last-minute/shit-I-forgot-about-that deadline person.

5. You keep drinking alcohol the next morning because you can't face the hangover.

6. 1st year - go out every night, make all your 9ams, do all your work. 
    2nd year - once/twice a week is more than enough, miss at least 1 lecture a week, all assignments are started at 10pm the day before hand-in and you take regular study breaks of approximately 10 weeks (~1 term)

7. Nutella and spoon is a great combination.

8. Regular breakdowns and doubts on your life purpose are standard.

9. Irregular sleep schedules.

10. Needing a nap at least once a day, while doing nothing productive/strenuous to cause it.

11. Wondering how on Earth you ever got up at 6.30 to go to school everyday.

12. Realising you have to do the entire group project yourself.

13. Most lecturers can't teach for shit!

14. YikYak, YouTube and Instagram are the biggest time-wasters I've ever come across in my life.

15. The bean bag - nap area in the library was created by a genius who clearly has their life together.

16. Discussing how much work you have to do/money you don't have with your friends, then continuing to plan events and Brew and Brownie (amazing cafe in York that does the best pancakes ever) dates to waste more money and time you don't have.

17. If it smells ok and doesn't have mould on it, it's edible!

18. Everything can be cooked in the microwave

19. It becomes possible to grow down!

20. You'll meet some right weirdos... but some might actually be great friends!

(Gifs from Google and


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Dear Adolescence...

Dear Adolescence,

I wanted to just write this letter as a sort of message to anyone who is coming into adolescence or puberty or around that age. I guess this is sort of a mini message to my younger self but more aimed at those at that age if any of my readers are that age and want some advice.

I think the main message I wanted to tell you is about today is body confidence. This topic is a huge part of my life and I wanted to talk about it on here instead of always talking about simple stuff all the time, like places to eat and my favourite outfits (I mean, I'll still talk about those things too), but to add some more content to my blog this year about topics and issues that are important to me and that might be important to some of my readers too. 

So to my 13 year old self (or to any young teens out there), I want to tell you to not mess around with your body. I felt at that age that I wasn't comfortable in my body shape and size and I thought to myself that 'the only way I'm going to be more happy in myself is if I take measures to change it'. It's all around us in a time when weight is a big issue, that in order to feel better in your body you need to eat healthier and exercise more, and so that's what I thought was what I had to do. 

I'm not saying don't eat healthy and exercise, of course balance is key, but what I'm saying is, is that I've noticed a lot of young teens that I know or have witnessed grow up have changed into beautiful girls whose body's have naturally taken the right shape without sudden epiphanies causing a complete change of character. Puberty is shit, we all know it, but you don't have to change anything, you don't have to change who you are, how you look (I mean experiment with makeup and hair colours all you like - you need some sort of embarrassing pictures to use for your wedding day) or anything else, you are perfect and you need to trust your body.

It's occurred to me how amazing our bodies really are (sorry cue biology-geek) and that they are constantly doing their very best to ensure we are healthy and happy.

And even though I knew that things change during adolescence (always told at school that it's the time when your 'body changes and you become a woman'), I never really thought when I was going through it, that maybe it wasn't finished. I guess I assumed when I was 14/15, that I had gone through it or that it'd keep getting worse; my body would keep getting bigger and I had to change it fast. What I didn't think was that my body was still changing and that if I had just left it alone and let it do its thing, my shape would naturally develop into all the beautiful images I aspired to look like. 

Again, there's controversy in what I thought this was, and that's a whole different issue to talk about, but now I have much healthier views on beautiful bodies that I wouldn't mind having (I'm also a lot clearer about it's unimportance, but let's face it, how we look does affect the way we feel sometimes, and maybe some other time I'll blog about all the other qualities and things in life that are way more important) and I've realised that I would probably have that now (and saved a lot of time worrying) had I not changed my perfectly healthy lifestyle; nice proper sized meals including all the food groups, dessert every day and regular exercise.

Sorry that turned into a post a lot longer than I anticipated. 

I hope that some of you like this post and whether or not you relate to it, find it helpful or just like the difference in content, I'd love to know your opinions and views on it (either by comment or feel free to email me if you want a chat).


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

I'm Back!!

Wow, well that's been a long break!

Recently I've had a bit of a rather large break from blogging and I just thought I'd explain a bit about it and how things are going to move forward from here.

It wasn't particularly an intended break. From September, as I started my second year of university and had a lot (a lot) of work and classes and exams things on etc everything was getting a bit much and I wasn't really finding time to write and blog. Since I really only blog as a hobby and a bit of fun, it was kind of pushed to the sidelines of not a priority. 

Then after Christmas, I had exams and new modules after them I didn't really want to be cooped up inside on my laptop and I had been spending a lot more time with some new friends. I was also going out a lot more and getting more involved in some new societies which I really enjoy and I didn't really feel like blogging. 

I've still been reading other blogs and I've started reading some more different ones about more issues and views, as well as the beauty and lifestyle ones and I've thought about maybe doing some more posts about my views and thoughts as well as my normal posts on fashion and food etc. 

I'm looking forward to doing some more blogging when I get the time and to really get into it properly!
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