‘Dear stress, let’s break up’

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I saw this on Instagram this morning and it greatly amused me. I didn’t post a motivational Monday yesterday because frankly uni is ruling my life right now. This little snap summarises how I currently feel and I’ll get back to you all once this bitch of an essay is complete and I’ve wrestled the reins of life back from uni. For now, it’s back to coffee and Charles I…

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Feel-good Friday – ‘Word Up!’

Happy Friday and I hope you are all doing something sport related for Sport Relief! Normally I participate through Guides, but unfortunately I can’t go to tonight’s meeting. Instead I donated through JustGiving alongside with my #NoMakeUpSelfie to breast cancer research as mentioned yesterday. I’ve wanted to post this video since I first heard it weeks ago, but knew that it would make more sense to post it now. Naturally I was rather excited when I heard that Little Mix would be doing the official song for this year’s appeal, but this cover exceeded my high expectations. I also adore the video – best one yet – it captures sporting spirit in all it’s forms!

What’s occurring

  • As I mentioned in last week’s ‘Feel-good’ post, my life for the next couple of months is going to revolve around uni. After my loss of confidence last week, I’ve had my pep-talks from my family, friends and tutor, and everything is back on track, although I do still have mild panic moments. This is just the normal have-I-left-it-too-late panic, and while I know that I haven’t left it too late, I also need this background concern to remain in the background to let me know that I can’t ignore it any longer. That’s what got me into my panic in the first place.
  • Anyway, I’m one essay down, with only one left to do (by next Wednesday), then it’s just my SALA portfolio to be handed in, apply for my summer job, and write my dissertation. Third year may be manic, but apart from last week, I think I’m dealing pretty well with it all. I’ve broken all my tasks into bitesize chunks which I cross off once complete as a visual reminder of what I have achieved and what’s left to do. Add to that the copious amount of incense sticks or oil burning going on and my room is a clean, organised, and peaceful area to work in and I’m much better with giving myself sensible breaks/work periods/goals. I then tend to reward myself as I go along (usually with an episode of Castle).
  • I also use exercise as a way to relax and clear my head. I’m going swimming at least two mornings during the week and go out for short runs several times through the week. I managed to injure myself on Monday (apologies for the slightly gross photo I instagrammed, but I had to show you just how bad it was). I kicked the wall whilst on my final lap – no biggie, I’ve done it several times – only this time I chipped part of my toenail and skinned the top of my toe! Just from kicking the wall. It bled for the most of the morning and since I’m allergic to plasters and my blood doesn’t clot as quickly as it’s supposed to, I had to resort to wrapping a cotton pad around my toe. It’s a bit better now – no more bleeding unless it gets caught – but it needs to get back to normal in time for summer sandals!
  • I went home briefly after class on Tuesday and returned this afternoon as I had to sort out some paperwork for my PGCE, I had my birthday present of tickets to see Miranda Hart at the Metro Arena and a funeral to attend. My next door neighbour lost her battle with breast cancer last week and it was her funeral today. We’ll all miss her in our neighbourhood and that was shown in the turn out to her funeral. I donated to breast cancer research with my #NoMakeUpSelfie – I’d been nominated and I thought it was a fitting way to mark the celebrations of her life – spreading the word through photos in a harmless and fun way and I know Brenda would have laughed at it. Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed Miranda Hart last night. It was so funny and honest. It worried me a little bit how relatable I found her show! Overall I had a wonderful stay at home, it was just the refreshing refuel I needed, but it’s back to work for me now.

Chalkboard Monday

This week, I really wanted to use this quote, but it definitely wouldn’t fit on my chalkboard, especially after the struggle I had fitting last week’s quote on. Given how busy uni has become over the last fortnight (and will remain so until the end of April), I thought this quote was particularly fitting.

I can’t remember where exactly I screenshotted this picture from – either Facebook or Instagram – so I take no credit for this photo, but I’m going to keep my eyes open for it online etc as I think it’ll look fab either in my room or hopefully in a classroom! As an avid bookworm, I wholeheartedly believe in this quote.

Feel-good Friday – ‘Lovestoned’ (Live Lounge Cover)

More than any other week, I’ve needed all the motivation, support and encouragement possible from my family and friends. I hit a confidence wall on Wednesday and I’m still recovering from it now. Mentally that is, I’m not injured or anything, just the typical third year panic I gather. Seeing as that has been about the only thing that happened this week, I’m not going to bore you all with the details of it, so there won’t be a ‘What’s occurring’ post this week.

Anyway, this feel-good choice is taken from one of my recent Oxfam finds – Radio 1 Live Lounge Volume 3 – and the first time I heard this track I just melted. It’s a goose-bump, spine-tingle song when they sing it, but then I get that feeling for the majority of their album, which I still listen to. The Hoosiers (yeah remember them?) covered Justin Timberlake’s beautiful ‘Lovestoned’. I think it’s my favourite JT song from the ‘Futuresex/Lovesounds’ album (another of my favourites). It’s worth a listen to, that’s for sure. I’m currently waiting for four more Live Lounge volumes to arrive in the post after I found them cheap on Amazon, so we’ll see how many other beauts await me.

Chalkboard Monday

Apologies, yet another rather late post! Same excuse as before I’m afraid – I’ve been busy with work for most of the day (although I did manage to squeeze in lunch and a film with the history girls). Anyway, here’s the chalkboard for this week. I particularly like the emphasis on inner beauty and being true to yourself. Just ignore my terrible handwriting (the chalk no longer has an obvious point to write with) and my schoolgirl error of misjudging the amount of space available on the chalkboard. I know this usually happens, but this week it looks particularly untidy!

What’s occurring

  • And so begins the mad rush towards the end of third year of completing assignments. I have two essay due this month – criminal punishments on 17th and civil war on 27th. I also have to hand in my SALA portfolio on the 28th. The final assignment – and the largest – is my dissertation, which is due on 30th April. So yeah don’t expect many additional posts outside the norm until the middle of May once my exams are done and I’m simply waiting to graduate. Once that time goes, I’ll inundate you all with all the reviews etc that I wanted to do, but simply have had to put on the back burner for now.
  • Therefore the majority of my week has been filled with research, but I spent Thursday evening and most of Friday with my auntie who visited me whilst she’s over from Australia. She treated me to a night at the Radisson Blu down on Liverpool’s docks and it was such a luxurious stay. I think I may have scarred her with my first year digs the last time she visited, hence why she booked us a room there. I arrived first as she was travelling from York, and I made good use of the pool and sauna after work. We then had a gorgeous meal at the hotel, looking out onto Princes Dock, and a couple of yummy cocktails. The only negative thing of the trip was that our room was boiling, even when we had the air con on max! It spoilt my sleep a bit, but the morning swim and sauna followed by a breakfast buffet made up for this. After uni, I met her in town and we had a wander round Liverpool. I had a fantastic time with her, and I fully intend to go back to Oz within the next few years to visit her.
  • I purchased some running kit during the week. Finally I have managed to find a pair of running trainers which do not abuse my feet! I also bought some running trousers, crops and gel heel cushions to make the run even more comfortable. As my training is gradually increasing in both distance and duration, I bought a bottle to carry during my run. We’ll see how I feel carrying it.
  • Two firsts occurred during this week. I actually made and enjoyed ‘proper’ pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and I participated in World Book Day. Previously I’ve always been at my Grandparent’s on Shrove Tuesday and Grandma makes both sweet and savory pancakes. It’s like a two course pancake banquet. I just use to eat the fillings rather than them and the pancakes. I made sweet pancakes this year, but I can’t wait to be able to properly participate in the family celebrations next year. As for World Book Day, we just use to get a book voucher, rather than all this dressing up malarkey. To be honest, it annoys me the amount of people who dress their kids up as film characters. It’s called World BOOK Day. My other issue was that I have too many favourite characters! Even though it was a day later, we made the Guides dress up for it. I went as Detective Eve Dallas from J. D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ series. This is seriously one of the best series ever and every woman needs a Roarke in their lives. He beats Darcy. Hands down.