Sunday, 17 September 2017

MY BULLET JOURNAL


When I first heard about this concept of creating your own journal to help you keep track of your own life more, I must admit I didn’t see how it could work. I saw multiple photos of beautifully laid out pages but when I thought about the reality of it and the time it probably took to create them, I didn’t see it being very practical. However, with my mental health not being in the best of places, I decided to give it a go along with my flatmate as I had nothing to lose.

Three months on and I am in love with my bullet journal. Every night before going to bed I would take ten minutes out to sit down and somewhat reflect on my day. I enjoy the time that I spend creating new pages and in the long run it really helps to make me feel more positive and that I have my life in order a little bit more. Before starting bullet journal, I loved watching videos and looking up new Instagram accounts to see all the beautiful layouts and spreads that people have created. So, I thought I’d show you a couple of pages of mine without showing too much as some are a little personal.









Overall, I’d highly recommend creating one. It doesn’t have to be glamorous it could be very basic and simple, but it will help to show the importance of keeping track of the little things of life and give you a place to store some of your ideas and thoughts. What are your thoughts of bullet journals? Have you got a bullet journal? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

N 💛

Sunday, 10 September 2017

HOW TO DEAL WITH A BAD DAY


Everyone has experienced bad days in the past, it is just part of life. Without wanting to sound to negative it is most likely that you’ll experience one again in the future as life is made with ups and downs. Bad days help you value your good days even more, so in some ways they can be a blessing in disguise. You may have stumbled across this post because you are having a difficult day today or you’re reading this as you want to be prepared for future bad days. I’m going to list a few things that I do to make that day a little less bad.

Before I start with the steps to make your day a little better I want to start by saying a quote that I always reflect on when I’m having a difficult day. “IT’S A BAD DAY, NOT A BAD LIFE” I really appreciate this quote as I feel it helps to remind you that there are bad days but that doesn’t equal a bad life. There’s so much more to look forward to.

Without further a do, here are my steps to making that bad day a little less bad…

Read a book or watch a film – this will help to take your mind away from your problems allowing you escape to another world, even if for a short while.

Meditate – as cheesy as this is going to sound, focusing on breathing will help you realise that you are still alive and that’s something to be grateful for on its own.

Write down what you are grateful for – this will allow you to help change your mind set by slowly allowing it to become more positive rather than negative. Even in the worst situations there’s always something to be grateful for.

Pamper yourself – it’s so easy to get caught up within life and forget about looking after yourself. Take the evening or part of the day to do something you love, whether that’s having a bath with lush products or going for a drive.

Get an early night – sometimes the best remedy is to just sleep it off. If your difficult day is a result of an argument finish the argument (hopefully on good terms) and go to bed. Tomorrow you’ll wake up with a new outlook.

Talk to a friend or relative – talk to someone close about why you are having a bad day. Sometimes you just need to get it off your chest.

Hope this helped at least one of you and if you can think of any other ideas for someone who is having a bad day or something you do when you’re having a bad day please put them in the comments as I’d love to see some new ideas and it may even help someone else.

N 💛

Sunday, 3 September 2017

HOW TO DEAL WITH RUDE COMMENTS


Before coming to university I knew a few people who I could have banter with but they'd never go as far as to say hurtful things repeatedly. But after coming to university, I have met many people who would like to make fun of me for a joke. This sounds worst than it is but I think like anyone if someone or a group of people say something that's negative, it tends to stick more than if it was positive. I'm all for constructive criticism as I always love to be able to better myself but there can be a difference. However although I tend to put on a laughing face and joke it off, I have put together a few ways in order to deal with rude comments. 

Listen to them - Okay... this may sound like I have just gone back on what I have previously said. But listen to the negative things they have said and acknowledge whether it has affected you enough that it sticks with you. Remember the good old saying "the truth hurts", sometimes that is true. However, if they don't mean it and are just saying it to take a joke. Reflect on what that shows you about themselves and then move on. 

Don't be as bad as them - Obviously if it is funny banter, then say something back in a respectful manner. However you do not want to go personal when responding to what they say as in that case it just makes you appear as being as bad as them. Be respectful of people and appreciate their feelings, even if they did not respect yours.

Evaluate your friendship - If every time you see this person they are making fun of you and there's only that one time a while back in which you can remember they said something nice. Evaluate whether they are your friend. Friendships are supposed to bring you positivity not negativity. 


N 💛

Sunday, 27 August 2017

MY FIRST YEAR AT UNIVERSITY


Recently I published a post about my uni room, which inspired me to talk about my first year of university in a bit more detail. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t as glamorous as most people make it out to be. On top of the strange reality of moving away from home and being in a new city where I knew absolutely no one, I had to deal with some very difficult people. However, there were a lot of highs to make up for the lows. There were also a lot of firsts, such as my first flight.

You may think of university being late nights out clubbing and drinking with all the new friends that you’ve met. But if you want to do well at university and you’re there for the degree, there’s not as many nights out as you think. They come more as a treat than anything else. I spent a good few Friday nights leading up to deadlines in my flatmates room as we both sat there encouraging each other that we could do it as we type away at a computer screen for hours on end.

My first year at university gave me a chance to fly to Barcelona with a bunch of new people that I barely knew to experience the culture and meet illustrators such as Judy Kaufmann to gain inspiration for our own work. This was my first flight, on my own, in a new country which was very daunting. However, it turned in to be one of the best experiences of my life and I made a few new friends from it too. Walking around the streets and seeing how different the lifestyle and culture in Barcelona was gave me a new outlook on life.



If a Friday night wasn’t spent with my flatmate studying, you could find me and my flatmates along with a few mutual friends of ours chilling in the student bar for karaoke night. Which often led to a few of the group singing their hearts out. 

Growing up I had always dreamt of getting into horse riding and starting university gave me the chance to join the equestrian society and do something I’ve always wanted to do along with making some great friends along the way. Each week (if deadlines and student budgets didn’t get in the way) we would go to the stables and jump on a horse for our lesson. We all had different backgrounds with horses therefore making us different levels. However, we all encouraged each other to do our best and our horsey squad was made. Near the end of the year we even managed to go on a hack together and we all had a lovely time. This is something we plan on continuing throughout our university life and I am very excited to see how much I can improve.


Occasionally me and my flatmates would treat our self to a meal out. This was often at a local restaurant where they did the best roast dinners for a very reasonable price. We also went to Boston Tea Party quite regularly for a good catch up despite the fact we lived together aha. However, although going out for a meal was a treat we were not afraid to also treat our self to a good take away. We learnt that if we purchased a take away as a flat it meant we could often make the amount to get a free delivery. As a student, any discount is always a bonus and gave us more reason to do it. Especially if we all had long days of studying and lectures.

Another highlight of my year was my birthday. Before even going to uni I had planned to come back home for my birthday however because of personal reasons, that wasn’t possible. So therefore, meant I had to experience my birthday in a new city without my family around me. At first this seemed very daunting and upsetting but it was something that had to be done. However, my friends came together to make my birthday very memorable and definitely up there in the best birthdays. I came back in the morning to the flat being decorated with birthday decorations, along with a birthday cake and a birthday lunch with drinks in the evening. It was not what I planned but I still can’t thank my flatmates enough for making it the best. It just went to show that sometimes you don’t always have to plan for something to turn out great.



Overall first year was amazing. I have made life long friends and experienced so much. It has taught me so much about myself and made me mature so much more than I would have thought. If you’d like to see more posts about my time at university, comment ideas or questions in the comments and I’d love to tell you more. Here’s to the rest of my uni life! 

N 💛

Monday, 21 August 2017

UNI ROOM TOUR


I have officially finished my first year of university and spending some quality time back home with my family and friends for the Summer. As I lived an hour and a half train journey away from my university it meant that I had to move out to study my degree. Although there were many highs and lows, moving out was one of the best decisions I made. Throughout my first year in halls I lived with a total of nine different people since there were a few people moving in and out for several reasons. Even though we had different students moving in and out there were four of us who remained the same throughout the year. I am so grateful to have experienced living away from home and my first year of uni with them, they taught me a lot. I am lucky enough to say that I will be living with two of them next year and hopefully third year too.

Before I started uni, I really enjoyed watching student’s university room tours. So, before I left, I took a few photos of my room to show you what it looked like. Hopefully it gives you inspiration for your uni rooms and it gives me something to look back at in the future aha.






I definitely made lots of memories in this room consisting of a few break downs, late night chats and generally having the best time with my new friends. Although I will no longer live in halls and be moving into a house for second year, this will be home to a chapter of my life that I will never forget. Here’s to second year! 

N 💛