Saturday, 27 June 2015

University | Second Year

I actually can't believe that I am writing this... My second year of University is over. It seems absolutely crazy to be saying that, and that I only have another year of university to go before entering the big scary world.

This year has been absolutely incredible, as cheesy as it sounds, it has probably been the best year so far. I felt like I could be myself, rather than trying to make friends and pretending that I loved clubbing and going out. The pressure has been so much less, and this I have loved. First year was all about the pressure. The pressure to fit in, the pressure to adapt so quickly to living by yourself and university life. This year, I have drifted back into student life like it is 'old hat' rather than everything being new. My flatmates are amazing, and although the state of our student house annoys me no end, they know me so well. I don't say it enough to them, so if they are reading (I don't know, they could secretly be reading), then I love you all.

This year, the opportunities have been amazing. The society that I am a part of has allowed me to gain new skills, meet loads of new people and given me the chance to be the producer of a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. I have got to know lots of people so much better and I think that I finally have some sort of idea of what I want to do after university life, something that I had no idea about this time last year. I went to Prague, rode a segway and went to a 5 floor club with these amazing people.
Joining a society has definitely been the highlight of the year and something I would encourage everyone to do. It really opens up doors in ways that you can't imagine.

It's so weird to think that this time last year, I was finishing first year after having an awful year. My mental health got the better of me and caused me to be scared to do anything. I would ring my mum in tears most nights as I was so anxious all the time. I tried to hide it from my flatmates that only made it worse. It isn't until one of your best friends tells you that she knew how much you suffered last year, and how well you have been doing this year that makes everything better. 

Things do get better. This year has been incredible, and here's hoping I can top it next year. 

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Monday, 22 June 2015

10 Weeks of Fitness

This term I joined the gym. It was a big step, and something I had never done before. I had always been one of those people who stayed away from exercise as I never found a sport I liked. I have now been going to the gym for 10 weeks.

Exercise is a great stress buster. I joined in the dreaded term 3, known for it's awful deadlines and exam stress. Whenever I was feeling a bit deflated or bored of revision, I would head to the gym for an hour and come back ready to do some more work. It got me out of the house when I needed it most, and didn't make me so guilty about eating a whole load of revision snacks. 

Additionally, it made me feel really good about myself. The classic Legally Blonde line endorphins making people happy is kind of true. I would just feel really good, I don't really know how to explain it. And, buying sports gear is so much fun

I never once felt self-conscious at the gym, something I was really nervous about. Everyone, including myself, is just in the flow of their exercise routine, and if people are looking at you, they are often wondering what technique or equipment you are using and if they can try that too. 

Now the question: Have I lost any weight? Honestly, I don't know. I didn't go in with the aim to lose weight, I'm not even sure how much I weigh. It's not something that I looked at religiously. I still eat the same diet, so I don't think that much has changed. I have however noticed that my fitness levels are higher than they were before and whilst I am at home for the summer, I will be looking for some running routes, Zumba classes and home workouts that I can do in my tiny bedroom until I can join again next university year. Maybe then I will start looking more at toning up and losing weight, but for now, I'm so glad that I have done it. It has taught me that exercising can be fun, and can so easily go into your daily routine. 

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Fashion things I just don't 'get'

I am very much a 'basics' girl. I pretty much wear a pair of jeans and a plain t-shirt every day, occasionally jazzed up with a necklace when I am feeling especially fancy. But as I wondered around topshop yesterday, there are just some fashion things that I don't get. I am not shaming anyone who wears these, many of these look incredible on other people, but when I try one on, I look like a potato.

1. Crop Tops
When I go into a shop and see the perfect top, only to discover that it will only reach my belly button is one of life's greatest disappointments. Please start making tops again that cover my food baby, thank you. 

2. Leather look trousers
All I can imagine is that they would be super uncomfortable, and I would probably end up getting stuck to things. 

3. Leggings
I am not and never will be a leggings girl. I even hate wearing running leggings to the gym. Therefore, I am on the against side of the debate regarding leggings as trousers. And why do flesh coloured leggings exist... I'm sorry. It's just wrong.  

4. Ripped/Distressed jeans
The problem I have with ripped jeans is the shaving issue. Let's not deny it ladies, the main reason I wear jeans most of the time is because I forget to shave my legs. But with ripped jeans, you can't do that. In short, I'm too lazy. 

5. Flared trousers
Been there, done that. I rocked (I say rocked very loosely) this trend in the early 00s - you know the type I mean. The ones that got wet in the rain and probably looked like the bottoms had been attacked by an animal, with bejewelled pockets? I don't think I want to revisit that again. 

Do you agree, or totally disagree? 

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Pinterest Success or Fail? - 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies

Long time no see! I have decided to take a little break off blogging for a little while. I am still trying to get back into it, thinking of new ideas are hard - but hopefully once I get back home from university, I will have very little to do other than blog!

Since exams are over, I decided to delve straight back into Pinterest, and whilst searching nutella recipes (Obviously), I found these three ingredient brownies. Of course I already had nutella, eggs and flour so thought I should give them a go. But the real question - did it work? Or was it just another thing on Pinterest that we can never achieve...

280g nutella
62g self raising flour
2 eggs

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake on 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

So the first thing I noticed was that unfortunately, they do not resemble brownies. It turned out more like nutella cake, not like I am complaining. Maybe I baked them for too long? Who knows! But they taste so good, I don't even really care that much! 

For the nutella lovers, it's definitely one to try. However, I will still be on the hunt for the perfect easy brownie recipe! 

 Hope that if you were doing exams that they went well, and if you weren't, I hope the last few weeks has been great! I will hopefully do a Life Lately or Second Year Round-up post soon when things die down here at uni and I am back in my home town not getting up to an awful lot. 

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

My Dream Job

So it's coming up to that time of the year that I need to start thinking about what job I want to do after I leave university. Thank goodness I still have a year left, but graudate schemes are opening soon, and this is all scary stuff. So instead of trying to work out what to do with my life, I'll plan my imaginary life out instead! Here is a quick list of some of my dream jobs!

1. Buzzfeed writer 
Oh my... the ultimate dream. I spend most of my time on buzzfeed, reading lists and watching their videos on Youtube (no shame). I think I may start writing some articles on their community section - who knew anyone could upload an article! - so watch this space! 

2. Butlin's Redcoat
This has been a dream of mine since I was little. Whilst I am probably way too awkward to be a Butlin's Redcoat, I always loved how happy they were. Plus, I feel like I could definitely rock the red blazer. 

3. Disney Princess
I would absolutely love to go to an audition in London, maybe one day I will pluck up the courage and go - anyone want to come with?! 

4. Harry Potter Studios tour guide
How fun would this be! I would definitely love to be the one who opens the door to the grand hall at the beginning. I would love to know all the behind the scenes secrets and hang out all day at the studios. 

5. Magazine writer
So this is me just wanting to live out my Ugly Betty / Devil Wears Prada fantasy. 

6. Run Tesco's social media accounts
Their tweets are just absolute gold.

What would your dream job be?

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