Third Year Thoughts

I’m about to go into my third year at the university and it’s pretty crazy that it’s coming to an end, this time next year I will be finished and either getting a real life job or going into even more education!

I’ve got lots of things to decide and think about but I am trying to view the new year in a positive light.

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I’m preparing for my dissertation at the moment and trying to narrow down my idea which is somewhat a challenge so far but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. I have a few goals for this year so I thought I would share them in a blog post.

Find that work and life balance, I don’t think out of my two years at university so far I’ve found this balance. It’s hard to have a social life, get decent grades, more than 7 hours sleep and try and find a part-time job to keep you afloat.

Finding a path. When I initially started my course, I was dead set on being a journalist. However, as time as gone on I’m not sure what I want to do. I probably should figure that out soon.

Get as much experience as possible. I really want to get into as much work experience as I can. I recently did a weeks placement at Nimble Media and I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping a little more experience will help me narrow down my career options.

Read more. I want to finish all of the books my bookshelf by the end of the year.

Become more involved with extra-curricular things. I already am signed up for a few things for this year but I’d like to join a new society or do something completely different.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas

 

People Don’t Like Change

There have been countless of articles that I have read over the past week regarding John Lewis making their children’s clothing range gender neutral. I hear people walking past talking about it and it’s something I had to give my opinion on.

It’s blown up so much in the press that other people seem to be forgetting that there are bigger and worse things going on in the world. Yet, here I am writing a blog post about it.

I took to Twitter to find a few who have shared their opinions on the matter…

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I found it interesting people believe that gender neutral clothing will lead to mental health issues?

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Sorry Matt, it’s 2017.

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I found this guy’s sarcasm quite entertaining so I included it.

At the end of the day, gender neutral clothing is a good start. Certain colours, patterns and dress codes shouldn’t be applied to male or female. Girl’s can wear dinosaurs and boy’s can wear pink if they want too. At the end of the day, there will still be pretty pink dresses available if you choose to dress your child in one.

We have become conditioned throughout the years, even throughout my childhood. I could pick up a toy and be told ‘that is for boys’ but that is how it’s always been. I’m accepting of the changing times and everyone else should be too.

John Lewis is a huge retailer and they are realising there’s a market and they are becoming the leaders for it. Smart IMO.

Disagree? Agree? Comment below!

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas

 

Arrival of Autumn

Autumn is my favourite season by far. The colder nights and changing colours brings me a kind of happiness which nothing else gives me.

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I love being snuggled up with a book with a cup of tea! Some of you may be mourning the Summer and the warm-ish weather that the UK gave us but I’ve written a quick list of why you should be excited for the new season.

Comfort foods – who doesn’t love getting in to a hot meal?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes! – Okay, yes I’m one of those people. They are so good! Costa do a very good winter range of drinks too.

Pumpkins in general.

Watching the leaves fall – There’s nothing prettier than the red and yellow leaves on the ground during a walk.

Halloween & Bonfire Night – are always amazing.

Cosy Clothes – I love wearing huge jumpers, hoodies and a big scarf. It’s the best just to wrap up before leaving the house in the morning.

Movie nights in bed – Or a Netflix binge.

What’s your favourite thing about the season?

Comment below!

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas X

Things Only Left Handed People Understand

If you’re left handed, welcome to the exclusive club. We make up around 10% of the population and there are many different myths for left handed people but nobody really knows.

Here are a few things that I have experienced and only lefties will understand:

When people are like ‘oh my god, I didn’t realise you were left handed?!’ like it’s something unusual.

They proceed to say ‘my (relative to them that is unknown to me) is left handed! 

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Sitting next to someone who writes with their right hand and having an elbow war during lectures.

Writing with an ink pen – nightmare

Spiral notebooks are the devil 

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Tin openers, why are they designed just for right handed people?! 

But it’s fine, left handed people are part of an exclusive club, comment below if you’re a leftie!

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Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas x

What To Do When You’re Having a Bad ‘Mental Health’ Day

You’ve probably clicked on this post because you’re either having a bad day, you’re scrolling social media and this popped up or your just genuinely interested in what I have to say. Either way that’s cool with me, welcome.

Quick disclaimer – I’m certainly not an expert, this is just what helps me. If you are feeling low please seek help from a doctor or medical professional.

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Mental health is becoming something that more and more people are speaking up about and sharing their own personal experiences. It’s more prominent in the media and blogger friends of mine have inspired me to write this.

I’m not going to go into detail about my own personal problems, mainly because I don’t feel the need to share it but I thought I would write this post to maybe help others with some coping mechanisms.

It’s 7am and your alarm has just gone off to get up for the day, however you feel an impending sense of doom and it sweeps over you, immediately you are overwhelmed.

I have these days and they are often bad, my immediate reaction is to pull the covers over my head and hope for the best. Some days I do that, stay in bed and let it get the better of me. I’ll admit that and if that’s what I need to do that day then I will.

Reach out – My first port of call on these days is my friends, I usually message them and we spend a day either just hanging out or spending time in cafes with our laptops discussing anything and everything. It’s good to talk to people and get things out when you are feeling down. I’m very lucky to have a good support network around me and I thank you all for being there for me.

Time for yourself – It’s important to take time for yourself when you have days like this. I’ve often been called a ‘flake’ or ‘let down’ if I cancel things that I’d planned to go to, but if I’m not in the right mind set then there’s no point me doing something I don’t want to do.

Switch off – Sometimes scrolling social media for hours and getting sucked into Instagram and Twitter isn’t the best thing to do if you’re having a bad day. I find that turning off my phone and laptop and picking up a book or magazine can help if I’m in the mood too.

Get outside – I’m someone who hates being stuck inside for too long. Going out to even the garden centre, Costa or a walk can really help clear my mind.

What do you do to help these days? Comment below

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas x

On The Bookshelf

I feel like recently, even over summer I’ve abandoned my love for books. I just haven’t had the same motivation as I usually do to pick one up and read, it’s not that I haven’t got time, I just haven’t found myself reading.

I’ve been speaking to a friend Poppy, shoutout to you if you’re reading this. We decided to do a book swap and she is also a book lover and she’s really motivated me to start reading again!

(Link to her blog here) – go read it, it’s fab.

Instead of buying a new book and reading it, I went back to my bookshelf and picked up a few books that I haven’t read but should.

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My goal for the next few weeks is to read these three books.

To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee – You may be surprised to hear that I haven’t read this classic but I’m very much looking forward to it.

The News written by Alain De Botton – I bought this when I started my journalism course but it’s one of those books that have been slightly neglected but I’m excited to read.

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The final book is I am Malala written by Malala Yousafzai. Which is the story of Malala which I know well but I’d like to read it to get a better picture of it.

I’m hoping to collect all my books together to write a book shelf tour, which for anyone who knows will be very difficult considering my book collection is continuing to grow but my goal is to read all the unread books.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas

Lush Sleepy Review

If you haven’t heard of the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion yet. Have you been living under the rock? People all over the internet are speaking about it. It’s loved by many bloggers, mum’s and it’s been labelled an insomnia-curing product.

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Speaking with a lovely lady in Lush, she informed me that it’s sold out many times and people are continuously coming in to try it out. She initially gave me a sample and after loving it, I went back to pick up the smallest pot available. If you’re only using a small amount each night, it should last around 3 months.

I personally don’t struggle with sleeping so much but sometimes I can find myself lying awake hours before actually being able to fall asleep. I put the cream on my pulse points and my chest. It has a really strong scent of lavender. It includes Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal, Almond Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Lavender Oil and Lavender Flower Infusion.

It really helps in making you feel relaxed before bed, it’s really nice to put on after getting out the bath too.

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It’s certainly a strong smell of lavender, so if you aren’t a fan of powerful scents then it’s probably not for you.

I personally love it. I’m unsure if it’s had a direct impact on my sleeping but it helps me feel relaxed before bed and throughout the day.

Have you tried it? What do you think? Tweet me! @Jasminwbu

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas