Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Bookmarked #24

These posts might become more regular 'cos I've been reading SO MUCH GOOD SHIT recently and I really need to share it with you. Or maybe that's what twitter is for... ya know how we're all told to share others posts more than our own or something? I kind of suck at scheduling tweets and all that still. Eh, maybe I'll do that now...

Now I've scheduled some tweets with posts I wanted to share, here are some more that we maybe need reminding of again and again...

  1. 7 ways to be a better ally to transgender women of colour - just reading this post is a start, then following the accounts mentioned, and checking out the linked blog posts. Please do read this.
  2. 8 Reasons eating fish is worse than you thought - I was a pescetarian for years thinking it was OK, 'cos hey fish don't have feelings. Where the fuck did I get that notion from?! It's simply not true. If you don't care about the animals, maybe you'll care about the people working in awful conditions.
  3. See which health supplements are not backed by science - I like this because science.
  4. 107 Nobel Laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs - again, science.
  5. Meet the Woman Behind "Black Girls Who Blog" - and follow everyone mentioned for more beautiful black women! 
  6. Prehistoric human teeth have revealed what the 'paleo diet' actually entailed - reason 18457348954 why I hate fad diets. Such bullshit.
  7. Depression: Creative Activities to Try - it's about the process, not the result. Get lost in it and don't worry about the outcome.
  8. DIY Natural Dry Shampoo -  we have Eco Fluffy Mama to thank for this! I can't wait to try it. Also, check out the rest of her blog, it's so inspirational, making me strive to make less waste and a more eco-friendly way of living. 
  9. Stuck in a tedious debate with a homoeopath? Here’s how to settle it - people seem to think 'cos I'm vegan I'm also some anti-vaccine, all-natural loving hippie chick when that couldn't be further from the truth. Homoeopathy is NOT evidence based, by their logic, diluting something makes it stronger or something bizarre like that. Homoeopathic medicine is diluted so much, the concentration of whatever they are claiming to be selling you is too small to have any effect on your body. They are basically selling you sugar pills. Homeopathy is a scam. FYI I'm also pro-vaccine.
  10. Sexual Milestones - a lovely chatty sex post about sexual milestones from one of my fave blogs, Cattitude & Co! Tara inspires me with every post to be more open and I recognise so many similar experiences we've had, that you might have had too, as women. Some good, some not so good.

Read anything good recently that we might enjoy? Please share it in the comments! Feel free to link to a blog post of your own that you're particularly proud of 😉 

Friday, 30 September 2016

Instamonth #September2016

This month has been intense. As ya'll probably know I've been job hunting, and I had my first interview at the start of September. Then I was called for a second interview the following week, straight after which I was called and told I got the job! Yaaaay! *Pours wine and parties*.

I've just finished my second week of the job and it's... slightly overwhelming. I'm driving somewhere new every day to visit client sites to do water sampling, temperature audits, all sorts of geeky things to keep water supplies safe! At the moment I'm just a trainee, so following other people around and starting to learn how to do the job. I'm loving what the job entails, but oh my stars, it's so muchhh! So much to learn and take in. I always said I didn't want a boring 9-5 office job though and I got exactly-not-that! 

sunset over the bridge | little moon | strength, judgement, ten of cups
bubble bath | country walks | train lyf
more sunsets | my tarot cards arrived! | cow friends

We went on more countryside walks before I started working. Saw some sunsets, made some cow friends, the usual. Cows are so damn cute how could anyone want to eat them?! I also ordered a deck of tarot cards, the original Rider-Waite deck which is stunning. I'm finding it really helpful to give me a little push and to help me uncover how I'm feeling and to use my intuition. I need lots of practice so if anyone wants to be a practise subject let me know! Or just email me a question for the cards with the subject line "tarot". I'm not promising total clarity like I said, I need practise! 

Now I'm going to enjoy a relaxing weekend off, spending my first paycheck. JK. I'll treat myself to wine or cider then need to climb out of my overdraft hahahahahaha #graduateprobs.

How was your September?

Sunday, 25 September 2016

5 Best Things I Love About the Internet

According to some people, we are rotting our brains with all this screen time cough bullshit cough. Obviously sitting down in front of a screen 24/7 isn't advisable, and there are unquestionably downsides to the internet (hello constant comparison to other peoples' lives). I'm only just really enjoying blogging again, like actually enjoying it! I've suddenly found the mojo to write and properly comment on other blogs. The beauty of the internet means we can get to know people from anywhere in the world with similar interests to us!

Ok that was meant to be my point number one and now it's just turned into a long ass introduction, lemme properly list some things to love about the Internet...

  1. ALL THE KNOWLEDGE - you can learn so many things from a simple Google! Which some people need to get acquainted with and stop asking others to do their research for them... ahem. Most of the research I did for my third-year project was done using the internet. All accessed for free. Kind of, some of it I could only access 'cos I was a uni student, but there are many scientific papers available totally free so there's no excuse really. Biochemistry was obvs my thing, but you can actually learn ALL THE THINGS from weird facts about serial killers to creative tutorials (check out Skillshare if you haven't yet), and makeup tutorials on youTube which didn't actually exist when I was younger. Count yourselves lucky young 'uns if you didn't have to go through the Maybelline dream matte mousse phase.

  1. Easy access
     - the internet is nearly everywhere now. You can't find a coffee shop without free wifi now (as if Internet cafes used to be a novelty)! Even theme parks have free wifi and encourage you to share your experiences on social media! I would be lost, literally lost, without being able to access maps on my iPhone. Maybe that's a bad thing, I still think it's good to get lost sometimes. But deffo not when on your way to an interview...

  1. Easy to discover new music
     - when I was younger new music came to my ears only through the radio or my Mam's CD collection. YouTube has an endless supply of music, some people still 'undiscovered' by the masses. Spotify is my forever friend, especially the suggestions it makes based on your playlists! Or the various playlists made by other people you can find to fit your mood. I've found so much music I'd never listened to before through Spotify.

  1. Long distance friendships/relationships are somewhat easier
     - I know they'll never be easy, and there's nothing quite like snail mail, but sometimes that is just too slow and we want to see each other's faces. Skype and FaceTime are your forever friends. Seriously. Not only those but twitter, facebook, and blogging all make it easier to keep up with each other! Most of my family live in Ireland, I sometimes only see them once a year, but thanks to facebook I can keep up with all of them and see my younger cousins grow in the time between my visits.

  1. Internet humour
     - without the internet, we wouldn't have all the various types of Internet humour which can make me laugh for daaayyyys. Just check out Jenna Marbles if you need some full-on Internet humour. She gets it. YouTube videos, vines, GIFs, memes, the lot, they make my life. 

We all need Internet breaks and digital detoxes now and then, but let's be honest, we should all be a lot smarter with all this information at our fingertips. How lucky are we?! Is there anything else you could add? What do you love about the Internet?

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Student Life

You might be packing for uni, already moved in and getting your bearings, or going back for another year - all scenarios I'm obscenely jealous of right now! I'm already feeling nostalgic and I only graduated a few months ago! I'm sure some of you will be nervous af, and if it doesn't work out then at least you'll know you tried. Hopefully, you will all love it because it brings amazing experiences and fun times before everyone moves to various corners of the country world and you can't just walk home at 6AM in the morning after staying up on your friends' sofa chatting about nothing all night. Well, maybe you can, just not as often...

Over the years I wrote a few posts about student life. Looking back, they make me crease and bring back good memories, which are maybe relate-able to you, so even if you feel you are the expert on student life and don't need any of my advice, feel free to have a read and we can bond over shared experiences of mice infestations. Ahh. The good ole' days.

First year
  1. 9 Things No One Tells You About Student Life
  2. 8 Things I've learnt at University (So Far!)
  3. How to make your uni house more homely

Second year
When I started to actually know what I was doing...
  1. Packing for Uni / Take Two
  2. Freshers Week
  3. Meeting People / Making Friends
  4. A Study of the Student Species
  5. Halloween
  6. Housemates
  7. Christmas on a Budget
  8. Time Management
  9. Fitness & Eating Healthy
  10. Valentine's Day
  11. How to be a Knowledge Ninja
  12. Study Playlist

Aaaand there's a complete lack of student life posts from third year. Says something about how busy it gets! I've been trying to think of what else I could share from my third year, like how to actually survive third year, but I'm finding it very hard to put into words. I've learnt so much and come so far since first year it feels like way too much to get into a series of blog posts. I think it's different for each person too, how can I tell you how to do your uni experience?! You really gotta try it for yourself! Having said that, if anyone starting uni would like more advice from me you can feel free to email or tweet me anytime.

I may write some more reflective studenty-type posts, if I do I'll add them here. Third year is very different and the same rules don't apply. I can't even think of how to put it into a sentence to summarise this post! All I can finish with (for now) is good things come to those who work their fucking asses off. Good luck!

What is your best advice for students starting first year at uni?

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