Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Thoughts on Finishing Uni

Can I just be wrapped in a blanket and fed grapes and capers forever while having my hair stroked? Like FUCK I don't have the energy to improve my CV, or to start dealing with rejections, or to decide what I want to do with my life really.
think I know what my plan is for the next few years but who knows it might not go that way, and then what?

I haven't even started looking for a job yet. I'd say I've been busy but like I've been busy getting drunk...but that's what you're meant to do right? Please don't start telling me how much earlier I should have been looking for jobs, I have been, I just haven't found anything I can apply for yet.

What if I never do?! 

I'm going to be graduating with a 2:1 in biochemistry. Not quite what I wanted. I at least wanted a first in my 3rd year project, something I gave up everything for and still fell short. Another thing I'm too average at to really excel in. Now what?

If nothing else I have learnt that people and this world are pretty shitty where we can't be our true selves safely. I've also learnt how men really can't let go of their egos. It would be hilarious if those sort of men weren't also the sorts abusing women. But I've also learnt that I don't have to put up with that kinda shit. I'm my own person, I can say no, even if it's not what they want to hear, if it's what I want, that's what matters. 

My plans for the immediate future are to pack up and move home while also updating my CV and trying to figure out what jobs I could apply for and whether I actually want to do a masters or not or if I just wanna move to France... 

Anyone else just finished uni and struggling to know what to do? If anyone has been in this situation before as well I'm sure the rest of us would LOVE some guidance! ;) maybe even a cheeky guest post? Ok I'll stop pushing it.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Instamonth #May2016

Ooft. I know it's not May anymore, but it's been a long ass month, or two. Or years who knows, I'm bloody knackered! Who else has finished exams for the year? We all deserve a damn break.
sunny day at the beach || sunrise || cous cous salad @ southsea beach cafe
aftermath of my 21st party || surprises || cocktails
new socks || pre-final exam selfie || beach walk selfie

The first half of May was spent revising and taking my final exams, then the second half was spent partying, as was most of June too! And enjoying the sun! Although that seems to have disappeared now *sadface*. We tried eating somewhere new in May, Southsea Beach Cafe, which is directly on the beach as the name would suggest with a stunning view of the sea and the Isle of Wight. We went twice actually. They only have one vegan option which is a cous cous salad and I'm pretty sure they made it differently each time, buuut I would still go back for a cheeky drink like their prosecco and passion fruit, and a jar of olives!

How are you all doing? X

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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Instamonth #April2016

Ok so it's two weeks into May I know but I actually love putting together these posts so I don't care how late it is! I've realised how much they show me the good things that have happened in the past month. Something I can look back on when I'm feeling low.

I hope you liked the guest post brought to you by Cristina last week, uni has taken over my life, as expected. Science is what I want to do with my life I think... I'm so close to finishing now! One more exam... then I'm gonna sleep for like a week. I'm not posting as much to instagram or twitter as well as here, obvs, I just don't have time or energy to, but I've been updating sporadically and according to my insta it's been a good month!
me as Tinkerbitch for a Disney themed 21st || all hail vegan pizza || funky 80s night out
bedroom at my parents has been redecorated finally! || dissobitch || me if I was a watercolour of Rosalind Franklin
soya cappuccinos getting me through disso || graveyard walks || newish reads

Remember the painting of Rosalind Franklin I shared? Well now thanks to Snapchat you can see what I'd look like if I was actually a painting of Rosalind Franklin. Thank you shapchat for bringing light to these dark days.

The books were new reads like a month ago... but I've now read them all so can highly recommend! My mam and sister bought me the Happiness Is... book because I'm a miserable bitch they know uni is stressful and are always cheering me up! Bigger thank you to my mama for always being there for me! The Lovely Bones is a ... depressing book for lack of a better word, but it is. I liked reading it though. The Kind Worth Killing is awesome! You think from the blurb, and the start of the book its about one thing but then it all goes to shit and you're like WHAAAT IS HAPPENING?! It was better than many of the thrillers I'd read, but still not the best.

I finally said goodbye to my dissertation/project. Over a year of work and its gone, in 5,000 words, a poster, a CD, and a presentation. The two months spent in the lab in France doing the actual experiments was by far the best part!

I hope you're all having a lovely May, miss you all, *hugs*

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

4 simple ways to make the most of your health & looks

Do you feel that spring is taking over your body? Do you want to feel natural, beautiful, energetic and confident about yourself? The Sun is finally out and you have this overwhelming feeling that you need a fresh new start. The easiest way to feel amazing and show off your natural beauty is when you do things that make you fulfilled and above all, happy. 

How strong is your hair?

One of the first steps to feeling gorgeous is to have a haircut that fits your face shape, avoid chemical treatments, keep it natural and cut off dry ends. Keratin works wonders to your hair, since it is full of protein which will help your hair grow healthier and stronger. Make a hair mask with natural ingredients, or just take a quarter of a cup of warmed coconut oil, apply it to your hair and leave it for at least an hour, wash it off and you will see the results.

Why should only Twilight characters glow?

One of the most important things we should pay attention to is our skin because it directly reflects our age and health. If we take a look at a face mapping technique, we can find if there is anything potentially wrong inside our bodies. Wash your face first thing in the morning and then use a good moisturizer that suits your skin type. Have you ever tried making your own natural face mask? Mash one half of a banana, mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and tablespoon of honey, apply it to your face and wait for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and you will see the healthy glowing results.

Do you make excuses?

The prime time of your “beauty sleep” should be from 7-8 hours a day. If you sleep less, it can reflect on your skin and of course on your energy level. A good night sleep prevents sagging and wrinkles, it gives a glowing complexion and removes puffy eyes. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. A good combination would be carb, fiber and some protein.  Sounds like a cliché but oatmeal is great because it contains beta-glucan which can help you to lower cholesterol as well as your blood pressure. One of the healthiest meals you could prepare would be tofu with added organic calcium which has 205 mg of calcium that helps your overall body stamina.

More vegetables and fruits are full of vital nutrients and combined with at least 6-8 glasses of water flushes out all the harmful toxins from your body, and it can increase your skin's elasticity. Going to school or work on foot is great for boosting your circulation, improves your sleep and affects your mental health. On your “lazy day” take a bike and just ride along. 

Is it really that bad?

Time to put on your running shoes and go outside! The weather is great and you will feel much better. Go to a nearby park and do couple of exercises. Do squats, push-ups, pull-ups, jump a rope as a great warmup exercise before any workout. Park bench step-ups are also good for your abs and legs. Put your right foot on a bench, step up and down with your left foot and put it next to your chest, and then you can do the same with your right foot, repeat it for 20 times and that’s it!
Have goals and be concentrated on what you want and what makes you feel happy and healthy. Don’t forget to smile and laugh a lot, because it is healthy and it can boost your energy and happiness to the maximum.

This post was brought to you by Cristina - thank you!