It’s been more than a hundred days in lockdown and yoga has been my saving grace. By writing that sentence, it doesn’t mean that I’ve been practising every day, that I’ve always completed an hour of practice, it means that yoga has calmed my mindset during this crazy (unprecedented) time.Read More »
During lockdown, it has become more prominent to see small businesses (or side hustles, I guess you could call them) appearing. I LOVE THAT. The last few months have been tough for so many different reasons, but I think this is such a positive to take from it all. The saying, ‘It’s never too late to chase your dreams’ rings true.Read More »
Four years ago, I spent the summer stressing about whether I’d received a place to study at the University of Birmingham. If only I could go back and tell my 18 year-old self that it was going to be fine and that I would be graduating with a first class degree in four years time (yay!!).
University was always in my plan, the next step. I visited so many university open days, mainly as an interesting day out, but also to think about what life could be like there. When you find the right university for you, you’ll know.
Now it’s four years on, what have I learnt?Read More »
This book has been on my radar for some time. It’s one-part mystery, one-part ‘coming-of-age’. It begins with Kya, known as “Marsh Girl”, in 1952. A young girl who is slowly deserted by all her family to be left with her drunken, abusive father. The mystery element explores a murder scene, where sheriffs find Chase Andrews in 1969.
From the first few pages of the book, you can tell that Kya is a complex character. Yet, I think you can see the determination in her character from the start. As the book spans across 17 years, the reader is present for Kya’s life journey, from childhood to maturity.Read More »
Birchbox isn’t new at all, it just appears that I’m a bit late to the party.
The concept is a monthly beauty box, containing products which would cost much more if you bought them individually. It appears to be a good way to try out new products and the perfect treat.
I’ve thought about getting a Birchbox for a while and it was the 50% student discount (for the first box) which swayed me to be honest. After receiving two boxes, I can now report back on the products that have been delivered (including the RRP for full-size items in the box).Read More »
‘Self-care Sunday’ tends to be associated with an extensive skincare routine, a face mask, all the general pampering….well for me, it tends to be starting to read a book in the morning, realising I can’t stop reading it and 4/5 hours later, I’ve finished the book. I love a paperback but having a Kindle means I’ve got a personal library on the go.Read More »
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At the moment the world feels chaotic, the future feels uncertain and I have only really left the house for walks over the last three months. The ‘need’ to wear makeup is non existent really.
So, thinking about it, as I haven’t worn makeup for most days during the last 3 months of lockdown, that is probably the longest period of time without makeup since I was 13/14.
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I’m not sure which month has felt weirder this year – April or May? Let me know what you think.
It’s the beginning of June now and I’d like to define this time as the ‘Lockdown Limbo’. The rules are easing and some days, I think that there might be light at the end of this tunnel. But it’s tough, especially from a mental health/well being perspective – we all cope differently with this HUGE element of change. I hate uncertainty at the best of times so this ‘lockdown limbo’ is exacerbating that x100. Here are a few ways (somewhat trivial) that I’m utilising to help ease how I feel.
Exercise is my nemesis to be honest. I go through waves of really enjoying workouts, then really hating it and that’s completely normal. At university, my gym membership consisted of gym and swim which meant I could switch between the two, but as work got intense, my motivation to do either slipped because the off-peak hours felt awkward to fit exercise into my day (in reality, I could have just woken up earlier). But then we hit the storm that is coronavirus and my university deadlines were over much quicker than expected. After months of uni work, library days and lectures, I had no structure to my days – a complete 360.Read More »
Hello! As you know, my name is Im and I’ve been writing in this space on the internet for around two years now. Time has flown. I’m writing this post as a mini ‘re-introduction’ and as the title suggests, I took a step back and reconsidered why I started this blog and what I want to write about.
If you’ve read this blog from pretty much the beginning, you’ll see that it started out as a travel diary as I had an interailing trip around Europe, back in 2018. Then, as I’ve been a student for last four years, my writing has featured documentation of student lifestyle and pretty much everything in-between. I wouldn’t blame you if you felt my blog post topics jumped from one to the next. But, I love this blog, I love the freedom I have to write. For me to discuss topics, share ‘tips & tricks’ and chat my favourite beauty products or skincare routine, it’s not difficult to border onto a thousand words.Read More »