A Fresh Perspective on Exercise

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.

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Why It’s Important to Take a Step Back

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.

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The Ultimate TV List for Lockdown

I do love a good TV series and as there’s been quite a few lately, these recommendations have been tried and tested.

For today’s blog post, I’ve put together a bumper list of all my favourite telly from the last month (including classic box sets) so whatever you’re looking to add to your ‘To Watch’ list, this list has it all – whether’s a bit of escapism, lighthearted, crime, documentary, drama and of course, a few trash shows. All of the TV shows are linked so LET’S GET STARTED…

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The Best Addition to a Roast Dinner

So one week into self-isolation and I’ve seen all the baking on instagram. I’m yet to jump on the bandwagon, but Sunday did equal a pretty incredible roast dinner. My first roast dinners without meat just included all the trimmings, but I’ve started to make my own dish to add to the table. You can check out the ultimate veggie pie recipe here, but lately, it’s been a nut roast. You’re probably thinking that it takes quite a bit of time to make, but it’s about an hour in total to prep, bake and set on the table with a pretty simple recipe – it’s all about the layers. Here’s how you can make your own….

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The Self-Care Journaling Method

Time to get your pen out…

As 2020 rolled around, I vowed to ‘journal’ more. Take a bit of time and space away from the screens. But as my life is currently a constant to do list of reading, essay writing and lectures, I haven’t gone the whole hog with this resolution – mainly because I often can’t fit my bullet journal in my bag for a day at uni. But when I have made the time to journal, it has set everything into a wider perspective and that’s where Fearne Cotton’s books, Happy and Calm come in.

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International Women’s Day 2020

Let’s get International Women’s Day booked in the diary, its the 8th March every year and not a day to forget. It’s time for us to appreciate and celebrate the achievements of all the women in our lives. This years theme is #EachForEqual, celebrating the changes that have been made in the working world, but also inspiring us all to look forward to the future of women’s rights across the globe.

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The Medicine Bakery Review

Calling all vegetarians and vegans in the West Mids, I’m pretty sure I’ve found the best place for breakfast (served all-day may I add). Medicine Bakery has always been on my bucket list as a place to visit in Birmingham and it definitely didn’t disappoint. There’s plenty on the menu that I haven’t explored but now I’ve visited Medicine for breakfast in Birmingham and Codsall, I thought I’d give you the low down.

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How to Prevent Feeling Overwhelmed as a Student

Being back at University feels like I’ve been thrown into the deep end. I’ve been really looking forward to being back & even though I am motivated to work hard, it doesn’t mean that I can take everything in my stride!

I love routine so I’m slowly working out what mine is going to be at uni. When I can exercise, socialise, go to lectures & complete uni work all falls into that. Lets be honest, when you’ve got multiple articles to read for lectures, a dissertation to write, wanting to make & maintain friendships, along with the added pressure of finding a graduate job, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

It’s always good to recognise that you need to take a bit more time for self-care, but how can we try to combat it in the first place?

Tidy Up Your Space

Tidy space, tidy mind rings true here. For me, a tidy space calms my mind & when it’s messy, that’s when I know I’m a little bit stressed out! Student kitchen’s might not be exactly helpful, but combatting that with keeping your room clean, tidy & cosy should be the way to go! You can see how I’ve started to decorate my uni room here.

Get some Fresh Air

This can be v hard in the winter but it’s one of the most important times to do so. Seeing less sunlight reduces our dose of Vitamin D which can impact our mood & energy for the day. If it’s sunny for once, make the most of it & take time to go for a walk. Hopefully, it’ll clear your mind & give yourself space to not think about the pressure you are under!

Plan Your Time

Knowing what you’ve got to do & when is probably one of the best way to reduce feeling overwhelmed. As I enjoy using my bullet journal, I’ve mapped out my October Bullet Journal to do daily plans & blog content, but for uni work, OneNote is my best friend.

Keep to a Routine

This one is never going to be down to the tee, nor does it need to be perfect. Find what works best for you, whether you work better in the mornings or afternoons? I’m doing okay at the moment with getting up early & have semi productive days, but it’s swings & roundabouts – the other week, I’d got up & been for a swim before starting uni work on campus, only to find my laptop had no battery & I’d forgotten my charger. Little things like that really make it feel like you’ve got to start the day all over again!

What are your best ways to reduce feeling overwhelmed? Let me know!

Im x

October Bullet Journal

October is pretty much nearly here now & as I talked about in my last post (which you can read about here), I’m ready for the next chapter to start so my bullet journal is all prepped & ready to kick this off!

Title Page

Sticking with the orange/brown colour scheme this month, as I have attempted to draw autumn leaves throughout! I attempted some calligraphy for the ‘hello’, but kept the found fairly simple otherwise. Using quotes for the title page is one of my favourite ways so finding these ‘autumn’ quotes on pinterest fitted with the theme.

Monthly Spread

As I’ll be using my bullet journal for planning daily this month, I decided against a two page monthly spread. Using one page kept it simple & would be able to clearly show the important events.

Weekly Plan

This is the first time I’ll be using a weekly plan in my bullet journal & with uni lectures starting on 30th Sept, it will definitely be well used! Keeping it simple again (& still attempting to draw autumn leaves). Separating the weeks by pages seems to work well & the box size is 12×12, enough space to write down plans.

For the final week, the month finishes on a Thursday so I have used the ‘Friday’ & ‘Weekend’ box for Next Month & Highlights from the month.

Blog Post Plan

The blog post plan has been one of my most used pages over the last few months. The ideas page works well for ideas either for this month or what I think would work well in the future. This means that 1. I’m less likely to run out of ideas & 2. I can see when they will work best in the month’s timeline. It seems to be working so far, especially through using the W P L I T V checks (Written, Photos, Live, Instagram, Twitter, Views) as I can be tracking, if I’m halfway through writing a post & need photos or what content is being liked the most!

I’ve skipped using the exercise tracker this month as I’m going to record Gym or Swim in my weekly spread.

Bullet journal set up all ready for October (not entirely sure how this year is going so fast!). How have you planned for this month?

Im x

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