Dear Class of 2020, we have entered unprecedented times.
When it comes to job hunting, it is a mixture of good days and bad days, but the main element I’ve found is keeping on track with those applications. Keeping those deadlines fresh in the mind, attempting to work out what you may have done right or wrong for that matter and trying to not get lost in the world of job hunting and applications.
The iPhone screen time monitor has existed for a while now. I find myself checking it from time to time, especially on the days when I feel like I really haven’t put my phone down. To be fair, a lot of the time it’s WhatsApp messages or video calls and I feel that’s acceptable to exclude from the ‘you’re attached your phone’ statement for now.
When screen time is mentioned, it tends to be associated with negativity. High screen time tends to equal hours and hours spent scrolling through social media like Instagram and Tiktok and it’s a fine balance, I’ll agree. (You can read my post about using social media here)
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.
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.
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…
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….
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.
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.
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.
Every time I’m in Birmingham New Street station, the swinging chairs in the window of Mowgli catch my eye. Unfortunately there wasn’t one free when I visited, a missed instagram opportunity, but not the end of the world. For someone who’s pretty clumsy, it was probably a good thing that I was sat in a stable chair!