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Monday, 22 May 2017

MY BULLET JOURNAL ESSENTIALS | HOW TO BULLET JOURNAL


Last month I announced my series on bullet journaling with my post 'One Year of Bullet Journaling' and today I'm here to tell you about my bullet journal essentials.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

MARCH 2017 READING WRAP UP


It's currently May so why not talk about what I read in March? Better late than never! I spent most of March travelling around Thailand accompanied by my trusty e-reader and a bunch of e-galleys. So between lazy beach days and fourteen hour plane journeys I ended up reading quite a lot. Let's get into the reviews...

Monday, 8 May 2017

AN HONEST ACCOUNT OF DEPRESSION | NIGHT SHIFT BY DEBI GLIORI


This week is Mental Health Awareness week in the UK and today I wanted to talk about a book that conveys the experience of depression through a beautifully illustrated metaphor. Night Shift by Debi Gliori is a picture book which cleverly and accurately portrays the experience of having depression. Through stunning monochrome illustrations and a sprinkling of text, Debi Gliori explores how depression can affect a person's entire outlook on everyday life.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

CURRENTLY #6


Reading: Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess, written in 2006 it has been re-released by Andersen Press with a brand new cover for 2017. I loved Burgess' Junk when I was a teen so I'm excited about this one.

Watching: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I watched Buffy when I was young and rewatched before university but my boyfriend has never seen it, I'm absolutely LOVING getting back into it and experiencing the emotions all over again.

Planning: a summer full of trips and fun with friends - Alton Towers, Brussels, London - I can't wait!

Making: my prints, for lovely customers of my etsy *cough cough* getthatpromo *cough cough*.

Stocking up on: 
all of the fruit and veggies. I've got a new job and a new busy routine to go with it so I've been feeling a little run down and the best way to tackle that is nutrients!

Wishing for: some more sunshine. The heatwave we had a few weeks back was glorious but it's been frustratingly cold and gloomy since - bring back the sun!

Enjoying: keeping busybusybusy. I never thought I'd say this but balancing three jobs has been the best thing ever, my motivation and energy are seemingly limitless at the moment.

Trying: to get back into my regular gym routine, even at the weekends. I've let it slip the past couple of months so I'm really determined to get back to the gym regularly and get strong.

Eating: our home-cooked meals. We've been really good about cooking hearty, tasty meals lately and although they could do with being a little healthier, I've been really enjoying cooking them.

Goal Setting: I want to reach 50 sales on etsy by the end of the summer, so if you want to help make that goal come true, please consider buying one of my prints.

Learning: maths! That sounds like a strange one but I've recently become a tutor and it's been really eye-opening to see how rusty my maths is and how quickly it's improving.

What's been going on with you lately?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

ONE YEAR OF BULLET JOURNALING


My most popular post of all time is, by far and away, Starting a Bullet Journal which I posted back in February of 2016. To date it has had a whopping 438,577 views, which is absolutely nuts for a relatively tiny blog like mine. Since it's been over a year since I started bullet journaling, I thought it was about time for an update.

Monday, 24 April 2017

MARGOT AND ME BY JUNO DAWSON | SPOILER-FREE REVIEW


Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
Published by Hot Key Books.
Release date: 26th January 2017.
Source: Hot Key Books.
I received this book for free from Hot Key Books. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past? Fliss's mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss's stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot's wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back. But Fliss soon discovers Margot's life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery...and even passion. What's more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart...

My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

When I heard that Juno Dawson was coming out with another book I was super excited - I'm such a fan of Juno and she's definitely an auto-buy author for me now. Then I heard that her new book, Margot and Me, was a dual perspective of both World War II and 1990s Britain, and I was like HELL YES. I love modern historical fiction and I was so excited to see Juno's depiction of my childhood era. From the very first page of Margot and Me I was hooked by the main character, Fliss, and the smattering of nostalgic 90s references and I knew that this would be a book I wouldn't be able to put down. Sure enough I finished it in two epic sittings. In writing Margot and Me Juno set out to write a book that you would read curled up on the sofa, that would make you cry but leave you feeling rosy inside - and I can tell you that Juno has most definitely succeeded.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY

(Art is by lil ol' me, shop coming soon! eep!)

I'm treading some new water with this post, as despite dealing with mental health issues for twelve years, I've never delved into them on my blog. I think that's partly because it's such a tricky topic to write sensitively about, and partly because my mental health has been such a monumentally long journey that I just wouldn't know where to start. My official diagnoses are ranging and choppy but include depression, panic disorder, agoraphobia and a whole laundry list of previous and current struggles. It's a lot.