28 June 2020

I Quit Social Media For a Week


During the lockdown in the UK, I have found myself become slightly addicted to my phone and social media, scrolling through my social media channels endlessly. It has not been great for my mental health. Normally, when I'm busy, I get a lot of value from social media a lot of the time, it is especially helpful for inspiration, keeping up to date with friends and educating myself about my activism.

21 June 2020

My Impossible List


Inspired by Jade of UnjadedJade, I decided to make an impossible list. It's basically just a bucket list but one that gets updated constantly and when you achieve something, you can extend that goal to keep improving and progressing. Hopefully, I will keep this updated. I have never created a bucket list or anything similar before so I had to really think over the things that one day in my life I would like to achieve. It was a great reflective exercise and helped me to see what I am actually progressing towards and what I had already achieved. For example, I hadn't even noticed that I have now been vegetarian for over a year.

15 June 2020

Black Lives Matter | Acknowledging my lack of black history education

Stuff Grace Made

It started with the brutal murder of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25th May by a white police officer. This was a clear example of police brutality which is all too common, especially among black and minority ethnic (BAME) people. This event feels like it was a catalyst for the people who had always been fighting for the rights of black people, indigenous people and people of colour (BIPOC) to again ask to have their voices listened to. Others, who have only recently learnt about racism and white supremacy, which are still sadly rife throughout the globe, have joined the cause to learn to be anti-racists and allies and to amplify BAME voices.
 

7 June 2020

Navigating the start of my twenties


There is something I have recently noticed about me and all of my peers, something that groups us together but also sets us apart as individuals. It probably sounds silly or obvious or just irrelevant but this is my space so I want to talk about this anyway.

1 June 2020

The Books I've Read During Lockdown 📚


I have been reading a lot. Not as much as I hoped, but still a lot. During the lockdown, I think we all have ups and downs and therefore sometimes reading is a brilliant thing to turn to and sometimes even that feels arduous so it becomes easier to turn to daytime tv and Netflix. I thought I'd share what I've been reading now that we're starting to come out of lockdown (controversially, I'll add). 

*careful, spoilers*

24 May 2020

The World is My Oyster | aloneness, career, values & self-reflection


I have always been alone. Not always lonely but sometimes, yes. I have a little family unit and close grandparents which I adore but I have only had one relationship and have never managed to keep my friends for more than the length of time I was at a school. I don't mind it as such, but sometimes I wallow in what I must be missing out on and why being alone is so much worse than being tied to someone else. Overall, I am happy, as independent little old me. 

17 May 2020

University At Home During A Pandemic


So, even though there is a literal pandemic going on in the world, my life is still pretty busy. Mostly because I still have a degree to do, which, unlike the rest of the school year in the UK, has not been cancelled.

25 March 2020

It's A Lot | COVID-19 Pandemic


My generation, who are in their early twenties at the moment, have had their fair share of global crises. It is quite honestly, a lot to have to process.

23 March 2020

6 Books I've Read So Far in 2020


I'm trying to read a lot more this year than last year so making sure that whenever I go to pick up my phone, I pick up a book instead. I'm getting pretty good at doing this and especially now that most people are practising self-isolation, I am fitting it in as a morning and evening routine. Making it a daily habit in this way is really setting my up well for the day by avoiding looking at screens and updating myself with stressful news immediately.

*spoilers*

16 January 2020

Ordinary Encounters with Sex


People sometimes forget in the taboo surrounding sex and nudity, that actually, it is a lot more commonplace than they realise. Sex and the naked body hasn't always been as taboo as it is nowadays and used to be something to be proud of but now people are shunned for talking about it, expressing their sexuality, going to a naturist place or doing sex work. I find this contradiction funny and it inspired me to think of all the ways that sex and nudity do actually enter our ordinary lives and we don't think otherwise about it.

31 December 2019

2019 in Months


Favourites with at university for end of the first year and the start of the second year:
  1. Attended a Youth Strike for Climate in York
  2. House viewings, getting the house, moving into it out of campus accommodation
  3. Yoga Retreat Day in spring
  4. Tried out Kuda, Stone Roses, Charles XII, PAP at Yates, Courtyard for food, Lowther, V Bar Jazz Night, Rook and Gaskill, Drawing Board, Micklegate social, Dusk, Revolution, Bison Coffee York, Fossgate Social, Flares, Society, Las Iguanas, Jalou, Fibbers, Mansion
  5. Derwent Global Community Week: A Plastic Ocean screening, TED talk, debate, clean walk

24 December 2019

Bathroom | Low Impact Swaps


These are some of the alternatives that I use in the bathroom to be low waste and plastic-free so I can reduce my impact on the planet. They also use more natural materials and ingredients and have been made ethically or cruelty-free. Some of them can be really easy to implement in your daily life and have a significant impact on your health and the planets.

25 September 2019

Overwhelmed by Being an Adult


I have grown up. I am now a 20 and a half-year-old woman living in a rented house for most of the year while I study for a degree away from home.

23 September 2019

Global Climate Strike: UK Student Climate Network + YouthStrike4Climate


I attended the Climate Strike on 20th September 2019 at Millbank, London with my brother and our pillowcase placard stating:


"There is no Planet B"
"The planet is changing, why aren't we?"


15 September 2019

What Going to University is Really Like


In the last week of September 2018, I set off for the University of York on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England. This meant that I had to move a four-hour drive away from home, leave all of my family and friends behind, and start living independently in student accommodation on campus.

5 September 2019

On the Go | Low Impact Swaps


Some of the first low impact steps I took were really simple and just became a habit so quickly. I am now so used to doing these things that I forget I never did them and that they are even things that other people might want to learn. This just shows how easy it is to get into the routine of doing some of the most eco-friendly things you can do and how simple it can be. 

3 September 2019

Soundtrack | Poem


I love music so being able to make this piece where music became the metaphor but also still stood for so much in and of itself was really cool. Hope you like the poem. Let me know what you think in the comments.

1 September 2019

Why I Became A Vegetarian


There is a simple story to answer this question, and also a much more complex and, let’s be real, interesting story too.

The simple story is that I attended a Youth Strike for Climate in York where I’m attending university with a couple of my friends and we were all struck by the passion and knowledge of the young people there. After hearing speeches from children and grown-ups equally, my friend turned to me and said, “I don’t want to eat meat anymore”. I replied, “I’ll join you.”

5 August 2019

Shampoo Bars | Low Impact Swaps


I have been using shampoo bars now for over a year and to be honest, my hair feels better than ever. The only things I do to my hair are that I wash it with a shampoo bar and comb/brush it daily. I don't use conditioner, a hairdryer, straighteners, styling sprays or creams... It has meant that I have stopped getting split ends, my hair is softer and seems to be able to go longer without a wash and not look awful.

24 March 2019

2019 Focus: Work Hard


I’ve managed to lose my habit of writing even semi-regularly. I don’t like that I’ve got out of the swing of writing because it means that I really struggle to start up again. I keep writing one sentence posts or half starting something and giving up, knowing somehow, that I’m now a quitter. Simply because I haven’t sat down at the keyboard and written for myself in months.

20 December 2018

2018 in Months


Summer Holidays - A road trip through some of Europe


13 May 2018

Saving the Planet: Things You Can Do Today To Waste Less


I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about how the way I live affects the planet and what I can do to try and reduce the effect I’m having on the planet by producing less waste and becoming more sustainable. I watched Blue Planet 2 with David Attenborough avidly last winter along with millions of other people and I became really concerned about the plastic waste in the ocean and also all the other ways we are destroying our planet.

3 May 2018

Nuclear Power? No Thanks.



Recently, all my family were gathered around the table at my grandma’s house in Maesteg, Wales and were talking about the abundance of renewable energy resources visible in the valley’s - as you do when you’re a family like ours who can’t help but bring some excessive intellect to the dinner table. My brother is currently studying physics GCSE which involves learning about energy resources including nuclear energy which he seems to have been persuaded is the best alternative to non-renewables like coal and gas.

11 January 2018

2018 Focus: Self Belief


I have decided that this year I want to make it my aim to start believing in myself more. You may think this is an odd goal, but it definitely isn’t for me and it was surprisingly easy for me to think of as well. And for me, that is always a good sign because I hardly ever have strong gut feelings about things, but this year’s focus of self-belief was certainly one of those gut feelings.

31 December 2017

2017 in Months


Finishing the beginner's yoga course.
Seeing Murder On The Orient Express at the cinema with my grandparents.
Watching bands live including Wolf Alice, Nothing But Thieves, Scouting For Girls.

14 December 2017

How to Make the Most of Each of Your Experiences


This is a mini guide on how to make the most of each of your experiences in life. Whether they are big or small events, adventures or activities, I want to help you and whoever you experience these things with to get the most out of them and have the best possible time.

22 November 2017

Magazine Wishlist


I felt like I had been neglecting my blog recently but haven’t been very inspired to write an essay on anything in particular so I thought should share what I have been looking at quite a lot recently which is magazines. I keep looking up different magazines which I might be interested to read because I find it so difficult to find ones in the local corner shop that would really interest me.

7 November 2017

I Wear a White Poppy For Armistice Day


Last year, I became very aware of Remembrance Day, the poppies people were choosing to wear and specifically what each one represented. At this point, I decided to change the way I remembered wars on Armistice Day by wearing a white poppy because I had never worn either poppy before and now realised what they symbolised.

24 October 2017

Rollercoaster | Poem


You are
So young
Curiosity rules your land
Safe naivety
Adventures ahead

17 October 2017

#3 | I Feel Tired But Proud


These past 10 days have been pretty overloaded.

I have been to a Girlguiding Big Gig, two other gigs, a mini-festival called Cub Fest, an informal job interview, two trial shifts, a new yoga class, a Norwich Science Festival training and shift, plus all of my usual commitments. This has meant that I have ended up pretty exhausted when this moment I was able to stop and actually even think about this TinyLetter and my blog: that is how full-on this week has been.

10 October 2017

#2 | I Feel Nervous


I just landed myself two trial shifts at a bar and restaurant this week. I feel so happy that I have managed to get myself a trial shift and then maybe some work, however, I am extremely nervous and worried about the entire thing. This is because I have never done paid work before.

The News Dilemma + a Good News Revolution


Over this past year or so, I have found it increasingly difficult to keep up to date with the news. This is not because I have been busy or not had the time or wanted to stay uninformed, it is because I find it extremely difficult to watch and read the news when everything on it seems so awful and dire like there are no solutions to any of the problems and struggles in our world and there is pretty much no good news.

4 October 2017

When You Realise You've Fallen in Love | Poem


Your heartbeat escapes its cage
The feeling spreads through your body
A warmth, a calm
Flying high in the sky
Everything is united
All is right with the world

2 October 2017

#1 | I Feel Hopeful at Last



This week I have suddenly had a brilliant confidence boost through a series of thorough emails from someone I aspire to be like and a TinyLetter I received this week, meaning that I finally feel hopeful for my creativity and writing. This explains why I’m even here and writing my very own TinyLetter which currently not even my mother is going to read, but the plan is that some people may discover and read this eventually, hopefully, fingers crossed.

27 September 2017

Why I Am So Enthusiastic About Body Modification


It has been pointed out to me that I talk about body modification a lot of the time. And this only seems weird because I don’t have any tattoos and I only have two piercings on each earlobe and one helix piercing. This shows how for someone who rants about and gets excited about body modification, I really am not very modified at all and don’t know very much about how a lot of it even works, but I have noticed something about why I talk so much about it.

22 September 2017

Favourite Tattoo Artists


I have spent a lot of time recently discovering so many amazing and unique tattoo artists on instagram. I am using this to give me lots of different inspiration for the tattoos that I will eventually have on my body. I have found ones from all over the country who use different colour schemes and styles of tattoos and people who even get their own artwork tattooed on themselves.

15 September 2017

Two Global Crises | Poem


I wrote this poem in response to Ken Robinson's book, The Element. I wanted to portray the way he describes our natural resource crisis but also the new crisis which he highlights to do with our human resources. While reading his book, it becomes clear that what he is trying to show how we should all help to get everyone working at their potential and using the skills and talents that they have so that we can utilise our population as effectively as possible. I think this would also help to stem our first global crisis to do with our natural resources.

19 May 2017

Feel the Fear... and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers


Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway has been the most life enhancing and life-changing book I have ever read.

5 April 2017

My Goal to Do More + Think Less


Practice what you preach...

I have so many thoughts, ideas, and opinions, but I seldom share them or act on them. I am an introvert so naturally, I struggle to do things which require more confidence or social skills, but that doesn't mean that I don't want to do those things. For my personal growth and improvement, I know that I should aim to expand my comfort zone and take risks.

23 March 2017

My Favourite Travelling Creatives


Recently, I have been very into different creatives who travel (some call themselves digital nomads). This hasn't been an intentional obsession, but more something I suddenly noticed when I brought up all my current favourite blogs on my laptop the other day. So I thought I'd share my favourite travelling creatives and bloggers, and give you my perspective too.