A blogger writing their New Years’ Resolutions as their last post of the year? Are you really that shocked?! I wrote a similar post last year (‘drink less alcohol’ was clearly me starting 2018 with a good joke) and I just think it’s nice to note my goals down…so without further ado, here are my aims for 2019.
2. Sleep more/better
I’m currently writing this at half past midnight when I’ve been up since 8am in an attempt to ‘create a sleeping routine’ … ask me how that’s going? I like to get up early to go to the gym and get a headstart at a more productive day – yes, I’m one of those people – but then my brain doesn’t switch off if I don’t get myself to sleep by 9:30ish. It’s like I have a little timer inside my head and once I’ve gone past that time, by brain decides to get shit done. I want to have a better sleep schedule this year and be much more strict with it, because it’s clearly not going so well at the moment.
3. Find a balance
I’m doing pretty well at the moment with my uni/social life/blog balance, but at some point I should probably factor a job into the equation (unless my job at home wants to pay me double, or someone wants to pay me £1,000 per post). I love working when I’m back home but I wouldn’t mind some extra cash while I’m at uni, which means I’m going to have to work out when I can slot some shifts in.
5. Stop putting things off
I’m a constant worrier and overthinker. I don’t often talk about my mental health on here simply because it gets me down, but my anxiety towards general existence will slowly push me into a corner of my room if I’m not careful. I recently read The Discomfort Zone by Farrah Storr (a post is on its way but I’ll save you waiting and say BUY IT) and it made me realise how much I need to grab things by the balls and stop putting them off. I’m really hoping this year I can push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit more each month. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make a solo trip somewhere this year and say ‘screw you’ to my anxiety towards transport and travelling alone.
What are your resolutions for the new year? I haven't given myself too many this year in the hopes that the end result will be quality over quantity. 2018 really wasn't the best year for me in so many ways and I'm so glad to see the back of it, but at the same time I've really seen myself grow this year and, in an odd way, I'm very thankful for it. I'm hoping to make 2019 my best yet!
With Christmas right around the corner, I hope you're spending plenty of time curled up on the sofa in front of the TV (unlike those of us that work in hospitality). If you think you're all binge-watched out, then you've come to the right place, because I've rounded up the best shows that I'll never get sick of watching.
Did you expect to read the title of this post and not see The Office mentioned first?! As I said in my birthday blog post, I'm on my 7th round of the show and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it.
The mockumentary follows the incredible character Michael Scott, who regularly screws up at his job as regional manager of a paper company. I can guarantee you'll be in stitches at every episode, and those funny skits at the start of each ep definitely add to the comedy. It's possibly the funniest and most lighthearted show you could ever come across. I dare you to watch it and not become way too emotionally invested in the characters.
The Good Place
I'm not sure if I can actually put The Good Place in this post because I haven't even finished it yet, but seeing as this is my blog, I'm pretty sure I make the rules. The show follows Eleanor on her journey in the Good Place (heaven, but for the very best of the best)...except she's not meant to be there, and is actually a pretty shitty person.
I'm only on season two but I'm already wanting to start the series again. It's the perfect mixture of comedy and twists and it's wonderfully refreshing - not to mention the all-star cast.
Well, there are three shows that I can watch over and over (and over) again - ironically I'm watching The Office as I'm just finishing up this post. What are some shows you'll never get sick of? I'm always ready for a new binge.
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Now that I've done my first semester, I feel like I can reflect upon my uni experience so far. Everyone (I mean everyone) talks about how great uni is; living with your friends, going out constantly, having freedom, being one long boozer - which it isn't, I hate to break it to you - but there are other things that definitely go unmentioned before you begin university. A few of these things are actually my favourite bits about uni, so come and have a peek:
1. The independence
Yes, I'm completely skint and most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing, but living independently is actually a heck of a lot of fun. It definitely helps that I like my own company, but choosing what to do with your spare time is really quite liberating and I love deciding what I want to do and eat each day. Let's not pretend I don't phone my mum almost daily, though!
3. The studying
Have I actually just said studying? Yes, why yes I have...hear me out.
You're studying something that you (hopefully) enjoy and you're surrounded by likeminded people who want to be there. I find my seminars, where we have big class discussions, to be the favourite parts of my uni week. It's so refreshing to talk about things that you actually want to learn about.
Fellow students, gather. Let’s talk about printing (cue all my readers groaning in unison). Paying £9k a year to then be charged an extra 10p per sheet?! Ludicrous – and don’t even get me started on if the document needs to be printed in colour.
My 19th birthday present? A printer. I couldn’t cope with the thought of spending a fortune on printing at uni when I could have a printer at home. I’m one of those people, lecture readings have to be printed out so that I can annotate and highlight relevant information. When my readings are up to 100 pages long, I’d rather run a marathon than pay for all that paper (and I hate cardio).
Of course, getting your own printer means you have to fork out on those ridiculous ink and toner costs – you may as well just pay a small fortune for the bloody uni paper, right? WRONG. I have found the answer to your prayers, all of your financial problems solved. Well, not all of them but you sure will save some money, and who doesn’t love saving money?!
Picture this, being able to buy cheap ink and toner cartridges that are 100% compatible with your printer without having to spend a small fortune for the branded stuff that is "the only thing you should put in your printer".
Which Cartridge sells all the best ink and toner cartridges for a fraction of their branded price (think BeautyPie, but for printers). All you have to do is hop onto their website, put in which printer you own - get it, WHICH printer? - and the site shows you ink and toner cartridges for the best prices as well as branded cartridges, if you can afford to fork out; but, to be honest, why would you when there are so many drinks you can buy with that leftover money?
So, save yourself some pennies and grab your ink and toner cartridges on Which and you can thank me later over a drink(which you can afford with the money you’ve saved on printing).