Monday, July 30, 2018

Student VS Unemployed

I thought I would do a fun(ish) table on what differences I have noticed from being unemployed
verses being a student.
For me the biggest difference I noticed was just in my mindset and how changing the label from unemployed person to student boosted my mental health. But the following are just a few other differences I have noticed.
I will say I never in a million years thought I would be loving study as much as I do, I genuinely look forward to class and enjoy doing the assignments (most of the time!). Starting my diploma almost 2 weeks ago was terrifying but so far so good and it's nice to build onto my skills and expand my knowledge of Community Services. I am so thankful to have great support around me and for me to able to study and not feel like I have to look for work. I will say a part of me is worried what will happen once I get my diploma on the front but I am giving it to God and know that he has right job out there for me.
***pic taken from my Instagram that I posted 2 weeks ago day 1 VS day 2 of my diploma.
·        Wake up every morning ready to learn and do assignments.
·        Self care needs to be scheduled.
·        Get forced out of your comfort zone.
·        Have a set routine.
·        Student support interviews and meetings.
·        Spend time planning everything around assignments and class.
·        Able to buy cute stationery for study.
·        Sleeping through alarm = bad.
·        Fall down the stairs on campus.
·        Not able to sign for packages.
·        Working towards getting a job.
·        Baking for stress relief.
·        Having to keep track of class printouts (so many!).

·        Wake up every morning with uncertainty.
·        Self care can be anytime.
·        Can stay in your comfort zone if you want.
·        Routine isn’t set.
·        Job interviews (when you get them)
·        Can plan things for when you feel like it and have the time.
·        Still buy cute stationery but not for study.
·        What alarm?
·        Fall down the stairs anywhere.
·        Able to sign for packages.
·        Trying to find a job.
·        Baking to cure boredom.
·        Having to keep track of employment documents.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

Another week another Friday Favourites, my first week of studying is done which is great and I will say its nice to only have to be on campus for 2 days even if they are long (9.00am-4.30/5.00pm). I got home on Wednesday (which was my first day) and just crashed, I couldn't believe how tired I was and I was so relieved that I only had to go to class the next day.
I think with studying something like Community Services self-care is SO important because the classes can be focusing on rather intense topics and subjects. My lecturer on Thursday was really good in reminding us to take time for self-care once we got home and that its totally fine to be feeling overwhelmed, it was nice to have a lecturer focused on mental health and being so supportive.
Despite returning to the same campus and having a few familiar classmates in my class, I still found my anxiety was strong and I did consider more than once running to student support services for an escape but I didn't. The first week of anything new will be hard and overwhelming and I'm trying to teach myself to embrace those feelings and own them as long as I don't let them get in the way of moving forward. I have a meeting with student support services next week which will be good, I find that for me just knowing I have consistent support and people I can confide in really helps keep my anxiety at bay.

Moving on to Friday Favourite, I think its safe to say I may have a bit of an online shopping problem!

Erika Border Print Tank - I saw this top when I was buying Winter clothes, I tried it on and loved it, the cut was flattering and I didn't have anything quite like it in my wardrobe. But I couldn't justify buying a top for Summer as it was cooling down. Thankfully it went on sale and I could justify buying it, even if it won't be worn until it gets warmer! It's such a cute top and Jeanswest clothes are amazing quality (80% of my wardrobe is from there) and last for ages so I know it will get worn a lot.

FRIENDS Graphic Hoodie - hard to believe but I only have one hoodie in my wardrobe which happens to be my ReachOut hoodie which I love, but I realised having another hoodie couldn't be a bad thing. I love the TV show Friends and I have a 90s themed event coming up too and according to the internet Friends is 90s so I figured I could kill many birds with one stone by buying this hoodie. A bonus was that it was 30% off on online and I have a $10 voucher to use so I only paid $10 for it and I did click and collect which means once I get a text message/email I can go down to my local store (which happens to be one of the pick up store options) to pick it up saving on shipping.

Sprinkles Clutch - this clutch was a part of Studio DIYs Can't Clutch This subscription which as much as I would love to subscribe to, I really can't justify the cost or needing the clutches every month (as it is I already have enough clutches that I don't use and take up space in my wardrobe!). This was the one clutch I really wanted as I almost signed up because of it but I resisted and just dreamed of it, vowing if it was ever rereleased I would buy it. Thankfully it was rereleased as a one off, so I grabbed it ASAP ignoring the money exchange rates and shipping costs (which actually weren't too bad considering, it cost me around $50 AUD in total which was decent). I love the colours, design and just how fun it is, if it had glitter on it and silver hardware it would be me as a clutch haha! I now just need to work out how I can fit the contents of my handbag into this clutch so I can use it all the time, which at this stage will be impossible so I will just have to use it every moment I can.

Midnight Sun - I have just bought this movie and I couldn't wait to watch it, its such a great fun film and I really enjoyed the storyline. Though I will warn you you may shed a few tears and it's not a typical teen movie and quite unexpected.
One of my favourite ways to do self-care is by watching a fun chick flick and just tuning out the world for a couple of hours. Don't get me wrong I love to watch tv shows (and most nights I watch at least one episode of a show to unwind) but there's something about a movie how it can distract you fully for a block of time with no breaks in between episodes that helps me feel recharged. On Tuesday night I watched Kiss and Cry which I just love and I actually watched the night before I started my Cert. 4 at the start of the year (so it's now a bit of a tradition I guess?) and it was nice to focus on a great movie as a distraction.

Limited-edition tartiest lip trio - I love Tarte and while I have quite a few of their eyeshadow palates I hadn't yet tried their lipsticks and thought this trio would be a good place to start. I really like the colours though they are bit darker than I normally wear and they have great staying power too, which is great when you're running around and don't want to worry about reapplying. I also love how they aren't full size as I find I go through phases with wearing lipsticks and if I really love these I can buy the full size.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tips for how to stay organised while studying

For the past two weeks I have been on break which while refreshing I am more than ready to get back into routine and organise myself. As someone who relies on routine and organisation (mainly because it helps keeps my anxiety in check), I like to think I have a good idea on how to get and stay organised and hopefully these tips help.
Here are my tips and tricks on how to get into a good routine and stay organised this semester:
  • Keep study stuff separate from everyday life stuff - yes I carry a well stocked pencil case in my handbag (you wouldn't believe how often it comes in handy!) but I also have a separate pencil case for my studies that stays in the bag I use for studying. The pencil case contains: pens, highlighters, whiteout and a small stationery kit I got from Kikki K (which contains a mini stapler, hole punch, ruler etc. like this one and this one) and I only use it for studying. I also have a separate bag for my study items that I take to class along with my handbag that way it can be left in the room during quick breaks. 
  • Colour code things where possible - for me its easier to have an individual folder per day I'm on campus (my classes are clustered according to subject and TAFE organises the timetable for us so we just turn up) and each are different coloured or have some identifying marker (I used this glitter tape for my two folders this semester but washi tape is also good) so I can tell the difference easily. I also have a different coloured notebook in each, so that way if I take it out I can work out what subjects it belongs to. 
  • Sort out lunches and snacks a head of time - as I'm on campus 2 full days that means I need to take lunch 2 days and while leftovers are great I like to have variety. Every 5 or so weeks I make up a batch of savoury muffins, mini quiches or if I'm making pizza for dinner I make a couple extra and cut up into slices, I then freeze these in containers and can grab out a few or a slice for lunch. It saves me on those days when I can't be bothered to put much thought into lunch and I am less likely to spend money at the cafeteria. For snacks I try to take something savoury and something sweet, I often just eat one of the snacks but I like having the variety and options. For the savoury options I like veggie chips, tortilla chips, bagel chips (noticing a pattern I like chips!) or popcorn, as for sweet its 2 parts almonds to 1 part m&ms and sometimes if I have been baking I include a piece of that too. 
  • Take note of any assignments - after the first 2 days of class once we have been given all our assignments and other important dates I sit down with a semester calendar (we get given one by the prac lecturer) write them all down and then photo copy it. I then highlight all the ones applicable for that day's classes and put it in the front of that folder. By doing this this I can plan a head and what assignments I should be working on. 
  • Work out a study plan - block out times when you can study and make sure you do it. Last semester I blocked out Sunday morning (as the house was quiet), Mondays and Wednesday morning (as I had class in the afternoon) for studying and I did my assignments then. Saying that I allowed some flexibility depending on appointments and other commitments. I also find for me it helps to have a few assignments on the go so I can mix things up while still being productive. 
  • Schedule in self-care - this is a big one for me once things start getting busy with assignments and life it can be hard to find time to recharge. I make sure to schedule in self-care now, for me it can be something as simple as watching my favourite shows, reading a book or doing some window shopping for a couple of hours. Whatever your form of self-care is make sure you set aside time and actually do it even when life gets hectic it's always worth it. 
At the end of the day it's all about working out what works for you and figuring out ways that you can stay organised, hopefully these tips help.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

I've had a great first week of break, catching up with friends, relaxing and binge watching whatever. I have also been slowly easing out of my moon boot, at this stage I tend to just wear it when I am out and know I will be doing lots of walking.

Moving onto Friday Favourites:

The Hate U Give movie trailer - I really loved the Hate U Give book, it was just an amazing insight into the black American culture and what happens over there. The movie trailer has just come out and looks really good and it will hopefully be a good tie in to the book.

Tarte Hydrate and Glow Beauty Getaway Set - I LOVE Tarte, it is honestly one of my favourite make up brands. I had been eyeing off this set for ages so when a 30% coupon landed in my inbox I had to buy it. I love the eye shadow palette and find the colours are perfect for everyday wear, they are also amazing quality and blend amazingly. I have quite a few palettes (most of them Tarte) that are quite dark so it's great to have a light one to throw into the mix. I have yet to use the face cream, setting spray or lipstick in the kit but I am looking forward to using them and they are the perfect sizes for travelling.

Planet Shoes Base Black Pump - I saw these shoes online and really liked them, my mum has got me onto Planet Shoes and the brand does amazing leather shoes that last. So when Myer had a 30% off midyear sale on Planet Shoes I tried them on (or one on as I was in my moonboot) and they were so comfy. When I tried them both on at home I found they supported my ankle well and I couldn't believe that not only could I walk in them but I didn't feel unstable on them at all and it was almost like wearing flats.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt -
Blurb reads:
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.
Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…
Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.
Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again
This book really surprised me in a good way. I was drawn to the characters immediately and just loved how the story evolved. I really wanted to give Beth a hug throughout the book and also liked the way how Chase was represented. Both Beth and Chase had their issues and while they didn't want the labels they got they had to acknowledge them in order to move forward. I liked how their paths kept crossing and despite Chase's hand in killing Beth's sister, Beth just couldn't seem to hate Chase and wanted him to forgive himself. This was a good YA read and while I did find it dark in places the story flowed really well and I didn't feel like there was any gaps missing (or when I did wonder about things there were answered within the next few chapters)

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord -
Blurb reads:
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

Another book that surprised me, this was a bit of a longer read but I loved the characters and didn't want it to end. It had lots of layers to the story and just when I thought I had it figured out something else would be uncovered. Dee (or Lilah as is her stage name) and Reagan were the definition of BFFs and it was great seeing just how much their friendship meant to each other. Matt was a great addition to the duo and it was great how his storyline intertwined with Dee and Reagan's. It was also great in showing that no matter what your background is we all go through struggles and moments of change that we don't like but have to go through. This book reminded me of early Taylor Swift songs and a long summer road trip which was a perfect escape from the wet Winter weather we have been enduring lately!

***I received a copy of both these books thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.