Stop Saving Things For A Special Occasion

When I was younger, whenever I was given a perishable gift, I would always save it for “a special occasion”. Bath soaps, chocolate, candles – all of them kept in their packaging until an event of important enough significance came up for me to use them. The problem is, that day never came, and so…

Marie Kondo Was Right About Books

It is currently very fashionable to think books are the best thing in the world. When Marie Kondo told people to get rid of books they don’t actually plan to read, or have already read and don’t plan on picking up again, the world was outraged. I personally thought Marie Kondo’s advice was solid. She…

Burnout Part 2: A Litmus Test

I feel like I have so many things to say about burnout that it’s hard to cover everything in a single post! So this week I wanted to elaborate on last week’s Burnout post by talking about how I “litmus test” for burnout, and how that links to other topics I’ve covered in this blog….

Let’s Talk About Burnout

I’ve been experiencing burnout for quite some time, and I wanted to address it as it’s an issue that’s close to my heart. It also affects many people, with millennials suffering higher rates of burnout than previous generations. So what is burnout, and what can we do to combat it? Burnout is a state of…

Kitchen Life Hacks

I thought it was worth writing a list of all my kitchen-based “hacks”, so here goes!   1. Keep hand soap next to the sink People underestimate how often you wash your hands in the kitchen. It’s one of the most common places to need hand wash, and yet, most peoples’ kitchens don’t seem to…

Top Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been sleeping much better. I used to toss and turn, sometimes for hours every night, and now I fall asleep within minutes of going to bed. So I thought it was worth taking note of all the things I’ve been doing differently these past two weeks, in case they…

The Stress of Being Constantly “Switched On”

I recently rewatched an old episode of scrubs – one called “My Nickname”, which aired in 2001 – and I noticed something interesting. The storyline concerns a young patient, Jill, who is admitted to hospital. Following multiple tests, it turns out there’s nothing wrong with her – she is just stressed and exhausted. On seeing…

Why We Should All Wake Up Early

In my post “How To Become A Morning Person When You Are Not In Fact A Morning Person“, I mention that one day I’m just going to rant about how much I love the morning and how it’s the best time of day and how much happier I am when I get up early. Today…

Classic Disney Princesses and Feminism

There’s a common misconception that the classic Disney Princesses don’t represent modern, feminist values – and I’m here to debunk that myth. As a reminder, the Classic Disney Princesses are Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). Many people I have spoken to and articles I have read refer to these princesses as…

How To Curl Your Hair With Rollers

I recently started using rollers again, as I figured lockdown was the perfect time – but this is not my first rodeo, by any means. In fact, I was a really cool child and I used to curl my hair to go to school when I was 10 (yes, really). So it’s safe to say…

All The Elements To Taking A Great Photo At Home

So, we’re 12 weeks into lockdown (something like that?), and I’ve learnt more about taking a good photo than ever before! Why, I hear you ask? Because we were limited in our resources and shooting locations, so I was forced to take note of the finer details of what makes a good photo. Here I’d…

How To Be Unproductive in Lockdown

Last week’s post was about lockdown tips, since as a Ph.D. student, I’ve had a lot of experience organising my own time. I’ve ALSO had a lot of experience being incredibly unproductive. So without further ado, here are my tips on how not to achieve your goals!   1. Give yourself a strict timetable with…