The Christmas Spectrum: where do you fall?

I was thinking about the different ways of celebrating Christmas, and came to the realisation that there are two spectrums to consider. These spectrums can be plotted on a graph, and everyone’s Christmas sits somewhere on this graph. So, I thought I’d create a mood board for each one and let everyone decide where their…

Christmas Starts on the 1st of December

Contrary to popular belief, Christmas isn’t an event lasting one day on the 25th of December (or the 24th, if you’re Scandi). Christmas is, in fact, a month-long celebration, which starts on the 1st of December (or 4 Sundays before Christmas, whichever is earliest), and ends on the 31st. (I should make it clear, when…

All the positives a lockdown brings

As the UK heads into its second national lockdown of the Covid pandemic, I thought I’d take a minute to talk about all the positives we can get from a lockdown. It goes without saying that there are, of course, many negatives as well. No doubt many jobs will be lost, businesses will be forced…

Everything Emily In Paris gets wrong about influencers

I’ve just finished watching the show that has taken Netflix by storm: Emily In Paris. I’m going to be honest – I still can’t tell if I like it or not. On the one hand, it’s objectively a bit shit. It’s incredibly unrealistic and feels like a Mary-Sue fantasy version of reality, written by a…

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…

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…

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…