Share The Love November 2017 collage

I know, I know, November was a bit of a quiet month around here; assignment deadlines crept up on me and then all of a sudden I had no time to blog. I’m trying to get back into it for December and want to plan in advance in case things get hectic around Christmas. 

November was a lot of research and writing. I had two 3,000 word essays, which isn’t that much for me to write (thanks, years of taking part in NaNoWriMo!); it’s the research and refining bit that takes the time. 

I got most of my Christmas shopping sorted, and some of it is all wrapped up – it looks like a six year old wrapped them, but they’re wrapped. Apart from that, Daz and I have been playing Horizon Zero Dawn, which is pretty excellent, though we keep calling the main character Alloy or Aioli. I’m also putting all my effort into not buying The Sims 4 on console until my exams are over. 

The past few weeks have treated us to some incredible sunsets. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year, or there are just better sunsets in Scotland, but I feel like at least 4 times a week I’m seeing amazing sunsets. Definitely not complaining. 

A couple of sustainable living posts went live in November, which I’m really proud of and wanted to point you towards if you’ve missed them: how to have a less wasteful Christmas and 8 reasons why you should produce less rubbish.

 

Blog – Kalyn Nicholson

I think this is a first; I’m listing a YouTube channel this month instead of a blog. Kalyn does have a blog too and she did just recently post about 10 TV shows worth binging, which is spot on. I found Kalyn’s channel a couple of months back and she’s become an autowatch YouTuber and that is something for me. I don’t think there’s anyone else whose videos I will always watch. 

Kalyn’s videos have a nice, chill vibe; her editing is en pointe, and her videos are chock full of legit useful tips and inspiration. Plus, Bentley is adorable as. Watch one of her videos and tell me you don’t want to light about a hundred candles and throw on some comfy clothes? I dare you. 

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Listening

When I wrote October’s Share The Love post, I was truly expecting this section to just be me fangirling about Taylor Swift. I only really liked Ready For It before the album came out, but I was expecting myself to get swept up once I heard the album in full and just love it. Nope. Sadly, that did not happen. I just don’t like the new style. I respect her for changing, I won’t knock that, I just don’t like her new sound, and I’m gutted about that because I’ve been a fan since Love Story was released.

I do like Don’t Blame Me and I Did Something Bad, but the rest of it is quite forgettable for me. And the less I say about End Game, the better. 

My Autumn Bop playlist has had a slight update, but not much. A couple of weeks ago, I started listening to the podcast S Town and it is brilliant. If you loved Serial, you will love S Town even more because the storytelling is outstanding. I can’t remember exactly when I finished off You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero (might have been the end of October, I dunno); the audiobook is well worth a listen and I fully attribute listening to that to Kalyn’s videos, too. 

 

Watching

Really having to wrack my brains for this one because we haven’t been watching a huge amount of TV, aside from Blue Planet 2. How incredible is the cinematography on that? We’ve mostly been playing Horizon Zero Dawn when we’d be watching TV. 

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December Goals

Report on November goals

In November I wanted to finish off my masters dissertation plan, do yoga at least three times a week, and read more. I did not finish my masters dissertation plan because it took me a while to find time to sit down with my tutor to hack things out. I’m definitely closer to finishing it though, which is great. Yoga fell off when I stopped scheduling it, so it seems I need to schedule it to actually do it. And I read a little more this month but not as much as I wanted. 

 

December goals

  • Finish masters dissertation plan; my exams are before Christmas, which gives me some time to finish things off. 
  • Be prepared with my blog; I want to get the posts going up around Christmas scheduled in advance so I’m not rushing and taking time out of enjoying Christmas. 
  • Schedule in and do yoga; scheduling it seems to work really well for me, so I need to do that again because I still love those yoga pants and want them in my life. But I’m putting my foot down with myself; it ain’t happening unless I’m doing it regularly. 

 

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Share The Love October 2017 edition

What’s this; a post on a Monday? I can’t even remember the last time I posted on a Monday. I had this post all written, but forgot to sort a photo and schedule it for last Thursday. So here it is; my belated October edition of Share The Love. 

I had a lightbulb moment about my thesis idea a couple of weeks ago and I’m really excited about where it might lead me. While juggling everything else, I’ve also started looking into PhDs because it turns out I need to apply pretty damn soon. On the theme of university, we took a field trip to a nearby wind farm which was really fun. Ironically, it was not very windy so the turbines weren’t moving but I kinda love wind turbines so it was nice to get up close to one. I’m pretty sure that could be the geekiest thing I’ve ever said on this blog but, idk; I love me some renewable energy. No, that’s the geekiest thing I’ve ever said. 

Daz and I also had a few local adventures and have discovered some wonderful beaches nearby – and visited one of them three times in just as many weeks. 

My Mum and Nan came to visit for a couple of days which was lovely because it had been two months since we last saw my Nan. Daz’s Mum and partner came up over the weekend and we had a lovely, relaxing couple of days. It was nice to catch up in person and spend some time relaxing and exploring the city more. It’s been a good couple of weeks for that. 

Towards the end of October, I decided I needed to start doing yoga again because I haven’t really done any exercise (apart from walking) since we moved. I know how good yoga is for keeping my stress levels down so I’m scheduling time in to get some done, and I’m noticing an improvement in my stress levels already. 

 

Blog – My Lovelier Days

I found My Lovelier Days two or three months ago, and it’s a brilliant mix of travel posts and inspiring and thoughtful posts. Diana has a wonderfully inspiring way of writing and her recent post about trusting yourself is one of my favourites. Her photography is brilliant as well; the travel photos are stunning and her other photos have such a nice, cosy vibe. 

 

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Listening 

The music I’ve been listening to this month isn’t much different to September’s, to be honest. I’m still hooked on everything that came out a few weeks ago. I put together a playlist for when I’m doing university work or when I want to get stuff done and I love it. If you want to listen to it, here’s my autumn bop playlist

 

Watching

Since university work is ramping up, I’ve managed to be fairly disciplined at not watching quite so many Friends re-runs. We’ve been watching the IT Crowd (never gets old), The Little Mermaid, and I’ve even had the chance to actually watch some Formula One; it’s been so long since either one of us felt some kind of up to date with F1. I find that somewhat bittersweet as two and a half years ago, it was my life and wanted I wanted to do. 

 

Goals

I thought it would be fun to add in a goals section so we can talk about the goals we want to achieve in the next month, talk about how we’re progressing with our goals, and help each other. Sound good? 

Since this is the first month I’m doing it, I’m not going to include a goals progress section, but I will do next month. 

November goals

  • Finish my masters thesis plan; I need to start contacting potential PhD supervisors if I want to start one next September, so I need to nail down my masters thesis plan and outline what I could expand upon during a PhD. 
  • Do yoga at least three times a week; As I mentioned in the intro, I’m feeling the benefits of doing yoga again so I want to try and do it at least three times a week. I’ve decided that if I can keep that up for a couple of months, I’ll reward myself with a new pair of yoga pants (how beautiful are they?) but only if I keep it up for two months. No slacking allowed. 
  • Read more; I took part in Cosy Reading Night a couple of weeks ago and it was so nice to dedicate three hours to reading something that wasn’t a journal article. It’s something I spoke about in my self-care post and it makes my mind feel so much more open and free – maybe that sounds weird, but it makes sense to me. 

Ok, definitely let me know what your goals are for November too!

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Share The Love - September 2017

Are you fed up of hearing that autumn is finally here yet? Ok, I won’t say it – but I’m definitely thinking it and I’m really excited about it.

September was our first full month living in Edinburgh, and it’s been a great month. We’re getting our bearings, are loving living here, work is good, and my masters is equal parts fascinating and horrifying. NB: we’re fudging the planet big time and need to stop being dicks to it.

In September, I decided to give being fully vegan another go and it’s going really well so far. We’ve made some delicious vegan food, like soup and butternut squash “mac n cheese”. 

 

Blog – What Is Maria

I found Maria’s blog towards the end of September and it fast became a favourite. Maria covers a range of topics, such as vegan food and recipes, anxiety, and overcoming exercise addiction to name a few.

What drew me to her blog was how absolutely honest it feels. It feels like you’re talking to her in person. She isn’t trying to be someone else at all. My favourite blog post from September was her top 10 vegan pantry essentials.

 

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Listening

September was an amazing month for new music.

 

Watching

Our TV signal is rubbish where we live, so Daz and I have been watching a lot of Friends re-runs and documentaries on Netflix / iPlayer. We really enjoyed BBC’s Life at the Extreme, Chasing Coral (it’s a hard watch), and being the Canadaphiles we are, we chuckled hard at Being Canadian.

Like most of the UK, we are pretty undecided on our feelings towards Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off. On one hand, it’s a baking show; what isn’t to love. On the other hand, it belongs on BBC and WHERE’S IS MARY BERRY?! At least it isn’t as bad as the reboot of Top Gear.

 

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Share The Love July 2017 collage

I really missed not writing a Share The Love post at the end of June, but I was jetlagged and unhappy about being back in England so, I’m sure you can forgive me.

July seems to have whizzed by and at times I’m left wondering whether it was only last month that we were chilling by lakes in Canada. I got confirmation that I am now the proud owner of a BSc (Hons) first class in Forensic Science, *does a little happy dance*. I’m pretty proud of myself for that one. A couple of weeks after we got back from Canada, we spent a few days in Edinburgh, searching for places to live and Daz got himself a job!

Last Monday, my friends from work threw me a surprise leaving party, which was so sweet and I really didn’t know what to say. I was lost for words. We had a brilliant night, played Cards Against Humanity, and ate some delicious brownies one of my friends made, and it was wonderful. I truly am going to miss them so much; I think I might leak from the eyes on my last shift, which will be terribly undignified because I ugly cry.

I’ve also finally plucked up the courage to begin editing our photos from Canada and I immediately realised I was not strong enough because I WANNA GO BACK RIGHT NOW. I’m not going to lie, I fall in love with a lot of places I visit (for a while I was seriously going to Sweden to do a masters, but money) but Canada is like nothing else; it felt like home straight away and England doesn’t entirely feel like home now.

 

BLOG – Hopscotch The Globe

This is one of my favourite travel blogs and YouTube channels. Kristen and Siya are an adventuring couple who produce some of the best travel videos and blogs I’ve seen, and what I think makes them even better is how friendly and chilled out they come across. It feels like you’re listening to friends when you watch their videos. 

Last year, they brought an Airstream and started renovating it. I’ve been eagerly following their progress videos and they finally revealed their incredibly beautiful and spacious looking Airstream in July. I challenge you to watch it and tell me you don’t want to live in an Airstream right away, because I do. I want to move to Canada, renovate an Airstream and explore Canada, and wake up to new forests and mountain views whenever I fancy it.

 

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LISTENING TO

July was an amazing month for new music. While Daz is slowly being subjected to a little less Paramore than in June, it’s still popping up in my playlist a lot. Also popping up is new music from:

  • Kesha; damn, can we talk about how amazing Rainbow is going to be? She has released three singles off her upcoming album and they are all incredible. Take a listen to them here: Praying | Woman | Learn To Let Go
  • LIGHTS; Skydiving is so darn catchy.
  • While we’re talking about eagerly anticipating, I couldn’t not mention that SHANIA TWAIN IS RELEASING A NEW ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER. I cannot wait. I grew up on her music and I cannot wait to hear Now.

I also got into two podcasts this month:

  • Estee Lalonde released the pilot episode of her podcast, The Heart Of It. In the pilot, Estee spoke about protests and I absolutely loved it. I’ve watched her videos for years and her tone of voice is really similar to how she is in her blog and videos, only she gets into important topics.
  • I finally got around to watching Anna and Lily’s podcast, At Home With and it was just so easy to sit down and relax to.

 

WATCHING

All I need to say here is that Game of Thrones is back.

 

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Share The Love May 2017 edition

At the start of May, I remember saying April felt like a long month but May has flown by and here we are with our feet planted firmly in June.

I sat my last undergraduate exam a couple of weeks ago and I’m now obsessively refreshing my university app for any sign of results; I tell you what I will be glad to be in Canada soon with no internet connection the majority of the time so I can break this darn cycle. Since finishing university, I’ve been working full time to save some pennies up for this expensive summer we’ve got coming up, and starting to sort through things we’re not going to take with us when we move.

My two best friends and I went to see Twin Atlantic in Coventry, which was brilliant. Their Radio 1 Big Weekend set is well worth a watch. I want a Glaswegian accent so bad. Days later, the horrific attack was carried out in Manchester as happy kids and young people left an Ariana Grande concert. Anyone who has been to a gig knows what it’s like to leave a venue feeling so excited, and to have that moment of elation shattered in such a brutal way is evil. It’s not just in the UK that innocent lives have been lost in the last week, an attack in Baghdad left 27 dead (at the time of writing). I am so sick of innocent lives being lost. No, the western world is not perfect and we have caused chaos and the deaths of innocent people and walked away from a mess we created for it to bite us in the ass. I’m just so tired of hearing about lives lost, it needs to end.

 

BLOG – GO LIVE EXPLORE

I discovered Go Live Explore a couple of months back while doing some research for what to do in Victoria and Vancouver and completely fell in love with Alicia’s blog. Her photos give me serious wanderlust, she’s got great tips for travel, fitness, and life in general. She’s also kinda living my dream a little bit because she’s a Brit who moved to Canada. She’s also completely lovely, so go get addicted to her blog.

 

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What diving in the Maldives taught us about climate change and the global ocean crisis – Airplanes & Avocados | If you read one blog post off this list, make it this one.

Thoughts on magazines – The Lilac Linnet | A lot of women’s magazines claim to support and empower women but that’s a bit of a slap in the face when you read that across the page from adverts subtly telling us we’re not good enough.

On ethical living and feeling overwhelmed – Not So Quiet Grrl | As someone who begun delving into ethical living at the start of the year, I can completely agree that it feels so overwhelming sometimes, but it is worth it.

Dark chocolate snack bites – Go Live Explore | This is what I was on about when I was fangirling about Go Live Explore up top. So good.

My top 5 zero waste shower essentials – Going Zero Waste | A handful of places to start when switching to a zero waste bathroom.

How to survive Europe on a vegan, gluten-free diet – Hopscotch The Globe | A few tips to make travel easier if you’ve got dietary restrictions.

5 steps to make a change and live your dream – Go Live Explore | Quit putting it off, and go for it because you can do it.

 

LISTENING TO

I have pretty much exclusively spent the month listening to Paramore’s new album, After Laughter. Fake Happy, Idle Worship and Rose-Coloured Boy are my absolute favourites. I get the feeling Daz is going to be so sick of hearing them soon.

 

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Share the love April 2017 edition

I feel like April has been a long month, not in a bad way it’s just that a lot of things seemed to have happened since March’s edition of Share The Love.

My dissertation was handed in at the beginning of the month (and that feels like so long ago now). Daz and I climbed a very steep hill near us, and I found out that I am super unfit. After a lot of email refreshing, I received an offer from the University of Edinburgh to study there and since then we’ve both done a lot of stressing and research into everything we need to sort before the start of September. I’m currently up to my eyes in revision; thankfully, I only have one exam though it’s a good job because this is a really hard one for me. I haven’t done any chemistry this complicated in about six years so I am really working hard and hoping it pays off.

 

BLOG – Jasmin Charlotte

Jasmin’s blog is not a new one for me, I have probably been reading her blog for about two years and I think I might have already featured it in a Share The Love post way back when. I would check, but I’m writing this instead of revising so…

Her blog is a great mix of travel, lifestyle, tech and blogging tips, and she loves space too (I always love a fellow space nerd). I always feel kinda cosy when I read Jasmin’s blog (maybe because I’ve read it for so long) because her posts read like a conversation and she writes some seriously thought-provoking posts, like why sometimes hard work isn’t enough and that’s ok. I also feel like Jasmin is one of the very few blogger who does sponsored content properly. It never feels contrived, it reads naturally and seems like something she would talk about anyway.

 

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10 travel bloggers share their favourite place on earth – Life With a View | A little tip of the hat to myself as I was featured in this roundup. I bet you can guess where I fangirled about, right? I always enjoy finding out what places other people love, so this is a fun read, even if you’re sick of hearing me talk about Canada.

How to do a successful spending freeze – Oddly Lovely | Cat is back blogging and I am so excited about it. For the past year, I’ve been visiting her blog about once a month just in case she snuck a blog post up without me knowing and now she’s back. It’s like a dream come true. And she also has some excellent tips on saving money, who doesn’t want that?

I fail everyday – Sustainably Vegan | I think that when you’re aiming for anything (it doesn’t even have to be related to a diet or a way of living), it’s important to understand that even when you see what you think is a perfect representation of whatever you’re aiming for on social media that the people behind that content fail too. Failure is good for us when we learn from it.

5 revision study tips – Ways To Study | I don’t know about any of you, but I am all about revision at the moment and any tips to help me get the best out of revision are always appreciated.

How to have a less wasteful makeup routine – Not So Quiet Grrl | Yet again, Nadia features here because she’s bringing some great tips to help me reduce waste.

6 easy ways to spring clean your blog – The Scarlet State | It’s time to clear out the cobwebs.

Why is it so hard to be self-promotional if you’re a woman? – The Everywhereist | Once again, Geraldine raises an excellent point and makes me laugh and seriously think about it at the same time.

 

 

WATCHED

The end of April was Fashion Revolution Week, which encourages us all to think about the people who make our clothing, and the conditions they work and live in as a result of fast fashion. After seeing Nadia mention that she’d watched True Cost documentary, I decided to give it a watch and was horrified at people trying to justify the way “the system” currently works. It sickened me and it makes me so angry that people and the environment are being treated horrendously because fast-fashion retailers want more profit.

It isn’t a nice subject at all and it made me feel sick to my stomach that I’ve been a part of it, we’ve all been a part of it; we can’t keep burying out heads in the sand. It’s time to learn, question, and criticise anything we’re not happy with.

 

LISTENING TO

Oh, it has been a good month for me musically. Paramore released Hard Times, which makes me want to dance badly; though, that is the only kind of dancing I’m capable of doing. Pvris also announced a new album and released Heaven, which I cannot get enough of either. All Time Low also released the third single off their next album, Life of the Party. I’ve pretty much been listening to those three songs mostly.

 

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Share The Love March 2017 Edition

March’s edition of share the love is a week earlier than I would normally do it but next Thursday I will be raving about how happy I am that my dissertation has been handed in!

My dissertation hand in date is next Monday so March has obviously been filled with a lot of work, and playing LEGO games on the Playstation with Daz as a way to chill out. Also, my furry little kitty cat moved in with us this month because he was missing me too much. I thought he would prefer to stay at my Mum’s because there’s loads of open space at the back of her house but there isn’t much here in comparison. He missed me too much though and we’re super happy to have him living with us / taking over the sofa.

 

BLOG – Not So Quiet Grrl

I feel like Nadia’s blog is exactly what I want to read at the moment. Not So Quiet Grrl covers being cruelty free, vegan, minimalism and her adventures into becoming zero waste. Her photos are stunning but what I love most of all is the way she writes because it feels like you’re having a conversation with her.

My favourite recent blog post of hers is about being a vegan advocate, but not one people back away from for fear they’ll be abused for their dietary choices, but one of education, encouragement and, most importantly, no judgement. I thought that blog post was a breath of fresh air and what some people could do with understanding. I get that people are passionate about things they believe in but making people feel bad that they’re not trying hard enough isn’t fair when everyone’s journey is personal and everyone has their own hurdles to jump.

 

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LISTENING TO

I went to see All Time Low earlier this month so they’ve featured heavily in this month’s playlist (I am loving their new stuff), along with Lindsay Ell. I saw Lindsay support The Band Perry about three years ago (I wrote about that here) and I am so excited that she’s finally put an EP out. If you’re missing Taylor Swift’s country-pop then I really think Lindsay can do a great job of filling that gap. Listen to Criminal and tell me it doesn’t sound like it fits in perfectly with Red. I dare you.

 

WATCHING / PLAYING

I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix last weekend and really enjoyed it. If you want to find out more about minimalism, it’s a great starting point. Mostly, we’ve been playing LEGO Jurassic Park and Harry Potter this month.

 

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