On taking an active rest

I've got my Lana Del Rey playlist humming away in the background, a big ol' cuppa by my side and some fake candles from IKEA doing their very best to create ambience. I'm in a sharing mood.

How I organise my life

Heading back to uni after four months of doing pretty much nothing but blogging, reading and watching Netflix was a bit of a shock to the system. Not only am I having to slowly get back into the routine of waking up before 8am (I kind of forgot that the morning existed), but I've had to get my planning hat back on. Gone are the days of lounging around watching Friends until I decided to write and take pictures for that day's post. This girl actually has to get crap done, and balancing blogging, uni work and time to breath is no easy feat.

As I said in my favourite's post, I used the start of the new academic year as a chance to try some different planning methods. And thank God I did because with so many essays due within the space of two weeks, I don't think I would've remained sane without my new bullet journal and wall charts. I think I might have become even more of a planning addict than I was before, which frankly I didn't think was possible. So, it seemed only right to share with you how I keep my shit together without having several minor breakdowns a day.

Quotes to get you through Monday

I swear a matter of minutes ago I was waking up and plodding along to the kitchen to make myself some badass chocolate and raspberry waffles to get this lazy Sunday off to a good start. And now you're telling me that it's time to write tomorrow's to-do list and mentally prepare to make a presentation to my Children's Lit seminar group at 10am on a Monday? Frankly, I'm not ready for the whole 'reality' thing again just yet. Can we please reverse back to that glorious breakfast of mine? 

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like Monday is coming around way too fast. We've all got more Netflix to watch. More blankets to snuggle in. More waffles to eat, goddammit! Alas, the space-time continuum doesn't care. I guess the show must go on. 

Being the stereotypical blogger that I am, the main way that I find the motivation to get my toasty little tush outside of my duvet burrito at the start of a new week is quotes. I love a good quote. So, I thought I would share with you some of my current favourites in the hopes that it will make you feel that little bit more girl bossy. 

12 things to be happy about in October

I kind of feel like this post is slightly redundant. My various wanders through the internet have informed me that most of you are pretty damn buzzed about October. You can't wait to put on your faux leather booties, grab a travel mug of tea and go out into autumn. I mean, I'm not going to pretend that I fully understand why you would want that after the glorious summer we've had here in the UK. But hey ho, I'm glad you're happy.

Still, even though I would rather be at the beach, there are a tonne of things that October (and the world in general) bring into our lives that we should be extremely happy about. For one thing, I'm sat writing this blog post with a mug of hot chocolate by my side. Now there's something you can't fully appreciate when it's a scorcher outside.

Favourite things: September

When I think about the fact that I wrote my last favourites post sitting on a balcony in Greece in 35°  heat whilst inhaling pita bread, it completely blows my mind. And it kind of makes me want to cry because as I write this one, I'm watching the heavens open over London from the comfy familiarity of my university library. I guess it's finally time to accept that summer is over and that reality does in fact still exist. 

However, even though September had the potential to be utterly soul destroying, it turned out to be not too shabby. Granted, I wasn't going to the beach every day and the olive oil back in England is very sub par. But I'm liking the fact that I'm back into my routines again. We all know that I love a good routine! It's nice to be heading off to lectures with a travel mug of tea in my hand. It's nice to be cooking for myself again. It's nice to be back with my girls. 

Yep, I'm feeling very content.

How I learnt what 'self-care' really is

If you've been around these parts for a while, you've probably realised that I'm pretty preachy when it comes to self-love. Thanks to growing up in the corner of the internet full of videos about body acceptance and tweets that tear patriarchal bullshit to shreds, I've become relatively immune to self-hatred in all of its many forms. Don't get me wrong, it's been a process. And I still look at the back of my thighs from time to time and wonder why I'm not BeyoncĂ©. Mostly though, I like to think I'm pretty spicy.

Today though, I want to talk about self-care. I guess I've kind of used the two terms interchangeably in the past because they're so interwoven in the way that we speak about confidence. Loving yourself is a form of self-care. Self-care is a result of self-love. You get the idea.

Tips for using your menstrual cup

They say that when you find the one, you just know. Granted, "they" are usually talking about the significant other that you're going to marry and start a family with, but I for one think that the same can be said of sanitary products.

Five months ago I started using the Mooncup and fell absolutely head over heels in love, as you may remember. I loved the fact that every time I used it I was doing good for the planet (yay for not going through the equivalent of 4 plastic bags with every sanitary towel) and I loved that I was doing good for my body too (yay for not polluting my vagina with the chemical cocktail found in conventional tampons and pads)! And want to hear something crazy? I don't even dread my period anymore. I mean, the cramps aren't that great, but the actual blood part is a piece of cake.

Now that I've gone through a fair few cycles with this bad boy by my side, I feel a lot more qualified to give you some advice on how to make your period as much of a breeze as possible with the help of a menstrual cup. Whether you've been converted and are already a worshipper of this majestic silicone creation or you're completely new to these parts, here's what I've learned over the past few months.