Thursday, 2 October 2014

Hello, October! | Monthly Goals

We are now in October - the month where university really kicks off and everything gets a bit hectic. As you read this, I'm actually sat at home in Somerset. Homesickness kicked in so I decided to head back before my studies commenced rendering me unable to take leisurely visits home. I'm a sucker for home comforts and my family, what can I say?! I may or may not have burst into tears when I saw Luke...

September was a bit of a whirlwind of a month that saw me pack up my things and move back to university after a year and a half break so it has been quite a heavy one indeed! Thankfully, I'm already quite settled, despite the homesickness, and I'm looking forward to the challenges that third year will bring. However, I'm well aware that I'll be feeling the complete opposite in a couple of weeks...I have got a few fun plans put in place for October though so we'll see how they pan out! I've booked a ticket to watch Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall, give a talk so that should be super interesting - even though I'm going alone. I'm also pretty sure that Luke is going to come down to celebrate his birthday so that's also going to be awesome. I need to start planning for that! What are you up to this month? Let me know below! 

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I made about a billion different lists to keep up with the admin side of moving so, thankfully, I managed to do pretty well with this goal! I got everything done by the deadline and I even managed to pop out and buy a shit load of cheap toiletries to stockpile. I was on the ball! 

This is something I started doing but it's something that I want to make more of an effort with over the next few months. I've started walking a lot more but I could probably adopt some better mental habits, get more sleep than I currently do and eat a more varied diet.

Well, this goal went to shit. I didn't stick to it at all. I barely even started it. I'm a moron. I'm starting to think I work best to deadlines, otherwise I end up sitting there stewing in my own anxieities. Lets hope uni writing exercises encourage me a bit more!

I've managed to settle in pretty well, despite the slight homesickness. I went to see a disability advisor so operation Get Bee Through Third Year is a-go-go. I also managed to get my room looking cosy, my prescription all sorted and I went to all of my introductory meetings. I stayed up til 3am on my first night getting to know my housemates, chatting about anything and everything from Adventure Time to Llama Land, so I'm more than settled in when it comes to making friends with the people I share my house with. I still haven't worked out how to use Google Hangouts but otherwise I have done pretty well! 

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+ work out a routine 
The first couple of weeks after a move are always a bit weird because you're still getting used to everything and, if you're anything like me, you can end up with a really odd daily routine as a result. This is something that I want to fine tune over the next month. I want to work on my weekly schedule, devoting particular times to studying and socialising. 

+ take creative risks and be brave
I feel like I've got to the third year of my degree without really taking any creative risks and that's something I want to change! I want to have a go at writing the sort of things that I like to read and I'd also like to take a bit more pride in my own abilities. I'll let you know how I get on!

I can sometimes let my mind wander to places that I don't want it to go and that's something I really need to monitor. I found myself trying to contain the beginnings of a panic attack in the front row of a busy lecture theatre just the other day so this is something that I really need to try and work on. I'm going to take important steps to ensure that I'm comfortable with my schedule and I'm going to make sure I pencil in lots of fun breaks to keep the big black cloud at bay. 

Wish me luck! What are your goals for this month?  Got any plans you wish to share with the world / the few people that make it to the end of these posts?!  



Monday, 29 September 2014

Goodbye, September: Bee's Mini Book Reviews | Books

What a shitty reading month! Unfortunately, September was another of those months where I only got round to reading one book in four weeks and annoyingly it wasn't even a particularly good one. I feel quite disappointed in myself because it was the last month for a while where I could really enjoy reading for pleasure but what's done is done. I'm not entirely sure what these review posts will look like over the next few months as university will be dictating what I read but I'm sure I'll continue to document my reading regardless. You'll just probably see a lot of different texts to what you usually would so it can only be a good thing, I guess! If you're at school, college or uni, feel free to let me know what's on your TBR for the next few months. Alternatively, let me know what your favourite book you've ever studied was. 

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rage against the dying by becky masterman (2012)
fiNISHED: 08/O9/14 | ISBN: 1409126935 PAGES: 400
Remains found. Confession secured. Case closed. Or at least that's what the FBI believe. But Brigid Quinn - a retired agent with a bloody secret of her own - doesn't think so. They've got the wrong man. Which leaves only one question: what would make you confess to a murder you didn't commit?  

Friday, 26 September 2014

On My Shelf #5 | Books

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Hello fellow planet dwellers! Thanks for all your messages of good luck with regards to my move - you guys are awesome. I've been here nearly a week now and, admittedly, I'm fricking exhausted but I'm hoping I'll feel a bit better soon. However, I'm settling in well and my room is looking ridiculously homely and cosy. Gotta love those high Victorian ceilings! I'm sure I'll show you around it at some point. Alas, for now, here's my latest installment in my On My Shelf series - the feature that gives you the opportunity to snoop around my bookshelves. Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these books as I'd love to know what you thought of them...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

University Q & A: Studying A Creative Course, Studying with an Illness & Reading Tips | Advice

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Hello fellow planet dwellers! Believe it or not, I am all moved in and ready for my third year of university. Crazy! A few weeks ago, I asked you guys whether or not you had any questions about my university experience and I got a handful of interesting ones so, now that I'm settled in, I thought I would get round to answering them for you! If you've got anything else to ask, feel free to do so in the comments below!