Why You Should Journal

Why You Should Journal

There’s a joke in my house that I can’t leave the house without acquiring one or two notebooks. And it’s more or less true. I adore them.

I can’t go into TK Maxx anymore without making a beeline for the stationary section and coming out, arms laden with beautiful but inexpensive hardbacked journals of varying degrees of colour. Paperchase is a must-avoid for me when I’m broke – but when has that ever stopped me. Muji. Don’t get me started on Muji.

So judging by my love affair of these things, it’s only natural that I got into bullet journaling.

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Passive

Passive

This hit me about an hour ago.

It’s something we all can relate to and it’s not necessarily a good thing but lately, I’ve found myself acting passive. As in, letting people have their way instead of standing up for myself.

I’m not talking about major decisions or work related stuff – I can hold my ground on that – I’m talking more about how I interact with the world around me.

For example, if someone is walking behind me, even slightly close to me, I’ll jump to the side to let them pass in almost fear. Or if someone doesn’t respond on Facebook, letting that make me feel pointless and annoying and taken for granted.

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the. rest.

the. rest.

Remember I wrote about not burning out?

Well, guess what happened to me the other day.

It was a mistake on my part. With so many different things going on, I can see now that it was semi-inevitable. And by the time I began to put things into place to prevent it, it was probably a little too late.

Everything was acting up. From different facets of my personal life, my skin, my sleeping pattern, everything I did or didn’t do made me feel as though I was letting everyone down. I had a really bad cold but I couldn’t cancel work. I was vulnerable. Overthinking. Worrying. And unhappy.

To put it into context, I have seventeen unread messages (sorry guys).

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Dear Graduates

Dear Graduates

Hey Class of 2017,

In the words of Elle Woods, “we did it!”. Well, you did. I can no longer claim “graduate” status thanks to you guys. But there is a serious congrats in order. You’ve navigated through the jungle that is university and have made it out the other end.

How are you feeling?

Mixed emotions? You may feel excited, relieved, worried, frustrated, scared, all of which are completely valid. This is a time of serious transition and it’s going to be mentally tiring. For the foreseeable future, you will have no more exams, no more assignments, no more lectures and no more incoherent TAs. Just think about that. This is your first time out of full time education for, what, sixteen years?

Yeah, just let that sink in.

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How To Deal With A Burn Out

How To Deal With A Burn Out

I did the exact thing I promised myself I wouldn’t do. I hit a wall and crashed.

My Mum returned from the pharmacy today with voltarol, panadol, lemsip, and a quip about how awful I looked. In all fairness, she was right.

(I didn’t take all the medication at once, I promise that.)

I can usually tell when I’m stressed out. It’s when I wake up and my shoulder is aching me. I mean, really aching me. And no amount of extra fast panadol can soothe it. It puts me out of sync with my life. I can’t lie down and nap, I can’t exercise to the best of my ability, and I can’t relax.

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15 Things To Stop Worrying About

15 Things To Stop Worrying About

Graduation

Rather than an end, see it as a new beginning. A chance to turn over a new leaf. You close one door but you’re opening another. And who knows, it may be the first of many.

Finding a job

The right job will find you. And everything you do until then are stepping stones. Keep learning, keep experiencing, and when that job comes around, you’ll be more than ready.

Saving money

You can’t save thousands on a minimum wage job so just do the best you can. It’s all relative.

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