Friday 1 June 2018

May 2018 | Monthly Wrap Up

May has been stressful.

Favourite part?

Okay, so I don’t think I can talk about this month without mentioning one particular event:

So, yeah, I had 12 inches of my hair cut off! It’s so cool, but I do still miss my long hair every now and again. This is the shortest I’ve had in a long time, maybe even ever, so it’s very different from what I’m used to and has given me a lot of confidence – something that’s especially needed the buildup to exams. I feel like I could be Lady Mary or Daisy Buchanan or even Twiggy if I did my makeup right. I donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust, so hopefully now it’s in the process of being made into a pretty wig!

I have spent a lot of time with my friends this month and I couldn’t be more grateful for them.

Best read?

Within the first day of May I read Mary I: The Daughter of Time by John Edwards as a more chill means of revising for my Tudor exam. Mary is one of my favourite Tudor monarchs – I find her really interesting. This has given me a good impression of the Penguin Monarchs collection and I think I’ll probably work my way through some more. 

I then read Men Explain Things to Me: and Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit, the essay that effectively sparked the coining of the turn ‘mansplaining.’ It was relatable and accessible and would recommend.

Next, I read Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now by Helen Pankhurst. I heard Pankhurst speak at a women’s march I went on last year and she was great. Her writing was just as articulate and knowledgeable and I loved the wway she interwove analysiss of 1918 and 2018 sometimes in the same sentences.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie looks like a very cute little book from the outside, but it is packed with quality in its small passage. Everyone should read this, just as everyone should be feminists.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz was next in line and I loved it. I thought it was so sweet. Basically a romcom as a book, and we know I have a soft spot for a good romcom.

Then, I read No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein, a book I’ve been meaning to read basically since it came out. Klein discusses the cause of Trump’s election, as well as the impact of ‘shock’ politics and ways to create a more equal world, and emphasizing causes of issues that I wouldn’t necessarily have connected (such as the impact of war and climate change).

Overall, I’m quite proud of what I’ve read this month, especially with the amount of time I’ve had to dedicate to revision.

Favourite tunes?

Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper and Spotify’s Summer Acoustic playlist for revising.

What did I learn?

That I need to not have a complete work no-fun attitude. I think I’ve learned how to relax a bit more around exams – and that I need to have some down time with my friends. Because otherwise, I will absolutely lose my mind (Thanks guys for keeping me sane).

What’s happening next month?

The first half of June is focused entirely on exams. I’m not even going to try to organize anything else around that time because I know it will only stress me out even more.

The latter half of the month is going to be very very different, however. I have a week off to party and work then I’m going to Ireland for a few days with some of my best friends. I can’t wait for it.

What’s been on my mind?

Exams. When this goes up, I’ll only be a week away from my exams starting, and whenever I say something like that I begin to feel myself panic and I have to stop thinking about it. Oh my god. It feels so surreal and I just can’t wait for them to be over. Thanks for the stress Michael Gove. 

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

Screen Prism – I love their new videos, especially the Avengers ones. 

Hannah Witton has also had some great videos and blog posts this month, with varying topics (you go girl!). 

Some vegan/sustainability vloggers I’ve been loving this month are: Rachel Ama (she’s a very new discovery for me, her and her friends crack me up and she gives some good advice, especially in regards to cheap recipes), Madeleine Olivia and Sustainably Vegan (who’s download looks amazing – I’ve got it to look at when I have a spare moment). 

Favourite post?

I think I’m going to skip this one out since I haven’t had any new posts since my last Monthly Wrap Up. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of posts over the summer though!

Biggest inspiration?

The weather this month has made me feel so much better. I know it probably seems a bit ridiculous putting weather down as my ‘inspiration’ but the sun has honestly made me so much more productive.

Any other favourites?

I feel like I’ve kind of cracked vegan baking this month. I’ve been baking A LOT. Not tjat my friends or family have been complaining at all. I’ve made everything from scones, chocolate cake to treacle tart. It relaxes me so much (and so does actuslly eating the food – yay stress eating!) so I would highly recommend to anyone doing exams to take out the apron and get baking. 

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