Monday 30 August 2021

August 2021 | Monthly Wrap Up

July was my month to relax, chill, and read lots of books. August has been a bit busier. 

Favourite part?


Genuinely seeing more of my friends and meeting new people. I’d forgotten how much energy I get from other people, even if I do desperately need my time alone. It’s just so lovely to do simple things like having food together and have the spontaneous conversations that happen when you’re in-person compared to virtually. I’m now also making more of an effort to go to the beach more often seeing as I do live pretty close to the coast. Swimming in the sea boosts my mood and energy so much and I need to make the most of the access I have to the seaside. 


After nearly 18 months, N.E.S.T was finally able to do in-person volunteering, sorting through donations to make into care packs for asylum seekers from Afghanistan. We are still looking for donations, both physical and financial. All details on how to support if you can is in this post, any support you’re able to give is so appreciated! 

I joined Green New Deal Rising this month and completed my first MP challenge with them, talking with Kate Osborne MP about the bill that’s going to Parliament in September. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to do more. It was such a great thing to do with one of my friends and with some amazing people I got to meet on the day. If you’re interested in getting involved with GNDR, check out their website and social media, and come along to one of their Welcome Calls which happen every Wednesday at 6pm

I got fully vaccinated! It’s honestly such a relief and I’m so glad I was able to move up my second appointment by a few weeks. If you haven’t had yours yet, go and see where are offering doses near you. 


I have two new articles out this month! The first was published by Remake and looked at the new trend of unethical fashion brands co-opting the language of slow fashion/activist spaces to greenwash potential customers, particularly Boohoo. The second was published in Fem Legal’s first online booklet and looked at fashion brands’ feminist images vs their actions in regard to the Bangladesh Accord


Best read?


At the beginning of the month I read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I watched the film adaptation a while ago and enjoyed it, so finally got around to reading the book. 


Since I’ve been back in Newcastle I’ve been slowly reading Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. 


Favourite listen?

I’ve been listening to Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on repeat this month, especially Today Was a Fairytale and Mr. Perfectly Fine. Just wait until Red (Taylor’s Version) comes out in November. I will be unstoppable. 


I’ve also been loving Maisie Peters’ new album, You Signed Up for This. It’s full of absolute bops. 

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Favourite watch?


My old favourite Ghosts had a new series out, and of course it was such a good watch. Ghosts will never fail to feel like a hug in a show. 


I also watched The Kominsky Method after being recommended it by my parents, and it is absolutely beautiful and hilarious at the same time – and Norman is definitely my favourite character!


Along with this year’s series of Love Island which I only watched parts of, I have also been rewatching series five and two. I’ve also rewatched the first few series of Grey’s Anatomy, because you know, it’s always time for a rewatch of Grey’s.

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What did I learn?


It’s weird spontaneous socialising can be a thing again but I do still enjoy being around new people!


I seriously need to be in the sea more. Like damn, I feel so much better after a sea swim.


What’s happening next month?

I’ll be moving house and officially start my Master’s! I’m genuinely so excited to have a new space to decorate! 


What’s been on my mind?

What the next few months of my life are going to look like, how to take action on key issues (particularly climate change) and how to mobilise others too.


Favourite post?


My favourite post this month has definitely been 25 Climate Actions To Take After the IPCC Report. I’ve been in slight panic mode recently, understandably as half the world is burning and the other half is under water. I hope this post can act as almost a resource to encourage people reading to take on specific actions to tackle the climate crisis. 


I also like my post about greenwashing and woke-washing. I’m really enjoying my Slow Fashion Simplified series and I hope it’s useful! 


Biggest inspiration?

Being able to see friends again! I forgot how much energy I do get from being around my pals. Don’t get me wrong, my alone time will always be severely needed, but I’ve missed just being able to casually spend time with friends.


Any other favourites?


I have been eating a lot of pak choi and leeks fried in non-dairy butter and garlic lately, and it’s the absolute best. I tried it first with a Chinese takeaway with my family before I came back to Newcastle and now I’m obsessed. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. 


I have also been absolutely loving my new Golden Pothos which I bought from my friend Will’s small business, Stems n Shoots. It brings me so much joy and I love having it hanging from my mirror. 

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