When you guys are reading this I'll either be:
A. Sleeping before my last exam for this semester
B. Prepping for my last exam
C. Taking my last exam
D. Finished with my last exam and be going out with my friends (!!!)
There is no question about which one of these options is the most exciting haha.
At the end of today I have four weeks of holidays! :)
I am sooo looking forward to this break, exam block really took it out of me this time!
My work sent me this message when I was giving them my exam unavailability:
Hahaha excited to be able to do this now! But let's be honest, who manages to sleep by 10pm every night!?!
I want to spend some quality time with my family and friends, organise my life a little, be productive - I want to make good use of these holidays!
For the last two university breaks I got I didn't go away anywhere; I just stayed at home and chilled, which don't get me wrong, it's one of my favourite things to do - BUT, this break is a teeny bit different and I'm super excited about it :)
I'm kinda going away on two short trips this holidays:
- This weekend, four of my friends and I are road tripping and going camping for a night. Hopefully I'll have some cool photos to show you in next week's blogpost!
- In a couple of weeks I'm going to Melbourne for a bit of an extended weekend away and
I. Am. So. Excited. :) I can't wait for that blogpost!
Those are two things which are definitely going to be fun this time around! Apart from that my holidays are a bit of a blank canvas right now. There are some random things I already know I want to do:
- Get back into the gym
- Work on my blog - I have some ideas you guys will hopefully be seeing soon ;)
- Get cooking
- Watch some new movies that came out (Jurassic World and Inside Out are on that list!)
- Marathon old movies (Hello lots of Disney!) and TV shows with friends. Did any of you guys watch Lizzie McGuire back in the day? :P My friend and I are totally going to revisit the 90s! :)
- Trial netflix! Which means I will most probably drown a way a lot of my time...(If anyone's getting netflix or has netflix, check out Rose's blogpost on her recommendations of what to watch!)
- Spend lots of time with my mumma - it's her birthday in July so I definitely want to plan a nice day for her :)
- Explore the internet world, find some new blogs to read and read ones I already follow (I love checking out Cathy Nguyen's cool blog!)
- Chill with friends. A lot. We all missed each other SO MUCH once exam study started. Time to make up for that!
- Do some volunteering
- Go for a hike
- Get into dance
- Go for drives
- Organise some birthday presents
- Clean. My. Room. (And sort. And organise. Everything). It always ends up trashed after a semester, so it's time to fix that!
- Speaking of organising, I need to organise my computer files and folders - my desktop has gotten out of control!
- I also want to organise all my photos into albums and folders ☺️
I was literally just listing a bunch of things I wanted to do off the top of my head - I didn't realise I had already accumulated so many things I wanted to do in these next few weeks!
But, what do you guys like to do during your holidays!?! Give me your suggestions! Like I said, I am going to make these holidays productive :)
P.S. When I say 'productive' that definitely includes lots of sleeping in :P Can't believe I forgot to add that to my list!
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Have a great rest of the week!
Have a great rest of the week!
“I believe women are at our best when we support each other." - Taylor Swift
When I started this blog, there was one topic I wanted to discuss that I had in mind from the beginning. Something I feel incredibly passionate about, something that has really brought about an uprising recently, something that I think is a very positive force.
Now, those two words above are very closely linked to the subject of Feminism. It is a subject that I believe is incredibly important and has many facets to it. I have been working on a post purely devoted to it (and other terms that inform and feed into it - gender equality, sexism, misogyny etc.) for quite a while now. Because I do feel that it is such a critical, meaningful and far-reaching topic of conversation I don't want to bring it into today's post because I'll end up writing a 2000 word essay for you all to read its own separate post will be up soon!
Today, I'm looking at female empowerment amongst females ourselves. Girls supporting each other. A sisterhood.
You know, a pretty epic, badass sisterhood, that casually struts in front of an explosion in slow motion. Duh.
Ok, but seriously.
"She's not that pretty." "She only listens to Top 40 music…" "Did you see what she was wearing?"
I'm sure we've all heard and/or used similar phrases at some point.
I've always loved the saying “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate”. Similarly, the idea of cheering girls on, instead of tearing them down, is something I'm ALL FOR.
I try not to see girls who I think are smarter than me, more beautiful than me, more talented than me, as threats. I try to see them as people I want to be around. I want to appreciate just how great they are and make them realise it themselves.
I lose nothing by encouraging/applauding them, and gain everything by having their presence and energy in my life. I will openly say there are so many girls that I admire and obsess over, and I will happily tell that to them as well!
What amuses me sometimes is how hard of a time some girls have acknowledging another girl is beautiful! How does saying another girl is pretty detract from your own beauty? (The answer is it doesn't. Not even the tiniest bit. In any shape or form. Promise. Haha.)
The thing is, now more than ever before, females tend to be pitted against each other (quite often by ourselves), in every aspect of life.
"I aced all four of my subjects but I heard she only passed two of hers…"
"She just posted a new Instagram photo and she looks so slim, I look nothing like that…"
"She has more likes on her photo than I do..."
Comments like these stem from comparison - ideas that society, and we ourselves, create about what girls "should" be like, act like, look like - what we "should" have achieved as females.
One type of comparison that has really impacted our generation to a whole other level is the rating of girls by their appearance.
"Who's hotter?" "Who has the better body?" Things like "Gigi Hadid vs. Kendall Jenner - Who's sexier?"
|Gigi has it so right. |
We are all so different, there is no comparison.
I tend to reference Taylor Swift interviews and quotes quite a bit (Refer to the opening quote. Case in Point :P). Besides the fact that I just generally LOVE HER, I think she's so intelligent, eloquent and relatable - and in this case, it's no different:
“If we continue to show young girls that they are being compared to other girls, we’re doing ourselves a huge disservice as a society. I surround myself with smart, beautiful, passionate, driven, ambitious women. Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you rather than threaten you and make you feel like you’re immediately being compared to them. The only thing I compare myself to is me, two years ago, or me one year ago.” (The Rolling Stone Interview)
I don't think anyone could say, or sum it up, better.
I've always said I've been blessed to grow up surrounded by very, very strong and intelligent women. They've been through a lot in their lives, and I've been fortunate enough to listen to their stories and learn from their experiences. They've maintained a sense of dignity and respect in the way they've carried themselves, and if I can say the same for myself in 20 years time I will be happy.
I also know that I'm lucky enough to have an epic group of girlfriends in my life that own it in their respective interests and talents; from engineering to pursuing music, to studying science, or working towards becoming an occupational therapist.
Both sets of the females I've described above inspire me endlessly - not sure if they realise it all the time, but I want to learn from them, support them and follow them as they continue to achieve their goals.
It's really started to take on a force of its own, thanks to quite a few individuals - whether they be people you know in your own life, or people in the spotlight that you've seen or heard. It's really changing and advancing, and it's so uplifting.
Let's all be kind to ourselves and supportive to one another.
P.S. I swear I don't only believe in supporting females, I have a lot of respect for the males in my life as well! Haha but that's for another blogpost :)
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