This month has been a pretty strange one for me; I’ve felt like I’ve got lots done but also nothing at the same time.
I’ve had to put the blog on the back burner a little this month as I have university deadlines coming up soon and considering it’s my final year, they really needed to take priority.
That being said I still managed to get a decent number of post written, one of which (5 Little Ways You Can Practice Self Care Every Day) actually went slightly viral on Pinterest!
I’ve also made some huge steps with my Emetophobia; I was able to eat scrambled eggs on toast while out at a restaurant and not have a panic attack! Now I’m sure there are some people wondering just why the hell this is such a big deal, so I’d recommend checking out my Emetophobia Story post if you’ve no idea what on earth it even is.
I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come over the past year. True I’m still scared of being sick, but it’s not crippling terror anymore and I think if the worst did happen and I did catch a bug or something, I might just be able to cope without relapsing into anorexia again.
Although that being said I’d really rather not test that theory just yet thanks!
Twisted Tale Book Series
So if you’ve read my As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Review, you’ll probably have guessed that I’ve become obsessed with this series. I picked up two of the other books in the series (Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty) and will definitely be doing reviews on those next month. All I’ll say for now is that even though Aladdin’s is the smallest of the books, it’s still a really good read. The Sleeping Beauty one isn’t quite as good as the others but it does get better towards the end; while I’d probably not read it again in a hurry, it was still an interesting take on the original story.
Chris also picked up two of the villains tales books for me (he knows me so well bless him!) and I can’t wait to read those. It’s a pretty good guess that those will end up getting featured in next months favourites…
Random fact about me; I’ve known basic sign language for as long as I’ve known the alphabet, as I learnt them both at roughly the same time. Quite a few members of my family were learning BSL (British Sign Language) it at the time and even though I was too young to go to the classes with them, they taught me things like the alphabet and basic phrases at home.
My cousin actually went on to become a qualified interpreter before she had her first child and I was planning on doing the same…until I realised just how expensive the lessons and examinations are!
Unfortunately spare money wasn’t something we had much of when I was growing up, so taking lessons was never an option. However one of the people who knew me growing up, Mr Royston, found out I wanted to learn it and did something wonderful for me; he got me a Makaton Core Vocabulary Manual for Christmas.
It was his last present to me before he died and something I’ll always treasure.
I used it to teach myself as much as possible but (like any language) if you don’t use and practice it regularly, you kind of forget it. So I’ve spent this month trying to fit in at least 15 minutes of practice in per day and its starting to pay off. I’m hopeful that once I start my own business (which should be happening in the next month or two!) I’ll be able to save up any money I make and start taking actual lessons.
River Island Purse
While I’ve owned things from River Island before, they’ve always been things passed down to me by my cousin or things I’ve bought from charity shops. But recently my local shopping centre has been undergoing a huge revamp and a lot of stores have been getting expanded and improved; including River Island.
I couldn’t resist popping in for a quick look and holy shit- its huge!
I could easily have spent the whole of my bank balance in there, but luckily I do actually have some self control. I did let myself indulge a little though and picked up this gorgeous Black Woven Pocket Slim Foldout Purse. There were quite a few that I loved but most of them have glitter all over them; a pet hate of mine as it gets absolutely everywhere!
I really wanted to pick up the matching bag too but that was more money than I could justify spending right now, especially as I graduate soon and need to save as much money as possible.
Lets see how long I last before I cave in and end up getting it…