My May 2018 Favourites

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Another month, another favourites post. I’ve really come to love writing these, its a great time to curl up with a coffee and reflect on my month. To remember the good things and reflect on what I could do differently in future; I also use it as an opportunity to update my happy jar. 

I’m feeling so much better towards the end of this month. I finished uni just over two weeks ago now, and it is such a relief to have finally finished everything! By the end I was just getting fed up of university if I’m honest, it was taking up too much of my time (to the point where I had to take a break from blogging) and my mental health was the worst its been in years. 

Whitby Abbey

Even after I finished, I was really struggling to get out of the panic deadline mode that I’d been in for so long. Even though I had no work to do and could actually relax and do what I wanted with my day for the first time in months, my brain wouldn’t let me. Every time I sat down to play on the xbox or relax with a book, I’d start to get anxious that I had work to do and didn’t have time to sit and “do nothing” with my day. 

I even woke up during the night once because I was having a panic attack in my sleep! 

Luckily that passed after the first week or so and now I’m feeling so much better. I’ve slowly started to get back into blogging and I had a great day out with one of my friends to Whitby.

Naturally I managed to get burnt even though I was wearing factor 50 suncream and then I nearly fell head first down the steepest street i’ve ever seen in my life, but it was still a fantastic (and much needed) day out! 

Wild and Free Oracle Deck

Oracle Deck

I will shut up abut this eventually I promise; I’m just so proud of how well it has turned out. I knew from the start of my finally year that this is what I wanted to make, I just didn’t have the confidence that I’d be able to pull it off. I have a habit of coming up with ambitious ideas only to then realise that I actually have to pull them off. 

Luckily this one turned out better than I would have hoped and I ended up with a deck and guidebook that I can actually use, and a website and app prototype that will look great in my portfolio. 

Not only that but I’ve even ended up with people saying they would love to actually buy my deck to use! I still can’t believe that anyone other than me even likes my designs, let alone would want to spent their hard earned money buying the deck; its really helped to boost my confidence. 

I’m seriously considering creating some more Oracle decks in my spare time as it turns out I really enjoyed making them.. 

Alison Courses + Fancy Notes

Alison Courses

When I first mentioned on Twitter that I was thinking of doing a Journalism masters, I said that I was really worried about being behind or out of my depth. Even though its a transition course (meaning you don’t have to have any prior experience to get on it) I don’t like the thought of going on the course without knowing at least the basics.

I can’t remember who for the life of me who answered that tweet and suggested (if it was you please let me know in the comments!) but I’m so grateful they did! 

I found a Journalism Diploma and I’ve really enjoyed working my way through it. It’s been interesting to read about the history of journalism and I’ve even picked up a few things that could hopefully help me with my blog too. As I’m working my way through the lessons, I’m making notes in a really pretty Zoella notebook I found in one of my draws while tidying them last week. 

I’m using some brightly coloured pens that I picked up from Wilkos to make my notes look nice too; I don’t know why but I’ve always loved making my notes look as “pretty” as possible. 

Amusingly I’ve all but decided not to do the Journalism course now, but I think thats the good thing about free courses like this; it lets you see what something is really like before you actually commit to it!

TOTM Products

TOTM Products

So last year I decided to come off the pill injection…again. I’d been playing around with my contraception for a while but it was all having too much of a negative effect on my mental health and I just couldn’t cope with the side effects any longer. 

So I decided to stop using chemical contraception altogether and go back to just using condoms. Since both me and Chris are responsible enough to rely on just this, it seems like the best thing to do for the moment. 

But coming off the pill means I’m starting to have periods again and boy I have not missed these! I’m one of those lucky people that gets a period roughly every three weeks, which makes it even more fun. But the worse thing has to be that sanitary products cause me so much pain and irritation because they use perfumes in them.

Luckily there’s a company out there that uses only 100% cotton in their products; Time Of The Month*. I was lucky enough to work with them last year on their #TalkingPeriods campaign, and they sent me some of their products out as a thank you. 

I’ve not used any other brand since! 

They don’t cause me any irritation at all, and I actually forget that I’m wearing them sometimes; not an easy thing to accomplish with pads. 

Not only that but you can actually sign up to get products delivered to you every month as a subscription service. This makes my inner lazy girl so happy; no more having to run to the supermarket in your pjs because you’re down to your last pad. 

Something I may or may not have had to do on more than one occasion in the past…

If you’re looking for a 100% organic and eco friendly period product, I’d definitely recommend these!

The Greatest Showman 

I finally understand thy hype around this film! I swear I’ve listened to the soundtrack on Spotify at least once a day for the past week or so; its always on when I get a slower and I love just dancing around my room while its on. It puts me in such a good mood and This Is Me not only gives me goosebumps, but its a real boost of inspiration for me!

It really makes me wish I’d carried on with circus skills in college, but I was in a really bad place both mentally and physically and I had to drop out. 

It’s still one of my biggest regrets. 

And with that I’m going to go back to singing my heart out to the soundtrack while doing the housework! 

What have you been loving this month? 

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  • I’m going to check out the Alison courses Jade. I love educational and furthering learning and for it to be free what have I got to lose!

    Said all along I adore that oracle deck of use it’s just so pretty!

    And your photos of Whitby just make me want to go and visit! I’ve never been before – but think you’ve sold it to me.


  • Sara says:

    Really loved your blog post! The greatest showman has to be one of my favourites in May! your photos of Whitby are so nostalgic for me as I used to go when I wasn’t much younger. Lovely blog post


  • Tiffany says:

    I’m obsessed with the greatest showman at the moment! I’m always watching the film or listening to the soundtrack, it’s amazing! Xx

    Tiffany x

  • Aleeha and Lucy - HALE says:

    I’ve not had a chance to watch the greatest showman yet, but I really want to! Heard so many good things about it!
    Aleeha xXx

  • Your first photo is STUNNING! That looks like a lovely place. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better now than you did. Hopefully things are all on the up for you now, you deserve it! 🙂 (I still haven’t seen The Greatest Showman! I really don’t think it’s my cuppa tea but I’ll get around to watching it eventually!) xxx

  • Bexa says:

    The Greatest Showman is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. I love the soundtrack too, it’s so catchy! 😍 I’ve never heard of Alison courses but I’ll definitely check them out. I love your colourful notes too, pretty stationery always makes learning so much more enjoyable. Great post Jade! 💖 xx

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  • That first photo is absolutely stunning!! Where is this beautiful place? Also, I have to watch The Greatest Showman again, it’s been too long!!

  • missandrada says:

    Wow! Did you have circus skills? That’s AMAZING!

    Are you going on holiday soon? I’ve put together a summer lookbook:


  • Jade Marie says:

    Yep 😁 I used to do the silks (like what the singer P!nk does in her live shows) but I injured my arms in an accident and had to stop 😔

    And I don’t do holidays lovely, I only got my first passport this year because my friend nagged me to so much 😂

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! It’s Whitby Abbey 😍 and I can’t believe it took me so long to watch it!!

  • missandrada says:

    Ah so sorry to hear about the injury!

    Hope everything’s better now 🙂

    Congrats on the passport too!!

  • Jenna says:

    Great post! I have never heard of TOTM products, but I will definitely be checking them out! I think it is ridiculous that feminine products have so many harmful chemicals in them… So I love supporting companies that don’t do that! 🙂
    -Jenna <3
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