Monday, 17 November 2014

Post-Student Blues

I've always been a student. I went straight from A-Levels to my Law degree, and then from my degree to my LPC.  I've never had a break from education. Until now that is, For the first time in my life I've not had to spend my free time doing homework or prep work and September didn't mean brand new stationary.  Up to now I've been so busy getting to grips with my new job I've had no time to give my former life a thought. However now I'm starting to find my feet, I've been inflicted with a condition nobody warned me about; the post-student blues.

Just this week ASOS had a special student discount on, and it made my think about my past life as a student. That's how I think of it you see, my not so distant past life. Risking sounding cheesey, but my student days seem to go in the blink of an eye, so quick in fact it's almost as if I went to bed one night worrying about an exam only to wake up the next morning in my own office. The times of being able to decide to go out at 10.30pm on a weekday have long gone, as have all-nighters, the student union, super noodles, snakebite and even worse, fancy dress has becoming limited to the odd birthday and Halloween. No, if I now want to go out it has to be planned well in advanced so as not to conflict with any of my equally grown up friends hectic schedules. Of course there was more to being a student that going out, dancing to 90's pop music and making new best friends in the loo's. Nobody warned me I'd actually miss all the first day back excitement, the afternoons spent in bed reading and dare I say it, the lectures! I think those are the two things I miss the most about being a student; time and freedom

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that I love my life right now. The reason I've been in education for so long is so I can do the job I'm doing now. Because I have a full-time job I can afford to treat myself to the odd high end buy and travel round California next year. However, there was something lovely about having the freedom to give a wrong answer in a tutorial or having the option to have a lie in in the morning and just staying up later to work. As very deep and thoughtful as it sounds, the worlds your oyster when your a student.  You have the ability to grab every opportunity, because you have the time to re-arrange your commitments. Now I work full-time, my evenings seem to be filled with sleepy rituals and my weekends are sacred, crammed to the brim with things I was too busy to do in the week. Everything is planned, because if it's not organised, chances are it won't get done, it will conflict with something, somewhere wont be open or have an appointment or I may even be too tired. The idea of being spontaneous has become an urban myth. 

I will hold my hands up and say that I probably actually do have more free time now than when I was a student. I don't usually bring the office home and I definitely don't spend all weekend doing prep for the next week. However, what time I do have is regimented and that can take away some of the fun and excitement of it. It can feel like you're part of a never ending routine and unless something can slot in perfectly, it's a no go. Whilst it may seem obvious that you life gets more structured, nobody actually prepares you for the transition from student into the real world. Needless to say, it takes a little bit of getting used to.

What do you miss the most about being a student? Or if you are a student, what do you hate the most?

P.S. I've been nominated for an award! If you have a spare minute I'd be very grateful for your vote click here.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sick Day Essentials

I've felt a bit sick for the last two weeks now, and it's finally fully come out in full force. Hopefully this means that it will get out of my system now, but with my immune system, who knows?! When I've not been sleeping it off, I've felt pretty darn ughh (technical term) and like any self-respecting blogger relied on my stash on trusted favorites to get my through the hardest times. 

Let's start practically, if your ill you want to get rid of the most iirritatingand uncomfortable symptoms as soon as possible. If you have a headache or migraine can't recommend 4head enough. It's like those cool strips you stick to your forehead, but without the social humiliation. It's a clear balm that you simply swipe across your forehead for cooling relief.  For the sniffles, you simply cannot beat H. Gillerman Organics Pure Breathing Sinus Remedy. Although pricey, it lasts forever and is worth it's weight in gold. The speed it works and the releif it gives is second to none, definitely a "just in case" must have. 

Once you've managed to get on top of the symptoms, you undoubtedly want to make yourself feel more human. Obviously the first step is prevention of getting worse and that's where Soap & Glory's Hand Maid comes in. Beautifully scented anti-bacteria hand wash, this will rid you any germs that are left lingering on your hand. I'd also recommend using an intensive lip balm. When I'm run down, my lips seem to dry out rapidly so I always keep Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips around. As the name suggests, this product was originally designed for soothing sore nipples after breastfeeding, but has become popular as an intensive lip balm. Spritzing my face with a spray such as Caudalie Beauty Elixir helps me feel fresh and more awake, but if your having trouble getting your beauty sleep, the best product for you is This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. The soft lavender scent relaxes you, letting you get a peaceful rest so you will hopefully wake up feeling a bit more like yourself.

Have you got any sick day essentials?

P.S. I've been nominated for an award! If you have a spare minute I'd be very grateful for your vote click here.

Monday, 10 November 2014

UK Blog Awards

Blog awards seem to be multiplying by the second. From style to general awards they aim to recognize people who put in the work on their blog. My opinion of them is completely on the fence. I can see how awards may turn into a statistics race and encourage comparison, which let's face it, is a bloggers worst enemy. On the other hand, I think it's great that a bloggers work is celebrated. 

Since starting thecrownwings I've never actually entered any awards because quite frankly, I just didn't have the confidence. Now, sat in my PJ's (my little pony fyi), ill and feeling sorry for myself on a cold dark autumn night, I am announcing I've entered the UK Blog Awards. I still don't have the confidence, but I care a hell of a lot less than before. My inner blogger gremlins are questioning why I'm doing this but . Que cheesy, chiche rom-com music, I'm definitely reminded of that very pinterest quote "What if I fall? Oh darling, what if you fly?" by Erin Hanson. Since I started my recovery from anxiety at Easter and even more so since August when I started to feel in control of it (click here to read my story), I've made a determined effort to grab every single opportunity going. I'm travelling to USA for 12 days next year, on my own. I'm trying new hobbies. I'm doing things without worrying about other peoples opinions. This isn't just a step out of my comfort zone, it's a completely different continent. Maybe this will bring more opportunities for me to say yes to.

I'd be lying more than a politician if I said I wouldn't want to win. Of course I would. However, I don't intend to beg for votes or pester you all constantly. What I will say is that, if you would like to  take 2 seconds to vote for me, and I really hope you would, you can click here. All you need to do is enter your name and e-mail in the form by 1st December. If you do click, I am very very thankful. If you don't, I'm grateful for you to just simply read this. 

What things have you done outside your comfort zone?