The Final Year

Thursday, 28 September 2017

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On Monday, I begun the final year of my masters.

12 months until I finish my degree, 14 months until I can register as a qualified social worker, 15 months until I graduate. 

I am not someone who likes to wish time away but I am so ready to get this year ticked off and begin my career as a practitioner. This year is going to be hard. I’ve only been back four days and already have 5 online assessments to complete before Sunday. I’ve done 3 so far and plan to finish them today but I guess this is why you never hear anyone say a masters degree is easy. And, I guess it shouldn’t be either because if it were easy, everyone would have one and it wouldn’t necessarily carry the same value.

So whilst I’m not naive to the fact I may become a hermit this year and have no social life, I am really looking forward to my final placement. I’ve met my team and supervisor, and genuinely couldn’t ask for a better team or have a better supervisor. I know I’m going to have a great experience which will hopefully put me in a good position when it comes to applying for jobs.

I always think the first week of the academic term is a little overwhelming. I mean, being told you need to do 5 online assessments, 3500 word assignment, 100 day placement with portfolio, 3500 case analysis and 10,000 word dissertation is enough to make anyone run a mile but I am more determined than ever to do well. I always aim to achieve highly and the perfectionist in me will not let me merely scrape through. I’m just reminding myself to take one thing at a time and look after myself too. Work/life balance is important.

Theodore Roosevelt once said

‘Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well’ 

I hope he’s right. 
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Free Time

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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I don't go back to University until the 25th September, so this is my second week of doing absolutely nothing. Bliss, right?

Yes, for most people (I think?).

On social media, namely Instagram, I've had the most amazing summer. Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Germany and Hungary are the places I've seen and explored. I know so many people who would have loved my summer but have instead been working. But you know what? If I hadn't have been to these places, I actually fear for my mental health.

I don't deal well with having nothing to do. I can barely do a day of staying in the house reading, blogging, watching films/Netflix etc. I could have job searched but even that seems pointless, especially when you're over qualified for a minimum wage job which I'll then have to give up as soon as Uni begins again due to placement. It's hardly fair on an employer.

I get restless, fed up and end up listening to my own mind. Having time off gives me too much time to think, think and then over think a little bit more. It gives my mind room to turn toxic and all I can do is simply sit with it.

I'd also put weight on this year. Not loads but enough for me to notice so I've begun the body coach workouts and joined a gym class. I don't weigh myself but a progress picture shows me I'm back to where I am comfortable. But my god, I had forgotten how easy and addictive that life can be and sitting here with not much to do at all, really doesn't help.

I don't think the student life particularly suits me any more and I am SO ready to enter the world of work. One more year and a new chapter begins (and I'll probably be kicking myself for moaning about the time off)...
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Sweat In Style

Friday, 8 September 2017

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You will either love or hate this post because I find the fitness industry to be a little like marmite sometimes, you're either obsessed or not interested at all. 

Anyway, about 2 months ago I realised I was carrying a few more pounds than usual and didn't really like it so I've changed my diet a little and started following the Body Coach philosophy. I am so so so aware that with a history like mine, weight loss is always a difficult road to go down which is why I haven't weighed myself. Instead I've tweaked my diet slightly, been doing 15-20 minute HIIT workouts and one fitness class a week. 

And with that also comes the lust for new, stylish fitness gear..

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September Goals

Monday, 4 September 2017

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4 days late, I know, but better late than never, yes?

I always see September as the time for new starts. Probably because it's the beginning of the academic year and this year really is the beginning of my final ever academic year. At the end of this month, I will be beginning my final year of my masters. I genuinely don't know where time has gone.

There are just a few things I want to do before I head back to University and here's where they'll be documented.

1. Read as much as I can

I've read 7 books this summer and I plan to read 1 or 2 more before I stop reading for pleasure again and start reading for my dissertation. Even writing that word makes my eyes roll.

2. Get fitter

This summer I started to feel a little bit more wobblier than I like to be, so came back from Croatia and changed my diet and fitness a little. I've been trying the body coach HIIT workouts at home and joined my local gym, just to find some classes I can take part in. I actually went to one last week and really enjoyed it so I'm hoping to keep it up.

3. Try and enjoy the time off that I have left

I know you're all going to be sat there thinking, 'oh for god sake, I wish I'd had x amount of weeks off' but I actually hate having nothing to do and really struggle with summer holidays. However, I know as soon as I go back to Uni, I'll be in need of some chill time so I'm trying not to take this time for granted.
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Autumn Wishlist

Friday, 1 September 2017

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In true September style, I have all the Autumn vibes heading my way, and feeling of starting a fresh as my final MA year is approaching. But also, I'm trying to change the way I buy things, starting from now really.

See, I follow Primark and New Look, and other shops which are similar, and always get hooked when the latest blogger or influencer is wearing something cheap. So I go out and buy it, and I probably wear it ONCE. So whilst it was cheap, it's still a complete waste of money. My ever decreasing, student pot of money.

So, I'm taking a step back and re-evaluting what I buy. I'm going to fully think over the purchases I may want to make and go back to the trustworthy rule my Mum once taught me... if you want something, and still want it 1 week later, then chances are you do actually want it.

I also want to stop buying cheap crap and invest in nicer, perhaps a little more pricier pieces. It may not work but this is the plan I currently have in my head.

But of course, I'm still female and have a wish list that's as long as my arm. As the A/W trends are now hitting the shops, here's a few things I've got my eye on..
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