Sunday, 23 July 2017

Post University depression and stress.

Hey guys,

Today I would like to touch on an issue that is so often forgotten about. That is the mental health of students who have completed their degree. Now, you would think that the health of these ex-students would improve now that they have less stress from assignments, exams and their dissertation. You would also think that because they are moving back home (for the majority) that they would be feeling great to be around family and friends again.

However, this often isn't the case for ex-students. Don't get me wrong I know that quite a few students end up staying in their uni town due to jobs, liking of the location and partners or friend they have chosen to live with. Even so for these individuals they might not be as relieved or as happy as they appear.

Unfortunately, with some ex-students they are often exposed to stressors which lead to the development of stress and depression. Whilst I was at University I found that myself and other people I knew were anxious and excited about finishing University but terrified to hell about what would happen next.This including, but not limited to; where to live, finding a job, staying in contact with friends, what steps to take to pursue a career in the field that had been studied over the past three years. Then there was if all the stress and anxiety was worth it after coming out of the three years with a piece of paper and a job in a completely different area.

This is the main concern with many students that they have spent such a long time in studying and they are challenged finding a job in their field. The worst part is when you find a relevant job and the role requires at least 10 years experience (not to exaggerate...). Thus leading to the development of several factors including; worthlessness, low self-esteem, all factors that contribute towards the development of depression within these individuals. Which, lets face it, is the complete opposite of what is expected when University ends.

Whilst most Universities talk about what your life will be like whilst studying at your chosen institute, they do not tend to talk about life after. The only thing you really hear from Universities is how many students are in jobs after they have finished the course, not even jobs related to what students are studying. The most contact you receive from a University will usually be a phone call 6 months later asking if you enjoyed the course, whether or not you have a job in the area that you have studied and whether your course helped you to get your job. For the majority of graduates the answers to the last two would be no to both. 

It is all good and well asking these questions in order to record statistics of students going into employment after University. Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of these surveys as they are key factors in helping students decide which University to go to. However, these surveys are done by strangers who don't know these graduates. Not by any lectures who were there to help you by through assignments and your dissertation throughout your time at the University. Not done by someone who you got to know over the years, but by a stranger who looked up your name on a piece of paper. Then it makes you feel as though the whole 3 years or so of studying was not as personal as the leaflets and brochures made it out to be, but simply a way of getting statistics for the success rate of the University. As you can imagine, feeling as just another statistic rather than an individual, as though you are nothing, can also contribute to the development of stress and depression. 

'Was it worth it?', a question that often runs around the minds of those who have either recently finishes University or even 3, 6, 9, 12 months down the line. Those three years or so of hard work when you end up coming out with a piece of paper, no specialised job and a hell of a lot of debt. Depending on where you live in the country this debt can range from £20, 000 - £60, 000 (if not more). Now, can you imagine having this much debt then to come out of University questioning if it was even worth it? Or was it just three years of your life just wasted away as you put your life on hold. When you could have been doing so much more? As these thoughts go round your head you start to feel less successful and as though you have let those around you down. Every so often you think you've let yourself down by not having the career you have studied for and want. Leading to stronger feelings that have a severe detrimental impact on an individuals mental health. 

As you can see this is a huge problem that affects many across the country but it is so often unknown. There needs to be some change in the support for graduates or more so just generally support. So that graduates can also have a better mental state and the support to help prevent stressors towards depression and stress. More so the improvement of options and guidance to help pursue their dream careers. 

In the mean time, for those of you who are struggling with any of these issues, 'Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.'. When I am feeling as though I have wasted my past few years my fiance quotes this back to me and it does often help. Keep working towards that dream job of yours and you will get there eventually, one step at a time. 

Please feel free to leave any comments about your experiences and how you got on after University. 

Peace out! 

Monday, 19 June 2017


Hey guys, 

For those of you who have seen some of my previous posts you may know that i like to enjoy the occasional hike. Sadly it has been quite difficult to find the time to go on a walk with going to work at the same time my pops want to go.

The other week my dad decided we should walk up Cnight again and hopefully find the correct way down this time. This time my fiance was asking to come with to see why we enjoy strenuous exercise whilst walking up mountains. Little did we know what the day ahead had to hold for us. For one Kee didn't know what appropriate shoes to wear (which leads to stories for later on in the day)! 

We got up super early (as always), fed the cat and drove down to Cnicht car park in Wales. We met one of my dad's friends in the car park who was eager to get walking and prepared with his gloves and his beloved hat.

Started walking up and the first part of the walk was a long, steep incline through some trees. After this part of the walk we continued on open green hills and behind we could see the sea at Black Rock Sands beach. Well, just about see the sea,,, I forgot to mention that the weather wasn't exactly brilliant. It was windy, rainy, dark and cloudy. But still we kept climbing up and over the little peaks before the summit. 

Up and over we climbed over the rocks with stopping every so often to admire the view around (and to catch our breath). 

So we climbed, tripped and scrambled around and up some ridges and over some fences getting closer to the summit. Remember earlier I said the weather was pretty tragic? Well weren't we in for a nice surprise when the weather got WORSE! "Through blistering winds...." so to quote Shrek but that is exactly how it was at such a height. 

We walked further up and ended up getting further into the clouds where it was hard to see the view in the distance. It was also a little difficult to keep up straight with the wind getting more forceful and gently knocking us down a little. 

We had one peak to climb around before we got to the summit. Unfortunately the weather got too difficult to even stand up in so we ended up having to crawl to some rocks to protect ourselves from the wind. Then my dad's poor friend lost his hat as it was forced off him by the wind. At this point we decided we should turn back round and head back as it was virtually impossible to continue to the summit. 

So we headed back down the mountain, trying to find the easiest path with the most coverage from the wind. At this point most of us spent half of the journey back down on our butts as it was that wet, windy and muddy (especially Kee with those really appropriate shoes he was wearing....). We managed to make it back to the footpath which was a few hills away from the trees leading to the car park. We came across a really muddy track at one point which led to a stream. When we got to this point my brother, Austin, was trying to show Kee which way to walk down without slipping. Only it did not go too well for him as he slipped down trying to show Kee (I can't say it wasn't hilarious to watch in all honesty). 

Not to worry though, we got back to the car safely and enjoyed the experience. Sadly we didn't get to find the correct footpath down but there's always a next time. 

The day on a whole was an experience to say the least. Maybe not the best day to show Kee what walking is like and looking at all the views but for the most part we all enjoyed it. 

Hopefully next time we will have a more pleasant experience.

How do you guys like to spend your days off? Feel free to leave any comments in the section below. 

Peace out!

Monday, 5 June 2017


Hey guys,

Today I wanted to show you all a really cool gift website that I have been introduced to recently. The website is called UncommonGoods and as the name suggests it is a website full of quirky gifts, items for your home and more.

When looking at some of the gifts you can get I found some pretty interesting ones including this awesome 'Bioluminescent Dino Pet'. Whilst having a look at this one I noticed you can view the actual size of the gift on your web browser. This lets you adjust the zoom on your page to something you have around you e.g. a credit card in order to view the actual size of the item. If you like the look of this gift then I suggest you take a look at more of the amazing gifts for men at UncommonGoods here.

Source: UncommonGoods

The gifts for men aren't the only thing this company sell. They also have wonderful ideas for wedding gifts. These gifts look really nice and you can even personalise them. You no longer have to work around using 'Mr & Mrs' type gimmicks for gifts but make it feel as though you are doing something more special with the personalised effects on these gifts. For those of you who don't know I will be getting married to my best friend and if you are struggling for gifts I will leave you with this image for some ideas and hints. 

Source: UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods not only have gifts to give to the couple getting married but also to those who are there helping every step of the way. The company has a complete section on a way to saying thank you to the bridesmaids with some extraordinary gifts. There is such a variety of gifts to choose from and to say thank you to your ladies helping you through the big day. Here is a sneak peak of one of the really cool gifts they have - 'Solar System Bath Bombs'. I know that bath bombs are awesome and no one can resist the excitement of watching a ball of soap fizz in the water. So take a look at the  UncommonGoods website to see what goods they have over there!

Source: UncommonGoods

Now that I have shown you a glimpse of some of the gifts this website have I would like to show you some interesting information behind the company. The main policy that really intrigued me about the company is their interest in treating their workers as equals and with respect. After all the key to a good company is the workers, if they are not happy then it will show in the company. But after looking at the website it looks as though they are living up to their policies as the website is pretty good. The other thing that struck me as worth mentioning is that the company itself are not only friendly to the people but the animals and the Earth. They believe in keeping everything green. Every product they use and sell contained recycled parts. 

If you want to find out more information on this company (which I highly recommend) then visit the links I have included in this post. You can go and take a look at the awesome goods they have and so much more, I promise you won't regret it. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my post today. What are your favourite goods from this website? Leave any comments in the section below. 

Peace out! 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed

Hey guys,

Friday the 13th was actually pretty wicked day for me this year. Last year my dad surprised us with tickets to go with them and see Avenged Sevenfold with the supports of Disturbed and In Flames. (*waves hands in the air* - thanks dad). We weren't too fussed about seeing In Flames so we arrived just in time to see Disturbed. 

Photo Credit: Kee


Disturbed were amazing to see live. After only recently listening to and enjoying their music it was pretty awesome to get to see them perform. To begin with the lead singer, David Draiman, had strong and clear vocals that were easy to hear throughout the performance. The stage settings went along with the songs that were played. I mean, they had fire blasting out on stage. How cool is that?! 

Photo Credit: Kee

Every song they played was amazing but the best one that I was dying to see live was The Sound Of Silence. It sounded amazing in the arena, it was intense. I mean the song itself is great enough by itself listening through speakers. But to hear it live was incredible.

Photo Credit: Kee

Not only was the music amazing but the general aura of Disturbed was pretty awesome. The band got the crowd involved and everyone looked to be having a great time. All in all Disturbed were great to see and I 100% recommend listening to their music and seeing them at their next show. 

Avenged Sevenfold

Now to the moment the excitement had all been leading up to - AVENGED. I have been obsessed with A7X for a good few years now and they bring back so many memories, specifically trips around winding roads in Wales. You know when you listen to songs and instantly an image appears bringing back memories, well for me all avenged songs bring images of country lanes and sunny Sundays.

So, as you can imagine I was super excited for their performance. (I have seen them before a few years ago and that was awesome then,so I had quite high expectations for this show.).

Fan art
If I am being completely honest the first song they played The Stage was a slight let down. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand that A7X had brought out a new album before the tour so this song was important to be played. However, based on the crowds reactions and personal opinion I feel it would have been better if they began with Nightmare or Buried Alive.

Photo Credit: Kee

This was well compensated for after the first song as we did get to see Nightmare being performed. There was a variety of songs from different albums and several from the new album (which it appeared barely any of the audience knew or felt taken to).

I do like variety as it gives the opportunity to be brought back to those memories of old songs and also introduces new songs. I'll admit I was rather skeptical when it came to listening to the new songs but one or two songs grew on me, the others not so much. The video playing in the background of the performance God Damn did compensate for some of the other songs played.

There were some clear comparisons between the performance of Disturbed and A7X. The main one that slightly let the performance down was that it was difficult to hear the lead singer, M Shadows, while the rest of the band were playing. It was at several points throughout certain songs where it was hard to hear what he was singing. Whereas when Disturbed were playing they had such a strong voice. Now I know this was probably down to technical issues because the first time I saw avenged they had a strong performance.

Photo Credit: Kee

Besides the technical let downs I loved seeing them again. They are always going to bring back so many memories when I listen to them and their music always hits my heart. I would definitely recommend going to see Disturbed or A7X live if you've never seen them. Even if you have, go watch them again because you know how awesome they are. Cheers for a sick night guys.

Photo Credit: Kee

What bands are you into and would you go and see either of these bands? If you have any comments feel free to leave your message in the section below.

Peace out!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Vegetarian Sweets

Hey guys,

I hope you are all well and have enjoyed a bit of the sun over the past week and spent plenty of time in the beer garden. Well now sadly it looks as though we are going to be stuck indoors with this miserable cold and wet weather, so why don't you take a read of this post with a nice warm cup of tea.

As some of you may know I am a vegetarian and have been for just over 10 years. Don't worry though when you hear I'm a vegetarian because I'm not going to be preaching and protesting to get y'all to turn to the dark side. Honestly, this is merely an introduction to the story yet to come. The thing is, you get strange spontaneous cravings here and there, this including ones to satisfy the sweet tooth. See, I know Haribo brought out the vegetarian friendly mix a few years ago, but that just didn't quite cut it. Which brings me on to the Marks & Spencer's range of vegetarian sweets - Colin the Caterpillar.

I only found out about this range around 6 months ago when a new 'shopping centre' was built in my home town - which of course out of the 8 shops an M&S was built. This was only around the corner from where my sister (the sweet fanatic) lives, so of course she found out about the range and shared the news. So I thought I would share the two types that I prefer with my fellow vegetarian readers, and to all my other readers even if you don't sway this way.

Fizzy Rainbows

These fizzy rainbow Colin the caterpillars my fav out of the two I am showing you today. They aren't like normal fizzy sweets they sort of foam up with fizz when you eat them. Slightly addictive so make sure you hide the packet after 1 or 2 to stop the packet going down so fast! I think these are a great alternative for vegetarians, they are soft and fizzy and help to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Fruit Sours

These are exactly as they say on the label - sour, very sour. If you have a very sensitive taste towards sour, be warned, take one bite at a time! Now for those of you who are OK with sour tastes, these are still really nice and fruity. I believe it is a mixture between raspberry & orange and lemon & lime. Again, with these ones they are also moreish so make sure, for your own sake, you hide the packet otherwise you may end up with a numb tongue after one too many!

I am very happy M&S brought this vegetarian range out, when it was first out they had an offer on for 2 for £2.50 - which I believe is quite cheap compared to most of the food in their stores. I have only ever bought these when they have been on offer and that has only been once or twice. Besides the price, the range is quite good and these two products are particularly enticing. I do suggest if you are vegetarian to get yourself down to M&S and have a look at these products if you haven't done so before. Even you guys that aren't vegetarian, they are definitely worth a try!

Thanks for reading, if you have any suggestions of vegetarian sweets yourself please feel free to share in the comments.

Peace out!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Nerd Central

Hey guys, 

I thought today I would share with you all a little something about myself and perhaps even more so, my partner. We are next level geeks. You may have seen my recent post about Destiny the game, so I thought this might be a nice addition just to add and so you guys can get to know me a little bit more. Yeah that's right, if you hadn't guessed it already, I am about to show you our lovely little collection. Enjoy!

OK, so it started off with buying the odd sods here and there that looked pretty awesome. Then I think we discovered geek box which had an offer on at the time so we just couldn't resist and ended up with tee shirts and a Deadpool plush toy. Not to mention gifts we have received for Christmas and birthdays etc. Thanks to my lovely friend, Khan, from University I received some Lord of The Rings Shot glasses which have made a lovely addition to our collection! 

So on top of all this, Kee went away to Florida last year and did not come back empty handed. This was great when we had absolutely nowhere to put anything *sighs* (thankfully we have got this wonderful giant display cabinet to put everything out - thanks to Kee's family). 

Anyway, while he was away he purchased quite a lot of awesome nerdy things, including several Destiny figures, sparrow and ships - we attempted to build the ship when he came back but unfortunately we both lack patience and it took an hour to put four pieces together! On the plus side he came back with a Warlock figure *woop woop* I absolutely adored this because at the time Warlocks were my one true love to play as - now I've switched to a Titan which is super fun playing because you can smash all the enemies up with just one move with the Arc ult (if they're close enough).

On top of the purchases from Florida, he also entered a competition to win merchandise for League of Legends and guess what? He won. I used to absolutely despise that game so when I found out he was coming back with a ton of LOL merch I didn't know whether I could look him in the eyes again (it wasn't that bad just in case you're worried I would hate him for liking something....). Things have changed a bit since then, I've been forced (willingly) to start playing and I quite like the game. It has it's ups and downs but it's mostly great to play. When I first started playing LOL I chose Jinx to play as and I absolutely love her style and character. Which leads me to the other day - Kee got me a Jinx Pop Vinyl - hell yeah *cheers* - thanks for that one Kee, it is a great addition to our collection!

So there you have it, a little bit more about me and our extremely nerdy habits. I dare say we have more than this in other rooms, but maybe these can be shown another day (one cabinet full is just enough for one day wouldn't you say). Here are some close ups of some of the things we have in our collection in the cabinet, enjoy.  



That is it from the cabinet I'm afraid. I hope you enjoyed today's post! Do you have a collection of your own? Feel free to comment below with your opinions and whether or not you have some extreme collection, I'd love to see some! 

One last look

Peace out!  

Monday, 6 March 2017

Last Christmas

Hey guys,

Since it is getting colder outside and the days are drawing smaller, I thought I would share with you all my story of last winter which always makes brings warmth to myself. These following photos should hopefully give you a hint as to the subject I am going to be taking about, hope you enjoy!

The days leading up to Christmas Day had been and gone and we'd had a very jolly time getting into the spirit, especially my brother (and into the spirit in more sense than one!). A few days later, Sunday the 27th (2015) to be specific, I had been at my grans for a Christmas family gathering for most of the day and was then planning to go back and stay with my boyfriend. Kee was at his works Christmas do and was apparantly building up some liquid courage at the same time! We arrived back at similar times and he sat down and started playing 'Follow You - Bring Me The Horizon'. Then all of a sudden was down on one knee asking for my hand to spend the rest of our lives together. Obviously I was quite shocked but of course I said yes.

Now, I'm not usually one for expressing soppy feelings etc but I thought it would be nice to share a big moment in my life. It is also amazing to see how far we have come and so many experiences we have shared together, I quite enjoy that. I am now lucky enough to get to share these experiences and adventures with someone who means a ton to me. 

Now we are working towards planning a summer wedding and saving for this hopefully sooner rather than later. Which is quite scary to think of, so any sort of tips or advice on wedding planning would be amazing if any of you guys have any. So far I have spent some time looking through magazines (which I have never done before) to get some hints. Each time I go and have a look I get excited and then extremely nervous because it is so exciting thinking of what to wear, where to go and also getting married (of course), but then there is also the side of having to save and be able to afford everything! 

I am a lucky sod to be stuck with this thing and he makes me happy every day. I hope you have enjoyed this post and personal story. Oh, and please if you have any wedding planning advice feel free to share in the comments below.

Peace out!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Living on a budget

Hey guys! 

Today I thought I would talk about living on a budget. I have spent the past three years at University living as a student on student finances and I would have thought things would have improved financially now I have a job. However, things are still sort of tricky. It is often as though my bank is stuck in a rut, it gets paid and then next day all the bloody bills come out! So after a long thought regarding the struggles I thought I would share some tips and tricks on how to survive on a budget and not getting into sticky situations. So sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the read.


1) Switching Suppliers - Not long ago we switched providers for our electricity and gas due to being over charged a ridiculous amount. SSE initially charged around £30 a month for gas and ended up going up to £100 over the course of two payments. At this point we were quite concerned as we didn't use the heating as such and this was the only gas we use in the house. So we were freezing our butts off whilst paying an extortionate amount! So we decided to go with Uswitch and swap to Npower where we are paying around £50 for both gas and electricity and they haven't messed us around so far (*knocks on wood*). 

2) Savvy Shopping - Now the best way of saving a few pennies is searching for a bargain. Every time I go shopping I always seek for the best value per kg, it's a great way to know you aren't paying too much for something. For example, when I go to buy cheese I always look at the price per kg, it is often the case that some cheese is on offer so appears it will be the best value but most of the time it will be Tesco's own cheese that appears better for value. I always find that looking for food that is either smart price or tesco value can save quite a lot of pennies compared to branded products. I always tend to go to home bargains, poundland or similar stores to get toiletries for the house such as toothpaste, soap and of course the dreaded toilet roll. These toiletries often cost little but last an incredible amount of time, I mean I wash my hair every other day yet I still have a bottle of shampoo that I bought over a month ago. Crazy.  I also found this adorable door mat from poundland - £1 for a welcome mat that has cats on it, bargain! It is always best to shop around to save a bit of a harsh drop onto the bank account. 



3) Planning Ahead - This is always the tough part that you really don't ever want to do. Checking when bills come out and making sure you have enough money in your bank to pay these bills. Now I'll admit I am terrible for this, I put some money away in my savings account for bills and rent but then if we need food or anything I will see it as money I have so use it anyway. This is something I am working on changing and ensuring I have enough money saved in my account for when bills come out and not extra that I have left over. This way you know how much you have left to spend each week.

4) Wrapping up - Keeping warm is so important, especially around this time of year. I have previously made a post on keeping warm during winter while not increasing the heating usage and I still stand by that. The best thing to do in a house that is quite cold is to wrap up warm, yes this is an excellent excuse to put on your dressing gown and slippers. Not to mention being able to use a lot of blankets and I dare say we have excessive amounts put to good use! As you can see from the following picture a classic example of one of our blankets (well, when I say ours it is really Kee's but when you live together everything is shared!) and these awesome slippers from my sister. This way you can save a little extra on the bills and also be comfortable. 

5) Energy efficiency - It is important to try and save energy as much as you can when you can. First of all if you notice a switch on and it isn't being used try turn it off! Just little things like this can help save a little. This includes light switches, a few weeks ago we were stuck without a bathroom cord for our light meaning that it was on all night because we (I - being a little short arse) couldn't reach the cord. Thank fully my dad brought round a cord he had bought from ebay and attached it to our switch which we are so grateful for, (thanks dad, yet again you helped us out!). As well as saving energy through lights an alternative method to use can be using candles, while it sounds quite pretentious it does create a nice ambiance before you relax to go to sleep at night. My sister got myself and Kee a lovely set of candles as a moving in present which are incredibly soppy, but I love them. 

On the subject of being energy efficient one big difference can be using an airer instead of a tumble dryer. This may sound like a lot of hassle and not being time efficient. However, if you wash your clothes, place them on the airer overnight and they will be dry by morning. It is also best to ensure your clothes are spread out evenly on the airer rather than piled up on top of each other to allow the clothes to dry faster. Also make sure you have room on the airer so take any dry clothes off or any kittens that like to play on it while you're hanging out the clothes. This picture is one way how not to dry your clothes efficiently!

So there you have it, some simple yet efficient tips on saving money and helping to live on a budget. After a few months the difference will show on how much you can save each month and it'll make you feel that little bit better. 

Please feel free to share any tips you have on living on a budget, I would love some more suggestions!

Peace out!