What Do You Do When You Lose Interest In Your Course?

Like most uni students right now, I feel like I’ve lost my passion for what I’m studying. I used to love writing and story planning and that kind of thing but lately I’ve been so unmotivated and I feel like I’ve lost all interest in what I’m studying.

It seems to be this time of year that it happens to almost everyone so at least I’m not alone in it. Finishing the semester feels about as likely as me climbing mount everest but I’ve conjured some ways to refresh myself and renew my love of writing.

Here are some ways to help get you through the rest of the semester. 

1. Remind yourself why you’re there. You chose to study your course for a reason. Go back to how you felt at the beginning of your course and think about why you chose this subject.

2. Remember that you’re not alone.
Like I said before, almost everyone has hit a brick wall at the moment. With a flood of assignments pending and the pressure of exams building, we have every right to be a bit stressed.

3. The glass is half full.
Don’t think ‘Oh crap, there’s still x amount of weeks left of the semester.’ Think of it as ‘Oh wow! Only x amount of weeks until I get a well deserved break.’

4. De-stress at home.
The best thing you can do to refresh yourself is to RELAX. And although this might seem impossible now, after spending some time with friends or watching your favourite movie with your boyfriend, it won’t seem so difficult.

5. SLEEP.
I cannot stress this enough. One thing that I’ve noticed is that I haven’t been sleeping very well which has resulted in napping all day on Sundays. Oops. Make sure you get to bed at a certain time and allow enough time for you to get those all important 8 hours of sleep.

6. Write.
This one is mostly for me but can be applied to other courses. Put some time aside every week to do just that. Start off with 1-2 hours then try increasing it until you’re feeling happy about doing it.

I hope this helps any of you who are feeling a bit unmotivated to finish the semester. Just remember that holidays are soon and they will be glorious. Keep that in your mind and before you know it, you’ll be realxing on a beach in Hawaii without a care in the world.

Happy studying! 🙂 x

What I Fear About The Future.

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m scared of the future. In any given day, at any given time, something terrible can happen. No one knows what the future holds for them. No one can be sure that their dreams and life ambitions will come true. That’s what scares me the most.

I’m scared that I’ll lose my friends. Already the numbers have decreased since finishing high school. Now, I feel like I have about 3 people in my life that I can really call a good friend. It’s not that the others are bad friends, they’re just not around anymore.

I’m scared that my relationship with my boyfriend will end and it’ll hurt like previous break ups have hurt. I love him with everything I am but I can’t tell what’s going to happen in the future. I can hope and pray with all that I have but it still might not be enough to hold us together through whatever the future holds.

I’m scared that my writing will get me nowhere. What if I don’t get a career that I love out of it? What if I can’t find a job as a writer or what if I end up hating it? Should I have chosen a different path to travel on?

I’m scared that I’ll have no money. I know that this is a materialistic thing that doesn’t create happiness but I really hate not having money. It’s so essential to life that if you don’t have it, you can end up somewhere you don’t deserve to be.

I’m scared that my relationships with my family will deteriorate over time and I’ll end up not seeing any of them anymore. It’s not like I have a super close relationship with my brothers but I don’t want to be like my dad who never sees his sister anymore.

More than anything, I’m scared that I’ll fail. What if I fail at being a good friend, girlfriend, sister, daughter? What if I fail as a writer? What if I fail as a person?

The fear of failure looms over me everyday. Sometimes it’s a crippling fear that takes over my body with anxiety. I get stressed so easily about little things going on in my life because what if I don’t succeed at them or I let someone down?

I hope one day I won’t be afraid to fail and make mistakes but at the moment it’s controlling my ability to have faith in myself and my capabilities.

I don’t know what the future holds. I can’t control what happens. I guess I just need to pull together what little faith I have left in myself and believe that everything will fall into place eventually.

 

Thanks for reading x

5 Ways To Entertain Yourself When You’re Sick.

Sometimes being sick is inevitable, especially if your immune system likes to take a nice holiday break more often than it should, like mine does. At the moment I’m laying in bed with a raging fever thanks to tonsillitis and 4 ulcers in my mouth. So here’s how I have been keeping myself occupied while being sick.

1. Netflix.
Netflix has been my best friend this afternoon. I’ve been watching The Vampire Diaries and Tyler Oakley’s documentary ‘Snervous’ which I’ve been really enjoying. At least I have time to binge watch tv shows now.

2. Movie Marathon.
Tomorrow I’m planning a Hunger Games marathon in anticipation for Mockingjay Part 2 coming out on DVD soon. I can’t wait!

3. Take a Bath.
If you have a temperature or are like me and keep going from hot to cold, then a bath can be a great way to try and balance your temperature. If you’re hot, then have a cool bath and vice versa.

4. Catch Up With Friends.
Not in person, obviously, but send a message to some friends that you haven’t had much of a chance to catch up with. Sometimes it’s nice to feel sociable when you’re curled up in bed eating chocolate ice cream.

5. Sleeping.
Naps are the best when you’re sick. Take a half hour one or a four hour one. Let your body recuperate and allow your immune system to fight off whatever you have. Sleep is the best way to get better so don’t fight it.

There’s my tips for keeping yourself entertained while sick! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

The Best Ways To Cheer Yourself Up.

We all have bad days. It might be something specific that’s put you in a mood or it could be absolutely nothing. Today has been one of those days for me. So here’s how to get yourself out of a rut.

1. Take a bubble bath.
Simple but effective. Chuck some music on, fill up your bath and make sure it’s hot. Once you’re in, shut your eyes and shut out the world. You’ll feel so much better afterwards.

2. Do something creative.
If you’re anything like me, art and craft is almost second nature. Get out some paint and a canvas or make yourself a dream catcher, anything to take your mind off everything. If you’re not the artistic type, try doing something else with your hands.

3. Write a journal entry.
I find that this really helps especially when you don’t actually know what’s wrong. Write down everything you’re thinking and before long you’ll have an idea of what’s up.

4. Sit outside in the sun.
Vitamin D is great for you and being out in nature can have a really positive effect on you. Maybe even take your writing outside or if you prefer drawing, try that too.

5. Cook something.
Baking is so good for relaxation. Pick a recipe and go for it. My personal favourite is chocolate chip muffins and red velvet cupcakes.

I hope this helps any of you that find yourself in a bit of a mood. Let me know what you like to do to chill out! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

Being Your Authentic Self.

Tonight I’m feeling very philosophical. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be ourselves on a completely true level and how hard that can be sometimes.

We live in a world of high morals and high expectations of ourselves that we can rarely ever live up to. The crazy part is that majority of the time, we do it to ourselves. We give ourselves a set level of quality that we must reach in order to realise and accept our self worth.

But in reality, we’re already worthy. We stop ourselves doing what makes us happy because maybe it goes against a belief of yours or someone close to you. Maybe it’ll hurt someone or make you seem like someone you’re not.

The fear of that happening creates a block like a brick wall and makes us feel guilty for wanting what we want. And it’s so incredibly stupid because we need to be putting our own needs in front of others if we’re to live a happy and fulfilled life.

We need to stop worrying about the way in which the world might perceive us and focus more on how we perceive ourselves. Make yourself feel good and that will resonate throughout yourself and the people around you.

So today I’m going to challenge myself to be happy. I’m going to face my fears and be who I am and not worry about what people think because screw them, it’s my time to shine.

If my decisions make someone else unhappy then I’m sorry but that’s just how it is. If the people around you really love you then they’ll support you. That’s all that really matters.

Being authentic is one of the most important things to do, especially if you’re still trying to work out exactly who you are as a person. So don’t be afraid to test it and experiment. Be fearless.

How To Survive Your First Day of Uni

It’s all happening guys! Uni is just around the corner for all of the Higher Ed students which just so happens to include a lot of my friends. Lucky for me, I started 2 weeks ago so I don’t have to stress about tomorrow. But, for those of you who haven’t started yet and have a lot of anxiety about it, here’s how to survive it.

1. Say hi to people.
Don’t be that awkward person in the corner! Go and talk to someone or make an effort to get to know the people in your course. There’s no point being alone the whole time when you could be making friends.

2. Be yourself.
Don’t start putting on a show for your peers. There’s a reason they’re in that course so try connecting with them over that instead of trying to impress them by being someone else.

3. Use the map.
If they give you a campus map, use that thing. Don’t try to be proud and think that you don’t need it because let me tell you, you will need it. Speaking from experience, keep it with you for a while, just in case.

4. Bring a pen and a book.
You never know what you might need to write down. For me, in my writing course, it’s essential to have something to write on in case inspiration strikes but it can be just as handy for those studying something else as well.

5. Have fun!
Uni is honestly so much fun. Sure, the classes or lectures might be boring but you’re there for a reason so just enjoy it. You never know where your course will take you so make the most of it.

Thanks for reading today guys! If you’re starting uni tomorrow then I wish you the very best of luck!

How To Know When You’ve Fallen For Someone.

Isn’t love wonderful? It’s such an enjoyable experience and allows you to feel absolutely on top of the world with another person. But sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between liking someone in a crush kind of way and falling for them. Hard.

Recently my best friend has been hit with a mad wave of the feels for a great guy and I have to admit, they’re pretty darn cute together. But it got me thinking, how can you tell if it’s real or if it’s a temporary thing? These are the main pointers that I’ve noticed which generally lean towards falling in love.

When you start to fall for someone, you cannot for the life of you get them out of your head. Like, ever. Every little thing reminds you of them and you find yourself constantly thinking ‘Oh, that person would like that!’ or ‘Wow, that person would find that hilarious’. It’s as if the world is trying to push you towards them constantly through out your day.

You’ll also notice that sick feeling in your stomach. Yeah, you know the one. Every time you know you’re going to see them, the butterflies are released and they go crazy in your stomach. My best friend said while she was driving to a party that he was going to be at, she felt so sick she was almost sure she was going to be physically sick. Cute, right?

Presents and gifts are always crossing your mind. Remember that time he said he wanted to get a plant in his room? And you instantly thought, ‘hey, I could get him a plant’ even though his birthday is months away and there is not even a single celebratory occasion coming up. I mean, it wouldn’t be that weird to rock up at his house with a pot plant and a huge smile, would it?

You’ll also start to change your plans and make things more difficult for yourself, just to spend more time with them. Oh, they need a lift to a party? Well hey, I’m close by…sort of. It may be more inconvenient for you but you get a 10 minute car ride with them out of it so in the end it’s so worth it.

All of a sudden, when you’re around them, everything is funny and you’re always happy. Weird right? For some reason their presence just has an incredible effect on your mood and attitude towards everything. Even the most boring of tasks become more enjoyable if he’s there.

You’ll make much more of an effort to be involved in the things that he’s interested in, such as a TV show or game. He likes The Walking Dead? Oh my god, what a coincidence! So do you! It can be quite entertaining watching someone pretend to know what they’re talking about when in reality, they have absolutely no clue. Seriously though, who is Carl?

Finally, what I’ve noticed between my bestie and her new boyf is you’ll be happy. Really and truly happy. If you can imagine spending the rest of your life with this person then that’s usually a good sign. So for all of you out there who are close to being in a relationship or those who aren’t, just remember that if they make you happy, then go for it. Don’t let anything hold you back from love.

My Uni Application 500 Word Piece!

University is just around the corner and I’m hoping to do a Cert Iv in Professional Writing and Editing! To do that, however, I had to send in a 500 word piece. Soooooo take a look!

My heart beat fastens with each step towards the stage door. Already I can feel the vibrations of the screaming crowd. From experience I know that it will be deafening the moment I step out onto the stage. My manager, George, is by my side.
“Okay Jace, there’s almost 20,000 people out there and they’re all here to see you. Don’t let ‘em down.” Somehow his ‘pep talk’ only manages to make me more nervous. This is the first show I’ve ever done at Madison Square Garden and for some unknown and ungodly reason, this show sold out in 37 minutes. 20,000 people just to see a nobody turned superstar from Florida.
One of the backstage guys hands me a red plastic cup, like the ones that usually contain alcohol in movies, filled with water. I take a sip and wish I’d had a sip of vodka instead to calm my nerves. All the water does is remind me how dry my mouth is. George and I are walking quickly towards the stage as I catch a glimpse of myself in a small mirror hanging on the pale yellow walls. My dark hair is swept across to the right with a flick and my face looks unfamiliar with the layers of makeup that seem to be essential for a 19 year old boy. Before I know it, George and I are standing in the small gathering area before the stage door.
“Alright,” George says, “don’t forget, we’re starting off with ‘History’ first, then moving onto ‘Rumours and Fights’ and then ‘Going Strong’ unlike last night’s show. The rest of the set is the same as the rest of the tour. Good luck kid.” He gives me a quick squeeze on the shoulders as if to comfort me. He walks over to the sound guys for a final check as people swarm around me for a final powder and hair fix. I swear it feels like there’s 23 people around me, fixing all of my imperfections. ‘Imperfections don’t make money,’ as George likes to say.
For the third time tonight a wave of nausea hits me and I find myself swaying slightly. The nerves aren’t usually this bad. Just as the makeup people are dashing away, more people converge to adjust my mic, fix the wires behind my ears and make sure the earpieces are secure. We don’t want another fiasco like London. The next thing I know, my guitar is being lifted over my head and the strap firmly placed across my chest. “One minute people!” I hear someone yell.
I jump up and down on the spot for a few seconds and tune out the rest of the crew as I find my own heart beat within all the noise. I walk onto the dark stage and into the spotlight as I’m deafened by the roar of the crowd. I look down at my hands as I strum the first chord of ‘History’ and the crowd goes wild.

Fingers crossed! I’ll keep ya’ll posted. Wish me luck! 🙂 x

December Favourites!

December has been a month full of Christmas and New Year preparations, including a wild New Year’s Eve which included walking 4 blocks to McDonalds in socks. But this month I’ve loved a fair few things, so here they are!

1. Selena Gomez – ‘Revival’ album.
This album is incredible and it’s been the best album released in a long time for me. Even though I absolutely love Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ and 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Sounds Good, Feels Good’ albums, I just feel like I connect so much more to the entire mood of Selena’s album. I feel like I’m now discovering who I am and learning how to navigate in this strange world. I didn’t really fall in love with it at first though, it took me a while to really feel it but now that I have, I am obsessed.

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2. Adult Colouring Books.
They are the latest craze at the moment and for good reason. It’s so entertaining and oddly nostalgic to spend hours colouring in a picture. The book I have has tribal designs in it which look so cool with bright colours.

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3. The Vampire Diaries.
I’ve binge watched the first 2 and a half seasons in about 2 weeks and I’ve loved it. Although it’s a little over the top and almost always predictable, it’s still a very entertaining show. I mean, who can look past Ian Somerhalder shirtless? No one.

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4. Copper and Gold Sharpie.
Anyone who knows me would know that I love all things copper. But, recently I’ve been using a copper sharpie in my colouring book and it looks absolutely amazing. I love putting it with dark colours to brighten them up. The gold is also quite amazing.

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5. McDonald’s All Day Breakfast.
Here in Australia, McDonalds has recently brought in all day breakfast which means I CAN EAT HOTCAKES AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY. Like eating it for dinner, which I did tonight (don’t tell my mum). It’s so handy to be able to eat it whenever which is good and bad. The bad part is that my best friends and I are frequently finding ourselves getting Mcdonalds rather than cooking…oh well.

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Thanks for reading 🙂 x