Sunday Catch-Up.

sunday catch-up: coffee in bed

Hello everyone! Today I thought I’d do a quick little informal post rounding up what has been going on in my life recently. I feel a little bit out of my comfort zone, as normally I plan posts far in advance and they have some sort of purpose or meaning to them. But I thought it could be quite nice to have a casual little chat, which might allow you all to get to know me a bit better.

Dissertation Life. 

So if you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, click here!) then you may know that I have been very busy recently finishing off my dissertation. Life for me is pretty boring at the moment – almost everyday is getting up, going to the library, doing work and then coming home again. It doesn’t make it easy to come up with compelling blog/YouTube content, I’ll tell you that.

I have just over 2 weeks now to finish it all off and I still have quite a lot of work to do. But I am going to be working so hard this week to get it all finished so that I’m a bit less stressed and can actually do some fun things again. I’m doing my dissertation on fashion bloggers on Instagram, so it has been quite interesting to look into that but it now means that I am even more obsessed with Instagram. I’m thinking of doing a little post on what I’ve learned about Instagram from my dissertation – let me know if you’d like to see that!

Turning 22.

Next month (the day before my official dissertation hand in, actually) I will be turning 22. I’m looking forward to celebrating my birthday after all of the uni work stress – especially as last year I was in Canada for my birthday and so without all of my friends/family.

Currently, the plans for my birthday are a spa day with my mum and a cosy night in with my boyfriend. Very grandma, I know, but the weekend afterwards I’m going to celebrate with my friends over some cocktails!

Blogging Life.

I’ve been working very hard on this blog and also my YouTube channel and Instagram recently. I will admit, it has been quite stressful as I am so busy with my university work at the moment, but I do think it has been worth it. I really love creating content for this blog and it has been a way for me to be creative while I am doing so much other boring work at uni.

I do find myself getting caught up in comparisons though and feeling like my blog is just not good enough. I have a lot of moments of “why am I doing this?” before coming to my senses and realising that I’m doing this because I love it. The blogging community can be quite hard to be in sometimes, so I’m trying to stop thinking about what others are doing and just focus on what I’m doing myself.

Thinking about the future.

I am in my final year of university and I am freaking out. To be honest, I am so ready to leave full time education and just get into the real world. But, I will admit that I am pretty terrified of what is going to happen once I leave. Applying to grad jobs has ended disastrously, but I didn’t want to apply to anything that I really didn’t want to do. So now I have to kind of re-evaluate what I want and make a plan for the future.

Ideally, I’d love to find a job in digital/marketing/PR up here in Scotland and keep doing all my blogging things on the side. However, any Northerner will know how hard it is to find those sort of jobs up here. It’s really daunting at the moment to think about it, but I’m trying to come up with some contingency plans. If anyone has any advice on this post-graduation fear, please do throw them my way!

So that was just a little update on what is going on in my life at the moment. I know it isn’t all overwhelmingly positive, but it’s January and it’s a hard month! I’m starting to look forward to Spring for some warmer weather and a bit of a fresh start (and also for all the new clothes coming into stores…). Let me know how your January has been going as well!

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  • A spa day sounds like a great way to spend your birthday, plus it will help you relax and get your mind off uni work for a bit. Good luck with your dissertation and happy birthday for when you turn 22! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • Loved reading this! Happy birthday and good luck with the dissertation – you’ve got this! I was the same when I was in my final year. I was so ready to leave uni and get away from Exeter but I had no idea what to do. So I ended up staying here and signing on for a PhD! Not quite what I’d planned but I guess any opportunity will end up taking your life down a new, hopefully exciting route! And if not, you can always just quit, find another job and at least add a little more experience to your CV 🙂 xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Good luck with finishing your dissertation! I have been there and must be so excited to be at the final stretch!! xx

    http://www.laurenrosestyle.com

  • Happy early birthday! Good luck on your dissertation, you’re almost done! Hope it turns out great!

    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

  • Good luck with your dissertation, I hope it goes well!

    Dionne xoxo
    DeeDee Louise

  • This may sound weird, but reading through this reminds me of my life almost exactly when I was 21 almost 22! I does seem pretty daunting thinking about handing in your dis (I never thought I would finish) and leaving university! There is so much adventure waiting for you after you graduate, it will be the most amazing journey! I also went into PR after working as an Elf and doing a handful of internships. Also, LOVING your Instagram gal, looks beautiful! Good luck with the dissertation my love. Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

    • Aww this is the most amazing comment, thank you! x

  • I really enjoyed this post and your honesty!
    All the best with your dissertation! I know you’ll be fine!

    http://xoxosonja.com

  • Hayley Rubery

    Girl I adore your blog and have just subscribed to you on YouTube – can’t wait to catch up on your videos! I always found that I was really overwhelmed about finishing uni and ‘life after’ but honestly it’s not as scary as you first think, just take some time to catch up on sleep firstly (because OMG third year hell!), then get those job applications flowing, do what you do and the rest kind of falls into place!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Aww thank you so much! It’s so nice to hear about other people having similar experiences, it’s making me feel a bit better! x

  • I love chatty posts like this! Good luck with with finishing off your dissertation – I weirdly quite miss writing essays for uni! It sounds like a really interesting topic, I’d love to read a post about what you’ve found out during your research.

    • Thank you! Yeah I think I’m going to write up a little post on it, I’ve definitely found out some interesting things! x

  • Life after uni isn’t that scary. I was a bit scared and at the same time excited when I finished uni and realised I had to face the world as an adult. Finding a job you like after uni is quite difficult and stressful. I had quite a few unsuccessful interviews that knocked my confidence straight to the floor. But you just have to keep trying. Good luck with your dissertation!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • Thank you! Yeah finding a job I think is going to be the most difficult thing for me after leaving uni, but hopefully it all turns out ok! x

  • Good luck! And don’t worry about finding a job post-uni, with all your experience on the blog you’ll find something easy! I’ll keep an eye out for you too. A good Twitter account to follow for media jobs in the UK is @mediargh. Been a saviour for me a few times! x

    • Thank you so much for the tip! I am following them on Twitter now, I will keep an eye out for anything that suits! x