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If you’ve been following my blog for a while (and if you’re reading a personal update you probably have been!), you’d know that I’m commencing my final year of uni today and before I start, I wanted give an update with where I’m at in regards to work, my personal life, study, and of course, my blog and socials!
It was literally just a couple of posts ago that I was writing my January favourites! With final pieces of summer semester assessment including exams this month, some exciting plans being made, parties attended, and finally, uni break commencing (for me at least), this mini month has flown by!
Check out last month’s favourites here!
First of all, YEEEWWWW!! I’ve so far survived a full year of full-time uni, commencing this time last year and finishing just a few days ago. This means I’m already half way through my Bachelor of Business Marketing (usually a 3-year degree), all thanks to these handy (but incredibly unpleasant) tri-mesters (or summer semesters). Look, it wasn’t easy. Every semester I reach a point where I feel more stressed and more overwhelmed than I did in the previous one – but that’s okay! In fact, it’s just a part of uni. And most importantly, I persevered. I survived! And you can too. With traditional universities recommencing last Monday in Queensland, and the rest of Australia going back shortly, I thought now would be the perfect time to shed some light and maybe even offer some of my own advice for surviving a year (maybe your first year!) of uni.
Over the past eight or so months I’ve become very accustomed to having to check everything I eat for traces of dairy or lactose, and more recently, traces of any animal products. While I don’t believe in restrictive diets, and do believe that it is possible to eat and live normally, armed with the right arsenal of ingredients, living with dietary requirements can be very limiting when it comes to eating out or gathering with friends and family. As this has been a constant in my life for a little while now, and knowing there are others out there with the same dietary requirements, I thought I might write about the challenges and experiences I’ve faced with food over the past months!
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January has already come to a close, and with February being such a short little month, it’s about to be March in a blink! But before we start to panic about how quickly the year is already speeding by, I thought I would stop for a minute, amongst all of my assessment deadlines, looming exams, and huge projects happening at work, and reflect on January. So, without further delay, let’s jump into my January favourites!
January is nearing a close which means our 31-day free trial of the New Year is almost over! With this in mind, I’ve reflected on how my goals have been tracking for the first month of the year, and was reminded of an email I received from my company’s CEO which encouraged us to make not resolutions, but evolutions. I really liked the idea of this, and as I thought about how I’ve been changing my habits to meet my goals this past month, I realised there were a number of habits and behaviours I’m trying to leave in the year just past – seventeen to be exact! So, whether you made goals, resolutions, evolutions, or any of the type this year, and no matter how you’re tracking with those, I thought I might provide some insight into 17 of my own habits I’m leaving in 2017! I hope you might find some motivation or inspiration here, and if you do, don’t forget to give this post a ‘like‘!
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For me, there’s no better way to kick of a new year by having thorough ‘Spring Clean’, which is exactly what I did with my vanity come the first week of January! I’m steadily working my way through each ‘zone’ of my room and bathroom, but after tackling my makeup collection it struck me that it might be quite useful to some fellow beauty junkies to see how I store it all! After my huge cleanup (which mostly consisted of me throwing away old bottles, tubes, and things that were years beyond their use-by), my collection is looking much more more refined. That said, I still have so much more than I need, and if you’re here I’m betting you do too, so let’s jump in to the storage guide!
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I’ve mentioned many times here on my blog that over the past few months I’ve been able to clear my skin up considerably. I’ve since promised I would share exactly how I did it and that’s what today’s post is all about! I do feel obliged to say that of course everybody’s skin is different, and even if we did have exactly the same skin conditions (oily, spot prone, redness prone, enlarged pores), what works for me is not guaranteed to work for you. That said, finding the right skincare routine and lifestyle that works for you is very much about careful trial and error, so I hope this post inspires you to try some products or techniques that you might not have before!
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HELLO TO 2018!
It’s the first day of a new year, so what better time to reflect on my goals from last year, and make some new ones for the year ahead? I believe I was fairly successful at achieving most of my goals I set for 2017, so let’s go ahead and run through them, before setting the bar even higher for 2018.
We’re days away from the close of 2017 and beginning of a New Year, so what better time to round up my year-round favourites in beauty, style, entertainment, and lifestyle! For me, I genuinely found 2017 a good year, with achievements and changes aplenty, and having met many of my goals I set for the year – which I’ll talk more about in an upcoming post! But for now, let’s dive in and reflect on all the products, styles, and shows I’ve found to be my 2017 favourites!
Related: 2016 Beauty Favourites