I made it my mission this year to try and do all my Christmas shopping small and local. I wanted to shop from Etsy, in the cute boutique stores nearby, a market, you get the picture. It is something I’ve always felt passionate about but it was a case of me talking the talk without walking the walk and accidentally falling into New Look or Primark whilst Christmas shopping.
I’m not boycotting the high street all together and will still pick up a few bits where I see fit but I am mostly focussing on exploring new stores run by small business owners to buy gifts for my loved ones. It is such a simple concept but it can be more difficult to know where to begin especially if you are short on time to do your research and find exactly what you want.
Since coming back to Glasgow in September after three and half lovely weeks exploring both Italy and Bath/Bristol, it has been non-stop, which to an extent I love. I love being busy and having plans and working towards my goals but boy, it does get overwhelming.
I knew fourth year would be difficult, of course I did, and now I’ve gotten myself an internship which I’m excited for but of course, it is another plate to spin. Life feels very busy at the moment. Chaotic, even. And overwhelming stressful.
It is getting to the time of year again where a lot of students can’t quite get into the Christmas spirit yet (I’m putting my tree up this weekend, need to hit Poundland for some more decorations first as I currently have none) thanks to the winter exam period. I no longer have exams at this time of year (I get hit by more in the spring) but I still know and need my student studying essentials thanks to the mountain of coursework.
My dissertation is constantly looking over my shoulder and I have been pulling long days in the library (mostly at weekends because I am fun and exciting) and I need a lot of things to ensure I manage to stay the whole day or else I’ll skulk home before you know it.
It has been a long while since I wrote my first instalment in my money diaries series but I’m back with the arduous task of reviewing my weekly spending and seeing what the actual fuck I waste my money on.
Since university restarted in the middle of September I have actually been keeping a track of my outgoings on a Numbers spreadsheet on my laptop. It is actually painful to see what I’ve spent money on sometimes but, all in all, it has been useful to see where my money goes. I’m yet to making any massive changes to help me save but little by little I’m hoping to work on this.
It has been a long time since I shared a Recently Reading post on The Monday Project and truthfully, I have not been reading as much I would like. University always throws me off when it comes to ‘reading for fun’ and it seems fourth year is no different.
However, I joined the library in the summer which is encouraging me to read more (currently reading Recharge by Julie Montagu) and I did do a bit of reading in Italy however I didn’t get the chance to read as much as I like as books do take up a lot of space in suitcases unfortunately. Especially when you are being cheap and insisting on hand luggage only for a three-week trip.