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I Finished My Degree!

Hi guys!

I’ve gotten the urge to write a bit on my blog again and first thing’s first – I FINALLY finished my degree!

I know there’s only like 100 odd people who follow my little blog, and most of yous haven’t been here since my first posts, but I began this blog back in the winter of 2014, while on a foundation year for a degree in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex. In total, I’ve been in further and higher education for the past 7 years – yes, SEVEN! At 19 years old, I jumped back on the education bandwagon after dropping out of school when I was 14, and am now 26 years old and have finally completed my degree. If you think about it, it actually ended up taking the expected amount of time – 2 years for GCSE’s, 2 for A levels and then 3 for a degree is the norm – and it took me 7 years too. I went a bit of a different route though – starting with a year doing intensive GCSE’s in Mathematics and English alongside an Access course to Higher Education in Biological Sciences, followed by a year spent on the foundation year of the Physics & Astronomy degree at the University of Sussex, followed by a year spent studying A level Physics & Mathematics from home, followed by a year spent on the foundation year of a degree in Physical Sciences at North Hertfordshire College, and then finally 3 years on a degree in Astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire.

It’s been a very long journey, and I didn’t expect it to be such a long-winded, twisty path, but I think every step was necessary to allow me to be in the position I am now.

I’m hoping for a 2:1 – my possible degree classification grade range is from 56.5% – 74.9% based on my degree classification safety net and based on the 6 pieces of work I have left to receive a mark for. I was so dead-set on getting 70% (a 1:1, highest possible grade classification for a degree) for the entire time I’ve been back in education, but I’ve done my very best and I’d genuinely be happy with a 2:1 (60-70%). I think I’d feel pretty upset if I got a 2:2, not going to lie about that, and feel insanely happy if I somehow managed a 1:1 (EXTREMELY unlikely given the amount of questions I couldn’t answer in the 3 exams and that I’d need something like 90% or more in them to get a 1:1 overall at this point), but I feel comfortable with a 2:1, knowing that it was the best I could reasonably do without losing my mind in the process!

I can honestly say that I’m really, really flipping proud of myself aswell. For many different reasons.

1. I may be lucky to not have any extreme disabilities or any incredibly disruptive situations at home that would greatly impact my degree, but I have had a lot of mental health problems for this duration that have definitely affected my learning. I’ve also not had any friends or family nearby (actually, I don’t have any super close friends altogether) so my support system hasn’t always been the most in place. I’ve also experienced a lot of hurt in my last relationship for these past 7 years, including several break-ups, and a year ago our engagement was broken off. It wasn’t the path I wanted for the relationship, which has meant it has been EXTREMELY difficult to focus on my degree for this final year. Coronavirus has also impacted my exams and the majority of my second semester pieces of coursework.

2. I could have worked harder than I did during my degree, but I still worked harder than I thought a human would be capable of in the same circumstances I have been in honestly, and looking back, how good some of my grades are is actually shocking considering how extensively my mental health and personal life was impacting my life at the time, and I think it would have been entirely normal to have deferred the second half of this past year of my degree altogether.

3. Some of the grades I have received this past academic year include 100% in all 3 of my particle physics assignments (2 problem sets and a presentation), 96% in my condensed states of matter assignment ( a problem set), 95% in my space dynamics interim workbook submission, 92% in my computational physics star formation report, 92% in my quantum mechanics coursework problems, 90% in my quantum mechanics presentation and 90% in my cosmology practical.

4. My grade average for second year was 53% (I really struggled mentally last year and had to defer a lot of work – this also means this grade average doesn’t include the module Quantum Mechanics that I deferred to do that this year instead). My grade average this year (including the Quantum Mechanics module and its weighting, and not including any marks I haven’t gotten back yet) is 69%. I have raised my grade average in final year, the most challenging year of a degree and whilst struggling with mental health problems and a failed 6 year relationship, by 16%. I am so incredibly proud of that!

It’s been an insane journey – astronomy never ceases to fascinate me, and I’ve learnt about so many different interesting topics.

I’ve learnt what topics in astrophysics I really, really do not want to pursue unless it’s in my free time and is entirely non-obligatory, and the topics that really amaze me, and that I yearn to delve deeper in and explore further than I have done. It’s given me a bit of sense of direction, and I’ve learnt a lot along the way.

I’ve learnt that I sort of really do not enjoy being obliged to study pure physics topics, and would much prefer to learn and read about those topics in my free time. I’ve also learnt that I really enjoy (and am quite good at) data sciences, and aswell as still enjoying astronomy in general and astrobiology, I also really find cosmology fascinating.

I’ve learnt how important ecology is to me and the need for me to somehow integrate that into my life in order for me to feel fulfilled.

I’ve learnt that I am absolutely rubbish at exams and exam based,  face-to-face, taught, conventional education – and that that’s absolutely okay!

I’ve learnt I’m really, really good at coursework and research, and that I learn better with having just a few face-to-face taught interactions, and most of the time learn better and produce better work when I work fairly independently – at least for astronomy.

I’ve learnt that although I am capable, I’m not mentally well, and so I am less capable than a healthy person is and will therefore struggle more with the same work, and am likely to do worse in some pieces of work due to this despite working harder, and that that is also okay.

I’ve learnt that full time education is a bit of a pressure cooker situation for me due to my mental health, and leaves me with absolutely no time whatsoever to focus on any hobbies at all. I haven’t read a non-university related book in around 6 years. I haven’t played a computer game in maybe 4 years. I haven’t watched Star Trek – my favourite TV series of all time, in maybe 3 years. I’ve learnt only 10 seconds or so of a song on my guitar that I’ve had for 4 years, etc, etc, etc.

I’ve learnt the impact of my mental health on every aspect of my life, and that it absolutely must come first if I’d like to soon be capable of having enjoyable, fulfilling days.

I’ve learnt that I absolutely WILL stick to and complete anything I really want to, but that it will take a lot of time and work.

I’ve learnt that just because I am fully capable of commitment, not everybody else wants the same things as I do, and that I shouldn’t base my decisions on a life with somebody who thinks it’s wrong to prioritise love.

I’ve learnt that I am beautiful, inside and out, and that I only require myself to believe in that for me to feel it.

I’ve grown, and my life has changed a lot, but in other ways, it and me are exactly the same. Before I started my education journey, I was single, and am single again. I started it out without friends around, and again, don’t have any friends around me. I started my journey out homeless and again, I’m without a home. I started my journey off independent, determined and strong, and again, I am independent, and hopefully the determination and strength will come with a bit more time.

So, that’s first thing first!

TLDR; I finished my degree, it took me FOREVER, it was difficult because I have bad mental health and my relationship failed, but I’m hoping to get a 2:1 and am proud of myself.

– Storm

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Beginning Blogging Again…

Hey guys!

Okay, I’m not going to lie to any of you. I’ve been pretty down in the dumps recently which has caused me to not really feel like blogging anymore. That’s okay! It happens. It’s frustrating because I have SO many ideas, but just don’t have the energy or space in my mind to spend on writing blog posts right now. I think being a student and just navigating your way through adult life does that to all of us at some point – drains our ability to be creative.

Well, I do really want to begin blogging again. Definitely not as a regular thing or anything – I want to keep my blog how it has always been. Just something I write in when I want to write, and about whatever I want to write about! Essentially, this blog is like my own diary or personal notebook or something that I share with anybody who like to read what I have to write. This blog has always been and will always be ME, through and through.

That being said, although I do want to start blogging again, my inability to be creative is making it very difficult for me to come up with anything that I can realistically write and post about given my energy levels, so I did do a little cheeky Google search for “easy blog posts”, and “X Biggest ______ Mistakes People Make” was literally the first idea on the first link that came up.

I’m just being kind to myself! I need to be kind to myself if I’m ever going to find blogging easier than I do right now.

So, 10 seemed like a good number and well, “relationship” is a topic that I feel fairly well versed in given that I’ve been in a rollercoaster style one for 6 and a half years, so let’s do this!

I hope you find the post helpful!

Storm

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Blossoming As A Type 4.

Hey guys!

So, I recently discovered that using Enneagram typology, I am a 4w5. I’ve already learnt a lot about this type and after learning about the different levels of healthiness of my Enneagram type, I decided to write a blog post on blossoming as a type 4 as soon as I could.

I believe I’m at level 7 on the four’s levels of development scale.

I think if I were on any level below a 7, I would basically feel much worse than I do now (although I do resonate a lot with level 8 too). In fact, I definitely feel everything written that a level 8 feels, apart from I don’t feel that I am closed off to receiving help – which I think is the biggest distinction between a level 7 and a level 8 in my opinion. In fact, I absolutely love being helped and actively ask for help often, and although sometimes it is difficult to receive it, I’m always happy and grateful once I have. Definitely not a level 9 at the moment though – I think that level is reserved for the lowest of the low points I experience in my life (such as during my foundation year at my first University…) Although, I definitely do experience the odd emotional breakdown every now and then!

I think if I were on any level above a 7, I’d definitely be a lot more expressive than I am now, although I do relate a LOT with level 5, and I think a level 5 is basically me on a good day!

A level 7 resonates with me most because it is a state where chaos leads to one disallowing themselves from basically doing anything that they enjoy, leads to anger toward oneself, leads to depression and isolation… It’s just basically a sort of reactionary state to being in a bad situation.

My bad situation? Well, I’m just not doing great at Uni and am just generally really not very happy with my life and how it’s going at all. It could be worse, but it certainly could be quite a bit better.

So, I want to blossom.

What is it to blossom?

Apparently, according to the Google search result for “define blossom”, it means to “mature or develop in a promising or healthy way.” Synonyms are develop, grow, mature, progress, evolve, burst forth, come to fruition, flourish, thrive, get on well, prosper, succeed, be successful, make headway, bloom, burgeon and go great guns… Antonyms are fade and fail.

Basically, I’m pretty bored and fed up of being a level 7. I mean, it’s okay, but there is a lot more out there for me to experience and I know that’s the person I want to be.

I know I probably seem to be taking the Enneagram too literally, or seem obsessive, or maybe it seems like I’m just using this as another procrastination tactic.

It isn’t that I’m taking the Enneagram literally, rather that it has made me feel quite validated and I definitely resonate with this typology system better than the MBTI (it took 4 tests before I got the same result twice for MBTI, and only 2 for Enneagram).

I’m not obsessive about the Enneagram itself – rather about the prospect of being happy, healthy and successful.

I’m not using this to procrastinate, this is something I need to do so that I will find being productive easier and feel less need to procrastinate altogether.

So, I’m really excited about this. I’m excited about working on me. I work on me a lot to be fair, but in a much less direct way than I intend to now do. This should be priority – type 4’s who are on the extreme end of level 9 are LIKELY to commit suicide! I mean, what’s more important than preventing that? I need to climb this development ladder and FAST.

I’m scared of shifting my focus – scared that my future will somehow fall apart, scared that it will lead to me being unproductive, scared that it won’t work, scared that it will be a waste of time, scared that it is the wrong decision, scared that this will just lead me into an even deeper depression, scared that it might go right and I might actually end up being happy through doing this… That’s the scariest thought of all! It means letting go of who I am, who I have been, and allowing myself to live the life I’ve always wanted. That’s scary when you feel like you’re not good enough to live that life.

So, to start my blossoming, I’m going to get myself some routine going. I’ve heard nothing but good things about fours having a good routine to get them stuck into the reality of daily life. I’m not going to go nuts with a routine, but I’ll just give myself the structure that I think I actually need to be happiest.

I also really need to stay on top of my studies. I NEED to stay grounded in the reality that I’ve created for myself, but without TRAPPING myself! I need to be studying, hard, and doing the work I set for myself and meeting those expectations every single day. I need to be kind to myself and give myself realistic expectations and allow myself time to just be free, but sticking to those expectations is essential to me being happy and loving myself.

I need to begin taking care of myself and making me feel good about myself. I need to take my long Lush baths, do my hair and makeup, use my perfumes, take care in what clothes and jewellery I wear, taking photos of myself and being proud of who I am and of how I represent myself with how I look.

I NEED TO BE FEARLESS AND MAKE TIME TO DO THE THINGS THAT I ENJOY! I need to allow myself to READ my books, to write my blog posts, to edit my photos, to paint my pictures, to learn my instruments, to sing my songs, TO CREATE. I NEED TO MAKE TIME EVERYDAY TO BE CREATIVE! How else am I going to express myself? I NEED THIS. I think this will absolutely bring me the most joy in my life. I need this so, so much.

I’m going to leave it there, because I think that amount of focus is the right amount to allow me to thrive.

This is, of course, before the fact – so I will do my best to update ya’ll on my progress at a later time to say how it’s all going.

Thanks for reading,

Storm

 

 

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My Blog Needs More Attention.

Hey guys!

My blog ABSOLUTELY needs to be receiving far more attention from myself. I find writing about my life in my blog to be extremely therapeutic, and neglecting using my blog has genuinely had quite a negative impact on my mental health.

It’s about time I treat my blog, and give it the attention it deserves.

I’m going to get my laptop repaired so that I’m more able to write my blog posts in privacy and with ease.

I’m going to begin blogging a whole lot MORE – I have used up plenty of Lush products that I can easily write reviews for right now, a bunch of clothing hauls to write about, travel adventures that I want to share with you guys…

I’m tired of feeling like I don’t have my blog to fall back on when I’m feeling down. My laptop has been broken since around September last year, so since then it has been a lot more difficult to upload and edit photos for my blog, as well as to find the time and privacy to write blog posts using either my partner’s work laptop or his computer in the living room.

I’m tired of only having my old iPhone – glitchy, with a not-so-great camera, very little space and almost zero battery life, to be able to take any photos with.

I literally just want a simple laptop – one with seemingly forever-lasting battery life, one that runs quietly, easily and smoothly, one with a simple operating system that I’m already familiar with and don’t have to re-learn, one with a lot of space and enough cpu to run games fairly easily. It may SEEM like I’m asking for a lot, but my previous laptop was really affordable, had really good battery life, was light and small, ran really smoothly etc. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful for my current broken laptop as my partner did purchase it for me, it just really seems that these days you pay a LOT more for a laptop that is a LOT more dodgy if that makes any sense.

Technology these days REALLY PISSES ME OFF IT’S JUST GLITCHY OVERPRICED GIMMICKY STUFF.

Anyways – need to get all my tech stuff sorted out, need to get rid of loads of stuff because we have a major lack of space issue, need to make the flat nice because our tenancy ends real soon… Maybe then I can finally be free(ish) to write more blog posts and post more pictures on Instagram etc.

– Storm

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Seven lessons I’ve learned this year – October blogging challenge #7

Okay, so I saw Lise’s post for this blogging challenge and decided to just do this challenge because it sounds fun. So, here it is!


Seven Lessons I’ve Learned This Year:

 

  1. I’ve learnt that your mental health comes first, always. When you have mental health problems, the times when you feel okay are unfortunately likely to just be a temporary spike in feeling positive, and it is still extremely important to keep your mental health in check by talking to a professional. It’s easy to feel like “I feel great right now, so there’s no point in me booking an appointment to see my doctor!” Don’t fall into this trap! Your mental health determines your perspective of literally EVERYTHING in your life. Taking control is priority.
  2. Cherish the people you love in your life, all good things must come to an end. If you have a partner, truly appreciate the amazing moments when you get to snuggle against his/her chest. If your parents are still around, appreciate that they are! If you have ANY friends, respect them and realise how lucky you are to have people that are there for you when you need them the most.
  3. BLOGGING helps encourage positive mental health, in my experience. When you’re feeling down, write a blog post to cheer yourself up! When you’re feeling like being productive but don’t have the energy to tackle any housework, write some blog posts! When you’re excited about something in your life and feel like you have nobody who would care enough to want you to share it with them, write a blog post about it and share it with your followers! You can literally blog about whatever you want to at the time, and it has definitely helped me out this year 🙂
  4. PERSISTENCE WORKS. I had to fly to a different country by myself when I was 19 years old in order to pursue an education. Four years later, and I am FINALLY studying on a bachelor degree in Astrophysics at my chosen University, which is all I wanted in the first place! It has taken me 4 years to get to this point and if it wasn’t for my persistence, I wouldn’t have come this far.
  5. It is actually important to try to do something eventful and memorable in your life as often as possible.. You know when you feel like “Where has the year gone…?” Yeah, well our perception of how long the day/week/month/year/life has been depends on how many milestones and eventful occasions we have experienced. So, somebody who makes sure to do something eventful and memorable everyday for a year would perceive that year as being longer than somebody who only did a handful of eventful things in that year. TRY to make everyday memorable – in any way possible!
  6. Start the day well – even on weekends. If you don’t get up early and full of energy, and if you don’t start your day with eating a good breakfast whilst checking your emails, a shower, getting dressed and throwing a load of laundry in the washing machine, you’ll just end up feeling sluggish all day and everything will feel 10x more difficult to get done. What you achieve in the first hour or two of your day really does make ALL the difference!
  7. Things don’t change all that much. If something about a person is bothering you, then they will still do that thing that bothers you 3 years on. If you have mental health problems, they don’t just disappear. They can calm down, but many of the symptoms will likely still be with you 3 years on. Working is difficult, studying is difficult, and it DOESN’T get easier with time. Accept the fact that many problems in life aren’t going to change much with time, and find ways to manage your problems rather than hoping they’ll just magically disappear.

– Storm

The October Blogging Challenge:

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100 Followers :)

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Hey everyone!

I’ve just come to quickly say that I’ve reached 100 followers! My current follower count is 104, although, the very first follow is by myself, so I”d count it as being 103 followers 🙂

Not including myself as one of my followers, I reached 100 followers on 27th September 2017. I WOULD have blogged about it on the day, but I was so extremely busy with induction week at University, and have since just been generally busy with University.

Thank you to each and every one of you for deciding to give me a follow! I’m glad you enjoy reading my posts.

– Storm

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Lise for nominating me! She writes over at Lushtivity 🙂


The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who has nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 new questions for them.
  • List the rules and display the logo of sunshine blog award in your post.

 

Questions from Lise:

  1. If you had to describe yourself in four words, what would you choose?
    Neurotic, overthinking, true and sensitive. HOWEVER, upon asking my partner how he would describe me in 4 words, the person that knows me more than anyone else other than myself, he said “Caring, intelligent, chilled and beautiful.” Just goes to show that not everybody sees you how you view yourself!
  2. You’re stranded on an island and can only bring one item, one person and one food item. What and who do you bring, and why?
    Okay, so I assume there won’t be any signal on this island but just at the slight chance that there would be, I’d have to say I’d bring a phone. So I could call someone to help me – and also to occupy myself while on the island. I’m going to have to be a bit boring with this one, and say that I’d bring my partner. I feel safest and happiest when I’m with him 🙂 As for food, I’d being a whole lot of kale. It’s extremely nutrient dense and I feel it is the most likely food item that would prevent us from dying…
  3. You have the chance to go back in time to change one major world event. What would you change?
    Eh, I’m not so great with the history of the world honestly and I’m not the type of person that would go changing history if I could. The butterfly effect of such changes could just make the present a whole lot worse! Assuming it wouldn’t make anything worse though, maybe the holocaust? I really don’t know!
  4. Why did you start blogging? Do you feel different about it now?
    I started blogging to make all the billions of disorganized thoughts in my head, organised and “real”. I just wanted to have my thoughts presented in a more solid place than just inside my mind, and to have a place to feel free to express myself fully and truly. I don’t feel any differently about it now! I don’ t think my intentions will ever change 🙂
  5. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
    Well, Storm is my name (and is also just a pretty cool world to have in the title of a blog, in my opinion,) and my blog is like a window into my perspective of the universe I suppose. Hence, “Storm’s Universe.”
  6. What is your current favorite song?
    “Oh No!” – Marina and the Diamonds.
  7. If you had to just eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Vegetable fried rice.
  8. What is your biggest flaw?
    My neuroticism…
  9. Do you have a favorite series? Could be anything from books to tv shows.
    Star Trek.
  10. Did you keep your new years resolutions?
    I don’t made new years resolutions – but I do give myself “Birthday Goals.” I have sort of passively tried to achieve them so far.
  11. Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
    Yes, I do! I am going to Mallorca on the 29th for 12 nights 🙂 Very, very excited! Me and my partner shall be staying in a gorgeous little guest house thing with a pool (and a really nice bath.) I shall also be beginning my Astrophysics degree in September which is pretty awesome. Nothing else exciting has a date set for it to occur, but there are many exciting things I hope to happen soon 🙂

Okay guys, I don’t mean to be a party pooper but I’m not going to think up of 11 questions or tag anyone just yet. I have lots to do today but I promise I will get around to it when I have time! I hope you enjoyed reading my post regardless 🙂

– Storm

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Thank You, Wherever You Are!

  1. Thank you to those of you in the United States for viewing my blog posts a total of 1,109 times! It means the world to me and is so interesting that my posts are being viewed most in a country that isn’t even where I’m writing my posts from! Thank you all!
  2. Thank you to my fellow United Kingdom dwellers, for a total of 676 views on my blog! You guys are great and it really means a lot to me to know that what I write is of some interest to my fellow peeps.
  3. Thank you to those of you who reside in beautiful Canada! 225 views have come purely from you guys, which is amazing! Gosh, how I’d love to visit Canada… Thank you guys!
  4. Australia! Thank you for the 199 views I’ve received from you. Literally from the other side of the world! Anyone who knows me well knows that to live in Australia is a massive dream of mine. You guys are living my dream! Thank you for all of your visits to my blog from down under 🙂
  5. >For all of you in Norway, thank you for all 149 views on my blog! Again, another country I’d love to visit (those beautiful Northern Lights and jaw-dropping scenery!) Thank you all for viewing my blog 🙂
  6. You guys in Singapore are responsible for 117 of the views on my blog! How amazing is that?! Thank you!
  7. To those of you in Germany, you’re responsible for 99 of the views on my blog. Thank you for visiting! I actually visited your country around March this year (to Berlin) – it was great! The vegan capital of the world… Such delicious food and such a fascinating history. Thank you for all the love from Germany!
  8. Those of you in Denmark are to thank for the 82 views on my blog! How lovely, thank you guys!
  9. This one truly amazes me – 76 of my views are from the Philippines! Wow, that’s absolutely amazing! You guys live somewhere so incredibly different to where I do. Imagining the life you lead really inspires me to visit sometime! The Philippines has always been toward the top of my list of places I feel the NEED to visit. Thank you all for visiting my blog!
  10. 72 of my views are from you who reside in the Netherlands! Thank you all so much for visiting!
  11. 52 of my views are from Belgium. Thank you for all of those views, it means the world to me that my writing is interesting to individuals people from all over the globe!
  12. 48 of my views are from Spain! I have been really wanting to visit Spain so, although it isn’t the mainland, me and my partner will be visiting Mallorca for 12 nights very soon! I am so extremely excited to visit such a beautiful part of the world, so full of culture. Thank you for your visits to my blog!
  13. I have received 39 views each from India and Croatia. How wonderful! Thank you all so very much!
  14. 36 of my views are from Honk Kong SAR China, and 36 of my views are from Italy! Thank you for your views!
  15. Those of you in beautiful Indonesia are responsible for 34 of the views on my site! Thank you all so much for visiting!
  16. You guys in Sweden and France are each responsible for 30 views on my blog. Thank you both so much!
  17. Ireland – you Irish are responsible for a total of 28 of the views on my blog. Thank you guys so much!
  18. New Zealand27 of my views come from this beautiful country! Thank you all for your views, it means so much to me!
  19. Portugal26 of my blog’s views have come from here! Thank you all so much for visiting my blog!
  20. So that this post isn’t too long, I’d like to thank the visitors to my blog from all the other countries in one big go! Your views mean just as much to me as every other!

    Thank you guys from Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Switzerland, Malaysia, Japan, Romania, Chile, Greece, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Austria, Vietnam, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Qatar, Slovenia, Egypt, Macau SAR China, China, Bosnia & Herzegovina, European Union, Poland, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Russia, Latvia, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Lithuania, Serbia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Estonia, Taiwan, Slovakia, Pakistan, Argentina, Myanmar (Burma,) Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Sudan, Macedonia and Nicaragua. 

    Wow, so many different countries – 404 of my views are from you guys! Thank you all SO much! It means the absolute world to me that so many people from different walks of life find my blog posts to be of interest. I’m excited to see which other countries I will receive views from in the future!


    So, I love Statistics, I love demographics, I love geography and travel and I love being appreciative of what I have. So, I felt the need to write this blog post. I find how my views are divided between different countries of the world absolutely fascinating, and really quite incredible!

    Diversity is amazing. YOU are amazing!

    For the billionth time, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

    – Storm

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The Versatile Blogger Award.

Heya!

I’ve been nominated for this award by Lise at Lushtivity. Thank you lovely!


 

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.


Seven facts about me:

  • I left school when I was 14 years old! I just hated school, so I pestered to be taken out until my mother agreed to it! I was technically home educated, but didn’t hold any official qualifications of any kind until I had finished my year at college when I was 20 years old, after deciding to pursue an education at 19 years. During that year, I took GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English and an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Biological Sciences.
  • My family moved to Bulgaria when I was 15 years old. Around 10 days after moving there, I found a litter of abandoned puppies. I did my best to take care of them, feeding them goat’s milk from a baby bottle. Unfortunately they all died shortly after, apart from one. I named him Pippin, and he was my companion for the 4 years that I was in Bulgaria! I didn’t have other friends while living there, but Pippin kept me company! He died one winter, just a few months before I flew back to the UK.
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  • While living in Bulgaria, me and my family lived in a mansion! It was an ex-government building of some sort. We lived in a little village in the East of the country. I loved how peaceful and natural my life was there – I miss it very much!

     

  • I live in an adorable flat in North London with my partner! We’ve lived together for pretty much the entire 4 years that we have been together. I first moved into his mother’s home when we were 19 and were just buddies, and we started renting our flat together last September.

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  • I have never, ever had a tattoo – but I really want one!
  • I wear glasses, full time, 100%! I actually really can’t see too well without them, and the only reason most of my photos are of me without them on is either because my glasses were broken/lost at the time or because I took them off for the purpose of the photo.
  • My hair has been a lot of different colours in the past. Red, purple, black, burgundy, orangey, bright blonde, blonde with purple, black with purple, natural with a black fringe, magenta… I started dying my hair when I was 12 years old – the first time was just my natural hair with some permanent purple splodges in there (I thought that looked really cool.) 3 years ago I decided to dye and cut my hair one last time, before growing my hair natural. It has been completely natural since around a year ago, after having it dyed for 10 years!

    I really can’t be bothered to nominate anyone honestly. It takes me a while to link up everyone’s sites – if you are reading this and want to have this award and do this tag, go ahead!

    – Storm

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Liebster Award.

liebster award

Hey guys! Lise at Lushtivity posted her Liebster award answers and questions in this post, and nominated anyone who read the post – so I’ve decided to give it a go! Thank you Lise for giving me a chance to do this!

The rules:

  • Display the award, and thank your nominator.
  • Answer the nominators questions.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Notify them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Lise’s Questions and My Answers!

  1. Is there anything you believed to be true that you found out wasn’t true at all?
    Hmm, this is a really difficult question to answer! I can’t think of any situations like this honestly!
  2. If you had the opportunity to start a chain of businesses, what kind of business would it be?
    I’m not a businessy sort of person really. I’d probably start up some sort of charity organization that focuses on spreading the word and raising awareness for animal welfare, the environment, the world, artistic expression… Like loads of little educational hippie hubs around the world – sanctuaries for people to be kind to the world and true to themselves! Maybe I could sell some unique clothing and jewellery within the organization to turn it into some sort of a business or something…
  3. What would be your personal theme song?
    Oh wow, probably something without lyrics. Maybe Cello Suite No.1! It’s chill, then speeds up, has a lot going on… I feel like this song suits my mindset pretty well!
  4. If you could be the president of the United States for one term, would you do it? If not, why not?
    Nope! Because I hate to be in control. I don’t want to be making decisions that would affect the lives of every citizen of the US, and of anyone entering the US! That would be far too stressful.
  5. What is your favorite childhood memory?
    My favourite childhood memory… The little things, really. I remember my mother would come up into mine and my sister’s room in the morning with a bag of clean socks. She’d pair them all up and put them into piles of who they belonged to. She’d then throw each of us a pair of socks onto our bunk beds, and then the rest of our school uniform, and sing a little song to wake us up in the morning. We were a very close family – me with my four siblings, our mother and our father. We are all also very close in age – my younger siblings are 2 years younger than myself, and my eldest is 3 years older than myself. 5 kids all within 5 years of eachother in age! We all live in different places now, and don’t see each other often at all, so it is the little childhood memories, things that used to be super normal in my everyday life, that I miss most now!
  6. Do you have a life hack you think no one else really uses?
    I’m not sure! You know those head scarf things that people wrap around their heads and use as headbands? Like, knot wraps? Well, anything like knot wraps or elasticated headbands just wont stay on my tiny head, so I use bobby pins to secure them on! Then they stay in place all day 🙂 I only think no one else uses this hack because most people don’t have tiny head issues, but for those who do, give this a go! Also, when I am planning a shopping haul to a specific shop, I first find the shop on Google Maps. Google Maps now have a feature that shows how busy the shop is at different hours of the day – I always make sure to go when they are least busy to avoid crowds!
  7. What is on your bucket list this year?
    To start my actual degree in Astrophysics, get my first tattoo, visit all of my siblings and parents at least once, to reach my weight goal, for me and my partner to get our first pet, to engage more in creative, artistic things, to begin learning a language… There’s loads!
  8. What is your idea of the perfect vacation?
    Somewhere away from the city, where there aren’t many people. Somewhere very rural and by the sea, somewhere warm and where there is a lot of biodiversity in terms of animals and plants. There has to be a Lush store there though! I’m going to Mallorca this Summer, and honestly, for the moment, that is my idea of the perfect vacation! I’d also love to go somewhere super jungly though – somewhere in South East Asia!
  9. What was the worst phase in life for you?
    Umm… I’ve had some pretty bad phases to be honest! I’m just going to go ahead and say my time I spent on my Foundation Year at the University of Sussex. It’s probably the worst experience I’ve ever had in my life for a lot of different reasons! That was pretty much from September 2014 until around May 2015! Everything is SO MUCH BETTER NOW and I appreciate that more than anything!
  10. Do you believe in reincarnation?
    I don’t 100% believe in it, but I do believe there are some mysteries in the world that we just can’t fully comprehend quite yet. I definitely think that some sort of spiritual energy is released when someone dies, because a person is more than just their physical, tangible self. I think that maybe that energy goes to different places for different individuals when they die – for some maybe it goes into a baby animal or human, for others maybe it just sort of lingers. I don’t really know!
  11. Would you say you portray yourself differently online than in real life?
    I don’t think that I do at all! I’m an extremely honest person, and always say exactly what I mean. For example, if my partner were to read my blog posts and he wasn’t told who they were by, I can guarantee he’d know that it was me who wrote these posts! Always unapologetic-ally myself!


My Questions For You!

  1. What products do you try to use on your face on a daily basis – both makeup products and skincare?
  2. What are 3 things that you are extremely grateful for in your life right now, and why?
  3. What are your plans for the rest of the Summer season/ whatever season you are experiencing at the moment?
  4. What are 3 of your favourite stores and why are these your favourite stores?
  5. What is one big thing that you really feel the NEED to achieve in your life?
  6. What are 5 things that you LOVE about yourself and why do you love these things about yourself?
  7. What is something that you have done recently and are proud of?
  8. Which 3 places would you like to travel to most in the world  – why do you want to travel to these places?
  9. What is something that you are excited for this year?
  10. If you could learn a new language, which would you choose to learn?
  11. If you could instantly gain amazing skill and ability in one artistic activity, what would you choose that activity to be?

    I’ve never done this tag, or received this award before, so I don’t know whether my questions are a bit rubbish or not!

    I nominate:

    1. Karalee at Tales of Belle
    2. Sarah Lilly at The Lilly Mint Blog
    3. Lauren and Rachel at The Flower That Blooms
    4. Chrissey at THE UNABRIDGED SASS
    5. Lulu at Lush Upon A Time
    6. Bonnie at Queen Of The Girl Geeks
    7. Emily Clare at Emily Clare Beauty
    8. Rachel at sittingintheclouds
    9. Zoe at WRITING WHIMSY
    10. Nathi at Inexorable Spark
    11. Sami May at Journey To Green Living

    – Storm