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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