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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.

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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