Friday, 30 December 2016

A little haul

I'm still unsure as to whether I have worded the title of this post correctly... The term haul, to me, has negative connotations, many  of which I do not want to associate myself with. 

As you may have noticed, this is the first haul I have written for a very long while. The main reason for this is because it vexes me increasingly to read wishlists and pages written by people about what they have spent their money on. If I am being perfectly frank, I really don't care. I apologise if this comes across brutal or uncaring but I really don't. It's entirely your choice if you'd like to spend your (hard earned) cash on a new pair of flashy shoes or phone and if that's what you'd like to do with your money then by all means, do what makes your happy (whether your happiness is artificial or not is a whole new subject). 

Christmas is just a tricky time for lots of people. A time where lots of families feel pressure sent by consumers to make their Christmas a happy one. One filled with presents and food and warmth. When many families across the globe struggle even to get enough food to keep them alive for a week though, a 'happy Christmas' remains a silver lined fantasy. That's why it agitates me to read or write hauls and I hope that everyone reading will respect and understand that. Evidently, this is just how I see it but if writing such post makes you happy then I bid you good luck with it.

Moving on to what I intended to do originally but got side tracked with. I have discorded a new passion and interest for second hand shopping. Purchasing from charity shops means that I am still able to purchase items with my money but without the pang of guilt I receive when shopping in a retail for example.

 I have found so many benefits to shopping second hand from these hospices including the fact that all the money spent goes to charity; the prices tend to be low; it's less likely that somebody else will be wearing the same outfit as me and finally that they have a more quirky and all round less materialistic aura to them.

So finally, here are the bits and pieces that I've picked up. I'm sorry that the post had been a bit long winded but every point I have made, I strongly stick up for. 

Skirt (brand new with tags!): £4.00, St Michael's Hospice
Shoes: £5.00, St Michael's Hospice
Little Men: £1.99, Oxfam
Lolita: £1.50, Oxfam
The Odyssey: £1.99, Oxfam
 I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! 
Health and happiness,
Marti xx

Friday, 16 December 2016

Making up a song about Coraline

She's a peach, she's a doll, she's a pal of mine.
She's as cute as a button 
In the eyes of everyone who ever laid their eyes on Coraline.
When she comes around exploring, 
Mom and I will never ever make it boring.
Our eyes will be on Coraline.

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 2 December 2016

Don't Need No Mock Exam Blues

Hello! As I am writing this, today is Friday the second of December and blimey, this last month has seemed to both drag and fly at the same time.. It's been quite a while since I've 'word vommed' about my life over my blog so today I thought I'd do just that. 

Monday marked my first mock new spec higher maths paper which I did in the hall over two hours. The first one we did was non calculator and bearing in mind I see maths as my worst subject, I don't think I did too badly. I mean, I did quite a lot of online revision before hand but obviously didn't know what to revise for so there was a great deal of questions I bombed (google is totally going to sensor this and track me down for using the term 'bombed' aha). On Tuesday I had my geography paper which I got the marks back for today and actually did surprisingly well. Then Wednesday meant my next maths paper which was calculator was, and as far as I'm concerned, much easier. 

Finally, Thursday was celebrated with two French papers: one reading and one listening. I found both papers rather difficult but for good reason. Our teacher told us today that he wanted to give us such 'horrible' papers in order to see how we coped under the pressure. This sounds almost as berserk as when he gave us a Italian paper in a French lesson and told us not to ask any questions and just to do it. Anyways, in spite of how hard I found it, I actually did pretty well in the scheme of things which I think can be pinned down to how much revision I did.

That's why I thought I'd share some of my tips with you guys. I've actually been asked on numerous occasions what my top revision tips are but previously, I've not known how to answer. When I'm suddenly faced with so many exams in one week, my brain becomes as disorganised as Primark's isles on a Saturday. I believe that the only way you can discover how to solve your problems is to face them hands on. For me, this problem is being so mentally jumbled up. Here is how I learnt to revise in a way that suited me:
  1. My first piece of advice for people like myself is to make plenty of lists. Lists about anything and everything that pops up in your head. It's honestly, such a big help and means that instead of floating around, jumbling up inside your brain, you can organise your thoughts into neat and orderly columns. I have lists of things I want to get done in a certain day; lists of books I want to read; lists of revision I need to get done and (yep, you guessed it), lists of things to list!
  2. Secondly, after you have organised your head, organise your work space. If your revising is done online, make a folder of useful websites. For me, this includes KESH Maths, Vocab Express, BBC Bitesize, ect. If you're a flash cards and spider diagram kinda person (I much prefer this way), make sure that your desk or work area is clear and you have enough space to spread your work out on. The worst thing is when you get even more stressed because you've spilt water all over your notes (whoops!).
  3. Use lots of colours! This is the way forward for me and has resulted in my owning of an abundance of highlighters and coloured pens (the perks of working in a stationery shop!). Somehow, the act of highlighting information helps me remember it and also, when looking through a sheet of information, the bright bits are going to stand out.
  4. Last but not least, pace yourself! Give the information time to settle and take short but regular breaks. You're not doing yourself any good in cramming six non-stop hours of French revision into your Sunday morning so do your best to avoid it! In my breaks, I like to read a chapter or two of the book I'm currently reading (Heathcliff, it's me, Cathy!) or do something like have a conversation with anybody I can find aha. That's another point: don't isolate yourself! Spending so much time alone drives me crazy and means that when I do interact with somebody, I'm really snappy hehe.
That's all, my gosh, I can ramble can't I?! Let me know if you have any revision tips in the comments.

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

P.S. Anybody who understood by Wuthering Heights reference is my new best friend ;)