Bathophobia

Beating Bathophobia: How do you beat fears of the deep?

If you aren’t scared of anything, are you even human? I have a few irrational fears, the kind that few people share and aren’t based on real explanations (like heights, drowning etc.) I am so disturbed by one of these fears, that I can’t mention it in case friends decide it would be funny to send me pictures of said creatures, my other is bathophobia.

Bathophobia; is a fear of unknown depths. (Not a fear of baths.) Places of utter blackness deep beneath the world, and my particular phobia relates to water too. I often get bad dreams about the vastness of the sea and rivers that defy gravity and surround me. I’d promised myself I’d address this fear and so this week when going on a trip to the Peak District I decided to face my fear!

Vegan Month Vegan Life Magazine

How to go Vegan in 5 Easy Steps: Starting with a Vegan Month

Let me set the scene. I am a 20-something who hasn’t been able to hold down a vegetarian diet for more than a week in her whole life. I decided as part of my 30 Goals before I turn 30 that I would try out a vegan month.

Many people wondered why, and I honestly wasn’t sure… I guess I am so set in my ways that I hoped it would make me less scared of trying new things, and also prove to myself that I have willpower!

Preparing…

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a Vegan month!

About Emese: Interview with Contemporary Abstract Artist, Emese Baksay.

Emese Baksay is a Hungarian American currently living in England who specialises in art forms inspired by nature and abstract concepts. All her pieces are originals (no prints currently, but phone cases are on the cards in the near future!) and all completely unique. We got in contact through our blogging network and I thought, wow this lady has some talent! We had a chat and discussed some of her inspirations as a contemporary abstract artist.

What first inspired you to create?

A Geek’s Guide: How to Write a Seriously Epic Sci-Fi Story

We all know that there are a LOT of sci-fi stories out there. I mean, there are whole sections of book shops dedicated to the genre. Speaking of which, I now sponsor one! I pledged to help my local BookShop’s expansion and they let me brand their sci-fi section. In celebration, I decided to explore what makes a good sci-fi story?

To answer this question, I took 2 sample texts, from “Amy’s Storys” (sic) written by 8-year-old me, to analyse as core texts. It’s as good a starting point as any…

A Geek’s Guide: A Brief History of Feminism Infographic!

Let’s begin with a Google’s definition of feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. This seems straightforward but what is feminism really? How has it progressed? In the words of Emma Watson, “Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?” To answer this I thought what better than a feminism infographic?

I did a bit of digging on the subject and then asked my good friend and fellow feminist, Lizzie Owen, to help present all my research in a beautiful and digestible format! Lizzie is a blogger and graphic designer who often features feminist quotes in her artwork.

So here it is! We hope you find it as informative and interesting as we did when making it!

Major Adulting: Salome at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Part of my 30 goals to complete over the next two years involves going to see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. I chose Salome by Oscar Wilde as he is one of my favourite writers. So here’s my write up – a chance for me to exercise my long-lost analytical skills and offer a mini-review of the play. The play is described as “a tragedy in one act”. For a plot write up you can click here but otherwise, let’s carry on!

Gender Bending, Done Right

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Click for more production photos by the RSC

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Major Adulting: 30 Goals to achieve before I turn 30!

I decided as it’s my birthday, I should work out 30 goals to complete before I turn 30! It’s not actually that long before I turn 30 so this is going to be far from a bucket list for me – it will be more achievable things!

I have 2 years to complete this list and so there’s not likely to be any sky-diving or travelling around Africa on this list… So here goes!

Ship Amsterdam 30 goals

Travelling

1. Go to Iceland (and hopefully see the Northern Lights!)

2. Visit Disneyland

3. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant

4. Go on a road trip somewhere new (where I am the driver) DONE

5. Visit a waxwork museum

6. Go camping in the middle of nowhere and watch the sunset and sunrise

World Map NEMO Science Museum Rotating Puzzle

Personal Development

7. Do a research project to find out about 30 cultures and countries I know nothing about

8. Meet someone I really admire in person – DONE

9. Be a bridesmaid – DONE

10. Try to get some zen trying out some mindfulness hobbies

11. Make a physical photo album of the best parts of my life all in one place!

12. Gain as much astronomical info as possible from stargazing

Space themed pencils Swirl duo colour pencils NASA photos

Capturing the Creative Spark

13. Photograph animals in the wild

14. Attend a class to learn a new skill

15. Attend a book/writing club regularly for at least 6 months – DONE

16. Complete 2 years of blogging! DONE

17. Complete an art project (similar to those I did at A-Level)

18. Go to see a play at the RSC and review it – DONE

Wooden Chess Pieces Wooden Knights

Challenging Myself

19. Go vegan for 1 month! – DONE!

20. Sell something I have created myself

21. Take steps to get over one of my (many) irrational fears – DONE

22. Spend a month as tech-free as possible (work time unavoidable!)

23. Volunteer somewhere for at least 30 days

24. Complete a huge jigsaw puzzle – DONE

Roast Duck TGI Fridays

Just for Fun!

25. Try at least 30 new foods (including some scary ones!) DONE

26. Make a terrarium  DONE

27. See a play in London and stay overnight DONE

28. Throw a Harry Potter themed party – DONE

29. Attend a festival (music, food or otherwise) – I’ve not done this for too long!

30. See in my 30th birthday in style!

So these are my 30 Goals!

I think these are do-able. They will make me push myself more but I don’t think they’ll stress me out too much trying to complete them!

What do you think? Can you recommend any ways to help me make sure I do this right?

Ready, set, GO!

Amy

Geoffrey Schild Sunrise

Major Adulting: 6 Month Blogging Successes and Goals

I can’t believe how fast these 6 months have gone… This been a big success so far for me but I’ve still got a long way to go with it. So here are some of the reasons why I’d consider these blogging successes, why it was a great choice for me, and why I’d encourage you all to do the same!

Broadening my horizons

Starting this blog means I now look at everything with a bit more active thought. I plan better and somehow I see things more clearly than before. By actively trying my best to find content, I am also making sure I don’t waste a single opportunity. Sunrise Horizon Image above by the talented Mr Schild.

Finding my voice

We all use different voices when we speak to one another and I wrote a post previously about my online voice. I didn’t want to change myself based on my perceived readership and I am glad that I’ve been able to stick with my roots but also get more in tune with my writing style!

I can do Science, me!

I’ve had a love for Astronomy and Science in general for a long time, but since school, it’s been put on the back-burner to my other hobbies (mainly sleeping). Blogging means I have to research key concepts in order to blog about them. I also love English Lit/writing so… it’s an obvious choice!

Plasma Globe Science

Facebook Schmacebook

I don’t have to compartmentalise or restructure my thoughts to fit into a Facebook post. I have a big mouth and a lot to say! With blogging, I can say exactly what I feel and not have to edit myself too much. (Although to be honest, I am at an awful disadvantage to Facebook in that I need it to get my posts to you!)

Learning to adapt

I am a little neurotic, very hectic and lack focus most of the time! Since I began to log my thoughts I’ve learnt to structure my life and I’ve never been more creative in such a short time! Now to take my creativity to new levels and adapting myself more to fill my time with learning new things!

Barcelona Train Tracks

Improving my Photography Skills

When I go anywhere now, I am always thinking of the best composition for the photos I take. No more “family photo” pictures on holidays and trips – I am trying to capture what’s interesting to the eye and it’s driving me to improve my skills!

Remembering the good times

I often don’t remember all the amazing things that I’ve done – I am always waiting for the next big thing. By blogging my thoughts and logging my experiences it means I get to look back on all the fun things I do and realise how lucky I am to have done them!

So here’s to another 6 months of blogging successes! I’ve got a lot of things to improve on but I am getting there. I’ll just continue to be open-minded, open-hearted and keep striving to achieve new things!

Liz J Owen Mini Print Feminist Print Women in History Ulrich Quote

Words to live by! Print by the lovely Liz J Owen