Heyyyy! It’s ya girl, Amy, back at it again with some awesome new conte… no, I can’t keep this up. Yeah, hi – I was gone, and now I’m back. Over the course of the year I’ve not really felt like blogging. I mean, who could blame me for not exactly feeling motivated enough to do anything but dip my toe occasionally. But I thought, seeing as it’s Halloween season (aka… September right up to October 31st) I’d start producing some more posts for my favourite time of the year.
Now I’m going to spill some not-so-sweet tea… just before the lock-down my anxiety hit a spike after months of burying it, and I ended up having to sign myself off work due to stress. It’s not been pretty, but that’s the truth of it. Since then I’ve been phasing back and, more importantly, feeling a lot better. Here’s a few ways that I have been coping with anxiety and stress since then; I hope you find them useful.
I decided to try 30 new foods I’d never had before, in the hope of broadening my culinary experience before I turned 30. I did it but never posted this, and it was one of the few goals I managed to complete… Probably because it involved food. I hope this helps you on your journey around the foods of the world!
You probably won’t want to try the last one though…
One thing I am thankful for is that I am able to write this post, since there’s so much time for self-reflection and hobbies nowadays. I’ve been feeling for so long (since around October to be exact) like a shell of myself. Like I’d essentially peaked at 30 and I was now somehow struggling back uphill to become something I used to be…
I did something today that I thought I’d never be able to do again. I took part in GoApe in Coventry. My body screamed “Don’t do it!”, my mind screamed “You’re crazy!” but this tiny part of me looked back at my scouting days and said…
“You’ve just got to try…”
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!
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…
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
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!
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 DONE
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 DONE
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
Capturing the Creative Spark
13. Photograph animals in the wild
14. Attend a class to learn a new skill
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
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
Just for Fun!
25. Try at least 30 new foods (including some scary ones!) 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! DONE
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!
Time for the most photo-heavy post ever as I’ve just returned from Amsterdam! We had a brilliant time trying to get a good alternative Amsterdam experience that isn’t just getting high or visiting the tourist traps. Here are just a few main points on the things I found the best (and the worst) from the little cross-section we got.
As always all my own opinion – unsponsored and completely biased.
Room Mate Aitana
Alternative Amsterdam Museum Day
Shamelessly drunk in the daytime…
Moving on, we walked back up through the Red Light District in the early evening and the atmosphere had changed dramatically. The pubs were overflowing, smoke filled the air, the lights were glaring and the ladies were out in force (it wasn’t even 6-pm). Of course, there were no pictures allowed but I have to say it should be on everyone’s travel bucket list!
Killing Time Highlights
We saw the outdoor chess board in tribute to the famous Dutch Chess Player Max Euwe with a little group playing chess in the sun.
We visited the IAmsterdam sign and the Modern Art Gallery gift shop which was full of amazing art and design literature. It made me realise we need a bigger library…