The Perfect Study Space

The Instagram, Tumblr worthy desk setups, that have an aesthetic level of approximately 5000. They always look so perfect and inviting, having a beautiful study space that you enjoy being in is the key to good study and focus. It might seem impossible to have a perfectly arranged, minimalist space like the desks you see on Pinterest but I can assure you it’s not.

The first step to a great study space is to have one. Some people, they must be superhuman, can study at the kitchen bench with their brother and sister screaming and TV playing in the background, if this works for you, great but there are better ways to study. The best place to study is at a desk in a quiet room, preferably somewhere you can keep all your supplies but if you don’t have access to your own room and desk, a library or a shared study works too.

The second step is to have everything you need within reach, not just in a pencil case but laid out on the desk, so make sure you have the essentials: pens, paper, highlighters, pencils, whatever you need to study. Make sure you have everything you need within reach so that you don’t have to get up and lose focus but only what you need, you don’t want clutter!

Make it unique! Nobody wants to study at a wooden desk, with nothing but a dim lamp and a few pencils. Pick a colour scheme, your favourite colour is a good starting place, mine’s blue! Fill your desk with items that colour, such as blue pencil pots or pink folders, it’s ok to have a few items that aren’t study related, such as a succulent plant or candle. Filling your desk with beautiful items that make you happy to look at is a great way to feel motivated to study!

Lastly, organisation. Don’t just shove papers in a drawer and forget about them forever, come on, we’ve all done it! Find an organisation system that works for you, such as a binder, or paper holders and stick to that method! If you want a post on my organisation method just let me know 😉

I hope these tips help you create your perfect study space, just remember what works for somebody else might not be perfect for you, so make it unique!

“When in doubt go to the library,”-Hermione Granger

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Avoid the rush, just get it done,

It’s all well and good to get your homework done on the bus, on the way to school because you forgot about it last night, or outside class, leaning paper on your knee and writing at a speed of a million miles an hour, we’ve all been there, rushing to get our work done, not really focusing on actually gaining anything from it. Everybody ‘s had their share of “quick, do it under your bag, pretending to get your stuff out, so the teacher doesn’t notice,” experiences of forgotten homework. Sure, it’s easy to get away with it if you’re a master of excuses, or a last minute queen but it’s really not helping you. I’m going to sound like your Mum but,  teachers assign homework to help you, they don’t do it to be horrible and ensure you have no social life, although it seems like that sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself, is get it done, PROPERLY. One of my biggest struggles is the temptation to write the first number that pops into your head, or even writing 41 on a multiple choice question where 41 isn’t even an answer, I always find myself thinking, or saying out loud if I’m really frustrated, “x can be what x wants to be okay, so x will be 42.” It’s done, you have something to show the teacher and you’ll avoid detention, but the goal of school isn’t to avoid detention, it’s to work and retain knowledge, you’ll only do that by working hard and doing your homework. The best way to make sure you don’t end up rushing through your work is to manage your time wisely. The best way to do this is to write all homework down in a planner (Diary, bullet journal etc.) As soon as you hear the teacher say the inevitable “For tomorrow,” or “Tonight I want you to,” get your pen and planner ready to write it down. When you get home from school look at that day’s date, all your homework should be written in, and do all the work that was set that day, it doesn’t matter if it’s not due for 2 days, get it done, you’ll thank yourself the next day when you have no homework because you got it all done the night before. Just make sure you’re writing everything down and getting everything done, you’ll surely avoid the stress of the moment when the teacher says “get out your homework,” and you realise, “crap! I haven’t done that,” instead you’ll have the satisfaction of showing them your properly done, perfectly worked out work.

This post was very all over the place, it started out as something completely different and morphed into this, but I just let my thoughts flow, anyway let me know what you thought in the comments!

“When in doubt go to the library,”-Hermione Granger

Being Vegetarian

In case you didn’t know, I’m vegetarian and I lead a meat-free life. Being vegetarian isn’t as easy as it seems so I’m going to share a few tips to help out people who want to go vegetarian or are struggling with a vegetarian diet.

If you’re contemplating vegetarianism ask yourself why you’re doing it. Don’t do it because it’s ‘trendy and popular’, maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet is really hard so make sure it’s something you actually want to do before you make the decision.

If you’ve decided to be vegetarian decide what you will and won’t eat, there are many different branches of vegetarianism: Lacto-Ovo vegetarians (eat both dairy products and eggs), Lacto-vegetarians (eat dairy products but avoid eggs), Ovo-vegetarians (eat eggs but not dairy products) and pescetarians (eat fish but no meat).  I am Lacto-Ovo vegetarian so I only cut out meat because I’m fine with eating dairy and eggs. Another thing to consider is gelatine which is a setting agent in jelly and lollies that is made out of animal bones, I personally don’t eat anything with gelatine but there’s nothing wrong with being vegetarian and still eating it.

Once you’ve decided what kind of vegetarian diet you are going to follow it’s time to supplement. Being vegetarian isn’t as simple as cutting out meat, you need to supplement it with other food items that contain the vitamins you’re missing out on: protein and iron. I eat lots of eggs, beans, tofu and fake meat products in my meat-free diet. When supplementing think of what meat would usually go in the dish you are having and find an alternative similar to that. I personally enjoy having fake meat as an alternative because it tastes and looks like real meat, even if my family and friends gag at the sight of it!

Last but not least, eating out. Most restaurants will have at least one or two vegetarian options, sadly being vegetarian massively limits your menu choices but some restaurants cater really well to vegetarians! Also, if you’re traveling, make sure you order your type of vegetarian e.g. Lacto-Ovo. I’ve had my experiences with receiving vegan food, no offense to vegans but that stuff is pretty gross!

Hopefully, this post helps make vegetarianism easier. if you’d like to see more posts about vegetarianism or why I’m vegetarian just leave a comment letting me know.

That’s just my taste of B’liss xx

Fitness and health

The new year’s started and everyone expects a new, perfect, improved you. In reality, no-one’s perfect but we can all try our hardest to improve and be the best we can be. I personally have one goal I’ve set myself for 2017.

I want to eat healthier and workout more so I can be the fittest I can possibly be. So far I’ve done pretty well but I’ve gone downhill a bit since school started, on top of homework it’s hard to find time to exercise and everyone just wants chocolate after a long day at school, hehe.

It’s hard to motivate yourself but just getting out there and jogging with a friend helps you feel great and you’re proud of yourself afterwards.

As for eating healthy, good luck especially with chocolate but it’s fine to treat yourself sometimes just don’t make it a habit.

I know I’m a long way from perfect but I try my hardest to be as good as I can get and that’s all that matters.

That just my taste of B’liss