Category Archives: Life

Why I hate maths.

Maybe that’s not the best way to title this post. But I don’t really care, because its how I feel.
I’ve always hated maths. From question sums in grade 3 to long division in grade 5, it’s always been my nemesis – sneaking marks away from me every year at school, preventing me from achieving the average I deserved, forcing me to think laterally, instead of the zig-zag, brightly coloured, round-about creative process my right brain usually uses. To put it bluntly, it was my least favourite lesson and I felt that maths was single handedly ruining my life, all the way up to Grade 12 when I was accepted to study graphic design, didn’t need it any more and dropped to an easier level – Maths Literacy.

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I’m not going to tell you about some big epiphany that I had where I realized maths was super essential to my current career, or how I now understand why we need to use X and Y in algebra (Why are you using letters where there should be numbers? You’re confusing me. Is this
English?)
But I am going to tell you about an extremely interesting occurrence that is currently taking place in the world around us. The old left-brain thinking careers are very quickly falling to the way side and becoming second fiddle to the growing need for right-brain thinkers who can problem solve in a unique way.

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Sleep Paralysis

Last night the weirdest thing happened to me… I had been sleeping for a few hours, and at about 2AM I had a bad dream. I dreamt that I was in bed, but there was a ghost in my room. It scared me, and so I began to wake myself up.

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Instead of being able to wake up, my mind woke up, however my body remained motionless. I was literally paralyzed in my bed, and seriously struggle to breath. It was as if someone was sitting on top of my chest. It was the most horrible sensation, and I was very scared. The only thing I could compare it to is what I imagine it to be like if you are paraplegic, or if you’re possessed. I know this sounds really weird, but it’s the only thing I could think to compare it to. I felt like I was about to be ripped out of bed and thrown against a wall, and was really overwhelming.

Although this only lasted for a few seconds, when I did snap out of it I sat straight up in bed, and was sweating from head to toe. I felt like I’d been fighting for my life, and was totally terrified.

When I woke up this morning, I went onto Google and checked articles… What I found was that this is a really common problem that many people face. It’s called Sleep Paralysis. I discovered that when you are in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the state in which we have most of our dreams that generally last 60 seconds each or so, that our brain releases a hormone to keep us still/paralyses, in order to prevent us from acting out our dreams. It’s this connection/hormone that sleepwalkers have a problem with.

However I discovered that sometimes your mind can awaken from a dream, however your body remains paralyzed because the receptors in your brain are lagging and have not yet stopped producing the paralysis hormone. This leaves you literally paralyzed in your body. The worst part about this, is that often your sub-conscience allows your previous dream to continue to a certain extent – this can often lead to slight hallucinations, many people see figures or hear sounds near them, and can do nothing to stop them.

Unfortunately sleep paralysis can be hereditary, and it turns out that my mother has experienced this exact feeling numerous times. I found all my info about this from this site. It was really interesting and incredibly enlightening to read all about this, as well as other sleep disorders. Something else I picked up is that you generally only go into REM sleep after a couple of hours, where as I often fall asleep dreaming. Sometimes I wake up from a night’s sleep and feel exhausted, because I know I’ve been dreaming all night, yet I mostly can’t remember my dreams.

Has anyone else experienced this, or felt something similar? Or do you struggle with other sleep related disorders? I’d love to hear your stories! I had no idea how scary this could be until it happened to me!

Worth a watch: Looking Past Limits

This TedTalk by Caroline Casey is one of the most inspiring I’ve ever heard. She shares with the audience about her big realization at age 17 – she found out that she was clinically blind, only being able to see about 2 feet in front of her. Caroline’s parents had kept this from her, and she’d led a normal life for 17 years accomplishing many things that doctors had told her parents she would never be able to do.
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In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have. “Being absolutely true to yourself is freedom. And I never needed eyes to see — never. I simply needed vision and belief. And if you truly believe — and I mean believe from the bottom of your heart — you can make change happen. And we need to make it happen,because every single one of us — woman, man, gay, straight, disabled, perfect, normal, whatever — everyone of us must be the very best of ourselves. I no longer want anybody to be invisible. We all have to be included. And stop with the labels, the limiting. Losing of labels, because we are not jam jars. We are extraordinary, different, wonderful people.”

Worth a watch: The Sexy Lie

In an age where the media is rampant with sexualised images of women, Caroline Heldman gives a fantastic talk about sexual objectification. She explains how to define it, disproves the notion that sexual objectification is empowering and also offers strategies for navigating our highly sexualized present day culture.

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I wish this had been around 2 years ago when I wrote my thesis, all about the way women are portrayed in South African media. It would have been such a huge help! I’ll say it again, as I’ve said a thousand times before, I cannot stand seeing naked women, or sometimes even just sections of naked women, selling products that have nothing to do with sex. Sex does not sell to intelligent people, and if you need sex to sell your product, then it obviously isn’t very good. The way in which the media portrays women directly affects the way men think about them, and the way women think about each other, leading us to be shunted from influential positions in government, businesses and media. It is unacceptable and needs to stop.

“Girls and guys both need to stop evaluating girls by how they look, and rather evaluate them for what they do or say.” – Caroline Heldman

Fey and Poehler for the win

PLEASE do yourself a favour and watch the clip of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s opening monologue for the Golden Globes. These women are on FIRE!
They are absolutely hilarious. It reminds me SO much of this quote:
“It’s not about women acting like men. It’s about women acting like women and being successful.”
BOOM.
Now give it a watch, it’s well worth your while.

Sparkle sparkle

“Remember, remember the 5th of November, gun powder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!”

It’s Guy Fawkes day everyone! And I’m half split between worrying about animals going mental and loving the beautiful colours of sparkles falling towards the earth.
Any how, it makes me think of Katy Perry’s song Firework more than anything.

Instead of letting off crackers, I think I’ll wear a sparkly necklace today. Have a beautiful day everyone!
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It’s my birthday soon!

And I’ll be 23! Yay!!!! What an exciting age!

So in true Britney style, I have decided to post 23 (yes, twenty three) things that I want for my birthday, and then another 6 that are, well…..just for fun (aka things that no one will ever buy for me and I will inevitably have to buy for myself.)

My desired birthday gifts for 2013 (within reason):

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Right, so…. starting from the top left….

These three head pieces from Miss Selfridge. I’ve never wanted something so much EVER. Because in my dreams I’m an indian princess of some sort, sari and all.
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A very cool striped top from Forever 21. Too cool for school yo.

This freakishly cool embellished cardigan thing from Miss Selfridge.

Very fun, polka dotty instax mini film. You can NEVER have enough. (urban Outfitters)

Alexa Chung’s book ‘It’. That girl is far too chic. Love it. (urban Outfitters)

These cool Kate Spade watches. The Gold one is in their London, Covent Garden branch, the pink watch with the amazeballs little face is on their site. ALL of Kate Spade’s watches are too cool for words. See for yourself.

Inslee Haynes is my favourite fashion illustrator. Beyond obsessed with this print (and anything from her studio).

This fabulous folder from Kate Spade (who is clearly owning my birthday list).

This paper weight and this mug to go together, obvs.

I don’t need a new purse, but when I see this electric orange KS purse…. I think I do.

This super cute little bag, but in the stripes to match my own KS overnight bag, not this pink one.

The sailor knot ring is too cute for words. I want to wear it every day.

These Kate Spade bracelets are just my fave.
Skinny bow
London Calling
hot to trot
et cetera, et cetera
heart of gold
kick your heels up

And last but not least, this OTT super awesome patterned Kate Spade skirt.

I also like journals or notebooks with blank, non-lined pages. All sorts of black pens. Anything with glitter on it, generally. Pumpkin spiced lattes and chai tea lattes, with no coffee in them, from Starbucks. Canvas tote bags with random prints on them. Scented candles. Flowers, in a big way. Chocolate with nuts or mint in it. washi tape – google it. puppies. bunnies. big bunnies (rabbits). fleetwood mac. anything that looks indian or like it might have come from the grand bazaar in Istanbul. tea – all sorts. liquorice all sorts. pancakes. popcorn.

List of Items that are too wonderful (read: expensive) for anyone else to buy for me:

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1 • Jenny Packham dress | 2 • These cool skull rings | 3 • I want to stay in this tent on Pintrest forever | 4 • the gorgeous Parsons desk from West Elm | 5 • How come this camera is so super chic? | 6 • A state of the art 15″ Macbook Pro 7 | • That awesome french bulldog that I would probably name mithril, from Lord of the rings, and never put down.

Now I’m exhausted and I’m going to bed.

Halloween – free cupcake topper printable

Ooooooh I am too excited from Halloween! I haven’t even decided what to be yet, but I’ve designed cute little cupcake toppers just for you and me!

You can download your free Halloween printable here!]
And below is a little pen at what they look like!
I’d suggest that you print them on slightly thicker paper, to keep them firm. tape them to a tooth pick and slide them right in.
(The little pointy flags can be folded in half around a toothpick.)

YAY for Halloween fun!!!

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Halloween Mood board

I’m so looking forward to Halloween this year! I’m throwing a little soireé with my darling friend Wilandri, that I shared a tent with on my Contiki tour. I’ve gathered a couple of inspirational images below. There’s nothing better than a moldboard to help you visualize something! I stoked up on a couple of cute Halloween party bits and bobs while I was in Dublin, and I can’t wait to use them!

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All of these images can be found on my Pintrest page.

I believe in chances.

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I don’t believe in fate.
I don’t believe in destiny, or soulmates or ‘meant to be’. I don’t believe in Prince Charming or happily ever afters.
But I do believe in chance.

I believe that we’re given chances in our lives and the way that we respond to them determines our ‘fate’.
I believe that we take certain roads, and make decisions from the chances we are given, that ultimately leads to our destiny, and certainly to meeting a ‘soulmate’.

It is through chances that we discover our fears and our passions, and our limits. If it wasn’t for them, we’d be stuck in a monotonous rut, dragging our feet down the same dreary paths day in and out.

It is chance that leads you to new jobs, new cities and new experiences, and she who guides you to foreign lands and foreign loves.

We are given chances every single day of our lives. The more of them we take, the more we change, the more we experience, the more we grow.

I believe that a conversation on a bus can spark a romance, I believe that a smile across a room can begin a friendship, and more than anything, I truly believe in the power of chance.

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