Friday’s Letters: Kitty Cuddles

Dear Flick: Thank you for giving me kitty cuddles when I am missing the lovely Callie spending two weeks not at home. You are a crazy, violent, manic cat but when you are asleep we get along rather well. Dear Callie: Don’t worry, you still hold the kitty part of my heart. Dear Self: You talk to cat’s too much. People will start to think you are crazy cat lady who just uses blog for random ramblings and this isn’t the case at all…is it?  Dear Nose Specialist: I appreciate the reason why you have to inform me of every possible risk of my upcoming nose surgery but I would rather remain blissfully ignorant. Blindness, brain fluid leaks and nose perforations are now common features in dreams/nightmares (to name a few). Dear Mr 5 and Mr 10: We are 1 week through my 2 weeks of being your incredibly awesome full time Nanny so thank you for not making this harder than it needs to be and for bring fun and laughter into every day. And yes you still have to eat all your veggies, sorry. Dear Edd: Thank you for being here with me for most nights (save a few to keep Callie company) to suffer alongside me haha. Everything’s easier when I have a partner. Dear Cognitive Neuropsych: I passed you. I actually passed you. I have never been this relieved in my whole 4 years at university. Getting a B was much preferred to the fail I was 90% expecting. Having said that I wish to never see you again. Dear Tilly: I know you hate baths but proceeding to jump out of the bath right onto me was an unpleasant surprise. Furthermore, waking me up at 6am to take you for a walk is great for my fitness but terrible for my sleep. I am not a morning person. End of story.  Dear Lovely Mish: I am so happy things are falling into place for you and your amazing family! I am 50% excited for you guys to leave for Aussie but 50% dying inside to lose a friend I only just recently realized I had! Letter writing will be fun though 🙂 and having you as a makeup mule and a holiday house is hardly a bad thing haha. Dear Sleep: I miss you.

 

20 things university has taught me

Here are some of my lessons learnt from 4 years of University , in no particular order:

1. The love and support from family is something incredible. Feeling like there are people out there who will love you regardless of your grades and will be there for condolences on a bad exam as well as praise for an A+ helped me get through Uni with a clear head and a happy heart.

2. Mums are great at supplying caffeine and chats and reminding me to aim for the heavens.

3. I am not the smartest person and I don’t know everything.

4. Learning is a process that will take me a lifetime and will never finish. This is a good thing.

5. People are interesting and different and incredibly intelligent so make time to chat to strangers and get to know the person sitting next to you. Smile.

6. Tea is a life saver at busy exam periods.

7. Assessments are stressful and there is little that can change this.

8. Retaining a sense of perspective is the only way to keep moving through the really hard times. In the end this is just one aspect of life and there is so much more.

9. My time management skills will never improve and I will always leave things to the last minute. Things could be worse.

10. Having a partner in crime to get through Uni alongside you is amazing and makes the experience much more enjoyable. It also helps knowing someone else is just as stressed as you.

11. Don’t drink large amounts of caffeine prior to an exam/tests.

12. Biology is fun and interesting but beheading and dissecting termites…not so much.

13. Don’t forget to laugh. Alone, with friends, on the phone…let it out and enjoy the funny moments in life.

14. Never leave home with out lip balm and a nail file.

15. Not everything is going to go my way and in the end I have to accept that the future isn’t mine to command and requires some flexibility.

16. Kitty cuddles can make a terrible day better again.

17. I don’t have to be perfect in everything I do. Mistakes are part of how we grow and mature (I must be incredibly mature for my age…) and there is no point beating yourself up about them.

18. Chocolate is great as an emotional study aid but eating healthy keeps the mind and body in its best form.

19. I am stronger now than 4 years ago and I know myself better than anyone else who tries put me down or judge me.

20. Last up Uni has shown me where I want to end up in 10 years time, as a clinical psychologist working with children and living a healthy life full of love and happiness. This might not happen straight away but having some sense of direction for the future is a reassuring thing.

See you all soon with a part 2 post about what’s happening now Uni is over.

Xx

P.s. this is not an exhaustive list, merely my tired minds ramblings on a VERY hot day

Friday’s Letters: The End of an Era

Dear University: Monday’s exam marked the end of my 4 years in a conjoint degree. It’s a bittersweet feeling because the last 4 years have been the best of my life but also the most stressful and emotionally testing times I have ever experienced. Thankyou for the lessons I have learnt and the people I have met. Dear Mum: Perhaps the biggest thing I will miss about Uni is going to be the weekly coffees and catch-ups! Thank you for the amazing support you have given for me and for showing me how high I can reach. Dear Callie: Three things I love about you at the moment- Your morning kisses that wake me up (although its a little gross and painful), The way you rock your stumpy tail and look cuter than ever, even with a shaved bum! And the fact that you are terrified of the cat door. Okay the last one is actually kind of annoying…please try and get used to the cat door! It would make life so much easier for me and Edd. Dear Sensitive Skin: I know you are a sensitive soul, just like me, but you are totally frustrating me and ruining any self-confidence I have with your unpredictable nature. Dear Novels: I missed you during the school year and am so unbelievably happy to be able to start reading again without the feelings of guilt that I should be reading textbooks or lecture notes again. Dear Edd: Thank you for offering to come with me to Breaking Dawn Part 2 when I had no one else to go with. I know you can’t stand them at all and that’s how I know you are my best friend.

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Friday’s Letters

Another Friday, another bunch of letters, boy these weeks are going past so fast!

Dear Neighbours: Please stop blocking our shared driveway with 4 of your cars. Makes it very hard and stressful in the early mornings to get my 1 little mazda out without scratching anything and I know for a fact my car is worth a lot less than yours. Dear Cupcakes: Can’t wait to start baking you again! Dear Callie: Please hurry up and get better. I can’t stand seeing you in pain and not being your normal playful self. Dear Wedding Invitations: You look beautiful and I can’t wait to have you printed off and sent out! Dear Edd: Congratulations on your Graduation with a BSc, I know it wasn’t all perfect but it’s been a pleasure experiencing the whole process alongside you over the past 3 years and you deserved it! Dear Art History: I love you as a subject but with 3 separate assignments on at the moment you are making life a bit challenging (okay, a lot challenging) . Dear Sister: Loved our talk on Tuesday night, I am truly blessed to have such a beautiful sister, inside and out. Please don’t ever change. P.s. I can’t wait to go bridesmaid dress shopping with you next weekend! P.p.s good luck with your driving test today! Dear Blog: I know I’m neglecting you a bit but I’m doing my best 🙂 Dear God: Thankyou for giving me the strength to get through what as felt like one of the hardest weeks of my entire degree and for providing me with a family that has shown so much support for me that it would take forever to thank them all!

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Xx

Surviving Stress

Hey Guys,

A really quick post today as I have two assignments that are due tomorrow that are finished but so terribly done that a lot of reworking needs to occur and in a miracle amount of time! I thought this may be an appropriate time to throw up some of the tips I have for how I survive the stress of study.

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