July 2015: This month I have mostly been…

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Feeling: More free

Literally and mentally. Literally because now hayfever season is over I can actually spend my weekends out and about rather than stuck inside my flat with all the windows and doors shut and despairing at pollen forecasts which showed almost endless high pollen counts.

Mentally because I finally received my Postgraduate Diploma result and received a Merit, which is sort of equivalent to a 2:1 (it goes Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction). The problem with the course was that everyone else in my department at work has done it and has received a Merit (or in the case of the girl I sit next to, a Distinction), so it really does pile on the pressure to also make sure I got a Merit as a minimum, anything less would have been a real disappointment for me. Now I don’t have to resign in shame! The pressure is off.

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Reading: Brick Laneย by Monica Ali

Still. There hasn’t been much time for reading lately and I’m now (post-hayfever season) walking to work again so finding time to read involves actually sitting down to do it, rather than snatching a few pages here and there on my short commute.

Watching: Grey’s Anatomy – Season 11

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I wrote ages ago about how I had got myself a bit hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. Unfortunately I didn’t finish season 10 in time to start watching Season 11 as it was airing, so it’s only now that it’s on Netflix that I’m getting the chance to catch up. Unfortunately, as is inevitable, I’d seen loads of spoilers on Twitter and the internet generally about the big end of season shocker so it wasn’t the surprise that everyone else had, damn you internet. It’s all a bit silly now, as with any long running book or TV series โ€“ how much more drama and hardship will these people go through? I’m still hooked though, even if I do miss Cristina Yang (my spirit animal).

Planning:ย To make my life more Pinteresty

I know that Pinterest and Instgram aren’t real life but even so, my life really should be slightly less studenty and slightly more grown up and sleek. I have blamed living in rented properties for far too long, now it’s time to create a home I’m pleased to live in. Generally I want to be less disorganised in life and just manage to do and be more. I feel like I’m always fighting to get on top of everything and that’s not right. I want to glide through, not paddle franticly. Anyone got any advice for generally being graceful in life?

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  • I LOVE Grey’s – though you’re right how much can one set of people go through?! Congrats on your Postgraduate Diploma result!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Thank you! I’m not sure how I found myself so hooked on Grey’s, I mostly blame Netflix for the ability to binge watch!

  • Congrats with your result!

    I have always dreamt of owning a house and decorate it whatever I want!! Renting is so boring. I am mostly messy so I can’t advise you but I suggest to declutter, get rid of things you REALLY don’t need. After a declutter it always make me feel so much better and even, tidy.

    Katrina Sophia

    • Thank you. Oh owning a house would be a dream. In the meantime though I do need to try and declutter our flat, it’s just so easy to accumulate junk!

  • Sarah

    Congratulations on getting a Merit! I haven’t watched any of Grey’s Anatomy so you’ve got me thinking I should give it a go. Also, if you found out to be graceful in life, please let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you. I must admit that I wasn’t sure about Grey’s before I started but once I did I was hooked! They’re all on Netflix so you can binge too, I’ve lost whole days at a time to it.

  • Well done on the Merit! I can’t imagine how hard it must be working AND trying to get amazing qualifications at the same time – I am struggling enough just with the working side of it.

    • Thank you! It’s definitely not been an easy year juggling the two but at least it’s done now.

  • Thank you. It’s so good to have finished, although I have to admit I am now eyeing up the Masters year of the course, not for this year though!

  • Congratulations on your Merit, Lisa – that’s such great news ๐Ÿ™‚ And yay for Pinterest – I’ve started following you! So ridiculously addictive. Hope your August is going well so far! xx