Sunday, 20 December 2015

End of Semester Update


Gift sets at Molton Brown // JellyBear // Glasgow
Batdug the red nosed dug // Lush Bath! // Exam treats
My hometown // Blackforrest hot chocolate // Edinburgh's Christmas market

Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all this time you'd like to read one of my blog posts? BLOODY HELL. This semester has been hard going. I'm now halfway through my second year of university and whilst I am totally in love with my degree choice it comes with a lot of work. I have a lot of contact hours. And when I say that a lot of people say 'oh yes but students with less contact hours have lots of work to do outside class too'. Which is true. But I've got my fair share of work to do too! I actually don't think there was a time this semester where I ever sat down with absolutely no work to do. There was always something! I've just finished my exams and I am now sitting with some freedom. I had Materials Chemistry on Monday, Chemical Pharmacology on Thursday and Chemistry on Saturday. Materials and Pharmacology were ok, I definitely have done enough to pass I'm just not entirely sure I really enjoy those areas as subjects. Chemistry, despite being a Saturday morning exam, was really good. I don't want to jinx myself but I can't remember the last time I felt so confident in an exam. I'm hoping that all my hard work this semester shows up in my grades but it will probably be another month or so before I get any of them. 

Socially this semester has also been really busy. There's been a lot of socials, nights out, parties etc. Even just things like firework night involved seeing friends which was so nice as I feel like I really missed out on a lot this time last year because a lot of my time was taken up with a job I hated! I've also started dating again which I don't want to discuss too much but it's been a lot of fun. Starting to see other people has confirmed to me that I really wasn't happy in the relationship I finished this summer which has really made me happy as I realised that I definitely made the right decision. Whilst I feel bad that socialising/uni/work has gotten in the way of blogging I don't regret it and if I could do the semester over again I wouldn't change it. Blogging is a big part of my life and probably my main hobby but I don't want to look back on things and think 'oh if I'd not written that blog post and instead revised a bit more I would have gotten a better grade' or 'I could have spent that time with my friends'. I want to blog about my life but I don't want to ever feel like blogging is getting in the way of me going out and living. 

I don't really know if there's much else to update you on! My Etsy store had a few sales in the run up to Christmas but not as many as I would have hoped. I didn't really take the time to advertise it as much as I should have and I definitely left things too late. I'm going to try and sell the things I have currently to people I know in person before Christmas but if not everything will be put up on my store on Boxing Day on a bit of a sale. I do have a few elephants so keep your eyes peeled if there's anything you fancy! In the new year I think I'm going to focus on designing my own crochet patterns and selling those instead. The majority of my Etsy traffic is from my basket pattern and not actually the physical things I'm selling. Hopefully I can boost it a bit now I'm off for Christmas. I'm also hoping to boost my blog over the break, schedule lots of posts and maybe get a new design. We shall see!

Let me know how you're doing too! I've missed you guys.

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