ÜGOT | The Ultimate Nutritious Brunch

Ever on the quest for a delicious new brunch spot, Joe and I recently stumbled upon ÜGOT on Instagram and knew that it would be right up our street (unfortunately not literally). Less than 48 hours later, we were sunning ourselves outside their little Harrogate store and pouring over their extensive menu, excited to sink our teeth into some delicious, wholesome food. If you're reading this and you're hungry then I apologise for how much hungrier the yummy photos to follow will probably make you... 

Dissertation Writing: What I've Learnt So Far

The third and final year of my university course is fast approaching (eeek!) and so I've been really knuckling down recently and dedicating a lot of my free time to dissertation research. I've officially picked my studio space (a prime position by a big window and a radiator so I'll be cosy this winter) and moved all of my arty stuff back into it. I'm feeling very eager to get back to studio life - I love the sense of routine it gives me and having a large, bright, open space filled with plants to work in is very motivational, as is being surrounded by the most creative people I've ever met for 10+ hours a day. Sometimes I struggle creatively when I'm working alone so being able to bounce ideas off people who are on the same wavelength as me is always helpful. I feel like I've learnt a lot about dissertation writing in only a few short weeks so I thought I'd write a little post about how I'm finding it so far - regular updates to follow. And probably a few teary moments, too; much like Winter, dissertation related breakdowns are coming.

Self Reflection: Having Bad Days

It's 3:30am and I'm wide awake. I've got a cup of tea in one hand (overly sweetened) and my phone in the other (overly used) and my brain is in a bit of a funk. Somehow I've let myself get sucked into a pit of bad feels again and all rational thought has disappeared. I talk openly and honestly quite frequently on my blog about my mental health issues, but I always try to keep a positive tone as it's easy to get bogged down in the nitty gritty details. I've spent the last 15 minutes or so rereading and reflecting upon two of my most read posts (Eating Disorder Recovery: It's Okay To Feel and Asking For Help Is Okay) which I wrote just over a year ago now, and it almost feels as if I can't possibly have been the one to write them. I think that limiting myself to these kind of positive ~inspirational~ posts doesn't give an accurate representation of what it's like to live with a brain that seems to love dwelling upon negativity. Surely talking about the negative things that we experience on a daily basis can be as beneficial as the subsequent super positive posts about overcoming them? (Fun drinking game: take a shot every time I write "problems"...)

The Sound of July ♫

I've never had the most diverse taste in music ever and sometimes I go months without listening to anything new at all, but recently I've been listening to music constantly and really enjoying it. There's something extremely motivating about listening to music whilst working and I love the positive effect it can have on my mood. I think working in retail and hearing the same songs over and over again is a very annoying effective way to get into artists I'd never usually listen to. Thanks to H&M's in store playlist I've seen my music taste do a complete flip this summer. I've been preferring more upbeat music and how summery it makes me feel. I've also just invested in Spotify Premium (after stealing Joe's for the last 2 years...) and I am really, really loving the Discover Weekly playlist so maybe sharing some of my faves will become a more regular thing! Please feel free to recommend me any artists/songs you think I'd enjoy and let me know your fave summery songs ☀