Let’s Blog Award

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My darling Moonlings! I wanted to get back into the blogging mindset by doing the Let’s Blog Award. I’ve been so focused on academic writing that I though I’d take up Megan from A Geeky Gal on her invitation. Blogging awards and tags are a great way to support each other by creating a blogging chain (choo choo!).

As this is the kind of award that basically invites all kinds of bloggers to get involved, I will leave this as an open invitation. I love reading these so I hope to see some more! I would love to see Lee from Lee’s Hall of Information and / or Meagan from Quibbles and Scribbles. Only if they want to though!

The Rules

  • You need to mention the creator of the award, who is Renee from Renee’s Corner
  • Don’t forget to shout out the blogger who nominated you, which in my case was an invitation from A Geeky Gal.
  • Copy and paste the rules.
  • Answer the 10 questions sent by the nominator.
  • Write your 10 questions for the nominees.
  • Answer your own questions.
  • Nominate as many bloggers you want for this award and notify them that they got nominated.
  • Keep the thumbnail as the thumbnail of this post. According to Megan: “Apologies, the image is just too pixelated now!” So I recreated it as best I could.
  • Tag the post #Let’s Blog Award.

Megan‘s Questions

Are you a minimalist or a maximalist? 

This feels like a trap! Hahaha. No, I am definitely not a maximalist for sure. I want my life to be simple, and I do ‘clear outs’ every quarter / 3 months or so. However I’m not really a minimalist either. I am not the owner of my own home and I live with my in-laws. Some day I hope to have my own house and it is my intention to have the least amount of clutter as possible. I do have a lot of Squishes though, and I’ll never declutter them!

(L-R) Joey the Snowman, Mooncake the Squish and Cam the Penguin.

What is your favorite song right now? 

Well according to my Spotify rewind it’s “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. However I’ve been listening to “The Hunting,” by Joel Nielson, which is from the Black Mesa Soundtrack on repeat. I loved the fan remake of Half Life 1. I recommend it if you are a gamer, it’s so well made and the soundtrack alone is worth playing it for.

What is something you miss? 

I’m going to go with how the question is phrased as something and not someone. This year has really rocked the foundations of how we experience our holidays and family gatherings. I must say I really miss being able to gather with people to celebrate.

Remember being able to go to pubs?!

What did you wear today? 

My new favourite Lucy and Yak cargo pants, a The Doors t-shirt and a oversized blue hoody that I got in the men’s section. I like to be really comfy. I’ve worked from home for years. So a lot of my clothing is comfortable. I’m not sponsored by Lucy and Yak or anything, I just genuinely love their clothes.

Do you have a word or phrase that you may be known for? 

Yes, I say “no worries” to everything! Even when there are some worries man… some worries.

This is a screenshot from the TV show “Community.”

What is one way you like to practice self care? 

Reading, in my bed, in pajamas, with a cuppa tae. While I have many enjoyable hobbies, for me there are none more so than reading. It completely distracts me from what’s going on around me. I don’t stress about projects that are due. Or that I’m worried about my weight. Or worrying about my family members. There is just me and the charaters. I’m re-reading a favourite again this week. Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.” Le’Boo recently got me the African Trilogy and I’ve never read them all so I’m excited.

Chinua Achebe’s “African Trilogy.”

What is one highlight of your week? 

That’s actually a really good question and my answer is probably going to sound insane. I love of a Friday, planning the work I need to do the following week. Catching up on anything I might have missed and ticking off what I accomplished. It’s a satisfyingly feeling, and I love a good list. I do a ‘brain dump‘ of all my tasks and spread them throughout the week so I don’t overwhelm myself.

What is something that holds you back? 

The fear of failure. I’ve been to therapy about it. Most people’s greatest fear is death. Mine is that I will die feeling like I’m a failure. I work myself into a tizzy sometimes overworking myself. Then I can’t let something be ‘done’ because I’m also a perfectionist. So even though something might be complete and be perfectly adequate, that’s not enough for me. This also sometimes stops me working because I feel like I might never do it justice anyway so why bother? Wow that turned into a bit of a diatribe about myself I apologise!

One small thing that makes you happy? 

He may be a smol bean but he has a big heart. The one. The only. Baby green squish.

My little bestie.
My little bestie.

Something you’re looking forward to this year? 

This year as in 2020 or 2021? I’ll go with the grammatically correct answer. I am looking forward to hopefully getting funding I’ve applied for (fingers crossed), I’m looking forward to spending a quiet and safe Christmas with my family. Finally I’m looking forward to getting an old school Markiplier t-shirt in the mail that’s due any day now from Redbubble! He’s my favourite YouTuber.

My Questions for my Nominees

What video game story is your absolute favourite?

I wrote this question but I am struggling to pick. I love the Half Life story but I can’t say it’s my favourite because we don’t have a damn ending! So if I am going to choose. It has to be the story arc from the original Blood game. I never played the whole one myself. When I was sick back in 2016 I literally sat behind my brother (like we were kids) and watched him play it, and it was wild. Shout out to my brother having my back when I had my mental breakdown.

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Are you a believer in the paranormal and/ or the supernatural?

Yes. I won’t say anymore on this. If you want me to let me know in the comments down below!

When did you realise you were a creator?

I think I was very young, like 4 or 5. I loved reading and I couldn’t wait for the day I got to write my own book. Someday. Someday.

Do you have a ‘normal’ sleep schedule? Like a routine?

I ask this question because I have the worst sleep schedule in the absolute universe. I am an night owl, but I also get sleepy during the day. I have a chronic illness so I often think that contributes to my need for at least 10 hours sleep but never in a row. Like 4 – 6 hours in the night. Then 3 in the day. I’m curious because I’ve always had a poor relationship with sleep.

Do you believe in the power of decluttering?

Another thing I’m curious about. I mention above that I lean more minimalist than maximalist, and also my parents recently cleared out their attic and heck. I don’t ever want to amass that amount of stuff! No shade to my folks they were storing a lot of my stuff in the attic for my future house, but other stuff… There was a suitcase filled with ropes at one point.

What unpopular opinion do you hold?

Or at least think you do. For me it’s about cancelling people and not giving people second chances. Then also the opposite, why are some people allowed to continue their bad behaviour. They somehow still get and keep fans / work. When they should really be working on themselves and then come back once they’ve shown growth. A really good example of this is Robert Downey Jnr. He was an alcoholic and movie directors / producers wouldn’t hire him because he wasn’t reliable as a result of his illness. He went to rehab, turned his life around and is arguable one of the most lauded actors of his time.

Robert Downey, Jr. switching from Marvel to DC to produce Netflix show
I, am Iron Man.

If you had to listen to the same 1 album everyday for 10 years which one would you pick? (You will be able to listen to others after).

This is a really tough one for me to choose. I guess for me it would be Biosphere’s “Substrata,” because I already listen to it at least one a week when I’m writing / working.

Kodomo On... Biosphere's 'Substrata' Album - self | centered
Biosphere – “Substrata.”

What is the last thing you binged watched?

This can mean anywhere. On Netflix, YouTube, Twitch. My latest binge was “Half-Life VR but the AI is Self-Aware.” This was a web series that took place on Twitch originally. A group of friends play Half Life in Gary’s Mod, and hilarity ensues. Wayne, the guy who played Gordon, cut it up for YouTube. When I tell you I laughed…

Have you ever made a Vision Board? Psychical or virtual?

I am a fan of vision boards or notebooks to keep all my goals in mind. I made one a few years back and I’m hoping that I will be able to tick off all my visions someday.

Do you realise that you are good enough?

I am good enough, and so are you friend.

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The mess that 2020 has been, let’s be real…

Preamble

My dear Moonlings, I am exhausted. Normally this time of year there is excitement in the air. It’s a holiday season for many, with the years end looming. We normally have the feeling of renewal, and we want to set our goals for the new year.

This time last year I was preparing to shave my head, buying Christmas presents and excited for 2020, the final year of a decade. I was planning on finishing my Ph.D. by starting my data collection in February. Which is laughable now. I was going to get a new job, hopefully in the field I wanted to work in. Finally I was going to get back to writing my novel.

Vogue Parody: 73 Questions
Vogue Parody: 73 Questions

At the start of 2020 I wrote a number of blog posts, made some YouTube videos and then I disappeared. Not only as a result of the pandemic, but in hopes that if I did I could still get my Ph.D. finished. I have finally come to terms with being a year overdue for my Ph.D. It took me longer to collect data, which was in fairness was mainly a result of the lockdown.

I actually realised this week that without writing on Thinking Moon for all of you, my mental health was suffering. I am one of those people that needs a creative outlet. The thoughts, feelings and opinions in my head need to be expelled. Otherwise they fester, and then I have a head full of unhealthy ponderings.

Revisiting My 2020

In January 2020, I wrote about my goals for the year. I thought it would be fun to revisit the goals, and see how I did, despite how tough this year has been on all of us. This is for fun, I’m not being hard on myself. Too much has happened this year to be critical of ourselves for not

  1. Sustainability goals 2020! I still have them, don’t worry! I will do a review of the latter half of 2019 too.

So that post is here and I am telling you now it was a disaster. I still think sustainably and I never just make a purchase without thinking ethically. After March though, I completely forgot about the whole thing. So there was not point making a half or full year update. I’ve been eating meat all the time. Did ok with the books, and got the safety razor. I stopped by Jeffree Star Cosmetics because I finally realised what a horrible person he is. My recycling has been better. I didn’t get to plant a tree because we’re not allowed outside.

I will not be hard on myself for missing out on a lot of these goals. We have all had a horrific year. I will be posting a video at the end of the year, not for goals for the coming year, but what I am grateful for this year. I urge you all to do the same.

2. What I will count as wins for 2020? There will also be a list of my wins / what I was grateful for in 2019.

I will actually be posting a YouTube video about this. In the meantime here is my most recent video. I have gotten back to posting there too. Just simple, low key video’s to get the ideas out of my head. This is something I think has affected my mental health, because I wasn’t being creative.

3. I have a list of experience I want to try in 2020. These are a bit scary but worth it. Starting with number 1: SHAVING MY HEAD!

I am laughing reading this. I could barely WORK this year no mind get other experiences. I have nothing else to say other than I learned how to make scones, grew my hair and missed my family.

4. List of books I want to read this year. I have 60 on my good reads but there are 12 (1 for each month) that I want to read.

I didn’t make it to 60 or read all the books on my list of 12 but I did read 33 so far. Might get a couple of more in before the end of the year. Not stressing about it though. I read 6 out of 12 off my list, and they were all enjoyable. I’ll be making a YouTube video about this too. Reading was an escape for me when I had the energy to do so. I’m not sure having a reading goal, is actually helping me read more. I might not set a goal for 2020 or like set it really low like at 10.

5. Everyday goals. Batch cooking, yoga and cleaning.

This year I was home a lot more so I had to cook all the time, or . I did do a lot of baking and clearing out though in fairness this year. Baking always calms me down. It’s focusing on a short term goal with a gain at the end. I don’t even really like desert, but Le’Boo loves sweet things. So he has gladly offered to eat many of my creations.

So what did you accomplish this year, despite all the barriers? Let me know in the comments, I want to hear some good news. Big or small, about what you managed to do against all odds.

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My ‘Style,’ what is it?

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Gwen Stefani, Billie Eilish and Harmony Nice(YouTuber) are the first female’s that spring to mind when I think of someone with a distinctive style. To have a ‘style’ is to have a sense of self or even an understanding of who you are. Yet letting clothes define us seems both arbitrary and damaging.

My mother always said, “dress shabbily and you notice the dress, dress elegantly and you notice the women.” For my mother, this doesn’t come from a place of expectation of ‘elegance’ from a woman. She believes they should wear what they want, however, there is an argument within her statement about how you carry yourself.

Today I would like to break down ten photos of myself. Basically where I was feeling myself or I wasn’t.

Times I don’t feel myself

There is no way for me to explain why, but I dislike how I’ve dressed in these photos despite whether I look ‘good’ or not. Now don’t worry I’m not thinking I’m ugly, I still think I look pretty. I just don’t feel, like myself. I think some of them are fashion disasters, which is also fun to name and shame! I’ll only ever do that for myself because I’m not into judging other people’s fashion choices. You do you boo.

This is a very nice photo. The top is super nice it was a ‘hand-me-over’ from a friend. My makeup is done well. This is not me though. I feel like this is fake. The smile isn’t real and the person behind this photo is lying. It’s too girly for me. I think being girly is totally fine, but it doesn’t feel right on me.

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Again I don’t look ‘bad’ here. However, this was a time when I thought because I enjoy wearing boys clothes (all these items are from the male sections of shops), that I wasn’t ‘allowed‘ wear makeup. If I wore male clothes because they were more comfortable for me, then surely I couldn’t wear makeup. Where would that fit in? Now I wear as much makeup with my ‘male’ clothes as I like.

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Now I’m not sure what I was going for here, but I hate it. The hair pulled back from my face is really distracting. I love my natural hair so why not just let it fall? Also maybe I need a fringe. Then the top under the other top. So conservative which I’m not. I don’t mind showing skin, so this feels weird to me.

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I could probably find a photo of me in this dress from when I was 20 where I looked amazing. This is not that photo. The hair length is a disaster. I love the Miley Cyrus Converse but with that dress? Nope. I’m trying too hard to be ‘sexy’ here and again, not me. I don’t mind showing skin, but I’m not comfortable trying to be ‘sexy.’

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This is an old one, but the only thing I like about this photo is my glasses. That’s it.  Hate my hair, hate the dress, hate the pose and the makeup is boring. Also, I don’t even look that happy.

Times I really feel myself

So there are times you take a photo and you just feel bomb. You stan yourself (am I still young enough to use that term?). These are those photos, and you’ll notice that with the introduction of more exciting lipsticks from JSC, I started getting really comfortable with myself.

Red Hair

This was the hair that Le’Boo liked the most. He loves the colour red so you can understand why. I love everything about this outfit. The cute dress, the blue t-shirt, the hat. My makeup is simple but flattering and this is a genuine smile. (I was on my way to Whiskey Live so that may have contributed to the smile).

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Some of you might recognise this photo from my Youtube channel before I overhauled the intro sequence. Again love the simple band shirt (and yes I love the Eagles before you @ me). I’m into the cute hair buns, the Pikachu necklace and the purple lippy. A win in my book, even with the toilet in the background.

So I’m a huge fan of black lipstick and I’ve only had the confidence to wear it in the last few years. As a teenager, I would have loved to wear black lippy, but grew up in an area where alternative modes of dress were frowned upon. By that I mean all the girls dressed the same (and still do) and all the boys dressed the same (and still do). Although my friends were not judgemental I couldn’t take the harsh unsolicited comments from peers in school or on the street. Although I did dress the way I wanted to an extent I was careful to not go ‘too far.’

These photos were taken 2 days apart and it was when I got my first Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks ‘Blow Pony’ and ‘Huntington Beach’. I was so happy that I was ‘bold’ enough to wear them. I paired them with my tattoos and dark hair. I was so excited to have them, and I still love both these colours to this day. I’m a fan of bold colours guys, have you noticed?!

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Finally, this photo was taken less than 1 week ago. I’ve come to realise that many types of expressions are my ‘style.’ I love being comfortable and cool. Yet I am happy in dresses too and soft makeup looks. I don’t mind dressing like a boy and I certainly welcome the pockets. If you don’t feel like you have a ‘style’ and this is concerning for you. Fear not. Just do what I now do. Do you like an item of clothing? Are you wearing it for you and nobody else? Then that’s your style. You dress whatever way you want (without getting arrested for public nudity of course), and let no one tell you that’s not YOUR ‘style.’

Hope you’re all well in these troubling times Moonlings. I’ve missed you all. Talk soon. Jaycee. xxx

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3 Books I Read in 2019 To Challenge Myself

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Hello Moonlings! I hope you are all well, and 2020 is treating you kindly. I had some inspiration to make a YouTube video talking about 3 books I read in 2019 that really challenged me.

The first one I had read before, but many aeons ago when I had only started university. The second I had wanted to read one of that nature but hadn’t yet. Finally “Dirt to Soil” was a wonderfully accurate gift from Le’Boo last Christmas. He is excellent at surprising me with books.

I hope you enjoy the video and let me know if you read certain books to challenge yourself! I am on GoodReads so feel free to join me over there.

The Forest People.” – Colin Turnbull

The Forest People - Books I challenged myself top read in 2019
The Forest People – Books I challenged myself top read in 2019

Against Empathy.” – Paul Bloom

I have not reviewed this on my GoodReads. I did only give it 4/5 stars, but I explain that in the video.

Against Empathy - Books I read in 2019 to challenge myself
Against Empathy – Books I read in 2019 to challenge myself

Dirt to Soil.” – Gabe Brown

Everyone needs to read this book. Not just farmers, or ranchers but every human. We all eat, and our choices on which food we buy may mean the life or death of our Earth.” – My GoodReads review

Dirt to Soil - Books I read in 2019 to Challenge myself
Dirt to Soil – Books I read in 2019 to Challenge myself

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Vogue Parody: 73 Questions with Jaycee of Thinking Moon

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Thanks so much for the fun tag Megan from A Geeky Gal! I am so excited to answer these questions!

1. What’s your usual Starbucks drink?

Not a Starbucks fan tbh, if I had to order one I would just order a double espresso. Not really into fancy coffees. The fanciest I get is a coconut milk flat white.

2. What does your work station look like?

Messy at the end of the day. Then I tidy it before I go to bed. That way I have a nice clean desk in the morning.

3. All-time favourite food?

Dried, fried, NOODLES!

4. Favourite author?

All-time? Toni Morrison.

5. What do you think of open relationships?

I don’t. Not for me, but you do you, friends.

6. What’s your favourite video game?

Dungeon Keeper from 1997. I still play that ish.

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7. What’s your guilty pleasure treat?

Dried, fried, NOODLES!

8. Your favourite movie?

Ugh… this is too hard. Clueless always makes me happy.

9. Favourite book?

I adore Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon”.

10. Best advice you’ve ever received?

Be kind, to yourself as well.

11. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram.

12. Are you a desktop or a laptop person?

Laptop but if I could afford it a desktop.

13. What projects are you working on right now?

My PhD, a novel, and myself!

14. What’s your favourite colour?

Blue, sapphire to be specific.

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15. Did you get good grades in school?

Medium. I am pretty smart but I don’t really grade well.

16. Dream job?

An author that gets paid enough to live comfortably. I don’t want to be a millionaire or anything, just enough to have a comfy life.

17. Played any sports?

I was only capable of running in a straight line, as I was too clumsy for team sports. So I ran track!

18. Do you have a degree?

Yes, I have a Masters degree and currently pursuing a PhD.

19. Nationality?

Am Irish. Top of the morning to you Jacksepticeye.

20. What’s your favourite type of blog post to write?

Reflective.

21. What do you like to collect?

Books, rocks and weirdos.

22. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Silly, smart and sensual.

23. If you were a rapper, what would your rapper name be?

Thinking Moon…? ThINKin’ Muun.

24. Who was the last person you DM’d?

My Mama! xxx

25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?

A pair of boots from Koi Footwear. LIKE LOOK AT THEM!

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26. Sorting House?

I am a Ravenclaw (with Hufflepuff tendencies).

27. How many tattoos do you have?

Hold on let me count…16… I think! Getting another one the day this post is out!

28. What are you most grateful for this year?

It’s only the second week of January but I’m grateful for shaving my hair and having the balls to do it!

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

I got 420 views on my latest YouTube video. That’s my most views ever on a video, and I got that in less than 24 hours.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

My mother-in-law came home with a veggie-friendly dinner for me because she is a badass.

31. What’s the best thing ever?

THE GREEN BABY SQUISH!

32. Favourite season?

I adore autumn. The weather is beautiful and cosy but not too cold.

33. Favourite holiday?

Halloween is basically my Christmas. I can’t wait to have my own house so I can throw a Samhain / Halloween feast on the 31st of October every year.

34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?

Really great question, I’ve always related to Tim Curry’s character Dr Frank-N-Furter in “Rocky Horror Picture Show” because I am also loud and dramatic. Hopefully, I will be a Dr too someday.

73 Questions: A Parody
73 Questions: A Parody

35. Do you like surprises?

Sure of course! Le’Boo is good at present surprises, especially books.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

Getting a phone call from Professor Amr Arisha offering me a PhD.

37. What surprise made you cry?

When Le’Boo got me a Kindle. It was like in “Beauty and The Beast” when Beast gave Belle the library.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone?

I threw both my besties surprise 21st birthday parties and they had literally no idea. It was so much fun.

39. Do you like muffins?

… eh sure… Blueberry is my favourite.

40. Do you cook often?

Yes, I adore cooking.

41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Not huge on dessert, I prefer starters to desserts. Perhaps some cheese?

42. Is there a dessert you dislike?

Yeah, I don’t get birthday cake. You know the victoria sponge cake with jam and the awful icing?

43. Cake or pie?

Pie. I love Rhubarb tart…

44. What’s your least favourite food?

Mushy peas… like… why?

45. What’s your favourite condiment?

Mustard! It has to be English mustard though. I don’t like the generic mustard you get in diners.

46. It’s 4am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

If I had a choice of anything, dried, fried, NOODLES!

47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?

Creativity 101: How to be more creative.

48. Best animated film?

Beauty and The Beast” or “Toy Story.

49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?

My darling Le’Boo impresses me every day. However one day I was having a particularly bad anxiety attack and he said, “don’t let the darkness get you.

50. The best thing to do on a first date?

Get some food, go for a walk, and have a chat. (I’m looking at you Le’ Boo).

51. The worst thing to do on a first date?

Go to the cinema. How can you talk? You just sit in silence in the dark.

52. What’s the funniest pick-up line a guy could use on a girl?

If he runs up to her, throws some ice on the ground and says, “just breaking the ice.

53. Best comic book character?

I don’t read a lot of comic books, but I’ve always found Deadpool’s tendency to break the 4th wall hilarious. So yeah, Deadpool.

54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

A book, lip balm and water.

55. Favourite drink?

Water for every day, Spanish red wine for occasions.

56. If you could play a historical figure in a movie who would it be?

Slyvia Plath. I love her and she was such a tortured soul, I feel like I could really portray that. (I’m so emo).

57. Kittens or puppies?

So tough but probably kittens.

58. Tell me your favourite sushi roll?

I don’t have one, I’ve only ever had California rolls.

59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

Liquid Lippy preferably. I love purple on myself. Especially the kind with grey undertones. I also prefer matte lipsticks.

60. What kind of foundation do you use?

Boots own brand No7. It’s not full coverage it’s more like a tinted moisturiser with SPF. Sometimes I use Wet N Wild but it’s not great. Actually do anyone you have a medium coverage foundation that lasts? Suggestions in the comments.

61. Blow-dry or air dry?

I rarely blow-dry my hair.

62. Who is your fashion icon?

I’m really feeling Billie Eilish at the moment, comfortable, androgenous and loud.

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63. Favourite Disney Character?

This is really tough for me. I have Buzz Lightyear tattooed on my leg, but I’ve always loved loved loved Mulan. I’ll give it to Mulan because I love a strong female character.

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64. What are you doing tomorrow?

It’s Saturday so having a chilled out morning with Le’Boo.

65. A movie you laughed the hardest through?

I saw “Step Brothers” in the cinema and I nearly peed my pants I laughed so much.

66. A movie that made you cry?

Steel Magnolias.” I watch it with my Mama and it makes us cry every time.

67. If you could sing a duet with someone, who would it be?

With Le’Boo! We could sing “don’t’ go breakin’ my heart.

68. If your life was a song, what would the title be?

Synchronicities.

69. What’s your favourite animal?

I’ve always loved pigs.

70. Favourite illustrator?

I’ve always loved Bill Watterson and his Calvin and Hobbs series. I have loads of the books.

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71. A person you want to have coffee with?

Stephen King.

72. What country do you wish to visit?

Le’Boo and I are dying to visit Japan!

73. Best way to decompress?

Reading in bed. My favourite past-time.

***update!

I forgot to nominate people for the tag because I am a dopey dope!

Lee Hall from – Lee’s Hall of Information

Meagan from – Quibbles & Scribbles

Sheree from – View From The Back

Ricard from – Richard Bist

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My reading list 2020

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Hello, fellow bookworms! I see you there! You’re the people who bring books with them wherever they go. (They’re like having a friend with you). The ones whose TBR pile is getting out of hand. The ones who could have a tidy house if it wasn’t for all your books!

Last year I managed to read 49 non-academic books. So this year I stuck my challenge at 60 because I think that’s plausible.

I decided that I wanted 12 of those books will to be a self-help / inspiring / science / sustainability-related. These are all things I’m interested in but I’m less likely to pick up these books than say, a Stephen King novel.

Come join me on Goodreads and set yourself a goal, even if it’s 3 books. Tell me just one book you want to read this year, or more if you have ideas! Without further ado, here are my 12 must-reads for 2020.

January

No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference.” – Greta Thunberg.

Starting off the year with something short, sweet and to the point. Greta Thunberg might only be 16 years old but she is inspirational. To all those hating on her, you are sheep. You have not opened your mind to her reality. She is fighting for all of our lives, and learning takes place in the world. Not just in school.

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

February

Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably.” – Madeleine Olivia

As I write this, this book is not yet in my possession. I had to pre-order this book because it was not out until January this year. Madeleine is one of my favourite YouTubers, I’ve learned so much from her on my sustainability journey.

When she told us she was writing a book I genuinely felt relieved. Here is a guide that I can hold in my hand to simplify my life.

Also, Madeleine and Alex just got engaged. She’ll never read this but I just wanted to wish them congratulations and all the best in their journey. They are a gorgeous couple and deserve all the happiness. I hope Roxie is at the wedding!!!

Reading List 2020

March

A Mind of Your Own.” – Kelly Brogan, MD. Another gift from the glorious Booblé Bear. It’s basically a book about depression in regards to women, and how it affects them differently. I.E hormones, period, social challenges.

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

April

On Writing Well.” – William Zinsser. In case you didn’t know, I am writing my PhD thesis this year… did you know that? Haha well anyway, this is a book about writing non-fiction well so I think it’s time to read it. Another gift from Le’Boo. He knows me so well.

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

May

Women who Changed the World.” – Various Contributors. My Mama got me this for Christmas. She wrote a beautiful inscription inside it, and I will cherish it forever. I love her so much, thank you, Mama.

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

June

“Other Minds: The Octopus & The Evolution of Intelligent Life.” – Peter Godfrey-Smith. This was a gift, (a trend eh?) from one of my besties Jes. She got me this for my birthday last year, and I actually want to get around to reading it! She knows me so well and I trust her judgement when it comes to books. Also OCTOPUS!

other minds
Reading List 2020

July

“Clifford Geertz by His Colleagues.”  – Edited by Richard A. Shweder & Bryan Good. This is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while. Clifford Geertz is my favourite anthropologist, he has a wonderful sense of humour that I cannot get over. This is a book about him both as an anthropologist and a human. So really looking forward to this one.

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

August

A Life Less Throwaway.” – Tara Button. I meant to finish reading this like in March… of last year… so I really need to finish it. I enjoyed what I did manage to read of it and hopefully, it will inspire my 2021 sustainability goals.

a life less throwaway

September

You are a Badass.” – Jen Sincero. This was a Christmas gift from Le’Boo and I really think he’s trying to tell me something. Also, I love yellow book covers.

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

October

The Kybalion.” – The Three Initiates. I’ve read this before technically, as I’ve listened to it on audiobook, however, I wanted to absorb it with my eyeballs!

The Kyballion
Reading List 2020

November

“The Emerging Mind.” – Vilayanur Ramachandran. Le’Boo brought this home from work, a likely story… However, it piqued my interest. Look a monkey!

Reading List 2020
Reading List 2020

December

“A Room of Ones Own.” – Virginia Wolff. I read this many a moon ago when I was a young idealistic person. I would very much like to read it again as I have totally forgotten it except for the very famous bit. “For a woman to write, really write. She must have a room of one’s own.” This is also nicely tied in with the book gave me at Christmas, “A Mind of Your Own.” Also, look at my manky old copy of it!

aroomofonesown

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Sustainability Goals 2020

Preamble

Hello Moonlings, maith an lá, how are you all? Normally this post would come earlier in January however my life was stupid crazy coming up to Christmas. Also, I had to move it to suit my impromptu post of last week.

I’ve made some wonderful changes already like using bamboo toothbrushes and reusable coffee cups. I find spacing out the changes make them easier to handle.

The main process to remember is this:

  1. Refuse.
  2. Reduce.
  3. Reuse.
  4. Repurpose.
  5. Recycle

So in case you are interested in previous sustainability posts they can be found here. Otherwise, let’s jump right into it!

January

So last January I gave up beef forever. I had a few mishaps in November / December. No excuse I was just ill and needed/wanted beef. However, I’m back to that again. Then in February I only ate meat on weekends, which I mostly stuck too. Except for again November / December. Ya girl was sick ok?!

Anyways to narrow it down, even more, I am only allowed to eat meat once a month! So it will be a treat that I have to choose carefully, like if it’s a day I’m going to a nice restaurant or Christmas day for example!

February

Books. I love them so much. They are my friends, my distraction, and my portal to other worlds. However, I could be better with my hoarding of them. Firstly, buying second-hand. Secondly getting it from a library or borrowing from a friend. Thirdly If I need to buy new for whatever reason buy on kindle or audiobook. Secondly, reading the actual mountain of books I actually already own!!!

Sustainability - Read books you already own!!!
Sustainability – Read books you already own!!!

March

Still working through my plastic razors, but I would very much let to finally get a reusable, metal razor. The kind my grandfather would have used. I will get around to this. Eventually.

Sustainability - Carbon Footprint

April

When the spring hits, the fashion world pulls in the winter colours and throws so many pastels at us. Greens, pinks, blues, they are so beautiful. Do we really need them though?

For April I will be doing another Jeffree Star Lipstick inspired lookbook, using all my own clothes. No new clothes for April whatsoever.

Now I only buy from sustainable companies or second hand, but what is more sustainable than not buying at all!? I will begin at the top of the sustainable list. REFUSE!

May

This is the month where I finally learn how to recycle properly. Ireland is pretty awful in fairness. In some countries, you get money back for recycling like Germany. No. Here we need to pay for certain items to be recycled. Especially certain plastics. Now we do have

I’m pretty ok in general with recycling. I try to refuse first, so I make my own sparkling water now. Which reduces the need for buying it in plastic bottles, which yes can be recycled, but less is always better.

Reuse, I have a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and cutlery (for eating in places like Boojum).

However recycling is something that still needs to happen, and I need to really learn how. There are a lot of plastics in Ireland that people throw in their recycle bin that can’t actually be recycled.

June

Ok so April was to do with Fashion and clothing and June will be the same. I will be going through all my clothes and sell on depop and donating what I don’t wear to charity. I do this about 2 times a year anyway so it doesn’t get out of hand.

I want to only keep what I actually wear, maybe try the Marie Kondo method. I am a bit of a divil for keeping clothes I don’t wear because they’re uncomfortable but are so cute, or they are too small and I’ll lose weight.

I am not losing weight unless it’s a result of eating healthy and my yoga routine. I’m not overweight the internet and society just like to tell me I am.

July

Plant a tree! My lovely Sister-in-law bought me a tree for Christmas from Grown Together. You get the location (which is Lacakamore in Co. Clare), the coordinates (!) and the certificate number. See their mantra below!

Sustainability - 2020 Goals
Sustainability – 2020 Goals

However, I would love to actually volunteer and plant a tree, or donate to a plant a tree place, or plant a tree at my home! Ok, maybe not a tree, but a plant. I love the trees!!! They are our friends, and they give us our oxygen.

August

Stop buying beauty products that are sold to us but really have no purpose. For example micellar water. My make up is mostly vegan and skin-friendly, which means it’s easy to wash off with warm water.

This will give me time to use up everything I have that is store-bought as I am writing this in January.

Toners and moisturisers, they can be made with natural products. I’m hoping Madeleine Olivia can help me out there. I got her new book in January also… Yes, here she is!

September

Ok now for the single-use items, they are everywhere! Cotton pads, baby wipes, cotton buds, paper towels. Why do we do it, our parents got through life just fine reusing things.

Like paper towels in the kitchen. Every time I use a piece I feel guilty, so no more. A dishcloth is just fine, and you can wash them!!!

Also my darling sister-in-law Nicole also got me reusable cotton pads for Christmas. Here is a picture.

Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without her, she keeps me grounded. She is the zero waste sustainability queen. Perhaps she would come on my channel?

October

Y’all know how much ya girl loves Halloween. It’s my Christmas, it spooky, and horrific! Love it so much. What I don’t love is the plastic, single-use decorations. Honestly, I’ve been prey to them myself, I won’t lie, but it’s time to invest in ones that I’ll have my whole life.

Sustainability goals 2020
Sustainability goals 2020

Like this beautiful ‘snow-globe’ with a crow and tiny bats from, yes, you guessed it, NICOLE!

November

Ok for real this time, I would like an electric car. Now I know they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, I mean the electricity doesn’t come from politicians farts. Hopefully, I will be finished my PhD and have an actual job where I get paid consistently again.

December

We decided this Christmas that Christmas crackers from shops are cancelled in our house. They are awfully wasteful with nothing good in them. We are going to make our own Christmas Crackers this year. Nicole from Mullen Crafts will have to be the creative director but I will happily write the jokes!

I’m also leaving wrapping paper that isn’t environmentally friendly in 2019. It’s

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Our world is on fire, and I’m frightened.

Preamble

This is not the planned post for today. I did not plan on making this YouTube video.

My anxiety has been extremely heightened lately, and one of the main reasons is our world is on fire.

We need to change, all of us. Greta Thunberg is correct, none of us are too small to make a difference.

Three Small Changes

  1. Acknowledge there is a problem.
  2. Think about what you do and why you do it.
  3. Make small actionable changes, one by one.

The Video

Sustainable Options

  • Metal water bottle.
  • Keep Cup.
  • Metal/bamboo straws.
  • Reusable shopping bags, preferably cotton.
  • Buy second hand.
  • Buy sustainably.
  • Swap clothes with your friends.
  • Reduce your meat and dairy intake.
  • Compost your food waste.
  • Bring your own toiletries on hols and avoid hotel toiletries.
  • Get a bamboo toothbrush.
  • Bring your own cutlery to fast food places.
  • Use soap instead of shower gel.
  • Look up sustainable bloggers/vloggers for help.
  • Read books about sustainability.
  • Pick up items you buy if you can rather then get them delivered.
  • Get a safety razor.
  • Adopt don’t shop.
  • Be mindful of how you handle rubbish.
  • Make homemade cleaners.
  • Make homemade beauty products.
  • LED Bulbs.
  • Switch your electronics off.
  • Get toothpaste and mouthwash tablets.
  • Get biodegradable floss for your teeth.
  • Natural and locally produced candles.
  • Get a hybrid or electric car if possible.
  • Use deodrant bars or zero waste deodrants in general.
  • Plant some vegetables.

Donate

Australian Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-…

Wires: https://www.wires.org.au/blog/emergen…

RSPCA New South Wales:

https://www.rspcansw.org.au/bushfire-…

GIVIT:

http://www.givit.org.au/

Research

Madeleine Olivia – Has a book coming out very soon. I’ve pre-ordered it. She has helped me so much in my journey to become more sustainable.

Tara Button – A Life Less Throwaway.

Greta Thunberg – “No One is too Small to Make a Difference.”

 

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I Shaved My Head! – Also Goals & Intentions

Preamble

Hello Moonlings, you are all still here and I am so grateful. Thank you for your patience. This post will introduce my intentions, goals and thoughts for the coming year and decade.

You may find some of this strange, as my belief system is a mixture of paganism and Wicca (I’m still finding my way).

Please be kind we all have our own beliefs and my journey to spiritualism has been rocky. I might talk about it someday, but please know this is very real to me and I’m not joking around.

Intentions for 2020

I meditated on NYE using a piece of turquoise my parents got me from a trip to Montana USA. I spoke to myself in 10 years and she told me 3 important intentions for the coming decade:

  1. Be kind, to me as well.
  2. Remember I’m in control.
  3. Mind Le’Boo.

While these might seem odd to you they make total sense to me. You can never have enough kindness in the world, and we need to start with ourselves.

When I think about her saying “remember you’re in control,” I get chills. Part of my anxiety is the thought that I haven’t got control. Except I do have control, over my own actions.

Finally, when you find your soulmate you need to look after them.

Goals for 2020

Yes, I have so many goals for 2020 that they will all be in separate posts. I was so busy in October / November / December that I didn’t get to write any of them. So you’re getting them now!

Basically, I had actual time off over Christmas which I never do. So I was able to write more in two weeks than I have in months.

  1. Sustainability goals 2020! I still have them, don’t worry! I will do a review of the latter half of 2019 too.
  2. What I will count as wins for 2020? There will also be a list of my wins / what I was grateful for in 2019.
  3. I have a list of experience I want to try in 2020. These are a bit scary but worth it. Starting with number 1: SHAVING MY HEAD!
  4. List of books I want to read this year. I have 60 on my good reads but there are 12 (1 for each month) that I want to read.
  5. Everyday goals. Batch cooking, yoga and cleaning.

The Video

Rose McGowan is my inspiration for shaving my head. She felt she wasn’t being taken seriously as a woman because all people could see was her long beautiful hair.

Please watch it if you have time I’m really proud of this one.

I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”
– Maya Angelou

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Indie Book Review: Nocturnal Blood – Villimey Mist

Preamble

I would like to make a disclaimer here that I was given a reviewers copy in order to review the book. My views are my own, if I like a book I say so, if I dislike it, I say so. All my opinions below are my own, they do not reflect anything the author has said.

Book Review

There are few YA books which address violence quite so elegantly as Villimey Mist’s ‘Nocturnal Blood.’ The protagonist Leia bursts onto the scene, not in traditional ass-kicking style, but violence of the all too ordinary kind. Bullying. Leia is dealing with some mental health issues that we’ve all heard of, but often fail to understand. Leia’s OCD ruled her life as a teenager, and her quirks caused her callous classmates to torment her.

This is violence that’s all too common to those of us that struggle with mental health issues. Yet OCD is a very common condition, characterised by certain irrational practices. It is debilitating enough on its own without your peers troubling you. So when Sophie Gardner attempts to befriend Leia, her years of pain cause initial distrust. When Leia realises that Sophie is actually serious she lets her guard down. Sadly life deals Leia another blow as Sophie’s mother and step-father move them to Canada. Leia slowly loses her only friend as letters slow, and then cease.

What follows is an exhilarating story which rarely takes a pitstop, always surprises and truly disturbs. When I say I read this book in one day, I couldn’t help myself. Sophie Gardner reminds me of Sophie Amundsen from Sophie’s world, grappling with moral philosophical issues, while simply being a human animal. She drags poor Leia along for the ride, and Leia soon discovers that there is a brave princess buried in her somewhere. Her name right soon becomes her authentic self as she breaks out of her shell in an attempt to save her only friend, Sophie, from the laws governing a parallel world. The world of vampires.

You don’t want to miss out on this book. You can see the influence that Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse has had on this generation of writers, as they deal with vampires as beings of duality rather than simply monsters. Vampires must feed to survive, but they have a code of conduct which must be followed and is reflected by the humanity we see in Kenji Yamasaki. The friendship between Leia and Sophie is harrowing while Leia comes to terms with what Sophie has become, and Sophie struggles to remember her humanity, which Leia represents to her.

This book leaves us wanting more which is excellent because a little birdie told me book two is on the way.

Other Reviews

Indie Sunday

Lee Hall’s ‘Darke Blood,” & ‘The Teleporter.’

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