Marie Kondo Was Right About Books

It is currently very fashionable to think books are the best thing in the world. When Marie Kondo told people to get rid of books they don’t actually plan to read, or have already read and don’t plan on picking up again, the world was outraged. I personally thought Marie Kondo’s advice was solid. She…

Burnout Part 2: A Litmus Test

I feel like I have so many things to say about burnout that it’s hard to cover everything in a single post! So this week I wanted to elaborate on last week’s Burnout post by talking about how I “litmus test” for burnout, and how that links to other topics I’ve covered in this blog….

Let’s Talk About Burnout

I’ve been experiencing burnout for quite some time, and I wanted to address it as it’s an issue that’s close to my heart. It also affects many people, with millennials suffering higher rates of burnout than previous generations. So what is burnout, and what can we do to combat it? Burnout is a state of…

The Stress of Being Constantly “Switched On”

I recently rewatched an old episode of scrubs – one called “My Nickname”, which aired in 2001 – and I noticed something interesting. The storyline concerns a young patient, Jill, who is admitted to hospital. Following multiple tests, it turns out there’s nothing wrong with her – she is just stressed and exhausted. On seeing…

Why We Should All Wake Up Early

In my post “How To Become A Morning Person When You Are Not In Fact A Morning Person“, I mention that one day I’m just going to rant about how much I love the morning and how it’s the best time of day and how much happier I am when I get up early. Today…

Classic Disney Princesses and Feminism

There’s a common misconception that the classic Disney Princesses don’t represent modern, feminist values – and I’m here to debunk that myth. As a reminder, the Classic Disney Princesses are Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). Many people I have spoken to and articles I have read refer to these princesses as…

Why we should embrace boredom

Our generation has an obsession with doing as much as possible, all the time. It’s like the more busy and stressed out you are, the more you’re “winning” at life. This coronavirus quarantine has got me thinking about the flaws with this way of thinking, why we should change it, and also how we can…

I used to be a Cool Girl

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Cool Girl”, I can highly recommend watching this video before reading the rest of this post – it’s incredibly well done and explains the trope really well, with lots of examples. A Cool Girl is basically someone who embodies typical male traits (gobbles down burgers and hot dogs, drinks…

Words, words, words. They’re everywhere and I hate them.

It’s a bit ironic that this text in fact contains quite a few words. But I feel like words are everywhere and I’m sick of it.   Let me explain.   If you’ve read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, you’ll know she advocates removing labels from things. And not just the “remove the…

Why Ross and Emily were the Ultimate Friends Couple

Emily gets a lot of hate (probably because the creators couldn’t bring themselves to have Ross end up with someone British) and frankly I think it’s misplaced. Ross and Emily should have ended up together, and here is why. Why Ross and Rachel were NOT the ultimate couple.  First of all, we need to establish…

The Fog

I want to start with a disclaimer. This post is NOTHING LIKE the rest of my posts. It’s literally one giant metaphor centred around mathematical understanding (I usually write about effective ways to clean your flat). In case anyone’s interested, I’m just about to finish a Ph.D. in pure maths, and so I wanted to…