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Midwifery Year One: Exams

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As I said in my year one review, I wanted to talk about the different assessments and exams in a separate post. To start, I really want to say that the assessments are not that bad. Honestly, hand on heart, they are not that bad!
Let's start with the essays. The first and second module both have an essay component. There is a word count - more of a limit - but I actually found it really easy to reach and the hard part for me, was cutting out the work and picking the best parts. I find it easier to write without being restricted and then cut down to reach the word cap. I feel this doesn't stop the flow of work and it allows you room to write what you want.

I found both essays fairly easy to write. I didn't even look at them before the independent study week, which I found was defintely enough time to write it within. I personally researched Saturday to Monday, wrote Tuesday to Thursday and then I got my father to check it on the Friday or Saturday, depending on when I'd…

2018 Rewind!

It's taken a lot of work to put this video together and it's not quite how I wanted it but I can hardly post a 2018 rewind video any later than January so here it goes...my first rewind video of the year! I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to watch the vlog or see below.

I've really enjoyed reflecting on 2018, with my highlights, the year and my resolution success. How was your 2018?

How do you Draw it?

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This picture has been going around social media this week and it's completely blown my mind. I never thought there was another way to draw an x so I was curious and thought I'd share the picture here.
How do you draw an x? Let me know in the comments below, which number you are, with the coloured line being drawn first!

Midwifery Year One: Review

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Year 1 is officially over and like I did for Medicine, I wanted to write up a year review for my first year studying Midwifery. It may seem like a little bit of a strange time to post this but I'm actually in a cohort that started in January so my year runs January to December.
First year wasn't like anything I expected. Honestly, I don't really know what I expected. I went into my first day with no preconceptions and ready to do what needed to be done.

Studying Midwifery was very much a last minute decision. I went from studying Medicine, finding out I'd failed my third year resit exams and getting a place in Midwifery in the space of a week. Obviously, it was a little shocking at first but after a few days, I really wanted to jump straight into the next think and honestly, I didn't want to waste anymore time. For all intents and purposes, 3 years went down the drain and that's a long time to not make any progress in life.

Anyway, I did end up getting a little…

My Puppy had to have a Tailectomy!

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After recording and editing so much over the Christmas holiday, I decided to take a few weeks off vlogging in order to take some time for a little rest and relaxation. The start of year 2 at university has been pretty smooth sailing. The contact hours aren't too demanding and 'm enjoying the content, although it's a little repetitive because I've done the majority of it before.

Unfortunately, I did get some bad news. As I said in a previous post, my poor dog Holly has been needing to have a cyst in her tail drained fairly regularly over the past year and in the last month it's been needing to be drained much more frequently, a few times a week. Of course, this added intervention has increased the risk of infection and much to everyone's care, the cyst burst and got infected. The vet did everything they could to save the tail but in the end, she ended up having to get the tail removed.

I decided to head home for the weekend to see how she was and surprise the f…

The Splendid Bloggers TAG

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So one of my fellow blogger friends have tagged me in her brand new bloggers tag and I’m so happy but I've lost the original post as I didn't link it in my notes. So sorry!

For a while, I did weekly TAGs so I'm defintely happy to be back with another one. I think it's great that there are still bloggers out there actively creating things like blogger tags and Instagram hashtags to maintain the positivity in the blogging community! Who knows, perhaps I'll create my own soon!

The Rules:
Answer the 6 blogging related questionsShare a blog post you are proud of, don’t forget to link it too so we can read it.Name a blogger you have been loving recently and a little reason as to why.Share a blogger’s Instagram account that everyone needs to follow and again, a little reason why.Tag 5 other bloggers and let’s spread some blogging positivity around!
1. Why did you start blogging and what was your first post?
I started blogging to remember big moments in my life and to have a…

2019 New Year's Resolutions!

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2017 was a year of self-love for me and 2018 was a year of change. I want 2019 to be a year of confidence and I want my resolutions to reflect that.

No Diet Coke for a year. As hard as this is to believe, back in 2013 I went a whole year with no Diet Coke and didn't particularly miss it. Diet Coke is my drink of choice for all occasions and my newer friends will think this impossible but once I set my mind to something, I'm pretty head strong. Continue to love driving. I have had so much fun getting out and about exploring the country this year. Having a car has given me the freedom to travel and I really want to continue with the joy I now have. As a side note: don't worry about Chesterfield. This year starts a new placement area, which is not only different to the location I know and love, but it's also far away and I'm terrified of driving after a long shift, especially after some fellow course mates horror stories. I don't want to fear this. Instead, I want …

Migraines, Early Spring Clean and Back to Uni!

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Mary Poppins Returns started the year off right but then I got a migraine so was stuck in bed for a few days, spring cleaning my room, before heading back to university. 
Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  Honestly, this week I didn't do all that much but that's okay! Sometimes you need a little bit off respite and I always think it's important to rest, especially when you're not feeling very well. Some people - like my grandma - get up straight away and it's not always the best thing to do because it puts you straight back into bed the next day because you've over done it. 
The year started off well thought, like I said. I headed out to see Mary Poppins Returns. Originally, I was going with a friend, then with my mum but with plans getting changed and cancelled, I really didn't want to miss the opportunity so I decided to head on my own. I ended up going to the local Showcase de Lux which was cheaper than the regular Cineworld cinema...crazy! Yes…

2018 Reflections

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2018 was a year of change and I really wanted to make the most of the new opportunities I had available to me. This year, I really want to reflect on last year's resolutions so I've decided to do separate posts, with one reflecting on 2018's resolutions and then my 2019 resolutions as well.

This year started off with moving to Nottingham and starting Midwifery. It's been an interesting year. I love placement as it's very hands on but unfortunately I have been finding the theory side of it slightly less challenging than I had anticipated. I've been trying to read up on extra topics in order to keep myself interested and so far it's been working well.

Of course, I've also been keeping busy with this blog, my YouTube channel and my business. I'm so proud to have been on a consistent schedule and uploading regularly which was really challenging but so rewarding and enjoyable.

Onto the reflections.

My first goal was to make new friends and I really feel …

My "Best of 2018" - Pictures Explained

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Like many of these types of posts, it's become a tradition for me to share my Best Nine photo of Instagram. This year, there isn't a whole lot of explanation needed, with many of the photos shared from my mum's wedding earlier this year, back in August.

It's been a big year, with my first photo being the biggest event of the year. I started my new course, Midwifery at the University of Nottingham. This photo is actually taken on our very first day and shows me alongside all my - now - housemates. I really tried to make the effort to get fit this year and this selfie snapped in the women's gym shows just how hard I tried. I went at 9.30pm at night! My best friend's father took this very candid photo just after the wedding ceremony and it is without a doubt my favourite. I love how it captures my smile and shows the blue eyeshadow that I worked so hard to match perfectly to the dress. Another shot from the wedding, this time from the photo shoot just before we hea…

My Poor Puppy, Game Night and Goodbye 2018!

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For the last week of 2018 so I met up with friends, spent time with family (including the dogs) and ended the new year with a fun gathering. 
Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  Christmas has always been a time for family and friends and my mum's cousin has just moved back to the UK so it was nice to be able to see him and my favourite great aunt! It was a bit of a shame that we had to wait around all day but it worked out fine in the end and I loved being able to chat to them all one on one. We see them at the big family events (reunions), but it's often hard to catch up with individual conversations.  It's been a while since I caught up with Katherine but I love that she reached out to me. She's a real friend and I absolutely love that she wanted to hang out so of course I said yes, and a meal was the perfect way to catch up. We realised that it's actually almost been a year! Katherine was her usual happy and lovely self. She's seriously the sweetest…