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Faves of the week

My lovelies!

Long time, no see. I must apologise the past few weeks have been ever so hectic and amongst illness, exams and oral presentations, and tragically more heartbreaking world events, I’ve not had the energy to write.

So, firstly a shout-out to anyone who is reading this who has had a shitty time this week! Sadly I can imagine there are probably a few of you. I hope this post offers something to brighten your day and remember I’m always here if you need to talk.

Today one of my favourite journalists, Sali Hughes, tweeted the following:

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I must say, the responses were so beautifully life-affirming. People talking about their children, new positions received at work, music, and broadly realising the incredible fortune with which so many of us are blessed.

This post today is not in the slightest intended as something to forget the tragedies the world has seen so recently, but rather a post on how to appreciate, and be grateful, for life’s little joys when we are lucky enough to experience them.

So these are my current faves, some fairly shallow and simplistic, which got me through the week:

SIGHT
I’ve been spending a lot of time on YouTube recently, in line with my general goal to procrastinate studying as much as humanly possible…

Been enjoying Sia and James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. The glorious Claudia Winkleman, someone who can always brighten my day, and whose aversion to physical activity is something to which I can truly relate.

A few good books…

I’m currently reading the brilliant Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, try explaining that spelling to a French bookseller. Truly a lovely, touching work. And Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours. A thought-provoking, stimulating debut. Highly recommended.

 

TASTE

Food-wise, I continue to be spoilt.

  • Cheese. SO MANY CHEESE! Parmesan, cheddar and goat’s cheese (Chèvre) are the current faves, which I am sure shall lead to a crazily high cholesterol level on my return to Oz.
  • Melon and berries because #attemptsathealth
  • Lovely sparkling water because my tap water is considerably less palatable than that of Melbourne.
  • Easter eggs. Met the Easter Bunny in Monoprix and he said I deserved an early treat. Not gonna argue with the most magical rabbit in the world am I?

TOUCH

My new and silky-smooth workout gear! Slightly hoping this shall motivate me to stop eating cheese and get my sleeping routine back on track. I’ll let you know if these are overly high expectations.

SMELL

Because I think we’ve established that I am strangely attached to scented cleaning products #coolchic

  • Sephora (Which doubles as my second home) Monoï Soap
  • Ushuaïa Huile de Monoi et Fleur de Tiaré Shower Gel
  • Glade Lily of the Valley Spray
  • Glade Lavender and Jasmine Gel Désodorisant

My room now smells like a lush and tropical garden

HEAR

Because I do adore some good tunes- here is my super awesome* playlist for the week! *According to me – ne me jugez pas.

I’ll be waiting – by Queen Adele
Don’t Stop Me Now – by actual Queen
Walk the Wire – Boy and Bear
I’m not your hero – Tegan and Sara
Worry – Jack Garratt
Ça Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
Georgia – Vance Joy
Sunshine of your love- the cover by, another veritable queen, Ella Fitzgerald,

Hopefully, some of these little trinkets will bring a little joy into your day! I know I rarely pay enough attention to some of the magic of my very fortunate life, but I must say I am now striving to stop and smell the roses, or to be more accurate, my various scents of soap and cleaning products. Wishing you all a lovely, safe week ahead- I’d love to hear your faves in the comments!

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A Bit of Stress and My Weekly Life Essentials

Hey bae <3

So this past week has been something approaching hell! Omg so much stress, and so to relax I’ve had a super chilled weekend, after my exam on Saturday morning at 8am (thanks Sciences Po), of sleep, an awesome vegetable stir-fry and blogging fun.

I’ve another blog up for you as well, looking at my new French skincare products. But I know that’s not for everyone so I’ve got this one to document the week of hell and to plan my days ahead as Mid-Term Exam Week continues.

So last week, what am I complaining about? Well, Thursday I had an oral presentation on Montesquieu, speaking particularly on The Persian Letters, then Friday morning I had my OFII appointments to validate my visa. This included a chest x-ray and a medical appointment and heaps of paperwork fun.

Friday I also had an essay to hand in on Simone de Beauvoir’s idea that one is not born but rather becomes a woman and its relation to the concept of the sentimental family. Then Saturday morning a mid-term exam on corporate law. All the stress!!

So what is up this week??

Well, tomorrow I’m doing the weekly shop, which is always exciting. Included on the list is a new tea towel after I accidently set one on fire today. Adventure times! I’ll also be going into the Free Phone Store to organise my account.

In terms of study, I shall be studying for another exam this coming Saturday, on European Politics and History, while also working on a French Presentation talking about Victor Hugo for next week. I’ll then begin work on a presentation on the refugees of World War Two and preparation for a Law Panel.

Looking forward to, because it’s not all bad, an upcoming trip to Disneyland and some visits from some lovely Aussie friends. I’m keen to get into some volunteering here so I’ll let you know how I go with that! Also did a bit of cheeky online shopping and am now awaiting some clothes and SUPER EXCITEMENT – a David Bowie Mug!!!

Super little store!

The mate James Bay

This is my mate James Bay with said mug, which is now on its way to me from Jolly Brown Vintage in Hitchin. I must say the Jolly Brown staff have been so incredibly lovely so I highly recommend them to any from the area!

I feel like while you’re on exchange you feel like you need to be constantly having adventures, but there are also real life things to attend to, and truthfully real life things can be the best part of an exchange! To make sure I can be as organised as possible in the coming weeks I have redone my schedule making sure I fit in fun and study, heaps of chances to perfect my French and to travel around.

So what does this schedule include?

MEDITATIVE MORNINGS COMPLETE WITH MUSIC

In an ideal day, I try to start the morning off with at least 10 minutes of meditation and then about half an hour of very bad dancing (with the door locked obviously because that can be pretty scary)

Dancing of this week occurred to:
Modern Love- David Bowie, Jungle Love- Morris Day and The Time, Beast at the Door- Wyvern Lingo, Saving all my Sinning- Lake Street Dive, Monday- Matt Corby and Adele’s cover of The Raconteurs’ Many Shades of Black. #musicislife

I feel like starting my day off this way, makes the rest, even if it’s a train wreck, slightly less crappy.

FRENCH LEARNING
The second thing I make sure I fit in is some opportunity to practice my French, the whole point of my exchange after all! With my incredibly-anal planning personality, I have even made a schedule. So here it is, it might be useful if you too are studying a foreign language…

MONDAY
A listening day: 10 minutes on duolingo, a French YouTube video, watching the news, some listening exercises from passthedalf.com

TUESDAY
A writing day: 10 minutes on duolingo, French TV, writing about something I’ve learnt this week in a class

WEDNESDAY
A speaking day (my weakness): 10 minutes on duolingo, French TV, Oral Tutorial at university, practice speaking on a random subject off the cuff

THURSDAY
A chill day: 10 minutes on duolingo and French TV, with morning class

FRIDAY
A reading day: 10 minutes on duolingo, French TV, read a magazine, read a french blog

SATURDAY
A chill day: 10 minutes on duolingo and TV

SUNDAY
Film Day: Duolingo and TV and French Film

And then the last of my essentials every week is…

ADVENTURES
For this second part of my semester I’m making Thursday and the weekend my adventure times! Thursday in Reims and the weekend either here, somewhere else in France or in Europe beyond. These are a great way to make friends and also present plenty of opportunities to perfect French.

So that’s about it, folks! Sorry, it was sort of all over the place today but that’s what stress does to you! Make sure you tune in Thursday for a post on some of my favourite travel bloggers!

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