Friday, 20 October 2017

"I'm a pusher Cady"

I hate revision.
I thought I'd put that out there before anybody gets the wrong impression. I also don't do brilliantly at school. There are some subjects that come easier to me, but also some that I really can't get my head around. 

It was our last day of term today and we got our reports. Although I'm doing okay; I think I could do a lot better. My teachers seem to expect me to do 'okay' and aren't really pushing me to do any better. I've realised that I need to be my own pusher.


I feel as though I'm scrambling around in the deep end, trying to keep myself from drowning. I'm predicted Cs or 5s  in most subjects, which puts me at the bottom of the higher tier. Those grades are still good, but I know in myself that I can do better. It's so easy to get caught up in a bubble of your own thoughts and not pay enough attention to the things that are screaming for your attention.

I'm not spending enough time  revising the subjects I find difficult, which I think is the main problem. That's why I've started scheduling my revision and prioritising weaker subjects. It's so important to figure out what works for YOU and to look after yourself. I'm telling myself this as much as I'm telling you as it's so easy to let your health slip when you're focused on something else.

Here's my schedule for tomorrow, just for some insight. I've tried to include a mixture of different subjects and formats of questions, whilst keeping breaks at an optimum.


0930-1000
·     Chemistry revision sheet
1000-1030
·         Break 
1030-11:00
·         Physics revision quiz
·         English revision quiz
1100-1130
·         Break 
1200-1230
·         Physics exam style question
1230-1300
·         Break
1330-1400
·         English Literature exam style question

 I hope that this post has been of some use to somebody and that you all have a lovely half term!

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 13 October 2017

Reasons why I smiled today


  1. I had rice crispies for breakfast- always the best way to start a day.
  2. The sky is doing some amazing things, which never ceases to amaze me.
  3. The weather has been lovely and I wasn't blown away (literally) on my way to school.
  4. We got homework in English Literature and yes- that makes me very happy.
  5. We played five a side football in pe and it put everybody in a good mood.
  6. I finished my media coursework ahead of time and got to spend the lesson helping my friend catch up.
  7. I'm looking forward to a busy weekend.
  8. The leaves crunched under my feet when I walked.
  9. My friend's little sister gave me a hug before I said goodbye, and she's the cutest little thing!
  10. I've managed to squeeze in some time to write this post, which is what matters the most.
I hope you all have a really lovely weekend!
Lots of love,
Marti xxx




Friday, 29 September 2017

Mute the Monkey Mind


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my brain gets a little mUdDlEd
My thoughts allrollintoone and things 
get a little complicated.







But do you know what? That's totally okay. We all have a monkey mind telling us this and telling us that. What's important is how we control that monkey

One of my favourite ways to do this is by focusing on my senses. It can be tricky to play them all at once, which is why I picked three to focus on. Your focus senses could be completely different to mine: it's all down to your perception. 

SIGHT is the first on my list. Give your mind a break from the strain of whatever's bothering you and focus on what you can see. How many clouds are in the sky? What's beautiful about the person you last saw? 

HEARING'S next. Is there a song that instantly brings you back to a happy place? Create a playlist of some of your favourite pick-me-ups and have them ready to play when you need them. 

Last but not least: TASTE. Focus on how the foods you love taste and the way they make you feel. Are they sweet or are they salty?  Do they melt or do they explode? 

I hope this little post has been of some help and that you all have a really lovely day.
Image source: www.pinterest.com

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx


Friday, 15 September 2017

Dear six year old Marti

Dear little Marti,


I am extremely proud of you. You may not realise it right now, but you are going to go on to do some wonderful things. Right now, you're already a badass. Sure, your mum makes you wear glasses and an eye patch until lunchtime, but you take it in your stride. Secretly: I think you quite enjoy being a pirate. Your stories are the greatest and you always make people giggle. 'Marti, say cat.' 'Tat?'.



On Pirates and Princess Day, you don't want to be a princess, you're the most badass pirate in a flamenco dress that school has ever seen. You proved that when a teacher said: 'smile princesses' and you scowled at the camera. Moxie. So what if your princess baby brother turned out to be a prince? You still got to dress him up in lady's attire from Gran's trunk. Best. Sister. Ever.

In short, I hope you're enjoying every minute of being six Marti, becuase it doesn't last long. I think you're almost tall enough to ditch the booster seat now, but by the time you're older you'll never top 5'1. Life gets more complicated, but people become a lot easier to read. Everybody feels the same, no matter what front they put on.

I hope you like these pictures I dug out lovely. It makes me laugh that I found them in black and white- colour was a thing in 2007.

Lots of love,
almost 16 year old Marti xxx


Friday, 8 September 2017

Pens, pens, pens!

Things are a little rocky right now, and I'm afraid that I can't explain why. It hurts to say this, but it's a line that I can't step over. My blog has always been an outlet for how I'm feeling, but due to the nature of this problem: I have to take a step back and find other means of expressing myself. 





 As substitute, I thought I'd share with you another project that I've thrown myself into. While my sister is on holiday in sunny Croatia; I've been updating the social media at work with some jazzy photos that's I'm pretty proud of. I thought I'd share a few with you lovely bunch :)

Lots of love,
Marti xxx


Friday, 1 September 2017

Re: Two Goals for Five Weeks


Hello! I haven't got very long to write this post so apologies in advance if it's a shortie. You know what they say though: the best things come in small packages! This Summer has flown by and to be perfectly honest, I haven't known whether I was coming or going half the time. At the start of the holidays, I made a list of a few goals that I wanted to complete this Summer. As there's no time better than the present; I thought I'd share with you whether I've achieved them or not.

The first goal was to read as many books as I've felt like reading. This was a very easy goal and I'd say yes: I've definitely achieved it!  There have been a few times where I've felt distracted and struggled to focus on a book but there have also been other times where I've gotten really into a story. The next goal was to give myself lots of creative outlets which again, I think I have achieved. I've been spending a lot of my time writing this Summer, but have also found a lot of happiness through doodling and music.

That's all for now! Make sure to tell me if you achieved your goals (and whether you set them or not!)

                                                                        Lots of Love,
                                                                    Marti xxx