Being vegetarian

For nearly two years I have been a strict ovo-vegetarian. ‘What is an ovo-vegetarian?’ I hear you say, well an ovo-vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat or dairy but still eats eggs, thereby not being a vegan. It is likely, however, that I will one day become a vegan, just currently I am not as my eggs are supplied by my own free range chickens who I know are happy in their life.

Before I fully considered myself a vegetarian, I wasn’t exactly the biggest meat-eater. More often than not, I would choose a Quorn substitute over the meat the rest of my family would be eating for dinner that night. But at the end of 2014, I was feeling immense guilt every time I ate any meat, particularly chicken since my pets were my everything. By February 2015 I was happily referring to myself as vegetarian and wasn’t even tempted by the smell of my favourite meaty dishes.

Over the time I have been vegetarian, a lot of people ask the same questions… ‘But don’t you miss meat?’ ‘But WHY are you vegetarian?’ ‘haha but do you hate me because I eat meat?’
The answer to both the first and last questions is simply no. In my opinion, everyone is entitled to their own views on how to live their life and, although I think vegetarianism is the way forward, if it’s not for you then I can’t change that. With missing meat, I never liked it enough to be able to miss it y’know, in fact I’m surprised I didn’t cut it out a lot earlier.

Tell me reader, are you vegetarian or have you ever considered it? Let me know in the comments

Until tomorrow, or possibly two posts on Friday actually, Debbi x

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The Ideal Study Break

As an A Level student at a highly regarded school, it is not uncommon for me to spend an awfully long time on my schoolwork, potentially too long. Something I have learnt the hard way in the past two years is that study breaks are just as important as the actual studying as it allows your mind a rest. As I sit here in the midst of my second break from transcribing TV for my coursework, I thought I’d share with you three of my favourite ways of taking a break from work.

Number 1 – A walk
Living in a very small town means I have acres of countryside to walk through just a mere five minutes from my house. Taking a half-hour out to go on a short walk means you get fresh air, some exercise, and allow your mind to have a break. I often like to meet up with a friend for this walk as it really is nice to take your mind off the work with a cheeky gossip or catch-up

Number 2 – Social Media
As a self-proclaimed social media addict, I know how distracting this can be when you’re studying so what I like to do is turn off the internet on my phone and, for every hour I do some solid studying, I’ll allow myself five minutes to go on social media (the perfect amount of time to read the Cosmo discover on Snapchat)

Number 3 – Make some food
I’m one of the worst people at forgetting to eat when I’m not at school so the perfect way to spend a study break is by making and eating your lunch or just a snack (depending on the time). Eating will help your mind revive itself sufficiently to carry on working throughout the day.

So they are three of my favourite ways to spend a study break, what are yours? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Debbi x

Already lagging I see…

‘This week I will aim to publish at least one post every day’ cue missing the first day, well done Debbi…

So yes, I did miss publishing a post yesterday and nearly today, if I’m honest. Buttt, I am posting today and I’m just going to tell you what I’ve got up to.

As an A Level student, I have been set a pretty vast amount of summer work that I need to complete. But I’ve left myself some time for some R&R, which is how I’ve been spending today and yesterday.

Yesterday, I met up with three of my closest friends and went for a lovely little picnic. We ate, played Cards Against Humanity, played charades, played Hide & Seek (I know, we’re super mature) and had a water fight. It was so much fun and none of us used the internet at all in the time we were together. It was almost like when you’re a small child and can have hours of endless fun outside and not give a second thought about what to do. It was especially lovely as it felt like the social media cleanse I’ve been needing for the longest time.

Today was spent having a lovely long walk with one of those friends. We walked for ages, gossiping and laughing the whole way. As we walked near a river, and due to the baking heat we are experiencing in England at the moment, it was very tempting to just jump in and swim around. Luckily, we tested the water with our toes first and realised it was far too cold to even consider swimming but that was quite the refresher needed.

So yes, I’ve been quite outdoorsy in my study breaks today and yesterday and this will cue tomorrow’s post about the ideal stuyd break – stay tuned if you’re a student like me!

Speak soon,
Debbi xxx

Take 2

Nearly three weeks ago I published a post that seemingly vowed to write more posts over the next few weeks. 20 days later comes my next post, apologising.

I become busy over the past couple of weeks with a week of volunteering, an event to plan and a holiday all taking up my time. However, this week I aim to make it up to you, by publishing at least 1 post a day. Although I am currently doing A Level Coursework, this provides the perfect distraction, during my breaks, that is also productive.

After this week, I hope to have re-found my blogging mojo and be back with roughly 1-2 posts a week, although not on specific days.

In the meantime, if there is anything you would specifically like to read, please do tell me in the comments…

Debbi xx