Are we Adulting yet?

The term “adulting” now tends to pop up a lot in the dark dark world of the internet (possibly due to this tumblr/blog/book), it seems like all the social media savvy are around my age use this word. What scares me the most of all is that I’m certainly not adulting!…at least I don’t think I am… If you call watching Comedy Central re-runs of Friends on a Monday afternoon whist ignoring the existence of university being productive, I don’t think I’m quite there yet.

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I’ve just entered my final year of university, at the end of my final freshers week I couldn’t help but feel that all the university fun will soon be over. I’ll begin the trauma of writing a dissertation (once I think of a topic and a question) and working towards modules that will actually count towards my final mark! But the aspect that I am most concerned about is finishing and going into the real world…or not going into the real world and instead doing a masters.

What do I want to do a job in? Dunno

What do I want to do a masters in? Dunno

If I didn’t know any better then I would be shit*ing myself for the future. However, I know for a fact that most 20 something and 30 something year olds don’t have a clue what they’re doing either, and just winging it. In fact my uncle is 50 odd and he told me that he still doesn’t know wants to be when he grows up.

I know that I am perfectly capable of living on my own…because I have. I know how to cook and generally keep myself alive. What I do not know is how taxes work, how a mortgage or loan works, how to buy a house, and how to change a light bulb (amongst many other tasks). So I am proposing that someone who is business savvy and knows how to do adult things, starts an Adulting course – preferably online – and of course for free. Or the government could actually propose that schools teach life skills, rather than trig.

If you’re reading this then let me know, do you know what you want to be when you grow up?

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Changes

The first week of cycle 16 has been spent settling in to our new life for the next 10 weeks. Adjusting to a new lifestyle is something most young people rarely experience, if at all. It is easy to go your whole life comfortably without introducing yourself to a new culture, and a new way of life. Before you have experienced this change you expect a difficult adjustment, and to miss how life was before. However in El Bramadero, Nicaragua this has not been the case. Ever since we stepped foot in our host community we felt welcomed from the start. Host families do their best to make sure you feel like you are part of the family, and they love you as if you were one of their own children. On our first full day of living in El Bramadero we were welcomed by the community in the local park, I have never witnessed celebrations with a piñata before but it is defiantly a memory that will stick in my mind, Nicaraguan children go crazy for it!

Something that is different in Nicaragua compared to the U.K (which is hard not to miss) is the sheer amount of animals wandering around the streets. You wake up in the early hours of the morning by cockerels – which have fast become a least favourite of mine – at usually around 3am. My host family has many animals aside from the chickens there are dogs (Rocky and Donkey), a cat (Mitsi) and a pig which has recently given birth to piglets. Also as an animal lover I was of course over-the-moon when I was told that there was a young puppy (Progressio) at the family’s house up the road, which is also another host family.  The difference in how Nicaraguan’s treat their animals is far different compared to the U.K, many of the animals are underweight, riddled with fleas and are not provided the appropriate nutrition for their species. This however does not stop Nicaraguans from loving their animals, and providing their pets with whatever scraps from food they have left; no food is wasted here.

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The topic of wastage is a good one in this instance. Nicaraguans waste nothing, they love to reuse whatever can be, which is why it is always a good idea to provide your host family with something which can also be used for something else (e.g a tin of biscuits as they will reuse the tin for storage). As previously mentioned, Nicas feed their pets and farm animals food leftovers and waste. I have now got into the routine of feeding my mango skin to a pig or horse, and my chicken bones to the dog or the cat.

Food wastage is a huge problem in the U.K, (Documentary gives a good insight into the scale) with people being so picky with food for themselves so that tonnes of food goes to waste before it even hits the shop floor, just because it isn’t up to aesthetic standards; where as in Nicaragua you literally just pull fruit off a tree and eat it, who cares what it looks like? We are told that there is a problem with the growing human population, why not just utilise all this food that is going to waste instead.

Therefore if there is anything that I have learnt from my first week in El Bramadero, it’s that we should all utilise everything for both economic and environmental reasons. Furthermore, even though we may judge countries less economically fortunate than ours for their environmental awareness, but each countries have their own positive and negative environmental management.

So what can you do from home to utilise products? I would recommend buying fruit and vegetables from farmers markets or your local fruit and veg’ shop, this way the products have not gone through the scrutiny which most chain supermarkets go through. If you have any food waste; why not start composting? Or better yet, feed it to your pet; as long as it isn’t poisonous for them of course!

24 Films to Cheer you up

I’ve had a lot of days recently when I just feel like staying in bed all day and watching something on my laptop. It’s great how a film or a TV series can completely change your mood, so I’ve compiled a list (my favourite thing…70% of my posts are lists) of my personal favourite films that can cheer you up if you have the January blues.

  1. Pitch Perfect
  2. Aladdin
  3. Spy
  4. The Heat
  5. Mean Girls
  6. Meet the Parents
  7. Mrs Doubtfire
  8. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  9. Sister Act
  10. The Mask
  11. Uncle Buck
  12. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  13. Antman
  14. Paul
  15. Mulan
  16. Harry Potter  and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  17. Arthur (the old version)
  18. Matilda
  19. Tangled
  20. Holes
  21. Hook
  22. Ace Ventura – Pet Detective
  23. 21 Jump Street
  24. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Do you agree with my list, or have any you would like to add? Put them in the comments below.

Bethan.

Self Defence

*The information which I’m sharing with you is to only be used in case of emergency. If you feel like you are in danger.*

Personally as a woman I find that knowing a bit of self defence is crucial to feeling safe within my surroundings. Even though respect for women seems to be on the increase, fortunately sex abuse/rape and mugging is still a problem. Unfortunately women seem to be the main targets for these acts, seemingly weaker than men and perhaps more vulnerable. Not that men never get targeted, so listen up too boys!

Of course you can take classes learning self defence, but as someone who struggles in a new surrounding with strangers I’ve picked up self defence tips from my parents, boyfriend and general day-to-day life. So I thought it would be helpful to give my readers a few pointers if you unfortunately ever find yourself in a threatening situation.

  1. The neck. Possibly the weakest part of the body, a blow to this area would be extremely uncomfortable and would disrupt normal breathing. A pressure point is located in between the collar bones, if possible apply pressure to that area by any means.
  2. The feet. Only could really be successful if the criminal is wearing flimsy footwear. Stomp down in the middle of the foot (above the bridge) hard, if you’re strong enough you might just break it, if not – it will slow the person down considerably. Now run!
  3. Use your keys.  I think I was taught this by a police woman that used to give talks in my school. If you feel like you have enough time and if you have your keys on you, use them as a knuckleduster, make a fist and slot your keys and keyrings in-between your fingers and make a blow for the side of the head.

I hope these three pointers will make you feel safer during your day-to-day activity and at night. Let me know if you have any tips for self defence too!


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50 States of Gay

Little late on the train to post how happy I am that gay marriage has been legalised in the US, everyone should be able to marry who they love!

Even though same-sex marriage was legalised in the UK last year (I think), it’s nice to see that people all over the globe is embracing this historic change, love wins!

So here I leave you with my favourite (US) love song, who doesn’t love a bit of swifty?

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Behold! The Mooncup! – Review

Boys you might want to skip this post, unless you’re really interested in ways to keep your menstrual blood under control. Oh and also I’m not being paid to make his post, I genuinely love this product!

Selling the Mooncup

I purchased the Mooncup about three months ago, and to be honest I was a little scared by it, but after reading some reviews online and taking a peek at their website I thought I’d give it a go! Honestly, it isn’t that scary and it’s so comfy!

Only two sizes

It comes in two different sizes (you don’t have to use a measuring tape so don’t worry), size A is for women who are over 30 and/or have had a vaginal birth, size B is for women who are under 30 and haven’t had a vaginal birth. The difference between the size is only 3mm, which may not sound like much but it is crucial (according to the company).

Health

The Mooncup has many benefits, health is probably the most appealing to most women. Tampons soak up all moisture where as the cup only collects the blood, this is because it sits much lower in your vagina than a tampon. This is good because it doesn’t dry you out, alter your pH levels, and allows all the natural cleaners to do their job.

Economy

I bought my cup from Boots for £21.99 which may sound expensive, but when you think about it, it is actually way cheaper then using tampons; for example say you change tampon five times a day and your period lasts you for four days (20 tampons), Tampax Pearl Compak 18 (my previous fave) costs £2.99 from boots. Over a year using the same tampons would cost £41.86! But a mooncup can last you for years!

Environment

One woman will use over 11,000 disposable sanitary products in a lifetime (stats from Mooncup) packaging, applicators and backing strips as well as the actual item will end up in landfill and the sea (who want’s to see that when you go for a swim in the Bahamas?). Less degrading material leads to less greenhouse gas emissions, so if there is a way to reduce waste why not?

Comfort

Once the Mooncup is inserted after a couple of minutes it will find it’s own comfy spot and you won’t feel it at all! Which means it’s great for exercise! The suction created by the mooncup means that there is no leakage, so you can run, swim and gym without the stress of having red shorts.

There are many other benefits of the Mooncup, check out their website for more information 🙂

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