Interviewing Myself

1: What motivates you more: failure or success?

Success. I used to be afraid of failure; now I think failure is only a stepping stone towards success. I’m determined in everything that I do.

2: You can ask anyone in the world a question. Who and what would it be?

JK Rowling. I’d ask what keeps her motivated.

3: If you could say something to your 85-year-old self, what would it be?

Keep a youthful mindset. Don’t let your mind go stale.

4: If you could say something to your 15-year-old self, what would it be?

Despite how frustrated you feel at this moment, and despite a couple of hard years to come, you will see the other side and be so much happier.

5: Imagine money is no longer a thing. How would you spend your time?

I would spend my time being creative. I’d write. I’d travel. I’d laugh as much as I could. Hang out with the people I want to hang out with. And I’d work as hard as I could to make something better in the world.

6: If you stripped away all the layers of other people’s expectations and desires for you, what would you want for yourself?

I would want myself to be completely open and honest with people. I try to be as things stand, but sometimes it’s not possible.

7: What’s one thing you’ve been putting off doing?

One thing I’ve been putting off doing is finishing my book. Not because I don’t want to, and not because I don’t know how to, but because my priorities in the last two years have prevented me from doing so.

8: What headline would you like to read in tomorrow’s newspaper?

In tomorrow’s newspaper I’d love to see that every country in the world has switched to renewable energy and are making concerted efforts to save the animals and environments we’ve so crudely endangered.

9: What do you want written on your gravestone?

“She loved deeply.”

10: What is a perfect day to you, truly?

A perfect day for me would be sunny, and the perfect temperature so I was warm, but not hot. I’d spend the morning exercising, meeting close friends and eating food by the beach, and the afternoon alone in a café or somewhere I can be entirely isolated to write. In the evening, I’d go home to a partner I trust completely, and we’d watch a film under a blanket.

11: What do you find annoying in this great charade we call ‘modern life’?

What I find annoying about ‘modern life’ is the amount of people who can want to talk to you at any one time. It’s so hard sometimes to simply focus on what’s in front of you, rather than flitting between six social media platforms and the present. Sometimes I just leave my Wifi off on my phone for hours.

12: What are you most looking forward to in life?

I’m most looking forward to reaching milestones, achieving goals, and setting new ones.

13: If you could change just one thing in your past, what would it be?

I would change the fact that I had/still have acne. It’s been nine years since I started getting scarring spots and to be honest, it’s just inconvenient at this point. It’s not even like I’m hugely self-conscious about it, I just find them annoying.

14: Would you want to be your own friend?

I think so. Alternatively I’d find myself really weird, but I think I would.

15: Describe the last five years of your life in one sentence – and the next five.

The last five years: A lot of experiences which changed me and my outlook on life, and helped me mature. The next five: Achieving things I’ve been planning for a long time.

16: When did you last do something for the first time?

Today! Well, as I’m writing this. I just posted my postal vote for the UK General Election. It’s the first time I’ve been eligible to vote in one.

17: How many hours a week do you watch TV? And browse the internet?

I don’t watch TV, but browsing the internet (excluding uni work time) probably around 14 hours a week. I try to make it productive as possible but let’s be real, I could probably put some of that time to better use.

18: If you had 10K to start a business, what would you do with it?

If I had 10K… I’d start an agency to help creative people access their goals. Kind of like a job agency with connections and stuff, but for creative people.

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, I found this idea  and these questions through Bianca Bass on Pinterest, so check her out. I’ll be back on Thursday!

Katy x

How I Revise: University Edition

It’s exam season! This is now my sixth official exam season of my life, from GCSEs upwards, so over the years I’ve had plenty of experience with revising. That dreaded word.

University exams are, or at least they have been in my experience, very different to GCSE and A Level exams. For one, they make way more sense (I can only speak for English and History exams here as that’s the course I study), but there’s a stark difference in that you tend to only revise for a couple of weeks rather than a good couple of months.

This can make university exams better and worse. A lot of people I know get really stressed out by the short revision period compared to what they’re used to, but personally I like to treat it the same as old Key Assessments back in the day. Essentially, that’s what they are – a test at the end of a module to see what you’ve learned. I make this distinction because that’s very far removed from GCSE and A Level exams, which for all intents and purposes these days are designed to align with government statistics and desires.

Personally, when I was at school, our teachers used to turn to us and inform us that we’d be having a test in four days’ time, or maybe in one week’s time. So alongside all the regular work for other subjects, we’d have to revise whatever module this test was on. And this was a regular occurrence for me, so to be at university with up to three weeks to revise properly for exams is actually fairly reasonable. You have no lectures, and you can devote as much time to revision as you like.

Plus, there’s the added bonus that, boring as revision may be, it’s a brief stint – you can go back to doing interesting things in a relatively short amount of time. That’s actually something I love about it.

Here’s a few ways I revise for university exams:

1: Rewatch lectures.

Obviously this only works for lectures that have been recorded in the first place, but when it is an option, it’s so beneficial. I like to put them on and fill in the original notes I took with the detail I missed the first time around. It both refreshes your memory and allows you to finetune your work.

2: Create index cards.

This goes for all exams, really – you just can’t go wrong with index/flash cards. I try to squash them down to what’s definitely important to know, so it’s not like writing out the entire course notes again. That would just be a bit pointless.

3: Annotate. Annotate. Annotate.

I study English Literature modules, so there’s usually a lot of material to know inside out. Right now I’m revising for a Shakespeare exam, and annotating the collection is one of the best things alongside rereading the plays. I like to use little coloured post-it stickers to mark important sections, quotes, and whatever else. Injecting a little colour into anything brightens the day!

4: Find that friend who you can work with.

Revising with friends can be risky or rewarding. You can either end up distracting each other completely, have one person be a constant distraction, or work well together. By exam time you should be aware of who you work best around, so set up camp somewhere with them and get going on revision. I like being around people I know I can work with, because being completely isolated when revising is thoroughly demoralising, while being around people who don’t take the work as seriously as you do is stressful.

5: When in doubt, give a lecturer a shout.

Most of the time, lecturers are readily available, whether by email or by office hours. With some of my exams, we can have fairly free license on what we revise – for one of my English exams, we can essentially choose whichever English texts we like, whether on the module or not, so it’s always a good call to just check in and see if something’s alright.

6: Look at any exam resources you’ve been given.

The final week of each semester’s teaching for me has been where the lecturers and tutors provide exam advice. Even if they don’t tell you particularly what will be in the exam, I’ve been so happy to find that they’re genuinely not trying to catch you out. A lot of what will be on the exam paper will have been in past exams for that module, and they’ll be readily available for your perusal.

If there’s anything to be taken away from my experience of university exams so far, it’s this: the university staff actually care about the education of their students, and most of the time they really hope the students can bring something new or interesting to the table. It’s much more about the material, and not at all about however many students are “allowed” an A* by the government this year. So don’t stress too much.

Katy x

Ohh Deer Haul!

Recently Ohh Deer had a sale on and so of course, being a stationery addict, I couldn’t resist.


In the end, I bought six cards, three desk pads, and an A4 notebook I’ve loved on the website for months. These are the pads:

I love these. A lot. I’m almost at the end of a desk pad I bought at Waterstones at the moment, which is a Note to Self pad, and they’re just great for visual organisation. I bought one in red, called Plan of Attack, a green one called I’m Going to Kick Today’s Ass, and a blue one called Let’s Get This Shit Done. Each hold 60 tear-off pages.


Next came three square cards. The cards on Ohh Deer are really amazing quality, they’re all made in the UK with FSC approved material, some of them are made on recycled card, and they’re all amazing designs. They’re cute, funny, sassy or humorously rude, and you can be sure that whenever it’s someone’s birthday, you won’t be giving them the same card everyone else got them from the Card Factory.


And three smaller cards! Honestly, some of these will probably just be wall decorations rather than cards I send to people – much in the same way I buy postcards for the designs rather than to use as postcards. I did, however, get another card for my mum’s birthday, which I posted the other day so it’s not pictured.

Then, of course, there’s the notebook! If you know me, you know I can’t resist a good notebook. I have loads of them. I use loads of them. You can’t go wrong with a notebook. This was made in collaboration with Urban Outfitters, is quarterbound, and is kinda hefty – it’s not one you’d want to take lugging around everywhere. What I found cool about this one, though, is that the inside pages alternate blank and lined.



So that’s everything I got this time around – you can check out the last Ohh Deer haul I did here, and please excuse my not all that great photography… these were taken on my phone in my uni room, so no fancy lighting or marble surfaces here… But I would definitely recommend checking Ohh Deer out – they do homeware, gifts and clothing as well and all of it is amazing.

Katy x

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Disclaimer: all of these were bought with my own money, and opinions are my own.