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

Ohh Deer Haul!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

It’s Ending Already?!

Hello and welcome to my first post of May! I honestly didn’t intend to take this recent break, I just had a super bad week when I got back to uni which sucked all creativity out of me, and then a deadline which took up the whole of this last week. I didn’t want to not post, but I didn’t want to post totally miserable or totally boring things either.

But, my final essay of my first year at uni has been submitted, I’m almost finished with one of my four modules, and then I’ll just have 3 exams to contend with and that’s it! First year over!

It’s mad to think that one third of my time at uni is almost over. A whole third. And I’m kind of happy about it, not because I’m desperate for it to be over by any means, but because if it’s going quickly, it means I’m enjoying it. I don’t want this period of my life to drag out, I want it to be something I achieve because I’ve always wanted to, and that I look back on with pride.

BUT. It is not over yet. I have a long slog of revision ahead of me (I mean, I have just over two weeks to my first exam and have only just started revising… It’s a tad nerve-wracking, but I’ll deal).

One thing I am really glad about though, is that I’ve chosen my modules for next year and I’m halving the amount of exams I’ll have to take! This year I had three after my first semester, and I’ve got three coming up. Next year I’ll have two after my first semester and only one after my second.

I realise that to anyone taking GCSEs currently, that will sound like a miniscule amount of exams, and I sympathise completely with your plight. My academic year was the first to have linear GCSEs rather than modular, and I had 22 exams at the end of year 11. The great thing about uni is that after first year, it’s largely up to you how you get assessed – prefer exams? Choose exam modules. Hate exams like the plague? Choose coursework modules.

Quick FYI, though: most exam modules include coursework anyway so if you’re trying to avoid coursework then good luck to ya.

Anyway, to get back on topic, I was thinking the other night about how I’m so close to the end of this year at uni, and it was just one of those moments where you realise what you’ve actually done. This time last year I was desperate to leave my town, I was doubting even getting in to uni, and everything was so pressured. Now I’ve spent the last nine months living in Liverpool, studying what I want, with way more freedom than I’ve ever had.

It is quite funny though – you’ll be going about your day at uni, feeling like your standard student, a bit incompetent when it comes to actual life – you know, dishes from two days ago sitting on your windowsill etc – and then something happens that reminds you about your actual responsibilities. For me it was buying Mr Muscle Drain Gel and a book of stamps. Stamps. I’ve never bought either of those in my lifetime before.

I’ve spent a while recently planning/writing blog posts so I’ll be back again on Thursday!

Katy x