17th August 2013

“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.”

Sumner Redstone

More often than not I think that success only feels like true success when you’ve worked for it, when you’ve been through hell for it and especially when it hasn’t come easily. This year’s results season – both at my university and for those taking a-levels- reminded me of this quote. I know certainly for me, success feels even better knowing that I really worked for it. For other people, who were not quite as successful as they’d hoped, that could be a foundation to build upon.

26th October 2012 – 8 Months

“For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.”

Doug Larson

It’s the blog’s 8 month anniversary, yay! I do often think about how I am not entirely sure where the extra hours of my day go – I think the past 8 months have flown by too.



29th May 2012

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are moveable, and those that move.”

Arabic Proverb

I am reaching the last 2 days of revision for my exams, which have been stretched out over a month and I am so near to the end, I can almost smell it. However, have found myself lacking drive (was revision always this much of a struggle?!) So, I went looking for some motivational words to get me going!

23rd May 2012

“Thank you, Daniel, that is very good to know. But if staying here means working within 10 yards of you, frankly, I’d rather have a job wiping Saddam Hussein’s arse.” 
Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’ Diary
Another witty one liner from my favourite fictional lady, Bridget Jones. Such a great chick-lit, easy to dip into and good cheering-up material too!

26th April 2012 – 2 months!

“This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I really dislike Thursdays. For a few years now, they have been my longest day – at school, sixth form and even uni. I remember year 11 Thrusdays finished with double German and Maths: the longest afternoon EVER. And at A Level, I had double German then double French in a row. (Don’t get me wrong, I loved the subjects, but my word that day was just a struggle.) It is also my longest uni day – my earliest start and most dragging finish with both of my oral classes and a lengthy grammar/language class. Today has been especially tedious as I am running on 3 and a half hours sleep due to a long night spent being an insomniac!

So yes, I have had a rather large whine and moan about a day of the week and I apologise- it won’t be happening too often, I promise.

On a more cheery note, it has been 2 months since I have been writing on this blog; I am enjoying it very much. Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me so far. 🙂

8th April 2012

“Before we can find the answer – before we probably even know the question – we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach. It’s often only at this point, after we’ve stopped searching for the answer, that the answer arrives. All of a sudden, the answer to the problem that seemed so daunting becomes incredibly obvious.”

Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works

This quote is taken from an article I read today in The Guardian which was very interesting in the way it spoke about how and from where our ideas, creativity and solutions to our problems stem – from the perspective of neuroscience. Often you find yourself so incredibly frustrated with a problem or situation that seems unsolvable, and I have found that it is only once you have forgotten about the issue that an answer becomes clear (a bit like trying to work out where you put something that you can’t find!)