Ripper

It’s been a long time since I acted in anything (other than life haw haw).

I used to belong to a wonderful group called the South Devon Players and have remained close friends with them over the years. So when the auditions for their latest show, based on the history of Jack the Ripper, came up I decided to try out for a small part and take the dive back into the wonderful world of theatre.

The script is amazing and a credit to my wonderful friend who wrote it, so much talent radiates from her, she truly is an inspiration.

I am very excited to say I got a part and am very much looking forward to getting my teeth into it as soon as possible. With rehearsals starting straight away, it certainly will be a challenge for me!

I only hope the juggling of being a single mum, a full time uni degree, my condition and now this isn’t more than I can chew, but then I never was one to take the easy road!

I will post more updates as and when, and of course details of where the show can be seen as soon as they are available, so watch this space!

End of semester

So that’s it. Exam season for me is finally over and what’s done is done. I know I haven’t done as well as I would have liked but I shall take this as part of the learning process for the journey.

It’s been an interesting first semester to say the least, deciding to move at the beginning, all the trials and adjustment that came with that. Constant tiny human illness and the eternal struggle trying to catch up on the work. But I am getting there. Little by little making my way. 

My mindset is improving and techniques evolving. It will never be easy, a single mum, an unrelenting illness and all that comes with them both. But I am stronger every day and I have the support and love of my family and friends.  

My mum is my rock, I’m not sure where I’d be without her and I’m so glad to be near her again.

So onwards and upwards! Bring on semester 2 😀

Fibro Life

So today is my first exam of my degree and I’ve tried to prepare best I can. To be fair it’s been over 15 years since I’ve sat proper exams so a bit out of practise here! (Getting old lol)

But then comes the decision between being distracted by pain or distracted by painkillers. 

Living with fibromyalgia is a daily struggle. Some days you can wake up functional and “okay” and others in a world of pain or fatigue  (okay the worst days both). And it doesn’t discriminate. A big date? You’re birthday? Big exam. It doesn’t care. 

So what do you do on those days? Sometimes you have to decide to give them a miss, take the rest and wait for next time. But the things you can’t avoid? Power through? Take the drugs and deal best you can? Or do you need a clear mind so dealing with the pain is all you can do.

I’m lucky today is a medium day. I can deal with the pain so far in order to keep my head clear, but next week I might not be so lucky? Who knows x

January Blues

It’s that time of year again. Where our wallets are lighter but our tummies not so 🙁

Whilst my new vegan lifestyle has managed to help me reign in a little on the over the holiday period, I am certainly not without my gains. There is a whole world of vegan junk food, along with “accidentally vegan” products like some pot noodles, oreos and much more, it is very easy to eat like crap. Oh and I did, do, will. Yeah lets not deny it!

But I want to do something about it. I have always had incredible issues with my body image and self esteem, and whilst I am the lightest I have been in six years, I still have a fair way to go before I am “healthy”.

So the blues are well and truly settled in at the moment. The days are dark and gloomy. Purse strings are tight and so is my waistline.

Well as per the cliche, a gym membership is in order! Unfortunately I also suffer with a condition called Fibromyalgia, which means any given day I could wake up in a world of pain or have weeks of endless fatigue for absolutely no reason other than that is just the way it is for me, and millions like me. But I will try, I want to and need to.

I’ve also found out about a local aerial hoop class which I have always wanted to try, so I am super excited about this!

Exams are creeping up too, so added stress there to burn away on the treadmill.

I also need to get writing more, this post itself is proof of my inability to provide flowing content at the moment (and I apologise, stick with me ok?) so more practice and more determination needed all around.

 

Just gotta keep swimming right?

 

Time Management

When I started this new blog I had huge plans. I was going to document every step of the way in my new life and journey as a science student.
Then life happened.

It has been a huge learning curve the last few months to say the least. Deciding to relocate at the last minute, the obstacles that came with that, rotation of illnesses in my children and trying to catch up with lectures and assignments.
It has been tough, but I have made it through.

I achieved a First mark in my first module which I am so proud of, as I really didn’t think, with everything going on, that I had even passed let alone done so well.

I don’t know how well I have kept this up but it is a positive step and I hope my dreams of a First class honors degree are attainable. Just got to keep swimming right?

Anyway, as things are slowly starting to settle, the house is almost sorted, the kids are in routines and I am finding more time to study properly, I hope to find more time to write about my life and experiences. My journeys in science, veganism and single parenthood, and anything else I may wish!

 

New Year, New Start, New Me?

This crazy life

A lot has happened to me in the last year. Things that have shaped and changed me. Some things have brought me back to who I was years ago, made me more me I guess.

I spent many years unhappy, in a relationship that was toxic, in a life that was merely existing. It’s not easy to escape those things and it took me a long while to do so.

It is a long and complicated story and not one I will go in to now but basically it brings us to where I am at now. A first year Biomedical student, single mum of two, freshly moved area and with a set of ideals that challenge me daily on my chosen path.

When I left my ex husband at the beginning of the year, I instantly went vegetarian. It was an easy decision stemming from years of inner conflict and one that I am so at peace with. I had already been trying to avoid dairy for months previously, the treatment, torture and death involved in the dairy industry was one I couldn’t abide with so the transition to veganism seemed the logical next step. I’m not perfect and my journey is still in transition. Finding alternatives, looking at new ways of cooking and generally working within my budget were all hurdles I had to overcome in order to pursue this new ideal.

It is a lot easier these days, there are a lot more vegan stores and restaurants around, things are more clearly marked (Sainbury’s in particular are amazing for marking their own stuff when vegan!) and information is shared amongst others on the internet.

The two main obstacles I have found in this pursuit is cost, something that has improved as I have adapted and found more out, and on the go. Finding alternatives when you go about your daily lives or are invited to events/training/conferences.

All these issues could write a post (or several) in themselves so I will probably tackle them from time to time that way.

Science is huge hurdle. I have always been passionately against animal testing. I wrote half my personal statement in application for university on this very basis. Speaking to lecturers before I started and being assured I wouldn’t have any conflict with my beliefs on the course made me feel better. So imagine my surprise/horror/disgust at being presented with heart dissection on my first day. Not a good way to start my university life I tell you!
I spoke up, made my concerns known but have to say I felt mildly humiliated, and spent the entire class sat with my head down trying desperately not to look around and the death and decay. I shed tears.

Luckily my classmates were lovely and despite my crazy vegan ways I have made friends 🙂

I have hurdles to cross, it won’t be easy but I am determined to be the change I want to see. I will need to do some further research and at this time there may not be much change I can enact but who knows what the future can hold? It is crazy the positions this life can put you in, but it’s what you take from them, the way you handle it and grow. This is what breaks, or makes us.

The girl who sciences

Just over a year ago I started an access course in science. I had plans to pursue a nursing degree and settle down into a little career for me and my family.

Flash forward a year and so much has changed. I fell back in love with science, something that hadn’t been at the forefront of my mind for over 10 years, left an abusive marriage, moved area and began to align my passions and beliefs. I found me again.

So here I am, a first year Biomedical student, mother and passionate animal lover.

Oh yeah and caffeine addict.