Monday, 3 May 2021

Writer's Block Word Vomit

      I'll be quite honest gang: I don't know what this post is going to be. I've just sat down to start writing, and we'll see where it goes. I've been struggling to write lately, so I thought the best option was to just start something, anything, and see if it would break through this writer's block. I mean, there's definitely a few posts on here over the years which have consisted in me writing about writer's block, and I've always gotten past it eventually.

Blank notebook lying open with a pencil on top
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Thursday, 25 March 2021

What is Eco-Anxiety and How Do We Handle It?

      Climate anxiety or eco-anxiety is, to boil it down to the basics, fear caused by climate change and environmental disaster. It's the feelings of dread you experience when you think about the environmental problems our planet is facing. It's the awful sense of fear when you contemplate what our future, and that of the next generation, will look like. It's the gnawing guilt about not doing enough to help, and continuing to do things you know aren't good for the planet. It's anger, panic, overwhelm and feelings of helplessness. And as our environmental issues continue to grow, more and more people are feeling this anxiety than ever before.

Text reading 'climate anxiety' on a background of melting icebergs from above
Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Edinburgh Walking Routes | Hiking Scotland

      Edinburgh is a city known for its 'Seven Hills', which naturally offer a wide choice of hiking routes without leaving the city limits. However, hiking hills all the time isn't for everybody, and even someone like myself who enjoys hiking, occasionally wants to go for a walk that doesn't involve a huge, uphill trek. I mean, some days I just want to ramble along slowly with my headphones in, rather than turning into the red-faced, sweaty mess with burning thighs that typically happens when I go on uphill adventures. Luckily, in between its seven hills, Edinburgh has plenty of walking paths that offer a more level route - though, in a city this hilly, I wouldn't promise that any of them are entirely flat!

Dean Village on the Water of Leith, in Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday, 26 February 2021

Things to Know About the CELTA Course

     Anyone in the world of ESL teaching has probably heard of the CELTA before, one of the most-listed requirements for many employers when you're seeking an English language teaching job. My teaching experience up until now was done based off an online TEFL course, but with all this extra free time in lockdown, and the saturation of the online teaching market due to Covid, I figured I may as well go for the CELTA (even though I don't intend to teach long term). I opted for the part-time version, which took 12 weeks (full time is 4 weeks), and I did it online rather than in-person. I finished and got my results a week or so ago - I passed, hooray! - so I thought I'd share some of my experiences with it, for anyone else interested in doing it.

Teacher's desk with an apple, stack of books, and alphabet letter blocks
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Friday, 19 February 2021

Things to Know About Yoga

      So I've been practising yoga now on and off for about seven years, but consistently for the last four, mainly using the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel at home (not in person classes). As someone who never liked sports and exercise growing up, discovering yoga was a big thing for me, as I finally found an activity I actually enjoy and look forward to doing. Naturally, not every type of exercise is for everyone, but I wanted to share a few misconceptions and other things to know about yoga, which people may not be aware of!

Silhouette of a woman practising yoga at sunset by the ocean
Photo by kike vega on Unsplash

Monday, 1 February 2021

Quarantine Diaries | Part 3 | Hello 2021

      Happy New Year gang! Yeah I know, it's February already. And this isn't my first post of 2021, but seeing as the last one was a long-overdue post about something I did last year, I don't fully count it. This is the first, official post about 2021 and the New Year, and where life is at these days.

     .... which is back in lockdown, if you're here in the UK anyways. Oh what a start to the year! How are we all coping? Who's lost their mind again? I was reading back through my last 'Quarantine Diary' before starting writing this one, and in it I mentioned that my situation then in August was fairly similar to in the first instalment, from May. Well, that's not quite true this time!

Snow covered tree overhanging a river banking - winter in the Borders, Scotland, UK - during the 2021 lockdown
This lockdown features lots of wintery countryside walks

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Valèncian Region | Spain

       After spending the first half of my week in Valencia exploring the city itself, we'd exhausted the sights there. So, for my last three days, over the weekend, we embarked on a few short day trips to other towns and areas in the surrounding Valencian region (both the city and region have the same name). These would include Albufera, Xativa, and the Peña Cortada aqueduct, but there are even more options in the region besides these, if you're going for longer!

Xativa Castle, Valencia Region, Spain

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