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June in review


“I feel that vertiginous thrill course through me. As I step recklessly into time I have not yet lived” Han Kang.

I’ve been thinking a lot about time recently. I don’t know if it’s because we’re halfway through the year already or because now I’m settled into work the weeks are flying by. Either way, it’s been on my mind, which is probably why Han’s words really resonate with me. I worry a lot about the future, but Han reminds me that the future remains unlived and therefore unknown. The future will probably be good so maybe I should spend less time fretting about it (?) and even if it’s bad I’ve been though enough now to know that I will survive ♪ *deeeep*. Anyways, back to the present or in our case, the past as I reflect on the last month. The good

  • 👑 I saw Beyonce live 😭😭😭 literally a dream come true. The show was amazing and I wish I could see her everyday for the rest of my life.

  • ✈️ I booked a flight home to Dubai for my birthday in October and a holiday to Iceland in August. Can’t. Wait.

  • 👩‍💻I attended DWP’s #WomenInDigital event in Leeds & learnt loads about a topic I thought I was pretty versed in. Cue intersectionality blog post💡

  • *DWP added me to their ‘inspiring women’ list on twitter and I am so honoured ☺️

  • 📚 Spent a week pretending to be an academic again at UCL. We studied digital anthropology and my favourite topic was big data.

  • 🎊Had some really cute family time at my auntie’s 50th.

The bad

  • 💩I got shat on by a bird for the first time and then I saw a poster saying “birds feel no remorse for shitting on you” lol.life. There's some kinda philosophical poignancy there 🤷‍♀️

  • 🚗 Got my first driving fine cba with this bc ya gal is BROKE.

  • 💦 We had a reeeeeeaally big flood in our flat bc of blockage in the drains outside and some really rusty old pipes in my building. Drama.

  • 😴Had a fair few completely sleepless nights. I gave up trying to sleep one night and attempted to turn the negatives into positives ⬇️

... and the gains

  • 🎾Started playing tennis

  • 🏋️‍♀️Signed up to me new gym

  • 🧘🏻‍♀️Been working on my hamstring flexibility. I think I’ve made some improvements (would help if the photos were the same way round but Tom ≠ insta husband 😭)

  • 👙Kept off the 2kg I’ve lost

In July I will ➡️

  • 🤸🏽‍♀️Get back into my gym routine & possibly start cycling to work dependent on weather

  • 🔆 Continue working on my ‘being a dyslexic researcher' blog post

  • 📗Finally get round to reading Yuval Harari’s ‘Sapiens’

  • 🖥 Begin Cyber Women’s re-vamp

How was your month? <3