What do you want to be?

As my impending graduation looms, it brings with it a mixed bag of feelings. My flatmates and I are all equally terrified about both the building pressure to do well in these next few crucial months, and the great wide world that awaits us come summer. This isn’t just another blissful 4 months of nothing to do, this is life, racing towards us at full pelt. Of course, it’s also hard not find it really exciting as well. For me, 16 years of being in full time education are coming to an end. I have never been out of an educational institution for more that 4 months in much my entire life so what comes next is inevitably unnerving me slightly, as well as giving me a sense of inpatient anxiety; I just can’t wait to see what the future is going to hold. Which direction we are now going to go it almost entirely unknown, but I think we should all expect the unexpected.

All I am 100% certain of, is no more of this. ^^

And many more adventures like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tea lovin’

I am a huuuuge Green tea fan, it’s something everyone needs in their life and here I’m going to tell you why. Widely credited as one of the most healthy drinks around, I have at least 2 cups a day and there are many reasons why you should ditch the PG tips, and go green. Whilst it is sometimes just associated with weight-loss and lumped into the ‘things-to-eat-and-drink-when-trying-to-loose-a-few pounds’ category…there are a whole host of benefits that are not worth pushing to one side.

My fabulous mug

The origins of Green tea lie in China but it is in fact part of a much wider Asian culture. Made from the leaves of ‘Camellia sinensis’, the tea comes in many different forms, but for me the standard Sainsburys fairtrade original Green tea has pretty much everything you need. So why is it so good? Here is a list provided by the Daily Mail of some of the many health benefits:

  • Helps burn fat by speeding up the metabolic rate
  • Can help lower blood pressure by tackling an enzyme which triggers hypertension
  • Can help protect against diabetes, as it contains polyphenols which inhibit starch, and so can help lower blood sugar levels.
  • It can help also prevent food poisoning as it can kill harmful bacteria
  • The tea can also prevent bad breath by killing oral bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath.
  • Green tea guards against hepatitis by decreasing iron levels throughout the body, including those in the liver – the cause of viral hepatitis.
  • The tea can protect against cancer as it contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which helps inhibit blood vessel growth.
  • It can help prevent arthritis, working in much the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Gargling with the tea boosts immunity to influenza and flu, according to a study in Japan.
  • A study also found 96 per cent of those who drank ten cups of green tea a day showed no signs of the cognitive impairment linked to Alzheimer’s, compared to only 12 per cent who didn’t drink green tea.

If this isn’t enough to convince you, an article in the Telegraph from August 2012, cites a study from the University of Strathclyde, which found that regular consumption of Green tea could help ‘eradicate cancer tumours’, interesting because ‘this is the first time researchers have managed to make it effective at shrinking tumours’. Furthermore, an even more recent article from the NHS recommends Green tea as a ‘Brain booster’, because it increases the flow of blood to the brain. Wow!

Supermarkets stock a wide variety of the good stuff, from own-brands to Twinings. Even better, if the plain original isn’t exciting enough for you or the taste isn’t your cup of tea, there is a wide variety of funky flavours to try. Green tea with lemon, peppermint  nettle, pomegranate, raspberry, mixed berries, ginger, camomile, jasmine ETC the list goes on!

So as I sit here sippin’ on my tea, so should you! Do it!

First blog post!

Hello! As I have excitedly put as the title to this post, this is my first one! My name is Holly, I’m 21 and a History of Art student in my final year. I wanted to start a blog for a number of reasons. Firstly, to see if I was capable of writing about myself and secondly, to use the rapidly changing role of social media to document my life in what is going to be a challenging and really exciting year for me. I am going to talk about my life, my loves, my goals and my aspirations and hopefully, see if I can achieve them! To give you an idea, here are my top 5 goals in life:

  • Be happy
  • Be healthy
  • Be successful in everything I do (doesn’t always go to plan!)
  • Travel
  • Keep in touch with family and friends (a really important one I feel)

And here are my news years resolutions, (an appropriate thing to be talking about in January) which most of my friends have found hilarious (one even said it was just a shopping list…half true) and which I will be trying my hardest to keep up(!):

  • Don’t be awkward – my inner awkwardness is often the reason I manage to make most things worse than they should be. Gotta change.
  • Don’t be nervous – this one decided in Sydney over new years and spectacularly attacked by jumping into the jellyfish ridden harbour, amazing…and ruined a couple of days later when a car sized beetle dive bombed my head. I’m working on it.
  • Go to at least one new place in Bristol every month – I’ve not been to nearly enough of the great places in this city and need to try them out before I graduate
  • Follow the Tennis properly – struggling with this one, still finding the games boring!
  • Take more photos – document those memories, important for the future
  • Save money – a constant…
  • Do two things for charity
  • Learn French (not gonna happen….ha)
  • Take a cookery course
  • Read all books by John le Carre
  • Buy myself a treat every month
  • Get really fit

This extensive (and slightly ambitious?) list might be a bit too much but it will be fun to see how much I manage! Resolutions are also a great way of making goals for yourself, and moving forward.

So there we have it, my first post. That wasn’t too hard! I’m off to make dinner (food rules my life most of the time, as you shall see), looking forward to my next post!

Holly x