Whether you hate needles, are scared of fainting or just don’t like the thought of someone sticking a needle in you and sucking out tubes of blood, this post is for you. I personally fall into the ‘scared of fainting’ category because it’s happened to me so many times before. In the car on the way home, in the chair, on the bed, in the waiting room, even on the sidewalk where I got to lay for a while having curious bystanders watch and stare. BUT there have been three times where I have not fainted and from these times I’ve learnt a lot. So here are my best tips to avoiding fainting and overcoming blood test fear.
1. Mindset Shift
This is by far the most important so please don’t brush over it thinking its too spiritual-woo-woo. If you have spent years painting the picture of being a person who always faints, then it is that much more likely that you actually will. But I am here to tell you that you don’t have to faint if you don’t want to. Why do some people faint at the mere sight of blood? Is it that the sight of it did something to them? Or is it that they have a certain idea associated with seeing blood? Take it from me, a good mindset reset is essential in all areas of life, not just this. So instead of imagining yourself fainting on the way out of the room, imagine yourself going in, feeling completely calm, getting the test done without a problem and walking out happily. It’s also a good idea to stop thinking and telling people that you hate blood tests and you always faint, obviously you have to tell your doctors and nurses etc. but in general day to day life, try and avoid using this type of language. You will be surprised the difference it makes.
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The Spy Who Dumped Me is an action/comedy about two best friends who get caught in a super secret spy mission (if your anything like me, this is your secret fantasy). They go on a crazy adventure in Europe which all begins when Audrey (Mila Kunis) discovers that her ex boyfriend is a spy with the CIA.
I love Mila Kunis. This is no secret and this perhaps gives me a bias because I love everything she does. So yes, you guessed it. This movie was no different. I LOVED IT! Mila is stunning, loveable, relatable and funny. She just gets better and better.
Kate McKinnon is outstanding in this film. She is hilarious and her character is completely and effortlessly loveable. Plus she brings feminism into the movie in a light hearted yet real way. Mila and Kate had such a great dynamic together. It was their connection that made it completely believable that they were best friends and I can definitely put the success of this movie down to that.
Sam Heughan. That’s all I need to say about him, right? I mean you are looking at the only reason I watch Outlander. He is gorgeous and this movie is no exception. Oh, except you get the pleasure of hearing him with a British accent.
The cast is amazing. The writing is hilarious. The movie is all round well done. It was a movie that legitimately made me forget about my problems for 1 hour and 57 minutes (if we disregard the ‘I need to pee’ reality check).
Now there are only two things left to do: firstly, watch the movie again. And then, wait for a sequel.
Warnings: The movie contains some swearing, violence (you know, the usual, guns and stuff), very slight nudity (literally a split second, it’s so quick that you may not even notice it), some vomiting and gagging.
Plastic surgery is one of those things that everyone likes to state their opinions on like gay marriage or religion.
I like to think of plastic surgery as the same as getting braces. Lets compare the process:
Braces: You go to a medical professional (orthodontist), consult, think about it for a few weeks, pay a lot of money for something that most of the time is only useful to changing your appearance and there you have it, perfectly straight and attractive teeth.
Plastic Surgery: You go to a medical professional (plastic surgeon), consult, think about it for a few weeks,pay a lot of money for something that most of the time is only useful to changing your appearance and there you have it, a body part that you were once insecure about is now a body part that makes you feel confident.
The processes are quite similar to me. Every time someone judges me for my nose job I look at their teeth. If they have perfect straight teeth, I assume that they most probably have had braces at some point and I quietly dismiss their opinion.
People tell you that you shouldn’t get plastic surgery. They say that you are beautiful the way you are. They say that all of God’s creations are perfect. They say your imperfections make you, you. They say you are beautiful on the inside and that’s all that matters. If that is true, then why does it matter if you change something about your appearance? Cutting out that speed bump on your nose doesn’t change who you are on the inside. And who you are on the inside is all that matters right? From where I sit, saying ‘it’s whats on the inside that counts’ can actually have the opposite effect. It all depends on your perspective.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what my opinion is (which is pro plastic surgery and pro choice in case you couldn’t tell). It doesn’t matter what anyone else’s opinion is. What matters is what you think of yourself. If you need (or even just want) to get some surgical enhancements then that’s okay. If you never want it, then that’s okay too. I was a person who once said ‘I would never get a nose job’. Just look at me now (Hint: I’ve had a nose job. Blog post coming on that soon).
I don’t know why there are so many marks on my face but this is one of the photos of me straight out of surgery!
At home. Day 2 (I think). Looking lovely and swollen.
Going into a surgery this common you start to hear a lot of stories. Anywhere from people who have had the worst experience of their life to people who thought it was a breeze. While listening to these stories can be panicking, they can also prove to be helpful. For me, an anxiety sufferer, it is helpful to know exactly what I am getting into. This meant asking everyone I know who got their wisdom teeth out how it was for them as well as the occasional search on youtube for funny post surgery behaviour.
I had all four of my teeth out, in hospital and under general aesthetic. The worst part of the hospital experience was the crying babies I could hear the whole time. If you want to know exactly how bad it sounded just search ‘exorcism’ on youtube and the screams of someone possessed by the devil comes close. The most shocking part of the hospital experience was the disgusting mouth wash they made me use before going into surgery. No one warned me about this. But to be fair, I am a baby and find even the smallest of things (like mouth wash) difficult. The worst part about recovery was the annoyance of the swelling. This is pretty hard to explain but when you feel it, you’ll know what I mean. It’s just annoying. The worst part about the weeks after recovery was the constant salt water rinsing. I didn’t have a problem with this for the first few days but doing it 3 times a day for a period of 4-6 weeks is a slight turn off.
I was lucky enough to only have a slight amount of bleeding!
As you can see I look swollen, out of proportion and slightly dead.
Now lets move onto the best parts. The best part of the hospital experience was the cute nurse walking by every so often. Although this is not standard for every hospital the sheer thought of finding your nurse soulmate is enough to get you to the hospital to begin with. In saying that, no one falls in love when looking like a chubby cheeked snapchat filter in real life. The best part of the recovery was being waited on hand and food. I’m not gonna lie, I milked this for as long as I could with my family.
Overall, it was by no means the worst week of my life. It was actually quite nice to watch Gilmore Girls uninterrupted for a week straight. My biggest tip for you would just to make sure you are comfortable. For me that meant pillows, pillows and more pillows.
If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments! I would be more than happy to answer anything to make you feel more comfortable about the surgery.
You may have heard of the emergency aeroplane landing on the Hudson river in 2009. Whether that be from the news or from Justin Timberlake’s reference in ‘Friends With Benefits’. It undoubtably went down in history as a miracle and Captain Sullenberger a hero. But you may have wanted to know a bit more about what happened. Like what was it like for the people on board? How did he manage such a difficult landing? So many of your questions are answered in a beautifully produced and directed biographical drama called ‘Sully’.
Movies that are based on true stories create a different experience. They make you think about the situation on a deeper level and imagine yourself in the position of the characters. I had the same feeling while watching Sully as I did while watching the Titanic for the first time; fear and amazement. I was slightly scared to get on a plane just as I was slightly scared to go on a cruise. In saying that, the safety precautions that became evident through this movie really comforted me. I will no longer tune out the flight attendants when they talk through the emergency exit points again.
If I wasn’t so bad at time organisation, this post would have been up weeks ago. But because I did take so long (sorry), the movie isn’t playing in cinemas anymore. In saying that, I’m sure it will be on one of the many streaming sites (I’m talking legal ones like netflix and presto – be good guys) soon.
If you watched this movie in cinema, let me know what you think in the comments below!
On Friday the 28 October 2016 I got to sit front row and watch my childhood idol perform.
Delta Goodrem is an Australian musician and actress and probably one of the most well known celebrities in Australia. Her career started in 2003 with her Innocent Eyes album which is one of the greatest albums of all time (in my opinion). I was only 6 years old when this album came out so I have clearly been with Delta on her journey for the better part of my life. Growing up listening to someones music from such a young age forms a special connection with them. I always felt like Delta was more than a singer, she was my friend. Her music made me feel better in tough times and for this reason, she made my list of artists to see live before I die.
To start off, the concert was amazing. I’m not just talking about Delta herself but the production, the lights, the live music… everything. To say it was a magical night would be an understatement. One of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced was when Delta started singing Dear Life (one of my personal favourite songs). When she started singing the chorus the audience stood up displaying signs that said ‘thank you’. Delta was lost for words. She could barely continue singing and was moved to tears. I am so thankful to be able to have witnessed this beautiful moment between fans and their idol. This would be a good time to take a moment to say thank you to Delta. You have been such a huge part of my life since I was a little girl and your music has truely changed my life.
I have been to a lot of concerts in my time. From One Direction to Ed Sheeran to Alicia Keys to Beyonce to Justin Bieber and more. Never in my many hours spent at concerts have I ever seen an artist so thankful for their supporters. Delta physically ran off stage to check on a fan who had collapsed. The whole arena was practically silent waiting to see if this girl was okay. It was a beautiful moment and truely proves how much Delta cares. To the girl who collapsed at the concert last night, are you okay? I hope so. We were all thinking of you the rest of the night.
You can buy tickets to her remaining Australian shows here! And you can purchase her latest album here! If you end up going to one of her concerts you definitely won’t be sorry. If you are lucky enough to see this beauty live then make sure to let me know how it goes in the comments below 🙂
I have one more thank you before I let you all binge listen to Delta’s music. A MASSIVE thank you to TEG Live for providing my sister and I with the best tickets in the world! We got to sit front row centre to watch the performance of a lifetime. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
The story of ‘Fangirl’ follows young Cather Avery beginning her freshman year of college. Cath’s identical twin sister, Wren, has decided to embrace the college experience with a new roommate, leaving Cath high and dry. Cath’s social anxiety escalates as well as her worry for her out of control sister and mentally ill father. The only thing that Cath has to comfort her in this new phase of life is the world of fandoms and fanfiction.
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Most of you have probably seen on social media that World Mental Health Day is 10 October. Although it has now rolled around to the 11th in Australia, I thought that it is never too late to write a post on mental health. We all know someone who has struggled with mental health or we are the ones who have struggled ourselves. Personally, I know a lot of people who have been through tough times mental health wise as well as going through it myself so I have a lot to say on the topic (so expect many more posts to come).
What I think is important to understand is that mental illness does not have an off switch. In my experience, people who don’t suffer from mental illness don’t particularly understand this. Simply telling someone to ‘get over it’ will not make everything better. It’s like telling someone with a broken arm to just ‘get over it’ and ‘tell yourself to feel better and you will’. While I do believe that positive self talk helps you to manage your mental illness, it won’t make it completely disappear. So don’t feel bad if you’ve been doing really well all week and then suddenly you wake up one morning not feeling like yourself. It happens. It’s happened to me today.
Some days are better than others. Some weeks are better than others. Some years are better than others. And sometimes you just have to tell yourself congratulations for making it through the day. So this is me, on mental health day, telling you congratulations and that I’m proud of you. You’re doing great 🙂
Although part of this blog will be me posting clothes that I love and want to share, I think it’s important to remember to find your own individual style. The whole point of this blog is to encourage people to be themselves and that includes fashion. Fashion is one of the most powerful ways to express yourself so make sure you use it!
Beauty guru, Lauren Curtis, once said something about make up that can also be applied to fashion. She said that there are no rules in make up, only guidelines. If you are game enough to step outside of the guidelines then go for it. Fashion trends are the same. They are simply guidelines.
The other day, my sister and I walked out of our rooms wearing the exact same shoes. This happens a lot living in a household of three girls all with similar style. Automatically we both saw the problem, one of us would have to change shoes. Her argument was her shoes went better with her outfit than mine. Why not go out wearing the same shoes? Who says that the shoes go better with her outfit than mine?
Wear whatever you want. Step outside of the guidelines. Be game.