Sunday, 30 August 2015

My Week #35 (2015)

Electrocardiogram, Chocolate Cake, Last Day At Work And I'm On Instagram

My Week 35 in my Filofax

My last walk up the road to the hospital :( /I bought the caterpillar cake and some chocolates for my colleagues on my second last shift/ Chocolate cake I made for the last day/ This cake slowly being eaten :)

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

The weather this week was really dull. It was raining a lot especially at the beginning and this just really reminds me that autumn is not very far off. 

I had my last three shifts this week too. I am no longer a permanent staff but i am still on the bank rota. This means that i can always come back during the holidays and do some more shifts. I made a chocolate cake for my last shift and I also bought a card for my colleagues. It was a bit emotional as i am indeed going to miss them a lot but I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

On my last shift, I learned how to do an ECG on a patient. Throughout my time as a HCA, I had always watched people do it and assumed I knew how to but trying to do it myself proved that I was wrong. It wasn't until the deputy sister explained to me how it was done that I realised my mistakes. That's one thing that I love about working in the hospital. You learn new things every single day.

Also, I am now on instagram guys, if you are a planner enthusiast such as myself or you love inspirational quotes, you are welcome to come say hi. My name on there is @joannywhite. I will also from time to time post new items that have been listed on my etsy shop..

#Haircrush of the week.
I think it is a twist out at the front and then she just did a bun at the back. I'm just loving her bangs :)

Hope you guys had a lovely week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Scripture Art Journal Flip Through #8

Hello lovely people,

I will be sharing with you today, pages from my Scripture Art Journal for the month of August. If would like to see what my previous pages look like, click here.

Week 31

I thought this was a lovely reminder about our motivation for doing things. It is all for the glory of God. Wherever we are and whatever we do, let our light shine so the glory of God can be seen through us and so his name alone will be praised.

Week 32

I was at work when I did this page and it turned out just like I wanted it to be. The beginning of time. God and his wonderful work of art- which is mankind and creation.

Week 33

I thought this scripture continued on from the previous one. This verse reminds me of the lyrics to the song "Holy Captivated" by Nicole C. Mullen.
"When I behold the beauty of your many wonders. And I'm captivated by your majesty. 
Oh my soul rings out a sacred hallelujah.
Back to the source from whence it came"
Have you ever stood in awe or ever been marvelled by creation or nature or how any system works? I know I have and it just reminds me of the nature of God. 

Week 34

I love the first psalm. It teaches us to always walk in righteousness and not get involved with things or people that want to do evil. One encouraging thing is that the Lord knows us inside out. He sees all our dedication. The Lord who sees in secret will also reward us in secret.

Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Guest Post #4: Sam's Thoughts About Starting University

*Hello guys, I have one final guest post for you today in this mini university series. In today's post, we will be hearing from the very amazing Samantha all the way from the United States She will be telling us about her experiences so far with college. I first found out about Sam's blog when I was looking for student bloggers online. I found her university and organisational posts really useful. I really do hope you enjoy reading her post. *

Stabilo Pens
1. How did you feel before starting university? What were your fears and what were you looking forward to?

I was very excited to go to college and become independent – find myself. I was always prepared for the day I take on adulthood and responsibilities. I was looking forward to all the people I was going to meet and the dorms! I am an Engineering undergraduate who had the opportunity to live in an Engineering Residential College – I just love the idea of a community of engineers living together. Although I was eager for the social aspect of college, I dreaded the actual learning. I was able to sit in a one-and-a-half-hour-long physics lecture before classes started, and half of my peers fell asleep or got bored. Sadly, I was one of them. I just thought there was no interaction between the professor and students, just the professor reading off slides and giving explanations. I go to a large university, so it’s very intimidating to give your input or ask a question in class in front of 300-1000 people. I was scared to ask a question with the possibility of receiving an obvious answer. I feared my insecurities would hinder my education. Yes, I was very outgoing with my peers outside of class; but when it comes to professors, I get very intimidated and frightened to come off as ignorant.

2. How was your actual uni experience compared to what you anticipated?

I actually missed my parents in the first week – I felt sooo lonely… I cried. Of course, my roommate hasn’t moved in yet, but things started lifting up once she did. I had company and my mind was distracted. Going into my classes, there was so much that needed to be done! I wasn't prepared for such a heavy course load in my first semester, I was so used to high school homework and classwork. It’s tough to maintain your grade because in university, there aren’t many assignments, exams, and grades that factor into your final grade like in high school. Also, professors make or break your grade! Be sure to schedule a professor with good reviews. I had to train myself to become disciplined and create a strong work ethic to prevent getting behind. I also learned how to study efficiently and effectively in order to avoid burning out or studying hours upon hours with the same effect.

Found an awesome booth at the library with an open view!

3. What advice would you give anyone starting university?

Don’t mind what others may think of you – follow your heart and goals. Think positively and positive things will come to you. Keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to ask questions – chances are ten other people have that same question in mind. Always be kind to others, because one day you’re going to need connections. Schedule study times and break times to keep on track and avoid procrastinating. Set long-term and short-term goals and keep those in mind every day. Remember why you started and what you’re trying to accomplish. Study effectively and efficiently – block social media, know what your professors expect of you, and avoid procrastinating. Keep an agenda or planner to avoid getting behind. An agenda is a helpful and visual tool to see upcoming exams and quizzes. Also, try to avoid the Freshman 15. It’s easy to gain, but not easy to lose. Learn from me. Good luck to all!

*Thank you ever so much for being part of this mini series Sam. I found your post very informative and useful. If you loved Sam's post too and would like to see more of her, don't forget to check out her blog here and also her Tumblr here. She covers various areas such as lifestyle, recipes, health, fitness, college life, study, planning and organisation.*
Thanks for reading.
Have a lovely day.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

My Week #34 (2015)

GCSE Results Day 2015, Three More Shifts Left And I Got A University Room 

My Week 34 in my Filofax bro is life

In the train on my way to work/ My new laptop case bag/ We had a barbecue yesterday-trying to make the best of the sun/ Some new art I was trying out inspired by very talented YouTubers :)

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"For the Lord knows the ways of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish"
Psalm 1:6

GCSE results day was on Thursday and I was so happy for my bro who did really well. And also a massive congrats to everyone else reading this who did well in their GCSEs.

I only have three more shifts left at work and I am starting to feel sad now. I can't believe the time is almost here and I will have to move on with my life. I am surely going to miss everyone as I have gotten really fund of them over the past year and just thinking about it now makes me sad. But oh well, I'm sure I will be going back.

Finally, I got a university room. It has taken them a loooooonnnnggg time to give the rooms out but they finally did. And everything is starting to feel real now. I have to pay a £450 deposit though which is not surprising because London is so expensive. I have joined a whatsapp group for the biomeds and the people I have met so far are really nice. I guess I am just trying to make a few friends or even just get to know a few people so when I get there, I will have someone to talk to. We are even planning a Nandos' meet up which should be good. We are now just waiting for the Fresher's pack now which should be here in a couple of days.  

I also got a smaller Bible for university. The one I currently have is very big and I find it difficult carrying it around. I just wanted a smaller one I can easily carry around in my bag.

My new Bible

If you read my post last week, you would have noticed I did mention that I have decided to grow my natural hair and so I have been loving some photos of naturalistas on Facebook and Instagram and so below is my #Haircrush for the week :)

I just love the popping curls. I got this image from Facebook and I don't really know the source.

How has your week been?
Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: Kyoto Rose Compact Paperchase Filofax

Hello lovely people,
Today I am going to be reviewing yet another Filofax. This one is a compact Kyoto Rose Paperchase Organiser. I got this ages ago and the reason why I got it was mainly because I want to use it for university. 
I have bought one paperchase planner before (patchwork hearts pocket paperchase planner) but that was for my bestfriend and I reviewed it here. So I havent actually used one myself. 

This is the box in which it came in.

And there you have it in all it's glory. Don't you just love the floral pattern on it. At least that it was made me fall in love with this planner in the first place. Plain and boring is not my thing and I also love the fact that it is not a very popular planner. I like to be unique. I love how soft the cover feels. It is a different kind of soft compared to that of my Saffiano  But I think it definitely feels a bit softer. I love the stitching round the edges of the planner.
The planner has a clasp closure which I prefer to an elastic closure. I feel the clasp is long enough to accomodate a little bit of stuffing but I wouldn't dare do that because of the rings which are much smaller than those of the personal size

Opening up the planner, there's a set of four horizontal pockets on the left and there's also a long vertical pocket. I don't like the fact that the pockets are tight as I am used to the loose deep pockets in my saffiano but I guess the more compact the planner, the tighter the pockets.
The planner did come with loads of old inserts which would not be much use to me tbh.

I love the fact that it came with time table and course record inserts. I think this will be very useful in my university section.

It also did come with contact inserts.

These are the week on one page inserts it came with. Minus the fact that they are old inserts, I don't think I would ever use them really because I don't like the layout and the space is just too small for me.

It also came with address inserts.

Then there's lined and square note paper.

There is also orange plain note paper and blue lined note paper.
Now I wanted to talk a little bit more about the rings. I am not surprised about the size because it is a compact planner and I was expecting it to be much smaller. The one thing that puts me off though is how hard it is to open the rings and close them. I don't pull my rings apart to open them up but rather, I press down on the little thingies at the top and bottom to open the rings up. I realised that even using these is so difficult. It hurts my fingers a bit and that is one thing that really puts me off.

The planner has one flappy pocket at the back and also an elastic pen loops. I like the fact that the pen loop is elastic but I would have loved it more if it were on the other side.

This is just a little comparison with my Personal Saffiano and you can see it's pretty much the same except for the fact that the compact planner is thinner.

I forgot to show this paperchase mark at the beginning.

This is what it looks like from the side.

Top view

So this was just a quick review of this planner. There are a few issues I have with it but I still love it and I can't wait to use it. It is so pretty and I am challenging myself to effectively use the compact size for uni. I have started setting it up now and I will hopefully be moving into it soon.

Has anyone else ever used a compact or slim planner? Is yes, did you love it or if no, do you think you would ever use one? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks ever so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Guest Post #3: Megan's Thoughts About Starting University

*Hello everyone, I am continuing my university series again today with another guest post. This time, we will be hearing from the amazing Megan who blogs over at Megan was my partner in the spring gift swap I took part in in March and I got to know her a little better through the whole experience. She is a  very lovely person and I hope you enjoy her post"

Hello Joanny's lovely followers! I'm excited to be a part of Joanny's university series so I'm here to share some of my wisdom (haha) and talk about my university experience.

1. How did you feel before starting university? What were your fears and what were you looking forward to?

I was a combination of terrified and really, really excited, which I think is completely normal! I was definitely ready to leave home and start a new adventure, but I was also really nervous about making friends. I was scared about making the transition to be long-distance with my boyfriend too, so whilst overall I was excited, I was worrying about lots of things.

2. How was your actual uni experience compared to what you anticipated?
My university experience (so far - I've got one year left) has been fantastic. I really love my course and whilst I haven't made a ton of friends, I've got a solid group who I live with and couldn't be happier. I made the relationship with my boyfriend work too, which has been tough at times but I think it's really helped us. I've done things that I never thought I would do; i.e. becoming a student ambassador which involves talking in front of groups of people, giving campus tours and things like that. I think uni has definitely helped improve my confidence, which I didn't think it would to the extent that it has.

3. What advice would you give to anyone starting university?

Oh gosh, there's so much advice I want to give!

Um, number one would be don't do anything you aren't happy doing. Whether it's drinking/partying, getting involved with people, or letting people share your food; don't do it if you don't want to. For the most part, I think people at uni are really understanding of the fact that everyone's different. If you don't drink you can still go out and have fun so don't be worried about not making friends because you don't drink (you will).

Number two would be make the most of freshers. Freshers is a time to meet people and make new friends; not just to get so drunk you pass out in your kitchen and wake up covered in your own sick. Half the people I met in freshers are people I've never seen or spoken to again, but it was the time that I solidified a bond with my flatmates so it's worth taking part.

Number three... go to all your lectures. I know, I know, I'm not your mum. BUT SERIOUSLY. You're paying £9000 a year for them, you might as well turn up. Your sleeping pattern is bound to be a little messed up post-freshers, but don't lose sight of why you came to uni in the first place!

So, that's my two cents on university life. You can find me at if you have anything you want to ask me! 
*Thank you so much for your guest post Megan. I loved your answers and it was very fun to read. Don't forget to check out Megan's blog for more uni style, scrapbooky, stationery, project life, lifestyle and other interesting posts. Thanks for reading*

Sunday, 16 August 2015

My Week #33 (2015)

Results Day 2015, Reviews, 2 Weeks Of Work Left And Going Natural?

My Week 33 in my Filofax

Bible Verse Of The Week:
"The heavens declare the glory of the Lord; The skies proclaim the work of his hands"
Psalm 19:1

I had been waiting so much for A Level results day. Obviously not because I was expecting any results but because I wanted my UCAS Track status to finally be updated.

Not that there was a possibility of them taking the offer back but now I know for sure I am definitely going to university. I just started to realise that time is no longer on my side and that after two years, the time for me to leave will come very soon. I thought my accommodation application would have been updated by now and that we would have received information about our rooms but most- if not all of us are still waiting unfortunately. 

 Also, some of you may know that I opened my etsy shop in June and it has been a whole new experience for me with it's own challenges and all. I was very thrilled to get 3 five star reviews in two days this week. It doesn't only feel good to sell something but it is also very fulfilling when you realise that people love what they buy.

Work has been alright this week. Not too busy  as it is the summer. I have only got 2 more weeks left (6 more shifts) and that will be it till the Christmas holidays. I can't wait to finally have a break. I am tired of the long hours and early mornings.

Finally, I made a decision a couple of days ago that I was going to transition to natural hair. As in I am going to try and grow out my natural hair without relaxing it. My hair is currently relaxed (chemically straightened) and has been relaxed ever since I was a kid because it is apparently "easier" to manage in that state but I have never really liked my hair straight. If my natural hair (no chemicals in it) is curly or coily, then I don't see the point of chemically straightening it when I don't like my hair straight. I have decided to grow my curly hair as long as I can and then chop off all the relaxed (straight) ends. It is worth a try especially since the ends of my hair have broken off a lot due to too much recent manipulation. The one thing that did it for me was when I saw my mum's curly natural hair a few days ago. I really liked the texture and I can't wait to see how my hair turns out to be. I know this is going to be a challenge for me as it is going to be difficult managing the two textures but I am willing to give it a go. Besides, I can always relax it again if I can't manage haha.

Anyway, I thought I would end this post with my favourite #haircrush photo of the week.
I just love the mix of colours.
This image was from instagram but you can find out more about this lady on her website here.

Sorry about all this hair talk. How has your week been?
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 14 August 2015

University Haul 2015 #4: Miscellaneous

Hello everyone,

I have one more haul post for you today. In this one, I will be showing you the other random items I will be taking with me to university. Some of them are just items I forget to include in the previous posts and others are items are recently bought. If you would like to see what I got for the bedroom, kitchen and also the stationery items I got, you can click herehere and here.

First up on the list is this designer expanding file I got from WH Smith. I think this will really come in handy to keep all my important documents and all that. The organiser even has divider tabs for each of the compartments so you can keep everything where you can find it.

Next is my HP laptop which I have had for a while now. Got it from Currys PC World.

I also got this cute owl pen pot from Store 21 and the pack of pencils is from Pundland.

I also got this desk drawer from Poundland

This fleece throw is from Store 21 as well.

And I was finally able to find a mattress protector. I got this one from Ponden Home.

The sewing kit is from amazon. I love this little storage caddy as it contains every single thing I could possibly need.

I also got a white board and pen from poundland.

Door wedge- Store 21
Sleeping mask- Store 21

These decorations were given to me by one of my close friends from college on my 17th birthday. I hadn't really found a place for them in my room at home and so I hope I can find a place for them in my uni room.

And last but not the least, I am going to be taking Rosie with me- my Festival concert ukulele. 

And so that is everything I will be sharing. I guess if I get any more things over the next couple of weeks then I will probably just include them in the Sunday "My Week" posts. 
Would anyone be able to guess what the colour theme for my room would be? If you have read all the uni haul posts, then you might have been able to spot the colour pattern as most of the things I got are in these two colours. Have any of you spotted the two colours? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by.