Thursday, 30 July 2015

DIY Record Display

I recently bought a record player, the Steepletone ST918, which I wholeheartedly recommend. However my small record collection has been living in a tatty old box and the great cover art was hidden away. This diy is cheap, easy and provides free art for your walls. 

All you need are 1 inch nails, thread, a hammer and records. I plotted out where the nails should go by using my biggest record, which meant they would all fit. After you've marked the spots on the wall, hammer the nails, making sure there is enough room for the records to sit. Then I wrapped thread between the vertical nails, tying knots to make it more secure. Four times later and my records were on my walls and looking good. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Feminism and Me

I am a feminist. 

Feminism is not a dirty word.

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. Gloria Steinem

I'm not perfect, no one is but I am making conscious efforts to unlearn all the horrible habits I have. For me the hardest thing to unlearn was the constant judgement of other women that I did everyday. It's hard not to judge other women, when we are constantly bombarded with the ideals we should achieve and told that anyone who doesn't adhere to these should be judged. The problem is that no one can achieve these ideals, perpetuating the cycle of self hatred. How am I expected to not judge other women for the way they act, or look, if I do the same to myself. People idolise powerful women yet tear them down as soon as possible. 

I am my own worst critic and this is detrimental to my health, both mental and physical. How can I expect anyone to love me if I don't love myself. I am shown everywhere that I should look a certain way but this changes every season, I can't be curvy one second and then skeletal the next. Should I aspire to be a career woman or a mother? Should I take every opportunity to rise to the top only to earn less and never reach my true potential. Should I pursue a career where my research is less likely to receive funding.

A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life. Virginia Woolf

I am not a perfect feminist and I don't claim to be. I am privileged. I am white, straight, educated, middle class and raised in a western country. I will never know what it means to be anything other than what I am. Although the situation is relatively good for me, it's not that way for millions of others. Feminism doesn't end when my situation is the best it can be, it carries on until everyone has equal rights and opportunities. Recognising that my struggles are different is the first step, 

It is so important for me to challenge these stereotypes and taught behaviours. It is hard, to unlearn all the bad habits I've been shown all my life but it's worth it in the end. To praise and admire strong women who have done amazing things, who have overcome the unimaginable. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Cairngorms National Park
I would give my left arm to be on a road trip right now but I am searching for a job because university is crazy expensive, and also I don't have a car. However, I am living vicariously through my roadtrip playlist. There's something about guitars and folky sounds that make me instantly think of the wind blowing through my hair whilst I'm looking out of the window at the most amazing view.

Besides the songs in my playlist I also recommend Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Bears Den, Mumford and Sons, Ray LaMontagne, Hillsong United and Mac Demarco.