When architecture student Victor Lundy was drafted during WWII, his attention remained focused on his sketches, which became a visual diary of his everyday army life. Lundy donated all 8 of his sketchbooks to the Library of Congress in 2009, and they’re now available online for everyone to see. Source

How to improve your handwriting quickly

To no surprise, studyblr is absolutely full of handwriting to be envious of. There is no shortage of note-taking photos which look like an angel wrote them. Whilst your handwriting is a part of who you are and there is no shame in having wonderfully messy writing, sometimes you just fancy a change. With this technique I’ve managed to adjust my handwriting in a short space of time. I cannot guarantee this will work for everyone, but hopefully it will be of use! Here  is my step-by-step guide to improving your writing:

  • Figure out what you want - what part of your writing do you want to change? Are you wanting to learn how to write more cursive or just make your writing more legible? Do you need to write faster or smaller? Write a random paragraph out and see what you like or don’t like about it. That way you can figure out what you need to change. 
  • Pick a pen - find a pen that you love to write with it! Different pens can influence your writing so try out as many as you can. There is ballpoint, gel pen, fineliner, rollerball, etc! My favourites are Muji Gel Pens and the Pilot G2.
  • Find inspiration - as I said studyblr is full of inspiring handwriting and beautiful bullet journals. Find a few of your faves and save them. Same with Pinterest! Search around for some examples and save them. 
  • Download your inspiration - the quickest way to retrain your hand is to copy. Whilst a handwriting sample from your favourite blog might be available, it can be extremely hard to recreate with accuracy. For this, I suggest picking a similar downloadable font. Sites such as dafont.com, fontsquirrel.com, myfonts.com and etsy.com offer hundreds of fonts for your choosing. Obviously choosing a handwritten style is going to be the easiest to recreate so start there. Here are my top handwritten fonts are Shoreline Script, Halo Handletter, MF I Love Glitter, Chocolate Coloured Raindrops, and Handwriting CR
  • Make a cheatsheet - once you’ve picked and downloaded the font you want to make your handwriting like, you can make a cheatsheet. By this I mean opening a word/pages document and typing uppercase and lowercase letters, words and numbers in your chosen font. Pick a size that you think will be easy for you to write on, probably 12pt+. Then print! An example of the one I made is here
  • Start writing - after you’ve printed start writing over the words. By tracing over the letters you’ll eventually retain yourself to write that way more naturally. Take it slow and be sure to properly trace the letters. This might take a while and some hard work but when it works it will be worth it. Try printing your cheatsheet 3 or 4 times and going over them all. Once you feel you’ve got the hang off it try copying without the font underneath and see how similar it is.
  • Persistence - changing your writing is undoubtedly going to take time so don’t be disheartened if you don’t get it quickly. It is also important to remember that being able to recreate your desired handwriting exactly can be tricky and might not be totally possible. However practicing should help your normal handwriting adapt to have some of the features that the writing you want has. 

I did this over the past few days and have managed to improve my cursive style writing. You can see my normal writing vs the writing style I learnt in 2ish days. I hope this helps! I’m happy to email ready done font cheatsheets if you’d like one, just message me. If you are practicing using these tips, I’d love to see. Tag me on here or Instagram! :~)

63/100 days of productivity (4th December 2016)

The forest of bookmarks that’s left after four weeks spent on preparing a presentation… My professor accepted already second version (he is known for sending stuff back up to 20 times before accepting it so I am pretty proud of myself).

From Real Books to E-books on Kindle Paperwhite

From Real Books to E-books on Kindle Paperwhite

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Nothing better than an opening quote of Dr. Seuss! ‘Tis true dear friends. ‘Tis true. Ever since I received my Kindle paperwhite, I have been getting books left and right and I love every minute of it! AND wanna know a secret?? I DID IT FOR FREE! Free e-books you say? How is that possible? Am I hacking into Amazon and stealing all their knowledge from their database by the extent of my coding…

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Therapists are human too

Just thought I’d have a bit of a journal styled entry here as I’ve not tried it before plus I’m having a bad day so why not…

So today I’m a having a bad day just in general. I’m feeling really sad, with spurts of frustration and a bit useless really. I know that this is all because I’ve had a really unusually crummy week where I had my bank account hacked into and over £300 stolen and two phone contracts taken out in my name. Then just some new client work experiences and I alway feel sad when I’ve had a fantastic time with my best friend and then have to leave her not knowing when I’ll see her next. Then to top it all off ending our lovely weekend being involved in a really bad fire and loosing my coursework as a result… it’s all just been a bit crap! And it’s pushed me to my capacity edge today. Luckily my client cancelled otherwise I would have cancelled because it’s not ethical to practice when you can’t give yourself properly and today I just can’t.

So… Considering I knew when I woke up how bad I was feeling I then decided to take care of myself. So I’ve had an extra lie in, I’ve had a chilled morning and then had a great learning experience in supervision. Then I treated myself to a coffee and now I’m going to my other really good friend to off load and have amazing cuddles whilst being called Auntie NooNoo 😍

Take care everyone! Be kind to yourselves. If you need a self care day it’s ok… I sure needed one today. I’m going to end my day with a bubble bath and early night so I can wake up feeling a bit more myself tomorrow. Because your worth it!

4/12/16 | 62/100 A nice evening of starting my reading for the week and snuggling up with a cup of tea! There’s no better end to a Sunday evening!

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I’m currently on vacation in Apollo Bay, and today my boyfriend and I took a day trip to the Cape Otway Lightstation.

One of my favourite things we did at uni this year was going out into the field for our Capture the Flag project to collect reference pictures and get a feel for the place we were trying to recreate in the game. I’m not sure why it stuck with my so vividly, I just really enjoyed that process. It was fun and challenging to try and figure out what pictures we needed and what would be relevant. We also watched footage of Square Enix doing a similar thing in Africa while they were making one of the new Final Fantasy games. I guess I just like the idea of really capturing the essence of a place within a game, and what little details you can include to really make it feel real.

Anyway, since then whenever I’m on vacation or I’m somewhere I’m not overly familiar with I’m always on the lookout for scenery, sounds or really anything that catches my eye as something that could be interesting in a game environment.

As we were driving down the road to the lighthouse we went through the overhanging passageway of gum tree’s you can see above. I immediately insisted Hugh get his phone camera out and snap some pictures for me.

They don’t fully do it justice but it was quite creepy driving through these stark white gnarled branches that almost seemed to be reaching over the road. It reminded me a little of the scene in Snow White where the branches are reaching for her as she runs through the forest.

03/12/2016

Getting to the end of revision week and studying Greek grammar one last time. I still can’t believe I’m about to have my first finals! Hope everyone is doing okay and remembering to take breaks and relaxing during this stressful time of the year!