What Are You Up To?

What Are You Up To?

I am currently finishing one research paper and will start working on the next one as soon as I am done with this one. Consequently, I don’t have time to write an actual post today so I wanted to ask you guys what you are up to. Hopefully, your situation is better than mine. Let me know in the comments!


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Hey!

Hey!

I didn’t have much time today to write a post so I decided to catch up with you guys! What have you been up to? Have you seen any good shows or movies lately? Try anything new? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to find out what’s going on with you!

I’ve been watching The Office again and apparently so has everyone else right now 😂 It’s comforting since it’s so wholesome and I’ve already seen it so I know what episodes I like. I watched Scrubs for a while and it was pretty good. It probably isn’t my favourite show ever but it’s pretty funny.

I’ve also made a lot of new recipes which has been fun and I’m excited to share more recipes with you guys! I’ve also been trying to finish my essay proposals which has been a little difficult but at least I found topics.

Oh and I wanted to let everyone know that I am avoiding Instagram for a few days because of all the school work I need to deal with and Instagram/social media can be kind of distracting. But I will be back on Instagram in a few days and I will reply to everyone and respond to the comments and stuff. I have a lot of exciting stuff I want to share and a lot of makeup looks/reviews I enjoyed trying out. If you’re interested in makeup, fashion and food/recipe posts on Instagram feel free to follow me by clicking here.


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Two Thumbs, Tiktok And Onlyfans

Two Thumbs, Tiktok And Onlyfans

Guess who has two thumbs and burnt both of them cooking? This guy 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️

I know I’ve been posting a lot of six word stories since I’ve been super busy with university but my stats are really good so far so I’m hoping you’re enjoying them. I wanted to make a couple of other posts in between though just so you guys have something different to read. Today I decided to do a little update post to just let you know what’s been going on with my life as well as my thoughts on certain things. I also know I haven’t been posting a lot of “blogging advice” posts lately which were probably my most popular posts but those take a little while to put together. I will be posting more of those soon though since I’ll have some time during my midterms.

I know I haven’t been as active on other peoples blogs but I will try my best to visit as soon as possible! Also I have three paper proposals due and I am blanking on what to write about for one of them. Nothing seems to stand out to me and I am not finding anything particularly interesting that I would want to write a research paper on it. It’s really weird because this rarely happens to me. I hope I find something soon though.

Are any of you guys on Tiktok?? I personally am not because I heard it has a serious troll problem and I just do not want to deal with that. I’m good with blogging and Instagram for now. I really enjoy Pinterest too but I find it hard to be active on everything these days so I decided to focus on Instagram and WordPress for now. Anyway,  the reason I brought up TikTok is because I keep seeing it EVERYWHERE and some of the videos are so fake and cringe-y lol! I cringe really easy so I try to avoid those but sometimes I get embarrassed for them when I see them.

Also, TikTok was on my mind recently because of the whole Charlie D’Amelio thing with the hashtag. If you don’t know what I’m talking about but want to find out more about it click here. I know everyone is roasting her and calling her self-absorbed but this is how I think about it. Imagine being 16 years old and being that famous and having those many followers. It would be overwhelming for anyone. I also know that it was a really stupid mistake that she made and she could have easily clicked on the hashtag and seen who it was really meant for but at the same time I remember when I was a stupid sixteen year old. I was super dumb and probably kind of self-absorbed too (that’s usually what it’s like when you’re a teenager). I can definitely see myself doing something stupid like that at 16 years old and to have the whole world laughing probably doesn’t feel so great. I mean I did so many dumb things as a teenager that I wouldn’t want everyone on the internet knowing about. I still get embarrassed just thinking about the dumb stuff I’ve done (remember when I left my mic on a few days ago??) and I just think it would be a million times worse if it was on the internet with millions of people judging me. I’m not saying the D’Amelio’s are super awesome or anything- I personally can’t stand them to be quite honest. I think the whole family seems kind of messed up but as a history major I’ve been finding it increasingly easier to keep my personal opinions separate and think about things in a more rational way. When I first heard about the whole hashtag mistake I just felt kind of bad for her just because I can relate- you are so dumb when you’re a teenager and stuff like this happens all the time but now with the internet and social media and stuff it’s so much worse and I can’t even imagine how embarrassed she must have felt.

Talking about social media- if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know but I recently just reached 5K followers on Instagram and I just really want to thank everyone who followed me through this blog! I really appreciate the support and if you haven’t followed me yet I would really appreciate it if you did by clicking here. I promise I’ll follow you back and not unfollow you like an hour later lol! My Instagram is kind of separate from my blog and the stuff I post on it is pretty different. I think for now I will mostly be posting stuff about makeup, lifestyle, fashion and food. I usually post updates with what’s going on in my life, what makeup looks I’m into at the moment, what outfits and jewelry I’m wearing and what I’m eating. I do post about my blog occasionally but don’t worry it won’t just be a repeat of what you’re already seeing on my blog. I know earlier I said I wasn’t super into social media and Instagram in particular but now that I’m just posting for fun without caring too much about growing or advertising my blog I’m actually having a lot of fun especially with creating new makeup looks. Ironically, my Instagram is now growing much faster for some reason lol?!?

I’ve been hearing so much about OnlyFans you guys! Apparently DJ Khaled and Fat Joe are on it too?? What is 2021 even? I feel like it’s going to be as weird as 2020 but hopefully less awful.

Anyway, that was my little update. I’m going to get back to my essay proposals and a primary source analysis I have due for my Spanish class tomorrow. I hope your January went amazing and I hope your February is even better!

Your Thoughts

Are you on TikTok or OnlyFans? What do you think about the D’Amelio’s and the whole #hereforcharli situation? Were you a dumb teenager like me? What was the dumbest thing you did as a teenager? Let me know in the comments below because I always love hearing your thoughts or simply stop by and say hi!


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I Did A Dumb Thing

I Did A Dumb Thing

So you guys know how all my classes are online now? Well it finally happened- I did that cliché, dumb online classes thing where I left my mic on without realizing it and said something kind of embarrassing in the background 🙃

I don’t care that much since it’s my last semester and I’ll probably (hopefully) never see any of these people again after this semester but I’m still going to be extremely careful from now on. Life goes on I guess? Aren’t online classes just super great though?

On a lighter note one of my professors told me my write-up this week was “quite good” which I know doesn’t sound like a big deal but it kind of is. He is super nice and sweet but he’s also a very strict marker and I’ve had him for multiple courses and I’m pretty sure this is the first time he’s said this about something I wrote! I’m like genuinely happy and now I want to work even harder on next weeks!

Hope you enjoyed that recap of how my day went- it was weird to say the least.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear your horror stories about online classes! Or if you have any horror stories about university/school in general! Or you can always just tell me how your day went or just stop by and say hi- I don’t bite!


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My Courses Last Semester

My Courses Last Semester

Courses I Took Last Semester

I realised some time ago that I hadn’t really talked much about what courses I took last year and my university experience last year. I have talked about it a little bit in passing but not on a post on its own and since some people have been asking me about it I thought I could write a post and talk about what courses I took, what I learnt and my experiences with online classes.

As you guys know last year was interesting to say the least. Due to the pandemic all my courses were fully online. This was my fourth year which meant that I would now focus on my major and did not have any elective courses. We have to take four fourth year history courses this year and up to two third year history courses. Since this was my first time doing online classes I decided to take only two fourth year courses last semester.

At Brock, your fourth year history courses have a seminar like structure. You don’t have lectures and instead the focus is on discussing both primary and secondary sources with everyone else in your class. It’s significantly more reading compared to the other courses since the emphasis is on sources so that was what mostly kept me busy for the last few months. The discussions are normally student led and we are encouraged to participate as much as possible.

I used to dread seminars in my first semester because as someone with anxiety speaking up in front of everyone is not really something I’m awesome at. However, I am so glad we have seminars and are forced to participate- we aren’t exactly forced but you need to participate at least a few times to get a decent grade. It really helped bring me out of my comfort zone and it helped me develop a lot of skills that will be super useful for me in the future. I am pretty comfortable speaking in groups now in this kind of setting, I have better leadership skills since we have to lead some seminars and I am a lot more confident about my thoughts and opinions. If you knew me when I first started university- my followers who have been following this blog since the beginning will remember- you would never expect me to be okay with this kind of thing. But thanks to my anxiety decreasing significantly due to CBD oil and meditation along with getting used to speaking up I have actually really started enjoying seminars. It helps that I get to be in my pjs for the ones that I don’t have to switch on my camera lol!

Anyway that’s just a little background information about fourth year courses at Brock and how the history ones generally work. Here are the courses I took last semester and my thoughts about them:

History Of Slavery

I have had the professor who was teaching this course for another course and he is probably one of my favourite professors because the stuff he teaches is exactly the kind of history I am generally interested in learning. I took an American history course with him last semester and really enjoyed it. He is just super chill and understanding and has a really great vibe. He is also super understanding and tries to make sure his courses aren’t too overwhelming so we did not have a lot of assignments and stuff which was amazing.

I have learnt about slavery before in other courses. Before this course I had learnt about slavery in Rome, Africa and America but that was about it. I had never taken a course that was specifically about slavery so I was very curious to see what we would learn in this one and I was not disappointed. I learnt so many eye opening things that I had never learnt about before.

I loved that he also had multiple classes on slavery in the Caribbean because that was something that a lot of courses do not really talk about a lot. We also talked about slavery that is currently going on which was a bit difficult to read primary sources about because they were truly heartbreaking. Most of us know that these things are happening but when you learn about them in detail its just different and much more difficult to digest. I’m glad he added that because it was something that was hard to learn about but also important to learn about.

Apart from that we did the general stuff that one usually thinks about when we discuss slavery like slavery in America. I think out of all the courses I have taken so far this was one of the most difficult one because of the primary accounts of slaves or former slaves. It’s really hard to read some of the things we did. I’m not going to share in detail what they were as some very extremely explicit and disturbing.

Overall, this course was amazing and I truly ended up learning so much.

History Of Food

As you guys know there are three things that I love- food, history and writing- and this course was a combination of all three of these things. Out of all the courses I have taken this was the one I was most excited about and I was not disappointed in the least bit. The professor I had for this course was really great and I had a really fun time with this course. She was also super chill which was amazing.

We do not often think of history and food together- at least most of us don’t. I mean some historical events such as famines etc. make us think about history and food together but when we think about general history we often do not think about food. For example, when we think about the Cold War the first thing we think about is usually not food. This course showed me that maybe we should think about food a lot more than we do when it comes to history because it plays an insanely large role in most of history.

The best part of this class was that we get to recreate a recipe from history as part of our assignment and we can base our final research paper on it to except obviously our final paper is much more detailed and about the topic in general not just the recipe.

The recipe I decided to recreate was from a cookbook written by a former slave called Abby Fisher and the cookbook was called Mrs. Abby Fisher Knows Southern Cooking. You can check out an online version of the cookbook by clicking here. This was the second- formerly believed to be the first- cookbook published by a freed slave and an African American woman. She herself nor her husband were able to read or write so the recipes were dictated and written by someone else.

The reason I chose this particular cookbook was because since I was taking a course in slavery as well I was already interested in slave food, eating habits and how what is now known as soul food is inspired by slave food. Therefore, I thought this would be very interesting to recreate and also her recipes were super simple and easy to recreate which was helpful. I personally chose to make her ginger cookies recipe and they turned out pretty good although slightly dry so I would recommend adding oat or coconut milk for anyone who may want to try recreating it as well. That’s how mine turned out:

This course really helped me thinking of food as more than just something we put in our body but rather as something that helps define who we are. What we eat says much more about us than we think it does. For some of us it allows us to connect with our ancestors and our culture, for others it allows us to reminisce about different times and for all of us it helps us create new memories.

Your Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit more about the courses I took last semester and my experiences with them. Have you ever taken any similar courses or are you currently taking any similar courses? Would you try historical recipes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi!


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5 Life Lessons I Learnt At University

What I Learnt At University

A while back I took a survey asking you guys what you wanted to see on lifesfinewhine and one of the things that was mentioned a lot was stuff about university. Someone suggested that I do a post about lessons I learnt at university and I thought that was a really good idea. By the way the survey is still open so feel free to leave suggestions by clicking here.
These lessons are not going to be about the subjects I learnt although in case you’re interested I’m a history major. Instead, I’ll be focusing on other things I have picked up after being a full time university student for the last three years. Since I study in Canada but I’m Kenyan my experiences may differ a little as international students do tend to have different experiences.
I also think that being a history major also helped me pick up on certain lessons I may not have learnt doing other courses. I think when you study history you just understand the present so much better because you see what it has evolved from and that helps you understand life better. Or maybe that’s just me…
Anyway, here are the main lessons I have picked up from university as a full time student for the last three years:

School Doesn’t Teach You Everything


As a history major in particular one thing that I have really picked up over the years is that school/college/university really does not teach you everything. A lot of what you need to know to survive in the world is stuff you are going to have to pick up on your own often through experience.
And about the things that university does teach you- every professor/teacher has their own point of view and their own opinions. They can and of course should try to teach in as much of an unbiased way as possible but at the end of the day they are going to teach you what they believe is the truth or what they think you should learn. The sources you use, the books you use, the articles you use- everything is going to have an agenda.
If you really want to learn something in an unbiased way make sure you do your own research and read about both sides. You don’t need to agree with both sides or even either side but just knowing that information will help you uncover the truth because there really are three sides to everything. Never fully rely on just one source of information or one POV/school of thought.

Grades Don’t Really Matter


Okay, that subheading is not entirely true. Yes, grades do matter but only to an extent. When it comes to work or other things your grades are going to be something that people will look at. I’m definitely not saying don’t work hard or don’t bother trying to get good grades because you should try the very best you can and try to get the best grades you can.
However, grades are not the end of the world and they are not the only thing that matters. It’s sort of like when you were in high school and you were obsessed with test scores or exams scores but when you entered university it sort of did not matter as much how you did in high school and suddenly how you did in university became much more important. Well, when you think about like your university grades sort of seem a bit insignificant. Again, yes they can help land you a good job etc. But there is also so much more to life than grades. Don’t forget to experience those things too.
And if you happen to not get the grade you want for a particular course don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to everyone and most universities do let you redo courses or take different courses instead. It’s okay to mess up sometimes as long as you learn from your mistakes and try harder next time.

Always Be Proactive


I think this something that I REALLY learnt at university. The workload at university is no joke and you learn relatively quickly that if you do not start planning your self out ahead of time and doing what you have time earlier you are going to quickly find yourself in a downward spiral.
I think being proactive is a really important thing to learn as an adult because it not only helps you with university but with life as well. I talked about this in more detail in my blogging journey posts but one thing that really helps me stay regular with posting on this blog and maintaining this blog in general is being proactive. I try to plan myself out in such a way that I always have something ready to post in case I get busy with other things. And this has helped me stay active which consequently has helped me grow the blog.
Being proactive, knowing how to properly plan everything out, having a daily schedule and things like this are so incredibly important in life. It really helps you focus on your goals better and teaches you to make the best use of your time. If you look at a lot of successful people you see that they have the same amount of hours as you every day but they use them very wisely and make the most of what they have got.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone


I think one thing that university has helped me a lot with is getting out of my comfort zone. Moving to a different country on a different continent can be a lot of change and it meant that I pretty much had to get out of my comfort zone and experience a lot of new things I otherwise never would have. Yes, it was quite difficult but it was also such an incredibly rewarding experience that if I had to I would definitely do it all over again.
As you guys may know I suffer from anxiety and all this change can be a lot even for someone without anxiety so you can imagine just how ridiculously anxiety inducing it was for me. But at the same time I felt like I had been stuck in a rut and was just doing the same things over and over again with no satisfaction.
That is why I forced myself to study abroad because as scary as it was I knew that I needed it for my own mental well being. And university also really made me get out of my comfort zone. It helped me get better at taking charge which was something I was formerly horrible at, speaking in front of people and much more.
I am so grateful to be out of my little box and now I have become a person who is so much more open to new experiences such as travelling, meeting new people, trying new things (not currently due to the pandemic obviously). I think of everything I could have missed out had I stayed in my comfort zone and I am so thankful I got out.

Do What You Genuinely Love


As you may or may not know depending on how long you have followed this blog, I did not want to major in History when I first decided to enroll at university. I was actually going to major in Psychology but decided to major in History later on instead. The reason I did not want to major in history was because I was kind of like- well what are you going to do after your done with the degree? I did not want to do law or anything like that. I just wanted to study History.
But I’m super glad I ended up majoring in History because as much as I loved and still love Psychology I don’t think it would have been the right major for me. I also don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed learning history. I think doing what your heart tells you to do or rather listening to your gut is very important because sometimes the universe knows things that you do not and is trying to nudge you in the right direction.
But basically what this situation taught me was that do what you love and everything else will fall in place. And honestly, I have seen that happen again and again with everything in my life. I freak out about something but the universe ends up taking care of it. It was like that with this blog too- I was stressed out and wanted to blog regularly but things were not falling into place. But then they did and just like that everything worked out.

Thoughts

Have you ever studied abroad? What were some of the lessons you picked up at university? Did you have any similar experiences or learn any similar lessons as those that I have mentioned above? What was/is your major? Do you work in the same field you majored in?


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Another Update!

So I’m going to be leaving for Canada soon!!

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And I just wanted to let you know I won’t be blogging as regularly if at all because I’ll be pretty busy for the first few weeks but after that I’ll be blogging regularly like I usually do!!

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I just need to get everything set up there and then the blog will be back to normal. I’m really sorry if I miss your posts and don’t like or leave a comment like I usually do but I will try to catch up when I can. Also I may not be as active as usual because I’ll be busy with university but I’ll try my best!

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The Truth About Studying Abroad

I had done some posts a while ago on Universities and Studying Abroad which had some great feedback and I wanted to do a post on what it’s like once you actually get to university but as you probably know I’m taking a gap year right now. So I asked one of my best friends Natasha if she would write a few posts on what it’s like in the first year of studying abroad since she is studying in Malaysia at the moment and she wrote this incredible post! I really hope this helps everyone 🙂

Leaving home is no child’s play. As much as I was looking forward to studying abroad and being on my own for a while, the moment I realized just how far away I am from my family and friends, I wasn’t looking forward to it anymore. I’m going to be honest, my first month in university abroad was hell. Now you’re probably wondering, where on earth did I end up? The answer to that is Malaysia. As it turns out, lots of people opted or are opting to study in Malaysia now as opposed to the UK and USA.

I’m from Kenya, which is halfway across the world, almost fourteen hours away from Malaysia. I’ve got to say, I had a major culture shock upon arrival. Things here are so different from back home. Although English is spoken here as a second language, not everyone can speak it (more about the same will be in an upcoming post).

Don’t get me wrong, Kenya does have some brilliant universities. There are however several reasons I chose to study abroad.

First off, I am a very reserved and shy person. Those who know me well are aware that I do not make friends easily. I decided that I have got to leave my comfort zone and try new things, studying abroad being one of them. I think this move to study in a foreign country has exposed me to what else is out there. I now know of a different life from what I was living back home. I’ve only been abroad a month, and it wasn’t easy, but I hope for the best in the months and years to come.

Secondly, I needed room to grow. Not in size (I’m plenty grown in size). I have never been away from my family or on my own for the duration that I’m going to be, and being the way I am, if I hadn’t made the move to study abroad I would be miserable and perhaps even more closed off than I already was. I am definitely more aware of a whole other lifestyle now. Never in my life would I have imagined myself where I am today. The truth is, when you’ve got it all planned in your head, be prepared for it to all fall apart and turn out completely different or even the complete opposite of what you imagined. It happened to me.

Next, no matter how close you are to your family, as a teenager and young adult, you will want your own space. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be independent and alone for a while. We all need a break. For me, university was that space. I remember being frustrated with situations at home almost every day, and I could not wait to leave. When I did leave and began to realize how difficult it was for me settle into university life, I really started to appreciate being near loved ones. Sure, they drive you up the wall sometimes, but they’re important in your life. It was hard waking up and realizing that I had a whole day ahead of me to figure things out alone. It’s easy to get mad at people. When I think of all the times that I got mad or angry at the most insignificant things I want to kick myself.

When you’re on your own, you appreciate doing things for yourself. I have to make time for laundry and cleaning and also grocery shopping, which I prefer to do on my off days or the weekends. Like any hostel, mine has rules, and one of the many rules is that we cannot cook in our apartment. It does sound ridiculous and I have been getting takeaways for dinner almost every day. I do not eat fast food as often as you may think, because even as a foodie, I cannot eat fried food every day. This has given me a chance to try out different types of food and once in a while I do treat myself to lavish meals. Not too lavish if I may add, obviously being a student I’m on a budget.

I do share my apartment with four other girls, and space in common areas like the fridge and cabinets can be an issue. That shouldn’t stop you from buying your essentials however. Housemate fights are common from what I have heard. Although I haven’t been in any, and I don’t plan to be, I have had to make some adjustments in order to feel at home. Be friendly to your housemates. Two out of the five of us are international students. This is a good chance to make new friends and get to know about new things, which is part of the growth process I mentioned earlier. As it has been only a month, we’re not the best of friends. That will take some time of course. We’re all away from our family and friends, and it’s vital that we maintain a good relationship. And who knows, we could end up staying in touch way after university is over too.

I will conclude by saying that although I have had some tough times in the past month, I am doing my best to make things work. I have three years to work on what I want to be in the future, and who knows the challenges that lie ahead. My advice to those of you who are going to start university or college soon, or who have already started, is that it’s okay if it doesn’t end up being the way you imagined. Not everything can go our way, and we have to deal with disappointment sometimes. I did have second thoughts when I started out. I felt lonely and I cried every chance I got, but it all starts taking shape in due course. It is difficult, but what I have learnt is that you have to make it work for yourself. Make it turn out the way you want. Fill yourself with positive thoughts and try to focus on what you’re actually there for. Travel around the country too, it can’t be all work and no play. This also applies to those of you who want to stay back in your home towns and go to university. Take the time to do things you wouldn’t normally do, and you could turn out to be a totally different person at the end of it all.

I would like to thank one of my best friends PoojaG for suggesting that I do this post. Putting my experience down in words has made me feel much better. Thanks Pooj for giving me this platform to get the message to people out there. I miss you so much and I hope to feature in your blogs in the future! You’re a phenomenal writer, and I wish the best for you!

I wish all of you the very best in your future endeavours!

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