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Getting my tattoo pt 2| The consultation

Hello everyone! Bit later than I expected to have this post up but here it is.

So as I said in my last post, I had my consultation on the 8th August.

After she was done with the tattoo she was working on, she came and sat with me. She asked me to remind her of what kind of tattoo it was that I wanted and whether I had any reference pictures. So we sat and discussed my tattoo and she told me how much it would be, £105. Which I was kinda shocked by, I mean I knew it would be expensive but wowee. She must’ve noticed in my expression because she explained to me why it’s that expensive.

Essentially it’s because I wanted a band to go around my arm along with the lotus on the front, the band it the complicated bit. Applying the stencil would take ages to get right which would then take it from a minimum price tattoo to an hourly rate tattoo. The hourly rate for this shop is £70.

So she offered me an alternative, I could just get the lotus done on it’s own (which would be a minimum price tattoo) and then come back to get the band done once I’ve saved up more money. Which I agreed to, because boy am I not ready to part with £105.

In the end she estimated my lotus tattoo should cost about £35-£45. Which I feel is feasible.

Now, one thing I didn’t account for or hear about during my months of research is a booking fee. It differs from shop to shop I imagine but for this one it was £20 and non refundable. It’s just to make sure that if you end up cancelling the appointment, the artist hasn’t completely wasted their time and energy planning out a tattoo for you.

I, of course, didn’t bring the money I had set aside towards paying for a tattoo which was exactly £20. So I had to drop it off after my driving lesson that day because I wanted to get it all sorted asap because I knew if I didn’t then I’d end up procrastinating.

So, at the end of the day I’m expecting to spend about £55-£65 on this tattoo. For now anyways.

Right so that’s it for this blog post, I can’t wait to get back to you with MY ACTUAL TATTOO POST!!

Until next time 🙂

Getting my tattoo pt 1| Preparation

I thought I’d do a step by step break down of my tattoo process! This turned out to be way longer than I expected so I’m going to be breaking it down into multiple blog posts, this one is going to be about everything in the lead up to my tattoo consultation.

So I’ve wanted a tattoo since I was about 16, it was just an idea at first and I didn’t really do anything in preparation for it. Then last year I made a Pinterest board to amass types of tattoos I liked the look of, just to get some kind of idea of what I wanted. The closer it got to my birthday, the more I cracked down and was more specific with the kind of tattoos I saved. Once my birthday hit I started properly researching everything and anything to do with getting a tattoo, it’s just how I work.

I saw everywhere (read: youtube) that I needed to look into tattoo artists and actually look at their work, to gauge whether their style of work is what I wanted. So I found a bunch of tattoo artists near me and started searching for portfolios on their websites, for the most part, artists would have their own ig page so I often looked through there and followed the ones I liked and if they didn’t have any kind of portfolio then they were struck off my list.

I eventually circled back to a tattoo shop sorta close to my house and found an artist there that had some really nice work. After watching many videos about how to properly email a tattoo artist, in true Kirithika fashion, I wrote out and sent the artist an email. She got back to me pretty soon after and we arranged a date and time for a consultation. So I have my tattoo consultation on Wednesday 8th August!

I emailed her way back in June though. I did things so far in advance because for one, I didn’t know how busy she’d be and I wanted to get my tattoo done during the summer holidays and two, I was just really excited tbh…

Seeing as I’m pretty sure of what I wanted, I suppose I could’ve had a walk in tattoo but I just didn’t like the idea of that seeing as it’s my first tattoo. Plus it just feels a bit rude to me, to just turn up. Also there’s no guarantee that you’d even be able to get it then.

Plus, knowing me I’d have a bunch of questions and a consultation is better place to ask all the questions rather than when she’s setting up the damn machine…

So that’s where I’m at currently! I’ll have another post up after my consultation, just to explain how it all went. I think it’ll probably be shorter than this one!

Until next time 🙂

It’s finally the holidays!

I mean for me anyway, my friends left school three weeks ago after their exams and the same could be said for the people who did their GCSEs. So it’s finally summer, for me. And as much as school isn’t all that great now that I’m stuck with the year 12s, I somehow felt apprehensive about the summer holidays. Most likely because I’ll be stuck looking after my brothers while my parents are working, and me going out is not a regular occurrence what with having strict Asian parents who feel that going out more than once a week is excessive.

But! It means I have more free time to be a bit more creative. I’ve been wanting to get better at sewing and hopefully get a sewing machine soon and sew my own skirts seeing as finding skirts that are a size 14 (with a smallish waist), with a nice pattern and also being affordable is apparently asking for too much. I also got watercolours from my bf for my birthday months ago, which I’ve dabbled with a little, that I want to experiment with a bit more and get somewhat better at.

Also, of course, I want to blog more too! I have a bunch of ideas written down but the majority of them focus on my upcoming holiday to Edinburgh. I am very excited to pack for that, more so than actually going there haha, but I’ll try to do a pack with me post or something?? Most likely with lots of pictures but we’ll see!

Slightly more boring perhaps but I’d also like to start looking into content for next year because I have a lot of assignments next year alongside a research project so I think it’d be a good idea to read ahead.

See I’m saying I wanna do all these things but will I have the motivation to do them? Stay tuned

Until next time 🙂

Job prospects, driving and blogging for fun|Where I’m at right now

I felt like writing a blog post but I couldn’t think of an “idea” so I thought I’d just talk about how my life is going at the mo.

After spending almost two years trying to get a job, I decided that it would be a good idea to try and get some retail experience in a charity shop. I wasn’t getting jobs because I was a total noob with very little relevant work experience. I kinda wish I did charity work sooner but ah well. Saying that I did try when I was 14 but the places I went to were full or they wanted me to be 16. So I’m starting at a local charity shop today, I went in to speak to the assistant manager yesterday and she was so nice so I feel way less nervous about going in! It’s a PDSA charity shop & I love animals so it all works out perfectly.

In other news I’ve had to postpone my driving test again because my instructor doesn’t think I’m quite ready yet. I’m kinda sad but also really relieved too because I don’t think I’m quite ready yet tbh. I don’t see the point in rushing into it as that’s going to be a waste of money and I might as well wait so that I do my test when I’m ready and feel as though I can actually pass.

I’ve got one week left of school and I cannot wait for it to be over because I’m so tired of it. I’m going to Scotland during the holidays so I’m hoping to write some posts about that, hopefully I’ll manage to write a couple and not just one because I have a lot of ideas. I’ve also made my tattoo consultation appointment so hopefully if that all goes well I’ll be getting a tattoo within the next few weeks as well which is quite exciting!

Blog wise, I’ve decided that I won’t be renewing my blog hosting in November and I’ll be reverting back to being a WordPress.com blog. I was quite on the fence about this decision until recently, I’m now excited about going back to being a non self hosted blog! I’ll feel much much happier while blogging and I’ve finally decided that my blog is 100% just for fun. No worries about growing my following or trying to make money from it all. If it happens by itself a few years down the line then great! But it’s no longer a priority. For this reason I also went ahead and deleted my blog ig, I made it because I thought that’s what bloggers had to do but not anymore!

I think those are the most interesting things that are happening at the moment so there we go.

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Until next time 🙂

Career plans and UCAS

So at the beginning of this week I had to go into school and start on my university application. It only took me two hours because I did all of this last year so I knew what to do, plus my form tutor has known me for years and is an absolute gem who let me leave early after I had done my draft of my personal statement.

While I have been researching universities for months now, full well knowing that I will be applying to them in Autumn, it was so odd sitting in my room and putting in all the uni and course codes. This time it’s real! I have applied to many things in my life, and I’ve been filling in forms for my family (and others!) for a long long time. But I have never felt the way I felt when I was entering all those codes while sitting on my bed, I found it hard to breathe and my heart was about jump out of my freaking chest. In that moment I couldn’t understand why, it’s not like I’m submitting it now!

But I think it was just the concept of it all, you know UniversityThe big thing that I’ve been building up to ever since I stepped into school. While it is still just education, it’s no longer “just school” where you see your friends everyday and your teacher will be reminding you about that piece of homework you need to hand in. You’ll be on your own effectively, and having to motivate yourself every step of the way.

While I seem like a nervous wreck about going to uni, I’m also really excited. In a way I’ve never really been excited about education before! I put that down to finding a course and career I’m really interested in. Like, really interested in. That course, ladies and gentlemen, is none other than Forensic science. That’s right, I wanna wander around crime scenes in a marshmallow looking hazard suit for a living. There’s more to it of course, but I’m dead excited to get started.

For this reason, and this reason alone, I’m incredibly grateful to year 12 me for failing chemistry AS. Because if I hadn’t I would’ve ended up applying to do forensic psychology. Which is ok I guess but by the end of exams I wanted to burn anything I owned that was remotely related to my psychology A levels. Can’t imagine I’d enjoy three years of degree level of psychology…

I also visited my local uni on a science trip and we spent the whole day in the building where all the practical stuff for my course would be taught. And the person leading the whole event was the person who teaches forensic science so :O While it isn’t my first choice of uni, I’m planning on having it as my insurance choice as the entry requirements are lower than the others and I would still enjoy going there.

Wow I wasn’t expecting this post to be this long…

Well I’ll try not to make it any longer! I hope this post was somewhat interesting, until next time 🙂

Your local bi gal

So I can’t remember if I ever gathered the courage to post it but I remember writing a blog post last year about being bicurious. It was just before I set up this blog so I’m not sure how many of you guys had read it, if I even posted it! But that was back in October 2017. Then after much contemplation, I realised I really was bi. Just before my 18th birthday no less, people on social media quickly found out because why not tell a bunch of strangers and internet friends?? They’re probably the most open minded people I will ever know.

I'm bi!

Telling people in real life though? That was a struggle. My boyfriend already knew because he was the one I discussed it all with to figure it all out and he was chill with it. I kept quiet about it for a while and then I decided I was ready to tell some close friends. I tried to do it in person but I’m sure we can all agree that would be terrifying. So I decided to go down the messaging route. It went well too! One guy was like cool and then two other friends just had a million questions about being bi and that was all.

Would I ever tell my parents? No, never. They don’t know I have a boyfriend and they’d be furious over that, I don’t need to also add that I have the hots for women. I’m good, thanks.

I just felt like pride month was the perfect time to write this post so here we are! I am open to doing a bi q and a post, leave me questions on twitter and I’ll compile them into a post or curious cat if you want to be anonymous!

Until next time 🙂

To think about nothing

Now you may be thinking what is this kid going on about, but just bear with me.

Recently I’ve come to realise that it’s rare for people in this day and age to just sit still and think about nothing, in other words meditation. While I don’t meditate everyday, I do sit with myself from time to time and just empty my mind.

And when I’m done, it truly feels like I’m waking up from a good nap. Not the kind that leaves you groggy and unaware of which decade you’re in.

You may think it’s useless to meditate because, who has the time? And there, in that question, is the reason why you should. You’ll make time to go to an event you don’t care about and to talk to that person that you really don’t like and yet, you can’t take 10 minutes out of your day to just… be?

We’ve all formed a dangerous habit of not allowing ourselves time to be with ourselves and now it’s become normal to be unable to be alone with your thoughts. It’s normal to scroll mindlessly through Instagram for hours and you feel as though your life just might implode if you can’t go on your phone.

But it’s not normal, your brain needs switch off time that isn’t just you falling asleep with stinging eyes after scrolling (again, aimlessly) through Instagram. You need to be actively allowing your mind to settle and to be able to gently pull it back on course when you start thinking about the homework you need to do or that form you need to fill out.

Social media, while useful at times, has made it far too easy to constantly be wasting time doing nothing productive while you tell me you cant spare 10 minutes to meditate and reflect on how you’re really feeling. During meditation you can allow yourself to become really aware of how you’re feeling and to check in on your body too. You’d be surprised how much you don’t notice in the hustle and bustle of life.

Maybe give it a try, and I mean an actual try not a half assed attempt at sitting still for two minutes then going on your phone. Put your phone on silent, get into a comfortable sitting position and let yourself be.

If you do try it, be sure to let me know how it goes!

Until next time 🙂

Post exams!

HELLO EVERYONE

It feels good to blogging once again without exams looming over my tired head! I had my last exam today and it went decently I think but I’ll find out just how decently on results day. Anyhow, with blogging, I’m not sure if I’ll go back to having a schedule? I’ll just post as and when I feel like it (More regularly of course) until school starts and then I’ll start up a schedule so that I can keep track of everything.

I have many ideas buzzing around that I’ll try to get into soon! Some of which will be about my holiday this summer, possibly about my first tattoo when I get it, the new lifestyle I’m trying to lead and much more!! I can’t wait to get stuck into my blog again, I changed the theme of it a while back and I think I quite like it. It’s much cleaner I feel, do you agree?

Spencer is also doing great by the way, I know I haven’t really mentioned her since I got her! We’re getting closer and she’s now jumping up at me for pets!

Honestly I think that’s all I’ve got to say for now!

Until next time 🙂

Venturing into a better life

Going vegan & Becoming a minimalist

So the past few days I’ve been really getting into Madeleine Olivia’s videos on YouTube, which I would highly recommend by the way, and she talks about minimalism and veganism. Two things that intrigued me but seemed unreachable at this point in life. As I’m still living at home and all.

But now I feel like I can maybe still achieve them, I realised I’m a very all or nothing kind of person which isn’t the most useful mindset to have sometimes. It would make more sense to start slowly, build up better habits and be far more likely to succeed. Instead of throwing myself into it all and more than likely fail because I couldn’t keep up with such a massive change in lifestyle.

At first I was trying to think of a way to encompass being a vegan and a minimalist into one word because they seem interlinked if you’re considering the environmental side of things, which I am. But I didn’t know how to so we’ll stick with just saying both the names until I come to a better idea. So here’s a quick break down of what I’m planning on doing, I’ll probably have more detailed posts going up about the individual topics later on.

 

So first with minimalism I’d just like to clarify, when I say minimalism I don’t mean the aesthetic of all white homes with barely anything in them. I just mean living a slightly less cluttered life, with fewer useless possessions taking up space that I don’t have. Plus, a large part of it for me is helping the environment. Buying less stuff =  creating less waste. Simple really!

My main aim is to attempt to reduce how much plastic I throw away because I’m sure all of you have heard one thing or another about how much plastic is in our seas and the horrific effects it’s having on marine life. It shocked me when I realised just how much plastic we use and dispose of every single day. So I’m hoping to take steps to reduce that, more to come on that. I’ve also heard a lot about fast fashion and its less than ideal impact which I will try to write a post about in the future, that’s a whole other story that I don’t fully have the resources to delve into right now.

I’ve already filled a large box full of my stuff that I plan to donate, I will be writing a post about in the near future I’m sure. It was such a freeing experience and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten rid of that much stuff in one go before!

And then, becoming a vegan. *gasp* I’ve gotten negative reactions before when I’ve mentioned that I wanted to go vegan but they hardly bother me now. I’m becoming more and more aware of the issues within the farming industry, and the huge impact it has on the environment. Going vegan will just be my own little way of helping the earth. I don’t have all my aims and goals set out for this one just yet, but it’s something I’ll be working on soon!

I don’t think I’ll be having a blogging schedule for a while, I still have exams and all but I’ve been feeling inspired which was really needed so I’ll post when I can!

Until next time 🙂

For the wrong reasons

Hello there, I know it’s been a while since I’ve been around these parts. But I’m back for a bit, not permanently though because of my looming exams.
But I’ve been thinking about how I’ve been unknowingly stressing about this blog instead of enjoying it like I used to. And by used to I mean before I went self hosted, I’ve been worrying about trying to make back the money that’s been put into self hosting that I wasn’t even enjoying my blog anymore. But I realise now that I’ve been stressing and so I’m working to rectify that and go back to enjoying my blog without thinking about making money from it. Which isn’t the easiest thing to do when your blog is barely 7 months old anyway!
I have until November to decide whether I want to renew my self hosting and domain fees but until then I’m hoping to enjoy blogging instead of turning into the job I never wanted. As much as I enjoy blogging, I never really wanted to turn it into a full time job. I can’t see myself enjoying a stay at home blogger job and I’m not sure why I started to think I wanted that just because I went self hosted. Sure I wouldn’t mind getting some money but a full on salary was never the goal.
So maybe I will go back to being WordPress hosted or maybe I’ll stay self hosted, either way I will be continuing on with my little blog. And enjoying it.
Until next time (which will probably be around midway through June)