Studying with anxiety

Studying can be difficult enough, but studying with anxiety can feel impossible. On average 1 in 4 people in Australia will experience some form of diagnosable anxiety in their life time. This is a big issue and can’t be covered in one blog piece but there are ways you can start to manage your anxiety.

1: Take a few minutes to clean your work space. Mounting deadlines and stressful group work can send you down a spiral of anxiety. Taking a few minutes to clean your space can help clear your head as well.

2: Don’t track your grades. Lots of people love to track their grades (me included!), but if you suffer from anxiety this may only increase your stress levels. Do your best and know that it is good enough. You are worth more than the score at the end of the semester.

3: Identify what triggers your anxiety. If it is a ticking clock, change your work space. If it is silence, put on some classical music.

4: If there are any things that trigger your anxiety that are out of your control, tell people. If it is a situation in a class, tell the tutor. The more people who know, the better support you will get

5: Remember there are lots of support networks. Most universities have councillors or student support. There are government funded hotlines and centres where you can go. Make the most of these facilities.

If you do need to talk to someone urgently, call lifeline: 13 11 14

passing through

There is a great song by a well known children’s singer, Colin Buchanan called “passing through.”

It’s words ring so true in our lives.

“This world will try and squeeze you and tease you with tasty lies. 

This world will try and kick you and trick you between the eyes. 

All Gods children will never walk alone.

All Gods children will soon be heading home. 

Passing through, passing through, on the way to heaven. 

Don’t let this old world get it’s grip on you. 

Gods children are only passing through.” 

Colin Buchanan, 2002

There is great hope for those who trust Jesus. We are passing through this broken world and heading for heaven. This world will try and fool us into believing this is all we have. God’s word stands eternal. Jesus is coming, to judge the living and the dead.

We are passing through.

Lemon and Yoghurt Cake with Candied Lemon

We had people over for lunch on Sunday. This was a hit! Enjoy! xx 

Ingredients: 

  •  3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 3/4 cups caser sugar
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 tbs thyme leaves

Candied Lemon Slices 

  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 large lemons, thinly sliced

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC. Place the oil, eggs, lemon rind, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until smooth.
  2. Pour into a well greased 24cm non-stick Bundt tin and bake for 50–55 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to stand in the tin for 5 minutes.
  3. To make the candied lemon place the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon and bring to the boil. Cook for 12–15 minutes or until the syrup has thickened and the lemons are translucent. Pour the syrup over the cake
  4. Carefully turn the cake out onto a cake stand and spoon over the icing while the cake is still hot. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and allow to set for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 10–12.

 

 

Thankful Thursdays // Blue Mountains

Recently, Ben and I went up the Blue Mountains for a day. We popped into a camp that I had helped on last year and then continued up the Blue Mountains to Leura and Blackheath. It was absolutely freezing but such a lovely day. 

We stopped off at the Wayzgoose Cafe in Leura for lunch and flowerpot scones then drove to Mt. Blackheath lookout. We decided to miss Katoomba and thus, the three sisters as it’s often so busy. We arrived at Mt. Blackheath lookout and there was no one there. We walked out to the tip of the lookout and enjoyed the silence as we looked over the the mountains and valleys. Bliss. 

 

 

 

Avocado Toast

I’m an avocado toast kind of girl. You know? Plain Jane. Nothing special. I don’t like extravagant.  But oh my goodness this Nigella Lawson avocado on toast is the best!  

  • 2 slices Nut bread  
  • ½ Avocado  
  • 2 pinches of dill 
  • A squeeze of lime  
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilly flakes  
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger  
  • 1 radish (optional)  

 Mash all the ingredients together and place on your toasted nut bread.  

 

joy

At times I find it difficult to find joy in the circumstances of life. Our lives now seem so messy and complicated. It seems that every day I hear news of more brokenness, sickness and grief. So often, I can’t see Gods plan for what is going on in our world. Maybe you feel this way too. 

Joy is not an emotion I often think of but the bible has a lot to say about joy. In Psalm 98 we are instructed to “make a joyful nose to the Lord” and Proverbs tells us that “the hope of the righteous brings joy.” However often as I hear of what is happening in our world I find myself in the emotions of Lamentations 5. “The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has turned into mourning.” It may be that I am naturally pessimistic however, I feel this might not just be the case for me. 

I was reminded this morning of Psalm 51:12: “restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” 

The reality is, our joy should exist independent of our circumstances. Our joy is more than what is happening in the world at any one time. Our joy is constant because Christ is constant. We are joyful because of Christ. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this means that joy comes easily. But what wonderful news that we can find joy not in our ever changing, grief stricken, sin filled world, but instead in Christ, our only stable ground when all else is sinking sand. 

Will you join me in finding joy in Christ and Christ alone? 

Thursday Thankfuls

This is a bit all over the place. We left Hawaii at 4am on Thursday and we arrived back in Sydney on Friday afternoon. So somewhere in the world, it’s Thursday!

We’ve been away for the last 10 days on a much needed holiday to Hawaii. I can not explain to you have relaxing it has been. This is what I’ve been thankful for this week.

1: Time away. There is something so wonderful about having time away. I love my bed but I really love not having to answer emails.

2: Family: Yep. We drive each other crazy but they are so special.

3: The ocean: I loved running into water that was bath water warm. It’s good for the soul.

4: Travel: trust me, the 10 hour plane trip was painful. But exploring different areas of the world is so wonderful.

The best vegan pasta sauce you’ll ever make

Ingredients:

  • 3 sprigs of basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 small brown onion, finely diced
  • 5 tomatos, diced
  • 1 tbs oregano, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional: Bread crumbs

 

Method:

1: In a pan, place the garlic, onion and oil. Stir constantly, until onion is browned.

2: Add in tomato, water, oregano and basil and bring to boil.

3: Remove from heat and place into blender. Blend on high for 10 seconds.

4: Serve on pasta. Optional: roasted bread crumbs to taste

The Organised Life // Laundry

Oh my! This could be one of my most hated rooms! Here are 7 items that I threw away from our laundry. 

1: Old cleaning products. You know you don’t clean enough when the bleach expires! 

2: Washing powder that has been ruined by the moisture from the dryer. 

3: Medication that you won’t use or that is out of date

4: Expired sunscreen. It can do serious damage! 

5: Broken washing baskets 

6: Cleaning supplies you never use. 

7: The collection of essential oils that you bought and never used when you had that brilliant new years resolution. 

 

7 Supermarket Money Saving Tips

I’ve lived out of home for over a year now. This means a year of strict budget planning and frugal living. So I feel i’ve become an expert at saving money at the supermarket. Here are some of my top tips. 

1: Look at what is on special before you go. Think about what you might eat for meals that week. 

2: Don’t go to the shops hungry. Everyone says it but it is so true. You are far more likely to spend money on things you don’t need. 

3: In Australia, typically meat and bakery items goes on sale at night. Shop accordingly. 

4: Never buy pre-packaged fruits or vegetables. Yes it’s more convenient but you pay for it. Often pre-packaged is double or more of the price of loose goods. 

5: Buying prepackaged also goes for salads, cheese platters and meats. Buying unpackaged goods or making your own is always so much cheaper. 

6: Know what you need. Don’t think ‘I’ll just look in this isle.’ If you don’t need anything from the isle, don’t go down it. 

7: And lastly, don’t ‘shop to the specials.’ The biggest trap is thinking “Oh that’s so cheap, I should buy it for later” If you have 2 washing powers at home, you don’t need another one yet.