I’ve Been Away – Getting my Head Together and Other Musings

You ever get that feeling when a blog post just comes to you and you need to type, even though at this point it’s just for you and it’s likely no one will read it? Well, hello, welcome to Word of Rachel! It’s been a while…

By a while, I mean a week. I love blogging, but as I’m going to explain in this post, I’ve been struggling with it lately.… Read More I’ve Been Away – Getting my Head Together and Other Musings

Blogtober 2017/Comic Book Inspired Makeup, General, Health and Beauty

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 2 – Wonder Woman!

If you haven’t seen Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman movie, with Gal Gadot fantastically filling the titular role, where have you been?! This is by far the best movie of the year, and is currently holding up the entire DCEU on it’s own (I’m praying that Justice League will at least be good!). As a movie about a strong female character, and directed by a strong woman, only one word can describe it for me; iconic. Don’t tell me the “No Man’s Land” scene, where Diana ignores every man telling her not to go up onto the battle field and does it anyway, didn’t invoke at least a little emotion from you. It was the first time I’d seen a female character look at a man telling her what to do and completely scorn his advice, and end up leading the men. The very first time a female character has not looked to men and asked “what do we do now?”. Yup, iconic is the perfect word.… Read More Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 2 – Wonder Woman!

Blogtober 2017/Comic Book Inspired Makeup, General, Health and Beauty

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 1 – Batman!

I’m secretly a huge comic book nerd, right down to the reading. I’m a firm DC comics fan (soz Marvel, you’re cool too though!) and I decided a while ago that I wanted to start creating a few makeup looks based on characters from my favourite comics. I asked on Twitter what people thought, and I got an overwhelmingly positive response with more than 90% of 33 participants saying I should do one look every day in October. So I wrote my list and got started today!
The first look is based on a very iconic character – Batman. Everyone knows who Batman is – we grew up with the animated series and one incarnation of him on the silver screen (Ben Affleck is currently doing a pretty stellar job!). Batman was an obvious first choice for me – I’m a huge fan of the batfam in general and yes; every member will be featured in this series.… Read More Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 1 – Batman!

Dissertation - Week by Week, General, Marine Biology, Scuba Diving

The Dissertation Blog – Week 2

How in 1200 words (which I initially thought was 2200, cue one hell of a word cut-down!) can you explain an entire research proposal, including background, hypothesis and actual plan of action?! I can’t help but feel I sound like a five year old reeling off seal facts. And hey, why doesn’t anyone just publish fun animal facts? I need to reference basic seal biology but can I find it anywhere in a peer reviewed journal unless you want to get crazy technical? No, no I can’t. Thank you IUCN for being the one website I can still use as a credible source!… Read More The Dissertation Blog – Week 2

Dissertation - Week by Week, General, Marine Biology

The Dissertation Blog – Week One

The 11th September marked one very obvious, sombre occasion and another, slightly less obvious one – the first day of term for Aberdeen University students. And for those of us 4th year students in the School of Biological Sciences, that means the dreaded dissertation, honours project, thesis, whatever you want to call it, officially began! The next four months will be filled up by a range of experiences for everyone! Lab work, field work, risk assessments, desk based analysis, shouting at statistical analysis software, or maybe being sat out in the cold and rain for hours on end. We’re all here, all powering through.… Read More The Dissertation Blog – Week One


Calling Out Other Bloggers – Are We Going Too Far?

Subtweeting, or passive aggressive social media posting, is something that quite frankly needs to stop. I’m actually amazed that when I looked into passive aggression, it seemed to be more widely celebrated than condemned – you can find hundreds of web-pages citing hilarious examples of passive aggression before you’ll find one site that speaks about how detrimental it is. But I was previously emotionally abused to the point of becoming suicidal and passive aggression was my abuser’s favourite weapon. It left me permanently feeling like I was treading on eggshells, in a near constant state of panic, and responsible for every negative reaction she had towards me. Of course, this was a real-life situation, but online it can be all the more damaging because you cannot directly see the effect you have on your target. No doubt you hope they’ll read it, and maybe feel ashamed. Or maybe you think they won’t read it and you’ll only get the positive results of people agreeing with you. Those “Urgh, some people xyz…” tweets may feel good to write – after all, there’s no firm proof that you’re referring to anyone at all here – but it still has a fair chance of reaching it’s target. Whether they feel ashamed, or clap back, you send the tweet with negative intentions, and likely end up dealing a devastating blow.… Read More Calling Out Other Bloggers – Are We Going Too Far?


Diary of a Girl in a Slump: Why I went “Unplugged”

I’m not sure what the cause/effect relationship was here, but my recent anxiety flare up came about when my sleeping pattern became well and truly (excuse my language, mum) fucked. I’m not sure whether the anxiety flared up and caused me to start suffering from hypersomnia again (intense need to sleep for much longer than is healthy), or if the hypersomnia kicked in and led to me becoming more anxious than normal. Either way, a fine mix of sleeping for 11 hours a night and not being fully awake until midday and not climbing out of bed until 2pm, and finding myself thinking too much about and over-analyzing negative situations that happened a month ago saw me shrink right in on myself. Achieving simple tasks, like getting dressed or making a coffee became distressing to the point of ridiculousness, and my boyfriend was coming home from work at 5pm to find me a little down that I’d achieved virtually nothing that day. After a week of ignoring everything and my boiler breaking down (so adult), I snapped, and knew something had to give; I decided it was time to unplug and get myself together.… Read More Diary of a Girl in a Slump: Why I went “Unplugged”


Breaking the Mold – Why I Went to University Late

Going to university late is the best decision I’ve ever made. I know what my end goal is, and so I’m more determined to get to it. I’ve done the 18 year old party thing, so I never make excuses and go on a night out the day before a 9am lecture or a big deadline. Having already worked, I’m more organised and able to work multiple deadlines under pressure. Having lived in my own place, I knew what to look for in accommodation and had no nasty surprises about setting up bills or living costs. I already knew how to cook and do my own laundry. I knew how to exploit the experience to get the most out of it, and further my job prospects at the end.… Read More Breaking the Mold – Why I Went to University Late