I think we have all had several nights, or days, in our life where we have been out alone and have been worried or scared. Honestly, if you haven’t heard of it already – I have found the only personal safety app you will ever need when living on campus or in general life.

If you are interested in student posts I would recommend checking out my category of posts which is here and includes tips on revision, handling a bad mark, relationships and motivation.

I have been using this app for months now and unfortunately, as an ever growing issue, I felt that I must tell you about it to help benefit as many people as possible. I tried to do some research on it before I started this post and was alarmed that a quick google only pulled a handful of results. More people need to know about this app and this only compelled me more to write this post.

What is Companion and how does it work?


When you are walking from A to B or even just need a breath of fresh air, Companion allows you to ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on you throughout your journey. The best bit is that they don’t have to have the app too – they are merely sent a text saying that you would like them to keep an eye on you. The text also gives the person an interactive map so that they know whereabouts you are as you go.


If at any moment in your journey you feel worried, you have two buttons at the bottom the screen that allows you to alert your companion or the police, if necessary. Having such safety features so close to hand is brilliant and exactly how we should be using technology to protect ourselves. (Obviously, it is a terrible shame we feel the need to use such apps but I’m sure you understand my point). The creators of the app explained that when it launched in the US, the app recorded 500 incidents where the user felt unsafe in one week. 500. 500 people felt unsafe on their university campus.

The app was originally designed as a university safety tool but there is no restriction to anybody downloading and using it for their own safety too. For example, I always use it when I get the late train home into York and have to walk quite from the bus stop alone at 2 am.

What happens in an emergency?

Something I didn’t know about the app that my little bit of research pulled up is the following:

“If the user strays off their path, falls, is pushed, starts running, or has their headphones yanked out of their phone, the app detects these changes in movement and asks the user if they’re OK. If the user is fine, they press a button on the app to confirm within 15 seconds. If they do not press the button, or a real emergency is occurring, the Companion app transforms the user’s phone into a personal alarm system that projects loud noises to scare criminals from the scene, and gives you the option to instantly call the police.” – businessinsider.com

I found this video that shows you the basics of the app that might be useful to some of you too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guHZpt-PdKs

I completely swear by this app and I can’t imagine going without it when I am out alone. The best bit? The app is free to download for both Apple and Android users.

If you’re not convinced, I have no idea why! Personal safety is paramount and something like this helps instill confidence in the user when they’re alone and those that care for them (as well as fending off attackers in a real emergency).

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Being the best version of yourself is something that definitely takes a lot of time and life experience but something I personally think is incredibly important to always be aiming at.

There is little joy and happiness in being a pale reflection of who you can actually be. Surely everyone wants to be successful and happy and ultimately it starts with you and the choices you make.

  • Being the best version of you is about you. There is nothing wrong with being inspired, motivated or directed to other paths by different individuals but emulating someone else will not bring you the results you’re after.
  • These things take time. There is no quick fix to being a better you who succeeds in what they put their mind to. All that matters is moving in the right direction and accepting the hurdles that go along with it.

  • Learn from your mistakes. Don’t perceive bumps in the road as the be all and end all.
  • Remaining positive is also key. As I’ve touched on a few times, success isn’t an easy path and you will often have set backs that make you question what you’re doing. If you remain positive and believe that trying mediation for the 10th time is important as the benefits are so great, then you’ve got this!
  • When it comes to being a better version of you, you need to actively aim at this end and participate in things that will help this. If you believe a better you is one who masters particular skills that you’re talented at, then sitting watching tv isn’t going to work. You need to take lessons, educate yourself and practice to improve.

Do you have any tips on becoming a better version of yourself?

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update

Hey, so this is something I haven’t written about in a long time and I feel super nervous to talk about this so go easy on me!

For a good few months things have been great and I have felt pretty good about my mental health and less like the world is exploding around me.

Recently, however, things have felt very different. If you’re reasonably new, you wouldn’t have known that last year I posted about my Depression Diagnosis and my First Counselling Session. I suffer with Atypical Depression which means:

“Atypical depression can be overwhelming, both physically and mentally. Unlike other types of depression, people with atypical depression can be briefly cheered up by positive events, but they overreact to negative events. A severe depression can be triggered by any feeling of rejection from a friend, boss, or loved one” – everydayhealth.com

Fun, eh? So while I have been going about my life reasonably happy, this niggle in my mind has stayed quite calm. Now, however, it’s like the sad and angry people in Inside Out reeking havoc in my mind. I feel lows and highs in every single day which is emotional chaos and I feel like I am constantly slipping from the standard I am meant to be at emotionally, academically and career wise.

I basically feel like everything is going wrong or sort of just not going. I feel pretty stagnant. Which to be honest, is a terrible feeling. A lot of it has been spurred on by recent events which has become very testing to the relationships I hold with the people around me and it’s really difficult for me to be okay with it all.

What is important is that I take time to breathe, go out and have a walk and clear my head and control the negative and consuming thoughts in my mind. I am a lot stronger then whatever is troubling me and each time I’m hit by Atypical Depression I fight harder to regain myself and I know this is the case (little bit of positive reinforcement there).

I apologise for such a deep post but I know that a lot of people used to message me about these posts and I wanted to update those that ask, and do care. There is also a large blogging community for those that need support or give support when it comes to mental health and I think it is extremely important to be open and talk about any struggles you may have.

So, at the moment, no I’m not okay – despite often seeming it – but I know I will be soon. I will resume with my nice happy posts from here, I promise!

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If you wish to speak to anyone about mental health please contact Mind: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.

fav posts

This is one of my favourite type of posts to write and they always get the most positive reaction so I knew I had to do another one this week! I think it is so important to celebrate and appreciate the hard work bloggers put in and I don’t think it should ever go unnoticed. So here are just a snapshot of my favourite posts from last week.

Blogging

Some of my favourite posts to read are blogging ones. It is so useful to read about other people’s experiences when blogging and learn new tips and tricks as I go. I feel like I have learnt so much more from blogging this way and much faster than I would have if I was left to my own devices! Daniela Soriano posted about what she learnt in her first year of blogging and I loved it. I have definitely spoken to the most amazing people since I have been blogging and I have honestly realised how much hard work that goes in to blogging – which is what inspires these posts! Bea also did a great post on her blogging advice which I bookmarked straight away. I actually stopped using tags a while ago and since reading I have started again – so hopefully it helps!

Beauty

Riya’s beauty post was definitely one of my favourites this week. Riya reviewed the Rimmel London One 1 Matte lipsticks and I was so impressed. Gone are the days where matte lipsticks are drying! These swatched so creamy in her photos and I am really interested in trying them out. The colours are just beautiful – there are some lovely pinks, a purple (wot) and nudey browns. The next post is actually one of my all time favourites. Emily Mae posted about the dupe drama that has been happening recently and whether or not this is okay. From my hefty comment it is obvious that I got really invested in talking about it. I think there are so many compelling arguments when it comes to dupes and the Kat Von D and Makeup Revolution drama has definitely pushed this in to the spotlight.

Mindfulness

Abigail did a post this week that was one of the most important ones I have seen about self-love and self-confidence. She mentioned creating a journal which is a positive, happy place and including things you love about yourself to read when you feel low. I thought this was such a fantastic idea and it is something I have since started myself! Kind of related to mindfulness is Natalie’s post. Natalie wrote a really interesting post on the compeition that occurs between girls and how we really need to focus on bringing each other up rather than putting one another down.

Travel

My favourite travel post this week was by Kirsty who wrote about her bucket list. I love seeing other people’s travel bucket lists and discovering new places to add to mine! I have never thought of Madagascar or Canada and this really inspired me to think of travelling to new and interesting places! Plus, are photos are gorgeous.

Stationery

Another Kirsty, over on The Monday Project, posted her opening and review of the newest Papergang box. It is safe to say that I am totally jealous as it is my favourite Papergang box I have ever seen and of course it has to be when I haven’t ordered one in some time! The pastel colours are gorgeous and look amazing in the photos.

What were your favourite posts this week?

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tag-quote

I have to thank my lovely darling Zola for tagging me in this challenge of posting a quote, consecutively, for 3 days.

A Quote Per Day Tag is right up my street. I even had a board on Pinterest that is dedicated to some of the great quotes I come across (here)

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog
2. Post one quote a day, for three consecutive days
3. Nominate three other blogs to pick up the challenge and run with it
4. Let your nominations know

My Quote:

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated”

Ironically enough, Zola actually reminds me of this quote. She is someone who dresses to the 9s and always shows me up on a night out for sure! I totally agree though, you can never be overdressed or over educated. I always admire people that are not afraid to be creative in what they wear and look amazing doing so.
I also believe that you can never stop learning in life. I try to learn something new everyday and it is something that I preach – generally to my boyfriend – all the time!

I will be back again with another tomorrow for you guys. At the end of the three days I will tag the people I would love to do this challenge.

Thank you for stopping by!

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

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