Study Woes and Pretty Planners

Hey, 

Well I have to say that my studies have been a bit of a nightmare so far. I spent most of November really ill and in and out of hospital which has had a massive impact on my studies and I am seriously behind. 

My first TMA was due on the 30th November but I was granted an extension until 14th December. It’s now the 13th and I’m still not finished. My toddler was poorly and off nursery and very clingy so I’ve literally just started getting my mornings back. 

It’s a 1500 word assignment primarily on the doctrinal approach and the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. 

I have about 500 words so far on the strengths and I will type the rest up this morning. 

It has been a very interesting topic especially in using mental capacity to highlight the pitfalls of using such an approach. The next block which I am 2 weeks years behind on is regarding the historical approach to legal research, this also looks like an interesting block to do. 

I can’t tell you how relieved I am that we have the Christmas break off as it will give me a chance to catch up on everything as I will admit I am starting to feel overwhelmed by how far behind I am. I particularly like to read a lot around subjects and currently don’t feel like I have the option to do it much due to the amount I am behind. It’s a good job I love to study:)

On the plus side I have a beautiful new study planner which I will be using for 2018 and I plan to break things down better so I am always more aware of what’s coming up. I have another TMA due on the 1st Feb and I start Jury Service on 29th January so I must get it done before then as I really won’t have time otherwise. 

I am really looking forward to going into the new year. I feel like after this year things can only get better and I want to excel at what I’m doing. I haven’t even looked at my Fiction Writing course since October, that’s my problem with non deadline courses. I’m going to set myself deadlines for that one as well so it doesn’t get left behind especially as writing is important to me. 

Anyway that is enough rambling from me thanks for reading:) 

The Stationery Geekette x

P.S for those who are interested, the Galaxy 2018 planner is a Recollections branded planner from Michaels in the U.S. A beautiful soul (Francesca) brought one over for me on her visit to the U.K. The top planner is a Nayadori from Naya Paperie and it is a B6 travelers notebook in cinnamon stick colour

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LLM Studies: Week 1 {Doctrinal Research Methods}

Hey Everyone.

My Masters officially started on the 4th and I have to admit I am totally out of practice with this level of study.

Our first topic/block is regarding Doctrinal Research Methods and in particular relating to mental capacity. 

I find the topic really interesting. I would consider myself more of a research based student and this approach resonates with me. 

We have been looking at a case Re F (Mental patient sterilisation) [1990] 2 AC 1 where a lady with the mental capacity of a child enters a relationship. The Mother and Doctors treating the lady wish to perform sterilisation to prevent a possible pregnancy. Contraception is not a possibility and the mental well-being of the lady in question would only suffer futher with pregnancy/childbirth. 

The courts found in favour in this case and it was said that in all future cases where such serious operations are a possibility then the High Court must be consulted.

The law in this area still needs a lot of work and there are many issues which come to light regarding this situation. 

If the patient does not have the capacity to deal with pregnancy does she in fact understand the implications of sex? 

It may also be necessary to consider the possibility of having same sex only wards where patients are mentally vulnerable.

I’m still working through the material and looking to understand this area more but it certainly getting me interested and asking questions. 

What are your thoughts regarding this case? Or area of law? What changes do you feel should be made? I’d love to hear what you think. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Brutally Honest Confessions: The Teenage Years

Today’s post follows on from last weeks pre-teen post. It won’t be pretty but it will be honest.

I went into my teen years pretty much the way I’d lived before them. I was good at school, beaten at home and cherished my friends.

During the ages of 11-15 I went to stay with my Gran on and off quite a lot. My mum thought it was the better option. Unfortunately my step dad was a master manipulator and while she knew he was violent he always had a way of turning things around, it was always my fault. 

At one point I wrote a letter to my biological Dad asking for his help, explaining what it was like to live with my step dad.

As a result my Dad rang my Mum about the letter and all hell broke loose, again I was made out to look like a liar and an over-exaggerator. The one time I asked him for help and he failed me. It wouldn’t be the last time, he did it right up until I was 23 and decided not to have him in my life.

My friends hated my step dad, they saw how he treated me. On one occasion when I was about 15 I was outside with some of them down the road from my house and my step dad came and dragged me home by my hair for no reason. That was the first time they got involved, knocking on the door threatening him with the police while I escaped out the back door. That was the time he broke my bed because he’d thrown me so hard on it the wooden frame snapped in two.

Things started to go wrong for me more when I was around 15. I dropped out of all my advanced classes, started skipping school,  had friends that were a negative influence and led me into all sorts of trouble.

My step dad tried to strangle my boyfriend once and due to my mum’s begging his parents didn’t press charges. That was a pivotal point for me. That’s when the reality of my situation hit me, things wouldn’t ever change, until I move out I would always be a victim of his violence. 

This was when I became different,  I started drinking a lot, all the time. I started stealing, lying, whatever I could do to forget. My young naive mind back then felt that if I got into enough trouble I’d be taken away. I thought prison would be better than my life.

I did things that ruined all my friendships, lost me respect and just generally turned me into a troubled teen.

My mum fell pregnant and had my baby brother when I was 16, my step dad wasn’t around long after this. It gave my mum some renewed vigor and she divorced him, met another lovely man and they are still married now.

I got into trouble before this with the police, I went to court and my life took a new path.

I always wanted to be a journalist, I had it planned from such a young age, that changed. Getting into trouble brought me a new respect for the law…I was going to be a lawyer!

I had ashamed myself, embarrassed myself and let myself down. I was better than my actions. I had failed myself and I wouldn’t do it again.

I picked up school as much as I could, finished my GCSE’s and left school without friends and with an angry family. 

During the summer after school I got a part time job and started making new friends. I enrolled at college and was determind to enjoy the new and different home life.

I moved out when I was 17, not because things were bad but because I still felt angry with my mum for the years of suffering and because I already felt older than my years.

It took a few years after that for me to understand my mum, for the anger to fade. Now, she hates herself for what me and my brother endured, for the violence. It’s easy to see it now, when the clouds have parted but in the time she believed him, he could change and she loved him enough to have faith.

I can’t begin to know how she felt at the time and why she made the decisions she did. 

I know I wouldn’t allow the same fate for my children, I’ve witnessed and felt its effects and I hope I am stronger than what my mum was then.

I took parts of my youth and my teenage years into adulthood. I learnt very valuable lessons early on about who I wanted to be and what sort of person I am.

I could succumb to the victim I had been or I could chose to not let him win, he’d already taken so much from me I was not going to let him take more.

Thankfully I have not seen this man for around 10+ years and I don’t intend to change that.

Thank you for reading my story, depressing as it was.

Please don’t forget to pop along and read about Michelle’s  teenage years.

Emma-Louise 

Paperchase Nordic Planner Review

Last year when Paperchase brought out there Nordic range I absolutely fell in love. At the time though I couldn’t afford the beautiful new planner. When I received the Paperchase sale email last week I thought I’d have a browse and see what there was.

Low and behold was my beautiful planner and it was reduced to £8.
So what did I do? I bought it of course. I’d have been daft not to when I’ve wanted it for so long.

It arrived on Tuesday and it lived up to all my expectations.
It is so soft and well designed. The inserts are incredibly pretty, even of most wont be used right now.

It also lays flat when open which is fantastic.
I have decided to use it to track my studies as I am hoping to go back to college in September and prior to that do some research for a Legal Secretary course.

Anyway I think that’s enough babbling from me, now for the photo’s 🙂

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x