Tree Nut Milk Recipe

This is something for those hot summer days or people looking for a delicious milk alternative! Tree nut milk is delicious plant-based milk, and it’s free of peanuts for those who are allergic!

If you’re also looking to have non-peanut foods that are also healthy, you can find our special tree nut butter recipe here! Our recipes use xylitol for sugar replacement; you can simply replace it with sugar if needed.

Tree Nut Milk Recipe

Mixed nuts
To get all that delicious flavour out, these nuts must be roasted first and given oomph!

You’ll want to preheat the oven to around 175 c fan on. Line a tray with parchment paper, then add the tree nuts to the top. Make sure it’s evenly spread out so that it roasts evenly. Place the tray into the oven for approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Or until you can smell the toasted aromas released.

Soaking these nuts helps to add liquid to them and makes it easier for the blender to blend them into that delicious milk! Yum!

Once we remove the nuts from the oven, we will soak them in double the water to the nuts ratio. Place it in the fridge for around 4 hours. Once soaked, we will put the liquid and the nuts into the blender to blend until it has been processed.

Unprocessed tree nut milk
This is to be blended! Soon it will become our tree nut milk!

I blended the stuff for around 8 minutes; it depends on how powerful your blender is. If it’s not powerful as mine, you can use the same amount of time. You can always check after blending to ensure all of it has turned to milk.

Tree nut milk
There we go! There is our delicious nut milk!

Now it’s finished! You should enjoy this recipe; we also have an elderberry syrup you can try out too!

Tree Nut Milk

Josh N.
A delicious alternative to milk!
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • 500 grams mixed tree nuts
  • 4 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 175 fan on Celsius.
  • Lay parchment paper on the tray
  • Add the nuts to the parchment paper tray and spread out so they evenly roast. Place in oven for 6 to 8 minutes until you can smell the roasted aroma.
  • Take them out of the oven then add them to a bowl which can hold 4 cups of water with them. Add them together then leave to soak in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  • Take out of the refrigerator then add the contents to a blender then blend for 8 minutes until the milk is finished.

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Keyword milk, nut, tree nut

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberry syrup is a delicious and, well, almost free food! All you need to have is sugar or honey (I’ll make a sugar-free version soon!).

If you’re looking for how to find and forage elderberries, here is a good article I found. I can’t give advice as I’m not professionally trained and don’t want the liability in case someone forages something different.

wild elderberry

Really pretty much the first step is to steep the elderberries in cold water to clean them. You should also destem them as well! The stems contain cyanide which WILL seep into the syrup if you haven’t removed all of the stems! This includes loose stems, so make sure everything is just berries! Leaves also contain cyanide, so please make sure to dispose of those as well!

It may seem like hard work, but it really is worth it!

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

elderberry

Once you’ve destemmed everything, we’ll go on the cooking! So I usually add a cup of water to the pan and the elderberries. You can choose whether you want to have them more watery or syrupy. You should then add the honey or sugar to the pot and leave it to boil. Important: if you’re not going to use it up quickly, make sure to add some lemon juice. This allows it to help preserve if you add it to a mason jar. The acidity prevents botulism from developing, and elderberries are not naturally acidic when cooked.

Elderberry syrup in process

We don’t want to lose too much of the good vitamins in the elderberries, so make sure to set it to simmer once it hits boiling. Make sure to cover the pan afterwards; leave it for 10 to 20 minutes once you’ve done this.

Elderberry Syrup

You’ll want to strain out the elderberry bits (you cannot eat the seeds; they contain cyanide!). Grab a sieve or anything to strain it, then strain the hot liquid into a heat-safe jug or jar (or any heat-safe container).

Once you’ve removed the bits from the liquid, you can store it in a jar or use it instantly! Alternatively, you can thicken the syrup to give it more viscosity.

If you want more natural and healthy foods, we have our homemade tree nut butter!

Elderberry Syrup

Josh N.
This syrup is a great way to use up those foraged elderberries!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Ingredient
Cuisine British
Servings 6 persons

Ingredients
  

  • 250 grams elderberries
  • 250 grams honey
  • 1 cup water (optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the (destemmed and no leaves) elderberries and the honey to the pot
  • (add water optionally) Heat til boil, then leave for 20 minutes to 30 minutes covered on simmer
  • Add lemon juice to the syrup and mix it into it.
  • Strain the syrup into a jar or heat-proof container then dispose of the berry bits and seeds (the seeds are poisonous! so make sure they're removed fully!)

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Keyword elderberry, forage, syrup

Tabinoyado Japanese Onsen Hot Springs Bath Salts Review

Today we’re doing a Tabinoyado review! They’re simply Japanese Hot Spring onsen bath salts and as usual bath salts are one of my favorite things to review so let’s cut to the chase of each salt sachet inside of the pack!

Tabinoyado review - pink bath salt
its a nice colour but it gets lighter when dispersed. This one smells like lavender.

The pink one () has a rather lavender smell though it’s not too strong the smell does slightly irritate my body. It has a rather relaxing feel a bit like when you use Epsom salts which is quite nice. Though the slight irritation to the fragrance\perfume does put me off a bit.

The orange (yellow packaging) bath salt has the colour of iron Bru and it smells like chalk. I found this one to be the most relaxing and natural. It didn’t really have much of a scent compared to the green and pink salts. It also makes me feel more relaxed too! So that’s definitely a plus!

The green bath salt (with an oddly blue packaging) smelt quite more fragrant. It had a rather Japanese grape candy smell to it. I found it a lot less irritable than the pink bath salts though it did feel strange to bathe in puke green colours. This bath salt made me feel so relaxed and tired after using them and quite relieved my sore back as well!

The white bath salt was moderately okay. I didn’t really like the fragrance of this one, it’s hard to explain but I just didn’t like it. It did relax me like a normal bathsalt without irritation but it just felt like Epsom salt more or less. The smell does, however dissipate quite quickly to my relief.

Overview of the Tabinoyado bath salt review!

To sum up, these bath salts are quite nice – they smell great (not good if you’re not into fragrance or perfume or if it irritates your skin) and they are really relaxing! Most of the times using these I end up feeling tired and happy! They help to make me feel good and it does really feel like spa treatment. Though my only problem with the whole set is the pricing. This sadly just simply has to do with them being a Japanese export and that adds on tariffs etc.

as of writing this article I was using the Kose Clear skin face mask while reviewing this product.

If you’re looking for something more affordable you can use Epsom salts and add scents to them!

Tree Nut Butter Recipe

This tree nut butter recipe is a recipe I created as I can’t eat peanuts! It involves xylitol, coconut oil and any tree nuts you want to include! You can opt to change the xylitol to sugar, though it’s much healthier with a sugar-free sweetener (granted, it’s not chemical!).

For the recipe, you’ll simply need a food processor. You will mostly let the processor do the work, but I add coconut oil in the middle of it. Add the xylitol as you add the nuts into the processor so it can be mixed in properly. Otherwise, you’ll end up with it being in bits inside of the butter.

Mixed nuts, roasted.
Those tree nuts look delicious! They’re roasted for around 6 minutes in the oven at around 150-175 C fan! You can roast them for another 2 minutes if they don’t start to let their aroma out!

Preheat the oven to around 175 C fan on or 150 C fan on. You’ll want to put the baking paper on the tray, then add the nuts. We roast them to let their flavour out, just like with our flour! When you can smell the aroma around 6 to 10 minutes after putting them into the oven, take them out. You’ll want to add it to the food processor.

Tree Nut Butter being made with oil added
Yum, that coconut oil looks really delicious! This will help to add some smoothness to the nut butter! You can optionally decide not to add it. I just feel it also gives it a nice coconut flare to it!

Add the xylitol to the food processor, then mix it for around a minute to two. Alternatively, you can swap out the xylitol with sugar if you prefer. Once done, add the coconut oil, then mix for another 10 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides with a spatula to evenly process.

Tree Nut Butter
Here it is finished! It looks delicious, and it also does taste very delicious! How about you give it a try?

Tree Nut Butter Recipe

Tree Nut Butter

Tree Nut Butter

Josh N.
A very delicious peanut butter alternative just using tree nuts!
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Ingredient
Cuisine British
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • 1 Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp xylitol
  • 500 grams mixed tree nuts

Instructions
 

  • (change recipe ingredients based on how much you want to make!)
  • Take baking paper and add it to a tray. Preheat oven to 175 C fan on OR 150 C fan on.
  • Add the nuts onto the baking tray, add to oven for around 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Take the nuts out of the oven then add to food processor with xylitol.
  • Mix for around 3 minutes, add the coconut oil and continue mixing for around 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Scrape the butter out into a jar then seal.

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Keyword butter, coconut, nut, tree

Well, we hope you enjoyed our recipe! Make sure to check out our other recipes for more ideas! You can find them on our YouTube channel as well!

Oat Cookies – Delicious and Light!

These oat cookies are EGG FREE! Also they’re delicious and light so you can eat a few and not feel as full! They are a bit lower on the sugar value so feel free to add more sugar to the recipe. We’re using toasted oat flour for this recipe but you can really use any type of oat flour. The toasted version just gives it a more richer and nuttier flavour than untoasted.

If you’re looking to upgrade this recipe you can also opt in to add raisins or chocolate chips. Alternatively change the spices to whatever you want for your flavour profile you’re going for! These cookies can be a bit drying so make sure to have a drink with them! We look forward to posting more oat flour recipes for the future!

Oat Cookies Recipe

Around 50 grams of that glorious butter in this recipe!

This recipe calls for a generous amount of spices, so prepare for that later! We first add 50 grams of butter to the food processor, then we add some milk.

Butter and the milk. Buttermilk! No, not really but I have used milk in a butter recipe before.

We add around 3 teaspoons of milk to the processor then start processing the mixture. Then add all of the sugar (add more if you want sweeter tasting cookies!). 2 thirds cup of sugar per 2 cups of oatmeal.

Look at that! It’s got a different look now that it’s processed!

Once its processed, proceed to moving it to a separate mixing bowl for the mixing time of adding the spices and flour!

Batter of oat cookies
Ooo! It’s starting to look like the batter now, it reminds me a bit of that crumble I made!

Before adding the flour, you’ll want to mix the spices into the flour. So get two tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon allspice, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon mace and 1 teaspoon ginger then add it to the flour then mix. Also add a teaspoon of baking powder to it too and a pinch of salt.

So we slowly start to add the flour into the mixture bowl. A tablespoon every minute pretty much. Keep mixing until all of the oat flour is used up.

Oat cookies batter on tray
Very spread out! I’m always afraid of them sticking together so my cookies always end up far apart! Compared to other amateur bakers (like me) I can say there’s half chance of them connecting!

Well place a scoop of that delicious batter onto each corner and one in the middle, it’s usually up to preference though. These don’t rise as much so you have less to worry about but keep it spaced out nonetheless!

Oat cookies
Oat cookies, super delicious and light!

Well, enjoy it! They are best served with a glass of milk or any plant based milk (how about some oat milk with it :p). Anyway we hope you enjoy this recipe and make sure to check out our channel for more delicious recipes to try out in your kitchen!

Oat Cookies

Josh N.
A delicious recipe which uses a much more lighter flour and the cookies are more fluffier!
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 3 Persons

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 50 grams butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp mace
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 175 C fan on
  • Add the butter and milk to a food processor. Then add the sugar. Process until thoroughly mixed
  • Mix the flour in a separate bowl with the spices, baking powder and salt. Add the flour gradually to the mix you made in the food processor.
  • Place baking paper on a tray and evenly scoop out oat batter onto it. Make sure there's at least 1.5 inches apart from each other or more.
  • Place in the oven for 10 minutes then enjoy!
Keyword allspice, cookie, oat

Oat flour from scratch!

In this article we’ll go through the steps of making oat flour! It’s much lighter than the variant made from wheat so it can get much fluffier in baked as well! I find that toasting it can give a much better flavour too- the flavour is somewhat close to a more nutty and earthy flavour!

When you’re done making this ingredient we have numerous recipes you can use this in! How about our apple cobbler, or maybe a quiche if you’re using it in pie pastry! The limit is endless and make sure that the oats are gluten free if you’re going for that!

You can also use it for a face mask which we have our results of it on here.

Oat Flour Recipe

These are the oats that we will be using for the recipe!

First you’ll want to get your oats. Any oats will do as long as you can throw them into a blender! Make sure not to fill the blender over halfway to make sure it doesn’t overfill.

Sieving the oats will allow the oat flour to come out into the bowl. You’ll want to blend whatever won’t sieve out to get more oat flour out of it.

Once the oats have finished blending for around 5 minutes take around 2 tablespoons and put it into a sieve. Sift it into a large bowl and put whatever hasn’t been sieved into a separate bowl to put back into the blender once the blender is emptied. When you put unprocessed oats back into the blender repeat the steps from the start.

Oat flour
These can be used in so many recipes for delicious bakes! Have fun exploring the power of this flour!

Woo! It’s done! The flour will store for as long as wheat flour stores if stored correctly. I usually store them in mason jars for immediate use later in the month. Below is a much shorter form of the recipe so we hope you enjoy cooking with the flour!

Oat flour

Josh N.
An alternative flour to wheat flour.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Ingredient
Cuisine British

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • 200 grams oats

Instructions
 

  • Add the oats to a blender
  • Turn blender on for around 3 to 5 minutes
  • Take two scoops of the oat meal and add it to a sieve to sift into a bowl.
  • When no more flour sifts add the unprocessed oats from the sieve to another bowl and repeat step 3 and 4 until there's no more oats in the blender.
  • Add the unprocessed oats back into the blender and repeat steps from
Keyword oat, oat meal

Broccoli Soup

This broccoli soup is an absolutely delicious meal! You have all the herbs adding to the flavour and with a final touch of msg! We utilize everything from each vegetable (except the eggplant stem or leaves- don’t use those they’re poisonous!). So simply this recipe is mostly no waste so for anyone interested in that type of lifestyle this is for you!

You can replace the cabbage from this recipe with any other vegetable since we are only using it to use it up in this recipe. The recipe is also vegan so you don’t have to worry about animal related products at all!

Broccoli Soup Recipe

Broccoli soup ingredients
Here are those delicious vegetables that you will be using for this recipe!

This recipe calls for any vegetable really, but the broccoli is the star of the show here. I’d suggest using double the amount I used but we didn’t have much left in our pantry.

Look at all of those delicious broccoli, they can’t wait to be roasted!

We will cut up the broccoli into mini broccolis then brush some oil onto them. Add them onto a tray and place in the oven. The temperature should 175 C with the fan turned on so it can evenly roast. This roasting will exemplify its flavour!

Blurry image, phone camera auto focus is terrible. Beyond terrible really!

We then remove the onion skins and garlic skins, wash them and add them to a stockpot. I would suggest filling the water to double the amount of vegetable cuttings inside so that the soup isn’t too thick when the liquid evaporates.

Look at all of that delicious browning on the onions! It tastes good whether in the soup or out!

Brown the chopped onions in a skillet, it adds a lot of flavour from the browning! If we chucked in raw onions or boiled onions into the soup the flavour wouldn’t be as great. We will repeat this step with the eggplants and the bell peppers and whatever other vegetables that you decide to add.

You’ll also want to add some black pepper to the onions and some lemon juice, brown sugar is optional. The brown sugar helps caramelise it a bit and make it taste better!

Grinding the garlic helps release those tasty garlic compounds! They’re delicious and good for our health!

We will crush the garlic in the mortar and pestle, I prefer to use a whole garlic as it’s healthy and tasty. You can choose to use a different amount depending on taste.

We add the oil/lard to a skillet on medium low and add the herbs. The herbs include: basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme. We also add the garlic, we will mix them until the aroma releases then quickly put it to the side to add to the soup later.

Straining the liquid into the bowl and remove the cuttings

Strain the stockpot into a bowl then remove the vegetable cuttings, add the liquid bowl and the vegetable bowl into one pot then boil.

Broccoli soup before blending

We will boil this for ten minutes, make sure all the vegetables are in there. Add the herb oil and then add msg and boil water in a kettle then add it to a separate measuring cup and add two stock cubes (vegetable) mix then add to the pot. Mix everything in then wait 30 minutes after boiling so it cools down so it doesn’t destroy the blender

Broccoli soup
Brocolli soup all nicely done!

Broccoli Soup

Josh N.
A delicious broccoli soup sure to warm up a winter day.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 stock cubes
  • 1 whole broccoli
  • 2 onions
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • half eggplan5
  • 1 tbsp cabbage
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 pinches MSG
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lard
  • 1-2 L water

Instructions
 

  • Roast the broccoli in the oven for around 10 minutes to add extra
  • Take the onion skins from the onion and the garlic skins from the garlic, add it to a stockpot and wash then add water then boil for half an hour.
  • Add the chopped onions to a skillet then brown them, once browned add the lemon juice for taste and some black pepper.
  • Once onions are browned put them into a separate bowl and then chop up the eggplant.
  • Add the eggplants to the skillet then brown them as well, once browned add them to the bowl.
  • Chop up the bell pepper then start to brown it, doing the same as before- adding it to the bowl once done.
  • Grind up the garlic in a mortar and pestle. Add oil to a medium low heated skillet then add the garlic and herbs. Mix for a minute until you can smell the aroma.
  • Remove the vegetable cuttings and onion garlic skins from the stock pot then add the liquid to a bowl. Add the contents of the two bowls (liquid and vegetables) then add them to a pot. Add the broccoli as well and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the herbs and garlic to the pot then bowl water and mix two stock cubes in a measuring cup.
  • Add the resulting liquid to the pot then mix it in. Leave it to rest until it's not boiling hot so that it doesn't damage the blender. Around half an hour.
  • Blend until smooth, fill half the blender so that it doesn't overflow and keep doing this until all the soup has blended.
Keyword broccoli, meal, soup

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our broccoli soup! We have carrot soup you might want to try and also check our channel for more recipes!

Oatmeal Mask for a week! RESULTS!

In our skincare journey to finding the BEST routines, I’ve decided to try out an oatmeal mask for a week. I share the results here and how I’ve felt about it and notices of anything during the week. There are two types of oatmeal you can use; colloidal and whole oats. Colloidal oatmeal is the powdered form so it can be drained with less worry than whole oats.

I find that colloidal is much easier to apply but for this trial, I’ll be using both to experience whether one is better.

How to make the oatmeal mask

Oatmeal Mask

Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Course: Skincare
Keyword: beauty, oat, oat meal, skincare
Author: Josh N.

Materials

  • 50 grams oatmeal if colloidal then make sure to skip the processing step
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Add the oats to a food processor then grind into smaller parts; if you can turn it into colloidal oat meal.
  • Mix with two tablespoons of warm milk and add honey if wanted. If its too dry to spread; add another tablespoon.

Oatmeal Mask – Day One

Oatmeal mask

There were not many results on the first day, but the mask didn’t feel bad on my face. It did feel a bit heavy, but it eventually hardens, and you can wash it off after 15 minutes. I have a few pimples on my face, which were still really annoying and red there.

Day Two

Oatmeal mask

Day two see’s some better results! My face starts to clear up and well it feels smoother! Also another thing for this blog, since this day I’m only using really basic cleansing and moisturising products to make sure that the results are more accurate instead of a large amount of skincare products that we typically see bloggers use.

Day Three

On day three, you can see how my face got clearer slightly, despite the change of lighting. Though I still have some pimples lying about it’s generally getting much better. One to note is that I did get a new simple on my moustache area but results are generally okay so I dismissed that.

Day Four

Nothing much really changed on day four except that I felt a bit more smaller pimples rather than the bigger ones. I guess some people may react differently to this than others. I also had two new big pimples on my cheek as well. The face mask got a bit itchy that day so I believe it might not really be for me.

Day Five

I guess I had a short breakout on the fifth day, the pimples got less red and well they cleared a bit. Though I found pimples on the bottom side of my jaw which wasn’t nice. The mask helps to stave off the severity of my outbreaks though!

Day Six

This day is when the mask felt really itchy on my skin and I was unsure if I had an adverse reaction to the mask and oats. It occurred to me that when you make oat milk you are supposed to soak them to remove the antinutrients. Perhaps they are what’s causing me to outbreak a bit? I’m not a scientist so I can’t confirm this.

Oatmeal Mask – Day Seven & Conclusion

Oatmeal mask

I’m going to be honest I’ve not really had a good week with this oat mask. I saw some improvements here and there but really, I broke out. You can see on my jaw that it kind of got quite bad. It’s just not for me.

If you want to see me try other face masks I did the banana peel rubbing mask.

Toasted Oat Flour

Toasted Oat flour is a great way to make a nutty flavour to a baked dish! It’s also easy to do too! If you’re looking for our other toasted flour recipe you can find that here.

Toasting the flour gives it a more earthy flavour, the colour of the flour changes to brown. Giving baked goods a much more darker look and it looks tastier that way!

When making the flour if you’re doing this from scratch you’ll want to make sure it’s fine and not sandy in texture, keep sifting it. Sift it then add the grainy remnants to a food processor and keep repeating until everything is fine.

This article will supply the oat flour recipe as well if your looking for one!

Sifted oat flour

You will want to be using sifted oat flour, make sure to keep sifting it. Once everything is sifted and the impurities are out you can transfer it to a tray. From the tray you simply turn the oven on to 200 C fan on for around 5 minutes then place it into the oven.

The toasted flour doesn’t really take that long to toast so make sure to take it out exactly as it will burn really fast.

Oat flour
The oat flour is on the tray. It’s ready to go into the oven. Make sure that the flour is evened out so that it evenly toasts.

Toasted Oat flour
Toasted flour straight from the oven! It’s gonna have a nutty flavour!

Toasted Oat Flour Recipe

Toasting the flour may work like toasting wheat flour where it kills any bacterias or other bad things kept in the flour. So simply doing this can sterilise the flour and make it edible if eaten raw like cookie dough. You can check out our edible flour cookie dough here if you want to!

Here are the oats that we will be using to turn into the flour!

We take these oats and add them to the food processor so we can turn them. We’ll keep them in there for around 5 minutes while processing.

The oats are about to be processed.

Once the oats are out, take a sieve and then sift them into a separate bowl.

Toasted Oat Flour

Josh N.
This delicious toasted Oat flour can be used in any recipes that call for raw oat flour.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Ingredient
Cuisine British
Servings 1 Persons

Ingredients
  

  • any oat flour

Instructions
 

  • Spread the oat flour out on a tray.
  • Place in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 c fan on
Keyword baking, oat, toasted

Initiative to Strive

Initiative, it’s something a lot of people don’t really have. I write this as I find that students have it the least. There’s so many open calls and so many students just don’t have the will to apply to them. I believe that a lot of people need to get a kick up to start off their engine.

We all have it, we all have the power to do things we dream of. Inspiration is what you need and sometimes you don’t have it and that’s okay. Taking time to travel and to explore new areas give you that drive. For a student it can push you into new experiences. With new experiences I’ve found that you can get new confidence and that builds our initiative.

Initiative orange
Just like this orange we need to leave our old skin behind

To strive is different, you need something to move you to do it. Maybe your life isn’t going so well, then perhaps you should turn that from a bad thing to a good thing. Turn the concept of failure and negativity into something that strives. You can flip your life around if you can strike up there and get it by the neck. If you’re depressed it can be hard to get help, I know it I’ve been there. But if you do nothing then you’ll stay existentially depressed. Find what makes you happy and depressed and move away from depression. If someone or something made you depressed move away from it. Think of those things less and think of what you can do. The best idea is to get therapy.

Initiative – Growing it

We strive for rewards and usually we also try and get the lazy way out. Fight against the urge to be lazy, fight it with all you can. To succeed we can’t be lazy we can’t just laze down and expect the world to give us everything. It just doesn’t work like that. Try and keep busy but also sometimes take a break, make sure to keep your health mentally up and have work time as well.

Leisure time should be a reward for your work. I find that when I give myself leisure time for completing a task it gives me a boost during the work. I get to enjoy doing the work, I feel happy!

Here’s what I helped volunteer at during the time I could’ve lazed.

For art students use your initiative to keep going for open calls! There’s also other ideas you can go for like selling your stuff in a store. I found that just volunteering at institutions related to your dream can help you reach them. You have to do it with others, if you want to sell you need contacts. It’s hard to do things alone, yes it’s possible but it’s hard.

Think of just asking. Sometimes it’s all you need- yes we might feel anxious doing it but it’s just all it takes. The worst that can happen is a no. Nothing worse. Once you accept the no, you can move onto asking others and going onto plan B. We can’t get everything we want but we can try our hardest to do so!