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New things I tried in June

As usual, this month I’ve been going out of my way to try new things. It’s a habit I strongly recommend and I always enjoy looking back at the end of the month to see what I’ve been able to try.

This month I’ve tried:

1. Graduating!


Yes, that’s me at the front. Yes, I chose the only photo I could find which P was in but had his face covered by someone’s scroll. I just hope he appreciates my efforts.


Ok, technically I’ve graduated before, but not with a PhD. I got to wear full Doctor of Philosophy robes with the crimson trim (last time I graduated with red and gold trim as a Master in Physics) and to lead the graduate’s procession with the other PhD’s after the academics. Because, y’know, we’re all very important. Obviously.

2. A “Sten Do”


New things I tried in June
We solved the mystery of the escape room and so were allowed a photo with silly props. Also, check out those fancy tshirts!


Last weekend one of my best friends in the whole world, Rhys, celebrated the fact that he’s about to get married to one of the most brilliant women in the whole world, Louise. I’m super excited for them and really enjoyed attending their joint stag and hen (or sten) do, which included video game cafes, escape rooms, and lots of good food and beer. Three cheers to them!

3. Map My Walk

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This happened as a result of having time off. I wanted to know if there were any nice walks around Falkirk – I did not find any, but I did find this app instead. I’ve only used it twice so far, but I’m quite liking it. It not only overlays my route on a map, but it tells me how quickly I’m going, how many calories I’m burning (approximately) and what my total walk time is. Plus, you can take photos during the walk and it will add them to the route. You know how I love recording data – this is right up my street. If you use the app let me know – you can find my profile here.

4. Habit Tracking


I’ve picked up my bullet journal again after a few months of neglect and I’ve added a Habit Tracker. I like that I can look over the month and see what I’ve done well and what I need to work at. Plus it’s kind of a motivator to get stuff done, because that means I’ll be allowed to colour in a square and make everything pretty. Simple things, I know.

5. 30-day Challenges


New things I tried in June
You can find 30-day challenges for almost anything on Pinterest


I think I’ve attempted Erin Motz’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge maybe 10 times in the past. This time, though, I’m sticking with it. I’m already on day 18 (I would be on 19 but I had to skip a couple of days when my parents were visiting for graduation and I’ve only made one of those up so far) and I’m committed to completing the whole thing. I’ve also been doing a 30-day abs challenge and a 30-day squats challenge. I’m on day 17 for both and they are seriously starting to burn, but my abs are getting noticeably firmer, so I must be doing something right.

What have you been up to this month? Have you tried anything new? Let me know!

You can find previous months’ new things here:

Jan 16 | Feb 16 | Mar 16 | Apr 16 | May 16 | Jun 16 | Jul 16  | Oct 16 | Nov 16 | Jan 17 | Feb 17 | Mar 17 | Apr 17 | May 17

9 thoughts on “New things I tried in June

  1. Let’s see…

    I visited Rugby, which I’ve not been to before, and was usher for an old pal at his wedding, and the following day went to visit Bletchley Park, which I’ve not been to before.

    I also climbed Ben Lomond and was caught in a cloud at the summit, which was very cool (not to mention, cold).

    And like you, I did an escape room and gaming cafe (what a coincidence 🙂 !) and had a blast at both.

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      1. (Apologies for the late reply)

        Definitely! But make sure you allow lots of time. We were on the site (which contains both the Bletchley Park museum itself, and the National Museum of Computing, which is a separate organisation) for about 4 hours, and it wasn’t nearly long enough, even with skipping lunch!

        The ticket for Bletchley itself is a season pass, so lasts the full year, which means if you were in the area for a few days, you could probably start at the Computing museum, spend all the time you like like there, then head down to Bletchley, get your season ticket, see what you can that day and finish it off the next.

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