Welcome to the dusty Pawlean archives! Here, you will find all of my posts that I have written throughout the years. You can find posts based on topic, month or year.

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๐Ÿ“… January 1st 2017 //


Happy new year!! Before we dive straight into 2017, I wanted to share my accomplished goals and my plans for the year ahead. If you’re interested, I also wrote a post on the top 5 lessons I’ve learned from 2016. Table of Contents 2016 “resolutions” I achieved:Other things I’m proud of, outside of my resolutions:2017 – Further… Continue reading Potential

๐Ÿ“… January 7th 2017 //

Timeless Thoughts: Rounders

Being sick wasn’t the way I wanted to start my New Year. I had to take a few days off work but thankfully, my flu has now almost completely gone! The good thing that came out of being sick was that I got talking to a few of old friends who I went to primary school with.

๐Ÿ“… January 14th 2017 //

A letter to my 16-year-old self

After reading Chynna’s series of letters to herself, Georgie’s recent letter to her 18-year-old self and laughing at all tweets from the hashtag #WhatIWouldTellMy15YearOldMe this morning, I was inspired to write a letter to 16-year-old Pauline. 16-year-old me would’ve finished GCSEs and going onto A Levels at this point (I think) and would be in the midst of a toxic relationship.… Continue reading A letter to my 16-year-old self

๐Ÿ“… January 22nd 2017 //

Awesome Places to Eat #01

Over the past week, I’ve cheated a little bit with my clean eating streak and treated myself  (and was treated) to a bunch of awesome places to eat (with equally amazing company!)  Whenever I plan to go out and eat out with friends or not, I naturally sway towards Italian food but I’m glad I… Continue reading Awesome Places to Eat #01

๐Ÿ“… January 29th 2017 //

January, For Me

What a crazzzzzzzy month! Looking back, I’m happy with how my year has started. In fact, I’m feeling the most positive (wait, this is possible?!) and happiest I have ever been in the last few months. Very thankful for the love, patience, and kindness everyone has shown me. And the amazing opportunities I’ve been blessed with! Table… Continue reading January, For Me

๐Ÿ“… February 6th 2017 //

one hundred + fifty-two

I’ve been pretty loud on social media about this, so you probably already know but I have to share the exciting first week of February with you. Besides being extremely busy at work with the new semester starting tomorrow, Code First: Girls (CF:G) courses started this week. I’ve written about CF:G in the past, including when… Continue reading one hundred + fifty-two

๐Ÿ“… February 12th 2017 //

Timeless Thoughts: Wooden Roses

Timeless Thoughts is a monthly linkup hosted by Georgie and Tara, where bloggers write about something from their past โ€“ it could be an item, a place, an event โ€“ anything that evokes a trip down memory lane. Timeless Thoughts is held on the first Saturday of the month and runs for two weeks. With… Continue reading Timeless Thoughts: Wooden Roses

๐Ÿ“… February 19th 2017 //

WiT17 ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Yesterday I attended my first conference (outside of my placement!!) on a topic that is so important to me: women working towards a career in an STEM-related industry, more specifically, in tech. I’ve talked about this topic a lot on my blog including past stories and experiences – you can read up here if you’re… Continue reading WiT17 ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ“… February 27th 2017 //

February, For Me

The end of the month is always a great opportunity for reflection. February has especially been a great month for reflecting – it’s been so exciting packed with lots of key events that brought amazing new experiences! With some changes in my life right now, I’ve also had the opportunity to find more about myself and found… Continue reading February, For Me

๐Ÿ“… March 5th 2017 //

Embracing Global Diversity ๐ŸŒŽ

Last night, I attended the International Cultural Evening, it was pretty cool. The International Cultural Evening (ICE) is an annually organized show which features multicultural performances. I enjoyed the competitive edge to the show – the energy the different societies  (representing different cultures) was amazing and contagious too. I naturally have a lot of energy… Continue reading Embracing Global Diversity ๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ“… March 11th 2017 //

Be Bold For Change ๐ŸŒบ

I always want to blog events in my life as they happen but being such a perfectionist, I find it a challenge. Also juggling what I post on social media about events in addition to writing a post about said event seems a lot to handle at once. I’ve been involved in a lot of social… Continue reading Be Bold For Change ๐ŸŒบ

๐Ÿ“… April 2nd 2017 //

March, For Me

At the start of March, I couldn’t believe how quickly February went by but March has definitely been the quickest month this year! I’ve not blogged as much as I would have liked to (I had planned once every week) because I was all over the place (literally) but now I have so much I… Continue reading March, For Me

๐Ÿ“… April 8th 2017 //

“Wait, you’re actually going?”
– everyone

Sometime in November, I remember feeling bored with my current everyday life โ€“ not necessarily in a negative way โ€“ I was craving to do something somewhere that wasnโ€™t in Sheffield. Last year one of my new year resolutions was to travel more.

๐Ÿ“… April 14th 2017 //

“It’s pretty nice here”
– me, everyday in Southern France

โ€ฆI see you facepalming through the screen. Today Iโ€™ll be talking about part 2 of my Euro trip to Southern France with my best friend, Hamdah.

๐Ÿ“… April 22nd 2017 //

Dam great churros

In the past, I never really appreciated Easter weekend as much because as a student I would get 3 weeks off where I had much more flexibility with my time.

๐Ÿ“… April 30th 2017 //

April, For Me

Rounding up another month – thank you for being amazing April!

๐Ÿ“… May 6th 2017 //

Empowering Women
with Tech โšก๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Reflecting on Empowering Women With Tech Conference 2017 ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ“… May 14th 2017 //


A post about my current morning routine which usually tires people out when I talk about it ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿ“… May 27th 2017 //

Spending May in Coffee Shops

A post about coffee shops and awesome people in Sheffield. Did I ever mention that I like coffee? โ˜•๏ธ

๐Ÿ“… May 31st 2017 //

May, For Me

Itโ€™s June tomorrow โ€“ which means weโ€™re almost halfway through the year, how crazy is that? May has been a pretty busy month, but one of the most exciting so far!

๐Ÿ“… June 3rd 2017 //

If she can see it, she can be it

Project Prep is a novel aimed at girls and young women that highlight the wonders of working in tech.

๐Ÿ“… June 7th 2017 //

Fitness Essentials

A post where I share my Fitness Essentials โœŒ๐Ÿผ Essential = absolutely necessary; extremely important.

๐Ÿ“… June 11th 2017 //

12 hours in London

Meeting Micah, Chynna and Mutay all in one day ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

๐Ÿ“… June 14th 2017 //

Somewhere Only We Know

For you, โ€œthe oneโ€ during a time in space

๐Ÿ“… June 30th 2017 //

June, For Me

Rounding up one of the best months of my life so far ๐Ÿš•

๐Ÿ“… July 2nd 2017 //

Surprise, you’re 21! ๐ŸŽ‰

Another year wiser and stronger ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ A post about my incredible day in New York, celebrating 21 years of positive growth โญ๏ธ

๐Ÿ“… July 10th 2017 //

“That’s SO American!” ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

A post about mine and Matt’s first five days in New York!

๐Ÿ“… July 15th 2017 //

Biting the big ๐ŸŽ

The final days in NYC with Matt. Views, on views, on views! ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ“… July 20th 2017 //


“Be A Visionary” ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ A post about the best weekend to date!

๐Ÿ“… July 25th 2017 //

Challenges in Tech ๐Ÿ’ฅ
Cyber Women Interview Series

Today I talk about the challenges I have faced as a woman in STEM ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ“… August 1st 2017 //

July, For Me

A round-up post of July – everything awesome that happened! ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฒ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ“… August 6th 2017 //

Meeting Holly & Amy

We had italian food, ice cream and talked about Piczo (d’ya remember that throwback?) and old school blogging.

๐Ÿ“… August 11th 2017 //

A reflection of my placement year

Today I officially finish my placement at the University of Sheffield. Extremely grateful for the experience; I’ve learned incredibly valuable things. I’m excited to see what’s next! ๐Ÿ’ผ

๐Ÿ“… August 20th 2017 //

A year of positive habits and focus on self-care

It’s been a whole year since I introduced positive habits into my life. Today I’ll be talking about each of them and the impact they’ve had on me ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ญ

๐Ÿ“… August 27th 2017 //

Fun in Fuerteventura

A blog post about my trip to Fuerteventura!

๐Ÿ“… August 31st 2017 //

August, For Me

We’ve reached the end of the month which means… round-up and reflection time! โœจ

๐Ÿ“… September 9th 2017 //


This summer has been a fun one full of exploration and adapting to different environments! Today I will be talking about my placement working at Appt. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ“… September 22nd 2017 //

5 Reasons you should learn to code
with Code First: Girls

A post about why you should get involved in the #shefcodefirst movement ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ“… September 27th 2017 //

What I took away from HackCon EU

Last weekend I attended my first hackathon-focused conference, HackCon EU. ๐Ÿšฉ๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ“… September 30th 2017 //

September, For Me

Wake up!! September is over!!…which means another round-up โšก๏ธ

๐Ÿ“… October 7th 2017 //

Why attacking someone
will not lift you any higher

๐Ÿ“… October 13th 2017 //

On Public Speaking ๐ŸŽค #1

On Monday I delivered my first solo talk on community building. A step out of my comfort zone? Yep. Another achievement? Hell yeah.

๐Ÿ“… October 20th 2017 //

First Adventures Abroad ๐Ÿš€

Matt is taking over the blog this week to share his first ever solo-adventure!

๐Ÿ“… October 28th 2017 //

Further exploration ๐Ÿ”

Matt’s first solo adventures part 2 – includes exploring the beauty Yosemite Valley!

๐Ÿ“… October 30th 2017 //

Having Monster Confidence

On the 27th, Monster Confidence conference stopped by to Sheffield๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ“… November 1st 2017 //

October, For Me

My favourite blog posts to publish! Reflecting on the last 31 days ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ“… November 11th 2017 //

The Case for Solo Travelling

Case, as in, suitcase. Get it? Get it? *laughs forever* This post was written by my friend Darren.

๐Ÿ“… November 19th 2017 //

Buongiorno principessa

About my experience in the land of my favourite food – the good and the very ugly. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

๐Ÿ“… November 25th 2017 //


TL:DR – To quote a Twitter Engineer: It was “super-mega-extra-cool.” ๐Ÿ˜†

๐Ÿ“… December 1st 2017 //

November, For Me

Before we jump into the most exciting month of the year (โœจ๐ŸŽ„), let’s see how November was!

๐Ÿ“… December 4th 2017 //

On Public Speaking ๐Ÿ“ #2

In November, I delivered a solo talk on the story of, to help inspire people to “work out loud.” ๐ŸŽค

๐Ÿ“… December 9th 2017 //

Local Hack Day 2017

Building a gifs advent calendar, learning CSS Grid, trying out vlogging all in 10 hours. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ“… December 14th 2017 //

On Public Speaking โ˜‚๏ธ #3

Last weekend, I attended an unconference at Nottingham for student tech community leaders where I had the chance to speak a few times ๐ŸŽค

๐Ÿ“… December 22nd 2017 //

5 things I have learnt in 2017

With 2017 quickly coming to an end, I wanted to share five life lessons I learnt in 2017.

๐Ÿ“… December 28th 2017 //

December, For Me

A quick look back at the final month of the year โ„๏ธ