Sunday, 23 April 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 16

What a week it's been. I saw Ed Sheeran on his Divide tour on Wednesday with my best friend Lish and it was one of those nights that I don't think I'll ever forget. Ed Sheeran is someone I've admired and loved for years and so to finally see him perform live was just magical - what a talent he is.

Not only that made this week great though - yesterday I booked a holiday with two of the nicest girls to go to LA and Florida in late August and I'm SO EXCITED. I've never been to the US and, while New York will always be top of my list in that regard, both LA and Florida look incredible and I think it's going to be an amazing trip!

So, I know that's nothing to do with today's post but I just had to mention both of those things because wow, I can't stop thinking about them. I hope you're all doing well and now I'll actually get on with today's post...

This week's prompt is: "List your essentials" and I wasn't sure what exactly counted as an essential so I've just gone with the first things that popped into my head when I saw the prompt, so let's go!

  • Chanel Chance Eau Tendre perfume - AKA the pink one. I've worn this perfume for four years or so and I adore it. It's floral and Spring-y and perfect.
  • GHDs - My best friends kindly got me a pair of GHDs for my eighteenth birthday and I don't know how I lived my life before them!
  • Time for breakfast - A bit of a weird one, but having my alone time for breakfast is so important to me. For as long as I can remember (except at uni last year when I was living in catered halls) I've grabbed my breakfast and a cup of green tea, gone back to my room and read blog posts while eating it and drinking the tea. It's a strange ritual, I know, but that time really sets me up for the day and I love it.
  • Time to myself to recharge - In a similar vein, as much as I love spending time with people, after a while of doing that or having a few days in a row of having things on in the evenings I *need* an evening to myself to binge something on Netflix and to just reset.
  • A cup of English Breakfast tea and a good book - These two things can fix almost anything.
  • Black, high-waisted jeans - The amount I wear mine is probably bordering on disgusting but I don't care. They're the best.
  • Podcasts - I don't know how I ever walked places without podcasts. I'm utterly obsessed with listening to them. 
  • Spotify - Making monthly playlists is something I'm really into right now but music has always been a huge part of my life and so Spotify is a definite must-have for me. 
  • Good food - Did I even really need to add this to the list?! I'm sure you already knew how important food is and how happy it makes me so it's safe to say that it's an essential. 

And there you have it! What would you say are essentials in your life?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 15

Happy Easter one and all, whatever you're doing today! I'm going to have a relaxed day at home with my family and I can't wait!

Today's prompt is: "List your dream trips." Since I did a post last year about the trips that are at the very top of my list (which you can read here if you fancy having a nosey), I thought today I'd just give a simple list of all the places that are on my bucket list to see before I die!

  • All around Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Amsterdam
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • USA
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

I'm sure there are many more I could add to that list... this girl has a case of wanderlust pretty badly! I guess I'd better start saving and get on it if I want to tick these places off any time in the future! What are the places you'd love to travel to?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 14

Happy Sunday! I don't know about you but I for one am *loving* this beautiful weather we've had in London over the past few days. It truly feels like spring has sprung and it's been making me so happy.

This week's prompt is very fitting and is: "List the ways you can cleanse your life for spring." 

I love the idea of making a change for a new season and while I don't have a huge list of things on this list, these are the ones that came immediately to my mind when I saw this week's prompt ::

  • Get a new haircut - I had my hair cut on Thursday, which you can see on my Instagram, to just below my shoulders and I love it. It's the shortest I've had it in about eight years and it might be crazy to say so, but this little change has made me so happy and as though I'm really ready for a new season/for good things to happen - I'd really recommend changing things up if you're thinking about it too!
  • Declutter - It's called a 'spring clean' for a reason and there's really no better time to get rid of the things you've been hoarding to make you feel fresh.
  • Buy some new clothes - I've been fed up of my wardrobe for a while and so I'm trying to buy more key pieces that it's lacking, starting with a beautiful jumpsuit I bought the other day. Things like jumpsuits are perfect because they can often be either dressed up or down to work for lots of occasions and adding it to my wardrobe made me feel great.
  • Make some plans for summer - I always feel as though I'm hurtling towards something (in a good way) when I start to make plans for summer and spring is a great time to do it. It feels like finally saying goodbye to winter and I'm waving goodbye very happily right now looking forward to my summer plans!
  • Fill your house with flowers - Again, another great way to say goodbye to winter is to appreciate the blossom on the trees and bring a bunch of daffodils or other pretty flowers home. Flowers brighten up a space immediately and are well worth investing in in my opinion!

Let me know if there's anything you do to change things up for spring/the beginning of a new season - I'd love to have some input!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Let's Catch Up // My 2017 So Far & A Life Update

So, as promised, today I'm going to finally write up what life's been like for me the past few months. I know that content-wise this little space of mine has been pretty boring over the past few months - all I've managed to post are 52 List blogs (which I really hope you're enjoying!) as well as a travel diary in early January because of how much uni work I've had this term. And I'm so sorry for that. I know it's probably annoyed me more than anyone else but I'm really hoping to post a much bigger variety of posts over the next few months so thank you for bearing with me!

I can't believe I'm writing this, but on Friday I had my last lecture of my second year of university. I still have exams in May but, apart from that, my second year of university education is over. That is beyond crazy to me and I honestly couldn't tell you where these past three months have gone. What I can tell you is that this term has been the best period of uni for me so far and, although it's been really tough at times, I've absolutely loved it.

For the first time since I came to Exeter, this semester I feel as though I experienced uni as I always imagined it would be. Firstly, my modules have been great. I took two philosophy modules, both of which I found incredibly interesting, if not very challenging, and one history module. The history one was essentially a mini-dissertation - 7,000 words on a source-based project of entirely my own choice. I wrote mine on the role of African-American women in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It's safe to say that it was hugely daunting but also so interesting and I actually felt like a mini historian which was pretty rewarding (although I haven't got my mark back yet so I'd better not get ahead of myself in raving about this piece of work!).

Friendship-wise I've never been happier. As I've written about before, I love my housemates and feel so lucky that we all get on so well - they're always there for me to make me laugh or let me moan at them about deadlines, being stressed or just over the fact that I'm hungry (because I'm the hangriest person I know) so they're just great. But this term I've become really close with a few other people and it's been so nice to get to know new people as much as I love the ones I already had in my life. Sarah, who I met in a history seminar last term, is just the loveliest person and becoming close friends with her has been such a highlight of the year for me. We've spent this term having a ridiculous amount of chai lattes, uni work dates where we spend the whole day working/crying about our degrees, and talks about anything and everything, and if those three things aren't the foundation of a wonderful friendship then I'll be damned!

I even dated a tiny bit this term. It feels odd to write that down because it happened so recently and it's been such a long time since I've written about anything resembling my love life on here but it was a big deal for me so I wanted to mention it. I only had two dates with a guy and it's safe to say it didn't come to an end quite as I'd have hoped but it was such an empowering experience and gave me the confidence boost I think I've needed for a while. Having been single for nearly two years it was really nice to be reminded of that side to me - the girl who knows who she is and what she wants even if she still has a lot to figure out, who's playful and funny in a way that's reserved for boys who she's interested in. It had been a long time since that side of me had come out and I think it was really good for me to see it. People are inherently messy and so, correspondingly, is dating, I've found, but I think that it's terribly exciting too and so this was definitely a stand-out point of the last term for me.

I came home on Saturday in a bit of a strange headspace. I think that all the uni work as well as everything else had started to take a toll on me and I was (and still am) so in need of a break from it. When things feel a bit too much I always just want to crawl into my own bed and have my Mum around to help me feel better and I really needed that the last couple of weeks when things weren't going as I'd hoped. But it's amazing how much taking a break from somewhere makes a difference. I adore Exeter but too much time in any place is a lot to take in and uni is such an intense experience as much as I've been loving it lately.

So the end of this semester definitely came at the right time and it's so lovely to be sitting at home, in London, spending some time reflecting on it. It was the busiest and craziest one so far but also the one that I loved the most. I tried new things, made a number of mistakes and did it all alongside the very best people I know. And while that probably sounds like I'm romanticising it, looking back on it, that's what this term was like for me. And, as the wonderful Laura Jane Williams wrote on Twitter last week (side note: god she's great and inspires me day in, day out without fail), "I cannot recommend it enough. Taking the time to congratulate yourself. To make note of the 'successes' like loving well and trying new stuff. That's basically what I did this month: try stuff. Some worked, some didn't, but when looked at objectively was ALL ~noteworthy~".

And I don't think it's possible to put it better than that.