Travel is without a doubt the best education. If I could travel all day everyday I 100% would. I am the type of person who will book a flight a couple of days before I am due to leave. However I would not have it any other way. I absolutely love exploring and being sponteous! I recently travelled to New Zealand as I have friends travelling and it was the most amazing trip! I haven’t laughed so hard in so long and I was really able to find myself. I could not recommend it enough! I will definitely be going back! So please.. if you have any spare time/money.. go and explore. Whether it’s to the other side of the world or to somewhere closer to home, it is definitely worth it! 🌎
I love posting about travel or lifestyle etc but I thought I’d take the time to blog about something a little more serious in order to raise awareness. Anxiety is a huge deal and something that not many people understand. Unless you go through it or experience it firsthand, you probably don’t understand how much it can impact someone’s life. This is something that has taken a lot of courage for me to not only admit, but to share and to feel comfortable talking about rather than embarrassed.
It is natural to worry or feel anxious but for it to completely take over is not okay. Over the past few months, anxiety is something that has not only consumed me but changed me into a person I don’t even recognise. It is something I wasn’t very familiar and I didn’t understand the seriousness of it at all. It has completely changed my life. It intensifies situations in my mind and causes me to act worried, panicked and irrational. It has completely consumed me and has changed me from the happy, outgoing person I was. However it does not define you. I know from my personal perspective that this isn’t me and not who I am, I am just consumed by something I can’t control and try to fix everything when I need to fix myself. You can’t fix it, but you can control it. Through suffering with this I have lost people very important to me because I couldn’t control it and acted completely out of character because I was angry at the situations I had created because anxiety made me want to fix things I couldn’t fix. I did things I wouldn’t usually do and hurt people in the process. This was the wake up call I needed to make a change.
The whole point of this post is to share my story in order for anyone going through the same or similar.. that it will be okay. You know it’s not you and the mistakes you make don’t define you. Don’t believe everything you think! Anxiety makes things worse. I am embarrassed of the way I’ve acted over the past year the people closest to me know that’s not me and if you are going through it too, you’ll know. I just need to remember that these mistakes made through anxiety don’t define me as a person and I will learn from this.
Do not be afraid to talk about it or admit that you are going through it. A close friend sent me this and it really helped.
Well 2017 is here and it’s safe to say 2016 hasn’t been my year but judging by the multiple Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts.. it’s been tough on a lot of people. I think it is important not to dwell on the past and take away the positives with you and make the best out of every situation. This year I’ve lost people who were important but I’ve also gained friendships that I’m looking forward to continuing. Similarly I can’t wait to spend time with the people that have made this year special. There is absolutely no point looking at the negatives. Look at this year as a book. Today is the first page of 365… so write a good one. The past cannot be changed but the future can. Make this year the year you’ve always wanted. I am ready to work towards my goals and make not only the people that care about me, but myself proud. Here are my top 3 tips for 2017.
#1 – Do things that make YOU happy
Don’t listen to anyone else. You know you better than anyone. Do what YOU want to do this year. Whether it’s to travel or to conquer a personal goal. Work towards what you want and fight for what makes you happy. Make 2017 your year.
#2 – Be positive
Evaluate the people and things around you. Stay positive and try to see the good in every situation.
#3 – Be spontaneous
Exactly as I’ve just said. Be spontaneous. Book a trip 24 hours before you go, travel to places you’ve been too scared to go to. You only have one life, make it exciting.
I know what you are thinking.. I’m only 23 and that really isn’t old at all! It is actually pretty young (and I have my whole life ahead of me as my mum would say). However, I feel like I’m running out of time!? Last year I made the decision to go to university (second time lucky I hope) and study for a degree in Business and Marketing. A lot of the students on my course are a good three or four years younger than me and seem to have it all planned out! Whilst I frantically try and search for a summer internship, I feel like I won’t get all the opportunties as everyone younger as I am unable to do a placement year (this is where a lot of students get offered jobs too). However, I keep having to tell myself that I AM NOT TOO OLD and it isn’t an age thing. It’s whether you have the motivation and drive! I may not have much experience (yet) and am not able to have a year working for an established company, however I am a firm believer in being able to achieve anything you want if you work hard. I really need to work hard, at university and with experience within the sector (and hopefully a marketing internship next summer!) in order to make my dreams a reality! After attending a careers fair today and talking to people from Asos, Not On The Highstreet, IBM and many more I am more determined than ever. If anyone is in the same position as me and sometimes doesn’t feel like they are getting anywhere.. please put your positive pants on (another thing my mum would say!) and work for what you want. That’s my plan.
Sorry I couldn’t help the predictable blog title. I don’t even watch Game of Thrones but I couldn’t help myself! Oops! Anyway… winter is definitely on it’s way. It really is getting a little cold now and I am definitely not ready for this chilly weather just yet! However, I love the opportunity to chill in bed with hot chocolate and Netflix! Despite all this cosy winter talk…the point of this blog post is to show you my top 3 favourite winter items that you should definitely invest in this season!
This Asos mermaid blanket (£32) is one of my favourite items on asos at the minute. If, like me, you have grown up watching The Little Mermaid and love a cosy blanket.. this is perfect.
If the winter months turn you into a hot drink addict (I literally drink about ten cups of green tea a day right now!) then this cute Not On The Highstreet mug is perfect (£14.95). It is also a great Christmas gift too.
I love a good scarf and I have been trying to find the perfect one for this winter. Miss Selfridge (I am probably biased because Miss Selfridge are a firm favourite of mine anyway!) have a great selection. This grey knit ribbed scarf for £16 is one of my favourites. It is super cosy and will also complement your outfit.
Everyone has the Monday morning dreading feeling after a weekend off… But after a whole three and a half months off this feeling is so so so much worse today! Going back to work after a holiday or even a weekend is hard enough, right? So after having all the time in the world (whilst still working part-time) over the past few months, it is FINALLY time to go back to university. Although I am so excited to see my friends and to have something to work on (I know I’ll be regretting saying this in a months time!), I am not sure how I’ll cope on the first Monday back! The two hour commute four days a week plus working at ridiculous o’clock alongside studying doesn’t sound appealing at all right now but it definitely makes me appreciate the summer I’ve had. Anyone that knows me will know I can’t sit still and I’m pretty spontaneous, therefore I’ve been non stop all summer. I was lucky enough to visit Rome in July and Tenerife in September as well as catching up with friends. However I now definitely have a severe case of summer blues! I thought I just had holiday blues, but nope… I just want summer back!
(Rome was amazing)
The best way to beat these blues in my opinion is to have something to look forward to! Having plans, even as little as meeting friends or a day doing something fun always gets me through a busy week! I can’t wait to plan more trips and spontaneous adventures! Any ideas!?