Monday, 27 November 2017

A Letter To A Past Lover

Dear Past Lover, 

I hate to call you "ex". And in fact I avoid it at every possible cost. After all we've ever been through, to identify you as a two letter word that to so many others hold such negative connotation to, is so wrong. Despite what you may think of me, you will always be a friend, a lover, an individual who I will value, always. 

I still call you my boyfriend, I still talk about you, the times we've shared. So many of my memories revolve around you. I catch myself saying "Oh! My boyfriend took me there once" or "My boyfriend makes a mean steak and chips". I walk into shops and see things that you'd like, I go to Prezzo and know exactly what you'd choose off the menu and it brings me the most over-whelming sense of happiness and sadness. I go out and wander around antique shops mentally noting the things you would have picked up or pointed out. Sitting in pubs knowing you would have complained about the way the wooden tables had been made, or that you liked the bar stools and would say we would have some like that when we got our own place.  

I intended on that you know. Having our own place. I didn't plan on things being the way they are now. This may have been my decision, but I need you to know it was not one that I made easily. You can bet your bottom dollar I have been hurting just as much as you, if not more. Being the cause for you pain, and knowing that attempting to comfort you will only make it more excruciating for you is unbearable. To have spoken to you every day for the past three years and to have taken it for granted, and now, to only receive the odd text or odd phone call full of resentment and bitterness... 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A New Kind of Period - The OrganiCup

Having recently been following Hannah Witton’s ‘The HormoneDiaries’ and having a sudden surge in wanting to become environmentally friendly as best I can, I decided to jump on the bandwagon, and give the menstrual cup a go.

Just a heads up... yes, I will be discussing periods and tampons and the natural functions of the female body. So if you're prude or old fashioned, and periods offend you, leave now. Or just get a grip because... hello... 21st century, without periods, you wouldn't be here. Continuing.... 

So... I searched around and settled on the OrganiCup.

Friday, 1 September 2017

How To Survive The First Week Of University

Going to University for the first time, is both exciting and terrifying.
For the first time, you are left to your own devices and yes, again, thats both exciting and terrifying. 
Getting through that first week is the hardest part of University, finding your feet, adjusting to being away from home, and meeting new people; it's a lot to comprehend! 

Here are my top tips on surviving the first week of university: 

1. Drink Plenty Of Water 
We all know Freshers is bound to take over. Keeping hydrated is key. Try to alternate with alcoholic beverage, water, alcoholic beverage, water. This doesn't mean you can't keep up. It just means that your hangover the next day - will not be as bad as your dehydrated friends! It's important to drink loads the next day too! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Day Trip To Rye

Rye is a beautiful seaside town in Kent with antique, jewellery and coffee shops galore!

It’s a perfect destination for a weekend escape with family, friends or your significant other, or simply for a day out to do some off-the-high-street shopping!

On a warm July afternoon, my Mum and I popped to Rye for a Mummy-Daughter-Day.

There are lots of lovely little jewellery shops throughout Rye, most of them Antique Jewellery shops offering hundreds of unique trinkets, their window displays housing everything from rings to necklaces to broaches, popular designs being art deco and marcasite pieces. Mum and I spent hours wandering from shop to shop marvelling at all the sparkles filling the cabinets, the major problem being limited money and far too many beautiful things.

For lunch we were aiming for The Bell restaurant, a beautiful old pub with an outside area underneath a beautiful Wisteria Tree.

However, all the outside tables were taken as it was at the height of lunchtime – but just opposite, was a beautifully quaint tea room called The Cobbles Tea Room, tucked away down a little cobbled pathway. So we decided to have a bite to eat there instead.

This café was once a lovely little house and has been turned into a cosy tea room, with a lovely outside area and courtyard.
We each had a Jacket Potato, served with coleslaw and a side of salad with a refreshing lemonade. The staff were incredibly friendly and the food was great, despite it being fairly busy the wait was not too long either.

Friday, 28 July 2017

20 Things I Learnt in my First Year at University

I've finished my first year at University. And as clichĂ© as it may be, it's flown by, I literally cannot comprehend just how quickly time has gone over these past 6 months; and how much I've learnt. 

I've compiled together a list of the most important things I've learnt whilst being in first year at university... 

1. Making Mistakes 
Making mistakes is okay, as long as you learn for them. We will all make mistakes, and there are many we must make ourselves, it's a learning curve, it will happen. Don't punish yourself for it, take it on the chin, learn from it and move on. 

2. Homesickness 
Being a family girl, I knew I would miss being at home with my family, despite the fact I'm only an hours drive away. Having lived away from home, I've learnt to value what's important. 

3. You Can't Get Along With Everybody 
We cannot please everybody in this world, much like not everybody will please us. Learning to be polite, and to accept others as who they are despite your differences is one of the most important lessons someone can learn. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My Long Distance Relationship Has Finally Come To An End

After three years of living a good three and a half hours away from one another - our long distance relationship has finally become just 'a relationship'! 

And boy, does it feel good to say that!!!

It has not always been easy, in fact, at times it has felt almost impossible, but here we are.
Three years later; he with an upper 2nd in Product and Furniture Design, and I still with two years left of university, which is thankfully less than an hours drive away from home.

Our lives are about to return to normality. But our normality is living apart.

So our next journey will be learning to live near each other.

Our relationship began in the summer before he went off to university. So there has never been any consistency for us.
We would just start to get used to having each other around all the time, and then he had to leave again, and then we'd have to readjust to being apart.
It was difficult. It was constantly, stop, start, stop, start, stop, start, when it came to our relationship. Always putting it on hold, and quickly launching back into it again whenever we had a weekend to spare. But somehow we managed to survive our long distance relationship. 

It felt as though we were living on borrowed time.
And now it's all over. We can actually be together!
At the time, it seemed like those three years would never end, but looking back now it has flown by.

The six most important pieces of advice I'd give to anyone in a long distance relationship are these:

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Day At Wimbledon

I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on a pair of Grounds Tickets for The Wimbledon Championships 2016!

I have not always been the biggest sports fan, nor the biggest fan of tennis. But it was always an event I was interested in going to if I got the opportunity. And that opportunity finally arose!

So Monday 27th June 2016, my bestie and I headed off on our tennis filled day.

Driving to Wimbledon can be a huge pain in the neck, the traffic is a nightmare and for where I live, it was just easier to make use of public transport.
We jumped on the tram from New Addington, only to have to hop off at Grove Hill because we realised we had forgotten the tickets... Luckily enough my Grandfather hadn't got far and managed to drop them to us in a matter of minutes - I will definitely not be doing that one again!

So, tickets in hand, we finally embarked on our journey!