These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: SEPTEMBER 2017

If only there were 2 of me.” That’s what I used to say when I was young and wanted to be a ballerina and an astronaut. Now I say it as a way to have a successful academic and professional career plus a thriving social life with my friends and loved ones. This month has been full on. I’m beginning to doubt that there’s enough hours in a day and days in a week to get everything done. Yet somehow, I’ve managed to get through it. And I’m pretty damn proud of myself. This month has honestly been hectic and next month is my LAST SEMESTER OF UNI! OMG! But before I get too ahead of myself, let’s have a little reflection time on the month that was.

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❄️ Snow

I started the month in the snow! Yes Australia has snow and I finally got to experience just how amazing it is. My dad, my sister and I headed down there for a long weekend, including three days of skiing and three nights of stuffing our faces with amazing food and beer. I got to see my sister have a hilarious temper tantrum on the side of the mountain, reminiscent of our childhood days (haha sorry Elly), saw my dad accidentally ski backwards unable to stop, my dad pushing me off a TBar, drinking steins of beer, carving up some fresh snow and tobogganing downhill in a blizzard. It was a pretty damn awesome long weekend!

 

 

 

 

💌 Friends and Shenanigans

What’s a month without some wonderful shenanigans with some wonderful people? I’m so so so blessed to have such a supportive group of people around me and I constantly feel lucky to have them in my life. Whether it’s for the parties or hangover’s…. I’m in love.

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🎵 Concerts and gigs

Wollongong has been delivering the goods when it comes to music this month! And all around this month has just been filled with epic music. I went and swooned over Gang of Youths with my bestie in Sydney, rocked along to Camp Cope and was blown away by Meg Mac. That’s a lot of extremely decent music right there! And to top it off this weekend was Yours and Owls Festival! Damn what a music overload. I’m just lucky I have amazing friends and an awesome boyfriend that’s into cool music and we can go drink some beer and make a night of it.

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🌴 Byron Bay

Sometimes you just need a little escape, and I spent 3 days in beautiful Byron Bay with Mitch. I wrote a separate post titled ‘A Romantic Weekend Away In Byron Bay’.

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🎒 My Little Brother Getting School Captain!

OMG shameless plug but damn I am so damn proud of my little brother Isaac! He’s going into Year 12 and just got nominated as school captain! Not that I ever doubted his ability to achieve such an amazing honour, but I just can’t believe it’s real. Because, another shameless plug, myself and sister were school captain of our highschool. So poor Isaac the pressure was on. But I honestly can’t think of anyone more kind and deserving of the title! Dude – I’m freakin proud of you!

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My grandparents there to watch Isaac’s inaugural speech.

🕺 Yours & Owls

Let the photos speak for themselves. There was glitter, beers, double blacks (who ever thought that was a good idea?), crepes, bread and just all round good times.

🎶 Tunes

Angus & Julia Stone. Ahhhhhh this song is BEAUTIFUL! I’ve had it on repeat and it just feels like love and adventure. Can’t wait to get my hands on their album.

Camp Cope. What babes?! I was lucky enough to see these guys at UniBar and they were absolutely AMAZING! Their music is different, funky and raw. Plus I think they’re now mine and Mitch’s band so I’m pretty down with them.

Miguel. MY MAN IS BACK!!! Oh my lord is this not the sexiest most amazing thing your eyes have seen? I’m absolutely in love and can’t wait for his album!!!!! Anyone who knows me knows the significance of this man and damn am I excited.

🎥 Flicks

I have been getting into docos lately and damn it is good for your soul! I’ve been getting in to States of Undress, a documentary series you can watch free on SBS on Demand. It examines the interaction between fashion and politics. Some of the shows I’ve seen so far take us to France, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Russia. This is binge watching worthy and your brain will thank you for it.

📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

I usually don’t like to repeat bloggers and vloggers from month to month but these guys well and truly deserve it. Flying the Nest have really upped their game lately. Their style and personality is gorgeous and they’re travelling to some really cool places; including The UK, Israel, Jordan and Japan! I’ve also just discovered their BLOG! I’m in love and realise just how much work they put into their brand #impressed

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📗Books

Child Migration & Human Rights in a Global Age – Jacqueline Bhabha

What a compelling book. It’s academic and based on primary and secondary research. At times the language can be quite technical, however it’s presented clearly and draws on personal stories and encounters which really add depth to this book. It covers various issues like Trafficking, Child soldiers and international adoption. For someone researching potential thesis topics, this book really sang to the part of me interested in researching migration.

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📝 Quote

The following quote/idea has really captured my attitude towards life lately. You may never be ready for what you’re about to do. The timing may never be perfect. You just have to do what’s right for you and not measure this against others. And that’s it’s always worth the risk when you’re truly excited about something. You can’t live your life questioning if you’re ready, instead you should ask yourself if it feels right. You never know, you may end up feeling more alive than ever before.

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Well well well…. September you were bloody hectic. Next month is my LAST MONTH OF MY DEGREE!!! Woah! Before I know it I’ll be submitting my last assignment and hanging up my student cap (well at least for the time being). So watch out October, I’m going to take you by storm.

 

 

 

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: SEPTEMBER 2016

OMG It’s been nearly a month since I’ve blogged! What have I been doing?! Well I’m about to tell you exactly what I’ve been doing but damn I’ve been busy. September really was an interesting month. Starting my classes at university, feeling like I actually belong in Montréal, meeting some really awesome people, having friends coming to visit and just being busy not being busy. It’s always difficult when you’re trying to figure out a new city and way of life. But I feel like I’ve reached a point where I’m not so lost, and that’s a pretty big achievement in my books. OK, let’s throwback to September 1 and see what’s been going on.

Side note: because life has been pretty damn awesome as of late, you can keep up to date with my adventures by following me on Instagram [@aworldlyaddiction for the pretty stuff or @missadelaide_ for the behind the scenes stuff]

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Just chilling out with a book and some coffee in Old Port

FROSH

For everyone outside of Canada, Frosh = Freshman + Orientation, which therefore equals a week of being ridiculously drunk. Usually, Frosh is reserved for first years however when you’re an exchange student, you can kind of do whatever you want. Whilst it was pretty much just a week of going out and drinking copious amounts of beer, I made some really great friends that have helped me settle into life here in Montréal.

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Frosh out for Harambe rocking it for ASFA’s Tropic Like Its Hot Frosh
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Working on my video taking and making

I really wanted to improve and explore my video editing whilst here in Montréal. So I’ve been busy making some videos. I’ve been trying to go out and do some interesting things with some interesting people. You can check out my channel here.

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Adventures

This month saw me adventuring mostly around Montreal. I had two friends, Abdul and Chloe come and visit (they’re my friends from back in Australia), I went hiking with the Geography association at Concordia, went out numerous times with friends, and I even went to a cat cafe!

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Tunes

So my boys are back with another AMAZING ALBUM! This is probably one of my favourite songs on there, it’s filled with bangers! Whilst nothing will ever compare to their first album (hello perfection), this one is still good enough to leave me swooning over Dan Smith and hoping that one day we’ll (not so secretly get married).

Another album I’ve been listening to on repeat is Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s After the Rain. It’s become my new ‘I’m having trouble sleeping because I just saw a mouse run across my floor I need to listen to something soothing and peaceful to help me drift off’ album.

Movies

Like usual, I haven’t had a chance to watch many movies, but one that really captured my heart, Amy.  I absolutely love her music and found it incredibly sad when she died. I think it was the first time I’d seen someone die from drugs in the most tragic way, publicly. Seeing this movie showed me such a beautiful insight to her life before drugs and the sad decline of her career and personal life.

Reads

Noam Chomsky’s Who Rules the World?’ is a must for someone wanting a fresh perspective of historical and current issues regarding the power of the United States in other countries, particularly in the Middle East.

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Quotes

This month I bring to you two quotes/little mantras/things I’ve been telling myself that have been pushing me onward and forward.

The first is the following. I guess that when you’re trying to sort your life out, it’s hard to get a little bit lost along the way. I think it’s always nice to remind yourself that you are one of a kind and that you shouldn’t feel pressured to change who you are in order to fit in. So I’ve really been trying to embrace who I am and be my own biggest fan.

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The following one here is just a bit of fun but damn is it accurate. It’s easy (well at least for me) to get caught up in the never ending story of looking for a soul mate, partner, friend, who even knows. Another thing that I need to keep reminding myself is that I’ve got plenty of other shit to do before I need to stress myself out about boys.

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Things I Want To Improve On

This month, my laziness level has risen to an all time high and my sleep pattern is officially wack. Whilst I have been able to be somewhat productive, I know that I’ve wasted a lot of valuable time that I could’ve been doing something meaningful and creative. So next month, I’m really trying to be more self aware and try to get up early, stop lying around in bed for hours, stop binge watching netflix and get out and do something!

OK October, you’ve been warned. Adelaide is going to be productive, adventurous and creative af.

 

Have the attitude of an Exchange Student

I’ve been lucky enough to meet some incredible exchange students throughout my time of living at university college. People from all over the world who have embarked on an epic adventure to study for six months or a year are lucky enough to spend their time in beautiful Wollongong. And whilst they’re from all over the world, from many different cultures, they all have one thing in common… an incredibly positive, spontaneous and adventurous outlook on life. And whilst I’m so grateful for the friendships I’ve made, I’ll always be grateful for showing me how to truly make the most of every opportunity. And here are some of the most admirable thing about Exchange Students.

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They’re spontaneous. If you ask an exchange student what the did on the weekend, don’t expect your stock standard ‘aw, not much,’ because chances are, they actually did something awesome. ‘I went to Melbourne… road tripped up the coast… went camping in the Blue Mountains… went skydiving…’ Exchange students are always doing the unexpected, saying yes and have their bags pakced just in time to get on the next train to, well, anywhere. Their answers will leave you reconsidering your saturday night Sex & the City marathon.

They’re productive and balanced. When they’re not jetsetting around the country, they’re busy doing everything else the physically have time for. Playing sports (and trying new ones), being involved with clubs, going out every second Wednesday night, going hiking, surfing, swimming, exploring… And then on top of that, they get all of their assignments done. It must be the all rounded balance that they have in their lives which keeps them motivated and lifted, and this is one of the biggest traits that I’m trying to adopt myself.

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They’re positive and optimistic. Maybe it’s because they’re free to reinvent themselves in a new country, but most exchange students tend not to dwell on the little problems that life throws at you. Instead, they’ll look at the bigger picture and think ‘hey, it’s not so bad, look at where I am, in a beautiful country with so many opportunities and I’m stressing out about a little essay.’ It’s such an beautiful outlook to have on life because it’s so easy to worry and worry and worry even more about all the little things. But instead, we should just take one big step back, take a deep breath and try to look on the bright side.

They’re ridiculously friendly. You say hello and introduce yourself and next minute, you’re talking about travelling and your favourite country/city/food. They’re all open minded because they’ve travelled across the world to study and here to make friends.

(One of the bonuses) You’ll have a lounge to crash on in the future. Think of all the people you know from all of those countries around the world and all of the lounges that are just waiting to be slept on. Plus you’ll have a local tourguide to show your around. It’s a win-win situation.

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They’re focused and driven. They’ve obviously got their shit together. They’ve organized a semester or two to study at another university (and as someone currently going through this process, it’s time consuming and difficult), plus accommodation, living expenses and travel plans to organise, as well as doing something which will positively contribute towards their degree and future… they’ve definitely got a bigger plan. It’s incredibly motivating because it’s something I also want to achieve and lucky for me, I have awesome people to show me how it’s done.

But the WORST thing about Exchange Students… Despite all these amazing qualities about all these incredible people, why do they love you then leave you?! You create an awesome friendship and even more awesome memories… and then they leave! So to all the wonderful exchange students out there, past present and future, if you could just fix one tiny little flaw for me, that’d be great… please don’t leave!

*Dedicated to all my incredible exchange friends here and across the world. Can’t wait to crash on your lounge some time soon.

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xxx A

Morning Tea with World of Wanderlust

Just incase morning tea at the Shangri-La’s Horizon Club isn’t good enough, add Brooke Saward, travel and lifestyle blogger, into the scenario and you have one of the best morning tea’s an aspiring writer can have.

I have been following Brooke’s incredibly inspiring travel blog, World of Wanderlust for nearly two years now and she’s inspired me in so many ways to make the most out of life and appreciate the gift of travel. (read here) I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet her and it was so incredibly motivating and just down right freakin awesome!

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Brooke and some very inspiring readers

I had no idea what to expect. Here is a girl who’s living her dream. THE dream. Travelled to over 50 countries, written books, how could she possibly find someone like me interesting?! To actually see her in person, just made her and everything she stands for so much more real.

We talked about so many different things; the importance of being a positive role model, relationships, university, pinterest, macaroons, travel as the most valuable form of education, Tasmania, Taylor Swift, the changing face of the internet, future travel plans, life and how freakin awesome the Blogosphere is.

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Desserts by the renowned Anna Polyviou at the Shangri-La

It was incredible to get a insider’s view into the World of Wanderlust. I have a new found respect for her and other full time travel bloggers. Brooke makes it look so easy, staying in luxurious hotels and seeing all corners of the world. But it’s so much more than that. Switching between time zones, living out of a suitcase, trying to maintain relationships, managing your own business, all whilst trying to deal with the regular emotions associated with traveling. And at the bottom of it all, she seems so humble and appreciative. She’s worked damn hard to get where she is today and now she’s living her dream. THE dream. And after an amazing morning tea, with an amazing person, I feel like I have the ultimate control over my life and it’s up to me to make the most of it.

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View of Sydney Harbour from the 30th floor of the Shangri-La

Sure, I may never be paid to travel the whole world and stay in 5 star hotels, but something better may even happen. But it’s up to me to make sure it does!

So, graçias Brooke for allowing me to realise my potential and passion in life and daring me to be brave enough to pursue it.

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xxx A

Smash Those Study Blues

This week is the beginning of Autumn session exams here at the University of Wollongong. Whether you have 1 or 5 exams, they’re never fun and never easy. Whilst I’m one of those lucky one’s who only have 1 exam, I still find myself stressing out, freaking out and passing out each night after hours of excrutiating study. But too much of these bad vibes can bring you down emotionally, mentally, physically and just all round suck. So here are my little tips and tricks to surviving exams and studying, to ensure you make the most of your valuable time and come out on top!

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Have a designated study space. I personally opt for going to the library because it’s quiet and there’s minimal distractions. Many times I’ve tried to study either in my room or out in the lounge room and I find that I’m continuously distracted by people and just try to do anything else but study. Having a specific place to get work done will help keep you motivated, productive and focused.

Eat a balanced diet. Whilst it’s easy to pick up a packet of M&M’s (I’m currently sharing a packet with my friend), don’t forget to include lot’s of fruits and vegetables. Eating nutricious food will provide you with the vitamins and minerals that are needed for your brain to funciton.

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Oranges are my favourite study food

Get some fresh air. Sitting down at a computer for hours on end is not good for you. Every few hours, be sure to stretch your legs, go outside, get some sunshine and just do some movement. Excercise is also important throughout exams, even if it’s just going for a walk around the block or a quick bike ride, about half an hour of cardio is enough time to get the blood pumping and distract yourself from any concerns in life you may have.

On that note, positive procrastination is key! No one really expects you to spend 12 hours a day every day just studying. BORING!!! However, instead of watching seasons of How I Met Your Mother in one sitting, is probably not going to help keep your brain and heart active throughout a stressful period. So I like to engage in some positive procrastination, which is exactly what I’m doing now. I think about what else is important in my life after study, blogging, keeping fit, travel plans, seeing my friends… and I try to make time to fit them in to my schedule. Balance is the key to success. 

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Keep motivated. I know it’s difficult, but try and hold on to it, because motivation is what will kick you over the finish line. Keep your end goal in sight, seek inspiration and when in doubt refer to the Ryan Gosling image above.

The night before an exam. Get a good nights sleep! This is something I still haven’t mastered but it’s really important to ensure you wake up energised and motivated. If you’ve got an early exam, make sure you set an alarm (or two or three). Get prepared! Pull out everything you need for your exam, pens, pencils, erasers, student card, clear water bottle, clear pencil case and anything else you may need and put it in a neat pile in the middle of your room so you won’t forget anything. If like me, you have a case of ‘I have nothing to wear,’ then pre select clothes that you’ll feel comfortable in the night before. It just means that in the morning, you’ll have one less thing to worry about. Have a healthy and hearty dinner and have a re read over your notes so they can circulate around your mind whilst you sleep.

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The day of your exam. Woo hoo! Exam day is here and you’re ready to smash it! Make sure you have breakfast! You need nutrients to keep your brain working! Have your coffee, have your orange juice, have whatever you normally have. Afterall, it’s just another day! Play some music that will get you pumped and feeling like you can and will do well! Get rid of all those negative thoughts and just breathe. Make sure you know where your exam is and you get there early to avoid unseen interruptions to your day. Once seated, just concentrate on what you need to do and do it.

After your exam. Make sure you take time to congratulate yourself. You’ve made it through another exam period! A common way to do this is at the uni bar.

Good luck to everyone with their exams! Do the best you can and remember to maintain some balance! OK, so I think this is enough procrastination from me for one day! Back to the books.

xxx A

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All These Little Things

Some say that we should enjoy all the little things in life because one day we’ll look back and realise they were actually kinda a big deal. Well I’m not sure how this is going to shape or define the rest of my life, but it was definitely a nice little reminder of how important the beautiful moments in life are.

I was on the bus heading home from town when a family of three were sitting towards the front of the bus, the Mum, Dad and 2 years old boy. Because it was Sunday it was relatively quiet and I could easily over hear their conversation. An elderly lady sat in front of them when the little boy said an excited ‘HELLO!’

The little boy then began to tell the lady about how much he loves Finding Nemo and fishies. The lady was so engaged with what he had to say and began to quote some of the movie. The little boy then sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in a very quiet and extremely cute little voice. All of the people on the bus had a little grin on their faces.

It may not seem like much, but in a world where people seem to ignore others on the bus, too afraid to start a conversation or even make eye contact, it was beautifully refreshing to see a 2 year old break those boundaries.

Be kind and appreciate the beauty of the little things,

xxx A

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An Open Letter to Brooke Saward: World of Wanderlust

Dear Brooke,

I have been following your inspiring story for over a year now and I just felt the need to let you know just how awesome and inspirational I think you are. I have so much respect and admiration for you and what you do and checking your blog on a daily basis is one of my favourite things to do.

For anyone who hasn’t checked out World of Wanderlust, here’s what I absolutely love about it and why you will too!

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Brooke is a twenty something full time traveller from Tasmania who booked a one way ticket out of Australia after graduating and decided to make her life AMAZING! She’s travelled to 50+ countries across 6 continents and has a HUGE social media following. And with photos like above and throughout this piece, it’s no wonder why! From Brooke and her adventures, I’ve learnt some pretty valuable lessons and outlooks on life that I always try and carry with me.

Chase your dream. Like every dream, you’ll face many road blocks and hurdles, people telling you ‘you can’t do that’ or questioning why, what, how. But at the end of the day, it’s your life and your dream. No one’s going to hand it to you on a golden plate. You have to work for it, fight for it and make it happen for you.

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Take the road less travelled. Whether it be some lake in Slovenia, a mountain range in Peru, a back street in Paris or an Island in the Pacific, adventure and beauty is all around. It’s not always about the destination, but the journey you take to get there and once you’re there.

Get to know people to learn about a culture. Brooke usually has meet ups at various destinations across the world to meet readers and explore a city with them. Getting to know locals is an invaluable skill because it’s once you put your map down and have a quality conversation with someone from the country you’re in, is when you’ll learn what it’s actually like in that culture.

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Life isn’t meant to be smooth sailing. I’m not entirely sure of all the hurdles that Brooke has experienced in her travels, but I do know about some entry denials, flight delays and I’m sure there’s many others, but hiccups occur, you get lost, baggage goes missing, you stay in a less than desirable hostel and things get stolen. Whilst at the time it can be scary, daunting, overwhelming and can leave you not wanting to get out of bed, life goes on. And it’s all of these hiccups that make for a good story after your trip.

Indepence and confidence is beautiful. These days, there’s so much pressure to go to uni, get a boyfriend, buy a car, a house, get a job, get married and then get sucked into ‘life.’ But what if you want to do something different? I want to go on exchange whilst at university, then once I’ve graduated, go and live in Edinburgh, or Paris, or New York or Tokyo, who knows but I want to explore this world inside out and not stop until I have. Brooke makes travelling the world, having dreams and pursuing them look absolutely beautiful.

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So Brooke, thank you so much for brightening my days when I’m bored studying or working. I truly admire everything you are doing with your life and I hope you never stop living your dream. You’ve inspired me to pursue mine, reaching for the moon and if I miss, at least I’ll be among the stars.

Check out Brooke’s blog here: http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/

*I do not take any credit for these photos. They are all property of Brooke Saward. 

TED Talks to Lighten Your Day

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Do you ever get that flat feeling? Where you lay in bed for an extra 15 minutes contemplating life, with little to no motivation to get up? Or you have some reoccuring thoughts along the lines of ‘why am I here?’ Then the above link is for you!

All of the videos are inspiring, motivating, address difficult and strange issues that each of us face at some point in our lives. Definitely check it out for a burst of happiness and kick ass motivation!

xxx A

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Pinterest: Motivation & Happiness Central!

I’ve recently jumped on the Pinterest wagon, and for the past 24 hours, I’ve been hooked. This little discovery couldn’t have come at a better time in my life too. Recently I’ve felt like I’ve lit several different fuses. I’m working part time, trying to excel in my studies, volunteering for leadership programs all whilst trying to maintain a social life, and I’m not entirely sure if those fuses are leading towards a bomb or fireworks. After spending quite literally the past 24 hours of Pinterest, I’ve been immersing myself in colourful, beautiful, weird, wonderful and quirky images which has only been fuelling my appetite for everything life is throwing at me. Motivating and inspiring me to push myself, my limits and my state of mind of what is possible.

‘If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’ – Roald Dahl

I’m a firm believer in surrounding yourself with positive things and people. Sometimes in life, we just need to stop being sad and start being happy and I am choosing to be happy and to turn those fuses into the biggest and brightest fireworks this world has ever seen.

If you too would like a daily dose of some motivation and happiness, check out my Happiness board here. I hope it makes you laugh and smile as much as I did. 

A snapshot of my Pinterest account.

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Peace, love and happiness to all

xxx A

Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day. The one time of year we can eat chocolate, have our cheeks flushed pink, watch chic flicks and write clichés in cards… Actually that’s every other weekend for me. Regardless of how often you eat a box of heart shaped chocolates, there’s no escaping the fact that the 14th of February is all about love. And whilst it’s nice when you’ve got that special someone to spend it with, the most important date you’ll have on Valentines Day (and for the rest of your life) is YOU. Yes, I realize it’s clichéd to write about how important it is to love yourself but hey, it is Valentines Day. So here are some things you can do (or I try to show myself) a little loving.

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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
– Lucille Ball

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Buy that dress you’ve been eyeing off on ASOS to show yourself some appreciation.

Walk with confidence of everything you’ve accomplished and dreaming of.

Embrace your flaws.

Surround yourself with positivity.

Dream big and act even bigger.

Paint your nails blue, or green, or purple to brighten your day.

Play your music loud and sing even louder.

Call your family/friends and tell them how much they mean to you.

Have a relaxing bath with candles.

Cook a lovely meal for yourself.

Lay on a grassy hill and watch the clouds roll over.

Crack open a bottle of wine.

Binge watch How To Get Away With Murder (woops, too late).

Download Taylor Swifts album.

Put on your beautiful jewellery.

Write down all these things that make you happy and feel loved for future reference.

And don’t forget to finish this all off with a small box of chocolates… you’ve earned it.

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Happy Valentines Day to each and every one of you. xxx A

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Pont des Arts, the love lock bridge in Paris