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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hi! So after my long blogging leave, I'm back with a post I'm been meaning to write for quite some time. After ending my first year and being at home all summer I've had chance to reflect on the last year at university and memories I enjoyed and some I didn't so much. Maybe it will help some of you lovely freshers going off to university this year, what to prepare yourself for!

So firstly my university didn't have traditional halls last year, so as first years we had to go into a house straight away, which was extremely unnerving, and well super scary to think about. Unfortunately I didn't get my first choice at uni and so it was my second choice, although now I'm quite thankful as it isn't so far away from home, which I will write about later.

So meeting my housemates on Facebook, we got together and decided we should live together! (weird right..) So we all drove down and met up for the first time ever and went house hunting.. The only houses left, were well.. Pretty disgusting and gross. The house we ended up in, wasn't great. But it wasn't horrendous.. as far as student housing goes. But it was still pretty grim once you live in a house of 6 teenagers who have just left home.

My room was quite nice, it had big windows and it spacious enough to relax and chill. I spent most of my time... in my room. Which quite frankly I wish I hadn't. So anyway Fresher's started and we were out every night.. for 2 weeks. We did all the fancy events... All the clubs which brag about the great fresher crap they had going on and they were pants! One regret I did have was not looking out for all the special student union events they had on.. but for a small uni they obviously didn't have many.

House parties were a-plenty. We trashed our house most of the time, which isn't always the best thing to do when you have neighbors. But socially it's a good thing to get into.. being in clubs doesn't always give you the opportunity for conversation and I wish I spent more time doing that than being in the clubs for freshers. Not being in hall's didn't have its benefits.

I did become quite recluse after abit. I missed home more than I thought I would've. Which is why I was thankful for only being 2 hours away. I spent alot of time in my room, watching netflix and just generally being a slob. I wasn't enjoying my course, I wasn't really spending time with any of the people on my course and I became quite down and depressed.. and well, down in the dumps. I've learnt family are my rock and have really helped me through these times in particular.

This led me to become quite anxious about leaving the house, about meeting new people and creating opportunities, I stayed in bed and I was miserable all the time. It wasn't until I had to redo a failed unit plus all my new coursework that I stepped up my game and thought 'lets just get it over with'
At my lowest point I really considered leaving university, maybe it's not for me.. maybe I just can't get used to this whole new experience. Because it's not just leaving to study. It's a huge life change, you're plunged in with a bunch of people you don't know, so social skills play a huge part in student life. Using those nearly everyday, whilst trying to learn about living on your own and all these random new things that keep appearing, you're constantly learning. Although sometimes stressful, I believe that the whole experience of university is a huge life skill. Not just academically or slobbing around but, learning to live with new people, money management, time management. It's a huge step in growing up.

I think I've done quite a fair bit of growing up this last year, and although I'm nervous about returning back to my course and my new shiny house and friends, I'm really pumped to make the most of the 2 years I have left. I'm sure there will be ups and downs, but I'm looking forward to pushing myself.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Hello people,

My lack of blogging has just been at an all time low at the moment, I've been back at home from university, I've officially moved out and handed back my keys in preparation for moving into my next house, a much better one at that. Now I'm at home I have been making some big changes to my lifestyle which I have mainly been focusing on instead of being online 24/7.

I have cut out most of the junk food I eat.
I am a mcdonalds addict and giving up mcdonalds is actually really hard, as bad as that sounds.. It's just so easy for me to drive up and go pick up a delicious chicken legend, or a maccies breakfast. But I've totally cut it out.

I've also quit smoking! Yippee! I'm really proud of myself and I don't even think about it anymore. I even gave away a fresh pack of ciggies I found in my uni room to my housemate and I was really happy that I did! I never thought I was addicted until I got cranky and had big mood swings. But everything's great and I'm glad I won't be clogging up my lungs anymore.

I've actually started doing yoga. Last week I gave it a go and absolutely loved it! It's such a nice exercise to do and is perfect for me to start getting into something postive.

As you can see I've been taking some time out to reflect on myself, better myself and just create a much better, well.. me! Spending less time online and more time on myself is improving my lifestyle, I'm much happier.

As for my blog, I'm not sure what I'm doing right now, I guess I'm on abit of a blog hiatus, I'm not sure what I want my blog to be anymore, I'm still figuring that out. But once I do I'll be back :)


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

So this is a long awaited post of my visit to Download Festival. Luckily this year I was given the opportunity to work Uprawr's merch stand which was great fun and as I missed Download last year, it was such a great experience to re-live all over again. So here's what I got up to on my weekend!

1. My lovely wristband was green and plain and boring (tehe) but it was free so who can complain *shrug*
2. Fraser cooking us some delicious burgers..
3. The lovely little Uprawr tent!
4. Skindred! Last time I saw them they were on the second stage, so it was great to see them on the main stage.

1. My little brothers first Download! - he was lucky enough to get given tickets from his college, it was a total surprise, but was great to share his first festival with him!
2. Me & Fraser in our little tent
3. Policeman Selfie! The policeman put his hat on me haha, such a great picture.
4. The Pretty Reckless were great and I was right by the front!

1. Kirsty, me & Nesbitt at Download during Bowling For Soup.. (I think)
2. Our mingin' expensive breakfast in the village at 5am. It was truly disgusting.
3. Aerosmith! My favorite of the whole weekend, it was the end of shifts and it was such a relief to just go nuts!
4. Me, finally at home after a long, un-showered weekend, lovely right?

So that was my weekend, glamorous right!
Hope you enjoyed this (different) post
I'm hoping to start up my youtube again soon!


Friday, 4 July 2014

I wanted to share something different on my blog today, I have really gotten into scrapbooking and I'm loving the Scraptastic Club kits. It's great for me as I don't have to spend loads of money buying supplies etc, just a monthly subscription. I love the community that scraptastic has too, it's nice to talk with other scrappers via facebook etc. I thought I would share some layouts I've been creating over the last two months!

This cute Falmouth layout was made with the May kit, "The story I heard" I didn't think I was keen on this kit as it has a lot of phone related embellishments but I do love the colours in this kit.

How cute was my puppy! Now he just grumbles (hehe) but I love this picture and I'm glad I scrapped it with this kit! It does look a little wonky in the photo but it is straight!

Few more random layouts..
(With the June Kit)

I've been very busy scrapping the last few weeks and If you love scrap-booking I would give Scraptastic a go, their stuff is crammed with items! I'm going to try and stay more updated with my some occasional layouts every so often, it's nice to do a different post. Have you ever tried scrapbooking?