10 Ways To Enjoy Autumn

Friday, 30 September 2016

Hi everybody! Grace Anne here, from Totally Graced. I am so beyond thrilled to be posting here on Her Electric Ocean today!

I'm going to be completely honest with you- autumn is not my absolute favorite season. It's not so much that I have anything in particular against autumn, but I'm a huge fan of summer. It's my favorite season, by far. Autumn is the end of my favorite season, and leads to my LEAST favorite season, winter. So, while there are so many people who love autumn to pieces, I'm not necessarily one of them.

All that to say, just because autumn is not my favorite season, it doesn't mean that I don't want to enjoy it! In fact, it makes me want to enjoy it. I want to develop a love for autumn, to do fun things and to get excited with everyone else about how awesome it is! And besides, what good is there in always looking at the negative? Autumn is here whether we like it or we hate it, so we might as well enjoy it while it's around. :)

When Sara contacted me asking if I'd like to guest post (to which I replied with an excited YES), I knew exactly what I wanted to post about. I've been wanting to compile a list of fun things to do in autumn, in hopes of enjoying it more, and I'm really excited to share it with you all! Hopefully you'll see some things that you want to do, too. Ready to take on autumn with me??


01. Go apple picking

I actually haven't done this in a few years, but apple picking is just such a quintessentially autumn activity. Also, can we just have a moment of appreciation for apples? You can do so much with them. Apple strudels and apple fritters are basically my favorite things in the world. And can we please petition for Krispy Kreme to bring back the apple doughnut?? Those things are perfection. 

02. Have a bonfire

Bonfires are SO much fun. I have one of these already planned, and I'm really excited! It's so fun to roast marshmallows and just enjoy the people that you're with. 

03. Do an autumn photoshoot

I've got to admit- autumn clothes are adorable. I love all the burgundy, and the ARMY GREEN!! Oh my heart. I love army green with a passion. And you can't forget about flannels, scarves, beanies and boots! It's super fun to dress up in some cute outfits with your friends and go out among the changing leaves and take some photos. 

04. Try making your favorite autumn drink

Let's be honest- that Starbucks addiction can get expensive! So why not try to make your favorite warm drink at home? Now I'm going to admit- I've actually never tried a pumpkin spice latte. But I'd love to figure out how Starbucks makes such awesome hot chocolate...

05. Host a Halloween party

I've actually never hosted a Halloween party, but I'm in the midst of planning one this year, and I'm excited! Halloween is such a fun holiday- I still can't decide what kind of costume I'm going to wear! Any suggestions? 

06. Decorate a pumpkin

One of my favorite things about fall is picking out a pumpkin and decorating it, whether it's carved or simply painted. There are so many cute ideas on Pinterest that I could scroll for hours! 

07. Have a night in

The weather is getting cooler, and I love nothing more than a cozy night in. It can be with friends or it can just be by yourself, but it's oh so fun to grab some fuzzy socks, brownies, a blanket, and a movie (or two!), and just enjoy some downtime. 

08. Do some crafting

Similar to the idea above, I feel like autumn is the perfect time to do some crafting. I'm a big fan of crochet myself, but whatever you like to do- it's just fun to curl up on the couch and MAKE something.

09. Go to a fair or festival

There are always fall festivals going on, especially in October. Grab some friends, and head over to one near you! 

10. Decorate

This may not be true for you, but where I live, it really doesn't feel like autumn yet. Decorations always help! Fake (or real!) pumpkins, leaves, blankets, fairy lights- you can make your space feel a little more autumnal quite easily, with things you probably already have lying around! And hey, if you can't find anything, then congratulations- you officially have and excuse to go to Target. You're welcome. ; ) 


Well, there you have it! Ten super easy ways to enjoy autumn. Let me know in the comments what YOUR favorite ways to spend autumn are! Sara, thank you again so much for having me! 

10 of The Best Hot Drinks This Season

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

This year -as always- Starbucks made it's mark this season when it released the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes for Autumn earlier in September. I've mentioned my love for autumn and autumnal scents quite a few times on this blog recently, but one thing I don't think I've really discussed is my adoration of hot drinks. Some of my favourite Autumnal drinks are more mainstream/known than others, but I would definitely recommend giving each of the drinks I mention in this post a try! You never know, you might discover your new favourite!

In my opinion, the best place for hot beverages just has to be Starbucks. Their PSL's are unbeatable, and their drinks are just quite simply heavenly. However, I do enjoy a cosy night in with a home brewed cuppa just as much...

1. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (you seriously must have seen that one coming)

2. Cinnamon Lattes

3. Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice

4. Chile Hot Mocha

5. Black Tea with a slice of Lemon and Ginger

6. Gingerbread Latte (okay so technically it's more Christmassy, but it still counts right?)

7. Chai Tea Lattes (omg they taste like autumn)

8. Caramel and Cinnamon Macchiato 

9. Nutella Hot Chocolate

10. Hot Caramel Apple Cider

What's your favourite autumnal drink?

15 Thoughts I had during Freshers Week

Sunday, 25 September 2016

This week, her electric ocean has taken a bit of a back bench role in my life for the first time in about half a year. As many of you will already know -it’s not like I’ve kept it a secret or anything lol- I got a place in the Univeristy of Strathclyde to do Business Management this year, and on the 10th of September I started fresher’s week. Yeah. In that one week, I met so many wonderful new people and I experienced so many amazing new things. I also learnt a few lessons, lol.

Strathclyde have a really great union, so during the week there were various events during the day and evening... from a club night on the first night featuring radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw (Grimmy), to ceilidhs and speed meetings. Not only were there a number of different events during the week, but there were even multiple events during each day so there was always a good choice of events to do go. Everything was in the same place too, so if one event didn’t turn out as great as you’d hoped it would, there was always something else to go to. I guess that’s one of the perks that come with having 10 floors in your union! (Although the stairs are killer)

Freshers week is such a great time to make new friends at uni and create amazing new memories before lectures start. It’s something you only really experience once, which is why I thought it would be interesting to go through some of the thoughts I had over the week. Let me know if you relate to anything, or if you’ve not started uni yet then tell me what you’re looking forward to most about it!

1.       WHAT SHOULD I WEAR! Should I wear a dress? Or is that too much. Or maybe jeans and a nice top. But I don’t even have any nice tops, and I don’t want to look like a slob on my first night. But I also don’t want to look like I tried to hard… Why is this so hard!

2.       Is it even worth paying £50 for the gold card? I mean, it gets me into all the union events for the whole year, but £50 is a lot of money…

3.       Oh my goodness I hate busses. Why did I ever think staying at home was going to be okay? I need to move out ASAP.

4.       I really hope people like me, I mean I’m going to be spending my next 4 years with these people they better like me

5.       But what if they don’t like me. Or worse, what if I don’t like them?!

6.       It’s fine. It’s freshers. I’m going to meet lots of people and make loads of friends

7.       Shit… freshers week is expensive. I’ve already spent half of this fortnights money, and all I’ve bought is food and drinks

8.       This whole uni thing is so great, I’ve finally got a great party-party balance. Who needs lectures anyways, right? I mean, I still have until next Monday till the real work begins

9.       What the HECK why did we just get pranked at our first lecture?! I’m so confused, is uni always like this?

10.   How am I going to keep up with this, I’ve not been home earlier than 2am since like a week ago last Friday!

11.   Do people seriously not know how to make toast? Why have I experienced 4 fire alarms while in student accommodation, I don’t even live there! It’s not even been a week!

12.   Who’s number is this? And who’s this guy I have a selfie with on my snapchat story? Wait, did I really do that last night???

13.   I’m never going out again. I am completely off the drink. I am never going to touch drink again. EVER.

14.   Who’s having a gaff tonight? I’m so there.

15.   They really weren’t kidding when they said freshers flu was going to hit me like a tonne of bricks. Ew.

My Spicy Spag-Bol recipe

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Hi there lovely people! So today I want to share something a little bit different than usual with you all... my very first recipe post! I've always loved reading food blogs, and have a collection of foodie blogs on bloglovin', so I thought I might as well give it a go. 

Spaghetti bolognase has always been one of my favourite dishes to make, so when I cooked it up the other day for my brother and I, I decided to take a few photos of it to share in a weekly favourites or something. And when I was looking through my photos, I decided to dive right in and share my secret recipe for the best spag-bol you'll ever taste. 

I'm not going to give you proportions for anything apart from the seasoning for the sauce, just because I think you'll all be able to judge how much you need depending on how many mouths you have to feed. I hope you enjoy this post, let me know what you think!

What you'll need...

The Basics
Chopped Tomatoes - I used two cartons from Sainsburys which was already in the kitchen, but you can use pretty much anything.
Spaghetti Pasta - I can't actually remember what brand of pasta I used, but I think I got it from Tesco if I remember correctly?
Chicken Meatballs - I got my meatballs from the only place you can get meatballs, let's all be honest with ourselves here. You know it. IKEA.

The Sauce
Salt - Literally just a pinch. I have no clue where the salt is... Mum buys those kinda things haha
Cayenne Pepper - Again, I didn't use a lot of this, just a pinch between my finger and thumb. I got this one from Tesco, and it just gives a bit of warmth to the sauce
Hot & Spicy Seasoning - I used a bit more of this seasoning by Deluxe. I sprinkled about a two pence size on my palm before adding it to the sauce, and later sprinkled a tot more in. I also sprinkled a pinch on the meatballs before putting them in the oven to give it a bit more of a kick.
Coriander Leaf - This one was from Schwartz. I didn't actually intend on adding coriander leaf when I was making the sauce -I don't usually put it in- but I think it added a bit more depth to the flavour which was quite nice, but subtle.
Basil - Also by Schwartz. I don't actually know the measurements for this one since I did exactly what you shouldn't do when cooking; I put it straight in from the tube... whoops. I did use a lot of it though, not gonna lie!

The Method

This really isn't a mind-blowing, difficult recipe to follow, so I'm just going to talk you through it really roughly. It's simplicity is one of the reasons I love this recipe so much, and I know exactly how to get the seasoning just perfect for this one, which definitely helps. 

I actually started off with the sauce, as the pasta and meatballs literally only take about 10-15 minutes to cook. I really don't have a lot to say to embellish the process to be honest... Literally all I did was put the chopped tomatoes in, added a bit of water in, and stirred in the seasoning, hoping for the best.

I then put the spaghetti in boiling water, and placed the meatballs on a metal oven tray, sprinkling them with the hot & spicy seasoning before putting them in the oven at 250 degrees- all while the sauce was simmering at a low heat. During the entire process, I didn't make any use of pot lids apart from when I was getting the water to boil for the pasta, so you could probably go without them.

I kept checking the meatballs regularly, and stirred the sauce while waiting, giving it a little taste every so often to see whether the seasoning needed adjusted. After about 13-15 minutes both the pasta and meatballs were well cooked, and the sauce was perfected.

I drained the pasta first, leaving the meatballs in the oven (with the oven switched off) and the sauce still simmering on a low heat. The pasta went on the plates first, followed by the sauce, and finally I took the meatballs out and carefully placed them on top of everything else.

Thank You

Thursday, 22 September 2016

I probably shouldn't tell you this, but the clock's about to turn to midnight as I begin to write this post. I can't sleep tonight, so I thought I might as well do something slightly productive rather than twist and turn in bed.

Today I was looking through some of the posts I've written over the summer, to find something promote on my instagram. (It's @imsosara if you want to follow me) I put so much work into every post, and it's actually really fun looking back at all the things I've written. I love unearthing old posts to share on my social media links, or referring back to them in posts.

While I was scrolling through my published posts, looking at my stats for each post I started to realise how far I have come since this time last year. My blog has become such a central part of my life now, even to the extent that I'm sitting here at midnight, writing. Looking at stats like how many views I get daily... like, this time last year I would average about 10 views a day, and recently I've been getting closer to 50+. 

I'm actually really proud of myself. I often wonder why anyone even reads Her Electric Ocean -as I imagine most bloggers do with their blogs- and I still don't quite know why. I know that compared to many other blogs, I'm nowhere near amazing. But when I started this blog as a place to build my writing portfolio, I never really thought it would actually get anywhere- and it has. I obviously always wanted it to be successful and great, but I didn't expect this. I didn't expect so many people to actually read my blog, and comment on my posts, and share it with their friends. It really means so much to me.

It makes me so happy that you lovely people read my posts, and I absolutely love reading the lovely little comments some of you leave below. It genuinely brightens my day when my friend tells me that they really liked my latest post- the fact that they have read my latest post in itself is really encouraging to me. 

I want to give a special shout out to Grace and Vanessa, as they are always the first to comment on my posts, and because of this I've always felt so supported by the blogging community. I've met so many amazing people through this blog, and have been a part of so many amazing communities like The Girl Gang. And because of this I've experienced things that I would never have had the chance to had I not started this blog.

I know this turned out to be a really mushy, rambley post... and I didn't really plan for it to turn out like this, but I just really want you to know how much I appreciate everyone who reads and supports Her Electric Ocean. You're all mini unicorns, the lot of you! 

Why we need to start loving our bodies

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Yesterday I read a post over on Hannah Gale's blog about how we need to change the way we think about our bodies, which really struck a chord for me. She wrote about a lot of issues that I could really relate to, and when I finished reading the post I was left with a small trickle of tears that had welled up in my eyes. If you haven't read her post I would definitely recommend you to get your bum over to her blog and read away.

To start off, I have a confession to make.

While I always try my best not to judge anyone by their looks, I find it really hard. Like, really hard. And there was a time when I wouldn't even try; just like Hannah, I too used to shake my head at girls who wore crop tops and such. 

I was the girl who nudged my friends shoulder to snicker at the girl with electric blue hair and really short shorts… and the brutal truth is that sometimes, I still am. 

It's not something I'm proud of, but if I see someone in the street who doesn't fit in with my idea of 'beautiful' or 'perfect', my mind starts racing with a load of horrible, horrible thoughts about how that person looks. On the other hand, if I see someone who does fit in with my idea of 'beautiful' or 'perfect', my mind starts racing with a load of horrible, horrible thoughts about how I look. And so this vicious cycle begins, of either someone else looking ugly, or me looking ugly. 

It's not helpful, and it's not healthy.

I would much rather be the girl who compliments people on how beautiful their smiles are, than the girl who laughs at how ridiculous that crop top looks on that girl. I would rather be the girl who seeks beauty in everything, rather than seeing flaws.

But it's so hard. 

The Love Yourself Challenge is a tumblr blog run by siblings Scotty and Rae Smith, which has helped me realise that my body is precious- even though it's not perfect. They often post uplifting and (mostly) Christian songs as well as pictures and messages inspired by experiences that they have lived through, all with the aim of creating a safe haven in the internet to give hope to those who are battling with their bodies. 

Just over a year ago, when I was really struggling with body confidence, I found this quote on this tumblr blog which inspired me to keep going, and to give my body a little bit of TLC rather than wanting to rip it to shreds every time I looked down at my muffin top.

Beauty standards are so high and obscure, so it's okay if you don't fit in to the narrow gap of 'perfect' because nobody does. In fact, it's more than okay- it's beautiful. Let's start turning the cycle around. It's time to find the beauty in other peoples bodies, and in ours.

Coffee and Chats

Saturday, 10 September 2016

I've been sitting on my bed for over an hour watching Aladdin and the King of Thieves, trying to figure out how to start this post. I've actually really missed sitting down to write posts like this lately. I feel like I've been so busy with work, and preparing for uni (I'll get on to that one) that I haven't had the chance to really do just that. And when I've had some spare time, it's just been enough for me to be able to take a few shots on my camera and whip up a list post... and as much as I love and enjoy writing list posts, I have missed these chatty posts where I just get to ramble on. 

 To be completely honest with you, my mind is whirring with just about everything apart from writing this post. That's never a good start, but I suppose I'll just have to try and make my crazy chaotic thoughts somehow legible. Wish me luck.

One of the main reasons why my mind is such a whirlwind is because tonight I'm going out to my first freshers night out. And I'm not going to lie, I am a tot nervous about it. 

The thought of University has always both scared and excited me both at equal levels, but it's just been a distant thought up until now. But here I am now, sitting on my bed wondering what to wear on a night out with people I've never met before, who I'm going to be spending the next four years of my life with.

Last Tuesday I met up with a small group of people who were going to be on my course, and we all seemed to get along pretty well. It definitely makes me feel a lot better that I'll know someone when I rock up to the student union tonight. Being part of a Facebook group full of people in the same position as me has really made me feel more at ease about this whole university thing. 

One of my closest friends is turning 18, which is something that I'm really looking forward to. 

Since we got home from our holiday to Poland I feel like we haven't really had the chance to meet up because we've both been so busy, so it'll definitely be great to be able to see her! It's been really odd not seeing my school friends every day since we left school, definitely something I'm not used to just yet. I just can't believe that six years has passed, and that I'm actually going to be studying at university this year. I'm so not ready for it.

Anyway, whats new with you? How do you plan to spend this wonderful weekend?

My Autumn Aesthetic

Thursday, 8 September 2016


Autumn is possibly my favourite season of the year. It used to be summer, but now there's something so comforting about cinnamon rolls, cosy sweaters, and pumpkin lattes by the fireplace. Summer can be exciting, but sometimes it can get exhausting... Autumn may be cool outside, but the warmth it brings to your heart makes up for it all.

This year, I decided to build up a collection of my favourite Autumnal photos on we heart it, and so I created my Autumn Aesthetic. All of the photos in this post come from we heart it and are not mine, but you can find them over on my account here

Whats your favourite Autumnal scent?

top 10 movies for a chill night in

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

I've always loved getting lost in a good movie, even way back in the early days when I'd spend half of my summer looking at the movies that were out in blockbuster- and the other half watching them. Ever since I got my Now TV box for christmas, I've been getting out of the habit of studying, and back into the habit of binge watching movies and TV shows. I mean, it's probably not the most productive way to spend my time... but it sure is relaxing.

Here is a list of my favourite 10 movies available now on NOW TV, perfect for a relaxing night in with bae.

1. Disney's Cinderella 

A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella's life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course.

2. Kingsman, the secret service 

Harry Hart is part of an elite secret spy organization called the Kingsman. When he finds a regular street kid named Gary "Eggsy" Unwin down on his luck, he recruits him into the ultra intense training program. Meanwhile, criminal tech mastermind Valentine is planning a mass genocide to wipe out certain DNA codes. When the Kingsman learn about the crime, Hart and Eggsy have to spring into action, track down the mastermind and his weapon and sift through a web of traitors to stop his plot.

3. Unfinished Business 

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable - and unimaginable - way.

4. Pitch Perfect 2

The Bellas are back, and they are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name and regain their status, the Bellas take on a seemingly impossible task: winning an International competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic! With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bellas can hopefully accomplish their dreams once again.

5. Top 5 

A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.

6. The Wedding ringer

Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

7. inside out

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

8. If I stay

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

9. Big Hero 6

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."

10. The notebook

The movie starts in a nursing home with Duke reading to an older woman, whose memory is slipping from her more and more everyday. Duke reads the story of two lovers who meet in the south at a carnival. Allie was 17. A city girl from money, and Noah was a country boy. The two spend the whole summer together but Allie is forced to move and go to college although she was willing to give it up for Noah. Noah writes Allie 365 letters and she never gets them. So he restores the house him and Allie went to one night out of 'labor of love'. Seven years pass and Allie meets and falls in love with a wealthy soldier Lon. When seeing Noah's picture in the paper, Allie is drawn back to him. They spent a few days together and she doesn't want to leave. Allie has to choose between her fiancé and Noah.

Well, that's all from me for now! I hope you enjoy checking out some (if not all) of these awesome movies, and have some nice relaxing down time. I would really recommend getting the NOW TV box, it's actually been so brilliant for me, and you can get access to all the on demand programmes with it, like all 4, 5 on demand, and bbc iplayer ect. but I'm sure you'll be able to find these movies on netflix or amazon or whatever!

20 lit girl problems

Saturday, 3 September 2016

1. Getting one eye's eyeliner completely perfect, and not being able to get the other one to look even half decent

2. So you have to take it all off, resulting in you having awful panda eyes

3. Which takes ages for you to take off/cover up, so you're probably late to whatever you had planned

4. One eyebrow ALWAYS looks better than the other no matter what you do

5. Going for a walk but forgetting to take your fitbit, so it practically doesn't even count

6. Looking through old pictures and thinking... where the hell did that cute little dress go?

7. Taking a tonne of selfies and not knowing which one to upload

8. Not knowing whether to buy a new lipstick shade or a new nail polish

9. So you end up buying both, plus a tonne of other stuff, and BOOM you're broke

10. Getting a fake tan and waking up BROWN the next day

11. When people say you're wearing too much makeup, and it's really none of their business

12. But then when you don't wear any makeup everyone thinks you're sick

13. When you finally choose a cute selfie to upload on instagram, but you don't know how to caption it

14. And when you actually upload it, it gets like 20 likes. Ugh.

15. So you accidentally waste an hour liking all your friends pictures and asking for insta love from your bestos 

16. When you talk in a normal tone and everyones like "WOAH CALM DOWN"

17. And this obviously annoys you, but they all laugh cos you're wound up

18. When you smudge your nail varnish as it's drying

19. And the smudge stains your brand new dress that you were going to wear tonight

20. So you rock up in a dress that everyones seen you in a million times before

My Hopes for September

Thursday, 1 September 2016

The other day I bagged myself one of the 30 hour candles out of Primark, and it smells so good. I've used these candles before, and my favourite scents so far are Pineapple & Ginger as well as Pink Grapefruit. They come in really cute glasses, and are so vibrant and colourful. On top of that, they're only £2. 

My hope for September is that my month will be vibrant and colourful -much like these luscious candles. And I'm sure that it will be... This month I will be starting a new chapter in my life, as I head off to university. Most of my hopes for September are somewhat related to this huge step forward, so I really hope you enjoy reading this post!
I hope to pamper myself
As a young girl, I always loved getting my Mum to paint my nails (I still do) and looked forward to having a relaxing bath on Sunday nights before school- and over the holidays I've re-discovered the importance of looking after myself. I've decided to keep a little stash of bath bombs and oils, and I'm going to set aside 2-3 hours every week to treat myself to a DIY spa evening.

I hope to meet lots of new people
That's what uni is for, right? I know for some people the thought of meeting a huge number of new people can be daunting, but for me it's usually exciting. Although I am a little nervous about plunging into something completely new (as I'm sure everyone in my position is) I hope I will be someone that people see as friendly and happy.

I hope to juggle everything effectively
A lot of people I know only have one 'main' commitment. I have one friend whose one commitment is university, as she begins her first year studying Maths. I have another friend whose one commitment is her job. And I know of many bloggers who are fully committed to (and supported by) their blogs. I however, am going to have to learn how to quickly adapt to balancing work, university and blogging... while also finding time to socialise and pamper myself. 

I hope to work hard... and play hard
That brings me on to my next hope. I have worked so hard to get to where I am now. I studied endlessly when I was sitting my SQA higher exams so that I would have a place in university, so I am not prepared to let that all go to waste. However, I also believe that my happiness -and well-being- is important, so I hope that I will also remember to let my hair down more than just every once in a while.

I hope to stay in contact with my closest friends
I've heard a lot of people say that they didn't keep in touch with their friends from high school, and I really hope that isn't going to be the case with my friends and I. Each and every one of them hold a special place in my heart, and I hope that things remain that way as we all go off and start to make our way in the world. Obviously we won't always be free to see each-other as regularly as we do now, but I still hope we stay as tight as we are now, regardless.

I hope to be grateful
I have got so much. So, so much. And no matter how much I have, someone else is always going to have more. That's just life. But if I choose to focus on all the things I don't have, I'll turn into a bitter old hag who hates her life. What? It's true! This month I hope to really appreciate everything -and everyone- that I have in my life. I don't want to take anything for granted, because it can all be taken away so easily. I want to live life with a smile on my face because of what I have, rather than a frown because of what I don't.

What are your hopes for September? 
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