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What I miss, Home and Away

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the things that I miss when I'm away from home. You know, the little home comforts and little luxuries like having my own space in my room, or knowing the perfect spot for good lighting for when I'm doing my makeup. 

Being in a long-distance relationship, having family dotted all over the country (and continent, and globe pretty much), as well as having a great love for travelling in general, all mean that I am often away from home. So I miss my home comforts quite regularly. 

However, the more I thought about it the more I realised that when I am at home, there are several things that I miss about being away as well. 

So here are some of the things I miss about my home when I'm away...

1. I've mentioned this one already, and it might be trivial to most people, but seriously- knowing exactly where in the house has perfect lighting for doing my makeup is 100% something I miss about home when I'm away. I'm always a bit para that I'll misjudge my makeup due to the lighting and end up going out looking like the White Witch from Narnia, or some kind of orange oompa-loompa

2. Just having my own system. My room certainly isn't the tidiest of places; but I know where everything is and goes, and I know how it works.

3. Lush baths. I have a little stash of bath bombs and melts from Lush, tucked away with my candles and bubble bath bottles which all come together with a bit of TV or youtube to create the perfect atmosphere for a lovely, relaxing night. I have baths around twice a week, and they're honestly so ingrained in my weekly routine- but I never really feel comfortable enough having baths in other peoples houses.

4. Being creative. When I'm away from home, I rarely take my laptop out with me unless I have work to do for uni. And I almost never take my pens or notepads... sometimes I bring my camera, but even then I don't often have the opportunity to use it. It's always when I'm at home in my own space that I feel the most creative.

5. My friends are such a huge part of my life at home, at work, and at university. And to be honest they really ought to be number one on this list because they are my priority- and the thing I miss the most about going away from home.

And here are some of the things I miss about being away when I'm home...

1. The excitement of being somewhere different. Regardless of whether I've been to the place a million times or it's the first time ever, the sole fact that it's different to my usual surroundings makes it immediately so much more beautiful and enticing. And sometimes when I'm at home, I just get sick of seeing the same things and going to the same places all the time.

2. Having a totally different routine. This one is kinda similar to the previous point, but it's slightly different. When I'm at home, I always end up going through the motions of waking up, going to uni, working, possibly meeting up with  friends, and repeat. And sometimes it's so refreshing just to go somewhere new where your everyday routine is completely disregarded and essentially thrown out the window.

3. Not having a plan. Which to some might sound completely backward, but I love not knowing exactly what I have planned. I always have such a laugh figuring it out along the way, making light of my mistakes- like that time I almost ended up taking the completely wrong train.

4. Talking to strangers- because why would I talk to strangers when I'm surrounded by people I know and love at home? But I really do love getting to know new people, and being in places away from home gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that.

5. The people. Because even though I am really lucky in that a lot of the people I love are near where I live, I still have a vast number of people close to my heart that are not so close to my home. That goes for my boyfriend who I see monthly, my family who I see once or twice a year, and my friends; some who I've not seen for up to five years- can you believe that?!

ASOS Shopping List

Monday, 13 March 2017

Who doesn't love spending their Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea, snuggled up in a blanket as you scroll through ASOS, lusting over item after item. 

The last time I "browsed" on ASOS I ended up ordering the biggest, most unnecessary haul ever, so this time I'm gonna be more careful, kind of, maybe... ANYways, here goes!

1. This pair of denim dungarees

2. This crew neck sweatshirt
3. This rose gold open stone ring

4. These chromatic pop on nails

5. This pair of grey sweatpants
 6. This pair of suede ankle boots
 7. This pair of mid heeled ankle boots

8. These slim mom jeans

9. This khaki jumpsuit

10. This lace up sweatshirt/sweatpants duo
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5 Happy Thoughts

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Happy Sunday, friends! I'm currently at work writing this in advance, because that's the kind of crazy-hectic life that I lead right now... yeah... you can actually read more about that here, haha. 

I have to say though, despite my crazy-busy lifestyle, I've got a lot to be happy for- and I'm so, so grateful for. There have been times before where I have struggled to think of five things that have made me happy; but that isn't the case at all today. To be frank, I live a pretty damn awesome life. And I'm generally quite happy with life in all its fullness. Obviously my life isn't perfect, but it's good. 

I've been pretty productive
And I'm really proud of myself for that! I've had a lot of things to keep on top of, but regardless I could have easily left everything to the last minute. (Let's just say that yes, in the past I have had sleepless nights writing essays and reports due the next day. In the PAST) I've been really proactive lately though; I've set up my priorities list, and now every day the first thing I do when I wake up (after checking my phone) is making a daily list of things that need to be completed. If I get more than the bare minimum, that's a bonus- but I always make sure my daily to do list is easily achievable, otherwise I'd lose all motivation!

I treated myself to a cheeseburger and fries today
It's the little things that count, right? Even if they make me less little, haha! Smack on the calories, right? Genuinely, though, I don't see the need for diets or 'calorie counting' at all. As long as you're happy- that's what really matters.

It's Spring!!!
And while my Mum might disagree (she gave me a telling off for wearing dungarees the other day because it's still the "middle of winter" in her books), I am certainly excited that this new season has commenced! Bring on the blue skies, new flower buds, sunshine, chirping birds, newborn lambs... and after all of this month, it'll be time to bring on the end of university for the next 5 months.

I have an awesome boyfriend
I knowwwwwww- I'm a cheesy fucker, amn't I. ;) But genuinely, even though the distance between us really, really, really sucks ass, I'm really happy. I'm so #blessed, so #grateful for my boyfriend, and I just want everyone to know how appreciative I am of him. And I really do mean it. Last weekend I saw him for a handful of days, and while I do so wish that I could have stayed for longer, I really loved getting to spend time with him, meet more of his friends, and see his family as well! We always have a great time together. 

I love my job (at rookie rockstars)
I am so, so lucky to be in a position where I get to work as a receptionist in one of the best places in the entire universe. I get to work in an environment where people who are passionate about music come together, to spread their passion on to people of all ages. I get to hear kids learn how to play the drums to some epic songs (The Killers, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheehan have been played), and I've heard kids get vocal coaching and grow in confidence as they sing to some equally epic songs. Not to mention the keys and guitar... I could rave about the music school for ages. It's awesome. Seriously.

I CANT Do It All- and Neither Can You

Sunday, 5 March 2017

I love being busy. I really do.

"I'd always rather be busy than have nothing to do" is a phrase I've said countless times; and I'm pretty sure I've meant it every time as well. Even when I'm drowning in uni assignments and working 6 days a week... yeah, no wander this blog has had a bit of a downfall lately.

I'm one of those people who just want to do it all.

One of my friends from uni is like this as well. She plays sport regularly, work part time, and somehow always takes it upon herself to bear the crux of any group project she's involved in. She doesn't realise it, but she actively creates more for her 'to do list' than is necessary... or even healthy. Although I don't always see this in myself, I often tend to do the same thing.

I work 25 hours a week, as well as keeping on top of uni, as well as making sure I don't neglect any of my friends from within and outwith uni, as well as making sure I spend enough time with my family... and at the end of the week, the only time I've really had to myself is that glorious hour that I have every morning where I wake up and decide what I'm going to put on my face. The end product is that when it gets to the one day a week that I don't have uni or work, I end up making plans because I don't know how to stop until I crash. 

And let me tell you this- crashing is really not nice. There have been a few times in the past where I've pushed myself so hard, to the point where I have physically been sick because that's the only way my body can really force me to stop. 

"Sometimes being busy feels good, and sometimes keeping busy makes us feel important. But you are valuable because of who you were made to be, not because of the activities you do. Your worth does not depend on your busyness. You can do fewer things, even if the things on your calendar are all good things" ~Becoming Minimalist

You see, it's essential that I do stop... before my body has to go into shut-down mode. I need to remind myself that even though the things I do are important, that it's just as important to take time out for myself. Especially after a full on week of uni-work, uni-work, uni-work... you get the drill.

And while it's super important that I make sure my friends and family know that they are wanted and cherished by me, it's also important that I take time out to cherish myself. Even if that's just taking a couple of hours out of each day to go on a walk, read a book/blog, have a bath, or watch a movie.
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