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9 Lessons I Learnt in 19 Years

Monday morning brings the dawn of my 20th birthday and the start of my twenty-first year on Planet Earth.
Today, I’m sharing with you the 9 lessons I’ve learnt in my 19 years. Philosophical, educational, and I hope a bit witty, this is my advice to those who seek it.
1. Strive to be a good friend.
It is a sad truth that some friendships don’t last as long as your best intentions might hope. Some are strictly weekdays, 9-5. While others survive through the rockiest times in each of your lives.

From Pinterest

2. Life is short.
Appreciate your family, by choice or blood. They are are the ones who will support your choices and pick you up from metaphorical or literal gutters.
3. Those who mind, don’t matter. Those who matter, don’t mind.
4. Love your body.
In the words of Baz Luhrman, “Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it. It is the greatest instrument you will ever own.”

Myself, at the age of about 3 years.

5. Disappointment doesn’t last.
When I reviewed my GCSE results I was disappointed in myself. I thought I could have achieved better if I had put my mind to it.  But almost 4 years later I’m studying for the degree I wanted to do at a university that last year achieved the prestigious Times High Education University of the Year, 2014. I’ve learnt that I did my best throughout my GCSEs. And now, my best is even better.
6. Attend as many concerts, gigs and shows as possible.
I love the theatre and concerts. The sense of unity you get from being part of an electric audience is unlike anything else. It enriches who you are and teaches you more about a culture than anything else.
McBusted in concert. 2014.

McBusted in concert. 2014.

7. Find comfort in music.
My iTunes varies from Abba to Led Zeppelin and contains the poetry of lyrics “to help me cope with anything”.
8. Read widely.
Invest in that bestseller, seek out the dusty unbroken spines of little known volumes or search for new bloggers and columnists. Always go back to your favourites, they become part of who you are.

A selection of some of my favourite books

9. Be kind to yourself.
Self-care is paramount in my option. Take the time you need to unwind, relax and treat yourself. Wallow in a bubble bath and not in self-pity. Run yourself fit so you can run (read: fly) towards your goals. 
Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen. Have the best week!

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We all go through those stages of favouring things. They can change daily or weekly and the rare few last for years. Personally, I have mini obsessions, where I will listen to, say, the same music for weeks and then move on.

Today I thought I would share with you ย my current favourite music, and a couple of make up products…

I am addicted to these songs at the moment, it’s all I’m listening too.

Favourite BB Cream, MUA colour correcting powder and MAC mascara for simple makeup days

New Barry M quick dry nail varnishes are fantastic! I love these pastel grey and blue

Apparently I am addicted to pink toiletries too…


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2015: Resolutions and Races

New year. New me….

Scrap that idea, I’m perfect. This is resolution number one; self belief.

Yes, it is that time of year again when the streets are filled with new runners, battling the bulge of their post Christmas tummies, and everyone is writing about resolutions. The majority of which will be broken by the dawn of February.

This year I have set myself some goals. This includes a 5km race on 1st March which I am in training for. I hope to run for a local mental health charity called Wirral Mind to raise Mental Health awareness. Resolution number two is improving my split kilometre times.

I am also challenging myself to write something unrelated to university work everyday. I have found a website with daily writing prompts on, and if I am particularly happy with one I might even share in here with you, dear reader. Resolution number three lies herein; write and be proud of that writing.

Christmas was spent with my family, playing our own version of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. In the week between Christmas and New Year we managed to visit the extended family for fun and food all together. Time with friends is always crucial too.

I wish you a very happy and successful 2015, whatever your plans, dreams and ambitions. Let’s prove me wrong and keep those resolutions going!!





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Christmas Bound

The run up to Christmas while at university is undoubtedly one of the busiest. Whether it is exam stress for January, what feels like a million and one assignments due in within a three day span, or trying to persuade ‘social loafers’ into group work for a presentation in less than a weeks time. Then there is the added pressure of a rapidly dwindling bank account, wanting to go out and have a social life and the day of work lost while you recover from said social life and swear off alcohol.

Unfortunately for this psychology student, I am suffering from all of this.

If you, too, are suffering as so: I offer you a collection of songs from my iTunes which are helping me through life at the moment. My apologies if our music tastes differ entirely, admittedly however, mine is rather varied…

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Shinedown – I Own You
The Script – If You Could See Me Now
Poets of the Fall – Dreaming out Loud
Poets of the Fall – War
The Ordinary Boys – Nine2Five
Wicked Original Broadway Soundtrack – Dancing Through Life
Wicked Original Broadway Soundtrack – No Good Deed
Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race
Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
David Guetta – Lovers on the Sun
Arctic Monkeys – From The Ritz to The Rubble
Iggy Azalea – Change Your Life