Brighton – Here’s to new beginnings

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Have you ever been to a new place and it’s like you come back as a new person?

Refreshed and happy, like you have a new purpose in life, that feeling where you truly believe you could conquer the world

That’s what Brighton did for me

I think it’s the fresh air and the sea breeze, the artwork and photography that is littered about by new and aspiring students, and the positive vibe that radiates from everybody around you

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That it’s okay to take some time out for yourself, to be selfish, to forget about others for a while

Just enjoy life, and notice the little things like sunsets and pretty skies, like your favourite flowers or colours, sounds or smells, anything. Just enjoy it, live life to the full and ALWAYS remember why you’re here

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Summer ambitions

Hey hey guys!

I’ve been gone for a really long time, but I promise I have a good excuse.. it’s exam season for English students.

But anyway, enough about that, I’m back now for sure!


 

It’s getting to that time of year again,

Days get longer,

Hair gets lighter,

Skin gets darker,

It’s finally summer!

Don’t get me wrong I love winter, I love snow, but there comes a time when it’s just nice to get up to some sunshine.

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In light of the new nice weather, I thought I’d put together a small list of things I want to do over the summer;

  1. Actually commit to this blog!…
  2. Take a good picture everyday when I go somewhere new
  3. Try at least one new food or drink
  4. Write down 3 things I am grateful for everyday
  5. Re-read the Harry Potter books
  6. Make some new friends
  7. Try and bake more often
  8. Get back into writing, novels and poetry
  9. Pick the guitar back up
  10. Do something spontaneous

 

 

Internet friends are real friends.

We all have our problems.

We all have times in which we contemplate the inevitability of death and doom to the world as we know it… *ahem*

We all have issues that we are uncomfortable talking about,

unless it’s to a ‘stranger’ over the internet.

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But they aren’t strangers, are they?

They may not be there to physically hug you, but they are always there to offer a virtual shoulder to cry on (generally)

All of the friends I have made over the internet, bar two, are all still here for me, some up to a year after I met them. They have all been kind me, they have all listened to my problems and made me forget about the world I live in.

If you don’t have any, I seriously recommend you get some, they’ll be the best friends you ever meet, or they’ll teach you something about yourself, or, if you’re lucky they’ll do both.

Finding beauty in our everyday lives

As somebody that has experienced depression and anxiety, I often try to remind myself of how beautiful nature is, and how amazing it is to be a part of it.

Just think about it.

There’s animals out there that nobody knows about, in the deep sea, in the forests, right under our noses.

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There’s countries, restaurants, cities that you haven’t been to.

There’s food that you haven’t eaten.

Music you haven’t listened to.

Languages that you haven’t spoken.

Roads that  you haven’t walked on and mountains you haven’t climbed.

Seas you haven’t swam in and water that you haven’t drank.

So next time you think life isn’t worth it, make a list of everything you’ve yet to achieve, everything you want to achieve in the next 10 years. Places you want to go, internet friends you want to meet and foods you want to try.

Our time on this universe is extremely short in the grand scheme of things so we may as well enjoy it and make it last.

My inspiration and happy places!

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Everybody has their places where they feel safe, happy, comforted, a home away from home if you will. Be it a family members home, a boyfriend or girlfriend or best friend, a foreign country, a hotel that you visit every year. Well mine, is Scotland, that’s right, cold, rainy, Scotland.

Many people think it’s always raining, but even when it is it looks beautiful, and when it isn’t it’s even more of a sight, a hidden gem.

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I find my ideas, my inspiration in the peacefulness of the countryside.

The friendly animals, the red squirrels -a beauty compared to the grey vermin you see in the city- that eat out of your hands, the haggis, of course, in the mountain side and the sheep in the roads.

All of it, it’s so different from what you see everyday, unless you live there…

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And so I ask you, where is your happy place? Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?

 

Spring Smoothies!

I love Spring. It’s not too hot, and not too cold – usually. Everything starts looking alive again after the early nights and cold days that Winter springs upon us. For me, it is a great time to begin baking again, summery cupcakes, Victoria Sponge, old fashioned sweets.

But recently I brought a blender and have became obsessed with smoothies.

 

 

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Triple-berry smoothies.

  • 1 1/2 cup of mixed blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Sugar to taste

Jam jars from John Lewis, complete with two black + two red straws and recipe book