The Lake District || A Family Holiday

15 / 7 / 17 – 22 / 7 / 17

Part of my A-Level English Lit. course required researching literary critics to find quotes for essays. Once when I was doing some said research I came across John Muir and a number of his quotes, many of which ended up in my essays. But there was one in particular that I thought was so beautiful although I never really understood personally until this holiday, and that quote was:

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 

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96 Hours in Paris

9/07/ 17 – 12/ 07/ 17

There’s an unspoken truth about the end of A-Levels: as soon as you and your friends have finished all your exams you pack a bag, board a plane, and head off somewhere exciting. For many that’s to Magaluf or Ibiza – but that’s never really been my kind of thing. So my friend and I instead decided to grab a different ticket and to explore La Ville-Lumière!

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Current Favourites and a Catch Up

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It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote about what’s going on with me at the moment and what things I’ve really been enjoying recently, so that’s exactly what I’m doing now!

Time has flown by so quickly that two weeks ago I finished my A-Levels! On Friday the 7th of July I had my Leaver’s Ball (that’s where I am in the photo on the left) and it was my last chance to say goodbye to so many fantastic people. That major part of my life is (hopefully) now over, and honestly it’s been weird. After my last exam on the 22nd of June I came home and just enjoyed doing nothing except watching TV shows, movies, and playing video games.

Since then I’ve found a number of other things to spend my time on, including writing and some online courses. I didn’t know how I was going to feel when everything was all over but I don’t feel that much different, just a lot less bored. The monotonous life of revision and light TV watching is over, now everyday can be and is different!

Other than that, not much is happening in my life. By the time this post is up I’ll be in Paris with a friend of mine – my first holiday in which the only responsible adult is myself – so you can expect to see some footage of that soon.

Now let’s look at some of my current favourites. I’m talking films and TV, games, and the much loved ‘other’!

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22 / 4 / 17 || Grinshill

I am breaking my two month hiatus with this short little snapshot of my life video!

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A Catch Up || 3/5/17

Do excuse my two week absence, life has been getting busy!

I thought I’d again try something a little bit different and just have a chat with you guys about what’s been happening with me recently! The short answer is A-Levels, which have slowly been taking over my life for a while now as you might have been able to tell as it seems to be a sort of recurring theme in my videos and posts. But other than school and A-Levels I’m also talking about life in general, books, and films, so enjoy!

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Brexit Storytelling Competition

 

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I mentioned in my ‘New Years Resolutions’ post that I wanted to use my blog as a sort of diary – a place to share thoughts, reviews, stories, recommendations and more – and so that is what I’m doing! This isn’t going to be an especially long, interesting, or inspirational post but I thought it would be nice to talk about my experience with the Met Film School as winner of the Brexit Storytelling competition!


So I guess it all began on the 23rd of June when Britain voted to leave the EU. Personally, as I wanted to stay, I was disappointed by this. But something that especially struck me was that the government had refused to lower the voting age to 16, despite the importance of this Referendum and the fact that we wouldn’t be able to just wait another 4 years to express our views and potentially change the outcome. Some of my friends wanted to stay, some to leave, but we all wished we could have had a say in the matter. All we could do to show our frustration and our views was to retweet and share posts. Then, around two months later, when I was in Paris for my birthday I found out about the Brexit Storytelling Competition run by the Met Film School; immediately I thought Continue reading

Getting Through the Mid-Winter

“It’s easy to fall into the mid-winter blues. Drink hot cocoa to warm your soul and stay in good spirits.” – Mary-Frances Winters

Midwinter is undoubtably the worst time of the year; it’s cold, foggy, and windy practically all of the time yet there’s no snow to play in and the Christmas lights were packed away long ago. Add to that returning to work, school and having mock exams and you really do get quite a horrid part of the season. So it’s no surprise that many people struggle at this time; it’s stressful and miserable. But there are some things we can all do to make it a bit better.

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Christmas 2016 || A Memory of the Holidays

– January 2nd 2017 –

On every turn of the year I find myself amazed at how quickly time goes by. It feels as if my Mum and I were putting up our Christmas tree only yesterday – when in fact we were just slobbing out in front of the TV, having a final full day of relaxation before having to return to the humdrum routine of college and work.

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Vlogmas #1

1st – 4th December 🎄

So I decided, very spontaneously, that this year I wanted to do Vlogmas!

For those who haven’t heard of Vlogmas it’s just uploading vlogs everyday in December or up to the 25th of the month; however I’ll only be uploading weekly vlogs every Monday because my life is far from interesting enough to warrant daily vlogs!

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My New Year Resolutions for 2016

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One of my favourite photos from my holiday to Bruges

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Spending a day at Wenlock Books was honestly such a highlight for me!

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Me and my best friend at our prom!

I’m feeling very nostalgic as I write this with a large hot chocolate close to hand and Star Wars: A New Hope on in the background. I can clearly remember writing my resolutions for 2015 – which I actually stuck to really well. I was sat in my old school hall in a study session during my GCSE mocks; specifically I can remember a friend of mine who was sat diagonally across from me turning around and giving me a glare for typing so much as she was actually doing her PE mock! It’s baffling to think how much has changed since then; I completed my GCSE’s with results that I was incredibly pleased with, I started book blogging here, I began #ukyachat-ing, I turned 16 (and saw Hamlet ahh!), I moved house, I started a new school and I’ve made some wonderful new friends. I’m really hoping for a bit of a breather this year!

Anyway, onto my actual resolutions:

1. Read 50 books

Last year I said I wanted to read 25 books and I actually managed to double that so this year I want to see if I can keep that up and potentially exceed it. But I won’t be pressuring myself, I want to remember that reading is my passion and hobby!

2. Cut down on sugary food & drink

I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I know it’s not particularly good for me so this year I really want to strive to be better; I think I’ll be starting by buying a nice new water bottle.

3. Condense my TBR pile

I’ve somehow accumulated a tonne of unread books recently. They’re overflowing! I have one entire shelf dedicated to TBRs, two stacks beneath my dressing table from the floor upwards, and one stack on my bedside table. It’s getting ridiculous. My plan is to hold back on buying books – hence my asking for book vouchers for Christmas – and to just work my way through what I already have.

4. Continue working on my French, Latin and Italian

In my last year’s resolutions I mentioned continuing with some languages and starting a new one. I’m taking both French and Latin at A Levels and although I definitely think I’ve improved in both since last year but I always want to get better; I’ll be reading, writing and YouTube-ing in French a lot more this year. I also began learning Italian, which I’m really enjoying, and again I’d like to improve in this!

5. Cut down on meat

Also if you can remember my resolutions last year then you’ll know that I decided to give up red meat for at least a year – which I did and will continue to do! This year I want to eat even less meat; I’ll be investing in a good vegetarian cookbook and shall try not to kill anybody whilst attempting the recipes!

And there we have it! I’m not going into this year with exceedingly high hopes or dreams but with an open mind instead.  I wish you all an incredible 2016 and I hope that it’s filled with everything you desire.

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Sorry Mum, I know you’ll hate this but I absolutely adore this photo from our trip to Nice!

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Going to the Olivier Awards for the second time this year was so much fun!