Tuesday, 27 January 2015

My 2015 Bucket List

It's almost the end of January now (what) and somehow it's taken me this long to write this post (as much as I want my organisational prowess to be something envied by the masses, this couldn't be further from the case).

Last night I sat down and reflected on 2014, what I achieved, what I would like to have done and so on. I wanted to put together this bucket list to have something (alongside my monthly reflections) to look back on in a year's time.

To be clear: this is more of a checklist than a list of resolutions. It's a list of things I'd like to do, try, see and draw this year (hence 'bucket list'). I'm planning on printing the list out and using it almost like a reminder to myself to do things a bit differently in 2015.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Of Note: 8 Great Online Reads #2

It's been an absolute rollercoaster of a week. I've been utterly overwhelmed, and it's taken me a full seven days to get back on the blogging 'horse', weird as that might sound, since posting my last post: Why I Dropped Out of University (& Why it Wasn't the Biggest Mistake of My Life). The response was completely insane (for lack of a better phrase...) and I've been dedicating literally hours to replying to emails and messages. Amazing, but so, so draining.

I thought I'd ease myself back in with the next in my 'Of Note' series, and you probably won't be surprised to see that there's a bit of a mental health theme going on. Here's my favourite online reads of the last few months...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Why I Dropped Out of University (& Why it Wasn't the Biggest Mistake of My Life)

Why I Dropped Out of University (& Why it Wasn't the Biggest Mistake of My Life)

Exactly one year ago today I made the hardest, most important decision of my life so far: to drop out of university.

I was in the middle of revising for my January exams when I suddenly, and drastically, had enough, so I left Leeds in the middle of the night and got a train back home to Chester. I sent a text to my housemates to let them know where I’d gone, and that was that. I’d ran away, quite literally, from university, missed an exam and an essay deadline, and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. After a day of crying and talking to my parents about how unhappy I was, I still didn’t know what to do about anything. I remember thinking about how to go about re-sitting the exam I’d missed and whether it was going to be possible to re-do the essay I’d failed to hand in, but I wasn’t acknowledging that university was making me ill. I’d hit rock bottom. I was the most miserable I’d ever been, missing weeks of seminars and lectures at a time in favour of staying in bed all day, but I was refusing to admit any of that to myself.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

ALG January Playlist

Somehow it's the middle of January already, which is insane... I've barely even had a chance to think about my (not) resolutions and how to go about them. I've also been so busy since posting last month's playlist that when it came to putting this one together, I realised I barely had anything to add in. That said, I've made a few discoveries, become re-addicted to some old favourites and found myself a new guilty pleasure. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Of Note: 6 Things to Watch Online

It's definitely winter. And not the pre-Christmas side of winter, where excitement, shopping and fairy lights make everything a little bit easier to deal with. No, it's January; it's wet, and windy, and miserable and cold... it's so COLD. I don't know about you, but I've spent a hell of a lot more time than usual in bed with my laptop, blogging, pinning, reading and watching videos (a lot of which are total crap... see bottom example). Aside from my binge-watching of the O.C. with Maddy (Marry me, Seth), here's a few things I've been watching online...

You Don't have to be broken to be interesting

"Interesting people aren’t the ones who spend a life telling you about the stuff that has made them miserable. Interesting is “Sure! I’ll try that!” It’s “So I read this article…” It’s “Tell me more about that” and “This is what excites me” and “Let me help you.” I’m not saying you have to hide anything. It’s simply about refusing to live as a misery memoir. You are not That Bad Thing That Happened.(Article here.)

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Doing Resolutions Differently for 2015

It's taken me 10 days to get this posted. Partly because I've been all over the place so far this year (both emotionally and in the literal sense) and partly because I knew I needed to get it right.

2014 saw some gigantic changes in my life: I dropped out of university in my final semester, made some incredible memories with my equally incredible housemates, welled up as I watched one of my best friends in the whole world walk down the aisle, attended four other amazing weddings, admired my parents as they renewed their vows, co-led a team of student social entrepreneurs to come 4th in the Enactus UK National Competition, did my first bit of freelance design for a wedding, left Leeds to move back in to my family home, scored a job as a marketing assistant, met some really brilliant people including my soon-to-be housemate, fell even more in love with my friends, celebrated my 23rd birthday, got a kitten, discovered a love for tea, rediscovered a love for writing, and started this blog.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Of Note: Pinterest #2

001. A topical quote for me lately, I'm feeling a bit stressed out about all the clutter in my room/life/mind. I just don't need so much... stuff. Need to have an overhaul and do some sorting, I think. I also saw this quote on Nishaantishu a few days ago - straight to my quotes board.

002. This pin makes me crave the outdoors so much; I've got major, major cabin fever at the moment and can't wait to go on an adventure soon. Rach and I are planning a weekend somewhere exciting this year, at the very, very least, before our two year travel plan is go.

Friday, 2 January 2015

2014 in Quotes

2014: the year that Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet, iPhones got bigger and bendier, ugly metal poles started appearing at the bottom of selfies and cacti became a 'thing'. On top of these groundbreaking happenings, these quotes, in no particular order, summarise 2014 for me...

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