22:55

Woah woah woah! Hold up! It’s the 31st December!

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!

When I think back to the past year there are so many big events and milestones for 2018. I still cannot believe that so much happened this year and all seemingly in the blink of an eye. To round off 2018 I am sat in my parents’ living room on the floor typing out this blog post. My brothers have returned to Scotland for the new year countdown and my parents have gone to bed. I am calm, collected and pensive. It’s been a while since I spent new years at home ‘doing nothing’ so this restful time period is welcomed.

However you are spending ringing in the new year, I hope you have fun with friends and family, and stay safe! Wishing everyone a blessed 2019!

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23:10

It’s been a fair while since I’ve posted so I feel a little update is overdue!

I moved into a new flat mid-January which has brought about new challenges and exciting times! I have discovered a new love of cooking and planning meals, setting aside time to clean and do chores, and truly embracing down time. I have also been introduced to paying house bills, travelling further to work (thus waking up earlier), and fitting everything into different time schedules.

I have also truly learned to embrace family time at home. Over the holidays I got to relax and catch up with my family, whilst also being busy with gatherings with various friends. I rang in the new year with some of my oldest friends and learned to lie my way through many many games of Secret Hitler. I set up fireworks and screamed out of excitement (and fear) as the new year rang in!

Apologies for the less frequent posts but I am still here working my way through my twenties!

22:19

Is it really almost the end of January already? The days are flying by!

For me January is never an exciting month. After a hectic December I normally spend January sinking back into my normal day-to-day routine. Work is the same old grind: waking up to an alarm, taking the bus to the office, working throughout the day, and then returning home in the evening. Leisure times remain similar: reading, blogging thoughts, watching shows and Youtube videos, swimming, and occasionally babysitting my relatives.

January sometimes feels like the filler month before the year really gets going. I have plans scheduled for the rest of the year however my January calendar page remains empty. People talk about new beginnings and starting afresh in January, but for me it is a return to the old. It is a return to what I know, to how I have lived in the past, and is the waiting room for the rest of the year to start.

23:08

A brand new year has begun! Happy (belated) new year!

Now that a new year is upon us it is often the time where people make resolutions and changes in their life. I am not one of those people. While a new year is frequently considered as the perfect time to adopt a new lifestyle, I have never sought after change in this time period.

Change is not limited to time constraints. Embracing a new diet or work out is not restricted to the beginning of the year. Adopting a new way of life does not have to come about just because the previous year is over. Change can come about at any time of the year. You can wake up one day and want to be a whole different person. You can change yourself in an innumerable amount of ways at any given time. A resolution can arise from a change in thought, and it can be kept for weeks, months, years or not at all.

Change is what you make of it.

22:18

It is the first day of 2016!

I pretty much did nothing all day today but last night was a hectic and fun-filled lead up to the annual celebrations. I rang in the new year with my friends in Edinburgh where we watched the fireworks in the cold, before rushing inside to eat and play games. With my new year celebrations lasting till 5am, my 1st January was mostly spent sleeping and recovering. The ‘quiet after the storm’ kind of thing.

I hope you have all had a lovely start to the new year, and may 2016 bring all kinds of blessings! Happy new year!

22:55

After ringing in the new year by watching fireworks with friends in The Meadows, we headed up to a friend’s house to play card games and Monopoly. These games ended up lasting till 4am and everyone went home joyful yet sleepy.

On Friday I travelled back to my hometown of Market Harborough to spend some time with my family and friends before returning to my studies. I got to see my two young nieces and also meet my newborn nephew today, definitely a happy moment! It was good to catch up with my cousins and friends as I have not been back in half a year. I have a family dinner tomorrow so more catch ups and laughter to come!

00:40

As the end of 2014 looms and the beginning of 2015 dawns it is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and my many experiences.

  • Aberdeen trips to see my best friend (April/December)
  • Colour Me Rad run (June)
  • Hong Kong and Osaka holiday with family (June/July)
  • Birthday celebrations in Doxford Hall and Alnwick Gardens (July)
  • Friends’ graduations (July/November)
  • Sheringham day trip (July)
  • LA holiday with friends (August/September)
  • Yellowcraigs beach trip with church youths (September)
  • Linlithgow trip with friends (October)
  • Loch Voile roadtrip with friends (December)
  • Loch Leven and Loch fitty roadtrip with my boyfriend (December)
  • Cafe trips (all year round)

I have had a lot of enjoyable experiences this year and I was able to spend time with those that I hold closest to me. I was also able to visit new places and make new friends around the world. Experiences are so important in everyone’s lives as they mold and shape a person to who they are.

I am thankful to all those that made these experiences possible. I am thankful for family and friends that show me unconditional love and care. I am thankful that I can reflect on my whole year and see so much happiness in my life.

Goodbye 2014; and here’s to the new year!

02:04

2014 is officially here!

In this day and age we are surrounded by an abundance of technology. We wake up and sleepily check our phones, we switch on our laptops and tablets to surf the net while we eat breakfast or as we journey to work. Wi-fi not working has become a major problem, as well as slow download speeds and lag. We depend so heavily on technology that we sometimes do not take into account the people around us, the natural beauties of life and the small things.

After watching the new year fireworks everyone I was with retired to the living room to check their social media (including me). We can keep in touch with others from around the world through a few taps on a smart phone, we can Face Time and see familiar faces with ease. After around 10-15 minutes everyone roused from their technology pit stop and went back to chatting and games. Technology has infused itself into our lives and is inescapable, it is everywhere we turn!

I guess we have to be careful in how we use technology, we need to learn not to abuse it but to use it almost ‘sparingly’. It’s scary how young children can swipe an iPad with ease and know how to take pictures on a camera phone. I don’t think I can say too much on this topic since I am using a laptop to write my thoughts on this blog, I am using wi-fi to post this online and I can type swiftly due to being in contact with keyboards since I was 13 years old. However it makes me wonder, what would life be like without technology?

02:45

In just under 24 hours I will be seeing the beginning of a new year. The beginning of new hopes and dreams, the start of an endless number of resolutions to be broken by February. The ambitious hoard of middle aged men and women flocking to the gym in the hopes to get into shape, the empty diary abandoned by January’s end, the new bicycle used once or twice before joining the pile of other unused new year splurges.

I have never made new year resolutions, why you ask? The new year is a time where society insists that each individual makes a change. It is a time in which individuals muster up the courage to take a stand and alter their life for the better. I never understood why there had to be a certain time for this. Change can occur at any given point in time if the individual tries hard enough.

I resolve to change all through the year. If you want to bring about a change, what is stopping you? Why have you not made that first step yet? Take it. Yes, it may be scary. Yes, it may be difficult. Yes, you may not like it at first and attempt to revert back to old ways. Nevertheless, push through and persevere! Change can happen at any time if you want it enough.