19th January 2019

The Unexpected Joy Of Being Content And Happy

It’s currently 3.22am as I am writing this and I am sat wide awake wondering what to do with myself. I’ve spent the first half of January working hard at University work and remembered I was going to sit and talk about it a little bit on here.

Since leaving school ten years ago this year, I have attempted A Levels, BTECs and started two degrees which I thought were my thing but really weren’t. I have had three years dealing with anxiety before deciding to go back to education as a 25yr old. I am the oldest in my class now but I tell you something, Newcastle College has been life changing for me. I was a nervous wreck on that first day back in September walking into the unknown but I have not looked back since. Even through the stressful times, it is still enjoyable.

For those of you who don’t know, I am studying Fashion & Retail Enterprise as a Foundation Degree. It has given me the opportunity to go to exhibitions that I love and make friends that are completely amazing not only in college but outside of college too. It has gave me something to look forward to instead of fearing my future as well as some sort of routine in my life. I made the conscious decision to study a part time Level 2 Photography course too which has been thoroughly enjoyable. I can’t actually believe that I have got a qualification in something that I’ve self-taught myself since I was 15 as well as getting through half way of my first year.

The past couple of months I have grown confident using Adobe software, learnt how to create a range plan, look at trends and created a collaboration proposal with Urban Outfitters and Sighh. I’m currently in the process of coming up with my own trend and moving onto a Level 3 in Photography next month which I am super excited for. Don’t get me wrong, I am still slightly nervous about my future career but I am more excited to see where it is going to lead and who knows I might go all business entrepreneur and start my own fashion line, something I would love to do. Anyway, enough of the boring bits…

Next week I’m off to see The 1975 with one of my best friends and I can’t wait! I’ve waited over two years to see them again so I can’t wait to sing along to all there songs again. Has anyone else listened to their new album? It’s been on repeat since release date for me.

Can you believe that January is nearly over? February is looking pretty busy for me already which I am looking forward to. I’ve got London Fashion Week Festival to look forward to, plenty of days out with Alice, Beca and Polly to take photos and chat. Unless there is some shock date night happening, I am on my own for Valentine’s this year which I am surprisingly okay with. I’ve planned myself a little pamper night in my bullet journal with one of the new bath bombs from Lush. It’s the Peachy bath bomb which smells amazing and so up lifting!  Speaking of Lush, did anyone else see the naked movement to celebrate the zero waste products at the Manchester store. Unfortunately I wasn’t there at the time but I caught it on social media and it’s so powerful.

I finished Catherine Gray’s The Unexpected Joy of Being Single the other day amongst busy deadlines. It was such a good book! I picked it up after Emma and I broke up in December in the hope to cheer myself up. I’m the type of person who can fall in love super quickly and I want everything with someone very quickly into a relationship. I don’t think it is a bad thing but I also think that it can be very unhealthy to act like that. Did you know that most young people don’t find the one they want to settle down with until their late 20s? That immediately made me feel better. I think as a society we are forced to fall the ‘plan’, you know the one where you have to find love early and buy a house, get engaged and then have children but guys it is the 21st century. It is okay to be on your own but it is also okay to have a date planned with someone different every week if you fancy. People these days can be so judgemental but the only person who is going to know how you feel about a situation is yourself and you should listen to you. You do you!

I should probably try and get some sleep now either that all I will probably sit and do my bullet journal pages. I’ve found it so super helpful. I sit down for a couple of hours with no distractions to keep up to date with it. It’s relaxing and calming.

Have you been up too much lately? What’s one good thing that has happened this month?

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