Like everyone else, for me January is a time where you have no money because Christmas has cleaned you out and payday seems so far away. So it's unusual for me to buy anything for myself within this time. I mean, after Christmas presents, there shouldn't be anything else I want right? But this year I surprised everyone by treating myself to a few things, so here are my January buys.
So, tomorrow is the day I go back to my favourite city in the world, Rome. I had such an amazing time when I last went two years ago that I couldn't resist going again. From the ancient ruins scattered about the city to the stunning artwork and architecture, Rome is full of breathtaking culture and beauty.
When you start something new there are always things to discover and learn that makes everyday different. Blogging is no different. Despite still being relatively new at this whole blogging thing, I have learnt so much in so little time. That’s the good thing, as the blogging world is constantly moving, evolving and switching directions that no one day is ever the same.
Everyone tends to feel that January pressure to get back to whatever shape they were in before Christmas came around to tempt us all with endless amounts of chocolates, Christmas dinner, party food and alcohol. I’m no different.
Nights out tend to be the same with no one night standing out from the rest. So after being included in an eventful night out that I enjoyed immensely, I thought it was worth sharing. Recently my sister turned 18 and as it’s a big birthday, we decided to do something slightly different. I’d heard about cocktail making classes before where hen do’s, birthday parties and girls nights out spend their time learning how to make their favourite cocktail as an alternative form of pre-drinking in preparation for a night out. But never before had I experienced one of these classes myself, so I went into the event with little expectations.
I cannot tell you how much I love a good calendar. I've never been a particular enthusiast of the new year hype, but there's something to be said of preparing for a fresh year. One that's been untouched by frustration, questions about the future, career highs and lows as well as personal achievements or dilemmas. In a way it signifies a whole new start and the next chapter in our life. This is why even if I'm not feeling the new year excitement, a new calendar always gives me the much needed motivation to truly begin the next year.
Sometimes it’s slightly overwhelming looking back over the past year and thinking that it’s one more year over and done with. One more year that’s passed us by in a blink of an eye. Occasionally in the past when it comes to the end of a year I take a look back and realise not much has happened, or nothing of any significance anyway. Yet 2018 feels different than the rest, more pivotal.
'What's next?' Every person in their lives regardless of whether or not they are a student go through the same pressure brought on by relentless life questions. I never understood how everyone expected me to know what it was that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Without any experience how was I supposed to know which direction was best for me?
Calling it a journey may be a bit of an exaggeration, it wasn't like I went through many obstacles and came through the other side. My personal journey was more of a change of mental mindset that started out slow and has grown over time until having completely changed my entire outlook of myself as a person. Strangely enough, my process did not start with going to the gym constantly or dieting loads. No, it started with a smoothie. Yes, a smoothie.