2017 I got plans for you.

I haven't done a blogpost like this in a while but, as the new year is only two days away I've wanted to share my plan that I have created that I aim to achieve within 2017. I feel a bit rusty doing one of these ngl, as it's been some time but it's good to re-include some of my original content on my blog. Let's get it.

Thanking God for another Christmas.

When I write I'm thanking God, I really am. A lot of loved ones haven't made it to Christmas Day this year and I always count myself lucky that I have. 2016 has been quite a year. A lot has happened and I'm not looking to go into it all again, but I do want to sit back and take in everything that has happened within these last 12 months.

First and foremost, I'm alive and well. That was my New Year's resolution for 2016 and it will stay the same for the next new years to come. It's heartbreaking knowing that so many people will not be passing through to 2017 so I'm forever thankful that I happen to be one of the many people that do.

Giving 100% when I Receive 50%.

In the past 2 years, I've realised that I'm so quick to giving out 100% to someone when I don't receive it back. It's really started to dig at me lately because I get SO hurt when I've put in loads of effort towards someone and they've either just disregarded what I've said or taken in what I've said and haven't bothered to give me anything back (not like I'm expecting it but still it burns a bit). It's the second one that hurts me the most sigh. A lot of my friends and family know that I over care and I can't help it that's just my human nature. The question I ask myself on a daily basis is why do I keep letting people take advantage of me?

Being the "Go Ask Her" girl SUCKS.

I mean the title says it all.

It's true I hate it. It does more than suck but foul language is non-existent on my blog so 'sucks' will be my word for today. I don't mind people messaging me asking for help, but when we do not talk as friends on a regular basis this kinda crosses the line in my eyes. I have a solid group of friends when it comes to the degree that I'm doing and if they ever asked me anything I wouldn't think otherwise when it comes to helping them out. HOWEVER, other people who do the same degree as me & don't know anything about me think it's okay to pop up and expect me to help them out with their work - which the funny thing is, I always end up helping them sigh.

Consistency Vs Content.

This is usually something that I don't have issues with, but due to being in my final year at uni I'm really struggling to get my blog posts out every Friday. Don't get me wrong I'm loving the content that I'm producing more than ever but I feel as though I'm just trying to make my deadline of Friday afternoon posts rather than sharing the topics that I truly care about. Is this just me or?

Social Life... where you at?

Following on from my previous post, my social life has taken a drastic fall since coming back to uni this past September. Don't get me wrong I've had my nights out with my friends and "partied hard" but culture-wise, I haven't had the time to take a day off and just go wherever the wind takes me. This sucks so much because I feel like I've lost my sense of freedom due to my head being in front of my laptop finishing assignments or going to work for a few hours of my day.

Life is a Balancing Act.

In life, everyone's always balancing multiple things. Using myself as an example, I attend University and I work part-time when I can - my life is long. Coming into the month of November (well now it's close to the end lol) I've realised how much I lead a double life. If I'm not at uni or doing uni work, I've booked shift at work. Lately, work has started to take up all my free time and so does uni, but when you're low on cash like me, money is essential hence why I work so much. I'm always thinking to myself "when will I EVER have a weekend off?". The thing is, in 3rd year there is no such thing as a weekend off. If I didn't book in for work, I'd be in the library doing as much work as possible. I kid you not... it never ends.

Take Care (of yourself).

Your mental health is something that you should always be aware of. By this, I mean that you need to make sure you're always looking out for yourself and your wellbeing - understood? Not to sound too deep about this subject, but this is something that I really care about purely because my state of mind is always easily affected. All throughout my life I had such an up and down mindset and to this day it still goes on but I've learned to "control" it better than before. Let me give you guys an example so you're not sitting back thinking, "eh what is she talking about?.

The end of the year is coming.

Who would have thought that 2016 would fly by so incredibly fast to the point that I'm beginning to worry about what will 2017 bring in store for me. 2017 is going to be THE biggest year of my life as I'll be graduating university by then and finishing my life of education forever. Now that's a scary thought to think about if you're in my position of course.

Doing a Photography Degree... and then disliking it.

I AM TIRED of being told what my chosen career path should be based on the degree I'm studying. Just because I study photography does not mean I will be a photographer okay.

When You’re a Child of Divorce.

I originally wanted to title this blog "How You Love Differently When You’re a Child of Divorce" but as this is the title of another blogpost, I thought it would be easier to shorten it to this instead.
*Sensitive Discretion Advised*

My parents are divorced.
(Yeah that's a good enough opening line).

My thoughts on Love and what I believe it entails.

I love the thought & the overall idea of being in love.

Love is such a beautiful thing and if you ever encounter it, you'll know exactly what I mean. Family love and Relationship love are two completely different things. I'm not sure where I'm going with this at the moment, but I've wanted to speak about this for SO long guys you have no idea. I kept putting this blogpost off because I thought that this topic was too "deep" for my blog/viewers - silly me.

#SupportTheMovement: FCTN.

» FCTN stands for all with a purpose of doing and the urge to do «

As you can see, this is something a little bit different to what I usually upload to my blog, but I'm always open to change so here we go! Today I'm going to be 'Supporting The Movement' and talking about my friend Cage's clothing line called FCTN.

How to 1st Year at Hertfordshire Uni!*

Congratulations on getting into the University of Hertfordshire! ☺︎

Now that I'm a 3rd year student, I've pretty much figured out how to 'student' at Herts. When I was a 1st year, I had no idea what I was doing and I found it 10x harder than anybody else as I went to Hertfordshire not knowing anyone. This meant that I had to gain a whole new set of friends all over again, how fun. It was a big decision to start all over again. I chose to do this as I didn't want to go to Uni with the same people I knew from back home and end up staying in the same friendship groups.

Moving out from home isn't easy, in fact it's a bit scary if I'm being honest. I've already touched on that topic here if you fancy reading it. Fortunately for you all, this post is all about being a 1st Year student and how to... well let's say 'survive' at Uni. I've tried to categorise this post as much as possible so I don't drown you with too much information all at once!

First Day Jitters/Freshers Week.

So you're all move out, now what? The first thing I did was head straight to the kitchen and claimed my cupboard space. Sounds a bit silly, but trust me you'll thank me in the long run when you have your own cupboard and fridge/freezer drawers instead of just shoving your food somewhere and hoping that no one steals it (it does happen, keep track of your food guys). Since your family has dropped you off and you're all on your own, the best thing is to introduce yourself to your flatmates considering that these will be people that you'll be associated with for the next 9-ish months - so start making friends already! As it's freshers week, you're likely to end up going out with your flatmates as this is a great way to get to know each other without feeling awkward. Alcohol helps ease the nerves that you may have, just a heads up ;)

Socialise, Socialise, Socialise!

As you're heading out for your first night in the Forum, be prepared to socialise with others outside your flat. I cannot tell you the amount of conversations that I have had with strangers as a fresher at the shuttle bus stop, in the queue to the Forum and even in the girl's toilets! Everyone is excited and or intoxicated so it's very easy to be having conversations left, right and centre. People talk to anyone on nights out which makes it super easy to meet people. It may sound a bit scary but you never know, strangers can easily turn into friends and friends can turn into best friends. See that circle of life? I did this at Uni and I don't regret it at all considering I'm known as 'Miss social' to my friends and tbh I think that is a great achievement to gain at Uni.

Be WISE with your Money.
(Student Loan isn't always your friend)

Please be moderate with how much you spend when living away! Due to the nature of my course being 100% coursework, it aint cheap paying for prints and other photography items, but then again I don't have to do any exams so I'm happy doing so regardless of having some cash loss throughout the year. I'm not saying that everyone's courses are going to be costly like mine, but unfortunately some are. Before moving away, I had a secure job back at home which allowed me to save up a lot of money for emergency situations. I'm really tight with my savings account to the point that I pretend that it doesn't exist. I thought that Student Loans would be my way out of having a job at Uni which looking back at it now, I can't believe how stupid that sounds. When your rent goes out, you go food shopping and whatever else you need purchase at Uni, the pennies go down real quick and this was not good for me.

So what did I do? I got a job. Hertfordshire offers multiple student jobs within the Student Union and the actual Uni itself. I picked up work as a Student Ambassador and to this date, it still is one of my main sources of income. In fact, I'm working Fresher's Week oh what joys. With this job, it means that I don't have to rely on my student loan as my main source of income. I recommend getting a student job just because you can live comfortably whilst not having to work contracted hours as most student jobs coordinate with your timetable. Don't forget to check StudyNet for future jobs offers!

Join a Society or Sports Club to stay Active!

Keeping active is super important when living away from home. In my first year I joined the gym (paid a year membership) and also signed up to the Athletic Union by joining the Hertfordshire Sirens Cheerleading Team. I didn't realise how beneficial keeping active was until I got to Uni. Due to only having 3 lectures a week, I had two days off to do absolutely nothing which is fab cause even in my 3rd year I'm only in 3 days a week YAY. Having a day off in Uni is so handy because it means you can catch up on sleep, finish up some work or go and visit friends. Instead of sleeping in, and believe me I wanted to, I went to the gym as it's quite empty during the day due to everyone being in lectures. Alongside this, I've always wanted to try Cheerleading and fortunate for me Hertfordshire had a competition team so I already knew that this would be the perfect sport for me!
(If you're interested in Cheerleading come to our taster sessions & tryouts, I'll be there!)

Although, if you're not looking to pay a hefty price for the gym and sports aren't really your thing, have a look out for Active Students. I joined active students last year and guess what - it's 100% free, no payments whatsoever. They offer a range of activities from Bootcamps, Yoga, Gymnastics and my personal favourite Roller Skating. The activities that they put on are located on both campuses and their timetable for the new term should be available soon.

Remember that your Lectures Exist!

As much fun as Cheeky Wednesdays sounds, you applied to Uni to study and to get a degree, not to party all the time - if only. Lectures do exist and as silly as it sounds me saying this, people tend to forget about them and end up missing important parts of their course. It's so easy to sleep in and miss a lecture, I won't lie it's happened to me quite a few times but then again this now means that I have to catch up somehow and that's not fun at all. You're paying 9k a year to study, so make the most of it! Most of my lectures are practical's so I have a lot of out of hours work to do. So technically speaking if I've actually missed a proper lecture than I've just given myself unnecessary stress which is dumb. Go to your lectures kids, you'll thank me in 3rd year.

Think about Careers/Work Experience/Study Aboard/Placements early.

This is very important. I know a lot of us don't think about full-time work or graduate schemes when becoming a first year because I didn't. It's not until I finished second year that I realised that this was a big mistake. Uni flies by TOO quick and now I'm in the mist of preparing for adult life by looking for graduate jobs. Make use of the services that the Uni provide and any career emails that you receive, please read them. I used to ignore them until I was halfway through my 2nd year and realised that I wanted to see if there was any summer work available that connected with my chosen degree.

Enjoy Yourself.

Have fun! University is all about experience (and studying) but mainly experiences and making new memories. Go out, live life and have no regrets! You don't want to be that student who took Uni too seriously and has no memories to take from it. There's so much to do and 1st year is the perfect time to do trial and error. Lil' tip; don't listen to the people who say "First year doesn't count..." because it adds towards the rest of your 2+ years, trust me it does. If you slip up in 1st year, by 3rd year you'll be regretting choosing that night out instead of your studies. Apart from that, enjoy yourself and make sure that you leave your mark because you're going to want to look back at Uni and say that it wasn't a massive regret due to it being the best years of your life!

I hope this helps :)
I tried my hardest to not drown you in endless amount of words but my tips had to be shared! The main aim is to have fun and to explore many opportunities that are presented to you at Uni!

*Hertfordshire Extras*
2. £1 Domino's Pizza exists and they're open till 4am!
3. Explore both campuses, it's worth it trust me.
4. The Forum isn't the only place to go out! Check out Oceana, Club Batchwood or Hydeout.
5. The Galleria isn't the only shopping centre you should go to, try St Albans or even Watford if you can get there.
6. As funny as Cheeky Wednesday's sounds, it's actually decent! (make sure to visit the burger van after, you'll thank me later).
7. When artists come to the Forum prepare to bump into everyone you know.
8. The Elehouse & Club DeHav are really good places to eat and drink at with reasonable prices.
9. Varsity is a BIG THING remember this. Bedfordshire are such sore losers hehe #5YearsInARow & now going for six.
10. People drink during the day, it's quite normal (especially at Wetherspoons, it's a must).

"Everyday counts, especially the first."

*In collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire Student Union.
100% written by myself, all thoughts and opinions are my own :)

Why loving yourself FIRST is a major key.

I have been debating on releasing this blogpost for so long and I think now is the perfect time to do so. With my birthday coming up in 9 day's time, I've obviously been thinking about myself (shocker) and coming up with some plans that I wanna do to will celebrate my 21st birthday!

The past 6 months have really made me look at how I appreciate myself. It's not been easy and it will never be easy. Beginning to love yourself sounds so simple, but on this journey you've got a lot of battles to face when doing so. One of the first steps that I needed to take was to put myself first - which is something that I never do. I'm not even exaggerating; I hate putting myself first unless I have no choice but too. I don't like it because I know others need my help first and I like making people happy, but due to my happiness decreasing to an all time low a few months ago, I had to step back and re-evaluate what came first - my happiness or someone else's?

The decision that I chose to pursue was my happiness. By choosing this decision, I felt selfish and cruel. For all the years that I put others first, I chose myself and it felt weird. Some days I would feel happy and other days all I could think about is calling up the people who needed me and jump straight back into their lives again. But I didn't, I didn't conform. Instead I decided to get to know myself again. Repeating this back, I thought I knew who I was. Clearly I didn't. I was in a stage of what I thought was "happiness" but behind closed doors I was miserable to say the least. If you know me quite well, you know that I don't know how to deal with my emotions or when I try to it's perceived in the wrong way. I can easily put on a smile with friends and "have the best time of my life" while inside I'm ready to head home and cry to myself for no reason. It's happened before and it can easily happen again.

For a VERY long time, I thought that other people were the problem. I thought that they were the reason as to why I had issues with myself. I couldn't pin point who it was that made me feel low... and then it hit me. I was the issue. I wasn't happy with myself and even though I distanced myself from others, it still helped but it didn't completely 'solve' my issues. This is when I knew that I had lost the love for myself and in order to restore this I had to go back and re-learn to love myself all over again. I can't say that I've completely done it and I'm back to my old self again, but I'm back and I'm better (hehe thanks Bryson). I'm still working on me and I knew it wasn't going to be an overnight thing, so the fact that it is taking longer than expected is actually really beneficial for me. I love the fact that I can see myself in a new light and I'm learning to appreciate all the little things once again.

This is one of my new favourite sayings. (Loving Bitmoji on Snapchat lately!)

I took this picture a while ago and posted it on my snapchat because this is how I truly felt. This is a page from my blogger book and I felt a light bulb go off. Why do I find it so difficult to do me first and put others second? People don't realise that you can't function without putting yourself first. It took me almost 21 years of my life to make this change, but hey better late than never. I've always thought of others first & how they adapt to changes in situations and then I would see how I fit in and adjust it from there. Why is it now that I'm realising that this was a complete waste of time? It's so weird thinking back to the numerous amount of times that I sacrificed my own happiness just to put a smile on someone else's face. Like the people I did all this for would NOT do it for me (apart from a selected few who are in my life and some who are a work in progress).

Going back to the main point because I'm slowly drifting onto another topic like I always do. Love yourself first, forever and always. Regardless of whoever is in your life - you come first and others come second. It is only you that can make yourself 100% happy, it's not someone else job to do so. Happiness is a major key to take into consideration in life and if you mess around with it, it effects so much more than you anticipated. It links into loving yourself purely because if you love yourself, you'll live a happy life. Get what I'm saying? Cause at the moment I'm just piecing sentences hoping that people understand what I'm trying to explain. Feel free to hit me up on any of my social media accounts if you wanna discuss this matter further on - cheers ♡.

"F.L.Y = First Love Yourself. Others will come next."

Even though I didn't touch on the topic of being single at all in this blogpost, it is somewhat implied within my text :)


Motivational Videos.

I don't really have have a pre-written text/paragraph for this blogpost as the main aim was to share a couple of motivational videos with you all, so enjoy! Please take some time out to watch these - if you can, no pressure. Such inspiring videos even if I do say so myself! :)

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."


Why I love Spoken Word.

I love Spoken Word.
In fact, I love it to the point where I've actually tried to write my own stuff (still a work in progress aha). Spoken word is a type of poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play. In simple terms it's poetry that is created on page and becomes vocal via onstage. See what I did there? ;)

From a young age I've always loved poetry. In primary school I had a book filled with poems that I had written myself. Bearing this in mind, I was around the age of about 7 when I wrote those so right now they're not my best pieces of work. I really don't remember how I was introduced to spoken word, but all I know is that it's something that I love to listen to in my spare time. On the 5th of September 2015 (yes I researched the date), a friend of mine created an event called Unashamed at my old church. This was an event for teens to come together and spend a night with God by participating in a youth worship experience with spoken word, dance and diversified music included. I completely forgot about the whole spoken word aspect of the night as my intentions for this night was to go and support my friend at her event.

So I'm just chilling in church, feeling the vibes and enjoying myself when the next act is introduced on stage. "Everyone welcome Emmanuel Speaks to the stage" is how I'm assuming he was introduced, I actually don't remember oops. When I saw this guy walk on, I didn't realise that he was performing that night as I saw him earlier on when I first walked inside the venue (when he was sitting down with his friends). He definitely didn't give off the vibe that he was a guest act - sneaky. Anyway, when this guy spoke his words - pun intended - I couldn't believe it. I have never been so captivated by someone's sentence structure in my entire life. Once he finished his set, we all gave him a round of applause and the next thing I know the whole night is over.

So this is where it all began. As a proficient user of social media, of course I had to find out more about this guy. Who was he? Where did he come from? How did he get into spoken word? My fasciation for him grew very quickly and I truly respect him for being so open with his audience when he speaks. I say this is only because I can kind of tell that all his pieces stem from events that may or may not have taken place in his life (if not then my bad!). So a few months passed and on Emmanuel's twitter page he posted that he was performing at the Southbank Centre in London. The timing with this performance couldn't have been any better as I was heading home from Uni that day so I thought to myself, why not stop and catch the show before I arrive back home?

So the day finally came around and I was on my way to Central London accompanied by my flatmate. I kept going on about how amazing Emmanuel is and because she was travelling home also, she offered to come along with me to see his set. We got there pretty much dead on time (black people timing doesn't exist with us) and managed to find seats a few rows from the front - didn't want to seem too eager sitting dead at the front. Little side note... when I become fond of an artist, I always listen to their music on repeat until it becomes engraved in my head. Well the same happened with Emmanuel's work, I fell in love with his soundcloud page and pretty much listened to it everyday up until his performance. Even now, I still listen to his page from time to time - his Ojuelegba (Cover) Ft. Rebecca has my heart. When he walked onto the stage and began describing what he was about to perform, I already knew what it was and that made me feel happy to instantly know what he was about to perform via the description that he gave off.

It reached 7pm and his set was all over. I could see that he was speaking to members of the audience afterwards and I thought to myself why not go over and just say hello? It was a bit weird at first because I didn't want to come across as a "fan", but more of a supporter. The reason why I don't like being labelled as a fan is purely because of my old fangirl days which I don't like speaking of anymore lol. So if you know, you know and if you don't, you really don't need to know. Anyway, we said hello and had small conversation which was nice. He was so humble about all the good words people said to him and was really appreciative of who that came - that was really nice to see. It was a pleasure to be there and be apart of the audience at his first headline show.

So Emmanuel, yes I'm speaking to you directly as I know that you're reading this blog post. I just want to thank-you for introducing me to your passion. I feel like it was by chance that I was able to see you perform not knowing who you are, but I'm glad that I was there because I'm still here watching you continue grow bigger and better. Over the past year I've seen you post about all the gigs that you've been doing and if it wasn't for Uni I would have been there without a doubt (mainly the London ones, I'm a broke student ngl). Keep doing your thing. I look forward to you moving onwards and upwards as the future is very bright for you. What I'm truly looking forward to is your #RussianRouletteEP (quick plug and that). When listening to Ave Maria you already got me hooked, so the rest of the EP has got me too excited. I can't wait to hear the full track list especially because it's Beyoncé based ahhhh queen! One day we'll collaborate on something, maybe I'll photograph some stuff for you who knows ;)

 Feel free to check out Emmanuel's social media accounts below, especially his Soundcloud. I recommend jumping on that for a hours (dead serious) cause that's what I did.

Social Media:
Twitter - Soundcloud - YouTube -

"Written words can be erased, whereas spoken word cannot."


Am I Needy??

Last month I was having a conversation with a friend and during that said conversation I was told that I was coming across a bit "clingy". Now if you know me VERY well, you don't say these things to me! Don't worry, that exclamation mark doesn't mean I'm mad about this it's no big deal. To this person (and yes they do know who they are) if you're reading this post, I'm not sorry about blogging about you anymore haha. I'm not clingy, but the fact that I have to double text you - which isn't an issue for me - is because you know you're a slow replier and it actually grinds my gears. When I say slow, I mean it. Days go past and I haven't heard from you so I have no choice but to double text you back ;)

Anyway, I went "off topic". The question that I need to be answering is... Am I Needy? I don't think I am, but I do see some traits of neediness that I tend to show when things don't go my way. It's not my fault that I like to text - a lot oops. To be honest, I actually love having phonecalls more than texting but the people I speak to aren't always up for phonecalls, so in my case this means texting like I'm having a phonemail. Basically I'm a fast replier and I'm not sorry about it. In regards to being needy, I just like having attention when I'm texting someone. If I send you a message & I know you use your phone 24/7 don't reply like two plus hours later. This is when I feel like I have the word mug written on my forehead. I know so many people that do this to me, yet I still reply seconds later as if they replied to my texts as soon as I sent them the initial text message - how contradicting.

There's only a few people who I don't mind slow replies from. This is only because I know that they're never on their phone or they're constantly busy which is understandable. To the people that I always find posting on social media (e.g. Twitter cause you're bait) when you air my text message - you are SO annoying. Right take a breather girl before you end up making this post into a rant or is it already too late? I really want to discuss about the topic of being needy, so I need to stop getting side-tracked. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with being "needy". Of course it has it's limits, but because I have no problem with constant conversation neediness doesn't bother me. I can't help but be a person who loves communication. It makes me feel good having conversation all the time and I like feeling good because everyone deserves to feel good!

I've pretty much lost my train of thought now as I had certain things to cover about this topic damn. This is what I get for starting this post one day and then finishing it on another day. So I guess this is where it comes to an end. Is it only me who feels like this? I really don't think I'm the only one and I'm not gonna shy away talking about it. It's completely normal to think & feel like this - who agrees? 

"I don't think it's needy to crave love, attention or consistency."

This is so me. I constantly want to be talked too and I'm not ashamed of it ;)

10 Places I'd Like to Visit!

I didn't realise (until a few weeks ago) that I'm quite the traveller. This year I've only ventured around the UK & flying over to Spain, but 2016 isn't even over and I can happily say that I've visited the likes of Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Swindon, Colchester, Ipswich and many more locations.

Although these were just work and personal trips, it's holiday destinations that I really want to tackle lately! Creating lists is a fun hobby of mine and I thought that this would be a good way to take a look at some of my favourite locations and try and make my dreams into a reality!

1. Wellington, New Zealand.
I've always been fascinated with New Zealand and seeing what it has to offer. My Uncle & his family all live out there and it's one of my life ambitions to spend a few weeks with them. Considering that New Zealand is a 12hr difference from the UK, this means that we can't communicate as much as I'd like us too which also means that I need to get myself out there! Hopefully one day I'll fly out and experience New Zealand's food and culture!

2. Toronto, Canada.
Canada has always been a place that has caught my eye. I know that the weather over there is usually quite chilly, but then again the same can be said for the England so for me there's no difference which is a good start. There's a lot of scenic areas within Canada that I would love to explore. The views is what has swayed me to visit Canada, plus I love a Canadian's accent and apparently their maple syrup is the best to put on top of your pancakes hehe.

3. Miami, Florida.
It has always been a massive dream of mine to visit Miami! I am so in love with America and where else would I want to go on holiday when flying across the pond (apart from NYC of course). Sun, Sea & Sand - what more could I want? Life in Miami is powered by the sun. Along with this, everything within this city is all based on it's nightlife! Going out in Miami already sounds unreal, so it's a must.

4. Sydney, Australia.
Even though I've listed this as number 4, Australia is definitely my number one location that I've always wanted to travel too. It has so much culture to it and can easily house me for the rest of my life. I've considered moving there, but that's a thought for another day (gotta graduate first!). The experience itself, I can already predict will be life changing. Also, the weather is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS - state the obvious Tomi. I would love to have a summer Christmas on the beach. I'm not really a fan of snow, so opening presents with a cocktail-in-hand sounds like my kind of Christmas ;)

5. Los Angeles, California.
Do you see what I mean by I love America? LA. The home of... well, people haha. California is another dream location of mine to fly out too. Shown on multiple TV shows & films, the way that it's portrayed just makes me want to jump on a plane first thing tomorrow morning! I've always had a love for America and California is just another one of the reasons that contribute to that love. I want to visit the Hollywood sign purely because it is an iconic landmark and to be honest, it's a pretty cool sign to have a picture with if I do say so myself!

6. Orlando, Florida.
Purely chose Orlando, Florida just because of Disneyland. I am a HUGE fan of Disney and I will happily travel to Florida just to go to this theme park. The fact that there is a second theme park (Disney's California Adventure) which is pretty much opposite Disneyland makes my heart flutter. Basically the word Disney has already got me packing to go to Orlando. I am dying to go and visit there one day. I know I would have to make the most of this trip, going on every ride that they have in Disney and of course making sure I spend the rest of the holiday exploring hidden areas of Florida!

7. Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape Town is such a beautiful and underrated area of South Africa. Specifically, it's the landscapes that drew me to wanting to visit this city. I can just imagine the amount of photographs I would obtain from happily snapping away at their gorgeous mountains and seas that surround the area. Just thinking about how beautiful the surroundings are makes me so excited to turn this into the real thing! Cape Town's beaches are so active during the evening at summertime. It’s still light out, sunny and sizzling hot till 7pm, doesn't that just bring a smile to your face?!  South Africa is pretty much a Safari haha. If I ever had the opportunity to go on a Safari, I would treasure that moment dearly. It would be absolutely amazing to see the animals that they have over there up close and personal.

8. Paris, France.
I thought that I had gone to France before, but according to my mum I haven't - what a bummer. I love Paris. The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, The Louvre, Sacré-Cœur and of course DISNEYLAND PARIS. Although there is a Disney reason to bring me to France, it's the Eiffel Tower that I want to see the most! The architecture of this tower is absolutely phenomenal and I've always wanted to stand directly under it and look up. No idea why, but it's one major thing I would love to tick off my list if I ever visit Paris. Do dreams ever come true?

9. Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hawaii has always been my dream honeymoon destination. I think this is purely because of the films I used to watch when I was younger. Hawaii is that honeymoon spot. It also happens to remind me of Lilo & Stitch - one of my favourite childhood films. 10 brownie points to those who know what Ohana means. Hawaii's weather is just perfect! Well I'm assuming it is due to the picture above aha. I feel like this location is the perfect place to gain full relaxation. It seems so peaceful with it's sky-blue oceans and it's magnificent greenery... I wouldn't want to leave as soon as the plane lands!

10. Burj al Arab, Dubai.
Dubai is one of my newest loves. Based on appearance, it looks incredible! I have seen so many pictures of Dubai online and through the fascination of images, now it's a travel destination I must adhere to. It's quite breath-taking once you begin to be captivated by it. I feel like visiting here would be like visiting a whole other world! Too much? Nah didn't think so ;)

So that's it! Hopefully one day I'll visit all these locations that I have listed above. I have no idea how I'll do it, but it has to be done at somepoint in my life! I can't wait to potentially visit all these amazing places - a girl can still dream right? Well this dream... I'm hoping to make it a reality. All my travels will be a work in progress, fingers crossed!

"Collect moments, not things."

10 Things that Inspire Me!

This was supposed to come out in July, but due to my work circumstances it's out in August - not an issue right? Well it's only the 1st of August so it's not that bad hehe. It's around this time of the year where summer is almost over and it's time to re-adjust back to education life. During the summer is when I get inspired the most! In fact, my determination is so strong purely because I try and eventually achieve all my summer plans/goals. It's an amazing feeling to know that we are in charge of our own lives and this means that we're able to do whatever we want to do :).

This year, I hope to have completed more things than last summer. I mean, last year I accomplished way more things than I expected, so at the moment I'm just trying to outdo myself this time around. I still want to explore and divulge into new actives that I haven't yet experienced e.g. Travelling - I really want to do a week or weekend away just for the purpose of leaving my safe space and experiencing new cultures. With this in mind, I thought I'd share with you guys a list of things that always inspire me. Because we can never have too much inspiration can we?

A bit of a random selection, oh well!

1. Positivity, always.

2. Seeing people strive for what they want.
This makes me never want to give up on anything.

3. Spoken Word. Especially pieces by Emmanuel Speaks & Suli Breaks. Just listen to them, that's all you have to do. Their words flow like water, I can't even begin to explain - it's beautiful.
Future blog post about Spoken Word coming soon ;)

4. Music. I write my blogs to music as it really helps me circulate my thoughts.

5. Beyoncé. Of course. She has inspiration written all over her - the end.

6. Watching others succeed. It just means that I can do it also.

7. Being alone with my thoughts. I tend to inspire myself more than I give recognition for.

8. The Future. Purely because I love planning everything in my life. The future is one thing that I can't plan out (fully) and weirdly enough not only does this inspire me, but it excites me also.

9. Old pictures. I love seeing my development in life and picturing where I'll be going next.

10. Legally Blonde: The Musical (Original Cast Recording). The whole album is just too inspiring, if you've watched the film you'll understand why.

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."