May, You’ve Done Me Good

It’s May and I’ve done it. I’ve completed three years at university studying for my English degree. It feels like I’ve reached this point far quicker than I ever imagined. It’s a cliché, but the day I moved to Liverpool in September 2014 honestly feels like it was yesterday. Although saying that, I am happy these three years are drawing to their end. Not because I haven’t enjoyed my time here, it’s definitely been a fun three years, however, I feel like I’m ready to move on. Move on to what? I’m still unsure, but I’m ready for the next phase of my life.

the alchemMy last assignments were submitted a couple of weeks ago, so now it is just a waiting game to distinguish exactly what level of degree I am leaving Liverpool with. However, that is not something I am thinking about just yet. I am simply happy to have a free mind and so much free time to relax and do what I want to do, without the pressures of assignments. Luckily for me, the end of my degree has tied in with my 22nd birthday. I have not been out a lot during third year so a night out was one hundred per cent needed. Since going out is a rare occasion, I thought it was only right to go to The Alchemist for a meal and cocktails. If you have been there before then you will understand what I mean when I say it is a beautiful place. – in all areas: aesthetics, food, drinks, people.

Following that, we went to one of my favourite night time destinations in Liverpool: Mathew St. And, I am fully confident now that I have been to every pub/bar/club that is down that street. – well, that is apart from the Cavern Club. (what kind of student residing in Liverpool has not been to the most famous drinking establishment in the city? Really. I’m such a sorry excuse for a student) I’m confident, however, I will get to the Cavern Club before I leave Liverpool for good. So, Mathew St was great. I highly recommend it if you want to be away from the student populated night life. Although, a lot of the time the lack of students is replaced with tourists. So, I guess it’s all about preferences.

sister actAs well as celebrating my birthday in Liverpool I also went home for a few days. I went to see Sister Act, a musical directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, at the theatre in Stoke. Which was honestly so good. I didn’t know what to expect, when you’ve watched the original films so often it’s sometimes hard to separate the characters from the original actors (i.e Whoopi Goldberg). However, the cast behind the Sister Act musical were fab, so thankfully I didn’t find myself making comparisons between the portrayal of the characters in the film and the musical.

Following my birthday celebrations, I also had my English Graduation Ball, at the Bluecoat Chambers. I wasn’t going to attend this as it didn’t sound like something that I would enjoy. However, a few of us decided ‘I’ll go if you go’. So, naturally, I found myself attending the ball. It was an enjoyable night with course friends, prosecco, a three-course meal, dancing, moreball 1 prosecco, a photo booth…oh and more prosecco. It has been so long since we’ve had a chance to dress up nicely, that it was great to have an excuse to make a bit more an effort than the usual jeans and trainers. Though, by the end of the night, and when I found myself sat in a tequila bar, shot in hand, I was majorly regretting not wearing flat shoes. Nevertheless, it was a great night and just shows that although I may think something will be… meh, it can turn out to be enjoyable. So, mental note taken for the next time I have doubts about an event or the like.

Well, that’s been my life over the last month or so. – I’ve completed university, I’ve turned 22 and I had a couple of enjoyable nights out. I have had a great May, however, now that I have finished I am finding myself with little to do. I am currently working one day a week on an internship…which I realise I haven’t spoken too much about, so maybe that’ll be a future post. And, although I am working for that day, the rest of the weeks have been a mission to fill, which hasn’t been made easy with the terrible weather. However, I have been productive, and I have planned the best week ahead. I will not go into detail about this yet, as I will save this for a future post. So, keep your eyes peeled, and i’ll leave you with these fantastic pictures from my solo, drunken trip to the photo booth at the grad ball.

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Until next time…

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The Grand National: Ladies Day

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For the very few of you that do not realise, this weekend has been Randox Health’s Grand National. Admittedly, I am one of those people who only pays attention to horse racing this one weekend in the year. There’s just this hype around it, and you really get swept along…even more so living in Liverpool, just down the road from Aintree Race Course. I have wanted to go to Ladies Day for a few years now, but unfortunately it just has not happened for me yet. There’s always next year, right? I am digressing though, it not the horse racing or the events themselves that has me writing today. It is the media, and the newspapers that report on the weekend that have brought me here. One newspaper in particular has me frustrated, I will not however give them the satisfaction of naming them. Though as I go on, I’m sure many of you will figure out who that newspaper is.

Year after year I see this newspaper report on the Grand National, which is only right, it is a big event. However, the headlines that I continuously see from them revolve around Ladies Day. Their photographer takes countless photographs of the women attending the event, all looking fabulous I must say. However, rather than focus on the fact that these women have come together to enjoy a day out at the races, they put a more negative spin on the day; And that is putting it lightly. They take photographs from purposefully unflattering angles and comment on how ‘classless’, ‘inappropriate’, and ultimately how ‘unladylike’ they view the woman attending the event are. I cannot speak for their physical newspaper, as I am more of an online newsreader. However, their website is covered in photographs that they present to the world, with the idea of shaming and embarrassing these women. What infuriates me most though is that this article has been published by an unknown reporter at the newspaper…

Why, if you are proud of your work and proud of what you do, would you post anonymously?

I can give you a reason. You post anonymously because you know the backlash you are going to receive for this article. That although you attempt to shame and embarrass these women that attended the Grand National’s Ladies Day, you will be met with hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are in support of these women, and who will look at you with disdain. You know why? Because these women are having a damn good time! They are enjoying their day at the races thoroughly, and creating memories that they will look back fondly on. These are confident, independent, glammed up women, who are not afraid to have fun. They’ve spent their day in the sunshine, surrounded by their friends, enjoying a high-profile event. And what have you done with your day? You’ve wasted a whole day judging other people for having a good time. Where is the logic in that? And nobody even knows who you are, literally, because your name is not on the article.

I only hope the person responsible for this article is not female. Because I can guarantee at some point in their life they would have been subject to some form of judgement…as most women are. Therefore, as a woman, they should realise that this kind of judgmental article is just not acceptable.

Where is the girl power?

And if they are male? Well, what do you want us girls to do, spend our days indoors, catering to your every need? Ha, we are not in 1950. If a woman wants to go out and have fun, if she wants to drink until she cannot drink anymore, if she wants to take off her shoes after a long day (because heels hurt, I commend them for spending the amount of time they did in them, I’m not sure I would have been that strong myself), if she wants to wear clothes that show off her body, then who are you to stop them?

All I want to say to the women who attended Ladies Day at the Grand National is: YOU GO GIRLS; I’m only jealous I was not there to look as fabulous and have as much fun as you all did!

Such a Cliché

everybody’s journey is different, and everything happens for a reason.

I am coming up to the final couple of months of my university experience so understandably I am feeling a little bit reflective. I cannot help but look back over my three years of university and acknowledge both, what I have and have not achieved during my time here.

I started my university experience in 2014, moving from a relatively quiet rural town in Shropshire to the lively city of Liverpool. It was a big step, but one I am whole heartedly glad I took. Liverpool John Moore’s was not necessarily my first choice when I began looking at universities, in fact it was probably the last university I considered. However, from my first visit to the city I loved it. And I am glad to say that adoration for the city has continued throughout my time here.

When I think back to how I have spent the last couple of years though, I cannot help but feel a little bit of regret that I did not take advantage of the location more. I spent most my first year drunk, or hungover, and wrapped up in the freedom of doing next to nothing after the stress of A Levels, that I failed to immerse myself in what Liverpool had to offer – And my second year was hardly any different. Though, I did begin to explore the city further than my usual attendance to Concert Square three times a week, but in hindsight I do not feel I explored enough.

I feel that since September, in my final year, I have really come into my own though. Through putting drinking and nights out on the back burner I have discovered a whole new side to myself and to university life. I have immersed myself in my studies far more this year than I ever did in the previous two years. I have visited attractions and explored more of what the city has to offer – it definitely helps that I brought my car with me this year! I have also began thinking about my future, and where my life is going, something that I have heavily avoided for most of my life. As a result of all of this I managed to secure myself an internship, running the social media accounts and writing blogs for a small interior design company.

Even though when I think about my time at university I do hold some regrets over how I managed my time, I cannot help but feel pleased with the journey I have been on. After all, the clichés are always right: everybody’s journey is different, and everything happens for a reason.

Until next time…

x

Progress Being Made

In one of my previous post I told you about how I had acquired and started my summer job. I am now two weeks in and I must say going strong. I can’t say it’s been a difficult two weeks; the summer camp has been blessed with pretty great kids.  I have had an incident free start to the job, touch wood the next four weeks go just as well. The only challenge for myself has been the routine. Working night shifts every other day can take its toll on your body, mind and most importantly your sleeping pattern. I think though, I am now getting used to it. I am learning how to work it and how to keep myself sane in the process. I’ve even come to the conclusion that having this kind of job, and working at night has been extremely beneficial for me. I have found myself with hours of time which I need to remain concentrated, and in turn awake. Therefore, this has provided me with the perfect opportunity to complete work, read books, work on my blog, catch up on t.v and even research future endeavors. So you can see, I have been an extremely busy night owl. IMG_0104

On a more serious note, the role itself has put me in situations which I would not have necessarily been in had I not had the job. This role has seen me interact with other employees and employers in a more equal role. Past jobs and work experience I’ve had I have always been seen as ‘below’ those I worked for. In this job though I am viewed as more of an equal, and I believe this is due to the responsibility given to me as a night time supervisor. A lot of my interactions at this job are with the international students, thus I am often in a position where I am the only native English speaker. Therefore, I am in situations where communicating can sometimes get tricky. This is certainly not a common situation for me in everyday life, though it is something I am enjoying getting to grips with. On top of this I am in a situation where I am in charge of a group of 12-17 year olds. Now, I have no younger family members so I have little experience of being authoritative towards young kids. (even more so international children who can’t always understand me!) This has probably been the biggest adjustment for me. I’ll get days when the children are being a little bit more mischievous and I just want to laugh, and honestly? Sometimes I do. But that is only because I can remember being their age and doing pretty much the same things as them. (I mean c’mon, I’m not THAT much older than them) I have thus been thrust into a situation where I need to take on that ‘adult’, ‘mature’ and ‘authoritative’ role. Although I have struggled with this to begin with I am enjoying the adjustment to it and discovering that I do actually have that person inside of me. Who’d have thought?! I’m now excited to see where my head will be at in another two weeks and even another after that, when I finish working for the language school. It’ll be interesting to see how I cope after the full six weeks of working here, and how I progress over this time.

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Now, one of my previous blog posts I discussed my ‘Summer Goals’ and I thought now, being over half way through my summer, I’d update you lovely bunch on my progress. One of my biggest goals was to get back into the routine of drinking more water. This might seem arbitrary, but when I’m at university I do always forget to drink water. Over the few weeks I have been glugging it back by the litres. Although the first week or so was horrendous, with always needing to go to the bathroom and the initial breakout from toxins being flushed out, I now feel great. I feel a million times better in myself and my skin is a lot better too. (although there’s a long way to go until it’s perfect *sad face*) So I am now a massive advocate in the drink more water policy. It’s such an easy thing to do to achieve great results. So I advise everybody to drink, drink, drink! And if you need any more persuading just check out what these websites say: ONE | TWO | THREE

Since I have started on a high, I am going to continue on with it, with another successfully fulfilled summer goal. I have made it my mission to make use of Joe Wicks’ first Lean in 15 book, and I can happily say I have done just that. I was originally planning to do an entire post on just this little feat of mine, however, I lost all the photographs I wanted to include and the idea just went down the drain. I do still want to say though the book has given me inspiration for some great recipes and has got me trying things I would not normally think to attempt. All the recipes are also really easy to follow and for the majority of it the ingredients are really very basic. More often than not Wicks uses stuff you would have in your cupboards at home anyway. So it is a perfect cook book to get your hands on, as there is no need to be traipsing through foreign supermarkets and travelling long distances to acquire the ingredients you need. Which I think anybody would agree is perfect! My ‘go to’s’ in the book seem to be the vegetable and fish fritters, perfect for breakfast, or a snack, the turkey and spring onion burgers using sesame oil (My new favourite to cook with, it smells A-mazing!). Also I’d say the meatballs and the cannelloni. That being said though, all the recipes I have tried in the book have turned out great. Even my mum, my human guinea pig has loved the finished products!

Some more of my other goals were to go to the beach, to go on more walks and to read more. These I have done, but I wouldn’t really say I have thrived at. I went to the beach a couple of weekends ago, although it wasn’t the standard ‘beach day’. It was more just an alternative place to walk the dog. Since we’re lucky here in the UK no place is much more than two hours from a beach. Perks of being a small island, right? I love going to the beach so even just a walk along the sand was enough for me. I have to say though I am always shocked when I go to the beach up north and it’s really pretty. For some reason I always associate Britain’s pretty, worth a visit kind of beaches with down south, but that really is not the case. Formby near the city of Liverpool is now one of my favourite beaches. I’d definitely recommend it for those like me who love their beaches surrounded by towering sand dunesIMG_0016.JPGNext was to go on more walks: I have been on a few, including the one to the beach. This plan kind of sat on the back burner though as I started work and the weather got progressively worse. I did however manage to go on another walk along the canal. We were blessed with sunshine for just one day so it would have been rude not to make the most of it. It’s days like that that make you appreciate living in the countryside a little bit more. It’s easy to forget how open and beautiful the countryside is when you’re in the city for most of the year. And you never know, the release of Pokemon Go might just be the catalyst that gets me out there more. (It would have been wrong for me to do a blog post and not mention this phenomenon just once). Lastly reading is again something which I hoped I’d do a lot more of but in reality I have completed only a few novels. I guess this is just me comparing the amount of reading I managed to accomplish last summer, where I’d read on average two books a week. Therefore, I am pretty disappointment in the amount I have read or really haven’t read. But I am hoping I am just getting off to a slow start this year. So watch this space, you could soon be bombarded with book reviews!IMG_0197.JPG

I think that brings us pretty much up to date with life thus far. It’s been a slow couple of weeks, but I always knew July was going to be like this. It is August and September I am looking forward to now. I have a lot coming up during those months, so keep your eyes peeled for future posts to see what I get up to!

Until next time…

x