Trying to play catch up with my blog right now and wanted to share some photos of when Mark and I caught the train up to Edinburgh for a quick day trip last month. We were lucky enough to catch the Christmas market when we were there! I always look forward to wandering round the Christmas markets (we haven't been to one in ages), even when Christmas has passed because they always have the best food! We were meeting friends for dinner but we had some time to kill so I did get to stop in at Anthropologie. Man it was busy in there, that sale had everyone going crazy! I knew there was a reason I preferred to shop online... Anyway the reason we were in Edinburgh in the first place was so Mark could catch up with Ange, a girl he interned with in Bristol two Summers ago. She and her friends were spending New Year in Edinburgh so it gave us the perfect excuse to make the trip. I really enjoyed meeting her, she was lovely! But it's also why there's no photos of dinner because I got camera shy...(insert monkey face here). That's something I really need to work on this year...
2016 you were not what I expected. When you began, I honestly had the best feeling about you, you were to be my best year yet! But you were hard, you brought many ups and downs which I struggled to deal with. But I learned a lot from you, you taught me to appreciate the good things and focus on what you are blessed with instead of focusing on the bad. Life is better when you focus on the positives and I've been learning to not let negativity sneak its way into my happy place.
For 2017 I have learned to have no expectations, I'm going to take each day as it comes. However, there are some things I want to work on in the new year.
Firstly, I want to look after myself more - both physically and mentally. I really struggled with feelings of anxiety and stress in 2016 with Mark moving and with tackling my last year of university and so this year I'm going to work on staying healthy and having a positive mindset. This means working out but it also means more bubble baths so..
As well as this, I want to get better at taking my vitamins because I'm so bad at forgetting.
Be kind. I think we all learned in 2016 that being kind to others is more important than ever.
As this is my last year of university, one of my biggest goals is to graduate with a good pass! Going to university is one of the hardest things I've ever done and so I really want to do well.
Spend more time with family and friends.
Finally join Mark in Bristol. I can't wait to finally move in with Mark, we'll have been dating for six years this year and so I think it's about time!
Don't live beyond your means. I feel like we're all guilty of buying stuff we don't need and myself especially and so living more simply and saving money is something I'd like to get better at.
Get better at taking photo's. As much as I would like to be, I'm not the most creative when it comes to photography and so I want to challenge myself this year.
These are just a few of the things I'd like to tackle in the new year & I can't wait to get stuck in! What are your goals for 2017?
So really I meant to share this post weeks ago but you know, such is life and so here it is in January instead! I'm hoping I can catch up on a lot of things before I start my last semester at university including a list of blog posts I've been wanting to share starting with this one.
My friend Leigh & I went on a "mate date" to the Illumination Festival down by Irvine Harbour back in the beginning of December. The event ran from the November 30th until December 3rd so we were able to catch it on the second last night. I'm so glad we were able to go because it's not very often you see things like that in this area. We were able to catch the aerial & acrobatic light show in Linthouse. It was a really cool concept, a ceilidh band guided us around the shipyard building to various stations whilst aerial and acrobat performers entertained around about us.
We were also able to see the origami boats and butterfly exhibitions by international artists Aether & Hemera which looked amazing when lit up at night.
As most of it was outside in the cold, it meant we had to go to Vanilla Joes for a nutella hot chocolate.
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! I enjoyed a lovely Christmas at home with Mark and family and came to the realisation that this will probably be the last Christmas I have living in this home which makes me both excited and nervous!
Because we're all older in my house, we're able to have a wee bit of a long lie and it was actually my mum going round the house waking everyone up rather than me and my siblings, she was too excited and it was the cutest. Tradition in our house is opening our presents straight away and then having a breakfast of tea and toast and all things chocolate!
I'm at that age where there's not really much I want or need for Christmas but my brother John did super well with gift-giving this year...he got me a record player! I feel like he probably got some help with picking this gift because it's something I've been chatting to my parents about. My dad brought down his old records from the attic and we spent our morning listening to some 80's hits, it was probably one of my favourite parts of Christmas this year.
Mark popped round as he always does and we exchanged gifts and spent some time together. I can't wait for Christmas 2017 when we get to spend the whole day together instead!
The day went in super quickly but it was full of good food (thanks, mum!) and spending time with family. We played so many party games which were hilarious! Some family came round and brought that Speak Out game that everyone seemed to be playing on Christmas Day and it was so funny, I was crying so hard! I feel like this is how I want to spend every Christmas.
As I write this it's my birthday! I'm officially 22 although I don't feel like it...and to be honest, it doesn't even feel like my birthday today either. Maybe it's because I have no plans to celebrate the day and I've spent my day buying and wrapping Christmas presents, is this what being an adult feels like? I was in a shop buying a video game earlier (an 18) and the lady at the counter ID'd me for it! When she saw my age and that it was my birthday she just said "ohhh...Happy Birthday!". I thought that was pretty funny.
Life has been super busy lately, December especially! There has been a lot of deadlines for uni - I've already completed two chapters of my dissertation and its not even Christmas. There's also been a lot of travelling to and from Bristol for interviews, Christmas concerts, buying Christmas presents and definitely not enough sleep!
I'm really looking forward to having a Christmas break, Mark's coming up for two whole weeks and I can't wait!
Growing up in my household we didn't really have any Christmas traditions but something I always associate with Christmas is lebkuchen. Lebkuchen are traditional German baked treats almost like gingerbread in taste. As a little girl I hated them but over the years they've really grown on me and I look forward to having them every Christmas.
My Dad grew up in Germany for part of his childhood because my papa was in the army and he says it's something he remembers having there when he was growing up. So without fail, we always have them this time of year. To be honest, once Christmas is over we forget all about them until the next years but they're always a nice little treat and something I'll probably carry on buying once I've left home.
I think one of my goals for over the holidays will be to try and make some from scratch. Maybe some nice star ones like these!