Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The First Time

Throughout my childhood, my mum regularly reminded me that 'there's a first time for everything'. This is something that I was told regularly but I only really started paying attention to in my late teens. Like the first time you go swimming or eat an aubergine. The first time you rode your bike without help, the first time you jumped into the pool. The first time you got your own house key, your first phone. Getting a phone was a big deal back in those days, not everyone had one there was quite a big hoo-ha about if/when we should have one.

I remember my first phone was my mums old phone but having one wasn't all that useful anyway - I'm hopeless at replying to text messages so I'd have met people before I actually replied to them. It was a Sony Ericson phone and so seeing a Sony phone always reminds me of my first phone. Just like the smell of lavender washing powder reminds me of  the Diamond Brothers series by Anthony Horowitz.  When I read these books, there was a box of washing powder about. Now it always makes me think of the books.

When I see Marmite, I think of the first time I tasted it properly. My friend gave me a bit of her toast and then, when I ate it, I pulled a face - not on purpose. The face I made was described to me as being similar to when a baby has lemon or ice cream for the fist time. Obviously I didn't see the face I made but I did see my friends reaction to my face and she found it hilarious. She still talks about it now! So every time I see Marmite I think about the hysterical look on her face. She really did find it funny!

My favourite memory of a first time now is the first time my other half saw me do the cold bed dance  - his face was a cross between horrified and amused. He couldn't quite figure out if he should laugh or be concerned. You know that moment where you try to be serious but you can't help but laugh - that was him. It was so funny! Luckily, once I explained my reasoning he understood but I'm pretty sure he still thinks I'm crazy.  Please someone tell me that they know what the cold bed dance is and I'm not the only one!

What I find amazing is how we can have memories and feelings attached to things. These things help us to reminisce recall those moments. Sometimes these can be first times too! Something so simple like a smell, a thought, can put a smile on your face. So go out and have more first times. Make memories. Experience things because then you have the actual experience at the time and then memories to keep forever. Live in the moment and be happy.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Update 03.17

Hey there!

How are you all? It's been a while since my last blog post and, despite having draft posts sitting in my folder, I haven't felt like actually completing any of them. How weird! Has that ever happened to you? Please tell me I'm not the only one?! It's like I have material but I'm not feeling that particular material right now.

So instead of blogging for the sake of it - which is what it would have felt like had I published posts in the last few weeks - I decided to take a proper break and start fresh...again. Now I can blog about the things I did on my 'break' (It really was quite an exciting break!).

How have you all been? Have you guys been ok over the past few weeks? Anything happened?

Oooh, drop your blog links below so I can have a read please. I have a lot of catching up to do!

Much Love,
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Turkey 2016 #1

Here are a few photos from my recent trip to Alanya, Turkey.

The view
Sleeping so close to the beach was awesome - and having breakfast with that view was even better. I don't think there's anything that can beat it really if that's the kind of holiday you are after. It was lovely and warm and the temperature of the water was perfect too!

Our back garden  
Here's a shot of the beach - the garden of our hotel was the beach and so we didn't actually have to go anywhere to get to the beach, just walk outside...

The moon and beach in the night... So beautiful and insanely fierce at the same time! I tried to take a photo but my camera skills are somewhat terrible in the night, and the photo doesn't do it any justice whatsoever.
Night Time
We went to the beach in the night a few times and each time we got closer and closer to the sea. The first time we went we stood on the steps to the beach and went no further. The waves were so fierce and it's all so different in comparison to the day time. During the day the sea was inviting and warm but come nightfall and it was harsh and loud, the waves stronger and fiercer than I've seen before. Each day we crept closer and closer, taking in its beauty. It really was beautiful.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hello 2017

If you were to ask me this time last year if I'd have thought that some of the things I listed last week were to have happened, I'd have laughed in your face. Literally, I would have. I still do laugh when I think about some things I did - not because they were funny but because there are times where I find it all a little hard to believe.

Now I regularly give myself the 'you can do anything' talk in my head because I do think we CAN do anything if we try, and at the end of the day, trying is better than not. But sometimes it's just so hard to take that first step. So damn hard.

It's so hard to go from doing so much to doing very little. From being constantly busy to wondering what to do next. It's hard. It's hard breaking routine, it's even hard not having a routine. It's hard going somewhere where you have memories of people who have left - people who have moved on to better things. It's worse feeling left behind.

It's hard when you are plunged into the real world having studied for donkeys years, and I'm guessing it's just as hard for those who've worked for ages to go back to studying. It's hard to see people leave and it's hard to say goodbye.

It's hard admitting things to yourself even when no else needs to hear it.

Lots of things are hard. But so many things are good. So many awesome things happen when we open our minds to the possibilities and embrace opportunities. When we do things a little differently and embrace change, when we let people into our lives and even when we take some out. There is so much good, sometimes it's just a bit hard to see.

So this year, 2017, step into the year with an open mind. Let's be open to possibilities and embrace things, even the crap that is bound to happen.

Look at what you have, because dude, what you have is good. It's freaking awesome. Make the most of it. Seize it.

Be open to possibilities because things happen when you least expect them.

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Blogiversary No. 4

Four years ago in December I started my blog. FOUR YEARS! Can you believe it, my baby, That Delete Button, is four years old. I personally can't believe I've kept it going that long and in the past few months so much has happened that I have, at times, questioned the future of my blog. But I've decide that I will continue because why give up doing something you love?

I am sorry about the recent inconsistency in my blog posts, time just goes so fast and like I said, it has been a little crazy. So this year I'm not going to do an advice-y sort of post like this one but an update post. An update of some of the things that have happened in the last year - both blog life and personal life updates.

I was really weary of putting things that are too personal on my blog but I've decided to include them. I won't go into dep
th but they are there nonetheless. It'll help you understand how crazy the last few months have been too.

So, here goes!

1.Independence is not loneliness. I wrote a post, quite an angry post, on how we should encourage independence and my post was read by a lot of people, A LOT. Mostly because I shared in on Medium (a blog post sharing platform) and so this was a big, huge, massive, EPIC achievement for that Delete Button. :)

2. The Canadians came to visit. That's right, my lovely Canadian family came to visit. I didn't get to spend as much time with them as I'd have liked but we did do some fun things and I really hope they visit again soon, all of them!

3. Laser eye surgery. I booked myself in for Laser Eye surgery after getting really fed up with my contact lenses. The prescription on my lenses just wasn't right and they kept moving, which meant that I couldn't see clearly trough the part I was supposed to be looking through. So anyway, I took the plunge and eventually had the surgery.

4. Turkey. Pretty soon after my surgery, I took some time off and travelled to Turkey. Dude, it was fun.

5. engaged. Then I came back a got engaged.

6. I Left my job.*sadface* My work were actually really supportive of the CELTA course and my recovery from surgery, particularly my manager, but in the end I decided to leave because I knew I would leave sooner or later.

7. CELTA. After coming back from Turkey, I actually applied to the CELTA course - I did a TEFL course during my final year of undergrad and that was when I decided I would take it further. Only I applied for my Masters and went on to do a other things instead. I had a few thoughts about it last year but when we came back from Turkey, I researched the course properly and applied for it...and got a place. I really should do a whole blog post on this really because it was actually really, really, really good! (I got engaged just before I did the course).

8. Married. So point number five reads that I got engaged, I sort of got married after too. It's a long story but the short version is that we've had our religious ceremony and will have a whole shebang done in 2017.

Well, that was quite a year wasn't it?!

What have you been up to?

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Skarf UK

I'm always on the hunt for good quality hijabs and finding them can be quite difficult. A few months ago I came across 'Skarf' hijab and was sent a few to try. Here are my thoughts:
  • These hijabs are so soft, lovely and comfy. 
  • They haven't gone bobbly - a problem I've found in some hijabs,
  • There aren't any pin marks left in the material, 
  • They don't run in the wash!!! 
  • They come in a good range of colours and I love my ombre ones :)
  • I have a grey one that is sparkly - hooray for sparkles 
  • I can wear them all day and still feel comfy,
  • They don't make me feel too hot - I did wear them on quite a few hot days and felt fine :)
  • Likewise, I don't find myself feeling really cold in them either!
  • They are so easy to wear and style,
  • The ombre colours made them so versatile
  • I love the patterns in the one I have - take a closer look at the photo to see it :) 
Skarf are currently working on a new collection and have an Instagram page :) Click on their name and it'll take you to them! skarf_uk 

Check them out and let me know your thoughts too! Have you tried their hijabs already? 

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