Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Friendly families!

I've heard that 'friends are the family you pick' - or something along those lines - and you know what, I've come to learn that it's true. 

Family is family and I love them, don't get me wrong, but you haven't really got a choice, and we all have those few relatives that leave us questioning if we really are related to them! We have the ones that can't hear too well, others that hear everything and things that were never said, and then there are those lovely relatives that are also your best friends, have been there all your life - the ones you feel over protective about. There are those you rarely see and supportive aunts and uncles that you know have helped make things so much easier, and also the younger family members, who you've watched grow - they also happen to be a constant reminder that you yourself are getting old! That kinda sums up my family in a very optimistic light - please note I have rather a large family and not all families are the same :) 

Friends :) just thinking about them puts a smile on my face, remembering how we met, how we've been silly, brutally honest, fallen out/made up and always looking out for each other. And I have quite a diverse group of friends - I count myself lucky. What I love about my friends is that we all have our own things going on, but there, at the end of it all - and all the way through - we have each other. Just a simple text or phone call can confirm it! 

Family are important, they are very important, they help shape your life, and present or not, they always have a significant impact on our lives, good and bad. What I've found about my friends and family is that no matter how far, we will always be friends and there for each other. 

So people, let's streangthen our bonds, fix those broken ties, and remember, you never know what lies ahead of you. 

Speaking of friends, my good friend Nazreen is doing some pretty amazing things which can be found here :) check it out!

Keep reading,
F x

Found this hanging at a friends house :) #perfect 

Friday, 13 June 2014


Hello hello!

I've been busy making some books for lovely people and they will be added to my Etsy site very soon -    Here's a sneak peak for you! 

These are made to order so let me know if you like what you see! 

These will be on the site in the next few days! :)

Keep reading,  F x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

What Life Plans?!

In my second semester at uni, I attended a class. I decided to give it a trial run in the spirit of expanding my knowledge and trying new things, but also because I knew it would be very similar to my undergraduate classes, and wasn’t sure that’s what I wanted. Anyway, I went and it was, as I thought, very much like my undergraduate course in the sense that it was a business/management module, only that it was more specific and at a more advanced level. But I stuck that one class out, and half way through, the lecturer asked us all:
“So now you are all postgraduates I want to know what your plans are for the next few years, let’s say five years at least”....and then went round the class asking everyone.

I have to say, some people really have their lives planned out, but I’m not one of them. I come from a very non-planning background, where everything can change five minutes before it’s supposed to take place and I’m normally left disappointed – so experience has taught me not to plan too far ahead, unless it’s some sort of organised big/small ticket buying event thing.  

I have things in my life that I definitely want to do, but no plan, no time scale for them to be completed in – yet anyway. And these ‘where do you see yourself in five years time’ questions, well I avoided them like the plague and if I’m forced to answer, the answer is always ambiguous. I’ve avoided them because
1) I’m tired of being disappointed and let down and
2) I have this fear that in five years time I will still be asking myself the same questions.

Luckily for me, there were others in the class that were not quite sure what their plans were, some of them, like me, were just happy to see where life takes us, and others were just not sure. But most knew exactly what they wanted to do, and it got me thinking. When it was my turn to answer, I said something along the lines of ‘work for a NGO but not entirely sure which one or doing what’....did I mention I give ambiguous answers?!

I wondered if the lecturer was looking at us all and saying in his head what he really thought of our plans, like ‘oh yes, she’ll do it’, and ‘don’t think so’ – he never did say what he thought of our plans, but we got the impression that he wasn’t impressed! I got this impression because he followed up by saying how we all needed to sort ourselves out fast because in a matter of months we would be asking ourselves the same questions, and if we didn’t know now, it may be too late....yeah right...

And now I've reached that point, the matter of months he was referring to are here, and I only vaguely have an idea of what I want to do, but I have an idea, so now it's time for me to see if I can make that idea develop and become reality. I've started it by writing this post! 

What I’ve learnt is that it's better to try than not try at all, and I won’t be disappointed because this time, I’m not relying on others to take me, I’m relying on myself. I’m making plans and goals that are about me, focused on me, achievable by me.

So come on people, let's do it! Put those plans into action! 

Keep reading,
F x

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