Tuesday, 30 December 2014

'Ping'...Wait - Since When?!

Since I was a kid I’ve watched shows and read books about people who have friends that are like family, like in ‘Friends’,  ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants’ series, ‘Mates, Dates’ series, ‘Harry Potter’, the list goes on! I’ve always wished to have a solid group of friends like that. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends but for some reason, the books always made it sound so much more exciting. They would go shopping together, have the same cycle, share clothes, like the same guys (well, that’s awkward) have joint phone calls and always know what the others were talking about.

Often, it left me wondering where my group of friends like this are, if I would ever have a connection like this with people in this way. Then life got in the way I guess and I didn’t get much of a chance to think about this, I had exams, hay fever, assignments, work, meals out,  – and all the while I got through it all and had loads of fun because of my friends and family.

Then, a few weeks ago on a much anticipated day out, I knew. I’m not sure why, but whilst sitting there drinking my hot chocolate, I suddenly remembered wondering about this so many years ago - wondering if I’ll ever feel like the characters I’ve read about in books. What I realised, there, at that moment, was that I had it. I'd always had it. I’d actually had them for a long time only I didn’t think about it in that way. I was too busy being busy to realise that I had what I’d always wondered about!!

And no matter how far away we are from each other, whatever jobs we go on to do and no matter what corner of the earth life takes us to, we are always here for each other.  

Anyway, the moral of the story here is…what I’m really trying to say…is that sometimes we have things already but we don’t always notice at first. Often it’s when we lose those things that we realise what we actually had, by which time it’s too late. We don’t always have epiphanies whilst drinking coffee so don’t wait for that epiphany. Seize what you have and make the most of it!

Go on, make the most of the opportunities we have and the people in our lives!

p.s. obviously now I realise that it is the job of writers to wake up your imagination and in order to make things more appealing and interesting, they often (not always) exaggerate - so I’m not sure we can ever really achieve what they did in some of the books I read!! Ever the optimist eh!? :) 
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014


This time two years ago, thats right people - two years ago, I started my blog! It's my second blogiversary!! woop! My blog has survived yet another year and may it have many many more to come. :) In the past year I have had, like everyone, highs and lows, both in my blog and life.

Some good points:
  • my blog got a lot more views this year and this post was very popular
  • I met Kathie K :) and other bloggers - this is something that is happening all the time as I write and also find other blogs that are out there. Go on, introduce yourself in the comments section if you haven't already! :) 
  • I started selling on Etsy
  • I finished my MSc - check me out! ;) 
  • Then I made, with a lot of help from my dear friend, a Facebook page for my books :) 
  • And finally, the elephant in the room - my blog got an amazing new look thanks to the fantastic skills of Noor
But there were some down points and these, I have found, happen to everyone. It might seem like we are alone in our struggles but there are people out there and in our lives that know what we are feeling. Some have been through the same thing! Talk to someone!!

A few downsides:
  • In the last few months I have been struggling to find the time to update my blog :( 
  • I'm no longer a student and this makes me sad :(
  • My popular post wasn't well received by every reader - but I guess this is part of life :)
Lessons I've learnt:

There're two things I'd like to share with you today because to me these points are important:
  1. Don't be disheartened if things don't turn out like you planned, in fact, leave room for change in your plans. :) Be open to change because change is a part of life that we often cannot control. It's inevitable. Therefore, embrace it. :) Don't let it knock you down!  
  2. And the second thing: I was given this piece of advice by my lovely friend -

"Let them tell you no"

By this, what she meant was don't not do something because you think you aren't good enough, have more faith in yourself and say yes to yourself more often. The context she said it to me was about job hunting because I would (until very recently) look at job positions and think I wasn't good enough, and therefore didn't even apply. But thing is, I might not be good enough but I should at least try - let them tell me no! 

Such great advice :)

p.s my last post about Graduation, ahem, that post was about Graduation last year. Since I have my blog redesigned I was updating some labels and on that post for some reason, it posted itself as if it were a new post. Thank you for all the lovely comments tho :) Comments make me happy!

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Ok, in the past few month there may have been something I forgot -maybe neglected - to mention, I graduated. That's right, I graduated!! GRADUATED! I wore a hat and gown, walked on stage, shook some hands and walked off again, and it was exciting!

That's literally what happened, but it really felt like something. I wasn't really sure what to expect and graduation took so long to come round, I almost forgot about it...till the week before when I realised I had no clothes or anything sorted!! Thankfully my lovely mum had ideas, and pink it was! Honestly, I'm not a big fan of pink and it wouldn't ever be my first choice, but it all worked out well!

I Googled graduation beforehand and read something along the lines of: 'its meant to be as exciting as your wedding day' - or the next best thing. I can't really make that comparison and don't really know if that's true because I haven't had a wedding day! But it was fun!

The ceremony was pretty standard, everyone had their names called out, people gave speeches and like I said, pretty standard stuff. Like in films!! The only part that was missing was the hat throwing; for health and safety reasons we weren't allowed to throw our hats! Huh! Would have been a bit difficult for me anyway seeing as I pinned it to my scarf!

The thing I remember most are my friends and family :). It was so nice to see everyone again and spend some time together, fuss over each other, what more could you ask for?

Also, I now have extra letters at the end of my name but as of yet, I’ve not used them. I don’t think I’ll ever use the letters.... Actually, thinking about it, it did take me three years, many sleepless nights, and horribly long exams to earn those letters, so maybe, just maybe, I will put them to use.

So what I learnt guys, is that make the most of it all when you can. It can only get better :) Congratulations to all those who graduated, wherever you are! It's an amazing achievement that we worked hard for and we should be proud we reached that milestone. May there be many more achievements to come!

Credits for this picture go the photo man that took photos for the university! 
Credits for this photo go to my camera ;)
I was lucky enough to be seated next to one of my best friends


Hello hello!

Hope you are all well looking forward to the holidays! Just a really quick post to say that - as you may have already noticed - my blog has had a makeover! Woooooooooop!! And it's great timing because it's my Blogiversary next week :) how awesome is that!

This lovely design was done by the amazing Noor - she really is lovely and patient and really helpful as well as open minded! I'd defiantly recommend her services if anyone wants to refresh their blog.

What do you guys think?

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Monday, 1 December 2014


This week I went to Worcester to visit a very good friend who studies there – here are some highlights from my trip:

  • Seeing my friend! She waited for me at the train station so when I first caught sight of her I was still on the train! She was there waiting patiently for me.
  • The view from the Sabrina bridge! The view is beautiful! Take a look for yourself!
Wow! You can see the Catherdral in the distance!

  • Had a small tour of some parts in Worcester and even a tour of one of the university campuses
  • Had lunch which my lovely friend cooked herself!
  • The Hive! We visited the library and let me tell you something, it was awesome! They had these amazing twisty chairs which had a cushion thing attached that was also a desk – please excuse my describing skills, they seem to have disappeared. I like libraries.
Conveyor belts!!
  • Had a small tour of some parts in Worcester and even a tour of one of the university campus.
  •  We also went round a few shops and saw some amazing vintage clothes, chocolates and gifts!

  • I wasn’t there for as long as I’d like to have been! I would have liked to have been there for the whole day but I couldn’t.  
All in all, excellent day out. 

a good day!
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