Posted in About me, Resolutions, Reviews

The new year so far

We’re a week in to 2019 now, guys!

So far, so good. I’ve decided to try to be super on it and organised this year, and I think it’s going pretty well at the moment!

Part of my plan to keep on top of everything is by having the right tools for the job.

I’ve bought 3 main planners/ journals/ diaries this year, each with a different purpose.

My I am very busy planner from WHSmith.

This is perfect for bulk planning sessions. It has monthly tabs to make it easy to flip to the section you want, and within each month you have 4 main sections: goals for the month and the plan of action; the whole month to view; week to view; and reflections for the month. It also has a year planner for 2020, so you can even make a quick note of important dates for next year!

My I am very busy diary from WHSmith.

This is literally my daily diary/ journal. Every evening I write down what happened in my day, as well as my thoughts and feelings. There’s also a handy year to view section at the back which I’m using as a mood tracker. I’ve created a key for the different highlighter colours I’m using, and keeping track of my daily moods and emotions (including anxiety and depression days).

My Balance Planner from Kickstarter.

This little beauty is my life planner. The purpose of the balance planner is that it splits your life into key areas, and gives you a chance to focus on what you want to aim towards in each of those areas.

The main areas of focus are: work/ study; self growth; body/ health; relationships; friends/ leisure; and spirituality.

The planner starts with your yearly goals, your ‘vision board’, and your ideal version of you (while being realistic about your limitations). Then it moves on to your monthly goals, and then weekly goals. The yearly, monthly, and weekly goals are all split into the 6 main areas, so you can focus on what’s most important.

After each weekly goals page there is a week to view spread over 2 pages, with a mini to do list at the bottom of each day. Following that there is a weekly gratitude page, with space to write your biggest win of the week at the bottom.

To some people this may seem like an excessive amount of things to be able to keep organised, especially to those who are able to organise their entire lives on their phone – you are truly magical beings to me. It’s all down to personal preference. Some people work better with physical pen and paper, some people prefer to have everything digital for ease and convenience. I am without a doubt a pen and paper kind of girl. And 3 different books means I can split my needs into different categories, which is what I need in order for my brain to make sense of things.

Let me know what methods you use to keep organised and on top of things, I’d love to know what works for you!

Here’s to a more organised and efficient new year!

Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.

– Christina Scalise

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Posted in Film Review, Reviews, Uncategorized

Film Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Oh. My. Goodness.

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this film review.

I should probably start by saying that I am a HUGE Marvel fan. I love superheroes. I love the messages that they send. I love the relatability of the characters. I love that you can enjoy the films without having to be a super fan. I would love to read the comics. I’d love to have the complete collection and know the ins-and-outs of all of the details and references. But I don’t have the time or money for that. So instead I watch the films, and enjoy the memes, and have a lively debate on who would beat who in fights.

That’s enough of an intro… On to the review!

This was so beautifully done. I honestly don’t even have the words. It was incredible, spectacular, superb, brilliant, wonderful, and emotional.

I loved the storyline. I’m so happy that Miles was able to step into the spotlight! I loved the multiple timelines and the multiple characters that came with them. The dynamic between all the Spiders was like a crazy family.

I loved the artwork. The style and design for this film was beautiful. My only complaint would be the beginning of the title sequence. All of the glitching effect gave me a headache and made me feel a bit sick. Thankfully that soon passed. Other than that, it was a visually stunning film! I really enjoyed the cartoon style. It made a nice change to the live-action films that we’ve been used to from Marvel (not that I don’t love them too).

There were some amazing twists that I wasn’t expecting, some witty jokes, and – much to my absolute delight – a classic Stan Lee appearance. Rest in peace you wonderful human being. The atmosphere in the screen was magical.

Honestly one of my favourite films. I can see this being the kind of film I’ll watch again and again. If you haven’t seen it yet, I thoroughly recommend it. Even if you’re not a Marvel fan, it’s still a good watch for everyone. Sure, you might not understand a few of the references, but the main storyline is still worth it.

I’ll see you again soon, nerds! xo

Excelsior!

One thing I know for sure: don’t do it like me. Do it like you.

– Peter B. Parker, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Posted in Resolutions, Seasonal Holidays

New Year’s Resolutions, 2019

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I used to make a big deal about New Year’s Resolutions when I was younger. I would write it all down as a list, and then ended up breaking at least one of those resolutions by the next week.

For the last 2 years my resolution has been one thing. Sounds simple, but it has been the best resolution I could possibly ask of myself: Step out of my comfort zone and try new things.

And for the last two years I have managed to stick to that resolution. Of course there have still been some things that have been a little too big for me to tackle, but I’ve stayed true to the main goal. I have tried so many new things – some I’ve loved, some I’ve hated. I’ve tried new foods, new experiences, new ways of looking at and doing things that I’ve done for ages.

This year I’m sticking to this resolution to keep trying new things, however I’d like to add some more resolutions that I think are so important to me this year.

  1. Keep stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things.
  2. Wherever possible, put myself and my mental health first.
  3. Make more time for the things I enjoy (including this blog).
  4. Try to keep on top of things and get organised (but not beat myself up if I slip).
  5. Focus on the positives (I want to save them in a jar for when I’m feeling low).

So that’s it. That’s my 2019 goals.

All achievable, which is the main thing really. But most importantly, all things that will make me happier. So with that said, I’m going to try to remember to not beat myself up if I have the occasional slip up. It’s not about being perfect, no matter how much the perfectionist in me wants it that way. It’s about trying my best and working towards being a happier, healthier me.

I hope you all have an absolutely amazing New Year, and I wish you so much love, luck, happiness, and success in every aspect of your lives. Please feel free to comment or message me with your New Year’s Resolutions. I’d love to know what they are.

Happy New Year you beautiful people. xo

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 

Posted in Round up, Seasonal Holidays

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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So it’s the end of another year, guys!

I can’t actually believe it!

I’m not going to deny that 2018 has been a very up-and-down year. Mostly down if I’m perfectly honest, but there have definitely been some some amazing highlights.

(Speaking of highlights, I actually got highlights in my hair for the first time this year! But that’s another topic… Moving on).

I don’t want to turn this into a massive run-down of my entire year, so I’m just going to name some highlights, and hopefully I’ll be able to expand on some of those highlights in the New Year.

  1. I went to 3 different countries this year, 2 of which I had never been to before. Thanks to my university course I was lucky enough to go to South Africa and the south of France, and in the summer holidays I went to Turkey with my other half and his family.
  2. I’ve made a lot of big decisions about my life, and I’m still continuing to make big decisions. I decided that my happiness and mental health is the most important thing to me, so I made the decision to leave university at the end of my second year. I’ve refocused myself on a new career path, decided that I won’t settle in a job that makes me unhappy (even if it is only a temporary job while I gain my qualifications), and I have started looking into a new lifestyle for myself.
  3. I have met so many amazing people. No matter how unhappy some of the decisions I’ve made have caused me to feel, I do not regret any of them, because I would have never have met these wonderful and inspiring people.
  4. I’ve learnt so many new things about myself, and about the kind of person I am at my core, which has been very eye-opening.

That’s a very vague and condensed version of my 2018, but if I type any more than that this post will just turn into a very long ramble about anything and everything with no real focus.

Now for the holidays. ‘Tis the season and all that.

I had a very chill Christmas, and plans for a very chill New Year too.

Christmas Day was at my auntie’s house, which is a tradition every year. We had some amazing food, relaxed in front of the TV, and had a lot of laughs (mostly at the expense of my nan, bless her).

Sadly I was working Boxing Day, which was a bit gutting because that’s mine and my dad’s tradition day every year. So we did our Boxing Day the day after instead! More good food, more relaxing in front of the TV, but this time I got to wear my comfy clothes all day, no makeup, and no expectations. Just me and my dad doing whatever we wanted. Bliss.

My New Year’s Eve plans are to have a chill night in at a friends’ house. There’s going to be 6 of us there. Games, drinks, nibbles, and sparklers.

And finally, New Year’s Day. After a very long lay in, I will be going to my partner’s gran’s house with his family, as it’s his family’s tradition to go there every New Year’s Day for games and nibbles.

So that’s my 2018 all wrapped up! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, and have a Happy New Year.

I’ll see you all next year. xo

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.

– T. S. Eliot

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Busy busy busy!

Hello everybody!

Sorry it’s been so long, it’s been non stop busy, busy, busy at the moment, and I haven’t had a chance to stop long enough to even think about blogging, or anything else for that matter.

I’m currently working two different jobs, both with varying shift patterns, as well as still volunteering with Guiding two nights a week. And then of course it’s the Christmas period! So I’m also having to squeeze in seeing friends and family, and complete my Christmas shopping. Finally, there are also many birthdays in December for close friends and family, so I’ve got to try to fit in time for them too.

So it’s all go go go for now!

I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to get back to you all, but I’m going to aim to get back on it in the new year! I want to make more time for this blog, so I’m going to make it one of my resolutions for next year.

Hopefully I’ll see you guys soon for a Christmas post, but for now…

I’ll see you all soon. xo

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?

– Henry David Thoreau

Posted in Film Review, Reviews

Film Review: Christopher Robin

Ewan McGregor, Brad Garrett, Jim Cummings, and Nick Mohammed in Christopher Robin (2018)

Hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something. I’ve actually read and watched a few things since my last review, but thanks to being super busy and feeling really ill, I haven’t had the time or energy to write anything properly!

I’ve decided to start with Christopher Robin because I watched it AGES ago now, and I like doing things in chronological order when I can, or at the very least a logical order.

I actually missed out on watching Christopher Robin when it was properly in the cinema, because I was so busy with job hunting, and too broke to justify going, that by the time I did get round to it, Christopher Robin was gone from daily showings and all that was left was Kids Club. Unless I absolutely have to, I will be avoiding Kids Club from now on. As you can imagine, it was loud, it was messy, and it’s really not the best environment to relax and watch a film in.

Despite my distracting surroundings, I loved Christopher Robin!

I grew up reading/ watching/ listening to Winnie the Pooh. It’s a massive part of my childhood, from a very young age, and this film gave me such nostalgia feels! This film was something I very strongly related to, as I am technically an adult, and with that I have adult worries like money. With those adult worries, comes the consequence of having to be responsible and “grown up” at times, despite still feeling very young at heart. I honestly don’t feel my age, and so Christopher Robin called out to the child in me. I’ve never thought that it’s unacceptable to still be a kid at heart when you’re an adult, as that’s a major part of me, but this film has made me realise that not only is it acceptable, it should also be encouraged! We were all kids once, and we need to embrace that child within us and let them shine through to other people. We need to remember that work isn’t everything. We need to remember to LIVE. To connect with other people, to be silly and let off steam, to love who we are as people.

I realise this review has been more of an emotional review than anything else. Let me rein all the feels back in…

The acting was beautiful. I honestly can’t fault anyone in this film, they all played their characters so well and so believably. Ewan McGregor is fantastic, as always, and really makes Winnie the Pooh and friends feel REAL.

And speaking of feeling real, the seamless combination of the animated characters and the live actors was incredible. I loved the design of Pooh and friends, how they all had the textures and look of genuine old toys. The slightly worn and ruffled furs, the faded patches, it was all designed beautifully. The appearance of the characters made them so much more realistic, and made the world feel so much more real.

I do also need to do a mini shoutout to Eeyore, who was honestly represented exactly how they should be. Ever the pessimist. Always realistic.

I loved the storyline, I loved the acting, I loved the quality, I loved the nostalgia, I loved the message.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I truly recommend watching Christopher Robin. If you have, let me know what you thought of it!

I’ll see you all again soon for another review. xo

Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.

– Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin

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First week in my new job

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It’s been a stressful couple of weeks.

As I said in my last post, I was very ill for 6 days, which meant that I missed my second shift at work and couldn’t leave my bed for days on end. So not the best start to my new job.

And then it’s been stressful at work. I thought that I’d get more training, maybe shadow someone for the first couple of shifts so they can show me what to do. But no. They don’t have enough hours or enough staff to be able to double up, so I went straight in at the deep end, covering all of the jobs on the floor by myself. And typically, it’s been an absolute manic first week, with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2, and The Grinch.

I don’t blame them in any way though. It’s not their fault that they can’t offer more training. The managers have said that in an ideal world they would love to give us more training when we start, and that they are only a radio away if we have any questions or need any help. So that’s comforting.

Despite it being a very overwhelming first week, I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. I haven’t had a retail shift yet, so there’s still a lot more to learn!

Unfortunately I’ve gone from one illness to another, with a pain in the arse cold to deal with now! But that’s fine, I can deal with a cold. Onwards and upwards!

**I would like to apologise for the shocking writing quality of this post, my brain isn’t quite back to normal yet! I will try to make more sense in the next one!**

I’ll see you all soon. xo

Every single job is a challenge. You are walking into a new set, a new character, creating a world and trying to get comfortable to do your best work.

– Felicia Day