Sunday, 10 July 2016

Life. How Should We Live It?

As you can probably tell, my lack of posting has been as a result of a serious motivational problem that I have been feeling for the last couple of months. I've been up to various things, one of which packing up my first year of University (physically and metaphorically) which has taken SO much of my time. Now, I am back and settled in Bristol again; it really does feel good to be home. However, over this short period of time that I have been here, spending days at home on my own, really gives your brain the good opportunity to think like you've never thought before!

Personally, I have no idea how I am right now in terms of living. Yes, sure, my heart is beating pretty hard out of my chest, and my breathing is of a consistent rate. But am I really, living? Being a young twenty year old girl, a somewhat shining pearl in this big oyster of a world, it can be quite daunting thinking about life choices and how successfully I am doing right now, for me. I have numerous amounts of aspirations in life, dreams that I want to make a reality. It is my mission to be who and what I want to be, and live my life exactly how I think I should live it. Sometimes though, it can be hard to find the get up and go, as well as the right route, in order to achieve these things.

We are presented with a perfect world left right and centre; celebrities posting videos on endless amounts of social media of their practically perfect lifestyle. But that being precisely the point...Nobody is perfect in this world; we only see what those people want us to see. Why do I sit and scroll on my phone, admiring an unrealistic, picturesque perspective of the world, watching people live their life when I should be living my own? The majority of the time, these people don't make me feel good about myself. They just make me feel like a considerably dim pearl in our oyster of a world, without the pretty clothes and makeup and beautiful holidays and settings around me.

Are these people really, REAL people? They come from completely different backgrounds, lifestyles, families, and riches beyond the mind's imagination. Sure, its exciting to watch their experiences because it opens up our eyes to a completely different world out there. But don't forget who YOU are, and how incredible your life and experiences are right now. Most importantly, how incredible it could be in years to come if you work hard and put in the effort to be a bright shiny pearl. Do you want to be there in the future, gazing out the window contemplating the things you could have done, thinking "what if?". Look at yourself now, and be the person you want to be. You might not even know who that is yet, and that isn't a bad thing at all! There is no right or wrong in this world, the only person who can make a decision for yourself is YOU. Never let anyone prevent you from being the best you can be. If you have crazy, exciting, wild dreams for your future,  I SAY YOU GO FOR IT!! There is nothing, or no one, stopping you. Don't be afraid to take risks, be bold and be all you can be in this world.

The things I want to do are hard to reach, and I have been told so by countless amounts of people. But who are they to say what I can and can't achieve? Even if your goals are somewhat unrealistic, they are YOUR goals and the only person stopping you from reaching them is you. We have all had our knock backs in life, be it big or small, but it's what we do after these knock backs that really make the difference. It doesn't matter how quickly we get back up...It's the fact that we DO.

 But most of all? Believe in yourself. "Promise me you'll always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and more loved than you'll ever know."
(A.A Milne)

 And I really do stand by that!

Soph x

Friday, 12 February 2016

Moving To Brighton!

Dear all my readers (if there are any left!),

MAN has it been a long time?! I can only apologise profusely; I couldn't get my laptop set up in my new place so its been a very stressful time. However, here I am with the biggest news ever. I have moved to Brighton!! I have never even visited Brighton before I moved here, only read other blogs about people who live here and watched vlogs of fellow residents. I thought I would write a blog post about my recent shenanigans and introduce you all to my new life here.

First of all, here is my humble abode! It's not bad for a student kind of ting, and personally I think it's rather cosy!! If you ever feel like making something a lot cosier than it is, just plaster the room in fairy lights and bobs your uncle!

Secondly, my flatmates. We actually don't even have a group photo yet, but here are a selection from night's out and a cute little collage of us wearing cool sunglasses...

I have been blessed with these bunch of crazies who make me laugh, smile, and have already helped me create a handful of lifelong memories. If it weren't for this lot, I don't think I would have settled in half as well as I have.  I have met such different and exciting people who I think will be in my life for a very very long time. I was always so scared to come to University after taking my year out purely because I think I forgot how to socialise. However, coming here and meeting all these people has made me realise its okay to feel scared and actually people really won't be that scary towards you! Being here, I feel somewhat at home. In fact, I don't think I've been this happy for a very long time, and its the most amazing feeling ever!

So, what have I been up to since being here might you ask? Well, I've had a lot of late nights (all nighters in fact), a lot of alcohol (sorry Mum!), parties and most importantly the studying of course...

Brighton is SO beautiful as a place; it's a 'feel good' town with interesting people, lovely little quirky shops and markets and the coolest pier I think I've ever been on. Here are a few pictures I've taken along my little trips to town. I recommend to anyone if they ever come here to go to the Laines, which might I add is absolutely beautiful at Christmas!

I love my somewhat new life here in Brighton. I was apprehensive at first, but I am genuinely having the time of my life and cannot wait for the new year here, and the years to come too.

Peace and love, and apologies again for my lack of uploading especially to those who have been messaging me wondering where I had got to! I am back though, I promise.

Have a good rest of your week,

Soph x