Graduation: A Year OnπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“


July 12th 2017. Today marks a year since graduation and the end of my university experience. I don’t think I reflected or wrote about it on the blog at the time,so a year later I thought I would. 

It was one of the best days of my life. A day that I got to spend with some of my favourite people in the whole world. Best friends who I would never have been able to have gotten through those three years without. And I feel I can’t get through years without now. I feel I really have made friends for life in my uni friends and I will always be grateful for that. 

The weather was perfect. Not too hot,but also not too cold either. I remember going to get my gown with Amie and her saying ‘I’m so glad I get to graduate with you. I couldn’t have gotten through it without you. We done it!’ We did do it and I’m so proud!  

I thought I was going to be more emotional than I was. Emotional that it was over,but in fact I felt elated. Happy and proud that I had managed to do it and that all the hard work had paid off. 

Me and mum got to do our famous ‘Gilmore Girls’ graduation pose and it was generally just one of the best days ever!

Now,a year on a lot has happened, and yet not alot has too. I came home after graduation and immediately had that sinking feeling of ‘home again’ but not knowing how long for. Well,it’s been a year and I’m still here. I miss the independence of having to fend for myself,yet it’s also nice to be here when my mum gets home from work everyday. 

Also in this year though,I’ve done quite a bit in terms of travelling. I crossed things off my bucket list. I went to Wales 3 times,I went to France,and generally had a good time. I fell in love for the first time,and even though it didn’t work out,I learnt a lot from him,in general and about myself. I got my first job which I start next week. And even though it’s only for the summer,I’m excited to see what the next chapter in my life brings. I’m hoping it’s a good one. 

A big Thankyou to Southampton Solent for being the best uni to go to. Thankyou to my family for always supporting me. My uni friends(Amie,Sarah,Tim,Sammeh and Mehrnaz),and my home friends (Becky,Sophie and Lucy). To Paul for making me realise what love was like and what now friendship is like. And to everyone who made graduation and who makes my life great. Wow that sounded like acknowledgements in a book I’ve written. Perhaps that’ll be the next thing to cross of the bucket list. Who knows! 

Hope you’re all doing well! 

Lots of love 
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February 2017☺

February was a mixture of quiet and busy. I spent the majority of my time this month binging How I Met Your Mother round Paul’s. We started it in October,we’re now on series 8 and I am obsessed! Any Robin and Barney shippers out there?! Just look how cute they are! 


The 14th was Valentine’s(obviously) so I made my way to Canterbury to see Paul and spend the day with him. Not that we need a specific day to show love and appreciation for the other person but hey was an extra nice day. Upon entering his room there was a single red rose and a handwritten poem he had written on the side for me. Talk about cutest person ever! We then got the bus to Herne Bay(Fun Fact:It was the place we had our first proper kiss) so we naturally relived one of our first dates. Lunch at spoons followed by 4 games of air hockey(all of which he won!) I will win the trophy back from him! I’m determined! Then spending way too much money on the slot machines before mini golf. Which he once again won! Grr! Close call though. We then ended the day with more HIMYM and a girls two best friends Ben and Jerry cookie dough. 


Me and mum went to London on the 17th and I took some very artsy photos. Perhaps photography could be a new career. Was so lovely to be back in my favourite city. 


And on Sunday me and Paul went on a double coffee date with my friends Sophie and James which was lovely. 

Hope you’ve all had a good February! Let’s hope the weather begins to pick up!

Next Month: March:

-Olly Olly Olly! Finally get to see Olly Murs at the 02 at the end of the month. Had it booked since August of last year!

-I’m also going to see An American in Paris which I’m also excited about! Feel like I haven’t been to the theatre for ages so looking forward to that. 

-No doubt a few more London trips and days out to look forward to too. I also aim to vlog more so keep an eye on my YouTube channel. 

Lots of love 

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A life catch up!

So sorry for the lack of updates over the past three months. There was little, yet a lot to report at the same time but I just couldn’t bring myself to write it all down. Looking back at my Instagram though it seems quite alot has happened over the past few months. With the lead up to Christmas I thought I should document it all on the blog so I don’t forget. 

September


1. The main thing that happened in September(and the best thing that has happened since) is that I am now in a relationship! For someone who never thought she’d meet someone and for someone who boys were always mean to I feel very lucky to have now found someone who makes me so ridiculously happy! His name is Paul and he’s literally the loveliest person. So if there is a lot of mention of the name Paul on my blog from now on you’ll know he’s my boyfriend πŸ˜β˜ΊοΈπŸ™Š.


2. I got to see Beautiful the Musical on stage. Front row too! It was amazing and the songs have been on repeat since I saw it way back on September 20th. 


3. I was reunited with my pal Sarah. We had a major catch up and an awesome day in London taking selfies in the Urban Outfitters photobooth! 


4. Me and Paul went to Brighton on our first official date as a couple. We went to the aquarium and I fell in love with the turtles and all the fishies. 


5. I went to see Vanities the Musical with Becky and we fangirled over all the amazing songs! And over Lauren Samuels. 


6. I met and got papped with Colin Firth at the premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby! It was amazing! 

October:


1. I had a much needed catchup with Amie in Brighton. We went to Ed’s,had coffee at Starbucks,sprinkles and I beat her at air hockey. 


2. I got to be in the same room with two of my favourite authors, Lindsey Kelk and Giovanna Fletcher. And meet Lindsey after. 


3. Me and mum spent a much needed weekend in London. We fulfilled one of our dreams and stayed in a rather nice hotel,and saw Matilda the Musical. It was incredible! 

4. I saw a live broadcast of Miss Saigon and had a Toby carvery roast. Aka the best roast ever! 


 5. I ticked something off my bucket list and got to spend a long weekend in Wales with Paul. We explored Cardiff,Chepstow and Bristol and I got very excited when I went to Barry Island. A great way to end October and begin November. 

November:


1. I had a much needed catch up with Lucy in Canterbury. 


2. I had my first orange hot chocolate of the festive season. Yes Costa!


3. Me and mum watched and cried our eyes out as we said goodbye to Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in the Gilmore girls a year in the life revival 😭

December: 


1. I met up with Sarah and we got in the festive spirit. Winter Wonderland,Oxford Street shop windows and another orange hot chocolate. So much fun! 


2. Me and Paul decorated the mini Christmas tree in my room. Such a cute Sunday cuddling whilst we watched the flicker of the lights.  

Overall it’s been a great few months and I look forward to seeing what the lead up to Christmas and the new year begins. 

I’m also looking into and hope to give both this blog and my YouTube channel a revamp within the next few weeks/beginning of next year. Keep an eye out for that. 

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I met Billie Piper! Yerma Theatre ReviewΒ 

On Saturday I got to fufill one of my dreams I’d had for a long time. I got to go and see Billie Piper on stage. I’d waited years for it having been a fan since 2006 when I first saw her in Phillip Pullmans The Ruby in the Smoke. Dr Who followed. Rose and 10 were my favourite. Since then I’ve devoured everything she’s been in. Mostly rewatching Mansfield Park and Secret Diary of a Call Girl over and over. Hannah and Ben though. Still not over it. I still can’t listen to Someone like You by Adele without it giving me all the feelings. 

I remember asking my mum over and over again if I could get Billie’s autobiography,Growing Pains when I was around 11. When she gave in I devoured it in a few days. The first book I remember doing that with. It still remains a favourite. So much so that I have two copies. The hardback and the paperback(which includes an extra few chapters). Needless to say you can probably guess which one I lugged around London with me that day. The hardback obvs. 

Needless to say having waited ages to see Billie on stage I booked tickets,luckily before it sold out to see her in Yerma. A play based on Federico Garcia’s Lorca which had been modernised and brought up to date by the amazing Simon Stone. The story follows a successful journalist,who is only referred to as Her,and her husband John as they try to conceive. After various years and countless rounds of IVF and still no progress,Her begins to lose control reaching a tragic end. 

Set in a glass box,the set change are easily executed through the use of a blackout after each scene,giving the people behind the scenes the chance to quickly change the set from an expensive studio apartment in London Marleybone,to their back garden and a muddy festival ground with rain pattering against the glass.  

Billie Piper is absolutely outstanding in this role. I couldn’t take my eyes off her or the rest of the cast. I felt so much for her character. To think how true this situation is to so many women is heartbreaking. 

Alongside Billie,Brendan Cowell’s performance as Her’s husband, John was brilliant. Particularly in the festival scene near the end. You could see how worried he was and how much that he too was effective. I feel like most women forget that their husbands too are involved and also feel frustrated but this showed so well that they too go through the same feelings. 

I was so in this play that after the 1hr,40mins my mouth had turned so dry that I hadn’t needed a drink so much in my life. I also had to sit until most of the auditorium had cleared before I could get up. I was shaking so much that I had to remind myself to breathe through the sheer intensity of it. 

If you can beg,borrow or steal a ticket for this absolutely heartbreak,incredible play. It’s most definitely worth waiting in the long returns queue to witness this amazing masterpiece of theatre. 

After regaining my sort of normal composure I made my way into the bar to hopefully meet Billie and tell her how amazing her performance was. Shoutout to the lovely girl I met waiting,it was lovely to meet you. 

Billie came out not long later and signed for everyone who was there and took photos. She signed my copy of Growing Pains and I managed to squeak a ‘I’ve been a fan of yours for years so to see you on stage was absolutely amazing’. To which she replied ‘ah Thankyou so much’. We then took these lovely photos. Shoutout to Tim for putting up with me going completely insane after these were taken. 

See Billie Piper on stage and meet her after? Checkβœ”οΈβœ”οΈβœ”οΈ. 


Now,I’m going to go and stare at my photo again. Like I haven’t been doing in since it was taken Ha! 


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Think Positive!Β 


I’ve been stuck in a rut lately. I feel like since finishing uni I’ve been rather lost. For someone who likes to have everything planned out and know what she’s doing next I found it rather odd. I’ve felt really negative and not myself. 

I went to the hospital today to have my last joint clinic with my orthodontist and the surgeon who done my jaw surgery nearly two years ago. It was weird being back. All was well but as I came out I said to my dad that that surgeon had literally changed my life. And then I broke down and cried. It was as though all this built up emotion of the past few months had suddenly built up and was finally released. Thinking about it though,it was probably built up emotion from the operation itself. After I had it done it felt as though I was in auto pilot and it took me ages to know how I felt. 

My orthodontist asked if I was glad I’d had it done. My answer:100%. I know it sounds like a cliche,but the surgeon really did change my life. I’ve become so much more confident and happier in myself since. Even though to him it was just his job-to me it was everything I didn’t know I needed. It was a new start and a completely new outlook. 
I came away after that appointment annoyed that I let myself be so down about things. 


From now on:

-I’m going to start thinking positive again! A job will come up soon. For now I’m going to enjoy the free time I have. 

-I’ll continue working on my novel. Especially as there are professional literary people are interested in reading it. Amelia and Dylan now is your chance to shine. Don’t let me down. 

-Carry on blogging. I don’t know what about exactly but something is bound to come up. Suggestions welcome. 

-Go to the theatre and do fun things as much as possible. Starting with the 40 years of Bugsy Malone exhibition on Sunday. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Friends Fest at the end. And hopefully Funny Girl,Guys and Dolls and Yerma thrown in for good measure too. 

-Enjoy the little things and stay positive. The negativity isn’t helping anyone. Especially yourself. 

-Stop worrying about whether a guy likes you. Let go of the fantasy you had about developing a relationship with him when he doesn’t make the effort to talk to you. If he likes you he will. The right guy will come along,you just have to patient. Stop looking. Concentrate on the great things in life. 

-Read more. As much as you can. Anything. Everything. Write about it. 

-Just Live. 


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Graduation Day! πŸŽ“πŸŽ“πŸŽ“

I DID IT! I GRADUATED!
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I now officially have a degree in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing from Southampton Solent University. 

On Monday my dad drove me and my mum back up to Southampton ready for graduation. After dropping off our bags we wandered into town and had dinner at the Frog and Parrot pub before going back to the hotel. 

Tuesday morning I woke up feeling nervous but equally as excited. After breakfast at Weathspoons(per my request) annoyingly without toast,I made my way back to uni to go and pick up my FMP. It was nice to see my lecturer and get praised for keeping in contact after the op and to say how proud I should be of myself. I am. 

After getting dressed we made our way back to uni where I met up with Amie and Tim before going to collect our gowns. The gown was heavier and longer than I expected,and my head it turned out required the smallest motorboat,but i pulled it off the best I could.

The next hour or so required lots of photos and selfies(as to be expected). It isn’t everyday you get to wander round in a cap and gown. 

Making our way to the Guidhall where the gradation ceremony was,we went and registered and took loads more photos before taking our seats. 

Catching up with my course mates we all said how nervous we were that we would fall on stage,and do our best Lizzie McGuire. Luckily that didn’t happen and the day went off without a hitch. 

It was lovely to see my friends again and celebrate all our success and achievements. I’m so glad I met you all. I couldn’t have done it without you and I love you all very much.

Thankyou Solent for the best three years of my life with the best people. Memories I will never forget.

#Classof2016

#SolentForever 
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I will now leave you with a selection of photos I feel captured the day perfectly. It is now time to start the next chapter of my life and I’m very excited to see where it will take me. 

A week away

Last weekend I went and surprised my nan with a visit. You know those moments when you just need to have some family time? It was one of those. 

I orginally only planned on staying till Wednesday but I couldn’t bring myself to leave,so went till the Friday instead. It was a busy but lovely week. Something I think we both needed. I don’t see my nan as much as I’d like to so it was lovely to spend time with her. 

I finally finished ‘Always with Love’ by Giovanna Fletcher. I went shopping and treated my nan to lunch. We went to Amersham and I bought way too many records. I revisited Roald Dahls museum in Great Missenden and got to sit at his makeshift desk in the hut he used to write in and got very excited about it. I came away very inspired…and then I got my uni results. In less than 3 weeks time I’m graduating with a 2.2. 7 marks off a 2.1 but I’m pleased,considering my parents were told that I wouldn’t go to a mainstream school,let alone university. Not bad going for someone who had jaw surgery right in the middle of second year either,I don’t think. 


I also went and visited my auntie at her cafe in Berkhamstead. If you’re ever round that area go in and have a cuppa and slice of cake,you won’t regret it. I was going to include some pictures of the food,but it sort of slipped my mind. By the time I thought about it,it was gone. You’ll just have to take my word that it’s so good. 


On Saturday I ventured to London for West End Live. A free event for theatre fans held in Trafalgar Square each year that gives audiences a feel of shows being put on in the west end. I’ve been three times before and it never gets old. Such a great event. After I’d watched the likes of Mamma Mia,Wicked,Crazy for You and Sunny Afternoon,I made my way to the ticket booth and bagged myself tickets to see Jersey Boys. It was amazing! One of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time.  The evening ended in the only way a stagey day could…at the Theatre Cafe. 

Right now I’m in the middle of packing as I’m moving out of my flat and back home on Friday. It’s been an amazing three years. I can’t wait to graduate with some of my closest friends in 3 weeks time. 
Hope you’re all well 
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