Wordless Wednesday: With a few words

Well hello there!

It’s been over two months since I last posted – disgusting, I know.

Yes, I have been trying to continue on the quest to do ‘something new’ each week of my life and some weeks I manage, and some weeks I don’t. I guess that’s called ‘life’, right?

I’ve had some great times (holidays with family, fun times with friends), and I’ve had some shitty times (my cat Olly passing away) over the last couple of months…. and I’ve had the times where I’ve just enjoyed sitting alone on the couch at home.

Just Emmett and I now ❀

I’ve travelled (to China!), I’ve raced (on the Great Wall!), and my latest accomplishment in life is getting back into the gym – with a personal trainer! – to get this body back to its full potential πŸ™‚


Great Wall Half Marathon

Smashing it at the gym!

And halfway through 2019, life is generally good!

  • Exam results come out soon
  • September sees a holiday to the USA with a wedding and lots of friend catch-ups in the mix
  • October sees the start of more studies
  • We still have 6 months to make this year GREAT!

Next lot of studies πŸ™‚

Exciting Stuff!

OK, I know it’s still 2 months away but I’m feeling rather excited about something that’s gonna be happening to me…. (no I’m not getting marriedΒ πŸ˜±Β πŸ˜›)

However, I am going to be saying goodbye to my roommates, and moving into an apartment… just me and the ginger ninjas, Oliver & Emmett Button ❀

My ginger ninjas

I’ll post about the move in detail when it happens, but since I’m so excited and spending some time today getting ideas for my new place, I thought I’d share them with you… and then will be able to share the finished products too once I’m finished!

So…. what are these ideas, I hear you cry?!

Well, I’m going to be digging deep into my creative side once again and doing my apartment up with a bit of flair, fun and fanciness!

Currently in my room I have a painted wall as follows (which I will be copying in the new place):

However, I will now also be adding in two new wall ideas as follows:

A world map wall which will change from black, to coloured as I tick off all the countries that I visit:

A cork pinboard wall that will be filled with polaroid pictures that I take of fun times with friends and family:

Sooooo…. watch this space as the story unfolds πŸ™‚

Why I think 2018 is going to be an awesome year!

It’s now 2019 – so, how did I do in my Awesome list for 2018???

It’s halfway through the year and so I thought I’d do a quick recap on where I’m standing on making 2018 an awesome year…. here we go!

Resolutions, smesholutions… who needs them anyway? Nobody sticks to them for more than a week! Instead, I’m just going to list a bunch (make that 26) reasons why I think 2018 is going to be a great year for me πŸ˜€

A – Adventure; I always find ways to throw some adventure into my life… this year will be no different πŸ™‚ Nothing particularly adventurous has happened yet, but we’ve still got 6 months… Helsinki for new year 2018 – definitely an adventure!

B – Beer mile; this will be taking place at some point this year, thanks to my friends Z&S Still need to get this on the cards, but plans were altered slightly when Z&S had a baby girl in April… not done 😦 But fingers crossed for 2019?!

C – Cats; Olly & Emmett always bring smiles to my face Always ❀ Forever and ever

My darling hearts ❀

D – Date nights; I plan on having lots of these with a certain special someone ❀ Lots of these still happening! Meh. Scratch this.Β 

E – Essays; Not normally something to call ‘awesome’, but I’m going to learn how to write a killer essay πŸ˜‰ Not sure if there were any ‘killer’ essays written, but I did learn, and will continue to learn as my degree unfolds… 2018/2019 academic year started in Oct 2018 and it seems a tad easier than 2017/2018 so let’s see what happens!

F – Food; So many new restaurants open, so few meals in the day… will do my best to try as many new places as possible πŸ™‚ Had a couple of disappointing ones, but that’s not gonna stop me! I’m pretty sure I kept trying new places… and will continue to do so in 2019!

G – Girls; I’ve got so many absolutely fabulous friends! Yup! Forever and always

H – Hazy; be all the me that I can be! Doing my best! Couple of ups and downs but still trying to be all the me that I can!

I – Instagram; Let’s try get 200, or even 250 (!) followers Still got a ways to go on this…. Finished the year on 235 πŸ™‚Β 

J – JΓ€ger; drink lots of this on holiday with the family πŸ˜‰ The next holiday in one week’s time will certainly involve this! This never ends!

K – Karaoke; surely we can get one night of karaoke at some point during the year?! πŸ˜‰ Still need to make this happen… hhhhmmmm, does singing loudly on xmas day count?! πŸ˜‰Β 

L – Louvre; I’d love to visit the Abu Dhabi Louvre It’s on the list! Now on 2019’s list

M – Massage;Β treating myself to regular massages Have slacked on this a bit, but haven’t forgotten… yup, not ‘regular’ massages but getting them reasonably often

N – No; say no to some social events in order to have some down time, without feeling guilty! I’ve had many quiet nights at home, on my own, so this is certainly working! Yup, this continued for 2018

O – Opera; going to watch Evita at the Opera! It was fabulous! Went to see Monty Python too!

P – Personal Best; I want to smash my half marathon time and get it under 2 hours Had to put this on the back-burner after getting injured, but it can hopefully still be done within 2018! Failed in 2018… crossing fingers for early 2019!

Q – Quality Assurance; I have to get my company through their Audits to be certified… I can and I will! We passed!!!Β 

R – Running; it deserves 2 spots coz I love it so much… just keep running! Still running πŸ™‚

S – Snow; PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can this be the year that I have a white Christmas?!?!?!?!?! hhhmmmmm?!Β  Snow on my birthday was WAY better!

T – Travel; there is always somewhere new to travel to! And still 6 months in which to do it… Zanzibar in July 2018; South Africa in Dec 2018

U – Unforgettable;Β create lots of those moments that will live on forever My polaroid camera is helping with this! Always collecting memories ❀ 

V – Vacation; not always to new places, but getting away from it all always makes a difference! I’ve got a few of these on the cards this year πŸ™‚ Next up: Zanzibar in one week’s time!Β 

W – Whiskey and wine; why not try drinking more of these?? I’ve started on this!Β  And still doing plenty of it!

X – X-ams; I write my first set of exams in May – scary and exciting all at the same time (and yes, I cheated on this one πŸ˜‰ ) Exams were scary… results are due out in 2 weeks’ time which is even scarier! I passed!!!

Y – Youthful; ‘Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional’ – I will stay young at heart for ever πŸ™‚ This won’t ever change! Still young at heart!

Z – Zip line; I reeeeaaalllly want to try this out in Dubai Marina – definitely something to add to the something new list! I’ve now thought of doing the RAK zipline instead… Not yet completed but still on that list!

Oh yes it is! Bring on 2018!