So suddenly the end of the year is here, here I was making a little plan of my blog posts over the end of the Christmas holidays and I suddenly realised that New Year was in the middle of them and I needed my end of year post.
Everyone talks about how awful 2016 has been and though in the world lots of terrible things have happened I have actually had a pretty wonderful year. That's not to say my heart doesn't hurt over events this year and events which will carry on into 2017, the politics of 2016 have been atrocious and I feel for all of those affected by terrorism and war this year. But I feel like I have reflected enough on these things and will go into 2017 trying harder to make a difference where I can.
On a personal standpoint thought 2016 has been an adventure and a pretty amazing one at that.
It's been a year of ridiculous growth, a mountains of growth which started in September 2015 and is just keeping on going. I've learnt and unlearnt so many things about myself and done more than I can even comprehend right now. Things I thought would be challenging I took in my stride and things that I thought would be easy I nearly didn't get through.
Right now, writing this post around Christmas my mind has been all over the place but I do know that I am grateful for thankful for everything 2016 had brought me; good or bad. And despite the last few months of this year being very challenging and me letting myself get back into old bad habits and create brand new ones I'm going into 2017 determined to enjoy it and to be the better person I know I can be.
gloomy day sunshine
The start of 2016 was a busy one, I started the year in bed, ill and then in work. Sounds pretty bad to start but I didn't really resent it. I was extremely busy working 3 different jobs one at a fast food place, one in a little portrait studio and I worked on the side tutoring piano. I worked with so many different people and the only thing I wanted was to be able to blog as well. But I knew I was saving money and learning and I was enjoying myself so like I said, no resentment.

February was a month of stress, excitement and more stress all rolled into one. I was getting my last minute preparations done for my first big trip. I was a little bit terrified and worrying about all the things that could possibly go wrong. I quit my job to get everything finally ready and spent a lot of time making lists and double checking everything. But beyond anything else I was ridiculously excited.
Sloths, sloths, sloths
Then March came and I was off, I thought it would be very scary and that I'd have trouble but once I was off everything felt so natural, getting my bus to the airport, catching my place it all felt just right.
I was in Costa Rica and I was in a Animal Rescue centre looking after sloths. Dreams do come true. Honestly I've never felt like I was meant to be anywhere more and I can happily say that if I could sustain a life just looking after animals I would give up everything. It wasn't plain sailing, lots of people came and went and spending 24/7 surrounded by people wasn't always the easiest for little introvert me but it taught me a lot and I met some pretty awesome people who made me realise a life of travel was one I could sustain.
Then before I knew it I was saying goodbye to the people I'd met and all the Animals, I was sat with a goat on my lap (Oscar is the cutest baby ever) crying about leaving before taking my first lone trip across Costa Rica. Three busses and 7 hours later and I was in Playa Negra and in a yoga retreat. Here I was on my own and it was a stark contrast. An emotional roller-coaster is one way I'd describe it but I was in a little piece of paradise.

And then here I was back in the UK. I spent an entire month almost entirely alone and it was really nice. I recuperated, edited and sorted out my plan for my blog. Got a lot of visas, double checked everything, got all my tablets and extras and then spend a week having the most stressful time of my life before it was time to leave again.
First was India and it was exactly what I expected it to be, except I didn't expect to like it quite as much as I did. An experience is one way to describe it and one I would definitely experience again. The food was beyond amazing. The scenery was beautiful. The places I went were awe inspiring. And there were some less pleasant experiences but ones I wouldn't change, like the sleeper train and trying to use a squat toilet on a moving train at 5am.
Treks in Nepal
Then came Nepal, a place I knew I would love but I was worried would disappoint me. It didn't disappoint, starting off with Buddha's Birthplace I was in a very happy place. Then with all the baby ducks I could ever imagine in Chitawan I was actually in my own little piece of heaven. Fast forward to my favourite city in the world and Paragliding, making one of my favourite foods ever, and finally onto Trekking in the mountains (which wasn't my favourite of anything but was an experience). Nepal was everything I'd dreamed of and more and I can't wait until I get a chance to go back, but I think I have a bit more of the world to explore first.
Next up was Thailand, a place I haven't written about on the blog but some of my most exciting travel posts are coming up. I got to discover another of my favourite cities in the world in Chang Mai where I wandered around a lot, exploring temples and eating a lot and then spend time volunteering with gentle giants. I fell in love with Elephants and made lots of cat friends who basically lived in my room with me. Here I met the owner of Elephant Nature park who is also one of the most inspiring people I've ever met and who helped make want to re direct the purpose of my blog.  I met a couple more friends for life here and some Elephants I'm never going to forget.
Cambodia was next on the cards after meeting my tour group in Bangkok. I didn't really know what to expect from Cambodia as I booked it as a tour that went from Thailand and through Vietnam. It was an experience to say the least, the border crossing was one of the worst parts and I have to say I didn't always feel safe there but it was beautiful.  We visited the killing fields where I don't think I've cried more uncontrollably before, I was just so confused as to how people could let these things happen but also realised that things like this still do happen and that I need to try and do something about it, it's happening in Syria, in North Korea and in many other places around the world and I'm going to try and make even a small change in future. We also visited a lot of Buddhist sites, like Angkor Wat where I met a wonderfully kind monk and I don't think I've felt more connected to the world than I did meditating in Bayon.
Of course that week in Cambodia flew by and net thing I know I was  at a tiny border crossing into Vietnam with 5 bags strapped to me and a lot of sunburn, looking like a complete hot mess. I had started to crack a little bit. The Malaria tablets were making me feel seriously ill, and I was starting to show signs of burning out just a little bit but the travelling wouldn't defeat me yet. Vietnam is truly beautiful and a place that I want to live in in future. I learnt so much here, almost as much as in Cambodia, mainly history I was never fully taught. I discovered the Vietnamese food is probably some of my favourite in the world, found nemo snorkelling, crawled through the Ho Chi tunnels, slept on a lot of trains, felt like I was in a Studio Ghibli Movie, rode on the back of a motorbike, and saw more ducks than I have ever seen before in my life. By the time we got to Halong bay I was completely burnt out but very very happy. While everyone else went kayaking and exploring cave I slept on the boat and when we got to Ho Chi Minh I was more exhausted that I think I ever have been. Vietnam had given me so much but it had taken the rest of my energy away from me.
Hong Kong was my last stop before home and it's safe to say I spend most of my time there asleep, I wandered around the block I was staying in a ridiculous amount of time and went into 7/11 more times than I can count (I wish they had them in the UK). Found one of the best little veggie food places and bought a lot of vintage Clothing. And apart from that the only place I managed to visit was the museum which was pretty wonderful, I mean I do like a good museum. I think the next time I go to Hong Kong it won't be at the end of a two month trip so I can spend time exploring more than asleep.

And that's just over half way through the year.
But I was only back in the UK for a week before it was time to go to Norway, where I also slept a lot. I was with my parents this time so there wasn't too much worrying about where I was going or how I was getting there because they knew. So I spent time asleep on boats on trains and on buses. Ok so i didn't spend all my time asleep I wouldn't want to miss out on all the rain. It rained and rained and rained, my poor little umbrella couldn't cope with all the rain and we spend a lot of time huddled in little alcoves dodging it. But then we got given free umbrellas, and ponchos, it's the way that you advertise in a very rainy Norway. But honestly it was beautiful, just as you'd expect.
Cat sitting (video)
Aand then it was back in the UK again, but I wasn't home. I stayed at my sister's and  for a week, planning to go out and explore and take lots of pictures when I actually just binged watched Netflix and played video games and attempted to edit.
That was until my Birthday which I spent with family, and with a few friends watching Troll Hunter and playing stardew valley (it was a very funny evening and I was very happy).
Freefalling
Oh and then Uni came. The dreaded, the place I wasn't sure I wanted to go. Put myself back into education, oh the horror. And honestly these last couple of months have been some of the hardest of 2016, ok they've been pretty great too, I've found friends I never thought I would, I enjoy and can actually do my course, I'm surviving on my own. But I've also lost a bit of myself in the past few months. I haven't been myself, I've been ridiculously paranoid and second guessing everything and it's been hard. But this last month I've had to just re evaluate and come back to myself and that's also been hard but I'm ready for 2017, I'm ready to make it my year and to enjoy whatever it throws at me.

Reflecting on this year has made me realised how much growth has happened, it's easy to just look back at a small snipped and say "I'm going backwards things are getting worse I'm not improving" but in reality you're just having a small blip. I've come a long way in this last year (it would'e been hard not to) and though the last few months I don't feel like I've been self I can definitely go into 2017 ready for more. I've had a blip and looking back has put together a lot of things that make me truly happy and truly grateful for being alive and having my life, which is why I always like making these post.
There was also so much more I could've talked about, stories to tell, more photos I wanted to re edit. But hey can't do everything at once this is only one post and I'm sure if the stories are meant to be told I'll find an opportunity to one day.

And to end the year, as while writing this I found out about Carrie Fisher and Vera Rubin's deaths, have some quotes. These two women who have been a huge inspiration through my life I will end on some quotes from them.
"Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting." - Vera Rubin. 
A quote that I feel definitely fits my first term at uni.
"I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on" - Carrie Fisher. 
This just fits a lot of my year and I can quite honestly say I'm not ashamed of that any more and I'm not afraid to talk about it either.
I hope your 2016 has been wonderful. and if it hasn't I hope that in the very least you have learnt a lot, smiled a lot and met some great people. If it has been none of these things then I hope 2017 brings you more.
Thanks for reading!

2016: A Very Big Adventure

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

So suddenly the end of the year is here, here I was making a little plan of my blog posts over the end of the Christmas holidays and I suddenly realised that New Year was in the middle of them and I needed my end of year post.
Everyone talks about how awful 2016 has been and though in the world lots of terrible things have happened I have actually had a pretty wonderful year. That's not to say my heart doesn't hurt over events this year and events which will carry on into 2017, the politics of 2016 have been atrocious and I feel for all of those affected by terrorism and war this year. But I feel like I have reflected enough on these things and will go into 2017 trying harder to make a difference where I can.
On a personal standpoint thought 2016 has been an adventure and a pretty amazing one at that.
It's been a year of ridiculous growth, a mountains of growth which started in September 2015 and is just keeping on going. I've learnt and unlearnt so many things about myself and done more than I can even comprehend right now. Things I thought would be challenging I took in my stride and things that I thought would be easy I nearly didn't get through.
Right now, writing this post around Christmas my mind has been all over the place but I do know that I am grateful for thankful for everything 2016 had brought me; good or bad. And despite the last few months of this year being very challenging and me letting myself get back into old bad habits and create brand new ones I'm going into 2017 determined to enjoy it and to be the better person I know I can be.
gloomy day sunshine
The start of 2016 was a busy one, I started the year in bed, ill and then in work. Sounds pretty bad to start but I didn't really resent it. I was extremely busy working 3 different jobs one at a fast food place, one in a little portrait studio and I worked on the side tutoring piano. I worked with so many different people and the only thing I wanted was to be able to blog as well. But I knew I was saving money and learning and I was enjoying myself so like I said, no resentment.

February was a month of stress, excitement and more stress all rolled into one. I was getting my last minute preparations done for my first big trip. I was a little bit terrified and worrying about all the things that could possibly go wrong. I quit my job to get everything finally ready and spent a lot of time making lists and double checking everything. But beyond anything else I was ridiculously excited.
Sloths, sloths, sloths
Then March came and I was off, I thought it would be very scary and that I'd have trouble but once I was off everything felt so natural, getting my bus to the airport, catching my place it all felt just right.
I was in Costa Rica and I was in a Animal Rescue centre looking after sloths. Dreams do come true. Honestly I've never felt like I was meant to be anywhere more and I can happily say that if I could sustain a life just looking after animals I would give up everything. It wasn't plain sailing, lots of people came and went and spending 24/7 surrounded by people wasn't always the easiest for little introvert me but it taught me a lot and I met some pretty awesome people who made me realise a life of travel was one I could sustain.
Then before I knew it I was saying goodbye to the people I'd met and all the Animals, I was sat with a goat on my lap (Oscar is the cutest baby ever) crying about leaving before taking my first lone trip across Costa Rica. Three busses and 7 hours later and I was in Playa Negra and in a yoga retreat. Here I was on my own and it was a stark contrast. An emotional roller-coaster is one way I'd describe it but I was in a little piece of paradise.

And then here I was back in the UK. I spent an entire month almost entirely alone and it was really nice. I recuperated, edited and sorted out my plan for my blog. Got a lot of visas, double checked everything, got all my tablets and extras and then spend a week having the most stressful time of my life before it was time to leave again.
First was India and it was exactly what I expected it to be, except I didn't expect to like it quite as much as I did. An experience is one way to describe it and one I would definitely experience again. The food was beyond amazing. The scenery was beautiful. The places I went were awe inspiring. And there were some less pleasant experiences but ones I wouldn't change, like the sleeper train and trying to use a squat toilet on a moving train at 5am.
Treks in Nepal
Then came Nepal, a place I knew I would love but I was worried would disappoint me. It didn't disappoint, starting off with Buddha's Birthplace I was in a very happy place. Then with all the baby ducks I could ever imagine in Chitawan I was actually in my own little piece of heaven. Fast forward to my favourite city in the world and Paragliding, making one of my favourite foods ever, and finally onto Trekking in the mountains (which wasn't my favourite of anything but was an experience). Nepal was everything I'd dreamed of and more and I can't wait until I get a chance to go back, but I think I have a bit more of the world to explore first.
Next up was Thailand, a place I haven't written about on the blog but some of my most exciting travel posts are coming up. I got to discover another of my favourite cities in the world in Chang Mai where I wandered around a lot, exploring temples and eating a lot and then spend time volunteering with gentle giants. I fell in love with Elephants and made lots of cat friends who basically lived in my room with me. Here I met the owner of Elephant Nature park who is also one of the most inspiring people I've ever met and who helped make want to re direct the purpose of my blog.  I met a couple more friends for life here and some Elephants I'm never going to forget.
Cambodia was next on the cards after meeting my tour group in Bangkok. I didn't really know what to expect from Cambodia as I booked it as a tour that went from Thailand and through Vietnam. It was an experience to say the least, the border crossing was one of the worst parts and I have to say I didn't always feel safe there but it was beautiful.  We visited the killing fields where I don't think I've cried more uncontrollably before, I was just so confused as to how people could let these things happen but also realised that things like this still do happen and that I need to try and do something about it, it's happening in Syria, in North Korea and in many other places around the world and I'm going to try and make even a small change in future. We also visited a lot of Buddhist sites, like Angkor Wat where I met a wonderfully kind monk and I don't think I've felt more connected to the world than I did meditating in Bayon.
Of course that week in Cambodia flew by and net thing I know I was  at a tiny border crossing into Vietnam with 5 bags strapped to me and a lot of sunburn, looking like a complete hot mess. I had started to crack a little bit. The Malaria tablets were making me feel seriously ill, and I was starting to show signs of burning out just a little bit but the travelling wouldn't defeat me yet. Vietnam is truly beautiful and a place that I want to live in in future. I learnt so much here, almost as much as in Cambodia, mainly history I was never fully taught. I discovered the Vietnamese food is probably some of my favourite in the world, found nemo snorkelling, crawled through the Ho Chi tunnels, slept on a lot of trains, felt like I was in a Studio Ghibli Movie, rode on the back of a motorbike, and saw more ducks than I have ever seen before in my life. By the time we got to Halong bay I was completely burnt out but very very happy. While everyone else went kayaking and exploring cave I slept on the boat and when we got to Ho Chi Minh I was more exhausted that I think I ever have been. Vietnam had given me so much but it had taken the rest of my energy away from me.
Hong Kong was my last stop before home and it's safe to say I spend most of my time there asleep, I wandered around the block I was staying in a ridiculous amount of time and went into 7/11 more times than I can count (I wish they had them in the UK). Found one of the best little veggie food places and bought a lot of vintage Clothing. And apart from that the only place I managed to visit was the museum which was pretty wonderful, I mean I do like a good museum. I think the next time I go to Hong Kong it won't be at the end of a two month trip so I can spend time exploring more than asleep.

And that's just over half way through the year.
But I was only back in the UK for a week before it was time to go to Norway, where I also slept a lot. I was with my parents this time so there wasn't too much worrying about where I was going or how I was getting there because they knew. So I spent time asleep on boats on trains and on buses. Ok so i didn't spend all my time asleep I wouldn't want to miss out on all the rain. It rained and rained and rained, my poor little umbrella couldn't cope with all the rain and we spend a lot of time huddled in little alcoves dodging it. But then we got given free umbrellas, and ponchos, it's the way that you advertise in a very rainy Norway. But honestly it was beautiful, just as you'd expect.
Cat sitting (video)
Aand then it was back in the UK again, but I wasn't home. I stayed at my sister's and  for a week, planning to go out and explore and take lots of pictures when I actually just binged watched Netflix and played video games and attempted to edit.
That was until my Birthday which I spent with family, and with a few friends watching Troll Hunter and playing stardew valley (it was a very funny evening and I was very happy).
Freefalling
Oh and then Uni came. The dreaded, the place I wasn't sure I wanted to go. Put myself back into education, oh the horror. And honestly these last couple of months have been some of the hardest of 2016, ok they've been pretty great too, I've found friends I never thought I would, I enjoy and can actually do my course, I'm surviving on my own. But I've also lost a bit of myself in the past few months. I haven't been myself, I've been ridiculously paranoid and second guessing everything and it's been hard. But this last month I've had to just re evaluate and come back to myself and that's also been hard but I'm ready for 2017, I'm ready to make it my year and to enjoy whatever it throws at me.

Reflecting on this year has made me realised how much growth has happened, it's easy to just look back at a small snipped and say "I'm going backwards things are getting worse I'm not improving" but in reality you're just having a small blip. I've come a long way in this last year (it would'e been hard not to) and though the last few months I don't feel like I've been self I can definitely go into 2017 ready for more. I've had a blip and looking back has put together a lot of things that make me truly happy and truly grateful for being alive and having my life, which is why I always like making these post.
There was also so much more I could've talked about, stories to tell, more photos I wanted to re edit. But hey can't do everything at once this is only one post and I'm sure if the stories are meant to be told I'll find an opportunity to one day.

And to end the year, as while writing this I found out about Carrie Fisher and Vera Rubin's deaths, have some quotes. These two women who have been a huge inspiration through my life I will end on some quotes from them.
"Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting." - Vera Rubin. 
A quote that I feel definitely fits my first term at uni.
"I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on" - Carrie Fisher. 
This just fits a lot of my year and I can quite honestly say I'm not ashamed of that any more and I'm not afraid to talk about it either.
I hope your 2016 has been wonderful. and if it hasn't I hope that in the very least you have learnt a lot, smiled a lot and met some great people. If it has been none of these things then I hope 2017 brings you more.
Thanks for reading!
Hello pretty people and welcome to my Friday travel post, on a Sunday (I'm working my way back to normal timings). I went back and forth a lot on how to edit these pictures, recently I've been a bit unhappy with my editing style, I feel like I haven't improved and though my style works well for my fashion posts it doesn't work for my travel posts, I don't feel like they reach the potential they have as images. So I've been trying some new techniques.
I said in my last post about Trekking in Nepal I'd talk about one little village a stayed in and this is that post. I didn't want to do the whole of these pictures in black and white, it fits but at the same time I don't want to really over dramatise Chisopani, it's a beautiful village and though it had been a year from the earthquake in Nepal when I visited it hadn't recovered much. It was striking just how much damage there was but also how beautiful the place was, and though there was a lot of damage most of the buildings were still upright and would need to be completely torn down to be rebuilt.
But on the subject of lots of feelings felt in Chisopani, pure joy because of the beauty, exhaustion, dread for the next day of walking, a marvel at the resiliance of the poeple still in Chisopani. I edited these photos in different ways. And there are two versions of a lot of the photos because  felt it fitted.

Chisopani, A Year after the Earthquake

Monday, 26 December 2016

Hello pretty people and welcome to my Friday travel post, on a Sunday (I'm working my way back to normal timings). I went back and forth a lot on how to edit these pictures, recently I've been a bit unhappy with my editing style, I feel like I haven't improved and though my style works well for my fashion posts it doesn't work for my travel posts, I don't feel like they reach the potential they have as images. So I've been trying some new techniques.
I said in my last post about Trekking in Nepal I'd talk about one little village a stayed in and this is that post. I didn't want to do the whole of these pictures in black and white, it fits but at the same time I don't want to really over dramatise Chisopani, it's a beautiful village and though it had been a year from the earthquake in Nepal when I visited it hadn't recovered much. It was striking just how much damage there was but also how beautiful the place was, and though there was a lot of damage most of the buildings were still upright and would need to be completely torn down to be rebuilt.
But on the subject of lots of feelings felt in Chisopani, pure joy because of the beauty, exhaustion, dread for the next day of walking, a marvel at the resiliance of the poeple still in Chisopani. I edited these photos in different ways. And there are two versions of a lot of the photos because  felt it fitted.
Bit of a weird day to post I know. I missed Tuesday's scheduled post time due to having to go back to uni to get my retainer, well done me, and then yesterday I was very hungover and spent most of the day in bed; oops.
I'm very happy with how the photos turned out in this post. Is it ironic that the first time I went to the beach since I was back home was dressed as a fisherman? Probably yes. and is it ironic that my firs outfit post in eons is a stranded sailor with really bad handwriting? Again probably yes. But hey this post might be a metaphor for the fact that I felt trapped inland at uni and didn't have the sea around me but it's one I'm proud of.


Stranded

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Bit of a weird day to post I know. I missed Tuesday's scheduled post time due to having to go back to uni to get my retainer, well done me, and then yesterday I was very hungover and spent most of the day in bed; oops.
I'm very happy with how the photos turned out in this post. Is it ironic that the first time I went to the beach since I was back home was dressed as a fisherman? Probably yes. and is it ironic that my firs outfit post in eons is a stranded sailor with really bad handwriting? Again probably yes. But hey this post might be a metaphor for the fact that I felt trapped inland at uni and didn't have the sea around me but it's one I'm proud of.


So today's post is about the three most physically (and also quite mentally) challenging days of my life so far. I decided to go on a trek, a trek in the mountains in Nepal. Yes I was crazy, very crazy.
I always thought I'd like trekking, I like walking a lot, I go for 5 mile round trip walks to go take photos quite often but walking through towns and along beaches for an hour or two to take a couple of photos is not at all the same as trekking in mountains, in Nepal.
I also thought because of all the walking I do and because I live in a fairly hilly area I'd be ok. Again I was very wrong and my guide agreed with me. 
Also I said three days, I'll let you into a secret, I only managed two days of my three day trek. Oh dear.

Treks in Nepal

Friday, 16 December 2016

So today's post is about the three most physically (and also quite mentally) challenging days of my life so far. I decided to go on a trek, a trek in the mountains in Nepal. Yes I was crazy, very crazy.
I always thought I'd like trekking, I like walking a lot, I go for 5 mile round trip walks to go take photos quite often but walking through towns and along beaches for an hour or two to take a couple of photos is not at all the same as trekking in mountains, in Nepal.
I also thought because of all the walking I do and because I live in a fairly hilly area I'd be ok. Again I was very wrong and my guide agreed with me. 
Also I said three days, I'll let you into a secret, I only managed two days of my three day trek. Oh dear.
Everything is not going to be sorted by the time I'm twenty and that's ok. Life is messy, everybody sufferes, quite a lot, and that's not nice but it is ok. I can't sleep until at least 2am and I've only just started to sleep through the night. I'm making weird decisions I don't think are very me and I'm not sure whether I don't feel like myself because I'm not myself or because I've become and new version of myself. I don't really know what I want at any given time and I change my mind about every five minutes. I turn twenty in just over eight months and I really don't think I'm giong to have everything sorted by then but that's actually ok.
For a while, especially last year living it up in the best year of my life (so far) I thought that the hard was done that eh uni would be a breeze and I'd go through a little bit of shit but feel generally amazing and do all the things I wanted to. I'd done all the self loating and not knowing what I wanted when I was younger and now everything was in the clear. No, definitely not.
I'm a lot better than sixteen year old me was, a lot better but I am very very tired and I'm not sure what I'm doing or why I'm doing it a lot of the time. But that's all completely fine; I've decided.
Falling up these stairs hurts, a lot

Messy

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Everything is not going to be sorted by the time I'm twenty and that's ok. Life is messy, everybody sufferes, quite a lot, and that's not nice but it is ok. I can't sleep until at least 2am and I've only just started to sleep through the night. I'm making weird decisions I don't think are very me and I'm not sure whether I don't feel like myself because I'm not myself or because I've become and new version of myself. I don't really know what I want at any given time and I change my mind about every five minutes. I turn twenty in just over eight months and I really don't think I'm giong to have everything sorted by then but that's actually ok.
For a while, especially last year living it up in the best year of my life (so far) I thought that the hard was done that eh uni would be a breeze and I'd go through a little bit of shit but feel generally amazing and do all the things I wanted to. I'd done all the self loating and not knowing what I wanted when I was younger and now everything was in the clear. No, definitely not.
I'm a lot better than sixteen year old me was, a lot better but I am very very tired and I'm not sure what I'm doing or why I'm doing it a lot of the time. But that's all completely fine; I've decided.
Falling up these stairs hurts, a lot
Long time (ish) no see. Just over a week isn't too bad but I am going to try and get back into twice a week posting soon. Autumn is starting to make me super duper tired but I'm determined to push through.
Today's post is from probably one of my favourite cities, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I'm in love with Nepal and I'm so in love with Pokhara, I knew from when I got there that two days just wasn't going to be enough and it wasn't. So I hope I can return to this stunning city soon.
Despite only being there two days we did an awful lot and I didn't take that many pictures. But I did video a lot so watch my vlog at the end if you want to see just why I love Pokhara so so much.

Pokhara: Momos, Paragliding, and Drunken Rowing

Friday, 11 November 2016

Long time (ish) no see. Just over a week isn't too bad but I am going to try and get back into twice a week posting soon. Autumn is starting to make me super duper tired but I'm determined to push through.
Today's post is from probably one of my favourite cities, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I'm in love with Nepal and I'm so in love with Pokhara, I knew from when I got there that two days just wasn't going to be enough and it wasn't. So I hope I can return to this stunning city soon.
Despite only being there two days we did an awful lot and I didn't take that many pictures. But I did video a lot so watch my vlog at the end if you want to see just why I love Pokhara so so much.

I've probably fooled you with the title into thinking this a travel post, or about drugs, but it is not. This post is a bit of a life update, but it's mainly just pictures of cats. At the end of my glorious (and essentially year long) summer I went on lots of little trips to see friends, family, and out to take photos and appreciate the last of my, responsibilityless, do whatever the hell I want year. And appreciate it I did. I also met lots of cats and I felt the need to edit and post the pictures so that's what this post is about.
And i know it's been a while since I last posted, moving to uni means I haven't yet found a schedule and time for blogging. The first few weeks I felt a constant need to socialise and make friends and I'm now starting to settle down and not feel the need to be around people 24/7, plus most of my flatmates are away for the weekend so i don't look weird enjoying a weekend sat in my room on my laptop (I really really am enjoying it). I've also been hit by like 3 different kind of freshers flu, pretty sure I have another one coming and in the last few weeks have barely been able to get into lectures. I've ended up getting back and crawling into bed, hence why I also haven't done any editing.
And now I'm in procrastinate mode so I'm probably going to queue posts for the next month while avoiding doing any kind of work.
But I'll get back to the cats because let's be honest as soon as I said cat pictures you were distracted from what I was typing and just wanted to see that.

Happy Little Trips

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

I've probably fooled you with the title into thinking this a travel post, or about drugs, but it is not. This post is a bit of a life update, but it's mainly just pictures of cats. At the end of my glorious (and essentially year long) summer I went on lots of little trips to see friends, family, and out to take photos and appreciate the last of my, responsibilityless, do whatever the hell I want year. And appreciate it I did. I also met lots of cats and I felt the need to edit and post the pictures so that's what this post is about.
And i know it's been a while since I last posted, moving to uni means I haven't yet found a schedule and time for blogging. The first few weeks I felt a constant need to socialise and make friends and I'm now starting to settle down and not feel the need to be around people 24/7, plus most of my flatmates are away for the weekend so i don't look weird enjoying a weekend sat in my room on my laptop (I really really am enjoying it). I've also been hit by like 3 different kind of freshers flu, pretty sure I have another one coming and in the last few weeks have barely been able to get into lectures. I've ended up getting back and crawling into bed, hence why I also haven't done any editing.
And now I'm in procrastinate mode so I'm probably going to queue posts for the next month while avoiding doing any kind of work.
But I'll get back to the cats because let's be honest as soon as I said cat pictures you were distracted from what I was typing and just wanted to see that.

This post is part of a new series on my blog called "people doing amazing things" which celebrates people making the world a better place.
Our first stop in Pokhara was to an organisation called Sasane, where we were taught to make Momos. Momos are traditional Nepali dumplings and they're also amazing. 
SASANE is an organisation with centres in Pokhara and in Kathmandu which helps human traffiking victims to become paralegals, to help get their lives back, build a career and help other human trafficking victims. And while there they taught us about their organisation, the work they do, taught us how to make momos and made us lunch.

Momo Making with Sasane

Friday, 30 September 2016

This post is part of a new series on my blog called "people doing amazing things" which celebrates people making the world a better place.
Our first stop in Pokhara was to an organisation called Sasane, where we were taught to make Momos. Momos are traditional Nepali dumplings and they're also amazing. 
SASANE is an organisation with centres in Pokhara and in Kathmandu which helps human traffiking victims to become paralegals, to help get their lives back, build a career and help other human trafficking victims. And while there they taught us about their organisation, the work they do, taught us how to make momos and made us lunch.
So I have a love of baby animals, beautiful wild open spaces, and wild animals living their life. So it's no wonder Chitwan is the place where I really started to fall in love with Nepal. Don't get me wrong I loved Lumbini and my lunch in the hills but this was on another level of beauty.

A Homestay in Chitwan - Baby Animals, a Perfect Bike Ride, and Sweating my Problems Away

Friday, 23 September 2016

So I have a love of baby animals, beautiful wild open spaces, and wild animals living their life. So it's no wonder Chitwan is the place where I really started to fall in love with Nepal. Don't get me wrong I loved Lumbini and my lunch in the hills but this was on another level of beauty.
It's a dreary Welsh day and the tide is the furthest out I've seen it in Years. As I made my way down to the shore crunching over rocks, avoiding stepping on the closed anemones and the patches of mud I could've help noticing how at home I felt.
I was wandering around with my camera, like I often do, and I realised just how calm and at home beaches makes me feel; especially this beach.

Home

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

It's a dreary Welsh day and the tide is the furthest out I've seen it in Years. As I made my way down to the shore crunching over rocks, avoiding stepping on the closed anemones and the patches of mud I could've help noticing how at home I felt.
I was wandering around with my camera, like I often do, and I realised just how calm and at home beaches makes me feel; especially this beach.
Today's post is shorter than a lot of my others, the last and next post were too long to add it to and I really wanted them on their own so this one is too. It's kind of two half days stitched together, and I guess a lot did happen as we Passed from India to Nepal (one of the sweatiest experiences of my life) and visited Buddha's Birthplace. Then on the way to our next destination (which I will talk about in my next blog post) we stopped off at one of the most beautiful places I'e ever had lunch in. I was so so excited for Nepal and this really confirmed to me that I was going to love it in Nepal, which I did.

Hello Nepal: Buddha's Birthplace and Lunch with a View

Friday, 16 September 2016

Today's post is shorter than a lot of my others, the last and next post were too long to add it to and I really wanted them on their own so this one is too. It's kind of two half days stitched together, and I guess a lot did happen as we Passed from India to Nepal (one of the sweatiest experiences of my life) and visited Buddha's Birthplace. Then on the way to our next destination (which I will talk about in my next blog post) we stopped off at one of the most beautiful places I'e ever had lunch in. I was so so excited for Nepal and this really confirmed to me that I was going to love it in Nepal, which I did.
As with many of my photosets I set out with an idea to shoot one style of photos and came out with a completely different set. Though I'm happy with my set and in the end had fun shooting this. I really should plan out my taking photos more but most of the time I just say "lets go" and grab my camera stuff and set out to a place. It tends to look different in my mind to in real life and then I have to re think all my ideas but that's part of the fun I guess.
 On another note I'm happily back to meeting cats when i go out and take photos. It used to happen every time and it's been a while since I've made any cat friends. The little one today even followed me and demanded more attention, so cute.
I also ended this photo taking session with very muddy knees, you'll see why.

Freefalling

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

As with many of my photosets I set out with an idea to shoot one style of photos and came out with a completely different set. Though I'm happy with my set and in the end had fun shooting this. I really should plan out my taking photos more but most of the time I just say "lets go" and grab my camera stuff and set out to a place. It tends to look different in my mind to in real life and then I have to re think all my ideas but that's part of the fun I guess.
 On another note I'm happily back to meeting cats when i go out and take photos. It used to happen every time and it's been a while since I've made any cat friends. The little one today even followed me and demanded more attention, so cute.
I also ended this photo taking session with very muddy knees, you'll see why.

This is one of the post I have been most excited for editing pictures, well in India at least (I have a favourite for each country I was in). Varanasi was a mad place, so busy and so vibrant but also incredibly beautiful, and it left a huge impression on me for many many reasons.
The light was just beautiful in Varanasi and there were so many different types to photograph beautiful things in so I just had so much fun taking pictures here, hence why there are so many. It's vibrant, colourful, loud, busy, beautiful, and most other things you expect an Indian city to be,

Varanasi: The Ganges, Prayers and Sunrise, and Buddha's First Sermon

Friday, 9 September 2016

This is one of the post I have been most excited for editing pictures, well in India at least (I have a favourite for each country I was in). Varanasi was a mad place, so busy and so vibrant but also incredibly beautiful, and it left a huge impression on me for many many reasons.
The light was just beautiful in Varanasi and there were so many different types to photograph beautiful things in so I just had so much fun taking pictures here, hence why there are so many. It's vibrant, colourful, loud, busy, beautiful, and most other things you expect an Indian city to be,

This is a problem pretty much anyone who has taken a selfie has faced. You look in the mirror and you look good today, your makeup (or just general face) is looking fine and you're feeling yourself. But when you open the camera on your the phone it has other ideas and well, it's not a good selife day. But why is this? Well mainly due to perspective with a bit of angle and lighting thrown in but I'll say more about that below.
And this post does contain quite a lot of selfies so be warned there's a lot of my face in it. 

My mirror says yes, but my selfie says no. Why?

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

This is a problem pretty much anyone who has taken a selfie has faced. You look in the mirror and you look good today, your makeup (or just general face) is looking fine and you're feeling yourself. But when you open the camera on your the phone it has other ideas and well, it's not a good selife day. But why is this? Well mainly due to perspective with a bit of angle and lighting thrown in but I'll say more about that below.
And this post does contain quite a lot of selfies so be warned there's a lot of my face in it. 
This post is part of a new series on this blog called "people doing amazing things" highlighting people making the world a better place to be in. 
Hello hello hello, so as you can tell from my little bit above this travel post is a little different (and there are more to come like this). Whilst in Agra we visited a Café called Sheroes Hangout, it's actually a cafe set up by the Stop Acid Attacks organisation and run by survivors of acid attacks in Inida. They have one in Agra and one in Lucknow working to help survivors.

Sheroes' Hangout

Friday, 2 September 2016

This post is part of a new series on this blog called "people doing amazing things" highlighting people making the world a better place to be in. 
Hello hello hello, so as you can tell from my little bit above this travel post is a little different (and there are more to come like this). Whilst in Agra we visited a Café called Sheroes Hangout, it's actually a cafe set up by the Stop Acid Attacks organisation and run by survivors of acid attacks in Inida. They have one in Agra and one in Lucknow working to help survivors.

Some things don't go to plan, this outfit set is one of them. I'll be honest I was having the worst morning when I went to take these photos. And then I wasn't excpecting it to be this sunny or for there to actually be people at the beach, and my SD card was full. But I worked with it and in the end actually got some pictures (which I didn't think I'd get when i got there).
I mean just happening to find a wall that matched my shirt was amazing I mean what are the chances? 
I also have no idea what day it is anymore I was all ready to write up and post the blog post for Friday. But I do love not having to worry about the day or the date. I somehow know that I'm working today though despite not knowing either of those things. All I know is that I leave for Uni soon and I'm starting to have stress dreams about it. I'm not that stressed but my brain stress dreams about the slightest difference in my life.
 I had a dream last night that I was done fighting some evil dude (I've been watching too much Tokyo Ghoul), in Hong Kong, and I was trying to book my flight home but first I couldn't get my phone to work and then all the flight were £3000+ and I only had £600. My mum came out to see me in Hong Kong going "tough you're stuck you did this" (which she would never actually do), then I found a trip back through Burma which was only £200 but it was sold out for the next 4 weeks and I woke up having not gotten home at all. And that's really not weird in terms of my dreams. But anyway enough about dreams lets actually get on with the purpose of this post.


Bold Colours?

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Some things don't go to plan, this outfit set is one of them. I'll be honest I was having the worst morning when I went to take these photos. And then I wasn't excpecting it to be this sunny or for there to actually be people at the beach, and my SD card was full. But I worked with it and in the end actually got some pictures (which I didn't think I'd get when i got there).
I mean just happening to find a wall that matched my shirt was amazing I mean what are the chances? 
I also have no idea what day it is anymore I was all ready to write up and post the blog post for Friday. But I do love not having to worry about the day or the date. I somehow know that I'm working today though despite not knowing either of those things. All I know is that I leave for Uni soon and I'm starting to have stress dreams about it. I'm not that stressed but my brain stress dreams about the slightest difference in my life.
 I had a dream last night that I was done fighting some evil dude (I've been watching too much Tokyo Ghoul), in Hong Kong, and I was trying to book my flight home but first I couldn't get my phone to work and then all the flight were £3000+ and I only had £600. My mum came out to see me in Hong Kong going "tough you're stuck you did this" (which she would never actually do), then I found a trip back through Burma which was only £200 but it was sold out for the next 4 weeks and I woke up having not gotten home at all. And that's really not weird in terms of my dreams. But anyway enough about dreams lets actually get on with the purpose of this post.


Hey hey I'm back with my third edittion of my South East Asia and this time I'm in one of the places with India's most famous monument. Agra, and visiting the Taj Mahal. And I always excpect monuments to disappoint but they never do and the monuments of Agra are no exception. I loved all the places I went to in Agra actually, and all the food so all round it was a happy Izzy.

Agra: Baby Taj, Taj Mahal and Sleeper Trains

Friday, 26 August 2016

Hey hey I'm back with my third edittion of my South East Asia and this time I'm in one of the places with India's most famous monument. Agra, and visiting the Taj Mahal. And I always excpect monuments to disappoint but they never do and the monuments of Agra are no exception. I loved all the places I went to in Agra actually, and all the food so all round it was a happy Izzy.
So there was no post on Friday for one main reason. editing software. I was at my sister's for the wee catsitting, which was lovely and relaxing I binge watched Netflix a lot,  and I'd downloaded a trial of premier pro to use. But I couldn't use it because it's so laggy and frustrating so now I have to find a new software to edit videos on; any suggestions? Then my train home got cancelled and I just didn't have the energy to edit when I got home so I decided to give up on a Friday post and just leaev it to today. I don't normally post on a Monday but given no Friday post and it being my Birthday I thought screw my schedule's write. And that's where I am now.

Right now that's up to date onto my actual post. Firstly with a little Happy Birthday to me!

So I've known I've wanted to make a post like this for a few months. I always do my reflective New Year post and talk about all the wonderful things the year had brought me but this one is different. This is more about how I've changed this year which is definitely significantly and very positively.
When i was at pride lat week I was really just thinking about how much I'd changed, how much confidence I'd gained how much anxiety and worry about general every day stuff I'd gotten rid of and it was just a wonderful feeling. So here's to looking back at my first year as an "adult".
Photo from Greenman 2015 Post

Nineteen, Reflecting on Eighteen.

Monday, 22 August 2016

So there was no post on Friday for one main reason. editing software. I was at my sister's for the wee catsitting, which was lovely and relaxing I binge watched Netflix a lot,  and I'd downloaded a trial of premier pro to use. But I couldn't use it because it's so laggy and frustrating so now I have to find a new software to edit videos on; any suggestions? Then my train home got cancelled and I just didn't have the energy to edit when I got home so I decided to give up on a Friday post and just leaev it to today. I don't normally post on a Monday but given no Friday post and it being my Birthday I thought screw my schedule's write. And that's where I am now.

Right now that's up to date onto my actual post. Firstly with a little Happy Birthday to me!

So I've known I've wanted to make a post like this for a few months. I always do my reflective New Year post and talk about all the wonderful things the year had brought me but this one is different. This is more about how I've changed this year which is definitely significantly and very positively.
When i was at pride lat week I was really just thinking about how much I'd changed, how much confidence I'd gained how much anxiety and worry about general every day stuff I'd gotten rid of and it was just a wonderful feeling. So here's to looking back at my first year as an "adult".
Photo from Greenman 2015 Post

So Saturday was Pride Cymru and as usual it was a pretty amazing day, but I got none of the photos or video that I wanted really. And that was mostly because I was enjoying myself too much. I spent most of my day lying in the grass chilling out (and getting sunburnt) and most of the time the last thing on my mind was photos and videos, what a great blogger I am. But that being the reason I don't mind. The day and the night were both great and I was thinking back on how much I have changed as a person from last years pride and it is seriously crazy how much has changed. I look different for a start but also I was so much more confident and chilled out. I actually had the confidence to vlog myself talking this year and that is the first time I've ever done that so yay for me.
Last year I was so nervous the whole time and scared to ask for anyone photos and videos. Ok I didn't get anyone's this year but I had the confidence to get them just not the right motivation.
And i have to say it was a lot bigger this year and the atmosphere was better (though the parade wasn't quite as good).
Oh and you can see last year's post here 

Pride Cymru 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 Cardiff, UK

So Saturday was Pride Cymru and as usual it was a pretty amazing day, but I got none of the photos or video that I wanted really. And that was mostly because I was enjoying myself too much. I spent most of my day lying in the grass chilling out (and getting sunburnt) and most of the time the last thing on my mind was photos and videos, what a great blogger I am. But that being the reason I don't mind. The day and the night were both great and I was thinking back on how much I have changed as a person from last years pride and it is seriously crazy how much has changed. I look different for a start but also I was so much more confident and chilled out. I actually had the confidence to vlog myself talking this year and that is the first time I've ever done that so yay for me.
Last year I was so nervous the whole time and scared to ask for anyone photos and videos. Ok I didn't get anyone's this year but I had the confidence to get them just not the right motivation.
And i have to say it was a lot bigger this year and the atmosphere was better (though the parade wasn't quite as good).
Oh and you can see last year's post here 

This is what I'd call a very random assortment of pictures, Jaipur was the second place we went on our India-Nepal trip and I still wasn't quite used to shooting on the go. Some good pictures came out of it but a lot were lost thanks to a huuge smudge on my lense, which I didn't notice. I could edit it out of some pictures but it was massive and it caused me a lot of pain when editing. Buut I did get some decent pictures out of it, plus of course there's still a lot to write about. This first picture is the gate into Jaipur old city. 

Jaipur: Colourful Markets, Garage Dining and Hot Days

Friday, 12 August 2016 Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

This is what I'd call a very random assortment of pictures, Jaipur was the second place we went on our India-Nepal trip and I still wasn't quite used to shooting on the go. Some good pictures came out of it but a lot were lost thanks to a huuge smudge on my lense, which I didn't notice. I could edit it out of some pictures but it was massive and it caused me a lot of pain when editing. Buut I did get some decent pictures out of it, plus of course there's still a lot to write about. This first picture is the gate into Jaipur old city. 
This is a slightly random post, being that it's pretty much just pictures of fish so if you don't like fish then you can go to this post of sloths or this post of baby animals instead.
I feel like I should explain, I was at a garden centre that just happened to have a little aquarium attached. Now I've never been to a proper aquarium and even with this little one it was more fish than I'd ever really seen, and I had my camera with me so I just took loads of pictures of the fish. It was a lot of fun, though I really wish these poor fish were in bigger tanks... or just the wild but, yeah, pictures of fish.

Just keep swimming

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

This is a slightly random post, being that it's pretty much just pictures of fish so if you don't like fish then you can go to this post of sloths or this post of baby animals instead.
I feel like I should explain, I was at a garden centre that just happened to have a little aquarium attached. Now I've never been to a proper aquarium and even with this little one it was more fish than I'd ever really seen, and I had my camera with me so I just took loads of pictures of the fish. It was a lot of fun, though I really wish these poor fish were in bigger tanks... or just the wild but, yeah, pictures of fish.

The first instalment of my travels is here! It all started in Delhi, which when I first got there the pollution was what struck me, or rather my lungs. It was so hazy and busy as expected. The taxi I got from the air port was a taxi for women by women which I think is an excellent idea, I haven't felt safer in a taxi before (and I think it's only my second time being driven by a female taxi driver).

Delhi and Pushkar, Camel Rides and Beautiful views.

Friday, 5 August 2016 Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

The first instalment of my travels is here! It all started in Delhi, which when I first got there the pollution was what struck me, or rather my lungs. It was so hazy and busy as expected. The taxi I got from the air port was a taxi for women by women which I think is an excellent idea, I haven't felt safer in a taxi before (and I think it's only my second time being driven by a female taxi driver).

Most of the time my photo taking doesn't go to plan, and here is an instance where it really really didn't go to plan. I was going for a minimal weird look and well, it just wasn't right. Me and the dress at the angle just wasn't working at all. I managed to get a few shots but the rest are just a big no.
Buut the lesson here is even if things go wrong you can still make a blog post about it! Well really it's that things are still salvageable and workable but, and also experimentation doesn't always go to plan.
I took these photos quite a while ago and since then have gotten better at the whole minimal thing, though I can't really recreate this set again as I now have a bed frame rather than a mattress on the floor.
So there's another lesson, you need practice, and sometimes your first try is really crap, or just meh. Either way getting good at something takes bucket loads of time.
On a side note walking in heels on a mattress is almost impossible I don't know how I didn't break my ankle.

When things go wrong

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Most of the time my photo taking doesn't go to plan, and here is an instance where it really really didn't go to plan. I was going for a minimal weird look and well, it just wasn't right. Me and the dress at the angle just wasn't working at all. I managed to get a few shots but the rest are just a big no.
Buut the lesson here is even if things go wrong you can still make a blog post about it! Well really it's that things are still salvageable and workable but, and also experimentation doesn't always go to plan.
I took these photos quite a while ago and since then have gotten better at the whole minimal thing, though I can't really recreate this set again as I now have a bed frame rather than a mattress on the floor.
So there's another lesson, you need practice, and sometimes your first try is really crap, or just meh. Either way getting good at something takes bucket loads of time.
On a side note walking in heels on a mattress is almost impossible I don't know how I didn't break my ankle.

So I'm back from my two month trip across South East Asia! And starting to edit my pictures and videos.. and I do mean just started... barely. I've been back over a week but to be honest I've been asleep for most of it, and I'll probably leave the bulk of my editing until I'm back from Norway in about two weeks time. Buut I did manage to get this post sorted, just in time to be posted on the right day. 
So I'm starting with a little summary of my trip though photos of me travelling as that's what a bulk of my trip was,. It wasn't just new cities, beaches, and villages it was a whole lot of transport. That's is half the fun of travelling anyway and, in my experience, where you also get half your sleep.
The pictures are a bit messy, a lot I didn't even bother to straighten, but so is travelling. Especially when you're me, people who have travelled with me will confirm. 
A large portion of my photos are from my time in India which was my first stop. As time went on I spent less time in small cars, rickshaws, and tuk tuks and more time on trains and busses which are more awkward to take photos on and a lot easier to fall asleep in. 
I've put little captions under the pictures as to where I was so enjoy!
Hello India

A to B

Friday, 29 July 2016

So I'm back from my two month trip across South East Asia! And starting to edit my pictures and videos.. and I do mean just started... barely. I've been back over a week but to be honest I've been asleep for most of it, and I'll probably leave the bulk of my editing until I'm back from Norway in about two weeks time. Buut I did manage to get this post sorted, just in time to be posted on the right day. 
So I'm starting with a little summary of my trip though photos of me travelling as that's what a bulk of my trip was,. It wasn't just new cities, beaches, and villages it was a whole lot of transport. That's is half the fun of travelling anyway and, in my experience, where you also get half your sleep.
The pictures are a bit messy, a lot I didn't even bother to straighten, but so is travelling. Especially when you're me, people who have travelled with me will confirm. 
A large portion of my photos are from my time in India which was my first stop. As time went on I spent less time in small cars, rickshaws, and tuk tuks and more time on trains and busses which are more awkward to take photos on and a lot easier to fall asleep in. 
I've put little captions under the pictures as to where I was so enjoy!
Hello India

Ignore the pretentious title, I wasn't quite sure what to call this post and that's the first thing that popped into my head.
I don't have much to say (for once) for this post so I'll just leave you with pictures of my running around a beach.  I had a lot of fun the day these photos were taken, literally just running round a beach taking photos and enjoying myself.


Don't Comform

Friday, 22 July 2016

Ignore the pretentious title, I wasn't quite sure what to call this post and that's the first thing that popped into my head.
I don't have much to say (for once) for this post so I'll just leave you with pictures of my running around a beach.  I had a lot of fun the day these photos were taken, literally just running round a beach taking photos and enjoying myself.


So while I'm in my last week here on my adventure in south East Asia I'm posting the last of my Costa Rica posts, so many ends. But this was a pretty great end to an amazing six weeks. For my last week in Costa Rica I ended up at Peace Retreat Costa Rica which is a yoga retreat about a fifteen minute walk from Playa Negra.
Normally I change the order of my pictures but for this I kept them in Order. I have to say that it was both an exhausting and relaxing experience. The yoga we did was ridiculously hard (well for me anyway I'm a weakling) and I went from being around loads of pepole 24/7 to being alone a lot of the time. Bit of a change but a nice one. 
And it did put good things into routine, I've done yoga every day since I've been back home (something I've always wanted to do) so good things came.

A Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Friday, 15 July 2016

So while I'm in my last week here on my adventure in south East Asia I'm posting the last of my Costa Rica posts, so many ends. But this was a pretty great end to an amazing six weeks. For my last week in Costa Rica I ended up at Peace Retreat Costa Rica which is a yoga retreat about a fifteen minute walk from Playa Negra.
Normally I change the order of my pictures but for this I kept them in Order. I have to say that it was both an exhausting and relaxing experience. The yoga we did was ridiculously hard (well for me anyway I'm a weakling) and I went from being around loads of pepole 24/7 to being alone a lot of the time. Bit of a change but a nice one. 
And it did put good things into routine, I've done yoga every day since I've been back home (something I've always wanted to do) so good things came.
So when I first back from my trip to Costa Rica I posted about shifting perspectives and focusing on enjoying my blog and a new direction and everything. And basically not fosuing on numbers, but as I was back and started getting back into the blogosphere a bit more again I started getting drawn in to all that number stuff again.
I think it's a lot to do with how obsessed a lot of bloggers are about SEO and pageviews and all that jazz, it's everywhere. Tips on how to get 10,000 views in a month and all the rest of that stuff. And it was starting to make me miserable all over again. So the solution? ignore it all. Ok so usually this isn't the solution to things but here it definitely works, I don't look at the numbers unless I need to. Simple as that, and all of the posts about increasing numbers and all that jazz? Yeah ignore them too.
These photos did start out as ootd photos but that didn't work out and I got taken in by the beauty of wild garlic so here ya go.

Get lost in nature, not numbers

Friday, 8 July 2016

So when I first back from my trip to Costa Rica I posted about shifting perspectives and focusing on enjoying my blog and a new direction and everything. And basically not fosuing on numbers, but as I was back and started getting back into the blogosphere a bit more again I started getting drawn in to all that number stuff again.
I think it's a lot to do with how obsessed a lot of bloggers are about SEO and pageviews and all that jazz, it's everywhere. Tips on how to get 10,000 views in a month and all the rest of that stuff. And it was starting to make me miserable all over again. So the solution? ignore it all. Ok so usually this isn't the solution to things but here it definitely works, I don't look at the numbers unless I need to. Simple as that, and all of the posts about increasing numbers and all that jazz? Yeah ignore them too.
These photos did start out as ootd photos but that didn't work out and I got taken in by the beauty of wild garlic so here ya go.
Yes this is just a post full of pictures of baby animals, because everyone needs that in their life. I won't be talking much here so just enjoy, enjoy.

Baby, Baby, Baby. Animals!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Yes this is just a post full of pictures of baby animals, because everyone needs that in their life. I won't be talking much here so just enjoy, enjoy.
Stress does weird things to your brain, well maybe not everyones but certainly mine. I write this three days before I leave for India and ok I left quite a few things to the last minute and I'd be a bit stressed out even if I hadn't buuut the little things just keep getting to me.
The positive of this is that when this post is published I'll be in Thailand with elephants which is wonderfully without stress and that's something to look forward to. But for now I need this stress to get out of my head a little bit so I can finish all my stuff, and I think writing about it might help a bit.

Stressed out

Friday, 24 June 2016

Stress does weird things to your brain, well maybe not everyones but certainly mine. I write this three days before I leave for India and ok I left quite a few things to the last minute and I'd be a bit stressed out even if I hadn't buuut the little things just keep getting to me.
The positive of this is that when this post is published I'll be in Thailand with elephants which is wonderfully without stress and that's something to look forward to. But for now I need this stress to get out of my head a little bit so I can finish all my stuff, and I think writing about it might help a bit.

Another Costa Rica post here, and after this there are only two left (sad times) but once those are posted I'll be back from South East Asia which will mean posts from ther (yaaay). I'm sure there will be a lot to come from two months of constant travel, more or less. But we're not focusing on that or where I am in the world right now (Thailand if you're interested) it's all about some sweet sweet rainforest in Costa Rica.

Rainforest Canopy Tour

Friday, 17 June 2016

Another Costa Rica post here, and after this there are only two left (sad times) but once those are posted I'll be back from South East Asia which will mean posts from ther (yaaay). I'm sure there will be a lot to come from two months of constant travel, more or less. But we're not focusing on that or where I am in the world right now (Thailand if you're interested) it's all about some sweet sweet rainforest in Costa Rica.
So as I said a few posts ago, I want to start talking on this blog about things/issues that really matter to me. And I guess this is where I'm starting. I'm not quite ready yet to be talking about my own gender, how I identify and all that stuff because there's a lot of stuff I haven't figured out. Plus I thought that I'd explain, to those guys of you who maybe don't know, a bit about what gender actually is. How sex and gender are different and about gender roles in society a little bit too.
Just a warning I'm going to be talking about genitals (briefly) and mentioning words like penis and vagina and stuff like that so if that makes you uncomfortable you can instead just read this post about adorable sloths.
 So when you're born you're assigned a gender, based on your sex (your anatomy). So, generally, if you have a vagina you're female and if you have a penis you're male. But if your anatomy doesn't quite fit these two definitions then you're intersex (though there are issues with doctors performing surgery on babies to make them fit into male and female but that's for another post).
But gender doesn't have to be based on what you were born with. Men can have vaginas, women can have penis' and there are genders outside of those two. So on with the show.

Let's talk about Gender: Gender binary and Self identification

Friday, 10 June 2016

So as I said a few posts ago, I want to start talking on this blog about things/issues that really matter to me. And I guess this is where I'm starting. I'm not quite ready yet to be talking about my own gender, how I identify and all that stuff because there's a lot of stuff I haven't figured out. Plus I thought that I'd explain, to those guys of you who maybe don't know, a bit about what gender actually is. How sex and gender are different and about gender roles in society a little bit too.
Just a warning I'm going to be talking about genitals (briefly) and mentioning words like penis and vagina and stuff like that so if that makes you uncomfortable you can instead just read this post about adorable sloths.
 So when you're born you're assigned a gender, based on your sex (your anatomy). So, generally, if you have a vagina you're female and if you have a penis you're male. But if your anatomy doesn't quite fit these two definitions then you're intersex (though there are issues with doctors performing surgery on babies to make them fit into male and female but that's for another post).
But gender doesn't have to be based on what you were born with. Men can have vaginas, women can have penis' and there are genders outside of those two. So on with the show.

Well, not together, that would be uber cool though. These photos are actually from two seperate trips in Costa Rica which I thought would be too small on their own. The First photos are from Los Chorros Carataras (the chorros waterfalls) and the second set are from San Jose. Weird to think this post is going live while I'm in Nepal, crayze and exciting stuff.

Waterfalls and Cities

Friday, 3 June 2016

Well, not together, that would be uber cool though. These photos are actually from two seperate trips in Costa Rica which I thought would be too small on their own. The First photos are from Los Chorros Carataras (the chorros waterfalls) and the second set are from San Jose. Weird to think this post is going live while I'm in Nepal, crayze and exciting stuff.
Now I've always been someone who doesn't really judge what other people are doing. I've always just sat back and gone “well if they’re living their life and that makes them happy it’s none of my business”. And I do think that still, in most ways.
But as I've started becoming more aware of my impact on the world, whether that be through the clothes I wear being made at sweatshops or the treatment of animals in the dairy and meat industry or the impact of plastic on the environment. I've started to change my behaviour and attitude. Which I am proud of (though I'm far from perfect at any of it, it’s a start).

Giving up judgement of others… and myself

Friday, 27 May 2016

Now I've always been someone who doesn't really judge what other people are doing. I've always just sat back and gone “well if they’re living their life and that makes them happy it’s none of my business”. And I do think that still, in most ways.
But as I've started becoming more aware of my impact on the world, whether that be through the clothes I wear being made at sweatshops or the treatment of animals in the dairy and meat industry or the impact of plastic on the environment. I've started to change my behaviour and attitude. Which I am proud of (though I'm far from perfect at any of it, it’s a start).

It's the Fourth Costa Rica instalment  and it's time to start talking about some of the time I spent out of the rescue centre, and all that jazzy fun stuff. As part of the volunteering you had one day off a week (though you could take more if you really wanted) so for my first two weeks this trip was my two days off and eight of us decided to spend a night in Jaco. It was so nice to get out and go to the beach, and also to have a night out, which was definitely an experience in itself.
We stayed at a Hostel called Beds on Bohio which was super nice, so keep reading for more about that and Jaco itself.

Two Days in Jaco

Friday, 20 May 2016

It's the Fourth Costa Rica instalment  and it's time to start talking about some of the time I spent out of the rescue centre, and all that jazzy fun stuff. As part of the volunteering you had one day off a week (though you could take more if you really wanted) so for my first two weeks this trip was my two days off and eight of us decided to spend a night in Jaco. It was so nice to get out and go to the beach, and also to have a night out, which was definitely an experience in itself.
We stayed at a Hostel called Beds on Bohio which was super nice, so keep reading for more about that and Jaco itself.

So, as I've been a vegan for a while, and living in Cardiff all my life I thought I'd do something useful and make a guide for shopping and eating as a vegan in Cardiff.
Despite being a small City Cardiff is actually very vegan friendly. With our own vegan store, some vegetarian and vegan restaurants and plenty of chain restaurants offering vegan menus.

 First Food Shopping

Cardiff Vegan Guide

Friday, 13 May 2016

So, as I've been a vegan for a while, and living in Cardiff all my life I thought I'd do something useful and make a guide for shopping and eating as a vegan in Cardiff.
Despite being a small City Cardiff is actually very vegan friendly. With our own vegan store, some vegetarian and vegan restaurants and plenty of chain restaurants offering vegan menus.

 First Food Shopping
So I'm back with the second instalment of my Costa Rica posts ( with probably another 4 or 5 to come over the next two months). And this is all about the place I spent most of my time, Costa Rica Animal Rescue Centre.
Of the 6 weeks I was in costa rica for 5 I called this place my home. And it was such a wonderful experience being there, interacting and helping with animals and meeting lots of people.
But as it was 5 weeks of my life, I'm not quite sure where to start

Costa Rica Animal Rescue Centre

Friday, 6 May 2016

So I'm back with the second instalment of my Costa Rica posts ( with probably another 4 or 5 to come over the next two months). And this is all about the place I spent most of my time, Costa Rica Animal Rescue Centre.
Of the 6 weeks I was in costa rica for 5 I called this place my home. And it was such a wonderful experience being there, interacting and helping with animals and meeting lots of people.
But as it was 5 weeks of my life, I'm not quite sure where to start
I've found that a lot of the blogs I've been following no longer inspire me. Scrolling through my bloglovin dashboard I find myself not being that interested in a lot of the posts. On instagram I'm unfollowing a lot of people too. But I see this as a positive thing. I used to go through blogs looking at the pictures of these famous bloggers wondering why I couldn't style like that; look like that; take photos like that; or be that popular. But I don't want to think like this any more. And though it's not the bloggers' fault I felt like that it was the only reason I really followed them; so it's time to let go.
That's not to say none of the blogs I follow inspire me, I follow so many wonderful people who inspire me every day. I don't think I'd still be blogging if none of it inspired me.It's just not what I thought I should be doing what actually makes me happy.
I don't like the way a lot of fashion blogging has gone, to just showing off stuff and trying to sell things. About just posting a load of photos of clothes and links to buy them. But that's for another post.
While I was away, either travelling alone or staying with a large number of people and not really having a lot of alone time (big contrast) I had a lot of time to think. I also had a fair few new experiences, all of which have shifted my perspective on things and made me see the world, and myself, in a more healthy, positive way. So this post is about why I've changed perspective, what's changed and where this blog might be going next.

Shifting Perspectives

Friday, 29 April 2016

I've found that a lot of the blogs I've been following no longer inspire me. Scrolling through my bloglovin dashboard I find myself not being that interested in a lot of the posts. On instagram I'm unfollowing a lot of people too. But I see this as a positive thing. I used to go through blogs looking at the pictures of these famous bloggers wondering why I couldn't style like that; look like that; take photos like that; or be that popular. But I don't want to think like this any more. And though it's not the bloggers' fault I felt like that it was the only reason I really followed them; so it's time to let go.
That's not to say none of the blogs I follow inspire me, I follow so many wonderful people who inspire me every day. I don't think I'd still be blogging if none of it inspired me.It's just not what I thought I should be doing what actually makes me happy.
I don't like the way a lot of fashion blogging has gone, to just showing off stuff and trying to sell things. About just posting a load of photos of clothes and links to buy them. But that's for another post.
While I was away, either travelling alone or staying with a large number of people and not really having a lot of alone time (big contrast) I had a lot of time to think. I also had a fair few new experiences, all of which have shifted my perspective on things and made me see the world, and myself, in a more healthy, positive way. So this post is about why I've changed perspective, what's changed and where this blog might be going next.

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