Monday, 23 January 2017

My 2016 playlist

My 2016 recap was so long that I decided this playlist required a post of its own. Of all the music I've raved about this year, these songs are my most played and probably the ones I'll listen to with nostalgia in later years.

Although few of these songs were actually released last year, they just happen to be the ones I listened to the most. I hope you enjoy my least organised, most randomised playlist yet!


2016 was honestly one of the best years of my life, albiet with some of my worst moments mixed in. Within those 365 days I experienced more than I imagined I would, both incredible and unfortunate, which ultimately resulted in one of my most memorable years yet. Unlike my round up of 2015, this post includes multiple photos of me (weird) which hopefully reflects the confidence I've gained within 2016 and not vanity!!! 

What did I do?
  • Quit the job that had become the bane of my life (and believe me I was not "just quitting" out of laziness)
  • Exams and coursework.. if I could use emojis on my blog I would reflect my feelings on this subject with the dead face.. or perhaps the gun. 
  • Visited so many UK cities visiting universities 
  • Attended a Channel 4 event!!! 
  • Visited the Isle of Skye and Portugal 
  • Spent endless hours with my friends laughing until I cried
  • Began my last year at college
  • And so much more that I don't want to bore you with any longer.

What didn't I do?
  • get to college on time
  • blog..........
I am truly grateful for the happiness I experienced during what most have called "the worst year ever". Despite the negatives that also entered my life, I have somehow remained positive and happy, something I can mostly credit to the incredible people I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by. Re-visiting old blog posts reminds me how dramatic I was at age fourteen (four years ago?!?! how :(((() and how negative situations had the ability to affect me enormously. Fortunately along with the four birthdays I've had since then has come maturity and I finally know I can survive this (thanks Destiny's Child... did I mention yet I saw BEYONCE?!?!?).

Hopefully 2017 is equally as memorable, for the right reasons. Love to you all and happy belated New Year!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

the edge of seventeen

I began blogging just weeks after my fourteenth birthday, publishing my absent thoughts to a non existent audience, accompanied by a bad photo of some lip balm or my favourite body spray. Although my life has changed drastically since then, blogging remains the one constant and I'm endlessly thankful to my former self for choosing to document my teenage years. Looking back on posts from 2013 is painfully embarrassing, but I'm glad I gave myself the chance to watch as I grew up, through my blog, as it has now become such a crucial part of my teenage years.

In one hour, I turn eighteen.

It would be impossible to sum up the entirety of my emotions into one blog post, but for the sake of trying, I am: excited, scared and happy. My childhood has officially vanished, and suddenly I am supposed to grow up. I can now vote, drink, buy fireworks, apply for a mortgage, get married, get a tattoo and become an organ donor. It's as if all of a sudden, the keys to life have been handed to me despite the fact just yesterday they were out of reach.

If all goes to plan, 2017 will be the most important year of my life so far. I will turn eighteen, finish my A levels, move away from the town I've lived in my entire life and go to university... SCARY. I hope to continue documenting my life through this blog (maybe more consistently this year...) as I've done for the past four years. Everything from prom to my morning bus playlist has been published on this little space of the internet, and I am so happy about that.

For the past four years I've done everything to avoid posting photos of myself on this blog but today it seemed necessary. Me at seventeen, something you will never see again (lol fml).

Lately I've been listening to Kids In Glass Houses (what a throwback to year 7) and Modern Baseball on repeat, but I think only one song is appropriate today.