I gave up new years resolutions. Instead, I like to list a few fun things I want to do in upcoming year. Call me crazy, but I like to be excited about the upcoming year rather than seeing it as a battleground in which I must address my (ever present) flaws.
I don't have a large social circle, and I've never publicised a lot of my private life (other than on here, but you get my point.) But, even with this small sample size, I've had some insensitive, ignorant and straight up fucking stupid things said to me in regards to depression.
This is a long book, and the 720 pages are perfectly utilised in creating touching, authentic, human characters. I watched (well, read) them age; some flourish, some deteriorate, and I reflected on the polarity of life.
I've always had a tradition of making a Christmas wishlist for family every year, and it feels weird not doing it. It's a little child-like piece of Christmas joy I want to keep alive, so I'm going to post it here instead.
There is a lot I don't like about my home country lately. The politics, the economy, the media... and so on. It's really easy for me to dwell on the negatives, so I thought I'd think about, and share, some things I actually like about the UK.
Having now survived the trauma of limiting my beauty products for a several trips I've found a few firm favourites for travel. I'm going to run through a few here, leaving out the boring stuff like deodorant and toothpaste (which I 100% put into my boyfriends luggage, to make more room for the good stuff.)
On a good day, I am able to understand: me and my body are different things. I am me, and my body is just transport. Just like my worth isn't represented by the car I drive, it's not represented by the body I move around in. I am strong & defiant, understanding that any person who doesn't want to interact with me because of my appearance is not somebody I want to be around anyway; they're a shitty person and not worthy of a second thought.
We went here for brunch and left with a bill that made our eyes water a little bit... but it's okay, because have you SEEN this place? The food and drinks were amazing - if you can get a champagne cocktail alongside your pancakes, you're already onto a winner.
I love listening to people speak in their own language.... but I'm a classic Brit in that I only speak english, which is (quite rightly) not always spoken everywhere. Help.
At this point, my love of travel was just beginning, so I was oblivious to just how beautiful Croatia is. I quickly discovered Dubrovnik had the most beautiful old town and plenty of things to do. Soon, our supposedly relaxing holiday was ever so slightly hijacked by my desire to explore.