“This is your Sunday reminder that you can handle anything that gets thrown at you this week”
I drove back to Bournemouth on this sunny Sunday to go straight over to my friends accommodation and make a roast. What a great way to end a weekend and to prepare for a week of stress before our exam on Friday. Nothing beats a home cooked roasts, especially by my friend Tia the domestic goddess.
Monday night at a liquid DnB night at the Bomo Bunker in Bournemouth
Taco Tuesdays with Katie – Taco Bell has just opened in Bournemouth, it is cheap and tasty.
HOW TO AVOID GETTING RUN DOWN OVER EXAM STRESS
1. Take regular breaks and schedule in fun things to look forward to – Even when you have an intense exam timetable you always have time for a little break, whether that is 20 minutes or even half a day. Having something to look forward to will motivate you to work your hardest.
2. Get a good nights sleep – Get into bed, watch a nice film and have an early night. Sleeping is a priority, you shouldn’t be up all hours of the night revising. Having an early night will mean an early morning, meaning you will get a lot more done the next day.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion”
3. Keep everything in perspective – Exams are important, yes… But you are more important.
4. Avoid getting stressed out about other people – Try to reduce or avoid any sort of exposure to the person who may be causing you stress, limit your time on social media and realise that other peoples problems are not your problem.
5. Make lists – I have always been a list person, I write lists and then don’t even look at them again. Just getting everything in your head down on paper will reduce your stress and will show you how much you need to do. Just the act of feeling like you are in control with help with your revision.
So if you did not know I have a twin brother and sister and this weekend, 28th April, they both turned 18! How crazy is that. My sister has been so lucky, due to her looking like me, she has been able to go clubbing for ages. Where as, my brother on the other hand is so excited. He has been to one club before and had to leave early because his friends got kicked out. – hahaha, the amount of lifts I owe my brother is ridiculous so I will be paying for it now!
Its there birthday! I woke up to give Alice and Jack there birthday presents. I got a Alice a new bag and Jack a jumper. Jack keeps on saying he wants to change his fashion. Mum, Alice and I then went for lunch. We were meant to be going to Ask Italian in Wells but we forgot there is a market on every Saturday so we couldn’t find a parking space! Instead we went to Wetherspoons, haha. After a quick lunch as we were in a rush, Alice and I went to get out nails done, ready for an evening out in Bristol.
I think I should start to leave my camera out whenever I have people round, haha! The next day we had to wake up quite early, after getting into bed around 5is as 30 members of my family were coming round to celebrate Alice and Jacks 18th. We had a hog roast, marquee and lots of food, it is a shame the weather was not on our side as we all spent most of the time in the house. It was also so nice to see all of the family.
What an exciting weekend, also my friends and I have booked a holiday to Spain, WOO!
On Saturday, my friend Lucy from secondary school tied the knot, crazy! The first wedding of our generation and what an amazing evening, I want to do it again. It was like a little ruin for all of my school friend, filled with pims, laughter and lots of dancing.
It was taken place in a village hall near me and I know how that must sound, but it was done up so beautifully. The amount of work and effort put into just one day was incredible. She draped white material across the ceiling as if we were inside a marque, with flower, lights and lots of decoration.
I just cannot wait for the next wedding now, what a beautiful evening!
On Thursday I decided to join my mum and brother as they visited Exeter University as it is where my brother is going to be going in September. Instead on just driving for an hour to look around the Uni we thought we would make a day of it, so we stopped for lunch at Mill on the Exe. Mum recommended going to the pub grub restaurant as it is in a beautiful setting and right next to the University. I got battered halloumi chips which were amazing but way too much for a lunch. I thought it was a good idea as I hadn’t eaten anything all day but by the end I was absolutely stuffed and needed to walk it off.
Whilst walking around Exeter University campus we were able to visit my mum and dads wedding reception. It had a huge garden and loads of steps. The whole of Exeter University is extremely hilly but very nice, my brother loved it. Exeter is the best place for him to be as he is so into his rugby and supports Exeter Chiefs. Jack and my Dad are big fans!
I wore my checkered trousers from New Look and a long sleeved, black crop top, again from New Look. I then topped it off with a leather jacked from Primark and my Pink Suede Nike Air Force.
Today is a motivational Tuesday. I woke up after an early night watching Made in Chelsea at 8:00AM where I went downstairs and made myself a cappachino. At 9:30AM I went to a CrossFit class with my Mum and brother which I have really got into this Easter. I am trying my hardest to get fit for the Summer.
“Tuesday, means that you survived Monday”
After CrossFit, Mum and I made our way over to Bridgwater where we went to a Yoga class. I thought this would be a great idea as after these classes I never stretch out my muscles. I have never properly got into Yoga before as I am not that flexible anymore but it is something that I am definitely interested in.
When we had finished with our classes we had a small lunch underneath the Gym. I had a vegetarian breakfast which was amazing. I had never tried sour bread before but I thought it was nicer than normal bread. I am cutting down on all meat, yeast and dairy. Over the past 3 months I have started to feel extremely sick, so cutting down will let me route out the problem. Maybe I am intolerant to something? I would hate to have to give up any dairy product, I love cheese and I have around 5 cappachinos a day.
The rest of the day I set up my revision for my Language Matters exam which is in 6 weeks. If you didn’t know I am studying Communications and Media. I have not taken an exam since my A Levels so the thought of sitting in an exam hall is getting me stressed so I am preparing myself early.
While revising I drank 2 pints of water and snaked on a PhD Smart Protein bar which I picked up after CrossFit. I am obsessed with the cookies and cream flavour, it is crazy how something so filled with chocolate can be healthy (although it is £2 a bar so I won’t be eating these at University.)
For dinner I had Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Curry Soup which is a recipe my mum found on eatingwell.com.
I don’t like eating anything that is too filling before I go to work so some homemade soup is perfect. It is healthy, tasty and does not bloat me out. Eating Well have the best healthy recipes so I recommend checking out there page if you have not already.
Let me know if you like this style of post, I am thinking about doing a couple more ‘Day in the Life’ blog posts. Happy Tuesday!
If you have been reading my blog for long, you will know that my Dad lives in Saudi Arabia. He moved there when I was in Year 10, so around 5 years and has lived there ever since. Due to my Dads job we have been given a lot of opportunities. Never would I of thought I would visit countries such as Dubai, America or even Saudi Arabia itself.
Saudi Arabia is a very different place to England and is completely out of the ordinary. The culture is a distant way of life due to their strong religion. Women must be covered head to toe in an abaya robe, they weren’t allowed to drive – but this rule is slowly being lifted and if you get caught with any sort of drug/alcohol you would be punished. So yes, when my family visited Saudi for the first time it was a bit scary.
Thankfully, my Dad lives on an English compound where people are able to live by their own rules. It is next to an American school so is filled with children and teenagers which you definitely notice on the weekends (Thursdays and Fridays.) On the compound theres 3 pools, a gym, Burger King, Sports Direct, it is just like a normal holiday.
I would love to visit Saudi again but I don’t think it would be for a while, as I am in University it is hard to find a time when we can all go as a family. In 2017 my family went without me!
I hope you like this post, if any of you have visited Saudi before or have any other stories I would love to know more about it!
When Solly and I stayed in Bath for a couple of days after our trip to Dublin got cancelled, we bought an evening at Thermae Bath Spa off one of our friends. We thought as we were staying in Bath for two nights, visiting one of Baths biggest attractions will be a lot of fun, although we have been there before. But due to the snow, we were not able to use our pass and it is only valid from Monday – Friday. Solly works every Monday – Friday so finding a day to visit is hard, but spending the evening on bank holiday weekend there was extremely relaxing. After boozing and working through the weekend, being able to relax in a spa with my boyfriend was a perfect way to end his four day weekend, especially when we do not get a lot of time to spend together.
At Thermae Spa you are not actually allowed your phone when you are out of the changing room as the company wants to keep it a secret for new customers, but I sneakily took a couple whilst Solly and I were sat on the balcony.
Unfortunately in the end Solly and I were not able to get food at the Spa as it was so busy on the bank holiday Monday, so after we went to Prezzo in Bath. I have never been to this Prezzo but it was amazing and the interior was incredible. I love Bath just because of the old, fashioned styled buildings. Prezzo was very dark and romantic, the whole restaurant was basically lit just by candle light. This was a lush way to end bank holiday.
Just like most of you I spent my bank holiday weekend out with all my friends and having to work. Working in a pub/restaurant when everyone is off work can be very busy but I did not mind, it meant that I appreciated the time I was able to spend with everybody. On Friday night after work I went to Bocabar in Glastonbury where they often have small events. This is just next to where I live and is always a lot of fun.
What did you guys get up too on your bank holiday weekend?
On Saturday night I went out in Bristol for my friend Chloe’s 19th birthday so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all what I wore. I decided on something completely different for this night out as I am trying to expand on the things I wear.
This Multi Coloured, Poker Dot, flowy dress is from TopShop and I bought it while I was shopping with my brother Jack in Taunton the other day. I liked this style of dress as I thought it would be perfect for the Summer and it is something completely different. It was on £26 and for TopShop I thought that was amazing so I did not have a choice but to buy it. I wore this with my White Nike Air Force trainers as the club is not dressy at all and I wore a leather jacket on top.
For Chloes birthday we got a mini bus (well a coach) to SWX in Bristol. I have never been there before so it was a good change and a nice way to spend the bank holiday weekend. Especially as we were with everyone.
I spent Easter Sunday this year working at my old pub as they needed help so my Easter this year was not too exciting, how has your weekend been?
I took a lot of photos on my birthday night out on the Huji Camera app, and when I woke up the next day with a run over phone and no way to access the app I was so upset, haha! Recently this Huji camera has become massive across the Instagram community. For ages I have wanted an app on my phone which can turn pictures into disposable photos. The reason I love this app is because it can make any photo look good without having to try.
This ism last post about my 20th birthday. It was a great weekend and it is nice that I am able to share it all with you. I feel like since being at University a lot of my blog post are based around nights out, which I want to change and being at home for 3 weeks gives me the chance to do that.
I hope you like this style of post, it is a way of me sharing lots of photographs but not taking up lots of space.