Where has the time gone?

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As many of you will have noticed, my blogging hiatus has lasted a  little bit longer than I was initially planning. In all honesty, I hadn’t realised how long it had actually been. This year seems to have flown by. One minute it was Christmas and I was stressing about how I was going to afford Christmas presents for everyone, and the next thing I knew, it was June, uni was done and I was suddenly in the real world, a little bit lost but also relieved.

So much has happened this year that I don’t really know where to begin. It’s been a difficult year to say the least. I’ve had to deal with things I’ve never had to deal with before, including the loss of a family member, and coping with the stress of my dissertation and my other final year projects.

Instead of going into all the details, I think the best thing for me to do is to conclude that this year has been the year where I feel like I’m learning. I feel like the experiences that have happened so far have been made me look at life in a different way. I’m aware that to some of you that might sound stupid and cheesy, but from my perspective, it’s the truth. 2017 has been challenging, tough, and stressful, but I’m still coping, I’m beginning to feel happier, and I’m understanding that sometimes you need a bit of negativity so that you can find the positive.

Blogging began as a creative outlet for me, a place to express myself, something that’s difficult to do in reality. It always allowed me to stop bottling things up, something which I know I’ve done for the last few months. So therefore, I’m back. I want to keep my blog going. It was a place to get things off my chest, and I think I need that again. It was also a space where I could share pieces of my creative writing, and as my degree is now over, it’s important to me that I keep sharing those too.

If you have any blogging requests etc, then feel free to comment below, I’m always interested in what all of you out there have to say.

Love from,

Beth x

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A city love affair

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As many of you  know, I used to live in Chester. Chester is a beautiful city in the North West, and it’s the first place I lived entirely on my own without my family or any of the people that I grew up with all of my life. I lived in a tiny room in a old fashioned block of flats, and my friends lived directly across the road. Things like not being able to drive weren’t an issue as shops were a ten minute walk away, and as I lived on campus, it was literally a two minute walk to lectures. For that year, my friends became like a family to me. I think that because of that, Chester always feels like home to me in a way that I’m not always convinced Manchester does.

Although I class myself as living in Manchester, where I actually live is Sale, a small town in the suburbs which is technically in Cheshire. Where I live is very leafy and green, and it does feel more like home to me now than it did a year ago. It helps that Rich is here and that my family aren’t too far away, and I do feel as if I’m putting down more roots now that I have a part time job in the city. But then the other day, I caught the train down to Chester for a night out with some of my friends who live there. And I got that feeling as I were going home, as if I still lived there.

Although I’ve accepted that Manchester is my current home, and I’m happy with living there, I guess a part of me will always love Chester. It has beautiful sunsets, it’s where I met my boyfriend, and it’s somewhere that for a short while really made me happy. What I’ve got to remember is that life goes on, and that Manchester is somewhere that opens up a wealth of opportunities in a way that Chester didn’t. I have a lovely flat with Rich, I get to live the cosmopolitan city lifestyle, and I’m closer to my family and hometown.

I think I need to remember that whenever I do travel down to Chester for uni, which I currently do three times a week, although Chester is no longer my home, it’s still there for me when I want it. It was a stepping stone into my current life, and in the same way that my memories are always within reach, so is my favourite city.

Do any of you feel like this about a city? Let me know.

Beth xx

Monday blues

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Hi all, I first of all want to address the issue of my infrequent posting the last two weeks, I feel as if I’ve really neglected my blog and of course all of you guys. I think my main reason has been simply down to lack of time, and also the fact that I seem to have hit a bit of a writer’s block. Do any of you out there ever feel like that?

Maybe it’s because it’s a Monday, which has always been my least favourite day of the week, and the fact that the skies outside my window are no longer blue, but I feel a bit of a case of hitting a slump. I’m feeling unmotivated to write, and unmotivated to express myself. I’m by no means unhappy, in fact I feel content… and I’m starting to think that’s why I’m feeling this way.

I’m starting to realise that my best posts, my posts which you guys enjoy, are when there’s genuine emotion behind them and excitement, and I’ve been reluctant to post anything which hasn’t been to that standard. I want my words to dance on the page, I want them to stick with you, to make you think, for them to challenge your train of thought. I don’t want you to get bored halfway through or to feel as if you’ve lost interest of the things I have to say.

I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel though, so don’t worry, I’ll be back to writing soon, but I just wanted to keep you all informed on the lack of recent posts.

As always, thank you for sticking with me, and I hope you enjoy the posts that I’m sure will spring to mind very soon. If you have any ideas of how I can get out of my slump quicker, or if there are any posts that you would  particularly like to see, then do let me know as it would be a great help!

Love from Beth x

Liebster Award

The other day I woke up to find that I’d been nominated by the lovely https://hamiltonfox.wordpress.com/ for the Liebster Award. Thank you very much! I’m so grateful that you’ve been enjoying my writing and I feel so lucky to have been nominated as when I started this blog, I had no idea that people would actually enjoy what I’d been writing. For me it started off as just a space to share my thoughts and so I’m really grateful that I’ve been recognised like this, and it means a lot.

I think the Liebster Award is such a great idea. It gives a chance for new writers like myself to get more involved in the blogging community, and to get a little boost when they need it the most. It’s given me the initiative to want to grow my blog even more by writing a more diverse range of posts and to keep posting more of what I have been posting.

There are, however, a few rules in accepting this nomination:

So here are the eleven questions that I’ve been asked to answer and the eleven facts about me 🙂

  1. What inspired you to start blogging? I started blogging simply because I love writing. I’ve tried to start a blog before but never really got very into it, but this time I’ve really loved it, I’ve had a tonne of ideas for blog posts, and I can’t wait to keep growing it further.
  2. What’s your idea of a perfect first date? Maybe something completely cheesy like a picnic. To be honest, any opportunity to get to know the other person, to relax, and to eat some nice food.
  3. If you could live anywhere where would it be? I would live near the sea. I currently live in the city so it would be a nice change to be near the water. I feel like it would encourage me to spend more time outdoors .
  4. Nightowl or Day hawk? Definitely day hawk. I’m so sad, I find myself in bed at half eleven every night and up pretty early, even on weekends.
  5. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher.
  6. Do you prefer long or short hair? Definitely long on myself, I remember one time I cut my hair up to my shoulders and hated it. It’s quite long now, and I have a bit of a fear of hairdressers just in case they cut it all off again! On my love interest… well my boyfriend has short hair, so probably short, though I’m not really too fussed to be honest.
  7. What’s your favourite Summer Holiday memory? My favourite summer holiday memory has to be in Italy when I went on a gondola ride in Venice. It’s something that was always on my bucket list and I’m so glad I finally got round to doing it.
  8. What’s the movie you’ve watched the most? Love Actually. I know it’s a Christmas film but I’m happy to watch it at any time of year.
  9. What’s your guilty pleasure food? Cake, lots and lots of it. My favourites are coffee cake and walnut cake.
  10. Jedi or Sith? Jedi of course!
  11. What is your biggest pet peeve? Know it alls.

Well I hope you all enjoyed reading that! Now it’s time to share my nominations 🙂 you guys really deserve this, and I hope that those of you who are reading this take a look at these wonderful blogs.

zofiaellie

reevablog

thecrazychicrasmi

lifein-glitter

Teenblogs

I hope you guys accept this nomination! My eleven questions are:

  1. If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
  2. Favourite food and why
  3. The worst book you’ve ever read
  4. Best thing to watch on Netflix
  5. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
  6. Who’s your role model?
  7. What is it that you love the most about blogging?
  8. If you could be any Harry Potter character, which would you be?
  9. What’s your favourite flavour of icecream?
  10. Where are you originally from?
  11. Sunset or sunrise?

Thank you so much everyone for reading this!

Lots of love,

Beth x

 

How to think of an original blog post

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If, like me, you’ve been blogging and writing for a while, you’re eventually going to hit a wall where you can no longer think of anything new, or original to write about. It can be hard to get those little cogs in your brain whirring away in the realms of originality. But don’t worry, I’ve thought of a few ways which can get that creative thought flowing, and that will help give your blog the boost it needs!

1: Look around you

Think about it. Take in everything around you properly, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by technology. Think about the sounds around you, the people around you, and your general surroundings. What do they remind you of?

2: Analyse your favourite quotes

A great way to write a blog post that comes from the heart is to write about a quote that inspires you. Really think about it, and honestly pore your heart out to your followers. Some of my post popular posts have been my ‘thoughts of the day’.

3: Take a trip down memory lane

Think about something that happened long ago, and then think about what’s new in your life, and how you’ve changed as a person since that memory. It can be quite therapeutic for you as well your followers to try this. There’s nothing quite like a bit of nostalgia!

4: Celebrate odd holidays

To try and do something a bit quirky and unique, how about researching an odd holiday and explaining what it is to your followers? You never know, you might even decide it’s a holiday that you want to celebrate from now on. The stranger the better for this one.

5: Write a blog post titled ‘If I won the lottery’.

You might find yourself surprised with where this blog post takes you. With this post you could either make it quite witty, or quite meaningful, depending on the type of blog you write and your audience following.

Do you have any original blog post ideas? Share them in the comments below 🙂 thanks for reading!