TOP 10 TIPS FOR BEING ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Waking up every morning with the ‘get your head in the game’ mindset is hard. Soooooo hard.

Before I came home to Swansea from being at university in Bristol, I was dreading it. For three years I devoted every single thing I had to my ‘new life’ in Bristol. I adapted to a new environment, progressed personally and professionally, and learned how to drill it into my head that it is so important every day to wake up feeling confident that you can kick ass, even if deep down you really feel like you can’t.

So here are my top 10 tips to ensure that every day of your exciting or mundane life you stay on top of the world, or at least get there eventually:

  1. Develop positive thinking – Wow, the importance of this is crazy! I feel like so much emphasis is always put on how everyone needs to be constantly happy and positive otherwise they’re a bad person or something. That’s not the case. Thinking positive changed my life because with positive thoughts comes positive attitude, positive outlook and shortly after, a positive life.
  2. Exercise – When we exercise we release the same endorphins we release during sex, so if that’s not enough to get you to the gym then I don’t know if anything can/ Exercising reduces our perception of pain, and triggers those feelings of positivity in our bodies that all of us want to feel 24/7. These so-called happy hormones make me feel on top of the world when I feel at the bottom, so I know they’ll make you feel the same way too.
  3. Kindness – I find being kind so rewarding. You could be kind to someone and then days or weeks later be told how much of a thoughtful person you are for extending your help or advice to a friend, family member or colleague. Being told that you are a good person will reassure you that you are a good person, and this will make you extremely happy. I know it.
  4. Eliminate the non-essential – Because who likes negative vibes? NO-ONE. If doing something or associating with someone negative is raining on your parade, cut all ties. There are so many long-term effects of negative angst and stress, which definitely do not help us achieve our goal of feeling on top of the world. If it’s non-essential, it’s non-progressive, and we all know that progression is the first step on the path to success.
  5. Create a vision for 10 years today – We all love the thought of a better title, bigger paycheck, but how can we think that we are going to get to that stage of our lives if we fail to even turn it into a vision? Even if you consider yourself to be a person who completely lacks confidence, I can assure you that you have enough self-worth to be able to get to the place you dream to be if you just picture yourself there. Work for it and it will come to you. Also remember that if you never do, it will never get done, and if you never ask, the answer will always be no.
  6. Short-term strategy and goals – Number 6 is one of my favourites. Creating a short-term strategy and goals doesn’t mean that you need to tell yourself that you need to lose 2 stone in 2 weeks or become the president of the United States within the next 8 years. An example is ‘by the end of the week I want to have gone to the gym at least 5 times, scheduled 2 blog posts, and applied for 3 jobs.’ Write lists. Buy a planner. Stick a piece of paper on your fridge. Write on your hand. It works!!!!
  7. Mentors who will inspire and support you – For as long as I remember I have always been keen to learn, whether that’s self-learning or being taught something new by someone or something else (like a book). Your mentor doesn’t have to be a professional, because you can also place your ‘mentor title’ on a member of your family, for example, at work I consider my manager to be my mentor, because she’s providing me with invaluable advice and guidance that I know I couldn’t get anywhere else. Whereas at home, my grandfather is my mentor, who provides me with support and gives me advice on what potential goals I could set for the benefit of my own future.
  8. Take risks – I don’t know if it’s the feeling of adrenaline or what, but risk-taking really makes me feel on top of the world. Taking risks or doing scary things can lead to finding meaning in life, and when you do this you start to accept yourself and embrace change. Taking risks will also allow you to live in the moment, and I personally think that this is what life is all about. ENJOYING.
  9. Ignore competition – If you’re friendly, you’ll have no trouble with switching your negative perception of potential completion to a positive perception. People tend to forget that we can learn a lot from our competition, and just because they’re seen as our competition it doesn’t always mean that they’re going to achieve more than we will. Focus on YOU, and you’ll be on top of the world in no time.
  10. Don’t regret – Regret can cloud our minds and get in the way of letting us think that if we put our mind and abilities to something, we can get shit dooooooone. Mistakes are part of our nature, so if we make them, so what. There’s always room for improvement, isn’t there?! JFK once said that “those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” We don’t want to miss out on that, do we?

I didn’t think that coming home, I could be happy. I kept thinking ‘Swansea is shit’, ‘there’s no opportunity’, and ‘I’m never going to get to where I want to be in life’. I was wrong because now every morning when I drive to work I just think about what a person can achieve in a day, no matter where they are. If you achieve a lot in a day, just imagine what you can achieve in a month or a year.

If you have any tips for feeling on top of the world or want to give me more advice on what I can do to improve my mantra, let me know!

Thanks for reading, Rebecca x

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MEXICAN FIESTA

AHHH, it’s been such a long time!!

I feel like every time I write a blog post I start it with how sorry I am for taking such a long haitus… I used to consider myself a bit of a creative cat, but if I am that creative, how come I find myself struggling to find stuff to write about?!

Anyways, hi! I’m back! And you guessed it, it’s another holiday-based blog post 😉

On July 6th this year, I turned 21 years old. So like any teen about to hit the age that’s apparently the ‘key to the door’, I pondered and pondered over the answer to the “so what would you like for your birthday?” question.

As a teenager fortunate enough to have life essentials and some luxury items, I honestly just wanted to be with my family and friends (as long as there was some birthday cake)!

Though, being the holiday fanatic that I am, my mum decided to surprise me with a holiday to the Caribbean.

The wonderful woman chose Mexcio as our dream location, since we went way back in 2001, which yes, means unfortunately enough I was too young to remember the best bits. The only memories I have are of the massive f*cking waves.

 

It was time to make new memories.

Behold – PARADISE

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And this was before the storm.

When we arrived at the hotel (http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/holiday/accommodation/overview/Playa-del-Carmen/Azul-Beach-Resort-The-Fives-by-Karisma-046367) we were greeted with a warm welcome and complimentary glasses of champagne. Of which I had more than one. Of course.

The sun was shining, and off we went to our hotel room. You know when you arrive at a hotel and you just get that feeling where you’re like ‘I’m going to loooove it here’? Well, it was exactly like that.

Myself and my mum spent our days mooching around the humongous place, basking in the Caribbean sunshine, drinking mimosas, breathing in the rainforest-y air. You get it.

Now it’s time for the wave of pictures!

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And let’s not get started on the beach…

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With Mexico being 10 hours behind the U.K, you can imagine the jet lag is pretty aggressive! But, being someone who tries to see the light in every situation, I would wake up around 6am every morning and walk down to the beach area just to catch that brisk morning air and glorious view.

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Being here made me feel so calm and at ease! I never wanted to leave.

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Swimming was actually like a dream come true. Honestly.

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I mean, the place even has hammocks. HAMMOCKS. I might move here.

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Awww. I loved this day.

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On one of the days we booked to swim with the dolphins. My mum kept on telling me how much I will enjoy it, and how much she loved it when her and my uncle did it the last time we were here.

You weren’t allowed to take pictures here, so this is the only one I managed to get. I definitely do not agree with them being kept captive in these environments, but the only thing that gave me peace of mind was that they are in still in the ocean rather than a swimming pool.

It was such a lovely day, bonding with my mum being my favourite part. Though I can’t say that I loved the prices for our pictures with the dolphins 😉

Since we are on the topic of animals… our balcony was surrounded by beautiful tall trees, which were constantly subject to the antics of the monkeys!

 

One monkey decided to get comfy on our neighbours chair at one point! So cute!

The rest of our time was spent immersing ourselves in Mexican culture, listening to the music of the locals –

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Floating around the hotels different restaurants,

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And a lot of reading and relaxing.

I can’t thank my mum enough for such an unforgettable birthday gift. Nobody dislikes recieving material items, but making memories through new experiences is priceless.

If you want to ask me anything about the hotel and it’s services or anything involving Mexico, please feel free!!

I’ll never not thank you for reading. Rebecca x

GOTAWAY ON A GETAWAY, AGAIN

Long time no speak!

I was going to say that I haven’t written in a while. But I have! 10,000 essays, feature articles, and anything I can squeeze a description out of. All for my glorius final year of university. This means I have rejected my lonely old blog!

I have thrown myself into working as hard as I can so that I can graduate with an acceptable grade, but I need to come here to write more often! I bet you’re thinking, now why are you saying this? Well since you ask…

It is so easy to let stress consume you, and I find that one of the best ways to cope with stress is an opportunity to embrace relaxation. You got it. I went on holiday, again.

On the 5th of this month, myself, mum, niece, sister and her fiance (whom she got engaged to on Christmas Day, how cute is that?!, his parents aannnndd family freinds jetted off to the lovely and breezy canary island that is Lanzarote. It was my fourth time visiting this gorgeous place, but this time we decided to visit somewhere new. Whereas we usually go to Puerto del Carmen, this time we stayed in Costa Teguise.

If you live in the UK, then you know how unlucky we are with the weather on a regular, if not daily basis, but when it comes to Winter, well. The weather is on another level of ridiculousness. Therefore, even if the sun wasn’t scorching in Lanzarote, it was still an improvement from blustery Wales!

We stayed at the Grand Teguise Playa Hotel, and it was honestly beautiful. The hotel was huge inside, the pool was glorious, and look at the view! There is nothing I enjoy more than being close to the ocean. I sure made the most of it too!

The hotel boasted Amazonian vibes, and I completely and absolutely relished in this!! The draping vines and the trees, there was even a pond. With a turtle in! I didn’t think it could get any better than this, until I found that the bar revolves. The only way I can explain this is to tell you to picture a lazy river in one of those water parks abroad, it’s exactly like that! But slower. And you’re sat in comfy comfy chairs. It’s incredible.

Say hi to the hotel turtle! Forgive me for the bad quality pictures….


The decor was on another level. I felt like I was in Ikea!

The whole week was mesmerising, but what I enjoyed the most were the all inclusive drinks (so much love for a gin and tonic), and the beach. I could honestly live at the beach.

Just looooook at it!

Going on holiday is what I feel the most perfect thing to do before going back to university. Now I feel like my head is in the right place to get straight back into the hard work that third year requires! Myself and my house mates are already talking about where to go on holiday for the summer. I can’t believe that I’m graduating this year. Please help me get through this! Haha.

Lanzarote is a place that I highly recommend to teenagers, adolescents, and families. It’s a place for everyone. If you haven’t been, go! And if you have been, how was it?

Thanks for reading!

Rebecca x

 

A LOVELY SUNDAY IN BATH 

Everybody loves a productive Sunday. Well I know I do.

There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning and seeing the sun peep through your blinds or curtains. But it’s even better when it’s early. That crisp morning air, being able to think to yourself that you have the whole day to do whatever you want. LOVE IT. 

My weekend was fresh. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t go out on a Saturday night, and so I thought the time has come. This weekend I must stay in. And so I did, and I feel like you can relate when I say nothing beats waking up fresh on a Sunday morning.

You’re energetic, fresh, full of life and want to make the most of the last day of your weekend!

Being a third year means have a huuuugggeee workload. Therefore, I ensure that I get all of my work done during the week in order to have at least Saturday and Sunday off. Succeeding in this, I thought to myself, hmmmm, how shall I spend my Sunday?

I was up at 8am and my housemate Ellie came into my downstairs bedroom and asked, “shall we just go to Bath?”

I’ve never been to the city that’s famous for it’s incredible Georgian architecture, original Roman Baths and much more. So why not go on a Sunny Sunday, eh?

Hopping in my car at around 9:45am, me and Ellie had an upbeat and rather fast drive to Bath from Bristol.

As soon as we got there I started taking pictures! 

The skies were blue and the houses were stunning!

I can’t get over this house. I want it.

Ellie said that her mum Sue loves this particular bookshop in Bath, and said that we should go there first! “It’s something you’d love Bec.” She said.

I felt like such a tourist taking so many pictures, but this shop is a place I’d recommend to anyone. Please go there if you love reading!!!!!

                           There she is ^ 


Mr B’s emporium of reading delights is tucked away on John Street and it’s so cute. Inside they include little ‘Mr B thinks’ notes where you can read what Mr B thinks of certain books. Cool isn’t it.

I love absolutely everything about this beautiful bookshop, especially its quirky furniture!

After leaving Mr B’s, mooching around Jo Malone and smelling wayyyyy too many candles, we walked into The Fudge Kitchen on Church Street.

Ellie (the expert on Bath) said that they sometimes show people how they make the fudge, and that everyone who comes to Bath has to try this melt in your mouth deliciousness.

The customer service there is too excellent to explain, and as soon as I spoke to the two gentlemen there I knew I was going to end up buying some fudge! It’s £5 a slab, but I’m addicted to all things sweet and thought it would be rude not to. I ended up with dark chocolate and sea salt. I still have some left in my cupboard and I never want it to run out.

We carried on with our browsing, and as per usual, I carried on with my ubiquitous picture-taking.

Excuse the last picture, I am just super excited for Christmas!

I was sad to leave not having experienced the Roman Baths, but next time I go to Bath it will be the first thing I do.

If you’re ever wondering how to spend your Sunday, Bath is the perfect place to visit.

Thank you so much for Reading! Hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Rebecca x

GOING BACK TO GREECE 

Happy Sunday! Today is such a good day. The sun is shining and Frank Ocean has released his new album ‘Blond’, something I have waited for since what feels like FOREVER! (2012)

On the 4th of this month, I went back to Greece with my friends. We went to the country’s smallest island, Kos, and stayed in a cute, little place called Kardamena!

Being abroad is what truly makes me happy, and since myself and 9 of my friends had all jetted off on holiday, to not have fun was actually impossible!

August 10th was my favourite day of the holiday. Why? We had booked to go to one of the islands hotspots called ‘Bubble Beach’, or to the natives, ‘Paradise Beach’. Paying 10€ each, we were told to be at the harbour for 9:40AM, as our boat (the Pirate ship) was to leave at 10:00AM.

The journey lasted for about 40 minutes and breathing in the sea air and admiring the views of the island was truly lovely.

My friends couldn’t stop smiling!

In 35 degree heat, you really do feel like you’re catching a glimpse of paradise!

Could you get sick of the sight of that crystal clear water?

Hopping off our pirate ship and on to a small speed boat, we couldn’t stop saying how excited we were to experience Bubble Beach.

What a beautiful place!!!!
7/10 of us paid 4€ to go on this huge assault course that was placed in the ocean and we spent half of our day on there and the other half sunbathing, chatting and listening to the sounds of laughter and the sea calmly greeting the sand.

When it came to 3:30PM, it was our time to depart Paradise beach and head back to our hotel!

Kos is a beautiful, quiet island, where the staff are friendly and holiday-goers seem more than willing to relish in heart-warming chats.

I’m such a beach baby at heart, and so Kardamena beach was my favourite place to visit.

When I was here, I felt like I could switch off easily and didn’t have a worry in the world! Is anybody else like that when they’re at the beach?

I spent the days appreciating the amazing views and the Greek way of life! This included taking plenty of pictures, haha.

Kos have this burger restaurant called ‘Burger Box’, and I can put my hand on my heart and say that it was the best burger I have ever eaten!


Mmmmmmmm.

Greece is a breathtaking place that provides gorgeous coffee, mouthwatering dishes for dinner, stunning places for breakfast, and an impressive everything else.


I would happily go back there every year for the rest of my life!

Where have you been that you have loved or want to go back to? Would you go to Kos?

Thanks for reading! Have a gorgeous day, and give Frank Ocean’s new album ‘Blond’ a listen to 💛

Rebecca x

GOTAWAY ON A GETAWAY

Everybody loves going away. If I’m right, great. If I’m not, then there we are.

Whether you’ve been up to your eyeballs in work, whizzing around university, or you’ve just had enough of life, it’s always enlightening to think about the escapism you’ll get out of a little trip away.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll try to cram in a break by the ocean whenever you can! After going to Lanzarote during my winter break last year, my mum has decided to make it into an annual thing. We did the same this year, (being a student you learn to take advantage of the chance to go away), but this time we stayed in the SENTIDO Aequora Lanzarote. I wish I had blogged about it whilst I was out there, but I actually took my MacBook so I could blast out an essay for one of my modules because the deadline was a few days before we left! Doing an 2500 word essay is tactical, but with a few rays of sunshine, who could complain?


Our next trip to Lanzarote has been booked for January 2017, and I’m already excited to experience a new place there, as it will be my fourth time visiting! 

Furthermore, the ‘getaway’ I’m referring to in this blog post is my most recent one. As soon as second year finished, my mum said it would be lovely to fly somewhere nice, in a bid to escape the unpredictable, ruthless British weather!

Life is never a walk in the park in Wales. Especially when you have the threat of a tree hitting you in the face because the wind is so bad, or a neighbours brick falling off their chimney on to your car or something! Haha. 

More to the point! My mum wanted to go to Greece, as she has never been before. Having been to Malia and Faliraki, I suggested we go to Kalimaki (about 20 minutes away from Laganas for all of you Zante lovers), and so it was booked! 

I haven’t long been back, but it was so nice to chill out just me and my mum, as at home it’s all hustle and bustle when you have your parents doing something 24/7, siblings arranging things and 3 nieces running around the place! Wow I’m just realising how long a blog post this is. I have always been a waffler. Soz.

We stayed in the Marlene hotel, (pronounced as Marilyn), which my mum absolutely loved because I played Marilyn Monroe in my final performance for my Drama GCSE, and since that she seems to think I love her! 

Taking my absolute holiday essentials (not all of them) because if this was all of them, there would be 1000 pics! I should have papped my Sun lotion, after sun, aloe Vera, mosquito spray etc. 

(Ignore the horrid filter haha)

Here’s my mum outside the hotel! Bless her. 


More about the place: Kalimaki is a 20/25 minute walk from Laganas, the town that’s home to crazy party island Zante! Instead of hopping in a taxi, each day we walked to Laganas via the beach, which was perfect. Walking miles doesn’t seem so bad when you’re on the beach does it?? 


The week was filled with days on the beach, splashing in the water, experiencing different places to eat, meeting new people, and extreme relaxation! These are all things I find imperative when you’re away and lusting for that de-stressing experience, which is what I got from visiting Kalamaki. It was exactly what I was looking for after finishing my second year, because when something is physically and emotionally demanding, whether that’s work or education, it can be difficult to feel at ease when you come out of that work routine! As some would say, it’s nothing a few cocktails can’t fix! I must admit I probably bought about 20 glasses of ‘gin fizz’. 

We went on a Monday, so by the Friday we thought we would do something a bit more exciting than mooch about! Which I thoroughly enjoyed, especially when this was my view at the time… 

Thinking about what activity to do, my mum booked a boat trip to Zante’s Turtle Island and the Blue Caves! The weather was glorious, and when it’s almost 30 degrees, what a better way to spend the day than by the sea? We set off on a little boat and let the views take our breath away. 

You wouldn’t believe the achievement I felt when I spotted this turtle.

I feel like this could be a postcard! 

Aaannnddd this is the clearest, most gorgeous blue water I have ever seen! 

After about an hour of sailing, our captain told us we would be stopping at a hidden beach, where he gave us a chance to swim, grab ice cream and come to grips with the beautiful things we had just witnessed! 

Having been to Spain, Portugal, America, Mexico, Cyprus, and many more places around the world, I could still hardly believe what was right in front of me. 

Safe to say, I did not want to leave this island! 

If you are looking for a perfect holiday, I definitely recommend Kalimaki, Zante, or any Greek island for that matter!

This trip was everything that I needed, from spending quality time with my mum to having the stress from my most intensive term at uni sucked out of me!

I’m looking forward to returning to Greece in August, and I’m already excited to do a holiday essentials post!

Have you been to Greece? Or are you off any place exciting this summer? Let me know 🌞

Thanks for reading, have a great day 💙

Rebecca x

SEE YA SECOND YEAR! 

I couldn’t make this more cliche if I tried, BUT, it is so hard to believe that second year is finally over. 

After wanting to reenact Bridget Jones and tuck into that huge pot of Ben and Jerry’s whilst crying, I spent time on reflecting how good this university year has been and how much I have progressed since September. (How much I feel I have progressed anyway).

Soon after moving out of my university accommodation last April, I moved into this pretty pleasing four story house in Brisol’s City Centre. 

The best part about the house (other than how we are a stone’s throw from Bristol Central Library, Bristol Cathedral and College Green), is how I get to live there with four friends I have known since secondary school.

Here they are now! 

For lack of a better (more appropriate or sober) picture of the five of us together, from the left I give you: Kerry, Alex, Laura, myself and Lia! We really are a crazy bunch. The fact we are all Welsh is enough to send people running. 
I couldn’t be more grateful and appreciate of the diverse bonds I have with each of these invidiuals, and have no idea how I would get through the uni year without the late night chats, watching of shit films, exploring of Bristol, and the absolutely crazy nights out I have had with this lot and the other completely cuckoo people we have met. *feeling very lucky right now* I can be soppy sometimes, okay?

In regards to the studious aspect of university, it is the reason we are all here after all, I’ve realised how much you have to strive towards getting the results you feel you deserve, and how substantial results require consistent dedication and effort. I sound like I’m impersonating a lecturer, but it really is true. I know if we all had it our way, we’d all take 1:1 without having to do any work! Ahhhh, that would be dreamy wouldn’t it. 

I’m currently at home in Wales, and even when people say home is where the heart is, going to uni in Bristol is having such a profound effect on my life. If I am to move out of the city after university, a part of me will always stay there. 

Being lucky enough to live so close to these popular attractions, how could I ever complain? 

Bristol Cathedral 

The Playground Cafe 

The Three Tuns (a breath away from our house at York Place) 


Bristol Harbourside 


Turtle Bay

Brandon Hill Nature Park


The Hippodrome, At Bristol, Bristol Zoo, Bristol Aqaurium, Ashton Court, the list is endless. 

I am spending the summer volunteering at Bristol Central Library, working at my job as a Student Ambassador, and searching for some work experience that’s related to Media and Journalism. 

We move into our new house on July 1 and I already can’t wait to blog about it then. I love Bristol and I always will.

How are you finding uni? And what are you looking forward to the most this summer? If you want any information on Bristol, feel free to get in contact!

Thank you for reading, 

Rebecca x

I’M GIVING UP CHOCOLATE

Gosh, I almost fooled myself with the title.

I AM giving up chocolate, but it’s only for one month. Soz guys.

So on March 1, I begin this challenge called a ‘Dechox’. I can’t help but appreciate the good pun. It is what the British Heart Foundation call a chocolate detox. AS OF March, there’ll be absolutely no chocolate bars, no chocolate cake, no choccy biscuits with my tea, not even chocolate sprinkles on my cappuccino are allowed. Being the insane chocolate-lover that I am, I can imagine this being as difficult as I found my Maths GCSE. Let’s just say I did higher tier and failed. It was 30% to get a C grade.

Moving on….

I am raising money for the British Heart Foundation, if you don’t know who they are, head here > http://www.bhf.org.uk I promise you, it’s worth it!

I’m not only doing this because there is history of heart disease in my family, but my father suffered a severe heart attack in December 2015. He’s still with us, thanks to the incredible (to say the least), life-saving group of firefighters at the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Since he is slowly recovering from what you can imagine have been a very testing few weeks, coming across this ‘Dechox’ has absolutely made my day. I saw it on Facebook and thought ‘I have to take part in this!’ And so I am.

The British Heart Foundation “power research into heart disease to hear the UK’s single biggest killer”, and encourage individuals to join their “fight for every heartbeat.” http://www.justgiving.com/britishheartfoundation is the link that will direct you to where you can sprinkle a little bit of your generosity! I strongly advise you to do this, since these guys tend to partake in miracles.

Plus – I forgot to mention that this challenge isn’t as easy as it looks; I’ll be doing it over Easter! So over the period of Easter and on Easter Sunday itself, I will be spending my time giving Easter eggs and other types of lovely chocolate to the members of my family, especially my 3 beautiful nieces. I suppose I can collect the chocolate I’m going to eat on April 1st though, right? 

Chocolate is the guilty pleasure I can’t live without, but I’m sure going to have to live without it during March. But for what it’s worth, I hope I can gather enough donations to feel proud of myself for contributing towards such a heartwarming charity I have immense respect and time for.

Think of me chocolate-less when you’re tucking into your Easter eggs!

Please donate at my just giving page!!!!!! – https://www.justgiving.com/dechox2016rolo/

Thanks for reading!

Are you a chocoholic?

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SOCIAL MEDIA IS MY BOYFRIEND

It’s Sunday. Of course I am still wrapped up in bed.

Pleaseeeee don’t hate me, I am a nineteen year-old university student after all. Does that make me allowed? I’m unsure. ANYWAY…

Excluding the extraordinary place that is my university, my bedroom is the probably the space in which I think the most. So this morning I peeped my green eyes open and asked myself whether I think more in the night, before I go to sleep or in the morning as soon as I wake up. I know we’re exhausted in the nights (unless we have had a few coffees or red bulls) and groggy in the mornings, especially if you are like me and have the task of conquering those 9am starts, but we can all hold hands and say that we are victims to the little demons that go by the names of Overthinking and Social Media.

As if we didn’t overthink enough before social media.

Now we are trying to go to sleep but that coffee we had to drink at 8pm still has its effect on us and we are fighting so hard to fall asleep knowing we have to struggle through an “early and productive Monday” tomorrow. But the phone is there. It’s on silent and the screen lights up and you’re still awake knowing that you could look through your notifications now and put the phone back down.

5 tweets, 1 status, a stalk on Instagram and 100 messages on your group chat later, its 2AM and you have to be up in 6 hours. Fuck.

Well, that’s what happened to me last night and this morning. I’m also not enough of a liar (barely a liar at all), to say that this doesn’t happen to me every morning or night. Are you the same? This morning an hour and a half is the amount I spent tapping, scrolling and commenting on Instagram. Ahhh Instagram, my fave. Everyone loves a good creep.

Moreover… I thought to myself, I must be addicted. I do feel better when I know I’m not the only one, though.

Have I ever committed to something as much as I commit to checking social media every morning, throughout the day, and before I go to sleep? Absolutely not.

I have come to the conclusion that I am in a serious, committed relationship with social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, YouTube, you name it. Just anything I can set my big, curious eyes on.

Something that has stuck with me like chewing gum to a pavement though –

“If you didn’t tweet about it, did it even happen?”

In a world where our smartphones/devices make such a big impact on our lives, is it now the norm to think that if you don’t tweet about something major that happened in the party you went to last night, that it didn’t happen?

If you went for brunch in that really posh place in Chelsea without Instagramming your eggs Benedict, did you really go?

Yeah, you did. Except we love that feeling of dirty satisfaction after letting our social circles know what we are up to. After getting 50 likes on that photo of eggs benedict. After getting 100 retweets on that tweet about freshers. We thrive off it.

Thanks for reading! Have a spectacular Sunday.

Rebecca x

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