Two Thousand and Seventeen

Saturday, 11 February 2017

In 2017;

I will work on my confidence, my wit, my value. I shall flirt and touch and not be afraid, I'll sing a song, tell a joke, read a poem out loud; I shall make somebody feel special and I shan't be afraid to express my feelings.

I shall read book upon book, immersing myself in my own imagination and becoming lost within the lines of a world that is so far from my own. I shall not feel guilty for watching an entire series of a Netflix show within a day or two, because it’s what I enjoy in the moment that counts.

I shall take my camera everywhere I go, to remind myself that phone photos are great, but the feeling of taking a great photo on my camera is analogous, if not better, to that on my iPhone. I shall spark the creative side of my mind back up and rediscover the enjoyment that I once felt when sat surrounded by scrap paper and equipped with a stick of glue. I shall learn a new skill.

I will take chances and push limits. I shan’t feel as if I am a nuisance nor a burden, I shall take charge of what I want and, need it be, be frightened later. I will find my courage once again and I shall find my way – whether it requires knocking down obstacles or embracing what is already on my path.

I will begin to shape myself into the person that I want to be without punishing myself along the way. I shall find my strength and bravery, and discover my worth. I shall make 2017 one that I can look back on as the year that I found happiness.

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2016: Love, Life & Laura.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Every year I write this post out in categories, summarising each aspect of my life in three tight boxes.

If I even began to attempt to fit this year into boxes, they'd be bursting out at the seams like an overpacked suitcase. I'd be sitting on the words attempting to zip them up into a case in which they would refuse to fit, meaning I'd have to remove some, condense the thoughts that hold equal importance to the ones that are able to fit in the box, and only touching the edges of what has been an overwhelming year.

So, for this year, I'm throwing the boxes out because I've had enough of damn packing.*

My 2017 Diary Picks

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with diaries. Even the thought of having just the one diary to last me the year seems far too much of a challenge for me to handle.

I like to have a monthly view planner,  for the simplicity and the ease of viewing my work shifts over each month (aswell as the easy-to-pop-into-my-handbag factor). A pretty diary, that is pretty much purely because it's pretty, and who doesn't want that? And a day-to-page for jotting down what happened in my days in a cooler 'Dear Diary' fashion.

Excessive? I know, I know. Does it stop me? Nope.

Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria | Interrail

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

We went to Vienna for one reason and one reason only. The zoo. 
As two zoology students travelling, would you expect any less?

Vienna Zoo is the oldest in the world - and that time has made it the best zoo that I have ever visited. It helps that it is based in Schonbrunn Palace grounds, which are absolutely beautiful and live up to the expectations that you imagine when the word 'palace' crops up.

Fun Stocking Fillers Under £10 found on the High Street

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Happy December! Aka CHRISTMAS.

Stockings are genuinely one of my favourite parts of Christmas.

There's just something so happy and satisfying with having a great big sock full of little bits and bobs either to play with or to munch on.

The one problem I find with buying stocking fillers though is the price. It all adds up, huh?
So, I've scoured the net for some of my favourite tidbits that you can find on your stroll around town, and are all £10 or less.

Hey - treat yourself too, why not?

Tropicarium, Budapest | Interrail

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

On our final full day in Budapest, we chose to visit the Tropicarium (or the aquarium if we wanna stick to basics up in here).

We chose to walk there. Because we are tits. Cue getting completely lost, ending up in a horrendous part of Budapest, having to buy data to use Google maps that still didn't help very much, ending up next to many strange buildings and finally finding the tropi-aquarium - in an indoor shopping centre. A's exciting 'biggest aquarium in Europe' turned out to be the 'biggest indoor aquarium in Europe', which still wasn't impressively big. But hey ho. It was an experience all-in-all, and a story to tell.

Welcome Back, LLIB ♡

Sunday, 27 November 2016

I've been super absent on my blog over the second half of this year. I could say to you that life has got in the way or that something has happened which has prevented me from typing words down - but I'd be lying. I have had time and I have been able to type if I wanted to, but I just haven't really wanted to.

People see blogging as an easy hobby, an easy job, and in reality, it's as easy as you make it. If you want to jot a few lines down and press publish, then yes, it's easy as pie; of course, as long as you have the inspiration to jot a few lines down regularly and keep it up. But, if you have the constant internal pressure of being as good as *this blogger*, taking photos up to the standards of *that blogger*, finding words as inspiring as *those bloggers*, then everything starts to become that whole load more difficult.