I want a redo

I finished University over five months ago now and it feels like about three times as long. I’ve learnt so much since then, at my job and in my spare time that sometimes I wish I could redo my course with what I know now. Talking about having a redo just reminds me of that episode of Bobs Burgers where Bob wanted a redo with the food critic...

There’s just certain things I do daily that I wish I knew for certain classes, and classes I wish I had done instead of others. Less so to get better grades, as I already got a first, but instead I would’ve loved to get more out of my classes. To enjoy them more, and be able to embrace the experimentation and creativity allowed in University classes.

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my classes, I mean I enjoyed all but one of them, but I feel like I could’ve enjoyed them even more. In some of my classes in my final year I was able to fully able to express my ideas and creativity and I wish that I could’ve had that expression with all of my classes. Perhaps that might have allowed me to be more in love with my final pieces and actually show them off without hating them or apologising.

Plus, I wouldn’t have taken sculpture in first year. I was not ready for fine arts at that stage, and that class ruined fine arts for me.

But hey, that’s what University is all about. Learning, growing, and sometimes not living up to your full potential. It’s okay because it’s University, it’s safe and secure. But that also means it’s a great place to take risks.

I wish I took more risks.

But it’s over so why dwell on the fact.

Things I've been loving lately

This blog is all about showing you guys some things I love and think you may love too. So without further ado I shall ignore my short little hiatus and get back into it with some of the things I've been loving recently. This technically could be a monthly favourites but some of these I've been loving for longer than that!

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas
This has been one of those books that I've wanted to read for a very long time but never got around to doing so. So the other week I placed an order on Book Depository and finally got my hands on it which made me finally read it. I'm currently loving it, there's hints of other dystopian/fantasy type books in there and I swear there's parts which are based off Beauty and the Beast but it's rather different to anything I've read recently and I think that's why I've enjoyed it so much. I was barely into the 6th chapter before placing an order for the sequel because I was loving it so much. If you haven't read it yet totally give it a try if it's your sort of thing! Edit: I've just finished it and it's now like my second favourite book, behind the Harry Potter series. Seriously try it!

Bullet Journal
I've raved about my bullet journal before but after finishing uni I didn't really have much to put in it so didn't really feel like I needed to use it anymore. But over New Years I spent a while scrolling through the #bujo tag on Instagram craving inspiration and set my new year journal up to be much more creative and constructive, and more suitable for my new daily life. I've set up a book tracker and a pixel mood tracker to be used over the year, so far these are looking really cool and I can't wait to see what they look like further on in the year. I've also used my journal as a way to store the monthly lettering challenges I've got planned and I've started sticking images and illustrations in to make it much more fun and a recording of my month.

Grey's Anatomy
Previously I'd only watched the eleventh series so once I'd come to the end of a lot of series I was watching I decided to crack this 12 series TV show. My boyfriend decided to tag along and we've now just finished the sixth series, just about halfway! Can't wait to get stuck into the other half, even if it's going to take us forever seen as now we're working we only get through an episode a night.

Max Factor Palette
I won this off Sophie's blog just after Christmas I think it was, and ever since it's arrived I've been pretty much using it daily. There are three or four shades I use all the time, and I haven't really touched those dark two on the end but one day I will. The rest of the palette I've just been loving and they make a rather shimmery but easy to wear daily look which I've been rocking (or trying to rock).

Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm 
I got this probably like a year ago and haven't used it until now. I never really end up using those body lotions that come with the travel kits as I never travel with them and then I never use them at home. The other week however I was clearing out my bathroom cabinet and while I tossed out the other travel sized body lotions I decided to keep this one, mainly for the smell. My favourite smells are citrus smells and as you can maybe tell from the name this is very much citrus smelling! It's made of orange, pink grapefruit, and lemon rind and boy do my legs smell great when I'm done. In terms of how well it does as a body lotion, it does the job and doesn't dry my legs out further so I'd say that's totally fine!

Hope you're doing well! x

Recently Read #9 // The Favourites

I'm so behind on my 'Recently Read' posts so instead of doing a huge post with all the books I've read since I last posted on, or doing them in a number of posts, I thought I'd just share some of the highlights. Actually since my last Recently Read post I've read 23 books, so minus a few I've done singular posts on that would be a huge post! Thankfully I have Goodreads recording them all or I would've totally forgot some of them.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I loved this, I can easily see why it's been a favourite around the book world recently. It's your average boy meets girl, falls in love story however the context and the storyline is far different to the regular ones. That's probably why I really enjoyed it. Even if you're not a fan of the lovey dovey type books give this one a go, there's some twists as well. 

A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E Schwab
I have such a love for this series and these characters and the sequel didn't let me down. This isn't the type of book I'd usually go for it's a wee bit too dark but I love it. Read this series if you haven't already. It's very different to all the other magic/dystopian type books around. It's one of 4 books I gave a full 5/5 stars to last year. 

All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon *
There was a point during this book that I was so angry at all of the characters I just wanted to scream, slap them, and then throw the book out the window. You know that scene in Silver Linings Playbook where Bradley Cooper's reading and then throws the book through the window? That was me. I had a very love/hate type relationship with this book, while I thoroughly enjoyed the book there were a number of times it didn't seem like real life. There were some really big life changing moments but then the next minute everything was fine and dandy. I also really loved Eva's character.

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews *
I feel like my mum would really enjoy this book. I just felt like this entire book was just one giant name drop. Like a middle age person listing all the 'cool in things' and latest trends they knew to try and relate to a younger audience. It may have only been a minor thing but once I noticed it, I couldn't stop noticing all the references. But other than that I enjoyed it, it was an easy read and while I wouldn't read it again the writing made it feel like I was one of the family and the characters were relatable and lovely. 

Maus by Art Spiegelman
I read both parts of this series and I really enjoyed them. It's a graphic novel about a Jew's life during the Holocaust so it may not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy stories like this (not because people were murdered but because of the history, I love learning about it). It's definitely different than most books or graphic novels, but once you get used to the way it's being told - more like a conversation between father and son than once upon a time - it's really fascinating to read.

I'm currently reading Marley & Me for the first time as it's one of my favourite movies and it's just so heartwarming and enjoyable. It also reminds me of my Grandad as it's the only book I remember him reading while I was younger, other than a lot of readers digest books. What are you enjoying at the moment?

* These were gifted to me by the kind people of HachetteNZ but all opinions are my own x