2019 in review - A list

When I feel down or feel like I am not where I am supposed to be, or I am being pressured to be a certain way. I make a list of things I have achieved or improved on. So I wanted to share one of these lists, and I also figured I could make a post about each of these items on the list.

Here is my list of a review of my 2019, and how I remind myself that I am where I need to be in life:

- In January I went to Nice, France for my birthday
- In February I did an intensive driving course and in March I passed my practical driving test
- In April I went on holiday to Majorca
- In April I chopped off my hair and dyed it honey blonde
- In May I saw OP about working on self-esteem
- In June I bought a car
- In June I paid off my student overdraft
- In July I looked for a PhD supervisor and applied for the research degree, and in September I am officially a PhD student
- In October I will be getting the keys to my first apartment.

How has your 2019 been so far? How do you cheer yourself up when feeling down?


Getting back into blogging

It has been a year since I made my last post, which is really unfortunate. I really do enjoy blogging, though life got into the way.

How life got in the way 

In March 2017, I finally received my final grade back for my masters in Forensic Psychology. I had gotten a 2:1 in my dissertation and overall, thus I got a merit. I was so happy about it and immediately started applying for entry level jobs related to my field. As time went on I was getting the same feedback “you don’t have enough experience”. I was thinking I have this wonderful degree and it seems unusable, if I don’t get the right experience. Whilst I came to this realisation, an agency I applied to 6 weeks before called to ask if I was interested in customer service work for the BGL. I was pretty skint at this point so I agreed to go for the interview. Of course I didn’t get the job, they said I was overqualified and would be bored. I thought, typical now I can’t even get any job. 

About a week later, the agency called again and they made this amazing pitch about working at IKEA customer service. At this point I couldn’t even afford a bottle of wine. So I agreed to go to “the meet and greet”. The next day I found out I got the job. I worked 40-45 hours a week at IKEA on the phones, with an hour travel time each way for  6 months (4 months via agency and 2 months as permanent). I was always tired. I was either sleeping or at work. In the 4th month I started to socialise with the people from work outside of work. I was having so much fun at work and outside of work. In the 6th month I realised 3 things:
  1.  This job isn’t for me,
  2. This job was unrelated to my degree and career path,
  3. Whilst I believed in the company on a wider scale, at the call centre there were too any bad vibes. 

One Hangover filled Sunday I decided to stop complaining and do something. So I sent out a lot of job applications that day.  

Monday afternoon I got a call from a Organisation and set an interview for Wednesday. On Wednesday they moved the interview to Friday. Friday morning I went for the interview and in the afternoon they called to offer me the job. Of course I took it. This job was perfect as it had the experience I needed, in order to get jobs in my desired field. I was still working at IKEA though and soon after I gave in my notice. Right choice, wrong timing!! In retrospect I should have stayed until the paperwork at the new place was complete. In my defence I was ready for change and I just wanted out, ASAP. So for two months I was waiting for a start date at the new place. Though I was completing training as I was waiting.

I finally started at the new place. My new job is challenging in a positive way, working with people with mental illnesses/learning disabilities teaches me so much about life. Also, in the downtime of the job, I get to read best practice legislation in the work place and so much more. 

Fast forward to January 2018. I went to the Border triangle my for 25th birthday, it is a place where Switzerland, France and Germany meet. I appreciated being there, it was a nice experience being able to visit all three countries in three days.

Currently, I am still at the same job and I am really enjoying it despite its long hours. I am in a good place, and now I can focus on getting back to the things I love doing, which includes blogging. 

Getting back into blogging

I plan on blogging about life, travel, beauty, books and social media. Thank you for reaching the end of this wall of text and I look forward to reconnecting with the community. 


County of Los Angeles, California

California, USA

I had previously mentioned that I have recently visited San Diego, well that was the first part of my journey. In the second part I visited the County of Los Angeles - over 2 days. This one was a tad bit confusing as the movies would have you believe that Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica are in the city of LA. When really the City of Los Angeles, City of Beverly Hills, and City of Santa Monica are in the county of Los Angeles. Upon learning these demarcations, I only wish I had more time to see the cities properly.

City of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

I got the Amtrak ($37 for a single ticket) from San Diego Santa Fe to Union station, Los Angeles. It was a 3 hour journey, but it felt like a few minutes and it was worth it as the views from the train were wonderful. I stayed in a hotel in China Town, not really knowing that it was in Downtown Los Angeles itself.
We actually learnt that Downtown Los Angeles was more of a financial hub with a huge business presence, which would be exciting to some people I am sure. Though to me, I did not find much interest in it at all.

Nevertheless, we ended up going to West Hollywood in the evening for dinner, at Saddle Ranch Chop House, which was wonderful. Then visited a few bars in the Sunset Strip (LA) and found ourselves in Sierra Drive (Beverly Hills). Needless to say, I couldn't take my DSRL with me. Though we had a brilliant time and managed to spam Snapchat for a few hours.

The following Day, we got lost trying to walk from China town to some touristy place in LA. Eventually though we found ourselves in Hollywood Blvd, where we managed to get day tickets ($44 each) for the sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour bus. In a happy coincidence we had to get the bus from the street with the Hollywood walk of fame. So I obviously had to walk up and down the street taking pictures of stars as I was so elated by the whole experience. The only sort of con of the Hollywood walk of fame, was that there were a lot of people trying to forcefully peddle their music. Even if you politely refused - some of those people would mutter a few insults under their breath. Other than that - there were also some great celebrity lookalikes, and the weather was even warmer than San Diego.

We got to see places like the directors glide, many studios (e.g. fox studios), celebrity agencies, and celebrity shopping centres.

Beverly Hills is actually so beautiful and worth the visit with a tour guide. Because the amount of information I learned from the tour bus made me appreciate the place more. For example which first celebrities made Beverly Hills famous; how it was the party Central during the 1920 prohibition; which chicken shop Brad Pitt worked at before becoming famous; which hotels and restaurants the celebrities frequented and much much more!


City of Santa Monica

Such a beautiful city, with plenty of eateries and bars. Including the beach that BAYWATCH was filmed on. Along with many other great movies. Santa Monica pier was also lovely. Though out of all the places in California I visited - the people in Santa Monica were rather intolerant of tourists which was odd.

On my way back to LA from Santa Monica, we got stuck in Bel Air traffic for two hours but luckily I got to some amazing inspirationally houses.

The whole trip gave me inspiration and motivation to work hard so I could go back.


Happy New Year!

I am thankful that my 2016 was not all bad. All the hardships aside, I am thankful that I went to Ibiza and California, finished postgraduate studies and met someone special. I can not say the same for the wider world though, what with brexit to Trump winning to terrorist attacks. Nonetheless, I am hoping that 2017 will be an even better year for myself and for the wider society.

In 2017 I would like  to achieve to following goals (no particular order):

🔆 Move house 🔆

🔆 Visit 3 different countries that I have not visited before (i.e. not America, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Spain, France, Netherlands, Greece, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Cyprus)  🔆

🔆 Get a Job 🔆

🔆 Publish monthly posts 🔆

🔆 Read 16 books in honour of my baby sister turning 16 and finishing school this year 🔆

🔆 Complete a short photography course 🔆

🔆 Exercise more 🔆

🔆 Create a Photography Portfolio 🔆

🔆 Grow my Instagram to 1,000 followers 🔆 

🔆 Learn intermediate computer programming 🔆

🔆 Do something adventurous (e.g. dragon boat racing, hiking)...nothing at height though 🔆

🔆 Learn how to bake wedding cakes 🔆

Do you have any goals set for this year?


My 2016 Book List


The first instalment of the Bill Hodges trilogy. A thrilling story about a retired detective (Kermit William Hodges) who gets targeted by an elusive serial killer (Brady Hartsfield). This was my first ever Stephen King book, so I stuck with it till the end even though there were times I nearly dropped it. I quite liked this book in the end though as it set a good scene for the rest of the books to follow.

The second instalment of the Bill Hodges Trilogy. This book centres around one of Brady's victims and his family. This book has a slightly different story about the grim consequences of being obsessed with books. Into Addition to the consequences of stealing from a thief. Whilst our favourite character (Brady) from book one is in the background somewhere. I quite liked this book so much so that I read it in 5 days.

The book is about an ordinary guy (Shadow) who starts working with an old god (Wednesday), and they prepare for war with the new gods. This book is over 700 pages long, and was a complete waste of my time. I gave this book a chance because it's been talked about so much, and is being made into a TV series as we speak. Nonetheless, It did have some good parts, like when shadow discovers who he really is.
- Covered in Currently Reading 2

This is the 2nd instalment of the Midnight Texas trilogy. This book is about the little town of Midnight in Texas, and it's supernatural inhabitants. I loved this book, it was slow but it has significant links to the Sookie Stackhouse series (BKA True Blood). As previously mentioned, I have read all 13 of the True Blood books so I was really thrilled by this book.


A book containing 21 short horror stories.

The Fireman by Joe Hill
This book is different from anything I have ever read. It is about a virus that causes people to self-combust. I am really excited to find out why this happens.

The Prince by Tiffany Reisz
Another instalment of the Original sinners of series.

The Scent of Winter by Tiffany Reisz
A winter novella - Father Marcus spends his birthday in a cabin with no electricity.


I could not carry on reading the books below, as they were not engaging and far too wordy.

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

I am hoping to read more books in 2017, so I am open to suggestions if anyone has any

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