Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Getting back into blogging...

At a recent work appraisal, I was talking to my Managing Director about some of the things that I'd like to achieve within the next year, both in and outside of work. One point of focus in our chat was this little blog of mine. 

It's been a chaotic few months to say the least. Truth be told, I've been struggling. There's been a lot of things going on in my mind and really, I haven't been in the best of places. It's been tough but I'm getting through it and I'm so thankful for the support I've received from those around me. I'll probably write more on it in the future, but for now I want to keep this as lighthearted as possible. 

Aside from some of the negative things I've been going through, there have been many good moments over the last few months that I'm sure I'll get round to sharing with you at some stage. Not every day has been a good one, but the good ones have been incredible.

By way of a quick life update, I have been working my butt off to complete all my coursework for my apprenticeship, which will be submitted next week for marking a week after that. I've got my final meeting with my assessor on the 27th October, and on the 28th I will be an officially qualified PR practitioner. I was absolutely delighted to be offered a permanent position at my current place of employment when I complete my apprenticeship, so from the end of October, I will be an official, full time and permanent, PR Account Executive. 

I'll be back within the next couple of weeks to update you further on things. I hope that the posts will become more regular on completion of my apprenticeship coursework. I've missed these little ramblings and I thoroughly look forward to chatting with you all again soon. 

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

How time flies...


I cannot believe it's been three months since I wrote this post in celebration of Ben and I being together for six months. It's crazy that it's been nine months since we became official partners in crime. 
 
These past three months have been pretty tough. Ben's been back at home in Aylesbury, as he's been on summer holidays from uni (thank goodness he's back next weekend!) and I've been getting by in Kent. I've spent lots of weekends visiting him which has been really fortunate - if a little tiring - for me. I love spending time with Ben, it is my favourite thing to do. 
 
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1. We went on our first mini holiday together at the start of August with a couple of our friends and their son. It was beyond delightful and I think we all had a pretty great time. It was my first time properly camping and I didn't think I was going to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. The weather was beautiful, the vibe was super chill and honestly I wish I could have getaways like that every weekend. Positive days with positive people are the best thing for me. I got a little way too sunburnt and was in pain for several days afterwards, but it was so worth it. Note to self: take Ben's advice and wear more suncream next time. 
 
2. Over the bank holiday weekend, I was up in Aylesbury enjoying a lovely break from work with Ben's family. My clear highlight was a beautiful day picnic-ing at Ashridge Monument. The weather was lovely, the food was fantastic and the company was, always, better than I could ever have hoped for. 
 
3. Ben and I now have matching necklaces. They're so beautiful and we're so happy with them. His is black and silver and mine is a sort of rose gold colour and silver, and they're engraved with the words "I will always be with you". I wear it every single day and love it so much.
 
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Benjamin Warner, you are the love of my life and the light in my darkest days. I love you more than you could ever imagine, my hero. 
 
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire


Received my copy of This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire on Monday. Finished it in one evening. 

I think this is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It's a crowd-sourced collection of love letters and is divided into three sections: beginning, middle and end, much like how relationships work. 

I didn't put this book down. The words really spoke to me. Some of the letters told stories that were so relatable to my life, both now and in the past. I think that there's something in this book that everyone can relate to.

Definitely worth reading if you get hold of a copy. Top marks to Will for coming up with such a spectacularly unique idea. I loved it from start to finish. 


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Monday, 4 July 2016

The Highlights: June 2016

Some of the highlights:
- Ben and I had a lovely trip to Hastings and played several rounds of crazy golf
- Heading to a dessert restaurant with Kat, Mat and Ben
- Visiting London Zoo!
- Visiting the Natural History Museum and seeing Mamma Mia! with my parents and sister
- Making many new beauty purchases
- Zachary's christening






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Monday, 27 June 2016

The A-Z of me...

I saw something like this written by my lovely blogging buddy Tania and decided to give it a go myself.
 
 
The A-Z of me is exactly what it says on the tin - a way of helping you get to know me better, and a way of me killing some time while my family watch the England v Iceland match. The idea is simple: for every letter of the alphabet, think of a word that relates to you and your life. 
 
Apprenticeship - something I decided to do rather than going to university, which has filled me with so much confidence and taught me so many lessons about myself. 
 
Ben - my incredible better half. He makes me laugh daily and makes me feel like the most beautiful human being in the world. I'm very lucky to have him. I love him more than I can ever express.
 
Canterbury - one of my favourite places in the whole entire world. The place where I first met Ben. The place where I have some of the happiest memories.
 
Dance - something I used to a lot. Something I wish I'd never stopped doing. 
 
Ed Sheeran - my favourite musician. 
 
French bulldogs - I absolutely adore these creatures. Desperate to have one when I move out.
 
German - a language that I have a GCSE in, and a language that I'd love to learn again. 
 
Holidays - I haven't been on many, but I'll never forget the family trip to Malta. 
 
IPhone 6s - my current mobile phone. 
 
Job - I'm a public relations account executive.
 
Kent - where I have lived my whole life. A beautiful county in the south east of England.
Little Raj - where me and Ben went on our first proper date. 
 
Mental health - something I feel exceptionally passionate about, having struggled with anxiety over the passed few years. I'd love to do more to raise awareness and remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues around the world.
 
Notebooks - I have way too many of these.
 
Orange - my favourite colour. 
 
Pasta - my favourite food!
 
Quantum PR - the company I work for.
 
Reading - one of my favourite things to do in my spare time. Currently reading the Harry Potter series.
 
Southern - my surname. 
 
Time - something I wish I had more of.
 
Underwear - my favourite thing to buy. 
 
Vauxhall Corsa - my car. The most expensive thing I've ever owned. I love it dearly. 
 
Weekends - my favourite part of the week because I usually get to see Ben!
 
Xmas - my favourite holiday season. Nothing beats the Christmas festivities.
 
YouTube - something I watch most mornings while I'm putting my makeup on before work. 
 
Zoella - my inspiration for starting my first blog.
 
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Six months


soulmate
ˈsəʊlmeɪt/
noun
  1. a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.

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Ben and I have been together for six months today. Six whole months of this beautiful blossoming relationship we've got going on. I'm so lucky to have him. He has supported me through everything and has made me feel beautiful and loved every single day. Never have I ever felt as happy and whole as I do right now, and that's all thanks to him. 

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Benjamin, you make my bad days better and the good ones incredible and I love you more than you will ever know. 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

54 holes later...




Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to take some time off work and spend it with my wonderful better half
 
As it was his last week in Kent before the summer we decided that, as well as packing all his belongings and cleaning his flat, we'd go out for a couple of day trips. 
 
On Thursday, we jumped into my car and headed off to the Hastings. Wikipedia describes Hastings like this: 
Hastings /ˈhstɪŋz/ is a historic town and borough in the county of East Sussex, within the historic county of Sussex, on the south coast of England. The town is located 24 mi (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 mi (85 km) south east of London, and has an estimated population of 90,254,[2] which makes it the 66th largest settlement in the United Kingdom.[3]Historically, Hastings can claim fame from the Battle of Hastings, and later because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; although nowadays less important, it still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in Europe. The town became a popular spot for 'taking the waters' (therapeutic bathing in the sea) in the 1760s, and then, with the coming of the railway, a seaside resort.
Hastings is a really wonderful place. It's pretty lively, a lot livelier than I ever remember it being from when I was younger, but maybe that's just because I didn't have my parents telling me what to do this time. 

There's quite a lot to do and see in Hastings. It's 1066 town so it's got quite a lot of historical significance. You can visit the castle and there's also an aquarium and something called "Smuggler's Adventures" which I went to when I was younger and remember being quite cool. 

Ben and I decided to have ourselves a little mini golf tournament this time instead of visiting anything in particular. It was brilliant from start to finish. 54 holes later and it was clear to us both that Ben definitely has a golfing edge over me. Nonetheless, it was lovely getting out and doing something completely different that we wouldn't normally do. And for three different courses, it actually wasn't too expensive either! 

We also headed to the amusement arcades on the pier, to waste some loose change on those annoying crane things that no one ever wins from. Regardless of the lack of prizes, it was probably one of the most enjoyable days I'd had in a while. 

Spending time with Ben is so important to me, and I've been fortunate enough to spend significant lengths of time with him since he came back to Kent in January after Christmas. We've been together pretty much every weekend and it's been wonderful, but it's always nice to visit somewhere new and do something different.

Our afternoon in Hastings was awesome and I'm definitely looking forward to going back some day (and hopefully beating Ben at mini golf this time!). 


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