Saturday, 16 March 2019

How is Turning Over a New Leaf Exciting?

More than most people are terrified at the thought of change. Small changes such as swapping out certain foods from their diet, style changes, or which way you travel to work for example. Bigger changes such as starting a new job, moving to a new location or completely changing a lifestyle. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these scary thoughts - and by no stretch of the imagination, who am I to tell you, or another individual, otherwise?!

But I can be more than sure that if this is the case, you won't be the only person whose experiencing these thoughts, whether they be more severe or only small, passing consideration. You're not alone. Any of us would be lying by saying that they don't have any fear when it comes to experiencing something new. Fear of the unknown maybe. Fear of not knowing anyone doing the same maybe. Or maybe fear of whether you'll fit in, fear of not picking up what's expected of you. The list could go on.

However, all these thoughts could be turned on their head and be portrayed in a positive way. Fear of the unknown could turn into one of the best decisions you've ever made. Fear of experiencing something new could slowly turn into something you love and couldn't imagine giving up. Fear of not knowing anyone could turn into meeting new individuals that become friends for life. The fear of change could become something you wish you had done sooner. With change becomes so much potential to excel and bring happiness. In my eyes this makes change such an exciting thing. Of course, not every plan you make turns out the way that you wish it had, but you don't know until you try and the thought of venturing out of your comfort zone can be terrifying. But don't let that fear overwhelm you, there could be so much excitement in the same experiences that you fear.

I am so excited to be turning over a new leaf, getting stuck into new challenges and experiencing something completely different. You should too.

Does change worry you? Why?
Amber X

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Exploring Dublin

She’s back.. From an unexpected break from my little space here on the internet, which I do apologise for (although let’s be real, none of you probably noticed). Life just got in the way as it can do, and time slipped away before my eyes. Everything’s all good. Just one of those ‘I wish I had used my time more wisely’. Oh well.

Towards the end of February, Sam and I took a trip to Dublin for a couple of nights. The reasoning behind the trip (if we ever needed one) was to see the band, Jungle. It worked out cheaper to fly to and stay in Dublin than to travel into London to see them there. Which is just craziness!?! But hey, an excuse to take some time exploring another city. Being my second trip to Dublin, I had a few ideas of what to expect and what there is to do, although we still managed to squeeze lots in.

The first day was spent walking through Phoenix Park. We’d both seen so many photos on Instagram of the wild Deer that seem to inhabit certain areas of the park. They seemed so friendly from the photos - people were able to get super close, were able to take selfies with them and were even feeding them carrots! It felt like we were wondering round forever, but we did eventually find the deer, literally as we were about to give up! That evening was the Jungle concert. If you’ve never heard any of their songs, go search them on Spotify! The atmosphere was one to remember and the venue was like nothing I have experienced before. Jungle played in the Olympia Theatre which is quite old fashioned and seems like it was made more for theatrical performances than musical ones.

Dublin Castle, The Book of Kell’s and the Guinness Storehouse were what we did on the second day of our trip. The castle wasn’t one of my highlights of the trip, although I do love venturing around places filled with information and history. The Book of Kell’s is located in Trinity College and was just breathtaking. “The Long Room” as it’s known, is stocked up with books that are organised in the most organised way. It reminded me of a real life version of the Hogwarts library or Belle’s Library in Beauty and The Beast. That evening we spent climbing each of the well thought out floors of the Guinness Storehouse. I've never been a fan of Guinness if I'm being honest - the only time I'd ever think about choosing one over another drink is St. Patrick's Day. However, whoever discovered that Guinness doesn't travel well couldn't be more right. It is so much smoother over in Ireland. We had 2 pints at the Storehouse and went for more after our tour was over. We even had a pint with our faces printed on the top! I'd 1000% recommend going to the Guinness Storehouse if you ever find yourself in Dublin. 

Other than the planned events, we wondered and visited museums, bars, and some amazing restaurants. It went far too quick. If I ever return to Ireland, I'd LOVE to go to the coast, and explore the little fishing villages for one. They look beautiful!

Have you ever visited Ireland?
Amber X

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Destination Bucketlist for The UK

Travelling is something that I love to do - immersing yourself in a new place surrounded by new food, new faces, new traditions, new places to explore and get to know, is such a favourite of mine. Obviously it does come at a cost, but there is nothing like counting down the days to a trip that you have coming up. I am fortunate enough to have travelled to some amazing places - New York, Paris, San Francisco, Florida, and Ibiza are only some. Whilst I love the excitement of getting packed, all ready for the airport, sometimes jumping in the car, or on a train to visit another part of your own country that is just as exciting. The UK is full of some absolutely gorgeous sights and views, all of which would be incredible to see, just as well as some of the famous cities and places around the world. I thought to put together a list of the place in the UK that I haven't been too, but would love to visit at some point.

Lulworth Cove
I frequently see photos of this stunning piece of the Jurassic Coast in the South of England on Pinterest and am left in awe each time. It's unique shape created by the sea looks gorgeous in the height of summer. My Dad took me to Durdle Door when I was much younger, and if this part of the coast compares to that, then I can imagine it's stunning.

Lake District
This has been a dream of mine for so long now. I would love to have a massive digital detox here one day - no phones, no emails or messages. To be free from all of that to just enjoy and take in the incredible surroundings.

John O'Groats 
It makes sense that having been to Lands End a few times, that a trip to the other end of the country must be done. I have only ever been to Edinburgh, so I'd love to venture further into Scotland!

St Michael's Mount
When the tide is out, I believe you can walk all the way over to the island where St Micheal's Mount is. Cornwall is full of little gems and I believe this to be one - but there is only one way to find out!

Have you been to any of these places? Where do you want to visit?
Amber X