THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

It's that time of year again where I feel like I can't really post anything on my blog unless it's either reflective of 2017 or discussing plans for 2018. As far as years go, 2017 hasn't been a bad one at all. In fact, it's been the first year in an amazingly long time that I've actually felt on my feet for the majority of it. Of course, it's had its highs and lows, but working full time and having a schedule as well as some money coming in has really helped me to start to feel a little more on top of my life than I was feeling towards the end of 2016. Comparing 2017 to 2016, I can see that I've come miles. My head is in a better place, my finances are in a better place. I've done a lot of things that I never thought I would have been able to manage in 2016. And I'm still here. So that definitely counts for something, doesn't it?

GETTING INTO ASTROLOGY WITH THE SIGNS BY CAROLYNE FAULKNER


If you know me, you'll know that I'm a firm believer in the idea that the universe has much more control over us than any of us are really aware of. It's not that I'm a huge believer in Faith, but I just like the idea that as humans, we're part of something so much bigger than we actually realise. As people, we so often think that we're in control and that our existence is the central point of the universe. But how wild is that idea? That such a small and insignificant species should have any control over the huge, spiralling universe which we reside in? This is why I love the idea that we're governed by the sky above us, and is why astrology is so interesting to me.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DORKFACE SHOP


Online sites such as Etsy mean that supporting independent businesses has never been easier. There are literally so many amazing artists and creators who use this platform to sell their work and every purchase you make from there helps creatives to make a living doing what they love. One of my favourite artists who can be found on Etsy is Jemma, the creator of Dorkface Blog and Dorkface Shop. Jemma is as colourful and fabulous as the work that she sells. Her work includes prints, stickers, bookmarks, planners and plenty of other gorgeous little creations.

BOOK GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERY TYPE OF PERSON

I often find it really difficult to think up new ideas when it comes to buying personalised gifts for people for Christmas. I mean, there's only so many times that I can buy my mum a bottle of perfume or my Nan a pair of slippers before I start to feel like I'm buying rubbish for the sake of it. My usual go to when it comes to getting people a gift which feels thoughtful, is books. I love having books bought for me, because it feels like the person who has given me the gift has had to really think about my personality and the type of thing that I'd enjoy reading. This is also why I love gifting books to other people. You're not just giving someone a present, but a story, ideas and lessons which you've selected just for them.

THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN RIGHT NOW


"Be patient with your impatience." - A lesson which I've often read or heard spoken, but have rarely managed to follow. I'm a very impatient person. And I don't mean the sort of impatience which comes with long car journeys or waiting for the last tube - that kind of patience I have in abundance. The thing which I am really, unbelievably impatient with, is life itself. That sounds like a grand generalisation, I know, but bear with me on this one.

ONE YEAR A GRADUATE


This week I was reminded by Facebook's handy little On This Day feature (which I very rarely check out of fear of past embarrassments resurfacing), that it's been an entire year since I graduated. A whole year, which has flown by in what has felt like a matter of days. I've always heard people say that as you grow older, time starts to pass a little faster each year, but the speed at which this past year has flown by has been a little scary. Regardless, seeing the photos of me and my uni friends decked out in our graduation robes and hats, and realising that that memorable day was 365 days ago, gave me a bit of a wake up call. I graduated a whole year ago... so what on earth have I been doing all of this time?!

CHRISTMAS PARTY STYLE PICKS


I've never been much of a person to get super dressed up for a night out. I much prefer wearing flats and I love any excuse to opt for jeans over teeny dresses. That being said, Christmas makes going out a whole other story for me. As soon as it gets to mid-November, I literally flip from my usual, casual self, into a sequin wearing, glitter covered queen. I adore dressing up for dinner, drinks, an evening out or any kind of occasion in December. And it's never too early to get outfit planning, right?