REVIEW: REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU'RE SAD BY MAGGY VAN EIJK

You know those days where you just need to know that someone else out there has a mind which works just as differently as yours does? Not in a 'thank god someone else has it this bad' way, but more in a 'thank god there's someone else out there who feels the same as me' way. When I first picked up Maggy Van Eijk's book, Remember This When You're Sad, I was having one of those days. When you just need someone else's words to fill up the corners of your head and remind you that things are going to be okay, they're not as bad as they seem and you're not going through them alone. And that's exactly what this book did for me.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH A LITTLE SENTIMENTALITY?

Ticket stubs from films which I watched 3 years ago, their edges a little torn and the time and seat number written across the front, slightly faded. Old photos with a glowing finger covering the top left hand corner of the image, obscuring half a face from view. An old, empty popcorn bag from our first date to the cinema. Photo booth strips which didn't really turn out so well, our faces stuck in half confusion from when the camera flash went off earlier than when we were expecting. A china doll which my parents bought me, decapitated, her head and body lying a couple of inches away from each other. These, along with many other half-forgotten memories, are the items which fill boxes under my bed and are stashed into bags in the corner of my wardrobe. The things I can't bring myself to throw away. The proof of my sentimentality.

WELCOME TO MY HEAD

Welcome to my head. I hope you enjoy your stay here. I'd like to take you on a guided tour, although I'll warn you, some of the edges get a little dark, so you may want to bring a flashlight. You're about to embark on an emotional rollercoaster, through soaring, squealing highs and blinding, numbing lows. Prepare to have your own mind blown by the vast expanses of my tumbling brain. So roll up, roll up, ladies, gentlemen and anyone in between, and welcome to my head.

THE BOOKS I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS

For Christmas this year (or last year now, I guess? That feels a bit weird to say), I got a heck of a lot of books. And that's no complaint, in fact I was the one who encouraged it. In the run up to Christmas, whenever a friend or family member asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I'd say "I'm really into books at the moment". Or, if I was feeling especially bold, I'd just send them a direct link to my Goodreads 'To Read' list, and that would be that. So, when the big day came, I had lots of little rectangular shaped packages under the tree ready to be opened. Some of these were complete surprises and some are ones which I've been lusting over for ages. So, here's what books I got for Christmas.

NEW YEAR, SAME ME, JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER THIS TIME AROUND

It feels like it's been a while since I posted on here! I mean, it hasn't actually been that long, but I always feel like the time between Christmas and New Years stretches out and forms one long chain of endless days, each one feeling exactly like that last. This festive period, I've done something which I'm usually completely awful at doing - I've managed to switch off from work and actually not feel even the slightest bit guilty about it. Usually when I haven't blogged for a little while, I feel this gnawing in my chest, telling me to step it up and get some content written, but it's been really nice to be able to take a step back and offer myself a break from that stress.

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.