Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Trip To The Theatre | The Lion King

I'm really starting to love this little theatre series I've got going on on this blog.
Last year I did two posts on my trips to the theatre, one being Les Miserables, the other Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and now it's time for another! Myself and my beautiful friend Tegan, who you can see in the pictures above, decided that for each of our birthdays we would buy each other a ticket to travel down to London and go and see The Lion King! Those that know me know that I have always had a slight obsession with Africa. I mentioned in my first ever post on this blog that it's my absolute favourite place and number 1 on my bucket list to visit. I just love everything about it, the scenery, the animals, the music, the fashion... it's just wonderful. I knew that I was going to love seeing The Lion King but I didn't quite realise the impact it would have on me!

We got the train down to London around 10am, chatting and getting ourselves excited for the show in the afternoon. We arrived around half past 12 and after a quick walk through Covent Garden and bite to eat, it was time to find our seats in the theatre! Firstly, the Lyceum Theatre is absolutely stunning. Pretty much every theatre I've ever been in is gorgeous but I still sit in awe at the detail of the interior every time I'm in a new one. We were so lucky and managed to book ourselves front row dress circle seats so the view was absolutely spectacular. 
I honestly don't know where to start with describing the show. Let's put it this way, I saw the show on Wednesday, it's now Sunday and I'm still thinking about it. It was absolutely phenomenal! I won't say certain things because I don't want to spoilt any surprises for anyone planning to see it in the future, but holy moly, it was incredible. The music gave me goosebumps from start to finish and I was so close to tears more than once throughout the show! I absolutely loved how authentic everything was and how you were completely immersed in the African culture. Tegan is quite the fashion enthusiast and so she absolutely adored the costumes. I think the minute we left the theatre she was researching the costume designer! 
Every single performer in that show was absolutely incredibly. Their voices added to the goosebumps I was already feeling from the music, it was just goosebump central from start to finish! They all played their roles perfectly but I have to admit, the one who completely stole the show for me was the woman who played Rafiki. Oh my bloomin' goodness that woman! She was ... unbelievable. There's literally no other word for it.  She was hilarious, emotional, intense and her singing literally had the theatre in awe. Can you tell I enjoyed this show?!

As soon as we came out of that theatre, we were desperate to go back in and see it again in the evening show! I'm hoping that it goes on tour again soon and I'll be able to see it in Manchester but if not I'll definitely be making plans to get back down to London and see it again as soon as I can! 

Have you seen The Lion King? Is it something you'd want to see?
xxx

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

2017 Goals

It's that time again where we all take a moment to reflect on what we've achieved in the past year and plan what we want to work on for the year ahead. I am so ready for a fresh start and to get the ball rolling on making 2017 a much better year than the last one, although if I'm honest it won't take much to do that! I've compiled a list of a few different things that I want to change/work on in my life and will hopefully have made a lot of progress on by this time next year!

GET OUTSIDE
This is my absolute number one priority for 2017. As I've mentioned, some pretty rubbish things happened last year and I ended up becoming so overwhelmed and so down that I barely left the house for around 2 and a half months. Seriously, I went out maybe once every two weeks if I needed to nip to a supermarket and that was it. It was not healthy, it was not fun, and it ended up making my problems ten times worse than they should've been!
If this is the only goal I achieve this year, I'll still be calling it a success! Even though I am definitely a home bird and I love my cosy evenings in, there's definitely a line that shouldn't be crossed with how much time you spend cooped up inside the four same walls and last year I ran miles and miles over that line. Even if getting out of the house means just going for a ten minute walk around my estate, that's better than nothing. I just want to breathe some fresh air at least once a day!

SOCIALISE MORE/SOCIALISE LESS
I realise that title completely contradicts itself but hear me out! As part of my goal to get outside more, I definitely want to see more of my friends and do many more fun and exciting things, but at the same time I only want to do things and go to places that I genuinely want to do. I'm tired of being one of those people that can't say no to people, that gives in to peer pressure or is too afraid of disappointing someone to just say 'actually, I think I'll probably give that a miss'. I'm starting to realise that the people who are actually my friends wouldn't care whatsoever if I told them I'd rather do something else or if I just wanted to stay in that night, and the people who do care aren't the kind of people I want to be spending my time with. So 2017 is going to be the year of finding a balance between the two. Going out more, but with the right people, doing the right things! 

FALL IN LOVE WITH READING AGAIN
In 2016 I set myself some goals to read some books that I'd had on my shelves for years and never got round to. Aside from the harry potter series, I didn't read a book last year that had me wishing I could pick it up and read it, or spend hours curled up in bed getting totally absorbed in the story. This year I want to read more stand alone books, and I want to read whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. I'm not setting myself any specific reading goals this year, other than to pick up books I'm interested in and try as many as possible!

SPEND WEEKENDS AT MY GRANDPARENTS
I try to go round to my grandparents house as often as I can already, but I really want to set aside some time to go and actually stay over more often. I love spending time with my grandparents so much. My gran and I end up talking about books or working on my patchwork quilt together, and my grandad always ends up telling me some sort of story and then falling asleep in his armchair. Hopefully this year I can spend many more weekends with them!

WORK ON MY MENTAL HEALTH
I don't know how I'm going to do this yet, but I know I can't continue on with the way my mental health currently is. I plan to purchase some books and educate myself on the issues I'm dealing with and the best ways to tackle them, and I've already got the ball rolling on getting these issues sorted out professionally, so hopefully come next year my brain will be in a much better place. I'm just going to take things slowly and tackle each day as it comes.

WRITE, WRITE... AND THEN WRITE SOME MORE
I went through a bit of a writing slump in 2016 but recently I've really been feeling the motivation to get my writing groove back on. Being a university student means in the summer I have a LOT of free time so I'm hoping to be spending some portion of every day working on my writing and hopefully bringing my goal of being an author one step closer.

SCRAPBOOK
I do already keep a scrapbook of things like old letters, concert tickets and things like that, but I realised the other day that even though I have hundreds of pictures stored on my laptop, I don't actually have any printed. I want to purchase a beautiful scrapbook from paperchase and fill it with all of my old pictures from high school, so that in years to come I have something physical that I can flick through and look back on all my old memories.

What are your goals for 2017?
xxx

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Moving Forward

Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope you all had an amazing time last night saying goodbye to 2016 and bringing in the new year. I spent the evening celebrating with close friends, making sure I ended the year on a positive note!
I thought today I would just sit down and write a casual chatty post, looking back on 2016 and also talking about some of my plans for this blog in 2017. I've not made it any secret on this blog that 2016 has been one of the worst years I can remember. Not only in general has it been a terrible year in regards to world events and deaths, but also on a personal level I've had so many difficult and horrible things happen this year that it's hard to think where to begin. I spoke briefly on this blog about my struggles with acne, the loss of my dog, and my relationship ending, but alongside them I've also been struggling with physical and mental health issues. In the future I do want to do some posts discussing mental health and my experiences with it, but for now I'm not quite there yet. 
I can safely say I'm absolutely ecstatic about this year coming to a close, and I tried my hardest to make the most of the festive season and end the year positively. I have so many goals and things that I want to work on in 2017, which I'll be chatting through in my next blog post, but for now I thought I would share some of my plans for this blog.
I've decided it's time for a bit of a change in terms of the design. I've had the same template for the past year and a half, and whilst I do love it, I feel like it's time to change things up a bit, so this month I'll be purchasing a new template and the blog will look brand spanking new!
I've also made the decision to go back to sunday uploads. I decided at the beginning of last year to start uploading on a wednesday as well, and whilst I have thoroughly enjoyed producing more content, I've not been 100% happy with the stuff I've been writing. Dealing with all of the personal stuff, alongside university, having a social life and working on other things like writing, has meant that sometimes it's been a rush to finish a blog post and I really don't like doing that. I want to start writing more personal blog posts that take a bit more time, and I also gave myself a christmas treat and purchased a new camera this month, so I'm desperate to get out and improve my photography. I'm just going to take things slowly and focus on putting more effort into my posts. I hope anyone who reads my blog is okay with that and doesn't mind a once a week upload!
2017 is feeling like a good one. I feel like all of the bad things that happened in 2016 are getting left behind and I can move forward on a clean slate. I'm looking forward to talking about all of my goals and aspirations for the year in a post next sunday, and I hope everyone reading this is feeling positive and excited for the year ahead! I hope you all had a wonderful christmas and new year, and here's to 2017!
xxx

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas | 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas!
I tried my hardest to make the most of christmas this year and really appreciate all of the things that come along with it. Ive spent the past few days in my cosy pyjamas, watching new films with family members and eating as much christmas food as I possibly can. Still having the decorations up means that I'm still trying to make the most of cosy nights on the couch before the new year starts and it's back to business. January is looking very busy for me so for the rest of this week I'll be continuing to relax and have down time before the new year starts next week! 

How has your christmas been?
xxx

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Happy Christmas!

It's Christmas!
I can't believe the day is finally here! I feel like I get so swept up in all the festivities and shopping and visiting family that the days just fly by and before I know it I'm waking up and it's christmas day. I plan to spend my day taking it slow, lounging around with family with christmas films on in the background, before tucking into christmas dinner and making our way to my grandparents house for a humongous family get together. I hope you all have a wonderful day and spend it feeling festive and merry! 
xxx

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