Turning 21

Good Morning World!

Today I am waking up a new woman, or indeed just the first time I’ve woken up and called myself something other than a girl. I am now 21 years old. AAAHHH! This is so crazy! Seems like a blink of an eye since I was saying hello to my teenage years and now, POOF I’m a proper adult. I’ve got to wave goodbye to my immaturity and start thinking about grown up things like a pension or a mortgage *shudders*.

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I can say with great confidence that I am not ready to say goodbye to being 20, it really has been my favourite year so far! I know, I know! I’ve said this before, but I can’t possibly believe that it can get better than this (obviously I’m so up for it going in that direction), but what if it doesn’t?… Negativity aside, I have never enjoyed a year more and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

I think the biggest thing that has happened this past year is that I have now officially moved out, oh and I have a ring on my finger. Yes, this has come at a bit of a surprise. I have found the man of my dreams and we are now living together. I owe so much of this year to him and it really wouldn’t have been as special without him.

Friendships have definitely blossomed too, having an extra year under your belt at Univeristy really does make your confidence come out a little more (especially when you’re incredibly shy like myself). I have made some solid friendships, some of which I know will last a lifetime.

Here’s to taking responsibly for my actions! Here’s to proper adulthood! Here’s to no more excuses… Here’s to 21!

 

 

Taking a leap of faith

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The last couple of months for me have been sh*t, to say the least, and it could’ve come down to a lot of things, but ultimately it’s my job. I have been working in a pub for the last couple of months and I just can’t seem to crack it. Which then led me to have to make a decision, do I stick it out for the summer or take a leap of faith.

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Let’s fast forward to the very beginning. My beautiful boyfriend and I decided that for the entirety of the summer we would spend it together. This all seemed well and good before we realised we needed money (I know right, it ruins everything), so we both got jobs. Harry (the said boyfriend mentioned above) had bagged himself a nifty 9-5 job Monday to Friday, and I had taken the only place that offered me a job, working evenings and weekends in a pub. This was the first mistake because it meant that we didn’t see each other, which caused great regret to the fact we could’ve just gone home and leached off our parents.

The second problem was money. I was use to a very nice job at home working in a care home earning a healthy wage, I then traded that for under 21’s minimum wage. Which is fine, but it didn’t cover my rent. Enter dilemma two.

The rest of the problems could’ve easily been liveable if it weren’t for A and B, but they ended up being big deciders in my “leap of faith” plan. I spend my days waiting for Harry to come home, to spend a hour with him and then go to work, spending most of the time crying in the toilets. I felt like I didn’t fit in at work and found the management poor, plus I really didn’t like getting hit on by old men.

I kept thinking to myself that I could just stick it out for the rest of summer, so I put it off and put it off, but one day I couldn’t put it off any longer. I went into work intending to do my 10 hour shift and walked out 10 minutes later unemployed.

Sometimes you just have to put yourself first and take the plunge. Yes I do feel like I’ve waisted 3 months of my life on nothing, and yes it may have taken me another 2 weeks to find myself a new job but I am so much more happy in myself and with my new job Harry and I can finally have the summer we both wanted. I learnt that things don’t always go right the first time, and its better to do something about it than live with the unhappiness.

Cheers to that,

Georgina xx

Turning Twenty

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HELLO to yet another year! Time is passing so quickly I can barely keep up with it! Today is my Birthday, I’ve made the big jump from being a teenager to a full fledged member of the twenties club. It scares me to think that my teenage years are behind me, there are no excuses now, I’m an ADULT! Jokes aside though… I am happy to be moving into this new phase in my life, and I hope life as a twenty year old suits me well.

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The last 365 days have probably been one of the best ones yet. I have loved my time blogging and creating content. I have really gotten into the whole photography element recently, hopefully you’ve noticed. My biggest change from last year has to be my transition from living at home to living independently at University, I have really come into myself and I owe this year to that.

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This new time in my life is going to be one of the best ones yet, your twenties are the years where you really come into yourself and I’m excited to find out who Georgina really is. Just thinking about what could happen is unimaginable, but I’m ready to put my best foot forward and begin to adult in a way I didn’t realise I knew how.

Here’s to another year.

Laughter Makes the World Go Round

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We all love a good case of the giggles, the kind where your stomach starts to hurt, or the kind that makes you run to the toilet in fear, or the silent laughter you do while pulling a face for radio. The latter being my unconcious go-to. It’s a great love in all of us.

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There is nothing I love more than the company of people who can make me laugh uncontrollably. If you can find someone who can make you forget about the boring parts of life and create a new happiness. Those are the people you want to spend time with, and those are the people you want to surround yourself with.

I have only recently realised this!

A couple of months ago a big thing happened between me and another individual, it was no ones faul, it just happened. As a result of this, I lost a lot of friends. I lost people who I used to call my best friends, people I use to spend my entire summer with; just gone. It made me realise the importance of real friendship and I how when you went to school you were friends with the people you saw everyday, for no other reason than that; you saw them everyday. My first semester at University served to be fine, but after this ‘incidence’ things just started to disolve. I noticed things I didn’t previosuly. I behaved the same before and after but it was them who ultimatly made the final decision.

The past weeks I have then only surrounded myself with the people who make me smile, the people I can truly be myself around. Going through something this difficult makes you realise who is actually there for you and who was just around for the ride. Because we both lost something, and the fact my ‘friends’ decided to make the choice for me to leave upset me, but now I know I’m better off.

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The moral of this story is that laughter comes from being truly comfortable and happy, so only surround yourself with people who do that!

Love Georgina xx

 

 

Elegant Ending to a Memorable First Year

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My first year at Univeristy has come to and end. This past Saturday I packed up my University dorm room and headed back home. It was heart breaking. Leaving a room to which I lived in for one of the most exciting years of my life. I cannot emphasise enough how fast this year has gone, or to think about how scary it will be that come September I will be a second year student.

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It is true that all good things must come to an end… at least for now! I am acting like I’m leaving forever but in reality I will be back in couple of months. I just hate goodbyes.

On a serious note thought, Univeristy has taught me so much in only a year, and I have no doubt these lessons will continue. I have grown up and changed considerably since last September, it has aided not only my educational growth but my own personal growth. There are things that I have achieved this year that I never would’ve ordinarily thought would happen. Everything has been for the better.

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I have come to make so many new friendships, some I know I will treasure throughout Univeristy and for many years to come. I have become part of a society which has helped me considerably with my confidence and allowed me to meet many more new people.  I am surrounding myself with people who are like me and can accept me for the weird, bubbly person that I am.

I know, I know! It’s only first year! First year’s, yes do have a fair bit of work and exams, but for most Universities it counts for very little if any of their degree. I still have another couple of years before I finished this wonderful journey, but as this year has demonstrated it is approaching far sooner than I would’ve thought. It seems like less than 2 minutes have gone by when I was awkwardly standing in the halls on Freshers week trying to make friends with every face that walked by.

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The end of the academic year is the time to reflect, not just our own personal development but on how others around us have shaped who we are. At the time I thought I hadn’t learnt much about myself, but the reality is looking back I have. Academically I know I could’ve done better, and there are many things that I know now that I will change going into my second year. Things like doing more outside reading, or writing up the lectures as soon as I get it, rather than just having a nap (we all do it). Saying that there are also things I am proud of this year, and hope will continue through my years, things like putting myself out there a little more and not being this shy awkward girl standing in the background.

First year was one of the best years of my life. This is one of the easiest statements I have ever had to say. I am looking forward to what the next couple of years have to offer. Bring on second year.

Love Georgina xx

 

A Happy Little Catch Up

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Life has been a little chaotic recently. Big changes have occurred and ultimately my little blog has taken a back seat, apologies. But here I am finding the time to blog (something I have been yarning for) a thing that has become a treat and not a dependency these last couple of months. The main reason for my loss of time has been that I started university. I have moved to another part of the country and I’m living in a flat with 6 other people. This concept is still very bizarre to me, and I have only now started to adopt my own routine with these lovely people in my life. Its so crazy the amount of things we take for granted when living with our parents that we now have to do yourself, including the obvious’ like food shopping down to more unthought-of chores like de-scaling the shower head. My life has changed so much in such a small amount of time.

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I first moved to university in September, moving day is such a blur to me; although so is the first semester, little things like having to do a food shop, meal plan and budgeting have been a bore. The assentation into adulthood became a little more real. Who knew flying the nest was going to be this complicated? I’m only talking about the sheer entity of living without my parents and I haven’t even started to think about the idea of work and university in general, but let me tell you it is a lot more work than I thought it would entail, but thank heavens for first year. I don’t know what I would do if this year did actually count towards my degree.

Although this new chapter in my life is amazing and I am enjoying every minute of it now that I have gotten over the initial homesickness phase, there are still so many things that I miss about being at home and there are still times when I long to be cuddled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate watching some silly gameshow with my family but as I have come to realise those special moments are getting fewer and fewer. I guess this is part of growing up, having to fend for yourself and realising that those moments should be treasured more than you think, (a little deeper than I intended for our morning catch up but heart types what it wants). It has been lovely though coming back over the last couple of holidays and I have realised that my relationship with my family has matured and there are less petty disputes that use to take up 75% of general conversation.

In addition, due to my Seasonal Affective Mood I have only just come to realise how much love I have for University and how much I have missed blogging. Like every year my blog gets a start up at the beginning of spring and my memory of winter becomes a black hole. But now, I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be than sat in my flat with all my lovely new university friends. Its fair to say that since the weather has been nice I’m a happy little bean. Its gotten so bad that I don’t even want to go home for summer, my love for constant company as become a love and my once thought introverted self as disappeared.

I thought this general catch up would be quite fitting considering I’ve been in hibernation all winter, but there is so much more going on which I will reveal in later posts.

Thank you for reading

Love Georgina xx

My First Year at University Goals

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So as it would seem, Saturday marks my first day at University! Well that isn’t strictly true as that is only my move in day, and my first day of lectures doesn’t actually start until the 25th but it is my first time in a new city, and my first time living on my own with a house full of strangers. Sounds neat! Not! Its scary!

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There are so many things that University has to offer, and so many exciting new changes. I have been waiting longer than most to go off to University, I’ve had a gap year and I’ve spend said year contemplating my future, figuring out what I want out of life and living and working in the real world. This past year has been more than beneficial to me and although I cannot wait to jump into my University experience, I wouldn’t have changed anything about that year, because without it, I wouldn’t be where I am.

Looking at what others have achieved out of University got me thinking what I want out of this first year, and how I want to achieve it. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are a few things I want to achieve in my first year at University.

  • Make lifelong friends
  • Get on with my housemates
  • Not be in my overdraft
  • Although try not to worry about money
  • Be certain I am studying the right subject for me
  • Keep up a high grade average through the year
  • Get a first in my degree, although a 2:1 is great too
  • Attend every lecture
  • Feel proud of every assignment I do
  • Find somewhere I fit in
  • Join a society
  • Step out of my comfort zone
  • Don’t live off microwavable meals and frozen pizza
  • Join a gym
  • Be healthy
  • Don’t miss out on anything
  • Go with the flow
  • Be the person everyone wants to be friends with
  • Don’t be background noise
  • Keep up to date with blogging
  • Without letting it affect my studies
  • Budget
  • Don’t let distance ruin my relationship
  • See my family as much as I can
  • Stay in touch with old friends
  • Don’t be afraid of what others think
  • Stay fashionable
  • Let others know about my blog, its nothing to hide

There are so many things I want for my first year, and there is nothing I want more than them all to come true. Its a big step in my life but I’m so exciting to begin this journey. I have waiting for this all year, and feel more than ready to start this experience knowing exactly what I want out of it.

I am ready for anything.

Love Georgina xxx