Playlist of the Month: November ’16

Sorry for my absence from blogging recently, life has been really busy for me, and in fact, it is set to get even busier! 😮 I’m having more rehearsals for Hairspray! than ever, I recently entered a public speaking competition as the main speaker (and got through to the next stage, yay!) and I’m constantly busy. To top it all off, mock exam week is a mere few weeks away and I’ll have to invest my time in revision etc. I’m so sorry about this, and I hope you understand! Anyway, on with the post 🙂

Recently, I’ve been listening to music on Spotify, making playlists on there with a mixture of old and new songs, as per usual. I’m going to highlight my favourite songs of this month and why you should listen to them,

‘Doubt’ – Mary J Blige 

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I wouldn’t call myself a mega-fan of Mary J Blige in any way, but this song is brilliant! The first time I actually heard it was when Taylor Swift performed it at one of her concerts on The 1989 Tour. I only heard a short part of it because it was part of a live singing compilation of Taylor Swift. Immediately, I loved the sound and message of the song, so I looked up ‘Doubt – Taylor Swift’. What I soon found was the full-length music video of Taylor Swift at the Staples Center in LA, talking about how she was inspired by the song having heard it at one of Mary’s concerts in LA. She then started to sing, bringing Mary on stage for the second verse. What struck me was how awe-struck Taylor was by Mary – she is clearly a huge MJB fan. I then proceeded to look up the original – the vocals for which are amazing ❤ If you’ve ever had problems with self-belief and doubt, this song is definitely for you 🙂

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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Book Review)

Just ListenJust Listen by Sarah Dessen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Annabel Green is “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s what she portrays in her modelling shoots. But Annabel’s life is far from perfect. Her friendship with Sophie ended bitterly, and her older sister’s eating disorder is weighing down the entire family. Isolated and ostracised at school and at home, Annabel retreats into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen — intense, music obsessed, and determined to always tell the truth. And with his guidance, Annabel learns to just listen to herself and gains the courage to speak honestly. But will she be able to tell everyone what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends?
– From the synopsis found on the Goodreads Website

First off, I’m going to talk about the plot. When I first picked up this book, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. What I got was definitely different from what I had anticipated, but I feel like the book works better this way. You can definitely draw a lot from this book, which is something that I really like. One song lyric that comes to mind when I think about this book is ‘And I might be okay, but I’m not fine at all’ from All Too Well by Taylor Swift. This really makes you think about how many times we have pretended to be okay because it is easier than the truth. The truth can be a massive burden for others to have to cope with. The truth can hurt a lot sometimes, and telling it to someone else can mean admitting it to yourself. And that is what Annabel is afraid of.

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What I’ve learned from travelling

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? I am fortunate to have traveled to many places all over the world – but not everything is about having fun, or lying on a beach, as great as that might be.

There are several lessons I have learned from all my travels:

1. The world is a beautiful place that was made for us to exploreWP_20160809_13_09_28_ProEveryday, ask yourself – if there are so many places in the world that are beautiful, then why aren’t I making an effort to see them? There is beauty in everything – you don’t have to pay huge amounts of money to find something that takes your breath away, which brings me to my next point…

2. Sometimes it is better to go back to basics

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The more you remove yourself from everyday life and home comforts when you travel, the more rewarding the experience will be. Sometimes fancy hotels can provide a distraction when you really just need to get out there and explore. Don’t get yourself down about saving for a big fancy holiday – just save for a cheap flight and decent hostel. If you research enough, you can find some amazing deals. Needing the hotel to be expensive in order for it to be ‘good’ is completely false! Only a decent quality of service is necessary!

3. Pack light

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If there is one thing you don’t want to be doing on holiday, it’s lugging heavy baggage around with you. You honestly don’t need every piece of clothing in your wardrobe, even if you’re travelling for months. Pack a few staple items that can be interchanged and put them in a backpack, so your hands can be free when you need to check in etc. If you only have one backpack, this can go in an overhead locker and you won’t have to pay to check in bags, and you won’t have to wait for luggage carousels. Simple things like this mean you can spend more time travelling and less time faffing about clothing. You can always wash clothes if you need to, anyway!

4. Capture the memories

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At the end of the day, whilst selfies and travelling are a good combination, in the years to come you will appreciate the pictures of the views and the places that you visited. You will want some pictures that don’t have your face in every frame. Invest in a basic digital camera, or use your phone. Make videos and pictures and learn how to capture images in the best light. These will be the memories that you cherish, don’t waste them. You can also capture the memories by collecting postcards like I do.

And finally…

5. Don’t stay in just one place

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If you’re visiting a country, you want to be able to experience it as much as possible. When you go to a place be sure to vary your activities so that you get to live the culture that surrounds you. Make sure to leave a day or two so that you are free to explore, but plan some activities. You could have a relaxing morning on the beach followed by a walk to the museum. You could go to the theatre and then a famous memorial. You never know what you might learn! One thing I suggest is bus tours. But only the ones that you can hop-on and 0ff! One good company for this, that can be found around the world is City Sightseeing. This way you can see a variety of different sites, but you have no time-restrictions AND you get unlimited travel! A win-win! 😀

I hope I’ve encouraged you to go out there are travel! What have you learned from your travels?

xoxo

Hannah

 

A HUGE THANK YOU! 100+ Followers

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It seems like only yesterday when I was thanking you for 50 followers. Little did I know that my blogging family would double in the space of just under 3 weeks! This is absolutely insane 🙂

I am completely in love with blogging right now, I love pouring all of my energy into a post and to have it appreciated by people, to have people like and comment on it, just means the whole world to me! 🙂 Honestly! ❤

I don’t even know how I’m going to do this thank you justice. Thanking you from the bottom of my heart could not even express the gratitude I have for you all right now. I have truly been blown away by you all!

So, I’m just going to say a massive THANK YOU! Thank you so, so, so much!! ❤ ❤ Just over a month ago, I had less than 10 followers. I have not a clue how this happened, but I am so, so grateful!! ❤ 😀

Because I have 100 followers, a friend of mine, Elise (big love to you <3) suggested that I list 100 of my favourite things, so you guys can get to know me better 🙂 If you guys want to share your thoughts on some of my favourite things, or list some of your own, that’s totally cool too!

Finally, remember, I love you guys! ❤ Thank you for all you contribute; for the kind words on lonely days. I will always be here for you and continue to support and interact with your own blogs, helping them to grow too 😀 It is because of you that I’m living my dream! ❤

100 Favourites

Romantic Comedies

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Italian Food

Young Love

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Shooting Stars

Oversized Jumpers

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The colour blue

Tex-Mex Food

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Black Lipton Tea

Reading

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Libraries

Dolphins

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Blue Raspberry Pencils

Blue Night Skies

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Coldplay

Costa Creamy Coolers

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Light Shows

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Balloons

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Marshmallows

Cute Stationary

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Keane

Formula 1

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Sitcoms

Bookshops

Songwriting

Printed Photographs

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Iced Tea

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HMV

Basketball

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Alternative Music

Fairy Lights

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Collecting Postcards

Apple Crumble with cream

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Fluffy Socks

Baking cakes

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Playing the keyboard

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Mosaics

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YouTube

Vinyl Records

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Live Music

 

Music

Fireworks

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Conkers

Podcasts

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Skittles

Cupcakes

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Jeggings

Singing to the car radio on long trips

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Pillows

Being in the school musicals

Going to the Chippy

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Museums

Parks

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Scrapbooking

Ireland

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Exploring new places

Christmas Markets

The smell of warm pizza

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Going to the cinema

Chocolate

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Breathing in a packet of Salt and Vinegar crisps

My Canon EOS 350D

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Singing

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Photography

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History

Pretty Bookmarks

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Maple Syrup

Owls

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Ferris Wheels

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Geography

Travelling

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Wimbledon

Berry Lipstick (MAC Frost New York Apple)

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Peppermint Tea

Glass blowing

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The Eiffel Tower

Bath bombs + bubble bars

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Ice-Cream

Weddings

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Lawson

Singapore

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Charity Shopping

My family

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Wedged heels

Victoria’s Secret Spray – Mango Temptation

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Stained-glass windows

McDonalds with friends

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My notebook collection

Sea salt spray + beachy waves

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Roses

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Christmas Eve Service in Church

CDs

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Board games with my grandma

Crumbly Fudge

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Taylor Swift

My best friends ❤ Sanjana, Jazmin, Chloe, Mollie, Maddie, Ruby, Georgina, Myah and Freya! ❤

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Scarves and snoods

Marble runs

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Choir concerts

Writing Blog Posts!

Thank you so much, again for 100 followers! ❤ It means so much to me ❤ 😥

Love always,

xoxo

Hannah