Friday, 25 December 2015

It's Christmas!!!!

Admit it, you read it as a song... 
Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a lovely day and spread the cheer :)

Abi X

Saturday, 19 December 2015

5's: 5 CHRISTMAS traditions!!

For those of you celebrate Christmas, we can officially jump for joy because it is FINALLY here!! Yep in just 6 days! 
Christmas is full of traditions that differ both nationally and personally. 
I decided that in this weeks 5's post I'd tell you guys a few of my own personal traditions. 
1) Mince pies// My Mum is a coeliac, and lives on a gluten free diet. When I was younger, on Christmas Eve we'd make a big batch of mince pies with her gluten free flour. I'd never ever have a mince pie until Christmas Eve because I'd be saving myself for my Mums!!
2) Stockings// later on Christmas Eve we have our own little ceremony were myself and my younger siblings lay out the stockings, Rudolphs carrot and a mince pie for Santa. I'm 21 and I still love doing this!
3) Cards// First thing Christmas morning my family and I allll exchange cards. It's just how we start our Christmas Day off and I wouldn't change it for the world.
4) Watching a film// I don't think this is restricted to just my family. Last thing on Christmas Day, when everyone's gone home and you're sat nursing a good food baby... We curl up and a watch a film. My  Mum always makes sure at least one Of us gets a DVD so that there's no issues...in theory...
5) Visiting my Dad// with my parents being separated, a huge part of my Chrostmas is spending Boxing Day with my Dad. Him and my brother have our own mini Christmas and exchange gifts!

What traditions do you have? If you don't celebrate Christmas, any cool plans for the 25th?

Abu X

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Life update 4// Pre-Christmas catch up

Heyyy! It's been a fair while since I did a little Life update. A lot longer than I'd realised to be honest. On the plus side, I hadn't noticed because I've been really busy lately. On the downside, I don't feel I've spent much time blogging lately and I'll admit that that's a shame.

Things are ticking along nicely in work. I'm finally starting to feel settled in now, slowly getting to know more and more people outside of my immediate team. The Christmas party helped last week helped tons with this, although any names I was told that night are looong gone. I really need to start writing more reflections of my experiences as a Physiotherpaist. One of the responsibilities of this career is showing that you are able to continue developing as a professional. Reflections are a form of evidence of this. I've barely written any, even though I'm learning so much lately. Again, this is because I've just been swamped with work. People seem to be dropping left, right and center!

I've been pretty darn full on the weekends too. Lots of nice shopping days getting all set up for Christmas (finally done now, I think...), long marsh walks out and, probably most exciting of all.....tidying up. Yep, I'm one cool cat...

Time is passing by so quickly at the moment. I'll admit it gets to me a wee bit. There really seems so much to do right now. I'm struggling to balance seeing my family, my friends and workin full time. It's getting there but I'm definitely a work in progress. It upsets me more when I'm not able to spend as much time blogging as I'd like, but it something I'm starting to accept. I acknowledged it in this post that I might struggle to post a frequently but it's really starting to hit home now.

There we have it, a very rambley post.. Don't worry though, I love this wee blog of mine so I really will keep making the effort to post. Simply acknowledging that it's more difficult than I'd expected has helped boost my confidence and motivate to step up my game.

Any advice for me guys?? 
Abi x

5's: 5 NEW things for a NEW year

It's that time of year again. 
Christmas has been and gone.
 2016 beckons round the corner.
It's the end of a old year. The preparation beginning for the new. 
It's a time of year for reflection (yay, more...). The time for planning new and exciting things.
I've been thinking a lot lately of how this year has gone for me. The ups, the downs, the inbetweens...  There have been a lot of great things happen, and a lot of shit. 
(One of the great things of 1015, Graduating!!!)

This is a list of things that I want to do over the next 12 months. 

1. Learn to drive//...a car. I've put it off for  some time because frankly it scares me. Cars are scary, roll with it. However I'm starting to get past that and it's reaching the point where I actually WANT to learn. Go figure?
2. Get fitter-Eat better/ This is a hard one for me. I advocate being fit and eating healthy but I'm lazy... I do try but I know I could be trying harder. It's not about losing weight. It's about improving myself an my personal fitness. 
3. Blog goal// One of my biggest achievements of 2015 is starting this blog. I'm amazed I've kept it going now, for 4 whole months. I intend to keep going on! I don't have many specific blog goals, mostly to keep posting at least once a week, preferably twice. One goal I am aiming towards is to increase the number of book reviews I write. Although I read, well, tons of books, I struggle to review. Queue personal challenge number 3: write 25 book reviews in 2016.
4. Update my wardrobe//A pretty silly one  on the surface. But so much of our appearance is tied into our identity an personality. As a student I couldn't afford to buy many new clothes, I was restricted to pretty much necessities only. Now that I'm earning a bit more I want to start filtering in new pieces that I will actually enjoy wearing and that fit me.
5. Enjoy myself// probably the most important aim on this list. I won't lie, University was a massive struggle for me. I nearly didn't make it through. Now that I've finished, I'm in a job that I adore, and in a relationship with someone I love to bits... I want to start really enjoying my "youth". Start making the most of my weekends, planning trips and days out. Making plans with my friends and most of all continuing my blog writing. I'm at a point in my life that I can start truly living life the way I want...and I want to...

These aren't New Years Resolutions. I don't want them to fade into obscurity a few weeks into 2016. They're more long term goals. Almost like a little personal project.
What do you want to achieve this next year?

Abi x

5s: 5 video games

"Video games" seems such an antiquated term, or as my mum would say "antwakky". Yes, that's a real word. In Liverpool at least... 
Anyways it's not been long since I invested in a PS4, an upgrade from our PS3, and although our game collection is slowly building, there are a few that I'm pining for.
Enough, that it'd make a 5's a post. 
Hmm.. What a coincidence... ;)
Definitely room for more games...

1) Star Wars Battlefront 3// probably my favourite game series of all time. I am literally soooo excited for the new instalment! I can't wait to see if it lives up to the long awaited hype or....not...? 
2) Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3// Black ops 2 was THE game for me, I'd played bits of COD before and enjoyed it. But black ops was the game that really hooked me. Consequently, I cannot wait to see if it's as good as its predecessors...
3) Guitar Hero // I don't know how I've not rushed and bought this yet. Clearly my killer self control (and lack of money..) I've played Guitar Hero on and off for years. It's a perfect time for a revival. Also, they've created a new style of guitar controller that I'm really looking forward to trying out!
4) Fallout 4// This is a game series I've not played before, and after watching a trailer for it, it's finally starting to pique my interest. Have a nosey...

5) Just Cause 3// Again, not a series I've played before. Lewis described it as a rough cross between Grand Theft Auto (which I don't play) and Call Of Duty (which I do). It got me thinking. Whilst it's not at the top of my list, it is a game I'd like to try out in the nearish future.

It's not long until Christmas, who knows what will appear in my stocking this year? 
Any games you would recommend?
Abi x

Saturday, 5 December 2015

5's: 5 places to...buy books!

Oooh, ey! 
It's another 5's post! Another bookish 5's post to be precise. 
As if I didn't have enough books already..
Over the years I've lost track of where I pick up my books. Few things in life excite me as much as a new book does. I buy books from a great variety of places and jut wanted to share some with you guys. You may have heard of them or you may not...
1) bookshops// well haha, duhhh. This one may seem obvious but when I was younger I'd very rarely buy books new. Over the past years this has slowly changed. I'll admit I've always loved going into bookshops and simply looking...
2) Charity shops// um hmmm! Buy lots of books annnnd give to a good cause? Too right I bloody did! I have so many little gems that I'd have never found without good old chazza shops.
3) Flea markets// Aye, I'm a trawler and I'm not afraid to admit it! Although, as with charity shops you did tend to see a lot of the same books, it's always worth a good root around. Car boot sales, flea markets all valuable sources for easy reads
4) World of Books// This is a discovery I made back when I started uni. The site sells second hand books at very reasonable prices, usually free delivery. It even has a handy guide so you can judge the condition of the book and if it's worth the price. Apparently you can even sell books, but who'd want to do that??
5) Bookbub//Having got to this one, I've realised its the only ebook option on this list! This is a sit I use a LOT nowadays. When you sign up you select you're favourite genre or even a few favourite authors an it will email you suggestions related to those. Why is this super handy? Because it emails you offers. I have tons of kindle books ive picked up, because they were free or only a pound or too. You get an email every day, sometimes it'll only have one, others up to around ten. It's well worth it if you use an e-reader at all.

Any suggestions on any new places I can buy books from? As you can no doubt tell, I have no problem with second hand books. In fact if you look at my recent book confessions post, I actually love well read books! 
Abi X 
P.s. this is not a sponsored post, just a few recommendations!