Relevant

‘Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20’ 

Just because you’re not where you want to be in life, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever get there. Where you are right now is exactly where you’re supposed to be, great things take time and everything will fall into place exactly when it’s supposed to.

Continue to be positive. Be kind.

Be supportive. Congratulate people on their successes and celebrate with them through their good times. Be happy for others as you would wish for them to be happy for you. Share your joy with others and be excited when they share theirs with you.

Have faith and believe that all good things are yours.

Accept your journey, and embrace it every step of the way.

❤️✨❤️✨

2017 Travel Bucket list. 🌎🍄

There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about travelling. All I want from life is to see the whole wide world. Swim in every ocean. Experience every culture. I long to spend as much time as possible exploring the world and visiting different cities, countries, continents.

I’ve already uploaded a Travel Bucket list here on the blog, and I’m excited to say that this time next month I will be able to tick Amsterdam off that list, eeeek! However I’ve decided to do another bucket list, this one for all the countries I would like to visit in 2017.

First off on my bucket list is NEW YORK. I have already been blessed enough to visit New York before and I would just love to go back because to me, it’s one of the most magical places in the world. I would absolutely love to go for my birthday in January, or for a week or two in the Summer / Autumn seasons. I think it would be totally magical to celebrate Christmas and New Year in New York too, although not necessarily next year.

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I’ve never been to ICELAND before but I’ve been dreaming about visiting for the past two years and in 2017 I really want to tick this country off my bucket list. It looks like an amazing place to explore and adventure, I often see pictures of different landmarks in Iceland and it constantly surprises me that there is so much to see and do there. Most importantly for me is a trip to the Blue Lagoon, I am desperate to stay there and have a soak in the hot springs. Doesn’t it look so incredible? Obviously exploring Reykjavik is an absolute must, and I would love to visit the Black Sand beach too. I think Iceland is one of those places you would need to visit more than once because it just has so much to offer. You couldn’t possibly cram everything you wanted to do into just one visit.

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ITALY is an absolute must for 2017 and I’m pretty sure this is a done deal anyway since my father is organising a holiday for the family there next year. How exciting!! I have wanted to visit Italy for as long as I can remember, it has always been on my bucket list and I genuinely can’t believe I haven’t been there yet especially since my Dad adores the country. Just like Iceland, I think Italy would require more than one visit because it’s a country with so much to offer. I would love to do all the touristy things like visiting Pisa, seeing the colloseum, and going on a gondola ride in Venice, but then I would also love to have a relaxing beach holiday somewhere like Sicily or Lake Garda. Not only does Italy seem like the most perfectly beautiful place to holiday but seriously, the food would be enough to get me over there. Italian food is the one, just give me all of the pizza and all of the pasta!

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Since I used to live in MENORCA I somewhat consider it my second home. However it’s actually been three years now since I last visited and I really miss the Island with all it’s beauty and the memories it holds. I would love to revisit Menorca next year with my family and make more happy memories there.

Last on my list for next year is Mauritius. A few months ago I hadn’t even heard of this country, but a girl I work with is actually from there and she says it’s absolutely beautiful!! Judging by the pictures I’ve seen, I have to agree. Mauritius looks like the absolute dream paradise destination. I would love to take a tropical beach vacation there in 2017, it would be the ultimate holiday.

There are so many beautiful places in this world that I would just love to visit, and I’m hopeful that 2017 will be a year filled with travel and adventure.

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Have you been to any of the places on my bucket list? Please let me know in the comments below.

Thankyou for reading. With love, Jennie. 🌎💚 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

‘Lolita’ – Vladimir Nabokov book review.

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It took me 3 very long months, but I have finally finished reading one of my bucket list book’s – ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov.

Like most people, growing up I had heard of this classic novel, but my interest in reading the book only developed after a few references were made to it in Pretty Little Liars. I then sat next to an English teacher on my flight back from Malia last year who highly reccommended the novel to me, informing me that Lolita was one of her all time favourites.

As a lover of literature, I was really excited when I finally purchased Lolita. It’s such a classic and I couldn’t wait to read it and see what all the fuss was about.

It usually only takes me a couple of weeks to finish a book, maybe just a few days if I really love the story. Judging by the three very long months it took me to finish Lolita you can probably guess that I wasn’t such a fan. For a book I was so looking forward to reading, I was sadly very dissapointed.

Lolita is the story of a middle aged man – Humbert Humbert, who finds himself very attracted to young girls, Lolita being the child of his affections who he decides to pursue. Whilst I know stories are written about all kinds of topics, this one made me feel very uncomfortable and I felt so awful for poor Lolita, her life completely damaged by the selfish and horrible man who made her his own. I don’t know how or why anyone would want to write about such a topic, and it made me feel a little disturbed.

Although I found the topic of the story very disturbing, I also found the book to be incredibly boring with a long list of characters who I couldn’t relate to in the slightest. The book managed to stir my emotions in the way that I felt deep sympathy towards Lolita, and major disgust and hatred towards Humbert Humbert. Ultimately though I felt no connection to the story at all.

I found this book so hard to read, with too many long, old fashioned words and complicated sentences, sometimes I couldn’t get my head around it. I felt like I was reading a book in which the author was trying to squeeze in as many big words and fancy sentences as possible in order to make the it seem more mature and intellectual. Having said that, that’s just my opinion and I can definitely appreciate the clear talent Vladimir Nabokov has for writing, and I know that many do enjoy his style and his way with words.

For the most part of the story, I just wanted to get it over with but there were the occasional moments where I did actually want to find out what happened next, times when I actually wanted to turn the pages and read on, rather than scan them quickly in an attempt to finish the book sooner.

I don’t think I could ever see myself reading this book again, nor would I reccommend it to anyone. I can understand why people do think this is a great piece of literature, because the subjects explored are very controversial and as it’s told from Humbert’s point of view I can see why some people may find it interesting, but for me it just made me feel sick and disturbed.

I’m sure if you’re a lover of classic novels and more controversial and complex reads you would enjoy this very much, it seems like a lot of people do really love this book. When I bought it, the guy in the bookstore told me he loved it and thought it was great. I’m sorry to say I can’t agree with him or the teacher on the aeroplane, for me Lolita is my least favourite book ever.

If you have read Lolita, I would love to know your thoughts on the book. Please let me know your opinions in the comments below.

Too Little, Too Late. 💋

I have butterflies!!! Well not butterflies as such, but my hearts a little jumpy inside. Remember Maga Boy ? Ah, he was quite the dream, but one I got over pretty quickly since you know, I haven’t actually seen him since I’ve been back in the UK.

I thought if we were to meet up after Maga it would happen pretty quickly, with plans to see each other soon after he got home. When that didn’t happen, I wrote him off as a holiday ‘romance’ and that was that.

I haven’t spoken to this boy since the 27th of August, almost one month ago and that conversation was barely worthy of being called a conversation. He asked me a question, I replied. Nothing more was said. Until now…

After archiving our chat so I wouldn’t have to see his face everytime I logged onto whatsapp, Maga Boy has popped back up into my notifs. Ever the charmer, there was no ‘Hello, how have you been?’, instead what I got was a blunt, straight to the point ‘Wanna come out tonight and stay over at mine’? … Erm, no thankyou hun. If he’d asked me this a couple of weeks ago I may have said yes, but 1. My interest in him settled down long ago, and 2. I’m in my PJ’s ready to watch X Factor. I’m not leaving this house for anybody, least not a fboy like him.

Although I’d given up on Maga Boy, I knew I hadn’t heard the last from him. Guy’s seriously have a way of sneaking back into your life right when you’ve moved on, am I right ladies? Not that I needed to move on as such from Maga Boy since it was just a one night thing, but you know what I mean.

I will admit I did get a little excited seeing his message, and I’m not ruling out hooking up with him again. But I’ve lost that real interest in him, a few weeks ago I probably would have gone for it and given up my chilled evening to see him, but now the company of Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on The X Factor is much more appealing.

Maybe next time Maga Boy but for now, it’s too little too late. 💋 xxxxxxxxxxxx

Back to The Grind. ✨

Today was my first day back at work after a relaxing 5 days off, it’s pretty safe to say I did not want to get out of bed this morning. Thankfully Mum gave me a lift today, so I didn’t have to get up too early for the bus. I had an extra twenty minutes in dreamland instead. 💭😍 Sadly though, no Zac Efron dreams were occurin’ last night, I consider this a wasted sleep. 😴

It’s perfect timing that today is the day I was back to work, because I’m also on day 6 of The Magic practice – a series of gratitude practices designed to change your life and make it magical in the short space of a month. Day 6’s practice is titled ‘Works like Magic’, encouraging gratitude towards one’s job.

For this practice, you go to work as normal and whilst there, mentally list as many things about your job for which you are grateful.

The purpose of this practice is to appreciate all the great things about your job, in order to attract more things to be grateful for in your working life.

There are many things for me to be grateful for when it comes to my work. I have a wonderful job which I really enjoy and consider myself lucky to have.

I work on a makeup counter for a brand which I am proud to work for, one which attracts a variety of customers so I get to meet lots of lovely people from all different walks of life. I get to have lengthy conversations with people about anything and everything and in the short time I spend with them, people open up to me to the point where they leave feeling like a friend. I also have a chance to open up to them whilst we are talking as they take an interest in me too, and I tell them all about my relationships, friendships, travels and more.

I work with a lovely group of people who I’m very thankful to know. The team in store are all kind, funny and supportive and they add so much sparkle to my work life.

Best of all, I get to play with makeup all day everyday!!! Throughout my day I am presented with many opportunities to make people over and I enjoy it so much. Making people over and introducing them to products which will enhance their natural beauty and help them to feel the best they can is not only super fun, but rewarding too. It’s great to know that I can help to boost someone’s confidence, and I feel thrilled when customer’s leave the counter feeling happier than they did when they arrived. That’s a job worth doing.

I have so many things to be grateful for with my job and I genuinely enjoy the time I spend at work. It’s safe to say I love my job and I’m truly thankful to work for such a brilliant company.

I’d love to know the reasons why you are grateful for your job. What’s the best thing about your career? What is your dream job?

Let me know in the comments below, thankyou for reading. ☺️

With love, Jennie. ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxx

We can be friends. ❤️

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Hey guys. ☺️ I’ve literally just woken up from a dream where I was dating Zac Efron, I’ve never wanted the saying dreams do come true to be more real. Zac Efron’s a beaut. 😍 This post isn’t about Zac though, it’s about the ex boyf.

I recently wrote a post about my ex titled We Can’t Be Friends which as could probably be guessed, was all about why we couldn’t be friends.

I’ve decided now though that we can be friends. After he messaged me a couple of times, I decided to reply because I knew I would feel too bad if I didn’t. Not only would I feel bad but I knew I would be waiting for more messages from him asking me for a response if I didn’t.

We spoke for a little while, I was pretty blunt with him and never replied instantly, I felt he didn’t deserve me being too friendly with him. Then I didn’t hear from him for a week. I wasn’t bothered at all by this, although I did find myself wanting to message him on occasion but I felt I shouldn’t. I wanted to speak to him, but I would wait until he messaged me first.

We next spoke after I checked myself in watching the Blair Witch, he dropped me a message saying I was going to hate the film. I replied when I got home, being more friendly and chatty. We then continued speaking for a couple of days which has been nice, but I’m keeping my distance. I haven’t messaged him since Tuesday because I feel like talking everyday is too much for the time being. We need to keep it chill and relaxed.

I think being friends with each other is for the best, and is the only way to give our relationship closure. If we weren’t friends, I know I would feel worse because I’d be wondering when he was next going to pop back up, or I’d want to talk to him but feel like I couldn’t. Now I feel like I can talk to him whenever I please and not worry about it upsetting me or being a big drama.

It would be easy for me to say any romantic feelings for him have gone, but I still think they have the potential to resurface. This is more reason for me to keep my distance and not get too close. I don’t want the feelings to resurface, I want to move on, meet someone else and fall in love with someone new. I want to be friends with my ex, but nothing more than that.

I feel really content right now with where my ex and I are at. We have each other as friends and I feel really good about this. It really simplifies things and makes things a lot easier when it comes to moving on.

I still enjoy talking to my ex, and the times we have hung out this year I’ve always had a good time. Since I’ve known him I’ve wanted him in my life so I’m really thankful that we’ve found a friendship.

I understand now why people are friends with their exes. What’s the point in holding a grudge? There was love there once, why let it go completely?

I would love to know if anyone else is friends with their ex? Or if you’re not, I’d love to know the reasons behind your decision. Let me know in the comments below.

Thankyou for reading, love Jennie. ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Food Glorious Food

Right now I’m craving –

•Garlic doughballs

•Pizza🍕

•Bacon

•Doughnuts🍩

•Specifically Krispy Kreme doughnuts🍩

•Chocolate fingers🍫

•Pasta🍝

•Pesto

•Pasta Pesto Chicken

•Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream

I’m craving all of the food.

Tomorrow seriously needs to hurry up so I can get to the shops and buy everything on this list. 😛