Today marks the one year anniversary since I passed my driving test. I can safely say it’s one of the best things that I’ve ever done; it’s given me so much freedom. I would definitely recommend to anyone that they should learn to drive as soon as they can.
However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing, (or, plain driving in this case- is that even a thing?!) because since passing my test I’ve managed to use, and subsequently get rid of three cars.
My first one I got for my 17th birthday as a sort of motivator to learn to drive and pass my test, and it did for a while- until my dad crashed it and wrote it off! This car was in the scrapyard before I’d even had the chance to pass my test.
I got my next car on the day that I passed my test, and there was literally no greater feeling than picking it up and driving it away myself- I felt so grown up haha!
However, this joy was short lived as a couple of weeks later it had to go into the garage. It’s fair to say that it never came back out as it needed so much work doing to it.
My third car, and the one that I’m still using now, is invariably a piece of crap, in that it doesn’t drive very well but it’s managed to survive almost ten months, and with my experience with cars, I’d say that’s a positive!
The main point of this post wasn’t to moan to you about my bad luck with cars, it was mainly just to encourage you to pass your test as soon as possible! By learning to drive, I’ve been given opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have had; it’s allowed me to visit family who live far away, I’ve been able to explore new places and it also helped me obtain my current job (without a car I wouldn’t have been able to get there!)
This will be the first proper year that I’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day and I intend to do it properly! I’m fortunate that my boyfriend is already pretty romantic so I know whatever we do it’ll be special. But for those struggling for ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I’ve composed a list of things that should suit almost everyone.
Bar Crawl– If you’re both into the party scene then this may be the date for you, or if you just want to have a few casual drinks and not make a big date out of the day then this is the perfect way to spend time together without making *too* much effort.
Scavenger Hunt – This is a really fun idea if you’re a creative person, your partner would really appreciate the effort that you’d put into making clues for them.
Dinner At Home– If you’re not wanting to spend too much money on V Day this year, you could always spend the evening cooking a romantic meal together; light some candles, put some music on and just enjoy each other’s company.
Recreate Your First Date– By recreating your first date, you would be reliving memories of when you first got together, it’s always nice to reminisce and this is the perfect way to do it!
Spa Weekend– If you and your partner have a slightly larger budget for romance this year, you could book a spa day/weekend away together. It could be a surprise for your partner or you could plan it together , making sure you both get the treatments you want…
Camping Trip– I certainly won’t be doing this any time soon, (my boyfriend would know better than to plan this… I hope!) but if you’re an outdoorsy couple then this could be the perfect date for you.
Explore Your City– My boyfriend and I are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful city but we rarely go and explore it. If you live in a lovely city, you should spend the day and/or evening getting to know it.
Make a Den– You could have a super childish day where you do nothing but make a blanket fort, make a load of snacks and watch Netflix all day from the confines of your den.
Hot Air Balloon Ride– This is something that I’ve never actually done but always wanted to, this date is probably more on the pricey side of things but it would be very romantic, especially if you went at sunrise or sunset.
Ice Skating– Around Christmas time, this was mine and Matt’s favourite activity. He’d never been able to do it before but after my “expert” training, we were flying around the rink. I imagine most places have closed their outdoor rinks for the time being, but there will be plenty of indoor places around the country where you could practice your pirouette.
Pamper Evening– This is basically the cheaper (although no less romantic) version of booking a spa weekend away together. You could run a bath, light some candles and whip out the face masks. It would be the perfect way to chill out together, especially if you don’t do that sort of stuff a lot.
Breakfast Date– Breakfast/brunch is my favourite meal of the day and I’m always looking for new places to find delicious pastries. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could incorporate your breakfast date into the day of exploring your city and find a cute little cafe that serves the nicest pastries.
Picnic Date– If weather permits, you could make a picnic and go and watch the sunset. However, this time of year is probably not the best for outdoor picnics so you could always set up a blanket at home and do it indoors instead.
Weekend Away– One of my favourite things to do is to travel to new places, so why not make this Valentine’s Day the time to explore a new place together? This could be somewhere in your home country or if you’re feeling adventurous, (and a little bit spendy) head somewhere abroad, perhaps somewhere with sun to escape this constant gloomy weather that has descended on the UK.
You may think it’s strange that I’m only just getting around to writing my New Year’s Resolutions now, especially considering we’re near the end of January but I promise that I have a logical reason for it.
2016 was without a doubt the best year of my life. It was incredible in every way; I was the happiest I’ve ever been. I think that’s partly the reason why it’s taken me so long to decide what I want to do this year; I didn’t think it could get any better than last year.
But now, after over a month into 2017, I’m sure that it can get even better. I spent the last half of 2016 unsure of what to do with my life; I left school in the summer and even though I got in to University, I decided that it wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I’ve spent the last few months working as a Barista at Starbucks which I love, but I know it’s not what I want to do forever. Which now brings me to the next point of my life; my new “proper” job.
I’ve somehow managed to secure myself a job at a digital marketing company and I am SO excited. I’m really proud of myself for doing this, especially as I have no previous experience in the field. I’m sure I’ll keep you up to date on here and let you know how I’m getting along.
I officially moved in with my boyfriend at the beginning of November last year and I can quite honestly say it’s been the best thing ever. We’re currently living at his parents’ house while we save for our own place and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, (someone shoot me for being so cheesy).
Since moving in I’ve learned a number of things about what it’s like to live with a boy, so I thought I’d share with you.
He will probably end up stealing (or borrowing) a number of your beauty products, even though he may complain that you have too many. Things like moisturiser, hairspray and dry shampoo.
He will actually enjoy the hygge atmosphere you create, despite claiming it’s too “girly”.
You’ll realise how good he is at listening to your rants, or he may have just zoned out but either way he makes a good therapist.
You absolutely cannot watch a TV show that you’re both obsessed with, without your SO there.
You’ll end up seeing each other in every drunk situation imaginable.
It’s important to make time for specific date nights- ones that include doing something other than a takeaway and Netflix in your pyjamas.
Having said that, chill days are also amazing together.
If he’s away for a few days, you realise how strange it feels to sleep alone.
You’ll realise how much your hair gets everywhere- because he’ll point it out.
If he can handle you when it’s your time of the month then he’s a keeper.
He will see you at your most disgusting, gross state and *hopefully* still love you.
You’ll probably find that he’s really quite messy- and will be rather reluctant to tidy up after himself.
A number of embarrassing situations may arise, like who will be the first to burp or fart.
You’ll be surprised how long it takes him to get ready- it’ll be nowhere near as long as you, but it’s still long enough.
His annoying habits (and yours for that matter) will be magnified immensely- you just have to learn to cope with them.
But at the end of the day, you live with your best friend- and there’s literally nothing better than that.