July has definitely been the most relaxed month of this year. It’s made a nice change.
That’s really difficult because I’ve had some great days this month. At the beginning of the month, my family and I spent a weekend at Centerparcs with some family friends, which was lovely.
I’ve had quite a few days where I’ve seen my friends, which have been great days as always. I’ve also been trying to cook more and I’ve really enjoyed it. I love cooking meals for me family and some cake here and there if I can (one excuse was for my Dad’s birthday!).
Last week I visited some of my friends in Wales for about 6 days and it was lovely to see them and to catch up, as I haven’t seen most of them in months!
As you’re reading this, I’ll be in London. I’m staying there from Monday to Thursday and I know it’s going to have been great!
Quite an exciting month really. But relaxed at the same time.
I read Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews this month. It was refreshingly different, and I like the fact that it didn’t romanticise cancer in any way. However, I didn’t feel that it was as great as it’s been cracked up to be. Another case of the hype raising my expectations too high, I think.
I’ve also been reading The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern, which has been good so far, but I don’t think it’s going to make it as a favourite Ahern book of mine.
I’ve been seriously obsessed with Regina Spektor this month. You may have seen me mention her before in another monthly wrap-up, but this time, I’ve been listening to her so much more. Us is still a favourite, however, I am completely in love with the songs Samson, Laughing With and Fidelity. I’ve discovered way more of her songs. They’re so good and I would recommend them to anyone! (She’s got new music coming out too - eek!)
What did I learn?
Again, this one’s a bit ambiguous for me right now. Maybe that some people only stay in your life for a certain amount of time and that’s okay. That some silences can be really comfortable and enjoyable, particularly if they’re shared with some close friends.
What’s happening next month?
August: the month of results. I don’t think I have much planned until the latter half of the month, where I’ll be heading over to Dubrovnik, Croatia for a little over a week (expect a post after I come back!) and then return just in time for Results Day!
What’s been on my mind?
I don’t know really. College, trying to be more productive and creative, trying to plan trips and times that I’ll see my friends.
Since the attacks on Nice, everything terrible that’s been happening in the world now seems a lot more personal to me too. As you may know, Nice is somewhere I visited recently and have many happy memories there, even if they do only span over about 4 days. Seeing a place you love being damaged really hits home everything that has happened. It’s made me more conscious of all the attacks that have been occurring globally on such a sickeningly regular basis.
Would it be cheating if I said Through Our Eyes, which is the new group blog I’m part of? Nah! It launched this month and it’s been such fun to do. I love reading the other girls’ posts too!
Not to toot my own trumpet, but I’ve loved a lot of my posts this month. For some reason, they’ve been more enjoyable to write (and I LOVED writing all my blog posts!). Maybe it's the absence of exam stress. 11 Problems Welsh People in England Will Recognise was quite a funny one to write, and A-Z Travel List was really interesting as it required more research and allowed me to find out about loads of different places that I could visit. Please have a look at some of my posts this month. I'm really proud of them all and it would mean a lot!
I suppose, seeing my friends, having a newfound freedom and especially seeing how hard all the other TOE girls work. We have a really encouraging group, and it’s a really inspiring group to be a part of.
Any other favourites?
Monster Munch have been a massive favourite of mine. I’ve eaten so many! FRIENDS, The Flash, Glee and Brooklyn-99 have been the shows I’ve watched this month. I’ve started Glee again, oops…