Tuesday, 8 October 2013

I made it.

Hello my lovely readers,

So, it's been 6 days.

Almost one week since I arrived back home on Australian soil, and honestly, I am so glad to be home. Don't get me wrong, I had a bloody brilliant time overseas, especially the last 3 months of my trip, but there's nothing better, no matter how badly you wanted to leave in the first place, than being home.

I severely missed my extended family like my grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and most importantly my friends. Who, I must admit, I have yet to see, but this jet lag thing is knocking me all over the place, I'm afraid if I see my friends I might fall asleep half way through a conversation. But, there are plans to meet, eat and chat over the course of the next couple of days and I am super excited to see them all!


Anyway, since my last post I've finished up in Liverpool (which I could have stayed forever because I love it there and not just because of the football) the rents, brother and I went further down south, quickly through South Wales and then down to Devon and Cornwall.. besides their freakishly tiny two way roads (they are more like a footpath), it was overly lovely. Cute thatched cottages, Devonshire teas (YUM) and lots and lots of sheep.

We visited the coolest town ever, whilst on our trip down south, it is called Clovelly and is one of the world's best known (apparently) yet, unspoilt villages. It's privately owned so there are no cars allowed - although there is no way in hell a car would be able to get to the bottom and then back up, as it is pretty much a steep, single laneish, cobbled street. But oh boy, the views were amazing the whole walk down and despite the fact I almost died from the effort it took to trek back up the hill, it was most definitely worth it. So, if you're ever down that way, go check it out!

My highlight of my last week in England was most definitely Tintagel Castle and below it 'Merlin's Cave'. Tintagel Castle is a medieval fortification located in Cornwall. The castle itself has been linked to Arthurian legends with a mysterious yet magical cave underneath, which by local legend belonged to Merlin, strengthening the Arthurian and Merlin legends.


However, even without these legends in the back of my mind, the sheer amazement of this site is beyond words. The castle is pretty much located on the edge of a cliff face with parts of it, over the hundreds of years since it's construction, falling into the sea below. Now, to get to the castle, and to the caves below, requires using your legs and walking. You have to walk down freakishly steep steps downward, across a bridge and then back up (if you're going to the castle, but further down for the caves) some more freakishly steep steps until you've reached your destination.

It's just one of those places in the world that just takes your breath away for just simply being beautiful.

Then after the rest of the week, Tuesday came. The day we were leaving. The day I was going home after being away for almost 6 1/2 months! We went to Oxford during the day and found the house one of my grandad's lived in as a kid before he hopped on a boat to Australia. It was still there. Over 60 years on and the house he lived in as a little boy is still around. That was cool.


After Oxford we headed for Heathrow. We spent roughly 4 hours (which actually went pretty quickly) and then boarded the plane. Via Dubai and Bangkok we made it into Sydney at 7:40 on Thursday morning. But that wasn't it. You see, I don't live in Sydney. I live an hour's north, by car. So, we were in for about a 1 1/2 hour train trip before we were actually home, yeah, I was dead by that point.

But now, I'M HOME!

I've already begun applying for some jobs because I really, really don't want to go back to my old job, and I have begun my 'get fit' program.. which is really just me going to the gym whenever I can get off my lazy butt. So, here's to being home and to my new adventure on Aussie soil!

Have a lovely day wherever you are in this beautiful world!

Becky xx

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Reminiscing... About school?!

Hello my loves,

It was one year ago yesterday that I graduated from Highschool. 

12 months, 365 days, 8765 hours, 525 948 minutes and 31 556 926 seconds, a year is a long time. But gosh, the older you get (and yes I know, I'm only 19, but still) the quicker time seems to go! It only feels like yesterday that I was actually walking up on to the hall stage at school to collect my folder with my graduation certificate inside. 

So yesterday, I woke up (obviously) and like the Facebook addict that I am (which I don't like to admit), I checked my Facebook to see what was going on in the lives of my Australian friends and family. Literally every second status was from someone I went to school with saying things like 'one year since graduation and I've done.. nothing' and 'it's been one year since we graduated, I'm going to list my achievements.. 1. nothing'. 

This got me thinking. 

Anyone who is 18 or 19 has spent the majority of their life time in the school routine. The routine of getting up early, going to school for 6 hours, coming home (most likely with homework in your bag) and then up again the next day doing the exact same thing. So I guess, yes, one year after the routine is no longer implemented in our lives, we might feel like nothing has been accomplished. But that's a lie.

The truth is, we've already achieved something. 

We've survived. 

We've survived the first year of our lives where we've had to or had the ability to make our own decisions. To choose where we want to go, what we want to do, who we want to see etc. And whether or not we're still living at home, got ourselves a full time job or even got ourselves to University, we're now old enough to know right from wrong (most of the time anyway) and sadly we're no longer 'kids'. 

I don't think it's a bad thing for 'young adults' not to know exactly what they want to do straight out of high school, I didn't, and taking a gap year was the best thing that I could ever have done, for both myself and my family. Good things have come out of my first 'grown up' decision to come to the UK, I lived my dream of travelling, my family (mum, dad, sister, her boyfriend and brother) finally lived their dreams of travelling and I finally realised what it was that I wanted to go to University for and for me, that was a big deal!

Life is the longest thing you'll ever do but it goes in the blink of an eye. So my lovely readers, even if you think you've done nothing with your lives so far, just promise me that you'll live your lives happy. Get up in the morning and go out there and live your dreams, don't settle and make sure you live with no regrets. Go have a ball. 

Becky xx 





Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Fun in the Scottish sun!

Hello my lovely readers,

How has everyone's week been?! 

My week (if you're wondering) has been fantastic. 

Because I'm in Scotland! Woo! 

I arrived in Edinburgh on the 3rd of September, which also happened to be my brothers 15th birthday. We were still in Edinburgh on the 5th of September which was my Dad's 47th birthday and we had a lovely day! We also travelled to Stirling, Inverness (and Loch Ness), Oban and tomorrow Inveraray over the course of the week. Unfortunately I'll be leaving Scotland tomorrow afternoon but I'll be heading to the Lakes District again to meet up with relatives! (Yay, I miss them) 


But back to Scotland.. This place is stunning. Where ever I have been I've just been gob smacked at how simply beautiful everything is! It is places like this that make me want to stay here and never go home (although I'm really home sick and going home sounds wonderful) just because waking up to a view like Scotland would definitely be a good life!
I want to talk about my favourite day this week though. It was when I travelled with my Mum, Dad and younger (now very taller) brother to the beautiful part of the world that is Loch Ness! 

I don't know what it is about the place (maybe the fact there's a mysterious monster who resides there.. or is there?!) but it's just a must go to and must see place when you're travelling through Scotland! Regardless of whether Nessie is real or not, you have to go for a cruise across the Loch in search for her... which I'm not ashamed to say, I did! Although she was no where to be seen I still had a brilliant day! The sun was out and shining across the water, for the tourist attraction that is it there wasn't a load of people there so it was like we had it all to ourselves and the climb to the top of Urquhart Castle is worth the short walk because the views are seriously breathtaking! 

I only spent, oh probably 4 and a half hours there all together but it was such a rewarding day. To go there with family was also a bonus, we had so much fun together and it will be something we'll talk about for the rest of our lives. 

I honestly and seriously recommend going there if you haven't already, and don't forget to take your own 'Nessie' and catch yourself a 'OMG I saw Nessie' photo, it's all part of the fun! 

Anyway, I am now sitting outside at 8pm and my fingers are about to fall off because they're so cold! I'll try to update as often as I have something interesting to say and when I have the time! I have a fun packed few weeks ahead so you'll be hearing from me! 

Have a lovely week and I'll talk to you guys soon!

 

(Oh by the way, we did find Nessie!!) 


Becky xx 

Friday, 30 August 2013

How quickly life can change!

Hello my lovely readers, how are you today? 

Just to clarify something, I'm probably the worst blogger.. ever. I've been MIA in the blogging world for quite a few weeks now and my one and only excuse being, that I've been busy. Busy traveling around England for the past two months non stop with different family members (July with my sister and her boyfriend and August with my parents and my brother!) 

So, sorry about that! 

But I suppose I should catch you up on the happenings of my life over the past couple of months. You know what, I'm going to talk about my whole trip and how my life has changed. 

January 2013. It was a new year and a new me.. Or so I tell myself every New Year. I was fresh out of high school and was beginning the first year of my adult life. No more school (unless I decided to go to University in the future, which I wasn't planning on) and no more being stuck in a place I didn't want to be. 

March 2013. The month I left my old life behind. March marked the beginning of my dream coming true. I was flying away, flying to England, where I honestly wanted to stay. I wanted to stay longer than the 6 months printed on my e-ticket, I wanted to live there. To live here with no intention of ever living in Australia ever again. I just wanted to get away. 

Which is what I did. I got away. And after a while, being away, on your own, blows! 

But being the stubborn young adult that I was, I thought that I could manage it, not get home sick, just communicate to my friends and family via Facebook and Skype. And for the first 3 months of my trip, that's all I did, because I was here on my own. 

I failed myself the first few months I was here. I got in about 0.1% of the travelling that I wanted to do and as much as it is my fault, it was also those who I was staying with, who had promised the world. They had promised to take me everywhere. They promised to take me around England, to Scotland and Ireland, to France and Italy. But no. The majority of my time was spent in the Leeds / Yorkshire area. My only traveling into Europe achievement was to Santiago de Compostela in Spain for a few days. But that said, I only made it there because a friend was finishing the Pilgrim's Walk and was finishing. 

I could have done so much more if I was brave enough. 

July 2013. My sister arrived with her boyfriend and they graced the people of England and Scotland with their presence! It was when they arrived I truly realised that family meant so much more to me than I gave myself credit for. I am so extremely lucky to have the family I do, and all I wanted at the beginning of the year was to get away from them, that, makes me feel ill. 

July was so much fun when I was with my sister. We spent as much time as we could together and in the short period of time she was here, we went through a lot together. There was drama with someone we were with, and we were each others rock (along with her boyfriend of course) when things were said and feelings were hurt. So that said, it took everything in me to not burst into tears every night when she left, and I was alone again. 

August 2013. My parents arrived with my brother. And quite literally for the past 4 weeks we've been travelling non stop. We've been to London, Bath, Winchester, Brighton, Hastings, Dover, Suffolk, York and we're heading further North in a couple of days. We've still got a month on the road and by the time it's the 'end' of our holiday, we're going to be dead from exhaustion! 

Since my sister, her boyfriend, my parents and my brother have been here, it changed my mind in an instance about my future here in England. At the moment, England isn't and won't be my home. As much as I wanted to get away from Australia, I've realised that there's no place in the world that is better. Australia is and always will be my home! And I can't wait to get back! Bring on the 3rd October when I land into Sydney International Airport and land back on Aussie soil! 

29th August 2013. This was the day when I decided that I want to go to University. In 2014 I'm going to go to University and begin my 4 year course in becoming a Primary School teacher! It was the first thing I dreamed of being when I was a little kid but grew out of it, just never considering it as a real job. I also kept knocking it back because it's what people kept telling me I'd be good at, and I wanted to start a career because I wanted to and not because someone else thought I could do it. 

So yes, everyone (my Dad in particular) can now say, 'I told you so', because I want to be a teacher! 

                        

I've changed quite a lot since being here. I've turned another year older (knowing I'm 20 next year freaks the shit out of me), I've realised where I want to be in the world and I've realised what I want to do for the rest of my working life! 

Bring on finishing my great adventure overseas.
Bring on getting back to Australia. 
Bring on starting my University degree. 

Bring on the beginning of the rest of my life! 


Becky xx 




Sunday, 2 June 2013

Hola from Santiago de Compostela!

Hola mis amores, 

Mientras escribo esto a ustedes que estoy sentado en la hermosa Santiago de Compostela en le increíble país de España! 

For those of you who don't speak Spanish here's a quick translation: 

Hello my loves, 

As I type this to you I am sitting in beautiful Santiago de Compostela in the incredible country of Spain! 


I arrived here yesterday morning with my aunty after a shockingly early 3:45am start and a stressful time at the airport (almost not being let on the plane because the lady didn't Visa stamp my boarding pass) and won't be leaving until Monday mid day! Our reason behind the trip, besides a spontaneous weekend away to Spain, was to meet up with our friend who had just completed a 6 week Pilgrimage walk across Spain! With no one meeting her at the end we decided to be there for her and help her enjoy a few relaxing days in this beautiful small town! 

                        

Hundreds of thousands of people complete this walk each year and each do so for completely different reasons. Some for religious reasons, some for personal reasons, some for a challenge but what ever the reason it is a tremendous achievement for all who are involved and it's making me want to give it a try next year! The finish line is a beautiful small town called Santiago de Compostela in the North West of Spain! 

It has been such an uplifting experience seeing the complete look of achievement and accomplishment  and pure joy on all the people's faces who have completed the walk! It is such an inspiring thing to do, going 6 weeks with an incredible amount of blisters on your feet, wearing dirty clothes for days at a time, dealing with injury, illness and being away from all you love and know. It would be an extremely difficult thing to do but I'm sure once you've made it to the finish line you're glad you've done it. 

                        

Today I met several of the people my aunts and my friend travelled with and the sheer excitement on her face when seeing them tells me that they'll be friends for life. It's such an emotional journey for all involved and your perception on yourself and the world changes each day you walk! 

Moving on from a serious note, coming to Spain is the first time I've been in a non English speaking country and it's quite strange and bizarre! I've been so sheltered in my life and never exposed to life beyond the English language! Although it is quite nerve wracking at points not knowing what people are saying to me but it's an experience of a lifetime that some people may never have! I am so humbled to have been given this experience, of giving my self this experience! 

                      

If I never made the final decision to pack my bags and go to the UK I would not be sitting here in Spain right now, I would never have thought it possible! So for me, such a simple thing of hopping on a plane and visiting somewhere new and exciting is what is making my life so perfect right now! I am absolutely loving the time I am having and I can't wait to experience more of Europe! 

Oh and by the way, I'm seriously contemplating staying in the UK for longer than the "6 months"! Now I just have to tell my mum this which may not end so well! 

Here are some more photos of my last couple of days here in Santiago de Compostela in Spain! 


Have a lovely day! 

Becky xx 
                  
 
                     

                  

                  

                  
                   
                  

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Such a perfect day!

Hello my loves, 

The sun was out. The birds were singing. There was not a sad face in sight! What could be better? 

Monday's beautifully sunny 20'C day was just what I needed to get out of my "what do I do", "I'm so confused" and "I need to please everyone" funk. I travelled to the breathtakingly stunning Fountains Abbey in Ripon and I don't think anything could have made it a more perfect day! 

Besides the beauty of the Abbey ruins themselves, it was just so lovely to see so many couples, friends and families out in the sunshine enjoying the weather and their company! Seeing so many people happy really does lift ones own spirit and makes you want to enjoy yourself just as much as those around you! 

To top it off there was a small medieval festival in progress on the grounds. To be honest it did bring out my geeky side and I loved every minute of it. Sometimes the smallest things in life can make you the happiest. I watched some men cooking some strange concoction which was actually food, watched a lady use a spinning wheel to spin silk, watched a man use coins to add up sums using Roman numerals and watched several men fire long bows and cross bows onto a single target. All that with the backdrop of the ruins of Fountains Abbey, it could not have been better! 

After exploring the ruins, climbing up old stairs and jumping over giant stones, I just took a moment to take in where I was. Just imagining the Abbey in its prime with all the monks there living their lives was an incredible feeling. This is why I love history, today's generations still have small glimpses into the real lives of real humans who lived such a long time before us. It gives me goose bumps that the human race has been around for so long. It makes you feel so powerful and yet so insignificant at the same time. We are apart of a race that has survived and evolved over thousands of years and yet, all the mountains and rivers and trees and stones are going to out live us long after the human race has perished. 

All the simple things that made my day perfect really got me thinking about the way in which we live our lives. Life is such a perfect and sacred thing. Our generation today, I believe, take this for granted. We think we have forever to do what we want, go where we want, see what we want. But truth be told, we don't. I guess what I'm trying to say is that don't wait. Don't put things off thinking you'll get around to it. If you want to travel, travel. If you want to move out, move out. If you want a new job, get a new job. It is of course easier said than done, and diving into the unknown without a life jacket is shit scary but what have you truly got to lose? 

Everything you do in your life moulds you into the person you are and the person you will become. How you deal with certain things in your life and how you live after that changes you into the person you're meant to be. So take life by the hand and live to its capacity. Live your life the way you truly want. Live with no regrets. Live as happily as you can. Try and make the small things in life feel big. Try to be the best version of yourself that you can be and you will succeed in every aspect of life. 

Becky xx



(All suggestions etc are my opinions only, you don't have to listen to me) :) 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

What to do?!

Hello loves,

Only 6 weeks into my 6 month long trip and I'm already struggling with what I'm going to do when it comes time to leave.

I'm in a very unusual situation in my life and having not experienced anything like this before I have no idea what to do, what I'm supposed to do and what I will eventually end up doing. Only a few months after I graduated from high school and completed my final exams I quit my job, packed my bags and left the only place I've known for the last 18 1/2 years of my life. That in itself was strange, no one in my family expected it to be me that decided to jet set around the world!

I've never done anything of significance without friends or family and while I was still living at home I was still just a kid. In school you're not taught practical things that make the transition from kid to adult easier. You don't learn how to drive unless your parents fork out the time and money, you're not taught how to vote, to do taxes, to make bank loans, to pay rent, to fill out important documents. All you're taught it that if you fail your exams you'll fail at life and that going to University is the right and proper thing to do. Well screw you Mr Education System, I didn't want to do that!

Willingly deciding to leave the comfort of home, deciding to leave the protection given by my parents, deciding to go it all alone was and still is the scariest and most intense thing I have ever done and it sometimes freaks me out that I've now reached that point in my life where I have to start seriously thinking about where I'm going to be and what I'm going to do in my future. I don't know if I like it.

Confusion time. I love the feeling of independence. I'm so happy and proud of myself for coming here. I'm absolutely loving it, so much so that I can't see myself going back to my old life, I can't see myself moving back to Australia for good. Being here makes me happy but being away from my family doesn't. This is where I get so confused on what I should do! I want to stay but I don't want to be so far away from my family. Not for their protection or sheltering, but because I love them too much. I can't imagine my life permanently living away from them. Why the heck did England have to colonise a country so bloody far away. Nice job England!

To make matters worse staying would be my mums worst nightmare. Leaving only for 6 months was hard enough for my mum to deal with, how am I supposed to tell her that I don't want to come home? But I do?! I want to see all my relatives that I miss terribly but I don't want to stay. But if I go back to Australia even just to visit I won't be able to afford to come back to the UK for a long time! That I can't handle either!

Life is so fucking complicated and no one teaches you that. You're shoved into the real world and you have no time to adjust. Why do I have to makes things so complicated?!

Hope you're having a lovely day :)

Becky xx


Sunday, 14 April 2013

History Geek!

Oh my goodness I am a terrible human being! I feel like a failure for not blogging for several weeks, for that I sincerely apologise!

So hello my loves, how have you been?

The past few weeks I have been dashing around the North of England seeing things that blow my mind, eating food that is so delicious I can't stop and meeting people that are so lovely they're making it extremely difficult to come to terms with the fact that I don't actually live here and that I'm leaving in 5 months!

On the 28th March I went to Ripley Castle in Harrogate which is in North Yorkshire. It was absolutely amazing and is a great place to go to have a nice day out with family and friends! Ripley Castle is a 14th Century house 5km (3 miles) from Harrogate in North Yorkshire. It's history links to English kings and historical persons like Oliver Cromwell. The castle is still owned today by the direct descendants of the Ingleby's who were the first owners. It has beautiful grounds that make you feel like you've been transported to the 1700s!

On the 30th March I went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and had a lovely time! It was a little muddy in areas because of melting snow so if going during or just after wet weather I recommend wearing shoes you don't mind getting muddy! There were lots of interesting sculptures and art works and it is a great place to visit if you're an art enthusiast!

On the 31st March I went to Meanwood Park and had a traditional British BBQ. Now you English folk need to learn what a BBQ is.. this little tin foil tray with coals on the bottom is not a BBQ! However it was nice to sit in the park while it was cooking instead of bringing everything pre cooked like we have to do in Australia! I went for a stroll through the park and had a lovely time with my aunt and her friends!

On the 2nd April I travelled to York and visited York Minster! It was absolutely breathtaking. I'm not extremely religious and I had an amazing time. I just love York all together. Walking down the streets in York it just feels like you're walking down those same streets but hundreds of years previously! It was perfect! The Minster was just so calming and peaceful and my favourite parts were all the stain glass windows! They were massive and extremely detailed and so colourful! Definitely a must see place regardless of your personal religious beliefs!

On the 9th April I went for a drive further North to see some remaining sections of Hadrian's Wall! Construction began in AD 122 and took 6 years! I sound like a massive history dork but seriously to be able to touch and walk on top of a simple stone wall that was built over 1800 years ago it just sends chills up my spine! History is such an amazing thing and or remains to survive all these years, we are extremely lucky to be able to experience these things! Needless to say I had a great day and would love to go back when it's a bit warmer and enjoy it all over again!

Yesterday, the 13th April I took a dive into some mythology and hung out with Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire! It was such a beautiful and peaceful place and I'm planning on going back during Summer to see all the trees in bloom! The Major Oak is a rumoured meeting for Robin Hood and his Merry Men! It is 1150 years old and needs structural support because the tree branches are that huge and heavy! It was an incredible day and I can't wait to go back!

This week I'm visiting family in the Lakes District and am sure I'll have an amazing time! I cannot wait to see my relatives and spend some time with them! Plus I'll be seeing more of this beautiful country which you can't argue with!

I hope you have a lovely day!

Becky xx













Friday, 22 March 2013

Hello England!

Hello my loves,

So today I am writing from the beautiful but extremely cold England! I arrived here on Wednesday the 20th at 8:00pm and have already had the most incredible time! Thursday was spent in London experiencing Oxford Street and its abundance of amazing shops that make you want to spend all your money, yesterday was spent wandering around Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds and today I went to Roundhay Park which is also in Leeds!

In London the original plan was to visit the Tower of London and do some touristy things but the Tube was having major delays and we couldn't be bothered waiting. So quite literally we went onto the platform, ate the breakfast we bought and left again! If people were watching us they would quite literally think we just went on the Tube platform to eat breakfast!

So then we decided to catch a bus to Oxford Street and spent the day shopping in all the stores that I've been frothing over online for months and months and months! I bought some dresses, a blouse and a knitted jumper and I love them all (I'll post some pictures soon)! For lunch we visited Bella Italia which was very cosy and the food was delicious! Our train to Leeds was at 9:35pm and once we hopped on, didn't arrive in lovely chilly little Leeds until just after midnight.

Yesterday is began snowing in Leeds and I was so excited because it was the first time I had seen and been in snow in my life. It is still a novelty to me and it's fun and makes everything look 10x more beautiful! We visited Kirkstall Abbey and with the snow it was just so majestic and incredible!

Last night I went to Salvo's Italian Restaurant I'm Leeds with my aunty and her two friends Jess and Tara. My aunty and Jess are both Australian like myself and Tara is Canadian and is so hilarious! It was a lovely night!

Today the snow was even thicker so we decided to visit Roundhay Park and have some fun in the snow! I attempted to build a snowman.. although it was pretty crappy compared to the skill level of actual English folk who have lived here their whole lives! It was freezing but so beautiful and fun! It was such a unique experience and something I will never forget!

Tonight I'm making homemade chocolate chip hot cross buns and are going to have a movie night in because of the snow outside!

I've had an amazing last few days and I am so excited to see what happens over the next 6 months. This is a one in a life time experience and I'm so incredible lucky to be here!

I'll keep you posted :)

Becky xx









Thursday, 21 February 2013

Visa Accepted!

Hello my loves,

It's a bit on an excited update today!

6 weeks ago I booked my flights to and from the UK and my countdown began! But I've been living with a little secret! I've been living with the possibility that I wouldn't be allowed onto the plane or into the country. You see, it was only 2 weeks ago that I applied for my visa... and I applied for an Ancestral Visa which apparently takes 'longer than a normal visa'.. well according to the lady at the Biometrics Building in Sydney! Now it wouldn't have been an issue, if at the time it wasn't only 6 weeks until my departure date with more stress placed upon me as I researched Visa Application approval times on the UK Border Agency website with 3 months being the most common time for people's Ancestral Visa's to be approved.. well, I obviously didn't have that much time.

SO, you could understand my excitement, joy and relief as I received an email today from the Application Centre in Manila that my visa 'will be dispatched shortly' and that everything is being posted back to me as we speak. IT ONLY TOOK TWO WEEKS! Who ever was looking over my application and approved it this quickly, I love you!

 
So with my visa all sorted and on its lovely little way to my hands the only thing I have left to do is send away the information needed to open up my own bank account in the UK so that if I work, I'll have some place for my money to go.. legally!

It's now getting down to the nitty gritty end of my countdown. I have to start going through my things and choosing what I can and need to take! I have a 30kg weight limit which is awesome because that's more than most airlines allow but that also means that I'm probably going to end up with the heaviest bag and it's going to be a pain dragging it around the airports.

If any of you live in England, what do you suggest I bring? I'm getting so excited I just want to spend all my money on clothes but I figured I'd end up buying clothes once I'm over there so I 'fit' in with the latest UK trends?! So any suggestions? Should I buy some here in Australia and then just go crazy at the shops in England? AND what other little trinkets should I bring over?


Also, I'm staying in London for the first couple of days as soon as I arrive. Are there any must see places that I must see before I travel up to Leeds?!

I can not wait until I'm over there! I can't wait to start posting about what I'll be doing and seeing and ahhh so much excitement!

Hope you've enjoyed this little excited rant and with the coming weeks you'll get to see what I end up putting in my suitcase! :)

Have a lovely day (or night like it is for me) and keep on smiling! :)

Becky xx



Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Liebster Award

Hello my loves,
 
So I woke up this morning with a comment on my previous blog post saying that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! This is possibly one of the sweetest things that can happen to an up coming and new blogger because it shows that there are people in the blogging world who have read your posts and appreciate what you have to offer.
 
I was nominated by Isobel who has an amazing blog herself and I am so happy and appreciative of this nomination so Isobel, thank you so very much! :) Everyone please go and check out her blog, it is fantastic and well worth it :)
 
Now to be perfectly honest, I had never heard of the Liebster Award until this morning, but from what I've googled, the Liebster Award is blogger's way of saying "you're one of my favourites, good job". Liebster is a German word and is translated to 'favourite, sweetest and dearest' so thank you so much Isobel for deeming me worthy for this nomination!
 
Now it comes with some rules which are a fun way of your followers getting to know a little more about you and you getting to know a little more about your followers, so here goes:
 
  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you - Isobel (LashingsofLipstick)
  2. Write 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
  4. Tag and nominate people (I've seen tag 5 and tag 11 so tag how many you like)  
  5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  6. Apparently no tag backs (which sucks - sorry Isobel)
 
FACTS ABOUT ME
 
  1. My birthday is the 12th August and I'll be 19 this year.
  2. I have never been out of the country. Going to England this year will be the first time I've left Australia.
  3. I've been front row at 3 concerts: The Script, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran!
  4. Most people think I'm shy but people who know me can't get me to shut up.
  5. I've never had a boyfriend.
  6. When I was younger I would make cookie dough and eat it while my parents were out.
  7. I got a 73.50 out of 99.99 ATAR mark for my HSC without really trying as hard as I could have.
  8. I have absolutely no idea what career I want to end up in.
  9. I broke both my wrists in one motion during a Major Semi Football (soccer) match in 2011 and I had to sit out the Grand Final (so sad).
  10. I used to dream about being a professional singer until I got to high school and realised that everyone in my music class was more talented than me so I gave up on that dream.
  11. I was invited by Football NSW to trial for a Football Scholarship for a College in America but I couldn't go because it was my sister's birthday and I'll be in England this year.
 
QUESTIONS FROM ISOBEL
 
  1. Who is your favourite Youtuber? Zoella. I found her first through watching other Youtubers and I enjoy every single video she uploads. She has inspired me to learn more about fashion and make up and when I found she had a blog I couldn't wait to start following her and reading what she has to say!
  2. What inspired you to start blogging and when did you start blogging? My aunty. She was born with a condition called 'congenital limb deficiency' which has left her with a shortened arm and leg. She now works for herself as a Motivational Speaker and has her own website and blog. She is just an extremely positive person about life and I wanted to be the same and have a platform to express myself to a broader audience. I have been blogging for a few months on Wordpress but I wasn't enjoying myself so I moved here to Blogger and have loved every second of it. I started my blog here about 4-5 days ago.
  3. What is/was your favourite subject at school and why? My favourite subject was Visual Art as it gave me a creative platform to work on that let me be myself. For my Year 12 Body of Work I produced a series of Prints which evolved from creating some Dry-point Etchings. I focused on the ability to create a sense of empathy and the need to help through the power of the eyes, focusing on children living in poverty.
  4. What do you want to achieve by blogging? I want to be able to help people in any aspect of their lives. If they find what I write useful and helpful then I’ve done my job! I just want to be a positive person that what I say and do inspires people to better themselves and improve their own lives.
  5. What is your best beauty buy which was under £5? £5 in Australian currency is $7.90 so for that price the best beauty item I’ve purchased would probably be my Burt’s Bees ‘Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter’ for $6.95 retail. It is honestly the best lip balm I have ever used and keeps my lips moist for a long time and it tastes delicious!
  6. What is your favourite meal? Oh tough one. Do desserts count as meals?! My favourite meal would have to be a BBQ chicken and Caesar salad! YUM!
  7. Do you know/have any makeup dupes? I don't know any that I'm consciously aware of, but if you use a dupe brand of anything and it works and you like it then who are we to judge?
  8. Which book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read? I’m not currently reading anything, but the last book I read was probably ‘The Great Gatsby’. I had to read it for my English class last year.. I can’t remember if I’ve read anything since!  
  9. What is an essential clothing item that everyone should have in their wardrobe? For me personally, the one item everyone should have in their wardrobe is a pair of quality denim jeans. Jeans go with absolutely EVERYTHING and can be dressed up for special occasions or dressed down for a more casual look! I personally love the darker navy jeans as they just suit a lot more tops and jackets compared to the lighter blue!
  10. What is a film that you have seen loads of times but still love it? I can watch both Captain America and The Holiday over and over and over again and never get sick of them!
  11. What is your favourite quote? My favourite quote at the moment is ‘You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough’. This inspires me to live my life the way I want to and to do the things that will make me happy because in the end, if you always put others before yourself, you’re going to regret things in life. You have to choose the right times to put people first and the times to put yourself first!
BLOGS I AM NOMINATING
  1. http://daisybloomingjane.blogspot.com.au/
  2. http://gypsyflair.blogspot.com.au/
  3. http://marzi-says.blogspot.com.au/
  4. http://honey-beige.blogspot.com.au/
  5. http://tijsscrapbook.blogspot.com.au/
  6. http://thegravityandshe.blogspot.com.au/
  7. http://incharlottesshoes.blogspot.com.au/
  8. http://s-k-w-style.blogspot.co.uk/
  9. http://makeupbyelle101.blogspot.com.au/
 
MY QUESTIONS
  1. Who is your favourite blogger?
  2. How long have you been blogging?
  3. If you had $100 to spend on either clothing, makeup or food which would you choose and why?
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment?
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  6. Who is your favourite musician?
  7. What is one thing you want to do/achieve before you die?
  8. Girl name and boy name for future children?
  9. Is your blog a secret to your family and friends?
  10. What is a must have beauty product every girl (and guy) should have?
  11. Through your blog, what would you like to achieve in the future (what is your blogs aim)?

I just want to thank every one who has read my blog and especially to those who have followed me! It means the absolute world to me and I can't wait for what the future will bring for me and my little blog!

Have a lovely day!

Becky xx

Monday, 18 February 2013

Age is just a number... right?!

Hello my loves,

When you grow up with siblings you never really take their age into consideration. For my family it never mattered how far apart we were in age, we always got along (in most cases) and we are and I'm sure always will be each others best friends. So when the time came for my sister to turn 21 a part of me went into denial.. I mean, how can she be that old already! She is one of the most immature and mature people I know.. but that also means that in just over 2 years I'll be turning 21.. WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!


My sister and I many years ago!

So to bring it back to reality, the past month has been dedicated to preparing the house, both inside and out for her party which consisted of about 35-40 of our closest family and friends coming around to our place. It has been a hectic and sometimes stressful month but it was all worth it as yesterday was the big day and not only did she enjoy herself, every one who came had the most incredible time!

It gave me a chance to think back on all the fun times we had together and how much I actually adored my big sister when I was younger. I wanted to be her, do what she did, go where she went and I owe her big time because if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be the young woman I am today!

 
                                                            My sister and I on her 21st birthday - 17th Feb 2013

I think having the majority of our family over made me realise how much I am actually going to miss everyone when I go overseas! I decided to go for me but I didn't think about how it would affect everyone else in my life who actually care about me! It is going to be the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and my sister, well she's going to be one of the people I miss the most!

This year she's going back to University for the second time to begin a degree of Midwifery! She has found something she is passionate about and I think she is going to be an amazing Midwife! With her boyfriend of almost a year and a half, she is so excited about the future and in all honesty, I can not wait until she gets married and has children because they are going to be the cutest little munchkins in the world and I can't wait to spoil my little nieces and nephews!

I know this update was a personal one but I just needed to write about what a wonderful person my sister is and how proud I am of her! She deserves every happiness in her life and I can not wait to see what she achieves throughout her life!

Love you big sis! :)


Keep posted for more. My intention is to start updating about my preparation for my travels as I only have about 4 weeks to go!!! So, hopefully you will start seeing what clothing, make up and miscellaneous things that I'll be taking to the UK - Woo!

Have a lovely day!


Love Becky xx


Friday, 15 February 2013

Hellooo!

Hello beautiful people!

Making a blog is a daunting task. When you first make it, you can't wait for those first few followers to come along because it means that there are people out there who have similar interests to you and find what you're saying worth reading! It's exciting because you have new people to talk to who can become your friends! That said, at the same time you don't want people to find your little blog in case they judge you and make you feel shit for posting things you want. Either way, you have to be true to yourself and believe that what you're blogging about is worth it, because your blog is your space - no one elses!

For those who are still reading, my name is Becky and I'm 18 years old from the beautiful country of Australia! This blog is going to feature all the things I love in life, all the things that make me happy! These include football (soccer), travel, baking, fashion, make up, photography, art, blogging and just simply, things that I go through in life (which most likely 99.9% of the human population will go through as well)

I decided to make this blog because I needed there to be a place where my voice was heard. Where I could talk when I want, where I want and about what I want. I let people control me through my weak ability to say no in fear that I will cause some one to be upset or mad! I hate being the reason behind someone's pain but I need to learn to be strong and know when people are just manipulating me, if I don't, I won't have much of a life! I need to become more confident within my self! I only have a small handful of friends and talking to boys scares the crap out of me! I don't want to regret how I have lived my life when I'm older so I need to start changing for the better! Any help would be very much appreciated!

In less than 5 weeks time, I will be sitting on a plane to Dubai... and then one to London, England! I am moving to the UK for 6 months, living with my aunty up north in the town of Leeds! I'm planning to do some travelling through Europe and can not wait to experience a little bit of life in different countries! So from the end of March until mid September, my blog updates will be from all around the UK and Europe!

I want this blog to be open to every one! I'd love to hear from everyone about anything. Although I'm not a professional advice giver, I am here if anyone needs someone to talk to! So come along and be a part of my online life! Feel free to comment and get in contact and just be awesome with me! I love you all, thank you for reading! :)  

Love, Becky :) xx