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20 December 2014

Update | Exams, Blogging and 2015 Plans

It's been a while! Well, technically not, since I scheduled blog posts during my blogging break - but I feel like I haven't sat down and typed out a blog post for about a month! I miss having my own little space to write about absolutely anything and everything to people who have the same interests and things in common as I do. So if you read my blog, thank you, it really does keep me going!

After dozens of mental breakdowns and on average six cups of tea a day for the part month, I've finally completed my end of semester exams. Thankfully they weren't all worth 100% of my final grade, but four law exams in the space of a week and a half really took it's toll and I feel so drained from all the stress, but I'm definitely ready for a well deserved Christmas break. I thought I'd take some time to update you all and just write for a while.

I've already been out celebrating Christmas with my friends. On Thursday night after our last exam, all of my law friends got together to enjoy mulled cider and nachos in the student union followed by hot chocolates, ice skating and a wander around the Christmas market. Friday night's plans were of a similar nature; I met up with friends from my old-high school music tour for a look around the Christmas market and a run around the Christmas tree maze (which was pretty epic). I think the rest of my plans for Christmas involve more Christmas market-ing, which I will never get sick of no matter how many times I go, as well as catching up with family and friends. Oh, and Christmas shopping. Thankfully I managed to order most of what I wanted to get others online at the start of the month, but I desperately need to buy more presents this weekend. I really hate being disorganised, but this time of year is always super busy with exams, that I always leave my shopping until the very last minute! Does anyone else do this?

What are your plans for new year? I'm quite stuck on what to do. My friends at home are either working, have events planned with their families, or have moved away to celebrate in different parts of the country. I don't think my family are terribly crazy about going out to celebrate- last year we had a movie marathon and watched the bells come in together on the TV. Our evening will probably follow along the same lines this year, or we will be asked to an event very last minute (it happens every year!).

I'm quite excited for 2015. I have a busy January planned. Apart from two exams at the start of the month, I'm going down to Essex to visit family on my Dad's side for the weekend, which I'm super excited about. Plus, the weekend after that, I'm off to the Lake District for a couple of days with an orchestra society at University to play a few gigs. 

I'm uncertain about what the rest of the year will hold. I've applied to study abroad for my third year of University, but the fate of my application depends on whether I pass my December and May exams. Hopefully, I will be blogging next Summer from another European country, but we'll have to wait and see!

Recently, I've realised blogging is something I really love to do. Alongside meeting incredible people through the internet and writing about beauty and makeup (which I love to write about), I've found writing is actually really self-rewarding. I had a really lovely message from a young man last week wanting to thank me for my Roaccutane posts and how they have helped him have hope whilst going through treatment. In addition, every single one of the comments I receive are lovely and reading them all really do make my day, so thank you very much. You don't have to leave a comment, but even adding a single digit to my page views when you visit or following my blog really do mean a lot to me and it keeps me going.

I think blogging has helped improve my writing skills too - I find it easier to write emails and even essay writing is a lot more stress-free because I practise writing regularly. It's also made me re-consider my career choice after University. I've never really been adamant on becoming a lawyer, so I've thought about possibly doing a course in journalism after my degree. I'm certainly not the best writer and I know journalism is a very competitive field to try and get into, but I hope sometime in the future I could have the opportunity to write a few legal articles. Ask me this time next year and the plans could totally change and I might even go on to do the Diploma to become a laywer- who knows.

I'm sorry for rambling, but I've missed blogging. I'm getting a new camera for Christmas, so the photos in my posts next year will hopefully be of far better quality, which I'm really excited for!

I hope you are all well and let me know of any updates in your life and your Christmas plans this year- I'd love to hear them.

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