Friday, 16 November 2018

Fractured Feet and Uni Struggles

Hello my beautiful blog, it's been a hot minute (anybody else just realising how weird of a saying that is?) and boy have a missed you!

Since my last blog, I got accepted into my chosen Uni, frantically did some last minute uni shopping (and realised the insane amount of things you need), moved into Uni and somehow we are now on week 8 of being here. That is absolutely insane. I definitely want to do a few posts on moving in, tips, tricks, struggles and all that jazz because it wasn't what I expected in more ways than one. However, today I wanted to talk, or rant, or vent about one of the biggest things that has happened to me in the last 8 weeks... I fractured my foot... partying. Oops!

Now I am not a super crazy party animal or anything but I love a night out as much as the next girl, and for me, a good night consists of lots of singing and dancing like a maniac. Now on this particualr night, the 11th of October 2018 to be specific, the club was packed and for some reason, everyone was particularly roudy. Now there are a couple of situations that may have led to my injury and the fact I am not sure which one fractured my foot, just goes to show how hectic it was. It is intirely possible that I was jumping around and dancing like a madwomen and somehow danced so aggressively I injured myself. I get very excited when the classics come on. However, I think the more likely situation is that I got trodden on. Like I said, everybody was very roudy that night (I also got a bottle thrown at my head and elbowed in the neck... fun!) and there were more than one insidence resulting in a big heavy human jumping on my foot (such fun!). 

I woke the next day in pain and I couldn't walk properly. I feel like the normal human response to this would be 'let's go to A&E' or at the very least 'let's go to the doctors', but no, not me. Instead I decided to hobble (literally) up to visit my friend and around campus for a few days. Finally on the 16th of October, after hobbling around almost in tears with the pain, I booked an emergency Drs appointment, which as it was on campus, I also hobbled to. Since I could technically weight bare on it, the nurse decided it was just tissue damage (I say just but tissue damage is painful and takes ages to heal) and told me to try walk on it, elevate, ice and take ibuprofen, and so that is what I did. Or at least I tried. 

The pain continued with no improvement and so I decided to book an actual doctors appointment. On the 26th of October, I had my appointment where the doctor also thought I had tissue damage but referred me for an X-ray just to be safe. I booked the next appointment available and on the 1st of Novemeber I went into the hospital to have my X-ray. The radiologist noticed something a little off around the area of my pain and so I was send down to A&E. There I waited a while, was assessed and told it was possible I had fractured my anterior proccess of the Calcaneaus (I think that is what it is called) and referred to the fracture clinic the next day. So on the 2nd of November, I went to the fracture clinic where the doctor agreed that with my pain, it was a fracture. Now at this point, the pain was starting to lessen for the first time since it began and so when offered a boot e.t.c I said I didn't need it (Spoiler alert: That was a very stupid decision). 

On the 6th of November I took a train back to uni (I went home for the weekend) where I had to stand for an hour and then spend 10 mins walking back to my halls with heavy bags. This flared up my injury and we were back to the same levels of pain as before. Then to make matters even better, it was my 21st birthday on the 8th of November. My friend and I already had tickets to a boat party and I wasn't about to let my foot get in the way. So, along with assistance of the open bar, I went out and had the best birthday. Despite the pain my foot was in the next day, I have no regrets because I had such a good night. Anyway, this just sent me right back to the start and I couldn't get about at all. I had been given an open appointment and so I called the fracture clinic with hopes of a boot or something to help me get about - I should probably interject here and tell you that my campus is pretty big and on a hill, so I physically could not get to my lectures and was missing quite a bit of work. 

Unfortunately the next appointment wasn't for a whole week, so while I took the appointment, I was told to go to A&E if it was that bad. Now I really didn't want to do this but 3 days after making the call, I decided I didn't have a choice. So, on the 13th of Novemeber, I went back to A&E where I had more X-rays (no changes) and sent to the physio department. The physiotherapist had a good look at my foot and listened to me have a breakdown about the stress and pain this foot has been causing me. She told me that as well as fracturing my foot, I sprained it and had tissue damage, then gave me a tube bandage thing to help with swelling and support, and a crutch to help me walk. Now I only use these when walking longer distances as too much use could make things worse in the long run, but oh my gosh they have helped me so much.

I used the crutch for the first time on Wednesday the 14th and I forgot that walking shouldn't make you want to cry. It has been a life saver! Now, I spend most of my time in my room with my foot elevated, iced (my current state), covered in essential oils to help the healing. Fingers crossed, the healing process will be quick and I will back on my feet (literally haha) soon, but boy, what a nusance it's been!

Now that I can actually get around, things are slowly getting back to some level of normality but I still spend alot of time resting and icing my foot, which is very frustrating, especially with everything going on at uni, the FOMO is real. BUT, this does mean I get some time for blogging which I am very happy about, silver linings right! (Another strange saying)

On that note, I should leave and try get some of this uni work done. Speaking of which, I would love to add some more studyesque posts to my blog, maybe a study with me or something of the sorts, I always find them so motivating!

Also, I think I might try add a question of the day to my blog posts incase anybody feels like connecting. Todays question: Have you ever broken a bone? If yes, how did you do it? 

Hope you have a lovely day,


Sunday, 5 August 2018

6 Books You Will Want to Read in a Day.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am transferring my blog posts from the last year (they were on a different site) so here is number 7 of 9! Enjoy!

This was originally posted on 03/08/2017.

It's no secret that I am a bookworm. My love of books goes way back and I've had a book in my hand for as long as I can remember. So in all honesty, I'm not entirely sure why it's taken me so long to incorporate books into my blog. I have done the occasional review or book-related post, but I definitely want to start making it a more regular thing. As you have probably figured out from the title, here are 6 books that you will want to read in a day... at least I did! These are all books that I have read and couldn't put down. You may notice that they are all in the teen/young adult romance kind of genre. This genre is honestly one of my favourites. I love a lot of different genres but I often find that these are the 'I can't put it down' kind of books which I adore. So, I have waffled on enough... I give you 6 books you will want to read in a day!

1. Everything Everything

Everything, Everything

At this point, 'Everything, Everything' is a pretty well-known book and has even been made into a film. So it's apparent that I am not the only fan. I read this book last summer when I was on holiday in Egypt and let me tell you, it is the perfect sit by the pool and read a book. I was thoroughly gripped by this book and the characters and I can't wait to see the film adaption too. 

"Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world.
So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years.
But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddy,
tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her.
Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window,
and suddenly, a door opens.
Maddy is certainly going to fall in love with Olly.
It's almost certainly going to be a disaster."

2. If I Stay

If I Stay

This is also a pretty well-known book which got made into a film. I actually watched the film before discovering the book and honestly, I love them both. There is also a second book to this story (which hasn't been made into a film... yet *please*) and I loved seeing how the characters developed. This is such a gripping story and was just another put I simply could not put down.

"For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family,
friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough,
but they're all about a future full of music and love,
a future that's brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning ...a snowy road ...
and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone.
Except one.
As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming,
If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have,
all that you've lost - and all that might be."

3. Matched

'Matched' is actually part of the series I am currently reading! I am on book 2/3 and loving it. If you love dystopian society books then you will love this. I know some people find dystopian society books almost repetitive but I honestly love them and I love a series even more. I often find with series you almost grow with the characters and you end up feeling attached to them, which of course makes the end of a book that much more painful... but its worth it.

"On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match.
Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.
Except he's not.
In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work. When they die.
But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy,
she is determined to make some choices of her own."

4. Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

'Eleanor & Park' is actually a book I read a little while ago but I decided to include it because I remember really really liking it. Rainbow Rowell has another book that was quite popular called 'Fangirl' that I believe was in Zoella's book club. So if you ever read that then there is a good chance you'll enjoy this. I think Rainbow Rowell does a good job of writing relatable books that also delve into some more serious issues and I love her style of writing. 

"Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone.
All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life,
 she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park.
Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool,
Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes,
Eleanor and Park fall in love.
They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16,
and you have nothing and everything to lose."

5. Holding up the universe 

Holding Up the Universe

This book is actually written by Jennifer Niven, the author of 'All the brightplaces'. Now don't kill me but I haven't actually read that yet (I know, I know I'm getting to it) but I know that it has been a massive hit, so if you loved that then you will love this for sure. I love Jennifer Nivens writing style and I adored these characters. I seriously loved this one.

"Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'.
But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is.
Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home,
dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief.
Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love,
I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too.
Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the art of fitting in.
What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can't recognize faces.
Even his own brothers are strangers to him.
He's the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything,
but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his own brain.
So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby.
When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling,
Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised.
Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world - theirs and yours. "

6. Saint Anything
Saint Anything

Now I love Sarah Dessen books with a passion. Every single one of her books I could (and have) read in a day. I am pretty sure they are aimed for an audience a bit younger than I am, but honestly I don't care. Sarah Dessen writes in a way that literally leaves you unable to put the book down.

"Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family,
receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and - lately - concern.
When Peyton's increasingly reckless behaviour culminates in an accident,
a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift,
searching for her place in the family and the world.
When everyone else is so worried about Peyton,
is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlour,
play bluegrass on weekends and pitch in to care for their mother,
who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance.
And here she meets Mac: gentle, watchful, and protective,
who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time."

So, there we have 6 books you will want to read in a day. As a fellow book lover, I love hearing other peoples book recommendations so feel free to leave yours in the comments.

Thanks for reading and I will speak to you soon,

Holly X


Thursday, 2 August 2018

Are 40s the new 20s?

Technically speaking, at the time of writing this, I have been in my 20s for 263 days. Now compared to the (God willing) 3650 days that my 20s will consist of, this is only a fraction of that time. However, those 263 days have been enough to convince me that your 20s are really not all rainbows and sunshine like so many people like to say they are. 

I mean, I think the vast majority of us can have heard the old 'Oh I wish I was in my 20s again' or 'Oh to be in your 20s'. Whether it be on TV, some other form of media or even in person, it's a pretty common phrase. So you can probably imagine my disappointment when 263 days into my 20s, I realised that actually at least 230 of those 263 days were more than a bit of a struggle. Now don't get me wrong, there have been good (even great) times but as a whole, it's been filled with anxiety, stress and a whole lot of 'what the heck am I doing?!', and the thing is, I am not alone!

A lot of my friends have also been feeling the same way, which led to me questioning... Are the 20s really all they're cracked up to be? With this in mind, the other day I was having a nice little chat with my Aunt (i.e. one of my favourite people ever) where she mentioned that the 40s were great because you just don't care what people think of you anymore. A couple of people agreed and I have definitely heard my mum say the same thing numerous times over the last few years, so there has been some pretty solid evidence. I mentioned my personal experience and thoughts about the 20s and how so far, it was pretty rough. Much to my surprise, my aunt completely agreed and said that being in your 20s really is a difficult time. You're trying to find who you are and what you want to do, all while trying to fit in. It's a mess!

A little shocked, I asked why people always wish they were in their 20s again. My Aunt told me that actually, people wish they could do their 20s again but with their 40s mindset, knowing all they know now. This was very interesting to me and I have been thinking about it all week. Are the 40s the new 20s?

Maybe they are, and I guess I won't know for sure until I reach that age. But, I am inpatient. I don't want to wait 20 years so I can look back at how rough my 20s were. I want to stop things in their path and change the outcome. Is it possible that with this new knowledge, I can make my 20s, 30s, 40s and more equally full of joy and acceptance and love? Well, I am certainly going to try. So far, I have discovered that choosing not to care about judgement and fitting in, is a massive step in the right direction, and so that is where I will begin. This has always been a massive struggle for me and I am excited to see the changes that flourish from it.

Your 20s should be full of learning, and a big part of learning is failure. I am 100% certain I will 'fail' at times, but is it really failure if you learn from your mistakes? I don't think so.

Sorry this has been such a rambly post but it's just been something on my mind lately. If you made it this far AND managed to understand what I was saying, then well done to you! 

What do you think? Are 40s the new 20s?

Thanks for reading and be sure to follow the blog!

Holly X 

P.s. How is it Auguest already!!!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Everybody needs some yellow sandals.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am transferring my blog posts from the last year (they were on a different site) so here is number 6 of 9! Enjoy!

This was originally posted on 24/06/2017.

As much as I love shoes, I'm usually the 'play it safe' kind of girl. For example, on my 17th birthday I got these really cute ankle boots... which I then went on to wear almost every day ( for the next year and a half. I find a cute pair of shoes and then kind of forget about all the others I own until that pair breaks. It's not a good situation. So, that being said this year I have been trying to wear more than one pair of shoes, as well as looking into new styles and using shoes to add a pop of colour to an outfit (a trend that I am a big fan of by the way!) And then these came along.

In all honesty, I don't think I would have purchased these shoes if I came across them in the shop. Mainly because they were a little out my fashion comfort zone, but also because of the stretchy back which isn't really a style I wear in shoes. However, it was actually my Grandma who gave these to me! My Grandma has style. She actually got these for herself then gave them to be because they didn't fit her. Like I said, my Grandma has style. I honestly think these are the perfect summer sandal. In fact, I plan on wearing these to my Grandmas birthday party.

Not only do I love the colour and style, but they are so comfy and the stretchy back (which I wasn't too fond of at first) makes them super easy to slip on and off. All in all, I'd say these shoes are a win! I believe these were £19.50 from M&S for anybody interested. 

What do you think? Would you wear these? 

Check out the pics below!

I hope you are having a lovely day and I will speak to you very soon!

Holly Xx


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Disneyland Paris.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am transferring my blog posts from the last year (they were on a different site) so here is number 5 of 9! Enjoy!

This was originally posted on 23/06/2017.

It's no secret that I love Disney. The songs. The stories. The films. I love it all. It's all just so magical to me. So when my friend Hannah and I decided we wanted to go to Paris, we both agreed that we absolutely HAD to go to Disneyland. Hannah is also a big fan of Disney. In fact, her Disney knowledge puts my Disney knowledge to shame (as much as I try). So it probably goes without saying that we were beyond excited. 

When booking and planning our trip (only 6 weeks before we left!) we discovered that there was a '3 days for the price of 2' deal at Disneyland which worked out perfectly. Having experienced Disneyland Paris, I can definitely say that 2 days would not have been long enough. I mean, I could have stayed a week and not got bored, but that would have been hella expensive. So yes, we had 3 days to spend at the park. We stayed in air B&Bs our entire trip and during this Disneyland portion, we stayed in a beautiful area called 'Serris' (Blog post here!). We were really close to Disneyland so we were able to walk there and back, even if the walk home made me feel like my feet were about to fall off (after walking around Disney all day!) 

So for those of you that didn't know, there are two parks at Disneyland Paris. The first is the Disneyland Park. This park was bigger and had lots of areas to explore. The great thing about Disneyland is that even if you're not a roller coaster fan, there is still so much to do! Although I had seen a ton of photos and even been there before (although I was too young to remember it really,) I was blown away with the dedication to everything. Everywhere you go is themed and you really feel like you're in the movie. 

The second park is Walt Disney Studios. Now I love Disney and was so so excited to go to Disneyland but when I discovered this second park, my excitement reached a whole new level. Something people may not know about me is that I love movies. I don't mean just watching movies, although I do love that too, but everything that goes into movies. The behind the scenes, the videography, the acting, the storytelling, just the entire process! I am so deeply fascinated by it all. So this park being based around this kind of concept was amazing to me. You walked around feeling like you were on a film set and you got to see just how Disney came about and what goes into making these films. It was honestly such a cool experience and has just made me love movies even more!

There is so much more I could say about Disneyland Paris and my entire experience, but we would be here all day! However, if you are interested in hearing more, you could always check out my vlog (Check out my Youtube channel!)

So yes, it really was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to go back already. I've included a few pics from Disney before so feel free to have a little look. Unfortunately, I didn't actually take that many pics at Disney because whenever there was a free moment to take out the camera, I ended up filming for the vlog. 

I hope you are having a lovely day and I will speak to you very soon!

Holly Xx

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