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To new beginnings! I’m SINGLE!ย 

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Relationship status: Day drinking 

Hello amazing people! I’m back again and this time I’m single!

It’s been a very rocky and unhappy few months for me, so Ethan and I have ended things. I don’t want to become one of these bitter people who talks about their ex’s online, so let’s just say we had a difference in opinion and leave it at that ๐Ÿ™‚

But despite all the hurt of it, I’m actually feeling so much happier already. Mum and I have taken a few days off to travel up the coast (as she has just ended a relationship too), and I’m loving every minute away. Plus the NHS have finally got back to me and offered me a start date the week after next!! They told me the occupational health has been successful and my references have come through too. For anyone outside of the UK, the NHS is the National Health Service and I applied in the hope that I would experience greater job satisfaction. After an interview, exam and conversations about my health they finally gave me a position – I’m so excited!

On top of everything else, I’ve also been asked on a date and invited to Germany by a really sweet guy. Him amongst my other friends have been skyping me every night, so I guess I’ll just wait and see what the future holds! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, to sum up – I still feel very hurt but things could be far worse! I kept thinking of the Bridget Jones quite when I wrote this:

“I will not sulk about having no boyfriend, but develop inner poise and authority and sense of self as woman of substance, complete without boyfriend, as best way to obtain boyfriend.”

That’s all for tonight again! Missing you all lots! Let me know how you best get over a break up in the comments below.

~Rose~

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The Real Neat Blogger Award (Part 1)

Hey fellow readers! How’re you doing today?

My huge phone bill! (Oh no!)

As many of you may know, I recently came back from my holiday in France so I have been in a really relaxed holiday mind-set over the last few days ๐Ÿ™‚ That is until yesterday when I came back to reality and got hit by a ยฃ93 phone bill. My phone company had previously told me that all roaming charges had been dropped and the online account showed that I had plenty of calls, texts and data left too. I therefore thought it would be alright to make international calls over the last few days, but it turns out I was wrong! I spoke to advisor about it all and he said he will let me know in the next couple of weeks whether there is anything he can do about it (fingers crossed!)

Moral of the story is check every aspect of your phone contract before you go away anywhere. I’ve also heard from several people that even though you may have unlimited data in your own country, your phone provider can put a lower cap on this when abroad, so watch out ๐Ÿ™‚ Despite all of this mix up though, I have been feeling quite happy recently, I ended up making a few new friends when I was abroad and since then we have been messaging and calling each other all the time – it’s great!

The Award

Anyway, back to the award! This time I have been nominated by the amazingย Julie. She currently lives in LA but travels and goes on so many different adventures everywhere. Please make sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already, she has some super inspirational posts ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the rules for the โ€œReal Neat Blog Awardโ€

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc).
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

Answering Julieโ€™s questions:

1. Why did you decide to have a blog?

Initially I started this blog as a way of keeping track of the things I got up to and it was also really nice to share my true feelings on here too. I usually hide my emotions with family and friends so it was good for me to vent my thoughts to a bunch of strangers. But then after a while, I realised how much I actually enjoy talking and connecting with people on here. Everyone on here is so lovely and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

2.ย What is your most proud accomplishment?

That’s a hard question and it depends whether this is work related or in my personal life? For me it felt like a huge achievement graduating from university considering all of the endless hours of time and effort I put in to it… either that or I guess I could say completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh. It was such a challenge both physically and mentally, but I’m so glad I did it now! I wouldn’t be where I am today without either of those achievements!

3.ย Iโ€™m hosting a potluck, what dish would you bring?

I actually had to look up potluck online then to find out what happens at them haha. I guess it’s an American thing and I can safely say I’ve never been to one before! But I would love to go to one sometime and bring some delicious brownies with me ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a huge dessert person and I make these really nice brownies with salted caramel so I’d definitely take some of those, that or chocolate cake!

That’s all for now folks! Join me again tomorrow for the rest of my answers and nominees. Let me know in the comments your favourite potluck dish too ๐Ÿ™‚

~Rose~

 

 

 

 

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I’M BACK!! Stag/wedding celebrations and more!

Hey guys! I’ve missed you all so much! How’re you doing?

The last week and a half has been so crazy for me with my best friends wedding celebrations and some holiday time in France again. He also decided to have a spontaneous get together/ stag do on the night before the wedding too, so that was super fun! I thought I’d quickly share with you my time there and in the next few days post a guide to organising your perfect wedding! (Especially for all you women out there that have been planning since you were a little girl) So stay tuned later in the week for more!

The bachelor party

Now I should make it clear that when I say bachelor party, I am not referring to the typical kind of get together you normally see. This had not been planned out, it was more so a spontaneous rally of everyone getting together late one night. As the groom was incredibly busy all week organising the hall, music etc. none of us believed he would have much time for anything else – until it came to the evening before the big day.

Of course with it being his last day as a single man, he adapted a sort of f*** it attitude (who doesn’t?!) and gathered all his friends into a series of gardens behind the French cottages we were staying in. Everyone then spontaneously threw themselves into the pool in the pitch black and freezing cold water whilst passing around a bottle of polish vodka. I will admit that the water was a bit of a shock to the system as it wasn’t warm at all, but it was honestly so much fun! Plus one of the guys got himself absolutely hammered and came out with some very amusing comments towards the end of the night!

Finally, after none of us could stand the cold anymore, we headed back to the cottages in darkness for more vodka/ tea and coffee, and I warmed my feet under the shower for a little bit. We started playing some music there too and it was lovely to sit and chill into the early hours of the morning.

The wedding do!

 

The next day was a little bit frantic to get ready for but we when we finally got there, it was really lovely. It was a typical french wedding with a mairie (signing of the marriage contract), followed by the church, reception and then the evening meal and party! There were quite a few intense moments in the church where the groom stuttered over the vows (he gains a stammer in front of an audience) and everyone believed his mother would stand up and object, but it was all alright in the end! Phew!

The reception afterwards was lovely too. There were several toasts and speeches in between each course of the meal, and everyone got up and danced as well. The bride and groom had even asked one of their friends to come and teach line dancing to everyone. I was a tad hesitant at first, but it was so much fun towards the end with everyone running around frantically to the music!

The couple then ended the night with everyone forming an archway of sparklers for them to walk underneath – it was such a magical way to see them off to their honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚ What an amazing end to the night it was!

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That’s all for tonight guys! I really hoped you’ve enjoyed reading and I can’t wait to check out all of your lovely posts again. I’ll be posting soon about my ultimate guide to planning a wedding so stay tuned for that!

Comment below if you’ve had any exciting wedding ventures and let me know if you’ve had any funny nights out with your friends.

~Rose~

 

 

 

Inspirational quotes

Inspirational quote of the day!

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โ€œThis above all: To thine own self, be true.โ€

โ€“ Shakespeare

 

~Rose~

P.s. To all my lovely friends and followers, so sorry that I haven’t posted as much recently. In the last few days it has been my best friend’s spontaneous bachelor party and wedding/my holiday in France! ( I have so much to catch you up on haha!). So I’m super busy at the moment, but I’ll try and get back to a normal schedule by next week again! ๐Ÿ™‚

How are you amazing people doing? Have any funny bachelor/wedding stories of your own? And do you try your best to be true to yourself as the quote says?

Love to you all xx

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Stories of Paris: The man who could walk through walls

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Somehow this week has gone so fast I can’t believe it! The man that my mum was seeing made some pretty awful comments about her and so she decided to end it – it’s definitely for the best. It’s a such a shame I can’t comfort her now I’m going away for a week, but I guess I’ll just have to be there for her when I return ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than that, I’m honestly so excited to have a week away! I really need a nice break and it will be amazing to watch my best friend get married whilst we’re out there ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you’re taking advantage of the summer holidays too?

I’ll stop rambling on now and get back to the post… here is a really interesting story I heard whilst roaming the streets of Montmartre in Paris…

The man who could walk through walls

On the last day, mum and I decided to explore Montmartre and the area around our hotel. Surprisingly enough we hadn’t had the chance up until this point and so wanted to see some beautiful non-tourist spots. The area of Montmartre is lovely and we soon found ourselves following a guided tour towards Sacre Coeur.

On the way up the hill you can find the famous Dutilleul a.k.a. the ‘passer-through-walls’. The guide started revealing a story about the office worker that developed the ability to walk through walls as his title suggests. The man grew up and lived in Montmartre, only to discover this ability at age fourty three. After seeing the doctor regarding his condition, Dutilleul was prescribed a strong medication and told to make his life more labour intensive – much to his disappointment. He refused the medication and kept his lifestyle reasonably inactive and relaxed, still with no inclination to use his talent.

A few months passed and Dutilleul became infuriated with a new manager at his work. By passing through brick walls, he finally decided to begin playing tricks on his manager’s mind; driving him into an early retirement and mental institute. It doesn’t stop there either – the office worker embarked on missions to rob banks and jewellery stores to make extra cash. He used red chalk to mark ‘The Lone Wolf’ on his crime scenes and then swiftly escape through the wall, making his work the talk of the town. However, this was not enough for Dutilleul; he enjoyed fame as much as his fortune. So one day, he ensured the police caught him and threw him into a cell. Little did they realise that he used his ability to frustrate his jailers and repeatedly escape.

The story ends with Dutilleul beginning to secretly date and fall in love with a married woman, whom her husband locked in her room every night. Thankfully, this did not stop the couple and Dutilleul used his power to visit his lover every night. Until one morning when he experienced a bad headache and took two pills from inside his bedside cabinet. His headache went away, but later that night a sudden resistance prevented him from walking through his lover’s door. The story recounts that the pills Dutilleul had in fact taken, were the ones the doctor prescribed many months ago. He realised his mistake far too late and slowly became trapped inside the wall, where he remains to this day.

Really hope you all enjoyed reading!

~Rose~

 

 

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How to visit Paris on a budget: Musee de l’Orangerie and the Eiffel Tower!

Hey guys! How’s everything going?

I’m back again today talking about the rest of my trip earlier this year to Paris. I’ve already mentioned Moulin Rouge and MontmartreArc de Triomphe and Musee dโ€™Orsay and Notre Dame and The Louvre, so feel free to have a look at those blog posts and let me know what your favourite places are to visit in Paris!

These are some of my remaining tips and trips when roaming about the city if you’re looking to save a few pennies:

DO: Take the subway

DON’T: Buy single trips

For the fourth day, we decided to head out to the Musee de l’Orangerie as it is one of the many places on Trip Advisor to visit. Blanche the subway stop was luckily only a few streets away from us so we hopped straight on. For anyone wanting to save a few pounds this is a really easy way (and quite frankly the only way) to travel about Paris. It’s surprisingly quite cheap if you buy a 5 day or week ticket and the trains are incredibly frequent too – you’re never waiting more than a couple of minutes for a ride!

After arriving at the museum I was happy to find that I once again had free entry as I was a 16-25 citizen of an EU country (one of the many perks you can benefit from if you are of this age). There is also the opportunity for any member of the public to gain free entry on the first Sunday of each month if you plan on travelling around this time.

The l’Orangerie gallery itself is much smaller than the others and is arranged into two main levels separated by a cafe and gift shop. On the top floor you can find Claude Monet’s water lillies completely covering all four sides of the room, so much so that you feel as if you are living in the paintings. However, the gallery’s beauty does not end here: downstairs you are greeted by tonnes of different works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse etc. The collections themselves are honestly stunning so it’s definitely worth a trip when visiting Paris ๐Ÿ™‚

DO: Take the steps up the Eiffel Tower

DON’T: Forget to attach a strap to your camera

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking to and going up the Eiffel Tower, which involved a lengthy queue through the security gates. Once into the centre however, you are free to choose how you wish to ascend the tower and after waiting ten minutes in the lift queue we opted for the stairs. I’m so happy we did! The queue for the lift was a mile long and the stairs provided a much better view of the surroundings and architecture. There were even lots of boards on the way up explaining the towers’ construction.

At the half way mark there are plenty of photo spots where people queue up to get their favourite Instagram photo and even a restaurant, cafe and ice rink too! I couldn’t believe that so much could fit into the inside of the tower. It was just a huge disappointment to find that the top of the Eiffel was closed due to the bad weather after we had come so far, but it was still absolutely amazing to be there.

To any newbie travellers I would definitely suggest bringing a strap for your camera or phone. The structure itself is similar to a metal cage, so any phones/cameras will be lost forever if you drop them. We all know that’s one of the worst things that could happen on holiday so I would more than recommend this to stop your holiday being remembered for the wrong reasons. Although, make sure you also don’t play into the hands of fraudsters around the edge and on the walk to the tower. Many artists line the streets hoping to distract you with magic or selfie sticks whilst an associate discretely mugs you. Keep a look out at all times and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit.

That’s everything for tonight! Where are your favourite places to visit when in Paris? How do you try to budget when abroad?

~Rose~

 P.s. The Eiffel also lights up beautifully at night too, so make sure you fit that in if you have the time whilst over there – it’s definitely worth it ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

 

 

 

 

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The Self-Esteem Tag part 2

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Hey guys! How are you doing today?

I’m in quite a good mood today because I received an email from the university to say that my place on the masters postgraduate degree has been confirmed! I honestly can’t believe it! I applied a week ago and haven’t mentioned anything to my friends or family in case I wasn’t offered a place. But it’s officially come through now and I have been asked to either accept or decline in the next two weeks! ARGH… big decision to make. I may have to start a pro con list or something… do you have any advice on this at all?

It was also my cousin’s birthday yesterday and as I mentioned in myย last post, I was absolutely dreading it because of a rude family member. Safe to say, I could not see straight for the amount of alcohol drunk before going around to their house. My mum and I made strawberry daquiris and kept the prosecco flowing too just so we could bear to be there! But as I’ve mentioned before, I’m guessing everyone has a hated family member or friend that is rude at events like this, am I right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, time to get down to the tag!

My answers continued…

When do you feel most attractive?

Definitely on a date night or night out with my friends when I get super dressed up and throw on a nice pair of heels ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you passionate about?

Travelling and helping other people at the same time, so if I can somehow find a job doing both of these things then that would be a dream come true!

I also have a really strong passion for Biology as some as you may know. David Attenborough is amongst celebrities whom I idealise and strive to be more like. I really want to push myself to uncover new scientific discoveries and do anything I can for the community along the way too.

Who is the most supportive figure in your life?

Easily my mum. She has been there from the beginning through thick and thin, and I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today without her. Every time I have felt down about myself she has always done lots of little things to cheer me up ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, it’s more about the quality time you spend with a person than the materialistic items. Someone could come along tomorrow and invest one million pounds in a business for me and I would still see my mum as the more supportive person for cheering me on.

What are you most proud of about yourself?

Looking back on the past few years, I am proud of how far I’ve come. Each experience, whether that has been uni or my family life has really allowed me to develop and learn important life lessons. The ups and downs have made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change any of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you feel good about yourself today?

Yes and no. I feel so happy about getting through the dinner yesterday and being accepted onto the course. However at the same time, the relationship I have with my boyfriend is incredibly rocky right now. We don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things and some of his comments recently have upset me quite a bit, but I guess we’ll see what the future holds!

This tag has actually noticeably improved my mood so thank you so much again for the tagย Laura!

Nominees

As always, no pressure to play along.

Logan

Pharaoh Maktuk

Courtney

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Julie

Jennifer

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Enjoy!

~Rose~