Friday, 30 December 2016

Thinking about 2017

Hello Lovely Readers!

Hope you are all well and had a lovely Christmas.

I start my new job on the 3rd January and whilst I am really excited of course I have that niggling feeling of nervousness. This is completely normal I know, as with any new thing people start. I just know that I'll settle in soon and everything that once seemed new and scary will feel old and I'll be confident with.

Of course I've said it before and I'll happily state it again...2016 has been a hard year for me. In some ways it provided me with some hard lessons to learn and experiences that I would gladly not want to happen again. I hope that this new year will bring exciting new prospects for me, as well as some well earned luck. I always think about new years resolutions, however I never stick to them so my new years resolution this year is not to make any! That way I don't feel guilty for not achieving them simply because I forgot. I do have a few life choices I want to make and explore in 2017. I'd like to make and meet some new friends. I feel like I've grown apart from a lot of people towards the end of 2016 and this coming year I want to find and spend time with the ones who are there for me, whenever I need them. In addition to this I'd love to be healthier. I'm mostly happy with my body, apart from my tummy, but mainly I would like to be fitter. I also want to explore more food choices and change my relationship with food so that I am no longer comfort eating because of stress or unhappy feelings. That's another thing I'm focusing on in 2017! As I said emotionally this year has been hard and I've probably cried enough tears to fill an olympic sized swimming pool. However this coming year I want to focus on being happy and becoming less stressed. I understand that I am entering a particularly stressful job, but I don't want to stress about it so much that I fall out of love with it and lose my passion. 

2017 can also bring me some love...or help me find it. This is definitely not something I shall focus on. I don't want to hop into anything new with someone so quickly, I will take my time with this because it's not worth getting hurt again and jeopardising my new job. I always feel like people should stop looking for love, after all love works in magical ways and often ends up finding you when you least expect it. Linking nicely with love I will also not harbour bad feelings or grudges. Yes I may have been hurt or used or neglected by certain people in my life, however by harbouring bad thoughts of bitterness I am only hurting myself not them. By doing this it will also help with my happiness as I can focus on all the happy things in my life and the exciting things to come. 

Would also like to say a big thank you to all who have continued to read or who have read my blog throughout 2016. Please understand that with this new job I may not be posting as much as I would like, however I will post as and when I can!

"The rest is still unwritten"


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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Saturday update: I'm back again!

Hello Lovely Readers!

It is so good to be back writing to you all again. I am in such a good place from when I last wrote. I am of course once again single this festive season, however I am really happy about that! I have been able to focus my time on my placement and I am pleased to tell you I passed it with the top grade, I was classed as an outstanding teacher. In every observation I came out with a 1 (top grade) and that proved that the previous placement and my University were truly wrong about my capabilities. I am so so so happy and glad to have put it all behind me. I have to admit that it's hard to accept that the University conned me out of another £1500 just to resit a placement, which was clearly their fault. As a result of this I refused to attend the graduation ceremony. I did not want to wear their gowns and celebrate a University who did nothing to support me.

In other news the new Gilmore Girls came out and I was a big fan- watched it in a day! Now I don't think I'm the only one thinking this, but how gorgeous was everyone looking?! UNREAL! Also that ending?! NO!

Ok...I can't hold this in anymore, but a week after my placement finished I had another interview. After the 2 day process I was amazed that out of all the candidates I was offered the position as the Year 1 teacher. Literally so proud of how far I have come and all that I have achieved. I can't thank the people that surround me enough, their support and love has been fab through this whole process. I am also pleased to say that my final placement school enabled me to make the most amazing friends and meet lovely people who wanted to see me succeed. My new school are so supportive and are really happy to have me and I could see myself teaching there from the first day I walked in. So from January I will be a Year 1 teacher. Now this does mean that my blog posts are going to continue to be sparse and erratically posted. However, there is nothing I can do about that, as I will have started my job and it will be a bit full on! Hopefully I can get some posts written over the Christmas holidays, however I can't promise!

I'm so excited for Christmas this year and I hope that you are all well.

Love you all! Thank you so much for reading!

"The rest is still unwritten"

From a happy, festive Megan

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Box set recommendation: Gilmore Girls

Hello Lovely Readers!

Summer is a great time for me to explore more of the Netflix library and find a new box set to get into! I know I know, you're probably thinking "why would you want to stay inside during the Summer?" Well I've done everything I could possibly want to do so far this holiday and I really enjoy catching up on a good box set before getting stuck into my resit placement come September!

When I first starting writing this blog post I was only on season 1 of Gilmore Girls. Now I'm finishing this draft I am on Season 7. It's taken me 3 weeks, which obviously means I've binged watched the series. It isn't new, however it is due to have a remake added to Netflix very soon.

I think Gilmore Girls is a programme that most people can relate to dealing with real life issues. I can relate to Lorelai sooooo much it is unreal. The whole 'man drama' she deals with is something we all have dealt with during our relationships (men and women). It's an easy going, fun, light-hearted rom com box set and if you're searching for something to sink your teeth into prepare to get addicted because you'll love this box set!

I don't want to say too much about storyline because then there would be no point in you watching it! It follows the lives of Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Lorelai (Rory), through the years as they grow up and experience the difficulties and problems in their lives. It's really nice to see each season begin with a new year and see the new problems they face. I will definitely be sad when I finish all of the seasons and hope that the new remake comes soon!

The notable characters are played by Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and Melissa McCarthy. I love their characters and they really have made the series enjoyable. I couldn't imagine their characters played by other actresses, McCarthy is fabulous in everything she stars in and she really shines in her role.

Let me know if you watch this box set or decide to watch it! Would love to know your thoughts.

"The rest is still unwritten"


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Monday, 1 August 2016

Moody Monday's Volume 24: Summer update!

Hello Lovely Readers

Sorry I haven't posted recently I have been extremely busy! Time to update you.

Since I lasted posted I have been on the most amazing holiday to Lanzarote. It was beautiful and much needed. I can't wait to go back. Hotel Las Costas upgraded us to a fab suite with a sea view and it had a fabulous comfy bed. When going on holiday you seem to forget all the stresses that surrounded me at that time. It was a shame to have to come back to less than perfect weather! 

Beautiful view from the beach cafe

Sea view from our balcony
After our holiday together Scott and I wanted to do more work on the house. This included painting and sorting the garden. Of course the weather seemed to put a halt to all of that. I have plans though to get it finished as soon as I can. Housework can be tiring, I think I'm already struggling to be an adult!

In July I attended my friends graduation. Since I couldn't be graduating with them I wanted to be there so that I could see them on their special day. I know that come December when I can graduate they will be there cheering me on. They all looked lovely and I was so proud of them all. The only downside was that it was FAR TOO WARM!!

Olivia and Me
My fab history lecturer Bev
When your friends are trying to take a cute selfie and you want to get in on that
Wendy (our maths lecturer), Me, Adeline and Megan

Olivia, Me and Adeline

Always time for a hat throw!
I'm always ready for a group photo with the gang
Prepping for December
James, Olivia, George, Megan, Adeline, Me and Michael
Olivia, Me and Jess

I have done so much baking whilst I have not been blogging. I have mastered a fantastic apple and blackberry crumble, dabbled with baking meringues and made batches of brownies! I think this shows I definitely need to do some more food posts and share some of my favourite recipes at this time.

So whilst these are just a few of the moments I have enjoyed in the last couple of months I have plenty more to fill my summer with. Scott is taking me to see Wicked at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and at the end of August we are going to Leeds Festival together, which I am really excited about!

I have put all my social media links at the bottom and I have also added a new link. As you know I have started writing for Spice UK online so I will also be posting on there as well. If you click on the link below it will take you to my profile on there and then you can see everything I have posted.

Speak to you all very soon, thank you for sticking with me and reading my posts!

"The rest is still unwritten"


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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Film Review: Me Before You

Hello Lovely Readers!

Last weekend I was able to go to an early screening of the new film 'Me Before You'. The film is based on the book of the same name by Jojo Moyes. Unfortunately, I did not have time to read the book prior to seeing the movie, however after seeing the film I would really love to read it.

The Plot
The story focuses on two characters Louisa (Lou) Clark and Will Traynor. Will was a man who used to live life to the full, until he was hit by a motorcycle, which left him paralysed. Meanwhile, Lou lost her job at a cafe and was looking for a new job. The job centre found her a new opportunity to be a carer for a disabled man. After an interview with Camilla Traynor, she is hired. Lou and Will begin to work together and their relationship is difficult at first, however over time the pair become close and Will tells Lou that he plans to end his life. This is a really brief plot and I just don't want to share anymore with you because I think you need to watch it as this film really is about surprise in order for your emotions to just take over!

The Characters
Sam Claflin as Will Traynor. I thought this was a perfect choice and when I saw him on screen it was interesting to see him take on a new role that brought with it new challenges. He was able to take on a strong role, however enabling us as viewers to see his emotion and torment coming to terms with his situation.

Emilia Clark as Louisa (Lou) Clark.
I have not seen Game of Thrones (or any other of her works), so I had not seen Emilia on screen prior to this film. I was instantly captivated by portrayal of a bubbly, kind, loving character. She was endearing and made me connect with her and feel for her during her times of difficulty. Her eccentric fashion was fabulous and she really seemed to fit well in this role, as if she was that person in real life.

What did I think?
Throughout the beginning of the film I found myself giggling along with the rest of the audience in the cinema, as there were times of light humour among the more difficult issues. I really felt this enabled me to become emotionally involved with the characters and the hardships they faced. I really loved the role of Lou and her character and personality. Her fashion sense was fantastic and really made me love her all the more. I got really excited when I saw Lou and I had the same daisy earrings at one point and I was weirdly wearing them that day. By the end of the movie though I did find myself in tears as was the majority of the cinema. I had to share my tissues with the lady who was sat next to Scott. I was quite shocked by how long I was crying for, I just couldn't stop! It really showed how fantastic the acting was, as it was so believable I really felt connected to every decision they made, and wished the ending could've been different!

I am rating this movie 4/5 stars. It was a mix of sad and funny moments, which enabled the audience to feel connected to the characters and become emotionally invested in the story they were retelling. I think Sam Claflin portrayed the role of Will perfectly, really enabling me to understand how some people really struggle to cope with coming to terms with paralysis. Not everyone is able to overcome their feelings towards this and although a hard story to tell I feel it was interesting to understand why he felt the way he did. On the other hand, it would have been beneficial to see someone embracing the change to their life and making the most of it as many people today are able to lead full lives with their life changing injuries. It was difficult to see Will make the decision to end his life when not giving himself more time to see what he could've been able to do. Emilia Clark was just as lovable on screen as she is off it. She really made me sob as I watched the final scenes. It was a fantastic portrayal of a strong but sensitive character. Fantastic work and I would definitely see this film again.

I have seen the media attention that this film has received both good and bad. I see both sides of the argument and by no means am I taking sides with either argument. I do agree however that it would be more beneficial to see disabled stars on the big screen portraying roles such as this one. By Hollywood doing this it would allow the audience to gain a true picture into the life of a disabled person and the choices they make. This film shows just one choice (choosing to die). It would have been inspiring to see the character of Will explore all the things he could do and that just because he couldn't his life was over. It definitely raises some complicated issues and conversations with people. However I really see this as a positive as we can move forward and discuss these issues together.

If you go to see this film please let me know what you thought! Make sure you take tissues with you. Me Before You is out in cinemas on June 3rd.

"The rest is still unwritten"


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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Spotify: What am I listening to?

Hello Lovely Readers!

I haven't written a music post in a while and I thought I might share with you all what I have been listening to and loving. I drive in the car a lot, so music is incredibly important to help the journey speed along. There is something about driving in the car with music blaring I love. I think it allows me to sing at the top of my voice without the worry of people judging me for it. I'll share 10 songs I'm currently listening to so that you can either see what I'm into or find some new songs you haven't heard of before.

1. Drake feat Wizkid & Kyla- One Dance
I'm not a huge Drake fan and I wouldn't usually find myself listening to his songs, however when Radio 1 played this more and more I gradually became addicted to it. It's such a catchy song and perfect for a wiggle in the car whilst waiting in traffic. Definitely one I've added to my playlist.

2. Sia feat Sean Paul- Cheap Thrills
I love this song and love having a dance around. Even in the car it's such a good song to wake you up in the morning to get ready for the day. Definitely needed when I have early starts at Uni or volunteering!

3. Little Mix feat Sean Paul- Hair
Ok I know. Little Mix. Not usually my bad but I do love to dance and I think this song is more than perfect for that! I have long hair and I love flipping it around and wiggling my bum whilst spinning around to this song. It's upbeat and sassy empowering to women. I love a catchy tune too. I'm trying to work out some more and go for walks and this song is so motivating.

4. Fifth Harmony feat Ty Dolla $ign- Work from Home
Sticking with the dance theme I love a good dance tune to listen to when I'm cooking. This song is perfect whilst stirring whatever is cooking on the hob and wiggling around whilst Scott does the washing up. Scott really hates this song which might make me like it a little more, however I'll continue to listen to it for now.

5. Tom Odell- Magnetised
Really glad that Tom Odell is back with new music. It seems ages since he released his first album and I was more than ready to here his new material. I wasn't so sure when I heard Wrong Crowd for the first time but after a couple of listens and then Magnetised was released I started to get into it a bit more. Not a dancey song but it's good to chill out to after a tough day.

6. Lauren Aquilina- Kicks
I really like Lauren and how low key she is as an artist. I am obsessed with this new song and find it a air punch song when you need to get a bit of anger out. I'm listening to this whilst writing this blog and it's putting me in such a good mood. Spurring me on to get this blog finished!

7. Birdy- Wild Horses
Birdy has caught the eye of many people over the years. I was shocked at how young she was when she started out. I think her voice is fantastic and have really enjoyed songs like Wings, Skinny Love and Let it all Go with Rhodes. Her new song is something I'm listening to on repeat and I always add it to a playlist when I go out driving when I get to be passenger DJ whilst Scott chauffeurs me around.

8. Biffy Clyro- Wolves of Winter
I will say that I wasn't a huge fan of Biffy Clyro, however when I heard this new song I'll admit it grew on me. I drive around a lot and it's the only time I listen to the radio. This has allowed me to listen to music I wouldn't normally choose to listen to. I really lovely the guitar in this song and makes me want to learn more...but then I think about how many times I've said that and actually I don't have that much free time. One day Meg. One day.

9. Kygo feat Kodaline- Raging
I LOVE KODALINE. So when I heard they had teamed up with Kygo I was excited. After the first play I was sold. This song is so good and still has Kodaline's sound in there, which fans will resonate with. I really love this song and It's on repeat at the minute and it probably will be for a while now. I think it's one of those summer songs you listen to with the sun glaring down and your windows are down, sunnies on and the wind is blowing your hair in a mess as you drive.

10. Alessia Cara- Wild Things
This woman has amazing vocals and I would kill to be able to sing like she can. After listening to and enjoying Here I was eager to hear more. Here was one of those songs I could relate to as a fellow party hater. I would much rather be sat at home with a glass of wine and a good film! How old do I sound now?! Wild Things will be another summer anthem for me. It makes me feel so young and want to jump on a trampoline and enjoy life. Ah if only I had the energy for that. 21 going on 90?

Hope you enjoyed this post from me and found some new songs to listen to. If you have any suggestions for me tweet them to me (link below) or alternatively leave a comment below and I'll reply!

"The rest is still unwritten"


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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Carluccio's- Sheffield, Meadowhall

Hello Lovely Readers!

I've just been for a beautiful walk in the sun around where I live and I really enjoyed seeing some more of the area. After picking up my laptop in an attempt to do some work I ultimately failed and instead I've decided to write a blog post about last weekend.

I went to Meadowhall in search of a dress for Graduation Ball and for Scott's brothers wedding. I have bought a dress from Debenhams but I'll keep that under wraps for now until I find the whole outfit!

After trawling around Meadowhall for what seemed like days we decided to go for food and began wandering to the food court. I had heard a friend rave about Carluccio's so I decided to give it a go. We were seated quickly, albeit not in a great spot, however we were sat promptly. Scott ordered homemade lemonade and I went for a really predictable normal lemonade. I adore Italian food and if I could eat it everyday I really would! After looking at the menu for a good 10 minutes I decided I either wanted Spaghetti Carbonara (predictable Megan) or the Pappardelle Con Pollo (a bit of a risk). I love Mushrooms with pasta so I think that was the decider for me, so I ended up going for the Pappardelle Con Pollo (Chicken and a mix of shiitake, oyster and button mushrooms with créme fraîche, garlic, white wine and tossed pine nuts). Scott ordered Spaghetti Con Polpette (Spaghetti and meatballs). I love garlic and decided I wanted some garlic bread, so I ordered a side of Garlic Focaccia Bread (mmmm).

When the food came I was so excited to tuck in. I refused parmesan to begin with as I prefer to try a dish before I start adding stuff to it, however it really did need a sprinkle of parmesan so the waiter was really kind to add a healthy helping to my dish for me. I loved my food overall, although if it was me I would have not added as much parsley as the taste was almost overpowering. Scott did give me a bit of his meatball and I can say they were the best meatballs I'd tasted in a while. My favourite dish we ordered was the Garlic Focaccia Bread. I love bread and garlic, so it was no contest of which one I would prefer really. I could have honestly eaten a few more slices of this! For the price (£3.75) I felt that the portion was a bit on the small side? But that could just be for me.

Overall I would rate my experience a 7/10. I would return but I would order something different, maybe the lasagne. I will definitely be ordering the Garlic Focaccia Bread though- that is for certain!

Have you visited Carluccio's? If you have what was your favourite dish? If you have food pics, share them with me on Twitter (link below) I'd love to see them! Hope you enjoyed this post. I'm trying to post a little more for you all.

"The rest is still unwritten"


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