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Friday, 20 October 2017

My Trip To Cardiff, Wales

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Today's post is a throwback to my recent trip to Cardiff, Wales. This particular trip came about rather spontaneously. I was at a house party in Chislehurst one weekend, with all of my university friends, having a reunion filled with beer pong, jelly shot battleships, and a classic game of Cards Against Humanity (I suggest playing it sans parents or elderly relatives). Being unemployed (and ever so slightly tipsy), one of my friends suggested that we book a bus to Cardiff to visit one of our other uni friends who had recently moved to the city with his girlfriend. Clearly I'm more spontaneous when I'm unemployed (or the one two many homemade cocktails let my spontaneous side seep out), as I went along with the suggestion without any hesitation and booked our £10 return tickets right there and then- and a day later we packed our overnight bags and were off! Our last minute decision to visit our uni friends in Cardiff was definitely worth it, and although the classic Cardiff weather, consisting of wind and rain, was testing us throughout the trip, we had an amazing time nonetheless. I particularly enjoyed wandering around the pedestrianised cobbled city streets, taking the single-carriage shuttle train across to Cardiff bay, and looking around the castle fort and manor house. It only took 3 and a half hours to get from London to Cardiff by Megabus, and in all honesty, the journey wasn't bad at all. There are plug sockets and free Wifi, and as long as you remember to download some music or a few of your favourite TV shows from Netflix, you'll be just fine! So if you do find yourself looking for a quick weekend get away and don't want to spend a fortune, hop on a Megabus and head to Cardiff (just remember to bring an umbrella and a coat!) Need more convincing- see some of my snapshots below :)









Thanks for stopping by! 

- Olivia Charlotte Alice 
Xx
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Friday, 6 October 2017

Life after University: Moving back home

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Today's post involves me talking about how I feel about life after university, specifically how I feel about moving back home with my parents (and this post is a long one, so I highly suggest grabbing a hot drink, taking a comfy seat and settling in for the next 5 minutes or so)

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

St James' Club, Antigua

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Today's post is about one of my all time favourite holiday destinations, my home away from home, the land of sun, sea and some of the happiest locals you'll ever meet: St James' Club, Antigua.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Cook With Me: Vegetarian Sweet Potato & Bean Chilli

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So today I wanted to share with you my recipe for a vegetarian chilli, which I recently cooked for my meat loving parents. Since moving back home, I've been testing out some of my favourite veggie dishes on my parents, and this one proved a hit with my mum. It's so simple and delicious, so obviously I had to share it with you all! Whether you are a fellow vegetarian like me, a vegan or a meat eater, you have to give this chilli a try! 

I followed a recipe by Jamie Oliver, but I improvised quite a bit (as I can never quite stick to the instructions when it comes to cooking). Please keep reading to see how to make this delicious dish for yourself...
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Monday, 25 September 2017

That time I hiked up Box Hill...

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Today, I'm going to be sharing my hiking adventure with you...I know I did exercise...and I actually enjoyed it....yes yes it's all very shocking...I know. The other week I set off (rather begrudgingly) with my Dad, to go on a hike up Box Hill, located in Surrey, England. This particular location always reminds me of my early school years as my first ever overnight stay and school trip was at an FSC Field Centre located at the bottom of Box Hill, called Juniper Hall. At this centre we learnt how to set traps, make our own packed lunches (a challenge aged 8), tell stories around the camp fire and walk up A LOT of hills. Anyways, when my dad and I arrived at the hiking trail car park, we were surrounded by many elderly couples with their walking aids. This sight reassured me that the hikes couldn't possibly be that difficult...oh but boy was I wrong!

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My Trip to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Cook With Me: Mushroom Risotto


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Today I'm going to share a classic favourite of mine: mushroom risotto. For this dish I took inspiration from Nigella Lawson's book titled , and it certainly does not disappoint! Keep reading if you want to know how to make this quick, easy and absolutely delicious mushroom risotto...
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Stream of Consciousness Part 4: The destructive power of stress

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Today, I want to talk a little bit about stress. I cannot remember the last time I went a whole day without stressing about something, whether it be of significance or the most minor thing ever. Stress can have such a destructive effect on our physical and mental health and our overall happiness and way of living. For me, stress is not talked about enough, yet it dictates so many people’s everyday lives. These thoughts that I am having today, were spurred by a quote I found this morning by the late American writer Mark Twain, as seen below...

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

My Stream of Consciousness Part 3: What does it really mean to be fearless?

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So today, I wanted to share with you all some thoughts I have been having on what it means to be ‘fearless’. These thoughts came from a comment that I received by a tutor I had a year or so ago on my introductory counselling course, who told me that I was ‘fearless’ when it came to sharing my personal experiences with the group. This comment caused me to immediately respond by nervously laughing and shaking my head before exclaiming, ‘Oh not me, I’m not fearless at all, you must mean someone else’. After this exchange I looked up what the definition of being ‘fearless’ actually is. To be fearless is defined as ‘having a lack of fear’. I wanted to use this post to explore my thoughts on what 'fearless' means to me, and how I handle moments of fear myself. 


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

My Stream of Consciousness Part 2: Life is a beautiful mess


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Today I'm back with a second edition of my ramblings, this time I will be speaking about whether or not life is in fact a 'journey'. The other day, in a moment of unemployed desperation, I downloaded Duolingo (a translation app) and was attempting to learn some Italian- because why not?! Whilst tragically attempting some of the most simple Italian phrases, I happened to come across the phrase, "Un bello desastre"...an Italian phrase which translates to English to mean, "A Beautiful Mess or Disaster". This caused me to ponder over  the phrase more and more and got me thinking about how often we hear people describe life as a 'mess', but not once do they describe it as a beautiful one.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Stream of Consciousness Part 1: Self acceptance, prayer & philosophy

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Welcome to this new segment on my blog titled, 'My stream of consciousness' where I will quite literally be rambling on about whatever has come to my mind. It is not planned or scripted and quite frankly anything could happen. So buckle up, grab a cuppa tea and sit back and read the ramblings of an absolute amateur. Enjoy! x

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