So I Put My Tree Up In November

So this may be controversial, but hey, Christmas is a season not a day….

I am a big believer that everyday you should try and find the good and try and find the happiness. For me the Christmas season is nothing but joy and happiness! Primary example being, endless chocolate and sweets and minimal guilt about eating them all because it’s Christmas.

So much to my boyfriend and parents dismay I put up my tree on the 20th of November and have been enjoying its glistening lights ever since! This post is a month overdue but I have been a little busy preparing a whole care home for Christmas.

This is the artificial tree I bought as I didn’t own one, and I’ll be honest it’s quite beautiful and a bargain! It cost me £20 from B&Q

As you can tell standard artificial tree design to put it up, two big poles to slot together and a tree topper, followed by individual metal tree branches to slot in and puff up.

This is my beautiful tree up and then with my lights that I bought last year in New Zealand. I had to get an adapter for them and I’ll be honest they are being a bit of a nightmare because they keep popping out the socket adapter! However, they are magical and long and will probably last me a lifetime.

Then it was time to start decorating! Everyone knows a tree needs a bit of red! I bought pretty much all my decorations from wilkos because I needed a starter kit. So these berries were £1 and have brought the tree to life.

The Santa and J and K on the tree are obviously not from the set. The Santa was £3 from sainsburys and the J and K were gifts from my aunty while we were in New Zealand.

So there you go, there is my November through to January Christmas tree! ❤️

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A New Year Fast Approaching

So 2017 is drawing to a close and my god it feels like both a lifetime and a second.

I started the year in summery New Zealand, working far too many hours for some lovely, and some rather horrendous people. I draw the year to a close back in wintery london, working far too many hours in the most beautiful and wonderful home.

How the two worlds link I am not quite sure, because my little life on the other side of the world doesn’t feel linked to 2017, to my childhood bedroom and snow.

I slept in hostel rooms with 10 people, friends I hadn’t yet met, and now cherish. I made memories and challenged myself and leapt from a plane. I did unimaginable things and brave things and things I don’t remember because there were so many things. I drank, I danced, I laughed, I cried, I worked, I slept, I didn’t sleep, I baked, I cooked, I met new people, I made new friends, I met family, I made family.

And now I sit at home, nearing the end of this magnificent year, wondering how next year can even try to compete with the year I became me, the year I went crazy and sane all at the same time. I have hopes and wishes and dreams for the year to come, I have anxiety and stress for what it brings, I have love and passion for the people I will see.

Christmas is a knocking, so new year will have to wait. I have 35 stockings to deliver and Santa can’t be late.

Care Home Hooligan – Part 2

Halloween at a Care Home is a unique experience!

We have ghoulish snacks, concocted up by our wonderful chef!

We have devilishly good music which gets all our residents singing and dancing in their chairs! Songs from their youth and musical all preformed by a slightly off key and very Halloween singer.

But mostly, we have a laugh, we get everything decorated and doll out little hats and ears and headbands. We get everyone in a room together and dance and sing to our hearts content. We dish out sweets from a skeleton and laugh when it tries to stop us getting the snacks! We dress up like fools for their entertainment even though our hair now feels like straw and would set alight with the hint of a spark!

My Week & A Half As A Recruiter

So today i made the snap decision to quit my very new and very demanding job in recruitment.

The company, i cannot fault. They were absolutely amazing to me, and supportive and understanding and i feel very privileged to have had the opportunity and experience. But, when it came down to it, it just wasn’t for me, and at the moment i think that’s okay.

So here is what i learnt in my 10 day whirlwind recruitment tour:

  1. I put too much pressure on myself
  2. I am not money motivated
  3. How to write an advert
  4. What recruiters look for on a CV
  5. That targets suck
  6. That i want to help people
  7. A young office is amazing
  8. I can rock office formal
  9. Blazers are expensive
  10. Phone calls just aren’t that bad
  11. How to hide crying in the bathroom
  12. Leads suck
  13. Disappointing yourself is way worse than disappointing someone else
  14. Work hard, Play hard is a lot more work than play
  15. Bus rides are great for winding down

So although it may not have been the career for me, its something that i have tried and can cross off, and take points away for what i am looking for. Its a stepping stone into the dream job.

 

7 Weeks

In 7 weeks today I will be back on British soil. I will be home. I will get to see my friends and family and my adventure on the other side of the world will be over. 

I should feel sad, I should be yearning for more travel. But I am not. I cannot wait to see my mum, to be in my house, to see my friends, to walk around my hometown, to see the lights and hustle and craziness of London. To see my dad and my sisters and get back to reality. 

I have had an amazing time, it has been the biggest learning curve of my life other than university. I will be forever thankful that I did this, that I saw this place, that it let me be a part of it and it a part of me. But it will never be my home, and my home is calling for me. My heart is yearning for the familiarity and safety of my world.

As the time draws nearer I may wish I was staying, but with 7 weeks to go my eyes are only fixed on the finishing line. 

Why you should visit – London

Obviously i am biased! This being my hometown, but that doesn’t make it not a spectacular holiday destination. As the UK’s largest city and England’s capital, it is a thriving hub of places to explore and things to see.

Notable attractions: Big Ben, Parliament, London Eye, the Shard, Tower of London, St Paul’s & Westminster Abbey, Buckingham & Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge & London Bridge, Cutty Sark and of course Trafalgar and Leicester Square.

So although they may be the most notable things to see while wandering the old streets of central London, they aren’t the only appealing things.

For a culturally entertaining day; the countless museums and galleries. For example the Victoria and Albert, Science, Natural History and  British Museum are worth a walk around. If you fancy a more artistic day, the National Portrait, Tate Modern, Tate Britain or National Gallery might appeal a bit more.

For theaters and shows, you have endless choice in the west end, or shows at the O2 or Royal Albert Hall. For a slightly different and cheaper approach i cant recommend enough a fiver standing ticket at the globe, your legs might ache a little by the end and you are exposed to the elements, but the rustic, traditional shakespearean productions will make a fan out of anyone.

If you want to walk around some markets, you are in the right place! From the delicious selection on offer at Borough Market, to the antiques at Portabello road, to the fabulous little stalls at Spitafields, you can have a whole day out exploring the little stalls of London markets. Another recently saved and soon to be fully restored indoor market is Smithfield market, brings you the crop of the day and the finest meats London has to offer. If you want something a little more alternative and a bit further out, a trip to Camden Market cant go a miss, the array of pubs and bars, mixed with food stalls and independent shops makes an eclectic but beautiful mix.

If you are more of an outside person and just want to explore the green spaces of London, you can walk from St James Park into Green Park and then through Hyde Park, and along to Regents park and up onto Primrose Hill with relative ease. Hyde Park in particular is a hive of activity from music acts through the summer months to Winter Wonderland in the winter, and of course home to Kensington Palace. Primrose Hill is a particular favourite and home to a delicious and stunning little cake shop, aptly named Primrose Hill Bakery.

Fancy seeing some famous little spots; Baker Street, the famous home of a certain detective, Mr Sherlock Holmes. Or, Abbey Road Studios, where a very famous band, The Beetles recorded an iconic album. Maybe a walk through Whitechapel on a Jack the Ripper experience is a little more your thing? In which case, with the London Dungeons not a stone throws away you can have a whole afternoon of creepy! Maybe you are a little more of a romantic and would rather have a walk along the canal in Little Venice? Or fancy more of the orient in China Town?

Not to mention of course, one the major appeals of London is the shopping. The busy rush of Oxford Street from Primark to Selfridges! Or the technology center of Tottenham Court Road and Regents Street. To lovely Carnaby Street slightly more hidden away but still rammed full of inviting shops. Notable shops are of course; Selfridges, Liberty, Hamleys and Harrods.

I could go on forever of things to see and places to go in London, but instead i’ll round it off here with a few of my favourite little spots. Brick Lane, the best place for an Indian in the West. Hampstead Heath, endless fields and foresty areas to get lost in, and if you are brave enough some ponds to swim in. Notting Hill at the end of August for Carnival. And finally, Haringey Green Lanes, the only place to get a Turkish, Kurdish or Greek meal in the country, Kebabs that aren’t just for 2am but for a gourmet dining experience.