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Saturday, 31 December 2016

MMXVI - My Year in Words

This time last year, I was feeling incredibly reflective about the year gone by. As I said in last year's version of this post, 2015 was both the best and worst year of my life. So I went on into 2016 with an overwhelming amount of strength and determination to make 2016 a much more balanced year and, as far as I'm concerned, I achieved that goal. And that really is a great thing.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

2016 in 16 Songs

Music is so underestimatedly emotive - it can transport you back in time in an instant and make you feel exactly how you felt back when you used to listen to that song on repeat. So when I saw a little while ago that Spotify had automated a playlist entitled "Your Top Songs 2016", I (re)embarked on the emotional rollercoaster that was 2016... Like, woah.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

to the GCSE Student Post Mocks

How did you find your mocks? From what I remember, they were kind of a little scary and pretty different from anything you've done before. But that's okay - I promise. The whole point of mocks is to prepare you for what it will be like this summer.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

One Year Ago Today...

On this day, exactly one year ago, I had probably the most terrifying night of my life. I was just going about my evening as I did everyday when suddenly I realised that I had no idea what I was living for. The thought struck me hard and for quite a long moment, I wasn't sure if I could trust myself with my own life. And that is one of the most terrifying feelings in the world.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

An Open Letter to Somebody Who Was Once My World...

I will always love you, for you were not only once my world but twice. However much I may begin to think I regret the second time, it would be somewhat unforgivable to regret the happiness you helped bring me. What we had was incredibly special to me, it's no wonder I struggle to let it go. And despite the dawn of a new 'era', what we had will remain special to me for ever more. And I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you've done, including just being your wonderful self. Because the last nearly two years of my life would not have been nearly as electrifying without you. But now I need to move on.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Destination: Stable

"Forward. Because it's the only place left to go."
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The past can be painful. If you don't know that already then I want to hit you on the head with a pole I envy you. I don't really know the demographic of my readers (if I even have any at all) but based on what I've been writing since about October of last year, I decided this post may be a useful one. Maybe, maybe not. But I guess it's worth a try. And it's been a long time coming; I started writing this back in December (whaaat!?).

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Self Awareness and an App Called Stigma

Self Awareness and an App Called Stigma

Being self aware is so so important. I reckon you have a duty to know yourself better than anyone else knows you; it can help put your life in perspective and ensure you know your worth. You should never have your identity dictated to you by anyone - the best version of you is you, however you define yourself. And I really think that is a beautiful truth. In fact, it could be considered beauty in one of its purest forms. For most people, being 100% comfortable in yourself is an uphill struggle. We all have flaws and we're usually our own worst critics. You can learn to love yourself by first discovering these 'flaws' and learning about how your brain works and then by either overcoming them or working with them.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Happiness, Motivation and Personal Struggles

Right now, I'm finding mornings really tough. For some reason, I'm not in a good place mentally and it seems to be a self perpetuating cycle. I know I need to break it but I really have no idea how.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

The State and Motion of Trust

You can't choose whether or not you trust someone. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), it just either happens or it doesn't. It's up to you to choose whether you listen to your heart or take a risk. One thing I've learnt is that, whether you do or you don't, trust is something that can be changed. Trust is something that DOES change and there's little you can do to stop it.