Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Holiday To Remember // Turkey 2015


Two blogs in one week, yes it's actually happening.

Last week I got back from what can only be described as the best two weeks as I went to Turkey with my best friend and her family. Twas definitely the highlight of my year so far as a) I was away from work for two weeks and b) SUN; something England doesn't receive much of. 

Holidays can often come with a mixture of emotions for some people ranging from excitement to pre-holiday nerves, there's oddly two ends of the holiday spectrum and I most certainly experienced both. But, I thought that today I would address the little things that make us all silghtly nervous or apprehensive about holidays!

Firstly, of course there is the flight. I for one hate take off and had to make my friend hold my hand whilst I listened to music and squeezed the life out of her hand as we left the ground. But I have to admit after that, the whole flight can be quite draining and boring. This is why you pack your hand luggage full of things to keep you occupied. I would include: 

A book (or two)
Music (of course)
An iPad or tablet
Any sort of game (Cards or Nintendo etc)
Fluffy socks are a must!!

Our flight took off at 7am so we were up at 3 making our flight a sleep filled and tiring one, but I have to admit I find it difficult sleeping on planes so if you haven't guessed from previous blogs, a good music playlist is my best friend on long haul journeys of all sort. This journey was filled with a mixture of artists as was the holiday so I shall list them for now.

- Catfish and The Bottlemen - Balcony 
- Clean Bandit - New Eyes
- Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
- Disclosure - Settle
- Taylor Swift - 1989 (Yes, even Taylor Swift)

As well as the common loves such as AM by Arctic Monkeys and The Vamps cover of Sweater Weather. However I would have to say that our holiday song would have to be Locked Away by R.City ft Adam Levine, as it was always on the radio every time we were in the car...as well as the fact that I love Adam Levine with or without Maroon Five.

As well as music you all know by now that books is the main thing that I would spend time on, which I did whilst I was away. I brought with me, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare both of which I've been dying to read for months on end. I will review these books in a separate blog but would have to say that Fangirl was a slight let down as it took me a week and a half to read...where as City Of Lost Souls took me three/four days. Quite the difference, either way though books are a must for holidays as you can sit by the pool and read them or use them as a pass time if you're staying in for a bit...something I had to do as I am cursed with the fairest skin ever.

Talking of skin, this was one of the biggest worries for myself as I am naturally very pale and usually burn at the sight of a sun ray. However I was okay! Although I did burn slightly a couple of times there was nothing a bit of Aloe Vera gel and a cold shower couldn't take care of. But when going abroad to a hot country you need to know how your skin will react, if your blessed with sun loving skin then there's no worry but if, like me you burn easily and can react to Prickly heat make sure you know your limits, as I did but still came out in an awful heat rash which in turn ended up looking like I had the L word...Leprosy.   


Finally, and probably the main worry for women everywhere! Body confidence on holiday. I for one would have butterflies rush in my stomach at the thought of baring all in a bikini, but I was lucky enough to have a motivating and hard talking best friend with me who I would tell when self esteem reached a low...her response was "Shannon, I honestly want to punch you sometimes, shut up." I think she loves me really...Furthermore you realise when you're on holiday and having fun that people aren't staring at you, everyone there is wearing practically the same as you and no one has the same body, if they are looking it's probably because they admire your new bikini that you bought...or they're planning to push you in the pool, you never know! 
Much Love

All in all these things were a rough summary of our time in Turkey, where we made great memories, I for one made great friends and have to say it was quite the 'menTal' holiday, yes with a capital T filled of memories, water filled ears, funny tasting hand wipes and A LOT of gains. One final thing I fell in love with in Turkey were the endless, beautiful sunsets and stunning beach side views!

Night one did not disappoint!
My Beach // Beautiful
Turkey was a 10/10 and made my summer one to repeat in the future.

Until next time Turkey.

To be continued,
Shannon xx

Sunday, 23 August 2015

How To // Survive As A Teenager

Hello yes I am alive and back blogging.

First things first, I underestimated how much time A levels required and completely lost time for blogging which I am gutted about but hey! Look who's a time gambling blogger now...slightly.
Okay, well seeing as I am in the midst of starting my last year in compulsory education I think I've definitely learned the do's and don'ts about being a teenager in school and college so here we go.

Of course studying is the primary part of all education, but don't let it drive you into walls. Value your time in class and take notes; even if other people aren't! This was slightly key to me because although I'd listen in class...6 hours later when I'm at home, I wouldn't remember a thing! Organise your time and any work set outside of class around a form of social life. If you hibernate in a world books and keywords you will drive yourself insane and it really isn't worth it. You need to grow up and experience things at the same time as everything else, so don't purposefully stress yourself out as this leads to procrastination and poor concentration, it usually works out in the end!
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Now, secondly and possibly most importantly make a sterdy group of friends. This doesn't mean restrict yourself to a certain amount but it's better to have 3 close and trustworthy friends than 50 meaningless friends. As well as this, remember that high school popularity is a cliche movie thing and really holds no importance when you're really there, so don't classify yourself on any rating scale as it really means nothing! Always remember that your friends are going through the same thing as you are too, so if you're stressing over coursework or even just a course remember that you're all in the same boat! (Or car if you get sea sick easily...)
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One of the things that will probably seem pointless and un-useful for most is this, Never, ever 'like' one of your friends or someone in your friendship group. There is a reason you're part of the same friendship group, yes you have things in common, and yes maybe you would be great together but nine times out of ten the word FRIENDZONED will be stamped across your head in embarrassment due to the fact that you're FRIENDS. As good as the idea might seem at the start and no matter how much you think "no, no this is different!" it's not, there's 7 billion people on the globe, and I highly bought that the love of your life is a friend you made at the age of 15, so just avoid at all costs!

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Finally, exam choices. In year 9 and year 11 you choose your GCSE's and A Levels. Both carry a level of importance in your future (but don't let that stress you out). The main thing to remember when making these choices is that you're going to study them for the next two years and that yo can't change them once you've picked them, so; Don't pick a subject because your bestfriend is doing it, Don't pick something because it looks like the easiest option and definitely don't pick something because you couldn't think of anything else. Make sure you know why your choosing certain subjects and think about how it might help you in the future! 
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Finally, remember that you and everyone you're age (between 12-18) is trying to figure themselves out and what they want to do and who they want to be. Teenage years can be hard and honestly, very draining. But when everyone else looks fine but you feel like a volcano ready to erupt remember, they feel the same way too, so don't panic! It's a rollercoaster journey but you'll come out at the end feel 10/10.

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Those are the main things I believe you should look out for. If there's anything you thing I missed out be sure to leave it in the comments down below! And remember!

Take notes,
Organise you're time,
Enjoy what you can.

Until next time,
Shannon xx