Monday 31 July 2017

July 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Thank you, July, for all the laughs, the friends and the hugs. No thank you for the feelings of numbness and lack of motivation.

Favourite part?

I honestly have had such an amazing month. It was kicked off by BST Hyde Park, where my family and I went to see Green Day, along with some other bands. Can I just say, Green Day are genuinely incredible live performers! I had such a good time and I would love to see them again soon.

After a long weekend off college (thank you year 11 Introductory days, you served me well), I had a lovely day at the beach with friends before returning to college for one day then heading off to Berlin with my college’s History department.

Here, we spent 6 days (one unplanned due to a flight cancellation) in Berlin, where I made friends with some incredible people. I was surrounded by intellectual, funny and beautiful women who I hope I can spend so much more time with for many years to come. I love you all so much.

I have to admit, after returning from college my mental state was a mess. I suddenly had no deadlines, no planned events for the coming days and a summer ahead of me filled with coursework and other work set by my teachers. I don’t know what ended that weekend of nothing, but I’m so glad it ended. I then had a lovely time over the next few days with friends, which left me feeling very happy.

On the day I finished college, I spent a day in town with a friend and in the evening, saw The Addams Family Musical with three other friends. It was such a great night and I loved the show so much. Because we had all been going mad on Twitter, we somehow ended up with cheap tickets courtesy of one of the cast members and seeing it for a second time a week later (with another friend the second time). It was so lovely to meet them and I cannot express how grateful I am. Somehow the show was even better second time around – well done to all the cast and crew!

Best read?

I have honestly read a lot more this month – a lot for college, but a lot nonetheless.

First of all was We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, which I enjoyed and I thought that the main character, Mary Katherine was just unnerving!

Everywoman by Jess Phillips. I read this in two days, I could have done so in a few hours if it hadn’t been for college. I urge everyone to read this. She wrote coherently and in a way that you could really feel how much she cared and her frustration, which was really motivating and inspiring for me. Something I thought was really refreshing was the fact that she criticized her own party. She called out the misogyny that is still present there. I loved the fact that she wasn’t afraid to do that.

I had to read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams for my English course, so I wanted to get them out of the way as soon as possible. Here’s to my probable hatred of them by next summer!

I then read The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. As one of my idols, which I have spoken about previously, and I would urge everyone who loved her to read it. It felt very eerie as throughout the whole time I was reading it, I couldn’t help feel that Carrie knew something was going to happen to her and she needed to get some stories out as quickly as she could.

I’m currently reading GB84 by David Peace as part of my EPQ.

Favourite tunes?

I have had two musical obsessions this month: The Addams Family and Anastasia. I have always been a fan of the original Anastasia film, it is my favourite animated film, and I have had the musical soundtrack on repeat almost constantly. The new songs are incredible and I have cried a lot listening to it (but, then again, with me, that’s not surprising). I listened to the soundtrack a lot in the run up to the first viewing, but then stopped until I saw it again so I could just go in watching it with a bit more of a clean mind if that makes sense? Probably not but it’s okay.

Favourite watch?

I finished watching both Sex and the City and Brooklyn-99 this month. I love both shows so much and I am hyped for the fifth series of Brooklyn-99 later this year!

I have watched lots of films this month, from Miss Congeniality (1+2), Anastasia to Spiderman: Homecoming and Marie Antoinette.

Also, I watched most of the first series of Broadchurch in a day and wow! I really get the hype surrounding this show now.


What did I learn?

That damn I need to go to Germany and stock up on cheap alcohol. Be careful when eating German bread. Veganism is possible, even in Germany.

I need distractions and to keep moving if I’m having a bad brain day. But that’s just me.

What’s happening next month?

My family and I are going on holiday to Cornwall a week, which I am sure will be lovely. I’ve got AS results day to look forward to of course... yay.

What’s been on my mind?

My diet, a lot of the time. I’m now doing my best to be vegetarian (in a meat loving family, so I’m not a perfect veggie yet) and have significantly reduced my meat consumption. I’ve been eating vegan options wherever possible and feel like I’m finally on the road to a more ethical and environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

I’ve had a few this month. Laila (Tape Parade), Tara (Cattitude & Co.) and Rhianna (Rhianna Olivia, previously robowecop) have been three of my favourite blogs this month. For all of them, I’ve always wanted to click on their posts whenever I’ve seen them promoted and I’ve not been disappointed. Laila and Tara's vegan posts are incredible and Rhianna’s blogging and career posts have been so informative and helpful. Keep doing what you’re doing, ladies!

Favourite post?

My Berlin post! I always love documenting a trip, and I loved all the pictures I got from this one as well as remembering all the fun memories I gained from it.

Biggest inspiration?

Jess Phillips’ book, Everywoman. The friends I made in Berlin (and the friendships I strengthened there), who never fail to impress me, as well as all my other friends who are accomplishing such great things. I am in awe of you all.

Any other favourites?

My new stripey jumpsuit from Pull & Bear. I got in on our last official day in Berlin and I wore it on the day we were stranded (and since I’ve been back home). I am in love. If I could wear it all day, every day, I would.

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