April 2017 Gratitude List

To say that April has been a good month would be the understatement of the century. I'll be honest, there have been times where I've sat down to write one of these gratitude posts and I've had to scrape the bottom of the barrel - not because nothing good happened, of course. It's either because the month was a bit uneventful or because I'm ridiculously forgetful. But April has been different. It's been a total whirlwind of excitement and big changes, so let's get to talking about it, shall we?

  1. Going abroad with J for the first time - April started with my boyfriend and I sailing off to Amsterdam (you can read all about it here). While it was only for a couple of days, we had such an amazing time. Not only was it J's first time abroad, neither of us had been to Amsterdam, so it was a totally new environment that we completely fell in love with. I'm already itching to go back and see all of the other things I had on my list! I didn't even get to try a real Dutch pancake or try any cheese, so those are definite musts next time.
  2. Attending my first blogging event - that's right, I conquered my anxieties for one night and headed out to a VIP preview night at a new restaurant in my town. Being extremely shy and not that great in social situations, this was a massive deal for me. There were no tears or meltdowns beforehand, and I met a bunch of other North East bloggers, all without having someone's hand to hold, which is a huge achievement for me. The event itself was fabulous, but me actually going to it and saying 'shut up' to my worrying brain was definitely the highlight.
  3. Making the decision to go back to University - when I graduated from my undergrad course, I told myself that I'd try to experience the adult world for at least a year and then see how I feel about doing a Masters degree. I'd been having really strong feelings about going back to University during March and those feelings extended into April (if you've been following me on Twitter, you may remember me mentioning a mid-life crisis. This is it!). I felt as though I'd hit a wall - I didn't know what I wanted to do career-wise, but I didn't want to feel as though I was losing years. All I knew was that I loved to write and create, so in the end, I decided that I wanted to blend my one year of TV and film production training with my English degree, and study multimedia journalism. It was a big decision to make, but I applied, got my place and got my old job back in the student bar, so that I can work flexibly alongside. Needless to say, I'm ridiculously excited for September to roll around!
  4. Hitting 100 followers on Bloglovin - I know that this is such a teeny number in comparison to the thousands that plenty of other people have, but I was so chuffed when I got the notification through to say that I'd hit 100! It's reassuring and shows that I'm doing something right, even if not everyone is into what I post about (which I'm totally cool with). If you're following me Bloglovin, thank you very much! You made this month extra special.
  5. Getting to relive my childhood in The Crystal Maze - I'm going to be doing a full post about this experience, but when my auntie bought the whole family tickets to visit The Crystal Maze, I had very mixed feelings about it. Of course, I was excited and extremely grateful - what 90s kid wouldn't be?! But I was also very nervous. We are a family of introverts, so we rarely ever do activities together because we'd much prefer to be on our own or in small groups. When we got there though, we had an absolute blast! It was everything that I thought it was going to be (besides scary) and getting to run around in the Crystal Dome at the end was like a dream come true. Keep your eyes peeled for a full post about it and a picture of us all in those signature bomber jackets.
So as you can see, April was a really great month and probably my favourite of the year so far. So much happened and I got to experience a lot of new things, and I also made some big decisions that will impact my future quite a bit! Let's hope May is just as eventful!

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  1. Wow, you did have a great month! Loved your Amsterdam post, I'd love to visit and I bet going away just you two was so lovely! Well done for making the decision to go back to uni, sounds like a really interesting course, and congrats for getting accepted! I'm pretty low on the social media follower count too - but I get what you mean, it's like a mini confidence boost! I really want to attend a blogging event this year too (but I'm really nervous/scared/end of uni exams are all I can think about) - this is my year to get stuck into blogging and making blogger friends so well done for going, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully I'll meet you at one someday!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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    1. Oh wow, thank you for such a lovely comment Josie! In terms of blogging events, I'd definitely say to get your exams out of the way first, then you'll feel a bit more free. Honestly, I'll probably be terrified again if I get invited to another, but there's nothing to be afraid of at all! YOU CAN DO IT! And yes, it would be so wonderful to meet you! x

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  2. Sounds like an awesome month!! I really enjoyed Amsterdam too. Such a great decision about Uni, it's always so nice when you finally make a decision and feel like you have a direction to now aim for!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Ahh thank you for such a lovely comment, Jasmin! x

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  3. Big congratulations on going back to do your Masters! I just started mine and I am so happy and loving the challenge, although I'm just doing one class a semester as I'm also a full time journalist. I did my undergrad in journalism, but I'm branching out to study writing and literature this time around. Good luck with your studies! Also, great job attending that blogger event -t hey can definitely be intimidating, but making blogging friends has changed my life.
    Michelle @ The Unfinished Bookshelf

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    1. Oh wow, that's amazing! I'm kind of doing the opposite - I studied writing and literature at undergrad, and now doing a Masters in journalism! Thank you for such a lovely comment, Michelle x

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  4. Sounds like an incredible month! I love the idea of these gratitude lists and might have to give them a go myself - it'd be a great way to put things in perspective and focus on all the positives of the past month. Congratulations on getting back into university! I'm an English Lit undergraduate so it's ace to see someone a few years ahead doing something they're passionate about xxx

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    1. Doing them has definitely made me focus more on the good things in my life, so it's really worth writing a few! I'm so excited to get back to uni. I just wish September would hurry up! Good luck with your course and don't listen to the people that say that English grads can only be teachers x

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