As I’ve mentioned maaany a time, summer is my absolute favourite season. The fact that the temperature is dropping as quickly as the leaves and we’re fast approaching Autumn? Not exactly making lil ol’ me that happy. That, coupled with the fact that I’ve just said bye to the boyfriend for a few weeks because we’re both heading back to uni, and I’m wallowing in my own rather pathetic self-pity.
So without further ado, I thought I’d look back over everything summer 2017 has taught me (and it’s taught me a lot) to bring back some v happy memories and inject some much needed positivity into my silly, silly wallowing. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the summer I’ve had, and to have spent it with some of my favourite people.
Here’s everything summer 2017 has taught me:
1) You’ve got to make the most of every moment
If I was being extra careful with my money this summer, I probably shouldn’t have splashed out on another holiday, by booking a city break to Paris. However, I’ve wanted to go to Paris since I was a tiny lil girl, and I’ve wanted to go with my boyfriend for the last flippin’ 3 years, so I just bit the bullet and did it. And if you’ve seen my last post, you’ll know it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. We’re young, so why not make the most of every moment and do as much as possible? Summer’s the perfect time to do it.
2) Do something that terrifies you every now and then – you’ll be surprised of what you can do
In June, I was offered an internship, working at Heat Magazine in London. By August, I was on my way down to the capital with a suitcase and a whole lotta nerves. Honestly, I’d never been more terrified for anything in my entire life. On my 8am train to Charing Cross on Monday morning, I debated hopping on a tube to Oxford Street to instead do some retail therapy and hide from the amazing opportunity that completely terrified me. However, I pushed through, hopped on a tube to Camden Town and got through an incredible week with the most lovely team of people at Heat. And it is THE best thing I’ve ever, ever done- and the achievement I’m most proud of. I was absolutely bricking it before the internship, and also during it at certain moments, but I came out of it so much more confident in my capabilities and a whole lotta proud of myself.
3) Forget the ‘summer body’ – yours is just fine the way it is
This is something that just needs to be said. We put SO much pressure on ourselves to get in shape for summer; never satisfied with how we already look. This summer, I knew I didn’t have an ab-worthy stomach (I’m actually v clear that I’m curvy and not exactly Miss skinny) but for the first time ever, I literally did not care. The people that matter to me (my family, my boyfriend and my friends) all don’t judge the way I look, so who else do I need to bother about? I’m never going to be super petite and skinny. I’m not built that way. It’s about time we owned how we look, instead of comparing ourselves to people with entirely different body shapes to our own. It’s not healthy.
4) Force yourself to chill out once in a while. It’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done.
I’m someone that really finds it hard to chill out. I feel like there’s always something else that needs to be done. However, taking time out this summer and forcing myself to just relax and do nothing has worked wonders on me. Let’s just hope I find the time to chillax once I get back to uni lol
5) If you don’t want to do something, don’t feel pressure to do so.
I’ve always been a people pleaser. I feel like we all are to an extent- no one wants to feel like someone doesn’t like them. For years I’ve always agreed to every night out, every meal out and every gathering in fear of people being annoyed that I didn’t want to go. However, now I’ve learnt the power of saying no once in a while. If I’m not feeling a night out, I’ll explain why to my pals and they’ll totally get it. If I have no money and sadly can’t go out for a meal, we’ll stay in and cook instead. Saying no is being kinder to yourself.
6) Make the time to see those that are special to you, whilst you’re home and are able to
Seeing as myself n my boyfriend don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like whilst I’m at uni, it’s made us cherish our time together a whole lot more over the summer, and has actually made us all that closer. Same with my pals from home- I make the most of the moments we have before we have to head back to essays n degree stress.
7) Family time is the best time
My Mum, my sister and myself headed to Mallorca for a week in the sun late August. It was just so lovely to be able to spend quality time with the people I love the most, and actually see the least whilst I’m at uni. Family is always the most important thing, and once you’re consumed with uni life and general stress, you sometimes forget that. Spending time with my loved ones made me so so happy this summer.
8) When you have time off, explore who you want to be
I’ve had a lotta thinkin’ time this summer, which has helped me rethink the direction I want this blog to go in. Starting from next week once I’m back at uni, I’m hoping things will be a lot more regular round here, and I’ve been rethinking my branding and imagery a lot more. Imma switching things up- and hopefully for the better.
9) Earn AS MUCH money as you can
Because as soon as you get back to uni, you’re gonna be skint again. Enjoy dat money whilst you have it.
10) Get back in the uni mindset *cry*
Do your advanced reading, remember to pack EVERYTHING and get ready to work again. Getting into the uni mindset will make the transition back to essay hell just a little bit easier.
So summer 2017, thank you for the most amazing 3 months of my life so far. Tomorrow sees me head back to university, and in my eyes, welcomes the start of Autumn. I hope you’ve all had amazing summers, and that Autumn brings you just as much happiness. xoxo