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Life Update and Making a Return to Blogging

Hello, it's been a while... I feel like I've forgotten how to do this. I haven't blogged in about 2 months, which is a pretty long time considering I was blogging three times a week for three years beforehand. Life got in the way but in a good way, I haven't had much time for blogging over the past few months because a lot has changed, but I am excited to hopefully be making a return to blogging now... hopefully. I will be lowering my posting days to twice a week and it may be a little shaky here and there, but I am trying to get back into it. I absolutely love blogging and I miss having my little corner of the internet, so what better way to come back to the world of blogging than a little life update? 

So, I don't actually have all that much to update you on considering it has been two months since our last one-sided conversation. I signed my new contract with work which is exciting. If you don't know I work at a social media marketing agency as a community executive, I absolutely love my job. Not just because I work in social media and actually enjoy the work I do, but because I honestly work in the best place, I absolutely love hanging with my colleagues daily and I just think it is such a fantastic environment to work in where we all feel like a little family. I feel so lucky to have grabbed up this job before graduation and watching our little family grow. It's been wonderful and I guess it's a lot of the reason for the lack of blogs, getting into the swing of working full time, dealing with an actual adult sleeping pattern and a constant exhaustion, while juggling the gym, a social life and family, fitting blogging in has been difficult but I really want to try again. 

Life Update and Making a Return to Blogging

I also turned 23 earlier this month, which was quite a shock for me because I have been living in denial for two years that I am not still 20. I mean I still feel like I am pretending to be an adult and winging it, but I think everyone really is, right? I mean I still spend way too much of my money on things I do not need, yup, that does mean a bunch of makeup and skincare reviews and posts are coming your way because I just can't stop shopping, I am still living with my parents and plan to do so for at least a couple more years, so yeah, still over here faking it but what's new? 

We are almost five months into 2019 and I just had a read over my Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019 blog posts from last year and I cannot believe just how much has changed in that short time. I feel less wrapped up in my emotions, I feel freer, I feel happier and I have begun to just do things that make me happy and stop over thinking every little aspect of my life. It's been a very good couple of months since we last spoke, from falling in love with my job all over again to meeting amazing new people and putting myself out there more I honestly feel so content right now. I guess it's partly why I want to come back to my blog because as I feel happy and content in life, I also feel like I am missing something and that something is definitely my little creative outlet over here. I have missed sitting at my laptop and tapping on the keys for hours on end just writing and talking about things I love. I feel overcome with ideas and I am so motivated to get content out there. 

Probably a very boring life update, but that's me, I do have another lil thing going on in my life right now that I'm not going to share on here for now, maybe ever, I don't know yet, not sure if he wants to be shared on here, but yeah my life is going well and I am really quite content, so hopping back on the blogging boat. I cannot wait to get started writing all of the ideas I have because trust me, there is a lot of them swimming around my little brain.

So, what content are you want to read? Comment below or let me know on social media:

Paying a Visit to The Grahamston


A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to check out the newly refurbished Grahamston restaurant and bar within the Radisson Blu Hotel. If you haven't already noticed by now I absolutely adore checking out the new places around Glasgow. I spend most of my life in Glasgow, surprisingly enough, I actually don't live in Glasgow, but I tend to just say it is where I am from because I work in Glasgow, I studied in Glasgow and it is just where I have always spent a large portion of my time. So whenever I find a new place to go out with friends or that sells some amazing food in the city centre area I am in my element. 

The Raddison Blu Hotel on 301 Argyle Street has been there for many years, in my opinion, often overlooked as just another hotel. The same old interior, the same old food and cocktails made by the same style of staff as any other city centre hotel. If you had stepped into the restaurant before the refurbishment your expectations wouldn't be particularly high at all, but not anymore. The Grahamston has modernised the traditional looking hotel restaurant. Think marble counters and tables, gold and copper accents, beautiful cobalt blue stools and chairs with massive booths by the glass windows showing off Argyle Street outside. The Grahamston gives a traditional hotel a millennial makeover. 

Paying a Visit to The Grahamston

Upon entering the hotel it was obvious this was a glamorous space which would entice both older audiences and millennials. Our coats and bags were taken to the coat room, allowing me to breathe a sigh of relief as I was popping by after a day at work with a bag big enough to carry three small puppies in. We were given an absolutely delicious gin-based cocktail, the bartenders at this gorgeous hotel know exactly what they're doing when it comes to coming up with exciting, delicious cocktails. The first thing you notice as you enter is the bar. It is positioned right in the middle of the main section of the restaurant with bartenders taken orders at every side meaning you get your drinks fast, with ease and well still keeping an eye on your table. 

The restaurant is absolutely huge, however, as you slip past the bar into another large, open area where there are both smaller booths and larger, long polished wooden tables for larger parties. This section of the restaurant is much more atmospheric with a bit of a duller light to it, perfect for a romantic, Valentines date night or just for a bunch of friends to hang out after a long, hard week at work. There is then another small box area at the far end of the restaurant, this I imagine will be the place for reserved tables, think work nights out or large birthday parties. It has a much more private feel to it than anywhere else in the restaurant. During the press night in this section was a wonderful Charlotte Tilsbury girl from HoF and a barber. I think these were both perfect touches to the evening as it gave a view of the fun, adventurous side of the restaurant, proving the youthful side of things at the newly improved Grahamston. 

Paying a Visit to The Grahamston

When it comes to the food and drinks of the night I must say I had a weakness for the large selection of cheese at the event. I adore cheese and if there wasn't a man manning this section I may have just walked off with an entire block of cheese. My lovely friend Ashley (hiyaitsashley) seemed to adore the fish they were serving and the lovely Pinja (Pinjakk) adored their vegan avocado dish. My favourite part of the night was the espresso martini, which was absolutely delicious and left me wanting many many more. 

All in all, I will definitely be returning, I just love the young vibe the restaurant has well still keeping its sophisticated nature. I cannot wait to try more of the food they have to offer and get a feel for the restaurant while it is fully functioning. I think it is definitely a new hotspot to find bloggers wanting some picturesque photos with beautiful marble and cobalt accents, so watch out Insta feeds, you heard it here first! 

Where is your favourite place to eat in Glasgow? I want to know where I should check out next! Let me know in the comments or catch me on social media: 

My Top Five Books of 2018

Last year I read a total of 46 books. Yep, forty-six different books I read over the space of a year. It's quite the accomplishment if I am being honest. I am very proud of myself which is probably why it was so hard to pick just five to feature in a blog post, but it's a post I have been asked to do a couple of times, so I wanted to tell you all the five books I recommend you to read this year if you haven't already and some extra ones at the end that didn't quite make it into top five but that I still adore. My taste in books, just like my taste in everything is quite eclectic, I'd say thriller books are probably up top alongside crime books, non-fiction books, I even like a little chick-lit from time to time like Devil Wears Prada and Legally Blonde. So with that... here are to top five books I read in 2018: 

Anatomy of a Scandal was the book I most recommended throughout the year when someone asked me what they should read. It's a thriller written from a number of POVs and each chapter kind of chops and changes between the POVs. It is about a very privileged man who is accused of a horrid crime and the court case which follows. Delving into his wife's determination of his innocence and the certainty of the barrister who hopes to bring justice as she truly believes he is guilty. I couldn't put it down, it was definitely a quick read because it was so hard to stop reading, even when I had to. 

Tina Brown was once the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, the glossy fashion magazine under Conde Nast Publications. During her time as editor-in-chief, she kept eight years worth of diaries. Documenting her time working there, her time with her family, her socialising with the biggest and best of fashion and publication and even her pregnancy. Not only is this truly interesting to anyone interested in the fashion and fashion publication sectors, but it is hilarious and gives you such a clear understanding of what it must have been like to be a woman in charge in the 80s. This book is such an easy read and I could have read it all in one sitting if I had the time. It also reminds me of getting my job as I was reading it in a cafe waiting to head to my interview so I hold this one dearly. 

My Top Five Books of 2018

Okay, an oldie and probably one everyone has read, but I didn't read this book until last year. I adored Gone Girl and whenever I'd talk to people about it they'd tell me "you have to read Girl on The Train" so I did and I loved it. Girl on The Train follows a broken woman who has recently divorced from the man she thought she would spend the rest of her life with and on top of that he married the woman he had an affair with. Her train to work takes her past his house every morning and evening, but she doesn't look because she becomes obsessed with his neighbours and their story. When one of the neighbours disappears she becomes invested, worrying that she's the reason behind the disappearance. It is a wonderful thriller that keeps you reading even when your eyes are ready to close. I have read it again since and loved it again the second time around. 

Now, I'm not one to really read books on anxiety but this one really took me by surprise. Matt Haig has such a beautiful way of writing that you get wrapped up in what he is talking about and are able to relate to his every word. He talks about the world around us and how the world is designed to create anxiety within all of us. I totally agree with everything Matt has to say on the matter and found myself truly thinking of the things which worry and cause me stress. Realising how much I allow the world to affect my mood I decided to take control and I have found myself looking back at this book when I need a little pep talk or reminder. 

This book is a really good read for anyone looking to one day start their own business or like me have a side hustle i.e. a blog. Maria is the creator of the luxury skincare brand Rodial and this book describes how she became an overnight success, which in fact, she didn't. It describes how there is no such thing as an overnight success and that there are years of work that goes into becoming an overnight success. I loved reading Maria's story and being inspired by how she handles herself as a businesswoman, her ethos, her passion and her love for what she does. She is a truly aspiring woman and I loved reading her story. 

  1. Flashboys by Michael Lewis 
  2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  4. Into The Water - Paula Hawkins
  5. The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k - Sarah Knight
  7. Friend Request - Laura Marshall 
What were your favourite books from 2018? Did you set yourself a goal for this year? Let me know in the comments below or catch me on social media for a chat: 

Hello 2019: Goals and Aspirations

So, that last post I published was pretty heavy, I'm still quite shocked I actually hit the publish button on it, it's not like me to share my feelings so openly like that. I guess though, it's who I want to be in a sense. I want to be able to share my feelings more openly and stop putting a taboo on my own emotions. That's not why I am here though, I want to be less heavy with this blog post, I want to be a little more positive with this post if I am being honest. I know resolutions are a bit taboo nowadays, mostly because people totally go about them in the wrong way, but I won't get into that, but I actually really enjoy making goals, big or small for the year ahead. I feel like the new year creates a fresh, blank page wherein you have a full year to adapt, to grow and to take that step closer to who you really want to be. I've found it hard to actually write up my goals this year, all I could think of for a week or so was "be happy" so that's where I am starting.

This year I want to be happy. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? I mean, it's not like I am not happy now, not like I haven't been happy in 2018, I have, of course, I have. I just put limitations on my happiness in numerous ways. from telling myself I'm not allowed to be happy to going out of my way to look at things that make me unhappy. 2018 was the year I did a lot to make me happy, but I spent a lot of my year feeling sorry for myself, making myself feel bad, y'know how it goes, but I don't want to do that in 2019. I want to live more, do more, put myself first, take opportunities that will make me happy. I just want to stop walking on eggshells, I want to be happy and take more care of myself. 

Hello 2019: Goals and Aspirations

I know this one sounds silly, but I am as type A as they come for the most part. I worry constantly, I over analyse every single thing I do, I over think and I drive myself crazy and I am sure my family and friends are also driven crazy. It's pretty annoying actually so I'd like to stop that. I would like to do things for no other reason than I want to. I want to stop trying to have a "perfect" life and instead, I want to have a happy and carefree life. I want to think less, over think less, stop making up worse case scenarios in my head or thinking about things I can't control. I want to just relax for once.

 I know, kind of contradictory, but while I want to think less this year I also want to be more cautious about what I do and how what I do effects the world around me. I want to make my decisions based on what will help this world and the other people living in it. My personality type means I all too often put other people before myself and don't focus on myself enough. I want to do both though, I want to be more aware of myself and my well being but I also want to be careful about what my choices do to the world. That means being kinder to the environment, to people, volunteering, not giving into fast fashion, watching what I eat and so on. I want to be careful of the effect of my actions upon this beautiful but dying world. 

That's it. That is all I want to do, three small goals, everything else fits in between. I am excited for the opportunities the next year holds. I find it fascinating that this year could hold a number of possibilities and I am currently aware of none of them. Bring it on 2019, I am ready.

What are your 2019 goals? Do you have any plans for how you want to spend this year? Let me know in the comments below or find me on social media: 

Goodbye 2018: The Year of Grief, Success and Growth

I've tried to keep my private life as private as possible when it comes to what I blog about, I can't really describe why. I don't know if it's because I'm someone who likes to hide my feelings away and play miss sunshine all the time or whether it's because I don't want to bring attention to the bad parts of life or maybe it is because I want my blog to be a happy place. I write a lot of blog posts from the heart, about personal things, grief, unhappiness, you name it, it is most likely in my drafts. I find writing therapeutic, there are two things I do when I become engulfed in my emotion; I write about them or I listen to music that feels what I am feeling, it's my coping mechanism I suppose you could say. I'm not one to share my feelings, I never want to bother people with my feelings, so when my emotions begin to bubble I lock myself away with my laptop and my headphones and I let it out, but lately I've wanted to open up a little more and I guess it is a result of the past year. 

2018, the year of grief, success and growth. So 2018 has been a weird one for me. It was the first year we will begin and end without my beautiful nephew. My nephew, Aaron was born with a terminal illness and passed away at the age of four last May. After he passed, it was hard, very hard, my life, my family, the world changed for me. I wanted to pretend it wasn't happening and so I applied for a masters degree, I threw myself into achieving a distinction, I went to university every single day almost, when I wasn't at university I was doing university work. I never wanted my mind to be empty, if it was empty I'd overthink, I'd realise what was happening in the world, that he wasn't here and I'd break down. I told myself I did it for him, I went out to achieve a masters because I wanted to succeed in life for him because he never got the chance, and yes, it is partly true, I still want to do well in life because he never got to, but I was lying to myself. I did my masters because I couldn't accept the pain, I wanted a distraction, by focusing on university 24/7 my mind never got a minute to think about anything else. 

Goodbye 2018: The Year of Grief, Success and Growth

I finished university in April/May of this year, handed in my dissertation in August. Then came the hunt for a job, my mind continued to stay busy, little did I know, my mind was about to go blank. I got a job, a job I adore with people I adore and from nine until five every evening my brain is buzzing with content plans, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and office jokes, but once I get home at 6pm, suddenly there is nothing to do. There are no essays to write, no work to bring home, I have all of this free time, then I have 48 hours of a weekend where I am free to do whatever I please. A whole year and five months after my nephew's passing suddenly I was smacked in the face with the grief I had been pushing away. That's not to say that I didn't grieve all that time, of course, I did, but not in the way it has hit me recently. Filing away all my grief, my upset, my hurt into that little box for all those months made it explode and suddenly I am a tonne more emotional, not just in the way I grieve but in everything, I cry at everything from adverts to poems to Instagram captions. 

I was suddenly overcome by how short life is, by how important happiness and love are and by how nothing in life is ever guaranteed. I find myself thinking about my nephew a lot and as much as I cry, I am happy because I experienced him, his beautiful presence, his inspiring life and not many people can say that. I cry a lot, probably more than normal, but I guess that's what you get for pushing your feelings away for so long. I am happy to be sad because I am alive and I can feel. I am 22 years old and I hopefully have an entire long-winded future ahead of me, but I also may not and that's bloody scary, but it also means that I should be happy while I can, I should feel while I still can, I don't want to waste my time, I don't want to cry over boys who are too dumb to see how bloody fantastic I am because I want to live, I want to live for Aaron, I want to succeed and travel and fall in love and enjoy my life because I know that every second of it he will be there, maybe up there in that place people call heaven or maybe just in my heart, but he's there and he's going to experience it all with me, every smile, every tear, every scream, every emotion that life can possibly give me because life is so precious and beautiful and I only wish he could have experienced more of it. 

Goodbye 2018: The Year of Grief, Success and Growth

It's been one hell of a year, I have tried to deal with the grief as it comes, but it can be overwhelming at times, I put on my brave face, I cry myself to sleep at night and I let it run its course because I want to grieve forever, I never want there to be a day that goes by when I don't think of Aaron and the love, light and inspiration he brought upon this world. I will carry my grief with me forever, but I will also be happy and succeed because I know it's what he would want because I know he is rooting for me. So, what does 2019 hold for me? I have no clue. Maybe I will fall in love, maybe I will win the lottery, maybe I will be hit by a bus, who knows? I mean let's all hope that last one won't happen, but no matter what happens I want to be happy, I want to be surrounded by people who cheer me on, who believe in me, who I connect with. I don't want to waste my time, I don't want to lose sight of my big picture, I don't want to rush into anything either, I want to always trust my gut and trust that my guardian angel has my back like he has this past year. He was there for me getting my distinction and he was there for me getting my wonderful, wonderful job, so I know he has my back and I trust him to lead me to happiness. 

I've always been an ambitious person, I've always wanted to be successful and do amazing things with my life, it's why I've always worked so hard because I am ambitious and I want to make something of myself. I never want to be someone who relies on others for anything, I am often told I am too stubborn and independent. I want to make my own future, I want to make my own money and buy myself a treat every now and then, so I work hard. Sometimes that hard work pays off and this year I got a job working in a wonderful social media marketing agency. I felt like everything I had been working towards was suddenly beginning to pay off in some way. It's hard for me to describe this year, to talk about it, decide whether it was good or bad because it was both, at different times and at the same time. I feel like I am a completely different person than the one who entered this year. I've grown in so many ways, I have taken control of my emotions in ways I can't even understand myself, I have succeeded in life and made moves towards becoming the person I want to be. I have grown in confidence, I am starting to become happy in just being me, I am learning that yes, I have my bad habits and my flaws, but I am also really quite funny, I'm intelligent and I am so much more than those annoying quirks or the visible flaws that bug me so much.

So, if I could summarise 2018 in one word it would be growth, the year of growth and I am very excited for 2019 and all the wonderful wonderful opportunities it holds. Where will I be this time next year? I don't know, I literally have no plans for what I want to happen in 2019, but I am ready to take on another year. To live my life to the best of my ability to do everything Aaron never had the chance to, for both him and I.

I usually ask a question here, but I don't even know what I would ask, but if you are ever going through a tough time and need someone to talk to please do not hesitate to get in touch. Whether we've spoken before or not, email me or find me on social media: 

Christmas Shopping With St Enoch Centre


I am absolutely obsessed with this time of year. I start listening to Christmas music in November, the trees go up on the first of December every single year, I own an advent calendar and I go above and beyond with Christmas presents all too often. So when I am invited along to Christmas themed events as a blogger it is one of the most exciting times for me. I mean, I even held back on coming back to blogging until it was December just to set off my favourite time of year properly. This year, just like last year I went along to the St Enoch Centre's #ShopStEnoch event to look into all the festive goodies available and once again I am beyond impressed. 

St Enoch Centre has always been one of my favourite places to shop in Glasgow, especially at Christmas time, there is a shop to fit every personality in your life. I wanted to do something a little different with this post, instead of walking you through the wonderful event, I want to let you know all of the amazing places and ways to shop for the people in your life in St Enoch Centre. As regularly as I shop at St Enoch it's not until I see all of the amazing shops showing their festive pieces that I realise... wow, I could do a full on Christmas present shop here without going anywhere else. The wonderful event let me see all the goodies on offer and gave me so many ideas on what I want to buy the amazing people in my life for Christmas this year. 

Christmas Shopping With St Enoch Centre

St Enoch has so many amazing shops offering makeup, skincare and beauty. The first place I always think of it Boots, it's the perfect first stop on any shopping trip. There is haircare, skincare, makeup, perfume, body care... no matter what you are guaranteed to find a gift set that the makeup and beauty guru in your life with adore. I am actually loving Niomi Smart's collection which is available in Boots at the moment, I love what Niomi stands for and I think her brand is so her, plus everything is fruity which I adore. Boots also have a whole bunch of perfume gift sets which are perfect for gifting to mums, grans, aunties or even a friend or colleague if you know their signature scent. The next stop for beauty in St Enochs for me is always The Body Shop, they are doing so many fantastic gift sets for Christmas, I am especially loving their Christmas limited edition sets, it just makes a product slightly more special when it's limited edition, right? Lastly, I tend to go a walk around the beauty counters in Debenhams, some slightly more high-end or luxury beauty, skincare and perfume brands over at Debenhams. I tend to buy my best friend a palette or makeup set for Debenhams every Christmas, so I always like to pop in and check out their sets. Too Faced are killing it with the Christmas sets this year, while Bobbi Brown, once again have me heart eyes for their limited edition Christmas products. 

Christmas Shopping With St Enoch Centre

We all have nieces and nephews or brother and sisters to buy toys for... or maybe you just have a big kid in your life that you like to shop in kids shops for. The first place I always go is Hamleys and I usually find myself getting lost a thousand times. Hamleys caters to everyone from babies to toddlers to school kids and pre-teens. Right now they have an entire corner of the store dedicated to Harry Potter with merchandise even some 30-year-olds will be going mad for. I also love their little Christmas themed teddies, perfect for popping in the top of gift bags for kids. Hamleys kindly gifted each of us our own personalised bears at the event and he is so soft that I won't be rehoming him, he is staying with me. The next stop for me is always Disney, whether I am looking for Moana toys for my nice, Cars toys for my nephew or a new mug for my best friend I think Disney caters to all. They also have some absolutely stunning Christmas decorations in which I want every single one of. For the bigger kids in your life, aka the children in adult bodies Debenhams has a wonderful collection of board games, trivia games, collectables and I found myself walking around for twenty minutes just looking through it all... possibly debating a few games for myself. 

Where to begin with this one. I think St Enoch has such a wide number of clothing shops there is definitely something for everyone's price points. Starting with H&M, I think H&M is perfect for the staples especially jumpers. If you know someone who loves a good fuzzy jumper head to H&M to find the perfect match. If you're looking for a cute bag to add into someone's present I always find Dorothy Perkins has cute small bags at reasonable prices. My favourite place to go is Topshop, there is one out on Argyle Street or one in Debenhams and both stock some of the most beautiful pieces. Whether you're looking for some shoes for your best friend, a jumper or dress for your sister or are just looking for some pieces for yourself Topshop will most likely have exactly what you're after. In Debenhams, there are also a bunch of other clothing shops so if you're ready to spend two hours of your life in there and buy more for yourself than your loved ones then head up to the clothing floor. 

Christmas Shopping With St Enoch Centre

Is it just me or does shopping make everyone absolutely starving?! There are so many places in St Enoch to eat but I have two favourites in particular. Kimbles, Kimbles is perfect for anyone looking for a coffee and to walk away with a bag filled with sweets. They have a whole range of Christmas themed chocolates and I will definitely be popping by again for some little chocolate Santas asap. The other place I adore for a quick lunch on St Enochs is Muffin Break. Muffin Break do absolutely incredible coffees, but on top of that they now have a Christmas menu, so if you want turkey, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce on your panini to fill that festive belly of yours, they have you covered. Their food is prepared fresh for you and is always so tasty, I am getting hungry even just thinking about it. 

We all have someone in our life who has a perfume collection bigger than our wardrobe. If you are looking for the perfect perfume for someone you have a massive choice of perfume shops to go sniffing around. Debenhams is one I always find I get the best service in, I always feel like sales assistants will stand with me, let me rhyme off the giftees signature scents and they will know exactly what kind of perfume fan they are and will come back with one the person adores. If you like more of a specialist environment when shopping for perfume The Perfume Shop and The Fragrance Shop are the places to be. Overpowering scents give me a headache so sadly for me I can't enter them often, but I always find the staff of both to be so helpful and they always have wonderful sales on leading up to Christmas if you're a savvy shopper. 

Right now St Enochs are currently doing a shop local event where local brands are doing pop up shops in the centre in the lead up to Christmas. Supporting local businesses is an amazing thing that helps small companies grow and continue to do what they love. If you want to buy something that means a little more you should definitely look into what local businesses are on offer. I cannot wait to check them out myself and get my loved ones gifts that are unique and that go a long way to helping people continue to live out their dreams and passions. 

What kind of giftee are you at Christmas? A fashion lover? A beauty guru? A big kid? Let me know in the comments below or catch me on social media: 

I'm a Master of Marketing AND I'm Making a Return to Blogging?!

I've not blogged in so long now that I've forgotten how to do it... but I am back! It is December, my favourite time of the year, I am excited, I am happy and I am more than motivated. It's been a pretty busy, quick and exciting few weeks since you last had me rambling away on your screen. As you know I got a job working in social media aka the best job in the world. It's been pretty hectic, I work 9-5 and as I travel 30 minutes each way, most nights I get in just before 6pm, eat dinner and fall into bed because I am exhausted. I've been getting a little more used to the schedule now and can usually keep myself awake until at least 10pm on weeknights and for possibly the last week I have been using that time to plan out blog content, so really, I have been back in the blogging mind frame for a week or so, but I wanted to come back after graduation and in early December, just so I could give it my full attention outside of work hours.

I am so excited to be back in the blogging world, I started posting a little more regularly on Instagram this past week and was especially inspired by the St Enoch Centre #ShopStEnoch event I attended last Tuesday where I got all the Christmas feels tingling. I will be posting all about that wonderful event on Thursday, I was writing up the post yesterday and suddenly realised I haven't blogged in so long and should probably do a little update before I get back into regular posts. I am really excited to blog again, as much as I adore my job, I do miss blogging, it is just trying to find that balance again, but I am slowly getting there. I will probably get used to juggling right before Christmas holidays knowing me. I have two blog posts going live this week however and have two set up for next, so as long as I keep up this motivation and energy I should do okay. 

I'm a Master of Marketing AND I'm Making a Return to Blogging?!

The motivation I guess came from how fantastic my past week has been, I graduated from a masters of science degree in International Marketing with distinction. It is honestly one of my proudest achievements and after having a pretty tough year leading up to starting my course and being teamed up with a very problematic individual for most of my assessments I am truly proud of myself for achieving distinction. I adored every moment of my masters degree, I truly believe I learned more in those short 12 months than I did my entire undergrad. Not just about marketing but about myself. I was pushed to breaking point by a certain individual multiple times, I cried and thought about dropping about as that individual tried to sabotage my grades. I learned that I can battle on, that I can stand up for myself and that I can confidently present to 14 of the senior members of NHS Scotland and be part of the team they chose as their favourite of the day. It was a whirlwind year, with certain parts I'd love to relive and certain parts I'd definitely not, but overall I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the experience I had.

I'd like to say I'd love to go back and do it all again, but I wouldn't, not because it was hard or stressful, which at times it was, but because I am so happy with the present. Getting a little sentimental right now, but I am so happy to say "Hey, I did a masters degree, I got distinction, my hard work paid off" and I am even happier to say "Hey, I have a job I adore and work with some pretty amazing people, how about you?" So, in the past month, I came to the end of my first month in my first adult job, I went back to high school for the day, I cut off my hair into just slightly longer than a lob, I graduated, I attended a Christmas, fun-packed event and had a ball doing it all and probably a bunch more things I have missed in between. I even started to watch Vlogmas and am making myself keep up with all the shenanigans of my favourite YouTubers, whether it's catching up in the evenings, on my lunch breaks or binging at the weekends, I want to stop being lazy and using "I work 9 to 5 as an excuse for not doing anything but lying in bed drifting in and out of sleep until it's acceptable to actually go to bed.

I'm a Master of Marketing AND I'm Making a Return to Blogging?!
Oh, and here is my new haircut!

Nothing says I am back quite like a random, half sentimental, half nonsense filled ramble, right?

So, what festive activities have you tried your hand at already this month? I want to know in the comments below or catch me over on social media: 
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