The 12 Day Countdown to 24; What I’ve Learnt, Day 4

Day 4 of Lessons I’ve Learnt before turning 24 is to pursue your passions and wants, try new things, even if the passion and want only lasts for a day.

What does this mean?

If you want to do something, do it. You feel like starting a bullet journal? Do it, and if you start doing it and decide it isn’t for you, at least you tried hey? I think thats the most important thing, you don’t know until you try. I decided I wanted to learn French again and I’ve been at it ever since lockdown one and I was really passionate about it from the start. I’m very lucky that I’ve continued this passion and worked to learn more french!

BUT It doesn’t always work out that way and thats absolutely fine, life is all about trial and error. If you want to try and write a book with your passion of writing but you get started and you aren’t enjoying yourself or the process, at least you sat down and gave it a damn good shot.

You never know what you could get from your passions and wants, if could really turn out for the best. Take blogging and myself for example. I wanted to write and I never thought I’d ever get this far or have been blogging for this long. Try these things. Introduce something new into your life that you’re unsure about until you do it.

It could bring you on such an adventure you never even knew you wanted or needed to go on.

How to keep busy on your flights, Long Haul & Short Haul!

How do you keep busy when you’re flying?

I love flying with a passion, but it can be hard to find things to do whilst you’re up in the air especially on long haul flights! Its so important to keep yourself calm and busy during your flights, it makes them that much more entertaining and enjoyable. Here’s a few ides of how you can keep yourself occupied!

Reading – Get yourself a good book and settle down for the ride ahead. I find with short haul flights its a perfect time killer for 2 hours (for example) to get proper stuck in to a good book to keep occupied. Even with long haul it does a good job to kill a period of time, and if you get bored you can always put it down and come back to it later on in the flight as well. Here are some good book recommendations;

  • The Wives – Tarryn Fisher
  • Recursion – Blake Crouch
  • This is going to hurt – Adam Kay
  • Finding Emma – Steena Holmes
  • Wayward Pines Series – Blake Crouch
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney
  • The Tattooist of Auchwitz – Heather Morris
  • The Secret Race: Inside the hidden world of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-ups and winning at all costs – Tyler Hamilton
  • Two Brothers – Ben Elton
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Road
  • Wonder – R. J. Palacio
  • Turtles All the way Down – John Green

Watch a Movie or TV Show – Especially if they are offering on board entertainment. They usually have so many great options and its a perfect pastime when they have something you want to watch that you’ve never seen. Even watch multiple movies, I love a good movie binge. I also find that sometimes I can fall asleep to movies and I always struggle to sleep on planes so its a bonus.

Journal – Write in a journal! How you’re feeling, about your trip, anything you like! And if you have a bullet journal then its the perfect time to release your creativity and do some prepping for the next month/trip in your bullet journal. Especially if you don’t like flying, this is something that can make you feel calmer as well expressing how you are feeling on the flight.

Blog – I know there isn’t any wifi in the clouds (although there is on some flights, I had an hour of free wifi on the way to Sri Lanka which was pretty awesome) but you can plan some blog posts, write some in your drafts ready to post upon your landing. Even get some pins ready for pinterest, prep some instagram posts in your drafts ready to go when you land.

Listen to Music or a Podcast – Another great pastime to set back and enjoy your favourite music or a good podcast, here are some podcast recommendations if you ever need them;

  • My Dad wrote a Porno
  • The Receipts Podcast
  • Off Menu with Ed Gamble & James Acaster
  • Unexpected Fluids
  • Shagged, Married, Annoyed
  • 3ShotsofTequila
  • Happy Place by Ferne Cotton
  • Everyday Positivity
  • Crime Junkie
  • Call Her Daddy
  • Hip Hop saved my life with Romesh Ranganathan
  • The Daily Pep!

Play a game on your phone – Make sure to download the ones that don’t require Wifi to progress! I can sometimes get too hooked on mobile games and they’re great to pass the time on the plane. I personally love Sand Balls, I’ve had this app since New Years 2020 and I am level 500+ and absolutely obsessed.

Play some card games! – Everyone loves a bit of Go Fish, Snap, Shithead, the list of card games goes on because there are SO MANY that keep you occupied for ages.

Colouring Books! – Another great, colourful and time consuming creative outlet for your journey. I LOVE a good colouring book, especially when I know its something I can keep coming back to throughout the flight if I need a break.

Take a self care kit with you. – This is SO important. Being up in the air for a long period of time really dries out your skin so take a mini self care kit! Some flights have the pleasure of giving you your own self care kit but to be on the safe side pack a little bag with moisturiser, some lip balm, maybe even some deodorant to feel fresher when you land and some baby/face/refreshing wipes as well. There is nothing worse than coming off a flight and feeling grotty and unkempt, so its a nice little ritual to have.

Learn a language – Duolingo doesn’t require any wifi as they have an offline mode so you can revise and work through your module and learn all before you arrive in the country you’re going too! Maybe even take a languages workbook with you so you have something to physically fill out and not relying on your phone applications to learn.

Sleep – One of the most important things needed to function, but like myself, not everyone can sleep on planes! Bring a facemark or use the ones they offer to you, try and get as cosy as you can and just pass out for however many hours you can on your flight. Remember to set your alarm or let the air hostess know if you don’t want to miss a meal!

What do you do to keep busy during flights? Any and all recommendations welcome!

The Global Quarantine Diaries – Ash

And we are back with Week 2 of The Global Quarantine Diaries!

First up on this week’s post we have Ash!

See how she is dealing with Lockdown in Ireland below!

Where are you located?

1. I’m in Ireland.

What is lockdown like where you are?

2. Lockdown is slowly lifting here. Phase 1 was basically that we should stay home except for essential workers and grocery shopping, and people shouldn’t travel more than 2km from their home (unless its for work and they have proof incase they get stopped). Phase 2 is just started so they’re relaxing the rules a little. Smaller shops are opening and restaurants like McDonalds are open for Drive Thru orders.

How have you been keeping busy during Lockdown?

3. I’ve been so busy! I was very busy before this, but since my part-time job has been closed I’ve been appreciating the time to focus on passion projects like music and creative writing. I’ve also had more time for cleaning up my blogs. I haven’t actually spent much time on Disney Plus or Netflix at all.

What do you miss the most?

4. I miss being able to get coffee with my friends and eating out.

Whats the first thing you’ll do after lockdown?

5. The first thing I’ll do is realistically go back to work, but outside of that, I’ll probably have a night out with my friends when it’s safe to do so.

Follow Ash’s socials below to see more!

Blogs here! http://thisdreamsalive.com and http://pricklypineapples.ie

Twitter here! https://twitter.com/thisdreamsalive

Global Quarantine Diaries – Becca

My Time in Iso!

Where in the world are you located? 

Hi! My name is Becca and I’m writing to you from Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

 

What are the quarantine regulations like there? 

Because Canada is such a big country, the regulations vary per province, which each one deciding how it handles the current situation. Where I live, things have begun reopening over the past couple of weeks and regulations appear be (slowly) loosening up a teeny bit, particularly in the grocery stores. We are not required to be wearing masks in public and are able to go outside freely but must keep a safe distance from others. At the moment we are not permitted to hangout in groups yet, but soon will be allowed to gather in small groups with some restrictions. 

How are you keeping busy? 

My time in isolation started 2 months ago and I’ve been spending my time doing things that I previously didn’t have time to do or prioritize with my overloaded work & school schedule. As the weeks have gone by, I’ve inadvertently created a new daily routine to fit my new social isolation reality that focuses on both my education and activities that bring me joy. Pre-quarantine, I was learning a lot about balance, it was an element that was severely lacking from my life and it’s crazy to see my situation being turned upside down into a position where I have profuse amounts of time. I’m naturally the kind of person who’s constantly running a million miles a minute and I have a really deep need to be productive and accomplish tasks throughout my day. Truthfully, I believe this has helped me to not only take advantage of my time in quarantine but to reconnect with myself and (re)discover new interests, hobbies and passions. 

With that, let’s get into what I’ve been up to: 

· During iso I’ve been loving just being active whether it’s a long walk with a podcast or a sweaty home workout. My love of fitness has really come out to shine and plays an integral role in my new routine. I make sure to start my day with movement and have been living for a variety of yoga, running, home workouts, Sarah’s Day’s eBook and my newfound love of yoga sculpt (a hybrid of yoga, cardio and strength training) 

· I recently started an online spring semester with my uni so I have a few classes a week that take up my afternoons 

· I also completed an online course in nutrition and have been brushing up on my Spanish with some classes on YouTube 

· Quarantine has given me the opportunity to shift my focus on my side project and begin to transition it into my side-hustle. I have an Instagram account that I use as a mini blog where I share my plant-based recipes and share some tips towards living a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle 

· Lottttss of baking! This is something I had given up for a long time, without meaning to I just lost contact with that side of me, but Sunday baking has become one of my favourite parts of the week 

· I’ve been setting myself fun goals both big and small (including teaching myself to hold a handstand) 

· Spending time with my partner and calling my friends and family over zoom and facetime 

· I’ve definitely watched my fair share of Netflix too.

What do you miss the most? 

The small and material things have become adjustments that I’ve simply gotten used to because they were never that important to begin with. However, there are aspects of this situation that are still a strange reality, such as seeing a friend (from a safe social distance) for the first time in months and not being able to give them a hug. Moreover, I miss my home province of British Columbia and my family and friends who live there because with the current situation, it’s slightly more challenging to make my way back there for a visit. In all, I’d say that the things I miss are the personal elements of life rather than the more physically recognizable aspects. 

What is the first thing you’ll do once lockdown is over? 

The first thing I’m doing is going for a HIKE, I can’t even begin to explain how much I’m been craving it as its one of my favourite things to do. In light of Coronavirus, the government shut down lots of the parks that served for outdoor activities and while there are still a few options available, I’m really looking forward to spending my time in the great Canadian outdoors. The second biggest plan of my agenda is to explore this side of the continent, and believe me I have a loooong list of places to check off – and a Pinterest board to go with it. I can’t wait to explore Québec the eastern side of Canada and the U.S.,there’s just so many destinations to explore but my top ones have to be the Fjords along the Saguenay, Boston and New York, Les Iles des Madeleine, la Gaspésie, Cape Breton and well actually there’s too many to pick favourites. 

Summit of Mt. Garibaldi
Summit of Mont Orford

 Where you can find me: 

· Personal Instagram: @beccastruss 

· Food Insta: @naturally.becs 

· I’m also Beccastruss on VSCO and Pinterest

 

Graduation

Graduation was the most memorable day of my life so far, It will take a lot to beat it!

If you read my new beginnings post you know I graduated with some beautiful ladies, was lucky enough to have my entire family there and partied the night away with my nearest and dearest. Not to mention Graduation ball 2 days later with MORE Alcohol.

For starters, to the girls if they’re reading this, WE FUCKING DID IT. I am so proud of us all for working so hard through all the tears, horrible lecturers, assignments that went on for weeks, GROUP WORK (EW) and every other wall we have had to smash through or climb over. How did we manage it many boozy nights later I will never know, but we did. And for that I am eternally grateful for you all.

Brad & I met our families at the top of the city of Lincoln’s Steep Hill! Our gown hire, photography and general drinks and sign in was in the Lincoln Castle Walls and our actual graduation ceremony was in the Lincoln Cathedral!

We went for dinner at 4pm to a restaurant called Cafe Zoot. The food was AMAZING, so tasty and filling. I had the chorizo and chicken paella and lord I never wanted it to end! Once our tummies were full Brad and I left the family to join us in the cathedral at 5:30pm as our ceremony was at 7:30pm but we had to head in to get seated at 6:30pm!

It was all very civilised and organised. I had a gentleman fit my cap and gown for me and pin my cap to my head so it didn’t wobble or fall off, our colours to graduate were yellow and blue! I had to re-fit my cap with Mel about 60 million times throughout the ceremony. Imagine how much my jaw dropped when I saw Brad in his graduation gown, Gorgeous. We were so lucky to get to graduate at the same time an he same day!

The family appeared and it was PICTURE TIME. So many photos but standing so proud in our gowns. Photos with Brad, with my family, with Mel and Stan, with the girls. Man, the list goes on. Not to mention the professional pictures we had once we got gowned up!

The ceremony was beautiful. Us students were at the front of the cathedral and the parents, double the amount of students, were sat behind us! The Pro Chancellor of the university, all our lecturers and many more very important people were sat on the stage in front of us all to take the graduation ceremony.

There was music from trumpets as 6 uniformed men walked down the centre of the Cathedral for the Chancellor’s procession before they were seated. Afterwards there were a number of speeches and awards and finally, our names were called.

Mel and I were lucky enough to be sat with each other which was one of the highlights of the day, we were so overwhelmed and excited we couldn’t wait to get up there and accept our degree!

When they did call us up we were nervous, they made us sit at the side of the hall as they had 2 speeches to do before our course was announced! We were SO NERVOUS. When you walk on stage you are too salute and shake the gentlemans hand, that was it, but it was SO nerve racking!

Brad was fairly close to the front so the whoops and cheers I made when he graduated were loud and proud, he walked and he Graduated! Then it was our time, I don’t remember going up but I know it happened. I do remember going up I just think my mind blacked out during it

It was surreal when my name was called and I walked, I graduated. When Mel’s name was called behind me, she walked and graduated. We met at the bottom of the slope of the stage and arm in arm with our degree’s we walked back to our seats with smiles so large you couldn’t miss them from the other end of the cathedral.

When the ceremony had ended the uniformed men with their trumpets had returned, followed by the Chancellor’s procession, and Us. The Graduates.

I will never forget the feeling walking down the centre of the cathedral, Mel in front. Parents cheering, clapping, the music playing out through the cathedral and holding my degree to my chest. I could’ve and nearly did cry.

WE HAD GRADUATED!

Afterwards, this was a cause for celebration.

We met our friends at the top of the hill and that was when all our families came together in The Magna Carta pub chatting and laughing.

Lets just say we ended up in Walkabout Australian Bar until the lights came on at 2pm with My mum, sister, Brad and his whole family, Mel and her whole family and our closest friends too.

I could not have asked for a better day, nor had I ever felt so proud. My heart is full.