50 Things That I’m Excited For. 

Here’s another one for the fifty things series….here’s what I’m excited for!

  1. Anastacia will be performing at the Brighton Centre in June. Her concerts are really good-as well as cool-and I love to just have a good singalong to old hits I used to listen to.
  2. Soon to be starting my NTCJ course.
  3. Leaving college. Whilst it has been a bittersweet experience, and I’ll miss some elements of the instution, I want to begin my journalism career, and start to write, be trained, interview people, etc.
  4. I have an interview coming later this year…I can’t wait for you all to read it!
  5. Alfie Boe and Michael Ball will also be playing Brighton in December.
  6. Further blogger collaborations to come.
  7. The end of Pretty Little Liars-just WHO is this mysterious A.D, what do they want, and why?!
  8. Kingsman two is coming out later this year. Because who wouldn’t want to see a sly film with moments of comedy, complete with a now resurrected Colin Firth?!
  9. Constructing a guest posting fortnight.
  10. How To Stop Time By Matt Haig is coming out-as a fictional novel, it looks awesome, and I can’t wait to read it.
  11. The release of The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman. It made me cry!
  12. An interview with Rowan Coleman coming in June.
  13. Trying to monetise my blog.
  14. Still filing my column!
  15. Lissie will hopefully be playing a few U.K. shows, later this year, and maybe with some new music, although don’t quote me on that.
  16. Brain May and Kerry Ellis may be touring also.
  17. Christina Aguleria also may be releasing a new album.
  18. Pilates!!
  19. People’s birthdays-I love to create funny gifts to give to them, complete with my verses, in order to make them smile.
  20. Starting to get more involved in Blog chats.
  21. The publication of Sylvia Plath’s letters-in a fuller volume. More blog content to come soon!
  22. Queen Extravaganza have been teasing a new projects that’s ostensibly underway on their social media…
  23. And who wouldn’t be excited for them maybe touring!?
  24. New monopoly boards.
  25. A mental health magazine that is being set up by Nicole at A Beautiful Caos.
  26. The new pandora collection.
  27. The Hilary Clinton biopic. I would love for this to be released in the UK-and just because she’s one of my heroes.
  28. Finishing my exams.
  29. Finishing education overall.
  30. Not being judged by people my own age for my clothing choices.
  31. The end of PLL. Oh wait, I already mentioned that…
  32. A new John Grisham thriller.
  33. Even more Blogger collaborations!
  34. Working with a new US-based PR agency.
  35. Dawn O’Porter’s new book.
  36. Jodi Picoult may be releasing a new book?
  37. A new novel that I can’t say too much about…
  38. Ann Shoket and her book. Let’s hope it comes to the UK!
  39. The Little Mermaid-the live action remake.
  40. Blogosphere magazine and their new ventures.
  41. Utilising an iPHONE for this blog.
  42. Utilising a MacBook for this blog.
  43. JFK 100.
  44. Shopping for new clothes! Gotta get kitted out to look like a Journalist…
  45. Ed Sheeran is touring.
  46. Phil Collins is also touring.
  47. Pitch Perfect Four is rumoured to be in production?
  48. Living up to the expectation of the 365 day challenge.
  49. Finishing the 365 day challenge.
  50. Blog chats!

What are you excited for?

Lydia

XO

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50 Things That Make Me Happy.

Good morning!

There’s this post (click here to view), which I have recently been reading. I was very inspired; we could all do with spreading kindness, adding a little happiness to this world. So, adapting this post slightly, these are fifty things that make me happy, and some of them you can also try out!

  1. Seeing my name as a byline. Does nobody else get this? Even just on a blog post, there’s great pleasure in seeing what I’ve written being in circulation.
  2. A lovely piece of jewellery in a shop, simply for its aesthetic appeal. (If you don’t believe me, Instagram any jewellery!) 
  3. Praying.
  4. Writing a blog post. And seeing the response. 
  5. Writing in general; I like to write away my thoughts, just to get rid of them, or to document the day, or for an audience.
  6. Lemonade.
  7. The smell of candles on a birthday cake, having been blown out.
  8. Baking a cake, and done well. Because when I bake, I usually mess it up badly-burning, raw, etc.
  9. Decorating my Filofax. (You need to try this if you have a Filofax.)
  10. And with lots of Washi tape!
  11. The woods by my house when it’s autumn. Such pretty shades.
  12. Twitter. The people over there make me smile daily. (Join in with other bloggers!)
  13. Topshop magic liner. Because… yeah.
  14. Getting stuck into a good book, and reading so much that you forget time.
  15. Colour coding my Filofax.
  16. Reading other blog posts-This Stuff Is Golden, Country Katie UK, Gala Darling, and Dorkface are all really good.
  17. Testing a new nail varnish shade.
  18. Editing blog photos. So satisfying!
  19. Finishing off my latest crochet project.
  20. Listening to Tired Of Being Blonde by Carly Simon.
  21. Curating a Playlist.
  22. Pitching for a new interview!
  23. Left Outside Alone by Anastacia.
  24. I want it all by Queen.
  25. Netflix.
  26. Starting a new drama box set. (Needless to say, I was really sad when The Fall finished, and am always on the lookout for a new box set.)
  27. Bloggers and the #FF Hashtag.
  28. Matt Haig and his Twitter account. He tweets sense!
  29. Politics memes.
  30. Cat memes.
  31. Getting a new proof copy to read in the post.
  32. Getting any letters in the post.
  33. Typing on my Typewriter. I love the sound.
  34. Kiko Kiss Balm. So creamy.
  35. Anticipation in the run up to a party.
  36.  My friends sending me cat photos. (Don’t ask..)
  37. Writing my column.
  38. A good music gig.
  39. Mist, because of the cinematic landscape it creates.
  40. Skittles!
  41. Smoothies from Boost.
  42. Getting a new pair of glasses, after a new eye test-I’ll be able to see again!
  43. A productive day blogging.
  44. Playing Articulate.
  45. Finding a cupcake ATM. This has happened, and we found it whilst visiting the states.
  46. A book about the US presidents and First Ladies.
  47. Drafting an interview.
  48. Chocolate!
  49. Pitching.
  50. This is the life by Amy Macdonald. 

What makes you happy?

Lydia

XO

50 Things To Do If You’re Bored. 

A friend sparked the idea for this post; she was bored, and messaging me, asking all sorts of questions. Here are fifty things to do if you’re bored!

  1. Read a book. Any book. 
  2. Go for a walk.
  3. Dream about a holiday you wish to take.
  4. Plan to make it a reality.
  5. Reorganise your bedroom.
  6. Colour code your planner.
  7. Colour code your wardrobe.
  8. Even colour code your shoes!
  9. Have a blog post brainstorm.
  10. Learn a craft.
  11. Use that craft.
  12. Rip out any articles you wish to keep from your magazines, and file them away in a folder. Can be about anything.
  13. Sign up to be a volunteer.
  14. Do not go on a shopping splurge.
  15. Plan a day out.
  16. Plan a picnic.
  17. Challenge yourself to learn all fifty states of America.
  18. Learn to recite a poem, the longer the better.
  19. Dance crazily to old songs.
  20. Sing!
  21. Dance!
  22. Even practice your Jazz hands 😁
  23. Plan a party.
  24. Netflix and a tub of icecream? Yes please!
  25. Paint your nails.
  26. Paint your toenails.
  27. Run around the block, or your garden.
  28. Offer to walk your neighbours dog.
  29. Binge watch TV.
  30. Start a new project.
  31. Go wild with stickers in your planner!
  32. Try a new beauty splurge.
  33. Spend all your time on Facebook.
  34. Visit a library.
  35. Borrow a book from that library.
  36. Contemplate all of life’s tricky questions.
  37. Learn some new slang.
  38. Hashtag everything you say.
  39. Play a board game.
  40. Hold a board game marathon.
  41. Write all your birthday cards.
  42. Write all of your Christmas cards.
  43. Go through your clothes, and donate those that don’t fit to a charity shop. Donations are always needed.
  44. Practice yoga.
  45. Tweet! Compulsively.
  46. Read the news.
  47. Debate the news.
  48. Write yourself a future letter.
  49. Find a pen pal.
  50. Bake.

What do you do when bored?

Lydia

XO

50 Things To Do This Weekend.

Good morning!

It has been a little while since I’ve written one of these posts-the list of fifty things, dependent on circumstance. I have to point out that this was an idea adapted from Gala Darling’s lifestyle blog; therefore, here are fifty things to do this weekend.

  1. Go on a picnic, complete with hamper, food, and blankets.
  2. Read The Bell Jar, from cover to cover.
  3. Learn a poem and commit it to memory.
  4. Join a Twitter chat if you’re a blogger-they have so many benefits!
  5. Go sailing.
  6. Walk the dog.
  7. Or the cat. Because… 😆
  8. If it’s a rainy day, spend it writing posts, and scheduling them.
  9. Write a bucket list.
  10. Dream of what the next week will bring.
  11. Download  a new gaming app.
  12. Write. Anything.
  13. Decide what is, and read your favorite blog.
  14. Have a bath, complete with candles.
  15. Learn a new song.
  16. Download a new album.
  17. Organise your wardrobe by colour.
  18. Exercise!
  19. Go shopping for a stunning pair of shoes.
  20. Splurge on said pair of shoes.
  21. File all your papers away.
  22. Alphabetise your books.
  23. Go on a vinyl collecting trip.
  24. Visit a local exhibition.
  25. Read a local paper.
  26. Write an imaginary interview.
  27. Colour code your planner.
  28. Complete any assignments due, if you’re a student. (Like me!)
  29. Make a mood board.
  30. Start a scrapbook.
  31. Bake.
  32. Play a mammoth game of monopoly.
  33. Or articulate.
  34. Start a diary.
  35. Give the diary a name.
  36. Decide on who is your historical Hero.
  37. Take lots of photos!
  38. Review the photos from your last holiday.
  39. Go for a walk.
  40. Paint your nails.
  41. Book a manicure.
  42. Book a pedicure.
  43. Call your mother.
  44. Or any other relative you haven’t seen in a while.
  45. Book a hair cut.
  46. Host a film night.
  47. Or Netflix.
  48. Attend a local cinema screening.
  49. Review it for your blog. 
  50. Comment on this post!

What will you be doing this weekend?

Lydia

XO

Fifty Things To Cheer Up A Friend…

Because who would not want to do this?! Continuing with the ’50 things’ series, here’s the latest addition.

  1. Suggest a film night-with them choosing the film, and possibly, the theme to go with it. (Horror, anyone?)
  2. And that includes stuffing yourselves. (The occasional indulgence is alright, surely?) 
  3. Take them for a surprise day out, wherever they like-they could have even have mentioned it before. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even any at all. 
  4. Visit them-suprise drop in visit.
  5. Write them a grattitude note, and hide it in their possessions. 
  6. Plan and execute some sort of gesture that will appeal. Can be comical, serious, sentimental, etc.
  7. Plan a Netflix night in with them.
  8. Go for a walk together.
  9. And a dog is optional.
  10. Spend time just talking to them, seeing how they feel. 
  11. Make something for them, with them in mind. (Rainbow scarf anyone?!)
  12. Play Truth or Dare like we’re young again. Ha ha!
  13. Make a scrapbook for them.
  14. Dress up for yourselves, and take lots of photos…
  15. Facebooking them is optional.
  16. Play a physical game of exercise. And competitively. Football anyone?
  17. Board games. Tournament. What could go wrong?
  18. Play a prank.
  19. Visit your nearest libray.
  20. Binge on a boxset.
  21. Or two. 
  22. Or three.
  23. Spend some time on snapchat, transforming yourselves by filters. The sillier, the better.
  24. Play Exploding Kittens.
  25. Better still, order the Extension pack.
  26. Listen to your favorite song on repeat.
  27. Put on music. Loudly. Dance.
  28. Reminisce about the past.
  29. Create a wall collage.
  30. Start a blog.
  31. Read. To each other, alternating, etc.
  32. Cull your magazine collection.
  33. Do a puzzle.
  34. Do a Skype call with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
  35. Guest post on each other’s blog.
  36. Spend a day baking.
  37. Try learning how to crochet.
  38. Bake the other a surprise cake.
  39. Make a meme complimation. 
  40. Ben and Jerrys. 
  41. Haagen Daz.
  42. Need I say any more? 
  43. Read a magazine from cover to cover, and making a note of all the pretty things.
  44. Write a list of what you’re grateful for.
  45. Write a fantasy list-of what you wish to own, do, etc.
  46. Interview each other. Not as weird as it sounds.
  47. Paint each other’s nails.
  48. Compile a ‘feel good’ Playlist.
  49. And one themed as ‘nostalgia’.
  50. Comment on this post!

Lydia

XO

50 Things To Do On A Cold, Rainy Day..

January is a cold month-either days with bitter winds, or just cold, soggy rain. Like the 50 Things To Do When Upset post, I wanted to write also for this scenario.

  1. Write blog posts. Because of course! It also seemingly causes various ideas to bear fruit…
  2. Having planned various blog posts, maybe taking bulk photos for your blog could also be a good idea.
  3. Get out your old planner, and decorate!
  4. Start a bullet journal.
  5. Create a new collage for your bedroom wall.
  6. Paint your nails with a glittery/pastel/bright shade-or all three-just to have something cheerful to look at.
  7. Compile a podcast list to listen to.
  8. Make a mixtape.
  9. If you know a craft, make something using it. (I love to crochet-and could make a scarf quickly-which is what I tend to do in winter.)
  10. Bake!
  11. Dress up, just for yourself.
  12. Write bad poetry.
  13. Curl up in a blanket, and binge on Netflix. (Just as an aside thought: you could attempt option nine simultaneously, although this does require a lot of concentration. )
  14. Sign up to Pereiscope.
  15. Put your CD’s in alphabetical/release/favorite order.
  16. Do an Amazon order, having set yourself a limit.
  17. Try drawing a self portrait.
  18. Play your music loudly and dance!
  19. Indulge in coco butter.
  20. Plan a dinner party.
  21. Plan a film night.
  22. If anyone else is around, you could play board games-even have a tournament. A personal favorite is Exploding Kittens.
  23. Make a list of goals.
  24. Read a book the whole way through. In this digitally saturated world, a lot of people seem to be missing out on reading. It doesn’t have to be too serious, or even that long. It just matters that you’re reading!
  25. Put up the photos that you haven’t had the chance to, yet.
  26. Read Fifty Things To Do On A Cold Day…..
  27. Do a mind map of your self and your identity. Believe me, it gets very interesting if completed right!
  28. Make a wish list of things you’d like to acquire, achieve, do. Be as materialistic as you wish.
  29. Put up fairy lights…
  30. Design an outfit for yourself, by drawing it.
  31. Do a full face of make up for yourself, and no one else.
  32. Make a scrapbook for somebody.
  33. Sort out your make up storage! (Always a problem for me…)
  34. Go through your clothes and see what still fits, what doesn’t, and what can be donated to a charity shop.
  35. Download an online lesson, and start to learn a skill.
  36. Call somebody you haven’t talked to in a while.
  37. Book a trip to a place you haven’t been…
  38. Dream!
  39. Create an ultimate playlist, and maybe with a theme.
  40. Start on your To Be Read book pile.
  41. Cook your favorite meal.
  42. Watch a very ‘girly’ film….
  43. Book tickets to a book reading.
  44. Browse an online bookshop.
  45. Make a list of books you wish to read.
  46. And films you wish to watch…
  47. As well as places you wish to visit.
  48. Paint.
  49. Read your favorite blog from the very first post.
  50. Comment on this blog post (!)

What do you do on a rainy day?

Lydia

XO

50 Things To Do When Upset.

This was a post I originally saw over at Gala Darling, the pink, rather glitzy website, complete devoted to Radical Self Love. (Click here to view. ) Yes, this may be a bit like pinching an idea, but I wished to write my own version-and within my own budget. Here goes! *Some of these I don’t do when upset, however the extra I have added, in order to diversify the list, and make it far more comprehensive. The point of these is to either aim at improving your mood, or to distract from the glums.
1. Listen to your favourite album. Loudly. And dance around like a complete manic. (My favourite is No Secrets at the moment.)

2. Compile a seasonal playlist.
3. Have a make up session-even dare to try a new look. (Not a shop.) Do something big, colourful even-bright lipstick, Smokey eyes..
4. Buy that pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on.
5. Start a bullet journal.
6. Talk to a friend about how you feel. They’re usually the ones who let you cry on their shoulder.
7. Write a diary entry.
8. Do something crafty. In my spare time, I love to crochet, and make things for my family.
9. Decorate your planner. I love washi tape, stickers, gems, highlighters, in my Filofax.
10. Listen to weepy music.

11. Film night in with Ben and Jerry’s.
12. Indulge in a Netflix box set.

13. Go to the cinema. Popcorn is optional.
14. I also love an exhibition-and it sometimes leads me to getting a byline. Photography is a particular gem.
15. Go to bed after a bath. Bath bombs, Fizzer, even bubbles, optional.
16. Write a letter to the person who upset you. Put it in a box. Do not send..it’ll lead to upset feelings. But it leads to letting go of your anger and hurt feelings.
17. Try painting.

18. Go for a hair cut. Can be a trim. Could even be something completely different. But after I’ve had a haircut, I nearly always feel better and more confident.
19. Do a Twitter thread.
20. Play a board game.
21. Cook yourself a meal. It can be junk, healthy-But the point is that it should be a favourite, and completely delicious. No more hungry angry (hangry) Now!
22. Put up fairy lights. My current favorite strand I have up is tiny rose gold bulbs.
23. Arrange a sleepover.
24. Wear your favourite outfit round the house, complete with make up.
25. Go for a walk.
26. Try to write a blog post. You don’t have to post it, or even detail your circumstances.
27. Donate to a charity.
28. Have a pyjamas day.
29. Attend a class of some kind. Could be pottery, writing, games, yoga, etc. There’s always a feeling of accomplishment.
30. Play a competitive game of Badminton.
31. If you live in London, visit Lady Dinahs Cat Cafe. So cute!
32. Go to the local library, and spend some time completely lost in books. I find that there’s a feeling of wonderment, walking alongside the words of writers.
33. Paint . Or draw. But make something visual.
34. Make a collage. You’ll need scraps of patterned paper, photographs, washi tape, sequins, glitter, glue, pens, highlighters, glue..and a large canvas.
35. Compile a list of great blog posts.
36. Go shopping.
37. Go to a local park. Just sit and think. Enjoy the view. Reflect.
38. Write poetry or songs.
39. Create an ultimate shopping list on Amazon.
40. And Topshop also is optional.
41. Spend time listening to a lot of podcasts. I particularly love Get It On and Call Your Girlfriend. So funny!
42. Paint your nails. Or even go for a manicure.
43. Pedicure is also optional.
44. Get lost in a good book. You could borrow it from the library, like in option thirty two. I particularly love fictional thrillers and historical drama. The Help By Kathryn Shockett is a good story that’ll keep you gripped.
45. Meditate.
46. Go window shopping for jewellery. You don’t have to buy, however. Pandora is a great place.
47. Invest in some new stationery, and spend the day organising your life. Paperchase is lovely..
48. Start a scrapbook.
49. Take a few quizzes on the internet. Buzzfeed is an excellent source for this.
50. Watch a comedy. Raised by wolves, anyone?

Lydia
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