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May In Review

Group selfies at the top of Mam Tor in the Peak District

Sewing up a storm at James’ house

Castle spotting in County Durham

The view of Durham Cathedral from the riverside!

Walks in the countryside at home

I thought I hadn’t done much this month, but looking back through my photos it seems that I have! I kicked off May by camping in the Peak District for a weekend with my friends, to celebrate my birthday. That seems like a long time ago now! I stayed at James’ house in County Durham for a while, which is where I did most of the sewing for my newly opened Etsy shop. On the way back home we stopped off in York to see some friends which was awesome, although it was so weird to be back on campus temporarily! Before this week of wintry weather I actually managed some nice country walks, both in Leicestershire and the North East. It’s given me the itch to do more exploring. After sixth form me and a friend spent a day (well, seven hours) walking to Leicester armed with sandwiches and an OS map. If it’s ever sunny again I want to go on a big adventure like that! Oh, and lots of bike rides and picnics.

On Jessthetics I’ve worn some groovy vintage trousers, a gold two piece for my birthday, an awesome plaid coat, and most recently my favourite cerise pink raincoat. I made a lamp from vintage fabric, shared a recipe for my favourite veggie sandwich and interviewed blogger babe Sara from Waiste.

Most importantly, this month I finished the last ever season of Buffy. It was amazing! How does life go on when there’s no new Buffy to watch? Only time will tell…

I’m pretty excited for this June. Not only will it be officially summer, but I have already filled up every weekend with plans. I can’t wait to spend some more quality time travelling and hanging out with my friends!

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New Years Resolutions

2014 resolutions
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! I genuinely watched a documentary from 2010 today and thought “oh, it’s only two years old.” How was 2010 now four years ago?!? I’m very excited for the new year, and I thought I’d share some of my plans and goals with you.

Resolutions

Improve my blog. This is something I’m always trying to do, but the new year gives me some extra motivation. I want to get better at photography (it’s soo much harder than it looks!) and redesign my blog layout (I know how I want it to look, I’m just not sure how to achieve it. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time!)
Read more. At the moment, I only read books on holiday, and there are so many books I want to read! Even if I just start reading on Sundays or for fifteen minutes before bed, that would be an improvement.
Sew more. I was really pleased with the sewing I did last year and I want to build on that this year. I have so many ideas, but dungarees and a midi skater skirt are high on the list!
Run regularly. Again, I was pleased with the running that I did last year but I want to improve on that this year and make running a part of my routine. I’ve learnt that my biggest problem is being over-ambitious. it’s better for me to do a slow short run twice a week than to run too much and injure myself!

Goals…

I aim to get accepted into a Masters programme to start in September.
I am to spend the first half of the year working hard to raise money for my degree and for travelling.
I aim to spend a month or two of summer travelling. I’d love to assist in wildlife conservation – the plight of African elephants is particularly concerning. James and I would also love to see Berlin and India, so they’re (very exciting) possibilities!

Do you have any goals and resolutions for 2014? I’d love to hear them. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a good year 🙂