5 places I want to visit

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Hi all,

Hope everyone is well and safe. This blog post is about the 5 places that I want to visit. Fo years, I wanted to visit Glasgow – it’s where my Nan and Grampa were from and so many generations before that. I went last year and I loved it so much, I honestly did not want to leave, it felt like home. It’s odd to think that I was supposed to be going to Glasgow at the end of the month again and now I will wait until next year to visit it. Glasgow.

I am not really a “traveller” as such as I enjoy a lot of home comforts, but I thought I’d list out the areas I would love to go one day (in no order):

Australia

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I feel like Australia seems to be a mystical land, full of relaxation, hope and just happiness. Quite a few of my friends have visited and have moved out over there. I feel that to me it seems mad how far away it is, how different but also so similar our cultures are. I am not a huge fan of all of the bugs and deadly animals that they have over there, but the amount of photos I have seen of the country, it just seems stunning.

Sweden

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Another country where I feel that there is a relaxed atmosphere about it is Sweden. It seems that there are so many positives in living in Sweden, including the culture of the country also seemingly laid back and chilled. It may not be the case, but that’s my perception of it. I have also heard that they have amazing winters and summers, so it really doesn’t matter when you go.

New York

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This one is such a cliche I know! But the idea of New York just amazes me, like is it really like a movie set all the time? Are buildings so on top of each other? Does smoke really come up from the ground? Why does everyone find New York amazing? I would love to go there just the once maybe up to 5 days to experience the madness, but also to visit Central Park and see hopefully the tranquillity of it.

Hawaii

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If you were to ask little Cat as to where she wanted her honeymoon to be, or which destination she would want to go on holiday, it will always be Hawaii. I have no idea why, but just the thought of it makes me smile so much. The beautiful beaches, the gorgeous landscapes and it just seems so super friendly.

Iceland

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As much as the idea of the above countries sounds lush, I am not that much of a sun lover. So the idea of Iceland is just right up my street. One of the main reasons I would love to go to Iceland is of course the Northern Lights. My favourite thing ever are the stars and to be able to see the Northern Lights would be just magical in my eyes.  The country also has the most amazing landscapes from national parks, falls to lagoons just beautiful!


So where would your top 5 destinations be? What draws you to them?

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Who inspires me

What I have learnt about myself during lockdown (5)

I think the people that inspire me are those that of course that are in my family but those that are in my circle of friends.

But to me people who are inspiring are those that have courage, those that have the strength and know themselves.

Those that flee negativity, those that keep positive no matter what, and those that bring happiness to others.

I feel that over this lovely lockdown we have really all seen so many inspirational people in the world. To me, my friends who work for the NHS and are carers will always be angels in my eyes, they deserve all the best that they can get.

Who inspires you?

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My pet peeves

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As I have said many many times before, I am all for positivity. I like to be positive and try to find something ever day, give someone else a positive comment and just generally I do not want to be in the dumps, as I easily could be. But we all have our pet peeves, and I thought I would let you know:

Negative people

3801dc4b163cd33fdaf977d8a42469deI know negative people and I see people on a daily basis. At one point I was surrounded by so much negativity due to changes of the environment, I was being more and more positive which in a backlash, made me feel like I was being fake. Of course I am open up to seeing different sides of the argument, thats the whole reason in having views and opinions, but its when someone’s views are ALWAYS negative and they don’t see anything else, that’s when it brings those around you down. I just don’t understand it, and when eyes are rolled when someone is being positive, I then in turn be more out there and just like to piss them off.

Controlling partners

fed318323d69e6bc670c0a2aadcf9d9fI for one have seen my fair share of over controlling partners, and they are not even my partners…. theyre my friends partners. Whether they are my best two boy mates and their over controlling girlfriends, or my girl friend’s partners im rather bored of being pushed out. I do not understand as to why when people get in relationships, their friends are just pushed to the side. When I am in a relationship, I will hands down share my time. I absolutely find it so frustrating, and I can see another relationship happening again. Grr!!

My latest one is that one of my close boy friends has been with this girl, she doesnt like me and there was a bit of an argument, she made me feel like shit for being his friend. It got to the point that he ignored messages and texts from me, until she randomly messaged me and had a go at me…. the reason I found out, was absolute bullshit and chinese whispers had happened. So I thought right girl power, lets just try again… the next day he was allowed to text me again lol… and er, we met up for the evening and it was brilliant. That happened end of February, have I heard from him since. No.

Awkward silences

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I think this is the most obvious one in which my family would say is my pet peeve. I cant sit in a room with someone, without doing something whether that be on my phone, read a book etc. If the tv is off, I will turn it on or I will play music on my phone. I  just cant stand the silence, I need to have something. Especially if there’s a chat going on and then it goes all silent… nope cant do it!

Politeness  that  is  ignoredEvery-time-I-hold-the-door-open-for-someone-just-to-be-nice

I am a polite person and I will keep the door open for someone coming my way, of course if it’s too far I won’t make it awkward haha! But when I open the door for someone and they do not say thank you, I will without a doubt speak louder and go YOU’RE WELCOME!!!! and I will literally look like the cartoon above. It takes what less than 2 seconds to say you’re welcome. I dont even care what age the person is whether they’re a teenager or 70+.

Ignorant people

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I dont know whether its because I watch various different programmes, listen to other people’s view points etc, but ignorant people just annoy me. As I have said previously one of my ultimate favourite tv show’s is Ru Paul’s Drag Race and I dont know whether its because I watch this show, its opened up my eyes to more. To the point, its a show about men dressing in drag who are openly (sometimes not) gay, flamboyant, argumentative and caring. But when people are not wanting to watch shows like this because its different, then bye bye – keep in your cage and your bubble. The world is moving on, look at Ireland!

So there you have it, my top 5 pet peeves. I am sure there are more but hey!

Oh there is, people who want their own way and slow walkers!!

Ok bye now.

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From you to me, what I have learnt

What I have learnt about myself during lockdown (3)

As part of my blog challenge, today’s post was to be titled “write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forget”, its a bit of a long title isn’t it so I thought I would narrow it down a bit.

This topic is quite an interesting one really and it made me think of the things that people have said about me and how those opinions may or may not have affected me.

Over the past few months I have noticed how people are quite blatant with their opinions of me. When I don’t know someone or am I’m a night out for example, I am quiet. Not because I’m scared to talk, but because I’m listening, I am gathering my opinions of these people who I am with and people seem to take some sort of offence to this.

Other options are with my close group of friends, maybe because I am too independent nowadays that I have different opinions. I am a positive person and I prefer to listen to others than to argue. I don’t do confrontation.

I thought I’d list (for my own personal mental state) the things that I have heard about myself from others lately. Some are nice for me to hear and some are in my opinion so wrong:

  • Nice
  • Boring
  • Quiet
  • Mute
  • Too responsible
  • Rude
  • Organised
  • Kind
  • Up tight
  • Cheeky
  • Funny
  • Dull

You will see that they are a mixture of words being used to describe me. Some are nice and some are just so wrong about me.

At the time I take it to heart, then give me a couple of hours I’m like this:

This is just an amazing quote. Why let others opinion determine how you feel about yourself. You know the true you, and the true personality.

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10 things that make me happy

What I have learnt about myself during lockdown (1)

Oh hi there,

I am going to start a new blogging challenge, so here it goes!

10 things that make me happy (without mentioning friends and family)

Jack Garratt

If you haven’t heard of Jack Garratt then you better start researching. I bloody love his music, I not only find his music super relaxing but at the same time you can dance your heart out to him. He plays ALL of the instruments that you hear in his songs, he is literally a one man band and I just love him. If you get the chance to see him live during isolation, seriously its a party. He has so much enthusiasm for his work and his passion.

Here are a few of my fave songs from him:

  • Suprise yourself – a song about trying to find the real you, to learn that sometimes you need to take the jump and just go for it. The video says it all.
  • Better– the lyrics are just beautiful in this, how do we feel when we need to take a pill to feel better?
  • Time – just listen to this, and dance when the horn section hits. #

Ru Pauls’ Drag Race

You may or may not have heard of a reality tv competition called Ru Paul’s Drag Race. It is not your normal competition show on the telly, its everything different to what you have seen before.

It makes me laugh, cry, gives me confidence, comfort and it’s pure escapism.

I feel like its the one show that I can put on whatever mood I’m in and I can just sit back and chill. I love the inclusivity of the show and the happiness it brings.

Make up

I will make no bones about this, but I do love make up. I am not the best at it and let alone would I Want to be as well, especially with this moon face. But to me, make up isn’t just the idea of slapping on a bit of paint, you are really creating something that maybe no one else has done before. I find it so relaxing, and each time you start it you never know what you’re going to get.

You can change the way your face looks, you can change the looks of your eyes, your lip shape, contour your face and whether you’re feeling rubbish or good I bet after a bit of make up you feel good about yourself on the inside.

La La Land

I am really unsure how many times I have seen this movie. Much like RPDR I will put it on whatever mood I’m in. It’s strange isn’t it, I really didn’t want to watch this movie when it came out, I didn’t want to be a sheep. But the first time I watched it, I just absolutely fell in love with it.

The music, the cinematography, the script and the lesson to be learned. I just love it.

The evening and night sky

It sounds silly doesn’t it, but honestly its my favourite thing in my life. The evening sky as the sun is setting, how the world is going to sleep and how it all becomes quieter. The night sky is so relaxing looking up at the stars and the moon, in the hope that you will see a shooting star. I now have an album on my facebook dedicated to my favourite shoots that I have taken of the sky. I am often known by my family to just stand or sit outside and lose myself in the stars at night.

Sophie Kinsella books

I am not a big reader, and it takes me a very long time to read a book as I need to dedicate time in my busy lifestyle (!) no seriously, I just have never been the type to sit down and read. But I have found that the Sophie Kinsella books are always the ones to draw me in. I like her characterisations, the funny scripts and of course the relativity of them all.

Learning weird things

I have a weird hobby okay, and its learning about flags. I don’t know what it is but I like to learn about them haha! I have this app on my phone and I am constantly quizzing myself on flags around the world. Albeit I am probably at the beginner stage, but I am getting there. It’s just something different to learn isn’t it but it makes me happy in the process.

Radio

I know this sounds like a silly one, but I do honestly love the radio and it makes me smile a lot. If I am feeling a bit lonely, the radio is always there. The presenters even though you do not know them personally, they feel like friends. I like how there is a community in getting involved in your favourite radio station, w whether it is a specialist radio, local radio or national radio there is always a station for you. My station is radio 1 and no not because I have been involved with them in the past, I honestly have not gone a day in my life in the past 5+ years where I haven’t tuned in.

Social media

Some may say that this is a ridiculous option to choose, but honestly, I do love social media. I like the escapism of it, I like speaking with people that I never thought I would have spoken to or found before. I like how there is s community, especially on Instagram on twitter. Yes sometimes it can be really shitty but most of the time, there’s a great bunch of people on there.

This blog

Well how self absorbed am I? Well it’s true. I find blogging very relaxing, its my area of peace, my area of non judgement, my area where I can put down my feelings. It’s a place in my little world where really a very very very small amount of people know about. It is my safe haven. It’s there for me when I want to announce something amazing, it’s there when I’m feeling blue and it’s there when I’m feeling lonely. So thank you for reading and liking.

Bring on the next 29 posts.

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