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Monday, 9 October 2017

Turning 24

I still can't believe that I've reached the ripe old age of 24. It still feels like only yesterday I was in my late teens experiencing some of my first - and oh so *glamorous* nights out in Cleethorpes - necking cider, freezing in mini dresses and praying that you wouldn't cobble over in some ridiculous, chunky, high heels outside Bootlegger. Now, I'd sooner be in my favourite pjs, with the log burner crackling away, while watching Grey's Anatomy (on a week night that is - I'm not that old!) but seriously, I'd rather be in the comforts of my own home, raiding the bar globe and experimenting with new cocktail recipes any day. My coconut lavender daiquiri is actually perfection!

 So what's happened during my year of being 23?

A year ago, I had just started my Uni course. While I've still got a fair bit to go, I'm happy that I've started working towards a long-term goal. I'm the happiest I've ever been career wise, so I'm looking forward to cracking on with another year of studying.

Moving in with Clark. We really have got stuck in with the house (I'm sure you are all just as sick hearing about it -  as I am seeing the work tools taking over the dining room). I love that we are slowly collecting items that make the house feel more like a home. We both have similar styles so decorating has been a real ease! I'm delighted that the house is SO nearly finished and that we are going to be hosting Christmas together for the first time! Tinsel at the ready - pass me all the mulled wine cheese boards!

I went back packing in Thailand. This was absolutely the highlight of the year for me! I had always wanted to do Thailand and this year was perfect timing for me to finally book my ticket! We didn't stay in one place for longer than three days and every day was a new adventure! Wanting to see and do as much as I possibly could in a short space of time, meant I had to undergo TEN in flights 16 days. It was pretty intense! But I had the time of my life and did everything I set out to - cuddling elephants, climbing waterfalls, living off Thai cuisine (scorpions and all) and exploring beaches/lagoons that are actually paradise on earth. I got to cross everything off my bucket list. I fell in love with the country and can't wait to visit more of Asia. Visiting Chiangmai and Phi Phi was by far my favourite and I would love to go back. It was the first time I had experienced travelling solo, and while I was hella scared (I don't think my mum or Clark had any faith in me making my way back from Bangkok on my own), but I DID IT! This adventure really has made me feel more empowered and independent.

I'm not going to lie - when I was younger, I thought everyone had their shit together by the age of 24. But as I've gotten older, I've learnt that just aint the case! I've learnt that everyone is making it up as they go along and not many people have their whole lives figured out. However, I do have clarity for what I want in life and I'm using my 20's as a start to get there. I've learnt when to say ''no'' and that I looove me some 'me time'. I've also learnt that no-one is ''too busy'' and that if you want to do something for yourself or catch up with an old friend you have to MAKE time. I'm solely investing time in people, who want to make an effort - not the friends who are forever making false plans or cancel every.single.time. Lastly, while I'm still not as good a chef as Clark (except for my pancakes and yorkie puds, which are waay better), I'm certainly learning and trying to become more confident in the kitchen.

So, 23 you've been another good year but I'm excited to see what the following year has to offer.

Thanks for reading.
Much love, THLL x

1 comment

  1. It is a good idea to certainly learn and try to become more confident in the kitchen. Good for you!


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