Diaries From Hanoi

So my time in Hanoi has come to an end and I’m now off to Hue. In fact as I’m writing this I’m currently waiting at my boarding gate because my flight to Hue has been delayed.

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I turned 20 last week! I really don’t feel in anyway shape or form feel old enough to be, as my boyfriend has lovingly put it, “half way to 40”. But then I guess does anyone ever really feel their age?

I should also apologise for not posting last week! I was meant to post but I was bad and well just didn’t. So sorry about that!

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For those of you that read my post on Minimalism, here’s a little update for you! (If you haven’t read it, it might make sense to first!) I’ve been taking steps to de-clutter my life, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made so be proud of me too! Haha, well you don’t have to be, but here’s what I’ve done in case you’re interested in making some changes yourself! Read More

These last few months I’ve had an unbelievable journey. It started back in April, when I made the decision to up my health game. I’m sure you’ve seen on the blog that I’ve been looking more at my body and how to look after it with food, through my more plant based lifestyle and cutting out dairy. But when looking after your body you need to add physical exercise so that is what I did.

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First things first, as of 11:00am today I will have officially finished my second year at university! Crazy! I have a 9am exam so wish me luck!

For my British readers, this is for you. Tomorrow is probably one of the most important days of the year because it is a general election. And for me, it is the first time I am legally old enough to vote in a general election as last time I missed out by a month! I should outline first, this post will have no political position, as in my opinion, that’s up to you to determine, not for me to tell you. So I shall be writing this from as neutral a perspective as possible, keeping my own political views to myself. I’m sure some people reading this should think that I should perhaps speak out about my views, but in my opinion politics is personal to people. You don’t have the right to try and change mine, so I don’t see what right I have to try and change yours.

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As a way to escape from the stress that is exam season, I found myself binge watching Netflix. But not rubbish TV shows: documentaries.

It’s been so educational watching and learning new things about the world we live in. After seeing Sarah post on instagram from The Scarlett StateΒ about the documentary A Plastic Ocean I decided to give it a go.

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This quote from Ghandi really jumped out at me recently. It was used in the Minimalism documentary I wrote about in my last post and ever since I saw it I just can’t get it out of my mind.

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So my last post actually inspired me. I was shocked and appalled at myself for my utter reliance and, let’s call it, addiction to my phone. And as I said, I don’t think I’m alone in this situation.

Part of my nightly routine is snuggling into bed with a cup of tea to watch a film. Whereas previously it would be some crappy rom-com that 9/10 would put me to sleep. Recently, however, I have broadened my horizons to documentaries and I’m kind of hooked!

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Ah yes, my scatter brain strikes again. On the morning of my first exam last week I made the stupid decision to put my phone in the washing machine. Well, I say decision, it wasn’t until a good few minutes into the cycle that I realised that that banging noise was in fact my mobile, as opposed to “a heavy item of clothing” like my brain thought…Oh how I love myself for that one… Read More

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For those of you that have followed me for a while, you might recall that I wrote a blog post on Why I Am A Feminist back in the day. But I feel, that although the post is still incredibly relevant, both myself and the world have changed since it was published and so I feel an update is necessary. This is because in that year (or whatever time frame it is) I have educated myself so much more about feminism; different types, different movements, different public figures, different perspectives. And I really wanted to share it with you because I really feel feminism is something everyone should identify with. To be honest, I can’t see why you shouldn’t. Equality of the sexes surely is a concept everyone can get behind right?

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When it comes to blogging, everyone thinks there’s rules and ways of doing things. We all do it. We all try and get those perfect bright blog photos, the frequent content and the brand collaborations. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t try/want to do these things. I enjoy them, I guess it’s par for the course. But I’ll be honest, if you judge a blogger on these standards, I’m a bad one.

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Okay so I know I’m not actually 20 years old yet, but I will be in June, and I have really been reading some fab books recently as a way to escape from the heavy weight of my looming exams. Reading is something that has always been a bit of an escape for me and have if I find a good book you won’t see me until it’s finished! I definitely don’t get enough time to read BUT I’m really trying to increase the frequency in my life. When it comes to the types of books I read, I love a good crime thriller but also enjoy personal development books. I’ve never been one for romance novels, but that’s just me! So, I thought I would compile a list of 3 must reads for people my age, and, if you haven’t read them (regardless of your age) give them a try!

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