Sunday, 29 December 2013

New Year, New Resolutions & A Hopefully New Me

So it's almost the end of 2013! This year has been a huge mixture of some amazing moments, some awful moments and some moments that I just can't get my head around quite frankly. 

Over the past few years I've made new years resolutions and have failed to keep them. Normally because I'm too lazy, they're unrealistic and I don't make them personal.

So for next year I've decided to make a much shorter list with things that mean something to ME and that I should be able to achieve if I put my mind to it.

1. Make more effort with my appearance

I've decided to do this as I'm a very self conscious person. I feel that if I start making a bit of an effort then I might start to actually feel comfortable in my own skin. I love looking at pretty clothes but I never imagine myself in them as I never think that I'll look good enough. I need stop comparing myself to others and start buying clothes that I want to wear (which will mostly consist of band merchandise probably). I absolutely love Jenna McDougall's and Zoe Sugg's styles so it will probably be a combination of the two styles.
For this I also think I need to start exercising more often as I'm pretty lazy to be perfectly honest and it's about time that I started exercise.

2. Learn a new instrument

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be able to play the acoustic or the bass guitar and I've decided that I'm finally gonna try to learn one or the other.

3. Forget about the past & stop worrying about the future

I need to start living in the moment (I know, very cliché), I spend way too much of my time worrying about things that have happened or that are going to happen and I need to start enjoying myself and making the most of whatever situation I'm in.

4. Stop being so pessimistic

I'm the sort of person that constantly looks on the negative side of life and I feel like it's bringing me down as a person. I know that if I try to be more positive about things then it will have positive outcomes and hopefully make me a better person.
This is going to be an extremely difficult thing for me to do but hopefully I'll be able to get better at it over time.

5.  Start doing things for myself

I'm constantly letting other people and their views get in the way of the things that I want. I need to stop living my life for other people and start living it for myself because after all it is my life, so why don't I start living it for me?

I hope that 2014 is amazing for you wherever you are and that it brings you everything that you want. If 2013 hasn't been good for you then do what I'm doing, put it behind you and try not to think about it & lets focus on making 2014 better.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else´s life.”
-Steve Jobs-



Wednesday, 18 December 2013

My Christmas Playlist 2013!

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It's the 18th of December, which means it's only a week until Christmas!!! So I thought I'd be nice and give you an early Christmas present;)
Here's my Christmas Playlist:

Simple Plan (But of course!) - My Christmas List
All Time Low - Fools Holiday
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree
Casting Crowns - Peace On Earth
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas
The Ready Set - I Don't Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You
New Found Glory - Nothing For Christmas
The Piano Guys - Angels We Have Heard On High
The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York
Passenger Featuring Ed Sheeran - Snowflakes

My Christmas Playlist is a huge mixture of songs and genres, there's songs from Punk Goes Christmas, a song which is entirely piano and other which will always be one of my favourite worship songs. I hope you enjoy some of my favourite Christmas music.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

My Favourite Things About Christmas

I love Christmas.

And I love making lists.
So I've made a list about Christmas.

Christmas will always be one of my favourite times of year (the only thing I don't like is the cold weather! Maybe I should move to Australia). So here is a list of my favourite things about the season of giving, goodwill and other good stuff:

1. FOOD! (I love food all year round. But Christmas food is just scrumptious!)

2. Christmas Songs (If you know me then you'll know I love music and Christmas music is no exception!)

3. Christmas Decorations (Is there anything prettier?)

4. Cosy nights in with a good book and a bar of chocolate

5. Christmas Movies (Especially Elf. Nothing beats the Elf movie at Christmas)

There are a lot more things that I love about Christmas but I thought that I'd keep this list short and sweet! Very sorry for the short posts but there will be longer ones coming soon!

Monday, 9 December 2013

My December Playlist 2013

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So I've decided to do two separate playlists this month, a December Playlist and a Christmas Playlist (which will be posted a little closer to Christmas).  Although I love Christmas a lot, if I only listened to Christmas music in December then I'd definitely turn into the Grinch after a while.
So as per usual with me, Simple Plan feature heavily in my playlist but this month it's because they've released their first ever EP! 
On the 3rd of December they released 'Get Your Heart On-The Second Coming!' so as to give their fans some new music while they're writing their 5th album.  I absolutely love this EP and I'm completely in love with the 7 songs that are featured.

I've also been listening to a lot of Bastille as my friend let me borrow her copy of 'All This Bad Blood' which is an amazing listen.  Since I've been taking percussion lessons for a few years now I'm pretty passionate about music with a strong focus on the percussion section and Bastille's music definitely does that.

Anyway, enough of my fangirling and rambling, here's what I've been listening to this month (so far anyway) :

Simple Plan - Lucky One

Bastille - The Draw

Marianas Trench - Stutter

All Time Low - Canals

Simple Plan - The Rest Of Us (I cried with laughter and happiness at the music video! And it's also the song that I'm currently listening too)

The Vamps - Wild Heart

Simple Plan - Ordinary Life

We Say Sunrise - Captain My Captain

Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Acoustic)

Simple Plan - Try


Monday, 2 December 2013

It's December!

On Friday I went into Edinburgh for a trip with my Geography class to have a look at the urban development around the city (it wasn't actually as boring as it sounds!)

It was a very cold day (I got to wear my snowman mittens!) and we had to do a lot of walking, but the 3 Starbucks I had that day helped.  I got to try my first ever Secret Starbucks recipe!  I had a Hot Butterbeer Latte which basically tasted like Christmas in a cup.  I would definitely recommend taking the recipe with you the next time you're headed to Starbucks.
I was also very pleased as it's the first time that someone at Starbucks has actually got the right spelling when their writing my name on the cup. With my name there is always a 99.9% chance that I will be called Caroline and it's something that I've got used too, so I couldn't really help but celebrate when my name was actually spelt right! 
After we'd finished our walk round Edinburgh we got the opportunity to do what we wanted so me and a few friends decided to go to Pizza Hut for some food.  Although we were stuffed after the buffet we couldn't help but treat ourselves to some sharing cookie dough desserts!

After putting back on the weight we'd lost during our walk we decided to have a walk around the German Market which comes to Edinburgh every winter.  It was lovely to have a look at all the handmade gifts and smell all the interesting foods, it really got me into the Christmas spirit!

So it's officially December and I'm sort of in the Christmas spirit, I just can't believe it's that time of year already!  2013 has gone in very quickly, I just hope that I can put aside all the negativity in my life right now in order to properly enjoy Christmas!  I know it's a very stressful time for a lot of people and it's only the 2nd of December so I hope that we all get the Christmas break that we need and that's well deserved!
In case you're interested then here is the Hot Butterbeer Latte Recipe.

Near future posts:
- December Playlist -
- Christmas Playlist -
- My Favourite Things About Christmas -