Movie Recommendations

There are so many great (and not so great) films out there but I am one of those people that would rather watch and rewatch a film time and time again, that I know I love, over a new one that may or may not be good... unless it sounds amazing or has been personally recommended to me. I think I worry that it's going to be terrible and a waste of my life as I'm not good at starting a film and turning it off if it sucks- I try to finish it anyway as is the same with books. Despite all of this, there are a few films I've watched for the first time recently that I really enjoyed, so I thought I'd share them with you as a recommendation for anyone else that may face the same dilemma or that has a similar interest in films to me.

The Intern- This is such a heartwarming, enjoyable film. I love how it focuses on Jules' (Anne Hathaway) career as well as the great working relationship and friendship that forms between Jules and Ben (Robert De Niro). It makes a change from the usual romcoms but is still entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I was also left with a strong sense of empowerment after seeing the success and positive working attitude Jules has.

Sisters- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a great comedy duo, which is showcased in this movie. I wasn't expecting much from it but I actually really enjoyed the film and found myself laughing a great deal throughout. Showing the turbulent family relationships unfold is both engaging and humorous, making it an easy watch that I could see a lot of people enjoying.
Finding Dory- I didn't watch this for the first time recently but I wanted to include it anyway for anyone living under a rock that may not have heard enough about it! I bought the DVD over new year and loved watching it for a second time. Baby Dory is one of the cutest things ever created, along with the otters, which just makes the film a great one to watch. Although the plot is very similar to the first, it works and is as enjoyable, if not more (is that a controversial opinion?!). Plus, the memes created as a result of this film made me laugh a lot, which definitely gives it bonus points!

Mike and Dave need wedding dates- Definitely quite a rude comedy but it's very funny and entertaining nonetheless. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Aubrey Plaza but Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron are always great and make a film that bit more enjoyable, especially together. Not only have I enjoyed watching the film itself, but also the interviews with the cast whilst they were promoting the film.

We need to talk about Kevin- A very different style of film from any of the others in this post, this psychological thriller is an interesting watch and involves some great acting skills! Ezra Miller plays a great Kevin and the child actors match up really nicely. Although the flipping backwards and forwards in time was confusing to begin with, it became easier to follow and made the whole atmosphere of the film come together, reflecting the tone of the storyline.

So they are all of the films I've watched recently and think are worth recommending. If you have any recommendations, share them in the comments and hopefully, we can all discover a new film worthy of our time!

I'm sorry for the lack of blog posts recently, I think I just needed a bit of a break to try and bring back the inspiration and motivation. Whilst it doesn't seem to be back up to normal, it's massively improved and my plan is to get back into it with one blog post a week.

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Love, Steph x

Going Back To Uni- A Challenge

University is a weird mix of emotions. The experience vastly differs from person to person but as someone who splits their time more equally than most, between home and university, I find that it also splits the emotions and guilt associated. 

Whilst I make the most of being home and being in halls, there's always an underlying feeling of guilt.... guilt that I'm not with my family and sadness that I'm missing time and moments with them but then when I'm home, there's that feeling of guilt that I've left people back at the flat and that I'm missing time and moments with them. I want and for the most part, do enjoy my time in either location but it also brings a confusing mix of emotions, one I never quite know how to tackle or handle. 

Preparing to go back after Christmas, I've been looking forward to seeing people again and looking forward to buying and cooking my own food so that I can have exactly what I fancy (of course, I love not having to cook everyday and think about it plus mum makes amazing food but it is nice to know the fridge contains everything you like/love). However, as it draws closer, the sinking feeling starts to heighten, knowing I have to say goodbye to my family all over again. Yes, it won't be long until I see them but it's longer than I'm used to and despite the odd argument, I love being at home. 

I didn't expect the same cloud of sadness to return but it certainly has, in some ways more so than the first week of uni. At least then, I was mostly excited at what lay ahead rather than having knowledge that it's not necessarily going to be all smiles and laughter. Last time I prepared for this, I had to endure a horrible week full of tears and that's hard to shake. Yes, I love uni and my flat and coursemates but that anxiety and deflating feeling is hard to forget and harder to ignore. 

I'm sure once I'm back things won't be as dark as last time or as mellow as it feels at the moment but it doesn't change the current situation or my current emotions.

That's why I haven't uploaded until now this week, I'm sorry. I planned and tried to write certain posts but it felt forced and difficult so I put it aside, feeling guilty but not having the motivation or emotions to upload sooner. 

On that note, for the time being, I've decided to drop down to one post a week as I pick uni back up as well as start a new job. Hopefully as I get used to the workload and new timetable, I'll bring it back up to two a week but for now it will just be one blog post and one video a week- most likely sticking to a midweek video and weekend blog post but that will be confirmed shortly when I know what I'm doing. 

Thank you for your support. 

Love, Steph x


2017 Goals

Happy New Year! In true New Year tradition, after reflecting on the highlights of 2016 (here), I have set myself some goals for 2017, but before sharing these with you, I want to take a moment to look at the goals I set myself last year (here)...

Start university and have some amazing moments to reflect on- I successfully achieved this and although it started very rocky, I now already have some amazing friendships and some great memories, which I'm looking forward to adding to in 2017.
Do well in A2- I don't know as I'd particularly tick this one off. I'm happy with my sociology result, a bit annoyed with my English as I did worse than in my mock despite writing pages more and feeling more confident in what I wrote (I'm still not entirely sure where I went wrong as I did get my paper back but oh well), bringing it down slightly, which still got me a good grade overall but not quite what I aimed for. I'm also not so happy with my French result as I dropped a grade from AS to A2 but I did extra hours pretty much every week and concentrated on the subject as much as I could so I don't feel as though I could have done any more than I did. The exam was incredibly difficult and I know I probably made some silly mistakes but I knew it hadn't gone well as soon as I'd sat it! Results day wasn't my favourite day, I held it together (just about) 'til I got on the tram, shed a few discrete tears on the tram and then once I got to my grandmas, the tears just poured out... I could barely speak and knew my grandma had been waiting and waiting to hear the results, which made me feel even worse about it as I didn't want to let her down but she was so supportive and the last complete thing she said to me that I was able to understand was  '[we're] always always proud', which sums her up and will comfort me a lot in the future.

Improve my photography skills- I think I've improved slightly on this front but definitely need a bit more work on it. I'm happy with the flat lay style images I've done more recently and would love to work on those, in particular, to get them to a higher standard.

Goals for 2017:

  • Fitness-  Is it really new year if you don't have a health and fitness goal? Yes, I know, everyone talks about improving health and fitness in the new year, which I would love to continue to work on but I think I've done alright with this the past year. Instead, I would like to challenge myself to be able to do clap press ups by the end of 2017... I did manage this a couple of times in early December but soon lost the knack. As I'm editing this, I have actually started this goal as yesterday, I managed to do a couple and now know how to work on them and improve so that I'll be able to do more and each one more successful in the future. I would also love to be able to do a pull-up and to have done some more boxing related to activities to improve in that area. At the moment, running is one of my weakest areas so I'd love to be able to do that more successfully next year as well (although I hate running so I'm probably going to regret saying that).
  • Travel- I am looking forward to planning and actually travelling Europe in Summer with my cousin so although this is (hopefully) a definite one to complete, I want to include it in my goals as it is such a big experience and one that will hopefully teach me a lot, as well as give me so many memories! I also want to challenge myself to scrapbook along the way so that we can add comments and memories as we go, making it an ideal keepsake to treasure and look back on. 
  • Snowboarding- I learnt to snowboard in 2016, which I'm so happy I can actually say. Although I definitely need to work on the skills a lot, I have the basic understanding and capability that I can build on so hopefully, I'll be able to work on it with the uni again either through a society or the lessons I did before. I'm also really looking forward to skiing/snowboarding abroad this year if all goes to plan.
  • House- I hope this one happens sooner rather than later... I hope to find an ideal house for my second year at uni, we tried looking before Christmas but it didn't quite go to plan so hopefully we'll find a nice place, in an ideal location, suitable for us all asap!
  • Blog/YouTube- I would love to grow my blog and channel throughout 2017, continuously producing content that improves each time and that people enjoy. It's been great this year for actually starting my channel and improving my blog so I hope 2017 is no different! I also want to comment on videos and blogs more, engaging with more people within the community as I often forget to do it but I think it's a great way to form friendships with like-minded people.
  • Meet Severina- Following on from engagement within the community, I would love to meet Severina this year. She's such a good friend and I'd love to bring that friendship into the real world as well so hopefully, this will happen soon!
  • Planner- I received a gorgeous planner for Christmas, which you may have seen in my video, and I would love to use it as much as possible this year. I often start diaries and forget about them a few weeks in but I feel as though it's too beautiful to forget. I have done a few bullet journal pages for over half of 2016 so I'm hoping to move those elements into my planner as well, which will hopefully make me use it even more.
So those are my goals for 2017, it'll be interesting to see how they all panned out in a years time. What are your goals or resolutions for the new year? I hope you enjoyed reading mine, if you did and want to read more from me, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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