Day 20: Your Favourite Place

One of my favourite places that isn’t in Canada is London. I’ve been lucky enough to travel there twice already, and every time I fall a bit more in love with the city. It’s one of those places that always has something new for you to discover, and it’s an interesting mix of old and new.

So, I thought I’d share some of my pictures from my trip(s) to London today, including some of my favourite parts of the city, in order to show off my favourite place.

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Buckingham Palace. Fun fact, this was taken on the day Prince George was born!

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Details on the outside of Westminster Abbey.

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Traitors Gate, at the Tower of London.

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The Thames, looking towards the Shard and HMS Belfast.

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The British Museum. I love the ceiling and could spend days in here.

Let me know what your favourite places are in the comments, and if you’ve been to London, let me know what your favourite thing you saw there was!

-Mel.

Day 19: What You’re Currently Worrying About

I think that being an adult means you always have a couple of worries in the back of your mind. I’m sure at any point I’m worrying about work, school, the future, etc as background noise.

What I’m currently worrying about is mostly school related. I have to choose my courses fairly soon for my 4th year, which means spending a few hours sighing exasperatedly over the course timetable. It’s really hard to juggle two majors with two sets of requirements when they like to schedule things at similar times.

The other school related worry I have right now is to do with pursuing a Masters degree. I’ve been doing research about grad schools and programs recently, which is always stressful. At this point, I’m fairly certain university websites are supposed to be confusing and send you down several rabbit holes until you find the information you actually need.

However, even if I’m worrying about school, I know it will all turn out for the best in the end. After all, I’ve got a few years of university under my belt, and a great support system that will help me with whatever I need.

Are you worried about anything at the moment? Drop me a comment, and I might be able to give you some advice!

-Mel.

Day 18: What You Wore Today

I didn’t wear anything too fancy today, since I have a lot of errands to run and work to do.

Today I decided to go with a plain black t-shirt and Old Navy Jeans that have been cuffed at the bottom. I also threw on some black flats when I headed out to complete the outfit.

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I did my makeup as well today, with a brown and light pink eyeshadow look and some coral lipstick.

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Last but not least, I’m using this beautiful bag from Bentley to carry around everything I need today.

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What’s your go to spring outfit, or what did you wear today? Let me know in the comments!

-Mel.

 

 

Day 17: Five Shows You Like To Watch

Picking five shows is really difficult for me, since I basically adopt new shows weekly. But, here are five shows that I either watch constantly or I’m a big fan of.

  1. Gilmore Girls: I never watched the show growing up, but it’s become one of my favourites in the last couple of years. I relate a lot to the show, especially Rory’s college years lately since I’m at that part of my life right now. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a quiet night in.
  2. Sense8: I’m annoyed that this show only got a 2-hour finale after they ended Season 2 on a cliffhanger, but I still love it to death. I always notice something new when I rewatch it, and it conveys so many life lessons as well. If you’re looking for a show that’s incredibly diverse, has LGBTQ representation, and has a positive outlook, please check it out.
  3. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Huge kudos for Netflix producing this show in a way that respects the book series, unlike the Jim Carrey movie. If you like mysteries, breaking the 4th wall, and sarcasm, this is the show for you. It looks like it should be a kids show, but it’s so much more.
  4. Camp Camp: This is an animated show produced by Roosterteeth, which you can find on their website or YouTube. It’s about a summer camp, with a whole cast of quirky characters. I’m sure that if you went to summer camp, or were a Girl Guide or Boy Scout, you’ll be able to easily relate to the show.
  5. Outlander: This show is one of my favourites since it’s loosely based on history, with fantasy elements and a really interesting story. Plus, there’s the Scottish aspect of the show along with Jamie and Claire’s romance that’ll keep you hooked. It just got renewed for a couple of seasons, which is fantastic.

What are some of your favourite shows? Drop me a comment below and I’ll check some of them out!

-Mel.

Day 16: Something You Always Think “What if…” About

I think I keep gaining new what if questions monthly, but that could just be a mark of the stage of life I’m in.

However, one of the what if questions I come back to sometimes is what if I didn’t take a gap year after high school?

I know I would have never travelled to Nicaragua and moved to Banff had I not taken that gap year. I probably would’ve chosen a different university, and I would have had to choose it during my last year of high school. I would’ve missed out on so many life experiences that I cherish had I not taken a gap year.

I also know I wouldn’t have met a lot of people that are my close friends currently. And it wouldn’t just be the people I met during my gap year, I wouldn’t have met my close friends at university as well. I’m sure I would’ve met amazing people had I not taken a gap year as well, but I truly am grateful for the friends I made that year and shortly thereafter at university.

I think my gap year has become such a big what if moment in my life since I’ve changed a lot since I took it. I would’ve never pictured myself where I am today back in grade 12 when I decided to take a gap year. But I’m eternally grateful for that choice, and a few people who nudged me in that direction in the first place.

What are some of your what if moments? Leave them in the comments below!

-Mel.

Day 15: Your Zodiac Sign

My zodiac sign is Cancer, since my birthday is at the end of June. I’d say I match the stereotypical descriptions and traits of my zodiac sign very closely.

Cancers are usually said to be very home and family oriented, which is accurate for me. I care deeply about my family and friends, and I’m always looking out for their wellbeing. I tend to be a very maternal person as well, and I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I own my own house and have a family.

Another stereotypical Cancer trait is that they’re emotional and very sensitive. I definitely am both, and I’m very empathetic as well. That being said, often this trait is presented as a negative thing. While I believe that it can hinder progress sometimes, being able to understand and express emotions can give you a richer understanding of the world.

Career wise, Cancers are said to be strong-willed and good with money. I’m definitely rather stubborn on some issues, but I don’t think I’m the best with money that I could be. However, I do have a lot of the intuition and creativity that Cancers typically have, which has definitely helped me to a degree with work.

When it comes to love, the main things Cancers worry about are trust and loyalty. Both do matter a lot to me, since I will only consider dating someone if I know their intentions are good and that they’re trustworthy. I’m also a stereotypical Cancer romance wise due to the fact that I’m very traditional in what I expect from a partner or a date.

So, if you ever need an example of a stereotypical Cancer woman, look no further than this blog. However, while I enjoy horoscopes and zodiac signs, I don’t let them dictate my life choices, which I encourage you guys to do as well.

What are your zodiac signs, and are you anything like them? Let me know down below!

-Mel.

 

Day 14: Ten Random Facts About Yourself

Without any further ado, here are ten fairly random facts about myself:

  1. My best friend and I have known each other since we met in kindergarten.
  2. My favourite colours are turquoise, purple, and emerald/forest greens.
  3. I dislike having naturally long nails, but I like having fake nails.
  4. I can play piano, and played clarinet for two years in junior high.
  5. I’m allergic to cats, but I’ll still pet them anyways because they’re cute. Especially black cats.
  6. I love camping and hiking, and I wish I had time to do more of both.
  7. My favourite chore is doing the dishes, since it’s really relaxing.
  8. I like watching gaming videos on YouTube, including Achievement Hunter and Markiplier.
  9. My sense of humour is very British, think Monty Python or Fawlty Towers. I’m also a big fan of puns.
  10. My favourite styles of clothing are classic and 50s, but I need to work on translating those over to my closet.

Can you guys relate to anything on my list? Leave me a comment down below if you do, or if you want to share a random fact about yourself.

-Mel.

Day 13: One Thing You’re Excited For

It was definitely hard to choose just one thing I’m excited for, since there are a lot of exciting things going on in my life.

But, the thing I’m most excited for right now is graduating university next year and finishing my first degree.

It’s more than just getting a piece of paper with my name on it that’s exciting. It’s also knowing that all the hard work and late nights that I’ve put into studying have paid off, and hopefully my good marks will be recognized as well. Finishing a degree is no small feat, so it’ll be nice to know I made it through the four years.

I’m also excited to get my X-ring this December. Having seen some friends get theirs this last year, I’m looking forward to getting mine even more. Of course, it might seem a bit frivolous to put so much importance on a gold ring, but it really is a symbol of how much St.F.X. becomes a sort of family.

Graduating is exciting as well because it means that I get to start a new chapter in my life. It’s both slightly terrifying and really exciting to decide where I’ll go next, and what I’ll do next. I do have a couple of plans in the works, but I’m ready to face the unknown of post-grad life.

I’m really looking forward to the next year of university, and the X-ring and degree that I’ll get during it. I’m definitely going to try and make the most of every moment I have left on campus so this last year is unforgettable.

What are you guys excited for? Leave me a comment down below!

-Mel.

 

Day 12: Somewhere You’d Like to Move To Or Visit

Well, isn’t this a tough question for someone in a nearly constant state of wanderlust…

There are quite a few places that I’d like to visit right now, in fact, I should probably shorten my bucket list. My dream trip right now would be to travel around Europe, particularly to Germany, Spain, and Italy. I’d also love to go to Austalia, New Zealand, or Peru for an adventure. Hopefully, I’ll get to all those places one day and also have travelled the rest of the world.

I’d also like to visit home, or Cowtown, sometime this summer. Like I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I definitely miss Alberta a little bit. I’m sure I’ll try to make a quick trip to the mountains and Banff too, since they’re only a short drive away from Calgary.

As for places I’d like to move to, that’s one of my big question marks for after I graduate university next year. Given that I hope to work for the government, Ottawa seems like the most practical choice. However, I’ve really enjoyed living near an ocean these last few years, so I’m also tempted to stay out in the Maritimes or move out to the West coast. Overall, I’m probably not going to move outside of Canada anytime in the foreseeable future.

What places do you guys want to visit or move to? Let me know down below!

-Mel.

Day 11: Five of Your Favourite Movies

I’ve talked about some of the movies and TV shows I like before, including Coraline, so today I’m going to be choosing five movies I like but haven’t talked about yet.

So, without further ado, here’s five of my favourite movies!

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel: If you haven’t seen a Wes Anderson movie yet, I highly recommend watching this one. This movie is based around some outrageous schemes that involve a painting and a hotel among other things. It also has a great colour scheme and aesthetic.
  2. The Princess Bride: Getting tired of romantic movies that are far too predictable and lack adventure? This movie will give you romance, adventure, a six-fingered man, and much more. All of the performances are fantastic in this movie, and if you like sarcasm, there’s plenty of that too!
  3. Paranorman: This movie is another of Laika’s stop motion animation movies that came out after Coraline. It has all the classic horror and zombie tropes you could imagine, with some twists. However, I watch this a lot just for the animation, since it’s really well done.
  4. The Breakfast Club: This is one of those classic 80s movies that you need to see at least once, like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I like this one better than most since it’s got a bit of everything, and the characters are pretty relatable. Also, it has a great soundtrack and dance scenes.
  5. Rogue One: Of all the latest Star Wars movies, this one has been my favourite by far. Even though it’s not really part of the main storyline, it’s really well done with a great mix of characters all thrown together. My only wish is that it ended differently, but at least there’s finally new Star Wars movies.

Let me know about some of your favourite movies in the comments, since I’d love to check them out in my free time!

-Mel.