I’m Journalling (Again)

I have decided to start a journal, again lol.

Like with blogging, I feel like journalling is something I have tried on/off over the years. And I was actually quite consistent with journalling when I was in secondary school, I kept an online one and I used to write about everything.

After school, it was harder to keep up a journal because I was busy and often forgot or didn’t make any time for it. So the posts got less frequent.

Then in an attempt to get back into it, I started writing in a physical journal and I think I went through a few notebooks that way, I kept it up for a few years but again, never as consistent as when I was at school. I think I wrote maybe once a week and I got a new notebook every year so I probably didn’t fill them as much as I would have liked.

Fast forward a few years, the journalling had stopped completely. I hadn’t really thought about getting back into it or anything.

Not until last year when I discovered Notion and thought about keeping a journal there. It didn’t last very long. I feel like I didn’t like the format there so I went on the search to find something else. I could have just used the online journal I used when I was at school but I wasn’t a fan of that style anymore.

I downloaded lots of apps trying to find something that I would like but nothing was for me. I don’t know exactly what I was looking for, but I just knew it wasn’t out there for me.

Then one day, I saw a Facebook post in one of my planner sticker groups of this girl’s physical journal. She decorated each day in a scrapbook style and she has has a YouTube channel where she would share all of her journalling videos. (See this one below)

After watching some of her videos and seeing her journal I was inspired to start a new journal.

So here we are. I had a pretty notebook I bought a few years ago that had no use and decided that would be my journal. I also would like to decorate it to have it be more interesting than just pages of writing. So I recently bought some washi tape that I have been using to decorate the pages.

So far I’ve been sticking with it, although it’s only been a week lol. I started it on the 1st of June because I liked the idea of starting it at the beginning of a new month, better than waiting until the new year to start anyway.

We’ll see how it goes. I do enjoy journalling because I like to look back on them. Especially the ones from school, those are very cringey but still nice to look at from time to time.

I was also thinking I should try to write more blog posts more often but I’m not really sure what to write them on. I know I always do book reviews and things about TV shows but I would also like to try and get back to doing more lifestyle posts as well. I just don’t know what to do them on because my life seems really boring lately. But I guess that’s something to think about too.

Though I think I should take it one step at a time when starting all these things up again so I’m not overwhelmed so we’ll just start with the journalling for now.

Here’s hoping by the end of the year I have a completed journal, or maybe even more than one, I’ll maybe do a blog post at the end of the year to show my progress and how it went. In the meantime who knows when I’ll blog again or about what but just know I’m always thinking about this space and what to do with it.

1 Year with New Horizons! | Plan With Me | Before Pen | 15th – 21st March 2021

A sticker filled plan with me for the week of 15th – 21st March. I loved this spread and using all the Animal Crossing related stickers, it makes me wish I had started an Animal Crossing journal or something but I know I probably wouldn’t have kept that up lol.

Sticker shops I use:
Weekly sticker kit: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittlePlanetPaperie
Glitter headers: https://www.glamplanner.com/
Extra boxes from kit leftovers: https://plannerface.com/
Washi tape/Animal Crossing character stickers: https://wontoninamillion.com/
Bunny character stickers: https://papershire.com/
Clear foil headers/movie night stickers: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheGingerCatCo
Movie marquees: https://www.scribbleprintsco.com/
Animal Crossing Script Stickers: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MacandGrayDesigns
Yoga Mat/Film/Script stickers: https://happycutiestudio.com/

5 Star Makeup Look | ColourPop x Animal Crossing

The first time I’ve done makeup this year and the first time in years I’ve used fake eyelashes. Since we are still not leaving the house, I have to document everytime I do makeup so someone sees it lol.

I had so much fun using this Animal Crossing x ColourPop makeup! It was great to play around with makeup again and feel glam, it makes a change from my usual pyjamas and hair up with no makeup look.

2020

Time to recap this year. Oh boy.

I guess I start with the obvious, this year was not what I expected it to be. Not that I had many ideas of what the year would bring. Looking back on last year’s blog post all I knew was that I was going to be working and I was going to play a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

I suppose this is good news for me then, considering I still have my job and yes, I have indeed been playing a lot of Animal Crossing. Probably more than I expected to be playing it but yes I have been playing it and so in terms of what I thought the year was going to be I guess I’ve been doing all right for myself haha.

Aside from those two things happening, I do remember I was looking forward to a lot of other things in 2020. For example, concerts, drag shows, general outings that were yet to be planned. Like everyone else life shifted into something unexpected for me and we have all been dealing with it since.

But I don’t want to dwell on the bad. I feel like we have spent too long doing that already this year and so I am going to try and focus on the positives. Because, as hard as this year has been there have been some good things that I’ve had going on in life and so I want to share them with you.

So let’s start in the beginning: January.

I think it’s easy to focus on good things in January because that’s before the whole world went into lockdown and everyone was having a good time.

Honestly, it’s hard to even remember what was going on at the time but what I do remember is that I went to London with my brother to see Day6! I was so excited about this because Day6 is my favourite KPop band and I missed them the year before so I made super sure I was not going to miss them this year.

Plus, looking back now, I am even more grateful that I was able to even have that experience, because looking back at the pictures and everything I couldn’t imagine myself in a room full of people like that again, at least not for a very long time.

Also one thing that was different at the start of the year was that I spent New Year’s Eve with my friends. I know that sounds weird but me and my friends never do New Year’s together. I usually always spend it with my boyfriend, but this year, because I wasn’t living with my family and had my own place I decided to invite the girls around. It was a pretty chill evening but it was nice to spend time with them when normally we wouldn’t get together for that kind of thing.

Next there is February, but there is genuinely nothing very interesting to report there. As it is the shortest month of the year I feel like there never is anything going on there. Plus I was really looking forward to March because I had so many things planned for March…and then there was a pandemic.

In March, I was planning to see Seventeen in London with my friend Jasmine, but sadly it was the first thing to be cancelled for me due to COVID. It was annoying and upsetting, especially when at the time the virus wasn’t a big thing in the UK so it seemed crazy that the event would be cancelled. But I suppose it was probably for the best.

That being said, it didn’t stop everyone from going to London, flights had been booked, time had been taken off and everyone was still determined to make the best out of a bad situation. I still went to London to see Jasmine and some of my other friends and we even made some new ones. So I can’t say that it was a bad time, it just wasn’t what we were originally expecting.

Along with Seventeen being cancelled, I was also supposed to go to Cirque Du Soleil with my boyfriend in March but it also got cancelled. I was so annoyed about them cancelling Cirque Du Soleil because I had gotten the tickets in January for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m hoping that sometime in the future I will be able to make it up to him because it was something that we were both looking forward to, but I don’t think it’ll be for a long time.

On the bright side, there were a couple of things that went okay in March. For example, my last drag show of the year still went ahead which was nice. It happened the week before the UK went into lockdown so I feel like I was a little bit scared of going when all the reports of COVID were first coming out, but I’m glad I went, because I didn’t know when I would get to another show.

Another thing that came through for me was the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo had good timing with this release because it was the weekend the UK announced it was going into lockdown, so I had a lot of unexpected free time on my hands to enjoy a new game. One that I had been looking forward to for years.

Animal Crossing has definitely dominated most of the year for me. Probably more than I expected, but what else can you do when you can’t leave the house? Animal Crossing has been a game I’ve been playing since I was about 7 so it was nice to take comfort in something that has been a constant in my life for so long.

Moving from March to April…I feel like there’s not much to report. We are definitely getting into the months where there was nothing really going on.

April was a lot of adjusting to working from home all the time and Animal Crossing. We only went into lockdown at the end of March, so this was the first full month where there was nothing to do except stay at home and be safe if you had to leave the house.

I think April went quite well looking back, I was in constant contact with my friends because of Animal Crossing, and I also managed to have a couple of Skype sessions with my friends who weren’t playing the game. Plus there was also the release of Tiger King on Netflix which had everyone occupied.

Then in May, again a lot of the same. But my boyfriend and I had also started taking walks because we needed to do something to get out of the house. I enjoyed going on the walks because it was nice to get some fresh air. Leaving your house didn’t always have to be for sociable reasons, sometimes you just needed to get out there for your mental health.

May was also around the time when I started this big project at work, so that was taking up a lot of the time during the day. It was hard to adjust to working at home but I think I’ve been doing a good job, some days are more productive than others but I’ve accepted that that’s the way it goes sometimes.

June was another kind of slow month with nothing to report. Very much of the same thing from previous months lol. Not the best for a blog post recap of the year but it’s the truth. I was spending a lot of time in work on my project as well as interviewing to move into a new team.

My birthday was also in June and I turned 23, definitely a different celebration than other years. I arranged a Skype call with my friends and then had a cute movie night with my boyfriend. Something simple but still nice to have a day to celebrate something.

Then there was nothing to report in July. More work, more Animal Crossing. Summer actually had some nice weather so there was also a lot of walking which was nice too.

In August things looked a little bit more optimistic as lockdown eased and shops and restaurants started to open again. I was able to get back to my pole and hoop classes which I had missed a lot.

Oh my God. I just realised, in January I started my aerial hoop classes! That was something new and exciting to do. I feel like I started quite strong with hoop because of my experience with pole which I was grateful for. And it was great to go back to the classes after being away for so long.

I am still really enjoying hoop and pole when I get the chance to go. Which during this year has been very on and off which makes it hard to keep up your strength. But I am hoping that I can soon get a pole for home so it means I can keep training even with lockdowns and such.

Aside from getting back to my classes, in August I was also able to meet up with friends a few times and it was amazing to be able to socialise in person again. I am really glad that I was able to meet up with my friends during that time. Yes it was a risk to do so, but we always followed the guidelines to make sure that we stayed safe.

At the end of August/start of September I moved teams at work which was a little strange to do from home. I guess it’s hard to get into the mindset of a new team when you are still working at your same desk from home, just that the people you talk to everyday are now different lol. The transition wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be so that was good. Though I know it’ll be weird when we finally return to office and I am sitting in a new place with a bunch of people I haven’t met in person yet haha. But I think we are still a long way off from returning to office so I have time to figure out my social skills again.

September was very similar to August in terms of life though. It was nice to get some normalcy as I was able to continue going to classes and occasionally meeting with friends. I feel like I was very busy in September because I was actually leaving the house again which was strange.

Though not everything was good in September, as there was a week or so where I was sick and I had to get a COVID test. It was a scary time, even though I was 99% sure I had a cold, it was still good to be tested. The scary thing for me was that while I was waiting for test results, I was thinking about all the people I had been in contact with who I would have to tell if I did have COVID. It was a higher number than I thought and it really made me think about how much I was going out.

It would have been my friends, my boyfriend, the people in hoop class and the people in pole class because they were held in different places and I wasn’t feeling great about it. Luckily the test came back negative, but it really made me think about how careful I need to be when I was going places and doing things.

And I think that’s something that people should think about during these times, that if you were positive, would you be ashamed of how many people you would have to tell because you’d been in contact with them? Compared to how it would have been if you had caught it when out shopping and you lived alone. It’s wild, and kind of depressing but it definitely made me realise I should be more careful when out and about.

Moving into October, we were prepping to go into another lockdown I believe. Not surprising after schools being reopened and everyone going out to restaurants to “Eat Out to Help Out”. I guess myself included, but my friends and I usually avoided the days when the offer was on because it wasn’t as busy.

Also in October my boyfriend and I decided to look into houses. We had started looking a little bit in the summer but were not too serious about it. But then in October we were really serious and started booking a lot of viewings for places that we liked. We had decided to buy a house together earlier in the year, and with the money we were saving from working from home, it looked like we were getting somewhere with our saving for a house deposit.

The house search didn’t take too long for us because we found a house that we loved almost instantly. It had come back up on the market after a sale fell through and so we made our offer and it was accepted. We were going to be homeowners! Exciting and also scary considering it was something new for both of us.

After the offer we made on the house was accepted, November was just a waiting game. Since we were back in lockdown there was nothing much to do, except for work and wait for news on the house. And by the end of November we officially had keys and were homeowners. It all happened so quickly that it still feels weird that it happened. I mean, I feel like a lot of people I know who buy houses were waiting a long time to move in and things because they all bought new builds. But we didn’t have that, once we got our mortgage offer from the bank everything happened in a matter of days. It was crazy.

Which brings us to December. It has been a very busy month for me and my boyfriend as we worked during the day and at night were travelling from our apartment to our house to prep for the move. There was a lot of cleaning to be done and wall repair and packing to be done.

I have been grateful that we have had something new to focus on in December, especially with more restrictions being put in place and also rules changing so close to Christmas time.

We have only been moved in for a couple of weeks now but it’s been nice just to take some time since moving to unwind and basically do nothing. We moved the weekend that we finished work for the year so once we got the necessities unpacked we have just been chilling out. Which we feel is well deserved after the last month of prepping for the move and actually moving, on top of doing our day jobs.

Christmas was a weird one this year due to the government changing all the restrictions last minute and also the new strain of COVID about. It’s hard to really feel in the Christmas spirit when your limited to the amount of time you can spend with your family, but I am grateful I was able to see my family at all, considering I hadn’t seen them very much throughout the year. I tried to limit visiting my family as much as possible this year as some of my family members were high risk, and I knew I had been out socialising throughout the year with various people.

So Christmas day was spent with my family, but who knows when I will see them again as we are now in the midst of yet another lockdown…it’s definitely upsetting but it is what it is. Hopefully in 2021, things will begin to ease again with vaccine, though I don’t expect things to immediately go back to normal.

But we see what happens. My New Year’s Eve consisted of me playing Animal Crossing and Skyping with my friends. It was a pretty quiet one, but one I was familiar with, as I used to always celebrate the new year in Animal Crossing before I was old enough to drink. Plus, it was great to be able to speak to my friends since we don’t have time together very often.

Not sure if I can say I have many plans for the new year other than working on my house. I might also maybe finally learn to drive if we stop having a lockdown every five minutes, I passed my theory in February and haven’t gone on to do any driving lessons because of the pandemic. So we see if this is the year I finally get on the roads lol.

Other than that I am just going to keep doing what I’m doing, staying safe and trying to navigate this pandemic the best I can. And I hope everyone else is able to do the same. I can’t say I’ll come out of this pandemic having learnt a new skill or really spending time improving upon myself, but I think even just getting by is enough and that’s what I’ll keep aiming for.

So here’s hoping next year is something better, even if we could go longer than a few weeks without another lockdown would be good. And maybe I’ll even have some fun things to report about in my 2021 blog post. Fingers crossed.

Category Is: Lockdown Realness

During lockdown I have been taking some time to play around with makeup! I mean what else are you going to do when you can’t leave the house? Naturally I had to take some photos because otherwise the makeup would have been totally wasted, but it has been fun to mess around and experiment!

So please enjoy some selfies below of the makeup looks that I have done in lockdown, they aren’t the most wild or artistic looks in the world but I still enjoyed doing them a lot!

All makeup looks were done using the Shane Dawson X Jeffree Star Conspiracy palette, I know that those two are not the most popular people on the internet right now but I bought the makeup and it needs to be used because it cost a lot of money and I don’t want it to go to waste!

I love a good pink makeup look
A little silver smokey eye never hurt anyone
This look was super fun and I was inspired by Day6’s new album Demon!
An orangey sunset look, something different for me
A timeless smokey eye which I am obsessed with that I did as a little birthday glam!

One Tree Hill Season 9 Thoughts

We have made it to the final season of One Tree Hill.

I am not sure what to expect going into this as season 8 wrapped up pretty nicely with nothing cropping up that could cause drama this season. But who knows? I usually try to predict what happens on the show but I’m usually wrong. So let’s just dive into this shall we?

Here are my thoughts on season 9 of One Tree Hill:

  • Chris Keller and Dan? Dan’s diner on fire, he will take care of the killing…what?
  • Chase arrested – blood on his face?
  • Brooke destroying the cafe
  • Julien being beat up – my first guess is it’s movie related
  • Haley identifying a body – If Nathan or anyone in her family dies I’ll be so upset wtf, though I mean if it’s Dan that would be okay
  • Quinn and Clay fighting because Clay is in trouble… Clay sleepwalks?
  • I’m going to say Dan clearly set his own diner on fire to get close with his grandkids
  • Also I think Clay runs into Julien and he’s the one who is punching him…It could be likely
  • Okay so actually Clay is on drugs…yikes. This is probably why he was telling Quinn he didn’t want her there
  • So Alex is going on tour and Chase is alone again. Poor guy…
  • Omg Julien left one of the babies alone in his car?! What the heck bro
  • Brooke will never talk to him again
  • Brooke is gonna get screwed over by her dad I feel it
  • Haley sticking up for Dan? I can’t believe it…
  • Chuck acting like Chris Keller is gross
  • Millie called Mouth fat on TV and…yikes
  • I mean he has put on weight but it’s crazy lol
  • Okay so Clay doesn’t remember anything about buying drugs and stuff – so he just does this stuff while he’s sleep walking? Dude this is the last season, I do not have time to have people having issues that can be resolved in like 3 episodes
  • I knew Dan set fire to his own restaurant. Shady.
  • And Nathan got kidnapped over some client thing…omg does he really die?! THIS CAN’T HAPPEN
  • Also Julien getting punched was because he thought he deserved punishment for leaving his kid in a car. Okay fair, seen it done before in Gossip Girl. Hope he can get out of this funk
  • I think Brooke was totally justified in wrecking that cafe
  • Chase is sleeping with Chris Keller’s girlfriend AND she owns the new cafe in town? Wild
  • Also Tara is familiar to me and I looked it up and apparently I know her from the Bratz movie LOL
  • But yeah Brooke was right to destroy her cafe. What a bitch
  • Enter: Lucas – man it’s been two seasons and I don’t really miss you, plus your haircut looks stupid
  • Chase has been called to duty – yikes…
  • So Dan is going on this manhunt for Nathan, how does Chris Keller get roped into it? But also, how couldn’t he because he always just seems to insert himself into situations
  • Brooke is going to confront that crazy ass dude who killed Quentin, that is so random after all this time…I almost didn’t remember if they didn’t throw in flashbacks
  • Oh so this season we just putting everyone’s life in danger, Nathan’s with the kidnapping, Brooke with this guy who kill Quentin, Clay because he sleepwalks…what’s going on guys
  • Also love that Lucas was only there for 5 minutes
  • So Chase beat Chuck’s dad to death? I completely forgot about that shot of him in a police car in the first episode…omg
  • Okay well he didn’t beat Chuck’s dad to death but it was still pretty crazy to go into the house and start hitting a guy with a crowbar
  • Julien is helping Dan and I thought that was an unlikely pairing but I’m still not seeing where Chris Keller fits in
  • I also hate that that cop Haley talked to is actually in on the whole Nathan thing – like he looks a bit sketch and now we know he sketchy – not cute.
  • AND CLAY HAS A CHILD? Damn this is wild. I thought this kid was real cute and I hope he comes around, I think it could work out
  • Oh my Gosh Lauren is pregnant and she is dating David – this is so random?
  • Also why is it never addressed again – the whole Lauren and David thing seemed so unnecessary but I guess they are trying real hard to tie up all loose ends this season
  • So Chris Keller gets dragged into the whole Nathan thing because he wants to be a hero – classy
  • Honestly the whole Nathan rescue thing was kind of wild but they really did give Dan the redemption he was seeking after all this time
  • I remember reading that Dan got his redemption storyline but I wasn’t really looking for it, but it came and it was huge. I mean he earned it but it felt a little dragged out for me. I don’t know, maybe I was glad the whole Dan thing was finally over, I mean it has been a big thing after all these years…
  • I knew that Brooke’s dad was going to try and screw her over ugh
  • Okay well Brooke’s whole family storyline is so wild. Like her parents fighting for years only to come together again and the three of them starting this clothing line journey together? So wild
  • Plus I knew that Xavier was going to cause some drama with Brooke but luckily Tara stepped in to save the day – predictable but I’m just glad nothing happened to Brooke
  • Not gonna lie I hate the idea they had of making Julien make a TV show based off Lucas’s book. I mean come on guys let’s not be so meta this has to be a thing. Isn’t it bad enough they tried to make that movie?
  • Also the end episode was okay, I honestly think other season finales have been better. This one was just a bit too tacky and cliche I think.
  • That being said I totally cried at everyone singing the theme song. Ugh I’m a sucker for cute group scenes.
  • Also Clay and Quinn starting their new family was probably the cutest storyline of all. I was so happy for them.
  • I am also glad that Mouth and Millie were starting their family too, we love everything working out for the best.

And that is where we end things with One Tree Hill. I’m not going to lie I am probably going to miss the show. Maybe not as much as other shows I watched in the past, but it was definitely an enjoyable one.

If I had to say anything I guess it’s that I wish they could have saved Lucas’s cameo until the final episode. It was nice to see him show up for Haley but like it was for 2 minutes in an airport and it was actually a bit shitty. So that sucked. It’s kind of like maybe they shouldn’t have had him in it at all in the end, it just seemed weird.

Anyway, yeah it’s wild to me we finally made it here, 9 seasons later. Definitely a wild rollercoaster ride but glad we made it to the end.

I’m not sure where we go from here because it always sucks trying to find new TV shows but I’m sure I’ll find something. Maybe I should take the approach I do with books where I just pick one up I vaguely like the sound of and read it. But sometimes that can be a big commitment.

I think Amazon Prime also has the OC and Dawson’s Creek so I might look into those, they seem to be along a similar line of the kind of show I like to watch, though it would be nice to find something modern…

If anyone has suggestions for me then let me know! In the meantime I’ve been really into the books I’ve been reading so I’ll continue to work on them and hopefully in my down time I will stumble onto another TV show to watch!

~ Courtney x