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. 8.30.2017 .
Hey everyone, how's your week going? Mine has been pretty busy but enjoyable. I'll be staying at home today to just relax a bit as I've been out every day since Saturday. August feels like it went on forever, I wonder why.
Liebster Blog Award
So I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Kiran of A Little Kiran. Thank you so much for the nomination Kiran, you should totally check her blog out. I love how honest she is about everything and she does great beauty reviews.

Once nominated for a Liebster Award:
  • Create a post, thanking the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked. 
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and compile your own list of 11 questions for them.
Here are the 11 questions Kiran asked:

How long have you been blogging for? 
Technically I've been blogging for six years (I know!) but it was full of such immature and cringe-worthy posts. I decided to relaunch back in January 2016 and it's been great ever since. 

The Liebster Award

. 8.26.2017 .
I wrote my previous post on racism in such a haze of emotions, that I forgot to even share some good news with you guys. I got my A-Level results! And whilst they weren't exactly what I was aiming for (AAA) they were sort of close - ABB. I'm particularly proud of the A as it was in Biology. I love the subject but the exam was SO difficult. The fact that I got an A in it really makes me feel proud. Shoutout to all my friends for acing their exams and getting into their respective unis, you all know yourselves. I'll talk about my university plans in a separate post. 

Also, a couple of weeks ago, I had my sixth-year bloggerversary. It's crazy that I started this blog six years ago. Although all my old cringe-worthy content have been made private, I'm sharing a link to my very first post in honour of my anniversary. You can check it out here. Please don't be too hard on me, I was only 12, haha.
 The Ordinary has become such a popular brand in the last one year and for good reason too. I'm a skincare aficionado but we all know great skin care products tend to be on the pricey side. This is the reason why so many people love The Ordinary. The brand makes top quality products at affordable prices. And by affordable I mean £10 and below affordable for most products. And no, this isn't a sponsored post in any way. 

The Not So Ordinary

. 8.21.2017 .
My blog is a lifestyle blog primarily and I don't really speak about social issues on here. I certainly have my opinions about them but I tend to talk about said opinions with my friends and maybe a little on Twitter. But today, I feel like talking about it on the blog.

Everyday, it feels like we're going back in time. There's so much hate and whilst I've always known that hateful, racist and Islamophobic people do exist, it's alarming to see them become so bold with it. We're in 2017 after all. If you don't already know what I'm talking about, I'm referring to the protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The fact that neo-Nazis could boldly protest on the streets really makes my head spin. A woman was killed and lots of others injured because of them.  It seems to me that these hate groups have become emboldened since President Trump took office. That says a lot in my opinion.

duh, racism still exists

. 8.16.2017 .
I really enjoy reading travel diaries on other blogs so I'm very excited about writing my first one. I don't even know if I should call it a travel diary as I didn't exactly leave the country or anything but I'm pretty certain travelling doesn't mean going abroad only, you can travel within a country so I'm calling it a travel diary. *smug face*

 I went on this trip with my aunt and my cousins. No one made any plans of going abroad this summer so my aunt decided that we should visit somewhere new in the UK. Everyone always talks about the Lake District and as it's not too far from Manchester, we decided to go there for the day. I'll also be sharing a few tips in case anyone reading this is thinking of visiting the area as well. I was really determined to take some travel blogger-esque pictures if you know what I mean. It's safe to say that didn't exactly go as planned , haha.

A Trip To The Lake District

. 8.12.2017 .
Hey everyone, how's your weekend going? By the time this post goes up, I'll be on my way to the Lake District for a day trip with my family. I've heard so much about the area and I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully, I'll blog about the trip too. 

There are a lot of great tips on how to get through bad days, I even have one on the blog which you can check here. These tips are great and they actually work. But you know sometimes in our lives, things happen that even the yummiest ice cream or funniest Netflix show cannot solve. For example, the day after my birthday, the medical school that I really wanted to go to rejected me. That really crushed me and I was sad throughout the following week. I find that when things are really awry and I start to worry (this wasn't even an intentional rhyme, gosh I'm so cool) taking everything to God always makes me feel better. Now I'm not saying you should only involve God when things are really bad, not at all. What I mean is that even in the worst situations God is with you and He can still get you through. When I'm really anxious or sad, I like to read particular verses in the Bible and they never fail to comfort me. So I decided to share them just in case anyone needs any encouragement. 

My Tried & Trusted Way of Getting Through Bad Days

. 8.08.2017 .
I'm typing this post on a Sunday evening as I'm trying to go back to scheduling my blog posts so that I never have to worry if something comes up last minute and I can't blog.I used to do it before and it was quite helpful so fingers crossed, I'll go back to doing that. If you didn't know, new posts go up on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Going to try my very best to be consistent with the schedule this month. I'm also doing a little health challenge and I'll tell you guys about it very soon.

This past school year, I started listening to podcasts and I talk about them quite often on the blog. There are so many to choose from depending on your interests. I like to listen to them while I get ready in the morning, when I'm cooking, cleaning or just doing something at home. I listen to more than four and I've actually got a list of new ones I want to try but at the moment, these are my favourite ones and I think they're totally worth the listen. xx

Four Podcasts You Should Totally Try

. 8.05.2017 .
As promised, I'll be reviewing Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner today. I borrowed this book from my local library more than a month ago and I put off reading it for weeks. The truth is, I was scared to read it. Last year I read and reviewed A Thousand Splendid Suns (also by Khaled Hosseini), such a remarkable book but very emotional. I wasn't ready for such emotions this time around so I decided to leave it until I was. However, when I started reading it, I discovered it wasn't as hard to read as A Thousand Splendid Suns. It's still pretty uncomfortable though, especially towards the end.

The Kite Runner: A Book Review

. 8.02.2017 .

Hey guys, happy new month! 2017 is really flying by, August already? It seriously needs to slow down. How's your summer going? It's been so rainy in Manchester lately, for the most part, I'm not complaining as I love the rain but a few sunny days would be nice. It's summer after all. Anyways, just want to share a quick recap of the month of July. How was your month and what are your plans for August?