Where I've Been
Well, the title does say where I've been but I think I can write for both me and Ashley here. It's been a crazy couple of weeks/months! One of my new years resolution for this year was to write more and put up posts more often, so I set myself an ambitious (to me anyway) goal to post once a week on nnyley. I was doing so well. I managed to do it until the beginning of April I think but then went back to posting sporadically... I'm here to explain why and change it up a little and get back to getting a little bit more organised and posting a lot more here. I have so much I want to share - I consider nnyley as a diary of some sort and love looking back on previous posts.
So, just to catch you all up on what's been going on, I graduated from doing my undergraduate degree in History last August. I took a little time off after that travelling (the cruise trip, Bali, Edinburgh, and Kyoto) After that, I interned for three to four months at the UN in South Korea, which was easily one of my highlights of 2017 so far. I think deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life is pretty challenging and daunting. Some people might have it lucky and know exactly what they want to do and what kind of field they see themselves in but in reality, and this is just my opinion, I don't think anybody really has any idea what they'd really like to do. That's my case anyway but I decided there was still so much I wanted to learn so applied to do a Masters degree in History and am currently enrolled in a course. So since I knew I'd be studying for at least one more year, I wanted to spend the time after my internship, so from April onwards, to do a lot more travelling and reading before starting my course. And what a good idea that was because it's only week 2 of my course now and I already have so much reading to do! I went to Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane) and had such a lovely time with two of my best friends, explored more of Seoul and even Busan by the sea, went on a nnyley holiday to Lisbon and Tokyo and I think that's where I left off on nnyley in terms of blog posts.
So that was early August and now it's early October. It's been TWO MONTHS since I posted anything here. If you follow my instagram or Ashley's instagram, you're probably up to date on where we've been but just in case, I thought I'd tell you here.
I've been really into watching productivity videos on youtube lately (and translating it into action, of course) and one of the tips that stood out to me was concentrating on building one habit consistently throughout a month. So in August, that was fitness for me and I became more aware of what I was putting in my body and I began to work out a lot more. I think I'll talk about this a little bit more in an upcoming Recent Reads post because one particular book had a huge impact on me and I've cut out meat from my diet completely. I also have a fitness post coming soon so if you're interested, keep a lookout for that! Then came September and we decided pretty last minute to go on two big adventures - Switzerland and Italy. We spent around two weeks in Switzerland visiting different cities (blog post coming soon) and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I'd never been before because I don't really ski or anything but everything was so beautiful and I loved it there. We were back in London for a day after that and went straight to Italy for a week and a half, which coincided with my birthday. If you know us, we're in Milan or Naples pretty often because our dad has business there but I'd never really seen much of Italy apart from that. I'd been to Florence and Capri and that was it. So for this time around, we went to Rome, Florence (again, because it's one of my absolute favourite cities), and Venice. It was a week and a half of absolutely amazing food, good weather, and sights that I came back and felt really refreshed even if we did so much walking.
So that puts us to late September/early October. Two big things that happened are probably moving flats and staring my course. I'm in a new area of London I haven't lived in before so I'm excited to explore more and finally get that London guide up here. The moving process has been pretty smooth with minor hiccups here and there but it's been taking all my energy trying to tidy and organise my new space.
My History course has been really great so far and I'm taking modules that were all my first choice and really interest me so I actually look forward to doing all the readings. Yes, I guess I could say I'm a nerd. Maybe it's because I took a year off after graduating but I would say it's definitely a huge jump from doing an Undergraduate degree. There's definitely a lot more reading to do but also, stating the obvious here, requires you to think more. It's been a fun challenge so far (it's only the end of week 2 as I write this) and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the academic year.
I think that brings us up to speed a little bit. I've brainstormed some really exciting new blog posts for the coming weeks and months so hope you guys are excited! I have a Recent Reads post coming on Sunday and from then on I'll be posting every Wednesdays and Sundays so if you'd like to stay up to date, don't forget to follow us on Bloglovin' to not miss any posts. See you guys Sunday!