June Favourites, Cultivating Happiness + Future Plans
Bonjour à tous!
So this month has been kinda hectic for me, I’ve got to admit. I have had a few difficult things happen which I won’t really go into on here; yet somehow I have managed to find things to enjoy throughout the month as well. I’ve really tried to focus on having happy moments even in quite devastating times, and I think this is a really important thing to learn how to do in order to keep living your life.
I have also had the exam period at Uni recently, and I have had a major assignment due for Linguistics. Great news on that though – I got quite a high grade for that paper, so here I am another step closer to becoming a linguist! You know when you do well at it and you love it, it is definitely a path for you. So, without further adieu, here is a list of my favourites for this month, as well as some fun future plans:
Favourite #1: My Travel Writing Course
In order to finish my degree halfway through next year like I plan to, I need to complete a winter school course this year (I’m studying Linguistics, in case you didn’t already know). Travel writing was certainly the most interesting one available, and definitely appropriate for me as a travel blogger! I’ve only done one week of it so far, but I am absolutely loving it. I found that the writing just spills from me like water gushing from a tap: I apparently have so much to say! I also have a tendency toward melancholy when I write, interestingly enough. My writing in that class is very different to anything I write on here. Let me know if you would want to read any of it!
Favourite #2: Thunder by Imagine Dragons
I first heard this song on the radio the other day, and I just loved it! It is just so fun to sing along to. I have liked Imagine Dragons for a long time and so I’m always keen to find out what songs they have out there that I may not have heard yet.
Favourite #3: Sense 8
I had seen this show lurking there on my Netflix but I didn’t pay too much attention to it at first. Something made me click on it though, at the beginning of June. And I absolutely LOVE it. It is a little weird at first and I was pretty sceptical of some of the storyline (I was trying to decide whether or not it was kind of lame). However, if you know me at all you’ll know that I adore foreign cultures and languages, and this show is FULL of them. It basically follows the lives of eight different people who can feel each other’s experiences and act on each others’ behalf, as well as talk to each other even though they speak different languages. They are from India, the US, Mexico, Germany, Iceland, Kenya and Korea. The show keeps you watching, and before you know it four episodes have gone by. Definitely highly addictive.
Favourite #4: The OA
This show was recommended to me after I finished watching Sense 8. It has a similar sort of sci-fi/fantasy ethereal feel to it, and it also keeps you guessing the whole time. I really loved that it sort of slowly let you in on what exactly was going on, as well as including a twist at the end that still has me questioning and wanting to know more! I can’t wait for season 2, that’s for sure.
Favourite #5: My absolutely stunning Bardot green velvet dress
When I saw this dress at Myer it was $119 but I decided to try it on anyway, since I thought it was so beautiful. It was this deep green velvet that I felt a real connection to, because I once had a dress of such a colour as a very small child. The velvet material also feels and looks somewhat medieval style, and I do love my history. It looked so lovely on, so I felt sad as I put it back on the hook, lamenting to my friends that I wouldn’t be able to buy it. However, my friend Tori mentioned that it was actually $30 at Bardot (you can see her awesome fashion blog here). We headed on down there, and, lo and behold, I got the dress! I am so happy with it.
Favourite #6: My gorgeously warm jumper from Forever New
I had set out to purchase a new jumper ever since the weather started to become colder in Adelaide. I had seen a few; some brightly coloured, some with strange-fitting cuts, and some that looked like they were made out of too many different materials. I tried all of these frogs until I finally found my perfect beloved jumper from Forever New. It is warm, soft, and a gorgeous beige colour that fits in with my style and my overall look. I am seriously as in love with how it feels on as I am with how it looks. When I have it on, I feel like the warmest, most comfortable girl ever. And I love that it has a turtleneck too – I am kind of obsessed with turtlenecks.
Favourite #7: Churchill
Last night I saw the film Churchill, and I must say that it was pretty brilliant. Incredibly British (of course), it explored the themes of ageism, guilt and the inability to rescind real power for Churchill in the Second World War. The cinematography was amazing, and I felt that it really encapsulated the personality of the great man (so far as I’ve researched, considering there was no way for me to actually know him for sure!). It also really focussed on the power of words, his words in particular. This is what makes me love reading and writing: words can change the world.
Favourite #8: Waffles
I’ve had some pretty damn delicious waffles recently on different occasions. The other day I was at The Market Shed on Holland, and it was there that I enjoyed a delicious breakfast treat made at Live a Little Gelato. I also went to the affamed 50sixone, dessert extraordinaire, where I enjoyed my favourite fondue for two which includes waffles and melted chocolate!
Favourite #9: AFL Game with Dad
One of the things I’ve been doing this month is really taking time to appreciate the lovely people around me in my life. I usually go to at least one AFL (Australian Football League for my non-Aussie readers) game with my Dad per year, and I had the opportunity on a Thursday night in June! We had a great time, going out to dinner together in the city together, all rugged up on a cold winter night. We then went to the game and, unfortunately, although our team lost, it was a close game and a lot of fun!
Future Plan #1: Learn Russian
I learned Czech on and off for about four years in total, and although I am not going there any time soon I would hate for my knowledge to go to waste. This is why I have decided to learn a similar language, spoken by a great deal more people. I have actually started learning Russian in the past, and I found that so much of the language was very similar (unsurprising, given that they are both Slavic languages). I’m not sure yet how far I will get with this endeavour, but I’d like to know enough to at least have a basic conversation and be able to fully read Cyrillic texts out loud.
Future Plan #2: Learn how to read Gaelic words
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I absolutely adore the Outlander series. I am currently on the final book, and let me tell you, there are a lot of Scottish Gaelic words in there. The context in which they’re used helps you to understand what they are, but most certainly not how to pronounce them. I would just absolutely love to know how to pronounce it properly: not only for Outlander but also not to offend Scottish or Irish-named people when I meet them!
Future Plan #3: Learn to make silver jewellery
I have been thinking about different creative outlets recently and potential business ventures, and I have found that I really love the idea of learning to make proper jewellery. I have always loved pretty and unique jewellery, and the idea of making my very own from ideas that I have is very exciting. This is definitely something on my list for the next six months!
I am so grateful to have been able to enjoy some lovely things this past month, and really just be in the moment with them. I have also learned, however, that if you are feeling sad or down you must not avoid it. Avoidance will only make it worse. Feel your grief or sadness, allow it to wash over you. Then when you are ready, you can slowly go about the tasks of your day, and try to create within it some moments of happiness.
I wish all of you a happy July, and hope that you are able to make the most of the time you have.
Lots of love,