I survived second year! – 10 best bits

I did it! I’ve reached the end of the second year of my blog and second year of university. As of tomorrow it will be September again and I’ll be heading back to uni at the end of the month to take on my third year!

This year has been pretty special I’ve learnt a lot and changed a lot. I’ve lived with Ali for over a year now, I was finally allowed to join full field English Literature, made more friends than I thought I possibly would, made a good dent in my mental health recovery, been generally happier, played a load of shows with the boys, took up a sport for the first time since I was 9, won a KU Talent Award, got another job that I love, travelled for uni and broken a part of my back. If that isn’t a crazy year I don’t know what is. I’ve absolutely loved second year. I’m not going to say there weren’t point when I really struggled, because I did but the difference is that I had more people to support me through this year than I have in a long time.

I could write so much about every aspect of second year because it’s been one of the greatest, no matter how it ended. I’ve made new friends and stayed in touch with some others and the thought that I’m going into my last year of undergrad is scary! So for you all tonight I’ve put 10 of my best bits of second year and I’ll remember it with warm memories for the rest of my life.

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  1. I finally got my two little adorables this year, Noodle and Hamski. Even if they have had to be separated now I’m so in love with both of them ❤

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2. No People Club played a lot this year. We spent a lot of our weekends loading up my little car and driving to shows in London, Kingston, Basingstoke and Portsmouth. I’m gutted we had to take a break while my spine healed but we’ve got more stuff planned for the next year and it’s going to be awesome. We also have our awesome fan and sticker guy, one of my best friends Joe, who’s stuck around too.

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3. My second tattoo finally happened! When I found out I wouldn’t be going to Foo Fighters because they’d sold out of disabled tickets I was heartbroken so I got this tattoo instead. I’ve been very up and down this year and not as stable as I’d like but I’m assured that most people would have lows after a big break and spinal brace let alone someone with depression.

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4. I got to go to Athens. I was so, so thankful to be given the opportunity to go to Athens and not have to pay the Creative Writing course fee. Although I was supposed to be going on my own initially, Ali got to come with me because I was still using my wheelchair and not able to move as much. A fab first holiday and it got my creative brain going!

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5. I got my KU Talent award for Overcoming Adversity to Achieve, awarded to be by Sir Trevor McDonald who I actually had a great conversation with while we were sitting at the same table. I’m still gobsmacked I won as there were so many amazing people. I’m so proud that I now work for KU Talent and will get to attend this years awards too!

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6. I started Horse Riding! In October I had my first ride and I was hooked. I had a great 6 months before my fall, including meeting this cutie who really stole my heart. Even though I still have a long way to go in terms of recovery and I don’t know if I’ll go back to riding, but I’ve been voted to run the society this year so I’ll be around the horses anyway. I also made an amazing friend in Laura, who’s been with me every step of the way.

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7. I gave a speech about living with mental health for the university’s diversity conference. It was a great way to connect with people and share my experience and if you want to watch you can click here to watch.

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8. I finished second year with a 66% average, a 2:1. I’m slightly bummed out that I dropped a few percent from last year but I surprised myself with some assignments. It’s made me even more determined to get what I need to get a first this year.

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9. I had some absolutely amazing friends by my side through everything. Here’s a picture of me and the girls as Alissa’s birthday meal, my first outing in my wheelchair which they managed to make fun!

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10. I got to live with a boy, and I still kind of like him.

Oh and a sneaky 11, I’m still working and awesome job and I’ve got another one, always fun!

Versatile Blogger Award

I’m starting this blog by saying a HUGE thank you to Alexandra from Alexandra’s Paradise for nominating me for this blogger award, it feel amazing to know that people are reading and enjoying my blog! So here I go, I’m going to follow the challenge, I hope you all enjoy!

The Rules:  

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  4. Select 15 blogs / bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly

Facts:

1.  Aqua Blue is my go to colour.

2. I’ve been known to read a book a day…that’s where all my money goes. Like Alexandra, I’m trying to read 100 books this year.

3.  I started taking an interest in make up at the age of 19…yup.

4. I believe in letting pets choose you, that’s how we got our family dog, Lottie and              how I chose my two hamsters Hamski and Noodle. Originally I picked another                hamster (thinking there were only two in there but once I saw all of them I put                my hand in and Hamski came up to me first, followed by a slightly more                          cautious Noodle. A similar thing happened with the litter of puppies Lottie was                in, she jumped up and started licking me…the rest is history.

5.  Aquarium walkways creep me out to no end, I do NOT want sharks going above my head, thanks very much.

6.  Cups of tea are one of life’s small, and most vital, pleasures.

7. I’m a musician and will be going in to record in the next few weeks, exciting!

Here are my nominees:

  1. Kirsty 
  2. Shelly Coco 
  3. Victoria Giggles
  4. Cherry Wallis (find her AMAZING Vlog here) 
  5. Jenny in Neverland
  6. Indisposed and Undiagnosed 
  7. Jenny in Neverland 
  8. Lazarus and Lithium 
  9. Kirsty – Natterly Blog 
  10. Hannah Gale 
  11. Music and Eyeliner
  12. Imogen’s Typewriter
  13. Emma Blackerry 
  14. Lukeisnotsexy
  15. Thoroughlymodernmaisie

So there we go a mix of bloggers and vloggers! A lot of people on there I really admire. Remember to tag me in your replies! – Chloe