Some of you or may not have noticed that towards the end of the year I became extremely inactive, this was all for a good reason of course.
I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays in Grenada, amongst my family and best friend. Considering that nearly every family holiday takes place in Grenada, This was the first time that we’d be spending Christmas out there.
Unfortunately, I did get sick bang in the middle of the Holiday… I had a case of strep amongst an abundance of other things. I was not a pretty sight at all and I can say that pretty much everyone was fed up with my constant moaning.
Aside from being ill (just my luck ey) This trip was hands down the best I’ve been on. I was surrounded by love, friendship, beautiful scenery and let’s not forget the amazing weather. It was a great way to end the year and see the new one in.
A lot of reflection took place, which enabled me to see just how far I’ve come in the past year:
I started this blog
I left my job at pizza express and got an internship at a well known international company
Got my mental health under control
Travelled to Canada
Purchased a new camera
Started reading for fun again.
Although this may not seem like a lot, I feel as though I am already in such a better position than I was this time last year.
I also wanted to take the time to thank every single person who follows this blog and takes the time out to read, like & comment. It means so much to me ❤️I will definitely be doing a follow-up post about what we actually got up to whilst in Grenada & I might even put a little vlog together with the footage that I have, so stay tuned for that. For now, you can enjoy a selection of images (of me) below 🙂
Can you believe its the middle of January and here I am with no new year resolutions in sight (I’m working on it)!
The one resolution I do have, similar to that of last year – is to read more. Last year I discovered a gem of an app called ‘Goodreads’, it’s an absolute must for bookworms like myself.
Goodreads helps you to discover new books as well as add books to a virtual library, compartmentalising them into 3 sections: Want to read, currently reading and read. You can also see as a percentage how much you’ve completed & update your progress, throwing away the need for bookmarks (if you’re brave).
Goodreads have so many amazing features that can be explored both through their app and desktop site. My favourite is their reading challenge which runs throughout the year. I started mid-year in 2018 and managed to read 12 books. This may not seem like a lot, but balancing a full-time job amongst other responsibilities/activities, makes it hard to sometimes even fit in 20mins of reading a day. This year I have challenged myself to read 15 books, starting off with ‘It’ by Stephen King.
Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling on. Below is a recap of the books I’ve read in 2018, and my thoughts as to whether or not I would recommend them.
Please, if you have any suggestions on books to read, both fiction & non-fiction, then leave a comment in the comment section. 🙂
My year in books
The introvert entrepreneur: Amplify your own strengths and create success on your own terms
This book is a must for both introverts and extroverts alike! It is a great tool to understand how to use our energy source in a way that will enable us to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship.
A feast for crows
All my GOT fans make some noise!! This book is a very hefty one, so you need time and patience to get through this. The details and plot twists outlined in these pages ties up everything we’ve learnt in the TV series so far.
The memory illusion: remembering, forgetting, and the science of false memories
If like me, you have trouble sometimes establishing what’s real & what’s not, or even confusing someone else’s memories with your own, then you need to read this! Forensic psychologist Dr Julia Shaw, explains in layman’s terms just how our brains function and why we cannot rely on it too much.
He said/ she said
A pretty average thriller with some confusing plot twists towards the end
The girl on the train
I had to wait for the whole hype surrounding this book to die down, so in true typical Adina fashion, it took me years to finally get around to reading this. If you haven’t already then don’t bother.
The couple next door
This was the first ‘E-book’ I ever read, which at the time was only 0.99p. In relation to the price, this is a pretty good book with an interesting storyline. It’s not a must read but rather a book that will help to pass the time.
One word: Amazing!! I have a review up on this which you can find here.
You let me in
THIS BOOK HAS THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST EVER!! Will leave you never wanting to put your home on Airbnb.
Why we sleep: The new science of sleep and dreams
Honestly, everyone needs to read this. Matthew Walker explains exactly why we need 8 hours of sleep and the dangers that lay ahead if we don’t.
The hate u give
Right, so everyone ranted and raved about this film, I purposely didn’t watch it as I wanted to read it first… You guys will probably hate me for saying this but omg (sorry)… Too many pop culture references in a bid to be relevant. The storyline had so much potential but I think this book will age pretty quickly.
Into the water
This is the second book by Paula Hawkins that’s made it onto this list. A tad confusing in some sections but miles better than her first book ‘Girl on the train’.
Slay in your lane
Stop what you’re doing and order this right now! There are so many gems in this book, so many I wish I knew back when I was 15. I won’t say too much as I really want to do a separate post about it (yes it was that good).
I know this is a pretty lengthy post, so if you’ve reached this far then thank you so much for reading 🙂 Hope everyone is having an amazing new year so far.
I’ve always struggled to pack, however, since I’ve been travelling quite a bit recently and hope to continue this well into 2019 and beyond; I’ve decided to give you an insight to what’s in my travel bag.
What’s in my Travel bag
Change of Clothes
A change of clothes is extremely key! There’s always these horror stories circulating about airlines losing baggage. Keeping a change of clothes with you in your hand luggage/ cabin bag doesn’t prevent this, but makes sure that even if you are caught out with this inconvenience, you can at least have somewhat of a back up in place.
Most long-haul flights have a good selection of in-flight entertainment, packed with the latest movies. However, with Netflix downloadables, it’s always a good idea to carry a tablet with you to catch up with any Netflix shows/movies. It kills time at the airport too!
A good book
I am obsessed with books, so of course, this would make the list. Some people prefer to read e-books., which you can still access on your IPad/tablet. The benefit with this is that you can download multiple e-books, which in turn saves a lot of space and weight. If like me you prefer tangible books, then you can always take 1 big one that will potentially last you for the duration of your trip. On my latest getaway, my choice of book was ‘IT’ by Stephen King, which I’m still trying to finish reading now.
I pretty much go overboard when it comes to cameras. There’s always trouble trying to stuff my vlogging camera, DSLR and polaroid into one bag (en route to perfecting this). I would suggest thinking beforehand about what type of pictures you want to take, then bringing a suitable camera that can capture those moments.
**Don’t forget to pack your chargers in your hand luggage. Most airlines have restrictions on the number of lithium batteries that can be kept in checked luggage.
Inspiration can hit you anywhere at any time, that’s why it’s a good idea to always have something with you that enables you to take notes, write about your day & even sketch. Try getting in the habit of keeping a journal too, it can be nice to look back and have a read through.
That’s pretty much everything, In reality, I pack a lot more than this but I don’t want to bore you guys with all the ins and outs.
For my visual people I’ve created a travel checklist (below) that may come in useful when it comes to packing your own travel bag 🙂