The last post from my 20's

Hello. It's been nearly three months hasn't it? I'm writing on the last day of my twenties, because tomorrow I turn 30! More on that shortly, let me catch you up on the past few months.

I've attended many birthday celebrations of friends recently, we all have our birthdays within a four month window and with us all turning 30 we've done a bit more than the standard night out. We went to the national water sports centre in Nottingham for one. This was lovely place with all sorts of outdoor activities to partake in, we did the high ropes, crazy golf, segways and rafting. (On a side note, I do not like segways, mine tried to run me over). Another friend had a rainbow themed party and others had a bbq and a garden party. I've also completed another placement for uni and then finished for the summer. I've been on a little caravan holiday to Norfolk, which I enjoyed more than I expected. We definitely chose the right week and got brilliant weather, apart from a few epic thunderstorms. I'm currently working at my holiday job but apart from all that I think that's about it really.

Which brings us to today and tomorrow. We're going to go out for the day and then at the weekend i'm having a big bbq. I'm doing a 90's/tropical theme!

Whilst I don't think i've done much in my twenties is some areas of my life, in others I reckon i've done alright. I've graduated from uni with a history degree, spent a year in Australia, moved to Manchester with a friend, worked in France, Italy and Austria working ski and summer seasons, had various jobs including working in hotels, a university and various shops and i'm now two years into uni again studying a profession.

I don't know what to expect from the next decade but I want to continue caring less about others opinions, travel more (day and weekend trips) and in the words of Jenna Rink be 'thirty, flirty and thriving!' Cheers!



How to get all those odd jobs done

I moved into my flat over 18 months ago. It's a one bed flat that came unfurnished and decorated very plainly. When I say unfurnished, it didn't even have a fridge or a washing machine. But I couldn't find much else available in my time-frame and budget and to be honest it's not that bad, it could be a lot worse. Although it is a 45 minute walk into town, with a massive long hill to deal with (I'm talking the type where you have to take several breaks at the bus stops along the way) it's actually pretty quiet. I don't get much noise, apart from the neighbour (and I can't figure if upstairs or downstairs) watching TV in the middle of the night. It's also right next to a little station and the bus stop too. So it could be worse.

My issue is that 18 months on it still looks like i've just moved in. Some of it is down to me. I'm very unorganised, I have no ability to style a room and I have very little storage so all my belongings are just out there making it look very messy. But there are a few little things I can't do myself.

5 gadgets I want for the kitchen to help me eat better

Cooking for one can sometimes be a tiresome process and I often find myself being lazy and sticking to the same foods that are quick and easy to prepare. I need to change this up a little. I also make no secret of my aim for a healthier lifestyle, although in recent months i've found it difficult to maintain all elements of one. But some new kitchen equipment will help me kick start eating better again, mix up my meals and help introduce new foods into my diet. These 5 gadgets i've long wanted, although if I got them all, i'm not exactly sure where they'd all sit on my worktop!
5 kitchen gadgets to help eat better
Juicer - The fruit I normally eat are bananas and occasionally apples. It's not that I don't like apples but I just never seem to touch them and they can be sat in my fruit bowl for 2 months and I still won't have finished the packet! If I had a juicer by Panasonic however I could literally just throw one in and drink the juice and be done with it. I also don't eat oranges unless it's in a juice form so this would come in useful here too.

The daily commute

We all know about the woes of public transport. Have you ever heard someone say 'yes I really love my commute'? Probably not. I've had a lot of jobs over the years with various journeys to work, some excellent and some a little tedious. The ideal one was when it was only a 20 minute walk away. That was the best as not only was it free, but it was quick and it was exercise. The worst are probably the ones where I had to get a bus, then a train, meaning I ended up leaving the house about 2 hours before I actually started work. I've put to together a little list of  the bad things about using public transport to get to and from work:

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