Last Day In Work

Day 1 of unemployment…

Friday 11th August 2017 will forever now be known as the day I finally left my job. What started as a 6 week summer temp job when I was fresh out of uni turned into a pretty busy 2 years. 

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I got lots of lovely cards and gifts in my last few weeks and they were really unexpected so shout out the teaching staff that bought me the flowers and the goodies you really made me feel appreciated. The things that people wrote in the cards really mean a lot and I will miss the people at work very much, but I’m not going to lie I am glad to leave! 

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From the office, the people I work with the most got me a bag full of treats and I am all about the puns. The bag included:

Even good girls get their hands dirty
Cucumber & mint cleansing hand gel 

These lips were made for kissing (and eating cake)
Peppermint lip balm

SMILE
Handy compact mirror

Ah..aah…aaah A-TISHOOS!
10 pocket tissues

You’re mucky but I love you
10 handy little wet wipes

All of these items are travel size and will come in so handy for the flight as during my 36 hours travel time I’m going to need to do some freshening up! 

Another present in my gift bag was some DKNY Women limited edition perfume which smells AMAZING it is so fresh and light just what I’m going to want to smell like in Aus. Unfortunately it’s a little big for my rucksack so it will going the case but it will 100% coming with!

The person I work most closely with is Chloe and like the little gem she is, she got me a lovely bracelet to match the one she got me at Christmas. They are from a brand called JOMA Jewellery and they come with a little message, this one says:

This little bracelet reminds us to see adventure awaits, life’s full of possibilities!

The message really hits home and just adds to the already brimming excitement that I am feeling!

FullSizeRender (12)The bracelet on the left with the envelope attached is the one Chloe gifted me on Friday and the one on the right with the flowers is the one she got me at Christmas. 

Leaving work felt really surreal, as I was walking down the stairs leaving it just didn’t feel like that was the last time. I think for the first week it will just feel like I am on holiday, it will definitely be a while before it sinks in that I have left and that I am unemployed… hopefully not for too long! 

Either way I plan to enjoy my time off making sure I get to see my family and friends before I go.

Speak soon,

Hannah x

P.S 3 WEEKS

1 Month & Counting…

30 days, 23 hours and 58 minutes

Can you believe it? I can’t. Months and months of planning and it’s almost here!

Things to do in the next 4 weeks:

  • 5 days in work
  • Leaving drinks
  • PACK (with the help of friends because I cannot be trusted to pack alone)

Plus a few other things but those are the biggies. 

I can remember writing the 18 and 11 weeks and counting posts and it seeming so far away and now it feels so close, I think what gets me the most excited is the fact I only have 4 weekends left and plans for each of them so I know they will fly bye so my main mission is to enjoy and soak up all the time left I have with my family.

There’s a slight tinge of sadness with it in that I am struggling to fit in saying my ‘bye for now’s’ because people are so busy and I want to make sure that I get to see all my friends and family before I go. Goodbye’s are something I struggle with and I don’t think anyone really likes them. This is why I have been calling them my ‘bye for now’s’  because I know I will see them again and with technology these days such as, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, there really is no excuse to not stay in touch. I’ll be spamming my friends Instagrams with pictures of beautiful views (and selfies) so they’ll have no choice but see what I’m up to! 

Still buzzing with so many emotions but one things for sure the excitement is overflowing!

Any tips on smart packing, send them my way! 

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunny Saturday

Making the most of the British sunshine

IMG_1532Taking full advantage of the nice weather (29°C!!!) last weekend Jess and myself had a little afternoon gin party in the garden and caught some rays.

IMG_1529Remember this? A birthday present that I finally got round to drinking!

I must admit I was a little apprehensive when I saw rhubarb and ginger but I was worried for nothing because it is the gin of dreams! It has a slight rose coloured tint to it, and the rhubarb is the most prominent taste but the hint of ginger is a really subtle undertone. 

WOW, am I actually talking about alcohol for it’s taste rather than its ability to get me drunk? Hello adulthood! But in all seriousness it was lovely. We mixed it at first with a good amount of ice, tonic water and a slice of lemon which was so yummy, then after a few, I think it was Jess who suggested we try it with lemonade and what a brilliant idea that was! It just gave it that little extra bit of citrus that really made the drink.

We drank quite a lot of it to be honest but it’s because it was so easy to drink, it didn’t taste like alcohol at all, the perfect thing you want from a summer drink! I love those afternoons that turn into evenings when you can jut sit in the garden, have a drink and chat away as the sun starts to go down. 

IMG_1684 (1)On the Sunday the sun was still beaming so again I spent the afternoon outside and sat listening to music and reading a new book in the garden enjoying the sunshine.

It’s these moments that I take for granted and can’t wait to experience more of them on my travels, in different locations, trying different drinks and experiencing new things.

On the subject of books I’m going to need some suggestions so if you have any you can’t put down let me know! 

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Weeks & Counting…

How will you know it’s the right decision if you never make it?

This week has been a week. I went from telling work about my travel plans, giving them a heads up that in a few weeks I would be handing in my notice to actually handing in my notice yesterday and all of a sudden it got real, real quick.

Definitely not in a bad way, it felt so good to finally share this secret that I’ve been bursting to tell everyone but it also made me feel slightly anxious because I just confirmed the date I leave my job, loosing that security of having a monthly income. I started this job as an innocent graduate, fresh out of university ready to enter the ‘real world’ and what started as a 6 week summer job turned into a permanent position that has 100% had its ups and downs. 

The reaction form my colleagues has been really heartwarming, they have all been so positive about what I’ve decided to do. Although they are gutted to loose me (obviously), they understand why I am going and the majority have said they wish they could do the same or wish they would have done it when they had the chance! I will will be sad to say goodbye as I have made some friends for life but I cannot wait to go for my leaving drinks and have a good old gossip before I leave.

Although scary, I know for sure I wouldn’t be able to get through this stress without my amazing friends and family so shout out to them for keeping me sane! 

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

It’s The Little Things

Language Barrier?

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Mum gave me this yesterday and I absolutely cracked up! I can tell i’m going to have endless fun with this during the build up and once I get to Aus. 

It took a while for Mum and Dad to come round to the idea that I was disappearing for a year and only recently are they starting to engage in more conversations about me going. They’ve always been supportive but I’ve not long been back from 3 years at uni and I think they secretly love having me around! 

Of course I will miss them like crazy too and this present really made me realise that its going to be the little things that I will miss. 

Apart from the obvious ones like thongs being flip flops, one of my favourites is that household linen in Aus is known as manchester! Not sure how true they are but I will try them out and let you know how I get on!

It works both ways because I can’t wait to test the Aussie’s on their knowledge and introduce them to some Mancunian slang!

Speak soon,

Hannah x

P.s Tomorrow marks 14 weeks till the big day!

 

 

Food For Thought

“Just because my path is different, doesn’t mean i’m lost”

Over the weekend I went to a house warming at a family friends and his girlfriends new house. They are 24, have two beautiful children and being in their house got me thinking about just how different our paths are. I am at that age now where a lot of my peers are settling down with their partners and buying houses, renting flats and having babies. Things that send absolute shivers down my spine. I’m not upset about it though and I think the above quote sums it up perfectly, I know my time will come, I just have a little exploring to do first. 

“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life”

If I didn’t have AUS planned it’s more thank likely that my life would be heading in the direction of moving out from my childhood home and possibly starting a life with someone else. Honestly, I couldn’t be more confident in my decision to travel. I think now is the perfect time for me to get out of my comfort zone and live each day as it comes, it is such a big move and a decision that will change my life but a decision I am so happy I made. It has given me something to work towards in terms of saving money and having a goal (P.S. 15 weeks). 

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”

This one really resonated with me, because honestly not an hour goes by without me thinking about AUS and what i’m going to get up to there. It is such a motivator and is always pushing me to work hard to make sure I have the best experience there. 

If you are thinking of booking a trip, have any trips coming up or are on a trip now, how do these quotes make you feel? I’m hoping to look back at these in a few months and see how my thoughts have developed and if have any of my opinions changed. Most importantly i’m excited to see what i’m up too!

I’ve been binge watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race recently and I’ve honestly fell in love with it so I will leave you with some words of wisdom from the Queen herself, Mamma Ru:

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love someone else”

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Disneyland Paris

The happiest place on earth. FACT.

My TimeHop this week kindly reminded me that this time last year, I was in Disneyland Paris. It is also where the idea of going to Aus came about.

We stayed in the “Dream Castle” hotel, which although isn’t one of the Disney hotels, it is on the free shuttle bus route which runs every 15 mins. 

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I mean look at it! In all its beauty. You just never get over the first glimpse of the castle as you’re walking down Main Street USA. The smell of popcorn and other Disney treats, excitement fills the air.

There are only two parks in Disneyland and you can easily cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. As always, it’s handy to get to the big rides early and plan your route around the park but in comparison to the wait times at the American parks, you’re rarely waiting more than half an hour. It is important to mention that when we visited it was outside of school holidays so more than likely that will determine the wait times. 

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We did the usual sights in Paris, such as The Eiffel Tower and Le Louvre and I must admit our directional skills were not the best when it came to operating the Paris Metro! But we got the hang of it and it’s a really great means of transport if you don’t feel like walking the whole perimeter of Paris. 

During this trip we decided to make it our mission to visit all the Disney parks around the world. On route to Aus, we have a 14 hour layover in Hong Kong, so what else would we do other than spend it in the Disney park!

I can’t wait to share pictures and stories with you from that trip!

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

18 Weeks & Counting…

Yep, 18 weeks before I get on that plane and start this crazy adventure. 

Over the weekend I booked my first 7 nights stay in Aus and although I still don’t have a plan per say, it made me feel safer in the knowledge that I would have a bed for at least 7 nights. 

I also went shopping and picked up a travel cushion. This may seem like the dullest thing ever but I can’t explain to you the excitement I get each time I buy something that will be coming to Aus with me. Each time one of us picked something up it was met with the saying; “Yeah, but will you take it to Aus?” and it just sounds so mad to think that any clothes etc that I buy now will more than likely be coming to Aus with me. 

I found myself lay in bed that evening and the following thoughts entered my head: 

Visa... check
Flights… check
A place to stay... check

A squeal of excitement later, I was off to dream land, where I was looking out over the bluest of skies living the absolute dream.

Just call me Sheila 😉

Speak soon,

Hannah x 

 

 

 

 

Scrapbook Fun

Time to get creative?

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One birthday present I left off the list, was this dreamy scrapbook gifted to me by Jess and Alex. 

Every time we meet to discuss things about our trip or we are out shopping I am always wittering on about how much I want to scrapbook the journey and remember all the little things we get up to along the way. In all honesty I think they just got fed up of me not being able to commit to a design, so like the true gems they are they proved that they know me better than I know myself and they picked the perfect book. 

The book is from Paperchase and is 25cm by 26cm. Fab size really because it makes it not too big and not too small. The pages are plain white and you can tell the paper will be able to hold pictures and other bits like tickets without it ripping which is something I was looking for when I had been shopping for these previously. 

There are 5 dividers (bottom right picture) in the book which have a pocket to hold things that might be too bulky for the pages or just too heavy. I think this will also be a really great way of separating different parts of the trip. The last page of the book has some cute stickers that you can use to either label pages or map out what you want to add in later. The stickers say: projects, notes, photos, inspiration, clippings and memories.

When we did big trips when we were younger like Disney World, mum kept everything and tried her damn hardest to get me and brother to piece some pictures together and create a scrapbook of the trip, but teenage Hannah was having none of it. In the end mum did it herself and I do like to look back now and remember things that happened and places we went that I would have forgotten otherwise. So soz mum, if you’re reading this, you were right, and present day Hannah thanks you for keeping the memories for us. 

I’m not making any promises to myself  (so don’t get too excited mum) that i’m going to stick to this and suddenly become all artsy and a Pinterest worthy “scrapbooker” because if I have learnt anything in my 23 years, its that crafts isn’t my thing. More importantly, the book is a place that I can keep pictures and little momentum’s of the trip to look back on and show people in years to come.

So take this as a cry for help, any pro crafters out there if you have any advice or ideas, hit me up, i’ll take any help I can get!

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

The Suitcase

Well this is it, the case that I will be packing my life into and moving around the world with!IMG_1031.JPG

It’s called “Long Haul Luggage” (which is as fitting as you can get considering I have an 18 hour flight coming up!) made by the brand Roxy and I have always loved Roxy as a brand owning things such as swimming costumes, flip flops and backbacks in the past but never a case. I came across the case when chatting with Jess and Alex about if they had thought what case they were planning on taking/getting. Jess being the super organised shopper she is, said she had spotted the Roxy cases whilst looking herself. 

I bought the case off Surfdome for £103.99. It was 20% off in the sale but the different patterns are priced differently, i’m guessing because they’re from different collections. I was slightly apprehensive about ordering a case online as I only had measurements to go from rather than actually holding it, checking out the weight etc. Thankfully though, I LOVE it! The pattern I chose is called “In The Breeze True Black” its just as fab as it is on pictures and the coral zip is the perfect shade. I chose this pattern because I love black but I didn’t want plain so the white detail and the coral shade give it that pop of colour that it needs. There are so many ways to lift and carry it and the inside has two separate compartments that i’m hoping will help me pack with slightly more organisation!

The websites boasts:

Extra-large, wheeled suitcase, double deck zipped compartment, front zipped accessory and shoe pockets with a telescopic handle and side padded handles.

Dimensions: 30.7″ height x 14.5″ width x 16.5″ depth / 78cm height x 37cm width x 42cm depth
Volume: 125Ltrs
Weight: 4.2Kg
Material: 100% Polyester

I haven’t yet used the case and wont be until I go so I cannot give more of a review than this at the moment but I will update as I am packing/taking it on journeys with me. 

Hope you love it as much as I do!

Speak Soon,

Hannah x