[26.05.2017] 5 things that have made me smile this month…


Hello again, Oh how I am so glad I didn’t commit to these posts being 100% weekly- between intense revision, working, catching up with people, travelling from Cornwall to Cardiff and simply finding things that have me smile I have struggled to find the time to write anything. I am hoping that end of exams (woooo)  means that these will be more frequent, but I can’t predict the future.

As it has been exam season finding things worth mentioning has been hard – I mean nobody wants to read about me finding interesting theories about standardisation do they?

While She Sleeps – 27/04/2017 – The Fleece, Bristol

Yes that’s right, during the intense revision I have managed to fit in a gig – and it was a bloody good one. As I have previously mentioned, While she sleeps have recently released a new album…and what do albums mean? An album tour.

As soon as it was announced I was all over it, while she sleeps are one of my favourite bands in the UK scene at the moment and the idea of missing a show near me just makes me sad (even so that I have bought another ticket for the Cardiff date next week!)

They did not disappoint. Like always the crowd gave it their all, so much love and so much energy. One thing I will always link to while she sleeps has to be that feeling of community, I normally see them with a huge group of friends and each time ends with us all screaming at the top of our lungs together – a feeling I tend to think it quite rare.

All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

Okay, saying that this made me smile may be a tad understatement. I balled my eyes out throughout the entire last third of this book.

I loved everything about it. The changing of POV, the character development, the storyline itself- all absolutely incredible.

It has been so long since I sat down and read a book which I couldn’t put down (I literally struggled. In fact I struggled so much that I finished it in a day!) I 110% recommend this book to everyone!!!

*However the book does cover the themes of suicide and mental health, so if you find those themes distressing maybe its best not to give it a go*

Harry Styles, Harry Styles 

Unexpected I know. But I can’t stop listening to this album – it has become the soundtrack to my revision (aka life).

When I first heard ‘Sign of the Times’ I knew I had to give his album a go- and I am SO glad I did. Harry has completely dropped his One Direction sound and created a new twist on modern rock and roll.

Its one of those don’t judge before you listen. In-cred-i-ble!!!

Cardiff’s sunshine

Although everyday living in my flat has been like a sauna this past week, it has been lovely. As Cardiff always appears to be raining this touch of sun has put a huge smile on my face.

I just need to get back to Cornwall now so I don’t miss out on those limited sunny days at the beach!!

2nd year being over!! 

I mean, this is absolutely terrifying. This year has been such an emotional roller coaster (I am thinking of doing a ‘2nd year of uni’ post, so I won’t go into detail), and although the end of it means I am closer to the end of my time at Cardiff I am so excited for next year!

And the end of the year means Summer, this year I have so many adventures planned for the next few months – I am so excited!!

Sydney x


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