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6 TV Shows to Binge Watch Now

So for the past few days, I’ve been spending my time in bed recovering from surgery I had on Tuesday (tonsillectomy), and whilst drifting in and out of sleep and taking four different kinds of painkillers at various points of the day, one of the only things I can do is watch TV. If it wasn’t for the excruciating pain, it would be the perfect situation for me, but the inability to eat or drink anything without feeling like my throat is being ripped open over and over is growing tiresome.

Nevertheless, I’ve narrowed it down to six shows that have helped to take my mind off of the pain and boredom, and if you’re in a similar situation, I suggest trying them out for yourself.

Friends

Honestly, this TV show barely needs any introduction. It’s been one of my favourites since I was in primary school, and will always be my go-to show for lifting my spirits. If you’ve never experienced the magic of Friends, you need to rethink your life ASAP.

13 Reasons Why

This show is completely new to Netflix, but the buzz it’s induced on social media is impossible to ignore. It follows a high school student named Clay who receives some tapes from a former classmate, Hannah Baker, detailing the reasons why she committed suicide not long before. I read the book a few years ago, and although I must say the book was slightly better in my opinion, the TV show is incredibly powerful and portrays a great message for those struggling or hoping to help friends in similar positions.

Gossip Girl

There aren’t a lot of things that sound better than getting lost in New York with the likes of Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass when I’m ill. The scandals and schemes alone are enough to distract me from the miseries of life, and the eye candy is just a solid bonus.

The Real Housewives of…

I’m not too picky when it comes to my housewife faves. Sometimes all you need is a bit of trashy TV to take you away from your spot on the sofa and into a world of unnecessary drama and insane wealth. It’s not a crime to want to immerse yourself in someone else’s issues just to escape your own, right?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hands down, my favourite TV show of all time. I’m not exaggerating when I say I cried watching the 20 year reunion show that the cast recently filmed for Entertainment Tonight. In case you don’t already know, the show focuses on a girl named Buffy Summers who is ‘chosen’ to fight the battle against evil with superhuman strength and speed along with her trusty companions. I grew up watching Buffy kick ass again and again, and it still to this day makes me feel like I can take on anything – even right after surgery.

Charmed

Charmed is kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s cousin. It oozes the same kind of supernatural goodness and everyday drama, yet this one features three sister witches working together to fight evil, instead of only one strong female lead. The show really pushes the importance of family, and in my opinion, the Halliwell sisters are great role models for those growing up watching the show.

    Now that we’ve reached the end of the post, I can feel my throat begging for the next round of painkillers, so I must oblige. I hope that you enjoyed this list and it helps to cure your boredom at some point.

xo

My Favourite Christmas Songs

IT’S FINALLY DECEMBER!!!!!

 

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, and Christmas music is one of those things that can lift me out of any bad mood. I think I’ve been driving my parents round the bend, though, since I’ve been singing ‘It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas’ since September. However, it’s finally time to break out these Christmas jams without judgement. It was so difficult to pick which songs to include as I love basically ALL OF THEM, so I managed to narrow it down to the ones that make me smile and get excited the most! They’re also listed in no particular order, because that would’ve been way too much stress.

  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Michael Bublé

You can’t go wrong with a good Bublé song at Christmas, and this one is just so God damn lovely and sweet I couldn’t possibly leave it off this list. It’s not as ‘in your face’ as a lot of other Christmas songs are – not that that’s really a problem for me lol – so if you’re not a massive fan of Christmas music in general, give this one a go.

  • Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

The reason that this is one of my favourites is basically that it was one at my cousins’ house when I was back in England for Christmas 2013, and it reminds me of my family and the fact that I was able to spend Christmas Day with them, which I don’t usually get to do. His voice is also amazing, and it’s a fabulous tune to have on in the car during December.

  • It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas – Bing Cosby

This is the first song I put on when I woke up this morning and opened my first advent calendar chocolate. Bing Cosby’s voice is a dream and it’s the perfect song to get anyone in the mood for the Christmas season.

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Do I really need to explain this one?

  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

I used to hear this song all the time when I was in primary school around December, as we’d have it playing throughout all of our Christmas parties. It’s just one of those really cheery songs that make me feel like an 8 year old at Christmas again, and that’s a really exciting feeling.

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra

I play this song every single Christmas Eve when I go to look at the lights with my family, and it honestly makes me so happy and kind of emotional. It was my first ever favourite Christmas song, and it will always have a very special place in my heart. Sinatra’s voice is just impeccable and it’s such a sweet song. I couldn’t have a Christmas playlist without it.

  • I Got Love For Xmas – Pixie Lott

This is a new favourite, but I love Pixie Lott so much already so this is pretty much the perfect combo for me. She’s so bloody talented and this song makes me feel all the things. 10/10 would recommend.

I hope this post gave you some ideas for your own Christmas playlist, or if you’re like me, made you revisit the one you’ve been playing since September. I’m so excited that it’s finally the holiday season so expect a few more Christmas inspired posts from me in the near future!

xo

10 Pieces of Advice for University Students

As I write this, I’m currently sitting in the last university class I’ll ever have to attend (sorry, Sir!). Over the past three years, I’ve complained about assignments, stressed over exams, spent all my money on the campus cafes and made some amazing lifelong friends along the way. I’ll be graduating with a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies, and a major in Journalism and Professional Writing. Although I may not possess the same passions that I entered my degree with, looking back, I’ve absolutely loved every second of it.

University life can be a big adjustment, with a larger workload and closer deadlines. It’s incredibly intimidating to begin with, so in order to help out some of you future (or current) university students, I’ve put together a list of things to remember throughout your years of studying:

  1. Reference. Reference. Reference. I cannot stress how important it is to learn how to properly reference your sources at university. It seems like such a tedious inconvenience at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will come naturally.
  2. Don’t leave everything until the night before. I know you’ve probably heard this hundreds of times and I sound like a teacher right now, but trust me, if you put everything off to the point where you have 3 or more assignments to do in one night, you’re going to hate yourself. Getting organised is going to help you so much in the long run.
  3. You don’t need to look on-point 24/7. It may be hypocritical of me to say this because I have been known to overdress slightly at uni, but no one will give two shits if you turn up in your pyjamas and slippers. If anything, they’ll only be jealous. I’m saying that from experience.
  4. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Your teachers love any contribution to discussion, and considering you may also be marked for class participation, try to involve yourself in debates and don’t second-guess yourself. There have been so many times I’ve wanted to suggest an answer in class, only to keep quiet out of fear of being wrong, and what I was about to say was right. Talk to your classmates, too. I’ve made more friends in my last semester than I have throughout the rest of my degree because I realized how little time I had left to do so. Try as much as you can to put yourself out there.
  5. Attend university events. I’ve missed out on so many university events and parties because of work commitments, and I wish I’d made more time to attend them. They’re a great way to meet people and become more comfortable in your surroundings if you’re feeling intimidated by the adjustment to uni.
  6. Go on student exchange. Everyone I know that’s gone on an exchange has loved it, so if you can, please consider it and let me live vicariously through you.
  7. Make sure your teacher actually plans to use the textbooks assigned for your subject. Textbooks are waaaaay too expensive to buy only to find out they were a waste of money.
  8. They’re there to help. If you’re struggling with some personal issues or just need to talk to someone, most universities have counsellors on hand to help you, and they can usually help with deadline extensions if you need it.
  9. Try to avoid paid parking spots. Parking at university is ridiculously expensive, so if you can, go for a spot in the streets surrounding the uni, or get a few friends together and use the carpool parking if your university offers it.
  10. Appreciate it. Time flies so quickly when you’re studying. I actually don’t know where the last three years have gone. It might be a pain in the arse 75% of the time, but there will come a day when you’ll wish time had slowed down a tad.

University can be extremely stressful at times, so if you can get through a degree, you can get through anything.

xo