Can we talk about fate for a moment? It’s been floating around in my head for the past couple of days and I just can’t shake it. I’ve always been a non-believer in fate, I don’t like to think I have a pre-set path. I like to think I am making all my own decisions and they could change at any moment. I believe in experiences and serendipity and last minute spontaneity.
But recently, rom-coms and grown up (read: serious) relationships have had me thinking. Do we all have a person who we are supposed to marry? Do we all meet and marry our soul-mates? Do soul-mates even exist? Now, my inner rom-com lover is shaking her head at my questioning all this. So I took so my questioning to one of my very good friends; Of course I believe fate exists she gushes at me over coffee. She then goes on to back up her relationship story very well, managing to make the whole thing sound like a rom-com. Hhhmm. She and her BF are incredibly cute though. Ridiculously, even. And I love the story of them. But I’m not sure if it’s fate or just serendipity, which I’m more inclined to lean towards, especially as that is how I feel about meeting my BF.
Maybe, maybe, there is the tiniest littlest part of me (the rom-com loving part clearly) that believes in fate when it comes to relationships. A bigger part of me is more willing to believe that maybe some things do happen for a reason and perhaps the reason is just to teach you a lesson about yourself or love or being in a relationship or whatever. Perhaps I am just thinking way too much into this. But it has me curious; do you believe in fate? And if so why? And if you don’t why not? Please leave comments on the back of a postcard, or y’know down in the comments section as I’d love to hear what you think!
Sometimes we just need a little reminding. I know I do. I definitely get caught up in doing what I think I should be doing, or being hard on myself because of what I haven’t done and thought maybe I should. And actually, we can do whatever we want in terms of our careers, our lives. We can invent and design our own lifestyle. Whenever I think about that I get hugely inspired!
Hi Friends, I’m going to New York! In two weeks! I am so excited! Three years ago I had the opportunity to work a summer in Manhattan and I absolutely adored it. My boss, at the time, had the genius idea to send us on a scavenger hunt around the entirety of Manhattan on our second day – she really wanted us to get to know the city that we were about to call home – and I can’t thank her enough for that. I got to see and live New York like a local; I had a coffee shop that I probably spent too many mornings popping into, a bar that I spent far too many evenings drinking amazing cocktails in and Bryant Park where I could sit and read (and people watch) for days. I also won the Wicked Lottery. I’m not sure if loved is a strong enough statement for that Summer.
Sadly I haven’t had the chance to visit New York since then, but I’ve been planning my trip back ever since. Back in July I decided just to see how much flights would cost, since I was in the country anyway it would be silly not to visit one of my favourite cities in the world. Right? Well I found incredibly cheap flights and decided to just go for it. And now, after months (felt like years) of waiting, it’s just around the corner. Initially, I was just going to go by myself and enjoy the city at Christmas, see a couple of friends and play-by-ear. But now I have a wonderful companion joining me and we are both a bit bloody excited!
We were going to make a list of what we wanted to do months ago, but due to us both being horrendously busy, that didn’t happen. So I find myself making my list now; searching the internet; blogs; watching vlogs; getting in touch with friends who have visited and of course pinning everything about New York that exists on Pinterest. I’m looking everywhere! So far my list is pretty fantastic and I am exceptionally excited about doing some Christmas Shopping! But, because it has been years (sob) since I’ve been to my favourite city I would love some recommendations of great things to do, where to go and where to eat etc. Please link your blogs and vlogs! Can’t wait to see your suggestions!
When I was little the prospect of having to wear a Christmas jumper was awful. I’d always imagine it as something my grandma would knit with three sleeves, two head holes and would be the itchiest thing in the world. I was never a fan. Remember Bridget Jones’ and her Christmas jumpers? Yeah, no. I wasn’t having any of it.
The past couple of years my sister has bought a Christmas jumper. She is mad for them, always trying to find the ‘best’ one. I still wasn’t sold. Thing is, I LOVE jumpers. Being in Atlanta the last six months with beautiful warm sunshine, and the crazy humidity, meant that I was sweating even just wearing vest tops. So my collection of jumpers was left in the UK. Coming home was a godsent for my jumper collection. Out they came and one by one I have been wearing them. It’s been wonderous. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t been able to wear them, because let’s be real here; you can wear jumpers during Summer in the UK, especially Scotland, but I have been dying to add to my knitwear collection. Big oversized jumpers, fluffy jumpers, fitted, patterned, graphic; I want them all. So yesterday I had a spare five minutes after some meetings so I just very quickly popped into a couple of shops. It’s safe to say that the Christmas jumpers are out in full force, perhaps more so than ever before. Seriously. But I did see some that I may contemplate getting because they are actually quite lovely for Christmas jumpers. Definitely not Bridget Jones-esk. I really just adore soft cuddly, snuggly cosy things I can wear at this time of year. Whilst I’m having hot chocolate. With Bailey’s. Gosh I cannot wait! So I guess you could say I’m a little excited for Christmas, and the potential of some gorgeous jumpers to add to my collection, Christmas style or not.
I’ve started a Pinterest board for some inspiration but as you can see there aren’t many typical Christmas jumpers on there yet.
Do you like Christmas jumpers? Have you seen any that are really gorgeous? Have you bought yours already? I think my sister has highlighted at least 7 she loves. Where is your favourite place to buy jumpers?
Monday. I smile every time I read this gem.
Hi, I’m Ellie. Pictures and Penny Thoughts is my little online journal.
I’ve been sitting here writing and re-writing my ‘Why I stopped blogging for a while’ intro. I started Pictures and Penny Thoughts last year and whilst I enjoyed blogging, ultimately I couldn’t decide what I wanted my space to be. It’s was an outlet because I liked writing. But it was a mix of everything and nothing specifically. There wasn’t any real direction and I was struggling to come up with posts to write and what I thought people would like to read. So I took a break.
Back in May I moved to Atlanta where I was working as a photographer. I had planned to write about it all and even perhaps vlog. Now, neither of those happened because I got so insanely busy (I photographed 30 weddings! Gah!) I can’t even begin to describe it. I kept writing but just in my personal journal, and vlogging? Maybe one day. After 6 months, photographing 30 weddings, numerous events and studio sessions has changed me in so many ways. Also the whole living abroad thing. And I started dating someone out there too. Six months feels like no time at all and also a very long time. I changed quite a bit and well after a bit of reflection I decided that I would return to PPT again. I have some big plans and I do like writing. I hope you’ll follow my journey on here, I’m quite excited!