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Monday, 23 March 2015

Recently...


Eclipse. 
I had a bit of a moment as I was standing, like so many others, looking skywards as the moon crept slowly across the sun allowing us to experience twilight at nine in the morning. It was almost like a bit of an awakening. Thinking about how many people have watched eclipses over the millenia, who they were, what they liked, if they were happy, what they felt in that moment, it was almost impossible to feel alone. And we're not alone, not really. So I guess I just wanted to say that I know how it feels to wake up each day and feel nothing. And sometimes those feelings pass quickly, but if they don't, never be afraid to ask for help. I got your back, you know. We've all go to look out for each other, because if we don't, what's the point?

Notebooks. 
It's a jolly good job I have a lot of them because I have officially lost the ability to write at my laptop. These past five years of my degree have resulted in my head equating laptops with work. And that's okay because I now see why so many love to keep paper journals. It's cathartic scribbling on a piece of paper before hopping into bed. So I'll let my brain off associating computers with essays, the end is in sight so I'm hopeful it won't be this way forever.

Side note: don't ever let anyone tell you that you're a failure or that you won't ever achieve anything, because you can do anything. And if you believe you can, then you will. When I dropped out of University at 21 people practically queued up at my door to tell me that I'd ruined my chances of making something of myself. I still often wonder why some seem to get pleasure from trying to tear down others, it must be so draining. But I used that negativity as fuel, and yes it might have taken me a bit longer, but I'll graduate this year. And I'm so proud. Proud that I made a decision and found another path. Proud that I did it myself. And proud that I didn't let anyone else tell me what I could or couldn't do.

So I'm here to tell you that you can do anything that you want to do. I believe in you.

Harry Potter. 
To celebrate nothing in particular I'm heading down to the Harry Potter Studio Tour this week and I cannot wait. Platform 9 3/4 here I come!

xoxo
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48 comments:

  1. I feel a bit silly because I wouldn't look at the eclipse without the special glasses, this shot is lovely. I'll have to wait until 2026...

    Have fun at HP! I still haven't been and it makes me so sad.

    Tara x

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  2. You caught such a lovely photo of the eclipse!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  3. Lovely photo Jennie! I'm so sad that I couldn't get a glimpse of the eclipse, it was just a bit too cloudy where I was. So jealous that you're off to see platform 9 3/4, have a lovely time! x

    Sophie | SophiesMakeupBlog

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  4. You managed to get such a good photo! I was in a lecture and my tutor decided to shut the blinds for 'safety' reasons. I was so annoyed!! I you will love the Harry Potter tour, one of my favourite days out xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Whaaat?! That's not fair! Thank you <3

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  5. I am so jealous that you're going to the Harry Potter studios! I went there in October last year and it is absolutely fantastic but I am desperate to visit again soon now that Platform 9 3/4 and The Hogwarts Express have been added. I look forward to reading about your experience. X

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  6. I went to the studio tour just before the new Hogwarts Express opened. I think I may have to go down again just to check it out, there is always something new everytime I go.

    Keep up the positivity

    Mel ♥ everyword

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    1. It's definitely worth another trip, the Hogwarts Express is amazing! x

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  7. Lucky you got to see the eclipse - it wasn't visible from where I live! Have lots of fun at the Studio as well - I've been rereading my Harry Potter books lately and it's kind of reawakening that kind of magic :)

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. I definitely want to re-read the series this year <3

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  8. oh god, thank YOU for saying this today. Honestly, I had a terrible week last week. Too many people deciding that they are allowed to have a (very loud) opinion of my life and my choices. I just felt so emotionally drained. It's nice to see that it happens to everyone!

    Chrissy x
    www.chrissylilly.com

    p.s. SO jealous of Harry Potter!! I went a few years ago, but I'd love to go back and see the Hogwarts Express!!!

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    1. You make the decisions you want to make, you know what's best for you! You must go back and see the Hogwarts Express, it's amazing! xo

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  9. Nice post. The eclipse really is something amazing, and I feel it brings people together to experience something so unusual. Have fun on the Harry Potter Studio Tour!
    Emily
    http://dreamuphappiness.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I didn't manage to see the eclipse as it was so cloudy in London but this photograph is amazing! The mister and I went to Harry Potter world a couple of weeks ago for his Birthday.. oh the magic of it all! I came out feeling so happy, I think it's all the childhood memories associated with the books and films xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  11. Lovely post! I am so jealous of your tour at Harry Potter. I have been wishing to go for a long time! I really hope you have an amazing time! Would really love to hear what you thought of the experience!

    WritingMonique

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    1. It's such a wonderful day out <3

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  12. I thought about how many other people were looking up at the eclipse at the exact same time, it seems crazy so many people can be doing the same exact thing as you at the same moment. Have fun at harry potter studios, I can't wait to go back!!

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  13. That's such a cool shot, Jennie! Also, I hope you have an incredible time at the HP studios - sounds amazing!

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  14. Aaw, have an awesome time at the studio tour (I know you will!). I hope you get a little treat to bring home with you :) xxx

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    1. Ohh I definitely raided the gift shop hehe xo

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  15. This is such a lovely post! It's strange to think we were all watching the eclipse at the exact same time in different places?! x
    AllysDays.blogspot.com

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    1. Such an amazing collective experience! xo

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  16. Awesome photo! I've never actually watched an eclipse myself, never seem to eb able to catch up.

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  17. Its so sad that the eclipse did not happen in this part of the world, where I currently live.

    You always have inspiring post to share Jennie. Keep sharing.

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  18. I absolutely loved the eclipse, I always think like you how many people were witnessing the same event as us and what their thoughts and feelings were etc. Spooky!

    Em

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  19. You should be so proud that you were brave enough to choose another path, Jennie. There is so much pressure to do what other people judge to be "the right decision" (whether that is regarding school, relationships or a job) that it would be easy to be terrified into staying stuck in a situation which is making you miserable. It is terrifying to put two fingers up at everyone else and choose what is right for you, but it can pay off, and you're going to feel incredible when you graduate this year!

    x

    p.s. have fun at the Harry Potter Studio Tour - I've been twice and absolutely loved it both times!

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    1. It's interesting because often I think there aren't necessarily any 'right decisions'. All we can do is do what we think is best <3

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  20. I hope you had a great time at the Harry Potter Studio tour. A few of my friends went last week, and the photos looked incredible. I haven't been yet which is saddening.

    That's such a great photo of the eclipse! I was in Bristol and slept through my alarm. Fail!

    Your paragraph about the eclipse is beautiful. As clichéd as it sounds, moments like that can only enhance just how vast and unimaginable this world is, and it's full of people just like us all.

    xxx

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  21. Lovely post I'm so happy you got to see the eclipse! In Brighton it was literally just clouds in the sky so you couldn't see anything :(

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  22. I live in London and you literally couldn't see a bloody thing. Was so sad to miss out on it. Hope you have fun at Harry Potter! x

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  23. Oh my gosh, you actually managed to see the eclipse! I was in the City (of London) at the time and didn't see a damn thing - it just looked like dusk had come early. Rubbish. Woohoo for the Studio Tour - I'm so jealous that you get to see the new opening of Platform 9 3/4! xx

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  24. I wish I had seen this, we all stood obediently waiting outside our office but it was so misty we couldn't see much. Congratulations on nearly finishing, I promise the will to sit at a computer and enjoy won't take long to return :)
    P.S. Have a great time at the studios, I am desperate to see platform 9 3/4 but might be pushing it as I've already been twice, get something off the trolley for me xx

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    1. I think a 3rd visit is totally acceptable! xx

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