Today’s post is going to be more on the casual side and possibly give away more about my character. It’s going to be reflective but also relatable at the same time. I want to talk to you about the symbolism September has to us British kids, and for everyone else, the start of a new education phase/term/semester/year. I would be so grateful if this conversation wasn’t one sided so please do drop by in the comments.
Disclaimer: this post could get quite long. Just a tad.
S u m m e r B u c k e t L i s t R e v i e w
- Spend time with my brother
The best moment was when my brother told me I can’t wait to get home from school now because I have so much fun playing with you. This week had been the best week ever.
Practically melted my heart.
- Stay in touch with my friends over the summer.
Although I didn’t meet up, I did maintain frequent and sometimes daily conversations with my friends via whatsapp, email and call.
- Get through an overflowing piles of books that are ready to be read (I am seriously looking forward to reading again – yep I’m a huge bookworm)
This is a work in progress but I love the feeling of knowing I always have a book to read.
- Learn the guitar
I only learnt the chords for Let it Go.
- Work on Grade Eight Piano
I’ve been working on two exam pieces that I love. They’re so beautiful. One is a Waltz by Chopin and the other is by Mozart.
- Build up an art sketchbook
There are some days when my inspiration allows me to draw endlessly. Then there are days I don’t draw a thing.
You can take sneak peeks at my sketchbook here.
- Finish writing a novel draft
I was so determined and motivated to finish a novel draft for a competition but then I lost the drive. I decided to take a break from writing a novel for a while and enter next year.
- Get into photography
Much love to my red camera.
- Learn coding
I learnt CSS and HTML. My previous posts with colourful backgrounds and text was created used HTML.
- Make a scrap book photo album
There’s a long way to go on this. I’ve only sorted the photos I wanted to print for the album so far.
- Volunteer again
I got an amazing summer volunteer job at a National Trust property and I loved every second.
- Learn piano notes to songs I adore
I printed loads of piano sheet music and play them whenever I feel like it. My current favourites are One Call Away and Faded. Maybe I’ll post an audio clip one day – what do you think?
- Bake again
Our kitchen was only installed last week. Before, our kitchen was literally non existent.
I made a pizza although it wouldn’t win any awards in a beauty pageant. It was yummy though 😉
- Redesign my room
And that’s a no from me. Only did some tidying and rearranging bits and bobs.
- Visit historical places, and go out to places that interest me and my family
We did a lot of this, this summer. You can read all about it here.
- Survive induction day – not be shy and actually approach people and make friends
One went surprisingly well, the other okay, and the last one awful.
- Work on some A level stuff to get a taste for Sixth form
I began on my enrolment tasks early because I wanted to keep a busy mind. Yet I managed to procrastinate Chemistry till the last minute. I still haven’t started it.
- Play my musical instruments I haven’t touched in a while
I picked up my saxophone and was delighted to find I could still play it. Still loud as ever.
- Go cycling in the woods again
I went once with my brother who fell off and scared me. Thank god he escaped with a scab to his elbow.
- Blog frequently obviously!
Some weeks it seems I never shut up, and other weeks it seems I’ve turned into a ghost. Nonetheless, I think I’ve become more of a frequent blogger than before.
If you had a summer bucket list, how did it turn out?
S u m m e r A i m s
I wanted to be more spontaneous during the holidays if that makes any sense and literally leap out of my comfort zone.
Yea, that didn’t happen 😞
However, I did expand my confidence online by leaving frequent comments on blogs. Something I hesitated to do before incase I wrote the wrong thing or sounded stupid. Special thanks to Elm, Anna, Kate, Sav the Lion, L and Inspired Teen for responding to my comments with a smile worthy reply.
In addition, I decided to pop up to bloggers asking if they were interested in collab posts. Bare in mind I never initiate a conversation, let alone when I hadn’t a clue how it works.
I also sent of a CV and covering letter to a vacancy I was interested in. I’m still worrying I wrote something silly but at the end of the day they only know my name. . .and other stuff. But they’re too busy to hunt me down right 😭
What summer aims did you have and how did they go?
S c h o o l H o p e s
– make new friends
– maintain old friendships until we’re all grannies and grandpas 😂
– keep up with the workload
– keep smiling no matter what
– take opportunities that scream awesome to me
– no longer be the girl that doesn’t put her hand up in class or talk much
– interact in class and form more
– manage time well
– revise from day one
What hopes do you have for school?
B l o g A i m s
– Build up my supportive community
– Make more amazing blogger friends
– Participate in more collabs (email me at flawedsilence.gmail.com if you’re interested)
– Create more blog posts in a similar manner as to now
What aims do you have for your blog?
S e p t e m b e r S y m b o l i s m
To me September is a month full of uncertainties and a time when my comfort zone seems to shrink immensely. It’s a time when we’re thrown into the same environment with slightly more pressure as we become older and closer to adulthood.
September marks a new start where we are all running, wobbling, skipping, crawling towards the finish line. The line we cross to spend a relaxing summer away from school or nervously waiting for results.
We are all balancing on the step of life as we all grow not only academically but also physically and emotionally. During this time, take the time to appreciate the small gestures but also to take in the enormity of each challenge you overcome.
As the autumn leaves fall ever so gracefully, we dance elegantly over the debris as our intelligence is allowed to blossom even brighter. Remember to chase after things that make you happy, and leave behind the things that cause sorrow when necessary.
Your hardwork will always be reflected in the future you are starting to build yourself.
What symbolism does September have to you?
I’m going to end this post wishing that your first day back at school goes smoothly, and that you leave the school gates smiling. After all, we only begin to miss the things we used to loathe when time begins to run out.
I’m going to head off now to sort my stationary and untag stuff now.
How about you?