Before I Die…

I read a book a few months ago called All The Bright Things. In this book the characters were listing the things they wanted to do, achieve or create before they die and it inspired me to write about the things I want to do before I do (a long time away I hope so plenty of time to get through my list!). So, let’s jump straight in shall we. 

Before I die I want to…

  • Swim with dolphins. 
  • Go to Hawaii. 
  • Own a home (or two if I’m lucky enough). 
  • Be my own boss. 
  • Have children and raise them in a two parent home. 
  • Go to Italy and make my own pizza (I know I can do this anywhere but.. Italy right?). 
  • Be given the type of love only a parent can get. 
  • Marry my best friend.
  • Build a tree house. 
  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Visit more of the UK. 
  • Go and visit Jess in Canada. 
  • Work abroad for a year. 
  • Own a high end bag. 
  • Take a trip with just my brothers (probably too wishful). 
  • Witness a miracle.
  • Never have to worry about money. 
  • Go on a safari. 

Across the years I’ll probably accomplish some of these things and continue to add more. This is just the start of my very long journey. How about you guys write your own list of things to do, achieve or create before you die!

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A Open Letter To My Younger Self..

Dear teenage Beth,

You did it. You will reach adulthood and the minor problems in your young, teenage life has not determined who you will become and what you will achieve. At the time, being a teenage is the harder thing in the world. What seems like the biggest problems eventually become smaller and smaller, before you realise they were so meaningless and will play no importance to your future.

Your best friends will change but you will always remember your first, the first best friend to go shopping with and who you turn to in times of need. Yes, you’ll find others who also mean so much to you but that first one, they will never be forgotten. It’s okay to move on, it’s all a part of living.

Your parents are trying their hardest and they don’t always get it right but that’s okay, you’ll learn to forgive and forget because they gave you life and more. They aren’t perfect, they’re strict and often have no idea about anything you have an interest in but they care for you and protect you in so many ways and simply want what’s best for you. Even if they don’t always know what that is.

You’re not fat. You never have been and you will definitely gain weight but  your mental health will change and you’ll realise that you’re healthy. Most of all, you are worthy of love, time and friendships and being a 5’2 curvy woman will not change whether you’re loved or attractive.

That boy you met in the club and made your night out fantastic.. Forget him. He’s not important. The boy you thought was your first love and you could never live without him.. Yeah, forget him too, he wasn’t your first love. You’ll meet someone eventually and they’ll change your whole world and show you exactly what it is to be loved and love. Everyday he will show you that you’re the best thing in the world and without you his life won’t ever be the same, hold on to it because it’s the best thing ever. Argue with him, love him, be funny and always appreciate the little things. You would be lost without him. 

However, your first real heartbreak will come and you will feel awful all the time. From what people have said though, you’ll move on but you’ll never forget him. That’s okay because I’m sure he won’t ever forget you too. 

Your health is the most important thing in the world so take a break. You’re stubborn and hardworking and whenever you put your mind to something you won’t stop until it’s achieved to above satisfaction but remember, your body is not a temple and it needs time to rest and relax from your very busy antics. You’re not iron man and you will only get worse if you’re not giving yourself time to enjoy the little thing and appreciate laying in bed all day reading a book. 

You done good kiddo. Enjoy your life… it’ll fly by. 

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What’s Up, Buttercup?

During the past 5 weeks a lot of things have happened but most importantly of all, I received my university classification and I realised I have to get my shit together. 

I graduated Aberystwyth University with a upper second class honours degree in Childhood Studies BA Hons (2:1). This is a huge achievement that I’m extremely proud of, in fact I can’t believe it’s happened. I’ve spent the last 3 years working so incredibly hard to achieve this degree and I never thought I would achieve the grade that I did, let alone have a first in my dissertation. 

However, nobody prepares you to finish university and enter the real world and become a proper adult. I honestly believe that there should be a third year module called How to Adult. This should be on all higher education courses. 

So, I had decisions to make. To move home, find a full time job and make a start on adulting. Or another option, stay in university and do a Masters of Arts degree. Well, after serious consideration I’m prepared for 2 more years in university to study a MA degree in Equality and Diversity in Society. 

Only three years ago I was preparing to study my first degree, now I’m preparing to move to a new town and study my next. Am I ready to start adulting? Absolutely not. Do I have to do it anyway? Absolutely, just throw myself in the deep end and pray that I can swim. 

MA degrees are funded differently and I don’t have student finance to pay my tuition fees for me now. Instead, I’ll receive a 10,000 loan for the 2 year period and £6000 of that will be spent on the course. Therefore I need a job with plenty of hours and a decent pay to fund my lifestyle and bills. It’ll be hard yes, but I’m so looking forward to a fresh start and a change in lifestyle. 

Onto the next adventure! 

Vouge 73 Questions

On their Youtube channel Vogue has celebrity guests such as James Corden, Emma Stone and Neil Patrick Harris. Vouge are invited into their homes and asked 73 ‘random’ questions and I’ve been loving them. Since I’ve been loving them so much I thought I would answer the question lists as a way for you guys to learn more about me. So, here we have it, 73 questions all about me! Enjoy. 

  1. What’s your favourite movie? Grease. 
  2. Favourite movie in the past five years? Bridget Jones’s Baby. 
  3. Favourite Hitchcock film? I don’t have one. 
  4. A book you plan on reading? The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith.
  5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you? Holes.
  6. Favourite TV show that is currently on? The Vampire Diaries.
  7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now? ugh, like an 8. 
  8. iPhone or Android? iPhone.
  9. Twitter or Instagram? Twitter. 
  10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now? Dylan Sprouse. 
  11. What’s your favourite food? Pizza. 
  12. What’s your least favourite food? Cooked mushrooms. 
  13. What do you love on your pizza? Veggies! 
  14. Favourite drink? Sparkling apple and raspberry water. 
  15. Favourite dessert? Tripple chocolate fudge cake. 
  16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Neither. 
  17. Coffee or tea? Is green tea an option? 
  18. What’s the hardest part of being a mum? I’m not a mum.. I wouldn’t know. 
  19. What’s your favourite band? All Time Low. 
  20. Favourite solo artist? Lukas Graham.
  21. Favourite song? James Arthur – Sober. 
  22. If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would it be? Celine Dion. 
  23. If yu could master one instrument, what would it be? Violin. 
  24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be? Thigh. 
  25. To be or not to be? That is the question. 
  26. Dogs or cats? Dogs. 
  27. Bird-watching or whale-watching? Whale-watching. 
  28. Best gift you’ve ever received? Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass books from 1961 and 1962. 
  29. Best gift you’ve ever given? I have no idea. 
  30. Last give you gave a friend? Sweets. 
  31. What’s your favourite board game? Trivial pursuit. 
  32. What’s your favourite country to visit? I’ve not travelled enough to know. 
  33. What’s the last country you visted? Spain. 
  34. What country do you wish to visit? Italy. 
  35. What’s your favourite colour? Orange. 
  36. Least favourite colour? Fushia. 
  37. Diamonds or peals? Diamonds. 
  38. Heels or flats? Flats. 
  39. Pilates or yoga? Pilates
  40. Jogging or swimming? Swimming. 
  41. Best way to de-stress? A bath and book. 
  42. If you had one superpower, what would it be? I would be invisable. 
  43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language? aa. 
  44. What’s your favourite flower? Lillys. 
  45. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday. 
  46. Do you like your handwriting? Yes. 
  47. Do you bake? Not often enough. 
  48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself? My weight. 
  49. What is your favourite thing about yourself? My constant need to help others. 
  50. What do you miss most? My niece and nephew. 
  51. What are you listening to right now? Grease Live. 
  52. Favourite smell? Cranberry. 
  53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Matthew.
  54. Who was the last person you sent a text to? Matthew. 
  55.  A sport you wish you could play? Ice Hockey. 
  56. Hair colour? Brunette. 
  57. Eye colour? Blue. 
  58. Scary film or happy ending? Happy ending. 
  59. Favourite season? Fall/Autumn. 
  60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with? Elvis Presley, Princess Diana, Aretha Franklin. 
  61. Hugs or kisses? Hugs. 
  62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles? The Beatles. 
  63. Where were you born? Newport, South Wales. 
  64. What is the farthest you’ve been from home? United States. 
  65. Sweet or savory? Savory. 
  66. Lipstick or lip gloss? Lipstick. 
  67. What book have you read again and again? P.s I Love You. 
  68. Favourite bedtime story? Matilda. 
  69. What would be the title of your autobiography? ‘Bethan Davies and her customised chair in A&E.’
  70. Favourite sound? A child laughing. 
  71. Favourite animal? Tortoise. 
  72. Who is your girl crush? Emma Watson. 
  73. Last photograph you took? Of my sweet potato fries. 

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Happy 21st Birthday, Matt!

A little warning.. but I’m going to be incredibly soppy as today is my boyfriend, Matt’s birthday! With that I thought it’s the best time to talk about him to you guys and why I think he’s an absolute star and deserves to have the best birthday ever. He also loves it when I write blog post’s about him so it’s a little gift to him.

So, Matthew. Since it is your 21st birthday and you have continued to make my life so much better since you’ve walked into it. I just thought, I would let you know exactly why I am totally and utterly in love with.  

Ever since this little egg walked into my life he has turned it entirely upside down in so many ways and across the way we have found ourselves in some of the hardest situations but we always make it through and come out stronger and better than ever. I have never known someone who is so incredibly supportive and is always on the sidelines being my biggest fan. He never fails to lift me up when I’m down but always manages to knock me down slightly when I’m acting too big for my boots. He makes me laugh and smile when I’m at my lowest, whether I’ve had a bad day or feeling unwell, he manages to say and do anything he can to make me feel so much better than myself.  

Happy birthday to my best friend  my absolute world. I’m so happy to be spending another birthday with you. All my love. 

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Life Update

I’ve come to a point now when I know its necessary to share with you what’s been going on with my life and what is going to happen. So, if you don’t know already I’ve been studying Childhood Studies in Aberystwyth University for the past 3 years and it’s finally coming to an end. Although I’m sad to see it go as I’ve changed and become a woman I’m proud to be, I’m looking forward to a new challenge and an exciting new path to take (when I decide what that is.. more to come).

After months in fact almost a year of hard work and dedication, my dissertation has finally been completed and submitted. It was a long time coming and for the most part I did enjoy writing it but it wasn’t easy but I’m glad I got to do it. A dissertation isn’t easy at all and people really don’t express how difficult it is to write at all, the stress that comes with it is bizarre and awful and I hated those parts, However, I really enjoyed gathering the data and writing up the statement of results, it was the most enjoyable part (alongside finishing it). For those of you who are currently finishing your second year and preparing to write your dissertation, you will eventually finish it and please remember to enjoy it. This piece of work is a representation of your entire degree and you deserve to enjoy it and embrace it.

With that, my degree is finally over! Three hard years of work, dedication and time. I’ve enjoyed my time in Aberystwyth as a student and I have grown to love and adore my little town and I can definitely see me living here, raising children and having a life. However, for now I know that this is a long shot and I have so much to do within the next few years and I can’t wait to explore this world we have and see what else I can become and achieve.

With that in mind, I’m heading to New York in 1 month. 12th June I’ll be flying to JFK and spending three months in America. I can’t wait to go! I’ll be working at a summer camp for the first few weeks and then spending some time travelling around the country and enjoying the aspects that I may never have to chance of visiting again. I’ll be scheduling posts for the months I’m away but generally I’ll be limited on social media and I’ll respond and upload as often as I can.

Since this is the end, I’ll be back in September ready prepared to write more posts and build my blog. Enjoy your summer! Check out my social media:

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

My newest book review is here and it’s a good one! This week it is on Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I bloody love this book, it’s so creative and imaginative and ideal for children. It’s incredibly written and so fun! I totally recommend to everybody. Literally anybody, regardless of what genre you usually go for this is so suitable for everybody as it has a little bit of different genres from romance to thriller and mystery.

Jacob Portman had been listening to his grandfather’s stories his whole life, stories about a group of peculiar children whom he lives within a children’s home in Wales. As he grew older he realised that these were in fact just stories and those of which he doubts until he visits his dying grandfather and witnesses a creature that only he could see. Grandfather Abraham would describe simply as a monster. He and his father spend 3 weeks in Wales in hopes to learn more about his beloved grandfather and instead learn more than he could ever have imagined.

I think this book is incredible. I’ve not come across a review that says otherwise yet. It’s so fun to read and it makes you remember all those imaginative stories you come across as a kid. The book has old pictures of these peculiar children and I love that you get to see what these children would have actually looked like. However, it’s so frustrating that they’re in the middle of chapters throughout the book. Don’t get me wrong I love the images I just wish there was more of a structure to it as I found that I would get distracted by the images when reading a chapter.

This book is fantastic and has made me so excited to read the second and third instalments! Let me know if you liked or disliked it and check out my social media.

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