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Limbo…


Nothing’s ever easy right? 

I’m currently at one of those pinochle moments in my life were I need to decide what to do next. I’m 23, living in Scotland with my family, got my degree last year, went and done a little travelling came home and worked. Not in any major jobs that I can climb further in the ladder for my career. I’m just in a “comfertable state” of living… which I like but detest all in one. I like uncomfortable. Change. Movement. New Challeneges. 

So what next?

Do I continue with travelling being my main prority? 

Do I apply for those difficult to get into summer programmes in America then come home and do a Ski season in France. Do I try and find a volunteer project that doesn’t cost thousands for longer than 2 weeks in Asia or Africa. Do I apply for an Australian visa and go over there in September for a year or 2 and try and find work. How will I survive and see the world at the same time.

Or do I stay in Scotland?

Focus on getting a better job, perhaps in Edinburgh that is all about events, marketing, social media or PR that I love. Save for holidays and try and get my travel fix through that. Wait until after summer finishes to apply and get a train ticket to go see Europe first before coming home and settling. Do I open my own business – pick one of the many ideas in my head and try my hardest to make it work.

Limbo

I see positive and negatives in both. I love travelling more than anything. However do I come home at 24/25 and try to build a career up when all my peers are settled? I know, I know focus on your own self! But will travelling make me less employeeable? 

These are the worries of this 23 year old girl trying to make the next move!

Is anyone else currently at this point in their life’s? 

Or has anyone been here, done that and gotten the t-shirt? Because I could never turn down some first hand knowledge and advice! 

xo 

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Suprise day out 

It takes a lot to surprise me. Usually I suss it out and put on a big smile so no one thinks I knew about it! This summer, I have been surprised twice! Once at my surprise graduation party and secondly, yesterday.

 I was with my friend in the morning organising the last of our trip (6 days to go!) when my boyfriend said he was taking me out for a late lunch and he couldn’t tell me where we were going. He said it had something to do with one of his friends and that was my only clue. Immediately my mind went to work. At first I thought he was going to take me to his work to the cafe there. I wasn’t keen, their nachos are amazing but he would of been thinking about wakeboarding the entire time. Perfect date! Then I thought maybe he knew someone that worked on one of the food vans that are up in our area right now for the Edinburgh festival and we were going to the beach for some chips. This had me gleaming! Beach and chips?! This is my idea of a good date!

So he picked me up and we drove the back roads so I knew we weren’t going to his work. Phew! Then we drove past my little pretty beach with all the food trucks and I got confused. No beach and chips?

We drove for about another 10 minutes, me enjoying the views, when he indicated left. I came out my day dream to realise he was turning into Archerfield. I was in complete shock! If you don’t know, Archerfield has a golf course that’s in the top 100 in the world, has a luxury spa and cottages and overall has the reputation of being lavish and upper market… I was in a pair of jeans and jumper so I freaked out!! I knew we weren’t going to get into the golf club like this, not to mention there is a huge tournament on over the past week also. 

However, instead of following the road down to the club house, he made another left. We went down a lovely little road to a stone carpark. I seen more people in jeans and instantly relaxed but also felt confused. I’d never been down this bit before and didn’t know what was going on.

To my absolutely, delighted surprised there is something called the Archerfield Walled Garden with amazing walks around it, pollytunnels, green patches, a brewery, a shop & deli and the perfect pretty little cafe! I think I may of squealed out loud! I was completely shocked.How was I completely oblivious and missed this all?! 

We went in for lunch were we both had burgers and shared a meringue with fresh cream and strawberries. Incredible. So, so good! We almost cleaned the plates but we had eyes bigger than our bellies syndrome! We nearly ordered a meringue each as well, thank goodness we shared – they are massive!! The atmosphere of the Walled Gardens cafe was really comfortable and warm, the staff were so lovely to us and everyone around us. The building its self is gorgeous. It’s beautifully lit up and has lots of local pieces of art work. It’s a place you could come for afternoon tea with your grandparents, bring your friends for a catch up, have your kiddies with you or come on a little romantic date (my favourite personally). Working in the hospititaly industry basically forever (don’t forget, I’m only 22!) ive seen how hard it can be do offer an establishment that covers all this. They have really done it so well.

Afterwards, we went for a walk around the trail the Willow walk which has numerous  trees being shaped into fantastic structures! Such as the Willow Kirk, the Willow Den and the Willow spiral! I honestly can’t say who was enjoying themselves more, the adults on the trail or the children! 

We ended up detouring from the trail to get closer to the golf course to have a peak. After deciding that it was time to get back to the trail, whilst we were walking back up and discussing phone traffifs (I know, exciting!) when all I could do was say “Nick Nick Nick!!”. Turning around he sees me jumping up and down and pointing. To two deers! A male and female looking directly at us! I was so excited at how close we were to them I almost cried! 

Getting back to the trail after our fantastic deer experience we made our way to the wishing tree. This is one of my favourite parts of the trail. It’s a tree with lots of ribbons tied to it, each one representing a wish from someone who has been there. It’s such a beautiful concept whilst also being beautiful to look at – I completely love it. We tied our ribbons and made our wish. 

Heading back up to the cafe building we went and explore the The Walden Garden. It grows everything. Pea, rubarbs, kale, tomatoes, cabbages… Everything! They also have the cutest scarecrow I’ve ever seen. It’s so peaceful and lovely. You also get all the amazing smells from all the different plants growing!

So overall, this was in my top 3 of best date days out ever. I was compelelty surprised, got fed extremely well, got to go exploring in the lands, smell all the beautiful plants and I got to make a wish. If you are ever in Scotland and this area I 100% recommend going to the Archerfield Walden Garden. Perfect day out. I can’t wait to get back and see more of it! 

I’ve posted some of my pictures from the day below, so hopefully you can see how good the day really was! 

Has anyone else ever been before? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?! 😊

Work work work

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This is 100% me! However, this is my last weekend working before I take off on my travels on Thursday! Eeek! 

Going to bed with a smile on my face

It’s under 10 days until I go on my mini trip. I’ve worked my butt off and done it all on my own. I’ve gotten through uni with good grades and my life is filled with good things going on, not just for me but for my family and friends.Feeling completely  peaceful 💜

To anyone who isn’t there yet, you are strong 💕

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So for graduation my parents got me a camera and I have been having a play with it. They got me it for going away on my Mini World Trip (2 weeks today! Woo!) and I have been loving it. Its waterproof, bounce proof and takes a pretty picture.. perfect for someone clumsy like me! So whilst I have been working crazy hours I have been trying to get some time to get use to my new piece of technology, and I feel like I have gotten the hang of it!

So a couple days ago my family and I went on a wee drive and got a chippy for dinner! We went to sit at the Harbour and eat it. It was a really lovely, warm night so we went out the car played Pokemon Go, went Geocaching and played with my camera!

The area we were in, Port Seton, is a special place for us as my great granny lived there all her life so not only did my mum grow up there, we practically did too. So it was great running around the town, we haven’t done it since she passed away.

I hope you like my photos! Remember, I was just practising! I now need to find a photo editor for my macbook, does anyone have any suggestions? I always use my phone and different apps on that so it is unusually to be doing this from my laptop! 

Port Seton, East Lothian – Scotland.

 

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A place where me and my papa use to always go after our drive to collect shells for my great granny. I’m not taking about a pokect full, we would each have a large tesco bags full by time we went to see her that day! Her front garden was full of shells from so many different beaches and lots of different coloured roses! Pink and yellow espically. Her back garden was the exact same but also had shells displayed in the concrete work! Maybe that’s why I love the beach so much?

A beautiful sunset on a beautiful beach, around a 10 minutes drive from my gran and papas house. There’s a lighthouse you can walk to and lots of lovely areas for picnics and general fun days out.

The White Sands, East Lothian – Scotland.


Did anyone else have a granny obsessed with something, such as shells, like mine?! 

Local Beauties 15 (kind off)

So the reason why this post has that little kind off part is due to me having me already blogged about this place in Local Beauties 4 .. However! This place is amazing and is one of my favourite local beauties so I thought I would share it again.

This time, we took my little sister and walked a different way. It is so nice taking someone to one of your favourite places (so long as they like it… And she did!) because you get to share something special to you. 

It was such a fun night! The 3 of us climbed rocks, skipped stones and of course clumbsy me fell climbing up a muddy hill right onto my boyfriend who then crashed, with me, on to a tree! With my little sister laughing at us at the bottom. So now my favourite place also has some new, hilarious memories! I hope you all like my photos from here as much as you did the first time 😊

Cockburnspath, Scottish Borders – Scotland✨


None of these photos are edited and just taken on my iPhone 6s 😊

Does anyone else have a favourite place like this? Have you shared it with anyone or do you keep it a secret? 

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Scotland’s weather has been so up and down lately. It’s either scorching hot or we have massive thunder and lighting storms! 

The other day during a break in the weather, we went down to a place called Skateraw, around a 25minute drive from my house but only 15 from my boyfriends. It’s a place I use to always go with my papa but haven’t been in years. It’s a very small beach just beside the huge Torness Power Station. Although small, it has a beach, a very old harbour foundation, is incredibly popular with birdwatchers, is on part with the John Muir trail and has many other historic attributes. 

Personal, I love going here to watch the flying birds over the sea pools and climbing the rocks.

Skateraw, Dunbar, East Lothian – Scotland


I also made a little Bunnie friend 😊🐰 poor wee guy ran across the road when we were coming in! Luckily my emergency stopping skills are very good! 🙈

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Little evening walk tonight with my dogs, sister and friend. It was warm the entire time, at 7pm at night in a beach in Scotland?! Who even knew that could happen! 

All photos are taken at Longniddry, about a 10/15 minute drive from my house and where I use to work. I love it here, such a nice, friendly place.

Also, all photos have no filters (unless it’s the snapchat saves!) such a pretty night! 

Longniddry Bents, East Lothian -Scotland 


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