It was after watching the film, ‘About Time’ (an amazing film by the way, the main female character is played by Rachel McAdams who is my all time favourite and I would really recommend it!) that I realised something about my life. For a while now, I feel as though I haven’t been living life to its full potential. As cliché as that phrase sounds it describes perfectly where I feel I have gone wrong. I am happily in my second year at Leeds uni, I have the best friends I could ask for and a great family yet I still feel as though I haven’t actually been completely immersed in my life. Somehow, amongst all the chaos of leaving home and becoming a new and independent person, I managed to lose myself along the way.
On the surface, everything seems pretty good and most of the time it is! But on a deeper, more personal level, I feel as though for some time, I have just been going through the motions. My week consists of lectures… and missing lectures; trying to spend as little as I can on my lunch and bus fares then blowing £30 easily on a night out or a new dress for a night out; dragging myself to the gym but then ruining the hard work with chocolate and takeaways; trying to get on with seminar work, talking for way too long in the kitchen with my house mates and then trying to do a bit more seminar work until the early hours of the morning… the usual week of a student. Yet I am distanced, I feel as though I am not actually experiencing life. I feel as though I am following a plan that someone else has devised for me, a typical student life.
I am not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing but there are so many things that I would love to change that I probably could. Yes, there are things that are completely out of my control but there are quite a few things that are actually within my power to do something about. I just want to feel that I am being pro active and shaping my life the way that I want it to be. I want to explore all the sides of my personality and not let myself settle into a monotonous routine of which I become bored. So, I have decided to start a blog. I want to keep a record of my attempt to change the things I don’t like about my life and a record of the things I love in life.
I have always loved creativity, art and photography so I really want to get back into this. I am already a big Instagram lover and user (@sassbristow) so check out some of my photos on there! Here is one of my favourite photos that I took in the city Graz in Austria last summer. I think the combination of the colours, the soft lighting and the depth of field really make the photo very beautiful and romantic:
I also love taking photos of people, here is an example of a photo from a shoot I did with my sister in our garden:
Last term I started attending life drawing classes which I absolutely love, I find it such a great way to relax after a long day at uni. I would like to try and find more classes like this and really allow my creative side to come out! Often things like this are forgotten about amongst the task of balancing university work and a social life but I think it is really important to find time for the things that you love to do. Here is an example of one of my drawings from class:
I had a huge desire to paint this holiday. I got my old paints out from GCSE art and I was all set to go until I then realised that the paints had gone mouldy and were unusable; I was so disappointed! Nevertheless, I used what resources I had and here is the result of an evening of pencil drawing:
I love cooking and baking so I want to post some of my favourite recipes and meal ideas. I do have a weakness with making cupcakes and whenever I go home from uni I am unstoppable ! I love trying out new flavours. Here is a photo of one of the white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes that I baked at the start of the month, they were absolutely delicious and I will probably post the recipe on here soon!
I absolutely love red velvet cake so I also made a batch of red velvet cupcakes for mothers days! They were absolutely delicious and I love the red glitter that I put on top!
Another of my favourite puddings to make is baked apples. Which are little healthier I guess, if you ignore the ice cream (but everyone needs ice cream every now and again!).
However, as much as I do love my cakes and deserts, I also want to get into healthy and organic eating. I am definitely going to track my progress with creating and sticking to a clean eating plan. On a similar topic, I have decided that I want to change my gym routine. I will write another post on this in more detail but basically, for the last 6 months I really got into my cardio and I have been doing a lot of running but I want to try and get into weights and lifting. I think this would be a better use of my time in the gym in the long run and who doesn’t want to get toned and in shape for summer?! During my running training, I managed to reduce my 10k time by 12 minutes which I am extremely proud of!
I also had a Gait analysis done in the christmas holidays so that I could buy a pair of trainers that would support my feet. If you are into running I would really recommend doing this. I could instantly feel the difference with my new running shoes and it is reassuring to know that I am helping to protect my feet and ankles the best I can. Running is a high impact sport and it is so important to try and look after your feet.
I love fashion so there will definitely be fashion and beauty posts. I intend to write about trends that I love, new clothes that I want, beauty products that I am lusting after. At the moment I am on the look out for a collection of skin products that really work for me and my skin so this is something that I will be investigating and then writing about. I have a weakness for gorgeous nail varnish colours and I love decorating my nails for a big night out. Here is a photo of my nails that I recently did for a ball that we had at uni. It is a L’oreal Paris nail varnish and the shade is ‘104 Beige Countess’. I really love natural, nude shades at the moment, I think they look so elegant and sophisticated. They are perfect to wear both in the day and at night. As you can see here I jazzed them up a bit with glitter for the ball!
Another passion of mine is interior design. I have always been really interested in colour schemes and the way that different shades can complement one another; how some colours just work really well together and others do not. I love fabrics and patterns and looking at the organisation and layout of a room. I love reading home magazines, watching home programs on television and I can spend hours looking around home and interior shops! So this will definitely be making an appearance in my posts. Here is a photo of my room at uni. I will no doubt be doing a separate post on this but here is a sneak preview!
I absolutely love to travel and explore new places. Ideally, one day I will travel the world and in the future, maybe after I have completed my degree, I will put this plan into action. At the moment though, I have just returned from a dance tour to Spain which was so much fun and I will probably post about it very soon! I am also planning a trip to Thailand and Vietnam with my friends this summer so expect regular updates!
Finally, I intend to write posts on anything that I find interesting to talk about. From creativity, travel and fashion to growing up and becoming the person that I want to be, my vision is to create a blog all about me and what I love/think/do… basically, what Sass says 🙂
So here is my first post!
Thanks so much for reading this,