Thursday, 5 September 2013

No Good Deed....

Today I became Bone Marrow donor.
This post is not me asking for a pat on the back, I just wanted to explain why I did it and why it wasn't something I really thought about, just something I knew I wanted to do.
For the past couple of weeks this link has been popping up all over my news feed.
Rob George is a 21 year old who has leukemia, he is the son of my old dance teacher and has been battling this disease since 2011. Now leukemia, as you may know is a cancer of the blood and Rob needs a bone marrow transplant to survive,his family have all been tested and none came up as a match, similarly no one that is currently on the Anthony Nolan register, a world wide bone marrow transplant list, are matches for Rob either. Having read the full story it struck me that if this happened to me or you, if you found out one of your family members or one of your close friends say, needed a bone marrow transplant to survive, that little piece of hope that they would be fine. All they needed was a bone marrow match, out of all the people who were bone marrow donors all they needed to find was one person, just one match and there wasn't one, what would you do? What would you expect to happen? To have that hope cut down, destroyed because no one was brave enough to have a few injections and spend a day in hospital to save someone's life.
My Nan died of cancer when I was 11, unfortunately there was nothing anyone could have done to save her, but if there was, I know I would have been even more distraught thinking it could have been done but wasn't because there weren't enough people on a register. Or because someone hadn't ticked a box on an application form.
So this is me saying I've registered. Whether it be blood, bone marrow or organ donation, I hope this will make you think about helping someone when they need it most!
Peace out!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

An awfully big adventure...

Today was A Level results day and it made me realise quite how soon I go off to university (my countdown currently says 29 days 16 hours and 12 minutes)! I also finished my shopping today, meaning I have all my bits and pieces for my room and the kitchen I'll be sharing with my fellow flat mates. My favourite purchase has to be my saucepans, which are red and white spotty with heart on! I also love my JW duvet cover and my amazing bundle of stationary!

As well as the excitement hitting me an almost equal dose of nervousness has also been cropping up at regular intervals, mostly when something uni related happens, such as finishing the uni shop, recieving my final confirmation and setting up my student account, amongst other things. I'm not entirely certain how I'm going to cope for the first couple of days. The first time I went away without my family, when I was 8 or 9, did not go well, I cried as soon as it was time to sleep every night for a week. I'm sure I won't be that bad at uni (hopefully) but I know I'm going to find the first week quite hard at uni!
I'm lucky enough to have already spoken to a couple of people also starting this year so fingers crossed I may know someone in my flat and have a friendly face on moving in day!
All very exciting!
Ta ta for now!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Itchy Feet...

Firstly I would like to point out, I do not mean literally. Just want to put it out there I do not have some hideous, smelly fungal foot infection that makes me feet itch. Okay, sometimes my feet do smell.... mostly when I avoid socks in the name of fashion, but you know sometimes socks just don't look right... Rant about feet over.
No! the meaning of today's title, is as you may have guessed;
I am off to uni in September, which is definitely something to look forward to, but with one of my besties having just returned from her gap yah trip of a lifetime to Hawaii (see And yeah she went to Hawaii/San Fran for 6 weeks BY HERSELF. I'm so jel, but would never be brave enough to do that. Another of my good friends has just gone off for a 3 month Camp America extravaganza which is definitely something I would love to do.
Another of my best friends has been to Ecuador for a month before we started college AND is off to Australia as part of her Uni course.
My baby cuz is off to Kavos for a girls week on friday and although its not exactly travelling, I'm still jel of the booze cruises and drunken adventures she will undoubtedly have whilst there!
 My sister friend (she pretty much is my sister, not in the cute best friend 'we've known each other for so long and I know everything about her' kind of way. But in the 'we bicker all the time, it annoys me so much when she's right, which is all the time. And yet STILL I talk to her' kind of way) is off to Turkey with her Mumma and Cornwall with her boyf jel! AND my Gingeee is off to DISNEY LAND.
All of this is making me feel like I should have planned something for my summer to make my gap year just a little bit more special.
My brother caught the travelling bug during his gap years (2 of them). He lived in Holland for 6 months as a painter/decorator, as well as going to India for a month. Since being at uni he has somehow managed to scrimp enough pennies to go to Morocco twice as well as a third time on a charity bike ride all the way from Brighton! I know he wanted me to get on the bug, he bought me a lonely planet gap year trip book for Christmas last year and I was super excited to plan a trip, looking at packages to teach abroad or build an orphanage, to travel America in caddy or chunndeerrr everywaaahhh in perah! I was looking at interrailing through Europe or volunteering in Uganda.
And then, I just kind of didn't. I could have saved enough money to have a nice little uni pot AND a magnificent gap yah holiday. But apparently saying 'I'll start saving next month', doesn't actually work that well...
SO although I have worked out I will be INSANELY poor at uni. I'm kind of hoping, somehow, I will find a job and be able to make a teeny tiny amount of saving, just enough to have one whole Holly adventure, which will hopefully inspire be to save a bit more, and go on another Holly adventure... and so on and so forth!
So for the time being, this summer, I'm going to enjoy going to V festivaal with my Fav gals, making memories and home with all my best friends and going on holiday with my Parents, because they paid for that one....
Tata for now! X

Thursday, 6 June 2013

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Oh Goodness gracious, where to start with a new blog?! I think it should probably be with my name; which is Holly. 
I'm 19 and am about to set off to uni in September! I am totes excited! 
I'm not really sure why I've decided to start this blog, I've had blogs before and I haven't kept them up, but I've been reading/watching a lot of blogs and vlogs lately, and thought it would just be swell to start my own, and maybe just maybe keep it up for more than 2 posts. 
I am currently on my gap year where I was supposed to make big life choices and save up enough to survive at uni, I suppose I have been somewhat successful in the former, having chosen which uni to go to, which course to study and what to do with said degree, winner, round of applause and a pat on the back for you Holls. However the latter has not been my forte, as I have preferred to eat at Frankie and Bennies and buy stuff instead of save some dough, oops. I will officially be a poor student. Oh well, part of the experience and all. 
I am also going to be poor this summer, on the account that I have quit my job, because I hate it, because I wanted a summer and because IT SUCKS. 
Other than working, I spent most of my gap year dancing,doing my nails and eating. Which is what I've spent the majority of my teenage life doing and are the things I enjoy most. These things are improved when done with my fav gals, my dancing galdem or my family. I love them all HUGE amounts and they make a happy Holly, most of the time. 
I have an older bro who is about to graduate uni, a cuz who is basically my sister and a sister who isn't my sister.
My name is Holly and this is my first blog.
Over and out. Ta ta for now! X