Catchin’ Flights, Not Feels

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I love a good holiday as much as the next girl. That feeling when you step off a plane and get assaulted by the heat (something we don’t know the meaning of in the UK) is up there with one of my faves. I personally didn’t take a gap year – after Sixth Form, travelling didn’t really appeal to me; I couldn’t see myself doing the typical backpacking round Asia at all. But, over the past two years, I’m pretty sure I’ve caught the travel bug because now, I want to visit everywhere. It’s got to that point in the year where I’m so ready for a holiday so I’ve compiled a list of the places I’d looooove to travel to the most.

New York

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This one could be classed as slightly cheating as I’ve actually already been to New York twice. BUT it is my favourite place in the world and I would go back pronto if I was given the chance. Anyone who knows me knows I am a city girl at heart, feeling completely at home in London. NYC is basically London on steroids so, naturally, I was always going to fall in love with it. I love the food, the shopping, the buildings, the people – the general vibes of being in New York really appeal to me and I could definitely see myself living there in the future. It holds a cute little spot in my heart.

Los Angeles

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If I could get on a plane right this second and go anywhere in the entire world, it would be LA. Not just because I want my Miley moment hoppin’ off the plane at LAX (I mean, I do but that’s besides the point), but because I feel like I would love it there. I want to do all the typical tourist-y things: shopping on Rodeo Drive (I’m an actual Julia Roberts wannabe), visiting the Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame before potentially (definitely) tracking down Zac Efron’s house. I just need to purchase some horrendously oversized sunnies and I’ll be good to go.

Budapest

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My brother visited Budapest around two years ago now and honestly, he still hasn’t shut up about how fab it was. It’s one of those places I would love to go for a relaxing long weekend, sitting in the sun drinking pretty lil cocktails. It’s supposed to be a really pretty little quaint place which I love the sound of. I’m hoping one of my friends and I may sneak in a short visit at some point this year (wishful thinking)…

Reykjavik

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A slightly different end of the spectrum here but I would loooove to go to Reykjavik. I’ve wanted to visit Iceland for a good while now as I just think it’s so bloody pretty – I mean, look at the little houses!! One of my fave things to do on holiday is to go for walks and explore the surrounding areas to where I’m staying, hopefully discovering somewhere cute to eat along the way and I feel like this would be easily done in Iceland. I’d also love to go to the Blue Lagoon – it looks amaaaazing and is deffo on my bucket list.

Florence

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I think my love of pasta has led my heart to Italy. I’ve been to Rome before which was lovely and a fun little cultural experience but because of this, was slightly tourist-y. I’d love to visit a less tourist-filled place in Italy and Florence has most definitely taken my fancy. I can see myself sat in a cute little cafe, drinking freshly-squeezed OJ and eating a generous portion of tiramisu without a care in the world. I’d also love to go to a vineyard because your gal loves herself a good glass of wine.

So those are some of the places I’m hoping to travel to over the next few years. Have you been to any of them? What would be on your list?

Lots of love,

G X

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Women Are F**king Fabulous

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In light of it being International Women’s Day today, I thought I would write a little post emphasising what it means to me to be a woman in this day and age – in particular, paying homage to all of the women who have lived before me and those who will live after me. Although I reflect on this each IWD, this year seems slightly more prominent due to the endless campaigning surrounding the ‘#MeToo’ movement combined with other stories being published in the media covering similar topics.

Having grown up in a family with three brothers and no sisters, I’ve always viewed both genders as equal. If my brothers were playing outside, I wanted to play outside. If my brothers had to finish their broccoli before being allowed dessert, I had to do the same. If my brothers were wrestling with each other, you can bet I was there too throwing a good punch or five. What I’m trying to say is that I never received any preferential treatment or felt that I couldn’t do something that the boys could do because I was a ‘girl’. This mindset has most definitely followed me into my teenage years and early adulthood. I’m such a firm believer in it being possible to achieve anything you want in life, if you put the right amount of work in. I don’t think gender even comes into play. I feel fortunate enough to say that personally, at this point in my life, I have never felt oppressed because of my gender but I’m not naive to the fact that once I get into the workplace, this may change, which alone saddens me. Why should I be worried that I won’t be as valued in the workplace as a male? Why should I be earning less money than a male for doing exactly the same job as them? I’ve never been able to grasp the concept that whatever sits between your legs determines what you can do in life and in all honesty, I don’t think I’ll ever understand it. I’m also not blind to the fact that things like the gender pay gap can’t be changed overnight but what I want to see is movement towards this development happening.

Each IWD I like to think about all of the women who have inspired me to become a badass, independent gal who has her life together (still waiting for this to happen). As cliché as it might be, my Mom is top of that list. When she was just a little bit older than myself, my Mom moved two hours away from her family home to work in a completely new town and build a life for herself. From there, she went on to have four children spanning from age 6 to newborn whilst STILL WORKING – she honestly is a real-life Supermom. I do not know how she juggles everything and makes it look so effortless – she has never once compromised her career or her family for the alternative but has somehow managed to happily succeed in both. THAT is what I want to be and do when it’s my turn.

I think it’s so important to recognise these stand-out women in our lives who help us shift and grow until we end up on our little paths in life, heading to where we need to be. Women are f**king fabulous. We are strong-minded, intelligent, warm and loving souls who somehow manage to carry the weight of a whole other human inside of us, helping them grow and giving them life which I think is pretty incredible (!!!!!!!) whilst also kicking absolute ass in any career path we choose to pursue. Women should celebrate each other: the successes and even the failures because as a collective, we genuinely are unstoppable. It’s crucial that our generation of women stick together and become a driving force that allows the females who will follow us to swim in a pool of proudness at the thought of being a woman.

I’m super proud to be a woman.

G x