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Thursday, 1 March 2018



Long time no see! The past few months for myself have been crazy busy, so much to the point that I haven't blogged much since I returned from Japan. I've been getting ready to leave university (and also complete my final essays/analyses) and I've done a lot of thinking. So here is a long ramble about how I feel about blogging currently, what I've been up to and learned recently, and what my short-term future aims are, since I get asked over DM quite a lot hopefully this just answers everything <3


For the longest time I used to be so focussed on writing blog posts frequently, instagramming as much as possible, and creating 'perfect' posts. When in reality, I think having a step back and posting when/what I want to has been a lot better for me. Recording memories and the things I love is far more important than making something flawless. For so long I aimed to be like other bloggers, I received opportunities and chased after creating a 'perfect' blog. However, after a long break, and re-jigging everything around, my favourite blogs to read and follow have been the more 'relaxed' ones, people who purely post for enjoyment and share what they love. That is not to say it is wrong to post for other people, to make money from blogging, or to aim for a high following, of course not. But, for me personally, I struggle to connect with these blogs and I do not enjoy aiming for this myself. So for me what blogs do I enjoy? Mainly those focussing on travel, the Far-East and 'studygram/studyblrs', I'm a wanderlusting historian at heart who's got a weird fascination with the Far-East, and that's never changed, even when my other habits/interests have.


I would say over the past-half-year I've started to really appreciate my life a lot more, the end of university coming has definitely brought this to the front of my mind. I'm trying to cherish and enjoy my experiences for as long as I can, and try not to let work take over every second of my existence. This has been especially difficult, as my fellow students can agree, third year is difficult. Trying to get a degree done, while working part time, volunteering and trying to work out what to do next is a little bit daunting to say the least. But, I am trying my best to enjoy this chaos while also working my hardest! Through this I have also learnt that its important to not be hard on yourself, at the end of the day we cannot physically do everything and there is nothing wrong with that. I ended up passing my driving test in automatic, and prior to this, I was so angry at myself for not being able to hack manual, but so far in life, I have been able to do what I have wanted through hard work, and this 'failure' taught me that sometimes its just not meant to be no matter how hard you work and moping about it will not change a thing. However, simultaneously I also started to receive the best grades ever for university, despite having to work more hours, e.g. working five ten hour shifts during my January exam week. I finished the semester on a first, that's right, my average was a first, which was an absolute pleasure to see! While we may be awful at one thing that others are great at, we can excel in other areas where those same people struggle. So three years in, I finally hacked the uni-work-life balance, even if I am nearly finished, its never too late...right?! I balanced my finances more too, and in January my boyfriend and I bought our first car and first year of insurance outright. It meant saving up for months and being extremely tight at Christmas, but to now get an extra hour in bed everyday before uni, it was totally worth it <3


Now, a lot of you who follow me know that what I would love to do next, is move to Japan. I'm trying my hardest to make it a reality, however, due to my university's very late graduate date (thanks so much ARU) trying to get a job for the autumn semester this year is going to be quite difficult. However, I am also looking at working in other Far-East countries like China and South Korea as although Japan is my home from home, I do love this region of the world collectively so much! Living and working in the Far-East would be an amazing experience. I will also be applying for Masters programs, as I wish to study history more in depth, whether that be at my own university or studying at SOAS which specialises in Asian and African history. So I am just finishing this final year of university open minded, anything could happen, so I will just continue working hard and educating myself until I get some direction. One day I will live in Japan, and one day I will complete a masters, the order/when it happens may not be up to me and that is totally okay <3


So far this year I have done a bit of travelling, I've been to Poland, Germany and France, and am going to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Stockholm over the next couple of months. My only summer trip so far is Germany, as with such an uncertain year up ahead it is quite difficult to book anything, but lets just say the travel funds are still being saved, so once I know what is going on, I'll book something exciting!


I hope this cleared up lots of things for the nosey people that follow me (don't worry, I am one of those too, I love knowing/hearing about what others are up to!) but if there is anything you had questions about, whether it's booking a trip, uni-related or just how I am, I am just a DM away :) 

Hope your 2018 has been good so far!



  1. I have thought we haven’t seen you in a while and good for you for taking a break Ana did using what’s good for you! Moving to Japan would be amazing! My best friend moved there to teach English which has been her long life dream and we hope to visit her one day!

    Hope to see more of you again!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk / www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  2. Congratulations on the first! And so many exciting plans! I hope the job situation works out well for you and you manage to move to whichever country you choose! x


  3. Was lovely to read your little update! There is so much pressure to have a 'perfect' blog but you're right, it's important to take a step back and do what's right for you, I'm glad you feel much better for it! It blows my mind how much you travel, I wish I had that wanderlust gene! Good luck with the end of uni!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  4. This is such an inspiring post! I'm pretty bad at finding a balance and not just putting too much pressure on myself, so it was great to see that you're achieving a balance in some ways. I'm jealous of all your travelling, it sounds amazing! As someone who has just completed her master's and finally has a job in the industry she wants - all I can say is good luck with everything!

  5. I think it's great that you have taken the time to do some blog soul searching and figuring out what's best for you! So exciting to see where you go next - I adore all the photos in this post, now experiencing major wanderlust!!

  6. I love your photography!
    I’m so glad that you feel happier within your blog, and it sounds like you’re going to have an amazing year! I hope everything works out, living in Japan would be a dream!

    Grace x

  7. I have been the same recently! I moved to a new area and simply did not find time to put aside to focus on my blog, but I am also back! Your photography is incredible and I cannot wait to see what you will blog about in the future now you have returned :-)


  8. I fell out of love with blogging for the same reasons as you. I took a step back from Twitter and that already helped me a lot.
    By the way, I loved all your Japanese posts on Instagram and hope you get to move there. One day I want to go there myself, especially after seeing all your pictures!

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

  9. Such a lovely little update and I adore your photography. Your photographs are gorgeous and congrats on getting a car! Being able to stay in bed an extra hour before having to go to Uni is a brilliant feeling which I miss!


  10. Your photography is absolutely gorgeous! Living in Japan would be an incredible opportunity! I hope things work out for you, it sounds like this will be a very exciting year! xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

  11. All of these photos are gorgeous, I'm so jealous of how well travelled you've been recently too! I definitely respect you putting your love of blogging over trying to be 'perfect'.. whatever that is! It sounds like you have so many other amazing opportunities too so make sure you enjoy them all!- https://sophiehearts.net x

  12. The way you summed up the last part of third year is too true! I know it seems crazy but it will be over before you know it and congrats on the first! Can’t wait to see what you get up to after uni!
    Liz xx

  13. Wow, what absolutely gorgeous photos!! I hope everything goes amazing for you - sounds like you've got one heck of a year ahead!!

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