Sunday, 6 January 2013

Sunday Summary Week 86

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1/ Got my nails did   2/ NYE aftermath
3/ Inkwear temp tattoo   4/ Your Eyes Lie leggings
5/ First creme egg of the season   6/ JC Damsels arrived!
7/ LovelySally leggings   8/ Brother bought a trike hahaha

So this week has been a bad week in that my mother has arrived back from her holiday in France and the house is now messy and filled with noise again, brilliant.  I told her I'm taking a gap year and maybe applying for uni next year and she wasn't having any of it, and I'm now worried as to what I'm going to do after college, I feel lost, like I'm going to be floating about being useless, and I don't want to be stuck working in Next for the rest of my life.  What job do you have?  What did you do in your gap year? And if you got an internship where did you work and how did you get it?  I always get the most helpful comments from you guys and it's nice to know that people read what I'm thinking rather than just look at the pictures!

In other news, I have just ended the rafflecopter widget for the Mina dress giveaway with a whopping amount of entries, there were over 1000 entries which is just awesome!  Anyway, the winner is...Rhiannon!  Congratulations, I have emailed you, you'll look great in the dress!
love amy x


  1. Such a great week of nice things! Wish I could say the same hehe. Love your brothers trike haha, it's awesome!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. Haha ok, so I had six gap years. Some of them spent folornly wandering between jobs, but three were spent as a veterinary nurse, which I sort of thought I might want to do as my career. Every day I went to work and thought "I can't do this for the rest of my life" but just assumed that's how everybody felt about their jobs.

    It isn't. Or it shouldn't be. I started university in 2011 and now have a very clear direction in life, with work experience that has built up over time, as I've met different people who have had different roles to play in my life.

    My advice would be take your time and do what you is right.. but don't become stagnant. Keep learning, researching, reading and speaking to people about different careers, and eventually you'll realise what it is you want to do. But there again.. almost nobody does the same thing for their entire lives anymore. The main thing is not to worry!

  3. just love your photos! amazing post! <3

  4. I started uni this year and after a couple of months of tears and feeling sick at the thought of going in, I dropped out.
    It was the best decision for me, as doing something I love (I did fine art) shouldn't make me feel sick, although I am still searching for work, I am enrolling on a beauty course in September, just to learn a new skill.
    I also took a gap year before applying for uni, I took a course that helped me so much in deciding where I wanted to go with things!
    Don't stress it, uni isn't the be all and end all of your life.
    I hope you work it all out!

  5. I applied to uni because I was told it was the 'right thing to do' when it wasn't, got into Brum and went to freshers' and then came home the next week. I'm now doing an apprenticeship at Next, which I wouldn't recommend tbh, but there are lots of opportunities out there. Follow your head, don't follow the crowd, if it's not what you want to do xx

  6. I'm so jealous of your JC's!
    I'm on a gap year at the moment and it's mainly been spent working as a sales assistant but I have done a bit of work experience in the field I want to go into. I'm hopefully going travelling this year though which I can't wait to do! It hasn't been all that great so far but I don't regret taking a year out as it helped me decide what I want to do when I do go to uni. I think in the midst of year 13 & all the exams it's easy to make the wrong decision under pressure, but that's just me!
    Hope this isn't too long and you work everything out :) x

  7. I went straight to uni and realised immediately that it just wasn't for me at all and left at Christmas. I just worked after that and wasn't sure what I wanted to do and ended up not going to college until I was 21. I graduated last year at the age of 23 and am now saving to move to London this year.
    Although I don't regret the path I've been on, if I'd had a gap year just to work and figure myself out or do some travelling, I would have figured out what I wanted to do a lot sooner and not gotten qualified so late in the game. I'm Scottish so luckily, tuition fees weren't an issue but I just don't think uni is worth getting into so much debt over. Good luck! x

  8. I can't believe easter egss are out already!! I do love a cream egg though! :)
    LaceyLoves x

  9. Hi Amy! Love the blog. I'm currently in the middle of my second year off, which has consisted of traveling and working. I work full time at a cinema, which has been boring and feeling like a dead end at times but it's what paid for all my trips! I spent the first winter off from school in Hawaii (I went on a surf trip for 2 weeks with my dad) and a month in England (I'm from Canada but my sister lives in London). I originally planned to take only 1 year off but I was having too much fun to return to school so soon. I made a promise to my parents I would absolutely return to school this fall (2013, end of my second gap year) as they saw I was enjoying myself but were worried about my education. I returned from London end of January and immediately started planning my next trip...I spent a month backpacking Europe with my best friend. My family had gotten tickets to the Olympics and she was doing a term abroad in Switzerland so in between those two events we met in Portugal and went on to visit Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. (I definitely would not recommend visiting so many places in a was exhausting to say the least!) I returned end of September and spent the next 2 months working my ass off to earn enough money to go on another surf trip to Hawaii with my other best friend, which turned out to be one of the best months of my life. Sadly now I'm back to work but planning to visit some friends Mexico in May for a week or two, one last hurrah before starting uni. I met loads of cool people during this time and seen/experienced things I thought I never would be able to. I'm a little nervous about starting uni so late but I loved my time off and would recommend a year off in a heartbeat!

  10. this is so weird, i done a tutorial last night on false nails which i'll post tonight, but the painting is pretty much identical to yours! how strange!!
    love what you're doing :)
    like i said, i'll be blogging about a step by step nail tutorial tonight if you fancy having a look?

    charlotte :)

  11. As soon as I read 'and I don't want to be stuck working in Next for the rest of my life' I had to comment. I finished my a levels last summer and decided to take a gap year. Mainly for the fact that I couldn't choose what degree I actually wanted. All I knew at the time was that I wanted to write, and that I worked at Next. I decided that I could get by living at Next and use the rest of my time writing articles and trying to gain experience with newspapers/magazines. Whilst I have been 'getting by' I've also been depressed working for next lol... so took on another job which I will be starting on Thursday! I had absolutely no idea that this year would lead me to working for the airport, but that's the beauty of a gap year I suppose. As I'll be working shifts, I will also be able to carry on with my writing on my days off and still be earning enough to save for my future. So far this year, I've also decided that uni actually isn't for me... so I made the right choice.

  12. I took a gap year after college. I knew I wanted to go to uni, but I didn't know what I wanted to do. I worked full time for year in Boots and planned to save loads of money for when I did start uni, but instead I just bought loads of clothes and went on holiday with my boyfriend haha I saved barely anything. I wish I'd done something better with my time, like go travelling...or not taken a gap year at all. I want to go travelling after graduating this year, but I feel like it's putting my career on hold for an extra year when I already took a gap year and wasted it! Still gonna go travelling though ha. Gap years aren't a bad idea if you don't know what you wanna do, but try to make sure you do something worth while with your time! x


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