Tag Archive | love

The Truth Behind My Abusive Relationship

When my friends used to tell me to leave my relationship whilst I still can, I never listened. They would tell me I was in an abusive relationship and it was dangerous, but how could it be when he had never hit me? How could it be when he had never threatened to punch me or tried to strangle me?

I understand now. It has been just under three years since we broke up, and I can finally admit I was in a abusive relationship. Everybody else could see it; apart from me. Because Love is blind.

When we first got together, things were great. I fell for him straight away and it was the first time I could honestly say that I only have eyes for him. Things were going smoothly, yet whenever we came to any kind of obstacle that affected our relationship, it was always my fault.  Continue reading

My Journey; To be continued

Something has happened to me lately that has changed things for me in the best way I can imagine. I don’t know whether I am crazy from being on cloud 9, or whether this is actually fate but it has made me want to share my journey with you right now. What I am going  through, you will here about.

I guess its a current  blog. But I am going to try and make it as interesting as I possibly can. I apologise for a lack of posts again – work has been absolutely manic over the Christmas period – but I would love it if you all followed my journey with me!!

Here’s the beginning – Enjoy ❤  Continue reading

To A Stranger You Pass On The Street

I bumped into a stranger the other day. She stopped and asked me how I was; what I was doing with my life.

It felt awkward. I told her I was working, doing a job I love and I am back home living with my parents after three years away. I asked her the same questions back – “How are you? What are you doing in life?”

She pretty much said the same thing back – “I’m busy working. I have got myself a car to take me there and back each day from my parents house”.

We exchanged smiles for a few moments and stood hovering on our feet awkwardly unsure of what to say next.

After a couple of minutes of awkwardly looking around for something else to say, I wished her well and went on my way. Continue reading

Sunday Funday Challenge #8

Welcome to the eighth ‘Sunday Funday Challenge!’

For those of you unaware, I have set up this challenge myself in order to help you find new blogs that you will love, and to help promote your own blog posts to a different audience.

Here’s how it works:

1) Every Sunday I will post a blog post entitled ‘Sunday Funday Challenge’.

2) Every Sunday, you pick one blog post of your choice from your own blog, which you want to share with people. Copy and paste the URL into the comments section below in order to share it with other Sunday Funday participants.

3) Each Sunday, pick a different post from the week before, which you want to share.

It’s as simple as that!

Invite others to read your favourite posts, comment on blog posts which you love, and promote yourself.

If you have a Twitter account, share the challenge with your followers and use the hashtag #SundayFundayChallenge – The more the merrier and all bloggers are welcome!

So, let’s get started shall we?

I am actually going to share with you two posts today – one about an achievement I have gained this week, and the other a book review which I seriously recommend to you!
1) I passed my degree!
2) The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson: Book Review.

Now, copy and paste a post of your own into the ‘comments’ section below, check out the posts shared by other bloggers and most of all have fun!! 🙂

If you took part last week, remember to share a different post with us this week!

I look forward to reading your posts!

Nadia Knows Best by Jill Mansell: Book Review

Stranded in a snow storm, Nadia has no choice but to share a room for the night with the gorgeous Jay, who she had just met. Despite being tempted, Nadia promised herself to stay faithful to her long-term partner, Laurie, who is her childhood sweetheart. Not long after this event, Laurie decides to break up with Nadia, and Nadia happens to bump into the handsome Jay again, who soon becomes her boss.

As the story unfolds, we meet Nadia’s family and get invited to experience the drama which comes with it. Nadia and Jay are becoming pretty close when Laurie decides to show up and declare that he made a stupid mistake and wants Nadia to take him back. However, who will Nadia choose? Her childhood sweetheart who she’d always imagined marrying, or her boss who gives her sparks every time he enters the room?isbn9780755332618-detail

This is the fourth book by Jill Mansell that I have read, and once again it didn’t disappoint me. This is a typical chick-lit book that leaves you wanting more and struggling to put down.

Throughout the book, there is a huge focus on Nadia’s family and their individual problems. I really liked this structure, because although the book centre’s around Nadia, it was really interesting to get to know the personalities and lives of those close to her which made it seem like I actually knew the members of her family myself. I really liked Nadia and I found her relationship with her family quite interesting.

I have a sister and we are quite close. We get on pretty well most of the time, and have never ever had a physical fight – well, from what I can remember! The thought of hitting my sister is absolutely absurd, therefore I found it slightly uncomfortable that Nadia hit Clare when she was being a pain. However, saying that, my sister is nothing like Clare. A lot of the time Clare deserved a smack to put her in her place because she was so selfish, rude and spiteful. Nadia was such a strong character which I loved – she stood up for herself and stood up for everyone around her who was having a difficult time too. Continue reading

‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty: Book Review

Happily married mother of three, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, stumbles across a dusty envelope in her attic addressed to herself, stating “to be opened only in the event of my death”, written by no other than her beloved husband, John-Paul. After confessing to her husband that she found the letter, he urges her not to open it under any circumstances because he was embarrassed about what he wrote years ago. However, Cecilia can tell that John-Paul is lying and must have something to hide, so as curiosity got the better of her, she ripped open the letter.

John-Paul had a secret – one that would ruin her family and those around her – but now that Cecilia had opened the letter, she was involved. There was no going back. Could she stay silent to protect her family, or was she going to confess her husbands deep, dark secret that would ruin the lives of those she loves the most?51OsGdjSD6L

I don’t even know where to start with this review… just, wow!

The moment I started reading this book, I couldn’t take my eyes off the page. I was unaware of everything going on around me because I was so consumed in this novel – In fact, I was consumed after reading just the blurb… I was eager to find out what the secret was! Continue reading

Raising Money for Charity – How?

Have you ever read a book that has inspired you to do something?

I am currently reading ‘Girl on the Run’ by Jane Costello and am absolutely loving it. However, I am only 33% of the way through and it has already really inspired me to do something charitable.

I have so much respect for people who raise money for different charities, and I would absolutely love to do it myself. My family have taken part in Race For Life over the years, which I have sponsored them for, and I have done a sponsored silence a few years ago in which I helped raise money myself. Of course, I occasionally drop change into the little charity pots left by the tills in stores, but that doesn’t exactly add up to a huge amount. However, I haven’t done anything big for charity in which I can get sponsored for in a very long time, and now that I have finished university and have free time, I’d love to be able to work towards something. Continue reading

‘Chasing Daisy’ by Paige Toon: Book Review

Having been jilted by the love of her life, Daisy makes the decision to pack her bags and move far away in order for her to move on with her life. Making the decision to give up on men and keep her past a secret, Daisy joins a team catering for the highest paid racing drivers in the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Through travelling around the world and getting to know the racing drivers, Daisy finds it hard to keep her promise to herself of keeping away from men when she meets the handsome Will Trust. The only problem is, Will is in a very serious long-term relationship, so will she ever get a happy ever after with him, or is she just kidding herself?

Once again, Paige Toon has failed to disappoint me. The more books of hers I read, the more I fall in love with her writing style.71C29sK5fwL__SL1223_

I absolutely adored this book. I smiled, I cried, I laughed and I gasped… I’m pretty sure I went through every emotion under the sun whilst reading this. The story is very much centred around the Grand Prix, therefore I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy it very much due to not having a huge interest in race driving. However, although the majority of the book is set within the racing grounds, it is mainly focussed on the characters during that time rather than the actual races which I thought was great as it didn’t make me lose interest!

I loved all of the main characters in this book. Daisy appeared to be a very strong minded character and I found myself able to relate to some of the silly situations she found herself in. From the beginning, both Will and Luis kind of stole my heart! When you first meet Luis, he seems really grumpy and not too nice a person, but I actually saw it more as though he was flirting rather than actually being serious. I can totally understand why Daisy fell for Will – he seemed so handsome and charming from his descriptions, however the downside was that he had a serious girlfriend. Continue reading

A good cry can do the world of good..

This time last year, my world was falling apart and I was on a downwards spiral that just kept going down.

I tragically lost a wonderful friend who had her whole life ahead of her, my boyfriend (now ex) was going through a phase in which he was ignoring me for no reason but for his own amusement, and my anxiety and depression had become severely uncontrollable.

If you asked me this time last year “where do you see yourself in a years time?”, I wouldn’t honestly be able to answer. I couldn’t even see ahead to the following day, yet alone the following year. I couldn’t imagine ever getting out of the deep hole I had fallen into – as far as I was aware, there was no way out.

However, I have completely surprised myself. A year ago I would never have imagined where I would be in life today. To be honest, it was my family who got me through the traumatic times and helped me back onto my feet – their love and support got me to where I am today.

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‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell: Book Review

Cath and Wren are identical twins and have always done absolutely everything together. However, when they leave home to start university, that all changes. Wren wants to have more freedom away from Cath and wants to go off and have fun getting drunk, going to parties and meeting boys. Cath on the other hand, isn’t sure she is ready for that huge change yet so keeps herself buried in her fanfiction world that she writes, whilst feeling Wren slip away from her more and more.

Cath spends her days trying to avoid other people on the campus (including the gorgeous Levi who always seems to be hanging out in her room with her flatmate), writing fan fiction which she is extremely passionate about and worrying about her Dad who is all alone now that Wren and Cath have flown the nest. Now that Wren has distanced herself, how is Cath going to cope with life? Can Cath leave her fan fiction world behind and open up to new experiences and new people?FANGIRL_CoverDec2012-725x1075

I had heard so many good things about this book over the last month or so, that I was desperate to give it a go. When I first read what it was about, I was quite excited. I thought it sounded like such a fantastic book and ever so different to those that I have read before.

The relationship between Cath and Wren was very up and down. I felt very sorry for Cath when Wren decided that she didn’t want to share a room with her anymore and basically found a new partner in crime – her new roommate. It felt as though Wren was being spiteful as she knew that Cath was very shy and found it difficult to make friends, yet she seemed to shut Cath out more and more. I found this whole relationship so interesting to read. I have a sister myself, and although we have never shared a room or been completely inseparable, I would find it very difficult if she shut me out and got on with her life, totally forgetting about me. Therefore, I can understand that this situation was 10x worse for Cath so I really sympathised with her. Continue reading