5 Things To Look Forward To In Hard Times

Martha Jane Edwards wearing a red rose floral print ruffle blouse, a ripped frayed denim skirt, pom pom straw bucket bag, black heeled mules and rainbow lens sunglasses.


HARD TIMES


The new aptly named Paramore single couldn’t have come at a better time, because the last couple of weeks have been hard. On Tuesday, I handed in 10000 words of literature essays, 8000 of which were written within the 24 hours before the deadline. No, I don’t know how my heart is still functioning either! So obviously, I’m writing this post as a form of procrastination from my dissertation which is due in next Tuesday. I just don’t seem to learn! University has always been hard for me, but the stress and pressure has been enormous recently, and I’m really struggling with the notion that my entire future is riding on the results I’ll get back in early July. For that reason, I thought I’d write a little post about all the things that I’ve got to look forward to in life, as a reminder that this degree isn’t the end of the world. I hope that if you’re in a bit of a rough patch, it inspires you to do the same.


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A PLACE OF MY OWN


Whatever happens, moving out of my family home and into my own place with Ollie is inevitable, and I can’t wait. Having my own place to decorate and make my own is incredibly exciting to me. We’ve already planned on moving to our favourite city, Brighton, which also happens to be the home of the best apiculture department in Britain for Ollie, and a huge creative and cultural industries scene for me. The fact that it’s by the seaside helps, too!

 


DESIGNING A LIFE I LOVE


I recently turned 22, and until now, my life has been guided by my education. I’ve made all of my decisions based on what I thought was expected of me or what would be best in the long term, and I’ve never chosen to do something for myself alone. Even if I end up doing an MA next year, it’ll be a decision that I made with my idea of my future in mind, and I can’t wait to see what my life looks like when I’m living it for myself. I’m going to design a life I love.


TIME FOR CREATIVITY


Reading thousands and thousands of words of literary theory and world novels isn’t my idea of a good time. Turning it all into an essay on something I’m not remotely interested in even less so! Music, photography, artwork and writing adds meaning to my life, and I can’t wait to make more time for what matters to me. This summer, I’m giving myself a chance to pursue the things I love, and I can’t wait for my day to be dictated by creativity.


TRAVEL


I may not be able to make my way over to America or Japan any time soon, but there are many years ahead of me yet! A passion for travel is such a millennial cliche, but I don’t even care. The world we live in is beautiful, and I’m going to use the short time I have on this planet to see as much of it as I can. From glaciers, waterfalls and mountain passes to tropical waters and palm trees, I want it all! Taking the person I love along with me is an added bonus.


MY FUTURE DOGS


Finally, the one thing I’m surest of in life: dogs. Some people won’t believe me, but our furry friends add something special to this world. When I’m in my darkest hours, my little dog, Hector, is a guiding light. He adds such value and happiness to my life, and I know that whatever happens, I can’t lead a full existence on this planet without dogs. I’m not really interested in children, but you can be sure I’ve already sussed out my future dog names! And yes, names, plural!

Martha Jane Edwards wearing a red rose floral print ruffle blouse, a ripped frayed denim skirt, pom pom straw bucket bag, black heeled mules and rainbow lens sunglasses.


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Martha Jane Edwards wearing a red rose floral print ruffle blouse, a ripped frayed denim skirt, pom pom straw bucket bag, black heeled mules and rainbow lens sunglasses.


 

This is a much less polished post than I’d usually publish, but my stress levels are so high at the moment, I just wanted to indulge in a bit of self-care and remind myself what mattered. Why not share it with you along the way? I’d love to know: if you’re going through a hard time, what do you look forward to?

 


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