Week One in London!

Day One

I arrived at the airport earlier in the day and was brought back to campus with a few other students. On my first day here, I went to the local shop to purchase an Oyster Card, which is how one pays for the public transit system. I then learned how to use the bus and get to Asda (the British version of Walmart) to purchase groceries. The rest of the day was spent unpacking and exploring campus before going to the Welcome Dinner.

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Flying somewhere over Canada.

 

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The campus library! Isn’t it gorgeous?

Day Two

I went through orientation and registration. I now have an official Roehampton Student ID! I went on an official campus tour as well, I’ve got about half of campus down, the other half is still kind of confusing to me. I met up with some people and we ended up back at Asda getting groceries we had forgotten previously. When we got back to school we wandered around campus and explored the library before hanging out and playing card games well into the night. The people that I went to Asda with this day are now people I hang out with every day and are very much lifelong friends.

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The view of central London from the top floor of the library.

Day Three

We spent several hours in Central London. I learned how to get to the local train station, which is about a ten-minute walk from campus. I saw the London Bridge, the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Big Ben (which is under construction, of course) and the London Eye, as well as countless other monuments and old buildings. I am slowly becoming an expert in public transportation!

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Outside the Tower of London, which I will be touring in week two!

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After walking around for hours, we found a little pizza place. Yes, I ate this entire thing.

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Other than Asda, this was the first time we hung out as a group. Going from left to right, I introduce you to Jeff, Caleb, myself, and Sydney. We didn’t know it then, but we’re all pretty much connected at the hip now! It feels like I’ve known these people for much longer than just a week.

Day Four

I ended up joining a group and we went to Hyde Park. While there, we rented rowboats and rowed around a man-made lake for an hour. When we were done, we walked around to find a place for lunch. The restaurant that we stopped at had spinach, chickpea, and fettuccini “meat” balls and spaghetti, which I loved! We took the tube (subway) back to our area of London. I ended the night with a game of frisbee with a bunch of cool people! I was worried coming in that I would be lonely since I didn’t know anybody else who was studying at my school. Honestly, though, making friends has been pretty easy! A lot of people who came here also came alone, so we’re all just trying to get to know each other. Most everybody is kind, generous and genuine.

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The view of the lake and a really weird looking building.

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My veggie “meat” balls. They were honestly some of the best things I have ever eaten.

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Experiencing the Tube for the first time!

Day Five

The first day of class. I’m in a literature course that focuses on how London has been depicted through books, specifically the Magic, Murder, and Mystery of the city. Class runs from 9:00-13:00, Monday through Thursday. It seems long but we get two breaks to stretch, get snacks, and use the loo. My professor is originally from California and has been in London for just over a decade. She’s very nice. After class, a group of us went looking for a charity shop (thrift store). The original one we wanted is no longer in business and the other one we found, the owner was out for lunch. I stopped at a post office to buy stamps and was blown away by how expensive they are. Don’t ask, I don’t want to talk about it. I bought a gym membership since I’m here for so long!

Day Six

Getting up for class is rough, and not having caffeine in the morning is worse. I had to get a coffee on our first break because I kept nodding off. Class went by really fast and afterward, I quickly worked on a presentation. Then I went to the gym. Then I got ready for the Hidden Pubs of London Tour. It wasn’t as fantastic as I wanted to be, but I did see a lot of beautiful old buildings and hear some crazy ghost stories, including one that inspired J.K. Rowling’s Nearly Headless Nick. We ended the tour at a gin palace and after I ordered my gin and tonic I realized that I didn’t like gin. I drank it though. On our way back to the station, we stopped at McDonald’s. The chips (fries) here are the same, and they have veggie burgers. The veggie burger I got was NOT good. I’ll try the spicy one next time, but if that one isn’t good I will just stick to the chips.

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While we were waiting for our tour guide, I found a telephone booth!

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This church is haunted by an evil French queen. It was also destroyed in the Blitz and now acts as a memorial to the lives and the old London that the war destroyed.

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Acting like I liked the gin and tonic I ordered.

Day Seven

I presented in class about Jack the Ripper and we watched a movie about him. After class I went to a quaint little event that the Study Abroad Team at my university put on for us; tea and cake. The cake I tried was vegan chocolate and it was so good! The tea was also very good, except that it was hot and humid and I was drinking a warm beverage. While at the social, a group of us decided to spontaneously go into the city and ride the London Eye. I’ve really taken to doing things spontaneously, as I used to do before my life required organization. We ordered our tickets online with a student discount. I was expecting the cost to be £50 but it was actually only £15, which was a relief, though I probably would have done it anyways. The Eye was pretty cool but not as great as I expected it to be, given how talked up the attraction is. We roamed around the city afterward to find a doughnut shop in Soho. It was the most expensive doughnut I’ve ever had, but it was incredibly rich and the frosting was amazing.

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If you look closely, you can see Big Ben getting worked on in the background. Fun fact: Big Ben is actually the name of the bell. The structure is actually named Elizabeth Tower.

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Check out this view!

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A peanut butter, chocolate doughnut! The store also had doughnuts the size of my head.

 

 

That’s it for week one! Week two will be coming soon, and with some even crazier stories than week one.

a reflection on 2016

Personally, 2016 was not an awful year.

  • I finished my first year of college, on the Dean’s list, no less
  • I was elected president of my building and co-president of the Creative Writers Club
  • I published my very first novel, Blue Vigilante
  • I work a lot
  • I bought a kayak
  • I was more constant on uploading videos to YouTube
  • I read more
  • I was, overall, way more healthy than I’ve ever been
  • I finally died my hair red
  • I grew into the version of myself I want to be
  • I went on several dates, after only having been on one ever before
  • I found an amazing boyfriend
  • My cousin and I reconnected in a way we haven’t since we were very young
  • I finally built a headboard for my bed that I wanted to build for years
  • I got a rewards card for my local movie theater (I go to the movies so often, it was well needed)
  • I started my second year of college
  • I found my limits for many things, for example: how many credits I can handle a semester without losing my mind
  • I met one of my favorite professors
  • I made my own planner (I’m really excited about that one)

Journal Prompts

As a writer, I thoroughly believe that keeping a journal is important. Journaling exercises our minds and our handwriting, along with keeping records (regardless of what our journal is about). This year, 2016, will be my fourth year journalling!

A few days ago, I was scrolling through Tumblr  and found this. I plan on doing it this year, to continue my journaling, and thought that I’d share it with you all!

 

365 Day Journal Challenge

  1. What is your number one goal this year?
  2. What are you most grateful for?
  3. Are you content?
  4. What is your best memory of last year?
  5. Can people change?
  6. What made you smile today?
  7. Who last called you on the phone?
  8. Who are you in love with?
  9. The best part of today was______
  10. What’s the hardest thing you’re dealing with?
  11. Today I wish I had more _____
  12. What made today unusual?
  13. What are you looking for from life?
  14. Who is the last people to tell you they loved you?
  15. What is your favorite piece of art you own?
  16. Whats the last thing you apologized for?
  17. On a scale of 1-10 how is your health?
  18. If you could do today over, would you change anything?
  19. I wish I had _____
  20. Last think you wanted but didn’t get.
  21. What mood were you in today?
  22. What was the last new thing you tried?
  23. My biggest hope is ______
  24. What has challenged your morals?
  25. What kind of car are you driving?
  26. List your pets.
  27. Today I felt really secure knowing ______
  28. Whose life did you make a difference in today?
  29. What is your super power?
  30. What is annoying you?
  31. What would have made today perfect?
  32. What stresses you?
  33. Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
  34. Where you’d like to be in ten years.
  35. Your views on drugs and alcohol.
  36. What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
  37. What do you hope your future will be like?
  38. Write about your first love.
  39. Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
  40. What were your highs and lows of the past year?
  41. Write a letter to your parents.
  42. Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
  43. Write a letter to someone who broke your heart.
  44. How important do you think education is?
  45. List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
  46. What is your favorite movie? What is it about?
  47. What kind of person attracts you?
  48. A problem that you’ve had.
  49. Someone/something you miss.
  50. Someone who fascinates you and why?
  51. Who would you love to trade places with for a day and why?
  52. What is your most treasured item?
  53. Your biggest insecurity.
  54. Something that you want to do before you die.
  55. What is something that makes your heart break?
  56. Something that you’re extremely afraid of.
  57. What food are you craving right now?
  58. What was the last dream you remember about?
  59. A habit you wish you didn’t have.
  60. Describe the room you’re in right now.
  61. A dead person you’d like to talk to and why?
  62. Go look in the mirror. What’s the first thing you notice?
  63. What song makes you dance?
  64. Name a cartoon you loved as a kid.
  65. Your ultimate feast?
  66. Had any collections as a kid?
  67. What super power do you wish you had?
  68. Go up to your best friend, hand her this notebook and say “write anything about me.”
  69. How do you feel about gay marriage?
  70. What’s one thing you’d like to change about your school?
  71. How do you feel about abortion?
  72. If you could write a book what would it be about?
  73. Write about how your favorite book makes you feel.
  74. Write about how your favorite movie makes you feel.
  75. Write about how your favorite song makes you feel.
  76. Write a letter to your future husband.
  77. Write about what’s on your mind.
  78. Write about your elementary school.
  79. Write about middle school.
  80. Write about high school.
  81. What is your dream job? Write about it.
  82. What is one goal you have?
  83. What degree do you want in college (if you’re going), and why?
  84. What is your favorite color? How does it make you feel?
  85. List 20 things that make you happy.
  86. What’s your favorite recipe? How do you like to make it?
  87. Write about an odd holiday and how you would celebrate it.
  88. What’s your favorite animal? Why?
  89. Are you confident about how you look? Why/why not?
  90. Favorite T.V. show? Why?
  91. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  92. Which fiction book/movie do you want to be true?
  93. If you were to die tomorrow, who would you spend your last day with? Why?
  94. What is one quote that inspires you the most?
  95. Are you introvert or extrovert?
  96. Things you can’t live without? Why?
  97. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?
  98. If you were to spend the rest of your life with one person, who would it be? Why?
  99. What would you change about your physical appearance?
  100. What would you change about your personality?
  101. Describe one of your friends.
  102. What did you do today?
  103. If you could learn any language which would you choose?
  104. Five ways to win your heart?
  105. Something you feel strongly about.
  106. A book you love.
  107. Bullet your whole day.
  108. Things you want to say to an ex.
  109. What are your views on mainstream music?
  110. Five pet peeves.
  111. What did you eat today?
  112. Your family.
  113. Five guys you find attractive.
  114. What did you wear today?
  115. What is something you always think “what if…” about?
  116. What is something you’re proud of?
  117. Five items you lust after?
  118. What are your fears?
  119. What is your view on religion?
  120. A time you thought about ending your life.
  121. Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
  122. What was a moment where you felt the most satisfied with your life?
  123. Discuss your first love and first kiss.
  124. What is your earliest memory?
  125. What are your favorite Tumblrs?
  126. Your beliefs.
  127. How have you changed in the past two years?
  128. Goals for the next 30 days?
  129. Your highs and lows of this month?
  130. I was…
  131. I am…
  132. I think….
  133. I wonder….
  134. I wish….
  135. I save…
  136. I always….
  137. I cant imagine….
  138. I believe….
  139. I promise….
  140. I love….
  141. What is the weather like?
  142. Where do you work?
  143. What is your favorite season? Why?
  144. What is your favorite place outdoors?
  145. Your hobby.
  146. What are your chores?
  147. In the garden…
  148. What makes you giggle?
  149. Something pretty?
  150. What is your favorite city?
  151. 10 facts about the city you live in.
  152. Favorite person.
  153. What is your favorite poem?
  154. Use the letters of your name to spell out characteristics
  155. What was the last movie you saw?
  156. 10 reasons why you love something/someone/someplace.
  157. 10 favorite songs.
  158. Who inspires you?
  159. What would your perfect world be like?
  160. What are some things you are looking forward to?
  161. I will not be defined by…
  162. Say thank you to someone.
  163. Happiness is…
  164. How do you love?
  165. What are some different roles that you play in life?
  166. If you could design the house of your dreams, what would it look like?
  167. If you could scream something at the top of your lungs right now, what would it be?
  168. What does this season feel/smell/sound/look/taste like?
  169. When was the last time you went out and just played?
  170. Who am i?
  171. What would you do with three wishes?
  172. I wish someone told me…
  173. Do you believe in fate?
  174. What was the best you ever gave?
  175. What is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for you?
  176. What do you love most about where you live?
  177. When you think back to your childhood, what moment first comes to mind?
  178. What makes you glow?
  179. Which song do you have on repeat right now?
  180. How do you make decisions?
  181. What were you doing this time last year?
  182. What’s your favorite holiday?
  183. When you close your eyes and imagine yourself as passionate, giddy, inspired and joyful… what are you doing/creating in that moment?
  184. What am I taking for granted?
  185. What brings you joy?
  186. What sparks your creativity?
  187. What do you never want to forget?
  188. What kind of goddess are you?
  189. What are you crossing your fingers for?
  190. Why did I do that?
  191. What three words would someone use to describe me?
  192. Do you have a recurring dream? What is it?
  193. What are your favorite days of summer/winter filled with?
  194. What have you found lately?
  195. On my walls I would write…
  196. Have you had a hug today?
  197. What is something you don’t understand, but you want to?
  198. How can I be kinder to myself?
  199. If you had a free day with NO restrictions, what would you choose to do?
  200. What is your latest obsession?
  201. What gives you hope?
  202. What’s on your to-do list this week?
  203. What is the truth?
  204. What makes you you?
  205. What is the last good book you read?
  206. What was my worst hairstyle experience to date?
  207. What keeps me awake at night?
  208. What was the last brave thing you did?
  209. What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
  210. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  211. If you could do it all again, would you change anything?
  212. When I look into my eyes I see…
  213. Do you believe in fairies?
  214. Are you afraid of change?
  215. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
  216. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
  217. What gets you excited about life?
  218. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
  219. An important person in your life.
  220. What’s a secret wish you have?
  221. What masks do you wear?
  222. A word. (open the dictionary and pick one at random)
  223. The things I love about my life are…
  224. What are your thoughts on cosmetic or plastic surgery?
  225. Describe someone who you would consider a hero.
  226. What effect does music have on you?
  227. Describe your daily routine when you get out of bed in the morning.
  228. What five traits do people first notice when they meet you for the first time?
  229. List 3 things that went right (or wrong) today.
  230. If you could tell they world just one thing, what would you say?
  231. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  232. What would you do if you were president of the United States?
  233. You have an extra $100,000 to give away; you cannot spend it on yourself. What would you do with the money?
  234. What qualities make a best friend?
  235. What is something you do well?
  236. What is something you are optimistic about?
  237. What do you think if 3D movies?
  238. What do you think about people who are inconsiderate of others?
  239. What do you think of someone who has bad manners?
  240. What do you think of people who take advantage of others?
  241. What do you think about when you cant fall asleep?
  242. I wish I had a million… Then I would….
  243. I wish I on… because…
  244. I wish I could forget the time i…. because…
  245. I wish I could see… because…
  246. I wish I could learn…. Because…
  247. I wish I had enough money to….
  248. I wish animals could… if they could then….
  249. If all my wishes came true, I would…
  250. Think of a teacher, relative, or adult that you respect and want to impress. What is it about that person that makes you want to do well for them?
  251. Would you rather live in another era or culture? Explain.
  252. Have you ever felt lost? Literally or figuratively? Explain.
  253. Describe your bedroom. How does it describe you?
  254. If you could spend an hour with the president, what are 10 questions you would like to ask him?
  255. Describe your favorite band/artist. What makes them so great?
  256. How do you feel about using humans in medical research?
  257. What book setting would you like to visit if you could?
  258. In what ways do you sometimes wish to act to be a better friend, but don’t? Why do you find yourself unable to do these things?
  259. Where would you go to relax and why?
  260. Where would you most like the watch the sun come up? Why?
  261. What are some colors you see the most in your everyday life?
  262. What are things that you wish people knew about you without your having to tell them
  263. If you suddenly gained the ability to tell whether someone was lying, would you use it?
  264. What foreign countries have you been to? Which ones do you want to go to?
  265. Tell about a habit that you picked up from a family member or friend.
  266. Think of five things that are usually endearing or touching.
  267. Why do you always do this to me?
  268. What is your take on soul mates?
  269. Dear past me…
  270. Dear future me…
  271. Nobody know that I …
  272. How do you deal with anger?
  273. How easy is it for you to forgive those who have caused you pain?
  274. Traditions.
  275. What grand adventure do you wish to go on?
  276. How do you stand out from the crowd?
  277. How would you describe yourself?
  278. Who would you trust with your deepest, darkest secrets?
  279. Did you ever hold an unpopular opinion or belief? With what results?
  280. 10 popular things that you could not care less about.
  281. Is there anything you “just know” and have no explainable or rational way to explain how you know it?
  282. What music album would be used for a movie about your life?
  283. What’s the worst mistake or decision you have ever made? What could you have done differently?
  284. Name a totally useless possession and how you came to acquire it.
  285. If you invented a device that could fix one problem you are facing right now, would you use it? What problem would you like to solve?
  286. Have you ever carved your name or initials into a tree or stone?
  287. What has inspired you to hold on when all looked lost?
  288. How are you feeling today?
  289. What are the qualities that you possess that make you so wonderful?
  290. Name something you lost or gave away that can never be replaced.
  291. Would you rather live a short life full of wonderful memories or a long life with no significant experiences in it?
  292. If you could do one thing with no one finding out, what would it be?
  293. What’s your favorite quote?  What do you think it says about you?
  294. Do you like how people see you?
  295. Have you ever fallen out of love?
  296. What’s your favorite number?
  297. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
  298. Do you have any tattoos? Do you want any? What do they mean to you?
  299. What is your definition of beauty?
  300. What’s the best present you’ve ever received?
  301. What’s your favorite part of your body?
  302. Do you have a best friend?
  303. Would you rather have a relationship with love or one with sex? Why?
  304. Do you want to get married?
  305. Do you want to have kids?
  306. Have you ever cried for no reason?
  307. What is your favorite month?
  308. Are you too shy to ask someone out?
  309. Are you missing someone?
  310. Do you believe in ghosts?
  311. If your life was a game, what game would it be?
  312. What would you say is your most prominent physical feature?
  313. What is your relationship like with your parents?
  314. Do you have any nicknames? What are they?
  315. What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?
  316. Do you believe that first true love never dies?
  317. What kind of person are you?
  318. How can you prove your love to someone?
  319. Do you have trust issues?
  320. Are you good at holding back your tears?
  321. Have you ever experienced being hysterical?
  322. What would your dream date be like?
  323. Two people you want to be with right now.
  324. How do you do your hair/makeup? Why?
  325. Write about your first crush. Who was it?
  326. What would you name your kids if you have any?
  327. What is your opinion on cheating on people?
  328. Get something off your chest.
  329. When was the last time you cried?
  330. What do you think about most?
  331. What’s a sound you hate? Love?
  332. Do you have any strange phobias?
  333. Do you prefer being behind the camera or in front of the camera?
  334. What was the last lie you told?
  335. Do you believe in karma?
  336. What is your greatest weakness? Strength?
  337. Are you easy to get along with?
  338. Name something that makes you happy.
  339. Name something that makes you furious.
  340. What do you say in an awkward silence?
  341. What was your longest relationship? Who was it with?
  342. When was the last time you really laughed?
  343. How many people can you tell just about everything? Who are they?
  344. What do you miss most about childhood?
  345. What is your middle name? How do you feel about it?
  346. Does your name define you?
  347. What is your favorite word? Why?
  348. What is your favorite Disney movie?
  349. Which is your favorite Disney princess? Why?
  350. Favorite time of day?
  351. Do you like your style? Do you want to change it? What would you change it to?
  352. If you had the option to be rich and famous would you take it?
  353. Who are you closest to?
  354. Describe the best day of your life so far.
  355. Write a letter to someone contemplating suicide.
  356. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
  357. What do you worry about the most?
  358. What’s your favorite song? What does it say about you?
  359. What do you want to do with your life?
  360. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
  361. What has been your favorite concert you’ve ever attended?
  362. How do you think people see you?
  363. What would pop into someone’s mind when they hear your name?
  364. What has changed in the last year?
  365. What were the highs and lows of this year?

These were taken from Here
Other Ideas Here
And another list Here

Choose your list based on your preferences 🙂

 

As you can see, there are three differents lists, for up to three years of journaling!

Have fun and comment below which list you are going to be using!