Carpri Diem!

It’s been quite some time since I wrote that last post, and I’m so sorry about not keeping this blog as updated as I ought to. A lot has happened in a little while, and I just haven’t given myself the time to write!

Anyway, summer has well and truly kicked off! All of my friends have moved off campus now, and I’ve been given the keys to my new studio flat! I’m sat in it at the moment, writing this. I started moving some bits and pieces over yesterday evening, and slept here for the first time last night. I have my own kitchen, bathroom, dining room, my bed is in the corner of the kitchen, along with my wardrobe, and my desk is in a lovely little conservatory section, which I love when it’s sunnier (the rain has kicked off today, sadly).

Update on the guy, we’re actually now together, as a proper couple! I even met his father the other week, and I’ve been given the thumbs up, apparently! Next week we’ll have been together for two months, scary how the time flies! I’ve never met someone so supportive and understanding about me and my issues, and I often have him behind me every step of the way when I embark on new projects, go off to places and generally follow my dreams. It’s lovely, I feel beautiful when I’m with him, and it’s wonderful.

All my coursework is finally complete! All I have to do now is print the last bits off, which I’ll do today, and hand them into the registrar’s office, then I can sit back, and wait for my grades, which I’ll get in September before the new academic year starts. Yikes! As long as I pass, then it’ll be ok, I’ll be aiming higher next year!

Speaking of university, my job as Careleaver Liberation Rep starts properly as of now! Clearing is happening, and young people across the country are finding out if they got into their university of choice. Careleavers are doing this too, and I remember opening my results letter telling me I got into my university, and wondering ‘how is this going to work out?’. So I’ll be on Twitter today, with the hashtag #careleaverlibrep to answer any questions about leaving care and starting up at university as a careleaver. Exciting time to be had by all!

So, on top of everything else, I’ve helped out with the development of an app for careleavers to assist with pathway plans, education/work/training and identity. It’ll be promoted during Careleaver Week, in October half term, so I’ll be promoting it to my students, as well as you guys. Just because you grew up in care, it doesn’t mean that you’re society’s offcast. You still have so much to offer! I promise!

I’ve also started work on a WWI novel for young people, so am hoping to have the first draft completed by the end of the year. In the meantime, I should really start moving some more stuff over…

Getting On With It!

So, thought after doing that rather deep post the other day, I ought to do a nice little catch up with you all!

I’m currently sat in Costa in Gosport, using their wi fi whilst everyone else in the house goes to the gym.  They did suggest I joined, but I do hate gyms, not to mention that the last time I went to one, a girl there made me feel rather inadequate, and I wouldn’t serve all my contact through as I am obviously off to university. Meh.

Anyway, I picked up another couple of dresses, from a vintage inspired shop in Fareham, but from their genuine vintage rack, which was great. I got one dress for £5, as it had a pretty large hole in the hip, probably from when the previous owner ripped one of the belt loops from it…

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So I spent quite a bit of my afternoon mending it. I hate mending, as I prefer creating, but I am pretty good at it. I had to start by stitching the lining back onto the seam of the hip, before then fixing the outer part to get rid of the large outside.

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This is it post mend. I’m actually pretty impressed with my handiwork, even though it took forever! I still need to do a photo shoot of me in some vintage stuff though, so stay tuned for that!

I also attended the first Scout Network meeting I’ve been able to get to in ages! Which meant I finally got my necker and Network polo shirt! I was rather thrilled, and will look after then whilst at university. I am considering going on the Alton Towers camp, but it depends on if I am at work in Bath or not. I also want to join the Network up there as well, so I need to get in contact with them next week.

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Aww, don’t I look sweet!

So, that brings me up to date for now!