Tuesday, 3 October 2017

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To This Autumn

Autumn has always been my favourite season of the year. I think it’s such a magical time. The leaves are starting to turn beautiful shades of yellow and orange, I can bring out my snuggly scarves and hats, and it’s perfectly acceptable to opt for cosy nights under the blanket whilst watching copious amounts of Netflix.

There’s also tonnes to look forward to in the Autumn months. Halloween, Bonfire Night, my birthday (An exceptionally important holiday!), and of course the run up to Christmas. I think I actually prefer the run up to the festivities more than the day itself. Everybody always seems to be in better spirits as we work towards a well-deserved week off of work to spend time with our loved ones and bring in a fresh new year.

This year I feel a little differently about the new season. I’m dreading it a little, because now there is another important event to mark during my favourite season, which puts somewhat of a sad spin on it. The 20th November marks the anniversary of my Mum’s death. I’m dreading the day in all honesty now, so goodness knows how I will feel when we finally reach the day.

With all that being said, I’m determined to enjoy Autumn still as I always have. My Mum wouldn’t want me to spend my favourite time of year moping on her account. She will continue to be in my thoughts (As she is each and every day.), but I’m determined to stay positive through what is going to be a tough period.

To help lift my spirits and get me hyped up for my favourite time of year, I thought I would share all the things I’m looking forward to this Autumn…

A Weekend in London

In less than two weeks I’ll be finishing work on a Friday and heading straight down to the train station for a little weekend in London with Spencer and I can’t wait! The purpose of our trip is to go and see The Book Of Mormon. We’d heard rumours that it could be coming to an end in London soon, and it’s one that’s been on the bucket list for a while so we thought we’d better get tickets before our window of opportunity closes for good.

As well as that though I’m just looking forward to a day exploring London and heading to some restaurants that we don't have available to us in Sheffield.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Every Halloween without a doubt I watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s become tradition. I feel like it’s the perfect transitional film as it heavily features both Halloween and Christmas. It carries us nicely out of Halloween and right into the festive season.

Another film that has recently become a favourite to watch on Halloween is Hocus Pocus. I never even knew what this film was until I went to Uni with one of my best friends, Chloe, who’s obsessed with this film. It’s an absolute classic that I quickly fell in love with and love to watch on the spookiest night of the year too.

Festive Drinks

Nope, I’m not talking about the alcoholic kind! I’m talking those delicious festive hot drinks that our favourite coffee shops concoct for us each festive season  Now, in general, I’m a Starbucks girl through and through, but come Christmas I’m all about Costa Coffee’s festive drinks! Their selection in my opinion is far tastier, the takeout cups are adorable, and a special mention has to go to the Pigs in Blankets Panini. Quite frankly it’s a travesty that it’s not available all year round!

Leeds Christmas Market

When I was at Uni, Chloe and I adored going to the Leeds Christmas Market every year, and this year we’re going together again, six years after leaving Leeds to find our way in the big bad world of work!

Partly for my birthday present, and partly to cheer me up Chloe has got us tickets to see Steps at Leeds’ First Direct Arena. It’s the day after my Mum’s anniversary and only a few days before my birthday, so she thought it would be a great way for me to get away for the night, do some Christmas shopping, enjoy the Christmas Market and go and have a fun night out in one of our favourite cities, just like old times!

Disneyland Paris Birthday Do Over

I said I wasn’t going to go back to DLP for a while. My initial plan was to save for a bigger trip to Walt Disney World. However, Spencer and I had the idea that we could have a shorter, cheaper trip to one of my most favourite places as a do over.

For those of you who know me, you'll know my last trip was a sombre one. My trip to Disneyland Paris was supposed to be an amazing, magical way for me to celebrate my 30th birthday, and although I still had a lovely day, it all feels like a bit of a blurry haze after losing my Mum only two days before we went on our trip.

This time we’ll be staying in one of the Disney partner hotels and will be minus the amazing meal vouchers, but I’m determined to have a magical time and celebrate my 31st birthday with my favourite mouse and duck! I’m especially looking forward to the new Goofy’s Incredible Christmas projection show on the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Queen and Adam Lambert

Queen were my Mum’s all-time favourite band, so when I was asked by Chloe if I wanted to go and see them live with Adam Lambert at the Sheffield Arena I jumped at the chance!

I saw them live with Adam Lambert a couple of years ago in Leeds, and they absolutely blew me away. It was an incredible show, and I loved how much they still made the show about Freddie, telling stories about him in between songs. This time I think it will be even more special, and I’ll be singing at the top of my lungs for my Mum.

The Blogosphere Christmas Festival

That’s right! I’m off to my first Blogosphere event and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I ordered my ticket and booked my transport this weekend. I’m especially looking forward to the panel as one of my favourite YouTubers, Brogan Tate will be sat on it.

The Work Christmas Shut Down

I’ve never planned it, but I’ve always been quite fortunate in that every organisation I’ve worked for since finishing University has had a Christmas shut down for the week between Christmas and New Year. It’s always nice to have a lengthy period of time away from work at the end of the year, and to come back feeling fresh and ready to take on the new year. This year I’m looking forward to relaxing and spending time with my nearest and dearest.

And this is the reason why I love a good list post. When everything is laid out in front of you like this, it’s hard to feel too down beat when there are so many amazing things to look forward to over the coming months!

Let me know what plans you have as we enter the latter end of 2017.

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