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Monday, 4 August 2014


With the weather being so beautiful lately, it's no surprise that I've got serious Instagram envy. Usually when I'm on the bus on the way to work, I scroll through the app and find myself faced with photographs and memory making from people having a clearly better time then me, enjoying the sunshine. I've seen photo after photo of ecstatic and eager crowds soaking up the atmosphere at Warped Tour over in America, something I've dreamed of attending since I first discovered rock music. I've felt pangs of jealousy as I see #nofilter photos of stunning sunsets taken in the countryside, no doubt after a relaxed day of picnics, gentle walks and maybe even a BBQ. I smile as I remember my own visit to Brighton earlier this year when I study photos of that beautiful blue sky overlooking the pebbled beach and pier.

And each of these photos make me want to go back to those memories; to eat chips hungover on the steps leading down to Brighton beach, the same beach myself and my friends had a bonfire with my favourite band only the night before. I think about last summer when I'd visit my sister and we'd take long strolls around the countryside where she lives, or when I house sat for a week and my friends came to visit and take advantage of drunken karokie at the pub literally a 30 second walk away. And although I'm missing Warped Tour in America, it'll never really beat my own little tour of the UK in November, followed by some pretty awesome VIP treatment at London's own Warped Tour.

I may still have time to make some more amazing memories this summer, or at least for the rest of 2014. So I seem to work on every day it's sunny, but that doesn't mean I'll never get a day off again at the same time as my friends, which will surely be spent tanning up by the outdoor pool followed by a lush pub lunch. September will see my first long weekend away to Amsterdam, which will hopefully be followed by some more little adventures with my favourite American rockers. And I've also been invited back as a VIB to Bloggers Fashion Week again, so I have a lot to look forward to.

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blog | Ramblings // An Ode To Adventures; Inspire Magazine; Inspire Magazine Online; The Maine; Kennedy Brock; Pat Kirch; Brighton; Brighton Beach; Bonfire
Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blog | Ramblings // An Ode To Adventures; Inspire Magazine; Inspire Magazine Online; The Maine; Kennedy Brock; Pat Kirch; Brighton; Brighton Beach; Bonfire

I think sometimes when times get tough, it's hard to look ahead and see what you've got to get excited about. I think sometimes the hardest thing is feeling guilty for wanting to be happy again; for wanting a distraction and to still enjoy your life even admist all the madness and chaous and downward spirals happening around you. But it's important to remember that even in the hardest times, you've still got to find a way to smile and somehow keep that zest for life. Even if you haven't got much to look forward to, you can always rely on good memories. 2013 into 2014 was a pretty good year for me and gave me some epic adventures and memories I'll never forget. Hell, I experienced things that no one else has and it's some of those reasons alone that keep me upbeat and positive. Just today I was on the bus on the way home, bored, when suddenly it hit me once more that some of my biggest idols know me by name, that I have repeatedly been drinking with them and hung out with them and forged some form of 'friendship'. This might sound corny to you, but to me it's a source of many good memories and a glimmer of hope of further good times to come, more memories to make, more laughs to be had, more beer to be shared.

And though sometimes some people think don't necessarily agree with my random little adventures, some say I should grow up and stop wasting money on things like this, I see no reason to stop doing what makes me happy. Everyone has their vices. Some people waste all their money on holidays, some on drink. I spend my time and money on adventures, trying new things, meeting new people and doing the type of thing not everyone gets to do. And that makes me very, very happy,

2014 may not be the best year for me so far, but I'll make damn sure I'll still create some good memories to come from it...and I'll certainly await a fresh and hopefully happy start in 2015.

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