Relationships are a beautiful thing. There really is nothing better then falling head over heels for someone who you want to spend the rest of your life with. Relationships give you memories you’ll never forget, whether that’s romantic holidays or jokes that make you both laugh so hard that you snort. Unfortunately though, sometimes things have to end and sometimes you have to go through the gut-wrenching pain of trying to mend a broken heart.

Accepting that a relationship is over or is no longer working sucks big time. But it’s important to remember that you need to look after yourself as well, so here are some ways to help mend a broken heart when the inevitable happens.

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ALLOW YOURSELF TO WALLOW IN SELF PITY
It’s entirely natural and healthy to mourn a relationship, no matter what way feels best for you. Hole yourself up in your room for a weekend and binge-watch Friends with a tub of ice cream, or go out drinking with your friends for however many nights straight. Neither way is more healthy than the other but you need to wallow and do what you do. It seems tempting to put on a brave face and look ahead, but it’s important to feel your emotions too because if you don’t, how are you ever going to heal?

FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE
Although it might seem that your whole future has gone down the drain in a matter of weeks, it’s important to remember that there is still a future there, even if it’s not as you imagined anymore. You might not have motivation to do much or look ahead, but there should be at least one thing to focus on whether that’s blogging, getting to the gym for a workout or writing in general. If you’ve ever wanted to pick up a new hobby or research a side business, now is the time when you actually, y’know, have time.

BLOCK YOUR EX
No questions asked. Yes it’ll hurt and yes it may seem extreme but still talking to them so soon after the break up will not help one bit because you’ll either feel like you’re getting on really well and want to get back together or you’ll spend the whole time convinced they’ve met someone which will hurt like hell. Blocking them is the best thing to do because you’ll both have space away from each other to move on.

UNDERSTAND WHY IT DIDN’T WORK 
Relationships don’t just end for no reason. You always learn something from a relationship – good or bad – and you should take this away from the relationship. Maybe you weren’t understanding enough. Maybe they didn’t communicate very well. At the end of the day, if it’s meant to be, it will be – as my nan always says. So if it was meant to work, it would have done.

MOVE ON
You’re probably nowhere near ready for a new relationship yet but that doesn’t mean you have to be entirely alone. Your confidence is probably at an all time low right now so talking to some good looking guys online or going on one or two dates could probably be really helpful when the time comes. Try heading online for websites like an Essex dating site, Cumbria dating sites, dating in Birmingham, to date Dorset singles or even single women in Gwent if that’s your thing (and there’s nothing wrong with moving on from men completely and experimenting a bit this time around either!). The important thing to remember is not to rush things: my cut off point for the end of a relationship is always when either one of you does the deed and sleeps with someone else. In my mind, there’s no going back from that. So if you want to move on for the sake of yourself but still want things to work out, by all means, go out and date but hold off on jumping into bed with someone until you’re entirely ready because once you do, there’s no taking that back!

TREAT YO’ SELF
Always, always take time to treat yourself. Go out and splurge money on some pretty lingerie from Boux Avenue or get yourself a stunning new hair cut. You deserve it.

A NEUTRAL MEETING WITH YOUR EX
Finally, after all the tears or once you feel like you’ve accepted things, I believe it’s also important to meet up with your ex on neutral grounds, especially if you still have things to give back to each other. This could be months after the break up, but you’re always going to have to see them again one day anyway, so why not get it over and done with? A quick coffee will be the perfect opportunity to show them you’ve moved on and you’re okay and is also the ideal way to say goodbye for a final time on good terms. You could also use this time to discuss once more why things went wrong; after so much time has passed and you’ve had some space away from each other, it will be a lot easier to talk about things without feelings involved. Plus, who knows, you might find yourself both understanding what went wrong and might want to give things another go..!

The important thing to remember though is that when you break up with someone, you must always focus on yourself first. Even if you do want to try to fight for things and get back together, there’s no use waiting around and putting yourself down waiting for a chance that might never happen. It’s always best to focus on making yourself feel better because, if anything, this is more likely to encourage your ex to see you being mature about the whole thing. If you’ve both had time apart to work on yourselves and realize what went wrong, you’re more than likely to eventually rebuild things if there are still feelings there months down the line.

What do you think? What’s your fail-safe way of dealing with heartbreak? Let me know!

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I may not be an expert when it comes to love and relationships but with fresh heartbreak under my belt (more on that later..maybe!), I can safely say I have learned a lot during my 11 years of dating the opposite sex.

I wholeheartedly believe that that’s the beauty of love though. Each relationship – even the bad ones that you look back on with regret – teach you something. And these things you learn stay with you as you go through life and meet the right person! So even the bad relationships are good for you in a way.

Here’s some things I’ve learned in my 11 years of dating.

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BEWARE OF ‘PSYCHO EX’S’
Let me be entirely clear about this, I have learned time and time again that if a man uses the words ‘my ex is/was a psycho’ when you first meet, chances are HE IS THE PSYCHO or it’s just an excuse to cover his past, present and future tracks. Ah yes. It’s so easy to see through rose-tinted glasses to believe that an ex that is being ‘too friendly’ and ‘just won’t get the hint’ despite him apparently insisting to her multiple times that it’s over. You’ll believe him until evidently months or years down the line you’ve unwillingly become ‘that’ ex, sending him perfectly understandable messages about why he has suddenly started seeing someone else after dumping you to be single and why he won’t answer you when you deserve an explanation. Yep, I’m sorry to say this ladies, but if a guy tells you his ex is psycho, it’s probably because he’s leading her on whilst moving in on you and wants an excuse to cover up the fact that he’s clearly breaking her heart and her messages are just a repercussion of that. Stay well clear, else soon enough you’ll be labelled that ‘psycho ex’.

YOU CAN’T FORCE SOMEONE TO CARE
You just can’t. Yes, life would be easier if they loved you as much as you love them. You can be the perfect partner by being romantic and supportive but people can’t help how they feel. Much like when you friendzone someone, you don’t want to hurt them and you wish they didn’t feel that way or you felt the same way but sometimes you just can’t force things.

LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINCTS
I was about three weeks into my uni relationship when I realized that my boyfriend at the time was a) a player and b) would never fully commit to me. But lo and behold, he was hot, he showed no signs of straying and I thought maybe I’d finally tamed him. I was wrong. If I’d listened to my instincts, I would have avoided nearly two years of stress. I mean I don’t regret the relationship but it taught me that I should have listened to that gut feeling from the get go.

…BUT KNOW WHAT’S WORTH FIGHTING FOR
If you’re like me, you may find it hard to walk away and want to fight for everything. This rarely has good outcomes for me but I’m proud of this part of me. I’m proud to be the one in the relationship who will always stand up and fight for it to keep going. That said, when it gets to the point when I know it’s no longer worth fighting for, I then walk away. My point is that relationships aren’t black and white: someone may do something to hurt you but if you know they/the relationship is worth working through, then screw what everyone else says and give it your all.

DON’T LOSE YOURSELF
It’s very easy to consume yourself entirely in a relationship. Partners often become best friends too, so it’s no surprise when relationships with your other friends get put on the back burner for a bit. I’m very guilty of giving my all – in fact, often too much – to a relationship and this is definitely a bad habit. Of course it’s good to want to put your other half first sometimes, especially if they make you happy, but you should always remember to take time for yourself too. Don’t let your own goals suffer for their priorities – compromise is such an important word in a relationship for example. Don’t give up your hobbies – I gave up my pole dancing classes when I met Vincent because travelling back to Luton every Thursday just wasn’t convenient for me at the time, but now I regret it and wished that I’d kept that regular weekly thing for just me. So, to conclude, go with the flow and definitely fall head over heels for someone and spend as much time as you like with them if it feels right. But remember to keep something for yourself too.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS UNEXPECTED
They tend to happen when you least expect it so if you’re single and looking for a relationship, try taking the back burner and not looking for one. Concentrate on yourself for a bit first and you’ll hopefully soon find that someone will come along when you’re not looking. That said, it’s never fun to be lonely either and if you want to not-look-for-the-relationship-you-actually-want, dating is always a good shout. Why not try online dating with Cambridge dating sitesdating in Manchester, and Aberdeen dating sites in search of single men in Nottinghamshire or to date Hertfordshire singles? Whether you’re after just dating, a bit of fun or something more, you’re bound to find someone looking for the same thing online. And, who knows, maybe one of those dates will turn into an unexpected relationship..!

However, whether or not I learn from these mistakes and lessons is a whole other kettle of fish…!

Do you have any fail-safe advice or knowledge you’ve picked up on since dating? Let me know!

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Or, in other words, is Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus still relevant in this day and age?

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is a book that everyone is aware of and most women have read at least once in their life’s. It has sold more than 50 million copies and is still a huge part of popular culture; constantly being referenced in movies, TV shows and more. It’s Georgina’s ‘boy bible’ in Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging, and I myself used to steal my mum’s copy and read it when I was a teenager, in hopes to get into the mindset of why men acted the way they did.
Some parts of the book have stuck with me since then but when I found it in my room the other day, I decided to re-read it to see if it was still relevant, not just in this day in age and in the way that modern dating is, but also now that I’m a bit older and I’m in an actual serious healthy relationship.
The whole basis behind the book is that men are originally from a different planet than us ladies, and that’s why there’s so many differences between us, especially when it comes to the way we deal with conflict.
I’ve never thought guys were that different, until I sat down and re-read this book and realized that expecting my boyfriend to communicate and deal with things exactly the same way I do isn’t helpful!
So I thought it would be fun to go through and briefly touch upon each section from the book, noting whether or not it’s still relevant!

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MR. FIX-IT AND THE HOME-IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE
The general idea behind this chapter is that when a woman is upset or stressed, a man tries to fix the problem rather than comforting her. On the other hand, it also focuses on the fact that women like to ‘improve’ men by helping them grow – causing him to feel controlled as opposed to accepted. 
Do I think this is still a problem (or ever was a problem?) in relationships? Yes and no. I can definitely agree with the ‘home-improvement committee’ theory – since getting with my boyfriend, I have wanted to help him a lot. I do tend to nag at him to sort all his bills out and stuff like that, but luckily I tend to pull back sometimes and remind myself that he’s a grown man who can look after himself! I think women wanting to help their man grow and be their best selves is definitely still very relevant, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing anymore. These days, Facebook is filled with meme’s about woman being ultra proud of their other halves which is good. 
I’ve never been the type of person to go to a boyfriend about my problems – usually I just let everything get on top of me and throw a tantrum! So I can’t say I have a lot of experience with ‘mr. fix-it’. I do sometimes have to remind my boyfriend that if I’m upset, usually I just need a hug or a cuddle to feel better, but likewise, he never really tries to ‘fix’ my problems.
Still relevant? The jury’s out on this one. The home-improvement committee is still at large to a certain extent, but I think men have learned to give Mr Fix-It a rest.
MEN GO TO THEIR CAVES AND WOMEN TALK
According to this chapter, when men are upset or stressed, they like to go into a man-cave until they feel better. Women like to talk, talk and talk.
THIS. This is super relevant. I never actually noticed the whole man cave thing until I re-read this book and then was like ‘ooooh so that’s what Vincent does when he games’. The boy can go into a world of his own and whilst I’m missing his attention, I now see it’s his way of distressing from work (or me). 
On the other hand, I definitely talk when I’m stressed or upset. Though I usually need a hug, rambling helps a lot too and helps me get things off my chest.
The idea of man caves has actually really helped me be more supportive of my boyfriend when he needs his space. I know now to just leave him be and do my own thing, and he knows to reassure me to let me know he just needs a bit of space and will come back to me when he can. I still struggle to accept this when we have an argument (I tend to think it’s not fair that he should have space when the argument/he has upset me), but it takes time.
Still relevant? Yes. 100% yes.
HOW TO MOTIVATE THE OPPOSITE SEX
This chapter is a little confusing, but from what I can gather, it focuses on the circle of a woman giving too much or too much of herself in a relationship and a man therefore not giving enough. Men need to feel motivated to give support and if they see the woman giving a lot, they assume they don’t need support.
I don’t feel this is relevant. There have been times in the past where I’ve felt like I’ve given too much – too much romance, too much support, too much effort etc – but usually this has been resolved by communication or by ending things when they weren’t right in the first place.
SPEAKING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Well even though there’s a whole chapter on this, it isn’t necessary. Men and women speak a different language nearly everyday. From the tone of voice to the words they use and the way they are perceived. Unfortunately this is just a common problem that can be solved with communication.
Still relevant? Yes. Perhaps not as severe, but I definitely encounter this issue regularly.

“We mistakenly assume that if our partners love us they will react and behave in certain ways = the ways we react and behave when we love someone.

MEN ARE LIKE RUBBER BANDS
So I kind of think this chapter is stupid but it also makes a whole lot of sense. Because men are d*cks, once they get close to a girl, they then like to pull away for some stupid reason (it is explained in the book but I can’t be bothered to go and re-read it). It makes no sense, but, unfortunately, it’s true. At least in my experience. Sometimes when you like a guy and he pulls away, you gotta play hard to get. But trust me when I say, a man who plays games like this isn’t worth it anyway.
Still relevant? Unfortunately so.
WOMAN ARE LIKE WAVES
Isn’t this just another way of saying woman get periods? Yes, sometimes we’re happy and sometimes we’re sad. It’s not always to do with PMS – going through emotions is just part of life – but I certainly get a little batsh*t crazy and over-emotional when it’s around about the time for my period. Men should be more understanding. We shouldn’t use our periods as an excuse to act out. But sometimes we just do.
Still relevant? Well, yes, we still get periods but no, I don’t think men need a guide to dealing with them.
DISCOVERING OUR DIFFERENT EMOTIONAL NEEDS
This chapter states that women need – in this order – caring, understanding, respect, devotion, validation and reassurance in a relationship, whereas a man needs: trust, acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval and encouragement.
These are most things healthy relationships should have anyway. Any normal person would know this already: skip this chapter.
Still relevant? Yes. But not necessary.
HOW TO AVOID ARGUMENTS
I’m not even going to go into this chapter because a) people argue for a reason and arguments are necessary to a certain extent and b) without arguments you don’t get makeup sex. And quite frankly that’s not a world I want to live in.

Still relevant? Nope!

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SCORING POINTS WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX
What even is this? It sounds absurd and has bullsh*t lists about how to support your other half, including things like give them four hugs a day and ‘don’t flick the remote control to different channels when she is watching TV with you’. People shouldn’t need a list to show love in a relationship. Unless you’re an idiot. In which case, this list is pretty helpful.
This chapter also states that men score women on what they do (10-20 points when he forgets to do something and she says it’s okay!) but women give generally the same score depending on whatever the man does. So basically, woman see the little things just as important as the big, whereas a man gives more points depending on what the woman does. I don’t even know.

Still relevant? No.
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HOW TO COMMUNICATE DIFFICULT FEELINGS
This is just about communication really but also suggests writing a letter if you find it hard to convey your feelings verbally. Writing letters always help, to be fair.
Still relevant? No.
HOW TO ASK FOR SUPPORT AND GET IT
Aka say would you instead of could you. I get the point behind this chapter, but every relationship is give and take – sometimes you do things to make your other half happy and sometimes they do the same for you. You shouldn’t have to study what words you should use to ask them to take out the trash once in a while.
Still relevant? No.

“A woman should not be judged for needing this reassurance, just as a man should not be judged for needing to withdraw”
KEEPING THE MAGIC OF LOVE ALIVE 
Finally, this chapter sums up the book overall, stating that woman should support men in their man cave and men should try not to fix women’s problems, etc.

Still relevant? Partly.

So as a whole, this book is tricky, A lot of it is bullsh*t and stuff people should know anyway – but granted, if you don’t know, it’s quite helpful. There are some things I have taken away from it that I still think are really relevant in this day and age though, most notably man caves and the home-improvement committee.
It’s always eye-opening to read a book like this and I think it definitely helps to remind you of the differences between men and woman but, if I’m honest, overall I believe that no good couple would need to refer to this book word for word. Sure, it’s helpful to understand how to support your other half in things you don’t know much about, but, generally, if your partner loves and respects you and makes you happy, who cares if he needs to disappear into a man cave every now and then..?

Nonetheless, it’s been fun to sum it up in regards to modern dating. I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to play the game anymore – though most of this book is spot on for couples as well as people just wanting to get a head start on understanding the opposite sex – even when single. If you’re looking for ways to put what you’ve learnt into practice, why not try online dating? There’s sites for everyone these days, including senior dating, Belfast dating agencyBerkshire dating agencyGuernsey dating and Isle of Wight dating.

But what do you think? Do you think Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus offers information and advice that is still relevant when it comes to dating in this day and age? Let me know!

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Autumn is hands down one of the prettiest time of year and, with Christmas fast approaching, it also means romance is in the air. 
With warm summer days gone and the need to save for the upcoming season, those in relationships often put going out for dates on the back burner. It’s natural in a relationship to settle into a routine of dinner at home and Netflix binges, and whilst there is nothing wrong with that, it’s also nice to go on an actual date now and then.
So with that in mind, here are some autumn date ideas!

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HUNT FOR THE PERFECT PUMPKIN
It seems the American trend of pumpkin patches has landed in the UK with patches springing up this year. Don your wellies and head over to find that *perfect* pumpkin, making sure to stop and take plenty of photos along the way. Then, head home and have fun carving the pumpkins (but make sure to keep the ‘insides’ for some recipes like pumpkin pie or soup!).
GO FOR A WALK
Yes, it sounds stupid, but sometimes it’s really lovely to just leave your phones at home and go on a long walk to reconnect and focus on each other. Autumn is the perfect time for this with all the beautiful colours and crunchy leaves, so why not head to a local nature estate or something similar? If just walking isn’t your thing, make it fun: download Pokemon Go and have a pokemon hunting date, or try Geocoaching (google it!).
SCARE YOURSELF SILLY
Visit a scare attraction to get that adrenaline going! There are plenty of scare attractions around the UK so you’re bound to find one wherever you are – from a family friendly spooky farm or a theme park fright night.
GO FOR DINNER & A MOVIE
With Netflix and NOWTV, it’s very rare that couples go to the cinema anymore – why would you when you have so much entertainment at your fingertips? But as the evening’s get chillier, put the effort in to dress up a little and actually go out. There are tons of deals: Meerkat Movies and cheap days at the cinema, and have a look online beforehand for some vouchers for restaurants. It might not seem like much but if it’s been a long time since you’ve gone out, it’s a really fun way to get out of the typical work-eat-sleep-repeat pattern.
DO SOMETHING TOURISTY
This one can be a little pricier, but if you live near a big city or near the capital, why not do something typically touristy? Lots of cities do deals so you can do more than one attraction in one day and it’s also a great way to get out of your hometown for the day. Also, chances are that there’s going to be at least one touristy thing that either one of you haven’t done.
GAME TOGETHER
There are plenty of PC/Xbox/Playstation/your console of choice games that can be played on Co-op. My recommendation? Scary games. There’s just something romantic about your other half saving your on-screen character from zombies, trust me…
BINGE WATCH A SERIES
You probably do this often anyway but why not go all out? Book the day off work, stock up on essential snacks beforehand and aim to finish a series in one day. Shorter series like Stranger Things are perfect for this. To make the date extra cute, build a fort or make an indoor picnic.
COOK TOGETHER
One of my boyfriend and I’s favourite things to do is actually cook together and this is a far cry from how I used to be when I’d never cook and was scared of experimenting with food. This can be something simple as dinner, or you could make a three course meal together and light a few candles to make it romantic when eating. There’s also lots of seasonal food you can make/bake together. Stick some music on and have a laugh in the kitchen as you make food together: it’s always fun. 
And if you’re dateless this autumn? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Forget the local bars: take your dog (or borrow a friend’s dog!) on a walk to scout potential romances, try a local gig one evening or sign up to a dating website! Some suggestions are: best dating sites, date divorced singles, Northampton dating site, dating agency London and Auckland dating – I’d suggest signing up now so you can get some autumn dates in pronto 😉
So, how about you guys? What are your favourite autumn themed dates or date ideas you’ve always wanted to try? Let me know!
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In case you haven’t already heard, my boyfriend and I are planning to move in together. It’s early days yet as we still need to save and find somewhere, but the hunt is on and boy am I excited.

I’ve only ever lived with a boyfriend once in my life and I’m not sure that entirely counts because a) it was actually into a shared house where we still had our own rooms/space if we needed to, b) we lived with creepy housemates and c) we only moved in together out of convenience. 
Well I’m nearing 30 now, half my purchases go on homeware as opposed to clothes and, well, my boyfriend and I only drive each other slightly mad when we spend tons of time together. He gets annoyed when I don’t wash the dishes properly (apparently I leave them to dry when there’s still washing up liquid on them) and I get annoyed when he leaves crumbs in the bed or wet towels on the bed.
All normal arguments, am I right?
Anyway. There’s so much that I’m looking forward to so I thought it would be nice to do a blog post about it.

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CHRISTMAS
Yes, I’m sorry to bring that dreaded word up so soon and even though at this rate we wont be living together until the new year, I’m still super excited for our first Christmas together/first Christmas in our new place, especially for things like decorating the tree (that will never be as good as my mum’s!), Christmas feasts and movie binges. Oh, and a vegan Christmas dinner of course.
COOKING IN WHATEVER I WANT
My boyfriend said I’m not allowed to cook naked because I am the world’s most clumsy person, but now that we don’t live alone, I hate the fact that I can’t roll out of bed looking rough as f*ck and stumble into the kitchen to make breakfast. I mean I still wear lazy clothes and that, but I always wear a bra to avoid getting caught out by his flatmates.

BUYING ADULT STUFF
To be fair, I’ve already bought a laundry basket, a mirror, storage bags and a laundry basket for his room (and next I have my eye on a rug) but shopping for home stuff is JUST SO FUN. I now realize why I love The Sims so much. I can actually play it like IN REAL LIFE by decorating my own damn place. Unfortunately I don’t think my boyfriend will agree with my luxurious gothic bathroom with black walls idea, but I’m sure we can compromise.

A BATH
Okay we have a shower over a bathtub here and I have a bath at home so I swear I do wash, but I can’t wait to have somewhere with a proper bath (as in without a shower over it). I’m going to stock up on so many Lush products and really nice candles and sh*t.
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MY OWN BLOGGING SPACE

I actually finally have my own blogging space here, but currently at my desk I have the beautiful view of a curtain or, er, ASDA. To be able to push my desk against a wall and cover it in inspiring prints is THE DREAM. But I do totally love my current blogging space too.

MOVIE MARATHONS
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones…the list is endless. In fact we’re already planning to throw our first binge-party this Halloween with a Stranger Things viewing party. It’s not quite the same in his small room with limited seating, but we’ll manage. Then when we have our own place, we can go all out with themed food and decorations and such.

And speaking of parties…

A HOUSEWARMING PARTY

I have not had a house party in YEARS. I feel far too old to be bothered with putting on heels and going on a night out but good drink, good music and better company in the comfort of my own home sounds AMAZING. And since my boyfriend is a bartender, we’re totally going to get one of those cool drink trolleys that you always see on Pinterest.
THE SANDWICH OF JUSTICE
My boyfriend taught me how to make this amazing Sandwich Of Justice and call me the total opposite of a feminist but I can’t wait to make it (with or without his help) for all our friends on a hungover morning. Seriously. This is one of the reasons I love my boyfriend. At the discovery of this sandwich all I could see was our future together and living together, having friends crash over after a night out (or in! See previous point…) and making hangover food like the SOJ for everyone the morning after. Is that weird? I don’t care…
HAVING A HOMEBASE
Yes, I spend more time here than at my own home right now, but for those days in between, it is an absolute b*tch dragging a big bag full of makeup and my laptop on and off the bus/to work. I’ll have another car soon so that will make it a bit easier, but it can still get ever so confusing living between two places. I still don’t know where my fitbit charger/favourite bra is currently. Who knows if I’ll ever find out…
LIVING WITH MY BOYFRIEND
Finally, the reason why I’m most excited is just that I’ll get to live with the person I love. I get to go to sleep next to him every night (apart from when he chooses to be a geek and stay up gaming, haha) and wake up with him every morning. I get to have breakfast with him (when I eat breakfast) and dinner every night. We get to choose a flat and make it a home together and create a future together. And as soppy as it makes me, that’s the best part of it all.

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