At this moment, I am very grateful to be in London instead of Minnesota, this winter. Today was a high of 60°F (15°C) while Minnesota sat around -20°F (-29°C). I believe I’ve put some quality 23 years in Minnesota; I feel as though I deserve a break this season.
Alright, so here’s the latest and greatest of my life…
My first semester of graduate school officially comes to a close this January, with our final exams on the 9th and 11th, while lectures ended the second week of December. I quite enjoyed my courses this semester, especially Research Methods, but I’m excited for the in-depth knowledge of psychological disorders coming next semester. I’m very appreciative of the fact that my research paper has officially been submitted but I rather enjoyed the time I spent researching and writing the paper, mainly due to the subject of conversation. One of the reasons why I love graduate school is the opportunity to study and research areas of psychology that I fancy over the broad/general knowledge of undergraduate.
With the conclusion of classes, I’ve spent more time running around London. I traveled to Liverpool, Wales and Manchester, seen Conwy Castle and reveled in an early premiere of the Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. I’ve discovered my favorite restaurant in London, Banana Tree and my favorite desserts, Ruby’s of London at Greenwich Market.
Christmas time in London is absolutely beautiful. Every street is covered in lights, massive decorated tree line every inch of London, and markets/mini festivals are everywhere. I even had the opportunity to show off my ice skating abilities at Somerset House. It was strange not to experience a white Christmas but Nicholas and I made the most of it. We cooked a fabulous Christmas breakfast and dinner (check out the bottom of the blog for links to our recipes). We also have a spectacular New Year’s plan including, of course, fireworks and the New Year’s Day parade.
With 2017 coming to a close, I suggest we all take some time to reminisce on our year. I know I faced my challenges but also rose above them. I found new strengths but learned new weakness. I created new friendships and lost others. But it’s always best to go out on a high note, so below are a few of my life events this year…
Attended Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival
Left my job as a residential treatment counselor
Traveled to Mazatlán
Camp Cambria – Year 4
Ragnar Relay – Round 3
Moved to London, United Kingdom
Started Master’s at King’s College London
Toured Warner Bros. Studios London – The Making of Harry Potter
As for 2018, I have three resolutions (listed below). Likewise, I’d like to change up my diet by eliminate diary and focusing on a vegan diet. This is largely due to my intolerance of dairy products here in London. It’s quite sad. Aside from that, I’d like to continue to focus on my education and travel a bit more. I have a list of places yet to see. More importantly, I want to adventure around London more. One can never experience the same day twice here.
Become a better cook
Decrease the amount of material things I own (clothes, shoes, etc.)
Decrease amount of screen time (non school related)
I look for to my upcoming courses and my clinical placement. As well as completing my ethics application and dissertation in the coming months. As for now, I will continue to enjoy my winter holiday, while studying for my exams but also look to the month of April, to which I can enjoy an entire month off of classes. So, if you have any time off and want to travel, hit me up!
I’m serious 🙂
Here are the links for our recipes. Thanks Pinterest!
If you want more recipe ideas, check out my ‘For the Love of Food‘ and ‘Veggied Out‘ boards.