Sunday, 14 August 2016

Simply Me

'You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost'
Martha Graham

Welcome to Faye Olivia, rather than explain in great detail where I have been, I want to keep it brief. I fell completely and utterly out of love with my blog content. While my 17-year-old self-had loved reviewing the latest contouring kit or posting my wishlist cravings, 5 years later, and as expected my interests changed. The blogging world that I recently become engulfed in had turned into the rules, guides and numerous ways to run a blog, the magic of writing and photography that I had once adored became lost. While we all have our own motivators, the ever growing politics of blogging became my poison, I lost my magic and the blog drive that I loved. I decided to take some time away to think things through. There was no time frame set out, but just a need to get away and rethink the path I wanted for my blog and for myself.

So here I am, standing in front of you today as Faye Olivia. Unapologetically terrible at scheduling tweets, having an Instagram theme and posting every day, but someone who loves to write, share ideas and make friends. Please allow me the opportunity to demonstrate my passions and interests as I try to muddle my way through this adventure

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

"You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as full as possible."

I had this book on my shelf for well over a year before I finally got round to picking it up. It was only when I saw the trailer for the film adaptation that is being released later this year, that I knew I had to read it.

The novel focuses on the life of Louise Clark, a twenty-something women who has lived in the same town all her life. When she unexpectantly loses her job, she lands a position working for a former adrenaline junkie, Will Traynor. Will suffered an accident which took away his desire to live until he meets Louise that is. Louise Clark bursts into his life with a swirl of colour. Together, they change each other for all time.

It's hard to describe the plot of the story without giving too much away, however, there really is more to this novel than meets the eye. In my opinion, this story is heartbreakingly beautiful, and unlike any other novel I have read before. The trailer for the film adaptation can be seen here, although I feel this does present the story as more of a romantic comedy, although I imagine this is to not give too much away. The story deals with both moral and ethical issues that really absorb the reader.

Overall, I would rate this book a 5/5, it is an extraordinary story that is gripping and believable. Jojo Moyes has a way of making the reader become completely absorbed.

As part of a monthly series, I will be posting about my book of choice for the month. Have a particular book you would like me to read? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

15 lessons I learnt in 2015

2015 was a big year for me, I pushed myself a lot and ended up learning so much about myself, other people and (as clique as it sounds,) the world. After reading the brilliant Rhianna's '15 things I learnt in 2015', I was inspired to write my own post about lessons I had learnt throughout the year. As I said, I grew a lot as a person so it was hard to get it my list down to just 15, but here they are:

1. Your dissertation may feel like the most painful thing to research and write but you will never feel as proud as the day that you finally hold the finished piece of work in your hands.

2. People you never thought could hurt you will in ways you never expected and worse than you ever expected.

3. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger (see above)

4. Keeping in touch with long distance friends should be natural

5. Graduation is the most enjoyable day of dress-up, ever.

6. Fictional characters will break your heart

7. Travelling around Europe with a bunch of strangers leads to making friends for life and fantastic memories

8. Deciding what to do after finishing Uni is extremely daunting

9. Having a best friend who lives in Sydney is highly inconvenient

10. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can only lead to amazing things.

11. Nothing beats Italian Gelato

12. Not everyone understands that we don't all have money trees.

13. Getting a full-time job, even if it's not the right job, can make you grow in a way you never expected.

14. Vampire TV shows are surprisingly great.

15. There ain't no party like an S Club party

Undoubtedly sure I will learn even more lessons in 2016.


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