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Good things.

"Good things.
Clean fresh sheets. Discovering new bands that haven't been discovered by the rest of the world yet. The smell of the beach. Salt Water. Breakfast for dinner. Cafes that have all-day breakfast. Great ideas that come to you in the middle of the night. New movies, new books, new friends. Old books, old movies, old friends. Daises and sunflowers and wildflowers. Nice smelling candles that take you to another time and place. Great ideas that come to you in the shower. Art that gets you. Books that get you. Songs that get you. People who get you. Hand made gifts. Change (even if you don't see it as a good thing yet). Foreign films. Passports because they guarantee a conversation about how terrible you look in the photo. Plan journeys. Sunsets. Sunrises. Now.

I found that on pinterest yesterday, and I loved it. I don't know why but something about it just makes me happy. Today I want to share my own good things post.

"Poppy's Good things. 
Watching the sunrise. Lazy Sunday mornings. Brunches. Coffee shops. Being warm under a doona in winter. A refreshing drink in summer. Getting letters in the mail. Christmas. When you wake up on time. The flowers in spring. The colours in autumn. Rain. The smell just before it rains. Hot chocolate. Tea. The first day of spring. The day before a holiday. The excitement as you drive to the beach. Road trips. Vanilla. The excitement on the first day of summer holidays. Planes. Airports. The light just before the sun goes down. Polaroid Photos. Pastel Colours. The song of a bird. Succulents. Being in a new place. A rush of motivation. The perfect song. Finally getting something you have been working at. Dessert. Sunsets."



I love this idea of a good things list. It makes you feel so grateful for the little things, doesn't it? I would love to hear some of your good things in the comments below.
xxxPoppy



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School Tips

The other day I shared this post about some thoughts on school. Today I am going to share some resources and tips that I use to understand the things that I learn at school.

1. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a organisation that provides videos, lessons, notes and tests on a variety of different subjects. I find this website usefull, and you can even download the app for some devices.

2. Crash Course
Crash course can be found on youtube, and they have heaps of videos about history, science, religion and some videos on other subjects. I use crash course videos all the time, because they are super short and give you a great basic understanding.

3.Flash Cards
To study for tests, and learn things, I write notes in colours on flash cards, and revise them a few times a day. This constant revision makes it easier to remember and understand things.

4.Stay organised 
It is hard to have the time to properly learn and understand things if you are always in a rush. Try and organise your time and give yourself plenty of space.

5.Study in blocks. 
No one can study for a solid 4 hrs (not anyone that I know of at least). Try breaking your time in 25 or 30 minute chunks, and take a walk or have some tea in between them.

I'm no expert but hopefully these tips can help you like they help me.

Let me know in the comments below if there are any other tips that you have.

xxxPoppy


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"Here comes the sun"

"Here comes the sun"//
 I am sitting at my desk writing this post, and I have my bedroom windows open for the first time in the year. There are magpies singing in the tree out the front, the sky is blue without a cloud in sight, the house smells like the cinnamon scrolls I just baked, the reasonably warm breeze is blowing through the window. It is only mid August, but it feels like spring is well and truly on the way.

Maybe it is the anticipation of summer, maybe it is the warm air, the burst of new life, the change. I don't know what it is about spring, but there is something that fills me with joy. The air smells a certain way during spring, and it is a way that I love. If someone could actually bottle the scent of spring and sell it- I would be the first costumer.

Over the weekend I experiment with my first photo series, inspired by the incoming spring. This one called "Here comes the sun".








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Places I'd Love to Go

"We have nothing to loose, and a world to see"///


I love looking at places to visit. I spend hours looking through pinterest at photos from other people's adventures. Today I have a short list (it took a while to get it down from very, very, very long).

1. New York
2. Greece
3. Italy
4. Paris
5. Canada
6. Melbourne
7. Tasmania
8. Thailand
9. Hawaii
10. South America
11. Norway
12. London
13. Germany
14. Scotland
15. Florida.

Have you ever been to any of these places? Where would you like to go?
xxxPoppy

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My favourite books

I talk a lot about reading, and it is something that is a huge part of my life. Reading has, and hopefully always will be, something that I do most days. I always try to make sure I have a little time for myself in the day and reading is the best way to do this.
Today I am going to share my 5 favourite books of all time (and I've included a few others that I really enjoyed when I read them at the end). I read fiction, most of the time realistic novels- with the occasional dystoptian thrown in.


1. Paper Towns
Paper towns is my all time favourite book (although the Fault in Our Stars was also pretty good). It is the perfect mix of funny, serious, sad, mysterious, intriguing and all around just perfect. I'm not that good at writing reviews, so check out these ones on goodreads.

2.We Were Liars
I read this book almost two years ago, and I have (when asked) said it is my favourite for a long time. I read a lot of really well written books, and the ones I enjoy are the memorable ones. This book was really memorable. It had a huge twist at the end and it left me in a bit of a state of shock- a good kind of shock. Thinking about it, the book probably isn't actually the book I have enjoyed the most- it just stuck out. Here are some reviews of it (be careful to avoid spoilers- you really don't want the end spoiled)

3. Amy and Rodger's Epic Detour
I read this book a while ago and I really enjoyed it- because it was different. It was similar to things I had read before and at the same time different and that made it all the more interesting. Here are some reviews of it.

4.The Yearbook Committee
This book was also one I read a while ago, and I have been told it is very much a modern version of the breakfast club. The book was a light read, and didn't take too long- but was enjoyable and memorable. Here are some reviews.

5.Enter Title Here
No- that is not a mistake. That is the actual name of the book. This book I read reasonably recently, and I enjoyed it. It felt real, and was very different- again memorable. Reviews are here.

Other books I have enjoyed:
Divergent series
The Hunger Games series
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (part of a series)

Do you enjoy reading? What are your favourite books?
xxxPoppy 

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