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Another year...

Yesterday, the 18th of April, marked two years since our first post. I remember writing this post, last year, about all the amazing things that have come from this blog - and the way it has changed my life.


During the last year, I have worked very hard to ensure that a post is put up twice a week and that I love all the posts I share.

Today I want to share a short round-up of my favourite posts - one from each month since we starting this site. (to read the post, click on its name)

June 2016 - Why I love photography
August 2016 - Photo Walls
September 2016 - Floriade Photos
October 2016 - Being a Quiet Person
November 2016 - Let's Stop Complaining
December 2016 - Christmas Photography
January 2017 -Summer Nights
February 2017 - Camping
April 2017 - A year of blogging
June 2017 - Newtown Photos
August 2017 - My Favourite Quote
September 2017 - TED Talk
October 2017 - New York City
November 2017 - San Fransisco
 
December 2017 - It feels like Christmas Now
January 2018 -  Queensland
February 2018  - Camping
March 2018  - Up, up and away
xxx Poppy

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Review// One of Us is Lying

"Books don't just go with you, 
they take you where you've never been"
I know! Two review posts in a row!

Blurb

I finished One of Us is Lying this morning, and this is a book that has been on my to-read list for such a long time, I have to share my thoughts on it!

The book is about a set of teenagers: Brownyn, Nate, Cooper, Addy and Simon. They go into detention together one afternoon, and before the end of the detention, Simon is dead. When the police discover what killed Simon, Brownyn, Nate, Cooper and Addy all become suspects in a murder investigation.

The worlds of the four teenagers are flipped on their heads, as more incriminating evidence comes to light. But the police never seem to be able to find any concrete evidence, not enough to convict anyone of the murder.

All four teenagers are adamant they didn't kill Simon, but they all have a secret to protect, how far will they go to protect themselves? and which of them is lying?

Things I liked
- The mystery, I couldn't pick or guess what was going to happen at the end. 
- Because there are so many characters, and the story alternates between the points of view of Brownyn, Nate, Copper and Addy, there is a character that will be relatable for most people - or even part of each character will be relatable. 
-  The characters didn't feel like the stereotypes they were cast as - which is a refreshing change. 
Things I didn't like
- The characters were switched so often, and there was so much to their individual stories, that it could be hard to keep up with the stories - and I found myself getting confused sometimes. 
-The ending felt a bit rushed, I won't say much because I don't want to spoil the ending, but I think that the rest of the story was a fair bit more wound out, and the part that should have been the most detailed was perhaps the least. 
-The story could, for some people, be seen as a bad representation of a mental illness, and could upset some people. 
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was addictive, and the storyline was interesting, and I wasn't disappointed that I had read the book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of mysteries, but not scary ones. 
xxxPoppy

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Review//Zebra Midliners

I don't do reviews very often, but I can't resist sharing my thoughts on zebra midliners which seem to be everywhere at the moment.

The pens I am talking about are these ones. They are called Zebra Midliners, and they are a mixture of marker and highlighter, with a highlighting tip at one end and marker one at the other. They come in a range of light colours and are nowhere near as bright as traditional highlighters.



I was inspired by seeing the pens around Instagram and Pinterest, and all the beautiful ways people were using them. Back around Christmas, I started looking into getting some for myself, and I finally ordered them about a month or two ago!

I was super excited when the pens arrived, and I jumped straight into using them. Overall, I cannot recommend them enough - they are my new favourite thing! I use them all the time, in my schoolwork, in my bullet journal and to beautify my notes. 
Here are loads of positives and a couple of negative about the pens:
+ They come in so many beautiful colours - way more than typical highlighters would!
+ Double end - perfect for highlighting and outlining/colouring/drawing


+ A much softer colour pallet than typical highlighters, which I much prefer!


+ Don't bleed through the pages of my bullet journal

+ The text is still really easy to read when using them for highlighting.

+Thin and easy to write with, unlike normal highlighters
+Super light and don't take up too much space

+There are so many colours - and unusual colours (compared to normal highlighters) so you can colour code forever and ever - there is nothing worse than when you are trying to colour code and running out of different colours.

- Sometimes, when the ink is fresh, the highlighters make the ink run slightly on the paper - so just make sure it is dry first!

I absolutely love my Zebra midliners, and I would definitely recommend getting some if you have been considering it, or love making your notes beautiful!

xxxPoppy



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Direction

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination"

Directions. It can mean North, South, East, West. Physical directions. But in this case, directions means where you are heading, your destination.
At school at the moment, there is a lot of talk about what you want to do when you grow up, what subjects you want to choose for college...where you are heading. It's kind of overwhelming sometimes! And I think that a lot of people are pressured into making a decision that they don't want to, or haven't thought about.

I understand that it is really important to have some idea where you are headed. Where you want to go. Don't you think it is important to be able to see, plan, and work to be able to get to where you want to be?

But there is also the other side. What if you are so set on becoming one thing, and then something goes wrong? What is the job you want is no longer needed? What if you change? What if something better comes along? So it is also important to keep some options open,

It seems like there is a very fine tightrope to walk along. A thin balance between knowing where you are going and be able to change. And that's something I want to learn to balance. I think that it is super important, a valuable skill and something that I am not good at... yet!

This is where the quote for today comes in:
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination". I've printed this quote out and stuck it on my vision board. I am going to work really hard to know where I am going but keep my options open. I don't want to miss opportunities because I have a closed mind. I am going to work out where I want to be, where the current me wants to end up. And I am going to constantly re-evaluate where I want to be. I am going to find my direction, but not set the path in stone. 

What are your thoughts? Do you need a direction?
xxxPoppy

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Easter Holidays

Over the long weekend in Easter, I travelled to the nearby mountains. It was really nice to have a weekend away, and some time to relax. It is also such a beautiful place to photograph, and the autumn leaves make a rainbow of colour everywhere you look - and I took heaps of photos to share with you today.








Which is your favourite?
xxxPoppy

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