What are you going to do this year?

So it is 2015…

2015

Twenty Fifteen

Two thousand and fifteen

I can’t really believe that it is here and already it is exceeding my expectations.

What are you planning on doing this year? Are you going on an exciting adventure? Are you working towards some sort of goal? Are you taking each day as it comes or are you planning your year out perfectly?

What am I going to do this year?

  • Work hard but enjoying the fun, crazy, silly, terrifying, joyful, heartbreaking moments that happen every day
  • Explore the beautiful place I call home
  • Step out of my comfort zone
  • Take on more challenges
  • Be Busy
  • Stop being so hard on myself
  • Treasure all relationships and  wonderful people in my life
  • Be Young and perhaps even be a little stupid
  • Laugh
  • And most importantly…

Look in the mirror and believe the girl staring back at me is wonderful. 

I have always struggled to see what others like about me. I often can’t see it. I often choose to shut it out or brush it off. So instead this year I want to challenge you and me to look in the mirror an believe that you are wonderful and treasured and loved. To realise that other people aren’t crazy for thinking you are an awesome person because the truth is you are crazy for thinking anything but. I am going to see the wonderful girl staring back at me.

So…

What are you going to do in 2015?

xx

2014

So tomorrow is New Years Eve and to be original (*cough cough*) I thought I would share a short reflection of my 2014 with you with 14 highlights

1. I started this blog! Though I set the bar a little too high at the start I love my little space on the internet. I love writing it and I hope to continue to use my little space on the internet in 2015.

2. I moved out of home… Scary and weird and cool and a million other things, but over all such an adventure. Living in Dunedin this year has definitely been an awesome adventure and I have learnt a lot about myself. I think the biggest thing I have learnt though was that I love my family so much. Even living in a different city they were never to busy to help or just have a chat. I can’t thank them enough for their support and love this year. So if you are reading, THANK YOU!!!! Mum, Dad and Pete.

3. I went Scuba Diving!!! That was an amazing experience! I cannot begin to describe how awesome it was. I wrote a whole post on it so check it out. But WOW! If you ever get the chance (even if you are terrified of water and swimming etc) do it! Face the fear and do it anyway, it will be worth it.

https://penaynaysblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/scuba-diving-on-the-great-barrier-reef/

4. On the note of facing fears I also held a snake this year

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I look happy… I was freaking out but wanted a nice photo.

5.  Started and finished my first year of University. Uni is what made this year so good and I can’t wait for 2015 and year 2 to begin 🙂

6. Completed the #100HappyDays Challenge. It is on my Instagram which is linked at the bottom of my blog if you would like to check it out. Such a great challenge to make yourself take time to see the happiness that surrounds you everyday.

7. Sticking with the Challenge theme, I did the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Kiwi Original Way where there are 3 buckets. You stand in one and the other two are tipped over your head then you tip the third on yourself. It was for a great cause and we had loads of fun doing it. (Not as bad a you think it is going to be)

8. I was replaced… not really. My family got a new puppy called Lola. Read all about her here.

https://penaynaysblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/the-lola-files1/

She is super cute and loads of mischief and fun. Such a good addition to the family.

9.  I turned 19! So old! Don’t even want to think about what is going to happen in 2015.

10. Speaking of growing up. I signed for a flat. So weird to grow up and my scribble on a piece of paper means something. It is moments like that where I wish I was still a kid and my biggest problem was what to eat for breakfast. But I am so excited for flatting in 2015. I am sure you will hear about our adventures and mishaps.

11. I Bungy Jumped

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MOST AWESOME FEELING EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Can you tell I loved it?)

12. Taking on CathSoc leadership with a team of 3 others. So excited for the opportunities that will bring. Stay tuned for more on that.

13. ROAD TRIP! Probably the best highlight. It was such an awesome week shared with the best friends. See some pics here…

https://penaynaysblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/from-christchurch-to-nelson-to-queenstown-and-back

Must do it again sometime.

14. FRIENDS!!! I have made so many new friends and old friends that have become better friends this year or friends that I go months without seeing and then it is like nothing has ever changed. Friends have made this year great and I can’t wait for more adventures with you all next year.

So that is just a snippet of my 2014. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you in 2015.

Can’t wait!

xx

Melted Snowman Biscuits

Today I made Melted Snowman Biscuits and they turned out to be the cutest things ever!

I got the idea from a Zalfie video (Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes) where they made them and I just had to give it a try. This is the result.

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These are the ingredients I used. Wine Biscuits with icing in different colours and marshmallows.

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Making icing!

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I used traditional snowman colours of black and red but you could use any colours you wanted and they would look super cute.

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This is my first attempt. He is a sad snowman. Zalfie made sad ones because they had melted so I tried that first but decided I liked the smiley ones better in the end because the holidays are about joy and love. Besides these snowmen may have been friends with Olaf and even though melting they were happy because some people are worth melting for. #frozenfan #Doyouwannabuildasnowman?

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Smiley Snowmen!

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Clearly I have a ton of artistic talent… haha (not)

Drum roll please……..

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The Final Result!

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This was such an awesome idea! Thank you Zoe and Alfie. I really enjoyed making them and it was a fun way to spend the evening and get a bit festive. I’ll post the video below so check it out and maybe give it a go yourself. 🙂

xxx

The Lola Files #1

While I was away at University this year something dramatically changed the dynamic of my family…

Some may say I was replaced ….

But I say we welcomed another to the family. Meet our new puppy Lola!

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Isn’t she the cutest thing ever????

Lola is a miniature dachshund and is now 6 months old. I like to refer to her as the tiny terror because she likes to cause chaos. For example, if it is fluffy it must be destroyed (including Christmas decorations…), if it is a bare foot then it needs to be licked, if it is a cat then it must be attacked and sat on. But before I convince you that she is horrible I will tell you a few of the numerous wonderful things about her. Lola squeaks with excitement when you get home even if you just went to the letterbox, she loves cuddles and is always happy to fall asleep in your arms and she thinks she is a guard dog which it super cute because she would be about 20cm tall.

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Welcome to the family Lola. I look forward to watching you get into plenty more mischief, just pretty please some my shoes some mercy.

xx

From Christchurch to Nelson to Queenstown and back

Earlier this month I was blessed to go on the most wonderful road trip with four great friends. We took this road trip as a celebration of finishing our first year of Uni. Best decision ever!

We started the journey in Christchurch (New Zealand) and travel up to Nelson then down through Frans Joseph to Queenstown and back again.

We had such an awesome time and taking so many photos and being typical tourists. We are so lucky to have all the amazing scenery New Zealand’s South Island right at our door step.

Thank you Annie, Nina, Aston and Tyler for a wonderful trip. Here is a snap shot of what we got up to. Enjoy!

 

 

 Thanks for reading

See you again soon

xx

Flowers

I took this photo outside the Dunedin Train Station the other day and I LOVE it so much. I think that it is really pretty. I wanted to share it with you in order to brighten your day.

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Aren’t they beautiful? I love the bright yellow! It is gorgeous. Yellow is such a positive and happy colour.

I love flowers! I think they are so beautiful and they always make you smile. I especially love them in big groups like this. I think it makes them look even more beautiful.

That is all for today. Thank you for reading 🙂

See you tomorrow 🙂

Penny

Daddy’s little girl

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I have spent the last few days with my Dad and it has been so fantastic. He is probably going to hate me for posting this photo but it is a rare occasion to get him in front of the camera so I am going to use it.

This photo was taken at the very top of one of Dunedin’s many hills with a beautiful view of Dunedin City and the Harbour/Port in the background. We have spent the last few days here and tomorrow morning Dad will leave and I will stay as I start Uni. I just wanted to say I HUGE THANK YOU! You have been so great to me over the last few days and my parents have been so supportive of me and I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am. I know I am going to miss you but I will be back up on Uni break before you know it.

I am super excited to begin this new chapter in my life and I am so grateful to you both, Mum and Dad. I love you both and I hope you enjoyed the last couple of days too. I will miss you.

See you tomorrow xx

Penny