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Revisiting Bridget

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I was about 12 when the first Bridget Jones movie came out.

Aside from vaguely remembering the ‘All By Myself‘ scene and Geri Halliwell’s official single, I don’t recall much about it at the time. Shoot forward a couple years and I’ve obviously since watched the film in full multiple times, I know all the references. It’s only now, however, in my mid-twenties, also a working woman, also single, that I think ‘Wow…Now, I get it.’

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The September Reboot | Unapologetic Blogging

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 Oh boy it's that time of year again.

If I hadn’t mentioned about a billion times before, I ruddy love Autumn. In particular I really love September. Call it the call of being ‘back to school’ season, but I believe it’s the perfect time of year to signal a change in the wind and ultimately a fresh start on myself. And though this September I’m already fantastically swamped at work – ah the price I pay for working in marketing that revolves around the school year – I’ve used the first week of this brand new season to sit back and reflect on this, my blog.

As I approach my sixth year of blogging (crikey!) it’s a good time to reflect on the kind of blogger I actually want to be. And when I look at the blogs and vlogs I really enjoy, the ones I look forward to seeing on my feed and the ones I consistently return to, they all have one thing in common. All of them are run by awesomely unapologetic people. They’re wholly creative. They don’t hash out half-hearted content for the sake of views even when posts are sponsored. You see ‘them’ dripping through their words. They sound passionate even if the topic is about losing passion. They value quality over quantity.

I tweeted about how much I loved Louise Pentland‘s recent video already, but I honestly really did admire the way she talked about the evolution of her online presence and about she as a person had changed so much since she started her blog and how she wanted to showcase that.

And that’s where unapologetic blogging comes into play. Yes, I don’t want to be a douchebag online, but equally I do want to embrace the idea of posting content I care about and content that ‘may’ stir some interesting conversations. I want to evolve like the freaking glorious Pokemon that I am. I want to find my voice again instead of following the (already) crowded community. After all the blogging world does not need another carbon copy of everything else out there.

Ria

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August | In Restrospect

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Song of the month: Dandelion Hair by Joe Brooks

Whoops, Ria took another blogging break (*cough* did anyone actually notice? *cough*)

Another month of busy-ness, another month of lovely just as Summer is drawing to a close.

I’d be lying if I said that Summer was my favourite time of year. I usually dread it. It’s hot and stuffy and I never know what to wear and I feel like a lumpy, sweaty, hayfever-y mess most of the time. Everyone’s off doing more exciting things, so plans fall through, or I end up heading off somewhere else to escape life. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t get as excited for Summer as I do for other seasons.

This Summer though? This Summer has probably been one of the best I’ve had in a longest time and one of the very few I’ve truly enjoyed. I’ve be out and social and lapping up the sunshine. In lieu of an actual holiday I’ve been heading off to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, then off to BBQs in the late afternoon, strolling through parks, or sitting in pub gardens after work or taking advantage of the long daylight hours on nights out with friends. I’ve played tour guide to family I haven’t seen for over 10 years, revisiting places that felt so much like home through a fresh set of eyes has been a revelation.

In short I’ve been busy af. And despite my usual introverted nature I’ve kind of loved it. Blame it on the Vitamin D, blame it on my lovely extroverted housemates, colleagues and friends but this is the first Summer I’ve well and truly felt comfortable with life as it is right now.

As I mentioned in last month’s post there’s been bumps in the road, that’s inevitable – can’t all be punting bants and Pimms 24/7 y’know. But as cheesy as it sounds I’m coming out the other end with a better idea of who I am, what I want/need out of life, and what actually makes me happy.

Autumn is incoming though. It’s my absolute favourite time of year and I am so excited. It’s busy, yes, but there’s a brisk air of change that makes me want to just get sh*t done. So this year I bid a bittersweet farewell to Summer, let’s hope Autumn doesn’t let me down.

Ria

p.s. on a totally unrelated note. I’ve joined the masses on Snapchat (late to the game I know). I’m r_cagz on there – seeing as some bugger stole RCagz first. Follow for awful selfies.

This month in blogs:

On TMM
What Harry Potter Means To Me

Elsewhere
Green Girl Review, Blogger’s Bookshelf

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Books | What Harry Potter Means To Me

*Disclaimer there are NO Cursed Child spoilers in this post! You are safe!

But yes, it’s no coincidence that a Harry Potter post has been timed with the release of the play script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I realise all of you know I’m a Harry Potter fan. I shout it pretty loudly when I get the chance but I don’t think I’ve ever delved into the topic too much. So we’ll start at the very beginning.

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