Sunday, May 22, 2011


sunday portrait week 76



001. This week has been so up and down, I've been so ill towards the end of the week I could hardly move from my bed. I think I either had a 24 hour (and a bit) bug or a bit of food poisoning. Either way I'm better now and back in the game!

002. The last week of university is upon me! Gosh I cant atually believe its got to this point! I'm so happy to be finished. I think after being at university for the past 3 years, I realized its not for me. I probably should have dropped out years ago. I dont want to be a Graphic Designer, I am grateful for all the skills I've learnt from doing the course but it has made me realize that although I want a career in design/art, the "making" part just isnt for me!

003. So one bit finishes the next chapter starts. House hunting. I've been saving up to move away for the past three years, and despite what people think about me (and how much I spend) I save ALOT of money. At the moment I'm looking into if I could afford to save up another year or two to see I could gather enough to get a mortgage and buy my first house. I am so fortunate with the fact my parents don't mind me living at home, but I do want to get away as soon as possible, so I may go down the renting route, which in turn would eat into my savings! Ah who knows! Le sigh!

004. Sorry this is very "about me" this week, I dont really have must to talk about as all I've been doing is writing in pain or doing university work! I highly doubt much will be posted next week, although procrastinations levels are hitting a all time high as it's hand in week, so knowing me the blog will have a billion posts!

48 comments:

  1. ahh bet you're glads it's nearly all over, i feel the exact same about my course... i like studying but every time i have to write an essay i want to die :')

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  2. Enjoy your last week of uni!

    memyselfandbobb.blogspot.com

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  3. I try save but it's never enough! I could only dream of owning my own house these days!

    Hope you've a great (and not too stressful) end to your uni life!
    Burn the Blonde X

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  4. I think I have the same ring!

    and I´m in a very similar situation. I also finish uni this year, and I´m also looking into moving out next year. Let's hope I'm lucky enough to do it.

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  5. enjoy your last week, don't let the work drag you down! :)
    xoxo

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  6. I'm in the process of saving for a house and it takes forever but i know that if i was renting it'd be wasting money that could go towards owning a property (no offence to anyone renting!)

    So i'd stick with the saving for a little bit longer if you can hold out (im in the same position so i know its so tough when you just want to get out!) :(

    Good luck :)

    xoxo

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  7. skinny cyyyyyunt. i bet you've lost a squillion pounds. in weight, not money.
    I know how you feel about uni, and to be honest it was kind of a relief that someone else feels the same way. I finished my degree in Forensics last year (aged 19!) and after three years of studying I just felt like I never wanted to see a dead body again (ha, but really) I can't imagine myself working as a CSI or in the police. I think these days a degree just shows that you can commit to something and work for it, no matter what you studied. I now work as a skincare consultant, testing peoples skin and recommending them products and feel like that's much more "me". I think also, and I hope this is good advice to you, that graduates need to realise that you won't got straight into a great career so don't feel shit about yourself when you're not working in the field you want to, because even though you have a degree, you need to start at the bottom and work your way up. A lot of people have said to me "why are you working in skincare when you have a BSc in forensics?!" but you just have to work your way up! I hope that makes you feel better in the couple of "oh fuck" months that follow graduation!
    I'm considering buying my own flat as well, but i'm not sure if i want to live in Leeds forever. I kind of fancy London, so buying a flat now when i'm so indecisive is probably not the best!
    massive comment, but i hope i helped! looking beauts, of course xo.

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  8. hope you get well soon <3
    Yes just doing Graphics GCSE put me off of it for life...
    xxx

    www.rubyccino.blogspot.com

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  9. would suggest renting first - especially if you've never done it before, once you buy a house you're stuck with it. may take a while for you to figure out what space you need/where you want to live etc

    xx

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  10. Im in the EXACT same position, I am also doing a design course and after 4 years defiantly know that the making isn't for me. 2 weeks left :)

    Good luck with your house situation. Me and boyf are currently in the process of applying for a mortgage, feel sad to be leaving home but all grown up at the same time.

    Try and enjoy your last week at uni and GOOD LUCK!!

    xx

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  11. Glad to hear you are feeling much better now. House hunting should be fun. I am saving up for another year and hopefully get on the property ladder. I have no idea how it all works! Do you go in to the estate agents and just say "I want that one"?! Hate grown up stuff. xxx

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  12. Oh god, I feel your pressure.

    Helen, X
    areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  13. Enjoy your last week at uni
    AND i love your ring! :)

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  14. Not long now Lily and you're freee! I was the same nearing the end of my degree, couldn't wait to escape!

    If you can bear to live at home long enough to save up for a morgage it would def benefit you in the long run! I'm sure you'll figure out what's right for you :)

    Good luck with the rest of your work!

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  15. I just bought a flat of my own, and I get the keys in a few weeks. Having lived away from home for 4 years (I moved out when I was 17), the fact that I have my own flat, is amazing!

    Georgie
    xx

    http://styleprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

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  16. I love reading your blog.. and I love that it was very about me - style
    enjoy your last week at university :)

    x
    Christine
    http://iheartautumngrace.blogspot.com/

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  17. Congratulations on finishing uni! And house hunting must be so exciting...such a grown up thing to do.

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  18. ahh the last week of uni, I bet you can't wait! What a relief when it's all over with. I too found that three years of graphic design showed me that I didn't want to be a graphic designer. I still want to do something with the art and design world, I hope you find your calling :)

    good luck with everything this week! and celebrate like mad :D x

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  19. Lily, I really admire you saving up to buy a house at such a young age! Most young people don't think that far into the future but you're taking an amazing first step and it just makes me happy to see people really caring about and planning their future which is so important. Good luck with it all!

    Devora
    http://straightupstyle.blogspot.com/

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  20. Oh gosh, that's crazy that it's the last week of Uni for you! Must be such a weird feeling! I'm terrified to graduate next year, my degree totally pigeon-holes me into a part of the industry to get into. Renting is such a money drainer, I'm planning to live at home and save up after Uni, but that's mostly because of Chinese culture and traditions where it's frowned upon to move out until marriage blablabla haha! xx

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  21. Good luck with the last week of uni flower. I'm in the saving mode at the moment and I'm so focussed on saving for a brum brum and also a deposit on a house at the same time! I'm an only one, still live at home but I love it because of the relationship I have with them! They encourage me to save every penny I have, I'm going to avoid renting like the plague as you can end up falling into a trap and cant save as much as when at home! Liked your post lovely and your blog as always ♥

    Eda ♥

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  22. I'm in my last week too and i'm so glag to be finished but worry in same time... Good luck :)

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  23. I would honestly recommend living at your parents as long as possible and saving as much as you can I left home at 21 and went from £140 a month rent at my folks (!!) to nearly £1000 a month inc bills etc. It's such a shock! Save up thousands, I wish I hadn't have been so eager and worked everything out first. You've got your head screwed on anyway, I'm sure you'll be fine ;)

    xxx

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  24. I'm in the exact same position as you uni/career wise... I've still got a year left at uni and know for definite I do not want a career in what I'm studying! Bus suppose I'll have to push on through lol!

    Good luck with the saving.. your brave to be wanting to move out at this age.. life's too easy with parents.. think I like it that way lol! :)

    http://lowri-youcantputyourarmsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  25. That's really good that you're feeling bad and whatever it was just fleeting. That's so exciting that you are looking towards buying a new home, (and I commend you for being good with you money). Like the rest I suggest renting first to give yourself sometime to find the best house you can have :)

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  26. I've saved a fair bit too however once I move out in two years or so it'll soon be gone through renting! However I don't think I'm as committed into buying as house as I have no idea where I would want to live! I'm scared thinking of careers too and I understand what you mean about the course; I also would like to conintue with design or art however I don't think 'fine art' is my route, I'd love to have a go at interior design so I'm a bit gutted I didn't swipe up a degree in that. Can't say I'd change uni though, made great pals and had some fantastic times! I'm sure you have too, you'll cherish those days in the future too. Hope you feel better after that stomach bug, sounds quite nasty!

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  27. I'm on my third year of business school and I also realized that it's not for me. Here in Chile you gotta study 5 years and... I can't deal with it. I gonna study fashion design =)
    Good luck house hunting =)

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  28. i know what you mean about university. i am so done with it. but i only have three classes left to take before i graduate so i might as well finish it up. def not going to do anything in the field of degree though.

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  29. no reason to feel guilty about realizing its not what you want! and, i like very much to hear your "about me" stuff!

    great post!

    http://www.alissab.us

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  30. congrats on finishing! totally understand the woes of entering the real world. right there with you :)

    http://vanityandvices.blogspot.com/

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  31. Congrats on finishing! Wow, starting new and house hunting sounds scary! Good luck with the savings :). Your posts are allowed to be very "about me", its your blog! Haha :D. Love your ring by the way!
    xoxo

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  32. Coongrats on finishing and good luck with the house hunting!

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  33. So lucky - my parents have started talking about my paying rent at home. And I'm not entirely sure that they are joking...

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  34. hope everything works out well for you :] i love that ring xxx

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  35. So nice to hear someone else feeling the same about uni, can't wait to finish(thought it was only me)

    such an inspirational blog:)
    gorgeous pics

    laurajayne

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  36. glad you're feeling better! And good luck with your final week. I still have two years to go! x

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  37. I wish you the best with your university stuff, so good it's over soon!

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  38. Well done on finishing uni! Im currently in the process of deciding what sort of course i want to do in uni and im so undecisive its frustrating! I feel like i wont know till i just go for it and make a few mistakes but i want to be in control. I guess i need to learn not to.

    What plans do you have now that you've completed uni?

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  39. Congrats on your upcoming graduation from University! It should mean a lot that you stuck with it, even though you sound unsure and have seen a different light. Enjoy!

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  40. Good luck on starting your career! I have a fine arts degree in graphic design and have yet to work in the field. It is hard to explain that I want to be an art director and work with "art" not just create it allll the time. I hope you find something that makes you happy:)

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  41. EEEEEEE while it's your last week of uni, it's my last week of school EVER. So so weird and scary and good too. Idk it's weird. 6th form has been AWFUL but i'm really looking forward to uni haha. Good luck with everything :)

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  42. First: Beautiful ring. Want it!
    Second: I read most of the comments and am like wow. This is so different in the UK. In Germany you leave school with about 19 and then start to study until your 25 or something and then you start to work. At least when you decide to study at university. And when you move out with 19 or something you rent a little flat in the city you study. In the UK you seem so grown up and talking about BUYING a house. That's pretty cool and strange for me at the same time. I wish you good luck while searching for the right house. Might be pretty much :)

    Enjoy your last week of work and keep rocking. You're looking awesome in your last posts.

    xx

    www.lillylia.blogspot.com

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  43. Congrats on coming to the end of uni, all that hard work has finally paid off.
    I know what you mean about wanting to move away. I don't want to move out and rent. I think I will save to opt for the mortgage. Just because at least if I pay the same amount a month as I would in rent I will have something to show if I wanted to move at some point.
    HELLO essay.

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  44. Hey, i know exactly how your feeling, im just finishing my second year doing graphic design, and i dont feel im cut out for it :/
    xx

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  45. Good on your for saving money! Any tips you'd like to share? I hardly spend anything but never seem to have enough to see me through the month! What do you do to save? have you got a job as well as uni that helps you put money aside? you always have such lovely things on your blog, I don't know how you do it! x

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  46. Oh and re all the 'renting vs buying' comments I agree that renting is a bit of a waste of money BUT it does give you the freedom to explore the world of home ownership; you can easily move somewhere else again if your first choice doesn't turn out to be what you thought it would. I said I'd never rent anywhere and I've been renting for 6 months now, all I can say is I am SO GLAD I didn't buy a home because it's such a tie; you can't just pack up and ship out in a month if you change your mind and I think that's the beauty of renting.

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