Moving House.

Hello everyone! To most of you, this blog post won’t be that different. But for me life has completely transformed. I’ve moved house! I’m still in the United Kingdom but as I just finished my Bachelors Degree at University College Birmingham, I had to move out of my student accommodation. I’ve lived in student accommodation for three years and I can definitely say that’s enough for me. My future is now in Loughborough, where I will be studying for a Masters Degree in International Management.

And because my boyfriend is also a student at Loughborough University studying Civil Engineering, we thought why don’t both of us move out of student accommodation and rent a whole house for ourselves instead?

So here I am, sat on the floor of our living room (because I can’t find my long laptop charger and the plug is too far from the couch), hotspotting data from my phone (since we still don’t have any Wi-Fi), and thinking of how lucky I am.

When I first moved to England, I had no idea that I would end up in Loughborough. I wouldn’t even have dreamt of living in a house with someone I love after my Bachelors Degree. But here I am, happier than ever.

For the past few days, we’ve been putting together furniture and I can honestly tell you that putting together IKEA furniture is far harder than you think. If you think you can put together 10 big pieces of furniture in one day, think again. It’s taken us around 2-3 days to put together all furniture, we’ve had numerous nights of staying up until 5 am but it has been so worth it. I finally feel like home in England. It used to feel kind of like a stop along the way of my journey, but now it finally feels official. I live in the United Kingdom. Who would’ve ever guessed that. I cannot even express how happy I am. My lifelong dream has finally come true at the age of 22, and this is just the first step of my journey. I have so many more hopes and dreams, so many places still visit and so many experiences to still go through. I am so excited for everything that the future holds, and this is just the beginning.

So what’s better about living in a house rather than in student accommodation? Well, here’s a shortlist I can make in two minutes flat:

  1. No noise. Yes, neighbours can be noisy but we are quite lucky as so far we haven’t heard anything at all. It’s so nice to finally have peace and quiet.
  2. No parties. This kind of goes together with the first point but this also means that you can sleep whenever without anyone waking you up in the middle of the night. And this I’m so happy about!
  3. CLEAN KITCHEN / LIVING ROOM! Now this is by far my favourite thing about living in our own house. No filthy food in the sink, no mountains of unwashed dishes, no someone’s week-old leftovers, no stinky fridge, no oily cookers, no mess. I honestly cannot express to you how disgusting living with 10 people gets, especially when you like everything clean and tidy. I feel a thousand times more motivated and happy now that I don’t have to walk through a dirty kitchen every day. YAY!
  4. SO MUCH SPACE! Another very important part is the space. In student accommodation I had 2 little cupboards that barely fit any food inside. Plus, in the fridge I had just half a shelf as well as one shelf in the freezer. Now we’ve got the whole fridge and freezer to ourselves. There’s just something about having all that space to ourselves and knowing we are keeping it clean – not just throwing our leftovers in it.
  5. Just us. In our house, it’s just us. I honestly appreciate alone time so much. Most of the time in student accommodation, I’d run to the kitchen, cook something quickly, run back to my room, put my headphones in and ignore the world haha. Now, there’s just no need. Some of you might like having people around constantly but not me.

Overall, living in our own little house is amazing. We are only getting started with all the decorating but it already feels like home. I hope you guys are having a lovely time enjoying your time off from university, but life’s too short to waste days on doing nothing. Do what I did and make at least one of your dreams come true this summer.

Be kind, be humble, make it happen.

– Helina x

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Moving House.

There is a soulmate for everyone.

Recently I heard the song Soulmate by Natasha Bedingfield and it reminded me of the time I listened to the song a few years ago, thinking I would never find my soulmate. I thought I would never find my special someone that I would love unconditionally and who would love me back the same way. I must have been about 17-18 years old and I don’t really know why I thought I would never find anyone even though I still had (have) my whole life ahead of me. Right now looking back at all that, it sounds pretty silly. But if you’re currently single and sometimes think there might not be someone there for you or if you don’t really think where to find this person, this post is for you, because I used to feel how you feel right now.

I always wondered how you can find your other half close to where you live or travel to. I mean the world is huge so what is the likelihood of YOUR person living somewhere close to you? 196 countries and over 7 billion people on the planet, and I am meant to find that special someone? Seems like a mission impossible. Well, I know this sounds cheesy, but you will find the person when you least expect it. It will strike you like lightning and sweep you off your feet. You can’t look for love, because love just happens. It happens whether you like it or not. And sometimes maybe you love the wrong person but that’s okay – that’s just part of the road and yet another step closer to finding the right person. The person who will turn your world upside down but in a good way.

For me, it happened when I first moved to the UK. I didn’t really move there with the intention of wanting to find a boyfriend. I think that wasn’t really on my mind anymore because I was so focused on my new life and a new university experience and I was just thinking about new friends, my education and my career. And then it happened quite suddenly and randomly. It was so effortless and everything just clicked. I found the missing puzzle piece I didn’t even know I needed or wanted. I never expected to even be in a relationship during university but it happened. He’s my first love and hopefully my last.

I just wanted to let you know that relationships and soulmates and partners aren’t something you need to worry about. Don’t even think about it. Just live your life, do what you love and be yourself. Eventually the right person for you will walk into your life when you least expect it. And it will be the most terrifying and beautiful feeling in the world.

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Stay positive. Love lots. Be happy.

– Helina x

There is a soulmate for everyone.

Valentine’s 2017

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re doing amazingly and that you had the best Valentine’s Day no matter if you’re a single pringle or madly in love.

There are so many different opinions about Valentine’s Day so I thought I would share mine as well. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Valentine’s Day at all. I know people tend to say that this is just a commercialised holiday for businesses to make more money. I feel like what those people don’t realise is that businesses will find any opportunity to make some profit – be it Valentine’s Day or International Ice Cream Day. That would also make Christmas a commercialised holiday but that’s not really what it’s about.

To me Valentine’s Day is just like a birthday but for both of the people in the relationship – instead of showering one person with presents and flowers, it is a day for both of them. Of course I believe in treating your partner lovingly and appreciating them every day. However, this day is a day to go an extra mile to make the one you love even happier because I’m sure people won’t have money or time to do it every single day to this extent. I’m not saying you have to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day but I quite like celebrating it as it just makes me happy and I really don’t get why anyone would have a problem with such a positive day. The more positivity in this world the better!

My boyfriend and I were meant to go for a meal and then to the cinema. However, he wanted to surprise me. When I got home from university, feeling more tired than ever, I was surprised with candles, flowers and the cutest teddy bear! There were candles all over the room and it looked so magical. He had ordered pizza from my favourite restaurant ever and combined the meal out with a movie night. This night couldn’t have been any more perfect! Here are a few pictures of how I spent my Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s 2017