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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Twenty-Thirteen

Where do I even begin when talking about 2013. What a year this has been. From the beginning of the year, I knew this was going to be a HUGE year of change, and man oh man has it been. It's crazy how much has gone on in this year. The good, the bad & the ugly. I've been excited to write this post from January because I just knew a lot would go on this year, and now that it's come to a close, I'm just stoked to say, goodbye 2013 & here's to 2014!

WARNING: This post will be long and nostalgic so, proceed with caution... & chocolate.


At the top of the year I started my YOUTUBE channel, and posted THIS first video. When I started I expected a decent 3 subscribers & a whopping ten views & I achieved them! LOL. It's been such an awesome adventure and I'm really happy for the people that have taken time out of their life to pay attention to my videos. Thanks to the help of Shanna Malcolm, another Jamaican youtuber. Also, I'm so happy for the friends I've met this year. Lisa, Abby, Ana, Jill, Ruxandra (one of my first subscribers). Also my friends Domo, Chan and Kyra who joined me in videos such as California Girls by Katy Perry, Help Save South America & the Jellybean challenge video .

Before all this, what many of you might not know I was still (somewhat) on the internet, self-publishing some pieces I've written. If you check the tab on this blog Writings you'll see them. A huge accomplishment for me this year, was not only writing & publishing two pieces but achieving the goal of hitting 100 downloads on the story I published called Jesse Ellsworth, which is still available to download. :) (and it one download away from 200 downloads!)

During this, I also met another great author Kate Frost, who I interviewed HERE on this blog, and she interviewed me HERE on hers.


I was also published in a magazine for the first time this year. (Verve girl Magazine)

Later that year, I FINALLY graduated high school & went to my senior prom which you can read all about in THIS post.


Then, I started this blog. I've loved having this internet space to write and reflect and share my photography. It's been awesome talking to people, and meeting people & reading the lovely comments you all leave.

THEN, BAM BAM TURKEY & HAM I moved to university. I showed you all around my new town HERE and my room HERE .

It certainly has been an experience, and it has allowed me a bit of freedom, and to take a trip to Quebec with my friends which I wrote about HERE.

More recently I've also started interning for Boreddaddy.com . Feel free to go over there, and check out the site! I'm enjoying getting to put content on that website too.

Now, despite how things may look, 2013 wasn't a perfect year for me. I've just made a conscious decision to try & not reflect on those things because.. what's the point? They've happened & there isn't a thing I can do about them. They've changed my perspective on certain people, but in the end they've helped me grow. I'm a different, smarter person than I was at the beginning of the year, and I'm excited to learn new things.
I didn't achieve all my resolutions and didn't accomplish everything I set out to, but that's okay. I've got 2014, right? :)

I'm also excited for all the new things I'll do in 2014, and hopefully things I can improve on with myself. I plan to publish more of my work, that hopefully you all will be open to downloading and working on this blog, myself, my content and school. 2013 I laid a lot of foundation that I'd like to start building on in 2014. Seems like a decent resolution right?

Anyways, thank you all for reading & coming on 1/2 of my 2013 journey with me. I can't wait to show you what's in store for 2014 and all that. Have a blessed new years, and a prosperous 2014!

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x Leah Symonne x

Saturday, 28 December 2013

I'm 18.







I AM 18. OMG. I'M LEGAL. IM ADULT. I CAN VOTE. SOMEBODY HOLD ME. YAY FOR BIRTHDAYS.

So, I've FINALLY turned 18. For so long this age seemed like such a distant worry. I almost thought being "legal" was a myth, but here I am. 2013 has been good to me, and it feels awesome to close it the way I am. I'm legal.

I had a lovely dinner with my "day one" friends, and family and had cheesecake instead of  birthday cake, because cheesecake is heaven.
Tonight was one of those nights that had me reflecting again on life. It's crazy to be legal, and be 18 but tonight also made me hugely grateful for the people in my life. We have had our ups and down but these people have been by my side now for more than a decade. That's insane, and it's amazing they've put up with me this long. Even through moving away for school, and everything.

I especially got emotional and teary when my friend made me this montage of us for my birthday, which means more to me than anything she could've bought.


Anyways, to sum up my cheeseball of a reflective soppy post I'm finally 18, and had a pretty amazing night. I'm just feeling very grateful, but I guess that's what this season does.

So for anyone reading this who may be feeling down, just take a moment and reflect on what's good in your life and I'm sure you'll feel a lot better. Remember someone loves you, someone cares, and you're very important to this world. (& me, but I don't wanna be creepy.)

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

It's been a Merry Christmas






And now it's time for a jolly boxing day!

So yeah I know I made THIS post about it "feeling like Christmas" but now I'm back home in Jamaica, so I guess..what does Christmas really feel like? Not snow, and cold weather, but relaxing family & friend time. Because I'm no longer at school up in Canada, where I took those I'm now in the warm tropics I call home enjoying being able to wear my tank tops in the "winter".

So Christmas Day was yesterday, and I can honestly say I've enjoyed it. It was such a chilled day, and I got to eat and drink half my body weight.
By the way, what I'm drinking is a Jamaican Christmas drink called Sorrel, not red wine, or anything remotely fancy & red. As I am not fancy...or red.
I went a little snap happy, and took lots of pictures of myself & my family (who are sadly weary about making a feature on my blog, so you won't be meeting them right now).

I just love the whole vibe of Christmas. It's like for a whole day the world just stops. There is such a stillness in the air. Life is normally so busy and streets are so loud, but on Christmas it feels like everyone's just pressed pause on life for a bit. Especially since the lead up to Christmas is even more manic than any other time of the year.

Please tell me all about your Christmas, or if you don't celebrate it how your <insert other holidays around this time here> went, or just generally how your December 25th was.

Now, tomorrow the 27th is my birthday.  I turn 18. Yes, I become legal. Right when Justin Bieber retires, dammit.

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

"Giving Up"



The term giving up has always been really confusing to me. Is it a good or bad thing? Because surely if someone is doing something they don't like & take the initiative to stop doing that thing...that's good. But others might say they've "given up". Okay, well I'm here to challenge the thinking that giving up is a bad thing. To be honest, I think giving up on some things could be the best decisions some people make.

(This is not to say you should just quit everything you don't like & do nothing. I'm saying if you can foresee a different future on a different path, with different opportunities, take it. Giving up on the old, hopeless, sad routine is good.)

I'm in university now, first year, first semester trying to figure out what to do. I don't believe university is about knowing, but discovering. I've been contemplating changing my major for a while now & one of my friends said, "You're just giving up though. You should stick it out."
Why is it "giving up" if I'm stopping something I don't enjoy & doing something else. If that's what it means to give up, then I'm going to say it's not a bad thing.

I think we as humans are more in tune with the things we don't like than the things we do. We are 100% sure we don't like the things we don't, but we're not completely sure of the things we do. Therefore, if I'm sure I don't like something & I've given up on it to pursue other things I think that's good. It's easier to not give up, and not think hard about what you really want to do. Giving up on things is a leap. It isn't easy jumping from one degree to another, or quitting the job you hate to move to another. Hell, quitting is one of the hardest decisions a person can make. It's brave. I'm challenging the thinking. Giving up requires a ton of freaking bravery.

Maybe I've got it all wrong, please leave your opinions down in the comments. See you very soon!

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