Volunteering Abroad

Some of you who have been following this blog for a while might remember in previous posts id mentioned I would be volunteering abroad this summer. This is something I got a little tasted of a few years ago when I volunteered in Greece for two weeks, however this year I was away for 8 weeks.

I love travelling and wanted to feel like I made a difference somewhere in my summer break so volunteering with Plan My Gap Year was the perfect option for me. I’d had my trips to Bali and Sri Lanka planned since this time last year but yet it still feels totally surreal now that I’ve been and gone to both of these places.

My first trip was to Bali where I stayed in Tabanan with the most amazing family who opened their home and let 70 volunteers come and stay there. They cooked for us and made sure we got safely to project and wherever else we wanted to travel too. Bali is somewhere I have always wanted to travel too, more so since my obsession with Eat, Pray, Love began a few years ago. I never expected myself to fall in love with a country as much as I did with Bali. I opted for the wildlife project during my stay in Bali mainly because I love animals and wanted a relatively stress free project which it was. It was a nice break and often didn’t feel like working as we fed animals, cleaned their cages and got to spend all of our time outdoors mostly just in awe of where we were and what we were doing. Everyones favourite animal here was definitely Balou the sun bear who was rescued from an owner who trained her to fake cry for money, so unfortunately she can never be released. We were all amazed that for a bear, an animal which we have always taught to be afraid of, that Balou was just like a slightly bigger friendly dog. There were so many travel opportunities in Bali as well so even after volunteering I managed to see so much of the country. It completely breaks my heart to see such a beautiful place effected by the earthquakes that are striking the Lombok area.


My second trip was to Sri Lanka which I had really high expectations for given that I had just had possibly the best month of my life in Bali before. Here we weren’t staying in a family home but a rented out villa area with multiple sort of houses in the grounds, this already made things a bit segregated. My room over looked the river below and had the most amazing views. It was one of those moments where I was sat on the balcony reading my book and looked out at the view and just thought, wow I can’t believe this is my life. I worked at the turtle sanctuary here for the same reasons why I chose the previous project. I expected myself to get bored of this project after a while as it was a little repetitive and didn’t expect myself to stick the full month at it, however once I was there it was so much more fun than I originally anticipated. The highlight of this trip was definitely the long weekend I spent in the Maldives which really was breathtaking. Photos don’t even do the place justice with the crystal clear water and blue skies as far as the eye can see. It really was one of the highlights of the entire trip. I don’t think I appreciated my time in Sri Lanka as much as I should have – I spent a fair amount of time moaning and not really seeing how lucky I was to be there. However, there is only so many times where you can find ants, spiders and cockroaches in your bed and food before it starts to get to you.

I think volunteering abroad especially with companies like PMGY is probably one of the best ways you can spend a summer.

Despite minor hiccups and annoyances this will forever be cherished as one of the best summers of my life.

It’s an amazing way for people to travel, meet new people and experience life in another culture.

So thankful to have had these experiences,

Siobhan x


Personal Growth

I’ve never really been a shy person or anything like that but recently I’ve been doing some soul searching and have noticed I’ve really changed. I always thought when I was around 16 that I knew exactly who I was and what I wanted to do (I still wanted to study journalism and now I do so I guess that’s something?). I wasn’t the most pleasant person really which I would like to blame on hormones but I think I was also just a bit of a bitch too.

I really didn’t like many people growing up which I stand by to a certain degree because I live in a really small place so you’re obviously not going to like everyone. However, I think a lot of my dislike for others stemmed from myself not really fitting in with anyone. I did have friends throughout school but never really felt like they were 100% my sort of people, you know? I guess it just made me bitter which is a shame to think back on.

I really began to notice a difference in myself once I returned home from Bali a few weeks ago but I think since moving away from home last September is where I really started to grow as a person. Throughout school I had a lot of resentment and bitterness towards other people which maybe through no fault of their own I held onto. I always felt really held back and restricted in my small home town and slowly after moving away I started becoming more like the real me than this watered down version I was at home.

I still love the little village where I come from as it will always be my home but perhaps one of the biggest factors of me being bitter was the constant gossip and small town syndrome that carries on there. Everyone feels entitled to know everyones business just because you know them. Things that are literally none of anybody else’s business become public knowledge for everyone to discuss. I immediately noticed a difference after moving away because nobody cares what happened to you in second year or how many boys you kissed because they realise its none of their business.

The biggest difference I can see within myself is my focus on positivity which has made me an undoubtedly happier person. I used to hold grudges forever and claim i’d take them to the grave but holding onto negative energy like that just isn’t necessary and doesn’t bring me joy. I’ve really been trying to practise a lot of forgiveness lately for my own benefit. Instead of being mad and holding grudges against people who have wronged me in the last year or two years ago or whenever just to forgive and let the anger go.

It’s easy now to sit back and think about the previous aspects of my life and personality which made me unhappy now I feel I’ve removed myself from them. I feel more confident, more self assured and so so much happier with the way my life is and the people I have around me and the things I am achieving.

My Favourite £6 Sunglasses

Sunglasses are an essential for summer fashion whether you need them because of the weather or to complete an outfit by sitting on top of your head.

The recent sunshine we have been having has inspired me to write this post about my new sunglasses.

I always buy cheap sunglasses for my holidays and summers because I really detest spending a lot of money on a pair.

The summer saviours I got for this summer are from Nasty Gal. They were originally supposed to be waiting until my holidays to be worn but unexpected sunshine has brought them out earlier than expected.

I am obsessed with all things pink in my wardrobe – every outfit has some shade of pink involved so these sunglasses were the perfect addition for the summer.

I adore the pink frame and the blue tinted lense on these. Perfect for going with an already bright summer outfit or brightening up a darker toned outfit too.

I’m keeping this post fairly short as there is only so much you can say about sun glasses.

I hope you guys enjoyed this short but sweet post on these sunglasses! This is my first fashion related post which I have really enjoyed writing.

I want to focus my blog on more fashion related things in the future.

If you are interested in purchasing these bad boys, you can do that here. Nasty Gal also have 50% off sale on right now if that isn’t tempting enough either.

Siobhan x

20 Things I Want To Do Before I Turned 20

Hi everyone. I’ve been trying to think of a list of things I wanted to achieve before I was 20 for the past four months since my birthday. It’s a lot harder than it looks I just want to add.

I was totally dreading turning 19 for some reason and my logic is in creating this list it will make turning 20 a little bit less painful. I don’t know why because I love my birthday and always have a great day every year but I always get the fear about growing old.

I’ve created this list of big and small things I want to do, some things I probably won’t achieve but some things I already know are happening later in this year.

1) Get another tattoo.

2) Travel to 2/3 more countries.

3) Find a form of exercise I enjoy.

4) Improve my photography.

5) Find a job in Glasgow.

6) Read 5 books.

7) Save £1,000.

8) Visit Achmelvich beach.

9) Start trying to learn a foreign language.

10) Make a scrapbook.

11) Go ice skating.

12) Get another piercing.

13) Fill my photo album.

14) Visit Smoo Cave.

15) Pass first year at uni.

16) Go on holiday for my birthday.

17) Learn to meditate.

18) Go to another gig.

19) Learn to budget and stick to it.

20) Get a proper camera. 

I love being optimistic and although I think some of things will be a stretch for myself for whatever reason I am so excited to try and get all these things done.

Hope you enjoyed this post, have any of you made lists like this coming up to your birthday?

Siobhan x

New Years Resolutions 2018

I make new years resolutions every year, most of the time they don’t stick but it’s worth a shot right?

I made another post about this last year for my 2017 resolutions which you can read here if you’re interested. I mentioned in this post that I wanted to be able to look back on this year and be proud of things I have accomplished and I really am proud of myself. Super cringey, I know.

I think this year I’ve really grown up a lot as a person and I’m a lot more sure of myself than I was at the beginning of 2017. I’m not gonna talk crap and say how I’m a totally different person because I’m not. I’m a lot more confident and happier with myself which is a good achievement.

Find a new hobby:

I know blogging counts as a hobby but I want to do something else with my time too. I’m leaning towards starting scrap booking or photography because I think I would have a lot of fun with that and be creative with it. I’m less inclined to attempt to take up a sport or musical instrument as a hobby because I just don’t think I will enjoy it a lot.

Travel as much as possible:

I think I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post about my trips to Bali and Sri Lanka this year so that is some pretty big travel plans. There are loads of little road trips I want to do at home in the Highlands as well, so when I say travel I don’t mean it necessarily has to be across the globe. I would like to explore my own country a bit more too.

Join the gym:

I think that is the famous last words of many people coming into the new year. I’ve been determined to join the gym at my uni but I was too poor for a good few months. When I did have the money, it was December and I was about to go on a 6 week holiday from the uni so it seemed pointless to start paying for it then. I really want to find a type of exercise I really enjoy and don’t totally hate. Also want to get into a better shape by the time my holidays come around.

Save as much money as possible:

Not gonna lie I have been pretty careless with my money at uni – always spending too much on going out for food and doing far too much shopping. I’m gonna create a budget plan for myself to try and stick to and also hopefully find a job down in Glasgow too. Nobody likes being skint so I’m going to try and be a bit more sensible this year.

Read a book per month:

Towards the end of 2017 I was getting into a better habit of this by reading a little bit of one of my books every day. I have shelves full of unread books in my room and I want to start making my way through them. I think setting myself this target of one book per month will be a really helpful way of getting back into reading and enjoying it more. I feel like when you get reading that you hate at uni it really puts you off reading for fun too.

Eat my 5 a day:

I used to be really good at this and eating super healthy. However now I’m definitely not. This year I really want to take better care of myself through exercising and eating better. Having 5 different fruits/veggies a day is a good little goal to encourage myself to eat better.

So these are my new year resolutions for 2018 and I hope I can stick to them. I’ve tried to keep them quite basic and vague so they are achievable rather than have some ridiculous goal. What’s your new years resolutions? Hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Siobhan x

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What I’m Looking Forward To In 2018

So as each day is approaching closer to the new year, I find myself looking back on the highs and lows of this year. I am going to write a post about the most memorable moments from 2017 however it seems much more fun to write about what I am looking forward to.

There are so many exciting things going on next year that are already planned, and I’m sure there will be just as many amazing unplanned surprises as well. I’m gonna try and keep this list in the order as it is going to happen throughout the year.

Let’s start with one of my oldest friends and her boyfriend are having a baby due at the beginning of February next year. I’m so excited and happy for them and no doubt I will get crazy broody after seeing their cute baby.

It will be Luna’s second birthday at the beginning of March and then in May it will be marking two years since we got our little ball of fluff. I never imagined how much of a positive impact a dog would have on my life but now I can’t imagine life without little Luna.

Finley turns 20 next March so we will be doing something together to celebrate that. I love buying presents, especially for him, so I will be looking out for something special. I still can’t believe we are both turning 20 next year. We started speaking when we were both 16 and it just seems crazy.

My mum and her partner Brian are getting married next April so I’m obviously looking forward to that. I love weddings so much and it just makes it so much better that I get to be there on my mums special day and see how happy she is.

I finish my first year at uni at the end of April which is super exciting. I’m absolutely loving university which totally reassures me that I’m in the right course. I feel more motivated than ever to do well since moving to Glasgow.

On the 2nd of June it will be mine and Finley’s three year anniversary which I am super excited about. At the moment we are planning to go abroad on holiday to celebrate but we haven’t made any immediate plans for this. So if anyone knows any sunny, reasonably cheap but nice places to go on holiday hmu.

Last thing I’m gonna mention in this post are my two trips to Bali and Sri Lanka next summer. I am spending one month in each place and doing some kind of animal conservation volunteering as well as travelling in each country too.  I am so looking forward to travelling again. It was such a highlight of this year I bet it will be next years highlight too.

So, this is all the big events I’m majorly looking forward to for the first 8 months of 2018. I think it’s lined up to be a pretty good year and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. Hope you enjoyed reading.

Siobhan x

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UPDATE: I’ve Moved To Glasgow

Hi there everyone,

First of all I would like to apologise for my absence in the past few weeks on pretty much everywhere. I have recently moved to Glasgow and started my induction for my first year at Glasgow Caledonian University. So, this is some pretty big stuff. and I have also got my timetable for the first half of this year and all I’m gonna say is there is probably going to be more absences. My timetable is so full on, I’m pretty much in uni 4 full days a week. It might not sound a lot to anyone but I can already feel the exhaustion of the next few months.

Anyone who has known me at all over the years knows this is the course I have wanted to study and the university I have wanted to study at for as long as I can remember. So this is a bit of a big deal for me. It’s weird having met everyone already now and getting along with my class so well, knowing we are going to be spending the next 4 years learning together most days.

I know it is early days, I am currently on day 3 of my induction, but I am excited to see what the next four years will bring. As much as I love my home and where I come from I am relieved in a sense to get away. I spent the past few months before I left absolutely hating life, working horrendous hours in jobs I hated and surrounded by the rumour-mill that comes along with living in a small town. So, a fresh start with new people and new opportunities is exactly what I need.

I will always love my home town because it’s where I grew up and have so many memories. I already know how much I am going to miss living with my mum and popping down to see my dad and gran in the afternoons whenever I please. I’m going to miss seeing my boyfriend and having him only be a 15 minute drive away instead of a 5 hour drive. Despite all that, I am so beyond ready to enjoy and embrace this new chapter in my life with open arms.

Sorry this post is short, but hopefully I will be able to update everyone with how I’m getting on and settling into Glasgow and return to some normal beauty posts shortly.

Siobhan x

Travel Bucket List

Hi everyone, those of you who know me will know I am always dreaming/trying to plan ways to go travelling. Now all of a sudden with this sunny weather at home it just reminds me of abroad and I’m dying to get away again.  I’ve been home from Australia for one month and already have planned three trips for next summer which I have started saving for already. There are so many beautiful things and places all over the world I want to see and before I die, I am determined to see them all. Here is a list of all the places that are at the top of my bucket list.

1) The Grand Canyon. 

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Personally, I wouldn’t trust anyone who didn’t have this on their bucket list. Even in photos this is just amazing, and everyone knows photos don’t do anything justice.

2) The Taj Mahal

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3) Great Wall of China

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4) Visit New York City


This has always been one of my life long dreams to visit New York and do all of the touristy things however since I watched Gossip Girl last year and became obsessed I feel like I NEED to visit New York.

5) Yoga retreat in Bali



I could have made this list go on forever and ever, there are so many more places I want to travel to but I narrowed it down to my top 5. I am definitely not doing this list in order because certain things are gonna cost way more money than my two jobs can provide for me.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. I would love to hear if any of you want to visit the same places as me, or have a different travel bucket list ideas too!


The Best Things To Do In Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef

On my first day in Cairns I spent it snorkelling and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. As Cairns is the last stop on the East Coast trip with arguably the best activities planned this was the perfect way to start off my week here. For as long as I can remember swimming in the Great Barrier Reef has been one of my lifelong dreams and I am so pleased to say I’ve done it now and ticked it off my bucket list. I know by the end of this post I am probably going to have over used the word amazing about a hundred times but it was AMAZING. There isn’t any other way to describe it. Any words I use don’t do it justice – being able to swim among all the tropical fish and be able to get up close to see the Reef for all its beauty is a once in a lifetime oppertunity. 

Waterfall Tour

There are many beautiful waterfalls and parts of nature in Cairns and the surrounding areas which this tour allowed us to see. First stop was Josephine Falls which is a waterfall in the rainforest of Cairns. This was a really beautiful place to visit made even better by the good weather we had that morning. The way the rock was formed by the swimming pool and the way the water goes over it makes it like a small rock slide into the pool. This looked cool, but I missed out on the swimming here as I deemed myself too clumsy and the last thing I’d want is to ruin my whole day out. 

Next stop was one of Australia’s most famous waterfalls – featured in the Herbal Essenses adverts and Peter Andre’s Mysterious Girl video, it is Millaa Millaa Falls. This was absolutely STUNNING, however at the same time it began torrential rain almost as soon as the wheels on the bus made it into the car park. You will be able to see in the photos I put up I am completely drenched and think I went swimming already, however,  this was from the walk from the car park to the bottom of the Falls. 

Those were the two big stops of the tour and the rest was little stops and activities. Once we picked up lunch we went to this place to stop and eat it where in the rainforest we could go and see baby turtles in the water. We all probably saw about 15 little baby ones and the cuteness was unreal. After that we stopped and went platypus spotting which was really cool. It was so rainy so we just stayed in the car but our tour guide took us to a pond where we kept seeing the same one come up for air. The last stop of the day and where the rain eventually stopped was the Crater Lakes National Park, this was a super pretty lake that a couple people went swimming in. I’m boring and because I’d literally just dried off from the rain I was not up for getting soaked again. There is apparently a little crocodile in this water, our tour guide didn’t believe it for a long time as there has been no attacks but some people with drones have been able to take photos of it. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the crocodile which is probably a good thing as it would have freaked everyone in the water out. After that, it was time to head back to the hostel and get some well needed rest. 

Skydive Mission Beach 

Before I even start to write about my skydive I cannot stress enough what an amazing experience this was. We got picked up around 6:30am for this, then after we collected everyone from Cairns we began the two hour drive to Mission Beach. Once we arrived we found out we were the 4th group of the day at around half 10. Once the guys came along and strapped us up in our harness they did a wee introduction for our video, it was a little cringey but this is when I started to get really excited because I knew it was happening soon. The aerodrome where we start flying from is about a half an hour drive from Mission Beach, this just adds to the excitement. Once we got in the plane I couldn’t stop looking out the windows, the views were INCREDIBLE. It finally felt like it was actually happening. I just kept thinking within the next 10 minutes I will have jamp out of a moving plane at 14,000ft. Looking back, it is amazing to think I wasn’t scared. I’m not a huge fearless adrenaline junkie. I thought by the moment I was sitting on the edge of the door to the plane, just hanging there I would be absolutely shitting it. There really isn’t a chance to get scared though, you’re on the edge of the plane for less than a second. The man jumping with me asked if I was ready, and as soon as I responded yes I was out of that plane before I could give it another moments thought. The free fall was nothing like I expected it to be because you don’t have a good perception of the height your falling from and the speed so the whole experience is just enjoyable. The whole time I had my mouth open or I was just smiling because I was so overwhelmed by how much I enjoyed it. 

Cairns Bungee Jump

When I say this was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done, I’m not exaggerating. When I first booked this, I was like only 50 metres high, pfffft so easy. I was so so wrong. It felt like everything was fine until I got to the edge of the platform with my toes hanging over and I choked. I could hear the man counting down from five as an indicator to jump but once he counted to one, I took a step back holding onto the tower begging him to not make me jump. Not my most proud moment nearly crying at the top of a bungee tower. After about 30 minutes of being persuaded and calmed down I eventually got myself back to the edge of the platform. However I was still unable to jump. I was probably the most pathetic bungee jumper that day as I had my eyes closed and had to be pushed off the tower as I was still too scared. Nearly $200 later, I’ve learnt my lesson – I don’t like bungee jumping. At least I got a free t-shirt and some funny photos out of it. 

Having completed all these activities marks the end of my east coast trip. I think overall I definitely saved the best things for last and ended the trip on a high note. Now onto the next chapter in Melbourne where it’s time to properly start the job hunt. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this, 

Siobhan x 

Exploring Fraser Island

Hi everyone, 

I spent last weekend doing a tour of Fraser Island and it was amazing. Definitely one of my highlights of travelling so far and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you all. This island has some of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen on it as well as being rich with aboriginal history. 
To get to Fraser Island it was probably about 4 hours of travelling all together from Noosa. Once we got to the Island, our first stop was Lake Mackenzie, which is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. The real name of this lake is Boorangoora as the aboriginals called it. It’s a fresh water lake surrounded with pure, white sand which many people use to exfoliate their skin, hair and teeth. 

That was all the sight seeing for the first day on the Island. However, day two was really busy we visited the champagne pools, Indian head and Maheno shipwreck. 
The Champage Pools are tranquil little swimming pools among the rocks where the waves come crashing it. The rocks are filled with bubbling sea water which some compare to a jucuzzi. I didn’t quite find the water as nice as that, but it was really relaxing to have a paddle around in the water. However, the rocks are covered in slippy seaweed at the bottom so I had to put a lot of effort into not falling over as I am so clumsy. I have to say, after I came out of Lake Mackenzie I felt as if I may as well have come out of my bath whereas the champagne pools made me feel dirty all day due to the high content of salt in the water. 

Indian Head was one of the most interesting parts of the tour due to the history behind it. Indian Head got its name when Captain Cook passed it on a ship and saw many aboriginal people assembled there. The aboriginals assembled there for meetings and also as a court, that’s why Captain Cook would have seen so many there. The original name of the rock to the aboriginals was Tuckee. As we climbed to the top of the rock, we looked for sharks and dolphins but we didn’t see any which was a shame. 

The Maheno shipwreck was another interesting thing to visit on the island. At one point this ship was the fastest in the world, it was used in transporting routes between Australia and New Zealand for a long time. It was a hospital ship for New Zealand in WW1, before getting caught in a cyclone in 1935 where it ended up on Fraser Island.  

These were my highlights of my weekend in Fraser Island, it’s a beautiful place to explore and I am so lucky I have had the oppertunity to spend time there. Any trip travelling up the East Coast of Australia wouldn’t be complete without visiting here. 
Hope you all enjoyed this post,  

Siobhan x