Life seems to be going very quickly at the moment and I’m not okay with that. To top things off, I’m only assured that things will be quicker from here on out. I haven’t accomplished half the things I wanted to this year: I didn’t travel, I didn’t become healthier, I didn’t do more exciting things in the summer. It does make me wonder what exactly I do do with my time when I’m one of my Negative Nancy moods.

The quickness of life is something I always marvel at and I’m so glad that I’ll be turning 20 next year and not 21. Every time I breathe a day seems to fly past when other times the minutes crawl past at the pace of a snail when time doesn’t seem to move. It is crazy to think I am on the brink of entering my third year of university, my third year of living in Glasgow, my third year of being closer to the real world.

Despite 2017 being full of up and downs so far and being quite mundane by most people’s standards, I think so far I’ve made really good progress and accepted a lot of things, allowing me to move forward positively and even with excitement for the rest of 2017!

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Since I’ve been spending this summer at home, I’ve been trying to revert to being a tourist in my own area and seeing things a little differently. Whilst the Scottish Borders are not Glasgow, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things to see and do and places to eat! Although I’ve been working during the week, I have had weekends off for exploring and grabbing a bite to eat!

I thought I’d share three of my favourite places if you are in the area, all tried and tested by me. Going out of my way to eat at places so I can share, you know me, I’m a kind soul. I was intending to include another place: Hugo’s Wine Bar in Duns but the photographs I talk were just so dreadful I just can’t. Not that I’m a perfect pants at photography but honestly, I don’t know what went wrong with these ones, bit ashamed if I’m honest.

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Eagle eyed readers of The Monday Project will notice that last week I missed an instalment of the Little Things, and shocker, the world didn’t end. The last couple of weeks have been hectic with the move, work, no wifi and then my dad having his heart operation so I didn’t have the time or felt like writing up a post. It is totally okay to do that and I’m so glad I’m not beating myself up over it and feeling like a bad blogger.

Life happens, life doesn’t care what you are trying to do sometimes and I feel I’ve really turned a corner by not being fussed that I missed a post or two out from my very important schedule. This week’s Little Things is a combination of the last two weeks, including some day trips, some books and some other random bits, hope you enjoy!

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Since coming back from the USA, I’ve been trying to make this summer the best for me and make some positive changes. It has been quite a big summer in the terms of coming to terms with things and getting my head together but I’m trying to make little changes to help me on my way and form a bigger picture. Being wifi free has been surprisingly soothing, it has given me a real chance to breathe. Staying offline can be so so so healthy and I’ve really been seeing the benefits – I almost don’t want the wifi to come back! I’m typing this up in my local Sainsbury’s, abusing their free wifi in the cafe after buying a measly Diet Coke and whilst it alright for getting on with blogging, emails and uploading to Instagram, I can’t quite fire up Netflix!

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I have always loved the concept of the Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe but have never really ventured there until now. When I was asked to review the Plaines Plough production of Out of Love by Elinor Cook, I couldn’t refuse. Some of the acts on show at the Edinburgh Festival can be quite, interesting, but the summary of Out of Love sounded very intriguing indeed.

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