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    Maeve Waite

    24 year old work psychologist, mental health advocate and future dachshund owner. occasional writer, baker and photo taker. posts have been featured on time to change and mental movement magazine, and I sometimes like to write all lower case.
    Oxford, UK

    A Year in Photos: 2018

    Well, hello. It's been a while since I've posted anything on here (4 months to be exact) so I figured it was about time to add something to make the homepage look a little bit different!

    The main reason I've not written anything in a while is because frankly, I haven't really wanted to. I've had ideas for things but had zero motivation to write, and I suspect it's been because 2018 has been a particularly tough year. There have been long periods where I've just felt really low and run down, and it's not exactly the spur I need to write. I won't really go into it as it's not exactly fun to talk about, but I decided on this dark December Monday, that I didn't want this year to go out with a huge gap on this place. I didn't want to constantly remember this train wreck of a year for all its bad, when there have still been some really lovely and fun memories - funnily enough, more so after the big change of the year - so here we are. Go for your life.

    That time I went to Asia again
    In October, my best friends and I ventured over to Thailand, Singapore and Bali where we had a jam-packed, fun-filled adventure holiday, complete with cocktails, mosquito bites, and the odd bit of sunburn. I can't pick just one photo from the entire trip, so that's why it took you this long to get to this paragraph, but eventually I will put up individual posts so I can show off ALLLL the pictures!



    That time I went for cocktails on the roof
    Bar Elba near Waterloo in London has been one of my favourite drinking establishments this year. Its sister bar, Tonight Josephine, is also one of my faves, but Elba is on the roof, meaning you get a nice view, drinks, sunshine and street food all in one place, so it has the edge.



    That time I got my ears pierced again and went to the Botanic Gardens for the first time in about 20 years
    In May, my best friend Annie and I started our summertime celebrations early, by finally getting a second hole punched into each of my earlobes, wining and dining at Pizza Express, drinking more cocktails on a different roof, and by wandering around the Botanic Gardens. You just don't appreciate these places when you're a kid - but I was snap happy playing photographer all day.


    That time I went to Brighton again
    At the end of September my friends and I ventured south to the coast to see Brighton, one of my favourite places in the country. We spent far too long in the Photo booth shop, ate Mexican food, lost too many pennies in the arcade, and had a dance-off on the dance mats. All in all, a glorious day.


    That time I went to London and ate ice cream
    On what was one of my least looked-forward-to days of the year, I met my best friend in London and we ate ice cream, drank cocktails and vented. And it cheered me right up. Also, Milk Bar in Covent Garden is a delight.


    That time I saw Beyonce live again
    I know it's expensive, but I never regret a Beyonce concert ticket purchase. On The Run II was amazing and this was the night The Carters dropped their surprise album (woohoooo)...



    That time I went back to my roots
    Every year, the village near me hosts a summer carnival, and going back this year was needed. I always feel nostalgic when it's on, as I associate with family who sadly aren't here anymore. Still, a good day out and the fudge tent was enough reason to go anyways...



    That time I turned 25
    A quarter of a century old, and it's been quite the year to celebrate it on. My family have been my rock this year, and I'm very, very grateful.



    That time I went to Lisbon
    My friends and I had planned this for a few months previously, and it honestly couldn't have come at a better time. We had a great weekend exploring the city, visiting Sintra, and they even surprised me with an early birthday present of a boat trip around the whole place. Loved it!



    That time I took a photography course
    Photography has always been one of my big hobbies, and after saying it for a long time I got so bored hearing my own voice, I booked a course to try and get to grips with what my camera means. I loved it so much I booked another one on the same day, so 2019 will bring more learning my way!



    That time I got a job in (and nearly moved to) London
    Whilst this plan didn't entirely work out how I'd anticipated it to, I'm grateful for the experience. It let me get a taste of London life, commuter life (not my fave), and I worked in a fancy building that had this view so I can't complain. Maybe I'll return in the future, WHO KNOWS?



    That (/Those) time(s) I got a (/two) tattoo(s)
    Another thing ticked off the bucket list: I got a tattoo! Two, actually! Obviously I have plans for more, but they're expensive, these things! I have the above one on my finger, and a semi-colon on my outer left wrist, which is so small it's hardly worth picturing. I'll be getting it expanded and more in 2019!



    That time my friend came to Oxford and I had perhaps the best cocktail of my life
    If you've not been to The Alchemist, go and have a Solero. Like a Pornstar Martini with white chocolate foam (whipped cream) on top. HEAVEN.



    That time I went to Cambridge and felt like a sort of traitor
    I joke, but having grown up with Oxford on my doorstep, it was a bit weird to suddenly find myself in Cambridge and yes I realise that's a very middle class thing to say. Still, I got the 'tour' and burgers with my friend Rob, and I got trained in ASIST so it was all good fun!



    That time I went for a meeting for work in the countryside
    Perhaps the 6 hour round trip for that short a meeting wasn't the best use of my time, but being out of London, in a place I didn't really know, for a little while was laaavely.


    That time it felt like Christmas
    This one's a recent one, but we had our annual family party the other day and all the lights were on, and everyone was happy...I love this time of year.


    That time we got crafty for Mind
    My friend hosted a Crafternoon for Mind this year where we raised money whilst making our own Christmas decorations. Needless to say, it was glorious and a lot of fun, and now I have filled even more spaces on my Christmas tree.


    That time I saw my first real-life reindeer
    Why it took me 25 years I'll never know.


    That time I went to the most Christmassy pub in London...and ate pad thai
    I had no idea the only food you can get at the Churchill Arms in Notting Hill was Thai food until my friend told me. It was very good and very festive.

       
    That time I went to Dublin
    God knows how long I've been wanting to visit and yet we as a family never managed it in our near-yearly trips to Ireland, until now. I loved it and I want to go back ASAP. I also bought another thing with my name on because I'm 25 and the novelty still hasn't worn off.


    That time The Ivy gave us free champagne
    It was because the service wasn't great, but hey it felt fancy so cheers!

      
    That time my best friend and I went and watched one of my favourite Christmas movies with a hot chocolate and a bean bag and sweets after a very Christmassy day
    See above.

    M x
    Well, hello. It's been a while since I've posted anything on here (4 months to be exact) so I figured it was about time to add something to make the homepage look a little bit different!

    The main reason I've not written anything in a while is because frankly, I haven't really wanted to. I've had ideas for things but had zero motivation to write, and I suspect it's been because 2018 has been a particularly tough year. There have been long periods where I've just felt really low and run down, and it's not exactly the spur I need to write. I won't really go into it as it's not exactly fun to talk about, but I decided on this dark December Monday, that I didn't want this year to go out with a huge gap on this place. I didn't want to constantly remember this train wreck of a year for all its bad, when there have still been some really lovely and fun memories - funnily enough, more so after the big change of the year - so here we are. Go for your life.

    That time I went to Asia again
    In October, my best friends and I ventured over to Thailand, Singapore and Bali where we had a jam-packed, fun-filled adventure holiday, complete with cocktails, mosquito bites, and the odd bit of sunburn. I can't pick just one photo from the entire trip, so that's why it took you this long to get to this paragraph, but eventually I will put up individual posts so I can show off ALLLL the pictures!



    That time I went for cocktails on the roof
    Bar Elba near Waterloo in London has been one of my favourite drinking establishments this year. Its sister bar, Tonight Josephine, is also one of my faves, but Elba is on the roof, meaning you get a nice view, drinks, sunshine and street food all in one place, so it has the edge.



    That time I got my ears pierced again and went to the Botanic Gardens for the first time in about 20 years
    In May, my best friend Annie and I started our summertime celebrations early, by finally getting a second hole punched into each of my earlobes, wining and dining at Pizza Express, drinking more cocktails on a different roof, and by wandering around the Botanic Gardens. You just don't appreciate these places when you're a kid - but I was snap happy playing photographer all day.


    That time I went to Brighton again
    At the end of September my friends and I ventured south to the coast to see Brighton, one of my favourite places in the country. We spent far too long in the Photo booth shop, ate Mexican food, lost too many pennies in the arcade, and had a dance-off on the dance mats. All in all, a glorious day.


    That time I went to London and ate ice cream
    On what was one of my least looked-forward-to days of the year, I met my best friend in London and we ate ice cream, drank cocktails and vented. And it cheered me right up. Also, Milk Bar in Covent Garden is a delight.


    That time I saw Beyonce live again
    I know it's expensive, but I never regret a Beyonce concert ticket purchase. On The Run II was amazing and this was the night The Carters dropped their surprise album (woohoooo)...



    That time I went back to my roots
    Every year, the village near me hosts a summer carnival, and going back this year was needed. I always feel nostalgic when it's on, as I associate with family who sadly aren't here anymore. Still, a good day out and the fudge tent was enough reason to go anyways...



    That time I turned 25
    A quarter of a century old, and it's been quite the year to celebrate it on. My family have been my rock this year, and I'm very, very grateful.



    That time I went to Lisbon
    My friends and I had planned this for a few months previously, and it honestly couldn't have come at a better time. We had a great weekend exploring the city, visiting Sintra, and they even surprised me with an early birthday present of a boat trip around the whole place. Loved it!



    That time I took a photography course
    Photography has always been one of my big hobbies, and after saying it for a long time I got so bored hearing my own voice, I booked a course to try and get to grips with what my camera means. I loved it so much I booked another one on the same day, so 2019 will bring more learning my way!



    That time I got a job in (and nearly moved to) London
    Whilst this plan didn't entirely work out how I'd anticipated it to, I'm grateful for the experience. It let me get a taste of London life, commuter life (not my fave), and I worked in a fancy building that had this view so I can't complain. Maybe I'll return in the future, WHO KNOWS?



    That (/Those) time(s) I got a (/two) tattoo(s)
    Another thing ticked off the bucket list: I got a tattoo! Two, actually! Obviously I have plans for more, but they're expensive, these things! I have the above one on my finger, and a semi-colon on my outer left wrist, which is so small it's hardly worth picturing. I'll be getting it expanded and more in 2019!



    That time my friend came to Oxford and I had perhaps the best cocktail of my life
    If you've not been to The Alchemist, go and have a Solero. Like a Pornstar Martini with white chocolate foam (whipped cream) on top. HEAVEN.



    That time I went to Cambridge and felt like a sort of traitor
    I joke, but having grown up with Oxford on my doorstep, it was a bit weird to suddenly find myself in Cambridge and yes I realise that's a very middle class thing to say. Still, I got the 'tour' and burgers with my friend Rob, and I got trained in ASIST so it was all good fun!



    That time I went for a meeting for work in the countryside
    Perhaps the 6 hour round trip for that short a meeting wasn't the best use of my time, but being out of London, in a place I didn't really know, for a little while was laaavely.


    That time it felt like Christmas
    This one's a recent one, but we had our annual family party the other day and all the lights were on, and everyone was happy...I love this time of year.


    That time we got crafty for Mind
    My friend hosted a Crafternoon for Mind this year where we raised money whilst making our own Christmas decorations. Needless to say, it was glorious and a lot of fun, and now I have filled even more spaces on my Christmas tree.


    That time I saw my first real-life reindeer
    Why it took me 25 years I'll never know.


    That time I went to the most Christmassy pub in London...and ate pad thai
    I had no idea the only food you can get at the Churchill Arms in Notting Hill was Thai food until my friend told me. It was very good and very festive.

       
    That time I went to Dublin
    God knows how long I've been wanting to visit and yet we as a family never managed it in our near-yearly trips to Ireland, until now. I loved it and I want to go back ASAP. I also bought another thing with my name on because I'm 25 and the novelty still hasn't worn off.


    That time The Ivy gave us free champagne
    It was because the service wasn't great, but hey it felt fancy so cheers!

      
    That time my best friend and I went and watched one of my favourite Christmas movies with a hot chocolate and a bean bag and sweets after a very Christmassy day
    See above.

    M x
    . Monday, 17 December 2018 .

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