Modern Soul // Life Update + my new favourite dress!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

When Tess and I take photos and they turn out like this, all I can think of titling the post is "SPRING IS IN THE AIR!", or "Omg. The lighting... can we take a moment". But that's lame, and very 14-year-old Maria...ish. In all seriousness, these photos turned out beautifully, and when we were snapping away in the afternoon light today, it was a gentle reminder of the many blessings there really is in my life... and also, investing in an DSLR camera 5 years ago was a great idea. Hard earned McDonald's money spent the right way, my friends. Oh, and also, this dress! It reminds me of the Sound of Music a little - I don't really know why, since Maria doesn't wear any floral dresses this bold in the film. It just has a real 'Maria' vibe to it. 

So! Hello, it's been a little while. Just thought I would check in with you all and give you a little update on what's been happening with my life. I'm happy to report that I've just been feeling really positive overall over the past few days. Uni is back, and I'm, surprisingly, not absolutely loathing every minute of it. I have this awesome lecturer for one of my courses, and he's one of those teachers that was actually put on earth to educate others in a really engaging way. Everything he says just clicks with my brain and it makes the actual course content 10x more interesting. 
I've been staying on top of my readings for the most part and I have been feeling a lot more motivated to actually do my work and get decent grades. It's a nice feeling. A lot of this positivity in regards to my academic life has to do with setting goals and actually devising a plan for when I want to graduate etc. At the beginning of semester I sat down with one of my course coordinators and she was so lovely and helpful and reminded me a lot of one of the teachers I had at my high school, Mrs Norris.  I'm starting to organise my life a bit more and it's working. I'll keep you posted on that.

Also, you know how I mentioned that anxiety thing a few months ago? I went to Headspace for an initial analysis on my mental health a few weeks ago and from this week onwards I will be seeing a psychologist on a weekly basis which is really, really awesome. It's something I feel like is going to make a major difference in my overall wellbeing, and although it took a long time to organise, it was worth the trouble. Best advice for anyone struggling with life at the moment - go talk to someone! First step, doctor, and he/she will point you in the right direction :) 

So yeah. I don't really know what to say in specifics about anything else. I've just been doing fun things with friends, working (still making coffee!), studying and doing regular driving lessons. I will let you all know as soon as I am a license holder! But, for now, my computer has reached single digits, which means it's time to switch to my phone (ha...classic), read a book and have some tea or something. Cause that's what I do. Oh, also, here's the link to my spotify account - I have been making heaps of playlists lately because of the waves of creative inspiration that have hit me, so give them a listen! 
Goodbye for now!

P.S: If you recognise the title of this post as a reference to James Blake's latest album, let's be best friends. I love the song "Modern Soul". The piano playing is just so freaking nice. 


emmacharlottesometimes said...

These photos are so beautiful. I love this light, it gives such a whimsical feel. The dress is beautiful too.

Emma Xx


So pretty! Lovely dress

Alexius said...

you look gorgeous in that dress!! and i'm loving your playlists

alexius xx.
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Isabelle said...

You always look so lovely Maria! I am glad to hear you're doing better, and that things are looking up. Here's to a great kickstart to your first weeks back at Uni!

xoxo, Isabelle