Italy

If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I have just come back from Italy. I always knew I would love Italy but after visiting I have utterly fallen in love. Me and my friend Samantha went to Verona for a little get away over Easter… it was overdue will all the stress of work and feeling as though life was starting to take control of me, rather than me taking control of life.

Sam had decided to that we should go to Verona and being someone who has always wanted to go to Italy I bit her hand off! It was inexpensive, only costing us around £120 for the 4 days… a bargain I know! Which meant I didn’t to worry too much about the money side of things… a bonus for good old anxiety me.

Verona is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to and for saying it had given out rain all weekend, we had glorious sunshine… this was a nice surprise when we arrived! Looking at the city through the sunshine made it more enjoyable as we did have to walk a good 30 minutes to the town centre from where we was stopping.

Going on holiday made all the worries/anxieties disappear for a while… I honestly didn’t think this was possible being someone who gets anxious over the littlest of things. Being able to take in what the world has to offer made my mind clear and see what ‘could be’. There were a few moments of anxiety but we will go into this later, so for now I will share some photos which I took along my trip.

Italy has got to one of the most beautiful places I ever have been to and I will be going back again thats for sure… take me now please! I am having some serious holiday blues! Before going I was told how expensive it was and I have to say I did not think it was too pricey at all. Don’t get me wrong Venice was a bit pricey at times but in Verona the cost for a pizza was around 7/8 Euros and that’s nothing when you think about how much you would pay for a dominos, so I was very impressed. 

Recently finding my love for wine again I was very happy to see the price of wine was the same as getting a soft drink, so I thought it would be rude not to have a few glasses while out for dinner in Italy. You really cannot go wrong with a good glass of Rosé.

The 4 days I spent around €200, but this was for everything including a bit of retail shopping, eating out every night… eating my weight in Pizza. Paying for trips to certain places such as Venice and museums, also buying all food and drink for the long weekend. Personally I don’t think I did too bad money wise and it didn’t cost too much at all.

Suffering with mental health the day to day stresses can become all too overwhelming and well going away to Italy was time for me to have some ‘me’ time and “become one” with myself as they say. Italy made me realise that there is more to life than just work and stress. It allowed me to see all the beautiful things the world has to offer. I am so excited to see all the other parts of a planet, there is definitely more to life than you think and seeing the world is definitely showing me this. 

Waking up on our third day in Italy I could start to feel the anxiety kicking in and poor Sam had to put up with me, she was good! I felt as though going to Venice on the train was a mammoth of a task and I just had to make sure that I took my medication and had some breathing time to prepare myself for the journey. On the train I could feel myself getting more and more worked up… I knew what I needed to do! Close my eyes and do some breathing exercises. Little did I know that due to the lack of sleep the night before from the anxiety attacks which decided to take me by surprise I fell asleep on the train and before I knew it Sam was waking me telling me we had arrived! Well it sure made the anxiety disappear! Next you know it, we was in Venice eating Pizza… I have learnt I do love a good Italian Pizza!

This photo really does capture my holiday experience

Overall Italy allowed me to take some time away from all the day to day anxieties and really gave me time to focus on me. It did make coming home a lot harder than I originally thought. Going away has really given me the chance to see how good life can be and has for sure given me so many reasons to see why life is worth living.

For those of you who are suffering you are not alone and there is so much in live for you live for, don’t let things get you down. Remember if this was any other illness yo would speak out so let’s stamp out the stigma and join me on my road to recovery. 


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Things that frill all us twenty something Grandma’s

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If you haven’t already gathered I am like an old lady in a young girls body.. I love all things my grandma loves and everyone at work says I am too old for my time. So I thought sod it I will dedicate a post to my old wise inner self!!


  1. Planning a weekend/evening over the food your going to cook or not cook.
  2. Having no plans all weekend … pure bliss.
  3. After a stressful day going home getting your pj’s on and having a nice cup of tea/coffee.
  4. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep.
  5. Your friends cancelling a night out … means a cosy night in for one! YES!!!
  6. Reading a good book before bedtime and falling asleep with it in your hand.
  7. Going out for afternoon lunch for a birthday rather than a night out.
  8. Long baths which include candles and a good book.
  9. Putting a candle on at any chance.
  10. Being excited about burning a new candle.
  11. Snuggling up with your cosy blanket.
  12. If your like me using your scarf as a blanket when your at work.
  13. Going to the cinema.. in the day time of course.
  14. Having matching pj’s
  15. Fluffy socks!!
  16. Your bag being full of everything possible such as pain relief, hand sanitiser, tampons and of course every kind of tissues.
  17. Long scenic walks.
  18. Television shows about cooking or moving house… my favourite life down under
  19. Making sure you have everything written down in your diary… don’t want to be double booking yourself (not that would actually happen).
  20. Getting excited about new mugs…. I must own a silly amount and I still live at home.
  21. Always having a back up coat/umbrella in the car incase it rains.
  22. Finding a new pair of practical shoes for long walks or just going out in general.
  23. Finding a cosy new jumper/any kind of knitwear.
  24. Again candles but not just any candles.. SCENTED.
  25. Infusers.
  26. Finding a nice wine which you can have a glass with when friends come round.
  27. Friends cancel a night at the pub to a girly night in.
  28. Spending an evening baking.
  29. Bath Bombs and Hand Creams…. getting these as gifts.
  30. Naps … a cheeky 40 winks.
  31. Being offered a herbal tea by a friend/colleague.
  32. Getting to spend time with you grandparents or just the older generation in general.
  33. Owning so many pj’s that you have to choose which you feel are more piratical.
  34. Thank you cards… whether that is receiving them or writing them!
  35. Blooming flowers.
  36. Fresh bed sheets.
  37. Or even better new bed sheets.
  38. Comfy bra’s!! Hell to the yes!!

Comment if your guilty or let me know if there are any you could add.

*All photos are my own

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