23 Things for 23 Years.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

 In four days I am going to be twenty-three. (Unless you're reading this after 20th March 2017, then I already am)

I have no idea where the time has gone, and even less of an idea what I've actually done with it, however, I have declared 2017 as my year of 'getting shit done' and the next few months will, with any luck, see the start of a brand new, positive, shiny Elly.

This is an important birthday for me, not because it's a particularly outstanding, or even very interesting age to be, but because it feels like the start of something new, and that is very exciting.

In celebration of that, I thought it would be fun to note the things that I have picked up over the years. I am, of course, not claiming to be a fountain of wisdom at the grand old age of twenty-three, but I feel through experiences good and bad, I have learned a lot in the short time I have spent on the planet. So, let's see, shall we?

Getting Lost in 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Last week I found myself stood in the Post Office for what felt like the thousandth time, clutching onto my fifth attempt at a passport form, and third set of photos, pretty much certain that the universe was conspiring against me, sentencing me to a lifetime in England. Someone somewhere did not want me to leave this country, what other reason would there be for the endless complications that I had encountered throughout the whole application process.

Saying Goodbye to my Family Home

Thursday, 19 January 2017

I'm going to apologise in advance for how bloody miserable I've been as of late. The past few months have been so strange, with lots of changes and I'm absolutely useless at adjusting to new things.

I don't know whether you can 'suffer' with nostalgia, but if that's a thing, then I'm definitely a victim of it. So, the fact that it has been confirmed that my Mum will be selling my family home this year, has hit me a lot harder than I thought it would.

Now, I know that it's not necessarily a big deal to other people and those who I have spoken about it to have sort of missed the significance of this event for me.

Anti-Resolutions.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

 As we escaped the clutches of 2016, a year deemed to be one of the worst in history, and entered bright, shiny and optimistic 2017, I ended up feeling the most shit I have in months.

I'm not really sure why I have been struggling so much, but my anxiety has been through the roof, I've felt a bit lost and confused, and as a result have been acting like a pretty massive arsehole, drinking way more than I should be, and have managed to smoothly make the transition from a 'social smoker' to a full-on chimney. Basically, every single New Year Resolution made by every other person on the planet, I have done the opposite tenfold.

The Christmas Tag

Monday, 5 December 2016

We're nearly a week into December and things are getting jolly festive! I've finally put up the Christmas tree, I've got presents I've ordered for people arriving left, right and centre and we're starting to discuss the food we need to stock up the fridge with (cheese and more cheese, please)

It's all very exciting! SO, to top it all off, a very happy thank you to the lovely Rebecca for including me in the Christmas Tag! This was really fun to do, so I hope you like it. Don't forget to check out the blogs of the ladies I have tagged below.

A Christmas Present to Myself (sorry dad)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

It had been two years since I last found myself under the needle of a tattoo machine. With this in mind, I decided it was time to save up the pennies and get to work on ideas for a new addition - and I'm so glad I did. I am now blessed with the most beautiful tattoo a person could wish for - I've never spent so much time looking at my own legs!

As you may have seen in one of my previous posts, when I was about three or four I was asked what I wanted to be when I was older. To everyone’s astonishment I answered, without hesitation: ‘a Palaeontologist’ (before also announcing my sister wanted to be a Teletubby - oops)

While my dream of digging up dinosaurs for a living didn’t quite transpire, my appreciation for them has long continued and so I knew very early on that I wanted a tattoo to commemorate such an important element of my childhood.

Battling Through Winter

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

 I always feel weird around autumn/winter time.

I suffer from horrendous bouts of depersonalization that can last weeks at a time.

For the first month or so, when the change of season really starts to kick in, I find myself slipping into an auto-pilot state, only vaguely aware of myself and my surroundings, I suffer a bizarre combination somewhere between nostalgic hopelessness and being full-on emotionally stunted. If you've spoken or seen me throughout October or November, you may have noticed it's like witnessing someone floating around on another planet.

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