Top 5 Motivational Songs

Despite the gloomy, rainy weather in Britain, many young people are celebrating right now after having received their A Level results this month, filled with the euphoria of moving onto the next stage of their lives. Many others, however, are like me, weighed down by endless reading lists and preparation for the final year of university, and need a little boost to the motivation levels. There are a few things I do to stay motivated – having a clear, tidy bed workspace and exercising regularly, for example – but my number one essential is good music.

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Sixties Flick

A few years ago, I went through a retro music phase. I listened exclusively to music from the “American Graffiti” era for months on end, falling deeper and deeper into the time jump until it was a total jolt to turn on the radio and hear Tinie Tempah’s “Frisky”: I had to ease myself back into listening to modern pop music as it was such a shock to the system. I decided that my Year 11 prom look would be early Sixties-inspired, and devoted myself to avidly researching the fashions of this era as much as possible (this would have been a lot easier if Pinterest had been in my life!). This is when I started wearing my now trademark winged eyeliner (literally a year or so before it fully came back into fashion!) and when I started longing for dresses and clothes fitted at the waist. However, there was one problem: I couldn’t do anything with my hair.

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Belated October Favourites

I am well aware of the fact that, in the wake of the sudden drop in temperatures here in Madrid, October now lies behind us as seemingly far-off as starting primary school and the turn of the century. Nonetheless, I come cap in hand to offer you a snapshot of what’s particularly caught my fancy this past month, and hopefully a chance to get to know me slightly better, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

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