One of the best things to do when you have spare time is look through old photographs. Well, I did the modern day equivalent to that the other day…I was looking through my folders on my external hard drives the other the night and saw loads of things that bought back lots of good memories! I haven’t captured a lot of things from the past as I wasn’t a huge camera user back then (no digital camera and no smart phones made it less convenient!) but I manage to rummage through and I found a few good gems!

Here are a few things I miss, a life before blogging!

Being Little And Carefree (and a time when I didn’t have to wear glasses!!!!)

Looking through old photos brings back memories and I remember those days when I was little; still learning about things, and having no idea what was going on around me. All I wanted to do was ride my bike and play with my new toys from Toys R Us. Happy days! Now I’m pretty cynical of most things, which isn’t a great way to be. Oh, and I didn’t wear glasses until I was 12 and it must have been nice not to have to wear glasses all the time. They piss me off sometimes!

Student Nights Out (/ the feeling of being acceptable to go out on a weekday!)
In the first semester of my first year at University, I didn’t go out much because I just didn’t want to. Not to say I never went out, though! Instead, in my first year, I spent money going to a lot of gigs. However, in terms of going out clubbing and drinking (student stylee), I made up for it from 2nd year onwards! Literally half of the memory space on my hard drive is taken up by photos from nights out! I didn’t go ~wild~, but I had a good time – from what I can remember! I will always look back on those memories fondly! It’s crazy how much I miss it, and wish I could go back in time to relive it all! 

Drawing And Painting
 fashion illustration, street style illustration
This is something I keep promising myself that I’ll pick up where I left off but I don’t know, I’m kind of scared that when I pick up a pencil, I might come to realise I can’t remember how to draw anymore! Before I started art college, I actually didn’t know how to draw but I learnt quite quickly (credit to the amazing tutors!). It’s not a natural ability and I am most certainly not the best at it but I enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I remember how to draw but I guess the only way to tell is to actually start drawing again! Recently, I was looking through my portfolios and folders on my computer, and it definitely spurred me on to get creative again! I also have a ton of illustration books which I’m sure will inspire me again. My favourites were always the really quick street-style sketches like the ones in the picture above, nothing too over-done and laboured.

Sewing And Making Clothes

When I graduated, I swore I would NEVER EVER sew or pattern cut again. I actually did continue sewing after uni and I even sold some items of clothing online a few years back. It is something I’d like to do again, it’s so satisfying to see the final product but like drawing, but I’m pretty sure it’s better to leave in the past (for now!). I used to love going through the process of finding fabrics, buying all the bits and bobs – that’s always exciting! But I just hate pattern cutting, and the last stage of adding fastenings, which I always thought was frustrating to do!

Friends from Secondary School/College/Uni

It’s always sad when you know you have to leave a certain part of your life behind and move on to the next chapter. I was particularly sad when college and uni came to an end because they really were the best times of my life! I had learnt so much about myself and also met some lovely people; some I still see, some I have never seen since the day we left. I’ve chosen to post the photo above because it was the most recent meet up but there are lots of people I miss and can’t wait to see again soon! I miss spending time with them, and going through the ups and downs together everyday! A few of us are having a little reunion in a couple of months time so I am super excited for that!

Oscar as a tiny little kitten!
cat paw, animal paw

As all pet owners know, our furry friends grow up so quickly! We have had him for six years now, it has gone so quickly but I remember the first day he came home as if it was yesterday! His first few hours was spent hiding underneath the sofa but he soon came out of his shell! He was never a timid kitten and to this day, he’s not all that scared of anything other than loud sudden noises (and the vaccum cleaner). He loves making friends with strangers (especially the ladies!) and trying to get attention for anyone! He was pretty bonkers when he first came home, so I only have about 10 photos of him as a kitten, most of them out of focus – he was too hyper back then to pose for a photo (or maybe I just didn’t know how to work the camera back then!)

What are the things do you miss the most? I think you should all do a little post like this to look back on the good and positive memories! Browse through old photos, old toys, memories boxes, past work,  – it can be anything you like! Pick five or six (or more!) to blog about! Let me know if you do a blog post like this, I would love to read it! x

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18 thoughts on “The Things I Miss!

  1. This is such a cute idea for a post – I wish I'd thought of it! I didn't go out much at uni either – Not at all actually! I think thats because I lived an hour away though, didn't live in halls and didn't like sleeping on peoples floors, haha! I like my own bed too much!

    Kitty Oscar is so damn cute <3

  2. Such a lovely honest blog post. The things I miss the most are quite similar to yours- being young and carefree when my only concern was who I was going to pick on my team for street rounders, student days where drinking everyday was acceptable and everything was an adventure, drawing and painting – a passion of mine that I left at school.

    Cat from OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

  3. This is such a sweet post. It's great to look back at old photos from time to time 🙂 I'm definitely going to miss college and the fact that all my friends are going off to uni or even moving away for work e.t.c, but that's life I guess and I will try my best to keep in contact with everyone so that we can still be close friends in the future. x

  4. Ahh I love this post. I love going through old photos and memory boxes, it really is the best thing to do, especially when you find things you had completely forgotten about! I'd love to be able to sew and make clothes like you :). What an amazing skill to have!

    Francesca xx

  5. This is such a great post! We tend to look back at our past with melancholy- I do all the time and that makes me think I don't really appreciate present, but You can't really miss present. I try to be grateful for eery little moment of happiness and every good person I meet. And that gratefulness and the fact that there were so many wonderful things in past makes me thaink that there are still many amazing things/people to see/meet.

  6. This is my favourite blog post I've read for ages Sarah, a really lovely, nostalgic post. I feel the same about a lot of things you listed, I didn't wear glasses until high school and I do envy those who can see without them. I only need them for long distance, but that distance seems to get shorter all the time and I'm pretty sure I should be permanently wearing them now! The woes of poor eyesight! You look so cute as a little girl 🙂 I didn't even know you drew/painted! That's so exciting – you should definitely pick up a pencil and some paints and experiment, I'd love to see the results. Oscar sounds like the most mischievous little thing 🙂 it's lovely to remember our furry babies when we first got them! xxx

  7. I know the feeling of looking back and see how things were back then and also, how much they've changed! Sometimes, having a peek of my childhood makes me happy and sometimes not at all. As everyone, I've lost a lot of people from my life and it's hard to see them on photos but not in your life! But we have to move on and remember them with a smile, right?
    I really liked this post, it was nice to see a little from your past and it inspired me to do a blog post like this. This could be the start of a new tag! (if it's not a thing yet)
    Have a nice day!! 🙂 x

  8. I definitely think you should take up drawing again! I think it's just one of those things, like you say, where you just have to practice and pick it up again to get right in to it. I want to start putting more of my illustrations on to my blog (like on my latest post) so that's a good way for me to practice and motivate myself too. I also really want to start sewing my own clothes! xx

  9. What a lovey post. There are so many things to miss from childhood. I always feel nostalgic when I see old photos, and talk to old friends.
    I think I'll do a post inspired by this one in a few days.
    Rubi | The Den

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