Before I moved to London, I romanticised the idea of living here. I thought that having my own ‘home’ tube stop was just about the coolest thing that could happen. Now that I’m living in my third London home and I’ve been commuting along the same tube line for over two years, it feels slightly less amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I love this city a lot. But there’s something about queuing up on a platform to have to shove yourself into a tiny bit of space on a tube carriage that is making you ill that isn’t quite magical. Especially when it’s happening before 8.30am, five times per week.

This is the reality of commuting in London.

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The end of December is usually the end of a month of eating, drinking and spending, so most people turn their thoughts to plans for the new year. I gave up on keeping any New Year’s Resolutions based around weight loss a long time ago. In fact, it wasn’t until 2014 that I successfully met a New Year’s Resolutions goal at all. I promised to cut down on the amount of ready meals that I ate. In one year, I went from about one per week to three in a year. Not bad going! Since then, I’ve always set realistic goals and my success rate has definitely improved.

So what realistic goals am I setting for 2018?

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It’s true – I’ve finally seen Hamilton! After years of wanting to see this phenomenon musical on Broadway, I didn’t even have to travel out of my city to see the show. We booked tickets all the way back in January 2017, and after a lot of stress when our performance was cancelled and we were allocated new tickets, we finally got to see this show on Tuesday 19th December 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. This was the penultimate preview before the show officially opened on Thursday 21st.

Watch my vlog to see our experience:

 

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If you’ve visited Faraway Lisa Mae on YouTube in the last few months, you’ll know that I went on a Disney Cruise this year. Of course, I vlogged the whole trip and now all of the highlights are online. From exploring Barcelona for two days, to finally getting on board the Disney Magic, it was an eventful ten days with lots of excitement.

Here’s a look back at all of our days at sea and on land.

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blog planning blogger tips

You’ve seen them all over Twitter. The bloggers who have weeks, or even months, of blog posts scheduled in advance. The ones that spend a whole Sunday taking blog photos and editing them. Whenever I see this, I feel incredibly impressed, and then I always wonder where I’m going wrong. But I don’t think that being a blogger who plans ahead is always the best thing to do, and here is why.

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