May 2018

May has been the most scarily intense month I’ve experienced in a long while. It has been a super bumpy rollercoaster of emotions and I am definitely ready to give myself a bit of a time out from everything.

So, May has been my second year deadline month. Every week of the month I have had hand ins. It was stressful, but I gave it my all, I put so much hard work into these assignments so I have everything crossed for my results! Honestly, I’m struggling to come to terms with the fact that I have finished my second year at uni, and this time year I will be handing in my dissertation getting ready to graduate!

At the start of the month I went home for a clinic appointment. I have been putting off getting help with my eating for the longest of times, so I’ve settled with a lovely clinic back at home in Birmingham meaning that I can be there over Summer!

Within 24 hours I was back up North and in Huddersfield ready to spend the weekend recording a band in the studios for In Session. This was a super busy two days and before I knew it I was on the train to Selby to meet Amy & Trav. I’ve mentioned before about Amy and her kick-ass promotions company “GirlBoss”, and she did a home-town gig in York so I wanted to go along to support her. It was an incredible night, the venue was so different to anything I’d ever seen before and so many people came down! I spent the night at Amy’s then we spent the Monday celebrating her birthday with her family which was the sweetest thing! It was so nice to turn off all worries for the day about deadlines and just have a nice relax in the sunshine. Amy drove us back to Manchester later that day and had the most epic sing a long of sing a longs.

The 10th was Amy’s 22nd birthday and we had so much fun! We spent her actual birthday smashing out games of beer pong at Bunny Jacksons (the coolest venue/bar I’ve ever come across, and so close to where we live too), then the night after we went for food and drinks with some amazing people to celebrate her birthday! As always, we ended up dancing the night away in Holdfast!

The rest of that weekend was a bit of a whirlwind, and I was starting to feel very stressed about deadlines, so I went back to Huddersfield for a few days to literally lock myself away and focus on uni. Come Thursday, I had to go back to Manchester to do a presentation, but I hopped back on a train that evening to Huddersfield to surprise Max at his gig, which was so much fun! I’m really glad I went, all of Max’s hard work paid off and it was so rewarding to watch it all unfold after months of planning.

Straight back to Manchester the following day for another one of Amy’s gigs, which was insane to see so much acoustic talent! We headed straight off to Chris’ gay icons birthday party. We spent so long trying to think of costumes, I just ended up going as Britney Spears haha.

The next day I’m pretty sure I was still drunk, before the most horrific hungover kicked in. Max and I somehow managed to peel ourselves out of bed and into town for a breakfast to try make us feel some what not like zombies. We totally missed the Royal Wedding, which was a shame but it was nice to watch some clips afterwards to see what all the fuss was about.

22nd of May came around super fast, and it was a difficult day. It marked one year from the arena attacks in Manchester, and honestly, I can’t believe how quick that year has gone. I don’t want to talk about this for too long, but all I will say is that I took a stroll through town and all of the memorials were absolutely stunning, so fitting and moving. I feel so lucky to be based in such a beautifully kind hearted city, the sense of community is so amazing to witness.

Fast forward a couple of days, my last deadlines were handed in, my parents were in Manchester to move me out, and I was ready (physically, by no means emotionally) to go home for Summer. My last night in Manchester was spent at Dot to Dot festival and I am so glad that I went, it felt like a real party, just time for me to let my hair down and enjoy my last day in Manchester for a few months.

I hopped on a train to Huddersfield to see Max for a while before I went home properly. The bank holiday weekend was super fun, the weather was gorgeous so naturally, we had a BBQ and even the cutie pie that is John came for a visit (John is the cat that just loves Max’s house for some reason, but I won’t complain) although I’m pretty sure John is actually female but that’s cool, the name has stuck now after us calling her John for a year so whatever haha.

Album / Playlist: All The 1975 tracks, I’ve been listening in anticipation for the new release soon!

Song: John Mayer – New Light

TV / Movie: I totally blanked out on TV the past month with all those deadlines, but I’m very much looking forward to catching up on any TV shows that I can find haha

Place: Manchester, gonna miss it so much over the next few months!

Memory: way too many to whittle it down to one!

Accomplishment: completing my second year at uni!

Journaling Maddie x


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