BOTANICAL GARDENS, BIRMINGHAM


Who knew Birmingham had the most ~gorg~ Botanical gardens hidden right in the city? Not this girl!
Joe and I ventured up North to Birmingham to see Titanic the Musical, which I got as a present for his birthday. We had the afternoon to kill so we decided to pop into the botanical gardens but ended up wandering around in the beautiful scenery for two hours! 

Gorgeous plants and flowers everywhere, and large sprawling grounds with majestic peacocks roaming around. It was a unexpectedly wonderful place we stumbled upon and would recommend anyone in the area to visit and enjoy the view.

The gardens also host Cult Screens, which is an open air cinema, showing some iconic films right on the grounds - they are showing The Greatest Showman in July so I will be back and front row!







THAILAND, ASIA

At the beginning of the year, I booked a one way flight to Bangkok and 3 nights in a hostel. I packed my bags and travelled around South East Asia and Australia for four months and had the most incredible time! I couldn't even begin to count how many beautiful, amazing people I met throughout my trip.

It is a trip I will never forget.

So lets start at the first destination: Thailand. I roamed the famous streets of Bangkok and found paradise on the beaches of the Southern Islands. I ate copious amounts of green curry and swam in salty seas, sailing on boats and finding a few monkeys here and there.



2018 PLANS & GOALS


BACKPACKING
2018 is the year I go travelling! I can't quite believe it really, it feels like I've been thinking and talking about this for so long and now I'm only a few weeks away from it all happening. It's going to be a great start to the year!

GYM BUNNY
I finally joined the gym at the end of 2017 and managed to loose a stone! So I want to continue this streak in 2018 and make it more of a lifestyle change rather than just trying to loose weight.


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
This has been a goal of mine for quite some time now, but I am really going to try to get my dream job of working on a film set this year. It's all about the people you know...

HAIR, HAIR, HAIR
2017 was the year I cut my hair into a pixie. In 2018, I'd like to change up the colour and maybe grow it out! I haven't fully decided yet if I want to start the growing process (it's so painfully awful!) but whilst I'm travelling, it might be a good idea.

TRANSPORTATION
After a year without a car, I am desperate to get behind the wheel again. I've saved so much money without it though, so maybe something more economically (and financially) efficient would be a better choice. 

INSTAGRAM GROWTH
This one is a bit superficial but I would love some growth on my Instagrams! I love posting and photography, so to see a few extra followers this year would be lovely.
 (@jordanlthornell@jordanthornell)

CIRCUS LIFE
After watching The Greatest Showman, I must join the circus. Okay, that's probably not the best idea, but with some help from my friend, we are going to do an aerial silk class! I cannot wait to get some upper body strength and look majestic.

VEGGIE & PLASTIC CHANGES
Watching Blue Planet this year really shocked me. I can't believe how much plastic is polluting the ocean and I'm going to try really hard to reduce my plastic footprint this year. As for the veggie side of things, I love meat. But I do want to try and make conscious decisions to go veggie if possible. When I'm travelling, I am 100% going veggie in Asia as the meat can be quite dodgy and I don't want to be ill but I hope I can continue this at points when I'm home too. Baby steps.

Lets see if I can make these goals happen!

OH WONDER


I discovered Oh Wonder whilst flicking though the music channels a few years ago.
I stopped on the song, but what had me hooked was the music video. It was beautiful and interesting and I felt like I was watching a film that no one had discovered yet. The song was Drive, and it quickly became one of my favourite songs ever.

So when I found out that they were going to be coming to my hometown on their world tour I had to be there no matter what! It was hands down one of the best concerts I have ever been to; it was intimate, alive and real. I was front row and sang along to every word I knew.

They sang so many songs I genuinely lost count. The electronic pop duo danced their hearts out and dripped in sweat from the first note on Josephine's keyboard. They performed Livewire, All We Do, Dazzle and Body Gold to name a few, from their 2015 hit album self titled and brought old and new fans together with High on Humans, Lifetimes and Heavy from their new album Ultralife. They also encored with Drive which made the crowd go wild.

Oh Wonder are my go-to band when I'm sad and need cheering up, when I need some awesome inspiration or when I'm high on life and so happy. They are a band you can play in your room alone, at a cool house party or cruising down the road with the top down in LA. 
Give them a listen, you won't regret it.