Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A Look Inside My Memory Box

For most of my life I'd say that I've definitely had a tendency to hoard things and overtime this has evolved into keeping the most random things from days out and experiences, whilst this is slightly easier to manage I still end up with a room full of rubbish! This is why a few years ago I started a memory box, something smaller than huge boxes to keep what I was collecting down to a minimum. I can still fit all the memories I want inside my box just without the additional rubbish and paper that was building up as well. I thought today I'd do a bit more of a personal post and give you a peek inside my memory box, most of the contents are from recent years but there are definitely some embarrassing photos of me as a child in there too!

memory box

memory box



Fisrt up are a lot of train tickets, quite a lot indeed. I've been in a long distance relationship for a year and a half now and I've managed to keep every single train ticket, since day 1, from my trips up north to see my boyfriend. I've got tickets from trips we've been on together as well, some people might find this a little sad but I just love looking back and remembering the times we've spent together.



This has to be one of my favourite memories, seeing Les Mis in London. I'd wanted to see it for ages beforehand and last September I finally got to take a seat and enjoy the show. I'm so glad I got to see it before the recent cast change, Carrie Hope Fletcher was incredible in it!



Postcards. I'm not sure when I started buying postcards at every place I visited, perhaps about a year ago now, but it's a little tradition that I've enjoyed carrying on. I've got ones from Bridlington, Brighton and Amsterdam just to name a few and on the back of each of them is the details of the location, who I was with and the date so I can look back and pin point when I went.



Now this rather lovely photo of me (not!) was from my second trip abroad (with my school at the time) to Germany when I was about 13 I think. This was the first rollarcoaster I'd ever gone on and I don't even know why I went on it, turns out I kind of loved them though! So of course it was my luck that a few years later I had surgery which means I can no longer go on them, serves me right for being scared of them for so many years!



The only thing that sits on par with seeing Les Mis last year was the fact that I also saw McBusted in Leeds, it's been almost a year since I saw them live and it was an amazing night. It went by so quickly and it was the first time I'd seen anyone play live and I'm itching to go see another band now!



This next item is something that I am extremely proud of, it's my copy of the HMSA journal that I wrote an article for. I wrote 2 pages about my experience with Marfan's Syndrome and it was the first time anything I'd ever written had been printed, a bit of a childhood dream come true. I'm hoping to do more things like this in the future, the very near future perhaps!



Every so slightly related to that is my collection of hospital wristbands from my various stays for operations and investigations. I've spent my fair share of time in hospital over the years and keeping these is a reminder that I got through it before and therefore I can get through it again.



Of course there are a few photos of me as a child in the box, this one being a particular favourite of mine! It probably won't surprise you if I tell you that growing up everyone used to call me Annie, I had the same curly ginger hair for years and I kind of miss it! I think this is from a birthday party I had, I'm not sure how old I was but I remember that day particularly well as one of the kids we'd invited blew out my birthday candles!



I've been having echo scans of my heart twice a year since I was only a few years old but it only occurred to me about 4 years back that I could start asking for a few of the scan photos to keep. At first I couldn't understand them at all but through asking questions and learning more about my heart I'm now able to point out a few things on the scans and understand some of the information! I don't think many people can say they've got photos of their heart laying around!



There are of course lots of different cards (as well as handwritten letters) inside amongst the other things, they are mainly from birthday's but there a few special Christmas cards and some Valentines Day cards in there, I like to keep them as proof that my boyfriend is more romantic than he likes to make out!



Finally I've got various bits and bobs from when I was at school including a little autographs and memories book from when I left junior school many years ago. It's the oldest thing inside the box and it sits alongside my Year 11 prom ticket and my identity cards from secondary school, including my Sixth Form one that I only used for 3 months before I had to leave. I've also got some letters tucked away with them, ones that I wrote to my older self at various different ages and they are quite entertaining to read but I think for now I'll be keeping them private!

Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you did I'll definitely do more like it! I'd love to know if you have a memory box or something similar as well, perhaps if you don't already have one, you could start one!
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10 comments

  1. I voted for this on twitter, so glad that you've done it! Looks like you have some really nice things here and lovely memories :) Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Writing this post did make me realise that despite everything bad that has happened over the past few years I still have managed to create some amazing memories! x

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  2. Your memory box is similar to mine :) I used to keep train tickets but then I stopped because it was getting kinda ridiculous, still have tons of leaflets and postcards from places ect !! What about blogging events?

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    1. I think at some point I will have to stop with the train tickets, my pile is already getting pretty big! I don't have anything physical from any blogging events I've been to unfortunately, I do have some photos that I might print out and pop in the box though! x

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  3. This is so adorable. I loved looking at everything you've kept. I love looking in my memory box, like you I love collecting tickets!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Tickets are definitely one of the best and easiest things to collect, even a simple train ticket can trigger memories of a good day out! x

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  4. I've loved reading this! I too am a hoarder of memories. I have a box that my sister bought me with an album in for 'new memories' after I ended my abusive relationship & it's overflowing! I really think I ought to go through it & put everything together rather than just throwing it in the box & balancing the lid on the top! You've inspired me to get this sorted, so thank you for that! I save very similar things to you. tickets & cards, ID cards & travel tickets. They really do bring back amazing memories. I recently decided to start a blogging memories book, but I've got a few things to pull together before making a start on that. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. I really should organise mine as well as I've just been chucking stuff in and hoping it will organise itself haha! What a lovely idea to start a blogging one, I suppose I don't really have anything blogging related in mine as everything is saved digitally in regards to that! xx

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  5. I really really loved this!! It's so lovely to keep a memory box, I have a box with all the decorations from my 40th and cards etc etc but not an actual memory box, I do keep everything though, I keep cards and I've got all the pictures my girls have drawn and school work and I've even kept their baby teeth when they lost them so I do have things just not in a box but I loved this and it was so kind of you to share your memories with us. lots of love xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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    1. I kept some of my 18th birthday decorations, badges etc. as well :) So lovely that you've got so many memories from over the years of the girls stored away! Glad you liked it! xx

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