22 November 2017

Five Magazines I Would Love to Read

I felt like I had been neglecting my blog recently but haven’t been very inspired to write an essay on anything in particular so I thought should share what I have been looking at quite a lot recently which is magazines. I keep looking up different magazines which I might be interested to read because I find it so difficult to find ones in the local corner shop that would really interest me.

Hopefully, there is something here that you might enjoy reading as well and recommend more magazines in the comments below for me to check out.

Lyra describes itself as having a bold feminine perspective on society, politics and the arts which sounds like everything I would be interested in because I don’t like magazines which focus too closely on one specific subject topic. It also looks like it has edgy and unique photography and design within so would be a great magazine to look at too. I like the idea of a feminine perspective because I don’t read too much with this kind of perspective even though I’m a female so I think this would bring new ideas to the way I think about different issues.

I have only very recently discovered Kajet Journal through Stack Magazines and am really intrigued to give this one a go. It is all about Eastern European encounters and hopes to break down stereotypes and misconceptions about the area. I think this sounds good because it will have new perspectives, a variety of writing styles and be informative. I don't know very much about Eastern Europe but would love to know more as I am always curious to find out about countries and cultures.

This one probably doesn’t count because I have already read issues 1, 3 and 4 of this magazine but I can’t wait to read 2 and 5-8 because I think they will be just as brilliant. I love the way they report on general themes with each issue including lots of different perspectives and using great photography and illustration to portray each article. I can’t wait to see what they do with their future issues and to feel to new magazines in my hands.

I am so sad that I have missed out on buying the Mind and Sex issues of this magazine because they look so good with informative articles and photographs to get straight to the point of each topic. I love the sound of some of the articles because they seem to be tackling taboo issues that aren’t talked about widely enough and this is something I am so interested to read about. Hopefully, I will be able to get the upcoming Beauty issue and they will reprint the others.

This is a small publication featuring the poetry of poets from all different backgrounds and fame levels. They select a broad unique theme for each issue and ask for submissions before compiling the magazine. I love the sound of this because I think there would be an amazing variety of talent, interpretation and types of poetry which would really interest me. I would also use it to get ideas for my own poetry and the kinds of things I could write about.

This is a more expensive magazine to the ones I have already listed but it definitely seems worth it. It is a magazine all about mental health and tackling more broadly the mental health that we all experience as a general population. They use long-form journalism and amazing photography to go in-depth on different topics and so far have an issue out themed around anger and an upcoming one on workaholism. I really would love to read this because of my interest in psychology and mental health but also to look at the more basic side rather than neuroses.

7 November 2017

I Wear a White Poppy For Armistice Day

Last year, I became very aware of Remembrance Day, the poppies people were choosing to wear and specifically what each one represented. At this point, I decided to change the way I remembered wars on Armistice Day by wearing a white poppy because I had never worn either poppy before and now realised what they symbolised.

31 October 2017

September + October 2017

VOLUNTEERING at a toddler group and childminders.
CELEBRATING Elliot's birthday with drinks.
GOING to the cinema with my grandparents to see Victoria and Abdul.
GETTING my right helix pierced.
BEING sad that all of my friends have left for university at by the end of September.
GAINING a First Response qualification.
CELEBRATING my brother's 16th birthday.
GOING to the Big Gig for Girlguiding: Louisa Johnson, Jasmine Thompson, Etham, Ella Eyre, Pixie Lott, 5 After Midnight, Emma Blackery.
SEEING Nicky Abbott, Conrad Sounds, The Hoosiers, Real Friends, As It Is, Neck Deep, Louis Berry, Eliza and the Bear, Anteros, Clean Cut Kid, Stereo Honey, Marigolds, The Extons, The Night Cafe, Paris Youth Foundation, Island, Will Joseph Cook, The Islas, Dodie, Greta Isaac, Declan McKenna and Feet live.
MAKING a new friend that I've been to a couple of gigs with.
GETTING two trials shifts at a bar/restaurant and then staying on there.
STARTING a new yoga class with my mum.
VOLUNTEERING for Norwich Science Festival for 4 days over two weeks which was a really good experience.
MAKING the final stage of the recruitment process for a mental health volunteering position but not actually getting the position.

24 October 2017

17 October 2017

Better For the Planet: Periods

This post is a collection of resources for having a sustainable menstrual cycle which has also been found to help alleviate other uncomfortable symptoms of your period. I hope you find an alternative to the regular pads and tampons in the world which are filling up our landfills and oceans and choose a new sustainable option.

10 October 2017

The News Dilemma + a Good News Revolution

Over this past year or so, I have found it increasingly difficult to keep up to date with the news. This is not because I have been busy or not had the time or wanted to stay uninformed, it is because I find it extremely difficult to watch and read the news when everything on it seems so awful and dire like there are no solutions to any of the problems and struggles in our world and there is pretty much no good news.

4 October 2017

When You Realise You've Fallen in Love | Poem

Your heartbeat escapes its cage
The feeling spreads through your body
A warmth, a calm
Flying high in the sky
Everything is united
All is right with the world

27 September 2017

Why I Am So Enthusiastic About Body Modification

It has been pointed out to me that I talk about body modification a lot of the time. And this only seems weird because I don’t have any tattoos and I only have two piercings on each earlobe and one helix piercing. This shows how for someone who rants about and gets excited about body modification, I really am not very modified at all and don’t know very much about how a lot of it even works, but I have noticed something about why I talk so much about it.

22 September 2017

Current Favourite Tattoo Artists

I have spent a lot of time recently discovering so many amazing and unique tattoo artists on instagram. I am using this to give me lots of different inspiration for the tattoos that I will eventually have on my body. I have found ones from all over the country who use different colour schemes and styles of tattoos and people who even get their own artwork tattooed on themselves.

15 September 2017

Two Global Crises | Poem

I wrote this poem in response to Ken Robinson's book, The Element. I wanted to portray the way he describes our natural resource crisis but also the new crisis which he highlights to do with our human resources. While reading his book, it becomes clear that what he is trying to show how we should all help to get everyone working at their potential and using the skills and talents that they have so that we can utilise our population as effectively as possible. I think this would also help to stem our first global crisis to do with our natural resources.