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.

30 August 2017

July + August 2017

SEEING bands live: Vant, Black Shuk, We'll Be Dectectives:

I have a copy of Vant’s debut album, Dumb Blood, so was looking forward to seeing them play my favourite tracks at the intimate Waterfront Studio. The support acts are both Norwich based and full of energy. Black Shuk, an indie funk rock band, got the early crowd excited first with tracks from their recent EP, Inertia. Lead singer Harry Buxton’s presence on stage helped to engage the audience with a slick confidence throughout their set as they mixed up different genres. We’ll Be Detectives were up next; a more simply defined alternative rock band. Even with a quieter stage presence, they were successful in rocking the packed venue with songs like Somebody and Better Than Me.

30 June 2017

May + June 2017

SEEING bands live: Rat Boy, Kooks, High Tyde, Fickle Friends, The Sherlocks, The Selector, The Beat, Nothing But Thieves, Airways, Cortes.
WATCHING a performance about refugees called We Meet In Paradise for the NNF17.
VOTING twice for the first time: local councillor elections and a general election:

When I turned 18 and could be a voting constituent, everyone older than me told me how empowering it would be to be able to put my very own cross in the box on a ballot paper and see how I had influenced a vote for my area. The first time I could vote was for the councillors and I chose to vote for the Green party because I felt that I strongly believed in all of their policies and that they had a good chance of winning a councillor seat where I lived.

Putting my cross in the box next to the Green party candidate for that vote, I hoped would leave me feeling like I had acted with what I believed in and there would be fireworks and celebration. Obviously, it wasn't quite like that, but it did feel good to know that I had used a right that had been given to me by the people of the suffragette movement 100 years ago. I think it is always important to remember with every vote in our country about the history of divisions in the voting system and how until not long ago it would only have been the richest men voting for matters that affect all of us.

There was a snap general election in June decided by Theresa May of the Tory party because she wanted to be able to have a bigger majority to make the UK's process through Brexit a little smoother for herself and her party so they could do it the way they wanted. Thankfully, this did not happen and I believe that is because of the most recent leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, who brought his own beliefs to the table and showed a new perspective and way of life to the younger voters in the country.

In my constituency, the Conservative party won by only 500 votes, which shows that it is possible for Labour to do better and made the Conservative's lose a lot of confidence in themselves as a party. However, after all of this snap election mess, it has meant that the Brexit process has been slow and indecisive about the approach the country should take and what the people really voted for in the referendum last year.
GETTING new glasses.
WATCHING Coraline with Caleb.
WINNING a giveaway from Sian Richardson of Fresh By Sian where I got some beautiful postcards, a book, and a notebook - wow!
LOVING an art exhibition called Rise Up! by David Mabb.
BEING bought a tiny cactus by mum.
HAVING my brother get 3 gold medals in a karate competition.
MAKING food for the Soup Kitchen at Rainbows.
ENJOYING the beautiful sun.
WATCHING and HELPING at Pimp My Barrow 2017.
CELEBRATING two years with my boyfriend.
DOING my A level exams, eek.
CELEBRATING the end of exams with my first night out clubbing.
WINNING a psychology award at the leavers assembly and loving Cartledge's speech about me and my end of year sass and good humour to get me through.
GOING for a meal out with my grandparents to celebrate.
DOING thank you cards for all my favourite sixth form teachers and loving how they reacted.

19 May 2017

Feel the Fear... and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway has been the most life enhancing and life-changing book I have ever read.

A bit like a manual for life, the book quickly delves straight into common sense ways for you to stop being so fearful and make yourself happy in your life. The book splits into chapters which begin with the most simple concepts and process to the ideas which help to bring everything together to improve your experience of life. By doing it in this way, Jeffers has made sure that we don't get frightened away in the first pages by the massive but rewarding task of removing fear from our lives.