Monday, 1 January 2018

2018, PLEASE BE BETTER.

I don’t really know how but we did it but we did. Congratulations everyone; we survived 2017! Last year was not all rays of sunshine but as this year begins I think reflecting on some of the things we did as one world in 2017 is a good idea. This is one of my favourite blog posts to write because it fills me with a sense of hope that no matter how bad things get something good is waiting just around the corner.

Personally, 2017 was difficult. I know everyone says it but 2017 really was the most difficult year that I’ve faced so far. There’s been a lot of times where I’ve felt like quitting but with a little help from my friends and family, as well as some help medically, I think I’m getting back on track. Good days and bad days will continue to appear but I’m hopeful that the good days will be a lot more prominent in 2018. However, some good stuff happened in 2017. I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY, that’s the biggest highlight of my year. I went to watch Matilda on the West End. I got a job. I managed to keep an Instagram theme for about two weeks, I’m getting better see. In all seriousness though, I accomplished some stuff in 2017 and I’m proud of myself for that.



Publically, there were a lot of good things we did. 2017, here’s your list…
  • Gay marriage was legalized in Australia, Germany, Finland, Malta and a long list of other places
  • Scientists have found a way to successfully rebreed sections of the Great Barrier Reef
  • 80 heroic bystanders formed a human chain to save a drowning family on a Florida beach
  • The snow leopard has been taken off the endangered species list
  • Prince Harry got engaged to Meghan Markle
  • A 30-year-old man saved dozens of lives during the deadly shooting at a musical festival in Las Vegas
  • Israeli scientists announced a new treatment for ALS
  • Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, broke the US record for the most cumulative days spent in orbit
  • Southwest Airlines flew a plane full of puppies to help them escape from Hurricane Harvey
  • Scientists invented a spray gun that shoots stem cells onto burn victims to regrow their skin without scars
  • HIV/AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death in Africa
  • A homeless man who helped young survivors of the Manchester attack was given a home
  • Florida high school students started a club so that no one has to each lunch alone
  • A man sent 40 pounds of cookies to a soldier he’d never met
  • The nationwide drought in the USA is over after the last few years
  • A woman donated all the food from her cancelled $30,000 wedding to feed the homeless
  • The first Zero Waste Shop in the United Kingdom has opened
  • Canada has passed a Bill that bans airlines from removing passengers from overbooked flights and must offer compensation
  • The honey bee population has increased by 27%, researchers have also found an insecticide that doesn’t kill bees
  • Conservationists agreed to plant 73 million trees over the next 6 years in the Amazon rainforest. New Zealand’s next prime minister wants to plant 100 million trees next year
  • Denmark became debt free this past March for the first time in 183 years
  • Zimbabwe put a ban on the beating of all children in the country
  • In Lexington Kentucky, people who received parking tickets were able to pay them off by donating canned goods to the local food banks
  • A Colorado woman won $3.3 million in the lottery the same week she quit her job
  • A 98-year-old woman has written almost 7,000 letters to men and women serving in the armed forces
A lot of bad things happened this year, there’s no way of getting around it. There’s still a racist, sexist, bigoted man in charge of the free world. Too many talented people were taken from us such as Sir Bruce Forsyth, Chester Bennington, Roger Moore, John Heard, Edith Windsor, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Hardy, Chris Cornell with a long list of people following that. The world was shook by events such as Manchester, Las Vegas, Grenfell, London Bridge, Borough Market; with these being just a few that come to mind. These terrible tragedies need to end and as we hope and pray from the to stop it is the kindness and generosity that arises from these events fills me with a bit of hope in humanity that one day maybe, just maybe, the world will become a better place.

I recently watched Google's Year in Search video and it really hit home about everything that's happened in the world this year, I was actually sobbing at it by the end. It reminded me that no matter how bad things get, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. I definitely think you should give it a watch.


I guess there’s just one last thing to say to you all then; HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Thank you for all the support from you this year, I know I’ve been a bit absent in the old blogosphere this year but hopefully, we’re on the up and up again. Your support has carried me through this year and has kept my blogging spirits up in times of hardship. There will never be a thank you big enough to give all of you. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

BUSTING THE BLOGGERS BLOCK.

Life is not going great. Life is becoming extremely difficult. Life has been really tough at the minute.

I’ve been extremely absent for the past two months.

There’s no excuse. Well, there is but it’s generic, or at least it feels generic. That typical online excuse of life is overwhelming. I’m not ashamed to say it because it’s the truth, life IS overwhelming, just my mind is telling me that I sound way too generic. However, I think having any sort of influence on the internet, no matter how small it is, that it’s important to break down that fourth wall between blogger and reader – so here I am, talking about how overwhelming life is.

I don’t want to be a Debby Downer though, especially in the month of all things wonderful. That’s right; the blog is back for December and I’m DETERMINED to keep it up. I thought that in order to give you a little more insight into where I’ve been for the past few months with a little life update. After this extremely long-winded blog post, we’re going to hit the festivities and get Christmassy up in here!


Sixth Form
The bane of all my struggles, worries and problems in life at this current moment in time. I know that everyone says that A Levels and Sixth Form are the worst two years of your lives; however, the amount of difficulty that I am currently facing is really taking its toll on me. I’ve got no energy to do anything anymore, even writing an essay or reading a small passage is exhausting – I’ve just nothing useful or interesting to say about anything. Is it just me who seems to be in this sort of funk? Is it the pre-Christmas wind down when all I need is some good old-fashioned sleep? If anyone would like to send me some pre-Christmas energy then it’d be greatly appreciated. 

UCAS
I’M GOING TO UNIVERSITY! If you haven’t been following my social media accounts, more specifically Twitter, you won’t have seen that I got ALL FIVE of my university offers. There was a lot of mixed emotions whilst waiting for my offers; there was a lot of worry and panic over what I should’ve changed in my application whilst waiting, there was a lot of cheering when I got each of my offers, but there were tears of sheer joy when I received an offer from my top choice university. Knowing that there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel after sixth form has made me determined to do really well and try my best. I’m definitely going to be writing so university and application process blog posts over the next couple of months with it being something that I love to read about and watch YouTube videos on.

Blogger’s Block
Now, this is something that I’ve never had to deal with during my time on the blogosphere, but I guess it was going to come around eventually. No matter how well I wrote a blog post or got all the photos ready or planned a schedule it was absolutely impossible to be proud of something that I’d written, and I definitely wasn’t going to upload something that I wasn’t happy with. However, I think taking a prolonged break from the Internet has been a good thing for me, I mean I feel rejuvenated in what I want to write about and I’m excited to see what the New Year brings for our little corner on the blogosphere. Let me know if there’s anything that you definitely want to see throughout the New Year and well into 2018!

Christmas
In the month of all things merry I definitely want to end this blog post on a high note. December and Christmas are most definitely my favourite time of the year, and this year is definitely no different! The countdown to Christmas is most definitely on and the fact that I only have a few days left at sixth form until the holidays makes me so unbelievably happy. I have no idea what I’m getting for Christmas but I’m so excited about that because it leaves all the mystery to Christmas. I’ve cracked out the dark lipsticks, the red party dress and the tacky Christmas jumper, and I couldn’t be more excited! Do you know what you’re getting for Christmas? Are there any Christmas parties you’re going to? What are you excited about for Christmas? I want to know so leave a comment down below.

There it is my return to the blogosphere and a couple of things that I’ve been up to whilst I’ve been M.I.A. However, as we get back into the swing of things I want to start reading some new blogs and connecting with more bloggers, so leave me your links down below and I’ll give your blog a cheeky little look.