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Hush! It's a secret!! Part One

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This piece is entirely FICTION. I made it up completely and isn't linked to any real-life events. Although, I hope you can find something in it that teaches you something. This is only part one, part two is coming shortly! (I'll tweet when!)
Dear Diary,
OMG, I am going to die.
If I don't spontaneously combust of embarrassment anytime soon then someone is going to smother me with a pencil case.
I NEED to get out of here and fast. FIRST, I completely betrayed my best friend. SECOND, I made fake friends with the biggest snob in school and THIRD, the whole school is dying with laughter over my 'juicy' diary pages that are now spread over the entire internet. Also, there's the tiny fact that I slapped the most popular girl in school...
But let's start from the beginning.
I regularly keep a diary. I take it everywhere with me and write every little gossipy detail of school life down in it's ruled pages. I seem to always know too much. I'm always in the r…

The Definition of Life

Life - The existence of an individual human or animal Think to yourself. What is life for you? Is it simply breathing air and pumping blood or is it about your soul. About dancing in the rain and singing in the sunshine. Reflect on what you believe. Have you ever stopped to think about this before? For me, I want life to be an adventure. I want to .

The Web of Life Living isn’t just about you though. It is about everyone around you and their ways of crossing your path. Life is like a web made up of everyone’s experiences. It is a network that you would be nothing without. Imagine living and not meeting anyone. Not knowing what another person’s voice, touch and smell is like. It is impossible. Life is about the people that affect you even in the smallest of ways. Even if you’re the most devout introvert, there will always be someone who has touched your heart. And that’s why it hurts so much when a part of that web is broken, taken away. When someone dies.

Death I want to be able to look ba…

I Am, I Am, I Am Seventeen Brushes With Death Book Review

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The book I'm reading fits perfectly into the theme of this week - Life. Released on the 22nd of August, this book is inspirational. I have only read a few chapters but I'm already in love. I Am I Am I Am, Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O'Farrell is by far one of the best memoirs I have read. The praise for this book only reiterates this;


- 'Magnificent...perceptive, profound and page-turning in equal measures' Cathy Rentzenbrink
- 'Grips at the heart' The Sunday Times
- 'Technically dazzling and deeply moving' Observer
This book is about Maggie's brushes with death, hence the title and it is the perfect way to discover what life should really mean. In each chapter, you are taken away to another world, to Maggie's life and you watch as the very meaning of existence is transformed. One thing I really like is the fact that the chapters aren't in chronological order. This may seem annoying but actually, it keeps you on your toes. It…

Live Laugh Love

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This week, the theme is living and I thought I'd start things off with a story I wrote a few days back. This story is about the value of life more than anything. Before and after you read this, think about what life means to you, and the lives of those around you. What would you do to keep them living and laughing and loving?

I should’ve known that something was wrong. I should’ve seen it her eyes. The way they looked down and never saw the light. I should’ve felt it when she walked into the room. Known somehow, something wasn’t right. "You couldn’t have known,” they said, “no-one would have in your situation.” But I did. I just didn’t realise, and now the whole world is crashing and burning because Eden, my Eden, isn’t there to hold it up anymore.
The Day it Happened The sun was just starting to rise on a dark winters morning and the birds were calling it to shine. The frost twinkled in the growing light and the snow crunched beneath my feet. Under my thick winter coat was my f…

I'm back. Maybe for good.

OMG. I'm actually blogging! I have returned. And I hope it's for good but I really don't know. I expect that I'm going to flick in and out of the routine of updating this blog in the future just the same as I previously have. I think this is because I'm still finding my way. Sometimes I long for my blog. I have so many things to write down. Other times I have nothing to say. Even though I love writing for all my readers, my blog is primarily for me. It is my way of finding myself and it's there when I need it. I hope you can understand. And if you, reader, ever feel lost or in need of a blank page to express yourself to those around you, I would definitely recommend starting a blog. I got so excited about beginning this again but I have realised I'm not starting over. I am simply returning to my blog and building on what is already here. What I have already achieved. Last time I did one of these 'blog resurrections' I redesigned everything. This tim…

Book Reviews

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This is the second half of the collab with Arabella - our monthly book reviews. Here is mine...
The Divergent Series By Veronica Roth
Recently, I have started to read the divergent series again. It was a long time since I read the books so I don't remember the exact story line and I have heard the films (which I have watched recently) are very different to the books. The divergent series is a fictional tale - spread over three books with a fourth spin off.  It is set in a futuristic world that is subject to all the usual sufferings and troubles. But what sets this world apart is the strong and amazing characters that fight strong and hard for what is right.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys creating a whole world in their head with the help of words. The book provides an escape with different problems and worries that can capture and excite you. If you have read and enjoyed either the hunger games or the maze runner then you will feel right at home with this book an…

Book reviews

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Hi guys. Arabella and I have teamed up again to do a book review, (our first post together was a Q&A). Today is Arabella's turn and tomorrow you'll get to here mine. Enjoy!

Hiya all, Arabella here from Acting Natural. I’ve got a cool, non-fiction book for you all today that I’m going to do a mini review on. It’s a book that’s really excited me and I hope that it’ll do the same for you guys as well!
LIVE TO GIVE By Austin Gutwein.



GOD DOESN’T NEED YOUR HELP. BUT HE DEFINTELY WANTS IT.
LIVE TO GIVE is Austin’s second book, take your best shot being his first. However, you don’t need to have read the first one to understand this one. It’s a book all about discovering and unpacking the unique gifts and skills that God’s given each and every one of us. Wrote by a teenager for teenagers, Austin explores how even a small gift, that might seem useless in our own eyes, can have such an amazing impact on your own life and especially in the lives of your neighbours, if you just give your gif…

Religion.2

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I think God is important. Not everyone does. This post is about my connection with God. It's not to meant be a self centered post - many feel very similar to me. This post is about informing everyone, even those who don't believe in God, about why I (and many others) follow God's teachings.  So I hope this posts helps everyone to understand a bit more about religion as a whole.

In this post I talk more about the Christian faith - specifically protestant. This is because that is the religion I follow. However, this post can relate to any religion. Don't let yourself fell excluded and son't feel like I am pressuring you to follow a religion. This is to inform people.

Why you should follow God - or any religion.
For me, God is a comfort. Knowing that I can turn to him means that I never feel alone. The bible also helps me because when I'm not sure which way to turn or how to act in a ertain situations, I can consult it. This helps me to feel confident in my actions…

Q and A with Arabella

Hi there all!
Arabella here from Acting Natural. Today Sophie has very kindly let me take over her blog for a bit to answer some questions about myself and an area that I hold very closely to me, what’s being body positive.
As Sophie mentioned in her other post, we’ve teamed up to do some book review and thought it’d be good to do a quick Q&A first. At the end, I’m going to put a link and a bit of information at the end about my blog. So, I’m going to stop rambling and jump right into the questions for you.


1. Why do we need to talk about being body positive?
Right now, technology is moving forward so quickly, i's the norm for us to have a phone, tablet or laptop and people from younger ages are having assess to this equipment. This is cool and great but it also means that access to the internet and social media is far easier than ever before. There's an increasing amount of pressure being put on to girls and guys or anyone else to be a certain way, especially in their bodie…

Questions and Answers from Acting Natural

Good day/evening/middle of the night!! Today I have some questions from Acting Natural and these are my answers...

1) How would you describe yourself as a person? I would say I am bubbly and energetic a lot of the time but often I am reserved and someone who listens. Sometimes I have moments when I stand back and look hard at who I am and who I want to be. This usually makes me feel a bit sad because I feel like I’m a different person to what people think I am. But I hopes this changes – I’ve got awhile and I will try to evolve my personality over time so it reflects me more.
2) Do you have any role models?             I think a really big role model for me is Emma Watson because of her activist work but the people around me in everyday life – such as my friends, family and teachers – play a big part too.
3)Have you ever moved to a new house or changed school? If so, do you think this has changed you as a person and how?             I have moved 3 times but I only remember the most recent o…

Hair

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Originally, I started this post with a rant about the weather. Then I realised that there are definitely some better things to talk and complain about. I feel like a lot of privileged people (not all) complain so much about so little and they just need to open their eyes and realise what's going on around them. And I'm not having a go at those people. When it comes down to it, I can often be that way. It's so easy to fall into little habits and forget about the big picture.

Well I hope that gave you something to think about. Now on with the post. 
Today I had my hair cut. My hair used to be just below my shoulder and now it is a hairline bob. For me, this wasn't much of a change as about year ago I did the same thing. I had my first fringe cut in since I was two but again, it's not that big of a deal. However, having my hair cut made me think about the way hair is represented and how it represents the individual. Especially in being 'feminine' or 'masc…

Let's change things up...

Recently I haven't posted at all. My last post was on April 19th. That's 40 days ago. I think it's because I just haven't found my niche. I know that to find it I need to persevere, but for me to do that, I have to be interested and I just wasn't. So I've changed it up a bit - new look, new theme and, hopefully, a new drive to post and share my thoughts and experiences. I feel like I've come along way since I first started this blog and I really haven't been sharing that like I thought I would, I read my first post and I suddenly feel inspired to be who I want to be. Shout at the top of my voice and not care who hears because even though I said those things at the beginning, I've been so worried about upsetting people or being judged. I can't let that happen. So, I will start again. Pick myself up. That doesn't mean I'm going to drop everything I've achieved though. I'm just going to try again. I hope that I carry on posting... T…

Work out

Recently, I have becoming more self-conscious of the fact that I barely ever work out! I cycle to school and back every day though so it's not too bad but I'd like to do a bit more. So today I found some different work outs and believe me - everything hurts!! I did quite a tough one today, trying different things out but I've now drawn up a schedule which means it won't be too difficult to juggle homework, exercise and having fun.
Anyway... Till next time
Sophie xxx
(I'm trying to post almost everyday now which is why this post is so short!)

Car Journey

Hi.x I've just been on a 4 and a half hour car journey to Wales and it was exhausting. Some how I always get more tired riding in a car the whole day thatn if I were doing something productive that you would think needed lots of energy. Living in the south of England with family in Wales means that I am used to this kind of thing but still.
Whenever I'm in the car I have a few things I always want to get done and I'm convinced I'm going to do. I've made a list...  - Finish my music theory  - Write a blog post  - Do some homework  - Do some computer programming  - Read a book Pretty simple write? Not much and plenty of time. Wrong! This is what I actually do in the car...  - Make a nest out of pillows and blankets  - Watch pointless movies  - Read a book for 5 minutes then feel sick  - Waste all my phone data watching you tube  - Attempt to sleep So you see? I do try to be productive but it's always really hard.  About thatlast point too. I never seem to be able…

Please, don't judge me

Don't judge me because I'm
Black
White
Or pink

Don't judge me because I'm
Young
Old
Or in-between

Don't judge me because I'm
a girl
a boy
or someone else

Don't judge me even when you've
met me
loved me
and known me

Don't judge me even when I've
hurt you
judged you
or pushed you away

Do not be quick to make assumptions
Only assume
I have a past
a beginning
secrets

please... do not judge me.x

Wow so,  my first poem. I used to hate poems but then I realised that they could be used to express things that long paragraphs couldn't. I never really plan any of my blog posts. There all written on a whim. This one is no exception. That doesn't mean there is no effort in them though. No matter what I'm posting, I work hard on it. So just bear that in mind.
Love Sophie.xxx

My first story time...

Ok so recently I have been absolutely obsessed with The Gabbie Show! I have watched so many of her videos and my favourite are most definitely her story times. I thought it would be a good idea to try this as my original idea for having my blog was to vent some of my angers. But I'm always so afraid of who is going to read it or who is gonna be offended. So I'll change the names obviously and I will try and leave a rather large space between the incident happening and me writing about it.x So here is a story about P.E. Sorry if it seems a bit silly and that I'm complaining about the stupid little things but remember I'm only a teenager- and a young one at that so give me the benefit of the doubt!
At the time (absolutely ages ago now! lol) we were doing gym in P.E. Annoyingly we were mixed with the boys. Boys are a pain. I mean girls are too. But in different ways. At the end of the lesson, we were all packing away the mats. You have to work in pairs to lug the mats ove…