My unexplained blogging absence
Soooo... I'm back!!! Yes it's been a while, I know and I'm sorry. Now that I really want to get back into blogging, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to explain why I have gotten out of blogging in the first place. Chances are this is going to be a wonderfully inconsistent rambling mess, so bear with.
Bells, batons and beer | An ode to morris dancing
I am all for self expression. I pour my heart and soul into written words, whilst others will mirror their personality in art, sport, music or dance. Upon hearing that my cousin and his wife would soon be Morris dancing in my local town centre, I was admittedly skeptical. Morris dancing is something that I've never paid too much attention to - but from a complete outsider's opinion, it did seem rather odd. Despite this, I was one of the many people of Stourbridge who accumulated in their masses, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed watching the dancing.
My secret wonderland of guilty pleasures
I've been resorting a lot lately to my guilty pleasures as a source of happiness. It's no bad thing - but the word guilty is there for a reason. Guilty pleasures are defined as things we like or enjoy that we inwardly believe we shouldn't, despite the increased happiness and sense of fulfilment triggered by them. But sometimes life get's hard and our guilty pleasures are our comfort blanket, a sure fire solution that will make us feel happy and safe, no matter what.
GIRLS ON TOUR #1 - The London Edition
Chelsea and I have been best friends for seven years, seven WHOLE years - and yet we had only ever been to London together, the promise land of a glam, sex and the city just without the sex style girls day out, once on a school trip. However, this would soon change. I booked this week off work and, with the intention of going to London on Thursday, Chelsea and I of course didn't put a plan in place - not even looking at train times - until 9.00pm on Wednesday night. Whoops... Fast forward to 10.30am on the Thursday morning and we arrived at Stourbridge Junction train station; with girly dresses and red lips, we were ready to take London by storm and unleash the city girls we were born to be.
This is not a pity party
So for the last month I've taken somewhat of an extended blogging break- I wouldn't call it completely intentional, but sometimes life gets in the way and you have to focus on you. Life hasn't exactly been easy lately; outside of work I am studying for a digital marketing diploma and - in true Sarah style- I let the stress of one little assignment dominate my life which soon became a constant raincloud hanging above my head. It rained and rained.... and rained, but with a great support network and my own perseverance, the clouds began to part to reveal a glimmer of light and I managed to submit an assignment that I couldn't be more proud of.
The Liebster Award | Creativity never goes out of style
We live in a digital world; a world with hundreds upon thousands of budding bloggers can let loose in their own corner of the internet, making it theirs like a bedroom waiting to be decorated. There is often the worry with blogging that your voice will go unheard, it will be just another addition to the millions of others on the internet, lost in a sea of noise. But then there is the Liebster Award, an award for bloggers with less than 200 followers that aims to recognise smaller blogs and help bloggers get to know each other.
Oldswinford Coffee Lounge
Be an explorer of your home town. I love that notion. The idea there is more than meets the eye, that beneath every town is its undiscovered gems (I love that phrase), waiting to be found by its inhabitants who live in their ignorant bliss, unaware of the little beauties their town offers.
My 2015 Reading List
I hold my hands up. Since doing my A-levels, I hardly read anything in my free time anymore. I suppose it's kind of ironic, considering I was an English Literature student and English was, and always will be, my favourite subject. As a child I used to be the definition of a bookworm- piles of books would be sat on my bed side table that I would effortlessly get through, plunging into the world of the written word and having to be prompted by my parents to stop reading and go to sleep, which didn't seem anywhere near as exciting as reading.
Thank you, 2014.
2014 has been such an incredible year for me- my dad quite rightly described it as 'the year of change.' I have wanted to do this post for a while, but something has been holding me back and I have been reluctant. Perhaps because whilst 2014 was one of the best years of my life, it was also laced with a lot of challenges that equally made it quite difficult. But I affirm that 2014 was my year and, without sounding too cliche, I believe that everything happens for a reason and in the main, that reason is to make us stronger and teach us a lesson about ourselves. 2014 has given me so much and wanted to document the year on my blog, like writing in a diary, so that in years to come, I can look back with happy memories and the knowledge that it was a fantastic year.
The Warehouse Cafe
"Undiscovered gem" is possibly my new favourite phrase. I love how it suggests there is more than meets the eye, that beneath the surface of everyday life lies something extraordinary, waiting to be found by hopeless wanderers. Hidden away in the old, industrial Digbeth, Birmingham, is The Warehouse Cafe, a restaurant offering a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. My best friend Chelsea and I went a few weeks ago to celebrate her 19th birthday...
The truth behind blogging inadequacy
I'm staring at a blank blog post. It gazes back mockingly, willing me to tap away at my keyboard and muster something up. Writing, that's where my blogging journey began - with an unadulterated and irrevocable passion for telling stories and painting a picture with words. Whilst this passion will burn eternally, this has recently been overshadowed by my feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction towards my blog, feelings that have been present in the last few months.
Birmingham Blogger Meet | My first blogging event!
Just two days ago, I headed over to Birmingham for my first ever blogging event. Hosted by the lovely Abbigayle, the event took place at The Body Shop on New Street and was a 'Blogger Beauty Game Night,' giving us chance to take part in beauty workshops, play some games and more importantly, meet fellow Birmingham based bloggers.
'Little Waitrose,' questionable dog names and a family day out in Knutsford
A few Sunday's ago, my Mom, Dad, brother James and I spent a day in Knutsford (a small town in Cheshire) visiting some of my mom's side of the family and, in all honesty, it was too lovely not to blog about. After a car journey consisting of me having a cheeky two hour nap, we arrived in Knutsford to be greeted by beautiful old fashioned buildings and small winding roads that I just wanted to explore.
My thoughts on the 'Drunk Girl in Public' hoax
When I first saw the 'Drunk Girl in Public' video, I sat with my jaw open, in complete shock. Angry, upset, worried - I found it horrifying that so many men would try to take advantage of a young woman who was clearly very vulnerable and in no position to make any rational decisions. Yes she was an actress who was more than aware of what was going on, but the video aimed to present the real behaviour of men towards a drunk girl.
5 Things 'Mean Girls' taught me about being a woman
They bought us Cady Heron, a battle of high school bitchiness and people forever saying 'your mom's chest hair!' in conversation (my favourite quote), and last week the cast of Mean Girls reunited for Entertainment Weekly's latest issue. In honour of the fabulous Tina Fey (*does a saluting action*), wearing pink on Wednesday's and a film that is too fetch for words, I have compiled a list of five of the most important lessons we can learn from Mean Girls.
The joy of awkward situations
As I delve/plunge hopelessly into my adult life, I would love to be a social butterfly, gliding effortlessly between different people and situations, to later find myself calm, collected and perhaps, even a tad sophisticated. The reality? I am an 18 year old girl who, despite being socially competent, finds myself at the centre of awkward situations and can do nothing more than go a baboon's bum shade of red before proceeding to go home and cringe in private.
We need to talk about mental illness
In light of the recent revelations that former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes is back under psychiatric hold after being released from her treatment in December 2013, I feel it is only right that awareness is raised of both the facts and stigma behind mental illness.
Intricate little details | Life update
No matter how much I want to, I'm always so reluctant to do a 'life update' post. Whilst I love reading those of fellow bloggers and having a good nose into their lives, I just feel that when I do one I'm, in all honesty, being a bit lazy and taking the easy route. And of course, there's always the worry of 'who cares?' But I care, I care about what I write, the way that the words rise and fall each like a wave contributing to a sea of thoughts, ideas and musings. Whilst I love writing deep posts that mean so much to me, sometimes I just want to tell my story- the little details that, woven together, make up my life.
Zombie Walk Birmingham 2014
Last Saturday sheer chaos erupted in Birmingham, marking the invasion of flesh eating zombies to Birmingham City Centre, all with one united goal- to obtain brains. Luckily for the sake of life as we know it, this was no real zombie invasion and instead, was a charity event in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Carpe Diem | Seize the day
It is rare that I am so moved and inspired by a film that it influences me to change my outlook on life. Since the tragic death of Robin Williams, I have embraced the sheer talent he brought to the world by watching just a few of his many films. 'Dead Poet's Society' is a film starring Williams that, until a few days ago, I had never watched, however after seeing so many clips of it emerge in recent weeks, I knew it would be something special.
Clouded Vision | Moral dilemma's of an 18 year old
In theory, decision making shouldn't be a strenuous process. The simple matter of yes or no, supported by your own judgement and knowledge. But when you find yourself lost in a mist of potential consequences and amongst words such as 'should I' and 'what will happen,' it suddenly becomes much harder to distinguish the best path to follow.
Tenerife | Island of Paradise
Tenerife, an island of exquisite beauty, glorious sunshine and absolutely lovely people- and island that my family and I were lucky enough to go on holiday to. As one of the Canary Islands just off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is (arguably) ridiculously hot, which meant that for the family of snowmen that we were, the factor 50 + suncream was a must!
A moment of appreciation
In every week comes moments of extraordinary and unconditional happiness, moments that are too special not to look back at and appreciate. My boyfriend Rob never stops making me feel so special and happy, and it is only in the last few weeks that I've started capturing our memories to put on my blog.
How to beat the blogger blues
On the surface, we say that stats aren't important. We tell the world that we don't mind if we don't get lots of views and comments, as it is being able to have our own little slice of the internet to decorate with our voices that matters most. But what is beneath this fluffy surface of happiness and content?
A dreamer who wants to do more than exist
I like to think of myself as a dreamer. Forever am I sat day dreaming about the opportunities I want to embrace, the stories that I can make and tell in years to come. Since finishing my A-levels, this desire has become more apparent. Perhaps it is because I spent so much of exam time feeling stressed or wishing I could be out having fun, but lately I've started to see life in a different light- as something that I can't just let move by whilst I sit around eating cookies and watching Friends.
Diving out of my comfort zone into the magical mist of Bellowhead
As a Beyonce/Justin Timberlake kind of gal, I was a bit apprehensive when I was asked by my boyfriend Rob to see contemporary folk band, Bellowhead at Ludlow Castle. In all honesty, I'd never really made the effort to listen to folk music and just tended to dismiss it as 'not my thing.' However, since leaving school I have decided that I want to take a leap of faith out of my comfort zone and make the most of every opportunity that comes my way- a bit like Jim Carey in 'The Yes Man.' With this new, open mindset, I said a big 'YES' to seeing Bellowhead, a decision that lead to a whirlwind of dancing, happiness and most importantly, unforgettable memories.
Summer Plans | Summer sun, something's begun
As the glorious sun continues to 'put his hat on' and grace the UK with his presence (as well as helping pale people like myself to become a lovely shade of pink) it would appear that summertime is finally upon us. If you're like me, then you will have been impatiently waiting for the moment to shove that knitted jumper and those fluffy socks to the back of the wardrobe and victoriously dig out your favourite shorts to strut around in- even if you're only planning to stay in the house and do nothing.
My Sixth Form Leaver's Ball
Last Friday I had what was was single-handedly one of the most magical, exciting and 'memorable evenings of my life- my sixth form Leaver's Ball.
Life Decisions | 'Choose a life that feels good on the inside.'
Once a girl, now a woman, I find myself entering an adult world dominated by major life decisions. However, with the constant pressure of trying to secure ourselves a good future, there now comes an overwhelming responsibility on young people to know what we want to do with the rest of our lives, when realistically, so many people don't.
The Year of Change | On the road again, 18th and A-levels
Hey guys! I can't believe it's been over 3 months since I last posted- that's ridiculous! As the title says, I've been pretty busy these last few months with the, ahem, delight (aka stress) of A-levels, so I haven't had the time to commit to my blog. But at last, my guardian angel has saved me and I've finished my exams *does a happy dance*, which also marks a big change in my life- the end of my time as a school student. In the words of my Dad, 2014 is 'the year of change,' so I thought I'd do a little post to show you what has changed in my life in the past 3 months!
Stress less- smile more :)
Stress is something that affects everyone. Whatever it may be due to- family, school work, social pressure, it is something that we unfortunately cannot escape and will experience for the rest of our lives. As a child, my primary school teachers would always describe me as a 'worrier' and this has been a dominant quality that has been existent throughout my teenage life.
Page 3: The Modern Day Height of Female Objectification
In a world where women have the power to vote, have equal employment rights to men and are no longer seen as inferior beings that should just stay in the kitchen, we would assume that with the transience of time, female objectification would gradually die down. However, we equally live in a world where women are seen as creatures to lust for, oggle at and generally perv over- this being most prominent in Page 3 of 'The Sun' newspaper.
'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'- The Musical!
It is no secret that as well as being a 'self diagnosed biscuit addict' I am also an avid reader and as a child, I could often be found with my nose in the books of Roald Dahl. From my first Roald Dahl book- 'Fantastic Mr Fox'- to some of my later favourites such as 'James' Marvellous Medicine,' I loved how Dahl had no boundaries to his imagination and was able to paint pictures in my mind with the power of his writing. However, nothing compared to his novel 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' ....
Liebster Award 2
Hey guys! I'm delighted to say that I have been nominated for my second Liebster award- this time it's from the lovely Nadine over at http://www.afrobritchick.com/! Thank you so much Nadine, it's always nice to know that people have noticed your blog- let alone nominated you for an award! Everyone make sure you check out Nadine's amazing blog :)
25 facts about me!
Hey everyone! So from the title, you're probably thinking 'This isn't one of Sarah's usual posts'... and you're right, it's not! When it comes to my blog, I like to showcase my opinions and writing more than anything and worry that doing posts like detract from the purpose of Imagine Dream Write. However, I love having the freedom to write absolutely anything on my little corner of the internet and thought that you might want to know a little bit more about the girl behind the blog. So without further ado, here are 25 facts you probably didn't know about me!
Happy New Year: How I plan to make 2014 the best year yet!
Happy New Year, everyone! Can you believe it's 2014 already? And, more importantly, where on earth did 2013 go? I hope you all had a wonderful and memorable New Years Eve surrounded by some of your favourite people! I had a lovely evening with my boyfriend Rob and his family and friends, consisting of lots of yummy food, some competitive 'bop it' games and laughs all round.
'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'- Start your New Years Day the Ron Burgundy way!
As 2013 draws to a close, an event that I have been eagerly anticipating ALL YEAR happened last Saturday, an event that I hasten to add, did not disappoint. I saw *drumroll*....'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues!' After practically falling in love with the first film and being able to quote more lines than I should, it's no secret that I was uber uber excited to see what would happen next for Ron Burgundy and The Channel 4 news team.
The Sunflower Blogger Button
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Hello everyone and, more importantly, HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! Oh, I am so excited! Sorry, I will try to control myself. Since I probably won't be blogging much for the next few days, I wanted to post a super duper quick message to everyone.
Dylan dangles... the double standards
It was a cold, winter's night and I was snuggled up innocently on the sofa, watching Celebrity Juice. I thought it best to force myself away from the temptations of social networks that evening, and so I was about to log off Twitter. I noticed that one of my childhood heroes, Dylan Sprouse who played Zak in 'The Suite Life of Zak and Cody' was trending and felt the need to click on his name to find out why.
The Christmas Tag
Ok, I may not have actually been tagged for this (*cries*), but I couldn't resist doing a cheeky little post about Christmas! Coincidentally, we are in the 10 day run up to Christmas and I don't know about you- but I am rather excited.
Happy 1st December, everyone!
Ok guys, it's official.... it's the most wonderful time of the year! And why is that? It's the 1st December, of course! Every year I am forever singing Christmas songs six months early and want to watch my favourite Christmas films by the fire, and now the time has finally arrived!
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire- A very close rival to the AMAZING book
After completely and utterly falling head over heels in love with the first Hunger Games film, I couldn't resist the opportunity of seeing Catching Fire with my family on Sunday (and not just because my dad was paying!). I have to admit, with all the hype leading up to it and of course, with the large success of the first film, I couldn't help but wonder whether the second one would leave the world wanting more. However, this was not the case with Catching Fire as for the entire 142 minutes, my eyes remained glued to the screen in the hope that I wouldn't miss a single second of the film.
The Liebster Award!!!
Hey everyone! I am delighted to announce that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Iria at www.sweetmotherofchaos.blogspot.com.
To read my answers to her questions and to see the lovely ladies that I have nominated for the award, click the link below!
A little bit of lifestyle from Sarah!
Hey everyone! Ok, it is quite rare for me to do a lifestyle based post as this blog was designed to showcase my writing, HOWEVER, I thought I would share a very quick something with you that is on my mind. I wonder.... can you guess from the picture below?
'One Day'- a perceptive, moving and poignant novel set to be a modern classic
Although I am a raving bookworm and 'devour books' according to my Dad, it is rare for me to become entranced in the world of literature as I always have something else on my mind and acting as a distraction in the background. However, after five minutes I became completely and utterly lost in One Day and the intertwining lives of its main characters Emma and Dexter.
Hello all- and more importantly, Happy Halloween! That time of year has come around once again, and I felt it would be appropriate to do a mini post! I'm going to be honest with you, I'm not actually doing anything for Halloween this year (dun, dun.... DUN!). However, I did go to a Halloween party at sixth form last week, pictured below.
Whilst, I'm being honest, I might as well tell you that I am proud to say that my costume cost me the fabulous grand total of £1 from Poundland. Yes, you heard me! After spending ages trying to decide on costumes, my friends and I decided to go as Fallen Angels and Devils, and as it was rather last minute, we made a trek to Poundland and bought a set of horns, a tail and a trident, each.
Although I enjoy dressing up, I've never really done that much for Halloween and.... I have never been trick or treating. Is that bad? Apparently it is, but I don't really see the appeal of asking strangers for free food, when all I am going to do is stand there in a Halloween costume (even if free food is usually yummy).
The first time I took a big interest in Halloween was in 2010 when my friends and I decided to go to Nandos for a meal... dressed up. The overall reception from the staff wasn't brilliant, we got a few dodgy looks and whispers from grumpy Halloween-haters, but in the words of Miranda Hart, it was 'such fun!' The picture below shows my best friend Chelsea and I, as a smurf and a corpse bride!
So readers, are you doing much for Halloween today? Trick or treating, perhaps? You can tell me what I am missing out on, apart from the free food. Also, I'd love to know what you are dressing up as- the wackier, the better! I hope you have a very happy and spooky Halloween! Sorry, I had to get a bad pun in there sometime!
My First Written Poem: 'The Storm'
In my creative writing group at sixth form, I was recently asked to write a poem related to the theme of 'voice.' I have to admit, I have never attempted to write a serious piece of poetry, so this task was very daunting. Nevertheless, I managed to write a poem.
How to REALISTICALLY cope with 'one of those days'
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all have them. Those days where everything seems to be going wrong and all we want most in the world is to repeatedly plunge under a rock to escape from the demon that is 'life.' Of course, running away won't solve anything, nor will it make you feel even remotely better. With this miniature guide, I am to equip each and everyone of you with at least one feel-good tool that will help to 'turn that frown upside down' and make you think 'Hey, maybe life isn't out to get me.'
The Winner of theclubandspa competition is...
Since the end of August, I have been running a competition with theclubandspa for one of my readers to win two tickets to experience a day of pampering, relaxation and pure bliss. Earlier today, I visited theclubandspa in Birmingham to make the prize draw with one of the members of staff (so that the draw was completely fair and made at random). I can now confirm, with photographic evidence, that the winner of two tickets to theclubandspa is.......
5 movie characters that I want to be friends with
When I watch a movie, I tend to find that the first thing I notice isn't the quality of the film, but rather the likeability of the characters. Reasonable enough; the directors want their characters to be portrayed in a certain way so that they can evoke a different response from the audience. However, some may say I take this one step too far. After judging whether or not I can bring myself to 'like' a certain character, I will wonder, if they were a real person- would I be friends with them?
Weekend wisdom: 'Don't look back, unless it is a good view'
Hello all! I hope you've had a lovely weekend! The picture above me shows none other than the fabulous character Edna Mode from the Pixar film 'The Incredibles.' You may be wondering what on earth Ms Mode has to do with my weekend wisdom, but I can assure you that what she is saying is very relevant.
Happy National Poetry Day!
Hello all! First of all I have to apologise for my lack of posts recently! School work is starting to mount up and it is becoming more difficult to blog regularly and keep up with my work. Secondly, I must say- Happy National Poetry Day (ooh, that rhymed)! Today is the day in the UK where we are apparently celebrating poetry, so I thought I'd share my favourite poem with you all.
Do child beauty pageants take a quest for perfection too far?
"Every girl dreams of being a princess," a quote very true for someone like me who idolised the Disney princesses in my childhood. After watching films like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, I longed to be able to be like those princesses who seemed to have the perfect lives. Can you blame me? With their faultless looks, beautiful singing voices and their painless ability to find their Prince Charming, it was safe to say that I was a girl who dreamed of being a princess. However, I believe the idea of little girls being a princess and feeling 'beautiful' has become distorted and seems to condone what I see as one of the worst forms of child exploitation- child beauty pageants.
Weekend Wisdom: 'And in that moment I swear we were infinite'
Good evening all! Ooh I sounded rather like a policeman, didn't I? Anyway, as I hope you are aware, the weekend is at last upon us, meaning that is time for some more... weekend wisdom!
If you know your books/films of books, you will recognise the quote in the title of this post from the book 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower.' This is a coming of age tale about Charlie- a socially awkward but highly intelligent high school freshman who is going through the roller-coaster known as his teenage years. To me, this book epitomises the importance of living your life to the full whilst you are young, especially in the scene when Charlie is driving at night with his friends Sam and Patrick. The extract reads:
Lovely Lists #3
Top Tips for Students Adjusting to Year 12
It's no secret that college/sixth form is VERY different to secondary school. The work is harder, you're with a lot more people that you don't know and you're in a completely different environment. For those of you that don't know, I am currently in Year 13 of sixth form and I thought I would create a Lovely List to help guide Year 12's who are still adjusting to the new environment that they are in. I know I could have done this earlier in the month, but I can guarantee that Year 12's will be able to relate to what I am saying and likewise, I'll be able to take my fellow Year 13's on a trip down memory lane!
Weekend Wisdom: Be a Dreamer
Hello everyone! I hope you're having a great weekend, despite this FREEZING weather, if you are a fellow Brit like me! I've been feeling pretty rubbish today because I've got a cold, so that made me look for an EVEN MORE INSPIRING quote than normal to give me motivation for the day.
Normally, I tend to go for the quotes about self belief, however, today I want to emphasize the importance of pursuing your dreams in EVERY way that you can.
My Very Vintage Obsession!
In my eyes, I believe that we should be saying in with the old and out with the new. "Why?" you may ask. My answer is one word..... vintage. In the past week, I have developed a slight obsession with anything and everything that I can class as 'very vintage.' I am not talking about things so old that they are falling apart, but more so things that are of a vintage style that have an old, yet classy feel to them. I am very much a person who loves all things modern and from the 21st Century, however, I'm going to show you a few things that I love resembling or from past decades!
The perks of being a 'social networking butterfly'
Whilst social networks are possibly the largest and most popular part of the internet, so many adults turn their noses up at but the mention of what they believe to be the 'devil' that is Twitter. To my dismay, if I am in conversation with people about how social networks are now the platform for modern communication, I still get the response that they are 'rubbish' and 'pointless.' I hasten to add that these are responses from people that stay well away from social networks. Media coverage often only portrays the negative and dangerous sides of social networks that can leave us questioning why we even have them. Like them or not, social networks are now engraved into our society and I am of the opinion that they are highly beneficial for us.
Hello all! I hope you are enjoying this fine Thursday!
After having a look on the old Twitter, I noticed that 'Throwback Thursday' was trending. Normally, I can never find the motivation to do anything related to this trend- but today is different! I thought I'd take a step back in time and look at my VERY first blog that I created two years ago when I was 15- www.thebigwideworld2011.blogspot.com.
Solution to a student crisis: How to recover the important work you forgot to save!!!
I will admit it, there have been occasions where I have done what I believe was a fabulous piece of work, everything fitted together nicely and I had spell checked it at least twice- but I forgot to save it. Yesterday was one of those situations. I had spent HOURS slaving away at my laptop, quickly typing like a chipmunk on caffeine, and just when I was celebrating that the misery that was the essay was finally over, I pressed the red 'x.' I have absolutely no idea why I did this, and didn't even realise last night when I emailed what I believed was the finished essay to my school email account. When I was at sixth form and discovered I only had half of the essay attached, I thought I'd simply attached the old file.
A little update for you all!
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely Monday! I just thought I'd give you a quick update on one or two things that have made my Monday pretty good.
1st: You can now find me on Bloglovin' by clicking here
2nd: I am now an etail PR Approved Blogger, as well as a Brand Backer. This means that I will be able to work on various campaigns with companies such as hosting competitions, writing reviews etc.
And finally: If you're interested in working with me, please get in touch via the contact page. I'd love to work with different brands and write a review for you!
Tales of a night owl: Why I like NOT being a morning person
Oh, mornings- the literal bane of my life. Just finding the motivation to jump out of my uber comfy bed every single day is a testing challenge. It is by now that you will have realised that no, I am not a morning person. I may not be up at the crack of dawn humming whilst I make my toast or appreciating the chirps from birds, but I am honestly completely content with being a night owl.
Lovely Lists #2
Revolutionary discoveries of an internet addict
If you have ever ventured over to my twitter page, readers, I am sure you will be aware that I am rather addicted to anything 'Internet-ish.' Since I have been blogging, I now spend a large part of my day on the internet and as expected, I am forever finding so many cool (but distracting) things that I cannot help but notice. It is because of this that I have created a list of glorious things of sheer delight that I have to show you!
Weekend Wisdom: Success
Every weekend I love to enlighten you all with a bit of wisdom, and today is no exception! I am constantly striving to be perfect and successful in all that I do and for all you fellow perfectionists out there, I have found a quote that will be really useful to you. /weekend-wisdom.html
Lovely Lists #1
5 Reasons why twerking just ain't working
Behold, readers- twerking! A 21st Century version of the popular 90's 'booty shaking' that has taken the world by storm. The Oxford Dictionary Online claims that to twerk is 'to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.' Now everyone, please don't think of me as an old fashioned, prudish person because- I am not. I can understand why people want to dance provocatively- the attention, the sense of rebellion and general conforming to a popular trend of modern society. But twerking- really?
Breaking news: I have bought the website!
Yes readers, you heard me! This website is now officially www.imaginedreamwrite.com! I want Imagine Dream Write to become a brand and this is the first step. Oh, I am rather ecstatic, I do apologise.
Want to know where on earth I got the name Imagine Dream Write from? Simply click the picture to go to my BRAND NEW PAGE: My inspiration!
Happy Saturday readers! Today, I want to share an amazing piece of advice with you that I received from a good friend yesterday, which can be applied to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE.
My friend admitted to me that he is, in fact, a rugby addict and in the rugby magazine he reads, every month they will ask a key player various questions, including, what super power they would like. Of course, many will choose the conventional powers and say that they want to be able to fly, have x ray vision etc. However, one hero named Jonny Wilkinson had different views. He said that his power would be 'to concentrate on the NOW so that I can get the best from this moment without distraction,' and this is why Wilkinson is a hero. 'Be a hero,' my friend told me.
The point of this is that to be a hero, you don't have to wear a cape with matching underpants and have a secret identity. You can be a hero by simply living in the moment because by doing so, you will get the most out of that moment and will be living your life to the full.
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IceBlue ignite the fire in my ambition for a career in Marketing
In a world where knowledge and practical skills in the workplace are becoming increasingly more valued by employers, work experience gives young people the opportunity to explore industries of interest, build up their CV and more importantly, discover their passions. Whilst some could argue that work experience sometimes involves being the tea-maker, my own experiences have taught me that by putting everything into the short period of time you have with a business, the skills and insight you gain are extraordinary.
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Is being shocking, controversial and offensive worth the extra media coverage?
It is understandable that people want to be recognised for the claims that they make. As a frequent blogger who wants nothing more than to be a successful writer one day, I am forever checking my blog stats in the hope that I can get more and more views as the website grows. I recognise that this isn’t going to do much apart from damage my eyes, and the best way to get views is to write a well balanced argument about something that has recently come up in the news. I do not crave fame or fortune, I simply want to continue doing what I love and show people what I have to offer. However, many famous faces are now reverting to using controversial tactics that have the ability to offend many, all to simply boost their own publicity and media coverage.
Note: I do not own this image, it is from http://www.awesome-picture.in/wp/
Silly Little Snapshots
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Sixteen years on, should the case of Princess Diana's death be closed?
A conspiracy theory exists for absolutely everything. Despite the existence of video footage, some refuse to believe that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, whilst Holocaust deniers affirm that the genocide of the Jews in World War 2 was a hoax to advance the interest of Jews at the expense of other people. A recent conspiracy theory to plunge back into the news is that of the death of Princess Diana, Dodi Al-Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul in 1997, the Royal Military Police issuing a claim from the parents in law of a former soldier that their death were in fact, murder and not the accident they were perceived to be. After Diana died so tragically and the world mourned the loss of the Princess, it is understandable as to why people need to know the truth. However, a part of me wonders whether or not the heartbreak that was her death should be revisited.
Note: I do not own this image, it is from www.neuegraphic.com
Poll Results - 14.08.13
How to smile from ear to ear, throughout all the months of the year
Yes readers, the headline rhymes- I am rather proud of that.
Today, books exist for absolutely anything you want. However, there are many books that try to direct you how to simply, exist. Self help books aim to equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to live your ideal life. No more stress, no more angst, if you read these books and act in the way that they express, you are apparently destined to live happily ever after. These my friends, are lies. Just like how a cook book won't necessarily make you cook your meal perfectly, it is very difficult to apply self help books to your life when you are set in your ways and they are dictating what seems to be an overly-philosophical and optimistic view to life.
Confessions of an embarrassed granddaughter
It was a typical British summer's day; the sun wasn't shining, the birds weren't particularly chirping, but nothing could dampen my mood. We were celebrating my mother's birthday by going out for a meal, which involved my boyfriend Rob and my Grandma meeting for the first time. Now whilst I enjoy going out with my family, I am still in the awkward teenage phase where anything even remotely embarrassing that they do makes me want to crawl under a rock and hide there for all eternity. However, I've been trying out this thing called 'optimism' lately (as I am naturally a cynical little pessimist) and thought "Of course my family won't embarrass me!' despite the fact that they now make a concious effort at the dinner table to make me cringe in front of Rob.
We are (finally) on Facebook!
It took me a while, I know- but I have in fact, created a Facebook page! Click the picture to get liking.
Happy Weekend everyone! I thought that every weekend I should do a little post called Weekend Wisdom where I will attempt to enlighten you with a quote or two!
Make of this what you will, but I feel that this explains so many people's quest for happiness.
"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha
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Is Miley Cyrus shredding her Disney image in the right way?
In my childhood, I grew up with the Disney channel. I loved nothing more than sitting in front of the television and watching programmes like The Suite Life of Zak and Cody, That's So Raven and of course, my all time favourite- Hannah Montana. However, as time passed it was inevitable that the stars of my favourite shows would grow up and before I knew it, they had grown up- out of the Disney channel. Most of the former child stars we read about now are doing their own thing and have made an unconscious effort to distance themselves from their Disney roots. Needless to say, there is one recognisable star that has had endless press coverage for her grown up, radical image.
I thought I'd share this photo simply for my fellow bookworms out there. I love nothing more than reading a good book and to me, this image portrays how easy it is to get completely and utterly lost in a book until you cannot begin to move away from it.
Note: I do not own this image, it is from 25.media.tumblr.com
'Jimmy Savile and his schoolgirls' parade float- taking inappropriate to a whole new level
After reports emerged in 2012 alleging that BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile was guilty of countless crimes of child sexual abuse, a whirlwind of a scandal took place, involving the BBC, NSPCC and many other organisations. Within months, investigations by the Metropolian Police revealed that he was guilty of child abuse over six decades, committing offences on BBC premises, as well as abusing children and adults in West Yorkshire hospitals. The evidence has suggested that Savile was a manipulative, sexual predator and abused his position as a popular television presenter to abuse hundreds of people. If this is not sickening enough, what truly makes my stomach turn is the fact that people are now glorifying and celebrating Savile for his disgusting actions.
Does Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' video exploit women, or is it just a bit of cheeky fun? Vote here to decide!
Ask.fm- the lowest platform for cyberbullying that has resulted in disastrous consequences
Ask.fm- a popular but nonetheless controversial question and answer website, to say the least. After hearing reportings that a teenage girl took her own life after the anonymous string of abuse she received from strangers on the website, I can honestly say that I can't understand how society has become so hateful and bitter.
The challenge of a balance argument for and against the bedroom tax
In today's newspapers, it has been reported that due to the bedroom tax that was put into place in April this year, families that can't find a smaller property to move into will face a penalty for having a spare room. Now before doing a considerable amount of research, I first questioned how the government could increase tax on a family's council housing benefit when they are attempting to find a smaller property, but simply can't. However, as I began piecing together the puzzle that is the bedroom tax, the concept of people being taxed for having a room they don't need seemed strangely reasonable.
To brighten up this dreary, rainy day (well, in England anyway), I thought I would share a picture of an intellectual looking dog. Do you think glasses suit man's best friend?
Note: I do not own this image, it is from designspiration.net
Can a manufactured, spaced out robot give the same emotional support as a human being?
Yes, I admit it, this is one of my stranger articles. I was having a look through The Independent about ten minutes ago and saw a picture of a robot that will apparently be accompanying Koichi Wakata (Japanese astronaut) into space to provide emotional support, as well as communicating with another robot back on earth.
Now I can understand that the robot will be make contact with another on earth, that makes perfect sense, but a question that is seriously playing on my mind is how on earth (no pun intended) can Kirobo, the talking robot, give emotional care and support to a human being?
Quote of the day
"At the beach life is different....
Time doesn't move from hour to hour, but mood to moment.....
We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun."
Even celebrities are entitled to a private life
With social media at it's height and technology constantly improving, it's safe to say that celebrities get their fair share of media coverage. From Simon Cowell's rather cheeky love life to Helen Flannagan's endless 'selfies,' the media constantly keep us updated on every twitch, tumble and turn of celebrities, allowing us to........
Is yoga really the key to serenity?
If you have ventured over to the ABOUT page, you may have noticed a picture of myself and my best friend Chelsea doing yoga. Well, I attempted to do yoga. My 'tree' pose resembled the leaning tower of Pisa and my arms were virtually as strong as chopsticks. However, I can honestly say that in that hour, I have never been more relaxed in my life.
19 year old West Midlands based blogger with a passion for writing. Marketing Assistant, Spanish speaker and partial to a cheeky chick flick every now and then. On my blog you'll find some uber-serious articles, lifestyle and advice posts, as well as a pinch of positivity to put a :) on your face. Find out more here.
All content on this blog belongs to me unless otherwise noted and all opinions are my own.
Sarah Mullaney 2013.