It saddens me very much to hear this news.
As a student studying human rights, I regret that I did not take more time to appreciate the life of such a courageous man with such determination to fight for what he believes in. There is something so amazing about the ability to pick yourself back up again and continuing fighting when all the odds are against you, it just shows that anything is possible and perseverance will award great, momentous achievements.
RIP Nelson Mandela.
The reality show, Laguna Beach and its soundtrack were such a big part of my teenage years and growing up. I watched the show religiously and listened to all the songs repeatedly. It reminds me of a time where a lot of struggle was experienced but this doesn’t make me sad, it makes me incredibly happy to be reminded of this time by listening to the soundtracks. The lives of the cast and meanings behind the songs got me through so much and I love knowing that I came out the other end of troubled teenage years as a much better person. As material as it sounds, I fell in love with California as a place and I was so incredibly grateful to have the chance to visit California and Laguna Beach in the Summer of 2013, a dream of mine for a very long time!
I’m listening to the soundtracks on shuffle just now and it’s getting me through a load of uni work, just like it kept me smiling before.
I’ve been reading a lot the past month - and I love getting delved into a good book.
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
All of these were great books!!
Oh, and I’m head over heels for French Bulldogs!!!
Ah I’m back - feeling a little disappointed.
I have abandoned this for a good few months and I have a burning desire to write about where my head is at.
I’ll start with what’s been going on in the first half of my 2013: I have successfully completed training with ChildLine and I now counsel once a week; I volunteer with a charity in Drumchapel at an after-school club; still working at Superdrug and looking forward to starting third year of Uni. Oh and I went to California (possibly my biggest dream ever, accomplished!).
It’s been a fantastic road so far, I’m very healthy and happy.
The past couple of days I have been feeling jaded, this is a feeling that I get when something has ended. Something that I have been looking forward to, or something that has needed my full attention for a period of time. I get it, I understand why I’m feeling this way - I was volunteering all last week which exhausted me but now it’s over…
This feeling does inspire me though - today I was fantasising over charities in San Francisco and postgraduate study in the US. I kept saying to myself. “I would love that!” and it gets me emotional when I see this kind of stuff. Then I start researching and finding pathways and opportunities and it puts wonderful, crazy ideas in my head but most, if not all the time I craze and then I drop them.
We’ll see where this one goes but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t interested - after all studying in the US has been a dream of mine for quite some years now.
I like swirls.
I was just practicing different types but gonna do one big ribbon with the same swirl on each side with some meaningful writing in the middle :)
This book really appealed to me so I started working through its chapters today.
It began by asking very useful questions that I think everyone should take the time to think about their answers to them.
I need to start documenting my life, write down things that make me smile, make laugh, and make me cry.
Things that I want to do, places I want to go, people I want to meet.
The kind of things that I’ll enjoy talking about because they will have changed me in some way: better or worse. It’ll be me.
I am going to try so hard to do this!
Today, for this first time since I came back from Sierra Leone I wrote up part of my journal. It was great to read it over again, brought back everything!! So with a bit of editing and with some pictures thrown in I will share it.