Feminist Tuesday…Embrace Your Singleness!

Being single shouldn’t be seen as a prison sentence, in fact, it should be seen as the exact opposite! You now have the freedom to go out and do whatever the hell you want with your crazy self. Remember that being single does not equal being alone. Even if you’re in a committed relationship, you can still feel all alone sometimes! And, whilst you’re single, it gives you the perfect opportunity to grow and improve on yourself. You can also explore what things you like, dislike and cement your opinions on a variety of subjects! 

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When you’re single, you can discover more about yourself and love yourself in the process, warts and all. You can also move further than ever on the path to happiness. Take time to allow yourself to complete the journey and find yourself at the end. Embrace the time between relationships to date randomly (and not seriously, just to find what you like most), be crazy, sleep in, binge watch on Netflix! There are so many less restrictions put on you when you’re single than when you’re in a relationship, my favourite is the chance to be a slob throughout the day and to eat whatever the heck I want to! 

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During this time you should prioritise your friends and spend as much time with them as possible, it’s great because you’re not having to split this time between them and your partner anymore! You have the time to do whatever you want to. If you want to read a whole book in one sitting, go ahead and do it! You have no more restrictions or obligations to another person. You can also explore what it is you like in the bedroom, as you’re now not tied down to monogamous sex! And your vibrator will become your best friend!

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You can be a hell of a lot more spontaneous! Get on that last minute flight to Tokyo, yes please! And you definitely have more money to ‘treat yo self’. You can also focus more on your career, and getting to your dream job. I know I definitely get better grades, when I’m not distracted by a hunk of a man lying naked next to me in the bed in the morning! 

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You literally can do anything you want, and be anything you want when you’re single. Feel empowered and don’t let anyone stop you feeling like that, no one! Go eat that cookie, go abseiling, go to that country you’ve always wanted to explore (bonus points if it’s a road trip!), watch that ‘awful’ reality TV show you’re ex used to always complain about. Do everything you want and more, embrace your singleness guys! It’s seriously the best time of your life!

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Have a great Tuesday!! 

#100 Happy Days

If you’ve been on an social media platform recently, you might have seen this hashtag trending: #100happydays. People have been taking pictures every day for a 100 days to highlight the happy moments of their days. It is said to make you more appreciative of their lives and make them more optimistic. It is true that if you notice what good things you have in your life, you’re more likely to be happy.

If you want to sign up for it (you can get a book containing all 100 of your happy days in picture form at the end), this is the website: http://100happydays.com/

I have signed up myself and it has lead me to think about what things make me happy! So here are a few of mine:

1.) Cuddles

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I don’t know what it is about these, but anytime I get one I feel safe and happy, and all my worries have gone away. I especially enjoy them with my boyfriend, my happy place!

2.) Dancing

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Sounds random, but seriously, try it! Once you start, you become instantly happy.Bonus points for dancing with friends.

3.) Books

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You all already know this, but I am such a bibliophile! I get completely lost in the worlds that authors create, and when the characters are happy, I’m happy!

4.) Buying and giving people gifts

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I always prefer giving gifts to people than receiving them. It must be the reaction on their faces when they receive it that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling!

5.) Friends and Family

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I now know who are my true friends, and my family, who will always support me no matter what. They know how to cheer me up and what to do when I’m feeling down.

Hopefully this has inspired you to look at your life in a more optimistic way! When my 100 days of the challenge are over, I will make sure to make a post about it containing some of the pictures!

Happy Friday!

Heather x

An Easter For Everyone, Symbols of the Occasion!

So after a small hiatus from everything to due an unfortunate spell of ill health I decided it was time to return with a lovely origin story about Easter and a few things you might not know about the celebration,

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I found this image the other day after wandering around on one of my favourite Facebook pages to while away some travel time.

So today we celebrate not only the Christian resurrection but also the celebration of fertility and sex. What better way to celebrate than with chocolate, good food and family. 

But let’s take a look at some of the traditional things we associate with Easter:

Ishtar or Eostre links from the roots mentioned above to paganism and so on to Christianity as time went by. What they have in common is a resurrection. Wonderful myths and legends about how the son (sun) died on a cross (The constellation of the Southern cross) and resurrection was an overcoming of darkness. This was symbolized by many figures over time including the earlier Egyptian God Horus who has a beautifully rich history and meaning of his own.

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Not only is Easter a wonderful way to celebrate your chosen religion but it is also widely celebrated in secular culture as the spring equinox. So Whoever you are and what ever beliefs you hold today is a wonderful day.

  • Church Services, Rise and Shine!

Traditional Christian sunrise services originated from the pagan solar celebrations. Although the dates are not set as such it is a note of springs arrival with the sunny days getting longer and the nights shorter it’s not just a day of celebration but the start of months of beautiful weather. Get up early, greet the day and make the most even if it is the season for April showers.

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  • Bunnies

The Easter bunny as with most traditional elements is associated with paganism but founded in the Norse religions and comes from Eostre the Goddess symbolising and celebrated in the month of April whose symbol was a hare. It is the time for baby bunnies after all. Then there’s the Easter bunny, who delivers the eggs to children and of course like most fairytale’s this comes from Germany. Alongside the edible bunnies we would more often find in European countries. The Tale of Osterhase or the Easter Bunny as we know him in English is one of a rabbit who would lay brightly coloured eggs in nests that children would make should they have behave themselves. It’s like the Santa of springtime with a little more chocolate and perhaps a bit more terrifying if some of the costumes are to go by!

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  • Hot Cross Buns: The Defiance of Pagan woman.

These treats were originally bakes on Easter to celebrate and worship Gods but religious leaders attempted to put a stop to it. Alas anyone who bakes will know the persistence you feel not only with your recipes but the repeat of their enjoyment when you find one that works, and that’s exactly what the ladies of this time did until the point at which the cakes became blessed. A note to never give up on a good cause because someone will make a change eventually. These buns obviously eventually became a symbol of the cross in Christian traditions but more to the point they are a great thing to make with your younger relatives to get them into the tradition and also to share with those you love as part of the celebration. Not to mention how they turned into a nursery rhyme from ye olden days!

  •  Easter Eggs!

A foil wrapped chocolate treat that’s fun to break and even better to eat. From Easter egg hunts you never quite get to old for to the family members delivering them as you excitedly anticipate the day you get to eat them, studying the bright coloured boxes and potential hyperactivity waiting inside as you wait. If you partake in lent then it may be even great cause after a 40 days and nights of fasting. You could even make and decorate your own eggs in some way, here’s a link with some ideas. The egg symbolises new life, fertility and the circle of life. A wonderful thank you to nature and being.

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However you choose to celebrate whether it be Easter crafts, a family meal or a relaxed day at home to catch up on a few things I hope you have an eggstra special day (I’m sorry, I had too!).

I really enjoyed learning new things about the meaning of Easter and how lovely it is to know how long it has been around and how it has adapted to be a celebration for all to enjoy!

Love, 

Daisy

 

Need a Little Faith?

So this week has been a little disheartening. I’ve spent the whole week a ill and still been running around like a headless chicken and trying to cheer people up. But I’ve been lacking my own ray of sunshine and feeling let down. But here are four short stories from my week about things that have slowly restored my faith.

1. It started off with a chocolate bunny and a sage flavoured sweet. My lovely flatmate is a regular schkolade sharer but one particularly bad day with my being ill at a peak and the prospect of going into work the next day an all time low moment it was all I needed and in the shape of a tiny rabbit. My flatmate is very German and so was the sage sugar-free menthol sweet that followed but the schokolade, the sweetie and sage bon bon gave me enough of a pick me up to go and do something useful.

2.On my way into the impending shift, cough causing disruption to the looks of passengers on the bus and clouds threatening rain as my tied back hair did not care I stopped into the shop for water. As I left there was a lady ahead of me who had also just been shopping and proceeded to give a homeless man a bag of food. It’s one of the only times I’ve ever seen a person like that smile, for good reason. Homelessness is something I can’t comprehend given the riches of so many. But greed is a terrible thing. I may not have much money but when I don’t get the bus and walk into town I try and do something with the money that will help someone who needs its more than I need public transport. We can all do something to help and this woman is a prime example. Putting a coffee aside at a cafe for a person who can’t buy their own, picking up a little extra when buying food of any kind, giving away the loose change you’ll probably waste anyway or even just saying sorry if you don’t have any and acknowledging that they are a human being. So much can help.

3. It’s not all about the money. I stepped of the coach, half way home after a 4am start and rang a taxi. Two minutes later, backpack re-arranged and mentally prepared for the train stage of my journey I get a call. It’s the taxi driver. He rang to sat that although he usually wouldn’t decline the business I was a two minute walk away from the train station and he gave me full directions. Upon reaching the station I got a call to check I’d arrived and to say that if I ever needed a taxi in that area again to give them a call. This was followed by a very friendly coffee Barista and an extra smile on my face when realising how lovely people can be.

4. Finally home, tired and still coughing like I was trying impatiently to get someone’s attention without will, I settled to unpack and played with the cat. An hour later my brother came down and asked if I wanted to go shopping where he really spoilt me. From medicine to cookies I have enough to keep me going until the rest of my family return from their holiday and even longer. I have the best big brother ever but it got better. I got home and unpacked the shopping and told my brother I was going to his house to cook for him. Ten minutes later and I’m sorting out the mountains of washing that I bought home and he not only fetches that but takes me over to his where he’s already started the cooking. I insisted on finishing it because he’s put my washing in before I’d even asked, set the table and made sure there was a good amount of colourful things on the plate. After lunch he hung up my washing before I realised he’s moved and fetched DVD’s for me to take home and watch. When he then accompanied this with chocolate it is safe to say I nearly teared up. The relief and amazement of having someone look after me and really show they care and this being mixed with it being one of my hero’s anyway was the best feeling I could have returned to. I love my big brother and coming home has reminded me how much my entire family mean to me because they don’t have to show they care but they never fail to.

I know my faith is restored but I hope this helped you consider all those things that restore yours.

Have a story of your own? We’d love to hear about it.

Happy Sunday Night, Have a Wonderful Monday

Daisy x

 

Flashback Thursday’s: Coming Of Age

I was thinking about the idea of all these memories having recently read a brilliant book called Eleanor & Park.

I’m constantly looking for movies that have the sweetest feeling of first love and it’s heartbreak, the days when you think summer will never end and the nights when you think the stars shine so bright the sun will never rise.

So here are my top 7 coming of age movies from the grotesquely girly to the simply sweet:

1. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower.

A beautiful melancholic state of growing up with emerging problems each of us face in their different dramatic states with love and longing thrown in. There will always be a fond place in my heart for a poetic film such as this.

And the obvious connotation that sometimes being a wallflower can be wonderful because you find other people just like you. Every Butterfly must be a caterpillar.

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2. Alice In Wonderland. 

The Beautiful Independence of a girl setting sail on her own journey and defying the ‘mold’ in which her scene is set. With a Wonderful imagination and a magical fairy tale style adventure thrown in what more really could you want from a movie that is so empowering! (Not to mention being based on a famous classic)

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3. Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging.

It’s Silly, It’s hilarious and who doesn’t remember the days when the idea of chicken fillets and big knickers made you giggle like you were breaking and just to hold that cute guys hand was all you thought about in class.

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4. The Art Of Getting By.

Two well loved stars in the form of Emma Watson and Freddie Highmore presented in an off-beat love story. The Philosopher and the girl with the smile, as the most beautiful stories entail. Reminding you of those days when everything to do with boys and girls was a complex shyness, something to be written on notebooks and whispered about with friends so that no-one found out. And It may just be me but Freddie Highmore became a handsome young man *swoons*.

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5. The Kings Of Summer.

A story of brotherhood, the pacts you don’t think adult life will ever make you go back on and the idea of an absolute freedom that releases you from your birdcage. Love in many forms.

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6. The Spectacular Now.

A recent discover that taught me love can last and we aren’t defined by one, we’re not defined by our parents and although now is important we have to consider how beautiful tomorrow can be. It’s the sunrise to adulthood.

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7.Up.

The ‘Coming Of Age’ for any age and a guaranteed tissues required maintaining the magic movie from the folks at Disney we love so much.

I think you’ve all probably seen it, and if you haven’t I’d strongly recommend a cup of tea, a ribbon in your hair and a pack of tissues at the ready.

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So now I’m nearing twenty I’m working my way through each remembering Freddie Highmore in The Spiderwick Chronicles and Emma Watson In Harry Potter with mixed feelings about the summer days I’m missing as I embrace the welsh rain with a necessary independence and the hopeless romances in which forever was promised as the dissolve to newer more sensible dreams of travel and sewing.

Happy Thursday,

Daisy x 

 

 

3 Mini Motivations: Mothers’ Day Edition

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Here we are again and it’s Mothering Sunday. I had 14 hours sleep last night and it was fantastic, but it also meant I did not wake in time to call my mommabear before she disappeared for the day with my dearest big brother!

I sent my card two weeks in advance and have been a fantastic daughter and offered to re-decorate the entire house, in three weeks, when I go home for Easter! (I think I was guilt-tripped)

My Three Mini-Motivations for this week all involve Le Matriach.

Numero Uno. This video. Thank You Mother’s Everywhere. You show us how to love, how to care because you posses those beautiful qualities yourself. You are the strongest people we know and love us unconditionally whatever you have going on and today is the day to show endless gratitude because it’s there all the time. We just need reminding to say thank you sometimes.

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You can get Mothers’ Day cards from your pets. (Feeling a little bit unloved by my cat right now ;))

And Finally (Number 3), To my own lovely mum:

A mother’s bond it does not break,

yet what of love that does not take?

A flower seed to decompose,

But endlessly soothed by the word’s a mother knows.

 

Call her, take her out for the day, say thank you in some way. Remind her of something you are endlessly grateful for and let her know in return that even though there is not a thing you must return, you would without a second doubt give her the world like she did for you.

I love my mum and always will and appreciation I can never express!

Have a beautiful day,

Daisy x

 

 

3 Mini Motivation #3: Cute, Cuter…and I’m broken!

So it’s Sunday and despite the sun shining beautifully and being able to see the people who live behind me in their gardens I am stuck inside writing and essay. So the best remedy? some cuteness. Whatever you’re doing today, take a look, it might just make things that little bit better.

1. An Adorable south Korean Girl gets taught stranger danger in this video. Just watching the joy on her face thinking about cookies is amazing.

2. From a cute video to one of my favourite pictures:

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3. The Cutest Proposal I Have Ever Seen. (That wasn’t from Tom Mcfly) Disney will never be as real as this but starts so many sparks to give hope in the hearts of so many, if you were lacking any faith at all in humanity you won’t be after this. Click Here! and don’t forget the actual wedding video…Click Click Click! (Because there is nothing in this world that can make someone smile from ear to ear more than love!)

Have a Beautiful Day, 

Daisy x 

Once Upon a dream

I know you…

we never danced but instantly fell into a magnetic field of sparkling lights which blinded us every time your negativity and my positivity crossed.

I know you…

Out daydreams were caught in words that said more in the empty space they filled.

I wonder now in the hours of my own discontent, shallow and short-lived, whether you were ever capable of looking back, of wondering what it were that was. I wonder if you would.

But much to my regards my time has turned in fields of new, a landscape with running riptide in the arms of a gentle soul whose words and thoughts are that of his own structure. No melancholy or un-naturality in his persuasion.

I am thankful among these stars from the road signs in the frost on the motorway that I breathe in on the bridge to the tap of my fingers so smoothly across the awakened keys in their wanting hour of slumber, that I am what I am today and nothing more and nothing less.

Through the hollows of my mind through which I walked upon the brambles of my path I step unto greener pastures.

Or that my dear, is what I will endeavor always to believe.

Love,

Daisy x

How Urban Outfitters plans to win back the hipsters it lost

I often wonder what happened to originality? It is not described in the mass recreation of a time long gone but in the traces of something that was innovative and well-made to begin with. Mass stores are all well and good in bigger places, but when you squeeze them in to well adapted cultural collectives the failing specialness of humanity is once again lowered.
I believe in originality, the unique and the soul in choosing what you wear; if I had the time I would put fashion drawings to effect in production for myself. In the mean time I hope that this is not another bad decision, it’s not just politics that can change the world.
I hope the sun is shining where you are,
Daisy x