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Should you go to University?

It’s drilled into our heads throughout our education that it is expected of us to go to university and get a degree before getting a job. It’s not until it actually comes to applying for university that you realise for yourself that actually it isn’t necessary and there is a lot more that you could be doing with your life. That then leads to the question that I think everybody asks themselves, should I go to university?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question for you, everyone is different and what may be right for you may be different for someone else. You have to assess your situation and discover whether or not university would be best for you. I thought that I’d share with you my process of deciding to go to university and the application process so far. Hopefully my experiences will help you when deciding what is right.

I’ve always said that I was going to go to uni, I thought I had to! Until I was 15 and finishing my GCSE’s I didn’t know that colleges, apprenticeships and internships were a legitimate thing that you could do. I’m not sure if it was the overly academic focused school that I went to or just the area that I grew up in but my education was all about getting the high grades to move on to the next stage of education. When I decided not to go to my secondary school’s sixth form and go to an independent one in the city centre, thats when I saw a new side to education. Everyone was so different, equality was celebrated and you were encouraged to achieve whatever it was that you wanted to do in life (and get the grades to achieve it obviously). It was more fun and as I’m here moping around because one of my teachers is leaving on Friday I’m realising how much I’ve enjoyed my past two years at the sixth form. That’s how education should be, fun and enjoyable. This is what inspired my decision to apply for social universities rather than the Russell group academic, high achievers universities. If you would prefer to attend these universities, go ahead and apply! As long as you work hard for it then theres nothing to stop you going but you have to look at your history with education and evaluate whether you’ll enjoy that, after all it is the next 3 or more years of your life.

I have applied for Film and Media based degrees as this is the subject that I’m most passionate about and I would love to work in social media or journalism when I graduate. I’m not too sure what specific profession I’d like to go into so don’t ask me, the main reason I’m going to uni is to give me more time to think about that. If you need more time then why not apply for a subject you love, even if you think its unlikely that you’ll get a job in that subject. I personally think that its better to have the time to think and get a degree in anything rather than have a gap in your life of not doing anything and not knowing where to go from there, I’m sure employers in the future will agree with me on that one. Of course its not impossible to get a good job without a degree but it does provide some security as most employers do look for a degree on your CV.

Actually applying for university is an extensive and stressful activity but UCAS makes it as simple as possible. Next week I will be confirming my film and insurance offers which is nerve-wracking as I haven’t fully decided yet. Everything has to be taken into account, one uni might have a good course but shocking accommodation, another may be in the most perfect town ever but have a weak course, which sacrifice do you make?

The point of this article is to ensure you that its completely normal to not know yet, everyone has doubts and indecisiveness when it comes to one of the biggest decisions of your life, of course its stressful! Looking online for people in the same situation is great therapy for this and there are so many great sources for advise such as thestudentroom.com which comes from students themselves from the past and future.

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This Gals Going To Uni.

I’m pretty sure that I mentioned a while back that my UCAS application was being sent off, well after another couple of weeks of having to edit different parts of it, it was finally sent off fully. This was about two days ago and I’ve already received 3/5 offers (which coincidentally are the 3 that were my top choices!)

I received a conditional from Sunderland Uni, a conditional with lowered entry requirements from The University of Stirling and an unconditional from York St. John. I’m still waiting for responses from Leeds Beckett and University of Leeds.

This post is in no way meant to be me bragging but it suddenly hit me earlier that I got an unconditional, which means that I’m actually going to Uni! That’s insane! I still feel too young to be at sixth form never mind away from home at an actual university for multiple years.

Now my evenings will be packed full of revision to get good grades and also plenty of revision and research about uni life and what to expect. To be honest I’m terrified but I’ve never wanted to anything more. I need a break! I need a new squeaky clean start in order to turn my life around and to be honest I wish I could do that next week, I’m not sure I can wait until September.

That’s all I have to say today, sorry its incredibly short. Tomorrow is Christmas tree decoration day and after a long and very challenging week at sixth form, I need to chill. So that is what I’m doing, I very nearly didn’t write anything today but I will not fail blogmas, that would be the ultimate defeat!

If you are in the same boat as me or are at uni or know of any uni tips please comment below, I’d love to hear your advise. Till tomorrow,

Abby x

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Being Different.

So here’s the thing with me… I’m not like everyone else.

I’m not an outcast, I have friends, I go to school, I have a social life and most importantly I’m happy (little stressed and overwhelmed but happy nevertheless).

I’m not stereotyping people my age by any means but as a 17 year old I feel like my interests don’t lie with my demographics. By this I mean I don’t get drunk, I don’t party through the night, I don’t get in to clubs underage and I don’t use drugs.

I feel like nowadays, this is how you make friends. Of course it is, it gives you a subject to talk about and laugh about but it kinda just makes me feel uncomfortable. I couldn’t imagine myself at house parties getting drunk with people from school and doing stuff that I probably shouldn’t be doing, ever. It’s just not my scene, not my thing. It also differentiates me from most of my family, they get drunk and are always trying to force it down my neck when ever there’s a family event and for some reason they just don’t understand that I don’t want it.

I’m not against drinking, or getting drunk for that matter but for me it’ll come in its own time. I’m not going to drink my life away I mean its not even legal for me to at this age anyways. Does this make me a loser because I’m following the law, am I a loser because I don’t want to do stuff that makes me uncomfortable? Apparently so.

I’ve never understood the fascination with alcohol to be honest, maybe that’ll change when I go to university but I can function well enough without it and I will be until I feel ready to change, even if it means making myself stand out at every family event for the next year. I just don’t like it when someone offers me a drink, I feel guilty, I don’t know if I want it or am allowed it, it stresses me out and makes me really anxious and so I look ridiculous standing then stressing and sweating in front of whoever it is trying to pressure me in to it.

I don’t have many friends that are in to that sort of life either. We aren’t addicted to the sesh and we don’t try to get into clubs underage, that doesn’t mean we’re prude or stuck up it just means its not our comfort zone  and we would rather not be there.  Who knows if that will change later in my life, this time next year I’ll have hopefully survived freshers week and will most likely be at clubs with my new friends but for now I’m just trying to enjoy my last year of my childhood (even though I couldn’t feel more like a granny right now).

I would love to go to festivals and clubs and have a great social life but that time is not right now and I’m a firm believer of waiting until you know the time is right, because you always know whats best for yourself. For now I’ll carry on daydreaming about my aspirations and getting excited for my turnaround in the coming year.

Don’t feel pressured into drinking or the use of drugs, trust me its better to sacrifice the losers who pressure you and sacrifice being popular or whatever the pressure is. If you aren’t comfortable with something then remove yourself from the situation no matter what the consequences are because no one deserves to be forced in to any situation that they don’t want to be in. You knows what’s best for yourself and if that makes you different well then… join the fucking club.

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OFF TO FRANCE

Saturday 23rd July 6.36AM

Dear diary,

I am so sorry that there was no post on Monday, I honestly forgot and my the time I realised, it was too late and the post would’ve been awful. I have some good post plans ready for this summer that I’m so excited to share with you guys.

So it’s currently 6.38AM and I’m awake in bed typing this post because in a few hours I will be making my way to a place called Normandy in France. That means one thing and one thing only… The Waughs are off on their holidays. We will be gone for 13 days (I think?) but expect some posts even if they are just short ones because I’ll need am excuse to go to the wifi hotspots ( mainly because I WILL need a break from my fam at some points hahahah).

From what I’ve read, Normandy is quite a rural but beautiful place with lots of history, museums and stunning architecture so you better be excited for some pictures and blog posts about what I get up to.

Again, sorry about this weeks post but I promise I will catch up on posts and most weeks when I return from France there will be more than one post a week.

I’m almost at 300 followers as well… That’s crazy so thank you so much, it means a lot when people read these.

Lastly, feel free to comment as always or message me on any of my social media, don’t be shy. If any of you have been to Normandy or anywhere near it please leave a comment with suggestions of where to go, that would be much appreciated. Thanks for reading, till next time,

Abby x

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A little University talk

Monday 4th July,

Dear Diary,

Let’s start with an update. First things first (I’m the realest), I finish my first year of sixth form on Thursday. That’s 3 DAYS WHATT!!! I honestly still feel 12 years old no way do I only have one year of education left. Its been a crazy year and in 2 weeks time I will be writing a post on everything I have learnt from my first year there, so look forward to that. Secondly, I have over 100 followers WOW thank you. That’s amazing I couldn’t have asked for more. Thirdly, and for me the most exciting, I WILL be starting my own YouTube channel! I will be uploading on a Saturday at around 7pm from the 16th July so head on over and subscribe please, I will sub back of course. I have literally wanted to do this since 2012 and so any support is greatly appreciated. Last;y, this summer is a summer of change. Starting from this Friday, I am going to live a much more healthy lifestyle and hopefully shift some unwanted weight. I will be recording my progress through this blog and hope to be a transformed person by the end of the summer. Now onto the actual post…

So I am now at the end of my AS to A2 transition weeks (the time between the first year and summer where we are introduced to the second year of sixth form- which is intense). Throughout these 4 weeks I have been bombarded with coursework and content for next years exams and its driving me crazy. I have had to complete an application to do an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) which just requires more work and I’ve already had to write my first draft of my personal statement for university (OMG). I have applied for UCAS and shortlisted my universites and courses that I’m applying for, that’s terrifying!

Writing my personal statement was tough because you have to think about yourself and what makes you so great. All fun and games until you realise you’re a boring nerd who’s talents include: Finishing an entire season on netflix in one sitting, eating a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in one sitting and being able to cry on demand. Actually not on demand, or by choice, just all the time. hahhahah i’m kidding (a little).

I actually ended up asking for help with my first paragraph, seen as the furthest I could get was writing my name. Once I was past the dreaded first paragraph I was on a roll. The maximum was 4,000 characters and mine is near 5,000. Good luck future me on cutting that down. I had too much to write about ans my fingers actually ached from typing so fast. As the woman in the UCAS video says “no one knows you better than you do”, so write everything you can think of, even if you thing you’re the most boring person in the planet, some one else won’t. There’s always someone who finds you captivating even if its only your mam, so ask around and find out why you’re interesting! You’ll probably get some amazing answers.

If you are going into your last year of sixth form and are in the same position as me, leave a comment or message me on any of my social media that I’ll leave at the bottom of the page. Also if you are currently going to or at university (especially Leeds, Sunderland, York St.John or Newcastle) let me know what its like because maybe it’ll calm me down a bit. I’d love to hear whats happening at your schools or universities/colleges wherever you are in the world so don’t be a stranger!

Sorry for the crappy post this week but I’m suffering with hayfever (a petty illness i know but I get it really bad okay!) so I’m not feeling great and I’ve typed this whole post with a “I’M GONNA SNEEZE” face which I’m sure you all know of and my head hurts so goodnight and till next time,

Abby x

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Why you need to discuss hard feelings and how I learnt the hard way.

Monday 13th June 2016

Dear diary,

I completed my first day back at sixth form and I’m already sooo done with it but hey ho gotta carry on, 3 weeks and 3 days left.. but who’s counting?

So I was talking to my friend today who was telling me about an argument that she had with one of her closest friends and thankfully they apologized and made up , but this doesn’t always happen so smoothly. It reminded me of one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. Last year I fell out with my BEST friend (ex i guess now). Sounds childish but the ending of a friendship can be just as heartbreaking as the end of a relationship, if not worse, which this one certainly was.

So in 2013 I met my best friend. She was new to my school and some of my friends were showing her around, so of course she was introduced to me. Then completely by coincidence we ended up sitting next to each other in multiple different lessons and quickly bonded over our weirdness and love of Selena Gomez. Over the next 2 years we made an unbreakable bond which meant a hell of a lot to me because she was the first proper best friend I had ever had. Before her I was always the third wheel who got in the way of other peoples friendships and never had my own close friend. This shattered my confidence and I learned to hate school because for me, it was a place of loneliness. I like to think that it wasn’t my personality that prevented me from getting a best friend but rather that my social anxiety (which i keep banging on about i know im sorry) actually meant that I was so shy that I never had the confidence to start a conversation with anyone. When I met my ex BFF I decided that she was gonna be the one and I put all my effort into getting close to her, which I did quite successfully if I do say so my self. Our friendship was the single best thing that’s ever came into my life. Sound super lame but its as if she was like a gift from God himself to help me gain confidence and then leave when the job was completed.

BUT obviously this isn’t a happy story.

This girl was a piece of work. We were from completely different places, countries in fact. Her family was super rich and mine was not, she was soooo much more popular than I was and ALLLLLLLLL of the boys preferred her, yep. I was that friend. She also had tons of friends from outside of our school, most from her old school. One in particular she became really close with, but only after she left that school. She started hanging out with her more and that sucked because it kinda just rubbed in my face that she had other friends and mine were.. lets say limited? yeah, that’ll work. She just seemed perfect and I guess I was jealous? Well if I could be her I certainly would, she even has a stunning boyfriend now surprise surprise. All of these negative feelings bottled up inside of me because I couldn’t tell her face to face. I couldn’t tell her because I was so scared that the friendship would end, and that was the last thing I wanted. Then one day, you guessed it. My big mouth couldn’t hold it all in anymore.

I got angry because she wouldn’t come to see my favourite band with me. Stupid and spoilt I know but when all these feeling are inside you, the littlest thing can set it all of. Like a ticking time bomb that could explode in an instant. All of these feelings were spilling out in quite an angry tone and she was very quick to defend herself I’ll tell you that. She was so in denial that it annoyed me more and the argument was very heated very quickly. We argued probably all day and then didn’t talk for about a week. Then I caved in and realised that I had ruined everything. Me being terrified of loosing her, I typed a huge apology which took me ages now that I think about it and it contained all of the love that I had for her and how much she meant to me. I’ll tell you a secret, I wasn’t sorry at all. I didn’t want to loose my BFF and if lying was the way to get her back then lying is what I would do. ooops, let that one slip. She didn’t take it well, in fact she told me that she never wanted to talk to me again. So I cried, I cried a lot for a long time and we didn’t talk again.

Until… A few days before we started sixth form she apologised. We agreed to be civil and for the first few days of sixth form we went back to normal. But then, plot twist, guess who else shows up at our sixth form. Her new BFF (which was the one I talked about from her old school). Yep. you can imagine how pissed i was. I hated this girl. I couldn’t bear to be around her and so me and my ex bff went back to hating each other. 2 against 1, not fair at all if you ask me but I eventually got through it. I have a bomb ass group of friends who I love dearly and although the spot for my BFF is still standing (feel from to fill that) I feel better than ever.

Sometimes bottling up your hostile feelings towards someone who you love can turn them into your worst enemy, TALK TO THEM FOR GODS SAKE! Work it out before it gets to late, if I had talked about my feelings then I may still be besties with her, of course I’d be sharing *sarcastic YEY*  but oh well that’s over now. If there is someone negative in your life please remove them A.S.A.P and even though it may take some getting used to (I’m still getting used to it, everytime I see them together I die a bit inside, sad times) it’s worth it, you don’t need the negativity.

It feels good to talk about this and hopefully in the future I can write about a new friend who means so much to me. One day.

remove the negative. remove the negative. remove the negative.

ALWAYS TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS, GOOD OR BAD.

Till next time,

Abby x

P.s Pwoah that was deep but it needed discussing. Expect more posts soon, I’ll try and make them good, maybe someone will read them hahahah

P.s.P.s I just read this through and it literally sounds like an extract from a young teens book, how cool would this be as a book?! Added to the bucket list which doesn’t actually exist. Also this post is quite long, congrats if you’re still reading. Anyways, as you were.

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An Update

12th June 2016

Dear diary,

Okay so you know how I mentioned how i’m bad at keeping a diary? Yeah, it’s been a while.

Since I last posted I have sat all of my AS exams (which required days of revision, or should I say it required a lot of pretending to revise), I shouldn’t make excuses I know but I have been very busy. As I only have 4 more weeks of sixth form left until September I thought that I’d get back on the blogging band wagon because it’s something that I actually enjoy doing. I’m also considering starting a YouTube channel over the summer as I love the idea of having all these memories that you can look back at and reminisce about, call me conventional I get it.

I’ve also been nagged about universities more than ever, research has been done, prospectuses have been ordered and decisions are being made. I know that I want to study a Media degree as it is what I enjoy and want to pursue as a career one day. I’m currently looking at the Media and Communication degree that Leeds uni has to off and I love it! I’m booking for an open day and I am desperate to study this course as it contains all the things I love to study in media. Only issue being the entry requirements, AAB, not saying it’s impossible but i’m gonna have to work my little ass off to get those grades because i’m not studying the easiest subjects. I also like the sound of media degrees at Sunderland and York St. John which are my backup plans as they are easier to get in to. I’m still so conflicted about uni but the research is good because i@m most likely going to attend uni.

On another note, I applied for another job yesterday which I actually would like to do. Over the Christmas holidays I worked in Cath Kidston and even though it was a nice work environment, I decided that retail was not for me, my social anxiety went through the roof and the constant interaction with strangers who were expecting me to know everything even though I had only worked there once a week for a few weeks was undoubtedly stressful. The job I applied for is room cleaning in a hotel, probs some peoples worst nightmare but I love to clean and there’s not too much interaction. Plus, you’re always busy which would defiantly make the shifts go quicker. I probably won’t even get the job but the idea of applying has made my mam lay off me a tad about getting a job hahaha.

It’s my birthday on Friday!! Friday 17th June 2016 will be the day I turn 17, alas! I’m getting a set of driving lessons which is terrifying but I am forcing myself to learn to drive because after getting the bus everywhere for 7 years you learn to despise every public transport in the world. I mean i’m sure its fine but the buses in the North East are filled with smelly people with loud kids.. no thanks mate, I’d rather not sit next to your wet dog who stinks of shit, will catch the next bus which will arrive in about 4 more hours. I’m actually excited for this birthday even though i’m not really celebrating it, season 4 of OITNB comes out plus the season 4 finale of Orphan Black, who could ask for more am i right??

One last thing, i’m back at sixth form TOMORROW. I’ve had 4 weeks off for study leave which has most defiantly been more of a leave than a study. woops. I managed to watch every season of Skins and a lot of youtube vids but I still turned up to my exams, which is more than some people can say haha. It should be okay its only 3 weeks and 4 days but whose counting right?  actually want to catch up with people and get back into routine although i’ll be over it be Tuesday. Also, my fave person Adrianna isn’t coming back to sixth form which is devastating because i love her so much and we’ve sat next to each other in media all year, the lols where good. I will defo be meeting up with her sometime because I refuse to accept that this is the end of our friendship.

Oh and I nearly forgot to mention, a few weeks ago on the 2nd of June I met CASPAR FRIKIN LEE! I love his videos and when I saw Gateshead on his book tour I had to go, I could write a post about the experience with photos if you’d like to see that, I may also do another one next week because on the 18th, me and Maddie (from my first every post) are meeting JC AND FRIKIN KIAN hahahah, happy birthday to me from me (and sorry to my bank account, i’m now broke) let me know if you’d like to see that, or just if anyone actually reads my posts at all lol.

I hope to post a lot more, maybe daily. M A Y B E. Don’t hold that to me. As i said before, even if no one reads this, they’re nice to look back on and reminisce about, will post more from now on. Sorry this was literally all over the place, I feel like an old granny having a catch up with her old granny friends who may or may not actually be reading hahahhaha.

Till next time,

Abby x

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A Wedding

Wednesday 20th April,

Dear Diary,

On Saturday I attended me aunty Louise’s wedding. It was a day that I had been waiting to arrive for around 2 years so of course this whole year so far has gone painfully slowly but the weirdest thing happened when I awoke on the day.. I didn’t want to go.

I felt that my outfit wasn’t suitable, my shoes were too summery, my make was going to look awful and my hair was not going to cooperate. I dragged myself out of bed at 6am to start getting ready which was hard enough after a full week at sixth form and although I felt and certainly looked a little dead, I powered on through and managed to get ready for 9.30am. I went for a simple look, mainly because of the lack of time I had but it didn’t turn out too bad. I curled my hair using hair straighteners to give a simpler look and used the products featured in the picture to create my natural wedding makeup look.

The products I used/ wore were:

  • Remington Keratin Therapy hair straightener
  • Nars sheer glow foundation in mont blonc
  • Rimmel wake me up concealer in light beige
  • Rimmel stay matte pressed powder
  • Urban decay naked basics palette
  • Estee Lauder double wear foundation
  • Sleek eyebrow kit in dark brown
  • Benefit they’re real mascara
  • Rimmel blush
  • Maybelline contur and highlight kit
  • Soap and glory supercar eye liner
  • Charlotte Tillbury lip liner in nude
  • Maybelline colour sensational matte lipstick in nude embrace
  • Ariana Grande for Lipsy floral bandeau prom dress
  • Miss Selfridge ivory Jersey blazer
  • Marks and Spencer two block heel sandals in white

The wedding exceeded my expectations and I truly had a wonderful day, I’m definitely paying for the 2am late night I had now but it was worth it. I will include some pictures of the locations where we were because they were beautiful. The ceremony was at Lumley Castle and the reception was at the Little Haven Hotel, South Shields.

Next time you really don’t want to do something just think about how wonderful it could be because if I hadn’t have got my ass out of bed and went, I would’ve missed out big time. Till next time,

Abby x

 

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My top 8 TV shows on Netflix

TVA

Monday 28th March 2016

Dear diary,

What’s better on a rainy day than a Netflix marathon? Not a lot.

Since the weather here has definitely not been great, I thought that I’d share my top 8 go to TV shows that are currently available on UK Netflix. I’ve watched these shows for years and could probably recite the majority of them in my sleep so enjoy, and I hope I manage to inspire you to watch them yourself. If I do then, you’re welcome.

1.SHERLOCK

Holy smoke this one’s a goodin’. It’s revolves around the detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner John Watson as they conquer and solve each crime they are presented with. The characters are adorable and if you don’t fall in love with Benedict Cumberbatch by the end of the show then I honestly don’t know how your brain works. 10/10

2. BATES MOTEL

This is a show that I’ve been watching for probably just under three years now and it just keeps getting better and better with each season. It is a prequal TV show to Hitchcock’s famous Psycho. It shows Norman Bates and documents his decent into a psychotic state and development of his obsession with his mother. I would describe it as a mild horror because I’m awful with horrors and I can stand it. It’s brilliant and Freddie Highmore pulls off Norman amazingly. The on-screen relationship between Freddie and Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) is incredible, 8/10

3. ORPHAN BLACK

AHHHH my favourite show of all time, only trouble is that it is almost impossible to describe. It’s basically about a set of clones who become self aware of their situations and find each other. They work together to fight off scientists and institutes who are trying to control them. It will blow your minds. I’ll be the first to admit that the first episode is confusing as hell but when you get into the season you’ll be hooked trust me. This is honestly the best show going, Tatiana Maslany, who plays the clones, gets no where near as much credit as she deserves. 10/10 without a doubt. Bring on season 4!!

4. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

This one’s still new to me, I started watching in January but that doesn’t change the fact that I love it. It’s about a criminal defence team who are trying to win their cases whilst attempting to hide the fact that they actually murdered someone who was a vital part of one of their cases. The drama is intense but there is a perfect mix of comedy and romance in there too. The acting is amazing and the chemistry between the protagonists will keep you coming back for more. Ps. The final episode of season 1 will send you CRAZY!!!! In the best way possible. 7/10 but only because it took me a while to get into it.

5.LOVE

This is a new Netflix series that follows Mickey as she goes from an old relationship to a new one, with two guys who could not be more different. The episodes are short which make this show a perfect, chill time distraction from everyday life and stress. Season 2 is on its way and I can’t wait to watch it. The characters are super lovable and you will be tempted to watch the whole series in one day (which I did woops). 6/10

6. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

OK. I know I’m late to the party on this one but I really do love this series. Even if it does manage to get on every nerve in my body. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters from the first episode. The series follows 4 girls and their friends/family as they take an investigation into their own lives to find out who is tormenting them. You don’t find out until season 6 but I guarantee you’ll watch it all. In my opinion it is good and I wasn’t too disappointed as to who ‘A’ was, even though we all saw it coming. 6/10

7. MAKING A MURDERER

OH MY GOD. This show will rip you to shreads, I HATE thinking about it. It follows the case of Steven Avery as he is jailed for varies crimes that he did not commit. It just seems to take years to win the case to get him out of prison. I really don’t know who committed the murder but I’m just going to say that the womans brother looked real shady. If you need to spice up your life with some drama, or just needa programme that you can let your anger out to, this one’s your guy. 8/10 but only because it makes me really angry.

8. JESSICA JONES

Last but certainly not least. I usually don’t go for the typical super human, Marvel films or TV shows and I’m not going to lie I only watched it because I found out David Tennant was in it. Who doesn’t love a bit of Danvid Tennant. I was actually surprised at how much I loved the show. Jessica isn’t a nice person but she uses how power for good which makes you love her so much. David’s a dick but we can look past that because it’s David. His character actually makes the show so much more interesting and I was devastated at the end of season 1. This has a really good story though and you’ll be left wanting more. 8/10

 

So, that’s it. There’s obviously more that I love but these are the best (in my opinion of course). As you can see, most of these, if fact all bar one of these shows link to the crime genre. I think that might be my favourite genre you know. These are genuinely great shows and it annoys !e that some of them *orphan black* are so under appreciated. That’s all for today, till next time

Abby x

 

Rants

A rant about why you should be body confident.

I had so many ideas about how to write this post but in the end I decided that a rant would be more suitable, because I HATE this topic with a passion.

Sunday 27th March 2016 (EASTER)

Dear Diary,

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty”- Dr. Steve Maraboli

Today I was perusing on Twitter when I saw a young girl, who I don’t know, tweet about how she was “too fat” and how she was depressed because of the way she looks. To me this just suggested that she didn’t look like a celebrity, because they’re who we all compare ourselves too, even if we don’t like to admit it. It did upset me quite a lot because I understood her and could relate to how she was feeling as I have been in that dark pit of a place labelled depression myself. It also got me thinking, because I have learnt a lot over my years as a media student about representations, stereotypes and the devil itself.. The media.

People nowadays, not necessarily just women, have a consistent dark cloud above their heads that  is filled with the image of how they see themselves and the image of how they ‘should’ look.We all know that the main goal in terms of how we look is to strive for perfection but do we actually know what perfection is?

The answer is no, because it does NOT exist.

Whether your goal is to look like Gigi Hadid, Blair Waldorf or even just the pretty girl who you stalk on instagram, there must be something about that person that you see as perfect, otherwise this would disrupt your path to perfection. So what is perfection?

Perfection in the way of our body image is the idea that we have gathered from various different forms of media to create this stereotype of the ideal person or ideal body. This stereotype has been repeated and repeated for years, which has made us as an audience accept it as the ‘norm’. This image has been drilled into our brain and has brainwashed us as a generation to think that this is how we should look if we want to be accepted by society. and i’m sorry but that’s just not true

The image itself probably originated from the ideology that women were just an ‘object’ for men and we were something sacred, something to look at rather independent people. This obviously has been proved wrong and although we cannot yet say that there is full gender equality, we’re certainly getting there.

The media has constructed this image through a little trick that they call ‘gatekeeping’. This is basically where they only show certain aspects of something rather than all of it. For example a model on a billboard. Yes they may look perfect on that billboard but that isn’t actually what they look like (completely). The image goes through a long photoshop session where acne, scars, cellulite, places with lumps and bumps or extra weight is removed, as if it was never there in the first place. So really you aren’t seeing the model, you’re seeing how to model has been constructed to look. Sounds stupid doesn’t it? This image is what we compare ourselves to, a construction.

As humans we naturally compare ourselves to this image, it’s completely normal to do this because after all we just want to be accepted and not judged by others but before you go to do it the next time, just realize that nobody actually looks like that. Not even the model in the picture. I realize that I’ve rambled.

Point is, people are comparing themselves to something that is impossible to achieve in order to conform to the ideas that the media has brainwashed us with. Know that people come in all different shapes and sizes and your body is perfect in its own way. Do not feel the need to change who you are or how you look in order to conform to these crazy ideas because as long as you are happy and healthy, nothing can stop you from being confident. Confidence is key to being successful so focus on the present and scrap those silly ideas that you view as perfection, put ’em in the bin.

Sorry this was so long but I did warn you that I was passionate about this topic. Till next time,

Abby x

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