Showing posts from 2015

The Teacher of 10G

Hello lovelies,

This morning I found myself reminiscing my high school years and flicking through some lovely letters I collected over that time. I found two letters from my English teacher in grade 10. She gave letters to everyone in the class on our first day and on our last day as we left 10G for the last time. I remember at the time thinking it was kind of weird and not really getting it, but looking back, it means so much more to me and I remember those classes with fondness. 

The first letter she gave me as she welcomed me into the room simply says, "Welcome to year 10 English", along with this quote from Nelson Mandela:

Let Your Light Shine "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's no…

Ed Sheeran

Hello lovelies,

Saturday night I attended Ed Sheeran's concert with my bestie and man it was good! Seeing him live definitely confirmed to me that he is such a talented artist. It was honestly one of the happiest nights of my life and even more so because I got to share that experience with my beautiful friend. I tried to soak in the whole experience so I can cherish those memories for a long time to come. A lot of his songs mean a lot things to me and her, and for different reasons so it was really special. Ed has a way of subtly linking songs together without you even realising and he used a loop machine (creating layers of music live and every layer was beautiful! :D)

Ed's concert has just made me more excited to see Vance Joy and Taylor Swift next Saturday! I may not have any money left but I figure that experiences like this are more important than having money. I'd rather enjoy the journey life takes me on and live it up in my youth while I still have it :D 

Of course I…

Inspiration Transformation

Hello lovelies,

I currently have inspiration to write and I have a concept for a novel, but I feel stuck on how to start. To be honest, this post is basically procrastination (but I still feel okay with this because it's using my inspiration right? Right?!). Anyway, this happens to me so often! When I have a burst of inspiration I usually spend the majority of the time thinking about what I'm going to do and how I'm going to do it rather than the actual 'doing'. I think it's partly worrying that I'll 'fail' (even though that's not really possible with art) and wanting the things that I create to be of a high quality (which is often unrealistic). Even this blog - I have quite a few draft posts that aren't going anywhere. I should just write a post of a collection of the posts that never made it to the publish button :D

I really do love the feeling of being inspired but at the same time, it frustrates me when I have inspiration and can't pro…

Creative Blogger Award

Hello lovelies! 
I've recently been nominated for The Creative Blogger Award! Thank you to the lovely Sophie from Cherries and Perfume :) You've tagged along since the very beginnings of this blog so props to you! These awards are such a great way to find new bloggers and delve deeper into the blogger-sphere. So let's get into it! 
These are the rules: Post a link to the person who nominated you and give thanksShare 5 facts about yourselfNominate 10 other blogs and give linksContact your nominees to inform them of their nominationProvide the rules to your nominees Similar to Sophie, I have a thing for making lists. I think they help me keep my sanity and align with my short attention span... On that note - here we go! I am a Christian. Having a personal relationship with God is very important to me and I love going to church and spending time with other Christians and building each other up.I'm currently enjoying a short break before starting my next placement doing paedia…

Too Many Thoughts

Hello friends :)

Firstly, I apologise if I ramble a bit too much in this post. There's no plan to this post - it's all raw and blubbering Holly writing here. 

I have a lot of things running through my mind at the moment… Scary times ahead with placement, loneliness and many awkward encounters in the nurses quarters, and the fear of not knowing if I'm where I'm meant to be. It's not been a smooth-sailing week. As I write this I'm sitting on my bed in my home away from home (nurses quarters while I'm on placement) with a little mug of tea with a touch of honey. I think I made the tea to feel some sense of comfort and normality. I've even just found myself looking through some old photos on my laptop (while I really should be studying for my statistics exam this weekend) and well, let's add nostalgic to that list above as well. 

Tomorrow I will have my marks for halfway of placement revealed to me. Just the thought of that terrifies me. I have two supervi…

Struggles of a Creative Person

Hello lovelies! 

Sorry I haven't posted in what feels for forever! Uni has been quite crazy and I have felt super guilty about not keeping up with blogging but hopefully now that I'm finally feeling the holiday freedom, there will be plenty more on the way :) 

On the topic of uni, when I'm studying I usually have the most creative ideas. This is extremely inconvenient when you're trying to not become distracted and need to pass your final exams... On one hand, I love it when creative thoughts pop into my head and I have a sudden burst of inspiration, but while studying it's fairly depressing because I don't have time to write or paint or dream. I've been desperate to once again let my creativity run wild! Hello holidays! 

Some nights as I lie in bed I think up stories. I love developing characters in new worlds and the interactions they would have. Although this is fun, it usually keeps me up until way past a reasonable hour and yet I have nothing physical to …

Beating Yourself Up

Hello lovelies,

I wanted to write this as an encouragement to any of you who may be going through a rough time. Are you blaming yourself for something or feeling disappointed in yourself? 

Stop beating yourself up.
I have personally experienced this mainly with anxiety and panic attacks. The time between my first panic attack and my second was probably around two months. In that time I was glad that nothing of the sort had happened again, and I had hope that it wouldn't happen again. After my second panic attack, I basically hit rock bottom. I was disappointed in myself that I let it happen again. I felt like I had to start all over again and didn't have any hope that I could be better in the long term. I was anxious and sad for a long time afterwards and was constantly on edge, waiting for another panic attack to strike. I blamed myself and I beat myself up about it. 

It wasn't until I sought help that this idea of beating myself up was conquered. I realised that in the past …

How To Be A Cat

Hello friends!

Since I was in the arena spectacular of CATS with Harvest Rain Theatre Company, I've wanted to do a makeup tutorial demonstrating how to transform into a cat...well the makeup part of your transformation. So let's jump right into it!

Start off by pulling your hair back and out of the way however you wish. If you plan on wearing a wig, perhaps style your hair into a braid or pin curls.

Then apply a moisturiser or primer so your makeup comes off easier rather than spending all night scrubbing your face red raw...

The makeup we used in this show was Kryolan Supracolour. It's a grease-based product that is easy to build up colour (it doesn't require much) however you will have to remember not to touch your face - it smudges quite easily. To apply the base, just use a sponge like the one pictured below, and for the details I just used a lipstick brush but obviously any brush with a small tip will do the job.

Apply the white first and apply quite a lot as you …

Smashing the Stigma

Hello people of the internet,

Following on from my last post (if you missed it, this will make more sense if you read that one first -, one issue that I really want to tackle is mental illness. The stigma surrounding mental illness has always greatly affected sufferers, so much so that many are afraid to speak up. I believe education is key to change this, as a lot of people do not understand mental illnesses, and therefore do not know what to think or how to deal with it. If you know someone who may be suffering from a mental illness, use this post as a guide. 

Disclaimer: This is written from my personal experience with anxiety because it's what I know and I don't want to be putting words in other people's mouths. Everyone is different. I want to change the world's view of mental health. I sincerely apologise if I offend anyone as this is not my intention. I am more than happy to hear your op…

Paying it Forward.

Hello lovelies,

Recently I watched a film called Pay it Forward and the concept of the film really resonated with me. Long story short, it's about a young boy who's school assignment is to make a difference in the world. He formulates the idea that he would do three big things to help three other people, and then they would continue this trend to spread good to many people. 

This got me thinking, what have I done to make a difference? And more importantly, what can I do to make a difference? 

I also thought about the fact that many celebrities or well known people in our world do not use their popularity, influence, and power, for anything bigger than themselves. What does that say about us as a species? Of course there are also a lot of celebrities or people with greater audiences than most, who are using their platform to spread good into the world. People like Emma Watson, Hannah Hart and Louise Pentland are few that pop to mind who are using their 'famiosity' for the …

Two Near Death Experiences In One Day!

Hello friendlies,

Sorry I've been away for a while! I went on a holiday to New Zealand and since I've been back I have been so busy!  

I have an interesting story from said trip... In one day I had TWO near death experiences.

To start off, we were driving to a place called the Siberian Valley to do a whole day trip of adventure! Basically, it was meant to start of with a light plane flight for about 40mins, then be dropped of at a 3hr hike in the middle of nowhere, and then be picked up by a jetboat at the end of the hike, taking us back to the centre. 

Well on the drive there, a massive campervan was driving on our side of the road (the wrong side!) and did not realise... We ended up stopping in the middle of the road and being so confused as to how he and his passenger did not pick up on the fact that they were driving on the wrong side of the road with 3 other cars behind us. Luckily no one crashed but we were all a bit shocked and from then on carefully eyed every other car co…