All posts filed under: Thoughts

Finding positives in Trump-induced anxiety

When researching Millennials for a university essay, I read that we are the first generation to have been raised in an age of terrorism, internet culture, and job and financial uncertainty. The combination of them all has made us the most anxious generation to date. Brexit and now Trump have become another addition to the growing list of anxiety agitators – for me at least. I spent last Tuesday in turmoil as I stressed and fretted (read: ate junk food and cried over the climate change that Donald Trump doesn’t believe in) as to what the future may hold. Call me dramatic, but thinking of all that our generation is facing – higher debts, lower incomes, home prices, financial crashes, rising racial tensions, Instagram likes (only half kidding), plus all those mentioned above – drove me into a state of panic. However what the internet doesn’t need right now is another opinion piece on how screwed we all are. What we do need is some thought as to how our own passions or skills can be …

A New Chapter: feeling 22

I read somewhere the other day that 22 is the age you start to feel as though you’re actually in your twenties. Or rather, when you first start to feel like an adult. For me, I would say it’s when you first start feeling like yourself; the beginnings of the person you’re going to be for the rest of your life. Maybe it’s when you start figuring out what you want – or don’t want – in life. It could be something small like starting to form your own personal style or noticing the differences between your friend’s life paths and your own. But I think the biggest part is your growth of self-awareness, as well as your awareness of the world around you. You pay more attention to what’s going on worldwide, but you also develop a greater understanding of people as well. This feeling can come at different ages for everyone, but 22 is a defining year for many of us as it’s usually around this time that we are naively shoved out of …

Let’s capture the moment – or not?

The belief that we take too many pictures may be an odd one to be held by a blogger – particularly one whose posts have a picture to text ratio of about 9:1. But then again, I also believe it unacceptable to eat beef (due to my love of cows) despite eating all of its farmyard friends, so let’s presume from now on that my thoughts are a mixture of oddness/hypocrisy. My trail of thought began on an innocent summers evening, where I had just purchased my new ‘Cooler’ magazine. As I turned to the Editors letter, I was hit with an array of questions. “How many selfies do you have on your phone? Or Instagram? Are they really only there because you were desperate to take a picture when there was nobody else around? Was it not just vanity?” Before I knew it I was seeing words such as ‘narcissism’ and phrases such as ‘drowning in a pool of self-love’ and our personalities disappearing ‘in a quest for Instagram likes, Facebook comments and tumblr …

Why 2016 is the year to embrace your fro

If anyone didn’t know hair could be so political, they certainly did after the release of Beyonce’s Formation. (If you still don’t know, you can get an intro here.) The fro is having a mo, and I’m sure I’m not the only one rejoicing. You can say it’s just hair but it goes a lot deeper than that. Hair is our identity. It’s often the first thing we try to change when we want to change ourselves, evidenced by Emma Watson chopping her locks off after ten years as bushy-haired Hermione, Miley Cyrus ditching her long brunette waves for a peroxide pixie crop and of course, Britney Spears’ bald-headed breakdown in 2007. So you could say that after several years of moulding my identity to fit everyone else’s, I am ready to start shaping my own. Here’s 5 reasons why it’s the perfect time to ditch the straighteners. 1. INDIVIDUALITY IS IN Conforming is out – as discussed in my last post. Nobody worth noting achieved success by trying to be someone else. Being yourself is …