Sunday, 4 October 2015

An Insight Into My Life

 
I'm aware that I've been posting content on my blog for quite a while now, but I don't think that many of you know that much about my life, or who I really am as a person. That's what I'm going to be talking about today. I hope that some of you find this sort of post interesting in some way.
 
Let's start of with the basics, shall we? I was born in London, and I lived there for about 7 years of my life. I wouldn't say that I'm a typical 'Londoner', but that's where I was born, and raised for the first half of my life. Therefore, London is quite a large part of my identity, and it does hold a significant place in my heart. Does that sound really weird? Anywaaay! I'm actually quite proud to say that I'm from London/England, because although the weather's awful for the most part, there are so many opportunities in this country, and I really don't think that those of us who live here realise how lucky we are! I love going up to London, especially near the Christmas time of year, because it all looks so special, and magical, and there is no other atmosphere that compares to it, in my opinion!
 

(image taken off Google - sorry, not sorry)


I'm actually only 14 years old! I'm 15 in March though. (let's throw in 2 facts in 1!) I do look a lot older than I actually am, due to my height, but I just take that as a compliment, because why not? Considering how old I am, I do actually have many aspirations, and plans for the future already.
I'm glad that I started this blog at quite a young age, because I can expand on it throughout the years, and it can be like something personal that I grow up with, and I love that idea. When I look back in years to come, I will be able to see where I have changed, and that's something I really like the idea of. I consider my blog to be like an extension of my thoughts, and I honestly think it's such a wonderful platform/community to be a part of. It's one of the best decisions that I've ever made.
 
As I just mentioned, I do actually have many aspirations for the future. One of the main ones being that I would like to travel the world. I have discussed this on my blog in previous posts, but it's something that I would honestly love to do. I don't just want to travel around a certain continent though - I want to travel absolutely everywhere. America, Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe - all over the place. I'm also really interested in the whole volunteering idea. I'd love to travel to somewhere like Costa Rica, or Thailand and help care for the orphaned children, or those most vulnerable. There's just something so incredible about travelling to new, unseen places. I adore discovering breath-taking scenery, and immersing myself into a completely different culture, whilst meeting new people who live a complete opposite life to me. It's just so fascinating, and I believe that it really helps an individual to grow, and expand their knowledge in so many ways. Who doesn't love travelling anyway?!

Another interest of mine is helping other people. I've also touched on this topic in previous blog posts, but it's honestly my biggest dream in life. I believe that every single person on this planet has their own purpose, and I truly believe that mine is to help other people in this world to lead a better, happier life. If I can help even one person during the time that I'm on this Earth, then I will be more than happy. I'm constantly thinking about charities I want to raise money for, volunteering opportunities that I'd like to get involved in, and even what inspiring blog posts I want to write next. I feel that blogging is the perfect way for me to express my thoughts, and personal experiences, whilst helping people at the same time. All I want is to make people happy, and help them realise that they aren't alone with whatever they may be going through at the moment. I always try my best to positively impact someone's life in whatever way I can, even if it's just by someone reading one of my posts. I'm a positivity enthusiast. I do encourage speaking about negative issues, because it's important to address them, and speak out about whatever it may be, but then I try to put a positive spin onto it, so I turn the negatives into positives. It's something that's really close to my heart too.
Leading on from my previous point is another huge passion of mine, and something that is incredibly personal to me. It's a subject that makes many people incredibly emotional, and one that a lot of people, including myself can be really sensitive about, but it's so important, and I feel I need to talk about it on this post, as it's a part of me, and the person that I am. The subject that I'm talking about is mental health. Now, I'm just going to put it out there - I am never going to stop talking about mental health. I shall continue to talk about it, and support all the mental health charities until the stigma is removed forever. When I'm old enough, I'm going to raise as much money as I can for all of these wonderful charities, and I'm going to get actively involved in whichever way I can. It honestly does sadden me to know that there is still so much stigma surrounding mental health issues. I don't think that enough people realise how much of an issue it is, and how many lives it's actually affecting. I know this isn't a mental health post, it's a get to know me one, but as I mentioned, mental health is a huge part of my life. I hope to work in the mental health field when I'm older, as it's something that I feel so passionately about, and I believe that the more people who support this topic, and raise awareness for it, the sooner the stigma shall be removed. I don't know how many of you have heard, but recently the world lost the beautiful angel that is Jacqueline Boulton. She made this video a couple of months ago, talking openly about her mental health struggles, and her story. The amount of positive, encouraging feedback that she got, and is still getting is incredible. It is such a tragedy that she is no longer with us, but I believe that this devastating news can be made into a positive change for those whose lives are affected by mental illness. I wish I had gotten the chance to comment on her video, and tell her how much of a beautiful soul she had. She has no idea how many lives she is going to save, or shed light to through her video. Can you now see why this is such a vital message to spread? We are losing lives due to mental health issues, and due to the stigma, people are so often too afraid to speak out. I'm sure everyone would rather save lives than chant nasty things about those suffering. Jacqueline has helped so many. So now, let's help her achieve what she wanted by making a change, and ending the stigma once and for all. Rest in peace beautiful. I hope you're in a happier place. Your story and your wonderful, kind soul will live on for the rest of eternity. We love you.


#sunflowersforjacqueline

Alongside all of the passions that I have, I also have quite a few hobbies, apart from blogging. In my spare time, I particularly enjoy going shopping. As much as my purse then hates me for spending all my money (oops), I find it really therapeutic, and it actually helps to take my mind of things. Some of my favourite shops are Topshop, Boots, Office, and New Look. I also enjoy going to larger shopping centres and having a look at the MAC, and Chanel stands. Even though I usually can't afford any of it, I just love gazing at all the gorgeous lipsticks, and admiring all the intricately detailed packaging. I also really enjoy going out for meals with my family. For the past few months, myself, my mum, and my sister have been trying out different places to eat that I hadn't been to previously. We started off with Pizza Express (even though I'd be to one of them before, I really wanted to go again, as it had been nearly a year!), then we went to Jamie's Italian, and now we've recently tried out Pizza Hut! If you can't tell, I love my Italian food a lot! Pizza and pasta are probably my most favourites. Something else that I have a huge passion for is music. I absolutely adore listening to music, watching other people play music, and I actually enjoy singing myself too! I wouldn't say that I'm the best singer by any means, but it's something that I am very fond of, and I feel that music, whatever form it may be (singing, listening, playing, dancing) can be incredibly therapeutic and it can help to release a lot of tension, and built up emotions. I have written my own song before, but it's something that I'd like to work on in the future, seeing as I did want to be a singer once upon a time. Never say never. If you're wondering, my favourite singer, and one of my favourite people in general is Demi Lovato.
 
I don't want to make this post too long, as I can always create another part, but I just wanted to talk about you, my readers, in this final section. This blog is probably my biggest achievement of my life, so far. Blogging is literally one of my favourite things to do, and it's something that I feel the most passionately about during this moment in time. Even when I had only just started my blog, and I didn't have any followers at all, and we're talking 0 here, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I'm not saying that I aspire to be a blogger as a full time career in the future, but I would certainly love to have it as a creative outlet on the side, and as I said earlier, to act as like an extension of my mind. The blogosphere really is becoming something nowadays, and I think that's incredible. There are so many wonderful opportunities that come alongside it, and although I haven't experienced any of those as of yet, I don't mind at all. I'm not in it for the followers, or the money, or anything like that. As I said, it's not a job, it's a hobby; something I genuinely enjoy doing in my spare time. I go to school, and I do have a lot of work to do, as well as a normal life to live, but blogging is a massive part of my life now, and I love how I'm the only person out of my group of friends who does it too. It feels like such an exciting adventure, and it makes me so happy. It's almost like I have my own little world to escape too. Everyone has been so positive, and lovely about it, and I'm so proud of how far I have come. I don't want to be rich, or famous. I want to have a blog, so that I can help people, and make the world a happier place. It's as much for me, as it is for all of you. I find it so rewarding to know that people actually enjoy reading the things that I ramble on about, and share on my little corner of the internet. I had an idea the other day, and I will talk about it more on another post, if you would all be interested, but here's the lowdown of it. I had this idea that I would create my own little world for myself, and all of my loved ones/blog readers/supporters/people I feel are worthy of entering. The idea may sound a little mental, but it makes perfect sense in my head, and I actually think it's pretty cute. We are all going to be in our own world, away from all the evil, and negativity of planet Earth, and we will only be allowed to sprinkle sunshine, not sadness. This means that it's a place that only allows positivity, and kindness. The place that we will all live in is going to be called the 'Positivity Palace', so that it's essentially a 'house' that is big enough for all of us lovely, positive people to live in. I had originally thought that it would be a bubble, so that we could fly away from all the hatred in our normal world, but I decided that wasn't quite so practical, and instead, we would have a hot air balloon, or a mahoosive glittery bubble situated in the grounds of our palace, so that we can just fly away if ever we want to explore another part of the world, or if there are any incoming threats of negativity, then we can fly off, and zap the trolls before we come back. Our palace will have lots of glitter in it, a permanent sunshine that shines in every corner, rainbows through every window, loads of yummy food available, such as donuts, candyfloss, glittery cupcakes, a special fruit punch that is bright orange, which guarantees unlimited happiness off everyone, and everyone is treated like princes, and princesses. We each have our own special gown, and we have glamorous fairy-tale inspired masquerade balls every night, where we all dance, and wear elegant masks. Anyone is welcome, babies, young children, teenagers, adults, elderly people.. Anyone! As long as they are positive, and they obey by the rules. I haven't quite come up with all the ideas yet, but those are the main ones that I have thought of at the moment! I may sound insane, but I think it's pretty damn cool.
Anyway, thank you all for reading, and being so supportive of my blog. You all mean the world to me, and if I could, I would give each, and every one of you a huge hug! Thank you for being so wonderful. If you would like to see another post like this, then please do let me know, and you can give me ideas of specific themes if you would like to. I was thinking I could do ones about my childhood memories, or things I have learnt throughout my life so far? Let me know anyway!
 
Lots of love,
 
Jade x
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