Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Let's All Have A Casual Chat

I have recently been noticing a particular video idea that has been floating around YouTube for a couple of weeks now. It goes by the name of 'The Stripped Down Challenge'. The whole concept behind this idea is that the person filming the video has 10 minutes to talk about whatever they would like to get off their chest. It can't be edited, or scripted, or anything of the sort. It has to be all natural, and from the heart. I've become very inspired in particular by both Katie Joslin, and Grace Bruce, and this is why I feel that it's a nice idea for me to write up this post for all of you today.

I don't have a set list of things that I would like to talk about, but I don't want this post to be too long, so I'm just going to jump straight into it in the other that the topics come into my head.

Before I heard about this challenge, I'd actually been planning on doing like a monthly casual chat series. I haven't really thought too much about specific topics at this moment in time, but it's something that I'm working on as we speak. I would say that I can mainly be referred to as a beauty, and lifestyle blogger, but I also dabble in other things, such as mental health, fashion, advice, and other sorts of topics. I'm already quite open here, hence why I talk about the deeper, more personal parts of life, but I feel that by doing these monthly casual chat posts, I can reveal a personal side of me, but on a more general level. As I say, I have already delved into quite a bit of my private life, and I have spoken about a number of different issues that I have suffered with personally, but I want to take a break from that for a little while, I guess. Over the last few weeks, I have been writing up a series called 'An Insight Into My Life'. The whole purpose behind these sorts of posts is that my readers can get to know me on a personal level, and genuinely get 'an insight into my life', but without knowing all of the ins, and outs, and the ups, and the downs. Of course, I'm more than happy to address everything that has gone on in my past, all that's going on currently, and all of my hopes for the future, but sometimes it's nice to take a step back from all of that. Instead of just talking about my experiences with bullying, and loneliness, I can talk about much more diverse topics, like travelling, music, style, and all of those lighter topics in life. I just feel like I'm one of those people who always has a lot on their mind, and I always have a lot to say, so instead of just talking about my life, and sensitive topics all of the time, I thought it would be nice if I could talk about general things that I've been thinking of during that time, and things that have sparked an interest, or a topic of conversation that I could rant to you about.

As I'm sure many of you already know if you're a regular reader, English is, and always has been my favourite subject at school. I absolutely adore every aspect of English, and it's something that has always fascinated me too. If I didn't go down the career path that I'm hoping to go down in the future, then I would love to potentially go down the writing/journalism route if I could get the opportunity. I feel like with English, there is no right, or wrong answer. I'm currently studying the novella 'The Strange Case Of Jekyll and Hyde' and I'm actually really getting into it. Some of the contextual things that we learn about in the lessons, or that we end up discussing as a class seem to stem ideas for blog posts, such as this one. We have recently been discussing things that relate to the novella, and they have quite often led me to think of many different things. One thing that stuck out to me the most is the idea of the duality of human nature. This suggests that people often have two sides to them, and although we may put on a façade to the outside world, it doesn't mean that we are completely innocent, and pure all of the time. Even though this prediction is based of a text, it can apply to every day life too. Every single person has a 'good' side, and a 'bad' side, in my opinion. I think that most people can come across as well-respectable, and as if they don't have a bad bone in their body, but really, we all know that isn't true. Nobody is perfect, and we all have our flaws, and the things that make us slightly less likable. This statement also goes for the fact that there is two sides to every story. Just because one person reckons that one thing happens, it doesn't mean that their point of view is necessarily true, and it doesn't mean that their opinion is the one that you absolutely have to agree with. Every sees things differently to another person, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion on any subject. People often tend to hide behind a façade, because they feel that they should keep certain aspects of their life, and their personality concealed. I agree with this in some ways, but in other ways, I disagree. I'm all about being open, and honest, but I do understand that some things have to be kept private, and it's okay if not everyone wants to share everything about their life to the whole world. On the other hand, I don't agree that people should be giving off a fake portrayal to onlookers, because that will only complicate things in the future, and if someone has a fake personality, then there's not much point in anyone associating with them, because there is no honesty whatsoever.

I really do love the fact that English is such a broad subject, because reading other people's writing, and even creating your own writing shows that if you look deeper into context, and the reasons behind what is said, you will begin to understand life in general from a much clearer perspective. So, if you read war poems, or heart-wrenching, tragedies then you look into the background of the text, and you unpick the words, and think about the connotations, and the symbols, then you will be able to gather a variety of different ideas, and it will also lead your imagination, and your mind to work a lot more freely, whilst enabling the text to become a lot more significant, as we are encouraged to think more deeply about the story, the messages that it's trying to present to us, and also how it may connect to everyday, real life issues that we are faced with.
This means that poems, novels, and descriptive writing pieces are a lot more personal, and easily relatable, because they come from the heart, and they allow a real insight into an individual's life, and background. I also feel that I can express myself most effectively through words, because they can delve so much deeper than a video message, and I feel that it's a lot more personal. Whenever I have something on my mind, rather than just talking about it to a friend in real life, or on a phone call, I usually just send them a message instead, as I find it so much easier to get my point across. 

Lately, I've been thinking about things that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I've always been quite an introverted, reserved person, in comparison to other people my age. I often keep myself to myself, and I don't really like to get involved in the things that other people get involved in, like drinking, partying, staying up all night, and all of that. I do get quite lonely at times, but I do like being in my own company, and I like being able to relax in the comfort of my own home. Whenever I go out with more than one person at a time, or especially if I go out with a group (which rarely happens nowadays anyway), I always feel incredibly uncomfortable, and out of place. I don't know if it's just me, but I find myself getting anxious all of the time, let alone when I'm out, and involved in social situations. I always have to be around at least one person that I feel completely content with, because if I suddenly feel the need to escape, or break away from the discomfort that I'm in, then I need to be able to do that as quickly as possible, and ideally, the other person would understand me well enough to know just how panicky I can get at times.
With that rant aside, there are a few things that I like to do whenever I have some free time. Following on from my love of English, I like to snuggle up with some blankets, or a hot drink, and read a book, and I also like to write blog posts (that's an obvious one!). I feel like I can properly express myself in the best way when I'm writing up blog posts, and that's something that makes me really happy, and it's definitely a passion that I've quickly developed over the past year. I also really like reading other people's blogs, and watching YouTube videos, TV, or documentaries. I'm quite a visual person, and I'm always looking for new things to read, or watch, so if any of you ever have any recommendations, then please feel free to let me know. I usually just spend my evenings slumped on the sofa, or cosily tucked up under blankets in bed, so I like to be able to chill out, and unwind, and watching, and reading things allows me to do that, whilst still learning new things, and being able to comfort, and calm myself. A pamper evening once in a while isn't a bad idea either! Who doesn't love to treat themselves? Anyway, those are all of the things that I like to do in my spare time if I'm usually by myself, but I also like doing things with other people. If I am going to spend time with my loved ones, then I like to go out shopping, for a meal, to the cinema, to their house to watch films, and just generally hang out, or I just like to have a day in with them, whatever we're doing, because as long as I'm with the people I love, nothing else really matters, because they are enough to make me happy.

That's all I'm going to be talking about for today's post. It's something a little bit different, so let me know what you think about it, regardless as to whether your opinion's good, or bad. I do have a couple of topic ideas, but I don't really know if they are things that you would all be interested in hearing me talk about. I recently did a post about music, and that was something that I really enjoyed, and I'd like to do more posts about topics that I genuinely feel passionately about, because I could literally bang on about them for ages. I could talk more about body image, relationships, school (GCSE's particularly), trust, dealing with drama, makeup, friendships, personal influences, and what kind of things I stand for, and believe in. Those are just a couple of ideas, but if any of you have any others, then feel free to contact me, and let me know. I don't feel that I interact with my readers as much as I would like to, and so it would honestly mean the world to me if you got in contact with me, and started commenting more. It would be lovely if we could all build up a little community here at Simply Jadey, and then we could all help to make each other feel better, and we could all be friends too!

What posts would you like to see? And what has been the highlight of your week this week? 

Lots of love,
Jade x

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