Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sharing My Secret...


Something that I've been keeping hush hush about for the longest time can finally be revealed, and I genuinely couldn't be more excited about that. 

In case you didn't already know...


I'M WRITING MY OWN BOOK!!!!

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved reading, and writing of all sorts. I was mainly into the creative aspect of it, because my imagination is super crazy, but as I got into secondary school, I'd write a couple of diary entries here, and there, when I was going through a particularly bad patch, and then just place my focus onto English lessons. It's not that I lost the interest whatsoever, but it was automatically placed to the back of my mind, because I just didn't have the time, or the ideas, and quite frankly, I didn't have much reason to put in all the effort either. 

Wanting to write a book has been something that has always stuck with me. The idea has never disappeared, but I didn't ever imagine that I'd be announcing the plan at the age of 16. 

Although I've touched on the tough times I've faced in blog posts before, I've never really shared all the whole story, and I don't usually tend to share the personal poems that I write either. When I was going through the beginning of the drama, I was too young to properly read, or write, so I obviously didn't have that escape back then, but throughout my teenage years, I've always turned to writing. I find that it really helps me to put things into perspective, and it allows me to process things properly, and in some ways, rationalise the way that I'm feeling. That's why I do it for myself, but I also do it for other people. They may be able to relate, they may find comfort out of my poems, they make feel less alone knowing that somebody else has battled with similar demons. I know that I personally feel that way with other people's poetry anyway. 

The book is going to be called 'Intoxicated Minds', and there are a couple of reasons behind that. To me, intoxicated means out of control, overthinking, the madness of growing up, and minds is a collective term, referring to teenagers, and young people as a whole, or just every human in general. I also perceive intoxicated as meaning young people are poisoned by the societal standards, and expectations, but they aren't all necessarily conforming to them. 

I have also started thinking about chapters, and I've now got the 5 solid ones set in stone. They are: empathy, encouragement, empowerment, excitement, and experiment. How cool do they sound?! I wanted them all to start with the same letter 'e', because that symbolises emotions, and obviously, I want my book to be pretty damn emotional (both good, and bad!), because that's more realistic. 

I don't want to share too many more details, because it all is still very new, and exciting, and I don't want to give everything away, and ruin the surprise, but I just want to say that this really is a dream come true. I feel so happy, and hopeful, and so proud of myself for trying to do this (basically) on my own at such a young age. I have big dreams, and this has always been up there in my top 3, I'd say. 
Just keep your eyes peeled, as I'll always give you the updates as soon as I have them! 

Let me know how you feel about poetry, and whether you would consider purchasing my book once it's available! I would really appreciate all of the support, and all of the feedback I can get, because you guys are the best at showing the love.

Thank you for everything, and I hope you're just as excited about this whole project as I am!

Lots of love always,






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Sunday, 5 November 2017

My Top Tips For Writing Poetry

Being able to read, and write is something that I will never take for granted. Quite honestly, this ability has changed my life, and shaped me into the person that I am today.

Even when I was much younger, I was always into reading stories, or making up my own - and, within the last few years, I've also discovered a love for poetry.

Today, I thought I'd share with you a couple of the things that I've learned along the way, in the hope that they may be of help to you too.

Get inspiration from everywhere
People may wonder where poets actually find inspiration for their poems from. Well, the truth is, it can come from absolutely anywhere! The most important thing to me is that each piece is personal, and emotional, but it all depends on the individual, and what they feel they're writing for in the first place. Think about past experiences, the people in your life, nature, society, politics - anything!
 
Make sure it all comes from the heart, and no-where else 
If your poems come from the heart, it's more likely that your audience will actually connect to the words that are written as if they are words you have spoken. Poems are such an individual form of art, and for other people to relate, and understand them without even knowing the person shows that a true masterpiece has been made.
 
Focus on the flow of the feelings
The thing with poetry is that with any form of literature, there's not just one genre, or style that fits all. There's spoken word, prose, haikus, soliloquy's, ballads, odes, and many more! I personally tend to write without any particular structure, or thought about the layout, and I put an emphasis on the words, rather than the appearance.
 
Not every poem has to rhyme
Whenever I start to write, I hardly ever think about whether I want my sentences to rhyme or not. Sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. There's no set rules with poetry, ya know. Some are longer, some are shorter, and they aren't all going to be identical, even if they are about the same, or a similar subject. The whole purpose is to express yourself through words, and so as long as you feel you're doing that for yourself, then that's all that matters!
 
Those are just a few of my top tips for if you're wanting to get into poetry writing. It's a really fantastic, rewarding hobby, and it's even something that I'd consider pursuing as a career in the future. Whether you want just want to express your emotions, or you want to do it as a way of helping other people, you should definitely give it a go!
 
For those who are interested, my poetry account on Instagram is @jmpoetry_x!
 
Lots of love always,
 
 

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Monday, 11 September 2017

A Poem About Pisceans

 
Something which has always interested me, and caught my attention is astrology, and star signs. I don't necessarily care for daily horoscopes, or telling the future, but I just love looking into the traits, and characteristics that each star sign, and in particular my own, may possess. I'm also an avid poet, as some of you probably already know if you have been following me for a while, so I thought that I would combine the two together in today's post.

One of my very good blogger friends Alice also has the same star sign as me (Pisces) and we thought it would be a cute idea if we did a collab, which was based upon the topic. She's going to be doing a DIY post over on her blog (which you can read here), and I'm going to be sharing both of our verses of poetry on mine for you! We hope you enjoy...

She's selfless
It means she's caring and understanding
but this can be a devilish trait in disguise.
She finds it a struggle to fall in love with herself
All of her own emotions build up and overspill, like books on a shelf
Being selfless drains all of her energy
as to others, she is always so genuinely complimentary
She's always the first to offer a helping hand, or a shoulder to cry on
yet she falls asleep listening to the saddest of songs
Everybody treats her like she's nothing but an accessory
They only speak to her when they feel it's necessary
But, she's selfless and that's what makes her so sweet
It's definitely a trait which she wants to keep.

She's sensitive
It means she's deep and empathetic
but it can be negative.
The tears need holding back, ceaselessly
from the idea that no problem can be
solved heedlessly
Being sensitive wears her out
because of the countless fears it brings about
She shan't see blood, violence nor torture
for her chemicals will unbalance and haunt her
Her hypersensitivity can be misperception
this feeling left as a victim of her brain and minds deception
But she's sensitive and that's what makes her great;
A true example of her Pisces fate.

- J.M & A.G
 
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Writing Poetry

 

It all started in a Citizenship class that I was having in Year 7. That was when I discovered the passion that I have for poetry.
 
I'm not talking about the Shakespeare or Jane Austen type here (no disrespect), but I mean modern poetry and the fact that it's a way in which I can express even my deepest thoughts.  
 
With many things in my life, particularly relationships and personal struggles, I always used to feel helpless, because I didn't know how I was supposed to deal with them. When I had a particular Citizenship lesson one day, I got the chance to write a poem to see what I could come up with. To my surprise, I was actually more skilled at it than I had originally thought.
 
After that, I gradually began writing poetry more and more regularly. It didn't necessarily always rhyme, but it told a story straight from the heart. It was raw, it was emotional, it was real.
 
For the past 3 years, I've been writing poems whenever I've felt the need to express emotions or reflect on experiences. I'm not going to lie, most of them are romantic or about a particular ex that I've struggled to move on from, but that's just because upsetting poems about love and breakups are much easier to write from the heart and the honesty is often valued much more than sugar-coated rubbish.
 
If any of you do struggle with your emotions or you find it difficult to process certain things, I'd definitely suggest writing them down. Whenever a thought comes to mind, just write it down. You don't have to turn it into a Shakespeare inspired piece, but poetry really can be anything that you make it. Even just writing a few lines about how sad your feeling could count as a poem! Writing can be really therapeutic and it can help you to come to terms with your thoughts and then find the words to tell the people that you love and care about most.
 
Depending on what all of you think, I would be more than happy to share some of my poems with you in the future. I do have a poetry account, but I haven't been brave enough to make that public just yet, so you will have to try and encourage me if that's something that you'd want to see! If enough people would be interested, then I suppose I could consider it!
 
Do you read/write poetry? What do you think about using it as a form of self-expression?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
 

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Journey To Recovery | A New Series

Today marks the beginning of a brand new series. It's called 'The Journey To Recovery'. The reason that I'm going to be working on this new series is because I find recovery so, so important as a part of every human's life. We all go through difficult times, whether it be the death of a loved one, a break-up, mental health issues, bullying, self-esteem, relationship problems - whatever it is, we all experience them. I have been through quite a lot during my 14 years of life and I feel that I'm now slowly beginning to find myself and get back on the right track. I want this series to be mainly focused on strength, recovery, positivity and encouragement. I shall be doing a variety of posts on things such as, techniques, self-help book reviews, motivating quotes, uplifting songs, helpful distractions, treatments, supportive charities/organisations, interviews with friends who have experienced these issues personally, q&a's, getting to know my story, talking about how I'm planning on recovery and becoming stronger etc. I feel that it will be beneficial to many people and it's promoting positivity, which is essentially what my blog is about anyway. As I mentioned earlier, recovery is so important, whatever term it may be used in. It's all about finding yourself and overcoming obstacles to become the best version of you that you can be and moving on from the struggles you have dealt with in the past. I'm going to do my best to help as many of you, including myself, as I can. There should be 1 post a week, so I shall see you all very soon! I hope you like it!
 
 
QOTP ~ 'I didn't come here to tell you my sob story, I came here to tell you it gets better' ~
 

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Spread The Sunshine | Personal Poetry



As part of my 'Spread The Sunshine' campaign, I thought I'd share some poetry that I have written in the hope that it may help some of you who are struggling. It is very personal to me, as I have written this by myself, through experience but I hope that you enjoy it and you see a new side of me that may actually help you. 





This first poem is incredibly important to me and also a very personal one. I have often had times where I have felt as though I can't go on anymore; like living is just an impossible task. I know that many people feel the same and so I wanted to share this poem through experience and in the hope that it may help some of you who are struggling with similar thoughts at this moment in time. I promise that you do have the strength to get through this. Too often, we doubt ourselves and we tend to forget how strong we actually are. If we persevere and we don't give up, then we are capable of achieving anything, no matter how hard it may seem at the beginning. The haters are worth nothing. Even if you are having a bad day today, you have to hold on and remember that everything will be okay. Please keep fighting and show that world and yourself what you are made of. You can do anything.
Another poem about strength is this next one that I wrote yesterday. Even though things may seem difficult and unbearable within this particular moment, they won't be like that forever. As cliché' as it may sound to you, things do get better and they won't be this way forever. You are a fighter and this is one of the many battles that you will face during your lifetime. Fighters don't give up, do they? They keep on going until their very last breath. That is exactly what you must do. Pain is only temporary, but quitting lasts forever. Things will only get better if you make a change.
In the generation of today, people are so quick to judge and they are so thoughtless. Sometimes, we are incredibly selfish and we don't think about what other people may be going through, or how they may be feeling. There are so many wars, conflicts and arguments and it really makes me ever so upset to think that some people are just letting things carry on like this. If we don't do our individual bit to contribute to an international change, then how are we supposed to expect peace and united love? It's the little things that count the most and have the largest effect. Ask people how they are feeling, offer them a shoulder to cry on, give your loved ones gifts out of the kindness of your heart. If we all start to help each other more and show a little more sympathy, the world will be a better place.
We are all addicted to something that numbs the pain we feel. Some of us may have experienced self-harm, alcohol issues, drugs, violence towards other people; the list goes on. It gives us a temporary release for a problem(s) that may seem permanent at the time. Sometimes we can be so overwhelmed by sadness and anger that we don't think about our actions, or what we say during that particular time. Harming yourself or the person that is making you feel so much pain and hatred towards the world may seem like a solution and a release at first, but really, it causes more problems in the future. In the long run, these addictions are only doing you more damage. Whereas if you spoke to someone and you got support or a shoulder to cry on, then your problems could have been sorted. Please put down the blade, alcohol, drugs, your fist or whatever else it may be that you are using as an escape. Distract your mind and calm yourself down before acting irrationally. You don't want to ruin YOUR life because of other people, do you? You are worth so much more than that. I promise.

 


We must all hold onto hope. We must all wish for happiness. If we hold onto hope and wish for positive things to come, then there is a greater chance that it will happen as we will be more motivated. Hope is such an important thing to have. You should be grateful and happy about the little things in life. One day, all of your dreams will come true. If you work hard and you try your very best, then you will get to succeed and be able to do what you really want to do. If you give up, then you won't get anywhere, because you haven't tried hard enough. You have to keep going and then you will get to where you want to be.


Finally, I want to share one of my older poems with you all. Here I'm trying to explain that I know what it feels like to constantly get put down and get called all the names under the sun. There is so much pressure within today's society to look and act a certain way. But, you just need to remember that you are worth so much more than what society is making you out to feel like. You are unique and you are a true gift to the world. If you were not alive, then the world wouldn't be how it is today. Things wouldn't be the same. So many people's lives would be destroyed and torn apart. I love and believe in each and every one of you. I know that it can be an overwhelming struggle sometimes, but we are all in this together and we are all fighting our own individual battles. I know you might be broken and I know that you might want to give up, but you are all equally as important to me and I need you to fight. I promise you, you are so much more important and valued than you think you are. I am so, so proud of how far you have all come and even if you haven't managed to smile today, then smile now for me, precious. A smile looks gorgeous on you. So, no matter who you are, I want you to make a personal promise to me and yourself. That promise is that you will stay strong through no matter what and you will keep on fighting and ask me, or anyone else for help if you feel you would benefit from it. I'm always here for any of you that may need it, whether it's for a general chat, or for a heart-to-heart about your problems! We are all part of a community here and we are all going to support, motivate and help each other. I know that you are all capable of wonderful things, my lovelies. Don't let anyone or anything stand in the way of you, your dreams and your future.

* I'm now going to be doing a quote of the week for every #spreadthesunshine post that I do! Please feel free to share some of your favourite inspirational quotes in the comments and I shall take a look at them and include them in future posts if you would like! Tell me if you like this new idea.

 QOTW ~ 'Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody'
 



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