Friday, 21 July 2017

Reasons why I smiled this week

Sometimes the world can feel like a terrible place when in reality, our world is a wonderful place full of terrible things. These terrible things can sometimes taint our perspective and make us feel unhappy. Being brought down by things out of your control is not only a waste of time and energy, but is also toxic to those around you. It's a simple fact, but one we could all do with being reminded of every now and then. That's why I decided to think up a few reasons why I smiled this week, however large or small, as a reminder that the life I have is precious. I challenge you to do the same and keep finding a reason to smile every day! :)

  1. I'm feeling super driven and inspired, which is odd with it being the end of term.
  2. I watched my little brother swim of the first time in a while the other day and he's like a little fish :)
  3. The weather is just the way I like it: either sunny or thunder-stormy.
  4. My art teacher has mounted some of  my work in the corridors! That's something I could never have expected. 
  5. I've received some really lovely comments on my last blog post!
  6. Books, books, that not reason enough to smile?
  7. Finally, I'm brimming with excitement for the Summer Holidays! Just two more days ladies and gentlemen...two more days!
Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Pixies and Campervans

Today it was the annual old car show at Newby Hall and Gardens. The site is home to acres of green space, beautiful wild flowers and until September, my sister's Pixie Exhibition!

Jay has been making and selling her creations for the last few years over the creative outlet of Etsy. Her natural talent and hours of free flowing creativity have finally paid off, meaning her creations now hang with pride in the Grantham Room at Newby Hall and Gardens.  Newby is also home to the original Paddington Bear, Mr Bean's 'Teddy' and Fozzie Bear. I could not be any more proud of my big sister Jay :)

 In all, it was a truly lovely day. The sun was shining and we even saw some camper beauties!

 Apologies for the lack of post on Friday- this is substitute! ;)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

One of my favourite places

Some photos taken at the stepping stones by Fin and I last weekend :)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 30 June 2017

Love From Lexie by Cathy Cassidy

   What a literary genius. Cathy Cassidy has only done it again- melted my heart with an empowering new series!

 Following The Chocolate Box Girls, the first instillation of Cathy's new series, The Lost & Found, was released earlier this month. One of the things I love so much about Love From Lexie is that it's universally applicable. You don't have to be the 'target audience' (which by the way, I'm assuming is children/YA) to understand the issues of today's society like domestic violence and the stigma surrounding sexuality. These topics are touched upon with the kind of  sensitivity understanding that the world needs much more of.

Lexie has been living with a care family ever since her mum went missing. Although she loves her new foster parents and even sister Bex- she can't help but hold them at arm's length incase her mum comes back. It's with the help of Bex that she sets up a group at the local library and The Lost & Found is born...but where does a band, a bunch of letters and the constant threat of library closures come into it? Well, you'll have to pick the book up yourself and find out yourself! 

Final Thoughts: Read it. Just read it :)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 23 June 2017

Sunny afternoon

Just a few pictures from Whitley Bay last Sunday :) 

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 16 June 2017

What's new?

Hello! I'm going to be perfectly honest and tell you that this post has not been planned and is completely spur of the moment. You know those times where you just feel like writing but you're not sure what to write about? Yeah, that's me. All the freaking time.

Today I went to the library and picked up some reservations I'd completely forgotten about. I also treated myself to Cathy Cassidy's new book, Love from Lexie, from the little book shop (hopefully a review will follow next week).

At present, I'm surrounded by tissues and icky cough sweets. I feel like the only human in the universe capable of getting a cold in summer. Last night I went roller skating with three of my friends and didn't fall over once!  I'm also looking forward to tomorrow, Father's Day in the UK, as we are going up to see my brother Charlie. 

I think that's just about everything- although there is one little treasure I've been keeping a secret...I'm writing a book! I'm not sure how long it'll take me, and I'm not setting myself any deadlines either. I'm writing it purely for the enjoyment of writing it and nothing else. 

Now it's your turn. Tell me about your weekend!

Lots of love,
Marti xxx

Friday, 9 June 2017

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.

Just a few pictures I caught of the world being beautiful these last few days. 

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Sun, rain and erm, rain...

Remember my last post where I said that I wanted to make the most of this half term? Well, that I did, and currently I'm writing this post as opposed to doing the maths homework I neglected all holiday. The pleasure is all yours ;) I thought it'd be nice to share with you some of the things I got up to as a little follow up from my last post. So sit back, perhaps get yourself a tea and enjoy; it's going to be a long one! Also, I hope somebody brought cake. All this not doing homework is making me very peckish...

I think it's time to start wearing the knee pads.
Saturday and Sunday were pretty odd weatherwise. My sister came home for the day on Saturday so we walked into town- dressed for clear skies and sunshine! That we got until we ventured home  and were faced with the midst of a thunderstorm! After getting home and peeling off our clothes, most of us got in our pyjamas (mum and dad went out for the night to a David Bowie tribute) and I read the first Clarice Bean book. That night we played this game called Heads Up (which I proved to be terrible at) and binge watched awful Saturday night TV. 

Ella went back home on Sunday morning but I managed to persuade her to do my hair before she left. I also coloured in her tattoo, which personally, I think looks much better. After that, I went out on my roller skates with Fin before going to the car boot. I managed to grab some rather unattractive but life saving knee pads and some books from the Ruby Redfort series. We sat in the sun with my nana for a while as my grandad is quite poorly. At my gran's house I played football in the garden with my darling little brother. He kept getting angry at me because apparently I'm too good (yeah right, I know haha!).

On Monday we went to Haworth which was home to the Brontë sisters in the 1800s. There was a beautiful graveyard that we looked around before going to the parsonage museum. I absolutely loved looking around the house and would recommend it to anybody interested in this era of literature. We ate chips in paper during anther downpour which was surprisingly enjoyable. There were lots of quirky shops in the town to look around and an old fashioned sweet shop where we bought rosy apples. I haven't an awful lot to say about Tuesday other than it was another day at the pen shop. It was quiet, but some very interesting customers...

Two of my good friends invited me to go to York with their family on Wednesday. It was a truly fabulous day. We got the park and ride bus to the city and first went to York Dungeon, which I enjoyed profusely. The actors made you feel as though you'd travelled back in time and were pretty good at knowing how to scare people! We ate at the Bar Convent (again, I'd recommend) before heading to the Railway Museum. Although I don't have a great passion for trains, I still enjoyed marvelling at their splendour.  

Me and my babes
On Thursday I seriously needed to catch up with some homework, so I spent most of the day doing Science revison (yay!). Mum, dad, Fin and Jay headed to the pet shop and came home with two fishies! They are absolutely adorable and we agreed to name them Bert and Ernie after everybody's favourite muppet pair. I also started watching this series called Fat Doctor which I am hooked on (guilty as charged!).

That leads me to today. I'm not going to lie; this blog post consumed a lot of my time, but at least it's productive :) This morning we went to town to pick up some shopping and between then and now, I've been reading. It's so hot but I'm considering closing my window becuase the house opposite is blaring 'I Gotta Feeling'. Give me strength...

What have you been upto?
  Lots of love,
Marti xxx

P.S. They're playing 'I Need a Hero' now ahahhaha 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Sun, sun, sun!

This is just going to be a real quickie, but I thought it would be worthwhile sitting down and explaining what's going on at the moment. At present, it's Friday night, which means that half term has officially begun! I'm really excited because where I live we're experiencing a bit of a heatwave and the temperature hit twenty seven degrees earlier!

I'm using this break as a time to focus on my own happiness and to do the things that make me smile. That's why I've set myself a few small goals to reach over half term. These include: going out on my skates, meditating, doing yoga, reading, taking pretty pictures, drinking lots of water and writing in the sun!

I'm also going to try and avoid Facebook as I don't believe it is having a positive effect on my happiness and is probably the biggest tool for procrastinating. I have however started to use Instagram and Pinterest again for posting and sharing pictures. Make sure to drop your account names in the comments so that I can follow you! :)

What are your half term plans?

Forever health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

Do you want the truth or something beautiful?

I felt very sceptical about posting this piece of writing, yet I wanted to bring forth the fact that life isn't always sugar sweet and iced with pink icing. There are times where life will chew you up and spit you back out again- it happens to everybody and you just have to live through it. It's those times that I try not to document, for better or for worse. I've never endorsed spreading negativity on the internet but I think it's important to be honest and not sugar coat reality. 

Now that brings me to my main point: what I'm sharing with you. There's a certain individual in my life who's caused me a great deal of pain. I'm not going to explain what has happened, mostly because that's a line I don't feel comfortable crossing, but also to protect the identity of said individual. The best way I've found to deal with difficult situations is creative expression- whether that be music, drawing or writing, I always feel more in contact with my feelings afterwards.

I've decided to include a small paragraph of one of the lengthy letters I've written yet never sent to this person. It was really difficult deciding whether or not to publish this, but I trusted it would bring home how strongly your actions can hurt others. 
You’ve changed me. You’ve left a bruise on my body that will drag me down far more than any I gain smacking the ground on roller skates. They’re the kind of injury that motivates you to keep trying, to beat your personal best and greatest of all, to not give up. The bruise you’ve given me is so deep, so swollen and so painful; it brings tears to my eyes. You’ve humiliated me. Made me look weak and needy in an environment I felt safe.   

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx