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

Friday, 12 May 2017

A new found love for derby

I remember when I first got into skating. I was about eight and I tagged along with my big sister and her friends to the ice rink. Like anybody starting out, I wasn't very good at it and spent a lot of time either on the floor, glued to the side rail or holding somebody's hand. 

After that, I nagged my parents for a pair of skates and luckily found some at a car boot sale. They were inline skates with a buckle fastening and polka dot lining. Sure, they may have been scuffed at the toes and a little tatty but they were mine and I loved them. After a few tumbles and lots of scuffed knees, I'd nailed it and could lap the block a few times.

It's been awhile since then and up until recently, I hadn't really given skating much thought. It took until one of my friends had her 16th birthday at a roller rink that I got back into skates. It was a bit weird at first and I was slipping and sliding all over the place. I suppose it's like riding a bike: you can't forget how to do it once you've learnt but you can become a bit rusty. Within an hour or so, I got the hang of it and would even do some little tricks like jump and 'whip' another person around the track. Granted I did fall over (and knock other people over- oops!!) quite a bit, but it's all fun and games right?

It was in the that moment that I realised skating made me happy. Happy in a way I couldn't put words to. I suppose it's similar for people who love to swim, or draw or play music. In that moment you're focused, determined and infinite.

 After that, I decided skating was a hobby I wanted to pursue so I saved up and bought myself a new pair of quads. Naturally that lead to my watching of Whip It  and oh my gosh- I think I may have fallen in love with roller derby! If you're unfamiliar with the sport, here is a definition I got from good old Wikipedia:

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction (counterclockwise) around a track. Game play consists of a series of short match ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.

You've got to be sixteen to join a league which kind of sucks, but I've contacted my local team and they said they'd be happy to have me on the next new skater intake which is September/ October time.

I just thought I'd share this with you as it's something I'm really passionate about. 
Do you have any unusual hobbies?

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Tiny plants growing out of sidewalk cracks

Rosie shared this on her wall and it melted my heart :)
Dear friend,

The chances are, if you're reading this, I've never met you. I've never been able to tell you that you're loved, that you're appreciated and that somebody out there is dying for you to love and appreciate them. You may not believe me, but you're a truly amazing human being. 

You're beautiful and have qualities that make you shine like the twinkling star that you are. Anybody that tells you differently obviously doesn't know their constellations. You have the kind of personality that's brimming with love and warmth-the kind that needs to be shared in a society that thrives on negativity!

You've done some mean things and hurt the people you love. You've done this because you're only human and your natural response to pain is inflicting more pain on other people. 

Wlive in a world where hate is thrown around like confetti and nobody talks about their feelings. If people were to only consider others for a moment before hurting them, maybe the world would be a better place.

My advice to you old friend would be to carry around a spare change of happiness with you wherever you go. You never know who may need it most.

Lots of love,
Marti xxx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Being Gay in a Heterosexual Society | An Interview with Ella

1.       Heya Ella! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and being so open! Firstly, would you mind telling me a little bit about yourself? For example: what are your passions and interests?

My interests are playing video games, photography, writing, drawing and reading.

2.      Do you think that labels are necessary when it comes to sexual orientation? Are they restrictive or do they provide comfort and security?

I think labels can be restrictive depending on the person really. Some people like that they can name their sexual orientation and be able to tell others exactly and others feel freer without labelling. I label myself because I like be able to explain to others easily what exactly my sexuality is.

3.      When did you realise that you weren’t heterosexual? Was it something you learnt as you got older or something you’ve always known?

It's a bit of both really. I had small crushes on other girls when I was younger but I wasn't bothered about it. I was about ten when I started questioning and then a year later I realised properly.

4.      Are there ever times that you find it difficult to accept your feelings towards other people? Does society ever make you feel pressured into acting and behaving a certain way?

There have been times where I've thought being straight would be easier but I've been raised so that I know that homosexuality isn't wrong so I just accepted myself.

5.      Have you ever experienced discrimination or prejudice based on your sexuality? Do you think that it’s because we live in a society where straight people are favoured that people think it’s acceptable to belittle people who don’t fall into this category?

I have faced discrimination from people who see it as a joke. Like when someone asked me if I had a girlfriend in a very mocking tone to make fun out of me. I've also heard some girls say that they don't want me to have a crush on them.

6.      How does it make you feel to know that in some parts of the world, it’s still illegal to marry as a same sex couple?

I think it's very upsetting to be honest that people are still against it but hopefully there's going to a rise in the future of people supporting same sex marriage, especially for Australia!

7.      Is there anybody who has helped you in any way that deserves any recognition? Whether that be simply being a friend who has stood up for you or a public figure who has fought for your rights?

Well, I look up to celebrities like Ellen Page because I find it amazing that they're proud of who they are and they stick up for lgbt rights in America.

8.      Finally, do you have any advice to give to anybody reading who is either questioning their sexual preference or considering ‘coming out’?

Well, for someone who's questioning their sexual orientation, my advice would be just to wait, be patient and be proud of themselves no matter what and for anyone who's thinking of coming out, make sure you're in a safe place and your parents are accepting. If not, maybe move in with an accepting friend or extended family if you feel you are in danger or wait until you move out.

Again, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity Ella, I wish you all the best! :)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 21 April 2017

Human & Horse

Just some pictures of the ponies in Iceland :)

Health and happiness,
Marti xx