Friday, 18 August 2017

Sandcastles in the Sand

A few pictures taken in TintagelPort Isaac, Padstow, Boscastle and The Cornish Coast :)

Health and Happiness,

Marti xxx

Friday, 11 August 2017

Thinking About The Future- An Interview with Bailey

Meet Bailey: Bailey is a student living in some village in the middle of nowhere with an unlikely passion for film and editing.

Bailey's Instagram:
I met Bailey almost four years ago and was struck by his ability to broadcast and edit videos soundly. We’ve supported each other over the last few years and I could not be happier to introduce you to him. Bailey works tremendously hard to produce quality content for his YouTube channels and is here today to tell us a little about his views on the future and what it brings.

1) Firstly Bailey, if you don’t mind, tell us a little about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

My favourite thing I can do is make movies. The whole process, from the recording to the uploading can never get boring. Apart from that, I
play video games, workout and eat.

2) It’s a common belief that there are three types of people in this world: people who look to the future for happiness, people who look into the past for happiness and people who focus their happiness on the present. Which one would you consider yourself to be?

Id definitely say I live in the now and take happiness from just doing something and getting it done but I do feel it's wrong to regret your past, as that's what got you to where you are today and you should be able to take a level of happiness from it. I can't really say much about getting happiness from the future because apart from with goals and aspirations I don't understand that mindset but happiness from goals happens in the now when you achieve it so my point is now invalid

3) At school we’re always being asked the same question over and over again: ‘what would you like to do when you leave school?’ Do you believe that this is necessary in today’s society? A society where the average amount of jobs held by one person before the age of forty is ten.

Knowing where you want to go is always a positive. If you can define where you want to be then you're halfway to doing it, you'll only have the hardest bit left (which is actually doing it) however not knowing what you want to do can leave you more open to take in suggestions.

       4) Jobs in IT are becoming increasingly popular. Do you think that this will result in the death of traditional jobs like postal workers and solicitors?

Definitely jobs are going to get taken over by robots so the people who once did them get to sit and admire what the world is becoming!

5) At risk of sounding like school, do you have any ideas for what you’d like to do in the future? Do you think that it’s important to have some thoughts on the matter?

I know exactly what I want to do. And it's a bonus to know what you want to do in detail but not knowing isn't a huge downfall because there's always people who'll give their opinions on what they want you to do whatever you want

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions Bailey! 

Thanks for having me! :)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Two Goals for Five Weeks

Read as many books as I feel like reading
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This year I've probably read more books, both big and small, than ever before. I've found so much peace and solitude through reading that it's the thing I've been doing most. However, I don't want reading to become something I have to do. If there comes a time this Summer that I'd rather do something else than read, that I shall. I can become a bit of a hermit sometimes and neglect the rest of the world. This year I've taken media for an option at school and couldn't name any celebrities we were shown. I just don't pay any attention to them which my teacher found funny, although said 'you're seriously going to have to start watching TV this year' ahahah. 

    Give myself lots of creative outlets 

    The problem with my time without a phone earlier this year was that I couldn't take photos on the go- unless I took the camera out with me. I've realised that this is one of the simple things I really enjoy doing and something that brings me immense happiness. I've also rediscovered how peaceful it is to just sit with a pencil, some watercolours or even a word document. Creativity can take many forms and doesn't have to rely on a visual outcome. I've set myself a challenge to put my heart and soul into whatever creative project I embark on, whether that be blogging, drawing or getting my head around Photoshop.

    That's all for now, two very simple goals that I hope to fulfil. What are yours?

    Health and happiness,
    Marti xx

    P.S.  My review on Love From Lexie got a feature on Cathy Cassidy's blog! You can check it out along with Cat and Sophie's reviews here :)

    Friday, 28 July 2017

    My thoughts on The Handlebards- As You Like It

    On Wednesday night, my drama group went to an open air performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It. I'm not sure what I was expecting really. What we were told was that it was to be performed by a group of people that travel the length of the country on bikes and that it would be outside, in the rain, and we weren't allowed umbrellas. Regardless, I handed over the money and hoped for the best. 

    I woke up on Wednesday to the sound of rain pounding my bedroom window. I kept checking the weather and it just seemed to get worse and worse. My heart now goes out to those women who had to cycle all the way from York! Thankfully, by six o'clock when we met up with my drama group, the rain had miraculously stopped.

     We set our blanket down on the grass with everybody else and were greeted by somebody in shin high green socks who told us if we couldn't see, to move right up to the red line. "We don't bite...but we do smell!"

    Now sitting within an inch of the performance and the other end of the gardens to the rest of the group, it felt as if we were part of the action. When I say I was surprised by what I saw, I mean I was literally mind blown. 

    There were only four actresses in the play, each with multiple different roles. They could be the beautiful Rosalind one minute and the rough Orlando the next! Audience participation was at it's finest, even if some people looked a little offended when they stole their picnics!

    I am in love with this theatre group and will definitely see more of their work if I get the chance. They are touring across the country until September, so make sure to catch them!

    All images were found on The Handlebards' website.
    As You Like It dates and venues:

    Health and Happiness,
    Marti xxx

    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