One Year of Blogging!

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of this blog! I can’t believe that I have been able to continuously write here for such a long period. This won’t be like my usual long blog, this is just one to simply to say thank you if you have followed this blog, liked or even just read one of my posts. It truly means a lot and I can’t wait to see the many journeys I’ll take while writing here for another year.

Thanks you for reading and your continuous support

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“Never Grow Up”

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 It has recently occurred to me that in less of a year’s time, I will have made so pretty big choices for my education and maybe even my life. I haven’t thought about what will happen in the future and it has suddenly hit me that I’m going to have to keep making important decisions from now on.

I already have two jobs at this age, I think as for someone my age that I have taken quite a lot of responsibility as well as school work. I am working for myself to earn money, who ever is reading this whether you’ve had a job yet or not, whenever it comes to getting paid. I get this little hit of satisfaction that I have maintained to fulfil my job. I feel as if I am maturing everyday when I take on the responsibility to work. Later on in the year, I will have completed work experience. In case, you don’t know it is when you apply to work at a business or anywhere that’ll accept you to work for a week to two. This is a taster of what having a job would actually be like and it can be put on your CV, which shows that you have had experience in a job environment.

A lot of exams will be coming up, a lot of care and practice has been going into them but on that one day it’ll come to the time where I am faced with the test paper and a limited amount of time to prove my intelligence. Growing up into the real world is happening all too quickly…

Today was a bit of eye opener, I hope you realise that you should cherish your time and waste your time while you’re young, free and able to do anything.

Thanks for reading

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Feminism is for Everyone.

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A lot people don’t quite understand feminism. They think that it is when women over power, this isn’t the case. Feminism is when both men and women fight for equality rights. Some people say that women now have too many rights, in some parts of the world and still in more developed countries women aren’t being treated with the same rights as men.

Many famous women have spoken out for this gender. However, sexism is still present within the 21st century. At a young age, society teaches children how girls and boys should look and how they should act. We are taught at a young age that girls should wear dresses, make up, like fancy shoes etc. Boys are also taught that they must be strong, “manly”, that they shouldn’t  show their feelings or cry otherwise they won’t be manly enough.

Some expressions that I really hate are “you throw like a girl” or “just because you’re a girl”. So many guys use these, it really annoys me and it just encourages me even more to prove them wrong and that I as a girl can do something to a good standard and beat them at something. They don’t realise what it does to a girl’s mind. Society shows girls are only good for cooking, housework, sleeping with men etc. It sickens me that even now in this day and age, this still hasn’t been sorted out.

All over media, women are shown and often used as sex objects. They are shown that they have no feelings or emotions and that we have less power than a male in a relationship. There are many strong women in this world who have shown and proven that we can do something and achieve something for ourselves. The media shows that women should be slim, tall, be a certain weight etc. However, media has changed and now tells us that having curves is beautiful. What every little girl and boy should be taught at a young age is that any body size or shape is amazing and that their’s is too.

Gradually, women are getting the equality we want and deserve. I sometimes wonder why are we treated differently, so many women in the past have shown we are just as capable as men. During the Second World War, while men were out fighting, women were left at home to look after the houses, cook for a family, clean a house, work at factories, farms and to keep their country on it’s two feet. We are strong and capable. Even young women have shown that we are. Malala Yousafzai fought for women’s right to an education in Pakistan, she was unfortunately shoot by the Taliban but she luckily managed to recover from her wound and she still pursues her beliefs out women’s rights.

Society tells boys that they shouldn’t hit a girl back. Abusing anyone is not right. Hitting girls isn’t fair because we are “weak” but we are just as capable and strong as boys. Being tough, doesn’t make you any less of a woman. All stereotypes should be erased, they are a false perspective of a person or a group of people.

Feminism isn’t female supremacy, feminism is female equality in all aspects of our lives.

I hope you have understood the small section of what it is like to be a girl and can hopefully understand why we fight for equality.

Thanks for reading

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Welcome to The Internet

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Last week, I saw a programme called “Cyberbully”. It is about a teen girl who uses a lot of internet and technology in her life. It has become a big part of everyone’s life. She has been exposed to too much of the internet, she then soon found herself in danger because of her past. An internet troll had hacked into her laptop, details etc. The person then confronted her past, she was provoked to think about it and take action. I would recommend watching it especially if you’re teen. If you have access to 4oD (Channel 4 player) you can watch it there. This programme has inspired today’s blog.

Welcome to the internet, it’s a place full of both good and bad things. It has affected everyone’s lives whether positively or negatively. At this current moment, there are 2,641,817,003 users but this is constantly changing, every minute, every second. Billions of people use the internet in different ways. Socially connecting, shopping, for work, emails and so much more. We are now living in a world where it is impossible for us not to use the internet or technology.

As humans, we have evolved to rely on the internet. I think it is safe to say that we perhaps use it too much and can sometimes get in the way of our everyday lives. We have become so reliant to it, it is hard for the majority of us to reduce or daily usage of it. It can be disappointing at times, that we have become subservient on the web, that we must rely on the something that didn’t exist forty years ago. Why must our generation and the ones to come use the internet as if it were a drug?

There may be a lot of good things about the internet but there quite a lot of bad things that weigh it out. Every teen and child has probably had the “internet safety lecture” by their parents or teachers. You’ve probably heard it so many times that you think that you are now an expert of the internet. You cannot truly say you know what it is like unless you have experienced it yourself. I haven’t experienced anything bad and I hope not but if you have you know what it is like. Whether it was your fault or not, it is still a huge danger and possibly life changing. You don’t what the “internet trolls” are like but stereotypically they are middle aged men targeting teens especially girls. They are geniuses at what they do and it can sometimes be hard to track them down. No one wants to ever experience any internet problems but the way to keep yourself safe is to always know who you are talking to, who you are letting follow you, who you’re friends with etc. Another way by staying safe would to keep all your information safe and to yourself. I may sound like a patronising mother but they are the ways to stay safe.

On the other hand, the internet has brought us so many good things for us. We are now able to connect to people all across the world in a matter of seconds, sometimes I think about how this is even possible. How can we communicate with some thousands of miles away in such a small amount of time? Humanity has changed some much, for the good and bad. The internet has made anything and almost everything accessible from wherever we may in the world. We use it for so many things, it has now become a huge part in our lives. I do admit that I can sometimes be addicted to the internet. It has definitely helped me in many times but maybe not so much in other circumstances.

Hopefully, all of you shall stay safe on the internet.

Thanks for reading

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My Trip to the Big Apple!

First off, Happy New Year to everyone and all my readers, I hope you all had a good Christmas too!

If you have ever considered going to New York, I would definitely do it because it is one of the best places to visit in the world in my opinion and I think yours if you went too! There are so many things to do there, you would have to stay for more than a week to do as much as you could.

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On the first day, my family and I looked around Times Square and the shops on the streets nearby. We started the day off early because of jet lag, when you travel back in time, you’ll find that you will go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier which in some cases in good because you can start to explore earlier and have more room to roam as the city is usually less packed early in  the morning especially when it is winter.Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 17.01.24Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 17.30.13Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 17.02.57

These are just a few pictures that I took in Times Square, it’s nice to go into the park when it’s sunny even if it’s cold you can still enjoy the views that the park has to offer you. I can imagine that in the summer, it looks amazing, with all the green leaves on the trees, to sunbathe on the fields and to embrace the city’s rays.

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Some of you may recognise this hotel if not, this is the Plaza Hotel. If you have ever seen Home Alone 2, then I’d definitely recommend coming here as this hotel was featured in the film. You can also look around inside, in case you were wondering, it does now look different compared to when the film was released but nevertheless, it looks stunning inside!

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The picture on the left was the view of when we were standing in the queue, don’t worry if you do wait a long time, you’ll have a  lovely view to enjoy and musicians usually play along the side of the queue. You’ve got plenty to keep yourself entertained while waiting in line. I would go in the afternoon because on the trip back, you get to watch the sunset with the Statue of Liberty. It is   one of the most spectacular things you’ll ever experience!

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When walking around in New York, it can be very tiring, I would advise that you wear comfortable walking shoes because they will ache at the end of the day. Fifth Avenue is full of a lot of shops and sights to see like Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and Central Park.

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These photos were taken on the top of the Rockefeller Centre/Center, you are taken up seventy floors in a lift, when you’re in the lift, if you look above you are able to see yourself quickly ascend to the top. Once you get to the top, you are greeted with breathtaking sights. There are thick glass windows that block you off from falling but there are gaps, just the right size to fit your camera lens, so that there isn’t an annoying reflection in your picture. You can then go up two floors to the top of the building and take as many pictures as you want, panoramic pictures are best to take from the highest point of the building. On one side you can see the Empire State Building and in the far distance the Statue of Liberty. Opposite is Central Park, on the top deck you finally come to realisation as to how big the park is. I did find it odd that there was a huge park in the middle of a busy city, regardless of the fact, it’s still a great place!

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The Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant is a real place and it is situated in the middle of Times Square as is the Hard Rock Cafe, McDonalds and many other places to eat. You can purchase some clothing items in the Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant and Hard Rock Cafe, beware you are going to one of the most famous cities in the world so don’t be surprised when your bill is a large amount. You are visiting an incredible city, going there could be a once in a lifetime opportunity so do enjoy it and go wild because you may only visit the city once!

As you all probably know, New York is the city that never sleeps and it’s true. If you stayed there all night, you could stay awake without any trouble. It’s weird to see the sky pitch black but yet you’re surrounded by exhilarating lights at night! New Years Eve  is unbelievable! The moment the ball drops, confetti is released, everybody is full of delight as we all turn over a new leaf and begin fresh by starting it off in one of the best cities in the world. Overall, my experience was great there and to anyone that could go there, should go!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures and reading about my experiences. Hopefully, you all should experience something like this in your life. It’s those moments in your life, that you have to cherish whether you travel alone or with loved ones.

Thanks for reading

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The True Meaning Of Christmas?

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I thought that this was the right time to write about something like this. Before, I begin whatever I may say that what I think the true meaning of Christmas means doesn’t mean that I’m right everyone will have a different opinion to me maybe because of religion or just even personal thoughts. Despite what I think Christmas means, I do not mean to imply that my interpretation is correct. Everyone has their own opinion and is entitled to one.

Occasionally, around this time of year, you often hear people usually older generations saying that we do not know the true meaning of Christmas but we all have different ideas of what Christmas should be like. Technology is often used an excuse, I can guarantee that at least one person in each household would receive a gadget. Most children care more about the presents rather than anything else but as we grow up we realise what it was like to be a child during Christmas. It was amazing, the excitement of Santa, his reindeer etc. As you grow up, reality kicks in and you start to lose interest. This might not be necessarily true for everyone but for some it may. During Christmas, children grow up thinking about the presents, what they’ll get, whose present is better than whose. We can’t always blame the children though, society and media is evolving quickly. Material items are being portrayed to be more important rather than family, friends, memories etc. As a result of this, children do start to forget the true meaning of Christmas.

It is a different story if you are religious, for Christians I know that the birth of Jesus is why we celebrate this holiday but for other religions e.g. Judaism I am not 100% sure of the meaning of Hanukkah (apologies if I have misspelled). When I was younger, I remember being taught that presents weren’t why Christmas was important but that Jesus, our loved ones etc were the reason. I guess as you grow up you start to realise the true meaning of all of this. No matter what you believe in, we all have an idea of what Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid etc should be like.

As I have matured, I think Christmas means when you come to realise all the things you have and to be grateful and appreciate what you have rather than what you don’t. To cherish all your family and friends as others may not be able to do so.

I hope you enjoyed this blog, thank you to all my readers and I hope you have a great time celebrating whatever festivity you celebrate and have a happy new year!

Before I go, I am going on holiday from tomorrow, I may not be able to post until the week of January the 5th. If I’m not able to write, I will write a huge blog about my holiday!

Thanks for reading

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Arguments

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We’ve all had arguments at some point in our lives whether it be a small one or a big one, that may have impacted our lives now. Whatever they are about, there is also a consequence.  Whenever two people or a group of people have different opinions about something, occasionally it can turn into a debate. Whether it is a calm or violent one is the difference.

Some people tend to lose their temper when their opinion isn’t validated which can sometimes cause swearing and possibly other actions. Although because the person cannot keep control at the time of the situation, they tend to regret their actions. Arguments can happen anywhere, anytime and with anyone. Unfortunately, a lot of people have arguments about things for example there has been a lot of disagreements about gay marriage but I won’t go into depth with that topic.

I have witnessed arguments; the main cause of them is bitching. If you’re a girl, then you will understand. I don’t know why girls talk about each other behind each other’s backs but it just seems to come naturally. We begin judging others at a young age, mostly because of jealousy. Unfortunately, many of us girls do find it hard to not have an argument but I prefer not to start anything because I think that arguments are pointless and just results with you having more enemies.

I don’t know what the situation is like with boys when they have arguments but what I have seen is that the boys have a fight and that is the end of it. Sometimes, I wish girls could get things over and done like this, you also get to realise all your anger too. I’m assuming boys would argue over something like who’s the best football team or other sport team, a girl that everyone wants to go out with or if someone has been bad mouthing their family. You may not think it but I’ve seen that when someone one boy insults another boy’s family, they do get easily annoyed. Most of the time, the guy being offended will punch etc the other person.

Debates can sometimes be constructed in a sensible manner. In some particular school subjects, we have debates for example we had one about whether capital punishment should be illegal or legal? When we have debates about topics like this, we are split into two sides (for or against the statement). Each side has a turn to make a point that they think is important, it can get frustrating when you disagree with the opposing side because you cannot scream or shout at them as we may in other arguments.

Hopefully, today’s blog has made you seen arguments in a different light. Next Wednesday is Christmas Eve so I’ll be writing a Christmas Special!

Thanks for reading

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