I’m Moving


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I’ve been thinking that it’s time to move on from this blog and, after over two years, I have very mixed feelings. There’s a lot of posts on this blog that I’m proud of and I certainly don’t want to lose my wonderful followers. Alas, I am growing up and with that my thoughts and ideas are developing. I have decided that the best thing to do now would be to start fresh.

I might be back, if my new blog doesn’t work out, but – of course- I’m hoping it will.

If you want to follow me over on my new blog, I will be eternally grateful. If not, until next time.

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Burn, baby


SJ:

For anyone who’s a fan of creative writing – especially short stories – I wrote this quite a while back now, but it’s still one of my favourite fictional pieces on my new blog — Delirious Antidotes.

Please give it a read, and maybe a like, share and comment, if you enjoy it. Thank you!

Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

Found on tumblr

She was hidden, disguised, camouflaged by the branches. The cold licked her face and crept beneath her thin attire, seeping through her skin. Lips tainted purple, she watched from above as the group dispersed throughout the forest.

The forest that once felt alive now weeped in the absence of it’s leaves; habitat, it seemed, to only the people who found pleasure in bonfires and camping off-bounds; people who couldn’t care less about trees.

With no longer a palpable reason to exist, the forest didn’t thrive as it had done in it’s youth, but Laura still found the same peace and simplicity in the trees as she always had. She watched the group – little older than her, maybe even the same age – organise themselves in clusters to mark out the points in which their camp would begin within this most desolate part of the woods.

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To That Girl Who Wrote “To Every Fat Kid Outside”


SJ:

Really well said.

Originally posted on That Fat Lady:

Before reading this, please click this link to understand why I wrote this.

She may hate me for this, all of you might hate me for this but I’ll hate myself more if I don’t say anything.

I almost never comment on people’s opinion about social issues or anything that is written from one’s subjective point of view on a particular social matter. For instance, you may be against same-sex marriage, and that’s totally fine by me. You have reasons as to why you are where you’re standing and so do I for supporting the whole movement. I’ll leave you alone. But there are issues that hit so close to home that I couldn’t just ignore.

It’s an unspoken agreement that once your opinion is out there, written and for the whole world to read, you are subjecting your opinions to criticism. You can’t just say, “Hey, it’s just my…

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Over the Rainbow


Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

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It’s not often that I’m behind on the news but I’m disappointed each time I am. I was especially disappointed this afternoon when I heard that I had missed the announcement of one of the most important milestones in social justice of my life time: homosexual marriage is legal in all 50 states. As an issue I feel very strongly about, I was understandably ecstatic as to hearing the news. I have been known to campaign for equality – particularly LGBT equality – and hold very strong views on the topic.

I cannot fathom the concept of homophobia, racism or any other discriminatory behavior. Whilst the colour of your skin and who you fall in love with are both natural things, prejudice attitudes are not.

I’ve ranted against homophobia many a time – online and in person – and I’m unlikely to stop until it’s been completely eradicated. If that…

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Why My Son Needs Feminism


SJ:

In case you haven’t noticed, despite having a new blog (Delirious Antidotes) where I share my new, original content, this blog isn’t entirely inactive. I’m going to be reblogging posts that I think are worth the reblog and require more attention. If you’d like to read my original content, head over to my new blog.

With that said, this post definitely needs more attention. A wonderful post on why men, in particular black men, need feminism. Please check it out.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Jendella Benson

Photographed by Jendella Photographed by Jendella

Once upon a time I seriously considered not having children. “Why bring an innocent life into this world of tragedy and pain?” I reasoned. Now, as a mother-to-be, the thought of what this world has to offer my child still scares me, and yet the thought of what my child has to offer this world fills me with hope. I also wonder what I have to offer and what the culmination of my life experiences so far – I’m only in my mid-twenties – can bring to bear on raising another human being.

As someone who identifies as a black feminist, I’ve always had no doubt in my mind how I’d raise my daughter, should I have her, and much of this is put into practice as I interact with my many younger female relatives. But what about my son? Now that I’m 99%…

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How Taylor Swift is Taking A Stand For The Music Industry


Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

UPDATE 22/06/2015: After releasing an open letter addressed to Apple, Taylor Swift has managed to alter the way that the new streaming service Apple Music will pay artists for their music during the three month free trial that it is offering.


When the majority of people think of Taylor Swift, the chances are that they’ll think of songs like ‘Shake It Off‘, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together‘ and ‘22‘ and her newly established pop image. When think of Taylor Swift, I think of her lyrical talent displayed in songs such as ‘All Too Well‘, ‘Sad Beautiful Tragic‘ and ‘Back to December‘ and her country image. What I would suppose hardly anyone considers when thinking of Taylor Swift is her sense of business and her taking a stand for the music industry, which is exactly what…

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Confession #2 – Learning my life lessons from Orange Is The New Black


SJ:

Really interesting and thought-provoking post about the multi Emmy award winning drama Orange Is The New Black. Well worth the read. x

Originally posted on Confessions of an Anonymous Sinner:

I’m pretty sure almost everyone in the US, the UK and in many countries across the globe have heard of the 2013 multi Emmy award winning drama Orange Is The New Black. I’m sure you’ve also heard that it’s set in a women’s prison and is ‘just about lesbians having sex’.

But, I’m writing this post today because I want to show those who believe that, and those who don’t, just how much the show actually it teaches us. In my opinion, Orange Is the New Black instils more valuable moral messages than most other mainstream TV show today. It teaches us acceptance, the ability to understand other people as well as ourselves, and many other vital lessons in life.

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I’ve Moved


Please remember that my blog has moved to here

I fancied a change of scenery and so, towards the end of October of 2014, I started a new blog that acted as that change of scenery. If you want to follow me, please do so over there. I scarcely post here anymore.

Nevertheless, thank you to all of my supporters – if any of you are still about. <3

How to Beat Exam Stress


SJ:

Since I have exams all through the next month, I thought it apt to share this. Best of luck to anyone else sitting there exams at the moment. <3

Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

An independent study of 2000 college students by Stop Procrastinating found that 64% are worried that stress and anxiety is affecting performance which will result in lower grades than expected. As a student myself – and one who is in the very middle of taking my GCSE’s right now – I am no stranger to the stresses that exams can bring. It’s easy to say “don’t stress about exams” but it’s a lot harder to actually not stress about exams. They’re important and so, of course, it’s human nature that you will worry. The key is to optimise yourself to deal with this stress.

Relax

relaxMake sure that you aren’t revising non-stop. Evidence has shown that your brain finds it difficult to focus and retain information after 45 minutes, anyway, so try and kick-back and spend some time with your friends or listening to music or in front of…

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John Green is Overrated


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Originally posted on Opinionated Duck


John Green is overrated.

Not a bad writer, not a hideous storyteller, not a terrible man, just overrated.

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Is suicide what it takes?


SJ:

RIP Leelah; so tragic.

Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

It’s the 31st December 2014 and so today seems like an appropriate time for this post. Tomorrow is traditionally all about new beginnings; the first day of the new year. This year, I wish that our society as a whole will vow to change their mindsets and stop discriminating against different races, genders, sexual orientations, ect.

2014 has been a controversial year. We have seen gay marriage legalised in many countries and states; we have seen the overwhelming support of #illridewithyou that showed Australia’s support towards people who wear religious attire; and we have seen the less heartwarming stories – Michael Brown fataly shot in Ferguson, Missouri, by police officer and, more recently, the suicide of transgender 17 year old Leelah Alcorn. All are stories of discrimination and many have stemmed from acts that have horrified the world, resulting in an overwhelming support from people worldwide, in each case.

I…

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Wearing Your Own Skin


SJ:

Check out my new blog Delirious Antidotes.

Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

Whether we like it or not, the majority of people live their lives to please others, rather than themselves. We are driven by people’s perceptions of us and are seldom content with what we look like and expressing the person we are.

What do they think about me? It’s a question I’ve asked myself thousands of times, and I’m sure you have also. The truth is, most of us do not want to know the answer because we are convinced it will not reassure us. The other part of us cannot resist the curiosity and we often find ourselves expressing this question aloud to others.

There was a time in the lives of every person who thinks of this question where they were not dictated by these thoughts. The likelihood of it is that we cannot, unfortunately, remember that time. In fact, we were young children and the fact that our…

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31: Masks


SJ:

Check out my new blog, Delirious Antidotes! <3

Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

It’s Halloween again.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was wrapped in my bed sheet, running across a field. It certainly doesn’t feel as long as a year ago. In some ways, the scariest thing about Halloween is the fact that it reminds me how much time has passed. Since what, exactly? Not since anything. Just that’s passed.

Often, I don’t feel like dressing up at Halloween. It might be partly because I can’t pull off the look like everyone else, but it’s also because I don’t see why we are choosing to wear another mask. For the most of us, we are already wearing them anyway.

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What Does It Mean To Be Young?


SJ:

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Originally posted on Delirious Antidotes:

Originally posted on Opinionated Duck


What does it mean to be young? Is it to be born after a certain date? Is it to think that thirty is old? Or, is it a feeling of infinity?

To be young can be defined by more than one action, more than one feeling, because it is more than one thing.

It is your love of walking barefoot across the grass; the new carpet; the sand. The carefree attitude in which the feeling of the world touching your skin is the most natural and most beautiful of all sensations.

It is our craving for direction but our hesitance in following the paths that we are shown. Our contradictive nature in which we dismiss what we want to be shown once we are shown it, what we want to hear once we hear it, what we want once we have it.

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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today | The Personal Blog of Zack Kanter


SJ:

Reflecting on the fact that I really, really love Zack Kanter…

Originally posted on Opinionated Duck:

This is one of my favourite blog posts on the whole of WordPress and I’m so gutted that Zack’s blog is no longer active. Give it a read.

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today | The Personal Blog of Zack Kanter

Changing or improving your life doesn’t have to be a long, frustrating, drawn-out process. I’m always in search of the smallest changes that yield the biggest returns, and below is my collection of quick tips that can make your life easier, more fulfilling, or just less of a pain in the ass.

Try one or two of these and tell me how great they worked.

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Zack’s Not-So-Secret List of Simple Ways to Increase Happiness, Productivity, or General Awesomeness

1. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past 2 months.

We both know that you should really donate everything you haven’t worn in the past two…

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Why do bad things happen to good people?


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For whatever reason, I’ve always been a firm believer that things happen for a reason. For something that is so illogical, the concept is seemingly so logical – which is an evident contradiction in itself. How can it be that things do happen for a reason? Yet, how can it be that there is no reason for the things that do happen? I suppose that believing in a reason – whatever that may be, unclear or not – is much more comforting than believing otherwise.

Among other beliefs, I am yet to decide whether or not I believe in karma – although I do enjoy the concept. My issue with karma is, if it does exist, why do bad things happen to good people?

When blameless people suffer hardships, it can often test our belief in a loving and just universe. Too often are innocent men and women killed horrendously; children who have never harmed a soul are brutally murdered; and, in general, people who have lived nothing but a righteous life are put through experiences one would never want to even consider.

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Rumour Has It


This is an open note and not addressed to anyone specifically but if the shoe fits then please wear it.


Rumour Has It by pixiepotI have never been naive enough to expect to go through life without being introduced to people who seem to have far too many faces. I have never been astounded by the fact that others have, for lack of a better phrase, “stabbed me in the back”. I have never been surprised when I have heard a rumour about myself, because it’s a common thing to deal with.

People will make assumptions – many that are not true, others that simply don’t concern them – and people will talk about these assumptions. It is an inevitability of life. If you haven’t experienced this yet, then you can either beware and think yourself lucky or you can be confident that you just aren’t aware of these rumours and two-faced individuals.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, US and many other countries worldwide. During the month, I urge you to try and raise awareness concerning Childhood Cancer and perhaps consider donating. The donations made could help to fund research for childhood cancer, or support groups for patients and their families, among many other things. Any donation made can be very beneficial.

If you are unable to donate, please go gold for September! Dress in gold, submit gold themed art, and spread the word with gold themed actions!

I first became properly aware of Childhood Cancer after hearing this song. The song was written for a boy named Ronan Thompson who was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on the 12th August 2010.  Ronan’s battle with Neuroblastoma ended on May 9th 2011, just three days before his fourth birthday, but his mother vowed that his fight would go on. Maya Thompson, Ronan’s mother, started a blog and wrote where she wrote about Ronan and Childhood Cancer (which she continues to update).

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(And By That I Mean…)


If you are sitting there having not heard the LP (And By That I Mean…) then I am appalled. It is ten tracks of pure wonder. Don’t believe me? Take a listen.

As many of you might know by now, I am a particular fan of quotes. That being said, I don’t adore every quote that I hear or come across. One that I certainly don’t always agree with, particularly not with music, is that “a first impression is a lasting impression”. Often, it takes a long while for me to like a band or artist because I don’t like what I first hear of them.

This was definitely not the case with Max Wigmore Giroux.

The sixteen year old singer-songwriter is an upcoming artist from the UK and I fell in love with his sound from the moment I began listening to his track Just What We Need.

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The LP begins with the track I Should Tell You Everyday, one of the album’s more subtle (yet amazing) tracks with lyrics that immediately introduce you to the depth of the record. The next song is my favourite, Wilting, with it’s beautiful melody and catchy lyrics.

The mood and eccentricity of the lyrics throughout the record (in particular on Just What We Need and Your Button Up Coat and Canvas Shoes) reminds me somewhat of the work of Dan Croll and Max’s voice often resembles that of Morrissey in certain songs. Although many of the songs on the LP share similar conventions and sounds, each song is unique and stands out in it’s own way.

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Soundtrack to My Summer


It’s getting dark now, despite the fact that it’s Summer. You look at the clock. Half past ten. The street lamps flicker, casting a golden shadow over the garden where your best friend dances with your sister. It seems that they are the only ones who can hear the music.

You look down at the table and count out the M&M’s, making sure that there is an even number. When you realise that there are nine, you pop one back in the packet for some one else to eat.

“I want to go for a walk.”

“Now?” Your best friend looks up from doing his rendition of the “worm”.

“Yeah. Like a midnight walk.”

“Or a half ten walk, because it’s not midnight.”

“Yeah, a half ten walk.”

For most teenagers, Summer is not a season but a period of time out of education that is filled with spontaneous moments just like these Half Ten Walks. The memories of jumping that fence at eleven pm and realising that your friends have hid, trying to frighten you (and succeeding – but we won’t mention that), adorn your memories. You can’t help but smile when remembering the trolley races in the empty parking lot and how you carefully balanced your Shakeaway so that it didn’t spill as one of your best friends pushed you in the car park. The fact that you caught that amazing still in a YouTube video never fails to amuse you.

A still from this hillarious video.

A still from this hillarious video.

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