ANNOUNCEMENT: My Family’s Challenge + How YOU Can Help

Heyo there people 💙✌️

I’m really, really excited to share this post with you all today. It’s something that’s really important to me and I would so appreciate any support you can offer as friends and members of this amazing community we call the blogosphere 😊

My family and I are taking on a bit of an epic challenge this year and I’m here to tell you all about it and to let you know how YOU can get involved! Hopefully we’ll all have some fun along the way…

Slightly crazily, we’re driving around the UK coast on only £10 a day (£5 food and £5 fuel for a family of five 😬)  to raise money for CatZero. CatZero are a charity transforming the lives of young people and making a huge difference in their futures. They use sailing as an intense learning environment to teach self-confidence, resilience, teamwork and other invaluable life skills.  As someone passionate about creating a better world for her generation and generations to come, as well as sailing and the difference it makes, CatZero are an inspiration to me.

Round The UK On A Tenner A Day is 100% a bit crazy and it’s definitely gonna be an adventure, but we’re all up for it and would love for you to follow us on our journey. Here’s our challenge video to explain a bit more about what we’re doing and how 👇 

Now for some ways that YOU can get involved!

  • Donate directly to CatZero! We’ve set up a giving page which makes donating online super quick and easy 😄

 

  • Share our story on your blog/social media! Here are the links to our TwitterInstagram and FaceBook. Please feel free to spread the word and help us get Round The UK On A Tenner A Day out there in whatever way you can.

 

  • Do your own mini fundraiser….whether it’s a cake sale….a sponsored walk or cycle…dye your hair…sell something you don’t need anymore…..whatever.. be creative! You can donate any money raised directly to CatZero through our giving page and support the life changing programmes they run for young people.

    •If you live on the UK coast then definitely get in touch and maybe we can arrange to meet up…we’re always grateful for a driveway to park on for a night as we pass through and it would be awesome to meet some of you guys along the way…

 

 

Feel free to do as little or as much as you would like or are able to do – just knowing I have your support and encouragement means a lot 🙂

If you have any ideas or questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or to drop me an email via my contact page. Thank you all for reading ♥️🤘

Gracie xxx

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It’s time for change: The Cultural Genocide of Uighur Muslims in China – ft Bayance

Is this what our world has become? Do you want to live in a world that values financial gain over humanity? HUMAN LIVES? We’ve got to start changing things NOW, in our own communities, all over the world. We’ve got to start making steps towards something better, FOR US ALL. We’ve got to stand up and shout ‘THIS IS NOT THE WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN!!’ It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, but you’re not. Even just one small act of kindness, positivity, acceptance or sharing goes a long way. So I challenge you to do that today, do one thing to rebel against this crazy, messed up world and then comment below and tell me what it was. REBEL, PEOPLE, REBEL!

Take a step outside your comfort zone, go talk to someone who looks lonely, message your friend who’s been feeling down, get on your computer and research what community projects are going on where you live (then bake a cake and take it down to them) or write a post online about something you really believe in, tell someone you care about them, get to know someone who’s completely different to you, be creative!! We’ve all got to come together to conquer all this negativity. What will you do?

Aqsa Says What?

Hello everyone! I hope that all of you are doing well. Around a week ago, I reached out to my fellow blogger Bayance regarding a recent topic that I feel the need to speak up about. We both created posts that talk about the cultural genocide in China of the Uighur Muslim’s being thrown into concentration camps. I decided to write my post around a poem I wrote about the situation, while Bayance wrote a very informative post that I highly recommend to everyone, as it contains all of the recent details and historical evidence you need to know about what the Uighur’s are going through. Check it out here!

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I’m Officially A Bosun (Rant About Achieving Your Dreams + Another Post About Sailing)

Wow. I’m an official, qualified, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland trained bosun now and I won’t shut up about it. Note: the official definition of a bosun is ‘a ships officer in charge of equipment and crew’, but that’s just a fancy way of saying we have to clean up the sick, cook the spaghetti bolognese, organise games that involve picking up cereal boxes with your teeth, be the rescue swimmer in the unlikely case that anyone goes overboard (but demonstrate every voyage just for good measure), help with the sailing, carry out engine checks and maintenance, and do any other odd jobs onboard the boat. In that order.

Photo creds to Charlotte ❤

I admit, I had my doubts before I started the training weekend. I was going to be the youngest (they only let me go because I hassled them so much I am so passionate – you’re supposed to be 16 haha) and I wasn’t entirely confident that I’d know things or remember things like, at all. To be honest, I was pretty sure I was going to end up in a pathetic and impractical mess on the deck whilst everyone else buzzed around perfectly competent and experienced and knowing exactly what to do in every situation.

But I love sailing and I love working with young people and in those situations I always remind myself that I am an overthinker and nothing ever ends up as bad as I think it’s going to be. Plus this is my future we’re talking about here and I want this more than anything. So if there are challenges that I have to overcome to achieve my dream, bring them on!

Not my pic – just one of the boat we sailed on 🙂

The weekend ended up being intense, but awesome. Everyone was there to learn and I surprised myself by picking things up a lot better and quicker than I thought. I was absolutely determined to get the most out of the opportunity and I did.

The best part is when you’ve been shown something, you practice it and then bam! eureka! You’ve got it. That’s the best feeling in the world to me right now. The BEST. 

I made some really cool friends. I love it when you’re with people who are all aiming towards the same thing and everyone is focused and enthusiastic. That’s another awesome feeling.

Just like proving yourself wrong. Just like realising that ‘hey, I am capable! I can do that.’ I’m not saying I’d know everything or remember everything, but I can honestly say I could get on a boat as part of a team of sea staff with a group of young people now and know what my role as a bosun was and carry it out. That is so empowering for me.

Dancing round the galley with new friends making jokes and trying not to burn the food reminds me why I love this. Leading games instead of just taking part in them feels like moving forward and that is so exciting. I’m moving forward with my dream, I’m actually GETTING SOMEWHERE.

It’s not just me rambling on about how much I love sail training or how much it means to me anymore. I am now a bosun and I am on my way to making a difference. I am on my way to the future I’ve dreamed of for so long.

So what’s next? I guess I’m pretty focused on the challenge at the moment (and that’s fine because I can’t officially volunteer on voyages as a bosun until I’m 16), but as soon as next year rolls around you can be sure that I’ll be out on the water putting all those skills I learnt last weekend (and throughout all the other time I’ve spent with The Island Trust, OYT Scotland and CatZero ) about sailing and about making a difference in the lives of young people.

This past weekend taught me a lot about myself too. When I tell people about sail training I’m always sure to mention how incredible it is for boosting confidence and how it changes lives. Sail training has transformed my life, given me purpose and a way that I can help others of my generation and what the bosuns training has done for my confidence this weekend is incredible.

I wish I could give everyone in the world the opportunity to go sailing, to fall asleep at night straight away and not lie awake overthinking everything for the first time in years because you’re exhausted but content, to dance around that galley and laugh and then serve up a meal you created to hungry and appreciative people, to huddle up on deck in the wind and the rain with windswept hair and oversized overalls and not care about what you look like for a while, to heave those sails up as part of a team and then feel the effect of powering through the waves.

And just in the last couple of days, I’ve been able to give just one young person that opportunity. Because of the challenge we’re on, I had to drop out of a voyage with OYTS and instead of getting a refund, I decided to give my place to someone who would get a lot from the experience.

When I heard the story of the guy I’ve decided to give my place to, I knew it would really help him. And I AM SO EXCITED FOR HIM. Like, SO EXCITED.

I’m so happy to be able to give someone else the opportunity to have their life flipped upside down (in a totally positive way) just like mine was. My only fear is that he may get the bug and never be able to stop sailing again….oops….

One day I’ll help give more young people that experience, one I’ll be a part of that. I can’t wait.

How’re you doing?? What are your dreams????? How are you working towards them?? ❤ 

Letters To The People Who Mean The Most To Me AKA Me Being Poetic and Sharing Stories I Think Are Funny

I’ll admit it – I’m a little nervous to post these. Most of the people that these letters (which are all extremely heartfelt and honest, btw) are addressed to read this blog and some of these are words I’ve never said to them before. I’m half expecting a flurry of messages telling me to ‘be less cringey omg’ or ‘I actually never said that’ or ‘I thought you were over it’ after this post because, although I’m keeping it completely anonymous (you’ll never guess who mwhahah) if one of these letters is to you I’m pretty sure you’re gonna know about it lol.

So anyway I’m lowkey scared that y’all (can I say y’all?? I’m British it doesn’t work like that round here lol)…ahem, as I was saying I’m kinda scared you guys are gonna think I’m a tad dramatic after this post, but that’s fine ’cause I’m a writer and it comes with the job 🙂 

Before I launch straight into this (who am I kidding I’ve already rambled for ages), I’d just like to say that this is a Close Friends Edition. I’m thinking of doing a family and family friends post too at some point in the near future. Also, having the right people in your life is so important and although I’ve struggled with the whole friendship thing and finding people who actually ‘get me’, I’ve been prettyyy lucky.

Here goes me being poetic and sharing stories that are only funny to like me and one other person, but enjoy! Note: these are in a totally randomised order 🙂

A

You say you don’t have a poetic bone in your body, but tbh I’m convinced that every single part of you is poetry. The way you smile, the way you’re broken but every fiber in your body just wants others to feel less alone, just in the way every word you write touches my heart and makes me breathless for a moment, the way you can always make me laugh.

Our friendship is being there for each other through absolutely everything, when you’re at your lowest you know you can reach for me because I will love you no matter what, and that will never change. It’s you I text the minute something exciting happens or when I’m close to crying on the floor because I can’t do this anymore. You’ve helped bring me through so much and you’re not afraid to tell me what’s best for me, even if it’s not always what I want to hear haha.

I’m so incredibly proud of you just for being who you are and I appreciate you so much. Keep laughing, keep smiling, keep writing and being the beautiful person that you are. Most of all, never give up on the world and never doubt yourself because you have SO much to give.

I’m always going to be a little jealous of how effortlessly aesthetic you are (ummm how??? teach me your secrets mwhahahaha), but despite of that, I love you and one day we WILL travel the world together and see amazing places and meet cool people and fix the broken pieces of the world and write poetry all day ❤

Be

Apparently I wrestled you to the ground the first time we met. We were five years old. We’ve grown up together and even though everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has shipped us since day one, we both know we’ll never be anything more than best mates.

Yeah, you’re annoying as anything most of the time, but again, it’s just because I know you too well. There’s too many memories to count. Putting my coat on and coming out in the pouring rain to keep you company when you had to litter pick after school for hours, that entire magazine we wrote and illustrated when we eleven, me and T terrifying you when we chased you through the woods that night and you didn’t know who we were (we never let you live that one down), countless camp outs, the time we drank champagne at that party and you spat yours everywhere,  you swimming in the river in your underwear (not as weird as it sounds I promise) and me trying to pretend I didn’t know you when people stopped and laughed, building tree houses, the fact that we’re so evenly matched that whenever we have a wrestling match neither of us can ever win, arguing about music, all the stupid inside jokes and the banter, the time we ran six miles on the hottest day of the year and both nearly threw up, the long walks where it was just the two of us and we’d talk about anything – politics, religion, our plans for the future, sport.

There’s the sad memories too. How hard you found it to fit into your new school. How much you struggled. How much you hated it. I haven’t forgotten that. We’ve fallen out a few times over our differences and I kinda wish we were as close as we used to be, but you’re a typical teenage boy now and you’re more interested in video games and your school friends than playing in the mud.

And that’s fine. I’ve moved on too. I guess this letter is bittersweet for me. I guess it’s kind of a goodbye because I know in my heart that we’ll never be the same as we were when we were kids. Just remember, I care about you and if you ever need me, you know where I am.

(I’m laughing in my head rn because I know if you read this and know that it’s for you, I’ll never hear the end of it and I’ll get told off for being so ‘cringey’ ahaha)

T

Where do I even start with you? We’ve spent so much of our lives together, every single part of ourselves intertwined. We fit together like two pieces of a jigsaw, I know your every curve and edge. That comes from days spent in the sun, long walks where we’d tell each other everything, staying up until 2am and then setting our alarms to get up and watch the sunrise, but sleeping through them and being woken up mid morning by little sisters, making pancakes on the fire, singing together long into the night on warm summer evenings. Your voice has always been so beautiful, but you still let me join in even though mine is nothing compared to yours.

It comes from sitting on swings and talking about people we used to know. Poetry. Words that we like. What we’ll do in the future. What people have said to us. What we said to them. From hugging each other tight when one of us had to leave, from not wanting to ever be apart.

The inside jokes between us are actually insane. There’s pretty much an entire dictionary of words (mostly made up by you) that only we understand. A sentence that makes absolutely no sense to anyone else makes perfect sense between us. I don’t even know why…..it just does.

You’ve rested your head on my shoulder and told me about every insecurity you have about yourself and I have loved every broken piece of you just the same. We’ve argued many times, but it’s only because we’re both such strong-willed, opinionated people and because we know our friendship is strong enough to withstand it.

There have been times when we haven’t seen each other in months and yet we can pick up straight where we left off like nothing happened. You are honestly like family to me and I love you with all of my heart and always will (though you do annoy the hell out of me sometimes haha) It’s only because I know you too well.

Like when I post poems on my blog and am purposefully vague about who they’re about/for and you persistently text me until I tell you. We can’t keep secrets can we?

We’re not as close as we were, that’s for sure, but I love you with everything within me and I always will, you crazy wildchild ❤

H

You are actually the literal definition of a best friend – someone I can be so weird and crazy with and scream incoherently at, but also the person I can pour my heart out to, the person who will listen to me ramble on about life and not once complain, the person who I can have the deepest and most honest conversations with, the person who just gets me.

You are quite honestly the most stunning girl ever (inside and out) and I know you struggle sometimes, but you’ve gotta promise me that you will ALWAYS keep that beautiful smile on your face because I don’t know what I’d do without it (and obvs keep sending me all the pics you sneakily take of cute boys it’s very entertaining ahaha)

One day you and me and A are just gonna leave everything behind and disappear into the sunset and attempt to write novels and make crazy videos and change the world.

I love you honestly more than I can say. So. Much. Love.

L

Every day you show me that we as a generation are so powerful. I am incredibly proud to be just a teeny tiny part of what you are doing to empower young people and change the world.

I’ve watched you as an individual and your project, tC, grow over the years and have been on the receiving end of so many excited messages about awards you’ve been nominated for or influential people who’ve supported what you’re doing. I honestly couldn’t be prouder of you and everything you’ve achieved.

On top of that you are just the most smiley, positive, motivated and caring person that there is.

Ilysm and you have such a brilliant future ahead of you! In a world that’s so full of negativity, you have turned your desire for change into something empowering and a force for good and that is absolutely incredible (also did I mention how inspiring you are?? Asfgjklgjkll)

O

You were there when I first discovered my love of the ocean and of sailing and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have shared that first experience with. You already knew, it was part of who you are since forever, but it was all new to me and I completely fell in love with it.

Ah man, remember when no one knew your name for the first few days of the voyage because whenever someone asked you, you’d say something different? Remember when the others from the boat decided to follow us and we led them on that huge long walk right round the whole town? We were laughing our asses off whilst they puffed and panted up hill after hill and decided that shadowing us wasn’t such a great idea after all.

You were there when I saw dolphins for the first time. When I first came to know that this was what I wanted to do with my life. Sheesh, those are some good memories.

We haven’t seen each other for so long, but it’s still me you text when you’re going through tough times because you know I’ll always be there for you. And mate, you’ve been through some hard times recently and it’s broken my heart to think of that smile not being there on your face anymore. You’ve gotta keep going, mate, because you are truly the definition of awesome.

You don’t care what people think, you’re funny, you’re super cool –  that will never be taken away from you (not on my watch anyway, okay bruh)

I don’t tell you this nearly as often as I should, but you’re one of my best mates and I appreciate just being able to rant to you about whatever and trade sailing stories and I’m looking forward to the day you FINALLY teach me to surf asdfghjlll 🙂

Aq

Every time I talk to you I just want to shake you and make you see how amazing you are *shakey shakey* *starts dancing for no apparent reason* Anyway, you’re the crazy smart one who works so hard for her future, quiet until you get to know her, cares so much about everyone and everything kinda girl.

Your laugh is officially my favourite sound in the world and I can stay on facetime with you for hours just to hear it over and over again because the sound of your joy is the most beautiful thing.

I wish I could give you the confidence just to go out into the world and be who you are because the world needs more people just like you, but I understand that it doesn’t come naturally to you. You’re taking small steps and I’m so proud of you for that.

Your music, your art, your poetry, they are all pieces of you, fragments of your brokenness that you’re trying to put back together and I want you to know how beautiful it all is.

Thank you for being there for me and always giving me such great advice and you know I’ll always do the same for you. So much love and massive hugs xxx

R

We’re both on a quest to find our place in the world and find out how we can make a difference. We’ve both felt that hopelessness that comes from not knowing what we can do to heal the pain and suffering in the world and we both know the struggle of being someone who cares too much for their own good. I’m so glad I get to share this journey with you, so glad that you’re always by my side (figuratively).

You’re always there to catch me when I’m falling. Always there to be the ultimate Mum friend (especially since you call everyone babe) and share some of that wisdom you seem to have so much of. You’ve guided me through a lot and I don’t think you’ll ever know how much I appreciate that.

So many of my favourite artists and songs have been recommended by you and I now listen to them on repeat and am so happy that I have someone to fangirl with! You’ve always been so supportive of my family and whatever crazy adventure we’re on and you have pretty a beautiful, strong family too (who also happen to be pretty darn adorable). Hehe d’you think we’ll ever get tired of exchanging cute photos/stories of younger siblings?

I have so much fun picking apart and comparing poetry with you, sharing ideas for novels we’ll never write and trying to guess what colour you’ve dyed your hair this time.

Our friendship goes so deep and I honestly love you so much. Thank you for everything. I mean that.

M

When Mum first introduced me to you I was in festival mode. Mum was like ‘you gotta come meet this girl! She’s the same age as you and she loves sailing too!’ So I rocked up on the doorstep of your yurt with my barefeet, baggy T-shirt and windswept hair and….didn’t come out for hours. Boy, can we talk!

Since then we have bonded over our love of avocados, dinghy sailing, the great outdoors, home education, tahini, old rock music, greeting people with the phrase ‘heya’, and dark chocolate. Even now on the phone, we can talk for literally HOURS even though I’m pretty sure there’s not one topic that we haven’t covered.

I am yet to persuade you to come ‘big boat’ sailing with me because you don’t fancy the idea of wearing waterproof overalls that will mask any kind of fashionable outfit or getting less sleep than you’re used to, but I will persevere and you WILL come with me one day ahaha.

At that festival, we hung out 24/7. Rope swinging over the river at midnight, playing ping pong in the barn at 2am, dancing all day, being thrust into my crazy friendship group with any prior warning, but fitting in perfectly.

You’re a beautiful, unique and fun person and I am so happy to be your friend xx

OYT

I spent the best days of my life on a boat sailing round the Scottish islands with you lot and the memories are ones I will always look back on and smile. Words cannot express how much you all mean to me. You’re absolutely bonkers, but hey, so I am so it’s cool 🙂 Here are just a few moments that capture our friendship perfectly (obviously we did do lots of hardcore sailing amongst all the messing around *wink wink*)

 

  • Me and S desperately trying to teach F how to bake, but eventually giving up ’cause we were laughing too much and ending up just throwing anything we could get our hands on in a mixing bowl. Then being the only ones who would eat it – except Ev and Ew who decided to be nice and give it a go.
  • Walking along the beach on Tiree (a Scottish island), just sharing food and talking.
  • Playing the hand slap game with F and losing so badly, but not giving up. Him laughing at me and how red and sore my hands were.
  • MS getting stuck in a barrel and then literally not being able to get out again.
  • Singing the entire eight minutes of American Pie with Ev and everyone else just looking at us like we’d gone absolutely mad.
  • Singing along to Oasis songs with MC
  • Buying a card in Tobermory that said ‘Mostly Made Of Sugar’, giving it to Ew and him being so happy!
  • Playing Capture The Flag on the beach at Tiree – Ew lying on the sand in a sugar low and everyone mucking about.
  • All the girls swimming in the sea on Tiree – despite it being freezing – and all the boys except Ew being absolute wimps.
  • K tattooing my arm with a pen and writing ‘flat earther’ all over it. Me, K and F hoovering the boat and trying to hoover each others’ hair and squeeze ourselves into all the cupboards.
  • Mad seshing to Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Scooter and Of Monsters and Men. Everyone going absolutely crazy, turning all the lights off, getting K and Ev up on the table.
  • Banter 24/7
  • The whole world cup situation. Walking around Barra, phones in the air, trying to get a signal, jumping into the road and stopping cars to find out the score, using the binos to look in through people’s windows and their screens. Finding out that England lost and everyone being ecstatic, except Ev (who cried).
  • The boys walking around Tobermory singing the Balamory theme tune and the girls pretending not to know them.
  • The girls sitting drinking hot chocolate and chatting at a cafe in South Uist (being civilised for once lol)
  • Helping Os put his lifejacket on ‘cause he was feeling really ill and needed to go up on deck then the next thing I know Ta the bosun throwing me across the companionway and Os puking right where I was just standing.
  • Hours spent sitting on sail bags and the railings of the pig pen (a sort of cage where all the spare sails are kept) – talking and joking and arguing and the Scottish teasing the ‘dirty English scum’ and the girls beating up the boys and Z constantly falling out onto the deck.
  • Talking with a very sleep-deprived Ew at 3am on Anchor Watch and looking at the stars through the hatch. Waking F and Ev up for their shift and Ev falling straight back asleep, Ew farting in F’s face and F not even noticing because he was still ¾ asleep.

There’s weird dynamics between us now because some of us still see each other and others don’t, some of us keep in touch and others don’t, and we live all over the UK (and one of us in the US). I don’t know where this friendship will go, but the memories will last forever.

E

When two universes collide, two things that are both so beautiful, but somehow completely separate, the result is incredible. I learnt that with you. I only knew you from blogging – this crazy online world where we know each others deepest thoughts, but not the way the other smiles. And then somehow you were there in front of me in real life. Somehow we were drinking hot chocolate in a cafe and talking at a thousand miles an hour about life and writing and everything in between.

Suddenly you were real and it was weird (but in the best of ways). I had to learn to think of you with a different name, a real name, no longer just a pseudonym.

You came to my first spoken word performance, had dinner with my family whilst I was at rehearsals and then you were gone. I’m so glad our lives touched, though just briefly, one surreal whirlwind of hugs and excited words flying through the air.

We talk on the phone sometimes, but you’re busy and I miss you a lot. I’m so proud of everything you’re achieving though. Love you x

B

I just feel like when I’m with you I can be completely, totally and unapologetically myself. We can talk about everything and anything, make each laugh so much that we’re hysterical and I’ll always come away from a conversation with you with the hugest smile on my face.

You’re always so supportive of whatever’s going on in my life and so interested and enthusiastic. Pretty sure that when I text you I use wayyyy too many ALL CAPS and emojis, but you’re the kind of person who really doesn’t mind (and then replies in exactly the same way!)

Put us together and we’re absolutely crazy and will never stop talking, but we’re also full of ideas of how to make this world a better place. As long as we’re friends I don’t think we’ll ever run out of ideas, we bounce off of each others positivity and enthusiasm and desire to make a difference and that’s why we’re such an, um, explosive duo haha.

Love youuuuu!

I & G

I never realised you could get so close to people in only just over a week. The amount of memories we managed to make sailing those few hundred miles from Plymouth to Cowes and then back to Gosport is just absolutely insane.

The Small Ships Race itself was an intense five hours, half the deck underwater, the boat on its side with waves crashing just about everywhere, trying to tie knots knee deep in water and hear the skippers commands over the howl of the wind. As we attempted to eat seawater drenched fish finger sandwiches with fingers that were so cold we could barely open a bottle of ketchup between three of us, we’d look at each other and grin because, despite being soaked through to the skin and freezing cold for the umpteenth time today, this is what we born for, this is where we’re at our happiest.

At the party after the race, everyone else from the other crews had their make up perfect and a flawless outfit and knew all the words to the latest songs – we made up our own moves in our damp hoodies and the space buns we’d spent hours doing for each other.

We’d lay in our bunks at night and talk for hours when the boat was quiet and everyone else was fast asleep. You guys have been through so much and yet you are two of the strongest, most positive people I know. Partly, it was your stories that made me realise just how much I needed to do something to make a difference for my generation.

I can remember walking round the Harry Potter and Marvel shops for hours when we stopped in Weymouth and having to hear the entire plotlines of ever single book & movie , falling asleep in a tangle of limbs as the boat sailed through the darkness at 1am (always alert for the next tack or gybe), taking crazy selfies and modeling in the mist on deserted country lanes, skipping down the road, me diving off the boat and swimming round in the sea (you guys watching and laughing from the deck), working hard and loving every minute, singing Disney songs at the top of our lungs.

No amount of emails, text messages or facetiming could ever continue the bond that we had for those beautiful days, but it was a snapshot in our lives that I’m sure we’ll never forget and one day, when we’re all skippers of our own boats, we’ll meet again out on the wide, open sea……

Xx love you crazy gals Xx

Thanks so much for reading, people!! I’d love to see some of you steal this idea and do the same ❤ 

Gracie xxx

Rant On Changing The World, The Importance Of Community In Our Society + My Challenge To You

Warning – this is going to be one very ranty post about a ton of things I’ve been thinking about recently so it might not make any sense. Please bear with me though ahaha. This blog is the one place I can just write my heart out and be totally honest so if anyone would give me their thoughts on this, I’d really appreciate hearing what you have to say 🙂

Everything I see around me shows me just how important it is to make a difference. Watching anthropology (the study of humanity) videos when I can snatch some spare Wi-Fi, hearing people talk about their stories, it makes me realise that our world is such a beautiful, messed up place full of such good, but broken people.

It’s the good things too – not just the bad, like when you see people standing up and making a difference in their communities, people like our friends Finlay and Ella who are striking for climate crisis and taking action for our generation, all the other inspiring people we’ve been meeting on this journey and, most of all, the team at CatZero (the charity my family are raising money for on our challenge).

It’s things I read and watch and the conversations I have. It’s Tip from the episode of ‘the Waltons’ that I watched with my family the other day- he’s the life of the party, so full of stories and extravagance and energy, but it’s all a fake. He has no purpose and no one and he’s dying inside because of it. I’ve written about it countless times because I see it so much in my generation. So many people I know are so over-the-top crazy and take nothing seriously, but I know them well enough to see how much they’re struggling underneath it all. They’ll never admit it though and it breaks my heart.

My Mum tells everyone that this trip is born out of my concern for my generation and the issues we’re facing and, although it’s just a word, I feel like such a fake when she says that. What do I know of their struggles? I feel like screaming. It’s not concern, it’s desperation. Tell me again that I should be ‘concerned’ when my friends are getting pregnant, overdosing on drugs, killing themselves, hurting themselves, being held back by their depression and anxiety, feeling alone and hopeless, tell me again that I should be ‘concerned’. I rattle it off like a list, but these are lives we’re talking about here. Human lives. Lives that being destroyed. Your sister. Your son. Your granddaughter. Your best friend. Tell me I’m being dramatic.

We’ve passed through so many little towns on the East Coast of Scotland, all places with bad reputations for drugs and poverty, visitors to that part of the country go round them or pass straight through and never stop. We were welcomed with open arms. These places are struggling, but they have such a strong sense of community, they are coming together and actively doing something to support one another.

Community is truly the answer. If people had a support network of people who cared about them and who they knew they could always depend on, if they were working together to achieve something and keep their community thriving, it would make such a difference.

Greta Thunberg stopped talking because of the effect the way our planet is heading was having on her and some days I understand how she feels, but every day there’s places for me to go and things for me to do and people for me to meet and I’m learning that action is the only way.

I often feel like I’m not doing enough. I lie awake at night because I’m overwhelmed by it all. When I write this, it makes me sounds so selfless, but that’s not the reality at all. I just feel the pain of my generation kinda like it’s my own and although that hurts a lot, it’s also incredibly motivating.

I’m well aware that it’s easy to ramble on about the faults in society and the struggles of young people (well, all people really) without coming up with any answers so that’s why my family are on a search. It’s been continued throughout this journey since starting a lifetime ago, though I think some of what we’ve experienced on this adventure even just in the last seven weeks has been just about the closest we’ve ever come to finding what we believe is the answer – true community.

It exists in little pockets around the world, for sure. Places like those little Scottish towns, but what we need is community on a worldwide scale. People committed to the well-being of their fellow people, people who care about the future generations, people who work in harmony instead of fighting and starting wars. It sounds a long way off, but it starts here, at home. Your family is a mini community of its own and families are just another thing that have broken down in our society today. If we started applying that same mindset of commitment and understanding to the people closest to us, it might just make a difference and you never know, it may reach Donald Trump eventually hehe.

I went on a climate strike with some friends the other day and it made me realise just how good it felt to stand up for something I believe in. That’s what it’s like on this challenge too. I want to challenge everyone (YOU included) just to take one small step towards making a difference in the world we live in.

Here’s something I wrote in my journal a couple of weeks ago that is kinda relevant to what I’m talking (ranting) about today –

I’m nearly ready for bed now and my hair is still wet from the sea. The island of Tiree off of the West coast of Scotland has always been my favourite place in the world, but Durness beach (where we are today) may be a contender for second place.

As soon as Mo (our van) pulled up, I leapt out of the back, skidded down the sand dune, ran across the beach and into the sea. The waves were crashing and the water was so beautiful and blue and so I proceeded to spend the next couple of hours in the ocean. I honestly think that one of the times when I’m at my happiest is when I’m swimming in the sea. It’s hard to describe the feeling except to say that it’s almost the opposite of hopelessness.

It’s simple, pure, sweet freedom and it’s so different from the ache that’s sometimes fills my heart. That’s partly why I love swimming so much. I can’t over-think and every single part of me is focused, plus I love the power and control I feel over my own movement and strength. Also, when I swim as part of a team, it’s like another mini community feeling. Being a part of something positive is so important and it’s what we all need.

Being on top of the world is an extreme, but it gives me hope and it makes me realise that we will all be okay.

I can’t get knocked down by negativity or what use I am to the revolution? As my friend Ruby always tells me, you can’t help anyone if you’re crying on the floor – focus on what you can do, focus on the solution.

We’ve all got to do what we can to help others and play our part in creating a better world. It won’t always be easy, but we’ve got to try. Small steps, people, small steps. Please do let me know how you get on!! I’m also well aware that it’s  not always easy to know what you can do to make a difference so if anyone wants to discuss it, shoot me an email through my contact page and we can have a conversation and figure it out together xx

btw, what posts do you all wanna see coming up? I had the idea to do one with letters to people who’ve meant a lot to me throughout my life or there’s always more rants haha…?? Let me know in the comments xx

Use Our Voices – Spoken Word Poetry Guest Post by Vaishnavi + And A Discussion On CHANGE


Heyy guys,

It’s so important that we as young people stand up and use our voices in whatever ways we can and that we support each other in doing so. I recently discovered that the awesome Vaishnavi at Written In The Stars is a fellow spoken word poet and so when she reached out and asked me about guest posting, I jumped at the chance to share some of her incredible work with you all! I’m going to let her take over now, but before I go there’s just a couple of things I wanna mention…..

  1. If there’s something you believe in, speak up about it. Do not be afraid to fight for your future. You may not think you can make a difference and it will definitely not always be easy, but never be scared to take the first small step.
  2. If there’s someone else trying to get their voice heard and make a difference, help them and support them in whatever ways you can. We rise by building others up and we are so much more powerful when we work together.
  3. Finally, I have so much post inspiration atm ahhhhhhh. Basically don’t be too surprised if my demented ramblings start popping up in your reader rather often haha

Anyway, over to Vaishnavi 🙂

Hi everyone! My name is Vaishnavi, but since it’s a mouthful, you can just think of me as Vaish. Gracie gave me the opportunity to share a poem I wrote to you guys, and I couldn’t be more grateful. she is such a funny, sweet, and overall delightful individual and friend, as you guys already know. This poem was important for me to write because first of all, it was for a prompt (a strong emotion) AND I have to present it. After spending days and days toiling over what to write, this came to me in bits and pieces, and little by little, the pieces of me (and hundreds of other voices) were tumbling out. I hope this poem makes you think about this important factor in our lives~
DA POEM PEEPS (hehe Gracie’s back could you tell? Anyway, enjoy this masterpiece of Vaishnavi’s)

Iridescent and looming

Change

Making my mouth contort into words horrifyingly unlike me

I try to run away while tripping over my own two feet

But like a shadow

It’s always, frustratingly, there

Maybe if I tiptoe

It would be as if I was never here
I could finally get a glimpse

Of sunlight

Pure sunlight

A chance to breathe again

Away from the darkness which already consumed my friends

Away from a shrieking tragedy, begging to enter

An aftertaste

Away from this monster who’s taking my life by the limbs and shaking it furiously

Like a play-thing

I’m unable to wear my crown

The cold envelopes my shaking body, sneaking up on me like the tendrils of early smoke

Taunting me

“You can’t hide anymore, we’re coming for you.”

WIth any remaining strength

I turn towards a dimming light in the hearth

A blossom of a memory

A piece of a younger me

One more naive

But in a flash, it’s gone

Like it was never really there

Were they merely echoes or projections of unparalleled strength?

Then
My heart is shattered glass

Everything turns cold and lonely

Then I’m forced to look

Up

I meet the glacier-blue eyes which strike chords in my mind

Penetrating my every. last. thought.

An unwanted gaze of a black, apathetic, beast

Then in a split second, just a split second

Everything hurts

When I’m forced by this unknown creature

To look inside me

And meddle with a few things.

A warped vision where everything twists and turns

A tremendous fist

Reaches for my soul

The foundation of everything I am

The fist goes right back and adds everything I will be and-

And-

I’m absolutely terrified of this weakness

But then-

But then if everything is doomed, why is everything clearing up
And sunlight piercing through-

Sunlight everywhere

I look at my hands and I feel renewed

I look back and forth, trying to find the beast that had earlier come

But-
But there was no trace of it

Vanished

Like it was never really there

There’s a gentle breeze caressing me, just within reach

My heart skips a beat

Ever so slowly, I open my eyes

And I come back to where I was

Where I’d always been

At my bed, the windows allowing the songs of the suburbs to sneak past, fingers hovering over the dusty keys

Hesitation

The sentence marks an unfinished thought

And I come upon a new thought– and I’m amazed and shocked

I’m different.

Is there a way

That I could’ve been mistaken?

I search through my memory of my past self

Through rose-tinted glasses

And peer at the life of little me

I feel strange

Confused, but calm

No longer can I see this blurry vision of a beast named change

Just

Someone holding their arms out

A patient, yet an austere fortitude

Allowing you

To come forth

Because everyone changes

Over time, these memories get sutured into my ribcage

Soft and warm undying things

That once made up me

Shades of paint, blossoming wholly inside me

Like they’re trying to impress someone

Remnants and flashes softly follow by heart, immortal but

The colors will always be the same

There is emotion caught up amongst my tongue

Holding me back

I breathe and I say

I say-

“Hey… It’s me again.”

And an exhale”

Thanks so much for sticking through, and thanks Gracie!! What do you guys think about change? 

 

(Gracie again) Come on guys, let’s use our voices and have a discussion? What do you think about change? What does it mean to you? 

#BlueForSudan

*this image is not my own*

Over burning, revolutionary red, today Sudan paints blue,

Though it hurts to hold the paintbrush, they must show the world the truth.

Though the red blood runs in the streets and holds the power in its hands,

They scream for peace, their fists held high,

We say #BlueForSudan

We can’t stop their suffering, but we are not entirely powerless. Use your blog/social media to raise awareness of what’s happening in Sudan and to show them that they are not alone #BlueForSudan #PaintSudanBlue

I’M BACK – Q&A Answers ft Sarcasm, Books, Food, Besties, Beaches and Dungarees

I am in love. With the Scottish Highlands. With Scotland in general tbh. I mean, beaches??? Mountains??? The ocean??? It’s so stunning. It’s also the place that I’ve happened to break down. Not me personally, but my van aka my home aka what is taking me round the entire UK coast on a tenner a day. Welcome ladies and gentlemen, poets and dreamers, rebels and revolutionaries, to the saga of Round The UK On A Day *peace out sign*

 

*casually uses photo of myself as a divider*

Well hello there guys. Guess who’s  supposed to be on hiatus!? Howeverrrrr, even though I’m really really really busy with the challenge, the truth is that I’ve missed having the freedom to write my heart out SO much and although I haven’t been entirely absent from the blogosphere, I’ve missed you all. I’ve realised just how much I love blogging and just how much it means to me.

 

I also keep coming up with inspiration for posts to write which is kinda annoying when I haven’t had the time to write them haha. So I’ve decided to come back as *unofficially* as I went.

For now though, I’m going to give you a tiny lil update on how the challenge has been going so far and then the answers to all your questions from my last post (most of them are about the trip, but there’s some cracking random ones too haha). Ooooh and also you get to see me attempting unsuccessfully to be a model in ma dungarees. You’re welcome (ahaha that auto corrected to ‘you’re weird’ and it’s the most accurate thing)

 

Anyway, here goes the update.

 

Yep, we’ve broken down in the middle of the Scottish highlands (also commonly known as the middle of nowhere). I am currently sitting in the back of the van whilst a mechanic tinkers with the engine and hopefully we’ll be back on the road soon *crosses fingers* Otherwise, the trip is going amazingly. We are continuing to meet so many incredible people, experience and learn so many new things and be privileged enough to share some of the things people are doing to make a difference in their local communities.

 

I’m now going to stop rambling (haha you wish) and answer all your questions 🙂

 

What’s been your favorite song to listen to in the car on your trip?

 

Rubyyyyy, why must you make me choose?? We’ve actually not had a lot of wifi and what we do have is usually saved to update our social media with photos and videos about the trip and to keep in touch with family and friends. However, before I go on to list a million songs I love listening to when I get the chance, here are a few recent ones that I’ve learnt and loved –

 

-Call Me by Blondie

– Talkin Bout Revolution by Tracy Chapman

– Absolutely anything by Sleeping At Last, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Mat Kearney or Billie Eilish

– How To Save A Life by The Fray

 

(Let me know if you love any of these too!)

 

Favorite dish you’ve had?

 

Ahhh that’s such a difficult one. We stayed on a friend’s farm for a night and she cooked this pumpkin casserole thing and then I made ice cream (ok ok she made it – I stirred it) and that was amazingggg. We were also at this place in North East Scotland and everyone made us this traditional local fish soup and I’m not a huge fan of fish, but they went to so much effort to make it for us and it was actually prettyy good *double thumbs up*

 

Do you and your family have a plan for where you travel throughout the UK or is it thought of as you go along?

 

The plan is to stick as close to the coast as possible and since we have £5 a day for fuel we can do about 30 miles a day, but we’re pretty flexible with our planning to say the least lol 🙂  

 

Is there a place you’re looking forward to traveling to especially and if you had to go back to one place you’ve already been to what would you choose?

 

Ahhhh, I am so looking forward to this next part of the coast (the West coast of Scotland) because it’s SO beautiful and I have lots of friends who live there who I’m really really looking forward to seeing. And if I had to go back to one place I would choose either some of the little towns on the East coast of Scotland that had such a bad reputation for poverty and drugs, but were so welcoming to us and had such a strong sense of community spirit or I’d go back to Hull – which is where CatZero (the charity we’re raising money for) is based and also I freaking love that city.

 

are your siblings annoying?

 

Ummm, that’s actually kind of a hard one. Due to the way we’ve been raised, the emphasis our parents put on our relationships and that we’ve grown up living in small spaces (fun fact: I haven’t lived in what most people would consider a ‘proper house’ since I was 5) my siblings and I have always been pretty close. Saying that though, our van is pretty tiny and my brother is pretty crazy…..enough said lol…..

 

What’s been your coolest experience on the trip so far?

 

When we first started the challenge we got to go sailing with CatZero (the charity) and experience first-hand some of the ways they’ve transformed people’s lives. They are so inspiring to me and I believe in what they’re doing with every little piece of my heart and sailing is my passion so yeah all that was pretty cool.

 

Then there was this time that we went to this fitness club. It was run by a guy who used to be an alcoholic, but he’d turned his life around and wanted to help others do the same. He was passionate about fitness and so he started a club where he brings people from all ages across the community to get fit and support one and other. It was absolutely awesome! So much fun, such a great atmosphere and such a sense of community spirit. It’s actually changed people’s lives and continues to do so today and I LOVED IT.

 

what’s been your biggest challenge so far?

 

There’s been quite a few. The van (that we call Mo) has had lots of mechanical issues which has been a liiiiiittle bit of a problem, there’s been people who’ve criticised us without truly understanding what we’re doing or why, we’ve struggled to know how to explain ourselves to others and put our motivation into words because it goes so much deeper than anything we can say and so on.

 

For me personally though, the challenges have been the amount of stress learning how to use social media and keeping it up all the time has put on me and also struggling to come to terms with asking other people for help. It’s something that goes against everything within me, but I’ve come to realise that people are more than happy to give and that your time, attention and enthusiasm are sometimes more than enough to give in return. And these two challenges are what I have learnt the most from so I’m grateful for them.

 

How do you stay motivated on the road?

 

I FREAKING LOVE THIS QUESTION. It means I get to talk about some of the things and people I love more than anything so yayyy!

 

Firstly, CatZero. They are an incredible charity transforming people’s lives and I want to be a part of that so much. They are hope in such a dark world, they are changing lives every day, they are saving lives and that is truly something I’d give everything to support.

 

Secondly, my generation. Someone wise once told me that when things get tough you gotta remember why you’re doing it and it’s because of the young people in my life and whose stories I have heard that I do this. I’ve always been the sort of person who feels others’ pain as if it is her own and that’s hard, but it’s also hugely motivating.

 

Thirdly, my family and my friends. My family because they are in this with me and they don’t give up either. My friends because they make me laugh every single day, they don’t mind when I rant to them, they love me at my best and my worst and because after the longest day, I can call them or text them and let my hair down and be myself and be crazy and everything is good.

 

Ruby, Bri, Aqsa and Liv, you are all amazing and I love you. Hannah (you might know her as Gayle) and Adria, no idea how I came to deserve such besties, I love you and you mean the world to me.

 

Then there’s you lot, the irl friends who may or may not be reading this haha. Since you don’t want your name plastered all over the internet, I’m just gonna say thank you and I love you and yup you still have to put up with me.

 

K, sentimental rant over, people. I’ve stopped crying now.

 

Where’s the best place you have visited so far?

 

I guess I kinda answered this when I said where I’d go back to, but other than those….all the beaches!! The beaches have been amazing all along the coast so definitely them.

 

How have you managed with food along the way?

 

We have £5 a day for food and we’ve been managing pretty well! We eat a lot of pasta, rice, potatoes and stuff like that lol, but people have also been so kind and generous and when they’ve heard about our challenge, they’ve invited us for dinner or brought us a bag of shopping 🙂

 

Now for some awesomely random questions!

 

Favorite book(s)?

 

The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, Are We All Lemmings And Snowflakes by Holly Bourne, the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore, The Order Of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory and the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. Can you tell I’ve done that before haha?

 

How long have you been in the blogosphere?

 

Since I was eleven/nearly twelve so four years 🙂

Blue hearts or red hearts? 💙❤

 

This could actually be the hardest question I’ve been asked so far ahaha. I love blue hearts and I use them more, but then red hearts are kinda better to send to people you’re really close to?? So idk?? Also blue and red are my two fav colours. Blue because duh the ocean and sailing. Red because REVOLUTION.

 

Pineapples on pizza?

 

They’re okay. Not massively opinionated on this one. Saying that though, have you had pineapple in stir fry?? That is absolutely da best.

 

And that’s it guys! Thank you so much for reading and for all of those! If you have any more please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments. Ooh also, I’m going to be on Radio 2 on Sunday morning at around 7:20am so if you’re up that early (don’t blame you if you’re not haha) then be sure to listen in…..

 

SO how are you???? How’s life been?? What’s exciting in your world?

 

 

One Month Into ‘Round The UK On A Tenner A Day’ (Life Update + Q&A!!)

Hiya people,

 

I am pleased to announce that I am still very much alive. I am almost one month into my family’s challenge of ‘Round The UK On A Tenner A Day’ where we are driving round the entire UK coastline living on only £10 a day to raise money for CatZero, a charity I believe in with all of my revolutionary heart. You can read more about all the deets of the challenge *here*

 

So yeah, life update…..um wow. Where do I even start?? Living on the road in our tiny tiny tiny campervan has definitely been a challenge (duh), but it’s also been absolutely and overwhelmingly incredible. I have experienced so much and changed so much as a person in the last month or so.

 

As we have travelled from Hull – NE England for all of you who are international or just bad at geography (me too guys me too) – to North East Scotland, I have learnt that if you get out there and look for opportunities, they are absolutely, 100% out there. If you get off your backside and go and do something to make a difference, suddenly there are people all around you who are doing the same and are more than willing to support you.

 

There are SO many good people doing INCREDIBLY positive things to bring people together and change lives in their communities. We have been really lucky to meet them and be able to see what they’re doing and find out their stories. And people have been so supportive and generous towards us and our challenge as well.

 

New friends :))

So the main thing i’ve learned from this month so far is that if you take that brave step to do something (even something really small) to make a difference then YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE.

 

That is my challenge to you. It will be a struggle…there will be ups and downs….but you can do this. If you want to, you can change things….those ideas can become reality.

Me and my crazy bro and sis

Look at me, I’m driving round the frikkin’ country living on only a tenner a day, for goodness sake. It sounds crazy, but it’s changing my life and hopefully the money we raise will change lives and the awareness we raise for other people making a difference as we go will change lives too.

 

As I said, there are ups and downs to all things in life, including this trip. It’s hard and its daunting and it gets me down sometimes, but a wise person once told me that when it gets hard you have to remember why you’re doing it and tbh I have no shortage of people to remind me.

 

Me looking shattered

I have become so much more confident around people on this trip (and I was pretty confident to start with lol), I’ve learnt about true community and community spirit and what it looks like, I’m *learning* the skill of social media and I’ve become more practical too (guys I fixed a bench that’s kinda a big deal for me okay???)

I couldn’t post this without mentioning CatZero. CatZero mean SO much to me <33 They are completely changing the lives of so many people in need and giving them so much of a brighter future. We started our journey with CatZero and seeing the incredible transformation of the people they’ve helped for myself and then these people’s desire to give back the love they received is so inspiring.

 

We also got to go sailing and asdfghjkl I can’t tell how how much I loved that *grins madly*

 

If you’d like to know more about what we’ve been up to and to follow our journey, please follow us on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube – we’re called Round The UK On A Tenner A Day.

 

We saw dolphinssss

Now, Q&A TIME!!! Idk. At first I just wanted to give you guys the opportunity to ask me anything you wanna know about the challenge and then I was like ‘ya know I just really fancy doin a Q&A’ so here you go! Ask away…anything ya like!

 

I’m sorry if I don’t do an answer post that soon ’cause I’m really really mega busy, but I’ll do my best and it will be with you asap, K?

 

Just to finish off, I wanna remind you all that I am always here for anyone that wants to talk about anything. Lol I’m so bad at advice, but I’m always down for listening 🙂

 

Love ya guys. Vive la revolution.

Gracie

 

Bye For Awhile 💙 (Rant About Life + My Message To You)

I believe in keeping things real here and so I’m going to say this – I’m leaving to drive round the UK coast in a tiny campervan living on only a tenner a day tomorrow and I’m kinda afraid. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also really, really excited. It’s gonna be an awesome experience and I hope I get the chance to make a difference in the lives of others, but there’s also something inside me that’s a bit scared…

I’m really not afraid of many things, it’s just that life can be overwhelming – especially when you feel things as deeply as I do and when everything just matters so much.

I think that’s probably the thing – I care about this SO much and I just want it work out. I guess I just have to put all of myself into this and make it work…

…. but, when I think about it, I realise that I also care about my friends and I care about home and I care about a boy that hasn’t spoken to me in weeks (story for another day). It’s just a bit confusing.

This challenge is my future. It’s my pathway to my dream of sailing and working with young people. It’s my chance to truly make a difference and inspire others to do the same and that far outweighs the anxieties of leaving and stepping outside my comfort zone. I’ve been going on about actively doing something all my life and this is my moment. I see the need for change and I can’t let anything hold me back from creating that.

In my heart, I’m a free spirit, a wanderer, I’m a rebel and a revolutionary, but I’m also a worrier and I know that I have to push through that.

Tomorrow, everything will change. I won’t be able to talk to my friends when I need them most because I’ll be busy meeting new people, I won’t be able to write my heart out and then post it on here because I’ll be focused on posting things  chon our challenge social media, I won’t be able to scroll through Pinterest for inspiration and comfort because I’ll be taking it from the world around me, I won’t be able to switch my music on when I’m feeling down or even when I just want to dance simply because I’m not gonna have wifi 😂  And – even though that scares me a little – I think its a good thing.

Life’s not easy guys, not for any of us. There’s feelings and friendships and relationships and society and who even knew how complicated all that stuff gets?! I’ve been overwhelmed by it all recently and even though this challenge is HUGE and NEW and kinda scary, it’s also an escape from all that and I’m really looking forward to focusing my energy on something else, something truly important.

So….my message to you guys….

Carry on. 

Don’t EVER give up. 

It’s clichè, but you can do this. I promise you are strong enough. 

Turn your music up loud, tie your hair up or let it down – whichever feels right.

Care about things enough to act on them, but try not to care so much that you end up hurting.

Step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself – you might become someone even more amazing!

Build each other up, check on your friends, be honest, be there for people, ask for advice, be kind to strangers.

It’s okay to be broken, but don’t stay that way.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and do things differently. If I can, so can you 💙

Imma leave you with a quote from My Chemical Romance – yes, it’s emo, but no, it’s not dark and yes, it is amazing and beautiful and you should listen to more of it.

Because the world
Will never take my heart
You can try
You’ll never break me
I won’t explain
Or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed
I’m gonna show my scar
Give a cheer
For all the broken
Listen here
Because it’s who we are

 

I feel like this post was a mess, but there you go 😂 I won’t be posting on this blog much (maybe on the odd occasion….idk yet), but you know if you ever, ever, ever are having a tough time or want someone to talk to, you can ALWAYS email me through my contact page and I’ll do my absolute best to get back to you.

If you want to, you can follow us on our challenge social media accounts. Links below 👇

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/roundtheukonatenneraday/

Twitter- https://mobile.twitter.com/TennerADay

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/roundtheukonatenneraday/

I’ll miss you all, but it’s only bye for now 💙💙

 

 

(An Eventful) Day In The Life ~ Collab With RubySky

Heyo people,

Before we jump right into this post I would like to thank my lovely friend Ruby for her patience (I’m so bad at collabs lol) and to say how much I enjoyed taking photos of my day (when I remembered 😂). Be sure to check out Ruby’s blog for her post 💙

This was one of my last days at the campsite where I live before we set off on our challenge so it was pretty hectic to say the least…

This is where I woke up ☝️Myself, my brother and sister and four of our mates slept out under the stars in our sleeping bags.

The tents were just emergency back up haha

Selfie with the sunrise ☀️

Some other friends joined us and we cooked breakfast over the fire…

We then did some work on a base that we’ve been building and jammed along to Madness, Queen and Avril Lavigne.

Me working really, really hard 😂

My brother up a tree (as usual) 🌳

As the eldest, me, my mate Benny and my bro volunteered to hide the Easter eggs for all our siblings and friends. Tbh, we just chucked most of them in the bushes, but hey, it was fun!

Benny taking hiding the eggs a liiiiitle too seriously 😂

“How many eggs did you throw up the tree?” 😂

We then played a huge game of ‘wrestleball/wrestlegoal’ (we can’t decide on a name lol). It’s a game we invented which is basically a cross between rugby, wrestling and football and has no rules. It’s very fun, but we were all so hot that afterwards we went swimming in the river 🏊‍♀️ and guess who forgot to take photos….*hides*

The whole squad 🤗✌️

Next up, my family did some planning for the challenge (we leave in under a week 🤪😁)

The tiny house/truck that we live in is parked under a woodshed and so we had to clear out that area before we leave on our challenge. I wheelbarrowed everything round to the huge campsite bins 😁

I also cleaned our pizza oven 👇

 

Had a shower 🚿 love a good mirror selfie 🙃

For some reason I just love taking photos of my shoes 🤷🏻‍♀️ idk I just think it’s kinda aesthetic….anyone??? 😂

I then painted a sign for a film we’ve making about packing up our campervan, Mo, for our journey around the coast of Britain (btw, most of you do, but if you have no idea what I’m talking about check out the post at the top of my homepage 😁)

Trying to make everything fit in…..these are the final preparations…😬😄

I was so tired after everything that day and ready for bed, but I had so much fun. Love my friends and gonna miss them so much, but so excited for this next chapter of my life. Bring it on!