Story Time: Thinking Differently + Not Being Influenced By The Media (Even If Your Peers Are) ~RANT ALERT!!!~

Everyone knows that media influence is an issue, right? But, as I’ve discovered, it’s only when you experience the power of this influence first-hand amongst people you know and care about that it really hits home. And when it does hit, it hits hard.

Here’s what inspired this post. Story Time!

Please note: I am not attacking my friends by sharing this story. I love them all very much and do not blame them at all. It is the media that should be held responsible for this incident. 

A couple of days ago I was hanging out with a group of friends – mixed ages, boys and girls. The boys were having a conversation and so the girls and I decided to wander over to see what they were talking about. It turned out that they were discussing what they look for more of in a partner – personality or looks? After laughing at them for having such a weird conversation we started listening and joining in. 

It all got a  bit technical when they started breaking it down into percentages. At first us girls were just laughing our heads off. It was so amusing, but then it became a bit more ‘interesting’. Much to our surprise most of the guys seemed more interested in girl’s looks than in their personality :0

One of them was like ‘oh, 100% looks, definitely’ and so one of the others asked him to describe what his perfect girlfriend would look like. To my shock and disappointment he started listing every single beauty stereotype that the media projects at us – blonde, skinny, etc.  All the other boys agreed with him. These were kids I had spent my childhood with, boys I had grown up playing in the dirt with. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. 

I admit I got a bit cross with them 😉 ‘Guys, come on’ I said ‘That’s such a messed up view! And plus, it’s not even your view, it’s what you’ve watched on TV, read or seen online, it’s not you. You’re being influenced, told what to think! Surely that’s not what you want? Your view of beauty should not be what a corrupt society has put into your head!” I didn’t say all of that in exactly those words because looking back now I am not so blinded by confusion and sadness and frustration, but I did rant on along similar lines.

Some of the boys’ reactions was defensiveness. “Oh, well, I did say I valued personality more”, one said. But what really shocked me was what one of my friends said. He looked at me, smiled and shrugged. “What’s the point of having a girlfriend if she’s not pretty?” 

I felt like screaming. ‘You have no idea what you’re saying!” I thought. ‘You’re young and all around you that’s what people are telling you’ I just shook my head sadly and that was the end of the conversation. 

However, that whole incident stayed in my thoughts for ages after that. It made me wonder what sort of a chance my generation have and how they’ll ever learn what’s right when they are constantly being told otherwise. It also made me think about my place in all this – I may have different opinions at the moment (due to the way I’ve been raised), but how long until this starts to affect me too?

For example, all of my friends (these same ones, but the girls too) are obsessed with the TV show Friends. Ok, ok, I know this is going to be controversial.  I know Friends is widely loved, but hear me out, alright?

They keep trying to get me to watch it, gossiping about what episodes they’re on and squealing about the latest inappropriate stuff they’ve learned from it. That’s after they’ve whispered about spoilers, discussed each character in the finest detail and sobbed  on each other’s shoulders because they only have two more seasons to go before they have to start re-watching episodes. Seriously, my eyes hurt from so much rolling.

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But it really isn’t this that I have a problem with. I’m as much of a fangirl as anyone when it comes to favourite TV shows. I recently jumped up and down more than I’d care to admit when the trailer for Anne With An E Season 2 was released. Any fellow fans out there?

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The thing that gets to me is the fact that the programmes I watch have positive messages, strong characters, great portrayals of real life relationships, as well as being amazingly entertaining! Whereas things like Friends are full of negativity, fakeness, inappropriateness and although they may make you laugh, if you think about it they’re just trash. Even when I ask my friends what’s good about Friends they struggle 😂

I have made the decision not to watch Friends – even though all of my friends are. In fact, I make the decision to think different and act differently just in general. This isn’t easy – I’m a teenager growing up in the same society we all live in after all, but hey ho, I’m giving it a go.

How about you? 

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Big Life Update – Finding Purpose Through Sail Training

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going? I haven’t been around here in so long. It honestly feels like forever since I last sat down to write a post on A Light In The Darkness. I think it’s time you guys got an update!

Where to start?

Since we last spoke sailing has become a huge part of my life. That first voyage ignited a love and a passion that has only grown over the past weeks. I have actually been on another trip since then and am booked into a week long one in Scotland in July. I have decided that sail training – what these charities do – is what I want to do in the future and so I’ve been taking steps to pursue that. It won’t be easy, but I’m willing to work hard.

Me with the crew of the June voyage – proudly displaying our well-earnt qualifications.

Sail training is all about taking young people out on sailing voyages, teaching them skills, helping them to work as a team, improving their self-confidence and self-esteem and giving them a purpose to their days. It’s absolutely wonderful and combines everything that I’m good at and want to do.

I think one of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with sailing and sail training is the sense of purpose and self-confidence it’s given me. I have struggled a lot with lack of direction and not knowing what I’m doing and where I’m going. And I think, if it can uplift, motivate and direct me in such a way, what wonders can it do for young people with mental health issues? Or teens from disadvantaged areas? It’s such a valuable, amazing thing and I want to be a part of giving others the opportunity to experience that same incredible feeling of achievement, confidence and freedom that I have.

I can remember a moment what feels like forever, but was actually only a few weeks ago, when I’d been off the boat for a couple of hours. I was still in that exhausted, elated state and I was walking across a Sainsbury’s car park in my Island Trust t-shirt, feeling a complete and utter sense of freedom and confidence and certainty. Certainty that this was what I wanted to do and that this was what I was going to do.

Moosk – the beautiful vessel that I had the pleasure of sailing on my last voyage.

I simply cannot wait to continue with this journey.  On the next trip I am hoping to get my ‘competent crew’ qualification. For the first time in ages, I’m so excited and energised about something and it feels really good.

It feels like I’m working towards something amazing and achievable and that by taking little steps and working really hard I could have a whole future of incredible opportunities in front of me. Opportunities to sail and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.

So how are you all? What have I missed? Future plans, guys? Have any of you sailed before? If so, what did you think? Tell me everythinggggg! And if we haven’t talked in a while, drop me a comment or an email so that we can catch up! ❤🤘❤🤘❤

An Experience At Sea 🌊⛵ (Photos and Highlights)

Hi all,

Yep, I really did go to sea! ⛵🌊 And it was incredible.

On Saturday I (very reluctantly) returned from a four day home-ed sailing voyage with The Island Trust in Cornwall. I learnt some brilliant skills, met some super cool new people and made some fantastic memories. The whole experience will stick with me forever.

Pegasus – the vessel shown below – was our home for the time we were at sea.

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Describing the whole trip would take a long, long, long time so I’m just going to be sharing a load of my highlights and some photos with you guys today.

Enjoy!

  • Making some absolutely awesome friends! If you’re reading this right now, guys, I just wanna say how much of a pleasure it was sailing with you and getting to know you over the time we spent together last week.

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  • Learning how to crew a sailing ship and how it all works. Working as a team with the others to sail Pegasus 72 nautical miles all in all was absolutely brilliant.

Creds to Megan – another crew member 🙂 Pegasus is on the left.

  • Sailing at night! Learning to navigate and not getting to our destination until midnight was preeeeetty cool. The land and the sea were sequined with what seems like millions of lights used to find our way – a beautiful sight.

Megan’s again ❤

  • Seeing wild dolphins! A surreal experience. I still can’t believe it.

Thanks for this one, Isaac.

  • Sunsets.

  • Watching a sailor set the record for sailing non-stop around the world in the smallest boat. We greeted him at the finish line and had the honour of being pretty much the first human beings he’d seen in the best part of a year. I hope he appreciated the horns and the mexican wave 😁

  • Making a sand sculpture of a mermaid with Megan on the beach.

  • All the HILARIOUS inside jokes 😂😂😁
  • Enjoying the sun, the waves and the views up on deck. Feeling the motion of the boat (fortunately I wasn’t seasick 😀)


  • Steering! I loved the feeling of (kinda) being in control of the boat and of having to really concentrate on all the elements of navigation (the wind, landmarks, where we’re trying to go)

Now for some other random photos (credits to Megan, Isaac and Craig – the skipper)

Anchored in a coastal river mouth for the night.

A HUGE ferry.

Another stunning sunset.

The bow (front) of Pegasus.

Not sure if this was early morning or evening? Either way – very pretty.

Dusk on the water.

Another bow shot.

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So yeah! A very special experience and one I hope to repeat in the near future. Thank you, Island Trust for making this so amazing! ❤❤❤

I hope you enjoyed reading about this and seeing all the photos!

Gracie xxx

One Life – Live It, But Live In The Moment

I’m constantly worried that I’m not making the most of my life.

I only have one (duh) and I want to make the most of every moment.

I start to panic – I could be doing this, I should be trying that, I want to experience EVERYTHING this world has to offer me.

Then I slow down. What kind of a way to live your life is that? Constantly worrying about cramming things in, trying to do everything. It wouldn’t be a happy, content one – that’s for sure.

So I’ve made a decision. I’m going to take my one life and live it, but I’m going to live in the moment. Make the most of the present, be spontaneous and find joy in the little things.

Q and A (Part 2) – Campfires, Quirks and Cowgirls!

Let’s dive right in, shall we? Welcome to part 2 of my Q and A!

Mukta

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been to?

Ooh, I don’t know. Ah, I’ll tell you this story. The place I went was certainly ‘interesting’. Basically, I went to do a spoken word performance and workshop at a youth club in a city near me. It was horrible – full of kids  smoking, swearing, taking drugs, throwing bottles of wine around, being extremely rude to each other (and to me). It was so hot and it stank and I was there for ten hours. Yay.

What are some little things that make your day better?

I need this after that last question. Lol. Okay – Writing. Sunrises and sunsets. Music. Pinterest. Laughter. Friends. Learning new things. Campfires. Sunshine. Sweet comments. Poetry.


Is there a song you know that fits your personality?

I think I’m more of a mess of snatches of notes and lyrics than an actual song, but I think if I was a song I’d have the voice of Adele, the lyrics of High Dive Heart and the tune of some old rock or folk song. XD


What quirks do you have?

I’ve never thought about this before. Here goes – I use way too many words than necessary, I daydream a LOT, I forget my belongings all the time, I get stuck on things that happened ages ago and that everyone else has probably forgotten all about and yeah….I’m imperfectly perfect 🙂

What movie can you never get tired of watching?

Probably Calamity Jane. It’s an old musical that just makes me smile and laugh and want to be a cowgirl every time I see it.

What do you hope never changes in the world, and in you?

World: All the positivity and all the incredible people and all the natural beauty. Me: my personality. I am me and I’m determined to stay that way!

Andrea

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

The Secret Life Of Bees! It’s beautifully written with amazing characters and a brilliant plot. I highly recommend it!

Favourite movie?

If I did have to choose just one it’d probably be Les Miserables. It’s AMAZINGGGGG. Oh, wait, or Dead Poets Society? Or Captain Fantastic?

– Favourite TV show?

Believe it or not, I don’t have a TV. Cue all the gasps of horror. Nope, not TV in the whole house – let alone a bedroom to binge watch in. I do watch things in episodes online sometimes though and my favourite TV shows are Victoria, Anne With An E, Little House On The Prairie and All Creatures Great and Small. I just watched some of Lethal Weapon and that’s actually really good too.

Do you currently have a WIP, and if you do, can you share a snippet or two? 😁

Yepppp! Well, I’m writing poetry mostly at the moment so I’ll share snippets of that. It’s better performed, but there you go!

“You stand there,
Tears of suffering overflowing from your eyes.
Vessels that have seen so much.
Too much.
You stand there,
The scars on your body displayed so vulnerably open.
The blood still fresh and red like rebellion.
You stand with your stories wrapped around you.
A cloak weaved from threads of hurt, pride and yet I found you.

And I stand here, next to you, yet so far away in every respect except for the fact that I could reach out and touch you.”

 

“It’s one of those…rainy day days.
When the sky is heavy with buckets of neutral grey,
And the words inside me are screaming out for the page.
It’s one of those rainy day days.

It’s one of those… lost-in-the-blue days,
Where there’s a lot going on in my head,
But my fingers are stiff from turning the pages,
And the tombstone tells me that inspiration is dead.
It’s one of those lost-in-the-blue days.”


Cats or dogs? (Or both??)

Dogs all the way! Although, my friend’s cat just had kittens and they’re adorable. 😍😍😍 So both.

Melissa

Favourite season and why.

Autumn (or fall for you lot from the US). I love the beauty, the colour, the weather, the warm days descending into cold ones, the abundance of wild food to forage, the time to curl up in front of a fire and read a good book (‘cept that almost never happens. Only in my dreams…)

If you could invite anyone dead or alive to a dinner party for 12 who would they be?

You know, I sat and thought about this and most of the people who popped into my head are fictional! That just shows how my brain works. So I snuck a couple of them in there. Hope that’s okay!

Mother Teresa

August Boatwright from The Secret Life Of Bees

Sita Brahmachari

Jodi Ann Bickley

Maid Marian

Sojourner Truth

Nancy Blackett

Pocahontas

Simon Reeves

Freya from Where I Belong

Marius/Eponine from Les Miserables

I’d definitely have another one with all my blogging friends and all the members of my family who died before I had a chance to get to know them properly (my Grandad, Grandma, Uncle, etc).

 

Starling

  1. Moon or stars?

Stars. There’s so many of them and they’re so sparkling and bright. They’re absolutely beautiful – the way they form ancient constellations and burn so bright and they’re always there though we can’t always see them.

  1. On a scale of 1-10, rate sneakers.

We call them trainers here! Hmm, 8. They’re practical and light, but often quite expensive, aren’t they?


  1. What is/are your ambition(s)?

To teach, to learn, to make a difference.

Taylor

What motivates your faith in god?

As I’ve said before, though many people assume I’m Christian, I don’t actually belong to any set religion. However, I do believe in God. I’m still trying to figure out what faith means to me and to understand it in greater and more personal detail so…I’ll keep you posted!

The Beyoutiful Gal

  1. What are your hidden talents?

Well, people are always surprised at what comes out of my mouth. They don’t think this weedy fourteen year old is capable of such power so when I launch into one of my passionate, scathing, metaphorical poems and start running rings of words round them – they’re always shocked. It’s quite satisfying actually. XD

As for small, weird ones – I can cross my toes and I’m great at most tongue twisters. Ah, and you also wouldn’t think I was good at swimming either (I’m NOT sporty), but actually I’m a really strong swimmer and I love being in the water. Diving, lifesaving, I enjoy it all. 🙂


  1. What makes you unique from the others?

Everyone’s unique from others. We’re all just ourselves. I think the way my family lives and thinks makes me quite unique too. I’ve had a unique upbringing – traveling and living free range on a farm, being homeschooled and so on.


  1. What does your travel bucket list look like?

It could go on forever. There’s so much I want to see and feel and experience. However, it’s more about the people than the sights and places, I think.

Main Countries:

 

  • Italy. I love the culture and the emphasis they lay on family and food. Plus I’m learning the language. I also have always wanted to volunteer at this community which uses Italian values to help drug addicts. It has one of the highest success rates amongst rehab centres all over the world. It gives these people new purpose to life. Amazing!
  • America. I have so many friends to visit there! I just can’t not go.
  • Canada. My parents got married there and it looks beautiful. They also stayed with a community of Native Canadians too and it was a life-changing experience for them and something I have heard SO much about. It’s partly shaped the way they raise me. I’ve also just got to meet this amazing girl (Aqsa) too.

Individual places:

  • A community which hasn’t lost all of it’s values and its traditional way of life and would be willing to share them with me
  • A bustling market in Morocco. I think it would stress me out a lot, but I’d love to experience effects the colour and heat and flavours would have on my senses.
  • A cosy bookstore somewhere.
  • A French coffee shop that sells pastries and doesn’t mind if I sit there all day scribbling in a notebook.
  • Someone’s table. I’d love to share a meal with a family in a foreign country.
  • The wilds of Scotland.
  • The beauty of African landscapes and the kindness and hospitality of the people.

 

Nanny –

Name 6 of your happiest times.

Ah, this is such a difficult one! I’ll give it a shot though. When I think of happiness – these things come to mind:

 

 

  • Summertimes with my friends (you know who you are)- A massive mess of crazy sleepovers, dramatic arguments, falling out and making up, cooking pancakes, talking for hours and hours, singing together, laughing, running away on long walks and sharing stories and secrets whilst the sun flickers on our favourite spot by the river.  Hiding from the rain, late night games of dreaded ‘truth or dare’, your ukulele strumming under a starry sky. Our voices blending together.

 

Running through the woods in the dark, away from all the rest of our friends to write poetry under the trees, sitting on the stairs watching music videos and comparing artwork. Riding our bikes down the road, freaking people out. Dancing with our hands, doing each others hair. Perfect contentment.

 

  • My recent spoken word performance and  meeting Elm! Grinning like a maniac all day. 😁
  • Bri making me cry on my last birthday.
  • Singing in the car with my whole family.
  • Eating something you’ve just foraged fresh from the wild!
  • Having struggled so much with friendships and isolation and negativity and pushing through it and coming out the otherside as me!
  • All the adventures I’ve had with my family whilst we’ve been traveling. Rock-climbing, jumping of bridges into rivers, cooking on the campfires, pedaling and kayaking 100 miles on the canal, meeting people, walking and so on.

 

Talk about what inspires you most to do your poetry.

I’m inspired by everything I see in the world around me (both positive and negative), the mess of emotions, feelings, struggles and memories that make me me and from the stories I feel the need to tell. The truth I must speak.

Shay

What superpower would you want to have and what’s the reason for your choice?

This is a cliché question, but I love it! It opens up so many possibilities. I’d probably choose to be able to see into the future. It would just give me so much power to change things for the better if I knew what was going to happen. However, I actually might choose to be able to intervene in circumstances – like have the power to save someone’s life.

What’s a moral, belief or saying that you’ve lived by for a long time?

I try to help others when I can, to challenge the way our modern society works, to make a difference and make a change, to be myself and be honest.

Random thought – I am listening to Empty Chairs At Empty Tables from Les Mis and I’m literally crying. It’ll give you goosebumps.

Have you watched any of these TV shows or movies? Happiest times ever? Who would you invite to a dinner party for 12? Let me know!

I Have The Answers (To The Q and A) Part 1

Heyo!

First off, thank you so much to everyone who sent me questions. I had a load of fun answering them and I had to think about things I’d never even considered before. I reckon I learnt quite a lot about myself in the time I spent contemplating these so…thanks a ton 🙂

Okay, let’s get started!

Gracie M

What is your favorite thing about where you live?

I would say that my favourite thing about the farm where I live is how I know every part of it so well and because it was literally my world during my childhood. It provided the perfect environment for so many adventures. I have so many happy memories there. There’s always people around to hang out with.

However, my favourite thing about traveling (which is as much where I live as anywhere – we’re always on the road or the canal or whatever 🙂) is probably all the incredible people we’ve met, and the fact that we’ve been able to show others that traveling with a family in a small space and living differently is totally possible!

What do you love most about blogging?

I absolutely love the friends I have. Seriously, my best friends are ones I’ve made online. The blogosphere is such a supportive place, full of amazing people. I also love having my very own platform where I can share my voice and words and people actually read it!!!

Gray

What would you describe your overall style as?

I’m guessing you mean clothes wise? Well, I’m not one to follow fashion, that’s for sure! I don’t really put  that much effort into what I look like. However, I have developed my own style (kinda) I wear short sleeve t-shirts, jeans, leggings, hoodies, hats and scarves and wellington boots. Country girl to the core! XD

-What is your favorite dessert?

Always homemade! I love tiramisu (coffeeeee and cream = heaven) and trifle *drools*. However, fruit or a nice piece of home-baked cake is always good.

-What is your favorite movement?

I have so many, but it’s just the small things that I love. I appreciate the small things so much – the sunsets, the smiles, the laughter, the moments of carefree abandon. A highlight for me recently though was walking up to the station to meet a blogging friend for the first time and then later that day stepping up onto a London theatre stage to perform spoken word to an audience. 

Lizzy

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I have a very outdoorsy lifestyle in general, but my top two would be: hanging out with friends outside and wild swimming. Both are so much fun!

Who inspires you?

So many people! People doing amazing things around the world, random acts of kindness, people trying to make our messed up world better by spreading positivity and trying to do things differently, people fighting through hardships  and negativity to find a way to carry on. However my main inspirations are my parents. They have been on such a journey in their lifetimes and throughout all of it they have never lost faith, never given up on the world. Right now they are trying to find a way to raise a family in our crazy modern society and to show others that they too don’t just have to submit and conform to what the world tells them to be.

 

Why did you start this blog?

I had the idea that maybe I could be ‘a light in the darkness’ and make a difference to the lives of others. Perhaps I was naive to think that, who knows? But I’m still trying…..🙂

 

Hopeless Wonderer

What’s your favourite kind of blog post to read and what’s your favourite post you have written?

I love it when my blogging friends post their thoughts and opinions and ideas on life. It shows me that I’m not the only one of my generation that cares about the world and what happens to it. I love fun posts too! Art and writing and all that. Whatever people have to share!

My favourite posts I’ve written are the ones where I try to honest, the ones where I’m a bit more philosophical and the ones where I talk about my life. Ooh and my writing!

Hannah

Favorite color?

Rainbow?? Does that count? Honestly, I appreciate the beauty in every colour and shade and am so thankful that we have colour in the world. If I had to choose….yellow! Or red? Urgh.

Behind the name of your blog?

Kinda already explained!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a teacher, a peace-maker, a writer, a revolutionary and an advocate for positive change in society. *flips hair*

What have you learned through blogging?

I’ve learned that there’s a whole world out there – including people who think like me! Also that being honest is worth it and some of your best friends can be made without ever seeing their face of hearing their voice.

How long have you been blogging?

Gosh, ages! Over three and a half years now! Since I was eleven. I feel really old now. *hides*

Syd

_ean: what did you see first?

Actually I was like, ‘why’s there a line in front of that word which isn’t a word’ (ean) *facepalm*

Would you rather live in the dumps with the biggest mansion, or live in a tiny house in the most beautiful place?

That’s an easy one! Beautiful and tiny. That’s already a reality for me!

One word to describe you?

One word???? I am not a one word person, guys. It’s a well know fact that I speak in paragraphs. Okay, um, I’m going to say that I’m ‘me’. Ha! How’s that for a clever answer, eh?

Emily

Best thing that you’ve done lately that made you smile?

I’ve just been looking after my Nan after she had a knee replacement operation and watching her recover and spending time with her makes me so happy.

Last big argument you had with one of your siblings?

Hahaha, well, weird as it sounds me and my siblings don’t really argue. I think because we live in such a tiny space (the back of a van) we’ve learned not to. For as long as I can remember my parents have worked on us having good relationships with each other. Your siblings are the friends who’ll stick with you your whole life so appreciate them, guys (yes, it sounds impossible, I know, but stick with it – it’ll be worth it later on.)

We’re not perfect though! I get SO annoyed when my brother wakes me up in the middle of the night by rolling into my bed. Lol.

The thing that makes you feel like a little kid again?

Roly-polying! Rolling down a hill, getting my hair all tangled and my clothes all stained and then scrambling up to the top again to do the whole damn thing again makes me feel so alive and like a little kid again. Thanks for reminding me of that. I haven’t done it in ages.

*throws down phone* *goes in search of a hill*

Okay, well, I’ll see you all again soon with Part 2! Bye for now!

I’d love to hear your answers! Favourite moment? Best thing about blogging? Roly-polys?  Tell me everything! 

Q and A – Ask Away!

Hiya All!

As promised, here is a Q and A post for you guys! I thought it’d be great for you to get to know me better so… ask away! This is thr perfect opportunity. You may ask as many questions as you like about my life in general, my writing, my future plans, the things I love, anything!

Looking forward to answering them, guys! Thanks in advance!

Gracie xxx

 

 

Family. Community. Society. Humanity.

There is so much negativity building up at the moment. Within families, within communities, within society, within humanity as a whole. These things, these things that are the pillars of our world – they’re breaking down, being replaced.

It’s a massive challenge as anyone really, but particularly teenagers, to grow up in this world. It’s so essential that we, as the future, hold on to what is important. Family. Community. Society. Humanity.

This is a huge struggle, but I’m trying to make the decision to understand and believe in these things.

Soooo, that was the thought of the day! If you guys have any comments on that please do let me know.

Now, I’m going to do like a mini update/catch up thingy with everything I need to tell you all. There’s quite a bit!

  • The amazing Bri has just started blogging again after a couple of months. This is such good news. Please go check out her blog and introduce yourself, it’d mean the world to her.
  • I’m participating in Hannah’s photography contest! No, I am not a photographer, but I wanted to try something new and Hannah is just the sweetest, loveliest person.
  • Remember the social experiment a load of you helped me out with a couple of months ago? Well, I’ve nearly finished putting together all my results and I’ll be sharing them on here very soon. Stay tuned.
  • I’m staying at my Nan’s at the moment looking after her as she just has a knee replacement. She’s doing really well as she’s super determined. She ALWAYS reads my blog so please give her a quick ‘get well soon’ in the comments. She’d be thrilled. 😀
  • I’m going to be doing a ‘day in the life of me’ post soon. So I’m quite excited ’bout that. Also, I’m thinking maybe a little Q and A sesh maybe?
  • I think that’s it??????

What was your thought for today? Tell me all your news! Are you excited for all my future plans on this blog? Lemme know….

Listen To This, My Friends

I’ve been listening to this non-stop all day and I have no words. Just listen to this. I know you’ll love it as much as I do. *listens for the umpteenth time* *cries*

This beautiful voice belongs to Elm so go and let her know how amazing she is, please!

 

Get To Know Me Better!

Hiya all,

I often think that there’s SO much my blogging friends don’t know about me. Oh sure, they know all about my ideas for world change and my deepest inner struggles, but not much about, well, me 🙂 So today I’ve decided that I’m going to tell you guys a lot more about myself. Here goes!

 

Let’s start with the basics, shall we? My name is Gracie and I am 14 years old.  At the moment I live in a van on a farm in *looks out of window* rainy, old England.

I am a teenager with an infinite mess of feelings, dreams, plans and struggles. I am a writer, a spoken word poet, a teacher, a blogger (obviously) and someone who loves baking, cooking and being with others. I am studying socio-anthropology (the social study of humanity) as well as doing yoga, film-making and Italian. 

I also am home-educated and I love it! I get to make decisions about what’s relevant to my life and my future and study what I’m passionate about.

My greatest dream is to be able to help others, but I often feel unbelievably helpless and wonder if I’m more naive than anything else? I live for those crazy of moments of abandon that make me feel like summer, songs that inspire rebellion, campfire smoke settling on my clothes,  sunsets and the times where my words fly from my heart and through my lips like it is their very purpose to change the world.

I get lonely, I get discontent, I get anxious and worried and I can’t bear to not know what’s happening, but I believe that this is the right path for me.

My family lives a very unusual lifestyle. Ever since I was a very small child, my parents have tried to teach me and my siblings to help others when we can, to challenge the way our modern society works, to make a difference and make a change, to be ourselves and be honest. Through the life we live, we hope to practice all these things.

*casually quotes my about page* lol

I have traveled a lot in the UK. In fact, my family and I are about to leave everything familiar behind and go off traveling permanently, perhaps even around Europe and beyond. My Dad has built a tiny home on the back of a vintage truck and we are going to live on the road, making the statement that alternative living is possible for other families, that there is another way to live your life in our crazy, messed-up world. We are advocates for positive change within our society.

I don’t know what the future holds…..

I obviously can’t sum up my whole being in just this one post, but I hope you’ve got to know me a bit better and enjoyed reading this. Feel free to do the same if you think your readers could benefit from getting to know you more!

I want to make my posts a bit more based around my life and a bit more personal. Here are a few ideas I’ve had, please vote for your (personal) favourite. See what I did there? XD

See ya guys later! Don’t forget to vote!