A New Chapter

Hey guys, so I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time and it feels like it’s slightly lost relevance now… but then I guess maybe only to me because it doesn’t make a different to you. What I mean by this is I wanted to publish this the day of or the day after my 16th birthday – it’s many more days after my 16th birthday, but you only know that because I just told you. Anyway, the purpose of this post is to talk about what turning 16 has felt like to me and what I hope will change in my future.

So let’s start at the most basic yet most crucial and important part of being 16 – you’re legally an adult (or semi-adult) but you’re definitely somewhere in between being a child and being an adult. Personally, I see my childhood as being behind me now, simply because I feel like I am now allowed to do things that a ‘child’ simply wouldn’t be allowed to do – such as get a job, pay tax, get married (with parents permission – not that I plan on doing that any time soon), move out (?) all these things are not things that children would be allowed to do. For those purposes I feel very much like an adult, well, I don’t think anyone ever truly feels like an adult (correct me if I’m wrong) but I don’t feel like I could call myself a child or would wish to be called a child by others, it’s just the idea that the only thing I’ve ever known is now behind me. It’s now something to look back on, rather than to live in. I know it’s quite a blurred line between whether you’re really an adult or whether you’re still a child but I don’t think anyone calls 16-year-olds children. It’s so strange to me because when I was growing up, even from as young as five, I was desperate to grow up – to turn 16, learn to drive, be in a relationship, go on exciting adventures independently, get a job etc. and whilst I am still excited for all of these things I also wish more than anything that I was still a child. I don’t feel like I had enough of a childhood, there was so much more that I had left to do and experience as a child. I also don’t want to be grown up and have to accept responsibility for so many things, have to work all the time, worry about moving out and going to university, worry about getting a job, worry about all the adult things that they worry about. I want to still be in the quiet, relaxing world of being a child. Whilst I was a pretty independent child and I liked doing things by and for myself, I always knew my mum was on hand to assist me and nothing was too stressful. And whilst my mum is still here to give me a hand, she hasn’t kicked me right out on the streets the second I’ve turned 16 but there are things that I find a lot more stressful now.

When you’re younger, you see the future as this big exciting thing, as a child I often felt trapped – maybe trapped is the wrong word, it makes me sound like I had a miserable childhood – I actually had a pretty bloody fantastic one – but I felt like there was so much I envisioned doing when I could drive, I had all of my own money and could buy whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, I could wear high-heels and loads of make-up, I could meet up with friends by myself and whilst all of these are exciting there’s so much more that a child doesn’t realise. When you get older the future seems so much more real, if you understand what I mean, suddenly you realise that you don’t just get handed a job on a plate when you become an adult, you don’t get a car handed to you on a plate, you certainly don’t get grades and school/college offers handed to you on a plate. Suddenly you have to work really hard for all of this whilst also finding time to enjoy yourself, finding time for yourself every once in a while to relax. It’s amazing how something so unimaginable and exciting quickly becomes something terrifying and stressful. I’m not saying I’m not looking forward to the future – of course I am, but it hasn’t really lived up to my expectation of having a perfect life with loads of money instantly – but I’m pretty sure it never meets any child’s expectation. I feel like this post is really depressing and deep, I’m not saying I’m miserable or I wish I didn’t have the life I have, I’m simply saying your perspective changes as you get older and you shouldn’t wish your childhood away because you’re young, you have all the time in the world, use it wisely, get out and play with friends, go to the park and run around; don’t fantasise about being a big girl or boy and being able to drive cars and wear exciting shoes etc. because the time you have now is a very exciting time for you. Everything else will happen in it’s own time.

I honestly can’t remember what I did with my life a year and a half ago, it sounds absolutely insane but a year and a half ago I didn’t study, I didn’t work hard for the things that were really important, I didn’t properly have a life plan that was actually working, I probably did basically nothing and now I hardly ever get a chance to sit down and do something relaxing, it’s like I wake up, get up, study, study, study, eat, study some more, eat, get dressed, sleep and in amongst all that attend all my activities/commitments. That’s my life. Every week. I wouldn’t have it any other way but I just can’t remember what I did with my life a year and a half ago but that’s partly my point, when you’re young it doesn’t matter if you remember what you did yesterday or the day before, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t do anything ‘meaningful’ or ‘productive’ because you’re a child. You don’t have a stress or care in the world. Then suddenly exams are around the corner and it’s all you think about and it’s all you do. I absolutely love my life though, and if someone knocked on my door tomorrow or in five minutes time and offered me a different one or said I could change something about mine I honestly think I would tell them they were in the wrong place. I appreciate everything I have so much and although the long hard days of studying are stressful and hard, they’ll pay off in the long run – or even the short run and everything will suddenly become worth it. I am hugely excited for the future and everything that is to come, but right now I’m just going to live in the moment and enjoy what I currently have – because who knows, maybe some day it won’t be here.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to share your turning-16 story in the comments below – I love reading all the feedback I get. Make sure to like this post if you did enjoy it and follow me if you aren’t already for more post like this!

If you wish to contact me you can do so using my e-mail address: aninspiredteen@gmail.com

That’s all for now!

Inspired Teen 🙂

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Have I Ever feat. FlawedSilence

Hey guys, I’ve got a special blog post for you today as I have a special guest that’s been so kind as to do a collab with me! I really enjoyed putting this collab together with FlawedSilence and it was really nice to be able to do something like this with another person, as opposed to doing it on my own by finding questions online etc. I’m going to give you a short description on how the post is laid out. I’ve laid it out in a kind of interview style with the question and then the answer and who the answer was written by. I’ve also divided it into two sections, the first section being my questions to FlawedSilence and their answers. The second section being FlawedSilence’s questions to me and my answers. I really hope you enjoy this post! Make sure to go and check out FlawedSilence’s blog and give them a follow while you’re over there!

– Have I ever; stayed up for 24 hours without any sleep (explain):

Flawed Silence: I have never done this although I have come pretty close. Sometimes, in the holidays, I used to read books late into the night but I often fell asleep when my eyes just couldn’t take it anymore. Oh and this one time I had, I think, a sixteen hour conversation with my mate; it was when we were getting to know each other and we just clicked and we texted each other for a long time XD Now I am extremely careful to get sleep.

– Have I ever; done something behind my parents back:

Flawed Silence: Um I hope not haha. I don’t think that I have.

Have I ever; lied to my best friend:

Flawed Silence: I have never done this. Maybe a few white lies because we all have at some point. I try to be as honest as possible.

– Have I ever; Dyed my hair:

Flawed Silence: I have never done this.

 – Have I ever; Cried reading a book:

Flawed Silence:  I have never done this. Books can leave me feeling immensely empty and sad but I have yet to cry at one.

– Have I ever; Been abroad:

Flawed Silence: I have. My first time going on a plane and therefore abroad was a year ago. I went on a day trip to Amsterdam. The plane flight was terrifying .


– Have I ever; Embarrassed myself in public (explain):

Inspired Teen: Yes, I have, probably a billion times. But we’d be here forever if I tried to tell you on all the occasions that I embarrassed myself in public. I got my first ever pair of heels quite recently and decided to walk home in them for the very first time, the walk was about fifteen minutes and the entire way home I was stumbling and wobbling and I could see the people staring at me in their cars as they drove past. I also have embarrassed myself in front of bus drivers a number of times recently. I embarrassed myself during a couple of performances I had at the end of October – one way by tripping up some stairs and stumbling in high heels, another time by going to do a really high kick and accidentally kicking the back of my foot with the foot I was supposed to be kicking with and stumbling over – doing a very sloppy and terrible kick… awkward…

 – Have I ever; Laughed at song lyrics or music videos:
Inspired Teen: I laugh quite a lot at the music my Mum listens to – and heavy metal music (not to insult or upset those that listen to it) – I always laugh at songs that have swearing in it because I tend to listen to music that is child-friendly such as boybands etc. so when I hear swearing in songs it most often makes me laugh. I’m not sure if I’ve ever laughed at a music video though… probably, but I don’t often watch music videos.
– Have I ever; Had the inspiration to create another blog on a different theme:
Inspired Teen: Well, actually, I’m going to share a secret, I do have another blog on a different theme… unfortunately I’m not going to tell you what the blog is or even what theme it’s on. My sincere apologies if you thought I was going to and got your hopes up. It’s just for privacy, safety, confidentiality reasons etc. but I haven’t written anything on it in ages anyway. I started it for a project I was doing but then eventually became able to create the blog I really wanted to create without my Mum objecting.
– Have I ever; Woken up from a dream and then felt as if it actually happened due to it’s realistic nature:
Inspired Teen: I have a lot of dreams and obviously whilst in the dream I believe that they are real but I’m not sure if I’ve actually had dreams where I’ve woken up and believed it actually happened. Maybe for a very small amount of seconds, I quite often have dreams about normal things the day before – for example, I quite often have dreams about going to work the night before going to work and nothing out of the ordinary happens I just go to work and then I wake up and think it’s the day after going to work but it doesn’t last long. I also, on occasion, have nightmares about pets or loved ones dying and then have this terrible urge to go and check on them and make sure they’re not dead; I know they’re not I just feel like I need to be certain.
Have I ever; Lost the person you were with (outings, shopping, school):
Inspired Teen; I have done this on a number of occasions with my Mum. I apparently did it when I was really young and at a group singing lesson, I got lost and just screamed at the top of my lungs in the middle of the hall until she came and found me – which was easy because I was screaming so loudly – I remember once getting lost in a WHSmith’s because my little sister was looking at something on the shelf and my Mum walked away to look at something else, I stayed behind to look after my sister and make sure she didn’t get lost but then we both got lost from my Mum – we looked around the whole shop and couldn’t find her, my sister was really little and I was young too and I was trying to keep her calm and stop her from running off whilst simultaneously trying to find my Mum – it was a horrible experience but we found her eventually. I get lost from my family all the time when we go to the shops but luckily I’m old enough now to have my own mobile phone so I just phone them if I get lost from them, it wasn’t so easy back then.
Have I ever; Stopped watching a movie or TV show halfway through it’s duration:
Inspired Teen:  I have obviously stopped watching a lot of things and put them on pause because it’s got really late but there are some things I stop watching and never go back to. For example, Deadpool, I absolutely hated it, I found it really sexist and really horrible, it wasn’t my kind of humour, I thought the fact that they joked about the superhero nature of Deadpool took away the enjoyment of watching a superhero film, as superheroes are ridiculous but the thing that makes it possible to watch superhero films is that everyone takes the superhero thing deadly serious in the film and I think that if they don’t it just doesn’t work. I didn’t like the way it was narrated, I didn’t like the random five minute sex sequence, I just thought it was terrible. I never want to finish watching it.
We also did a post over on FlawedSilence’s blog on the topic of Would You Rather – go and check it out! It was great fun to write and collab with FlawedSilence, you’ll be missing out if you don’t go and read it right now! You never know when it might be gone…
That’s it for this post! I really hope you enjoyed reading it! If you’d like to see more posts like this make sure to give this post a like and comment! Follow me if you aren’t already, to see more posts like this and many more!
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That’s all for now!
Inspired Teen 🙂

 

 

Personal Statement Tips

Hey guys, so it’s that time of year when schools/colleges/universities open applications for their courses. I don’t know about you guys but I have been applying for the next stage of my education and academic career. Yes, it’s stressful and requires a lot of thought – more on that in another post – but it’s also really important, when you know what you want to do with your life it’s easier to cope with the stress and to work hard for what you want regardless.

I decided to put this post together because everyone knows the most important thing, after your grades, that a school/college/university are looking at is your personal statement. I’m not an expert, I’m not a college professor or advisor but I can talk from personal knowledge/experience of writing my personal statement a couple of weeks ago and the things I did to help me think of what to write and how to word it. I also feel like there isn’t enough helpful tips out there that are written by fellow students – everything that you read is written by professional people that can tell you what schools look for in a personal statement, however, they can’t tell you what will help you with writing the thing even if you do know what’s supposed to go into it, if you know what I mean. So I decided to dedicate this post to telling you what helped me when writing my personal statement, again, I don’t have a lot of experience – it’s too early in the year to know if I’ve got any offers so I can’t tell you if my personal statement was good enough to get me any places but I want to do the best I can to making others lives easier.

Anyway, let’s get started.

TIP #1: My first tip is to get yourself in the right state of mind, it might sound crazy but you have to have the right state of mind. Your personal statement is literally about you, the only purpose it exists is to help teachers get to know you a bit before calling you into an interview. The state of mind I found helped me, and it sounds stupid, but it was a really big-headed state of mind – in your personal statement you’re showing off, that’s all it is, you’re showing off everything you’ve done and talking about why it was a good thing to do, what you learnt and what you thought about doing it. You have to approach your personal statement like one of this really over-the-top popular girls that you see in movies that think they rule the world (or at least the school) and they’re better than everybody – even if they turn out to be worse than everybody. You have to think what you’re writing is really impressive and that you’re really awesome and then you’ll come across as really confident and enthusiastic in your statement. What you don’t want is people reading your personal statement and thinking you sound really shy and nervous and not comfortable in talking about yourself and your own achievements, this brings me to my second tip…

TIP #2: Everything you’ve done has the potential to be an achievement, don’t just think about the academic things – don’t just talk about your grades or your predicted grades – talk about things you’ve enjoyed doing, activities you do because you enjoy them. Everything in your life that you’ve ever done with a passion is worth writing about as long as it’s relevant and you word it correctly, for example, I couldn’t write that I once spent two days of my life binge-watching Teen Wolf, because although I am hugely passionate about the show it doesn’t show that I have any skills, motivation, productivity etc. at all, it proves that I once wasted two whole days that I could have used to study or learn something new etc. on watching TV. You don’t want to go round writing that, but things like running, hiking, swimming, drama, music, dance, even if you’re not applying for a sporting course, drama course, music course or dance course, if you do these things in your spare time then mentioning it proves to the school/college/university that you are a well-rounded person with lots of interests and hobbies and you’re capable of finding things to do outside of a school environment and independently without the support of teachers/staff. Obviously don’t completely disregard any mention of studying, you should talk about that too, you should talk about your passion for you favourite subjects, you should talk about why you’ve applied to the course you have but in a clever way – don’t just write, ‘I have applied to these courses because’ talk about it without properly talking about it, which sounds confusing but what I mean is – if you’ve applied to do something in film talk about any experience you might have had in the film industry, whether you’ve made your own film or vlog, whether you have a blog where you review and analyse film, whatever it is make it sound interesting and impressive; don’t just say, ‘I really like watching films, I go to the cinema once a week’ make it sound relevant, make it sound more impressive and academic than it might actually be.

TIP #3 Following on from what I said above, everything you write needs to be exaggerated, I don’t mean lie and claim some things happened that didn’t actually happen – for example, don’t say ‘I was in a production of X play and got the starring role.’ mention the play if you were actually in a play but don’t lie and say you got the starring role if you didn’t. You can still exaggerate everything you do without needing to lie. For example, you could talk about the professional level of your director, you could talk about the feedback you got from the audience, you could talk about what it taught you about theatre – not just whilst performing on stage but in terms of set design, lighting, sound effects, props, make-up, costume etc. you don’t just have to mention things in a vague way, expand on it, exaggerate it. Everything has to be more detailed than you think but it also has to be written in a clever way that gives you the opportunity to expand on the things you need to expand on but you don’t go over your word/character count. Another thing that’s important when exaggerating and expanding on things is to know what are the right things to expand and exaggerate and what are probably okay with just briefly discussing. To do this you need to think about the school you’re applying to – if you went to their open day you might have heard a speech where they talked about what they were passionate about in their students, what the expected of them etc. if you didn’t go to their open day you might be able to get an idea by looking on their website or at the prospectus, or you could talk to a student that already goes there if you know one. For example, if your school is particularly well known for offering a particular subject such as sport, music or drama, even if you’re not applying to be on the course they’re well known for it’s obviously important to the school so if you have any experience in the particular subject such as you play with your local football team, you play piano, you are with a local youth theatre; what ever it is just mention it and expand on it a little so they know you could fit in with their school.

TIP #4: Pay attention to your spelling, grammar and punctuation. I know everyone tells you this and there isn’t a single article you will read that won’t mention this but it’s really important and I know it’s frustrating and I know sometimes it’s hard to understand why so much emphasis is put on it but once you’ve made the changes and you’ve turned your first draft into your final draft you’ll see the difference and it will be huge. You’ll go from thinking your personal statement ‘will do’ or is ‘good enough’ to thinking it couldn’t be more improved than that, you’ll think it’s perfect – that’s the big-headed personal statement writing person talking right now – but one of the most important things I found – when it came to language – in my personal statement was I tended to use the same word too many times in a paragraph, it sounds really picky but it really did make a difference when I changed the words. For example, I might have had the word ‘passionate’ in a paragraph too many times because I was talking about a thing or things that I was really passionate about and so used the word passionate to emphasis this, however, you don’t want to use the same word too many times because you don’t want to show that you have a small vocabulary – even if you do – it’s okay to use resources whilst writing your personal statement, you can use a dictionary or thesaurus to help you when thinking of words. But you have to make sure you don’t use the same word too many times in any paragraph. Of course you can use the same word more than once in the whole statement but try to avoid using it twice in one paragraph and try to avoid using the word in the next paragraph – it is really hard and sometimes you have to bend the rules simply because there aren’t any words that convey what you mean left, you have to re-use some you’ve already used.

TIP #5: My last tip is; once it’s done, leave it be. What I mean by this is don’t over think it, pay your personal statement enough attention that you can have it read amazingly after you’ve finished but don’t keep editing it or put off sending your application because you worry that maybe there’s something you could add or a different way you could word that one paragraph that would make it loads better, you have to accept that once you say it’s done it really is done.  Another thing is, once you’ve sent off your application try not to think about it, don’t keep thinking – ‘what if my statement wasn’t good enough, what if I don’t get a place?’ because it will A) drive you crazy thinking about it all day long until you get an offer and B) it’s not productive, if need be you will just have to keep yourself busy so you don’t think about what’s going on with your application because once it’s been sent there is literally nothing left to be done about it. I know it’s insanely hard but really, don’t think about it. There are so many other useful things you could be doing or thinking about, the application whether you get in or not will sort itself out and will happen whether you think about it or not and the outcome isn’t likely to be more positive if you think about it for hours, what’s going to happen will happen either way. Save yourself the pain and upset and just get busy and wait until you get called in for an interview or get offered a place. I would suggest that if you’re worried, a way to distract yourself would be to study, as your grades are what will most likely confirm your place on a course anyway so that’s what you can do if you’re worried, study really hard and make it almost impossible that they could say no to you.

That’s all my tips for this post, sorry it was so long – I had a lot to say. I hope this was useful to those who are applying – or thinking of applying – to schools, colleges or universities in the coming months. Let me know what you thought of this post in the comments – I really enjoy reading your feedback! Make sure to give this post a like if you enjoyed it and follow me if you aren’t already to read more posts by me as soon as they’re published.

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That’s all for now!

Inspired Teen 🙂

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October Favourites – Part 2

Hey guys, so I know this was a slightly delayed post and I said I would post it like last week but I’ve been busy, okay? Please don’t judge me!

So, I’m not going to write a massive introduction because it’s not really needed – here’s my October Favourites – Part 1 that you can go and read if you so desire.

Let’s get right into it!

BOOKS:

The Fever Code By James DashnerThis came out on September 27th and I was so excited to read it! It’s the prequel to The Maze Runner series and I have to say it was not a let down – Amazon Prime was a let down as it didn’t send me my book but then I went to good old Waterstones and bought it there; and it was signed! Anyway, unlike Dashner’s other Maze Runner prequel The Kill Order this was based around the characters from the main books and you got to see how Thomas grew up and how he was involved in Wicked, who his friends where before he entered the maze etc. and there were so many twists and unexpected storylines! So much was revealed and I have to admit by the end of the book I hated some characters that I never thought I could hate so much. It was just an incredible book – I would really suggest reading the whole Maze Runner series. Although this book is the prequel I would actually suggest reading it last. I know you’re thinking – ‘but it’s the prequel’, which yes, it is, but the twists and storylines are so much more dramatic and gripping if you’ve read the other books that come after it.I just don’t think it would be the same if you read it first having never read any of the others. But I would seriously suggest reading this series, it’s one of the best book series that I’ve ever read – the films are pretty freakin’ grand as well!

Everything, everything By Nicola YoonI absolutely loved this book, it was so good! Thinking back to it now I’ve just remember how amazing it actually was! I read it in one day because I just couldn’t put it down – it’s everything you would hope it to be and much more. The story follows a girl who can’t go outside, she is quite literally allergic to the world and has to remain in an air tight sealed house so nothing that could kill her can get through. She’s fatally allergic but it’s impossible to know of what, the only thing the doctors can do is make sure she never makes contact with the outside world. Her only friends are her Mum and her around-the-clock carer, but then new neighbours move in next door and she can’t help but be intrigued by the boy that’s just moved in, she finds herself falling for him in the worst possible way, the kind of way where she thinks she loves him but can’t ever meet him beyond the online world because he might kill her. Not only was this story really original and unusual, but it also had the perfect ingredient of love. Not to mention the absolutely unimaginable, earth-shattering twist that happens towards the end of the book that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end – definitely a book for your Christmas wishlist (and yes, I’m going to be one of those people that starts telling you what you should put on your Christmas list).

After By Anna ToddNow, I’m not the kind of person that would usually go around suggesting you read a book like this because at the end of the day it’s quite appalling and sexist and sets a bad example to young girls growing up in this very sexist world. But on the other hand, I hope young girls wouldn’t be reading this anyway. The story is about a student, Tessa, enrolling in her first year of university, leaving her boyfriend and mum behind. She’s a hard-working, quiet, innocent, girl-next-door who likes to stay in and study on the weekends and she’s unfortunate enough to end up with a roommate who’s heavily tattooed, pierced and is basically the complete opposite of Tessa. Then there’s her friends. One of which is an obnoxious, selfish, controlling, rude boy called Hardin, but there’s something about him that Tessa finds intriguing and she can’t help but know more. Leading to a whirlwind of crazy parties, fights, arguments, heartbreak but most importantly – love. Okay, so this book was slightly more explicit than I expected it to be – considering it’s being turned into a PG-13 film – and there were parts of it that I didn’t really want to be reading because I’m not one of those people that enjoys reading the explicit things, however, the rest of it – although I found it slightly sickening that being in a damaging, abusive relationship with someone who made you miserable was being promoted as a desirable, romantic thing I actually found the story quite gripping and enjoyable to read. I just don’t think relationships like the one in this book should be promoted to young girls as something to aspire to. But I’m old enough, mature enough and lucky enough to have been brought up by someone who is aware of all the sexist and abusive relationships that are promoted in media to know that it’s not healthy or something to aspire to, however, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the book. Much like I wouldn’t read a crime novel about a serial killer and think it was normal or desirable behaviour. This book certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and at first I didn’t think it would be mine, but I find it gripping – although I can’t figure out why – and although I know there are better,more thought-provoking books out there somehow I could never bring myself to put this book down.

MUSIC:

‘Perfect Concentration’ Spotify PlaylistI know this isn’t an album, song or artist that I’m suggesting to you, but it is however a really helpful playlist for when you study. I know lots of people say you shouldn’t listen to music when you study and you should try and make your studying sessions as much like an exam hall as possible but exam halls are quiet except for the occasional turn of a page or sound of a pen, life outside of exam halls are noisy and life doesn’t stop for others so that you can study – for example, in my everyday life I hear; the wailing of cats; the sound of a coffee grinder; the sound of the shower; the sound of the vacuum cleaner; music being listened to by others; music being played by others; building work; the list is endless so I often listen to music to drown out the noise of other people’s lives happening around me. This playlist is perfect for when I study because (most of it) is relaxing, anything that gets too noisy or stressful I can just skip, it’s all classical music so the huge majority of it doesn’t have words or singing so you don’t get distracted by the words of the song, it’s not dance-y so you don’t get the urge to get up and dance, I listen to this playlist every time I study, there is honestly not another playlist like it that’s worth listening to. Also, people say classical music really helps when you study, and I have to say it’s definitely made me develop a new found love for classical music. I now can’t imagine studying without this playlist.

SKINCARE:

Aloe Vera Gel – Not gonna lie, my Mum had been telling me to use this on my face for possibly years before I actually did, but when I did it was like absolute magic. It reduces redness by almost 100% overnight, it stops your spots or sore areas from being painful and itchy, it makes you feel a lot more confident and positive because your face is a lot clearer and literally all I had to do was put the gel on the most red or most spotty areas of my face, leave it over night, wash it off in the morning and my face looked a lot healthier than it had the night before. It was honestly amazing, it also stops your face being sore while you try to sleep – if that happens to any of you. I would highly recommend using this for your face if you even have one red spot on an otherwise perfect face.

Lush: Rosy Cheek face maskI decided to experiment with this new face mask and I found it was really good, it also doesn’t tighten quite as horribly as other face masks that I’ve used and it’s easy to wash off. It smells slightly of old woman, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I tend to use a face mask before getting in the shower just because it’s hard to get all the face mask off with a flannel – especially if some of it gets in your hair. At first I thought this face mask was bad because after taking it off it looked like my face was even more grimey-y and spotty than when I’d put it on – but then I realised that what it actually meant was that the face mask was doing it’s job and really well, because although it looked like it had made my face worse it obviously looked like that because all the stuff was now working its way out of my pores so I would end up with a clearer face and my face has certainly improved since I started using it.

MAKE-UP:

Natural Collection ConcealerI cannot speak highly enough of this concealer, it’s just amazing. It’s got really high coverage, it last for a really long time, it’s really easy to blend, you can wear it without foundation and it’s hardly noticeable, it’s creamy and easy to apply, it makes your face look lighter and healthier. It’s honestly one of the most wonderful things. I would really suggest going and getting one if you can – or add it to your Christmas list 😉 – you will not regret it. I’ve lent this to people and they’ve loved it so much they’ve immediately gone and bought one for themselves. You wouldn’t expect it because it’s so cheap, you would think it would be alright if you were desperate but not something you would want to buy again and again, however, it turns out, it is.

MUA Lipstick Shade 1 Again, another item that I couldn’t speak of highly enough, you might know from other favourites posts how much I love MUA’s lipsticks but this one goes beyond the call of duty of a lipstick, I bought it for a show that I was in and it’s a really deep red – almost purple – I would say blood red, it’s just gorgeous. I wear it all the time now, when I’m not wearing a different MUA lipstick that is, it’s long-lasting, it’s comfortable, easy to apply and really hydrating, to be honest if  my lips are dry, instead of putting on lip balm I tend to put on an MUA lipstick because then not only do my lips look amazing but they’re not dry anymore. I have lipstick that is more expensive than MUA’s cheap price of £1 but none of them even compare to the MUA ones. With this brand I will never need to buy another lipstick brand again – although I’m pretty sure I must have almost every colour that MUA do now…

APPS:

My Study Life (Android) – I wrote Android, but I don’t know if you can get it on Apple products. Anyway, suggesting an app is quite a new thing for me on a favourites post but I love this one so much I couldn’t help but mention it. From the title you’ve probably gathered that it’s an app to help you with your studying – you would be correct – that’s exactly what it is. It has so many amazing features that help you both stay motivated and help with your studies in general, as well as keeping you organised and using your time effectively. This app is like a school planner but it’s on your phone and it’s an app so you can delete and re-organise things easily. You get a calendar so you can plan your classes and activities, as well as any studying or assignments you have to do. You get to add tasks so you can add anything that needs to be done, whether it be a house chore, assignment, study session, admin etc. You get a special section of the app where you can input the times and days of all your exams and it will then help you with preparing for them. You can input your holidays so you know when you’re going to break up and you can input your classes – when you do this it gives you the option of writing down the room, building and teacher for the class. Being home-educated I make up my own class schedule but I find this really motivates me because once it’s written down in the app I find it really motivating to actually sit down and do the work because I feel like it’s kind of necessary now it’s written down. There are so many features of this app, I really suggest you download it and see what you think as it’s really useful. I can’t imagine studying effectively without it anymore, it’s so useful and keeps me really organised and helps me manage my time effectively.

There we go, I have officially finished my October Favourites 2016! I really hope you enjoyed reading about what I was enjoying last month – if you check out any of the things I mentioned above please let me know in the comments as I would love to know what you thought of them! If you have any ideas for things I should check out for a future favourites post please let me know in the comments, I’m always up for some new suggestions!

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Inspired Teen 🙂

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Rubbish At This Blog Thing

Hey guys, so I thought I would write a quick post updating you on everything that’s been going on, it will kind of be a summary because there are some things I want to go into more detail later on in the month. I can’t believe it’s almost December – we have one month and nine days left of 2016! How is that even possible?!

You may have noticed that I’m still not very good at this whole blogging thing, which is really annoying as it started off really well – I was so proud of myself for writing posts everyday, but that was back in May and it was around the time that all my exams finished and I had a bit of time off but now I’m studying for my next lot of exams and everything has just become quite hectic. I’m also in another drama production which is taking up my time, but again, I haven’t forgotten about this blog – I think about it on a daily basis there is just so little free time that I get and when I do get that free time I have to think about what it is that I want to do with my free time whether it be read, write, draw, tidy or watch TV. It’s very hard because I know that if I opened my blog up in a tab and actually started to write then it would be done and I would really enjoy it, but it’s getting the motivation to open up a tab and write something. Also, as I’m sure some of you probably know this month has been National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and as someone who has always had a huge passion for writing I decided to write a novel (I completed it last year as well), granted I completed it on November the 18th by writing 50,000 words but the novel still has a long way to go and so much more to happen.

However, although this month has been National Novel Writing Month and therefore has affected my ability to come on here and write because when I’m in the mood to write I tend to write that instead of writing a blog post, next month is BLOGMAS! Yes, you read that right, this year – as it’s my first year as a blogger – I’m going to be doing Blogmas as I think it’s a really great idea! Yesterday I was planning out my blog posts for the month of December – I know some people tend to treat it like an advent calendar and only write 25 posts but I’m going to be writing 31 posts during the month of December because not only do you have Christmas to celebrate but you also have the new year and I think both are really important and special celebrations. There will also be a post on January the 1st and maybe 2nd both themed around the new year – 2017! So keep an eye out! If you want to do a collab for my Blogmas series please feel free to send me an e-mail – aninspiredteen@gmail.com ; I know I’ve been rubbish at replying to those that did send me e-mails but I promise I will do that as soon as I’ve finished this post.

I know I’ve become really unreliable as a blogger and I’m always saying I’m going to become more organised or I’m going to post this at a certain time etc. but I always really do mean it but then something else comes up and I get distracted or too busy and it becomes hard to write. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy blogging and I’m not passionate about it or grateful to everyone that follows, likes and comments on my blog because I really am and you have no idea how much it means to me when I do get the time to log onto my blog and I see that you’re all still following me – it’s really nice to know that people still care about this blog as much as I do even though I don’t get the time to write as often as I used to. But I promise after I’ve written this and responded to e-mails that I am going to create myself a blog plan and I’m going to schedule time to sit down and write a blog post whether I’m in the mood to write one or not because I know that when I sit down and actually start writing one I’ll be in the mood to write one, if that makes sense?

I’m going to leave this post here because I feel like I’ve gone on a lot during this post and it’s very wordy. Make sure to keep an eye out for both my October favourites and my November favourites – both of which will be posted in the next nine days (as well as some other posts) before I dedicate my blog to Christmas and celebration throughout December. I really hope you’ll take part in my Blogmas series by commenting and liking my posts – also, make sure to let me know if you’re taking part in Blogmas so I can check out your blog throught December!

If you wish to contact me my e-mail is – aninspiredteen@gmail.com , don’t be shy to drop me an e-mail.

That’s all for now!

Inspired Teen (some things never change ;))

October Favourites – Part 1

Hey guys, so firstly you may have noticed my absence last week, I would like to apologise but with performances and being ill I got no time to sit down and write a post. I really need to start scheduling posts but with studying and everything else going on I struggle to write posts anyway, let alone schedule them. Secondly, you may notice that I didn’t do a September favourites post and you know how much I love doing monthly favourites posts, the reason is that I didn’t really experiment with any new books, TV shows or products so there was nothing really to write about and I kept putting it off convincing myself that I was going to write at least something and there must have been a few interesting or new things that I tried but I’ve recently come to the conclusion that it’s pointless writing a post where I have nothing really to say and no one will be interested in it just for the sake of having written consecutive monthly favourites posts. However, I have slightly made up for not writing a September favourites by having so many new things experienced in October that I’m going to seperate the post into two parts otherwise it will just be too long and get quite boring.

First things first,

TV SHOWS:

AwkwardI started watching this TV show by chance just as something to watch in the evening, I knew that it wouldn’t take up too much concentration as it was only a light comedy, I found it pleasantly surprising and oddly relatable. I haven’t watched that many episodes I have to admit but from a very early stage it is funny and very engaging. The main character is a high school student that just lives a very clumsy and awkward life – something I can hugely relate to. She’s always mis-reading people’s behaviour and just generally doing things to humiliate herself. She’s also a blogger!

BetweenAgain, I have to admit I haven’t watched that many episodes but from the first few minutes of the first episode I was completely hooked! The show is about a small town who’s population very soon starts going down, this is due to all people over the age of 21 suddenly and unexplainably dying. The town then gets put into lockdown due to there being a virus/disease spreading that no one understands. I believe the TV series follows the people in the town trying to figure out what’s going on and I have a hunch that there’s talk of some kind of government secret involvement that they’re not aware of.

Bad Education season 3I love this TV show! The characters are all really funny, I love how it takes place in a school and is just about all the ridiculous mayhem that the teenagers cause but is also about all the stupid things that Alfie (Jack Whitehall) does as the history teacher. It also has a wide range of different characters from different areas of life and is very diverse but doesn’t do it in an offensive way.

How To Get Away With Murder season 2The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Season 2 of How To Get Away With Murder has now been added to Netflix – or it was certainly the moment I was waiting for. If you haven’t seen the first season then you should definitely go and watch it; it’s one of the greatest, most thrilling and exciting TV shows I’ve ever watched, the characters are really interesting and the storylines are surprising and unique. If you have watched the first season then the second season is definitely worth the time and effort! With amazing new twists and truths told you’re in for a bumpy ride! There is also a very intriguing and unexpected development in some of the characters and some of the characters you never imagined liking turn out to be some of the best.

YOUTUBERS:

I have spent a crazy amount of time on YouTube this month watching so many different channels of so many different genres, below I am going to list the channels that I have most watched this month and a little bit about why I enjoy watching their videos.

Jim ChapmanI really love watching Jim’s videos as I feel like he is a very positive and cheerful person and those vibes always pass onto me for some reason. He’s always very kind in his videos even when he’s making videos when there’s no reason for him to be kind – for example, the videos I most enjoyed watching of his this month was his ‘reacting to hate’ videos and the reason I enjoyed them over some of the other reacting to hate videos that you see out there is because he doesn’t be horrible to them he just laughs it off and tells them that they’re being ridiculous (which they are). He also never really swears or makes content which might be inappropriate to some audiences whereas other YouTubers I watch sometimes do, which is fine as they have a wide audience with a big age range but at times I feel like some YouTubers need to take it down a little bit.

Study With JessThis has definitely been the most useful channel that I’ve watched this month, Jess’ channel is a study/exam based channel and her videos are entirely about study/revision tips, the best ways to remember information fast, how to boost your grades, how to organise study time and social/fun time. She did some great videos on apps and websites that are useful to assist your student life. I literally spent hours on her channel earlier on in the month and took loads of great tips and tricks away from it which I have been using on a daily basis and it’s really helped me stay motivated and gets loads done, so I would definitely recommend checking out her channel.

MoreMarcusI’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned Marcus’ main channel in a favourites post before but there is slightly different content on his ‘MoreMarcus’ channel. There are quite a few random yet interesting and unique videos which are very entertaining to watch and they also tend to be quite short which is a good thing if you have 10-15 minutes of time to kill before leaving the house. He has some good relatable rants on there and his ‘try not to laugh’ videos are always really great to watch.

Jack MaynardI have my sister to thank for getting me into Jack Maynard, she mentioned earlier on in the month that she liked Jack’ s videos and although I knew who he was (and not just because he’s Conor Maynard’s brother – he is his own person btw) I had never really had all that much of an interest, more through laziness rather than anything else. But after my sister mentioned it, one day when I was online I decided “why the hell not?” and have been watching loads of his videos ever since, I would probably say that he is my most watched YouTuber of October. The videos that have particularly stood out to me that I watched this month were his ‘exposing his social media accounts’ videos.

Okay, the last topic for Part 1 of my October favourites is…

FOOD:

I’ve discovered a surprising amount of new foods this month that I would like to share with you.

Mint flavoured Oreosneed I say anything more? Basically, they are Oreo biscuits with mint flavouring in the middle instead of cream. However, the mint tastes exactly like Aero mint, so it’s like having an Aero mint chocolate bar and Oreos in one – it’s one of the best things I’ve tasted in a long time. The extra bonus being that they’re completely vegan!

Strawberry Cheesecake flavoured OreosThese ones claim they’re limited edition but I hope they keep them around for longer because they are absolutely amazing, they taste like cheap shop bought milkshakes that you can buy and make yourself (you know, like the powder ones?) but in the best way, but at the same time of course they taste like Oreos. They are just amazing, and the middle of the biscuit is a very satisfying colour. Again, 100% vegan.

Freedom MallowsNow you may be thinking that I’ve forgotten to add on the ‘Marsh’ in marshmallows but you are wrong, in fact, Freedom Mallows is the name of the company that make vegan marshmallows – my latest (and most exciting) vegan discovery. Honestly, they are amazing! Although I am supposed to have been vegetarian my whole life when I was younger I did go through a stage of not really thinking of gelatine as ‘meat’ and therefore deciding that it wasn’t immoral to eat sweets that contained that ingredient, however, now I’ve got older I’ve changed my opinion (or rather, come to my senses) and decided that I never really thought that but just used it as an excuse to not have a guilty conscience (terrible, I know), so, because of my brief gelatine-eating stage I know what ‘real’ marshmallows taste like and I have to say that I honestly can’t tell a difference between the two – other than size and shape they taste completely the same (but it has been quite a while since I had gelatine marshmallows). I really suggest, if you’re vegan (or even not vegan) and you love/loved marshmallows (before going vegan) then you go out and buy these. They come in normal size form – however don’t be disappointed when they’re not as big as the usual, easy-to-buy marshmallows, they are quite small but you get a decent amount in a packet. You can also get them in mini form which I haven’t yet had the opportunity of trying so I can’t pass judgement but I imagine that they will be perfect for the top of hot chocolates or cupcakes etc.

And there we have it, that concludes the end of Part 1 of my October favourites post. If you enjoyed it I really hope you will read part 2 (which will be up this week or at the latest, next week). Please remember to like and follow if you haven’t already – I really appreciate it!

Leave a comment below with your favourite things from October or leave a link with your own favourites post as I find them very inspiring to read! I am also currently planning my Blogmas post schedule so if you have any ideas for posts you hope to see in December related (but not exclusive) to Christmas and New Years please feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will add them to my list!

If you wish to contact me for any other reason you can do so using my e-mail – aninspiredteen@gmail.com

That’s all for now!

Inspired Teen 🙂