My First Time Tag

Hey guys, does anybody else experience that moment when you feel like you wrote a blog post a few days ago and then you go on your blog and realise that actually it’s been way longer than you originally thought? Yeah? Well that’s me right now. I am so sorry for neglecting this blog, basically exams have been catching up with me and I had a moment last week when I was just like, ‘I need to take a break. I’m not a robot, I’m human. I can’t just keep going like this.’ and so I took a break, other than that I’ve just been busy with work and commitments and activities, so I’m sorry. I also realised that there hasn’t been a singe day this year when I haven’t been stressed and that made me really sad…

Anyway! I have decided to do a tag that was quite popular on YouTube for a while and then I think everyone kind of did it and since then it hasn’t really been a thing, I’m a bit late to the party but thought it would be fun to give it a go!

Quickly, before we get into the post I would just like to say that this isn’t a tag where I tell you all about my personal love life or anything, I mean come on! Who do you think I am?!  This is a tag where I tell you about my first time doing particular things, whether that’s my first exam, holiday etc. either way, it’s nothing to do with sex.

So, let’s get into it!

My First Time Going To A Concert – Now this is a great story, so… my first real concert – I say real like that because I’d been to concerts with my Mum but this was my concert – was a One Direction concert, I know, I’m a legend! It was when they were touring their album ‘Take Me Home’, it was such an amazing night! I couldn’t stop talking about it for hours! It had been a bit of a day though, there were a few complications which I won’t get into about whether my friend was actually allowed to attend the concert with me because her parents weren’t sure if they wanted us going in on our own, but it all worked out and it was amazing! Surprisingly, I didn’t actually cry! The audience were amazing, One Direction were amazing, the experience was just incredible and I am so glad that it was the first ever gig I’d been to, I think of it with fond memories!

My First Time Crushing On A Celebrity – Haha… So… I was about nine-years-old I think, maybe ten. My Mum had finally let me watch High School Musical and I mean, come on, Zac Efron in the High School Musical days, you can understand why right? I mean, I was ten. But I was absolutely obsessed with those films. I remember watching the second one first, the third one second and the first one last but I was addicted, I would watch them all the time and I knew all the words. I even had a High School Musical karoke game on my Nintendo Wii! I’m also pretty sure I had a DVD which taught me the dance routine to ‘We’re All In This Together’ from the end of the first film. I don’t exactly know when I realised I had a crush on him, I think it just kind of happened and I was really young and didn’t really understand anything back then haha! I’ve moved on now though…

My First Time Swimming In The Sea – I don’t know why I decided to include this but I know that a lot of people think swimming in the sea is sacred or something, I hated it. I was visiting my friend and we’d come from another activity but we went down to the beach and it was a lovely sunny day, we were all lying around on the beach, my friend and our families because I was quite young, in fact we might have come from the swimming pool… but then suddenly loads of my friends and family decided they were going to go swimming in the sea and I’d never done it before so I thought ‘why not?’, so I went and got changed into my swimming suit and went swimming in the sea, by swimming in the sea I actually mean, I didn’t go very far out because I was too scared of drowning so I stayed very close to the shore and my feet kept hitting the stones at the bottom and it was really hurting my toes and I kept getting salt water in my mouth and basically I absolutely hated it.

My First Time Performing On A Stage – So, there are two different stories for this. My first time performing on a stage ‘technically’ was when I was on holiday and I was camping and there was like a children’s ‘competition’, it wasn’t actually a competition but it was just an opportunity to showcase a young person’s talents and skills or something. But I sang a song on stage, with proper lights and a proper microphone and it was scary but I got through it and I really liked it! That was my singing career over. Then about a year later, I was on a theatre stage at my local theatre and it was my first ever drama performance and I had the lead part and it was terrifying because I’d never done anything like that before and I had a massive three page monologue to remember and it was just really scary but I absolutely loved it! It was so much fun! That kind of started my aspiration to be an actor really.

My First Time Buying Make-up – Some of you might think this is a bit of a stupid one for me to include but I thought I’d add it anyway, for a lot of people they’re not all that fussed about make-up, they’re parents don’t really have an opinion on it, sometimes they might wear it sometimes they might not. When I was growing up I was surrounded by all these TV shows that were advertising ‘pretty women’ and lots of make-up to me, this was the ‘ideal’, of course I was also surrounded by family games and trips to the park etc. I wasn’t an introverted child that sat indoors watching Hannah Montana but when I did watch TV that is what it would be, evidently as a young girl she was who I aspired to me. I wrote in a diary somewhere once that when I grew up I either wanted to work with dogs or be Hannah Montana. So my first make-up buying experience was one step closer to my dream career of being Hannah Montana! However I wasn’t actually allowed to wear the make-up I bought, I sneakily bought it on a day out with my grandparents when my Mum wasn’t with us in the hopes that she would then be guilt-tripped into letting me keep it and use it. It didn’t really work, I did get to keep it and I’m not sure how much of it I actually got to use but it was like ‘toy’ make-up, I bought it from Smith’s the toy store, I mean, it came from a toy store you can imagine how bad it was, but that was my first make-up buying experience. I have a much better collection now, don’t worry!

My First Time Properly Walking In A Pair Of Heels – This happened really recently I’m not going to lie, I actually think I might have spoken about this somewhere in a blog post before but this is ‘The First Time’ tag so I’m going to repeat myself. My first time walking in heels was last October. I had bought a brand new pair of high heels (in black) for a performance that I was going to be in later on in the month, I think I had about five days before the show and I’d never worn a pair of heels in my life! So, being the clever person that I am I bought them in my town after work and then I got the bus halfway home and decided to walk the other half, it was a nice sunny day despite being October and I was feeling in a good mood, I got about ten steps before realising that it had been a really terrible idea because I wasn’t only walking home in a pair of heels for the first time ever I was also walking home carrying a shoe box with the shoes I’d previously had on my feet and a bag of hay for my rabbit as well as my handbag and anything else I happened to be carrying, so I had my hands full and I was wobblying all over the place, I could actually see people laughing in their cars as they drove past. It was not a great experience, and then I had a show a few days later with these massive blisters on my feet but I still love the shoes to this day and wore them out for dinner a couple of months ago.

My First Time Owning A Laptop – This was a great moment for me! I can’t remember what made me decide that I wanted a laptop, maybe I thought it was cool or I had an actual reason, I’m not sure. I was ten when I got my first laptop, it was kind of checked pink with some flashes of yellow and purple, it was an absolutely beautiful laptop and I cherished it and loved it so much! It was pretty much my life and I have used a laptop non-stop ever since that day – almost seven years. There pretty much isn’t a single day that passes when I’m not using my laptop either for writing, reading, messaging my best friend, watching YouTube or Netflix; quite frankly I don’t know what I’d do without one now. I still own my first ever laptop actually, it’s sitting on my desk, it doesn’t work though (it did last five years though so we can let it off), it’s the smallest laptop you’ve ever seen in your life, it’s so adorable! If anyone saw it nowadays they’d think it was a child’s toy but it wasn’t, it was a legit laptop. It was a great first laptop and I will always think of it with fond memories but I’m now in love with my new laptop, it’s like my second life.

My First Time Breaking A Bone –Haha! I’m going to tell you an embarrassing story, something that I find embarrassing now and that I found embarrassing at the time. I must have been between the ages of 9-11 when this happened, basically, I broke my wrist. It wasn’t bad or anything, I was coming home from the shops with my brother and sister and my Dad. My sister decided to randomly chase me, as you do at a young age and it was all fun and games, I decided to be clever and run backwards to try and outrun her whilst running backwards, however, this didn’t go according to plan and I ended up tripping and I was going to fall right on my back and so instinctively my body tried to twist around so I could use my palms to stop me from falling, however I was falling faster than I could twist and so I ended up landing on my wrist – I didn’t know it at the time but it was broken. My Mum was at work and when she got home I told her what happened, she tried to test whether I had any strength in it before telling me to sleep on it and we’d see how it was in the morning and go from there. The next day when my mum woke up I was sitting at the table eating my breakfast with the spoon in my right hand – I’m left-handed – my mum asked me why I wasn’t eating with my left-hand and so like an idiot I told her that I just felt like it on that specific day, she asked me if it hurt too much to eat with my left-hand and I told her no it didn’t, so she asked me to eat with my left-hand. I put the spoon in my left-hand and although I could physically grip the spoon I couldn’t really do anything else with it, I remember trying to put the cereal in my mouth but my arm was too weak and shaky to actually get it there and cereal was spilling off the spoon all over the place, at the time I was really upset because I knew it was going to involve a trip to the hospital but looking back on it now it always makes me laugh. So yeah, I had to have a cast for three months I think and every single time I saw a doctor or nurse at the hospital that day I had to explain that I had broken it running backwards, which was really embarrassing.

My First Time Going To A Sleepover – I think I was relatively old when I had my first sleepover, I must have been about 11. I was so excited and happy that I was getting to stay round my friend’s house overnight – I thought this would instantly move me into the ‘cool person’ category, that once I had my first sleepover I may as well be Regina George minus the meanness. Except at this time I hadn’t even seen Mean Girls. But anyway, I’m pretty sure it was my friend’s birthday party and she was having loads of people but only two of us were staying the night. So she had her party – I wore this beautiful sparkly pink dress from either H&M or BHS, I loved it so much and in fact still own it! She was having some kind of ‘princess’ party or something (really funny if you could see her now) and her parents had hired these make-up artists/hairdressers/party people and they curled my hair and gave me gel eyeliner. It was a great first sleepover.

I’m going to end this post here as it is much longer than originally intend but I enjoyed it so much! I didn’t realise quite how much I was going to enjoy it until I started writing it! I would really love to do a part 2 as I’m liking this ‘get to know me’ aspect of the blog, if you have anything you’d like to know ‘my first time’ experiencing do let me know in the comments and I’ll make another post!

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Top 6 Books/Series To Read

Hey guys, so, today I discovered that it was World Book Day yesterday! I’m so sad that I didn’t realise sooner! I mean, it’s only a day late but I wish I could have acknowledged it properly yesterday but I think I got caught up a little with having 200 followers and studying and things like that. However, I have decided I’m going to catch-up today, I am going to write a blog post on my top 6 books/book series that you should totally read! It’s not going to be 6 individual books and 6 book series because I’m not sure I have 6 individual favourite books… that’s a lie, I probably do haha! Anyway, let’s see how it goes.

1. Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life By Maureen McCarthy:

I think I’ve mentioned this in other posts before but this book is my favourite book of all time. Unfortunately I’ve never had the opportunity to re-read it because it’s quite long and I’ve been reading other things but this book is incredible! It’s an Australian Classic and it’s about three university students in their first year. They’ve all moved into an apartment together and despite being from completely different backgrounds and basically completely different worlds they all have to get along and live together for three years. The reason I love this book so much is because it’s completely based on reality. This might not appeal to other people but there is nothing overly dramatic or unbelievable, yes, there are dramatic moments but they’re all things that could happen in real life, for example, someone cheating on you, a relative getting sick etc. and it’s just about three really relatable young women trying to find a way in the world. It’s great, I would highly recommend.

2. Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson:

This is my second favourite book ever, again, nothing overly dramatic happens. Well, it’s kind of dramatic. It’s a book about two girls; Sloane is very much an extrovert, she gets on with everyone, is really energetic and enthusiastic, loves to go to parties etc. and her best friend, Emily, is a bit shy and doesn’t really get on in a party environment and is a bit awkward, a wallflower. Then one summer Sloane disappears, leaving behind a to-do list (bucket list) of things for Emily. Things that Emily would never dream of doing, that make her nervous and scared. Things that she would only do with her best friend. If Emily completes the list will her best friend come back? Whilst it sounds like a big kind of Pretty Little Liars type mystery, it’s really not. Sorry to disappoint. It’s a really funny, really summery and happy novel about a shy girl finding her way in the world, finally finding her own feet and coming out of her shell and it’s just a fantastic read for a summers day. Or if you miss the summer and want to be back there again. I definitely think I’m going to try and re-read it this summer.

3. The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series By Maggie Stiefvater:

This is one of my favourite trilogies, even now and I read it when I was… 11-12? I think the ideas in the story are so unique and I just love the characters. The main couple in it are absolute goals. The trilogy consists of; Shiver, Linger and Forever. It is a series about werewolves. And a girl that falls in love with one of them. I know you’re thinking ‘how are the ideas unique?’ basically, and this isn’t giving anything away, the werewolves are only wolves in the winter. They transform into actual wolves and then in the summer they remain human until it gets cold again. I just think it’s a truly great idea and really adds a twist onto the story, because it’s a whole season (and a half?) when they’re not human. They don’t transform into humans once unless they get hurt dramatically. There’s lots of drama throughout the trilogy. Some truly amazing characters that I can’t help but fall in love with. It’s just great. There’s also a spin-off book called Sinner about one of my favourite characters from the books, which I also own and which is also amazing. I would highly recommend these books if you’re someone who loves anything supernatural and you’re dying for a new werewolf series to sink your teeth into – I would say reading them in the winter or cold nights are the best because it’s great to be able to snuggle under a blanket and read this great series but it really doesn’t matter when you read it, it just gives you a nice cosy and warm feeling and a sense of winter when reading it, I don’t really know why. Isn’t it amazing how books can do that though?

4. The Maze Runner Series By James Dashner:

I mean, it’s not like I haven’t mentioned this series enough on my blog, is it? But, I’m going to mention it again. I read the first book a couple of years ago now and absolutely loved it! I still remember the chilling feeling’s I got from reading it. There’s this one scene that is truly awful, it’s absolutely horrible to read and really well written and I remember reading it at night before bed because I was so gripped and I read that ‘scene’ and I was like, ‘how am I going to be able to sleep now? Just how?’, I did manage to sleep but I think I read for a couple more hours. There are so many great scenes in the first book. The second book, The Scorch Trials, I have to admit wasn’t as good as the other books in the series. I felt like there wasn’t as much going on but boy did it have it’s moments. When there was drama there was drama, there were moments when I just couldn’t understand why I was doing this to myself or why James Dashner had written this because there were some real twists and horrific moments! The third book in the series, The Death Cure, I absolutely cannot fault it. I cannot recall a single moment when I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, the story was really fasted paced, really dramatic, full of action, and also one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever read in my entire life. No lie. I’ve never cried at a book, and this didn’t make me cry either but boy I wanted to. I don’t know why I don’t seem to cry at books but I just don’t. However, there were multiple scenes in this book when I could feel my heart aching, like, it was actually painful to read the book at times because it was so sad. If you’ve read the book you will completely know what I’m talking about. But, there’s something that happens and James Dashner doesn’t just make it sad, he takes it to a whole new level. A level that destroys your soul (if you believe in souls.). And then there are two prequels. The first one is The Kill Order, which I haven’t read. The second is The Fever Code which was so amazing! And oh my god the twists! It destroyed my life a little bit. If you’ve watched the films, whether you’ve liked them or not, read the books. They won’t let you down.

5. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell:

I’m not sure if this is actually in my top 6 but it is a book I read quite recently and absolutely loved! But there are so many great books I’ve read. Just some of them were a long time ago and I remember reading them and liking them but not how much I liked them. I absolutely loved this book! I think one of the reasons is because I could see a few similarities with Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life but it was just really refreshing. I love how the author told two stories in one. Basically, it’s about two identical twins Cath and Wren. They are both starting university and moving into dorms etc. Wren is the party-girl, the popular one, the one that likes to be social. Cath would much rather stay in and read a good book, study or write her fanfiction. Cath’s fanfiction is where the two stories come into it, the author has cleverly laid out the chapters in such a way that we both get to read about Cath and her life and also get to read her fanfiction as she writes it. So, we’re being entertained by two stories which is just great! I love that about the book. As an avid reader, writer and hard-working studier. I can completely relate to Cath, also, as hard as it might be to believe I am actually quite a shy and awkward person. I just feel like she’s a really well written character, entering a big and scary new chapter of her life that everyone gets anxious about and this is just a really good, down-to-earth and relatable book. I would highly recommend reading it!

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon:

I was originally only going to write about 5 books for this post but then I remembered this book that I read relatively recently and I know they’re turning it into a film this year and I just had to write about it. I know I wrote about it in a favourites post quite a while ago, but I’m going to mention it again. Everything, Everything is about a girl who is quite literally allergic to the world. She has to live in an air-tight, sterile house so she doesn’t get sick and die. Her only friends are her mother and her live-in nurse. When she gets new neighbours she can’t help but be intrigued by the new boy next door. She wants to get to know him. But how does someone get to know another when they can’t leave the house? This book had such an original storyline and everyone was raving about it so I couldn’t help but read it. It was so amazing! Beyond anything I ever thought it would be. It’s also got the biggest twist of any book ever, I think. I would highly recommend reading this book, be open-minded and prepared for absolutely anything.

And there we have it, a list of some of my favourite books. I really want to re-read them all now! Maybe I will. Maybe this summer or sooner I will re-read all of the books in this list because I just love them all so much! They’re just truly incredible books. Make sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you did for World Book Day and some of your favourite books – maybe you can even suggest some to me!

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200 Followers?! + Q&A Questions

Hey guys, so I know I’ve been really bad at keeping up with this blog over the last month and the only post I published last month was my January Favourites but it’s been hectic, I’ve been studying like crazy, busy with activities, there’s just been a lot going on basically.

But… I logged onto my blog today and to my surprise discovered that I now have 200 followers! Which was absolutely amazing! And now… this is where I go on to talk about how much I appreciate it, the usual really. But instead of just talking about my never-ending love of everyone who supports and engages with my blog I’m going to talk about my blog and how it came to exist and what it means to me.

So, I was always quite fond of the idea of having a blog. It wasn’t so much building up a following and interacting with others, whilst I love reading comments and posting them on other people’s blogs it was never a motivating factor in getting a blog, but ever since a young age I was always writing (I remember writing a Doctor Who story when I was younger, I guess you might call it a fanfiction now but it was just a story I wrote using the characters of Doctor Who and then my Mum typed it up onto a document for me.), I love/d writing fiction and from the age of 6 always wanted to write a novel. I have kept a journal since I was about 9-years-old, I was always writing these little documents which in my head were ‘blog posts’ I just didn’t have a blog to actually publish them, the reason I was writing these is because; I guess my brain just needs to write things down, it just wants to write and I feel like a blog is a completely unique form of writing, you write about things that you don’t normally get the opportunity to write about, for example, one of my favourite things to write on my blog is favourites posts, a blog is the only place where I properly get to share things that I’ve been loving in that way. I think it’s just such a great opportunity to have, or another example could be the home-education Q&A I did quite early on in my blog, that was a unique opportunity to answer lots of the questions home-educated people get asked. Also, political posts and humanity posts, both things that I have very strong opinions on and don’t get the opportunity to write about in the same way when writing fiction and it’s all well and good writing about it in my journal but it doesn’t give you the same satisfaction because it’s more like having a rant to yourself or, as my best friend would say, venting. It’s not sharing your opinions with the world in the hopes that somehow it will create change.

So, once I got older I started asking my Mum, or begging rather, to let me have a blog. It was so important to me and I had NO IDEA what I was going to do if she said yes, I must have been about 11 or something, I didn’t know anything about website design and probably didn’t even understand where to start. All I knew was that I wanted a platform to get my thoughts heard, to interact with people who understood where I was coming from and could relate to me in a way that I didn’t really get in the real world. A community that I could really feel a part of in a way I never had before. But, unfortunately for me my Mum didn’t want me to have a blog at such a young age (which, looking back was probably the right decision because I had no idea where to start or how to properly run a blog, I most likely would be terrified. And yes, whilst my blog needs a lot of editing and the design isn’t all that great – something I plan on dealing with in the summer – it’s a blog that I absolutely love having and that truly feels like mine. I understand how to work it and I feel like I can handle anything that the blogosphere might throw at me because I’m not young, under-educated and vulnerable anymore.) another motivating factor that my Mum had for not letting me have a blog was that I didn’t have a specific genre or topic I was going to be writing about. But that’s not the kind of blog I wanted to have, and I couldn’t explain that to her properly when I was younger but I just wanted a kind of lifestyle blog that was completely unique to me and that I could write whatever I felt like writing, whatever spoke to me in the moment or whatever I was passionate about, because let’s face it my interests and passions are going to change over the lifetime of this blog. But, I turned 15 and decided that I was going to start a blog with or without her permission. Yes, it was a ‘secret’ blog for awhile, but it wasn’t like a malicious secret blog, I wasn’t starting it because I was a rebel and wanted to defy my Mum’s wishes or views or anything. It was more that as I got older I suddenly felt that I didn’t need permission anymore and eventually I told my Mum about it and she was completely cool with it, so it’s all good.

So, now I have a blog. That’s my story I guess. The reason lifeofaninspiredteen exists. I’m not sure I can tell you the story of my blog name, although I wish there was something really meaningful behind it or something. I remember finally deciding, ‘what the hell, I’m going to get a blog’ and then there was the process of thinking of a name. I think the way I came up with the name was, I knew it was going to be about my life and so I really wanted to have it obvious that it was just a kind of general blog about me and my thoughts, interests, etc. so that’s where the ‘life of’ came into it and then I had to think of the end part of my name and keeping my anonymity. So, then I had to decide a catchy way of describing who I was and my personality. My best friend is always calling me inspired and inspiring, because I find a lot of things interesting and find a way to inspire myself using basically anything as a stimulus. I just love being inspired, whether it’s to study, to travel the world, to do an activity, whatever it is I love to be inspired. And… I’m a teen and so I juggled being inspired around with ‘life of’ for a little bit and then ended up with my blog name – lifeofaninspiredteen. And that’s it. After saying I couldn’t tell you the story of my blog name, I told you the story of my blog name.

Almost done, now we’re onto the cheesy part. I never ever thought I would get to 200 followers, especially not after less than a year. I don’t want to be all depressing and be like ‘I’m not that interesting. I don’t understand why anyone would want to read what I write.’ because I don’t bring myself down like that and I don’t want to criticise the readers of my blog because they obviously do find what I write interesting which is great and I love that. But, I think the reason I’m surprised I reached 200 followers is because I was never writing for anyone else, it wasn’t a concern whether I was going to be interesting to anyone else it was that I was doing something I was passionate about and I was doing it for myself. Obviously I knew that what I was publishing was public and people could read it and were going to read it but I never viewed it as something I was doing to gain followers or have loads of views or anything. So, when lots of people were reading what I was writing and following me it was a bit of a surprise but not because I didn’t think people were going to read it but simply because I never really thought of it happening. Every single follower I get really excites me but I decided that I shouldn’t write an appreciation post after every new follower so I only write a post when I hit ‘landmark’ followers. But, I remember getting excited about my 5th follower, my 2oth follower, the 45th follower etc. it never ceases to amaze me how many people find their way to my blog and leave lovely comments, it basically never ceases to amaze me how nice all the bloggers on wordpress are. Or all the ones I’ve had the pleasure of encountering.

Okay, lastly, I’ve decided that to celebrate 200 followers I’m going to do a Q&A, there isn’t a specific subject so just leave any questions you have for my below, whether it’s about my blog, my education, my routines, my life, my diet, literally anything that you’ve ever wondered about me leave them in the comments below and I will write up the answers and publish them in a post soon – but, disclaimer I won’t answer all questions, if I feel uncomfortable answering any or feel like they might put my anonymity at risk then I won’t answer them.

This concludes the end of my post – please like it if you enjoyed it, leave any comments below as I love to read them all! Also, if you aren’t following me already make sure to do that to keep up with my new posts!

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Inspired Teen 🙂

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