‘When I Grow Up…’

My nine-year-old self is reawakening as I talk about dream jobs. Throughout most of my life, up until I was 10, I was fixed on the idea of being an author. However, through starting my blog, I had insecurities about whether what I write is good enough to be published. But I was 10. So if you are not getting it, I have a long way to go with my writing.

But even now I’m not that sure if that could be my career. Free-lancing and choosing my own hours seems a bit of a burden when I have the writing to concentrate on. Editing and publishing would be good I suppose, it encourages my adoration for writing whilst also not having to choose my own hours/work from home/create my own wages.

The reason I come to talk about this is that in school yesterday we were talking about what jobs we want to have… and I was stuck.

But it’s not early for me to start deciding now.

‘What I want to be when I grow up’.

Actually, I’m more likely to be late.

A Teenage Perspective: Q&A Collab With Erin @KittyJadeBlog

A Light In The Darkness

Hey there people,

Today I bring you a Q&A collab with Erin from KittyJadeBlog. We’ll both be sharing our experiences, opinions and thoughts on the world around us, all from a teenage perspective. To read my answers to Erin’s questions, head over to her blog– be sure to follow, she’s a talented writer and her posts always give me something to think about.

What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing young people in our society?

I know from experience that comparison is one of them. Just looking through your best friend’s story on Snapchat can trigger a certain nerve in your brain that says ‘I wish I was having a day out with my friends’ or ‘I wish I looked as good as her’ etc. Instagram also does this, but you have got to think: would you post a selfie of yourself when you are having a…

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Thoughtful Q&A With Gracie Chick | Collaboration

This is a collaboration of two halves! To see the second half, go and check out Gracie’s blog where I answered her questions.

Do you think the weather influences your mood?

Maybe. I tend to find the weather inspiring in whatever form it decides to take. I like to dance in the rain and, for some reason, sad poetry always flows easier when the skies are grey. Equally, I love the sunshine and the atmosphere it creates or the energy and adrenaline of a storm. So yes, to a certain extent, it does.

How do you cope when you don’t feel motivated but need to do work?

I think of my future and dream of boats; I’m assuming most of you don’t have a passion for sailing vessels, so just compare it to your own dreams/goals and how much you want to achieve them. I think of how much I love being at sea, how much I want to make a difference in the lives of young people and how everything I do builds towards those things being a part of my future. I tell myself that it is my responsibility to make that a reality. Also, I find putting music on really helps with motivation and morale.

Forms of relaxation?

For me, writing is the ultimate relaxation. There’s often so much going on up here *points at head* that I find it hard to process it all, all of the time. Words are what come naturally to me and just to let it all flow out is the most relaxing and satisfying feeling. The emotions, thoughts and ideas that were so overwhelming inside my head suddenly feel like they’re something I can manage.

Any weird notions you have not written down yet:

Um, weird notions are my thing, people. I am the absoulute queen of out-of-the-ordinary notions. So the other day I was wondering whether snow is water in a different form or whether it’s a different ‘thing’ entirely? *shrugs*

Also, I just know this is gonna sound really weird, but here goes anyway… when I’m out in public I often feel like an observer, or a character in a story, where I see people and I see their lives, I see strangers – I see a snapshot of them – and that is literally the only time I will see that human being in my life again. There are lives and stories behind that few seconds you interact with them. You never see that backstory. I find that sad for some reason.

*hides* anytime you need more weird notions you know where I am!

When did you last look in the mirror? Do you think that you concentrate on how others perceive you too much? (that’s two questions in one, but oh well)

Probably not that long ago. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never cared all that much what I look like, you’ll usually find me chilling in a hoodie and jeans or my beloved dungarees, but I’m a teenage girl and like any other; I’m quick to note my imperfections. I might act like I don’t care and to be honest, I don’t really, but that spot on my cheek… wonky ponytail… it’s so easy to find faults. I know how much of an issue body positivity – or the lack of it – is in my generation, but I want to show other teens that we’re all in the same boat. If we stand together and all change our attitudes towards and each other, we can make a massive difference.

More About The Author

Gracie Chick

Gracie and I have been working on this collaboration since the start of February. It’s been a joy to work with one another and I’m so happy that the writing came together so quickly! I have been reading A Light In The Darkness since last year, and every time a notification popped up for a new post of her’s, I was soon to read it. I hope you enjoy Gracie’s blog as much as I do!

Turned Back

She spoke and smiled, but then he turned his back.

She woke and smiled, but then he turned his back.

She broke and smiled, but then he turned his back.

She cried.

He lied.

And then she turned his back.

Poetry was something that I never enjoyed doing in school. The stigma of it having to be upbeat, rhyming and toddler friendly scared me off the subject. When I started blogging, I started reading a lot more blogs too. I found poets, young and old, and fell in love with poetry for the first time. My age group is not keen on it at all, I would like to teach them that it is not all nursery rhymes.

The Genre Of The Blog

My mum was talking to me today about what I write about on my blog. I couldn’t sum up to her what this genre is – so maybe it’s all really just random thoughts in a professional format. Whatever it is, I love it. I’ve nearly been blogging for two years – it doesn’t seem that long.

Update: images. You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any photographs in my posts so far this year. I did write a post about it and you can read it here. There are some photographs I would like you to see but I just haven’t written a post suitable for the images yet 🙂 I will make sure that I do write some posts in which I can show you those photos (mainly of my novice sketches and paintings, rather than traditional photographs which go on my Instagram)

Update: Instagram. If you are following my Instagram then you will have noticed that I have restarted my account. All that has changed is the photographs, and I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I think that Instagram contributes to my website and I use it to ask you questions and reach out to other bloggers. I can also drive my love for photography through those posts and share with you updates and notes without having to publish a blog post. I think this is handy because I want to make all my blogposts ‘professional’ and refined – not too chatty or informal 😊

Okay, well I think that’s all I have to say today. Please go and check out my Instagram to see, for yourself, the things I have mentioned in this post 😊

I hope your week is going alright!