Q and A (With Noel White)

Hello Internet!

I have been promising a Q and A for a while now so I thought, why not collaborate on it? Blogger ‘Just Another Neflibata’ (also know as Noel White) is kindly letting me collaborate with her on this question and answer post. Noel and I have been emailing each-other for a while now and it feels like I’ve made a really good friend, just chatting casually like we’re sitting right in front of each-other.

The way we’d decided to do this is that we will ask each other five questions and answered all of them. I hope you enjoy reading these different opinions!

  • What inspired you to start your blog?

Erin: I have always written stories and sometimes a bit of journalism and I found that a blog would be a lovely way to spill my ideas and mix up both of my hobbies, photography and writing.

Noel: I’ve always wanted to blog, and I love taking photos and writing so it seemed like a good option. I really just want to inspire people to live a life worth living.

  • What is your favorite genre of music?

Erin: I have a bit of a mix up! I love Pop music and a bit of rock ’n’ roll but I also love country music so I’m kind of stuck to answer this question!

Noel: I can’t choose!!! When I’m studying or doing school I usually listen to contemporary classical music, and when I’m working out i listen to modern pop and maybe some rock and roll… I really just like music that makes you feel something.

  • What inspires you to write on your blog?

Erin: My environment, the people and nature around inspire’s me, not only to write but to take great appreciation of everything around me and, like Noel, I know that it’s actually making an impact on other people.

Noel: I think that part of it is my amazing followers. I love watching the number ticking up, and thinking, like, “Wow. What I’m writing actually has an impact on people, and its making a difference”

  • If you could give one piece of advice to the whole world, what would it be?

Erin: Love and good beats hate any day. To see that so many people hate each other and want war is just horrific, even just a slight angry glance at someone in school or work is terrible.

Noel: Love. There’s so much going on in our world today and I think that humanity has kind of lost sight of what love really is. It’s not some emotion that makes you go all crazy, it’s a choice. And just because we don’t agree with people doesn’t mean that we don’t think that they’re an amazing person. We can love a person without agreeing with their life choices.

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

Erin: My dream job would be an author/illustrator. I love creating art and drawing and painting. I also love writing and photography so a job like that would really suit my creative personality.

Noel: My dream job is a part-time author, part time mom, and maybe teaching a little in between.

  • If you weren’t human, which animal would you be?

Erin: I’d probably be a dog. Loyal and energetic but sometimes lazy!

Noel: I don’t know… At first I was thinking a deer, but now I’m thinking I’d like to be either a bird or a dolphin. I really don’t know. 😂

  • Which song are you listening to the most?

Erin: I think I’ve been listening to Ed Sheeran a lot and even some classic One Direction! The song I’ve been listening to the most though is “Confident” by Demi Lovato.

Noel: Again, I have to choose one? I’ve loved listening to Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation, but I guess I’ve also been listening to Hello by Adele on repeat.

  • Which is one (new year’s) resolution you’ve never solved?

Erin: Self-confidence. You may not think it but in the real world I’m really shy and always compare myself to others. It’s very hard to get over this phase so I’d really like some tips!

Noel: Well I just wrote a post on New Year’s Resolutions! But I guess one of my New Year’s resolutions that has never been solved is the one where I’m way outgoing and courageous. I always let my fears control who I am, and especially this year I’ve been trying to change that.

  • Are you always on your phone?

Erin: No, I’m always crafting and drawing although I go on my phone every to set alarms, keep on top of my email inbox and keep up to date in the blogging and social media.

Noel: I wouldn’t say always. I do have a lot of long distance friends that I try to keep in touch with, but I also try to live in the real world.

  • Which is one bad habit of yours?

Erin: I guess the isn’t a bad habit but I do not have a great sense of style! At the moment I’m wearing a chunky knit jumper with black leggings. I know right?

Noel: And here, folks, is the serious question. Like I said before I really let my fear dictate my choices in life and I’m trying to change that, but also I sometimes let what I want to do get in front of my better judgement. Like recently I’ve gotten a serious shoulder injury during competitive swimming, and the reason why it is so serious is because I didn’t take care of it when it first started getting bad.

Sorry that I’ve not posted in a while but this is what I’ve been waiting for! Please follow Noel’s blog here.

Happy New Year to all!

Erin, xx

Magazine | Myself And Teas

Hello Internet!

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas this year and best wishes for the new year.

For about two weeks I have been working on an article with ‘myself and teas’ also known as Lorelie Joy. This wonderful human has a magazine online at ‘issu.com’ and please see her blog for more details on the magizine! I’m sure I cannot explain it properly so please see the professional! 😂

Her magazine this month is about the road to a treasuring life and Lorelie kindly invited me to write an article for it! This is my article, edited by Lorelie herself, please stick around for the release date on December 30th! Here it is:

“The road to a treasuring life.

A path that can be really hard to take.

You know when you are at a junction on a road and there are multiple ways to go? Well, everyone’s life has that decision (mentally) and for me, I can’t clearly read the sign posts. You may be jealous of someone else’s popularity, appearance or talent, but they have experienced and overcame the many bumps that their path threw at them. The media always swerve things in different directions like editing and creating information to alter the truth.

You are you, live for what you are and be truly yourself. Don’t fraud your life, make the most of it. However, it is okay to be a glow stick, sometimes we have to break before we shine but once you have shone, unlike a glow stick, you are NOT going to dull in the next 24 hours.

Be you, that is the key way to start living your life to the best it can be. People will always judge you, but people will always love you too so DO NOT let anyone dull that shine of yours.

But to treasure life, it’s also important to enjoy the journey on the path you have chosen no matter what the circumstance because your destination will be too amazing that you’ll forget about the struggles you had along the way.”

Big thanks to ‘myself and teas’ for making this possible, please follow her blog: here and her ‘Issu’ account which is linked on her blog.

Happy New Year!

Erin, xx

10 Things I’ve Learnt From 2017

Hello Internet!

Firstly, I’m really sorry that I don’t post with a schedule, I know most of you have one but really can’t help my self sometimes. If I have lots that I want to say I will post one after another but if I don’t, I don’t.

I’m editing and posting from my iPad at the moment so sorry for the *bad* quality!

Today I want to talk about 10 things I’ve learnt from 2017. I’ve seen a collaboration on this with 17 things and I’ve learnt a lot but there’s only going to be ten today!

Don’t live in someone else’s shadow.
What I mean by that is don’t live your life for someone else. For example: my boyfriend is on tour and wants me to come with him, even though I won’t be blogging or taking photographs. It’s not his fault, but I’m not doing what I want and sometimes being a bit selfish is helpful. (Only an example though!, it’s actually from ‘Girl Online’ by Zoe Sugg)

2. Always experiment
Can’t find something you’re passionate about? Try different hobbies in your free time and pick five you like, then you’ll find one that you LOVE after enough time.

3. Enjoy
Don’t stand back because you don’t want to be embarrassed (I know what it feels like! Especially with panic attack prone person AKA me!). Just go out there a do what you want, party with your friends even though you’ve had too much food beforehand!

4. Be yourself
I shouldn’t swear on this blog but I believe in this quote by my brothers favourite band ‘Mouses’:
“F*ck gender stereotypes, be who you wanna be.” I wear my brothers old clothes and men’s t-shirts and I don’t care, most of it looks better, however for trousers and the like I always go for women’s! (Haha, I don’t go THAT far! 😂😜)

5. You can say ‘no’
But no apology! My mum always says I say ‘sorry’ too much when it isn’t my fault but it is polite! But we have rights to say “NO!” and you shouldn’t let anything pressure you, and if something is going wrong talk to a trusted adult, or a friend who can tell an adult.

6. Feel free to let go
If you need to let go of ‘friends’ that are letting you down or not letting you be who you want or maybe your outgrowing them (that can happen, don’t worry!) then let go, you’re better of without them and it will make you better in the long run. It takes me AGES to pluck up the courage to do so because I feel mean, but it isn’t you, it’s them.

7. Time is just a measurement
Carrying on from no. 6: “It doesn’t matter about who’s been there the longest, it’s about the one’s who came and never left you side.” that’s one of my all time favourite quotes, I have spoken about this before and it’s just so true!

8. You can’t just ‘get on with it.”
Suffer from stage fright? Suffer from anxiety and it’s stopping you from doing what you want?
You can’t just get on with it, it takes time, effort and courage. It’s really hard to face up to your fears and your mental health is one of them. Talk to someone, preferably an adult or counsellor and say everything. Basically, talk AT them and they will help you.

9. New starts aren’t new
The past is always going to come back and haunt you but that’s OK because we can’t forget either, it’s not easy to start again with a growing mind (unless you have a transplant!) and new beginnings are hard so take a while to get it right.

10. You’re not a loser
They’re just jealous.

 

Sorry that some of these aren’t that motivating! A lot if references to books and quotes here so acknowledgements to the writers and professionals!

Best Christmas wishes and for the new year,
Erin, xx 🎄

 

 

 

 

Cloning Is A Good Idea?

I’m literally in a onesie and drinking hot chocolate whilst writing this! Talking about laid back…

I have a lot fizzing up inside of me at this point in December. I have presents to do (only because I DIY and that takes a lot!) and parties to sort out and general days to plan out. I now have only one day left of school! I have a lot to look forward to after that as well. On the Wednesday (20th of December) I am seeing The Last Jedi AKA the new Star Wars film! I’m such a kid and SO excited it’s definitely two hours and a half worth watching according to the lucky kids who have already seen it.
And I’m aware that I said TWO and a half hours…

In the new year I’m considering being pescatarian (Basically and vegetarian who still eats fish.) because I will not live without salmon! Haha, and please tell me your ideas down below, I know that some of you are vegetarian so please tell me what drove you to that.

Next subject, today in s-c-h-o-o-l me and my pals were talking to our favourite teacher at lunch, we weren’t in detention or anything it’s just that we are so sad we speak to our English teacher in free time! She’s so nice and I’m grateful that I have some awesome teachers! We were all talking about embarrassing stories and if we cloned are selves the story I shared was one when I was a toddler and I hugged a mans leg in public because I thought he was my mum! I can’t contain my laughter! 😂

I’m not going to go in to detail for very good reasons! And cloning…

Think about people that would love to have a clone of themselves to do their chores, go to school or university for them whilst you could lay about doing nothing. To me, it actually sounds horrid because you aren’t going to expand your knowledge, your clone won’t tell you everything she/he learnt in detail like the teacher. You will be better of doing all the chores, learning about stuff simply just like that. Our modern technology can now help us clone each other but we have to have them grow up from the start again. How could you bring up yourself? It won’t have the same influences that you had as you grew up. It will be completely different to you. Your clone would have to learn so, so much and you’re unique and nothing can replicate your body, mind, influence not even and identical clone.

Thank you for listening to my constant ramble of things and very drastic change of subjects but, that’s a weirdo for you! 😜😂

Best Christmas wishes if I don’t post before,
Erin, xx