Sunday, 30 August 2015

A Letter To My Younger Self


As some of you may know, I turn 16 in a few weeks which is really scary because I'm getting ever closer to leaving my teenage years and becoming an adult. I don't like thinking about exams or university or taxes or anything so I guess I'm in denial about that whole "growing up" thing. However whenever I do think about turning 16, I tend to think about what I thought about that age when I was younger. So leading on from that I wonder what a younger me, specifically at 11, would think of current me and so I decided to write a letter to past me!

Dear Harriet,

I won't ask how you are because I know you're doing just fine. You've just started a new school for Year 6 and you are making plenty of friends. Everyone is really nice and here you seem to be quite popular as it's the point where everyone likes everyone and anyway, next year you'll all be split up. You're happy and that's amazing but I do wish you wouldn't try so hard to be cool, embrace your weirdness and don't pretend to not like things!

You'll be freaking out about your 11+ entrance exam to your dream grammar school right about now. I'm going to let you in on a little secret, you get in! Relax because you've worked so hard so the exam will be fine. I'm in Year 11 now, which seems a long long way away but the time will fly past so make the most of the younger years in school. You want to be an actress right? Well nowadays you'd rather be a writer but never lose that acting bug because it's a huge part of your personality. You pass your Grade 7 LAMDA exam and take GCSE drama so have confidence in yourself! Also you're in a proper play at the moment, in which you are a pretty big part and you will have made plenty of new friends from acting. You are lucky enough to get to see lots of amazing shows so enjoy it all!

Speaking of friends, these amazing new friends that you will be making this year will simply be names to you in a few years, sure some will be at your secondary school but you will have a completely different friend group and they will make you really happy. Only one of them is at your school now, you know that quiet girl with the gorgeous red hair? Yep, she's one of your best friends now, plus three others who you haven't even met yet! Trust me, you have a lot to look forward to with these beautiful girls, you're going to have the best time giggling with Becca and Maizey in RE, hundreds of DMCs and this is going to sound crazy to you but you just got back from a school trip to China with Evie and Téa. Yep, you study Mandarin now and you'll have the time of your life on this trip especially as it's with two of your best friends.

You will change a lot in the next few years, going through phases of being obsessed with Les Mis, Zoella and Connor Franta, all documented on Twitter of course. You don't even know what Twitter is yet, the only social media you have is MSN! Twitter is this incredible site where you can communicate with people all over the world and follow your favourite people. Don't stress over your "obsessions", don't try and dismiss them, who even cares if your favourite band isn't "cool". I know you think One Direction are pretty awful at the moment but just you wait ... In 2015 they've all improved a lot and now you are very invested in them, especially Harry Styles. Your other favourite bands are 5 Seconds Of Summer and Little Mix, both of which you will have seen live with the aforementioned best friends. Right now, your absolute fave is definitely familiar to you, you listen to bits of Taylor Swift here and there but come 2015, you will be a full blown Swiftie, having died at her concert at Hyde Park.


All I really want to tell you is to relax and make it your mission to have as much fun as possible. Don't feel obligated to anyone, you can make your decisions so use that to be kind and happy. You've got this kid, I promise everything will be fine. Look at me, we have a blog now!


Love always,
Harriet

What would you tell your younger self?

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Life Lately #4

Hello!

How are you doing? I hope you had a lovely weekend! I've been super busy over the last few weeks between rehearsals and my volunteering shifts at Oxfam, but it's doing me good for these last few of summer holidays. So today I thought I'd just have a little catchup post, just for a little chat.

I'm going into Year 11 in a few weeks. That is terrifying because it's the year of my GCSE's and from now on, all the exams I'll be taking will count towards things and actually make a difference to my future. I know that exams aren't the only way to do what you want to do in life but I still want to do well  in them because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and like to set pretty high standards for myself. It's strange that I'm only just going into Year 11 when so many bloggers are 3 or 4 years out of university!

I'm currently in rehearsals for a play I'm in called Daisy Pulls It Off. It's about a girl called Daisy who gets a scholarship to go to a fancy schmancy school called Grangewood in the 1920's. I play Sybil Burlington, the Regina George of the school, who is pretty stuck up and thinks Daisy is rotten and poor so decides to try and get her thrown out. It's a really fun play to watch so if you live in the Cheltenham area, it's on from the 27th to the 29th of August at 7:45. Ticket information here!

There's been quite a bit of drama recently in the blogger community, from alleged blackmail to people being hated on for their fair opinions. It just makes me sad that our reputations as bloggers is being tarnished by the small minority that aren't keeping up our good name. It's important for everyone to be as lovely and respectful so everybody feels happy!

Current Vibes
Music: I Can Feel It EP by Hey Violet
Film: Inside Out and Love, Rosie
Style: Slowly wearing darker and darker colours to get ready for Autumn
Wishing: that I was at the Staples Centre this week for Taylor Swift's epic 1989 tour.

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

REVIEW | Inside Out

Hello! 

Last Thursday I took a trip to my local cinema to catch Disney's latest cinematic offering, Inside Out. I was really looking forward to it as I have heard so many amazing things about it, mainly from a certain film critic, Mark Kermode. I was a little nervous that it wouldn't live up to the hype but nevertheless I was excited.
 As with all Pixar films, Inside Out was shown with a brand new short film; this one was about two lonely volcanoes called Lava. It was really cute and I loved the ukulele tune that narrated it. My favourite Pixar short is still The Blue Umbrella though! 


As for the actual film, it tells the story of the 5 emotions that inhabit the mind of a young girl called Riley. These are Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear. They are responsible for keeping Riley happy, with Joy taking the lead, but one day Joy and Sadness accidentally get sucked out of headquarters along with Riley's core memories, the events that shaped her as a person. This coincides with Riley's big family move to San Francisco, away from her friends and happy memories. Joy and Sadness are stranded in the labrinth of Riley's long term memory, near her personality islands which are crumbling due to the loss of her core memories. Meanwhile, the other emotions are struggling to keep Riley happy, which results in her being distanced from her family and friends.

As you can probably tell from the above synopsis, this film is very much about human nature in a way that everyone can relate to. From the moment the concept of the film was explained, I was completely engaged in how it fitted in with how I had experienced emotions. Pixar are fantastic at finding a complex concept and presenting it in a beautiful and vibrant way. I love Amy Poehler, who voices Joy, and she brings so much energy to the film. I loved all the characters to pieces, particularly Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend.

It's a very funny film, particularly the toothpaste ad gag and the end credit sequence. However it also get's you right in the feels. Just thinking about certain parts of the film makes me want to tear up, especially the ending. I got pretty emotional at the end, as I do with a fair few films, but it's one of those films that I think will affect all who watch it!

I would highly recommend this film, it's an absolute masterpiece. Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

12 Steps To Getting Over A Fictional Death

Hello!

So recently I watched an episode of The Good Wife where a pretty important character was killed off. It was pretty intense for the characters on the show so the whole thing felt a thousand times worse. It got me thinking about how many times important people in books and film die unexpectedly, leaving Twitter a flurry of crying emojis (and not the laughing one). I can name at least 10 fictional deaths that have left me devastated in the past few years but this post isn't about spoilers, it's about coping when the worst does happen.

1. So it happens. You may or may not have saw it coming but either way the reality of it will be hard to stomach. I would leave about 5-10 minutes for the initial shock to subside before you take anymore steps. It's for your own safety...

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2. Stay calm. Now is not the time for drastic measures. I know it seems like a great idea to ring up Netflix or the publisher and demand that they change the plot but it probably isn't going to work. Take some deep breaths.

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3. Break out the comfort food. I would highly recommend Phish Food or Cookie Dough from Ben and Jerry's but whatever works for you is fine!

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4. Mourn for the character properly. There's no point in just trying to forget about it! For me it helps to watch the next episode or read the next chapter, usually where the other characters are coming to term with it so you can too!

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5. Talk to your friends who may understand your pain. An important step to recovery is asking for help so text your friends for support. If there is anyone who has read or watched the same thing, you should definitely talk about it so you aren't bottling up all those feelings.

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6. However you must also prepare yourself for those who will not understand. These people will feel the need to remind you that it's "not real" but getting into a rage trying to argue will only make it worse. I think, deep down, they do understand but are too afraid to show it. 

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7. Checkpoint. Are you okay yet?


8. Okay, make yourself another snack.

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9. Read some good fanfiction with that character. If you really can't deal with the end of that character's storyline, hopefully someone else has written an AU where that character is still alive. 

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10. Remember the character for all the brilliant moments and allow yourself to say goodbye. You will know when it's time to let go. 

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11. Realise that you will soon be okay and one day you'll look back on this tiny little event in your life with a smile. It's all going to be fine!

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12. Make the decision to start something new and open your heart to new characters. This is the life we've chosen.

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Have you seen my latest post for London Theatre Direct?

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Blogging Confessions

Hello!

 I've seen a bunch of posts like this and it got me thinking, I have plenty of confessions when it comes to blogging so why not fill a post with them?



I have absolutely no idea of what category I fit into. I'm definitely not a beauty or fashion blogger; sure I may include little bits of that but I have the most boring fashion sense ever and I still can't do normal eyeliner, let alone winged. I'm probably pretty close to lifestyle but when I picture any one of these categories, I see the blogs with thousands of followers, the type of blogs that Bloglovin loves to promote. You know the type, the fashion blogger posed in a sharp blazer and heels that cost more than all my shoes combined, the beauty blogger with a whole wardrobe full of those gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and the lifestyle blogger with the beautiful apartment and stunning travel photos. I love scrolling through these blogs, their professionalism inspires me and the best ones also have oodles of personality spilling through. However it can be a little disheartening, as when I look at my own cluttered desk and crazy mishmash of a blog, I have a bit of an identity crisis. Who am I trying to be again? Soon enough, however, I realise that I don't actually have to fit into a category and I just carry on being me and hopefully letting that reflect in this blog.

My process is a complete disorganised mess. If I have an idea, I had better hope I have somewhere to write it down because that amazing idea I just came up with will be gone in 2 minutes if I'm not careful. I usually come up with my post ideas when I'm not thinking about blogging, which is great during term time as I have a lot on my mind with school but as soon as I get to the holidays (when I actually have time to write) my brain completely dries up and my laptop is either a barren desert or a swamp of not very good drafts. I think the trick is to stop moping about the house playing Candy Crush Saga and watching The Good Wife (I just watched the bit where **** dies and I am not okay.) I am also looking into getting a planner but that would require me thinking of ideas in advance ...

I suffer with blogger's block basically every week. I see so many bloggers that I love writing amazing posts and I think about trying something similar to try to kickstart the ideas but then my brain goes and lists all the reasons why I can't or it wouldn't work. It's mostly because I am an unemployed 15 year old girl which can be a disadvantage for many reasons but I have to make it work somehow. There aren't all too many bloggers in secondary school so I guess I have plenty of time to find my "niche" so by the time I'm in uni I'll have all the html, photography and makeup skills to really make my mark. Haha ... yeah right ... Most of my favourite bloggers are in their 20's so they are past all the exams of school and I can only dream of that life right now.

I adore blog chats but I always forget about them until they're over. I will get back into the swing of them but right now I need about 10 reminders before they start. Despite the lack of interactivity from me, my views have been going up so maybe my post quality is improving? Someone nag me to be at more chats please?

I never proofread. I basically wing it and only change things if people point it out. It's a really bad habit and I should probably change that.

What are your blogging confessions? Can you relate to any of the ones that I've mentioned?

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo