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September Favourites! | 2016

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As you can see from the title, today's post is a Favourites post.

I'm so excited to share what I've been loving this month with you!

Favourite Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness

In all my life, I never thought I was the kind of person who could be obsessed with the Star Trek franchise. However, I am now completely obsessed with the Star Trek reboot, and this is a great addition to the franchise! Benedict Cumberbatch is introduced as a new Villain (Khan) and he does an amazing job. The acting in this is brilliant, but I love that the seriousness is broken up with small, subtle moments of levity and, at times, comedy. Even if you don't think you'd be a fan, definitely give this franchise a chance!

Favourite TV Show: Gossip Girl

I am loving this right now! I love watching all the rich kids on the Upper East Side and seeing the drama that they get themselves into. Season 2 was incredible, and so I've started watching season 3. I know that this is a really pop…

Alive Without Living

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There's a quote in the book 'Everything, Everything' that is something along the lines of 'You don't exist if no one can see you'

And it kind of resonated with me because, especially in the last year, I've felt like I haven't really been living - just existing.

But lately, I've been starting to wonder what 'living' really means.

6 months ago, I would have said that I'm not living because I don't have a boyfriend or go to parties or have massive amounts of friends. I've never been drunk or had a first kiss or even travelled on the train by myself, and I thought that, because of this, I wasn't living.

But now, my view had kind of changed. I don't crave adventure, I don't get excited by the prospect of getting wasted or being out 24/7 - so why do I have to change who I am to 'live'?

I don't think I do.

I think, for different people, living means different things.

For some people, travelling is liv…

University | Second Year Anxieties

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I'm really sorry that I've been so rubbish with posting in the last few weeks - hopefully I'll get back on track soon!
I am dreading starting university again.
As annoying as it is, my first year wasn't what I expected at all, to the point where I don't want to go back. A small part of me hoped that I'd fail an exam so that the choice would be taken out of my hands and I wouldn't have to go back.
I've never said this on the blog before, but I did actually fail an exam when I got my results back in July. I actually wrote a post about how upset I was and decided not to upload it, but I retook the exam and I passed so it's all good!
My first year wasn't something that I really enjoyed - looking back on it, the only feeling that I remember feeling throughout the year is embarrassment and anxiety, so I'm dreading my second year being the same as my first.
I start on Tuesday, and I can't stop imagining all of the bad things that co…

The Benefit of the Doubt

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I used to always give people the benefit of the doubt.

For those who don't know, giving someone the benefit of the doubt is basically believing what they say because you have no other reason to doubt them than your own uncertainty.

Now, when I was younger, no matter what someone said, and no matter how I felt about it, I gave them the benefit of the doubt so that I wouldn't lose their friendship or make them think less of me for not believing them.

But now, I've completely don't a U-turn on this belief.

Now, rather than giving people the benefit of the doubt, I'm much more cynical! I now take everything that people say with a pinch of salt and don't really believe it until they prove me wrong. Of course, this is my own paranoia and I'd never voice this to anyone, but it's definitely the way that my brain works right now!

What I'm trying to work out is, which approach is better.

Is it better to believe everything someone says - to trust u…

I Believe In Ghosts!

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In May last year (which seems so long ago!) I did a tag post. One of the questions in the tag were 'Do you believe in ghosts'. I said in that post that I 'might' do a separate post all about my belief in ghosts - I then didn't mention it again for over a year, so sorry about that!
But I thought that this would be a great time to do that post.
But first, let me give you a list of some of my favourite 'ghost-based' horror movies for you to hopefully enjoy!
The Conjuring 2 Insidious 2 Sinister The Woman in Black The Sixth Sense Paranormal Activity The Ring Shutter The Grudge
These are great films! If you also believe in ghosts, don't believe, or want to know more about them, watch some of these films! Of course, they're all fictional dramatizations, but they're entertaining nonetheless.
Anyway, onto my own beliefs!
I don't remember a specific time when I started believing, in fact I don't remember ever saying to anyone 'I believe in…

I 'Should' Wear Make-Up?

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This is a thought that only really occurred to me yesterday, but it's actually had a big impact on me that I didn't even realise.

So, Christmas last year was when I started wearing make-up. I mean, proper make-up, concealer, blush etc etc rather than just mascara. I put it on for the first time on Christmas day and it felt really good to be made up for a special occasion.

Then I started wearing it more often, casual gatherings with friends, appointments etc.

And now it's got to the point where, if I'm going anywhere that's longer than a 5 minute walk away, I think to myself 'should I put on some make-up?'

I never thought I'd get to the point where I became reliant on something like that, it kind of snuck up on me.

Now, when I look at my face in the mirror, I don't see 'me'. I see a girl who needs to use concealer and mascara.

It's weird. Because when I was using make-up for fun, that's all it was, a bit of fun.

But when I…

My Thoughts on Louise 'Quitting' Sprinkle of Glitter

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Sorry for the oddly-named title, I couldn't think of anything else!

So if you haven't seen the video in the picture above, I'll put it below. There is also a blog post on the same topic that I'll link here!

Now, I'm paraphrasing the video and post, so sorry if everything I say isn't exactly correct.

What I got from this video and blog post was that Louise Pentland doesn't really want to continue to pretend to be something different online from her true self. Not that she's pretending, but 'Sprinkle of Glitter' is her best, clean side, the side that she shows the internet.

But in her real life, she swears and talks about sex and other non-PC stuff, and she wants to be able to talk to her viewers like she's talking to a friend without worrying that her channel won't be as 'popular'. She also doesn't want to be seen as a 'family friendly' channel when that's not who she really is.

I admire Louise so much …

The Fear of Missing Out

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I have this fear so bad!
I have such a fear of missing out - and it could be anything, an outing, a party, a pub crawl, clubbing, I hate to be the person that has to be told what happened because, for some reason or another, I couldn't go.
But, coupled with finding social situations hard, this is nearly impossible!
I dread having to go to a social situation, but if I don't go, I fear that I'm missing out.
And this can definitely extend onto other things, like, I fear of missing out on that first love experience, the first time buying a house, the first time buying a car.
These are all things that most people do, but for some reason, I'm really scared that I won't do them. I have this irrational fear that I'll never get a job, never move out of home or drive, never write a book, never fall in love, and it's so scary!
I know that it's unlikely that I'll miss out on all these things, and for most of them, I could be out right now and maki…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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I watched a film a few weeks ago, called 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' - and no, this isn't a review.

The loose plot of the film is that, a couple that have had a messy break-up get in touch with a company that can erase them from each other's memory.

However, what I really wanted to talk about was the amazing title of the film, which I have to admit, took me a while to figure out.

But it means that, if your mind is void of memories, it's constantly happy. In other words, if you have no memory of any bad things that have ever happened to you, your life will always be happy, like the sun is always shining.

And I have to say, I kind of disagree with this.

As much as, yes, if I didn't have to relive all of my embarrassing, anxiety-provoking moments I might be happier, but if I never knew sadness, I wouldn't really know happiness would I?

Like, if you've never had a lowest moment, how will you ever know what your highest moment is when…

Is Life a Popularity Contest?

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So, Louise Pentland (aka Sprinkle of Glitter) made a video about 'quitting' Sprinkle of Glitter. I'm going to write an in-depth post about my thoughts on this later this week (for the record, I'm with her all the way), but she said something in that video about life being a popularity contest, and it instantly made me want to write a post.
Do you think life is a popularity contest?
When we're young, our parents always say to be ourselves and to not change for the likes of someone else, and at the time, this made a lot of sense.
But as I get older, I see a lot of things that contradict this.
Let's take the example of YouTube. If you watch YouTubers, you'll have your favourites, as everyone does, including me. But for me, this is definitely due to their personalities rather than their content.
For example, Zoella has over 11 million subscribers. The more popular she gets, the more people aspire to be her and the more popular she then becomes, it&#…