• 37 things you might like to know about my life….

1. What was your favourite food when you were younger?Snapshot_20130407_18

Definitely crisps…actually it still it my favourite food now…so much love for Cheese and Onion. ❤

2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Say – John Mayer played 423 times

3. What is one of your favourite quotes?

“A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.” Anne Roiphe OR  “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take delight in you, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3v17

4. What’s your favourite indoor/outdoor activity?

ZUMBA! Or it totally used to be Trampolining (I did it for 6 years but wrecked my back! Sad times!)

5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Washing up – I avoid it at all times – I can’t deal with the tiny scraps of food left on plates, makes me vom!

6. What is your favourite form of exercise?

Dancing, Zumba and going for mega long walks on the beach.

7. What is your favourite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

Time of day – 10.30pm…not tired, not wide awake, just mega chilled. Love it! For some reason I love the thought of Fridays, probably because the colour of Friday is purple in the Radio Times and I love purple…and I love June (lush), August (my birthday) and December (Christmas!!).

8. What’s your least favourite mode of transportation?

Coaches…I puke every time…it’s not attractive. I was always the kid who sat right at the front and STILL felt ill. I’ve never been the cool kid who sits at the back of the coach…GUTTED.

9. What is your favourite body part?

Haha, AWKWARD…I genuinely don’t have a body part of mine that I like…but erm, I think ankles are pretty cool I guess….

10. What sound do you love?

Laughter. 🙂

11. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

A Strictly Come Dancing party! I’d get all of my favourite guys and girls together, dress up in posh dresses and suits and learn how to do ballroom/latin dances. AAH it would be amazing. It would probably be for my birthday or something random like that!

12. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?

Well my Dad’s an artist so he’d probably paint it for me, but it would probably be Glencoe in Scotland – so darn stunning.

13. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

Ooh this is a hard one, but probably about 7 years old! Fun allllll the time!

14. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Easy. Morgan Freeman. Not because I particularly want to learn anything (even though he’s probably a fount of knowledge) I just want to sit there all day listening to his epic voice…

15. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Jesus, when he was alive on Earth, that would be amazing.

16. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play the piano. I totally regret giving up the keyboard when I  was 8! 😦

17. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Give it away to a worthy cause – but keep some so that I can give some to my fam, buy some crisps, and maybe another camera.

18. If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavour, what would it be?

HAHAHA, what??! Weirdest question EVER. I don’t believe in reincarnation, but I guess if I had to choose, combining all those three options I would be a lion who peed out J20 and I would taste like Honeycomb.

19. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

The female version of Yoda – because that kid is EPIC.

20. What did you want to be when you were younger?

A vet, because I LOVE all animals!

21. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Facebook! Ha! Or play with my dog! 🙂

22. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

PALAVA.

23. What song would be the soundtrack to your life? 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)

24. What was one of the best parties you’ve ever been to?

My one when I was 8 years old. It was AMAZING.

25. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

I cry at everything. The last film that made me cry was 30 Going On 30, when Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner kiss in the playground. The last thing on TV was Casualty, and the last book to make me cry was The Hunger Games – Mockingjay…the ending just had me balling, I had to hide from my family it was so upsetting…

26. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

SO many things have had to make me stronger in life; but I’d say most recently, was getting a job as a sales assistant – it sounds stupid, but I totally feel that I can talk to any person of any age at ease without awkwardness. You get so many randomers in my department store, and you just have to learn how to talk to people and this has totally made me stronger!

27. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?

EASY. Prezzo for my 19th birthday. Caramelised onion on garlic bread = best thing ever.

28. What do you miss most about being a kid?

The pressures of the world didn’t really affect me then – now there is all this stupid pressure to do all of this stuff that most of us don’t particularly want to do, but most find themselves doing it to “fit in”. Not cool!

29. What is your first memory of being really excited?

When my Mum was late picking me up from school when I was 5 and I saw her in the distance with a dog. That cheeky little rascal turned out to be Flinty, my first proper dog, a beautiful Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel who to this day I still love dearly. I was SO excited! He passed away on the 25th March 2010 and I’ll love him forever.

30. Worst injury?

I kicked my football behind the shed when I was younger so I ran to go and get it and I got a bamboo stick stuck in my leg. There was blood everywhere! It was horrible when it was taken out!! OR when I was 3 I tripped up a step and split my chin open…to this day I still have a big scar on my chin!

31. Are you wearing socks right now?

Yes! Epic ones! I LOVE socks, I get slightly obsessed by them…they are black with tiny orange, red and yellow flowers on them!

32. Last food you ate?

Heinz Spaghetti, toast, cheese and cucumber…one of THE best dinners you can ever have. Try it.

33. What are you listening to right now? 

I’m listening to The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby…one of my favourite songs ever! OLD SCHOOL.

34. Last time you got stopped by a police car?

Thankfully this has never happened. But twice in driving lessons in 2011, I slightly crashed into the curb in fear of police cars behind me. My driving instructor was not happy.

35. Where do you want to go in the world?

The Grand Canyon.

36. Bananas or apples?

Bananas ALLLLL the way.

37. Favourite artist/band?

Coldplay are my favourite band! Mylo Xyloto is the best album ever! And artist would have to be David Gray! Great man.

Now I’m bored and only made it to 37 questions…I hope you enjoyed this crazy little blog!

Sarah, x

• What Makes Someone Beautiful?

It seems that nowadays the ‘beauty’ in a girl/woman is defined by how much make-up she is wearing to cover up her blemishes, or how much skin she is showing to onlookers. Even as I write this, YouTube is open in a separate tab, and for some bizarre reason the background of the page is Lady Gaga wearing next-to-nothing apart from a wad of eye-liner. Why the need to project this image to the world? Young girls can become obsessed by looking at photographs of celebrities and are often left disappointed by how they look in comparison to the well known figure and also to those around them.

I, personally, have found this in my life. Growing up, I was a little bit of a tomboy and to this day I genuinely don’t know how to plait hair! Girls in the playground were discussing what they were going to wear to so-and-so’s party and wondering who they would impress but all I really wanted to do was to go to a party and boogie the night away no matter how sweaty I got or if my hair fell out of place (even at the age of ten!). Despite this, I came home from school and wonder what life would be like if I was really as pretty as the other girls. To this day, I still search the internet and flick through magazines looking for the latest hairstyle and wonder how Reese Witherspoon has styled her fringe so it doesn’t keep poking her in the eyes!

Unfortunately, as time has gone on, young girls seem to be in competition with one another to be ‘the prettiest’ by wearing the most make-up or shortening their skirt the most. Being a mentor during school to those in younger years has shown me this. In Year 7, the timid fresh faced girls would enter the class looking smart and ready for the day. Soon, as time went on, girls would be late to morning tutor as they were quickly applying foundation and more mascara onto their already blackened lashes in the school toilets. I’m not saying anything bad against these girls, as they are lovely and beautiful people, but is this really what they view beauty as? Making your face orange to cover up supposed blemishes?

In my opinion, this idea of ‘beauty’ has been broadcast to young women all over the world through the media; through fashion magazines and through television. ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ springs to mind here; women plastering themselves with make-up, slapping on fake tan and wearing low-cut dresses to impress. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying, “Look like a nun for the rest of your life! Don’t wear your hair down! Don’t wear make-up! Wear clothes that’ll cover up every inch of skin!” I’m purely stating that self image is being undermined because of comparisons and how celebrities are portraying a false idea of what ‘beauty’ is.

So I guess the question you’re asking is, so what is ‘beauty’ then? Okay, so you see the picture of the Queen at the bottom of this post? I took that photograph — I was extremely lucky to see the Queen and Philip in July at The New Forest Show and I was so close the both of them, I could have touched them. The moment Queen Elizabeth stepped out of the car, I actually had to take in a massive breath for she looked so beautiful. Classy, confident with a large smile on her face as she walked towards us. That is what ‘beauty’ is all about. Being comfortable in yourself and smiling – this is all you need to be beautiful in this world.

There’s no need to wear certain clothes to get a guy’s attention or plaster your face with make-up (which will only hide who you really are) — be yourself, smile and laugh the day away — that’s beautiful. The Queen