HAPPY INTERVIEW: laurynsnotebook

March 27, 2015

This week I'm interviewing the absolutely wonderful Lauryn from Lauryn's Notebook, one of my favourite online havens. Lauryn's blog features text which conjures up images in my brain that no other blog could even begin to, images that hold a whimsical quality now only existing in old film and a dream like vision that makes me determined to succeed. I'm rather proud to be included as a teen blogger if I am writing amongst this calibre of people. Without further ado, here's Lauryn's interview!
 
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?

On a literal basis, early morning sunshine; hot cups of coffee; promises of a planned day; good books; friends; family; the warm morning greeting of our family dog and good music. Small pleasures, homely comforts. But on a metaphysical basis, I seem to have a strong desire to achieve something each day. Whether that be finding a new piece of literature or philosophy, or talking to a new person who may have the potential to avert the course of my life, I always feel there is something more than what first springs to mind. That often makes me get out of bed in the morning. Other than my alarm, though that certainly does not make me want to spring out of the deliriously warm duvet cocoon I've subconsciously created throughout the night. 

 
Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?

Let's Dance to Joy Division by The Wombats because this is one of the few songs that I know all of the words too. It's also the song that my friends and I play at every single party and dance carelessly too. It's a song that makes me feel carefree and happy. Those are two feelings that definitely put a smile on my face.
 
Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners is a song that provokes a sense of wonderful nostalgia and friendship. It makes me feel like I'm in a pub in the mid 80's with a group of great friends having a deliriously  happy evening. This is also my friendship groups 'song', which as reluctant as we are to admit it, is a rite of passage amongst teenage girls. 

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys is a song that always puts a smile on my face. The lyrics are as great as the sound.  I don't think much else needs to be said, other than, if you haven't already, listen to it.
 
Nasa Is On Your Side by Everything Everything is a song that makes me feel as though I'm breathing in the stars. It's so powerful but also quirky and exciting. It calms me down and makes me active. There is no inappropriate moment to play this song.
 
Diane Young by Vampire Weekend is another song that always makes me grin. It has so much energy and reminds me of a summer a few years ago. It's different and happy. I like it.

 
Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.

This is a difficult one. I am going to say reading. It's a collective experience stretching back over the years that has shaped me as a person more than any other experience or thing. From Biff, Chip and The Golden Key, to Enid Blyton, to Nabokov, to Kerouc, to Plath. Reading the words and thoughts of somebody else is always an enlightening experience.

 
Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Continuing to evolve as a person - through all forms of art, whether that be philosophy, music or literature; probably studying English literature at University and reading and writing far too more than is normal. But the future is unaccountable for. I really have no idea. It's ambiguous but I don't mind. In the meantime, I'll do what I can to build a path to a healthy, happy self.

 
What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?

I read, I write, listen to music, light some candles, attempt some yoga, have family time, drink a warm drink and if all else fails, sleep.

 
Finally, what is happiness to you?

Happiness is when you forget about anything else other than the moment you are in. When you forget about trying to be happy, and act carefree, and then, looking back, you reflect on the effortlessly great time you had. An example is when I get home after a day out with friends. I am full of energy and smiles and anecdotes to share with my family. Happiness is being carefree, energetic (mind or body), calm and unpressurised. Not so much things, but states of well-being.


Thank you so much Lauryn! If you would like to partake in the 'happy interview,' give me a shout at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I'll be sure to respond, have a lovely week y'all!
 
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HAPPY INTERVIEW: Class & Glitter

March 20, 2015


This week I'm talking to Parie from Class & Glitter, a teenage fashion and lifestyle blog which I have the honour of featuring in the sidebar of. Parie, a self confessed lover of Tanya Burr and Poundland, makes me happy with her enthusiasm for life, with her 2 year old blog making me grin every time - even when she buys three Elle magazines just for the samples! (read the post here) Here's her happy interview, hope you enjoy!

What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?

Knowing that I have something to do apart from college work, I have always been a very boring person and in January I have made sure that everyday (or every other) I want to do something that gets me excited. This way I know that I will have a good day as I have something to look forward to.
 
Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?

My music choices change a lot, but currently the tracks that put a smile on my face and put me in a better mood are: 
* Maroon 5 - Sugar = This was introduced to me by a friend and oh my, one listen and I have become obsessed with the song and video!
* Fergie - La La = Everytime I hear this I go crazy and pretend I am Fergie and dance around my room...
* The 1989 Album in General, but there are three songs I love when they come on, why? It's Taylor Swift does she need any explanation? - Blank Space, Wonderland and I Know Places

Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.

Off the top of my head I can't think of anything, but there are so many memories in my life. From seeing bands in concerts, prom, school, meeting celebrities - so many. 

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years I will be around 23, which is a scary thought but by that time if all goes well I should have finished university and will hopefully be in a school teaching primary school children.
What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?

Have a cosy night in - paint my nails, run a bath, face mask the whole works! It just puts me in a better mood and gives me a chance to clear my mind..

Finally, what is happiness to you?

Happiness to me is when I am surrounded by people that I love, and the things that are happening around me. I enjoy the little things, appreciate what I have and realise that everyday is a new start.
 
Thank you so much Parie! If you would like to be featured in a happy interview, give me an email over at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I'll add you to the list. See you next week!
 
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I Say NO To The Damn Schedule

March 17, 2015

"welcome to the pink corner"
"I wrote a list of my demands, but I left it at a friends. I rehearsed a little speech, but the whole thing got too preachy - and it seems like I'm back on scratch again."
 
Never in my eighteen years (now that is surreal) did I expect to turn an angst filled album track by the Sugababes into one of the most pivotal starting points for a blog post in the past three months. In recent weeks my attendance at the school of blogging has reached crisis point, and though in theory I was alive and kicking, inside I was clinging on for dear life as my fingertips became sweaty and my grip faltered one too many times.
 
As my Timehop application has so delightfully told me, a year ago today I released a stereotypical female blogger post, full of grainy outfit selfies which released the clothing I held on my back to the world alongside a five lined paragraph detailing the nonsensical moments that had graced my life in the two days prior, along with what I had expected to achieve. But in my heart of hearts, I knew that the text I was reading wasn't me. I knew that the chattery language that sounded like the conversation I would only hold with my dearest acquaintances was fake, and I definitely knew that every breathing syllable that escaped my keyboard that day was written months before in order to maintain an identity in the cyber world while trying to achieve a consistent grade in my AS levels.
 
The sad thing is, I always knew that this was wrong. It was zapping out every creative instinct I had inside, reducing it to a numb feeling in the bottom of my stomach when it should have been punching its way to the top, allowing me to feel elated as I word vomited thoughts onto a near black keyboard before the coveted orange publish button was finally pressed. So what did I do about it? I shut the blog down. I gave up. And once again this year fate decided that the same cycle was to occur. I believed that in the run up to exams, I should schedule every damn post just so something was posted. What an idiot. Why the hell would people want to read an half-arsed ramble when they expect a fun filled thought out memory splurge? I know I wouldn't.
 
And that is why I've decided that from now on, all of my posts will be spontaneous. No more damn scheduling. I know it works for some people, I know sometimes it's the only option in a life crammed full of work hours and parties, but it's not for me. Every splurge you see written on this blog now will be written from my damn heart as I navigate my way through an exciting world. And if you don't see me for a week, so be it. The times you do see me will make every half arsed post seem ridiculously trash worthy.


Thank you for your time.
 
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Diaries And Dreams

March 16, 2015

 Diaries. Mini scraps of paper filled with angst induced notes and flippant scrawls ready to be reconsumed within ten years as an adult relishes the day they can peek inside the brain they called their own for a matter of moments. Diaries. Twenty years have passed, a child has been born yet you still feel this unnerving notion of helplessness that can only be stifled through looking at your old memories, by relishing in the uncompromising happiness that a seven year old can provide. A diary can show you that life is always worth living, life can prove you incorrect time and time again yet a diary is always there to reflect back on, life can show that though your physical form may not have grown, your inner brain has morphed into a new entity as experiences twist amongst the fibres that keep you together.

I've always attempted to keep tabs on my inner thoughts as I grew up, whether this be through the medium of notes, screwed up in the back of drawers, or through traditional notepads ready to be filled with wishes. Growing up in the twenty first century of an existence, I've also grown to appreciate the ability to write on paper when most discussions now take place on multi coloured flashing screens, and I thank the man above when I realise that in twenty years time, when all is said and done, I have scrawling moments hidden away that I can engross myself in and drink up the emotions I felt all those decades ago.

A few months ago, I won a competition which enabled me to create my own diary, courtesy of Personal Planner. Though it's only been in my possession for mere weeks, it has already changed the way I intend to write and has given me a renewed sense of determination, forcing me to continue writing down memories until my fingers tingle with pain. The pink inlays and added sudoko section make me smile on the weirdest of days, and finally give me something constructive to focus on when even procrastinating is becoming boring. With a direct copy and paste job from my Tumblr page, I managed to create a diary which will stay with me forever, depicting my life in the best way I know how - through the medium of words.
 
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HAPPY INTERVIEW: nabsticle

March 13, 2015

This week I'm talking to Nabeela from Nabsticle, a fabulous teenage lifestyle and thoughts blog that I absolutely adore. Nabeela's blog was also a recent find after she commented on one of my older posts and I fell in love immediately. Her writing style is sublime and she is honestly one of the nicest people I've had the honour of getting to know recently. One of my favourite posts, The Rambling Thoughts Of A Confused Adolescent, makes me think even to this day as I experienced this same feeling of dread and it's beautiful to know that today, Nabeela is feeling more motivated and confident. Here's the happiness interview, hope you enjoy!
 
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
For me I think it’s the endless opportunities that can present themselves throughout the day. It’s another twenty four hours to get closer to my dreams, learn something new and discover who I am in the process. Yes it’ll have twists and turns but knowing that I’ve been blessed with another day in this world is more than enough to get me out of bed and embrace it.
Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
Time to scroll through my very long ‘Happy’ playlist…
Two and a half hours later and I’ve finally managed to narrow it down to five.
  • Naïve by The Kooks
  • If You Wanna by The Vaccines
  • Save It For The Bedroom by You Me At Six
  • Skater Boy by Avril Lavigne (I’m not even sorry…)
  • Arabella by Arctic Monkeys
I always end up having a little dance (again, not even sorry) whenever these songs start playing and there’s a beautiful sense of nostalgia and memorable moments attached to them that never fail to make me smile.
 
Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.
I feel like my entire life so far has consisted of small moments that have taken the sky’s immensity and buried it deep within me. Whether that has been at Lauren Aquilina’s gig that spread goosebumps across my skin to the time my friend and I were in fits of laughter in the middle of our History lesson. Those moments are the pieces that fit together to make my best experience because they are what have taught me the value of gratitude and have shaped me to be who I am today.
 
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years time I’m going to be twenty two, let me just take a moment to let that sink in…
I would like to have completed writing and editing one of my many unfinished novels, I’d like to spend my time blogging, writing and reading thought-provoking literature along with gaining inspiration and positive energy from fascinating people.
 
What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?
I like to distance myself from other people and spend time alone to reflect, sounds pretty sad doesn’t it? I find that taking a hot shower or going for a long walk to clear my head helps immensely. This sounds really odd but I sometimes plough through my increasing to-do list because I find that putting all of that despondency into something productive instantly boosts my mood.
 
Finally, what is happiness to you?
To me it’s when a person feels free, strong and independent enough to do whatever they want without any demeaning stigmas and judgements attached. Personally I find so much joy when I give out to the world, which is partly why I love writing on my blog so much. Despite my voice being so small and often suppressed by many outstanding individuals, I feel like I’m contributing to something big. With every progressing day I’m seeing people fighting for change together. Seeing this unity blooms hope and hope is what sparks happiness. So knowing that I have the potential to change the world just by being a part of such a profound and opinionated generation is definitely enriching.
I shall leave you with that before things get far too deep…
 
Thank you so much Nabeela! If you would like to be featured in a happy interview, give me an email over at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I'll add you to the list. See you next week!
 
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Teenage Tumblr Thoughts

March 09, 2015

my tumblr account as it stands today - named 'curlsaloud'
I feel oddly reminiscent about times that in real terms, weren't too long ago and I think that's probably because of my age; at seventeen everything is moving and changing but then at the same time, everything is still the same. I wish I could chronicle some of my most important years on social sites like Twitter, but the embarrassed sixteen year old me thought it would be great to permanently delete all tweets as to not preserve any mention of fangirl - but every Tumblr account thankfully still remains which means I can relive awkward moments and disasters through the medium of image instead. Though I'm currently in a bit of a blogging rut, my Tumblr has become active after God knows how many months being left abandoned and alone, though I don't know whether I'll keep updating as it's only ever been used sporadically and I kind of want it to stay that way. Here's a run down of some of the funniest and mind boggling Tumblr memories I seem to remember and their accompanying internet mention..
 
My Tumblr journey began back in early 2012, when I had a Twitter account under a pseudonym, a love for girl bands and an obsession for cheddars fuelled by one of the members of Parade (I don't expect you to remember them) who also loved them, thanks Sian Charlesworth! *face palms* I don't remember having a big love for Marina but I must have loved her if my account is anything to go by! This was when we all had compulsory PE outside in November, and I remember singing Primadonna while avoiding the hockey ball and taking cheeky pictures of my friends in the goal attack bibs because it said GA for Girls Aloud on them... I was a sad sad girl okay? On the other hand, none of them can deny that they listened to Girls Aloud on a frequent basis ;-)
 
2013 came and so did my love for girl bands. I became a concert obsessive this year, going to see Little Mix, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Girls Aloud and Amelia Lily in the space of 2 weeks, while hopping off a plane to see The Wanted and AME who I obsessed over in early 2013 after she hit the charts with Need You 100%, and standing in the rain to see The Saturdays and Conor Maynard in the August. Funnily enough, last Wednesday marked 2 years since I saw Girls Aloud and my complete fave Nadine Coyle in the flesh, which scares me and enthrals me in equal measures, especially as I was only fifteen!

As you can see, in 2014 I grew up. (and according to my little sister, turned into a hipster.) Gone are the girl band mentions, and here to stay are adventure wall hangings, poetry and scenic landscapes. Oh, and Marina Diamondis, who I grew to adore this year for her angsty pop ballads - yes I mean Teen Idle and Starring Role here - alongside her five year old demo tapes that made me physically stop and listen in, proving the power of a vocal chord. This was the year my wanderlust reached magnificent heights that have failed to cease in recent months. This year, 2015, will prove to be the best yet as I smile through happy tears as I transport through mind altering journeys.
 
What does your Tumblr history look like? 
 
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HAPPY INTERVIEW: simmyhoonjan

March 06, 2015

This week I'm interviewing Simmy, author of "Simmy Hoonjan." I first found Simmy's blog about six months ago, while looking through my Twitter interactions on both my personal and blog accounts and took a nosy - and aren't I glad I did! Simmy's photography based lifestyle blog never fails to put a smile on my face as I take in her beautiful imagery from across the world and listen to her rambles about GCSE's and life's random questions. Here's the happiness interview, over and out!

What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
The idea that I will be able to achieve something and better myself through actions which can make me a between person. I like the idea that we are always changing and as cliché as it sounds - I really want to find myself. Being at secondary school this is extremely hard as the majority of people are fake or only out for themselves however I intend to improve my life daily by being positive and thinking about all of the things that I could accomplish.

Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
Avril Lavigne - Smile
Blink 182 - All the Small Things
Taylor Swift - The Story of Us
Marina and The Diamonds - Primadonna
MKTO - Classic
Each of these songs have individual meanings to me which is one of the reasons I love music as it has the ability to change my emotions so quickly.

Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.
I don't think there is one experience that I can single out however just spending time with people that I care about makes me extremely happy.
 
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years time I will be nineteen years old and therefore an adult. I hope to see myself pursuing my dream of whatever I have chosen to do for myself. This may be university, travelling or just a dream job.

What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?
I normally phone my friend Louise because she makes me extremely happy or I will just sit and listen to music to take my mind off things. I also love having baths with bath bombs.

Finally, what is happiness to you?
Happiness to me is something I'm yet to fully achieve. I am currently learning to get rid of the people in my life that don't make me happy and focus on the people that do make me happy even if those friendships have been going on for years. I need to surround myself with people that make me feel better about myself and make me want to get up in the morning.

Thank you so much Simmy! If you would like to partake in the 'happy interview,' give me a shout at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I'll be sure to respond, have a lovely week y'all!
 
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Sisterhood Of The World

March 02, 2015

The past week or so has pottered along with no real significance, but the simplicity of the days have made me smile. With reminiscent of Jess' blog posts echoing in my brain, I've made the most of every situation and smiled and laughed and felt true feelings until my eyes burnt with tiredness and my synapses tingled with happiness. So when I received a nomination for the 'Sisterhood Of The World' by Nabeela from Nabsticle I was incredibly happy, so thanks Nabeela! Nabeela's blog is a recent discovery of mine and I adore every inch of her inspiring yet relatable writing. Here are the questions set by Nabeela and my answers!
 
If you’ve ever been stuck in a rut for a certain period in your life, you feel suffocated whilst everyone else around you is still moving, what do you do to get yourself out?
Stop wallowing in your own fears, fear is the absence of faith and faith is the most important single dream you should have. Start believing in life, even if you do not believe in yourself.
 
We all go through phases of different music styles. What genre of music are you into now that you never thought you’d be when you were younger?
As a child, my ears were filled with the sweet, slightly flat tones of Girls Aloud, a world away from the darker imagery portrayed in some of the Paramore tracks, yet I don't believe my music taste has changed in the years since I was born, I still listen to the charts and pop music as much as I ever did, the only difference is that I now appreciate ballads as much as the uptempo beats. 
 
Name one thing that you love about your personality and one thing that you love about your appearance.
I asked my friends what they thought about me as I couldn't answer it, and Gemma said that my personality was 'bubbly and fun loving' while the best thing about my looks were my 'pretty blue eyes.'
 
What’s the most important and valuable lesson that you learnt in 2014?
I learnt that trust is the most important thing in the world. I learnt that people who you believe are trustworthy need to prove it time and time again, because time can change the attitudes of others almost as much as time has changed me.
 
Do you believe in life after death?
I believe in life after death as much as I believe in life after love.
 
If you could be any age for a day, what age would you be and why?
I don't think I would like to be another age for a day, for the simple reason that if I went back in time, any advancements I made in that one day would be eradicated the second I became an adult again yet I wouldn't want to go forward either as I believe that events that take place in the future are built upon moments from your past and I never wish to find out the events that happen in the gap between reality and future.

Would you break the law to save someone you love?
If it was a poxy law, course I would. But I wouldn't kill for somebody else (!)

 
Do you consider yourself the hero or the villain in your story?
Everybody always wants to be the hero in their own story, but we're all so different, we're not one dimensional as you would imagine in the films and I honestly don't know how to answer this. I think sadly I may be the villain. Ooooh.
 
Would your life be better or worse if you knew the day, time, and place that you were going to die?
The only certainty in life is the ability of death, death is heart wrenching and disgustingly upsetting, yet I would never wish to know when this dreaded deed will take place because it would only hinder my ability to look at life with a smile if I knew such a dastardly action will be coming up and there would be no way to stop it.
 
I nominate anybody who wishes to complete this tag.
 
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Introducing Mark..

March 01, 2015

Mark as a baby.
Today we have a rather special post, brought to you by Jacob Welham, a cheesy 18 year old (happy birthday by the way) who wishes to find his good friend Mark a girl. But not any girl. He wants you. Lets find out some more about Mark...
Mark Suggitt is 18 years old and from a small market town. He is 6ft1, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Mark is currently employed at his dream job, working in the kitchen at a garden centre where he gets special discount of 30% off flowers and 20% off furniture but sorry lads, he only likes women.
Mark is a frequent gym goer resulting in one hot bod, he has a very active social life, often going out with his pals on nights out during the week when he has early mornings. Mark is completely comfortable around animals as he owns two kittens called Bonnie and Clyde which he loves very dearly with all his heart.
Mark will make a good boyfriend because he has a lot of love to give, he has a good sense of humour, he is spontaneous and will always surprise you with something romantic to do. He also has wicked fashion sense. Overall Mark is THE guy for you so if he tickles your fancy get in contact at:
Facebook: Mark Suggitt
Snapchat: MarkSuggitt
Instagram: mark_suggitt
Want to see this face up close? Contact Mark now.
You will not be disappointed.

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Hi everybody! This is probably one of the weirdest posts I've ever pressed publish on, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to find our good friend Mark a soul mate. Normal posts will resume tomorrow (thank goodness) and I've got some cracking happy interviews coming up in the next few weeks with the likes of Becky, Nabeela and Lauryn. See you soon!

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