Friday, 28 December 2012

The pointlessness of New Year Resolutions

 

Every year the majority of us seem to follow the same routine. We stuff ourselves silly over the Christmas period and drink far too much...which is fine because it is all in the name of celebration. 'Oh well, it's Christmas' is the phrase that I tell myself over and over again in those two days but as soon as we get to the 27th, what we have consumed finally hits us. And so the guilt ensues.

But how convenient...a week later and we have a brand new year beginning where anything is possible. So many people decide that they are going to become brand new people to fit in with the new date. Funnily enough though, despite what everyone may think, we can't actually change who we are, however much we want to. Sorry, sorry...I know we all want to be the perfect person. Odds are though, we aren't. And there's not a lot that we can do to change that.

I don't mean to be depressing. On the contrary, you shouldn't feel the need to try and be perfect because people should accept you for who you are. Unless you are a bitch, in which case there is no hope for you. People are fixated on this view of perfection and therefore use the new year as a stepping stone, believing that anything is possible. But I am sorry to tell you that January 1st is just like any other day.

This is why I believe that New Year Resolutions are pointless. If you are really that bothered about making a difference, or getting fit or going on a diet or achieving anything, why not start straight away? Instead of waiting for a convenient point. Most people just say anything to be in keeping with tradition and this is why they fail. Because they don't really mean it, they just try for a little while to make themselves feel better and follow the crowd. If you do mean it, don't hesitate. Start this instant and then you can begin to change the world.

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Charlotte and Lizzie's Movie Countdown to Christmas

 
So after my very moral post about Christmas the other day, I am now going to be slightly hypocritical to tell you all about mine and my sister's Christmas countdown. Basically we sat down and picked all our favourite Christmas movies, then watched one of them per day leading up to Christmas. And this is what we came up with!!

Tuesday 18th December - The Grinch
I have never been that much of a Dr Seuss fan - it was all just a little too whacky for me. But this film was actually quite heart-warming with a very endearing baddy.

Wednesday 19th December - Home Alone
The beginning epitomised the very definition of the chaos that goes on at Christmas time which resulted in poor little Kevin getting left behind as the family travelled off for their vacation. Over the course of the movie, the family all discover what they truly mean to each other, just in time for Christmas Day while in the meantime an 8 year old outwits two adults

Thursday 20th December - The Polar Express
A group of children go on the most adventurous train journey ever to the north pole where they meet Santa and learn to believe in the wonder of Christmas again.

Friday 21st December - The Holiday
Two women who have been unlucky in love swap lives and manage to find their perfect men in the most unlikely of places

Saturday 22nd December - Love Actually
As I went on and on about in my previous blog post, I believe love to be the most important emotion that should be celebrated at Christmas. And this film is absolutely full of it!

Sunday 23rd December - Arthur Christmas
This is my favourite Christmas movie ever! Love everything about it, saw it twice in the cinema last year and I believe it is a very clear representation of the real Santa Claus. (Just kidding)

Monday 24th December - Rise of the Guardians
Not really a Christmas movie at all but this brand new film which is in the cinema at the moment still promotes everything good about Christmas - love and friendship and trying to save the world as Santa Claus unites with the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost to save all the children from the Boogie Man. Have seen this one twice in the cinema as well - I am obviously still a child at heart.

I do love Christmas films a lot - they are always filled with heart-warming amounts of love and happiness that is very refreshing. Not many films actually bother with those emotions any more. So I hope you watch a huge amount of these great films over the festive period and have a wonderful day tomorrow. Merry Christmas to you all.

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Is christmas becoming too commercial?


Christmas is one of the best times of year and one of my personal favourites. I love absolutely everything about it except for maybe one little thing. The fact that, these days it starts in October, if not even earlier. The question as to whether shops have made it one massive corporate machine is THE big question that everyone debates every single year. But there is a very straightforward answer - yes, unfortunately it now has become far too commercial.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that everyone should be all Christian about it. If that's not your belief than nobody should push it down your throats and anyone should be welcome to join in the festivities if they want to. However, it is a Christian festival and it sometimes surprises me when other religions jump into it so wholeheartedly. Which makes me think that maybe everyone has forgotten what Christmas truly is about?

But I don't really want to go on about Christianity and Jesus for this whole post. Although I am a Christian, I am not a practicing one so let's think about what else we embrace at Christmas, apart from the material items. I think the true meaning of christmas, is to embrace love. It is the most important of the emotions and everything about christmas can be said to be done out of love. We cook for each other, give each other gifts and actually make the effort to spend the full day together. I don't know about you guys, but this is rather a rare occurrence in my family and I love actually being able to spend time with them. In everyday life it is so easy to have it all overtaken with other things so I don't see a lot of them on a day to day basis. Especially when I am away at university so this is a nice treat for me.

Christmas makes me appreciate them so much and be thankful for who they are, something which I know I definitely don't do enough during the year. So maybe this should be encouraged to be viewed as the true meaning of christmas. It shouldn't be stressful worrying about whether you have purchased the right calibre of present or bought enough food or spent hundreds of pounds on overpriced alcohol...you should simply be able to relax with the people who you love and enjoy spending time with them. If this becomes the main focus of christmas, then maybe we would love it all that little bit more.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Social Societies

The travel committee: Jo, Charlotte, Emily, me, Jade and Nicole

So I have been rather quiet on here these past couple of months...and there is one word summing up why that is. UNIVERSITY. And you might think that's because I have been working really hard. But I'd be lying if I said that's what I spent the majority of my time doing. Don't get me wrong, I have been doing some work. Reading primary education is slightly demanding but I have a terrible habit of leaving everything until the last minute. And in the meantime, university is literally the most distracting place in the world. My latest form of procrastination...helping to run a society.

Societies are literally the best things that you can find at university. They are cheap to enter normally, fun and it's the best way to meet new people who have similar interests to you. Walking into a crowded room of people who you have never met before is one of the hardest things to do in life. So if you are able to walk into it and start chatting to these strangers, it is one of the most important skills that you can learn in life. It was for me. And I feel like I have become a more confident person because of it.

My advice to anyone joining university is to join three: one sport, one general interest and one specific interest. For instance, this could be hockey, rollercoaster society and psychology. For me personally, I was never very good at sport so I gave that one a miss but then joined the travel society and singer songwriters society at Reading. And it was the best decision I have ever made. Some of my closest friends are in those societies. And I didn't make them because I had to, like you do when you are in halls or on your course or whatever. But actually because we had a huge amount in common. This year, I took things a step further and decided that I wanted to help to run one of them, so I am now on the committee of the travel society, helping to organise, trips, events and nights out, as well running its twitter and blog (apparently I am a bit of a blog expert). I have been having a ball. The girls who I am on the committee with are absolutely brilliant, I love them all to pieces. And there is something very satisfying when you actually manage to pull off an event which people seem to enjoy. Not only that, but it's the best way of putting off work ever. With the amount of things I do for the society, I am kept very busy, and it seems like I am spending my time productively, while not doing any of the proper work that I need to. But oh well, so long as I am having fun that's the main thing, right??

So my advice for anyone at university, whether you will be starting next autumn or you are already there, join a society or several. It is so fun, and you will meet the best people ever.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Why I love the north

Before this weekend, the furthest north I had ever been was Birmingham. But now I am proud to say that I have actually made it properly up north after spending the entire weekend in Manchester. And I had an absolutely amazing time. The north is incredible.
This vibrant fun city is just so full of life and the people are actually friendly. Unlike the south where everyone thinks they are better than everyone else and looks down their noses at you.
The main thing that we seemed to do this weekend was walking. The majority of the time we were just wandering around looking at things such as buildings. And then we wandered around the inside of them as well. But in such a short space of time, we did actually manage to fit quite a lot in. We visited both Manchester Uni and the Royal Northern College of Music as well as each of their unions. We did the cultural things of visiting an art gallery, the cathedral, John Ryland's Library. We went shopping in the biggest shopping centre in the UK, wandered around the Christmas markets, and sampled the joys of northern pubs =] All in all was definitely a fabulous weekend and I have decided I am a little in love with the north.






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