Not A Typical Teenager: January 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Shout-out !!!

This is just a shout out to Joshua Dunn and Katie Price (not THE Katie Price), for making my graphic. (The little picture of a girl in a dungarees). Thank you so much and I am so happy with it.

Stay Un-Typiccal

Ashleigh xxx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Changing your life

trees forest light grass sun rays sunrise sunset wallpaper backgroundThere are lots of different things that you can stumble upon in life that can, lots of the time, have no impact at all. But sometimes things happen that can change your life.
Today, I want to talk about things that can change your life for the better.

I want to talk about the little things that make life worth living and the people you can come across that make bad days good days.

There is a massive park by where I live that, in the summer, is one of the most beautiful places I know. There are lots of trees to lie under for shade and a piece of flat land at the bottom of a slight incline. Me and my friends spend lots of time there in the summer, and even though it isn't a beach on the coast of Spain, I love it.

There's a river near this park, and some days we go there (if we can be bothered to walk there). It's so calming. All of us sit together under the sun, with frozen bottles of water and picnic bags in tow, all making jokes about each others height and relationship status (none of these are offensive really, or at least we all know that we are joking. And if someone is offended, we apologise).

This happened last summer and we spent all of our time in either the park, the river or costa. This changed my life for the better. It gave me an entirely new group of friends who I love and cherish so so so much. And if you are reading this, I love you so so much.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

(picture via here)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Time Management

This year is a big year for me. I'm leaving a school that I have attended for the last 5 years to move onto sixth form. This is scary but exciting. I don't know whether or not everyone of my friends will be going to where I go as the one is battling to get to where I'm going.

This year I'm also doing my silver DofE (Duke of Edinburgh), this is an award that you can gain in the UK for volunteering, doing a skill and something physical.

I am also going to be continuing with piano lessons, violin lessons (as well as doing my grade 5 in violin) and young fire fighters.

This means I do not have a lot of spare time and have to manage it well. This is difficult to begin with but it does get easier. Here is how to cope under a lot of pressure and doing a lot of extra curricular activities.


When I say sleep I mean properly sleep. For 8 hours a night. This helps you stay awake and alert during the day, as well as focus on the tasks at hand.

Stop procrastinating

Start homework and anything else you have to do (like chores) you're given sooner rather than later as otherwise you won't have time for any extras.

Be organised

Make sure your time is well managed by allocating certain amounts of time to carry out different tasks.


Do the most important things first.

These should help. Or at least I hope they do.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Writing for me, writing for you

Since I started blogging just over 6 months ago, a lot of people asked me why I started blogging and what I wanted to write about and why. Since I was first asked this I have thought about it quite a lot about my answer. Well here it is.

I originally started this blog because I found out that two of my friends, Bethan and Katie, (click their names to go to their blogs) had started blogs. I began to wonder if I could do it myself. I sort of felt like I was following the crowd so I wanted to do it on something different. I'd found a lot of blogs that were on fashion and makeup, so I thought I'd do it other things. Especially since I don't really take much interest in fashion, so I decided to just write what I wanted at any given time.

I wanted to talk about things that interested me, so I started off by writing for myself, but now and again with posts about things like depression and self harm I like to think I'm posting for both, because it's something I want to raise awareness about, so if people are reading it then it's working.

As long as I'm still writing, I hope people are still reading.

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Monday, 12 January 2015

"Take Back What's Yours"

So I recently read a blog called Chloe's Concept, which was advertising the 'Take Back What's Yours' campaign. The blogosphere has had a difficult time over the last year. I think people are still struggling with the fact that the internet has now become such a big part of so many peoples lives. So many people are taking advantage of all of the different social media platforms that are available to them, and I think people are still coming to terms with it.

The blogosphere is such a wonderful place, and it still isn't being used to its full potential. We can use it to shape we that we want to be.

As the new year has just arrived and rather than making resolutions like "I'm going to go to the gym" that we'll keep for less than a month, we are instead going to take back what's ours like our confidence.

In 2015, I am taking back my voice!

To spread this message we need to tell everyone about it. So tweet #TakeBackWhatsYours and share with every social media network you can, and lets take back whats ours!!!!!!!!

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Yesterday, my blog hit 1000 views, which I am so proud of, so I'd like to start by saying thanks to everyone who has been reading what I've been posting. It means a lot.

So, I've started a YouTube channel recently and I would really love it if you could all go a check it out, the channel is called braces_and_glasses. I talk about similar things on my blog as I do on my YouTube channel. However, I'm hoping that on my YouTube channel I can post a few covers of songs and possibly post a few songs that I have written myself.

It's really exciting to start something on a different social media platform, and I would really love for you to check it out.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Approaches to Self Harm

There has been some speculation in the media recently about mental health; especially in teenagers.

A recent article by said the following:

"It's almost impossible to say how many young people are self-harming. This is because very few teenagers tell anyone what's going on, so it's incredibly difficult to keep records or have an accurate idea of scale. It is thought that around 13% of young people may try to hurt themselves on purpose at some point between the ages of 11 and 16, but the actual figure could be much higher."

This is a pretty high statistic. 13 out of one hundred people between the ages of 11 and 16 self harming. Now I know that self harming isn't a mental illness, but sometimes it can be a result of mental illness. You also can't say to people to just stop because some people gain an emotional connection to doing so.

This may not be a very good comparison but it's a comparison none the less. When people who want to lose weight want to lose weight can't, or find it difficult to, sometimes it can be because they have an emotional connection to food. People have used food to comfort them in times of hurt. The same can be said about self harm.

I know some people are also afraid to admit that they self harm, because there is still some stigma around it. I think that people need to try to be supportive, and that young people need to be shown where they can go if they self harm. That there are places they can go and people who want to help them, because even if the percentage reduces to 12%; that's and improvement.

Stay un-typical

Ashleigh xxx