Not A Typical Teenager: March 2015

Friday, 27 March 2015

Comfort Zones

I love my comfort zone. It's where I do most things and I feel comfortable.

But last night I did something completely out of my comfort zone; I entered the young musician competition.

It was scary, but I did it anyway. I cried twice before going because I was so nervous about messing up. Basically, in this competition you get up and perform in front of an audience and a judge, and based on your performance you're marked and they pick the winner based on the scores.

Yesterday afternoon I didn't want to go, and I almost didn't, but I decided that I had to go now to prove that I could do it. And I did.

So I went and I didn't come 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. But I participated and made a tenner.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say, is it's good to leave your comfort zone now and again, as it pushes you and you feel great afterwards.

So leave your comfort zones, even if it's just for one night; they'll always be there when you get bac.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Monday, 23 March 2015


Whether or not you've had braces, are in the queue for braces or are never going to have braces, you know what they are and have no doubt seen people with them. Some people love their braces some hate them. Well here is my story with braces:

I had braces on the 11/11/11. And I was really excited to have them.

And then I had them.

Now my braces weren't like other peoples braces. Mine had blocks on them and gave me a lisp and a funny jawline. Now I will admit that I brought it upon myself because I was refusing to have any teeth out and so I was given these braces to avoid having teeth out. So I wore these braces for 2 and a half years, then I had my brace taken of me........

.........and my orthodontist sent me to the dentist to have 2 teeth out.

That really really annoyed me due to the fact that I hated those braces and I had them specifically so that I didn't have to have teeth out.

Anyway, now I have train tracks and they aren't actually too bad, but I cannot wait to have them off in 2 years and have perfect teeth.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Lennon and Maisy

If any of you have read my about page, then you will know that I watch a lot of Nashville, or that I have an unhealthy obsession with it. Anyway, the show centres around country music; which I didn't think I was going to like when I first began watching it. However, I have recently discovered that it is actually pretty awesome.

There is some drama in it, but the music is fantastic. I love it. There are many different singers in it like Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Chip Esten, etc. and they have amazing voices. There are 3 who I find really amazing and inspirational.

First of all, Lennon (15) and Maisy Stella (11). These two girls are absolutely fantastic, and sing so so so well. They have a Youtube Channel which can be found here and you really need to hear them if you haven't already because they are mind blowing.

The other singer/actress I want to talk about is Clare Bowen. Her voice is so amazing and very much suits the style of the programme. There is a song she performs which is called 'Black Roses' and it is chilling.

This is just a fangirling post, so I apologise

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

A Place to Show Appreciation for Fictional Characters

I am an avid reader and I love it, but I hate it when my favourite character dies.

There they are just living: being cancer free; trying to help defeat the greatest wizard in the world; being removed of the evil their father injected into them.

Then BAM!



And I feel like when I have these feels nobody understands, and anyone you do speak to has either no clue what you are talking about, doesn't want to know because nobody wants a spoiler, or has moved on after feeling this pain and sort of empathises with you but isn't feeling the strong emotions that you are any more.

It's so difficult to come to terms with, but you just have to, and you have to do it alone. It's not fair, but there we are. We still do it because we love the books and the characters.
Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pros and Cons Of Playing a Musical Instrument

I've played an instrument for the last 8 years now pretty much, and I do absolutely love it. It is fantastic. But there are some downsides. Here is a pros and cons list of playing an instrument.

Pro - Orchestra
I have been going to orchestra pretty much since I started to play violin and it's awesome. It's being able to go somewhere where you have something in common with everyone. It's an outlet as well. You learn how to play things that are more technically challenged and you are exposed to different genres of music.

Con - Grades
You know like in school, where you have exams in everything because school. Well there are exam boards for instruments as well e.g. Trinity, ABRSM etc. and this means that you can take instrumental exams. Like every other exam it's a measurement of how good you are at playing that instruments. The grades go from 1 - 8, and guess what, you have to pay to do them. They start at about £26 for grade 1 up to roughly £80 for grade 8. That's a lot of money.

Pro - Reading music
Because what's not cool about being able to play a song exactly the same as someone else just by looking at a page of dots and lines.

Con - Time consuming
Learning how to play a musical instrument can take years to master and it takes a lot of time to learn the different techniques needed. It's worth it and it is enjoyable, but can become really frustrating when you cannot master some things. But, like in everything else in l
ife, it all comes down to practice.

Pro - Picking out your instrument in any song on the radio
I am a violinist and when clean bandit released the song "rather be" I was so excited as I love playing a piece which is designed for my instrument. Plus, everyone sort of learns what you can play on your instrument.

Con - Prices in general
lessons cost money. The instruments themselves cost money. Music is an expensive hobby.

Personally, I would say that the pros of playing an instrument are bigger than the cons, even though I have evenly represented them, if someone was to ask me whether or not I think they should play an instrument I would say yes, definitely. It's such a great opportunity to make new friends and learn a fantastic new skill.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

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Monday, 9 March 2015

Self Harm Assembly

I asked my head teacher about having an assembly about self harm last October because I think that self harm is an important topic that is surrounded by a lot of stigma. The people came to talk to the girls first and they are coming to talk to the boys next week.

The assembly itself wasn't too bad. They told us about the warning signs and how people tend to start. They also told us what we can do if we are already self harming and how we can get out of the cycle.

I didn't ask for this assembly because I self harm. I never have self harmed, but I want to understand why people self harm, and I think the stigma that surrounds the subject stops individuals who do self harm from opening up to their friends in fear of being judged.

It's an important subject, and if this gets people talking about it, then it's done what I wanted it to do; but I hope that it's positive talk and not negative stuff.

If anyone has anything they want to talk about, email me at

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Writing a song

Recently I have trying to write songs, and after writing my first successfully I decided it was something I was going to try more often, so I Googled a couple of tutorial and since writing again, I have disagreed with a few of them, so here is what I think you should do if your trying to write a song:

Think of some words that rhyme
Comes in useful when trying to write the lyrics

Don't think of words then a melody or vice versa
These need to be done together at the same time, if you have a good idea for lyrics or a melody write it down, but make sure when writing properly, you do both at the same time.

Do not come up with a title first
I don't know why but this seems to be a very popular tip among a lot of tutorials I have read/seen and I disagree with this one completely. It's important to make sure that your song has a theme/themes of some sort, but that doesn't mean one of them has to become your title. The title should be the thing that you think of last after you have all of your lyrics so that you can pick what's most relevant to your song.

Do something creative
Before attempting to write, try and do something creative or listen to some other ideas so that you know what you can say or sing about.

Be patient
Song writing isn't always an easy thing to do, so try your best, and if at first you don't succeed, take a break and try again later.

Hope this helps

Stay Un-typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Very Inspirational Blog Tag

I woke up a couple of days ago and did what everyone nowadays does; I checked my twitter. I found out that I had been nominated for the "very inspirational blog tag" by Laura from The Savvy Student (click the blog title to go to Laura's blog) , and I would like to start by saying thank you to her for the nomination.

The Rules

  • You have to write 7 facts about yourself
  • You have to tag 5 bloggers you find inspirational
  • You have to tell the people you have nominated they have been nominated
So here we go:

1) I am a pescetarian (I eat fish but not meat)
2) I have an unhealthy obsession with Nashville
3) I write my own songs and have been to a proper recording studio to record one of them
4) I am very picky about where I sit. Once I have chosen my designated seating area, I will sit there each time I go to that specific place.
5) I am head girl of my school
6) I take part in over 10 extra curricular activities
7) I read a lot

5 bloggers I find inspirational:

Bethan from Book of Babble
Katie from Funsize Beauty
Chloe from Chloes Concept
Amy from Insight to Amy Louise
Sopia from Sophia Blogs

You guys are awesome so keep blogging

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Finding Friends

I started high school at the same age as everyone else. When I was in primary school , I had a very tight, secure group of friends and I got along with tem all really well, but I was always told that I would drift from all of my friends in high school and meet a group of new friends.

So I went to high school and we were all split up and put into different classes and I was put with one of my closest friends Bethan (click her name for her blog), and we stayed really close, but we weren't really part of a tight group. It was like this through years 7 and 8. I didn't really feel like I was part of a group. Then, in year 9, all of our form classes were mixed up and I was put in a class with some very different people and I had to adjust. I didn't know at the time that I would end up really close with these people. Then these people introduced me to a couple of more people and by the start of year 10, I finally felt like I belonged somewhere; but at the beginning of year 10 was when my current group of friends formed.

We were all shuffled around form classes again and I was back with Bethan. We had drifted a little through year 9, but being in the same form class again brought us back together. I was in a science class with new people and that was where a friendship formed between me and Katie.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that high school can be a scary place, and you don't always find your friends straight away. It took me 4 years to feel comfortable and I still don't feel like I fit in, but that's okay; because none of my friends do.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx