Not A Typical Teenager: May 2015

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Being a Good Friend

This post kind of links to a post that I recently read by Katie over at Funsize Beauty, so you may want to give that a read before this.

Katie is one of my closest friends, and she is really really lovely. And even though she tries to put on a brave face and be this smiley bubbly person all of the time, just like the rest of us, she gets quite emotional.

I can understand that people do not want to share things like that with me. When I feel sad, I cry no matter who I'm with. This is because it's easier to show people what I feel and explain to them what is wrong than keep it bottled up and have to stay as bubbly. That just doesn't work for me.

Anyway, I can completely understand why Katie doesn't want to tell me when she feels this way. But what I can't undersatnd is why she would lie to go home, or tell us the next day that she was up until 1am crying and didn't want to text anyone because she felt like she was bugging people.

The whole point, I think, of being having friends is so that you can have people to laugh with, and cry with, and share memories with. But they should also be someone who you can look to for comfort, and the fact that she thinks that if she calls me at 1 in the morning will bug me, well doesn't that just make me a bad friend?

So I guess what I'm trying to say is this; Katie, I don't care what time it is and what state you are in, call me at whatever time you need. Don't be afraid that I'm just going to say no, because I won't. I don't care if you're drowning in your own tears, just give me a call and I'll try my best to help you, because when you tell me the next day you were up until 2 crying, or that you lied when you left because you were sobbing, that makes me feel like an atrocious friend. Even if it's just to tell me there is something wrong, and then go. Just don't lie to me about it

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Blogging

Blogging has become something I love doing now, and I wasn't expecting it to. I thought it would be something I tried for maybe a month and then gave up on because I didn't think I would enjoy it.

But I really do.

I  like blogging, and I enjoy talking about the things I love or have a strong opinion about. It has become a sort of let out for me. And I haven't done too badly in terms of views.

But I do wonder if anyone actually cares about what I write.

I know that my friends have read my blog and they have all told that it's very 'me' (which is true). But sometimes I feel as though aside from them, no-one really takes that much of an interest. Nobody really cares about what I have to say, which is okay, because this is just a creative outlet for me and somewhere I can rant.

Views don't matter to me numerically, I just hope more than anything that people want to read what I write, and I would really love to talk to some of the people who have followed my blog, and hopefully one day I'll get to.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Looking Back

What ?? 2 posts in 2 days ?! It's been unheard of from me recently, but I guess I'm just feeling pretty creative at the minute, so I decided to post again today.

I have just over one week left attending my high school, and I have to say; I'm feeling quite nostalgic.

For the first 3 years of high school, I had a few friends, but I didn't really feel like I fit in (this can be seen on a past blog post and I also wrote a song about it youtu.be/hI59P7dI0rQ).

Then I reached year 10. This was the year that I both made new friends (one of which I have done a few collabs with), and got closer to old friends (this would be the twins).

These last 2 years have been some of the best times of my life, with lots of new experiences. I spent most of my time last summer out of the house, and even now I have 14 exams, I don't feel as stressed because I'm surrounded by some of the most supportive people I have ever met, (2 of these people are my parents, who are so super-duper supportive, and I'm very thankful for that).

However, even though I don't want to leave high school, I know that I have the whole summer ahead of me with all of these beautiful people, and I will be attending a brand new school in September, and I'm so excited to have all of these beautiful people along for the ride with me.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh, (DofE), is a qualification that you can do in the UK (not really sure about other parts of the world) and is apparently a highly respected one at that.

For your DofE, you have to complete 4 different sections. A volunteering, a physical, a skill and an expedition.

The first three are simple. You do a skill, you volunteer or do sport for one hour a week for 3, 6,12 or 18 months (depending on what level you are doing: bronze; silver; or gold). the expedition is, however, slightly more difficult. When I did my bronze we had to camp for one night, and it was a tremendous experience, but was also tough.

Now, I am doing my silver, which means we camp for 2 night and walk for 3 days with 2 stone backpacks on our back. It's a challenge but I can't wait.

So if you are thinking of doing your DofE, I would recommend it. It's a really fun experience.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Little Notes

I attempted to clear/tidy my room on the weekend, and found a bag filled with Christmas and birthday cards from last year. These were all cards I had already opened and had read what was inside, but I knew that I had to check the contents of each card just in case there was something in the that I missed.

So there I was, sat on my bedroom floor with a bag of cards and tears streaming down my face. At Christmas time I sent everyone a Christmas card, and everyone who received a Christmas card received a note about the length of a page for A4 for some. (It took me about 3 hours to write them all as I wrote notes for about 12 people). So as I was going through my cards, I found notes that had been given back. Notes people had written for me. 2 were from my birthday and 3 were from Christmas.

These notes made me quite emotional, and I realised that I have a fantastic group of friends who are all really lush, (please excuse my welsh vernacular).

And now today I have found a blog post by Katie who this to me last year. Please take a look and then tell Katie she is fab.

In other news, I found £65 in these cards I found on the weekend, and bought a new ukulele. Very very happy.

Stay Un-Typical

Ashleigh xxx