Mental Health- Keep fighting on.

Hello all! I hope you’ve had a satisfying Saturday and are feeling reasonably positive In yourself! However, if your day didn’t turn out how you planned, Why not reflect upon something that happened today, no matter how small and take that as a positive part of your day! For example, I was at work today and I had a few lovely customers who wished me a great day and also smiled. This is something so small, yet so lovely to have present in your day.

Now before now, I have written a post about Self harm awareness and I think that some readers really took something from that post and therefore I felt like I had made a difference. I feel like talking about Mental Health is just as important as talking about Self harm. If you are out there and suffer from a mental problem, remember that you are a person, not a mental problem, no matter what anyone else says.

Now who has seen or personally experienced someone saying “But you don’t seem depressed” or “Oh my god, you look anorexic!” I think people out there should be reminded that mental disorders are not adjectives. Instead of using such a strong word like a mental disorder, think of the impact your words may have on others. I think every single person is fighting some sort of battle that we have no idea about. You may past someone in the school corridor who is fighting depression, or helped a girl who fell over who actually suffers from an eating disorder. We have no idea about what an individual may be experiencing.

I have a friend who suffers from anxiety. Some people may think that anxiety is “stupid” or “annoying” but did you know that Social Anxiety can cause somebody to feel like everything is closing in on them and everybody is staring at them and it seems harder and harder to cope with what is being thrown at them. Social events such as a concert is something to really look forward to, however ones who experience anxiety can feel the complete opposite. As the days draw nearer, they may suffer from panic attacks or loss of sleep and a lot of overthinking. Whilst we feel excited to attend a concert, others may be aching to do something like that but sadly, their social anxiety restricts them from doing things we find so “easy”. Keep that in mind.

Many people who have to live with such a difficult disorder may ask themselves “How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I am facing?”. The answer to that is with support and guidance from others who can give you the reassurance that Everything will be okay! I promise you that you can fight this monstrous mental disorder. Depression can be described as a dark, gloomy creature that fills you with this isolation and sadness. Did you know that one of my Idols, J.K Rowling suffered from depression? In Harry Potter, the dementors represented depression. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I mean, look at Rowling now? Instead of finding humour in this, why not offer support and sympathy?

I would just like to inform you of a Charity called “Off the Record” that works with 11-18 year olds that may suffer from self harm or experience mental disorder. The charity has been designed with the help of young people to promote and improve your mental health and wellbeing, and all of them are delivered by a team of super friendly staff and volunteers. If you are somebody who needs to talk or you simply just want some understanding of what they exactly do, visit their website: http://www.otrbristol.org.uk/ I think that this Charity is the precise destination for when you seek help and guidance. If what they offer sounds entirely useful to you, why not contact them for more information? They also provide a clear understanding on Mental Health and have explanations on focused Mental disorders such as Depression.

Please don’t give up. I really believe in you. I know that putting on a false smile every day can be hard but sometimes, it’s okay not to be okay. Help is out there for those that need it.

Mental Health disorders effect 1 in 4 people. I feel like more people should be educated on what mental disorders actually are and therefore that may stop the “banter” that actually insults mental disorders.

She had people saying “It’s all in your head” but do you think she honestly chooses to feel this way? Depression is an illness, not a weakness. The more people know about Mental health, the better. Its absolutely fine to be curious, just not judgemental.

Just before I go, I will leave you with one of Rowling’s ultimate quotes, “Thoughts could leave deeper scarring more than anything else”.

I am sorry this post hasn’t been exactly upbeat, however I feel this topic needed to be addressed!

Keep smiling beautiful people. It’s been a pleasure,

Asha

 

Aren’t friendships a blessing? 

Hello everybody! Did you know that friends can make the bad times good and the good times unforgettable? 

I hope you are all well and go on to have a lovely weekend! Who’s going to relax? Yay resting is amazing after such a long week! Okay, now who is working? (I am! Oh well money is money right? Plus, I Love people so all is well!)  

Now I went to watch The Christmas Carol last night and it was spectacular! I went with a friend, her mum and her mums best friend and it was lovely to hear that the two women had been friends since they were 5! What a long friendship! I love to hear friendships that last. True friendships aren’t about who came first and who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who came and never left. 

I have had so many friends enter and walk out of my life. Some were true, some were fake. In life, you will find those people who aren’t destined to join you on your new chapters of life. Although some people aren’t pernamemt friends, they made a great appearance in at least one chapter of your life! Try and remain positive when things like this occur in your life. 

Friends. They make you laugh a little more, smile a little brighter and live a little better than ever before. I feel that to have such great individuals in your life, it helps you to laugh when maybe you don’t always want to. They are such a blessing! 

I love to look back on how long some of my friendships have been and yet I’m only 16! The longest friendship I’ve had is 11 years! I feel that to have someone who can read you like a book, constantly be there for when you need a friend and utterly a light of your life! Why not take the time to reflect upon great friendships you must have in your life? 

Being with friends is such a great thing as they can turn your mood from something low into something amazing! By arranging things with others, it can make amazing memories to always look back on! Never forget that although people may change, memories mever do.

They can shine like a star 

Wherever you are 

They are a blessing to our life 

When they catch you when you fall

In no time at all

They are a blessing to our life 

Friendships assure you you’re not alone

No matter how badly you’re feeling

So when you need a good friend 

Or a shoulder simply to lend 

They are there to do just that with a blessing to your life. 

I am so thankful to have the people in my life. They help me through so much and I should therefore spore cause all they do for me!

Before I go, remember when it hurts to look back, and you’re afraid to go forward…look beside you and your friends will be there.

All my love and hey you! Keep smiling! 

Asha 

Is school just too stressful now? 

Hello everyone! Did you know that smiles are contagious? It’s not just a saying! smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other people who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own. (Isn’t that such a great fact?)

Now firstly, I just wanted to mention that I’ve just got home from the cinema and wow. What an interesting film! I went to go and see “The hunger Games, Mockingjay part 2” and I thoroughly  enjoyed it! It constantly had me on the edge of my seat and had some very unexpected moments! I most certainly recommend this film to you lovely people! (If you’re interested in that kind of thing of course!)

Now I’m not sure whether you know, I have recently left school and I am now at college and my time at school, with exams and revision and the pressure, comparing that to my parents experience at school is absolutely different! For one, they didn’t have the persistent pressure to do “only the best” and to “exceed their target grades” however, what’s happened to just encouraging young students to try their best? 

How are school students meant to go to 6 hours of school, Tackle hours worth of homework for when they get home, Help out around the house, Have a social life, exercise, Eat, sleep and lastly have a bit of time to relax. (I think that the last one is such a critical element to school! How can you do so much revolving around  school, without a bit of time to actually look after yourself?) 

When I went into year 11,I never  anticipated how hard it would be in reality compared to how I imagined it in my head. Although getting your grades are important, shouldn’t students be relived of some of that stress in order to be mentally and physically well throughout exams? 

I lost a lot of sleep, time and weight when I was going through my exams. This is because there is so much stress in order to achieve your “full potential”. I am a big believer of pushing yourself and striving for that top grade, but your health shouldn’t be put at risk in order to have that. 

In my exam period, I sometimes had 2 exams in one day and although that is helping reduce the length of time for the exams, isn’t that a bit too much for just one already stressed out teenager? I found that by having two to complete, I therefore couldn’t focus on just one subject so that put even more pressure on me, which evidentially didn’t help. I appreciate what the schools try to do in having 2 exams in one day, but from a students perspective, are you sure it can enable a student to reach their full potential when they are presented with two complicated exams that have to be sat in such a short length of time? I feel that I couldn’t revise enough for both exams as the time was so limited and there was so much knowledge to know! Can’t this suffocating stress can recognised?

“Psychologists believe that secondary school children receive the same anxiety levels as insane asylum patients” Now how is this right? School is supposed to be a memorable time of your life where you enjoy every moment and leave whilst feeling proud? How can that be accompanied when you are being strangled with stress and drowned in work. Although the teachers’ intention are only to push you to your capability, should this be done differently in order to reduce all these stress levels? Students should walk into an exam with positive thought and the feeling that they’ve done their best, rather than these young Individuals rattling with nerves and feeling utterly on edge.

Aren’t these pupils too young to be this steessed? They haven’t even began their life, yet they probably feel as much pressure as someone older. How does that work and how does that get the best out of everyone? 

I think too many people compare themselves to others too. Let’s say you get a test back and you get an A…there’s going to be someone else who gets an A*. Rather than comparing your grades to others, why not compare yourself, to your own progress? “Be better today than you were yesterday” I used to compare myself to others as they always did better than me. What good will that do? You can only do your best therefore you should be proud of your own work and effort!

“I am collapsing under the stress that teachers put on me”This is something that somebody said to me. Isn’t that such a bad thing to hear? Some teachers seem to forget that students have so many other things to worry about.There may be something going on such as friendship issues or home issues and sometimes, the workload can set some people off so much, that it effects them to an unbelievable stage. I feel like more staff should be made more aware of how students really feel.

Now what I want to know is, what do YOU think? I’d love to know your view!

I better go,I’m a Celeb is waiting!! 

You’ve been a pleasure as always.

Asha 

Just like seasons, people change

Hello everybody! How are you? I really hope you are feeling well and happy! You are a fantastic human being. Start believing it.

Now, who has meant the world to someone that Is now a stranger? I feel that, like seasons people change. This is such a sad thing because you can be so close to somebody for such a long time, but then something happens which changes them to become nothing but a stranger to you.

Have you ever walked past somebody who once meant everything to you but nothing is said. No eye contact. no words. no emotion. How can that happen?

I think the thing we always need to bear in mind is that a picture will never change, even if the person in it has. I like to reminisce about what was as it takes me back to such great places with such great people! I tend to miss memories. How great would It be to go back in time?

“I watched you change”. Isn’t this quote so relatable? I think that the most painful thing is when you actually see somebody change. You see them do things they swore they’d never do, They spend time with people they said they’d never be with and they become almost unrecognisable. This transformation is such a sad thing because they now look and act like someone you can’t possibly understand.

Lets talk positive. I feel like “Not everyone you loose is a loss”. Why put the effort in with people who simply don’t care for you? You deserve better! Never put up with anything less than you deserve!

Although losing somebody hurts, try and think about why this may of happened? As you know, I am a strong believer of “Everything happens for a reason”. Instead of feeling sad that it’s over, be happy that It happened.

Maybe you are destined for a path to a great future, and maybe this individual isn’t destined to accompany you on this walk? I feel like I am going on to great things and simply some people can’t handle where I am heading.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Why someone gets you down, do what they think you can’t possibly do…stand up tall.

“Let go of all the negativity, focus on all the good”

I’m sorry that this post isn’t what I usually do! I just feel it’s something that should be addressed!

“Don’t limit yourself to the skies when there is a whole galaxy out there.”

I hope you’re still wearing your smile!

Until next time,

Asha

 

Love will always win. No matter what.

Hello everybody. I expect that from the title, you can assume that this blog post is going to be about something we are all quite aware of. That is the atrocity that has occurred in several countries in the past few days.

I honestly can’t get my head around the fact that at LEAST 129 people have been killed and up to 350 people injured. Why did so many innocent lives get taken? What kind of person thinks it’s right to enforce absolute terror onto hundreds of people who would be wiped away from this earth?

Some were at restaurants, some at bars and even some at concerts or stadiums. How can something so horrific happen at such a seemingly safe place? It makes you question whether anywhere is anymore.

My thoughts really do go out to those who have been effected by this madness. I want every single person out there to be aware of what has happened to ensure something like this does not occur again. We must all pull together, standing up tall to put a stop to this tragedy. I feel like now this has happened, it will push the government to take further action and do something to help this future.

As we are all living on this world, “Let us be kinder than usual. Let us stand up for peace and demonstrate that we will not close our hearts to one another. Instead may we open them more.”

Harry Potter has taught me that “The pain we feel at this dreadful loss reminds me, reminds us that while we may come from different places and speak different languages, our hearts beat as one” May this tragic time call attention to us, as humans to come together as a whole and fight for the good of this country. We all have the complete and utter capability to do something to fix this mess.

As a teenager of this world, I don’t entirely feel safe. I shouldn’t feel this way because this world actually holds the potential to be utterly beautiful, as long as we fight to conserve that.

In my opinion, I think all countries such as Amercia, China, England, France and so many more need to collaborate to protect its citizens. As long as the governments agree to ally with each other, we have the power to insure no more innocent lives are taken. Instead of feeling fear, Why can’t we promote positivity?

Please, pray for the world. Think of Beirut where suicide bombings corrupted the community, think of Japan which suffered an Earthquake which shook the countries achievements, think of Paris where the city’s beauty and passion was knocked down by the terrorist bombings, think of Mexico where an earthquake and hurricane occurred which put many innocent lives at risk and lastly, think of Baghdad where more suicide bombings happened. The world needs a moments consideration to console about what’s happens and how it is so unimaginable.

48 hours and we’ve lost 115,200 heartbeats. How can a group of people, all brought into the world as similar as you and I, commit such a gruesome act. They are humans, therefore so alike to the rest of us but yet are so different. How could this have happened??

I also feel so sorry for Muslims out there. They are probably being stereotyped right now for what has happened. However these extremist groups aren’t Muslims at all otherwise why would they carry out murder? “The Qur’an condemns killing and therefore teaches loving and kindness” If ISIS are Muslims, what has happened to obiding by the rules of the holy book that was influenced by their God, Allah? Please, don’t link all Muslims to terrorist groups such as ISIS because they don’t follow the faith of Islam. True Muslims do so keep that in mind when you try and stereotype Muslims. Do other people stereotype white people to the KKK just because they are white?

As well as the beautiful lives taken, My thoughts also go out to the victims of who experienced/witnessed the attacks. I can only imagine what you must of been feeling. You were so brave and I am so proud of you for that. If we all come together, support and love will be there for those who dearly need it. Love will always win.

I read a story about a very brave man in Lebonon who sacrificed himself in order to protect others. Adel Termos spotted one of the ISIS suicide attackers heading towards one of the Mosques to die and therefore snatch 100’s of lives who were gathered in the building to pray. Adel ran and tackled the bomber who took out his bombs, killing himself and Adel’s precious young existance. Although this action meant we lost a beautiful life, he saved over a hundred people. Personally, I hope Adel Termos rests in peace and may he be remembered for his brave decision to help others.

What I am trying to say is, why should we be filled with fear? That is what terrorists want us to be; afraid. We need to stand strong and believe that we can all save humanity. There is millions for us, all from various countries who can stand together to put an end to this madness. I really hope the government are now planning what action needs to be taken so we can fix this. We all have the ability to.

Now whatever has happened, the way to get through this is to continue smiling and staying positive. We are all beautiful and deserve to feel happy. “At the end of the night, before you close your eyes, be content with what you’ve done and be proud of who you are”

I know this blog post can be seen as quite controversial, however it’s just my opinion therefore you don’t have to agree with me, I just hope you can take something from what I have written and keep giving out love.

From me to you, all my love,

Asha

We will remember them.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing alright! How was your weekend? I trust it was well. 

Now tonight’s blog post is about how special today was. This is because today was Remembrance Day. Can we all take a moment to appreciate what millions of people did over the years to protect our country and allow us to do what we are able to do. If those brave individuals didn’t fight for our safety, we wouldn’t be here today. 

We will remember them.

The fights they fought 

And the bravery they brought 

We will remember them.

The lives that were taken

So they would never awaken

To see their family again.

We will remember them.

And the loyalty and love for their country 

So they died a warrior.

Thank you for all you did

Rest in peace you innocent souls. 

We will remember them.

Those people must of been terrified. Imagine being out in the trenches and having blood, gunshots and chaos running around them. Wondering whether they would ever see their family again or whether they could get through the night must of been such an unbelievable time. 

We are so grateful for all that they did for us. Thanks to them we can go to work without a worry or being unsafe, going to school where it’s not essential to practice going under the shelters are something we need to feel thankful for. 

I feel like we should take a moment to think of all the brave brave soldiers frequently, not just on Remembrance Day. With how much they sacrificed, they deserve to be remembered forever. That’s why I’m glad Remembrance Day exists. It can help us to always keep those soldiers bravery alive. 

So when you take life for granted, remember what we can now do thanks to those kind, strong individuals. We will never forget you. Your memory will live on.

I hope you all wore your poppies. 

In Flanders Fields:

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch: be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae (1872-1918)

Until next time

Asha 

Never forget nature!

Albert Einstein once said that “I fear the day technology will suppress our human interaction.” Although technology has been such an amazing breakthrough for this world, enabling us to exceed such exciting boundaries…Do you think we’ve become TOO reliant on something that really shouldn’t take up our whole attention?

I think that a lot of people who have phones now seem to carry it everywhere with them. To school, work, your bedroom..anywhere you tend to go. Why should we allow something like a phone to take away our social interaction, attention and even, in some cases our intelligence.

My generation has been hit by the technology stage however not as much as the younger generation as they seem to be effected much much more. I see toddlers with Iphones, children with Ipads but thankfully, some of the elderly who remain with a newspaper.

I’m not saying technology is all bad, of course not as it has so many advantages but should we place an iPhone down to talk to someone properly from time to time? I use my IPhone and take it with me but that’s more for if somebody needs to get hold of me rather than to constantly be on social media.

When my parents were little, they didn’t have laptops or mobile phones so they would be out in the fresh air, spending time with friends and really getting the best out of what this world has to offer, who says we can’t get back to that a little?

I may sound quite hypocritical as I am one to use Facebook or twitter but by observing others and how they’d rather use their time to skim through Facebook’s newsfeed rather than starting a conversation with a person is something I find a shame. Some say that our phones consume us with too much as they are something we are always “glued” too. I feel that to a certain extent, they are right because of how little we chat and how more we “post” or “tweet”.

I also understand how “likes” on various social media sites seem to be important nowadays. For instance, someone puts up a photo and they seem to ask for people to like it. Now why can’t we ourselves appreciate our beauty in the picture and how hundreds of likes shouldn’t matter. “Confidence. Wear it like makeup” Although I am happy with how many likes I receive on social media, To me it isn’t completely necessary to have. If we have love for something we have uploaded, why worry about what others may think? (You are the beautiful one)

When you go to an event such as a concert, Is one of the first things you do getting up snapchat to take a photo for all? I feel like myself, I take a photo to let others know what I am doing but when it gets to hundreds of seconds of photos, Should we start to enjoy one self rather than everyone else?

Bullying has seemed to become more frequent when there are far more opportunities to with social media. I feel that for individuals being bullied, social media means they can never escape it. Ask. fm has caused so many people to become depressed as they were being targeted. Why should something like social media cause so much hassle when it was meant to cause happiness?

Why can’t we take the appreciation of technology but also not allow it to consume us altogether? I would love for our world to be filled with actual interaction rather than always using a piece of electronic to produce communication.

Some of you may have different thoughts however I feel like we should go out there more, embracing the real world and what it has to offer, instead of always being on a piece of technology.

You guys are so great for the support you give! I really appreciate it! Sleep well my lovelies and don’t forget to smile.

All my love,

Asha

Dont forget to fall in love with yourself first.

“Beauty isn’t always the face. Beauty is a light in the heart”

Hello you gorgeous people! How are you all doing? I really hope it is good! You all deserve to feel happy and special! (Because you are)

Now what have you done today? I think my day was pretty cute! I decided to go to Axbridge with my dad and the Medieval square is something I really did enjoy seeing! There is a building there called “King John’s hunting lodge” and this is where King John used to stay when he was visiting! I think that because it is such an old building with so much history, it is somewhere I loved to go! I also went to a café which had stained glass windows, chalk boards where children could draw and a beautiful staircase which had a traditional style to it! I really enjoy things like that.

Now I have been asked to talk about something that we may be able to understand. That is how we compare ourselves to things that appear on Social Media. This might be a photo on Facebook that we see and then wonder why we’re not like that. The thing that we fail to remember is, what if the picture is edited? What if they look different in real life? Why should we compare ourselves to a fake identity? I see things on instagram, such as a photo of someone and It makes me feel like, because I don’t look like that..i’m not exactly good enough in comparison. What I want to do is change our minds because, we shouldn’t feel like this on something that’s not entirely real.

It is sad that we feel the need to compare ourselves to something other than our own self. “To me, beauty isn’t just about being comfortable in your own skin, it is accepting and loving who and what you are” Instead of looking to other people’s photos, why can’t we look at one self and pick out the things that are so great about us? You may have nice eyes or a lovely smile and this is something we should remember when we are feeling insecure. “You are beautifully and wonderfully made” I think that by using a lifting quote like this, can really help you compare yourself  to only one person, YOU.

It took me a long time to accept myself and my body and if I am honest, I feel it took too long. We should be in a society that encourages each and every individual to adore and embrace their body. So what if you don’t look like the girl in your English class? If we all looked the same, how similar would our world be? I think that everyone should love what they have and their imperfections. “Love yourself first, so you know what you deserve” Imagine if you looked into the mirror and picked out what you didn’t particularly feel comfortable with, Then what if you thought about how you would feel if you didn’t have that feature? I don’t feel that great about my legs but what would I do if I didn’t have them? It’s something I should embrace rather than count as a flaw. Everything that belongs to you is special. We need to love rather than hate.

So when we next see a photo online, admire the beauty that the photo may possess but at the same time, remind yourself what YOU have to offer and how beautifully amazing YOU are.

Now I better go, I have another blog post to scribble away with! Watch this space lovely people!

Ps, I would appreciate it so much if you could like/share these blog posts to get it out there a bit more! I would love more people to see what I take great happiness in.

All my love,

Asha

Free hand thoughts! 

“We all need somebody to believe in us from time to time. Even if it has to be ourselves.” 

I thought I’d start off with a quote that I wrote this time! Just to make it a little different! How are you all? Are you happy it’s now the weekend? I certainly am!

I’m very sorry I haven’t written anything for the past couple of days. It turned out that I was doing too much at college, as in courses so I decided to stop taking French this week. Although it’s a shame, it’s something I needed to do in order to be stress free (or as much as I can be) and it will help me concentrate on my other subjects! (Plus, my path to journalism is still very much possible as I’m still doing 3 A levels so all is sweet!) 

Now who has felt down recently? Whether the circumstance? I feel like a lot of people fall to the ground much more than we should and I want to be the one to get you back up, where you belong! I feel like when you are feeling upset, (now I know what I am going to say is really really cliché) however reminding yourself of the positives really does work a miracle! One example would be to think of my friends and just how much they are here for me. I like to see them as “Your smile for when yours is upside down” “your laugh for when yours is hiding” and “your hand to hold for when you need to stay tall” I really think that by looking towards other people’s support and guidance can really get you to what you need to be…happy. 

I like to remember just how much happiness is in my life. My family are a godsend with how much they truly sacrifice for me and what they have brought me up to be and my friends who always have my back. I just want you all to know I am truly grateful for what all your amazing presences give to my life. I wouldn’t be what I am now without it. 

I always have some exciting news…I have been published again!!! I am so happy to now say I have 6 pieces of my work in various books! I have only just realised how by expressing how I feel through articles or poems and then entering competitions to share my work, can get me achievements! 

I am so thankful for all your support too. I know how difficult it can be sometimes to take the time to read something and give feedback but honestly, it means so much that you don’t even understand! You never know, I may even write 2 tomorrow! (As a treat of course!)

Now I better go to sleep! Hold on until tomorrow where there will be more to come! Oh, and are you still smiling? If so, it looks great! (Plus it’s free and can completely change another persons mood, so why not?) 

You have all been a pleasure, as always! 

All my love,

Asha 

Let’s reflect!

Hello people! Firstly, here’s a late HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you had a great day and enjoyed yourself! I think Halloween is such a fun occasion so I was happy to have spent it with great people! I hope it went well for you also! 

Now, how are you? Are some of you feeling particularly tired from last night? (I know I am!) or do you feel raring to go back to school/college/university/work? It’s my last day now of half term before I go back to college! I wish we could of had longer as this week has gone extremely fast and I haven’t really embraced the time to rest and relax! Oh well, there’s always the Christmas break to look forward to! (How weird is that? To think that our next big festive holiday is Christmas??? Que the Christmas decorations!) 

Now, let’s try something. Think for a minute…has much changed for you this last year? Do you feel things have stayed the same? Are you still friends with the same people or have you drifted away from quite a lot of people? Since I started college, I feel like I have lost a lot of people as everyone has gone their separate ways…some have gone to different colleges, different sixth forms or even different groups! I’m here to help you reflect upon how much has changed and how we can find the positives in that! 

Now, I don’t have the same friendship group anymore and a remarkable amount of people who said they would “always be there” and who said to “stay in touch” have done the complete opposite. Although this can be a horrid thing (honestly I know how sad it is to have lost touch with people) but why don’t we see what positive aspects have come out of it! 

Have you made new friends? Have you moved onto a new chapter in your life? Do you enjoy what you do now? I’m here to ask just this…are things mostly better now that you have moved on and taken a stroll down a new path? I feel like although I miss a lot of people, some have left my life for a reason. I don’t actually know that reason yet but I believe that I will discover why in time. “Time will tell”.

I went to a Halloween party last night with all new people and I had so much fun! It was great to really get to know more people and make new memories! I feel like I now belong with these people. I feel happy again with a new group of friends. 

I am a real believer of the fact “Everything happens for a reason”. This is because a lot of people have exited my life or changed (which I believe we all have) and although it is a difficult thing to adjust to,this has happened for a reason, for my benefit. I think that by having some sort of positive attitude, or perspective, you can see things a whole lot differently. 

Now, I better go but please, reflect upon how things have changed and, of course keep smiling! 

Until next time,

Asha