Firstly I just want to say a big thank you to the lovely Bec for nominating me. I would definitely recommend popping on over to her blog here. Her blog focuses on anxiety/mental health and she shares some amazing thoughts and ideas on it!
This award was started by Okoto Enigma on her blog, it’s an award “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.” Click the link to the blog for details!
Here are the rules of this award:
- Name the creator of the award and link their blog.
- Place the award logo or image within your blog post.
- Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Answer your nominator’s questions.
- Nominate 10-20 people.
- Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
- Share 5 links to your best blog posts.
- Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Okay here goes…3 things about me:
- I love apples and blueberries. If I could eat them all day everyday I would.
- I love wearing Converses. I wear them 24/7 and luckily can wear them to work too!
- I love succulent plants I think they are wonderful.
If you could have the perfect 3 course meal, what would it be?
Ooooh. Okay erm…I’d say dough balls and garlic butter for starter (I love bland meals!) Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese for main meal and then definitely some form of ice cream for pudding!
What’s your biggest fear?
Now this is a tricky one. At the moment my biggest fear is socialising with people and loud noises! I am more then happy with great heights, rollercoasters, bugs, etc!
What would you say is your best characteristic?
Hmm. I love helping people out and problem solving things for people so I would say hopefully my best characteristic is being helpful 🙂
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I love anywhere by the sea so I’d either say maybe somewhere in Devon or Cornwall or even somewhere on the coast in Italy!
How are you today? (Strange question, but I want to know how you’re doing)
I think I’m okay today. I’m also excited because it’s Friday tomorrow which means the weekend and I get to spend it with my favourite person.
Okay here are my 10 nominations:
And my 5 questions for the nominees to answer:
- What makes you smile?
- Where would you most like to go no holiday next?
- If you had one day completely alone how would you fill your time?
- If you could have any job besides the one you have right now, what would it be?
- If you could rewind 5 years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Lastly my five favourite blog posts I have written:
- My Sensory System
- Loud Environments
- Change and why its difficult
- Memes to do with me
- DIY Sensory Box
So you may have heard my recent check in via the app Anchor (if you haven’t it’s a podcasting app for mobile – I’m going to be doing more recording of my sensory experiences and advice on it, scroll down my blog for the post I did!) anyway on my latest podcast I mentioned that I was going to be doing a book review soon on my blog and I mentioned how I think it might be helpful for others to read too!
So as you’ve probably seen by the heading (and the shiny image above) the book is called ‘Almost Adulting’ and it’s by a super lovely lady called Arden Rose. She is an Actress, Producer, Comedian, YouTuber and now a published author as well!
So Arden’s book centres around how to survive your future adulthood. This is written in the form of journal-like-sections relating to different topics such as:
- Self-Care (think eating well, washing regularly, making time for yourself to unwind and de-stress)
- Making internet friends
- Dating and Relationships
- Clothing and how to dress on a budget
- How to travel alone
- Moving out and decorating your new space
- Going on adventures and making the most of life
Arden documents her own struggle with OCD in the form of trichotillomania. Trich is defined as having a compulsive need to pick out or pull out your hair. At the age of 13 Arden realised that after pulling out all her eyelashes and eyebrows she was struggling with Trich and needed help. It became a habit for her in times of stress and she started as a freshman at high school with carefully drawn eyebrows and a cover-up coat of eyeliner. I won’t mention anymore because the book explains it much better than I ever could but the way she copes and distracts herself with other mechanisms definitely makes this book a worthwhile read.
I really do recommend it especially to teenagers as it does give you a heads up of things to come later on in life but even as a 23-year-old I found it useful (I don’t feel like I’m an adult yet but all the little adult things I find myself doing add up I guess.)
The book involves a real mix of essay-like chapters, great advice in the form of motivational lists and also features a lot of quirky illustrations. Arden writes in a very open and honest way which is enlightening but also put me at ease – it’s hard to do adult things all the time!
After reading this book I felt kind of more content because it occurred to me that adulthood creeps up on us all. And nobody knows what on earth to do in the start. It’s all about practice and challenging yourself to go out into the big wide world (and trying to keep up with all the bills, chores and socialising at the same time!).
Image credit: Carolyn Suzuki (whose awesome illustrations are on the cover!)
I was lucky enough to go on a little adventure a few weekends ago to the Isle of Wight (UK). It’s a lovely little island with loads to see and do – so much so I already want to go back and explore more!
Whilst I was there I went to an AWESOME water show called Waltzing Waters which I thought I would do a little review about.
Here is some more information:
“The world’s most elaborate water, light and music production. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before”…a triumph of artistry and engineering. Visitors are overwhelmed by thousands of dazzling patterns of moving water synchronised with music in spectacular fashion.”
Anyways: it was SPECTACULAR. So kind of think of it as awesome music throughout the ages coordinated to a water display. There were hundreds of nozzles spraying ridiculously high-powered jets of water so high and then falling and twirling into phenomenal shapes.
I know these sorts of water shows can be quite popular at resorts in America and especially in places like Dubai in shopping centres and public places. Somehow I had never really come across one before and because this show was based on the Isle of Wight only a handful of people turn up to each set time – which was fab as no crowds and lots of seating to choose from!
I just wanted to do a little write up to almost sort of say as a sensory being how lovely I found the whole show and that I really recommend seeing a show whether you have sensory problems or not 😊
One of my next blog posts will be a Q&A on all things sensory! Feel free to comment below with any questions you might have – tweet me or comment on my Instagram!
So I went and bit the bullet as you can probably tell by the title…and my brand new podcast is live! My podcasts are on a site/app called Anchor – it’s a free podcast and audio platform. Feel free to sign up and create an account and you can download the mobile app and listen on the go (you can also listen without signing up!).
The Anchor app will allow me to record on the go (without a computer) so I can create podcasts anytime anywhere and add new content regularly! I’m hoping to use it as almost a form of an audio diary and share my sensory experiences as and when they happen! Tips and advice will definitely feature so watch this space…
You can search for my username on Anchor which is simply: 21andsensory.
Or listen here: Anchor FM: 21andsensory
Update: You can now also listen and subscribe to my podcasts on the Apple Podcast app here or search for 21andsensory.