HAPPY INTERVIEW: laurynsnotebook

March 27, 2015

This week I'm interviewing the absolutely wonderful Lauryn from Lauryn's Notebook, one of my favourite online havens. Lauryn's blog features text which conjures up images in my brain that no other blog could even begin to, images that hold a whimsical quality now only existing in old film and a dream like vision that makes me determined to succeed. I'm rather proud to be included as a teen blogger if I am writing amongst this calibre of people. Without further ado, here's Lauryn's interview!
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?

On a literal basis, early morning sunshine; hot cups of coffee; promises of a planned day; good books; friends; family; the warm morning greeting of our family dog and good music. Small pleasures, homely comforts. But on a metaphysical basis, I seem to have a strong desire to achieve something each day. Whether that be finding a new piece of literature or philosophy, or talking to a new person who may have the potential to avert the course of my life, I always feel there is something more than what first springs to mind. That often makes me get out of bed in the morning. Other than my alarm, though that certainly does not make me want to spring out of the deliriously warm duvet cocoon I've subconsciously created throughout the night. 

Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?

Let's Dance to Joy Division by The Wombats because this is one of the few songs that I know all of the words too. It's also the song that my friends and I play at every single party and dance carelessly too. It's a song that makes me feel carefree and happy. Those are two feelings that definitely put a smile on my face.
Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners is a song that provokes a sense of wonderful nostalgia and friendship. It makes me feel like I'm in a pub in the mid 80's with a group of great friends having a deliriously  happy evening. This is also my friendship groups 'song', which as reluctant as we are to admit it, is a rite of passage amongst teenage girls. 

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys is a song that always puts a smile on my face. The lyrics are as great as the sound.  I don't think much else needs to be said, other than, if you haven't already, listen to it.
Nasa Is On Your Side by Everything Everything is a song that makes me feel as though I'm breathing in the stars. It's so powerful but also quirky and exciting. It calms me down and makes me active. There is no inappropriate moment to play this song.
Diane Young by Vampire Weekend is another song that always makes me grin. It has so much energy and reminds me of a summer a few years ago. It's different and happy. I like it.

Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.

This is a difficult one. I am going to say reading. It's a collective experience stretching back over the years that has shaped me as a person more than any other experience or thing. From Biff, Chip and The Golden Key, to Enid Blyton, to Nabokov, to Kerouc, to Plath. Reading the words and thoughts of somebody else is always an enlightening experience.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Continuing to evolve as a person - through all forms of art, whether that be philosophy, music or literature; probably studying English literature at University and reading and writing far too more than is normal. But the future is unaccountable for. I really have no idea. It's ambiguous but I don't mind. In the meantime, I'll do what I can to build a path to a healthy, happy self.

What do you do to pick yourself up after a bad day?

I read, I write, listen to music, light some candles, attempt some yoga, have family time, drink a warm drink and if all else fails, sleep.

Finally, what is happiness to you?

Happiness is when you forget about anything else other than the moment you are in. When you forget about trying to be happy, and act carefree, and then, looking back, you reflect on the effortlessly great time you had. An example is when I get home after a day out with friends. I am full of energy and smiles and anecdotes to share with my family. Happiness is being carefree, energetic (mind or body), calm and unpressurised. Not so much things, but states of well-being.

Thank you so much Lauryn! If you would like to partake in the 'happy interview,' give me a shout at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I'll be sure to respond, have a lovely week y'all!
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1 comment

  1. Great interview Olivia! I really enjoyed reading and learning more about Lauryn. 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' is one of my favourite songs too :)



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