a little update from a revision filled teen

May 20, 2015

With two of my seven exams over, and every single piece of coursework sent off, I've finally got a chance to sit down and write for this blog. My weeks have been spent frantically putting finishing touches to essays which will never get me an A, whilst attempting to keep my head above water and my eyes open as exams rush up and disappear around me, much like the waves in the sea. It's funny really, how two years of extra curricular revision and motivation is being regurgitated and splurging out of my head in a somewhat coherent way to give me a mark that decides whether I am able and lovely enough to pursue a career that may not exist right now.
In the midst of this, I have curiously watched election broadcasts and read manifestos until my inbuilt common sense could take no more, resulting in my vote actually meaning something rather than being a simple tick in a box. My bank balance has lowered after the introduction of student discount in H&M (thank you Uni Days!) alongside a beautiful spring / summer Miss Selfridge drop, whilst over in drinks land I have found both my favourite alcoholic concoction and soft drink choice - the former being vodka and pineapple juice and the latter shown above in the form of an Oasis bottle. Nonetheless, I'm still a firm advocate of Diet Cola and will be for a long time, much to my thigh's dismay.
On the topic of thighs, Olivia Curls will continue to mention slightly controversial topics alongside weird teenage rambles and well thought out notes when I return to 'proper' blogging after my final exams in June. I've got two mini projects that I'm working on currently, and have an idea for Youtube videos that makes me laugh every time I think of it so hopefully I'll get around to embarrassing myself again on this little corner of the web sometime soon. Good luck to those of you facing the peril of exams, hopefully we can join each other in a virtual 'thank goodness you made it' high five when I'm back from this little break (well, I say break....) #revisionqueen
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May 08, 2015

That's Groovy, written by Sophie is a new find of mine, and I'm glad I was linked to it. Sophie's blog is filled with fashion notes, whether this be a wish list lusting over crochet, or an outfit post filled with delightful pictures showing off Sophie's eclectic style which would be at home on a hipster's Tumblr dashboard. Here's Sophie's happy interview!
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
I love the thought of being able to make the day exactly what you want it to be and create experiences that you did not foresee yesterday. If it's sunny which it has been lately that alone can get me out of bed, I can just run outside and soak up the vibes...
Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
1. Suffragette City - David Bowie // I love this is song so much and it makes  feel smile every time I listen to it.
2. Do You Love Me - The Contours // How can a person not be happy when listening to this?
3. Blue Monday - New Order // I first heard this at a party last year and since then it's always been the one I put on to get people moving.
4. Hit That Jive - Gramatik // Old yet new, definitely one to dance to.
5. When You See Me Hurt - Carl Lester // A rare beauty, soul-filled goodness, just try listening to this without smiling.
Name the best experience you've had so far in your life and why.

When I saw the Rolling Stones live at Glastonbury in 2013 is by far the greatest experience I've ever had. I was with my brother surrounding by hundreds of thousands of people all together and I just felt so happy! The whole weekend actually was possibly the best of my life, there were so many people and being a festival - it's always going to the best place in the world. If there's one thing I could recommend, it's Glastonbury festival.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?

That's a hard one! I'm not really sure for now but hopefully I can see myself being at an arts university, perhaps living in  a city and still blogging of course! I want to do a lot of travelling in the next few years and see even more of the world, and also it would be nice to keep contact with a lot of my close friends I have at the moment.

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

I usually go home, cook myself some comfort food and sit in bed listening to David Bowie on my record player. Tea also. However, I like to believe that there is no such thing as a bad day because there are positive moments in every day that may take a little bit more concentration to notice. Either way, Bowie and food and my bed is still a groovy thing.
Finally, what is happiness to you?

Happiness to me is bringing everyone together, intertwining lives and experiences and making the most of what you have. If I ever have negative thoughts I just have to stop and think about how lucky I really am in life to be surrounded by such amazing people and experiences. I also like to think about the small things in life too, like a ray of sunshine or a compliment from a friend, which can help me get through the day. And happiness is all around, you just have to look for it.

Thank you Sophie! If you would like to complete a happy interview, contact me at xoliviamae@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as possible!

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May 01, 2015

Gingerly Pale is written by Jess, a rather fabulous Irish lass whose happy outlook on life was one of the inspirations for creating the happy interview series, even in the face of adversity Jess' posts are always filled with happiness and that makes me smile rather a lot. Filled with lifestyle posts, book reviews and frank discussions, Gingerly Pale is the place to be if you wish to spend a few hours perusing through thought provoking content with a cup of tea, I especially liked Jess' post on Scottish universities which you can read here. Here's the happy interview!
What makes you want to get out of bed on a morning?
I would simply say that my motivation mainly comes from the opportunity to seize every day as it comes and the fact that I'll never get the same twenty four hours back - life is precious, and I think it would be seriously ungrateful of me if I chose to ignore that. Also - this year is one of the most important of my life, so every day brings the potential to learn new things, to make new memories and to try and to be a better person, and I can't do that happed up in my room asleep!

Which five music tracks are destined to put a smile on your face and why?
'Pocketful of Sunshine' - Natasha Beddingfield:
This song is one that brings back a shedload of memories from the summer of my third year in high school when I spent every day travelling somewhere different and going on adventures with my friends - it was a summer I look back on with such fond memories and hearing this song takes me right back to those summer barbecues and waterfights.
'Just Be Held' - Casting Crowns:
I will go to Casting Crowns when I've had a bad day - the chorus, 'if your eyes are on the storm, you'll wonder if I love you still...but if your eyes are on the cross, you'll know I always have and I always will - is enough to make me remember that I am loved unconditionally and that I am valued beyond words. It's one of those songs which gives me confidence in myself and that I have a purpose - even when I feel overwhelmed or even a little lost. 
'Pieces' - Ella Henderson:
You know those songs which you blast and proceed to dance around your room as if you're a professional? This ballad is one I'll stick on when I'm frustrated with life and it never fails to make me feel empowered and better about myself.
'Shake It Off' - Taylor Swift: 
This is the ultimate carefree song - Taylor just has this amazing ability to encourage me to shake off my worries and to embrace who am - and to live simply and to pursue my dreams as if I could do absolutely anything I set my mind to.
'Don't You (Forget About Me)' - Simple Minds 
I love love love this song. It makes me smile every time I hear it as it increases my self worth a colossal amount and it just has that happy (can I say retro?) vibe to it. 

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

Two summers ago, I went on a road trip beginning in America and ending in Canada. They were simply the best two weeks of my life as I was able to soak up the polar opposite cultures of the bright city lights and the amazing solace of the 'lake life'. I can't put into words just how content I felt canoeing down an incredibly beautiful part of the world, but it felt like I was on top of the world and it was dream like. I met the most incredible people and made the most wonderful memories - I want to go back so badly!

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Hopefully having completed my Masters in English and in a job I love - and having finished watching The Office, bought a Kitchen Aid mixer and still going after my dreams. 

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

I buy myself a patronisingly labelled 'share bag' of Tayto Spirals crisps, eat all of them and look up videos of cats. I pray, turn to my bible, spend time with my amazing friends and try to shrug off the hurt by trying to see the bigger picture. 

Finally, what is happiness to you?

To me, happiness is contentment. It's that feeling when everything seems completely right in that moment, and you wouldn't want to change it for the world. It's when you can't keep the smile off your face, the ugly laughter when you can't speak and you're crying real tears and it's when you're not worrying about a thing, because you know that every little thing is going to be alright (and I definitely didn't steal that last part...).

Thank you Jess! If you would like to be involved in the happy interview series, email me at xoliviamae@gmail.com.
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