Tuesday, 11 February 2014

More Sochi Fever



Hey again :)

So in the last post that I posted about 10 minutes ago (sorry to be doing a second post so soon), I said that I'd do my own overview of the Sochi Winter Olympics so far and so that is what I will now proceed to do :) Here we go: 

The Opening Ceremony:

I don't usually enjoy the opening ceremonies of the Olympics but I thought that this particular one was well planned and had clearly taken lots of effort and preparation. I loved the fact that we were taken on a journey through the vibrant and interesting history of Russia (just as we were of Britain in the Olympics in 2012) and the way they presented Russia in a creative and fresh new light to what most people just assume of this country. I thought that it was stunning and detailed in every aspect; definitely a great way to start something so inspiring and life changing for the athletes who will compete in the upcoming events.

The Olympic Park Itself:

Well, you can certainly tell that billions of pounds (30 of those billion to be exact) have been spent on hosting this event and I suppose it is spectacular as far as the Winter Olympics go. I think that the designs of the indoor arenas are innovative and creative whilst upholding a very modern and wintery feel to the games - this in which plays a big part in our expectations of such a build. I definitely feel that Russia hosting such a big event and making such a good impression so far will help improve their global image and deter negative perceptions of such a cultural country in the future.

The Coverage:

Over the past few days that I've watched each individual event, the commentary and coverage has been brilliant - particularly that of the snowboarding and figure skating as this is what I have watched the most of. I think that it really lifts people up and adds enthusiasm to these Olympics, especially for the people in the crowds watching these events in Sochi as well as those watching at home. This coverage has also given me a better understanding of the sports and has encouraged me to watch more - something in which I think good commentary should do.

The Athletes:

Over the past few days, I've loved watching athletes from all over the world celebrate each others success and also support each other in times of disappointment. I've been particularly inspired by how gracious but determined these athletes are to perform at their best and by the pride of their country constantly competing with them. I have also loved watching the spirit that these athletes carry with them throughout the games and how by doing this, they are inspiring a new generation of snow sports. 

The Variety Of Sports Available:

What I've loved most about these games so far is how new sports and opportunities have been made available to the competitors in this years Winter Olympics. This is not only ensuring variety and the opportunity to have more athletes compete in their chosen events, but it is widening the avenue of winter sport and making room for gender equality - therefore improving the Olympic's image and popularity.

Highlights:

Jenny Jones winning a bronze medal for us Brits was definitely one of my highlights of the games so far :) I also found it very funny in the slopestyle when one of the athletes from Canada and their coaches ended up sliding down the slope on their bums whilst the commentators just laughed. A few more of my highlights so far are:


  • Watching a variety of sports
  • Commentators making really silly anecdotes and describing the athletes with funny metaphors that often don't make sense :)
  • The reactions of athletes as they win medals 
  • Watching the snowboarding and scanning for which boards I like the most and hoping that one day I might be able to buy a board as awesome as theirs
  • Seeing how different and beautiful Russia is from my own country (which is rainy and miserable in comparison) 

So that's it, hope you enjoyed my overview of the Olympics so far and tell me what you think in the comments box :) 

Stay awesome, 

Stacey xx

Sochi Fever

Hey y'all!


Well. I'm not sure about you but these Winter Olympic Games are giving me Sochi fever! I've been watching a lot of the events including snowboarding, curling, figure skating, cross country, speed skating, biathlon and of course, the stunning and dazzling Olympic opening ceremony. 

Anyone else been glued to the TV; hanging onto the unbearable suspense of athletes chasing after medals? So far my favourite sport has been the snowboarding and as I have a particular personal interest for this sport, it's no wonder I've enjoyed it the most. 

ALSO Jenny Jones (one of our Team GB snowboarders) won us our first medal, a bronze, in the Women's slopestyle event on Sunday making that our first ever medal in these Olympics for years. I've found a few videos that you guys might be interested in which shows footage of her talking about her journey as a snowboarder. I've also found a video of one of her runs in the finals so enjoy :) 







I'm really sorry about the sound quality on this one guys but it's all I could find and it stills shows clear footage of her run and the amazing tricks she manages to pull off :)

If you haven't seen any of the winter Olympics yet then I strongly suggest you do as they are amazing and so entertaining to watch. Must I add, the commentary is also very good and I love how enthusiastic the commentators are when it comes to talking about these sports. 

I will also do another post in which I will do a little overview of my view on the games so far including some highlights of the events I've seen so far :) I'm sorry if this post was very biased to snowboarding but I just wanted to share that with you :)

Stay awesome, 

Stacey :) xx


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

'You Can Turn Off The Sun But I'm Still Going To Shine'

Evening :)

A few months ago, I became more aware of my anxiety and how it made me feel in everyday situations. In case you aren't aware of what anxiety is, it's basically when you worry a lot and find it difficult to put smaller situations into perspective. Most people, like me, who have anxiety will find it really hard to tolerate uncertainty and will try and make things certain in order to try and cope with life. Now that I think about it, I realise that I've had anxiety for a lot longer than a year and most of the time it affects my mood, focus and ability to enjoy things that I normally love to do. 

Symptoms of anxiety usually include:
  • feeling a sense of dread
  • feeling irritable
  • restlessness
  • impatience
  • being easily distracted
  • finding it difficult to concentrate
These things usually tend to get me down and because of my anxiety, I generally tend to feel very self concious about my personal image, my achievements and my friendships. This is why I thought it would be good to share the things that I do when I'm feeling anxious or a bit down.

First of all, I have a whole load of motivational and inspiring quotes that are on a board above my desk so when I'm feeling down I can look at these quotes and pick myself up again. These are a few of my favourites and I hope you like them too :)

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" ~ John Lennon

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change" 

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined"

"Dreams are today's answers for tomorrow's questions"

"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions be louder than your words"

Find some inspirational quotes of your own (or use these if you like), ones that really make you smile and make you feel good about yourself. Stick them onto your mirror, door or even a cork board decorated with pictures of you and the people who make you happy :) The more you believe in yourself, the less you'll worry and the more you'll find reasons to love everything about who you are.

Another thing, do what you makes you happy and try not to care so much about how others see you. Listen to your favourite music, meet up with your friends and do whatever it is that makes you shine again. This may sound hard but trust me, with time, it gets easier :)

Lastly, take risks. Even if you don't feel comfortable, do something you wouldn't normally do and see what happens. This will help you to deal with uncertainty and to learn to live in the moment and not worry about the future so much! 

Also, here are a few links to give you advice and support on how to manage anxiety: 

I hope this helped and I hope that eventually you'll begin to see that anxiety is something you can overcome. Don't be too hard on yourself because it takes a while to kick the habit of worrying and perhaps seek some help from a family member or friend :)

Stay sunny,
Stacey :)
xx

Friday, 17 January 2014

Happy New Year!



Hey!

Happy New Year everyone! 

Omg it's been absolutely ages since I posted but things have been really busy and I guess I needed some time to think of what I wanted to post. So yes! After what has been a long time from my never ending absence from blogger I'm finally back!

If you remember last year, I did an overview of 2012 so I'm going to do the same and do an overview of 2013 :)

Favourite Film of 2013: 

Oooh, this is going to be hard. I would say that my favourite film of 2013 was probably either Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit or The Great Gatsby. All 3 of these films were really good and I feel that I saw a wider range of films during last year which I probably wouldn't have wanted to see beforehand.

Favourite Book of 2013:

I haven't really read as much as I normally would throughout the year but the fewer that I have read have been so good. My favourites would probably be Allegiant and The Moaning Of Life by Karl Pilkington. I loved these two because I just couldn't put Allegiant down and Karl Pilkington's Moaning of Life was just too funny :') My aim is definitely to read more often though this year because reading is something I love.

Favourite moment(s) of 2013:

My favourite moment of 2013 was of course when I went to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August with our cast of 2013. This was an experience I will never forget and as I head into my 2nd year with this incredible youth theatre, I've found that not only have I developed more confidence, I've found friends that I can trust and who I hope will be in my life for a long time. I've learnt so many skills and I feel I have definitely developed as a performer which will help me as I continue to be a part of the group in which I feel part of a family. Performing in Edinburgh was incredible and it meant that I had a week to have fun and experience a different lifestyle - an opportunity in which I am so grateful for. I can only imagine that my 2nd year of youth theatre and of Edinburgh will be full of even more opportunities and friendships.

Favourite Song of 2013:

Probably 'How long will I love you' by Ellie Goulding. This song is so soft and I could relate this song to so many people who have helped me through the difficulty of my anxiety. I love the lyrics to this song. I think it's such a beautiful and calming track to listen to. 

Favourite Animal of 2013:

This is easy. It's got to be owls and meerkats for me. They are so cool and I love how majestic and wise owls look :) I have so much owl stuff and every calendar in my room is of meerkats. I know, a bit obsessive much but what can I say? I am and always will be an avid animal lover with a soft spot for meerkats and owls in particular :)

This year I will.....

This year I will develop the skills I already have and I am definitely going to try and blog more often because I really have missed writing to whoever reads this cosy and random little space of mine. I hope that I will somehow find a way to overcome my anxiety as well as to stay strong and determined to do well in my GCSE's. I have so much to look forward to this year and I hope that all of you out there have a good year. Make each moment count because life is too short to be waiting for the next year in the hope that it will be better than the last. Thanks for reading :)

Lots of love,

Stacey 
xx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Spooktastic Halloween

 


Hey there,



 
It's almost a week until Halloween so I thought I'd do a special Halloween post before I forget. I'm aware that eventually, trick or treating gets a bit boring as you get older so I thought that I would find some alternative and more grown up ways of enjoying Halloween and share them with you guys.

(None of these are my ideas so this is where I got this stuff from: http://voices.yahoo.com/halloween-activities-teens-if-re-4249643.html)

1. You could host a Halloween masquerade ball for friends and family.

2. Go to the cinema or stay in and watch scary films with your friends *cough* popcorn *cough* What?! You seriously can't have a movie night without popcorn!!

3. Host a Halloween scavenger hunt maybe? You could base it on your favourite scary film and dress up as characters from that film (Thinking something Harry potter themed would be awesome).

4. Host a murder mystery party for your friends (Why not? Sounds good to me)

These are just a few ideas of what you could do and I'm sure that those of you who are much more creative than me will probably have come up with your own ideas by now! I think this year I'm not going to be doing anything for Halloween although whilst everyone is dressed up like this:

Or this:
 
Or even this (I hesitantly add):
 
 

 
 
I however will be proudly dressed up like.......
 
 

 
 
THIS!!
 
(That's what I plan anyway, hehe)
 
I've completely lost all hope in looking scary so I've resorted in attempting to look as silly as possible *WARNING* THIS MAY FAIL AND I MAY JUST LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT.
 
I'll let you know how that goes and hope you enjoyed this post,
 
Stacey xx
 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Outrageous. I Know.

Hey!

Omg, I'm so sorry for the major lack of posts! It must have been months since my last post. It's outrageous, I know. I'M SO SORRY! *begs for forgiveness* I've had so much going on and I haven't had internet for a week! A WEEK WITHOUT INTERNET! It's fine though, as soon as I found out our broadband was online, I immediately set it up, followed by a bit of excited screaming and happiness :)

Ok, so instead of doing a post that is horrifically long and boring, I've decided to post some photos taken by moi :) enjoy :)












 
Hope you liked the photos and it's great to be posting again :) See ya!
 
Stacey xx

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Edinburgh Fringe Must Sees #3: The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape

Hey!

In my last post, I recommended the brilliant and funny John Robertson: The Dark Room and I hope that helped the gaming and comedy fanatics out there :) Today I'm going to recommend another one of my favourite shows from my Edinburgh experience which is 'The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape.'

The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape


CategoryComedy
Genresstand-up
GroupLee Martin for Gag Reflex Management
VenuePleasance Courtyard
Event Websitewww.theboywithtapeonhisface...
Date15-24 August
Time21:40
Duration1 hour
Suitability 14+

Ok, so this show doesn't really have blurb that will help you work out what the show is about but if you like reading boring text that goes on about the things he's done and how popular he is then feel free to click here.

In the meantime, I'm going to give you a somewhat useful explanation about what the show is actually about. What I loved about this show the most was the fact that it was so playful and so funny. He was able to make the show funny because even though he couldn't talk (as he had tape over his mouth), the audience members that played his silly games made the show even funnier to watch. From singing oven gloves to games with balloons and staple guns, this show was all about the power of play and stupidity which I found very entertaining. A brilliant piece of stand up comedy and definitely worth the money!

To see the Fringe website click here and if you want to see any of his reviews then click on the event website link and then click 'Reviews'.

Thanks again for reading!

Stacey x