October 30, 2014

Autumn Playlist 2014

Hello, everyone! I was brainstorming ideas for blog posts when I was inspired by brilliant Steve Booker. This season - along with a few of today's hits - I've been listening to loads of nostalgic songs that bring back great memories and happy thoughts. Not necessarily old songs, but ones that haven't been listened to or talked about in while. While flipping through my albums and YouTube playlists, I rediscovered my love for a few of these tracks, and I enjoyed them so much that I thought I'd share them with you! This is my autumn playlist.

I have a very obscure taste in music, so when I find an artist that I really like, I tend to not listen to anything else. I think you'll find there's a pattern! This playlist is obviously built on my own likes and preferences, and I understand that it might not be for everyone, but maybe I can expose you to a new genre of music that you never imagined yourself liking! Anyways, let's get started.

Bones- Josh Record

Lego House- Ed Sheeran

Heart's Of Fire- Passenger

Come To Me- Goo Goo Dolls

Take On The World- Luke Friend

Photograph- Ed Sheeran

27- Passenger

One- Ed Sheeran

Never Be- 5 Seconds of Summer

Wonder- Josh Record

Drunk- Ed Sheeran

Feather On The Clyde- Passenger

The A Team- Ed Sheeran

For Your Love- Josh Record

Firefly- Ed Sheeran

That's it for my favourite autumn songs! I created a YouTube playlist of all the tracks featured in this post, just for you! Click here to listen to them. I apologize if any of the videos get deleted over time, I'll try my best to fix it! I hope you enjoyed this post and possibly enjoy these songs as much as I do!

Have a great day,
Jordan x

October 20, 2014

Homecoming 2014

Hello, everyone! This Saturday was our school's Homecoming. For those of you who don't live/aren't from America, Homecoming is an annual dance for students in grade 9 through 12. I'm not too sure of the meaning, but it's an excuse to dance, so who really cares?!

Last year was the first time I attended to Homecoming. I've never been keen on social gatherings as I'm not a very social person, but I thought I might as well go for the experience! It's safe to say that I didn't have the best time. In fact, I might categorize Homecoming as one of the worst nights of my life.

This year, I was dead set on not going. So I rallied up my two best friends and planned on having our own party! Only at this shindig, there would be pizza, movies and cozy blankets. We'll call it, Cominghome.

I took some pictures of our get-together because were having a lovely time, and also because I'd like to introduce you to two of my closest chums!

The night started off with the two Jordans having a rummage around Alivia's dressing table. Here she is showing me an eyebrow brush that she found fascinating.

So many cool things!

This is Alivia. She supplied us with the house and the pizza.

This is Jordan. Here she is, caught off guard with a mouthful of water. Aren't I a great friend?

I swear Jordan was holding up a peace sign!

After pizza, it was hair braiding time.

We spent the majority of the night in this position, watching YouTube videos and talking about life.

The next morning, we sat around drinking tea and watching movies! I went for a hibiscus whilst Alivia and Jordan chose green tea.

He doesn't look very happy!

That's it for today's post! I hope you enjoyed meeting Jordan and Alivia. Get used to their faces, because they're going to be around for a while!

Have a great rest of the month!
Jordan x

October 3, 2014

Dealing With Stress

Hello, everyone! This is a very spur-of-the-moment post, but I feel like it's something most people should hear. I've never written anything like this before, so please bear with me!

I'm currently in school, and for those of you in the same boat, attending high school/college/university, I'm 110% sure you can relate to the stress that homework, assignments, tests and quizzes can bring us. Recently, some of my friends have been opening up about their school-related anxiety, and it pains me to see all of the people I love under so much pressure. The worst part of the situation is that I feel as if I'm unable to help them at all. All I'm successfully able to do is offer them my ears and a shoulder to cry (or possibly hyperventilate) on.

Recently, I grew fed up with the title of the 'okay friend' that can only acknowledge your problems without any surefire way to get rid of them; so I scoured the far corners of my mind in search of the Cure to Anxiety and I think I may have cracked the code! I looked back to all of the times I've ever felt stressed and anxious and remembered what it was that helped me in the past. Using my prior knowledge with a mixture of tips I've received over the past year or so, I've come up with the surefire way to prevent/rebound from an anxiety attack. It's more promising than it sounds!

1.) Separate Yourself from the Source
If your schoolwork is stressing you out, take a break. If your family is causing you anxiety, excuse yourself. The stress isn't going to go away if you continue to suffocate yourself with the source!

2.) Take a Deep Breath
Deep breaths give your body the signal to relax. When you're having a panic attack, steady breathing can be quite difficult to maneuver; this normally causes more stress and panic. Try to control your breathing with deep, drawn out breaths. Put that moment into perspective and think about how small your problem is on the timeline of your life, let alone the earth!

3.) Don't Worry About Them
If you're in a public place where it's possible for people to see you, your mind can be consumed with the thought of what they're thinking of you. Do not worry about it. You can always explain to them later in as much or as little detail as you want. At this point in time, you need to focus on you!

4.) Find a Good Playlist
I find that music is the best way to get your mind off a stressful topic. Make a playlist of your favourite artists  (preferably their slow songs), sit down or curl up in bed and just listen. My favorite chilled out artist is a man by the name of Josh Record. Click here for my playlist of his greatest songs!

5.) Cry
We all know that's what it's coming to! It's completely okay to have a cry. Crying is the final release of all the stress; you must get rid of it!

6.) Put On Some Comfy Clothes
Do it. Don't you feel so much better?!

7.) Watch Your Favorite Program
Whether that'd be on TV, Netflix or YouTube, switch on an episode of your favorite show and grab some snacks to go with it!

8.) Sleep
You need it.

I hoped this has helped at least one of you in the search for a cure! Remember, as important as you think schoolwork is, your sanity and happiness is far more valuable. You can always go back to it! Of course, this doesn't only apply to students. These steps can be helpful for people with all different sources of anxiety.

If you have any other tips, feel free leave them in the comments section below so we can help each other out! Thank you very much for reading and I shall see you later!

Have a wonderful October!
Jordan x