Ladies, Please Stop Doing This On Instagram

I love this article so much. I think it is so relevant to today’s society, especially adolescents as they try to express themselves and maintain their self esteem via social media.

Thought Catalog

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To those young women on Instagram:

You might be beautiful. You might be built. You might love your body and have the confidence to show it proudly…and that’s great. Seriously, I’m happy for you (no sarcasm). In today’s fast-food, overindulged, carbohydrate-addicted world, maintaining a hot figure is challenging, so you get full marks for your efforts and workout regimen. But let’s get real for a minute or two, shall we?

Let’s not kid ourselves. You can look in the mirror and feel proud of your body. You can walk down the street and receive looks and compliments on your beauty. That’s not the reason you’re on Instagram, and it certainly isn’t the reason you’re posing half-naked. If you think that posting these pics ishow to be happy with yourself, think again!

Posing in a lace bra and a G-string on Instagram doesn’t…

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#AlexFromTarget

Hello!

I was recently scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I noticed the hashtag ‘#AlexFromTarget.’ I was so confused about what the fuss was about. My newsfeed was filled with the same photo of a teenage boy putting groceries in a bag. How could he possibly be famous?? I did a bit of a Google and found out that there is no reason that he is famous. He’s never done anything incredibly noteworthy, he doesn’t sing or act, he’s never saved a life. He is simply famous because some teenage girl thought he was attractive and sneakily took a photo of him to put on Twitter. However, the girl apparently had thousands of twitter followers who all shared the photo and suddenly ‘Alex from Target’ became known World Wide. I also heard today that apparently this whole incident is part of a research project that is studying the way that social media works. It is said that the photo was set up in order to see how quickly it would spread across the ‘Twittersphere’ and eventually leak onto Facebook and other sites. I’m not sure the exact truth behind the whole issue, this is just what I’ve heard. I’ve also heard that Alex from Target has appeared on the Ellen show, and it has been noted that in order to make room for him on the show, they had to turn down a girl suffering from cancer. Again, I’m not sure the truth behind the whole issue, but I do know that if this is true, the world needs to sort out its priorities. Social media has overtaken our lives. This is in no way a bad thing, social media is great! We are able to access so much information instantly, we are able to keep in contact with friends and family, and we can even see what our favourite celebrities are up to! This being said, I’m sure Alex is a great guy and all, but he hasn’t done anything? Ellen was reportedly going to give the girl with cancer the opportunity to bring awareness and share her story, but instead she invited Alex onto her show to talk about his ‘rise to fame.’ Yes, this is an interesting story and there are a lot of people talking about it at the moment, but there was the chance to really change someone’s life and help them out, instead her story goes untold and a boy who everyone will forget about in a few weeks, was brought into the spotlight for doing nothing other than having his photo taken while he was unaware and bagging groceries.

Comment below to share your views about this whole incident. Which story do you believe? Do you think that Ellen was right to bring him onto her show?

Xxx

My Favourite Recipe!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry it’s been a while since my last blog… I’ve been a bit unsure of what to write about. However, I was recently asked what my favourite dessert was. I’m not going to lie, I struggled. Endless amounts of chocolate related desserts came into my mind and I was overwhelmed by the possibilities. After a few days of thinking I finally decided. ‘Rumless Rumballs.’ So essentially just cocoa powder and condensed milk, but oh my god. YUM. I made some on the weekend and amongst me and my sisters they were gone within days. Anyway, I’m sure that I’ll change my mind soon, but for now my favourite dessert is Rumballs!

Here’s the recipe I used for the ones I made, trust me they are amaaaazing!! They are so easy to make and only have a few ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms arrowroot biscuits crushed
  • 395 gms condensed milk
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tbs rum (Optional: They are equally as good without the rum!)
  • 1 cup coconut

Method:

  • STEP 1 Combine all ingredients.
  • STEP 2 Wet hands and roll mixture into small balls then coat in coconut.
  • STEP 3 Refrigerate or freeze for later.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Feel free to comment and let me know what you thought, or even share some of your favourite desserts!!

“A balanced diet is a chocolate in both hands.”

xxx

(Recipe found at ‘Best Recipes’)                          http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/rum-balls-L2644.html

A Letter to My ’10 Year Old Self’

I once read a book where all these different celebrities wrote letters to their ‘16 year old selves.’ They included advice, hints and funny things that had happened to them in the years since they were 16. I myself, have recently turned 16 so it is difficult to try and give myself tips about what my future is going to be like when I haven’t yet lived it. However, I thought that I would write a letter to my ’10 year old self,’ since a lot has changed in the last 6 years.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life; it goes on.” – Robert Frost

Here it is:

Dear Me,

(I’ve/ You’ve/ We’ve) just turned 16 and am about to finish Year 10. I cannot believe that I am going to be in VCE next year. A lot has happened to you, well I guess me, in the last 6 years. I’m trying to think of what grade I was in when I was 10… Grade 4?! I can’t believe that was 6 years ago! Well me, you have a lot to look forward to over the next 6 years, let’s see… Oh yes! You’re Year 6 concert, your year level dances to the song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. Oh dear. Let me tell you this, you may think that this was the coolest thing ever, I can assure you that it so wasn’t. You now look back and cringe at the side pony tail and backwards cap, as well as the baggy three quarter pants and hoody that you thought made you look ‘so hip hop.’ No offense me, but we now know that this just wasn’t our style and we have begrudgingly come to terms with the fact that we cannot dance, especially hip hop.

Year 7. Oh year 7. You don’t realise at the time, but everyone hates year 7s. No one really knows why, but they just do. They are particularly annoying this year as your youngest sister, Flynn, is one. (I know, when did that happen?!) Anyway, Year 7 was an ok year for you, everyone started to get boyfriends as you watched on with glee as people started to have their first kisses on the oval in the middle of the ‘truth or dare’ circle while everybody else stared at them. (I’m proud to admit to you, that your time finally came to stand in the middle of that circle.)

Year 9 came and you moved schools to Melbourne. You were so scared, but you loved it. I’ll admit there were some challenges, especially being in a boarding house. But rest assured, little me, the girl that was particularly mean to you gets expelled! I know you’re probably thinking, whaaat? But don’t worry, you’ll find out soon. You have made a new group of friends who you loooove, and I know this is hard to believe, but you also start to love school too. There are all these subjects that you could only dream of before; Literature, Philosophy and 20th Century History! You go on an amazing holiday with Mum, Dad and the girls to AFRICA! While I was there, I actually thought to myself, ‘If my 10 year old self was in my shoes, she would probably die!’ The years of reading animal fact books and watching documentaries was finally in front of you in real life! I’m happy to report to you that your dream came true!!

Anyway little me, I’d better be going now before I give away too much. There is so much more that has happened, but for the most part, the fun is in the not knowing. I’m excited about what has happened to me in the past, and even more excited about what is going to happen in the future. These are supposed to be the best years of our life, I’m not sure about that, but I think that we’re going to have some fun along the way.

Morgan xxx

My Bucket List

Everyone has a ‘bucket list’ of things that they want to do/achieve before they die. You many wonder what is the point of writing a bucket list, but if you don’t live your life with goals and plans, the chances are that you will get so caught up in life that time will just slip away before you really have time to achieve the things that you wanted to.
“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” – William Ross
 I don’t know if it’s just me, but putting this list together was actually really hard. I know there are so many things I want to do in my life, but when I have to narrow it down to the top 10 it’s really hard to think! Anyway, here’s mine…
1. Sit in the audience of a TV show, like Graham Norton or Alan Carr.
I love these two comedians and their shows, they are always so funny and have awesome guests.
2. Travel all around the world.
Such a cliché, I know, but there are so many places that I haven’t been that I absolutely would love to go to.
3. See the Northern Lights.
This would be the coolest thing ever! I think that it would be almost magical to go and witness this is real life!
4. Go on a road trip.
There are so many movies where the characters go on road trips with their family or friends. This would be so fun! Especially across America in a motor home with a group of friends!
5. Swim with Dolphins
Just because everyone loves dolphins!
6. Be in a movie
How cool would that be?!
7. Try Vegetarianism for a month.
I’ve never been vegetarian, I wonder how long I could last? haha
8. Learn Sign Language.
I only know a little bit of sign language, it would be great to learn properly and then be able to have full conversations.
9. Publish a book.
I’m not really sure what I would write about, but that would be a cool thing to do.
10. Live in another country for a year.
I have always wanted to travel an experience other cultures. I love England, so if I was going to live in another country I would probably live there.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Well… Let Me Introduce Myself Then…

Hi Everyone,

I recently decided to start a blog because I thought it might be a cool way to share my thoughts and views, while also learning about technology as we are now officially in the ‘Technological Age.’ If I’m being honest, I actually have no idea how to use a blog, so please don’t judge me too harshly if any of this doesn’t make sense! haha

So basically, I’m a student in Melbourne and I’m interested in books, music and movies, I LOVE movies! Be prepared to hear all about them as I write more! Anyway, in the future I hope to go on to study Journalism, so I thought starting this blog might be a good idea to get that started.

I hope someone out there finds this interesting! Hopefully I will post something weekly, I’m really looking forward to entering the blogosphere!

xxx