Why Friendships are so important

Growing up I didn’t have a lot of friends I was very much an outsider amongst my peers I was different, weird, annoying and god knows what else I was called by others. Primary School was by far the worse time for me I hung out with a group of 5 other girls and I was treated badly they would constantly have arguments which resulted in me being kicked out of the group and then let back in eventually and I was pressured into doing what they said and stuff. I was also bullied by other kids as well so looking back on my early school years I can honestly say I hated it and would never go back.

Soon enough primary ended and it was straight to comp where I hope things would improve. My first two years I was picked on the second being the worse due to me being moved from mainstream to special needs and technically being “the new kid” but once I entered my third year I had a small group of friends and the rest of comp I was teased but nothing to the extent of previous times.

My group consists of 3 boys and 3 girls (myself included) we also have another boy but he has recently moved to Norway so we only see him every few months and another boy and girl I only see now and again as there have been issues with others and lack of communication.

Nevertheless I love my friends they have been there for me through a lot of stuff in particular during last year when a lot of stuff happened and I was in a very dark place. I know I can always count on them to be there for me and to give me advice during their birthdays I always go above and beyond on their gifts and I always make the effort to go out with them wether it’s for a birthday or just a catch up.

I think if it wasn’t for my friends I would still be in a very dark place and truthfully I don’t think I be here if it wasn’t for them and my family of course that’s how much they all mean to me.

I honestly think friendships should be one of the most important things in our lives. I know everyone saids family is more important but in my own opinion with an exception of a few relatives and my parents and brother I definitely put my trust in my friends more and rather go to them for support and advice compared to my family.

I really hope readers that you all have a group of friends who have been there and are still currently there for you during the most difficult times. I’m always here for anyone who needs someone to just talk to that’s for sure, thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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My 5 Favourite TV Shows

I love watching tv and probably spend a good 90% of the time doing it. I find there’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea, biscuits and a warm blanket to watch your favourite program and forget about the outside world for a while. Here are my 5 favourite shows.

1. The Simpsons – ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ 

My all time favourite show The Simpsons which will be airing its 30th season in the fall is about a dysfunctional but highly comical family set in Springfield USA. The series follow the adventures of Homer Simpson and his family which consists of loving wife Marge, rebellious son Bart, gifted daughter Lisa and youngest but silent daughter Maggie. The show to me is funny but has it’s heartwarming moments with plenty of other Springfield residents having their own plots during the show with characters you can definitely relate to or who may remind you of someone in your own family and group of friends. I would highly recommend you give this show and also The Simpsons Movie released in 2007 a watch!

2. Friends – ๐ŸŒƒ

Set in New York the show follows the lives of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross 20 something individuals who are just trying to get by in life wether it’s to do with jobs, family, friendships or money. The show as it progresses shows the friends in situations that many of us can or might eventually relate to, there are plenty of cliffhangers during each of the 10 seasons to leave you wanting more. Even though it’s been 14 years since the last episode aired friends is still as popular as ever with a recent survey stating it was the most watched show on streaming services. I have watched the show so many times and it still makes me laugh my favourite character being Phoebe.

3. Sabrina The Teenage Witch – ๐Ÿ”ฎ

Sabrina Spellman is no ordinary girl as she finds out on her 16th birthday that she is in fact a witch sent to live with her aunts Hilda and Zelda to control and learn more about her powers. Each season brings new trouble, family members and enemies for Sabrina who is just trying to survive high school and later college without her secret being revealed to her friends fortunately she has her aunts and house cat Salem to help her along the way. I think anyone who has or is currently in high school can relate to Sabrina with just trying to fit in and the sarcastic humour of Salem makes this a must watch show.

4. American Horror Stories – โ˜ ๏ธ

Not for the fainted hearted each season brings new horrors with fresh characters and griping story lines with a lot of gore, disturbing scenes and cliffhangers that have you either shocked or scratching your head. Admittedly I have only seen the first 4 seasons and really need to watch 5, 6 and 7 as the 8th season will be starting soon enough. My favourite season out of the ones I’ve watched is season 2 which is called Asylum. I definitely think if you got a strong stomach and aren’t easily scared or disturbed then this is the show for you. Jessica Lange who hasn’t been in it since season 4 is returning so woo hoo!!

5. Riverdale – ๐Ÿž

  • Based on the Archie comics but with a darker story Riverdale tells the story of Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica and the mysteries of their town from gangs, murders, family secrets each episode brings new twists and turns with betrayal, fights and family drama. The 3rd season is due to start in October and I think it’s quite good I have never read the Archie comics but I like this show as it’s something different and you wonder what the next twist is going to be.

  • I hope you enjoyed reading this post and let me know what some of your favourite tv shows are in the comments! ๐Ÿ–ฅ

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  • My 5 Favourite Books

    I love reading but have been in a bit of a slump with it the last year or so but I am hoping to get back into it very soon. Here are 5 books I absolutely love.

    1. Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling ๐Ÿ”ฎ

    One of the best book series to ever be made Harry Potter teaches you about friendship, bravery and acceptance by following the life of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardly. Admittedly I like many saw the films long before reading the books and I have only read up to the fifth book ๐Ÿคญ but I absolutely love them and would 100% recommend you to read them in your lifetime. Fun fact I share my birthday with J K Rowling on 31st July whoop! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen ๐Ÿ’

    A book written in the 1800s Pride and Prejudice focuses on the lives of the 5 Bennett sisters who must find wealthy husbands to marry due to not being able to inherit their fathers estate as they are women. Our main character is middle sister Elizabeth Bennett who comes across wealthy Mr Darcy with both characters learning to overcome their differences as situations bring them together. This book was ahead of its time and is my all time favourite I would also say watch the film adaption starring Kiera Knightly it’s amazing seeing this book being brought to life on the big screen.

    3. The Fault in our Stars – John Green ๐Ÿ’‰

    The book follows the life of longtime cancer suffer Hazel Grace Lancaster who after joining a cancer support group meets Augustus Waters a cancer survivor who opens up her eyes to the beauty of the world where she once only saw grey clouds. It is definitely a book that will make you cry due to the subject at hand and the ending is shocking but amazing. I really feel for anyone who suffers with or has lost anyone with this awful disease and hope one day there is a cure.

    4. The Wicked Collection – Serena Valentino ๐Ÿ“

    Grew up watching Disney films? Ever wanted to know the villains backstories? Then this is the book series for you!

    The series consists so far of 5 books about Disney villains these are the following: The Evil Queen – Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Maleficent- Sleeping Beauty, The Beast – Beauty and the Beast, Mother Gothel – Tangled (Rapunzal) and Ursula – The Little Mermaid.

    In each story we are told the backstory of each villain and what made them turn so evil. I have only read 3 of the books as one is yet to be released in the UK but for the ones I have read they are amazing and are told so well with many twists and turns. My favourite so far is Fairest of All which is about the evil queen and it does make you understand why she is so evil. The next book due out is about Mother Gothel but there will also be a book about the three sisters who are in nearly every book and play very important roles due out in 2019.

    5. The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins โš”๏ธ

    I remember going to see the first film in the cinema and once I watched it I was hooked and immediately went and brought the books. The Hunger Games tells the tale of 12 districts who come together once a year choosing two tributes one boy and one girl ages 12-18 to fight for the death in an arena for the entertainment of their government known as The Capital overseen by President Snow. The main character is 16 year old Katniss Everdeen of District 12 who volunteers in her younger sisters place and enters the arena to survive and win. Each book brings new challenges and trauma for Katniss who fights against the capital for freedom for all districts but also to protect her family and friends. I absolutely love these books and could not put them down. There are 3 books in the series and they have been adapted into films starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and she does an amazing job. I would definitely say pick up these books as they are so full of twists and turns you won’t be able to put them down.

    I hope you have enjoyed reading my post and let me know in the comments what your favourites are ๐Ÿ˜Š

    The Never Ending Depression Cycle

    I was 15 when I developed depression and 18 when I was officially diagnosed since then I have struggled so badly with very little support.

    I remember the first time I felt sad for no reason I thought it was a bad day but over the next few months I couldn’t shake the feeling of sadness, anxiety and crying fits that plagued most days.

    Eventually after doing some research I learnt about depression and decided to go to my school councillor during my last 5/6 weeks of school. I started to feel better and naively thought it had just been a phase or mixed emotions about finishing school and being thrown into the adult world.

    For the rest of the summer I felt happy although anxiety still remained especially as I was going to be starting my first year of college but I knew this was normal. Once I started college due to moving from one course as my first one was unreliable and there was no routine (a must for someone with autism) to struggling to deal with the workload and going through all these changes my depression returned.

    Over the next two years I tried desperately to cope I never have self harmed but the thought occurred a lot and still does to this day. I was in my third year of college when I finally went to my doctors and I was diagnosed I was then given tablets.

    Since all this I been to two different counsellors both during college although one was only 12/13 sessions in a youth centre in my local town but did help whilst the other one was in college but didn’t help at all.

    I would say I been on 5 or 6 different antidepressants and honestly they have done very little to help me and I now refuse to be on anything. I have been struggling a lot lately with constant crying fits and extremely low moods. I know my friends and family are there for me but I really feel like I need to talk to a counsellor to release everything inside of me. Last year I went through something (not violent) and I still haven’t recovered 100%.

    I honestly wish there was more money going into mental health as I know lots of people who have are still struggling badly. I do feel like I’m on my own but I hope maybe blogging and getting back into activities such as reading might help me lift my moods.

    I’m always here for anyone who needs a chat and if anyone has any advice let me know in the comments much love!

    Asperger’s and Me

    What is Asperger’s you may ask?

    Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects the brain and can lead to struggles with socializing with others, behaviour and coordinating. In my case I have the mild form where I struggle to interact with others, control my emotions and in my own words be a normal person.

    I was diagnosed when I was 8 years old and since then I have not been given the full support that should be offered to everyone with this condition whether its mild or severe.

    I’m not sure how old I was when I was told about my condition possibly around the time I started comprehensive (Highschool in other countries) School failed me from the moment I got diagnosed as I was put into mainstream during my first year and I struggled badly with the work and had few friends.

    Once I got to my second year and after finally realising I needed to be in the special needs unit I was moved. I did get support but I was bullied during that year due to being *new* as the class had gotten to know each other the previous year. I don’t hold any grudges though as I was left alone during the rest of school. I had a group of friends who are still in my life today and who have helped me through a lot so I’m forever grateful to them.

    I left school at 16 in 2011 and went straight to college for 4 years. Once again I had very little support from my tutors but despite this I managed to finish with qualifications in Retail and Hospitality Levels 1-3.

    In my own words I honestly struggle everyday along with mental health issues. I will be honest although I have accepted my condition I hate having it and wished there was a cure I often get into crying fits because I feel like a failure and I struggle to cope with a simple task.

    Despite everything I am determined not to let my condition take over my life and I hope the older I get the stronger of a person I will come both physically and emotionally. My advice would be to anyone with Autism whether its mild or severe to make sure you look at each day as an adventure and I hope you have a good support group of friends and family around you.

    Below will just be a photo explaining a little about the condition I hope it helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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    10 facts about Me ๐ŸŒบ

    I’ve decided before I talk about more serious topics that I could write some facts about myself for you readers hope you enjoy.

    1. I have Aspergers Syndrome which is a mild form of Autism I will be writing a post about this in the future to explain more about it along with other disabilities ๐Ÿฆ‹

    2. I enjoy reading my favourite book being Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ๐Ÿ“š

    3. My favourite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio ๐ŸŽฅ

    4. I would love to do a skydive for either a Cancer or Alzheimer’s Charity โœˆ๏ธ

    5. My Favourite film genre in Comedy ๐Ÿ™‰

    6. My favourite Animals are Penguins ๐Ÿง

    7. Despite living in South Wales I can’t actually speak Welsh ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

    8. I would love to go travelling particularly to Iceland, Australia, America and France ๐Ÿ–

    9. I would love to do a cage dive with Sharks ๐Ÿฆˆ

    10. I collect Disney and Me To You Ornaments ๐Ÿ”ฎ

    Introduction.

    Hi I’m Sophie I’m nearly 23 and the last couple of years I have struggled badly with both Depression, Anxiety and other things. I have done blog posts before on here but always shut down my site due to suffering badly and not feeling good enough. However i am determined to see this site through and hopefully it will help me with my mental health.

    I hope you enjoy my posts and let me know in the comments if there is anything I could include or any advice you can give me thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š