Love

15 little things that make me happy

15. The smell of a new book

I love the smell of a new book and I have never quite understood why. Ordinary paper doesn’t really have a smell. Maybe it’s the glue that binds it all together… which would make us glue sniffers… but still it smells nice so don’t judge me!

14. A new hair cut

Nothing makes me feel better than a new hair cut. I have naturally thick hair and when it is at its thickest it is incredibly difficult to brush through… makes me feel gross when I can’t brush through it all.

13. New clothes

Buying new clothes and wearing them for the first time is the best… looking at yourself in the mirror like… DAYMN!

12. Flowers

It’s an outdated idea that your partner should buy you flowers when you’re in a relationship but that doesn’t mean getting them doesn’t make me happy.

11. Aesthetically pleasing food

Yes… I’m one of those people who posts photos of their food on Instagram and watches all those videos of the bizarre looking cakes.

10. A musical

I love a good musical. My all time favourite is Hairspray. I know all the words to all the songs and hearing any of them makes me instantly happy.

09. Writing in a new notebook

We all have this one. It’s why we would write extra big towards the end of an exercise book in school so that we could hurry up and get to our new one and start writing in our best handwriting again.

08. Nerdy people

Nerdy people are great. They are so passionate about a lot of things and most of them are fictional. Maybe it’s the writer in me that makes me love them. I would love someone to be that passionate about my characters.

07. Other people’s laughter

Those people who have a laugh better than the joke are the best kind of people to be around.

06. Being called beautiful

Being called beautiful is so much better than being called hot or sexy. I’ll never feel like someone is looking at me like I am a piece of meat when they call me beautiful.

05. Old couples

A reminder that true love does exist and you just have to find it.

04. Dancing (or exercise in general)

Dancing makes me feel free. Exercise releases happy hormones so although I really hate the gym, I love how I feel when the work out is done.

03. Babies who look surprised but haven’t grown eyebrows yet

I just think they’re too adorable when they do that.

02. Dogs

YEAH I’M A DOG PERSON. I would be a cat person too if their fur didn’t make me so itchy.

01. Being in love

This is a feeling that I genuinely miss because I haven’t been deeply and madly in love with anyone for a long time. Maybe that’s just growing up or maybe I’m too broken to ever feel like that again. Either way… That is where I am truly happy.

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My fur baby has anxiety…

Recently, my family went to adopt a dog from Cleadon Kennels in Sunderland and we came home with a beautiful, young husky called Shadow. He has anxiety.

Shadow is a really loving dog and he loves cuddles and teddy bears but he’s a very delicate soul. We were told that he had severe seperation anxiety when we took him home and it’s been so bad that he had three homes previous to ours. 

At his previous homes he had been left alone, beaten and attacked by a cat. He now gets nervous in closed off spaces, you can’t pat him (only stroke him) and if he is left on his own he cries and tears up carpets and furniture. 

He does occasionally have a whine when someone leaves the house but he comes to me and let’s me scratch being his ears. I found out that calmed him down shortly after we got him home. 

He was so nervous when he arrived but I was the first one he had warmed to. He came beside me and I scratched behind his ears until he fell asleep. 

I’m so happy to be part of his forever home. I love him.

It takes him a lot to warm up to a person but when he does he’s playful and sweet. He hasn’t been in our lives very long but he is already my best friend.

My Top 10 Favourite Princess Dianna Quotes

1:

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

2:

“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s just the way I am.”

3:

“I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.”

4:

“Nothing brings me mire happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essencial part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me, I will come running, wherever they are.”

5:

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from today is the disease of people feeling unloved.”

6:

“Family is the most important thing in the world.”

7:

“Hugs do great amounts of good.”

8:

“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”

9:

“If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.”

10:

“Only do what your heart tells you.”

It’s #NotACompliment to Birmingham Students

Jennens Court residence have been made uncomfortable by men lingering outside the halls to ‘catcall’ young women.

Charis Pardoe said that there is often a black car spotted need the Jennens Court Halls of Residence for Birmingham City University in which a group of men will sit and “shout at girls all the time.”

Catcalling has been an issue that’s spread UK wide through the #NotACompliment campaign that has aimed to get misogynistic acts such as street harassment to be taken more seriously under the category ‘hate crime.’

It has gained success in areas several areas nationwide but is still being dismissed by West Midlands Police.

West Midlands Police stated that ‘catcalling’ among other forms of street harassment ‘is not a crime as it isn’t aggressive. Being attacked because of your race, religion, because you’re gay or have an alternative gender identity is a hate crime.’

Despite it’s apparent “non-aggressive” nature, Birmingham Students have said that it makes them feel unsafe.

“I believe that street harassment should be considered a hate crime because of how offended it makes me feel,” says Vicky Bentley (18), Birmingham City University Student, “Harassment like this could lead to sexual assault.”

. A recent poll done by End Violence Against Women states that 85% of women in the UK have faced unwanted sexual attention between the ages of 18 to 24, 45% of these cases also experienced unwanted sexual contact and the majority of these women had their first ‘catcalling’ experience between the ages of 11 and 17.

As the evidence suggests street harassment has fast become a common problem but the #NotACompliment campaign is still aiming to get the issue taken seriously so that young women are able to walk the streets and feel safe.