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An Optimist Amongst Pessimists

Hey… I’m writing this super late, since it’s actually past midnight here in the UK.
Within my friendship group, there’s been all sorts of dramas in the last week, and I’ll definitely get another post up soon to explain it all and whatnot, but for now, it’s probably useful to know that there’s been a slight fall out between two halves of our group. 

SO, naturally, the majority of our group are pretty bummed about it. As I’ll explain in the next post, I’m not so much affected since I managed to KEEP MY HEAD OUT OF THE DRAMA (apologies, ahem.) but the rest of the girls in our group seem to have took a big hit from it. 

Bare in mind, this all began last Saturday, and escalated rapidly on Wednesday. Friday (although now it’s Saturday) rolled around and my friends are being painfully pessimistic.

Before I get into the details, I’ll mention that I’m an optimist. I’m a positive thinker, I firmly believe that everything happens with purpose, that nothing is entirely bad and that everything will turn out good in the end. 

My friends however, are quite the opposite. They seem to let one negative thing outrule the entire year of good memories we’ve had in Year 10, saying that “Life is so shit” and “I thought this year would be better”, to which I replied saying that life isn’t bad, and that they were just ignoring all the good that had happened this year.

Just because I don’t outwardly show sadness or pain in person or through dramatic paragraphs, doesn’t mean I don’t ever feel it, so what Britt replied tugged my nerves a little. She’d said that my life is all fine and happy, seemingly implying that everything to happen for me is all sunshine and rainbows. Any frequent reader of this blog will fully understand that that’s not the case. The difference is, as an overall, I try to focus on the things that make me happy. You’ll know that this year I’ve dealt with a lot, including the separation of our friendship group recently. 

“Nothing bad has happened to you this year”. To assume that someone has it perfectly, is a hundred percent unreasonable, if you ask me. So by this point, I was getting a little annoyed and ended up saying “JUST FOCUS ON THE GOOD JESUS WHERE IS YOUR OPTIMISM?”. She replied with “What good?”. 

I understand that people might have stuff going on that we don’t know about, and that it’s perfectly reasonable to feel down from time to time (as we all do), but to blatantly ignore all the times you’ve laughed until you couldn’t breathe, smiled so hard your jaw hurt and physically not been able to hold back from making a little inside joke or smirk is just unfair. Unfair on all the people that would then feel as if they aren’t good enough for you. If nothing is good, then surely that means the friendships aren’t good either?

Being a positive person, surrounded by so much negativity is getting to me a little, and I’m feeling slightly squashed so I needed to have a little rant on here. 

Thank you for listening, and if anyone is hurt by anything I’ve said, I’m sorry.

Awkwardsaurus

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HAIRCARE 101


It’s me again, Awkwardsaurus 🙂

I’m trying to get back on top of posting as frequently as I can, so if you’re confused by more regular posting then this is why. 

(Editing note: I’ve had this post drafted for ages and I know, at this point in time REGULAR POSTING HAHA WHAT IS THAT?)

Anyways, my Sims is loading (Sims 3 if you’re interested), so I thought I’d pass the time by writing another post. 

Ever since being about seven or eight, I’ve had longer than average hair. Currently, it goes down to about two inches above my hips, so frankly, there’s a lot of it to deal with. 
In this post, I’ll be sharing some of my (extremely unprofessional and 100% personal experience/opinion-based) insight on the world of hair. 😀

Know Your Hair Type

Before you go out and try products or methods to look after your locks, it’s important to know what type of hair you actually have. It’s similar to skin types, most falling into either dry, oily or normal. If you find yourself having to wash your hair often because it gets greasy quickly, chances are you have oily hair. If you’re the opposite, and it takes a few days to build up oils, you probably have dry hair (hello, me too). If neither seem to fit, then you might have normal hair.

Buy Shampoo Designed for Your Hair Type

Don’t be wary to buy Shampoo with rather long names or claims. Mine’s the L’oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo for Very Dry, Dull, Rebellious Hair. How’s that for a title? The point is, you shouldn’t be intimidated by all the words and end up buying a simple looking shampoo that doesn’t suit your hair type. Trust me, you’ll know when you find one that does!

Turn Down the Heat

Straighteners, curling irons, hairdryers. They’re all pretty hot. Sure, you can’t exactly cut out straighteners or curlers from your life if you’re a frequent user, but hairdryers usually have a heat setting. The coldest one is impractical, since it takes about 5 years to dry all of my hair, but the middle setting is the compromise I settle for. With styling tools, make sure you protect your hair with a heat protector!

Be Gentle

I once read a saying that said to treat your hair like it’s your best silk dress. I can’t remember when I came across it, but it’s stuck in my head ever since. Don’t tug it violently when you’re brushing out tangles; don’t scrub it aggressively with a towel; and try not to have it constantly in tight styles (I know that one’s tough when you literally live in ponytails).

Sleep With Hair Down

Tying (hehe puns) in with my last point, too much straining of your hair causes the strands to point in unnatural directions, essentially stunting their growth. If you want to grow out your hair, it’s definitely a good idea to give the bobbles a break and take it down while you sleep!

Get it Cut!!!

Without getting your hair cut, you’ll develop split ends, which – for those of you that aren’t aware – are hairs that have, well, split down the centre and become two thinner ends. Cutting your hair keeps it healthy, and prevents it from splitting!

And those are some of my tips! What are some of your hair hacks?

Awkwardsaurus​

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LET’S TALK ABOUT… MENSTRUAL CUPS

Hellooooo. 

Judging by the painfully capitalised and rather edgy title, you’re probably slightly concerned by my excitement. Chances are, there’s a bunch of people confused as to what a menstrual cup is. To be quite fair, this time last year, I was clueless.

Although considering you have its name, it shouldn’t be too difficult to guess. Menstrual is obviously period related (ooo she said period) and a cup… Well it’s a cup! 

Branded as DivaCups, Mooncups, Lunettes, FemmeCups and a variety of many other vaguely imaginative names, a menstrual cup is basically a little cup that goes right up there in your hoohaa during your lady time. 

Instead of absorbing blood, like a pad or tampon would, it collects it, and can be dumped out into a toilet, sink, wherever you feel like. Preferably not in the middle of a public space, though; you might get a few odd looks. It’s made of medical grade silicone (please do not buy any that aren’t) and (I think) has no risk of TSS, which I’m pretty sure every girl has frantically googled at one point in her life.

They all look a little something like this:

So, how exactly does one go about getting it in? Let me enlighten you. Menstrual cup insertion is an art that takes great practice to master (just wait until you get onto removal). I would say that after a full cycle and the first two days of another cycle, I am pretty confident.

There are various folds and whatnot to get it inside of you as smooth as possible, but the one I found to be most useful is the punch down fold. Basically, push down on the rim with a finger and fold it.

So it ends up like that. At this point, it’s pretty much the same size as a tampon, although possibly a tad bigger. I will warn you, getting it in was so difficult the first time, and if you’re a teenage virgin like myself, you’ll more than likely find it just as hard. BUT DON’T GIVE UP! 

Once the whole cup is inside (yes you’ll have to get a little up close and personal) it might take a bit of fiddling to pop open the fold, but you’ll know when it happens – trust me. If you hold the stem, and try to pull the cup up and down, you’ll be able to tell if it’s suctioned in there or not.

Now welcome to period bliss. 

Depending on your flow at the time, you can keep it in for up to 12 hours (I’m not sure if I went over once on one of my super light days?). On my heaviest days, I can keep them in for round about 6 hours if I’m up and moving around, but I can go a whole 8/9 hour sleep without having to wake up and change. And you don’t have to deal with feeling your uterus slide out everytime you stand up.

Once those hours have passed, you’ll be tasked with a slightly messy and possibly scary task – removing the cup. As you’ll probably find, it’ll have moved up slightly. Don’t panic, it’s still inside of you, it won’t get lost, and you’ll be able to reach it. For virgins especially, this part is a little difficult. I spent a good 10 minutes trying to get it out the first time I used it.

I’ve found the best way for me to do it, is to sit wide legged over a toilet, and just push one finger up until I reach where the rim of the cup is making contact with, well, the vagina (oh snap, she said vagina). Push there until you break the seal, and slowly bring the cup down. I don’t suggest yanking the stem, at least not while it exits, because you won’t have control and you’ll probably spill it everywhere. Yack.

Be careful not to drop the cup into the toilet, which I have done twice actually… Once you’ve took it out, rinse it, and stick it back in! 

TO SUMMARISE, here are some of my favourite thing about my MoonCup:

  • It was only £20, which covers around 5 years :O
  • I can sleep a whole night without period hassle
  • I don’t have to sit through lessons worried about leaking onto wooden lab stools
  • It’s eco friendly (who doesn’t love to support the world)
  • I won’t die of TSS
  • I literally forget that I’m on my period sometimes
  • I’ve become more familiar with my body in the process 
  • IT JUST FEELS EMPOWERING

So… If you are currently using pads or tampons, I literally couldn’t recommend this any more. TRY IT. It’s a huge game changer, and I’ll definitely never go back to pads and tampons.

SEE YOU AROUND KIDDOS ❤

-Awkwardsaurus

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Misconceptions About Girls

Hi,

I’m Just Average Teen Me. First off, I love the thumbnail that I made for this post, and I’m very proud of it. 

If you haven’t noticed, I don’t have a clue why you wouldn’t have realised, but I’m a girl. And I know most of you guys reading this are also girls. So, I’m guessing we’ve all been stereotyped, and yeah, it annoys us. If you’re a guy, this will be equally useful, because you might learn something new! I thought it would be fun to clear up some of the rumours about girls.

NUMERO UNO

Girls wear makeup to look attractive for boys.

No. Just no. I mean, there might be certain girls like that, but for the majority of us, makeup is purely, and solely for US and us only. Being that little bit happier with how you look can have a massive impact on the rest of your day because it makes you more confident. Not more attractive (or at least that’s not what we planned on).

Girls can’t drive

Stahp it. Sure, there’ll be women who can’t drive, but guess what? There’s a bunch of men that are terrible drivers too! Just as there are women and men drivers that are perfectly safe, and drive well!

Boys are more intelligent than girls.

Me being me, this really frustrates me. Look, there’s this girl in my year who scored highest in the year in Maths, Geography, English and R.E. this year. Yeah, higher than the boys. Of course there’ll be schools where boys get the higher marks, but that doesn’t mean we’re all dumb? Still want to call us stupid?

Girls take forever to get ready!

Believe it or not, not every girl spends three hours choosing their outfits and perfecting their hair and makeup. A lot of us are super organised. On a school day, I’m up at 6:55, ready by 7:30 (dressed, teeth brushed, bag packed, hair brushed, breakfast eaten etc) and then leave at 7:50. Less than an hour after waking up.

Girls cry at everything

Undoubtedly, there’s a handful of girls that are indeed, emotional wrecks. However, I haven’t seen any of my friends cry in person… I don’t think? Some girls like to keep their emotions to themselves, including me, and are fine crying when nobody is watching. If I end up emotionally attatched to something (i.e. a character from a TV show) then yeah, I’ll probably cry over them if they DIE or something! And there are definitely over-emotional boys too!

HOWEVER, I may or may not have cried this morning after remembering that my dream self hugged my celebrity crush.  😉

Girls are attracted to big muscles

I know from experience, that sure, muscles can look nice on the eyes, but not like Dwayne Johnson or anything. Sometimes that is a little intimidating, for me anyways. In fact, most of the guys that my friends and I have crushed on, are not too – how do I word it? –macho. A lot of girls actually find slightly nerdy guys cute!

Girls all love shopping

The number of times that I’ve been trailing around the town centre for hours with my friends and completely regretting deciding to stay for that long is insane. Sure, shopping for things that you need is good, but when it gets to the point where you’re just wandering around, looking at clothes that you’ll never even buy, it’s a little boring.

Girls are obsessed with counting calories

On several occasions, I have eaten two burgers and enough crisps to fill me so much it hurts to stand up straight. Sure, that must have been terrible for my body, but who really cares? IT WAS TASTY! AND I’M NOT LETTING ANYTHING GET IN THE WAY OF ME EATING WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT!

On that note, I’ll end the post here. Could you relate to any of these? And what others might you know of?

BYE! 😀

Just Average Teen Me