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Turning Fifteen: Birthday Blues and Goals

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Hi everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. I'm finally turning fifteen on Monday (July 6) and, truthfully, I'm having mixed feelings about this. There's something about birthdays that both excites me and terrifies me and every summer, as July gets closer, I can almost feel the years slipping through my fingers. It sounds so dramatic but growing up is thrilling yet scary and in some ways, I can't wait to get older and see where time takes me as I move through adolescence and into adulthood. I'm really excited to learn how to drive, earn money and become more independent. But, equally, my responsibilities increasing and seeing the world getting uglier is also part of getting older which isn't so appealing! 
As some of you may know, I am currently living away from my extended family: I live with my immediate family in the Middle East but my grandparents, cousins etc. all live in the UK (check out my perks of growing up in different cultures post for more insight). Every …

Advice Post #1: Dealing with Stress

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Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog. As you read from the title, I am going to try to give you all some advice on how to handle stress. Please bear in mind that the techniques I talk about are all things that help me personally and I am not a professional in any way! Please also remember that I am not clinically diagnosed with a mental illness as my symptoms are very mild compared to other people's and they don't call for professional help. I stress out very frequently but I can keep it under control by myself, and I'm going to be talking about how. If you feel that your symptoms are severe, there is no shame in seeing a professional about it as your mental health is just as important as your physical health. 
Stress is something that affects all of us, no matter the person or circumstance. Like so many other people, I tend to stress out a lot and for things that aren't worth stressing over. I'm an overthinker with a very vivid imagination. This means that, if I sta…

Work with Me #2: languages, writing and workouts

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Hi everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. I took a day off this week because I was meeting up with my friend and I had worked pretty hard in the days before. But, I knew that I needed to get back on the grind the next day and I also knew that I needed a blog post, so I decided to document my day. I'll be telling you what I did and when I did it, and hopefully, it'll give you an insight into how I structure my day and how I spend it productively. It might even motivate you or give you some ideas as to how to spend your time. Enjoy! 
8.00-8.40: Breakfast
I woke up at around 8 o'clock in the morning and had my breakfast: cheerios without milk. I'm a very fussy person when it comes to breakfast food and this is pretty much the only thing I'll eat (besides pancakes and French toast but, unfortunately, I can't have that every day!). While I was eating, I put on an episode of Teen Wolf (I'm obsessed) and watched it. 
8.40-9.00: Checked socials
After breakfast, I switched o…

Perks of Growing up with Different Cultures

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Hi everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. As you can probably tell from the title, I've grown up exposed to different cultures. My parents and I were born in the UK but my grandparents were born in Pakistan and my parents and I moved to the Middle East when I was five years old. This means that I am 'associated' with three different countries which all have very different cultures. In this post, I'm just going to be talking about what it's like, and maybe some of you will be able to relate!
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One of the huge perks about being exposed to lots of different cultures is that I am quite 'globally aware' if that makes sense. I understand and appreciate that countries have very different customs and traditions and have been lucky enough to witness this firsthand. For example, in the UK, people form queues, but in the Middle East, no one does. In the UK, punctuality is valued but in Pakistan, it's normal to show up an hour late. This interests me a lot. If my fa…

How I'm Making The Most Out Of Summer 2020

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Hello everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. As we all know, summer 2020 is going to be very different- at least for the first half of it. The country I live in is still enforcing strict lockdown rules- meaning my summer is not going to be the same. No late-night trips with friends. No family lunches. Even doing some of the most normalised summer activities, such as going to the cinema, are now threats to our health. In this post, I'm going to be talking about how I'm feeling about this situation and what I'm doing about it. 
I am a British expat living in the Middle East (stay tuned for another blog post about my personal situation and what it's like). Every summer, I go back to the UK for two and a half months and spend my summer there. To me, it's not a holiday, it's going home. Even though I have been living here for ten years (and I'm almost fifteen), the UK has something that the Middle East lacks for me: extended family. The other day, I was feeling quite …

The Racism and Prejudice in our Society

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Hi guys,
I've sat here for a few hours, not knowing how to word this post. I'm usually quite articulate when it comes to writing things down- but, given recent events, I'm so disgusted, so confused, so angry, that I don't know where to begin. I've searched up statistics, I've typed and re-typed paragraphs, but nothing seems to come close to doing victims of racism justice. 
I am a 2nd generation British Pakistani and I currently live in the Middle East (temporarily). Because of my ethnicity and race, I have experienced a few racist remarks. People mostly target the way my accent doesn't match the way I look- I have a British accent and, according to them, if I'm originally Asian, I must be faking my accent (this is obviously not the case). However, my experiences pale in comparison to others. Yes, these comments are infuriating and even humiliating, but I have never felt physically threatened because of my race. Maybe if I were darker, or had a different …

Guide to Quarantining

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Hello everyone!

So, unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you guys know what's been going on in the world. People worldwide have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic- some more than others. However, a LOT of people are on 'lockdown' right now- which, unsurprisingly, is boring. Here are some things that I recommend doing so that you keep your sanity.

Before I start, I just want to say that my thoughts are with all of you- especially those who are more vulnerable or are in a country that has been hit hard. I am very aware that, even though I am upset about what has been going on, there are plenty of people who have it so much worse. To those of you who have had events cancelled, I'm sorry. To the class of 2020, I'm sorry. To those of you have been struggling with your mental or physical health because of this, I'm so so sorry. You are not alone. 

Here are some of the things I suggest doing to keep you occupied...

1. Keep in touch with your friend…