Yanny Or Laurel?


Let’s discuss the greatest debate of this century!

Yanny or Laurel? DUN DUN DUN!


If you don’t know what I’m talking about, person who lives under a rock, click here right now!

Okay, so I wasn’t going to talk about it but I am so sick of seeing ‘Yanny or Laurel’ everywhere. 😂 I’m just kidding, I’m not a hater, I think it’s cool and I love that it’s the new ‘the dress’ but it’s absolutely everywhere! Also the memes are funny.

There have been so many people sending the audio to me, asking me what I can hear. I’ve seen so many YouTube videos popping up in my feed, stating they’ve explained it. When I was writing my upcoming Ocean’s 8 post, I googled ‘girls support girls’ so I could get a cute picture to add in and a picture with the words ‘Yanny or Laurel’ literally came up.

So, I decided to be part of this fiasco.


Firstly, I can slightly hear both of them. However, I can mainly hear “Yanny” (well, I actually hear ‘Yammy’ but whatever, my opinion is invalid😂). I did hear ‘Laurel’ at some points though, for example, my cousin sent me a video of her playing the audio and I heard ‘Laurel’. I then replayed it and heard ‘Yanny’. I think that goes to show that my brain literally can’t make a decision and it’s not just my own stupidity.


The actual word is ‘Laurel’, being said by an opera singer, a member of the original Broadway cast of Cats. Even though, ‘Laurel’ is what is actually being said, whichever one you can hear is technically right. Unless you hear like ‘Quanisha’ or something like that…then get help?

Being a science enthusiastic, I decided to delve deep (well, like ankles deep) into the science behind this internet debate that’s dividing people apart.


Both words have similar acoustic features and are technically both being played, but are travelling at different frequencies. ‘Yanny’ is travelling at a higher frequency whereas ‘Laurel’ is travelling at a lower frequency. That basically means that if your ears are “younger”, you’re more likely to hear ‘Yanny’ and if your ears are “older”, you’re more likely to hear ‘Laurel’. It’s just a matter of how damaged your ears are to be honest. That’s why I’m lowkey happy about this whole situation. Even though I hear ‘Yanny’ and people who hear ‘Yanny’ supposedly eat pizza with a knife and fork and bite into Kit Kats without breaking the bars off first, it means my ears aren’t as damaged as I thought they were from constantly listening to music on the highest volume. So to those who hear ‘Laurel’, s̶u̶c̶k̶ ̶m̶y


Although, my four year old second cousin can hear ‘Laurel’. He is lowkey an old man in a four year old body though…

Also if your sound quality is low, you’re more likely to hear ‘Yanny’.


Another reason is that your brain may just be focused on one frequency, despite whether your ears are damaged or not. Your brain does this to help manage and organise the multiple stimuli and sensory information entering your brain at once. It does this unconsciously, which is why you can’t choose which you can hear.


Which do you hear, Yanny or Laurel?

ᴬˡˢᵒ ᵇˡᵘᵉ ᵃⁿᵈ ᵇˡᵃᶜᵏ ᵒʳ ʷʰᶦᵗᵉ ᵃⁿᵈ ᵍᵒˡᵈ




When Harry Met Meghan | The Royal Wedding

Photo by NEIL HALL/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (9684230fi)

How did you spend this special day? Watching the royal wedding? Complaining about the royal wedding? Complaining that it isn’t a state-occasion?

I had to go to work.


No, I actually did watch until about 12:45, before I had to head off, meaning I did watch the majority of the ceremony.

There were so many people, from all sorts of backgrounds, with A-List celebrities and well known figures (Oprah, the Clooney’s, Elton John, the Beckham’s, James Corden, Serena Williams, etc) and some of the cast from the beloved Suits, members of the royal family (obviously), and ambassadors of charities and there was even Amelia Thompson, who survived the Manchester Arena Bombing. There were so many people. And the chapel was beautiful, as well as the ceremony.


But today, I don’t want to talk too much about the actual wedding and the details about how things will work out now and all that shenanigans. Today, I want to spotlight on Mrs Markle, who is now the Duchess of Sussex.


Aspects that make Meghan Unconventional

This royal wedding is historic for the reason being that it is a rare occurrence. Meghan Markle is a beautiful woman, rich in personality, but is also an unconventional bride to a member of the royal family. Firstly, she’s considered a ‘commoner’, even though she’s a famous actress. She is a ‘normal’ woman. She went from being a Hollywood actress to British royalty. It’s pretty much a real life fairy tale!


Markle has gone through a previous divorce, which to me, isn’t a big deal, but in terms of royalty, being divorced is judged and regarded as a deal breaker. In 1955, Princess Margaret had to make the decision of choosing the divorced man, she loved, and her royal title and the privileges she had, concluding in her siding with her royal title and privileges.


Meghan Markle is also not a citizen of the UK. She’ll obviously apply for one and move to the UK but that’s just another reason it’s unconventional. It’s also uncertain whether she’ll maintain her American citizenship.


She’s part black. Although race shouldn’t matter, especially since mixed race people are the fasted growing ethnic group in the Britain, it still plays a role in why this wedding has been described as a “cultural revolution”. The fact that she is half black isn’t the full reason, however, for this “cultural revolution”. I don’t think colour matters, it’s about what that person brings in terms of their personality, background and beliefs. However, because of her being biracial, she’s helped to empower other coloured women and help others to realise that colour should not define and divide people. That’s why her being part black is important.

She said on Elle, “To say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman. That when asked to choose my ethnicity in a questionnaire as in my seventh grade class, or these days to check ‘Other’, I simply say: ‘Sorry, world, this is not Lost and I am not one of The Others. I am enough exactly as I am.'” The whole article is absolutely empowering and moving so if you want, click here to read more.


She’s involved in female empowerment. She’s been a strong advocator for women (since even before she was a teenager, where she became an ‘accidental activist’) and I expect she’ll continue to be so. At the Royal Foundation Forum, Meghan said “I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s’ empowerment,” Markle started. “You’ll often hear people say well, you’re helping women find their voices. And I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they have a voice. They need to be empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen. And I think right now in the climate that we’re seeing so many campaigns—I mean, #MeToo and TimesUp—there’s no better time than [now] to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them…It [the spotlight] makes such a tremendous difference.” She’s a proud woman and feminist and has explained that “we need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation…a wife is equal to her husband, a sister to her brother. Not better, not worse — they are equal.”

In short, Meghan Markle is an inspirational, empowering and beautiful role model for not just young women but older women and men.

The Queen approved of Harry proposing to Meghan, which shows that she sees something good in the marriage between her grandson and his now wife. I mean, the Queen denied her own sister’s marriage request in 1952.


Aspects that made the Wedding Untraditional 

Meghan made a bold move of walking down half of the aisle by herself, before being accompanied by her father in law, Prince Charles. This was a break, through the tradition of being walked down by the bride’s father, which Meghan couldn’t do anyway, due to unfortunate circumstances. She will also break the tradition by making a speech at the reception, alongside Prince Harry.


Moreover, from Chicago, Bishop Michael Curry, who’s a black Episcopal priest, presided over the royal wedding, which wasn’t following tradition, where typically, British priests are invited to chair over royal occasions. After Bishop Michael Curry gave a passionate and powerful sermon on the power of love, there was a gospel choir singing Stand By Me.


The service was truly a modern and diverse wedding, which is reflective of the modern and diverse couple.


I know this may seem like a stretch and over-analytical (well what else am I supposed to use my English GCSE for) but this rare, unexpected and unconventional event of Meghan and Harry tying the knot, is almost like a metaphor for social change and society developing, progressing and moving forward in the right path.

A̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶w̶a̶s̶ ̶s̶u̶n̶n̶y̶ ̶t̶o̶d̶a̶y̶.̶.̶.p̶r̶o̶o̶f̶ t̶h̶e̶ ̶G̶o̶v̶e̶r̶n̶m̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶t̶r̶o̶l̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶a̶t̶h̶e̶r.


What do you think? Were you interested in the wedding?



Misrepresentations in the Media | Mental Health of Young People (pt 2)

In this modern day and age, technology and media are blooming and growing, which in turn, shapes our lives, perspectives and beliefs. It constantly surrounds us, making it inevitable to not encounter in our everyday lives. This is why it’s so important and socially sensitive.

The media is there to make money, yes, but what is shown on it can be, in the long-term, harmful.


Additionally, this week is Mental Health Awareness week so this is the perfect time to share this post and my thoughts.

A lot of people, especially young people, are ashamed and afraid to speak up about their mental health issues, whether that be OCD, anxiety, depression, etc, due to the stigma and messages, that the media express and also the lack of advocating in the media about these important issues.

Young people are often seen as moody, reckless, careless and selfish people, even though there are reasons for these qualities and emotions. This is often portrayed in TV and film, which reinforces to viewers these negative characteristics are what they possess and are expected of teenagers. People are very quick to judge and jump to the conclusion that these teenagers and young people are antisocial and self-absorbed. I can prove this from my own experiences, where a lot of people, particularly my parents, would perceive me and my mental health issues as selfish and introverted behaviour and I would be constantly scolded for being angry, quiet and emotional. I understand that hormones and puberty play a role in mood swings and unpredictable behaviour but if these symptoms persist, there is likely to be a disorder involved.

  • 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14.
  • 75% of mental health problems are established by age 24.
  • 10% of children and young people (ages 5-16) have clinically diagnosable mental problems yet 70% of them have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Let me repeat that again. 70% of them have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. This is partly due to the fact that these issues are shrugged off as being emotional, hormonal and attention-seeking.


Logic, an American rapper, released a song in 2017 called 1-800-273-8255, which is the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This song had so much meaning and honesty within in, unlike other mainstream rap songs, revolving around money, sex and drugs. A line in the song states “they say every life precious but nobody care about mine”. People are constantly preaching about spreading happiness and raising awareness about mental health but how many are willing to sit by a person sobbing and screaming, who are clearly depressed. Even in the media, there are constantly quotes being posted and videos being uploaded about positivity and telling people how to be happy but there are very few teaching people, who aren’t suffering from a mental disorder, how to approach and help someone suffering. Truthfully, people with a mental health problem, for example, depression, are unlikely to read through or watch an entire video about ways to be happy, if they are extremely depressed, because to them, it seems like there is no hope. It would make more sense to reach out to people, particularly on social media, about ways in which you can help in everyday situations.

Logic’s song progresses from representing the emotional and cognitive characteristics of depression, for example, in the lines “I know I’m hurting deep down but can’t show it…and my life don’t even matter” to enforcing unconditional positive regard, for example, in “you got everything to give right now”. Calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline actually ended up increasing by 50% after Logic’s song was released.


Young people are pressured and forced to make huge and important decisions at such a young age. They are looked down upon for doing things like consuming drugs, getting bad grades occasionally, being sarcastic and cynical, when there are underlying reasons, in which no one are bothered to listen to. Young people are currently growing up in a generation where working incredibly hard still does not determine a bright future and where young people are seeing mass killings, terrorism and violence, which has become normalised and desensitised to, so that’s another reason for developing a negative view on the world and being cynical. There are assumptions that people suffering with mental illnesses are just going through a “phase” and are told to “just be happy”, as if it’s a choice. The World Health Organization Mortality Database showed that in 90 countries studied, suicide was the fourth leading cause of death amongst young males and third for young females. 9.1% of the 132, 423 deaths of young people, in the countries studied, were due to suicide.

Suicide is the third leading cause of deaths for 15-24 year olds. 24% of high school students have seriously considered attempting suicide and for every student, older teen and young adult, who do kill themselves, 100-200 of their peers attempt suicide, too. More young people died from suicide attempts in 1999 than cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, birth defects, strokes and chronic lung disease combined.


The stigma and discrimination around mental health is a huge factor in leading people to suffer in silence, feeling ashamed and confused and insecure. Men are mainly vulnerable to this as in society and the media, it’s unacceptable for men and boys to cry and be open with their emotions as it’s seen as weak and “feminine” and “gay”. Suicide rates are high amongst men not necessarily because men suffer from mental illnesses more than women but because they’re encouraged to bottle it up more.

Although it’s not the most obvious example, I think The Breakfast Club, although refers to conventional, old-fashioned attitudes, is a film where the male characters do open up their emotions and cry.


There are many shows that have the right depiction of mental health, for example Jessica Jones, which deals with PTSD, and Homeland, which deals with bipolar disorder. However, I want to focus on a TV show, that I love, which touches on the concept of mental health without making the plot, solely, about the struggles and suffering of those with mental health issues, The Walking Dead. Beth presents symptoms of depression and attempts to commit suicide. As her character develops, she slowly recovers and flourishes into a young, strong woman, despite the judgments and negative criticism she got, as well as being treated as a burden. She looks past this and helps others in need and demonstrates her strength, even though she’s perceived as weak from others. She proves there is always a safe way out. Another show, where it’s main plotline isn’t about dealing with a mental disorder but simply has a character with realistic symptoms of OCD, is Scorpion, where one of the main characters, Sylvester, has to deal with his disorder. Shows, like these, do not normalise and glorify mental disorders but show that it’s nothing to be afraid of and nobody is alone.


This is also a good time to discuss Thirteen Reasons Why, in honour of the release of season two on the 18th (tomorrow). Thirteen Reasons Why is a TV show about a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind tapes stating the reasons that led her to her fatal actions. Personally, I think Thirteen Reasons Why was good in showing people how to approach those, who are suffering in silence, and that it’s okay to admit to be going through a dark time and feeling overwhelming emotions and trauma. They raised good points but I don’t think they approached Hannah’s suffering and death well. She did not show persistent symptoms of depression, not to say that what she went through wasn’t traumatic, but it wasn’t reflective of what it’s like to suffer depression. The show, in a way, also glamorizes mental illness, as after her suicide, the show intrigues viewers into the drama and mysteries of her death.


Mental health needs to be taken seriously and society, the media, and platforms need to use their power and advantages to reach out and end the stigma, misrepresentation, lack of representation and discrimination. It may be mental health week but every week should be a week where we are aware and helping those with mental health problems.

If you made it this far in this long post (I apologise for the length), or if you skipped, please share and spread awareness and break the untrue stereotypes and shame surrounding mental disorders and illness, not just among young people, but everyone. And make sure to help others and maintain your own mental wellbeing or seek help if needed.


“The disease comes with a package: shame. When any other part of your body gets sick, you get sympathy.”

-Ruby Wax



Quick Notice!

This is just a temporary post but I wanted to notify anyone reading this that I am currently doing exams. I’m sure a lot of you know that already since a lot of you are also doing exams right now. It’s exam season, the best time of year! Whoop. 😦

But anyway, with that means that I won’t be as active on here (that doesn’t mean I won’t be active). My exams end at the beginning of June so that’s when you’ll see more posts from me.


For the past week, I have been mainly posting pre written posts from before, as well as posts I wrote in the little free time I had (which is usually the half an hour breaks I have between revision sessions. I’m currently writing this in one of my breaks XD ). However, from now until possibly half term, which is the 28th I think, I will not be releasing ‘new’ posts. They’ll be new to you of course, but they’re just pre written. So if anyone’s nominated me for awards (specifically the two people who nominated me XD ), I’m not ignoring or not doing those awards, it’s just because I don’t have time to write them up. They’ll be up in June! 🙂


That’s it for now.

To anyone, who are currently doing exams, good luck! 😀



The Sisterhood Tag!

I was kindly nominated by TeenQueen for the Sisterhood tag, which is an amazing tag, opening minds on how to approach and react in specific real life situations. TeenQueen is a great blogger, who you should definitely check out. She blogs about her thoughts and aspects of her life in her posts, of which some raise mind opening questions like Does everyone deserve respect?



  • You must have the same featured image as what I have; the font, size and colour of the title be your choice.
  • Thank the blogger than nominated you and link this original post.
  • Answer the following scenarios.
  • Nominate a minimum of at least 3 bloggers.
  • Give at least 5 scenarios of your own.
  • Answer everything as best as you can.
  • Enjoy!


TeenQueen’s Scenarios

  • You’re out shopping with your friends when you [literally] bump into an old enemy from school. They start commenting about how you’ve glowed up and on your body. You start to feel uncomfortable. What would you do?

Firstly, trust me I have not glowed up so girl is lying. No but seriously, if I felt uncomfortable in this situation, I would tell them to mind their business because if somebody (especially someone who was my enemy) started commenting on my body, subjecting me to just my looks, then they can’t just walk away thinking it’s okay to do that.

  • You’re at a train station and you see a homeless man begging for money on the floor. You give him £50. (Or $50 or €50 or whatever). Later, you see him in a corner whispering to another man and showing him the money, laughing. It is obvious he is a fake. Would you confront him, report him, or leave it?

I honestly had to think about this because I thought I wouldn’t care too much and after all, it’s the thought that counts, but that’s £50. That’s a lot of money. Not only that, they’re using the idea of the suffering of homeless people to gain money. There are people, who actually need that money, who can’t get it otherwise. So, I think I would confront the man. I’m not sure if I would report him just because that man’s probably going through stuff in his life like the rest of us so I don’t know if I would go to the extent of causing trouble in his life.

  • You’re in a big shop and you suddenly see a woman dragging a small child behind her. The child is crying and looks nothing like the woman. Do you think the child is being kidnapped? If so, what would you do?

I know that mums have to drag out children sometimes, while they’re crying, because they’re being annoying or spoilt. 😂 But, to make sure, I’d probably tell security or anyone working at the shop and then run up the woman and pretend like she dropped someone to stall her and engage in conversation to make sure but make it look subtle in case she is the mum. Saying this, that’s what I would do with time to think since I am sitting here, writing and thinking about it. I guess on the spur of the moment, it kind of depends.

  • You’re at school in a classroom with your friends and everyone is surrounding you because you’re the most popular person at school. A new kid walks in and they are extremely gorgeous. Everyone’s attention moves to that kid and they soon become the most popular. You are very jealous. What would you do?

What next level Utopian parallel universe are we living in where I’m the most popular person at school? 😂 If I was in this situation, for some crazy reason, I don’t think I’d care. Of course I’m saying that because I don’t really know how it would feel for all your ‘fans’ to run off to another popular person. I think if this did happen, your real friends would stay with you and it would distinguish the fake friends and the real ones. But if I was really jealous, I’d slap the new girl. Jk, that’s crazy!

I’d kill her.


Nah, just kidding, I’d probably just follow everyone and see what the big deal is about.

  • At the cinema, you and your long term boyfriend/girlfriend are watching a movie. A man and woman come in during the middle of the film and block your view. Your boyfriend/girlfriend looks angry and pokes them on their shoulder. They turn around and your boyfriend/girlfriend starts calling them fat and telling them they should sit at the back so that their “overweight asses” wouldn’t block the way. The couple start swearing at your boyfriend/girlfriend. What do you do?

CUT. THAT. BOY. OUT. In every relationship, there’s always a point where your partner’s crazy comes leaking out from under the carpet. If the man and woman are being called “overweight asses” by my boyfriend, then it’s likely that he’d think that about me if I was overweight. If he’s confident enough to shout out rude insults like that, he’s probably got a shelf of other things he’s okay with saying out loud to people somewhere in his crusty walnut head.

Wow, that got me worked up.😅


My Nominees





My Scenarios

  • You’re on the top deck of the bus you take every day to get home. You can hear a group of older and bigger boys at the back commenting on a girl, your age, sitting nearby. You look over and realise she’s uncomfortable. What do you do?
  • Say you work in retail and you’re at the till. A man approaches you and you serve him but he begins being rude and mumbling racist comments (just imagine you’re not white, if you are). What do you do? Tell him off, report him to your manager, or let him go without saying anything?
  • Your significant other cheated on you and you found out, somehow. However, you also happened to cheat on them once. What are you going to do?
  • At school or work, you find out, by another close friend of yours, that one of your supposed friends was talking behind your back. Do you take your friend’s word for it and confront them? Or ignore it and carry on spending time with that supposed friend?
  • You know somebody, who is seen as peculiar. They sit by themselves all the time and show signs of depression. You hear a group of people, you don’t know well, making fun of them. What’s your move?
  •  You’re out with your parents and pass a gay couple. Your parents, who are lowkey strict and conservative, start to comment on them, negatively, and judge their sexuality. What do you do?


Be as real and honest as you can with your answers. I’m looking forward to reading them! 😀



Met Gala 2018 Cultural Appropriation?

Many famous people from the fashion, film, artistic and musical fields came together at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for The Costume Institute Gala. This is an annual event and in honour of raising money for the Met’s Costume Institute and to celebrate the grand opening of their latest exhibition, with the theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

What should have just been a wonderful event filled with beauty and amazing famous faces like Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Blake Lively, Lily Collins, Zendaya and Kim Kardashian (also my Queen, Emma Stone), showing off grand, extraordinary outfits, actually caused a rise of conflict and controversy.


I was first alerted by this controversy by my cousin, who is a Catholic. She’s now started her own blog called Uitwaaien, which she hasn’t yet posted on but will soon, so please go check her out and support her! She’s an intelligent mind with a lot of opinions and thoughts. Anyways, I digress.

When I first heard about the conflict and offence, on the internet and amongst religious people, this caused, it got me thinking about both sides of this debate.


A poll on Harper’s Bazar showed that about 88% of people knew that this would cause backlash even before the event took place. The Vatican had approved of the theme of the exhibit but a lot of Catholics were upset, stating “my religion is not your f*cking #MetGala dress” and “the Met Gala has no shame for disrespecting my religion”.

However, it wasn’t just Catholics and religious people, who were annoyed and angered by this. People, who are against Catholics and the church, were also angered by “glorifying a religion notorious of rape, child abuse and molestation”.


The Met Gala and this year’s theme was said to be a form of cultural appropriation, using the religion as decoration. It’s similar to using the religion of Islam as the theme, where these famous people would be dressed with aspects of the religion and hijabs, which has a much broader meaning and purpose than using it as a decoration and fashion piece.

The costumes were also perceived as sexualising the religion. As much as I love Rihanna, a lot of people described her Pope inspired dress as “disgusting” and “offensive”. Other celebrities like Katy Perry wore a set of angel wings and others wore crucifixes, which also caused a bit of a stir.


Despite all this, with the Met Gala sexualising the religion, using aspects of it as decoration and to “spice” up their outfits, Catholicism has been in art for decades. Fashion is a form of art, too. I understand that the art produced years and years and years ago, with aspects of Catholicism isn’t sexualising the religion and represents it in association with the bible but Catholicism is such a prominent theme in art and, agree or not, the Met Gala could be a way of representing Catholicism in this modern day and age. The Vatican did approve of it and their intentions weren’t to completely rip out the meaning and purpose of the religion. It could be their way of shedding light and positivity on a religion, that, actually, a lot of people perceive as dark and old-fashioned. As well as this, a big proportion of the celebrities that took part in this event are also a member of Christianity, Catholicism, or were raised Catholic, for example, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and even Kylie Jenner.


I do think it’s wrong to say that “Rihanna is now the new God and Pope” and to compare all Catholics to what the Romans did as a way to argue with people using Catholicism as a theme but I personally do not think it was cultural appropriation. Maybe I’m biased because I’m not religious but I think the Met Gala was a way to celebrate the church. What happened actually doesn’t really fit into the definition of cultural appropriation, even though it’s wrong for people to adopt part of the religion as if it’s their identity, as Catholicism is not the ‘minority culture’ (also why you can’t compare it to Islam). In addition, the Met Gala was not an example of a dominant group of people adopting aspects of the religion.

I think the Met Gala was definitely a misrepresentation of what it means to be a Catholic and could have been approached differently. I think the Vatican could have thought twice about approving the theme but at the same time, this event also created a lot of discussions about Catholicism, the dark sides of it, yes, but also the good. 

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your opinions, both from the point of view of a religious person and non-religious.



Eight Year Old Me’s Writing Journal!

I recently found an orange notebook, hidden within the pig sty that is my room, entitled (my full name)’s Writing Journal. At first I was curious and excited, since I had completely forgotten about writing in it and what I had written in it. And now, having read it, I feel very nostalgic but also a little amused so I thought I’d share eight year old Shay’s thoughts with you.

(Everything I write in italics is exactly how I wrote it when I was eight. I can say, with confidence, I have improved in writing since then.)


The Shooting Star

On a dark dark night with the moonlight shining so bright like dimonds twinkleing and also the stars. One day a girl called Henna went outside because she couldn’t go to sleep. “Wow”, she had just saw something amazing.

“It’s a shooting star.” she said. Woosh she zoomed towards her house and told everyone but they didn’t belive her so she went outside. Suddenly she saw the shooting star fall on the floor. She went to pick it up. 


And that’s it. I didn’t write anymore. I clearly thought the story out.


What Animal I Would Rather Be

I would rather be cat because you can walk around by yourself but dogs you have to walk with your owner and dogs have to be wet when they bath but cats don’t have to be wet when you bath.

I also wrote another reason why being a cat would be better but very badly attempted to cross out:

I would also want to be a cat because you won’t look scary but dogs look very scary sometimes.



Snow makes me feel delighted becaus you can make snowmen and snowangles. Snow sometimes makes me feel annoyed Because of this my feet and fingers hurt. alot.



I would go to bunny land, which I made up on a peice of paper, because I made it up and when I drew it it looked so colourful and magical I just wanted to go into it. I also want to go there because I love bunnies and sometimes I dream of being in bunnyland. There are shops filled with toys and treats including glorious fruit and veg. There are even competitions and the prizes is money. My adventure in bunnyland would be trying all the competitions. But if I get lost it would be a big adventure.


What I Would Do If I Saw An Alien

If I saw an alien in the school playground, I would ask him alot of questions about him and his planet then take photos and put it on the news paper and write what he said to me. 


Apparently, I was a corrupt child.


Where I’d Rather Live

I would rather live in the sea because there are so many animals and mermaids with water fairies I also want to live in the sea because I love to swim. And once I went on a boat with a hole under it so I could see loads of sea creatures.


If you’re wondering, I was talking about a glass-bottom boat not an actual boat with a hole.


When I Grow Up

When I grow up I would like to be an Author and an Illistrater because I love to write books about me and my favorite things. I love to draw especially people and animals because they are hard to draw and it’s challenging.


If I Was On A Deserted Island 

I would bring food, water and my DSi.

Food will make me full of energy.

Water will keep me cool and not hot.

A game won’t make me bored.

So that is why I would take my 3 items.

If I did not have these items I would starve and be very thirsty and I will even get ill.


Seems legit.


If I Was A Pirate

If I was a pirate the best thing would be is to find treasure and be rich because I could spend it on anything.

The worste thing would be is that other pirates would bomb and shoot at us and we can get hurt.

I wouldn’t like to be a pirate because it is dangerous even if there is treasure someone could die or get hurt and you may sink while sharks attack. 


So those are most of the ramblings I made in my journal. The rest of the journal is just an accumulation of my thoughts and feelings on family and friends and also people’s phone numbers. There’s also drawings with captions underneath or arrows leading off them saying ‘this is bad’ or ‘this is ugly’. Self confidence issues since day one!


Did you write in a journal when you were younger?