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Friday, 27 September 2013

I can still make explosions




I swear I'm not a fire setter, or an arson, that's not what this post is about. I repeat: I do not set things on fire for pleasure.

Recently I've been so inspired by people my age. It's amazing to me how looked down upon teenagers are, when I'm pretty sure the people who are making the most positive impact these days are people in the demographic 18-24. Also, a lot of people my age have just been taking the reigns on their life & doing what they feel & not what they're told to do. Travelling, and becoming the people they want to which I just find so inspiring! The bravery of my generation is just amazing.

-For example, the two young men who run the Jacksgap youtube channel recently raised over 100k for Teenage Cancer Trust. (How amazing is that?!)
It's always been a dream of mine to be able to volunteer in another country, and help people.

This year my friend, Domo & I were trying to go to Costa Rica to do a volunteer experience but sadly were not able to raise all the funds in time. We'd really still love to go one day though, so hopefully next year it will happen! And I'll get to cross other things off my bucket list as well.
So yeah, I've just been feeling really happy for my demographic getting some positive press for once, and inspired. It's a reminder that I, too, can still make explosions.

And remember that you can as well! You never need a reason to help others. :)
Do you have any causes you're passionate about? I'd love to know about them and why.

Thank you for all your sweet comments, and all the lovely responses you leave! They're a pleasure to read & truly do make me smile. :)

(BTW I've been sick for the pass couple days & I still feel horrendous. Feel free to feel sorry for me. Thanks)

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x Leah Symonne x

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

It starts at my toes, makes me crinkle my nose





You know I've just been thinking lately about how important love is. How important it is to not only love yourself, but believe in yourself. Believe in your abilities & talents. Back in school I remember being taught about all the different types of love and all that, but that kind of took away from what love really is in my opinion. Loving others, loving ourselves, loving the things around us.  If you're feeling down & out lately remember that before others will love you you need to love yourself. Nothing bad lasts forever. Things get better, life continues to move forward and you've got to be a trooper and move on with it. 
You're going to do big things. It's okay to be afraid, and scared sometimes but you'll get out of it. One day your bravery's going to shock you. 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously giveother people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


- Marianne Williamson 


x Leah Symonne x 

Friday, 20 September 2013

Let's take a tour of my town

I've showed you all around my room & thought it'd be cool to show some pretty pictures around where I now live as well. I could totally see myself staying here in the future, it is such a beautiful town. It's so quaint & cute & just makes me very happy.







Isn't this place just a beaut? So I go to university now up in Canada (eh) [no the majority of Canadians don't actually use eh] & I love, love, love it. :)
If any of you have done posts like this recently, let me know! I'd love to see them!

And on a more somber note:
I'd just like to take a moment to talk about a crash that happened in Ottawa, Canada two days ago. A bus collided with a Via Rail train, killing 6 people. You can see the story here, because I'm not really keen on recapping the entire thing. Two students from my school were killed in the crash, and I'd just like to say on the off chance anyone affected reads this, I am so, so, so very sorry for your loss. It really was tragic, and it's hard seeing pictures & listening to the news, and neither me nor anyone I know was involved. It's a difficult thing to think about. Stay strong.

And to all those in any other part of the world that experience things like this EVERYDAY with no international attention, stay strong as well.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

You've got the eye of the tiger, a fighter...



If I'm honest I was kind of scared about writing this post, but I think I'm going to do it anyways. I know I'm not the only one on the internet who feels this way, so hopefully I can find someone who relates.
It boggles my mind how we as humans can put ourselves down the way we do. This one isn't just for the ladies, because I know there's a lot of dudes out there as well who do this.
I'm no stranger to it myself.

Listen up, alrighty. You're good enough, as a matter of fact, beyond great enough for ANYTHING, EVERYTHING & ANYONE you want. Not saying to be cocky and think that it's everyone's absolutely honour to have you around, but I am saying to not be so scared, because I know exactly how you feel. I know what it feels like to think you're not cool enough, or good enough to hang around a certain person, or people (who'd probably be stoked if you came & talked to them). Or like you don't belong. Trust me, those feelings follow me like my shadow, but I'm trying to work through them & I want you to as well, okay?
I'm not the most firm believer in practice what you preach because a lot of people who know better don't necessarily do better. A lot of you all read this blog & leave comments telling that I make your day, or that something I've said is inspirational for you, which is exactly what I wanted. But know that the reason I'm telling you to be happy with yourself, proud of yourself, understand that you're a great human being is because I, myself haven't yet come to those realizations. That, however, doesn't mean I don't want anyone who reads my little internet space to come to those realizations.

One day I'll get it & practice what I preach, but until then I'd like YOU to practice what I preach? K? Good.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Who the hell am I?



So a few posts ago I said I wanted to do something to help you all get to know me a little better. Since then the lovely girls Lisa, Char, LolaHarriet, Sophie & a few others have tagged me in the Liebster awards. It is basically a Q&A type thing & at the end you tag a few other people to answer questions as well. Instead of making separate posts answering all the questions, I've picked 10 that are the most relevant to me & this blog to answer. So here we go! :)

* cue elevator music*



Q: What/Who inspired you to blog?

It's hard to say, because I've actually wanted to run my own blog long before I actively read anyone elses. However, now that I do blog I draw inspiration from Wildflower of Prague, Style the Natives & Lisa's Blog.

Q: What is your favourite food?

All food. Except most vegetables. Oops.

Q: Describe your personality in one word.

Quirky.

Q: What was your first word as a baby?

*texts mom*
According to my mom it was Lisa, which is her first name at 6 months. Wow, before I said mama, or papa I called my mother by her first name. Ain't that something.

Q:Favourite song at the moment?

I've been listening to No Interruption by Hoodie Allen almost obsessively.
(And Till I Get There by Lupe Fiasco.)

Q: Do you live by any mottos or mantras?

"Don't think, don't hesistate curving back within yourself; just create, just create."
"I know I got flaws I know I'm not perfect but all the ups & downs will soon be worth it when I get there."

Q: Favourite film?

Either The Lost City of Atlantis (because Milo is a babe) or the Road to El Dorado (because OMG have you realized how grown up the jokes in that movie are?!)

Q: What is your best blogging tip for new bloggers?

Do it because you love it & don't half ass it. Make your blog something you'd follow.

Q: Early bird, late riser?

Late riser. Oh my gosh, I don't hate ANYTHING in this world more than early mornings. Afternoon is the best time to start the day in my opinion.

Q: Best subject at school?

My highest mark in school was in my businesses classes.

And one for good luck!

Q: Who is(are) your role model(s)?

My mother, my aunt & my father. They inspire me so much to not fail in my life & never forget to help others along the way. & Be nice to people.
They also have this amazing talent of always making things happen when they seem impossible & that inspires me so much.



Now I thought these 11 were pretty amazing questions & I'd like to tag

Wildflower of Prague 
18 Going on 30 
Fairygobmother
The Analog Adventures

To answer them as well!

x Leah Symonne x

Friday, 13 September 2013

Shiny & New: Style The Natives



*Adjusts bow tie* Mornin' folks! 

You know when you're online & you come across one of those websites that you just have to stop & appreciate how damn cool it is? Yeah, well that was Style the Natives. I can't really describe the website/magazine to you except that one word: Cool.

Amazing interviews, features & photo shoots.

It's a website you want to stay on & read for hours & hours.

Being the curious mind I am, I immediately wanted to get to know a little more about the lady behind this blog, Charly Cox. I wrote Charly and she said she'd be happy to let me do this little feature & interview with her & man was I stoked. 






Q: When did you start writing & how did you develop a passion for it?

C: Oh gosh I've loved writing since forever. I love words and learning new ones, I've always been mad on the idea that you can layer interesting vocabulary into intricate sentences. I think I must've smacked my head one day and woken up believing I was the love child of Sylvia Plath and Caitlyn Moran.


Q: How many people help run Style the Natives & what are all their purposes? 

C: It's mostly me, I'm always updating the tumblr and twitter accounts and designing new text graphics for the blog, as well as writing the posts!
I've taken on a few really lovely girls who write up posts and go out and do photoshoots occasionally, my right hand is Lizzie Baxter who lives over in Australia. It's incredible how someone can be on the other side of the world to you and still always be there when you need them!

Q:Where do you draw inspiration from pertaining to the kinds of people you like to interview, or topics you want to cover or anything you write about? 

C: Magazines are my first and main love, I'm obsessed with publications such as Wonderland, ID, Dazed and Confused and Russh so I draw a lot of inspiration from those. I try and interview new upcoming talent that I've discovered online or at gigs I've attended, I love the idea of giving a platform to those who were yet to find one- or sharing a talent that I found somewhere in London with people as far as the US or Australia.
I try and mix it up and throw in some personal posts occasionally, initially it was absolutely terrifying, but it's amazing to know that others relate to stupid situations you find yourself in!

Q: What inspired creating styles the natives & the name? 

C: Originally I started Style The Natives through my love of the Kings Road in Chelsea, I wanted to document the street style and where all the best local places were. I adored the culture and the people that lived and dined there, it's still my favourite place in London. 
'Style The Natives' is a play on the idea of 'local fashion and 'dressing up the locals'.

Q: And what are somethings you hope to see accomplished through the site? 

C: I hope it grows as a platform for new talent and my bizarro musings, I'm so overwhelmed with how many people have jumped on board with it and have expressed praise, if I can retain that then I'll be very happy. As long as it keeps stretching me as a writer and a creative and inspires an audience, that's it's sole purpose. 



Style the Natives is certainly a huge inspiration to me & what I'd like to do as well.

I loved getting to talk to Charly & she is one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of interviewing. It's always really cool to get to speak to the people behind amazing blogs, and learn a bit more about them.

I don't know, it just kind of adds a sprinkle of authenticity that makes something all the more special.

So do yourself a favour & go read stylethenatives.com ! You won't regret it & let me know when you have down in the comments!

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

You're gunna hear me roar!



I know we all find ourselves, at times, wishing to be someone else. Or live another life than the one we're living. I'm no stranger to this.
It's easy to look at someone elses situation & think man that's amazing, I wish I was there. Or, I wish I was with this person, or something of the sort. But by doing this I've learnt two things:

1) Everything is not always what it seems
2) I may not be living their lives but I'm the only one who is now, or ever will live mine.

Trippy, eh?

I just moved away from home to a new city where I don't know anyone, and I have met some very lovely people but I do wish that I was a bit more extroverted like some other people around here. It always blows my mind, how people can make friends so quickly, and so many at a time. Yes, I wish I was like some other people, but at the same time I need to realize.. I'm not & never will be.

Hey, I'm not perfect but damn, I'm the only me there is or ever will be right? :)

And I want you, YES YOU, reading this to know the same thing. Stop wishing to be other people, you're the only you here & you have a purpose. You can make your life whatever you want it to be.

"Everything has a purpose, clocks tell you the time, trains take you places. I'd imagine the world as one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount you need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine...I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."- Hugo.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Let's take a tour of my university room.









So today I just wanted to give a little tour of some of the junk I brought along with me to university. I would take a group shot of the room, but it isn't very exciting & looks a bit like a jail cell. Brick walls & all.

(Also I'm not the tidiest person in the world and it's kind of messy.)

However, I did want to tell the little story behind my Mini doll. My dad gave her to me when I was one year old. I've been on more adventures with this doll than I have with most of my friends. I've certainly known her longer!
When my family & I went to visit Paris, and the U.K. we took her. She's been back to her home (Disney) with me & now here she is at university with me! During my life I've visited a lot of places and been around a lot & it's nice to have this little piece of consistency in my life. My Mini doll. :)

Oh, and the tea mug? I drink lots of of tea & I mean hey, come on. Who wouldn't want a mug that says tea on it? Pure genius if ya ask me!
Have any of you moved away recently? I'd love to know!

And if you fancy it, I made a youtube video about touring as well.



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I was thinking of doing a get to know me blog post soon, because I don't think you all know very much about me! So if you have any questions please leave them down below in the comments!

x Leah Symonne x

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Here's to the kids who roll their own way



One of the things I've quickly learned about kids my age is that not many of them these days are down for clean fun.
I genuinely feel like a lot of people are unaware that you can actually have a good time without being drunk or stoned out of your mind.
I've never been one of those kids who are overly interested in drinking, and smoking though I've always seemed to be around a lot of people who enjoy that. It wouldn't be hard to get absolutely wasted or higher than snoop dogg every night if I wanted to. I just don't want to. Is that weird? Are all teens my age supposed to be alcoholics & druggies? Maybe.

I saw Walk off the earth last night, and they were fantabulous. It was nice to be able to do something fun that finally didn't involve a club, or getting drunk. You know? I feel as if that gets real old, real fast.

Any of you out there like me? Just not interested in that kind of thing, but seemingly always surrounded by those kinds of people? Let me know how ya feel!

Here's to the kids who are down for some good, old fashioned clean fun!

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Moving on, letting go..


So it's happened y'all. I've finally moved into university. It's an odd feeling, but I'm excited. It's weird saying it, but I think I'm ready for all this. I'm only 17, stand at a whopping 5'3", extremely baby faced, but I'm taking the world on!

(We won't even discuss the fact that the title, and picture are lyrics from a Hannah Montana Song)

On the day I was leaving my friend Chan told me, "Have a great time and don't hold on to what you have down here." She was talking about Jamaica, and when she'd said that I'd been thinking that SAME thing for so many months. About letting go. It's a hard thing for a lot of people to do, but it's so necessary to moving on and living the best life you possibly can.

You have to move on from situations, not because they are necessarily bad, just simply stale and old. Doing new things with new people and keeping the ball rolling isn't a bad thing. If you're feeling stuck, move forward from something you feel like you've just been putting too much time into.
It's time this birdie left her nest, and flew.


I've still got a lot to learn, and I hope a lot of adventures to go on. & quite frankly I'm excited about blogging all these adventures too. :)

Here we are now, everything's about to change. We face tomorrow, as we say goodbye to yesterday. A chapter ending but the stories only just begun, the page is turning for everyone. So I'm moving on, letting go holding on to tomorrow. I've always got the memories while I'm finding who I'm gunna be. We might be apart but I hope you always know you'll be with me wherever I go. - Miley Cyrus (stop judging me).

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P.S. Would it be cheesy to add a little thank you to you all? All your wonderful comments & kind words of encouragement really do mean the world to me & I love reading them! I can't wait to share more with you all!

x Leah Symonne x