Small Things

I find you in a summer breeze

and Sunday afternoons.

I find you in a cup of tea,

and the smell of morning rain.

I find you in the chime of a bike bell,

and the nostalgic taste of childhood sweets.

I find you in the small things,

in the significant insignificances.

Mother Nature’s Solo

The woodpecker takes the role of percussion,

the bubbling brook,

the coo of a distant bird.

The melodic sound of the wind blowing through the trees,

the delicate crunch of leaves under the hoof of a passing deer,

the gentle humming of a bumble bee.

As the sun wakes upand sings her morning song.

The world is an orchestra,

building to a crescendo,

conducted by Mother Nature.

And you are the audience,

giving it the standing ovation it deserves.

Fair Maiden

One man’s ruins is another man’s castle.

Turrets, four; guarding against an enemy unknown.

Up the tight corkscrew staircase

Uneven and crumbling,

lit only by the moon through slit windows.

There she is found.

Fair maiden, damsel in distress.

Yet, her sword tongue cuts through your shield.

Her eyes impale, with a glare that says,

“You can not save me.”

For the dragon to be slain,

lives inside the princess.

Sweet Nothings

Much a sweet nothings exchanged from lip to ear and lip to ear.

A shout into the void will receive a reply, my love, I promise you this.

The moon is our moon, the sun belongs to us.

The reason for the universe is simply for us to be.

//www.instagram.com/embed.js

Go to your happy place

“Go to your happy place”

lying on a beach in a far away country

with the sun holding you as you drift to sleep,

the gentle breaking of waves singing you a lullaby again again again,

icing sugar sand is your pillow; soft and warm it relaxes you as you let it run through your fingers

but i much prefer the sharp pain of winter on my nose,

artificial warmth from a woollen blanket,

holding my favourite mug with both hands and allowing it to scald my palms,

hard rain incessantly tapping on my window, like they’re canon fodder for a machine gun

familiar shivers running through my body, rocking me like a baby

This is my happy place

Barbie as a Feminist Icon?

Barbie has never really been viewed favourably by Feminists. She represents very typical male-perspective impossibly high beauty standards for women. Her body is majorly disproportioned with loooong legs and boobs so big they MUST cause back problems. She represents decadent white America, teaching toxic beauty perceptions.

Yet, a study into Barbie’s career over the years does suggest that perhaps this plastic fantastic is owed some respect from us after all.

It turns out Barbie dolls have had around 72 careers during their time, including President of the United States. Barbie achieved where Hillary Clinton fell short, and has paved the way for other female dolls to also become President. Perhaps we will have a Bratz doll in the White House before we know it.

List of all the jobs Barbie has had over time, including salaries

As you can see by the list provided by Silver Swan Recruitment, Barbie has managed to earn over $45m. This makes her worth the same amount as Kim Kardashian, who is also a sex icon who deserves more respect for her career.

Barbie was a pilot, which is commendable since even in 2019, less than 6% of pilots are women.

Barbie was also a doctor for a short while, which seems progressive since women in movies and toys are delighted to nurses, while men get to be the actual doctors.

The point of this short article is that I hope that the toy industry is taking more of a serious thought into how they are shaping the children of tomorrow. Giving little girls a toy of a female president of the United States may seem small, but who knows how that shapes her perception of politics and her own boundaries as a woman.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of Barbie’s career path, and can she be fairly branded as a feminist icon?

Lots of love, Evie x

Exciting Opportunities

It is nearly this blog’s one year anniversary, and I have something exciting I wish to tell you about.

I know I wrote about this a few posts ago, but I just wanted to have a separate post to update you guys and to thank you all!

I first opened this blog as a portfolio of my writing. I knew I always wanted to go into editing/publishing/writing, and so I thought it would be handy for me to have a space on the internet that I could link potential employers to see my work. At first, it was mainly recipes, then book reviews, and now my blog has evolved into a place where I can just express myself.

Watching my blog grow and grow in users and clicks and everything has been so exciting. I love seeing familiar faces liking my posts, and I love hearing your comments.

I have an app which tells me where in the world my users are from, and it is so exciting to see people from the UK, to USA, to Nigeria, to Saudi Arabia, and further reading my content. I appreciate this little community which I have built, and all the support I have received from you guys over the year.

A few weeks ago, I started my job as a PROFESSIONAL WRITER (oh yeaahhhh). Professional in the sense that I get paid to write, I am not by any means saying I am a master of language… yet.

I have become the content writer for an online magazine called iStudent-Global, which is focused around writing for University students. I would massively appreciate you guys reading my content, and will link below to every single article I have had posted thus far:

The Future of AI

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

Meet people who speak your language while studying abroad

How can your University support your Mental Health?

How to Save the World on a Student Budget

Tips for Dealing with Mental Health at University

What Alumni Say

My blog directly had an impact on whether or not I got this job, and I am so thankful that I made it.

The moral of this and the lesson I have learnt is to always seek out opportunities, or ways to make things happen. Create your own experiences and seize control of your own future and your destiny. I have so many friends who also want to go into writing, but the ones who have their own blogs/work for the student newspaper/write articles online are the ones who have/will achieve their goals. They are going out there and getting their own work experience in the industry, shaping their writing styles, and proving themselves to the world. I absolutely implore you to go out there and make it happen for yourself, take initiative!

I am hoping that now I will apply this lesson to other areas of my life, and I hope it helps out even just one of you!

Thank you for an amazing (almost) year, for supporting me and reading my content.

Please do comment below if you have anything to say/anything you would like me to write about.

Lots of love, Evie x