The Lourdes Experience

This a picture of my friend Annabel and I holding banners about to walk in a procession! I was utterly terrible at holding it up right.... I find it hard enough to balance myself to be honest never mind a 12 foot pole!

This a picture of my friend Annabel and I holding banners about to walk in a procession! I was utterly terrible at holding it up right…. I find it hard enough to balance myself to be honest never mind a 12 foot pole!

 

 

Recently I went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes (the result of my fundraising hair cut! you can view that post HERE!) I can honestly say it was an experience like no other. While it still fresh in my memory I have decided to document it on my blog and share the experience with you all! 😀


Lets begin with the 27 HOUR COACH JOURNEY SHALL WE? 😉

In order to keep costs at a minimal (well either that or our Teachers enjoyed this torture and felt the need to put us all through it… damn I knew I should’ve handed in that maths homework) we did the entirety of the trip via coach but had a ferry journey from Dover to Calais.

The actual journey went surprisingly fast! The tips I can offer you in order to have a fairly fun coach journey include;

  1. Keeping hydrated!  Drink a lot of water but not so much that you need to pee every 5 minutes, if you do plan on drinking a lot or if you just have a week bladder sit in a seat that near the toilet. There’s noting worse than having to stomp down a coach and wake everyone else- that is a one way ticket to everyone hating you on the coach, trust me on that! 😀

  2. Wear comfy clothes, something that you are happy to lounge about in but also that you can also remove if you need to…. LAYER THEM CLOTHES! I wore this slouchy jersey top and long vest top- both from h&m…. Both inexpensive and practical. I pared them with a pair of leggings and brought some tracksuit bottoms to change into. You can view what I wore by clicking on the item listed…..(I’ve been all snazzy and hyperlinked them you see!) 😀   The jersey shirt…… The long vest top…… the leggings….. The tracksuit bottoms……

  3.  Sit with someone that you like! Time goes so slowly in bad company!! I sat with my friend Nieve but we agreed that we’d swap half way through the journey so that we didn’t end up killing each other…. a lot of people did a similar thing. If you really want to push yourself sit with someone you don’t really know that well and get to know them! Who knows? you might have more in common than you’d think 🙂


    Once we arrived in Lourdes we were all shattered but a day of activities beckoned. Lourdes was a non-stop journey right from the go!

    This is my friends and I  on the first day! Functioning on 4 hours of sleep :D

    This is my friends and I on the first day! Functioning on 4 hours of sleep 😀


     

    The Activities!

    Throughout the trip our days were jam-packed with activities.  For example this is our first day activities timetable!!

    HOW WE DID ALL THIS ON VIRUTALLY NO SLEEP IS BEYOND ME......

    HOW WE DID ALL THIS ON VIRUTALLY NO SLEEP IS BEYOND ME……

    After each day we had reflection and ended up going to bed at about 11/12….. each night we were lucky to get 6 hours sleep! Despite our pilgrim deciding on the 2nd day he no longer wanted to be looked after by my group anymore we were all left stranded and had to leech onto other groups. I fortunately knew one of the pilgrims as he baptised me so I was still fully able to participate. Throughout the activities we reflected upon what we’d done then collectively at the end of each day had the so aptly named ” Reflection” in which some pensive music was played and we prayed and what not. Now I am not particularly religious but being in Lourdes really opens your eyes to all the aspects of religion rather than just church and praying seemed less like a chore and more a time to be alone with your thoughts.

    As a school we did a lot of activities, much more than the 11 other schools that went. This meant we didn’t socialize with the other schools that much, this was something we were all very upset by. Through talking to people from my school that previously went to Lourdes and knowing that through the experience they made life long friends it was a  massive shame that we didn’t have the same experience.


    The Baths

One of my favourite memories of the activities was from the Baths. The story of Lourdes is (in a nutshell) that a young girl called Bernadette saw an apparition of Mary who told her to drink from the water in a dirty grotto, when she did this the water became pure and a spring arose from the ground. People were stunned and slowly one by one begun to drink from the spring; in doing so their illness were cured and the disabled were able. The baths are now a massive attraction at the heart of Lourdes.

Queuing up for the baths somewhat resembled queuing for a ride at a theme park, there was a similar buzz of apprehension, anticipation and excitement through the air.  Lots of the girls were a bit uneasy at the prospect of the baths as we are told that in order to get the most out of the experience we were to go into the frightfully cold baths, NAKED. Now I personally wasn’t bothered by the *ahem* nakedness or the cold (as I used to train in pools of a similar temperature). As we were getting ready to go into the baths I will admit that I was nervous, I don’t know why but there was this feeling in the pit of my stomach a nagging pull in my gut, like butterfly’s but stronger turning my thoughts and making me slightly uneasy.

The actual sisters there are lovely and respectful and took great care of us all. As it was my turn I was determined not to be phased by the cold and stepped onto the first porcelain step. The cold coursed up through my foot, into my leg and seemed to constrict my chest and really took your breath away.  I waded through the water to Mary and said a prayer before sitting down in the bath. (I say bath but it was much more majestic than your tub at home I can assure you- it was like a porcelain hole carved into the ground, quite beautiful) The feeling was quite hard to describe. There is merely one word that comes to mind to describe it, Ominous. The feeling that there was something else there. All my senses seemed alive, alert and awakened. After submerging I found myself laughing, not a hysterical, manic laugh but a laugh of joy and confusion I guess. It was truly one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had.


The Torchlight Processions

On a couple of occasions we were able to participate in the Torchlight processions one of which we allowed onto the main altar, it was a beautiful, beautiful sight and experience.

A little collage of my favourite pictures of the procession. These pictures don't nearly do it enough justice.

A little collage of my favourite pictures of the procession. These pictures don’t nearly do it enough justice.



My Friends/ The Emotions

Lourdes is a very emotional journey. It challenged my thoughts and reawakened some things that I myself hadn’t thought about in a long time. Feelings of supressed emotions, things I preferred to block out all rose to the surface. Feelings so powerful or overwhelming that I was reduced to tears on a few occasions. I hardly ever cry in front of other people but I found my eyes welling up on many occasions (as did many other people from my group). We were all each others own support and friends, even people that I wasn’t that close to became friends that you could talk to. My friends I am indefinitely much closer to emotionally and have a stronger bond with. The most enjoyable, fun moments were at the dinner table….. I’m pretty sure I developed a six pack from all the laughing. (mainly at my food as the waiters didn’t seem to understand the term “sans lactose”…. anyone for boiled potatoes and bread?)

MEAL TIMES WERE THE BEST TIMES

MEAL TIMES WERE THE BEST TIMES



 

AND AFTER ALL THAT EMOTIONAL SHIZZ I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME FOR SOME PHOTO’S….HERES A COLLECTION OF MY FAVORITE SNAPS FROM THE TRIP! 😀

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Outside the basilica taking a group selfie on the floor-- oohh yee

Outside the basilica taking a group selfie on the floor– oohh yee

Myself and Annabel at the Torchlight procession

Myself and Annabel at the Torchlight procession

OOOH CREATIVE SELFIE

OOOH CREATIVE SELFIE

At the "regular" café enjoying there signature glass of tap water

At the “regular” café enjoying there signature glass of tap water

Day 22 of Lourdes and Becky is still taking selfies outside the basilica ;)

Day 22 of Lourdes and Becky is still taking selfies outside the basilica 😉

I look oddly out of proportion on this.... Myself and Grace :)

I look oddly out of proportion on this…. Myself and Grace 🙂

AFTER THE TEACHERS MADE US WALK 7 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS TO GET TO OUR ROOM WE REBELLED AND TTOOK THE LIFT! Muhahahhaha :D

AFTER THE TEACHERS MADE US WALK 7 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS TO GET TO OUR ROOM WE REBELLED AND TTOOK THE LIFT! Muhahahhaha 😀

We greeted our friend Terrence like this after we all beat him to the 7th floor :P

We greeted our friend Terrence like this after we all beat him to the 7th floor 😛

Looking far too happy with myself at a procession

Looking far too happy with myself at a procession

Doing our best cringey poses

Doing our best cringey poses 😀

The face myself and Annabel makes when we see a nice looking derriere! Say hello to the "Dat Ass" face

The face myself and Annabel makes when we see a nice looking derriere! Say hello to the “Dat Ass” face

The face in action!  DAT ASS!

The face in action!
DAT ASS!

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That banner really brings out my dimples 😀


So that just about concludes another post guys! The journey of Lourdes was truly one that I hope I never forget, the tears, the love and the friendships. The sense of belonging and hope. The feeling of pushing myself to try and do new things and putting my all in. I grew so much in the space of one week as a person and really changed my outlook on life.

I wish you all the best in whatever your doing today, I hope that you enjoyed that somewhat emotional post and that if you ever get the chance to go on a pilgrimage or do something a little out your comfort zone you seize the opportunity 😀

See you soon, Becky x

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My List of Priorities- 15 year old Teen

This is what I hope to be a little list of my priorities. The picture above is of my last ever sports day at school- a thought that scares me very much and makes me consider how I have changed as a person.

This post will consist of things that are important to me presently and explain them in an honest way. I hope that I will be able to do more of these in the future and each time I do one that they have changed order or changed entirely. A sort of physiological timeline if you will of things in my brain…… Hope you enjoy the inner clockwork of my brain!


“Sometimes as a person you lose your way. Whether it be through being swayed by others or losing sight of what’s important we stray from the path that we should be travelling on, I personally have no clue as to whether I am wandering down the right path or not but I’m intrigued as to where it’s going to take me.” 


1.Getting the grades. Getting the right grades are so important. In order to keep my options open for the future I need to have the basic grades that allow me to fulfil my potential; well at least that’s what school keeps telling me. I personally do not believe grades are the “be all and end all”, the things that truly control my life. I prefer to think of grades as a good pedestal to boost me up into the big world and help we achieve. Grades aren’t the thing that determine whether you do or not become happy or have a good job. I mean come on, Isaac Newton was failing his tests and Bill Gates was a college dropout. GRADES DO NOT DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON, or so I keep telling myself.

2.  Finding myself as a person. Big issue! At 15 I find I give myself brain ache thinking about what I want for my tea; the prospect that I may have to one day consider my career scares the absolute living jebeebles out of me. I don’t know who I am. I have a pretty good idea that I want to do something that helps others in the future and am very interested in the film industry but god knows where this will take me.

3. What people perceive me as-  The one thing that out of that list really stands out is that I care what people perceive me as; as much as I like to say that I don’t care what people think about me, I do. Its obvious that I don’t care quite as much as your standard 15 year old girl but it affects me somewhat when someone makes a snide comment about a friend to me, it makes me wonder what people say about me behind my back. If I was asked to define myself in 3 words I would say I’m caring, kind and wise. Sometimes I find it difficult to be around my friends who sometimes have trivial problems but blow them entirely out of proportion but I will always offer them advice and a shoulder to cry on but I feel as if sometimes people take me for a given and that when I in return ask for help from others they brush it aside. I will always be there for people to talk to them and guide them but sometimes it would be nice to not be taken for given.  There’s so much more to a person than what they choose to show in there exterior and I feel as if I could show more of myself as a person but I find its easier to conform to what others already see you as than to make them take you (oo-er!) in a different way.


So that just about concludes this post. I have as kept my word and written multiple posts but simply not had the access to publish them so expect you subscription box to be flooded soon! 😀

Posts soon to arrive include:

The Lourdes Experience

My Summer Favourites

Styling short Hair

Dealing With Acne

My Accutane Story

The Duke Of Edinburgh Award (D of E)

My Music- Songs that change your life

My Films- Films that change your life


See you very soon guys- Becky x


Teen Life?…… Growing up with social media

Hello again guys! 

From the title you can probably tell this isn’t going to be a beauty post, its just a little nugget of my thoughts on teen life and the internet.

A rather flattering picture of me on my first day of school (By the way i do not have a glowing yellow eye...That is just a side affect of my mums fantastic photography!).. .. JAZZ HAANDS!!

A rather flattering picture of me on my first day of school..              also beginning “teen life” (dun dun duuuhh)                ….By the way i do not have a glowing yellow eye…That is just a side affect of my mums fantastic photography!)..
.. JAZZ HAANDS!!

In case you didn’t know I am currently age 14, dead in between what i’d class as childhood (4-12) and adulthood (18 upwards). To me teen years are some of the most testing and odd years of someones life.  I do think that times have changed a lot since (for example) since my parents were at school, lots of things we have to deal with now and that are considered a “normal” part of teen life today(or just things that our parents or people older than us just simply can’t understand) seem alien to others. I think the main change has happened  in the short space of 2 years.  On  February 1, 2012 a social media site called Facebook was launched to the public.

Facebook was one really big when I started high school. My friends would say “get Facebook! its great” or “did you see what Boris put on Facebook last night?!” . I felt secluded from them and as if I was missing out on a lot because I didn’t have Facebook. I wasn’t entirely sure on what it entailed and what Facebook was but after months of nagging at my parents they agreed for me to get Facebook.  I said the main reason I wanted it was to keep in touch with some people I met at an audition so my Mum said “yes”.  When I first got Facebook I was really underwhelmed and thought it was rather crappio but unfortunately after weeks of going on it, it was becoming addictive. Obviously if I would of said this to a person 20 years ago, (that I was pretty much addicted to a social media website) I would’ve been called nutty.  This is partially because Geocities, (supposedly one of the first ever social media sites) was created in 1994, this would mean that 20 years ago social media didn’t even exist.  In fact 32 years ago in 1989 British engineer Tim Berners-Lee began work at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland), on what was to become the World Wide Web.  The world wide web itself is only (technically) 32 years old!

Why does Social Media affect Teens most?

Personally I think that Social media really affects teens most because we have grown up with it. There’s sites like  tumblr where things that we view daily and what we consider normal, another person wont. For example the concept of fan “shipping” or “fandoms”.  I personally don’t see the harm in doing this but when I tried to explain it to my mum she just thought it was an absurd thing to do or be a part of and I know its the same with a lot of my friends parents.  I’m not saying every person over the age of 30 is a total dummy when it comes to internet concepts but I would say that a lot of  adults don’t understand things as much as teens or are as accepting of it.  The effect of this is that our views on whats normal is really different to that of say 20 (or maybe even 10) years ago.  We also have sites like twitter that allow us to talk to celebrity’s (or “tweet” them).  This is a thing that is good and bad. For as many good fans that there are there is a handful of people who purposely set out to send “hate messages” to people, (celebrity or not). These people are commonly known as “internet trolls”. We also then have people who are “catfish” (who pretend to be someone there not via a social media website). The Internets a wonderful but scary place.

We view swearing, hate messages and general harshness on a day to day basis and we consider it normal or just a part of being on an internet site. I’m sure if you told an adult about all this they would simply say “delete your account if it bothers you” but the fact is after a while, it doesn’t bother us, we just accept it and “keep scrolling”.  We are also easily influenced by things we see and people we see. Sites such as instagram allow people to share pictures. Celebrity’s also tend to have instagram. They may post a picture of themselves in a bikini or in swimwear. The photo itself is probably edited so much that the person looks nothing like they do in real life but we still look at them and see them as role models and “perfect people”. Obviously not all people are like this and neither are all celebrity’s but again there are a heck of a lot of people who do.

Having Socail media in the  palm of your hand... with great responsibility comes great need to stalk Johnny Depps twitter account...

Having Social media in the palm of your hand… with great power comes great need to stalk Johnny Depps twitter account…(the mans a legend.. how can you not?!) 😉

 

Basically….

I think that social media is a fantastic thing to have WHEN USED PROPERLY. You may also be thinking what made me want to write this post in the first place? Well, this week was the school holidays and i noticed that at the start of this week I was wasting my evenings scrolling through Facebook and peoples twitter feeds, it just made me think of what life would be like 20 years ago, what would I have been doing then? who knows, I may of actually ventured out my room into the outside world? 😉

I know that I really have just barely scratched the surface of what social media is but I think that no matter how many blog posts I do I will probably never be able to explain or get my head around the internet. I personally love social media sites like Facebook because they allow us to talk to and keep up with our friends (which is what facebook is supposed to be about) but I think it is difficult to grow up in the “social media age” because of how vulnerable it makes us to the public and how easily you can find so much out about people.  but of course we don’t NEED to get Facebook or any social media sites and they are there to be used properly, just some people don’t.

My advice?

Don’t get too caught up in the world of social media. If you don’t like what you see or what someones saying to you, you don’t have to listen. Inactivate your account or (if on Facebook) block or delete the person. Who actually cares if you don’t get 50 likes on your profile? If someone isn’t friends with you because you don’t have over 300 hundred Facebook friends that’s just sad on there part.  Having so many likes on your profile picture wont get you a GCSE and similarly stalking Johnny Depps  twitter account wont help you pass your math test (sad but true).  My advice? keep calm and give yourself a break from social media. Don’t let your phone rule your life. In fact I challenge you to not go on Facebook (or any other social media site) (except bloglovin of course 😉 ) and just have a break, go out and socialize or pick up your revison book. do something today that future you will thank you for!

I spy with my little eye...  A floating yellow person without a body....  !SMILEY!

I spy with my little eye…
A floating yellow head without a body….
!SMILEY!

 

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SO THAT JUST ABOUT CONCLUDES THIS POST!

I hope this has been helpful to at least one person!

Xxxxxxxx See you all soon, have a great bonfire night guys! xxxxxxX