Feel Good Friday: 16 Things I Remember…

I love reminiscing about all the funny things I used to love and do when I was younger. I have seen something called the 90’s tag floating around YouTube and instead of not being sure whether something was legit 90’s or not. I thought I would just write a list of things I remember that make me laugh, make me happy and that I think a lot of other people will relate to!

1. I remember when boys we’re icky. When the phrase ‘boy germs or girls germs, no returns’ was  used as you’d touch someone to pass on the boy or girl germs to them. Now you have to worry about catching proper diseases of boys and girls (you know what I’m talking about). Oh how things were so much simpler back then.

2. I remember when Claire’s Accessories seemed like paradise. Full of jewellery, earrings, the latest hair accessories, make up and other girlie things. Does anyone remember those trinket pots, they came out with lots of designs and I wanted them all! They had a present bow on one side then if you turned the lid over there we’re two wire like things with some little ornaments on top, someone tell me I’m not the only one who remembers these!

3. I remember when Tammy Girl was the most fashionable shop to get your clothes. I think everyone used to shop there if you were from around my generation and before.

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4. I remember when stationary shopping made me very happy. I would raid WH Smith. New pencil-case, pencils, gel pens, sparkly fluffy pens, note books, rubbers and all that good stuff. I especially loved going shopping for new stationary for a new year at school. Ahhh all that fresh new stationary haha!

5. No shopping trip or day out with the girls was complete without some gorgeous group photos in a photo booth. Then the next thing was to, go in an apple store and use the Mac Photo booth to take pictures of you and all your friends in different effects. You’d then Bluetooth them to your phone and upload them to Bebo!  Don’t forget doing the most cringe worthy poses you can. A personal favourite of mine was making a tick shape with my thumb and finger then placing it on my chin and doing the best moody pout I could or the look away from the camera pose!

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6. I remember when receiving a sticker at school literally made my day. Sticking them on the front of your work book or to your jumper, if you ended up with two that day, you knew it had been a good day. That’s how you make the other kids jealous.

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7. I remember when skipping was one of my top playground games. Especially when two people held a long skipping rope and you had to run in and start jumping then try run out again. Feeling like a pro when you succeeded without falling flat on your face or getting whipped in the face by the skipping rope. Singing rhymes like ‘Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground’ etc and having to do what ‘teddy bear’ is doing whilst skipping.

8. I remember when wearing tops with huge sparkly, obnoxious slogans and phrases on it was cool. Things like ‘A is for Attitude’ or ‘Beach Babe’ or something along those lines. I have only have one thing appropriate for this.

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9. I remember when getting ‘corn rows’ or hair braids on holiday was a thing. You’d come back from being on holiday and feel super cool at school with your corn rows, or colourful beaded braid!

10. I remember when party bags were one of the best things about going to party’s, minus the cake and fun. Looking in your party bag and finding all sorts of pointless but amazing things, pencils, mini nail polishes, sweets, plastic toys, party horns and other novelty gifts in a little bag, it was the simple things! Down below you will see me super pleased with my party bag haha that face!

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11. I remember when you would write I Love ??? or S.O.V.S (someone very special) on your hand at school. But then when someone ask who you’d get all shy and embarrassed and answer ‘NOT TELLING’. It was a major secret back then, I mean imagine if that got out and the person found out you liked them. That would be the end of your school life as you knew it.

12. I remember when Jacqueline Wilson books were the books that all girls read. I owned most of them and me not being a massive reader never read them, but I still owned a good collection of them and continued to buy them when the other hadn’t been read!

13. I remember some of the amazing TV programmes I used to watch. Saved By The Bell, Lizzie Maguire, That’s So Raven, Keenan and Kel, Tracy Beaker, Sister Sister, Recess, Rugrats, Two Of A Kind, Art Attack, The Amanda Show, 8 Simple Rules and the list goes on, oh how I miss them!

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14. I remember when magazines were only good if they had quizzes in them. Mizz magazine was one of my favourite magazines because of the quizzes like ‘Find out which boy band member you would date’ or ‘Find out which member of such and such pop band your most like’ the answers I got to those quizzes were legit ok. As for when I was much younger I would pick the a magazine according to how good the freebie attached to it was and if it had a colouring picture in it!

15. I remember when summer was arriving at first school and you got to wear your gingham summer school dress with frilly socks. You’d feel super pretty and summary rocking up in one of those, funny how gingham and frilly socks are now stylish!

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16. I remember when I used to listen to what my mum would call ‘Chipmunk’ music with my friends, DJ Boonie and DJ Cammy were two faves. These songs were quite often girls Bebo videos accompanied by some sort of sad story or cute love story to go with the music. Such great music taste.

These are just a few of the things I could think of. I had a little giggle thinking of these and reading through them, let me know in the comments if you remember any of these things, or let me know what classic funny and memorable things you remember from when you were young. If you want do a blog post of your own ‘I remember when’s’ and link me to it in the comments so we can all reminisce on these good times!!

Happy Friday,

Anna

Not all pictures used are my own.

Growing Up

I was listening to the song ‘Never Grow Up’ by Taylor Swift, and if you’ve not heard this song yet, check it out, it’s really beautiful and it never fails to get me thinking about growing up and how much I miss being a child. So that’s basically what this post is going to be about, growing up and how I’ve struggled maturing and growing up with a mental illness. When you’re a child or especially a teenager, you wish those years away, wishing to be an adult so you don’t have to listen to your parents, we all do it! I am now 19 and honestly all I can say is, don’t wish those years away, it may feel like you’re a child or teenager forever but trust me those adult years will come round quicker than you think and once there gone you miss it!

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I think growing up in our society is harder than ever, there is so much pressure on you to know what you want to do career wise and feeling like if you don’t achieve good GCSE’s (which is an exam you take in england, in your final year at school) your future will be nothing. When I was suffering with OCD during my final year at school, I was so confused about myself and what was going on with me, how could I possibly know what I want to do as soon as I leave school, I think teachers should be preparing us for adult life, not just for GCSE’S. They should tell us its ok, if you don’t know what or who you want to be at the moment there’s no rush take your time.

I think I thought I was all grown up during school and I feel like when I finally left school at the age of 16, it shocked me, I’d spent my whole life in education and suddenly I had to choose what I wanted to do for my future, it scared me. I knew I was going to leave school at some point but It was like I never expected it to come, perhaps I pushed it to the back of mind not realising I was scared. I now look back and realise I wasn’t as grown up as I thought I was, I was suffering with OCD and I didn’t feel ready to leave school and start planning for a career.

I think what I’m trying to say is, remember to cherish your school life and child hood, and that its ok to be scared, so what if you don’t know what you want to study and be when your older, there’s still time to discover yourself and the best way to do this is by studying and looking for things that you LOVE, without trying things how can you know what you want to do, some people do, but I am for sure not one of those.

I wish I had stayed young and innocent, for much longer than I did, but at the time I didn’t want too, these days you get into boys or girls at an earlier age, wear more revealing clothes at a young age, see explicit music videos by celebrity’s you look up too and the list goes on. I’m pretty sure at some point my parents would have told me not to rush into growing up but you tend to not listen and think ‘what do you know’ as if they we’re never a child that grew up themselves.

I’m 19 and if you are 16 and under, take it from me who wasn’t long ago 16, cherish every moment you have left in school, and to anyone who’s leaving school, stay strong and don’t be pressured into knowing what you want to do, you have time to decide, when you stop over analyzing and forcing a decision upon yourself you will be more likely discover what you want from life and who you are!

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I wish I was more educated on growing up, and prepared for how hard I may find it and that everybody finds growing up different, some find it easy, others like me it will take time and it will seem scary, but its inevitable so stay strong and you will find yourself, whether it takes you 5 years and the other person 2, you will find your place in this big world just don’t rush!

Why are we taught unnecessary things at school we never use once we’re left, yet we’re barely educated on things like finding who we are, buying a house, budgeting, finances, moving out, standing on our own two feet, cooking meals, being confident with ourselves  and our abilities etc. There are so many things I still don’t know and I am having to learn, yet I can’t remember the last time I needed to remember that algebra equation I got taught in maths class!

I mean of course I’m not a teacher and know nothing about the curriculum and why they teach us what they do, but I feel like we should focus on learning its ok to grow up slowly and instead of putting huge amounts of pressure on someone to achieve GCSE results to make the school look even better, we should focus on producing happy and well-rounded pupils, that don’t leave school feeling scared and lost.

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Let me know if you felt like this when you left school or if you agree with anything I’ve talked about?