So as promised, here is the fourth part of the graphic novel, depicting cultural differences and racism in modern society. I will be posting the last part of the novel next week! I hope you have all enjoyed the graphic novel so far!
In the words of the great Billy Joel, “music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Below I have attached a list of another personal 7 feel good songs. Music to help you feel motivated, cry or dance to. Hope you enjoy the list!
Anyone who knows me personally would have often heard the words “I just need to listen to some John, and I’ll be fine”. For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of John Mellencamp, and the way he tells a story through his music. Pink Houses is one of my personal favourites, and seems to uplift my mood when feeling either stressed or over emotional. It’s not exactly a dancing tune, but definitely one to belt out.
Back in 2018 George Ezra released this absolute feel good tune. This classic ‘banger’ has the just the right melody to get your body moving. When feeling a loss of control or having a rather bad day, I listen to this song and go for a nice walk. It instantly puts me in a good mood, and before I know it I’m running home to be in the comfort of my private bedroom, dancing around without a care in the world.
Personally I have never been a big fan of the British Pop-star’s music, but there is something about this song that makes me feel motivated and ready to make a change in my life (even if only for the 3 minutes the song is on). It’s definitely one to belt out, and I find it’s the perfect song to listen to whilst angry or stressed.
This may come across as a bit of a cliche, but this is a perfect song to listen to whilst stressed. I love listening to songs that relate to my mood perfectly, and this is definitely a great song for that. Ironically, I feel stressed, listen to this song which is all about feeling the stress of adulthood, and it seems to work. I feel calmer, almost as if listening to this song for 3 minutes is a release of emotions.
I felt this wouldn’t be a perfect list without at least one female empowerment song. From the hit 2019 movie ‘Bombshell’ based on the true story of the women working for Fox News, this song is a bad ass hit that makes me feel both motivated and angry. It’s a perfect song to let out some steam and feel a sense of purpose or control in your life. As a sexual assault survivor, I feel this song is perfect to get angry to and release some built up emotion.
This is a song with multiple versions, but the original by Cameo is still my personal favourite. Another perfect song to move to and belt out. Word Up is definitely in my top 5 favourite songs, and always seems to put me in a good mood!
This one is most definitely not a feel good song, and would recommend not using it as one. I wanted to finish of this list with a song that might not make you feel great, but is definitely a good song to release some emotions. I don’t always use this song, but if I feel emotionally numb and want to gain a sense of control, I sometimes listen to this, which never fails to make me cry. I don’t know if its the lyrics or the slow melody, but something about this song tugs at my heartstrings.
That concludes the list! I hope you find enjoyment (or a release) in some of the songs listed above, and remember to stay strong and never be afraid to seek help!
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Sorry about the delay once again posting the third part of the graphic novel. As previously mentioned, the aim of this graphic piece is to depict cultural differences and racism in modern society, which is obviously a very important topic. I hope you have enjoyed the graphic novel so far! There is only two more parts to post, which will hopefully be posted within the next two weeks!
With everything that is going on in the world at the moment, I thought I would share my thoughts about the current #blacklivesmatter movement. It saddens me to be writing this post today, as I feel in the year 2020, it should not be a necessary post to write. I am a white girl, and because of that I will never truly understand what it feels like to be discriminated because of my colour or heritage. Of course, I have problems in daily life, but it is not my time to share, it’s their time. Your time. I don’t often post about political and social issues on my blog, but I personally feel this needs to be spoken about. I do not understand, I will never understand. But I support you, and will forever support you.
It shames me the behaviour I have seen lately across the world, in particular individuals that believe it is okay to discriminate and abuse innocent people because of their beliefs, opinions and colour. I have always, and always will stand up for any racism I come across, and will continue to stand by my own beliefs and opinions on racism – there is no excuse. Daisies and Bruises was created as an outlet for both myself, and my readers across the globe. Please contact me for any support needed. Obviously a little disclaimer, I am not a licensed councillor, nor a mental health professional, but I am a friendly shoulder to cry on, shall you need one. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, and my heart condition putting me at risk, I am unable to participate in any protests at the moment. That being said, I support friends who are, and will stand by them all throughout.
Lastly, I would like to share my condolences for George Floyd’s family and friends, an innocent soul taken far too soon.
Daisies and Bruises is a positive site, and no abuse in any kind will be tolerated. Please comment and share kind words only, and please remember to support one another during this difficult and upsetting time.
Sorry about the delay in putting part two up on the blog, been extremely busy finishing off the second year of University! As it is mental health week, I decided to put up the second part today, which highlights the effects of sexual assault. If you have been following my blog for a while now, you know that this is a subject extremely close to my heart, and one of the main reasons I started the blog in the first place. When creating this graphic novel, I wanted to reflect on contemporary issues across the world, and the mental health effects of them. As mentioned, this weeks part is all about sexual assault, and has been based loosely on my own experience – most specifically the healing process. Hope you enjoy part two, and I want to thank you all for your kind words about the first.
Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, I have been working hard to create as much uplifting content as possible. But, I also wanted to share thought provoking content, in as much an entertaining style as possible. With this, I have been creating a series of graphic novels, depicting social and racial differences in modern society. This piece I am posting today, is the first story in an anthology piece I have created, and I will be uploading every week.
Hope you enjoy!
After the rain, I see the daisies,
in their clean, white dresses,
fresh and perfect.
Washed and bright,
their faces lifted to the skies,
and open to the sun.
Is it their youth that makes them so fearless,
despite their diminutive size?
A gullibility of spirit or
lack of worldly knowledge?
Or do their passing, unjustified lives
lead them to embrace the now?
No, their beauty springs from a truth far older,
for they are neither flashy nor flamboyant.
A daisy knows no duplicity,
has no jealousies, no pride.
Its wisdom lies deeper,
and it bends with the wind.
To value the time that we have,
to see beauty in the smallest places,
and to love without fear,
is a talent easily lost.
And the line between happy and sad is drawn
with a thin pencil and a light touch.
In miniature perfection,
a daisy lives fully,
its face in the sunlight.
It lives, and that is enough.
I have been juggling an idea in my head the past few days, unsure whether or not to follow up on it. But sure enough, I decided to take a step into a different direction and give it a go!
I have been turning my blog into a book, writing about my journey with mental health issues, and much like this blog, how I have overcome the most difficult times in my life. The book will be called
‘Diary of a depressed girl’
and is currently being featured on Wattpad. I have thought about turning it into an E-book in the future, but I am currently playing it safe and waiting to see the response on it first.
If you are interested I am placing the link at the bottom of this post, and will be uploading parts/chapters once a week, depending on the response. I hope you will give it a look, and please feel free to critique it in any way necessary, as any feedback is helpful in my opinion.
Music has always calmed me down, and some songs helped me through the most difficult times in my life. Whether they made me feel happy and relaxed, or expressed the exact emotion that I was feeling. So here are my personal top 10 songs to help boost that negative mood!
Home by Phillip Phillips
This is a relaxing song with a beautiful message – theres no place like home. It’s calming nature and lovely lyrics is a definite choice to calm a stressed mind.
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Don’t think this one needs much of an introduction! Known worldwide for it’s happy feeling, this song is a sure feel good tune!
Follow The Sun by Caroline Pennell
Much like Home, this is another relaxing and feel good tune. There are many versions of this song, but Caroline Pennell has a gentle approach to it. If the background music isn’t enough to relax you, the kind words sure will!
The A Team by Ed Sheeran
Another song popular worldwide! The lyrics in this one is enough to relax me alone. Gentle, sweet, calming… What’s not to love about this old school Ed classic?
Shine by Take That
Shine is just all round happy song. Although not calming, the nature of the song is very motivating and catchy. I often listen to this song when I’m out walking and feeling that lack of motivation to do any work, or anything really!
Ready for the Good Life by Paloma Faith
Another motivating tune, Ready for the Good Life is a sure feel good song. Much like shine, this song is a definite choice for the lazy days, and is a great song to remind you about everything good in life.
Moon Dust by Cherry Glazerr
This is just a downright relaxing and lovely song. Not only is the song beautifully composed, but the lyrics are so peaceful and relaxing.
Hate on me by Jill Scott
This one is a little different from the rest, as it is basically a song about sticking the finger to everyone that ‘hates’ you. But despite this, it is a great tune to relieve some stress and anger. I have never felt better than after I have head-banged and lip-synced alone in my room to this empowering tune!
Love Today by MIKA
Another popular song worldwide, this one is great for those down days, when all you need is that pick me up.
Fighter by Christina Aguilera
Definitely the most powerful, motivating and strongest song on the list – no wonder it’s number one! This classic is possibly the greatest break up song of all time (in my opinion), showing that even in the most difficult of times, you can find strength. This tune has definitely given me strength and power on the most difficult of days.