Defeating the Green Monster

A real woman doesn’t have to throw dirt on other women to feel more secure and better about herself

I opened up Pinterest on my phone and typed in quotes about jealousy. This one hit me hard. Attending an all girl school, considering myself a feminist and getting pride when I see a female succeed make me who I am as a female. The quote rang a bell deep inside my heart, which ricocheted all the way to my thoughts. It made me want to defeat that green monster, we as people try to avoid.

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5 Series I want to tackle in 2017

I’m here to make a commitment, and you’re clearly here to see me make it, giggle and roll your eyes at my ambition. I often over shoot my reading goals, however I have set to quite a brilliant start this year so far.

I am an avid book collector, however I don’t read as fast as I collect. It’s problematic. I’ve had to invest in more shelves and give up a coffee or two to meet the demands of my book buying addiction. There is probably a place for me to go, where I sit in a circle, introduce myself and confess to the last book I purchased.

‘Hi, I’m Lauren. The last time I clicked ‘check out’ on the Book Depository was 2 hours, 16 minutes and 5 seconds ago.” 

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A Click in Time

She holds no animosity.


Crying cut through the silence of the partly built house. It was a dark, windy night. The rain was heavy. A baby girl was alone on the front porch. Her mother, a teenaged Sussex waitress, was fighting her own battles, in a Britain preparing for World War Two. On the 1st of May 1939, Ethel Patricia Gumbrell, 17, would be trumpeted across the newspaper headlines and charged with abandoning her two-week old daughter.

Hours after abandoning her child, Ethel turned up to Paddington police station. Her conscience had gotten the better of her. She made a statement.

“I’ve abandoned my baby,” she told them.

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You have a gift to offer.

Whether you know it or not, you hold potential. You offer humanity greatness. Although you might not know how to find buried treasure, or build a rocket ship your talent is ever-present regardless. It sounds corny, but I have had to tell myself this a lot these past few weeks. Considering it’s become such a common reminder for myself I decided to pop it in a blog.

I have always had an issue coming to terms with being disliked. I have a loud, pitchy voice. I am loud. I can be obnoxious when I am with the right crowd. Despite my bubbly behaviour, I would often sit and contemplate at night if I annoyed people. I wondered if I get on people’s nerves. In hindsight, this probably caused a lot of the anxiety I have today.

It took up until recently to find the courage and realise I have a talent. I provide to this table that we as humans all sit at. I love the saying that ‘a little goes a long way’. I’ve always been told it. When it comes to saving money, donating money to charity or even contributing to my assignments prior to that 24 hour rush before its due.

I wrote out this quote in my journal. After my small giggle, I realised it’s something I want to continue telling myself daily. When I think the woman at the gym thinks I’m  a wimp. When the customer at work thinks my service isn’t at the quality of a Buckingham Palace butler’s standard. I’ll tell myself this;

“I may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but some people are coffee people”

I may get lucky and had the odd person who enjoys both, but some people are one or the other. This mantra alone makes me feel comfort, in knowing that someone people just don’t appreciate some of the gifts I have to offer. That’s fine though because they have their own offerings.

My gifts are important. My gifts are worthy. I don’t need clarification, and I just have to accept that there is clarification. I don’t need to provide it with the power to manipulate my response and feelings.

For example, I love writing. I hope to pursue a career writing in some way. The feeling of the pen in my hand, and the sound of my nail tips hitting the keys enthrals me. This is my gift to the world. Some people may think this gift is the equivalent of socks under a christmas tree among iPads, Tiffany Co. jewellery and a new car. However, the socks are still a gift. I intend to wear them loud, proud and with immense comfort. Regardless of what anyone else thinks.

The Greatest Show on Earth

When I was little, I would watch cartoons every morning before school as I ate my breakfast. I remember the first time I saw the advertisement which would result in eight-year-old me, causing a lot of annoyance to my parents. When I saw the lions balancing on podiums, the dogs riding bikes and a clown twisting balloons into shapes, I was sold.I did  a remarkable job at nagging, because my parents caved in and took me to the big top.  I sat second row from the front, holding a stuffed animal I had won, thrilled by the greatest show on earth.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Book Review

A novel that makes me laugh and cry will stay with me after its final words. That is exactly what Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Sáenz achieved. It left me sobbing at three o’clock in the morning. The feeling was reminiscent of saying goodbye to a loved family member or an old friend, unaware of when you might see them again. This piece of literature moved me. It is a novel that speaks to the heart of humanity.
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

London is recognized for red busses and black taxicabs. However, my visit differs from the traditional, because I got to witness magic. I have always wanted the chance to walk the halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but I never will. It’s unfortunately fictional. However, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: Harry Potter provides a fantastic substitute.

Whether you stood in line at midnight for premiers or simply endured the series, a visit to this museum is a must. With sets, props and costumes all used in the making of this film, it is a surreal encounter.

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Love is Stronger than Death

Awoken in the dead of the night while a loved family member is overseas is a fear we all have. Safe travels and a safe return home is the hope that we all have when wishing our loved ones a bon voyage. For Kate Fitzsimons, waving her sister off to Thailand was an average mundane activity. Never in a million years did she think of the worst. That was until she got a chilling phone call in the middle of the night informing her that her sister, Nicole, would never be returning home to Australia. At the young age of only 24, Nicole Fitzsimons had been killed in a tragic motorbike accident.

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Put Your Hearts Up

I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason bringing something we must learn and we are led to those who help us most, to grow if we let them and we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true but I know I’m who I am today because I knew you… – Wicked,

As the lyrics to one of my favourite songs say, people come into our lives for specific reasons. Whether they are positive or negative, they are there for a purpose. They step in to teach you lessons about life and even yourself. You’re often completely unaware of the wisdom that has been bestowed upon you, however it’s there. Each person who walks into your life adds a layer to you. They add substance. 

Normally at first glance, I am unable to tell the significance of a person when they walk into my life. Yet, as soon as Kate Fitzsimons presented herself I knew it was because I was about to receive a life long lesson.

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