Dear Demi,

I was around 13 and in my third year of high school. I didn't have a lot of friends I could really count on, which caused me to become my own worst critic, analysing my external appearance day after day and acquiring very unhealthy habits. I always kept these self critical thoughts private. Keeping the battle I was fighting entirely in my own head.


Because this is a no judgment zone, today I’m celebrating nine years since Glee first aired on TV!
Although the show didn't start broadcasting weekly until September, four months earlier on May 19th 2009 the Pilot was aired giving us a first look at the all singing, all dancing, often cheesy show.

Throughout the six seasons of the show we saw teens from different friend groups, backgrounds, and lifestyles come together and do what thy loved most; sing (and often dance). We saw a heck of a lot of songs, fake pregnancies, actual pregnancies, weddings, breakups, hookups, a tone of slushies thrown, and worst of all - death. As Sue Sylvester said; it was “a world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. [It’s] finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is”. 

In those six years, we learned a lot from Glee. Today, marking exactly nine years since it began, I want to share with you some of the things it's showed me.

You can believe in yourself even if no one else does.

You should never be afraid to voice your opinion even if it isn't the popular one. Stick up for what you believe in. 

Your weakness can easily be your greatest strength. 

It’s okay to be different. 

You can’t change your past, but you can let go and start your future. 

No matter how you’re feeling, a song can help heal you. 

You deserve respect, but so do others. 

Not getting great grades at school doesn't mean you're not smart. 

Money really doesn't buy happiness. 

You can always inspire others - like by inspiring others by showing them how inspiring they are. 

"Dolphins are just gay sharks" 

A good enemy is good to have. They push you to do better. 

You can always find the positive in a negative. 

Having a mental disorder doesn't mean that you’re damaged goods or unwanted.

Your past mistakes and regrets don't define you. 

Confidence is not the same thing as arrogance. 

Work hard for what you want. 

Getting knocked down just means you have to get right back up. 

The right thing and the hard thing are sometimes the same thing.

You’ll never be ready to say goodbye.  

Don’t ever stop believing. 

And though Glee may have ended three years ago, for us gLeeks, it will continue to live on forever! After all...

Did you watch Glee? If so what has it taught you, or what is one of your favourite lines or moments? 

All GIF's used in this post do not belong to me and were all sourced through Google Images.


Sometimes emotions can become difficult to handle and overwhelming. When I was younger I struggled deciphering how exactly I felt which lead me to that dark place we hear others talk about but never want to go to ourselves. I didn't know how to vent, or deal with the mix of emotions and feelings. Anger, sadness, fear, worry, excitement, happiness. It would get too much.

Five years ago, I began speaking to someone about my feelings and what I was putting myself through. I had just turned 15 and I had been in a constant battle with myself to the point my mum realised the extent and insisted I spoke to someone who could help. I turned to my guidance teacher at school who had supported me through a lot before. He referred me to a counsellor who came into the school each week and within a week or so, I was making my way along the corridor every Thursday to speak to someone I had never met before.


Courtney Act. Oh my goodness, where to start? I absolutely love her.

Like every year, when Celebrity Big Brother comes to our television, I have no interest or intent to watch it. I barely even watch television, but when I do, it’s for shows such a RuPaul’s Drag Race and Once Upon A Time. Like many who watch Drag Race, I have my all-time favourites such as Alaska, Willam, Sharon Needles…Courtney Act. So when I heard Shane Jenek (a.k.a Courtney Act) would be entering the house, you bet I got all hyped up - majorly - and tuned into CBB straight away!

After falling in love with Shane / Courtney Act on RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2014, I’m so glad to see Shane taking the opportunity on CBB to educate the other housemates - and the whole public - on a range of issues surrounding gender fluidity, sexuality and identity politics. In the space of a couple of days Courtney Act went viral and has become a favourite for not just the mishap of an entrance with her skirt falling to the ground…twice, but for explaining the spectrums of sexuality and gender so perfectly.


Happy New Year! I hope you had a really great Christmas and Hogmanay! 

The time of year is upon us where people are in the whole ‘new year, new me’ phase, but not me! Nope. Honestly, 2017 was the best year for me since 2014, if not in my whole life. Which is a coincidence as 17 has been my lucky number since I was seven and has definitely proven it's luck! In the last year I have felt much happier and felt I had a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I no longer felt I was just going through life surviving. Why would I want to change now? Instead, this year I’m focused on improving.

With that being said, I have set myself some resolutions to stick at throughout the year (and no, it doesn't include ‘join a gym’…I already done so about three years ago). These aren't just my New Year resolutions, but also some are from my ’20 things to do at 20’ list I created when I turned… you guessed it, 20, but never got round to sharing them - so some of the following I hope on ticking off by August 28th.