10 INTERNET FRIENDS, 2 BRIDES AND 1 HELL OF A WEDDING!

Last night, I uploaded my FAVOURITE VIDEO EVER but it doesn’t work on mobile because of the song choices ūüôĀ BUT, apparently it works if it’s embedded…so this should hopefully work for those that couldn’t see it before.

Why I film my periods…

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Do you feel embarrassed when you hear someone mention their period?

Do you think people should keep these things to themselves and refrain from talking about them in public?

Does it make you uncomfortable?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then I’m sorry, but you’re part of the problem.

Why is menstruation such a taboo topic? 

In the past, I remember being absolutely mortified¬†when a bunch of tampons spilled out of my bag on a packed train. Or when I leaked through my white joggies (I know, I was a fashionable kid!) during gym class in high school. The worst was when my high school bully found my mum’s letter to the teacher that read:

Dear Mrs Green, 

Erin can not participate in gym class today as she has a very heavy period.

He showed it to the rest of the boys who all found it HILARIOUS of course, while I held back tears and tried to pretend I didn’t care.

Mortified.

Society has taught us to keep Shark Week on the down low because it’s gross, embarrassing and something that¬†we should refrain from talking about. In primary school, the boys and girls were separated for “special talks”, where the boys were taught about growing hair in scary places and the girls were taught about what to expect when they got their first period. Why didn’t we have both those talks as a group so we could all learn about what the opposite sex had to deal with?¬†Instead, it turned the whole thing into this¬†huge secret that we couldn’t possibly mention in front of boys because it was¬†embarrassing. It wasn’t for them¬†to know about, right? Nowadays,¬†we try to hide our pads and tampons on the way to the toilet (my friend, Kirsty, described¬†it as: “it’s as if we’re taking part in some sort of dodgy drug deal”), we refrain from bringing up how bloody sore¬†(pun intended) our cramps are, for fear of making others feel uncomfortable and worst of all, we’re made to feel gross for being on our periods because GOD FORBID, BLOOD is coming out of our VAGINAS?! Ewwww!

Because of this, I decided to make a change.

Now, I make a point of mentioning my period occasionally in conversation, I don’t hide my pads, tampons or menstrual cup when heading to the toilet anymore – people can just get used to seeing it and I started a youtube series called Week in the Life of a Period.

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I’m currently filming my 5th vlog in the series, (it’s been 5 months already – where has the time gone?!) and I’m loving¬†it. Each video is filmed throughout the¬†entire week I’m menstruating and I vlog¬†about PMS, flow, cramps, emotions, leakage, products, spots…all the gory details. NOTHING is held back.

It was slightly terrifying to post the first video. I mean, my family and my boss watch my videos Рdid I really want them to see me crying in bed while stuffing my face with chocolate?

YES. I did.

Despite the fear of people thinking I was off my head,¬†it actually went down really well! Comments started seeping in (lol) from women sharing their own stories¬†about their cycles and engaging in discussions about the different types of experiences we have while bleeding from our vadges. More and more women have started opening up in the comments of these videos and it’s become a safe space to discuss periods without any sort of attached stigma or unnecessary negativity. However, these videos aren’t only for women. Men have¬†commented too, explaining that it’s¬†given them¬†insight into what having a period is like, which I think is GREAT. Everyone¬†is welcome to watch these videos!

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Menstruation is a natural part of life¬†and this proves that the more we talk about it, the more it normalises it. If people start getting used to hearing about our experiences, it won’t be an “embarrassing topic” anymore, it’ll be¬†normal.

Comparing¬†our own experiences can¬†also bring abnormalities to light, that¬†otherwise wouldn’t have been noticed.

Having your period isn’t something to be ashamed of. This isn’t Carrie. I often hear the argument, “I don’t talk about my bowel habits, so you shouldn’t talk about your periods”. NEWSFLASH: POO AND PERIODS AREN’T THE SAME THING, (if you bleed from your bum hole, you should probably¬†consult a doctor). I agree, I think poo is pretty gross, but I don’t take my menstrual cup out, see blood on my hands and think, OH MY GOD, I’M SO DIRTY AND DISGUSTING. Menstrual blood¬†is clean.¬†Of course, hygiene is important and washing your hands before and after using your cup is a must, but come¬†on,¬†comparing the two isn’t even a legitimate argument.

If someone makes you feel gross for talking about it then:

  1. They probably aren’t used to hearing about it.
  2. They need educated on the subject.
  3. They’re a douche.
  4. You should throw tampons at them. (Don’t actually do this, they’re expensive).

I’d encourage everybody who menstruates¬†to make small changes to get rid of the stigma once and for all, be it¬†refusing¬†to¬†get embarrassed when buying menstrual products in the shop or speaking more about it¬†to the men in your life. Even the tiniest steps could make a huge difference!

Remember: Periods are¬†natural, healthy, normal and¬†definitely aren’t¬†something to be ashamed of.

Click the picture below to see my Week in the Life of a Period Playlist! Also, shout out to Tara/Cattitude & Co for also making amazing Shark Week videos!

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February Favourites 2015

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Here’s¬†a little sneak peek of what I enjoyed last month!

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Holly and Tara are two bloggers I’ve been absolutely loving lately!
Holly (witchcake.co.uk) is a brilliant writer and blogs about sex, fantasy, lifestyle and more. Anyone who is as open as her gets a massive thumbs up from me.

I also love Tara (cattitudeandco.uk) because of how open she is and the fact she writes about periods, vaginas and feminism (amongst other things!).

Both girls are extremely unique and sooo interesting Рdefinitely check them out!

To see what else I’ve enjoyed throughout February, here’s¬†my new youtube video!

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Creep Week #3! – Hike Chats and Creepy Mountain People

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During my 2 weeks off from work, I walked the Stank Glen route in Callander and also along Loch Katrine in Aberfoyle. I filmed both of the walks (video below) but I thought I would share the photos!

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The Stank Glen loop starts at one of the Ben Ledi routes, is 9km long, has brilliant paths and great views over Loch Lubnaig!

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Drive to Callander

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Ben Ledi

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Loch Lubnaig

3 days after Stank Glen, my boyfriend and I set out to do Primrose Hill in Aberfoyle but when we arrived, I couldn’t be bothered, ha! We decided on a walk along Loch Katrine, but ended up doing 14 miles altogether! Despite the sore legs, it was worth it for these views.

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You can see all the footage from these days in my new Creep Week vlog along with clips from Ben Donich!

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Weird Sightings and The Running Ghost

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Anyone who knows me will know that I¬†love a ghost story but I’m an absolute wimp. The first time I heard the stories from my new youtube video, I couldn’t sleep¬†without picturing the Running Ghost¬†next to my bed at night!

These¬†stories belong to my dad and they’re some of my favourites of all time. I’d recommend watching this video before going to sleep¬†;).

What is your favourite ghost story? Leave it in the comments below!

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Sunny, Snowy Scotland

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Scottish weather is a complete mystery.¬†Sun can’t be guaranteed in summer and snow can’t be guaranteed in winter; you¬†just never know what it’s going to be like outside.¬†Deciding what to wear when heading out can be problematic – we can’t always rely on the weather forecast!

Yesterday, the weather forecast said it was to be dry and sunny, so I jumped on the chance of a drive to Arrochar for a small hill walk. When I got there, it was pissing down. Typical.
(Tip for walking in Scotland: Always bring waterproofs!)
Thankfully, it dried up later on and it ended up being perfect walking weather!

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Speaking of being prepared for the weather, in January, I was not prepared for the snow. Luckily, it only lasted for 2 days (thank GOD) and on one of the days, I enjoyed a stroll in Balloch Park, watching everyone sledging while pelting my boyfriend with snowballs.

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The vlog from both of these days will be linked at the end of this post!

Here are the rest of the photos!

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Also stopped at Firkin Point, Loch Lomond on the way back from Arrochar!

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Balloch Park

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January Favourites 2016

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I’m slightly freaking out about how quickly January passed us. What the hell?!

The end of the month calls for a new favourites video; but first, here’s a¬†wee sneak peek of some of the things I’ve been enjoying!

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I’m interested in¬†all things to do with Everest, so I¬†loved this. It’s about the 1996 Everest tragedy and it’s INTENSE.¬†The book also¬†intrigued me because Jon Krakauer wrote Into The Wild – another of my favourites!

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My friend Emma bought me a scratch map¬†– how cool is this?! You scratch off all the places you’ve been to and it’s great inspiration for deciding where to travel to next!

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I¬†loved¬†this film when I went to see it in the cinema (although the projector stopped working¬†halfway through and when the movie finally came back on 20 minutes later, it was restarted half an hour before we left off). As usual, Leonardo doesn’t disappoint!

What are some of your favourite things from last month? Leave a comment!

To see the rest of my January favourites, make sure to watch the video below!

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Reading my High School Journal

I think it’s important to keep a diary and to write in it regularly. It not only helps you remember what you’ve done throughout your life, but it helps you to see how you’ve changed and grown over the years.

In my new youtube video, I read some of the entries from my old high school journal. It was¬†painful to read because of how strange and immature I was back then and you’ll probably die of second-hand embarrassment¬†if you watch it.

Remember to give it a thumbs up if you like it!

Enjoy!

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Paranormal Experience in a Haunted Hospital

5 years ago, I had a temporary job as a domestic assistant in a local hospital. From 4pm-8pm, I had to clean the old¬†building, completely by myself, which was¬†terrifying.¬†In my new youtube video, I talk about¬†the creepy experiences I had there…so have a watch! If you like it, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and leave a comment describing a¬†strange¬†experience you’ve had!

Glen Loin and Coiregrograin Circuit

My boyfriend Fraser and I recently walked the Glen Loin and Coiregrograin Circuit, Arrochar in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. We managed 12 miles in 5 hours, (it’s an 11 mile loop, but we took a wrong turn at one point!) and managed to escape the rain. It was enjoyable, but it showed me just how long it’s been since I’ve hiked¬†– my legs were killing me!

You can see the walk in my new youtube video, which includes footage of us hitting a bog and almost getting stuck; story of my life.

Here are some photos from the day:

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The video:

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