25/10/2015

What To Watch On Netflix Now


If I'm not sleeping, working or at the gym, you can bet your ass I'm watching Netflix. There's nothing I love more than cuddling up in front of some quality TV, especially when it starts to get into the colder, darker months.
I love browsing through Netflix as my taste in films is so varied but there's times when I just can't make my mind up on what to watch. Anyone else feel like they have too much choice sometimes?
That's why I thought this post would be a good idea for if you're ever stuck in the same position and cant decide on something to watch.

If you're looking for a new series to watch, my first pick is sitcom The League. At first I was a bit hesitant considering it's about a fantasy football league and I know absolutely nothing about American football, but after my friend Matt raved about it I decided to give it a chance. He actually said it was better than The Office which is a bold claim in my opinion and although I don't agree with that, I still think it's pretty high up there. You don't actually need to know a thing about fantasy football to find this hilarious, it's really just a sitcom about a group of friends going about their everyday lives. They'll do anything to win their trophy, the Shiva Bowl, and it's so funny to see how far they'll go to get one up on their friends in the league.

Next up is a documentary that really opened my eyes and I cannot urge you enough to watch this if you haven't already. Blackfish, a film about SeaWorld and one of their orca's, Tilikum, was very controversial when it first came out but it's changed so many people's minds in the past two years and hopefully will continue to do so until SeaWorld is closed down. As someone who visited SeaWorld on family holidays when I was a child, this documentary really hit close to home and I'm so glad to see it is having an effect on SeaWorld who showed an 84% decline in profits in the past year. Even if you're not an animal lover, this is still a must see as it's truly enlightening.

Based on a true story, my next choice is the harrowing drama Fruitvale Station which tells the story of Oscar Grant III. With the more recent deaths of Sandra Bland and Michael Brown, it's clear that racism and police brutality are still relevant and serious issues in 2015 and this film addresses these problems perfectly. Be prepared to have all the feels whilst watching this and maybe shed a few tears too if you're a crier like myself.

There's nothing I love more than a good documentary, something which always seems to surprise people, but I think it's because I'm quite a curious person. Well I say curious, a more accurate word would be nosy. Being such a big fan of documentaries, I love that Netflix has such a wide range on offer but sometimes it's nice to stick with the King of Documentaries AKA Louis Theroux. His self titled series covers a variety of subjects so there's sure to be something that floats your boat but a few of my personal favourites were Extreme Love - Autism, Behind Bars & Under The Knife.

My final recommendation is Soul Surfer, again a film based on a true story but this one is about teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. If you're having a bad day and need to be inspired or you just want to bawl your eyes out, this is the perfect film for you. It follows Bethany's life as she tries to overcome a tragic accident and in doing so, becomes an inspiration to people all over the world. Definitely remember to have tissues to hand or a puppy to cuddle if you're watching this one.

Hopefully one of these has caught your eye as the perfect Sunday night entertainment or maybe just a film to get you through the week? If you have your own recommendations you've been loving recently let me know, I'm always on the hunt for a TV series to binge watch.

17/10/2015

My Favourite Person


This week I saw the film Miss You Already at the cinema and without spoiling it for any of you guys it was an emotion filled story about two best friends, one of whom ends up getting Cancer. I was welling up constantly throughout the film and would recommend it to anyone, just make sure you wear waterproof mascara and take tissues! 
Anyway, it got me thinking about how amazing my friends are and without sounding too selfish, how much I want to be the first one to die so I don't have to live without them. 
Slightly morbid thoughts aside, my friends have been so wonderful especially these past four or so months when things have gotten really tough. My mental and physical health took a massive decline but luckily I have a great support network and I'm feeling back to my old self more and more each day. 

One friend in particular though has been there for me, not only these past four months, but the past 8 or so years. My beautiful best friend Alice has been there through thick and thin, always messaging me to check in and recently has been my main source of motivation. Even when she lived 500 miles away in Paris working full time or when she had her finals to revise for, she always had time for me.

Whether that be something as simple as getting me out of bed or when I've thought about taking my own life, this girl would drop anything to make sure I'm okay. She's been there for me through all my break ups and cheering me through all my achievements. She's the reason I had the guts to quit the job where I was discriminated against for my gender and illness. She's the reason I went on my first ever holiday away from my parents. She's the reason I stood up to my father and stopped letting him control my life decisions. She's basically the reason I'm here today and for that I owe her so much. 

My bestie, my bae, my cheerleader, my perfect Perfs, my main gal, my fellow Kesha fan, my ride or die - whatever I choose to call her, she will always be my best friend. There's a handful of people I know I'll always be friends with and she is for sure one of them. We've done some amazing things together and also some pretty stupid things but hey, it's all a learning curve and the important part is that we were there together for it all. I'm scared for the future and what it'll bring but knowing she'll be there along the way supporting me makes it a hell of a lot easier. 

If one of your friends suffers from anxiety or depression, take it from me, messaging them a simple 'how are you' makes the whole world of difference. Even if they don't reply, it means so much to know that someone is thinking of you when you feel totally alone. 
Or if you've drifted from your bestie or you've just been too busy to talk, message them now and tell them how much they mean cos life's too short to let them slip away. 

Much love to you all and Alice, if you're reading this, I'm sorry for posting these old photos for every one to see. Sorry not sorry. We look fabulous.