DP Retreat! (school trip lol)

Hellooo guys

What are you up to? And how are you feeling about winter and the break from school??

I am extremely happy that it’s winter because that means we can finally spend a lot more time outdoors (UAE weather is just quirky and not like other girls) and who doesn’t love that. At the end of November, my year group went on a two-night trip to a campground in Ras al Khaimah.

The bus drive there would have been around 2 and a half to 3 hours BUT the a.c. in our bus broke so we had to stop at a gas station that was lowkey in the middle of nowhere (not really but) for an hour while they got us a new bus. At least that gave us the opportunity to buy ice cream. When we finally arrived we got to just chill at the beach and the pool (and we also found a petting zoo which was adorable). That night we stayed up until 3:30 am playing truth (like truth or dare but you don’t have the option to say dare. so crazy, I know).

Then the next day we did science experiments in groups and then continued to stay at the beach and pool. I also attempted to play volleyball and me and a few friends performed 3 songs to an audience of like 2 people so truly an eventful day.

As usual, the pictures are the main event and they’re the best at expressing how fun the trip was so here they areeee ๐Ÿ˜š

So yep it was a lot of fun and felt much more like summer than winter but whatever.

Do you have any winter break plans? Are you travelling anywhere?? Talk to me in the comments it’s been a while (my fault but still)

Song rec. of the post: Nonsense by Sabrina Carpenter. I used to listen to Sabrina’s music so much when I was like 9-12 years old and then stopped and now that ’emails I can’t send’ is out I’m back. The songs are just so good and especially Nonsense because it’s so fun and gets stuck in your head very very quickly. I also love the little outros she added at her shows and I randomly sing the New York one like 24/7. Point is, it’s a perfect pop song so go listen to it.

Love,

Hreemy xx

5 Years of Blogging (+300 followers??)

The gorgeous cake me and Simmy made together. Ignore the blob on the top we had some minor technical difficulties.

Hello guysssss

I created this lovely little blog FIVE WHOLE YEARS AGO when I was a tiny 12-year-old which (as I say every year) is so insane to think about. I don’t know if I expected myself to still be writing 5 years later but I definitely hoped that I would be.

I don’t blog consistently enough to say that but whatever, it’s the thought that counts and I’m here right now, aren’t I? yes. Thank you.

It’s so weird to look through my older blog posts and see how much I’ve changed and the way I remember writing these posts and coming up with ideas for them like it was yesterday. It’s so adorable because they feel like little journal entries (that anyone who’s interested can very easily see) or like (one-sided) conversations with friends.

Along with completing 5 years I also recently reached 300 followers on my blog??! I keep putting the question marks because once again it’s quite insane, I mean, 300 is a lot.

Thankkkk youuuu eveerryoneee for reading and liking and commenting and following honestly it means the world to me and makes 12 year old me extremely shocked and excited. I love you!!

Song rec. of the post: Snow On The Beach by Taylor Swift feat. Lana Del Rey. Anyone who ever said this is a bad song is just objectively so wrong and I’m glad I don’t have to share one of my favourite songs with you (might be harsh but I’m just very passionate about my cause). The song overall just feels so ethereal and sweet and floaty and the lyrics are so precious and dreamy. I mean “I searched aurora borealis green, I’ve never seen someone lit from within, blurring out my periphery”???? I love this song with my entire heart so please go listen to it, it’s beautiful. Let me know what you think when you do <3.

Love, Hreemy

xx

Things I’ve Learnt While Being 16

Helloooo

Not sure if you know this but my birthday was at the beginning of this month (the 5th, to be exact) and I am now a dancing queen, young and sweet, only 17.

I’ve already used that lyric at every opportunity so the people that know me are so done with it. But like it would be a waste if I didn’t make every single lyric related to being 17 my entire personality for this year.

Anyways so 16 was definitely the most chaotic and eventful year of my life; the highs were the highest and the lows were the lowest, as Louis Tomlinson once said. Through all of it I learnt a few lessons and came across a few quotes that really stuck with me so I decided to share some of those things on my blog, hope you enjoy.

“Your aim is to do your best, not better than someone else”

This is actually advice I offhandedly gave to one of my friends this year and if you knew me you’d find that incredibly ironic because comparing myself to others is one of my talents. But last year I worked really hard to improve my economics grade from a passing grade at the start of the year to the highest one you can get at the end of the year and realised that it’s so much more satisfying and rewarding to compete with your own achievements than someone else’s.

“If you never bleed you’re never gonna grow”

Some wise words from Taylor Swift that I didn’t understand when I first heard them but I get them now. Although we hate getting hurt and enduring negative situations, we can’t grow or develop as a person without them. Even though it sucks, you need to experience failure, or losing something you love, or just being really hurt or upset in order to grow stronger.

“If nobody said it, don’t assume it”

This one might not make sense but I need it because I tend to overthink conversations and people’s reactions until I somehow come to the conclusion that they don’t like me anymore. So my friend told me to not assume this unless I have solid evidence (the only acceptable solid evidence is the person outright saying that they don’t like me) because until then there’s kind of no proof. I don’t know if that makes any sense but I find it helpful to remember that anytime I’m in that sort of situation.

“Just because things could’ve been different doesn’t mean they would have been better”

This one is pretty self-explanatory ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿผ

So yep. I didn’t expect to be old and wise already but here I am writing about LIFE LESSONS. Gosh. I hope you enjoyed reading this post or at least found one of the lessons valuable because I mean they do have potential, you know?

Talk to me in the comments about anything I’ve written here, or about autumn, or about MIDNIGHTS (I love the album, honestly. I’ve heard a lot of people say they were disappointed but I really love most of the songs like Anti-Hero, Question..?, Midnight Rain and the rest are growing on me).

Song rec. of the post: Maroon by Taylor Swift. Taylor seems to really love the colour red but it’s okay because I do too. I feel like this song sounds like those movie scenes where the main character is standing in a dark, crowded party but the only thing they’re focused on is this other person and everything is happening in slow motion. Ugh I just love it so much so go listen to it and tell me what you think.

Love,

Hreemy xx

India Trip Photo Diary ๐ŸŒป

Helloooo

I was going to name this post ‘august slipped away into a moment in time’ until I realised this is basically a recap of my trip, not the entirety of the month. The prize for the most unique August recap title would not go to me ๐Ÿ˜‹ or even many other August recap posts I’ve seen, to be honest. But it’s okay, we’re just enjoying folklore and we do get points for that. (speaking of Taylor, who else can’t wait for Midnightttsss!!!!). Then there’s also Louis’ new album coming, ugh fall is gonna be so good.

Anyways so summer is somehow over already and I’m now in in YEAR 12 (grade 11, junior year, whatever you call it) and I’m really not excited for all the work we have this year, but I am excited to hopefully hang out with my friends much much more than I did last year.

August was a pretty fun month and this was the best summer I’ve had since 2019 (because I got to actually leave the house and do things this time ๐Ÿ˜ญ). I hung out with my cousins a lot, bought a bunch of clothes, attempted to journal more and went to India!! Feels like it’s been forever and I really loved the trip, even though I got food poisoning like halfway through ๐Ÿ˜‹ In India we went for a wedding which I was extremely excited for because, I mean, everyone knows that Indian weddings are just iconic.

I’m gonna stop talking now because, if I’m being completely honest, I have no idea what else to say. The pictures are much more fun to look at so I hope you like them ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Not sure if you guys have noticed yet but I very much love random little photo dumps; I have nowhere else for my photos to go soo yep.

I hope you enjoyed this post!! I really do love the photos and I miss summer already.

What did you do this summer? How is school/college going? What is the next thing you’re currently looking forward to?? Let me know in the comments, I love reading them!! ๐Ÿ˜š

Song recommendation of the post: Villain by Maisie Peters. Guys. If you haven’t heard any of Maisie’s songs before, I really need you to go listen now. I only started listening to her at the beginning of summer but one by one I became obsessed with every song off her album (‘You Signed Up For This’) because her melodies and concepts are so perfect and her lyrics are just so well-written and super witty. Ugh I could go on about this for days and I genuinely mean it. So go listen. and then tell me what you think. Now.

Love,

Hreemy xx

Prom & Graduation ๐ŸŽ“

Helllloooo

Happy June and happy pride month!! ๐ŸŒˆ

May was quite a chaotic month honestly we went straight from our final MYP exams (I know I’ve talked about them enough, I’ll stop after this post) to graduation and prom. I’m not complaining though, I somehow thoroughly enjoyed May; it’s probably my favourite month of 2022 so far. Because like we had so many mock exams that by the time we got to finals I was much less nervous and stressed than I was during any mock that we did before. I was just super excited to get them over with and I finally did ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Anyways. On the 25th of May we had our MYP graduation (the IB middle years program) so that was fun. I was quite excited to dress up a bit and also to finally see people in my year without their masks ๐Ÿ˜ญ Then like 3 days later was Prom!!! My dress gave me and my friends very much Evelyn Hugo vibes so you’ll see that in the pictures. Simmy, Netra and I all got ready together, took pictures, and ate at Simmy’s house and then danced for a few hours in heels and slightly uncomfortable dresses.

Finally here are the pictures because let’s be honest, they’re the most important part (first three pics are grad and the rest are prom).

(if you’re reading this post on email the picture formatting will be a bit off!! it’s better on the website lol)

I hope you liked the pictures!!! I definitely did ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Talk to me in the comments about your month!! How was May?? What were the highlights and the worst parts (lowlights? idk)?! What are you looking forward to this month? ๐Ÿ˜š

Song recommendation of the post: Colours of You by Baby Queen.
I heard this song because of Heartstopper (like most people I’m pretty sure) and loved it almost immediately. I’m very much a lyrics girl and the lyrics of this song are just so pretty, I’m in love. Listen to the song and let me know what you think!!

So much love,

Hreemy xx

Take Care of Your Mental Health <3

Hello!!

How are you??

I finish my finals this week ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Can’t wait to not study for a while and then for prom and (myp) graduation!!! So much to look forward to.

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to write a related blog post, just like last year (for anyone who remembers that one lol).

Anywayss taking care and being mindful of your mental health is a pretty important thing. It’s still a topic that people are scared to talk about in case it’s something you’re like meant to keep to yourself. Well spoiler alert: you don’t have to keep it to yourself.

Honestly, everybody you know has their own thing that they’re dealing with, so remember that you are not alone and there’s nothing wrong with you. I’ve found it’s really nice to talk to someone you love and trust when you’re not feeling your best because we tend to overcomplicate stuff in our head and that outside perspective can be super helpful. It’s okay to reach out for help when you need it!!

As always I recommend journaling if you need a place to get your thoughts out without judgement or to try and get a better understanding of what you’re actually feeling. I like to journal when I notice that I’m avoiding my thoughts because it forces me to think about what I’m feeling and although it doesn’t fix the problem it really makes it feel a lot less scary than it did before.

So like I said earlier, everyone has their bad moments, worries and insecurities. For example I know I tend to compare myself to other people I know a lot and put too much pressure on myself. Currently trying to work on that โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

The pictures I’ve put in this post do a better job at talking about mental health than I do but please remember to take care of yourself and go easy on yourself and rest when you need it because resting is GREAT and actually an excellent use of time.

I love you so so much, thanks for reading this post!!

Hreemy xx

(my friend agrees with this and I trust her sooooo you should too:)
yes yess!!! always!!

Autumn-Winter Photo Dump ๐Ÿ“ท

hello beautiful peopleeee!!

how are you? what’s up?

wow another post in less than a month? I’m like a whole new person.

I’m really not ๐Ÿ˜” I just love photo dumps so I took the opportunity of spring starting to do a little autumn to winter photo dump and life update.

At the moment I’m on my second week of spring break and studying once again for my second set of mocks (why do we need two ๐Ÿ˜ญ) and my economics and business finals. It hasn’t registered in my brain yet, it’s only gonna register as I’m halfway through my third exam. oh welllll wish me luck!

okay now let me do some bullet point life events that will sometimes (like 99% of the time) correspond with the pictures in my dump. enjoyyy ๐Ÿ˜š

  • Met my best friend Noelle when she visited from Switzerland in Jan
  • Hung out with friends a bunch of times which was very fun and also with my cousins when they came back from uni for winter break!
  • Enjoyed the masterpiece that is Red (Taylor’s Version) and spent a week or two writing the masterpiece that is Red (Hreem’s Version)
  • Developed an addiction to hot chocolate (especially Starbucks’ hot chocolate for some reason, I think they put something in that)
  • Went to Expo 2020 for three days on a school trip and it was a little too sunny but still so much fun I got like 26 stamps โ˜บ๏ธ
  • This didn’t happen to me but my friend Misha nearly burnt down her house (exaggeration but not really) while trying to make chocolate covered strawberries for our friend who had covid and me who nearly got covid and was therefore isolating. Chaotic. I just added that to give some context for one of the last few pictures.
  • Met Celia (the girl in the third picture) and became besties and sang+wrote songs together
  • Celebrated Valentines day with my friends with lots of chocolate and heart-shaped balloons
  • My mom got me and my brother very cute Valentines donuts ๐Ÿ˜ญโค๏ธ
  • Had a little holi party with some of my friends which was the most fun thing EVER (took me forever to get the pink colour out of my scalp and nails but honestly worth it)
  • Adopted a stuffed penguin with Simmy (he’s our baby and his name is Louis)
  • Got our MYP graduation photos taken (a very momentous occasion dude years 7-11 were a rollercoaster and I’m not even done with year 11 yet)
  • Went on a very cute picnic with Simmy, Misha and Netra

I didn’t realise how much happened in the last few months until I listed everything and then cut a lot of it out because… it got a bit much.

But I hope you enjoyed this post because I absolutely loved writing it and collecting the pictures. Photo dumps will forever be my favourite posts to read and make.

What interesting stuff has happened in your life lately? What are you looking forward to? What did you think of Harry’s new song???

Chat with me in the comments about literally anything I love talking to youuuuuu!!

Song recommendation of the post: AS IT WAS BY HARRY STYLESSS. Can’t believe he’s back. Took forever but I’ll forgive him I guess ๐Ÿ™„ I love As It Was so so so much honestly the melody the lyrics the everything. I’m so excited for this new era and his album!!!!! Listen to the song if you haven’t heard it already (if you haven’t heard it yet, where have you been) and tell me if you love it, or even if you don’t.

Lots of love,

Hreemy xx

Things My Friends Do That I Like :)

Hello everybodyyyy

How are you doinggg? Hope you had a Happy Holi if you celebrate (I did celebrate, it was so much fun. Except my scalp is still pink but oh well)

Ages ago one of my friends did this cute thing where she wrote down ‘things her friends do that she likes’ and I thought it was very sweet so here is me doing it on my blog for a few of my best friends.

Noelle

  • calls people by cute nicknames (e.g. lovie)
  • what a feeling by one direction is literally our song
  • can talk to her about anything and she gives great advice
  • her taste in music is so versatile
  • always makes me laugh even over text

Netra

  • loves analysing and really understanding people
  • super observant, she notices like the tiniest things
  • practically adopted this cat that keeps visiting her house
  • eats anything and everything (also smarties that have fallen on the floor)
  • does whatever she wants/ makes her happy

Simran

  • sends us a picture every time she gets her nails done
  • always giving hugs and playing with your hair
  • does her eyeliner so nicely
  • has a necklace she made with the name of her favourite book character (idk where it’s gone but she wore it for a long time)
  • is always so herself

Misha

  • gets so excited whenever she sees a dog and shows pictures of her dog at every opportunity
  • her laugh is a very cute giggle
  • always calls me hreemy
  • gives the best motivational speeches
  • her perfume is really strong I always smell it on my clothes after hugging her ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Yana

  • can easily become friends with anybody ever
  • if she ever puts on nail polish it ends up taking an hour and then she takes it off and tells me about it afterwards
  • makes the most unique acronyms while we study for business and biology
  • acts and looks like the main character in school
  • her spontaneity and ability to do anything at any time

Varshitaa

  • makes new little chains for her phone case like every two weeks
  • is now besties with our math teacher and they talk about mani pedis
  • wears double masks ๐Ÿ˜ญ (because her mom told her to but still)
  • we attempt to have full conversations in French for no reason
  • once wrote me a 10-point list of reasons why she is โ€œa material gworlโ€

Aaand that’s the post.

I hope you liked it! Took SO much time not gonna lie it’s hard to come up with stuff on the spot but I like the end result lol.

Comment stuff about your friends, family or even yourself (self love guys) that you like or just chat because I always love your comments ๐Ÿ˜Š Ooh which one of my friends do you think you relate to most or find the most interesting??

Song recommendation of the post: ICU by Phoebe Bridgers is my FAVOURITE song of hers and maybe one of my favourite songs of all time, it’s just that good. I love love love the feeling of the song and the production and the way it builds up then calms down then builds up then calms down then explodes with that amazing guitar and whatever amazing chord she decided to add into the song ๐Ÿ˜ซ Also the lyrics. I mean “if you’re a work of art I’m standing too close I can see the brushstrokes”??? Insanity!!! In conclusion, listen to the song because I’m IN LOVE with it.

Love, Hreemy xx

Let’s Talk About Fangirls

Hello guysss

how have you been??

I’ve just been super busy and tired which is annoying.
Last we had our Personal Project exhibition in school and it was pretty fun because my board was next to most of my friends so we were just chatting and laughing most of the time but it was also extremely exhausting so there’s that.

Anyways, quickly moving on to the topic of today’s post because it’s something I’ve been noticing a lot recently:

โœจfangirlsโœจ

If you’re following my blog and are interested in the stuff I post, I’d say you are most likely also a girl, probably a teenager, and probably a fan of something or someone because I know I am. And if you’ve ever expressed this admiration you have in front of other people you’ve most likely been made fun of for it at least a little bit or been called a “fangirl” in a derogatory way.

For some reason, society loves to hate on girls or women who express their love for…anything really. If a girl goes out of their way to do something for a person, band, book or whatever that they love, or if they express any emotions towards this thing, they are immediately dismissed as obsessive. I mean, I remember One Direction fans being hardcore bullied way back when just for liking a group of five teenage-ish boys? Oh and when people got upset about Zayn leaving or the guys taking a break, the entire internet labelled them as overdramatic and moved on. That doesn’t sit right with me because majority of the people that had something to say were full grown adults like dude let children live and enjoy what they want please and thank you ๐Ÿ˜.

What makes all of this even funnier and more interesting is the fact that sports fans get away with the same behaviour – if not much worse – without any criticism. Sports has generally been seen as a more “masculine” thing, especially before (obviously I don’t immediately associate sports with guys, I just mean in terms of history and the fact that all sports used to be male-dominated) and that suddenly seems to make things okay. Like 15-year-old girls who cry at their favourite artists’ concerts because they’re just overwhelmed with emotion (which I’d say is very sweet) and do no harm to anybody are “hysterical” and “crazy” but screaming and swearing at a sports event just shows that you are “dedicated” and “passionate”. Make it make sense.

There are adult men out there throwing a whole tantrum, vandalising property and literally harming people because their sports team lost and the other team was obviously cheating it was so rigged!!!!!!! but people point fingers at teenagers getting excited about seeing BTS live. Cute.

So yep, those are my thoughts on this topic and I had so much more to say but we can save that for another post.

Let me know your thoughts on what I said. Do you agree? Do you disagree?? I love to read your comments so please leave one ๐Ÿ˜Š

See you next timeeee

Song recommendation of the post: Feels Like by Gracie Abrams came out a few months ago I think and at first I just thought it was like an okay song but I started listening to it more and now I love ittt. I feel like the melody is so nice and her voice is so pretty. I’ve listened to it more than any other song this year so check it out and let me know what you think!!

Love,

Hreemy xx