Life as a Work of Art // blogmas guest writer

Hello! My name is Matthew Hedges, I’m a reality TV personality and YouTuber who’s always had a longing to create. Over the last few years of my life I’ve completely changed as a person and am absolutely in love with life. A lot of people, when they hear the word “Art” immediately think of a painting or maybe a stunning drawing they saw once in their life. That’s definitely not wrong, but I like to view “Art” in a different way.

Art to me, is a part of everything. The way you step on the cracks of a sidewalk, the way the rain drenches your clothes and the sun that rises and sets every morning and night. It’s all so beautiful to me, and I like to view life itself as a work of art. Every day that you experience is shaping and painting your life. From the good to the bad, each moment and memory in time effects the rough draft of your life.

I’m a firm believer that experience and failure are our greatest teachers. Sure we can learn a lot in class and at University, but there’s something different and life changing about when we fail. Each failure is there to teach you something. Maybe it’s to just teach you not to make that same mistake again, or it might be longing for you to take a deeper look under the surface of your life and evaluate some things. Anyways what I’m trying to get at is that our experiences and failures are painting a picture of our lives, and that is what I would call art.

Life is so unpredictable and it’s always switching directions and making drastic changes. That’s what makes art beautiful though. Art is diverse, it’s beautiful and it’s alive. You can choose to interpret any piece of art in any way you want, despite the original intent of the creator. So when it comes to your life, the failure and successes, you can choose to interpret them however you’d like.

When I think back on my life I can see the moments and events that changed where I am today. Life has tossed me around and completely thrown me for a loop. I would have never guessed that I’d end up where I am today. So thinking about my life’s best moments and my worst mistakes, I would never change a thing. They all belong and they’re all a part of my ever-growing and ever-changing life, or how I would like to refer to it as, my “Art.”

So go create your art and never look back! No matter which direction you go, it’s always beautiful and it’s always art.

instagram – @matthewhedgehog . youtube – Matthew Hedges


A Reflective Monday // blogmas

At around this time last year I wrote a post called The Year of High HopesIn this post I talked all about my hopes for the upcoming year as 2017 was about to bring some big changes. Today I wanted to look back on this post and see how far I have come. This is what I wrote down last year:

I hope that I am going to graduate: I actually did quite okay on my final exams. I didn’t need any of the resits and passed in one try, which I am so happy about. My mum even cried. Graduating brought a lot of changes: moving out and starting uni, which terrified me. However, I knew I had to at least try to see this terrifying this as an opportunity to turn my life around and start fresh. If you have ready moving out post, you will know how that went for me.

I hope that I will enjoy my first year at uni: I am enjoying (most of) my courses, so far I am doing alright when it comes to results and I am doing so many fun things when I am not in lectures. In fact, if you were to tell high school me that I would be going out almost every Tuesday night (sometimes even Thursday nights) and actually enjoy it, I do not think she would believe you.

I hope that living in a bigger city will make me feel more at home: Definitely. Not only do I enjoy the town itself; the possibilities to go shopping, go out and do other fun things. I also feel like I have always been a more of a ‘big-city-person’.

I hope that I will be able to surround myself with positive people: This must be the thing I am most happy about. I have found so many new friends who I can have a laugh with (mostly about ridiculous memes) but also talk to when I need someone. Even though I have only known them for a few months now, I am so thankful to have these amazing people in my life. I hope they feel the same way.

I hope to improve my creativity: I am not sure if I have. I did join the art club in my town, which helped me to surround myself with more creative and artistic people. However, I am still not quite happy with the amount of art work I do and the art itself. This is something I still need to work on.

I hope to find my passion: I still haven’t. However, I have to say, now that I am living here, doing fun things, I don’t feel the need to find my passion as much as I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I have loads of things I am passionate about, but I am not sure about having one true passion anymore. Maybe a few small ones will do for me.

I hope to go to more concerts: I am so happy to say that I am! I already went to one, and have another one planned! If you follow my instagram you will know that I saw All Time Low, one of my favourite bands ever, live last October. I also recently bought my tickets to go see Sleeping With Sirens. Not really a concert, but I also have tickets to the Dan and Phil show this June. In my opinion, it is so important to plan fun things for yourself. They don’t have to be concerts, they don’t even need to cost any money, but make sure you give yourself some time out by doing things you love.

What have you achieved this past year? Let me know in the comments!

see you tomorrow! toodlepip xx

Binge Watch Worthy Shows // blogmas

During the cold Winter months, there is nothing I like more than wrapping myself in a warm blanket with a cup of tea and watching episode after episode of my favourite shows on Netflix. However, there is always one problem; I never know what to watch. But fear no more, I am here to tell you exactly which shows are worth watching!

Please Like Me: This is probably my favourite show at the moment. I have already watched all the seasons once, but I am watching them all again now. The show is about Josh and his friends and family going through their daily problems and struggles. Even though the show touches on quite a few serious topics, such as sexuality, mental illness and death, it’s still an easy watch. These topics are all brought in a light and uplifting manner. Definitely a good watch on a cold night in!

New Girl: I cannot tell you how often I have watched this show. I think I might have watched every episode for at least 5 times now. New Girl is a funny, very easy to watch show about a girl moving in with 3 other guys, who she has never met before. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you should definitely give it a try.

American Horror Story: Now this is a show that I know is not for everyone. However, even I, the biggest wuss you will ever meet, liked it. Every season is a completely different story, and, I admit, not all of them are equally great. However, still worthy to give a go. My personal favourites: Murder House (season 1), Coven (season 3) and Freak Show (season 4). Slight warning though: as it is a horror show, it obviously contains quite a few gory, sometimes shocking scenes, so be careful with this one!

Stranger Things: Everyone who has been on the internet lately, has probably heard of this show. However, if you have never watched it, you should. It’s a perfect combination of ship worthy couples, jumpscares, 80’s music and fashion and good laughs.

What tv shows have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments!

see you tomorrow! toodlepip xx

A Poem For My Hometown // blogmas

where you grow up will not always be your home.

your bedroom with posters of your favourite bands on the wall, glow in the dark stars that would always fall, faded echo’s of late night bawls, brawls with your own mind; forever yours to recall.

the memory of your first way out of tune ukulele strums, left over crumbs from inspiration, illustrations and creations scattered all over your bedroom floor.

where you grow up will not always be your home.

the five-minute walk to your elementary school – three minutes if you were late – will be nothing but an old memory and memories fade.

the hidden gate in the bushes that you always used as a shortcut, now overgrown and shut like your memories, because memories decay, tucked away somewhere in the back of your brain and once again I would like to say;

where you grow up will not always be your home.

your old highschool gave you some of the most cruel memories, but memories are memories and one day you will cherish the thought of spending your lunch breaks alone in a bathroom stall, being pushed away in the hall, and getting picked last for basketball, baseball and football.

but I’m just being dramatic, not all of it was tragic; free periods spent drinking bubble tea with friends only extend the good memories, and somewhere, deep down, there lays great power in being a wallflower. hence the word is now visible, for everyone to see, in the bathroom stall in which you always ate your lunch.

where you grow up will not always be your home.

it’s exciting to leave behind the place in which you once lost your mind. but would you be so kind; don’t ever forget what you’re leaving behind.

– for my hometown

My Winter To Do List // blogmas

Say goodbye to Autumn, because Winter is officially here now! New season, new plans, new goals. Here are some of the things I plan on doing this Holiday Season:

Go ice-skating (again..): if there is one thing that makes me feel cozy and even a little Christmassy, it’s ice-skating. In all honestly, I probably look a bit clumsy when struggling on the ice, but it’s not about showing your talent, it’s about having fun!

Put more effort in my daily look: this is something I have been telling myself for ages now. Even though I have already improved so much in this area, I still have some work to do. Don’t get me wrong, you do not have to put effort in your look if you don’t want to. However, I cannot help but notice the energy I get from waking up a little earlier, doing my make up and picking out a cute outfit. My fashion girls will know; a cute outfit can be such a confidence boost sometimes.

Drink heaps of hot cocoa (with whipped cream and marshmallows): probably my favourite thing about the cold weather. Who doesn’t love the feeling of entering a cozy, warm coffee shop after a walk through the cold air and ordering the biggest hot chocolate you have ever seen?

Buy a Christmas tree: I am aware that this is a pretty obvious one. However, definitely worthy of being on this list. I love nothing more than coming home after a long day and turn on the lights of my Christmas tree. Now that I have moved out I need to find a way to fit a tree into my new room, but I’ll make it work somehow..

Buy some of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs: If you have been following my blog for a while now, you might know how much of a Lush fan I am. Especially during the festive season they never disappoint.

Go for a walk in the snow: I don’t know if I am the only one who is aware of this, but I just love the sound my boots make when stepping into a pile of fresh snow. I can’t wait for it to snow, so I can bring my camera and snap some wintery shots!

Do you have a Winter to do list? What’s on it? Let me know in the comments!

See you tomorrow! Toodlepip! xx


Winter Music Favourites // blogmas

If you know me, you might know that I am slightly (only slightly..) obsessed with music. It’s not only a great way to kill time, it’s also a way for me to relax, ease my mind and calm down after a, sometimes, long day.

There are a few songs in particular that I have loved over the last few months:

Twenty One Pilots – Oh, Ms Believer: I know I have talked about this song before, but this song just sounds like winter. If snow were to have its own theme song, it would sound something like this. Not only is this song incredibly calming, it also, like every Twenty One Pilots song, has so much meaning behind the lyrics.

Twenty One Pilots – Hometown (Sleepers Version): Yet another Twenty One Pilots song. The original version of this song is so good already, however, this piano version makes the whole song so much softer; perfect for a day in when it’s cold outside.

All Time Low – Good Times: This song reminds me of my friends and all the fun nights I have spent with them; dancing and singing around town, having such a good time. That’s why every time I hear this song, it fills me with such warm, fuzzy feelings.

All Time Low – Ground Control: This is one of those songs I listen to when I feel down, defeated or just sad. Especially the following lyrics always manage to make me feel better: ”Don’t be afraid, no. If you start floating away, I promise you will be fine. Got the universe on your side.”

Lorde – Supercut: I have my good friend Mike to thank for this one. He convinced me to listen to Lorde and recommended this specific song. In contrast to some other songs I listened to by Lorde, I actually really liked this one.

Harry Styles – Sweet Creature: I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of most of the solo songs by the One Direction boys. I do however, love a few of Harry’s songs. Sweet Creature being one of them. It’s such a simple but lovely little song to listen to on a quiet afternoon.

Kindness – Swinging Party: This is one of those songs that has been in my playlist for ages and every once in a while I come back to it and fall in love with it all over again.

Which songs have you been listening to lately? Let me know in the comments!

See you tomorrow! Toodlepip! xx