Joy

Hey again,

Just want to write a quick post about joy and happiness.

There are those moments that you never want to end. Remember those moments. When you feel down or sad, remember those moments that filled you up with joy. Those memories will fuel you to carry on. Life is going to get hard but then you reminisce on better times, it is proving to yourself, that it is all worth it.

Smile today.

Smile at someone today.

Hug someone (preferable someone you know and NOT a random stranger in the street)

The best thing about joy is that you can share it easily and get it easily

‘Count your blessings, name them one by one.’

BE HAPPY TODAY!

Peace&Love and JOY!

Paula ox’

Meet Lauren North

Hey everyone,

So today I decided to write a long overdue post about one of my favorite people ever, Lauren North. So guys, meet Lauren..

Lauren is a American 19-year old singer.

Her brother is an actor; Austin North. Despite his fame, Austin is extremely down to earth and stays true to his faith. He is a true role model to guys.

Lauren uploads covers onto YouTube, and has a Facebook for her music. Lauren has the most amazing voice ever! Many people compare her to Adele, as she has the same power and tone in her voice, similar to Adele. But I think Lauren sounds like herself. She isn’t trying to be anyone else. What I love the most about Lauren’s voice is that she just sings from her heart. When Lauren sings, you can hear God singing through her. In her covers she is either playing the keyboard or guitar (extremely talented much!) and she just sings. She closes her eyes and sings like no one is there, like no one is watching. I find this amazing because whilst watching, you can’t help but worship and be peaceful and happy along with her. She is amazing, and she inspires me to work harder at my singing and ministration.

I came across Lauren North on twitter. I was watching Austin’s episode of Disney XD’s Kickin’ It. Then later that day, I found Austin on twitter. Austin is a great actor. His character in Kickin’ It was a rude jerk and for some insane reason I was convinced Austin would be the same, (Sorry Austin) but I was pleasantly surprised. His bio on twitter was so sweet and humble, which are awesome qualities to have. I tweeted him and he replied.  I read through his tweets and found out her had an older sister. Being the curious teenager girl I am, I clicked on her twitter page. I read through all her tweets, which I instantly loved as they were full of hope, peace, love and joy. I then noticed she had a link to her YouTube page. I watched all her videos and was like, “WOW this girl can sing!”.  I absolutely loved the simplicity of her covers and how pure they were. I love music and so does my dad, so as soon as I watched all of Lauren’s videos, I showed my dad. My dad is a Pastor so as soon as he heard Lauren singing, he was like, “This girl is blessed. Do you think you can talk to her and ask her to perform in our church?” Lol. As much as I really wanted this, I knew Lauren lives in America, she can’t come all the way to England; as much as I would love to meet her and Austin.

So from that day, whenever I would feel down or sad, I would watch all of Lauren’s covers on a continuous loop. It became a daily thing for me; listening to Lauren’s voice. I would always comment, urging Lauren to create new covers. I was doing some Maths revision and I just felt depressed and bored. Then I thought, hey, lets do this with some Lauren playing in the background. And with no exaggeration, I did Maths (My least favourite subject) for 3 hours straight. Thats the power of Lauren North!

Recently, Lauren has started to focus on her music. she wrote this on Monday 3rd of September, on her official tumblr page (laurennorth.tumblr.com),

“Alright.

So I’ve been waiting to blog about something worth reading, though I feel like that’s sometimes impossible.

Let’s just say that, transition is not always easy. I never said it’s hard, but there’s an awkward middle part to it. It’s that phase where, you have just come out of one season, and you are waiting to be placed into the next. One thing that’s easy to say is that God has absolutely never ever ever ever failed with His timing or placement, so I hold onto that… very tightly.

I’ve always been passionate about my music, and most importantly my worship. I always say that worship is not what I do; it is not a feeling. But it is something that I am. I am worship to God. I was created to worship Him (in all His undeniable goodness), and I will never give that up for anyone or anything. It would be like taking a part of me from myself, and the ultimate decision maker for that choice is… myself. I do know that God has a plan set before me. I honestly don’t have the slightest clue of what it will completely consist of, but I know it’s there. I feel like my biggest hindrance is or could be… also myself. I really am my biggest critic. I’ve recently had to deal with myself concerning this tiny issue, so spiking that in the butt feels like I’m allowing God to move on my behalf (speak life Lauren, speak life).

I made a facebook fan page (as people call it) for my music. And as it probably doesn’t seem like, this took quite a bit in me to do. It is in no way to ‘promote myself’, or to… I don’t know, bring glory to me in any way. I dislike when people assume that I’m trying to become famous or whatnot. If fame is apart of His plan, okay. But He’s only going to get the glory in return. All ulterior motives behind any youtube video made, any post written on facebook or twitter concerning myself, is to bring glory back to the Giver of the gifting. I don’t care if it’s a worship song, a secular song, or an original, when it all comes down to it, He is singing through me…. and that’s all I want people to hear.”

As you can tell, Lauren is sensitive that she will be perceived as herself and not God working through her. I have encouraged her that God gave her this talent so that she can inspire and impact people magnificently. Her making this step isn’t walking out of line. When Lauren sings she brings hope and peace; this is because God is in her. She is the vessel God is using to connect to so many people. Stay encouraged Lauren.

Lauren, I don’t know if you will read this but I want you to know, you inspire me. You may not be “famous” but in your own corner of the world, you’re impacting people, especially this one girl. You are something special. You have a gift. Not many artists can connect with people just by sitting behind a keyboard and singing. You don’t need a gimmick because being Lauren North is defiantly enough. God gave you such an amazing talent. While you worship in your videos, I can’t help but worship along with you. Every time I tweet you, you reply or retweet me, and I don’t think you realise how much that means to me. Some times I think, ‘Paula, just leave the girl alone.’ but you never complain and you never ignore me. Lauren, you are my role model. Lauren, I believe in you.

Here are a few of Lauren North’s covers; check them out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BGrpd3psd8

Lauren’s links

Follow Lauren on twitter: http://twitter.com/laurennorth3

Like Lauren on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laurenNmusic

Follow Lauren on tumblr: http://laurennorth.tumblr.com/

Subscribe to Lauren’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/laurennorthmusic

Listen and download Lauren songs on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/laurennorthmusic

*I want to thank Karen and Brad North for having 2 absolutely positively talented kids.*

Here are a bunch of cool pics of Lauren featuring Austin and the last one has Karen, Momma North. These are NOT mine, I borrowed them all from Lauren’s twitter page.

ilysm Lauren<3

TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Peace&Love.. always

Paula ox’

Develop your talents

I believe everyone had a gift or talent. It is your job to go out and discover it. Everyone has different talents and some people have more than others, but nevertheless we are ALL talented and destined for greatness. Someone with one talent might end up being greater than someone with more than one. It all depends on the indivdual and whether they have the correct mindset to achieve. God gave everyone something different which made us different from others. If you don’t work in that area, you are in danger of living in mediocrity.
I, for one, will not allow that to happen. I am here for impact and for change.
Try and figure out what your talent is, what your gift is, what you have a passion in. Then work hard in it. As I always say, I don’t believe in reward without hardwork. With hardwork you get a great harvest.

Think about this today..

Peace&Love
Paula ox’

Results!

Around this time of year every GSCE and A level student is receiving some set of results. Good luck to you all, by the way.

I’m writing this post because there is a HUGE misconception when it comes to results.

Let me set the scene. Picture: myself and 3 of my very smart friends. We’re at our school, coming to collect our results. We are all A students.
I got 2As, 4Bs and 1C
I didn’t know whether to be happy or not. In general, those results are good but they are average. I’m not average. I never want to be average.
Now here is the misconception. I’m not angry/upset that I didn’t do better than other people, I’m sad that I didn’t do the best I could. In my mock exams, earlier in the year, I got 1A*, 1B and the rest all As. That proved I could do it. I’m upset with myself. I’m upset that I didn’t push myself. And the fact that other people were making me feel dumb and vunerable because of my result, make me feel worse. I think the best way for me to take this is to use it to inspire me to work harder; to prove to myself, as well as others, that I can do it.

I wrote this post because I was upset and feeling that I should give up on school but in the mist of writing this, I realised I can’t give up. I have to work hard. I remembered, I’m the person who always bragged that I wasn’t afraid of hard work.
I want people who haven’t had things go their way, to feel inspired and to carry on.
I know I will.

I saw a tweet today which said, **paraphrased**
“To people who didn’t get the result they wanted remember, Pitball rhymed “kodak” with “kodak” and he’s a millionaire so there’s hope for you.”
Obviously, no disrespect to Pitball. This just made me smile and I thought you would like it also.

Just remember, you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do, when you set your mind to it and try your hardest.
Don’t ever beat yourself up about it.
Live with no regrets.

Peace&Love
Paula ox’

Water girl

Another funny story.

My sister and I were told to go to Tescos, to buy bottles of water. We bought 9 huge bottles of water. We decided to take the bus back, as the bottles where extremely heavy. We doubled the plastic bags so they wouldn’t rip. As we boarded the bus, my sister’s bag ripped and the bottle dropped. I started screaming with laughter, glad it wasn’t me. I hate being embarassed so to prevent it occuring, I sat down on a seat, with the bottles between my legs and on my lap. As we were getting off the bus, I forgot I was carrrying the water bottles and started walking. The water bottles started rolling off the bus and I just stood there in front of the doors, bent over, trying to retrive my water bottles. It was the most embarassing thing ever.
Water Girl

Dear Water Girl

That’s so funny! I hope it wasn’t TOO embarassing. I also hope, when you bent down to get your water bottles, that your bum wasn’t showing. That would be a whole new level of embarassing.

Peace & Love
Paula ox’

Stranger by Hamda – Poem

Poetry is a way over pouring out your emotion.

Recently, I found out that a good friend of mine, called Hamda, is an aspiring writer and wrote a beautiful poem called Stranger, which I really connected with. I wanted to share it with you guys, and I hope you love it as much as I did.

The poem has a deep personal meaning to the poet and this is also felt by the reader. The poet is writing to her father, saying that he has hurt her but despite the pain, she still loves him. This poem really makes me think and I think the poet is successful with her motives.

Stranger

Three years have passed,
As fast as blinks of eyes since I last saw you.
One anchor now, one parents now. Your face has faded in my mind…

Stranger.

One tear drop for every promise made,
every broken promise. You break your promise.

Three months became three years. Lost in our memories; memories of an old past, the younger days.

Righteous pain. The pain that hurts.

Stranger.

One sob for every vow you made.
Every broken vow, you love to break your vows.

I scream for you;

scream for you and I.

But my screams, they reach the corners of this world but you don’t hear,

you don’t listen to the young girl crying.

The truth is all but welcomed…

by you. When was the last time you were welcomed? By us?

The truth hurts you, sharp like the blade you used to tear this family apart. The blade you used to pierce my heart.

You left us. I’ll need a stamp. Ready to send you back. When you come, IF you come.

Stranger.

This isn’t your home now.

Stranger.

Off into the post box you will go.

Stranger stranger stranger.

But dear father…

I think I still love you.

 

~Hamda Hassan 

 

Beautiful.

Peace&Love

Paula ox’

My Top 3 DCOMs

So, I’m going to name my top 3 Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM). I will also add a quick synopsis about the film and my favorite character.

NUMBER 3:

Lemonade Mouth

This movie follows 5 high school students who meet in detention and become a band who are using their music to stand up for their beliefs in school.

When I first heard of the film, I thought I wouldn’t like it because it seemed really cheesy. I must admit it is rather cheesy but in this case it is an exception as you can’t help but feel good whilst watching it. Unlike most movies of this orientation, the main characters do not win but they do ‘live happily ever after’. What I love so much about this film is how different each of 5 are but yet they all compromise for friendship. It is the type of friendship everyone wishes they had, I know I do.

My favourite character is Miss Jenny Reznick who was played by the beautiful and hilarious Tisha Campbell-Martin, who most people know and remember from the hit show My Wife and Kids. She was the fun music teacher who made the 5 main characters become the band that is Lemonade Mouth after they all get detention. As well as Miss Reznick, I also love Stella Yamada who was the self-righteous troublemaker who always found a way for her opinion to be heard. I love her brave nature.

NUMBER 2:

Let It Shine                                                                                          

This film follows the main character, Cyrus, who is an aspiring songwriter and rapper. He is also the Pastor’s son and Church choir coordinator. Cyrus has lyrics which pour out his emotions and feelings but he is too shy to let anyone hear them.

When I first heard about the film, I thought I would love it; I was correct. First of all, Cyrus is played by Tyler James Williams, who is best known in the hit show Everybody Hates Chris. This drew some of the target audience in to watch it. What made me want to watch it was that Coco Jones. Coco Jones is the 14 year old girl who played Roxanne “Roxie” Andrews. I have always loved Coco Jones, ever since she was 12. As soon as I watched her I knew she would do great things. In this film she sings, raps and dances as well as acts. One of the things I love the most about this film is the fact that it is an all-black cast. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against white actors, but it was good to see Disney Channel try and do something new and different. This film showed the stereotype of many young African-Americans and young black people in general.

My favourite character is Roxanne “Roxie” Andrews because I loved her voice and the type of music she sang. However, I didn’t like how it took her so long to stand up to her manager and for her to be herself. She needed to trust in her ability and just sing what made her happy. I also love Pastor Jacob DeBarge because my dad is a Pastor so the whole time I was comparing him to my dad. Also he was such a funny character who was rude at times but always says sorry at the end of the day.

NUMBER 1:

Geek Charming

This film is about an unlikely romance between a rich stuck-up girl and a film geek. Dylan Schoenfield seems to have the perfect life; she has money, a cute boyfriend, popular friends and is about to win “Blossom Queen”. In the film, she opens up to Josh Rosen, telling him she used to be a geek but ever since her mum died she created this front to hide what she is really like. Josh Rosen is a film geek and wants an interesting topic to film about. At the end, Josh teaches Dylan to accept the way she is.

I love RomComs and this is the ultimate Disney Channel romance comedy. What made this film my favourite DCOM ever is the fact that every girl can feel like they can relate to the character of Dylan. Many teenage girls create a character that they become whenever at school or wherever. Dylan shows you can be beautiful and amazing whilst still being yourself. I also love the idea that love can make you fall for the most unlikely person. Dylan and Josh weren’t an obvious couple but when they were together, they worked. Josh and Dylan kind of found each other, accidently, and that makes me and many other viewers believe that love can come from anywhere. I think the characters of Josh and Dylan where played very well and their love for each other looked very realist. One reason for this is because they are great actors but also because Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop are dating in real life, therefore their chemistry shone through the camera.

My favourite character was Dylan Schoenfield because she was the pretty girl who was the victim but also the hero. The character inspired me to be me and that people will love me for me. Also, I love Sarah Hyland (best known in Modern Family) because she is such a real person. She is lovely and I think her personality shone through as she was playing Dylan. As well as Dylan, I love Amy Loubalu, who is the girl Josh likes at first and is Dylan’s old best friend. She is the only person who knows the real Dylan. Amy Loubalu is played by the stunning Sasha Pieterse, who is best known for her leading role in Pretty Little Liars. What I like about Amy is that she is so mysterious and the viewers never really know enough about her.

 

And there are my Top 3 DCOMs. Go and watch all of them.

Peace&Love

Paula ox’