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16 Apr 2015

Use Your 'And'

Last week I watched this video by Louise Sprinkle of Glitter called 'Use Your And' which was promoting a campaign by 'Venus' which encourages women to recognise and embrace everything they are. Reminding them that they can be more than one thing. We can be beautiful and Smart, A party girl and a book nerd. You are more than one label. You are a complex person, you aren't black and white. So many different things make up who you are.

This message really got me thinking as the idea is something I can relate to so much. I have so many contrasting character traits and interests that often I end up wondering who I actually am. What am I? 

Some people may label me as 'teacher' Which is true. I'm an English and Geography teacher so I spend a lot of time with my head in a book. It's something I care about a lot. I'm passionate and enthusiastic. I'm a geek who enjoys analysing poetry, and reading novels. I spend hours thinking about the best way to approach studying something. I try to come up with good classroom activities. I worry about my students progress and how I can help them. I am an authority figure and I stress over classroom management having to shout 'you're being disruptive' more than once a day. Being a teacher is a massive part of who I am. 

However, I am also a 22 year old woman who loves to sleep in until noon, go out and party with friends, have the odd drink, buy way too much make-up and clothes, stay up late on the internet, post way to many selfies on instagram. I spend so much time procrastinating and putting off important things. I love photography and having free time to enjoy the outdoors. I love a good gossip and I'm addicted to carbs. 

It's this weird double persona I have that sometimes confuses me. Especially when the two worlds collide. Like when I'm in a shop in a tracksuit and hoodie with a friend buying alcohol for a house party that night we're laughing away and I bump in to a student, who see's me as a much different person than what I am currently being. 

However, instead of being confused and wondering who I am. What is my label. Louise's video and this campaign video reminded me that I am so many things. I am a nerd and I am a party girl. I'm a doer and a procrastinator. I am smart and silly. I am a friend and a teacher. I'm funny and I am serious. I love words and I love photographs.

It is all of these things who make me the person I am. 

Use your 'And', tell me two or more things you are in the comment section down below! 

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Sinead Dreaming said...

This is beautiful. <3 I think we try to put ourselves in a label because we think it will be easier to identify with others. As humans I think we ultimately crave acceptance. Which is why we try to label ourselves. I'm glad more people are accepting it's ok to be more than one person. I love Louise! (:

Sinead Dreaming said...

I've heard of this campaign somewhere before. I can't remember who was promoting it but I love it! I feel the same. I'm in management and I sometimes feel like my professional life and my blog life is two different things!

Corinne x

Sinead Dreaming said...

I think it's so cool to have a double meaning, to be completely opposite in different situations. Being smart and fun is a good thing, so you should be proud of yourself. We all need a balance in our lives and personalities, and I think you've got it down. And well, isn't it a surprise for the student when your two sides collide.

The Life of Little

Sinead Dreaming said...

I loved it! I can relate to this so much because I can never decide whether I am an introvert who likes staying in on Fridays or an extrovert who enjoys a massive party. But the truth is I'm probably both and even though it sounds a little crazy, I guess that's absolutely possible to be two completely different things at once. Great post! x

Sinead Dreaming said...

I feel ya <3 It is so true, you can be both people :) x

Sinead Dreaming said...

Awh thanks for this lovely comment. I'm really not sure if I have a balance down but I'm getting there :) x

Sinead Dreaming said...

YES! I definitely feel like my teaching and blog life are two different lives. A student finding my blog is probably my biggest nightmare haha but I love it so much that I don't think I should stop! x

Sinead Dreaming said...

Yes, I never thought about that point before but it's so true. You really are so smart Kiki! haha x

Sinead Dreaming said...

I love this! I have felt like this too confused by who I am. I am a writer and a social work student, an extrovert and some one who loves to sit in bed all day reading, I am an outdoorsy kinda girl and a girl who likes to do her nails and hair. I love being a big mix! That's what makes us special we can be all of them :)



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