Heart to Heart – the Best Essays on the Blog in 2016

As the ship sails, ushering in a new day across the ocean, we say ‘bon voyage’ to 2016 and look forward to 2017. Whilst 2017 may bring in a mix of emotions, excitement mingled with fear and doubt as to what may lie ahead, a new year means a second chance to start anew.

But before we say goodbye for good, let’s take a look at the highlights of 2016 on the website, in the form of essays. To read up on any individual essay, simply click on the title.

Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer May Just be the Greatest Show Ever Created

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I feel especially proud of my Buffy post, one because it’s been a long time coming and two because the show is close to my heart. It’s no surprise (at least, not anymore) that I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer so to get to talk about it is a huge honour to me (even though I wasn’t asked to write on it, it was my decision to do so).

Photo credit: Buffyguide

On Bullying

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Having a website and going after my dreams has helped me to overcome my former high school years alongside memories of emotional torture and humiliation. Being older and wiser now, I have learned to embrace who I am and at least begin to be unapologetic about it. Knowing how far I’ve come and how much I’ve matured, knowing my strengths and what I’m capable of, have helped me to feel more comfortable in my skin. Bullying feels like a more distant memory and not one I need to take into account, but for those of you who are still dealing with those scars, I hope that this post helps you to put it behind you, for good.

Hero vs. Villain

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As a writer and student actor, it’s my job to delve deep into characters – their backgrounds, relationships, temperaments, thought processes, complexities, what makes them who they are and so forth. My journey into understanding the way people function and why they behave in the ways that they do never ends, it’s a constant need to learn more. In this essay, I talk about what sets a hero apart (at least, in my view) from a villain.

Finding Happiness

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What started off as my primary goal for the website. Although it still stands, there’s much more to it than just this. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting piece of essay to read. Take a look for yourself.

The Quintessence of Beauty

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In this essay, I dig deep into the subject of beauty and what it really means to be beautiful. I once thought I had it all figured out, that in order to feel confident I needed to love my appearance. But the truth was that I needed to be content with myself as a person and everything would fall into place. As cliched as it all may sound, it really starts from within.

Fix Your Mindset, Transform Your Life

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I’ve been alive for quite some time now (don’t worry, I’m not a vampire) and during that very short existence, I have learned so much. I’ve faced many trials, have witnessed a lot of suffering and have come out of the other side stronger and wiser as a result of it all. I know first hand the power of a strong mind. This post takes a lot of inspiration from strong people in my life and myself, and I wanted to share it with you. This is me proving to you that if you can change the way you think, you can pretty much do anything. You can, as the title suggests, transform your life.

What Angel Taught Us About Life

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Another show I am absolutely obsessed about. Whenever I get to talk about Buffy or Angel, I feel really privileged because these are two shows that have inspired me to write, to want to act and have taught me so much. In other words, Joss Whedon and the writers of the show, have taught me so much. It was a pleasure to write this article and pay tribute to one of my very favourite TV series. Hopefully, there’ll be more Buffy and Angel related posts in 2017.

Photo credit: ATS CAPS

On Being a Feminist

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In a world where women still struggle and endure endless suffering, it’s important to speak up and stand up for what you believe in. This is where this essay comes in. I believe in equality, I always have, and this is me sharing my views (or thoughts) on that.

Do You Matter? – Rewire Your Thinking Patterns

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This is another post which I am especially proud of. Here, I discuss how powerful beliefs are and how your beliefs shape who you are and determine your destiny, which is why it’s so important to stay positive and believe in yourself. So if you’re feeling a little deflated right now and need a boost in confidence, this is the post to read. And yes, you do matter.

How to Think Like an Olympian

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Athletes have been a great source of inspiration to me. By adopting the same belief system, I have seen a huge change in my level of productivity, happiness and reward. Of course, there is still a long way to go, but it’s a great start. I encourage you to begin to think in a similar way and by doing so, you will begin to see changes.

The Girl in the Bubble

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A lot of us sometimes feel bad about being different and not fitting in with everyone else. Especially in a world where everyone appears to be the complete opposite of what you are. This is a piece of writing where I embrace being different and encourage you to do the same. I believe that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or where they fit on the introversion to extroversion spectrum. We’re all special just as we are.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Here’s to another amazing year! For you and me! Cheers to that!

Nina.

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