“The Darkest Nights Produce The Brightest Stars”

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“The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.”

I love the stars and the sky, ever since I was little I have been in love with staring up into the sky, day or night, and truly believing it is a good life and a brilliant world. Looking up at the clouds roaming the bright sky or the stars entertaining the dark makes me feel so inspired to follow every single one of my dreams and be full of happiness that I am alive. In particular the stars for me have always represented someone, I feel like everyone has a star for them, it watches over them, but only becomes full of light once they are gone, to comfort their loved ones. Through my life the stars have comforted me at the saddest times and motivated me to get up and live my life with every bit of my body, to love like there is no tomorrow, to do crazy things in the moment and not think of the consequences . For me in my life, the sky is the most inspirational place and I love looking out of my window, night or day, for adventures arising in the sky. Whatever happens, bad or good, deep down I love life, I love the world and I’m in love with everything about it, good and bad, because that’s what makes life.

And it really is a good life.

Natasha x

All The Bright Places-Jennifer Niven

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I was recently on holiday in Crete, Greece and whilst I was there I read several books. One of the books I read was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I brought this book quite a while ago now and have been dying to read it but really wanted to save it for my holiday. I began this book on the air-plane and could not put it down, I absolutely loved it!

This book was so original and a really different love story to the typical ones you get. I am a huge love story fan like many people but this had an absolutely heartbreaking yet brilliant twist. It was so interesting to watch Violet and Finch’s story grow. The mental health storyline struck me as it is not so widely talked about and there is such a stigma around it. I  thought the way she wrote this book was outstanding. It showed me that although these teenagers were facing inner battles and going through hard times I felt they were still normal teenagers like me who were falling in love.  It really taught me so much about suicide and mental health and showed me why these illnesses are just as important as physical illnesses and they need just as much attention and care, as well as love and support. It shocked me in parts, in made me full of happiness, upset and inspired me to show my support to mental health sufferers, my friends and classmates at school because you never know what is happening in their mind and at home.

For me I have always been quite interested in mental health and I have always wanted to help people. This book taught me so much about the complexion of a persons brain. It also showed me the beauty of a person’s brain and imagination.

This story was so well brought together. In particular I loved Finch and Violet’s characters. I have never been so fond of the characters in a book. Their personalities made me so happy and at times I laughed, at times I cried and at times I was utterly inspired by these two teenagers fighting for their life back. The characters were so well thought through and I honestly I wanted to help them, be their friend and support them. I was obsessed with Finch’s character and absolutely adored everything about him, his bravery, love, beauty and battles. I like to think these characters are somewhere, Finch in another insanely beautiful world because his imagination and personality was incredibly beautiful and inspired me. I also like to believe Violet is someone doing extremely well in her life all because Finch in his own way saved her without her ever realising.

This book taught me a huge amount about life, living everyday, supporting people and mental health with all its beauty. I also realised that sometimes you can’t save yourself. However, there is always someone there to carry on fighting for you. There is always someone like Finch who wants to save you without maybe even realising. I realise that when I loose hope there is going to be someone there for me, whether that is my mum or someone I have not even met yet or talked to. Finch saved Violet, he put her before himself even though he barely knew her. Finch brought Violet back to life. Finch died for her, maybe that was all he was meant to do in his life, but that made me respect him even more.

There is always someone who wants you to stay, there are good people, there are alive people, there are asleep people, but we must treat everyone with the same love, respect and care whatever their situation.

No doubt this has become my favourite book, so imaginative, so factual and so so beautiful. It took me to another world for a few days and I came back knowing so much more about life and all the people who surround me. Probably the most inspirational, outstanding and phenomenal book I have ever read.

I will definitely be much more supportive and understanding of mental health in the future and I see why it is just as deadly as physical illness. Please support everyone around you because their minds are just as complicated as yours. Please read this book if you have a chance. It may seem as though it is full of suffering and sadness but actually it is full of hope, inspiration and truth.

Natasha x

Hello World!

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Hello World!

So after many thoughts of starting a blog I have finally decided to do it! My name is Natasha and I have a huge passion for writing, books, the imagination and I love quotes. To my friends I happily mention great books I have read and recommend them, but I wanted to take it to the next level. I decided to share this passion with the public at the start of 2015 when I created a themed instagram account called writingtolive.

It is fair to stay I haven’t been the best at uploading and have found it hard to do so regularly. It is also fair to stay I am not someone you would imagine to love reading and writing. People seem to think if reading/writing is your passion you are immediately a “geek” or a “nerd.”  I would like to show that reading and writing is exciting and interesting not “geeky.”

Meanwhile, I have started this matching blog and I hope it will inspire me to both post more on instagram and write regularly on here. On instagram I find myself writing a mini blog. In the captions I write huge reviews or thoughts. I recently decided I wanted my captions to be shorter on there and let the pictures do the talking.

Therefore I have made this blog to write my  reviews and thoughts on . Perhaps now I will be able to write in more detail about books, thoughts and opinions. I am so excited to take my little account to the next level and I hope this brings you much pleasure as I am sure it will bring me great happiness. I look forward to the future of writingtolive.

Natasha x