Adding 'okay' to your vocabulary is so vital in today's society when there is pressure from every angle. When you're expected to do unpaid overtime, have a 'perfect' house, a 'perfect' body and a 'perfect' social life all at the same time (which, by the way, is entirely unrealistic). You are okay. You really are okay. And most of the time, so am I.
When I first started acting, I knew it was what I wanted to do and I feel very fortunate to have made a career of it. I know how rewarding it can be to do a job you love, but I also know that for many young people starting out in this tough economic climate it can be difficult to get a foot in the door of a career they want. There are thousands of young people out there who are struggling to find their way, facing all kinds of challenges - from physical or mental health problems to a childhood spent in care. Without the right support they can feel isolated and overwhelmed by their circumstances, making it very difficult for them to get where they want to be in life.
The premise was simple: a website that encouraged people to hold their own EU referendum debate at their local pub. I could provide a template for a debate, the campaigns contact details and a list of potential questions - then sit back content in the knowledge that I'd done something.
Admitting that you've slept rough is a difficult thing to do. I've found that the stigma attached to the topic is intense. People sometimes look at you in a certain way. They judge you - whether they mean to or not. You can see it in their eyes. An assumption is made about the sort of person you are. To me, that's wrong.
I voted for Corbyn in the leadership election and I would have not done so if I believed him to be anti-semitic. However, I do believe he needs to denounce some of the platforms he has once shared to help repair a broken Labour party.
Unfortunately, calling Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler a "Zionist" is also the official position of Nick Griffin, the former leader of the anti-Semitic, neo-fascist British National Party.
Why is standing in pride in your own identity and for the people in your community suddenly a controversy? Anyways, Beyoncé, keep doing us black women proud. As you say in Freedom, "Imma keep running cos a winner doesn't quit on themselves".
In an ideal world, stuff like this wouldn't be happening. I know that might be too much to ask, no one can control what people say. Just respect the staff of the places you visit. Stop harassing them if they are clearly not interested, and for the love of God leave the 16 year olds alone, making them uncomfortable is far from a joke. Respect the staff. That isn't too much to ask.
I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for actually how difficult and emotionally exhausted undertaking a degree can be. It's very likely that we've moved away from home for the first time, away from all of our support structures, our friends and family.
There is nothing nice about loss. The grief and mourning families go through when faced with the deaths of loved ones can be extremely traumatic. With that in mind, it seems simply wrong to take from families at times like these.
I've been in this bedroom since I was five. It's gone through multiple makeovers. From white walls with fairy images and glow in the dark stars; to an ocean blue with seahorse wall-paper and tween posters of tween crushes; to a very sophisticated beige and brown for the latter years.