Practising Freedom of Speech or A Professional Troll?

The Reality TV Star turned resident Rent-a-Gob, Katie Hopkins has some of the most controversial views around, from airing her thoughts on a child’s name having a direct link to working out what class that child comes from “Hi, this is my daughter Charmaine. I hear; Hi I’m thick and ignorant.” to criticising breastfeeding mothers at Costa for “putting me off my latte” its clear that she doesn’t care about being politically correct but most of all she doesn’t give a rats backside about offending people, and offending them in their masses.

The more controversy she breeds the more public interest she receives. Basically Katie Hopkins has made a career out of being outrageously offensive. Yes she is entitled to an opinion, we all are. And yes she is free to voice, air and tweet her views, but at what point does this become trolling?

After news broke that the co-pilot responsible for the Germanwings plane tragedy, which claimed the lives of 150 people, was suffering from depression, Katie unleashed a twitter storm with an array of tweets dubbing depression as the “holy grail of illnesses” that can be magically cured with fresh air and going for a run. (Turns out this co-pilot was in fact an avid runner, it seems Dr Katie’s drug of choice isn’t one size fits all)

So other than making herself look completely ignorant (maybe her middle name is Charmaine) and quite frankly stupid, she is trying to trivialise an illness that society is only just starting to except as just that, a genuine illness. I acknowledge there is a difference between feeling low and depression and I can imagine that there are some people claiming to be suffering from this mental health issue when perhaps they are just going through a bit of a tough time, but despite this I feel the reason that there is more cases of depression now, is because people are no longer stigmatised from being diagnosed with a mental health illness. It is acceptable to acknowledge you need support when you are depressed, and admitting you need help for something that is affecting your ability to function properly in every day life surely isn’t a bad thing!

I struggle to see with the amount of readily available information we have at our disposal how anyone can be so narrow minded. Her view points are outdated, sexist, borderline racist, discriminatory, inappropriate and nearly always untrue, with that I hope that anyone who is unlucky enough to read or hear her opinions realise that there is little point in taking offence of her warped sense of freedom of speech, after all it’s coming from someone whose ambition in life was to be a CEO of a large global company by the age of 40, when her reality is achieving the award for UK’s most hated woman.

I believe that Katie Hopkins purposely publishes hateful views on subjects she knows very little about, in hope that the outrage that follows her latest tweet will gain her 15 minutes air time on a daytime television programme. How very pitiful, I almost feel sorry for her….


Motivational Middle Ground

Motivation is the desire to do things. What I want to know is this, why is it that some people seem to have bundles of goal orientated behaviour in their make up and why do others feel like staying in their pj’s and binge watching Breaking Bad on Netflix on their days off? Personally I am an all or nothing kind of girl, I have no motivational middle ground. I’m either going at it like a jack rabbit enthusiastically ticking off every element on my to do list with pure delight or I become the queen of procrastination, managing to stay in bed for 24 hours straight whilst devouring family sized bags of crisps and those pouches of chocolate that are labelled ‘made to share’ all to my greedy self.

One Theory – Incentive 

After reading up a little on motivation, one of the theories I stumbled upon is that we are driven to do things by yearning the reward involved. These rewards/incentives push people to work towards and complete their chosen goals.

I can relate to this in some respects, call me materialistic but money seems to be my motivator, however I also have a strong desire to be a size eight but struggle to get up at 6am every morning to get my sweat on. Mainly because I despise any kind of cardio. Much to my dismay I don’t seem to receive this rush of endorphins that fitness fanatics thrive off. So can people only truly be motivated by the tasks that they enjoy?

Another Theory – Intrinsic

Intrinsic motivation is something you do for it’s own sake, the task is the reward itself.You find enjoyment in working towards achieving the end goal. When you find something pleasurable you don’t tend to look at it as a chore. This theory I find a little harder to swallow, is this motivation or just a hobby?

We have all seen or read those amazing success stories where ‘obese person turns hot by eating clean’ but I’m pretty certain that in most cases someone who weighs 500lbs doesn’t tend to relish the dieting process. In this scenario intrinsic motivation obviously doesn’t come into play however the external reward/incentive of loosing weight and becoming healthier clearly did.

Wrapping it up 

Perhaps I will never find my motivational middle ground, rather than feeling guilty about not completing my daily tasks list or fulfilling my life goals as quickly as x, y and z, I’m starting to accept the fact that it’s fine to do things at my own pace. Life is not a competition.

Does this make me lazy? Hell no, I know I work hard, and I believe what motivates a person and their incentives is personal to them. Who am I actually hurting by not making the most efficient use of every minute of my day? Yes I want to live life to it’s fullest but who is to say that taking a hour out to finish reading that book I’m loving instead of going to that spin class isn’t a productive use of my time? It’s my bloody time!

As well as incentives being personal our indicators for motivation change over time, and the rewards that would of driven us 10 years ago are now completely different to what they are today.

My 19 year old self was motivated by boozy holidays, nights out and a cute wardrobe. My 29 year old self is motivated to save enough money to get my size five feet onto the property ladder. I wonder what my 39 year old self will be motivated by?

Spring has Sprung

I love to write. To me writing is therapeutic, I also want somewhere I can go to look back on things I’ve done, places I’ve been, books I’ve read, things I’ve made and thoughts I’ve had. So although I’m hardly technically minded, an on-line journal just seems more manageable than a hand written one or a scrapbook. Here goes…

So spring has finally sprung, the sight of blue skies and this bright ball of yellowness seems to lift everyone’s spirits and I am certainly no exception. I’ve been craving the vitamin D since the end of September! I am lucky enough to live in one of the most visually beautiful parts of the country and try my best to not take it for granted by getting out and about as much as possible, plus after having a few too many on Friday night after a hectic working week I desperately needed the fresh air!


Mental note – Always remember to take your make up off

Living in Plymouth means we have got the best of both worlds, the coast and the moors. Having of been on many a coastal walk lately we decided to mix things up and take to the moors and took a short drive up to Burrator.

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Unfortunately although it is officially now spring it is also officially still cold! Meaning we cut the walk short as I got over excited about seeing the sun and didn’t take a jacket, but the hour or so I was there I made the most of and it definitely helped with the fuzzy head.

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It was also mine and Patrick’s 2nd year anniversary, the best thing about our relationship is it’s just so easy. No drama, just plenty of laughing, my lover has become my best friend. That’s when you know you’ve got something special……