Portrayals : Social Media

Lifestyle

So I bet you’re all thinking – wow, Well this blog seems awfully deep for a chick who’s been practically non existent for so long. 

Truth be told, I sort of lost my love for blogging for a little while and I began to push my instagram instead. But it’s from doing that where I realised I have a voice, and I don’t demand it to be heard or anything like that, but I simply wanted to share it. But the first thing that triggered it all off, was a thought, why do we care so much about what people think of us? Now I know that had 0 flow and made probably no sense, but it’s just a thought, a simple one that made me realise holy damn I have so much to say but people on instagram don’t care for long posts or essays, they care about likes, and your appearance, and how good your feed looks etc. Now I’ve worked in agencies, I did social media management and to the extent of searching for bloggers and even “allowing” some because of the fact their feed didn’t look great – but they could may well have had the best engagement and conversion rates. We judge so much on appearance these days on platforms we only use because it makes us feel socially accepted and popular with people we don’t know and strangers who with some we may never meet. Why do we care so much about what people think? 

We care about what we upload for the amount of likes a post will get, we care about how many friends we have on Facebook and accept strangers who treat the platform like tinder, we care about what we say for how many retweets it gets against your peaceful loving one you shared the other week. Social media encouraged this idea of being “popular” and “famous”, and I wonder how many of those people with 100k followers feel truly happy, feel like they can connect with atleast 10% of their followers on such a personal level? I know it sounds hypocritcal, me sharing this on a social platform amongst my other ones, instagram being one of them, but isn’t it funny how we soon start basing our lives around what we upload, what we comment, what posts we like and repost, who we follow and aspire to be like because “soandso on instagram has 550k followers and they look so pretty and I need to buy this product to make me pretty because they’re promoting it.”

You see so many people share the post “Social media lies” and I swear it’s so damn true. People upload all these fancy cars and high end designer label watches and handbags, they could be bloody fakes for all we know or toy replicas done so well, or even be in a damn showroom, but they lead us to believe that’s their lifestyle and it creates a sense of jealousy, inadequacy, disappointment, depression and so many others thinking we have to be able to post about high end things for us to get more engagement. We have to live a high lifestyle because Becky from 3 doors down uploaded a picture of her LV Handbag earlier and I don’t have one. 

I’m quite open and honest on my social media, I don’t privatise my life although I did for a little while when I was with my ex (his instruction; definitely not my preference) and I regularly upload my gym progress, my food, my date days with my other half and constantly upload on Instagram story – why? Because I want people to see my life, the things I get up to and what I do in a day, the places I go and the people I see, to prove that social media can be as normal and boring as your daily life is (sorry if your life is genuinely not boring and I just said that). I’ve now began to use my instagram as a way to influence, to question, to make more kids my age wake the hell up and lose these insecurities that social platforms create. To cut the crap and stop the bullying that happens because of a post they uploaded last week, to make more people my age, younger and older to wake the hell up and smell the coffee. We share our lives without thinking twice then ask the question why depression and anxiety is more common now than it ever has been? It’s this fad of what’s being portrayed on platforms we look at when we wake up, when we go to sleep, when we can’t sleep, when we should be learning about how to educate ourselves and our future families, when we’re supposed to be spending time with a loved one but too busy liking another person’s family photo. The more and more we see some ideal, the more and more it becomes subliminal, playing in a 12 year olds mind that they must look a certain way or dress provocatively because it attracts attention.

So my question to you, why do we all care so much about what the hell we upload on social media?

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FOREX Trading – Work For Yourself, Make Money While You Sleep.

Lifestyle, Marketing
Ever read all those Instagram posts and Facebook sponsored ads about making money from home and how someone went from rags to riches in like 10 days making millions? Well I can’t promise you’ll make millions in 10 days, but I can promise you can make a good few bucks daily – without having to do sod all except go about your daily life and check an app.

Sound interesting yet? (I swear to you this isn’t a scam).

So – if you’re all wondering – well damn Sim went off the scene and now she’s back and she’s writing about FOREX and working for yourself and making money while I sleep, what the heck is wrong with this girl?! – Yeah I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that, but I’ve recently got into FOREX trading, and it’s one of the best flipping things I have ever discovered in my life (so far anyway)!

It does have a sign up fee and a monthly fee – however the monthly fee can be waivered – refer 2 people you know and you never have to pay the monthly fee again. Still sounds too good to be true right? Yeah I know, just read on.

So allow me to explain who, how, what, when & why. 

What – Alright, FOREX trading is short for FOReign EXchange, the trading side – is basically making money off currency conversions. Sounds simple enough, now you’re wondering how the heck do you do that?!

Who & How – So my genius other half and his mates got me into this, via Nadeem (one of the coolest guys ever) and a company called IMarketsLive (established in 2013 – website – http://www.imarketslive.com). You simply register with IMarketsLive here and fill in your details – selecting the Platinum Plus package (it does cost $235/£180 to sign up) but it does give you access to a variety of trading tools –
– Auto Trader : allowing an experienced trader from the US to trade for you so you don’t have to do anything at all apart from check the trader app daily!
– Harmonic Scanner : shared by the CEO himself, it allows you to identify the best trades in the market so you can trade manually with only the lowest risk possible so you don’t lose out on hundreds like other trading apps make you do!
– Swipe Trades : replicate the auto traders trades yourself to practice manually trading and make an extra few quid quicker than the auto trader by copying the same values given into a new trade
– IMLTV : tune into live and recorded sessions with the traders themselves as they teach you how to use iML and trade yourselves copying what they do whilst they explain the harmonic scanner and how to use and trade values
– & there’s more including IML academy, FX Signals & Swing Trades – a pool of knowledge ready for you to access there and then!

Once your signed up to IML – you then register with XM.com (if you’ve reached this stage – please email me on simran.ghattoraya@gmail.com) and we go through the next steps to activate your broker account! Your broker account is where you deposit your money and allow your trader to start trading for you – this is where you begin to make money in your sleep! The bonus – xm.com is FCA regulated and UK based and you have access to withdraw your money at any time with no issues.

When & Why – everything is online based and is a great way to make a sideline stream of money alongside your current day job. It’s safe, FCA regulated and used by 100’s of people worldwide every single day, but hardly any of them share it because they’re super greedy and don’t want people to make money! I do – I never understand why people are sceptical to see others succeed just because they are, it’s a dog eat dog world, why do we want to see people fail?

Writing this blog today – I’ve now been doing this for exactly 11 and a half days and have so far made a £51.43 profit with trading only being 5 days a week. It’s extra money I didn’t have in my bank account before so for me, it’s pure profit.

If you’re interested or even just want to find out more – give me a shout! I’ve kept this brief as I know information overload is seriously off-putting and boring and sounds like crap, but if the thought of investments, making money while you sleep and stress-free income sounds good and like a dream – email me: simran.ghattoraya@gmail.com or add me on Skype with the same email address listed and we can chat further! If you’re already convinced enough and have already done your homework and want to jump straight in – also Skype me and we’ll get you through the sign up process!

Hybrid Youth Market – #simmyghattxvikkainth – Sat 27th May, Leicester Market

Graphic Design & Illustration

Hey guys, apologies I feel like every blog should start off with the reason why I keep disappearing! I know I keep saying I’ve had a lot on and so much to do and think about – this post is one of the reasons why! 

So me & my other half – if you follow me on Instagram you would already know that this man in my life goes by the name of Vik Kainth (- if you don’t then go follow @simmyghatt) were lucky enough to be apart of something so amazing and special that took place in Leicester on Saturday 27th May at Leicester Market. It was called the Hybrid Youth Market – hosted by The Community Giants which was basically a platform for today’s youth to in a sense change the way society views us all, but allows 16-25 year olds have experience of what it’s like in a day of work of different trades, and opened their eyes a little to just a pinch of the opportunities that are actually out there and all within their reach. 

So one of my good friends who is part of the team approached me and asked if me & Vik would be on board to showcase our artwork! Now lately I’ve been getting into drawing my mandalas A LOT and Vik’s been pulling out some more CRAZY designs and pieces, so we jumped up and said yes of course – and here began the day!

Vik was showcasing a select range of his artwork focusing on his cultural pieces and Mughal style artwork – whereas mine was alllllllll mandalas! Even in A6 greeting card form – which were basically the days bestsellers for me! Although I have actually released a range of limited edition prints which are so limited, there’s only up to 4 copies of each print, signed and numbered! Our setup was amazing – admittedly it had to keep changing throughout the day as we had a lot of serious wind issues, but it looked so vibrant and colourful, honestly it was amazing! If you’re on my twitter (@simmyghatt) or insta you would have been seeing all the shares, reposts and uploads that were going on and the live feeds – me & Vik had so much fun!

ITV Central came down alongside Leicester Mercury so The Community Giants got the coverage they deserved for putting together something as meaningful and creative as this! There were loads of other stalls – free planters for the over 65’s, jewellery, woodcrafted products, incenses, candles, bags & scarves, for a 2nd time event – it smashed it! & For my first time ever doing something like this, I couldn’t have been more happier to share the event with Vik and have him support me but also know some amazing human beings in this world who want to help and push me further and provide me with opportunities like the Hybrid Youth Market to do so. It’s definitely inspired me to push my artwork and mandalas further, refine what works and doesn’t, introduce colour to my pieces and definitely come out with a range of colourful cards that are available to use for any reason at all!

So without further ado – I’ll leave the pictures to explain the rest…

“Reborn” – Lotus Mandala

Graphic Design & Illustration

MY KINDA SUNDAY 👌

I know I’ve been super quiet on drawings right now, I’ve been hiding behind the scenes of my newest piece – “Reborn”. After my last Thai Mandala pushing me past my usual patterns and safety net, I was so hungry to try something else so fresh, so new, testing, challenging. 

Hence the Lotus Mandala – the birth in a sense of a fresh new style, slightly reflecting me whilst I’ve been a bit quiet – reflecting a bit more on sharpening myself up, instead of just my pencil all the time. Focusing more on me and becoming the best I can be too in a world that’s as crazily foolish as we all are. So I guess this piece is more about me than anything else, but I’m damn proud I got it to this stage.

WWW.SIMMYGHATT.COM

Graphic Design & Illustration

So guys…. guess by the blog post title what I did…. I FINALLY SET UP A SHOPIFY STORE TO SELL MY ILLUSTRATIONS AS PRINTS! 

So to keep it short and sweet as this was just more of a quick update as to what the hell I’ve been doing lately – you can check it out here:: www.simmyghatt.com 

I’m so happy I managed to do it! Test prints have been achieved and one gifted so far, (Well being gifted tonight), site has the domain name bought and everything uploaded minus the few collaboration prints I’ve been doing lately, but it’s all ready to go! 

So as an exclusive to my blog followers…. I’ve done something sweet and you guys can get 10% off any print on the store! Simply enter the code ‘WP10OFF‘ at checkout and the discount will be applied! It’s limited to one per customer however so use wisely!

Recipe:: Chicken & Avocado Stuffed Peppers

Gym & Fitness, Lifestyle, Recipes & Food!

Hey guys! So you may have caught the Instagram post of one of my latest kitchen creations – stuffed peppers, and can I just point out that they were basically one of the best things I have made to date! So the recipe ::

Ingredients:

  • 4x Whole Bell Peppers – core & seeds removed to leave just the shell
  • 2x Chicken Breast Fillets – cooked &diced
  • 1x Avocado – de-seeded & peeled
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1x Large Garlic Clove
  • 1tbsp of Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin, Black Pepper & Chilli Powder
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes – Halved
  • 1 Cup Sweetcorn
  • 1 Can Mixed Beans – Kidney Beans, Black Beans, White Beans
  • Opt – spring onions, cilantro, juice of 1-2 squeezed limes

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius (350 farenheit)
  2. Saute onions and garlic with olive oil for 2-3 minutes until golden.
  3. Dice up the chicken and coat in garlic powder, cumin, black pepper and chilli powder. Add the chicken in with the onions and stir until cooked through.
  4. Remove from the heat and in a separate mixing bowl combine the chicken, onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, avocado, sweetcorn and mixed beans (and cilantro, spring onions and lime juice).
  5. Pack tightly into the peppers and place into an oven safe dish. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until heated through.
  6. Serve on it’s own or with rice for a heartier meal!

They were amazing and literally tasted so beautiful! I find that colourful looking meals always taste so much better as they look so much more appealing so I loved this and even went on to make a breakfast version with eggs, diced peppers, ham and pepperoni in there – DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED! If you try out the recipe definitely share the combos with me and the pics too – I love sharing what I make with everyone and love seeing the end results  to the point where my boss at the gym tried it out too!

Mandala #5 – Thai Fusion

Graphic Design & Illustration

Guys – I was so psyched to share this one with you! I did my first ever Thai Inspired Mandala yesterday! I have to give credit to the other, he did give me the idea after all and pushed me consistently to do it and gave me constant reassurance, support and motivation to keep going, but I’m so so so proud of this one!

I’ve got huge ideas coming up with it, including vectoring it and making it a part of a surprise piece too! Although, when searching for my first initial references I came across loads of elements that I so badly wanted to include but couldn’t draw perfectly, so I settled on deciding to make a whole vector series of Thai Inspired Prints that will soon be up for sale on my online store – YES! BIG NEWS! I’ve decided to go into selling my Mandalas as prints!!!! Cannot wait and I’m so excited to be able to now share them all with you!

Keep an eye and literally watch these spaces and all the updates will ALWAYS be on my instagram – if you’re not already, follow me on @simmyghatt 🙂