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A Christmas Message

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After a nice short day at work I came home and baked some festive chocolate cupcakes for my family, had a relaxing bath using my Lush bath bomb and enjoyed a glass of Eggnog for the first time with my parents. I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas Eve and are all set for tomorrow. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my followers and anyone else reading this a very merry Christmas. Laugh lots and make some great memories.

More importantly, be good to each other and don’t take anything for granted. I Shall be celebrating with my family and I hope you all have someone special to share the day with. Enjoy yourselves!

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Growing and Changing

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I’m like Dr. Who… I tend to regenerate every few years. Last time it happened must have been about six years ago when I decided on a career change and gave up pretty much everything to study animal management full-time. I had time by myself to think and I know at that time in my life I made the right decision even though I didn’t end up pursuing an animal care career. It was great personal development and opened up a whole lot of new opportunities for me. I saw a change in myself during that time, I was more determined and care free and I proved to myself that I could work harder than I had ever worked before. I was happy.

Recently… I would say 3 or 4 months ago, I have been showing signs of growing up. This is something that I had refused point-blank to do in the past, but at the age of 33 I seemed to have given in and accepted that there are some things I need to face. My thoughts have mainly been leaning towards planning for my future, something that I wouldn’t have considered at all earlier on in the year.

I suppose there comes a time when you haven’t got a choice and that then aggravating voice of one of your parents telling you to ‘grow up’ actually starts to make sense. With my new sensible head on my shoulders we shall see what 2014 brings. After all, it’s not very far away now is it!

Online Donating

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Why do people avoid it like the plague? It could be for one of the best and most established charity’s going but people still won’t donate. I myself have had previous experience with this when setting up donation pages such as ‘Just Giving’. You’ve probably thought of a great fund-raising idea which you think will grab people’s attention but still it goes unnoticed. Well not exactly unnoticed, they probably looked at it before turning their noses up and passing it by.

A friend of mine set up a page over a week ago to raise money for the amazing ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ but since then, she has only had 3 donations online, one of them being mine. I don’t know what people are so scared of. Fair enough, times are hard and it is close to Christmas but it’s the same all year through. Maybe they aren’t aware of how donation sites work or whether they are safe to use. At one point I wondered this myself but I found them easy to use and very secure… in fact just as secure as your online shopping sites.

Earlier this year another friend of mine set up a page and his fundraising activity was to create a large mosaic. He began putting a lot of effort in but had hardly any donations. It knocked his confidence hard and he threatened to give up on occasions but I convinced him to keep going. He had a few donations in the end but he deserved so much more.

The charity someone chooses to help is often one of significance and means a lot to them. They are not chosen on a whim. If I think a charity is worth while (and I’m friends with the person who organised it), I will donate. Even a couple of quid goes a long way and makes the person raising the money incredibly happy.

It’s a Boy!!!

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…. If you didn’t already know! Only joking, I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now.

I couldn’t let today pass without marking the occasion in a blog post.

Those that don’t care (and believe me there are), there’s really no need for you to be reading this.

Congratulations William and Kate on the birth of your baby boy weighing 8lb 6oz, at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital, west London. I can’t help thinking about how proud Princess Diana would be right now. Just waiting on a name 🙂

 

Have I Got What It Takes?

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I’ve been asking myself this question since Thursday when I was given a part in October’s show. This was only my second time of attending the amateur operatic society. The organisers obviously have a lot of faith in me and I don’t want to let them down. I’ve been swatting up on the Opera ‘Trial by Jury’ by watching performances on DVD, YouTube clips and have downloaded the music by Gilbert and Sullivan which I am currently listening to on my mp3 player. I should imagine that this is what I’ll be listening to continuously over the next few months…. even in my sleep!

I’m going to be playing a ditzy bridesmaid with three other girls. It’s not a big part thank goodness, I only come on just over half way through the 45 minute performance. The music teacher ran through some keys with me like she said she would on the first night and I discovered that I am somewhere between Alto and Soprano. I seem to crack a bit on very high notes so she said I can try sitting with the Alto’s at some point to see how I go but she hasn’t got a problem with me joining in with the Soprano’s. I suppose I shall figure all this out later on once I have settled in. Until then I have a lot of work to do 🙂

 

My True Calling

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Apart from catching up with Supernatural, spending time with family and seeing ‘Man of Steel’ at the cinema recently in my spare time I have also discovered a new recreational activity. I have joined a local Amateur Operatic Society that I didn’t know existed. I’ve always been very fond of singing; usually around the house, on PlayStation sing star games or more rarely on Karaoke. I wouldn’t normally sing in-front of strangers but knew I could hold a tune. For a while now I have also been interested in musical Theatre but realised that it’s too late to pursue a career in this field being nearly 33 years old. That’s why when this opportunity came up, I wasn’t sure whether it was fate (if you believe in that kind of thing) or pure chance.

This week I have to turn up a little earlier to run through some keys with the music teacher to work out whether I am a Tenor, Bass, Alto or Soprano. Unfortunately I may not be able to take part in October’s show as I joined too late and rehearsals are well under way already. I’m happy just to be there and sing a bit.

Anyway, while I’m here I wanted to give a shout out to ‘London Live’ recently created by my good friend Emma. She put this blog together to be able to share her London-based experiences and give you the chance to share yours too. She’s looking for anyone who would like to guest post any reviews and stories about Theatre shows, hotels, events, restaurants, museums, Art Galleries…. well you get my drift! Just about everything and anything of interest basically. Go and give her a follow for me 🙂

Big IF London

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Yesterday (8th June) myself and my niece Jordan attended the Big IF London Rally in Hyde Park to contribute to the thousands of campaigners who turned up to make some noise to persuade G8 leaders to put an end to world hunger, which has been an ongoing issue for many years. I was made aware of this event through Jordan who is a fan of YouTuber Charlie McDonnell (Charlieissocoollike) who has teamed up with Save The Children and his mum Lindsay Atkin to raise awareness of malnutrition. They experienced the effects of this first hand through a trip to Tanzania. While they were out there they made a series of video’s to make others aware of this problem too. Inspired by their determination to make a difference, I thought I should do my bit and share this with you all.

Hyde park was the ideal location to hold this event and we had such lovely weather for it too. Hosts Myleene Klass and Gethin Jones welcomed a variety of performers and speakers onto the main stage to help get the message across and different support groups had areas set up on location. We mingled around the video bloggers tent where a few other YouTubers had arrived to be part of the day.

Charlie and Jordan

Video blogger tent

Charlie being interviewed

The main stage

the crowds

other end of field

We headed over to a separate part of the park to contribute to the thousands of spinning flowers which had been planted by campaigners. Each petal on each flower represented the 2 million children who die of hunger each year. This was an impressive sight and a powerful message to send to world leaders.

a spinning flower

field of spinning flowers

planting the flowers

Here’s how it all unravelled.

I really hope that we all made a big enough impact for world leaders to take notice and do something. This isn’t just a problem in Tanzania and other parts of the world but also affects families in the UK. Nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night. This has to end. To find out more about the campaign, go to the main website HERE. You can help by raising awareness in a way you know best…blogging! You can write your own post or re-blog mine. The more publicity the better.