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A Fresh Start!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As many of my friends are trying their hardest to get over their epic hangovers today, I am thankful that I gave up alcohol over a year ago and stuck to it. I had the usual quiet night in with my parents with absolutely no desire to venture out. I must be getting old. I hope everyone enjoyed the celebrations and stayed safe.

The last few days I have been preparing for 2014 by having a huge clear out. I had binned a lot of things that I had managed to horde over the years and I sorted out lots of things to take to the charity shop. Now I feel like a weight has been lifted and I can start the new year with one less thing to worry about.

I’ve started as I mean to go on by reading, although I’m finding that ‘Zombie Apocolypse’ is becoming very boring now and I’ve already started considering my next read. Not until I have completed this one of course. I’m still determined.

Here’s a quote that we can all relate to which I find quite appropriate for the start of a new year:

‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’

A Chinese Proverb.

A Quick Look Back On My 2013

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I consider 2013 as being a good year looking back. I have been on two amazing holidays and made many happy memories. The Spain and Canary Island Cruise in May was awesome and it was lovely to spend time with two of my very good friends during this time. We did have a lot of fun and we laughed until we cried a lot of the time. Some people may of even thought we were a little mad but we didn’t have a care in the world. Thinking about it makes me want to book another cruise for next year but as I have some crazy saving to do I don’t think I’ll be booking anything.

Disneyland Paris is never a let down (in my opinion anyway) and I was lucky enough to take my niece Jordan on her first trip there. I’m not sure who exactly was the biggest kid but I’m pretty sure it was me. I love all the rides and meeting as many characters as I can. Despite going at peak season and having to face the crowds of people and the queues, we still had a great time. I would have loved to have returned next year but that also looks very unlikely.

There has been a few events that have stuck in my mind from this year including the annual ‘West End Live’ in Trafalgar Square, conventions such as ‘Collectormania’ in Milton Keynes ‘London Film and Comic Con’ ‘Hyper Japan’ and ‘ToyCon’ were all enjoyable and I hope to return to these events again next year. Another event I enjoyed was the charity football match between ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserable’.

This year saw me try my hand at creating things with Polymer clay which goes well when I have the time apart from when I burnt two tea light holders in the oven much to the horror of my mother who had to clean the blackness from her oven the next day, oops! I also joined a amateur operatic society and performed in my first show which was successful. Unfortunately because of the lack of young talent and men, the society will be closing after our next show in March. It has left me wondering what I should do next, if I even feel like doing anything after that.

There has been some events I have been to which I haven’t mentioned in my posts like Seeing various bands live at Wembley Arena and the London o2 such as ‘Paramore’ ’30 Seconds to Mars’ and ‘Boyzone’. I have also been to a couple of WWE events and loved it… more for next year I think, including some more gigs and shows that are already planned. So far I’m rather looking forward to 2014, I hope you are too!

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!

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!

The Need to Read

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You know you spend too much time on your iPad when you attempt to scroll down whilst reading a book. Yes, this really happened to me as I reached the end of a page in my muchly dragged out ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ which I bought nearly 2 years ago and still haven’t finished. But I expected this of myself when I originally bought the book which is explained in a previous post entitled ‘OMG… I Bought a Book!’ . I put it down months ago and didn’t pick it back up until last night. I’m determined to finish it as I also plan to make reading books a regular thing.

After purchasing some books as Christmas presents for others recently, I realised that there are some great titles out there that appeal to me but the thought of getting through another book is draining. But I’ve come to the conclusion that if I read more books, the more my concentration will improve. Before I think about buying another book, I have to finish ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ first. I WILL finish it though and I will also spend LESS time on the internet.

Back to Pinterest

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I haven’t pinned at all over the last few months, mainly because I’d forgotten my password and retrieving it seemed such an effort (it wasn’t though). So I’ve been pinning like crazy over the past couple of days, and once I started I couldn’t stop. It’s kept me up late; to the point where insomnia has set in and made me unsociable around my family. Damn you Pinterest! You can check out my new boards HERE. Now I never really hit it off with tumblr but I’ve decided to start again but using it mainly in conjunction with this blog so we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve been checking out lots of Polymer clay pictures and tutorials and now have an array of amazing idea’s swimming around my head. I’ve taken a particular interest in decorative journals which look like a lot of fun to do. I just need a few more resources before I can attempt to make one of my own.

I can now announce my next trip to Disneyland Paris which I had kept hush-hush for a while as it was a surprise for my niece, Jordan. We leave in a few days time and even though I have already been before, I am more excited than ever…. probably even more than my niece. Expect lots of photos.

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 🙂