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My Aspirations for 2014

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As I have said in the past, I don’t believe in new years resolutions and last year was the closest I came to them with my post ‘7 Things for 2013’ and as I suspected, it was a complete fail. I literally only managed 2 of the things I wrote about so I’m going back to my old way of thinking. I always strive to be the best person I can be and that will be no exception in 2014. I will continue to do good deeds, make people smile and help some charities. To remember each kind thing I do I will be keeping a ‘Kindness Jar’ (as I shall call it) throughout the year. With each kind thing I do I will write it on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar, at the end of the year I shall look back at all the things I wrote down. Sound like a good idea? Why don’t you join me.

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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!

First Show of the Year

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I kicked off my theatre going 2013 with the new musical ‘Loserville’ which unfortunately ended today as well. It was a show that my niece wanted to see before it closed. And after experiencing it, I’d wished I’d gone to see it before. It was a very lively, feel good show with superb choreography and imaginative set and props. Both myself and Jordan enjoyed it very much and came out buzzing. While I was in the West End I finally booked myself a ticket to see the stage show ‘Les Miserables’ for March but I’m sure I’ll find something else to go and see in the mean time.

Of course, no day out would be complete without a good meal. We randomly ended up in a Thai Style vegetarian buffet restaurant in Soho. It was different and enjoyable and I didn’t have to worry about what I was eating because everything was meat free and free of all animal products.

vegetarian foodWe had a bit of everything and the Mango juice was soooo nice! so pleased to eat vegetarian prawn crackers!

Vegetarian food

We went up for seconds and came back with Soya duck and pancakes!

fruit salad

We finished with a small bowl of fruit salad and mango jelly.

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New YearI start as I mean to go on in 2013 so my first blog post of the year is a creative one. I found the pastels that I hadn’t used for years and decided to put them to good use even if what I display here is a little rushed and scruffy. I’m discovering my creative side all over again and it excites me so from now on I should have some form of artwork to accompany some of my blog posts.

I woke up this morning feeling happy and positive knowing that I already have some fabulous plans for this year. I experienced yet another peaceful new years eve in with the parents watching Graham Norton and the amazing fireworks display on t.v. I surprised myself last night by pouring myself some Baileys and refusing it after 3 sips. If some of you remember rightly, in a previous blog post entitled ‘A Moment in Time’ I stated that I’d be giving up alcohol completely. Those 3 sips of Baileys is the first drop of alcohol that I have had since the end of November and the fact that I didn’t enjoy it confirms that from now on I’ll definitely be sticking to what I said in that blog post.

It’s nearly time to return to normality as I have to go back to work tomorrow. But the break has been relaxing if a little boring at times. It has given me a lot of thinking time and a chance to asses the way I write my blogs and expand my audience (if I can). So wherever you are in the world I wish you a happy and healthy new year and hope that 2013 is good to you all. I’ll leave you with this short quote… Learn from yesterday, Live for today, hope for tomorrow.

7 things for 2013

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I got the idea for this on ‘Day Zero Project’s’ blog http://dayzeroproject.tumblr.com/post/14316970136/this-year-at-day-zero-were-taking-an-alternative it’s an alternative to new years resolutions. So as 2013 is fast approaching I thought I’d better get myself in gear and start thinking about what I want out of my year.

  1. Learn how to… stay calm when under pressure at work.
  2. Start… working out to tone myself up.
  3. Stop… thinking about the past too much.
  4. Take a vacation to… somewhere I haven’t been in the UK.
  5. Find… a flat and start being a grown up.
  6. Try… and regain the independence I lost when I moved back in with my parents.
  7. Be more… open and personal in my blog posts

1 year Anniversary

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I don’t often publish two blog posts in the same day but seeing as WordPress have just kindly informed me that I started my blog a year ago today It would be rude of me to let it go un-noticed. I have so far enjoyed blogging immensely and have surprised myself by being consistent which I was a little apprehensive about to begin with. I have stuck to it and as a result have become a typical blogger. I’m always thinking about my next potential blog. When I’m out and about or even at work, I’ll have idea’s whirling around in my head. Sometimes I won’t go out without my camera in case I come across something that I can include in a blog post. I plan upcoming events so that I have something interesting to blog about. I am officially an obsessive blogger.

I decided that I wouldn’t write daily blogs as I would run out of things to say and it would become boring for the readers and I continue to stick by my rule. I would like to say a huge thank you to my followers, I have appreciated every single like and comment I have received. I will carry on blogging for as long as I’m getting views and already 2013 holds many great blogging opportunities for me which I’m very excited about. See you in my next blog post… over and out 😛

A Moment in Time

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We’ve all had those moments when we wake up with a raging hangover and vowed to ourselves that we will NEVER drink again (until the weekend after). Well I had one of those many moments again this morning after a night out with the family celebrating my mum’s 70th birthday. But this time I’ve decided to put it to practice and test my will power. It’s not like I haven’t done it before. I once gave up alcohol for about 2 years and as I’m not a particularly big drinker anyway, I’m hoping I can stick to it. The only main events I need to overcome is Christmas and the two-week cruise I’m going on next year.

I’m not only doing it because I hate hangovers and I don’t seem to be able to handle them as I’m getting older but I want to be healthier. Sometimes I feel really guilty when I’ve drunk lots the night before, like I’ve done something bad to my body and it’s punishing me for what I’ve put it through. I want my 2013 to be the start of a healthier me.