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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.

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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.

Where has the Time Gone?

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I can’t believe we are nearly in April already! there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day lately. Shame on me for not dedicating more time to blog but in my defence work has been draining so evening blogging has become a challenge. The weather doesn’t help, which means I’ve not been out and about as much as I would have liked. Luckily events that I have planned for April should help me produce a couple of interesting posts. To be honest, I’ve been dreaming this month away in anticipation of my upcoming holiday at the beginning of May. But have now realised I had better get my arse in gear and begin to plan what remaining bits and bobs I need to get before I go.

I know a lot of people take books away with them on holiday but I’m not a big reader so that was out of the question. I gave it some thought and decided to purchase a couple of poetry books instead. That way I don’t have to stick to one long story that I might get bored with in five minutes. I also wanted something to help inspire me while sitting around the pool. I came across the work of E.J. Stevens and instantly knew that the poems in her two books entitled ‘From the Shadows’ and ‘Shadows of Myth and Legend’ would be my cup of tea and I look forward to reading them.

E.J. Stevens books

Now apart from watching a lot of ‘Supernatural’, last night I finally got to see the Theatre production of ‘Les Miserables’ and loved it. Although I still can’t decide whether I like the film or the stage show the best. I thought Tam Mutu’s Javert was brilliant and all the singing was amazing which you don’t quite get in the film but they do a great job none the less. There’s always something about being in the thick of the action and in front row I certainly had that. I would definitely recommend this award-winning show to anyone who is into musicals.

Speaking of musicals! I actually watched the film ‘Hair Spray’ for the first time last night ( I know it’s old now) and wished I had caught that in the West End while it was there. I found it highly amusing. First thing I noticed on the cover of the DVD was John Travolta’s name but I was disappointed that they hadn’t put a photo of him on there. I soon realised that he was, but his character was a woman so I hadn’t recognised him. I honestly don’t know why it takes me such a long time to see these things. For those of you unfamiliar with this film, here’s a picture of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad 🙂

Edna Turnblad

Destined for Bigger Things!

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I’ve often had the feeling that I haven’t quite reached my ultimate goal in life. I have been in the same career (which I can’t name) for about 14/15 years. During that time I had a 2 year break and went back to full-time education. I decided that I wanted to be a zoo keeper so I completed an Animal Management course and obtained various and valuable experience in this field. But much to my horror, at the end of the course I went back to the career that I originally wanted to get away from just to have some money coming in and now after much thought I’m not even sure if zoo keeping was actually for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with animals and I know I’ve got what it takes to be a zoo keeper but the only thing that puts me off is working outside in all weathers. I have never been that great with extreme temperatures… I hate being too cold or too hot.

After more consideration I have now come to the conclusion that something I have continuously been interested in has been staring me in the face all along… writing! and now that I think back, it makes perfect sense. Back at school, which seems like a very distant memory I suggested putting a magazine together to distribute to pupils who may have been interested in reading it. I rallied a small team together only to be turned down by the head teacher so I decided not to pursue it. Several years ago I wrote a children’s story aimed at Toddlers, I sent some copies out to many publishers but all I got back was rejection letters so I gave up. Not to say that I wasn’t going to attempt it again in the future… that’s something that may also be in the pipe-line. And of course, there has been blog writing and through that I have discovered my passion for writing reviews and short articles although I don’t do it very often.

Last night I looked around on-line for a course that could possibly suit me. Distance learning would be ideal so I could still work and earn money. So I found the London School of Journalism. Their Freelance and Feature Writing course sounds suitable for what I want to do so I’m going to take time to think about it to make sure that’s what I really want to do. I have started a distance learning course before on Avian Studies but after completing the first unit I lost interest which isn’t the best thing to do when it’s costing you money. So if anyone out there reading this has any tips or information about studying with the London School of Journalism then please, by all means leave a comment, I need all the help I can get.