The perfect proposal

In April, my partner asked me to marry her and I, of course, said yes! For my birthday earlier this year, she’d bought me a voucher for afternoon tea at London’s Fortnum & Mason since it’s my favourite shop and I’ve always wanted to go there for it. When I arrived (as I was meeting her there from work) I saw that she had a rose… that’s when I knew something was going on.

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Filled with excitement and anticipation, we were seated at a table by the window. With the sun beaming in, and before having ordered anything, she started telling me how much I meant to her. And that’s when it happened! Once I’d figured out what she was going to ask me, I was itching to say yes but I didn’t want to ruin what she’d prepared, so waited patiently. It was from then on that I had the biggest grin plastered across my face and it stayed there for the rest of the day. I wish I could relive it over and over as everything was just perfect and so filled with joy.

Now, we’re in full wedding planning mode. With one venue appointment done and several booked for this month, with the invitations designed and the guest list almost written, along with preparing to try on my first bridal dresses this weekend… life couldn’t be any better!

A whole new world: going freelance

I’m so excited to be back to blogging! Since becoming a full-time writer, my blog has sadly fell by the way side as I completely and wholeheartedly immersed and dedicated myself to perfecting my style of writing.

Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 22.19.06For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to take on freelance projects. I believe freelancing will help me develop and broaden my knowledge and experience even further, and now just feels like the right time to branch out and begin my new chapter.

Without sounding like I’m blowing my own trumpet, I have a really exciting future ahead of me. I recently got engaged to someone who’s job entails a lot of travelling so I know that freelance writing would be the perfect fit. What with wedding planning in full swing and the prospect of taking on new challenges and projects, I’ve never felt happier.

Writing for a weekly current affairs magazine has shown me that I am capable of writing about any topic in any length, whether it be full page features or news stories told in just 45 words.

On the topic of freelance projects… yesterday I received an email confirming that I had been accepted as a Standard level writer on Copify! I had submitted my CV and a sample of work over the weekend, and was surprised to have been confirmed so quickly (the website said it could take up to seven days). So I’m looking forward to getting started and being able to sink my teeth into some copywriting projects.

I’ll of course be keeping my page updated with all the exciting ventures I begin and I look forward to seeing where this takes me.

Until next time…

20/31 Be thankful for today

20. A difficult time in your life

Well this is a change of pace…

I don’t think there has been any time in my life that has been so tremendously difficult that it warrants writing about. So many people have it so much worse. The tens of thousands of people that had to flee Alberta to escape the wildfires, losing their homes and all of their belongings. The passengers onboard the EgyptAir jet that vanished over the night this week and their families and friends who are desperately waiting to find out what happened.

Sure, I have bad days and minority difficult days – who doesn’t?! But I think right now is not the time to be ranting about trivial things like being tired or being stuck on the tube.

12/31 Ain’t nobody got time for that

12. What’s inside your fridge

Not much to be quite frank.

This week has been insanely mental so I just haven’t had time to go shopping or cook proper dinners (shhh… don’t tell my mum!) Work is normally busy on a Monday and a Tuesday anyway because it’s press deadline, but this week we began to host flat viewings as our newest housemate is leaving to go travelling next month.

So, currently in the fridge is some mature cheddar, salad cream, a selection of tomatoes, Quorn turkey, tomato ketchup, eggs and butter… totally living the dream right!

5/31 Music is my life… literally

5. 10 songs you love right now

I’m obsessed with music. It doesn’t matter what emotion I’m feeling, music has the power to cheer me up, help me celebrate life or just as a form of release if I’ve had a stressful day.

That said, in no particular order…

  1. Will.i.am – Boys & Girls. I didn’t like this song when I first heard it performed on BBC’s The Voice, but the more I heard it, the more I grew to like it. It’s very accepting no matter which walk of life you follow.
  2. Rihanna – Work. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t enjoy dancing to this one?!
  3. Tinie Tempah – Girls Like. I’ve been listening to this guys songs since uni and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
  4. Fifth Harmony – Work from Home. Another good one to boogie to.
  5. Major Lazer – Light It Up. This is a song that you can be free with.
  6. Craig David – Nothing Like This. I’m so pleased that Craig David came back on the scene… destined for stardom since Rewind!
  7. Sia & Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills. What a collab…
  8. Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself. Again, this was another one I didn’t much care for when I first heard it but there’s just something about the beat that draws me in every single time.
  9. Meghan Trainor – No. The rap bits I could like without but this is a good song to belt out in a club after a few too many alcohol beverages.
  10. Zara Larsson – Lush Life. No explanation needed.

My favourite songs are forever changing… so tomorrow it’s quite possible that I could have a new list!

4/31 What’s fear?

4. What are you afraid of

The usual things people are afraid of… Getting hit by a car, living life alone, spiders, losing one of my senses, having to pull all of the hair out the bath plug so the water can drain again, not picking the right flatmate to live with next…

It’s a funny thing, fear. As author H. P. Lovecraft so rightly said “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” In a nutshell, that’s what the future is… unknown. And that’s how it’ll always stay, no matter how hard people try to predict what’s in store for us… you’ve just got to roll with it. 

3/31 Say what?!

3. Your favourite quote

What a tricky prompt! There are just so many quotes to choose from. I mean, just take a look at my ‘Quotes to live by‘ Pinterest board… There’s almost 300 quotes in it!

Some of my favourites include:

“Life is about using the whole box of crayons” – RuPaul

“Everything will be alright in the end and if it’s not alright, then it’s not the end” – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“Water off a ducks back” – Jinxx Monsoon

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” – William Shakespeare

And of course, let’s not forget… “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else” – RuPaul

Update on life

Hey everyone!

It’s been a bit of a busy start to the year for me (hence why I’ve only posted a handful of times so far) and I have truly missed writing something new every single day. So, I thought since March is now in full swing, I’d give you a quick update on my hodgepodge shenanigans of 2015 – enjoy!

As some of you might remember, I announced that this year I was going to start vlogging – I love presenting, producing and video editing for NG Kids and I love blogging… et voila, my vlog is born! However, I had been struggling to decide on what to vlog about as I wanted it to have some sort of structure and purpose as opposed to talking about what I ate for lunch. But now, I think I’ve finally decided on a selection of topics that I’m going to vlog about and they are: – event exclusives and sneak peeks (where possible), review the latest toys and films, as well as some sort of obsessions type post (but I haven’t narrowed this one down just yet, so it could be weekly, monthly or simply sporadic!).

Big Hero 6

So, I got to attend the UK gala screening of Disney’s Big Hero 6 and I was not disappointed! It really is a film for everyone – packed with cool characters, amazing graphics and various types of humour, it was the perfect weekend movie. Also, if you’re like me and wait for the credits to finish so that you don’t miss anything, you’ll be treated to an extra sneak peek ending, which features one of our most beloved, legendary Marvel icons! Plus I instantly recognised that the edgy soundtrack, Immortal, was by Fall Out Boy – one of the bands I listened to in my youth – so this made the film even better. I just can’t wait for it to come out on DVD!

Toy Fair 2015

An then there was The Toy Fair, in London’s Kensington Olympia. It was my second year attending the event and it was just as big, if not bigger, than I remember. Plus, I’m the perfect candidate to check out all of the latest toys and games that are due to hit the shelves, as I kind of am still a kid! I love Disney movies and characters… actually pretty much all animated films, so love seeing all of the branded toys – it’s all so exciting! I thought it would be the best place to start vlogging, so with the help of my best friend Vinnie, I filmed a few bits here and there (most of it was secret, so it turns out it wasn’t the best idea!). But then I faced the problem of not having any video editing software to actually put the blog together! A few months down the line I finally have iMovie, which for the time being will suffice, so I’m hoping that once I transfer the files from my phone, I’ll be able to get cracking and publish it as soon as possible.

4 movies

Four movies in four weeks… that’s a record in my book!

Jupiter Ascending – I saw the preview for this in what is quite possibly THE best cinema screening in all of London (actually in Europe!). You guessed it… it was the London BFI IMAX! But there’s only so much the viewing environment can do for a film, even if the surround sound made you believe you were physically in the story… So, this movie follows Mila Kunis’ character, Jupiter, as she discovers albeit to her initial disbelief (with the help of Caine Wise, played by Channing Tatum, and baddie Balem Abrasax, played by the wonderful Eddie Redmayne) that she has the genetic signature which makes her next inline to the throne, to become the Queen of the Universe. Exactly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great action film and the graphics were pretty cool (especially in 3D), but unfortunately, I was able to spot too many other films within it – Star Wars, Jurassic Park, X-Men, Avengers, Men in Black – which made me feel as if the writers didn’t have any original ideas of their own (sorry!). It’s still worth a watch if you’re having a movie marathon weekend though!

Project Almanac – Everyone likes a bit of time travel right? I saw the preview for this one at London’s Soho Hotel, which is one of my most favourite screening rooms as they are super duper comfy, with their individual little sofas and armchairs! But back to the movie… filmed from the viewpoint of a home video camera, a group of high school teens excited by science discover top secret plans on how to build a time machine. Together, they create the device which allows them to jump back in time… but they forgot to consider the consequences that come from changing the past! I really enjoyed this film as the twists and turns were fairly unpredictable, and it had a killer ending that left me yearning for a sequel.

Cinderella – I saw this film a few weeks back at the divine Ham Yard Hotel in London and was absolutely blown away. I love Disney as it is so was incredibly excited to be among the first screening of people to see it! So, keeping true to the Disney classic, this tale follows Ella on her path to finding true love and finding herself… wowzers, that’s gushy. But everyone knows this story inside and out. However, what’s great about this film is that it’s been given a Maleficent-esque twist, in which the story is told a little differently and a little darker! An all star cast with all the magic of the iconic classic, this is truly a film that is NOT to be missed!

Focus – More than just a title… a requirement! I think Will Smith is a great actor and I’ve enjoyed every film I’ve seen him in. With this one, you very much need to be on your A game when you watch it as it’s quite fast paced and has intricate details that you need to pay attention to. Think Ocean’s Eleven with it’s perfect heists and suave surroundings, but with more humour, more con man antics and a teensy bit of romance threaded throughout. That said I thoroughly enjoyed it and absolutely loved the ending as it was another unexpected one! (FYI: I have a terrible habit of predicting and foreseeing what happens next in films and TV programmes… I annoy myself with it!). I would definitely watch it again.

If you’ve managed to make it this far, thanks ever so much and I hope you enjoyed reading it!

My delayed journey

So, my delayed vlogging journey is, at last, starting to take shape – I’m forever watching one of my favourite vloggers, Tyler Oakley (seven years of content will thankfully take a while to catch up on), along with my favourite vlogging duo, Superfruit, comprised of Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying (aka Pentatonix). But, I finally have a MacBook that will allow me to edit videos in my own time…. and not during my lunch breaks! *victory dance* I’m so unbelievably excited to have received this as it feels like I’ve been saving for years. I must admit however, that it feels so bizarre to be sat here on my sofa, watching the Brit Awards… and TYPING!

Oh I’ve missed it…

Created by me!

Created by me!

Everything changes

I don’t know if others find the same thing where they live, but people seem to be a lot happier when the sun’s out… especially in London! Maybe because we don’t get to see it very often and we’ve just had winter (and very little snow), but wandering around a sunny capital during your lunch break is a glorious experience…

Designed by myself

Designed by myself