Seven wonders

#301: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Hmmm… that’s a tricky one since the world is made up of so many wonderful words – superfluous for one, just because of the way it sounds! The first two that sprung to mind however, were ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ (hyphenated so it only counts as one word mwaha!), as in my opinion, portions of the world could do with using manners more often. Then, in no particular order, I would want to keep the following words: family, love, passion, career and happiness. The only other word I’d want to keep is music as there is no possible way that I could live without it, but then I thought it would be quite redundant considering the volcabulary had been dramatically shortened.

Naked, with black socks

#261: Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I’ve always hated giving presentations… ever since sixth form. Just the thought of having to be the only person standing in front of a large number of people, being the sole focus for a certain length of time, I get clammy palms! Saying that, I am still willing to give anything a go… since uni I have successfully completed two on camera junket interviews and a singular on camera piece, with just myself in the shot talking to camera. So my confidence has definitely grown and now I’m addicted to a good challenge!

For anyone who read my post, ‘You can’t escape’… I truly couldn’t escape. Yesterday the cold finally got me – I’ve managed to avoid it for two weeks but what with it being at work and at home, it’s really no surprise that it got me. So, shamefully I missed yesterday’s post (I’m not going to count it as a fail… extenuating circumstances and all that!) – but here it is…

The cat says meow

#260: Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal or another person.

I’ve chosen my cousins dog, who joins us on pretty much every family occasion since he is part of the family! Channelling…

Oooo, people! Must count everyone… 4, 8, 12, 17… yep, we’re all here! Right, who’s making the biggest fuss of me… Ahh Chloe! You’re so warm… that’s it, right behind the ear! Hmm… I wonder if anyone has anything to eat! Nanny usually has something for me… I’ll go to her instead.

Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other

#253: Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

Success, happiness, travel, love and family. 

OK… so I cheated. I couldn’t work out a suitable story that would sum up my future in six words – it will be interesting to see how other bloggers approached this one-line challenge. However, the words included are things that I hope my future holds… and no doubt everyone else wants similar things. Thinking back to the Luxurious blog prompt from the weekend, everyone measures things differently. So, where I’ve listed success, I would class myself as successful when I secure either a writer/sub-editor role within a company I love – anything above, for example owning my own publication, would be a bonus! This theory applies to the other words, too. Happiness is something that comes and goes, but everyone hopes that there will be more happiness than sadness in their lives – although, thankfully, I’m someone who finds happiness in the smaller things. Travel is an obvious one… who doesn’t want to discover new parts of the world in their life?! And then there’s love and family, which kind of come hand in hand. 

I’d like to thank my cats

#239: You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

Argh! Just realised I have missed yesterday’s deadline by 37 minutes! However, I do have a very good reason for it… I was wrapping up a couple of last minute birthday presents for my brother (whose birthday is now today… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and didn’t realise the time!

The award would be The Most Organised award… ask anyone I work with, I am THE most organised (borderline obsessive compulsive) individual they have ever come across. But, this of course regularly comes in handy when I’m in charge of organising and managing promotional events & festivals 🙂

I’ve never had to make a speech before as such… tonnes of educational presentations throughout sixth form and uni, but never a speech. So, I’d of course keep it incredibly short – I’d do the typical thing by thanking my family and everyone who has contributed to creating the person I am today, but I’d then thank the person who recognised just how much effort I put into my work, striving to make it as perfect as possible.

Freaky Friday

#227: You experience your own Freaky Friday, and switch bodies with someone you love/hate. Tell us what happens.

This is pretty tricky since I haven’t seen the film, so have no idea what they get up to. I guess I’d have a good ol’ nosey around their room/house and just generally get on with what that person usually does – I’m not a havoc seeker, so wouldn’t come up with any plans to sabotage this persons life even if I did dislike them.

Pat on the back

#212: Tell someone you’re proud of, just how proud you are.

To the best brother,

I hope you already know how proud I am of you, even though I don’t say it as often as I should. You took independent living at Uni in your stride and, even when refusing proofreading assistance, you achieved a 2:1 all on your own merit! Not only that, you managed to walk straight out of Uni and straight into a job. Albeit, it’s not in an industry you want a future in (and you got it through a friend of a friend you lucky whatsit), but you have picked it up instantly and are now thriving – even suggesting new management systems to increase time efficiency and productivity. I always seem to forget just how smart you are! 

Towards the end of your Uni days, you made me cry… in a good way, of course. I literally was bursting with pride during your end of year Drama showcase, at just how much you have grown up – none of us had ever heard you sing properly, so to stand up in front of an audience and sing solo without music… my hat well and truly comes off to you! You then revealed that you had set up your own mini business whilst a member of the Drama group, too – taking professional portfolio shots and offering equally professional recording sessions, which you would then produce into a proper track. It was just amazing, you little entrepreneur!

I can imagine you’re probably cringing right now with all of this gushiness, so I’ll stop now. But just so you know, I couldn’t be prouder…

The little things

#123: Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that defines your world but is often overlooked.

When I read this prompt out to my family (as I’m struggling to think of what this could be)… my Mum said I should say her! She’s a little thing at just over five foot, I love her dearly, she defines my world but all the work she does from day to day is unfortunately often overlooked by everyone. So, here it is… post complete (with a teensy bit of help!).

Happy happy joy joy

#87: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

Easy… when I watched my brother in his drama production the day after my birthday, a few weeks back. It was his singing that made the tears of happiness and pride fall as he’s never participated in a public show like this… and to be honest, I’d never heard him sing like that in all my life! He had quite a few solo sections within the four or so songs he performed in and it felt like my heart (and the fabric of time) had stopped with every word he sung… it was just incredible! I don’t normally get emotional in that way but I have never felt prouder to have him as my little brother. I thought I was going to burst with pride!

Happily ever after

#57: “And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?

Not yet. But I will get there. My happy ever after would consist of having a sturdy and of course thoroughly enjoyable job, living in my own place decorated just how I’d like it to be, having the ability to go out more often with friends to try new cuisines as well as enjoying at least a weeks travel every year (to places such as Borneo, Thailand, Italy etc). Like many other happy ever afters, mine wouldn’t be complete without sharing my life with someone I love. What happens after that would be a bonus!

Cupid’s arrow

#45: It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or some- thing you love. Bonus points for poetry!

At the moment I don’t have the one someone in my life right now and I couldn’t decide who to choose, as their isn’t one person that I love more than another. So, even though this will no doubt sound sickening to some, I’m going to dedicate this ode to my entire family.

Here goes my first ever ode…

I’ve never been able to say this out loud,
But being part of this family really makes me proud.
We may seem to others like an odd bunch at times,
But I see these as our secret little signs,
That we are comfortable enough to be who we are,
Since we know that love and support will never be far.
I’ve always known that I am the luckiest girl on Earth,
Proven when we come together to celebrate the day of my birth.
And so I write this ode to all of you today,
To thank you and tell you that I love you in every single way.