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!

Mixtape masterpiece

#279: You make a new friend. Make them a mixtape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.

Hmm… a tricky one! I don’t know whether there are songs that could sum up or narrate my life – and I’m not saying it to insinuate that my life is completely different from every other persons on the planet, but purely that I’ve never thought of songs in that way. So instead, I’m going to examine my (current) favourite songs, to see if there is any relevance…

Pentatonix – La La Latch. The ‘La La La’ parts of the song of the song refer to families future responses to upcoming (exciting) decisions and the ‘Latch’ parts refer to a new interest in my life.

Pentatonix – Rather Be (cover). Again, referring to a new interest.

Sigma ft. Paloma Faith – Changing. Referring to a part of my life that I hope is going to continue to change over the next 6-12 months… exciting times!

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass. I believe that the use of PhotoShop to manipulate models images for glossy mags/billboards etc, should stop as it’s damaging to tonnes of teens around the world. Fair enough, I’m only a size 8-10 but women should be portrayed as healthy weights and as Megan rightly references… no plastic, stick thin barbie dolls!

Pharrell Williams – Happy. Self explanatory 😀

The Lion King – Hakuna Matata. A motto that I try to live by… it means no worries for the rest of your days!

Les Miserables – Little People & Do You Hear The People Sing. Just because some of the verses are very relevant at the moment (and I LOVE Les Mis!) – plus I’m only 5″3, so Little People signifies that height doesn’t restrict an individuals capabilities.

Hercules (Disney’s) – Go the Distance. As I believe that I can (and will) achieve great things in my lifetime.

And I couldn’t write this post without including… Frozen – Let It Go! Signifying that I’m ready for the next stage of my life, no matter what anyone would think of me.

365 Days of Writing Prompts Rebellion: Papaoutai

Let me first start with, you’re very welcome! This amazing video was only published last week but I’m absolutely addicted to their cover version of Belgian singers Stromae’s song Papoutai. Admittedly, I haven’t got a clue what it’s about (the only bit I think I understand is in the chorus – ‘where are you Papa?’) but there’s just something about it that is so endearing. So, I thought why not share it!

I haven’t quite managed to learn all of the words yet because it’s just so fast… although I know that I will have mastered it before this month is out, that’s for sure!

I hope you enjoy watching their amazing video and do let me know what you think!

365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion: Pentatonix!

I’ve decided to rebel against todays blog prompt, as I don’t have enough time to think of a story (be it fiction or non-fiction) that ends in a clever twist. So instead, I thought I’d share this fantabulous new song, which has now become an obsession… I loved Disclosure’s Latch when it first came out last year and I adore Pentatonix, so to have the two combined is a match made in heaven! 

Comprised of five members (Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola), Pentatonix are an acapella group who create their amazing music using only their vocal chords. My brother introduced me to this group back at the beginning of 2012 with their amazing cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know… immense! Pentatonix then became champions (of course) of NBC’s The Sing Off in 2011, which launched them into further success and they began touring last year. I have now seen them perform live twice and both times they were absolute perfection!

As well as creating La La Latch, the following covers and mashups are amongst my favourites, and seriously if you haven’t heard any of their songs before, listen to them now! You can thank me later.

* Problem – Arianna Grande

* Daft Punk mashup

* Happy – Pharrell Williams

* Say Something – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera

* Evolution of Music mashup

* We Are Ninjas – Inspired by the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie

2013 in two thousand and thirteen words … maybe*

Every New Years Eve seems to be filled with so many expectations of the year ahead; this year I’ll get my dream job, this year I’ll go on the trip of a lifetime, this year I’ll get my own place … but once again, it was just not meant to be.

Even though I didn’t achieve any of the major “reappearing” goals listed above, 2013 was filled with numerous mini-triumphs instead. I passed my driving test, albeit third time lucky, back in January on a super sunny day – every detail of the day seems to be etched into my memory for all eternity! This allowed me to finally quit retail (don’t get me wrong, I loved the staff but I was only there to fund my driving lessons). I was then free to pursue my career in journalism and publishing.

Through working at NG Kids magazine, I was lucky enough to attend the NTAs (National Television Awards) and the VIP After Party at the O2 Arena in London, which was super exciting. I even plucked up the courage to speak to David Weir, four time gold medal champion at London 2012, which was an incredible honour since my family and I were in the stadium, roaring him to victory, when he won his second gold on the 4th September (T54 1,500m). I also covered the European Premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful; although I couldn’t feel my feet on the way home, it was most certainly an invigorating experience! I also began managing the Like it, Make it section of the magazine. This includes generating the craft idea, sourcing and obtaining all of the ingredients/materials required, planning each step, preparing a ‘here’s one I made earlier’, running the entire photo shoot on the day and finally, writing the double page spread; all on a monthly basis. It’s been hard work but it has been so much fun! Another big task for me at NGK, was that I solely arranged and organised a three day event – the Pet Expo 2013 held at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. I thoroughly enjoyed succeeding in the challenge presented to me and subsequently enjoyed managing our stand at throughout build up, the event itself and pack down (even if a dog did decide to cock a leg on my fake ivy!). Finally, I was given the most amazing honour in being asked to present alongside Dr Jane Goodall at her Roots & Shoots Awards Ceremony. To this day, I still cannot believe that I shared the stage with such an influential and inspiring individual! Needless to say, I have begun looking into Gorilla Trek’s … to be taken in (hopefully) the very near future.

In other news … I finally created my career portfolio in the summer, in which the online version can be found at clippings.me/chloemayward (enjoy!) and it would be great to hear your thoughts! I also started networking in order to meet other journalists, I made my freelance business cards and began freelancing for various iPad magazines in my spare time. This found me at the world conference of Thor: The Dark World, held at the Dorchester Hotel. One word … breathtaking!

Aside from the Pet Expo 2013, I immersed myself into the world of events, my back up plan to journalism! Firstly, I managed the mask making section within our NGK jungle tent at the Lollibop festival, in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Kids certainly do come out with the funniest and most unpredictable things! Finally, towards the end of the year I became the production runner for the 12 Days of Christmas Parade, which brought Santa to Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford. I also agreed to be a lantern bearing elf for the nine ladies dancing (since this parade had a modern twist, they were nine fantastic Bollywood dancers) – just seeing the little kids faces light up as we danced past and the fake snow feel, made the hard work all worth it! I do hope that I can take part in more events and festivals in the year ahead.

I know these are not triumphs as such, but I also travelled to Barcelona and stayed just off the famous Las Ramblas, treated my entire family to a weekend at Thorpe park in the new Crash Pad (we’re all roller coaster junkies and of course addicted to laughter), went to Pentatonix’s first London gig (if you haven’t heard of them, check out their Daft Punk medley asap) and finally went to see Les Misérables in the west end (and am still singing the entire soundtrack week after week!). So it’s been a relatively positive year!

Even though we lost a very treasured family member this year, who at the age at 104 and a half (those extra months are always important at that age) still had all of her marbles, she is now with her beloved husband. She will always be in our hearts.

Looking forward, as a 2014 New Years Resolution (that has not graced my list before), I have accepted a cool 365 day blogging challenge, where various blogging prompts are provided so that you don’t run out of ideas. However, I’ll state this now … I’ll only be completing the topics I feel comfortable in writing as I had a sneak peak at what January has to offer the other day and some of them are more personal diary entry than widely available blog post! Bring it on!

HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best for 2014! 

For anyone who would also like to take up the 365 day challenge, it can be found here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/ebook-365-writing-prompts/

* Confession time – OK maybe a word count of 2,013 was a bit optimistic, but I gave it a good go!