17/31 There’s no buddy like a Brother!

17. What is your most proud moment

Watching my brother collect his degree. Ooo no wait… it was during his last year at University, when I watched him in his Drama group’s end of year performance. He had a couple of vocal leads and I welled up like a baby. I thought, in that very moment, that my heart was actually going to burst! It’s in these moments that I wish I was allowed to film it to be able to feel that pride over and over…

Graduation!!!

It’s a late one tonight but it’s for a very, very good reason! I’ve spent the whole day bursting with pride as my little brother graduated uni 😀

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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…

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!

Proud

#46: When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?

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When I returned home last night! 😀 Over the last few weeks I’ve been single handedly organising the NG Kids stand for The Telegraph’s Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, in ExCeL London – not only are we there, but I’ve also had to organise the fantastic AnimalMan, Nick Spellman, the fab team at Bear Nibbles and crazy explorer Richard Harpham. No easy task I can assure you!

So I’ve worked my little tooshie off (and even if Thursday’s set up was a bit of a rush) I’ve been told by three people so far, that even though it was a mammoth task, I pulled it off! With only the weekend now to go, I feel like I’m on the home stretch. All this planning has resulted in happy parents that get to chill out on our oversized beanbags, ecstatic kids that get to help Nick on stage with his wonderful animals, full tummy’s thanks to Bear’s tasty new cereal and of course, a years worth of educational and incredibly entertaining magazines!

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Toot your horn

#16: Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favourite thing about yourself.

My favourite thing about myself is my ability to flourish under pressure. Throughout my years in education and my time here at the magazine, I have found myself in various nerve-wracking and quite frankly uncomfortable situations, but have always thrown myself into it as to me, refusing to complete the tasks asked of me is simply unacceptable. My motto has always been to say yes to what ever opportunity presents itself, whether it be interviewing, covering premieres, representing the magazine at events, solely editing and narrating online videos or simply turning large workloads around in a short space of time, regardless of how nervous or inexperienced I may be – it’s the only way I’ll learn and expand my abilities!

As an example, the junket above is from my first press trip (where I was representing the magazine alone) and I’d only interviewed one other person prior to this. Before I flew out, my questions had unfortunately not been approved by the team as they hadn’t had time to look at them, so (being the highly organised individual that I am) I spent the entire flight to Iceland perfecting my interview! I remember sitting outside waiting to be called in – I was absolutely petrified before I entered this tiny little shoe box room, which was crammed with tonnes of electrical equipment and at least 5 people. However, when I sat down opposite Peter and it was time to perform, my nerves instantly melted away and before I new it, it was all over! It only took one take without any pauses or breaks, and when my brother and I had edited the final version, we showed our parents and I had never felt prouder! I remember watching it, not being able to believe what I’d achieved and that I was the interviewer – it was sort of dream like in that it had flown by so quickly. It was the beginning of many achievements, that happened to follow such an inspiring and life changing trip.

Whilst out there, I also accepted the challenge to do a lone piece to camera and another junket style interview about the natural wonders to be witnessed in Iceland! I hope you thoroughly enjoy both videos as I thoroughly enjoyed making them!