Art appreciation

#120: Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?

I have yet to buy a piece of art in my lifetime, but I don’t think an artist’s lifestyle or political beliefs would affect my appreciation of their work. I think if it’s a good piece, then it’s a good piece. Simples! Of course, if the artist is a criminal or something, I wouldn’t buy it regardless of how good it was, as I wouldn’t want my purchase to appear as if I support their unfortunate choices. I have morals and will stick by them at all times.

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Cringe-worthy

#119: Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?

How could you not?! Everyone knows how embarrassment feels, so whenever I see anyone in the same situation, I can’t help feel partly embarrassed with them. It’s human nature and if there is something I can do to save them from further embarrassment, then I’ll do what I can to help out.

Most likely to make me squirm… as I imagine is the same with everyone, is obviously when people ask about or point out any insecurities. It’s quite embarrassing on their part too, as who in their right mind does that?!

Your time to shine

#118: Early bird, or night owl?

Back in my uni days, I was most definitely a night owl… whether it be all nighters in the library or the partying went on for far too long, but I guess this comes with the student lifestyle. If this prompt appeared before the Easter holidays, I would have said that I am now an early bird, thanks to having to get up at 6am everyday for work. However, since having four days off my routine has been completely thrown off course and now I can’t seem to fall asleep until at least 11:30pm at the earliest! This of course, makes getting up and staying awake in the mornings, an incredibly tricky task. Now with another bank holiday on the horizon, I fear that I will not be back to my normal sleeping pattern for a while. But I’m determined to succeed, as I love the feeling of getting up early, achieving tonnes and thinking it must be the afternoon, when it’s only 11am!

NB: annoyingly I’d finished my blog post and published it, only to find that it had only published the title… helpful!

Wall to wall

#117: What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

At the moment, I only have a canvas family portrait displayed on my wall. It was taken a few Christmas’ ago and it features all of the people that make my world complete (apart from my Great Nan, who unfortunately was bed bound by that point… so I’ve got her and my other Great Nan on my bedside table instead). It reminds me of all the fun and laughs we have when we get together, not least because the picture that followed this sensible one was an insane, quirky one where we all pulled random faces! Such great memories! I think I’ll always display family pictures on my walls instead of posters or pieces of art, as it’s what makes me happiest, being able to instantly recall cherished memories just from a glance.

Second time around

#116: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The adventure and journey Liz goes on in this story, is just incredible and something I’d love to do myself. The only down side to this plan is that I’m not quite brave enough to go it alone just yet 😦 However, after reading the book (and then watching the film version), I realised that everyone should go on a *cliche alert* soul seeking journey to find out more about themselves and what they want from life.

Clone wars

#115: If you could clone yourself, how would you split up your responsibilities?

I would ensure that both me’s would get an equal share of fun family life and exercise classes combined with general chores and stressful situations. That way, I’d both be balanced… yikes, this is a confusing way to write! That said, I could simply clone myself, have original me go into work on a Monday and clone me go in my place on Tuesday, and keep alternating. This way, both me’s could have regular days off, which I strongly believe would increase my productivity due to the much needed resting period. It’s a win win situation when you think about it!

Wait, when will it be possible to clone myself? Surely someone somewhere is working on it… right?!

Grandma Betty took her fight against cancer to Instagram and what happened next was just wonderful

Who wouldn’t love Grandma Betty?! What an inspirational lady! Sending love and wishes xxx

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Stranger

#114: Have you ever had a random encounter or fleeting moment with a stranger that stuck with you?

I’ve spoken to many a stranger in my time but I unfortunately don’t have one that stands out from the rest. I mostly end up talking to strangers when there are train delays… I guess it’s a common thing that we can all relate to at the time, so frequently start the conversation with a bit of venting. Although, thinking about it, I have also struck up conversations with strangers whilst in queues (for anything) or of course, at networking events. Meeting strangers (in controlled environments) is the best as you never know what you’ll get nattering about!

Earworm

#113: What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?

At the moment, I am addicted to Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynn and will happily listen to it over and over! I have no relation to the lyrics but I think the reason I enjoy it so much is because it’s a catchy tune, it’s a happy song which always brightens whatever I’m doing when it comes on and I also love singing it, too. I must admit though after watching the original video, it definitely wins the ‘Most bizarre music video’ award!

This choice was a toughie though, as I’m equally addicted to Pharrell Williams’ Happy … as is everyone on the planet right now!

Critical eye

#112: Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.

Since my blogs subject is 99% determined by WordPress (the 1% accounting for my rebellious posts), it’s a bit of a strange post to be writing!

To set the scene, WordPress formed in 2003 with a very small number of fans, but in their eleven year career they have grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world! They run both daily and weekly challenges, that can be published in either written form or with the use of photographs, which have evidently contributed to it’s success. In my opinion, I think these challenges and prompt ideas are a fantastic way of encouraging people of all ages to tap into their creative sides, regardless of whether it’s an area they visit frequently.