Museums, paramedics and a whole lot of Netflix

So writing little and often didn’t quite go to plan… especially when I was writing daily paragraphs on my phone! I think I’ll instead publish my small daily entries on a weekly basis as a sort of roundup to what I am grateful for.

10th – good feedback:
Last week, my responsibilities were increased at work. Both my manager and editor praised me on what I’d produced that day. It’s such a fantastic feeling to know that I’m doing a good job.

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A recently published comic showing how we, at The Week Junior, put the magazine together!

11th – NHS:
After becoming unwell the moment I got into work, the HR department (who were kindly looking after me) were forced to call the paramedics. They arrived within minutes and were wonderful. They took care of me, checking all my vitals and keeping me preoccupied to bring me around quicker. It was my first experience of receiving paramedic and ambulance staff care and they were absolutely wonderful. After the medics gave me the all clear, my company kindly paid for a cab home (which was very much appreciated).

12th – Netflix:
Following the previous day’s events, I decided to stay home to let my body fully recover. Whilst recovering in bed, I finished The Vampire Diaries, The OA, watched the Sense8 Christmas Special and watched more Scorpion and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. What would I have done without this top streaming service?!

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13th – caring colleagues:

When I returned to work after my dodgey spell, both my team and the HR members that looked after me all showed their true colours. They all expressed their concern and asked how I was feeling, which they didn’t have to but was really nice of them. When I began to flag in the afternoon, a colleague helped me finish off my page as I just couldn’t focus.

14th – a good nights sleep:
Since the mid-week drama, I hadn’t been able to relax enough to get a decent nights sleep. Although the flat upstairs seemed to be having a Bob Marley party, I was still able to get a decent nights sleep, which was heavenly.

15th – adventures:
Exploring London with two of my good friends, we went to the Natural History Museum… in my opinion the greatest museum in the UK. We saw the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, which is always so inspiring.

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16th – fresh bedsheets:

To me, there’s nothing better than climbing into bed after putting fresh sheets on following a long day at work.

Until next time….

A New Year once more… how did it come around so quickly?!

Happy New Year!

Last year, my posts were very sporadic… I discovered that becoming a writer as a full-time job, sadly made me less inclined to spend my free time sat typing away on my MacBook.

This year however, I’ve decided that I will write little and often. As well as my drag queen posts I will be writing short posts about the things I am grateful for. In today’s society, we as humans spend the majority of our time focusing on the negatives… how expensive things are, when we get stuck in traffic or (especially in the UK) the weather. I want to change that.

I will not be setting myself New Year’s resolutions this time (although I did achieve all three of 2016’s). Instead I’m going to be mindful. I’m going to appreciate every day for what it is… a day to live my life as much as possible.

1st January 2017 – Best friends:
On this New Year’s day I woke up at my best friends house after celebrating the beginning of the year at theirs.

 

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My besties, Vinnie and Tom.

 

2nd – Stress free journey:
Here in the UK, today was a bank holiday – a public holiday honouring New Year’s day (which fell on a Sunday this time). Although here at The Week Junior we had to come into work, the public holiday meant that the pavements, and more excitingly the tube trains, were gloriously empty. I wasn’t stuck in anyone’s sweaty armpit, I didn’t have to swerve to avoid dawdlers and to top it off – the sun was shining brightly in the sky. It was wonderful!
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3rd – today I was grateful for going to bed early.
Because the magazine goes to print on a Wednesday, the team would usually stay in the office until around 7/8pm on a Tuesday, but following a team shake up last year we seem to be more capable of leaving at a reasonable time. We left the office just half an hour later, which allowed me to have dinner and fall asleep much earlier than usual.

4th – touchscreen gloves!
I’d forgotten I’d ordered them over the Christmas break and now can’t imagine ever going back to normal ones. Not only can I now keep them on in the cold weather, but they also have the most divine fluffy lining. It’s the little things in life!

5th – increased responsibility at work.
To keep us writers continually learning and developing their skills, we often switch pages and this time, I have been given another page and a half!

6th – Christmas discounts!
Most people see January as the most depressing time of the year… not me! I picked the right day to shop in Debenhams as they were reducing everything to 70% off! I managed to get some fabulous bargains for this year’s parties and presents.

7th – I know I already said this at the start of the month, but it’s hanging out with best friends. I spent the weekend at their house again – we recorded some tracks, watched telly and enjoyed a Chinese takeaway.
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8th – adult colouring books.
It may not still be a big thing but I still enjoy taking some time out of my normal life to immerse myself in some therapeutic colouring. My besties bought me this unicorn colouring book (right) for Christmas and I couldn’t resist making a start, more or less, straight away.

9th – walking.
In London, there was a tube strike which closed the majority of the network forcing many people to find alternative means to get around the city. I opted to walk since the journey would only take 50 minutes and luckily, my friend from work lives close by, so we shared the journey both to and from the office together.

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.

Finally!

Howdee fellow bloggers!

I’ve got some exciting news… well, I feel very excited about it anyway! For those of you who joined me on my newly embarked blogging journey last year, you would have noticed that I had taken up the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge set by the wonderful WordPress team. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I hope the people who read them did too) as everyday was something new and it also gave me something to look forward to (and time permitting, really sink my teeth into it!).

So, now we’re in 2015 and I couldn’t decide what to do next with my blog. In all honesty, I still don’t feel like I’ve found a specific area in which I’d like to stick to writing about as, quite simply, I like writing about a wide variety of things! Therefore, I’ve decided that this year I am going to start VLOGGING!

Since my work video projects in Norway a few months ago, I’ve realised that I really enjoy video editing and presenting. So, with the help of a very dear friend of mine who gave me some fantastic advice and encouragement, I’ve been looking into gaps in the vlogging market. Luckily, I think we’ve found one that could work quite well as not only am I passionate about these topics but I can’t seem to find anyone that does anything similar.

If any fellow vloggers have any tips or advice on how to start my vlogging journey, they’d be greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned and I hope you enjoy what’s to come!

My precious

#345: Who is the person in your life who can do no wrong? Describe this person and tell us why you hold them in such high esteem.

Does such a person even exist?! Surely it should be a lot clearer by saying something like “…who, in your opinion, can do no wrong?”. Everyone has their flaws

Playtime

#326: Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?

Kicking back and watching The Good Wife. Or playing some video games with my brother – most recently LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (such a good game!). Another form of my playtime is meeting up with my friends for dinner, drinks or the odd pub quiz. There are simply too many options to choose from!

Write about evil

#318: Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.

Oh dear… Another deadline missed! I really should stop going on nights out and getting back (technically) the next day! At least, as of next week, I’ll be getting my lunch breaks back so will be able to complete my prompts on the correct days!

Anyway, back to business…

I’d like to say that I understand evil but I really don’t think I do. One thing I do believe in however, is that people are not born wicked, but they have wickedness thrust upon them (referencing the great green witch, Elphaba).

Eat, drink and be merry…

#305: …for tomorrow we die. The world is ending tomorrow! Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.

I’m guessing today’s morbid post has taken inspiration from yesterday’s spookiness… Halloween! My last dinner… but there’s so many amazing tasting dishes out there – how could I possibly choose just the one?! So, to combat this I’d have a tapas style feast with Mexican food, Thai, Spanish, British, Italian, Indian, all sorts! To wash it all down, I would either choose a Southern Comfort, lemonade and lime or a strawberry and lime Rekordelig, as they seem to be my firm favourites… or I’d just treat myself and have both. My dining companions would of course be my family and my besties! The setting wouldn’t matter, so long as it was warm and there was enough space for everyone (and the food!). No doubt we’d be reminiscing about the good ol’ days or playing an incredibly silly game, as has become a family get together tradition over the past decade or so.

Bookworms

#257: Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

Apologies for the lateness… Today I was at the incredible Invictus Games in London, supporting the worlds bravest, most inspiring wounded servicemen and women – aka heroes. It was the most incredible day.

But anyway, the task in hand. The nearest book – Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, Mad about The Boy. Tenth word on a randomly opened page – airily. Hmm… It seems that Airily is a brand of bizarre looking headphones – far from what I expected to see! The image of the headphones bring parties to mind, but that could be linked to the fact that I was just watching a TV programme where one of the main characters is a DJ… who, by coincendence, wears headphones! It also makes me think of a friend of mine who doesn’t like dancing or clubbing, but who I’d really like to go clubbing with (if that makes sense). Who doesn’t like to boogie every now and again?!

Imagine all the people

#248: The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.

Usually, I love a bit of people watching, but having witnessed something terrible this lunch time has really shook me up and I can’t focus on the most recent time I’ve ‘people-watched’ as such. So, as I was heading to Sainsbury’s (a local supermarket) a horrifying scene was catching everyones eye. There was someone lying in the road with a group of people surrounding him. I physically stopped in my tracks in shock. You hear about people being knocked off their bike around London all the time, but I’ve never actually seen anything like this before. I continued on as I didn’t want to be one of those people who stopped and stared to know what was going on, but my first thought, surprisingly, was a prayer. Now I’m not overly religious, but it was something that automatically happened as I desperately wanted him to be ok and pull through. I then noticed that this persons face had been turned away from the public and his entire front was facing scaffolding/billboard type wall, and they were also not talking to him. This made me come to the sickening realisation that quite possibly something terrible had happened. The whole way back to the office, I was wishing that there was something I could have done to help, even if it was just helping the builders divert the traffic. But there was nothing I could do that would actually help this poor individual. I just hope he/she is ok… even if he doesn’t have a family of his own, he still belongs to a family.

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Yesterday’s blog post… later than planned!

I am a rock

#247: Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?

It depends who I’d need/want to ask, as there are obviously people in my life who I feel much closer to and that I feel a lot more comfortable asking for their help. However, when it’s a professional situation, I very much prefer to rely on myself to work it out, which I think is more of an ego thing as I like to prove my capabilities to my colleagues. But if I’ve exhausted all avenues and still can’t work it out, I don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help – it’s the only way to learn!