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It was about time to see ‘About Time’

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Last Wednesday, it was date night. It was time for a cinema trip as it had been a while. I’d only heard a week previously about the new film ‘About Time,’ and that Rachael McAdams was in it – that’s all I needed to know.

Well it was just lovely.

A wise English teacher once told me to ‘suspend my disbelief’ when reading a book or watching a film, which I always took to quite simply mean lighten up, just go with it, so that’s what I did.

Of course, a film about time travel is going to be a little far-fetched at times, but in the end, after all my suspending of my disbelief, the overall message was really powerful.

When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) reaches his twenty first birthday, he finds out that he can travel through time, and change things that have happened in his life. A comedic journey through re-runs of sexual encounters and love interests later, and a far deeper realisation occurs.

Eventually, Tim realises, and the audience is encouraged to realise too, that actually, if many of us had the chance to travel back in time, we might not even take it.

It portrays the idea that everything happens for a reason. That the paths that we choose, or that are laid out for us and we follow, dictate what our future holds. That if you’re meant to be with someone, you will be with them. And ultimately, that as we are unable to turn back time, we’d better look at life a little differently, to appreciate the little things, and to enjoy those special moments as much as we possibly can because they’re unlikely to ever happen again.

So without sounding too soppy or pathetic or unrealistic, just suspend your disbelief for a moment, take in something from your everyday life and appreciate it,  a little more than usual.

And then tell me all about it!

Here are some of my favourite moments, that might otherwise just go unnoticed:

An old couple holding hands in the street

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Finishing a charity run with one of my best friends

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My Mum fixing my brother’s tie on his first day of work

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Best of friends dancing the night away

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Heels off, and a game of football with my beautifully dressed girls

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Being caught in a laughing fit with my Aunty

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A gorgeous sunset…even if it is just on the motorway!

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Becoming ‘YES’ girl – 30 new things for 2013

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This year has been one for lots of new things in my life.

I’ve changed, I’ve grown and I’ve become a lot happier as I’ve tried my best to constantly challenge and push myself  – I have accomplished things I’d never dreamt of and have  had a year full of great experiences and all because I’ve started saying ‘yes’ more.

I’ve started to believe in myself and it’s been really rewarding.

I may not have been bungee jumping or skydiving or white water rafting (yet), but I’ve made a start in realising that just saying ‘yes’ to a few more opportunities, and opening my mind to different things, has had a really positive effect on my whole life.

Here are my top 30 ‘yes’ moments of the year (so far…):

1. Became someone’s first love ❤ (Thought I’d get the soppy one out of the way)

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2. Got a promotion. My first ever.

3. Ran 10K

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4. Ran 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K, 6K, 7K, 8K & 9K – they were all new distances to be honest!

5. Travelled to Thailand (what an experience this was!)

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6. Travelled to Dubai

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7, Rode a camel

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8. Rode an elephant

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9. Held a monkey

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10. Went tubing down the river

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11. Went sand dune bashing in the desert

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12. Joined a running club

13. Completed a wolf run

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14.Helped raise over £6,000 for charity

15. Travelled to Dublin

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16. Auditioned for a drama group

17, Joined a drama group

18. Won a team voted award for ‘Most Positive Outlook’

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19. Escorted a Magazine Editor on a tour of the company I work for

20. Travelled on a long haul flight

21. Got a real tan   Oh no, sorry, that definitely didn’t happen!

21. Drove through London City Centre and survived

22. Travelled on an overnight train

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23. Attended the filming of a TV advert

24. Read a whole book in 24 hours

25. Had a henna tattoo

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26. Swam through a lake with my clothes and trainers on

27. Thought about the concept of being with one person forever as perhaps not the most terrifying thing in the world – for a teeny tiny millisecond anyway

28. Attended the wedding of a close friend

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29. Made plans for longer into the future than a month

30. And of course…started a blog!

This is just the start of my ‘bucket’ list – I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

Because, after all, life is too short to say no.

Coping with the last day of summer…

Turning the winter blues into seasonal smiles, one positive thought at a time…

It’s been an unexpected gorgeously warm 20 degrees in my little garden today.

Mum was clattering around upstairs in her wardrobe in a bid to put her (extraordinary amount) of summer shoes in the attic, out of use for another year.

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I sat out on the garden sofa with a cup of tea and did some writing in the sunshine. It was then that It dawned on me that it might just be a long time until I can do this again, as I’m fearful that today is quite possibly the very last day of summer,

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Every year around this time the dread begins to set in. It’s time for driving to and from work in the dark, for dry hair, chapped lips, tight fitting jeans, gearing yourself up to run from your warm bed to a warm shower across the freezing cold landing, tiredness, lots of darkness, feeling as though life is all consumed with work and sleep, pale skin (granted, not too out of the ordinary for me), all topped off with Christmas day, seasoned with a bitter sprinkling of divorce, an ounce of oversized stomach and a dollop of worse than skint.

Wow, did I just say all that out loud?

I suffer with a mild form of SAD and also with a thing called ‘I just love the summertime and everything it brings and please can we cancel winter this year?!’

So I’ve made a decision that I’m going to make sure things are different this year. I’m going to think of the Winter blues and everything that causes them in a different way, to enjoy this soul-destroying jolly season and to embrace it, here are a few of my ‘rethinks’:

Winter Blue: I’m not looking forward to pulling on a pair of tights over my cold, goose pimply legs, in the dark of an early morning.

Seasonal Smile: Winter fashion is very cute and there are lots more clothing options than summertime offers! Chunky knit jumpers, woolly hats, ear muffs, fluffy scarves, patterned mittens, boots, leather jackets & parker coats. Plus, you’ll rarely have to shave your legs for the next 6 months at least!

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Winter Blue: I’ll miss the light, warm, summery Friday evenings with a strawberry cider at the pub and nights out where you don’t need to carry a coat around.

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Seasonal Smile: Remember that time when you were worn out from a busy week at work and all you wanted to do was lie on the sofa for the night but the warm glow of the sun and numerous texts from your friends  wouldn’t allow it? Well you can snuggle up on the sofa all winter and not feel an ounce of guilt, because everyone else will be doing it too! Onesies, cups of tea, duvets and films by the fire and a Bailey’s hot chocolate, I’d say that’s a fair swap if ever I’ve heard one.  And think of all the money you’ll save to spend on ear muffs and chunky knits!

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Winter Blue: I’ll miss summer BBQ’s, and strawberry cider.

Seasonal smile: The best get togethers happen during the winter months. Think Halloween parties, Bonfire night and a whole diary jam packed with Christmassy events and meals out and nights dedicated to sparkly dresses – the calendar hasn’t been this full all year (and mulled wine is pretty delicious too.) And anyway, remember those BBQ’s when the sun had gone down and it turned bitterly cold yet no-one would admit defeat and go inside despite your nose and toes ready to drop off at any moment. Yeah, me too.

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Winter Blue: The Christmas season is so expensive and I always end up in a depressing amount of debt.

Seasonal smile: Why not start your shopping now? Take a little bit out of your wage from now until December and things won’t be so tight when it gets to the new year. No, you’re right, sorry – that was a moment of madness. But really, when you think about it, the money you spend at Christmas is probably the most well spent money you’ve given away all year. Making people smile by giving them gifts you know they’ll love, buying a present to show someone how much you care for them, paying (through money and hangovers) for a night out with the people you love the most, dancing and laughing and catching up with those you’ve been meaning to see all year. I guess it really is a time of making others feel good, and there can’t be much wrong with that.

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Winter Blue: The winter seems to go on forever.

Seasonal Smile: Well if all else fails, book a holiday! That could be a week abroad or just some time off work. I’ve booked a week in New York City for New Year’s Eve and I’m so incredibly excited!! Whether it’s a holiday for now or for later next year, there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a well deserved break to get you out of bed on those cold winter mornings.

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Do you have any tips that might help the winter months seem a little less, well, cold?

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My First Ever Blog Post. Take Two.

So I started a blog a couple of years ago, 2 years, 1 week and 3 days ago in fact, It was my first ever one and I didn’t really know why I was doing it, what my aim was or actually what to write about at all, (I’m not saying that I have all the answers now either, I’m afraid). But what I do know, is that the first time around, I was just out of university, stints of work experience were underway and then, out of nowhere, I landed myself a busy and fantastic full-time job, and, if I’m honest, life got in the way.

So, 2 years, 1 week and 3 days have passed and my full-time job, all the people I’m lucky enough to meet, the responsibilities I take on, the many experiences I have had as well as the brilliant blogs I get to read every day have all made me realise that blogging needs to become a part of your busy life, rather than a chore outside of it, and that’s something I’ll try to remember.

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2013 has been a year of new things for me – which I’m sure I’ll come to talk about. So, this blog is number 30 on my list of new things and I hope I’m sure it will give me as much pleasure as the 29 other new things I’ve thrown myself into so far.

Reason number one for my starting of a blog is because I love writing. I’ve always had a keen interest in English, I went on to study Creative Writing & Media Writing at Derby University, and I now work in PR, Marketing & Communications. I love language, I love how a combination of words can evoke emotions and I find writing very therapeutic too.

Reason number two is that, not always, but sometimes, I have a tendency to do silly things where I get so comfortable in certain scenarios that my brain forgets to work and likes to fuel me into hilarious or particularly awkward situations. And, I figured, that instead of beating myself up about these, sometimes but not too often, silly moments, they’d actually make for some great stories.

And finally, there’s apparently a whole world out there called the blogosphere that I’m yet to be a part of – and I don’t much like missing out.

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