*This post is coming to your from a very tired (slightly hungover state, why? …because last night was EUROVISION!!!*
Hello guys and welcome back to another Weekly Roundup. First things first, I apologise for not posting last week but you know what, the sun was shining and I decided to spend the bank holiday weekend enjoying life with my friends so I hope you understand. Sometimes I just need to take a little step back and allow myself to enjoy life in real-time and not just for an Instagram shot or blog content. So here we are, another week and into another month all together. May already….what?! I feel like i say this each week but where is this year going?! It scares me how quickly time goes sometimes. Regardless, this week (and last) has been really great. Not only has the weather been blissful but life in general has been pretty peachy. I had another shoot with my wonderful friend and photographer Zoe. The picture above was one she took whilst testing the light. I always like to strike a silly pose when she does this but I actually end up loving this shot, it just captures exactly how I felt at the time. Other than the photo shoot though, I’ve pretty much either been catching up with friends or working this week. The beginning of the week saw me doing a tour of London parks, Clissold Park which is just down the road from me is always a favourite of mine, so on Monday and Tuesday I headed there to work and read and take some time out. I also found a new running route (I’m still attempting to run) which is alongside a canal and nature reserve so it’s really beautiful and inspires me to run more which is good as I need all the help I can get!
I feel I’m back on a role with content too, ideas are literally popping up everywhere. I’ve got a few more collaborations in the pipe line which makes me super happy. Obviously I only ever agree to work with brands and on projects I truly believe in. I get emails everyday from a whole range of companies and I turn the majority of offers down. Integrity is key so if you do ever read any of my sponsored posts on here or see #AD on my Instagram posts please always know I will always be telling the truth. It’s not worth lying, you guys and your support is why this is my job. Without you I wouldn’t be able to do what I do so I’d never praise something if I didn’t in fact like or use it. With that being said I am working with two new brands in the next coming months and I’m really looking forward to it!
This week has also seen me take charge of my thoughts and really start to concentrate on the power our minds have over our lives. I’ve been following Jinti Fell and her gorgeous family, Chris and Aya for quite some time now over on Youtube (check them out HERE if your haven’t already.) Although our lives are completely different and we live on the opposite sides of the world, I find her videos so inspiring. She has in fact inspired me to start journaling and using positive affirmations. It’s something I’ve somewhat laughed at previously but I do think it is the secret to unlocking so much potential and so each day when I come to my little cafe (Charlies in Wood Green FYI) to work I bring my note book along and write out my affirmations as well as a daily visualisation and journal my thoughts for that day. I’ve only just started on this journey but if you are interested in finding out a bit more of exactly what I do and the process of journaling/affirmations let me know in the comments and I can write a separate post about it.
Now you might think a random image of Coronation Street is a bit odd for my blog and I guess it is. First of all for those of you who aren’t UK based, Coronation Street is a soap opera on the TV that’s been around for years and years and is loved my millions of people. I used to watch it with my mum growing up but since living in London I don’t really watch that much television anymore however, last week saw Coronation Street tackle two very real, very tough subject matters. The writers of Corrie are in my opinion some of the best in TV and the way they handled such difficult subjects was and continues to be outstanding. I watched the episodes and felt compelled to mention them in this weeks roundup. Sadly there are many people that really struggle with mental health and sometimes feel like there is no way out. The episodes I’m talking about covered two separate story lines revolving around suicide (male suicide to be specific) and rape (again male rape on this occasion.) The episodes where heart breaking yet so so important to be seen on television and to lift the taboo. The conversation needs to be started and to be seen by a wider audience. As I said, I don’t usually watch soaps but the writing and acting is some of the best I’ve witnessed in a long time. Conveying such a difficult topic in the hope that it reaches someone, somewhere who is going through a tough time. If you are reading this and are struggling yourself or are worried about someone you know, remember there is always someone to talk to.
– Samaritans (for everyone)
Call: 116 123
– Campaign Against Living Miserably (for men)
Call: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to 12am everyday)
– Papyrus (for people under 35)
Call: 0800 068 41 41
– Childline (children and young people under 19)
Call: 0800 1111
*The number won’t show on your phone bill*
– The silver line (for older people)
Call: 0800 4 70 80 90
Don’t suffer in silence.
Finally, last night as I referenced at the beginning of this post… Eurovision! Now just to clarify, I think Eurovision is dreadful and that’s the exact reason why I love it! Tacky, cheesy, crazy – exactly why it’s the best event of the year haha. I spent it with my gorgeous friends at their flat in Crystal palace (see what we got upto at last years Eurovision) and it was brilliant! I have started drinking again, I did 2 months and one week sober all together and although I may go back to not drinking as I actually preferred it, last night we toasted each act with a glass of bubbles. Cue a very sore head this morning but totally worth it!
And that gang, is that! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re all happy and healthy but again, if not please know there’s always someone to talk to. You are not alone.
Have a lovely week ahead, I’m mainly working form the Barbican Centre this week coming but I still have lot’s of other little bits coming up so I look forward to catching up again next Sunday. Love you all!