Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Soundtracks to my life?

I have this thing at the moment where I am wanting to listen to my whole iTunes library when in the car. I have switched off the car radio and just listen to my iPod on shuffle. It's amazing the songs I forget I had on there. I was breaking out into Fame yesterday! I have not listened to it for years. When I was in the car yesterday I got thinking about what music I listen to at certain moments in my life. Some people have soundtracks to their lives. I'd say I have more albums to match events. As I was recollecting I kept thinking out loud saying 'I listened to that on repeat in Aussie' or 'I think I listened to that song so many times I'm not surprised I am sick of it but love it again now.'

So I am going to share some music that reminds me of some fun times in my life and I would love it if you could do the same.

Taylor Swift - Red

I downloaded Taylor's new album just before I went to Australia. I must have played the album a bazillion times whilst I was out there. So now when a song comes on from that album I always think fondly of Australia. My favourite song on the album is 'Everything has changed' and there was a moment when I was listening to her album on the war back from visiting the Home and Away set. We were crossing the harbour bridge and Sydney Opera house was to my left. I was sat on the bus just thinking how everything had changed! I was in my dream destination and I just wanted to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming.

Ed Sheeran - + (plus) and X (multiply)

Apart from the fact that I think Ed Sheeran is pretty cute I also ADORE his music. I also find it quite funny that his albums crop up in my love life too ha! I remember when I first started seeing my ex Simon. I had gotten + for Christmas that year. It took about 45 minutes to drive to Simon's house and the album was 45 minutes long too. So I loved it because I knew that when I came to the end of the album I was near his house. This album reminds me of the butterflies I had of being in a new relationship. Ed Sheeran also released X in June this year. I LOVE every single song on it and I cannot wait to go see his show in October. I have listened to this album the most when I go and see Jack since half an album lasts one journey and the other half lasts the journey home. It just reminds me of how much I look forward to seeing him and the giddiness I feel. My favourite songs are 'Tenerife Sea' and 'Afire Love.' - download stat!

Colbie Caillat  - Coco

Anyone remember myspace? Yeah I had a myspace account and one of the funky things you could do was have music playing on your page. I remember one page playing 'The Little Things' by Colbie and I just had to have her music. She has this real sultry/indie/romantic vibe about her. I started listening to her album the day I passed my driving test, so it was the first album I listened to to and from my weekend/summer job in 2007 in my car. I have all her albums now and I am so thankful I came across her music by chance. 

The Band Perry - The Band Perry

I remember when I watched the Glee episode 'The Quatreback' this spring and Santana sung 'If I die young'. It was such a beautiful song and it is one of very few songs that really hit me in the gut. I listened to this album in Canada/USA this May and it was a lovely album to listen to. My favourite song is 'If I die young' though because I remember through my mental health journey the amount of times I questioned the point of existing if I was just going to be miserable. I was never suicidal I'd like to add but there have been points where life was no fun in feeling low all the time. But this song really hit home that if I am to go at any given time I want to know I have made the most of my life. It's so poetic and I cannot help but turn it up when it comes on.

Brad Paisley - Wheelhouse

I was told by my work colleague to get this album and when I said no he downloaded it for me and gave me the CD. Boy was I glad he did! The CD stayed in my bag for a few weeks but in April I went to see my friend Laurie in Edinburgh. I had a 4 hour train journey ahead of me and I wanted to listen to something new to fill the time. So I uploaded this album and was HOOKED! I listened to nothing but this album on the way up to Scotland and the way down from Scotland. Paisley is what I describe as pure country. I find his voice magical and some of the songs just have me singing from the rooftops. My favourite songs are 'Southern comfort zone' and 'Beat this summer.' This album just reminds me about the blog friends I have made and how lucky I am that some of them are now IRL friends too.

Kids in glass houses - Smart Casual

I heard some of these songs from the album when I went to Reading festival in 2008. I was with an ex boyfriend at the time and I thought he was being a jerk to me. So I walked off and came across this band and just loved them. I remember dancing to 'Saturday' and water was being flung everywhere so I was getting soaked! But I just loved it and felt so independent. 

The 1975 - The 1975
Jack has introduced me to this band and they are my favourite singer/songwriters by far this year. Their songs for some weird reason remind me of summer days, bbq's and most importantly my new home. I first listened to this album after Jack had taken me to the beach for the day. On our way back Jack asked me in the car where we wanted to go next and I said 'Home - my new home'. Up until this point I still called my new house just 'the house', and it struck me that now I class this as my new sanctuary and that my old house is just that - my old house. I couldn't help but make a realisation then and there things really have changed this year.

It's amazing how powerful music can be at times.


Monday, 18 August 2014

In with the new


I now have a new blog design and boy oh boy do I love it!!!!

Tiffany was so good to work with and she really tailored something to my taste. I really wanted to capture my travels in the new design and she has done that perfectly.

What do you guys think? I'd love to know.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Life Lately

I am so sad that summer is coming to an end and that soon it'll be autumn. In saying that the UK has been blessed with some wonderful sunny weather this year. So I can't moan! On the other hand life - as always - has been super busy!

1) Blog change - I am in the process of getting my blog a new makeover. I just feel it needs a change and the photos need updating. After looking at several blogs I saw a few designed by Tiffany Kuehl. So I cannot wait to see the finished design! She is so fun to work with and I thoroughly recommend her.

2) Boy/Girl - Nicola went on maternity leave this week! She is due in 2 weeks time. I am so excited to be an auntie again! We do not know the sex of the baby but I have a hunch that it is a girl this time round. What do you lot reckon?

3) Tobago - I go to Tobago in 3 weeks and I cannot believe how quickly it has come around! I have been so caught up with the house that it has just sort of sprung up on us. I really cannot wait to get away though. I need a break.

4) House - the house is still coming along nicely. We had the utility area all plastered last week so it just needs painting.

5) Jack - I am still seeing Jack and things are going really well. I have decided to remain quite coy on the subject still and won't be sharing him on this blog anytime soon. He makes me happy and he's good for me. I am so glad I met him.

6) Robin Williams - the news of Robin Williams death has really hounded me today. I just feel awfully solemn. I really detest mental illness. It is just so unbelievably sad that someone so depressed could make people so happy.
' die would be a grand adventure' - Hook (my favourite Williams film)

7) My Gran - my family and I will be scattering my Gran's ashes next month. We have also decided to get a bench in memory of both my grandparents at their favourite walking spot. I really hope my local council approve.

8) Baking - Great British Bake Off is back! My Wednesdays nights are sorted!!! Shame I don't have a baking gene in me.

And that's my life in a nutshell right now. Lots going on but I would not have it any other way.


Monday, 4 August 2014

Sometimes the best destinations have the longest journeys

I really hate that word - 'failure'

It's just a horrid word that makes you feel like crap. It makes you feel unworthy. It makes you feel like you cannot achieve anything.

Yet, in order to fail at something you had to have tried at something in the first place? I think that is such an important thing we all forget. I remember when I had counselling and there were some weeks where it was like the penny dropped. I felt so elated and then there were weeks where I really struggled to get my words and thoughts out. I remember walking back to my car in floods of tears thinking why does counselling help one week and the next I am a total mess? I felt like such a failure!

But I am so glad I persevered. I am so glad that I stayed on the path and I am so glad that the weeks I found the most difficult were the weeks I TRIED the hardest. By reflecting on that time period I was never a failure. I was trying my darn hardest to get better. I was just frustrated at the time because I wasn't getting to my destination sooner.

Sometimes the best destinations have the longest journeys.

And I was reminded of this again so vividly this week. My good friend Oli is in Australia and he decided to take part in the Brisbane marathon. He trained so hard, and despite an injury at one point, he would dust himself off again and put 100% back into it. This weekend he took part in it but was unable to finish due to a hamstring injury.

I remember on Saturday night I checked his run keeper and he had started. I was looking forward to the morning to see a status about what time he did it in and how he was planning on celebrating. However, it was a different story and I saw a message saying this:

You never failed Oli because you were always trying and I think that is such a credible thing to possess. One day you will pass that finish line and as frustrating as it is to put in all that effort and not achieve what you wanted. I am thankful and proud to have a friend who endeavours and has a crack at things. It's just going to take a little longer....and that's okay. Thank you for reminding me that we can't fail at things if we were willing to put in the effort to accomplish something in the first place.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Cohen Update

I have not done a post on Cohen since Christmas and boy has he grown up a lot since then.

Hands down, I love this season he is in. Cohen is now nearly 2 1/2 years old and soon to be a brother in 4 weeks time.

He is the funniest kid and he is slowly turning into a little chatterbox. He is SO active and does not stop running and jumping around. However, he is also SO gentle. I sometimes call him a boo because he isn't a rough and tumble kind of kid. He hugs kindly, blows kisses sweetly, holds your hand delicately and strokes animals with such calmness. So this is 10 facts on Cohen at two years old.

1) He loves anything that has an engine. Cars, planes, trains and trucks you name it.

2) He can act out so many animal noises and do the actions to the animal. The other day I asked him to act like a crab! The pincers came out and he started moving sideways. I was in hysterics!

3) He is starting to get to an age of being able to comprehend and play games. He understands what it means to race, play chase and IT. 

4) He takes after his mum and loves cheese.

5) He is nicknamed cautious Cohen because when you first see him he is so cautious of his surroundings but once he gets used to you he is your best friend.

6) He loves being bounced and flung in the air like a plane. 

7) I love how at this age they start to understand things and say the cutest words! He can now say 'pease' and 'hank you' and he knows when it should be said. Toddlers really are like sponges! They learn so much so so quickly!

8) He enjoys art and books. He hasn't really taken an interest in sports like playing with balls and bats etc, much to the displeasure of his daddy who is a huge rugby fan.

9) Cohen is a big water baby. He enjoys bath time, swimming, the rain and puddles!

10) He has such good memory. When I moved house the previous owners left a gnome in the garden. Cohen took a shine to it and every time he comes to mine he asks to search for the gnome. I just find it incredible that a 2 year old remembers something like that.

He is so so funny! I know I am biased but he's the funniest two year old I know. Last weekend I asked him if he wanted a baby brother or sister. He said he wanted a sister. So when I mentioned that the baby might be a boy Cohen's reply was that he would 'cry lots' if it was a baby boy. 

I love this kid to the moon and back. It really amazes me how he looks like a little boy rather than a baby. I do miss the baby years but I absolutely adore him at this age. He is so fun and I'm so lucky to be his Auntie Becs.

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