Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I have this thing...

...where I believe I can do any job role at times. It quite often happens when I watch TV and I'll say to my housemate 'I could totally be a weather girl and make telling the weather more interesting' or 'I was born to be a on goggle box!' I particularly feel I can do these roles when something happens I don't agree with. Even at the age of 26 I still have an imagination for things.

I seriously still think I can be a 6th member of the Spice Girls one day.

A girl can dream.

However, one role I know I can perform at (apart from nursing) is being creative. Many of my clinical friends always talk about how they have no artistic flare and cannot see beyond a blank space. One of my friend's, Laura, is getting married. She's a physiotherapist and like many medical backgrounds we tend to think in black and white. We tend to have an answer for everything, so trying to put a twist on things can be difficult. We are currently looking at wedding venues for her and many of the function rooms are plain and not decorated. I LOVE this! I adore having a blank canvas and inputting ideas, unique quirks and styles in nooks and crannies. However, Laura is really struggling and I have really enjoyed giving her ideas on how to put her own stamp on the day.

For example, her mother in law sadly passed away from cancer last year. Laura's fiancé really wants his mum to be involved in the day somehow. So when we were talking about centrepieces Laura mentioned how she wanted hurricane vases but didn't know what to fill it with. I think at this point she was ready to go ARGGHHH!!!! And I suddenly I had this thought. Her mother in law was called Hazel so I thought maybe they could fill some of the vase with Hazelnuts? Laura loved that idea and it's a plan she intends to go ahead with.

Something like this bit with fairy lights instead?

My housemate recently held a baby shower for one of her best friends. I think, like all parties, it can be very expensive when you're hosting so you try to be savvy with money and cut costs in places. I REALLY believe you can do parties without breaking the bank and preventing your dos from looking tacky. I suggested she made a washing line of baby clothes as decoration. All she needed to buy was string and we used clothes my niece had grown out of. I also tried to help her with the shower favours. I suggested she bought the pink drawstring bags and fill them with pink bond bons and little tea lights. Again, not something to break the bank over.

I know there are addictive sites like pinterest which showcase all these ideas BUT a little imagination is what's key.

So if I were to play that game again...I could totally be an events organiser!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New Zealand Trip in FULL!

So 3 weeks after returning home from New Zealand I finally found a pocket of time to put a video together. I really enjoyed making it and seeing all the memories I captured. I really do miss NZ! For me it was the epitome of beauty...

Below is the video I made. I tend to make my videos to a song(s) that remind me of my travels. But YouTube wouldn't allow me to use the song I wanted - Foster the People, Pumped Up Kicks. Have a listen it's a great tune.

There is a clip at the end of the video of me talking about what a great time I have had. However, the audio won't work and I have tried so many times to fix it...so I gave up!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

M is for the way you mother me.

As I was collecting my bunch of mothers day flowers for my Mum today I was scanning through my IG feed. I came across a picture a friend posted of her and her boyfriend with the caption.

'And I'd choose you, in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I'd find you and I'd choose you.'

At first I thought how sweet and then I was caught off guard by the cashier saying 'she's lucky to have a daughter like you to spoil her.' But in all honesty- I'm the lucky one.

I remember when I was little and my mum shouting at me in the car for saying a 'naughty word' and then seeing her cry in the wing mirror from the back seat.

I remember seeing mum in the crowd at sports days watching my attempt at winning with an egg and spoon, despite having done a 12 hour night shift the night before.

I remember her at my graduation taking photo after photo on her digital camera that she had no clue how to use. But she still kept on taking photos anyway.

I remember two years ago when she sat at the edge of my bed rocking me, whilst I told her that life didn't feel like living anymore.

I remember last May when she called to congratulate me on buying/moving into my first house despite the fact her own mother (my Gran) had passed away 2 hours before.

I am so lucky to have a mum who I can ride every emotion with. I am so incredibly blessed to have a mum who puts my siblings and I first before anything else. I am so thankful I have a mum who will take the world off my shoulders so I can see brighter days ahead. I am lucky I get to be her daughter.

Mum, I'd choose you, in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I'd find you and I'd choose you to always be my mum.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Springing into Hodgepodge!

It has been such a long time since I took park in Wednesday Hodgepodge - but I thought I would for a change this week.

As always, answer the questions and then link back here to see other peoples answers.

1) What's the first image that comes to your mind when you hear the word 'spring'? Which phrase best describes the season of spring where you live right now?

Definitely daffodils! They are coming out in bloom here and I just love seeing them...it's a sign that summer is on its way. I would say 'March flowers, April showers' is quite fitting to the UK. It's the time of year where the weather can be very unpredictable ranging from warm days to drops in temperature. However, the flowers pop open too!

2) Bed, couch, stapler, garage door, computer mouse, recliner, flashlight, door knob...which household item containing springs most needs replacing in your home? Speaking of springs...did you ever own a slinky?

I would say bed. Over the winter I have noticed that my mattress has become less 'springy' so it might be time to get a new one. Of course I had a slinky growing up. In fact my nephew is getting one for his birthday next month.

3) March is women's history month. Share a favourite quote by a woman.

'Be less curious about people. And more curious about ideas.' - Marie Curie (founder of radiotherapy)

4) What's a question that looms large in your mind right now?

I would say I have a lot of questions over doubt at the moment. I really want a change of scenery in my job and I have applied for sponsorships to further my career- but still no word. I keep questioning 'will it happen?' 'will I be stuck in this job I don't enjoy anymore?'

5) Are you a sugar freak? With all the bad press sugar gets these days, have you made any efforts to reduce the amount of sugar you consume?

I do love my sweet treats but I have more of a savoury tooth. In saying that, I am very aware at present about my sugar intake. I am trying to eat more protein and less carbs.

6) Would you rather have less work to do or more work to do that you enjoy doing?

I would rather have more work to do. I thrive on being a little busy and having a little too much on my plate. I really detest complaining about being bored, so I'd much rather be too busy.

7) Ever been to Texas? Of the top ten tourist attractions which would you most like to see- The Alamo, The San Antonio River Walk, The State Capital, The Dallas Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore, Houston Space Centre, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Six Flags, Moody Gardens or Galveston Island?

Texas is on my to visit list! This is because I have always wanted to see the space station. However, my friend Ali is from San Antonio and she has told me about the river walk so that really appeals!

8) Insert random thought here.

Currently having the bathroom remodelled so having to take shower trips to my parents. It is exciting though seeing it come slowly together. The bathroom is the one room I hated when I moved in. I am not a fan of blue! And the bathroom was covered in blue tiles which were ick. It's time for a change!


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Caving in Waitomo

One of the best parts of my trip to New Zealand was caving in Waitomo on the north island. I absolutely loved it and the activities we got to do were right up my street!

Oli and I chose to do the highest package - the abyss - because why not right? It isn't everyday that you get to go 43 metres underground!

We kicked off getting into our gear and being taught how to use the ropes/harness. In my excitement for doing it I completely forgot about all the safety measures you have to take on board.

We then had to abseil down into the cave, the one thing I remember was the sudden drop in temperature as I got lower and lower underground. It was a good job we did have headlights because it was pitch black. The group and I then got to walk amongst the cave and then do a zip line to take us further into the cave. This was also where we had to introduce ourselves, say our favourite colour and what animal would we be and why. I chose yellow and a unicorn because I am unique haha! This was where we got see the glow worms in their dozens. It was honestly prettier than the night sky just lying back and watching them glow away.

After this was the not so fun part of swimming in the FREEZING water. We then went black water rafting where we got to see more glow worms in their thousands. You literally had to pinch yourself as the scene was breathtaking. It really is amazing at what lurks beneath us and I love that I got to see such beauty under the ground than over it.

In total we were down there 5 hours and it went so quickly. At the end we had to squeeze through tunnels, rock climb through waterfalls and then look bleary eyed as we saw sun light for the first time.

If you go to New Zealand then do this. You will not be disappointed!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Skydive

I have been home for 48 hours now...I am wide awake at 6am on a Sunday morning, which means only one thing - jet lag.

New Zealand was just incredible and there is NOWAY I will be able to cover it all in just one post. There is just too much to tell. At some point I will do a video encompassing it all but it isn't a priority right now. I just want to get some rest before starting back up at work on Tuesday.

Since I have been home nearly everyone I have seen so far has said 'What was the best bit?' And even though so many thoughts come racing to my mind. It would have to be the sky dive!

Before going to New Zealand Oli had reeled off potential activities to do. I remember sky diving coming up but it just didn't appeal. I am not much of a person who chases adrenaline so jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft just sounded unsafe rather than fun. 

A week into our trip we were headed to Lake Taupo on the north island. I had really sore feet from all the walking we had done and the idea of doing the Franz Josef trek became really unappealing. As much as walking on a glacier and doing the helicopter sounded AMAZING- I had lost the pizazz to do it. Our driver - Diesel (who had an unhealthy fetish with sheep) put on a video of a skydive in Lake Taupo. I remember so clearly I was listening to music and was just watching the images flicker on the screen. At the end of the video I turned to Oli and said:

'I want to do that!'

I had never been so sure of anything in that second. I wanted to fling myself out of plane overlooking a stunning lake! I could afford it now I decided to not do the glacier hike. So I signed myself up with less than 24 hours to go before the jump.

If anyone knows me well, they know I am a planner. Something like a skydive would have to be pencilled in with weeks of notice to mentally prepare and psych myself up. But for some reason I just wanted to go against my 'norm' and do this!

On the actual day I was a nervous wreck. All I could think about were the 'what ifs' and making up dramatic scenarios in my head. Some girls from the bus tour were doing it too so it was nice to share the experience and not be alone. We were collected in a limo, taken to the sky dive location, filled out waiver forms and got to choose the music for our videos.

Within an hour I was harnessed up, met Steve my tandem man and we were walking towards the plane.

God I felt sick as we flew up. I also found out I was jumping out first so I was right by the door and could see the land getting smaller, and smaller...I was really shaky and Steve told me to lie back and rest my head on this chest. I thought this was really strange but his heartbeat (which was totally normal compared my 120+ bpm) was so soothing. All of a sudden I felt like I could do this and I really trusted I was going to enjoy it.

And I really can't say it in any more of a simple sentence. Within a minute I was flipped out of the plane and doing a 60 second free fall. You really don't feel like you're falling. I didn't feel like I was hurtling towards to ground (even though we were). I was so busy screaming at how amazing it was and looking around that I just didn't notice the falling process. One thing I want to document are the clouds. It wasn't a perfect blue sky. There were a few clouds about and Steve said it would feel colder with the clouds around. But I just thought it was wonderful that I was going to feel actual clouds!!!! They just felt like mist touching you as you fell through them and my face was damp at the end of the jump because of them. But I flew amongst the clouds how awesome is that?

The 60 seconds was over quite quickly and the parachute came into action. This bit hurt a little as the harness really dug into my groin, you can even see it on the video that I go 'ouch.' This isn't normal and poor Steve was really apologetic at the end for tightening me up so much. The parachute part was lovely though! I got to see amazing views of the lake, steer the parachute, start to see the sunset beginning and just take it all in. It was utterly breathtaking and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

So below is the video of my skydive. It is about 8 minutes long and I have watched it about 4 times now. I still can't believe I did it. I had the words 'I'm dreaming' written on my hand and reflecting on the skydive...it felt exactly that.

Kia Ora!

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