We all have to accept that life is a cycle. There is a beginning and an end and what we do in the middle is up to us (with external influences of course).
Over the last couple of months my family and I have been dealing with a lot of losses. The two most recent: Oscar, my Chocolate Labrador and Rusty, my Nannie’s cat.
Oscar was a beautiful dog. Unfortunately cancer got the better of him in a very short space of time. I will always love him and he will forever have a place in my heart. Same with Rusty, he was a big fluff ball and loved curling up on people’s laps.
Here is one if my last photos with Oscar:
Around sad events and when you’re dealing with difficult situations, you need to include as much good as possible. Our little family went out for lunch for mum’s birthday to Loch Fyne near Peterborough. It is one of the most tasty meals I’ve ever had. Seafood ramen, get in my belly.
Along with this I’ve been slowly investing, growing and investing some more in my fitness business. This includes buying more equipment, including some brand new Battle Ropes! I have plans to get much more equipment and I look forward to using all of it with my clients and in my classes.
Whenever I’m working on my business and growing and developing it, you need to make sure you still have time for other people. The people who are helping you get to where you need to be. The people who support you. The people who care. One of those is my boyfriend, Phill. On a weekend to his, I came down a day earlier and spent my time working on my business whilst in a beautiful bar down the road. This also allowed him to come visit me during his lunch break so we could spend a little more time together. Of course lunch involves food, so the photo below shows all the food we shared! The dishes from left to right were: Arancini, Burger Sliders, Calamari and Meatballs.
We also had our anniversary coming up. To celebrate we went to Ping Pong Vietnamese restaurant in Soho, where we had the set theatre menu and then we went to see Lion King.
It was a magical evening and singing along to all the songs, seeing the fabulous costumes, choreography and acting. It was all truly mesmerising. It was the first musical I’ve ever seen and I would go see it over and over if I could.
Recently, Phill and I have been lucky to be able to see each other every week. We try to alternate weeks of who visits who, but it depends on events planned and whose family and friends has an event organised.
So, the following week, Phill visited me in Bedford. Seeing each other requires a date and with us both being huge foodies, guess what we did (again)!? Went for a meal! Hello Pizza Express. Phill had a creamy chicken pasta and I had a Fiorentina pizza with olives, spinach and an egg. We shared polenta chips – heavenly. Along with winning some fresh dough balls from entering a competition they had advertised on the table!
Life does get better and it isn’t always served on a plate. In life you have to work at things. Work at relationships, work at bettering yourself, work at making life better for others. One thing I had to work on… getting a uniform I felt comfortable in to work at the gym.
Women are issued with leggings as standard. I realised when teaching in the studio that when I bent over, you could see my whole bum and underwear through my leggings at work. 2 months and I hadn’t realised. 2 whole months of members staring at my backside without me even knowing. I ended up wearing non-uniform leggings (although you could barely tell the difference) and getting in trouble. It took me a couple of weeks to come up with a valid solution. Why don’t I ask to wear shorts that the guys are issued.
Voila! It paid off.
Don’t be afraid to look for change, to ask for change and to create change. However small of a deal it is. If it matters to you and you don’t do anything about it, it will eat away at you.
Change is why I love the creative industry so much. The industry is constantly flowing and moving and coming up with original ideas, along with recycling and reinventing old ideas. The industry never gets dull. I guess that’s why I enjoyed my degree in Advertising and Brand Management so much. It just didn’t keep me hooked. Designing adverts about products and causes I didn’t believe in got the better of me. My better work was always in the areas I was passionate about. When you’re in advertising, generally you can’t pick and choose which brands you produce work for. I preferred to have creative freedom.
When visiting my university for the last time this year, I went to the degree shows. My favourite piece of work: Katherine McLean’s. Not just because she is one of my best friends. If anything I would try to be critical to help her develop and improve her work. But no. My jaw dropped. Inspired by Barcelona and with bright pops of colour and geometric shapes, I was drawn in. You can genuinely imagine it being on the runway, as the images demonstrate. I could imagine wearing it on a runway and I’m not even a catwalk model!! The designs are something that would make anyone feel confident and I love that I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s unique, creative and simply inspiring.
A night out also leads to the dreaded, but somehow clothing co-ordinated morning after.
From Staffordshire University, Phill and I went to Nottingham to visit my Dad and Stepmum with their gorgeous cat, Leo. He is one of the cheekiest cats I know and has a big personality, quite ironic that he looks like an absolute angel here:
That evening we went out for a meal (another one, yes!). I had a mocktail in the hope it would sooth my hangover – haha! For starters I had Crabcakes, followed by Green Thai Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice for main and a Chocolate Melt-In-The-Middle pudding for dessert. Om nom nom. I definitely, without a doubt, felt better after the meal.
Going off track a little now to the smaller things in life… many of which people call “very British problems”, or even “first world problems”, as everyone likes to have a good old moan whilst plenty of worse things are going on in the world e.g. wars, famine etc.
Well here are some of the little irritations and even little pick-ups in life that are noticeable in life at the time, but both comparatively to others things and long term, actually have no relevance in life whatsoever.
First of all… no-one wants to lose by 1 point in a game. No-one. But then again, no-one wants to starve to death or be caught up in a war zone, so we move on.
One day I might actually win against Phill.
Moving on… I’ve been laughing at this joke for over 2 weeks now. I don’t think I will ever stop…
With all the politics in the world right now, Britain is having a pretty rough… but that won’t stop us creating games, having fun and enjoying ourselves. (You need to try this game just once – it was created near the end of the election, we found it very late the night before the results).
Okay, small things out the way…
Back to reality.
I won’t stop talking about food. We all love food. Once you get into healthy habits, healthier food tastes much nicer than unhealthy foods in my opinion. I prefer to eat vegetables than eat chips and I prefer to add spices and flavourings to basic things rather than overcomplicating food and processing food further. The picture below shows a breakfast I recently had in London made by Phill for us two and his sister, Dani. As you can see, it looks yummy. It tasted delicious.
It only got better, later we had a BBQ with a couple more people over and on top of the sausages and burgers shown, we also had steak, multiple salads, BBQ’d prawns, Italian meats, olives and more!
For dessert we had the freshest fruit salad and I made a tasty Moroccan dessert, orange slices with cinnamon. All whilst playing Cards Against Humanity.
Between all of this I’ve been working, helping clients get fitter, more confident and feeling better about themselves. I’ve been building and growing my plans for the business and I’m on the way to making it all happen. I need to be patient with the progress and make sure everything is produced to a high standard.
Remember, life is too short to do nothing with it. Make sure you live.
Time for some more tasty food!