London Tourist Times

One thing I’ve been trying to do more is to be more of a tourist. Whenever I go into London I find that I am heading straight to a gig (more than likely) and then straight out again. I don’t spend much time actually exploring and visiting the places our American friends always ask about. They seem to have a much better knowledge of our country than we do! I had a large chunk of last week off so made time for a London touristy day.

The British Museum was the sort of place you always went to on a school trip, but I don’t think I ever headed there outside of school. So that was my main stop! It did seem like half the world had the same idea as me unfortunately: SO DAMN BUSY! But was awesome to go check out the Egyptian statues and mummies that have survived thousands of years. The concept that these things were produced by hand all those years ago is incredible. That way after you’ve gone the things you produce will live on and have an impact on this world (we could say this about the plastic we use but that is a post for another day!) and people will be studying them years down the line. I wonder if I’ll be leaving something for future generations to enjoy? Something to work on definitely!

I did find it slightly creepy however that so many people were taking selfies with Cleopatra’s mummy. After all, that’s still a dead body lying right there…one that appears to be quite intact after all this time!

The library card is definitely going to be hammered in the next few months – so many things I want to learn about!

Where to next?



Damn It, Janet!

WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN ROCKY HORROR BEFORE? Like, seriously? Why have I never seen Rocky Horror before?!

Obviously I’m aware of the film, and know every word to Time Warp because I’m a child of the 80s but for some reason I’ve never sat down to watch it. When it was suggested by some teammates a few months ago that a group of us should see the live show coming to town, I was intrigued but not exactly hopping with excitement like everyone else was. I completely understand their reaction now!

A group of us headed to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury last night and as I was slowly surrounded by 100’s of people who took their fancy dress way too seriously, I started to wonder what I was getting myself in for. When the first song started and the entire front 2 rows started waving their hands in the air, I got even more concerned.

I bloody loved it!

Any show that has people up on their feet dancing and shouting back at the actors is definitely awesome in my books! And the beautiful people in their underwear didn’t hurt either. Oh Rocky…..just run away with me…..

Now I just need to go see it again, in full costume! You didn’t think I was going to dress up without quite knowing what I was letting myself in for did you?



A New Push

As you may have spotted, I’ve been a bit slack on the blogging front. Unfortunately this also equates to being a little slack on the “working on happiness” front. Life has been just steadily ticking along. That’s not meant I’ve been miserable, but it’s also not pushing towards creating the life I’m after.


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Well hello there! It’s been a while! But I’m back….

So what’s new?! I’ve started my new job and the lack of driving has almost completely sorted my back out. I can move again! And sit down! Amazing how sitting down can be such an achievement

I’m hoping to get back into blogging a little more regularly so watch this space. Fingers crossed….

Changes are afoot!

So the blogging has taken a bit of a back seat these last few weeks what with all the crazy changes that seem to be happening in our lives. It’s kind of hard to keep on top of everything!

And another big change is about to happen! I’ve been offered a new job. A job that’s a 30 minute walk from my house and right in town. Although I’m gutted to be leaving my current job, the 3 hours a day spent in the car is starting to take its toll on me. I’m in pain pretty much constantly and I don’t get moving nearly enough! Hopefully this will change that. I’ve got big plans for what I’m going to be doing with my new spare time! Taking way more steps to get me out of my comfort zone…. Only 4 weeks til it all kicks off

Yoga beginnings


One of the things I really wanted to do in my 2016 was take up yoga again. I used to do it occasionally at the local sports centre but timings were never great and it became a very occasional event. Although I enjoyed the classes I always felt the environment wasn’t great due to the noise coming from outside the room. It started to be something I just wasn’t that fussed about getting out of the house for.

As I’ve mentioned before I’ve got a bunch of problems with my back at the moment, so the top of my list of self care priorities for this year is getting to a pain free state. I thought I might give yoga a shot again to see whether I could help.

After a couple of months of searching for a class that was 1) close enough and 2) at a time I could actually make I finally found a session on a Sunday morning in a village hall in a tiny place on the outskirts of Canterbury. I went to my first session this morning. The hall was freezing this time of year but everyone was super welcoming and the 75 minute class seemed to fly by. I struggled to do a bunch of the movements due to my current lack of mobility in my back, but it felt good to be working on getting myself better. I’ve tried so many videos at home to get moving but nothing really compares to having an actual teacher and the structure of going to another place to do your session.


This definitely isn’t me! One day…

Fingers crossed it will help sort me out and get me back to my usual self! And next time I definitely need to wear more clothes!!!


A Good Start! *

2016 has already been pretty damn challenging considering we’re only 12 days in! On the first day back at work the other half was told he was being made redundant. When we got home that night the heating had broken. Then the next day the TV broke!

After the huge amounts of panic set in regarding how on earth we’re going to pay our mortgage (I don’t earn a huge amount!), and then the anger and upset of the situation happening, I’ve spent the majority of the last week aiming more towards determination. Determination that this isn’t going to be a problem for long and that we’re not going to starve!

I spent pretty much all day Saturday sat in front of the computer going through all our bank account and credit card statements figuring out exactly what can be reduced and how. Using a combination of Quidco and Uswitch I managed to change our gas and electricity suppliers to save around £30 a month, plus getting £28 cash back. I cancelled our Sky and started digging out things to sell on eBay. The rest of the week has been continual searching for online freebies and tips to reduce all other costs. THIS IS NOT GOING TO WIN DAMMIT!!!

Amazingly enough, my thoughts have been on money problems for the last week and blogging has kinda taken the back seat! Thankfully we’ve got super handy family members who managed to come and fix our heating over the weekend and the other half figured out how to get the tele working again.

Slowly, slowly working through the issues! Normal service will resume shortly…..



*Massive amounts of sarcasm!



A new dawn, a new day, a new year!


2015 is fast disappearing which means it’s the time of year for reflection on the months past and planning for the new year ahead. I tend to have loads of resolutions each year, the usual “I’m going to be super fit”, “I’m going to stop eating all rubbish”, “I’m going to become a millionaire”, “I’m going to be practically perfect in every way, this is my year!”. You know, the ones that are massively unachievable and make you feel crappy when you don’t manage them.

Today I’ve mostly spent the day figuring out my plan for next year. Or at least trying to. Fixing my back has pretty much overtaken all thoughts for what I want to try and achieve for next year. So that’s top of the list!

I’ve realised that I really need to put myself and my wellbeing as my overall main priority next year. I tend to be the sort of person who wants everyone around me to be happy so I’ll cause myself unnecessary stress if it makes life easier for everyone else. It’s meant that over the years I’ve ended up overworked and exhausted. And that’s no good for anyone. So 2016 is all about taking care of myself.

What are your plans for 2016?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

imageThis past weekend I went to Disneyland Paris with the boy’s family. A place I hadn’t visited since a school trip back in Year 8. Yes, we went there on a school trip! I promise I didn’t go to a fancy school….

Early Friday morning we headed over to Ashford station to meet up with the family and jump on the Eurostar that takes you straight to the park. Why we haven’t been taking more advantage of the fact we live 20 minutes away from a train that takes you into Paris in 2 hours I don’t know!

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Earlier in the year an old friend of mine posted a picture on Instagram of a tattoo he had designed that was up for grabs. A design that I loved and straight away pounced upon! I headed up to Leeds in July to make a 4 and a half hour start on my thigh.

Last Friday I went back for the 5 hour 2nd half and we are FINISHED! Look how beautiful it is! Excuse the fact its all swollen and still a little bit bloody…


In those 2 sessions I definitely realised that 3 hours is my comfort zone! Totally done for gigantic tattoos after this one, don’t think I can put myself through it again. It was totally worth it though…..

Tattoo by the insanely talented Steve Wade at All Seeing Eye