Day 32 - are you bored of this challenge? yes, no, why?
I’m not bored of it. I think it’s fun to have something prompting me to think about something I wouldn’t necessarily be thinking about. I do struggle to find a moment in the day to do it. Usually, it’s late at night, right before I go to bed. I’m always exhausted at that point and I do wonder if any of the posts make sense.
GUYS GUYS GUYS! Look at this!!
Today is my wonderful Mum’s birthday and so I thought I’d do an extra special video. Here is my cover of The Best Day by Taylor Swift. I love you Mum, I couldn’t be without you and I hope you’ve had a fantastic birthday.
Day 31 (there seem to be two for this day) - A picture of the happiest moment of your life
This picture was taken in Australia when we went on holiday in 2011. I have so many great memories from that trip and so many pictures to remember this one but this is one of my favourites. Me, my Mum, my brother and my granny went on a speedboat in Sydney Harbour. It was so much fun that I was grinning like a maniac for hours afterwards. I loved it and I would’ve gone on it again and again. It would swing around and stop suddenly, throwing you around and the speed was just addictive. It was brilliant.
Me and my family had been planning this event for a couple of months. We wanted to make a spectacle and beyond the date, time and people attending, my Mum didn’t know very much about it. And last night, we had the party. It was so fun.
I knew from the beginning that I’d be singing. My Mum is my biggest fan, my biggest supporter. I couldn’t be without her. She asked me to play a little set, both with and without my guardian, Angele. My music is still pretty maudlin so I only played one, my Mum’s favourite, Crossing Lines. That went well despite the fact that I hadn’t played in a while. I was told afterwards that I had people sobbing. The second song I played was The Best Day by Taylor Swift since it was written about her Mum. I almost cried while singing it and Angele played the ukulele for it which was gorgeous. And then the really fun started. My Mum had Annie Whitehead and Jennifer Maidman playing later in the evening and I got to play a couple of songs with them. It was freaking awesome. It was completely unreal. We played Brave by Sara Bareilles with sounded unbelievably cool. I was smiling so wide that I could barely move my lips. And then we played the last song. We decided to play Never Too Old by Zoe Lewis. If you’ve never heard of Zoe Lewis, google her now. She’s amazing and one of the most beautiful souls on the planet. Never Too Old is Mum’s favourite song so we had to play it and it was appropriate at a birthday party. It sounded amazing and it was so much fun. We got the audience to join in before bringing the cake spectacular out and singing happy birthday. It was such a great evening. I always adore playing with Angele, would do it forever but playing with Annie and Jennifer was a real treat. They’re such fantastic players and such cool people. I could praise them for hours. Listening to their set after mine was so special.
I will remember that evening for the rest of my life. Mum had a great time, everyone was so lovely and nothing went wrong. It was perfect.
Day 31 - the worst thing that has ever happened to you
You know, I don’t think I’ll ever really be able to talk about it. It would be wrong to ignore it and forget it but sometimes I wish I could.
Day 30 - give 15 tips to your followers to get through life
I still haven’t figured out how to get through life without it destroying little bits of you but I’ll write what helps me.
1. Surround yourself with people you love and who love you.
2. Find someone who you can tell anything and everything to.
3. Allow yourself time to do things you enjoy, regardless of how ‘useful’ they are.
4. Don’t finish books/films/etc when you’re not enjoying them.
5. Exercise can sometimes feel good but you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t manage it everyday.
6. Hug people.
7. Surprise yourself and other people.
8. It’s okay to be scared sometimes and you don’t have to face those fears all the time.
9. Sometimes you just need a day of pyjamas, snacks and tv shows.
10. Every person has their own story, their own baggage, their own details.
11. There are nice people left in the world.
12. Have a party every now and then.
13. Find a song that makes you feel like you can do anything and sing it regularly at top volume.
14. Make sure you have a nice bed to end your day in.
15. The world is big and busy and full of people and happenings. The law of averages says that you will find your place and your people.
Day 29 - to go to a party or to stay home? why?
Stay home. I find parties very awkward and while it’s fun to arrive and see people, after a while, I just want to go home and hang out with my family or my best friend. I’ve very really been a party girl.
Day 28 - favourite type of music
My absolute favourite type of music is country pop music. I love the mix of the country style story telling and the guitar driven melodies, although I’m also a big fan of singer-songwriter with either piano or acoustic guitar. I’ll listen to anything but those are my favourite styles to listen to. To me, the lyrics are the most important part of the song.
Day 27 - 1 thing you want to do before you die
There are so many things I want to do in my life. I want to travel, meet people and learn things. I don’t know if I could choose the one thing I want to do in my life. I would like to be able to live off music. Or sing at the O2 Arena in London.
Day 25 - do you believe in love at first sight? why?
No. I think people are too complicated to allow love at first sight. Maybe you can feel a connection but for me, when I love someone, it’s the little things about them that I love, not necessarily the things that are obvious straight away.
Day 24 - how do you see yourself by the end of your year
I don’t see a lot changing to be honest.
Day 23 - 4 ways to win your heart
1. Ask to read my favourite book.
2. Ask to hear my favourite song.
3. Want to know everything about me, without pushing.
4. Not judging me because of my issues.