Viva La Vida

It’s been pretty busy so far this year and although I started with good intentions to update my blog regularly, unfortunately due to me SEO’ing my Etsy shop into an uncontrollable monster, alongside mass redundancies and the General Election at my Real Work, 2017 has kind of run away with me once again. Blogging regularily, can be very difficult for me, I have no real control over my workload and to be honest there is no guaranteed routine in my life. I’ve decided to try not to beat myself up about it and in the future post whenever I can. Sometimes it will a brief review and other times a longer news catch up. I’m sure this irregularity goes against the golden rules of successful blogging, but it’s just the way my life is, and therefore the way it’s gotta be.

and now after that… THE WEEKS REAL NEWS

Last week I was a very lucky girl, as my best friend J took me to TRNSMT festival in Glasgow. I got to experience something truly worthy of being on anyone’s bucket list – being backstage and looking out on the crowd (whilst hiding behind a speaker so no-one could see me),

It must be truly humbling (and maybe a bit terrifying) to see such a huge sea of people gathered together to enjoy music that you are responsible for creating, and I was very proud of my friend R as he played the drums to thousands of fans, It was a great night and a well needed reminder to myself of how fun and exciting life can be, (if you let it).

We’re all so caught up in running around, being stressed up to the eyeballs, and making things as impossibly difficult for ourselves as we can. To add to this, I also like to regularly beat myself up about the fate of the environment, politics, the actions of others, the size of my washing mountain and the state of the hall carpet (but strangely, very rarely the state of my hair).

I need to fill my life with experiences, something i quite often forget when caught up in the general melee for existence. Life is worth so much more than worrying constantly about work, chores and inanimate objects and I really hope I can try and remember this in the future. This was a truly remarkable once in a lifetime experience, and something I will never forget. It’s inspired me to start making sure I create more memorable moments, (inbetween all the washing loads and the neverending cleaning of the bathroom).

Being at the festival and feeling so excited and moved by some outstanding band performances has been the kick up the butt I needed to remember myself and to try and reclaim some of the old me. I used to live for the record shop Monday treasure hunt, going to gigs and discovering the newest (or rather the obscurest ) bands I could . Thank goodness last Friday reminded me of who I was, and who I still am (somewhere in there).

Lets hope something in me has changed for the good and I start living my life with some real (or at least half) purpose.

Big thanks to J&R for having me in your entourage.

Serial and Missing Richard Simmons

Earlier this year I made a film with my friend Ryan in Cambridge, on the long drive down we listened to my first ever podcast – Serial. We played  through the whole of Series 2 on the journey. It was all about Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and held for 5 years, he is charged with desertion by the US army. The documentary is presented by Sarah Koenig, an American journalist, along with Mark Boal the screenwriter of The Hurt Locker who has already conducted a series
of interviews with Bergdahl, which are sometimes astounding, sometimes unbelievable and also sometimes so believable, how can he possibly be lying?.

 

Listening to a podcast instead of music was a first for me and I totally enjoyed learning something new whilst we embarked on our very long journey. I listened to the first series of Serial about the murder of Have Min Lee when I got back to Glasgow, which I found equally gripping. I have started today on my first ever “on demand” podcast “Missing Richard Simmons”, yes I have to wait until next week for the next episode!!!  Here is the write up of the podcast from the Finding Richard Simmons website ”

On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him – and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard – and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.”

I have listened to the first 2 episodes and it is so far brilliant, the crafting of both of these documentary podcast series is superb, the descriptions, your personal connections with the people and generally the sifting through all the info and carefully constructing a real life mystery with twists and turns and shocks along the way is so impressive. I can’t wait for part 3 next week. This is a man whose catch phrase was “sweat is just fat crying”, how can I not want to know what happened to him?

You can listen to Serial Series 1 and 2 here >> and find Missing Richard Simmons here>>

 

The Sound

A few years ago my New Years Resolution was to listen my way through the Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time. (I went 500-1 over the course of the year listening to 2 records a day). I discovered a whole host of different music, and it reignited my desire to find new (to me), exciting bands.  Every Monday when I was younger, I used to head to the record shop and flip through the weeks single releases in the indie bin. I would pick out as many bands I’d never heard of before, in the hope of finding something interesting. This year I have decided once again to seek out new music and one of the first bands I have discovered in 2017 are called  “The Sound”. They were an 80s band from South London, described as post punk and championed by music publications like NME and Melody Maker and also John Peel. I can honestly say I love their music. My favourite album is “From the Lions Mouth which came out to critical acclaim on release, but as a band they never received the recognition they deserved. The Sound’s lead singer Adrian Borland, went on to a solo career for about 10 years, sadly he killed himself under a train at Wimbledon station on 26th April 1999.

If you want to give The Sound a listen find their albums on Apple itunes here >>

The Business Bakery -100 Day Goal

I started doing the Business Bakery’s 100 Day Goal on the 1st January this year. I don’t have a lot of time outside of my day time job, but really felt the need this year to ramp up my Etsy business to the next level, and this plan seemed perfect. You set out how to achieve your end goal by making a series of micro-actions, my aim to be getting to 800 items in my vintage shop and pay off a small loan I have with the profits. This to me seems achievable by the 7th April this year. Today is day 52, so pretty much halfway through and I’m sitting at just below 500 items in my shop with the rest sitting in my drafts ready for tagging and titling. I’ve increased my sales to 1 a day in my vintage shop which is pretty good going for me, especially for February, and I also have a clear plan in my head on how to keep up this momentum for the rest of the year.

For the next 48 days I will be sorting and stocking my other shop and getting it to work and yay, my loan is going down quite considerably. I’ve loved doing the 100 Day Goal so far and have found it totally achievable to keep up with, which is always the difficult part for me with these things. There are encouraging emails every day and an inspiring Facebook Group of motivating, fellow participants all trying to achieve different end goals. I would thoroughly recommend doing something like this to everyone out there, as long as you are honest with what level of achievement is possible for yourself from the outset. I shall report back at the end with how I got on but now it’s set in stone on my blog, I can’t possibly allow myself to not to achieve my goals.

Follow the Business Bakery on twitter here >> for handy business hints and tips, and join the 100 Day Goal here>> The next one starts on 1st May 2017.