Tuesday, 22 May 2018

My First Day At Work And 'A Little Information'

It was so good!

I was basically filling out a spreadsheet for work. And it was so interesting.

Just scratching at the surface of what's out there which I had no idea about.

This job will open doors and possible new activities and therefore, new hobbies.

Last Sunday I was at 'A Play In A Day' in The Stoke Public House in Guildford. It took place in the back room.

Inspired by '1984', 'The Hothouse' and 'One For The Road', the play is a really intense but fun ride to take.

All day was spent rehearsing and it was really fun for me to see the makings of a show.

Especially a show that was done in one day!

It was so awesome to have read the full script the day before to actually see it come to life!

'A Little Information' is so cleverly written and seeing it actually performed was incredible.

Oliver Matthew Bruce wrote and directed it.

The fact that he was actually there was a  real incredible feat.

It meant you didn't have to worry about wondering what said playwright meant by a certain line or would he/she want it delivered this way?!

I'm sure the cast felt pressure of him being there, but hopefully not too much.

They are all amateur dramatics pros, I was only an observer.

It was performed by Pranksters and it really was worth seeing.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Time

There is no time, only movement. Time has to exist because we made it so. Like if a ball goes up, it must come down. In other words, time is man made! It's just something that the human species made up to explain the changes that occur naturally. As much as the seasons are counted and months are in our ever expanding understanding of our universe.

Things take their own time to ripen and taking your own time to adjust to things is really Ok, even though time won't stop for you to prepare yourself for what's coming nextthis is all the joy of living! And yes, it  can be painful and really hard at times, just remember that there is something good that comes from every day.

My boyfriend and I have discussed this and this is the basics. It's a really interesting concept. My boyfriend has broadened my horizons and given me so many new ideas!

Steph

XxX

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Interview Time!

Today I embarked on an interview that had taken a long time to set up but was well worth it!

The founder of the company I met with was lovely! His wife was great too. Really friendly and welcoming! 

It's for a company called Disability today (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fAuWuFoeJs&t=31s) and it's a website that connects the unconnected. 

All the services that disabled people, including myself, are entitled to aren't that well advertised, so it's a case of finding out what is available and signposting people. 

Which is what I've done before, only we had to meet them to signpost them. 

It's letting people know what is out there and/or what experiences are out there waiting to be had!

It really looks to be so much fun. It might even inspire some new hobbies or interests for me so watch this space! 

Steph

XxX 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Nervousness

I was asked by my boyfriend to meet one of his many best friends last night.

I've already met one of them on Whatsapp and his parents on Messenger as they are living abroad right now.

I'm not a nervous person.

All I can be is myself!

Why would I want or need to be anything different?

I can't be anything other than me.

And it worked.

His best friend was lovely and we chatted about plays and theatres.

What is the point in being nervous about something you don't know?

How is it possible?

Surely it's an unknown entity.

And however it works out is what its going to be and  you can only change that with the amount of energy you put into whatever it might be today.

I do get that people get nervous and that they experience it and it can suck.

I just get it as a choice 'I could feel really nervous about this...' but I think I live in the moment rather than worry about what the future may hold.

I think I've hardwired my brain to think positively.

Steph

XxX

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Guide Star by Joy Ellis Book Review

It's not so often that a book gets to me - but this one did. I could relate so closely with the characters - it was marvellous!!

'Stella won't give up, but she doesn't know how to go on. 

Stella North, a rising star in the police, has her life torn apart by a gunman's bullets. She has often faced danger, but these injuries mean she must give up the job she loves. Her grandmother Beth is her rock. And Beth is no ordinary woman. At seventy, she runs marathons and has a past that Stella knows very little about. 

Beth calls in her friend Michael to help with Stella's recovery. But this man means a lot more to Beth than she reveals. And Stella's ex-husband Edward and old police partner Robbie want to help, but Stella puts up emotional barriers, and they have problems of their own. Her old friends from her days of Urbex (exploring old abandoned buildings) offer a glimmer of hope for the future.' 

I was blown away by how much you get involved with these characters whilst reading. It was really emotional. I loved the character of Jackhammer and I can totally see where he's coming from and why he did what he did. It was a real rollercoaster of a book and not to be missed.

It's a really interesting idea - how to get enjoyment out of life when you've lost so much encircled with other people's lives and worries going on too.

Such strong characters and her style was just lovely to read.

10/10 in my book!

Thank you for reading!

Steph

XxX

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Laughter Yoga

I tried laughter yoga last week!

It was really fun and so beneficial.

Do you know how many muscles laughing helps?

At least 30!

It helps relieve tension and it's good for you!

It was put on by Disability Initiative where I still go twice a week.

We had a lovely instructor. 

That was one of the tasks.

We basically had to keep saying 'ho ho ha ha!' until we cracked up.

It helps to do it in a group or even just with a partner, but say you're on your own.

That does get a little funny after you repeat it so many times!

When you pretend you're a Father Christmas practising it gets funny!

And then we listened to some laughter off youtube which just set us off again.

Hope this has helped and hey, sometimes you just need to laugh - it's like a bee buzzing inside of you - I can guarantee you'll feel better when it's out. Sometimes you just need to laugh at the ridiculousness of life!

Steph

XxX



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Make life WORK for you!

Sometimes I forget that people don't live inside my head.

I'll make a comment about something and then have to retrace what I was, in fact, making the point about.

Other people think seldom about you; they are concerned with their own affairs.

Never stop being you for someone else.

Don't stop doing what you're doing in every day life.

It's got you this far! And if a change is necessary let it be gradual.

You can't suddenly become a pro at anything without working up to it with practise.

The best in the world had to start somewhere.

They were once beginners too.

As they say in Harry Potter 'Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now. Students. If they can do it, why not us?'

I know that that is in a slightly different context, but the point is, the greats had to start somewhere and as Harry rightfully points out, what is stopping us from being great?

It's often us who stand in our own way, thinking we're not good enough or we don't deserve it.

You have to be able to take a step back at times, remember what you want in life and go for it.

Nothing is going to happen if you just stay in bed dreaming about it.

You have to make it happen for yourself.

Depending on others will let you down in the end.

I have to depend on people a whole lot in my life, it's more out of necessity than want. But I make the best of it because this is the only life I'm in, the only life I know.

And that's with getting transport to work, and Disability Initiative mostly.

I rely on my mum to get me dressed in the mornings and that is quite a heavy burden but she never makes it feel like that. I get up, turn the radio on, and then I'll get in the shower or whatever.

We never do things without music.

Except reading!

As you know I am an avid book lover and won't go anywhere without my book, there are sometimes pauses in life (long queues, waiting in doctors surgeries etc.) where having a book can be so worthwhile!

Steph

XxX