Being away helps your mind so go!

As some of you probably know I’m currently in Germany having the most incredible time. I will be writing a post about my trip but for now this is about something else.

I’ll admit I have been struggling a lot recently with stress so I thought let’s run away from it. I ran away. I am so glad I did decide to come on my own because it’s given me lots of thinking time. At first I was terrified of my own thoughts, I envisioned me having a melt down but I actually feel so free. 

The problems I’ve been having in my shoulders and upper back have been liberated. The pain was so bad it made me cry and I had to go for a Indian Head Massage to help relieve the pain – it worked but there were still knots.

I won’t go into what this trip has helped me come to terms with but I am pretty confident I know what the right thing to do is. I almost feel like a new person which is daft because I’m still the same old curly haired glasses nerd but with a weight lifted.

My understanding of bad situations is get yourself out of them. Don’t think I need this or but it’s been like this – just do what you need to do. Don’t hold back, don’t live with regrets. The new year is coming so we know everyone will be saying ‘a new year,  a new me.’ Well may be I’ll be one of those people.

Let’s see.

Queen of Bradgate, Leicester

Last night was my first visit to the Queen of Bradgate pub / restaurant in Leicester. My friend and I were looking for somewhere to eat that had cocktails available which this place has – added bonus. As soon as you walk in you are mesmerised by the decor and want to buy everything that’s hanging up on the wall…well I did anyway.

Everybody loves a happy hour don’t they? I tucked into two cocktails (2-4-1) but I can’t remember what they were called but they tasted incredible, it had Collins in the name so look out for that! For my main course I had the Chicken Fillet Burger with the most delicious fries but I was torn between the Wild Mushroom Risotto and the Marinated Chicken so the only way to decide was to eenie meanie, miney mo it. The Chicken Burger won of course and I live life with no regrets because it was exceptionally tasty.

Chicken Fillet Burger and Fries

I had another round of 2-4-1 cocktails before 8pm (cheap date alert) but this time I decided to try something completely different. The French Martini sounded really nice and I loved the art on top of the drink. I think they used a raspberry sauce to draw the pattern and I’d happily have it again. Happy tipsy customer.

Then came dessert! I wasn’t overly mad with the choices on the menu but I went with my favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding. It was a really nice pudding and I know you’ll probably think well it looks a little dry with no custard or ice cream – where is it? I’m not a huge ice cream fan to be honest so I would have preferred to have custard as an option. This wasn’t available so I opted for no ice cream, it was still really enjoyable and very very sticky.
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I would happily visit the Queen of Bradgate again because their menu offers something for everyone and it’s not badly priced either. The atmosphere was great and like I said above the decor is to die for. It’s very well put together and doesn’t look like they’ve purchased everything from a car boot. P.S. I want the stag head light that was on the wall near our table, it was stunning!

What I want for my future

I want what every other blogger wants, I want to write full-time. I want to be able to create engaging content and to work with endless brands because writing makes me really happy. There’s just one problem, how can you go from a full time position to a ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen to me next month‘ position. Every full-time job guarantees you a monthly income whereas becoming freelance is a risk taker.

I have always been a bit of a risk taker with my career and choices but right now I haven’t got the balls to just quit my job. I mean I am in a great position to do so because I still live at home so now is the time to take these chances but I am terrified.

How did you become a full time freelancer? I haven’t worked with many brands as you will see on my blog but that’s what my aim is. I won’t pretend I am happy working with a brand if I’m never going to use the product.

Please send me some advice xox

I am sorry for being quiet

Quite recently I have taken a step back from blogging and communicating with bloggers on Twitter. You are probably wondering why or you might not care but I know I am not well. A lot of things have been going on at work recently and my dentist has told me I am suffering from anxiety. People have said to me well how does your dentist know? Well I am chewing the insides of my mouth constantly and causing my teeth problems. I am also grinding my teeth and the pain from biting all day is unbearable.

I won’t go into what has happened because I don’t know if people from work will read my blog. To be honest I hope they never do but you never know how much stalking people get up to.

It is a really difficult time for me at the moment and the constant crying at home has gotten out of hand. I promise I will be back but I just need some me time and to try and figure out what’s best for me.

If you’ve ever been in my situation, how did you manage?

The Alphabet Gift Shop

The amount of times I’ve driven past the Alphabet Gift Shop and thought I need to go here and haven’t is uncountable. Yesterday I met with two friends for breakfast at the Lowercase Cafe (inside the Alphabet Gift Shop) and I was amazed as soon as I walked in. You are instantly taken aback by the unique decor and how modern it looks – it didn’t look like what I expected, it was so much better!

I love the rustic style of the cafe and it looks like a little cafe you’d see in an American film where everyone goes to study. It’s hard to believe you step outside in Burton-on-Trent because a lot of things are outdated in the town but this is the opposite. It is definitely something the town needs and will continue to benefit from.

It helps when the staff are friendly which they certainly were and there’s also a great selection on the breakfast menu for bargain prices and so much cake! You can’t really grumble at what this place has to offer. I was pleased to see green tea on the menu because I struggle to get it in many eateries or I end up paying silly prices for tea that costs a similar amount to normal tea. It isn’t a fancy tea so I’m not sure why it is bigged up to be one.

Despite the delicious temptations I decided to order the salmon, dill and poached eggs on muffins for my breakfast. I was not disappointed! The poached egg was cooked perfectly (better than mine any day), it was runny inside and not watery. I would definitely eat this again plus I had spinach as well so that was a nice bonus.

It would be nice to experience what else the cafe has to offer as I only took a peek at part of the menu. The cakes looked incredible but I decided to behave and the overall atmosphere was so positive with people of all ages smiling and having a nice time. This place might end up being a birthday treat for myself in February!

If you’re around in Burton during the Christmas period please do take some time to pop in for a drink and a nosy around the gift shop.

My Fair Lady Musical

This musical has always been on my ‘to see’ list as well as my dad’s. We love the film, we have the songs on in the evening sometimes and end up thinking we’re cockney’s! Once I saw this was on in Nottingham I booked it straight away.

I have never been to the Nottingham Theatre Royal before so I was quite excited to explore a new venue. Once we were seated we were instantly taken aback by the greens and golds and the architecture was breathtaking. The atmosphere was great and the production hadn’t even started yet. By this point I was ready for it to start.

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The beginning was a slow start for me. I think it’s important to set the scene but I felt it went on a little too long and I wasn’t sure when it was going to begin. Whilst everyone was on stage I couldn’t help but notice the costume detail. I was really impressed with how accurate the period clothing was – some of it even looked handmade. Now I’m not saying productions don’t get it right but it seemed like the whole musical had a huge budget (like films) and they spent it well.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Nottingham Operatic Society but I was blown away. Vocals, the orchestra, the set and the cast were incredible. It is the smallest production company performance I have ever seen but it is by far one of the best I have seen. I was sat there wishing I was allowed to go on stage and perform with them, it looked like a lot of fun.

Mr Higgins for me stood out the most. The character was portrayed so well and he was very believable – what a fantastic actor and singer. You could really relate back to the original actor Rex Harrison and envision him on stage from this actors performance. To be honest it’s hard to single out the cast members because every single person put their all into their performance.

The southern accents were great. I couldn’t stop giggling at Eliza Doolittle’s little noises and her wining, it was brilliant. At certain points you sympathise with Eliza and other times you’re laughing at how she pronounces ‘how do you dooo’.

If this production comes to Nottingham again please go and see it because you will not be disappointed.

 

An evening with Prezzybox.com

I was lucky enough to be invited to my first ever brand event in Nottingham by Prezzybox. When I received the email to say I had been chosen to attend, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was overwhelmed which may sound a little dumb but it was such a great opportunity and for someone that blogs about something completely different I didn’t ever think I’d stand out.

At first I was a bit put off by going because I have only ever tweeted those that were invited. Some of the bloggers I have previously met once before but I was still nervous about going on my own but thankfully my old lovely school friend Vanessa over at mentalawareness.com was invited as well. We decided to go together so that made us both feel better about attending. I won’t go into the journey we had to get there but I ended up taking endless wrong turnings.

We arrived at Baresca later than expected but what a great atmosphere to walk in to. We were immediately greeted by Rhiannen which was lovely and she handed us little name tags which I thought were adorable. We headed straight to the bar for our free glass of prosecco to celebrate in style.

Jingle mingle light in the box

After having a quick wander around looking at all of the gifts and the little workshops in the booths we decided to take part. I met two new bloggers at the crafting table and they were really chatty – hey Helen, hey Kirsty. Carolyn explained how to make a bow to us but unfortunately we sat down too late as the talk was just about to start. I’m sure it would have been really fun! If only I hadn’t taken the wrong turning, oopsie.

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The talk between Fran and Becky had me engrossed. The whole taking blogging seriously thing is quite new to me as I used to use my blog to vent and talk about struggles in daily life. It has always been a diary to me rather than a hobby until now. The points both of them made, made me realise I am going in the right direction but there’s still a lot more I have to do. I was a little worried about asking a question but I felt a lot better once I had asked.

Last night was a real eye opener and I cannot thank the staff at Prezzybox for including me in the event. I will definitely keep my eye open for future events and now I know what they’re about, I will feel more comfortable attending.

By the way I want ALL of the gifts that were there last night. My favourite was the stormtrooper light, what was yours?

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