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Hump Day Smiles

It’s Wednesday and I thought I’d do a blog post as I will be too self indulged next weekend to write.

(Self indulged with pain killers and lots of fruit.)

Well James Arthur was bloody fabulous!

I especially loved his tribute to George Michael with his brilliant cover of Careless Whisper.

I was very fortunate to get tickets from work and VERY fortunate to have my favourite Dorset lady come up to Birmingham to go to the gig and stay over with me.

It was so lovely to see you Hannah! Thanks for coming all the way up to Birmingham. Even if you did wake me up at Godly hours on a Sunday for you to get back to your training!

Thank you for coming Hannah, and THANK YOU so much for my lovely birthday card and present! Very sweet of you.

Eeeeeek! It’s operation eve night tonight!!!! I need to be at the QE short stay unit for 10am tomorrow morning to strip off to my 100% cotton undies.  Nil by mouth from 12pm means I will not be getting out of bed till 9.45 and hopping straight into my Grandads car to get to the hospital. The thought of sitting there hungry is what scares me the most!

It’s so strange how something so small and repetitive can have such an emotional impact on you! I mean, this has been going on every 6 months for the past 4 years now and I STILL get a little anxious the night before an op.

It’s not a sad/scared anxious, luckily, but just an unsettling bit of anxiety. Similar to the ones you’d get the night before an exam at school. You now when you get a bit nervous about the outcome, even though you’re well revised and predicted an A* the fear of failing is always there. Well it was for me anyway.

When I go under general anaesthetic, the fear of not waking up is always at the back of my mind. And….I always have had them just before my birthday or Christmas, so the thought of not waking up and  getting my presents is a bloody strong fear! 😛

I’m confident that I am in the best hands at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital though. So that does comfort me. I love seeing old faces too! The catch up with friendly faces in the theatre room before you get the anaesthetic injection is always lovely. Great ‘bants’ in that section of the hospital. I’m totally on form when the nerves kick it too!

So if anyone is curious as to what I’m having done, it’s similar to the previous operation I had last year. Another fat transfer from my stomach to my cheek. I’m glad it’s after my birthday this year, as I have over indulged myself the last few weeks!

A brow lift on my scarred side to open my eye a little more and then another batch of steroid injections along the thick scars around my neck and jaw line.  This will help the build up of tissue to flatten down a bit more.

I’m lucky having the week off work to recover after the op, so I’ll be at home awaiting the keys to my new flat. That will be so excited and will keep me upbeat and feeling positive.

If you don’t know by now, I suffer so terribly from post op blues! This smile of mine is harder to keep going when in pain and having drug highs leave the body. I’ll make sure I relax and eat lots of lovely healthy food to keep me upbeat and positive in the recovery week though.

Please do send me all of your funny jokes though too please. I really appreciate them when they come through to me! Just the fact that you’ve thought of me makes me smile, so to make me laugh with a joke is even better!  

At least when I wake up I can start on an advent calendar! That’s something nice to look forward too 🙂

I will also be getting the keys to my flat so that will be very exciting news to wake up to after the op tomorrow morning.

My darling bestie Myra will be in the QE for her operation on Monday, after me, so I will be back in there to visit her and maybe pick up some scar cream while I’m at it. It’s good to stay up on supplies when you’re creaming stitches post op. I’ve no idea as to what stitches I’ll have this time. I’m hoping it is similar to the last one I had with just one long stitch to pull out in one go. We’ll see.

My main motivation to heal well and get back up on my foot/blade, is to a) do (BMF) British Military Fitness training with my gang at Cannon Hill park, and b) to get my dancing feet on for Graham! Graham Buxton my favourite live performer. Playing in Fletcher in Kings Heath on Saturday 9th, I CAN’T WAIT!!! This will also be the first night I sleep in my new flat! My new mattress arrives on the Friday 8th! PARTY BACK AT MINE!!!!! (Jokes, I don’t want a mess for the first few days I’m there.)

Eeeek I can’t wait for a night out for this. If it’s anything like the last gig I saw him it’ll certainly be one to remember!

Also, Dorset Orthopedics want to take images of me for their media pieces and they’ve kindly said they will photoshop the stitched out for me! Looking forward to seeing how I look in these!  Maybe they can make me look a bit taller and slim too. We’ll see.

So I definitely NEED to wake up Friday morning! I will be so pissed off if I don’t! I know I’m probably just getting the general pre op nerves, but I do feel like I have A LOT more to lose this time around. Life is pretty perfect for me at the minute and I don’t want it to stop!

Let’s not get emotional and ridiculous though Jackson, of course you’ll wake up surrounded with love and chocolates. I’m very fortunate to have an amazing family and friends who I can always count on for support. I’m the luckiest girl the world! And I’m so grateful and love you more then words can say!

Until next time, peace xxx

 

 

 

Birthday Smiles in Rome


Thank you so much to all of the lovely birthday love shared with me over the last week! I have such lovely friends and family! AND the best boyfriend in the world!!!

Well, where do I start!!?? I’m so incredibly lucky to have such a thoughtful boyfriend who treated me to a romantic weekend in Rome for my birthday on Sunday 12th.

We flew from Stansted on Friday 10th. I drove to RAF Wyton in the incredibly early, excited hours of Friday morning and picked Mike up. We then made our way to Stansted airport where we parked up in the Mid Stay car park and got a shuttle bus to the airport.

I was really looking forward to getting onto the plane for a rest. The hustle and bustle of travelling really tires me out! and to be fair, waking up and getting on the road for 7.45am to try to miss the rush hour traffic, tired me out in itself! I’m not a morning person!

On our hotel roof on arrival Friday afternoon!

I was pretty exhausted after the flight, but we just had to explore the hotel a bit and check out their beautiful roof terrace with amazing views!

Beautiful blue skies

We flew with Ryan Air from Stansted airport to Ciampino in Rome. Then once we landed in Ciampino we got a taxi to the hotel we were staying in which was so beautiful! Their sky bar had such a beautiful view of the city and the Basilica.

Feeling very grateful

We had a tasty breakfast, not far from the hotel Saturday morning and headed to see the Colosseum.

It was so amazing to see! Here are a few pics we took inside.

Thank you to my beautiful sister Alex for letting me borrow her Instamax camera for taking lots of cute images.

 

We had a lovely meal Saturday night in our hotel restaurant which was really lovely with amazing views of the Basilica, lit up at night! Which we were going to see the next day. My birthday!!!
 

Seeing the pope on my birthday would certainly be one to remember!

So on Sunday I opened both of my birthday cards from Mike and replied to lots of kind comments and texts from family and friends. It was such a perfect day.

We headed to the Basilica to see Pope Francis and get to mass in the area.

The security into the Vatican was pretty impressive. I’m glad to see that the Pope is safe and well protected, as well as all of their gold and treasures! Everyone in the area was so kind and sweet too. It’s almost like a feeling of togetherness in the air. It was so lovely.

We got a good spot to see Pope Francis doing a short talk from the side wing of the Basilica. Of course I have no idea what he was saying in Italian, but it still was lovely to see him and hear him.

His voice is so soothing too! He really is an incredible man and I’m so happy to have been simply breathing the same air as him on my birthday!

We had a walk around the town and had a bite to eat in a cute restaurant, opposite an Irish bar, which clearly caught my eye!

 As you can see the shutter was down, so we ate in the restaurant across the road and to our luck, the bar opened by the time we finished our bite to eat. So we headed over for some of the black stuff and see a little bit of the rugby.

After this, we heading back in the direction of our hotel. A nice stroll in the sunshine taking in all of the beautiful scenery.

This bar we then stumbled across was so lovely! Ristorante Venerina, I fell in love with the song playing in it too, so I had to take a video so I could find out who it was and download it once I had wifi back at the hotel.

And I did find it! Now in my iTunes.

It seemed like just the perfect song for that particular moment. So thank you to the Villagers for crossing my path just at the right time.

I fell in love with Robert Plants song Rainbow over the weekend too.

Music is such a powerful tool. You always find the best gems when you’re happy inside. Well I do anyway 😉

I can honestly say it was the best birthday I’ve ever had. Thank you so much Mike. You’re such a keeper!

Tonight I was a sponsor for my cousin Jake making his confirmation,  while my sister Alex was Kiera’s  (twin sister) sponsor. I can’t think of two better sponsors for them. Good Irish Catholic girls. (We all know, they’re the worst! :P)

And I have a Christening to attend on Saturday. My old school friend Amy is having her beautiful daughters Christened.  It’s looking like a month of blessings left, right and centre! I’ll be totally safe for my operation in a few weeks time!!

I’ll do another before and after photo in my Instagram, as I did last year with my op. If you’d like to keep tabs on my Instagram page CLICK HERE

I’ll try to look less “special” in the next before and after picture though. Not sure if I can, but we’ll soon see.

I’m being operated on Thursday 30th, so if anyone would like to pop in to visit the QE, I’ll be in the short stay unit, across the bridge. Feel free to visit with fruit, nuts or raisins and chocolate milk, I will be incredibly grateful. Thank you.

Until next time, peace xxx

 

Mid Week Smile Sermon – Mental Health

Happy Wednesday beautiful people.

First and foremost, Happy Birthday to my blade life hero and dear friend Mark Pattenden. 

I haven’t been my smiley self the last few days, I’m not sure why, could be my stinking cold/man flu. But sometimes you just outrun yourself with positivity and you need a couple of days to mope.

When you have these days, acknowledge them and just lie there with them. Knowing in time that they will pass. And they always do. Trust me!

It was international Mental Health week at the start of October and I did want to do a post about it as it is a very important issue. 

I’m glad the media are supporting it so well.

I’ve loved seeing all of the support for mental illness in the last few weeks. 

Sometimes you feel like NONE of your plans are working out, but I won’t moan about them – that won’t change anything but my energy levels and I do not want them dipping. You need to keep your energy high to remain positive.
In the words of Ronan…

I totally appreciate the fact that my next cosmetic operation isn’t life or death.  If an emergency appointment comes rushing in and takes my place I will be gutted, however I’ll appreciate they need my surgeons help more then me…. HOWEVER, that does not stop me from feeling shit for a few days after.

This did upset me for a few days when I first heard the news. But que sera sera. It’s no biggie. On a positive note, I’m off to Rome on Friday! My lovely boyfriend is taking me away for my birthday weekend.

Wow, to spend my 29th in Rome will seriously be the best birthday weekend EVER! It falls on a Sunday, so I’ll hear mass said by Pope Francis on my birthday! I’m so lucky!

Although I won’t be coming home for my operation 13th Nov, I’ll sure be coming home with lots of lovely smiles! My darling sister is letting me borrow her Instagram polaroid camera too, so we can take lots of lovely snaps that I can use for decorations in my new flat!  I’m such a lucky lady.

I’m super excited to open a lovely birthday parcel from Medal Miles that arrived this week. I’ll bring it to Rome with me and open it on my birthday, as instructed on the parcel envelope. I have a feeling it’s a Miles Bear, which would be so lovely to have in Rome with me. Thank you Tammie, very sweet of you to send me a birthday gift!

I popped to my gorgeous friend, baby mommas in the making, Alice’s for dinner last night and she gave me a card and present to open when I’m home on Monday too. I have such thoughtful people in my life. Thank you to everyone who makes me smile, and always giving me something to write about!

My gorgeous bestie, Myra, turned 30 last week and although I did pop round to see her with a card and present we haven’t actually celebrated together yet. So I’m looking forward to a lovely dinner date with her tonight at Shiraz. It’s such a lovely persian restaurant! Our favourite meeting spot!


Myra is such a gorgeous person who I am incredibly lucky to have in my life. Check out her beautiful instagram image CLICK HERE 

I won’t be doing a post this Sunday as I’ll be busy chatting with Pope Francis. But I’ll do a Sunday blog post the week after, Sunday 19th. I can’t wait to tell  you all about my travels!

Stay tuned,

xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sporty Sunday Smile!

Before I get into my crazy promise to all readers (one which I can see myself regretting soon after, if not before.) I’ll give you a quick run through of my epic/horrific weekend down in Dorset.

But first up, a MASSIVE well done to all of the incredible people who completed the 100 mile bike ride today around Birmingham!

My friend Linda smashed the course with her husband, I’m sorry that I didn’t get to see you at the finish line cheering you on!

A group of lovely people from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity, also took part in this event, raising money and awareness to such a good charity.

Well done all of you! I hope that you all completed the cycle successfully and with minimal sores!  I’m glad that the weather held out for you all!

Relevant facts about me:

  • Irrespective of my brain injury, I NEED more sleep/rest than the average person.
  • I should NOT overload my brain with too much activity each day.
  • I should lead a relatively simple life.
  • I can’t sleep when I have so much excitement/nerves on my mind. eg. the day before operations or fun charity events.
  • I get restless and always need to have plans to keep my mind active and as fun as possible.
  • I never learn when to stop. Never ever!

So after a full Dolly Parton (9-5) at work on Friday – which in itself tires me out, I normally work just afternoons – I set off on a long 4 hour drive to Dorset.

Instead of going home to rest, I drove to Dorset to see my dear friend Hannah Moore. She kindly was doing me dinner for when I arrived and the sweetheart waited to eat herself with me. I didn’t get there till  nearly 10pm! Google maps, yet again, decided to have a strop and kept glitching and sending me on a wild goose chase.

On a note to my family – I really need a sat nav for my birthday this year. Or an A2Z.

Hannah made THE BEST apple and blackberry (fruit from her garden) crumble. It was to die for! Seriously, she is a friend for life now. There is no way I’m letting that talent out of my life!

When I got myself to sleep at Hannah’s around midnight, my alarm woke me up at 7am. We both needed to be at the sports centre for 8.30am and I needed to have a quick shower before getting myself ready to take on the challenge of the GoTri Aquathlon. To see this event CLICK HERE

I had a right giggle with Hannah, as I was calling it Aquathon, that sounds normal to me??  But it has an L in it! Which just sounds so weird when pronouncing it. AquathLon? haha. Whoever came up with that name must have had a speech impediment.

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The three of us smashed it!!!

Hannah completed the course super quick, in 24 minutes. Sarah was not far behind her. Then I came in at 46 minutes. Which I was really proud of. I did my best and I was happy with the result. Hannah and Sarah kindly came round and did a final lap with me too, such lovely supportive friends! Thank you both so much.

Another collection to my medals! Yippee.

The drive home was so lovely, taking in all of the beautiful scenery, which I’d missed in a frantic drive in the dark on my way down there.

The A46 on the way home from Dorset was so so beautiful! I literally had to stop to take a quick snap on my Instagram story but it didn’t do it justice at all.

If you’d like to check out my Instagram CLICK HERE. The insta story has probably ended now though.

So, the whole “pay it forward” motion, with the fundraising for blade prosthetics, is starting to look like it’s going to start next year.

Myself, Hannah and Mark (hopefully), will be doing a HALF MARATHON. Just the thought of it at the minute for me, scares the life out of me!!!!

I don’t have anyone coaching me with my running! (apart from Mark & Hannah sharing their support and advice) So I need to really whip myself into a better shape.

I need to really buck myself up and increase my distances, if we are going to do this. I have plenty of time to train. It starts tomorrow in fact! I’ll be in the gym running and doing core strength weights to increase my stamina and muscle  repetition.  1 hour a day for 6 days a week  will be my life as of tomorrow. There, I’ve said it!

I will keep a diary of my fitness to check up on myself and make sure I’m not slacking! I need to just envisage the 1/2 marathon medal and strive for that!

My dear friend Fiona is doing the Birmingham 1/2 marathon next weekend so I can check out her medal for inspiration. I will take a picture of it and save it as my phone wallpaper to stop me from slacking every time I look at my phone.  Which is a lot!

This will happen!

I’ve declared it now to all of my blog followers, (all 3 of you).  If any of you see me slacking please scream …

“HALF MARATHON MEDAL!!!!!”

 

#SSS End of Summer Smiles #FaceEquality

MTV Gibraltar Calling

I had THE BEST time in Gibraltar last weekend.

I flew over on Friday 1st September, what a wonderful start to the new month!

I just want to say a massive thank you to my beautiful Aunty Tee, whose birthday it was yesterday!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! AND

Thank you for such an amazing time with all of your beautiful friends. I had a great time and I’ll cherish all of the smiles it gave me.

I especially loved my main man Craig David. God he is good, a true gentleman with a heart of gold too. Thanks for putting on such a good performance and making everybody feel special.

I’ll never forget our little encounter at work last year – such a lovely guy!

BIG FUN RUN

I’ve gone and done it again!!! Yay another medal!

Thank you to the kind people who have sponsored me for this. Your donations are really appreciated and make the sore bottom, from socket rub, that little bit more worthwhile!

I completed a soaking wet 5k run yesterday morning. It was torrential rain over Birmingham and my dearest friends Fiona & Bethany, who are training for the Birmingham 1/2 marathon kindly did this run too. They kindly waited at the end of the race, in the rain, to cheer me on at the finish line.

I’m sure that they could have done an extra couple of laps in the time that it took me to finish! I walked most of the corners and puddled areas and my gosh there were a few.

A drowned rat after my 5k

I have a serious problem. Why can’t I just run casually in the park and enjoy the sunshine and the birds?  Why do I feel such an urge to do a fundraising run!? Come rain or shine!? – In this case, rain, and lots of it too!

I decided to do this for Changing Faces, a charity very close to my heart, whom I’ve recently become a volunteer for. I’ll enjoy getting more involved with this charity and hopefully help to raise their platform even more to people with various facial differences.

If you’d like to kindly donate for my run please do pop a penny into their donation pot CLICK HERE or if you’d like to make a cash donation to me to post, I have a sponsorship form that I’ll be posting at the end of this week, Friday 15th.

Thank you to those who have already made a donation, it is really kind of you to support people, like me, living with facial differences. This charity does so much to empower those living day to day struggles. Like my dear friend Tulsi…..

Beauty comes from within… Be Beautiful xxx

P.S Thank you to my darling boyfriend for proof reading  for me again. (I did get a 2:1 at UofB somehow, honest!) xxx

Introducing the modern day Wonder Woman -@Iskra ‏Lawrence

Here is a lovely video from the beautiful Iskra Lawrence. I have so much respect for this beautiful lady and love following her on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

I’ve been following Iskra for a while now, I found her first of all with her TEDx Talk “Ending the pursuit of perfection….”

🇬🇧Model in NY ✨ Real Role Model ✨Creator of NEDAinspires + ambassador ✨Self-Care Advocate ✨Instagram ✨ YouTuber 👇

Thank you Iskra for all the incredible work you do empowering others and filling women with confidence that they may be lacking.

Self Compassion

After a chat with my wonderful councillor Abeda, she suggested that I do a blog post on Self-compassion, after discussing my lack of it…

So first of all I thought that I’d find a good description detailing what I mean by ‘self compassion’.

So here are a few definitions;

  • Self-kindness vs. Self-judgment. Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism.
  • With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend. – Dr Kristin Neff
  • Refuse self-pity. Refuse it absoulutley. It is a deadly thing with power to destroy you. – Elisabeth Elliot
  • Self -pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world – Helen Keller
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is used to treat problems associated with shame, self-criticism and self-hate, which can be features of anxiety, depression, psychosis and strongly associated with childhood trauma.
  • Paul Gilbert (2011) says “compassionate mind training helps people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.”


I am very proud of the fact that I don’t have an inch of self-pity in my life. My heart goes out to anyone who does. I imagine that it’s a horrible way to live your life.

Of course, I’m human, and some days I may feel like things aren’t going the way that I want them to. But not for one minute did I look at a bad situation with a negative thought and a wallowing self-pity. The thought of even entertaining that level of emotion makes me feel uneasy.

When I discussed emotional things with Abeda, I opened up to her and a flood of tears were released from my tear ducts. Those tear drops were loving it!!!! They hadn’t escaped for a very long time, so they went crazy dancing down my cheeks like they were having a tear party.

With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care that we’d give to a good friend. I don’t always do that if I’m honest. I mean, I don’t treat myself too badly, but I rarely check up on myself to see how I’m coping. I never give myself that hug and rarely do I ever pat myself on the back after a good effort.

To be fair not a lot of people do give themselves a pat on the back. Firstly, it would look weird, but secondly we’re almost too “modest” to give ourselves recognition of our good work or efforts.

I really need to not beat myself up when I don’t workout/run for a few days, or when I eat meat on an ‘off’ day as a pescetarian, or when I have a REALLY off day and have KFC! Always regret eating it afterwards too.

We are all human and we all make mistakes. We don’t need reminding of these mistakes all the time though. We can never improve our lives if we are focusing on the things that go wrong.

Getting on with life and focusing on the positives was my coping mechanism from my car accident. It’s not “inspirational” it’s just getting on with life and trying to be happy.

We should focus on the things that will make our lives better. The positives that will improve whatever bad situation we find ourselves in.

IF I ever decide to have a child (1 child max) I will teach them to be self-compassionate throughout life, which will hopefully shape their mind in a strong and positive way.

Shaping a young mind is hard work! I’m so not ready to take on that job yet. I’m still reshaping mine at the minute!

Please be kinder to yourself and be sure to be self compassionate rather than self-pitying your situation in hard, testing times.

Remember, the compassion you deserve is not self-indulgence.

STEEL BONES

Before I tell you about my fabulous time with STEEL BONES at RAF Mildenhall,

HAPPY 6 YEARS ANNIVERSARY TO MY DEAREST KATIE & MICHAEL!

Katie;s getting hitched
Old biddies hen weekend!
Princess Katie

I can’t believe this was 6 years ago!!!! I will never forget the pain that those bridesmaid shoes caused me! Super high!! (A pain I do not miss!) And I was still a little midget!

I loved that beautiful day so much, thank you for having me as part of it. Lots of love to you all xxx Katie, Michael, Flo & Mikey-Jo xxx

I had such an amazing day on Friday!

After work Thursday evening I drove down the A14 (my new favourite road). It was such a lovely drive.

The sun was shining and Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now took me all the way to Cambridge with a big smile on my face.

I really love these guys and was so happy to hear that they were doing a new album and touring!

I immediately brought x2 tickets to see them. It’s not until April next year, but I’ve got 2 tickets and hopefully I’ll make it and have a great time.

If you’d like to get a ticket to see them in Birmingham Genting Arena CLICK HERE

So I stepped foot into USA grounds at RAF Mildenhall on Friday…

I was attending an event held by the incredible organisation, Steel Bones.

To see them on Facebook CLICK HERE

I was first and foremost happy to see the two from the three musketeers...

 Mark and Hannah.

I shared a room with Hannah on Thursday night in a travelodge, not too far from the Mildenhall camp site.

Emma & Hannah and Me

Hannah sharing the love with her blade! The love is so real!!

We all met up at a Road Chef on that complex, for a bite to eat and natter between everyone.

It was so lovely to meet so many new friendly faces. (I’m sorry I’ve forgotten everyones names, but I will not forget all of the giggles that we had.)

It was so lovely to see new faces and make a few new friends.

The excitement just couldn’t keep me asleep. I woke up really early Friday morning, must have been the excitement for the day of fun ahead.

The men and women on the camp were so friendly and welcoming to us all. We had to go through a security check at the start, however, I somehow forgot to bring my driving license. It is lucky that I had a photo of my driving licence on my phone.

It was rather surreal though. It really did feel as though we were in the US when everyone around had an accent and there were such huge foreign looking vehicles around the camp.

It was crazy. I was frantically looking around for Channing Tatum and The Rock to show up!

No, CT aside, there were some very attractive young American lads on camp. They were all really friendly and helpful too. It was a lovely day full with really lovely people.

Thank you RAF Mildenhall

                     

I loved the dog training that was displayed for us too. That was pretty cool.

 All in all, it was such a lovely day. I particularly liked the running class that Mark was coaching, along with other coaches. Everyone attempted to run, even on their every day legs, which I thought was brilliant!

I was always too scared to run on my everyday leg, as I didn’t trust the knee joint and thought it would buckle on me. It just goes to show that our biggest fears are mainly created through our limited self-belief.

You don’t NEED a blade prosthesis to run. If you really want to run you can try your hardest and you can do it on your everyday NHS leg.

Look at me! Can’t take my eyes off that beauty can I! LOVE IT!

However, the blade does give you so much more confidence to push yourself further. I am so proud of Mark and all he does to empower and encourage others. I will be forever grateful for your super kindness in raising money for my blade, as I’m sure Hannah is for me getting hers.

It’s such a lovely ripple effect of kindness and empowering others. I cannot wait to push this kindness on to someone else now…. but who will it be???? This one is going to be a total surprise for someone 😉  as it was for me.

For anyone out there feeling lonely and trapped because of their disability, please do get in touch with Steel Bones and follow the work they do. Such lovely friendly people.

“You are not alone, we are dedicated to helping civilian amputees.”

To read more about them on their website CLICK HERE

So after a full day of running, meeting and greeting, I was fairly drained of energy. But I didn’t have time to rest!

I drove into Cambridge to meet a friend and we went to see some live music in a cute country pub called The Corner House, where there were a few acts playing.

I do love my live music and although I was very tired from all the running, it was a really good night. Thank you Mike.

Can’t wait for the Gin festival next weekend and then seeing my work friend Jodie, playing in The Distillery Saturday night. To see She Beat Music on Facebook CLICK HERE

Talking of music, I’ll be seeing Ricky bloody Martin at the Gibraltar Rocks festival in September!!!! Living La Vida Loco

I cannot wait!!!! So excited for this now. If you’d like to see their line up CLICK HERE

I’ve been seeing so many snapchat stories with people at music festivals and it’s making me itch with excitement for this!!

They’ll be endless smiles here with myself, Tee, David and some of their friends. It’s going to be really lovely.

Until next time, peace xxx

Wimbledon with Tabitha

My gorgeous friend Tabitha so kindly invited me to join her on a little trip to Wimbledon!

My lovely friend Mary sent me this video of her gorgeous son Freddie pointing me out on the TV telling me he loved me! Melted my heart when I saw this. So cute!!! I love you too Freddie!!! And Felix of course,

Thank you Tabitha for having me as your date for this lovely day.

There is something really special with having afternoon tea with your dearest friend on a beautiful sunny day at Wimbledon 🎾 

I’m very lucky to have this lady in my life. She certainly makes me smile.