SSS – Snow What, Still Smiling!

I’m sorry I haven’t put much effort into this late post. I have pushed a pile of smiles into my blog, in hope that they are in chronological order. And guess what, I’m NOT going to talk about the weather. I don’t talk about things that steal my smile, so not giving more then this little intro. Just a simple PISS OFF SNOW!!! …. Now, my smiles….

The Last Leg

#ISITOK to not look at the camera as it passes because you’re scared people might see you and your makeup isn’t at it’s best? 😛 – I’m joking. If I knew it was on me I would have waved! I’m so uncool!

 It was a great show to be at though. Lovely to see some of the Paralympic Snowboard team that were there too. With the likes of Owen Pick.

Thank you so much to the lovely Emma and Leigh from Steel Bones for inviting myself and Hannah. We had a great time!


I can walk around in my pants now! I’m so happy for sorting out my central heating and getting a new combi boiler fitted. It will definitely increase the value of my flat, for in the future when I want to sell. So it’s a great little investment! Even if it has dent the bank a little, it is well worth it! (I hope!)

Thank you 

Of course I did my research (well my super supportive neighbours June & Bill did most of the research for me!)

I’m happy with this one so far anyway. Fingers crossed I don’t have any problems with it.

Daniel’s so OLD!

Happy belated birthday to my big brother Daniel.

Thank you for not being too cross when I cut your hair so badly. And Thanks for being so bad at fishing that I caught all the fish for our dinner.

Time is passing by so quickly! So let’s not fall out about it. I promise to never cut your hair again, and I will let you stand up stream next time, to help you catch more, especially now that you have more mouths to feed!

Happy 31st Granddad!!! xxx

All about the love.

Here’s To Love-  McCains tv ad saw in the ad break of First Dates valentines special. I do love that program! I never really watched it much before, but since my bestie Sarah was on it, I’m hooked now!

Sarah was the first female leg amputee to be featured on it and it must have been so so liberating for so many other single leg amputees. It was for me at the time! I was very close to signing up to it actually, not long after her time there.

They find such good matches for everyone too. I’m glad I didn’t though, as I wouldn’t have met Mike if I did! And he’s a real lifelong keeper! If there are any single people out there looking for love, watch First Dates. It shows so many people from different background and different ages, that it is bound to give you a bit of love inspiration.

To sign up to this, fill in your details HERE and hopefully Fred can give you some dating tips while your date is on the loo. 😉


My Granddad is seriosly the kindest, caring man to walk this planet! That is not at all an exaggeration, it is a fact! Anyone who knows him will agree with me too! He is kindly painting my flat for me, while I’m away over St Patrick’s day weekend.

As I’ll be in Gibraltar visiting Mike and of course my Aunt Tee and Uncle David, I can’t wait to see them all! I think it will be my favorite St Patrick’s day to date. Eeeeeek.

And when I get home, I’ll be walking into a lovely clean and fresh looking apartment.

The positive energy you give out really does come back to you. So shine shine shine and let’s all melt this chilly start to spring!

Star Gazing

So this week, I’m off to University of Birmingham. I’m heading there on Wednesday after work. I can not wait!!!! Hopefully my dad can come with me too. I know he’ll enjoy it.

Firstly, there’s a talk about astronomy, starting at 5.30, I probably won’t get to that from work, we’ll see if I can sneak off a little earlier. Then a viewing through a telescope. I’m really hoping they can find my star that Mike kindly bought for me for Valentines (if you missed my last post.) FINGERS CROSSED I CAN SEE IT!!!!!!

I’m feeling incredibly blessed and happy with my life at the minute and I’m grateful to everyone who makes me smile and fuels me with positivity and gratitude. You know who you are!!

Stereophonics – Caught by the SNOW!

P.S back to hating the snow, F U for spoiling my plans to see Stereophonics with my dearest Marycakes last week! If anyone else missed that gig, keep your ticket safe as they are kindly rescheduling the act for those who missed it! Yippeee!!!

To read about it CLICK HERE   for Birmingham Mail OR HERE for Express & Star

Love is in the air…


Willy Mason

Valentines Day


Ash Wednesday

Willy Mason

Well, last night was fabulouzo! A massive big thank you to my dear friend Mary, for letting me have one of her spare ticket to see him! This walking ball of talent is such a sweet man!

I first saw Willy back in Glastonbury 2007, this is where I first fell in love.

The last time I saw him though, was at Moseley Folk Festival in 2011. That was SUCH a good festival! I need to go back soon! Now I’m living near by it would be a shame not too!

As you can see, he is ageing like a fine wine, and sounds so good with his slightly aged voice….

…. (trying to butter him up to one day play at my wedding 😛 – It’s not for everyone, but I’m determined not to die a spinster !)

I will be repaying Mary’s kindness with a bit of Stereophonic’s on the 1st of March at the Genting Arena.

Valentines Day

Here’s a lovely video a friend sent to me today. If anyone needs a bit of love, give it a watch.

Happy “spend money on unnecessary gifts” day! 😛

No, the truth is, I love it! I’m a consumer sucker at Valentines day! I buy cards for so many people I love. Family, friends and of course my handsome boyfriend.

I’m Clinton’s favourite type of person. A real sucker! And proud!! If it makes someone smile, it can’t be that bad, surely?

I must admit, this year has been my favourite one so far! (No offence to my ex’s)

Although I don’t get to spend time with my love, he sent over some really lovely gifts for me! He is so thoughtful and I’m ridiculously grateful and feel very lucky to have him.

Where most girls get roses, which is lovely….. I GOT A FRIGGING STAR!!!!!!!!!!

My blog will last forever and go down in history! I better make sure I keep the domain name and post for the rest of my life!

And would you look at this lovely picture too!

I’m so glad our names make an even number of 22.

You have no idea how much I dislike odd numbers! I know it’s weird, but I can’t help it! Well, I probably could if I really tried, but it doesn’t deserve such effort.

Until something wonderful occurs on an odd number, to even out the horrible accident of mine being 19/05/13, odd numbers will remain disliked.

So I’ve got myself a ticket to go to an Observatory at my old dig, the place I gained some of my favourite brain cells, which hopefully aren’t any of the ones that got injured in my accident! The University of Birmingham. I graduated with a 2:1 in Theology there back in 2008.

 I can’t wait to visit the uni again. I was there in the grand hall last year for the Pride of Birmingham, but it will be so cool to check out a new area in the astronomy centre.

Let’s hope they can find my star! I would love to see it!

I’ll do another post telling you that I found my star and it was beautiful! Hopefully.

He is such a keeper, the keeper of all keepers! It certainly makes up for the fact that his job sees more of him then me. But it’s what I signed up for, so I can’t complain. Not that I would. I love having my own space and time for friends and family. I do miss him though and I can’t wait to kiss him when I’m over for a holiday. I CAN NOT WAIT!


To make me smile even more, I’m extremely excited to see The Last Leg this Friday!

Is it ok to bring these three men a valentines card?  😛

I’m leaving work an hour early to hopefully miss the traffic down to London. Finger crossed there are no bad accidents and hold ups on my way down. Can’t wait to see my friend Hannah!

Josh Widdicomb,  

Adam Hill

(I know he’s old enough to be my dad but I have a not so secret crush on Adam. Who doesn’t? What a handsome man!)

Alex Brooker 

I’m meeting my good friend Hannah down in Cheswick where we’re staying and getting a taxi to the studios to see it. I’m sure that evening will be full of smiles!

Thank you so much to Emma & Leigh from SteelBones for sorting these spare tickets out for us. It’s such a lovely treat!

Steel Bones is such a lovely charity that started last year. They do incredible events for amputees and limb impaired people, to help bring a bit of joy in their lives. I feel very lucky to have them as friends. Incredibly kind people. To check out their facebook page and sign up to their mailing list CLICK HERE

Ash Wednesday

To all of my fellow Catholic friends. I hope you go and get your ashes today. I did set my alarm to go this morning, however I couldn’t get myself out of bed after the Willy excitement last night! (That sounds wrong! *Catholic girls are the worst!)

I’m heading to my parish St. Ambrose Barlow tonight at 7pm for a blessing. Before going for a lovely meal with my God Mother.

Love is definitely in the air right now, I am loving life and all the amazing people in it!

Until next time, peace xxx

Smiles – 5 by 5

Well hello there,

I hope you’ve all had a totally fabulous January?! I certainly have.

Let me tell you all how it started and all the smiles that followed after.

  • New Year = New Smiles!
  • Willy Mason
  • 5 by 5
  • Ikea
  • Pilot Vlog
  • Build a Life, Not a Resume

New Year Smiles

I spent New Years Eve with my dear friend Tabitha, it was lovely to chill with her in her cute new home. We had a lovely meal and watched a movie early in the evening, then as the clock got closer to midnight we went over to her mom and dads house, where there was lots of lovely people and fireworks!

It was a great end to 2017. Thank you to the lovely Fung family for a great time.

Willy Mason

Let me just start with a big WHOOOOPA!

Paul, Willy Mason and I at Moseley Folk Festival 2011

I’m so bloody excited to see Willy Mason at the Hare & Hounds in February!

I’ve seen the talented superstar a few times now, a couple of Glastonbury shin digs and also at Moseley Folk Festival in 2011. That was so much fun!!! He’s such a lovely, humble gent too.

Here he is in between the two drunk tigers, Paul Geary and myself. Such a great little festival that was!


I remember a time when I could sing along to ALL of these words. Although the odd word here and there were made up, fill ins, I would continue to chant away this song with lovely friends.

I was over the moon when my darling “Aunty” Mary sold a ticket to me. After she had bought them for her hubby Midz and he bought 2 for her too! Doh. The pair of love birds know each other so well. And I’m very grateful for this mistake, as it gave me the opportunity to buy a ticket from them. Yippeeee.

It will be such a fun gig! My best friends Alice and Paddy are going too! I’ll be a sensible sober friend with Alice and be the allocated chauffeur as she’s pregnant and Paddy will want to have a drink I’m sure. I don’t want to forget this gig, so Beck’s Blue for me and Alice!

5 by 5

It is such a shame my darling can’t come to the gig. He’ll be busy running up the rock instead!

Now, I haven’t set New Years resolutions, but I’ve taken on a new frame of mind. Fairly new frame. I guess I kind of always had the thought of not dwelling on the present too much.

But now my boyfriend is being placed overseas with work for a long time. I think I’m going to need to be more diligent with this frame of mind. It helps calm me down and not dwell too much on present issues. eg. leg loss.

All “issues” pass after time, so why waste time pondering and filling your mind with negative thoughts? It’s such a waste of time and a sad waste of what could be happiness.

Try not to dwell on things that don’t make you happy people! It’s a battle you won’t win unfortunately. And happiness is such an easy feeling to gain!!! When you put your mind to it.

Of course in awful times, such as the loss of a loved one or a negative situation/argument with a friend, it may take a while to gain your happiness. I understand that. But I don’t understand why people unnecessarily hold on to such feelings?

Surely no one wants to be sad?! Everyone wants to be happy right? So just do it. It’s that simple. (for most human beings)

In the words of René “Cogito ergo sum”  – I think therefore I am.

Think happiness and be happiness!

Although my love is leaving for potentially a 3 YEAR post in Gibraltar, I’ve had a lovely few weeks in January with him. We might as well have a lovely time before he goes.  Plus he’s good at cleaning, so I’ve made the most of him while I can with my hoover.


Image result for ikea ukStarting the New Year in my new pad has had many stresses, as you can imagine, but all in all it’s been totally wonderful!

I have many plans for the place, hoping IKEA will be able to help me out with utilising the small storage space, along with my physical and mental struggles. I’m the perfect PR candidate for them. Surely?

Everything NEEDS to be well organised so I don’t forget where things are. IKEA please save me!!!

I was recently emailed by an American company that wanted to use my blog space for some of their marketing. I know lots of blogs do this and they make a bit of extra cash from it too. So I jumped at the opportunity and offered space at a low cost. I haven’t heard back from them yet, but fingers crossed….

I could really dedicate more time to this social platform and start advertising business on my page too.  I have no idea where to start with this so I’m going to read up on it a bit more, and start adding posts highlighting brands who may like to share things to my audience of readers.

If you’d like me to share your products/services, I will kindly do so, and with a relatively affordable cost.  If you know anyone out there who would like to take this offer on, do pass them my email address

Extra income from my blog would be a great addition for me and my many bills!

IKEA if you’re reading this, you can have this one as a freebie 😉

Private Pilot Vlog

My friend from work, who I’m sure I’ve mentioned before in here, ever so kindly offered to take me up in his plane for a little fun trip!

I was so excited when he told me. I could really really really do with this extra happiness too. I have had a sorrowful few days here and there (normally around my time of the month when it’s almost impossible to smile! I never write a blog post when I’ve got the painters in.

It can be hard to write about things that have made me smile when I don’t feel like smiling myself – (Men have such an easier life!!!)

Anyway, with the sad reality of Mike leaving for his Gibraltar post, as if by magic, Adam came to see me to offer a flight!

I love watching Adams videos from his Vlog page, to see and subscribe to his video posts CLICK HERE  

If you keep an eye on his posts you’ll soon see a clip of me up in the sky smiling away! Eeeeeeek I’m so excited! I cannot wait! Thank you so much Adam!!!

To check out his Vlog CLICK HERE

Build a Life, Not a Resume

I thought I’d end with a nice video that I liked. I hope you do too. Until next time, peace xxx

2018 – Holly Butcher

I know I haven’t blogged in a while and I promise I’ll pick things up again now with more Sunday posts.

I’ve had a totally fabulous start to the new year. I knew there was a reason for my weird dislike of odd numbers, even numbers are so much kinder to me! (My accident was 19/05/13.

Rather then waffle on about the many things that have made me smile so far, I thought I’d share a really lovely letter from a young woman in Australia who sadly lost her life to Cancer this year.

Seriously, her words of advice are like a new bible to me (Sorry JC). I really took in every word of advice she has given and I hope you can too.

We must all cherish life and give all of our heart as often as we can.

Raise a glass for Holly Butcher….

‘I’m 27. I Don’t Want to Go. I Love My Life’ Heartbreaking Letter Written by Young Woman Dying of Cancer

The images here of Holly Butcher don’t convey what’s happening inside her body. Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, is killing her. At 27, Butcher was facing the enc of her life. Before she died, Butcher wrote a letter explaining what she was experiencing. When she died last week, her parents published her letter.

“It’s a strange thing to realize and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.

“That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.

“I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.

“I haven’t started this ‘note before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability.. Except when I want to talk about it and it is treated like a ‘taboo’ topic that will never happen to any of us.. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit.

“I have dropped lots of my thoughts below as I have had a lot of time to ponder life these last few months. Of course it’s the middle of the night when these random things pop in my head most!

“Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days.

“Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

“You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.

“Let all that shit go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.

“I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to. Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them.

“I tried to live a healthy life, in fact, that was probably my major passion. Appreciate your good health and functioning body- even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.

“Remember there are more aspects to good health than the physical body.. work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realise just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is.. While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling shit about yourself. Friend or not.. Be ruthless for your own well-being.

“Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back or a sprained ankle, accept it is shit but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and will go away.

“Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more.

“Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people.

“It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.

“Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.

“Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are shit at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too! Amen sister.

“This year, our family agreed to do no presents and despite the tree looking rather sad and empty (I nearly cracked Christmas Eve!), it was so nice because people didn’t have the pressure of shopping and the effort went into writing a nice card for each other. Plus imagine my family trying to buy me a present knowing they would probably end up with it themselves.. strange! It might seem lame but those cards mean more to me than any impulse purchase could. Mind you, it was also easier to do in our house because we had no little kiddies there. Anyway, moral of the story- presents are not needed for a meaningful Christmas. Moving on.

“Use your money on experiences.. Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit.

“Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water.

“Get amongst nature.

“Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone. Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.

“Random rhetorical question. Are those several hours you spend doing your hair and make up each day or to go out for one night really worth it? I’ve never understood this about females ?.

“Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises.

“Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.

“Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.

“Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?

“Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.

“Work to live, don’t live to work.

“Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.

“Eat the cake. Zero guilt.

“Say no to things you really don’t want to do.

“Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.

“Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.

“Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true.

“Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind!

“Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.

“Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.

“…’Til we meet again.


Rest in peace xxx

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,















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.


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 …