Small act. Big impact.

For anyone that lives in a major city in the UK, you'll certainly be aware of the growing homeless population in this country.

I'm not one for 'encouraging' the homeless. I'll say good morning/good afternoon, perhaps stop and chat for the regulars I've come to know, but I somehow feel uneasy about parting with money. What I have learned over the years (seeing a lot of the same faces), is that time can be as valuable as money to someone in need. We've been blessed with glorious sunshine and warm temperatures recently. Beautiful to be out and about in, but a relief to head indoors with a cold drink at the end of the day. Some people don't have that luxury and in 29 degree heat, they're likely suffering a bit. 

A cold bottle of water worth 80 pence and 2 minutes out of my way meant more than wordlessly throwing change without stopping. Sometimes it's a simple act of kindness that can change everything in someone's day. Maybe your small act will inspire someone else and make the world a slightly less hateful place. (Just kidding, people are terrible - doesn't mean you can't make someone's day better for five minutes). 

A x

Embrace Who You Are

Everyone has somewhere in the world where they feel at home. Download Festival, Castle Donington is my home. From the moment I first walked in to the arena in June 2017, I knew I'd found my tribe. A sea of black band t-shirts, denim waistcoats with patches sewn on and near enough every different hair colour and style you can think of. Young and old coming together in one place for one reason, to rock out and party hard! 

When the people around you don't share the same passions, or are a litte... normal.. for lack of better wording, finding your tribe is all the more important. For 3 days a year, Castle Donington's race track is the friendliest and most accepting place I've ever experienced. Sitting in a field for 3 days, portaloos in increasing disarray, with loud noises accosting you from every direction and paying almost 6 quid for a pint isn't everyone's cup of tea, but my point stays the same. Never underestimate new experiences, it might lead you to your tribe (if you've not already been lucky enough to find them already). 

See you next year Donington, 

A xx