(Pocket) Change

Not unlike previous gym memberships, this website has slowly siphoned off money from my account every month (with my permission of course) with not as much use or upkeep as I would like. Of course there isn’t anyone to blame but myself, somewhere between real life and writers block, this has fallen by the wayside a bit.

I started this website for a few reasons, mostly because SquareSpace is a fantastic platform that happens to sponsor and support a lot of the podcasts I listen to (partly subliminal messaging by now I imagine), but primarily as an outlet. I work retail, I talk to literally hundreds of people every day, but I don’t really ‘talk’ so to speak. Reconnecting with an old friend reminded me of the value of a platform like this. So what if i’m 99% sure no one reads this with any particular care - this is for me and some changes are due.

I’ve had a busy few months, taken on some extra responsibility at work, been trying to see friends and socialise more. Sadly I’ve also lost touch with some people, including my best friend C who I had in mind when I started this. In the space of 3 months my entire life has changed, a completely different social circle, new house and new priorities. Finally over the worst and almost adjusted to my new normal - just be patient while I centre myself long enough to get back on track.

Change is afoot.

Watch this (square) space.

A

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