Review on – March 2016 Goals.

A Look back: March Goals.

Hello guys and dolls,

Last month I set up some goals to be completed and I did do well but I didn’t do at the same time if you understand where I am coming from.

  1. Go to the gym for the first time ever. – and surprisingly I did do for like the first two weeks until University stress grabbed hold of me once more and I couldn’t go since I needed to work on artwork for assessment and finish work for the deadline. –Pass!
  2. Drink more water – My bladder is thanking me for this one and my wee, it’s not a horrible colour anymore and it doesn’t smell. A little too much information but it is so beneficial, you are recommended to drink 8 pints of water per day and I just couldn’t do that because it looked too much until I got a water bottle to help me to make that 8 pints to see smaller of a task than it actually is. – Pass!
  3. Dechox March – I was doing so well then Easter happened and S and I decided to create a chocolate egg nest cake and … I had to have a slice. – BIG FAT FAIL.
  4. Enjoy S and I first anniversary – In which I did do see the post here. – PASS
  5. Find a summer job in Glasgow for the summer – Not yet found one but I am sure there is one. – Not a pass or a fail.
  6. Go to bed earlier! – This I am going to give myself a fail for because of essay hand ins and assessment work really, however I will get better at this since it’s an ongoing thing. –Fail!

That’s it really folks and I am disappointed in myself when it came to the Dechox March for the BHF  because I was so hoping that I could do it again for the second year, but guess it is a no on that. Stick round for tomorrow to see April monthly goals!

See you soon, over the moon!

Alexandra

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Ladies That Inspire Me (Part 3)

Hey guys and dolls,

This is the third and final segment of the Ladies That Inspire Me and this is going to be a tricky one because these women I don’t know personally, however, they are famous so for speaking. Some of these are from the internet. Let’s get to it.

Plus Size Women

Learning to be Fearless (YouTube Channel, Instagram):

Alexandra (not me, oh dear) is a plus size model and mac makeup artist. When I watch her videos and other YouTubers with the same principal as Alexandra I always feel I should be proud of my body no matter what but also to be the very best I can be.

Sprinkle of Glitter (YouTube Channel, Instagram, Facebook Page and Blog)

Sprinkle of Glitter is a very busy woman not only doing YouTube, her own clothing line plus being a mother can show women you can be busy, be a business woman and also being a mother as well which a modern woman wants to be and Sprinkle of Glitter opened a whole new world for me when it comes to plus size women too.

Fuller Figure Fuller bust (Instagram, Blog)

This woman taught me how to model as a plus size woman, and inspired me to do modelling really even if it was a tryout thing which I do want to do it again because I really did enjoy it to be honest with you.

Loeylane (YouTube, Instagram, Clothing Line)

Seeing a theme here? All these women are plus sized but same with all the YouTube and modelling, Loeylane has her own clothing line same with sprinkle of glitter. She has a bright and lovely personality just like a Disney princess.

Authors

Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen is an author that I read back in my teens, my first book being The Sugar Queen and I have always related by her characters more particularly Josey Carrini wanting a stash of sweets and paperback romances in her closet. Then Chloe too wanting a library and her own space but creating sandwiches for everyone.

Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments serious author and she was the main inspiration for something that I am creating at the moment. However she is a big inspiration for writing however personally I don’t like her very much but despite that her words that is written across the page inspire me greatly.

J.K Rowling

If I didn’t put her in this place I wouldn’t do myself any favours, she is an activist for charities and lost her billionaire title for donating to charities that she felt the most passionate about. She is also a founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform lives of disadvantage children.  She has numerous awards for her writing including the Hans Christian Andersen Literature award.

Fictional Characters

Hermione Granger

As a child I adored Hermione Granger and as I grew up with dyslexia I knew that I wasn’t going to be academic minded as she was but I know as I put as much thought and ideas I know I can be as brilliant as she is.

Usagi Tuskino

When Usaggi Fights evil as sailor moon in the beginning of the story, she is portrayed as a reluctant hero who is unwilling to fight and flees from her enemies and often had to be bailed out by Tuxedo mask but as the series and manga developed she turns into a mature, confident and reliable lady but she does has her cry baby moments.

Clary Fairchild

Clary is incredibly stubborn and sarcastic. However she is also a very caring and compassionate person. For her friends and family she will go to extreme lengths often putting herself in danger which isn’t advisable. Like I do she keeps a note pad and often draws her emotions through pictures her version of a dairy. Instead of words its pictures. Just like an artist.

I guess that’s it for this segment but on my art blog ingenium Puella on women in the art world that inspires me the most when it comes to my work so please follow me on there.

See you soon over the moon!

Alexandra

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Ladies That Inspire Me (Part 2)

Hey guys and dolls,

Honestly, I totally have forgotten that it was international women’s day this week, and as a woman, I need to think of the women that inspire me as friends but honestly these women who I will be talking about is the women that will push me to be my best of what I could be.

Jade:

Jade is one of those girls that you wish you could have as a big sister. She’s done everything that you might think of doing but she’ll be the one to put you back on track. Jade knows me thoroughly, she knows when I have a panic attack, she knows when I have had a rough day and she knows almost everything. I will pick her up, and she’ll pick up me. She is like my big sister.

Mammy H:

If you haven’t read theLDRcouple (please do) she is my boyfriend’s mother. I don’t want to compare her to my nana Joan but Mammy H is the most caring woman that you’ll ever meet. She will put her children in front of her own needs and she really does need recognition for that, even though that’s what mothers do but part form Nana Joan and my own Mammy, I don’t really see how much of mother gives up so much for her children. She needs more love, well I think she does. Think S got his best cuddling techniques from.

Moo:

Moo is my boyfriend sister and currently down in south London studying and preparing herself to be a musical actress for the west end or any other musicals (psst, if you’re an agent reading this, seriously consider this girl) but what amazes me more is that she gave up holidays to go up to Scotland and to see her family for her to work hard to achieve her dream.

Aimee:

She’s a class mate in my degree and my goodness. When I was struggling to carry on this previous month and bits of this month too. She proved to me that I can do it, she gives me pep talks to help me carry on going. She doesn’t want to see people quit, and she speaks her mind and very outspoken. Aimee is also a Mormon and god does shine through her, and its clearly to see that.

Sykes:

I remember meeting Sykes on my very first day of secondary school, now I have been to two previous schools because I kept moving about. So I met Sykes in the third and last high school. I was a quiet and shy, still am to a certain extent. However she took me out of my shell and we pulled each other through hardship, cried, and laughed. I love her, and she is 21 next week on the 16th of March 2016. So happy early birthday sweetheart.

Vicki:

Believe it or not, she is older than me,  by a couple of years but she does think she’s 18. Vicki is the life and soul of the party, and it’s hard to imagine her being upset and down. Like Jade she is a big sister of a group and she will never let you down. If you make a promise she will keep it. Other than that, I had my first shot with  her and spat it back out at her, oops.

That concludes the 2nd segment of inspiring women to me, stick around for the third and final segment.

See you soon, over the moon!

Alexandra

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Women That Inspire Me (Part 1)

I have to separate this in three different blog posts and I will do this every other day so I won’t bomb-barred you and not fill up all your feed.

As most of you know it was mother’s day in the UK on the 1st Sunday of each march, and I won’t be using the service of a florist again. However the Kids and I will be celebrating mother’s day next weekend because we just been too busy this weekend to even celebrate which I was a stressball about.

But I want to express on the women who inspire me the most but because theres so many women I have to spilt them to three. First being Relation, second being friends who are a sisterly and motherly figures to me and then third people who are ‘famous’ so to speak.

So here is the first instalment.

My mammy: My mammy has been through me step by step and other than family and S she is the only person who understands me fully and understands how to keep me calm. She gotten a degree by going through tragedy with no help suffering from homelessness, death, daughter being in hospital and lastly dealing with children under the age of 8 when my father left.

My step-mum: Even though she is my step mum I can speak to her with her not being judgemental and she helped me with my weight. She is my listening ear when I need to vent and vice versa. She is a little older than I am (she’s 40+3 but a mental age of 21, so she’s 21 okay?) she has a load more life experience than I do which I follow.

Nanny Bitch: No seriously, there is a funny story why I call her that and that will be a story time blog. Nanny Bitch is the most amazing nana but she acts as if she has been your best friend your entire life. Again like my step mum she has so much life experience that you shouldn’t follow. She gives the best advice that you can ever ask for, even when you don’t ask for it. However she is a crazy cat lady, which must be inherited.  She makes me laugh, and she taught me to not be judgemental no matter what.

Nanny Joan: Even though she had passed away, my nanny Joan is a woman that I have always wanted to be. I always wanted to be the most understanding and caring woman as she was. Who aspires people to follow their dreams and enjoys being around people and making people feel as if they are at home. She did have a few secrets but she taught me every woman should have a few secrets. She was the voice on my dad’s side of the family when anything went down Nanny joan would be the first one to know.

Great-Grandma Val: GGV is the person that wanted to have a huge family and taught her children, grandchildren and great-children to be extra creative with very little things. Wither that will be sequins, fabrics and other craft bits and bobs. I remember wanting to make a quilt and she helped me to understand which I am still struggling to do. She taught me to sew, she taught me to knit and she taught me how to make jam tarts.

I do love these ladies very dearly and they made me into the woman I am today. They need to be voiced a lot more. If you have any women in your family that you love and admire please do this sort of thing.

See you soon over the moon with my second instalment and other scheduled blogs.

Alexandra

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Review

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escapes. And after the 3rd only the unlucky survives. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now is the dawn of the 5th wave.”

When I picked up this book it was due to the hype around it, and personally I didn’t want to buy a book that was hyped up that much that I didn’t enjoy it once I watched the movie. I mean look at The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare for example loved the book but I really disliked the movie because it didn’t have enough detail and mostly the important detail.

I found the 5th wave to be an interesting concept of originality of during the apocalypse but I can see the idea of where it came from too like Independence Day, The Quiet Earth (1985) and lastly I am Legend.

I adored how inquisitive the characters was to The Others or as Evan puts it The visitors and I think everyone would be quizzing on who are these people are.

What I hear the most of the book is how some details and how gory the scenes can be, not being funny right, but this is a young adults book it’s not going to be like describing every detail on what the character feeling and what the character is seeing with sights of the blood. Instead it is more along the lines of ‘Its wet.’ ‘It’s sticky.’  Yes its horrible visualising but otherwise there isn’t much gore in this which I am quite disappointed about because what the readers and reviewers where saying about it was it goes into that much detail. I was really looking forward how Rick Yancey would put that in written words.

I found the concept of switching characters where confusing since it was all in the same terminology so you couldn’t really tell who was who unless you went to Sammy’s part which that character would speak really young since he’s five and its highly unlikely that he would speak like an adult.

I also found that it was clear that the two main characters were going to end up together too, it was obvious and it can be hard to write a romantic interest but trying to be subtle about it but come on, give me more to chase for.

Down to the fine line, I found this book really interesting and I couldn’t put it down for a day and a bit.

I hope you found my review useful and if you wish to recommend me some books that will be awesome!

See you soon over the moon!

Alexandra

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Goals for March 2016

 

Hi Loves!

Thanks for my newly found friend the HHLDR (seriously check out there blog) and there segment of monthly goals. Plus having creative future week at my university what encourages to motivate ourselves. I decided to… I guess copy their idea but I hope I do it in a different way as well.

  1. Go to the gym for the first time ever.

I haven’t been to a proper serious gym and used it properly since I was in high school. Going to Curves and swimming gave me the confidence today to actually sign up for a gym membership. The lady was quite nice, and it’s the cheapest gym that I can find in my area. It was more spontaneous like, what’s the harm, and it’s beneficial to me.

  1. Drink more water.

I admit, I hate drinking water. I just don’t like it. I don’t like how there’s no taste but my friends gave me really good tips on how to flavour your water and I cannot wait to try it. If you want a blog post on that, I can.

  1. Dechox March.

In the UK we have a charity called the BHF (the British heart foundation) and I am very active with this charity. I volunteered for a large amount of time where Stuart lives, and I made friends. There is heart diseases in my family on both sides. Though this will be a tough month since its an Easter month, and I have to persuade my mum to either a.) Store the Easter eggs somewhere until I do my dechox month or b.) Put money into Euros for me. So who knows?

  1. Enjoy mine and Stuarts first Anniversary as a couple.

Says it on the tin really.

  1. Find a summer job in Glasgow for the summer.

Once more says it on the tin really.

  1. Go to bed earlier.

I am a bugger for this and I just like staying up and … night dreaming, I can’t call it day dreaming since it’s at night. Ah, it made sense in my bed.

That’s all I can think of that so far, but however, I will re-visit this at the end of March and see how well I have done. Plus do something I never done before which is post my weight and size on here which I am quite nervous about. Though I know you reading this will support me in whatever, but still it’s quite a big thing for me.

So that’s it!

See you soon over the moon!

Alexandra

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