Tuesday, 25 November 2014

An exciting announcement!

Hi lovely people!

Today I have some exciting news to share, exciting for me anyway! If you follow me on my social media, you may have seen me hinting about a future project being in the pipeline over the last few weeks. Sorry if you clicked this hoping for news of an engagement or pregnancy because you're going to be disappointed. The news is that, drum roll please... I will soon be venturing into the world of YouTube! 

"And? Everyone has a YouTube channel these days, what's so exciting about that?" You may be thinking. Well, it won't just be little ol' me on my lonesome on the channel, it's going to be a channel with four other inspiring ladies, and I can't wait to get started!




The four other ladies are all like myself chronic illness sufferers (also known as spoonies) and they all inspire me no end. They are so strong, amazing and also pretty darn beautiful. We all wanted to start YouTube, but considering we are all quiet poorly, keeping up with a channel on our own, as well as blogging, would be a lot of work so we thought why not do it together?! We will be there to support each other and help each other, just like we already do when it comes to our health battles.

The channel will be called 'A Spoonful Of She' and we are hoping to make all sorts of videos from lifestyle, fashion, beauty, food, vlogs, positivity, health, advice, and basically whatever we feel like! Even though we are all ill, illness does not define us and we are still normal girls, and although we may have to live a life with limitations, it doesn't mean we still can't do the things we want to. We want to be able to do what we love, talk about what we love, and make videos, help and inspire people and have fun with it. A word of warning though, there's a strong possibility there will be some videos filmed in our pyjamas. Sexayyyyyy!

The channel will be launched in January and we are so excited to start getting our you to the tube on. If you want to get to know the other girls before we get started, check out and follow their blogs!

Emma: www.emmadrusilla.blogspot.co.uk
Meg: www.meg-says.com
Rachel: smellmyroses.blogspot.co.uk
Sophia: www.spooniesophia.wordpress.com





















Meg and I made our YouTube debut earlier this year where we talked about M.E on Flinklife's channel. You can see the video by clicking here 


If you want to stay up to date on more A Spoonful Of She news, you can follow me on Twitter, here  or Instaram, here, where I'll likely be sharing more details as we get closer to the launch date! 

Do you have a YouTube channel? If you do leave your link below, I'd love to have a nosy!


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Monday, 17 November 2014

Monday Mantra


Happy Monday everyone! To start the week off on the right foot, I thought I'd share with you this Monday Mantra, reminding you to be the one thing everyone on the planet should be - a nice human. 

I made this little piece for my bedroom wall, which is covered in images and lovely words, to always keep me inspired and feeling positive.

I love the quote 'Throw kindness around like confetti' at the moment, and we all should do just that. Kindness and generally being nice costs nothing, it also requires far less energy! Why not take the opportunity this week to do something extra nice for someone you love, or even a total stranger. If you are stuck for ideas, why not visit this website: www.postpals.co.uk and sign up for one of their Christmas schemes and help make this Christmas magical for terminally ill children.

Whatever you do, this week, treat yourself to something nice (you can never go wrong with cake) spend time with nice people and make this week a nice week. Nice, nice nice.  




Here I am being a nice human by putting my dog's manlyhood doglyhood out there for all the world to see, and then letting him kiss me to make up for it. Sorry Barney, I hope that dog a few doors down who you want to make your girlfriend doesn't read this blog.


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Thursday, 13 November 2014

My life with memory loss

Amnesia is the medical term used for memory loss, which is something I have suffered with for a few years now. I've not spoken about it on my blog in depth before as it is something extremely personal to me, but I want to raise awareness and share what it's like as a 22 year old woman to have experienced things in my life, to not remembering a single thing about them.

I first started having difficulty with my memory a few years ago. I don't remember too much about it (funnily enough) but it started with me getting confused with names, and I struggled to put names to faces. I couldn't remember parts of my life or remember things that aren't easy to forget such as the name of the school I went to. Although now I remember more things and many of those lost memories are no longer lost, memory loss is still something that is a part of my everyday life.

I've found ways to cope with it, and I can be lighthearted about it. I can blame me failing almost every question on every TV quiz show on my bad memory, although technically speaking I definitely can't as memory loss doesn't affect a person's intelligence. I'd know that one if it came up on Mastermind!























The best way to describe it would be to say that my mind is full of fog and mist. Some days it's clearer, but some days the fog and mist are stronger which makes it harder to remember things. 

As people, especially as we get older, we need help remembering things. Photographs, videos, talking about memories, even music all help us remember parts of our lives. Sometimes I look at photos and I remember very little about them. Sometimes people ask me if I remember when such and such happened and I have no recollection of anything they are telling me. If I don't write in my diary at the end of the day, the next day I can't complete it as I don't remember enough about the day before to write a truthful entry.  





























If you were to look through my mind, it would probably look like the photos above. Those trees that once stood tall that have now been chopped into pieces are some of my memories, they are all jumbled up and confusing. Some may have been taken away to burn, never to be seen again, like some of my memories too.

At the beginning of this year I decided to write down every single thing that made me happy during 2014 in some way, big or small. I am going to read through them at the end of the year in the hope that the notes will help me remember more, and if I don't remember some of the things I read, I have a note of them so at least I know they happened. The one thing that scares me, is not being able to remember some of the good moments in my life, so writing everything down makes me less scared of that. I'm also hoping to start filming more parts of my life. Watching your life back on video is the next best thing to actually living it, and I don't always remember living.




If you have any questions about memory loss as a 20 something, please don't be afraid to ask!



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Thursday, 6 November 2014

The erotic work of // Aaron Paul Rogers


Sexy, erotic, a little kinky. Aaron Paul Rogers has done something I've never seen done before. He has photographed disabled ladies in an erotic way, but in an artistic, beautiful way. He sees the beauty and the passion in these ladies, and he has created some of the most stunning, enticing pieces of photography that I've seen in a long time.



If you are going to do anything today, make sure it's visiting Aaron's website to see more of his amazing work. He is my new favourite photographer and I just had to share these photos in particular with you guys. Disabled people are rarely fairly represented. They are often not seen to be human beings with human desires, human beings who are sexual beings. Aaron appreciates this. He photographs people who are real and he does it in such an innovative way.  

Aaron Paul Roger | Social links:

www.aaronpaulrogers.com

Facebook

Instagram: riotmob

Twitter: aaronpaulrogers





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*I do not own any of the photos featured in this blog post. All photos are credit to Aaron Paul Rogers and aaronpaulrogers.com. I have permission from the owner to share*

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Autumn and the amazing technicolour cardigan





Isn't it great when the leaves turn this gorgeous shade of red? The temperature might be dropping but the roads are suddenly full of these amazing rich colours and for a short time the streets are covered in warm reds and burnt Orange's and it's beautiful. Autumn really isn't the same in Spain so I was glad to come back to the UK just in time before the leaves turn brown and the prettiness of Autumn can only be remembered by your Autumn themed Pinterest board.

The red leaves have replaced the green ones, hot teas have replaced ice cold smoothies, and warm knits and cosy jumpers have replaced denim shorts and crop tops. Normally I would be in tears by now merely thinking about the fact that there will be no more sun and dipping my toes in the sea, but this year I am deciding to (or at least going to try to) embrace the season.

I have now kitted (or should I say knitted?) out my A/W wardrobe with lots of lovely things to keep me nice and warm, and this cardigan is my new favourite thing. It is chunky, bright and colourful and it couldn't be more ideal for this time of the year, it is just so bloomin' cosy! If anyone has seen any cardigans similar to this one let me know, I want a wardrobe full of them, I literally want a technicolour wardrobe!

Have a great weekend lovely humans!


HAT // ZARA
CARDIGAN // Boohoo.com
DRESS // Charity shop
BOOTS // gifted


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

15 things that being disabled teaches you






1. Kerbs are the devil's work

2. People will stare at you. A lot.

3. People will assume you can't walk, and when they see that you can, feel like it's appropriate to shout 'IT'S A MIRACLE!' (True story)

4. Going shopping is hard bloody work

5. Having a fit and healthy body is one of the biggest blessings a person can have

6. People often tell you you are inspirational, even if you haven't done anything inspirational at all. 'WOW you tied your own shoelaces. That's amazing. You are such an inspiration!'

7. Disabled people can still have healthy sex lives

8. Disabled females are no loner seen as attractive to the majority of men

9. But they are incredibly attractive to men with fetishes for disabled women

10. A disabled fetish is a real thing. Form your own opinions...

11. How to be more trusting. If somebody is pushing you down a steep hill, your life is in their hands, you have no choice but to trust them!

12. People treat you differently

13. You become more understanding and supportive to people with physical pain

14. Changing the word 'really' to 'wheely' will provide you endless opportunities to be a witty genius, plus it's wheely fun ;)

15. That the disabled population is the world's largest minority of which anyone can become part of at any time.


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Ocean minded







In my opinion there is no better place on Earth to be than by the ocean. The fresh salty air, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the soft sand beneath my feet. To me all of  those things create a moment of perfection. I grew up at the beach, so when I stay in the city for a long period of time like I have done recently whilst I've been in Madrid, I really do miss it. I need my regular dose of vitamin sea. I was definitely a mermaid in a past life!  

Do you love the ocean as much as I do, or do you prefer the City life?

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