5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week – 6th June 2015

I’ll be honest, at the start of this week I couldn’t think of one thing that made me happy let alone five. I was in a really crappy place in my head, you know one of those moods that’s kind of hard to shake off?

Thankfully as the week progressed I sort of naturally came out of my rut and by the end of work on Tuesday I was feeling a lot better.

The rest of the week has been pretty good and I’m feeling a lot more positive and sort of more determined than ever now to get to where I want to be, which is never a bad thing.

1. Family time 

As I still live at home I invariably see my parents everyday but a lot of the time I’m busy in my own little world, usually trying to tick things off my ever growing ‘To Do’ list. Recently I’ve been making a bit more of an effort to spend time with my parents, we had the weekend together in London a few weeks ago which was really great to get away as family and not have any stress for a few days. This Sunday I’m off to a vintage fair with my Mum and throughout the week my Dad’s been teaching me a few tricks on my new ukulele which has been nice. Life can be pretty hectic, so it’s always good to take time out and appreciate those around you.


2. Trying new things 

After a very long period of neglect I recently picked up my guitar again and taught myself a couple of new songs, one of them being this version of Patsy Cline’s ‘Strange’, by my future husband Alex Turner.

However despite being a fully grown 23 year old adult, I still have the hands of a 5 year old child, which means I can find the string spacing’s on my guitar a bit hard to reach. Because of this my Dad suggested looking into buying a ukulele and their also a little bit easier to learn to play on.

As luck would have it I walk through the ICC every day and the Symphony Hall gift shop has a whole range of ukuleles for sale, so on Wednesday lunch time I went and purchased the lovely little number you can see below. So far I’m loving life with my little ‘uke’ and have managed to learn a couple of songs already, which I’m looking forward to popping on YouTube once I’ve mastered them and there’s no chance of me looking like an idiot – cause you know people love to anything to criticize and all that jazz.

 

3. Me time 

After being at work all day sometimes its nice just to have a bit of ‘me time’ and give yourself a treat, cause why not!

On Tuesday I bought myself some lovely flowers (I also bought some for my Mum as well, what a babe), and then treated myself to nice long bubble bath and a face mask which did me the world of good. And then this morning I went and got my hair and eyebrows did like the princess I am. In all seriousness my roots, definitely had an ombre thing going on which was not cool…


 

4. New surroundings

My new job is based in a lovely part of Birmingham city centre called Brindley Place, which is right by the canal side and close to venues like the Barclaycard Arena and the Rep Theatre. It’s also surrounded by a LOT of tasty cafes and restaurants, which you’re a massive food lover like myself can be both a blessing and a curse as I’m probably going to end up bankrupt and obese. The other day I got an absolute dream of a lunch from Carluccios, honestly I’d thoroughly recommend the aubergine pasta bake it was SO much better than the sad Tesco meal deal I had become accustomed to. With my new job I get an hours lunch, so it gives me plenty of time to have a stroll around and explore my new surroundings. On Thursday, I went and enjoyed my homemade garlic and chilli mushroom burritos in the sun whilst working on a new blog post, the perfect break to get me geared up for an afternoons work.


5. Parks & Rec 

This week I’ve been having a bit of a Parks and  Recreation binge. For those of you who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about Parks and Rec is an American comedy set in the Parks and Recreation department fictional town of Pawnee. The cast includes the amazing Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt, who is excellent as the lovely but dim witted Andy Dwyer. I was feeling pretty crappy at the beginning of this week and watching this help cheer me up a lot. It’s just so clever and so funny, every member of the cast is just on their A game. Like seriously there’s not one weak character in the whole show, which is really rare! If you haven’t watched Parks and Rec yet I definitely recommend it!

10 Random Facts About Me 

I thought with this post I’d tell you guys a few random facts about me. I’ve seen loads of other bloggers do this type of post so thought I’d give it a try 🙂 

  1. I’m an only child, and no I’m not spoiled or bratty. Well at least I hope not…
  2. I have over 30 first cousins as my Dad is 1 of 9
  3. I desperately want to visit New York and Paris and just America in general
  4. My mum is originally from Wales, making me half Welsh
  5. I’m addicted to coffee – Starbucks gold card holder and proud!
  6. My first pet was a hamster called Emma, named after Emma Bunton from the Spice Girls ( I was a cool child, I know)
  7. I studied joint honours Popular Music and Theatre Arts at the University of Derby
  8. I dont drive and have failed my test twice
  9. I LOVE mini pigs and hope to have my own one day which will either be called Piggy Smalls or Pork McCartney
  10. I’m a little bit obsessed, ok VERY obsessed with food. I’d be about 50 stone if I ate everything I wanted…

So there you have it 10 random facts about moi, the multi ‘cousined’ food obsesser who loves mini pigs! Until next time 🙂

Hello again

Hi Guys! Sorry for my lack of posts recently things have been pretty hectic on my end and life sort of took over for a few weeks but I am back in action now! Its been an exciting few weeks with the second half of the tour, press engagements and organizing and completing Discovery Teams first […]

I did it!

After 3 years of late nights, assignments, stress and the occasional drunken night out (okay, a lot of drunken nights out), I have finally graduated from University!

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Although I actually finished Uni in May last year I had to wait until January 17th to actually get my degree. I won’t lie when my Facebook and twitter timelines were full of my friends graduation pictures over the summer I was slightly put out that we had to wait so long for our ceremony, but as all the fuss died down I was actually pretty glad ours was later as it gave me something to look forward to rather than everything being over and done with in the summer.

So on Friday 17th January the day finally came and it was definitely worth the wait. We went for a lovely graduation lunch in Derby and then off to Uni to get my cap and gown ready for the ceremony. It was so weird being sat there knowing that this was actually my graduation ceremony from University. Ever since I can remember I knew I was going to University (I remember telling my Nan when I was about 5), and to actually be sat there in my cap and gown all those years later after completing my GCSE’s , A Levels and 3 years of Uni was actually a little bit surreal.  It was a great feeling to know that all those years of hard work had paid off and I had got a degree in a two areas I love.

With my Mum and Dad
With my Mum and Dad
Josh and I at the Uni
Josh and I at the Uni

I won’t lie I don’t really remember a lot about going up to receive my degree, I just remember trying to make sure that I didn’t fall over and to make sure I smiled and shook the Chancellors hand. I had to ask my parents if I actually smiled when walking across the stage because I couldn’t remember and I  was worried that people might think I was miserable. Thankfully they assured me that I smiled and most definitely didn’t look miserable! Also after a couple of emails and telling several people on the day my name was actually pronounced correctly, although I had to actually get the lady at the side of the stage to tell the man reading out names my actual name JUST before it was my turn to walk. My dad even managed to capture this moment on camera!

With the all important degree!
  With the all important degree!

 

Derby Uni Class of 2013
Derby Uni Class of 2013
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Its ‘Lauren’ not ‘Lauren’!

After the ceremony we took some more pictures and then it was time to give back the cap and gown. All the build up and my graduation was over in a flash but I still had the Grad ball to look forward to on the night. I went with my two friends Lauren and Stacey and we had a great night catching up with people we hadn’t seen in a while!

I had a great 3 years at Derby Uni and I met some amazing people who I hope I will stay in touch with for years to come. I won’t lie I felt a bit sad on the drive home Saturday as it felt like the end of an era but I’ll still be in Derby at least once a week for my theatre company and I speak to friends from Uni all the time so its not like I’m cutting all ties. Time to start the next chapter of the crazy thing that is my life!

Before the Ball
Before the Ball

 

Enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne
Enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne

Im feeling 22..

Yesterday I turned 22. Now don’t get me wrong I know at 22 I’m not over the hill but I can’t help thinking that this is the age where I finally become the dreaded A word, ‘Adult’. When I turned 20 I was just coming out of my teen years and still at University with a lack of responsibilities so I didn’t really mind. Turning 21 was a milestone birthday with such a lot of fuss that it kind of deflected from the fact I was another year older. However faced with turning 22 it kind of dawned on me that 2014 is a year with a hell of a lot of expectations, not only from others but also from myself.

Although I didn’t realise it at the time I actually managed to achieve quite a bit in 2013. I completed my degree with a 2:1 grade, got 2 internships, a weeks work experience in London, a new job and am  a director and co-founder of my own theatre in education company(Post coming soon). Looking back at what I managed to do last year, is great motivation for the year ahead.

2014 is the year where things get serious. I’m fully aware that there are thousands of people out there who are all vying for the same jobs as me and 2014 is the year where I need to make sure I go that extra mile to secure the job I want. As I mentioned in a previous post having a degree isn’t enough anymore. I’ve set myself a series of goals for the year ahead and I’m determined to accomplish them. I really don’t want to be one of those people that turn around in a few years time and think ‘Oh remember when I wanted to do that? What happened?’. I admit it won’t be easy.  Starting the 13th of this month I will be adding theatre company rehearsals and office days to my weekly schedule of my PR internship and part time work. In February and March time its going to get even busier when our company goes on a month long tour of schools, but like the old saying goes ‘Nothing worth having comes easy’.

I’ve had a few people scoff at the fact I’m now working part time in retail ‘You went to Uni for three years and now you work in a shop’?  What a lot of these people fail to understand is that the majority of students don’t walk out of University to the job of their dreams. I watched a BBC 3 programme called ‘Christmas on a budget’ a few weeks ago where one of the people who was on the dole was a guy with a physics and astronomy degree who had applied to numerous jobs but was getting no where. Fortunately  I am in a position where my parents don’t ask me for rent etc so I can afford to work part time and then put the rest of my time towards my internship and other ventures. I know a lot of people that have gone into full time work where they are earning a very nice wage for a graduate and I suppose I could have done this too but if I’m sat at a desk 9-5 Monday to Friday then when do I have time to pursue my real passions? For me working for half the monthly wage of a lot of my peers will be worth it in the long run when I land (and I’m determined I will), the job of my dreams.

Like I said its not going to be easy but it will be worth it.

Tis the season!

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Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, working in retail over the Christmas period I’ve been busy 24/7! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!  It was a bit strange this year as I usually get a good couple of weeks to myself when I’m on holiday from Uni but this year I’ve been working non stop so I haven’t really had chance to get that geared up for the big day!

This year my friends and I carried on our yearly Christmas Eve tradition of Pub Golf and with this came our yearly Christmas Day hangover. I received numerous snapchats yesterday morning of hungover friends who were regretting the night before! We always have a good night though and it was definitely worth feeling a little groggy Christmas morning. I had a lovely day yesterday and really couldn’t have asked for better presents, it seems that people have actually been paying attention to what I’ve been saying for the past couple of months. I had such a great day spending time with the ones I love 🙂

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Me on Christmas Eve
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My friend Lauren and I before the drinking began

This morning I had to get up extremely early (5:45am to be exact), as the shop where I work has a very popular Boxing Day sale and I was due to work at 6:30am. This was my first experience of an early Boxing Day sale and I must say I was shocked at how many people had gotten up that early to queue outside, I love a bargain but I don’t think I’m that dedicated! I was working on the tills and as I was constantly busy the time just seemed to rush by and before I knew it it was half 10 and I was clocking out. Im so happy I was put on an early shift so that I can enjoy the rest of my day and maybe check out some of the sales myself! I’ve got my birthday and Graduation Ball coming up so I need to get myself a couple of nice outfits, although I might save myself some of the hassle and do some shopping online.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is enjoying their time off!

Lauren xx

Chaos and Creation in The Backyard..

I’m in a writing mood tonight but was at a bit of a loss on what to actually write about so I clicked on the ‘inspire me’ button to see if it could stir up some inspiration. And lo and behold it did. But I guess you already figured that out otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post would I?

The inspiration given to me by the lovely folk at WordPress was ‘Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.’ So that’s what I’ve done. Well, sort of..

Chaos and Creation in The Backyard is a 2005 album from one of my favorite musical artists (mine and millions of others), Paul McCartney. I chose Chaos and Creativeness for the name of my blog as it holds several meanings to me.

Firstly it’s a pretty good two word description of my life. Like any 21 year old my life at times can be pretty chaotic. I’m currently juggling a part time job, an internship and starting a theatre company (more on that later), as well as attempting to have some sort of social life.  As for the creative side, I sing, write my own songs, started my own theatre company and am also pursuing a career within Music PR. So yeah I’d say ‘Chaos and Creativeness’ is a pretty apt description.

Secondly I am a HUGE Beatles and therefore Paul McCartney fan. Thanks to my Dad I was listening to Beatles songs before I was even out of the womb. As a child I definitely liked the Beatles but in a more passive way. You know like if ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ came on I’d sing along and enjoy listening but I didn’t independently just sit and listen to them of my own accord.  As I got older I began to listen to albums and explore songs on my own and then became a fan in my own write (the misspelling is intentional, Lennon fans will get it 😉 ).

The Beatles inadvertently taught me about musical harmonies. One day whilst listening to ‘The Word’ on the Rubber Soul album in the back of the car on my Walkman (remember them?), I had a musical epiphany when I realised that John and Paul were both singing the same words but with different notes. After listening a few times I decided to learn both of these parts when I got home and in turn began to learn the harmonies on other tracks. After a while I began to create my own harmonies whilst listening to songs. So although they don’t know it, The Beatles taught me to harmonize.

Since 2003 I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Paul McCartney 6 times in concert. The most memorable being in 2011 at the O2 in London where not only were we 12 rows from the front but we were also sat in the same row as Stella McCartney and the rest of the McCartney clan! I was in London recently on work experience the week Paul’s album ‘NEW’ came out and missed THREE opportunities to see him! Not only did I miss his impromptu Covent Garden gig and HMV signing, but he was also opposite my office in The Shard one lunch time doing an interview with Zane Lowe. Suffice to say I was pretty gutted. I have also seen Ringo Starr twice, once at the Capital of Culture gig in Liverpool and another time in Birmingham.

I could write all night on the subject of The Beatles so I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead. No doubt they’ll pop up in other posts on here! To finish off heres a few photos from the 2011 Paul gig.

Thanks for reading x

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