Destination Bucket List

25 April 2015

I'm a very lucky girl and have travelled well in my 25 years of being on this planet. I went on my first holiday abroad at the grand age of 1 month old, and I guess I've never looked back. I have my family to thank for my travels - every school holiday, we were jetting off to somewhere, and it's only when you start paying for holidays yourself that you realise how fortunate you actually were in your youth. I've ridden elephants in Thailand, trekked in the Burmese jungle, swum with sea turtles in Mexico, run down sand dunes in Cape Verde, snorkelled with stingrays in the Bahamas and had the most expensive cocktails of my life in Dubai to name just a small few holidays. Blessed is the only word to describe my travels.

However, there are a few places on my bucket list that I would love to visit. I think it's important to have bucket list dreams as they give you something to work towards and focus on, and achieving your dreams is half the fun in life. One of my favourite quotes is 'Your dreams don't work unless you do.' Transun are challenging myself and fellow bloggers to name their top 3 bucket list destinations in the hope of winning an amazing trip to see the Northern Lights. I think to see the Northern Lights would be one of those incredible moments that you always treasure so I have all my fingers crossed.

So, onto my 3 bucket list destinations:

1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland - As long as I can remember, I've wanted to visit Iceland and take a dip in The Blue Lagoon. It's one of the 25 wonders of the world and is made up of geothermal water that springs from 2000 metres below the Earth's surface. It's completely natural and the water is always heated at 37 degrees, so rather like a natural bath. The blue hue of the water comes from the minerals in it, as well as the reflection from the sun, but the colour of the water is actually white like milk! I think it would be incredible to appreciate nature at its finest somewhere like this.

2. St Petersburg, Russia - I remember my dad taking two friends and I to see Anastasia back in 1997, and that was it. I wanted to be singing 'Rumour in St Petersburg' for real. The architecture and history has been something I've read about for years now, and to see the Winter Palace in the flesh would just be something incredible. I also studied Russian history when I was at school and the fall of the Tsar and the Romanov family has kept me fascinated.

3. Montenegro - Lots of people don't even know where Montenegro is, but it's somewhere that's been on my travel bucket list for years. My aunty and uncle have been there a good few times and have said the scenery is just outstanding. There's some beautiful lakes, beaches and cities, and is a true gem in Eastern Europe. My favourite 007 visits Montenegro in Casino Royale, so that's a good enough reason for me to visit!

Hopefully I will get to tick these places off my bucket list over the next couple of years. Which countries or cities do you have on your bucket list? Do you have any recommendations that I should add to mine?

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Studland Beaches

19 April 2015

The weather has seemed to be on my side since moving back to Dorset. I think there's been two days of rain since I've been back, and even then it's only been for an hour or so. The UK has been blessed recently with the weather, and I'm currently sitting cross legged, in the garden, on the trampoline, clad in a new bikini (which is rather cute if I do say so myself) whilst writing this blog post. I couldn't really ask for more right now.

Yesterday, I decided to take Max over to Studland to do a walk around the sand dunes. To get to Studland, you can take the ferry from Sandbanks near Poole, to Shell Bay. The weather was gorgeous and everyone was out doing watersports and boating. It was a joy to see and I found myself getting rather jealous of everyone who owns a jet ski. Studland is pretty much all National Trust, so there are some nice facilities on most beaches. I parked at Shell Bay which is the first car park you come to having got off the ferry and walked along the coast line and sand dunes.

I don't know about other people's dogs, but sand sends Max crazy. He just loves running up and down, back and forth until he inhales half the beach and has to cough up his lungs. It's an attractive affair! However, he has the best time and it makes me happy to see him in his element.

They say you learn something new every day, and I was informed that Studland also is home to seahorses. I've yet to see one there but next time I'm back, I'm going to keep my eye out.

I did a small mini-vlog of my walk with Max yesterday. Apologies in advance for quality..I wasn't using my usual vlogging camera as the moving box with my cameras in are sitting at my parents house. Mega fail.

I hope you have sunny weather wherever you are. I'm going to get back to my sunbathing before going for a nice dog walk with Rosie and Bodhi later.

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Life Lately

4 April 2015

It's Easter Weekend, I have nothing on and it's been a while since I've sat down and wrote about what is going on in my life. Max is snuggled on the throw at the end of my bed, I've got reruns of Friends playing on tv and drinking an electrolyte drink to bring some goodness back into my body. I'm a bit more melancholy than usual but it's just a phase, I'm sure.

Time for an update? Probably.

001. LOCATION: I've moved. Again. I know, I seem to be all over the place all the time. I lived in Dorset for two years a few years ago, and I decided to move back, except this time, I'm based in Bournemouth itself rather than in the sticks. I sorted somewhere to live pretty quickly, it's in a great location and I'm comfortable. Surrey didn't have anything for me any more. I only ever made good memories in Dorset so I've come back in my quest to do just the same.

002. FITNESS: I've been running like crazy. I've always enjoyed to run but something has clicked with me recently and it's just like I can't stop. A bonus is that Max loves to run too, so I can take him with me and we run along the beachfront together. Every day, I've been doing a circuit of between 5k - 13k (depending on how I feel) and I'm feeling really on my game. I've also signed up to a gym in Christchurch (which a certain Rosie recruited me for!) and I'm excited to get back to some training and classes. I'm also a new captain for a ladies football team, so loads in the pipeline.

003. BIRTHDAY: I turned 25 last week and I'm still a bit reflective about the whole thing. I honestly thought I'd be in a different position by the time I turned this age. I had always pictured myself being married with a child on the way, but I'm sure there's another path for me. Despite this, I had some nice celebrations including lots of meals (generally Japanese because I can never eat enough Japanese), some of the nicest cocktails I've ever had, and a surprise afternoon tea at The Sanderson.

004. BEACH: Ok this gets its own section because since moving to the coast, I cannot get enough of the beach. I've always loved the seaside and grew up going to my families beach hut every weekend, but there's something even better about living right by the coast in my twenties. Other than my runs along the front, I've been walking Max there in the evenings to watch the sunset, and just sitting taking in the fresh air and clearing my thoughts. Nothing has given me clarity like the beach has before now and I'm so grateful to live a few minutes walk away.

What have you all been up to? Update me.

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A Love Story

8 March 2015

I wanted to tell you about a story that happened to me at work on Friday. It was one of those moments that stays with you and keeps you thinking, and I think I will remember it for a very long while. Now to give you a slight background, I work as an Event Manager at a racecourse, so it was a big race meeting called the Grand Military Gold Cup, where the Royal Marines and regiments from the Cavalry all come for a well deserved day out, and all the jockeys are either serving or retired military. Princess Anne attends and it's a fantastic event that makes you proud to be British.

Ok, so picture this. It is a glorious day. The sun is beaming down on the parade ring as the horses are trotting round. People are sitting on the terrace picking which horses to bet on. The Royal Marines Band are playing songs from the musicals. It's an all round lovely day.

I was going about my way, managing the event as you do, and I walk past an old man on the terrace, clad in traditional racing tweed. He must have been between 80 and 90 years old, probably older than my Grandpa. He stopped me and said 'Do you dance lovely girl?'

I replied and said, 'Well yes I do. I went to a dancing school from the age of 2 and was fortunate enough to dance with the European Ballet in my youth.'

He went on to say 'It's a shame how young'uns dance in clubs these days. They just bop up and down and don't actually dance.' I was nodding in agreement (and slight guilt that I have been known to drop my classically trained ways and throw some shapes in a club occasionally).

He then continued, 'My wife passed away 8 weeks ago' to which I offered my sympathies. He said it was fine and even though he misses her desperately, it's just the way life goes.

'If my wife was here with me right now, we'd be standing next to the Royal Marines Band and be dancing without a care in the world. Proper dancing.' It really moved me that he was remembering her fondly for the things that they obviously once loved to do.

He then asked me, 'Will you dance with me?'

I actually started to well up a bit when he asked me that. How could I have said no to this lovely man who was obviously still grieving for his wife and just wanted to remember her in a beautiful way. I could honestly feel how much that he loved her. If I'm ever lucky enough to marry someone and be with them until death do us part, I honestly couldn't ask for more. How could I say no?

So I said yes. And I danced with him then and there, on the terrace, in the sunshine, to the music of the Royal Marines Band like he said he would have been.

Hopefully, I helped to make him very happy that day. It's all about random acts of kindness. You should try it, because one day, someone might offer you something similar. It could change your life.

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March Musings

3 March 2015

March for me is one of those months when you literally punch the air in celebration when it comes around. I have spent a lot of time wishing away 2015 so far waiting for March, and it's finally here. It's finally within my grasp and it feels amazing.

This year so far has been full of trials and tribulations. 2015 has actually started pretty damn well for me, so why so many problems at the same time? It's weird how that can be the case. Kind of like ying and yang. With every bad thing, there is a good thing. Every time you close one door, another one opens. However, March is the end of Winter and the start of Spring, and the changing of the seasons always bring around new things. Even on the worst of days, there is always hope.

I'm ready for the March winds. I'm ready for the daffodils to spring. I'm ready to walk Max along a beach with the salty air stinging my face and my hair blowing into a sea-worthy knotty mess. I'm ready to move onto pastures new and experience new places and people. I'm ready to feel a little scared and get that rush of adrenaline when you know something is right, even if it's not what you're used to.

I turn 25 this month and I've been reflecting a lot on where I thought I'd be at my quarter of a century. Have I done all I thought I'd do? Have I lived enough? Do I spend too many days saying 'it can wait' or 'I want to do that one day.' Why can't that day be today? I keep saying I want to do things like Tough Mudder, and a half marathon, or impulsive weekend trips to places around the UK that I didn't know existed. I need to get my ass into gear and start living. My birthday is always a hyped thing as I've always made a huge fuss. I'm the only girl and only daughter so my parents have always gone to town. I think this year I want to thank them more than anything, for giving me 25 years of wonderful life.

It's also 1 week until I go skiing with a wonderful person. The same person that sent me the beautiful roses that were sent to me on Valentine's Day not so long ago. To say I am excited is an understatement. Skiing is something that has always come very natural to me. I started skiing at a young age and raced until I was 21, so to be away for a week what feels like my second home of Avoriaz is something that I have been waiting for now for a long time. I'm massively over-keen and my bags are already packed, my skis have been waxed and I just need to get to Heathrow T5 now and get on that plane. I'm ready for a week away.

New covers
I've been singing like crazy recently. Maybe it's all the emotion and change in my life at the moment, I'm not sure. But creative wise, it's doing me some good. I uploaded a couple of new songs to my YouTube recently so please do check them out.

I hope you're all having a glorious March so far, and remember that even on the worst of days, there is always hope. Always.