Life

Dear Me, From Past Me

Recently I produced a blog post writing an open letter to my younger self. This has myself thinking. What do I want to remember from now? What would I tell my future self? And so, here is a letter to my future self. Everything I want to say, know and do.

To Future Steph,

I have a few questions… Are flying cars real yet? Have we successfully built artificial intelligence? Who’s running the country…a robot? How’ve we done in life? Okay, I’ll stop asking, if we still have the same personality I know you want me to slow down. We are currently in our twenty-second-year of life… nearly twenty three, and we’ve finally decided what we want to do with life so, overall we are doing pretty well. And I hope we are still kicking arse now! With family, with work, with life in general.

So, it has been a pretty stressful time for us over the last few years but, we’re finally coming out of the other side. We graduated- dressed fabulously I might add, we have got a job and we are happy. I hope you still are. I just want to say that although there are things that may get you down in life- if you just stand your ground and believe in yourself we can do anything. I think we are doing pretty amazingly now. Oh, I thought of another question…has our brothers taste in music changed? Does he like classics such as AC/DC and not that stuff with beats and no lyrics….. If it hasn’t we need to do something stat.

Right, we are going on our first girls holiday soon to Barcelona and it will be beautiful and gorgeous. How are the girls? And who was the first one to have kids? We’ll be taking plenty of pictures to look back on so, if you forget about the adventure, there will be reminders. Oh, does Facebook still exist? As you can tell, we are still chatty and inquisitive but, I don’t expect that to change. Just remember to continue asking the hard questions, that will get you far in life. You are doing pretty good now I believe.

We are still keeping fit, standing our ground and trying to excel in life here. It’s the best way to achieve our goals. We’ve set a few new ones this year such as this very blog’s increasing traffic, and getting healthy, baking more for everyone and getting better. You know it is our year. WE DID THIS. Do we have loads of dogs? I think we do. If I know me! It is something we talk about and of course, we have more tattoos. If there is some way you can psychically tell me what we choose, I’ll get right on that. We are planning on two more tattoos this year at least. How big? And where? Well, we aren’t that far ahead just yet. We’ll figure it out.

How is the family? Is dad still embarrassing us with his dad dancing? I had a taster today and I’m scarred for life. You are probably still feeling the affect of that… I’m sorry, we should have closed our eyes. Is mum still baking bread and cakes? Or are they just travelling the world in their little motorhome while we worry? Currently, it looks like family life is getting back on track which is brilliant. Just remember- 1,2,3,4….7,8,9,10. Oh and if you want a laugh then just remember a few weeks ago when dad did a celebratory dance because he got the word ’emoji’ on Countdown. He’s probably still as competitive now. We are a few weeks into the six nations. Of course, you know the result so just send those positive vibes to the England rugby teams for us. Your the best.

Anyway, I think that’s enough for now. Although, we will talk again.

See you in the future

Past Steph- an awesome redhead.

 

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Head in the Clouds… Actually Books 📚

Anyone who loves to read, loves the world’s in their favourite books. You imagine what it looks like, smells like, and how the characters would be with you- if it was in fact reality. This is the life of a book worm! We can’t help it. These books provide us escapes, adventure, support, love etc. Authors are truly gifted. And the best authors make the world come to life around you. So, we all have our favourite places (fictional world) to visit. Today, my post is about that. My favourite worlds. I just believe that reading is important and the best time to introduce it into a person’s life is when you are a child.

I have a little story. Recently, I was at the doctors and in our waiting room there are books. Yes! It’s good because it encourages a child to read. This little boy picked up a book, asking his mum to help him read. Unfortunately she proceeded to berate him for picking a book up and he sat there upset while his mum played a game on her phone… we could hear the music. As I headed to my own appointment, I couldn’t help but wonder how this would affect him later in life. Would he enjoy reading? Would he grow up with his face in his phone? You see, our behaviour is learned from what we see. And would she complain when he was older that he was to busy on his tech instead of his head in books?

Will he ever have favourite fictional worlds?

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Now, put your reading glasses on because we are about to go on an epic adventure. To begin;

Morganville

Off to Texas we go, with 16-year-old Claire Danvers- a girl with a big brain, big dreams and overprotective parents who sent her to a smaller University till she got ‘older’. With sun shining regularly, she sure had to grow-up fast when you find out the town is owned and run by VAMPIRES…not her parents best decision. This is why you should always research where you attend school.

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I love this world. Rachel Caine is a genius. I bought these books when I needed a new set to read. And now I own them all. What drew me in? That was the complex, beautiful world she constructed. It’s an adrenaline rush for the reader, so imagine living there. I always wonder if I were there, would I be able to survive? Would Claire, Eve, Michael and Shane take me under their wing? Or would I find my own way. Mostly set in Morganville, I can picture the town in my mind- the Founder’s Houses, the university campus, Myrnin’s Lab, Common Grounds etc. And the characters- Amelie and Sam, Oliver, Hannah and Richard…even Monica. Rachel is that good. 

Hogwarts

*Crack* Whew, thank god I haven’t splinched. That would have been messy. I’ve just arrived in Hogsmeade and I’m on my way to the school. Hope Hagrid kept my cuppa warm. Harry and his friends go on many an adventure. From travelling the world in book seven, to fighting in the Ministry of Magic, to the great many battles faced by all the wizarding world. J.K Rowling is amazing. She wrote the first books by hand, and she keeps the world alive today. I don’t have to imagine what this world is like because we all went to Hogwarts when Harry did. 

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This world is my childhood. My mum started reading the books to myself as a kid but, I had no patience and finished reading them all myself. Aside from the constant fear of death, Harry is a pretty well-adapted kid. He has a homicidal, psychopath who craves power constantly trying to kill him, to deal with being raised in an emotionally abusive household, being bullied at school and going from having no sort of family to a huge support system…it is a lot. Especially for an eleven-year-old. I’m surprised he didn’t have a breakdown.

Camp Half-Blood

A killer summer camp anyone? Or maybe the feeling you are constantly being watched and chased by various mythological creatures? If you want that, or experience that then you are probably a demigod with one of your true parentage being a Greek God. Not only that, but you can also attend a Roman camp wherein your parent was probably in his Roman form. Percy, Annabeth and Grover will guide you through this world. And as they meet friends on their way, you’ll get to know them too. 

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This is one of my favourite fictional worlds because I see it being so much fun. In my head, the campers are laughing, forming familial bonds with their half-siblings and planning the next prank. Also, you get to meet Gods! If you are lucky. Although, it has become much better now Percy won the battle of Olympus. It is one huge dysfunctional family from the jealous cousins (Ares) to the scheming Aunts (Hera). You have to love it!

My point is that reading is important. All of these books provide myself with an escape, they enable me to relax and become a part of their world. I go on adventures with Percy, fight vampires with Claire and experience a world of magic with Harry. And everyone should get that feeling. This is what reading provides. Alongside, the ability to comprehend words better and advancing your child’s’ literacy skills. What are you waiting for? Go and find yourself a book now. We all have different tastes. What is your favourite fictional world to visit?

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Opening Weekend: Six Nations

ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND! COME ON YOU RED ROSES!

If you can’t tell I am a huge rugby fan, specifically England at this current time. Because the six nations has begun. And the first weekend was amazing. From Sextons astonishing 42 metre kick to score a drop goal- sealing Ireland their first win of the six nations, the amazing French defence, Wales v Scotland utterly captivating game to the nail biter of England and Italy today- rugby was amazing. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be putting on my rugby jersey and jacket on- supporting the roses- but also, appreciating some amazing rugby feats. Especially with the world cup on it’s way, these players will definitely up their game because as with any sport, it is all about getting on that team.

Last year we saw injuries, retirements and some players have simply not been called up so, there is new blood. It’s interesting to watch because as much as the opposing team can research the new players until their feet are on the pitch, speeding to the line to score a try- you truly do not know what they can do. It’s brilliant to see how these players bring their own spin to the team, a different skill they didn’t have before. Such as Sam Simmonds fast feet today- those two tries were a thing of pure beauty- once he was gone, they couldn’t catch him.

In our house, rugby is everyone’s common bond. We put on our gear, head out in the rain and sit in a pub enjoying the rugby with anyone who wants to watch. You see, as much as we all support a team when it’s a good game, and if your team end up losing we congratulate the other side. In rugby, there is no such thing as animosity. We tease, we banter one another but, we appreciate a good game. It is completely opposite to football. And just because we don’t fight doesn’t mean we aren’t as passionate it’s just about having a good game, with great plays and extraordinary players.

Some of the players are tall or fast or small or bulky, this is a game for every type, every creature. It involves everyone, fans and players alike, alienating no one. There is a sense of family I guess. Overall, rugby is a game of beauty- to be appreciated in all of its forms. Most games involve a lot of offence and defence, others can be entirely defensive but no game is ever the same. It is always exhilarating for the fans to watch.

There is just something about rugby. Something special. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I am aware but, if you just gave it a go you’ll be glued to the screen like everyone else cheering someone on. In my house, there isn’t really a split although mum does wear green when Ireland play. But, what would you expect from someone with family from Ireland? Dad and myself support England, but we appreciate any good game of rugby at the end of the day!

Come on, give it a go.

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