Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Feeling Gleeful?

Right, y'all, are you sitting comfortably? Today I am going to tell you about my adventures in CREATIVITY, a tale otherwise known as 'another 2 things to cross off the list of things I have done but not enjoyed.' As my mum keeps telling me 'at least you know the things you don't like.' Wise words, wise words.
So, this tale starts with a trip to Church over Christmas to sing-a-long to some carols. There was an aaaa-mmmmazing choir who made the hairs on the back of my neck and arms stand on end with their beautiful voices, harmonies and acoustics. It was very magical. Having enjoyed singing my whole life, and harboured a not so secret desire of becoming a pop star (my friend Sarah used to make me sing The Bangles 'Eternal Flame' over and over again in the lunch queue as she loved to hear me sing), I thought it was high time I got out there and reclaimed my voice.
Now, I love Glee, LOOOVEEEE it (at least until I saw that Britney episode, what was that about? Cringe!) so I trawled the internet for a Glee inspired choir...cutting a long story short I thought I had found my Glee! I rock up to the venue for my taster session last week and look around me. Where was Rachel? Where was Kurt? Most importantly, where was Puck? I find that I have joined A MUM CHOIR! (Sorry mum, as I said before, I don't mean you, I mean the universal 'mum'.) We sang CAROLE KING. I actually like Carole King, but CAROLE KING! I had a woman next to me overly 'oooooooo ooooooing' all up in my face. The woman in the row in front of me kept practicing over and over again and told us 'sopranos' what we should be doing. She was out of tune. Everyone there was late 50s/60s/70s and to top it all off the guy leading looked like a chubby version of someone I work with, which I found genuinely disturbing.

Another not so secret childhood dream was to become a dancer, one summer I even attended a dance camp! I've tried many, many dance classes during my adult life and am sad to report that I really must face facts, I am not a dancer. Tonight I tried 'Street Beat' at my gym and it was no exception. I felt as disappointed with myself as when I took a pole dancing course with my sister and we realised we were neither good nor sexy. Sigh. I cannot 'pop', I cannot 'lock' I cannot 'roll'. I cannot dance like a pop star. So, for now I'm going to stick to Michael Jackson on the Wii and pretend that I am, in fact, a good dancer as I can get 5 stars (the highest amount of stars) when dancing to 'Thriller'. And when 'Black Swan' comes out next week and I watch it I will pretend that I could have been a prima ballerina if I had just stuck at it - although, she does go completely insane so I might be jolly glad I quit.
The search continues people, the search continues.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Taking new year's resolutions to their limit

Hello all, welcome to my first blog post, hurrah! This year I have decided to become unstuck. Yes, for many years now I have felt stuck. While all my friends seem to be moving onwards and upwards in their careers, relationships, dreams and property buying I seem to be permanently STUCK! So, am I going to sit here and mope about it? No, Sir I am not, I am going to take 2011 by the horns (which is not the best expression for a vegan) and do something new* every month (or as opportunities present themselves to me), in an effort to become unstuck.

My target areas are:

  • Relationships. Yes, sadly I am still on the shelf, can you believe it?!
  • Creativity. I don't allow myself to unleash my potential here, possibly because I'm scared I have no potential to unleash. What do I want to do? Write (this blog might help!), I want to write children's books, I love children's books...Sing, play guitar, take good pictures. Yes.
  • Fitness. Now, I am pretty hot on this, but I want to find the one (or more) things I LOVE instead of sighing a little bit at the thought of it (yes, that's you running, gym, swimming and yoga. Actually not yoga).
  • Spirituality. Again, something I don't allow myself time to do. I aim to see and document the power of positive thinking and laws of attraction to bury the default grizzly, irritable me and to find God, whoever or whatever God is to me.
  • Cooking. So...very...bored...of...the...same...meals. This year I will experiment with all manner of ingredients and perfect the art of baking, which currently eludes me.
That's enough for now.

I will document my progress on this blog and see if my focussed experiment works. Please wish me luck and success!

*NB 'new' can mean anything from a new activity to a new way of thinking. Please send me thoughts on any new things you think I should try.