Sunday, 25 January 2015

20 Questions About Music Tag

Hey everyone! I realised I'd not done a tag video in a while and I'd not really spoken about my music taste so I thought why not incoorperate both in 1 blog post? So I researched a music-related tag and decided to do the 20 Questions About Music tag! Let's go!

Which band/artists do you own the most albums by?
This was a really tricky question but I do believe it's probably Beyonce, as I have all of her solo albums and 3 of her Destiny's Child albums. So I'm pretty sure it's Beyonce!

What was the last song you listened to?
Imagine Dragons - Gold
I only just discovered it recently!

What's in your CD player right now?
I'm not actually sure!

What was the last show you attended?
The Saturdays Greatest Hits Tour :D :D :D

What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
The Saturdays Greatest Hits Tour for many reasons! It was one of the best days of my life!

What's the worst show you've ever been to?
I can't really say I've been to a "worst" show!

What's the most musically involved you've ever been?
I played the guitar when I was younger for about 4 years. And I was in a couple of choirs!

What show are you most looking forward to?
Unfortunately I don't have any upcoming gigs atm! I reaaaaaaaally want to see Beyonce live though!!

What's your favourite band t shirt?
I recently got a "Yonce" t shirt and it's my favourite thing I honestly love it!

What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
It's a tricky question, but I think will.i.am but be amazing to hang out with for a day, he really interests me, I just think he's really intriguing and he's fascinating! I love him!

What is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?
I would just say I wish Aaliyah was still alive. I'd love to have seen what she would have come out with next! RIP Aaliyah X

Who is one band/artist you've never seen live but you always wanted to?
Beyonce! I reaaaaaaaaaaally want to see her live!! It would be amazing!

Name 4 or more flawless albums
Beyonce - Beyonce
One Direction - Take Me Home
Aaliyah - One In A Million
The Saturdays - Living For The Weekend
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Demi Lovato - Demi
Paramore - Brand New Eyes
Little Boots - Hands
Rihanna - Loud
Girls Aloud - What Will The Neighbours Say?

How many music related videos/DVDs do you own?
Not sure but probably about 8-10?

How many concerts have you been to in total?
5

Who have you seen the most live?
The Saturdays!

What is your favourite movie soundtrack?
Probably either anything Disney or Dreamgirls OST!

What was your last musical phase before you "wisened" up?
I don't know haha!

What's your guilty pleasure that you hate to admit to liking?
I don't know really, I love really cheesy pop music, what can I say?! Hahaha!

Thank you for reading this blog post and I'll post again soon!

Love
Claire xxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 19 January 2015

A Little Bit Of Praise

Hey everyone!
Firstly, woah 20th blog post!!!!!

I thought I'd make a quick post today, after a little conversation with one of my close friends I realised I'd actually pushed myself out of my comfort zone over the weekend. And I'd not really sat and acknowledged it properly to myself, that I'd done it.

Whereas, if I'd had a bad experience, it would probably be hanging over me and I'd be constantly be reminded of it.
It made me realise, that I'm often quite guilty of focusing on the bad moments and end up forgetting or letting the times where I've actually made progress be swept under and forgotten about.
This is partially a reminder for myself, as well as tip for any of you out there.
Often, I think we tend to focus on the negative aspects of things, I can honestly say that's something I'm really guilty of.

I feel as though not many of us actually genuinely praise ourselves for achievements we do, no matter how big or small they may be, or how personal they are. As Demi Lovato says in her "Staying Strong" book,

"Love yourself and treat yourself as you would treat your very best friend. You deserve the same love you give to others." 

Often a little goes a long way and I know I'm going to try and recognise my achievements that little bit more and see where it takes me.

Thank you for reading this short blog post, I just felt inspired earlier to write this and I probably could have babbled on for a bit longer but felt I didn't want to go overboard with details!
I shall be writing again soon!

Love
Claire xxxxxxxx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Self Belief

Hey everyone!

Today's blog post has been inspired from a quote by none other than Vanessa White.
I'd not particularly had a good start, returning to sixth form, so I was looking around for upbeat quotes and began re-reading The Saturdays Our Story book and was drawn to a quote which reads
"If you believe in yourself, then you feel confident and come across as confident. If you feel good you're automatically more confident, so it's worth making an effort." - Vanessa White

I felt this is a good quote for many different reasons, a lot of us need to constantly be reminded to have self-belief, me included. It's a hard process to believe in yourself, but I do think it makes a difference.
Sometimes even hearing someone else tell you they believe in you, can be a good boost of confidence, for example, I struggled with maths for years, kept sitting exams and literally being marks away from a C. It was frustrating as revision for maths was particularly difficult for me, I joked to Emily I'm a mathematical turnip because I begin learning something and when it comes to applying it to a question I'm stuck and then when it's exam season and I'm revising for maths, I end up forgetting all about it.
It was quite a cycle.

One thing that always sticks with me, was the help of an assistant maths teacher, who was literally always there to help me whenever I was stuck on any question or needed reminding of something. He wasn't technically a maths teacher, only an assistant, but I honestly do believe he's the reason I passed maths. He never gave up on me and made sure I kept going and going. He would tell me and another girl who was also struggling to come back after school and bring any questions we were unsure of and bless him he would sit there and get us through them. I remember he used to continually tell me to believe in myself. I never could, but knowing that he believed in my ability, gave me a bit of hope. I will never forget that (probably mostly relieved) joyful over the moon look on his face when he saw I'd finally passed.

I'm so so grateful for everything he did for me. For about 3 or 4 years he'd seen my struggle and enabled me to finally achieve a pass grade.
And my school put me in for Higher Maths, which was a ridiculous idea given my circumstances, but he made sure I was prepared for that and constantly reminded me that whatever happened in that exam, I had achieved a pass and that was all that mattered.

As for the quote, I think it is important either for you to remind yourself to believe, or for you as a person to show your support to someone else. Be someone else's believer.
I can't explain how good it feels to know someone believes in you, so if you know someone who's suffering or needs a little boost, make sure you let them know.

Thank you so much for reading and I will blog again soon!

Love
Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx