Christmas Is Almost Here!

Hey Guys,

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas Eve today, whether you’ve braved the shops for last minute shopping or had gifts left to wrap up and drop off to loved ones ready for the big day to begin.

Talking of which… I am currently sat on a sofa in my living room, presents already placed under the tree and with the Muppets Christmas Carol playing on the TV. Absolute bliss indeed!

If I am honest, I am seriously excited, as I imagine a lot of you are too.

However, one thing I feel I must say, is whilst we are enjoying ourselves tomorrow, to spare a thought for those who have nothing this festive season. It’s horrible to see the number of homeless or those in poverty rise year by year. I just hope they have a hot meal and shelter from the cold. After all it is in the spirit of the season!

But apart from that, I just want to say to you all to have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Have fun and stay safe.

See you soon.

Chloe Lauren

What’s Your Christmas Tradition?

Hey Guys,

Hope you’re all doing great this evening.

With little over a week to go before the big day, and with all the preparations we have been doing to get ready over the last couple of weeks, it had me thinking about the traditions we all have at this time of year. Sometimes you make traditions and don’t even realise it.

One thing I tend to do every year which for me has become the epitome of tradition is every Christmas Eve, at about 7/8pm I will collect all the wrapped gifts from upstairs and then place them around the tree whilst watching Shrek the Third.

Now that may sound a little odd and I am not entirely sure where Shrek came into this either, but somehow it has become something I have to do year after year. One thing is for sure , it makes me happy to do so and in a way it’s like a hint that Christmas Day is just hours away.

However, this year I have a plan. I am going to switch up the movie. I mean just because something is tradition doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to alternate what it is you are doing. I’m thinking of going for Muppets Christmas Carol this year. At least it’s a little more on topic.

Anyway, what are you traditions? Maybe even crazy traditions like mine?

See you soon,

Chloe Lauren

A Day At The Theater!

Hey Guys,

One very big Christmas tradition which I had never given a try up until this year was to watch the popular ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet at the theater and if I’m honest, despite my initial reaction to the idea, I was most definitely surprised.

Image result for the nutcracker birmingham 2018

A few weeks back, to celebrate a friends birthday and ring in the start of the festive season, a group of us took a day out in Birmingham.

On initial meeting in what I consider the ‘big city’, we had a quick scan around the shops in the area before looking for a place to grab a quick bite. To please everyone and to deal with time constraints, this ended up being at Caffe Nero, where I had a grilled meatball and mozzarella cheese sandwich. It was basically just a posh meatball sub.

After lunch, we rushed across the city to the Birmingham Hippodrome, ready to catch the show. We made it with about 10 minutes to spare, enough time to get in, grab our seats and relax.

The opening scenes were quite difficult to get into which made me feel as though Ballet maybe wasn’t for me but as soon as it really got into it, it was truly magical. I could even say seriously mesmerising.

I loved how the visuals matched the thought process of the main character, Clara, highlighting her dreams, specifically how they portrayed the change in seasons. The most memorable was using both the set and dancers to depict a snow storm. It was amazing to see.

I might just have to add this as a new tradition for my family.

Have you seen the Nutcracker before? Whats did you think?

Chloe Lauren

Important Things I learned in 2018!

We are now officially halfway to Christmas, meaning the real celebrations are coming quicker than we thought. I mean seriously, when did we get to December, let alone past August? Am I right?

Anyway, now that we are at December 12th, it’s time for me to jump into Blogmas action as I mentioned earlier in the month.

However, to begin with I am going to start with a contemplation and thought over the last year. Hope that is ok with you? I just wanted to take pride in the things I learned this year.

Things I learned in 2018:

  • I don’t need to compare myself to others. We are all on different paths and what they are doing is different to what I am doing now.
  • It’s ok to say no sometimes instead of burning out and being exhausted all of the time.
  • Sometimes it’s ok to take time out for yourself to de-stress and take a breather whenever needed.
  • I need to give myself more credit instead of doubting what I do or any ideas I may have.
  • Following from this, to also have more confidence in my abilities as a whole.
  • I have more of an understanding now of where I want to be in the next couple of years than I have previously.
  • But most importantly just to be happier and more content with where things are going. I am truly excited!

So there you have it a few of the lessons I learned this year that I am so glad I came across this year.

In a way they were like gifts hence why I included them in my Blogmas posts. Get the link now?

Finally, just a quick addition. If I miss a day, please don’t hate me, it’s just based on what I said above about feeling exhausted from everything else. I will try though.

Have a great evening!

What are the things you learned this year?

Chloe Lauren