A little something I stumbled upon. This guy set up an awesome blog/website dedicated to celebrating writing letters and has complied an awesome collection of particularly interesting ones. Many written by famous people or about thought provoking subjects. For example, one written by Winston Churchill’s wife, one by Axl Rose, some are hilarious like the ones by John Cleese, some sad. I want to start at the beginning and read through them all eventually. I can just tell that theres so much learn from those words. The written word is so powerful and letters just feel so much more personal and exciting than texts/emails. Ima write letters. Such a great, simple idea. Love it.
This was linked to me earlier today. I think its quite a nice post to begin on. Its a little article about why we shouldn’t seek other people’s approval. Pretty relavent starting a little blog! Hopefully it will remind me to write what I want and how I want and not think too much about what people will think about it! Give it a little read. Go on. You know you want to. ;)
I don’t think anyone reads this blog but for those that do stumble across this, I haven’t posted for a really long time. My bad. I started a new job and its been a little mad. I’m back now… With a very clear idea about what I’d like to blog about. I’m hoping to keep it all pretty positive and all about the good stuff going on that I discover! There is so much amazing stuff going on the world and all too often we focus on the problems and the bad things. Soooo I’d like to share solutions, happy stuff, inspiring things etc. Things in particular I’ll end up sharing will be based around London, as thats where I live, business as I work in the city for a professional services firm and things about being a girl, as well, I am a girl! Though I’m sure there will be all sorts in here, depending on interesting things I discover! Enjoy, share, get in touch!
OK, so I want to start with this because, via twitter, it was one of the first pieces I read about the riots that really struck a chord with me before everyone else got to this point of understanding. It’s apt and insightful and full of heartfelt concern. Her way with words and her ability to cut to the heart of the situation with such clarity makes this the piece that pretty much sums up much of the debate before it even began. I recommend checking out the rest of her blog and pieces she has written for various news outlets. Really glad I’ve come across her work!
These riots that took place in my lovely home city it what made me decide to actually get on this blogging business and stick to it. I love london. Which it was horrifying and deeply saddening to see it being attacked by some of its own and then the aftermath, debate and disection of the events which seemed to pour shame over London, and perhaps the UK as a whole. Over the last few days I have read, watched and listened to numerous people debate over what happened some of which I’m going to share with you in the next few posts. I’m still not sure what I make of it all, What I think caused it, who is to blame and what should be done now. However, by going through some of these wide and varing opinions maybe it’ll help me and anyone else who is reading this to understand the complex circumstances from which this all arose. Fundamentally, I am a positive person and am not a fan of the doom and gloom vibe that I hear from some when discussing the issues. There are problems, crimes were commited but we can learn from this and hopefully ensure that we are better and stronger for it.
So… before I really start posting topical stuff, I want to re-iterate my belief that nothing is impossible. Whilst helping my lovely boyfriend look for places to work, I stumbled upon the Saatchi & Saatchi website. If you haven’t heard of them, they are a massive advertising agency that has done some massive campaigns like the Walls one with the wierd dog rapping in a jewellery box, the royal wedding spoof for t-mobile and the carlsberg; probably the best lager in the world one, amongst numerous others. What I found looking around their website was a couple of vids found in that link, of talks given to staff by inspirational people that represent their company moto; nothing is impossible. The people that spoke included:
Sarah Outen- First woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean (shes awesome)
Carl Power- A bit af a nutter. Really worth checking out what he does! I won’t spoil it for you.
Raphael Rowe- A much more serious story but with the same message. He was wrongly accused of murder and spent 12 years in prison, 1 in solitarary confinement. He was eventually released through his own efforts. An incredible story.
Dr Martha Holmes- A film maker and producer who takes about how difficult it was to get footage of certain animals in the wide for the BBC nature program Life.
Daniel Edelstyn- re-establishing his grandfathers vodka business
Mark Johnson-Best selling author of the book Wasted
Really inspirational stuff. Reminds me that yes things are difficult, but with the right set of circumstances nothing is impossible, these people have proved that much.
I’ve been meaning to get a little blog up and running for a while now and have never really found the motivation, patient or discipline. Things have changed for me this week after seeing the London riots unfold and the aftermath disected. It has reminded me that if you have a voice and you want it to be heard the only way to do it is to put yourself out there, and this is me doing just that.
Im 21, female and born and a born and bred Londoner. I’ve just graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Philosophy & Economics. I’m about to start a job in September and enter the big, bad grown up world.
I am blogging to share things I find interesting and important and open up a discussion with people that will challenge my own opinions and help me become ever more informed about the world around me. I’m nervous about doing so and failing, or people not caring or being interested, but I guess I’ll never know until I try. Somewhere deep inside I still hold the rather naive and ambitious view that nothing is impossible and that one person can change the world. However, the only way that this can happen is through hard work, the support of others and an unshakeable self-belief. Self-belief: Check, Hard work: that begins now, Support of others: ask me in few years time…