#Blogtober 2016 – Day 18: Zodiac Sign (and does it fit) 

I was born on 7th September, which makes me a Virgo. This is as far as I can get without doing any research, because it has been a long time since I read anything on this subject! So off to do a quick google search…

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Right, I am back! According to Wikipedia, this is me…

“Astrologers ascribe certain personality traits to a person born under the Virgo: people born under this sign are typically analytical, kind, hardworking and practical. According to astrologers, Virgos tend to worry often; they are shy and dislike being the center of attention. They are also known for being modest, faithful, quiet, and very persuasive, as well as a good sense of reasoning and memory. Virgos are also known for their intellect and usually enjoy art, literature, science, mathematics, and are skilled at completing detailed work.

In addition I also read that Virgos like to be clean and orderly, but are also flexible, helpful and stable. Virgo is also an earth sign; key characteristics being grounded and ‘real’, realistic and practical, stable and likes stability (not keen on change), dependable, materialistic and sometimes superficial.

 So, does this fit with my personality? Hmmm. No, not really. There are a couple of traits that I would say are accurate, some fairly indifferent and some that are most definitely not me. But I will leave you to guess which trait is which! lol 😉 

I would say I actually identify more with the traits listed for water signs; sensitive, emotional, intuitive etc… And incidently, I have never looked up my daughter’s zodiac sign, and, after reading all of the descriptions, I never would have guessed which she was without checking the dates to find out! 

I do feel that if you list enough vaguely descriptive words that people will choose to pick out the ones that fit, if they so wish. Or find those which don’t, as the case might be! I think in reality some traits will match any given person and some won’t, I don’t people fit neatly into any boxes. We are all unique individuals. And on the one hand, we are who we are… but on the otherhand, we can also change dramatically and evolve as we grow through life too. 

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 17: Favourite Concert Attended

Ooh, today is a great theme! Going to gigs is one of my very favourite things to do, I LOVE live music. I have enjoyed a wide variety of different gigs; from watching unsigned friends just starting out to seeing top international artists on sell out tours, from pubs to festivals, and from massive stadiums to tiny intimate venues (or sometimes even just in their living room!) 

My taste in music is quite varied, I will happily listen to (and dance to!) all sorts of music and would struggle to pick a favourite type. But in terms of live music specifically, I do particularly love indie rock/ rock bands. I love original bands but I really like good cover bands too, and there are also some brilliant tribute acts around! 

The most recent gig I went to was just last week, Kaiser Chiefs at New Slang Club in Kingston, London. I have been lucky enough to see them a few times now, and they never disappoint! They are one of my fave all time bands anyway, but they are certainly one of the best to watch live, they have so much energy and really connect with their audience, absolutely love them. Also, as much as I do love bigger concerts, I feel the intimate gigs are even better still, so this was a great venue too.

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Other particularly memorable music events I have attended include the 2004 Tsunami Benefit Concert in Cardiff, Live 8 at Hyde Park in 2005, and the absolutely amazing buzz of various festivals, especially Reading festival. 

In terms of smaller gigs, aside from my favourites the Kaiser Chiefs, I particularly enjoyed Feeder and Red Hot Chilli Peppers (which was actually a big venue but we were in a sectioned off area at the front so it felt intimate!) I also loved watching Bon Jovi UK recently, best tribute band I have ever seen. And there have been a few really good local cover bands at nearby music venues that have made for a great night out too! 

My first ever concert, I think, was Beautiful South with my mum. I remember they were supported by The Lightning Seeds and there was a technical hitch which meant their equipment suddenly stopped working after a couple of songs, so they gave up and walked off the stage! It was still a brilliant (and memorable!) night though.

Last but not least, the most iconic venue I have ever watched live music probably has to be The Viper Room in LA. I can’t even remember which band was playing the night we were there but it was a cool atmosphere.

Phew, I think that sums it up… not that it was a simple answer! But wow, so many AMAZING memories!!! 

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 16: Piercings and Tattoos

This post will be VERY short! I had my ears pierced when I was a young child but I stopped wearing earrings a long time ago so the holes have closed up. I have no other piercings and absolutely no tattoos! It’s not that I don’t like them full stop, not that it is any of my business what other people choose to do with their own bodies either way of course, but many are absolutely beautiful body art. I just don’t want to have any myself; I know I change my mind too often! 😉

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 15: Timeline Of My Day

For most people this is probably a really straightforward one but our lifestyle is abit different due to Squiggle’s needs. We tend to have very loose routines, which can be easily adjusted as required, rather than a tight schedule. We enjoy the freedom and flexibility that home education allows, to do things at our own pace and go with the flow when needed. This really helps Squiggle feel able to actually do more, without too much pressure. 

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Squiggle does have a very simple but fairly rigid evening routine though. We have dinner, tidy up, bedtime snack, brush hair, strokes with one of our cats, clean teeth and goes to bed. This is a routine that she has developed herself, to help her to feel ready to sleep. 

I have blogged about our home ed week before so this theme ties in with that. You can read more here. We love our lifestyle! 

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 14: Meaning Behind My Blog Name

I came up with my blog name because I felt it described our lifestyle and what my blog is about quite well. It really is exactly what we are doing on a daily basis; living life our way! 

I will be interested to read the inspiration behind other people’s blog names too!

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 13: What’s In My Fridge

Does anyone seriously want to read about what’s in my fridge? Hmmm, doubtful! So let’s make this a quick one! 

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Basically there is a selection of fruit and veg, potatoes, pure sunflower spread, violife vegan cheese, flaxseed, innocent smoothies (I make my own daily with a nutribullet using fresh ingredients, but Squiggle likes these so we sometimes buy them), condiments and almond milk. Oh and there may also be a few beer bottles tucked in the corner there too! 

We try to eat as much raw food as possible and we are also what is apparently known as flexitarians (and/ or reducetarians?) because we eat a primarily plant based diet and have mindfully reduced our consumption of meat, yet we are flexible about it. I would say we are about 90% vegetarian and 75% vegan. 

Squiggle has personally chosen not to eat meat from a young age, which is actually what initiated changes to my own diet in the first place, in order to respect her wishes and still accomodate both of our dietary needs. This later led to the further developments, both for our own health and the benefit of the environment. Prior to this I ate a reasonably healthy diet, but it did include far more meat and processed food, and less proper nutrition!

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 12: What’s In My Bag?

Ha, an easy one at last! I don’t own a handbag but my daytime ‘mummy’ bag tends to have waterproofs, snack, drink (in a reusable bottle of course!) and, more often than not, various natural items collected from our walks! Oh and my keys are usually thrown in there somewhere too. So really nothing exciting in there to be honest…

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My evening purse is usually pretty empty too, it contains all the usual essentials but nothing else. It makes it easier to find what I need and saves security having to rummage through it!

Short answer, but that matches the uncluttered style of my bags… 😉

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 11: Your Favourite Type of Animal

I love animals, but I do have a few particular favourites that spring to mind. Growing up, dogs were my absolute firm favourite. I would spend many hours learning about different dog breeds, and I had a pet dog who I adored, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Cindy. I would love to have a dog now, but circumstances mean it isn’t really possible in the near future. One day maybe! We love spending time with my dad’s gorgeous Labradors though.

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Cats are another animal that I have a huge soft spot for. We have two cats, one of whom is desperately trying to stop me typing in order to stroke him right now! We also have two bunnies, so I will count them as a favourite too, I wouldn’t want them to feel left out!

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Last but not least, seals are another favourite. Watching them in their natural environment, seeing them give birth, watching inquisitive newborns interact with Squiggle and other humans… it is simply mind-blowing. Learning about the story of Ropeneck, a mother who was rescued when she got a rope caught tightly around her neck and has since returned to the same spot on the Lincolnshire coast to give birth every pupping season, inspired and motivated me to take more action to protect our ocean mammals. 

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This is Rope neck. She turned up on Donna Nook beach in Lincs, UK in 2006 with a rope around her neck slowly cutting into the flesh. She was caught and freed, but heavily scarred. Ropeneck now returns to the same spot at the same time every year to pup. (This particular photo was taken by myself in November 2014).

This also led me to discover the story of the Lonely Whale, which then guided me to various other organisations too, all of whom work hard to make positive and lasting changes for ocean health and the well-being of the living creatures who reside in it.

Amazing how one animal… one story… can have such a major impact on our lives!

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 10: One Thing You Can’t Live Without

Ok, my daughter! She is the first and only thing on this list in reality. But that goes without saying, so I will try to pick something less obvious. The planet? Definitely cannot live without that! Friends and family? To be honest, I think that one is a given too. 

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And I am assuming for the purpose of this question that essentials (food, water, clothes, shelter) are taken care of already. If not I would go for those. It reminds me of that show that was on recently, when the participants were stripped of literally all possessions including essentials (except shelter) and could choose one thing per day. What was it called? It was interesting viewing, quite thought provoking! But I don’t think that was the intention behind this topic. So I’ll keep thinking…

Freedom. To live life our own way, to travel, and even to educate my own daughter and for her to have that freedom to learn in her own way. That is the one thing that I couldn’t live without.

(That answer was cheating? Maybe! I really couldn’t think of one non essential material item though lol 😉 But if I HAD to pick, I think I would definitely go for my phone!)

 

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#Blogtober 2016 – Day 9: Favourite Movies You Never Get Sick Of Watching

I used to LOVE watching movies. Infact, I could probably watch most over and over again and still not be bored. I went through phases of particularly enjoying different genres or film directors (I loved Kevin Smith films for example), as I’m sure many people do at some time or another. However, my taste in movies has become more selective in my 30’s and I rarely watch the same film twice anymore. So I decided the best way to (not really!) answer this question is to do a movie quiz…

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1. Last movie you watched at home?

Shallow Hal (It just happened to be on and this is one of my rare can watch over again films!)

2. Movie(s) currently on your list to watch asap?

Bad Moms, new Bridget Jones, Pitch Perfect 2

3. First movie that comes to mind when someone says “name any movie”! 

Oh, erm, erm…  There’s Something About Mary!

4. Movie from your teens.

Empire Records

5. Last movie you watched more than once?

Pitch Perfect

6. Favourite childhood movie.

Never Ending Story. I claimed to like Labyrinth but was secretly quite scared of it haha!

7. Last movie you watched at the cinema.

Suicide Squad (indoors) 

10 Things I Hate About You (open air)

8. Preferred film genre.

Comedy/ RomCom

9. Most memorable movie and why?

I could name a really profound movie right now, and there are so many… but I am going to take a different angle and go with Lord Of The Rings because it’s the only premiere I have ever been to!

10. Movie that makes you cry.

So many… too many… most probably lol!

11. Fave seasonal movie.

Love Actually. Quick story… Every Christmas at primary school we used to watch The Snowman as our end of year ‘treat’ and so I now can’t stand it! 

12. Movie that makes you stop everything to watch.

I don’t stop to watch a movie long enough/ enough times to have an answer to this question haha!

If you want to take the movie quiz too I would love to read your answers! Tag me on twitter @followourpath  Instagram @living_life.our_way or facebook at @livinglifeourwayblog or leave me a comment… thank you!

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