Sunday, 24 June 2018

Extroverted Introvert

I listen to quite a few podcasts, some educational, some thought provoking and some just entertaining. Recently I was catching up on one podcast by the name of Crash Test Mummy, which is produced by Mikhila of Miss Budget Beauty fame.

In one episode, she talks about being an introverted person or being an extroverted person and everyone thinking that we are all introverts because we are all shy and wouldn't dare to go somewhere alone. Now I'm not explaining what she said well (if you want to listen to the episode I will leave a link here) but overall what she said made me think.

Before we get into all this let me start off by saying that I have always thought of myself as an introvert but with some extroverted tendencies. For the eductional extrovert is "an outgoing, socially confident person, a person predominantly concerned with external things" if you will and an introvert is "a shy, reticent person, a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things". Reading these definitions I would be happy to say I am an introvert. Put me in the middle of a crowd I will be like a deer in the headlights, I will not say anything I would go bright red and it would be the most awkward thing you've ever seen.

I have learnt over the past week, whilst I've been home alone that I have had so much more motivation to do things, more energy and my mood has actually improved because I haven't needed to be as social as normally, essentially being left alone has boosted my wellbeing and that is something I didn't expect. This recharging by being alone is a big trait of an introvert.

The one aspect of me, which I think is slightly different is me when I'm on YouTube especially on the "main" channel, The Clare Necessities. On that channel, I'm perky and peppy and attention wanting, whilst talking about all and everything. With me being quite an introvert, you might come to the conclusion that this youtube/online personality is an act BUT it's not. I can at times be the wildest, randomest person you will meet and if you know me well and truly, you may have encountered this side of me but in the grand scheme of things I will be soon back into my little corner in my own little chair, reading a book or chilling out in silence, listening to the conversations without really saying much, recharging my batteries for the next time.

Thanks to Mikhila I have really had to consider where I am on the extroverted/introverted scale and I think I've come to the conclusion I'm an extroverted introvert.

What are you?
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Sunday, 17 June 2018

REVIEW | Beautiful UK Tour

When you are as a fan of theatre like me and you miss out on a big show being in the West End, there is no stronger FOMO in life than that. Curses to being two hours away and to expensive travel and hotel prices is all I have to say.

One good thing about popular shows is though that they on occasion can come to us in the sticks on a national tour. Over the years I have discovered new shows that I may have missed out on the chance of seeing if it wasn't for a tour. One show that this could be the case for is Beautiful - The Carol King Musical.

Beautiful is based on the life of Carol King, a singer and song writer who has created some of the best hits that the 60s and 70s saw. So many of the songs in this musical were well known by me as a lot of this music was what I was raised on by my parents. It's always brilliant to hear music like this ( or any music to put it simple) played live with an orchestera, it brings a different edge to the music and makes you want to jump out of your seat and dance along with it.

The cast in this tour production are smaller than a west end cast, however they are still every bit as professional and amazing. Bronte Barbé, who played Carol King had the most amazing voice and her fellow actors and actress were all awesome. The cast although smaller than a London cast were still perfectly formed and awesome.

Visiting a theatre can bring me such joy and I'm so glad that this show came on tour to my local theatre. I filmed a full review for this show for my Theatre YouTube channel, which you can see HERE or by clicking the video below.

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Summer Reading List

At the age of 27, I think it's finally time to announce my granny status. I don't smoke or party and there is nothing better than clambering into bed at 10pm, tucking in under my two duvets and reading a bit of a good book. It's simply smashing.

Another thing that has got me more excited about reading is the fact I'm part of a Facebook group that is very similar to a book club, it's full of people who love  a good book and everyone gives recommendations to each other and it's marvellous.

As we are getting closer and closer to that dream summertime in the sun, I thought it was about time to create my summer reading list. A collection of books I really want to read before the summer is done.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris...This book is one that has been on my radar for a while and I'm desperate to start reading it. I think it'll be an interesting read, due to what the book is based on/it's setting.

I heart New York by Lindsey Kelk...I'm a massive podcast listener, which is another story for another blog post but one of my favourites is co-presented by Lindsey Kelk. I have been aware of her books for many years, but I've never read any of them. I feel like it is my duty to read this book and probably all the series too.

After the Fire by Will Hill... I first got this book as part of a Zoella Book Club order that I placed over a year ago. Of all the books I bought in the order After the Fire was one that caught my eye. I'm not sure what to expect and I don't know anything about the author or the subject matter of the story but all the same this book is calling my name,

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland...Half the reason that I have got the reading bug again is because I've joined a Facebook book group, which was set up by Louise herself, so I feel like I definitely need to try out her book. This is not the only reason though as I have been desperate to read it since it came out in Hardback. I actually have the hardback version and the paperback version because I needed them both of course.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman...I am anything if a hype follower and that includes a book hype follower. This book has appeared on many instagram pictures, multiple videos and has also been mentioned a lot in the Facebook book group too. Again like most in this list, I don't know a great deal about the plot but for hype's sake, I need to read this book.

As you can see I've got a good deal of reading to do over the next few months. What about yourselves? Is there anything on your list?

Happy Reading Folks!
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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Goodbye Half Term

As I have got older, I have begun to follow more parent bloggers/slash vloggers mostly because they're more relatable to me than the teenage childless "influencers" that are sometimes more popular on the internet.
Over the last few days, I have seen an increase in a certain type of post by the parent content creators and that is the Hooray half term is over and we get more freedom kind of posts. Although most of them are comedic and entertaining to read, watch and look at there is another side, a contrasting side if you will to all this hilarity and that is....some of us are losing our freedom.

If you don't know I am a teaching assistant, which means that I work in classrooms along side the teacher and with children ranging from 5 years old up to normally 10 years old. It is a very rewarding job and I wouldn't change it for anything BUT it is tiring. A comment you receive a lot from non education based people is that the job that I do and that teachers do is "easy" and that we get it made because we get so many little weeks off and obviously we get 6 (although normally more like 5 and a half) weeks off in summer time.

That time off is vital for us though as at times work in schools is brutal. The days are very structured and sometimes challenging so for me and I'm sure for many other fellow educators it has been very welcome to get away from everything and partially switch off our brains for the past week.

For me personally, I have been on holiday in Scotland and had a complete social shut down in that I kept off social media as much as I could and didn't have enough internet to check any of my various email addresses and instead lived in moments, had no alarms and felt free and light of any stress.

Tomorrow, it's back to work, ready to listen to everyone's news, all the blow by blow accounts of a multitude of holidays and I can't wait to go back. However the countdown to the summer holidays is on...

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