I must admit something. When I turned up to the Drummer Factory for the first time, part of me just wanted to prove to myself that there was little to my love for the drums. I thought “I’ll give this another shot and if I don’t enjoy it or if I’m really no good, I’ll put it all to bed.”
But fate threw the wrong teacher my way for that to happen. Enter Sass – an outstanding musician – a cross between Yoda, Jerry Seinfeld and Stewart Copeland (the drummer of the Police). The walls of his studio were covered in instruments – many which I still can’t name. I laid out all the reasons why I shouldn’t pursue drumming, felt terribly embarrassed at my lack of skills but before I knew it, I was playing again. Sass was just the teacher I needed. I couldn’t have been luckier. I wasn’t going to give up this time.read more
What were you dreams as a teenager? Did you aspire to become an actor? Maybe you wanted to be a famous singer, or a tennis champion? Maybe a ballerina? Or a famous chef? A TV host… or all of the above?
As the newsletter readers will know, I’ve been dying to share my latest adventure with you, but I was so scared I’d jinx it that I’ve held back until now. Until after the realisation of one of my greatest teenage dreams. And boy am I thrilled to finally tell you about it!
A few years ago, I handled a break up really badly. I left my boyfriend seven times in a year. Yep, seven! And each time, I was in pieces. The thing is, we got along like a house on fire. He thought I was great fun but didn’t want anything serious, so I’d leave him, he’d find it cute and then if he had no plans for the weekend, he’d sweep me off my feet again. I caved in every time. Every single time, my mind would erase the reasons why I’d broken up with him in the first place.read more
Do you ever wish someone could tell you exactly what steps to take next?
“Wow, Virgo!!! Just… wow!!!! THIS IS IT”, exclaims the fortune-teller. “July is going to be your month. Lucky you! I’ve never seen anything like this!”, she continues, overwhelmed with excitement at the sight of her Tarot card spread. My slightly random, unorthodox consultation at a summer festival has suddenly left me sizzling with anticipation.read more
On a grey and windy afternoon, I escape to one of my sanctuaries.
I step away from my worries, out of time, and dive into a whole different world. A story told by a lady who, in the 19th century, embarked on an exploration of the flora of far-away countries. Sounds slightly random, but humour me…read more
I’ve been busy Spring cleaning.
A few days ago, I woke up coughing. I decided it was the dust so I got my hoover out and unintentionally entered into the most blissful state of flow.
I don’t generally enjoy cleaning; I’ve always loved tidying up – putting things in order, creating symmetry and ease of use. Untangling cables, buying neat folders and making every day life a little bit smoother…read more