Finding your Mojo.

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Like many other bloggers that I know, the New year, New me piece is good – everyone likes a fresh start but Christmas seems to have wiped the Mojo from us. We are lost in a world of writer’s block and no rhythm.

It’s only day 10 of the brand new year and I have put a few posts out but I feel they are lacking in hype, in true content, engagement and fun. I am not sure why – they were posts that I enjoyed writing and covered topics that I love. But still I feel they lacked something.

Even this post might fizzle out and be some lackluster ball on waffle, I mean who knows anymore. It’s not as if I can offer some groundbreaking words of wisdom to help people get out of the similar rut I am in. This is more of just a cry for help. What can I do to shake this feeling? To engage more? And continue this journey to become the very best . . that no one ever was . . . wait that’s the Pokémon theme song. Sorry.

I’m sure I will find my feet again and get back into the swing of things, I am going to focus on a lot of film stuff, reviews and such this year. With a couple of Life posts coming up, updates on the house and what I am up too. Maybe they will churn me back into the Blogging blender and help me out. Help me find that Mojo that have vanished. If anyone can offer some solid advice to help me get my mojo back I would be forever appreciative of you and your words.

 


Puberty Challenge

 

Also for your entertainment I took part in the Puberty Challenge. You might have seen this on my Instagram. Let’s be honest I’ve glowed up haven’t I.

Though I do miss a time when I had hair. Look at that mullet mop top thing. Just wow.

 

 

Take it easy you beautiful people, if anyone can help me with my rut please leave a comment below. Mwah.

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Blogmas Day 9 – Christmas on a Budget

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The Average British Family spends £821.25 on gifts, decorations, food and drink at Christmas. Which is crazy isn’t it. I know people can and do spend more than this and there are cases where people spend less. This post is to help the former become the latter. (myself included, it’s time to follow my own advice)

(Stats from the Centre for Retail Research).

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With this cheeky five step guide on how to save the pennies over the festive period I hope I can help you all.

Part of the reason I have put this together is because Christmas for us this year is going to be CHEAP as chips due to the old house buying.


Step 1. Set Family Present Budgets.

The GF has a big family, she is one of five sisters and there’s a niece in there too. Plus my sister, then parents, friends, co-workers. The list could go on if we really thought about it. So this year between the adult sisters on her side we have decided not to get anything for anyone and just focus on the babies.

In regards to everyone else (Friends and Parents), we are setting a budget to of £10 / £20. While also being THAT guy when it comes to friends with partners. Getting one present for the both of them rather than a present each.

With little cuts like this you should be able to save some money here and there which can be put to other festive use.

Remember though – just because you save money here, doesn’t mean you have more to spend somewhere else. It’s your mission to save overall.

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Step 2. Food. Taste is about taste, not the packaging. Downsize the shop.

What is the point in spending 100’s of 1000’s on food that is either going to be eaten or thrown away. Just because it has the fancy label and the pricey price tag does it actually mean it is going to taste any better than the cheaper ranges? Remember we eat with our mouth not with our eyes and wallets.

Try a different supermarket, or a locally sourced supplier. Shop about instead of sticking with the high end super markets. I don’t want to bad mouth Waitrose, but if it means saving £20 on a joint of meat – Son I’m going to Aldi.

Also think twice before buying. Yes we love Christmas snacks but do we love them that much to be eating them well into February, or binning them mid January because they have gone off.

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Step 3. Decorations.

Yes who doesn’t love those Christmas shops that pop up early November and sell EVERYTHING Christmas related? Yes who wouldn’t love a new fancy tree with built in lights and spinning function? Yes we are all those people really. But we don’t have to be. Especially for something that is only going to be up for 5/6 weeks (or 10 weeks in some peoples case).

Try looking in charity shops or discount stores for Lights or Decorations. Or those clubcard points you have been saving all year – use them. Aim to purchase sturdy decorations that will last a few years. Then box them all up neatly and store for next year.

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Step 4. Days out and Activities

Fancy taking the kids to Winter Wonderland in London? Why not, I mean it’s a cheap day out; with Train Tickets, Tube Tickets, Food, Drinks, Gifts & Santa’s Grotto. It’s going to slowly mount up in cost, especially with the more people you go with.

Even deciding to go out for a meal, as soon as the Christmas Menu comes in the prices go up for a fancy version of Ham, Egg and Chips. This isn’t cool.

So what I am suggesting is the following; Have a Festive Film Feast. Set up some blankets and pillows in the living room, a big bowl of popcorn and work through a selection of Christmas movies. Or check your local town / cities what’s on guide and talk a walk through the local markets after a hearty breakfast at home. Saving the pennies on buying food when out.

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Step 5. The Kids

This point may fit a few nerves but let’s think logically for a moment. We spend a heck of alot of money on kids, because we want them to have everything and want for nothing. Which is cute, kind and a lovely sentiment. But when you are on a budget this might be a bit difficult and it’s really not worth getting yourself into debt over a toy that might go out of fashion in two months.

Ok so first idea. RECYCLE current toys – if you have kids already then you probably have a toy box stacked full of old toys that never see the light of day. Why not try slowly removing those toys, wrapping them and giving them back to the child. This is an age dependant thing though. Don’t try it was your 15 year old. They might notice a bit more.

Try and draw limits in the sand. One big present and a stocking. Or just a couple of mini gifts. Remember it’s not about the gifts and money, it’s about enjoying the day together. And heck if the children are so young (toddler age), just wrap a cardboard box up. Something to unwrap and then play with. Imagination can be more powerful than reality – remember that.

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I do hope this guide has helped, I have aimed to try and cut costs, in reality you might have just enjoyed the GIFs and moved on, or the advice is shockingly bad but hey it’s the thought that counts right?

Good Luck!

Fear and Loathing inside Johnny Depps Mansion.

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After spending an hour reading the Rolling Stones latest piece on Johnny Depp, his side of recent events and a bombshell shock of financial debt I’ve been left feeling compelled to write this post about him. The article can be found HERE.

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Firstly I want to start by saying. I’ve always regarded Depp as one of my favourite actors in Hollywood. His acting talent is diverse and outstanding with a huge range of films and accolades under his belt. From social outcast Edward Scissorhands to Drug Dealer George Jung and then over to rum swigging loveable rouge Jack Sparrow . . . sorry. Captain Jack Sparrow. He is diverse and phenomenal in my eyes.

Just take a moment to remember the amazing things he has done for people; Paying for Hunter S Thompsons funeral which included a huge celebration and the cherry on the top of funding the construction of a giant towering canon for his ashes to be fired into the atmosphere. Taking care of Penelope Cruz while she was pregnant on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean and also famously visiting many children’s hospitals and cancer wards dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to help lift their spirits and just give something back, these are just some of the things he has done for people with no gain of his own.

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Even as a person, yes we are all aware of his 90s binges and partying. Thinking of that famous image of JD, John Cusack and Hunter S Thompson in a convertible with a blow up doll. He lived the rock n roll lifestyle but was still in my eyes a gent about it.

In recent years he has been dragged through the mud a bit with the breakdown and divorce with Heard and now with his financial status coming to light. The poor guy just needs a moment to collect all his thoughts and work out what is going on and how to get it all in order.

I do worry this post is already shaping up to be a bit biased in his favour. Which I will try to reel it back in.


This article repeatedly quotes Depp talking about what he considers the truth and how he is an honest guy just wanting his side to be heard. Which in any argument or story is fair to say, there are two sides to every story and without hearing an account from JD how are we to ever know what honestly happened – Not that I am suggesting his side is the truth, but adding two sides helps see the bigger picture. The article goes on to explain and talk about his looming lawsuit battle with his previous management company and how they have supposedly dwindled him out of money, applying for loans and giving money to certain people without his knowledge. One big one being his sister. They would bring him piles of papers to sign, usually for multiple documents but only present the final page so he could never know what was being signed for – which yes can be argued he should have never signed anything if he didn’t know what is was about. But then at the same time in his life, he was battling some dark moments of life. His family turning on him, his once abusive and strict mother dying and then as mentioned earlier, the stuff with Heard (who has been charged with Domestic Abuse in her past, which I just think is only fair to mention). He also talks about how people in the company tried to get him to sell his Villa, the family home his children Jack and Lily Rose grew up in. To cover loses and to recoup debts which are reportedly in the area of $650 Million. – Wow!

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So with all this going on, he took to recreational drugs and alcohol to help mask and clear the pain. Which then suggests if he was in a state of constant inebriation his inner circle should not be taking advantage of that, this surely hits along the same lines as the #METOO campaign. Taking advantage of someone and using their power and status to try to cover things up. It’s wrong. Depp is a victim. It is also clear from the article that he is dealing with a form of Mental Illness, be it depression or anxiety. Which now adds another layer to the plot – because he is a White Male Actor, it’s as if he couldn’t possibly have a mental health problem.

Reading about the amounts of money in talks and dispute is shocking and gives me chill and starts the nerves sweats. Sitting here in a £2 Primark T-Shirt eating batch bowl of pesto pasta and reading about an unaccounted for million dollar loans. I wouldn’t know what to do, it’s uncomfortable to comprehend. I would be in as much of a mental mess as he has clearly seen to have been in of late.

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The article still portrays the rock star image that Depp is known for but also shows and backs up my thoughts of how humble and kind he is. Being graceful and accommodating to the interviewer the whole time even as he tries to paint JD in a negative way with his style of writing, but this isn’t successful as JD just comes across as a troubled guy who has been betrayed and is just looking for a way to fix something that has been broken for some time without his knowledge of being so. Going on to explain how the people he kept close to him and trusted have all taken advantage, turned on or betrayed him, from family to employees to friends.

In the Twittersphere of late he has been slagged off and recently compared to a sewer rat which sadly is the way social media works now days, a band waggon is built and everyone wants a seat for the ride. Which I guess is homage to Hunter S Thompson as they take his quote “Buy the ticket, take the ride”, but sadly in this case the ticket is for Depp’s public hanging.

I don’t intend to even try to change anyone’s mind about this – because let’s be honest people are the worst and once they get stuck in their mindsets it’s hard to change them.

But I just want to try to bring an open perspective to people, to have them except that he is still a human being. A potential victim in the big spiderweb of hollywood. I know people will comment and probably generate some very strong opinions about this post. But I would like us all to bear in mind that as things currently stand he is innocent, he has not been charged or prosecuted for any wrong doings, which the internet will try to tell you otherwise. Innocent until proven guilty. Remember that.

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He is just a man hurting from several hiccups in life, but he is trying to make amends. Seeking out this interview and wanting to share his side of the story. He is still working, acting and recently he has been touring with his band Hollywood Vampires. In my eyes he is trying to put all of the past few years behind him and focus on his art.

You have to praise a mans dedication and drive right.

 

#IStandWithJohnnyDepp

Insert Catchy Film Series Title

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Today’s topic or setup is film related.

Now as you might (should) know. I am a BIG film buff. Love them. Can’t get enough.

Recently off the back of my review post for Molly’s Game (Which can be found HERE) I mentioned to Matt (Who can be found HERE) that once my friend and I sat down and made a huge list of Top Five Genres. But this list grew. I’m talking lists, columns and piles of names, papers and decisions. It was tough going. To which Matt – who might I add is such a sound supportive guy. Go follow him if you don’t already and see what he has to say. Matt said that the lists were a brilliant idea for a blog series. Wow. He is right. So this is where we are at.

I know my last series about Gadgets didn’t or should I say hasn’t taken off yet. But money is tight and buying a new gadget to review each month will cause stern and slightly judgement words from the GF. So that is on hold for the moment.

But what do we think? Could Top Five Genre films be am interesting subject? Maybe challenge me and throw some suggests of what you want to see in for yourself.

I also need to name this Series – but I am not sure what to call it. Shout out to the winning name or best suggestion.

This could be fun. Lets do this.

Lost in Life.

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I’m not sure where this post is going or what its even called.

(I assume the title above is fitting. But as I write this I have nothing planned)

Over the past day or so ive realised something about my self and my personality. Which is always dangerous to self criticise and evaluate yourself but I went there – and what I found made sense. It made me think about every past exploit and choice I’ve made.

My findings – I have no drive.

Wait what does that even mean. Now you are wondering. Where does he park his car? Or not. Sorry for the dad joke.

I mean Drive / Dedication / Motivation. So many times I have had an idea. Something new to look into. Usually job related. I do research and plans and then never go anywhere with it because I never follow it through.

The biggest one in my past is film making. I love it so much. I wanted to set up a production company and go freelance. All planned. Named. Cards printed. But just getting that umph to start it never appeared. Another example was setting up an etsy shop to sell Groomsmen gift boxes. Working out the costs and the realistic demand for it. But again after all that work put in – I did nothing with it.

Same again when it comes to writing scripts and even a children’s story book. I begin full of life and positivity and then let it fizzle out when it comes to commitment.

I think it boils down to a fear of the unknown. Leaving my stable reliable old job to take that plunge and go it alone. Risk that stability and just go for it. Scary right.

My latest idea in the planning stages (which will remain a secret for the moment) is a similar thing. I don’t think it will take off or amount to anything.

I’m lost. Left wondering the world unsure as to what I want to do when I grow up. Does anyone else get this? A sense of being lost and unsure.

I think of recently the only thing I have kept going is this blog and I’m still in the baby steps of this. Ideally I would love to get to a point where I can make this self-sufficient and make this my work and job.

One day hey.

Sorry for the rant / over sharing. But you know what they say. I’ll work it all out one day and it will be good.

Until then. Lets just smile and get on with it.

Peace ✌

Dealing with Time.

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TimeSomething I have noticed as I have gotten older and become a “Responsible Member of Society” is that I have no time for anything and this is something I really struggle with; managing my time and finding a harmonious level where everything can work as one.

When I was younger, I would go to work, come home and do what I like – spend hours playing Playstation or going out. But now days in this adult life that luxury is long gone.

I get home now after working 7.30am – 5pm (five days a week) to a list of chores, taking the washing down and putting it away, putting a new load on, cleaning up from the night before and occasionally running the hoover round the flat before taking the bins out and then finally sitting down. But by that time I need to look at cooking some tea – so I go off and do that. Once more getting a chance to sit down eat and catch up with the GF.

The standard generic “How was your day?” and “Oh what happened with blah blah” conversations pop up and then before we know it’s getting time to think about having a shower and going to bed.

Where does the time go?

It is the same for me at the weekend, by the time the boring adult life stuff is done I am left tired and out of time to start something I want to do.

Obviously this isn’t always the case and some nights or weekends I have less “Chores” to do but still after working the 9 half hours I spend at work I am just so tired, like actually exhausted. So there are nights and times (like tonight. . . shhh don’t tell the GF) that I have a few couple of hours where I plan to cook a pizza, blog and play Playstation.

When it comes to time management for out of work activities – mainly blogging and media work, I just struggle so much to find the drive. My office job is so long that it makes coming home feel amazing but then I only have a couple of hours before I have to go to sleep or I know I will be ruined the next morning trying to wake up at the crack of dawn.

In a perfect world I would love to not have the office job. To be a self employed media mogul – if that was the case I 100% know I would schedule my time so much better. I would get up at a good time, unlike the ungodly hour I currently have to claw my way out of bed. Have a nice healthy breakfast, probably start going back to the gym for an hour or so, then home to do some writing, marketing and boosting of this lovely blog. Lunch, a few odd chores, then back to “WORK” – promoting media work, looking for clients and maybe the occasion Youtube video of a cat wearing a top hat – or something trivial. But you know what I mean – I am constricted to this lifestyle I have, trying to fit everything around the huge chunk of time I spend at the office a week.

I guess if I can get over this hump and once things pick up and start looking up maybe I can get to that goal one day – I don’t see it coming for some time as you know bills have to be paid. But like Journey said – Don’t Stop Believing.

WOW was that a little bit cheesy, oops. Sorry!

If anyone has any tips or tricks on how to help me with my time management I would love to hear from you, to try a new routine and work on something, anything, to improve and spread my capabilities across all platforms.

This is part the reason why I LOVE the idea of being a stay at home dad – I know that sounds crazy, trading a 9 1/2 hour day at work for a lifetime commitment of a child. But I think I would be able to handle that a lot better than I do currently. You know – Feed Baby, Take Baby for a walk, Blog while baby naps, feed GF and Baby – Sleep Repeat.

Yes I know that is WAY to simple an outlook on stay at homes parenting, I admire and fully respect what you do and will do the same when the time comes – but I can dream.

So until that day, or until I win the lottery, this is my life. I have to make of it what I can.

Wish me luck!