So I have always shopped in charity shops from a young age but I got embarrassed when seen near them due to when I was in high school, the opinion was if you shopped or visited charity shops you were of a lower class and I often questioned myself as to why ? Why do people think that? Surely , giving back to charity is a good think right…. wrong in the mind of my fellow peers when I was at high school .
I love going round the town I live in with friends and family and spending money in the variety of charity shops we have as it’s like a treasure hunt as you can and do find some amazing items such as one day I went into a charity shop with my sister and family members and got two signed books that were brand new and were released recently at the time and they were books I really wanted and they were an absolute bargain at £2 . Two pounds for 2 brand new recently released books and they were both signed . I love a bargain and to me charity shops are great because you are giving back to charity. I decided that looking back on these comments from my fellow peers they were immature and did not wish to understand.
So a tip from me to you is that you should spend money in charity shops as they are amazing and visit them as they are helping a good cause and honestly you can get amazing stuff in them . I love visiting charity shops which are close to my heart such as MIND , which is a mental heath charity which help young people and provide counselling services etc.
Another charity that is close to my heart is cancer research U.K. because I have spoken about this a few times that I have had close family members that have survived from a few variety of types of cancer but unfortunately some family and friends have not been so lucky and I want to see them find a cure in my lifetime .
Also a charity which is so close to my heart is autism Sussex as I have previously used some of their services such as youth groups, trips and they provide residentials ( not that I ever went on them as my anxiety did not allow me and I couldn’t go places without family or close close friends and wasn’t comfortable going with them) but autism Sussex is very close to my heart.
So remember to not avoid charity shops go visit them they are amazing and give back to charity.
So a few months ago I was asked if I would like to read and review Jim chapman’s book . If you don’t know who Jim Chapman is he is a model, Youtuber and has now has written a book. I was super excited to be asked and to read and review his book as I had seen his YouTube videos and it sounded like something which would be brilliant and great reading material.
So I agree and so here is the review. I apologies that it is a little bit late due to illness of myself and close family member. But here it is. So I received a box from Jim Chapman himself and i excitingly opened the box and it includes a 147 things pen which writes beautifully,postcards which features some of the amazing facts that Jim has written in the book and his gorgeous illustrations and some hand signed cards that Jim has signed which was lovely and I am so thankful for . At the time of receiving I was not very well and this cheered me right up .
So on with the book review, my first thoughts of the book was that you got a lot of pages and that it is value for money it retails at £16.99 . Can be purchased on amazon which I think for this sort of book which is the first book I have seen like it is amazingly priced.i thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the facts and he added anecdotes which added a very personal touch to it and I feel I learnt about his childhood and upbringing as well as his life and this was interesting. I read this when I had free time so times like just before I went to bed I did some bed time reading ( found it very calming ) and I read this book when I was at a friends house looking after their two adorable dogs and funnily enough i was on the pages where he was speaking about his little adorable dog Martha. So it was quite fitting .
I would highly recommend this book to anyone even if you do not think you will enjoy it or it’s not your normal taste In books as this book is amazing and I think it will surprise you and it’s one of those book which once you pick it up you can not easily put it down . I loved the layout as he had 147 facts ( hence the title) and it meant you could remember which one you had just finished and could know which one to start next time you picked it up . It covered all sorts of amazing and fascinating topics including childhood, birth, the universe and the human body.
Thank you so much for reading and I highly recommend this book . I will leave the links to my full review YouTube video talking about it and thank you so much Jim for sending this to me to read and review . It was so fascinating and loved every second of it .
Full review of it https://youtu.be/W69Ti2V5lsQ and feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel I upload 4 times a week ( upload days every Tuesday, Thursday , Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm )
So I am writing this blog today about reflection and why it is important to reflect on your life and how you live it and who you have in your life and why I have spend some time reflecting on my life and who is in my life.
So as you may know I am coming close to finishing my final year of education and I feel that NOW is the perfect time to make changes to my life and so I have been reflecting on the good and the bad things in my life and what changes I feel I need to make. I hate changes but unfortunately in life there has to be changes and people come and go unless they are true friends. Well I have touched upon this on my YouTube channel but never on here so here goes….
So upon reflection, I have been thinking about my time management and there just isn’t enough time in the day to be able to revise for my A level exams, spend time with family and making sure they don’t feel I am abandoning them, spending time YouTubing and blogging ( I know I have deserted blogging but it’s easier now as I can do it all from my phone as there’s an app which I didn’t realise, so you can expect my blog from me) and spending time with my best friends so I can relax and there needs to be a balance. I am also learning to drive ( although I have not had a lesson for 3 weeks due to instructor being on holiday) and I am due to be doing my grade 3 singing exam in the next two weeks so this is all exciting but …..
I have had to make some important decisions and ask myself some questions( obviously not out loud I’m not that mad) and I have decided to let go of a few friendships that I do not feel are on the same level as me and that I kinda dread to talk to or that the conversation is always the same and I also feel that the friendship in question has been over for a long time but they have always had a way of making it so I feel bad for them when I try and end it but now is the time I need to do it as I feel my family and friends are losing out and I want to be able to give my true friends my time as I need to manage my time better.
Some of you may be thinking why are you telling us this …..well , I will tell you why because i feel it’s important to make sure you have positive people and people you want in your life who bring out the real you and that you don’t have to pretend around or be fake around because ask yourself this isn’t it better to be the real you instead of a false/ fake version of yourself. I want to be able to give my friends my time and be there for them when they have problems and I know that they would do the same for me. Remember you only have one life make it count
Hope you enjoyed this. I will see you very soon xx
So i thought i would do a 10 facts about me today so you can find more out about me.
So The first fact is that i have always enjoyed singing and i am currently revising for my Grade 3 singing Exam which i am doing Pop Vocals.I have a fabulous singing Coach called Lesley who has made me a lot more confident in my abilities and i have achieved and learnt so much already.
The second fact is that i am also a youtuber with 205 subscribers currently and have been uploading for around a year and a half now but i have found it very helpful and i love it and i love reading the fabulous comments that are left on my videos and i thoroughly enjoy collaborating with my friends and i love connecting with fellow youtubers and speaking to them.I have grown in confidence since starting youtube. I love making the videos i have made as i only upload content that i am happy with and i created videos i am so proud of which include the videos i have made with my bestie, the amazing Dale Adams(Yes you are correct in thinking that i have done an interview with Dale Adams and i definitely think you should give it a read https://rachelbblogger.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/interview-with-dale-adam/)
The third fact is that i am currently in my final year of College and i am studying travel and tourism which i have learnt so much about and it covers a variety of topics including customer service,Event Management and lots of other wonderful topics. I have enjoyed my event management side of the course. The teachers of my courses at college are so supportive and always there to talk to about any work that i need help with.
The Fourth fact is that i have 3 siblings which is one sister and two brothers.
The fifth and final fact is that i enjoy watching musicals and some of the shows i have seen are Mamma Mia at the west end, Wicked at the west end,Joesph ( Multiple times with Joe Mcelderry in the show) which was an amazing show and many other. Some of my best memories are going to the theatre with Family. I have seen a variety of genred musicals and shows both Amateur performances and Professional shows.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know me and i am going to be uploading more regularly
Hi So i thought as a blogger that i would review my experience from when i was at the Collabro Home Tour 2017 concert when it was local to me and my younger brother was in the choir who were with The Theatre Workshop. These are ALL MY OWN OPINIONS which have not been influenced by anyone related to Collabro or any of the artists i have mentioned below.
So Firstly i had heard such great things about Collabro from Family and Friends and Also i went to support my brother who was in the choir supporting Collabro. He is part of The Theatre Workshop and they are often asked to support artists and bands and also with help provide young performers for their talent in touring West End shows when they are touring locally, productions often ask The Theatre workshop to provide their young talents to perform in the local tour dates of the production. This is a great experience to be seen as a young performer especially those looking to go into Musical Theatre and is a great networking opportunity for the young performers and only a select few Theatre Workshop students who meet the brief given by the production to ensure that they fit in with the production and do not look or sound out of place. The students who performed as part of the choir were highly talented and harmonised well and it brought another elements to the songs they performed with Collabro for.
So as my parents and i arrived at the theatre we went to pick up our tickets and there was bag checks on the door which is understandable. We then sat down in our seats and there was a few problems with the seats so we were moved by the kind staff at the theatre.
So the Warm Up act/Support act was called Philippa Hanna (http://philippahanna.com/) and i was not expecting much as she was the warm up act but honestly she is the best warm up/ support act i have ever seen and i have seen a lot of concerts and seen a lot of support acts but honestly was not expecting Philippa to be as good as she was and i always try and spread positivity and motivate and her song ‘ i am amazing’ really spoke to me and she told us a story and gave a motivational talk. She had so much stage presence and really spoke to the audience.
Philippa is a British singer and songwriter and we had the privilege of hearing some of her original songs and I am amazing made me very motivated and emotional and it is an amazing song.i feel bad for those of the audience who missed hearing her sing but unfortunately if many people know there is going to be a warm up act they deliberately avoid them and come for the main act which is not always a good thing especially when they are as good as Philippa Hanna and she is so down to earth as in the interval i went out and she was their selling her albums and meeting fans and i managed to get a selfie with her and i explained that i found her story very motivating and said a massive thank you to her.
Some of Philippa’s advice was that not to give up on our dreams and she told us about how she was rejected by music labels or stuff happened last minutes which meant she kept losing out so she explained that she was a independent artist. In my opinion, i would go and see Philippa Hanna in her own concert if it came locally as her voice is amazing and fantastic and she is so down to earth. I would definitely recommend listening to her songs as they are fabulous. Because it was remembrance day ( 11th November) She sang a song that she had never sang before and the song was called “Million Flowers” which was such a lovely song and she explained the story behind the song and it was very moving and i actually felt very close to this song as i lost a good friend a few years ago due to a serious illness that she had her whole life and it make me connect with this song a lot and make me feel emotional and really hit me in the heart and the song really spoke to me and there are not many songs that get me emotional or speak to me the way this one did and i would say it spoke to me in a negative way.
Now about the Main act which was the reason for the concert and this part is about Collabro. before i properly start i loved all of their outfit changes and how they looked and also the use of projections onto the backdrop behind them which included some fantastic animations and images. They had animations of words that they were singing in the songs while they were singing them and also had animations of the four members of Collabro. The used the different colour lighting to help make the desired atmosphere. Enough about the lighting and use of backdrops.
So Collabro sang a variety of different songs to show their journey and also they performed some of their favourites songs. They performed songs from Wicked the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and the amazing Jersey boys medley which has the majority of the audience up on their feet and dancing including myself well it was a fantastic Saturday night.
I thoroughly enjoyed their version of Jersey Boys medley and think it has got to be one of the best i have seen performed and they got into character and went off of stage and changed into the jersey boys trademark of the red suit jackets.They had even used similar choregraphy that the Jersey Boys would of used and are used in the Jersey boys shows and by the Jersey boys tribute bands as i have a friend who has been and is in some of the Jersey Boys tributes around the UK and soon internationally. All of the songs they sang meant something to the four of them. The finale was the Jersey Boys Medley and they got a standing ovition from the whole audience and i can imagine it was a great sight for them to see.One of the songs they sang ( i cannot remember the name of the song) Made me very emotional which does not happen that often and i even had tears in my eyes and that ran down my face.
Collabro definitely did not disappoint me after having been told how great they were and i would defintely recommend going to their tour if they are coming close to where you live.I would be more than happy to go on another date our their Home Tour and listen to their albums. I am so impressed by it and i will definitely be recommending to family and friends and my audience to go and see them if you get the opportunity and i have made a review video which should be going up at the same time as this and it includes a few clips from the show.
If you would like to feel free to follow my blog and also subscribe to my youtube channel for more reviews and to see the clips of the videos i took from this amazing evening with fantastic entertainment, Link to my youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/c/RachelBlackmore and i will leave my social links below. Feel free to leave a comment on this blog
I Wanted to do a quick blog post to say I am so sorry that I have been absent but I am back for good now and I have some great blog posts coming your way. Also be sure to keep up to date with my life that I dont blog about on my social media which are as follows:
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I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend and I will be uploading every sunday from now on so I will see you next sunday in a another blog post. Have a fantastic week. also updates to come very soon