Four ways to stay creative

As a writer, it’s important that I have creative outlets. It’s something that I’ve been passionate about since I was a pre-teen; being creative helped me release all my stresses and worries into physical pieces of work. Growing up, I would do a lot of mixed media artwork as well as creative writing. Now that I’m trying to make writing my career, it’s important not to get burned out.

This also goes for any of you who are trying to stay inspired, whether it be for your career, school, or your hobbies. Staying on top of your craft will allow you to improve.

Reading blog posts

Reading things related to your craft will help you learn what other people are doing. I will very often explore other people’s blogs that are related to writing, art and marketing in order to stay on top of the latest trends. Doing this helps keeps you informed as well as generates ideas for future content.

I also find it important for me to read blogs for pleasure too as this keeps me from getting to bogged down with all the content that everyone else is releasing. You can find this type of content all over but my personal favourite place to find it is Medium or WordPress. It also helps me find new creators that I like!

Keep practising your craft

There was a time when I completely stopped writing and creating art. I found this to be the worst thing for developing my work because I literally wasn’t developing anything at the time. I’ve learnt now that I must do whatever I can to practise. Obviously, I don’t always have it in me to write a full blown blog post or article but I try to write something everyday. When it comes to my art, I doodle a lot and keep my journal updated, which leads me to my next point…

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal can help with lots of things, mental health, memory and staying creative too! This could be any kind of journal that you choose. I have a thoughts journal and an art journal; both of these help with laying out my ideas and making them into physical projects.

I hear a lot of people say that they’re intimidated to start a journal of this manner in fear of making mistakes and I wanted to add that making mistakes is all in the process of becoming good at something. Keeping a journal will help weed out bad ideas and help you develop on good ideas.

Vision boards

Much like journals, vision boards are a great way to get your ideas out of your head and develop them into real projects. There are a lot of ways to create vision boards, one of the main ones being Pinterest! It’s no secret that bloggers love Pinterest but it can be used more than just planning outfits or birthday parties. It can help you plan colours and a theme for a new brand; or even explore different fonts for logos and other marketing materials.

Sometimes people find physical vision boards to be a lot easier as they can hang them in their office. This isn’t something I’ve tried personally but for many people it’s a lot more effective than having one online.


In conclusion, slumps happen. You will find yourselves in times when you’re not inspired and that’s okay. Taking it one day at a time is a lot easier than thinking about the big picture sometimes. If you find yourself struggling, remember to breathe and remember that it’s normal. Trust your gut and follow your lead.

Bee

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My Updated Bucket List

Much like most people’s bucket lists, this is a working document that will be updated as and when I achieve goals or discover new goals.

♡ Start playing piano again

I used to play-by-ear until a couple of years. Now I don’t have a piano so I can’t get back into it but one day I would love to.

♡ Learn a new language

My goal is start a language with a different alphabet than English, but any language considered ‘adventurous’ is good with me.

♡ Go back to school

I want to get my degree and then my masters and then eventually obtain my PhD. That was my goal when I was 15, and it’s still my goal today.

♡ Go to visit Italy

Italy seems like a dream country to go see and explore.

♡ Kick off Size Four Clothing properly and seriously

My brand that I started last year – I would love to make it a success.

♡ Be a published writer

Something I’ve dreamed about since I could hold a pen.

♡ Attend a gay pride event

I’m queer… there’s rainbows… yep!

♡ Find a career I love

Just have to find it and keep going. Work for it.

♡ Do a boudoir photo shoot (gasp!)

They all look so sexy and elegant and I would just like to feel like that. Feel like I can be sexy.

♡ Volunteer on Christmas at a homeless shelter

Something I’ve wanted to do since I was teenager but never found the opportunity to do so.

♡ Learn how to sign

Talking is exhausting, sometimes I wish I could sign. I would also like to communicate with as many people as possible.

♡ Volunteer at a children’s hospital

Much like my reason for volunteering at a homeless shelter at Christmas.

♡ Go axe throwing

I’m a daredevil at heart, I’m pretty sure.

♡ Ride a zip-line ride

See my axe throwing reason… they also look amazingly fun!

♡ Horseback riding on the beach

I haven’t been horseback riding in a long time and I’ve been wanting to do it on the beach once when it was super windy and cold – I’d like another go at it.

♡ Learn how to read sheet music

I’ve only learnt to do things by ear so I want to read sheet music and really learn how to play music seriously.

What have I been watching recently?

Since my teenage years, I have very rarely watched live TV. I prefer to wait until I am comfy, in my own space where I am free to pause and skip all the ads. I’m also super picky about the TV shows I watch; if something is super popular the I’ll usually hang back and wait before pushing play on these. It took me a whole year to watch Stranger Things season 1 and I waited until Brooklyn 99 was cancelled and then picked back up again. Anyway… this has been what I have been watching recently!

One Tree Hill

This show is one that I am revisiting and my wife is watching it for the first time. It shaped my teenage years practically. It’s a typical coming of age teen drama starring some pretty big names; Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush and Joy Lenz. With 9 seasons, it has many heartfelt moments as well as the usual heartbreaks that all of the teen/young adult shows have. While this is hands-down one of my favourites, is makes you wonder ‘where are their parents?’ a heck of a lot.

My favourite characters were always Haley and Peyton. They had both inspired me to pursue things that I loved. I started to play piano and writing my own music again. The songs I had written in previous years were re-written and put to music. Peyton inspired me to start drawing from experience rather than just portraits. My art style went through some drastic changes during this time.

Trinkets

This is a Netflix original based off a book by Kristen Smith. My wife and I managed to binge watch this entirely in less than a day. At face value, this show probably isn’t relatable for most people on the surface but if you dig deep enough, you can still see yourself in the characters. This is one of the main reasons why I love this show so much; I think it’s amazing when characters are complex from the get-go so working them out and predicting their next move doesn’t become easy.

Trinkets

The show is essentially about three kleptomaniacs who become close friends when they find themselves in the same therapy group. It has storylines of friendship and love, but unfortunately there will only be two seasons.

The Fosters

This is my current favourite. I’m actually watching it right now as I’m typing this! The general plot is about Stef and Lena raising their family who consists of a biological child and their adopted children. With the exception of a few, all the characters are completely loveable and have amazing character development. This show is heartbreaking and bittersweet, I don’t think I could love it anymore than I do.

This is one of those shows that I wish I had found sooner and I wish it lasted so much longer than just five seasons. Since being cancelled in 2018, there has been a spin-off including the two daughters called Good Trouble. While I’m absolutely thrilled about this, I can only hope that one day there’s a spin-off about Stef and Lena (my favourite characters).

One Day at a Time

This is another Netflix original that was recently cancelled and picked up by PopTV. So far the show only has three seasons, though I’m sure with PopTV backing it now, it will last for many more to come. This is one show that absolutely changed my life for the better. It has amazing representation for the LGBTQ community. Until I watched this show, I hadn’t truly seen myself be represented.

This show is based off Norman Lear’s ‘One Day at a Time’, which originally aired in the 70’s. It follows Penelope Alvarez, a newly single mother, take care of her family with the help of her mother, Lydia who is portrayed by Rita Moreno. Rita starred in the original series!


Thanks so much for reading! Questions for today… what are you currently watching? Is there any on my list that you enjoy?

Bee

What’s currently on my playlist

My taste in music, like most others, in a little bit wild. I don’t stick to just one genre and my playlists definitely show that. I feel that this year especially, I have been listening to a lot of new stuff! I’ve found a lot of new artists that I absolutely love and a whole bunch of new songs that I am very excited to share.

Lennon Stella

This beautiful young singer featured on the hit TV show Nashville as the character, Maddie. While on the show, she showed the world how amazing she could sing. In 2018, she released her first EP, Love, me. This EP featured the song La Di Da, which is one of my absolute favourites. In March 2019 she released the single BITCH (takes one to know one).

Clare Bowen

Clare Bowen was also featured in Nashville as the character, Scarlett O’Connor. In 2018/2019 she released her debut album. The whole album is absolutely beautiful but two of my favourites are Tide Rolls In and Doors & Corridors. They both spoke to me in a way that the others didn’t. The final song on her album is called Warrior and pays tribute to when she had cancer and was given just two weeks to live. It was also dedicated to all the other children who weren’t as fortunate as she was and weren’t able to beat the battle.

Dreams by Luxtides

I have been listening to Luxtides for some time now. Danni was previously in a duo called Oh Honey but since 2017 she has been making her own music. In June 2019 she released the song Dreams. This song has a a lot of beautiful lyrics and melodies just like her other songs.

Miss Me More by Kelsea Bellerini

I’ve only recently started listening to this artist but my absolute favourite song of hers so far is Miss Me More. I can relate to this song on a very personal level. The first time I listened to this song, it immediately resonated with me. Kelsea sings about how she lost herself in a relationship and now she misses herself; she misses how she used to be before the person came into her life.

If you would like to check out my playlists and the other songs I listen to then you can see my Spotify!

Thank you for reading, I’ll see you next time!

Bee

My Favourite Vegan Treats

I’ve been vegan for just over 5 months now so I’m getting the hang of picking out vegan treats to snack on throughout the day. Now, it’s worth noting that I’m pretty much a junk food vegan! Sometimes I just enjoy eating the things that maybe shouldn’t be in my body, but each to their own is something I live by.

Potato Chips

I used to hate potato chips when I lived in England. I’d only eat them when I was super snacky and there were nothing left in the house. Since moving to Nashville though, I have been snacking on potato chips more and more and actually liking them. My favorite flavors at the moment are Barbecue and Salt & Vinegar. If you’re a new vegan, do make sure to double check the ingredients as I’ve noticed a few brands and flavors list ‘contains milk ingredients’ as one of the allergen warnings.

SkinnyPop Popcorn

This is an amazing snack! They are a non-GMO and also gluten free. They have such a variety of flavors including a dairy free White Cheddar! Today I am actually snacking on their popcorn cakes which taste, mighty good. I also definitely recommend the Salt & Pepper kind if you’re looking for a slight kick in flavor. Though, if that’s not your thing then the Original is just as good.

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits

As far as I’m aware, only a select few of these are vegan but I wanted to include these because they’re great to take on the go. Granted, so are the others I’ve mentioned but these fill you up just a bit better. I’ve tried the Vanilla Oat and Cinnamon Brown Sugar. I usually have these as a morning snack.

My wife’s homemade cookies!

My wife makes the best homemade cookies and I wish everyone could try them. They are such a good treat to have for dessert or an afternoon snack.

I’m planning on writing a part two to this with all my favorite vegan meal time items, but for now this is it!

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Escapril (days 1-3)

Usually I don’t dabble in ‘serious’ writing. It’s not something I feel I’m good at so I felt it’d be best just ignore the whole thing.

However! This year (particularly this month) I have been learning to challenge myself and explore things I was scared to before. I’ve done this before and didn’t get anywhere but this time I feel like I’m ready for the challenge.

This is days 1-3 of escapril

I’m hoping to complete escapril and do all the prompts, even though I’m two days behind!

All the best,

Bee

February in review…

This month has been life-changing.

Kitty and Bee's hands with the rings

I finally got to marry the love of my life. We had a very small ceremony, which was a surprise to just about everyone! We had been organizing the event for a few months before but ultimately all we wanted was family and close friends to join us in this very special time.

Kitty and Bee after the ceremony

This was the month that we also sent off my forms for me to be able to stay in the US with Kitty! It’s a very nerve-wracking time but I believe with my whole heart that we will get through it.

I was also lucky enough to be in the presence of The Aces. My wife had told me about this band when she got to see them open for 5sos and I immediately fell in love with them.

I hope in the future, I will be able to see them again and have even more fun dancing and singing at their show.

That’s it for today! This month has been crazy (a really great kind of crazy) and I am feeling so good and so happy.

Bee xx

What I love about being vegan

Since around August/September 2017 I started thinking about becoming vegetarian and eventually vegan. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen until April/May 2018 and I was officially calling myself vegetarian by the end of July.

In October I started to transition to veganism. It’s still a process but I’m confident that one day my diet will be 100% plant based.

The main thing I love about being vegan is that I am trying a lot more new foods. Since transitioning to being vegan, I have tried cashew ‘cheese’ sauce, tofu, vegetable soup and so much more!

My skin feels good! I have always been pretty lucky in the clear skin department but since cutting out dairy it has been so much better. I still get blemishes but it has reduced significantly! Now all I need to remember is to not pick at my skin…

I feel mentally healthy. Personally, I don’t know if this is because of cutting out meat but since doing so I feel really good about myself! I don’t think being vegetarian/vegan is the whole cause of this but I do 100% believe it has something to do with it.

In the future I would like to make more blog posts such as my reasoning for the decision and also one about why it took me so long!

Until then though, stay safe,

2018 in Review…

It’s January 3rd and my fiancée is at work. I’ve been browsing people’s blogs and taking a look at what everyone did during 2018 which inevitably inspired this post.

2018 started out to be an interesting year… and not in a good way. My anxiety was the highest it had ever been and my motivation for life itself was very quickly diminishing. There were several factors for this that I may talk about in the future but for right now they shall stay where they belong, in the past.

As the year went on things started to get better. I got to see dodie live again with one of my best friends, Rae! I wore my bisexual flag as a cape and sang at the top of my lungs. It was one of my favourite shows and I am so happy I got to go.

Other artists I got to see were Halsey (for the first time ever!) and 5sos. These shows were both with my fiancée and some of the best nights of my life. 5sos were particularly special as that was the night I proposed! It was during Better Man and she said yes!

Another big thing that happened in my life in 2018 was that I got to travel so much more than I ever imagined. I had the opportunity to go to Prague, Budapest and Nashville. I also stopped in Orlando (the airport…) and Atlanta. To visit these places was such a privilege and I hope that this year I will get to see more parts of the world.

The biggest thing to happen to me during 2018 was packing up my life and moving to the United States. While this was a hard decision and not one I made lightly, so far it has definitely been worth it and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. After being in a long distance relationship it feels so nice to be able to wake up to the love of my life and fall asleep with her too.

In the first three days of 2019 I can see that this year is probably going to be a good one. I’m feeling good, my mental health is doing okay for the most part and I am happy. I hope you had a good 2018 and here’s to a safe and happy 2019.

Moving to America…

A few months ago I made the decision to finally move to America and be with the love of my life. This choice had on been on my mind and since meeting Kitty, I decided to let go and just do it! 

Image of the 'Welcome to Tennessee' sign

I’ve always been an advocate for people going after what they want and being happy with their choices. This is something that I want. It’s something I have wanted since I was a little Bee.

At family parties relatives would ask me, ‘so what do you want to do when you’re older?’ I would give the same answer every time, ‘move to America and be a singer.’

Some of my aspirations have changed; I no longer wish to be a singer. But moving to America has always been there.

See you soon,

Bee