You Can Wait or You Can Create

For 2019 I really want to explore video editing more. It’s something I enjoy doing and as I’m hoping to make my first film later this year, I need to wrap my head around the software side of things.

It’s not perfect by any means but I had a lot of fun editing this video and people seem to get a kick out of it.

When I watched the new Suspiria, which I really enjoyed by the way, I was struck by the vogue style movements and thought it would work well with a dance beat. And considering the film what better song to use than Call Me Mother by Rupaul?

I’m pretty new to Adobe Premier Pro, the program I used to make this video but it’s relatively easy to use. YouTube is an excellent resource when it comes to software tutorials etc

The only other video I’ve edited is this Orange is the New Black video from years ago. It became quite popular and I always meant to make more videos but life got in the way. I hoping to edit a few more videos and I’m working on putting a trailer together for the documentary I want to make. More about that to come in another post!

Hope you enjoy the video. Don’t wait – create!

Moxie McMurder

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How to Stay Motivated in 2019

The start of a new year puts a lot of pressure on people to reinvent or ‘better’ themselves. While I’m not big on resolutions personally I can see the appeal and so here are 5 simple steps to help you stay on track.

1. REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU’RE MAKING A CHANGE

No matter what yout goal is, whether work or health or money related remind yourself why you want to make the change. Write down what you plan to achieve and set small goals en route to your ultimate goal. Post it notes come in handy at this point. Pop them around your room/flat etc to help remind you why this goal is important.

2. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

Staying Motivated is all about attitude. Staying positive and realistic about the changes you want to make are really important. Ask yourself what can I do to make these changes fun? If spending an hour at the gym makes you miserable you’re more likely to quit. Instead look at exercises and sports that are fun *cough* roller derby! If getting up an hour earlier is a chore look at ways to make that extra hour count in ways that make you happy.

3. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES INSTEAD OF REPEATING THEM

If you’ve made resolutions before and couldn’t keep to them consider what went wrong. Trying to change too much at once? Too much temptation? Not enough support? Look at your past attempts and look for patterns to help you avoid making the same mistakes.

4. DON’T FORGET TO REWARD YOURSELF

Let’s say you’ve decided to go vegan, treat yourself to dinner at a vegan restaurant once a month. Or if your goal is something as easy as not buying coffee from Starbucks or Costa to save money. Treat yourself to a special frothy coffee once a week or once a month as a reward for saving money.

5. RECOGNISE AND APPRECIATE YOUR PROGRESS

We all have to start somewhere and change is rarely easy. Keep track of your progress and be proud of yourself for every step you make towards your goal. You’ve got this!

BONUS TIP!

DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF

There’s so much expectation and pressure to change at this time of year. I’m already sick to death of diet culture pervading my timelines. But don’t allow that expectation to affect your sense of worth.

If you choose to make changes to your life don’t try to change everything at once. If you want to quit smoking, save money, get a promotion and eat more fruit and veg that’s great but if you try to do all those things at the same time your more likely to fail. And fail hard. So hard that you don’t try again.

Choose one thing to focus on and grow from there. And if you fail don’t beat yourself up, you’re trying and that’s what counts. Keep going. Everyone experiences setbacks but those setbacks are only permanent if you allow them to be.

Like I said, you got this!

Moxie McMurder

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What to Expect from visiting a Breast Clinic Part One

Hello my fellow Badasses!

I wrote this post at the beginning of September and October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, which tied in nicely with what I wanted to talk about.

Life got in the way and so I’m sharing this now. Spoiler Alert – I’m ok.

This the first part of the story.

Today I had my first appointment and my first experience of a Breast Clinic.

To give you a little background I had been feeling pain in my breasts that was more than the usual pain you might have before or during your period. And uncomfortable as it was, I ignored it. Not very Badass of me I know but I convinced myself it was period related.

Problem is because my contraceptive pill has stopped my periods all together. I have no idea when I’m having what I like to call ‘my phantom period’. So it’s hard to say if the pain was connected to my cycle.

I became a bit concerned about how uncomfortable my breasts felt when I was in bed. I gave myself an exam and while I didn’t find a lump as such my breasts felt lumpy in places. So I made an appointment to see my doctor.

I’ll admit that I became good friends with Google. I must have read every website detailing all the symptoms and probabilities of developing breast cancer. Just dealing with the pain was worrying enough but I really did feel a bit overwhelmed, mostly because I couldn’t find much information on what I should expect from an appointment with a Breast Clinic. I didn’t really know what to expect other than a physical exam.

When I arrived for my appointment I had to fill in a form with my medical history and some family health history – which is its own nightmare for me. My Mum had some serious health problems but she was from a generation where you didn’t discuss that sort of thing. Until earlier this year I knew absolutely nothing about my birth mothers health. (We are estranged, she didn’t raise me).

But earlier this year I found out through a family member that my birth mother was recovering from breast cancer. So as I’m sure you can imagine, I was now hyper aware.

Anyway, after filling in a form (it’s a good idea to make a note of any medications you’re taking so you’re not put on the spot – brain fog is real!) I met the specialist.

The doctor was a man, which I don’t have a problem with but you can ask to see a woman. There was a nurse in the room with us who is a woman so if I’d felt uncomfortable she was there. They are both friendly and that helped put me at ease.

He asked me a few more questions regarding family health history and then I had a short physical exam to check for lumps. He also checked the glands in my armpits, which were just as tender as my breasts. I was surprised at how sore they were, I hadn’t noticed any pain there until they examined me.

Because my breasts were so tender that he decided I shouldn’t have a mammogram at the time. I didn’t know that was an option!

I now have to wait for an appointment by which time perhaps my breasts won’t be so sore. I was told to take painkillers before the mammogram and was assured that if the mammogram was too uncomfortable or painful they could do an ultrasound. I also didn’t know about that before hand.

The specialist wasn’t overly concerned which was a bit of a relief and he thinks my back and neck problems might be playing a role in the pain.

I have a tendency to rush through doctor and hospital appointments. Which means I often forget to ask questions or mention symptoms etc

All in all the appointment wasn’t bad but it did feel a bit rushed. I’m sharing my experience because there’s really not a lot of information out there in terms of what to expect.

I’ll post part two soon!

Moxie McMurder

Mmmm, Moonlight Melts

When I find something good, I want to share it with you and today I’d like to give a shout out to Moonlight Melts.

I’ve known about Moonlight Melts for a while now and I’ve been meaning to order some of their wax melts – their scents always sound amazing. Seriously, go take a look… there are lots to choose from.

Cut to yesterday when they announced their new Autumn Collection which happened to include your favourite beverage and mine Pumpkin Spice Latte! So obviously I had to try it out.

I ordered one set of PSL and one called Autumn Woods which has notes of pine,cedarwood and eucalyptus. It smells fantastic although I haven’t melted it yet.

I can happily say that the Pumpkin Spiced Latte melts do not disappoint! Gorgeous nutmeg, sugar and cream it’s all there. They smell good enough to eat!

Forgive my chipped nails!

The PSL melts themselves are really cute there are tiny flecks of gold glitter in them which dance around catching the light. The melts come in a pack of 3 for £1.75. I’ll definitely be getting these again.

You can get 20% off your next order if you share pictures of the melts you order!

My New Obsession

You know when you see something that you think sounds too good? I kept seeing adverts for the Wish App and I thought yeah the clothes look OK but it’s all probably knock offs and undersized etc

Well, out of idle curiosity I decided to download the app and it turns out it’s actually really awesome!

I’ve ordered clothes, jewellery, a super cute mini skull planter,plant seeds and a few other bits and pieces and so far I’m really impressed.

I particularly like the point system. You get points when you order something and you get more points if you review and photograph your purchase. Those points are then used to give you discounts.

I’ve wanted this t-shirt for ages and while the print is a little faded, I’m really happy with it.

It’s definitely worth downloading the app so you can investigate the bargains for yourself. The only downside so far is that so many items come from overseas so can sometimes take 2-3 weeks to arrive.

Cute ouija pin I got for free

I’ve also had a coupleof refunds and I’m impressed with how quickly they refunded me and how easy it was to request.

Overall I’m quite impressed with the app and I’m constantly surprised atmosphere the variety of items!

Cute necklace I bought for my sister in law

Happy shopping!

Moxie McMurder

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