I recently did a #GIRLspiration post for Barker Podcasts and after having felt very inspired by one particular girly after an incredible weekend, there was really no one else that I could choose to be my #GIRLspiration...
Here are my answers and I tag all the girls out there to spread the love and #GIRLspiration!
1. Who is your #GIRLspiration and Why? How does she inspire you?
My #GIRLspiration, despite having only met her enough times to count on one hand, is the gorgeous Annie, aka Happy Boho! When I moved to Shrewsbury last year, I put on Twitter that I was new to the area and needed tips on where to go/what to see and she was the first person to respond and since then, Twitter wouldn't be the same without her. I don't know a huge amount about Annie but I'm sure that'll resolve itself over the Summer while we're sat outside sipping cocktails but what I do know, I love. When I first met Annie (after 9 months of Tweeting!!), I'd been going through a bit of a homesick patch and I felt like I'd still not settled and I still called Nottingham and my Mum's House home.. but I saw Annie 2 or 3 times in the space of a fortnight and she even introduced us to others and I found myself saying to my Mum that actually, I don't want to leave anymore. I finally felt like this was my home... with my one and only friend haha! One of the first things I learnt about her is that Annie also lost a sibling, she lost her brother in 2012 and her positivity is enough to give me my "get up and go" and remind them that I can carry on with my life after losing my sister. I picked Annie in particular after attending The Big Busk event in Shrewsbury this weekend. Her and her sister Karen organised a full weekend of busking, music and fantastic atmosphere in Shrewsbury town centre with thousands attending over the 2 days. The atmosphere was electric and it made me think, if Annie and Karen can do this for their brother, I can do something big for my sister (I'm already doing the 3000 mile challenge and organising the black tie ball but I now want to do something bigger!) and they've inspired me to start thinking. Despite how tough this weekend must have been not only to organise, but emotionally, the ever-beaming and beautiful smile on Annie's face throughout it and when I saw her towards the end, it makes you realise that no matter what you go through, anything is possible and happiness is the key!
2. You and your #GIRLspiration are stuck in a lift together. What do you ask her? How do you act? how would you react in this situation?
We'd probably end up organising where to go for food and a drink after we escape.
3. What is your #GIRLspiration's style? Do you try and copy it? Summarize her style in a few words.
Annie is just pure beauty and her casual-yet-boho style always stands out.. I love those people who have that one "thing" about them that makes them stand out.. A few weeks ago I walked through town and and saw someone about 20 metres away but knew it was Annie from behind purely by her staple beanie hat. In fact I think only once have I ever seen her without it on! I can imagine in the summer her style just gets even better and I'm sure I'll be inspired by some of her summery outfits!
4. Your #GIRLspiration comes to you crying and drunk after her split from a certain person! What advice and words of consolment would you give her?
Baring I mind I don't know Annie as well as my other friends and have only met her lovely hubby, Mark 2 or 3 times, I'd say that they were a match for each other which you can see in the bond when you're with them and that if she can get through other things life throws at her, she can get through this... if not I live in a pub so she can move in if she wants!
5. You get a Film role opposite Your #GIRLspiration! What is the film about and what is your role?
It would have to have something to do with losing a sibling and a friendship bond made on this! Maybe we could open a cocktail bar in it too? ;)
6. Finally. How does your #GIRLspiration make you feel better about yourself?
Annie reminds me that it's ok to live my life, and to be happy doing so and do what makes me happy. Even her cute/positive inspiration Tweets and Instagram posts are enough to put a smile on my face and remind me I'm not alone in having going through life changing things and that no matter what happens, I know that everything is OK and if I'm going through a rough patch, there's always light, and I'm sure a cocktail, around the corner! - Plus, now my Mum knows I have made a friend (you'd think I was a kid - I think her exact words were "I love that you can walk through town after less than a year and bump into someone you know"!), she feels happier with me away from home and this makes me happier too.